Effects of Soda on Your Teeth

Jul 23rd, 2018
Easton Dentists Jul 23rd, 2018

Ever seen those videos where someone puts a baby tooth in a glass of soda and watches it decay? Well, the effect of soda in an actual mouth is a bit different.

You have your saliva to help wash away the sugar, you eat other things throughout the day, and brush at least twice a day to remove debris or plaque. Nevertheless, soda is not something we recommend you consume more often than a once-in-awhile treat. Here’s why:

 

1. Sugar

Soda has an extremely high sugar content. The bacteria that cause tooth decay feed off of sugar and excrete acid, which is what causes tooth decay. The more sugar our teeth have to interact with, the more prone to decay they will be.

 

2. Acid

Think diet soda is a better alternative? Even though it contains zero sugar, it can still contain acids such as phosphoric acid or citric acid. Acid eats away at a tooth’s enamel and leaves it prone to decay.

 

3. Colors

Caramel color, Yellow 5, etc. Any type of artificial coloring can cause tooth-staining. If you prefer your teeth sparkling white, it’s best to stay away from soda.

 

Alternatives!

Instead of soda, we recommend spicing up your daily beverages with other alternatives. How about some sparkling water or plain water infused with fresh fruit?

When you do drink soda, make sure to rinse with water afterwards. And, as always, keep up with regular brushing and flossing to protect those precious teeth!

What’s Up with All that Poking at My Gums During Cleaning?

Feb 22nd, 2017
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Poking on my gums

Have you ever wondered why your hygienist starts rattling off a series of numbers in the middle of your cleaning? 2, 2, 3, 2, 4, 5! What’s going on there? What your hygienist is doing is checking the depth of gum tissue pockets that surround your tooth. It’s a proactive way to identify your risk for gum disease, and when done regularly, can help catch it early. Dental probing is a pretty interesting exercise in dentistry, can save you from surgery and extractions, and here’s why.

Dental Probing Catches Problems Early

One reason to visit the dentist regularly is to identify problems in your mouth that you are completely oblivious to. Subtle changes in the health of our gum tissue can be missed by the naked eye, and some people – even those who visit a dentist regularly – can be prone to an excess buildup of plaque and tartar that can result in gingivitis and periodontal disease. Thankfully, your dental team can catch these changes early through the use of X-rays and the practice of dental probing.

The reason for probing is straightforward. As periodontal disease progresses, the visible markers of the disease (plaque and tartar) migrate down along the side of the tooth into the natural “pocket” between the ridge of the gumline and the tooth’s enamel. This inflames the gum tissue and widens this naturally slim gap between the tooth and gum. As this gap becomes wider, even more bacteria are allowed access to the sensitive tissue fibers along the root’s outer surface, causing more damage. This process may result in bone loss, and the need to extract a tooth. This is why probing is so important. We regularly have new patients come see us that have good looking teeth, but they have ignored gum care for so long that they lose those good teeth because the bone can no longer support the teeth. We want to prevent that from happening!

How Does Dental Probing Work?

“Probing” is quite simple and is accomplished by using a dental “probe” to measure the depth of a tooth’s pocket. The probe acts like a ruler, and has markings along its side measured out in millimeters. To measure the depth of your tooth’s pocket, your hygienist gently places the probe into this pocket and makes note of the depth. Those numbers you hear are the millimeter depths of your pocket. Six measurements are taken per tooth, three along the outside, and three along the inside of each tooth. A depth of three millimeters or under without any bleeding is generally accepted as healthy. Above that number, we will suggest more thorough gum therapy, including scaling and root planing, or something even more comprehensive if the number is above a five and nearing ten. We are so committed to setting you up right, that we set aside extra time to make sure you understand your treatment!

So, as you can see, maintaining pocket health is critical, and proper brushing and flossing can help clear away plaque and prevent the tartar buildup that expands a pocket. Your dentist also plays a critical role in ensuring you’re staying ahead of gum disease, so be sure to keep your regular appointments – particularly if you have been identified as having periodontitis (gum disease) and recommended for more frequent, thorough gum therapy. With a good routine and frequent visits to the dentist the only numbers you’ll be hearing moving forward should be 1, 2 and 3! Keep up the good work.

Saving Space for Permanent Teeth with a Space Maintainer

Nov 16th, 2016
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

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If your little one’s teeth have begun to fall out, and their permanent replacements appear to be lagging far behind, you may wish to consider a space maintainer to minimize future orthodontic work. Believe it or not, the absence of your child’s teeth might seem cute now, but those tiny little gaps can cause deep gouges in your pocketbook as you watch them fill up with teeth that don’t belong there. Space maintainers are simple to use, kids get along fine with them, and they have become the de-facto standard for protecting the cosmetic and functional aspects of your growing child’s mouth.

 

Why Your Child Might Need a Space Maintainer

When a child’s tooth is lost early due to trauma, tooth decay, or nature’s insistence that it drop out before its permanent replacement is due, a space maintainer can be used to hold back the natural inclination of teeth to move forward. Without preventing this movement, teeth that should be in the rear of our mouths end up along the sides, and take up precious real estate destined for another tenant. The result is overcrowding, and in some cases impacted teeth. In the end, it’s always easier to save the space now, then create it later.

 

How They Work

Space maintainers are very similar in purpose and design to an adult “bridge,” but instead of placing artificial teeth over the gap, the space is kept open to accommodate its future resident. At The Dental Center, we make most space maintainers out of metal, (sometimes both metal and plastic), and custom-mold them to the shape of your child’s mouth. In most cases, the maintainer is made up of a metal band attached to a rectangular-shaped wire that butts up against the tooth across the gap. This acts to temporarily preserve the space where the baby tooth once was, so its replacement can erupt without obstruction. To some, the final product looks like an old Radio Flyer® snow sled, or a shoe horn you might use to maintain the shape of unworn shoes.

 

Does My Child Need One?

It’s important to note that dental space maintainers are not required for all childhood tooth loss, and that we’re not going to suggest you create a decade worth of space maintainers as each tooth falls out of your child’s mouth. Our bodies are quite effective at saving space for the loss of our front teeth as well as our incisors – it’s the teeth along the sides of our mouths that tend to cause the majority of complications. Of course, each mouth is different, so be sure to discuss with us the best course of action for you and your child. If your child has recently lost a tooth, or several teeth, and it’ll be awhile before they’re scheduled to see Dr. Gilmer, give us a call at (614) 414-0111 to see if you should come in a little earlier.

Using a space maintainer is an affordable and effective way to ensure your child’s teeth come in where they are supposed to, and when they’re ready. It can have a positive effect on your wallet, reduce the amount of time your child needs to wear braces, and control the cosmetic appearance of your child’s teeth and mouth.

Should I Get an Electronic Toothbrush or a Manual Toothbrush?

Mar 9th, 2016
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

If you walk into your Columbus dentist office, you will probably see a model electronic toothbrush display somewhere during your visit.

columbus dentistMaybe you’ve been considering using an electronic toothbrush but want to know if it’s the right choice for you. Let’s look at some of the benefits of both the electronic toothbrush, as well as the manual toothbrush and then you can decide for yourself which is better.

The Manual Toothbrush

  • The manual toothbrush model has been around for decades. There really isn’t much to it besides the obvious handle and bristles. Some of the benefits of using a manual toothbrush include:
  • More control over exerted pressure- with a manual brush, you are more easily able to monitor how much pressure you are applying when brushing your teeth. Remember that brushing your teeth should not require a lot of exertion and the pressure you apply should be fairly light.
  • Brushing too hard can lead to the breakdown of tooth enamel and lead to sensitive teeth. Convenient size- manual brushes are small and easy to store. Due to their slender handle, most brushes will fit in any toothbrush case for travel. You don’t have to worry about how to store your brush, as most holders for the bathroom easily accommodate a manual brush.
  • Inexpensive- not only are manual brushes less expensive to purchase, they are also less expensive to maintain. You do not need to worry about buying a charging station or batteries with a manual brush. In fact, most dentist offices provide you with a free brush at each six month cleaning appointment!
  • Lots of styles- manual brushes come in a wide variety of colors and styles. You can choose the type of bristle and head size you want for a more customized approach to brushing.

The Electronic Toothbrush

Electronic toothbrushes starting to gain popularity in the 1990’s and have become mainstream since. With electronic brushes, the bristles rotate and perform the cleaning motion for you. Some benefits of electronic brushes include:

  • Smaller head- the head size of most electronic brushes is smaller than that of a standard manual brush. The smaller head size helps you more easily reach difficult or awkward areas of the mouth.
  • Does the work for you- like we mentioned above, the electronic toothbrush performs the majority of the movement for you. The oscillating bristles allow you to move the brush from tooth to tooth without having to perform much movement on your end.
  • Work better for some people- electronic brushes are more suited for some individuals than others. In particular, children or those who have motor issues. Children tend to do better with electronic brushes because they make brushing fun. Individuals who have a difficult time moving a brush around in their mouth due to motor issues or arthritis also do better with electronic brushes.

Now that you know the benefits of each, the choice is yours! Remember however, manual brushes work just as well as electronic brushes so long as you are brushing for the recommended amount of time (2-3 minutes) and are using proper brushing technique.

If you have more questions about the difference in brushes, just ask us! Call our Columbus dentist office (614) 414-0111 or simply ask a member of the staff next time you’re in. We are always happy to answer your questions and want you to be able to make the best decision based on your needs.

Should I Get Veneers?

Jan 31st, 2016
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

If you’re searching for ways to improve the appearance of your smile, you might want to add veneers to your list of options. Veneers are thin shells of either composite resin material or porcelain that are custom made to perfectly fit the surface of your existing teeth. At Easton Dentists, we perform all kinds of cosmetic dentistry, including the placing of veneers.

So how do you know if veneers are a good option for your specific situation? We’re here to help you decide. Let’s quickly discuss what veneers can help achieve in regards to improving your smile.

Veneers can be a good choice if you are looking to:

  • Change the color of your teeth
  • Change the size or shape of your teeth
  • Cover up discoloration or other aesthetic issues such as a chipped tooth
  • Correct a gap in your front teeth
  • Correct minor misalignment issues

On the other hand, veneers may not be the best option for you if:

  • You have untreated tooth decay, gum disease or a root canal infection

*Once you have these issues treated by Dr. Gilmer, veneers may be an option for you.

  • Are prone to grinding or clenching your teeth

*Veneers are not easily chipped or broken but if you grind and clench your teeth, you run the risk of chipping or cracking a veneer. For this reason, veneers are typically not a good option for you. If you want to learn more about tooth grinding (bruxism), read our blog post here.

Choosing to get veneers is a big decision since the process is irreversible. However, the pros certainly outweigh the cons for many individuals who choose to move forward with getting veneers.

Contact The Dental Center at Easton Town Center today and we can set up a consultation with Dr. Gilmer to see if veneers are the right option for you! 614-414-0111

How To Find A Columbus, Ohio Dentist

Apr 4th, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

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

Are You a Candidate for Dental Bonding?

May 25th, 2013
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Your teeth are like superheroes. They are the guardians of your entire digestive system, and man do they take a beating. These teeth are there to help you, and you’ve had them for almost as long as you can remember. It’s easy to take them for granted. After all, the enamel of a tooth is one of the strongest surfaces in our body. Like a superhero, they are nearly impervious. Nearly.

 

Once in a long while, something tragic can happen to your teeth. You fall and chip a tooth, you suffer a trauma to your jaw, or maybe you literally bite off more than you can chew. Cracking and chipping are an everyday possibility even though we almost never think of it. If your tooth is damaged, don’t worry. Your smile can be saved.

 

A cosmetic dentist works to repair or improve your smile. If you have a chipped or broken tooth, give our Columbus office a call to set up a consultation. But cosmetic dentists don’t just stop there. Cosmetic dentists can also shrink unsightly gaps between teeth and whiten your smile. These are all their areas of expertise.

 

Dental bonding is one type of dentistry that our experts specialize in. Bonding is the simple, quick solution for cosmetic issues. Dentists use a special liquid to create texture on the tooth to be bonded. This creates a rough surface for the new cosmetic material to be placed. The cosmetic enamel is a natural colored composite material that the dentist molds into the shape of a tooth. Roughening the tooth surface allows the texture beneath it to be stronger, making it difficult to come off accidentally. In fact, dental bonding can last longer than many solutions, sometimes even up to a decade.

 

All or most of the work at our Columbus office can be accomplished in a single appointment. Like many orthodontic procedures, cosmetic bonding utilizes ultraviolet light for fast bonding with adhesive materials. We know that you’re busy, so we keep your time in the chair to a minimum.

 

To hear about dental bonding and what our specialists can do, set up an appointment with our office. We serve the Central Ohio region and are conveniently located at Easton. Give your little superheroes a boost.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Apr 23rd, 2013
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Because of their rise in popularity, people from all walks of life are becoming more and more interested in porcelain veneers.  It makes sense, too.  Porcelain veneers can very easily seem like the most simple and effective method for restoring a beautiful smile.

Like most anything else in life, there can certainly be downsides.  Getting porcelain veneers can be a somewhat painful process because a layer of your natural enamel must be removed.  Additionally, getting porcelain veneers is an irreversible treatment which means that you can never go back to just having your original teeth after you’ve had veneers applied.  However, most people find that the benefits greatly outweigh the disadvantages.

  • Each set of porcelain veneers is unique to the patient.  Though it takes significantly more time, your dentist will specially craft your porcelain veneers to ensure that they are the perfect match for your smile.
  • After porcelain veneers are applied, it is virtually impossible to distinguish them from your natural teeth.  A smile of porcelain veneers will look just as happy and healthy as any other smile.
  • Porcelain veneers have some advantages over normal teeth in that they resist stains from coffee and tea.  They can do this because, even though they look just like normal teeth, they are made from high tech materials.
  • Because they are made to enhance teeth, porcelain veneers can be maintained just as any other tooth would be.  They still require typical brushing and flossing though they may need different whitening techniques than other teeth.
  • A porcelain veneer wouldn’t be effective if it was fragile so they are designed to be as strong and sturdy as any other tooth in your mouth.  They will bite and chew like any other tooth, just don’t expect them to be indestructible.

While there are downsides to veneers, many people find they help much more than they hurt.  A set of veneers, when cared for properly, will last a lifetime.  To learn more about how veneers can help you, give us a call today!

What Happens after I get Dental Implants?

Apr 16th, 2013
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

As they become increasingly popular, people everywhere are more and more curious about dental implants and how they can improve people’s lives.  It seems that many people recognize the immediate benefits of a dental implant but do not really know what it is or what to do after a dental implant has been placed.

To understand a dental implant, you have to first understand the process of getting one.  A dental implant is used to replace dead, dying, or missing teeth.  They help cosmetically in completing a smile but they also aid in overall dental health.

 

  • Before one is placed, a screw is inserted into the jawbone to act as an anchor for the implant.  It is allowed to heal before the actual dental implant is placed.

 

  • To create a perfect match, your dentist will craft a unique replacement tooth for your dental implant.  To look as natural as possible, your dental implant will match your other teeth in size, color, and shape.

 

  • Once your jaw is healed and your replacement tooth is made, your dentist will permanently insert it into your mouth.  This will leave you with a natural looking, fully functioning replacement tooth.

 

  • After your dental implant has been inserted, it will require the same treatment and care as the rest of your teeth.  You absolutely do not need to do anything special to maintain the look and feel of your dental implant.

 

Dental implants are the most effective and longest lasting way to replace damaged or missing teeth.  Very often, dental implants are the tool of choice for dentists looking to give their patients the best, most natural smile possible.  With a solid treatment plan and top notch dental care, the dentists at The Dental Center at Easton can help give anyone the smile they’ve dreamt of.  Call to set up your appointment today.

 

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Apr 5th, 2013
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Everyone wants the perfect smile.  Many of us spend a good portion of our lives in braces and other types of orthodontia just so that we can show our pearly whites with pride.  We brush our teeth and floss but sometimes it is just not enough.  Unfortunately, some things in dentistry are out of our control.

Even if you have perfectly healthy teeth, damage can occur.  So what happens if you trip, fall, and completely break a tooth?  Maybe visit a Columbus Cosmetic Dentist?

That’s one of the instances in which dental implants can be used.

A dental implant is a screw that is inserted into the jaw bone.  This screw acts as an anchor for the new replacement tooth.  The replacement tooth, once placed, will be completely indistinguishable from any other tooth in the patient’s mouth.  This is a permanent solution for many different types of problems with teeth.

  • Missing Tooth.  A missing tooth can instantly diminish the quality of a smile and it is not something that can be easily hid.  A Dental Implant can be the simple fix to help restore your smile to its glory.
  • Missing a Few Teeth.  Not only will missing a few teeth make you want to refrain from smiling, it will also hurt the health of the rest of your teeth.  Open gums are far more vulnerable to infection and pain.  A Dental Implant can help fix this.
  • Missing Many Teeth with Jaw Damage.  This is more severe but it can be fixed.  Through a graft of bone onto the jaw, a 6-8 month healing period, and a series of Dental Implants, your smile can become what you always wanted.

A Dental Implant can be a great advantage for both your smile and your health.  Call the dental experts at the Dental Center at Easton to see how you can benefit from a Dental Implant.