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Edmond Dentist Explains How Fall Treats Harm Dental Work

Edmond Dentist Warns Of Sugary Sweets

Don’t get us wrong, our Edmond dentist understands that there is just something wonderful about fall that makes you want to indulge a bit more, but all that sugar, candy, and sticky food can harm your dental work.

In just two days it will officially be fall, but I’m sure you’ve noticed that all those sugary pumpkin spiced treats have already made their way out onto the grocery store shelves. In fact, many people (maybe even you) were quick to buy up and begin consuming their favorite seasonal treats the minute they arrived at their local shopping center weeks ago.

For adults that love their pumpkin spice coffee creamer it’s important to realize that certain bacteria in the mouth will feed on the sugar contained in the creamer and will create acid that destroys your enamel. Likewise, anyone who loves eating cookies, cakes, and other sugar filled foods will cause their enamel or shiny, protective outer layer of the tooth to decay.

Your dental work can only do so much to protect your teeth as over time it may even be chipped away by the sugar eating away at it. While our Edmond dentist would recommend using fluoride toothpaste to help repair weakened enamel, it can also only do so much to prevent the effects of sugar on teeth. Limiting your sugar intake is vital if you want to give your mouth a fighting chance to fix the damage.

The stickiness of candies is also a big problem for dental work as it can pull out crowns, bridges, and cause the need for more restorative work to be completed. Our Edmond dentist, Dr. Mike, surely does love seeing his patients, but it costs patients so much more money than necessary if they have to keep coming back to have dental work repaired due to refusing to ease up on the candy.

Our Edmond dentist encourages everyone to just be mindful about how much sugar you’re eating each day. Our Edmond dentist staff also encourages brushing away bacteria-filled plaque regularly and visiting the dentist for fluoride treatments to have the best shot at taking care of your dental hygiene.

To book an appointment with Wallace Family Dentistry, please give us a call at 405-340-0411.

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Edmond Dentist Gives Reasons Dental Sealants Are Applied

Edmond Dentist Shares Information About Dental Sealants

As soon as the first set of teeth begin growing in many damaging elements come into contact with them and the small fissures are susceptible to decay. Fissures are simply the grooves in the chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth. The small spaces can gather plaque which accumulates in these areas quite easily. This is a very good reason why fluoride toothpaste is recommended to help prevent the decay, but did you know that dental sealants actually provide a new level of protection? It’s true! In fact, our Edmond dentist makes use of these dental sealants to provide a smooth covering over the fissures.

One may not even notice the sealant is on the tooth, but it makes the surface smooth and clean. Dental sealants applied by our Edmond dentist are formed from a thin plastic coating which mold perfectly to the teeth. The wonderful part about the dental sealants is that they can last for many years. Of course, there is always the possibility for wear and chipping so with regular dental visits our Edmond dentist can make certain they’re still intact.

You may be thinking that dental sealants are only necessary as an adult, as it ultimately saves them money by not having to pay for root canals or crowns, but the truth is that all ages groups can benefit from having this extra barrier applied to their teeth. For example:

  • In some cases sealants may need to be applied to baby teeth if there are deep grooves or depressions and a child is prone to getting cavities.
  • As soon as the first permanent back teeth appear (six-year molars), sealants can help protect teeth any time throughout the cavity prone years of 6-16 years of age.
  • Adults without decay that have deep grooves or depressions can prevent damage with sealants.

The good news is that applying the protective sealant only take a few minutes per tooth. It is painted on in a thin layer and then hardens automatically or with a special curing light.

If you'd like to know more about this procedure during your next visit to see our Edmond dentist, don't hesitate to let us know! You can give Wallace Family Dentistry a call at 405-340-0411 contact us online by clicking here.

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Edmond Dentist Encourages “Back To School” Teeth Cleanings

Edmond Dentist: Letting Your Smile Shine

As we head into the month of August there will be a lot of parents scrambling to get things prepared for their children to return back to school. Due to school starting again children will require a lot of supplies and many will worry about what they should wear. Of course, as the old saying from a famous movie musical goes “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” That’s why our Edmond dentist is here to encourage teeth cleanings before the start of this new school year.

Not only does a clean smile give confidence to children, but there are several benefits to keeping up with routine teeth cleanings. Here are just a few things our Edmond dentist would like you to know:

  • They help prevent gum disease.
  • Plaque can impact cardiovascular health; therefore, cleaning plaque may reduce heart disease.
  • They help dentists spot potentially harmful diseases early (like cancer).
  • The dentist can also detect broken fillings or fractures with routine maintenance.

It’s the hidden plaque beneath the gums that can really begin to pose problems. While you may think that brushing and flossing alone can keep your teeth thoroughly clean it’s important to understand that our Edmond dentist has the ability to deep clean areas that are often missed by patients at home.

As an added bonus, many dental insurance plans cover cleanings so you can actually save money on dental expenses in the long run by taking advantage of your policy.

Our Edmond dentist would rather be able to help you maintain your oral health by keeping your teeth cleaned than have you worried about how you will pay. If you don’t have insurance and you want you or your children to have a proper teeth cleaning before the next school year begins, let’s talk about your payment plan options! We offer a flexible payment plan.

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

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Edmond Dentist Discusses The Eruption Of Baby Teeth

Edmond Dentist Talks About Baby Teeth Coming In

For parents of a newborn baby, there’s so many health related concerns and issues to think about that it can often be overwhelming to learn about the things you really need to know and leave behind what you don’t. Dental care, including the eruption of baby teeth, and the future of an infant’s ongoing dental hygiene are surprisingly topics that new parents are often at a loss about. That being said, our Edmond dentist does receive a lot of questions about the growth process and about when to expect their baby’s teeth to start showing up.

The simple answer that our Edmond dentist would provide is that the exact timing of when baby teeth come in and shed (or fall out again) may vary, but on average there are typical age ranges when each area is expected to see growth. In general, your child will develop 20 primary teeth by the time they reach the age of three. The 5 different types of baby teeth are: Central Incisors, Lateral Incisors, Canines (or Cuspids), First Molars, and Second Molars. Here’s a chart to show their locations:

Baby Teeth Diagram

Now that you have a visual and a slightly better understanding of the location for these 5 primary types of baby teeth, our Edmond dentist wanted to provide a quick run down of the time frames in which you can expect to see your baby’s teeth start to come in:

Upper Teeth

Central Incisor: Erupts between 8-12 months old. Sheds between 6-7 years old.
Lateral Incisor: Erupts between 9-13 months old. Sheds between 7-8 years old.
Canine: Erupts between 16-22 months old. Sheds between 10-12 years old.
First Molar: Erupts between 13-19 months old. Sheds between 9-11 years old.
Second Molar: Erupts between 25-33 months old. Sheds between 10-12 years old.

Lower Teeth

Central Incisor: Erupts between 6-10 months old. Sheds between 6-7 years.
Lateral Incisor: Erupts between 10-16 months old. Sheds between 7-8 years old.
Canine: Erupts between 17-23 months old. Sheds between 9-12 years old.
First Molar: Erupts between 14-18 months old. Sheds between 9-11 years old.
Second Molar: Erupts between 23-31 months old. Sheds between 10-12 years old.

While it might be a while before you baby has his or her first tooth, it’s important to keep an eye out for the growth of your baby’s teeth! Our Edmond dentist would like to remind parents that protecting baby teeth by starting dental checkups early is recommended. In fact, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry say that the first dental visit should occur within six months after the baby’s first tooth appears, but no later than the child’s first birthday.

If you need to make an appointment to see 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 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 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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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!