Posts for category: Oral Health
Do you know what types of dental problems are considered emergencies? Miamisburg, OH, emergency dentists Dr. Gerald Brown and Dr. Robert Wolcott explain when you may need to make an urgent call to the dentist.
What are common dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies occur if an accident, injury or infection threatens the health of your teeth. Common types of emergencies include:
- Knocked Out Teeth: Although your teeth are held in place by strong roots, they can be knocked out you strike your mouth on a hard surface during an accident or receive a blow to the face. In some cases, knocked out teeth can be successfully reimplanted in your mouth. If your tooth is knocked out, call our Miamisburg office immediately. Reimplantation is more likely to be successful if you receive treatment in about an hour. Once you locate your tooth, rinse it to remove dirt and put it back in the socket. If it won't fit, place it next to your gum, or cover it with milk or your saliva and place it in a sealed container.
- Loose Teeth: Accidents and blows may also cause teeth to shift out of their normal positions become loose. Both problems require emergency care. If your loose tooth has shifted, call the office right away.
- Broken Teeth: Broken teeth also require emergency treatment. Pain relievers and ice can also be helpful in relieving your discomfort until you receive treatment. Broken teeth can be very sensitive when exposed to the air. You can reduce sensitivity by applying a layer of dental cement, available in drugstore oral care sections, to the broken edges.
- Abscesses: The bacterial infection responsible for an abscess can cause severe pain, swelling on one side of the face, pus or a pimple on the gum next to the tooth, swollen lymph glands and a fever. It's important to treat the infection as soon as possible.
Receiving emergency dental treatment after an injury or infection is the key to protecting your smile. If you experience any of these problems, call Miamisburg, OH, emergency dentists Dr. Brown and Dr. Wolcott at (937) 866-5501 to schedule an appointment.
We may not want to think about oral cancer, but we should be aware that it's deadly and far too common. Your dentists in Miamisburg, OH, Dr. Gerald Brown or Dr. Robert Wolcott, check each of their patients for oral cancer during their six-month examinations at Miamisburg Family Dental. Also, they want you well-educated about this disease which affects thousands of Americans annually.
The statistics are alarming
According to the American Cancer Society, almost 50,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with some form of oral cancer in 2017. Because of late diagnosis and other factors, 20 percent will succumb to the disease the very same year.
Unfortunately, oral cancer knows no boundaries and can affect all kinds and ages of people. However, men over the age of 40 seem to receive the diagnosis of oral cancer more frequently, and cancerous lesions are being discovered in an increasing number of younger women in their twenties, says the Oral Cancer Foundation.
Additionally, other risk factors include:
- Excessive alcohol use
- Smoking and using smokeless tobacco
- Exposure to the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, a sexually-transmitted microorganism
- Too much sun exposure
- A weakened immune system
Keeping ahead of oral cancer
The key to dealing with cancer is vigilance--both on your part and on the part of your dentist in Miamisburg. Here are the signs of oral cancer that you should watch for in your own mouth and face:
- A sore or red/white patch in the mouth or on the back of the throat or lips that does not heal within 14 days
- An unusual area of swelling or tenderness
- Persistent hoarseness
- Loose teeth
- One-sided ear or facial pain
- Problems with chewing, talking or swallowing
Additionally, Dr. Brown or Dr. Wolcott will inspect your mouth carefully, including the roof of the mouth, tongue, under the tongue, the lips and back of the throat. The entire process takes just a couple of minutes, and it's a great way to ensure your mouth is totally healthy.
Knowledge really is power; so know the signs of oral cancer, and be sure to keep your six-month exam and cleaning appointment in Miamisburg, OH, at Miamisburg Family Dental. Your dental team will assist you in having the best oral, and systemic, health possible. Call the office today: (937) 866-5501.
Dr. Gerald Brown and Dr. Robert Wolcott, your Miamisburg, OH family dentists, explain how you can benefit by visiting a family dentist.
Do I need a family dentist?
Family dentists offer dental care for the entire family. They not only offer checkups and treat cavities but are also trained to diagnose and detect developmental issues that can affect your child's teeth. Visiting the dentist can be a little scary for even the most confident young child. Family dentists make those first visits pleasant and enjoyable. In fact, your children may just actually look forward to visiting the office every six months and spending time with the friendly dental staff.
Dental problems tend to occur more often as we age. Fillings eventually need replacement and cracks or fractures in teeth can require crowns or root canal treatment. Your family dentist treats all of these issues, plus offers:
- Dental restorations, such as veneers and crowns
- Tooth replacement options, including dentures, dental implants and bridges
- Gum disease treatment, including scaling and planing
- Teeth whitening treatment
- Fillings, inlays and onlays
- Sealants to reduce cavities in your child's molars
- Cosmetic contouring
- Custom-made mouthguards and nightguards
How can a Miamisburg family dentist help me maintain good oral health?
When you visit your family dentist every six months, he can detect cavities in their earliest stages, spot gum disease and track potential problems before they become major issues. In addition to undergoing a visual examination of your teeth, mouth and jaw, your visit may also include X-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities, cysts, infections, dying nerves and other problems that can affect your oral health.
A thorough dental cleaning is an important part of every checkup. The cleanings remove cavity-causing plaque and a hard deposit called tartar from your teeth. If tartar remains on your teeth too long, it will increase your risk of developing gum disease.
Protect your smile with regular dental visits. Call Dr. Brown and Dr. Wolcott, your Miamisburg, OH, family dentists, at (937) 866-5501 to schedule your appointment.