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Boost your self-confidence with cosmetic care from our Carrollton or Minerva dental office. We offer services like teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and more to help you achieve dazzling results you’ll love.

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Enjoying optimal oral health begins with general dental services like frequent checkups and dental cleanings. Visit us twice a year to keep your family’s oral health and wellbeing on track.

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Why You Should Consider Deep Cleanings

July 21, 2016

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

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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.

Gum Disease: Prevention and Treatment

December 4, 2015

Filed under: Oral Health,Overall Health — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 6:37 pm

When I see patients in both our Carrollton & Minerva dental offices that have gum disease, I advise them of the importance of getting immediate treatment as this disease also contributes negatively to their overall health.

I also tell patients they can greatly reduce their risk for gum disease with proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, regular check ups, and professional cleanings every six months to a year.

Below are the most common treatments are non-surgical treatments :

  1. Antibiotic Treatment-antibiotic use can help to control the bacterial infection caused by gum disease. These can be topical and oral.
  2. Scaling-this procedure removes the tartar and bacteria from underneath the gums and on the surface of the teeth.
  3. Root Planing-smoothing the root surfaces to reduce or discourage further tartar buildup.

In more advanced cases, sur354162958_ef9feed575gical treatment may be needed.

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, immediate treatment is the best way to save your gums and your oral health.

For more information on oral health and how to prevent or treat gum disease see your dentist regularly.

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Gum Disease: Other Risks and Causes

November 20, 2015

Filed under: Oral Health — Tags: , , , , , , , — Dr. Stephen Dowell @ 6:42 pm

Tartar build up caused by plaque is believed to be the number one cause for gum disease, but what other risk factors are involved?

Here are a few of the other factors that could increase your risk of gum disease:

  • Diabetes-a link between diabetes and gum disease has been found in studies.
  • Poor oral habits-poor care of teeth and gums can play a large role in developing periodontal disease.
  • Diabetes-a link between diabetes and gum disease has been found in studies.
  • Medications-Medication can be a contributor to gum disease.
  • Hormonal ChangesPregnancy, menopause and other hormonal changes could be factors in developing gum disease.
  • Age-age plays a role in developing gum disease.
  • Heredity-genetics can play a role in the likelihood of gum disease. Those with a family history should have regular visits to try and get ahead of it.

Other factors such as these can also increase your risk:

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poor nutrition

Prevention is still the best way to avoid periodontitis, even with all of the risk factors involved.

Contact us today at our convenient Carrollton and Minerva dental offices to set up your comfort cleaning and learn more about this common, but concerning disease.

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Gum Disease: What are the Causes?

November 6, 2015

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We know that gum disease is very common and is linked to our overall health. It is one of the most common chronic illnesses, affecting over 65 million adults.  Of those, almost 50% of adults are over the age of 30.

We know the signs and systems, but what actually causes gum disease? It is believed that plaque is the number one culprit for gum disease, according to many researchers and doctors. 

Plaque is a bacteria that produces a film on our teeth and gums. With the already present bacteria found in our mouths, plaque forms when sugars and starches in our food combine.  Plaque can harden under the gum line creating a build up of tartar if allowed to sit for long periods in the mouth.

Brushing and flossing your teeth at home is imperative in combating the build up of plaque, but only a professional dental cleaning can remove tartar once it is created.

This is why it is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis for exams and cleanings to prevent tartar build up and gum disease.

Contact us today at either of our convenient Minvera and Carrollton dental offices to set up your cleaning and learn more about this common, but concerning disease.

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Dr. Dowell opened his Carrollton practice in 1990 and his Minerva location in 2009. He’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dentistry.

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