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By Advanced Dental Arts
March 16, 2018
Category: Oral Health

How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.

Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”

How does she get her two young sons to do it?

Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”

As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:

Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!

Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.

The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.

Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.

For more information about oral hygiene, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read the interview with Mayim Bialik in the latest issue of Dear Doctor magazine.

By Advanced Dental Arts
March 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Are the problems you are experiencing early warning signs of gum disease?periodontal disease

With more than half of the adult population in the US dealing with some degree of gum disease, it’s important that you know the warning signs that something might be wrong. Gum disease can happen to anyone, and our Oakville, MO, family dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, is here to tell you some of the telltale signs that your gums might be in trouble.

Do your gums bleed?

If your gums are healthy they shouldn’t bleed. Of course, if you just decided to finally pick up the floss and start flossing again then you may notice some bleeding in the very beginning. This is because bacteria have been allowed to thrive below the gumline. If the bleeding persists even after you’ve been flossing regularly for a week, or if the bleeding gets worse, then it’s time to make an appointment with our Oakville general dentist.

Are your gums swollen?

If you are dealing with bleeding gums when you floss then you may also notice areas where gums might be puffy, swollen or even tender to the touch. While you may think these symptoms mean that you should take a night off from flossing, it’s important that you still floss to prevent bacteria from causing gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Often times you may notice that the areas that are swollen are also the areas that bleed more often when flossing or brushing.

Do your teeth look longer?

If you start to see that your smile is looking a bit longer these days, your eyes may not be playing tricks on you. In fact, your gums may actually be receding or pulling away from your teeth. If this occurs it’s important that you seek care right away, as this is a telltale sign that gum disease is getting worse. Remember, gum disease won’t go away once it’s transitioned from gingivitis to full-blown gum disease; however, symptoms can easily be managed to prevent tooth loss and other complications.

If you suspect that you might have gum disease it’s important that you turn to Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO, right away for the care you deserve. The sooner we detect gum disease the better. Call our office today.

By Advanced Dental Arts
March 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Whether performed in a dental office or using a home kit, teeth whitening applications are quite effective for bleaching exterior (extrinsic) stains on enamel surfaces. But what if your discoloration comes from inside the tooth? In this case, extrinsic teeth whitening won’t work — you’ll need to undergo an “internal bleaching” method, which can only be performed in a dentist's office.

There are a number of causes for “intrinsic” staining, including too much fluoride exposure or tetracycline use during childhood. One of the more common causes, though, occurs from root canal treatments used to remove the remnants of the pulp tissue inside a tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. Certain cements used during the procedure to help seal in the filling material and leftover blood pigments can cause the tooth to darken over time.

To alleviate this discoloration, we use a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate mixed with a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide to achieve a safe, accelerated color change. After determining that the root canal filling is still intact and the bone is healthy, we create a small cavity in the back of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The chamber is cleaned of any debris or stained material and then thoroughly irrigated. The original root canal filling is then sealed off to prevent leakage from the bleaching agent.

We then place the bleaching agent in the cleaned-out space with a cotton pellet and seal it in with a temporary adhesive. This step is repeated for several days until we achieve the desired shade of white. Once that occurs we then seal the dentin with a more permanent filling and then restore the cavity we created with a composite resin bonded to the enamel and dentin.

If we’re successful in achieving the desired color, intrinsic whitening could help you avoid more costly options like veneers or crowns for an otherwise healthy and attractive tooth. The end result would be the same — a beautiful smile without those unsightly stains.

If you would like more information on treating internal tooth stains, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”