Your Child’s First Visit To The Dentist

Feb 27th, 2022
Easton Dentists Mar 29th, 2022

Imagining that your kid is at the dentist might bring up troubling thoughts, but going to the dentist does not have to be a bad experience. Your child’s first trip can go well if you know what to expect.


What to Expect From Your Child’s Dentist

Good dental specialists, like Easton Dentists, recommend that your child visits the dentist when he or she grows that first tooth, which is usually around 6-12 months of age. But some people take their children when they are a little older.

Now, some parents fear that the first trip to dentist will be traumatizing and could linger in the child’s mind for some time. Do not fret about this; the first visit is usually quick and uneventful. What the dentist wants to do is get to know your child and develop a relationship.

Your dentist may ask you to stay with your kid and hold him or her during the quick, oral examination. The oral specialist will look for bite issues or cavities. Your kid’s teeth will likely be cleaned, too.

You and your child will be taught how to properly brush teeth during this visit. You may even get a few additional oral care tips such as foods to avoid.

There might come a time when your dentist will ask you to wait in the lobby for a minute; this will allow your child to get to know the dentist.

A Few Tips to Make the Visit Successful

Consider the following tips:

–Talk about the visit without making the dentist sound scary.
–Try to learn how to properly brush your teeth with your kid using fun activities that you might find online; you can compare this with what your oral specialist teaches you.
–Make a list of things your kid wonders about regarding his or her teeth.

You should also call the dentist before visiting for additional tips for this special visit. Hopefully, knowing a little more about your kid’s visit might make this a positive experience for everyone.

Is Cosmetic Bonding For You?

Jan 8th, 2022
Easton Dentists Feb 1st, 2022

For years, people have worked diligently to achieve the perfect smile.  Brushing and flossing are the obvious measures that should be taken but many people have found that more permanent measures are needed to whiten and brighten their smiles.

While porcelain veneers are a good and viable option for a variety of patients, they may not be perfect for everyone.  Likewise, caps and crowns work in some instances but every patient is different and so every treatment must be different.  For patients looking for an alternative to veneers and crowns, cosmetic bonding may be the route to go.

Cosmetic bonding is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed by very talented cosmetic dentists.  The process is typically painless and can do anything from whiten a smile to repairing the superficial imperfections of a smile.

  1. The outside of the tooth is given a rough surface.  This new roughness will make it easier for the new material to be applied to the tooth.
  2. The cosmetic dentist will apply a resin or dental grade plastic to the rough surface of the tooth.  More layers of material will be added until the tooth matches the surrounding teeth in general shape.
  3. A high-intensity light will be shined on the material.  This light will harden it and give the material the same basic toughness of a natural tooth.
  4. Finally, the dentist will shape the new material.  This process will ensure that the cosmetic bonding matches in color and shape to the surrounding teeth.

After the cosmetic bonding is completed, the tooth will look, feel, and perform just as any other tooth.  Even care for a cosmetic bonding is simple.  Patients with a cosmetic bonding need only to floss and brush as normal, basically treating the cosmetic bonding as the rest of their teeth.  If you have more questions about cosmetic bonding, give our Columbus, Ohio office a call today.

Holiday Treats That Can Lead to Unhealthy Teeth

Dec 18th, 2021
Easton Dentists Jan 2nd, 2022

Christmas is almost here which means sugary treats are everywhere.  Although it’s hard to turn down that delicious holiday cookie grandma just baked, we want to remind you about the effects sweets can have on your oral health.  Here are four of the most common treats we suggest to eat and drink in moderation during the holiday season:

Holiday Cookies – It’s enticing to grab one of those delicious holiday cookies that always seem to be available and laying around.  Before you reach for the second or third, it’s important to remember the amount of sugar each cookie contains and the amount of damage it can have on your teeth.

Holiday Drinks – There are a number of seasonal beverages like hot chocolate, eggnog, and warm apple ciders that are perfect for the holidays and make you feel warm inside.  Whenever you decide to drink one of these sugary drinks, try to keep it to only one cup or a small serving.  After you’ve finished, make sure to drink a glass of water afterward to help wash out some of the sugar residue and protect your teeth.

Candy Canes – This minty treat can cause a couple of negative effects on your teeth.  The prolonged amount of time these take to dissolve in your mouth leaves sugars lingering.  Also the hard and sticky structure makes it temping to bite, which could crack a tooth.

Caramels – Caramels are sticky treats that you find yourself chewing forever.  Even after you’ve finished, there always seems to be some lingering caramel left in your teeth.  The amount of sugar that is in a caramel treat can negatively affect your oral health.

All of these holiday temptations have a main ingredient, sugar.  We all know that sugar is bad for oral health because it mixes with bacteria on your teeth and will produce acid that erodes tooth enamel.  When you are enjoying these holiday sweets, just remember to keep your teeth in mind and try to take counter actions.  Make sure you are bushing twice daily and flossing regularly.  Also after your indulging, try to squeeze in an extra brush to remove the lingering sugar to keep your smile vibrant.  Everyone here at Easton Dentists wishes you all a happy and healthy holiday!

Use your Dental Care Insurance by the End of the Year

Dec 15th, 2021
Easton Dentists Jan 2nd, 2022

As 2021 winds down there are many things to prepare for.  Before you know it, all your Halloween candy will be long gone, your Thanksgiving turkey will be little more than a fond memory, the Holiday Season will have passed, your New Year’s resolution will be giving you trouble, and your dental care insurance will have gone another year without being used to its fullest.

Most dental care insurance plans’ yearly maximum coverage expires on the first of the year making you start from scratch when you finally decide to get the annoyingly painful toothache taken care of.  If you set your dental appointment now, you’ll get all your tooth-related needs taken care of before the end of the year, which, in turn, will give you a clean slate in 2013 should any unexpected dental problems arise.  You have already paid for your insurance; you may as well get the most use out of it.

In addition to the money you could be saving by making an appointment before the end of the year, think of the pain you could be saving yourself from.  Dental problems, like just about every other kind of problem, only get worse when left untreated.  A sore tooth today could lead all kinds of issues down the road.  Waiting to get a dental problem taken care of has never been better than actually taking care of a dental problem.  Don’t let a general apathy toward going to the dentist get in the way of your overall health.

While often overused, the phrase ‘use it or lose it’ really comes into play when talking about your dental insurance deductible.  If you don’t take full advantage of your dental care insurance this year, you can’t take it with you into next year.  Use your insurance and your teeth and wallet will thank you.

If you aren’t absolutely positive where you stand with your insurance or how much your deductible is, call your dentist.  They’ll be more than happy to work with you to make sure you and your teeth stay in good health.

Trouble Thinking? Maybe it's Your Teeth

Nov 16th, 2021
Easton Dentists Jan 2nd, 2022

Though it may seem odd, good oral care such as regular brushing, flossing and trips to the dentist, may help aging adults keep their thinking skills intact, according to a U.S. study. Research has already established an association between poor oral health and heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York found that gum disease could also influence brain function through several mechanisms, such as causing inflammation throughout the body, which is a risk factor for loss of mental function. The study also found that adults with the highest levels of this pathogen were two times more likely to fail three-digit reverse subtraction tests.

The study, reported in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, was based on more than 2,350 men and women who were tested for periodontitis and completed numerous thinking skills tests as part of a national survey.

Overall 5.7 percent of the adults had trouble completing certain memory tasks, 6.5 percent had impaired delayed recall, and 22.1 percent had trouble with serial subtractions.

But those with the levels of the pathogen were nearly three times more likely to struggle with the verbal memory tests, and twice as likely to fail on both delayed verbal recall and subtraction tests.

“Although the results are preliminary, they suggest that further exploration of relationships between oral health and cognition is warranted,” they concluded, “Although results presented here are preliminary and inconclusive, a growing body of evidence supports exploration of a possible association between poor oral health and incident dementia.”

Trick or Treat!

Oct 10th, 2021
Easton Dentists Nov 3rd, 2021

It is that time of the year when stores are setting out treats and costumes, so it’s a guarantee you’re already thinking about the mountains of candy that come with true start of the Halloween season.  Protecting your teeth during this time of year is critical, so here are a few tips and tricks to prepare you and your family for Candypalooza 2014.

  1. Brush!

This is something you may already do multiple times during the day.  If you don’t, you really should.  Brushing your teeth after consuming gooey and sticky foods and candy will help cut down on the build up that hides on your gums during the day.  The trick is to wait 30 minutes after eating that candy to brush.  The acidity from the candy can soften your enamel and if you don’t allow adequate time, you may find yourself brushing your enamel away.

  1. Floss!

Flossing your teeth after eating those delicious chocolate bars will get the remaining candy out of those places your brush can’t reach.  This will help prevent gum disease and gingivitis.

  1. Use Mouthwash!

Grab that mouthwash and swish a rinse.  It will add to that freshly brushed sensation and move build up right out.

  1. Give out fruits and veggies instead of candy!

While it might not seem as much fun to hand out fruit instead of candy, it’s infinitely better for the little trick-or-treaters tromping around your neighborhood hoarding the sugary stuff.  Buying pre-packaged apple slices or carrots will run your costs a smidge higher but parents are certain to thank you for not adding to their child’s imminent sugar rush.

Your Columbus dentist wants your smile to sparkle this holiday season and adhering to the usual standards will surely keep you smiling.

Halloween Candy – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Oct 1st, 2021
Easton Dentists Nov 3rd, 2021

We understand, it’s Halloween, and you are surrounded by candy.  You want to eat all the candy.   But let’s try to keep our health and smiles in mind when we go digging into those pumpkin baskets for the sugar and the chocolate.  To have your cake and eat it too, it’s best to pace yourself and skip over some of the worst options.

THE GOOD

  1. Dark Chocolate – Chocolate does contain a lot of sugar but many studies show that the antioxidants in dark chocolate are actually good for the heart and may lower blood pressure.  As long as you’re eating it in moderation.

  1. Sugar-free Lollipops and hard candies – These yummy snacks actually stimulate saliva which prevents dry mouth.  Dry mouth allows plaque to build up which can lead to an increased risk of cavities.

  1. Sugar-free gum – In addition to increasing saliva, gum can dislodge food particles from teeth which can help prevent cavities.

THE BAD

  1. Sugary Snacks – Halloween favorites like candy corn contain a huge amount of sugar which leads to tooth decay.

  1. Chewy Sweets – Gummy candies are delicious but the remains gets stuck in your teeth and are a serious source of tooth decay.

  1. Sticky Sweets – Dried fruits may seem like a healthy choice to hand out for Halloween but as with chewy sweets, these fruits stick to your teeth and make it very hard for saliva to wash remains away.  Fresh fruits are the way to go if you’re going with the alternative route.

THE UGLY

  1. Sour Candies – Did you guess this one?  Sour candies tend to be on the most overlooked candies on the danger list.  These candies have high levels of acid which can break down tooth enamel very quickly.  That immediate response your mouth has to produce a lot of saliva is a good thing – saliva restores the natural balance of acid in your mouth.

This Halloween, remember that moderation is key.  Enjoy those sweets but make sure you’re taking good care of your teeth all year.  Schedule your cleaning appointment with Easton Dentist in Columbus today and we’ll make sure you stay on track.

Amalgam Or Porcelain Fillings: Which Is Best For You?

Sep 22nd, 2021
Easton Dentists Oct 2nd, 2021

If your cavities are being filled during your next dental appointment, you need to consider your options. Among the choices are the traditional metal amalgam fillings and their modern porcelain counterparts. Getting up to speed on these 2 types of fillings will make it easier to choose one that’s suitable for your case.

Amalgam Fillings

This type of filling has been around for quite long, and is easily distinguishable thanks to its silvery color. Amalgam fillings are made using a mixture of metals. Most of them typically contain zinc, copper, tin and about 50% mercury. While the fillings are among the more affordable and long-lasting options, they’re marred by a handful of drawbacks.

Ceramic Fillings

Also known as ceramic fillings, these are the most widely used today. They are made by filling a methacrylate matrix with tiny porcelain particles, with the latter accounting for 80% of each filling’s content. The material used to cover the cavity is usually formed in a special lab.

Amalgam Fillings vs Porcelain Fillings

Because most insurers don’t fully cover the cost of ceramic fillings, they tend to be pricier than their amalgam counterparts. But as earlier mentioned, the latter option has quite a number of setbacks. The more notable of these include:

-Amalgam fillings are highly prone to temperature fluctuations. The filling weakens the tooth’s structure as it expands and contracts, and this could potentially cause it to crack.

-As time goes by, the silver color starts to darken. This diminishes the aesthetic appeal of one’s smile.

-While the level of mercury in amalgam fillings is certified as safe for people over the age of 6, it’s still a cause for concern.

Not only are ceramic fillings a good mercury-free alternative, but they also offer other benefits as well:

-Since ceramic fillings are made based on a scan of the patient’s teeth, they can be shaped to cover the cavities perfectly.

-Each filling is obtained from a homogeneous ceramic cube. As such, porcelain fillings maintain their size and shape, temperature changes notwithstanding.

-The insertion of ceramic fillings only requires a small space. This translates to less drilling, which in turn means patients are able to keep more of the healthy part(s) of their teeth.

-Porcelain fillings are less prone to discoloration. This, combined with the fact that they can be matched to the natural color of one’s teeth, adds up to a more aesthetically-pleasing result.

You can now see why ceramic fillings are the best option for your teeth. In recent times, manufacturers have developed superior composite materials for the construction of porcelain fillings. You can thus find quality ceramic fillings that are much more resilient when compared to their metal predecessors.

Choose The Best Tooth Whitening Method

Sep 22nd, 2021
Easton Dentists Oct 2nd, 2021

There are several different types of teeth whitening methods. You should always consult a dentist in Columbus, Ohio before using any in-home or over-the-counter solution for whitening your teeth. Everyone is not the right candidate for every whitening method. Following are the well known methods for whitening teeth.

Over-The-Counter Solutions
The simplest of these solutions are toothpastes specially made for whitening teeth. Most of these toothpastes can be used for both whitening and everyday cleaning of the teeth. There are teeth whitening gels. These gels have lower concentration of whitener than the gels used in the in-office whitening treatments. If for some reason you do not want to use a liquid form of whitener, you can use whitening strips.

Dentist in-Office Teeth Bleaching
Dentists use a gel solution to bleach the teeth. The whole process is performed under the supervision of a trained dentist so you are assured of professional result. In the first visit, you have to give your teeth impressions. It can take about 1-2 weeks to get the trays made out of your teeth impressions. These trays are filled with the bleach and attached to the lower and upper teeth. Several sittings may be needed depending on the discoloration level of your teeth. It will give you professional result at an affordable cost.

Dentist in-Office Laser Teeth Whitening
This method will give you the best whitening results. A thin film of bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is applied on the teeth. The gel is activated with the help of laser light. Your teeth can become 5-6 shades whiter and brighter with this method. This method may also require several sittings depending on the level of teeth discoloration.

Porcelain Veneers
It is a part of cosmetic dentistry. Each veneer completely covers the tooth. No other teeth whitening solution beats it in the whitener effect because a completely new synthetic layer is used to cover the tooth.

Single Tooth Whitening
When a badly decayed or broken tooth needs to be given better appearance, single tooth whitening solutions are used. A dental crown is fixed to improve the broken or decayed tooth’s appearance. Dental bonding is another solution used for this purpose.

Keep in mind that all solutions have their advantages and limitations. Visit The Dental Center at Eastern Town Center to find which teeth whitening solution is perfect for you. Dr. Brad Gilmer will inspect all parts of your teeth and gums thoroughly. He will determine the solution that is appropriate and will deliver the best result in your case. Call (614) 414-0111 now to schedule an appointment.

Teeth Whitening Can Help You Look Your Best

Aug 20th, 2021
Easton Dentists Oct 2nd, 2021

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Many people wish they had brighter, whiter teeth, but no matter how often they brush, their teeth never seem to reach the level of whiteness where they have that radiant smile they want.

Let us share a couple of teeth whitening options that you should consider:

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office whitening usually can make the most difference in your smile’s appearance. At your appointment, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and a chemical whitener will be applied. The results from in-office procedures can last as long as a year!

Over the Counter Whitening

Finally, there are a number of over-the-counter bleaching agents and whitening strips that can be found at your local store. These are the least expensive option and can also considered one-size-fits-all. This means they are not customized to your unique needs.  These over-the-counter whitening systems are very economical, however the results of these products don’t last as long as an in-office whitening application.

Whether you have dull, stained teeth from smoking, poor dental hygiene, because you drink coffee, tea, cola or even enjoy berries and other foods that can leave your teeth looking dingy and stained, a The Dental Center at Easton Town Center has the experience and the professional products that will be able to deliver quality results. When you visit Dr. Glimmer for teeth whitening, you will not only get the very best in whitening products and treatment, but you will also be able to ensure that your teeth are as healthy as possible.

Teeth whitening will help you to not only look your best, but it can help you look younger as well. When you have clean, bright teeth, you will have a more attractive and vibrant smile. Leave teeth whitening to a professional dentist and start enjoying the compliments.

We understand what makes a smile your best feature. Whether you’re looking for convenience or effectiveness, there are several options to get your smile looking its best. Call our office or contact us online to learn more.