Root Planing and Scaling

Have you been to the dentist and they suggest getting root planing and scaling done and you have no idea what that means? Let us break it down for you:

Plaque is the primary cause of gum (periodontal) disease. However, other factors can contribute to periodontal disease which can include: hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause, puberty, etc), medications, poor oral hygiene, illnesses (diabetes, cancer, etc), bad habits (smoking, chewing tobacco, etc), and family history.

Periodontal disease progresses over time if not treated. The symptoms include: Continue Reading…

What to do if a Tooth is Knocked Out?

Unfortunately you may witness a child or an adult lose a tooth, maybe at a sporting event or on a playground for example and you need to know what to do if a tooth is knocked out.  It can be a freaky thing, but the main focus when that happens is to keep calm and try to keep the person it happened to calm.

Knocked-Out-ToothSee also: Broken Tooth? Now What?

If the entire tooth is knocked out, which includes the crown of the tooth (the part that is visible in the mouth) and the root (the part that is usually under the gum line that can’t be seen) try to Continue Reading…

Sleep Dentistry, What is it?

“Sleep dentistry” is for those of us who experience high anxiety at the dental office.  It is administered in a pill form and it can affect people differently depending on your size and how your system works.  You also have to be careful with it if you are on certain medications or have other health problems, so if you are thinking of trying sleep dentistry, be sure to mention any medical problems and make sure the doctor is aware of all of your medications to avoid any adverse reactions.  There are different forms of the “sleep” medication that is given to you at the dental office so it is important that the dentist know all medical information about you to coordinate what medicine is best for you.

Sleep-DentistrySleep dentistry is considered conscious sedation.  Patients are less aware of what is happening but are still awake and able to respond.   It makes the patient more comfortable and relaxed.  It can also help with a strong gag reflex and more treatment can be completed due to patient cooperation.  This is not to be confused with being under general anesthesia in which you are completely out, thusly called unconscious sedation.

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The Surprising Facts About Spit

camel-spit-fountainOur mouths are set up in a perfect way to aid our bodies with digestion by using our saliva and some of these facts about spit may surprise you.  Saliva may be gross to some people, but it’s an essential part of our lives for our food intake. Saliva helps to break down food so your tum tum has an easier time processing it.  It also helps to break down food particles left in your mouth and washes them away.

Our mouths consist of 3 pairs of larger salivary glands and 100’s of smaller ones.  This could be why we produce anywhere from ¾ of a liter to 1.5 liters of saliva everyday — that’s a lot of spit!  But, we need it not only for softening up our food to get it into smaller pieces to swallow it, but it helps with taste, it protects the inside of your mouth while you chew and speak and helps keep your teeth and gums healthier by eliminating leftover food particles which helps reduce plaque buildup.

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