Five more common dental health problems

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Santa Fe Dental, your Edmond, Oklahoma dentist of choice, cares for dental problems of all types, from those caused by bad habits to genetic and environmental factors. Last month we covered five common dental health problems that impact patients of all ages. Here are five more:

Toothaches are painful and irritating. They are caused by a variety of problems like sensitivity, or cavities. Most causes can be managed by regular dental visits, and good oral hygiene. We can help manage the cause and relieve your pain.

Broken Permanent Tooth
Sports injuries, glassware, eating hard candy or chewing ice can result in a broken tooth. Sometimes this tooth can be saved, and if it can’t, dental implants can be used to restore your smile. If you break a tooth, consult with one of our experts and evaluate your options.

Enamel Erosion
Some commonly consumed foods and drinks contain acids that attack the enamel and weaken the tooth structure. This causes sensitivity, chipping, and cracking. The doctors at Santa Fe Dental can help repair erosion, and can also reverse it with diet tips and special fluoride treatments.

Mouth Sores
These happen for a variety of reasons, and are typically uncomfortable. Usually, they go away on their own, and there are several over-the-counter topical solutions that relieve the pain. If you have a sore that has lasted longer than a couple of weeks, give us a call and we will get you in for an exam.

Overbite or Underbite
Usually due to an improperly developed jaw, or bad habits like thumb sucking, it can create problems speaking and chewing, as well as contribute to periodontal disease. The variety of treatments differ depending on the severity of the case, therefore you should consult with an orthodontic specialist at Corner Dental to determining the best treatment for you.

Do children need to floss for great dental health?

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At Santa Fe Dental, your family dentist in Edmond, Oklahoma, many parents ask: “Do I need to floss my toddler’s teeth“? The answer is yes!

Flossing can be the most overlooked part of keeping a child’s teeth clean, one that is critically important in preventing cavities. Flossing is important because it enables you to clean between the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach and where many cavities start. Once the primary teeth begin to touch together it is necessary to begin flossing.

With younger toddlers and preschool aged children the easiest way to floss is with a floss stick. These can be purchased at any drug store. The size of adult hands and children’s mouths can make flossing difficult. Floss sticks allow you to get floss in between children’s back teeth without having to stick your hands all the way to the back of their mouths. We recommend that parents floss their children’s teeth until they are able to tie their own shoes.

The key to flossing a young child’s teeth is going to be the flossing position. If you have two people available to help with flossing then that is ideal. Two people can floss a child’s teeth in the knee to knee position. The two adults should sit facing each other with their knees almost touching. The child can sit in one adult’s lap facing them. Then, the child can be leaned back onto the lap of the other adult providing easy access for flossing (and brushing).

Happy flossing!

How much sugar is too much for dental health?

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Sugar is one of a dentist’s biggest enemies as it is used as the primary energy source by the bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities on your teeth. This has prompted the American Heart Association to warn everyone regarding sugar consumption over the last few years.

Sugar is naturally occurring in many foods but is added to many other foods during processing, preparation or at the table. Sugar doesn’t have any nutritional value aside from providing calories and it can displace more nutritious foods and beverages in a person’s diet. So how much is too much sugar? The AHA recommends that only about half of a person’s discretionary calorie intake should come from added sugars. For a person that is not exercising much this would be about 36 grams (9 tsps) for men, 20 grams (5 tsp) for women and an estimate of only about 12 grams (3 tsps) for children a day.

But remember! Most 12 oz soft drinks have at least 36 grams of sugar which is the entire suggested amount of sugar for a non-active grown man and more than the suggested amount for non-active women or children for a day.

As you can see, sugar does a lot more than just cause cavities.

The next time you visit us at Santa Fe Dental, your family dentist in Edmond, Oklahoma, and we tell you to to cut back on sugar just remember that it’s not just about your dental health, it’s also about making you healthier.

How a Great Dental Office Changes Everything

Looking for a great dentist office in Edmond, Oklahoma? Santa Fe Dental is the right place for you. What makes Santa Fe Dental so great? It begins with the way we use technology in the dentist office.

We aren’t the kind of office that shows off our technology without any plan to use it. We are, day in and day out, using dental technology to benefit our patients. You can join our satisfied patients by checking us out! Let’s take a look at how technology, paired with a great staff, results in a wonderful dental experience for you!

Technology in the Dentist Office

Technology is increasingly important in every facet of life, so it should come as no surprise that we are working to make sure our dental office is ready to give you the best care possible thanks to the availability of some of the most advanced technology on the market. Take a look below to see what we mean.

Digital X-rays
Every patient will receive X-rays at least once each year. You know all about X-rays. You’ve probably had one before, so you know all about the lead apron and the fact that X-rays contain a lot of radiation. That’s a scary thought in a world where cancer seems to be taking over everything.

Here at Santa Fe Dental, you don’t have to worry about that exposure because we use digital X-rays. Digital X-rays use 10% of the radiation of traditional X-rays. 10%! That’s a huge benefit to you and your health, especially since you need those images once a year to track the progress of your smile. Just imagine how relieved you’ll feel to see your KIDS get X-rays, knowing that the radiation is cut so drastically.

There are some pieces of technology that just cannot be replaced. E4D is one of them. Here’s the bottom line, if you need a crown put in, you need a crown put in. Waiting 3-6 weeks for a new crown to be made in some lab across town only puts you at risk for infection and a possible root canal.

E4D changes that scenario completely. When you step into our office for a crown, you will get it that very day. E4D is a milling machine that can create the perfect crown for your tooth in a matter of minutes. While you sit back and enjoy a chapter from your favorite book, your crown is created and ready to place! This kind of service is exactly why technology is so important to our patients!

Let’s take a moment to talk about the advances in sedation. It wasn’t too long ago that a patient would just have to take the discomfort of sitting for hours with their mouths open. That or they would have to split procedures into little pieces so that they could stand it!

Sedation takes away ALL of that stress and anxiety. Whether you are in need of extensive work or the dentist office just freaks you out completely, sedation is now available for you. We offer oral sedation, which is a prescription pill you can take before you come into the office. The medication relaxed your mind and body, allowing us to complete your work while you rest comfortably!

Technology is Nothing Without a Great Staff

We have the technology that makes going to the dentist a walk in the park. We offer great services and opportunities for you, but none of that matters without a fantastic staff. Luckily, we have that, too!

It doesn’t matter what kind of tech we can offer if we can’t also offer a comforting face, a warm smile, and a judgment free zone. Thankfully, we can offer you cake and let you eat it, too because we have one of the best staffs Oklahoma has ever seen!

Is it time for you to take the next step towards a healthier smile? We think so! Consider how great technology can change your next dentist appointment, then contact us to set it up! We can’t wait to sit down with you very soon to discuss your options!