Trick or Treat!

Oct 28th, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

The stores have been 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 likely 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 Milk Duds 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.

8 Ways To Relieve TMD Pain

Oct 18th, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint, jaw muscles and even nerves on one or both sides of the head.  Pains in the jaw, face, head and neck are indicators that you suffer from TMD.  If you suffer from TMD, here are a few tips and tricks to help ease your pain.

  1. Jaw Exercises

Gentle and slow exercises may help your jaw mobility and promote healing.  Your dentist or physical therapist can help evaluate your condition and based on that evaluation a series of exercises can be suggested.

  1. Relax Facial Muscles

Make a concentrated effort to relax your jaw muscles and and keep your teeth apart.  This will relieve the stress on your facial muscles.

  1. Relaxation Techniques

Meditation, massage and yoga can be instrumental in relaxing muscles tightened by stress.

  1. Over-the-Counter Analgesics

The short term use of over the counter pain medication and anti-noninflammatory’s, like ibuprofen, can provide temporary relief.  In some cases, your doctor or dentist can prescribe stronger medications.

  1. 8 Soft Diet

Blended or soft foods allow the jaw to relax temporarily.  Avoid hard, chewy or crunchy foods.  You should also avoid stretching your jaw to bite into food like apples.

  1. Moist Heat

Wrap a hot water bottle or heat pack in a warm, moist towel for temporary relief and to improve function.  As with anything that is heated, be careful that you don’t burn yourself.

  1. Ice

As with the above, ice can bring temporary relief by numbing your jaw.  When using ice, you should never place it directly on your skin; instead wrap it in a clean cloth and you should not use it more than 10-15 minutes at a time.

  1. Side Sleeping

Using a pillow for support between your shoulder and neck, side sleeping is another way you can relax your jaw.

Here at The Dental Center at Easton, our goal is to keep you healthy.  If you or someone you know is suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, call us for an appointment and we’ll help get you on the fast track to healing.

Preparing Your Child for their First Dental Appointment

Oct 8th, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

For a parent, not much is more stressful than watching your child attempt a difficult challenge for the first time.  That first step, the first word, that first round of shots and even that first dental appointment.  Here at Easton Dentist, we want to make that first appointment as stress-free as possible.  Below are some tips to prepare your child (and you!) for that first appointment.

  1. Talk about it…

…and talk about it often!  New experiences are significantly less frightening when a child has been familiarized with what is going to happen.

  1. Be Calm!

Children take their cues from their parents.  If you’re calm, it will help them be calm, too.

  1. Answer Questions Positively

Your child is guaranteed to have questions.  Explaining what to expect in positive terms will lead to a familiarity that will carry over.

  1. Beware of Your Word Choice

The majority of dental check-ups don’t hurt so be very careful not to use that word!  Even saying “it won’t hurt” will place the word in a child’s mind when they may not have even thought of that at all!

  1. Read a book with a positive dental experience

Again, familiarity is key.  A picture book that takes a friendly character through a standard dental appointment will introduce your child to the procedures they’re likely to encounter and help alleviate their fears.

New experiences can be scary for anyone.  The dentists at Easton Dentist want your child to have a smooth and fearless first visit.  Contact us today when you need a pediatric dentist and we’ll help you get your child on the path to great dental health.