Dental Health Tips

In a previous post, we talked about ways that we can help ease the anxiety of going to the dentist. Nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas) was at the top of the list:

“This safe relaxing agent is breathed in through a mask that takes you to your happy place. Nerves are calmed. Teeth are taken care of, and you’re on your way.”

So, here are more details on what you need to know about laughing gas:

Nitrous oxide is a colorless and odorless gas that helps patients relax and become indifferent to discomfort. It is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose. It works extremely fast and its effects are reversible. It doesn’t put you to sleep or take the place of local anesthetic.

Once your teeth are taken care of and the nitrous oxide has been turned off, you are placed on 100% oxygen for 5 to 10 minutes to purge the gas from your system. This helps you become alert and awake.

Nitrous oxide is safe for children and is often the preferred method of sedation for treating children. It is recommended that people with some conditions, such as first trimester of pregnancy and COPD, avoid the use of nitrous oxide. It is also recommended that you do not use nitrous oxide on an empty stomach. Possible side effects include headache, shivering/sweating, nausea and fatigue.

Have more questions? Give our office a call!

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Have you ever worried that you have bad breath? Some people waste time worrying, when their breath is fine. Others have terrible breath, and have no clue. Bad breath, or halitosis, can be embarrassing. Stocking up on gum, mints and mouthwash are only a temporary fix. The real root of the problem can be from poor dental health or health problems.

What causes bad breath? Here are a couple of the main sources:

  • Food – the breakdown of food can increase bacteria
  • Eating onions, garlic and other spices
  • Tobacco use
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Dry mouth
  • Medications
  • Other mouth, nose and throat conditions/infections

 

How do you fix it?

  • Brush your teeth and tongue after eating
  • Brush and floss every morning and night
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months
  • Use mouthwash
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Go to the dentist at least twice per year
  • Stop smoking and using chewing tobacco products

 

If these suggestions don’t work, ask your dentist for help.

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Morning and bedtime routines are hard enough without having to deal with brushing and flossing, but they are important habits to start early! Here are some tips to help get your kids to brush and floss 2 times per day (morning and night) for 2 minutes each:

Brushing
• Let them pick out their toothbrush (remember to replace every 3 to 4 months)
• Brush with them – the family that brushes together, smiles together
• Reward brushing with a sticker or a bedtime story (preferably not candy 😉)
• Play one of these fun videos while they brush:

🎥Elmo Brushing Teeth
🎥Blippi Tooth Brushing Song
🎥This Is The Way We Brush Out Teeth – LittleBabyBum

Flossing
Make it fun! Practice flossing with Legos and Play-Doh. Then move on to adding it to their daily routine. See Dr. Johnson’s video example.

 

If you are expecting, don’t forget about your teeth. Many women have no dental changes through their pregnancy, however increased hormone levels and blood flow can affect your teeth and gums. Keep up with your regular oral hygiene habits to minimize problems from occurring:

  1. Brush 2x a Day
  2. Floss daily
  3. Visit the Dentist

Here are some of the common causes of dental health problems during pregnancy:

 

 

First things first. Brush your teeth twice a day, every day. Second, if you’re considering an electronic toothbrush with oscillating or sonic technology (like an Oral-B Pro 5000 or  a Phillips Sonicare), consider the pros and cons of investing in an electronic toothbrush.

 

Pros:
• Better at removing plaque and preventing gum disease
• Easier to use (especially for arthritis)
• Built-in timers
• Fun for kids
• Comes with travel chargers/cases

Cons:
• Costs more
• Needs to be charged
• You have to buy replacement heads
• Breakable

We’ve heard people of all ages say they don’t like going to the dentist, or they’re scared. We get it and take every opportunity to make patients comfortable. In addition to our awesome team, who genuinely cares for our patients, here are other ways that Saving Smiles Dentistry helps ease the anxiety.
Nitrous Oxide
This safe relaxing agent is breathed in through a mask that takes you to your happy place. Nerves are calmed. Teeth are taken care of, and you’re on your way.
Noise-canceling head phones with music
Music can also be the best medicine. When it’s all you can hear, your mind can wander and focus on the fun stuff.
Blankets & pillows
We want you to feel relaxed, so we offer blankets and pillows to help you stay cozy and soothed.
Relaxing environment
Our space and our people are welcoming and positive. Maybe so much, you won’t want to leave!
Educate
Our team takes the time to explain procedures to patients. The unknown can be scary, so we do our best to provide the information you need to feel comfortable.
Start small
We start with a small procedure to make sure you are comfortable before moving to larger procedures.

Your mouth is a super important part of your body. You talk from it. You eat with it. It is home to your teeth. So, let’s do our best to make sure you keep your chompers in check! We create custom mouth guards right here at our office. They offer an improved fit, you can talk with them in, they provide solid protection for your teeth and also protect better against concussions.

Sports can be hard hitting and accidents can happen. For $37, inexpensive compared to the damage that could take place in a cheaper option, your family can be protected by the best. Plus, being they are custom-made, you can even show your school spirit when you select your colors!

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