Choosing the Dental Clinic that’s Right for You

Sep 29th, 2017
Easton Dentists Oct 9th, 2017

Whether it’s time for your yearly checkup and cleaning or you’re experiencing pain and discomfort and need to get to the dentist right away, you’ll want to choose the clinic that’s right for you. Choosing the right clinic involves many considerations, but we’ve outlined two of the most important considerations below.

1. What is the quality of the care you will receive?
This is an extremely important question to ask yourself when you are comparing dental clinics. Your dental health is intimately related to your overall health and you need to make certain that you will receive quality care. Of course, it can be difficult to compare the quality of care at dental practices you have never visited, but it’s worth the effort. We recommend asking friends and family members for recommendations. Or, you might want to check online comments and ratings to see how past patients feel about the clinics you are considering.

2. Is it covered by your insurance?
Dental procedures can be costly, so it’s important to choose a clinic that will accept your dental insurance. If you do not have dental insurance, you’ll need to compare prices and find the clinic that is most affordable for you.

At The Dental Clinic at Easton, our patients are always satisfied with their care and our prices. We work hard to earn glowing recommendations and to live up to the standards of our long-time patients.

3 New Dental Techniques That Could Spell the End of the Drill

Sep 29th, 2017
Easton Dentists Oct 9th, 2017

The drill might be on its way out. This is likely welcome news for anyone who has ever had to sit through a drilling at their dentist’s office because drilling can be painful and the sound can be extremely unsettling. Luckily for anyone who may be dreading their next visit to the dentists, three replacement techniques have recently been introduced, and a fourth should be available to the public soon.

The most common alternative to the drill is air abrasion. This involves shooting a stream of fine grit at the damaged tooth. The stream of grit works to remove the damaged portion of the tooth without causing the patient any pain and without the dreaded noise of the drill.
Another alternative to the drill is a gel called Carisolv. The gel is incredibly effective and easy to use. A dentist simply rubs in on a decaying tooth and waits. The gel acts to remove the decaying portion of the tooth without harming the healthy part.

Lasers are another possible alternative to drills. They are highly effective, but, unfortunately, their extraordinarily high cost will likely prevent them from becoming a common dentists’ tool, at least in the near future.

Air abrasion, Carisolv, and lasers are effective replacements for some of a drill’s duties, but cannot be used for fillings. That’s where the newest invention comes in. Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER) is a tooth-rebuilding technique that was developed at King’s College London and may spell the end for traditional fillings in coming years. The process involves the use of a small electric current to push minerals into the damaged area of a tooth that would normally require a filling. EAER is not yet available to the public, but it is extremely promising and dentists are hopeful that it will become widely available soon.

The dentists at The Dental Center at Easton are committed to providing our patients the most up to date, quality care possible and we’re hopeful that all of the aforementioned technological advances will soon be widely available to dental patients in the United States.

Porcelain or Gold?

Aug 30th, 2017
Easton Dentists Sep 11th, 2017

When you need a crown, your main focus is probably getting it as quickly as possible so you can get back to chewing and smiling with confidence. Before you rush into the procedure, however, you may want to consider which crown material is right for you. The choice usually comes down to porcelain or gold.

Gold is frequently the material of choice for crowns on the back teeth. Gold is a popular choice because it requires few alterations to the tooth it is placed over and is very compatible with teeth and mouths in general. Gold is, however, typically limited to the back teeth because, of course, it won’t blend in very well with the rest of your smile.

Porcelain tends to be the material of choice for more prominently displayed teeth because it will not stand out from the rest of your teeth. There are, however, some drawbacks to selecting porcelain over gold. For one, installing a porcelain crown requires removing a great deal of the original tooth. In addition, porcelain is much more likely to fracture than gold.

Choosing the right material for your crown can be difficult, but, at The Dental Center, we’ll help you make the choice that is best for your unique dental needs. In addition, we’ll be with you every step of the way and we guarantee you’ll be impressed with the ease and comfort of our crown-installation process.

The Dental Care Gap

Aug 30th, 2017
Easton Dentists Sep 11th, 2017

When they find themselves in severe pain, uninsured individuals tend to wind up in local emergency rooms. If their pain is caused by a broken bone or a ruptured appendix, they’ll receive the care they need immediately. On the other hand, if their pain is the result of rotting teeth and dental abscesses, they’ll receive little care. They may be given a pill for the pain or an antibiotic to fight the infection, but that’s it.

These individuals will then be sent home and forced to seek out their own dental care. Often, this means painstakingly saving money for months, taking loans they won’t be able to pay back, or waiting for an annual free clinic to come to town. As they postpone the care they cannot afford, these individuals are forced to live in agony for weeks, and even months, at a time. In addition, this wait can allow dental problems to worsen and can pose serious health risks.

Many people out there believe it is immoral to allow the poor to live in agony simply because they cannot afford dental procedures. Dental insurance should be provided for everyone who cannot realistically afford it on their own.

At The Dental Center, we’re committed to supporting increases in affordable dental insurance, but are still waiting for members of the government to step up to the plate. Instead, we’re taking action everyday to help uninsured individuals get the dental care they need. Through his work with the Dental OPTIONS program, Dr. Gilmer is actively improving the lives of the neediest members of his community.

 

 

Learn How To Get Child To Brush Teeth And Still Have Fun

Jul 20th, 2017
Easton Dentists Jul 20th, 2017

If you have a young child, there’s no doubt, getting them to brush their teeth can sometimes be quite challenging. The trick to getting little ones to brush their teeth regularly is to make it a fun activity. If you want to learn how to get child to brush teeth, you need to get into the mindset of the child. Standing there brushing their teeth can be boring to a small child, so turn it into a fun and exciting adventure.

You might be surprised, but many dentists recommend cleaning your child’s gums, before they even get their first tooth. Of course, it won’t be long before that first tooth appears, once that happens, it’s even more important to make sure you establish good dental hygiene habits. There are special brushes made just for babies and toddlers. For example, you can get a small brush with soft bristles, but you can also find a rubber tip that you put on the end of your finger; it has little silicone nubs that can gently clean baby’s teeth and gums. This is an easy way to make sure that you don’t accidentally poke your child when brushing their teeth.

You should also choose a toothpaste made for little ones. Remember, they won’t be able to rinse and spit out the toothpaste, so you’ll need something without fluoride. Of course, this baby/toddler toothpaste also tastes good; certainly, a benefit in getting the kids to brush.

Once your child is old enough to brush on their own, they should have a good idea how to do it; however, if they need a refresher, turn it into a game. One game many kids love is to pretend to look for hidden treasure, they open wide as you excitedly exclaim that you have found a unicorn or other fun treasure your child enjoys. As you discover each treasure the tooth brush goes in for a brushing. You can also sing songs, when a particular song is done, your child knows they are finished brushing.

Tips For Eating With Dentures

Jul 20th, 2017
Easton Dentists Jul 20th, 2017

Dentures, like bifocals or wrinkles, are often seen as an inevitable part of the aging process, and eating with dentures can be a challenge for many people at first. The following tips can help to make the transition to wearing dentures easier.

The easiest way to feel comfortable eating with your dentures is to start off with a liquid diet, including soup, apple juice, purees, broth, scrambled eggs and cooked cereal until you are ready to move on to more solid foods. However, at first, you should cut any solid food into smaller and more manageable pieces. Your dentures should be more stable and therefore more comfortable, if you try to distribute food evenly on both sides of your mouth when chewing.

You may find that some foods taste different at first when eating with dentures, although this should improve over time. Your dentures mean that you won’t be able to accurately tell if food or liquid is extremely hot, so be extra careful with hot foods. You should also make a point of not holding liquid in your mouth longer than necessary before swallowing it; this can actually loosen your dentures. Try to take small bites, chew slowly and not gulp your food down.

Although you should be able to eat just about anything while wearing dentures, be careful when eating crusty breads, cereals, chewing gum, peanut butter, foods with small seeds, and sticky or hard candy. In general, try to avoid foods that are extremely sticky or chewy, or very hard, although denture adhesive can be useful for eating certain foods. Over 40 million Americans of all ages wear dentures, and if you are just joining them, it is important to understand that your life as you know it isn’t over – it may just take a little adjusting to.

5 Basic Mouth Maintenance Tips To Remember

Jun 30th, 2017
Easton Dentists Jul 11th, 2017

You maintain your car, but do you maintain your mouth? Here are five basic mouth maintenance tips to remember.

Brushing and Flossing

Regular brushing and flossing does more than just eliminate bad breath and keep your teeth gleaming. This is according to a 2006 study commissioned by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Medical Association (AMA). The study revealed some surprising benefits of regular brushing. For instance, regular brushing and flossing can prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), promote weight loss, boost memory among senior citizens and prevent pregnancy gingivitis. Moreover, a 2011 British study established a link between gum disease and erectile dysfunction (ED), which means regular brushing and flossing could prevent ED.

Eating Healthy

The America Dental Association (ADA) says that high-sugar foods are bad for your oral health because they promote plaque buildup in the mouth, which eventually causes tooth decay. Examples of such foods include and sugary snacks and junk food. Additionally, such foods typically lack certain nutrients that promote oral health by fighting dental infections. For these reasons, your diet should consist of foods from each of the five major food groups. Examples of foods that promote good oral health include celery, apples, yogurt, almonds, carrots, leafy greens and cheese.

Avoid Sugary Drinks

Sweetened beverages are among the leading dietary causes of tooth decay, according to Colgate. Specifically, these drinks provide the harmful bacteria in the mouth with sugar. The bacteria use the sugar to produce energy and in the process release acid as a byproduct. The acid ultimately causes myriad dental problems including plaque buildup, enamel erosion, dental cavities and halitosis. For these reasons, you should avoid sweetened and carbonated beverages, including “sugar-free” soda.

Dental Sealants

Made of plastic materials, dental sealants cover the chewing (occlusal) surfaces of permanent molars and premolars, which appear at age six or thereabout. In essence, they protect the back teeth from dental problems including dental caries and tooth decay.

Fluoridated Toothpaste

Fluoride strengthens the enamel, making it less susceptible to tooth decay. For this reason, you should brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste. Equally important, ensure you use the right amount of toothpaste — a pea-sized amount should be sufficient.

Conclusion

Dental sealants, fluoridated toothpaste and eating healthy promote good oral hygiene. Additionally, you should brush/floss regularly and avoid sweetened drinks.

Warning Signs Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Jun 30th, 2017
Easton Dentists Jul 11th, 2017

Impacted wisdom teeth are among the most painful and disruptive oral health issues anyone could experience. The pain associated with this condition is typically enough to highlight that something is wrong. However, identifying the problem as early as possible is essential. Below are some warning signs of impacted wisdom teeth:

Puffy Jaw

The initial swelling may be hard to notice; however, it will progressively increase and start to affect chewing motions and how wide your mouth can open.

Consistent Pain at the Sites

This condition could result in a pulsating pain radiating from the sites where the teeth should surface. If the condition worsens, the pain could spread to nearby teeth.

Cysts

Cysts are glaring indications that professional dental care is required. When your wisdom teeth become impacted, a sac could become filled with fluid. This could be quite painful and spread infections to adjacent teeth.

Aching Gums

Impacted wisdom teeth could result in your gums becoming extremely swollen and tender to the touch. In fact, bleeding could start if pressure is applied to the swollen areas. This could cause brushing, flossing and other everyday dental care practices to become tremendously painful. Additionally, impacted wisdom teeth are especially vulnerable to infection; therefore, gum disease could become a real possibility.

Headaches

The abrupt presence of headaches, particularly when combined with other impacted wisdom teeth symptoms, should not be overlooked. A headache could be caused from the temporomandibular joint. This is the area where your jaw and skull meet — the site where the wisdom teeth typically emerge.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, please call (614) 414-0111 or log on to http://www.eastondentists.com/ immediately. The experienced experts at Easton Dentists will be happy to help. Only professional dental care can alleviate these symptoms. Any delay could result in spreading infection and worsening the condition.

Toothbrush Do’s And Don’ts

May 31st, 2017
Easton Dentists May 31st, 2017

Practice better hygiene by taking better care of your toothbrush! Here are a couple important toothbrush Do’s and Don’ts:

Do: Change it Every Three Months.

Once the bristles on your toothbrush start to soften and fray, it’s time to replace it because it will no longer clean your teeth thoroughly. It’s also a good idea to keep an extra toothbrush in your medicine cabinet so you won’t have to take the time out of your day to go buy a new one each time. Children’s toothbrushes should be replaced every two months on average. After each time you brush, be sure to store your toothbrush upright to allow the bristles to dry quickly, and it should always be kept away from the sink or toilet to avoid contamination. When you travel, make sure your toothbrush is completely dry before packing it.

Don’t: Leave Your Toothbrush Exposed to Germs

One of the easiest ways to avoid contamination is to let it completely dry because bacteria can’t grow or survive on dry bristles. Don’t place a wet toothbrush in a closed container because harmful germs can get trapped in that enclosed space. Don’t allow different toothbrushes to touch, which can also increase the chances of contamination. Sharing toothbrushes with anyone else is never a good idea, and the best way to clean each one is to rinse thoroughly in cold water. Don’t clean your toothbrush by placing it in a hot dishwasher because it can damage the bristles, and also don’t soak it in mouthwash or any similar type of disinfectant. While it may seem like a good way to kill bacteria, mouthwash can increase the chances of introducing harsh chemicals to your mouth. It’s also important to use proper brushing technique in a gentle circular motion over each of your teeth, particularly if you have more sensitive gums. Finally, don’t forget to pick up a new pack of dental floss each time you replace your toothbrush.

Most Commonly Asked Dental Questions

May 31st, 2017
Easton Dentists May 31st, 2017

Adults should visit the dentist twice a year irrespective of whether they have dental problems or not, the American Dental Association (ADA) explains. Additionally, you should start booking dental appointments for your baby once your baby’s first tooth erupts, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends. With that in mind, here are some of the most commonly asked dental questions:

How Do I Prevent Dental Problems?

You can easily prevent dental problems such as cavities, gingivitis and halitosis by eating healthy and observing good dental hygiene practices including flossing, brushing your teeth twice a day and visiting your dentist twice a year. Additionally, you should avoid chewing or smoking tobacco.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity or root sensitivity occurs when the enamel wears down, thereby exposing the dentin area of the tooth, which contains microscopic canals that connect to the dental nerves. The condition is typically characterized by dental discomfort or pain when cold, hot, sticky or acidic items touch the exposed nerves. Some of the things that could erode the crown and leave the dentin unprotected include acidic foods, aggressive brush, grinding teeth during sleep, tooth-whitening chemicals, excessive plaque, fractured/cracked teeth and orthodontics procedures. It is worth noting that most people will likely experience tooth sensitivity at some point in their lives because studies show that about four out of five people develop gum recession before reaching age 65. Gum recession exposes the dentin area.

How can I Change the Shape of My Teeth?

You can change the shape of your teeth using orthodontics techniques and devices including dental bonding, re-contouring, veneers and crowns. It is worth noting that orthodontics procedures typically vary in terms of cost, duration of the procedure, recovery time, and results. Because of this, you should consult an orthodontist before undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Conclusion

The three dental questions and answers discussed above can help you maintain good oral health.