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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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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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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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Benefits of Having Invisible Braces

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

braces

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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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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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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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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