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Top Reasons We Use Suction Tools When Cleaning Your Teeth
Posted on 9/20/2019 by Lemond Hunter
Many that come into our office, sit in the chair and accept everything we do without questions. Others wonder what the purpose of some of the tools we have are. One of the things that is most asked about is the use of suction tools. People wonder why they need to have this device stuck in their mouth, making an irritating sound as we work. They don't realize all the benefits of the suction tools in our offices. Two Types of SuctionWhat many do not know is that we use two different types of suction. The first type is the saliva ejector. Like the name implies, this suction takes the saliva out of the mouth. A constant dry mouth is not something you want and can lead to a myriad of problems, but while we are working on your teeth, getting rid of the saliva helps make the work easier. The second type of suction is the high-volume suction. This one is held by a dental assistant in the area where work is done. It works to remove the debris created from the dental work. The suction can remove the debris without actually touching it. What Suction DoesUsing either type of suction accomplishes a few things. It helps keep you more comfortable while we work. The suction can remove the bitter taste of the anesthetic and remove any excess anesthetic that try to spread to other areas of the mouth. The suction removes any debris or dental materials in the mouth. Suction keeps the mouth dry, which is important when putting in fillings or other work where a dry surface is necessary. In addition to these things, suction helps us see what is going on in your mouth without the excess debris and saliva in our way. The sound of the suction may not be something people want to think about it, but if you learn the benefits it is something you can live with. Reach out to us today and we can schedule your next cleaning for you....

Times Where You Need to Get Panoramic X-rays
Posted on 9/10/2019 by Lemond Hunter
As a regular part of your dental hygiene routine, you will get x-rays of your teeth and jaw. Sometimes, you will need to get a specific type of x-ray known as a “panoramic x-ray.” Although all types of x-rays let you see inside the tissue, there are specific times when a panoramic x-ray is what is called for. What is a Panoramic X-Ray?A panoramic x-ray is a special type of x-ray that takes a single picture of your entire mouth. Unlike other x-rays that may only show a specific region, a panoramic x-ray is just that: a panoramic view of the entire mouth. This type of x-ray requires the use of a highly specialized piece of equipment. You will place your chin on a rest while the machine uses an arm to rotate the x-ray device around your head. This allows it to capture the entire mouth in a single shot. What is a Panoramic X-Ray Used for?A panoramic x-ray is useful in situations where you need to see large swathes of the mouth at once. Many dentists use them to diagnose gum disease in its more advanced stages, as a traditional x-ray may not unveil the full extent of the gingivitis. Other uses include identifying temporomandibular joint disorders, locating and identifying cancer tumors in the jawbone, and revealing impacted teeth. Finally, if you have a condition known as sinusitis (which is essentially an inflammation in the sinus cavity), using a panoramic x-ray will be the best way to identify it. If you are not sure whether you need a panoramic x-ray, feel free to ask us about it. We are happy to explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have about it. So pick up the phone and give us a call, or send us an email today....

Oral Health Changes You Can Start Making Today
Posted on 8/20/2019 by Lemond Hunter
It's important to maintain good oral hygiene if you don't want to maintain a healthy smile. There are many things that are involved here – things you can start doing today. Brush Your Teeth Properly Before Going to BedWe recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day. One of these times should be before you go to bed at night so that you make sure there aren't any germs or plaque left behind to rest on your teeth and cause damage while you sleep. Don't rush through this because you're tired because this can be just as bad as not brushing at all. Remember to Brush Your TongueAlthough you probably brush your teeth, you may not brush your tongue. However, it's important that you do so because this is where bad breath starts. Not brushing your teeth can also cause other oral health problems too. Use a Toothpaste Containing FluorideYou should look beyond a toothpaste's whitening power and flavor to make sure it also contains fluoride. While you may have heard some negativity about it, you shouldn't forego it because it provides great defense against tooth decay. Fluoride fights the germs that lead to decay, then leaves a protective barrier behind on your teeth. Treat Flossing Just as Importantly as You Treat BrushingDon't neglect flossing. If you find it challenging, talk to us about tools that can help you here but don't give up. You need to get food particles out from between your teeth. However, flossing will also stimulate your gums, reduce any plaque in your mouth, and help lower any inflammation too. Maintain Bi-Yearly Appointments with Our OfficeIt's important for you to visit our office at least twice a year regardless of how well you take care of your teeth at home. We still need to clean and check your teeth for you to make sure that there aren't any cavities or other issues present. If you don't already have an appointment scheduled with us, make sure you call and schedule one today....

All Posts:

Top Reasons We Use Suction Tools When Cleaning Your Teeth
Times Where You Need to Get Panoramic X-rays
Oral Health Changes You Can Start Making Today
How to Eat When You Have a Toothache Until We Can See You
Understanding the Importance of Biofilm
Uncommon Causes of Bad Breath
Did You Know We Can Help When You Decide to Quit Smoking?
Dental Implants Can Greatly Boost Confidence
Should You Brush Your Teeth in Circles or Lines?
How to Keep Your Lips from Cracking?
Can Crowns Become Loose?
Best Ways to Learn How to Be Proactive About Your Oral Health
Loose Teeth as an Adult Signifies a Problem with Your Oral Health
Let Us Help You When You Have Dental Questions Instead of Looking Them Up Online
Signs Your Fillings Are Coming Loose
How Sinus Pressure Can Impact Your Teeth
Foods That Can Freshen Your Breath
Eating a Rainbow Diet Can Help Your Oral Health Improve
What Enamel Does for Your Teeth Aside from Protecting Them
What Dry Mouth Can Do to Your Teeth
Can You Make it To Where Your Teeth Are Less Sensitive to Heat?
There Are Several Benefits that Come with Conscious Sedation
How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy with Partials
How to Keep Your Mouth Clean Following Pocket Reduction
Mouth Guards Can Improve Your Sleep
Medications That Cause Discolored Teeth
What We Look for During Oral Cancer Screenings
What We Look At During Dental Exams
How to Ease Jaw Aches When Your TMJ Gets Inflamed
Brushing Before Going to Sleep Is Necessary for Good Oral Health
What People Notice When They First Meet You
What is It about Sports Drinks that Harm Your Teeth?
"Types of Problems That Fall Under the Category of Dental Emergencies"
Types of Dental Bridges You Can Get
Making Brushing Easier When You Struggle with Arthritis
How Much of Your Teeth Are Situated Below the Gums?
What Options Do You Have for a Gap in Your Front Teeth?
What is the Difference between Power Flossers and Water Flossers?
What Type of Oral Health Goals Do You Have?
What to Do When a Tooth Comes in Crooked
Why You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush When a Cold Sore Erupts
Why You Need to Limit Drinking Acidic Beverages
Types of Cracks Best Covered by Veneers
Tooth Pain and Fevers Usually Signify a Dental Abscess
Is There Any Benefit to Making Homemade Toothpaste?
How Your Gag Reflex Impacts Your Dental Visits
The Importance of Not Using a Hard Bristled Toothbrush
The Damage That Can Come from Sucking on Candies and Cough Drops
How Stress Affects Gum Disease
How Long After a Cleaning Should You Wait to Eat?
Why Your Toothbrush and Dishwasher Should be Best Friends
Why You Should Go to the Dentist if Your Gum is Sore to the Touch
Why Are People Afraid of Root Canals?
Do You Brush Your Tongue Often Enough?
Why Eating a Sweet Treat Could Cause Your Teeth to Hurt
Why Do You Wait to Brush After Anything Acidic?
There's More to Cosmetic Dentistry Than Whitening
The Weather Can Affect the Way Your Teeth Feel
The Beating Your Teeth Take When You Have an Oral Piercing
Talking to Your Dentist About Having a Filling Replaced
Why You Want to Indulge in Strawberries As A Spring Time Snack
Why Chewing Vegetables is So Good for Your Oral Health
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