The Future of Tooth Brushing!

You have updated your car, phone, televisions, kitchen appliances, wardrobe, etc... so why are you still using a manual toothbrush that was invented in the 1930's?

I believe you all are ready for the future of tooth brushing...the electric toothbrush!

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Pros

  • Easy to use. The toothbrush does all the work for you.

  • Less work for better results. Studies show that electric toothbrushes do a much better job of cleaning your mouth and removing plaque.

  • More fun to use for children. Children love to take the easy way out when it comes to chores. If your child doesn't enjoy brushing their teeth, try having them use an electric toothbrush. It’s less work, it tickles their teeth, and the timer will let them know they’re all done! It’s a lot easier (and more fun).

  • Built in timer. Need I say more?

  • Helps to eliminate bad breath. An electric toothbrush and regular flossing can work together to get rid of bad breath by finding and eliminating the food between your teeth.

Here at Dr. Kapecs office we recommend Sonicare! Philips Sonicare removes up to 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush. That’s because it makes 31,000 brush strokes per minute, compared with a manual toothbrush’s 300 brush strokes per minute. It also makes it far easier to keep the hard-to-access areas of your mouth clean.

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If you are on the fence about buying a powered toothbrush, talk to Dr. Kapec the next time you come in for a teeth cleaning. Schedule your appiontment today, call us at (336) 272-4193 or schedule online!

The Risks of Smoking on your Dental Health

Effects of smoking on your teeth

  1. Discoloring
  2. Bleeding
  3. Harden plaque
  4. Tooth decay
  5. Dry mouth
  6. Loss of teeth
  7. Higher need for root canals

Smokers are 64.2 percent more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers. More than 40 percent of all periodontal disease in the United States is attributable to smoking. The problem develops when bacteria in the mouth build up in the gum, or soft tissue surrounding the teeth.

The gums become inflamed, and soon periodontal disease develops.

Special Dental Care for Smokers

If you haven’t quit smoking yet, here are a few dental tips that can help address your dental hygiene problems:

  • Use mouthwash religiously. You want to pick a strong formula that will zap bacteria. You also want to make sure you swish for at least 60 seconds to kill as many bacteria as possible.
  • Floss every day. Flossing is one of those habits that can quickly go out the window when you’re tired, or if you’ve had a long day, and you’re dying to crawl into bed. But flossing is especially vital for smokers, as it’s an effective way to avoid the buildup of calculus on teeth. If you notice a lot of bleeding as you floss, it could be a sign of early periodontal disease.
  • Have your tongue and gums checked closely at your dental appointments. Let your dentist and hygienist know you are a smoker, so they can closely watch for signs of periodontal disease and oral cancer. The quicker you act after detecting something, the greater the chance of catching a serious problem early.

Reverse the Effects of Smoking: Ask Us How

The best thing you can do for your dental health is, of course, to quit smoking. We want to work hard with our patients to restore their dental health through a handful of procedures. If you need to restore your smile, we can preform many services at our office including:

  • Veneers: Veneers may be a good option if smoking has resulted in discolored teeth, but the majority of them are still in place and are structurally sound.
  • Teeth Whitening: Whether you just want to remove a couple of stains on your front teeth, or you want to lighten all of them, Paula Kapec can help you find the right look.
  • Dental Implants: If you have lost teeth due to smoking, your dentist can design dental implants, essentially replacement teeth that replace the root and crown of the tooth that used to be there.

We can help with cosmetic dentistry procedures to restore your teeth to their former luster. Contact us to schedule a visit today!

Stages of Gum Disease

Stages of Gum Disease include gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. This is frequently caused by improper oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing, along with routine visits to your dentist, can go a long way toward preventing both gum disease and cavities. Gingivitis causes red and swollen gums, bleeding easily during brushing or flossing.

When gingivitis is left untreated it can evolve into periodontitis. Plaque will begin to spread under the gum line, the inflammatory response causes gum tissues and bone to break down. Gums start to recede from the teeth, causing pockets to form and if left untreated it can result in tooth and bone loss. Risks of gum disease range across a broad spectrum including problems with oral health, diabetes and heart disease. Oral health problems include chronic bad breath, tooth loss and bad bite.

Diabetics are more likely to develop gum disease because periodontal disease increases blood sugar. In addition, gum disease increase the risks of diabetic complications. Heart disease is a high risk with periodontal disease, studies have also linked gum disease to stroke. Although, a healthy diet can affect your oral health as well as your overall health. For example, a study published in the January 2008 Journal of Periodontology showed that routinely eating dairy products, such as yogurt, might lower the risk of gum disease. According to the study, people who consumed 55 grams (a bit less than 4 tablespoons) or more of lactic-acid foods each day were found to be healthier when evaluated for two indicators of periodontal disease. Fermented milk products such as yogurt contain lactic acid.

A healthy diet combined with proper oral hygiene can lower your risk of gum disease. They are also treatment options for periodontal disease. Laser periodontal therapy is used in combination with scaling and root planning. Treatment can reduce bleeding, swelling and discomfort and boosts the body’s natural healing process. During the periodontal therapy treatment healthy tissue remains intact and only inflamed tissue is removed and the laser kills bacteria in the pockets.

 

 

Redefining the Root Canal

What is a root canal? What happens during endodontic treatment? Is root canal treatment painful? In this blog post today we hope to discuss and work through myths about root canals.

Oral pain such as toothaches can be very difficult to pinpoint because of the vast nerves in the mouth. Pain can occur in the head, neck or ear which has often started by the pain of a damaged or diseased tooth. An endodontist is a specialist in diagnosing and treating this type of pain, they conduct procedures involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp.

Pulp damage can sometimes be caused by a blow to the mouth. For example, a blow to a child’s permanent tooth that is not development can cause the root to stop growing. An endodontist is also specially trained in procedures for replanting teeth that have been knocked out of their sockets.

What happens during treatment? First, a local anesthetic will be given. A sheet of latex called the “rubber dam” (we’ve got non-latex ones too) will be placed around the tooth to isolate it, to keep it clean during treatment. Treatment consists of 3-4 steps depending on the particular case. Most treatments are just a single visit but again depending on the case could be 2 or 3 visits.

There are, of course, no guarantees. Root canals have a very high degree of success up to 90%, many treatments last a lifetime. This type of treatment is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with a damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant.

A major misconceptions revolving root canals is that the treatment is painful. This myth dates back before modern technology, todays treatment is no more painful than a filling. A recent survey showed that patients who have experienced root canals are 6 times more likely to describe it as “painless” than patients who have not had root canal treatment.

Millions of healthy endodontically treated teeth serve patients all over the world, years and years after treatment. Those healthy teeth are helping patients chew efficiently, maintain the natural appearance of their smiles and enhance their enjoyment of life.

We want to thank you for following us and visiting our office!

 

References:

www.piedmontendo.com

http://www.flemingendo.com/what-is-an-endodontist/

What products do our hygienists love?

Our office is blessed with not one, but two dental hygienists, with a combined experience of over 32 years. We are chatting with one of them today about what dental products they love to use and maybe some they can't stand! 

Jenn Deloye: One of my favorite things about going to the dentist as a little kid was getting that shiny new toothbrush. As an adult, I still get excited when our shipment of new toothbrushes arrives at the office. The other hygienist and I like to change our toothbrush styles that we order for the office a little each order to continue to experiment with the best brush for our patients needs. We have discovered that there are so many variations in brush bristles, bristle stiffness, handle style, and color of toothbrushes. We have actually not ordered certain types of brushes because of the lack of variety in color. It sounds trivial, but households with multiple family members need variations of colors so that brushes don't get mixed up. My absolute favorite toothbrush is the Oral B Complete Advantage Ultra Soft. It comes in a variety of bright fun colors and the bristles really feel great against your gums. The bristles are ultra soft , which some patients shy away from, but believe me, there are so many bristles packed in the brush head it holds it's shape very well. I always prefer a soft brush over a medium any day, the only thing a medium toothbrush is good for is CLEANING TILE. The Listerine Gentle Gum Care floss is one of my most loved products in dentistry. Gum care floss is woven together to be soft and fluffy but easily stretches thin to reach in between tight spaces. I love this floss for my personal use because it doesn't cut into the gums like other flosses can because of it's flexibility. Listerine representatives visit our office once in a while and show us the newest products in their product line. At our last visit, our Listerine rep set up a taste bar for us to try the different rinses. I have been using various mouth-rinses for over 20 years and my latest favorite is Listerine Ultraclean in mint. The Listerine Ultraclean is designed to keep its antibacterial properties longer while in the mouth and keep your breath fresher for longer periods of time. I was skeptical of the claims, but after trying, I was sold! Ultraclean also comes in Citrus flavor for which I was not a big a fan, but to each their own. As far as toothpastes are concerned I am not a lover of over minty pastes. Most toothpastes are mint, spearmint, whitening mint, winter mint....mint, mint, mint! I must have a very sensitive palate because most mint pastes are just too much for me. I prefer a mild paste or Pronamel. Pronamel is designed to help with sensitivity and also rebuild damaged tooth structure. 

     Brace yourself for aisles filled with a plethora of products, and endless amounts of choices when it comes to dental care. A good rule of thumb is to stick to name brands you trust, look for the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval , and ask your dentist and hygienists! On occasion we have samples in our office so that you can try out a product before investing in it. 

It's all about the Love

It's all about love the month of February. Candy, red hearts, roses and Hallmark cards litter the stores way after that 14th day goes by. What else hangs around after Valentines day? Love! Till the end of the month our office is celebrating Dental Health Month. We love our patients and this Dental Health Month is all about our love for them and their teeth. If you have been a patient in our office for even a short period of time you know that our office is a little piece of home. Our office believes that feeling at home makes you more comfortable, and being more comfortable means a more pleasant experience.  It doesn't take but a moment inside our lobby to see that our team appreciates the little things. You won't find stock images on our walls of smiles and big teeth, instead you can enjoy our ever changing seasonal decor. We love to make our patients feel peaceful instead of making them feel like they are just another mouth.  

Dental Health month is designed to bring your attention to that all important area of your body... the mouth. Most of us don't think twice about the function of our enamel, lateral incisors, gingiva, or even our occlusion on a daily basis, but as soon as there is a problem with one of these areas it becomes very evident that they exist. It is very important to show your mouth some love by taking care of it. Daily brushing and flossing is imperative to the well being of your teeth and gums,  but let us not forget the gravity of a visit to the dentist. Our hygienists and doctor check several components of your mouth with each exam. We have so much love for your teeth, each tooth  has at least 5 surfaces that are examined at your 6 month check up. That equates to 160 surfaces for each mouth {if you are lucky enough to have all four wisdom teeth}.You can't forget the ever important examining of your dental xrays, your bite, and those precious soft tissues and gums. It's February, so why not make that appointment and pay us a visit? This is one of the best times of the year to be apart of our office. Most insurance carriers have started a new set of benefits as January 1st.  Let's just say you need a little initiative to make that appointment. We are rewarding our patients this month just for having a checkup. At the end of the month, all patients that have had a cleaning appointment will be put into a drawing for a special gift basket from us! We love our patients and love teeth. Can't wait to see you!