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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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Ways To Prevent Periodontal Disease

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on June 16, 2016 , Comments Off on Ways To Prevent Periodontal Disease

Everybody wants a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Unfortunately, many adults currently suffer with periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. Gum disease comes in a range of severities from gum inflammation to diseases that can result in permanent damage like loss of teeth.  The mixture of tartar and gingivitis coinciding in the mouth can cause periodontitis, which is when the gum becomes inflamed around the tooth. When that happens, the gums attempt to pull away from the tooth, and create pockets. Once the pockets get infected you are dealing with some serious dental problems. The good news is there are preventative measures you can take that will reduce your risk for periodontal disease.

Brush Your Teeth

This may seem like a given, but many people do not brush their teeth as they should. Dentist recommend brushing twice a day; in the morning and at night. Most people don’t have a problem with the morning brushing it is the after dinner, nighttime brushing. Brushing at nighttime helps to get rid of a lot of the bacteria your mouth has collected throughout the day. Many dentists also recommend brushing with a fluoride toothpaste.

Floss

Every time you go to the dentist they ask you if you have been flossing. This is a very important part of the process in getting the plaque, food, and bacteria from in between your teeth. Flossing gets in between places that toothbrush cannot get to. Floss is great for removing plaque, which is a part of the cause for more serious dental and health issues.

Go To the Dentist

Staying on top of your annual or semi-annual dentist appointments is imperative. You want to make sure your teeth are as healthy as they can be, and it takes a dentist to be thorough in their observation of your teeth. Besides, that is when you get a deep cleaning that goes beyond the typical daily routine.

No Smoking

As if you needed another reason to quit, it can cause gum disease. It is a horrible habit overall, and there are a multitude of reasons why every person needs to quit smoking. Taking care of your mouth and having healthy gums should be one of them.

Periodontal disease can be as painful as it can be sever.  Make sure you visit your Spanish Fork dentist so you can do all you can to ward off this terrible disease.

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Causes of Bad Breath

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on May 19, 2016 , Comments Off on Causes of Bad Breath

Woman with hand over mouth and surprised expression

One of the most dreaded issues when it comes to everyday contact is bad breath. It’s an embarrassing condition that can have a surprisingly significant impact upon your life if left untreated. At Roger’s Dentistry, we know how hard it can be to live with bad breath. That’s why we’ve decided to take the time to write about its causes! If you know what causes bad breath, you can adjust your habits accordingly to achieve better oral hygiene and banish bad breath for good!

 

Poor Dental Hygiene

How often do you brush your teeth? If your answer isn’t “at least two times a day”, we might have found the cause of your bad breath! The problem with failing to brush often enough or skipping flossing is that food debris only needs a little time to start to build up in your mouth. This food will then begin to breakdown, causing bad breath and plaque. If you’re still not convinced, eventually this plaque can lead to gum disease – and you really don’t want to deal with that! If you have bad breath, examining your oral hygiene habits should be the first thing you do.

 

Dry Mouth

Another big origin of bad breath is a condition commonly known as dry mouth. Just as brushing and flossing your teeth regularly helps to keep your mouth free from food debris and bacteria, your saliva helps keep your mouth clean, too. When you’re suffering from dry mouth, you’re not producing enough saliva to keep up with the mouth’s daily needs. This can lead to a build up of food and bacteria, leading to bad breath and even gum disease if left untreated. If you have unexplained dry mouth and can’t seem to shake it, contact your dentist for an examination right away.

 

Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones are probably one of the more well-known causes of bad breath. Stemming from – you guessed it! – an accumulation of food particles and bacteria, tonsil stones are white orbs that form in your tonsils. They have a very distinctive odor and can form fairly easily in some people. They are generally visible if you use a flashlight or mirror and open your mouth wide. Removing the tonsil stones is a good way to help reduce bad breath.

 

As you can see, the root cause of bad breath is almost always food particles and bacteria stemming from poor oral hygiene. If you have bad breath and aren’t sure what to do, give your Spanish Fork Dentist, Roger’s Dentistry, a call today to see how we can help!

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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

Checking up teeth

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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