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Reasons to Consider Sedation Dentistry

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on April 25, 2016 , Comments Off on Reasons to Consider Sedation Dentistry

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Sedation dentistry is a relatively new option available for helping people get the dental care they need. Dentistry has been around for centuries, but the ability to be in a relaxed state while your dental work is done is something that has only been done for a few decades. It allows people who fear the dentist to get the dental care they need without the anxiety that can accompany sitting in that reclining chair. Here are a few things that sedation dentistry can offer.

Boosted Health from a Healthy Mouth

One of the things that some people do not realize is that you can do a lot of damage to your body by not having a clean mouth. They think that problems with their teeth remain in their mouth, but that is not true. With poor oral hygiene there are connections to higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, and infection all over the body. The bacteria that cause issues within the mouth can travel and make you sick, so you need to take care of your teeth and your gums. Having sedation dentistry can help to give you the healthy gums and teeth you need to have a healthy body.

Overcoming Dental Fears

Whether you fear the dentist because you have been hurt in the past or because you are nervous about the condition of your mouth currently, sedation dentistry can help. When you have sedation dentistry done, you can be calm and relaxed while the work is done. You are awake, but sleepy, during the procedure, and most experiences with sedation dentistry leave you with amnesia about the actual procedure that you had done. This means, you will be left with the positive results you need, and a good feeling about the process so you won’t be afraid to go back again in the future.

Sedation dentistry allows you to be comfortable with what the dentist is doing within your mouth. You do not have to be sidelined by anxiety or worry any longer. Get your mouth back to the healthy state you want and need, all without the downsides that have been holding you back. If you are looking for a dentist that can offer you sedation dentistry, turn to the experts at Rogers Center for Dentistry today!

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5 Tips to Help You Remember to Floss

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on March 16, 2016 , Comments Off on 5 Tips to Help You Remember to Floss

Flossing is extremely important when it comes to your overall dental health. Flossing helps remove plaque from between your teeth where it is hard to reach with your toothbrush. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day. Dr. Rogers is a dentist in Spanish Fork Utah who feels very strongly about his patients flossing everyday. Let’s face it though; we aren’t always the best at flossing everyday. We thought it would be helpful to come up with a list of creative tips to help all of us remember to floss.

1. We are a lot less likely to skip brushing our teeth. Our first tip is to tie some floss around your toothbrush. You will see it every time you brush and it will be an immediate reminder. You can do the same with your mouthwash bottle as well as a tongue brush if you use one. Seeing the floss on your toothbrush, mouthwash and tongue brush will be a great reminder to take the extra 1-2 minutes to floss and remove the plaque build up.

2. Set a daily reminder on your phone. There is probably nothing more inseparable from us than our phones. You always have your phone with you so why not use it to help you remember to floss everyday? Set a reminder alert on your calendar app or set a daily alarm at around the time you usually brush your teeth at night. Most of us have different brushing times on the weekend vs the week day so set your alarm times accordingly and before long this alarm may help you form a lifelong habit of daily flossing.

3. Post reminders. The best place would be on your mirror but you may find that your tired and dreary eyes ignore that area of the mirror, as they just want to shut and go to sleep. This may be a little bit gross, but if you’re really struggling with your flossing you might want to tape a picture of a mouth with major tooth decay as motivation. That might get those eyes to open wide for another few minutes.

4. Floss in the shower or bath. Who said you had to floss at night, right before bed? Not this Spanish Fork dentist! If you are struggling to floss on a daily basis, try combining it with your daily shower or bath. Just keep the floss somewhere where you’ll see it and pretty soon it will become a new part of our showering or bathing routine.

5. Track your flossing and reward yourself. Set a goal to floss one week straight and then find something fun to reward your self with. Then up the goal to 30 straight days with a bigger reward. Our guess is that once you get to 30 straight days, the habit will be strongly formed and you’ll never look back.

We hope these tips help you improve your flossing habits. We have seen far too many patients who haven’t been flossing and end up paying for it with tartar buildup and cavities. Make it a daily habit.

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How to Clean your Dentures

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on February 25, 2016 , Comments Off on How to Clean your Dentures

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If you find yourself in the need for Dentures, you can trust the Dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork to provide you with excellent service regarding your needs. After our experienced Dentists have provided you with the perfect set of dentures you will want to make sure you are taking the proper steps to caring for your new dentures. Below are some cleaning tips to follow to make sure your dentures last.

Protect

Dentures are sensitive and can break easily. This means you will need to take the proper precautions when cleaning your dentures. Lay down a towel or fill your sink with water just in case you do drop your dentures. This way your dentures will be cushioned in case of a fall and the attachments and plastic on your dentures won’t get damaged.

Rinse First

Before you start thoroughly cleaning your dentures you will want to make sure there aren’t any remaining food particles. Rinse them under warm water to remove any large particles of food.

Brushing Thoroughly

Just like teeth, dentures can gather plaque and bacteria. That is why it is so important to brush and soak your dentures every day. Daily brushing will remove the plaque and bacteria that has formed as well as food particles and stains.  To correctly brush your dentures use a soft bristled tooth brush and denture cleaner. Make sure to brush all areas of your dentures including the grooves in which you apply your denture adhesive.

Soak

Dentures need to remain moist in order for them to keep their shape. Soak your dentures overnight in warm water and denture-soaking solution. The denture-soaking solution gently fizzes and cleans your dentures for a few minutes or overnight depending on the soaking solution.

Rinse Again

After soaking your dentures you will need to rinse off any remaining denture-soaking solution before putting them back in your mouth. The denture-soaking solution is not made for human consumption and can be harmful to your health if chewed or swallowed.

Maintain

To keep your dentures in pristine condition you will need to see your dentist regularly to have them maintained. Follow the above cleaning steps and keep your dentist appointments and you are sure to keep those dentures in tip top shape.

The Dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork pride themselves in helping you to achieve that perfect smile. We can provide you with dentures, teeth whitening, implants, and general cleanings. Call us today to make an appointment so we can get you closer to having the smile you have always wanted.

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How to Heal Faster after Wisdom Teeth Extraction

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on January 29, 2016 , Comments Off on How to Heal Faster after Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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The best way to recover from wisdom teeth surgery is to follow your oral surgeon’s instructions religiously. Not following the oral surgeon’s orders can result in a painful recovery, including getting a dry socket. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah want to provide you with the best results when getting your wisdom teeth removed. Below are some little known tips to speed up the healing process after having your wisdom teeth removed.

 

Keep your Head Elevated

To speed up the healing process you can keep your head elevated for 3 days at a 45 degree angle. This will help you recover faster from wisdom teeth surgery because blood vessel tone and blood volume near the wound change when lying flat, which can make the wound throb.

 

Ice

Ice the cheek closet to the extraction area for 24 hours. This will provide some relief from the pain and help you to heal a little faster. Never apply heat to the area.

 

Dry Mouth

Don’t let your mouth dry out. As with any surgical wound you will need to keep the area moist so it can heal correctly. If you breathe through your mouth it would be wise to get an oral cavity moisturizer to keep the moist and allow for optimum healing.

 

Massage

Because the dentist had your mouth open for so long during the extraction of your wisdom teeth you jaw is likely to be very soar, causing additional and unnecessary pain. Massage the area of your jaw joint, just place your fingers just before the opening of each ear if you are having trouble finding where to massage. This will alleviate some pain and help you to heal just that much faster.

 

Drink Coconut Water

Drinking ice cold coconut water can give you the electrolytes you need for healing. The electrolytes will help to keep your blood sugar stable while you are unable to eat solid foods for the next few days.

 

Anything you can do to speed up the healing process after a wisdom tooth extraction should be approved by your dentist. It is important to follow any and all instructions given to you before and after the procedure so you may heal properly. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah care about your health and well-being. You can trust us to give you the best care when it comes to your dental needs. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our dentists today.

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Foods that Stain

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on December 29, 2015 , Comments Off on Foods that Stain

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Nothing is worse than seeing your once bright smile seem dim and dingy. The culprit may in fact be the foods you are eating. There are a variety of foods that most of us consume on a daily basis that will stain our teeth and ultimately ruin our once bright smiles. While Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork offers teeth whitening by experienced and knowledgeable dentists, we recommend you try and stay away from the foods listed below as much as possible.

  • Black Coffee. While this caffeine boost is often a “necessity” in most people’s lives, it can cause your white smile to dim. It is said that adding cream or milk to your coffee may help to prevent staining.
  • While wine can be beneficial to your health in various aspects it also contains polyphenols that cause tooth staining. The alcohol within your wine will also cause damage to your teeth due to the acidity that will wear away your tooth enamel. To help prevent staining or erosion, rinse out your mouth with water soon after drinking wine.
  • Cola Drinks. These sugary drinks are often the worst for your teeth. While they are bound to stain your teeth they also cause tooth decay and enamel erosion. Drinking cold cola drinks cause even more damage as the cold makes the enamel in your teeth very porous and vulnerable to staining. If you must drink cola drinks try and do so through a straw.
  • These yummy summertime treats are often the worst when it comes to staining your teeth. The dyes used in popsicles tend to stain not only your lips but your mouth as well. The cold Popsicle also causes your tooth enamel to become very porous and more vulnerable to staining.
  • Soy Sauce. This sauce has a tendency to actually stick to your teeth. Its dark pigment will cause staining to your once pearly whites. If you have to partake of this sauce on your sushi, rinse out your mouth with water after consuming.
  • Tomato Sauce. This sauce is known to be highly acidic. Acidic foods cause the enamel on your teeth to become weak and more susceptible to stains. By eating a foods such as spinach before consuming tomato sauce, you can provide a protective layer on your enamel against the acidity.

While you can’t avoid all of these foods, there are ways you can prevent ruining your beautiful smile. Visiting one of our highly skilled dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork will help to keep those pesky stains off of your teeth. For more information about teeth whitening and the other dental services we provide, call one of our friendly customer service associates today.

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Getting your Kids Excited to Brush

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on November 30, 2015 , Comments Off on Getting your Kids Excited to Brush

The importance of dental hygiene should be taught at a young age. If they develop a good dental hygiene routine when they are young they are more likely to keep up the habit as they grow older. Rogers Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork wants to help you in getting your kids excited about taking care of their teeth by following these tips and tricks.

 

The Toothbrush

A boring adult toothbrush will not do to properly brush your kid’s teeth, or get them excited about brushing. Today we have a variety of fun characters available in the perfect size for our child to brush their teeth with. Having them pick out the toothbrush with their favorite character will encourage them to use their toothbrush more often.

 

Story Time

Children have vast imaginations. Play with their imagination and incorporate healthy dental hygiene practices into a story. Be creative and have interesting characters encounter evil germs that your child has to help the hero of the story get rid of. Kids love getting involved in a fun and creative way. This can be done with any necessary hygiene routine.

 

Make it a Game

This also goes along with the story idea. You can make brushing your teeth a game. Make them bets or have races. When doing this make sure they are still brushing properly! One example is by having them brush their teeth with you. Whoever can brush their teeth better and make them really white and sparkly will win the prize! Anything to help get your child motivated will work.

 

Rewards

Setting up a rewards system will help your child acquire the habit of brushing regularly. You can create a daily and weekly chart to help them remember when to brush their teeth. After having completed a certain amount of successful teeth brushings they can receive a reward. This works for older children who have the right idea and technique with brushing, but just lack the motivation to do it as often as they need to without being reminded.

 

Having proper dental hygiene starts at a young age. These tips and tricks will help you to get your little one on the right path. Rogers Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork can help you ensure your child’s perfect smile with our early dental care. Please call us today to set up an appointment or to ask any further questions on how we can help you in all of your dentistry needs.

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The Worst Foods and Drinks For Teeth

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on October 30, 2015 , Comments Off on The Worst Foods and Drinks For Teeth

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Your friendly Spanish Fork dental office cares a great deal about your teeth, which is why we try to educate our patients so they know how to best take care of their teeth for a healthy smile. Part of taking care of your teeth is being careful about what you eat and drink. We’re not saying you need to avoid these things altogether, just that you might want to moderate the intake of some of the following foods and drinks.

Ice

You probably don’t think to just eat ice, but many people enjoy chewing on the ice from their iced beverages. Chewing on ice can leave your teeth vulnerable to erosion of your enamel. If it’s a habit, try to stick to just sipping on the water or beverage to avoid an emergency visit to your Spanish Fork dental office due to damaged enamel.

Citrus

Citrus fruits are acidic and frequent exposure to them can erode enamel and make your teeth more susceptible to decay over time. Citrus fruits can also irritate mouth sores so avoid at all costs if you have any open sores in your mouth. Moderation for the most part is fine, just be careful.

Coffee

It’s hard to pass on a cup of coffee in the morning but drinking coffee every single day can stain your teeth. The caffeine in things like coffee and tea can also dry out your mouth. If you do choose to consume, make sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. If you add sugar to your coffee, try to keep it minimal.

Sticky Foods

Dried fruit is a healthy snack for the most part but unfortunately the stickiness of it can wreak havoc on your teeth. Sticky foods are bad for your teeth because they stay on your teeth longer than other food and can result in cavities. If you eat sticky foods, make sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards and to brush and floss often.

 

Soda

Sipping on soda is one of the worst things you can do for your teeth. When you drink lots of soda or other sugary drinks, plaque bacteria uses that sugar to produce acids that destroy your enamel. Most carbonated drinks are acidic, even the diet ones, so it’s best to just opt for water instead. If you do consume, balance it out with some water afterwards.

 

We hope to have provided some insight as to what foods and drinks should be avoided for a healthy smile. If you need an appointment or have questions, give you Spanish Fork dental office a call.

 

 

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Daily Tips for Great Oral Hygiene

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on September 29, 2015 , Comments Off on Daily Tips for Great Oral Hygiene

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Taking care of your teeth and mouth every single day is crucial to your overall oral hygiene. If you tend to neglect your oral hygiene, you may want to reconsider. Not taking care of your mouth can lead to more serious problems down the road so it’s important to take preventative action now. Your Spanish Fork Utah dentist can provide you with some great tips in order to take care of your oral hygiene every single day. We recommend practicing the following tips every single day.

Brush Twice a Day

If you don’t brush your teeth twice a day, now is a good time to start doing it. You may think brushing once is good enough but it’s smart to brush once in the morning and once before you go to bed. Brush at a slight angle when going against the gum line and be gentle as vigorous scrubbing can actually damage your teeth.

Floss Every Day

There’s a reason your Spanish Fork Utah Dentist tells you to floss every day, it’s extremely important. When you don’t floss, food can get stuck between your teeth and can eventually lead to cavities and gum disease. Flossing is the only way to get that stubborn bacteria out from in between your teeth. It’s tough to get into the habit but it’s worth it.

Use a Toothpaste With Fluoride

Fluoride is added to toothpaste in order to help strengthen your teeth and make them more resistant to breakdown by acids, which often leads to cavities. Using toothpaste with fluoride is essential to reducing cavities and fighting off tooth decay.

Use Mouthwash

Using mouthwash after you brush your teeth twice a day is another great way to keep your mouth healthy and clean. Mouthwash can help reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Look for one that has fluoride in it for that added layer of protection.

Brush Your Tongue

Bad breath comes from bacteria that’s been sitting on your tongue. When you brush your teeth each day, take a moment to scrub your tongue but make sure to be gentle. This will help remove the bacteria and lead to fresher breath.

We hope these tips help you keep your mouth healthy and clean. If you ever have any questions on how to practice oral hygiene, let your Spanish Fork Utah dentist know and they would be more than happy to answer your questions.

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Foods That Can Help or Hurt Your Bright Smile

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on August 20, 2015 , Comments Off on Foods That Can Help or Hurt Your Bright Smile

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A smile is often our greatest asset. It can open doors to new relationships or brighten someone’s day. That is why taking care of your smile should be a top priority. The foods we eat can often have a direct impact on our bright smiles. Below are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to taking care of those precious pearly whites.

Foods to Avoid

Sugary Drinks: When bacteria in the mouth break down simple sugars, they produce acids. These can erode tooth enamel, creating pits where cavities can form. Sugary drinks, including soft drinks and fruit drinks, consist almost entirely of simple sugars.

Candy and Highly Sweetened Snacks: Similar to sugary drinks, candy and highly sweetened snacks are loaded with sugar causing acid and tooth decay when the bacteria in the mouth tries to break down the sugar. Sticky and gummy candies pose the biggest threat, since they adhere to teeth, making it hard for saliva to wash them away.

Some Starchy Foods: Foods such as bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes raise acid levels and in turn erodes tooth enamel.

Sugary Breakfast Cereals: Along the same line of sugary drinks and candy, these yummy cereals produce acid causing erosion of tooth enamel. The combination of starch and sugar is more likely to get stuck in plaque between teeth.

Coffee, Tea, and Red Wine: These beverages are known to cause stubborn stains to your pearly whites. Since these beverages are often sipped and enjoyed, the acids remain in the mouth longer and cause more acid build up.

 

Foods to Choose

Water: Plain and simple. Water is the best thirst quencher and removes those harmful acids.

Sugar-Free Drinks: Craving something sweet? This is a good alternative to water, in moderation. These drinks still wash away harmful acids and reduce the risk of cavities. However, these drinks may still result in a trip to your dentist down the road.

Sugar-Free Chewing Gum: Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva, which helps neutralize acids in the mouth, protecting tooth enamel. The flow of saliva also washes food out of the mouth, limiting the amount of time it is in contact with teeth.

Citrus Fruit: Citrus fruit, although acidic, increases saliva flow and actually protects tooth enamel.

Cheese and Milk: This is the ultimate soldier in pearly white defense, and is a dentist favorite. Cheese and milk help protect your teeth in several ways. “First, they encourage saliva production, which neutralizes acids in the mouth. The protein, calcium and phosphorous in cheese and milk also buffer acids, protecting enamel from erosion. Studies suggest that cheese and milk may even help strengthen the protective minerals in teeth surfaces”.

Cocoa: Chocolate not only does tastes great, but it is actually good for your teeth. Substances found within this amazing dessert decrease inflammation and help protect against erosion and decay.

We at Rogers Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork hope this article was informative to you and your beautiful smile. We would also like to remind you to schedule an appointment with our friendly staff to help you keep your greatest asset alive and sparkling! If you have any further questions on obtaining a whiter smile or any other dentistry needs, please feel free to give us a call.

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The Root of Wisdom Tooth Myths

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on July 17, 2015 , Comments Off on The Root of Wisdom Tooth Myths

Most of us have to get a tooth taken out at one time or another. In fact, for a lot of people, getting your wisdom teeth taken out in the late teens or early adulthood is almost like a rite of passage. It’s an inconvenience, it’s painful, and it can put you out of action for more than a week, but it’s something we all have to go through so it’s not usually the end of the world.

Still, though, just because it’s something almost everyone goes through doesn’t mean that it’s not still a scary experience— especially when you consider all the myths and horror stories you hear from friends and from down the grapevine. But that’s the purpose of this blog, to sort out the truth from the fictions.

First there is the dreaded dry socket. I remember being scared stiff before getting my wisdom teeth out when I heard about this painful phenomenon. It seemed like adding insult to injury, after going through involved tooth extraction surgery, to have to worry about painful and mysterious after effects. In truth dry sockets only occur after two to five percent of all patients after a tooth extraction. So that should put most of us at ease.

When a tooth is removed, the socket is the hole left in the bone where the tooth used to be. A blood clot forms in the socket to protect it from infections and interference. When that clot becomes dislodged, the socket is exposed to food, air, and fluids. This can cause intense pain lasting for five or six days. The name “dry socket” comes from the appearance of the socket in the absence of the blood clot.

So yes, dry sockets are painful and scary, but they seldom occur. If you follow the instructions of your dentist and oral surgeon after surgery you should be just fine. If you want to be extra sure not to get a dry socket, then after the surgery you especially want to avoid smoking, but also avoid drinking through a straw and taking medications with a blood thinning effect.

We at Rogers Dentistry are happy to serve Spanish Fork and the surrounding area. We hope that this article has been interesting and informative. If you have any further questions about wisdom tooth removal in particular, or dental care in general, don’t hesitate to give our Spanish Fork dentist a call.

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