6 Reasons to Love your Dentist

6 Reasons to Love your Dentist

We know all about how people sometimes feel about dentists. We hear it all the time, even from our own friends and family. But we understand. It’s not always comfortable to sit with your mouth open, not sure what’s going on in there. But, things have changed with dentists and their patients. It’s more common nowadays to hear people say they love their dentist. How can that be?

Below are six good reasons patients can actually love their dentist:

1 A Good Dentist Prioritizes Your Comfort and Makes Visits Stress-Free

Dental procedures sometimes come with a risk of some discomfort. Good dentists recognize this, and are trained and ready to do everything possible to minimize any discomfort. This means using painless techniques for cleaning your teeth and gums and for other non-invasive treatments, like tooth whitening. For other procedures, such as filling a dental cavity, it may mean providing you with pain relief before a procedure. The dentist may even offer the option of sedation for more anxious patients.

However, the best way to avoid pain is regular care. After your regular cleaning, you dentist or hygienist can teach you how to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease with daily care at home. And, if you do have problems, the dentist can catch them early before they cause serious pain. So, going to the dentist actually means less pain and discomfort, not more!

2 Avoid Embarrassing Bad Breath and Bad Teeth

6 Reasons to Love your Dentist

Do you brush, floss, and use mouthwash every day, and still suffer from bad breath? That can be embarrassing and discouraging. A common culprit is gum disease or another oral health problem. A good dentist can help you get to the root of the issue and resolve it, leaving you with healthier teeth and fresher breath.

With good dental care your teeth will be whiter and your smile brighter. Your dentist can replace lost teeth, repair broken ones or straighten crooked ones. With regular dental care, you’ll be less likely to experience tooth loss which can affect your looks and your health as well as make you feel embarrassed when you smile.

3 Enjoy the Lifetime Benefits of Good Oral Health

The health of your teeth and gums affects your oral health as well as your overall health, including heart health. It can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime and avoid pain associated with decaying or damaged teeth and gum disease. And, getting regular dental cleanings and checkups not only keeps your mouth healthy, it can also save you money because you may avoid extensive repair work for problems that were left too long unaddressed.

4 Your Dentist is Your First Line of Defense against Oral Cancer

Oral cancer screenings are simple and a part of regular dental care. Oral tumors can grow inside of a person’s mouth for a long time before displaying any symptoms, but a dentist can help catch problems early. Most people will not notice tumors until they are advanced, and medical doctors don’t regularly screen for oral cancer, so your dentist is your vital partner in this painless and simple, but important, routine.

5 Get Great Advice on Dental Care that Fits Your Lifestyle

6 Reasons to Love your Dentist

A good dentist will spend time with you to explain what is happening with your dental care, and explain your dental health to you. They may recommend the best techniques and tools for brushing, flossing or other home care that will address your particular situation. They can even recommend the right toothbrush for you. With a good dental care team on your side, you can take worry and dental pain off your list and get on with more important things in your life.

6 Today’s Dentistry Is Better Than Ever

Everyone has seen an old movie where the dentist is yanking out a bad tooth with pliers. Ok, that was probably a comedy, but many people still have that feeling about dentists. In reality, dentistry today uses advanced technology and refined techniques that make dental care better, faster, more pain-free, and easier than ever. Techniques like laser dentistry can accomplish some procedures without using a numbing agent (no injection). CAD-CAM technology that takes a detailed digital scan of your tooth means you can get a dental crown or even a dental implant in a day. These and many more techniques give dentists and patients many ways to make sure you have a full set of healthy teeth that make you feel good and look good.

Balle & Associates is a Dentist You Can Love

At Balle & Associates we take the time to understand and care for our patients’ needs and concerns. We prioritize our most important job – keeping our patients’ smiles healthy and glowing. To help patients feel comfortable, we go over their treatment with them and explain what we are going to do. We offer a wide range of dental treatments and financing is available, making the whole process easier.

Even if you have avoided dentists in the past, you’ll feel welcome at Balle & Associates. If you are searching for a dentist you can trust, we welcome you to contact us at Balle & Associates in Las Vegas, where we will make you feel part of the family.

Tips for New Denture Wearers

Tips for New Denture Wearers

Dental work is crucial to maintaining your smile, the shape of your face, and your overall health. Sometimes having dental work means replacing teeth that have been lost or become too damaged. You want to be able to smile again with a full set of healthy looking teeth.

For those who need them, dentures have come a long way in recent years. They have become easier to care for and are more comfortable to wear. But, they can take some getting used to and require proper maintenance. Here are four dental tips that all new denture wearers should know:

Make Sure You Give Your Mouth a Break

New dentures take some getting used to. At first, you will feel some mild discomfort as your mouth adapts to wearing them.  So, it’s important to give your mouth a break every now and then. At night, remove your dentures and soak them in a warm water or a denture solution. Next, give your gums a quick rinse with warm salt water. Leave your dentures out until you wake up the next morning. This can help relieve pressure, let your gums rest and recover, and alleviate sore spots that may develop from initial use. If at first, you are noticing more soreness, consider taking breaks throughout the day.

Wear Your Dentures Every Day

Even if you are experiencing soreness, make sure you wear your dentures every day. The dentures have been fit to your current gum and bone shape. If you go for periods without wearing them, the gums and bone can shift and make them more difficult to fit. Also be prepared to see some of your gum line and bone areas recede slightly over time. Since the shape of the dentures doesn’t change, when the recession gets more prominent, you will need to be refitted for new dentures.

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You also want to make sure that you talk and eat as regularly as you can each day. This is important to get your muscles and mouth in shape for long-term use of the dentures and speed up your recovery and adaptation to the new dentures.

Take Good Care of Your Teeth

Tips for New Denture Wearers

Even though your dentures are not real teeth, maintaining your dental health is just as important as before. This includes brushing on a routine basis. One of the benefits of dentures is that you can remove plaque and tartar buildup more easily since you can thoroughly brush your dentures when they are removed.

Make sure you brush your tongue, gums, and insides of your cheeks when your dentures are out to help remove bacteria buildup. Making and keeping regular dental appointments is also critical. These appointments are essential for maintaining the health or your mouth, checking the fit of your dentures, and making sure your gums stay healthy.

Watch What You Eat

It’s important to eat a healthy and balanced diet with your new dentures as good nutrition will help keep your mouth and gums heal and stay healthy. Chewing and swallowing may seem awkward at first. Start with soft foods and make chewing easier by taking small bites. There are some foods that are best avoided when wearing dentures. This includes hard and sticky foods such as nuts, corn on the cob, caramel, or chewing gum or tobacco. These can not only be difficult to clean from your dentures but can also damage them. Coffee tends to stain dentures, so limit your intake.

As a denture wearer, It is important for you to stay hydrated by drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water daily, more if you live in a dry climate. Dentures can lead to a dry mouth, which can result in irritation and bacterial decay harming your gums and remaining teeth. Make it a habit to stay hydrated throughout the day.

After a break in period, you will feel more comfortable with your dentures. If you have continuing discomfort after a month, contact your dentist so your dentures can be adjusted if necessary.

Balle and Associates for Natural Looking Dentures

Balle & Associates offers Swiss-designed natural looking dentures that help maintain your face shape and provide you with a smile that you will always want to show off. Results look so natural no one will even know you wear dentures.

Another Option in Dental Implants

Tips for New Denture Wearers

If you are looking for a more permanent and natural-feeling alternative to replacing lost teeth, consider dental implants. These permanent tooth replacements feel and function like natural teeth. They use a titanium post that will act similarly to your tooth root and keep your natural looking tooth implant attached to your jawbone. Once the dental implant is in place, you’ll never have to deal with dentures again. You will feel like you have regained your natural teeth.

Balle & Associates offers a range of choices in cosmetic dentistry, including dentures and dental implants that restore your most natural and comfortable smile. Talk to our dentists to decide which procedures are right for you.

Contact Balle & Associates today at 702-919-7719 to schedule your appointment where we will assess your current situation and help you determine the best procedure for your situation, and of course, a bright new smile.

 

Have To Wear A Temporary Dental Crown?

Here’s How to Cope with A Temporary Crown

Have To Wear A Temporary Dental Crown?

There are a variety of reasons why a dentist may recommend a dental crown, which may involve wearing a temporary crown during the process. These reasons include the restoration of the appearance and function of a damaged tooth. While dental fillings are used for minor tooth damage, dental crowns are used to protect teeth that are more seriously damaged by tooth decay, fractures, or other conditions. Dental crowns are just that, a cover, or crown, over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

Conventional crown placement generally takes a few weeks to complete and requires two dentist visits. The first visit is to prepare the decayed and damaged tooth to be fit for a crown. The dentist will also take a mold of the tooth. The crown is a custom-fitted replica of the old tooth that fits snugly over your natural tooth. After the initial visit, you must wait generally one to two weeks for your permanent crown placement to be fabricated at an outside dental lab. During the wait, you will wear a temporary crown to cover and protect your prepared tooth.

What Is A Temporary Crown?

Have To Wear A Temporary Dental Crown?

A temporary crown is just that, quick, fitted replicas of your permanent crown.  As only a temporary solution to protect your tooth, it is not permanently attached to your tooth. It is made with acrylic resin and designed to match the natural color of your teeth. These are also commonly referred to as transition crowns because they act as the bridge to permanent crown installation.

A dental lab fabricates temporary crowns using a tooth impression that is taken before the tooth is shaped and prepared. The dentist prepares your natural tooth before the permanent crown is formed and placed on it. This involves carefully shaping it by reducing its size to make room for the crown’s installation. After the tooth is prepared, a second tooth impression is taken and sent to the lab where it’s used to create your permanent crown. Meanwhile, before you leave your appointment, the dentist will secure a temporary crown on your prepared tooth. He will check to see that your bite is good. The temporary is attached using an impermanent adhesive.

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Although temporary crowns are not permanent, they offer a broad range of benefits and you need to take good care of them as though they were your natural teeth or a permanent crown.

Why You Must Have a Temporary Crown

A temporary crown is necessary to protect the dentist’s work on your tooth while your new permanent crown is being made. One of the main benefits of temporary crowns is preventing discomfort and hypersensitivity on a prepared tooth. When a dentist shapes your tooth to create space for the permanent crown, part of your natural tooth structure is removed. Sensitive areas such as the dentin may be left exposed. Temporary crowns cover these areas and prevent contact with hot or cold foods and beverages.

Temporary crowns also play a crucial role in ensuring the prepared tooth and its adjacent teeth do not shift before the permanent crown’s placement. They also prevent the growth of gums over the edges of a damaged tooth. Without temporary crowns, these cases could lead to dental health complications and make the placing of a crown difficult.

What Do I Need To Do When Wearing a Temporary Crown?

The acrylic material that is used to make temporary crowns is not as sturdy as metal, porcelain or ceramic materials used to create permanent crowns. And, with only temporary bonding, the temporary crown can be unintentionally loosened and fall out. While wearing your temporary crown, here are some simple ways to protect it and avoid complications and extra visits to your dentist:

  •    Limit or reduce the amount of chewing on the side of mouth with the temporary crown
  •    Avoid hard foods and snacks such as candies, nuts, crunchy vegetables and carrots
  •    Don’t eat sticky food products such as jelly beans, licorice, popcorn, caramels, or gummy bears
  •    If you experience some discomfort when eating hot, cold or sugary foods, avoid them
  •    Avoid aggressive brushing especially in the area where the temporary crown is located
  •    Don’t use an electric toothbrush while wearing a temporary crown
  •    Take care when flossing through the space next to the temporary crown

When you have to wear one, a temporary crown can feel and seem inconvenient. Fortunately, you only need to wear it for a short time. Sometimes, such as if you have heat or cold sensitivity, those couple of weeks can seem longer. But, there is an easy way to avoid a temporary crown altogether.

Don’t Want To Deal With Temporary Crowns?

Have To Wear A Temporary Dental Crown?

While it serves an important purpose in the traditional placement of dental crowns, a temporary crown can be a hassle for today’s busy people. Two appointments and two weeks of paying attention to everything you put in your mouth can disrupt your routine. Fortunately, there is an easier alternative available.

Modern dental restoration has a new process that provides for single visit, same-day permanent crown placement. The method is called CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations Esthetic Ceramic). CEREC uses a CAD/CAM, or computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing system to create your permanent crown at the dentist office. With this procedure, the dentist prepares your tooth and takes a digital scan of the tooth (no more gooey molds!). He uses the onsite CEREC milling unit to create your permanent crown while you wait, and in just a few minutes. You don’t need two visits to the dentist and temporary crowns are out of the picture. Even better, the ceramic crowns created from this procedure are more refined and natural-looking.

Balle & Associates Offer Same Day Dental Crowns

If s same-day crown sounds like a good option for you, contact the experts at Balle & Associates, DDS in Las Vegas today for more on CEREC and any of our dental procedures. Balle & Associates focuses on providing comfortable, convenient and quality dental services for all your family dental needs.

The 6 Biggest Gum Disease Culprits

When we brush or floss and it caused our gums to bleed, that’s usually a sign it needs more attention. Swelling and bleeding are visible signs of periodontal or gum disease. Three-fourths of U.S. adults develop some form of gum disease. As with any disease, early detection is critical. Here are some of the most common causes of gum disease, along with some ways to prevent it.

6 Causes of Gum Disease

Plaque

The leading cause of gum disease is a plaque or the film around your teeth that builds up due to improper teeth cleansing. Plaque is a bacterial biofilm that is a breeding ground for more bacteria and can cause gum disease and decay. With proper home care, plaque can be removed. However, it is important to schedule your regular dental visits so that a dental hygienist can assess how you are caring for your teeth and help you to improve your daily oral habits.

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Medicine

Medications can affect your dental health in a variety of ways. One of the common side-effects leading to gum disease is dry mouth or xerostomia. When you have dry mouth, you create a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria. By reducing your saliva, medications also affect the way your mouth breaks down food, allowing plaque to build up.

Nutrition

Nutrition, or the lack thereof, is one reason we get gum disease. Our overall health and what we eat each affect our oral health. Eating food that is high in both sugar and acidity can change both of those factors. For starters, foods that are rich in sugars have a deficiency in water and Vitamin C, which is both necessary for maintaining healthy gums. Sugars and acids also are the most significant reasons our teeth and gums break down and become unhealthy.

Misaligned/Crowded Teeth

Uneven and overlapping teeth can make cleaning teeth difficult, which may lead to more plaque build-up. This increased plaque is what causes gum disease. Luckily, no matter how crowded your teeth are, there are always options for repair.

Tobacco The 6 Biggest Gum Disease Culprits

Smoking and chewing tobacco both have an impressively broad array of adverse effects on your health including your oral health. Cigarettes are full of chemicals that destroy your teeth and gums. If you smoke or use tobacco, your risk of getting periodontal disease dramatically increases.

Smoking decreases the blood flow to the oral mucosa, which can cause gums to appear healthier than they are. It is essential to have periodontal assessments done to diagnose periodontal disease. So, if you have bleeding gums, get to your dentist right away.

Hormones

Unfortunately, we can’t always control our bodies. Our bodies change and make adjustments all the time. During these times, maintaining balance can be difficult. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes, and during pregnancy, women will find that is more difficult to keep their gums completely healthy. Inflamed gums that bleed is a side-effect of pregnancy, so routine dental care is not only safe but an essential part of prenatal care.

The Best Gum Disease Solution

There are plenty of reasons we get gum disease, but no matter what, the best solution is preventative dentistry. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and scheduling an appointment with your dentist is the best way to prevent gum disease or diagnose and treat it. Learn more about gum disease health.

The Strangest Mouth Conditions (and How to Avoid Them)

Dry mouth, bleeding sores, and swollen gums—those are all prevalent oral health issues. We’ve discussed them quite a bit. But for a little more unusual symptoms in the mouth, you may be a little unprepared if you’re not completely aware of their existence. Here are some of the more strange mouth diseases you could encounter, and how to prevent yourself from experiencing them.

Strange Mouth Diseases  

“Furry” tongue The Strangest Mouth Conditions (and How to Avoid Them)

A white furry and coated tongue is generally a sign of some infections. It’s a temporary condition, usually lasting less than two weeks and is almost always never a cause for concern. However, if alongside a white coated tongue, you’re experiencing pain or the symptoms stay for an extended period, it’s important you see a dentist right away.

Sometimes, white patches on your tongue can be caused by Leukoplakia, which is the most common of white tongue culprits. It is the result of an overproduction of cells in the lining of the mouth and tongue. When this happens, a protein known as keratin is deposited, causing discoloration.

The white “fur” obviously isn’t fur. In cases where Leukoplakia isn’t present, it’s generally caused by a buildup of fungus or bacteria, so what you’re seeing and feeling in your mouth is just that: bacterial build up or fungal yeast.

The best way to avoid a white coated tongue is, in most cases, good oral health care. Alongside your regular brushing and flossing, make sure to brush your tongue. Tongue scrapers have been known to greatly reduce mouth bacteria and bad breath.

Burning mouth syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is either painful burning or a tingling sensation in your mouth. This perpetual irritation has many potential causes of diabetes to thyroid disorders. It has also been linked to high blood pressure and drug use. These common causes can help your dental professional in identifying the cause, considering how hard it can sometimes be to find an exact cause.

The problem with BMS is that the doctor must rule out every other possibility before diagnosing it. Since it’s a condition that is very hard to determine the cause of, there is no one way to treat it. Treatments may range from vitamin or mineral supplements to stimulating saliva production.

BMS can range drastically from moderate to severe. Some patients who suffer from BMS endure constant scalding pain for months or even years. It is more common in women than men and, recently, one female patient helped make a breakthrough in finding out what causes BMS.

The best way to avoid BMS is to avoid harmful substances. It’s a bit of a no-brainer, but avoiding tobacco, spicy or acidic foods, and alcohol is the only advisable preventative measure for BMS, since there’s not just one cause of it, and the disease is overall rather mysterious.

Mysterious metallic tastes

Sometimes we get a bad taste in our mouths, and we can’t get rid of them. The usual measure would be to brush our teeth or rinse our mouths out. But when you get the overwhelming taste of pocket change in your mouth, and it won’t go away, it can be very distracting and even upsetting.

A few different things can cause a random taste of metal in your mouth, commonly known as parageusia. We’ve discussed how medicine can create a metallic taste in your mouth, but pregnancy or diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s can be causes as well.

Since your sense of taste is closely related to your sense of smell, sinus and nasal issues can create this mysterious taste. It’s very common, in fact. If you suffer from allergies, sinus infections, or the common cold, you are likely to experience this at least subtly.

Since there are so many causes for this taste change, we can’t limit the preventative measure down to one thing. It may not always be avoidable either. If the reason for the taste change is a sinus infection or a cold, there isn’t much to do besides taking in a lot of vitamins to minimize the effects of getting sick.

Sometimes when medications cause this problem, the medications we take are required, so it isn’t advised to stop making them without discussing it with a doctor first. However, another cause of this taste change is poor oral health. That is something you can work on to minimize the chances of this happening.

Skin peeling inside the mouth

The skin in your mouth is a wet, mucous membrane, so when it starts to dry out and peel, you’ll notice almost immediately. Usually happening inside the cheek, you’ll see your skin begin to lift off the surface and come off completely.

There are a few reasons the skin in your mouth could peel. First of all, it may be caused by a slight allergic reaction to your toothpaste. This is rather common and not very serious, but it’s essential that you switch toothpaste and talk to a dentist as allergies can worsen over time.

In worse cases, mouth peeling can be a sign of horrible gingivitis or untreated gum disease. If this occurs, you’ll see your gum line receding before it starts to peel away, and you’ll need to see a dentist ASAP. Another more painful cause of mouth skin peeling away is a canker sore or ulcer.

Worst case scenario, you may have Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. This condition is an immune hypersensitivity that can cause your mucous membranes to peel and fall away. Other symptoms of SJS are a headache, malaise, joint pain, sputum expelled from coughs, and painful rashes and lesions. This is a severe condition that requires immediate medical attention.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome can only be contracted from certain medicines or bacterial infections. It’s important to stay on top of that and be careful. If you ever get SJS, let your doctor know you’ve had it, so they can help you avoid getting it in the future.

For other instances of ulcers and gingivitis, make sure you maintain superb oral health. Schedule an appointment with your dentist if you start to experience symptoms of infection. The number one thing is knowing how to avoid mouth disease. Also how to handle it when it comes so that you can prevent worsening symptoms.

The Best Way to Avoid Strange Mouth Diseases

Dr. Balle and Dr. Guild from Balle & Associates are trained to find and treat familiar and strange mouth diseases. The number one way to avoid any peculiar mouth conditions is by getting treated by the top dentists. When it comes to your oral health, the team is more than qualified to handle an array of oral health issues. Schedule your appointment with us today.

Modern Dental Technology: AI Controlled Toothbrushes?

Dental technology sure has come a long way. We have dental tools that, a hundred years ago, we never could have dreamt of. A good example of inventive modern dental technology is an AI controlled toothbrush. Yes, you can actually utilize this smart technology in your very own home while cleaning your teeth.

Learn more about it.

Artificial Intelligence and Modern Dental Technology Modern Dental Technology: AI Controlled Toothbrushes?

After being crowdfunded back in 2014, the AI controlled toothbrush launched from the company Kolibree. This toothbrush comes with 3D motion sensors, a gyroscope, accelerometers, and a magnetometer. All that technology basically means that it’s Bluetooth-enabled and knows exactly the areas of your mouth you need to brush.

In addition to this toothbrush, there’s an app that comes along with it. This app will help you keep track of your progress while you brush every morning. The goal of the toothbrush, called the Ara, is to gather personalized data so that you can better construct a brushing routine that suits your needs.

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Why is this necessary?

Many people aren’t brushing and flossing properly. That’s a sad truth. They may be brushing and flossing every day, but the way they are doing it just isn’t cutting it. That’s why technology like this is very useful.

The future of dental technology is aimed at bettering our understanding of our own teeth so that clean smile comes with greater ease. This won’t replace your regime though. By that, we mean it shouldn’t get in the way of your flossing, rinsing, and just eating right. But most importantly of all…

It’s Important to Visit Your Dentist

Balle & Associates is always up to date with the latest in modern dental technology. When you come to us today, you’ll likely get an X-ray and cleaning from the most advanced technologies in the oral care industry. Check us out today!

A Vaccine to Prevent Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is something we all experience to one degree or another. There are different stages of it from cavities to complete tooth loss. But what if there was a way to avoid it altogether? While there are many different kinds of vaccines, it may be a little strange to believe there is a vaccine for oral health diseases. But a tooth decay vaccine? Is it possible?

The Tooth Decay Vaccine

Chinese health professionals from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIOV) are apparently working on a vaccine with the purpose of preventing tooth decay. Typical measures of tooth decay prevention are called preventative dentistry measures. But supposedly this tooth decay vaccine is meant for those who exist in the dental care divide. That is, those who don’t have access to regular dental checkups.

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The results

The latest tests show us that the vaccine showed positive results on animal test subjects. It had both preventative and therapeutic effects. While there is a difference between human outcomes and test subjects, this is still quite an accomplishment.

While we may not be seeing this practice done on humans soon, it’s comforting to know our scientists are working hard to improve our health from all different angles.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 60 percent of children (as well as adults) suffer from cavities.

The Best Way to Prevent Tooth Decay A Vaccine to Prevent Tooth Decay?

Science has a long way to go before curing cavities, but at the very least, we know how to prevent them. While you’re at home, watch what you eat. Try to avoid consuming food and beverages that are super sugary and acidic. Soda and candy can eat right through the enamel.

Also, make sure you are practicing proper brushing and flossing techniques at home. It really is the best way to prevent tooth decay.

Last but definitely not least, make sure to visit your dentist every six months or so. There is no clean like the clean your dentist will give you when you go in for a cleaning and exam.

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Balle & Associates knows what clean teeth look like and how to get them. There’s a reason we’re number one in Las Vegas. For new patients, never fear—there’s nothing to worry about.  

Sensitive Teeth? Find Out What Could Be Causing It!

Are you experiencing an unpleasant sting after eating something hot or cold? Maybe after you drink something cold and acidic like soda? Whatever the case, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity symptoms. There are quite a few causes of tooth sensitivity, so let’s diagnose what the problem might be.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Teeth can become sensitive for some reasons. The most common reason teeth grow sensitive is a gum issue. Whether through improper dental habits or genetics, the gum surrounding the tooth can pull back exposing the dentin.

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Dentin, the tooth layer under the enamel, has multiple holes that lead to the sensitive pulp of the tooth. When this pulp receives an external stimulus, such as something hot or cold, it inherently hurts it.

Other causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Brushing too hard
  • Cavities
  • Tooth decay
  • Periodontitis
  • Bruxism
  • High acidic diet

Treatments for Sensitive Teeth Sensitive Teeth? Find Out What Could Be Causing It!

Sensitive can be an inconvenience for a patient or a sign of a severe oral care issue. It is best to see your Las Vegas dentist as soon as possible for treatment. They can show you how to treat sensitive teeth.

The most common way of treating sensitive teeth can be as simple as using a sensitive toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush.

However, a dentist can use other treatments if the sensitivity is a sign of something else, such as periodontitis.

Dental Office In Las Vegas

If you experience tooth sensitivity or any other dental ailment, please do not hesitate to contact the office of Balle & Associates. Our dental experts in Las Vegas have the expertise and will provide you the best care in the Las Vegas valley.

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Good Oral Care During Pregnancy

There isn’t a time in your life where your health is more important. It’s a time where you are caring for, not only your own fragile state but another growing life. Of course, we are talking about pregnancy, a time where every health decision must be made carefully. That’s why oral care during pregnancy is so important. As the babies health is a smaller reflection of your own, your oral health is their health as well.

It’s time to discuss some good dental habits to have while pregnant.

Why Oral Health During Pregnancy is So Important Good Oral Care During Pregnancy

We’ve spoken considerably about your oral health and how it pertains to your overall health. That, of course, goes twice for pregnant women. Preventive dentistry is a means to locate and treat anything that may be wrong with your teeth or gums.

If you are pregnant and haven’t visited your dentist in a while, it’ll be a good idea to do that as soon as possible.

Statistics about taking care of your teeth while pregnant

Cigna found that 43% of women who are pregnant don’t go the route of checking on their teeth and gums—76% of those women admit to having oral health issues. While there’s still plenty of research going on about the topic, many dentists and researchers both agree that oral care during pregnancy is absolutely critical to the mother’s delicate health and especially the babies health.

Researchers and dentists both conclude that there is a rise in oral health problems during pregnancy. Some examples of such problems include, but are not limited to:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Weakened enamel
  • Bleeding gums

So, if you are pregnant, consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist to get a checkup.

Get Your Oral Health Care at Balle & Associates

Balle & Associates is dedicated to giving the greatest care because we understand that your oral health is about more than just your teeth: it’s your overall health. Oral care during pregnancy is incredibly important, but if you are nervous about visiting a dentist, here’s what to expect.

How Medication Alters Your Dental Health

Medications often come with a guarantee of side-effects. Any standard bottle of pills has a list of them right on the side for you to read. Go ahead and read as many of them as you can. Chances are you’ll find quite a few that list oral-related side effects. Those symptoms can range from moderate to severe, depending on the medications. What are some of the effects of medication on oral care?

Effects of Medication on Oral Care

“Cotton” mouth How Medication Alters Your Dental Health

Also known as Xerostomia or dry mouth, “cotton” mouth can make swallowing or even speaking difficult. This occurs when your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, and your mouth dries out. It isn’t severe on its own, but it has been known to cause more significant problems such as infection, inflammation, or gum disease. Just put: without enough saliva, your mouth becomes vulnerable to bacterial infection.

Dry mouth is one of the most common dental health medication effects. Here are just a few examples of drugs that can dry your mouth out:

  • Antihistamines
  • antidepressants/anti-anxiety
  • Asthma inhalers
  • Acne Medication
  • Parkinson’s medication
  • Heart medication

If you take any of these treatments, make sure to drink lots of water. Also, sugar-free gum like Ice Chips is a good option. Not only do they help produce saliva, but they also influence the growth of good bacteria in your mouth and ultimately can help battle tooth decay.

 

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Taste change

Interestingly enough, some of the pills you take can alter the taste of food. While this is easily the mildest on this list, it could quickly ruin what would generally be a delicious meal for you. The taste changes can range from salty or bitter to earthy or metallic.

A few examples of possible culprits are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-fungal
  • Blood pressure/cholesterol-lowering drugs

The list goes on, but the truth is that it’s widespread and nothing to worry about. So, plan your meals accordingly.

Canker sores

We’ve all had mouth sores a time or two in our lives, but certain drugs can cause them directly. Although they’re an uncomfortable nuisance, mouth sores aren’t severe side effects and can usually be treated with oral creams and antibiotics, but dental laser therapy removal is also an option.

Only a few types of drugs are known for causing mouth ulceration, and those include:

  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Aspirin and other painkillers

Swelling and Inflammation

You may have excellent oral hygiene and take great care of your teeth, but it’s still possible to experience gum swelling or “gingival overgrowth.” Some medications can damage the lining of your mouth and gums, causing them to swell and turn red. It can also be somewhat uncomfortable.

Treatments for seizures and immunosuppressants can be linked to swelling, and chemotherapy treatments can cause inflammation in the lining of the mouth. Inflammation is also known as “mucositis” and your chances of experience it greatly increases if you smoke or drink alcohol. It can also worsen if you suffer from diabetes, HIV, or kidney issues.

Bleeding

Your mouth is vulnerable to cuts and sores, so when medication hinders your ability to clot, you’re at risk for excessive bleeding. It’s especially dangerous during oral surgery when an incision is made because the heavy bleeding can make you sick or even pose a potential risk of suffocation.

Blood thinners and aspirin can cause heavy bleeding, and since aspirin can also cause open sores in your mouth, taking aspirin puts you at a higher risk for abnormal oral bleeding.

Reduce Your Worry with a Dental Visit

Although these medication effects are rather common, you’ll be fine as long as you remember the most important parts of your oral health: taking care of your teeth and visiting the dentist regularly. Medication can alter your dental health in a minor way, but scheduling an appointment with Balle & Associates is best way to ensure a quality smile.