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Have you Ever Heard of Dental Debridement?

Posted on 3/20/2020 by Lemond Hunter
Debridement is a dental procedure that removes very thick deposits from your tooth. The deposits are most generally from a heavy build-up of tartar and plaque because you have not been to the dentist in a very long time. The dentist usually suggests this procedure because the deposits are so thick he cannot detect decay or infection and/or gum disease because the deposits are so thick. During the debridement procedure, local anesthesia is applied and the teeth are cleaned with an ultrasonic device that involves the use of water and a very high frequency of vibrations to dislodge the build-up of deposits from your teeth. The process should only last for one single office visit, but the duration of the visit may vary depending on the severity of the deposits on your teeth and how many need the debridement procedure. Are There Risks Involved with the Procedure?Of course, as with any medical procedure, a dental debridement has its own risks involved. However, this will not apply to everyone as everyone is a unique case. The risks include, but are not limited to bleeding gums, swelling and numbness of the gums, sensitivity to hot and cold, pain, headache, post-surgical infection, TMJ joint pain, gum tissue shrinkage. It is strongly advised that you consult your dentist immediately if you develop any of these after surgery complications. It is important to talk to your dentist about any and all risks that may be involved with this procedure and to keep and schedule your regular appointments with your dentist before and after the procedure is done. We encourage you to call our office if you feel like you may want to discuss a debridement procedure or the dentist has previously discussed this procedure with you and you have additional questions and want to come in for some follow up before making a final decision to have the procedure. Whatever your situation may be, we are here to help and look forward to speaking with you. ...

How Rinsing with a Mouthwash After Brushing Benefits Your Teeth

Posted on 3/10/2020 by Lemond Hunter
There are many times a lot of different options when it comes to the various little tips and hacks to how you can better care for your oral health. Sometimes these suggestions are valid and rooted in science and research. Other times they are nothing more than old wives' tales and offer no real benefit. And sometimes they are the result of trial and error. Such is the case as to what the best hygiene practices are following a meal. Although some people may prefer to floss or chew gum after eating, the two main schools of thought among dental professionals has always been between brushing and rinsing. Here is what we found: Better than Brushing?For years, the general consensus among most dentists was that brushing immediately following a meal was the most beneficial way to ensure a fresh, clean mouth after eating. But in recent years that concept has become less accepted as research has continued to show why this may not be the case. Studies have shown that brushing too soon after meals can actually do more harm than good. How Rinsing Is Proving to Be the Better ChoiceThis has led to the realization that using a mouthwash following mealtime is a more effective option as it can help to loosen and remove food particles without scraping them abrasively against the teeth and gums. It is now suggested that brushing should not take place sooner than thirty minutes after eating. Understanding proper oral hygiene habits is the first step in making sure that your overall dental health is where it needs to be. To find out more information, simply get in touch with our office whenever it is convenient, we are available to assist you with any issues that you may have....

How the Sinuses Can Lead to Pain in the Upper Jaw and Teeth

Posted on 2/20/2020 by Lemond Hunter
Both sinus inflammation (sinusitis) and a sinus infection can cause head and facial pain, as well as tooth pain. Sinus pressure and drainage can cause pain that is typically felt in the upper rear teeth, which are closest to your sinuses. Anatomy of the SinusesYour sinuses include 4 pairs of air-filled spaces in the facial bones behind your cheekbones and near your eyes and forehead. These spaces warm, moisten, and filter the air you breath, as well as produce mucus that drains into your nasal cavity for the purpose of cleaning your nose. If these spaces become blocked by fluid, infection may occur. The roots of your jawbone and upper teeth are very near your sinuses and pressure and congestion can cause pain in these areas. The pain can even extend into your lower teeth, in what is known as referred pain. Sinus Toothache vs a Regular ToothachePain from a sinus toothache and a regular toothache are similar. However, tooth pain caused by your sinuses is typically felt in your upper molars and affects multiple teeth. If you are experiencing pain in these areas, as well as any indicative of sinusitis, such as pressure or drainage, your tooth pain is most likely due to your sinuses. A toothache caused by dental issues is usually the only source of pain, not more broadly. In addition, sinus toothaches tend to vary in intensity, depending on your movements, as the pressure in your sinuses shifts as you move. Tooth pain from sinus congestion or pressure is not uncommon. However, you want to make sure that any pain localized in a single tooth is not due to a dental concern. If you have questions or concerns about how your sinuses may be affecting your teeth, contact our office for more information....

All Posts:

Have you Ever Heard of Dental Debridement?
How Rinsing with a Mouthwash After Brushing Benefits Your Teeth
How the Sinuses Can Lead to Pain in the Upper Jaw and Teeth
Are Your Teeth Causing Your Migraines?
Do People Eating Low Carb Diets Have To Worry About Extra Dental Problems?
Does Seaweed Do Anything to Boost Oral Health When It Is Part of Your Diet?
Do You Really Need to Get Annual X-Rays?
Dangers of Letting Your Mouth Dry Out
Can You Feel When a Dental Filling Becomes Loose?
Best Filling Options for Front Teeth with Cavities
Why Do Athletes Tend to Get More Gum Disease?
Are There Secrets to Always Having Pleasant Breath?
Top Reasons We Use Suction Tools When Cleaning Your Teeth
Times Where You Need to Get Panoramic X-rays
Oral Health Changes You Can Start Making Today
How to Eat When You Have a Toothache Until We Can See You
Understanding the Importance of Biofilm
Uncommon Causes of Bad Breath
Did You Know We Can Help When You Decide to Quit Smoking?
Dental Implants Can Greatly Boost Confidence
Should You Brush Your Teeth in Circles or Lines?
How to Keep Your Lips from Cracking?
Can Crowns Become Loose?
Best Ways to Learn How to Be Proactive About Your Oral Health
Loose Teeth as an Adult Signifies a Problem with Your Oral Health
Let Us Help You When You Have Dental Questions Instead of Looking Them Up Online
Signs Your Fillings Are Coming Loose
How Sinus Pressure Can Impact Your Teeth
Foods That Can Freshen Your Breath
Eating a Rainbow Diet Can Help Your Oral Health Improve
What Enamel Does for Your Teeth Aside from Protecting Them
What Dry Mouth Can Do to Your Teeth
Can You Make it To Where Your Teeth Are Less Sensitive to Heat?
There Are Several Benefits that Come with Conscious Sedation
How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy with Partials
How to Keep Your Mouth Clean Following Pocket Reduction
Mouth Guards Can Improve Your Sleep
Medications That Cause Discolored Teeth
What We Look for During Oral Cancer Screenings
What We Look At During Dental Exams
How to Ease Jaw Aches When Your TMJ Gets Inflamed
Brushing Before Going to Sleep Is Necessary for Good Oral Health
What People Notice When They First Meet You
What is It about Sports Drinks that Harm Your Teeth?
"Types of Problems That Fall Under the Category of Dental Emergencies"
Types of Dental Bridges You Can Get
Making Brushing Easier When You Struggle with Arthritis
How Much of Your Teeth Are Situated Below the Gums?
What Options Do You Have for a Gap in Your Front Teeth?
What is the Difference between Power Flossers and Water Flossers?
What Type of Oral Health Goals Do You Have?
What to Do When a Tooth Comes in Crooked
Why You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush When a Cold Sore Erupts
Why You Need to Limit Drinking Acidic Beverages
Types of Cracks Best Covered by Veneers
Tooth Pain and Fevers Usually Signify a Dental Abscess
Is There Any Benefit to Making Homemade Toothpaste?
How Your Gag Reflex Impacts Your Dental Visits
The Importance of Not Using a Hard Bristled Toothbrush
The Damage That Can Come from Sucking on Candies and Cough Drops
How Stress Affects Gum Disease
How Long After a Cleaning Should You Wait to Eat?
Why Your Toothbrush and Dishwasher Should be Best Friends
Why You Should Go to the Dentist if Your Gum is Sore to the Touch
Why Are People Afraid of Root Canals?
Do You Brush Your Tongue Often Enough?
Why Eating a Sweet Treat Could Cause Your Teeth to Hurt
Why Do You Wait to Brush After Anything Acidic?
There's More to Cosmetic Dentistry Than Whitening
The Weather Can Affect the Way Your Teeth Feel
The Beating Your Teeth Take When You Have an Oral Piercing
Talking to Your Dentist About Having a Filling Replaced
Why You Want to Indulge in Strawberries As A Spring Time Snack
Why Chewing Vegetables is So Good for Your Oral Health
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