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How to Deal with the Pain of Braces

by James Webster on May 9, 2017 , Comments Off

Braces are bound to create a love/hate relationship in your life. While you love the ending result of what your braces do for you smile, most hate the process and pain of having braces. We at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork want to help you through the braces experience so you can have an enjoyable end result. Below are some tricks you can try when you are dealing with the pain of braces.

 

Use your Dental Wax

We will provide you with dental wax to use when you come in to get your braces and each time you have them tightened. You can also find dental wax at most pharmacies. Dental wax is used to reduce rubbing and friction against the sensitive parts of your mouth. Apply wax often to the painful areas of your mouth directly to the metal parts of your braces. To make sure the wax adheres correctly to your braces make sure that your mouth and braces are dry.

 

Apply Orabase or Orajel

Orabase and Orajel are local anesthetics that, if applied directly to the sores, they can relieve pain for several hours. Follow the directions on the box closely to avoid any side effects. Measure the dose precisely and use a cotton swab or gauze to apply it to the area.

 

Use Oral Rinses

While this won’t directly relieve pain it will reduce the chances of infection. Braces are known to cause open sores in your mouth and can easily become infected. Using oral rinses such as Listerine can prevent the build-up of bacteria and the chance of infection.

 

Find a Painkiller that Works for you

Painkillers will be the fastest way to alleviate the pain you may be feeling with your braces. When using painkillers make sure you are using what works best for you. Remember to adhere to your allergies and if necessary consult your doctor. Always follow the directions and dosage amounts on the package.

 

While braces can be painful they will be worth it in the end. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork strive to make the braces experience as enjoyable as possible. For more questions or concerns about your braces or whether or not you need braces, call to schedule an appointment today.

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Facts about Dental Implants

by James Webster on April 4, 2017 , Comments Off

We at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork have experienced and trusted dentists specializing in dental implants. If you find yourself in need of a dental implant you might want to take some time to read through the common facts we have gathered about dental implants.

 

  • Dental implants are the only option available that look and feel like real teeth.
  • Made of titanium, dental implants actually replace the root of the lost tooth, which serves as an anchor for the replaced one.
  • Implants can’t get cavities, but you should still practice good oral health for the protection of your remaining teeth.
  • Dental implants preserve the bone health of the dental structure and help in its growth due to its stability.
  • Receiving a dental implant can take several appointments/sessions
  • Following the advice of your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork will ensure proper healing after the procedure.
  • After receiving your implant you may experience crampy tenderness in the gums and it will remain for 2-6 days after the surgery as the gums and dental structure get used to the foreign body.
  • Maintaining proper and regular oral hygiene is necessary for implant patients. Your dentist will advise you to rinse your mouth every 4-6 hours with salt water for the next two weeks after the completion of your dental implant surgery.
  • Receiving regular check-ups from your dental implant specialist will ensure the quality of your implants and overall oral health.

 

Dental implants are the most stable and secure form of tooth replacement. If you have additional questions about the dental implants or the surgery process, make sure you make an appointment with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. We can provide you with a variety of options specifically tailored to your dental needs.

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Common Dental Problems to look out for

by James Webster on March 14, 2017 , Comments Off

Oral health is essential when it comes to having a bright and beautiful smile. With regular visits to the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah you can make sure you are taking all of the precaution you need to when it comes to keeping your beautiful smile. There are some common dental problems you will need to be on the lookout for when you are doing your daily cleaning routine. Below is a list of just a few of the common dental problems to be aware of.

 

Bad Breath

While this may seem like a common thing it can actually point to more severe oral problems. Layers of bacteria can get embedded on your tongue, resulting in foul-smelling Volatile Sulfur Compounds. The Mayo Clinic also lists possible bad-breath causes like dry mouth (which occurs naturally during sleep, but can also be caused by a glandular condition). Making sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day will help to alleviate the bacteria that likes to hang out on your tongue.

 

Cavities

Cavities are caused by bacteria that feast on sugar and starch remnants left on and between our teeth. After they eat these carbohydrates, they secrete an acid waste product. This acid dissolves the tooth enamel. The bacteria then move in and live in the spaces left behind in the teeth, and are more difficult to reach through brushing and flossing. Good oral hygiene will help you in preventing cavities.  If you think you may have a cavity make sure you schedule an appointment with one of the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah to get it cleaned and filled.

 

Gum Disease

Gum disease typically caused by three factors: bad oral hygiene, smoking, and genetic susceptibility. According to the NIH, gum disease sufferers don’t often show symptoms until their 30’s and 40’s, though teenagers can often have gingivitis, which is the milder form of the disease. Periodontitis is the more severe form of gum disease and can put you at greater risk for heart attack or stroke. Bacteria can be inhaled or enter your blood through the gums, eventually affecting your heart and lungs. That is why it is so important to have good oral hygiene and regular check up with your dentist.

 

The items listed above are very minor dental problems to look out for while you are doing your daily oral care routine. It is important to keep your appointments with the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah to help you in preventing the more serious dental diseases that could occur. If it has been a while since your last dental appointment, call our office today!

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Helping your Child Overcome their Fear of the Dentist

by James Webster on February 7, 2017 , Comments Off

For any child going to the doctor can be scary. This includes going to the dentist. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork can help your child to feel at ease and comfortable during their dental cleaning and check-up. We have gathered some tips you can try to help them be prepared for their appointment and to overcome their fear of going to the dentist.

Start Young

It is recommended that your child begins seeing a dentist at the age of 1 or 6 months after their first tooth comes in. Getting them in the routine of going to their dentist will make it so they aren’t scared and they know what to expect as they get older.

Be Positive

Before taking your child to the dentist you will want to make sure you don’t scare them with any unnecessary details. Keep it simple and let them know they are going in to see their friendly dentist. Try and encourage them and let them know how good it is for them to get their teeth cleaned so they can have a healthy smile. Rewarding them after a visit to the dentist can also help.

Watch what you Say

Words like shot or pain can scare your child. Instead of using these harsh words your dentist will come up with more friendly and less scary words to describe certain procedures to your child. Try and describe the dental experience is a light and fun way like a fairytale story book.

Role Play

To help you child even further you may want to play dentist at home. Role playing what will happen can help your child to feel at ease and know what to expect when they get to the dentist. Make it a fun and enjoyable play time for you both as you pretend to clean their teeth.

Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary experience for your child. With the steps listed above you can help you child in having a good time at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. Our dentists have the experience with children you need to feel at ease when it comes time for their cleaning. Call our office today to schedule their first appointment.

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Best and Worst Candy for your Teeth

by James Webster on January 17, 2017 , Comments Off

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and is usually celebrated with large amounts of candy. While you are sharing your sweets with the one you love, you will want to take special care of your teeth. Visiting the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah may be necessary. Until then we have provided you with a list of the best and worst candies for you to munch on when it comes to the health of your teeth.

BEST

  • Sugar-Free Candy. This is of course one of the best options when it comes to any candy variety for your teeth. The sugar in candy creates an acidic environment in the mouth. The acid attacks and weakens the tooth enamel and greatly promotes the growth of bacteria. The longer the bacteria stays in your mouth increases your chances of it causing damage to your teeth.
  • Dark Chocolate. This is a chocolate that has proven to be beneficial for your health in a variety of areas. The calcium from chocolate can harden teeth and a compound found in the husk of cocoa beans actually fights bacteria and plaque. It also dissolves fast and has a lower amount of sugar than most candy.
  • Candy with Nuts. This is always a yummy treat and is actually one of the better candies for you. The nuts in the candy work as a scrubbing tool to scrape off large amounts of sugar from the candy off of your teeth.

WORST

  • Hard Candy. These candies are meant to be chewed and sucked on over longer periods of time, thus allowing the acid from the sugar to come into contact with your teeth over an extended amount of time.
  • Sticky Candy. This is just as bad as hard candy. The sticky candy will actually adhere to the surface of your teeth and allow for the acid to do its dirty work and create bacteria. That is why it is so important to brush your teeth as soon as possible after consuming sticky candy.

You don’t have to avoid candy all together to make sure your teeth are healthy, instead you can choose candies that are the best for your oral health and/or make sure you are keeping up on your oral hygiene routine. For more information regarding your oral health you will want to schedule an appointment with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah. Our experienced staff can help you in answering any and all questions you may have regarding your oral health.

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Caring for your Baby’s Teeth

by James Webster on December 13, 2016 , Comments Off

Knowing how to care for your child’s teeth can be difficult. That is why we at Roger’s Dentistry in Spanish Fork have gathered some dental care tips on how to start your child’s oral health care as they grow and start getting their first teeth.

Cleaning their Gums

Yes that’s right, you can begin to clean your child’s mouth even before they start getting their first teeth in. Get into the habit of wiping his gums with gauze or a soft wet washcloth during bath time. You don’t need to use any toothpaste yet, just simply wrap the cloth or gauze around your index finger and rub it gently over his gums. This will get rid of any bacteria that is in their mouth from any of the food or drinks they have had during the day.

Cleaning when the Teeth Emerge

As your child gets their first tooth you will need to change their brushing routine. Start by looking for a baby toothbrush. These are made small enough to fit into their mouths. You will want to try and brush their teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime. Use a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. It is wise to check with your pediatrician or the dentists at Roger’s Dentistry regarding the need of fluoride toothpaste. While brushing you will want to brush gently on the inside and outside of your baby’s teeth and their tongue. This is easier said than done, but just try and do your best.

Visit your Dentist

You will want to schedule your first dental appointment for your child 6 months after their first tooth emerges or after their first birthday, whichever comes first. Until then having your pediatrician look at their teeth will be adequate enough. Make sure you are communicating your brushing habits and use of fluoride with your dentist during your visit.

Making sure your child is receiving proper dental care at an early age will help them when they are older. Nothing is worse than having your child get their cavities filled due to improper brushing habits. For more tips and advice when it comes to your child’s oral health you can call and schedule a consultation with the dentists at Roger’s Dentistry in Spanish Fork today.

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How to Properly Brush your Teeth

by James Webster on November 7, 2016 , Comments Off

Brushing your teeth seems like a simple task to do every day, but are you brushing them properly? You may have been brushing your teeth incorrectly for years. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork will help you in making sure you are brushing your teeth properly. We have also gathered some steps you should follow to help you in achieving a happy and healthy smile.

Select the Proper Tools

To make sure you are brushing your teeth correctly you will want to make sure you are using the best toothbrush when it comes to your mouth. Getting a toothbrush that is too large for your mouth will make it so you are unable to reach in and brush your teeth thoroughly. It is up to you if you want to have a manual toothbrush or a powered one. Just make sure you are using fluoride toothpaste each time you brush.

Brush Outer Surfaces of Teeth

You will first want to start by brushing the outer surfaces of your teeth. To do this you will want to tilt your brush at an angle and gently sweep it back and forth along the gum line for both the front and back of the upper teeth; brushing this way also at the gum line for the lower teeth too. Start with the front teeth and work your way towards the back of your mouth.

Brush Chewing Surfaces of Teeth

Cleaning the chewing surfaces if vital for a clean and healthy smile. A lot of food and plaque will get stuck among the ridges of your teeth. You can rid your teeth of any unwanted food residue and plaque by brushing for at least two minutes. Use a gentle back and forth motion on the chewing surfaces of your teeth to ensure cleanliness.

Clean your Tongue and Repeat

After you have spent a good deal of time cleaning the surfaces of your teeth you will want to finish up by giving your tongue a good brushing. Brushing your tongue removes bacteria and gets rid of bad breath. Now you can repeat the process of proper brushing to make sure you didn’t miss any areas and finish up with a good mouth wash.

The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork care about the health of your mouth and teeth. We want to make sure you are doing all you can to take care of your oral hygiene, including properly brushing your teeth. For any questions regarding oral care or if you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, call us today to schedule an appointment.

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How to Prevent Cavities

by James Webster on October 1, 2016 , Comments Off

Patient visiting dentist

Caring for your teeth in between visits to the dentist can be vital for healthy teeth and gums. Daily oral hygiene can save you a lot of time and money as it is a preventative against many painful oral problems. The dentist at Roger’s Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT want to give you the tools to fight against oral hygiene problems. Our center of dentistry has gathered just a few ways you can help protect your teeth against cavities.

 

Be Cautious of What You Eat

Snacking on sugary and starchy foods throughout the day increases your chances of getting cavities. You will want to try and avoid large amounts of candy, soda, energy drinks, and juices as you go about your day. Instead of satisfying your urge to snack with these sugary items you will want to consume more water and opt for fresh fruits and veggies as healthier alternatives. Eliminating sugary snacks in your diet will improve your oral health, and it will also improve your overall health.

 

Keep your Dental Appointments

Nothing is worse than having an untreated cavity or other oral health problem. Without treatment, the problem can just get worse and ultimately cause you a lot of pain. That is why it is so important to keep all of your dental appointments. Keeping your dental appointments will not only solve existing dental problems, but help you to prevent them as well. Cleanings and dental sealants help you in protecting your mouth from possibility of cavities occurring. Visiting your dentist at Roger’s Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT will allow you to receive further tips and tricks when it comes to preventing cavities.

 

Develop a Routine

The best way to protect your teeth from cavities is by developing a good oral hygiene routing at home. Brushing and flossing twice a day will help prevent the accumulation of plaque and tooth decay. Follow up with a rinse of mouth wash to make sure you reach every area of your mouth, giving you the ultimate protection you need.

 

For more tips and advice when it comes to your oral hygiene, you can call or stop by Roger’s Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT today. We have the experienced staff you need when it comes to dentistry. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding service while giving you the best oral health possible.

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Properly Caring for your Teeth and Gums

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on September 23, 2016 , Comments Off

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When it comes to caring for our teeth and gums, our daily routine is what will determine their overall health and well-being. Having a good cleaning routine will help you in preventing future cavities and various oral diseases. Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah can help you in establishing an excellent care routine for your teeth and gums. Our dentists care about your health, so we have provided some steps you should be following each day when it comes time to clean your teeth.

Consistency

Brushing your teeth every morning and night will help you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You increase your chances of a healthy mouth by brushing for at least 2 minutes each time. For the best results you will want to use a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. No matter what kind of toothbrush you use, make sure you replace it every 3 months to make sure it is working up to its fullest potential. Following this routine consistently will give you a clean, happy mouth as well as fresh breath.

Toothpaste

There are a variety of toothpastes types out there for you to choose from. It is always wise to go with a toothpaste that your dentist recommends. Most recommend a fluoride toothpaste to help you in protecting your enamel. Check to make sure it has at least 1,350 – 1,500 ppm or else it won’t be as effective. When it comes to children, they shouldn’t be using a fluoride toothpaste until they can properly spit after brushing their teeth. Talk to your dentist about which toothpaste is best for your child.

Flossing and Mouthwash

The one step we most often ignore when it comes to our daily brushing routine is to floss and rinse with mouthwash. Flossing helps you to reach the places your toothbrush can’t clean properly. Floss removes any buildup of plaque, bacteria, and food in-between your teeth. Mouthwash acts as a final protective barrier against plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Pick a mouthwash that has fluoride in it to help you in protecting your enamel even more. Swish the mouthwash around in your mouth for two minutes to allow it to thoroughly coat all areas of your teeth. Remember not to swallow the mouthwash as it may give you a stomach ache.

Having a thorough daily brushing routine will help you in preventing a large amount of oral problems. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah can help you and your family in giving you the best oral healthcare. Stop by or give us a call today to set up an appointment.

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Benefits of Having Invisible Braces

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on August 23, 2016 , Comments Off

braces

So you have finally decided to take the leap and get braces to help you straighten out your teeth! Now you are faced with the question of whether or not to get your standard braces or invisible braces. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork can help you with this dilemma as well as all of your dental needs. We have noticed some benefits of having invisible braces and have listed them below to help you in making your decision.

 

Appearance

The most noticeable benefit of having invisible braces is their appearance. In fact, no one will really know you have them. While standard braces are very noticeable due to the fact you have large bits of metal in your mouth, invisible braces are made to make them unnoticeable. These factors are important for older teens and adults that may be self-conscious about having to have braces.

 

Comfort

Standard braces are known to cause pain and discomfort throughout their use. Invisible braces will be the most comfortable option for you. Not only will you avoid the pain of metal in your mouth, invisible braces are removable. This allows you to have the freedom to eat whatever you want. You also avoid the tedious process of adding and removing metal brackets and wires.

 

Safety

Invisible braces are known to be better for the safety of your mouth and your teeth. Metal braces tend to scratch or tear at your mouth during the duration of their treatment. Invisible braces are non-evasive and won’t cause damage to the interior of your mouth. Metal braces are also known to cause tooth-decay due to the inability to properly brush your teeth. Invisible braces can be removed for proper cleaning of your teeth.

 

Duration

Invisible braces have been proven to work faster and more efficiently than your standard metal braces. Metal braces can take up to five years to have full effect, depending on the severity of your situation. Most cases with invisible braces are solved within a year.

 

To find out if invisible braces are right for you, schedule an appointment when one of our experienced dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. We specialize in a variety of dental procedures to give you the best care. We even have the ability to take care of your younger children as well. Call us today to find out more.

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