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Pregnancy Gingivitis: Dealing With Swollen Gums

Pregnancy Gingivitis: Dealing With Swollen Gums

During pregnancy, gums are prone to bleeding, especially when you floss or brush. due to hormonal changes. While pregnancy gingivitis is a pretty normal condition that will most likely go away after delivery, Oasis Dental recommends that you up your oral hygiene game when pregnant. Why it Happens Hormonal changes during pregnancy cause your gums to become inflamed. This makes you more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque, hence the red, swollen, and bleeding gums. While the condition many times resolves after birth, pregnancy gingivitis could progress to periodontal disease in some cases, so it’s best to be proactive. Remedies Apart from good oral hygiene, regular salt water rinses in your mouth help you get rid of bacteria. Limit your intake of sugary foods and particularly those that stick to the teeth. Making sure to be gentle during your daily brush and floss can help with any pain or looseness of your teeth during this time. Your Bala Cynwyd, PA team is here for you during this time of changes. To keep up to date on your oral health during your pregnancy, book an appointment with Dr. Spieler. He will monitor you for pregnancy gingivitis and recommend tips that will keep the bleeding at the minimum so you can focus on getting ready for your new...
Calcium and Vitamin D: Your Teeth Need Vitamins Too!

Calcium and Vitamin D: Your Teeth Need Vitamins Too!

Vitamin D and calcium are supplements taken to prevent bone loss. A new study from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research suggests that taking calcium and vitamin D can also prevent tooth loss in older adults. Participants in the study took 500 mg of calcium plus 700 units of vitamin D each day, with those that weren’t in the placebo group showing around 40% less likeliness of losing teeth. But on top of this recommended amount, seniors who want to hang on to their pearly whites should get regular dental care at Oasis Dental and perform regular brushing and flossing to ensure that they keep their original set of teeth. Increased Age Increases Risk of Tooth Loss Seniors need to be aware that as they age, their teeth become more prone to cavities because the root surface becomes more exposed. Many of the most common prescription drugs dry the mouth, which prevents the saliva from washing away the bacteria in the mouth. Limited mobility and joint pain make it more difficult to brush and floss. Ask Dr. Spieler about solutions to help you take care of your teeth. Taking a Supplement When choosing a calcium supplement, choose calcium citrate instead of calcium carbonate as it is easier to absorb. Vitamin D added to the supplement can also increase absorption. Look for a high-quality supplement with the USP symbol. Make sure to make an appointment with your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist to take care of gum disease and other tooth...
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...
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