Friday, May 27, 2016

All About Single Tooth Implants

This is a subject that many people don't understand, myself included.  The following is an article that explains the entire process, in detail, with pictures!  Ordinarily I wouldn't just randomly post a link but I believe this will help to explain what an implant is, in what instance it would be the preferred treatment and what is involved in the process. I have to give props to Colgate for this one....very good and informative stuff!  

Click here for the link, and enjoy! 

Keep smiling!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dental Songs For Preschoolers

Do you have a preschooler that  does not like brushing their teeth?

If so, your in luck! Below are some common children songs that are changed into dental songs to make brushing fun!

Row Row Row Your Boat:

Brush, brush, brush your teeth.
At least two times a day.
Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning,
Fighting tooth decay.
Floss, floss,floss your teeth.
Every single day.
Gently, gently, gently,gently,
Whisking Plaque away.
Rinse, rinse, rinse your teeth
Every single day.
Swishing, swishing, swishing, swishing,
Fighting tooth decay.

Twinkle Twinkle:

Sparkle, sparkle, little teeth,
Some above and some beneath.
Brush them all at every meal,
Clean and fresh they'll always feel.
Sparkle, sparkle, little teeth,
Some above and some beneath.

Floss them, floss them, in between.
Cavities will not be seen!
See your dentist twice a year,
You will grin from ear to ear.
Floss them, floss them, in between,
Cavities will not be seen!

Snacking, snacking, it's okay.
Try it in the proper way.
Eat raw veggies, fruit and cheese.
They will make your mouth say "Please!"
Snacking, snacking, it's okay.
Try it in the proper way.

I'm a little tea pot:

I have a little toothbrush.
I hold it very tight.
I brush my teeth each morning,
and then again at night.
I go brush, brush, brush
and rinse, rinse, rinse,
and then when they're all clean
I'll blow you a kiss.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Floss Sticks vs Regular Floss

Floss sticks are quickly becoming the way of the world. They are easy to use, make flossing quicker and saves you from getting the string imprints in your fingers, but it is really the best option?

Traditional dental floss has been used for years. It is tested, approved, recommended and used by most dental centers. It is great at removing the excess food particles, plaque and bacteria between your teeth. However it is really difficult to control. It takes some work and technique to make sure that you do it right especially if you are trying to get in between the back molars. It also requires at some point for you to stick your fingers inside your mouth, which is a problem for some people. However it is really effective at cleaning your teeth properly.

Floss Swords are less intrusive in your mouth. The are simple and easy to use and allows you to reach the back molars without much trouble. However, their effectiveness of cleaning teeth is in question. Ideally when you floss with traditional floss, between each tooth you pull a fresh piece of floss. With a floss sword, you use the same piece until you are done. This can transfer bacteria from between one to tooth to another. One can argue that if the sword in rinsed before each tooth that it wouldn't do that, but ideally does anyone actually do that? Also, they are often accused of pushing plaque back and forth in because the plastic piece stops it from being easily removed.

Personally, I use both. In some areas of my mouth, my teeth are tight to each other and it is hard to get the thick piece of floss on sword between them, so I use traditional floss on those. I use tradition floss on all of my front teeth and I use a floss sword on my molars. I do rinse the floss sword after each tooth, but that's just me. 

It basically comes down to your preference and the recommendation of your dentist and hygienist so make sure you check with them. Regardless of which one you choose you will definitely get kudos for flossing. That's the part of self dental care that is skipped the most!


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dental Restraints For Kids.. A Controversial Topic

I don't know anyone that likes to go to the dentist, myself included. It can especially traumatizing for a child especially if major work is needed. A freaked out child who cannot sit still can be a nightmare for a dentist, dental assistant, hygienist and not to mention the parent. A child who cannot remain still or calm can be a safety hazard to anyone in the office around them as well as themselves. Think about it, a dentist is trying to drill out a cavity and the child is tossing their head around.

Which bring me to what has become a very controversial topic in the media right now. Should dental restraints be used on children? There can be an argument both ways. I know dentists that are not at all a fan of them, I know dentists that are and I know ones that have them as an absolute last resort. The controversy comes from a story in Boston that went viral on social media. Some parents we claiming that their child was "tortured and traumatized" during their trip to the dentist because they were restrained in the chair. There were reports of some kids getting cuts and bruised from the restraints. Being one that does not like to be restrained in away, I can empathize with these kids. I would literally go nuts. There are two sides to every story and of course we are only seeing one side in the media and on social media. So I will refrain from giving my opinion of the story because I do not like to jump to conclusions based on one side. However I will say this:

1. Restraints are nothing new, they have been around and have been used for years. In this day of social media takeover, things like this are brought more into the spotlight. Although it may seem like something new that this dentist is doing, it really isn't. It has been a practice for a very long time.

2. There is time to use restraints and a time not to. In my opinion that should be a collaborative decision between the parent(s) and the dentist. Other options should be explored so that the best course of action can be agreed upon.

3. There is correct and incorrect way to use restraints. They are designed to keep the patient still and safe, not cause harm to them. If a patient is getting cuts and bruises from the restraints then in my opinion they are counterproductive to the purpose they are intended for, or they are misapplied.

I would really like to hear from you on this. What are your thoughts? You can comment on this post if you like. I did a Twitter Poll on our @SavonDentalPlan twitter account if you would like to go there and vote. Hope to hear your feedback!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Don't Eat These Foods After Wisdom Teeth Extractions!

Many people leave their doctors office following a surgical extraction with a list of generic "do's and dont's", but alot of people don't have a clear understanding of which types of foods are good or bad. Here is a list of suggestions (straight from a dental assistant) to help with the decision making process.


Chips of any kind
Crunchy cereal

A good rule of thumb is if it's crunchy, don't eat it!


Alcoholic beverages
Carbonated beverages (these can interfere with the natural clotting that occurs after the procedure. The clotting is important to protect the open socket.)
Piping hot beverages

In addition to these foods and drinks, smoking is an irritant and should be avoided following an extraction. Both smoking and drinking through a straw can be harmful as the sucking motion can cause the bleeding to begin again.
As with any surgical procedure, check with your doctor or dentist if you experience excessive pain, bleeding or anything out of the ordinary.

Then, once you've healed, as always, keep smiling!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dental Emergency Kit

We have all heard of a first aid kit, and majority of us either have one in the car or at home, but do you have a dental emergency kit? I know I don't and never even thought about having one. 

Dental emergency kits are great to have on hand especially if your around sporting events which is the most common place to receive dental injuries.

Making your own dental emergency may cost more money then buying a pre-made one but with making your own you know you will have everything you need.

What you should have in your dental emergency kit:
  • Gloves - Never put your hands inside someones mouth without gloves on, you never know if there will be blood involved. 
  • Temporary filling - This is used to cover a hole. It helps keep air from hitting the nerve and help keep food from getting into the area. 
  • Orajel - Helps relieve tooth pain and mouth sores. This is not a long term solution. 
  • Cotton balls, gauze pads and q tips - These will be necessary if a tooth has fallen out. These can also be soaked up in various medicines and applied to and abscess  or to gum lines.
  • Peroxide - Excellent gargling solution that can help clean the teeth and gums. Swishing the peroxide around in the mouth helps prevent infection from setting in.
  • Salt - Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water helps lessen a toothache.
  • Dental mirror - This will help you look all the way back to the mouth.
There are many other things that you can include in your dental emergency kit, such as essential oils, tea bags and etc. 

Remember this is just a emergency kit to help you until you can see your dentist. Never leav anything untreated, it can make you sick and can even lead to death.

Information was found here

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Wisdom Teeth - Do We Really Need Them?

The issue of whether to extract healthy wisdom teeth in young adults has been hotly debated over the years.  The general theory is to extract now, avoid problems later. There are pros and cons to this theory, of course, but  I suppose It's like having an appendectomy...or a tonsillectomy. Afterward you discover that you really didn't need them to begin with! Wisdom teeth, afterall, are not positioned for adequate chewing. It isn't like they are essential. The fact is, teens and people in their early twenties heal faster.  A wisdom tooth extraction (or any extraction, really) is kind of like an amputation.   It isn't so easy when you're older.  Conversely, smokers, diabetics and people in poor general health or with compromised health have a harder time healing and can experience more complications than younger, healthier people. People in good health tend to heal faster.  It's that simple. Not to mention that a good percentage of wisdom teeth never erupt; they remain impacted and can actually cause the teeth to shift and affect your bite.  I guess I have mentioned the pros to this theory and not really any cons!  Feel free to chime in if you can think of any reasons why not to have your wisdom teeth extracted!

We'd like to know your opinion on the subject, both doctors and patients!

Keep Smiling!