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Cracked Or Broken Fillings

August 9th, 2017

You may not know it but all fillings will, at some point, fail. Like the teeth they support, fillings can get worn down from everyday wear and tear. Hopefully a filling will last for many years. But, if you do need a filling replaced how would you know? It’s Easy. You should be going to the dentist for regular, routine checkups and cleanings, and your dentist will be able to diagnose a worn-down filling before you know it’s even happening. A dentist at Brewer Dental can quickly determine if a filling has failed, using specialized instruments to check the edges of a filling for any failure. But, if a filling goes bad before your next dental visit you may experience the symptom of tooth pain; you may even be able to see a crack through the filling or at the filling’s edges. Regardless what other symptoms are combined with the tooth pain, whether it be a sign of a failed dental filling or not, tooth pain must be checked out immediately by your dentist. Tooth pain doesn’t just go away on its own—there are underlying causes that need to be diagnosed and dealt with by your dentist immediately.

Why is a failed filling bad? A dental filling is a part of the tooth, and if there are any cracks or unsealed edges, bacteria can work its way down into the tooth, down into areas where bacteria isn’t easily removed by brushing alone. Bacteria that thrives cause tooth decay. Undiagnosed tooth decay can cause many other problems that are difficult and invasive to treat—treatments involving costly and extensive procedures—so, if you believe you have a failed filling in your mouth, it’s easiest to visit the dentist immediately, and to have the broken filling repaired.

If you are experiencing tooth pain of any kind, call and make an appointment with Brewer Dental immediately. Don’t wait. Remember, it’s best to treat problems before they happen, or at least in the initial stages before minor problems become major ones.

Baseball Dental Injuries

July 9th, 2017

Summer time is synonymous with baseball. Baseball is also synonymous with dental injuries. And, while many of the reasons are obvious, there’s a few you might not expect.

Obviously, the methods of play in baseball make the game inherently dangerous. Consider it: a rock-hard ball gets hurled at high speeds, players swing bats made of wood or metal, and they sprint and then slide head first into a base. It’s an exciting game. And, while it’s not often encouraged, players could wear mouth guards to negate some of the potential damage to their teeth. And Brewer Dental can provide a custom fit mouthgaurd for absolutely anyone.

There are other ways to injure your teeth at a baseball game. For instance, it’s tradition at baseball games to chew sunflower seeds, tobacco, peanuts, or gum. Now, except for the tobacco, all those products are sold at the concessions as staples, nightly. And all those things can hurt your teeth. Tobacco is bad for your entire body let alone your oral health. Tobacco has been linked to numerous cancers, oral disease, even systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and heart disease. Sunflower seeds, on the other hand, aren’t nearly as bad for your body, but the constant splitting of the seed’s hull with the edges of your teeth can wear down your tooth enamel. If you want to chew sunflower seeds, it may be best to buy seeds already shucked from the shell. Gum chewing can be considered both good and bad for your teeth. The gum, however, often offered at concession stands at ball games—it’s oftentimes sold in pouches that resemble tobacco pouches—is packed with sugar that can degrade your teeth instantly. It’s just grinding processed sugars into the teeth. It’s bad for the health of your teeth, and consistent sugary-gum chewing causes cavities, and its use can increase the dangers of gum disease. If you are going to chew gum, consider using a gum that’s sugar-free.

If you have any questions or need to make your next appointment then call Brewer Dental today.

Kids and Flossing

June 10th, 2017

It’s important that flossing become a part of your child’s daily oral care routine. However, you might wonder when—at what age—the best time is to make it routine? There are many right answers to this, and the best answer may be to plan to teach it when you think your own child is ready to learn. Usually, a child can begin the practice of flossing, on his or her own, around the age of ten, while in the years leading up to then, you should be assisting your child to floss his or her teeth. Remember, if your child makes flossing routine, when he or she is young, they will be more likely to develop into adults who also know the importance of a daily oral care routine.

Encouragement
When your child is at an age where they have the dexterity to handle flossing on his or her own, it’s time to step back and encourage them to do so. One idea is to make a calendar, broken down into the two times of day at which he or she will brush and floss. Stickers work well to indicate a proper brushing and flossing session. Make sure to throw in awards for any length of time during which your child has kept up streak of brushing (for at least two minutes) and flossing.

Also remember that a child may become frustrated by flossing, even if he or she has the dexterity, and there are other tools, like floss holders, that could make flossing simpler.

Lead by Example
If you are practicing good daily oral care habits, your child is more likely to do the same. Let them watch you brush and floss your teeth. Make sure you chow them that you, too, are careful to clean all the sides of your teeth. Make sure you stress just how important quality oral care is in everyone’s life. And in addition to at-home care, make sure your child gets to the dentist once or twice yearly for a routine checkup. A child who spends time in the dentist chair grows into an adult who doesn’t harbor fears of the dentist. Call Brewer Dental Center today for all of your Pediatric Dental needs.

Benefits of using an Intraoral Camera

May 10th, 2017

There are many benefits to using an intraoral camera. The camera allows the patient to interact in their own dental checkup. In real time, the patient and the dentist view a live-feed from the camera on a screen. The camera is non-invasive, small, a similar size to a traditional dental mirror. And because of its small size, it can be placed at convenient angles to view the teeth and gums.

Your dentist at Brewer Dental Center is experienced in using his or her eye, or dental mirror, to diagnose both current and potential problems within your mouth. However, an intraoral camera can enlarge the view of the tooth many times the tooth’s actual size.

Obviously, this allows the dentist to see problems that are not so easily seen, even with the most experienced eye. Oral disease, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease, often go undiagnosed, without symptom, especially in the earliest stages. But with the intraoral camera, your dentist may be better able to determine early signs of the disease well-before it’s apparent.

Patient Interaction

The intraoral camera also provides a visual education as to the inherent problems within a patient’s mouth. The camera’s live-feed provides an up-close view of oral disease, plaque, etc. But the camera also shows the potential trouble areas within a person’s mouth, areas that could benefit from better at-home, routine oral care.

Your family dentist can also pause the camera, take stills that concentrate on problem areas, and your dentist can show you the possible treatment options. Being able to take photos and video also keeps your dental record up-to-date, and your dentist can easily document any progressions. For years, your dentist can track your dental health, seeing potential problems long before they become chronic issues.

Chances are if you have made your twice-yearly visits to Brewer Dental, you have seen the intraoral camera in action. If you have never experienced this level of interaction at a dentist’s office and would like to, then make an appointment with Brewer Dental today. And remember to brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once!

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