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Edmond Dentist Explains How A “Sick Tooth” Causes Sinus Pain

Edmond Dentist Discusses Sinus Infections Caused By Teeth

Many people are aware that when they get a sinus infection it can cause their gums or teeth to hurt. In fact, patients often complain to our Edmond dentist of tooth pain due to severe sinus pressure, especially during the springtime as they often mistake this pressure for seasonal allergies. Now, what about sinus infections being caused by tooth pain? Do you think that a "sick tooth" can cause sinus infections?

Well, it's right in the title of our Edmond dentist's blog post so you're probably thinking that's a silly question.

Here's a true story about one dental patient's experience (we'll call her Jane for the sake of privacy):

Jane had a long series of sinus infections, one after another, and each one was continuously getting worse. Finally, after trying many medications and treatments at home, she decided to have her teeth x-rayed at the dentist. The results indicated that she had an abscessed tooth which had invaded her maxillary sinus area. For reference, the two maxillary sinuses are located below the cheeks, above the teeth, and on the sides of the nose.

For Jane, the pain above the abscessed tooth was very noticeable. What's important to note is that others with this type of problem may have a more difficult time detecting the origin of pain as their "sick tooth" may never actually hurt. Not every patient notices the pain coming from the area of the tooth or gums, but after the dentist has takes a closer inspection of their x-rays they may then come to realize that it is the source of their pain.

Research tells our Edmond dentist that about 20% of all maxillary sinus infections are caused by tooth infections, rather than another cause. If you suspect that your sinus infections are being caused by a tooth, please feel free to make an appointment to see our Edmond dentist for confirmation.

You can make an appointment with our Edmond dentist by clicking here and filling out our contact form or giving us a call at 405-340-0411.

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Edmond Dentist Warns Of Swimming Pool Chlorine Damaging Enamel

Edmond Dentist Encourages Monitoring Pool pH Levels

When you think about cooling off from a hot summer day, it’s natural to want to lounge around in a swimming pool, especially if that pool is in your own backyard. What you probably never thought about was that if the chlorine levels in the water are not properly balanced, it could damage your tooth enamel. Our Edmond dentist is here to share more about the New York University College of Dentistry researchers learned of this information.

A few years ago, Dr. Leila Jahangiri, the clinical associate professor and the Chair of NYUCD’s Department of Prosthodontics, spoke out about the findings of homeowners attempting to maintain pools on their own. While it’s understandable that homeowners would want to save a few dollars by avoiding having to hire professionals to maintain their pools for them, it could be a dangerous decision. This choice has often led to improper pH levels of the water which according to Jahangiri “can result in irreversible damage to one's teeth.”

She also stated that “it is difficult balance to maintain home pools properly” and that “proper pool chlorine and pH levels need to be monitored and maintained on a weekly basis.”

Our Edmond dentist knows you might be wondering what lab work research could really prove, but rest assured it was not just an educated guess based on research conducted in a lab that brought Jahangiri to her conclusion. She had observed first-hand, in a 52 year old male patient, the effects of improper pH levels. He had extremely sensitive teeth, dark staining, and rapid enamel loss over a very short 5 month period as a direct result of his 90 minute swimming exercise routine.

So, our Edmond dentist would hope that before you go dipping into the cold, refreshing water in your backyard you’ll consider carefully how you plan to keep proper pH levels and maintain the chlorine regularly, for the sake of your dental health. Either that or swim somewhere you know it’s safe.

Should you feel the need to have a dental checkup and ensure that things are on the right track with your teeth, don’t hesitate to come and see our Edmond dentist. You may make an appointment with our Edmond dentist at Wallace Family Dentistry by calling 405-340-0411.

Enjoy your summer!

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May Brings Edmond Dentist Many Reasons To Offer Teeth Whitening

April Showers Brings May Flowers… And Whiter Smiles?

It is that wonderful time of year again when the flowers are in bloom and there is green everywhere you look! While April brought enough rain to keep things growing this May, the new month also brings along a plethora of reasons our Edmond dentist will be busy at work with teeth whitening!

Who doesn’t want to have a bright, white smile, right? Here are just a few examples of events that happen around the month of May in which our Edmond dentist often helps patients achieve whiter teeth for:

(1.) Mother’s Day: When flowers and chocolates are over played, many mother’s may just love to have the gift of teeth whitening for Mother’s Day.

(2.) Memorial Day: Showing up to a cookout or a get-together with whiter teeth provides many people all the confidence they need to smile throughout the entire holiday festivities.

(3.) Graduation: Perhaps, there’s a special graduate getting ready to go out into the real world. Looking the best for job interviews would be a step in the right direction for a bright future!

(4.) Weddings: Summer weddings are an obvious choice for wanting to have a white smile. No one wants to be the only one in the photograph with a closed lip smile as they attempt to hide their discolored teeth.

(5.) Family Vacations: The end of the school year often marks the time of year when traditional family vacations take place. Once again, pictures are bound to be taken and looking like you had a good time with the family is probably a good idea.

Our Edmond dentist would love to help you achieve your whitest smile to ensure that no matter what event you have going on during the month of May, you’ll be able to show off your best smile. We can offer you take-home bleach trays or complete an in-office teeth whitening procedure.

If you’re interested in making an appointment with our Edmond dentist, click here. If you just need to ask our Edmond dentist questions about teeth whitening, you may click here.

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Dentist Edmond: Bringing Smiles To Life With Dentures Retained By Implants

Dentist Edmond: Providing Confidence With Dentures Retained By Implants

It’s spring and that means that some of the most noteworthy events will soon be taking place like weddings, picnics, and family outings. These events usually mean that photos are going to be snapped and we all know that people like to see smiling faces in photos. Are you one of those people that do not like showing your smile? Perhaps, the pain of ill-fitting dentures has you feeling less than wonderful? Our dentist in Edmond would love to help by bringing your smile to life with dentures retained by implants.

Our dentist in Edmond has many specialities, but dentures retained by implants is a strong passion of Dr. Mike’s as he loves helping patients ditch their old, uncomfortable removable dentures. Rather than putting up with those sticky denture adhesives and the pain of loose dentures due to your bone structure changing overtime, you could have a more secure option.

We say they’re more secure, because dentures retained by implants do not slip out involuntarily! In fact, the dentures retained by implants, provided by our dentist in Edmond, gives the patient the ability to remove their teeth, or not. Here are a few benefits to having dentures retained by implants:

  • Unlike removable dentures (not implanted) you don’t have to keep a glass on the night stand to put your teeth into for cleaning.
  • They’re strongly bonded and snap into the implants placed in the jaw.
  • The wearer can eat and talk without their teeth moving.

Don’t miss out on those springtime photo memories! Instead, get a smile you’re confident about! Our dentist in Edmond would be more than happy to help you obtain a great smile with dentures retained by implants. If you’d like to make an appointment, call us @ 405-340-0411 or to request an appointment with the dentist you can click here.

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Northern Hills Elementary STEM And Teacher Appreciation Assembly

Wallace Family Dentistry Gives Back Via STEM

Wallace Family Dentistry loves helping out in the community, especially with educational programs. That’s why when an opportunity presented itself to do so, Dr. Mike Wallace could hardly wait to give recognition to a wonderful teacher and give the students at a local school something both educational and fun.

To make this happen, Dr. Mike connected with Mad Science to organize a highly entertaining STEM assembly on the afternoon of March 3rd, 2017 at 2pm for students at Northern Hills Elementary School in Edmond, OK. The STEM assembly was conducted by a Mad Science representative by the name of “Professor Elemental”.

The theme of the STEM assembly focused on “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math” principles, but with thrilling science experiments and verbiage that the children could easily grasp. The idea behind the assembly was for students to imagine themselves making their own goals and dreams come true one day. The students were also encouraged to find science interesting, see it as adventurous, and even be intrigued enough to want to pursue STEM related careers when they grow up.

Professor Elemental made the show very special by calling upon random volunteer students from each grade level to the stage to help with various experiments.

The twist came at the end of the show when one teacher, Kim Maker (a Resource Teacher for 3rd grade), was called upon the stage to help with the final experiment.

Kim had no idea that before the STEM assembly had even been scheduled the administrative staff had worked with Dr. Mike and chosen her to participate in the final experiment. The surprise came at the end of the final experiment when Dr. Mike, on behalf of Wallace Family Dentistry, presented a $50 gift card to Amazon and a Certificate Of Appreciation to Kim Maker for all of her hard work.

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Finally, to give everyone the opportunity to practice their very own science experiments, as a parting gift, Dr. Mike gave the school a big book of science experiments to keep in the school library.

Everyone seemed to have a great time, including Dr. Mike!

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Dentist Edmond: Spring Cleaning Tips For Good Oral Hygiene

Dentist Edmond: Cleaning Rituals For Your Mouth

The warmer weather is approaching and many people will take the time to do some spring cleaning around their homes, but what about doing some spring cleaning for good oral hygiene? It's been a long winter season and there's no doubt that over the holidays people may have indulged a bit more than they normally do with too many sweets; the stuff that's not just bad for your body, but also bad for your teeth. Our dentist in Edmond decided now would be a good time to provide some much needed tips to help you get on track with cleaning rituals for your mouth.

1.) Buy A New Toothbrush: The American Dental Association (ADA) and our dentist in Edmond recommends that people should replace their toothbrush every 3-4 months. This is to be done sooner if you've experienced an illness as bacteria can live on the bristles. Additionally, if the bristles have frayed before the designated time frame, you toss it.

2.) Start Brushing And Flossing Regularly:
It's easy to forgo a routine when the holidays get you all in a frenzy, but now is a good time to re-establish your brushing and flossing regime. You should brush at least twice per day to maintain a healthy mouth, but don't forget about flossing! Plaque can build up under your gums if you're not flossing which can lead to periodontal disease. To avoid this, try to make flossing at least once per day part of your daily routine.

3.) Schedule A Dental Checkup:
If you haven't had a dental checkup in about six months then you're due for one! Our dentist in Edmond understands that visiting the dentist isn't always top priority for patients, but keeping a regular routine is important as it allows Dr. Mike Wallace to clean your teeth, perform an examination, and assess your teeth for cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, or any other dental health issues that may arise. Knowing these things quickly means that we begin treating the problems sooner.

Spring is a great time of year to motivate people to improve their quality of life at home and personally. Our dentist in Edmond hopes that you'll also take care of your smile, too. We hope to see you, soon!

To make an appointment with our dentist in Edmond, please click here.

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Dentist Edmond: The Possible Removal Of Wisdom Teeth

Dentist Edmond: When Wisdom Teeth Become Problematic

Third molars, also known as "wisdom teeth" are usually the last teeth that appear. The science varies on when wisdom teeth usually grow for most people. As our dentist in Edmond will tell you, the truth is it's just a matter of when it happens for you. Some people get one wisdom tooth at a time and at a young age, while some others get them both in adulthood. If you don't grow any wisdom teeth, then you have nothing to worry about as this is just something that doesn't happen for every person.

Do you have crowding?

It can be damaging when teeth start growing in if there isn't enough room for them to align properly. Even if they happen to grow in the upright position it's possible for wisdom teeth to push the existing teeth forward. This can force some teeth to overlap or appear crooked. In these types of cases our dentist in Edmond would recommend the removal of your wisdom teeth to prevent further damage.

Do you have impacted wisdom teeth?

Impacted teeth are named as such, because they are blocked from growing in properly. Often, these teeth remain below the surface of the gums and lie horizontally rather than in the upright position. This is most likely due to not having enough room to grow. Allowing an impacted wisdom tooth to remain as is promotes plaque and bacteria to build up which can lead to the development of cavities. Additionally, infections can occur making it a much more painful experience. Of course, our dentist in Edmond would recommend removal of impacted wisdom teeth for the safety of our patient!

When your wisdom teeth become problematic don't hesitate to give our dentist in Edmond a call. We look forward to providing the best dental care possible and getting your back to a state of comfort rather than pain.

To book an appointment with our dentist in Edmond, please give us a call at 405-340-0411 or click here.

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Dentist Edmond: How We Restore Chipped Teeth

Dentist Edmond: Providing Long Lasting, Beautiful Smiles

There are many habits or accidents that can cause a person to crack or chip their teeth. If you've been walking around with a chipped tooth for a while you may have asked yourself whether getting it fixed was really worth it. As a dentist in Edmond, we see a lot of different scenarios when it comes to the subject of teeth and we encourage you to think beyond just the aesthetics of a chipped tooth. (Search “dentist Edmond” to find reviews about our work on Google if you’re interested in knowing about our experience)!

Now, you may be just fine with the way you look no matter what happens to your teeth and you'd expect that your closest friends and family wouldn't look at you any differently if you had a chipped tooth. What you may want to be cautious about, however; is the underlying damage that having a chipped tooth may cause over time. Having one chip has the potential to lead to further structural damage or more cracks later on. Additionally, if the chip is too close to the pulp containing the nerve in your gums it can lead to trauma and an inability to heal which will result in the need for a root canal.

What can our dentist in Edmond do to restore chipped teeth?

Luckily, affected portions of the tooth in question can usually be easily repaired with composite fillings. These tooth colored fillings are closely matched to your natural coloration allowing our dentist in Edmond the ability to provide you with a long lasting, beautiful smile for many years to come.

Composite fillings usually only take one visit to our dentist in Edmond to be completed. Imagine walking in with a chip that you've been trying to hide and walking out with a smile you're not afraid to show off.

If you have any chip in your teeth our dentist in Edmond, OK would be happy to take care of you. Don't hesitate to look up "dentist Edmond". We'll be here for you. To book an appointment with our dentist in Edmond, call 405-340-0411 or click here.

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Dentist Edmond: Saving Teeth From Holiday Treats

Dentist Edmond: Approach To Holiday Sweets

We know this time of year the holiday favorites are going to everywhere you look. It may be hard to say no to those sweet, tasty treats and we're not here to preach and tell you not to enjoy them. What our dentist in Edmond will do, however; is provide you some tips for saving your teeth from becoming the victims of those holiday treats.

When you eat sugary goodies it can lead to plaque sitting on your teeth and then the more sugar you eat, the more the plaque grows. The leading culprit in this battle is sugar! So, it makes sense that you should try to cut back on the amount of sugar you intake, but that doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite holiday treats all together.

Here's the easiest way to approach holiday sweets differently: Use half the amount of white, cane sugar to your recipes when baking. Instead, consider enhancing the sweetness of your baked goods in other ways with all natural sweeteners like vanilla, nutmeg, or cinnamon.

Of course, our dentist in Edmond would also recommend that you brush your teeth as often as possible after consuming sugary foods. Doing so is the best way to prevent the sugar from settling down on your teeth. If you're going to be out and about, consider taking along a travel toothbrush to maintain good dental health.

On behalf of Wallace Family Dentistry, our dentist in Edmond wishes you a wonderful holiday season. May you all be able to eat your favorite foods and be merry! We hope that by following these simple tips you can have your cake and eat it, too, without the worry of creating cavities!

If you need to book an appointment with our dentist in Edmond, please feel free to give us a call at 405-340-0411 or click here.

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Dentist Edmond: Thankful To Be Treating Families

Dentist Edmond: The Love Of Providing Good Dentistry

When you think about what you're thankful in the next week or so things that come to mind may include family, friends, and food! Our dentist in Edmond loves all of these things, too, but today our focus of gratitude goes to dentistry. It's the perfect time of year to reflect on what we all have to be grateful for in our lives. While our dentist in Edmond is thankful all year long for the opportunity to provide good dentistry to families, we've decided to take this week to talk a bit about why there's so much joy in this line of work.

Some people may not think that digging around inside of others people's mouths would be such a fun job to have, but truthfully the most satisfying thing about treating dental patients is making them leave their fear of the dentist behind! From the moment patients walk into the door at our dental office we love to make a difference.

Our dentist in Edmond loves being able to talk to the patients, get to know what makes them feel calmer, and work towards providing the best experience possible. Giving patients a positive outlook on coming to the dentist is the best way our dentist in Edmond can think of to make an impact for a lifetime.

Second to making people feel comfortable coming to the dentist our dentist loves being able to make patients happy with their own smiles. Our goal is to have patients leave the office feeling better about their smile before they walked in! We hope that your smiles are important to you and that if you've had the chance to be our patient that you're thankful the work we've been able to complete for you.

Our dentist in Edmond hopes you have a Happy Thanksgiving! Should you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment after the holiday, feel free to call our office at 405-340-0411 or click here.