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To Paste Or Not To Paste ~ That Is The Question.

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Patient often ask if it is really necessary to use toothpaste. Toothpaste, also called dentifrice, is essential to your daily oral hygiene routine. Toothpastes are pastes, gels or powders that help remove plaque, a film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums. Toothpaste improves the mechanical brushing and cleaning power of a toothbrush. Toothpaste which contains fluoride helps remove plaque, a film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums every day. Plaque can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel.

What’s in fluoride toothpaste?

Toothpaste ingredients typically consist of:

  • Mild abrasives to remove debris and residual surface stains. Examples include calcium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, hydrated aluminum oxides, magnesium carbonate, phosphate salts and silicates.
  • Fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and remineralize tooth decay. All ADA-Accepted toothpastes contain fluoride.
  • Humectants to prevent water loss in the toothpaste. Examples include glycerol, propylene, glycol and sorbitol.
  • Flavoring agents, such as saccharin and other sweeteners to provide taste. Flavoring agents do not promote tooth decay. (No ADA-Accepted toothpaste contains sugar or any other ingredient that would promote tooth decay.)
  • Thickening agents or binders to stabilize the toothpaste formula. They include mineral colloids, natural gums, seaweed colloids or synthetic cellulose.
  • Detergents to create foaming action. They include sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium N-Lauroyl sarcosinate.

What else can fluoride toothpaste do? Some toothpastes contain ingredients such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride to help reduce tooth sensitivity. Stannous fluoride and triclosan help reduce gingivitis, a mild inflammation of the gum tissue. Pyrophosphates, triclosan and zinc citrate help reduce a build-up of hardened plaque, called tartar. Modified silica abrasives or enzymes can help whiten teeth by physically removing surface stains. And some ingredients, such as triclosan, have been shown to help reduce bad breath.

Your Bearable Dentistry dental professional can answer all of your questions about toothpaste and fluoride. We’ll look forward to seeing you at your next appointment. Meanwhile, be sure to floss and brush and don’t forget the toothpaste!

 


Can You Really Relax In A Dentist’s Chair?

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The Bearable Dentistry dentists want you to be comfortable in their chairs. They understand that some patients have a real fear or anxiety that is preventing them from going to the dentist. Bearable Dentistry offers an alternative to the anxious patient: Sedation Dentistry. Sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry”, sedation dentistry may be appropriate for people who have a low pain threshold, trouble sitting still in the chair, extreme sensitivity, a severe gag reflex or just a large amount of dental work to complete in a short time period.

The dentist prescribes a medicine designed to help the patient relax during their dental treatment. There is a certain amount of risk with all medications so the dentist will review your health history and visit with you prior to your sedated visit.

hammockBearable Dentistry also offers all patients nitrous oxide (laughing gas) at no charge. Use of nitrous oxide gas can help calm the nerves of many patients. Just ask your Bearable Dentistry dental assistant or hygienist if you think that nitrous oxide might be a good option for you.

Have you been avoiding making a dental appointment because of unpleasant experiences in past dental care? Do you have anxiety about dental treatment? If so, sedation dentistry may help you overcome your fears. Give us a call to help you decide if this is for you. Remember, at Bearable Dentistry, your comfort is our first concern.spry hammock

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Chewing Sugar-Free Gum May Contribute To Oral Health

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In an spryarticle titled, “This $1 Habit Could Save You Hundreds In Dental Bills,” Men’s Health (7/9, Brabaw) stated chewing sugar-free gum is “a simple (and incredibly cheap!) trick” to help promote oral health and reduce dental costs. “Anything we can do to reduce the amount of acid and bacteria in your mouth will help prevent tooth decay,” said Dr. Matthew Messina, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association. “And that means less dental work over time.” According to the article, chewing gum increases saliva production, which helps remove food and neutralizes acids that wear away at enamel. Dr. Messina recommends chewing sugar-free gum after eating for at least 20 minutes, adding that gum does not replace brushing and flossing. “There’s no better way to take care of your teeth than the usual brushing, flossing, and occasional check in with your dentist,” said Dr. Messina. Bearable Dentistry has samples of Spry (made in the US by XLEAR) for you to try. Just ask us the next time you’re here!

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What Is Orthodontics?

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Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in treating patients with improper positioning of teeth when the mouth is closed (malocclusion), which results in an improper bite.

Orthodontics also includes treating and controlling various aspects of facial growth (dentofacial orthopedics) and the shape and development of the jaw. An orthodontics specialist is called an orthodontist.

Orthodontics used to be called orthodontia – the word comes from the Greek orthos, meaning “straight, perfect or proper”, and dontos, which means “teeth”.

Orthodontics also includes cosmetic dentistry; when the patient’s aim is to improve his/her appearance.

An orthodontist uses a range of medical dental devices, including headgear, plates, braces, etc. to help in:

  • Closing wide gaps between the teeth
  • Making sure the tips of the teeth are aligned
  • Straightening crooked teeth
  • To improve speech or eating (oral function)
  • To improve the long-term health of gums and teeth
  • To prevent long-term excessive wear or trauma (of the teeth)
  • Treating an improper bite

Your Bearable Dentistry dentist can help you decide if Orthodontics is right for you. Our office works with several area orthodontists and we can help you find one in your hometown. Visit with your dentist the next time you’re here!

Remember, your comfort is our first concern.

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TWO MINUTES AWAY FROM A HEALTHY SMILE

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three stepsHow long does it take you to brush your teeth? Try timing yourself. For many people, it takes about 30 seconds, which just isn’t long enough. In fact, how time you spend cleaning your teeth is just as important as how often you do it. The dentists at Bearable Dentistry generally recommend brushing for 3 to 4 minutes, but 2 minutes will do the trick. Break it in to four 30-second sections: top fronts; top backs; bottom fronts; and bottom backs. Healthy hint: An electric toothbrush can help extend brushing sessions because many run for a set length of time.

No access to your toothbrush between meals? No problem. Carry a spool of floss (or keep one in your desk drawer) and floss between meals. And, skip the soda and sugary beverages. These are doubly destructive for your teeth because the acidity destroys the protective enamel. Even so called “diet” or sugar -free sodas can cause trouble for your precious teeth because of the acidity in these drinks.

Remember, two minutes with your toothbrush 2-3 times a day and regular flossing can help you keep your smile for a lifetime.

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FLUORIDE: THE CAVITY FIGHTING SUPERHERO

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The following article is reprinted from the Mouth Healthy e-newsletter of the American Dental Association. Your Bearable Dentistry dental team is a member of the ADA.

There’s an epic battle between good and evil raging in your mouth right now, and there’s only one superhero who can save your teeth from cavities. It’s not a bird, and it’s not a plane. It’s fluoride!
Fluoride is actually a chemical ion of fluorine, one of the top 20 most common elements in the earth’s crust. An ion is a positively- or negatively-charged atom that helps elements combine with one another. When fluorine, which is negatively charged, meets a positively-charged ion like sodium, cavity fighters are born.

When these fluoride compounds are in your mouth, they can actually make your teeth stronger and prevent cavities. They can even reverse early tooth decay. So how does fluoride fight cavities? To begin, let’s look at what fluoride is working so hard to protect – your teeth.

Tooth enamel is the outer covering of your teeth. It’s stronger than bone and made from calcium and phosphate. Your spit, or saliva, is also loaded with calcium and phosphate and bathes the teeth to keep them strong.

When you eat things like candy, crackers or noodles, cavity-causing bacteria starts feasting on the carbohydrates in these foods. This produces acids that attack your enamel. It causes calcium and phosphate to be stripped from the tooth enamel, leaving you more vulnerable to decay and cavities.

However, saliva disrupts the attack as it coats your teeth and adds back calcium and phosphate to  replace what had been stripped away.

Now, here’s where fluoride is the superhero. When your saliva has fluoride in it from sources like toothpaste or water, your teeth are able to take it in. Once in your enamel, fluoride teams up with calcium and phosphate there to create the most powerful defense system your teeth can have to prevent cavities from forming: fluoroapatite. It’s much stronger, more resistant to decay and fights to protect your teeth.

There are many ways to get fluoride fighting for you. Fluoride is found in community water systems. (Find out if your water supply contains fluoride.) It is also found in some mouth rinses, and your dentist can apply it to your teeth in the dental office.

On the home front, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste that has the ADA Seal. This means that it has been tested and shown to contain the right amount of fluoride to protect your teeth.  And be sure to drink water with fluoride. Be aware that not all bottled waters, for example, contain fluoride.

Want to learn more? Get your complete guide to fluoride, water fluoridation and more at ADA.org/fluoride.

 

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Patient Privacy Practices

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal program that requires all medical/dental records and other individually identifiable health information used or disclosed by us in any form, whether electronically, on paper, or orally, are kept properly confidential. This Act gives you, the patient, significant rights to understand and control how your health information is used. HIPAA provides penalties to covered entities that misuse personal health information.

Bearable Dentistry may use and disclose your medical records for each of the following purposes:

  • TREATMENT means providing, coordinating or managing health care and related services by one or more health care providers. This includes exchanging information with referring offices.
  • PAYMENT applies to such activities as obtaining payment or reimbursement for services, billing or collection activities and utilization review.
  • HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS include managing your Electronic Medical Record to facilitate diagnostic medical consultations with participating physicians, dentists, oral surgeons and associated facilities. It also includes conducting quality assessment and improvement activities, auditing functions, cost-management analysis and customer service.

We may contact you to provide information about our services or other health-related services that may be of interest to you.

You have the right to ask for restrictions on the ways we use and disclose your helath information for treatment, payment and health care operations. You may also request that we limit our disclosures to persons assisting your care. We will consider your request, but are not required to accept it.

You have the right to request that you receive communications containing your protected health information from us by alternative means or at alternative locations. For example, you may ask that we only contact you at home or by mail.

If you believe that information in your records is incorrect or incomplete, you have the right to ask us to correct the existing information or add missing information. Under certain circumstances we may deny your request, such as when the information is accurate and complete.

A summary of the Bearable Dentistry PLLC Privacy Practices is offered to every new patient and is available to anyone requesting a copy. Please report any concerns to the Bearable Dentistry Office Manager.

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Use It Or Lose It

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use it or lose itDoes your dental insurance benefit expire on December 31st? Many dental benefit plans renew on January first and unused benefits may be lost forever. Maybe your dental insurance is provided by your employer as part of your compensation package. Or, if you have an individual plan, you’re paying a monthly premium for that coverage. Either way, taking full use of your plan may mean seeing the dentist one last time in December. Give us a call to make an appointment! Bearable Dentistry (208)882-3214.

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SECONDHAND SMOKE HAS DENTAL CONSEQUENCES

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We’ve know for some time that cigarette smoke is harmful to non-smokers too. A team of researchers at Kyoto University in Japan have linked secondhand smoke to increased dental decay in children. According to a study recently concluded in Japan, children living with smokers were more than twice as likely to develop dental caries (cavities) at 3-years of age than those who lived in non-smoking households. This is consistent with previous studies which show that infants exposed to secondhand smoke at 4-months old seem more likely to develop cavities by 3 years of age.

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DENTISTS: The First Line of Defense

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Many people see their dentist or dental hygienist more frequently than their personal physician. That means seeing your dentist may be the first to discover a person has oral cancer. Your Bearable Dentistry dentist includes an oral cancer screening in each comprehensive dental exam. According to ADA spokeswoman Dr Alice Boghosian “oral and throat cancers are on the rise”. Te human papillomavirus (HPV) may be a contributing cause in the increase of oral cancers. Other risk factors include alcohol and tobacco use. Be sure to speak to your Bearable Dentistry dental professional about your risk factors.

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