MY BLOG: THE DENTAL CONNECTION!
By DR. REGGIE THOMAS
October 05, 2017
Category: HISTORY
Tags: Dental Facts  

 

 

 

 

 

Although the average patient heads down to the dentist for a cleaning every six months, most people don't realize that even their own dentist may be famous.  Yes, the chances are very unlikely, however, there have been a number of dentists throughout our history that have achieved acclaim and celebrity coming from a profession that is not typically associated with such regard.  Check out these examples:

DOC HOLIDAY  Although he was probably the most famous for his gun fight at the O.K. Corral alongside his buddy, Wyatt Earp, "Doc" also had a day job as a dentist.  He trained in Pennsylvania and later opened a busy practice near Atlanta.  Sadly, Holiday came down with a case of tuberculosis and had to close his practice.  He then packed up his belongs and moved west, and well, the rest is history.

MARK SPITZ  Although he was known around the world as a champion swimmer, Spitz was actually accepted into dental school before he became a famous Olympic gold medalist.  While he ultimately decided not to attend the school of dentistry, it's safe to say that he made the right choice considering that Mark went on to achieve seven gold medals.

PAUL REVERE  The most famous dentist to come out of the American Revolution, Paul Revere was a man of many hats.  He, of course, is known throughout our history books for warning the colonies of the impending British troops on the attack, but when he was not involved in the fight, he had a few different jobs.  Not only a siversmith, but Paul also advertised his services as a dentist.  More specifically, he specialized in making false teeth for the people in need.

MILES DAVIS' FATHER  Miles Davis Jr. was one of the most acclaimed and influential jazz musicians of all time and his dad was a dentist.  Miles Davis, Sr. had a thriving dental practice and was a member of the NAACP.  Dentistry was how he paid the bills and provided for Miles Jr. So in some ways, it seems that we all have the dental profession to thank for allowing Miles Jr. to become such a fantastic musician, and treating the world to his jazz stylings.

Although my only claim to fame might be appearing on stage in my High School Drama Productions, I chose to become a dentist and strive every day to provide excellent dental care to all of my patients!  If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
Dr.Thomas

 

 

By DR. REGGIE THOMAS
September 22, 2017
Category: DRY MOUTH

 

 

 

 

 

These days it seems like more and more patients are experiencing a dry mouth and nobody likes a dry mouth! In fact, about 40% of patients over age 55 experience xerostomia or dry mouth.  It's an uncomfortable and sometimes oddly unexplainable sensation that most people like to avoid.  Although it's not a condition that automatically sends you into a panic about your health, however, a dry mouth can be a bother and something that you certainly want to change if possible, especially since a dry mouth can increase your risk for tooth decay at the root surface, which can cause tooth loss! So, if you find yourself in the unpleasant position of having a dry mouth, here is what you can do.

Chew Sugar-free Gum:  Chewing sugar-free gum will stimulate saliva in your mouth. The chewing motion of your jaw and teeth should take care of at least some of your dry mouth problem.

Suck On Sugar-free Candy:  Similarily to chewing sugar-free gum, if you suck on sugar-free candy, it should create more saliva in your mouth and moisturize it in the process.

Cut Out The Caffeine:  Caffeine can contribute to a dry mouth, so by limiting, or eliminating your intake all together, you may find that your dry mouth is no more.

Stop Using Tobacco Products:  Tobacco is another common cause of a dry mouth. Whether it is smokeless tobacco products or cigarettes, if you stop using them, your dry mouth will likely improve.  On a side note, vaping has not been shown to be a safer alternative for your teeth, especially if you add flavoring agents! And not to forget, all tobacco products are exceeding bad for your oral health to begin with, so you will be doing your mouth a favor even more so.

Drink Lots Of Water:  It may seem obvious, but drinking lots of water will likely improve your dry mouth.  This is because a dry mouth is usually a sign of dehydration, so plenty of fluids will surely help.

A dry mouth can be very unpleasant, but it is often easily solved by either drinking more water, or trying one of the previously mentioned techniques.  If you have tried these first line of defense solutions and the problem still persists, we can discuss some other professional options that you can consider at your next visit, like prescription dry mouth toothpastes.  If you have any questions or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
Dr.Thomas

By DR. REGGIE THOMAS
September 17, 2017
Category: PREVENTION
Tags: Dental Hygiene  

 

 

 

 

 

The "secret" to keeping your teeth for life involves more than one secret.  The first is that there is no real secret; in fact, there really is no great difficulty involved.  Follow this simple four-step process - brush, floss, rinse, and visit our Broken Arrow, OK office regularly - and you will have healthy teeth for life!

BRUSH
You should brush your teeth two minutes twice a day, preferably once in the morning and once at night.  Three times a day will not hurt. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with light pressure; you do not want to scrub away your gums or tooth enamel.  Remember the dental motto: "Brush longer, not harder!"

FLOSS
Make flossing part of your daily routine, at least once a daily.  Flossing is important for more that just removing food particles between your teeth.  The process also helps to remove bacteria that you cannot see.  Bacterial build-up turns into plaque, or calculus: a cement-like substance commonly called tartar that cannot be removed by brushing alone.

RINSE
Mouthwash does more than freshen your breath.  Although mouthwash does NOT substitute for brushing and flossing, rinses help to kill the bacteria that lead to plaque formation and gum disease.  This extra step can go a long way toward having healthy teeth for life.

REGULAR DENTAL VISITS
You should have a professional cleaning at our office on average twice a year. Some patients benefit from more frequent cleanings.  Your hygienist will remove any plaque build-up to prevent gingivitis, which if left untreated can become full-blown gum disease that is called periodontitis, which leads to tooth loss.

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By DR. REGGIE THOMAS
August 25, 2017
Tags: BLEACHING  

 

 

 

 

 

Although the Summer sunshine and warm weather will soon fade into Fall, it is never too late to think about brightening up your smile! A whiter smile is only one visit away!

Teeth whitening is safe, quick, and inexpensive.  It can be used to correct many tooth discolorations, which may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth.  Using the latest in whitening technology, a safe method for creating the beautiful smile that you have always wanted can be achieved.

If you have any questions about which teeth whitening option is best for you or you are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

By DR. REGGIE THOMAS
July 29, 2017
Category: PREVENTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biofilm, the protective housing for bacteria, is a hot topic in the medical and dental fields.  Routinely taking an antibiotic for a bacterial infection has become more complicated because of biofilm. Bacterial infections may become resistant to antibiotics in part because the biofilm allows for communication among the bacteria, allowing the infection to be sustained.

So what does biofilm have to do with teeth?   The dental profession now understands that there is a biofilm in your mouth; healthy biofilm and diseased biofilm.  Both are made of the same general compounds, but when combined with certain amino acids and cellular chemicals, the diseased biofilm conquers and destroys.

Peridontal disease, otherwise know as gum disease, is a biofilm disease.  If a patient has periodontal disease and does NOT complete the full recommended treatment for this low grade gum infection, then the disease will progress and can spread due to the biofilm.

After the dental exam is completed, the hygienist will usually uses an Ultrasonic Cleaner or a Piezo Scaler.  These important dental tools use a method of spraying water that disturbs the biofilm and provides an opportunity to treat the infection causing bacteria.

Remember we all need healthy biofilm.  Just as the skin protects your body, the biofilm houses good bacteria for protection as well.  The bacteria in biofilm replicate every twenty minutes.  If your body has healthy bacteria, low levels of hydrogen peroxide are produced by the biofilm, preventing harmful bacteria from residing.  The harmful bacteria do not like an oxygen rich environment.

At your exam, dental supporting bone level measurements around your teeth are made.  These measurments are known as "pocket depths."  The higher the number, the deeper the pocket measurement, which gives more room for the harmful bacteria to reside since there is less of an oxygenated environment as the pocket depth increases.  In medicine, we are encouraged to know our "numbers" like blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Likewise, in dentistry, since the depth of our periodontal pockets usually indicates the level of gum disease that is present in our mouths, we should all know our periodontal pocket numbers!

If you have any further questions about biofilm, want to know your pocket ranges or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

 

 





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