Klamath Falls Dental Specialists https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:29:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Klamath Falls Dental Specialists https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com 32 32 More Adults Getting Braces Than Ever Before https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/more-adults-getting-braces-than-ever-before/ https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/more-adults-getting-braces-than-ever-before/#respond Thu, 29 May 2014 09:28:01 +0000 https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/?p=1912 78776514A lot of people associate braces with kids in middle school, but getting braces as an adult has become far more common than many would assume. Nearly 20 percent of people wearing braces today are adults. Clear braces like Invisalign and ceramic braces that blend in with the natural color of teeth have been two of the main reasons why more adults are deciding to get the smile they have always wanted.

Why Adults Get Braces

As we age, our teeth can begin to shift due to a variety or reasons, including injury, tongue thrusting or just from natural growth. Suddenly, some adults find that their once straight teeth have become overcrowded or crooked. They begin to experience jaw pain, trouble adequately cleaning their teeth, or simply find their smile no longer as attractive as before.

Other adults may have always dealt with a crooked smile, but their family couldn’t afford orthodontic treatment when younger. Now able to afford the treatment of their own, they take the initiative to finally correct their smile.

No matter the reason, most of the adults who elect to get braces find it a worthwhile investment for a few potentially awkward years in exchange for a lifetime of straight teeth.

Wearing Braces for a Second Time

Occasionally, even adults who wore braces as kids need to relive the experience again later in life. Teeth shift as we get older, and some individual’s teeth shift more than others. Kids who didn’t follow their dentist’s advice and wear their retainer as often as recommended or individuals who are unlucky in how their jaws continued to grow as they aged into adulthood could experience their teeth shifting back to the original position.

Orthodontist have also discovered recently that patients should wear their retainers for much longer than what had been recommended in previous decades – occasionally indefinitely – in order to prevent teeth from shifting. Unfortunately, this means that even adults who were excellent patients when wearing braces as kids may need to wear braces again.

Bracing for Braces

Since an adult’s teeth have quit growing, it can take longer for adults to complete orthodontic treatment than younger patients. While the amount of time an adult will need to wear braces depends on a case-by-case basis, most patients can expect treatment lasting between 12 and 24 months.

Patients will also need to schedule more frequent appointments with the staff at Klamath Falls Dental Specialists for routine checkups and repairs of their braces. It’s important that every patient practice quality oral hygiene during and after treatment. Because of the brackets and guards used during orthodontic treatments, bacteria and lingering food particles can stick in the mouth, increasing the risk for tooth decay.

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New Breakthrough May Help Reverse Bone Loss https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/new-breakthrough-may-help-reverse-bone-loss/ https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/new-breakthrough-may-help-reverse-bone-loss/#respond Thu, 01 May 2014 09:51:22 +0000 https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/?p=1907 177351823Individuals suffering from leukocyte adhesion deficiency, or LAD, develop frequent bacterial infections, including periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease. Because of the dealing with this devastating oral disease, individuals with LAD often lose their permanent teeth at an early age.

Now, a new study from researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine – in conjuncture with the National Institutes of Health – has found a new method of reversing the inflammation and bone loss caused by periodontitis that leads to tooth loss.

The results of this study were published in the journal Science Translation Medicine.

Promising Breakthrough

While rare, leukocyte adhesion deficiency can be life-threatening for those suffering from the disease. Individuals can succumb to bacterial infections because their immune systems don’t posses a necessary molecule needed by immune cells – specifically neutrophils – to deal with the site of an infection.

Researchers once believed that LAD patients developed severe periodontitis due to the inability of neutrophils to move from the bloodstream into infected gum tissue. It was therefore thought that harmful oral bacteria was left unchecked and allowed to thrive in the gums.

This new study challenges this long-held belief.

Researchers discovered that bone loss and gum disease continued unabated even after LAD patients were given antibiotics or underwent plaque removal. While LAD patients did not have neutrophils present in their gum tissue as expected, they did possess the molecule in the bloodstream. Upon closer examination, however, researchers discovered that LAD patients involved in the study had high levels of bacteria on the surface of their teeth but bacteria levels that were normal inside their gum tissue.

This marks a very different type of periodontitis than what researchers see in otherwise healthy patients, where neutrophils can actually cause periodontitis to develop by being too prevalent in the gums.

To determine the unique nature of periodontitis among LAD patients, researchers studied the proteins and genes related to the immune system found in these patients. When contrasted to individuals with gingivitis or periodontitis who were otherwise healthy, one particular molecule stood out to researchers: individuals with LAD had extremely high levels of IL-17 and IL-17 mRNA in their gum tissue.

IL-17 acts as a feedback loop for the body’s immune system. When the loop senses that a tissue contain low levels of neutrophil, levels of IL-17 increase, which encourages increased neutrophil production and migration from the bloodstream to the gums. However, since LAD patients’ neutrophils cannot cross into gum tissue, the loop malfunctions, causing increased inflammation.

Not only can IL-17 lead to inflammation, the molecule can also cause osteoclasts, cells that erode away bone structure, in this case teeth.

To treat this condition, researchers intend to test drugs that help to inhibit IL-17 activity in the body – which are already used to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis – to determine whether these compounds could also be used to treat LAD patients with periodontitis.

Amazing Advances

The work treating LAD patients with periodontitis just serves to highlight the remarkable breakthroughs researchers continue to make in the field of oral health.

Over the last 20 years, few branches of science have made the kind of advancements as dentistry, and the future continues to look equally bright for the field. Research currently under study ranges from developing compounds that eliminate harmful bacteria in the mouth that causes gum disease and tooth decay to allowing humans to mimic alligators by continuing to regrow teeth throughout our lifetime.

What advances science makes next in oral health remains to be seen, but you can feel confident that it will be something worth smiling about.

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Major League Pitcher Puts Dental Protection First https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/major-league-pitcher-puts-dental-protection-first/ https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/major-league-pitcher-puts-dental-protection-first/#respond Thu, 03 Apr 2014 01:05:18 +0000 https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/?p=1903 corbin-for-Klamath-Falls-Dental-SpecialistsApril marks the beginning of National Facial Protection Month which the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) will be promoting through a unique partnership with All-Star major league pitcher Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Corbin sets an excellent example in the majors and for all athletes, by wearing a mouthguard when he plays both at bat and on the mound. At Klamath Falls Dental Specialists, Dr. Walle and Dr. Lee want to let everyone know of the importance of protecting your teeth and face to prevent injuries when playing sports, as the spring brings us all out and about more.

Leading By Example

Corbin has even helped in promoting National Facial Protection Month this year by creating public service radio spots reminding those playing sports at any age to protect their mouth and face from harm. Corbin tries to leads by example, as he wants to help players remember that mouth guards are very important to all who play and are an easy way to help protect your dental health.

Annual Campaign By The AAO

National Facial Protection Month is an annual campaign by the American Association of Orthodontists to help “Spread the word to remind both children and adults: as you suit up for outdoor activities this spring, don’t forget to protect your face and head.” This can be done through wearing a mouthguard and using the right gear every time you participate as an athlete in any sport this season.

Corbin Always Protects His Teeth

As baseballs can hit triple digit speeds when they leave a bat, Corbin knows first-hand the damage that can happen to one’s teeth. Corbin is diligent in always wearing his mouth guard during his professional games. He was quoted in a PRNewswire release as saying “Wearing a mouthguard on the field is just as important as any other protective gear,” and he added, “In baseball, a line drive can come at you when you least expect it, and it’s crucial to be protected at all times.” Corbin was named an All Star for the first time last year after jumping out to an 11-1 record by the All Star game break with a stunning 2.35 ERA. Corbin also says his mouth guard helps to align his jaw and his center of gravity, which he credits with relieving some of the tension in his neck, shoulder, and back muscles. He believes this all helps him achieve his best speed and precision with his pitching.

A Great Example To All

Gayle Glenn, D.D.S, M.S.D., the president of the AAO, also conveyed in the recent PRNewswire release that “We are fortunate to partner with Patrick Corbin, and applaud him for consistently wearing his mouth guard. He sets a great example for athletes of all ages, which drives home the importance of protecting the teeth and face,” adding that, “It’s a message we hope everyone takes seriously in April and all year round.”

If your child or you need to see about getting fitted for a mouth guard or other dental appliance, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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The Truth on Teeth Grinding and Anxiety https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/the-truth-on-teeth-grinding-and-anxiety/ https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/the-truth-on-teeth-grinding-and-anxiety/#respond Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:22:32 +0000 https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/?p=1857 Burxism Klamath Falls Dental Specialists

Many people do not realize that anxiety is a leading cause of people grinding their teeth or, what is known in dental circles as, ‘bruxism.’ Frequently, a visit to the dentist involves the question of whether or not you are prone to grinding your teeth when you sleep. Your dentist asks this because this habit can not only cause your teeth to wear down, but also can result in ear pains, jaw aches, sleep disturbances, and headaches if left untreated. At Klamath Falls Dental Specialists, we want to make sure you have all the information you need about teeth grinding and anxiety. This includes recipes for being less stressed and what to look out for.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is when you clench your teeth too hard or repeatedly mash them against each other. A majority of bruxism occurs when people are asleep, so the sufferer may have no idea that they are causing harm to their teeth. This repeated grinding action can unevenly wear down teeth and place increased stress on teeth and jaw. Anxiety and stress are the leading factors in teeth grinding, so finding ways to alleviate stress in your life is key in combating bruxism.

Relax Your Mouth and Your Body

Relaxing the muscles in the jaw and in the entire face can help decrease the pressure and lessen the impact of teeth grinding. Relaxation options such as yoga, guided meditation, or exercise can help teach your body to stress less. If there are emotional issues that you may need help with, counseling or therapy may be a great option, so that your teeth and jaw do not bear the brunt of your stress. Routine exercise and looking at your diet can also be helpful in reducing stress and anxiety that can cause you to grind your teeth.

Disorders, Guards, and Missing Teeth

Bruxism is not only brought on by stress however, as some people have a sleep disorder which can cause frequent teeth grinding. Dentists may suggest a mouth guard to shield your teeth from grinding effects when you sleep. In more severe cases, muscle relaxants can also be prescribed and taken before you sleep help rest the teeth and jaw. People with missing teeth or misaligned jaw or bites are also more susceptible to bruxism and should be aware of this risk.

Habitual Teeth Grinding

Some individuals have what is called chronic bruxism, which can cause very serious wear to teeth, where they are ground down to worrying levels. These habitual conditions can also lead to such symptoms as TMJ or other severe jaw pain. Taking some antidepressants have also been shown to induce bruxism as a part of their side effects. Sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea can also cause teeth grinding.

What To Do

Many times, bruxism sufferers have no idea that they are doing it until some close to them tells them, or a visit to a dental professional makes them aware of it. Dentists  and specialists can look carefully at your teeth and mouth to see if you are grinding your teeth and make sure you know all the treatment options. Sometimes, the fix is as easy as a slight diet modification like cutting down on alcohol or caffeine.

If you think you might at risk of bruxism or teeth grinding, please contact us today to make an appointment.

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Six Behaviors That Tarnish Your Teeth https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/six-behaviors-that-tarnish-your-teeth/ https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/six-behaviors-that-tarnish-your-teeth/#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:43:45 +0000 https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/?p=1852 sodaThere are bad habits that we’ve all carried around for years that may be affecting our pearly whites way more than we think. Take a look below at six common behaviors that can cause a mess of your dental health. At Klamath Falls Dental Specialists, your Klamath Falls dentist of choice, we care about your teeth and gums, and want to make sure you end up a with smile you can be proud of for years to come.

Soft Drinks and Soda

Drinking soda can impact your dental health in a few different ways. They can contain as much as 11 teaspoons of sugar in each serving and also include citric and phosphoric acids, both of which are known to eat away the enamel of your teeth. Even diet versions of soda, which contain sugar substitutes, can have increased levels of these harmful acids.

Piercings, Studs, and Rings

Although it may look cool, getting your tongue or lips pierced can have serious ramifications for your dental health. When you chomp down on metal in your mouth, it can chip or crack teeth. Also, rings in your lip or tongue can irritate the gums and the inside of your mouth and cause gum damage, which can result in the loss of teeth. Getting your mouth pierced can also increase the likelihood of infections, so it is best to talk it over with a dental professional before you go down that road.

Ice Chomping

Because it is made of water and has no calories, one could believe that ice is fine for your teeth, but that is far from the truth. Ice is hard, very hard, and biting down on it can easily crack or chip teeth. Chewing ice can also aggravate the interior tissue in your teeth which can cause toothaches. This can result in more susceptibility to changes in temperature, which could cause sudden pain or aches.

Not Using A Mouthguard

Whenever you play contact sports, or sports that involve falls, it is critical to wear a mouthguard to protect against injury and tooth loss. These plastic barriers, which are often molded to your teeth, defend your top row of teeth against an accidental elbow or ball strike to the face. Your dentist can fit you for the proper type of guard depending on your needs.

Cough Drops

Must conventional cough drops found in pharmacies or supermarkets are filled with sugar or corn syrup which can be very hard on teeth. It is best to remember to brush your teeth thoroughly after using such drops. The sugar in these helpful cough eliminators can cover teeth with plaque, which contains bacteria that transform the sugar into acid. These acids can etch away at the enamel on your teeth and cause cavities and decay.

Sports Drinks

Sports drinks, like Gatorade or PowerAde, are go-tos for thirty athletes who want to replenish lost electrolytes or just feel refreshed. However, these drinks contain large amounts of sugar and also have acids that can harm your teeth. Many dentists recommend water as a better alternative to those high sugar drinks.

If you have questions about any of the items listed above, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Study Finds Chronic Stress Increases Inflammation in the Body https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/study-finds-chronic-stress-increases-inflammation-body/ https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/study-finds-chronic-stress-increases-inflammation-body/#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:54:34 +0000 https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/?p=1832 As patients of Klamath Falls Dental Specialist know, brushing and flossing rank as the two most important habits they can practice to protect the health of their teeth and gums. Failing to practice quality oral hygiene allows harmful bacteria to produce substances that erode away at tooth enamel and increase a patient’s risk of developing gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss.

Gum disease – like every other type of infection – causes inflammation in the body. In addition to gum disease, research has shown that chronic inflammation can lead to a variety of health problems, including depression, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer. Health experts believe that if they can gain a better understanding of the causes of inflammation in the body, the can help reduce disease.

Now a new study offers to provide a better understanding of how chronic stress – a known risk factor for a number of oral and physical health problems – can cause high levels of inflammation to develop in the body.

The results of the study were published in the journal Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences.

New Answers

Researchers discovered that chronic stress alters gene activity in immune cells before they enter the bloodstream so they are prepared to fight trauma or infection, even in cases where no trauma or infection exists to fight. This leads to increased inflammation in the body.

This phenomenon was reported in both mice and in blood samples from individuals living under poor socioeconomic statuses – a leading predictor of chronic stress – found a joint study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University, the University of British Columbia, UCLA, and Ohio State University.

Researchers reported finding stress-induced alterations to the bone marrow of both mice and humans suffering from chronic stress that selects whether a cell will become inflammatory. This suggests to researchers that individuals who experience chronic stress – whether from an unreasonable boss or family hardship – may have that stress play out at gene expression level in their body’s immune system.

The Effects of Stress

As part of their experiment with mice, researchers induced chronic stress by having several male mice live together long enough that they developed a hierarchy among themselves. Researchers then introduced an aggressive male mouse into the established hierarchy for two-hour periods to create feelings of stress within the mice.

Researchers then examined the immune cells circulating in the stressed mice’s blood stream, discovering that the mice had four times the amount of immune cells in the spleen and blood when compared to non-stressed mice.

Similar results were also discovered in human participants. Researchers at UCLA examined blood samples from humans that lived under different socioeconomic statuses, as well as stressed out mice. Just as with the mice, researchers found that the human participants also had higher levels of inflammatory immune cells in the blood.

This study provides a clear demonstration how psychological issues such as stress can impact an individual’s biology. Researchers hope that has they begin to gain a better understanding of how stress can impact inflammation and a person’s oral and physical health, they can better devise ways of reducing inflammation in the body.

If you suffer from chronic stress, it becomes even more important that you maintain your daily oral hygiene habits and continue to schedule regular dental appointments at Klamath Falls Dental Specialist.

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Healthy Gums Mean a Healthy Body https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/healthy-gums-mean-healthy-body/ https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/healthy-gums-mean-healthy-body/#respond Fri, 01 Nov 2013 06:12:29 +0000 https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/?p=1801 ID-100184988Most people tend to take their oral health for granted, and only come to appreciate the role their teeth and gums play in daily activities like eating, talking, and even smiling when something starts to go wrong.

When it comes to protecting your oral health, your first priority should be the health of your gums, which protect the base of your teeth and the connective tissue that anchors them to the jawbone. When the health of your gums begins to deteriorate, gum problems can result in permanent tooth loss. Fortunately, you can take a variety of steps to help protect the health of your gums.

Gum Disease

The biggest threat to the health of your gums, and the leading cause of tooth loss, is gum disease. There are two types of gum disease- the milder gingivitis and the more advanced periodontitis.

Gingivitis begins during the early stages of gum disease when small pockets that form around the base of the gum line begin to fill with bacteria, which causes inflammation to occur. For most people, gingivitis causes mild symptoms like chronic bad breath and bleeding gums.

Studies conducted by the American Dental Association have shown that approximately 75 percent of all adults in the U.S. will suffer from gum disease at some point in life. Of these cases, 70 percent involve gingivitis, while periodontitis accounts the remaining 30 percent.

When left untreated, gingivitis can cause inflammation that can spread to nearby connective tissue and into the jawbone, resulting in the development of periodontitis. The symptoms of which include:

  • Gum recession. This causes your gums to recede away from the base of your teeth, exposing the delicate roots to decay.
  • Noticeable pockets of inflammation near the gum line. This can indicate that the spread of gum disease to other parts of mouth and jaw.
  • Gum sensitivity and pain. Your gums become sensitive to the touch, which can make eating and talking difficult.
  • Tooth sensitivity to changes in temperature. The exposure of your teeth’s roots make them more susceptible to outside stimuli such as consuming hot or cold foods and drinks.

When combined together, the symptoms of periodontitis can cause even the healthiest of teeth to become loose and eventually fall out. While your dentist can easily treat early stages of gingivitis, late stage periodontitis may become untreatable, making tooth loss all but unavoidable.

Preventing and Treating Gum Disease

A combination of routine dental exams and preventative oral care is the best way to treat and prevent gum disease.

Even if scheduling regular visits to see your dentist ranks fairly low on a list of favorite activities, routine checkups play an important role in catching the early signs of gingivitis before the disease has a chance to spread and develop into periodontitis. By undergoing regular checkups, your dentist can compare the condition of your gums overtime and note any erosion that has occurred. Checkups also provide your dentist with the opportunity to take dental x-rays, which can detect gum disease early on.

At home, you can work towards preventing gum disease by practicing quality oral hygiene. This includes habits such as brushing at least twice a day, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash. If you’re suffering from the early stages of gum disease, talk with your dentist about the best preventative care techniques to use at home.

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Q&A on Periodontal Disease https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/qa-on-periodontal-disease/ https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/qa-on-periodontal-disease/#respond Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:04:11 +0000 https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/?p=1769 Do your gums ever bleed? Do you have swollen gums or are they sensitive to the touch? Many people don’t realize that these are common signs of periodontal disease. When plaque and tarter build up on your gums, the build up can cause them to inflame. When you scrub them with your toothbrush it can cause the sensitive gums to bleed.

Periodontal disease can lead to many health issues including gum inflammation and in more severe circumstances, critical damage to the gums and bone that support the teeth.

According to a report commissioned by the Center for Disease Control, “Prevalance of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010,” an estimated 64.7 million American adults, 47.2 percent, have a mild, moderate, or severe case of periodontal disease. Severe symptoms of periodontal disease can include swelling or bleeding.

The condition can often go unnoticed, which is why it is important to visit your dentist at least twice a year.

Q: How common is periodontal disease, and what is it?

A: Periodontal disease is oral health issue that is a chronic inflammatory disease. It affects the gum tissue in your mouth and it can also hurt the bones supporting your teeth. If it is left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss.
Q: Are there common risk factors for periodontal disease?

A: The main cause of periodontal disease is linked to plaque. Other factors include: lifestyle habits such as smoking, genetics, stress, medications, age, clenching or grinding your teeth, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Q: What is the most common symptom linked to periodontal disease?

A: Gum disease is a silent disease, which means that the symptoms may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease is present. But there are warning signs of gum disease which include the following:
• Red, tender or swollen gums or other pain in your mouth.
• Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing, or even eating hard food.
• Gums that are receding away from the teeth, which can causing the teeth to appear longer than before.
• Loose teeth.
• Pus between in your mouth between your gums and teeth.
• Chronic bad breath.

Q: What health risks are associated with periodontal disease?

A: Periodontal disease is associated with many other diseases. Such as diabetes, heart disease, and even premature and low birth weight in babies. Treating inflammation not only helps to manage periodontal disease but in many cases, it also helps with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

 

Q: What happens if periodontal disease goes untreated?

A: If periodontal disease is not properly diagnosed or treated, an individual will lose bone by the teeth over time. This will lead to tooth loss.

 

Q: What are treatment options for periodontal disease?

A: There are a lot of new and less invasive options to treat periodontal disease.
Not all situations will require surgery. However, when there is severe bone loss, surgery may become the best option to retain the teeth. Without treatment of the disease, the teeth will inevitably be lost.

 

Q: Once treated, what’s the best way to assure that your gums stay healthy?
A: We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing, but the next important step is to have a regular checkups and cleanings. Patients who have moderate to severe periodontal disease have been shown to remain stable with up to four cleanings a year.

Dr. Lee at Klamath Falls Dental Specialists focuses on treating periodontal disease. Regardless of the cause of periodontal disease, it’s essential to seek treatment as soon possible to remove existing bacteria and regenerate supporting structures of gum tissue and bone. Dr. Lee and her compassionate staff at Klamath Falls Dental Specialists provide a variety of treatment options for those dealing with periodontal disease.

Make an appointment today.

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When it Comes to Flossing, There's No Excuse https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/when-it-comes-to-flossing-theres-no-excuse/ https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/when-it-comes-to-flossing-theres-no-excuse/#respond Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:38:24 +0000 https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/?p=1755 dental flossFlossing is the most important habit for maintaining optimal dental health, but it’s a habit that seems easy to put off “until tomorrow.” However, orthodontist in Klamath Falls, OR Dr. Neil Walle encourages his patients to floss.

The Importance of Flossing

Flossing can often be an afterthought, especially once we’re done brushing our teeth. But when considering the surface area of teeth in our mouths, it’s important to note that a good amount of precious enamel is nestled right next to other teeth. It is unreasonable to expect a toothbrush to be able to clean in those tight spaces.

Dental floss, however, fits neatly in between teeth, providing an effective and efficient way to remove plaque from hard-to-reach places and drastically cutting the incidence of cavities that develop between teeth. Despite the importance of flossing, a study by the American Dental Association found that 10% of adults neglect to floss at all, while 48% of adults floss sporadically. These excuses often accompany our avoidance of flossing our teeth.

Excuse #1: I Don’t Have Time to Floss

This is an important concept to overcome. Think about how much time we spend in the bathroom with basic grooming so that we smell good and look good, then think about how many of these habits save our teeth.

Brushing and flossing our teeth takes so little time in the big scheme of things, and they both do so much for the health of your smile. Once it becomes a strong habit, flossing correctly takes under a minute to complete – plus, we really only need to floss once a day. Take the time to groom your smile to save your teeth!

Excuse #2: There’s No Food Between My Teeth

It’s essential to remember that flossing isn’t about removing trapped food from in between teeth – it’s about removing plaque. That sticky yellow substance builds up and leads to cavities and gum disease when it isn’t removed. This is why tooth decay happens in places that are hard to reach in the mouth.

Excuse #3: It Hurts Too Much to Floss

As they say at the gym, “No Pain, No Gain.” This doesn’t mean that flossing will or should hurt over time. However, many good habits – like exercise – may produce a little pain as your body adjusts. If your gums hurt during flossing, this is a sign of gingivitis, which actually means you need to floss more instead of less.

Excuse #4: Flossing is Too Hard

The act of flossing seems like a complicated set of steps, but the reality is that if you can hold a toothbrush, you can floss your teeth. Suspend a length of floss between the fingers of each hand and guide it between your teeth, curving around the surfaces to get into those nooks and crannies.

If flossing is sincerely a problem due to limited dexterity, talk with the Klamath Falls orthodontist Dr. Walle for advice and additional help with flossing. For a one-on-one consultation, call 541-884-8668 for a personal appointment!

 

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Benefits of Dental Radiographs https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/benefits-of-dental-radiographs/ https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/benefits-of-dental-radiographs/#respond Wed, 27 Mar 2013 23:02:20 +0000 https://klamathfallsdentalspecialists.com/?p=1718 Dental radiographs which are often called x-rays are an essential part of your dental care.
Many patients come into our office and wonder if they really need an x-ray. X-rays can help dental professionals provide outstanding care.
A dental radiograph can give your dentist get a picture of your hard tissues (which is the teeth and bones) and the soft tissues that surround your teeth and jawbones.

Here are more benefits of dental radiographs.


• Helps dentist staff see tooth decay and fillings
• Can locate disease in the bones
• Can see gum disease
• Can recognize infections and tumors

Dental radiographs can alert us dental professionals to changes in your health, we can see how the teeth and jawbones are developing. Radiographs can help your dentist identify diseases and developmental problems before they become serious health issues. A X-ray is one of the best ways to have early detection. If you don’t visit your dentist regularly, oral health infections can occur.

Some of our patients ask if dental radiographs are safe because they can expose the themselves to radiation. There are several factors and health practices that work together to make dental radiography safe.

Know that the amount of radiation used in each x-ray session is very small. All dentist must follow close procedure.

If you are visiting a brand new dentist, make sure to provide him or her with copies of your existing radiographs. This can help avoid duplicating. This can also help limit your exposure to radiation.

Because of the extremely low radiation dose associated with dental radiographs, people who have often received radiation treatment for head and neck cancer can even undergo dental radiography safely.
In fact, head and neck radiation treatment can increase the risk of developing tooth decay, so it is important to visit your dentist and make the radiographs a priority.

Always tell your dentist if you are pregnant. During your pregnancy, you may need to have radiographs taken as part of your treatment plan for a dental disease that requires immediate attention. Use of the leaded apron and collar will protect you and your fetus from radiation exposure.

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