Dangers Of Delaying Dental Care

Dangers Of Delaying Dental Care

Many people tend to think all there is to good oral care means brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing daily. While these are important for maintaining good oral hygiene, regular dental appointments for checkups and cleanings are equally essential. Some are tempted to skip out on routine dental visits as if they don’t play a huge role in keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Whether or not a person is experiencing tooth pain or bleeding gums, putting off dental appointments can become a serious matter. And when everything looks and feels fine, it’s still advisable to not delay routine visits. Routine exams can help prevent cavities and other problems, and problems found early on are more easily treatable. The truth is that waiting to see an Oasis Dental professional puts you at risk for potentially more serious problems. Dr. Spieler advises against delaying even routine dental care for some good reasons. Can a Dental Issue Fix Itself? Unlike many types of health issues, dental problems won’t just go away on their own over time. In fact, if they exist, they will worsen over time. The only exception is a case of weakened enamel. It weakens prior to becoming a cavity, which is visible. If a fluoride supplementation is used, the enamel may re-mineralize. Gingivitis is similar. If inflammation is mild due to poor hygiene habits, it can be reversed in as little as two weeks if brushing and flossing are improved. Unfortunately, an aggressive infection or physical cavity will not go away given time. Even improving your dental hygiene habits won’t keep them from getting worse. By...
Your Oral Health and Vaping

Your Oral Health and Vaping

Over the last few years, vaping and electronic cigarettes have become popular. One reason for this is that there is the perception that there are fewer risks associated with them as opposed to smoking tobacco. However, many fail to realize how the chemicals in e-cigarettes can affect one’s oral health. Now, it is true the tar in cigarettes is not present in vape juice, but there are other elements that may be harmful to the teeth and gums. Is there anything harmful in an e-cigarette? An e-cigarette works by heating liquid vape juice. When it is heated, it turns into a vapor. This liquid mixture is made up of water, glycerin, propylene glycol, and flavoring. Even though vape juice doesn’t have the tar just like a cigarette does, many e-cigarettes do still contain nicotine. The good news is, that tar is the one chemical that is harmful to your oral health, and it’s been removed from vape juice. Research is still underway to learn more about the long-term effects of other substances used in vaping. So no one knows for sure. However, dental professionals at Oasis Dental in Ardmore will tell you that there are chemicals present in e-cigarettes that can impact your dental health negatively. Let’s take a look at some of the negative impacts of vaping to your oral health. Potential Hazards of e-Cigarettes Inhaling Bacteria One of the leading contributors to tooth decay that leads to cavities is bacteria. When you inhale vape juice, bacteria enter the mouth. This bacteria can settle into the divots and crevices in the teeth. Introducing these bacteria into the mouth...
Caring for Your Teeth in Cold and Flu Season

Caring for Your Teeth in Cold and Flu Season

It’s the time of year everyone dreads, cold and flu season. It happens every year and you probably at least know someone who has already had the flu or a cold. You or your loved ones may have been affected. Naturally, your attention is focused on getting better and your teeth may not be foremost in your mind. However, there are a few tips your Oasis Dental team in Newton Square suggests to help care for your teeth in cold and flu season. Should I Change Out My Toothbrush? Generally, it’s a good idea to never share toothbrushes. It’s way too easy to spread germs and viruses when you share a toothbrush with someone else. It’s an easy way to prevent sharing germs just like covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Secondly, some people think you must toss your toothbrush and get a new one when you have been sick. This is not necessarily true. Dr. Spieler typically suggests changing out your toothbrush every three to six months. If you get sick and it’s inside this window of time, it’s okay to go ahead and replace it. However, if you are concerned, it’s okay to switch it out for a new one. Choosing Cough Drops If you have a sore or scratchy throat, you may reach for a cough drop for some relief. However, most cough drops and throat lozenges are made with sugar. When you hold one in your mouth for a long time, you are feeding bacteria. It needs sugar to thrive. This can lead to damaged teeth just like eating hard candies. When you...
How do Dental Implants Work?

How do Dental Implants Work?

If for some reason you are missing a tooth or more, you have a few options. Some options include a bridge, full dentures, or partial dentures. You may also consider asking your dentist if you are a good candidate for dental implants. More and more people are opting for implants over dentures because they provide a more natural replacement for teeth. Unlike dentures, they are attached directly to the jawbone. Ideal candidates for implants are in good health and have healthy gums. You’ll also need a strong jawbone to be able to support the implants. What do they look like? One of the primary reasons patients opt for implants is because they look more like their natural teeth. The actual implant looks like a screw. It is attached to the jawbone to provide a replacement for the root of the tooth you are missing. These metal posts are made from titanium in most cases since it is unlikely to cause an adverse reaction when it’s attached to the jawbone and comes in contact with the gums. The Procedure for Placing Dental Implants You can discuss the possibility of the implant procedure with Dr. Spieler who can help you determine if you are a good candidate. Once it is determined that you are a good candidate, the procedure can be scheduled. In most cases, it can be done in the dentist’s office where you’ll be placed under local anesthesia. The process may take multiple visits to the dental office in Bala Cynwyd, PA. There are three basic phases including:       Placing Implants. First off, the implant is surgically...
How to Maintain Strong  Tooth Enamel

How to Maintain Strong  Tooth Enamel

Your tooth enamel is the first defense against tooth decay. Even though it is naturally tough some wear and tear is normal. It still needs to be protected. There are a number of simple steps you can take to keep your enamel strong. Here are a few healthy habits to help protect it from damage so it can continue to protect your teeth. Develop Eating Habits That Protect Enamel   First of all, you will need to limit sugary foods and drinks. Bacteria feed on sugar from soft drinks and chewy candies and produce an acid that starts to eat away at tooth enamel. If you’re thirsty, the best thing to drink is plain water. Incorporate foods that are high in calcium into your diet. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese contain beneficial calcium. There are also non-dairy options like broccoli and almonds for example. You can also choose foods that have added calcium. Don’t Over-Brush Another thing to remember when it comes to caring for your tooth enamel is to avoid over-brushing your teeth. When you brush your teeth, use a brush with soft bristles, hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, and use gentle strokes that are about the length of one tooth. When you eat citrus fruit or sweets, wait about two hours before brushing your teeth. The acid produced when you eat these foods can soften enamel and make it more vulnerable to damage. Regular Dental Appointments Finally, make sure that you see your dentist for an appointment every six months. Dr. Spieler at Oasis Dental can spot signs...
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