Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tender Gums: The Dental Connection!

Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease that results when bacteria in your mouth cause inflammation and tenderness in your gums.  This is a very common condition, and you can treat it effectively if you are aggressive.  Otherwise, it could develop into more advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, and you could lose one or more teeth.

Watch for the symptoms of gingivitis.  Early treatment is the key to success.  Strategies for treating gingivitis include thoroughly cleaning your teeth and assessing the scope of your gingivitis and how serious the problem is.

GINGIVITIS: Early Gum Disease

Your mouth contains many bacteria that form plaque, which is a sticky substance.  You can get rid of plaque by brushing well, but if you don't, it can build up on your teeth and form tartar.   Bacteria can make your gums inflamed and cause pain and bleeding, or gingivitis.  Other symptoms include loose teeth, bad breath, or receding gums, and sensitive teeth.  Your are at a higher risk for gingivitis if you are a smoker, if you have a weakened immune system, or if you have diabetes.

ASSESSMENT

The first step is to call our office for an appointment.  Our dental team will assess your risk factors for gingivitis and examine your teeth and mouth for signs of red and swollen gums.  We may also measure the pockets around your teeth.  If they are larger than normal, then your gingivitis may be more advanced.  Finally, we will take some digital dental x-rays to get a picture of the bone structure of your jaw.

If you have tender gums, have other questions about gum disease, or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Sunday, September 24, 2017

September: National Gum Care Month!

September is the month that the dental community focuses on increasing the awareness about gum health and periodontal disease! With the fast pace that we all live under, many people are too busy to even recognize the first warning signs of gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease. Early recognition and action are the most important steps to healthy gums, and ultimately a healthy body as well.  Studies are published every year linking oral health, including the gums, to the health of other areas of the body, such as your heart. Since one of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs, check out the following list:

> Gums that appear red or swollen
> Gums that feel tender
> Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
> Gums recede or pull away from the teeth
> Persistent bad breath
> Loose teeth
> Any change in the way the teeth come together in the biting position

If you happen to notice any of these signs or if you are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,
DRT

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Summer 2016

Now that summer is fading into fall, we always find it interesting to find out how our patients spent the summer!  Whether you visited our nation's capital, went on a camping trip, or just stayed around our great state of Oklahoma and relaxed, we really want to know how you spent this summer.  Sharing your experiences or ideas can help spark others in their future adventures or vacations! So please take the time and share your summertime plans here or on our FB page!

God Bless,
DRT

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,