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...
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...
Information for Parents about Mouthguards

Information for Parents about Mouthguards

If you have kids involved in athletics, you need to know about mouthguards. Even non-contact sports, like skating or dance increase the risk of suffering harm to teeth.  Mouthguards can protect your child’s mouth and teeth. Here is a bit more information regarding this standard piece of protective equipment. Protection Mouthguards or mouth protectors provide a buffer that can cushion blows or trauma to the face. This can help reduce the chance of oral and facial injuries, including damaging the teeth. A mouthguard usually covers the upper teeth, providing protection for the lips, jaw, and tongue as well. What if my child wears a retainer? Remind your child to remove any orthodontic equipment, like retainers, before participating in any type of contact sport or activity. Reinforce a habit of removing the retainer and putting on the mouthguard any time that they engage or take part in sports.   Types of Mouthguards There are basically three different types of mouthguards available for your child, from the dentist-made, custom-fitted type to a basic, over-the-counter that is very affordable. The latter is called ‘boil and bite’ as you soften them in boiling water to help them adapt and form to the shape of your child’s mouth. In between the two price points are stock mouthguards, which are inexpensive and ready to wear. The best type of mouthguard for your child depends on a lot of variables but understand that a basic or stock guard will help to protect them if having a custom guard is not viable at this time. Want to learn more about protecting your child? Talk to Dr. Spieler, Blad...
Possible Link Between Obesity and Oral Health

Possible Link Between Obesity and Oral Health

Is there a link between poor oral health and obesity? According to a recent study, there could be. Obesity is becoming a hot topic on a global level. Many are beginning to see a correlation between individuals who have a BMI of over 30 and signs of gum disease. Some things make the study’s findings difficult such as participant’s gender, age, genetics, and smoking history. Still, there may be a correlation between the two. Results Indicate Bacteria Connection In this study, scientists took saliva samples from a group of women. Participants had a BMI of between 27 and 32. Of all of these samples, 98.4 percent contained the bacteria Selenomonas noxia. The formation of this bacteria is connected to a high glycemic diet, which contributes to both periodontal disease and obesity. The bacteria forms with the consumption of foods most often associated with those who are obese or overweight. Lifestyle and dietary changes can be effective for eradicating both oral bacteria and weight problems. This would mean avoiding foods that change to simple sugars in the mouth, refined carbohydrates, and foods that are already sugars. How Your Dentist Can Help While more research does need to be completed about this possible connection, it would seem that your dentist could very well begin asking you about your eating habits during your next dental appointment in Bala Cynwyd, PA. If you find yourself struggling with your oral health and your weight, Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental may be able to give you advice about what foods to avoid if you want to improve your dental health. There is no guarantee that...
Hydration and Oral Health

Hydration and Oral Health

Water, glorious water, it’s truly the miracle liquid. Most of us understand that water is good for the body, but did you know water is good for your teeth too? Believe it or not, water offers some powerful benefits for your dental health. The clear liquid has the ability to prevent excessive build-up of bacteria and deliver essential nutrients to your teeth as well. Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental understands that many patients are unaware of all the benefits hydration has on their oral health. Water does all that? The Bala Cynwyd, PA dental team takes pride in educating patients on the many ways that water positively impacts holistic health. This miracle fluid is filled with many natural goodies like fluoride, minerals, calcium, and phosphate. These powerful nutrients help fortify the teeth. In addition, it has many helpful functions. Water effectively: Helps build and maintain strong teeth because it’s nutrient rich Helps wash away food particles and prevent excessive sugar build-up Prevents cavities that can develop from the excessive consumption of sugary drinks because it’s a sugar-free option Helps prevent tooth decay by diluting the saliva Helps prevent dry mouth Water and Holistic Health Your body is sixty percent water. It’s a necessity for many bodily functions as well as beneficial to your overall health. Water is a calorie-free option that helps to lose weight, get rid of waste, and keep muscles strong and supple. However, few of us realize how powerful water can be for our teeth as well. With every sip, our teeth are being washed and strengthened. Drinking water has many holistic and collective advantages that...
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