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Healthy Easter Treats

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Easter is just around the corner. Here are some quick tips on enjoying your easter treats and taking care of your teeth, too!

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National Children’s Dental Health Month

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As February comes to a close, we continue to celebrate your children learning about dental health and paving the way for a good future! Here are just a few more fun activities to celebrate and learn a bit more! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of educating your child on great dental health! Click on each page to download a PDF to print...

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I have traditionally started listening to a Christmas audiobook after Thanksgiving just to help me get into the Christmas spirit. This year I am enjoying a recently released book entitled, “The Christmas Bells”, written by Jennifer Chiaverini.

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Root Canal Surgery

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  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 to be performed. The dental pulp may have become infected or inflamed due to a crack in the tooth or due to repeated dental procedures. A tooth that has been filled in the past is at a higher risk of becoming infected. If the tooth goes untreated, an abscess can develop which may result in the complete loss of the tooth. In order to repair the tooth, your dentist or endodontist will remove the infected tissue, then clean and disinfect the canal. The canal will then be sealed with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. Gutta-percha is a thermoplastic material that is heated until it is malleable enough to fit into the root canal walls. A temporary filling may be used until such a time as a more permanent filling or crown is placed on the tooth. The placement of the crown will usually require a second visit. In the interval, you can consult with your dentist about which form of permanent restoration is right for you. An antibiotic may be prescribed after root canal therapy. This will depend on the risk of infection. Your dentist or endodontist will make the evaluation of the potential risk. If a patient does experience an infection after treatment, then antibiotics maybe prescribed at that point as well. After a tooth has been treated with this type of surgery, it is considered dead, so pain should subsist; however, additional treatment may be required. A worst case scenario might require that the tooth be extracted completely. While saving the natural tooth is always the preferred method, if a tooth needs to be extracted, there are alternatives that may be used to fill the gap. Once you have successfully undergone endodontic therapy, you may find that you are able to chew more efficiently, as your normal biting process may have been adversely affected by the pain of an infected tooth. With the tooth restored your teeth may appear more even, and with the pain gone, you’ll definitely feel better and, maybe, a bit more...

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Five Dental Hygiene Tips for Diabetics

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  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 the dentist between two and four times a year for professional cleanings and exams. You should be sure that your dentist knows you have diabetes. If you experience dry mouth, which is a common oral health issue for people with diabetes, be sure to let your dentist know.   Care for Your Dentures Properly If you wear dentures, it is important to care for them properly, as you will have a greater risk of developing thrush. Remove and clean your dentures each day. The removal of your dentures for periods of time will give your oral tissue the opportunity to heal any irritations that may be occurring in your mouth.   Keep Control of Your Blood Glucose Levels Not only is managing your blood glucose level important for your dental health, but it is also vital for your overall health. Maintaining your blood glucose level can help to reduce your risk of infection, but if you do find that you are suffering from an infection, make sure to consult with your dentist right away. Work with your doctor to identify a target range for your blood sugar, and work to monitor your levels to ensure that they stay within this range.   Don’t Smoke It is extremely important that you don’t smoke if you have diabetes. Smoking will increase the chance that you can suffer diabetes complications, and this includes oral infections and periodontal disease. If you are a smoker and are having trouble quitting, ask your doctor for...

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