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Edmond Dentist Lists Foods To Maintain Your Summer Smile: Part 2

Edmond Dentist Talks About Foods That Clean Your Teeth

In part one of this series (July 5th post) our Edmond dentist provided a list of 3 types of food that nutritional researchers have reported as being beneficial for teeth and help to keep them clean. When it comes to maintaining your summer smile we explained how whole grains, animal proteins, and raw seeds do their part. Today, our Edmond dentist is providing a few more foods that are also good at cleaning teeth.

Here are the next 3 food types we’ll talk about, today:

Dairy Products
Most people know that milk, yogurt, and cheese contain calcium which is a main component for healthy teeth and bones, but did you know that cheese also contains cavity-fighting agents? In fact, cheese has phosphate in it to help balance the pH levels in the mouth while preserving tooth enamel.

The calcium and phosphate work together to produce saliva and kill off bacteria in the mouth and teeth.

Fruits And Vegetables
Crisp fruits (like apples) and raw, crunchy vegetables (like carrots and celery) can help remove plaque from teeth and even freshen the breath.

Vitamin A is also necessary for the formation of tooth enamel and can be found in foods such as:

  • Pumpkins
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Broccoli

Fruits that contain Vitamin C are also great for holding cells together, which works to prevent the breakdown of gums.

Fresh Herbs
Studies show that fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, and mint can help clean teeth and decrease odors caused by a buildup of bacteria. Chewing on the fresh herbs is considered best; however, dried herbs can be used in mouth rinses for a more subtle impact.

Our Edmond dentist hopes that this information has been enlightening for you, but our staff wouldn’t be doing their jobs if we didn’t point out the obvious in saying that brushing and flossing regularly are also very important in you want to maintain healthy oral hygiene.

In addition, our Edmond dentist would also recommend routine teeth cleanings and dental check-ups as they are a fabulous way to ensure you keep a bright smile.

If you would like to make an appointment with our Edmond dentist, please give Wallace Family Dentistry a call at 405-340-0411.

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Edmond Dentist Lists Foods To Maintain Your Summer Smile: Part 1

Edmond Dentist Talks About Foods That Clean Your Teeth

When you think about the hot summer it’s easy to think about swimming and maintaining your “summer body”, but what about your summer smile? If you’re dieting you should make certain that whatever you’re eating is good for your teeth, too. Perhaps, you never thought about what types of foods would actually promote dental health before. Today, our Edmond dentist is providing a small list of foods that are good at cleaning teeth.

Here is a list of 3 food types that our Edmond dentist wanted to share with you, today:

Whole Grains
Real whole grains (such as bran, brown rice, whole-grain breads, whole-grain cereals, and whole-grain pasta) are:

  • High in fiber
  • A source of magnesium
  • Rich in iron

The high fiber content keeps saliva flowing, which helps create mineral defenses against tooth decay. The magnesium inside the whole grains is an important ingredient for bones and teeth, too. Furthermore, the iron is great at helping to keep gums healthy.

Animal Protein
When consumed in moderation meat is actually a good source of vital minerals for teeth. In fact, beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, and fatty fish (like salmon) contain phosphorus which can help buffer acids in the mouth to keep teeth cleaner and it also helps keep teeth mineralized.

Raw Seeds
Chia seeds and Sesame seeds are two of the best seeds reported for being rich in calcium which is helpful for fortifying teeth. Sesame seeds, in particular, have been said to help remove streptococcus bacteria from the mouth, keeping teeth cleaner.

These are just 3 types of foods that our Edmond dentist wanted to talk about, but we have a few more to talk about during our second post of this month so stay tuned!

An important side note: Our Edmond dentist would like to say that just because you start eating the "right" foods doesn't mean that you can forego dental treatments if you want to maintain healthy oral hygiene. To maintain your beautiful smile routine dental care is crucial. If you would like to make an appointment with our Edmond dentist, please give Wallace Family Dentistry a call at 405-340-0411.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.