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Have a Healthy 2017

January 16, 2017

Filed under: Oral Health,Overall Health — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 3:27 pm

2017 is well underway! Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? Many people did, and it was to have be healthy in the new year. As a professional who has your best health in mind, Dr. Dowell wants to pass along some advice to be healthier this new year.

Reconnect with long lost friends and family

Over time, we fall out of touch with people. It might be the first friend you had in kindergarten, the person who showed you how to get to your first class in high school, or your freshman year dorm mate. Studies show that those who build stronger relationships live longer than those who don’t. In the spirit of being healthier, try reaching out to someone who you need to catch up with.

Start a healthy diet

Almost everyone knows that the best way to be healthy is to eat foods that promote good health. If you are trying to lose weight, you probably know that you need to burn more calories per day than you take in. A unique dieting technique is to budget your calories like they are money. If you don’t eat many calories at lunch, you can transfer them to dinner. Just make sure you are at, or below, your target calorie intake number. If you fill your plate with veggies, you will be fuller and take in less calories.

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Exercising releases endorphins that give you more energy and naturally make you feel better. In addition to this, if you want to lose weight, it is important to burn calories. One of the hardest things to do is to stick to your exercise routine. To combat this complication, find something you love to do and stick with it. There are all kinds of exercises you can try: biking, swimming, running, walking, weight lifting, playing a sport like basketball, and much more. What is important is finding something you love doing so you can stick with it!

Dr. Dowell hopes that the above advice can help you feel and be healthier this year. In addition to these, Dr. Dowell wants to remind you of the importance of your dental health. If you have been neglecting you oral health, you should start seeing the dentist again. If you are in the Carrolton, Minerva, or Dover, OH area, feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Children’s Dentistry: Want Your Kids to Brush Better?

January 3, 2017

Filed under: Oral Health — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 3:21 pm

Being a parent is one of the greatest things you can be. While great, there are many challenges parents face. One of those challenges is getting your young children to brush twice per day and for two minutes at a time. As a dentist that practices children’s dentistry, we understand this struggle.   

If you are having trouble getting your children to brush, or see this trouble on the horizon, Dr. Dowell in Carrollton, OH has some helpful hints and tips for you. Dr. Dowell and his team practice children’s dentistry at the Minerva and Carrollton offices. 

Children’s Dentistry: Brush Better

1. Let your children brush with their blanket or stuffed animal.

The majority of children have a special stuffed animal or blanket. These objects make them feel comfortable. Your child takes them with them in the car, to bed, and even when you go to grandma and grandpa’s house. Allowing your child to take these to brush with them will make them feel comfortable and spark their imagination.

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2. Create a schedule for your children.

If you make brushing a part of your child’s daily routine, it will become habitual. It takes approximately 3 weeks to form a habit. Once your child has a habit of brushing their teeth, it should ease the burden on you.

3. Let your children select their own toothpaste.

Your children very seldom have opportunities to make decisions for themselves. Allowing your child this decision will give them more pride in brushing. Please note that you should watch how much toothpaste your child is using; children do not need to use as much as adults.

4. Get your children an electric toothbrush.

Children consider brushing their teeth as one of the most boring parts of the day. If you get them an electric toothbrush, they will be fascinated by the brush, and will have more fun while brushing. Additionally, these brushes will help to make up for any poor form your child may be using.

5. Pick out a good song for brushing time.

Do your children have a song or two they love? If so, it may be smart to designate these songs for brushing time. If your child knows they get to hear these songs while they brush, they will be more excited to brush. Additionally, they may lose track of time and brush for the full two minutes.

While getting your children to brush twice per day is important, it is also important for you to oversee the process. After your child has finished brushing, you should do a little extra brushing for their back molars, tongue, and top of the mouth.

If your children are in need of a dentist that practices children’s dentistry, feel free to contact us today at our office in Carrollton. Dr. Dowell is always welcoming new patients.

Er Visits and Dental Pain

December 19, 2016

Filed under: Oral Health,Overall Health — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 4:01 pm

Don’t Ignore Your Dental Pain

Unfortunately, many people experience some annoying dental pain. Even worse, the majority of these people brush this pain under the rug as nothing serious. Some people think the pain is not serious enough to receive attention while others think they simply don’t have time to receive treatment. Either way, you should reconsider and have that annoying pain checked out before it becomes something serious. Often, when people leave this pain unattended, it leads to a much worse pain—one that could lead to a visit to the Emergency Room.Dental Pain Minerva   

Yes, you read that right: oral pain often leads to ER visits. This is not rare either, as approximately 10% of all ER trips are a result of pain in the patient’s mouth. What is even worse about these trips is that nearly 80% of them could have been avoided with routine visits to the dentist and proper oral hygiene. Additionally, the majority of ERs are not equipped to deal with dental emergencies. It is rare—almost impossible—to find an ER that is equipped with dental x-ray machines and a dental professional on staff. Due to this, the underlying reason for your pain will not be treated, even if your pain receives a remedy. As a result, you may end up back in the ER with the same pain if you do not receive professional dental treatment.

Dr. Dowell, and his entire team at Dowell Dental, want everyone in the Carrollton, Minerva, and Dover, OH area to avoid these costly (both time and money) ER trips. Dr. Dowell recommends maintaining your routine dental visits as well as getting those minor, annoying pains in your mouth checked. Doing these things will save you time, money, and pain.        

Need to schedule an appointment with a dentist? Feel free to contact us today. Dr. Dowell is always accepting new patients.

Tooth Sensitivity: Other Causes – Part 3

October 10, 2016

Filed under: Oral Health — Tags: , , , — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 2:14 pm

Sensitive Teeth

As promised in our last Tooth Sensitivity

Food and Drink – If you continually eat food that is high in acid it will cause your enamel to wear down. Foods that are high in acid include pickles, tomatoes, soda, citric fruits, and more!

Over-brushing – A common misconception of people is that if you brush with more force, you will do a better job. This is not true, in fact you will actually cause your teeth to become sensitive because you are wearing away thee enamel on your teeth. Dr. Dowell recommends using a mouthwash with fluoride to build your enamel back up.

Periodontitis – Also know as gum disease, it can cause your teeth to look longer and expose your dentin.

Bad Oral Hygiene – If you do not take proper care of your teeth in between dental visits you can develop cavities, plaque and tartar build up, gum recession and more. If you simply take good care of your teeth in between visits to Dr. Dowell you should not experience these problems.

Bruxism – Commonly known as grinding your teeth, this physically wears down your tooth enamel and exposes your dentin.

Medical Conditions – People who suffer from things like bulimia or acid reflux (GERD) can cause there to be an influx of acid in your mouth. The increase of acid will cause your enamel to wear down and expose your dentin.

Teeth Whitening Products – The most common side effect of going through a teeth whitening procedure is your teeth will become sensitive. This sensitivity will subside after you have completed your system or suspended your procedure.

If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity, please contact us to schedule an appointment and restore your mouth back to health.

Tooth Sensitivity: Common Causes – Part 2

September 26, 2016

Filed under: Oral Health — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 2:15 pm

Five Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Following our last Tooth Sensitivity

1. Dental Trauma – If a tooth is cracked, bruised, or chipped for any reason it can become sensitive to even the littlest of things. If this is the case even having your teeth cleaned can cause of tooth sensitivity. This sensitivity will subside in time, sometimes lasting months.

2. Incorrect Bite – Your bite can change from many things. These things include loss of jaw bone or a tooth, thumb sucking, and more. If your teeth start to move, it can cause problems in your mouth. One problem is your teeth may start meeting early or with too much force and cause your teeth sensitivity. If this happens, you can receive a bite adjustment to correct this problem.

3. Cavities – This type of tooth sensitivity is most common when you eat. This is because dental cavities usually occur on the surface of your molars because that is where you chew your food. If you receive a filling this sensitivity will subside.

4. Dental Disease – If you have a tooth or teeth that are infected it can cause you major pain. Dr. Dowell recommends receiving treatment to heal your infection or disease as they can cause more serious health problems than just sensitive teeth.

5. Dentinal Sensitivity – Dentin lays underneath your tooth enamel. If your enamel is worn away from things like acid or bruxism then your dentin is no longer protected. After your dentin is exposed it will become responsive and tender to hot and cold.

During our next post, Dr. Dowell will explore several other triggers of sensitive teeth. If you live near Minerva, Carrollton, or Dover and want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dowell about your tooth sensitivity, or other dental issues, use our online form here.

Tooth Sensitivity: Do You Have It? – Part 1

September 13, 2016

Filed under: Oral Health — Tags: , , , — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 7:11 pm

Tooth Sensitivity

Did you know that approximately 50% of Americans suffer from sensitive teeth? Tooth Sensitivity Dr. Dowell

Although having sensitive teeth is annoying and can cause you some pain, it could be a sign of something much bigger. Dr. Dowell suggests that you schedule an appointment if you start to experience sensitive teeth. Many times there is an easy solution to be found for your sensitive teeth.

The first step you need to take in order to eliminate having sensitive teeth is to identify the source of the pain. Our next blog post will examine some of the common causes of tooth sensitivity. If you would like to schedule an appointment at one of our offices in Minerva, Carrolton, or Dover please use our online form.

Why You Should Consider Deep Cleanings

July 21, 2016

Filed under: Oral Health,Overall Health — Tags: , , , — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 1:58 pm

Scaling and Planing

Almost everyone places great emphasis on staying on top of their dental care. However, a lot of our patients in Minerva and Carrolton, OH are not knowledgeable about what is found beneath the gum line. Even though teeth seem little, they are in fact significantly larger than many people know. After gum disease starts, standard cleanings are inadequate to bring you teeth and gums back to a healthy state. When your gum tissues start to get inflamed due to periodontal disease, deep cleanings are not only needed, but critical.

Our team is commonly questioned, “Just what does a deep cleaning involve?” A deep cleaning is also known as scaling and root planing. Scaling scrapes off tartar and microbial deposits that may be stuck under the gum line, on the roots, and within the pockets of gum tissue around your teeth. Root planing smoothes the roots of rough spots where microbes and bacteria are likely to thrive. This technique enables your gums to recover as well as allows your gum pockets to diminish. Antimicrobial medicines may also be utilized underneath the gum line to speed along the healing process. This process usually involves two to four appointments, and also necessitates an anesthetic (“numbing”) for treatment.Deep Cleaning Stark County OH

Gum disease is, sadly, not curable and is, in reality, a systemic disease, just like diabetes or hypertension. This makes deep cleanings very important if one would like to preserve your oral health. Periodontal disease is frequently a “silent disease” as well, due to the fact that a lot of patients do not have any kind of observable pain or symptoms. Gum disease attacks the overall structure of your teeth and damages the bone, roots and gum structure. In the event that tartar and bacteria begin to accumulate below the gum line, it may result in tooth movement and loss. If not properly treated, mouth bacteria may impact your whole body, not merely the gum tissues and teeth. After the preliminary disease process is addressed by using the deep cleanings, it is imperative to get routine cleanings to avoid further inflammation and bone loss surrounding the teeth. The intent of deep cleanings is really to obstruct the active disease process, stabilize your oral health, and preserve strengthened oral and general health.

For more information on deep cleaning, go to Oral-B’s website. For more details and tips on how to preserve great oral health, get in touch with our practice or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Appearance of Your Teeth Can be Changed Using Dental Techniques

May 27, 2016

minerva carrollton oh dentist veneers bonding crownsPresent day dental care provides a number of techniques in which the form and look of teeth may be transformed to create a more gorgeous smile. These feature things like fixing chips and also damage, closing gaps between teeth, or making teeth appear longer. Listed here are the most common solutions:

Dental crowns are caps situated on top of the tooth. When adhered in position, crowns fully enclose the entire exposed portion of the tooth.

Concerning teeth which only have minor marring, dental bonding is a possibility. Bodying uses a tooth-colored material, hardened by using a specific light, to blanket the injured tooth area.

Porcelain laminates, or veneers, envelop the face of your tooth by using a tooth-colored substance. Laminates are wonderful for covering chipped or cracked teeth.

And lastly, another option is recontouring. Recontouring is a procedure where modest amounts of enamel are taken off from the surface of the tooth in order to adjust its form or surface. The technique may also be known as: slenderizing, reshaping, stripping, enameloplasty or odontoplasty .

If you are interested in one of these treatments, contact Dowell Dental Group in our practice in Minerva or Carrollton for a consultation. These techniques differ when it comes to longevity, stain resistance, chair time and expense, and Dr. Dowell can certainly guide you determine the option which is the most ideal match when it comes to your needs.

Learn About Dental Sealants

May 13, 2016

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental Sealants — Tags: , , , — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 1:59 pm
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Sealants are ideal for children who have just gotten their permanent teeth.

The chewing surfaces your premolars and molars have grooves that can be hard to properly clean with brushing, and tend to be susceptible to food particles and germs, leading to tooth decay. Dental sealants can be used to protect them. Sealants are a thin, plastic coating that are painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent decay. These are topically used on your back teeth.

Sealants can protect the teeth from decay for up to 10 years, and are ideal for children who have just gotten their permanent teeth, as they can protect those teeth through their cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. That’s not to say that adults can’t have sealants as well, however. If you have molars which are free of decay or fillings, sealants are a great option to prevent the expense and discomfort that comes from having a tooth filled.

Sealants are available in white, clear or slightly tinted in order to match the color of your teeth, and are typically not apparent while talking or smiling.

Keep in mind that sealants are not a replacement for the fluoride found in toothpaste, mouth rinse and tap water. Sealants can keep germs and food particles from getting caught in the the grooves of teeth, but a good oral hygiene routine is still required. Additionally, regular dental checkups should be maintained, as this provides an opportunity to check your sealants for ant wearing or chipping.

If you’d like to know more about dental sealants, check out the ADA page on the subject. To make an appointment at our offices in Carrollton or Minerva, visit our contact form.

What is the current news concerning the safety of amalgam-type dental fillings?

April 29, 2016

Filed under: Oral Health — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 12:48 pm

AmalgamFillingMinervaCarrolltonOhioDuring the last couple years, worries have been raised with regards to silver-colored fillings, generally referred to as amalgams. Because amalgams incorporate the harmful element mercury, several people in the Minerva and Carrollton communities assume that amalgams are to blame for causing a several health problems, including things like autism, Alzheimer’s disease, as well as multiple sclerosis.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the American Dental Association (ADA) and a variety of other public health agencies say amalgams are actually risk-free, and that any type of link between mercury-based fillings and health issues are unfounded.

What’s more, the cause of autism, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis currently remains unknown. Furthermore, there is zero concrete, clinical proof to back up the claim that, if an individual gets amalgam dental fillings removed, he or she will be cured of these or any other conditions.

As currently as March of 2002, the FDA reconfirmed the safeness of amalgams. Regardless of the fact that amalgams do contain mercury, when they are mixed with other metals, including silver, copper, tin, and zinc, they create a stable alloy which dental practices have used in excess of one hundred years in order to fill and protect hundreds of millions of corroded teeth. Some big investigations at the National Institutes of Healthare are presently under way to once and for all resolve a lot of the matters brought up regarding silver-colored amalgams. The results of these research studies are forecasted to be released in 2016.

Furthermore, there has been concern about the release of a minimal volume of mercury vapor created by these types of fillings, yet, as stated by the ADA, there is currently no scientific proof that this little amount causes harmful health repercussions.

It is possible to have an allergic reaction to amalgam, though fewer than 100 cases have previously been documented (per the ADA). In these particular uncommon instances, mercury or one of the metals worked with in an amalgam reconstruction is thought to bring about the allergic reaction. Indications of amalgam allergies correspond to the ones experienced in a standard skin allergic reaction, and involve skin rashes and itching. Individuals who suffer amalgam allergic reactions normally have a medical or family history of allergies to metals. After an allergy symptom is confirmed, a different restorative material will be used.

Amalgam fillings may become a thing of the past, however, as tooth-colored, silicon dioxide-filled plastic fillings are now being used, and are as long lasting as traditional fillings.

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