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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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Interesting Facts about Teeth

by James Webster on February 6, 2018 , Comments Off on Interesting Facts about Teeth

Going to the dentist definitely isn’t the most fun or interesting thing to do in a day. But we at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork have gathered some very interesting facts when it comes to your teeth. Check out these little known facts below.

 

  • The average person spends about 45-50 seconds brushing their teeth. Dentists recommend brushing for 2-3 minutes. When brushing your teeth, it helps to listen to your favorite song to make sure you brush long enough.
  • Flossing once a day can increase your life expectancy by 6 years!
  • Ever notice that the toothbrush colors in the store are mostly shades of blue and green? Studies have shown that blue tooth brushes are sold more often than red ones.
  • Did you know that periodontal gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in people over the age of 35? 3 out of 4 Americans suffer from some form of periodontal gum disease.
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Still, we don’t recommended to use your teeth as a tool to open things.
  • Sugar begins attacking the tooth, but the real cause for cavities are acid and bacteria.
  • Seventy-three percent of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss. Yet flossing is one of the most beneficial practices you can do to maintain your teeth health.
  • Placing a cap on your toothbrush is actually more harmful because bacteria favors moist environments. Uncap your toothbrush to limit the possibility of bacteria growth.
  • Kids get cavities between teeth while adults usually get cavities on the biting surface of teeth.

 

For more interesting facts about your teeth you will definitely want to schedule an appointment with the experienced dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. We can provide you with some interesting facts while making sure your teeth are in tip-top shape. Call us today!

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Facts about Sedation Dentistry

by James Webster on January 16, 2018 , Comments Off on Facts about Sedation Dentistry

Has your fear of the dentist gotten out of control lately? So much so that you haven’t been keeping your yearly appointments? Perhaps you need a dental procedure done that requires some sedation. Either way, we at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT want you to be informed about Sedation Dentistry and what is usually involved. You can see the most common facts about sedation dentistry listed below.

 

Methods of Sedation

There are four methods for sedating a patient during an in-office dental procedure: anxiolytic or minimal sedation; conscious/moderate sedation; deep sedation; and finally, general anesthesia. Each one is tailored to the amount of dental work needing to be done. Your skilled dentist will determine which method is best for you and your health while still being able to alleviate some of the pain you might feel.

 

The Dentist Remains in the Room

When administering IV conscious sedation to a patient, the dentist must usually remain in the room with that patient at all times. Under these circumstances, dentists cannot resume their normal routine where they may be practicing in more than one chair at the same time. When practicing IV moderate sedation dentistry, the dentist is usually with one patient at a time from start to finish. Dentists are required to have a current license and meet all of the requirement to use sedation dentistry, so you can rest easy knowing that you are being taken care of by a practiced professional.

 

Ensuring Safety

Sedation dentistry is safe and effective thanks to the methods of sedation and the training required for you dentist to be able to practice sedation dentistry. One of the main reasons is that throughout the sedation you are slowly titrating drugs into the patient’s system, as opposed to pushing a set amount of a drug all at once. As you are titrating medication, you are continually monitoring the patient to determine if more or less medication is needed to achieve the desired sedative effect throughout a given dental procedure.

 

If you have more questions about sedation dentistry and how it is used make sure you call Roger’s Center for Dentistry for more information. An appointment with one of our dentists can help to alleviate any of the fear or concerns you may have.

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Signs you Need to See Your Dentist

by James Webster on December 5, 2017 , Comments Off on Signs you Need to See Your Dentist

Have you been wondering if it is time to make an appointment with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah? If you have been concerned about your oral health or you can’t seem to remember the last time you had a dentist appointment you might want to consider making an appointment. Below are some tell-tale signs that you should be making an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.

 

A Sore that won’t heal

If you notice a mouth sore, a lump or a red or pale patch of skin on your tongue, cheek or gum, keep an eye on it for a couple of weeks. If it doesn’t go away, see your dentist. This could be a sign of something serious when it comes to your oral health. An earlier diagnosis of oral cancer means a much better chance of recovery. That’s why dental professionals should do a cancer screening at your regular visits, even if you haven’t noticed any symptoms. And you can check yourself at home once a month. Ask your dental care providers how to do a self-exam.

 

Pain and/or Swelling

If you have unexplained pain or puffiness in your mouth that persists for a couple of days you will want to make an appointment with your dentist. Their expertise will help you to know the cause and the proper way to heal the pain and/or swelling. It could be a sign of infection, decay, gum disease or a cracked tooth. Left untreated, these problems can worsen and even lead to tooth loss.

 

Loose Teeth

Occasionally, a loose tooth can be a sign of oral cancer or gum disease. An accidental impact to your mouth can also loosen a tooth or two. Either way, you shouldn’t ignore a tooth that’s less than solid, because that’s not normal for adults. You will want to get it fixed sooner rather than later.

 

If you find any of the above signs or symptoms it is always a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah. We can get you back on the right track when it comes to your oral health.

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