Take Immediate Action

One of the deciding factors in choosing a family dentist is location. If the office is in the general vicinity of your home, school or workplace you can save yourself a lot of time by not having to deal with unexpected traffic or road construction issues, you will be familiar with the route. It’s important to arrive for your scheduled appointments on time and it’s always nice to know that help is close at hand in case of emergency.

A dental emergency calls for a cool head and getting to professional help asap. If you know where you’re going and can get there in short order you are less likely to panic and will be better able to cope. Once you have administered first aid to the accident victim and done what you can to preserve the tooth you will need to call your dentist’s office to let them know what has happened and that you are on your way in. Be sure to include the after hours number on your mobile phone contacts list. It may save precious time to let someone else make that call while you’re enroute.

Time is critical when a tooth has been knocked out. If you can take the proper precautions and get to your dentist within thirty minutes after the incident there is a much better chance that the tooth can be saved. Find the tooth and pick it up carefully trying not to touch the root. Rinse gently with water and if possible replace the tooth into the socket and hold it there.

A fractured tooth is another dental emergency that requires immediate professional attention. Here again, call your dentist’s office so that they can be prepared to spring into action as soon as you arrive. In the meantime you may be able to reduce swelling with a cold compress. Any over the counter product other than aspirin can be used to relieve pain.

Spokane Valley Dentistry is equipped to handle your dental emergency. Call 509-926-6261 for immediate consultation.

Communication Is Key

Have you wondered why the office receptionist in your dentist’s office asks you to update your contact information and your medical history so often? It may seem to you that these questions are redundant, you may even be annoyed at having to fill out the same forms time and again.

The fact is that your dentist and hygienist need to stay current on the medications that you are taking in order to guard against the risk for dangerous drug interaction. As far as contact information is concerned the office may need to inform you of closings or of some change in the date or time of your next appointment. They also need to know who to call in case you should become ill or are in need of transportation. It’s a good idea to keep a list of your prescription medications with you at all times. Note any over the counter products as well.

Don’t hesitate to ask. Even if your teeth and gums are healthy right now you’ll want to keep it that way. Your dental hygienist will be glad to share her insight about dental products that may have recently been introduced on the market and how they may be beneficial to you. Any tips she can give you about how to improve upon your home care regimen will be well worth knowing.

Change can indicate trouble. If you see or feel anything that is different, a lump or sore spot for instance, that doesn’t go away on its own don’t wait for your next scheduled appointment, call your dentist right away. It may be nothing but knowing that will give you peace of mind which is a lot better than putting yourself through weeks of worry.

If you’re experiencing more and more incidents of bad breath don’t be embarrassed to tell your dentist or hygienist. They can help you get to the root of the cause and prescribe a treatment plan. It may be something as simple as a change in diet, but you won’t know until you ask.

Make your next appointment with Spokane Valley Dental today. Call 509-926-6261.

Preventive Dentistry Is Making Strides

Of course daily brushing and flossing are both key elements in the crusade for good oral health but there are other factors involved. Educational resources, lifestyle tendencies and regular professional care are all important in a preventive dentistry program.

The American Dental Association along with various state and local organizations offer sources of information presented through school and community programs that are designed to make people aware of the need for early and continuous dental care. They concentrate on the value of a fluoridated drinking water supply for instance, and stress the influence that a healthy diet can have on a lifetime of good oral health.

The calcium content in some foods can help to maintain the natural strength of our tooth enamel which is essential in cavity prevention. The enamel is the only thing standing between the more sensitive layers of the teeth and the bacteria that can cause tooth decay.

Even though tooth enamel is known for its strength and endurance, it is not indestructible. Sugars and starchy foods encourage the production of the acids that work to weaken the effectiveness of the enamel. Saliva is nature’s way of rinsing away leftover food particles and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. Any foods that increase the flow of saliva in your mouth e.g., crunchy vegetables, will contribute to that cause.

Regularly scheduled dental appointments that include cleanings, exams and x-ray technology when appropriate will allow your dentist to measure the presence of oral bacteria, detect the early signs of gum disease and monitor the condition of your teeth and gums looking for any changes that might signal a problem. A yearly oral cancer screening can pick up on the potential for disease before it can pose a real threat.

The ultimate goal of preventive dentistry is to avoid oral disease or to stop it in the earliest possible stage of advancement. Share any concerns you may have about the state of your oral health with the dental professionals of Spokine Valley Dentistry. Call today @ 509-926-6261.

Don’t Wait For Your Next Scheduled Appointment

Dentists recommend that most of their patients schedule a checkup and teeth cleaning once every six months, those with periodontitis or extensive dental work will be advised to come in more often. Even with regular professional care things can happen between visits and certain symptoms should be brought to the attention of your dentist asap.

One of the first signs of gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue which will present with redness and swelling. At this point gum disease can be treated and in most cases reversed before it can advance to the next stage. Gums may noticeably begin to recede from the teeth if symptoms are ignored.

Increased sensations when you drink something hot or cold could mean that a filling needs to be replaced or repaired or it could indicate that infection has broken through your tooth enamel and a cavity is developing. Early treatment will be less extensive than if you wait too long.

Your toothache is trying to tell you something even if it comes and goes. See your dentist if the pain is persistent.

As we age we’re bound to need a medication for something or other from time to time. When you begin a new prescription or if you add an over the counter product to your daily health routine be sure to be aware of any change that it may bring about. Dry mouth is a common symptom and the lack of saliva can encourage a buildup of oral bacteria which in turn can lead to an oral infection.

Canker sores or cold sores can be extremely painful and caused by a score of possibilities ranging from an outside irritation (ill fitting denture, braces or a mouth piercing) to some type of infection or fungus. A mouth sore that doesn’t go away in over a week’s time should be evaluated by your dentist.

See your dentist at recommended intervals but don’t hesitate to call with any concerns you may have in the meantime. Spokane Valley Dentistry offers emergency services along with regularly scheduled appointments. Contact the office today, call 509-926-6261.

What’s Changed?

Tooth sensitivity can change at any time. You can be going along enjoying all the foods that you always have when all of a sudden you bite into an ice cream bar for instance, and WOW! Where did that pain come from?

There are various reasons for the onset of such sensitivity, but your symptoms will tell your dentist a lot. If your pain is contained to a single tooth for example, it probably means that you have a cavity or that you’ve cracked or otherwise damaged that tooth. If on the other hand, your entire mouth is hurting chances are that something about the way you care for your teeth or something in your diet has changed.

Tell your dentist if you’ve switched toothpastes, some are more abrasive than others. If you’ve recently gone from a manual brush to an electronic one you may be applying too much pressure which can break down the surface enamel of your teeth making them more sensitive.

If you’ve introduced a particularly acidic food to your regular diet, maybe you’ve been on vacation eating more exotic dishes than your mouth is used to experiencing, it could definitely stimulate sensitivity. If this is the case the reaction should go away as soon as things get back to normal.

Has your stress level increased? A common reaction to stress or anxiety is to start grinding or clenching your teeth. These actions are often involuntary so you may not even realize what’s happening but eventually your tooth enamel will show signs of the wear and tear.

Allergies often bring on uncontrollable fits of sneezing that after some time will put a lot of pressure on your teeth. Sinus conditions that provoke persistent blowing and sneezing can produce a similar effect.

Before you see your dentist take a mental inventory of any of these changes that may have occurred in your day to day lifestyle. Once a diagnosis is made treatment can begin and relief from your symptoms will follow. Call Spokane Valley Dentistry @ 509-926-6261 and make your appointment today.

The Options Can Overwhelm You

There are so many over the counter dental products on the market today that is is hard for consumers to know which ones to choose. Some toothpastes for instance, claim to contain a whitening agent while others promise to relieve sensitivity or keep you from getting so many cavities.

Some people include a mouthwash as a part of their daily oral health regimen. Here again, there is a wide range of selection. What do you want your mouthwash to do? Do you use it for the refreshing taste or do you count on it to help prevent tooth decay or gum disease?

Manual or electric, soft, medium or hard bristle? Your toothbrush has to be easy to maneuver and feel comfortable in your mouth. After all, you’ll be using it twice a day for a full two minutes at a time, right?

Is an oral irrigator right for you? Some people who find it difficult to use a typical flossing string have turned to a water pressure system as an alternative. There are several model options to choose from depending on your particular goals and how much you want to spend.

If you are confused by all the advertising hype and the maze of product displays, ask your dentist or hygienist for advice. They have seen first hand the results of many of the various products that their patients have experienced. There are some factors that professionals definitely take into account when making product recommendations. Fluoride for instance, is a proven deterrent to tooth decay. If the ingredients label on that box of toothpaste or bottle of mouthwash includes fluoride you can be assured that it will help to prevent cavities.

The choice of toothbrush is totally one of personal preference. Dentists may however, suggest an easier to use electronic model for patients who suffer from arthritis or some other condition that may make it harder to manipulate a traditional toothbrush.

Talk to Dr. Conway of Spokane Valley Dentistry about the best choices for your particular needs. Call today @ 509-926-6261.

What Causes Your Teeth To Stain?

We all strive to preserve a nice, bright smile but unfortunately some of our favorite foods and drinks can interfere with our best efforts to avoid the unsightly stains that can ruin it.

Fruits are healthy foods, they provide the vitamins and minerals that the body needs to help you stay active and feeling good so that you can enjoy life to the fullest. Darker fruits however, do have a tendency to stain your teeth. If you’re concerned about staining you should probably stay away from blueberries or raspberries, for example. The crunchiness of apples and pears on the other hand, helps to increase the flow of saliva and the fiber in these fruits can actually work to diminish tooth stains. These beneficial fruits do contain sugar, so be sure to brush after enjoying them.

Food coloring will have the same affect on your teeth as it does on your Christmas cookies or your birthday cake frosting and that green beer that you drink on St. Patrick’s Day, it may turn your teeth green as well. The good news is that the discolor will fade in time and may even be washed away by brushing. Over exposure to food dye can however, can eventually dull or yellow your teeth.

Tea is just as bad as coffee when it comes to causing tooth stains. In fact, tea contains a higher degree of the tannins which are known to produce stains. Red wine is another threat. Even though it has recently been proclaimed as beneficial to our good health the acidity can weaken tooth enamel making it more susceptible to the staining tannins that are present in the wine.

There are some things that you can do to lessen the chances of some of these foods and drinks staining your teeth. The sticky film of plaque that forms over your teeth makes them more susceptible to staining. Brush and floss thoroughly before you indulge in that glass of red wine for instance, and be sure to rinse after drinking it.

Learn more about how to protect your teeth from the ill effects of the foods and drinks that you love. Spokane Valley Dentistry is accepting new patients today @ 509-926-6261.

Get The Care That You’ve Been Lacking

Don’t put your oral health or possibly even your overall physical health in jeopardy just because you’re too embarrassed to see a dentist. If you’ve fallen short in your efforts to maintain healthy teeth and gums or if your dietary choices have been less than nutritionally suitable it is more important than ever to make some changes.

If any of this sounds familiar, don’t feel like the Lone Ranger. Studies have shown that one out of every three people in the US do not see a dentist on a regular basis. That doesn’t mean to say that it’s ok or that it gives you an excuse to keep avoiding the dentist, just that your situation is not isolated.

You may feel that it’s too late to make a difference, but you will be surprised at the advancements that have been made in dental technology and all the possibilities that have opened up for both general and cosmetic improvements.

A lack of dental care can have a detrimental affect on your smile which may well be a good enough reason to do something about it. Being ashamed of the way your teeth look when you smile can influence your self confidence about meeting other people or being able to move forward in the workplace. A cosmetic dental procedure may be able to restore your morale along with your smile.

You may consider yourself lucky if you’ve been able to avoid the discomfort that can be the result of ignoring your dental health. But some issues can sneak up on you. It may take awhile for the symptoms of gingivitis for instance, to show up. You may have noticed that your teeth have become more sensitive to hot or cold or that your gums bleed a little when you brush or floss but if you’ve chosen to disregard the signs, your gum disease may have advanced to a more serious stage that should really be dealt with asap.

Dr. Conway and the staff at Spokane Valley Dentistry is there to evaluate your needs and discuss an appropriate treatment plan. Call the office today @ 509-926-6261.

There Are Choices To Be Made

When a tooth has been damaged by infection the decay will need to be removed and the cavity filled. A filling will restore the tooth and protect it from the harmful bacteria that could cause further deterioration. There are several options for filling materials depending on the location of the tooth and how extensive the decay is. You should discuss any concerns about cost or insurance issues with your dentist before a final decision is made.

There are pros and cons associated with any kind of dental filling material. Gold for instance, is noted for strength and stability but a gold colored filling will obviously be more noticeable than a tooth colored composite. It will cost significantly more as well.

A tooth colored composite filling is chosen in part for its aesthetic value. Today’s technology can match the color to that of the surrounding natural teeth so closely that no one will notice the difference. It will take a bit longer to apply however, and a composite filling is less durable than some others.

A silver amalgam filling is a composite material containing silver, zinc and copper along with a healthy dose of mercury. The material is strong and able to withstand the pressure of daily chewing. It is often used for larger fillings in the back teeth where the silver color won’t be so noticeable. Amalgam material is not as compatible to hot or cold sensations and may be more prone to expand and contract in response. The constant adjustment can make the filling more susceptible to breakage.

After a thorough evaluation your dentist will be able to begin. The first step will be to remove the decay and the old filling that may be left behind. Once that is done the dentist will clean and rinse to be sure the area is free of bacteria. When that has been determined the filling will be layered into the socket, cured and polished.

Dr. Conway of Spokane Valley Dentistry is able to apply the advanced x-ray technology that allows him to share results right along with his patients. Call for a consultation @ 509-926-6261.

Replace Your Loss Right Away

Studies have shown that some of us are more apt to lose a permanent tooth than others. Age, lifestyle habits and ethnic background all factor in.

Extraction is necessary when a tooth has been damaged or diseased beyond repair, but what’s most important is that we replace the loss asap. There are plenty of options but the final decision will depend on each individual’s particular needs. Dentists will evaluate and offer a professional recommendations for the patient’s consideration.

A dental implant is a popular choice for replacement. A titanium screw is surgically anchored to the jawbone. An abutment extends from the screw to which the crown of the new tooth is attached to create the look and feel of a natural tooth.

Dentures are the more traditional replacement option. A partial removable denture aka a bridge, is used when there are adjacent natural teeth available to hold the manufactured ones in place. A full or complete denture is appropriate for patients who are missing all of their natural teeth.

A complete denture can be conventional, meaning that it will be fitted several weeks after the natural teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has had adequate time to heal. The alternative is an immediate denture which is fabricated and ready to be installed immediately after the extraction procedure. An immediate denture eliminates the patient ever having to go without teeth or having to wear a temporary appliance, but there is also the chance that the bones and tissues will shrink during the healing process. If this happens significant adjustments may be necessary. The ideal solution might be to wear the immediate denture until it’s time to install the conventional one.

As soon as an adult tooth is lost the consequences begin to show. That could mean loss of muscle tone or a weakened jawbone structure that could alter the entire facial expression. Don’t put it off too long, talk to Dr. Joshua Conway of Spokane Valley Dentistry about your choices for tooth replacement. Call 509-926-6261 today.

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