The holidays are upon us, and with these festivities come the feasts! You might find yourself eating more sweets than you usually do — or changing your healthy dental habits to adapt to multiple celebrations. However, even changes that only last through the holiday season are enough to do damage to your pearly whites. It’s important to take some steps to help protect your smile and ensure a healthy holiday season.
What can happen to my teeth during the holidays?
Your teeth’s number one enemy is sugar, and the holidays are a time when desserts play center stage. Buckets of Halloween candy are just the start to a season that prides itself on pies of all flavors, candy canes, and homemade cookies, cakes, fudges, and other desserts crafted specially for family gatherings. Those sweets are central in holiday traditions and memories, but you don’t want those memories tarnished by an emergency trip to the dentist during this time.
Bacteria that already live in our mouth naturally devour the sugar we eat, leaving acid behind. This acid is responsible for eroding our enamel and leading to tooth decay, cavities, and worse. Since we typically eat even more sugar than normal during the holiday season, we can really wreak havoc on the health of our teeth — not to mention rack up extra sensitivity.
Beyond the damage that sugar can do to our smile, there are a number of treats that can cause extra harm. In a worst-case scenario, highly sticky candies like taffy can yank out fillings. Hard desserts like peanut brittle can damage existing dental work or even crack or break natural teeth. Before you take a bite, ask yourself: is this item worth the risk of having to schedule an emergency appointment with the dentist? Plan accordingly!
How can I ensure healthy holiday habits for my teeth?
Don’t treat your teeth like tools. Avoid using them to open packaging, remove tags, and other similar situations. Even seemingly innocuous tasks could damage dental work — or even your natural teeth. Likewise, leave cracking nutshells to nutcrackers. You could land in an emergency dental appointment in the middle of holiday festivities, making this year certainly memorable — but not in a good way.
Whenever possible, try to brush your teeth after eating meals — particularly when those meals entail delicious desserts. Pack a travel toothbrush, floss, and travel-sized tube of toothpaste in your purse or travel bag to use between meals. There are also a number of single-use, disposable teeth-cleaning options available on the market for just these kinds of situations. That way, you can have the tools you need on hand to clean your teeth without the extra worry of transporting your toothbrush and toothpaste everywhere you go.
No matter how much you might try to be prepared for anything, a holiday meal — or treat — might just catch you unaware. If you’re caught without your teeth-cleaning tools, even rinsing with plain water is better than nothing. Doing so after meals and snacks can help neutralize the acids that the sugar-eating bacteria leave on your teeth.
In the end, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to completely restrict yourself from the treats that make the holiday fun. Everything in moderation — and rinse with water afterward.
What are some healthy holiday activities that won’t hurt my teeth?
When it comes to delicious holiday feasts, prioritize the treats that mean the most to you. For example, indulge when it comes to a meaningful dessert recipe handed down from generation to generation, but skip the soda. Trade sugary, carbonated beverages with water — especially since they’re not the stars of the show when it comes to sweets.
Also, try not to snack throughout the day. The buildup of debris in and around your teeth coupled with the accumulation of sugar and acid can harm your teeth. Strive to eat once — even with desserts — and then brush or rinse your mouth.
Think about what kinds of desserts could be good alternatives to the traditional, rich, sugary treats normally found at holiday celebrations. There are plenty of delicious low-sugar options in cookies, brownies, and bars. You can also cook these recipes in a way to ward off overly crunchy treats that might cause tooth breakages. There are even healthy options, like yogurt parfaits, fruit-based desserts, and more. Think about where you could replace syrups and whipped creams with fresh fruit toppings, like on cheesecakes and pancakes. With all the sweetener alternatives available nowadays, you don’t have to trade taste for health.
Above all, make sure you continue to brush and floss your teeth twice a day — even if you’re traveling out of town for the holidays or attending multiple gatherings. Don’t miss out on your healthy dental hygiene habits just because it’s the holidays!
If you have questions about your dental health or would like to schedule an appointment, call us today at Lifetime Dental Health at (614) 333-9442.
You might have heard the term CEREC crowns from someone who has just been to the dentist — or even from your own dentist — without knowing what the name might mean. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and this innovative approach to crowns is revolutionizing dentistry. The next time you need a crown from your dentist, CEREC is likely to be a convenient and effective solution.
Why are CEREC crowns beneficial?
CEREC crowns are extremely beneficial for a number of reasons. Chief among them is the ease in which the crown can be made. In a single visit to the dentist’s office, you can have a CEREC crown completed. Skip the wait and bother of a traditional crown with one simple trip to the dentist.
CEREC crowns are just as durable as traditional crowns — with the added benefit of looking much more natural than a metal crown. Your smile will still look like you with a CEREC crown, and you can go back to your regular routine as soon as you leave the dentist’s office with your new CEREC crown.
CEREC crowns are also cost-effective. They’re a convenient and affordable option, saving you time and money on appointment costs and scheduling, and time away from work.
What are the pros of CEREC crowns?
One of the biggest reasons why CEREC crowns are a great choice is the convenience. Traditional dental crowns are a much more involved process — a process that could take weeks to complete. This process includes taking a putty mold of your teeth, sending the impression away for a lab to make a crown, and leaving you with a resin temporary crown in the meantime. The resin crown might not be a perfect fit, leaving you with discomfort. Plus, you might have to forego certain food items that you normally enjoy eating because of the risk of the temporary crown falling off. When your new crown is ready, you might still run the risk of it not fitting perfectly — necessitating additional delays.
With CEREC crowns, the fit is always perfect because of the special, highly advanced process and technology that we use. The process also takes just a single visit. You’ll receive your permanent CEREC crown on the same day of your visit — perfect for people on the go who need dental solutions fast. In the course of a morning or afternoon, you’ll be on your way with your brand new CEREC crown — and no one will be able to tell the difference in your smile.
Once the machine is finished making the CEREC crown, the dentist will use glue to adhere it to your tooth.
What can I expect when receiving CEREC crowns?
CEREC crowns have “chairside” in the name because of how fast and efficient the crowns are to receive — everything happens right beside your chair, all in the same visit. In some cases, the entire procedure takes less than an hour. Unlike traditional crowns, the process is easy, minimally invasive, and clean.
You won’t receive any injections because the process isn’t painful. And CEREC crowns look like natural teeth — they’re often indistinguishable from your regular smile and from the damaged tooth that needed to be repaired. You won’t have to endure the putty mold to take the impression of your damaged tooth, and you won’t need the inconvenience and discomfort of a temporary crown while your crown is made offsite.
During the process of receiving a CEREC crown, the dentist will first prepare your tooth. However, less preparation is required than with a traditional crown, meaning that you will be more comfortable during the process. Then, the dentist uses a special camera to gather images of your tooth. These images will be used in the design of your new CEREC crown. The dentist makes sure that everything that made your tooth unique is included, including certain ridges, indentations, and more. While you are still in the office, a specialized milling machine that utilizes computer-aided designing and manufacturing creates your crown from ceramic. It’s designed to be a perfect match to the tooth that needed repairing — right down to the color. Even your closest friends and family won’t be able to tell that you’ve had a crown.
What is Lifetime Dental Health’s experience with CEREC crowns?
Here at Lifetime Dental Health, we are dedicated to making sure that we incorporate the latest in dental technology to our practice so that we can offer our patients the best range of options for their dental care. We have plenty of experience with CEREC crowns, and can confidently recommend this service to patients who might be candidates for it. We are experts when it comes to CEREC crowns, and can make your own customized crown in a single setting and send you on your way.
Questions about CEREC crowns and whether they might be right for you? Call us today at (614) 333-9442 — we’d be happy to answer them!
If your dentist has recently mentioned dental sealants, or if you’ve read about them online and you’re not sure what they are, don’t worry. You’re not alone. While dental sealants are becoming more and more popular, many people don’t know exactly what they are or how they work.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a form of preventative care. Your dentist may recommend these to help prevent any future cavities or tooth decay, especially if you are at high risk for developing these due to an illness or vitamin deficiency. Dental sealants are thin plastic caps or coatings, similar to a crown, that go over your teeth to protect the enamel. These sit on top of your teeth and do not require any additional work such as drilling.
Why Should You Consider Getting Dental Sealants?
No matter how well you brush, floss, and rinse your mouth, there will always be some food particles leftover – either stuck in between your teeth or in the grooves of your molars. Over time, these can build up and attract bacteria to your mouth while slowly decaying your teeth. Dental sealants will help prevent this from happening by covering the enamel of your tooth, preventing both food and bacteria from getting into the grooves and weakening your teeth.
Dental sealants are also a good idea if you have any health condition or vitamin deficiency that results in weakened enamel. While a sealant won’t protect your teeth from your body, it will protect your teeth from any bacteria that try to take advantage of your weakened enamel. This will save you time and money in the long run as you won’t have to pay for more expensive repairs such as fillings, crowns, and even extractions. It can also keep you from pain — so long as your teeth are protected and don’t have cavities, your chances for an infection or your tooth breaking are greatly reduced.
What is the Process for Getting Dental Sealants?
Placing dental sealants is actually a fairly simple, painless process, which is another reason that they are so popular.
First, your dentist will most likely want to perform a cleaning. It is important to make sure that your teeth are as clean as possible so that no bacteria are trapped. If bacteria are trapped, then you will be unable to reach them while brushing, and this can greatly harm the condition and health of your teeth.
Your dentist will then dry your teeth and line them with cotton swabs, so they remain dry throughout the procedure. If you have ever had a filling placed, then it is similar to that process. The teeth are then prepped for the sealant and recleaned and dried. Finally, the sealant is applied and left to dry.
This process is quick and simple, and so long as no complications occur such as your teeth needing to be dried again, it will only take a few minutes for all of your teeth to be sealed and completed.
Is There Any Aftercare for Dental Sealants?
One of the best things about dental sealants is that they do not require special treatment or care after they are placed on your teeth. In order to keep them in good condition, and therefore your teeth in good health, it is important to practice proper dental hygiene. This includes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash twice a day. Chewing sugar-free gum is also advised. You also need to continue seeing your dentist at least once every six months. This is not just for your biannual cleaning, but also so that your dentist can check your dental sealants for any flaws or imperfections. A crack in the sealant can allow bacteria to reach the inside and damage your teeth, and your brush won’t be able to reach in that crack. A cracked or flawed dental sealant will need to be repaired or replaced immediately. Other than this, however, there are no major lifestyle changes that you will need to make.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
How long your dental sealants last depends on how well you take care of them. Of course, as you read above, the aftercare is fairly simple and doesn’t require anything other than proper dental hygiene and regular dentist visits. So long as you follow your dentist’s instructions, your dental sealants should last for around ten years. However, if they become chipped or cracked, it does not mean that you will have to go through the entire process again. Your dentist will be able to reapply the sealant to a single tooth whenever problems or flaws arise.
If you are interested in learning more about dental sealants or scheduling an appointment to have some placed over your teeth, contact our practice today or give us a call at (614) 333-9442.
When it comes to phobias, dentophobia, which is the fear of going to the dentist, and dental anxiety are some of the most common. In fact, it’s estimated that around 75 percent of people suffer from some degree of anxiety and fear when it comes to the dentist, which is why it’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. These fears and anxieties can be triggered by anything such as the dentist themselves, the sound of the tools, or even just sitting in the chair.
However, avoiding the dentist due to these fears can lead to greater issues such as tooth decay and disease, which is why it’s so important to consider treatments for your dental anxiety, including dental sedation.
How Can I Treat My Dental Anxiety?
There are many options for treating dental anxiety. First, if you speak to either your dentist or doctor about your anxieties and fears, they may prescribe you an anxiety medication to help you relax before your procedure. You can also try more holistic methods such as meditation or progressive muscle relaxation. If none of these work for you, however, you may want to look into dental sedation.
What is Dental Sedation?
If a patient is nervous, a dentist may use dental sedation to help them relax. This involves the administration of medicine that can either help a patient relax or even put them to sleep completely.
What Are the Types of Dental Sedation?
There are four main types of dental sedation.
Minimal sedation, also known as laughing gas, won’t put you to sleep, but it will help you relax. This is the most common form of dental sedation.
Moderate sedation also won’t put you to sleep, but it may impair you and cause you to slur your speech even after the procedure.
In deep sedation, the third type of dental sedation, you may be dozing off, but you are able to be awakened at any time.
The final type of dental sedation is called general anesthesia. This is when you are completely asleep. Most dentists don’t offer this option in their offices, so you’ll have to schedule a special appointment.
All of these types of sedation can be administered in various ways, from an IV to a gas. After you and your dentist decide which one will work best for you and your procedures, it’s important to thoroughly go over the pros and cons so you can work to better prepare yourself to go under.
What Are the Pros of Sedation Dentistry?
The most obvious benefit of dental sedation is that you will feel more relaxed for your procedure.
You’ll also save time. The less time you spend being anxious, the less time it will take for your dentist to work. This means that they’ll be able to get you in and out, which means less time you’ll have to stress.
In some cases, dental sedation can also help reduce any pain you may feel during your procedure. This, of course, depends on the type of sedation used.
What Are the Cons of Dental Sedation?
While sedation may seem like the perfect solution for your dental anxiety, there are a few cons that you will need to keep in mind.
First, dental sedation isn’t free. If finances or insurance are an issue for you, the cost of sedation is something to consider.
Also, depending on your dosage, you may be physically impaired after your procedure. This means that you will be unable to work or drive, and you’ll need someone to help you afterward.
Like any medication, different people will be affected in different ways by dental sedation. While it is safe most of the time, there are times when the dose isn’t right. A dose too weak won’t ease your anxiety, and a dose too strong can be dangerous. Again, though, this is extremely rare. Your dentist has gone through nearly a decade of school, and he/she, along with his/her staff are well trained.
How Can I Prepare for Undergoing Sedation?
The best way to prepare for sedation is by doing your research. You can also talk to your dentist about what to expect. Your dentist is extremely knowledgeable, and is there so that you can ask questions. It’s as important to him/her as it is to you that you are comfortable and anxiety-free during your visit.
Even if you plan to use dental sedation, practicing other holistic tips, such as the ones mentioned above can help. This will help you remain calm even before the sedation is administered, making for a more comfortable experience.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental sedation for your next appointment, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment since you know how to better manage your dental anxiety, contact our practice today or give us a call at (614) 333-9442.
It’s no secret that the earlier a child begins regular dental care, the more likely they will maintain those habits into adulthood. One of the best things that parents can do for their child’s oral health is to start the conversations early and normalize visiting the dentist’s office as soon as possible. We’ve compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions related to children’s dentistry to help support parents through the early days of dental care for their children.
Why is children’s dentistry important?
One of the most important reasons that a child should go to the dentist is that it starts the evaluation of their oral health early on. It’s important to ensure that your child’s teeth and gums are healthy and strong so that they speak and chew properly as well as maintain good health. Visiting the dentist early will not only help identify any issues as soon as possible, but it will also get kids comfortable with going to the dentist from a very young age. Taking your child to a dentist that is experienced in children’s dentistry will help them feel more relaxed.
At what age should your child begin dental appointments?
It is recommended that children start going to regular dental appointments by their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth erupts. Usually, children get their first tooth by six months of age. If your child is older than this, please don’t worry. It’s still a good time to get regular dental appointments!
How frequently should your child go to the dentist?
A child should go to the dentist every six months, or at least once per year. Your dentist may ask that your child have more frequent visits if there are any concerning issues.
What should you expect at your child’s first dental appointment?
The first dental appointment is intended to be as non-invasive as possible. If the child is an infant, then most of the visit will be focused on talking with the parent about proper ways to take care of baby teeth. The dentist will likely take a peek at the teeth and gums to ensure that there are no alarming issues. Most of this visit is to familiarize the child with the dentist’s office and to provide the parents with an opportunity to ask questions.
What are some children’s dentistry tips for at-home care?
One of the best things that a parent can do for their child is to create an at-home dental care routine. The age of the child will greatly determine what that looks like. Baby: Dental care for a baby is pretty simple. Parents are encouraged to use a cloth to wipe down gums and teeth after feeding. Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle as the milk can build up on their teeth and cause decay. When your child starts teething, offer a cold washcloth or teething ring to help soothe pain and inflammation. Finally, avoid sharing utensils with your baby, as bacteria is transmissible and could cause tooth decay. Toddler: During the early toddler stages, parents should start using a toothbrush with only water to clean their child’s teeth. Be diligent in checking your child’s teeth for any sign of decay. This is a great time to schedule your first dental exam. Once the child turns two years of age, you can start using a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste to clean their teeth. You may also start showing your child how to brush their own teeth. School-aged and teens: At this point, your child should know how to brush and floss their own teeth without any assistance. Your child should have a clear understanding of good oral hygiene. Younger children may still need some reminding. However, it is also at this age that children may start to experience more serious dental concerns which may warrant fillings, crowns, or braces. It is incredibly important to continue regular dental checkups during these formative years.
How do you make dental appointments pleasant
Parents can certainly help children have a better time at the dentist. You can do this by always being positive about the dentist. Never use going to the dentist as a punishment. You may want to bring a comfort item that will help your child be more at ease during the visit.
Choose Lifetime Dental Health for Children’s Dentistry
At Lifetime Dental Health, we understand the importance of creating an environment where children want to be. It is critical that children have positive experiences in the dentist’s chair so that they are more likely to continue coming back when they are an adult. We are experienced in children’s dentistry, and we take the time to put our smallest patients at ease in order to feel safe and secure when they visit us. If your little one is in need of a dentist that is kind and compassionate, then please reach out to us. We are excited to work with parents to make this an education and good experience for everybody! Schedule your appointment today or give us a call at (614) 333-9442.
Tooth-colored fillings, or white fillings, restore a fractured or decayed tooth and appear very similar to the color and texture of your existing teeth. The most popular material used in tooth-colored fillings is composite resin in which a mixture of materials is used to create the final product. Not only is this a durable option, but it easily concealed so that your smile remains natural-looking.
When You Should Get Tooth-Colored Fillings
There are a variety of reasons that a person may benefit from tooth-colored fillings. The most popular reason is that the person is experiencing tooth decay and needs a filling or order to save the tooth and stop the spread of the decay. However, there are other reasons that a tooth-colored filling may be a great choice. Such reasons include:
Filling in gaps
Repairing chipped teeth
Making teeth straighter and even
No matter the reason, tooth-colored fillings are a quality choice that many dentists offer their patients both for long-lasting results and their aesthetic appeal.
Pros and Cons
Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to choosing tooth-colored fillings. Here, we will examine the pros and cons so that you may make the most informed decision about your smile.
Of course, one of the most apparent advantages of tooth-colored fillings is that it looks just like the rest of your teeth. It won’t be readily obvious that you’ve had any dental work done. You can easily use this type of filling for the front or back teeth without worrying about how it will impact your appearance.
Additionally, the bonding on the filling actually restores the tooth to 85-95% of its original strength. It is also beneficial that the filling hardens in a matter of seconds rather than days like some of the other filling options out there. Plus, if the filling is damaged, it is easily replaced.
While there are undoubtedly many advantages of tooth-colored fillings, there are a few cons that you should keep in mind. For instance, just like your regular teeth, consistent exposure to dark liquids will also stain the filling. This exposure may also degrade the filling over time. Unfortunately, tooth-colored fillings are generally less durable than the metal fillings, and can also be more expensive. Because tooth-colored fillings are typically viewed by insurance companies as a somewhat cosmetic procedure, there may be a surcharge added to your final bill.
Alternatives to Tooth-Colored Fillings
While tooth-colored fillings may be the ideal solution for some patients, they may simply not be an option for some people. The size, location, and severity of the damage on the teeth may play a role in which type of filling is best for you. Some alternatives include:
Gold Inlays: Gold inlays are durable, but typically cost more than white fillings. They also require two visits because of the tedious process of creating the inlays in a laboratory.
Dental Amalgam: Dental amalgams are the least expensive alternative, but are less durable than gold inlays. One of the biggest concerns about this option is that it uses 43-53% elemental mercury, which may pose some safety concerns.
Compomers: The composite of this type of filling is a little different than tooth-colored fillings, but can still offer an aesthetically appealing result. They aren’t as durable but release fluoride which may be ideal for certain areas of the mouth that are more prone to decay.
Silicate and Glass Ionomers: This may be an option for some patients, but should not be used on the back teeth because the material tends to be more brittle than other fillings.
Which Option is Right for You?
There are certainly many options to choose from when it comes to deciding which filling is right for you. However, this is a decision that is best made with your dentist. There are many variables that will come into play, including the type of damage, location of the teeth, as well as the patient’s financial situation. Your dentist will help you narrow down your options and make the right choice for your smile.
Why You Should Choose Lifetime Dental Health
At Lifetime Dental Health, we understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dentistry. Some patients will benefit from specific procedures or products simply because of the details surrounding their situation. We work diligently to provide each patient with a customized approach to dentistry that suits their financial situation, current needs, and desired goals. It is our privilege to work with you to achieve the best outcome for your dental needs.
Our warm and friendly staff is ready to answer your questions and provide quality information that will help you throughout your dental procedures. Please reach out to us today to learn more about the services that we offer. Schedule your appointment today or give us a call at (614) 333-9442. We look forward to working with you!