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Edmond Dentist Shares Reasons To Maintain Oral Health: Part 2

Edmond Dentist: Listing Health Concerns From Poor Dental Hygiene

In part one of this blog series, our Edmond dentist talked about how lung conditions, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Chronic Systemic Inflammation can all be caused or worsened by poor dental hygiene. Our Edmond dentist staff felt those were pretty good reasons to take time out of your day to brush, floss, and keep up with regular dental visitations. As if those weren’t enough, we wanted to share a few more health related problems which can be tied back to lack of decent oral health.

Here are 3 more health problems that can be caused or worsened by NOT taking care of your teeth and gums. Our Edmond dentist wanted to share them with you!

1.) Stroke: Many scientific researchers have studied the correlation between oral bacteria and health problems. Some have come to believe that oral bacteria may be play a role in arteries narrowing and blood clots forming as the body negatively responds to the bacteria in the bloodstream. These are two of the top reasons stokes occur.

2.) Obesity: There have been two studies in which researchers have found that a link between gum disease and obesity. The results appear to have shown increased progression of periodontitis from those with higher body fat.

3.) Heart Disease: As with other research conducted at Harvard Medical School, research has explored several mechanisms that may connect bacteria in the bloodstream to oral health problems. It is stated that bacteria can travel to the heart and lead to a heart attack and possibly other cardiovascular problems.

Our Edmond dentist would love to help you make sure that your mouth is as healthy as it can be!

If these reasons are enough for you to consider taking care of your oral health and you’d like to make an appointment for a dental check-up, please feel free to contact our Edmond dentist by calling us at 405-844-8445.

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Edmond Dentist Shares Reasons To Maintain Oral Health: Part 1

Edmond Dentist: Listing Health Concerns From Poor Dental Hygiene

In this crazy busy thing we call life it may seem like it’s ok to skip out on dental visits or brushing your teeth a few times here and there, but those skipped days can add up. Did you know that poor dental hygiene can actually lead to many health related problems? Those problems are very good reasons, besides wanting a brilliant smile, to take a few minutes of your busy schedule to brush, floss, and make time for the dentist. In part one of this series, our Edmond dentist is here to provide you with 3 reasons to maintain your oral health.

Here are 3 health problems that can be caused or worsened by NOT taking care of your teeth and gums. Our Edmond dentist wanted to share them with you!

1.) Lung Conditions: According to Sally Cram, consumer advisor for the American Dental Association, one study showed that people with serious gum disease [from poor dental hygiene] were 40% more likely to have a chronic condition on top of it. Those already suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and pneumonia may have their condition worsened due to an increase of bacteria in their lungs.

2.) Rheumatoid Arthritis: Many medical experts have found that there is a link between periodontal disease and increased amounts of pain from those suffering from auto-immune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.

3.) Chronic Systemic Inflammation: This condition happens as a result of the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines from immune-related cells and the chronic activation of the innate immune system. According to Harvard Health Publications, the role of oral bacteria may very well cause problems throughout the cardiovascular system.

Do any of these bodily issues sound like something you want to deal with just because you skipped brushing, flossing, or visiting the dentist a few times? Our Edmond dentist would certainly say that these 3 reasons alone sound scary enough to put aside some time to take care of yourself.

If you’d like to learn more, please come back to read next week’s blog when our Edmond dentist will share 3 more health problems or reasons to maintain your oral health. If these reasons are enough for you and you’d like to make an appointment for a dental check-up, please feel free to contact our Edmond dentist by calling us at 405-844-8445.

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Dentist In Edmond Discusses Teeth Whitening Before Dental Restorations

Dentist In Edmond: Creating A Uniform, White Smile

It is a wonderful time of year with many fun-filled activities taking place. With so many events happening, more dental patients feel encouraged to have some much needed dental work completed so that they feel confident enough to flash their best smiles when those cameras start flashing. Our dentist in Edmond thought this would be a great time to discuss the biggest advantage to getting your teeth whitened prior to completing any dental restorations.

Whether you’ll be seeking to have our dentist in Edmond help you achieve a more wholesome smile via dentures, partial dentures, porcelain crowns, or porcelain veneers each of these procedures involve us making sure that the custom work matches your existing tooth color. With that being said, our dentist in Edmond would have to ask; would you rather have us make a mold of something a bit more yellow or give you a white smile and then make a bright, matching mold?

It’s probably pretty easy to answer that, but let’s take a look at a few reasons you might want to consider getting your teeth whitened this month, anyway:

  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Graduation
  • Wedding
  • Family Vacations

Our dentist in Edmond dentist would love to help you achieve a stunning, new smile! Our teeth whitening services can help to ensure that no matter what event you have or which restorative dental procedure you would like to have completed, you’ll be able to show off your best and whitest smile. Our dentist in Edmond can offer you Zoom!®, an in-office teeth whitening procedure for fast, safe, and effective results.

If you have questions about any of our dental procedures or you are interested in making an appointment with our dentist in Edmond, click here, or you may call us at 405-844-8445.

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Edmond Dentist Shares Tips To Prevent Symptoms Of TMJ Disorders

Edmond Dentist Recognizes TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular joint, also known simply as TMJ, connects your jawbone to your skull like a sliding hinge. Sometimes, the TMJ can become misaligned on one side which refers to a TMJ disorder. Believe it or not, TMJ disorders are actually becoming more common and that’s why our Edmond dentist wanted to share a few tips with you on how you may be able to prevent the pain.

As you may imagine, this type of disorder tends to cause pain in the patient’s jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement. Before our Edmond dentist jumps right into what you can do to alleviate the symptoms, let’s take a look at how you may determine if you have a TMJ disorder:

  • Jaw tenderness or pain
  • Aching pain in and around the ear
  • Chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Facial aching pain
  • Difficulty opening or closing the mouth due to joint locking

Now, here are some tips that may help you avoid pain caused by a TMJ disorder:

  • Try to eat soft foods and take smaller bites so as to avoid overuse of your jaw muscles. It would be wise to avoid sticky and overly chewy foods and treats, especially chewing gum.
  • Massage the jaw area and consider some gentle stretching. One way to stretch the jaw involves pressing the tip of the tongue to the roof of your mouth, then slowly opening your mouth as much as you can without it becoming painful.
  • Apply a warm, moist rag for 5-20 minutes. A lot of people like to follow this up with an ice pack pressed to the side of the face for about 10 minutes.

Along with stretching and caring for your mouth, our Edmond dentist would recommend that people with TMJ disorders should be careful not to open the mouth too wide while brushing and flossing.

Of course, our Edmond dentist is not saying that you should stop caring about your dental hygiene! To make an appointment with our Edmond dentist, you may call 405-844-8445.

Note: If TMJ pain persists even after trying everything mentioned above, it may be time to seek medical assistance.

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Edmond Dentist Lists Foods That Clean Teeth: Part 2

Edmond Dentist Talks About Nature’s Cleansers

In part one of this series (last week’s post) our Edmond dentist shared a list of 3 food types that research shows can actually benefit teeth and keep them clean. The products we talked about included whole grains, animal protein, and seeds. As there are several ways in which maintaining a healthy diet can result in healthier teeth and gums, we’ll be going over a few more foods, today.

Here is a list of 3 food types that our Edmond dentist gathered from nutritional resources to share with you:

1.) Dairy Products: Milk, yogurt, and cheese contain calcium which is a main component for healthy teeth and bones. Cheese also contains cavity-fighting agents like phosphate to help balance the pH levels in the mouth while preserving tooth enamel. The calcium and phosphate work together to produce saliva and kill off bacteria in the mouth and teeth.

2.) Fruits And Vegetables: Crisp fruits (like apples) and raw, crunchy vegetables (like carrots and celery) can help remove plaque from teeth and even freshen the breath. Vitamin A, found in pumpkins, carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli, is also necessary for the formation of tooth enamel. Fruits that contain Vitamin C are great for holding cells together, preventing the breakdown of gums.

3.) Fresh Herbs: Studies show that fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, and mint can help clean teeth and decrease odors caused by a buildup of bacteria. Chewing on the fresh herbs is considered best; however, dried herbs can be used in mouth rinses for a more subtle impact.

Our Edmond dentist hopes that this information has been helpful to you, but we do want to point out that brushing and flossing regularly are also highly important to maintaining dental health.

Our Edmond dentist would also like to point out that teeth cleanings and routine dental check-ups are a great way to ensure you keep a bright smile. If you’re looking to make an appointment with our Edmond dentist to help maintain your beautiful smile, please give us a call at 405-844-8445.

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Edmond Dentist Lists Foods That Clean Teeth: Part 1

Edmond Dentist Talks About Nature’s Cleansers

When you think about eating and the cleanliness of your teeth you probably never thought that anything you consumed could actually promote dental health. The truth is; however, that there are several ways in which maintaining a healthy diet can result in healthier teeth and gums. In fact, there are so many beneficial foods to discuss that our Edmond dentist is sharing just a handful of them with you, today.

Here is a list of 3 food types that our Edmond dentist gathered from nutritional resources to share with you:

1.) Whole Grains: Real whole grains (such as bran, brown rice, whole-grain breads, whole-grain cereals, and whole-grain pasta) are high in fiber, contain B vitamins, and are rich in iron, which help keep gums healthy. High-fiber foods keeps saliva flowing, which helps create mineral defenses against tooth decay. Additionally, the magnesium inside is an important ingredient for bones and teeth.

2.) Animal Protein: When consumed in moderation meat is actually a good source of vital minerals for teeth. In fact, beef, chicken, turkey, eggs, and fatty fish (like salmon) contain phosphorus which can help buffer acids in the mouth to keep teeth cleaner and it also helps keep teeth mineralized.

3.) Seeds: Some raw seeds are said to help reduce plaque and help build tooth enamel. Chia seeds and Sesame seeds are two of the top seeds that are known to be rich in calcium which is helpful for fortifying teeth. Sesame seeds, in particular, have been said to help remove streptococcus bacteria from the mouth, keeping teeth cleaner.

These are just 3 types of products that our Edmond dentist wanted to share with you, but we have a few more to talk about next week.

An important side note from our Edmond dentist would be that just because you start eating the “right” foods doesn’t mean that you can forego dental treatments if you want to maintain healthy oral hygiene. If you’re looking to make an appointment with our Edmond dentist to help maintain your beautiful smile, please give us a call at 405-844-8445.

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Edmond Dentist Recounts A Story About A “Sick Tooth” And Sinus Infections

Edmond Dentist Discusses Sinus Pain Caused By Teeth

You often hear people talking about the pain they feel in their teeth or gums when they get a sinus infection. In fact, patients often complain to our Edmond dentist of tooth pain due to severe sinus pressure, especially during the springtime as they often mistake this pressure for seasonal allergies. What you may not have been aware of until today is that sinus infections can actually be caused by a “sick tooth”.

Our Edmond dentist recounts a story about one dental patient who had trouble with sinus infections and didn’t quite know the reason until she visited the dentist’s office.

For the sake of privacy we’ll call this patient, Jane.

Here is her story:

Jane had a very painful, continuous strong of sinus infections. With each one, the pain grew more intense and the infection lasted longer. Finally, after trying many remedies and treatments at home, she decided to have her teeth x-rayed at the dentist. The results indicated that she had an abscessed tooth which had invaded her maxillary sinus area. For reference, the two maxillary sinuses are located below the cheeks, above the teeth, and on the sides of the nose.

For Jane, the pain above the abscessed tooth was very noticeable. What’s important to note is that others with this type of problem may have a more difficult time detecting the origin of pain as their “sick tooth” may never actually hurt. Not every patient notices the pain coming from the area of the tooth or gums, but after the dentist has takes a closer inspection of their x-rays they may then come to realize that it is the source of their pain.

Research tells our Edmond dentist that about 20% of all maxillary sinus infections are caused by tooth infections, rather than another cause. If you suspect that your sinus infections are being caused by a tooth, please feel free to make an appointment to see our Edmond dentist for confirmation.

You can make an appointment with our Edmond dentist by clicking here and filling out our contact form or giving us a call at 405-844-8445.

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Reasons Your Child Might Have Bad Breath: Part 2

Pediatric Dentistry: Does Your Child’s Breath Stink?

Does your child have bad breath? Are you uncertain what could be causing it? If your child brushes their teeth often and their breath still smells bad, there could be some other underlying issue. In part one of this series, our Edmond dentist mentioned 3 possible causes for an odorous smell in your child’s mouth. Perhaps, none of those 3 reasons fit the bill for your lifestyle. Today, we’re going to go over 3 more possibilities.

Here are 3 more possible causes of that funky breath:

1.) Your Child’s Diet: Have you ever heard the saying “you are what you eat”? In this case, your child’s bad breath could be caused by what they are or are not consuming. For example, if your child is consuming only a low carb diet, then the fat stored in the body is being burned which can in turn cause stinky ketones.

2.) Mouth Breathing: According to professionals, nose breathing is the most optimal way to breathe. This is true for more than one reason, but today we’re focusing on the bad breath aspect. If you’re child is constantly breathing in and out of their mouth then their saliva will dry out, allowing bacteria to linger rather than being washed away.

3.) Ongoing Illness: Respiratory infections aren’t the only illnesses that can cause bad breath. Surprisingly enough, Kidney and Liver diseases can yield a smell similar to fish. Additionally, acid reflux has been known to produce odorous breath. Does your child have any problems with any of these?

It may be possible that you don’t know if your child currently had ongoing bad breath. If you’re uncertain, try sniffing your child’s breath a little while after they’ve brushed their teeth to recognize whether an odor is lingering. A more low key option would be to sniff used dental floss. If it smells or if there is blood on the floss, then your child just might have a bad breath issue.

If you need help determining the cause of your child’s bad breath, our Edmond dentist would be happy to help as our team just loves pediatric dentistry! To get in touch or schedule an appointment call our Edmond dentist at 405-844-8445 or click here.

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Reasons Your Child Might Have Bad Breath: Part 1

Pediatric Dentistry: Does Your Child’s Breath Stink?

Does it seem as if you’re always telling your child to brush their teeth due to their breath being stinky? When bad breath plaques your little one it is easy to think it’s all caused by dental issues, but the truth is there are many things that could be causing your child’s case of Halitosis, or bad breath. Perhaps, it’s time to examine a few things going on in your child’s life to see if one of them could be causing their ongoing mouth odor. Today, our Edmond dentist will explain 3 possible causes of stinky breath.

3 possible causes of that funky breath:

1.) Lack Of Flossing: Ok, so we said not all issues were dental issues, but it is worth mentioning that having your child brush their teeth isn’t always enough. They may have some stringy bits stuck between those teeth so it’s important to remember to teach your child how to floss!

2.) Certain Medications: Many parents are unaware that the medications they give to their children can actually contributed to their bad breath. The reason for this is due to the fact that some medications have the ability to cause dry mouth.

3.) Respiratory Infections: Sinus infections, sore throats, bronchitis, or other upper respiratory infections can cause mucus backup. Then, the mucus coming from the lungs, bronchial tubes, or tonsils can feed the bacteria in one’s mouth which leads to bad breath.

These are just a few of the causes of bad breath. Sometimes, it may be possible for your child to have an issue and not even know it! It would be pretty embarrassing for them to continue walking around with smelly breath and not know it! If you’d like to learn about some other possible causes for your child’s bad breath, come back to read part two of this series where our Edmond dentist will reveal a bit more.

If you need help determining the cause of your child’s bad breath, our Edmond dentist would be happy to help as our team just loves pediatric dentistry! To get in touch or schedule an appointment call our Edmond dentist at 405-844-8445 or click here.

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4 Possible Reasons For Tooth Pain: Part 2

Temporary Tooth Pain Symptoms & Solutions

Do you have tooth pain? Is it causing you to be distracted? No one likes having pain in their mouth, especially if it interrupts their eating habits. In part one of this series, our Edmond dentist explained how tooth pain stems from nerves inside a tooth’s pulp chamber. We also spoke about 2 possible reasons for your tooth pain and a few things you could do to temporarily reduce the pain. While there is not a simple answer as to what may be causing your pain, today, our Edmond dentist is going to go over 2 more possibilities.

1.) Dull ache and pressure in upper teeth and/or sinus are: Have you ever felt your upper gums hurt after crying? This is due to the fact that the sinus area uses the same nerves as the upper teeth. Similar pain can be felt when you have a cold, the flu, or allergies. It’s possible your pain is nothing more than illness, but it’s important to rule out the possibility of you being a teeth grinder. This can happen while one sleeps! If you don’t already know this about yourself, scheduling an appointment with our Edmond dentist or your local dentist will help you determine if clenching or grinding is playing a role in your pain.

2.) Severe pain, pressure, or swelling of the gums: If this is the pain you’re feeling, it could be the result of an infected or abscessed area that has spread from the pulp into the periodontal tissues and bone. Ibuprofen may help ease the pain until you can make it to a dentist. The best solution is to make an appointment with either our Edmond dentist or your local dentist. It may be important to note that a root canal may be necessary.

Sometimes circumstances prevent you from being able to make a dental appointment right away and we understand that temporary pain relief is necessary. As mentioned in part one of this series, our Edmond dentist wants you to remain safe and we want you to know that you should never use aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue. Stay safe and take care of your teeth as soon as you can!

To book an appointment with our Edmond dentist, please call us at 405-844-8445 or click here.