Archive for April, 2011

Tips for Diabetes and Oral Health

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Having a condition like diabetes can impact your total wellness, including oral health. Often, diabetics are prone to conditions that can negatively impact dental health, such as gum disease, dry mouth, and thrush. Making dental care a priority and following these helpful hints can keep your smile in good condition.

• Brush frequently and floss daily to so that your mouth stays in top shape.

• Monitor your blood sugar and keep it as close the normal range as possible.

• Schedule regular appointments with your dentist, at least once every six months. Depending on your situation, the doctor may suggest more frequent visits.

• At your appointments, update your dentist on the status of your diabetes. Make sure to let your dentist know if you have had any recent insulin reactions.

• Give the dentist the name and number of the physician who manages your diabetic care so that this information is readily accessible in your file.

• Provide the dentist with a complete list of any medications you are taking.

• If your blood sugar is not in good control, reschedule non-emergency procedures.

• Talk with your diabetic doctor before scheduling periodontal therapy or oral surgery.

• Because healing may take longer after dental procedures, pay close attention to your dentist’s post-treatment instructions.

• Seek treatment right away for issues such as an abscess, bleeding gums, or other issues that could lead to complications.

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Make the Most of Your Dental Visits

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Seeing your dentist twice a year is an important part of keeping your oral health in good condition. While this activity may not top the list of fun things to do, a dental visit doesn’t have to make you miserable either. With a little planning, you can ensure that your dental visit is a positive experience.

• Find the right dentist.

Selecting a dentist that you feel comfortable with will go a long way towards creating a good dental visit. At Brown, Reynolds & Snow, we understand that finding doctors with broad knowledge and expertise in all areas of dentistry will provide you with that extra incentive and confidence in seeking the smile you have always desired.

• Provide all the facts

Your dentist can do a better job meeting your needs if you are up front about any concerns you have or any problems you have been experiencing.

• Take care of your mouth

If you don’t brush and floss regularly, you are setting yourself up to fail. Good home care can prevent problems like gum disease and tooth decay from developing, which will save you extra time in the dental chair.

• Schedule routine exams

When you don’t see a dentist for years, your mouth won’t be in the best condition. Visiting the dentist twice a year ensures that you get professional cleanings and it allows the doctor to watch for signs of trouble.

• Try to relax

Deep breathing exercises or mediation may calm your nerves. If you feel especially anxious about your dental visits, talk with the dentist about your fears, and see what options the practice has available to make you more comfortable.

It’s time to schedule a visit to Brown, Reynolds & Snow dental office in Richmond, VA.

Dealing with Common Dental Ailments

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

If you have a true dental emergency, make sure to consult your dentist right away. Some situations may arise, however, that after hours, so it’s important to know how to proceed. These tips will help you take good care of yourself or someone you love:

• Bitten lips, cheeks or gums

First, gently rinse the area with cool water. Apply light pressure with gauze or a wash cloth. Control swelling with crushed ice in a Ziploc bag.

• Bleeding gums

Usually caused by gum disease or brushing too hard, treat bleeding gums by rinsing with warm water and creating a regular home care routine that includes brushing twice a day and flossing regularly. See your dentist for a complete exam.

• Canker sores

Rinse the area with warm salt water. Avoid spicy, acidic, or very hot foods when you have an open sore. If the area doesn’t heal in two weeks, contact your dentist.

• Broken or cracked tooth

Carefully rinse the area with water, salt water if possible. Don’t remove any pieces and bring all fragments with you to the dentist’s office.

• Loose baby tooth

Don’t pressure your child to pull the tooth. Encourage your son or daughter to wiggle the tooth side to side as well as back and forth to help free the tooth.

• Teething pains

Place a wash cloth in the freezer and allow your baby to suck on it to relieve pain. Mild over-the-counter analgesics may also help.

• Toothaches

Avoid irritating the tooth. Don’t bite down on the area, and avoid hot or cold substances. Schedule an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible.

We care about your smile at Brown, Reynolds & Snow – our Richmond, VA dental office.

Dental Bonding and Contouring

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

If you would like to lengthen your teeth or you want to cover small chips, bonding or contouring can improve your smile. These techniques require minimal time and investment, but they can make enhance your appearance. Often, these procedures go hand in hand, and they can normally be completed in one visit.

For issues like slightly overlapping teeth and excessively pointed teeth, contouring can help reshape how these teeth look. Bonding involves the use of composite materials to cover small imperfections in your smile. Your dentist can determine if one or both of these procedures would work for your specific case. Before performing dental bonding or contouring, your dentist will take X-rays and examine your mouth to make sure you don’t have any underlying problems.

With dental contouring, the dentist will remove small amounts of enamel to adjust the length, shape, or surface of your tooth, or teeth. Even subtle changes to the teeth can transform your smile. Using a sanding instrument, the dentist will reshape the teeth until the desired look is created; then, the teeth are smoothed and polished.

For bonding, the doctor will apply a gentle acid material to the teeth, which roughens the surface so that the bonding will adhere to the teeth. Then, your dentist will take composite materials and shape them into the right mold to cover gaps, cracks, or chips. A curing light is used to harden the bonding materials into place. Finally, the dentist will polish and buff the surface to complete the process.

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