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Smiling- Teeth Whitening- May-Edmond dentist

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.

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.

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.

Dental Phobia

Did you know that it is estimated that as many as 58% of US adults have some degree of dental phobia? I ask myself constantly where this anxiety comes from - is it from a past dental experience, negative dental propaganda or something much larger. I tend to ask my anxious patients what exactly about dentists or dental offices make them uncomfortable. In older generations I cannot tell you how many times and stories I have heard about their dental phobia stemming from when they were children. Dental insurance was not always (and is still not always) a benefit available to most people and chances are even if you had it, your dentist did not accept it. Most families could not afford regular dental care and would therefore wait until there was a dental emergency before going to see good ol' Dr. Rootcanal (kidding, of course). Prolonging these visits to when someone in the family was in discomfort only made the situation worse. On occasion, a families could not afford the anesthesia used to avoid discomfort, this made for and extremely uncomfortable procedure. If something got too uncomfortable or if the patient would not hold still, some dentists would use a papoose board to strap the patient down. In these unfortunate situations, the patient, usually a child, had no control. Dentists were/are portrayed as cold, calculated and uncaring for shock value in movies and sadly dental instruments were used as torture devices by some very bad people in history. Luckily - our industry has changed, a lot.

The most reliable way to help a patient deal with dental phobia, is to give control back to the patient. We do not confine patient to their dental chair or the operatory. I highly recommend you allow me to treat you in the operatory, but if you need to stop and get up and move around, take a break - you are allowed to do so as often as you may need. Waiting rooms and operatories are designed with a more welcoming, comfortable feel. In-office amenities such as noise cancelling headphones, televisions, and music are available for your comfort. These things will help keep your mind off of the dental room As with most phobias, there are many way to conquer your fear; solutions such as meditation, guided imagery, acupuncture are in my opinion among the more extreme and may not be the answer for everyone. If those aren't for you - gentle sedation such as nitrous oxide (N20 or laughing gas), moderate sedation such as oral medications and total sedation using IV medications (take me to dream land) are always options. Rest assured, we can and will do our best to make you comfortable no matter the degree of dental phobia you may have experienced, and most importantly I will always take the time to listen and provide recommendations.

Make a plan, pick a day and quit

Every November the American Cancer Society promotes the "Great American Smoke out." Its purpose is to encourage tobacco users to make a plan, pick a day and quit. We all know there are a million and five reasons to quit using tobacco. The education organizations like the American Cancer Society providers for free is almost overwhelming!

It is no secret that tobacco use affects the heart, lungs, throat, skin etc. - but did you know, according to the American Cancer Society, that smoking and chewing tobacco can increase your risk for bladder and cervical cancer as well? 5 years of quitting tobacco the risk for these cancers decreases to that of a non tobacco user. There is a multitude of immediate benefits of quitting as well, all of which are located on the American Cancer Society's webpage http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/guidetoquittingsmoking/guide-to-quitting-smoking-benefits

From a dental standpoint, smoking and chewing tobacco causes staining of the teeth, bad breath, and gum disease (which can cause tooth loss) not to mention it can lead to mouth and/or throat cancer. Tobacco can even threaten current dental treatment you are undergoing or have already completed. The instability tobacco use causes to gum tissue can make you more at risk of losing restoratives on teeth. If you needed more reason than this, quit because you deserve a life without addiction. My office will always offer the incentive of "Quit smoking for 6 months and get free bleach trays." As this year comes to an end, make it your resolution to make a plan, pick a day and quit for good!