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Edmond Dentist: What is scaling and root planning?

Edmond Dentist: What is Scaling and Root Planning and why is my dentist suggesting it?

Your Edmond Dentist has been receiving questions about Scaling and Root planning and why hygienists suggest it. Scaling and Root Planning is a method of deep cleaning below the gumline, most often used to treat gum disease.

Why would I need this?

Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth, it’s also the cause of Gum Disease. Your Edmond Dentist sees it all the time as plaque is always forming on our teeth, even when you clean them the plaque will come back. Cleaning your teeth twice daily and flossing once per day will keep the plaque and bay and prevent it from doing damage to your tooth enamel. But if your teeth aren’t cleaned properly plaque can form inside pockets under the gum line where it’s even harder to remove it. If the gum disease is caught early during a professional cleaning then damage to the tooth structure can be prevented. If, however, the pocket is too deep then Scaling and Root planning will be recommended by the Edmond Dentist.

The processes of the Edmond Dentist

According to the American Dental Association Scaling and Root planning is beneficial to patients who have periodontitis, which is what your dentist will call gum disease that has progressed past gingivitis. According to a study in the July 2015 edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association chronic periodontitis affects 47 percent of adults over 30 in the United States, which is why this process is so important. The first part is Scaling, your Edmond Dentist will remove the build-up of plaque and tartar, which is hardened plaque, from above and beneath the gumline. This ensures that all the pockets get removed. Once the scaling is complete your dentist will being root planning, which helps the root of the teeth reattach to the gums. Sometimes this process can take more than one visit depending on the progression of the gum disease.

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Edmond Dentist: Teeth Cleanings aren’t just for people

Edmond Dentist: It’s important to get your teeth cleaned, but what about your pet?

Coming in for a dental exam at your Edmond Dentist means that you’re going to receive top-notch care. Getting your teeth cleaned, examined, and receiving an oral cancer screening or x-ray is how we take care of our patients. But coming in for a dental exam and cleaning isn’t just for people, your pets might need a dental exam or cleaning as well. When you go to the vet they’ll check your pet’s teeth, but sometimes your pet needs to have their teeth cleaned to get rid of bad breath or prevent the advancement of a disease. Today your Edmond Dentist wants to talk about the process of getting your dog to the vet for a dental check-up.

Not just for people

Getting a professional cleaning for a dog is sometimes called a “dental prophylaxis” when it’s done in the case of a mild disease, this is because it’s a preventative procedure. When the disease is advanced enough in the case of periodontal disease the Vet’s office will opt to perform a more thorough dental cleaning. In many vet’s offices, this is simply nicknamed a “dental.” A dog’s visit to the vet for a dental cleaning is very much like your own. A professional cleaning of your dog’s teeth involves a comprehensive scaling of the teeth, taking a look at the health of the gums, teeth, and mouth, and lastly polishing the teeth. Unlike a person a dog won’t let someone poke around in their mouth, for this reason, dental cleanings for a dog involve general Anesthesia. As part of the dental cleaning, the Vet’s office will get your dog cleared for the anesthesia. Your Edmond Dentist believes that all creatures with teeth need to have them looked after, even Dog’s, who have an amazing way of regulating their own oral health.

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Edmond Dentist: Crowns

Edmond Dentist explains crowns?

If you have a weak tooth, broken tooth, or extremely discolored tooth you and your dentist may decide to have a crown placed over those teeth. Crowns can be placed for a functional or cosmetic reason, though most people will only elect to have a crown placed if they’re already in a great deal of pain. There are many different kinds of materials that crowns can be fashioned from, ceramic, porcelain, resin, and stainless steel have all be used. At your Edmond Dentist, we use high-quality ceramic to craft the most effective and good looking crown for your mouth. We use a chart of varying colors in order to make the ceramic tooth match their neighbors.

The process of the crown procedure at Wallace Family Dental

While many dentist sub-contract out the production of their crowns to facilities that can be out of state, we make our crowns in-house. Our desire for quality and efficiency has led us to create an effective process that gets most patients in an out in a single visit. The process usually starts by identifying the teeth needing crowns, once the teeth have been selected your Edmond Dentist will create a kind of pedestal for the tooth to sit on out of the tooth that’s already there. Once the 3d scans of the tooth have been done the measurements are sent to a CNC machine that we have on site, this machine carves the tooth to the proper shape and dimensions. Cut and shaped, the tooth is then painted with the proper color to match the rest of the patient’s mouth, then inserted and cemented in place. Your Edmond Dentist will polish and round the rough edges of the tooth off to ensure it sits comfortably in your mouth. Once we finish checking the crown is seat properly and fit nicely into place the patient is free to go! If you would like to watch this procedure please click the link below.


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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.

Edmond Dentist: Denture Relines

Edmond Dentist and what you should know about Denture Relines

When you have your dentures first fitted and made they will typically fit your mouth securely since they’ve been molded to your mouth. However, as time goes on that shape of your mouth and gum tissue can change. When this happens you dentures will become loose fitting in your mouth and will move around. Coming into your Edmond Dentist to have your dentures relined will help your dentures stay in place and feel comfortable.

Having your Edmond Dentist do a Soft Reline


With some patients who are unable to wear ordinary dentures due to their having tender gums or sore spots. The Edmond Dentist can recommend relining the denture with a softer material that takes up to one or two years before it will need to be replaced. This softer material is less likely to cause irritation or sore spots in the patient’s mouth. If this issue persists patients may want to consider having implants put in so that they can have their dentures retained by the implants.

Considering Temporary Relines

If it’s been quite a while since a patient had their dentures serviced or looked at then they may be experiencing swollen, red, or misshapen gums. This can cause problems when a dentist goes to take an impression to fit new dentures, either for a soft or hard reline. Relining dentures this way would only continue the problem so in these cases your Edmond dentist might recommend doing a temporary, or palliative(material that is medicated) reline material in order to reduce the inflammation and soreness that a patient might have. Once the gums have returned to normal your Edmond Dentist can take a more accurate impression.


As always if you have any questions about what you’ve read in our article please give us 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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Dentist Edmond: Spring Cleaning Tips For Good Oral Hygiene

Dentist Edmond: Cleaning Rituals For Your Mouth

The warmer weather is approaching and many people will take the time to do some spring cleaning around their homes, but what about doing some spring cleaning for good oral hygiene? It's been a long winter season and there's no doubt that over the holidays people may have indulged a bit more than they normally do with too many sweets; the stuff that's not just bad for your body, but also bad for your teeth. Our dentist in Edmond decided now would be a good time to provide some much needed tips to help you get on track with cleaning rituals for your mouth.

1.) Buy A New Toothbrush: The American Dental Association (ADA) and our dentist in Edmond recommends that people should replace their toothbrush every 3-4 months. This is to be done sooner if you've experienced an illness as bacteria can live on the bristles. Additionally, if the bristles have frayed before the designated time frame, you toss it.

2.) Start Brushing And Flossing Regularly:
It's easy to forgo a routine when the holidays get you all in a frenzy, but now is a good time to re-establish your brushing and flossing regime. You should brush at least twice per day to maintain a healthy mouth, but don't forget about flossing! Plaque can build up under your gums if you're not flossing which can lead to periodontal disease. To avoid this, try to make flossing at least once per day part of your daily routine.

3.) Schedule A Dental Checkup:
If you haven't had a dental checkup in about six months then you're due for one! Our dentist in Edmond understands that visiting the dentist isn't always top priority for patients, but keeping a regular routine is important as it allows Dr. Mike Wallace to clean your teeth, perform an examination, and assess your teeth for cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, or any other dental health issues that may arise. Knowing these things quickly means that we begin treating the problems sooner.

Spring is a great time of year to motivate people to improve their quality of life at home and personally. Our dentist in Edmond hopes that you'll also take care of your smile, too. We hope to see you, soon!

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Do You Really Know How To Floss?

Let's face it - flossing is a little tricky. Are you doing it properly? Are you doing it often enough? Are you using the correct flossing instrument? Are you getting sick of your dental hygienist lecturing you at every dental appointment about flossing? The question of the day is do you really know how to floss? I personally always love when I get my teeth cleaned and the hygienist finishes off my cleaning with a good thorough flossing. They are able to get in to all the areas that it seems like I cannot. How am I supposed to fit my hands ALL the way back there??!? I wanted to simply the technique for you at home - so it doesn't seem so daunting.

Step 1: Grab some floss, the ADA recommends about 18 inches. Really just grab enough to be able to use some clean floss after each tooth.

Step 2: Get the floss between the teeth and all the way up to the gum line gently and "wrap" your tooth with the floss. Use an up and down and back and forth (or zig-zag) motion to get all those surfaces.

Step 3: Once all your teeth are squeaky clean, rinse your mouth very well - you did just clean out a lot of bacteria from under your gums.

Easy enough, right? If you are a type of person that struggles with standard floss, there are lots of other options out there to help you achieve your flossing goals and make your hygienist beam with pride at your next cleaning. I she has even offered you a handheld flosser at one of your appointments. Take her up on it next time. The technique with these is similar but it gives you the luxury of not having to struggle getting around those back teeth and hard to reach places. All the major dental companies have created water flossers or air flossers as well. The water and air flossers are easy to use, gentle and incredibly effective. Have a lot of bridge or crown work, maybe even braces? We have floss for that too! Special floss to get around those wires to keep your gums healthy! Remember, flossing is the most effective way to keep plaque out of your gum tissue and off of your teeth in between your dental cleanings. Research your options and start flossing - this way if someone should ask do you really know how to floss? You can say, YES and I have the gums to prove it!