Posts for category: PREVENTION

January 31, 2020






Toothaches can come in many different forms, but no matter which, they are always uncomfortable. Although many patients that experience dental pain immediately try the pharmaceutical approach to remedy the situation, today's BLOG will discuss some simple, natural ways that may help to cure this common problem.  

Toothaches can be caused by infections, gum diseases, teeth grinding or clenching, trauma, or even having an abnormal bite. Several symptoms may become noticeable when you start to experience a toothache.  You might develop a fever, have trouble swallowing, notice an unpleasant discharge, and most often, feel lasting pain when you bite down.

If you begin to notice any of these symptoms, check out a few simple remedies below that may help you manage the discomfort.  However, if the pain continues, always contact our dental office to schedule an appointment to be sure that a bigger issue has not developed.  

  • WARM SALT WATER.  Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water, which can help to disinfect your mouth and may soothe the area where the discofort is occurring.
  • COLD COMPRESS / ICE PACK.  Applying a cold compress or ice pack to your jaw in the area that hurts can reduce swelling.
  • FLOSS. Once again, thorough and effective flossing of your entire mouth can help as the problem could be caused by food debris that is struck between your teeth or below the gumline.
  • ESSENTIAL OILS.  Certain of these oils do possess pain-relieving qualites.  Clove, nutmeg, eucalyptus, or peppermint oil can be diluted, placed on a cotton swab, and applied to the problematic tooth and/or gum area.  Repeating the process as needed can also help.
  • PEPPERMINT TEA.  Similar to essential oils, peppermint tea has been shown to soothe and even slighly numb the area of discomfort.  Swish the tea around you mouth once it has cooled off for temporary relief.
  • GREEK YOGURT.  Many patients are surprised to find that yogurt contains healthy bacteria that can help fight against dental pain.
  • GARLIC.  Crushed garlic can be rubbed on the aching area to help relieve the pain.  Garlic contains allicin, which slows bacterial activity.  The application may burn at first, but it has been known to help treat inflammation.

When it comes to preventing toothaches, you can try various measures.  Since prevention truly is the key, always make sure that you brush and floss everyday and maintain regular professional dental cleanings and exams at our office, which will decrease the likelihood of infections that can lead to many toothaches. And of course, if you have tried the natural remedy approach and your dental discomfort continues to persist, seek professional dental help!

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

God Bless,
Drs. Thomas
 & Riddel


April 23, 2019
Tags: Mouthwash  




A solid oral health routine begins with daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing.  Without a consistent oral health regimen, you may begin to experience tooth decay and bacterial infections. Since some patients inquire about different mouthwash options, a few considerations are listed below in today's BLOG that should help you decided upon which oral rinse that would be best for you.

GUM HEALTH. Antiseptic mouthwashes reduce large amounts of bacteria on and near the gum line and generally help to decrease your chances of developing gingiviits.  The key ingredients of antiseptic mouthwashes are antibacterial and antimicrobial items.  Antiseptic mouthwash is a preferable option if you are concerned about the general gum health of your mouth.

FLUORIDE. This is a great tool for preventive tooth decay treatment.  It prevents tooth deay and is great for oral health in general because it kills germs that can live in your mouth.  Fluoride also builds stronger teeth.

BAD BREATH. Fluoride mouthwash can be used to fight any bad breath issues you may be facing.  It's designed to combat any bacteria that might be building up in your mouth.  Most mouthwashes will help eliminate bad breath, but some are specifically designed to address this difficult problem.

CONSIDERATIONS. When you are trying to decide which mouthwash to pick, call our office. If you experience a burning sensation in the soft tissues of your mouth, be sure to discontinue use immediately.  Avoid letting children under age six use a mouth rinse, and be sure to keep all mouthwashes out of the reach of children, because they contain alcohol and other substances that could be harmful.

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

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas












Oral-systemic health is the idea that oral health is a critical and interconnected componet to a patient's overall health and well-being.  Studies show that people who have poor oral health are more likely to have other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or a high likelihood of stroke.

Some of the data suggests that oral pathogens may trigger up to 50% of heart attacks, and that the oral bacteria P. gingivalis may cause a 13.6-fold increase in a patient's risk of a heart attack.  Still, the exact relationship between oral and overall health isn't fully known - whether one causes the other or how treating one might affect the other.  But it should serve as a warning call to anyone suffering with poor oral health, especially periodontal disease.

So what does all of this information mean to our patients? Check out the following tips to keep the link between your dental health and overall health as "healthy" as possible!

  • Have An Effective Oral Hygiene Routine
  • Visit Your Dentist Regularly
  • Eat A Healthful Diet
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Relax & Destress

If you have any questions about your oral health as it relates to your overall systemic health, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas


October 05, 2018
Tags: Toothpastes  






Although it is commonly known of the importance of the recommendation to brush your teeth two times a day, for at least two minutes each time, many may not understand the true role that toothpaste plays in the process of maintaining dental health.  The mouth is home to more than 500 types of microorganisms that feed on leftover food that gets stuck on and around your teeth. Since toothpaste is the best line of defense against all of those pesky microorganisms, let's take a look at just how it works.

Abrasives. Toothpaste contains mild abrasive additives that combat microorganisms and fight plaque.  When you brush, the abrasives in toothpaste dislodge food particles and microorganisms more effectively than if you simply brush your teeth with water.  The abrasives also work to remove food stains and polish the surface of the tooth.  Some toothpastes include ingredients like triclosan and Xylitol.  These chemicals prevent the growth of bacteria that produce plaque.  Plaque not only causes cavities, but it can also lead to more dangerous issues like periodontal disease.

Fluoride. This is the key ingredient in toothpaste.  As the microorganisms in your mouth feed off the leftover food particles, they leave behind acid and sulfur byproducts that wear away the enamel of the teeth.  This is the fancy, technical way of saying that the acid on your teeth causes cavities.  As for as the sulfur byproduct, this is the scientific cause for badbreath.  Fluoride works to fight the acid and help protect the teeth.  By brushing, the fluoride is incorporated into the tooth enamel, which in turn makes the tooth more resistant to acid and plaque.

Flavoring And Sweetening Agents.  Not all toothpaste tastes the same.  The type of flavoring or sweeting agents added to the toothpaste does not have anything to do with fighting microorganisms and plaque, but taste is one of the most important selling points in finding a toothpaste brand that you like.  Flavoring agents mask the taste of some of the other ingredients in toothpaste, and without those agents, chances are nobody would be brushing their teeth two to three times a day.

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

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas


September 28, 2018






Once a patient's braces come off, it is important to make sure that your smile remains straight! This is where retainers come in.  A retainer is a custom-fit device that sits in your mouth and reinforces the new position of your teeth.  Although there may be an initial adjustment period, it is an essential part of the process of keeping your teeth in place over the long term.

For the first few months, it is recommended to wear the retainers 24/7, except when you are eating, drinking, or brushing. Eventually, night time wear is indicated for the first full year.  After that, many patients can wear it a few nights a week.  However, current research now reveals that in order to preserve the position of your teeth for your life, it is recommeded that you never ever fully stop wearing your retainers. Yes, indefinite retention is the key...meaning FOR-EV-ER!!

If a patient is concerned about forgetting to wear the retainer or possibly losing it, a lingual retainer may be the best option.  Although this permanent wire that is placed on the tongue side of your teeth is not readily visible, they can cause dental issues for many patients if they don't maintain good oral hygiene.  Plaque and tartar can build up around these lingual bars, which can lead to gum disease or cavities.

Wearing retainers are extremely vital after your teeth are straightened.  Without a retainer to keep them in place, the teeth that you have taken so long to fix may begin to shift back into a more crowded positon again.  Getting braces is quite an invvestment, which is why each patient should stay motivated to maintain their corrected smile for their entire life.

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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