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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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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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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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Properly Caring for your Teeth and Gums

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on September 23, 2016 , Comments Off on Properly Caring for your Teeth and Gums

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When it comes to caring for our teeth and gums, our daily routine is what will determine their overall health and well-being. Having a good cleaning routine will help you in preventing future cavities and various oral diseases. Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah can help you in establishing an excellent care routine for your teeth and gums. Our dentists care about your health, so we have provided some steps you should be following each day when it comes time to clean your teeth.

Consistency

Brushing your teeth every morning and night will help you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You increase your chances of a healthy mouth by brushing for at least 2 minutes each time. For the best results you will want to use a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. No matter what kind of toothbrush you use, make sure you replace it every 3 months to make sure it is working up to its fullest potential. Following this routine consistently will give you a clean, happy mouth as well as fresh breath.

Toothpaste

There are a variety of toothpastes types out there for you to choose from. It is always wise to go with a toothpaste that your dentist recommends. Most recommend a fluoride toothpaste to help you in protecting your enamel. Check to make sure it has at least 1,350 – 1,500 ppm or else it won’t be as effective. When it comes to children, they shouldn’t be using a fluoride toothpaste until they can properly spit after brushing their teeth. Talk to your dentist about which toothpaste is best for your child.

Flossing and Mouthwash

The one step we most often ignore when it comes to our daily brushing routine is to floss and rinse with mouthwash. Flossing helps you to reach the places your toothbrush can’t clean properly. Floss removes any buildup of plaque, bacteria, and food in-between your teeth. Mouthwash acts as a final protective barrier against plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Pick a mouthwash that has fluoride in it to help you in protecting your enamel even more. Swish the mouthwash around in your mouth for two minutes to allow it to thoroughly coat all areas of your teeth. Remember not to swallow the mouthwash as it may give you a stomach ache.

Having a thorough daily brushing routine will help you in preventing a large amount of oral problems. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah can help you and your family in giving you the best oral healthcare. Stop by or give us a call today to set up an appointment.

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Healing after a Dental Implant

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on July 20, 2016 , Comments Off on Healing after a Dental Implant

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With the expertise of the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork the pain and healing time needed after receiving a dental implant has been cut down to a minimum. The dentist will give you some advice when it comes to the healing process. Make sure you follow the instructions very carefully. We have also providing you with some tips to help you throughout the healing process.

Bleeding

Bleeding may occur after the placement of your dental implant. To reduce bleeding gently and constantly bite down on a gauze pad for 30 minutes. Repeat if necessary. Sit upright to control the bleeding.

Swelling

While swelling is more common with surgeries involving a bone graft, you may experience some swelling with your implant. You can reduce the swelling by placing an ice-pack on your cheek in the area of the implant. The swelling should reduce within the first 48 hours.

Pain

Standard over the counter pain medications have been proven to be the most effective when it comes to dental implants. You should start taking the pain medications as soon as the anesthesia from the surgery wears off.

Everyday Activity

It is recommended that you keep physical activity to a minimum within the first few days after your surgery, especially the first day. Over doing it can cause unnecessary pain and bleeding. Walking and light physical activity is acceptable, but try to avoid bending over. If you notice an increase in bleeding or any throbbing around the implant, reduce your physical activity and rest.

Diet

Your diet will be restricted for a short time after your surgery. You will want to stick to eating soft foods and liquids. Avoid chewing around the implant sight for 3 to 5 days.

By following the directions from your dentist and adhering to the advice above, you will recover from your dental implant in no time. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork have the expertise you can trust for any oral surgery you may need in the future. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

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Causes of Bad Breath

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

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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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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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