When Should You Seek Urgent Care?

May 9th, 2020
Easton Dentists Jun 2nd, 2020

Urgent care from a dentist at The Dental Center at Easton Town Center(Columbus, Ohio) covers any situation involving your oral health that requires immediate emergency attention. If you experience any pain or discomfort associated with your teeth, gums, or any other area in or around the mouth, then you should seek urgent care right away! Your oral health affects every aspect of your daily life including communication and eating. Any situation that causes you pain or affects the regular functioning of your mouth should be treated immediately so as not to cause permanent damage.

A situation that requires emergency or urgent care is one that involves acute pain. Most often, tooth pain, or a “toothache”, is an inflammation of the dental pulp tissue caused by an infection. The infection is frequently from dental caries (tooth decay) or a cavity and can be treated with a filling, root canal, or tooth extraction.

Other pain-causing situations involve accidents. Maybe your child was just hit in the mouth with a ball during a sports event, or you got in a fender bender on the way home from work and injured part of your mouth. Accidents such as these can have an effect on your dental health and should be treated as soon as possible.

Many people have oral devices such as a crown or bridge in place. If these devices are damaged or lost, they can have a detrimental effect on your oral health. Sometimes issues with these devices do not cause pain, but it is still urgent that they get fixed so that your overall dental health is not affected.

Whether you’re having dental pain, had an accident, or are missing a dental device, you shouldn’t have to wait for treatment. Our Columbus based practice understands the importance of urgent dental care and is here to help you when you need it most with extended hours for emergency situations. We are centrally located at Easton Town Center close to New Albany, Gahanna, and Columbus so you’re never far from expert dental care! Contact us today to find out more about our urgent care services.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Apr 27th, 2020
Easton Dentists May 8th, 2020

Have you ever been afraid of the dentist? Going to the dentist, even just for a checkup, can be a terrifying experience for some people. They can’t be entirely blamed for being afraid. Dentistry is one of those trades that use a lot of sharp tools, needles, and scary sounds. When you think about it, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to put something that sounds like a power drill in your mouth.

To ease that experience, many patients elect to participate in sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry can be administered in one of three ways: inhalation, intravenous, or oral medication. The first, also known as “laughing gas,” is a tried-and-true method that’s been around for quite a while. Intravenous provides a steady dose of sedative until the end of the procedure, but it is a needle that goes into your skin. For those already nervous about dental tools, this isn’t the best option. In the U.S., many patients opt to take their sedative orally. It comes either in pill or liquid form, depending on the procedure. It’s exceptionally common and helps many people get the dental work that they want without having to experience a panic attack.

Our Columbus office at Easton offers sedation dentistry and is conveniently accessible for Central Ohio and conducts thousands of procedures each year. We know how to keep our patients happy. Contact us to learn more about sedation dentistry and find out if it’s right for you.

What is Urgent Dental Care?

Apr 5th, 2020
Easton Dentists May 8th, 2020

Urgent dental care is when a dental emergency occurs and requires immediate repair and treatment. Urgent dental care often involves acute pain in the mouth, gums, or teeth. Other dental emergencies include the loss of a needed dental device such as a crown or bridge. Oral health is very important because it affects aspects of your daily life such as eating and speaking. If you have a dental situation that requires urgent care, you want to get in for treatment as quickly as possible. At The Dental Center, we are centrally located at Easton Town Center and are minutes away from many major areas such as New Albany, Gahanna, and Columbus. We also offer extended hours for dental emergencies, so you’ll never have to live with dental pain for long.

Dental situations that cause acute pain of the teeth, gums, or other areas in or around the mouth require immediate treatment for pain relief and overall oral health. The most common dental emergency is pulpitis, commonly known as a toothache. Pulpitis is usually caused by dental caries (tooth decay) and is an inflammation of infected dental pulp tissue. Pulpitis is treated usually by a root canal or a tooth extraction.

Other situations, such as a misplaced crown or bridge affect the integrity of your mouth and sometimes cause pain. If you have lost a crown, bridge, or other dental device, then it’s important to get urgent care to repair it.

Whether you’re suffering from oral pain or need a dental device repaired, The Dental Center at Easton is the convenient choice for all your urgent care needs. Don’t wait another day to get the care and treatment that you need right away! Contact The Dental Center today for urgent care.

Do You Have a Dental First Aid Kit?

Feb 13th, 2020
Easton Dentists Mar 2nd, 2020

It is always a good idea to have a first aid kit in your home.  Inside, you more than likely have all the essentials: Band-Aids, gauze, tape, antibiotic ointment, wrap, and some sort of ice pack.  This simple but useful kit plays a crucial role for any family in the event of an emegergengy.  It is designed to quickly and efficiently treat injuries that are bad enough to need care but do not need the immediate attention of a medical professional.

However, there is another first aid kit that every home should have.  Dental first aid kits are a necessity for homes because they provide the specialized care that is meant exclusively for oral care.

While there may be some similarities between the two kits, both should be kept fully stocked in order to take care of any dental emergency that may arise.

  • Floss.  Whether you prefer the traditional roll of floss or the one-time-use sticks, having a handy supply of floss will help relieve much of the irritation that can be associated with eating certain foods.
  • Mild pain medication.  You may use this to stop pain entirely or to make it subside until you can get proper care.  Either way, having an emergency supply of pain medication is never a bad idea.
  • Oral Wax.  Especially for people with braces or any other piece of oral equipment, wax can be placed on and around any sharp protrusion to ease pain and reduce the chance of further injury.  If you’re not sure where to get oral wax, ask your dentist where you can get your hands on it.
  • Emergency ice packs.  When swelling needs to be controlled, ice packs are the quick and effective solution.  If something traumatic happens and you need to make an emergency trip to your hospital or dentist, you’ll want to use an ice pack during the trip.
  • Cotton balls.  Bleeding is never wanted but when it does occur, you’ll want to be ready.  A cotton ball is typically a safe and effective way to help stop the bleeding.
  • Camellia teabags.  This may sound out of place amongst medical supplies but tea has been used for centuries to help sooth oral traumas.  They can even help stop bleeding after oral surgery.
  • Your dentist’s contact information.  Your dentist knows your teeth better than anyone else so who better to help during an emergency?

In the case of an emergency, there is nothing more important than your health.  A dental first aid kit is the first step to take in ensuring your oral health.  For more information on keeping your oral health in order, call us today!

Kiss in the New Year With Sweet Breath

Dec 31st, 2019
Easton Dentists Jan 2nd, 2020

3-2-1…Happy New Year! Most people enjoy ringing in the new year with a kiss from someone special, but the number one deal-breaker when it comes to kissing is bad breath. Unfortunately, some people with bad breath aren’t even aware there’s a problem. Dr Brad Gilmer in Columbus Ohio can help you determine if your breath problems are caused by an oral problem and then develop a treatment plan to help eliminate it.

Pay attention to what you order for dinner. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, contribute to bad breath. Brushing, flossing and mouthwash will only mask the odor temporarily. Odors continue until the body eliminates the food. Dieters may develop unpleasant breath from infrequent eating.

If you don’t brush and floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Food that collects between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums can rot, leaving an unpleasant odor.

Bad breath can also be caused by dry mouth (xerostomia), which occurs when the flow of saliva decreases. Dry mouth may be caused by various medications, salivary gland problems or continuously breathing through the mouth.

Tobacco products cause bad breath. If you use tobacco, ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit.

Bad breath may be the sign of a medical disorder, such as a local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney ailment.

Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath. Schedule regular dental visits for a professional cleaning and checkup. If you think you have constant bad breath, keep a log of the foods you eat and make a list of medications you take.

Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your tongue, too. Once a day, use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth.

Dr. Gilmer & staff wish you a happy new year and great dental health throughout 2020!

Performance-Enhancing Athletic Mouthguards: Hype? Or the Real Deal?

Sep 28th, 2019
Easton Dentists Oct 1st, 2019

Sports related dental injuries are for real and they do account for some of our emergency care cases.  But now there is a trend towards high performance mouthguards.  It’s a baffling field full of contradictory claims that have left many experts scratching their heads.  Should you buy into the hype?

No longer are athletic mouthguards just something athletes wear to prevent them from visiting the emergency dentist (but, of course, that is why we advocate them!). New athletic mouthguards now actually claim to help athletes perform at their optimal levels.

Performance-enhancing athletic mouthguards seem to be a miracle of modern medicine – the right mouthguard can help the entire body can function at peak capacity. Athletes who invest in these custom mouthguards says they give them improved focus, balance, endurance, and strength. Pro athletes, in sports ranging from golf to boxing to football, have turned to these appliances for an edge over competitors.

Your basic athletic mouthguards are protective and distribute impact to reduce the severity or occurrence of injuries, such as mouth cuts, concussions, and tooth damage. Over-the-counter boil-and-bite varieties offer this protection at a minimal cost to the user. The new-and-improved varieties do this and more.

One type, with the Under Armor name on it makes states:

“ArmourBite® technology with patented Power Wedges™ to increase strength, improve endurance, and reduce athletic stress”

UA Performance Mouthwear mouthguards are intended to stop clenching, which is what triggers the body to overproduce stress hormones such as cortisol, which decreases strength and muscle growth. Cortisol is known to regulate the immune response, but chronic overproduction can have significant negative effects on the body.

Another marketer, NewAge Performance makes a claim:

“90 percent of the population has a bad or poor bite, which causes a mis-alignment in your body. When you have a perfect bite, the body reciprocates with better body alignment, allowing you to perform at a higher level. The New Age mouthpiece fools the body in thinking you have the perfect bite, hence the results being instant.”

It is is not yet known if they truly live up to the claims of physical benefits manufacturers want us to believe. Right now, we have to rely on the users – athletes – for our best information. For many of them, they believe it works.

Regardless if you are a believer or not, one of the most important things to come out of studies on the subject is that none of the mouthguards interfered with the athlete’s performance.  The key is, if the athlete believes in them, that will encourage them to always keep them in their mouth, and that is always a plus.

Tips on How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

Aug 9th, 2019
Easton Dentists Aug 30th, 2019

Bad breath, also known in the dental world as halitosis, is a condition that affects everyone at some point in their life. Thankfully, no matter how many first impressions may have been ruined with bad breath, we will share with you a few simple steps to drastically reduce halitosis, if not completely eliminate it.

Symptoms

You know that you have bad breath if you can clear a large room with a hearty “hello.” Before this happens, you can check your breath by cupping your hand over your mouth and nose and exhaling from the back of your throat, where most bad breath originates. If this exhale causes you to lose a offends yourself, then it’s time to do something about it, before it offends your family and friends. Before we find a solution, let’s learn more about halitosis.

Causes

There can be multiple causes for Halitosis, which is no surprise to anyone who’s been on the receiving end of morning breath after it’s mixed with a cup of coffee!

For most people, morning is often the time most people experience bad breath. When the flow of saliva nearly stops while we sleep, a buildup of bacteria in the mouth can be the end result. Brushing away the bacteria in the morning is helpful. brushing your tongue can works wonders also!

Certain foods can make our mouths smell. Think onions! Some foods, like garlic, are absorbed into our blood stream and exhaled through our lungs. All the toothpaste in the world can’t cover this smell. Engaging in some activity to make yourself sweat might help speed along the process.
When your body burns fat, ketones are produced which are released through your breath. These ketones usually have an sticky sweet odor. Staying hydrated and making smart dieting choices will help avoid the ketac smell.

Treatment

The best thing you can do to prevent halitosis is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes flossing and brushing your teeth and tongue. Paying clear attention to the very back of the tongue can help eliminate some of the more stubborn bacteria which may be hiding out there. It’s also important to take note of what foods give you the worst breath. Hopefully the combination of all of these tips will help prevent your bad breath.

Should you have any other questions about oral hygiene, don’t be afraid to bring them up the next time you visit our dental center in Columbus Ohio – The Dental Center at Easton.

How to Choose the Best Dentist for You and Your Family

Jul 26th, 2019
Easton Dentists Jul 26th, 2019

Maintaining you dental health should be one of the most important aspects of your overall physical well being. Finding the most helpful and competent dentist in Columbus Ohio is an essential element in remaining vigilant about your health over a lifetime. Because of relocating to Columbus, your dentist is retiring, or you’re not comfortable with your current dentist, selecting the right provider may take a bit of research – but it’s well worth it.

Questions you should ask when considering a new dental health professional:

What are the office hours?
Is the office near public transit, or is parking available?
What insurances are accepted?
How long has the dentist been in practice?

What are the office hours?
Is the office near public transit, or is parking available?
Are they available in emergency situations?

Try to find testimonials and reviews for your prospective new dentist – either through personal referrals or online. Angie’s List, Yelp, and Google reviews often offer a comprehensive opinion of the dental practice in that you may be researching.

Once you’ve made your selection, call the office to schedule an appointment. Your first visit is an opportunity to get comfortable with the dental staff. Use this time to ask appropriate questions so that you can make informed decisions.

You may wish to specifically be inquisitive about your particular dental situation. If you are very sensitive during cleanings, or require additional anesthesia in certain situations, your first visit would be a good time to discuss these concerns. Just like people, some dentists are more amenable than others in providing additional care. Also inform your new dentist of any specific dental concerns, previous unusual dental experiences or any other irregularities with your dental history.

Be sure to discuss the charges for regular checkups and xrays with the office staff. Most offices will provide pretreatment estimates for your services at no charge. When you have thorough knowledge of the specific services that are required in which your new dentist offers, and the potential costs to you, you can make an informed decision.

Five Of the Most Common Dental Care Issues:

May 5th, 2019
Easton Dentists Jun 3rd, 2019

Dental health is one of the most important aspects of your overall physical health. Taking care of your teeth and gums involves daily brushing and flossing as well as six month checkups with your trusted dental professional. With this proper dental regiment, most dental problems can be avoided. Even with perfect care, your still may experience one or more of the top five common dental care issues.

The number one dental care issue is tooth decay. Although most tooth decay occurs in children, adults are also at risk. The best way to avoid tooth decay is by brushing and flossing regularly. Along with poor oral hygiene, food and beverages containing sugars and starches can contribute to tooth decay. Maintaining proper oral care after these types of food and beverages will help keep decay at bay. Routine dental visits will also help to prevent small dental problems from developing into larger issues.

As we age, gum disease becomes more common. Most often, an excess of plaque can be attributed to this dental condition. When left on the teeth and around the gumline, plaque turns into tartar, which causes inflammation. Untreated, this inflammation leads to a condition called periodontitis. Periodontitis is a gum disease which causes gums to recede and bone to pull away from the teeth. The best way to prevent this unnecessary disease is to have regular checkups every six months.

Toothaches are a common dental health issue. There are many reasons for toothaches: nerve damage can cause severe toothaches, as can cavities, grinding and clenching your teeth and even gum disease. All of these conditions are easily treatable. It’s vital for you to visit Dr Gilmer immediately when you’re experiencing any abnormal dental symptoms. Dr Gilmer will be able to accurately diagnose and treat the reason for your dental discomfort.

The fourth most common dental health issue concerns overly sensitive teeth. Over time, brushing too aggressively, grinding and clenching your teeth or excessive bleaching can cause your teeth to become more sensitive than normal. Additionally, gum recession can cause your teeth to feel more sensitive than normal. Dr Gilmer will be able to recommend the appropriate types of toothpastes and rinses to help ease your sensitivity.

The fifth most common dental health issue is acid erosion. This dental condition occurs when the enamel on your teeth has literally been eroded as a result of coming in contact with an excessive amount of acid. Eating highly acidic food like oranges, lemons or limes can cause acid erosion. As we age, erosion can occur from tooth decay or gum disease. Symptoms of acid erosion include general sensitivity, a loss of enamel, or even discolored spots on the surface of the tooth. Be sure to ask Dr Gilmer for dental treatment options.

As you can see, these five dental care issues are all easily treatable, and in some cases completely avoidable. Regular dental checkups and preventative maintenance are key to prolonging optimal dental health.

Teaching Your Child Proper Dental Care

Mar 1st, 2019
Easton Dentists May 18th, 2019

Teaching your child proper dental care in their younger years is an investment in their health that will pay off in their latter years. Start by setting an example; taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is something to be valued.

To help your child protect their teeth and gums, teach them to these simple habits:

  • Brushing twice a day to remove plaque-the sticky film on teeth that’s the main cause of tooth decay.
  • Flossing daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under the gum line, before it can harden into tartar. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a professional cleaning.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods, which produce plaque acids that cause tooth decay.
  • Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste.
  • Take your child to the dentist for regular checkups.

Supervising your children until they get the hang of these steps may be a good idea:

  • Use a pea-sized dab of toothpaste. Teach your child not to swallow the toothpaste.
  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush the inside surface of each tooth first, where plaque may accumulate most. Brush gently back and forth.
  • Clean the outer surfaces of each tooth. Angle the brush along the outer gumline. Gently brush back and forth.
  • Brush the chewing surface of each tooth. Gently brush back and forth.
  • Use the tip of the brush to clean behind each front tooth, both top and bottom.
  • Don’t forget to brush the tongue.