Edmond Dentist- National Dental Hygiene Month

Edmond Dentist Recognizing National Dental Hygiene Month

Edmond Dentist Bringing Oral Health Awareness

The month of October is known by the American Dental Hygienists' Association as National Dental Hygiene Month. In this month we, at Wallace Family Dentistry, remind everyone to brush, floss, and rinse. Of course, our Edmond dentist encourages this hygienic behavior all the time, but bringing oral health awareness to attention is the goal.

A lot of people get busy in their daily lives and they don't always stop to think about how often they should brush their teeth, when they should floss, or whether rinsing is necessary. Just to spread some clarification, our Edmond dentist will be answering all three of those questions today!

Question #1: How often should you brush?

Edmond Dentist Answer: At the very least, it is recommended to brush your teeth twice daily. If possible, you could keep a toothbrush at work or have your child take one to school. This way it encourages brushing after lunch, too.

Question #2: How often should you floss?

Edmond Dentist Answer: Since it takes about 24 hours for plaque to start forming it's a good idea to floss at least once per day. If you are routinely flossing and brushing the recommended times per day you're going to have a better chance of keeping plaque from building up as you'll rid the space between the teeth of bacteria.

Question #3: Is rinsing really necessary?

Edmond Dentist Answer: Using a mouthwash as a follow up to brushing and flossing is great for a few different reasons. First, it leaves your breath fresher. Second, it can wash away any lingering bacteria or debris that wiggled free during your brushing or flossing routine. This can prevent the onset of gingivitis.

Aside from the basics, routine teeth cleanings are another fabulous way to keep your smile looking bright. As our Edmond dentist is an advocate for good oral health care habits, we hope that you consider yourself a little more aware either now or after visiting for an appointment. If you would like to make an appointment or you have any questions, please click here.

Laughing Gas

Relaxing At The Dentist With Laughing Gas

The Ease And Safety Of Laughing Gas

One of the fears ingrained into the minds of most people is that of visiting the dentist. It seems to be a common misconception that dentists just love to cause others horrific amounts of pain, but let our Edmond dentist be the first to say that he couldn't feel more strongly about making patients feel as comfortable as possible. When the pain may be more than someone can handle or when the fear is just taking over, that's when nitrous oxide, or laughing gas is offered.

For some people the nerves are at bay during initial examination don’t really flare up until major dental work needs to be done. For others, however; they start to shake from the thought of being touched by the dentist. Thanks to laughing gas most patients can really feel the difference and start to relax at the dentist.

This method can be utilized to provide patients with an easier, less nerve-racking experience. Should this be something you desire, our Edmond dentist will use a nose piece attached to a strap to allow you to breathe in the laughing gas before beginning your procedure. Here are a few facts about this laughing gas:

1.) If you were worried that it would take too long for you to benefit from laughing gas please note that it only takes a few moments to “kick in” giving you that light, calm feeling.

2.) If you were worried that it won’t exit your system in time for you to drive home or back to work it’s also important to note that the nitrous oxide wears off within seconds of removal so it’s perfectly safe to drive right after your appointment ends.

Our Edmond dentist cares about the comfort level of every patient that walks in the door. We never want anyone to be afraid to visit the dentist. Call our office and schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Mike to talk about any questions or concerns you may have.

To contact our Edmond dentist, please call 405-340-0411 or click here.

Tooth Pain 2

Possible Reasons For Your Tooth Pain: Part 2

Temporary Tooth Pain Symptoms & Solutions

Do you have tooth pain? Is it causing you to be distracted? No one likes having pain in their mouth, especially if it interrupts their eating habits. In part one of this series, our Edmond dentist staff explained how tooth pain stems from nerves inside a tooth's pulp chamber. We also spoke about 2 possible reasons for your tooth pain and a few things you could do to temporarily reduce the pain. While there is not a simple answer as to what may be causing your pain, today, our Edmond dentist staff is going to go over 2 more possibilities.

1.) Dull ache and pressure in upper teeth and/or sinus are: Have you ever felt your upper gums hurt after crying? This is due to the fact that the sinus area uses the same nerves as the upper teeth. Similar pain can be felt when you have a cold, the flu, or allergies. It's possible your pain is nothing more than illness, but it's important to rule out the possibility of you being a teeth grinder. This can happen while one sleeps! If you don't already know this about yourself, scheduling an appointment with our Edmond dentist or your local dentist will help you determine if clenching or grinding is playing a role in your pain.

2.) Severe pain, pressure, or swelling of the gums: If this is the pain you're feeling, it could be the result of an infected or abscessed area that has spread from the pulp into the periodontal tissues and bone. Ibuprofen may help ease the pain until you can make it to a dentist. The best solution is to make an appointment with either our Edmond dentist or your local dentist. It may be important to note that a root canal may be necessary.

Sometimes circumstances prevent you from being able to make a dentist appointment right away and we understand that temporary pain relief is necessary. As mentioned in part one of this series, our Edmond dentist wants you to remain safe and we want you to know that you should never use aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue. Stay safe and take care of your teeth as soon as you can!

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

Tooth Pain

Possible Reasons For Your Tooth Pain: Part 1

Temporary Tooth Pain Symptoms & Solutions

It can be difficult to concentrate on daily life activities when you're in pain, especially if it's from tooth pain. You may find that you tend to favor one side while chewing due to having pain on the other. This pain isn't actually the tooth itself, of course, but instead it is caused by nerves inside a tooth's pulp chamber. Unfortunately, one person's tooth pain may be for a completely different reason than the next. While there is no cookie cutter answer as to what may be causing it, today, our Edmond dentist staff is going to go over 2 possibilities for your tooth pain.

1.) Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages: This could be caused by debris sitting in a small decayed area of the tooth, a loose filling, or an exposed root surface. Until you can schedule an appointment with either our Edmond dentist or someone in your local area, the best thing to do is to keep your teeth clean from plaque, but only use a soft toothbrush. Consider using toothpaste specifically formulated for sensitive teeth.

2.) Sharp pain when biting down: This could be the result of a cracked tooth, deep tooth decay, or loose fillings. It could also be that something is lodged between two teeth. If it is the latter problem, paying attention to your routine teeth cleanings will help. If it's anything more serious, it's best to see a dentist. Our Edmond dentist is available if you need to schedule an appointment. Taking care of decay and fillings is important, because if left untreated the pain could worsen along with the damage.

While you wait to see the dentist, we know that you'll be trying to find methods to relieve your pain. Our Edmond dentist wants you to remain safe, therefore; as an important note it should be stated that you should never utilize aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue. Stay safe and take care of your teeth as soon as you can!

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

Edmond Dentist-Crowns

See The Dentist, Get Crowns In One Visit!

CEREC: A Single Trip To The Dentist

Have you ever needed a crown? Do you remember the entire lengthy process the last time you visited a dentist? A while ago the procedure would have went something like this:

The old ways of the first dentist appointment for a crown:

  • The dentist would start by preparing the tooth or shaping it to be ready to take the crown.
  • You would have to have a mouth full of goo so that the dentist could take the impression(s).
  • A temporary crown would be put on.
  • The dental impressions would be shipped off to the laboratory for the crown to be fabricated.

By the time of completion and scheduling the next appointment, two or more weeks usually passed. That was how things used to be just a handful of years ago. Luckily, the world of dentistry was changed quite a bit when CEREC was introduced a few years ago. This tooth restoration system allows our dentist to provide you with crowns in one visit!

How does this work so efficiently? Let us explain the magic of this machine. Instead of using the horrible impression gel that makes you gag, we approach the process in an entirely different and modern way.

Here’s how your visit may look now:

  • The dentist shapes your tooth to prepare it to take the crown (ok, so this step is the same as the old days).
  • Here’s the cool part! Next, your tooth gets scanned so that your crown can be made on site!
  • The scan is uploaded into the computer which allows us to digitally shape, size and contour the crown for the best fit.

The benefit to the patient is that, in most cases, no temporary crowns have to be made and within a few short hours they can walk out of the dentist’s office with a completely customized crown.

We encourage you to contact us whenever you have an interest or concern about any of our dentistry procedures. Visit us in Edmond, contact us @ 405-340-0411, or enter your comments online, right here.

Dentist- Fillings

Amalgam Fillings Vs. Composite Resin Fillings

Differences Between Two Types Of Fillings

There are several different materials that can be used by a dentist to fill your cavities. The severity of your problem can be a factor in how your cavities are addressed. The style of dentistry may also be what determined which material was used to fill your cavities in the past. Today, we’re going to talk about the differences between amalgam fillings and composite resin fillings.

Amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of silver, tin, zinc, copper, and mercury. The benefits to having amalgam fillings is that they are strong, they last for many years, and they are one of the least expensive types of restorative material used. The downside to these is that they can become corroded over time. This can cause gaps between the teeth and the fillings and discoloration of the surrounding area. Additionally, cosmetically speaking, the metallic look may be a turn-off for some people.

If your amalgams have, in fact, corroded then they can be removed and replaced quickly, at our Edmond dentist office. If you have fillings on both sides of your mouth, it is recommended to allow amalgam fillings to be removed and replaced on one side at a time, but the option is yours. If you want your amalgam fillings removed and replaced with something else, composite resin is a commonly chosen option.

Composite resin is made of a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles. Direct fillings can be placed in and hardened right away using a bright blue light. Within minutes you’ll be ready to go with a brand new filling. The benefits to this option are that the filling will match the color of your tooth (unlike the metal color of amalgam fillings) and they can bond to the tooth making it stronger than it would be with an amalgam filling. Furthermore, there is much less drilling involved as the dentist doesn’t need to shape the space as much to hold the filling securely.

Want your amalgam fillings removed? Have new cavities that you need filled? Our staff is up to date with the latest advances in dental technology, procedures, and guidelines. If you have any questions or would like to visit our Edmond dentist, make an appointment by calling us at 405-340-0411 or click here.

Veneers

Porcelain Veneers For A Beautiful Spring Smile

Get A Smile Fit For Spring

March 20th was the official first day of spring and as we ease into the warmer weather, people love to get out and about. A lot more activities ensue and inevitably that means more photos of momentous occasions will be snapped. Some people may be afraid to have their picture taken or shy away from showing their full smile due to the embarrassment of having yellow, chipped, or misshapen teeth. Our dentist can help in situations such as these. Perhaps, porcelain veneers are your perfect answer.

What are porcelain veneers?

They are thin, tooth colored pieces cemented over the front of your damaged teeth. They can be shaped and colored whiter than your current tooth color to give a brighter, more perfect appearance.

When should you consider getting veneers?

If you have any of the following dental imperfections, then veneers may be right for you:

  • Discoloration
  • Minor chips or cracks
  • Worn down teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misalignment
  • Uneven teeth
  • Abnormally short teeth
  • Overly large teeth

The process to fix all of these issues would start with a dentist visit to prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from the teeth undergoing treatment to allow room for the veneers to fit. Some teeth, such as larger ones, may need to be gently filed down to an average length. The next step involves getting impressions of the teeth so that your veneers can be crafted for a perfect fit. In a short time, you will then be equipped with a beautiful smile fit for spring!

The best part? Porcelain veneers are known to be durable with proper care and they can last several years.

Our Edmond dentist is here to help. If you would like to make an appointment to see our dentist, or you have any questions, please click here.

Teeth

Get Stronger Teeth By Doing This

About The Strengthener For Teeth

Candy, ice, citrus, coffee and sticky foods are the stuff of nightmares for teeth. Chomping down on these types of foods will certainly increase the chance for more damage to be done and possibly cause your bright smile to diminish. Of course, brushing and flossing are always recommended as the fluoride in the toothpaste will help to fight off nasty cavity causing bacterias, but there is something even more protective that you can do. This “miracle” treatment will require a trip to the dentist, but isn’t your smile worth it?

So what is this “miracle” treatment we speak of? Fluoride varnishes, of course! When you visit the dentist you can request the fluoride varnish protection to be used so as to prevent tooth decay. Here’s how it works.

The fluoride varnish gel is typically a pale yellow color that is softly brushed on. It sets on the teeth quickly and starts working right away. The fluoride is important, because it enters the tooth enamel and makes the tooth hard. It prevents any new cavities form forming while also stopping current decay from getting any worse. If tooth decay is at the beginning stages, the fluoride is powerful enough to actually go in and repair the tooth.

Don’t you hate when you get some dental work done and almost immediately you get hungry or thirsty, but you’re too afraid to eat or drink anything? Well, the fabulous part about most fluoride varnish treatments is that you don’t have to wait to eat, but foods should be softer for the first day.

It’s important to note that some brands of fluoride varnish may cause some teeth to look even more dull than before the application, but this is only temporary. In these cases, after a full day of wearing the varnish (without brushing or flossing it away) you’ll be able to wake up, brush your teeth and reveal a brighter, shiny smile.

Are you ready to strengthen your teeth with fluoride varnish?

At the writing of this post, adult prices are currently set at $25! If you have any questions or would like to visit our Edmond dentist, make an appointment by calling us at 405-340-0411 or click here.

Dental

It’s National Children’s Dental Month!

Dental Awareness Health Month

You know something is deemed important when there is a day, week or month dedicated to awareness for it. With that being said, it just so happens that February has been deemed National Children’s Dental Month and a campaign is brought to you by the American Dental Association. This month-long observance is brought to light for the purpose of helping the public understand the benefits of good dental health to children and the adults in their lives.

National Children's Dental Health observances began with a one-day event in Cleveland, Ohio and a one-week event in Akron, Ohio during February 1941. The ADA held the first national observance of Children's Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. By 1955 it became a week-long event. Later, in 1981, the program was extended to a month-long celebration known today as National Children's Dental Health Month. For 2016, the campaign slogan brought by the ADA is called “Sugar Wars”. The idea is to bring awareness about the damage of sugar on teeth.

Today, we’re going to give you a little information, based on medical data, about how sugar plays a vicious role in dental decay and what you can do to prevent it.

How Cavities Develop: According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a persons mouth has hundreds of bacteria living inside, some helpful and others harmful. The harmful bacterias can feed on sugars you eat to create acids that destroy tooth enamel (the protective barrier on the outside of your teeth). Without the protection needed, teeth are left vulnerable to cavities.

How To Battle Cavities: Fight off the bacteria can be done using good, daily oral hygiene practices. Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, using mouthwash and flossing regularly can help in the fight against cavities, however; cutting down on your sugar intake is also a key factor. Eating more fibrous vegetables, chewing sugar free gum and drinking fluoride water are also good ways to keep your teeth cleaner.

Finally, visiting the dentist regularly for teeth cleanings is recommended. Our Edmond dentist is here to help in this regard. If you would like to make an appointment or you have any questions, please click here.

Oklahoma Mission of Mercy

Why I Participate with the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy

OKMOM: Oklahoma Mission of Mercy

First you may be asking yourself what the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy is, right? Good question! OKMOM is a two day event held near the start of each year somewhere in Oklahoma where anyone, and I do mean anyone, can come get free teeth cleanings, extractions, fillings, and other dental services. OKMOM focuses on treating patients who are uninsured or wouldn't otherwise have access to dental care and that's why I participate with the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy.

To be able to treat patients who would otherwise be forced to go without is one of the greatest rewards to being a dentist. Each year thousands of Oklahomans in need receive dental care - my colleagues and I work nonstop throughout the event seeing, quite literally, thousands of patients. It is an absolute blast for us to be able to give something back especially when we want to give so much away in our private practices, but unfortunately - running a business costs money. I have done 5 of these events in the past and I will continue to do them as long as I am physically able.

I strongly encourage anyone who is in need of some dental treatment to go to visit the OKMOM website for more information. Not all dental services are offered, so make sure to take a look at the site to see what can and cannot be done. My staff and I will be there working away from 4am - 5pm! All services are first come first serve. There are no eligibility, income or insurance requirements. Get there early! The event this year will be held Friday, February 5, 2016 - Saturday, February 6, 2016 starting at 5:00 a.m. at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

Come and see for yourself why I participate with the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy.