Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

Oral Sedation Process Keeps Children from Fearing Dental Treatments - Smithfield, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 27, 2017

It is all too uncommon for children to fear dental treatment so severely that it prohibits the dentist to perform even the most basic treatment services to include simple cleaning. Some of them thrash in the chair and some lock their jaws shutting the treatment session completely down. So in the efforts of maximizing the chance that your child gets the dental care they need, today's dentist's use a proven safe and effective oral sedation process that makes dental treatments be conducted easier to children.

When dental sedation techniques are used, your child will feel relaxed and is conscious enough to respond to verbal command as well as physical stimulation. Also, your child will maintain its ability to open airway independently and continuously. Therefore, this oral sedation is safe for kids, not to mention that this is only conducted by a qualified pediatric sedation dentist.

Dental sedation in Smithfield, VA helps children undergo a dental treatment who otherwise would not receive it. It allows them to relax and let the dentist restore their mouth to a healthy state. Parents should accompany their children who have extensive dental needs, have traumatic past dental experiences, or have very strong gag reflexes when seeing a dentist and consult about the available dental sedation techniques.

To find out more about oral sedation, contact Smithfield Dental.


Break Bad Dental Habits - Newport News, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Did you know that a lot of little things you do, or that you forget to do, daily affect your dental health? They also could be classified as bad oral habits? These include not brushing or flossing enough, eating too many sweets too often, or even using your teeth to open a bag of chips.
 
Bad oral habits are hard to break, but they can be stopped by the following tips:
 
Floss at least once a day
. It helps remove bits of food and dental plaque in places your toothbrush can't find, helping to keep your gums healthy.
 
Brush at least twice a day. If brushing is not an option, chew sugarless gum (make sure it's sugarless!) for 20 minutes after a meal or snack. This helps prevent tooth decay.
 
Clean your tongue. Regularly cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush or a tongue scraper helps remove the bacteria that causes bad breath.
 
Replace your toothbrush regularly. Replacing your tooth brush ever 3-4 months is a good idea. Bristles in your toothbrush that are bent and broken don't do a good job cleaning your teeth.
 
Eat a balanced diet. Snacking on sweets without brushing increases the acid in your mouth… and the likelihood of tooth decay. Munch on vegetables and fruit instead.
 
Regular Dental Visits. Your dentist is trained to do damage control in your mouth before it's too late. You should visit the dentist regularly -- every six months.
 
Adding these dental habits to your list one at a time is a good start to kick those bad oral habits. By doing a little self-check on your daily dental care habits, you can be on your way to making sure your teeth, your mouth's health and your overall health are at their best.

For more information, or to make a dentist appointment, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Total Sleep Dentistry Treatment - Newport News Va

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, April 13, 2017

Preventative dental care measures such as brushing and flossing are the cornerstones to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. But it is equally important to see your dentist on a scheduled basis (usually twice a year) for cleaning and checkups.  Sadly, far too many people purposely avoid critical cleanings and checkups out of abject fear of visiting the dentist.  We're here to tell you that even the most extreme cases of dentist anxiety can be overcome through the use of dental sedation. 

Step number one in returning to recurring professional dental care is discussing your fears with your local dental staff.  They will be forthright and honest with you about what you can expect and how your specific fear can be addressed.  Here at Oyster Point Dentistry we offer two very different (but highly effective) options for those with extreme fear of the dentist.  We offer sedation dentistry services here in Newport News where needles are not used to render the patient calm, pain free, and fully conscious throughout the entire procedure.  For those of you whose fear is so extreme that you can't imagine being conscious at all, then we offer "total sleep" dental treatment here in Newport News that is essentially an "operating room" setting where dentists and medical doctor anesthesiologists work together to treat you under general anesthesia.   

To find out more about dental sedation for kids and adults, contact us here at Oyster Point Dentistry!


Cavities: Frequently Asked Questions – Newport News, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Dental cavities and tooth decay is increasing among children and among seniors. In fact, ost of us have had at least one cavity. While sugary food doesn’t help, cavities are usually caused by not brushing your teeth enough, by not flossing enough and from skipping regular dentist appointments.  is not enough brushing your teeth, flossing and dentist appointments.

The following are some cavity FAQs:

Q: Is there a difference between tooth decay and a cavity?

A: Tooth decay and cavities are actually not the same thing. Tooth decay is the gradual process in which bacteria in the mouth produces acids that destroy the surfaces of teeth. Over time, tooth decay can erode the tooth enamel causing a hole, or cavity.

Q: How do I know if I have a cavity?

A: During a regular dental exam, one of the first things your dentist will look for are dental  cavities. Dental X-rays can help your dentist diagnose whether you have cavities and how extensive those cavities are. Sometimes a dental cavity is visible to the naked eye. Visible black holes or spots in your teeth, or a toothache or sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks could be signs of cavities.

Q: How are dental cavities treated?

A: Treatment for cavities depends on the size and the degree of damage to your tooth. Although many cavities are treated with silver fillings or invisible fillings, onlays may be necessary to treat large cavities that affect the cusp of the tooth. Cavities affecting the areas in between the cusps can be treated with inlays. Dental crowns are also used in some cases to protect a tooth from further damage. In children dental sealants can be applied to prevent against cavities.

Do you have questions about cavities or dental treatment? Contact Oyster Point Dental.