Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wisdom Teeth – Pain, Removal, Recovery And Cost

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth, often called third molars, are the teeth at the very back of your mouth that grow at around the age of 18 to 25. They commonly cause problems as our jaws are smaller than they were hundreds of years ago and often there is not enough space in our mouth to accommodate them. They have become useless just as our appendix has and often need to be removed if they develop problems.
What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth are third molar teeth that do not fully come through the gum into their correct position in the mouth.  This may be because the tooth is growing sideways and hitting the tooth in front or because there is not enough space for it to come through.
Wisdom Teeth Pain

Pain from wisdom teeth can vary from just a mild discomfort to a severe infection.  The pain is caused as the teeth are coming through the gums which can take a number of months, like when a baby is teething.  When the wisdom teeth are only part way through the gum this can trap food and bacteria making the area very difficult to clean causing inflammation and pain.  Your dentist can clean the area for you and prescribe antibiotics and a mouthwash for you to use. However, if the problem is recurrent you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed. As your wisdom teeth are coming through you may also experience pain when opening your mouth which is an indication you need to have them removed. Being so far back in your mouth it is very hard to clean your wisdom teeth and keep them healthy which may lead to them developing cavities.  It can be difficult for your dentist to place a filling so far back in your mouth, so they may recommend that you get the tooth removed.
Wisdom Teeth Removal

A dentist can remove your wisdom teeth or if they are difficult to extract you will be referred to a specialist called an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Before you can have them removed you need to have an x-ray so the dentist can see the shape of the roots, the angle of the teeth and whether they are near any facial nerves. You can have the surgery with local anesthetic while you are awake or you have the option to have it done with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon where they will give you a general anesthetic so you are asleep.
Recovery Following Removal Of Wisdom Teeth
Recovery after having your wisdom teeth removed can take up to one week. The length of recovery depends on how difficult the teeth were to remove. There may swelling and discomfort following the extraction which will restrict you to only eating soft food. Ibuprofen can help with the pain and swelling and applying ice packs to your cheeks will also minimize any swelling. You may have the taste of blood in your mouth for a few days after the extraction. If it’s only a small amount which makes your saliva pink it is nothing to worry about, but if it’s more severe then contact your dentist for advice.
For the week after the removal of your wisdom teeth your dentist will ask you to use a mouthwash to keep the area clean and may put you on antibiotics as well. If you had stitches placed during surgery you may need to go back to have them removed. Often they put dissolvable stitches in which fall out naturally. In about 5% of cases people can develop a dry socket, this is more common in lower wisdom teeth. Avoid smoking, drinking and strenuous activities during the recovery period.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost
The cost of having your wisdom teeth removed can vary greatly depending on how difficult the extraction is and whether it is with an oral surgeon. Having them removed by a specialist is also significantly more expensive than having them done by your dentist. If you have your wisdom teeth removed with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon there will be additional fees.

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2030 West Main St.

Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Why Sports Drink Put Your Teeth at Risk

Advertisements for sports drinks make it seem that you really need it to power yourself up during and after your workout sessions, but what they’re not telling you is that sports drinks may cause your teeth to degenerate and weaken over time.

Disadvantages of Sports Drinks
Sports drinks may be filled with energy-boosting carbohydrates and electrolytes, but what commercials neglect to tell you is that the they contain the high amounts of sugar. The complex blend found in sports drinks are actually a medley of teeth-destroying ingredients, due to acidity and high sugar levels.
Drinking sports drinks several times a day is just like eating candy – if you are not careful, it can lead to tooth enamel damage, making you more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. Researches done by the Academy of General Dentistry found out that the acidity of sports drinks is destroy the teeth after five days of consistent use.
Damage Caused by Sports Drinks
While we’re taught that sugar is one of the main reasons of tooth degeneration, it is actually the acid in the drinks that causes its potency. Acid is the main ingredient that breaks down your tooth’s enamel, which in turn makes them highly sensitive to touch and temperature changes.
A research done by Mark Wolff, chairman of the department of cardiology and comprehensive care in New York University College of Dentistry, and his colleagues found out that submerging cow’s teeth in top-selling sports drink for at least ninety minutes causes damage to the strength of the teeth. Sports beverages are more damaging than ordinary sweet drinks, not only to the teeth’s enamel, but also to the dental tissue found under the enamel called dentin. The research found that the top-selling sports drinks caused the dentin to soften, plus other sports drinks caused the teeth to stain.
What If You Brush Your Teeth?
While it may be the best option – grabbing your toothbrush and scrubbing the sports drinks off your teeth in order to prevent the negative effects – brushing your teeth directly afterwards may even further destroy your teeth. Since the enamel of your tooth softens after you drink a sports drink, your teeth are still highly sensitive to the harsh ingredients of some toothpastes. Let your saliva do the cleansing – it can effectively fend off the acidity of sports drinks and re-mineralize your teeth.
If you must drink sports drinks – use straw so that your teeth is not as exposed to the drink and drink plenty of water before and after. It also helps to consume your sports drink in one go, rather than drinking it slowly over a long duration of time.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 West Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How Diabetes Affects Gum Disease

Gum disease is a rather lesser known health problem associated with patients who suffer from diabetes. In fact, it is considered as the “sixth complication of diabetes.” It is so common though, that one out of three diabetic patients suffer from it at some point in their life.
Poorly managed diabetes can lead to gum disease, not just in adults but in children, too. The condition causes a restriction of blood flow, weakening the gums and leaving it prone to infection. Aside from that, patients with unmanaged diabetes have higher levels of glucose in their mouth. This turns the mouth into a breeding ground for disease causing bacteria.
How To Tell If You Have Gum Disease
The symptoms of gum disease as a result of diabetes can manifest itself in many ways. These signs can appear by themselves or in groups, and can include the following:

  • Pain in the jaw, face and mouth that does not improve even with regular dental care
  • Pain when chewing
  • Odd taste in the mouth
  • Holes and dark spots in your teeth
  • Loose teeth and receding gums
  • Sores and ulcers that do not heal

While these symptoms are telltale signs of gum disease, it is still recommended to consult a dental health expert to get a more accurate diagnosis. Gum disease varies depending on the level of the condition. It often starts off as gingivitis, which is the mildest condition and is characterized by red, tender and swollen gums which easily bleed even after flossing and brushing. Gingivitis can be forestalled by regular dental visits and a proper home health care program.
When gingivitis is untreated, it can lead to mild periodontitis. At this stage, the bone around the teeth starts to erode, requiring prompt medical attention from your dentist. When left untreated, mild periodontitis becomes severe and is characterized by significant tissue loss around the teeth and eventually, teeth loss.
Apart from gum disease, diabetes can also cause dry mouth, which leads to soreness, tooth decay and infections.
Taking Control
If you suffer from gum disease caused by diabetes, it is important to take control of both problems, because having one or the other can lead to a vicious cycle. If either of the conditions is left uncontrolled, they can directly affect and worsen one another. If this continues, it increases the chances of complications from either of the diseases.
Like most people, you may not be informed about the connection between gum disease and diabetes, so it is important to have yourself diagnosed for both. You may choose to include blood glucose tests in conjunction with your regular dental examination. For concerns and questions regarding either condition, feel free to set an appointment with your family dentist and health care provider.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 West Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Women and Dental Health

A woman’s oral health needs are unique, and they change over time. Brushing, flossing and regularly visiting your dentist are important in keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. However, there are times in your life that you need to take extra care of yourself and visit your dentist more than usual. This is especially when your body goes through changes such as pregnancy, menstruation, puberty and menopause.

When There Are Changes In The Body
During puberty, hormones will start to fluctuate, making gums susceptible to gingivitis. This causes the gums to swell, become red and tender and bleed easily. The same thing happens during menstruation. During this time, women are also more prone to developing cold sores and canker sores, which can be painful and disturbing.

Gingivitis also develops during pregnancy, and in fact is something very common among many pregnant women. Hormonal changes during this time changes the way the body responds to plaque, thereby exaggerating the way the body responds to it. The plaque irritates the gums, causing tenderness, sensitivity and bleeding. Hormones also cause changes in the composition of saliva, reducing its capacity to fight bacteria. Some women experience dry mouths, too, which make the mouth more prone to cavity formation.
The menopausal stage also brings about quite a number of oral conditions such as dry mouth, a change in taste perception and regular burning sensations.

Other Health Conditions
There are also some health conditions that are generally associated with women, and these include osteoporosis and eating disorders.
Almost 90% of all eating disorder sufferers are female. One side effect of most eating disorders is the development of dental health problems. Eating disorders can cause malnutrition, which can affect the health of the gums and soft tissue inside the mouth. Chronic dry mouth can cause problems. Throwing up frequently exposes the teeth to acids which damages the enamel and causes breakage and damage.
Women are also four times more likely to develop osteoporosis, which causes bone loss in many areas of the body, including the jaw. Research shows that this occurrence may lead to tooth loss because the density of the structure supporting the teeth is decreased. Combined with gum disease, osteoporosis speeds up tooth loss.
Given these possible risks, it is really important to visit your dentist regularly so that he or she can also address oral health problems brought about by changes you experience in your body.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 West Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Eat Healthy To Keep Your Teeth Healthy

What you eat can directly affect your oral health, and your food choices can spell the difference between strong, healthy teeth or a mouth that’s full of cavities.
While dental procedures and professional care can cure many teeth problems, it’s better and cheaper to avoid them in the first place by proper oral health habits and eating right. Here’s a quick list of the best foods for your gums and teeth, and why they are so:
Chicken, Meat, Cheese and Milk
These foods are bundled together as one in the list because they provide similar nutrients that are helpful for teeth health. They provide phosphorus and calcium which are important for the remineralization of teeth. Remineralization is a natural process that involves the depositing of minerals into tooth enamel after they are removed by acids.
Fruits and Vegetables
The best choices when it comes to fruits and vegetables are crunchy and firm ones. Think apples, pears, and celeries. These choices have high water content, which dilutes the effects of fructose (fruit sugars) and stimulate the production and flow of saliva. Saliva washes away food particles and buffers mouth acids, and protecting the teeth against decay.
Other great choices are fruits rich in Vitamin C, which is known to strengthen blood vessels and connective tissues in your jaw. Vitamin C also reduces inflammation, which can help with cases of gingivitis. Citrus fruits are a rich source of this nutrient, but they are highly acidic and should be taken in moderation. You can get lots of vitamin C from other fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, cantaloupe, kiwis, and pineapples.
Fatty Fish
Fatty fish like wild salmon, tuna and mackerel are rich in Vitamin D, which is critical for oral health. Vitamin D allows the body to absorb calcium. Vitamin D from wild fish makes it easier for your bones (and teeth!) to absorb calcium from the other foods that you are eating.
Green Tea
Green tea contains phenols known as catechins, which are antioxidants that control bacterial infection and fight inflammation. Regular intake of green tea can reduce the occurrence of periodontal disease and lower the risk of teeth loss, especially for older individuals.
Onions and Garlic
Most of us avoid onions and garlic for the fear of having bad breath, but eating them raw can actually be good for the oral cavity. Raw onions and garlic have antimicrobial compounds that kill cavity causing bacteria inside the mouth. If you really can’t stomach either of them raw, then you can have them cooked, as cooked onions and garlic is better than none at all.
Sugar Substitutes
Sugars from the food we eat feed bacteria found inside our mouth, increasing the risk for developing tooth decay. Sugar substitutes taste like sugar but are not digested the same way, and are better for the mouth. Some substitutes include aspartame, saccharin, sucralose and sorbitol among others.
Your Best Drinks
When it comes to drinking to your oral health, your best bet is always water. Milk and unsweetened tea are also good choices. Limit your consumption of sugary drinks as much as you can, and avoid sipping on sugary juices and sodas throughout the day, as it exposes your teeth to cavity causing sugars.

What About Bad Food?
Given this list of foods that are bad for the teeth, then it’s helpful to have a list of what to avoid. Instead of going through a very extensive list, here’s something you may want to remember – anything starchy or sugary feeds the bacteria that causes problems in your oral cavity. When these starches and sugars come into contact with plaque, they produce acids that attack your teeth right after you eat. Repeated attacks can cause enamel breakage, which leads to tooth decay. Foods high in acids are also bad choices because they damage the enamel.
It can be difficult to avoid these foods entirely, but it helps to eat them in moderation, or as part of a bigger meal. Of course, it’s important to follow up with proper oral care activities such as flossing, brushing, use of mouth wash and regular visits to your dentist.

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2030 W. Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gum Disease And The Link To Heart Disease

Did you know that taking good care of your teeth can give you more than a healthy and beautiful smile? Healthy oral care habits can save your life by reducing your risk of developing some potentially fatal heart diseases.
What’s The Connection?
The connection between specific dental problems and heart disease is a subject of concern and interest among many researchers. In fact, there are over 120 published research papers and medical studies related to this.
While there are no strong results to completely link or pinpoint gum disease as a direct cause for heart problems, most studies show us these surprising details:

  • Gum disease is also a risk factor for problems related to blood vessels and arteries
  • Individuals who had gum disease and had fewer teeth had a higher risk of getting a stroke.
  • Bacteria found in blood vessels that undergo artherosclerosis is the same as the bacteria found in inflamed gums

Experts agree on plausible reasons for the link between heart health and dental health. One reason for this connection is inflammation, which is a common occurrence for both heart and dental problems. Artherosclerosis, which is also known as the narrowing of arteries, is associated with inflammation. Buildup of fatty deposits in the artery is also a result of this inflammatory process. Inflammation is also associated with gum disease, specifically gingivitis.
Speaking of inflammation, researchers also speculate that gum disease causing bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause swelling of blood cells, leading to arterial clogging.
So even though bad oral health does not directly cause heart disease, scientists and experts agree that there is a very close connection between both. Until researchers are completely sure, the best defense is still to adopt good oral health habits and be mindful of potential problems that might develop with your teeth and gums. Visit your dentist regularly – especially when you notice any changes in the state of your oral health.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 W. Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Preparing Your Little One For Their First Dental Appointment

Most children meet dental visits with fear and anxiety, but there are many things we can do as parents to help make our child’s first visit a pleasant experience for them. With adequate preparation, kids will less likely be scared, anxious or agitated about their first dental appointment.
Maintaining oral hygiene. Even before your child’s first visit to the dentist, start the habit of keeping his or her mouth clean using a hygienic washcloth and running this gently over gums. Do this even if baby teeth have not yet appeared. Once their baby teeth break out, you can then use an infant toothbrush with a dot of baby-safe toothpaste to cleanse any emerging teeth.
You may also use your clean finger with a spot of toothpaste instead of a baby toothbrush as well. It is recommended that your child is taken to the dentist, preferably a pediatric dentist before his or her first birthday. The earlier the visit, the better the chances you have of delaying and preventing any tooth problems.
Cheery talk about teeth. Keep a happy and cheery conversation about teeth and gums with your child.  Respond to your child’s questions positively and always make sure you do not use scary words. Be on alert of scary stories about dentists from your child’s playmates or siblings so that you can instantly reassure your child that this is not so. After all, a first visit to the dentist, as long as it's done at a time where your child does not have any pains and aches, does not have to be associated with a “hurt.”
If you can find a good story about a child that had a pleasant visit to the dentist, read this to your child in an animated and lively way.
Set a good example. Share as much knowledge and help your child understand the importance of keeping teeth healthy by setting a good example yourself. Our children learn from what they see us do. Brush and floss together, let your child count your teeth, and smile into the mirror together. If they see you taking care of your own teeth, then it will be easy to explain to them they should take care of their own teeth as well. Show him or her some child-appropriate illustrations (cartoons will greatly help) that show how in-between teeth spaces or between tooth and gums can be lodged with food particles after eating and these can be the start of tooth decay.
Role play at  home. Role playing in the house with your child and his or her toys is a fun way to prepare for the first visit to the dentist. You can start by being the dentist and the toys as the patient and your little one as the “parent” of the toy.
Use toothbrushes, flashlights, and small cups as props. Afterwards shift roles. You can be the patient and your child as the dentist, or the stuffed toy as the patient, your child the dentist and you as the chaperone. After the role play, try to visit the dentist before the appointment and let your child become comfortable with the clinic’s waiting room where you can show him or her some toys and games. This will greatly put her at ease on the scheduled visit since the  place is now familiar to her.

After a child's visit in our office, they get to check out our treasure chest that's filled with tons of different prizes!

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 W. Main. St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Comparing Lumineers To Traditional Veneers

Crooked, chipped, discolored, or worn down teeth are often viewed as unattractive, but they are a common occurrence among many. If you suffer from these problems, you no longer need to worry – there are ways to treat them! Two of the ways to treat these problems are lumineers and traditional veneers. 

Here is a look at both treatments:

  1. Both are suited to people on the go because under the hands of a qualified dentist, these can be finished in as little as two visits. Both are made from thin and porous porcelain, are stain proof, natural in appearance, durable and resilient. They are also designed to last for years if coupled with proper home care, cleansing and regular visits to the dentists.
  1. Since there is no removal of sensitive tooth structure, no injections are required in this procedure, making this comfortable even for sensitive patients. It can be placed directly over the whole front of the tooth and requires no temporaries to be worn. In most cases, this can be reversed in case you do not like the results. Also, Lumineers give the appearance of straighter teeth.

However, these are recommended only for minor cosmetic adjustments and not for serious dental makeovers or orthodontic work. They are best for minor tooth imperfections like covering visible portions of the teeth, straightening and lengthening teeth and concealing stained or discolored fillings.
Traditional Veneers
Traditional veneers, also called “dental porcelain laminates” are custom-shaped thin shells that permanently bond to teeth. Tracing its first use in Hollywood in the 1930’s, it has since grown in use and deemed an ideal replacement for your teeth and less bulky and more natural looking than lumineers.
Advantages: Its primary advantages range from providing relief from severe crowding of the teeth by straightening these, giving your teeth a more symmetrical and balanced look, and filling a gap or space of a cavity. Since it uses thin porcelain, it should not feel bulky nor cause additional extra thickness.
Disadvantages: It is a non reversible procedure. The preparations for this include drilling of the tooth and removal of some structure, thus requiring the use of an anesthetic. In some rare instances especially if a deep cavity is present and needs to be cleaned, nerves could be exposed despite the restoration. Before the procedure is fully completed, you might need to wear temporaries.
Lumineers are really custom designed veneers that require lesser preparation with very little or virtually no removal of tooth structure. It is ultra thin and considered a pleasant way to restore whiteness of your tooth to add to your beautiful smile. Strict guidelines govern the placement of cement to warranty the product and resolution is quick and permanent with very few complaints.
Disadvantages: Most complaints stem from it detaching soon after the procedure is done which may require additional visits to the dentists. Since these are ultra thin and quite translucent, it may not adequately cover the natural tooth color. If your tooth if is a bit darker than usual, another layer may be needed to “block” the darker tint from showing through. Patients also complain of a “toothier” or a more prominent look of their teeth.
Veneers and lumineers have similarities and differences, which are mentioned above. Combined with your dentist’s professional advice, we hope you will have an easy time deciding which treatment best suits you.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 W. Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

When Should I Take My Child To Their First Dental Appointment

Every child is a parent’s delight. We dote over them, worry when they are sick and celebrate every developmental milestone of their young life. Thus, for their health and general well-being, we have their pediatricians to go to for regular check-ups and for the occasional cold or fever. But one question every parent asks is how early should my child see the dentist? When the best time and what is the ideal age for that first visit?
Dental Visits: How Soon Is Too Soon?
Ideally, your child’s first visit to the dentist should take place before they reach their first birthday or within six months from the time their first tooth erupts. Remember, tooth decay can happen anytime as soon as your child begins to grow his or her tooth or teeth. However, it is generally acceptable to do this between the ages of two to three but bringing them earlier comes with certain advantages.
But It’s Only Milk Teeth!
Oftentimes, parents harbor the mistaken notion that since baby teeth are not yet permanent and since your child will eventually lose them in due time, there isn’t much that can be done about them. Please realize, however, that even if we can’t see them, your child's permanent teeth are already developing under their baby teeth. This is why it is very important for the dentist to see at the soonest if the development of your child’s teeth is taking place in the normal way.
Getting Baby Used To The Dentist
First visits are usually about getting your child used to and being comfortable in sitting in a dentist's chair. Thus, if your child’s first visit to the dentist is done early enough, is not associated with any pains or aches and is relatively stress-free, then it will turn out to be a positive experience for your child, free from anxiety and fear. This is especially crucial so that any trauma associated with visits to the dentist can be avoided.
Should the time come for you to go to the dentist for real teeth problems, your child will now have developed an understanding and appreciation that the dentist is his or her friend.
To help in this, it is best to bring your child for his or her first dental visit to a pediatric or family dentist. These types of dentist have received additional training in treating children and understanding their psychological make-up and needs. Their clinics are also designed with children in mind and are filled with child-friendly amenities and stuff like toys and games, play areas, and prizes to make children look forward to their next visits.
Bringing your child to the dentist before any dental problem has taken place helps you take better care of your child’s teeth. You can learn, at the earliest possible time, the proper way to clean their teeth, to know their fluoride needs, prevent plaque from building-up and avoid the formation of cavities.  It is this type of positive experience with you and with their dentist at an early age that helps your child form and develop proper dental care habits as he or she grows older.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 W. Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How Often Should I Brush and Floss?

Brushing and flossing are two major elements of dental hygiene. Both actions can help to keep plaque levels down to a minimum and reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth. Mouth bacteria are harsh invaders that can spread fast if you do not constantly fight them with dental products. If you brush and floss on an acceptable schedule, then you can avoid requiring extensive work when you visit your local dentist for a checkup. You should never go without brushing or flossing, and you should be mindful of the amount of time you spend performing either activity. The following are some tips pertaining to brushing and flossing:
Brushing at least twice per day is imperative. A first morning brush is necessary to remove the buildup of plaque and bacteria that forms a layer over your teeth while you are sleeping. Brushing once at night can help to add some protection to the inside of your mouth when you go to bed. You should brush your teeth for approximately two minutes and make sure that you touch all surfaces. A two-minute brushing session will ensure that the fluoride penetrates your tooth enamel and does its job. A wide range of fortified toothpastes is available to add to your level of protection. Additionally, brushing extra times throughout the course of the day cannot hurt you at all. The more you brush, the more you eliminate bacteria. 
Flossing has a great deal of benefits that come with it. One of the greatest benefits of flossing is that it eliminates bad breath that is caused by plaque and food particles in between the teeth. The recommended number of times you should floss per day is once. However, flossing can help you in between meals and before you retire for the night. Mint-coated antiseptic floss is the best kind to use because of its anti-bacterial properties. Therefore, you will want to search for a brand that offers layers of protection against the harsh elements that invade your mouth.
Additional Tips
Gentle antiseptic mouthwashes can help to keep your breath smelling fresh, and they can add moisture and hydration to the mouth by stimulating the glands. You can use them once or twice per day in addition to vigorous flossing and brushing. If you have any problems such as tooth pain, bad breath or bleeding gums, you should schedule an appointment with an emergency facility.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 W. Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What is Fluoride and Why Should I Use It?

When we think of fluoride we think of children between the ages of 6 and 15 when permanent teeth begin to come in. At those ages, fluoride is important for dental development, particularly with all of the sugars kids consume. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel by replacing nutrients that are lost over time. It can even repair small holes in your teeth caused by loss of those nutrients. It aids in dental development prior to age 6 making teeth more resistent to decay. Fluoride is found in many fruits, vegetables and juices, water and of course in toothpastes and mouthwashes. A dentist can also treat teeth with fluoride using foam, gel or varnish. These treatments are very fluoride rich as opposed to toothpastes or mouthwashes. Fluoride supplements can also be prescribed.
Many dentists also recommend fluoride treatments for adults, because believe it or not, adults get cavities too. If you drink bottled water exclusively, you may need fluoride treatment. Extra fluoride protection is warranted in conjunction with medications that cause dry mouth because reduction of saliva increases the risk of cavities. Radiation patients also experience loss of saliva. The process of aging often results in gum recession, exposing part of the root of the tooth and increasing the risk of decay. Even people with braces are exposed to a higher risk of tooth decay from the braces trapping in bacteria.
You can even buy certain fluoride gels over the counter for home use. You need only apply a little in the mouth, let it sit for awhile and rinse. The usual fluoride treatment at the dentist's office involves the dentist filling a mouthguard with flavored fluoride and putting it in your mouth for a few short minutes. The guard is then removed and your rinse your mouth.
Studies have conclusively shown that when used correctly, fluoride treatments significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay in both children and adults. Each patient is different so if you're worried about not getting enough fluoride, just talk with your dentist and he or she will be happy to let you know if fluoride supplements are recommended.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 West Main. St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Thursday, June 5, 2014

What is root planing, and why is it done?

Pain, inflammation, and swelling of the gums are the most telling signs of gingivitis and periodontitis, and if left untreated these conditions can lead to a receding gum line, loose teeth, mouth sores, and the eventual loss of teeth rooted in the affected areas. Research also suggests that poor gum health leads to additional health complications, and can affect an individual’s overall well-being. Although several treatment options are available, many patients are reluctant to seek out the proper methods for coping with gum disease that has progressed to the point of pain. Misinformation concerning treatment and recovery may be one cause for such reluctance, but there is good news for those who are hesitant to begin looking for relief.
Root planing and scaling is a comfortable, non-surgical procedure offered to patients suffering from gum disease, and is often the first option for treatment when a diagnosis is issued. The procedure involves the use of scraping instruments, an ultrasonic tool or both to deep clean and remove dental plaque and calculus that promote bacterial growth along the gum line and at the root level. A local anesthetic is generally offered to minimize any discomfort, and most patients will feel only the pressure of the instruments being used during their visit.
The risks involved with the procedure are minimal, with the possibility for infection being the primary cause for concern. For this reason, patients may have antibiotic fibers or gels inserted during the planing and scaling session, which will usually be removed about one week after the first visit. For patients who run a higher risk of infection, antibiotics after the procedure may be prescribed.
Immediately after the procedure the gums may be more sensitive than usual, and certain precautions will be advised until normal sensitivity levels are regained. For this reason, some patients may have small areas of the gum line treated over several visits to ensure minimal inconvenience and shorter recovery times. Patients may also be advised to take over-the-counter pain relief medication immediately after their visits, and to brush and floss more gently until any discomfort or pain subsides.
Root planing and scaling is highly effective, and most patients can expect to see the return of healthy pink gums after treatments have been completed. The procedure is an excellent option for patients struggling with gum pain, bleeding, and other signs of disease seeking a minimally invasive treatment option.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 W. Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

When will my child get his/her first tooth?

For first-time parents wondering when their child will get his or her first teeth, expect teeth to first show when your child is between 4 and 7 months old. Sometimes, children – who the dental community refers to as “early developers”— have teeth develop as early as 3 months, and, more rarely, a tooth or two is visible at birth.
Your child actually begins to develop teeth when they are in the womb, where tooth buds start showing in the gums. Generally speaking, though, your child’s teeth will grow in this order: the bottom two middle teeth are first to appear, followed by the top middle teeth. After that, the teeth that make up the sides and back of your child’s mouth will start to come in.
Typically, the teeth do not come in straight, but straighten out over time as the mouth starts to fill out. The molars situated at the rear of your child’s mouth will be the last to appear. By the time your child turns three, he or she should have 20 teeth, all of which should remain in place until their permanent teeth begin coming in. 
Teething Symptoms
Currently, there is a debate among physicians and dentists as to whether or not teething causes various symptoms, or whether these symptoms develop coincidentally when a child’s teeth are growing in. In any event, your teething child might drool more frequently while teeth are appearing, which sometimes causes a facial rash.
Other teething symptoms include gum swelling and general gum sensitivity and increased irritability. Your child may also exhibit biting behavior, and they might have problems sleeping. Babies also commonly refuse food when a tooth is freshly ruptured through the gum tissue.
Some experts believe that teething leads to increased diarrhea and diaper rash. The theory is that the teething creates excessive salvia, some of which will end up in your child’s gut, loosening the stool, and resulting in diarrhea.
What is universally agreed upon by both physicians and dentists, however, is that if your child is teething and has a rectal temperature that exceeds 101 degrees Fahrenheit (or 100 degrees Fahrenheit if your child is younger than 3 months), or is experiencing any other symptoms that worry you, seek immediate medical attention.
How to Ease Your Child’s Teething Discomfort
If your child is suffering pain while teething, give them something to chew on. A cold washcloth, rubber gnaw, or massaging rattler are all excellent options. If your child has already advanced to eating solids, giving them something cold – like diced fruit or yogurt -- will ease the pain,. Rubbing a clean finger on your child’s tender gums will work if the aforementioned methods do not diminish your child’s discomfort.
If the teething discomfort persists, consider giving your child a dose of children’s pain reliever. Make sure to consult with a physician before administering the medication. For babies with a rash on their chin, rubbing away the drool with a soft cloth and then rubbing the affected areas with a thick layer of petroleum jelly typically reduces redness and sores.

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2030 West Main St.

Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Top 5 Services a Cosmetic Dentist Can Do For You

Your teeth do a lot for how уου look to others. A nice set of truly white teeth саn instantly enhance уουr appearance and confidence, while a set of less than perfect and less than white teeth саn hаνе the contrary effect. Since a lot of score is put on beauty and the way people look, many people are visiting a dentist to hаνе countless procedures like dental implants or porcelain veneers performed.
Below are the top five services your dentist саn do for уου:
Teeth Whitening
The enamel – or the outer mοѕt layer of уουr teeth – іѕ οftеn tarnished due to a number reasons such аѕ aging, stains from food or drink, or οthеr chemical degradation.
A dentist саn whiten уουr teeth for уου by removing the brown or yellow staining that has occurred. Thеrе are, in fact, numerous uncommon procedures by whісh уου саn get уουr teeth whitened: chemical whitening, mild acid whitening, harsh teeth whitening and laser teeth whitening.
Thеѕе gentle dental procedures саn range from јυѕt a few hundred to numerous thousands of dollars and mау demand јυѕt one or many visits to a local dentist to hаνе the treatment concluded.
Gum Surgery
Yουr gums are the frame on whісh all of уουr teeth are placed. Often, due to lack of proper care and hygiene, the gum might be infected or the actual gum tissue in between the teeth might become weak. Moreover, уου might even hаνе a ‘gummy' smile – one that exposes a lot of gum in comparison to the teeth. Gum surgery саn fix thіѕ problem along with any οthеr issue that might arise due to уουr gums.
Dental Implants
A dental implant іѕ a rod of titanium, whісh іѕ affixed surgically to уουr jaw, such that іt becomes an anchor for a natural looking false tooth or a set of false teeth. The titanium fittings that are used in the implants are inserted into the jaws and are very successful in fusing with the bone (osseointegration). Thеrе are again three uncommon types of dental implants (уουr dentist will talk аbουt thеѕе with уου in great detail) – root form implants, plate form implants, and subperiosteal implants.
Typically, if уου are missing a tooth and hаνе enough bone left in that рlасе to hold the rod, and then уου саn go for a dental implant.
Contouring and Reshaping
Dental contouring and tooth reshaping are again two well lονеd procedures that go hand-in-hand. Thеѕе procedures саn correct ѕοmе of the mοѕt common complaints that people hаνе with thеіr teeth, such аѕ broken teeth, a chipped tooth, cracked teeth, and overlapping teeth.
Tooth Bonding
Thіѕ іѕ a procedure in whісh a composite resin filling іѕ placed in уουr teeth, used typically in the refurbishment of decomposing teeth, making improvements and improving the color of уουr teeth аѕ well. The entire treatment саn be used to improve stains, and fill up gaps between the teeth.
Уουr dentist саn do all thіѕ and more. No longer do folks hаνе to simply deal with the teeth and gums thеу hаνе been given. A dentist can now do a lot more than ease tooth ache and tooth pain, or perform dentistry such as root canals or crowns. By being able to find a dentist, thеу саn correct nearly anything concerning thеіr mouth to get the perfect smile thеу hаνе always wanted.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 W. Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403