MY BLOG: THE DENTAL CONNECTION!
By DR REGGIE THOMAS
October 25, 2019
Category: TRAVEL
Tags: Prevention  

 

 

 

 

 

What's in your carry-on bag? You've got your passport, ticket, and currency, but what about your dental floss? Of course! You're preparing for the trip of a lifetime, and we want to help make sure that everything goes according to plan.

Part of your preparation before a long awaited vacation should be a complete dental check-up at our office well in advance of your trip.  If there is dental work that needs to be done, now is the time to do it.  No one wants to be struck over the Atlantic with a toothache, and changes in atmospheric pressure can cause serious problems if you have a severely compromised tooth!

Now that you have the all clear sign to travel, what about maintenance once you're on board for a long flight? Some airlines provide toothpaste and brushes for travelers.   If you have any questions about the quality of the water in the airplane restroom, use bottled water to brush your teeth.  There are also single-use mini-brushes that are available for travelers that come pre-loaded with paste and ready to use without any water at all.  Crisp fruits and vegetables can also help to clean teeth during your flight if brushing is not an option, and drinking plenty of water will not only keep you well hydrated, but help cleanse your mouth and teeth as well.  Finally, be sure to travel with floss, a travel-sized tube of toothpaste, and a brush in a well-ventilated container in case you face any airport delays between flights. 

Once you've arrived at your destination, try to keep your dental routine as close to normal as possible while on vacation.  Regular brushing and flosssing is still a necessity, especially if you take the opportunity to explore the local desserts.  Hopefully, these tips can make your flight more comfortable--now that you've reached your dream destination, the rest is up to you!

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

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

 

 

 

By DR REGGIE THOMAS
October 04, 2019
Category: WHITENING
Tags: BLEACHING  

 

 

 

 

 

A shopping mall is a great place to gets lots of errands done in one trip. Department stores, clothing boutiques, specialty shops? So many tempting options all in one place. But teeth whitening? Maybe not.

Dental office whitening provides you with the whitest possible teeth in the safest possible manner.   Your teeth will be checked first for any condition that might make whitening a bad idea, such as tooth decay, weakened enamel, gum disease, or even gum recession.

THE MALL WHITENING PROCESS. No dental exam will be provided beforehand at the mall.  If you have any dental issues, the whitening process might cause further problems such as permanent tooth sensitivity or gum inflammation.  The amount of peroxide in the bleaching agents can vary kiosk to kiosk.  You might end up with something equal to over the counter home whitening strips, or you might be exposed to solutions that should only be provided in a dentist's office.  Finally, in many areas, mall whitening is actually illegal because it is considered the practice of dentistry without a license.  Mall kiosks skirt this problem by having the customers insert the trays full of gel themselves - a practice that does take the place of professional training, licensing, and regulation.

A mall kiosk is a convenient place to select a new phone, try an unusal hair product, or purchase the latest in fad toys.  But when it comes to your dental health, it's worth a special trip to the dental office if you want the safest, most effective whitening.

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

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

By DR REGGIE THOMAS
September 16, 2019
Category: SPORTS
Tags: Prevention  

 

 

 

 

 

Today's BLOG will discuss how a dental guard can be one of your best defenses to prevent many dental problems associated with sports.  So a dental mouthguard is a flexible, soft plastic, removable appliace that fits in your mouth and is adapted to fit comfortably to the shape of your teeth.  A mouthguard will protect not only the teeth, but also your jaws, lips, tongue, cheeks, and gums.  It should be worn anytime that you are participating in full-contact athletic or recreational activities that may result in injury.

The mouthguard works as a shock absorber to cusion your mouth from the effects of a blow to the face, head, or neck.  Mouthguards protect teeth from not only fractures, but also hold the tongue, lips, and cheeks away from the teeth to avoid lacerations.  Using a mouthguard can lessen the possiblity of concussion and TMJ dislocation while you are on the court or field. Increasingly, organized sports are requiring mouthguards to prevent injury to athletes, and research shows that most mouth injuries occur when athletes are not wearing any mouth protection.

When choosing a mouthguard, one of the most important aspects is to choose one that you will wear consistently. There are several options of mouthguards that you may chosse from. Although preformed or what is also called "boil-to-fit" mouthguards that are found in sports stores can provide some protection,   your best choice is to have a custom mouthguard made for you by a professinal dental office.  A custom mouthguard will be more comfortable to wear and more effective in preventing injuries. 

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

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

By DR REGGIE THOMAS
August 16, 2019
Category: CAMPING
Tags: Oral Health  

 

 

 

 

 

If your idea of camping is a quiet walk through the woods before returning to your rustic hotel, your regular brushing habits will be perfect for your trip.  However, if you are hiking into the mountains with your tent, backpack, and camp food, then check out the folllowing tips to adapt your dental routine to the great outdoors.

WATER. If you wouldn't drink it, don't brush with it!  Use bottled water if you have brought it, or make sure that the local water is safe by using a testing kit.  Boiling, filters and purification tablets are all the ways to make sure that the water tests clean and safe.

TOOTHPASTE. You aren't the only one in the woods who finds toothpaste tasty.  Bears, raccoons, and other animals are attracted to the scent of your toothpaste, so keep it safe with the same kind of tightly sealed, odor-proof container that you keep food in.  And if you want to discourage unwanted visitors, don't spit your toothpaste out at your campground!

TOOTHBRUSH. While there are disposable and camping toothbrushes available, a regular toothbrush will work as well.  Normally, air-drying is the healthiest option for drying your toothbrush, but camping is an exception.  Just as animals are attracted to toothpaste, they are also attracted to your toothpaste-scented toothbrush.  Keep it in a sealed container that is odor-proof as well.

FLOSS. There are websites devoted to many ingenious ways to use dental floss while camping, but we recommend that you don't forget the original use!  Don't forget to floss regularly, keep it in a sealed container, and do be sure to take the used floss out of the area with you when you leave the great outdoors.

Even though you are roughing it, stick with your home routine as much as possible.  If you are unable to brush as usual, rinse your mouth well with clean water and brush when you can.  Have a great trip. and just one more thought--maybe go easy on the s'mores!

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

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

 

By DR. REGGIE THOMAS
July 27, 2019
Category: CHILDREN
Tags: Prevention  

 

 

 

 

 

Ever wondered how to encourage good dental home care for your kids? Making it FUN is a great place to start.  The best brushing routine for all patients, parents and children alike, is the recommended two minutes twice daily.   But if the longest four minutes of your day are spent helping your child brush and floss, here are some suggestions for making that time fly!

OPTIONS
Children's toothbrushes come in a wonderful variety of colors, patterns, and shapes these days. Allow your child to choose a favorite the next time that you go shopping for dental supplies.  Just make sure that you choose a soft bristle brush with a head designed for small mouths.  And remember that it is recommended to change your tothbrush every 3 months!

REWARDS
You don't have to go to great lengths to make your son or daughter feel rewarded for a job well done.  Allowing children to pick out a story for you to read or posting colorful strickers on a calendar sheet will encourage them to get into the habit of brushing.

COUNTDOWN
Time seems to go faster when you're having fun.  Your child might enjoy listening to songs or stories for the two minutes of brushing time.   You can even make your own playlist, invent a story starring your child, or make use of one of the many dental apps that offer children's music, videos, and stories in perfect two-minute segments.

TOGETHERNESS
Spend these two minutes twice a day with your child.  You will be doing all of the brushing at first, of course, but as your children get older, brush your teeth along with them.  You can model proper brushing techniques for cleaning teeth, gums and tongue, and even let your child have a chance to brush your teeth for a change!

CHECKUPS
Since everyone needs to visit the dentist twice a year, try making these appointments as a fun outing together with your child.  And if these tips have kept your son or daughter motivated to consistently have good dental hygiene at home, then these visits should be a breeze!

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

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

 

 





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