Protect Your Teeth with Adequate Fluoride

Protect Your Teeth with Adequate Fluoride

Protect Your Teeth with Adequate Fluoride

You have probably heard of fluoride, but do you have a solid understanding of what it is and how it works?  At Blue Ash Dental Group, we love helping our patients learn more about this simple mineral that does wonders for your teeth!

What Is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral that has a variety of oral health benefits.  The first connection between consuming high levels of fluoride and having great oral health was made by studying fluoride levels in water in the 1930s, and many more sources and benefits have been found since then.  All of these sources play an essential role in cavity prevention.

How Can Fluoride Benefit Me?

There are several ways in which getting enough fluoride is an important part of maintaining excellent oral health.  Fluoride’s main purpose in any oral healthcare routine is strengthening the enamel in order to prevent cavities.  The specific ways in which fluoride benefits teeth vary slightly by age:

  • In children, fluoride is particularly important in strengthening the new, growing tooth enamel.  Fluoride reaches both primary and adult teeth when used by children, which has lasting health benefits!
  • In adults, fluoride continues to strengthen the enamel, which can be especially helpful if the enamel has begun to weaken over time.

What Are Some Good Sources of Fluoride?

Fluoride is found in several natural ways, such as in certain foods and water supplies.  Some foods that are rich in fluoride include:

  • Fresh vegetables, such as potatoes
  • Certain meats, such as crab
  • Some types of tea and wine

Romantic dinner in restaurant. King crab legs served with sauces and wine for two, close up. Good sources of Flouride

Other sources of fluoride include:

  • Toothpaste
  • Fluoride rinses and other types of mouthwash
  • Supplemental fluoride in water, such as bottled water with added fluoride and fluoride filters for tap water
  • Special dental fluoride treatments

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we care about providing our patients with the tools they need to be well-informed about oral health.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services!

 

Show Your Teeth Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Beautiful and happy young woman in love hugging her boyfriend holding a red rose

The winter holidays are known for not only great foods. They often lead to a lot of sweet treats. It is a time when we spend a lot of time with our family and friends, savoring pies, cakes, and more. These “food-friendly” holidays start with Halloween when kids go out in search of candies and even parents get to enjoy a bite. It continues through until Valentine’s Day when one of the most given gifts is heart-shaped boxes with delicious chocolates inside. All this holiday fun is great for showing your family how much you love them, but it can be devastating to your weight and your teeth. Blue Ash Dental Group cannot help you with the scale, but we can help you ensure that you show your teeth some love this Valentine’s Day.

Good Foods to Eat for Your Teeth

We all splurge a little on special holidays and occasions. There is nothing wrong with it and we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves when they get the chance. However, think of it as one day of splurging on junk foods means that you should try to eat healthier foods in between the holidays. You may also consider adding some of them to your holiday buffets. Cheese is healthy food for your teeth, and it works great for a snack platter. The same is true for apples, carrots, celery, and almonds. You can also eat a little yogurt in the days following a holiday, and of course, leafy green vegetables are always a good choice as well. After you enjoy your sweet treats, you must put in the effort to counteract some of the damage that can potentially leave behind.

Heart chocolate box and red roses on wooden rustic background

The good news is, you do not have to avoid all types of candies this Valentine’s Day. If you opt to eat dark chocolate, you may actually be doing a good thing for your teeth! This is great news for chocolate lovers worldwide! According to Dr. Brian Witt, a Temple Terrace FL dentist, dark chocolate can also increase your teeths sensitivity to sugar – be sure to not eat too much.

If you prefer to drink your way to a healthier mouth, you can include more of the following, non-acidic drinks. They include:

*Milk

*Water (especially water with fluoride)

*Unsweetened Tea

Each of these drinks can help your dental health by protecting the enamel, which is the hard, outer layer of your teeth.

Foods You Should Avoid

When we think of dental health, we typically understand that anything sugary is bad for our teeth. This includes hard candies because they are loaded with sugar, but it can go beyond the sugary treats. Other things to keep in mind is that too much citrus can deteriorate tooth enamel, sticky foods (even dried fruit) will stay on the teeth longer, and overly crunchy foods can also cause you major issues.

You may think that since there are no food particles, you can drink them safely, but sugar filled drinks can also cause issues for your teeth. Even some drinks that may look safe can cause decay. Even ice is bad for your dental health, even though it is made of pure water and doesn’t contain sugar. Coffee isn’t bad for your teeth, but when you add a little sugar, it can become a problem. It can also stain your teeth if you drink it often. Sports drinks are also something you should consider avoiding if you want to keep your mouth healthy. Of course, the most dangerous thing for your teeth beyond soda is adult beverages. Wine is better than hard liquor, but all of them can lead to tooth decay because of the high sugar content. This can also lead to bad breath, which is a Valentine’s Day mood killer.

We Can Help

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we understand that living life means enjoying all the sweetest moments.  If you are concerned about your dental health or feel the need to show your teeth a little more love, we are here for you. Simply contact us to schedule an appointment to ensure that your mouth is truly kissable after the holidays.

Everything That You Need to Know About Tooth Extractions

Dental equipment holding an extracted tooth from tooth extractions

Everything That You Need to Know About Tooth Extractions:

Tooth extraction is a dental procedure that gets completed when one or more teeth need to get removed from the mouth. Most teeth that get extracted are those that get damaged beyond repair.

What Are the Reasons That People Have Teeth Extracted?

There are quite a variety of reasons that people commonly get teeth extracted. Some of those include the following:

  • Overcrowding: Overcrowding can require one or more teeth to get pulled to create the room for the rest of the teeth to grow in properly. During orthodontic work, a tooth (or multiple) may need to get removed to be able to straighten out the rest of the teeth and to make room for them all to move into their appropriate places.
  • They are damaged and Decayed: One of the most common reasons that teeth have to get extracted is because they get damaged beyond the point that the dentist can replace the tooth. Often, extraction is required, and an implant, bridge, or another device will get placed where the missing tooth/teeth were.
  • Need Replacing: If a tooth gets chipped or broken to the point that it can’t get repaired, the tooth may have to get extracted. The tooth would then need replacing with either an implant or a dental bridge.
  • Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth generally appear between ages 17 and 24. Not everyone will have the buds that allow them to get wisdom teeth. Some people who get them may get up to four (4) wisdom teeth. One will grow behind each molar in the back of the mouth. Sometimes they will come growing in crooked (impacting the other teeth) or cause pain, swelling, or discomfort, in which cases the teeth will need to get removed.

These are the four (4) main reasons that teeth will need extracting. In some cases, it may be more than one of the above that require a tooth to get removed. The last resort is removing the tooth generally a last resort when nothing else can be done to save it.

Panoramic x-ray image of teeth and mouth with wisdom teeth

Types of Tooth Extractions:

There are generally two (2) types of extractions that are common when a tooth needs to get removed. They are as follows:

  • Simple Extraction: Simple extractions are used to remove teeth that are visible within the mouth. This procedure can get done right in your dentist’s office, and you are generally free to leave soon as the tooth/teeth get extracted and the bleeding stops. Teeth are usually able to be removed with just dental forceps.
  • Surgical Extraction: Surgical extractions get performed when the tooth/teeth are not easily accessible inside the mouth. These extractions can include impacted teeth that have not broken through the gum yet such as wisdom teeth. These procedures generally get performed under a general anesthetic. Generally, most of these procedures are done at a specialized clinic, although some dentists might be able to do these procedures in their offices as well.

A large majority of these procedures get done through simple extractions; however, when surgical extractions are necessary, many dentists will refer you to a surgical specialist to remove those teeth.

Pain Management Options:

After you have a tooth removed, you will understandably experience discomfort and soreness for a few days up to a week after your procedure. Most dentists will give you pain medication to help manage the pain. Having the prescription filled and taking the recommended dosage of medication can help greatly reduce your pain in the few days following the procedure.

Avoid chewing hard foods near the extraction site to keep food particles from getting into the area where your tooth got pulled. Eating softer foods such as mashed potatoes or even macaroni and cheese for a few days after your procedure can also help. Avoiding hot/spicy foods as well as alcohol (which can burn the inflamed area and also may react with pain medications you got prescribed) for several days is also advisable.

Begin eating regularly as soon as it is comfortable to do so.

Rinse your mouth with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup (8 oz) of water 2-3 times per day to help keep the area around the pulled tooth from getting infected.

Begin all brushing and flossing activities as you normally would 24 hours after the procedure. Be gentle when cleaning around the area where the tooth got extracted.

Call your doctor right away if you have any severe bleeding or abnormal pain while recovering.

Healing/Aftercare:

While you are recovering, you want to make sure that you do not remove the blood clot from the infected area. This blood clot is how the gums heal themselves from where the tooth was. If the blood clot falls out, it can expose the bone beneath the gums which can cause severe pain and even infections where the tooth got removed.

If you suspect that you have a dry socket or feel more pain in the area where it got removed, call your dentist immediately so they can help you treat it.

Also be sure to effectively clean the site around the wound several times per day and chew on the opposite side of your mouth to avoid getting food particles stuck near where the tooth got extracted.

What Does a Tooth Extraction Cost?

You can expect the average nonsurgical tooth removal procedure to cost between $75 and $300.

For surgical tooth removal, you can expect to pay around $150 to $650.

What We Do

Here at Blue Ash Dental, we strive to provide the best possible care for our patients. We believe that your natural teeth are the best teeth that you can have. However, when the only option is tooth extraction, we are here to help ensure that your procedure and your recovery go smoothly as we can.

If you think that you might need a tooth extraction (or any other dental treatment), please feel free to contact us at Blue Ash Dental for further assistance. If you’re in need of a local dentist and aren’t from the Blue Ash Oh area, consider making a Google sebarch such as “West Seattle Dentists” to find a trusted practice near you.

All About Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry: Young excited boy looking at the dental mirror sitting on the chair with dentist at the dental office

From the moment a baby is born, we take all the necessary steps to ensure that we are caring for them the best we can! As the months go by, one of the most important aspects to consider is pediatric dentistry. There is so much to consider, and parents may be a bit confused as to how to approach things. Here are some tips and guidelines regarding pediatric dentistry that will allow you to make sure your child has the healthiest teeth possible.

Proper Care of Baby Teeth

A baby needs oral care even before his or her first teeth appear. Gums should be wiped with a wet, warm cloth each day to remove debris from feeding. When the first tiny teeth come in, use a baby toothbrush and toothpaste to gently brush the teeth twice per day. When you notice your child’s teeth fitting closely together, it is time to help him or her floss once per day.

close-up Baby mouth with two rises teeth

When do Children’s Teeth Start Falling Out?

Keep in mind that there is no “set age” for children’s teeth to fall out. Every child is different, with some losing their first tooth at age 5, and others not getting their first loose tooth until age 7. Before you know it, your child will be coming up to you, happily showing you their first wiggly tooth!

When to Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

Parents should choose a pediatric dentist by the time their child is one year old. This sets the stage for a lifetime of excellent oral health! It allows the pediatric dentist to quickly discover any potential issues, and make sure the child is receiving proper oral care.

Caring for Permanent Teeth

We cannot strongly enough stress the importance of caring for permanent teeth! Brush twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, floss once per day, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash daily. Remember to see your dental professional for a cleaning and an exam every six months.

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we understand just how important it is to learn good oral health habits at an early age. For more information regarding pediatric dentistry, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

Cosmetic Dentistry – All About the Smile

Portrait of a happy man in orange shirt looking up, with blue copy space around him. Big smile with white teeth - cosmetic dentistry concept

It is only natural that everyone wants to have the best smile possible! However, what most people do not realize is that a smile is not just a smile. There are many different types of smiles, and we smile for a variety of reasons. A smile actually holds a great deal of power. It can indicate many different feelings or even intentions. Smiling or not smiling can affect how you look as well as how you feel. The smile means so many different things to just about anyone. Let’s take a closer look at the power of the smile so that we can better understand something that we all do many times throughout our lives.

Reasons to Smile

Everyone can surely think of a reason to smile each and every day! There are many reasons to smile, even when you think otherwise. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Smiling relieves stress. When you feel stressed or overwhelmed, take a minute to relax and smile. It will certainly help how you are feeling!
  • Smiling makes us more attractive. We tend to be more drawn to someone who is wearing a friendly smile. It brightens the whole face, making that person more visually appealing to us.
  • Smiling puts us in a better mood. Dopamine and serotonin are actually released by our brains every time we smile, elevating our mood and making us instantly happier!
  • Smiling can be contagious. If you are in a situation that is tense, try smiling. It will instantly entice those around you to smile, getting rid of the tension and making the whole atmosphere seem more positive.
  • Smiling makes us more approachable. When we are smiling, people are more likely to engage in friendly conversation with us, and we appear more likable!

Close up of a smiling man giving a handshake in the office

The Power of the Smile

Now that we know some of the most common reasons to smile, we will explore the power of the smile. The smile is not just a reflex or a reaction that we do when we hear a joke, or see something that we like. While smiling is something that we often do without thinking about it, it actually is more influential than we realize. In fact, all smiles are not the same. There are different types of smiles, such as:

  • Duchenne smile – this type of smile actually indicates pain rather than happiness. Someone may smile this way if they accidentally bump their foot, burn their hand, or experience some type of sudden pain that they probably were not expecting. It resembles a wince.
  • Fear smile – when someone smiles in fear, their teeth are largely exposed as they pull their lips back. For example, a baby may smile in this manner when they experience distress or someone who was startled may smile this way as well.
  • Miserable smile – a quirky grin may indicate that someone is in a miserable mood. This actually indicates a feeling of sadness rather than joy.
  • Embarrassed smile – often, when a person is embarrassed, they smile as a result. Usually, the head is tilted downward, and the person does not make eye contact.
  • Qualifier smile – those who give this type of smile are usually giving someone bad news. Perhaps it is a waitress who has to tell her customer that the restaurant is out of what was ordered. Or a store clerk who is telling someone that a certain item is not on sale as they thought it was.

A smiling young woman sits at a table in a coffee shop across from an unrecognizable interviewer. She reaches forward and shakes his hand.

As we can see, a smile indicates more than just happiness! A smile can reveal a lot about someone, including what type of mood they are in or the feelings that they are experiencing.

Smiles in Art

Some of the most famous smiles are in our favorite works of art. It can reveal the meaning of a painting by telling a story without words. From the smiles we see in art, we can get understand the entire tone of a specific painting, seeing further into the message that the artist was trying to tell us.

  • The Laughing Cavalier, Frans Hals. The smile is this picture is smug, even arrogant. It portrays the message that the man in the painting may possibly be laughing at someone, or perhaps hiding a secret. He seems to be arrogant and unapproachable, as we can see from his smile.
  • La Liseuse, Renoir. The woman smiling in this picture seems to be filled with joy, and completely relaxed and at ease. Those who are viewing the painting can actually feel her happiness and engage in her joy.
  • Archaic smile in Greek sculpture. When we look at this smile, we can compare it to a “forced” smile that we sometimes see in modern photography. The person in the work of art is not smiling for any particular reason, and the smile seems somewhat empty.

Smiles in Entertainment

The entertainment industry is filled with great smiles! Often, our favorite celebrities become our favorite because of their beautiful, or even distinctive, smiles. Some of the best smiles belong to the following celebrities:

  • Meghan Markle – the Duchess of Sussex and former actress has one of the most infectious smiles around! Her wide smile indicates happiness and a genuine personality.
  • Eva Mendes – her smile is fun and contagious, making those who look at her instantly happier.
  • Halle Berry – this celebrity often wears a smile that makes her seem lighthearted and approachable.
  • Sofia Vergara – her smile indicates confidence and is truly genuine.
  • Scarlett Johansson – this actress has an innocent smile that tells people she is likable and happy.

Cosmetic Dentistry Today

The smile is one of the most important parts of who we are! At Blue Ash Dental Group, we know that everyone wants a smile that looks great. That is why we offer services that will help you achieve the best smile that you can possibly imagine, including the following:

  • Bridges and Partials
  • Crowns
  • Dentures
  • Dental Implants
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Lumineers
  • Teeth Whitening, and much more!

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we understand just how important it is to keep your smile looking amazing. We provide professional and individualized service to each patient in a welcoming environment. Our dental team is caring and compassionate, making your needs a priority. That is truly something to smile about! For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today. If you’re not local to Blue Ash Ohio, make a Google search such as “dentist Arlington TX” or in your local area to find a trusted dentist.