- from Sharon M. (Business Team)
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- from Sharon M. (Business Team)
Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield mouthwash can be used as a pre-procedural rinse before dental procedures in a dental office to reduce oral bacteria and lower aerosols released during routine procedures, or as an at-home mouth rinse for patients.
Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield provides 12-hour antibacterial protection even after eating and drinking, and it helps reduce plaque and gingivitis by killing 99% of germs on contact. The active ingredient is Cetylpyridinium Chloride 0.075%. It is alcohol free and gluten free for those patients sensitive to those ingredients. 12-hour Pro-Shield is an over the counter mouth rinse that will freshen breath and is great tasting in either the Peppermint Blast or Spearmint. Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield is suggested for adults and children 12 years of age and older who have problems with plaque and/or gingivitis.
We can shield our patients against germs with the 12 hour protection Colgate offers when used twice daily at home or in the dental office.
- from Tricia H. (Dental Hygienist)
Dental x-rays are an important tool used to help detect cavity and disease within the oral cavity. There are different types of x-rays that we take, including bitewings and periapical x-rays which show just a few teeth in the same area of the mouth. Bitewings are what help us detect cavities and show us bone level, and periapical x-rays show the whole tooth and beyond the apex of the root. Periapical x-rays are often taken during root canal procedures or if a patient comes in with a toothache we will take one to see if there is infection at the end of the root. Other types of radiographs taken show the whole mouth, such as a full series which usually contain 18-20 images of all the teeth, and a Panoramic x-ray which shows the whole oral cavity and the structures surrounding in just one image. These images are an important diagnostic tool that help detect oral issues that the naked eye cannot see. It is important to keep up with routine cleanings and getting the bitewing or "check up" x-rays annually so any dental issues can be caught and treated before causing a problem. Each type of x-ray has its importance and purpose; the dentist you see will let the assistant or hygienist know which x-rays should be taken at your appointment. With the use of digital x-rays, it helps speed up reviewing of x-rays due to the image showing up seconds after exposure. Radiation exposure has also decreased due to this technology; however, we will have lead aprons and thyroid collars for those who feel more comfortable with that extra protection. If you would like to learn more about the importance of x-rays, our clinical staff would be happy to answer any questions!
- from Erica S. (Dental Assistant)
Baby teeth are also known as primary dentition. Eruption of these teeth can start anywhere between four and 15 months of age. The eruption pattern is usually symmetrical starting with the lower central teeth followed by the upper central teeth. Sometimes the anticipated sequence is not followed but is not a cause for concern. Children may have tender or swollen gums when teething but diarrhea, rash or fever are not "normal" symptoms. Offering the child something hard and cold to chew on may ease the discomfort. A few examples are refrigerated teething rings, a frozen banana, and/or a clean wet cool washcloth. Usually by the age of three there are 20 teeth which is also a full primary dentition. Development will differ from child to child, but if ever there is a question we would love to see you and your little one at Commerce Drive Dental! We offer full cleanings and exams, and it is never too early to start a life-long habit for a healthy mouth.
- from Tessa H. (Dental Assistant)
Commerce Drive Dental team members all contribute to this blog, including our dentists, assistants, hygienists, and business team personnel.