There is just something about the months of October, November, and December that can make our teeth hurt! Oh yeah … the holidays! Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, we are bubbling over with tasty treats and busy schedules. The combination can mean making less than smart choices about what we eat, and perhaps getting a little lax on our oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing day and night no matter what.
Obviously, everyone on staff at Hatch Dentistry in Blackfoot will tell you to brush, floss, and stay away from sugar. But even when we do our best, sometimes our teeth just need a little TLC! And ignoring that toothache or sign of trouble until after the holidays just is not a good idea. The sooner you have the problem addressed, the sooner you can be back smooching under that mistletoe! Plus, there are some other pretty basic reasons you should get a checkup!
Here are nine signs you need to make an appointment soon:
- You should never have pain in your teeth; that is not natural. If there is pain, it could be a sign of an underlying problem like a cavity or damaged nerve.
- Bleeding gums. Are your gums bleeding quite a bit when you brush or floss? Do they sometimes get swollen and irritated? Is there a history of gum disease in your family? All reasons to make an appointment soon. Getting ahead of gum disease can make a world of difference for your oral health down the road.
- Spots & sores. Remember when you were little and lost a tooth, and your tongue immediately went to that area because it felt funny? That sensation never goes away. If something is amiss in your mouth, your tongue will probably find it – then obsess over it. If you have a sore in your mouth that lasts more than a week or is causing serious discomfort, you should make an appointment with a dentist ASAP.
- Trouble eating. Are you experiencing pain or discomfort while chewing or swallowing, no matter the consistency or texture of the food? Time for a visit to the dentist!
- Dry mouth. You should not always feel parched. This could be a side effect of a new medication or a sign of something else. A dentist or doctor is a good place to start.
- Jaw pain. Does your jaw sometimes pop when you’re chewing or opening and closing your mouth? Do you experience pain when chewing or first thing in the morning? It is not normal for a jaw to hurt or muscles to be sore.
- Pregnancy! It’s not uncommon for expecting moms to have some minor dental issues. For example, pregnant women may be more likely to develop “pregnancy gingivitis” which can trigger sore, tender gums. Plus, if you’re experiencing morning sickness, your teeth are taking a beating from all the acid. It’s perfectly safe to have routine dental checkups, cleanings, and x-rays while you’re pregnant – and in fact, it’s recommended.
The longer you wait to have a potential dental problem looked at, the bigger the problem could become. When you feel or see a problem arising, don’t hesitate to call Hatch Dentistry right away. Our trained staff can talk to you about what you’re experiencing, and get you into the office and back out on your way good as new in no time.
Grinding one’s teeth at night is called “bruxism”. This produces a disconcerting noise for anyone within earshot, but it is also really bad for your teeth. Grinding one’s teeth wears down tooth enamel. On top of that, bruxism may lead to shifting of teeth and weakening of underlying bone to the point where it can contribute to periodontal (gum) disease.
To prevent these adverse effects, the dentist can fabricate a custom-fitted mouth guard, which prevents teeth in the upper and lower jaws from contracting one another. As effective as mouth guards are in protecting teeth, patients who grind their teeth should also look into stress-reducing techniques (such as meditation) that reduce the anxiety that so often leads to teeth grinding. Relaxation is essential to breaking this potentially harmful habit.
Children grind their teeth in early ages but it can become a habit. Adults also grind their teeth in sleep due to many physical, psychological and stressful conditions. Often adults and parents of children neglect bruxism and think that this is normal condition.
If bruxism occurs in day time, you can catch yourself or you can catch your child. But it usually occurs at night when you are not aware of teeth grinding.
In adults, bruxism mainly occurs due to stress. Adults face stress at home, at work place and outside. When you go to sleep, you don’t forget about the stressful situations which you faced in the day time. Adults also think about the next day problems in the night only. Try to be mindful of teeth grinding early to prevent more severe problems in the future. For more information you can call Dr. Hatch in Blackfoot.
We hardly need scientific evidence that whiter teeth make a person look more attractive and youthful, but a study conducted by a major manufacturer of oral-health products does just that. The study showed that whiter teeth can make a person look as much as five years younger and increase attractiveness by 20%.
Brightened smiles also seem to increase the perception that a person is more successful, more employable, and better educated. Nearly one-third of the men surveyed think that white teeth demonstrate wealth and status and double the perception that a person has received education at a private university. With all of this in mind professional tooth whitening may be as helpful in getting a job as in getting a date.
Are You Looking for Whiter Teeth?
Discolored teeth are a common cosmetic concern for people. It is actually the most common complaint people have about their smiles. Luckily, it is also one of the most treatable.
Teeth whitening is a common option, with both take-home and in-office teeth whitening available. Which is right for you depends on the nature of your stains, how white you want your teeth to get, and how quickly you need results. For people with stains that don’t respond to whitening, porcelain veneers are another way to achieve that white smile you’re looking for.
Teeth whitening is a great option for removing many types of stains, such as food and tobacco stains. However, there are other types of stains that can’t be removed with whitening because they’re inherent in the enamel. If you have thin enamel, very dark colored dentin, staining due to poor enamel formation or enamel defects, or a dead tooth that has turned dark, teeth whitening cannot help.
To learn more about your options for achieving that white smile you desire, please contact Dr. Dennis Hatch in his Blackfoot office today. More
We all know that pregnancy causes a lot of changes in a woman’s life. But did you know that pregnant women are at a higher risk of getting periodontal diseases? Pregnant women may experience a host of dental issues that often affect their way of life. But most women don’t take dental care during pregnancy seriously.
Hormonal changes that occur when a woman is pregnant can cause alterations in the mouth exposing the woman to common oral conditions like gingivitis. Oral health is often neglected when one is pregnant because even the appetite levels change and this greatly affects the oral health.
It’s very important for them to take oral hygiene seriously and even watch their diet. Some of these issues that manifest during pregnancy may escalate even after the baby is born if proper treatment is not administered. If left untreated, a condition like gingivitis can lead to periodontitis.
Another very common problem among pregnant mothers is bleeding gums. Because of the hormonal imbalance during pregnancy, dental issues like these are bound to arise. Consider a dental checkup even before you plan on starting a family. You need to ensure that any dental problems are detected early and treated effectively before you get pregnant.
But in many cases, routine dental treatment can be administered to pregnant mothers safely. Instead of living with an untreated dental issue that causes pain and discomfort, you need to visit a dentist who will advise on the safest dental treatment.
Living with an untreated dental problem can also expose you to infections that need to be treated with medications. To avoid this, you need to start dental checkups immediately after knowing that you are pregnant.
Remember that oral health is a very integral part of prenatal care that you need to consider. If you have any questions please the office of Dr. Dennis Hatch. More
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, so it’s important to teach your child early about the importance of maintaining good oral health, especially during candy-focused holidays like Halloween, the winter holidays, Valentine’s Day and Easter. Not only does untreated tooth decay cause pain, it may also lead to infections that affect eating, speaking, and overall wellbeing. Fortunately, tooth decay and other oral diseases are preventable. Hatch Dental in Blackfoot is a general family dentist who is happy to answer questions about all your dental needs.
• Bring your child to his or her dentist for regular checkups.
• Protect your child’s teeth with fluoride.
• Talk to your dentist about dental sealants. Sealants protect teeth from decay and have the potential to nearly eliminate tooth decay in school-age children when used in combination with fluoride.
Teach Your Children These To-Do’s
• Make taking care of teeth fun! Let your child pick out their own toothbrush or perhaps make teeth brushing a family affair. It’s always fun to brush the tongue!• Brush teeth 2 times each day for 2 minutes
• Use a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste
• Spit and don’t swallow
• Angle toothbrush against gums
• Brush back and forth, gently, in short strokes
• Brush the front, back, and top of teeth
• Brush tongue to remove germs and freshen breath
• Have your child floss daily to remove plaque from between the teeth and under the gum line, before it can harden into tartar.
Kids will generally need help with brushing until age six or seven. Beginning around age 4, begin flossing for your child. By the time they reach age 8, most kids can begin flossing for themselves.
A Few Facts
• Kids should use a soft toothbrush with a shape that will allow them to reach all areas of their mouth.
• Plaque is a sticky film of germs that forms on teeth and gums after eating. Plaque that’s not removed by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day can lead to cavities.
• Taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is something to be valued.
• A balanced diet is necessary for your child to develop strong, decay-resistant teeth.
• Discourage frequent snacking between meals, especially sugary foods. The sugars and starches found in many foods and snacks like cookies, candy, and soft drinks attack the tooth enamel and may lead to cavities.
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If you experience tooth sensitivity and/or eat a lot of sugar and simple carbohydrates, you may want to consider using tooth products that help reduce (or even reverse) early decay by virtue of a process called “remineralization.”
This involves delivering extra doses of calcium and phosphate to replace minerals lost in the ongoing battle against bacteria and acids. To maintain the mineral building blocks that are essential to tooth strength, saliva containing calcium and phosphate helps replenish minerals dissolved by acidic plaque or food.
This balance may be upset when more minerals are lost than gained and teeth become vulnerable to decay. While fluoride greatly helps saliva’s natural remineralization, toothpastes that deliver calcium phosphate may speed up the process.
If you have questions about tooth sensitivity, or any other dental concerns, we invite you to call us. At the DENTAL OFFICE OF DR. DENNIS HATCH, we provide quality, personal dental care in a comfortable, immaculate and professional environment at 790 N. Meridian Street.
From preventive and routine core ,to elective cosmetic procedures, our staff will make you feel comfortable during your visit. Our emphasis is on prevention. Preventing dental disease is less costly and more rewarding than correcting problems after they occur. Let us help you bring out that natural smile.