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Interesting Dental History Facts

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on June 27, 2018 , Comments Off on Interesting Dental History Facts

While going to the dentist doesn’t seem like fun, compared to the dentistry practices in the past, it’s a breeze! To let you know how good you have it at Roger’ Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork we have pulled out our history books to give you some insight on some interesting dental history facts.

 

  • The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibers, which were then used to clean the teeth.
  • George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!
  • The average amount of money left by the tooth fairy in 1950 was 25 cents. In 1988 it was $1.00, the going rate now is $2.00.
  • The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re. He lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.
  • Back in the Middle Ages, “barber-surgeons” were the people you would visit in order to get your face shaved and your teeth pulled
  • The cure for a toothache in Medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.
  • N. Wadsworth was granted the first U.S. patent for a toothbrush in 1857. In 1938, the first nylon bristled toothbrushes were mass produced by DuPont.
  • The plaque that grows on human teeth consists of 300 different species of bacteria
  • Teeth are like fingerprints, no two are alike and everyone’s is specific just to them. Even twins do not share the same dental fingerprint.
  • The first dental drills were made of stone. Teeth have been found belonging to Stone Age humans with stone drilled holes around decayed matter.
  • In early colonial days, the village blacksmiths also served as the community dentist because they had tools that could most easily pull teeth, which was the only way they dealt with a toothache.
  • Aristotle and Hippocrates first contemplated type of dental braces as far back as 300 A.D. and archaeologists have discovered mummified remains of people with bands made from catgut wrapped around their teeth.

 

Now going to the dentist doesn’t seem so bad, right? Schedule your appointment with us at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork today.

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Properly Caring for your Teeth and Gums

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on September 23, 2016 , Comments Off on Properly Caring for your Teeth and Gums

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When it comes to caring for our teeth and gums, our daily routine is what will determine their overall health and well-being. Having a good cleaning routine will help you in preventing future cavities and various oral diseases. Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah can help you in establishing an excellent care routine for your teeth and gums. Our dentists care about your health, so we have provided some steps you should be following each day when it comes time to clean your teeth.

Consistency

Brushing your teeth every morning and night will help you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You increase your chances of a healthy mouth by brushing for at least 2 minutes each time. For the best results you will want to use a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. No matter what kind of toothbrush you use, make sure you replace it every 3 months to make sure it is working up to its fullest potential. Following this routine consistently will give you a clean, happy mouth as well as fresh breath.

Toothpaste

There are a variety of toothpastes types out there for you to choose from. It is always wise to go with a toothpaste that your dentist recommends. Most recommend a fluoride toothpaste to help you in protecting your enamel. Check to make sure it has at least 1,350 – 1,500 ppm or else it won’t be as effective. When it comes to children, they shouldn’t be using a fluoride toothpaste until they can properly spit after brushing their teeth. Talk to your dentist about which toothpaste is best for your child.

Flossing and Mouthwash

The one step we most often ignore when it comes to our daily brushing routine is to floss and rinse with mouthwash. Flossing helps you to reach the places your toothbrush can’t clean properly. Floss removes any buildup of plaque, bacteria, and food in-between your teeth. Mouthwash acts as a final protective barrier against plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Pick a mouthwash that has fluoride in it to help you in protecting your enamel even more. Swish the mouthwash around in your mouth for two minutes to allow it to thoroughly coat all areas of your teeth. Remember not to swallow the mouthwash as it may give you a stomach ache.

Having a thorough daily brushing routine will help you in preventing a large amount of oral problems. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah can help you and your family in giving you the best oral healthcare. Stop by or give us a call today to set up an appointment.

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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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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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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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