April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April 9th, 2014

One life is lost every hour of every day of every year to oral and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and throat).  This disease used to predominately affect people over the ago of 50 who were heavy drinkers and smokers. More recently, these diseases are detected more frequently in younger people who neither smoke nor drink.

Early detection is key with cancers of the mouth and throat, through oral cancer examinations. A regular exam, performed by your dentist regularly, can catch signs of oral cancer before it’s too late.  Catching and treating cancer early can ultimately lead to a complete recovery. In addition to regular exams, part of early detection includes contacting your dentist if you have any of the following symptoms that persist for longer than 2 weeks:

  • A lingering sore or irritation
  • Pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or lips
  • Difficulty speaking, chewing, or swallowing
  • Difficulty moving your jaw
  • Red or white patches in your mouth
  • A change in your bite when your mouth is closed

April is the perfect time to take action in preventing oral cancer. Contact the dentists at The Dental Center today to schedule an appointment for an oral cancer examination. Remember – early detection can save your life!

How To Find A Columbus, Ohio Dentist

April 4th, 2014

One of the most important things to consider when you’re choosing a Columbus, Ohio dentist for you and your family is how comfortable you feel with that person.

Is explaining your symptoms and asking questions easy for you? Does it feel as though the dentist is truly listening to your concerns and understands your questions?

Dr. Gilmer has over 10 years of experience in family dentistry and is committed to providing professional, advanced dental care to his patients of all ages. He listens to your concerns.

Columbus, Ohio Dentist & The Dental Center

Now you can feel comfortable expressing your fears or anxiety with a doctor who treats every patient like family. With an emphasis on preventative care for the patient’s lifetime, our complete list of dental services caters to each patient.  From routine cleanings and emergency visits to complete smile transformations and restorative dentistry, we utilize the latest dental techniques to give our patients the most innovative services.

Our beautiful office is designed with your comfort in mind. By uniting a calm atmosphere with innovative technology, we have created a place where each of our patients receives the quality care they need and deserve – in the most efficient manner. That’s why we’re one of the Columbus, Ohio dentist providers.

From the moment you walk in our front door, our team will make you feel comfortable, cared for and welcome. Our state-of-the art facility has the latest certified equipment, so we can offer you the most advanced treatment options.

 

Flexible Columbus, Ohio Dentist Appointments

The Dental Center at Easton Town Center strives to deliver lifetime care to the Columbus area, because we believe that oral health is an integral piece to your overall health. But sometimes finding a Columbus, Ohio dentist that meets your schedule isn’t always easy.

Our philosophy is to provide care that will be in your best interest now, and in the years to come, so you have a smile that will last a lifetime working your schedule, not ours. That’s what makes life easy choosing your next Columbus, Ohio dentist.

We welcome you to make The Dental Center your first choice in dentistry for your family. We are currently accepting new patients now. Make an appointment today by calling (614) 414-0111. Read more about scheduling your next Columbus Ohio dentist appointment.columbus ohio dentist

Time to Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment

March 27th, 2014

Time to Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment

Along with brushing and flossing twice a day, the American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months. Regular visits to the dentists are an essential part of maintaining good dental health. During your checkup appointment, your dentist (or dental hygienist) will evaluate gum health, examine your head and neck to check for abnormalities, and examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies. Here’s what you can expect at your next regular dental exam:

Head and Neck Examination

During the head and neck examination, your dentist will:

  • Evaluating face and neck, to look for anything out of the ordinary
  • Checking out lymph nodes
  • Examining your lower jaw joint movement

Clinical Dental Examination

The assessment of tooth and gum health is performed next. During this phase, your dentist will:

  • Examine the Gums and Tongue
  • Check for signs of gum disease and loose teeth
  • Take any oral X-Rays that might be needed
  • Check for any broken teeth or fillings
  • Check for signs of tooth decay

Dental Cleaning

The last part of the dental visit consists of cleaning your teeth. This includes:

  • Removing plaque and tarter from your teeth
  • Polishing teeth and flossing between teeth
  • Reviewing a proper dental hygiene regimen for you.

Remember, regular brushing and flossing aren’t enough to ensure good dental health. Contact The Dental Center today at (614) 414-0111 to set up your next appointment and be on your way to a healthier smile!

 

Foods That Make Your Mouth Happy

March 21st, 2014

As we all know, our diet has a significant impact on our health. But did you know that there are several foods that are particularly beneficial to encouraging good dental health?

1. Salt: We are usually told that sodium is not good for us. However, it can be used as a natural remedy to treat gum inflammation. Add salt to warm water and swish it around in your mouth to reduce inflammation by osmosis, and also to kill some bacteria.

2. Cranberries: These tart berries aren’t just for Thanksgiving! This fruit provides 13.3mg of vitamin C in a 1 cup serving, which is important for collagen synthesis. Studies show that cranberries may also prevent bacteria from using adhesion molecules to hold onto your teeth. Cranberries also disrupt the formation of glucan (sugar polymers in plaque). Experts believe this discovery could be revolutionary for the future of dental care.

3. Honey: This sweet, natural syrup contains hydrogen peroxide, which has antibacterial components. Manuka honey from New Zealand contains the greatest concentration of antibacterial properties. A 2010 study compared the effects of this honey to that of xylitol chewing gum and found that Manuka honey reduced plaque better than xylitol!

Regular dental examines are an important part of good dental care. Call The Dental Center today to make your appointment!

Easy Fix for Better Brushing

March 7th, 2014

If you’re already brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you’re in great shape in terms of  practicing good dental hygiene. But did you know there a couple of simple steps that you can add to your daily brushing routine to boost the health of your teeth even more? These two tips are so simple that they will easily fit into your daily brushing regimen!

1. Next time you brush your teeth, start in a different place. If you typically start on the lower left-hand side of your mouth, try starting on the upper right-hand side.

2. Start in a different place every single time that you brush your teeth. When you start brushing in a different spot each time, it prevents any area from being neglected. Areas of the mouth that are neglected tend to develop bacteria that can build up and produce acid that eats away at your teeth.

Next time you go to brush, remember the easiest way to a healthier mouth is to start brushing somewhere different each time. Contact The Dental Center today to make an appointment and get professional advice on maintaining great dental health!

Hollywood Teeth Are Too White

February 21st, 2014

When we go 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 recent 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. Is it 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!

How to Check for Bad Breath in a Pinch

February 18th, 2014

Everyone fears having bad breath in that important interview or on a date with someone special. A quick way to self-check for bad breath is by licking your wrist, waiting 10 seconds then smelling the spot you licked.

The most prevalent causes of bad breath are odor-omitting bacteria living on the back of the tongue, below the gumline, and in the pockets created by gum disease between teeth and the gums. The bacteria that grow on your tongue produce malodorous compounds and fatty acids that produce a foul smell. Gum disease can also produce an oppressive odor.

There are several options to prevent bad breath. Cleaning your tongue at least twice a day will help prevent odor-causing bacteria from building up. Flossing is also essential in keeping breath smelling great. Flossing removes trapped food particles from between your teeth that cause odor. A dry mouth is more likely to omit an odor; chewing sugar-free gum will help to keep your mouth moist. It may seem obvious, but brushing your teeth at lease twice a day will help keep your mouth clean and fresh.

Having a healthy mouth is of the utmost importance and the key to keeping breath smelling great. Regular cleanings and appointments with your dentist will keep your mouth in good health! The dental experts at The Dental Center can help you achieve optimal dental health.

3 Tips for Fresh Breath

February 11th, 2014

In both business and your personal life there is only one chance to make a first impression. Bad breath doesn’t have to be a part of someone’s first perception of you. Try the following 3 tips to always be confident that your breath is smelling great!

1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss, and scrape your tongue. Bad breath is caused by a dirty mouth, as bacteria develops from food particles trapped in your teeth. Keeping your mouth clean is vital to having good breath.
2. Drink plenty of water. Dryness is a cause of bad breath, and drinking water will help keep your mouth moist. Water also aids in keeping your mouth clean by flushing odor-causing debris out from between your teeth.
3. Chewing xylitol gum inhibits odor caused by bacteria. Bacteria thrives on sugar and breaks down into acids; these acids can make your breath smell unappealing. Xylitol is a sugar alternative that can’t be broken down by bacteria, which means that your breath will only have the scent of your gum.

Having fresh breath ultimately comes from practicing good oral hygiene. Call the experts at The Dental Center today to schedule an appointment!

A Brief Explanation of Inflammation and How It Affects Your Health

February 5th, 2014

When most people hear the word “inflammation” they think of joint inflammation. However, one of the most problematic places to have inflammation is in the mouth. Dan Sindelar, D.M.D., explains in his blog Oral Health: The Tipping Point of Healthcare that “inflammation is the body’s response to bacteria, virus, and injury.” Chronic inflammation associated with oral bacteria poses serious risks to your overall health.

Sindelar compares dental inflammation to having a fire in the kitchen of a house (where most residential fires start). Think of inflammation like fire. The flames from a kitchen fire can easily spread throughout the home, burning it to the ground. Your mouth is like a kitchen. If it is exposed to a constant source of inflammation (fire), both the cause of inflammation and your body’s response itself to the inflammation spread throughout your system. When bacteria are spread throughout your body it can cause heart disease, arthritis, pancreatic disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Having good health means having good dental health, and the only way to have good dental health is to keep up good dental hygiene and see your dentist regularly. The Dental Center is currently accepting new patients. Call today to book your appointment and be on your way to better overall health!

What to Do When You Develop a Cold Sore

January 31st, 2014

Cold sores are unattractive and painful, but there are some viable prescription and over-the-counter remedies to help expedite the healing process. In his blog, Dr. Robert G. Tupac, D.D.S., F.A.C.P., suggests using antiviral medications if the cold sore is caught early or if you are prone to them. These medications include acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), and valacyclovir (Valtrex) and can be prescribed by your dentist.

Lidocaine and benzocaine (commonly known as Zilactin) are topical ointments that can be purchased at your local drugstore without a prescription. Never use more than the recommended dosage or on children younger than age two without doctor’s direction.

Over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, Tylenol, or Advil help alleviate pain and discomfort. If you choose not to take any type of oral medications, placing ice or a warm compress on the blister may offer some relief. Dr. Tupac stresses that the most important thing to remember about treating cold sores is to let them heal and not squeeze, pinch, or pick at any sore.

If you have a cold sore that will not heal or is causing you significant discomfort, seek treatment from a dental expert immediately.