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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.

Teeth Whitening Options

April 14, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 5:45 pm
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Over-the-counter whitening products use hydrogen peroxide to remove deeper stains from teeth.

Many of our patients are both our Minerva and Carrolton offices are interested in ways to have a whiter, brighter smile, so, for this post, we are looking at some of the available options.

The simplest way to keep teeth white is with toothpaste. Toothpastes contain mild abrasives that help remove surface stains from teeth. Some varieties also contain gentle polishing agents or other chemical components to help remove stains.

Other over-the-counter whitening products use hydrogen peroxide to remove deeper stains from teeth. Products using this method include whitening strips and gels.

These methods will all whiten your teeth to some degree, but for the best results, you may want to consider professional whiting from Dowell Dental Group. We can provide options that whiten teeth from 3 to 8 shades lighter, while benefiting from the close supervision to watch for any signs of gum irritation.

To determine what professional tooth whitening options are best for your, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

Do I Need To Brush My Tongue?

January 8, 2016

Filed under: Oral Health — Tags: , , , — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 5:28 pm

Yes! The surface of the tongue is covered with many little tissue projections called papillae.  Papillae serve a variety of functions one being, detecting taste.  Unfortunately, they also provide protection for bacterial colonies.

An unclean tongue is a major source of bad breath, or halitosis.

The surface of the tongue is covered with many little tissue projections called papillae. Papillae serve a variety of functions like detecting taste. Unfortunately, they can also provide protection for bacterial colonies.

However, these bacteria can be much less destructive when their colonies, are mechanically broken up with a toothbrush. Probably the most effective time for brushing and/or scraping the tongue for the management of halitosis is when brushing the teeth in the morning.

Brushing the tongue is also an effective way to handle halitosis. It also reduces overall amount of germs in the mouth to help prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Some dentists also advocate scraping the tongue routinely with special tools.

Here are some general brushing tips:

  • Tilt the brush at a 45 degree angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from gumline.
  • Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.
  • Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

You can visit animated-teeth for more information on brushing your tongue.

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What Foods and Beverages Can Stain My Teeth?

December 17, 2015

Filed under: Oral Health — Tags: , , , , — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 8:35 pm

Certain foods and beverages we eat and drink everyday can break down the enamel in our teeth and cause stains.  Microscopic ridges on each tooth can catch these residues and can cause discoloration.

Did you also know this discoloration can be caused by artificial food colorings and the acidity levels in beverages like in coffee, tea and cola?  These types of beverages can discolor your teeth due to their darkly colored pigments.

Watch out for certain processed foods that can also cause staining due to the food coloring used in these products.  Other foods that stain are fruit juices, popsicles and even tomato sauce. For more examples of foods that can stain your teeth.  If your not sure what foods will stain, go by this rule of thumb:  If it can stain your carpet, it can more than likely stain your teeth!

Our teeth are composed of enamel and acts as a protective barrier that prevents cavities and tooth decay and also give your teeth their white color.  Problem is, colas contain high levels of acidity and they can actually break down the enamel in your teeth, thus allowing other foods and beverages to stain your teeth.

This all being said, one of the most common questions I hear from my patients in both my Minerva and Carrollton dental offices, is how can they whiten their teeth and brighten their smiles due to the staining from foods and beverages.

The best way to eliminate discoloration and keep your smile bright, is by maintaining your regular brushing and flossing.  For those with stained teeth that brushing alone will not get white enough, another great option is teeth whitening.  At both office locations our teeth whitening solutions include:

Colas contain high levels of acidity that can break down the enamel in your teeth

Colas contain high levels of acidity that can break down the enamel in your teeth

  • In-office with Zoom!
  • Take-home with Colgate
  • Take-home with NiteWhite

Talk with your dentist for more information on wether whitening is right for you.  For more tips on how to maintain proper oral hygiene, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Google+ and Twitter.

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