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Edmond Dentist: Mouth Guards

Edmond Dentist: Why MouthGuards are Important

Many people have dreams in which your teeth fall out, but what would it feel like if it actually happened? Your Edmond Dentist knows that losing a few teeth would completely change the way you smile, eat, and talk everything would be affected. You can’t plan for every situation, but with sports and other recreational activities, you can. Mouthguards help cushion blows to the face protecting your upper and lower teeth from injury or getting knocked out completely. In most cases, the top teeth will receive the brunt of the injury because they stick out a little farther than a patient’s bottom teeth.

When should a patient wear a Mouthguard?

Your Edmond Dentist recommends that a patient wear a dentist during all sporting activities. High-risk activities like martial arts and collision sports are no-brainers but non-contact sports like Ice Skating and Gymnastics also require mouthguards. One bad spill during a non-contact sport could still mean losing a tooth. It’s important to know as adults but your Dentist in Edmond also recommends equipping children who play sports with mouthguards.

 

What kind of options do you have to choose from?

There are three kinds of mouthguards that a patient can choose from:

  1. Custom Made – Some Dentist will offer to make custom mouthguards, these aren’t cheap but offer the best protection as they’re individually crafted for the wearer.
  2. Boil and Bite – Perhaps the most common mouth guard options theses require a patient to boil the mouthguard, making it soft and then biting down to imprint their teeth into the guard. This is a semi-customized mouth guard as the exact sizes can only be estimated.
  3. Stock – There mouthguards come preformed and are the most inexpensive method. These mouthpieces are often the least comfortable and can make breathing difficult depending on how they fit in the patient’s mouth.

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What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Ever hear of impacted wisdom teeth? In this article, we will discuss wisdom teeth, and potential complications with them.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

A persons first permanent molars will usually erupt around age six or seven. The final set of teeth a person can expect to see are called third molars, or sometimes referred to as wisdom teeth. These will usually erupt between ages 17 and 21. In some cases, a person may see all for wisdom teeth, and sometimes perhaps none at all! Wisdom teeth can come in without any issues, and sometimes, they can cause some problems.

Wisdom teeth become impacted when they fail to fully erupt due to blockage from other teeth. This can sometimes cause pain, inflammation, infection, or damage to adjacent teeth. It is estimated that in the Swedish population alone, this condition affects up to 72%. Why do we even have these teeth if they cause so many issues? One speculation is that the diet of humans thousands of years ago wore molars down significantly. Wisdom teeth would erupt around the time the second molars would wear down, giving a person “new” teeth.

The most common method of treatment is wisdom teeth extraction, with approximately 10 million wisdom teeth removed each year. Most people will experience pain and swelling after surgery, with the first day post surgery being the worst. Most people are able to return to work after 2-3 days, and find that the level of discomfort will decrease to about 25% by day number seven.

It is important to make an appointment with your dentist if you are experiencing any pain with your wisdom teeth, or you notice they have not fully erupted. Sometimes the idea of a procedure like tooth extraction can sound scary, but the folks at Wallace Family Dentistry will be with you every step of the way!

 

 

Dental Implants Edmond

How does an implant work?

Is there a better option to partial dentures? What if a person is just missing one or two teeth? In the following article, we will discuss how a dental implant works, and how this could be a better option

How does an implant work?

Have you ever seen partial dentures? Perhaps someone you know or even yourself have them. Partial dentures are just like full dentures and are removable for daily cleaning. They are definitely a more cost effective option, however, like full dentures, they can move in your mouth, effect the way you speak and what you eat. Implants are a great option to alleviate some of the typical issues of partial dentures if a person is missing one or a few teeth.

 

  • Implants begin with a cylindrical or tapered titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. As the healing process continues, the titanium post will literally fuse with the jawbone to create a strong base for the replacement tooth or teeth. This healing process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

 

  • After the healing process, a connector piece, called an abutment is place on to the implant to connect it to the replacement tooth or teeth. Then, the individual tooth, bridge or dentures with multiple teeth are then connected to the abutment. This option does require more of an investment from the individual, but it will produce better and longer lasting results that with full or partial dentures.

As always, if you have any questions about dental implants, or any other dental concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Wallace Family Dentistry in Edmond, OK!

Stress and dental health

Stress can come from many sources, and have many negative effects on your health. Did you know that stress can also affect your dental health?

Stress and dental health

Today it is common knowledge that stress can wreak havoc on a person’s overall health. We know that low energy, headaches, nausea, aches, pains, tense muscles, chest pains, and even rapid heartbeat are symptoms of stress. But, it can also negatively affect our general oral health. Here are a few symptoms of stress in your dental health.

  • Tooth Decay – Sometimes during tense seasons of our lives, routine goes out the window. Sometime due to demanding schedules, we make unhealthy choices about what we eat and drink. At the end of a crazy day, forget about brushing and flossing! This will increase our risk of tooth decay as time goes on.
  • Gum Disease – Gum disease can be caused by the build up of bacterial plaque where your gums and teeth meet. As anxiety affects your health, it can weaken your immune system, increasing the risk of infection in your mouth where bacterial is present.
  • Grinding Teeth – Most often, grinding of the teeth happens at night, and most people aren’t aware they are doing it. When you grind your teeth at night, it can cause damage to the protective layer of enamel on your teeth. Teeth grinding can also cause headaches and jaw soreness. Sometimes dentists, will recommend that an individual wear a night guard, to protect from any further damage.

These are just a few of the ways that stress can negatively affect a person’s oral health. If you have any questions or concerns about your general oral health, contact Wallace Family Dentistry in Edmond, OK to schedule an appointment!

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Edmond Dentist: Root Canals

Edmond Dentist: What is a Root Canal

If you have a tooth that has been severely damaged, decayed, or has a serious infection your Edmond Dentist will perhaps recommend a root canal. When a dentist performs a root canal it’s to save the rest of the tooth from the decay or damage that’ s made its way into the interior of the tooth.

What can you expect from a Root Canal?

Inside the tooth is a soft pulp made out of nerves and blood vessels, these nourish the tooth and keep it healthy. If the pulp is exposed it can be opened up to infection, the main ways this happens is via a deep cavity, a cracked or fractured tooth, or trauma to the tooth. If these conditions are left untreated the tooth can become infected, which can be incredibly painful. In some cases, an abscess can form inside the tooth or bone around the root. The infection could also cause a patient to lose the tooth entirely

What happens during the procedure?

During the procedure, your Edmond Dentist will:

  1. Create the opening in the tooth to remove the root through.
  2. Extract the tooth’s nerve tissue.(The inside of the tooth may also be treated with a germ-killing medicine)
  3. Clean the inside of each tooth and the canal they’ve made.
  4. Fill and seal the root canal to prevent future infection.
  5. Place a crown or filling to be a definitive restoration.

A root canal treatment can take more than one office visit depending on the difficulty or number of root canal’s that have to be performed. Your Edmond Dentist is able to manufacture crowns on site so that will cut down on the time it would take most dentists to finish the procedure. Many patients worry about pain, but the use of local anesthetic ensures that a patient won’t feel pain during the procedure and once the problem tooth is removed a patient won’t feel the pain of the damaged tooth.

 

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Edmond Dentist: Fighting Dry Mouth

Medications can Lead to Dry Mouth

This week your Edmond Dentist talks about Dry Mouth or known medically as xerostomia, can be caused by a number of different things. While the best way to fight it is to address the cause of what’s causing dry mouth we wanted to talk about some ways to help. Without further ado, here are some of our picks for releiving dry mouth.

Edmond Dentist: Relieving the symptoms

  • Sugar-free gum is recommended by the American Dental Association for the way it stimulates the flow of saliva. However when choosing a sugar-free product check to see if it has Xylitol in it. The Edmond Destist has seen some its patient have a sensitivity to Xylitol that causes diarrhea or cramps. Even when a patient has this sensitivity the side effects are only experienced when consumed in large amounts.
  • Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning that it causes the productions of urine, which can cause dehydration. If you trying to keep your mouth hydrated you’ll want to avoid caffeine for a little while.
  • Alcholhol can cause your mouth to dry out, which is why your Edmond Dentist recommends staying away from Mouthwashes that contain alcohol if you’re having problems stimulating saliva production.
  • Most dentists will recommend staying away from using Tobacco anyway, but it can also prevent salivation along with its other health risks.
  • Stay Hydrated! No really, sip water regularly and stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Over-the-counter-saliva substitutes like Mouth Kote or Oasis Moisturizing Mouth Spray can help keep your mouth temporarily hydrated.
  • There are mouthwashes designed for dry mouth, look for the ones that contain xylitol as they will help prevent tooth decay.
  • If you’re trying to tackle the symptoms of dry mouth your Edmond Dentist recommends staying away from antihistamines and decongestants as they can make the dry mouth worse.(Obviously, this may not be possible if you need these medicines for another condition.)

As always consult with your dentist or health professional if you’re experiencing dry mouth consistently as it can affect your oral health and the integrity of your teeth.

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Edmond Dentist Explains: Bottle Rot

What is Bottle Rot?

You might think that because a child’s teeth are temporary they aren’t important. However, these teeth are important for a child’s development and are still susceptible to tooth decay. When a child experience this tooth decay it is often called “Bottle Rot,” or Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. The importance of these baby teeth is that they allow the child to chew their food as they begin to be able to digest solids. These teeth also help speech and ensure that the adult teeth come in properly. For that reason, your Edmond Dentist wanted to touch on Bottle Rot, what causes it and how to prevent it.

What are the causes of tooth decay in infants?

The most at-risk teeth in a child’s mouth are their front upper teeth, however, that doesn’t me bottle rot will be limited to that area. The most common cause of tooth decay in infants is the prolonged exposure to sugary drinks. Most often this happens when a child is put to bed with a bottle, or when a bottle with a sugary drink is used instead of a pacifier. A baby can also receive cavity-causing bacteria from their parents when a spoon is passed from an adults mouth to their child that spoon containing bacteria that the child might not have. Receiving the right amount of fluoride is also important for your child’s teeth.

Edmond Dentist: How to Prevent Tooth Decay in Infants?

  • Do you best not to share saliva with your baby. You can wipe your baby’s bums with a clean washcloth after feeding.
  • Brush your child’s teeth with a gentle child-sized toothbrush using a small amount of fluoride toothpaste until the age of three.
  • Make sure to supervise your child’s brushing to ensure that they spit, not swallow, toothpaste.
  • Do not give your child sugary drinks like juice or soft drinks.
  • Have your infant finish their bottle before going to bed.
  • Do not dip your child’s pacifier in sugar or honey.

When your child has the first tooth appear, contact your Edmond Dentist for their first dental visit. Starting healthy oral habits early can save your child from cavities and can save you money.

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Edmond Dentist: How to get the most out of your benefits.

As the end of the year draws to a close and your calendar fills up with obligations getting to the dentist may be the last thing on your to-do list. However, your Edmond Dentist wants to reinforce how important it can be to get in before the end of the year. If you have dental insurance chances are you aren’t taking full advantage of everything you’ve paid for.

What happens to your benefits at the end of the year?

You can save hundreds of dollars by using your dental benefits before the year ends. There are dental insurance programs run on a fiscal year(usually October to October), however, most of the dental insurance programs run on a calendar year, ending on December 31st each year. If you haven’t used your dental insurance plans then it’s sitting there with unclaimed benefits and will go to waste at year’s end.Dental insurance companies count on customers not claiming their maximum amount of benefits and in turn, they make millions of dollars off of patients.

Have you considered splitting up your big visits?

If you’ve used some of your benefits and know that you have a large procedure you need to get done, don’t hold off. Some procedures can be split into multiple visits, allowing you to schedule part of your visit before the end of the year and the final part in January the following year. This will allow you to use all the benefits you’ve paid for this year and maximize your use of benefits the following year. Not all procedures can be split up this way so make sure to ask your Edmond Dentist about how you can get the most out of your dental insurance.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to use your benefits. Call us today and schedule a meeting at 405-340-0411.

The Impact of Oral Cancer Screening

It has been beaten into your brain, you have heard it so many times you could scream... The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and check-ups. One of the reasons it is recommended to have regular check up's for your mouth, much like for the rest of your body, is to screen for any abnormalities. The impact of oral cancer screening is just as vital as screening for cancers anywhere else. According to The American Dental Association, 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral and throat cancers this year. The 5-year survival rate of those diagnosed is only slightly more than 64% therefore, when cancer is detected and treated early, treatment-related health problems are reduced. Oral Cancer can range from your lips all the way to back of your throat and everywhere in between. Look inside your mouth and think about all that surface area. As your dentist, I make it a point to look for any signs or symptoms of anything abnormal in your mouth, this does not just include decay in or on your teeth. I am looking for any redness, lumps, lesions and your bite. When I ask you questions about how your mouth is feeling, I am wanting to know if you are having any soreness, tenderness, and swelling. What you may think something that is not that big of a deal, it may be. When I am asking about your family history - though it may seem strange that I am a dentist, as you know, having an idea of what the family's history of illness is can be an indicator in your own body.

 

I encourage that if between your regular visits to your dentist's office you notice anything that seems off, do not hesitate to give your doctor a call. I am sure he/she will be more than happy to schedule an appointment even just to put your mind at ease. Keep in mind there are many things that can stick out to indicate something may be abnormal. According to The American Dental Association, the symptoms of mouth or throat can include:

 

  • A sore or irritation that does not go away
  • Red or white patches
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

 

Patients over the age of 40 tend to be more at risk of these factors, it has however been found in patients younger than that. Contributing factors can include tobacco/nicotine users of all kinds, HPV has even been associated with certain types of oral cancer. Keeping your mouth healthy with brushing, flossing, fluoride use, regular dental visits, a good diet, and keeping your mouth moist will not only assist in presentation of tooth decay but oral cancers as well.

 

For more information about oral cancers please visit http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/o/oral-cancer or http://www.oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/

5 Reasons You May Need Orthodontics

Orthodontics are not only for teenagers anymore, adults can benefit just as much from orthodontics (braces or clear aligners). The advancements in orthodontics over the years is absolutely astounding. General dentists are even able to take on some cases now. If you have ever wondered about the benefits of orthodontics, here are 5 reasons you may need orthodontics:

 

  1. To improve your overall oral health. Too much crowding or spacing in your teeth and create little harbors of plaque and bacteria which we already know can lead to decay, gum disease and bone loss. Straightening your teeth will help to eliminate some of these issues with regular brushing and flossing. Maintenance of your oral health and prevent costly and timely restorations in the future.
  2. To relieve discomfort stemming from poor alignment of your upper and or lower jaw. The human body is so intricately connected that even if your bite is off by mere millimeters your body will find a way to compensate in one way or another to feel normal.
  3. To tie directly into the poor alignment of your upper and lower jaw, you may notice that you have an overbite or an under bite.
  4. Reducing a "gummy" smile. Are you embarrassed about having a gummy smile? The only option available many years ago was to due crown restoration on each tooth, not anymore!!
  5. This brings us to cosmetic. Straightening your teeth can add confidence to your smile that you didn't even know you were missing.

 

Braces come in all shapes and sizes anymore. There are traditional or metal braces for more extensive treatments on adults. Metal braces are recommended for adolescents as well because clear aligners such as Invisalign® or ClearCorrect tend to require more discipline with use. Clear aligners allow you freedom to straighten your teeth virtually invisibly. There are also options like MTM® (Minimal Teeth Movements) or Fastbraces® that are much faster than traditional braces. Most offices in your area, dental or orthodontic will offer free consultations allowing you to meet with a doctor to go over all of your concerns and see what options best suite you.