IS IT SAFE TO GO TO THE DENTIST DURING COVID 19

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Our New Normal

Since the shutdown, it’s been so nice to be back to see all of our patients. Things may look a  little different now, but we are happy to be serving people and creating healthy smiles. We have made some changes in the office to ensure our all of our patient’s safety. If you have not been into the office lately, here is what you may notice that has changed since you have been here last.

NEW PPE GUIDELINES

With the new guidelines for PPE, we had to make a few changes on what we wear to protect ourselves and our patients. You will notice we will be wearing a scrub cap to cover our hair to keep any bacteria out. We will also be wearing 2 masks with higher filtration levels. One mask we will wear all day and the other we will change after each patient. We will also have a face shield on. This wraps around our head and covers our entire face to prevent any aerosols or splatter from touching our face. Lastly, before we leave each day, we change our clothes to launder our scrubs at the office so that we keep our families safe when we go home. Each employee also has their temperature checked each morning upon entering the building.

NEW PATIENT GUIDELINES

Prior to each visit, we screen all of our patients over the phone. We ask if they have had any symptoms including loss of taste, fever, cough, etc. and if they have been in contact with anyone that has tested positive. When a patient arrives at our office, they call us to let us know they are here. We then go out to their car with a whiteboard with the patients first name written on it. Masks are mandatory for all patients to come in our office until they are seated in the dental chair. We do a temperature check and give hand sanitizer to each patient before they enter the building. Once the patient is seated, we have them rinse with an antibacterial rinse to help decrease the bacterial load in the mouth. We then suction it out vs. spitting it back in the cup.

OTHER SAFETY ADDITIONS

We have also installed air purifiers in each operatory and our hallways to ensure the most cleanliness as possible. We are wiping down door handles and additional surfaces that patients or employees may touch throughout the day to prevent any cross contamination. We have taken the upmost precautions so that everyone feels safe while they are in our office. We look forward to seeing all of our patients and getting everyone caught up on their dental care!

Oral Habits in Children

DR. RUDI AS-SANIE, D.D.S.

Oral Health Habits in Children

Often times, children will develop oral habits that are hard to break. The most common ones we see are a pacifier and thumb. Studies show these habits are about as hard to break as an adult who is trying to quit smoking. It takes a lot of encouragement, patience, and consistency to try to get children to break these habits. Of course, the sooner, the better to take them away, but it is not always that easy.

Thumb Habit

The first problem with a thumb-sucking habit is you can’t take the child’s thumb away. This is one of the hardest to break. We have children/teens up to age 15 that are still trying to break their thumb habits. At this point, intervention with an orthodontist is best. We are talking way before the teen years. We start to see teeth move around age 4-5 if a child is an excessive thumb sucker.

The good news is, if the child can stop, the teeth will move back significantly. More of the permanent damage starts when a child begins to lose their teeth. When their permanent teeth come in, they aren’t as forgiving, and the teeth won’t move back as quickly. This occurs typically around age 6. So, the goal is to encourage them to stop sucking the thumb before they start losing teeth. There are different “contraptions” available to help a child stop. The orthodontist can place a retainer with a built-in appliance that goes in the roof of the mouth and behind the top front teeth where the thumb goes. The child is then unable to place the thumb where they want it or usually keep it. You can also place a glove or sock over the child’s hand when they sleep at night. Another great technique to use for a thumb sucker is to tell the child they can only suck their thumb in the corner, or in a room by themselves with no media, no blanket or toys or anything “fun.” When they are done, they can come back out with everyone else. The goal is that eventually, the child will get sick of taking a break to suck their thumb and stop.

Pacifier Habit

A pacifier can be a bit easier to break, but still very challenging. It’s a security item for a child, and they grow very attached to it. There are tips and tricks you can use to get rid of a child’s pacifier. Take the pacifier to build a bear and have them put it in the bear when they make it, and they can use the new stuffed animal as their new security. Another tip is to poke pinholes in the pacifier, so the child does not get the same sucking action they are used to. You can also tell the child a pacifier fairy is going to come and take all their pacifiers to give them to little babies that need them, and they will leave them a small gift. Nighttime, of course, is typically the hardest time to take it away.

Be sure to encourage your child with whatever it is you are trying to eliminate and praise them as they cut back and let them know how proud you are. Remember, this is not easy for them! As we mentioned above, patience is key and will help with the child’s confidence to quit. For family dentistry in Dublin, Ohio, contact Dental Reflections today!

Are You Sleeping Peacefully at Night?

Are you sleeping peacefully at night? How do you feel the next day?

Do you find yourself tossing and turning at night, trying to get a good night’s rest? Has anyone ever told you that you snore at night? If you answered yes to either of these, you may not be getting enough oxygen when you sleep at night. Here at Dental Reflections Dublin, we care about your overall health. Your mouth is the gateway to your body and we see a lot of signs that can indicate an underlying condition.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly while they sleep, which can occur up to hundreds of times, not allowing the brain to get enough oxygen. This can cause other serious problems causing your health to decline quickly, not to mention the extra day to day stress your body endures.

There are many “red flags” that may tell us you could have sleep apnea. Here are the most obvious ones that we see: wear on the teeth from clenching and grinding, large tongue, large tonsils, blocked airway when the patient sticks out their tongue and says “ahh” and erosion on the teeth. We also look for signs in a patient’s medical history. Medications for anxiety and depression, acid reflux, Ambien or other sleep aids, and ADHD are also an indicator that a patient may have sleep apnea.

If we are seeing 2 or more of the above signs, we talk to the patient about their sleeping habits. Do you sleep soundly at night? Do you wake up frequently to use the bathroom? Are you tired during the day? Do you ever find yourself waking up with your heart racing? Do you wake up with headaches? You should feel rested after a full night’s sleep and if you are experiencing these we should talk more about a solution to get your health back on track.

We offer a home sleep study to our patients to screen them for sleep apnea. The biggest advantage is you can do this right in the comfort of your own home. It is very easy to set up and use. Once you return the machine to us the following morning, we send your results off to have a sleep physician read them. It tells us how many times you stopped breathing and what position you were in while doing so. We then have you back for a consultation to discuss if you have sleep apnea or not and if so, how severe it is. If a patient has severe sleep apnea, the CPAP is the gold standard. If a patient has mild to moderate, they may be a good candidate for a sleep appliance we can fabricate for them. CPAPs do not have a good compliance rate and can be uncomfortable. Our team will walk you through the process of what is best for you and your lifestyle and ultimately what is going to make you feel better and improve your health! To learn more, contact Dental Reflections Dublin!

Different Roles in the Dental Office

Have you ever been confused about everyone’s job title or role in the dental office? Many times, we hear a lot of different titles used that are not always accurate like a dental technician, dental nurse, “that girl,” etc. We feel it is important and helpful to be able to recognize and appreciate the different job titles and their role in the dental office.

Roles in the Dental Office

When you walk in the door to the dental office, you will most likely be greeted by the scheduling coordinator or treatment coordinator. At Dental Reflections Dublin, Amanda has the role of both of these. She is our scheduling coordinator, treatment coordinator, and dental insurance expert! She will also most likely answer thephone when you call the office. Amanda always has a smile on her face and is ready to take on the day.

Dental Assistant

When you are called back for your appointment, a dental assistant or dental hygienist will come and get you from the waiting room. You may wonder what the difference is? We are here to tell you. A dental assistant helps the dentist by passing instruments during a procedure. They are the one to take your impression for an appliance or crown. They may also take X-rays during your visit. Dental assistants help suction and make your appointment run smoothly. Dental assistants also fabricate temporary crowns. They may go over post-op instructions with you before you leave.

You do not have to go to college to become a dental assistant – it can be taught on the job. However, there are many career schools that offer training on dental assisting. This provides the dental assistant with the proper knowledge of dental terminology and effective assisting skills. A dental assistant has the option of becoming certified through the state which allows them to advance and take additional certifications. These include but are not limited to placing dental sealants, coronal polishing and monitoring nitrous oxide. Dental Reflections Dublin has two dental assistants – Chassiti and Rachel.

Dental Hygienist

A dental hygienist is who you see for your recall appointments. This visit typically includes X-rays, charting, intraoral photos, patient education and your dental cleaning. A dental hygienist must be licensed by the state dental board. They have several board exams they must take to become registered. They must have a minimum of an Associates degree. Dental Hygiene differs from your typical Associates Degree because it takes longer than two years to obtain your degree. You must have two years of prerequisites completed before you apply to the program. Once you are accepted into the program, it is two years of didactic and clinical work.

Most dental hygienists are also licensed to administer local anesthetic. This means they may come in the room to get you numb when you are in the doctor’s schedule for a filling or procedure to help the dentist out and keep the day running smoothly. A dental hygienist also does a procedure called scaling and root planing which is commonly referred to as a “deep cleaning.” This means you have gum disease and need a more involved cleaning to remove hardened plaque deposits and diseased tissue. Dental Reflections Dublin has three dental hygienists – Breana, Mary, and Allison.

Office Manager

Our office manager Karen and Dr. As-Sanie are the glue that holds us all together. Teamwork is key, and we could not run efficiently without the help of all of our teammates. Each role is so important in a dental office and crucial to excellent patient care, which is what we are all here for. So next time “that girl” or “guy” comes out to get you, you may be able to understand their background and what their skill set is to be able to appreciate them just a little more.

Dental Issues Facing the Aging Population

Dental Reflections in Dublin have recently been doing some community outreach at independent and assisted living facilities to spread the word about dental issues facing the aging population. This is important to us because many times we find those in these types of facilities have limited access to care when it comes to dental treatment. Being able to speak to the residents and give them tips about their oral health along with samples for dry mouth can make a difference. Here are the top 5 dental issues we see facing the aging population.

Dry mouth

there are over 1,800 commonly prescribed medications that list dry mouth as a side effect. Radiation treatments can also cause dry mouth leading to increased tooth decay. Saliva acts as a buffer to acidic foods and drinks we consume as well as a cleansing agent to the teeth. There are many dry mouth products out on the market today that can help combat the side effects and increase saliva flow.

Ill-fitting dentures

we commonly see elderly people with dentures that do not fit properly which can lead to sore spots on the gums as well as poor nutrition due to decreased chewing function. Having sore spots in the mouth can allow bacteria to access the bloodstream, travel to the heart and induce an infection throughout the body.

Dexterity

Arthritis can cause limitations to flossing and brushing properly. It is difficult to grip a toothbrush or manipulate floss in these cases. We have tricks and tips we can offer like placing a toothbrush in a tennis ball so that you can grip the tennis ball to allow for more effective brushing. There are also several floss aids to assist with flossing.

Missing teeth

teeth allow us to do many things we take for granted each day. Speaking, chewing and smiling is at the top of the list. Smiling helps with confidence and a person’s self-esteem. There are many solutions for missing teeth including dental implants, bridges, partials, and dentures.

No Dental Insurance

Typically when someone retires, they lose their medical and dental insurance. Just because you do not have dental insurance does not mean you can’t see a dentist. Many offices offer dental savings plans which are an affordable option for dental care. Our reflections savings plan is a great option for those without dental insurance.

We love to treat people of all ages and have a special place in our hearts for our elderly patients. It is life changing for us to make a difference in someone’s life and regain their ability to chew and speak and smile. Do not hesitate to call us to schedule an appointment for your loved one today!

Why Do I Need X-Rays at the Dentist?

Many people are concerned about radiation when they are due for X-rays at the dentist. They may ask if they can wait until the “next time” because they recently had an X-ray taken on another part of the body elsewhere. Here are the facts about X-rays and why delaying them is not a good thing.

X-rays help us properly diagnose a person when they come see us for their routine check-up, during certain procedures or for an emergency visit. It lets us see what we can’t see by just looking in the mouth. Teeth have many layers to them, and when we look into the mouth, we can only see one of those layers. X-rays allow us to see all of those layers and whether or not they are healthy. Dr. Rudi As-Sanie explains the different types of x-rays that may be taken during your dental visit.

X-rays that may be taken at your dental visit

Bitewing X-rays 

These types of X-rays help us see between the teeth, right where they touch together. We look for dark areas that show up, which indicate decay or a cavity. If the dark area has extended into the second layer of the tooth on the x-ray, a filling is then needed to prevent the cavity from reaching the nerve of the tooth which would be very painful and require a root canal. Smaller fillings last longer, so the sooner we catch a cavity, the better. This leads to a shorter visit for the patient and a less chance for sensitivity. Bitewings should be taken once a year unless otherwise indicated by the dentist depending on a person’s decay rate.

Panoramic X-ray 

This type of X-ray shows us all of the teeth including the roots. We can also see the TMJ, sinus cavities, nasal area and the entire mandible (lower jaw). This type of X-ray shows problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumors), infections, and fractures. A panoramic X-ray is taken about once every 3-5 years. It is also necessary to make an accurate diagnosis for the entire oral cavity.

Periapical X-ray (PA) 

This type of X-ray is usually only taken for a problem-focused area or a specific procedure. If you have had a root canal on a tooth, a PA is necessary to check the health of the root canal and make sure it is still functioning properly. Same goes for an implant. A PA is also needed when permanently seating a crown to be sure the margins are sealed, and it is in its proper place.

Dental X-rays have come a long way now that they are digital and have very minimal radiation to the patient. Taking 4 Bitewing X-rays is equivalent radiation exposure to spending 15 minutes out in the sun. It is even significantly less than flying in an airplane. It is ¼ the amount of radiation as the previous film X-rays that were used in dentistry. We want to educate people that dentistry is all about preventive care and the goal is to catch something very early on (with above X-rays and regular checkups) to prevent the need for further invasive care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Why Do My Teeth Hurt When I Run?

Running is one of the best exercises you should be doing regularly. When you run, you effectively burn calories, strengthen and tone your muscles, reduce the risk of knee osteoarthritis, and improve your cardiac health. So why do my teeth hurt when I run?

Your desire to jog regularly, however, can be quickly curtailed if you frequently suffer from a toothache during or after your run. This is something that many people experience and, as such, you are not the only with this type of painful problem.

If you want to know the answer to this mystery and get the appropriate treatment immediately so that you can ramp up your running program, read below.

How Running Affects Gum infection or disease

If you suffer from gum disease, gingivitis or periodontitis, the affected nerves in the gum tissue can get stimulated and cause pain whenever you run or exercise. Dr. Rudi As-Sanie can treat the early stages of gingivitis. In case you have a severe periodontal disease, you will need to consult a periodontist who will recommend more advanced treatment options.

How Running Affects Cavities

Cavities appear when bacteria get into the teeth and erode the enamel. If you allow the bacteria to grow and produce acid, these substances will eventually get into the tooth’s inner layer and cause your teeth to decay.

Just as with gum or periodontal disease, when you run, the nerves in and around the structures of the infected tooth will be easily stimulated. This, in turn, will cause you to experience a toothache.  Avoid pain whenever you run by treating cavities immediately. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

Forceful gritting or Clenching of  Your Teeth When Running

If you grit or clench your teeth while running, you may eventually feel some pain during or after your run. These are habits you need to stop doing immediately since they do not just cause frequent toothaches; they can also do damage to your jaws and lead to other dental problems including TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder.

You can easily remedy this issue by practicing mindful breathing techniques and relaxation or visualization exercises as you run. This will help you consciously relax your jaw muscles while running.

Changes in Temperature

Lastly, sudden temperature changes, such as eating or drinking hot and cold foods and beverages, can cause pain and discomfort in your teeth. This is something that you will frequently experience if you already have weak enamel.

The same thing will happen whenever you run and experience a sudden and drastic change in the weather, room, or body temperature. These changes can trigger pain in your teeth’s sensitive spots as well. Your dentist can easily treat this. 

Don’t let a toothache prevent you from experiencing the health benefits of running. If you feel a toothache while or after running, consult your dentist immediately so that you can enjoy your jogging regimen.

Why Bring Your Baby To The Dentist?

Most parents don’t feel the need to bring their child to the dentist until the little one has enough chompers in his mouth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. So if you want to stay on top of your child’s oral health, you need to take him to the dentist around the first year.

The check-up can reveal so much about how your child’s mouth will develop. Along with this, your Dublin area dentist can educate you on how to properly go about your little one’s oral health.

Why Bring a Baby to the Dentist? – 3 Reasons

Apart from the advantage of getting a good idea of how your baby’s mouth will develop, there are other reasons why it’s a smart parental move to introduce a dentist to your child while still very young.

Establishment of familiarity

Your child can develop a good relationship with your family dentist way before he discovers TV shows or movies that depict this, or learns of other people’s unpleasant experiences at the dental office. You can beat the usual causes of dental phobia through an early introduction to the dental professional.

You learn about the most effective oral care for young mouths

A family dentist in Dublin, Ohio says dentists are great sources of information on dental products and tools for little ones. They recommend their proven effective solutions for making oral hygiene easy and effective. With these tools, your child can develop smart oral health habits really early in life.

Many parents begin taking their children to the dentist around school age or when they have their first cavity. Our goal is to increase the interest in oral care early while cleaning those little teeth properly as a preventative to early cavities.

You’ll find out how much money you’ll actually have to set aside for your child’s dental health.

Dental visits at an early age will allow you to learn how much dental care your child will need for the years to come. It’s good to have this information so you can prepare financially, especially if you have other children who’ll be getting dental care as well.

If one kid is likely to wear braces in the future, you can start setting aside money early to make this important treatment less of a financial burden for the family. Your dentist can typically see how your child’s bite will develop and how their adult teeth will grow in pretty early on.

Tips for Making Your Baby’s First Dental Checkup a Pleasant One

  1. Schedule the check-up after the baby’s naptime. He’ll be more cooperative when he has been able to get full rest prior to the appointment.
  2. Choose a dentist who is highly experienced in dealing with babies.
  3. Prepare different kinds of diversions for the little one, such as toys or even his favorite videos. It’s easier to perform an oral checkup when the baby’s happy.

If you need a dentist in Dublin, Ohio to take care of your baby’s mouth, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our dentist is highly experienced in dealing with young patients and we’ll ensure a positive experience for your little one.

Dental Reflections Dublin Does Dentistry Differently

Dental Reflections Dublin

If you’re inclined to think that all dental offices are the same, you’ll find that there is a lot more to a dental office than meets the eye. Every dentist has a unique personality as well as their own style in caring for patients. Also, with all the innovations in dental technology, you’ll find that some dental offices are better equipped with more modern tools and equipment than others. Lastly, it comes down to relationships. How do you feel when you leave your dentist?

Dental Reflections Dublin sets itself apart from other Columbus area dentists by creating an environment that feels much like home. It’s not flashy, but you can’t help but be impressed when you come here. The moment you step in, you’ll automatically feel relaxed and at ease. Every member of the staff will treat each client with care, respect and warmth. Most importantly, this Dublin dental office is committed to providing not just superior dental care but also the highest standards of client service.

Everybody in the staff is interested in you and strives to know you really well; this way, you can be provided customized services at all times. The entire dental team fully understands that each patient has a unique personality and preference, and so it’s crucial to take that into consideration in order for a pleasant experience to be delivered to each and every patient.

It must be noted as well that Dr. Rudi As-Sanie never tires in improving her practice. She continuously pursues advanced learning opportunities so that all patients are provided the most accurate treatments for their dental woes. She even takes into consideration the psychology of providing treatments that she is able to effectively treat patients with special needs. Dr. Rudi deals with every patient with great kindness and sensitivity. Consequently, through the years she has steadily grown her highly satisfied and loyal clientele.

The office is worth commending as well. Having recently undergone a slight makeover, the space has become even more inviting for patients and visitors now. The modern, contemporary design appeals to people of all ages – it’s a far cry from the traditional dental office. The moment you step in, you’ll automatically get the impression that Dental Reflections is not your typical dentist. From the child focused table and play area to the writing on the walls, your entire family, especially your children will love coming to see Dr. Rudi and her team.

So, if you are committed to maintaining excellent oral health, then Dental Reflections is the Dublin Ohio Dentist for you. It’s highly recommended by all its patients and is constantly given five-star ratings for the quality of its service.

If your family is in need of a fantastic dentist in Dublin, OH, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to check your insurance and provide you with the excellent dental care you deserve.