MY BLOG: THE DENTAL CONNECTION!

Posts for: December, 2017

By DR. REGGIE THOMAS
December 24, 2017
Category: HOLIDAYS
Tags: Christmas  

 

 

 

 

 

Although many people will leave Santa a very special treat on Christmas Eve in the form of milk and cookies in anticipation of his yearly visit, few individuals know that there is a dental connection to this Holiday tradition! Research has shown that regular consumption of dairy products, such as milk, cheese, or yogurt, can actually lower your chances of contracting gum disease!

Not only does cheese provide large amounts of much needed calcium, cheese is considered to be a cavity fighter!  Cheddar, Swiss, Mozzarella, and Monterey Jack cheeses stimulate the body's salivary glands to clear the mouth of debris and protect the teeth from the acids that can weaken the enamel.  That means that cheese disrupts the development of cavities, especially when eaten as a snack at the end of a meal.

The next time you reach for a quick snack, choose some cheese or a glass of milk and remember that with each bite or drink, you are preserving your teeth for a lifetime of smiles!  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
December 14, 2017
Category: HOLIDAYS
Tags: Prevention  

 

 

 

 

 

The Holidays allow us to enjoy delicious food and to spend quality time with our loved ones.  However, it is not an excuse to neglect our oral health!  No matter how tasty the food, it is neither smart nor healthy to let dental problems ruin the holiday celebration.   Fortunately, there are ways to keep your dental health in great shape this Holiday Season! Take a look:

DENTAL APPOINTMENTS.  Scheduling a dental appointment before the Holidays can identify any potential problems that might disrupt your plans this season!

BRACES.  Remember, the Holidays consist of plenty of non-braces friendly foods.  Toffee, popcorn, candy canes, peppermint bark, and other crunchy, hard, sticky, and sweet foods may be harmful for your braces.  Be aware of these foods, and use caution if eaten!

TRAVEL.  Dental problems do happen, sometimes when we least expect them to.  Thy's why proper preparation, whether at home or traveling during the Holidays, is crucial.  When traveling abroad, bringing a mini first aid kit with an anti-infammatory, an antibiotic, and an oral rinse of chlorhexidine can decrease any inconvience that might occur.

BRUSH.  Let's face it, there's no avoiding sugar around the Holidays!  However, after consuming sugar, the best thing that you can do for your dental heath is to immediately and thoroughly rinse your mouth with plain water, which will dilute the acid concentration that can contribute to decay and gum disease.  It is also important to wait for about 20 minutes after consuming sugar to brush your teeth.

CHOICES.  Sugar feeds bad oral bacteria.  The more that you consume, the more bad bacteria increase in your mouth.  One way to eliminate the risk is to include more probiotic (good bacteria) foods like yogurt into your diet.  One should also drink plenty of fluids, especially water, during the Holidays.  Water, of course, has long been known to have many positive effects on your overall health.  It is also a good way to prevent bad breath, cavities, and other potential problems since water aids in flushing out bacteria that linger in the mouth!

Following these tips during the Holidays can increase the likelihood of an enjoyable season!  If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment this Holiday Season, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
Dr. Thomas

 

 

 


By DR. REGGIE THOMAS
December 08, 2017
Category: PREVENTION
Tags: Habits  

 

 

 

 

 

The effects of bad oral habits are something that our dental team sees all too often, especially during the hectic Holiday Season!  These bad oral habits may have stemmed from your childhood because your parents did not know about proper oral care or encourage you to practice them. Or, these bad habits may have devloped gradually, like slacking on the frequency of brushing, flossing and teeth cleanings.

These bad oral habits can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and other consequences such as losing teeth and experiencing bad pain.  They may be deeply ingrained and easy to continue, but you can break them with a little effort.  Focus on developing good habits to replace your current ones, like eating a diet that is healthy for your teeth.

Breaking your bad oral habits may not be as difficult as you expect when you simply focus instead on developing good habits.  These new good habits can naturally replace your bad habits.

DEVELOPING GOOD HABITS

  • Brush your teeth 20 minutes after each meal or at least two minutes twice daily
  • Have a professional exam and cleaning every six months
  • Floss your teeth every day
  • Maintain a healthy diet

Although these good habits may not seem natural, steps can be taken to make sure that you follow these behaviors.  For example, a daily checklist can be beneficial to keep track of scheduled sessions of brushing and flossing.  A timer can be utilized to ensure that the recommended two minutes are completed each session.  And finally, a food app can help keep track of the foods to avoid like starches and sugars, which increase the risk of decay. These apps can also monitor the daily water intake.  In fact, rinsing with plain water after each meal or snack has been shown to decrease the oral acids that are so deterimental to your teeth!

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
December 01, 2017
Category: DENTAL TREATMENTS
Tags: Crowns  

 

 

 

 

 

When your dentist says that you need a crown during your dental exam, royalty is not usually the first thing that comes to your mind!  A dental crown, otherwise known as a cap, covers the tooth and can vary in function, depending upon the position of the tooth.  Crowns usually cover all of the visible part of the tooth and can vary in size and appearance.

A crown can be used to protect a weak tooth from breaking, hold together an already broken or worn tooth, cover the tooth that has a large filling or dental implant, hold a dental bridge in place, or even support a cosmetic modification.

Several types of crowns are available, depending upon the requirements of the tooth to be treated.  Stainless steel crowns can be used on permanent teeth, but are usually considered to be a temporary solution as compared to a custom fit crown. These types of crowns are also used on children's baby teeth because they are more cost-effective, since they will be lost over time.

Metal crowns are another option that includes gold alloys, or base-metal alloys.  Metal crowns are notable due to their ability to withstand biting forces and rarely can be broken. Unfortunately, all metal crowns are the least cosmetically preferred manner to treat a tooth.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns more closely resemble a normal tooth.  These types of crowns have been used on front and back teeth that demand a cosmetic consideration. However, the fired porcelain to the underlying metal sub-struction can chip over time and function.  The most recent release of all porcelain crowns called Bruxzirs, considered chip-resistant and metal free, are showing great promise in addressing the cosmetic demands that present day patients require.

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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