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By Sadlon Dentistry
July 15, 2011
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Hygiene  

Dental HygieneYou already know that in order to avoid serious dental problems you need to practice good oral hygiene. However, many of us too often neglect these basic habits, and as a result we have to face the negative consequences, including cavities, bad breath, tooth loss and gum disease.

With that being said, it may be time to "brush up" on your oral hygiene. Daily dental care, including brushing and flossing will help combat the buildup of plaque and fight tooth decay, gum disease and other serious health problems.

Dental Health Tips from Sadlon Dentistry

Brushing: Get in the habit of brushing your teeth morning and night, spending at least two minutes brushing all areas of your teeth to remove plaque and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen the teeth and combat decay, and brush after consuming sugary foods and drinks when possible. Remember to replace your toothbrush every few months or when it begins to show wear.

Flossing: Only flossing can remove food particles and debris from between the teeth where your toothbrush can't reach. It's important to floss once a day, gently maneuvering the floss between each of your teeth until you reach the gum line. Doing so can help prevent dangerous plaque and tartar from accumulating which can lead to gum disease.

Diet: Sugary snacks taste great, but they aren't so great for your teeth. Foods high in sugars and starches contribute to the production of plaque acids that attack tooth enamel. Eventually, these acids can cause tooth enamel to break down, forming a cavity. If you must eat foods high in sugar or starch, eat them during meals rather than between meals, and avoid any foods that stick to your teeth as these can produce more plaque. To avoid stains, be mindful of tea, coffee, soda and other dark foods and beverages that can discolor your teeth.

Checkups and Cleanings: Visiting Sadlon Dentistry regularly at our Scottsdale office for routine checkups and cleanings is the most important step you can take to maintaining a healthy smile. During these important visits we can detect and treat a number of oral health conditions including tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancers.

Next time you visit Sadlon Dentistry, ask us for tips for caring for your teeth and gums. We can help point out areas of your mouth that may require extra attention and care during brushing and flossing. Diligent dental care at home combined with regular visits to our Scottsdale office are the best ways to keep your teeth looking and feeling their very best.

By Sadlon Dentistry
April 15, 2011
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Straight Teeth  

Straightening Your TeethWhen you think of methods for straightening your teeth, traditional wire braces probably come to mind, a process that can be uncomfortable, long, and for adults, not always attractive. Not everyone needs to wear wire braces for a perfectly aligned smile, however. Advances in cosmetic dentistry today have made it possible for dentists to offer faster, more comfortable solutions for attaining straighter teeth.

At Sadlon Dentistry, we offer three effective procedures that can bring you a straighter, healthier smile faster and more discreetly than with orthodontics braces. Come into our Scottsdale office for a consultation and find out if Invisalign, veneers or cosmetic contouring could work for you.

Invisalign

Invisalign is one of the newest and most popular methods for achieving a straighter smile. This method uses clear, discreet aligners that are replaced every few weeks to gradually shift your teeth to their desired position. Invisalign trays are removable, making it easy to eat and brush as normal. Adults love Invisalign because no one can tell you are undergoing treatment, but your new smile will look straighter with each series of aligners that is completed. Invisalign treatment can usually be completed in just a year and generally works best for patients with minor teeth misalignment.

Veneers

Looking for a fast way to make your teeth look straighter without actually straightening your teeth? Veneers can instantly mask dental imperfections, giving the illusion of a perfectly aligned smile. This procedure involves applying durable, porcelain shells to the front of teeth to cover orthodontic problems. The added bonus is that you can improve the coloring and shape of your teeth at the same time- the ultimate smile makeover.

Cosmetic Contouring

Cosmetic contouring, also known as dental reshaping, is performed to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or overlapping teeth in as little as one appointment. By making subtle changes to your teeth- just a few millimeters of reduction- your dentist can alter the length, shape or position of your teeth to create the perfect smile. This method is pain-free and is most commonly used on upper teeth.

Today, straightening your teeth without traditional orthodontic braces is possible. For severe malocclusion, Invisalign, veneers and contouring may not be the best solutions and traditional braces may be recommended. Come into our Scottsdale office, and we can help you determine the best choice based on the degree of straightening needed. Rest assured that we can find the best treatment to help you achieve your best smile.

Communicating With Your DentistCommunicating with your dentist is the key to building trust and maximizing your dental care. Effective communication between a dentist and patient helps the patient understand his or her treatment options, reduces dental anxiety and ultimately provides a better outcome for a patient's dental health.

At Sadlon Dentistry, we strive to provide the highest quality of dental care in a comfortable, open environment. We take the time to understand your needs and fears so that we can deliver the best oral health care for all of your dental needs.

Healthy Communication for a Healthy Smile

The following tips can help you better understand and practice good communication skills with your dentist:

Build Trust

Get to know us at Sadlon Dentistry. We want you to feel safe, confident and comfortable every time you visit our Scottsdale office. Whether you are coming in for a routine cleaning or you have an appointment for extensive dental work, we want to work with you to make sure the entire procedure goes as smoothly and pain free as possible.

Speak Up

It's not always easy to recognize when a patient is nervous or scared. Let us know what about the dentist intimidates you? Once we understand your fears, we can work with you to modify the treatment in order to provide the most relaxed and comfortable care.

It's also important for patients to respond to a dentist's questions honestly so that we can provide the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Failing to tell our Scottsdale office about your toothache won't make the problem go away. In fact, it will make the situation worse.

Reveal Important Medical History

We can't stress enough how important it is that you provide our office with all of your health history information. From medications and allergies to heart conditions and other health problems, it's critical that we have the most up-to-date medical history in order to deliver the safest and most appropriate dental care.

The Age of Information Technology

In this day and age, there are a number of ways a patient and dentist can communicate more efficiently and effectively. With Sadlon Dentistry's website and blog, our patients always have easy and quick access to our practice, including office hours, contact information, service descriptions and more. Whenever you have a question about your oral health, we encourage you to check out our site, read through our blog or contact our office for more information.

Going to the dentist doesn't have to be your favorite activity, but it doesn't have to be uncomfortable either. At Sadlon Dentistry, our dentist's expertise not only includes clinical skills, but patient education and good communication as well. Once you learn to communicate effectively, you'll be able to better understand your dental treatment options, ease your dental anxiety and achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile.

By Sadlon Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
February 15, 2011
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Canker Sores  

Canker SoreIf you've ever suffered from a canker sore, then you know these small, persistent ulcers can be a real pain in the mouth. Unlike cold sores which appear on the outside of the mouth and are caused by a virus, canker sores are not contagious and usually disappear within a few weeks. Generally, canker sores make eating, swallowing, speaking and tooth brushing very painful. Fortunately, as the sore heals, the pain also diminishes.

Canker sores are characterized by one or more painful sores on the tongue, soft palate, insides of the cheeks or lips and the gums. These inflamed, tender sores are typically round, white, or gray in color, with a red surrounding border

Causes

While their exact cause is unknown, common triggers of a canker sore may include:

  • Stress
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Infection
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Oral tissue injury
  • Allergic reaction
  • Spicy or acidic foods
  • Abrasive foods or dental appliances

If one does develop, rinse with salt water daily and apply an over-the-counter oral numbing agent to alleviate the pain. Doing so will speed up the healing process and make eating, drinking and brushing more bearable.

When to Seek Medical Attention

Monitor your canker sores as they develop to detect unusual changes. Canker sores will generally heal on their own and don't require treatment. If your sores are abnormally large, last longer than a few weeks or are so painful you can't eat or drink, you should make an appointment with our Scottsdale office. Recurring canker sores and intolerable pain is not normal and should be examined by a dentist.

BruxismAlso known as teeth grinding, bruxism is a condition in which people grind, clench or gnash their teeth. Most people clench at night, but others do it unconsciously throughout the day. Bruxism does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can become damaged and other oral health complications can arise.

Chronic acts of grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening or loss of the teeth. Severe cases can also lead to jaw disorders, like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and frequent headaches.

Common warning signs and symptoms of chronic teeth grinding may include:

  • Worn down, flattened or chipped teeth
  • Frequent earaches, facial pain or jaw pain
  • Unexplained headaches, particularly in the morning
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Indentions on tongue
  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deep layers of the tooth
  • Chewed tissue on inside of cheek
  • Enlarged or tightened jaw muscles due to severe contractions
  • Grinding or clenching that is loud enough to awaken others in your household

There isn't one cause of bruxism, but many times teeth grinding is related with reasons such as stress or a natural response due to the misalignment of teeth. In children, many times bruxism is a result of the growth and development of the jaws and teeth.

Treatment for bruxism will vary, depending on the severity and cause. Sometimes simple behavior modification or relaxation techniques may be enough to reduce teeth clenching. If bruxism is caused by dental problems, Sadlon Cosmetic Dentistry can work with you to correct the malocclusion. Other possible solutions include dental appliances which can also protect the teeth from the impact of grinding.

Unfortunately, you may not even realize that you have bruxism until it causes significant damage to your teeth. If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, visit Sadlon Cosmetic Dentistry for an evaluation. During regular visits to our Scottsdale, AZ office, the teeth are examined for evidence of grinding, such as jaw tenderness and abnormalities in your teeth. Sadlon Cosmetic Dentistry can help you identify your cause of grinding and determine the best treatment to help you stop.