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    01Oct

    It’s that time of year again, when illnesses run rampant. What many people don’t think about is that when they are dealing with whole-body health issues, their smiles are also affected. Today our Cheney dentists are talking about a few simple things that you can do to support oral health even when you’re not feeling your best.

    When you’re ill, you may deal with any of these commonly experienced problems:

    • Post-Nasal Drip

    We all know that head colds create an excess of mucus, and sometimes this can drip down into the back of the patient’s throat—this is known as post-nasal drip. This not only contributes to throat irritation; it can also cause bad breath.

    • Vomiting

    Because stomach acid is so acidic, it can be really damaging on your smile. When you are sick and vomiting, you want to make sure that you are rinsing your mouth with water regularly.

    • Dehydration

    If you become dehydrated you’ll likely notice that your mouth feels grittier, and that it is harder for you to maintain fresh breath. A dry mouth is an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive, which is why it’s particularly important to keep your oral tissues moist when you’re sick.

    There are simple steps that you can take to protect your oral health when you’re not feeling well:

    • Increase water consumption: keep a water bottle with you throughout the day, and beside your bed for easy access.
    • Rinse your smile: rinsing your smile with either water or a formulated rinse helps to jump-start saliva production, clear away dental debris and bacteria, and clear away mucus.
    • Keep some dental tools by your bed: sometimes, when we are not feeling our best, it feels almost impossible to get through our daily routines. Try keeping some floss and mouth rinse on your nightstand, so that everything is within arm’s reach.

    You can always reach out to our Cheney dentists to learn more about caring for your smile throughout the winter—we are here to help!

     

    23Jul

    When you’re dealing with dental damage or oral infections, our Cheney dentists are here to help you restore your smile quickly. Our goal is provide the treatment you need so that you can get on with your busy life!

    Let’s begin by talking about some of the oral health issues you may deal with:

    Cavities: when part of your tooth is infected with bacteria, we call this a cavity. The disease portion of the tooth needs to be removed, or else the infection will spread.

    Fractured dental structure: while your dental enamel is strong, it is not indestructible. When your tooth is hit too hard, or put under too much pressure, it can crack or chip. The extent of the crack or chip will determine what type of treatment is necessary.

    Gum damage: another vital part of your smile is your gum tissue. Gum tissue can become infected, just like your teeth can: this type of infection is called periodontal disease. Gum tissue can also be cut or scraped.

    Our Cheney dentists treat damaged teeth with metal-free, custom-shaded materials. Dental resin and ceramic restorations ensure that patients achieve natural looking results, without sacrificing durability.

    We also offer tooth replacement treatments for those patients who are missing teeth. Thanks to dental implant technology we are able to permanently ground your replacement teeth into your jawbone; essentially, we insert a titanium post into your jaw, and it takes the place of the natural tooth root. Once your replacement teeth are in place, you’ll be able to live, and care for your smile, normally.

    If there is one thing we can stress it is that no smile is beyond help. Our Cheney dentists are here to help you achieve all of your dental goals. Give us a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation!

    14May

    When you teach your children about oral health and dental hygiene you help them lay a strong dental foundation that will serve them well into adulthood. Keep reading to get some information from our Cheney family dentists about pediatric dental care.

  • Healthy routines and habits start early
  • One of the goals of pediatric dentistry is to get children in the routine of prioritizing oral health. When your family sticks to a consistent morning and night cleaning schedule, you increase the odds that your children will carry these habits into adulthood.

    • This is also the time to train your kids on the proper oral hygiene techniques. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
    • Try to brush for at least two minutes every time that you brush
    • Use gentle circular “buffing” motions to disrupt plaque
    • Floss your teeth daily, ideally right before you brush at night
  • You have to care for primary teeth just as you’d care for adult teeth
  • We all know that primary teeth are eventually replaced with permanent teeth emerge. However, that doesn't mean that they aren’t important. You want to help your child retain his or her baby teeth for as long as possible, for a number of reasons:

    • These teeth serve as placeholders along the jawline, so that adult teeth can come in comfortably
    • Baby teeth allow children to expand their diets
    • Primary teeth are crucial for developing healthy speech patterns
    • Infections that begin in the teeth can quickly spread to gum and even jawbone tissue, and then persist for years
  • Choosing the correct products is paramount
  • Not all products that adult patients use are appropriate for children. For example, young patients, who are prone to swallowing toothpaste, should not be using toothpaste or oral rinses that contain fluoride. Ingesting too much fluoride while one’s adult teeth are still developing can cause a condition called dental fluorosis, characterized by stained and pitted dental enamel. You also want to outfit your child with a toothbrush with gentle bristles, and a head small enough to reach the back molars.

    Our Cheney dentists are your partners in dental care, so don’t hesitate to contact us to get more information!