Posted by admin on November 27, 2013
Beware Holiday Candy
For years parents have told their children that candy is bad for their teeth, but what are really the effects of candy? Although it depends on how much sugar you consume and what form it’s in, all sugar basically has the same effect.
Bacteria feeds on the sugars you consume and they create acids. If too much acid is being created for too long, the enamel on your teeth is destroyed and your teeth will begin to decay. The destruction of teeth enamel is called erosion. Severe erosion can cause changes in your bite. It can reduce tooth size and eventually some teeth may be entirely lost.
Sour candies in particular have high acidity. When acid is consumed, an “acid attack” occurs that can last up to 20 minutes. Candy sucking or chewing prolongs the attack by keeping the acid in your mouth. There are also certain candies that stick to your teeth that increase the duration of acid attacks. Candies such as: “gummy” candies, powdered candies, and thick, sticky gels. Some candy wrappers claim to be made with real fruit juice, or 100% natural flavors, seeming to be healthier. However, these candies still have high acidity levels.
Parents have been right to warn their children about eating too much candy! Fortunately, there are certain steps you can take to protect your teeth. Small changes like eating a variety of foods from the 5 different food groups can benefit your teeth. Avoid or limit ingestion of candies and soft drinks (which are also filled with sugar). If you do eat candy, do not suck or chew on it for a long time.
After you consume the candy, neutralize the acids by washing out your mouth with water, drink milk or eat cheese. Call us today with any questions and we will be happy to help you keep your teeth healthy and protected.
Posted by admin on November 25, 2013
Sensitive Teeth: Your Dentist Can Help, Part 2
Ouch! Uncomfortable tooth sensitivity is among the most common complaints that dentists hear from their patients every day.In an earlier article, we focused on ways your dentist can help mitigate tooth sensitivity caused by the loss of tooth enamel. In today’s post, we will discuss how your dentist can reduce the tooth sensitivity associated with gum tissue loss.
Our tooth enamel and gums act as outer shields protecting the dentin, the porous tissue inside our teeth. Dentin is full of tubules that connect directly to root nerves, and when our gums recede--whether through trauma, disease, aging or other causes--they expose the delicate dentin. Subsequently, when hot, cold, or acidic substances come into contact with the dentin, the nerves erupt painfully in response--a condition called dentin hypersensitivity.
Here are some ways your dentist can help:
Getting “Long in the Tooth?"
The first step in treating your sensitive teeth is a basic dental cleaning and examination. This gives your dentist a chance to check for signs of existing gum recession, or for evidence of gingivitis and other periodontal diseases. Your dentist may also talk to you about good brushing habits—brushing too hard with a hard-bristled toothbrush can permanently damage your gum line.
Rub Out Tooth Pain
Your dentist has many tools to treat at-risk teeth. An oxalate root rub treatment can stop or greatly reduce sensitivity by coating the exposed dentin tubules. If your gum lines have permanently receded, your dentist can also seal and protect your roots with a bonding agent to provide long-term protection.
Repair and Recover
If the above measures don’t fix ongoing sensitivity, your dentist may recommend a surgical gum graft. This is effective for dentin hypersensitivity caused by gum loss at the roots of the teeth, since this procedure helps recreate a healthy gum line to cover the exposed root and protect the sensitive areas.
At East Valley Dental Care, we understand how painful sensitive teeth can be, and we are here to help with the latest in affordable dental care services. Please give us a call today at (480) 890-2811!
Posted by admin on November 25, 2013
Holiday Dental Care
As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Thanksgiving, East Valley Dental Care wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday. Keeping your teeth happy during the holidays requires just a little planning.
Foods to avoid this holiday to preserve your healthy smile include high-sugar foods such as soda. Sugar plus mouth bacteria equal acid. This acid residue from holiday meals can lead to enamel decay and cavities. Your daily buffer against this acid is the natural defense in your saliva. Any foods that encourage salivating (but not high sugar foods like caramel) can help. Water aids your mouth to rebalance bacteria when eating fruit or enjoying wine.
During the holidays, try to avoid mouth injuries. Do not act as your own nutcracker. Use those holiday gifts to crack nuts. With some time to relax, now is a good time to recommit to good brushing and flossing techniques. With your routine disrupted, try recommitting to take the time to take care of your smile as well as your overall health. If you find you can’t brush after each meal, try using sugarless gum. Chewing gum containing xylitol has been shown to curb the growth of bacteria strains that cause cavities.
Do not hesitate to call our office if you do have a dental emergency this holiday. We wish you a safe, relaxing and happy visit with your loved ones this holiday season. Remember to brush!
Posted by admin on October 31, 2013
Take Care of Your Gums
Gum disease is more common that you might think. Often times it goes unnoticed because it is usually painless in the early stages.
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that, if untreated, can progressively worsen and affect your teeth. It is caused by bacteria found in plaque. Plaque accumulates regularly but is removed through daily brushing and flossing. However, if you do not do this on a regular basis plaque can build up and have a detrimental affect on your teeth.
Bacteria will infect your gums and teeth and eventually the gum tissue and bone that support your teeth. Gum disease can cause anything from chronic bad breath or loss of teeth depending on the severity, which is why it is important to catch the signs early.
Some symptoms include:
Bad breath or chronic bad taste in your mouth
Sore, swollen, red or tender gums
Teeth that feel loose or sensitive
Changes in bite
There are 3 different types of gum disease:
Gingivitis is the first and most mild stage. At this stage, gums are inflamed due to plaque built up along the gumline. Plaque that is not removed produces toxins that irritate the gums. However, at this time the effects are reversible because the surrounding tissue and bone has not been affected.
The second stage is Periodontal disease. This occurs when gingivitis goes untreated. It is the inflammation of gums. It causes gum recession and loss of bone. Your gums may begin to produce air pockets. The effects of this stage are irreversible, but can be treated with proper dental treatment and improved home care.
The third and final stage of gum disease is Advanced Periodontist. In this stage, the gum and bone that supports your teeth is destroyed causing your teeth to loosen. In severe cases teeth may need to be removed.
We care about you and your teeth. If you think you have signs of gum disease or have any questions contact us right away: 480-890-2811.
Posted by admin on October 10, 2013
Don't Let Fear Stop You from Seeing Us
Odontophobia, an excessive fear of dentistry, is still a rare identification, but if you experience anxiety when thinking about going to the dentist, you are not alone. An assessment of 2,000 adults found that fear of dentistry ranked number three in prevalent phobias, behind fear of spiders (number two) and fear of snakes (number one phobia among adults). Corah’s Dental Anxiety Scale is one instrument used to measure this apprehension.
A recent survey also indicated that almost 12% of adults described high dental fear (with 17% reporting moderate fear). The result is that some 36% of those people surveyed said that they had scheduled an appointment with their dentist in over a year. Delaying routine dental checkups can lead to dental emergencies the treatment of which can result in more dental anxiety.
East valley Dental Care can address your dental anxiety in a number of ways. First, please let us know about any trepidation you may experience at your appointment. One way we address your unease is to dispel your fear of the unknown by carefully explaining and even demonstrating your procedure with models and illustrations.
Some patients may experience dental anxiety because of a feeling of helplessness or lack of control. At East Valley Dental Care, we are your partners in your oral health. Together we will explore your treatment options and preventative procedures. Our relationship with you is paramount as professionals committed to understanding and listening to your concerns.
Posted by admin on October 09, 2013
Sensitive Teeth: Your Dentist Can Help
Chronic, painful tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints among dental patients today, affecting 1 in 8 adults in the United States alone. However, with your dentist’s help, it is curable.
Tooth sensitivity, or dentin hypersensitivity, is caused by two factors: the loss of tooth enamel and gum recession. In today’s article, we will focus on how your dentist can help reduce tooth sensitivity through addressing tooth enamel erosion and damage.
Back to the Basics:
The first step in treating your sensitive teeth is a basic dental cleaning. A good cleaning removes excess plaque build-up, before it can harden into tartar. Tartar enables cavity-causing bacteria to accumulate and secrete acids that erode tooth enamel. Your dentist may also discuss proper brushing technique—brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear down enamel over time.
Diagnose and Repair:
After a thorough inspection, your dentist can pinpoint underlying problems that cause uncomfortable tooth sensitivity. Old, worn fillings and other failing dental work—in addition to decay, cracks or chips in the teeth—exacerbate sensitivity. Repairs like crowns, fillings, inlays or bonding are used to correct flaws in tooth enamel.
Provide Preventive Measures:
If signs of enamel erosion are present, your dentist can apply a fluoride varnish—an in-office technique that strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations. Your dentist will also determine if tooth grinding or clenching is contributing to your tooth sensitivity. Chronic tooth grinding wears down the enamel and can have a significant long-term impact on your teeth. If this is a problem for you, you can get professionally fitted in-office for a mouth guard to wear while sleeping, preventing further damage.
At East Valley Dental Care, we have a wide range of custom dental care services to help your sensitive teeth. Please give us a call today at (480) 890-2811 to learn more!
Posted by admin on October 02, 2013
Self Care for Sensitive Teeth
If you’ve ever experienced tingling sensations or toothaches while trying to enjoy a hot coffee or your favorite ice cream, then you may have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is caused when tooth enamel erodes, exposing the porous layer that protects the nerve (dentin hypersensitivity), or when gums recede, exposing the root (root sensitivity). These conditions cause teeth to react painfully to hot, cold, sweet or acidic foods and drinks—even breathing in cold air can trigger an uncomfortable twinge.
Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints among dental patients today, but it is curable. The following self-care steps will help you through the first stages of healing your sensitive teeth.
Find the Right Toothpaste
Toothpastes formulated for sensitive teeth are a widely available and affordable treatment option. They contain fluoride to protect tooth enamel, in addition to potassium nitrate or strontium chloride to “plug” the tubules in the dentin, creating a protective barrier.
Use these pastes with a soft-bristled toothbrush, brushing gently to avoid further irritation or enamel erosion. Leave the paste on your teeth for a few minutes before rinsing. With regular use, these toothpastes can significantly reduce sensitivity in as little as several weeks.
Use the Right Mouthwash
Many popular mouthwashes are acidic and can actually exacerbate tooth sensitivity. As an alternative, rinse once a day with an over-the-counter fluoride mouthwash to restore tooth enamel. If you’re not sure what brand to choose, contact us for a recommendation.
Counteract Acids, Starches and Sugars
Consuming starches and sugars kick-starts acid production in your mouth—an unwelcome byproduct of your salivary enzymes breaking them down for digestion. These digestive acids erode tooth enamel and when paired with foods that are already highly acidic, the damage is worsened. Think twice about eating acidic foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits and soda, and brush your teeth after eating acidic, sugary or starchy foods and beverages. If brushing isn’t possible, drink plenty of water after a meal and chew sugarless gum.
If your tooth sensitivity isn’t gone after several weeks of self-care, call us at (480) 890-2811. At East Valley Dental Care, we have a wide variety of treatments to relieve the discomfort of sensitive teeth.
Posted by admin on September 26, 2013
What to Expect When Sedation is a Part of Your Scheduled Dental Care
At some point, you may need dental work that goes beyond routine check-ups and cleaning. Depending on the degree of involvement, your dentist may recommend sedation for your dental procedure to minimize discomfort and help you relax. Dental professionals draw upon a wide range of modern sedatives to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
Here’s what to expect:
Preparing for Your Appointment
Before the scheduled procedure, your dentist’s office will ask for your complete health history. This is necessary because your dentist will weigh a number of factors to determine the safest, most effective sedation approach for you. Factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, diabetes and other medical conditions can alter the effectiveness of sedation medications, so full disclosure is critical.
You will also receive a detailed set of instructions to follow before your appointment. These often include restrictions on eating or drinking before your dental procedure; for example, no food or fluids after midnight. Also, make arrangements to have a friend or family member bring you to and from the appointment, and don’t forget to bring your iPod if you’d like to enjoy your favorite tunes at the office.
On the Day of Treatment
After you’ve been checked in, your dental sedation team will administer your medication and monitor you throughout the rest of your visit. Depending on the type of sedation, there may be a short waiting period for the medication to take effect -- inducing a feeling of calm and relaxation -- before your dental procedure.
Afterward, staff will oversee your recovery and determine when you can be released into the care of your companion. Feeling drowsy and uncoordinated after sedation is common, and your dentist may recommend against driving or operating machinery for up to 24 hours after your appointment. After you arrive home, take it easy for the rest of the day, eat well, and stay hydrated. Most patients experience little to no discomfort or residual effects after sedation.
At East Valley Dental Care, we are committed to ensuring that you have the most positive, comfortable dental care experience possible. Please call us today at (480) 890-2811!
Posted by admin on September 26, 2013
Dental Implants Key to Confidence
Although one may take good care of their teeth with brushing, flossing and regular cleanings, there are sometimes unprecedented situations that cause the loss of one or several teeth. Dental implants are a solution that will regain a confident and healthy smile.
A dental implant is a permanent replacement that is surgically placed in the jawbone and allows a feeling of normalcy. This replacement is made of titanium metal, which is best for this procedure because it fuses with the jawbone. The implant is made up of the titanium post and the replacement tooth which attaches to the post. These implants can be used for single replacements or multiple replacements through strategically placed implants. Dental implants are guaranteed to be long-lasting without being detrimental to the surrounding teeth or gums.
Conventional dentures and fixed bridges do not have the same level of reliability as implants do. Dentures can be unstable, can cause embarrassing sounds and can often make a person feel older than they are. Bridges may require the cutting down of surrounding teeth and are more likely to need replacement. Implants are stable and comfortable, they enable you with a confident smile and a comfortable lifestyle.
We can provide this procedure with quality and care so that you can live without worry and get back that confident smile! Call us right away and we will be happy to answer any questions!
Posted by admin on September 26, 2013
Incisors Are the Stars of Your Smile
Your front teeth are front and center in your smile and a vital part of your first impression. We have eight incisors, a pair each of maxillary central incisors and the maxillary lateral incisors in our upper jaw and a pair each of mandibular central incisors and mandibular lateral incisors in our lower jaw.
The maxillary central incisors are the teeth mentioned in "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," the song by Donald Yetter Gardner. They are also the teeth most often missing in the American population. Our dental implants can replace missing central incisors as well as give your face and jaw a fuller and more youthful appearance. The maxillary lateral incisors can also be missing. In this instance, we have implant and orthodontic options we can discuss.
Daily Mail Health Correspondent Angela Epstein notes that the mandibular central incisors and mandibular lateral incisors in our lower jaw are especially vulnerable to tartar buildup because they care close to the salivary glands. They are also the teeth most involved with nighttime teeth-grinding. The primary, or baby mandibular central incisors sometimes hang on despite extensive adult incisor root formation and sometimes need to be extracted to make way for the adult mandibular central incisors.
East Valley Dental Care is dedicated to the special care of your smile stars, your front teeth. Together we can address any of your concerns about your incisors with our specialty services from crowns and veneers to implants, dentures and orthodonture. Make an appointment with our treatment team today.
Posted by admin on September 26, 2013
Take Care of Your Teeth & They Will Take Care of You
Here at East Valley Dental we strive to meet all of your dental care needs. There are, however, a few things you can do for us to further your dental health. Let’s review some oral health basics.
How to Brush Your Teeth
Choose a brush custom to your mouth—a comfortable size and length that enables you to reach all areas of your mouth. Replace your brush every three months or when the bristles are frayed. When brushing the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth, hold your brush at a 45 degree angle. Brush tooth-wide strokes back and forth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue for fresh breath!
How to Floss
Flossing helps to remove food particles and plaques in places where your toothbrush cannot reach. To prevent gum disease and tooth loss, flossing is recommended under the gumline and between your teeth. Single filament (PTFE) floss is easier to guide into and out of tight spaces than nylon (multi-stand) floss. Wind a foot-and-a-half of floss between each middle finger until you have about two inches. With the floss held taunt, glide it up and down between your teeth. Don’t force it, but curve the floss around the tooth to below the gumline. Change to a clean length of floss for each tooth.
How to Take Care of Mouth Wounds
If you have a cut within your mouth there are many ways to minimize discomfort and infection. Choose soft foods to chew. Rinse you mouth after meals with equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water (do not swallow). Try using a numbing solution for the mouth (such as for teething children) if pain persists. Take antibiotics as prescribed. The University of Minnesota Medical Center advises that you seek medical attention if the following occur:
- Increasing pain in the wound
- Fever of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider
- Redness, swelling or pus coming from the wound
- If sutures come apart or fall out or if steri-strips fall off before three days
- If the wound edges reopen
- Bleeding not controlled by direct pressure
Do not hesitate to call our office with any questions you may have about the proper care of your mouth.
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Posted by admin on September 25, 2013
Keeping Your Smile Bright
After a tooth-whitening treatment at your dentist’s office, you’re admiring your pearly whites in the mirror. You’ve worked hard to get your ideal smile—but how long will the results last? Unfortunately, whitening treatments don’t permanently whiten teeth, but with a few easy adjustments to your daily routine, you can delay the need for another whitening treatment for up to a year.
Watch what you eat: Sugary and starchy processed foods, like candy and crackers, enable dulling, yellowish plaque to flourish on your teeth. Regularly eating crunchy, raw foods like apples, celery and carrots can help remove damaging residue. Also, avoid overindulging in acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits, and beverages like soda—they can erode your tooth enamel and encourage staining.
If It Will Stain Your Clothes, It Will Stain Your Teeth: Remember how hard it is to get a wine stain out of your shirt? The same applies to your smile. Drink coffee, cola, tea or wine regularly, and you may see your teeth’s whiteness start to fade in as little as a month after treatment. And if you smoke or chew tobacco, there’s no better time than now to break the habit.
Brush, rinse, repeat: Good oral hygiene practices will help keep things shining. Brush with an ADA-recommended toothpaste twice a day, and don’t forget to floss. If you can’t brush, the next best step is to rinse with water immediately after consuming stain-causing foods and beverages.
Dentist Knows Best: While popular, at-home whitening kits can potentially cause more harm than good. If used improperly, they may damage enamel and cause painful tooth sensitivity. At-home whitening kits are also not a good idea if you have existing dental work like veneers, bonding, fillings, crowns, and bridges; their use may create uneven whitening or discoloration. If it’s time for a touch-up, start by speaking with a dentist, who can take all of the above into consideration and recommend the best whitening treatment for you.
As a leading provider of cosmetic dental services in Mesa, the specialists at East Valley Dental Care are always available for your questions. For a complimentary consultation, call us today at 480-890-2811!
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