Saturday, August 12, 2017

Around The World: The Dental Connection!

From the clinical perspective, dentistry is similar around the world.  Dentists, go to school, obtain a license, and work hard to prevent and treat tooth decay, gum disease, oral infections, throat or oral cancer, tooth loss, and other conditions that might limit a person's ability to smile, bite, chew, or speak.  The quality of dental care, however, and availability for dental services varies between nations.


DENTISTRY THOUGHOUT THE WORLD

Developed countries have more dentists per capita than do developing nations, according to the World Health Organization.  There is one dentist for every 150,000 people in Africa, for example, as compared to about one dentist for every 2,000 citizens of an industrialized nation.  The lack of dentists in developing nations means that dental care is restricted to pain management and emergency care.

Dentistry often reflects the cultural views of a nation.  Some cultures acknowledge only the functional aspect of teeth, so dentists focus on preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Other cultures emphasize aesthetic appearances, so dentists there provide cosmetic procedures in addition to essential oral care.

Each nation imposes its own education and licensure requirements for dentists, but most require some college before four years of dental school.  The graduate must then pass local or national exams to practice in that region.  European schools and standards are similar to the United States.

While the role of the dentist is nearly the same in every country - to ensure the oral health of their citizens - dental care is different in each nation.  Regardless, you can rest assured that the care that you receive at our Broken Arrow, OK office is held to the highest standard.

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

God Bless,
DRT

Friday, July 14, 2017

Adult Visits: The Dental Connection!

During the recent decade between 2000 and 2010, the amount of adults who regularly visited their dentist declined, according to research released by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Center.  In fact, the same research found that the percentage of adults who had regular checkups every six months declined from 41 percent in 2003 to 37 percent in 2010.  The largest decline in dental care occurred in the 35- to -49-year-old age group.  That's down from 43 percent in 2003 to just 38 percent in 2010.

There is some good news, however.  While adult visits may have decreased, children's visits were on the rise, particularly among low-income families.  More ole-income children are visiting the dentist now than they were ten years ago.

With the recent decline in adult dental visits, why is it recommended by the American Dental Association to visit the dentist every 6 months? While daily oral hygiene habits are essential to good oral health, professional dental cleanings at our office ensure your and your child's teeth are treated to a deeper level of cleaning.  In additional to a thorough cleaning and teeth polishing, regular visits at our Broken Arrow office help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal disease.

If you are due or overdue a dental cleaning and exam, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Friday, June 30, 2017

Super Models: The Dental Connection!

Grinding is a very common problem due to the extreme stress that most individuals deal with these days! Although most people think that Hollywood stars and super models are exempt from everyday stresses, Chrissy Teigen found herself experiencing the long-term effects of years of grinding while on a recent film shoot in Bangkok.

Chrissy recounted in an interview that she had chipped some teeth after years of grinding at night.  She explained, "I'm a grinder. I grind like crazy at night time. I had temporary teeth in that I actually ground off on the flight to Thailand." Thankfully, she was able to finish the job in spite of her mishap.

Like stress, teeth grinding is a problem that can affect anyone.  In fact, the two conditions are often related. Sometimes, the habit of clenching occurs subconsciously during the day, when you are trying to cope with a stressful situation.  Other times, it can occur at night while sleeping, which is why 90% of nocturnal grinders retain no memory of grinding in the morning.  Either way, it's a behavior that can seriously damage your teeth.

When teeth are constantly subjected to the extreme forces of bruxism (clenching and grinding), their hard covering can quickly start to wear away.  In time, teeth can become chipped, or worn down, even loose.  Bruxism can also lead to thermal sensitivities and headaches.

Although grinding at night or during the day can damage your smile, there are preventative dental treatments to prevent the adverse long term dental effects.  If you have any questions about grinding or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Friday, June 9, 2017

Soft Drinks: The Dental Connection!

Depending upon what part of our great country that you reside, Soft Drinks are called many things from "Sodas, Pop or just Coke!"  Although one of these sweet drinks may not hurt your teeth, drinking them are a regular basis can make them a true enemy of a healthy smile!

Soft drinks are one of America's favorite drinks.  The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that about half of all Americans drink them regularly, averaging 2.6 glasses each and every day.

That's a lot, considering that soft drinks are very acidic, full of sugar, and have little to no nutritional value.  It may surprise you to learn that it's actually the acidity of colas, not the sugar, that poses the biggest threat to your teeth.  Over time, repeated exposure to soft drinks wears down tooth enamel, leaving teeth stained and less able to prevent cavities.

As enamel wears away, teeth can become very discolored, take on a rough texture, and become highly sensitive to hot or cold.  Your teeth may start to tingle, and brushing or flossing can cause pain.  If not checked by your dental professionals, teeth may start to erode, become thinner and more likely to chip or crack.  That's a pretty high price to pay for a glass of "the real thing!"

Of course, soft drinks are not the only causes of tooth erosion.  Coffee, wine, and some fruit juices are also highly acidic, though these drinks tend to have less acidity than a typical soft drink.

TIPS TO LESSEN THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF SOFT DRINKS
  • Cut Way Back On All Acidic Drinks
  • Add More Plain Water To Your Diet
  • Drink All Acidic Drinks Through A Straw
  • Don't Be Confused: Diet Soft Drinks Also Contain Acid
  • Rinse Your Mouth After Consuming Any Acidic Drink
  • Wait To Brush Your Teeth For About Twenty Minutes After Any Acidic Drink

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

God Bless,


Friday, May 26, 2017

Discoloration: The Dental Connection!

Looking back at childhood photos, you may notice picture after picture of yourself with a mouthful of shiny white teeth.  When you look in the mirror today, you wonder what happened to that beautiful smile? Many adults struggle with tooth discoloration and find it embarrassing to show off their teeth in a smile.  Once you identify the cause of your tooth discoloration, there are treatment options that can restore your teeth and your confidence.

CAUSES:
There are a host of factors that may cause your teeth to discolor.  Some are directly under your control, and others may not be preventable.  Check out the list of common reasons that teeth become discolored.

  • Genetics
  • Medications
  • Medical Conditions
  • Poor Dental Hygiene
  • Foods And Tobacco

TREATMENTS:
After determining the cause of tooth discoloration, our office can suggest the appropriate treatment options.
  • Over-The-Counter Whitening Agents
  • In-Office Whitening Treatments
  • Bonding
  • Veneers
If you are concerned about your teeth becoming brown or yellow, think carefully about your diet and medication use.  Our office can help you identify the substances that may be causing the problems. After treatment for tooth discoloration, you will have a beautiful white smile!  If you have any questions or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,


Friday, April 21, 2017

Royalty: The Dental Connection!

According the the British tabloid The Daily Mail, Prince William had to pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and have a chipped front tooth repaired after part of it was fractured while attending a friend's wedding.  While these types of dental problems are quite common, thankfully, many do not result in significant pain or discomfort.  And the first thing to always remember is to stay calm!

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are that the tooth can be repaired by using a tooth colored composite resin called bonding.  In this procedure, the bonded material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region.  Composite resin is a very strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. This procedure can be completed in one visit and while no dental repair will last forever, a bonded tooth can hold up well for years with only routine dental care.

The other common method of repair to restore a larger, painless fracture, is with a crown, commonly known as a "cap."  After a preparation, a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors is made.  From this model, the dental lab will fabricate a replica of the tooth and return the crown back to the office for adherence.  Crowns are not only much stronger than bonded material, they are life-like and can last for many years.

Whether the future king was "crowned" or simply received some bonding for his required dental repair, one may never know, but it's great to know that you don't have to be royalty to receive quality dental care!

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

God Bless,
DRT



Friday, April 14, 2017

Cancer Screenings: The Dental Connection!

In our continuing efforts to provide the highest quality of dental health care available to our patients, we regularly screen our patients for oral cancer.  The fact is, every hour of every day in North America, someone dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth most commonly diagnosed form of the disease.  Although the five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved, early detection is the key!

Oral cancer can occur on the lips, gums, tongue, inside lining of the cheeks, roof of the mouth, and the floor of the mouth.  Symptoms of oral cancer may include a sore in the throat or mouth that bleeds easily and does not heal, a red or white patch that persists, a lump or thickening, ear pain, a neck mass, or coughing up blood.  Difficulties in swallowing, chewing, or moving the tongue or jaws are often late symptoms.

While there is no way to predict exactly which individuals will get oral cancer, there are potential causes like age, tobacco uses, excessive alcohol, persistent viral infections like HPV16 and a diet that is lacking or low in fruits and vegetables.

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

God Bless,