Dental Packing List for Travel

Aug 31st, 2020
Easton Dentists Sep 8th, 2020

One of the worst things that can happen when traveling is reaching your destination and realizing that you forgot an essential toiletry item such as a toothbrush or toothpaste. Planning ahead is recommended so that you won’t have to stop at the store when you arrive. Dental hygiene is crucial especially when traveling. You don’t want to mess up your dental hygiene routine and cause health problems. Follow this checklist when traveling to make sure that you don’t forget anything and that your smile looks great even when you’re away from home.

  • Toothbrush. If you take a standard toothbrush, make sure that you have a case for it to prevent it from collecting germs in your suitcase. Some stores sell fold-up toothbrushes to save room and protect the bristles from germs and from bending.
  • Toothpaste. You can purchase travel-size toothpaste to save room. Travel size toothpaste often follows TSA regulations, so you can carry it on the plan with you.
  • Mouthwash. Mouthwash is essential to freshen breath and complete the cleaning process. Travel size mouthwash is great for a carry-on.
  • Floss. Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you get to take a break from flossing! This dental hygiene item is necessary to clean in between teeth.
  • Paraffin wax. It’s always good to have some wax on hand in case you chip a tooth. Putting wax on the tooth prevents it from damaging the inside of your mouth until you can get to a dentist.
  • Gum. It’s a terrible feeling to have bad breath and not know when the next time you will be able to brush your teeth. Having gum handy is a great way to make sure you always have fresh breath. Just make sure you use gum with a xylitol sweetener rather than a sugar sweetener to prevent cavities.
  • Plastic bag. Putting all of your liquids in a plastic bag will prevent them from leaking all over your suitcase.

Now that you’re all packed and ready to go, don’t forget to schedule a regular cleaning from your local Columbus dentist at The Dental Center at Easton!

Schedule a Teeth Cleaning!

Aug 10th, 2020
Easton Dentists Sep 8th, 2020

Regular brushing and flossing can go a long way in preventing tooth and mouth diseases, but it’s easy to miss spots even if you’re a conscientious brusher. Scheduling periodic appointments with your dentist in the Columbus area for teeth cleaning is another tool in your arsenal to protect your teeth.

The dental experts at The Dental Center at Easton Town Center are here to provide you with the best preventative teeth cleaning available in Columbus, Ohio. Dental hygienists and dentists get the plaque that brushing misses, and clean your teeth from the build-up of tartar. If left untreated, these build-ups could lead to cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. In addition to cleaning your teeth, our dental experts are trained to keep an eye out for signs of disease or oral disorders. WE want to make sure that your smile lasts a lifetime and will be disease-free and clean.

We need to eat several times per day, so your teeth are almost constantly being used. Teeth also have a bearing on your communication with those around you because they affect speech and facial expressions. With all this use, it’s important that your teeth are not only brushed and flossed regularly but also looked over by a professional at least every six months. In addition to preventing disease and making sure your teeth stay functional, teeth cleanings keep your teeth looking great by preventing discoloration and plaque build-up. With regularly scheduled cleanings, you’ll have a smile that you want to show off!

The Dental Center is conveniently located just off of I-270 at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio; so going to the dentist won’t be a chore. Do your best to prevent oral disease by getting your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Contact The Dental Center today to schedule a cleaning!

Hollywood Teeth Are Too White

Jul 21st, 2020
Easton Dentists Aug 3rd, 2020

When going to the movies we see actors with perfect hair, skin, bodies, and teeth, appearing to remain untouched by time. However, it sometimes seems that their teeth are too white. In Mathew McConaughey’s role in Dallas Buyer’s Club, he was thin and weathered. Despite this, his teeth were the textbook definition of pearly whites. This seems to be an oversight on Hollywood’s part. McConaughey reportedly lost a significant amount of weight to accurately convey the character’s illness. Isn’t this taking things too far to alter an actor’s teeth too?

The Silver Screen is not meant to show viewers examples of “regular” people. However, it is arguable that actors need to look like them when that is whom they’re supposed to be playing. The fact is that the majority of us do not have a perfect, stark-white smile, but this is what makes us unique. The fact that one’s teeth aren’t opulent white means they’ve lived a little and enjoyed life. As long as you practice good normal dental hygiene, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine. Our dentists are trained in cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening, to help you get a brighter smile. However, it can sometimes be a lifestyle change that makes long-term differences in the color of your teeth. Give up smoking or excessive coffee if you want whiter teeth.

Contact us today to set up an appointment for teeth whitening!

Myths about Root Canals

Jul 7th, 2020
Easton Dentists Aug 3rd, 2020

When talking about dentistry, some people are still a little afraid of having someone poking around in their mouth with sharp objects. And as they see after a few appointments, there’s nothing to worry about. The root canal is one of the most feared dental procedures, and the same applies to it. There are a few big myths and misunderstandings about endodontic therapy (root canals).

A root canal is not a painful procedure.
Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is among the least painful procedures you can have done at a Columbus area dentist’s office! The myth about it being painful has stuck around for quite a long time. The last time root canals were painful was before the use of anesthetic to numb the area. The painful part most people think of is when they realize that they need a root canal; when their tooth is throbbing with pain from an infection.

An extraction is not a good alternative to a root canal.
The best teeth are your teeth. They already fit, your body makes them pretty strong, and they’re pretty hard to get out of your jaw anyway. It’s always best to keep your original teeth whenever possible. Extracting a tooth exposes more areas to infection and disease. In addition, the teeth around the gap will often be used as a bridge to hold an artificial, replacement tooth in place.

Root canals do not lead to other infections throughout the body.
Incorrect research was done circa 1910 about bacteria entering the bloodstream through a root canal. Every report has either refuted or been unable to replicate the original researcher’s findings. Natural bacteria live in your mouth no matter how often you brush your teeth, and these have no negative effect on you. In fact, your body is programmed to kill bacteria in your bloodstream.

Consider these myths debunked. Feeling a little more comfortable with root canals? Call The Dental Center at Easton to speak to a qualified professional about endodontic therapy.

What are the Signs of Needing a Root Canal?

Jun 11th, 2020
Easton Dentists Jul 1st, 2020

When it comes to endodontic therapy (root canals), there are many signs to indicate that you may need work done. With all dental work there are symptoms you may notice on your own and those that only a dentist can spot. The same is true with root canals, even though the most obvious signs you’ll be able to catch on your own. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for.

Tooth pain is the biggest indicator of needing a root canal. Persistent or recurring pain in a tooth on daily or monthly frequencies could be an indicator of a need for endodontic therapy. This can be anything from dull ache to unbearable pain. Whatever you have now, get it checked out by a dentist as soon as possible. If you need a root canal, the pain will only get worse the longer you put off your appointment. Another big sign is tenderness of the gums or anything more severe than that. Infected gums may ache, or they may swell noticeably even on the outside of your face.

Your dentist performs regular X-rays on your mouth, and these are the best way to detect low-grade infections. Dark spots (called a ‘radiolucency’) are indications of infected teeth. Similarly, more progressed infections will be visible to the naked eye as a tooth slightly darker than the teeth surrounding it.

While working, your dentist may sometimes notice that a tooth’s nerve has become exposed. This would eventually lead to internal infection, so they may opt to do a root canal at that time to save you the trouble of waiting until a dangerous and painful point down the line.

No website can help you with self-diagnosis. If you think you may exhibit some of the symptoms listed here, call The Dental Center at Easton (located in Columbus Ohio) to have a professional help diagnose what’s going on in your mouth.

What is a Root Canal?

Jun 4th, 2020
Easton Dentists Jul 1st, 2020

A root canal (aka endodontic therapy) is a common procedure used by dentists to clean out infected teeth. Teeth can become infected for a variety of reasons. Many times, the nerve inside a tooth becomes infected as a result of trauma – either a broken tooth or a hard bump that may not even leave any external blemishes. Sometimes, it can take years for a tooth to become infected and noticeably decay before you feel anything. A dentist may recommend endodontic therapy even if you don’t yet feel any pain.

Many patients get nervous when they hear the words “root canal.” Anyone who’s had a root canal procedure done can tell you that there’s almost no pain involved. A hundred years ago, before the popular use of anesthetic, this was true. Yet for some reason, this stereotype still lasts. The pain most people associate with root canals is actually from the infection before they seek help. Your dentist is invested in making endodontic therapy as relaxing as possible. He or she will apply anesthetic and protect the procedure area with a rubber dam to keep out any saliva. This dam allows you to swallow normally during the operation.

Next, the dentist drills a small hole into the inner part of your tooth to remove any infected pulp and dead nerve cells. This fluid is what’s causing the pain you’ve felt. Using varying sizes of tools, your dentist will then clean out the roots and remove any dangerous abscesses or liquid that lie in your jaw. At this point, your first procedure may be over. Not every root canal takes more than one appointment, but some will pause once the cleaning is done. You’ll leave with a temporary crown until your next appointment.

Once a tooth has been cleaned, it’s important to protect it against future infections. The spaces inside a tooth are commonly filled by gutta-percha, a semi-organic material made from the sap of gutta-percha trees. This natural latex is lightweight and durable. Finally, the tooth is capped with a crown and the tooth is just as strong as it was before!

Feeling recurring pain in your teeth? Call The Dental Center at Easton (serving the Columbus Metro Area) to talk to a qualified professional about if you’re a good candidate for a root canal and what you can expect from the procedure.

Dental Urgent Care Procedures

May 13th, 2020
Easton Dentists Jun 2nd, 2020

Dental emergencies can cause panic and disruption of your daily routine. Nobody likes to have a toothache or other disorder that causes oral pain or discomfort. The Dental Center in Columbus, Ohio is here to offer you urgent care procedures that will have you feeling better as soon as possible. We offer extended business hours to accommodate your emergency needs and are centrally located for quick and convenient access. We understand how dental emergencies can disrupt your communication and eating abilities and we want to make sure that your treatment is as quick and painless as possible. The Dental Center offers dental urgent care procedures that will have you feeling better in no time. Our most common emergency dental procedures are root canals and tooth extractions.

A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, occurs when the “root” of the tooth, or the pulp, is removed. Each of your teeth is usually filled with dental pulp, a collection of blood vessels and nerves inside the tooth. When this pulp becomes infected, it can cause intense pain (commonly known as a toothache) that requires immediate treatment. The infected pulp is known as pulpitis, which is usually caused by tooth decay. A root canal is a common procedure that relieves tooth pain by removing the damaged pulp, filling the tooth, and sealing it off so you can return to normal daily functions.

Another common procedure is known as tooth extraction and occurs when a tooth is removed from the socket of your mouth because of decay or damage. Sometimes a tooth is removed to accommodate orthodontic procedures. Tooth extraction is considered an urgent procedure because a damaged tooth causes pain and can affect the alignment of the remaining teeth.

If you are in need of a dental urgent care procedure such as a root canal or tooth extraction, then contact The Dental Center at Easton Town Center. Don’t live in pain any longer!

When Should You Seek Urgent Care?

May 9th, 2020
Easton Dentists Jun 2nd, 2020

Urgent care from a dentist at The Dental Center at Easton Town Center(Columbus, Ohio) covers any situation involving your oral health that requires immediate emergency attention. If you experience any pain or discomfort associated with your teeth, gums, or any other area in or around the mouth, then you should seek urgent care right away! Your oral health affects every aspect of your daily life including communication and eating. Any situation that causes you pain or affects the regular functioning of your mouth should be treated immediately so as not to cause permanent damage.

A situation that requires emergency or urgent care is one that involves acute pain. Most often, tooth pain, or a “toothache”, is an inflammation of the dental pulp tissue caused by an infection. The infection is frequently from dental caries (tooth decay) or a cavity and can be treated with a filling, root canal, or tooth extraction.

Other pain-causing situations involve accidents. Maybe your child was just hit in the mouth with a ball during a sports event, or you got in a fender bender on the way home from work and injured part of your mouth. Accidents such as these can have an effect on your dental health and should be treated as soon as possible.

Many people have oral devices such as a crown or bridge in place. If these devices are damaged or lost, they can have a detrimental effect on your oral health. Sometimes issues with these devices do not cause pain, but it is still urgent that they get fixed so that your overall dental health is not affected.

Whether you’re having dental pain, had an accident, or are missing a dental device, you shouldn’t have to wait for treatment. Our Columbus based practice understands the importance of urgent dental care and is here to help you when you need it most with extended hours for emergency situations. We are centrally located at Easton Town Center close to New Albany, Gahanna, and Columbus so you’re never far from expert dental care! Contact us today to find out more about our urgent care services.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Apr 27th, 2020
Easton Dentists May 8th, 2020

Have you ever been afraid of the dentist? Going to the dentist, even just for a checkup, can be a terrifying experience for some people. They can’t be entirely blamed for being afraid. Dentistry is one of those trades that use a lot of sharp tools, needles, and scary sounds. When you think about it, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to put something that sounds like a power drill in your mouth.

To ease that experience, many patients elect to participate in sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry can be administered in one of three ways: inhalation, intravenous, or oral medication. The first, also known as “laughing gas,” is a tried-and-true method that’s been around for quite a while. Intravenous provides a steady dose of sedative until the end of the procedure, but it is a needle that goes into your skin. For those already nervous about dental tools, this isn’t the best option. In the U.S., many patients opt to take their sedative orally. It comes either in pill or liquid form, depending on the procedure. It’s exceptionally common and helps many people get the dental work that they want without having to experience a panic attack.

Our Columbus office at Easton offers sedation dentistry and is conveniently accessible for Central Ohio and conducts thousands of procedures each year. We know how to keep our patients happy. Contact us to learn more about sedation dentistry and find out if it’s right for you.

What is Urgent Dental Care?

Apr 5th, 2020
Easton Dentists May 8th, 2020

Urgent dental care is when a dental emergency occurs and requires immediate repair and treatment. Urgent dental care often involves acute pain in the mouth, gums, or teeth. Other dental emergencies include the loss of a needed dental device such as a crown or bridge. Oral health is very important because it affects aspects of your daily life such as eating and speaking. If you have a dental situation that requires urgent care, you want to get in for treatment as quickly as possible. At The Dental Center, we are centrally located at Easton Town Center and are minutes away from many major areas such as New Albany, Gahanna, and Columbus. We also offer extended hours for dental emergencies, so you’ll never have to live with dental pain for long.

Dental situations that cause acute pain of the teeth, gums, or other areas in or around the mouth require immediate treatment for pain relief and overall oral health. The most common dental emergency is pulpitis, commonly known as a toothache. Pulpitis is usually caused by dental caries (tooth decay) and is an inflammation of infected dental pulp tissue. Pulpitis is treated usually by a root canal or a tooth extraction.

Other situations, such as a misplaced crown or bridge affect the integrity of your mouth and sometimes cause pain. If you have lost a crown, bridge, or other dental device, then it’s important to get urgent care to repair it.

Whether you’re suffering from oral pain or need a dental device repaired, The Dental Center at Easton is the convenient choice for all your urgent care needs. Don’t wait another day to get the care and treatment that you need right away! Contact The Dental Center today for urgent care.