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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

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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

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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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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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Foods that Stain

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on December 29, 2015 , Comments Off on Foods that Stain

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Nothing is worse than seeing your once bright smile seem dim and dingy. The culprit may in fact be the foods you are eating. There are a variety of foods that most of us consume on a daily basis that will stain our teeth and ultimately ruin our once bright smiles. While Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork offers teeth whitening by experienced and knowledgeable dentists, we recommend you try and stay away from the foods listed below as much as possible.

  • Black Coffee. While this caffeine boost is often a “necessity” in most people’s lives, it can cause your white smile to dim. It is said that adding cream or milk to your coffee may help to prevent staining.
  • While wine can be beneficial to your health in various aspects it also contains polyphenols that cause tooth staining. The alcohol within your wine will also cause damage to your teeth due to the acidity that will wear away your tooth enamel. To help prevent staining or erosion, rinse out your mouth with water soon after drinking wine.
  • Cola Drinks. These sugary drinks are often the worst for your teeth. While they are bound to stain your teeth they also cause tooth decay and enamel erosion. Drinking cold cola drinks cause even more damage as the cold makes the enamel in your teeth very porous and vulnerable to staining. If you must drink cola drinks try and do so through a straw.
  • These yummy summertime treats are often the worst when it comes to staining your teeth. The dyes used in popsicles tend to stain not only your lips but your mouth as well. The cold Popsicle also causes your tooth enamel to become very porous and more vulnerable to staining.
  • Soy Sauce. This sauce has a tendency to actually stick to your teeth. Its dark pigment will cause staining to your once pearly whites. If you have to partake of this sauce on your sushi, rinse out your mouth with water after consuming.
  • Tomato Sauce. This sauce is known to be highly acidic. Acidic foods cause the enamel on your teeth to become weak and more susceptible to stains. By eating a foods such as spinach before consuming tomato sauce, you can provide a protective layer on your enamel against the acidity.

While you can’t avoid all of these foods, there are ways you can prevent ruining your beautiful smile. Visiting one of our highly skilled dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork will help to keep those pesky stains off of your teeth. For more information about teeth whitening and the other dental services we provide, call one of our friendly customer service associates today.

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Getting your Kids Excited to Brush

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on November 30, 2015 , Comments Off on Getting your Kids Excited to Brush

The importance of dental hygiene should be taught at a young age. If they develop a good dental hygiene routine when they are young they are more likely to keep up the habit as they grow older. Rogers Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork wants to help you in getting your kids excited about taking care of their teeth by following these tips and tricks.

 

The Toothbrush

A boring adult toothbrush will not do to properly brush your kid’s teeth, or get them excited about brushing. Today we have a variety of fun characters available in the perfect size for our child to brush their teeth with. Having them pick out the toothbrush with their favorite character will encourage them to use their toothbrush more often.

 

Story Time

Children have vast imaginations. Play with their imagination and incorporate healthy dental hygiene practices into a story. Be creative and have interesting characters encounter evil germs that your child has to help the hero of the story get rid of. Kids love getting involved in a fun and creative way. This can be done with any necessary hygiene routine.

 

Make it a Game

This also goes along with the story idea. You can make brushing your teeth a game. Make them bets or have races. When doing this make sure they are still brushing properly! One example is by having them brush their teeth with you. Whoever can brush their teeth better and make them really white and sparkly will win the prize! Anything to help get your child motivated will work.

 

Rewards

Setting up a rewards system will help your child acquire the habit of brushing regularly. You can create a daily and weekly chart to help them remember when to brush their teeth. After having completed a certain amount of successful teeth brushings they can receive a reward. This works for older children who have the right idea and technique with brushing, but just lack the motivation to do it as often as they need to without being reminded.

 

Having proper dental hygiene starts at a young age. These tips and tricks will help you to get your little one on the right path. Rogers Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork can help you ensure your child’s perfect smile with our early dental care. Please call us today to set up an appointment or to ask any further questions on how we can help you in all of your dentistry needs.

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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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