DENTAL ADVICE BLOGS 2010


This is an archived list of DENTAL ADVICE BLOGS from previous days.  All DENTAL ADVICE BLOGS are written by one of our editors, all of whom are practicing dentists.
 
The purpose of the dental blogs is to provide further dental information which may help others with similar issues, or to stimulate questions or discussion.  If you have questions about any procedures or statements made here, please feel free to CONTACT US.

At the beginning of each DENTAL ADVICE BLOG, the TOPIC of the entry is listed to provide ease of use.

Any references made to patients are entirely anonymous, and any names used are made up to protect the real person's privacy.  Also, your personal dentist should be consulted regarding any dental procedure which you intend to have done, as this site is not intended to diagnose
or treat anyone's dental needs.

25 December 2010

HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

23 November 2010

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVEVERYONE!

Most dental clinics will be closed over the weekend so get any issues addressed before Thursday...

6 November 2010

PET DENTAL CARE PRODUCTS

Just like humans, dogs need to have their teeth cleaned.  Small dogs and some breeds tend to have more gum disease than other dogs, but the results are the same; the loss of teeth.  Dental work on a dog can be very expensive, so as with humans, prevention is key.

17 October 2010

NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY

Many people who have chronic pain issues such as headaches, migranes, neck or back pain, may have jaw issues that while seemingly unrelated, can be the source of pain felt elsewhere.  Neuromuscular dentistry can help explain many of your tmj symptoms and how it can affect the rest of your body.

2 October 2010

PAINFUL PROCEDURES

As recently discussed, in general, dental procedures should not be painful if local anesthetic has been administered properly.  During extractions you will feel pressure and pushing, but it should not hurt.  We are always surprised that patients are reluctant to say when something is hurting, and we implore you to please tell us! 

19 September 2010

ORAQIX

Oraqix is a local anesthetic that is administered without a needle and is sometimes adequate for scaling and root planing or other dental cleanings.  It is very quick acting and only lasts about 30 minutes, so you don't have to be numb for hours after your appointment has ended.  It is not profound enough for fillings and other dental work, but ask your hygienist about it.

16 August 2010

ADVICE FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Often times patients come in with a toothache and are convinced they know what the cause is because of what a friend or family member said.  Even dentists are not able to tell what is going on without examining the tooth, taking xrays, and assessing the situation.  How is a friend or family member who is not even a dentist, able to diagnose the cause without even looking at the tooth?  Take their advice with a grain of salt, and let your dentist do the diagnosing.

6 July 2010

PAIN DURING PROCEDURES

During most dental procedures, you should not feel any pain while the dentist is working.  If you do, you should let him/her know and s/he can give you more anesthetic.  It is not a hassle and the dentist definitely wants you to be comfortable, so don't be shy.  If it hurts, say something, because being completely numb will make your experience much better!

9 May 2010, Dental Blogs

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Dental work is a good gift for Moms on Mothers Day.  Many sons/daughters pay for teeth whiteningpartial dentures, or crowns or bridges.  Your mom will be very grateful, and it is something she will use everyday!  Fathers day is also coming next month.

29 March 2010, Dental Blogs

SCREAMING CHILDREN

Many parents think that when their child cries in the dental chair, it's a sign of pain, when often times the child is just scared.  If your child is nervous, pediatric dentists are excellent in managing their anxiety.  It also helps if you, as the parent does not explain to your child what is going to happen.  Specialists use child friendly methods which are less threatening, to explain to your child what is going to happen, and it makes the experience easier for everyone.

22 February 2010, Dental Blogs

FLUORIDE

Fluoride has been proven to be one of the least expensive, and most effective ways to help reduce the incidence of dental cavities, yet some people still insist on avoiding it like it is poison.  If you are one of those patients who gets new cavities every check up and do not use a fluoridated toothpaste, you might want to think again.

9 Februrary 2010, Dental Blogs

EPINEPHRINE ALLERGIES

Often times patients come in and insist they are allergic to epinephrine.  Epinephrine is also known as adrenaline, which is a naturally occuring and essential stimulant in the human body.  It is added to dental anesthetics in order to provide more profound anesthesia and increase the duration of action, and yes, there are sometimes side effects and contraindications, but you can't be allergic to it. 

11 January 2010, Dental Blogs

RESTORING ROOT CANALED TEETH

Many people think that after a tooth has been root canaled, it's treatment is done.  Often times a temporary filling is placed immediately after the root canal is done, but a permanent filling and or a crown (if it's on a posterior tooth) still need to be placed.  If a permanent restoration is not done, the tooth may get reinfected, which may cause the root canal to fail, or the tooth may fracture, which may lead to an extraction.

 

 


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