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Establishing Good Dental Habits in Your Family

by James Webster on March 15, 2019 , Comments Off

It is important to establish good dental care from before a child is born (yes, during pregnancy) forward. All pregnant women should visit the dentist before they deliver to detect tooth decay that can be accelerated by the hormonal changes of pregnancy.

Infancy and Toddlerhood

Wiping your child’s gums with a soft, wet cloth to remove plaque bacteria is a great way to introduce healthy habits to your child. At or around your child’s first birthday, you should have an appointment with a pediatric dentist. Use fluoride-free toothpaste and a soft toothbrush to brush your child’s teeth and gums at least twice per day. Drinking fluoride-treated water can give your child what s/he needs at this time.

Preschool and elementary school

You should avoid using toothpaste with fluoride with small children who do not yet know how to spit it out. Swallowing too much fluoride can cause white or brown splotches on their permanent teeth. Small children shouldn’t use toothpaste with fluoride or brush their own teeth unsupervised until they are able to spit toothpaste without swallowing it.

This typically happens in the preschool or early elementary years, although this group needs coaching and help making sure that they have brushed all of the surfaces (front, back, etc.) of their teeth. Flossing and brushing twice per day is the minimum recommendation by dentists. “If you have trouble getting your child to floss, make sure that you are giving a good example,” advises a local Spanish Fork dentist.

Up to 20 percent of children in elementary school have an untreated cavity. This causes higher school absenteeism and lower academic performance, according to studies by the Center for Disease Control.

Teens – time for the orthodontist

In order to have the best chance for successful orthodontic treatment, your child’s teeth need to be healthy. During the long years that they have their braces, regular cleaning by your dentist in Spanish Fork, Utah is critical to prevent tooth decay. Before you visit the orthodontist, it is important to make sure that your child has the maturity and self-discipline to properly care for their teeth since the addition of braces requires added diligence to maintain oral health in addition to the maintenance of the wires, appliances and brackets.

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Mental Health and Dental Visits

by James Webster on February 2, 2019 , Comments Off

Like most of the country, Utah Valley is in the middle of a mental health crisis. Depression and anxiety disorders are nearing epidemic proportions. As more people are suffering, the effects of mental illness are far-reaching and affect areas that would seemingly be unrelated to depression and anxiety disorders. While we don’t know why this is happening, there are several theories, including cultural pressure, the lack of “real connection,” and even our altitude have all been considered as possible causes for the rise in mental health issues.

How does mental health tie into dentistry?

Great question! I know that this is going to surprise you, but many people avoid going to the dentist. I know, right? I mean, we’re great guys and people always have a grand time in our chairs and everything! Even though there is no such contest of which we know, we consider our Spanish Fork, UT dentistry practice as the most awesome in southern Utah County and don’t understand why people aren’t beating down the door to get in!

What if I know someone who is struggling?

For those who are severely depressed, they may go through cycles during which self care and hygiene are neglected. They may be too overwhelmed to get out of bed. Brushing and flossing, let alone regular cleanings just are in the realm of things that are not “do-able.” It’s sad, really.

Friends and family members can help by being patient, offering to take care of other tasks so that the person feels able to take a shower and brush their teeth. For those who are struggling with this level of depression, judging is not advisable, rather interacting with kindness and compassion is the better way to reach the mental prison from which they are operating.

What about anxiety?

Those with generalized anxiety disorder may focus and worry about something to the point of making themselves sick. This is more than worrying about if they turned off the stove or light, the worry becomes something that grows until they are unable to think about or do anything more, eventually making them sick. Even those with high-functioning anxiety, commonly perceived as just being high strung or nervous to those unaware of the struggles that the individual is going through, have difficulties facing tasks that are necessary. Underneath the surface, those with high-functioning anxiety can feel as though they are slowly suffocating. For these people, going to the dentist, even one as great as our practice, can prove to be too much for them to manage on a difficult day.

If you are struggling with your mental health and there is something that we can do at Roger’s Dentistry, a compassionate Spanish Fork dental practice, to make your visit easier, please don’t hesitate in letting us know.

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We Want You to Be Comfortable in Your Treatment Plan and Pain Management

by James Webster on January 15, 2019 , Comments Off

It’s fairly safe to say that most people, when queried, “What do you want to do today?” do not respond, “Go to the dentist.”

We get it, we don’t win popularity contests. We understand. People would rather do many more things than sit in our chair, visiting our Spanish Fork dental practice. We’re really not bad guys; we want to help you have healthy teeth and gums.

How does the opioid addiction crisis affect treatment plans?

As the opioid addiction crisis draws close to home, there are many concerns about keeping our patients comfortable by safely managing their pain. Truth of the matter is, some procedures are not comfortable. Indeed, they can be downright painful.

When you are looking at an upcoming procedure and finding the perfect dentist in Spanish Fork, it is important to know that our goal is for you to have the most pleasant experience possible. Additionally as a responsible medical provider, we are keenly aware of how easy it is to become addicted to these drugs.

Before you have a procedure, talk with us about what the expected pain level will be as well as the best way to manage it. We can give you information about what to expect and our typical practice for pain management.

We want you to be completely transparent with us

It is very important that you disclose all other medications that you take (prescription and non-prescription) as well as any over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal/natural supplements that you are taking. While rare, some of these can have significant or dangerous interactions with other medications.

A good rule of thumb for all is to be completely upfront and transparent with medical history, prior or current tobacco, drug or alcohol use, etc. Doing so can be extremely frightening as many feel as though current or past use of these substances will change our impression of them. It doesn’t. We just want to help you and keep you safe and comfortable during your treatment with us.

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Are You Experiencing Chronic Dry Mouth?

by James Webster on December 18, 2018 , Comments Off

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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Do Yourself a Favor – Go to the Dentist

by James Webster on November 15, 2018 , Comments Off

Whenever you move to a new area or have a change in insurance, you need to find a new dentist. In southern Utah County, there are several Spanish Fork dentists that are available who would be able to partner with you to maintain your family’s dental health.

While there are a lot of conveniences in having the entire family see the same dentist, you may decide that there are some circumstances that make sense in seeing different dentists in the same office or even in different offices. While all dental professionals have essentially the same training, each of them will have different strengths and be able to relate to different personalities.

Like the expected relationship with medical doctors, there needs to be a good working relationship between dentists and their patients. Many would say that this should be present more for a dentist than for a doctor due to our culture’s accepted and nearly universally expected fear of the dentist. Some reports suggest more that than 60% of all adults in the United States have anxiety about going to the dentist, and up to 10% of the general population has a dental phobia.

By avoiding visits to the dentist, people are actually increasing the likelihood that their experience will be unpleasant. This avoidance of the dentist then becomes the normal practice for a family. If parents don’t go to the dentist, these habits are picked up by their children, creating a generational problem.

Overheard from a dentist, “If your body bled every time you washed it, you wouldn’t wait years before seeing a doctor, would you?” So it is often with people’s gums bleeding. Avoiding the dentist and waiting rather than receiving care earlier on the path to gun disease will always result in a better treatment plan – less expensive, less painful, and less traumatic for the patient. So, do yourself and your family a favor, go to the dentist.

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How to Help your Child Overcome their Fear of the Dentist

by James Webster on October 30, 2018 , Comments Off

When you are a kid going to the dentist can be a scary thing. They are introduced to new people and new activities that don’t occur in their everyday lives. To help ease your child’s fears about going to see their dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT we have gathered some tips for you to try when it comes to helping your child overcome their fears.

Communication

Discuss your child’s fears with the dentist. Be as precise as possible. Some children are afraid of needles while others are afraid of having their space invaded by strangers. It will also help to communicate with your child and walk them through the process of getting a dental cleaning.

See a Pedodontist

Pediatric dentists are skilled in the ways of the little ones. They use smaller instruments and usually have kid-friendly offices with fun decorative themes, movies and games. They are also outfitted to work with kids who have special needs.

Make it Fun

Seat your child in a recliner and let them know when you are going to dip it backwards into the rocket ship position. Talk about the benefits of a healthy mouth. Make the cleaning process into a game by telling them to open their mouth like a dinosaur and growl like a bear while having different areas of their mouth cleaned.

Play dentist at Home

Count your child’s teeth with a toothbrush and use a small flashlight to shine light so you can take a peek inside. Then gently pull the cheek away to take a better look. Let the patient watch you with a mirror. This will get them used to and comfortable with the process of getting their teeth cleaned at the dentist.

Explore the Dentist’s Office

Arrange to have your child meet the dentist and staff before the actual visit so he can see that there’s nothing to fear. They can show him the chair that he will sit in and all of the cool tools that are used to clean his teeth. Hit up the toy and treats box on the way out so they have something to look forward to.

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Strange facts about Teeth

by James Webster on September 24, 2018 , Comments Off

Teeth are a pretty standard body part. They help us eat and give us a beautiful smile. With regular checkups with the dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork you can rest easy knowing your teeth are working for you. What you don’t often think about is how weird teeth can actually be. Listed below are some strange facts about teeth.

Infants can be born with Teeth

About one in 2,000 infants is born with natal teeth, therefore, sometimes infant’s first dentist appointment is just a few days after birth. Generally, natal teeth grow on the lower gums and tend to have fragile roots; they are often removed to avoid problems with accidental swallowing and breastfeeding.

There is a Love your Teeth Day

To raise awareness of the significance of dental care, the Government in China designated September 20 as national ‘Love Your Teeth Day.’ The campaign motivates the Chinese people to take care of their gums and teeth, and promote dental health education.

Norwegian Company collect Baby Teeth

There is a tooth bank in Norway that plans to gather 100,000 milk teeth. These teeth will be part of a research study that will examine the relationship between pollution of the environment and ensuing disease.

Some Tumors can Grow Teeth

The germ cell tumors known as teratomas can contain many kinds of tissues and are normally found near the tailbone and in the ovaries and testes. Some of them even contain hair, teeth and occasionally hands, eyes and other limbs.

Teeth Tattoos

Did you know you can actually give your tooth a tattoo? Teeth tattoos are quite famous these days. The images are applied to a crown or cap and are permanent and come in all shapes and sizes.

Not Everyone Loses their Baby Teeth

Kids normally begin losing teeth around 5 or 6 and completely in their early teens. However, if an individual does not have a replacement permanent tooth, that milk tooth will stay put.

We hope you found these interesting and weird facts about teeth to be as cool as we did. Make sure you schedule your bi-annual appointment with the experienced dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork today.

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How to Maintain a White Smile after Bleaching

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on August 15, 2018 , Comments Off

After spending the time and money on bleaching your teeth to achieve the white smile you have dreamed of you will want to make sure that pearly white sheen lasts. With regular visits to your Dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT and the tips listed below you can keep your smile whiter for longer.

 

Use an Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes have proven to be more effective when it comes to maintaining a bright, white smile. They especially help with extrinsic staining, or staining due to external factors, like food and drinks. Although not a complete solution to whitening, it helps blast away remnants from coffee, red wine, or other edibles that stain teeth.

 

Floss

Think of flossing in the same way you think of a vacuum: removing the dust and dirt from your carpet makes it look cleaner. Without the debris of food or stains from coffee or soda your teeth look and stay whiter for longer. Flossing also helps to maintain good oral health.

 

Avoid Foods that Stain

Beware of the usual suspects: red wine, coffee and black tea. But also look out for other rich-colored food culprits that aren’t as stigmatized, like ketchup and marinara sauce. If you can’t avoid these teeth staining foods it helps to pack a toothbrush and brush immediately after eating.

 

Use a Straw

When you sip directly from a mug or cup, it exposes your teeth to a staining liquid more than a straw does. So if you have to have that coffee, use a straw to prevent discoloration.

 

Try the “White Diet”

These are foods that promote bright, healthy teeth. Rice, milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, rice are among the most popular. It is recommended that you stick to this diet for at least 2 weeks after whitening.

 

Keeping that white smile is easy with the tips listed above and bi-annual visits with our Dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, UT. Make sure you schedule your appointment with us in order to achieve the smile of your dreams.

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Tips for Teaching your Kids how to Properly Brush their Teeth

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on July 25, 2018 , Comments Off

When it comes time to teach your kids how to brush their teeth on their own you will want to make sure they are doing it properly. Improper brushing habits or technique can lead to some nasty cavities. While your child is getting their bi-annual cleaning at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, ask your dentist for some tips for proper brushing. Below are some tips to help teach your child how to brush their teeth on their own.

 

Make it Part of the Routine

Have your child brush his/her teeth at the same times each day. Attach it to other normal tasks like, brushing right before pajamas come off in the morning and as soon as they go on in the evening. Developing the habit of brushing their teeth is important to combat against cavities. This will also give them the practice they need in order to brush properly.

 

Lead by Example

Your kids will be more willing to brush their teeth properly if they see you doing it as well. Have them observe and brush their teeth with you each morning and night so they can see how it is done. Soon they will be able to go and brush their teeth on their own.

 

The 2x2min Rule

The common rule to brushing your teeth properly is the 2×2 rule, which means brushing twice a day for at least two minutes. Get them in the habit of thoroughly brushing their teeth each morning and night for at least two minutes. Purchase a 2 minute timer or sing a fun song to help them keep track of how long they are brushing.

 

Brushing Technique

Show them how to start the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line, then clean the front (and back) of each tooth with short, round strokes. Brush the biting/chewing surface of each tooth with short, sweeping strokes. It is also good practice to brush the tongue to remove germs and improve bad breath. Stress the importance of spitting out the remaining toothpaste when finished. Tell them that even though the paste still tastes fruity-yummy, it is now yucky from cleaning off the teeth and needs to go down the drain.

 

For more brushing techniques make sure you ask your dentist at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork at your next dental appointment.

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Interesting Dental History Facts

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on June 27, 2018 , Comments Off

While going to the dentist doesn’t seem like fun, compared to the dentistry practices in the past, it’s a breeze! To let you know how good you have it at Roger’ Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork we have pulled out our history books to give you some insight on some interesting dental history facts.

 

  • The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibers, which were then used to clean the teeth.
  • George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!
  • The average amount of money left by the tooth fairy in 1950 was 25 cents. In 1988 it was $1.00, the going rate now is $2.00.
  • The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re. He lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.
  • Back in the Middle Ages, “barber-surgeons” were the people you would visit in order to get your face shaved and your teeth pulled
  • The cure for a toothache in Medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.
  • N. Wadsworth was granted the first U.S. patent for a toothbrush in 1857. In 1938, the first nylon bristled toothbrushes were mass produced by DuPont.
  • The plaque that grows on human teeth consists of 300 different species of bacteria
  • Teeth are like fingerprints, no two are alike and everyone’s is specific just to them. Even twins do not share the same dental fingerprint.
  • The first dental drills were made of stone. Teeth have been found belonging to Stone Age humans with stone drilled holes around decayed matter.
  • In early colonial days, the village blacksmiths also served as the community dentist because they had tools that could most easily pull teeth, which was the only way they dealt with a toothache.
  • Aristotle and Hippocrates first contemplated type of dental braces as far back as 300 A.D. and archaeologists have discovered mummified remains of people with bands made from catgut wrapped around their teeth.

 

Now going to the dentist doesn’t seem so bad, right? Schedule your appointment with us at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork today.

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