- from Stacy B. (Dental Assistant)
With Halloween and the holiday season fast approaching, we would like to stress the importance of dental sealants. We often indulge in more sweets during this time of year, many of which will stick in those deep grooves of our teeth. Sealants are just one of the many ways to protect our teeth from decay. They are not just for kids!
- from Stacy B. (Dental Assistant)
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)
Commerce Drive Dental team members all contribute to this blog, including our dentists, assistants, hygienists, and business team personnel.