Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Dehydration Contributes to Bad Breath

 Dehydration is a major cause of bad breath. When the body is dehydrated it doesn't produce enough saliva. Without enough saliva to clean away food particles, bacteria reproduces freely and causes the bad breathSaliva also neutralizes acids and prevents plaque from forming on the surface of your teeth. Consequently, adding plenty of water to your diet is a good start to having a healthy mouth. The current recommendation is to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, and remember that you can also get fluids through foods such as fruits, vegetables and legumes.

Keep Smiling! 

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Extraction Aftercare

Aftercare for tooth extraction can vary depending on the type of procedure that was done and how your body responds to healing.

One thing is for sure, you may have bleeding for 24 hours, so don't freak out!

  • 1-2 days after an extraction:
    • Rest - try not to bend over or pick up anything heavy.
    • Change gauze - if needed, change gauze every 30 min.
    • eating- Eat soft foods and chew on the opposite side of the mouth.
    •  Avoid Swishing - Put water in your mouth gently tilt your head from side to side and spit. SO NOT swish.
    • No Straws - sucking can cause dry sockets.
    • Medications - take prescribed medication as needed.
    • No smoking - like the straw, this can create a dry socket.
    • Elevate head - when you sleep, elevate your head. This will prevent blood pooling and make healing fast.
    • Brush and floss - super gentle around the extraction site.
  • 3-10 days after extraction:
    • Saline rinse - use warm salt water to rinse the mouth.
    • Brush and floss - continue as normal.
    •  Eat - continue eating soft foods.
If you are experiencing any pain after a week or 10 days, consult your dentist immediately!

*These are basic instructions. If your dentist gives you an instruction sheet, please follow theirs*

Information is found here!

Friday, June 7, 2024

How To Sleep After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Check out this direct reprint of an article by Slumber Yard Team, if you are about to get your wisdom teeth removed! 

"Wisdom Teeth Removal

Almost 85% of Americans need to get their wisdom teeth pulled sooner or later, and boy are we jealous of those who don‘t need to go through the procedure.  It‘s a simple outpatient surgery, but the recovery can be quite grueling.  It can be even worse if you can‘t manage to get a good night‘s sleep.  Sleep is a major factor in recovery, so you can see how this situation can quickly become a downward spiral if you‘re not getting any rest.  The less sleep you get, the more painful the healing process becomes, which makes it harder to sleep — and the cycle continues.

Our Slumber Yard team member Carla actually recently got her wisdom teeth pulled.  When we asked her about her sleep experience post–procedure, this is what she had to say.

“Be prepared to readjust the way you‘re eating because you can basically only have liquids and soft foods like yogurt and pudding.  I tried noodle soup, but I stayed away after I got a noodle stuck in the holes where my wisdom teeth were.  Because you‘re eating differently, it might affect your sleep schedule.  For the first couple of days, I had a migraine from the surgery and an aching jaw, so it made it more difficult to fall asleep.  But the first two days, I did nap a lot.  I‘d say I got around the recommended six to eight hours of sleep over the days.  I‘ve heard from others that they‘ve slept much more, though, especially if your dentist puts you on pain pills stronger than Tylenol.  Yawning hurt for about a month, too, so be prepared for that.”

Wisdom tooth removal is something that most people will encounter in their lifetime.  While everyone‘s experience is different, there are some things that you can expect after wisdom teeth removal.  This guide will teach you some simple tricks and provide expert tips to help ease your recovery and help you sleep better.

How to Sleep Post Teeth Removal

After you get your wisdom teeth removed, it‘s important to be aware of how you‘re sleeping.  Sleep and good rest is important to heal faster, but you can actually prolong your healing process if you‘re not careful.

Take Your Medication

To start, make sure you take any medications your doctor prescribed.¯ This is essential for two reasons:  One, it will help fight off potential infection, and two, it will help you sleep at night if you‘re feeling pain.

Hopefully, your dentist or oral surgeon prescribed you something strong enough to ease the pain, as Carla mentioned earlier.  If not, Ibuprofen or Tylenol will help reduce the discomfort too.  You can also apply an ice pack to your cheek if you have a combination of pain and swelling.

Keep Head Elevated & Choose the Right Position

After you get your wisdom teeth pulled, you‘ll need to keep your head elevated for at least 36 hours at a 45–degree angle, even while you sleep.  The elevation will help you recover faster because blood vessel tone (constriction of your blood vessels) and blood volume tend to increase near the wound when you‘re lying flat.  This can cause the wound to throb and lead to increased pressure and bleeding, inhibiting healing.  Keeping your head at an angle also helps to reduce swelling, so you don‘t look like a chipmunk.

Remove Gauze From Mouth This next tip might go without saying, but you‘ll want to remove the gauze in your mouth before you sleep, so you don‘t accidentally choke on it.  Your dentist should tell you when you have the OK to take it out, which is normally around 30 minutes after surgery.

Follow Aftercare Instructions

In general, make sure you also schedule time to rest after your surgery, and not just when you‘re supposed to go to sleep at night.  If you strain yourself too hard after wisdom teeth removal, the healing process will only be more painful, meaning less restful sleep.  So take a few days off work, lay low, and sleep whenever you get the opportunity.

If you find it hard to fall asleep, try setting the temperature in your room between 60–67 degrees to lower your body temperature, and turn off all the lights in your room.  You should even keep your phone face down so it doesn‘t light up throughout the night.  This ensures you‘re in the perfect atmosphere to fall asleep.

Combatting the Aftermath of Wisdom Teeth Removal

When a wisdom tooth is removed, some common symptoms may occur.  We identify these common symptoms, along with medical advice from Mayo Clinic regarding best treatment practices.

Be sure to contact your doctor should you experience any of the following symptoms:
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Severe pain
  • Fever
  • Prolonged, excessive swelling that lasts two or more days
  • Pus in or around the socket
  • Numbness or loss of feeling
  • Blood or pus in nasal discharge
Foods to Aid in the Recovery Process and Support Sleep

The foods and beverages that you consume could hasten your recovery process.  These foods and beverages can actually help aid in your recovery from wisdom tooth removal.

Beverages

Do‘s:

Water:  Water is your best friend after surgery, replenishing essential nutrients and giving your body the strength to fight infection.

Ginger ale:  The bubbles and mild flavor can help ease nausea and settle upset stomachs.

Gatorade or Powerade:  These sports drinks are full of vitamins that can help replenish and strengthen your body to fight infection.

Milkshakes:  Everyone loves ice cream, but this guilty pleasure is not so guilty after wisdom tooth removal because the creamy cold of the treat is very soothing during healing.

Don‘ts:

Alcohol:  You should refrain from alcohol for at least 48 hours immediately following your procedure.

Acidic drinks:  Acidic beverages, such as certain sodas or juices, can cause severe irritation to your wound and hamper healing.

Hot and cold beverages:  Your mouth will be especially tender following surgery, so stick to lukewarm drinks and skip the hot coffees and teas.

Whichever beverages you choose, be sure to avoid using a straw so you do not risk dislodging blood clots or causing further harm to the extraction site.

Foods

There are also some foods that can help ease recovery.

Do‘s:

Yogurt:  The cool, creamy texture of yogurt makes this healthy treat enjoyable, but the extra vitamins and minerals will also help aid your recovery.

Applesauce:  This sweet treat‘s smooth texture makes it a perfect choice for post–procedure snacking. Plus, the vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin C, will help fight infection and speed up your healing.

Lukewarm soups:  Blended soups like pumpkin, carrot, or tomato soup are rich in nutrients, while bone broth adds extra hydration.

Eggs:  Scramble some eggs for a soft, easy–to–eat meal full of protein and Omega–3 fats to help with healing.

Don‘ts:

Hard foods:  Hard, chewy foods can put a strain on your extraction site and displace the blood clot.

Spicy foods:  Spicy foods can quickly cause irritation and prolong the healing period.

Crunchy foods:  Foods that easily crumble, like potato chips, can all too easily become stuck in the wound, adding room for infection.

Grains and seeds:  These also can become lodged in your wound and increase the risk of biting the inside of your mouth and adding to your list of ailments.

Additionally, there are also some items that better prepare the body for rest to help you sleep better.
  • Almond milk:  Almonds can agitate your wound, but almond milk is a soothing, refreshing way to provide your body with the hormone melatonin to help improve your sleep.

  • Chamomile tea:  A cup of lukewarm chamomile tea before bed can help fight inflammation and promote better sleep.

  • Tart cherry juice:  This specialty beverage is so effective at improving sleep quality that it is also used to treat insomnia.
Your medical provider can help advise on the best dietary plan for your needs after surgery.

Activities to Pull You Through the Recovery Period

Recovery after wisdom tooth extraction may not be the most fun time, but for many people every day, it is a necessary evil to ensure proper health.  While you are recovering from your procedure, these activities can help keep your mind preoccupied and engaged with fun, entertaining activities that will not put a strain on your recovering body.
  • Movies, audiobooks, and podcasts:  These are easy ways to entertain yourself without putting any strain on your body.  Curl up in front of a TV or grab a pair of headphones to tune into your favorite audiobook or flick.

  • Puzzles:  Puzzles are another low–energy activity that does not require a ton of movement and can be done right from the comfort of your bed.

  • Video Games:  As you begin to feel better, you can check out a new video game for a slightly more intensive experience.

  • Read a book:  This can be the perfect opportunity to catch up on your reading and dive into that new novel you have been pushing off.
Any activities that do not require a lot of motion and can be done from bed can help keep you entertained while waiting for your body to get back to normal.

When Can I Sleep on My Side After Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Unfortunately, you will need to sleep on your back.  Depending on your recovery time, you will need to sleep on your back for around three to seven days.  It is not recommended to sleep on your side or your stomach because it can squish your cheeks, adding extra pressure to the area.  It will also direct more blood to the area via gravity.  We can‘t imagine that it would be very comfortable to sleep with an elevated head while on your stomach or side, either, so try to stick strictly to your back.

If you‘re somebody who isn‘t used to sleeping on their back, try arranging pillows around your head and neck to keep you comfortable and supported.


Best Pillows to Use After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

The right pillow after wisdom teeth extraction can make all the difference in the world for your comfort and could even speed up the recovery process.  Medical experts at Mayo Clinic recommend that patients sleep on their back following wisdom tooth removal.

Back sleepers are best served by a pillow with anywhere from one to four inches of range when compressed.  This keeps the head elevated and reduces neck strain by facing toward the ceiling rather than forward.  The best pillow and mattress for back sleepers depends on a few factors, such as the material you choose.  Pillows are available in several different materials, such as memory foam and latex foam, to meet your ideal comfort level.  Your pillow and mattress firmness is another factor, with a medium firmness often working best for back sleepers.

An extra pillowcase is also a good idea to prevent any blood or fluid stains on your favorite keepsake pillowcase.

Additional Ways to Improve Your Sleep

There are a few other ways to help improve your sleep after wisdom tooth removal.

Modify Your Mattress Outfit

One tip is to modify your mattress outfit by investing in a temporary new bed setup.

Mattress toppers can be a great way to add support quickly.  Instead of upgrading your entire mattress, you could instead choose a mattress topper as a more economical way to accommodate your post–procedure sleep requirements.

You can also use extra pillows to provide added support.  A pillow below your knees can cradle your body for added support and also help minimize back pressure.

Implement a Weighted Blanket for Relaxation

Weighted blankets have increasingly become popular for their highly–touted health benefits.  These blankets typically carry a weight of at least 15 pounds and have been widely reported to provide a soothing calm that promotes better sleep.  Weighted blankets are also used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and stress.

For those who recently had wisdom teeth extracted, the added weight of the blanket does far more than just promoting better sleep.  It can also help other types of sleepers adjust to sleeping on their backs, with the blanket‘s weight gently reminding you throughout the night to remain on your back and prevent any extra, unnecessary movement.  Available in several weights, you are sure to find a version today that works best for your post–extraction sleep.

Final Thoughts

Wisdom tooth extraction is nothing new, but thankfully, there are several things you can do to reduce your downtime and promote faster, better healing.  From soft foods to lukewarm beverages, a few simple changes to your diet can help avoid unnecessary issues and help ensure a quicker recovery.– It is also important to assess what other changes you can make, from activities to even your mattress, so you can enjoy not only a comfortable place to recover but also better sleep each night too."

Monday, June 3, 2024

Myths About Cavities Explained


Cavities are no fun at all. No joke about that! However, there are a lot of myths out there about cavities. Let's see if we can play myth busters on a few of them.

MYTH: Only Sugar Can Cause Cavities:
FALSE:  Sorry mothers, I hate to take away your reason for your kid to have that candy car. Yes, sugar does cause cavities, but that is not the only culprit. If you want your kiddo to stay cavity free then you should steer them clear of bread and pasta, too. They contain starch, which is another cavity culprit.

MYTH: Extra Brushing Will Heal or Slow Down The Progression Of A Cavity
FALSE: Tooth enamel does not grow back. When you have a cavity, you need to get it filled. If you don't, you will eventually need a root canal and/or a crown. Brushing will not heal it or slow it down. Now, on the positive side, brushing will reduce the risk of obtaining more cavities and it will also keep the cavity clean and reduce the risk of infection.

MYTH: If I Have A Cavity, I Would Feel It
FALSE: Well, mostly false. If you feel the cavity and are experiencing pain, then you are probably dealing with a serious cavity that is much more advanced. When a cavity is starting chances are really good that you will not be able to feel it. Which is all the more the reason why regular dental checkups are so important.

So, it appears we have busted a few of the myths! I am sure there are many more. Do you have any that you would like to know about? Comment on this blog and we will try to find out if it is Myth or Fact!

Eating Cheese May Help To Prevent Cavities

 A study that was published in the June 2013 (yes, this goes back a little way but it is still relevant) issue of Journal of General Dentistry reveals that cheese increases the dental plaque pH level of ones mouth above 5.5 which, in essence, reduced the chances of that person getting a cavity. This does not apply to all dairy products. Milk and sugar free yogurt were also used in the study. The results showed no change in the dental plaque pH level. Which doesn't hurt your mouth or put you at risk, but it doesn't help it either. 

So why the cheese? Let me explain! The study suggests that it has to do with the saliva. Saliva creates and maintains the acidity level in your mouth. The increased chewing motion of eating the cheese creates more saliva. Combine that with the vitamins, nutrients and other compounds in cheese that can stick to the tooth enamel and the result you get is better protection against cavities.

As always, the BEST way to protect from cavities and other dental related problems is to maintain good oral health practices and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

Enjoy your cheese!


Sources: Journal of General Dentistry, May/June 2013 Issue
              Science Daily http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605130118.htm

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Traumatic Dental Injuries And Children With ADHD...

Do you have a child who suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD)? If so, you should check out this article from Dr. Bicuspids Ava Barros. 

"Individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be at twice the risk of sustaining traumatic dental injuries (TDIs). The systemic review was published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences.

Therefore, clinicians should be trained to raise awareness and implement preventive strategies to reduce the risk of TDIs in individuals with ADHD, the author wrote.

"The present study of scientific evidence may provide awareness regarding the prevention of TDIs among this vulnerable group," wrote author, A.A.H. Alzahrani, PhD, of the Al-Baha University Dental Health Department in Saudi Arabia (Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci, May 2024, Vol. 28:9, pp. 3303-3312).

ADHD is one of the most common chronic health disorders in school-aged children. Managing the relationship between ADHD and TDIs requires a multidisciplinary approach involving dental professionals, pediatricians, psychologists, and educators. Early identification and intervention for ADHD can reduce the risk of TDIs through targeted behavioral and educational strategies, Alzahrani wrote.

After searching multiple databases, 12 studies were included in this review. The prevalence of TDIs among individuals with ADHD ranged between almost 10% and 68% compared to 0.8% and approximately 45% in the healthy control group. The meta-analysis revealed that individuals with ADHD had 1.98 times higher odds (odds ratio = 1.98; 95% confidence interval, 1.51 to 2.59) of experiencing TDIs compared to those without ADHD, according to the review.

The findings highlight the functional impairments associated with ADHD, such as disrupted motor coordination and difficulties in forming peer connections. Children with ADHD are hyperactive, have trouble staying focused, and struggle to manage their behavior. Creating socially supportive school environments can significantly reduce the risk of TDIs, the author wrote.

The review had limitations, including the small sample size and the varying ages of participants, which ranged from 7 to 17 across different dentition stages. Further research should use standardized methodology to improve the understanding of the oral health conditions in ADHD patients, Alzahrani wrote.

"Despite those limitations, this study provides insights into the association between TDIs and ADHD individuals," Alzahrani concluded."

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Games and Activities for Kids

It's almost summer break! I'm sure all you parents will be struggling to find fun activities for your children to do after a few days, Right? Well...You're in luck, I have a few activities that are not just fun but also serve as a learning experience!

Oral health is an important part of our overall health, so here are a few fun activities to do with your children to teach them the importance of taking care of their teeth:
  • Eat this, not that!:
    • Cut out pictures of food from magazines. Ask the children to find pictures of healthy foods and pictures of unhealthy foods. Put all the pictures into a large pile. Take two small brown paper bags and draw a "happy tooth" and a "sad tooth". Together, sort out the pictures and place them into the correct bag.
  • Apple Activity:
    • Show the child an apple and have them pretend that it's a tooth. Using a stick, poke a hole into the apple. Explain to the child that the hole is like a cavity, a small hole that forms if they don't brush, floss, or eat healthy foods. Place the apple where the child can see it every day. After a few days, ask the child to explain what the apple looks like. Proceed to explain why it's important to take good care of our teeth and why we need to see the dentist regularly.
  • Egg Activity:
    • Show your child a hard-boiled egg and explain that the eggshell is like your teeth. Place the hard-boiled egg into a jar of vinegar. Ask your child what they think will happen to the egg. In a few days remove the egg and have the child examine the egg shell. Explain that the same thing will happen to their teeth if they don't properly take care of their teeth. 
  • Make your own toothpaste:
    • 4 tsp. baking soda
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 tsp. flavoring (ex. peppermint extract)
    • Mix and store in an airtight container
      • Extra fun: name the toothpaste and create a label for the container!
All of these activities were found on different websites. All you have to do is search for dental activities if you would like more fun ideas for your child!

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Botox And Dental?

What are your thoughts on Botox? Would you get Botox treatment if it meant it could help with specific dental problems?

Check out this article by Perfect Teeth:

"When you think about Botox chances are good you think about a Gen-Xer having it done to maintain their youthful appearance. You wouldn’t be wrong – Botox is by far the most popular cosmetic procedure out there with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reporting over 7.4 million injections given in 2018.

And now dentists are getting in on the action. Have you heard about this trend of Botox in dentistry? It just might be the next big thing!

What is Botox?

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. While it’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism, its use as an injectable paralytic has been FDA approved for cosmetic procedures and more. In fact, it’s now commonly used in small doses to treat a variety of health problems including excessive sweating, excessive blinking, overactive bladder and even migraines.

Botox works by blocking nerve signals that control muscle movement, which makes them unable to contract, temporarily softening the skin around the area that was injected. It typically takes a few hours for results to be seen and they usually last about three months.

Botox in Dentistry

For most people who hear the word “Botox”, they think of wrinkle reducing injections used in cosmetic procedures. While it is true Botox was approved by the FDA for such, it is now expanding in its application due to the nerve blocking benefits it offers. In fact, a trip to your dental office could include your dentist offering Botox.

While some dentists do use Botox for cosmetic procedures, there are many other uses for Botox in dentistry.

  • Treatment of Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)  
  • Treatment of bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Reducing a “gummy smile” without surgical intervention
  • Adjustment of lips before or after denture placement or oral surgeries.

Should a Dentist Do Botox?

Botox as a purely cosmetic procedure will likely never be part of a dentist’s repertoire – as their first and primary goal is oral health care. But, because dentists have extensive training on oral and facial anatomy, health and function, some say there is no one better qualified to administer Botox than a dentist.

In fact, some proponents of the use of Botox in dentistry claim dentists are the most qualified, and offer a better experience because they administer oral and facial injections on a regular basis. This makes the injections quick and less painful, because they are done with a skilled hand.

While the use of Botox in dentistry is controversial to some, it seems there may be a place for Botox in dentistry, to help both medically and cosmetically. According to the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics about 10% of dentists are currently trained to administer Botox with more seeking training every day. The American Dental Association even offers Botox training for its members!

Is Botox in dentistry the next big thing? We don’t have a crystal ball, but it’s a trend we envision increasing especially as demand grows and more and more state dental boards support the practice."

Monday, May 13, 2024

Can Oral Bone Loss Indicate Osteoporosis?

 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 your dentist 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, you can't tell for sure from an x-ray alone, but to diagnose osteoporosis, you will need to see a doctor for a bone density test.  

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Sedation For Children

 Does your little one have a dental procedure coming up? Will it require sedation? Well, you're in luck! I came across the article "Sedation Dentistry Options For Children" published by 123 Dentists, which will make you smile. This should help you make an informed decision on which sedation is best for your child.

"Children can often be apprehensive about dental treatment, but keeping oral health in good condition is important, especially at a young age. In certain situations, your dentist might recommend using a type of sedation during your child's treatment. This can be a worrying concept, but the right information will help to put your mind at rest.

Types of Sedation

There are several levels of sedation your dentist may choose to use depending on your child and the procedure to be undertaken.

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is the lowest level of sedation. It is blended with oxygen and administered through a small breathing mask. It is non-invasive, and once your child stops breathing nitrous oxide then the drug will quickly leave their system, and they will return to normal. Nitrous oxide won’t put your child to sleep, but it will help them to relax.

Mild sedation is usually induced using orally administered drugs. Your child will remain awake and usually be able to respond normally to verbal communication, but their movement and coordination may be affected. Respiratory and cardiovascular reflexes and functions are not affected at all, so there is no need for any additional monitoring equipment or oxygen.

Moderate sedation will make your child drowsy, and although they will usually respond to verbal communication they may not be able to speak coherently. They are likely to remain a little sleepy after the procedure, and most children cannot remember all or any of the procedure. This type of sedation can be reversed easily and breathing and cardiovascular function are generally unaffected.

Deep sedation is induced using intravenous drugs and will mean that your child is fully asleep. They may move a little and make sounds in response to repeated stimulation or any pain, but they will be in a deep sleep. Recovery from this type of sedation takes a little longer, and it is highly unlikely that your child will remember anything that happened. Sometimes respiratory or cardiovascular function can be impaired using these types of drugs, so there will be an extra qualified person present to monitor your child throughout the procedure.

The deepest option is a general anaesthetic, also induced using intravenous drugs. During a general anaesthetic, your child will be completely asleep and unable to respond to any stimulation, including pain. Your child will not remember any of the procedure, and should remain drowsy for some time afterwards. During this type of sedation, your child would be monitored by an anaesthetist who is trained in taking care of people under general anaesthetic. Recovery time is a little longer after a general anaesthetic than the other sedation types, and your child may need assistance with breathing during the procedure.

When Is Sedation Required?

There are a few reasons why sedation might be necessary for your child during a dental procedure. First of all, the procedure may be painful, so sedation would be appropriate to avoid unnecessary discomfort. Depending on the type and length of the procedure required, any of the above types of sedation might be appropriate.

If your child is at all anxious about visiting the dentist, it is important to make their experience as smooth as possible to avoid worsening the problem. The level of sedation required will depend on the level of anxiety and the procedure. For mild anxiety, nitrous oxide or mild sedation would help your child relax. If your child is very young, then a higher level might be appropriate to prevent them from moving during the procedure. In more extreme cases of anxiety or phobia, higher sedation levels may be required.

Sedation is sometimes required for children with behavioural disorders or other special needs. It can be difficult, or impossible, to explain to these children why dental care is required. The whole experience can therefore be very frightening for them, so an appropriate level of sedation may be used to help them remain calm and still for the procedure.

Concerns and Contraindications

Sedation has been used in dentistry for a long time, and the drugs and methods used are constantly reviewed. Anyone recommending or administering sedation is specially trained to do so safely, and during deep sedation and general anaesthetic your child is monitored by a trained professional in the room solely for that purpose.

Sometimes sedation can result in side effects such as nausea, vomiting, prolonged drowsiness, and imbalance. These effects usually wear off by themselves. After a deep sedation or general anaesthetic your child should be closely supervised to prevent falling, choking if they vomit, or airway obstruction.

Sedation of children for dental procedures is a common and safe practice. It may be worrying when your dentist first suggests it, but it is important not to increase your child’s anxiety so that they can maintain excellent dental care throughout their lives."


Original Post in November 2021


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Gingivitis and Periodontitis - Two Separate Maladies

 Nearly 47% of people in the U.S. have gum disease in the form of gingivitis. Gingivitis is treatable and reversible. It can contribute to tooth decay. It does not cause bone loss, but left untreated over time it can progress to Periodontitis. 

Periodontitis by definition is the inflammation of the tissue around the teeth, often causing shrinkage of the gums and loosening of the teeth.  It can be reduced with treatment but cannot be reversed.  It can lead to bone loss and loss of teeth.  It can also be a contributor of poor health.

The main message in this is to get regular cleanings and practice good dental hygiene at home! 

Prevention is the best defense.

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

The Best Products For Dogs With Halitosis

Dogs show a lot of affection with their mouths. After all, we all know that when a dog licks you, it probably means she likes you. But dog mouths are kind of…gross. Even if you work to give your dog dental bones and brush her teeth regularly, she still might end up with halitosis—really bad breath—so stinky it makes you push her away when she wants to lick you. Dogs with halitosis need an extra oomph of help from their human companions. It’s likely that their bad breath is caused by a particularly stubborn set of  “bacteria, infection and inflammation,” according to Dr. William Craig, formerly of the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice.


Take Eira, for example. When she was a puppy, I brushed Eira’s teeth regularly. My toddler even brushed her tiny puppy teeth. Just as humans can get that nasty combination of inflammation and bacteria, dogs can, too (albeit different bacteria, specific to the canine species).

I’d purchased somewhat of a cheap toothbrush and generic puppy toothpaste, and I regret it. I left the tiniest trace of toothpaste on the brush and when I went to grab it a week later, the whole head of the toothbrush was covered in mold. Disgusting! I’ll spare you a photo of that.

I halfheartedly used the rubber finger brush after that, but it didn’t do much. Before long, Eira’s breath began to stink. We started wrinkling our noses at the thought of receiving doggy kisses from her, which was sad. She loves giving us doggy kisses. That’s when we started researching different products that could help relieve her (and us) of the halitosis that threatened to come between our affection for each other.

The Best Water Additives:
Consider water additives the mouthwash for dogs, but without the need to swish and spit. The best water additives should do three things: freshen breath, remove plaque, and halt tartar buildup. Throughout the day as your dog eats, plays, and gets into icky things in the yard, those things deposit bacteria into her mouth. You need to brush that bacteria away before it hardens into tartar, which is more difficult to remove and can lead to rotten teeth and gum disease.

Here are our favorite water additives for dogs.

TropiClean Fresh Breath Plaque Remover Pet Water
Add this to your pet’s water for a month and see what happens. It’s almost guaranteed that the plaque and tartar buildup on his teeth will fade—and best of all, the light peppermint scent just about eliminates nasty dog breath. While the bottle says you don’t need to brush your dog’s teeth if you use this pet water, it’s always a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth. The bristles of a special dog toothbrush (which I’ll show you in a little bit!) directly rub against a dog’s tooth, scraping away the nasties. Combine this head-on action with additive water, and you’re likely to notice a big difference in your dog’s breath and overall mouth health.

Nylabone Advanced Oral Liquid Tartar Remover for Dogs
Remember Nylabone? That company with all the fantastic dog chews? They make a water additive, too, that modifies the chemical composition of your dog’s saliva. This helps your pup fight plaque and tartar buildup while also freshening that stinky doggy breath.

Paws & Pals Natural Water Additive for Dogs 
This water additive does the same thing as the other two, but with two differences: first, it uses all-natural ingredients like purified water, aloe, and peppermint to fight plaque and improve breath health. Second, this water additive makes it clear that it’s to be used in addition to regular brushing. 

The Most Effective Toothbrushes:
Dogs, like humans, benefit from daily tooth-brushing. I confess that I haven’t always lived by this rule, but since Eira’s breath really started stinking, I’ve made it a point to brush her teeth daily. The typical human-like toothbrush “for dogs” doesn’t work so well for us. Neither do finger toothbrushes because Eira ends up chewing on my finger—she thinks it’s a toy.

Instead, we use a special toothbrush with a round head. 

VTurboWay 360-Degree Puppy and Small Dog Toothbrush
The rounded toothbrush works wonders because every part of its surface is working for every moment that it’s in your dog’s mouth. Dogs don’t generally love having their teeth brushed, and eliminating the job of lining up bristles with dog teeth makes the job easier to do. If the job is easier, you’re more likely to do it, and your dog’s halitosis will become less pungent.

This toothbrush features soft bristles for a small dog or puppy’s little teeth.

Petrodex 360-Degree Adult Dog Toothbrush
For a dog with bigger teeth (full-grown adult teeth), try this 360-Degree toothbrush from Petrodex.

The Tastiest Toothpastes:
First and most importantly: never give your dog human toothpaste, even if you think human toothpaste will knock out that terrible halitosis. Fluoride, an essential ingredient in most human toothpastes (even child-friendly toothpaste) can be harmful to dogs. Thankfully, there are tons of dog-specific toothpastes out there.

Pura Naturals Pet Puppy Toothpaste
Puppies need a gentler toothpaste than older dogs do, so this organic puppy toothpaste is a perfect choice. Your puppy’s halitosis problems should never start if you brush his teeth daily with this toothpaste (and add that Paws & Pals Water Additive to his dish!).

Petradex Enzymatic Dog Toothpaste, Poultry Flavored
Like enzymatic spray for potty training, an enzymatic toothpaste is essential to eliminating foul odors in your dog’s mouth. This is the toothpaste Eira currently uses, and she adores the chicken flavor. It might sound gross to us to have a meat-flavored toothpaste, but for dogs? That’s heaven.

Because of the enzymatic nature of the toothpaste, your dog’s breath doesn’t smell like chicken, thankfully. Eira’s breath smells much better since we started using this toothpaste (along with several of the other products on this page)—basically, it smells like nothing. And for humans, that’s heaven.

Breath Sprays for Dogs: Do They Really Work?
One final trick to treat your dog’s halitosis is breath spray. Or rather, a stream of smell-destroying liquid that you pump into your dog’s mouth.

We love this spray by Arm & Hammer:

You simply pump a couple squirts onto your dog’s teeth and gums and then try to keep them from drinking or eating for an hour afterward. (So don’t do this when your pet is hungry or thirsty!) Like a water additive, this spray neutralizes odors and helps fight plaque buildup.

If None of These Solutions Work…
There might be something more serious than halitosis going on with your dog. Remember, dental health is vital to your dog’s health, so if you haven’t been brushing your dog’s teeth regularly, start now. Fight that halitosis, plaque, tartar, tooth rot, and gum disease with the products in this review and you’ll hopefully never need to visit the vet on account of your dog’s teeth.



This is a direct copy from:
Melchor, L.O. (2019, June). The Best Products for Dogs With Halitosis. Retrieved from https://yourdogadvisor.com/dogs-with-halitosis/

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Are Clear or Mail Order Braces the Right Choice For You?

  Clear braces are the current rave...and many young adults and teens are hoping to escape those "ugly metal braces".  But are they right for you?  Maybe not!

Clear braces may sound like a more attractive deal than they really are.  There are many mail order types available, ranging from $79 kits to $1895 packages that allow you to take your own impressions, mail them in and then wait for the aligners to come in the mail.  What many people don't understand is that there are  certain dental maladies that clear braces cannot fix, such as a tooth that has not fully erupted or grown in, or a twisted tooth, or even a misaligned jaw.  Those things require metal braces. While companies like Invisalign have come a long way in recent years, i.e. treating more severe cases of malocclusion, there are still advantages to wearing metal braces. Additionally, you may be required to wear clear braces for a longer period of time than you might with metal braces.  

Clear braces are expensive.  Although some insurance companies now cover Invisalign, be sure to see a certified Invisalign provider to make sure it is the right fit for you!  

Keep Smiling!  

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Don't Waste Your Time Taking Pain Medication Before A Dental Bleaching!

Did you know that taking an over-the-counter pain medication may not help with pain during or after professional dental bleachings?

 "According to a new systematic review published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, patients who took the drugs before having their teeth bleached experienced similar levels of sensitivity as those who did not."

I wish I had known this before but I learned the hard way! The first time I ever had my teeth whitened, I didn't think anything about it, it never crossed my mind that I would experience major tooth sensitivity afterward. This was one of the most painful experiences in my life, I swore that I would never do it again. 

Anyway, a few years later, I was told that they (my dental office) had a new bleaching product that was made for people with sensitive teeth.  I gave it another chance but this time I took Ibuprofen beforehand. Well, my experience was the same, I actually didn't complete the bleaching process and still had major tooth sensitivity.

In my opinion, dental bleachings are not worth the pain associated with it! 

Have you ever experienced major tooth sensitivity after dental bleaching? 

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Can Baby Teeth Identify Possible Mental Disorders?

Did you know your baby teeth can reveal many clues about your childhood? If your answer is no, then you are in for a treat! Baby teeth can expose physical stress such as poor nutrition or disease. The enamel on the tooth is affected causing growth lines inside the tooth. Similar to the rings found inside of a tree! Interestingly, the thicker the growth rings, the more stress the individual has faced in their short life.

Eric C. Dunn, ScD, MPH created a hypothesis to see if the thickness of the neonatal line (NNL) had any effect on whether the infant's mother had higher levels of physiological stress during pregnancy. 

Mr. Dunn and two people from the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopment Genetics Unit conducted a study. This study consisted of mothers filling out a survey. Some of the questions asked were about stressful events during the prenatal period, maternal history of psychological problems, neighborhood quality, and level of social support.

After the mothers completed the survey Mr. Dunn and his team measured and analyzed the NNL on each tooth. 

Interesting findings emerged from this study!

Children who had mothers with depression, psychological problems, and/or anxiety during their pregnancy had thicker NNLs.

With this new information, Mr. Dunn believes "that the NNL and other tooth growth marks could be used in the future to identify children who have been exposed to early life adversity. Then we can connect those kids to interventions. So we can prevent the onset of mental health disorders and do that as early on in the lifespan as we possibly can."

Click here for the full article!

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Help Your Child Build Strong, Healthy Teeth!

 Have you ever heard the old wives’ tale that women should expect to lose a tooth with each child?  Well as it turns out, long ago that belief was well rooted in reality! Now, however, this is a proven modern-day myth. Your baby actually gets the calcium he needs from your diet and if your diet does not contain enough calcium, the body will access the mineral from the supply in your bones, not from your teeth. But today, with careful management, most of us should be able to avoid losing our teeth. So what steps can you take to ensure that you keep your teeth in top condition, and what can you do for your child after he is born to keep his teeth healthy?

The following are some important points to remember for you and your child to ensure healthy teeth:

While you are pregnant:

Eat a healthy diet rich in calcium to keep the stores in your body at a healthy level. Dairy products and green leafy vegetables are good sources of calcium.

Brush and floss daily. It is important to keep plaque and tartar at bay. A healthy mouth will lead to a healthier baby!

Ages 0 To 10

STUDIES have shown that if we have tooth decay as babies, then we are more likely to get decay in our permanent teeth. Dental hygiene can and should begin with newborns. Bacteria can be removed by wrapping a piece of gauze around your finger and gently wiping the baby’s gum pads.

Apart from their food-processing function, baby teeth are important as space maintainers so that permanent teeth have a space to grow into. If these teeth are lost early through decay, the space may not be saved, so permanent teeth can drift - a problem more likely to lead to a need for braces later. Consequently, a baby’s sugar intake should be monitored, bearing in mind that even health foods such as milk and fruit contain sugars.

Baby toothbrushes with soft heads should be introduced as soon as teeth come through, along with specially formulated children’s toothpaste. These contain the optimal dose fluoride for youngsters.

Have their teeth cleaned regularly from the age of  2 years.  Regular dental screenings can prevent loss of teeth in early years, and helps get your child in the habit of practicing good dental hygiene.

Nursing Bottle Syndrome - a condition which causes rampant decay in a baby’s teeth - can occur from six months, and constant sweetened drinks are often blamed. Studies have shown that 50% of five and six year old children may have erosion of their front milk teeth - a condition that can cause pain and sensitivity. At around the age of six, the first molar teeth start to appear. These can be sealed with a plastic coating, known as fissure sealant, to prevent decay.

Overall, good hygiene for both mother and baby is essential to healthy teeth. The better their teeth when they are young, the longer they will keep them as adults!! In my line of work, I encounter people almost daily in their 90's who still have their own teeth. In part because of a healthy lifestyle and partly because of amazing technology and advancement in dentistry.

Keep Smiling!

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Are You Cleaning Your Electric Toothbrush?

Most people brush their teeth, rinse off the toothbrush, place it back in its holder, and hopefully replace it every 6 months.

Well, an electric toothbrush needs a little more TLC. It's still important to clean the head of the toothbrush after every use and replace it every 4-6 months. But, did you know that cleaning and caring for the electrical base is just as important?

Below are a few steps to keep your electric toothbrush kicking:

  • Unplug the base and wipe it with a mild cleanser or bleach solution.
  • Dip a cotton swab (q-tip) in the same solution and clean the area where the head attaches and around any buttons.
  • If there is excessive gunk build-up, use a toothpick to gently loosen it. 
  • Sanitize if possible. Sometimes electric toothbrushes come with a sanitizing machine, use it!
  • To ensure the best battery life, use the toothbrush until it dies. Then recharge it, and repeat the process. *keeping the toothbrush constantly plugged in, will eventually ruin the battery*

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Fun Trivia Facts About Animal Teeth

 Since we really cant focus on our own teeth right now given that most dentist offices are closed for routine care, I thought it would be fun to re-post this blog about animals. Here are some facts about different animals I collected from various sites on the web. Just a little fun trivia for everyone to read. Enjoy!

  • Beavers, Gophers, Rats, Mice and Hamsters teeth grow continuously throughout their lives. They must grind their teeth down to keep them at a reasonable length.
  • A dolphin has only one set of teeth to last throughout it's lifetime.
  • An Armadillo has 104 teeth.
  • A Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth but it has absolutely no teeth!
  • A Cat's jaws cannot move sideways.
  • Turtles and Tortoises are toothless.
  • Rabbits are born with their permanent teeth.
  • African Elephants have only 4 teeth.
  • Mosquitoes have 47 teeth. (They drink blood, what's to chew, lol?)
  • A snail has thousands of tiny teeth, yet it's mouth is smaller than the head of a pin!
Keep smiling!!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Healing with Aloe Vera Gel

  We've all heard or have read about the benefits of using Aloe Vera for healing...i.e., scrapes, scratches, burns and ailments such as stomach ulcers, etc. It's not surprising, therefore, that dentists have incorporated its uses into the field of dentistry.

Some dentists have found it useful in their own practices for healing and preventing dry socket following extraction, periodontal disease, mouth sores, canker sores, denture irritation...the list goes on and on!  This miracle plant has many, many uses.  Check with your dentist or at your local health food store for Aloe Vera gel or Aloe Vera toothpaste!
As always, keep smiling!

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Possible New Oral Cancer Detection...

Did you know when you have your routine dental examination, your dentist examines your gums, and teeth and also checks for oral cancer?

Typically your dentist will check the inside of your mouth for any mouth sores and palpate the tissue inside the mouth checking for any lumps. Some dentists may even go a step further and check the throat and neck.

However, in the future, there may be a new way to diagnose oral cancer. 

In an article by Dr. Bicuspids Melissa Busch, the University of Birmingham in the U.K. is in the works of developing a lollipop that could aid in diagnosing oral cancer! See the full article below.

"Instead of getting a lollipop for good behavior at a dental appointment, clinicians may hand them out and ask for patients to hand them back so they can be tested for mouth cancer, according to the University of Birmingham in the U.K.

The school will use a smart hydrogel to develop a prototype flavored lollipop that could aid in diagnosing mouth cancer. Cancer Research UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have awarded a three-year 350,000-pound grant ($442,347 U.S.) to fund the research, according to a university press release dated March 21.

"This project is an exciting first step towards an entirely new way to identify mouth cancers earlier," Dr. Iain Foulkes, executive director of research and innovation at Cancer Research UK, said in the press release.

Currently, a mouth cancer diagnosis requires biopsies and nasoendoscopies. However, the procedure is invasive, time-consuming, and requires an endoscopist. In addition to these factors, these tests are unpleasant for patients.

A hydrogel functions like fishing nets. It absorbs lots of water while catching larger molecules like proteins and the "net" can be opened, releasing larger molecules for analysis.

Therefore, to test for cancer, a patient would suck on a lollipop, transferring their saliva to the hydrogel. The proteins caught in the hydrogel lollipop can be blasted with a ultraviolet light, and the liquid can be analyzed for saliva proteins that are indicators of the early stages of mouth cancer, according to the release.

"We're hoping that we can be the first to make a device which is much kinder for diagnosing mouth cancer for patients," Dr.  Ruchi Gupta, associate professor of biosensors at the university, said in the press release."


Tuesday, March 26, 2024

You Should Never Ignore Dental Pain - Even When You Wear Dentures or Have a Bridge

  I recently heard about someone who went to the dentist with severe pain in the area of her bridge. This pain had been present for a couple years but only when she chewed, so she didn't think much of it. Eventually it got worse and worse until the pain was unbearable, she was sick, her face was swollen and she couldn't eat.

As it turned out, for 2 years the bridge was actually broken. There was decay in a tooth underneath it allowing for trapped food to get in, which led to a major infection. This made her really sick.
After almost 3 hours in the dentist chair and some oral surgery, they finally got her taken care of and had a new bridge on its way to her.

Just because a crown, implant or bridge is not "real" per-say, doesn't mean that it should be ignored! If something goes wrong, it should be treated and maintained just like a real tooth at all times.

If you have questions as to how to properly care for your bridge, be sure to consult with your dentist.

Keep Smiling!

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Is it Possible to Regenerate Receding Gums?

The quick answer is no. There are many theories out there that suggest you can repair and regrow gums once they have receded.  You can find almost anything on the internet. Unfortunately, once your gums have pulled back from your teeth, there is no magic that will help to grow them back. What you can do, however, is to see a dentist regularly to have your teeth cleaned in order to prevent further gum loss and loose teeth.  It is never too late for preventive treatment. 

Don't fall for gimmicks and false promises.  So many people do!  If you notice that your gums are receding or if you have redness, swelling and pain in the gums around your teeth or chronic bad breath, see your dentist immediately for treatment to prevent further deterioration.  

Keep Smiling!  

Friday, March 15, 2024

Type 2 Diabetes & Mouthwash

 Do you have type 2 diabetes? If so, check out this article by Dr. Bicuspid's Ava Barros.

"Gargling with mouthwash may hold significant promise in mitigating the incidence of periodontitis, as well as managing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), according to a study published in Scientific Reports.   

Additionally, younger patients and those with higher initial levels of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) experienced notable decreases in their HbA1c and oral bacterial species levels after rinsing with mouthwash, the authors wrote.  

"Patients with T2DM complicated by periodontitis have more red complex species, and poor glycemic control is thought to be associated with increased levels of red complex species in the oral cavity," wrote the authors, led by Dr. Saaya Matayoshi of Osaka University in Japan, (Sci Rep, February 2, 2024, Vol. 14, 2777).  

The research team investigated how using mouthwash affects the levels of certain harmful bacteria known as red complex series, like Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis), Treponema denticola (T. denticola), and Tannerella forsythia (T. forsythia), as well as HbA1c levels in patients with T2DM, the authors wrote.  

A total of 173 patients were first asked to gargle with water for six months followed by six months of gargling with a mouthwash containing chlorhexidine gluconate. During each visit to the clinic, the team collected saliva samples and extracted bacterial DNA to detect the presence of these harmful bacteria using a polymerase chain reaction lab technique. Furthermore, HbA1c levels were measured using a blood sample to understand the impact of mouthwash gargling on blood sugar control, they wrote. 

They found that younger patients or males who gargled with mouthwash experienced a significant decrease in the number of red complex series. Additionally, among younger patients or those with higher initial HbA1c levels, gargling with mouthwash led to a significant reduction in HbA1c levels, they wrote.

The study, however, had limitations. Different patients showed various trends in the change of bacteria and blood sugar control as they gargled with mouthwash potentially due to individual differences, including having other systemic diseases, taking certain medications, and periodontal status, they wrote.

"In summary, T2DM patients can decrease red complex species by gargling with mouthwash two or three times a day, leading to possible improvement in glycemic control, especially in younger patients," Matayoshi et al wrote."

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Drinking Coffee May Reduce Risk of Oral Cancer

 t's quite possible! Although this idea is still being researched and is yet to be confirmed, the study appears to be promising. 


A brief on oral cancer:

People who use tobacco or alcohol are naturally at a higher risk of developing oral/pharyngeal or mouth cancer. People who have HPV (human papillomavirus) are also at a high risk as recent studies have shown. Oral cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages due to the fact that the symptoms can easily be mistaken as something else.  Common symptoms include mouth sores that don't seem to heal, or pain that will not go away.

Where coffee comes in:

There have been many studies over the years linking coffee to a reduced risk of mouth cancer.  The study which brings us here today actually began in 1982.  Nearly 1 million people took part, submitting their health and lifestyle information, including their tea and coffee intake.  When the study began, all participants were cancer free.  After nearly 30 years of monitoring and follow up, the results of the study were astonishing.  Out of the near million people who participated, 868 people died from oral/pharyngeal or mouth cancer.  When the relation to these deaths with coffee and tea consumption was analyzed, it was found that participants who reported drinking 4 or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 49% reduced risk of death from oral cancer than those who reported drinking less or only having an occasional cup.  Gender, alcohol and tobacco were not a factor.  The link to decaffeinated coffee was insignificant and the link to tea drinkers was non-existent.

What that means now:

While we would all love to believe that coffee is the cure for oral cancer, unfortunately, more research needs to be done.  There are many factors that would need to be considered before they can determine coffee as a guaranteed treatment.  There are also many other types of cancers, this study only focused on one.  So, for now, myself and my fellow coffee drinkers can simply feel a little bit better about our consumption.  As more research and studies unfold, however, I imagine we can expect to see a breakthrough on this idea soon.

Until then, Cheers to coffee!

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Dental Check-Ups!

How often do you see your dentist for a routine dental check-up? Most people go every six months, but did you know that your dental health will determine when you will be asked to come back for another check-up?

For me personally, it's best that I get a dental check-up and cleaning every 4 months!

Here are some frequent questions about check-ups!

Why do we need dental check-ups?

Dental check-ups are very important to our dental health, the dentist will do an examination of your mouth and detect any occurring problems you might have. Leaving any problems untreated will cause major problems in the future.

What does a dental check-up include?

During the visit, your dentist will:
  1. Examine your mouth (teeth and gums).
  2. Ask questions about your dental health, and see if you are having any problems.
  3. Give you advice for a healthy mouth.
  4. Tell you when they want you back.

What about dental treatments?

Once you have had your check-up, you may receive a treatment plan. A treatment plan is an outline of what procedures you may need to do. *Remember this is not set in stone, this is to show you what should be done to prevent any further problems that could occur.*

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Digital X-rays Offer Many Advantages

 Technology is such a wonderful thing!  We've definitely come a long way in the advancement of diagnostics and diagnostic tools in both the medical field and the dental field.  Some may ask what the benefit is of digital x-rays vs. traditional x-rays.  Well, in terms of preventive care,  the difference is huge!  The following are some points of interest regarding digital x-ray machines.

     ~ The images produced by a digital machine are a much higher quality.
     ~ The images can be adjusted so that the doctor can see imperfections in the teeth early in            
         the diagnostic process.
     ~ There is significantly less radiation with a digital x-ray, which limits your exposure.
     ~ There is no chemical developer involved .
     ~  The images can be transferred from one office to another via email, saving time for the                             doctor and the patient.

On the flip side,  the only real negative aspect to this is the cost of the machine, which falls on the dentist. A digital x-ray machine is very expensive.  Consequently, many practitioners do not have them available as yet.  More and more, however,  it is becoming a regular fixture in dental offices throughout the US.  Ask your dentist if digital x-rays are part of their routine.  It's a better option all the way around!

Keep Smiling!!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Teledentistry - How Does It Work?

 Teledentistry is considered to be the dental form of telemedicine.

Teledentistry:  

  • ·         Offers live streaming for face-to-face visits with a dentist or practitioner
  • ·         Provides patients a secure patient portal to access data you share
  • ·         Offers secure messaging so they can start clinical conversations
  • ·         Offers live video consultations for visual evaluations and assessments
  • ·         Ability to pre-screen for dental visits and emergencies
  • ·         Check-ins
  • ·         Treatment planning
  • ·         Remote Triage

And many more options… 

It can also be used to transfer documents and information and consult with other providers in the industry.  It’s HIPAA compliant, mobile friendly and secure.  Who knew? 

Keep Smiling!