Posts for: June, 2019

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
June 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health
SimpleStepstoFollowifYourChildhasaToothache

"Mom, my tooth hurts" isn't something you look forward to hearing your child say. But tooth pain is as common as other childhood ailments, so you may have to face it. Here are a few simple steps to make it easier.

First, ask your child where in the mouth it hurts and, if they can, tell you how long it's been hurting. Children's memories aren't always accurate, but you can still get a general idea that you can communicate with your dentist if you take them in.

Next, look in their mouth for anything out of the ordinary: gum swelling or bleeding, or dark spots on the teeth indicative of tooth decay. Look also for hard food particles like popcorn kernels caught between the teeth, which could be causing the pain. Gently floss between the teeth (even if you can't see anything) to remove any caught particles.

You'll also want to help ease their pain. You can apply an ice pack against the painful side of the jaw. Don't place ice directly on the skin, but use a container or cloth alternately against the jaw for a minute or so, and then away for a minute. You can also give them a dose of mild pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen appropriate for their age and weight—but never rub aspirin or other pain relievers on the gums, which tend to be acidic and can burn the skin.

Finally, you'll need to decide if you need to see a dentist and how soon. It might not be necessary with situations like the trapped food particles, but most of the time it's wise to have your dentist perform an examination for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. As to how soon, try to see the dentist immediately if the pain has continued from one day to the next or has kept your child up overnight. Otherwise, book an appointment for as soon as the dentist advises, even if the pain subsides.

A toothache at any age is never pleasant, but especially for children. Knowing these steps will help ease their discomfort and get them the relief and treatment they need.

If you would like more information on dental care for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Child's Toothache: Have a Dental Exam to Figure out the Real Cause.”


By Ottawa Smiles Dental
June 18, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   nutrition  
WhatYoucanDotoStopSugarfromHarmingYourHealth

Occurrences of obesity and Type 2 diabetes have soared in the last few decades. While there are a number of influencing factors, health officials place most of the blame on one of our favorite foods: sugar. Only a generation ago we were consuming an annual average of 4 pounds per person. Now, it's nearly 90 pounds.

We've long known that sugar, a favorite food not only for humans but also oral bacteria, contributes to dental disease. But we now have even more to concern us—the effect of increased sugar consumption on health in general.

It's time we took steps to rein in our favorite carbohydrate. Easier said than done, of course—not only is it hard to resist, it's also hard to avoid. With its steady addition over the years to more and more processed foods, nearly 77% of the products on grocery store shelves contain some form of sugar.

Here's what you can do, though, to reduce sugar in your diet and take better care of your dental and general health.

Be alert to added sugar in processed foods. To make wiser food choices, become familiar with the U.S.-mandated ingredient listing on food product packaging—it tells if any sugar has been added and how much. You should also become acquainted with sugar's many names like "sucrose" or "high fructose corn syrup," and marketing claims like "low fat" that may mean the producer has added sugar to improve taste.

Avoid sodas and other prepared beverages. Some of the highest sources for added sugar are sodas, sports drinks, teas or juice. You may be surprised to learn you could consume your recommended daily amount of sugar in one can of soda. Substitute sugary beverages with unsweetened drinks or water.

Exercise your body—and your voice. Physical activity, even the slightest amount, helps your body metabolize the sugar you consume. And speaking of activity, exercise your right to have your voice heard by your elected officials in support of policy changes toward less sugar additives in food products.

Becoming an informed buyer, disciplined consumer and proactive citizen are the most important ingredients for stopping this destructive health epidemic. Your teeth—and the rest of your body—will thank you.

If you would like more information on the effects of sugar on dental and general health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Bitter Truth About Sugar.”


By Ottawa Smiles Dental
June 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

The desire for cosmetic dentistry is one of the most popular reasons why patients visit the dentist each year. According to the Americandental-veneers Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, over 80 percent of patients say that they want a cosmetic dental procedure to improve their physical attractiveness. You probably already know how important a beautiful smile is to your personal appearance, so why not let a dentist at White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, IL rejuvenate your look with professional dental veneers?

What Are Professional Dental Veneers?
Veneers are dental implements that are placed over the top of the original enamel to improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth. Professional dental veneers are placed by a qualified dentist who uses both science and art to craft a smile that you can be proud of. Through precise sizing, shaping, and coloring, veneers not only look beautiful, but they also feel natural and comfortable as well!

Veneers Rejuvenate Your Smile
It is common for people to hide their teeth for a number of reasons, including severe discoloration, chips, and odd alignment. No matter the impairment, veneers can make your teeth look smooth, polished, and beautiful! In addition to the aesthetic benefits, veneers' durable porcelain makeup also provides your teeth with additional damage protection.

Have Your Teeth Checked
Evaluating your general dental health plays a central role in whether you will qualify for cosmetic dentistry. Before treatment begins, your Naperville dentist must confirm that your teeth are strong enough to support veneers for an extended period of time. The best way to do this is to perform an X-ray screening to check the inner parts of your teeth and the jawbone. Checking for signs of gum disease is also important, for the risk of tooth loss also puts veneers in danger.

Professional Dental Veneers May Be Right for You
Just about any aesthetic dental imperfection can be resolved with veneers from our Naperville office. To schedule a visit with Dr. Joon Sun, dial (630) 978-9005 today!


By Ottawa Smiles Dental
June 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

How your dentist in Holland, MI, can save your smile with root canal therapy

If you are suffering from tooth pain, a root canal might be the key to relief. Here at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, Dr. Todd A. Brower Root_Canaloffers full-service dentistry, including root canal therapy, to help his patients' smiles—read on to learn if this treatment is right for your situation!

 

More about root canal therapy

A root canal is needed when the dental pulp within a tooth has become damaged or bruised. In these cases, inflammation and fluid begin to build up inside your tooth, causing pain, pressure, and disease, all issues which will only be relieved through root canal therapy.

There are several noticeable signs and symptoms pointing towards the need a root canal. You need to pay attention to:

  • Pain that increases after the tooth has been exposed to foods or beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary
  • Pain that continues even after a filling or crown is placed
  • Stabbing, aching pain when you bite down or chew
  • Radiating pain that spreads into the jaws, face, or head

There are also some non-painful symptoms, including:

  • A red or white bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage including blood or pus coming from the bump on your gums
  • A tooth that is noticeably darker or grayer than the teeth next to it

If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brower. He will perform pulp and vitality testing, take x-rays, and examine your painful tooth to let you know if a root canal can help you!

 

Give us a call!

For more information about root canal therapy or any other additional dental services, dial (616) 399-3600 to reach Dr. Todd A. Brower of Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, Michigan, today!


JulianneHoughSharesaVideo-andaSong-AfterWisdomTeethComeOut

Once upon a time, celebrities tried hard to maintain the appearance of red-carpet glamour at all times. That meant keeping the more mundane aspects of their lives out of the spotlight: things like shopping, walking the dog and having oral surgery, for example.

That was then. Today, you can find plenty of celebs posting pictures from the dentist on social media. Take Julianne Hough, for example: In 2011 and 2013, she tweeted from the dental office. Then, not long ago, she shared a video taken after her wisdom teeth were removed in December 2016. In it, the 28-year-old actress and dancer cracked jokes and sang a loopy rendition of a Christmas carol, her mouth filled with gauze. Clearly, she was feeling relaxed and comfortable!

Lots of us enjoy seeing the human side of celebrities. But as dentists, we’re also glad when posts such as these help demystify a procedure that could be scary for some people.

Like having a root canal, the thought of extracting wisdom teeth (also called third molars) makes some folks shudder. Yet this routine procedure is performed more often than any other type of oral surgery. Why? Because wisdom teeth, which usually begin to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums) around age 17-25, have the potential to cause serious problems in the mouth. When these molars lack enough space to fully erupt in their normal positions, they are said to be “impacted.”

One potential problem with impacted wisdom teeth is crowding. Many people don’t have enough space in the jaw to accommodate another set of molars; when their wisdom teeth come in, other teeth can be damaged. Impacted wisdom teeth may also have an increased potential to cause periodontal disease, bacterial infection, and other issues.

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed; after a complete examination, including x-rays and/or other diagnostic imaging, a recommendation will be made based on each individual’s situation. It may involve continued monitoring of the situation, orthodontics or extraction.

Wisdom tooth extraction is usually done right in the office, often with a type of anesthesia called “conscious sedation.”  Here, the patient is able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli (such as verbal directions), but remains free from pain. For people who are especially apprehensive about dental procedures, anti-anxiety mediation may also be given. After the procedure, prescription or over-the-counter pain medication may be used for a few days. If you feel like singing a few bars, as Julianne did, it’s up to you.

If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”