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.

What’s More important To You?

What do people look for when they’re trying to find a family dentist? Surveys have shown that insurance coverage, convenience, leading edge technology and personal attention are some of the things on a potential patient’s checklist.

People who have dental insurance through their employment often rely on the recommended lists of dental practices that honor their employer’s particular plan. Patients appreciate help from the dental office staff in handling claims. Those who aren’t covered at work look for a dentist who accepts payment arrangements from the various credit companies that cater to dental services or who offers an in house payment plan.

Busy family schedules center around school events, work, and social obligations. A dental office that is conveniently located somewhere within the daily route to and from home and work will rate high on a list of pros v cons. A visible office location is an asset in attracting dental patients.

How often do you click on the customer review page when shopping online? People want to know what others think of the product or service that they are considering for purchase. A positive review from a current patient will go a long way in convincing a potential one.

Time is again a factor in the decision. A dentist who offers one day crowns for instance, will appeal to the busy working population. Digital radiology lets the patient view the images of their own gums and teeth as the dentist explains his findings and discusses possible treatments. Comfort is of course a major concern. Most people feel some anxiety about keeping an appointment with their dentist. Advanced technology that can serve to make the dental experience more pleasant is a big plus for a majority of potential patients.

While online websites are major sources of reference, nothing can be more influential than a personal recommendation from a family member or close friend. Patient referrals are definitely beneficial.

Spokane Valley Dentistry is located for patient convenience on Broadway Ave. in Spokane Valley, WA. We are accepting new patients today @ 509-926-6261.

Know What To Expect Before You Go

Insurance providers typically categorize dental procedures as preventive, basic or major. Knowing which division your next procedure falls under will give you a better understanding of what to expect and how to prepare.

Diagnostic dental services such as examinations, cleanings, x-rays and fluoride treatments are considered to be preventive as they can be used to diagnose a problem in its early stage when treatment is simple and most likely to prove successful. There is no particular preparatory plan that is required before any of these proceedings but as a matter of common courtesy patients should always rsvp to the reminder notice from the dentist’s office and try their best to arrive for the appointment with plenty of time to spare.

Basic dental services include straightforward treatments such as root canal therapy, routine extractions and fillings. Some procedures take more time than others so patients should plan ahead and set aside ample time for their scheduled dental appointment.

Dental procedures that call for some kind of oral sedation or extensive laboratory work are among those listed under major services. Implants, bridgework and oral surgery all apply. Depending on the type of sedation used for a particular procedure the patient may need to make arrangements for another person to be in charge of transportation to and from the appointment. There also may be dietary restrictions to follow.

The best way to make sure you are ready for your dental procedure is to talk to your dentist beforehand to get a clear picture of what will happen step by step throughout and following the procedure. Get answers to questions about pain prevention, relaxation methods and any after effects that you can expect.

Sedation dentistry has made it possible for dentists to perform more than one procedure in a single appointment. If time is an issue for you consult with Dr.Conway of Spokane Valley Dentistry about the possibility of combining treatments. Your comfort and convenience is of utmost importance to the entire staff at Spokane Valley. Call today @ 509-926-6261.

A Visit With Your Dental Hygienist

What do you want from your dental hygienist? The hygienist is often the first professional you will see after checking in for your dental appointment. The connection that you make can set the tone for the entire visit.

A good dental hygienist has the patient’s best interests in mind. She will strive to make the patient comfortable in the dental environment and greet the new patient with a smile and a welcoming handshake. Patients who have been coming to the practice for any amount of time will naturally feel better being called by name, but for now we’ll concentrate on the newbies.

Any business engagement can benefit by a personal touch and the dental appointment is no exception. It can break the tension and put both parties more at ease with each other. A dental appointment can be a cause for anxiety on the part of the patient but if the hygienist can lighten the mood any feelings of insecurity will be relieved.

How are you doing? A small question, but the answer can reveal a lot. If things aren’t going so well in some other area of a patient’s life it may not be the best time for a discussion about the need for an extensive, or expensive, treatment plan.

Some patients enjoy a little chit chat while others would prefer to get right down to the procedure. A savvy hygienist will be able to tell right away. Body language for instance, can say a lot.

No one likes to feel that they are completely vulnerable in any given situation but particularly one in which he is apprehensive to begin with. The dental chair is designed for the comfort of the patient and the convenience of the dental professional while a dental exam or procedure is being performed. Once the exam has been completed however, the patient will feel more comfortable being at eye level with the hygienist and may be more receptive to her recommendations.

Spokane Valley Dentistry will set aside the necessary time and direct personal attention to the needs of every patient. Call 509-926-6261 today.

Most Disorders Of The Tongue Are Easily Treated

As long an everything is working well and we’re feeling physically fit and able to maintain our everyday lifestyle we tend to take our good health for granted. The tongue for instance, is a multi-purpose organ that we use all day, every day. It enables us to speak clearly and taste and swallow our food but when something goes wrong it can be extremely distressful. Unfortunately, there are a number of conditions that can keep the tongue from functioning properly. The good news is that most of them are easy to treat.

A coating of white over the tongue used to be considered a defining sign of general illness. The condition known officially as “leukoplakia” is actually caused by an irritation and is often associated with tobacco use. Candidiasis is another disorder of the tongue more commonly known as “thrush.” It is a yeast infection which presents with spotty clusters on the surface of the tongue and most often affects young children. In adults, thrush may be an indication of an underlying cause.

A healthy tongue is normally pink in color so when your dentist notices an extraordinary redness he may suspect a vitamin deficiency and recommend that you add more folic acid or vitamin D to your diet. Fish and dairy products are good sources of both.

“Geographic tongue” is so called because the symptomatic red spots form a pattern over the tongue that seems to resemble the shape of a road map. These harmless lesions usually disappear within a week or so but if they do persist consult with your dentist.

Canker sores can also be caused by a lack of one or more vitamins including D and B12. They can also be a symptom of a gastronomical syndrome such as colitis. Canker sores can be quite painful but in most cases will heal well without special treatment. Citrus drinks or acidic foods may irritate the condition.

Is it time for your regular dental checkup? Call Spokane Valley Dentistry @ 509-926-6261 to make your appointment. The friendly staff will make every effort to accommodate your busy schedule.

Don’t Forgot The Fluoride

Fluoridated drinking water has been dubbed “nature’s cavity fighter.” Not only is it good for your teeth but water promotes the flow of saliva that prevents dry mouth, and it is sugar – and calorie – free. So, the only decision left to make is what kind of water you will choose to drink. The options abound. Bottled water has its own section in your local supermarket, and it’s a long aisle. You will find the high end brand names, plenty of flavored varieties and the ever popular sparkling waters.

Bottled waters continue to be in demand because they are so convenient to use – just throw a few in the cooler and head out to the softball game. The bottles are disposable, you don’t have to worry about ice cubes and there are no glasses to wash. If you buy bottled water in bulk however, which is one of its appeals, it can be heavy and hard to load into the car. You will also need room to store it at home. And, even though the bottles are easily disposed of they do mount up and they’r not so good for the environment.

Let’s get back to the issue of fluoride. You may assume that your bottled water contains fluoride but some don’t. Check the label to make sure. Today’s municipal drinking water supplies are fluoridated, but some remote rural areas still rely on underground well water, which is not. Most of us however, can turn on our tap for a constant supply of beneficial fluoridated water.

Drink more water. Instead of reaching for that can of soda in the fridge, hit the button that dispenses a nice cool drink of water. If you don’t have that convenience keep a pitcher of cold water on hand. Pour yourself a glass at mealtimes as a better alternative to the coffee or tea that is apt to stain your teeth.

Ask your dental hygienist at Spokane Valley Dentistry more about the benefits associated with drinking fluoridated water on a regular basis. Call 509-926-6261 for your appointment.

Is There A Best Time To Brush?

Does it matter when we brush our teeth? Professionals tend to agree that as long as we brush twice a day for at least two minutes at a time it is purely a matter of personal preference as to precisely when we do it. It may be a good idea however, to follow a specific routine. Put aside a time when you will be able to give your full attention to brushing and flossing, it’s not something you should hurry through.

We often like to brush soon after we get up in the morning to get rid of the “yucky” feeling in our mouths that we wake up with but brushing right before breakfast can affect the taste of your food. A better choice may be to wait until after eating, but brushing in the a.m. does help to replenish the flow of saliva that naturally slows when we are sleeping.

Brushing too soon after eating can be hard on the tooth enamel. Any food or drink with a high acidic content will begin to eat away at a tooth’s surface and brushing while the enamel is so vulnerable will only add to the stress. If you know you will be eating or drinking something particularly acidic it’s better to brush before your meal. A fluoride toothpaste will serve to reinforce and strengthen the enamel.

Common sense tells us that brushing our teeth after eating something sweet and sugary is beneficial in the fight against tooth decay. The longer our teeth are exposed to the threat the higher the risk for damage. This is also something to remember at bedtime. Brushing your teeth before you go to bed will help get rid of the bacteria that has collected in your mouth over the course of a day.

Dr. Conway heads up the staff of Spokane Valley Dentistry. The practice is proud to provide patients with the best in care and the latest in dental technology. Call the office @ 509-926-6261 or visit the website to schedule your appointment online.

Home And Professional Care Combine For Success

A great smile comes with a dedication to the maintenance of your own oral health. You may be fortunate enough to have inherited the genes that make the job easier, but you still have to put forth some effort.

Home care will include sticking to a routine of good habits like brushing and flossing every day and eating the foods which contain the vitamins and minerals that promote healthy teeth and gums and avoiding the ones that can cause harm.

There are sources available that will offer advice that can help you to make healthier choices. The American Dental Association for instance, has posted a top nine list of foods that we should definitely keep at arm’s length for the sake of our dental health. The complete list of no-no’s can be found on the ADA’s Mouth Healthy website but just to give you an idea, sticky sweets and citrus fruits are among the culprits.

Your lifestyle influences your general health in many ways but there are certain habits that are specific to your oral health. Tobacco is a known contributor to gum disease which in turn is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Continuous tobacco use may cause the gum tissue to separate from the teeth making a perfect space for infectious bacteria to collect. Some smokers attempt to hide their addiction by sucking on a piece of hard candy or chewing a stick of gum to mask the telltale odor. Hard candies and chewing gum are both on that list of restricted foods put out by the ADA.

Even the best of intentions will fall short without professional dental care. No matter how faithful you are to your home regimen you won’t be able to keep up with the accumulation of plaque like your dental hygienist can. Six month dental checkups will improve your odds of preventing disease and if a problem does arise an early diagnosis can save you a lot of money in the long run.

One of the objectives at Spokane Valley Dentistry is to give every patient the time attention that they deserve. Call 509-926-6261 for your personal appointment.

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