Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What Is Hyperdontia Continued

Last month October, 7th I did a blog about hyperdontia (teeth that appear in addition to the regular number of teeth).  Today I'm going to explain what type of treatment is used along with how long the treatments can last.

Treating hyperdontia is often done by removing the extra teeth/tooth, this can be preformed like a normal extraction if the tooth has erupted (broken the skin). If the tooth is still beneath the gum line, surgical extractions may be preformed. Sometimes if the teeth are fused together, both teeth may need to be removed.

Orthodontic treatment may be needed after the extractions to create a perfect smile! The length of  treatment will be determined by an orthodontist. Orthodontic treatment can last 1-3 years depending on the severity of the teeth, type of braces chosen, and dental health.

The prevention of hyperdontia is not known or still under medical review.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Can your dental exam reveal osteoporosis?

Absolutely!  There are a variety of things your teeth and gums can reveal, and bone loss is one of them
Picture this: Your teeth have been cleaned, x-rayed and examined. You're ready to schedule your next 6-month check-up and be on your way. But instead, your dentist delivers some surprising news: you may have osteoporosis.
You may think he is kidding, but that's probably not the case. Signs of osteoporosis can often be seen on dental x-rays and exams. Oral health and bone health can be directly related. Your dentist can find possible signs of osteoporosis by examining your jawbone, gums and teeth.
Although your dentist may suspect the disease, an x-ray alone is not enough for a diagnosis. To diagnose osteoporosis, you will need to see a doctor for a bone density test.

Keep Smiling!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Oral Cancer Screening At Home

Six easy steps to check for oral cancer at home!

  1. Tongue - Extend your tongue as far as it can go, examine the sides and underside for white and red patches and feel your tongue for lumps.
  2. Lip and Cheek - Feel for lumps or bumps while looking for white and red patches.
  3. Double - Digit Probe - Examine the floor of your mouth from the tom to bottom simultaneously for lumps, red and white patches.
  4. Palate Tickle - Check the roof of your mouth for lumps and areas of softness on the hard palate, looking for white and red patches.
  5. Neck Caress - Palpate your neck for enlarged lymph nodes.
  6. Tonsils - Depress the tongue and check for enlarged tonsils and any white or red patches.
Remember this does not take place of seeing your dentist, this is just a cautionary screening. If you notice any unusual patches or unexplained soreness contact your dentist immediately.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tips for Better Dental Health in Dogs

This is one area that is the most neglected when it comes to a dogs health.  Tooth decay and gum disease can lead to a variety of health problems for your pet, such as infection and malnutrition.

Here are some useful tips to help you maintain your dogs oral health. 

Do The Breath Test

Sniff your dog’s breath. If it smells bad and is accompanied by a loss of appetite, vomiting or excessive urinating, might be a good idea to take your dog to the vet.

Check Under Lips
Check your dog’s gums often looking to make sure they are pink, not white or red. His teeth should be clean, without any brownish tartar.

Signs of Oral Disease
  • Bad breath
  • Excessive drooling
  • Inflamed gums
  • Tumors in the gums
  • Cysts under the tongue
  • Loose teeth
Chewy Treats
They now make healthy chew treats that focus on dental health for dogs of all sizes. Dogs need to chew in order to keep their teeth strong.  Just make sure you buy a size that is appropriate for your dog!

Chew Toys
They not only satisfy your dog’s desire to chomp, they also help make his teeth strong. They can help massage his gums and keep soft tartar off his teeth.

Original post by btflbutterfly
Edited by walnutflwr 10/29/14

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Soft Foods To Eat After Dental Surgery

After dental surgery it can be difficult to find foods that are filling while still soft and easy to eat.

From my experience of having my wisdom teeth removed and having my braces tightened I know finding soft foods to eat seemed impossible at the time.

I wish I would have seen this list after I had my procedures, it would have been a much easier to plan my meals for the day!

Bellow are some soft foods and liquids you can add to your diet after surgery.

  • Baby foods
  • Broth
  • Mashed fruits
  • Soft casseroles
  • Fish
  • Cottage cheese
  • Jello/Pudding
  • Noodles/Pasta
  • Ice Cream
  • Smoothies
  • Oatmeal
  • Soup
 Remember don't use straws or smoke after surgery, this can cause dry sockets which can very painful.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dentists and Bad Business Reviews

I read an article on Yahoo some time ago about a dentist who is considering a lawsuit against an elderly man who posted a bad review about her on an online review forum. Seriously? Apparently she had him sign a few papers prior to treatment (while he was in pain and on medication). Included in the paperwork was a waiver stating that he would not report his experience or write any negative reviews about the dentist following his treatment! He says that he had problems dealing with her office for almost a year after his treatment, and, exasperated, finally felt that he needed to share his experience. Maybe, after a year....but I think there may have been a better way.  I once had a client file a formal complaint with the Board of Dental Examiners against a dentist because it was cold in his office and he didn't have a blanket for her to cover up with. Frivolous, thoughtless and completely unnecessary.  Personally, in my 20 years of working in this industry, I have never heard of such a thing. The dentist wound up losing time and money because he had to attend continuing education classes and pay a fine for the infraction.  Nonsense! 

That said, there are many ways to resolve issues with your dentist, whether they are staff related, price discrepancies or quality of care issues. The solution is to go through the proper channels. I certainly would not advise anyone to file a complaint with the board because a receptionist was rude, or post it on any review forum, ever! Only as a last resort would I suggest filing a board complaint for anything less than malpractice. Consider a well written, certified letter, registered mail sent directly to the dentist.  Believe me, he will be much more receptive to a resolution than his receptionist or office manager because it is his license that is on the line!  9 times out of 10 the complaint will be resolved when it is approached this way. 

What do you think? We'd love your opinion on the issue.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top 15 Halloween Candies Your Dentist Wishes You Won't Eat!

With Halloween just around the corner, every year dentist offices across the country encounter a rush of patients experiencing Halloween candy related dental emergencies!! No joke!! It's very common for patients to present themselves to the dental staff with crowns or bridges that have been pulled off, fillings that have been pulled out, teeth that have been chipped or cracked all by these innocent sweeties we consume every year!! I've compiled a list of the most common offenders that can be found in your candy bowl!
Top 5 Worst Culprits
(these are known to extricate crowns, bridges and fillings with ease)
  1. Sugar Daddy
  2. Milk Duds
  3. Dots
  4. Bit-O-Honey
  5. Good n' Plenty
Top 10 Accomplices
  1. Jolly Rancher
  2. Laffy Taffy
  3. Caramel
  4. Gummy Bears
  5. Toffee
  6. Tootsie Rolls
  7. Sugar Babies
  8. Now & Laters
  9. Super Bubble Gum/ Dubble Bubble Gum
  10. Slowpokes
There ya have it! For those of you who have any type of dental work done, watch out for these sneaky little candies...or you may find yourself in the dental chair bashfully blaming your missing filling on one of these sweet little criminals!

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

Original Post by Dawn_DA on October 13th 2009