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Tooth Whitening: You Deserve a Radiant Smile

Tooth Whitening: You Deserve a Radiant Smile

Who can dispute the power of a beautiful white smile? Most of us want that radiant smile, but smoking and poor food choices can erode our smile’s shine over time. Luckily, professional tooth whitening has the ability to turn back the clock and give us the smile we once had. Professional tooth whitening can get you back the smile you want, surprisingly quickly. Oasis Dental offers you the option of using a customized at-home kit or having the procedure done right in our office. With our professional grade whitening treatments in the office, you can achieve impressive results in as little as an hour. The at-home treatment is also very effective, but it usually takes a few treatments to receive your desired results, and will be monitored by your Bala Cynwyd dental team. Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments promise to deliver amazing results, but use generic molds and weaker whitening solution. A generic mold such as those included in an OTC kit aren’t designed to fit your specific smile, which leaves room for missed teeth, poor results, and even irritation of the teeth and gums. OTC results are rarely comparable to the results achieved with a professional tooth whitening procedure. Affordable Tooth Whitening Many people believe that a professional tooth whitening treatment is costly. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Professional tooth whitening is surprisingly cost-effective and flexible at Oasis Dental. We give you the opportunity to have the procedure carefully done at our dental practice in combination with other services, or in the comfort of your own home. Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental is committed to improving smiles....
Opioid Abuse: How We Can Help

Opioid Abuse: How We Can Help

The ADA commits to multi-disciplinary efforts toward ending opioid abuse, as do loving, caring dental businesses like Oasis Dental. Did you know that prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl took more than 42,000 lives back in 2016 — more than in other years past? 40% of those deaths involved prescription pain relievers, according to the CDC, but this doesn’t quite account for the nearly two million Americans reported as having abused these products. The ADA has recently begun to include advanced education and training for dentists so that we can assist in fighting the opioid crisis while still maintaining our obligation to managing dental pain. There are numerous complexities surrounding modern pain management within dentistry, even including the very nature of drug addiction, methods for screening patients to glimpse possible substance use disorders, and proven techniques to motivate those at risk who desire the right treatment. In 2016, the ADA last updated its previous statement on opioids use in treating dental pain. For one thing, the statement urged dental professionals to more closely follow the CDC’s “opioid-prescribing guidelines for chronic pain” while using their own state’s prescription-drug monitoring programs, completing continuing education, and using non-narcotics as the primary therapy for this acute dental pain. The ADA also raised greater awareness regarding opioid analgesic abuse through partnering with several outside organizations like the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the DEA, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, and the U.S. Surgeon General as well. And many now pressure Congress to enact funding for a 2016 legislation to authorize multiple activities preventing opioid misuse. Whether you live in beautiful Bala Cynwyd, PA...
Flossing: Making it a Habitual Oral Hygiene Practice

Flossing: Making it a Habitual Oral Hygiene Practice

It has been a couple years since The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2016) issued a statement that underscored the importance of flossing.  However, the number of Americans taking this advice into practice may still be insufficient: the study confirmed that a third of American adults self-reported that they don’t floss entirely.   Interdental Cleaners The reasons why flossing in America isn’t as popular or widely practiced as brushing teeth remains unknown. Nevertheless, your Bala Cynwyd dentist Dr. Spieler wants his patients to know that using floss or other interdental cleaners is key for maintaining a healthy smile. Interdental cleaners are a wide range of products specially designed to remove food particles ensnared between your teeth. They range from dental floss to plastic or wooden picks to water flossers. Interdental cleaners are also low-risk dental cleaning tools, meaning they don’t have much of an ability to cause mistakes or injury. Some manufacturers even flavor and wax-coat their dental tape, but the American Dental Association stresses the importance of the technique used and time put into flossing over the kind of floss used.   Why Flossing Works Toothbrush bristles aren’t as effective in dislodging food particles trapped in between your teeth compared to floss. Trapped food particles provide a breeding ground for bacteria which, if left unattended, form bacteria colonies known as plaque. Plaque is responsible for cavities and gum diseases, and hardened plaque, also known as tartar, requires more intensive care to remove. Flossing once a day can prevent that process: it disrupts the bacteria colonies forming between your teeth, thoroughly cleaning them out before they have...
Canker Sores: Painfully Coming and Going

Canker Sores: Painfully Coming and Going

Canker sores, medically known as aphthous ulcers, can be the source of a great deal of pain. Among the most common oral sores experienced, they appear on the inside of the tongue, lips, gums and cheeks. Dr. Spieler at Oasis Dental in Bala Cynwyd clarifies that although canker sores are similar to cold sores, they are fortunately not contagious. Is It Really a Canker Sore? Usually whitish or grayish in color with a red outline, a canker sore is painful, inflamed, and sore, and can make eating and speaking an agonizing affair. Some patients report a burning or tingling sensation just before a canker sore forms. Although they typically disappear on their own within a week or two, Dr. Spieler recommends that you schedule an appointment with him if you are experiencing frequent recurrences, a prolonged outbreak, or serious pain. What Triggers Canker Sores? Though they form on their own, possible canker sore triggers include accidental cheek bite, overzealous brushing, menstruation hormonal shifts, and emotional stress. If you are experiencing a lot of canker sores or cold sores, our Oasis Dental team can recommend a course of treatment to alleviate the symptoms, shorten outbreaks, and reduce the number of occurrences. Call Dr. Spieler today to schedule a...
Bad Breath: There’s A Reason Behind It

Bad Breath: There’s A Reason Behind It

It’s a situation most of us can relate to: you really enjoy the company of a loved one and you want to be close to them, but their bad breath has got you keeping your distance. Halitosis, commonly referred to as bad breath, could also be a sign of a serious oral health concern, according to Dr. Spieler at Oasis Dental in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Mouth Infection Mouth sores, gum disease, and tooth decay could be the reason you have halitosis. Bad breath is an even more serious sign if it is occurring after an oral surgery like tooth removal, because you may have surgical wounds not healing correctly. Any prolonged bad breath or sudden turn for the worse may be the sign of serious tooth decay, an impacted tooth, or even gastrointestinal disorders. Brushing and Flossing Correctly An inconsistent oral hygiene routine means that bacteria will grow and feed on remaining food particles, causing halitosis. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily, and placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums while gently moving it back and forth. Flossing should also be done softly but intensively. If you are notice that you have prolonged bad breath, schedule your next cleaning and examination with Dr. Spieler so he and his Bala Cynwyd team can ensure that your smile and your breath are at their...
Clues Your Mouth Leaves Your Dentist

Clues Your Mouth Leaves Your Dentist

Many of us fail to recognize the connection between dental problems, lifestyle habits, and seemingly unrelated health conditions. However, our mouths tell a very revealing story. Many dental health issues point to far more than just poor brushing habits. Our mouths are often windows into the overall health of our bodies and our diets. In fact, seemingly common dental issues can sometimes indicate much more serious health issues that run the gamut from chronic health conditions like diabetes to excessive drinking. Inconsistent Flossing Don’t think you’re fooling Dr. Spieler by flossing right before your dental visit–your gums will tell a different story. Our Oasis Dental team can often see the slice marks and other indentations created by the dental floss on infrequent flossers. When you floss consistently, your gums won’t be as sensitive, and will build resistance to slice marks. Excessive Consumption of Soda A diet heavy in soda wreaks havoc on your teeth. The heavy sugar and acid content softens teeth enamel, making them prone to chipping and cracking. Dr. Spieler can recognize the impact of carbonated beverages on your teeth based on the presence of soft weakened teeth. Oral Cancer Fortunately, Dr. Spieler can recognize seemingly common dental issues that actually point to more serious issues. Changes in the landscape of your mouth that include bleeding, colored patches, changes in the way your teeth fit together, swelling, and thickening may be strong indicators of oral cancer. The symptoms don’t stop there, however. Lumps, eroded areas on the lips and gums, as well as other parts of the mouth, can be symptoms as well. This is why Dr....
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