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Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Root Canal Surgery

  The very mention of the words ‘root canal’ can be enough to make your teeth hurt. A root canal is what most people commonly refer to when they are talking about endodontic therapy. The root canal itself is the area inside the root of the tooth. The inside of this canal contains the pulp chamber which contain nerve tissue. If you are experiencing pain in reaction to eating or drinking hot or cold food and beverages, you may be a candidate for this type of treatment. Despite the bad connotations, however, the actual surgery isn’t as painful as is generally believed. An anesthetic is used to numb the area and thanks to advances in endodontic surgery in the past few decades, not only are these procedures relatively painless, but they are also performed fairly quickly. A root canal surgery may take as little as one hour to complete and generally no longer than two hours. There are a few possible reasons why this type of surgery will need...

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Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Five Dental Hygiene Tips for Diabetics

  Diabetes is a metabolic disease where a person has chronic high blood sugar, and this can occur when the body doesn’t produce an adequate amount of insulin or if the body refuses to respond to insulin. Unfortunately, this disease may increase the risk of periodontal disease. Patients who suffer from diabetes have a higher risk of dealing with several oral health issues. By following some important tips, you can help to protect your teeth and gums despite being diabetic. Also, called Dr. Matthews and schedule and appointment to speak with him about your oral health.   Work at Good Oral Hygiene If you suffer from diabetes, it is highly recommended that you brush your teeth a minimum of twice per day. Use an electric or soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride tooth paste, and avoid brushing too hard, as this can irritate the gums. Also, floss at least once a day and use a mouthwash to combat bacteria.   See Your Dentist Regularly Diabetic patients are encouraged to visit...

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Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Dental Health and Pregnancy

As an expectant mother, you have a lot to think about, but it is important that you don’t neglect your oral health. Hormonal changes can affect your dental health, and if neglected or untreated, these conditions can pose a health risk to you and your baby. By understanding how pregnancy can affect your oral health, you can take the steps you need to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy.   Common Dental Health Problems in Pregnancy There are three major problems that can involve dental health during pregnancy: Gum disease. Pregnancy-related hormonal changes can result in gingivitis, which is a disease of the gum tissue that results in inflammation. If this is left untreated, gum disease may result in low birth weight or preterm births. Loose teeth. Increased estrogen and progesterone levels may affect the bones and ligaments of the teeth, and this can result in the loosening of the teeth during pregnancy. This can occur even without gum disease. Tooth decay. An increased acidity within the mouth during...

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Avoid Gingivitis during Pregnancy

  Gingivitis is a type of inflammation that affects the gum when too much plaque accumulates in the spaces between teeth and gums. The accumulation of this bacteria can result in bone loss, and it can eventually result in tooth loss and tooth decay. While over half of adults experience some form of gingivitis, it is especially common with pregnant women. It is estimated that between 60 and 70 percent of all women experience pregnancy gingivitis while they are expecting.   What is Pregnancy Gingivitis? Pregnancy gingivitis is a condition that exaggerates the response of a woman’s body to dental plaque, and it is caused by an increase in her hormone levels. The extra plaque that she experiences can result to redness, tenderness, bleeding, soreness, and swelling of the gums. These changes can begin during the second month of pregnancy and may continue up until the mid-third trimester. Therefore, it is essential that pregnant women practice good oral care in order to reduce the number of bacteria in their...

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Coping with Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity can be a real pain, and if you are dealing with sensitivity, you may feel stinging or throbbing in the event that you consume hot or cold drinks and food. For the most part, teeth become sensitive when their protective layers have worn away. This exposes the dentin of the tooth, and this portion is full of small tubes with nerve endings that run through them. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can try to cope with and reduce tooth sensitivity. Contact Dr. Matthews if you are experiencing sensitivity to your teeth.   Avoid Drinks and Food with High Acid Levels Exposure to acidic food and drinks, including soda, juices, oranges, pickles, and even wine, can be harmful to your teeth. Limit your consumption of these foods, and try to brush your teeth immediately after eating them.   Choose Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth Several different toothpaste brands are made specifically for people who experience tooth sensitivity. Many of these pastes include potassium nitrate, and this ingredient...

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