XYLITOL: CAN A SUGAR BE GOOD FOR YOUR TEETH?

Apr 3rd, 2019
Easton Dentists May 3rd, 2019

It is a safe bet that most people have never heard of xylitol.  Since it is a sugar alcohol, it has a low glycemic index, diabetics can consume it safely. 
Through its use as a nasal spray to clear the sinuses of bacteria, its oral benefits were discovered by accident .

When bacteria consume its five-carbon sugar, it kills the bacterium in the process.  In the last several years, its use in dentistry has increased due to its ability to decrease the presence of cavity-causing, acid-releasing Strep mutans and other harmful bacteria.

With the simple action of putting xylitol in your mouth and swishing it around a bit cuts plaque (which is made up of bacteria) levels by 50%.  And there are many ways to utilize xylitol for your teeth:

  1. Mints/gum/candy
    1. 100% xylitol spry is effective.  Can be found at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Fresh Thyme, online, or at your favorite your favorite dental office.  It is great tasting with no unpleasant aftertaste.

Your kids will love it.

  1. Toothpaste/gel/rinse
    1. Carifree is a product that has revolutionized our ability to alter the tough, sticky “biofilm” of bacteria that lives permanently on the teeth.  Carifree has xylitol, as well as a pH neutralizer, fluoride, and calcium nanophosphate to remineralize teeth.  Studies have shown a significant reduction in decay with Carifree products.  However, for a more natural product xylitol can be used alone.
    2. Spry toothpastes and rinses are great tasting – especially the wintergreen! – and pastes come with or without fluoride.  Their kids’ gel is great, very few ingredients, no fluoride, xylitol, and safe to use until your kiddo can spit all their toothpaste out and rinse well to avoid any swallowing of fluoride.
  2. Granulated xylitol
    1. This is the most economical way to buy xylitol – around $7 or so per pound.  It has a cooling sensation on your tongue, and no aftertaste.  My husband has used it daily in his coffee for five years, and I bake banana bread and cookies with it regularly.   In its granulated form, you can just place a half teaspoonful or so on your tongue and use your tongue to rub it on all of your tooth surfaces, then spit it out.

“Strive for five” is the catchy phrase we use to note that we get a cariogenic or decay-reducing effect from xylitol when it is used at least three, but optimally five times per day.  Xylitol is a game-changer 

How To Deal With Dental Anxiety

Dec 31st, 2018
Easton Dentists Dec 31st, 2018

It’s almost time to schedule your 6-month cleaning and the dread of seeing a dentist keeps holding you back. While dental anxiety might seem like an impossible battle to overcome, it’s important to know that you and 75% of the American population can cope with the fear of dental appointments. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, three out of four people in the U.S. have encountered dental anxiety at some point in their lives. Although dental anxiety is very common among patients, it’s important to seek ways to manage constant fear, especially if it keeps you from pursuing crucial dental treatment. The good news is that there are many steps that can be taken to eliminate dental anxiety and improve your overall experience at the dentist.

 

1. Find A Trustworthy Dentist

When you’re looking for a Dentist, it’s critical that you chose a dental professional who also cares about the best interest of you and your health. Is the dental office convenient to your work or home? Are they in-network with your Dental Insurance? Do they offer reasonable payment plans? Does the dental staff educate their patients and give appropriate dental instruction? Do you feel welcomed from the moment you step into the dentist office? These are all questions you should ask yourself when seeking the best Dentist for you and your dental anxiety. When you are comfortable with the cost of treatment and the quality of patient interaction, you can feel at ease that your care is in the hands of a trusted dental professional.

 

2. Express Your Concern

Like most anxieties, the first step to overcoming fear is discussing the issue at hand. Some patients are afraid of needles while others worry about the cost of the visit. Some people avoid the dentist because they’ve had poor experiences in the past. Whatever the concern, be sure to inform your Dentist and the staff that you have dental anxiety. Doing so will help them proceed treatment with attentiveness, making you feel more comfortable when sitting in the dental chair.

 

3. Understand The Treatment

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If the dentist is using a tool that is unfamiliar to you, don’t hesitate to become knowledgeable and fully understand their dental procedures. When reviewing a treatment plan with a Dentist, ask as many questions as you need to ensure that you fully comprehend the course of action. It’s important to stay educated at all times so that you know what to expect before your appointment.

 

4. Don’t Go Alone

Sometimes people with dental anxiety feel more comfortable with other people around. Bring your spouse, mom, dad or friend to help keep your anxiety at bay. Talking with someone that you feel comfortable with can help manage the level of nervousness that you might otherwise experience alone.

 

5. Use Relaxation Techniques

Anxiety is effectively treated through many different relaxation techniques. This is also true for dental anxiety. Use deep breathing methods before, during and after the dental appointment to help manage the degree of dental anxiety. Find other distractions that steer your attention from the actual fear itself. For example, playing a game on your phone or reading a magazine in the waiting room helps steer your focus on a different activity. Whatever it is that distracts your anxious mind from the root of your dental fears, use it as a tool to overcome dental anxiety.

If you are delaying dental treatment because of anxiety, don’t let the problem take over your health. It might be comforting to know that modern dental treatment is significantly gentler, softer, and quieter than it has been notorious for in the past. By neglecting routine dental care, you are also risking the chances of oral pain, tooth decay, and other dental health issues down the road. Dental anxiety can be managed, so take a deep breath and beat the stress.

 

6. Sedation

Should none of the above mentioned suggestions work for you, maybe you should consider sedation dentistry.

What Dental Careers Are Available, Outside of Being a Dentist 

Aug 30th, 2018
Easton Dentists Oct 30th, 2018

Dental careers are often desired because of their patient interaction, well-paid salary and work-life balance. There is substantially high demand for dental professionals that don’t involve the extensive education of becoming a dentist or related doctor. Positions, such as dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental lab technicians, and administrative assistants are also great ways to make a living in the dental field. With flexible hours and lower educational costs than dentists, the accredited training programs for such positions might be worth your time.   

Dental Assistants
Dental assistants are considered one of the 25 fastest-growing occupations in the United States, providing a variety of tasks that help support the dental team on a daily basis. The responsibilities of a dental assistant often range from taking patient x-rays and sterilizing equipment, to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. In some cases, dental assistants are also trained to take impressions of patients’ teeth for braces and retainers. Although the tasks of a dental assistant range from office to office, they often have many different opportunities for gainful employment and career advancement. Becoming a dental assistant is a great way to get into the dental care field without the expense of obtaining a degree. However, most states require the completion of an accredited program of one to two years in order to receive the proper credentials. Dental assistants, on average, tend to make about $37,000 a year as a mid-level career.  

Dental Lab Technician  

Becoming a dental laboratory technician is another great way to work with a dental team without a degree. Dental lab technicians help produce dental and orthodontic products, such as bridges, retainers, braces, crowns, dentures and more. While there are many courses that can help prepare you for the responsibilities that come with being a lab technician, most of the training can be done on the job. Although the salary depends on the practice, the average dental lab technician makes about $35,000-$37,000 a year. 

Dental Hygienist

A Dental Hygienist spends the majority of their day working directly with the patients under the supervision of a dentist. Averaging a salary of $74,000, Dental Hygienist are professionals with experience in cleaning tooth deposits, removing tough stains, and examining patients for signs of disease. Dental Hygienists are also trained in administering local anesthetics and providing preventative education for long term dental care. Dental Hygienists must acquire an Associate’s Degree to be considered for the role in a dental practice.  

Administration

Every healthcare office requires administrative support in order to operate smoothly. Someone with a friendly face to greet patients, answer phones, and schedule appointments is the ideal candidate to create a welcoming atmosphere and outstanding patient care. The demand for Administrative Assistants, Front Desk Coordinators, and Office Managers is extremely high with no education needed to pursue. The average income for an administrative role on the dental care team typically ranges from $30,000-$40,000 a year.  

 On a doctorate level, becoming a general dentist isn’t the only line of professional that is available. Orthodontists, Periodontists, and Oral Surgeons name a few who specialize in dental health and help improve the quality of life for thousands of patients.  

Orthodontist

Orthodontists are specialists who help with the alignment and positioning of the teeth. After a long journey of education and schooling, Orthodontists are constantly staying up-to-date with the most advanced straightening techniques and appliances. If becoming an Orthodontist is a career that interests you, it requires up to 12 years of schooling and advanced specialty education. Although the road to becoming an Orthodontist is a long one, this dental career is projected to grow faster than moth careers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, the employment of Orthodontists is predicted to see a growth of 21% by 2020.

Oral Surgeons

Oral surgeons, also known as Maxillofacial Surgeons, specialize in reconstructing the teeth, jaw, and facial bones, that can’t otherwise be treated through orthodontics. They often perform surgery and other procedures on the oral regions to treat diseases, injuries, and defects. The steps to become an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon include a four-year education, four years of dental school, and the completion of a hospital-based residency program.

Periodontist

A Periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the care of inflammation and disease of gums, the alveolar bone, and the periodontal ligament. To become a periodontist, one has to complete dental school and obtain a postdoctoral certificate, which often takes more than three years to receive.  

The dental field has many different careers that are available. Depending on the degree of education in which you prefer, every dental position has the advantage of helping patients achieve healthier smiles.
 

 

What Does Smoking Do to Your Oral Health?

May 7th, 2018
Easton Dentists Jun 1st, 2018

We all know smoking is bad for our health. In fact, smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and is linked to 480,000 deaths each year. Despite these stark statistics, about 17% of adults in the United States smoke. One thing smokers may not realize is that smoking can significantly damage their oral health.

Smoking and other forms of tobacco use can stain teeth and cause bad breath. In addition, smoking has been found to alter the microbiome of smokers’ mouths. Our oral microbiomes consist of carefully balanced levels of various bacteria. When these levels are altered, there can be serious health consequences.

Over time, the effects of smoking and tobacco use on oral health can grow more severe. In addition to cavities and gum disease, tobacco use can lead to increased rates of oral cancers.

As you can see, tobacco use is detrimental to your oral health in many ways. Luckily, quitting is always an option and the sooner you quit, the better. Scientists have ever found that your oral microbiome will return to its natural state after you quit smoking, although they have yet to determine exactly how long this takes.

If you’re ready to reclaim your health by quitting smoking, the Dental Center team is here to offer our support. Contact us today to learn more about how smoking can damage your oral health. We also recommend calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW for guidance regarding quitting tobacco usage. We know it will be difficult to quit, but we’re certain you have the strength to do it. Just keep reminding yourself that you deserve a long, healthy, and happy life!

The History of the Tooth Fairy

Apr 21st, 2018
Easton Dentists May 1st, 2018

As a dentist, the tooth fairy is particularly close to my heart. She makes the potentially scary event of losing a baby tooth something to look forward to and she encourages good dental hygiene because, after all, no fairy wants to dirty tooth. Recently, I started wondering about the origins of this fairy. How did we begin to tell our children that if they put a tooth beneath their pillow, a fairy would come in the night and take it in exchange for a tooth?

As it turns out, the tooth fairy is a relatively new addition to the folklore of childhood, but the ritualistic disposal of a child’s lost tooth has a long, interesting history. In some cultures, teeth were buried, burned, thrown over a house, or placed near a mouse hole. Over time, the role of the mouse in the disposal of baby teeth grew and, even today, Spanish children leave their teeth for a little rat to take.

In a French story called La Bonne Petite Souris, a good mouse rescues a queen by knocking out the evil king’s teeth. This good mouse then turns out to be a fairy. So, the tooth mouse has become a tooth fairy. It wasn’t until after World War II, however, that the tooth fairy became a part of most American children’s childhoods. This may be thanks, in part, to Tinkerbell and Cinderella, who made fairies a big part of the childhoods of children in the 1950s.

Today, the tooth fairy is an important part of many children’s childhoods. It can also be a great tool for parents who need to encourage better dental hygiene in their children. Just be sure to let them know the tooth fairy likes pearly white teeth!

Learn How To Get Child To Brush Teeth And Still Have Fun

Jul 20th, 2017
Easton Dentists Jul 20th, 2017

If you have a young child, there’s no doubt, getting them to brush their teeth can sometimes be quite challenging. The trick to getting little ones to brush their teeth regularly is to make it a fun activity. If you want to learn how to get child to brush teeth, you need to get into the mindset of the child. Standing there brushing their teeth can be boring to a small child, so turn it into a fun and exciting adventure.

You might be surprised, but many dentists recommend cleaning your child’s gums, before they even get their first tooth. Of course, it won’t be long before that first tooth appears, once that happens, it’s even more important to make sure you establish good dental hygiene habits. There are special brushes made just for babies and toddlers. For example, you can get a small brush with soft bristles, but you can also find a rubber tip that you put on the end of your finger; it has little silicone nubs that can gently clean baby’s teeth and gums. This is an easy way to make sure that you don’t accidentally poke your child when brushing their teeth.

You should also choose a toothpaste made for little ones. Remember, they won’t be able to rinse and spit out the toothpaste, so you’ll need something without fluoride. Of course, this baby/toddler toothpaste also tastes good; certainly, a benefit in getting the kids to brush.

Once your child is old enough to brush on their own, they should have a good idea how to do it; however, if they need a refresher, turn it into a game. One game many kids love is to pretend to look for hidden treasure, they open wide as you excitedly exclaim that you have found a unicorn or other fun treasure your child enjoys. As you discover each treasure the tooth brush goes in for a brushing. You can also sing songs, when a particular song is done, your child knows they are finished brushing.

Warning Signs Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Jun 30th, 2017
Easton Dentists Jul 11th, 2017

Impacted wisdom teeth are among the most painful and disruptive oral health issues anyone could experience. The pain associated with this condition is typically enough to highlight that something is wrong. However, identifying the problem as early as possible is essential. Below are some warning signs of impacted wisdom teeth:

Puffy Jaw

The initial swelling may be hard to notice; however, it will progressively increase and start to affect chewing motions and how wide your mouth can open.

Consistent Pain at the Sites

This condition could result in a pulsating pain radiating from the sites where the teeth should surface. If the condition worsens, the pain could spread to nearby teeth.

Cysts

Cysts are glaring indications that professional dental care is required. When your wisdom teeth become impacted, a sac could become filled with fluid. This could be quite painful and spread infections to adjacent teeth.

Aching Gums

Impacted wisdom teeth could result in your gums becoming extremely swollen and tender to the touch. In fact, bleeding could start if pressure is applied to the swollen areas. This could cause brushing, flossing and other everyday dental care practices to become tremendously painful. Additionally, impacted wisdom teeth are especially vulnerable to infection; therefore, gum disease could become a real possibility.

Headaches

The abrupt presence of headaches, particularly when combined with other impacted wisdom teeth symptoms, should not be overlooked. A headache could be caused from the temporomandibular joint. This is the area where your jaw and skull meet — the site where the wisdom teeth typically emerge.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, please call (614) 414-0111 or log on to http://www.eastondentists.com/ immediately. The experienced experts at Easton Dentists will be happy to help. Only professional dental care can alleviate these symptoms. Any delay could result in spreading infection and worsening the condition.

The Secret To A Healthier Smile

Apr 27th, 2017
Easton Dentists Apr 27th, 2017

You are probably aware of the popular saying, ‘you’re never fully dressed without a smile.’ It’s true! There’s not a single person out there who doesn’t want a bright, beautiful smile.

But what’s the secret to a secret to healthier smile?

First things first, get to the dentist. Most dental plans cover a standard, twice a year teeth cleaning, but many people should see their local dentist more often. In fact, the American Dental Association encourages adults to see their dentist every 90 days for a checkup and quick cleaning. This will ensure your teeth and gums are at their optimal health. Frequent visits will also help stop any cavities dead in their tracks.

If you tend to hide your smile due to some alignment imperfections, consider checking out a clear straightening system like Invisalign. Invisalign is a wildly popular, efficient method for correcting minor tooth imperfections. Typically, users are supplied with a pair of clear, computer generated trays. The user then wears the trays for 24 hours per day, and switches to slightly different trays about every two weeks. The best part is often people have no idea the user is even wearing clear braces.

But adults aren’t the only patients who should be concerned with oral health. How can you ensure your kids have a healthier smile?

We know your kid’s first visit to the dentist can be stressful, however the professionals at Easton Dentists work with children each and every day and will ensure your little one is comfortable and relaxed.

Need some tips? Make sure you talk to you child about where they are going and what is going to happen. Prizes are also a great way to advertise the dentist as a fun and exciting place. Considering offering your child stickers, crayons, finger puppets, or key chains after a successful visit.

Your Kid’s First Visit To The Dentist

Apr 27th, 2017
Easton Dentists Apr 27th, 2017

Imagining your kids 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

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.

Diet And Dental Health

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

Good dental health starts with nutrition and diet. What you eat and drink can affect not only your weight and overall health but also your dental health. Taking good care of your teeth and involves more than just brushing and flossing your teeth every day.

It goes without saying that eating sugary foods and drinking dark beverages can damage your teeth, but there’s plenty to understand about diet and dental health. Certain foods can accelerate the level of decay, leading to bad breath (halitosis), caries (cavities) and other dental problems. On the other hand, other foods can improve your oral health by helping to limit decay over time.

Which foods to eat

When choosing a diet that will promote both dental and overall health, bear in mind that there are plenty of foods out there that can help you achieve your goal. For the best results, you will need to take note of foods that will help you avoid a host of dental issues while also helping you to increase your energy and manage your weight.

Research has established that foods such as almonds, leafy greens, cheese, poultry, fruits, vegetables, cheese, eggs and fish can help you fight cavities, reduce the risk of or effectively manage gum disease, and embrace an overall healthier lifestyle. Beverages you should incorporate into your diet include water, milk and plain yogurt.

Foods to avoid

It’s also critical to understand some of the foods you need to avoid or limit in order to improve your overall dental health. For healthier teeth and gums, it pays to limit or avoid sugary, processed foods and foods that are high in sugar or sugar substitutes.

For good dental health, always remember to brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and visit your dentist regularly. Regular dental care can help prevent oral problems and detect those that occur in the early stages, while they’re easily treatable.