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Vaping and Dental Health 101

by James Webster on September 13, 2019 , Comments Off on Vaping and Dental Health 101

Unless you’ve been underneath a rock or in a cave for the last several months, you have likely noticed that there is a surge of news about the health risks of vaping. Researchers are scrambling to discover if vaping is as safe as it’s been advertised as well as learn if the tidal wave of otherwise unexplainable health problems are related to vaping. Dr. Rogers, your hometown Spanish Fork dentist, wants his patients to make informed decision about their e-cigarette use before they start to vape, or to help motivate them to abandon this dangerous practice.

No tobacco means no cancer, right?

Nope! While true, e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, they do contain nicotine, which is the addictive substance in cigarettes that has known medical risks. Nicotine is a known carcinogen and has been shown over decades of research to promote tumor growth in the lungs, pancreas, breasts, and gastrointestinal tract.

Nicotine and gun disease

Nicotine is a significant cause of gum disease since it constricts blood vessels, reducing the oxygen and nutrient flow to your entire body. The reduction of circulation to your mouth and cheeks destroys your gums, causing them to recede as the disease progresses, and the ultimate death of healthy gum tissue, tooth decay, and tooth loss.

Vaping and dry mouth

When looking at the effects of vaping on your mouth and its natural production of saliva, there is a connection between the various ingredients in the pods and dry mouth. The most significant effects seem to be from propylene glycol, which is frequently used as the base oil of pods. As there are new formulas coming out faster than experts can test them, there are likely others that will be detected. When the saliva production is limited in your mouth, beyond being uncomfortable, the body’s natural defense to wash bacteria out of your mouth is limited.

Don’t start, and if you already do – stop

It really comes to this, please don’t start vaping. It is not safer than cigarettes, quite the opposite. Please book an appointment with Roger’s Dentistry, a leading Spanish Fork dental practice to discuss the effect that vaping has on your teeth and let us help you keep your mouth healthy.

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Did You Know That Drinking Water Helps Your Oral Health?

by James Webster on August 15, 2019 , Comments Off on Did You Know That Drinking Water Helps Your Oral Health?

One of the most well-known and under-followed health tips is that we should be consuming 6-8, 8 oz. glasses of water daily, or 48-64 oz. That sounds like a lot, but to put it into perspective, we compared the sizes of drinks purchased at Fast Food restaurants, all of them near Dr. Rogers’ Spanish Fork dental practice.

  • McDonald’s
    • Small – 16 oz.
    • Medium – 21 oz.
    • Large – 30 oz.
  • Wendy’s
    • Kids – 12 oz.
    • Value – 16 oz.
    • Small – 20 oz.
    • Medium – 30 oz.
    • Large – 40 oz.
  • KFC
    • Small – 16 oz.
    • Medium – 20 oz.
    • Large – 30 oz.
    • Mega Jug – 64 oz.

Most of the other fast food chains have similar sizes to these above. Looking at it, you can easily see how much you are drinking if you consume these beverages and see how you can easily consume your minimum daily recommended water intake by substituting water for any of these drinks.

Healthier teeth and gums

When you drink water, you are washing away bits of food that can be trapped in your teeth and gums after you eat. Water also washes away bacteria that can lead to tooth decay, gun disease, and the dreaded halitosis (bad breath). Regularly drinking your daily recommended 48-64 oz. of water helps your mouth produce saliva, your body’s natural defense mechanism against tooth decay.

Helps with dry mouth

For cases of mild dry mouth, increasing your water intake through the day is one of the best ways for your mouth to feel better. However, Dr. Rogers, your trusted Spanish Fork dentist, counsels his patients to share with him if your mouth is excessively dry. While rare, there are a few serious health conditions which can cause extreme dry mouth. Another co-occurring symptom of dry eyes can also signal health challenges.

Bonus tip

Gargling daily with hot (not scalding) salt water can help your teeth and gums greatly, as the salinity is a natural killer of bacteria.

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Tools of the Trade – Toothbrushes

by James Webster on July 15, 2019 , Comments Off on Tools of the Trade – Toothbrushes

Walking down the dental hygiene aisle of your local store can give the impression that selecting the proper toothbrush is a task similar to that of deciding on a college major or whom to marry. There are all sizes, shapes, and colors from which to choose, each one claiming that it does a better job of cleaning your teeth than the others – so how do you choose? Pick the blue one. Seriously though, there are things to look for when picking your toothbrush.

Bristles, bristles, bristles – which to pick?

Selecting hard or medium bristles can strip your teeth of their protective enamel, leaving them more sensitive. Selecting soft bristles is best. As far as the shape of the bristles, you should pick a toothbrush that is comfortable to use and the bristles can reach all your teeth’s surfaces.

Head and handle size

Next to choosing the bristle softness, the head size is the next most important consideration for your oral health. Looking at all of the options available and the claims that are leveraged by different toothbrush brands, it’s easy to be overwhelmed or unsure. Dr. Rogers, your hometown Spanish Fork dentist, recommends that his patients select a toothbrush with a head that is comfortable to fit into their mouth, small enough to be easily maneuvered to reach all surfaces of your teeth, with a handle size that is comfortable to use. All children should have smaller toothbrushes, which are often labeled by age recommendations on the packaging.

Manual vs. electric

With proper brushing technique (two to three minutes total, brushing all surfaces of every tooth as well as your gums, palate, tongue and inside of your cheeks), manual toothbrushes work as well as power toothbrushes. There are a few situations that make a power toothbrush preferable. Those with poor manual dexterity, with tightly spaced teeth, braces, or misaligned teeth often benefit by using power toothbrushes over manual.

How old is your toothbrush?

If the last time that you changed your toothbrush was the last time you visited our Spanish Fork dental practice, you probably need to do so right now. The average life of a toothbrush is one to three months before the bristles show signs of wear. In other words, if your bristles don’t look like they’ve been used and you can’t remember when you last changed your toothbrush, you not only need to replace your toothbrush, but make an appointment to come in and see us. It’s important to replace your toothbrush after you have been sick as well.

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One More Reason That You Should Ditch the Soda Habit

by James Webster on June 15, 2019 , Comments Off on One More Reason That You Should Ditch the Soda Habit

This is pretty close to riot-inducing – we get it. Let’s face it, every which way we turn, we’re being told – drink more water, quit the soda (and diet soda), sugary drinks and stick with water. We know the benefits of water, so we’re going to leave that to another article entirely. Did you know that these drinks can cause dental problems as well?

Cavities – the obvious dental issue from sugary drinks, foods, etc.

It’s true, that sugary-sweet flavor that we love can cause cavities. One recommended way to reduce your risk for tooth decay is to brush your teeth after drinking anything but water, but that is not normally feasible. You can chew a piece of sugar-free gum between drinks and meals, which can be easier to do that sip – brush – sip – brush, and so on.

These drinks can be consumed in moderation, so it’s not all terrible. And, sorry, this even includes the sweet cold slushes and shaved ice that are the staples of any blistering Utah County summer.

I drink diet soda – so no sugar here, does that mean that I’m in the clear?

We’re almost afraid to publish this, for fear of the loyal Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper addicts fans will come after us, as these drinks have almost a cult-like devotion with those who drink them. (We’re not officially taking sides, but Diet Dr. Pepper tastes so much better!) See, even people from your Spanish Fork dental practice may have a tiny little opinion here.

What about the stains?

It’s true that these drinks don’t have the sugar content. Beyond the chemical sweeteners that can harm your health, these drinks, like their sugary counterparts, can stain your teeth with their dark deliciousness. This staining can be removed, but often takes professional whitening products to fully remove for long-time users.

Other substances that can stain your teeth are typically not found in many Utah County residents’ lifestyles – coffee, tea, red wine, smoking, but there are many perfectly healthy things that can cause tooth staining, such as certain antibiotics, blueberries, curry, beets, soy sauce (and other dark foods), and dark juices (grape, cranberry, pomegranate, etc.).

My teeth are already stained, now what?

You can use OTC tooth whitening kits, but these vary in efficacy and can be pricey. For optimum results, when you visit Dr. Rogers, who we all know is a very caring dentist in Spanish Fork for your next tooth cleaning; make sure to ask about ways to keep your teeth gleaming and your smile bright.

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Dental Accidents – Lost Tooth 101

by James Webster on May 15, 2019 , Comments Off on Dental Accidents – Lost Tooth 101

As summer draws near in southern Utah County, so does the chance of injury to the mouth, gums and teeth. One of the more common injuries from impact, falls, etc., is a lost tooth. With proper first aid and timing in getting to your Spanish Fork dentist, permanent teeth that have been knocked out can be saved.

If a baby tooth is lost, can it be saved?

If a baby tooth is knocked out, the tooth will not be re-implanted, as this can damage the permanent tooth as it grows in. Nonetheless, the child should be seen to ensure that there are no further injuries to the mouth, gums and surrounding teeth. In this case, call your dentist after the injury and get ready for the tooth fairy, who will be visiting your child. Word on the street is that this visit from the tooth fairy tends to be very generous for teeth that were lost in an accident, etc.

What about a permanent tooth?

Unlike baby teeth when lost, which cannot be replaced into the mouth, permanent teeth can and should be whenever possible. If a permanent tooth is lost, proper care can mean the difference between losing the tooth permanently or the dentist being able to replace it.

Steps to take when a permanent tooth is lost

Find and carefully handle the tooth. Only handle the tooth by the crown. Avoid touching the root. Clean the tooth gently and prepare it for re-implantation by keeping tooth moist. If possible, place tooth in clean milk. Water is an option if milk is not available, but not a great substitution for an extended period. If neither milk nor water is available, put the cleaned tooth into the mouth and hold it between molars and cheek. Don’t so this if there is a risk that the tooth would be swallowed, i.e. if the person is agitated, etc.

Call your dentist for an immediate appointment. Successful re-implantation requires seeing a dentist within an hour or so. You do have your favorite dentist in Spanish Fork, Dr. Rogers, as one of your contacts in your phone, right? If not, take a moment to do so, just in case.

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Are You Experiencing Chronic Dry Mouth?

by James Webster on December 18, 2018 , Comments Off on Are You Experiencing Chronic Dry Mouth?

Do you ever feel like your mouth is as dry as the Salt Lake Desert in July? One of the more common dental complaints is excessive oral dryness. While there are many potential causes for this annoying condition, the one that is the most common culprit is medication-induced dry mouth. Rather than this being something that you should just live with and ignore, there are several reasons that it is important to report all of your prescriptions to Dr. Rogers and his staff and if you have any dryness in your mouth, a sore or scratchy throat, or hoarseness.

Which medications cause dry mouth?

In his Spanish Fork dental practice, Dr. Rogers sees patients who experience the symptoms above as a side effect to common medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, anti-convulsive drugs, and anti-depressants. Patients who take multiple medications from these categories obviously have a higher risk of developing dry mouth.

Halitosis

Nearly 90 percent of all dental patients presenting with chronic bad breath, or halitosis, have dry mouth. When there is not adequate saliva to lubricate the mouth, you lose the ability to fight certain bacteria which cause bad breath. If you are experiencing chronic bad breath, please make an appointment with Dr. Rogers.

Tooth Decay

Along with the bacteria that can cause bad breath, when there is not enough saliva in the mouth, you are more likely to have cavities. It is a common misconception that tooth decay is a childhood problem; cavities can be present in any mouth.

Sensitivity

If you do not have enough saliva, you can develop oral sensitivity. Teeth can de-mineralize, your ability to taste may decrease, and you may have chronic sore throats.

Other medical concerns

Good oral health is necessary for general good health. While not the most common cause of dry mouth, it is possible that you may be suffering from an otherwise undetected and potentially serious disease, such as an autoimmune disease or poorly-controlled diabetes.

Treating dry mouth at home

You can treat dry mouth by sucking on sugar-free candies, chewing sugar-free gum, using a mouth rinse without alcohol, and staying hydrated. Some patients find that they are more comfortable using lip balm regularly.

Even though your prescriptions were prescribed by your medical doctor in Spanish Fork, your dentist can help monitor the condition and help you maintain your oral health. If you are experiencing dry mouth, alert your physician and make an appointment to come in to see the dentist.

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Do Yourself a Favor – Go to the Dentist

by James Webster on November 15, 2018 , Comments Off on Do Yourself a Favor – Go to the Dentist

Whenever you move to a new area or have a change in insurance, you need to find a new dentist. In southern Utah County, there are several Spanish Fork dentists that are available who would be able to partner with you to maintain your family’s dental health.

While there are a lot of conveniences in having the entire family see the same dentist, you may decide that there are some circumstances that make sense in seeing different dentists in the same office or even in different offices. While all dental professionals have essentially the same training, each of them will have different strengths and be able to relate to different personalities.

Like the expected relationship with medical doctors, there needs to be a good working relationship between dentists and their patients. Many would say that this should be present more for a dentist than for a doctor due to our culture’s accepted and nearly universally expected fear of the dentist. Some reports suggest more that than 60% of all adults in the United States have anxiety about going to the dentist, and up to 10% of the general population has a dental phobia.

By avoiding visits to the dentist, people are actually increasing the likelihood that their experience will be unpleasant. This avoidance of the dentist then becomes the normal practice for a family. If parents don’t go to the dentist, these habits are picked up by their children, creating a generational problem.

Overheard from a dentist, “If your body bled every time you washed it, you wouldn’t wait years before seeing a doctor, would you?” So it is often with people’s gums bleeding. Avoiding the dentist and waiting rather than receiving care earlier on the path to gun disease will always result in a better treatment plan – less expensive, less painful, and less traumatic for the patient. So, do yourself and your family a favor, go to the dentist.

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How to Help your Child Overcome their Fear of the Dentist

by James Webster on October 30, 2018 , Comments Off on How to Help your Child Overcome their Fear of the Dentist

When you are a kid going to the dentist can be a scary thing. They are introduced to new people and new activities that don’t occur in their everyday lives. To help ease your child’s fears about going to see their dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT we have gathered some tips for you to try when it comes to helping your child overcome their fears.

Communication

Discuss your child’s fears with the dentist. Be as precise as possible. Some children are afraid of needles while others are afraid of having their space invaded by strangers. It will also help to communicate with your child and walk them through the process of getting a dental cleaning.

See a Pedodontist

Pediatric dentists are skilled in the ways of the little ones. They use smaller instruments and usually have kid-friendly offices with fun decorative themes, movies and games. They are also outfitted to work with kids who have special needs.

Make it Fun

Seat your child in a recliner and let them know when you are going to dip it backwards into the rocket ship position. Talk about the benefits of a healthy mouth. Make the cleaning process into a game by telling them to open their mouth like a dinosaur and growl like a bear while having different areas of their mouth cleaned.

Play dentist at Home

Count your child’s teeth with a toothbrush and use a small flashlight to shine light so you can take a peek inside. Then gently pull the cheek away to take a better look. Let the patient watch you with a mirror. This will get them used to and comfortable with the process of getting their teeth cleaned at the dentist.

Explore the Dentist’s Office

Arrange to have your child meet the dentist and staff before the actual visit so he can see that there’s nothing to fear. They can show him the chair that he will sit in and all of the cool tools that are used to clean his teeth. Hit up the toy and treats box on the way out so they have something to look forward to.

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Strange facts about Teeth

by James Webster on September 24, 2018 , Comments Off on Strange facts about Teeth

Teeth are a pretty standard body part. They help us eat and give us a beautiful smile. With regular checkups with the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork you can rest easy knowing your teeth are working for you. What you don’t often think about is how weird teeth can actually be. Listed below are some strange facts about teeth.

Infants can be born with Teeth

About one in 2,000 infants is born with natal teeth, therefore, sometimes infant’s first dentist appointment is just a few days after birth. Generally, natal teeth grow on the lower gums and tend to have fragile roots; they are often removed to avoid problems with accidental swallowing and breastfeeding.

There is a Love your Teeth Day

To raise awareness of the significance of dental care, the Government in China designated September 20 as national ‘Love Your Teeth Day.’ The campaign motivates the Chinese people to take care of their gums and teeth, and promote dental health education.

Norwegian Company collect Baby Teeth

There is a tooth bank in Norway that plans to gather 100,000 milk teeth. These teeth will be part of a research study that will examine the relationship between pollution of the environment and ensuing disease.

Some Tumors can Grow Teeth

The germ cell tumors known as teratomas can contain many kinds of tissues and are normally found near the tailbone and in the ovaries and testes. Some of them even contain hair, teeth and occasionally hands, eyes and other limbs.

Teeth Tattoos

Did you know you can actually give your tooth a tattoo? Teeth tattoos are quite famous these days. The images are applied to a crown or cap and are permanent and come in all shapes and sizes.

Not Everyone Loses their Baby Teeth

Kids normally begin losing teeth around 5 or 6 and completely in their early teens. However, if an individual does not have a replacement permanent tooth, that milk tooth will stay put.

We hope you found these interesting and weird facts about teeth to be as cool as we did. Make sure you schedule your bi-annual appointment with the experienced dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork today.

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What to Know Before you Whiten your Teeth

by James Webster on March 6, 2018 , Comments Off on What to Know Before you Whiten your Teeth

Have you noticed your teeth looking a little more yellow than you would like lately? Have you considered various whitening treatments to get that gorgeous smile you have always hoped for? Before you start the process of whitening your teeth there are some things the Dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork want you to know.

 

You Need to Start with Healthy Teeth

Whitening your teeth when you have gum disease, exposed roots, cavities, crooked teeth, gum recession, or other untreated issues can cause further pain and problems, plus you’ll have wasted your time and money since the whitening likely won’t take on damaged teeth. You need to have these dental issues addressed and fixed before you can think about having your teeth whitened.

 

Whitening could cause Sensitive Teeth

One common side effect of teeth whitening is sensitivity in the 24 hours after your teeth have been exposed to whitening gel. You can take a pain reliever like ibuprofen if the sensitivity is too much to bear. The symptoms should resolve within the 24 hour period. If this isn’t the case make sure you give your dentist a call.

 

It’s Not a Once in a Life Time Procedure

Teeth are always yellowing as part of the aging process. They’re also always becoming stained by the foods and drinks we consume. No matter where or how you whiten your teeth, it won’t last forever. Most results last from 6 months up to 2 years.

 

Your Results will Vary

The results you get depend on what your teeth were like when you started. The better you’ve cared for your teeth, the greater the results. If you have kept up on your dental appointments, brushed and flossed regularly, and avoided damage and discoloration, the whiter your teeth will appear after treatment.

 

For more advice regarding teeth whitening procedures you can call us at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork today.

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