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Wisdom Teeth 101

by James Webster on December 10, 2019 , Comments Off on Wisdom Teeth 101

 With the ease of recording with our mobile devices, we can record life’s events that, before, were just retold as family stories. Social media trends in recording post wisdom teeth removal musings have resulted in some of the funniest videos online. 

I can’t tell you how glad I am that no one was taping my post wisdom teeth behavior because I am told that at one point asked, “Mommy, please carry me,” right before I buckled at the knees and fell to the floor of a parking garage with the grace and style of Bambi on the icy pond. I have been told that this move was appreciated by all the lookers-on and that one man came to help my mother in her noble efforts in restoring me to an upright position. 

Why take out wisdom teeth – don’t these kids need all the wisdom they can get? 

Yes, they certainly do, but these extra teeth don’t do much in that arena, sorry! (Couldn’t help it, it’s something that we hear a lot!) 

There are many reasons that you may need to see an oral surgeon to have your wisdom teeth removed in your late teens and early adulthood. The most common one of these, according to your friendly Spanish Fork dentist is that there is just not enough room in your mouth for four more teeth. In this case, the wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning that they are not coming in at the right angle and can push against the molars or even partially erupt.  

They’re impacted – how important is it to take them out? 

If your wisdom teeth are impacted, the best course of action is to have them removed by an oral surgeon. So doing can prevent infection, cysts around the improperly aligned wisdom tooth/teeth, pain, and even tooth decay since the crowding can result in difficulty brushing and flossing. 

Oral oddities 

Did you know that many people are missing one or more of their wisdom teeth? This tends to run in families, so if one of your close relatives didn’t have all four, then you may have hit the wisdom teeth jackpot too.  

On the other hand, some people are born with too many teeth. My father was born with two sets of baby teeth, one of them fully erupted shortly after birth! Sadly, there is no photographic evidence of this shark-like oddity. Likewise, he had six wisdom teeth instead of four. 

If your wisdom teeth come in and you don’t have any trouble with them, it is still important to monitor them for signs of increased tooth decay, so come on in to your friendly Spanish Fork Dental practice, Rogers Dentistry, and we’ll let you know if you won a trip to the oral surgeon or not! 

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Ways to Use Your FSA Before Year End

by James Webster on November 22, 2019 , Comments Off on Ways to Use Your FSA Before Year End

At the end of each year, many people scramble to use their Healthcare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) before the balance disappears. There is a little-known and too infrequently used option for people to continue to have access to their FSA funds after the ball drops on the old year and ringing in the new. Some FSA plans have a rollover limit of $500 that can be rolled over into the next year by employers. If you have this option in your employee benefit package, funds that were rolled over must be used by March 15 of the new year, otherwise the remaking balance is absorbed by your employer. 

In case you need some ideas for ways to use the last of your FSA, we’ve come up with a few ideas for you. 

Dental work 

Obviously, you expect that this would be in here, right? Is it time for your annual check-up? Do you need more extensive work done? Does your child need an orthodontic consultation? These all great ways to use up your FSA balance before it disappears.  

There are many eligible procedures that Dr. Rogers performs in his Spanish Fork dental practice that qualify for FSA payments. It is important to note that contrary to popular belief, FSAs do not always cover a procedure that is not covered by your medical, vision, or dental plan. One of the most common for these is the cosmetic practice of tooth whitening. 

Vision 

When did you last have your eyes examined? Exams, contact lenses, glasses, and corrective vision surgery are all eligible for FSA use. You can even use your FSA to pay for prescription sunglasses or blue light-blocking lenses. 

Home use 

Contraceptives, including condoms, are FSA eligible. Additional items that are FSA-eligible include first aid supplies, doctor-prescribed over the counter medicines, as well as splints, braces, etc. Orthotics are covered as well as just some gel insoles. 

With a little creativity and planning, you can use your FSA account to its maximum potential. While so doing, please consider Dr. Rogers, the compassionate Spanish Fork dentist for any of your dental needs. 

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Make Halloween and Easter Your Teeth Cleaning Traditions

by James Webster on October 15, 2019 , Comments Off on Make Halloween and Easter Your Teeth Cleaning Traditions

How long has it been since you had your teeth cleaned? Your children’s? If you are anything like me, there is a long to-do list that is constantly running in my head and there are many things that get pushed from day to day, and really don’t get done.

Dr. Rogers, your neighborhood Spanish Fork dentist, has the best trick to help people remember their dental health by taking a page from the play book from firefighters and breast cancer awareness month.

One of the keys to remembering information is tying it to something else that jogs your memory. Firefighters have long asked people to use the change from daylight savings to standard time, and vice versa as a signal to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Or, if you’re like me, watch the episode of, “This is Us” that reveals the details around Jacks death – you’ll be changing them every other week!

I was out with my (single) sister once at a town celebration and her young daughter was chatting with one of the firefighters telling them that she absolutely knew that their smoke detector worked. When asked how she knew this, she promptly answered, “Because it goes off every time my mom cooks!”  I’ve been around my sister long enough to attest to the veracity of this statement.

Another reminder comes in October, being the it is breast cancer awareness month, it is easy to have an annual screening mammogram It’s pretty much automatic now; the sight of football players running around with pink shoes, socks, or towels and I think, “mammogram!” Little secret – if you schedule your annual mammogram in October, you often receive treats or souvenirs at the hospital, including a certain Utah County hospital in Provo that including gifts gourmet chocolates to anyone having their mammogram in October. So, on that note, it might be the chocolate more than the football players.

On that same vein, if you are having trouble remembering to come in, Dr. Rogers suggests that you come in for visits around two holidays that both tend to be all about the candy – Halloween and Easter. Please consider adding regular dental appointments to come in and see us at our long-time Spanish Fork dental practice. We’re always here to help your family take care of dental needs.

What happened with my food-burning sister and the firefighter? Believe it or not, they married three years later! Does she still set off the smoke detector when she cooks? Yep!

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Vaping and Dental Health 101

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

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

No tobacco means no cancer, right?

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

Nicotine and gun disease

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

Vaping and dry mouth

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

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

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

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Did You Know That Drinking Water Helps Your Oral Health?

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

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

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

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

Healthier teeth and gums

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

Helps with dry mouth

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

Bonus tip

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

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Tools of the Trade – Toothbrushes

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

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

Bristles, bristles, bristles – which to pick?

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

Head and handle size

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

Manual vs. electric

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

How old is your toothbrush?

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

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One More Reason That You Should Ditch the Soda Habit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What about the stains?

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

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

My teeth are already stained, now what?

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

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Dental Accidents – Lost Tooth 101

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

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

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

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

What about a permanent tooth?

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

Steps to take when a permanent tooth is lost

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

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

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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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Little Known Facts about Orthodontics and Braces

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on April 24, 2018 , Comments Off on Little Known Facts about Orthodontics and Braces

Many of us have the privilege of having braces. This amazing invention allows us to achieve the smiles we have always wanted. With the expertise of the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork you can avoid any smile mishaps. Unfortunately it wasn’t always this way. Listed below are some little known facts about orthodontics and the braces you could be wearing today.

  1. The nickel titanium in some braces wire was developed by NASA with shape memory properties (meaning it keeps its shape) that are activated by body heat and/or pressure.
  2. Braces are not magnetic. Braces don’t set off metal detectors. Braces don’t pick up radio transmissions. Braces don’t increase your odds of being hit by lightning.
  3. The first braces were designed in 1728, consisting of a flat piece of metal connected to the teeth by thread. Orthodontic brackets were invented in 1915.
  4. Adults want straight teeth too! In fact, MILLIONS of people over age 18 are currently in orthodontic treatment.
  5. Some cements used to attach brackets to your teeth include a fluoride-releasing substance.
  6. Nearly 25% of orthodontic patients have to get braces again because they didn’t wear their retainers!
  7. 100% of all orthodontists are dentists. About 6% of all dentists are orthodontists.
  8. Approximately 4 million people in the United Sates are wearing braces or another form of orthodontic appliance to straighten their teeth, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.
  9. Even though braces weren’t designed until the early 18th century, many mummies have been discovered with cords made from animal intestines wrapped around their teeth, much like modern braces wiring, which archaeologists believe was an attempt at straightening crooked teeth.
  10. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having your child seen by an orthodontist as soon as tooth irregularities appear no later than age 7. An early evaluation can help determine if problems are present and anticipate the most appropriate time for orthodontic treatment, if necessary.

For more information regarding braces make sure you talk to your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork. Call us today to make an appointment.

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