July 30, 2018
Knowing what questions to ask during your next dental checkup is part of being an empowered healthcare consumer. It’s important to stay up-to-date on your medications, tell your dentist about any symptoms you may be experiencing, and ask for tips about taking better care of your teeth. Staying in the loop with these important matters will help you to enjoy robust dental health, both now and down the road.
Warning Signs to Mention to Your Dentist
Let your dentist know if you are experiencing any of the following problems:
- Dry mouth. `This may be a symptom of diabetes or disorders of the salivary glands.
- Trouble swallowing. Have your dentist examine your throat for tenderness or swelling. Possible causes include routine infections, side effects of medicines, and, in some cases, certain forms of cancer.
- A heat or tingling sensation inside your tongue. This is commonly caused by nerve -related disorders.
- Pain or bleeding in your teeth or gums. This is often an early warning sign of tooth decay, a problem that’s almost always treatable when caught in time.
- Spots or streaks on your tongue. This can be caused by nutritional imbalances, side effects of medications, or a number of other issues. Your dentist may diagnose the underlying cause or refer you to a specialist for further treatment.
All of us are fortunate to live in the era of modern medicine. It’s important to remember, however, that many medications have side effects that can impact your oral health. Here are some examples:
- Antibiotics sometimes cause a dry or tacky sensation in your mouth.
- Some liquid medications can cause throat irritation that leads to coughing or tenderness.
- Certain anticoagulants and high blood pressure medications can alter the taste of food.
Let your dentist know if you have any questions or concerns about possible side effects.
“What Can I Do Better?”
Most of us do a reasonably good job of brushing and flossing. Still, it never hurts to ask your dental professional about any additional oral hygiene steps you can take. Your dentist may recommend tips like these:
- Switching to a different type of toothbrush or toothpaste. For example, some people find that electric toothbrushes do a better job of removing plaque than traditional manual brands.
- Trying a different style of brushing. Your current technique may be missing large sections of your mouth; or you might be damaging the enamel coating of your teeth by brushing too aggressively.
- Changing the way you floss your teeth. For example, some people use an up-and-down motion when most dentists actually recommend moving the floss string side-to-side.
- Avoiding of limiting consumption of beverages like coffee, tea, or soda. These can have a corrosive effect on your teeth, especially if they contain added sweeteners.
If you smoke, then ask your dentist if there are any new medications or methods you can try to kick the habit. Along with sugar, tobacco products are the number one cause of dental health issues in the United States.
It’s up to all of us to take an active role in protecting our teeth and gums. Use the tips in this post to make the most of your next dental appointment. Best wishes and bright smiles to you, both now and in the future.
About the Author
Dr. Megan Shelton is proud to call the Carlsbad area her home. When not practicing dentistry, she enjoys photography, performing volunteer work, and spending time with her husband Nick. You can reach her office online or by calling (858) 771-2221.
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July 28, 2018
You already knew that brushing and flossing your teeth every day is important. But did you know that your tongue needs regular care as well? It’s true. Here are some tips from a dentist about caring for this important part of your body.
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June 18, 2018
A great smile is one of your best assets. Studies have shown time and time again that a smile makes you feel happier, has the power to change how other people perceive you, and even stimulates more “pleasure-centers” in your brain than chocolate! But what if you don’t feel so great about your smile because you’ve lost some or all of your teeth? Not only is your oral health affected, but it’s very common to feel less self-confident as well. Since confidence affects every area of your life, it’s worth it to do anything you can to restore it – along with a healthy, beautiful smile. Luckily, dental implants can do both. Find out more below!
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June 5, 2018
In this day and age, there’s a lot of information out there! You might even say we’ve been in a state of information overload since the dawn of the Internet. Never was the saying, “Don’t believe everything you read” truer than it is today, which means you should always take everything you hear with a grain of salt. It’s also really important to do your own research, especially when it comes to making decisions about your oral health. For example, if you’re missing teeth but don’t want to consider implants because you’ve heard these four common myths, keep reading as an implant dentist sets the record straight – once and for all!
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May 17, 2018
It’s a nice spring day and you have plans to head outside to enjoy the beautiful California weather, when you realize that a pain is developing on one side of your face from a toothache. Your first thought is, “How can I get some relief?” You also wonder, “Is this considered an emergency?” Your dentist is weighing in to answer those questions and provide you with some guidelines on what to do in emergent situations.
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May 14, 2018
There are so many different advertisements that companies put out that are meant to grab your attention online, but there’s one in particular that is doing more harm than good: charcoal teeth whitening.
When you see your favorite social media influencer scrubbing their teeth with a black, gunky toothpaste, there’s that initial shock factor, then amazement that their teeth actually do appear brighter than before. But before you go and purchase your own charcoal toothpaste, your cosmetic dentist wants you to read this post first! Learn about the safer, tried and true ways to brighten your smile here.
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April 30, 2018
When your coworker walks into the office, it’s as if they own the room. You sit back, peaking over your cubicle wondering, “How can I gain confidence like that?”
Believe it or not, your coworker’s sudden boost of self-esteem may not just be naturally from their charismatic nature, it could be because they’ve improved the appearance of their smile with sparkling, attractive porcelain veneers!
Altering the look of your teeth to match your dream smile would have anyone chatting and smiling to show off their new look. Continue reading to learn more about how you could be the next one to benefit from this quick and easy cosmetic procedure.
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April 29, 2018
Do you feel like you spend most of your time driving everyone in the family to their activities and appointments? If so, you might wonder why no one ever told you that, as a parent, “chauffeur” would be such a big part of your job description!
As a family dentist, we understand that your most valuable asset is time. That’s why we provide comprehensive dental care for every member of the family. Learn more today about the convenience of a “one-stop-shopping” kind of dentist!
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March 10, 2018
To say that your dental health is important is an understatement. Therefore, you understand how vital it is to find the right professional to provide the oral care you need. The problem is that you don’t know where to start in finding the best dentist. What criteria should you use, you wonder? Thankfully, your dentist in Carlsbad has some simple guidelines that you can use to find the right fit for you. Continue reading for these tips and to learn how beneficial preventive dentistry can be for your oral and overall health.
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February 27, 2018
If you’re searching for a dental restoration to replace your teeth, you need one that will last for years to come and look like your natural teeth. Thankfully, dental implants can do just that and so much more! But which type of dental implant is best for you? Learn all about dental implants to make an educated decision in this week’s blog post.
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