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How to Pick the Right Toothpaste for Your Needs
Posted on 10/15/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
All toothpastes are not made alike. It may seem like they are all just the same white stuff. It's easy to feel that way, walking down a long aisle at your local store and seeing dozens of different brands, flavors, and advertised uses. Throughout your life, there will be different kinds of toothpaste more beneficial for you. Your oral hygiene, diet, and health are common factors for choosing a toothpaste. Understanding the different paste will make picking the right one easy. Children's Toothpaste A child's toothpaste is almost identical to adults, the only difference with a children's type of toothpaste is it will contain less fluoride to protect a child from getting too much of it. Smokers Toothpaste Smokers toothpaste is like your regular toothpaste, however, it will come with a whitening agent in it and some form of activated charcoal to agitate and remove surface stains on the teeth. Toothpaste For Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste that is made for people with sensitive teeth contains all of your usual active ingredients with one added ingredient called potassium nitrate. Potassium nitrate ion hyper-polarizes the nerves in your teeth, stopping them from firing when you are brushing your teeth.   Herbal Toothpaste Herbal toothpaste usually contains some form of coconut oil, baking soda, some flavoring ingredient like stevia, and peppermint or cinnamon essential oils. It is important to know that most herbal toothpaste does not contain fluoride. These will be your main genre of toothpaste found at the grocery store. Depending on what you're looking for and your needs, you should be able to narrow down from this list and find the toothpaste that you'll want next to your sink. If you have any further questions or want more information, please give our office a call and we would be happy to answer any further questions you may have. ...
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Can You Spot Oral Cancers at Home
Posted on 9/25/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
The short answer is yes, there are some signs you can identify at home. You should check yourself between dentist visits with these steps listed below. One of the most important things that happen when you come in for your bi-yearly check-up and teeth cleaning is a thorough cancer screening. Therefore, it is so important to see your dentist every 6 months. If some form of cancer is present, it will be detected ahead of time. The earlier that it is detected, the greater the chance you'll have of putting it in remission. We would like to provide you with some basic information about what we look for so you are educated and aware of any red flags in your oral care. This will give you the ability to check yourself at home in between visits to the dentist. What to Look for Visually A dentist would start out looking at your face, outside of your mouth and lips, your nose area, and down your neck to your shoulders. What you are searching for is any asymmetries, swollenness, small bumps, or any patches of discoloration on the inside or outside of your mouth. Any white spots are one of the first precancerous signs. You have lymph nodes below your ears. Look to notice any swelling or if one looks larger than the other when you look upwards. When looking inside your mouth look for any red bumps or lesions. Just like in the movies a doctor would use a tongue depressor and have you say, “ahhhhhh.” This allows seeing the throat area for any white or red spots. What to Feel for in Your Mouth, Cheek, and Neck Area You will need to feel around your cheeks, neck area, around your head, around and below the jawline, inside your jawline, and your oral cavity. You are feeling for any unusual masses or lumps. If you feel any tenderness in doing this, please get an appointment scheduled with a dentist. It's a major red flag. When you have developed oral cancer, it is usually painful. There are cases without pain, but there is significant swelling that signifies an issue somewhere else. In closing, it's important to remember that checking yourself for cancer is not nearly as effective as visiting a professional. Our office possesses specialized examining tools to provide a complete oral cancer screening. There are groups of people that possess a higher risk of mouth cancer. If you use tobacco of any kind, including smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or chewing tobacco and snuff, your risk is high. Heavy alcohol use has a track record of causing cancer in the throat area. If you have had a previous oral cancer diagnosis, you stay at risk for further attacks. A history of significant sun exposure, which increases the risk of lip cancer puts you at risk as well. If you notice any signs or just to be safe, please contact our office immediately and we will get you scheduled for a thorough screening....
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How Does Tea Stain Your Teeth
Posted on 9/15/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
Tea stains your pearly whites because your tooth enamel is naturally filled with small holes or pore-like openings that lead to the root. Tannins build up on your tooth enamel. As you drink, it's almost impossible to keep the tea from hitting your teeth. Most people think tea is a safer alternative to coffee when it comes to staining your teeth. Most teas contain more tannins than coffee. Tannins Explained Theaflavins and thearubigins are ingredients of tannin, a substance that is also used in the process of tanning leather. That's where the name tannins came from because it would tan the hide of animals. Tea contains several compounds that have been known to stain teeth. They discolor your teeth based on the strength of the tea. Interestingly enough, tannins are also found in wine. If you have ever heard someone refer to the taste of something as “tannic.” It's that somewhat bitter taste you would have biting into a fruit that isn't ripe yet. The positive side of tannins is they are what is responsible for making your tea a good source of antioxidants. Tips to Keep My Teeth White and Still Enjoy Tea Use a straw when you drink your tea. This will keep it mostly away from coming in contact with your teeth. You can also add milk to your tea. The tannin in the tea will bind with the milk and retain it from sticking to the enamel of your teeth. Wash your mouth out completely with warm water after you drink tea. You can also, every couple of days brush your teeth with baking soda. This will remove any tannin beginning to stain your teeth. Eat raw and crunchy vegetables throughout the day is also a helpful remedy. If you have been drinking tea for a long time and your teeth have already faded with tannin, our office is here to help. There are options like chairside bleaching that we can assist you with. We can also provide your teeth a deep cleaning. Sometimes multiple deep cleanings are necessary, spacing them a few months apart depending on the extent of fading. Please give us a call and we can schedule an appointment to work on getting your pearly whites back....
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All Posts:
How to Pick the Right Toothpaste for Your Needs
10/15/2019
Can You Spot Oral Cancers at Home
9/25/2019
How Does Tea Stain Your Teeth
9/15/2019
Is a Filling That Sits Too High a Problem?
8/20/2019
How to Manage Bruxism When You Sleep Through Doing It
8/10/2019
Could Your Oral Health Improve from Including Pumpkin in Your Diet?
7/20/2019
Dangers of Chewing on Ice When it Gets Warm Outside
7/10/2019
Reasons to Not Use Electric Toothbrushes
6/20/2019
How to Tell if You Are Getting a Dental Abscess
6/10/2019
Ideal Foods for Stress Reduction So You Can Stop Grinding Your Teeth
5/25/2019
Ideal Foods for Stress Reduction So You Can Stop Grinding Your Teeth
5/25/2019
Your Teeth Love It When You Snack on Vegetables
5/15/2019
Your Teeth Love It When You Snack on Vegetables
5/15/2019
Is 30 Minutes the Right Amount of Time to Wait to Brush?
4/25/2019
Is 30 Minutes the Right Amount of Time to Wait to Brush?
4/20/2019
Invisalign Questions You May Want to Ask Us
4/15/2019
Invisalign Questions You May Want to Ask Us
4/10/2019
Teeth That Shift During the Night Often Have a Reason
3/30/2019
Teeth That Shift During the Night Often Have a Reason
3/25/2019
How Can You Tell If You Are Starting to Develop a Cavity?
3/20/2019
How Can You Tell If You Are Starting to Develop a Cavity?
3/15/2019
Benefits of Using Waxed Floss
2/25/2019
About to Be in Pictures? Here Are Some Quick Tips to Brighten Your Smile!
2/15/2019
Times When You Should Avoid a Fluoride Treatment
1/30/2019
Things You May Not Even Realize Your Teeth Are Trying to Tell You
1/15/2019
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