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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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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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Benefits of Having Invisible Braces

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on August 23, 2016 , Comments Off on Benefits of Having Invisible Braces

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

 

Appearance

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

 

Comfort

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

 

Safety

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

 

Duration

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

 

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

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Healing after a Dental Implant

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on July 20, 2016 , Comments Off on Healing after a Dental Implant

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With the expertise of the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork the pain and healing time needed after receiving a dental implant has been cut down to a minimum. The dentist will give you some advice when it comes to the healing process. Make sure you follow the instructions very carefully. We have also providing you with some tips to help you throughout the healing process.

Bleeding

Bleeding may occur after the placement of your dental implant. To reduce bleeding gently and constantly bite down on a gauze pad for 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary. Sit upright to control the bleeding.

Swelling

While swelling is more common with surgeries involving a bone graft, you may experience some swelling with your implant. You can reduce the swelling by placing an ice-pack on your cheek in the area of the implant. The swelling should reduce within the first 48 hours.

Pain

Standard over the counter pain medications have been proven to be the most effective when it comes to dental implants. You should start taking the pain medications as soon as the anesthesia from the surgery wears off.

Everyday Activity

It is recommended that you keep physical activity to a minimum within the first few days after your surgery, especially the first day. Over doing it can cause unnecessary pain and bleeding. Walking and light physical activity is acceptable, but try to avoid bending over. If you notice an increase in bleeding or any throbbing around the implant, reduce your physical activity and rest.

Diet

Your diet will be restricted for a short time after your surgery. You will want to stick to eating soft foods and liquids. Avoid chewing around the implant sight for 3 to 5 days.

By following the directions from your dentist and adhering to the advice above, you will recover from your dental implant in no time. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork have the expertise you can trust for any oral surgery you may need in the future. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

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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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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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