- from Susan B. (Dental Hygienist)
One of the most important things we do as Dental Hygienists in our office is one-on-one patient education at recare appointments. One of the most frequently asked questions that we answer is "Why should I do a fluoride treatment since I am an adult? Don't they only help children?" The answer is simple. It is one of the easiest, most cost efficient ways to help reduce future cavities. In this day and age, our teeth are exposed to so many acidic foods and beverages, that it is important to help them stay strong. Let's face it, we all have good intentions about our home care (brushing and flossing), but it is really hard to be perfect. Office fluoride varnishes that we use in our office strengthens and remineralizes the tooth by 76%! That is for adults as well as children. As an added bonus, they can help decrease sensitivity. It is a win-win answer!
- from Susan B. (Dental Hygienist)
When a lot of people hear the term "root canal" often the first word that may come to mind would be "pain." This is a big misconception, however. Most often, the pain or discomfort is associated with the toothache that brings them into the dental office in the first place. The damaged nerve and tissue within a tooth in this situation can be extremely painful. A root canal is meant to relieve this pain and, like most other dental procedures, is done under local anesthetic. While every tooth and case is different, most patients report a painless experience with root canals and tolerate the procedure very well.
"Wouldn't it be better to just have my tooth pulled and get an implant?" This is a question we encounter quite often. While the success rate of implants is generally quite high, implants carry their own risks and associated complications. Root canal treatment is generally very cost-effective compared to replacement options and can possibly prevent additional procedures to adjacent teeth.
- from Dr. Tim Jernberg
"If I buy one of those fancy new toothpastes, will my teeth be cleaner???"
Unfortunately, no - a special toothpaste will not clean your teeth better. Your teeth get clean by the motion of your toothbrush and floss touching the teeth to remove the soft plaque and food debris. Toothpaste is recommended because it contains fluoride. Fluoride can help strengthen our teeth and prevent cavities.
Some of those special new toothpastes have a lot of extra ingredients in them that you do not need and can even cause sensitivity issues for some people. Some of those ingredients may cause staining, sensitive teeth or mouth sores. Everyone reacts differently; someone may use a certain kind and not have any problems, but another person may have issues like sensitivity or staining.
Sometimes it's best to stick with the basics: the kinds of toothpaste that have been around for years instead of the fancy new ones. So next time you go shopping and are looking at the shelves of toothpaste, look towards the floor as the cheaper and not brand-new kinds are usually not at eye level. Just because a toothpaste is cheaper does not mean it doesn't work. Remember, it's the motion of your toothbrush and floss that do the cleaning, and you use the toothpaste for the benefit of fluoride. You might even save some money!!!
- from Kim B. (Dental Hygienist)
Here are some helpful tools and tricks to care for dentures:
- from Becca W. (Dental Hygienist)
TMD (temporomandibular disorder) problems are rising due to high stress levels in the world today.
TMD is described as pain and compromised movement of the jaw joint and the surrounding joints. There are things you can do at home on your own to relieve TMD symptoms:
- from Jordan M. (Dental Hygienist)
Do you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw? Are your teeth sensitive to cold? Do you notice your teeth are wearing down or getting shorter? You could be grinding or clenching your teeth when you are sleeping, which is a medical condition called Bruxism. Studies show that grinding your teeth at night can actually be wearing down the teeth at a rate of 80 times the normal wear per day.
We can help you protect your teeth and your restorations by making a soft, flexible, custom nightguard for you to wear at night. In addition to protecting your natural teeth and crowns or fillings, the nightguard may also relieve headaches and TMJ pain. The nightguard is usually worn on the lower teeth and is removable. The appointment is quick and easy; we take an impression of your lower teeth and you come back the next day to pick it up!
- from Pam B. (Dental Hygienist)
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase your risk for developing gingivitis. Increased levels of progesterone may make it easier for gingivitis-causing bacteria to grow. Your body may have an exaggerated response to plaque, causing inflammation of the gum tissue. To prevent gingivitis, it is important to keep brushing twice daily for two minutes and floss at least once daily. You may also use an antimicrobial mouth rinse, like Listerine. For some women, it can be difficult to brush their teeth due to nausea. If you are not able to brush in the early morning, try brushing when you get to work. The most important time to brush is before bed. Just do your best!
- from Caitlin Z. (Dental Assistant)
The fact of the matter is, it really doesn’t matter what temperature of water is used. The most important factors are:
- from Lisa G. (Business Team)
Patients who have GER & GERD need to protect their teeth, as the acid can wear on your teeth. Our suggestion is to use the Sensodyne ProNamel toothpaste or PreviDent 5000, which is a prescription toothpaste. For extra protection, you can also rinse with a non-alcohol fluoride rinse. Call Commerce Drive Dental at 507-345-7786 if you have any questions about this; we would be happy to address your concerns.
- from Rachel B. (Business Team)
It is that time again when children are leaving for college. If you are sending dental insurance cards with them, good for you! But be sure they know the birth date of the subscriber. They may remember the month and date but not always the year! Insurance claims cannot be sent without this information.
- from Deb. B. (Business Team)
Commerce Drive Dental team members all contribute to this blog, including our dentists, assistants, hygienists, and business team personnel.