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How to Keep your Teeth Healthy over the Holidays

by James Webster on November 7, 2017 , Comments Off

The holiday season comes with a lot of tasty treats to nibble on. To help you in keeping your oral health in tip top shape we at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork have gathered some tips to help you in keeping your teeth healthy over the holidays.

 

Don’t Crack Nuts using your Teeth

The Nutcrackers are out this time of year for a reason. All those tasty holiday nuts will need some help when it comes to cracking their shell and your teeth are not the solution. The hard surface of most nutshells can cause serious tooth and gum damage, and may even crack teeth.

 

Pass on the Chewy Treats

Sticky substances cling to tooth enamel and encourage tooth decay, and thick candies like caramel and taffy can even yank out fillings. Eat these sweets sparingly and along with other foods to help keep the treats from sticking to your teeth.

 

Avoid Chewing on Hard Candy

Chewing on your hard candy treats can lead to cracked or chipped teeth, which are painful and pricey to treat. When you’re enjoying a sweet let it dissolve naturally. Better yet, skip the hard candies altogether.

 

Use Tools to Open Packaging

While opening the gifts you are bound to receive this holiday season you will want to have a knife or pair of scissors close by. It may be tempting to use your teeth to tear apart hard plastics or gift wrapping but it can cause you more pain in the long run. Your teeth can crack them, possibly requiring a root canal or crown.

 

Your teeth can take a beating this holiday season, but if you follow the tips above you can avoid any of the hazards that may present themselves over the holidays. Remember to always follow up each yummy treat with a good brushing session and don’t forget to floss. Consult with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork for more oral health care tips.

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How to Brush your Teeth with Braces

by James Webster on October 10, 2017 , Comments Off

Getting braces will help you to achieve the smile you always wanted, this is as long as you still have good dental hygiene throughout the process. Roger’s Center for Dentistry can help you in the process of maintaining your good dental hygiene while you have braces. Follow the tips below to help you in properly brushing your teeth.

 

  1. Start the brushing process by first rinsing out your mouth to get some of the loose food particles out of your mouth.
  2. Clean your toothbrush with hot water to remove any food particles from your previous brushing.
  3. Gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes. Be sure to brush between the wiring and the teeth. You also want to brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces.
  4. Brush your teeth for at least 2 or 3 minutes getting every surface of your teeth and gums.
  5. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
  6. To keep your teeth thoroughly clean make sure you brush after each meal to remove food particles. If you don’t have time to brush try to at least swish out your mouth with water.

 

Now that you have finished brushing your teeth, you can continue good oral hygiene by flossing your teeth.

 

  1. Thread the floss under the archwire.
  2. Remove the threader.
  3. Floss each side of each tooth in the space.
  4. Pull the floss out of the space with one hand as you release the floss with your other hand.
  5. Repeat this method between all of your teeth.

 

Following the steps above and doing it every day at least twice a day will help you to maintain good oral hygiene while you have braces. While it might be an adjustment at first you will soon get used to this new process. For more tips on oral hygiene and braces make sure you make an appointment with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork.

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Signs you Might Need Braces

by James Webster on September 5, 2017 , Comments Off

A lot of people these days have or have had braces. Braces are great when you are experiencing some of the signs we have gathered below to let you know braces could be in your future. You can trust the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT to give you the best when it comes to your oral health care. Look over the signs we have provided below to help you in deciding if braces are right for you.

 

Crowding

Crowding basically means that there is insufficient space in the mouth for all the teeth. Without the proper room for all those teeth, the teeth crowd each other resulting in crooked teeth. Unfortunately, crowding tends to get worse over time and can make even the simple task of brushing and flossing more complicated, requiring more time and effort to clean all teeth properly. If the problem isn’t addressed you could have some serious oral health issues arise. If caught early enough in children the crowding issue can easily be fixed. The issue can still be fixed in adults with the help of our experienced dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT.

 

Overbite

An overbite refers to the vertical and horizontal overlap of the front teeth. The severity of the overbite can vary but an overbite is usually noticeable when the front teeth stick out much farther than the bottom teeth. Depending on the severity of the overbite you could experience other discomfort and oral health issues.

 

Underbite

An underbite is an abnormal bite in which all the upper front teeth are behind the lower front teeth. This sign is usually associated with disproportionate jaw size and may cause the following issues:

 

  • Imbalanced facial appearance
  • Accelerated facial ageing
  • Difficulty biting and chewing

 

The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry can easily asses your oral health needs and help you in determining if braces are right for you. For more information about our dental office make sure you check out our website.

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Facts you should know about Tooth Decay

by James Webster on August 8, 2017 , Comments Off

When it comes to the health of your teeth you can trust the dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork to make sure you are getting the proper care. That is why we want you to be informed when it comes to oral health. That is why we gathered some facts about tooth decay that you should be aware of.

 

  • Tooth decay is an infectious process caused by acid-producing bacteria. Your risk for decay can be assessed with a simple test for specific bacterial activity.
  • Tooth decay is one of the most common of all diseases, second only to the common cold.
  • Tooth decay causes pain, suffering and disability for millions of Americans each year — even more disturbing, tooth decay is preventable.
  • Restricting sugar intake is important in preventing tooth decay. Your total sugar intake should be less than 50 grams a day (about ten teaspoons) including sugars in other foods.
  • If it is not treated, in extreme and rare cases tooth decay can cause death. Infection in an upper back tooth can spread to the sinus behind the eye, from which it can enter the brain and cause death.
  • Three factors are necessary for tooth decay to occur: susceptible teeth, acid producing bacteria and a diet rich in sugars and refined carbohydrates.
  • Fluoride incorporated into the tooth structure protects teeth against decay by making the enamel more resistant to acid attack.
  • Sealants — sealing the nooks and crannies in newly erupted teeth, stops bacterial collection where a toothbrush can’t reach. Teeth with sealants have been shown to remain 99 percent cavity-free over six years.

 

Knowing the facts about tooth decay can help you in preventing it. With proper oral care and regular checkups with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork you can be better prepared against tooth decay.

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How to Care for your Retainers

by James Webster on July 4, 2017 , Comments Off

Congratulations! You have finally completed your orthodontic treatment with Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. Now that you have the smile you have always dreamed of it is up to you to keep it looking beautiful. Now will come the time for you to take care of and regularly wear your retainers. To help you in caring for your retainers we have provided some tips below.

 

Take it out Before you Eat

This will be a habit that you have to get into in order to properly care for your retainers. They aren’t made to withstand some of the food that you will be needing to chew and swallow. Leaving your retainer in while eating can also cause a buildup of plaque resulting in cavities. Remember to always store your retainer in its case. Never just wrap it in a napkin, this leads to accidentally throwing it away.

 

Keep it Clean and then Store

Your retainer will need to be rinsed and cleaned regularly to remove any germs and plaque that might have built up during the day. You can use a regular toothbrush and toothpaste or soak your retainer in a glass of water with some baking soda. If you don’t have to wear a retainer very often (for example, you only wear it every other night), store it in a container with sufficient airflow so it doesn’t breed mold and bacteria.

 

Avoid Harsh Chemicals when Cleaning your Retainer

Water and toothpaste is more than sufficient when it comes to cleaning your retainer. Other cleaning options include baking soda, mild vinegar or denture tablets to the water when soaking your retainer. Avoid using bleach or alcohol-based mouthwash. These products can damage the plastic — and your mouth. Boiling your retainer is another serious no-no; it can warp the metal and melt the plastic.

 

Remove the Retainer while Brushing your Teeth

Never brush your teeth while wearing a retainer. You’ll miss large areas of your mouth, and the toothbrush may accidentally displace the retainer. Instead, brush and floss after you’ve removed your retainer, and then brush the retainer separately.

 

For more retainer care tips and tricks make sure you talk with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. Make sure to schedule your follow-up appointments to keep your smile healthy and looking good.

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Signs you Might Have a Cavity

by James Webster on June 13, 2017 , Comments Off

Oral health is something we should always be keeping track of. If we sense anything out of the ordinary we should know what steps to take in order to make sure our oral health isn’t at risk. This is especially true when it comes to cavities. Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT can help you when it comes to being prepared at the first sign of a cavity. Below are the signs that a cavity may be to blame for all of your oral pain.

 

Tooth Sensitivity

One particular sign of a cavity is sensitivity to hot or cold foods. It will usually occur in one particular area of the mouth and happens when you are only eating something extremely hot or cold. This could also happen when eating something extremely sweet as well. Any tooth sensitivity should be checked out by your dentist.

 

Holes in Teeth

As your cavity progresses you may actually get to a point where you are able to see a hole in your tooth. The decay the cavity causes in your tooth will create a hole eventually big enough to be seen by the naked eye. At this point you really need to see your dentist to get your cavity taken care of.

 

Toothache

You may have a cavity if you have had a mild or moderate toothache whenever you press down or bite down on a particular tooth. If this continues for a few days you will want to get it checked out.

 

Stains

Dark stains on your teeth that appear brown or black could be an indication of a cavity. At the same time it could also mean you need to slow down on the coffee/soda intake or else you are bound to get a cavity eventually.

 

X-Rays

This is the only true sign to tell if you have a cavity. A lot of the time cavities aren’t even detectable. That is why it is so important to keep your dental appointments every 6 months to make sure your oral health is at its best.

 

Cavities happen. But with good oral care and a regular visit to the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT you can prevent the attack of cavities and maintain your beautiful smile. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.

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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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