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July3DentalEmergencyAny emergency is serious and should be treated as such. Dental emergencies, which include any injury to the teeth, gums, or mouth, are no exception. At my Evansville dental office, we understand that a dental emergency can be scary, so we’re here to help give you a few tips on how to handle several types.

Abscess

An abscess is a very serious dental problem and should not be ignored. An abscess is an infection that affects the root or the space in between teeth and may feel like a painful pimple-like protrusion on the gums. If left untreated, an abscess might damage surrounding teeth, tissue, and the infection can even spread to other parts of your body. Because of these very serious concerns, it’s extremely important to get to your dentist as soon as possible. Prior to your appointment, try rinsing with warm salt water several times a day. This should ease the pain and encourage the bacteria inside to come to the surface.

Lost Filling

If you lose a filling, sugarless gum can be a temporary fix. Just make super sure it’s sugarless or you’ll experience some serious pain. Take a piece of the gum and place it into the cavity. Then call your dentist to get a permanent fix.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

A chipped or broken tooth might result from anything like a popcorn kernel, opening packaging with your teeth, or a fall. When a tooth is chipped, the first thing to do is rinse your mouth out with warm water and find any pieces, if possible, and rinse them off, too. Then apply gauze and slight pressure if there is any bleeding, and a cold compress to the cheek to ease pain. Get to your dentist to fix the chip.

Toothache

A toothache is your mouth’s way of letting you know that something is not right. Ease the pain and help keep other problems away by first rinsing with warm salt water. Salt water can help decrease swelling and keep dangerous bacteria from attacking. If the pain is severe, try placing a cold compress against your cheek or apply a bit of clove oil to the sore spot. Again, get to your dentist as soon as you can.

One of the best ways to avoid a dental emergency in the first place is to maintain regular visits to my dental office in Evansville. Regular checkups and cleanings allow us to catch and treat any potential problems before they can turn into an unexpected dental emergency. However, anything can happen at any time, so if you do experience an emergency, give us a call right away.

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forgot toothbrushIt’s the time of year when we all venture out of our hometowns and spend some family time on vacation. To prepare, you’ve packed extra clothes, necessary medications, and even snacks. But you’ve forgotten your toothbrush. Now what? Not to fear, my Evansville dental office has some tips to help.

Toothpaste but no brush?

This is probably the best case scenario. When you have toothpaste, you just need to find something to put it on to act as a toothbrush. Some people use a finger, others just swish some around in their mouths. The best thing to do? Find a clean washcloth or paper towel, wrap it around your finger, wet it slightly, and apply the paste. The washcloth or paper towel will act as a toothbrush and is better than a finger alone since they both have texture that can mimic toothbrush bristles. Make sure whatever you choose isn’t coarse or it can damage tooth enamel.

No paste and no brush?

Again we turn to our trusty paper towel or washcloth. Simply wet your make-do brush of choice and wipe each tooth individually from top to bottom for your top teeth, and from bottom to top fro your lower teeth. Make sure to rinse your towel between each tooth to limit the amount of plague that can get transferred from tooth to tooth. When finished, rinse well to remove any loose particles.

Got gum?

As a last resort, sugarless gum (emphasis on the sugarless), a teeth-buffing snack, or both, can help. Chewing gum naturally causes you to produce more saliva. More saliva means more bacteria is rinsed away and doesn’t stick around to cause decay. Nibbling on a smile-happy snack like cheese, crunchy carrots, or crisp apples can serve as micro-scrubbers if a toothbrush is nowhere to be found.

Thirsty?

One of the most important things you can do not only when you find yourself toothbrush-less, but every day, is drink plenty of water. Water hydrates your mouth and is a safe way to rinse away smile-damaging particles that tend to stick around.

If you find yourself without a toothbrush, don’t panic. The tips above can get you through a night or two without one, just don’t make them permanent replacements for a real toothbrush. Get to the store to pick up a new one as soon as you can.

As always, we encourage visits to my dental office in Evansville regularly to ensure a healthy smile and to check for any problems. If you’re heading out of town and want to get a checkup before you leave, just give us a call. We’ll be happy to help.

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brush at workThere’s been a debate about whether or not it’s acceptable to brush your teeth at work following lunch or snacks. Is it gross to brush in the office bathroom? What do co-workers think about those who do? Is there any reason we should even consider doing this? At my Evansville dental office, we’d like to weigh in and explain why we’re absolute supporters of brushing at work.

When it comes to great oral health, one constant is brushing at least twice a day. However, while it’s common to do this at home in the comfort of your own bathroom, there is a huge benefit to storing a toothbrush and toothpaste at work to use after lunch.

After eating, even when all evidence of food is gone, there are still particles lurking in the mouth. If not scrubbed away, these particles contribute to decay and even gum disease. But if you brush following a meal, the chance for dental problems greatly decreases. Not only will following this routine help keep your mouth healthy, it can help keep your career intact too.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Job

We aren’t saying that your healthy mouth will ensure job happiness or will give you immunity from a demotion, but we will confidently say your oral hygiene may directly affect the opinion of co-workers, bosses, or, if you’re looking for a job, a hiring manager.

According to a study of 1,000 people by the Academy of General Dentistry and Oral-B that asked respondents about oral health care habits at work, the majority did not brush after eating (a whopping 86%) but still said a healthy smile was important in the workplace.

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  • 40% said a smile was the first thing they noticed about a co-worker
  • 32% claimed bad breath was the least attractive trait of fellow employees
  • 96% believe a good smile is very or somewhat important to a person’s appearance

If you’re a bit uneasy about brushing in public, don’t be. The workplace is changing and it’s becoming increasingly common for employees to brush in the bathroom. Many bosses actually prefer this over meeting a client with awful breath or missing work time for dental problems. So go ahead, brush away!

Packing a toothbrush in your briefcase and transitioning into this routine of proper oral health care can keep your smile healthy for years to come. Pair that with regular visits to my dental office in Evansville and you’re well on your way to a happy mouth and happy co-workers.

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May4We usually talk a lot about tooth health, proper oral hygiene, and how important it is to take care of your teeth. However, all of us at my dental office in Evansville want to take this opportunity to talk about an often forgotten part of your overall oral health. Your tongue.

Your tongue is a pretty amazing muscle. Not only is it one of the strongest muscles in the body, it serves many purposes including chewing, swallowing, and talking. But it can also hold a lot of bacteria and other smile-damaging particles. This makes proper tongue care just as important to proper teeth and gum care.

Why to Take Care of Your Tongue

Making your tongue a daily part of your oral hygiene routine has lots of benefits.

  • Yum!! A cleaner tongue means your taste buds aren’t covered with bacteria or acid, so food tastes better. This benefit alone makes us want to go brush our tongues right now!
  • Keeps Teeth Healthier. Your tongue and teeth are in contact most of the day, everyday, which means your teeth are constantly exposed to whatever is on the tongue. If bacteria and acid are lurking on your tongue, the chance for tooth decay and erosion greatly increases.
  • Ahhh, Fresh! While there are many reasons behind bad breath, an uncared for tongue is often a culprit. Giving your tongue the attention it deserves is a great way to keep bacteria and bad breath at bay However, if your bad breath doesn’t go away, see your dentist as soon as you can as it may be a sign of something serious.

Give Your Tongue Some Love!

Every time you brush your teeth, make sure you gently brush your tongue too. With over 10,000 taste buds on the tongue, it creates a lot of space for gross stuff to hide. A quick brush with your toothbrush can help. If you have trouble brushing your tongue, which is pretty common, ask your dentist about a tongue scraper.

At my dental office in Evansville, we want to make all of our patients aware of the importance of proper tongue care. Make sure to brush at least twice a day, including your tongue, and floss once a day. And as always, regular appointments with us can help catch any problems before they become serious.


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May3Your body endures a lot of changes during pregnancy. Your feet may swell, you may be sore in strange or new places, and your teeth may decay. It’s true, your teeth are not one of the more popular concerns during pregnancy but at my dental office in Evansville, we’re here to tell you they should be.

Why is it so important to keep an eye on your teeth during pregnancy? One reason is morning sickness. Morning sickness causes stomach acids to enter the mouth and if left there, the acid may erode enamel and lead to decay.

What to do if Morning Sickness is Plaguing You

We wish we had a solution to end morning sickness for every pregnancy. But we do have some ways you can decrease the chance of it affecting your smile.

  • Rinse with water. Swish some water around in your mouth following a bout of morning sickness to remove some of the acid from your teeth.
  • Wait an hour. Wait at least an hour before brushing after you’re sick. Rinse with water in the meantime. Acid may weaken enamel. Brushing can scratch the enamel and lead to decay.
  • Keep drinking water. The more water you drink, the lower the acidity level in your mouth will be.
  • Smear on toothpaste. Putting a dollop of toothpaste on your finger and rubbing it on your teeth can further protect them against acid.
  • Use a tongue scraper. After vomiting, if you take a tongue scraper across your tongue, you can successfully remove some of the acid that may stick around on the tongue and then transfer to the teeth.

If you’re pregnant, we’d love to see you at my dental office in Evansville. Not only is it important to get a check up during pregnancy to ensure there are no scary problems lurking in your mouth, we will help minimize your risk of decay. Let’s keep your teeth healthy throughout your pregnancy and for years to come.


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pet dentalWhile we’re in the business of taking care of humans’ smiles, we have a soft spot for our furry loved ones. That’s why at my dental office in Evansville, we wanted to give our pets some love and talk about the importance of proper dental care for them, too.

Know the Signs of a Problem

Like humans, there are signs and symptoms of dental disease in felines and canines. Knowing the signs is the first step in ensuring your pet gets the attention he needs. Some signs of a dental concern can include:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Excessive drooling
  • Bleeding

If you notice any of these symptoms, call your vet as soon as possible.

Brush Their Teeth

It may sound silly, but brushing your pet’s teeth is just as important to keeping dental disease away as it is for humans. While it’s recommended they receive a professional, in-depth cleaning at the vet once a year, there are ways you can help keep their teeth clean in between visits. Using clean gauze wrapped around a finger and pet-friendly toothpaste (don’t use the human kind), gently scrub in small circles two or three times a week. This practice can go a long way in fighting tartar and plaque buildup.

Give Your Dog Chew Toys

Providing your pet things to chew on not only provides them hours of fun, it can also help keep their gums and teeth healthy. All dogs have a natural urge to chew on things, hence the tattered slippers that often go hand in hand with a new puppy. Chew toys help satisfy that desire and strengthen teeth in the process.

Now that you know how to care for your pet’s grin, make sure to keep yours in tip-top shape too. Regular visits to my Evansville dental office, along with a great at-home routine, are the best ways to ensure your smile is getting the love it needs. If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen a dentist, give us a call today!


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vacation daysMore than 164 million hours of work are lost each year because of dental problems. If you’re like us and would prefer to save your vacation days for, well, vacation, take a word of advice from all of us at my Evansville dental office.

We’d love it if every one of our patients came to see us at least once every six months, but that’s not the case. There’s a reason we suggest visiting us a minimum twice a year, and it’s not just because we like you. Regular appointments with your Evansville dentist can, yes, keep your teeth squeaky clean, they can also go a long way in making sure we keep your mouth, and your body, healthy.

Many people believe that if you have a dental problem, you’d know it. That’s not necessarily true and is particularly concerning. A majority of dental concerns have little or no symptoms and once they do start to show signs, they’ve already progressed into big issues.

Take cavities for example. Cavities often show no symptoms in the beginning. It’s when they are left alone and the decay reaches a nerve when we experience pain. Once you hit this stage, it’s not only painful, it could also mean more in-depth treatment.

Gum disease is a serious dental problem that also shows little or no symptoms. Gum disease can hint at it’s existence with a little bit of blood in the spit while brushing teeth. But many people see this as normal and don’t think much of it. You should. Blood is never normal and is a sign something isn’t quite right. When caught early, gum disease can be treated and reversed. If left alone, it may lead to tooth loss and larger whole-body problems like heart disease and strokes.

This is why we place so much importance on prevention. Prevention is key to a healthy mouth and body. We believe in catching any potential problems early, making treatment more successful and decreasing the chance for advanced concerns later on.

Dental prevention at  my dental office in Evansville can go a long way in not only keeping your teeth healthy and vibrant, it can also help you keep the well-deserved and hard-earned time off from work. Get back to enjoying those days off by actually doing something fun.


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spit and your teeth

We don’t literally mean spit it out, whatever it may be. In fact, it’s never really polite to spit in public (or while reading blogs online). What we really mean is that despite how gross spit may seem, it’s actually some pretty cool stuff. All of us at my dental office in Evansville want to ‘spit out’ some of the top fun facts we know about saliva.

 

Be The Match

Many people every year are diagnosed with a blood cancer. A lot of times, it’s a child. Your spit could actually help. BeTheMatch.org encourages people to register to be a bone marrow donor by simply swabbing your cheek. A bone marrow match can’t always be found for someone with blood cancer, so this organization helps a lot to increase the number of possible donors. Your spit could literally help save a life.

 

“I Produce How Much Spit a Day? Gross!”

The average person produces about one or two quarts of spit every, single day. That’s a lot of spit! And while your initial reaction may be, “Ewww!” or “Gross!,” let’s talk about why this is a good thing.

 

Spit is crucial for a healthy and decay-free mouth. Saliva helps rinse away any lingering food particles, neutralizes acids, and keeps the tooth enamel strong. It also helps to preserve the soft and hard tissues in the mouth. When there isn’t enough spit flowing in the mouth, decay and other oral infections can occur. Trust us, all that spit is actually keeping you healthy!

 

CSI: Saliva

Research conducted at UCLA has led to even more advancements in our ability to put an age to criminals by using, you guessed it, spit. Our saliva contains DNA, and over time, the DNA in the saliva changes. Essentially, this means that science and spit can help predict a person’s age to within five years. Why five years? Because the DNA breakdown isn’t necessarily an indicator of true age, but of what’s called biological age.

 

This breakthrough could help doctors too. If they know your biological age, they’ll have a better idea of how old you really are and can better decide what’s the most important treatment or what you’re more at risk for.

 

Yes, spit can be gross, but it can also be extremely helpful at keeping your mouth healthy and cavity free. Another thing that helps with both? Regular visits to my Evansville dental office. If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen a dentist, give us call! We welcome you, and your spit (it is part of what we do), any time!


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senior dental care

A healthy mouth often leads to a healthy body. This is a fact that doesn’t disappear with age. In fact, as we age, dental care becomes a more critical part of our overall health. At my dental office in Evansville, some of the most special smiles we care for belong to seniors, and we’re always glad to see them since many parts of aging can directly impact oral health.

 

Dry Mouth

Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can not only help whatever ails you, they can also have a negative impact on your mouth. Some medicines lead to a reduction in saliva production, which can cause dry mouth. Dry mouth is much more serious than it sounds. Despite the fact that a dry mouth is uncomfortable, it contributes to severe tooth decay and even gum disease. And it’s a big issue among our older patients. An estimated 30 percent of America’s seniors suffer from dry mouth, and are at risk for oral health concerns.

 

Gum Disease

Gum disease is dangerous for everyone, but especially those over the age of 40. By age 65, 1 out of every 4 people has gum disease. This scary health problem can lead to incredibly serious overall health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. A majority of things can increase the chance of developing gum disease, but some of the most common are:

  • Poor Diet
  • Inadequate oral hygiene routine
  • Smoking
  • Medication

 

Gum disease is reversible, but it’s crucial to catch it early. This makes regular appointments at our dental office in Evansville even more important for seniors.

 

Existing Conditions

Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer can affect your oral health. It’s always important to talk to your dentist about all your general health issues so you get the best whole-health treatment and know your dentist is meeting any special needs.

 

In all, it’s always important to make sure to keep up with regular dental appointments as well as medical care, especially as we age. If you’re without a dentist, call my Evansville dental office and schedule an appointment. We’d love to have you!

 

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Dental habits to breakYou brush everyday. You floss on the regular. You visit my dental office in Evansvilletwice a year. Yet you still have cavities and other dental problems. What’s going on? Chances are, you probably have a dangerous dental habit (or two).

No matter how awesome your oral hygiene routine, if you have a dental habit you just can’t seem to stop, it may be causing damage to your smile. Some of the most common habits that result in severe dental problems include:

  1. Over-Bleaching. Whitening your teeth can certainly improve the look of your grin, but there is such a thing as too much whitening. First, over-bleaching can lead to a too-white smile that looks fake and odd. Not only that, whitening too much can lead to tooth and gum sensitivity. Unsure if you’re over-whitening? Talk to your dentist in Evansville.
  1.  Brushing too Hard. When it comes to brushing your teeth, harder is not necessarily better. In fact, brushing harder can lead to enamel damage and sensitivity, both of which could cause dental problems in the future. A soft bristled brush and a gentle motion is key to a healthy smile.
  1.  Crunching on Ice. It’s cold. It’s hard. And it’s terrible for your smile. The frozen texture along with the super-cold temperature makes ice a menace for smiles. Crunching on ice can cause teeth to fracture, chip, and crack. These chips and cracks may seem like no big deal now, but can lead to serious concerns in the future.
  1.  Biting Your Nails. Not only is biting your nails a great way to transfer germs into your body, it’s also a surefire way to cause tooth damage. Gnawing on your nails is typically a chronic habit, which means nail biters do a lot of gnawing. Repeated pressure on teeth can cause them to shift or even break. Keep your fingers out of your mouth!
  1.  Using Teeth as Tools. When you buy a new piece of clothing and it’s time to remove the tags, do you reach for scissors or use your teeth? We hope you said scissors, but the reality is that most people opt for the teeth. Don’t! Using teeth as tools is a guaranteed way to cause damage including cracked teeth, broken restorations, and worn down enamel.

As with any habit, dental habits can be hard to break, but the health of your smile is worth it. If you’re struggling to nix any habit that may be causing damage to your teeth, talk to anyone at my Evansville dental office. We’re always here to help!

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