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By Advanced Dental Arts
April 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   flossing  
NotCrazyaboutFlossingTryaWaterFlosser

The most important part of dental health maintenance isn’t what your dentist does—it’s what you do every day when you brush and floss your teeth. And all you really need is a multi-tufted, soft bristle toothbrush, toothpaste, a roll of dental floss—plus a little effort from your hands and fingers.

Of course, manual power isn’t your only option—an electric or battery-powered toothbrush is a convenient and, for people with strength or dexterity issues, a necessary way to remove disease-causing plaque from tooth surfaces. You have a similar option with flossing—a water flosser.

Although water flossers (or oral irrigators) have been around since the early 1960s, they’ve become more efficient and less expensive in recent years. A water flosser delivers a pulsating stream of pressurized water between the teeth through a handheld device that resembles a power toothbrush, but with a special tip. The water action loosens plaque and then flushes it away.

While the convenience these devices provide over traditional flossing is a major selling point, they’re also quite beneficial for people with special challenges keeping plaque from accumulating between teeth. People wearing braces or other orthodontic devices, for example, may find it much more difficult to effectively maneuver thread floss around their hardware. Water flossing can be an effective alternative.

But is water flossing a good method for removing between-teeth plaque? If performed properly, yes. A 2008 study, for example, reviewed orthodontic patients who used water flossing compared to those only brushing. The study found that those using water flossing were able to remove five times as much plaque as the non-flossing group.

If you’re considering water flossing over traditional flossing thread, talk with your dental hygienist. He or she can give you advice on purchasing a water flosser, as well as how to use the device for optimum performance. It could be a great and more convenient way to keep plaque from between your teeth and harming your dental health.

If you would like more information on water flossing, 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 “Cleaning between Your Teeth: How Water Flossing can help.”


By Advanced Dental Arts
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Could your smile be trying to tell you that you need root canal treatment?root canal

Ouch! Your tooth really hurts. But what could be going on? While a toothache is a pretty big warning sign that something is wrong, our Oakville, MO, dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, is here to tell you more about the classic symptoms that might be trying to tell you that you need root canal treatment.

It’s important to note that not all symptoms are the same for everyone who needs this endodontic treatment. Symptoms can vary in type and severity, so you shouldn’t ignore any changes that might be going on with your teeth or gums.

The first most common and classic sign that those who need root canal treatment experience is dental pain. The pain is often intense and comes on quickly. The tooth may also be extremely sensitive to chewing or biting. A toothache is a dental emergency and needs to be treated by our Oakville general dentist as soon as possible to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Along with pain and sensitivity, you may also notice that the gums surrounding the tooth are tender, swollen, and red. Pus may even form around the tooth (this is known as an abscess). Pus is a telltale sign that an infection has set in.

When you give us a call let us know the symptoms you are facing so that we can determine whether this is a problem that needs to be addressed the same day or if you can wait a day or two for an appointment. We will ask you questions regarding the pain’s location, severity and onset to figure out the best course of action.

It’s also important to recognize that dental pain doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to undergo root canal treatment. Of course, it does mean something is going on. It might be decay or a crack in the tooth. Whatever the case might be, the minute you experience dental pain you need to come in for an immediate evaluation. The sooner we handle this problem the better it will be for your oral health.

Don’t let dental pain or other issues affect your oral health and your daily life. Our Oakville, MO, family dentist is here to provide you with the emergency dental care you need whenever you need it. Call Advanced Dental Arts anytime!


By Advanced Dental Arts
April 15, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  
TheTypeofToothPainYouHaveCouldbeTellingYouWhatsWrong

As with the rest of the body, tooth pain is an indication that something’s wrong. While the exact cause requires a dental exam, the location, quality and duration of the pain could narrow the possibilities. With that in mind, here are 3 types of tooth pain and what it might be telling you.

Sensitivity. Pain or discomfort when you eat or drink cold foods or bite down could mean you have a small area of decay in the tooth, a loose filling or an exposed root surface from gum recession. Dental work to repair a decayed tooth or filling could alleviate the pain; in the case of gum recession, you may need to reduce overaggressive brushing or seek treatment for periodontal (gum) disease, the two main causes of the condition.

Dull or lingering pain. A dull ache in the rear sinus area could indicate a problem with a back tooth — they share the same nerve pathways as the sinuses, so you may be feeling referred pain. In the case of lingering pain after eating or drinking something hot or cold, there may be decay within the inner pulp chamber of the tooth that’s damaging or even killing the nerve tissue. If so, a root canal treatment might be in order.

Sharp pain. That sudden, excruciating pain when you bite down could mean you’re experiencing advanced decay, a loose filling or possibly a cracked tooth. If the pain seems to radiate from the gums — and they’re swollen and sensitive — you may have developed an abscess brought on by periodontal (gum) disease. In all these cases, appropriate dental treatment like decay removal and filling, root canal treatment or plaque removal may be necessary, depending on the cause and extent of the problem.

Regardless of what kind of pain you’re feeling, you should see us as soon as possible — in many situations waiting will only make the problem worse. The sooner we discover the cause, the sooner we can begin the right treatment to solve the issue and alleviate your pain.

If you would like more information on the causes and treatment of tooth pain, 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 “Tooth Pain? Don’t Wait!