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Why You Must See A Dentist Immediately After Sustaining A Chipped Tooth

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 27, 2020
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A minor accident might have caused you a little chip on a tooth. You probably take it as something trivial and something that does not require immediate attention. Smaller chips are mostly not an immediate dental health issue except when they are sharp and they can potentially cut your gums. However, there are cases when the chip can result in more severe issues like pain, swollen glands, infected roots, bad breath and hot/cold sensitivity.

  • The sharp edges of the chipped teeth can cut your gums and tongue
  • Deep chips can affect the root of your teeth and it can be infected and inflamed.
  • It can also cause decay which can lead to sensitivity and bad breath
  • Minor chips can get bigger over time and can lead to more problems that may necessitate extractions or root canals

It is always advisable to see a dentist when you sustain a chipped tooth. Typically, small chips do not require major repairs. But a dentist will recommend to file it or fill it with a dermal bond to smoothen the sharp edges. However, major cracks may need more extensive treatment. The pulp can be damaged in some major chips. Since the dental pulp consists of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue the pain can be excruciating. It is also prone to infection and thus, requires a major dental procedure.

For more information about chipped tooth repairs, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


When To See Your Dentist?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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A regular dental checkup is usually done every six months. However, there are circumstances wherein you may need to see your dentist between the regular checkups. The following are instances that require immediate dentist appointment:

1. You experiencing pain or sensitivity

Pain and discomfort usually coerced patients to seek immediate professional dental attention. Dental pain is sometimes unbearable and can cause disruption to daily activities. When the pain and discomfort affect your ability to eat, talk, and sleep, these signs of disability prompt the necessity to see the dentist as soon as possible.

2. A dental appliance isn't properly fitting anymore

Whether you have braces, dentures, bridges, or any appliance that no longer fits, your dentist needs to make adjustments right away in order to ease any discomfort and so as not to defeat the purpose of the dental appliance.

3. Bleeding when brushing or flossing

Normally, gums bleed a little especially when you floss. However, the bleeding shouldn't go beyond a few weeks. If you still notice bleeding every time you brush, this may indicate a periodontal problem. It needs to be treated early to prevent more severe issues like gum disease.

4. If you haven’t checked with your dentist for over 6 months

Many tend to delay or take for granted their dental appointments. Sometimes they endure minor dental pain or discomfort, thinking it can wait until the next appointment schedule. Without realizing the problem is exacerbating, the pain and discomfort become more agonizing than before.

If in case you are suffering from dental pain or discomfort or you have noticed some unusualities to your dental health, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with your dentist. We want to help as our primary goal is to promote the best oral health to all our patients. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry today!


SEDATION DENTISTRY: Overcome That Dental Fears For A Beautiful Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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Dental professionals are normally trained to assist patients with dental anxiety. If you deal with dental fears, you are not alone. Many patients avoid their dentist as much as possible because of the anxiety that comes along with every visit. It is either their past experiences or common worries like the fear of pain that makes many patients uncomfortable in the dental chair. But cheer up you will get the smile you have always wanted while feeling comfortable and completely relaxed. This is possible through Sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry is very safe. You will not feel any pain with this procedure. Dentists use a combination of sedation and anesthesia to keep the patient relaxed and pain-free throughout the procedure. It is intravenous sedation that is administered directly into the bloodstream by an anesthesiologist. As such the patient will experience a calming effect, drowsiness and tingling sensations. Many patients normally leave the appointment with little to no memory of their treatment and feel good afterward. Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you will be using a local anesthetic, a numbing medication at the time where the dentist is working in the mouth in order to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.

Sedation will be used for all dental cases from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. It depends on the severity of the fear. Sedation dentistry uses some medication to help patients relax and feel calm during dental procedures. After about 45 minutes the patient recovers completely from general anesthesia. It is a case to case basis depending on the medications given during or after surgery. As a result, the patient will be wearing that confident and beautiful smile which is worth a thousand words.

For more tips on sedation dentistry, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


You Need Adequate Calcium Intake For Strong and Healthy Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 07, 2020
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Calcium is an essential nutrient in keeping bones and teeth healthy and strong. It is also an important mineral for many critical body processes such as nerve, muscle, and heart functions. Calcium deficiency will make bones and teeth brittle easily, making them more susceptible to decays and injuries. Fortunately, it is easy to prevent calcium deficiency as there is a bunch of food and drinks that are abundant with calcium.

Best Source of Calcium

Milk and Other Dairy Products - Milk, cheese, and yogurt are rich in calcium. They are the easiest products you can find in the grocery that contains lots of calcium. Here's an estimate of their calcium content:

  • Milk: 210mg to 660mg per 1 cup (depending on the kind of milk, evaporated milk has the highest)
  • Cheese: 220 to 335mg per serving (depending on the kind)
  • Yogurt: 275450mg per 8oz.

Fish - whether you like fresh or canned sardines, they are both good sources of calcium. A 3oz of canned sardines contain about 325mg of calcium.

Leafy Vegetables - Salads and other leafy greens are good sources of various vitamins and minerals that include calcium. The following are those with the highest content:

  • Spinach: 245mg per cup
  • Kale: 172mg per cup
  • Mustard greens: 165mg per cup

Nuts & Seeds - These healthy snacks are also good sources of calcium. Almonds are among the highest in calcium content — about 75mg per 1oz.

Tofu - if you are a vegetarian, tofu is the best option for firm tofu contains 832mg of calcium per cup.

Taking adequate daily dietary intake of calcium can benefit the health and condition of your teeth, bones, and aids the important body processes. To learn more preventative dental tips, contact OysterPoint Dentistry.