Thursday, July 6, 2017

"Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary." - Chinese Proverb

A note from the Oro Facial Pain Specialist

After the end of a long tiring day-its a good idea to often indulge in a soothing cup of peppermint tea.
Not only does it have a soothing and refreshing taste it also offers several health benefits.
For example peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities,strong antioxidant and antitumor actions,and some antiallergenic potential.

Animal model studies demonstrate a relaxation effect on gastrointestinal(GI) tissue,analgesic and anesthetic effects in the central and peripheral nervous system,immunomodulating actions and chemopreventive potential.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Some Things to Know About Root Canals

Does the sound of a root canal make you squirm? A lot of people feel this way as it sounds like a very daunting dental procedure. But a root canal doesn’t have to be a negative thing. It’s a dentistry method that can save your tooth from extraction. Most dental offices that specialize in endodontic procedures can make it as quick and painless as possible for you. Some people see an endodontist specifically but most dentists offer this service, too.

Dental Reviews Can Help

Doing a search of dental reviews for your city and the type of service you are looking for can help you gather information about various dentists who are known for good service in dentistry and in the area of root canals, you’ll find dentist reviews that can help you make a decision about which professional to call.

You should be prepared for the fact that root canals need a few appointments to be completed. They can generally be done in 2 or 3 appointments (a temporary filling after drilling and medication insertion is often done before the final filling) and afterwards, your dentist will recommend a crown be created for your tooth and then applied.

Do I Need a Crown ?

A customized dental crown after a root canal is a good way to preserve your tooth as it’s a porcelain shell that covers the tooth and protects it. Without the crown, your tooth is at risk for cracking or chipping because the original tooth is just a shell. Some people avoid the crown because it can seem expensive but it is an investment in the protection of your tooth.

Your dentist may prescribe something for pain for you but most people find that they recover quickly from a root canal.

If you are looking for a dentist to perform a root canal, doing a thorough check of local dentists can help you determine which one might be the best fit for you from a scheduling perspective, from a financial perspective (some dentists offer financing and will bill your insurance company directly for whatever amount is covered by dental insurance), and from the perspective of determining whether or not you’d like to find a new dentist to take care of both your proactive and reactive needs. Root canal dentist reviews can help you get well informed about the procedure, too.

A root canal may become a necessity at an inopportune time but finding a good dentist to take care of it for you can help you open the door for a long term relationship with that oral health care professional. After the root canal is finished you can work on some preventative care to help preserve your other teeth and /or repair any issues.

Alternatives to Root Canals

If you want to know what else can be done other than a root canal that has been recommended, the two major options are extraction and extraction, then dental implant. A dentist will be able to tell you how likely a root canal is to be successful but it’s important to note that complications could happen. If you’re nervous about the idea of a root canal you can also look into sedation dentistry to take the stress out of the experience, too.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Training Cups and Your Toddler’s Teeth

Training Cups and Your Toddler’s Teeth

Baby girl holding a sippy cup
It’s a milestone worthy of celebration: your baby is graduating from bottles! According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your toddler should be ready to move on from the breast or bottle between 12 and 24 months.

While your child may not be ready for a regular cup right away, there are a number of training cups you can use to help them move from baby to big kid. Here are three things to consider.

What Type of Training Cup to Use

While it’s tempting to purchase a “no spill” cup, these are essentially baby bottles with a different design.  The aim is to shift from sucking to sipping.  No-spill cups have a valve that stops spills and the only way your child can drink from a no-spill cup is to suck, not sip.

To help your child learn how to sip, look for training cups with the following:
  • A cup with a snap-on or screw-on lid that has a spout, but no valve
  • Training cups with two handles
  • Training cups with weighted bases to keep them upright and to cut down on spills

What Goes In Your Child’s Cup

Know which drinks are best to give your child. Water with fluoride is the best beverage for your child’s teeth, so always offer water first. Milk is also a great option to offer during meals.

If your child does drink juice, make sure to serve the recommended, age-appropriate limits at mealtimes only and don’t let your child carry it around in a training cup throughout the day. Sugary drinks like fruit juice increase your child’s risk for cavities, especially if your child is drinking it between meals. The act of chewing during meals gets saliva flowing, which can help wash away any leftover sugar from juice or food on your child’s teeth.

Where and When Your Child Is Using Training Cups

Like any new skill your baby works on, learning how to use a regular cup will take time, practice and patience on both of your parts! To help ease them into the habit, use a training cup with water between meals or when you’re on-the-go.

Mealtimes are a good time to start working with your child on sipping from real cups. Limit spills by starting with small amounts of water or milk in cups your child can comfortably hold. Cups with two handles or small paper cups can be great starter tools.

And toddlers are called “toddlers” for a reason, so don’t let your child walk and sip at the same time to avoid a mouth injury.

Once the day is done, don’t let your child go to bed with any kind of cup unless it’s filled with water. Letting sugary drinks pool in your child’s mouth overnight can lead to cavities.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

'90s Tooth Gems Are Making a Comeback and We're Here for It From Halsey to beauty vloggers.

MAC's Spice lip liner and crimped strands were cool and all—but we think the most impressive beauty trend of the '90s was actually hidden from plain sight. If you wanted a "tooth gem" sighting, you'd have to get someone to *smile*.
The tongue-in-cheek accessory, which is making a comeback, consists of a small gold, silver, or crystal gem that is bonded to the tooth using a special adhesive that can keep it attached for years. Typically they're worn one at a time—like an accent nail for your teeth—but you can wear more than one, or pack 'em in, if you want. However, dentists will advise you not to try this at home as you can damage a tooth's natural enamel.
The accessory has been on the rise for a couple of years thanks to some major celebrity endorsements: Katy Perry rocked the Nike "check" logo on one of her pearly whites back in 2015, and as of January of 2017, Halsey is sporting a gold star emblazoned on one of her canines.
But it's not just pop stars getting in on the fun, thanks to pro-tooth-gem outposts—which tend to be a step up from the offerings you'll find at the dentist—many are using the tiny accents to express themselves. In fact, it was L.A. 's Tooth Kandy that gave badass model Adwoa Aboah a crystal-studded Chanel logo gem, which would eventually appear on the cover of i-D magazine.
What's more is that beauty bloggers are getting in on the action, too. Not just applying them to the teeth, but even pressing them into the lips and sealing with a gloss. And given that we're in the midst of a lip art renaissance of sorts, we're bound to see more tooth gems cropping up. So you may want to schedule a teeth cleaning and get ahead of the trend...