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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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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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The Big “G” and You: Gingivitis Facts

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on April 28, 2015 , Comments Off on The Big “G” and You: Gingivitis Facts

A lot of people have gingivitis, many of you reading this may have gingivitis or some other periodontal disease without even knowing— a pleasant thought, right? Gingivitis is very common, so common in fact, that the CDC estimates almost 50% of the adult population suffers from a form of periodontal disease.

So, gingivitis is kind of a scary word. But how serious is it? Is It dangerous? Is it Latin or something? If it is, then why do we insist on using a dead language to formulate medical terminology? It’s time to put those fears at ease and shed some light on what can seem like needlessly obfuscatory language. First, to answer your most pressing question— Gingivitis is Latin. Sort of, it comes from the Latin word gingiva, meaning gums, and the Latin/Greek suffix -itis, which indicates disease.

Okay, now that the lesson in etymology is over, let’s get to your real questions. Periodontal disease is not usually very serious and thus can go unnoticed and untreated for a long time. Gingivitis shows itself in a swelling and redness of the gums, especially around the line where your gums meet your teeth, this is where gingivitis starts to grow. So because gingivitis is common and rarely requires urgent treatment, the best way to prevent it is (you guessed it!) the regular oral hygiene regiment recommended to you by your dentist. That means proper brushing and flossing.

Gingivitis occurs when bacteria gets under your gum line and forms plaque. If the plaque is allowed to accumulate over several days, usually by not brushing thoroughly and neglecting to floss, then it forms a calculus that eats away at the enamel protecting your teeth. In this way, gingivitis can contribute to tooth decay.

The truth about gingivitis is that, despite the intimidating name, it’s not very serious and it requires no magical treatments or cures; it just takes plain-old, boring hygiene. It’s also very common, there’s a good chance half the adult population of Spanish Fork has some form of periodontal disease.

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THE DAUNTING TOOTHPASTE AISLE! HOW TO CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE.

by JJ on February 18, 2015 , Comments Off on THE DAUNTING TOOTHPASTE AISLE! HOW TO CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE.

THE DAUNTING TOOTHPASTE AISLE! HOW TO CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE.

There are as many product claims as there are toothpastes in the toothpaste aisle. The right toothpaste can prevent gum pain, stained teeth, cavities and even more serious dental issues.

 

For tooth sensitivity –

Many people have sensitivity to hot and cold foods on their teeth.  This issue can occur due to serious dental issues such as civilities or infections, but is most likely caused by brushing to roughly.  Sensitive teeth may also be caused by extra sensitive gums or exposed roots, which aren’t necessarily signs of poor brushing or flossing habits.  “There are many toothpastes on the market designed to reduce pain due to sensitivity.  Opt for toothpastes containing a desensitizing ingredient like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate,” suggests Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS, Rogers Center for Dentistry.

For yellowing teeth –

Whitening toothpastes contain modified silicone abrasives designed to help improve the appearance of your teeth.  “The objective of whitening toothpaste is to polish teeth and help prevent stains but they aren’t meant to remove older discolorations, for those you will need to visit your dentist.”  Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS, Rogers Center for Dentistry.

For cavity prevention –

According to the ADA, plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that is continually forming on your teeth.  Plaque interacts with foods especially sugars to produce acids that eat away at enamel.  So how do we fight this evil foe?  Fluoride!  Fluoride coats teeth and protects them from cavity-causing acids. Most toothpaste contains fluoride so any product that features the ADA seal and claims to be “anti-cavity” will do the job.

For tartar buildup prevention –

No one likes the hardened yellow build up called Tarter.  Tartar, which dentists sometimes call “calculus,” comes from bacterial plaque that has hardened.  Once plaque has hardened, no matter how much you brush the tarter will only come off with a dental cleaning.  A tarter-fighting toothpaste can prevent the plaque from hardening. Dr. Rogers suggests looking for a toothpaste that contains the ingredients pyrophosphates or zinc citrate.

For the all-natural product –

Among the myriad of toothpastes on the aisle, you may find a few all-natural products.  “All-natural, herbal toothpastes can be just as effective as anti-microbial based pastes,” Ada Cooper, DDS, a New York-based dentist and spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA).

For denture wearers –

Dentures still need to be cleaned just like any other teeth.  A good toothpaste will work but effervescent tablets or solutions have been shown to clean more effectively than brushing.  Soaking dentures will help maintain a fresh, clean smile.

Dr Rogers does caution, “No toothpaste can make up for the lack of brushing and flossing.  Excellent hygiene and regular visits to your dentists for preventative cleanings will help you maintain a beautiful smile.”

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We will let you in on a little secret!

by JJ on February 12, 2015 , Comments Off on We will let you in on a little secret!

We will let you in on a little secret!

Excerpts from, 8 Secrets Dentists Wish All Their Patients Knew, by Lisa Mulcahy

 

  1. “Psst, We know when you’re lying about flossing.”
    Unfortunately your gums give you away. “I can tell if someone hasn’t been flossing. You can’t hide the inflammation that can be caused by skipping brushing and flossing — the margins of your gums will look red, and if I’m examining your teeth, your gums might even bleed when I touch them.” Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS., Rogers Center for Dentistry. The key is to floss once a day to keep gums healthy and to keep a beautiful smile.

 

  1. One tooth can lead to big trouble.
    “Once during a casual phone conversation, one of my friends said, ‘I broke my tooth — no big deal, right?’ I told him, ‘Call your dentist immediately!’ The truth is, neglecting any dental problem can have serious consequences for your health, however rare. Take my friend’s tooth: Even though the outside of it looked perfectly normal, untreated decay on the inside caused the shell of the tooth to break. Had the fracture also gone untreated, it could have infected the nerve of the tooth, which in some cases can spread infection throughout the body by way of the sinuses. It’s uncommon, but the risk is very real, so never leave an opportunity for infection to invade your body — including cavities. Get in to see your dentist ASAP. My friend did, his tooth was treated, and now he’s getting regular exams to prevent problems down the road.” — Alice Boghosian, DDS, consumer adviser for the American Dental Association

 

  1. Yes, it’s possible to over-whiten your teeth.
    With all the different ideas on how to whiten your teeth as well as the countless products and gadgets to help whiten your teeth, you may begin to wonder if it is possible to over-whiten your teeth. “Tooth enamel can be stripped away with the over use of at-home whitening strips, whitening toothpastes, and brushing with baking soda. Whitening under a dentist supervision will help you get the safest, whitest smile,” Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS., Rogers Center for Dentistry.  It is also possible to whitening your teeth naturally by avoiding stain causing foods and eating foods like strawberries and pineapple that are acidic in a cleansing way.

 

  1. Unhealthy teeth could affect how well you conceive.
    “A number of my friends have struggled with infertility, and they’re shocked when I explain that periodontitis, or gum disease, could be one of the things at fault. Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that can affect many parts of your body. Research shows that women who have periodontitis can take longer to conceive, and unfortunately, those who do get pregnant are at higher risk for giving birth to a preterm or low-birth-weight baby. Your partner’s gum health matters too — a small study found that men with periodontitis may have lower sperm quality. The good news: Gum disease can be treated with scaling and root planing or surgery, depending on the severity. If you’re already pregnant, it’s often fine to be treated for periodontitis as well. I know several women who have gotten pregnant after being treated for gum disease — maybe that’s a coincidence, but seeing a dentist or periodontist certainly didn’t hurt.” — Griselle Ortiz-Ramsey, DMD, MS, Ph.D., diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology

 

  1. It’s okay if your kids wiggle their baby teeth.
    Keeping your hands away from your face and out of your mouth is good health advice to keep germs and illness at bay, but when it comes to baby teeth it is ok to wiggle those little teeth.   We are seeing an increase in kids that don’t lose their baby teeth until age 10 or later! Even if a baby tooth doesn’t come out, the permanent tooth underneath will still try to push through. The baby tooth may cause the permanent tooth to be misaligned, or come in partially, making it difficult to brush either tooth’s whole surface and leading to cavities and infection. “So teach your kids to do the ‘wiggle-wiggle-twist-twist’ — wiggle twice, then twist twice over and over again — while you’re reading them a bedtime story or during TV commercials. Just make sure they wash their hands before and after. And if you’re ever concerned that your kiddo’s baby teeth are taking too long to fall out, make an appointment with your dentist.” — Katherine Graber, DDS, MS, spokesperson for the American Association of Orthodontists

 

  1. Don’t just mask bad breath.
    “Whenever a friend asks me about bad breath, I fire off a series of questions: Is she brushing (including her tongue), flossing, and using a mouth rinse daily? Then: Has she been eating foods like garlic or onion? The problem with these foods is that nothing will eliminate the odor caused by them — you have to wait until they’ve passed through your system. Next question: Does she get food stuck in her teeth, or does she have gum disease, untreated decay, or dry mouth? If she answers yes to any of those, I tell her to see her dentist. And if that doesn’t help, I send her to her M.D. because her bad breath could stem from a condition somewhere else (for example, a sinus infection or gastrointestinal issue). Spending hundreds on gums, sprays, and mints isn’t enough — you have to get to the root cause of your bad breath.” — Tawana Lee-Ware, DDS, MSD, spokesperson for the American Association of Women Dentists

 

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