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Are There Really Benefits to Using Fluoride-free Toothpastes?

Are There Really Benefits to Using Fluoride-free Toothpastes?

Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental is aware of the new fluoride-free toothpastes on the market, and recommends that most patients consider going for fluoridated toothpaste. Your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist knows that a fluoride-free toothpaste may be something you may have to consider due to extenuating circumstances like allergies or high fluoride content in your diet. For the majority of patients, a big dental benefit is lost by excluding fluoride. Fluoride and its cavity-fighting ability Toothpastes that are fluoride-free will still do a good job of removing material from your mouth which contribute to tooth decay and may help with whitening, assuming that regular brushing and flossing is done. However, what those pastes cannot do is offer the extra benefit of making your tooth enamel harder through the remineralization process that fluoridated toothpaste causes. Fluoride replaces lost minerals in your teeth when it’s used in the miniscule amounts present in most commercial toothpastes, making our teeth more capable of resisting the effects of harmful bacteria in the mouth as well as ingredients in the foods and beverages we all take in. Fluoride helps to preserve your tooth enamel, which is the first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities, making it very important as a tool of prevention and to keep your teeth healthy and strong. If you are concerned about your fluoride intake, or have any questions about what kind of toothpaste is right for you, be sure to give our caring Oasis Dental team a call to schedule a consultation or...
Don’t Skip Tongue Cleaning and Get Fresh Breath

Don’t Skip Tongue Cleaning and Get Fresh Breath

Although most dentists don’t always recommend tongue cleaning as part of your dental care, there is research that shows brushing your tongue can help maintain fresh breath. The reason your tongue is often thought to be one cause of bad breath is that bacteria in your mouth thrives on food debris. When those little particles get broken down, they can release smelly by-products. Oasis Dental wants to help you control bad breath through tongue cleaning. How to Clean Your Tongue You can use your everyday toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Stick out your tongue as far as you can. Reach to the back of your tongue and scrape forward. Don’t press too hard, just use enough pressure to take off the food particles and bacteria. Rinse your toothbrush or tongue scraper after every time you pass it over your tongue. Mouthwash can be another way to clean your tongue. An over-the-counter mouthwash generally works fine, but Dr. Spieler can prescribe a therapeutic mouthwash that can help control severe bad breath that isn’t due to an infection or sore.   See Your Dentist for a Healthy Mouth Replace your toothbrush and tongue scraper at three to four-month intervals, or if you’ve been sick with a cold or infection. Your tongue should be pink when you’re done cleaning it. Your mouth should feel better. Maintain good oral health by making an appointment with a Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist for a routine...
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...
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