Symptoms of Common Dental Problems

Symptoms of common dental problems - Dentist Dublin OhioSymptoms of Common Dental Problems

Often, when we feel something sensitive or painful in our mouth, we tend to panic. I mean, we all want to keep our teeth, right? Some symptoms may be able to wait until your next dental visit. Others may require a limited exam between your professional dental cleanings to get addressed right away. Dentistry is all about preventive dental care, so the sooner an issue is addressed, the less invasive a procedure recommendation would be.

Temperature Sensitivity

This is one of the most common complaints we hear from our patients, temperature sensitivity. When you can’t eat your favorite ice cream or drink your favorite ice-cold drinks, you start to get annoyed. This is typically caused by some type of enamel wear or root exposure. The enamel, or the most outer layer of your tooth, is what protects it from acid in our diets and normal wear and tear. When the enamel suffers too much trauma, like sipping soda all day, or clenching and grinding, it’s inevitable – it starts to wear away or develop a hole or cavity from the harmful bacteria of the byproduct of the soda or snacks you eat all day.

Enter: temperature sensitivity. The underlying layer of the enamel is dentin. Dentin contains tons of tubules that lead to the nerve and causes sensitivity. The only way to help this is to use a toothpaste with potassium nitrate. This ingredient helps fill in and block the tubules from sending information to the nerve. If it’s a cavity, the only solution is for us to remove it and put a filling in its place. If gum recession is causing the sensitivity, toothpaste can also help. However, we need to determine the cause of the gum recession and come up with a solution. This usually means a nightguard recommendation to prevent the recession from progressing any further.

Toothache

If you are experiencing a toothache, like an actual ache that will not go away, its best to get in for an exam. What typically happens is there is something underlying causing this pain. Once a tooth starts to hurt constantly, there is a good chance. There is a large cavity in the tooth that has reached the nerve. The result of this is usually a root canal or extraction of the tooth that is needed, depending on the severity of it.

We will determine the cause of the problem by taking a limited x-ray of the problem area to see if there is pathology at the tip of the root of the tooth. We also use an x-ray to see how far progressed a cavity is in the crown of the tooth if that is indeed what is going on. Another sign is a recurring bump on the gum near the tooth. This is a sign of an infection that usually comes with pain and cannot be cured without a root canal or extraction.

Pain with Chewing or Biting

Our last common dental symptom patients experience is pain with biting or chewing. While this can mean a fractured tooth, it is more common to occur after a dental procedure. When a tooth is drilled on, and a cavity is removed, it is experiencing trauma. Therefore, it will take time to heal. If it is not resolving and it truly gives you a “zing” every time you bite down, your bite may be a little high. This means after putting a filling in the tooth to replace the cavity that was taken out. The filling may not be completely even with your bite. This is very common since you are numb during the procedure. Thankfully, it is a quick fix and involves a follow-up appointment to even out the filling, and chances are, the zing will resolve. If it does not, it requires further attention. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you are concerned about, do not hesitate to call us at Dental Reflections Dublin to come in for a limited exam so we can get you feeling better. 614.799.5576

What is Dental Bonding?

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Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure used to fix imperfections in the teeth. It is a great option for those that want a small fix and a less invasive procedure than crowns or veneers. An advantage of dental bonding is no tooth structure has to be removed before placing it. It is added to the existing portion of the tooth to give teeth a more natural, flawless look.

Should I Get Dental Bonding?

Many times, we see patients that have teeth that are genetically undersized. The most common teeth for this to occur are the ones right outside of your top, front teeth. The term for them is a peg lateral because they are your lateral incisors. Many people will feel self-conscious about these teeth because they are disproportioned, but they aren’t sure what to do about them. They may fear cost or a procedure itself. Dental bonding is a great option for these patients. The composite or white filling material is added to the tooth and fortunately a lot of times the patient doesn’t even have to be numb for this. The material blends evenly with the tooth, giving it a fuller, even appearance to match the other teeth. This can increase confidence in a patient and give them that smile they deserve.

What Else is Dental Bonding Used for?

If a patient has a small chip or wears on the teeth, bonding can also be done if there is no active decay. Bonding can be reversed if a patient decides a tooth looks too bulky or unnatural. Thankfully, at Dental Reflections Dublin, Dr. As-Sanie is a perfectionist and will be sure you are happy with the result before leaving our office. She also wants to make sure it looks natural and she feels comfortable as well with the work she has done. The first step to inquiring about cosmetic bonding would be to schedule a consultation at our office. Dr. As-Sanie will decide if bonding is right for you and then proceed with scheduling the procedure. Call our dental office in Dublin today at 614.799.5576 for your consultation on dental bonding.

Reflections Savings Plan

dental reflections savings planAs we ring in the New Year, we need to take a step back and figure out what’s important to us. Maybe for some its family or money, vacationing, their health or their job. It may be all of these. Goals are important to set each year no matter how big or small. We as healthcare providers are focused on providing the best patient care possible to all of our patients. We always strive to be better and keep up to date with the newest technology in dentistry, to help make our patient care as seamless and painless as we can. Our mission statement is to provide honest, comfortable care to your entire family. We pride ourselves on our knowledge, compassion, the relationships we build, and the teamwork we have built inside our office. This year, we also want to focus on our Reflections Savings Plan, which is a great option for those who do not have dental insurance.

Just because you don’t have dental insurance does not mean you can’t go to the dentist.

Yes, we know, dentistry is expensive, but so are those clothes and that latte you get every day or week. Think of it as an investment into your health. We aren’t going to hold up a sign saying free cleaning, exam and x-rays for new patients, or $50 for a new patient exam. Why not? Because we feel that what we have to offer is worth so much more than that. We are not your typical dental office, making people wait in the waiting room because we are running 45 minutes behind, rushing people back to get started, cutting corners to try to catch up, etc. We schedule the appropriate amount of time for EACH patient we see so that you will be called back at your appointed time because we respect you and know you have to carry on with your day too when you leave. We take the time to listen to your questions and concerns and address them before you leave. We take the time to explain why we are recommending a filling on a tooth with a photo so you can see what we see. We care so much about what we do and want to retain each patient that walks in our door, not see them one time because they came in with a coupon.

Our Reflections Savings Plan is like a membership program.

From the time you sign up, it is good for one year. In that one year, you get all your preventative services taken care of. This includes 2 professional cleanings, 2 exams, all of your x-rays you need, and all of our initial record collecting (intraoral photos, charting of the gum tissues, etc.). For any additional services needed like fillings or crowns, you receive an additional 20% off. For a limited time, we are offering this plan for $365.00. Think of it as a dollar a day for your dental health. Remember, dental care is all about preventive care. Cavities don’t hurt until its too late to save the tooth or the tooth requires more invasive, expensive procedures like a root canal and crown. Gum disease is also asymptomatic. Now is the time for you to focus on your dental health, the future of your smile, and longevity of your teeth to last you a lifetime.

Get Holiday Ready with Whiter Teeth

holiday ready with whiter teeth - Dental ReflectionsIt’s that time of year! Time to squeeze in that visit to the hair salon so your grays are hiding or your roots are touched up for that holiday party to see all of your extended family that one time of year. Are you happy with your smile? The shade of your teeth? Now is a great time to treat yourself with a gift of whitening. Show off those pearly whites at your holiday party and your teeth will be glowing in all of your family photos this year.

We have several different whitening options available to our patients. The simplest, on the go option is our Opalescence Go trays. They are designed for anyone to wear, meaning they are not custom fit. There are 10 sets of trays in a box and are worn for about 20-30 minutes at a time. If you want results fast, this is the choice for you. These allow you to choose your frequency of whitening, once or twice a day for 5-10 days. It has been reported from our patients that these trays may create a bit of sensitivity if you have sensitivity issues before whitening. Sensodyne toothpaste or any toothpaste with Potassium Nitrate can help reduce this sensitivity. 

Our next option is our Glo Whitening. If you are going for the latest fad of whitening, this is it. This is also a speed whitening that can be used on the go. For just 32 minutes a day, Glo is used in 4 separate 8-minute sessions, giving you that shade you’ve always wanted. With a heat and light activated device that goes in your mouth over the whitening gel, you will see results fast with no sensitivity. The gel has a built-in desensitizer creating no sensitivity for the patient during or after treatment. This is a great option that typically leaves you with some gel to touch up on a later occasion which is an added bonus.

Our last option we have available to our patients is our custom whitening trays. These are super nice for patients who know they drink coffee or wine on the daily and will need to whiten several times over their lifetime. This involves dental impressions of the teeth, creating custom made whitening trays for you and just you. The starter kit comes with whitening gel syringes to fill the trays and get to your desired results. These are nice because the gel syringes come in several different percentage options giving you the choice of how long each whitening session lasts. Some people want to sleep in their trays, making it the most convenient for them (minimal sensitivity), while others want a speed whitening session with a higher percentage. You choose what you would like. The refill gel syringes are offered for purchase at a low price once you already have your trays which is a huge advantage. 

All of our whitening options are great for getting the results you want, fast. As long as you commit to it and invest the time to whiten, your smile will be glowing in no time. Contact us today to discuss which option is best for you and we can get you on your journey to the shade you’ve always wanted. 

Be “Teeth Ready” for Back to School

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teeth ready for back to school - dental reflections dublinBack to school is approaching fast and we want to give you the best tips to keep your child’s teeth healthy. First things first – get their checkup visit in before school starts! You want to be sure they don’t have any active decay or cavities in their mouth! According to the CDC, about 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth. The issue seen here is studies also show that children with active decay have issues with eating, speaking, playing and learning while at school. This is why preventative dental care is so important.

Check-up Visit

At your child’s checkup visit to the dentist, we can offer services that get them back to school ready. We assess their need for sealants to prevent cavities, apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen the enamel, and give tips on nutrition and brushing and flossing. We emphasize the importance of brushing twice a day for two minutes. We apply a disclosing solution to highlight missed areas while brushing so they know where to focus at home to effectively remove all the plaque. We also give them the tools they need if they are in braces to properly care for their teeth while at school which is a necessity.

Healthy School Lunches

This is a big one. Fill your child’s lunchbox with foods high in fiber, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and even nuts and cheeses. These are all teeth-friendly and help promote a healthy pH in the mouth to prevent cavities. Avoid juices, sodas, sports drinks, dried fruits, fruit snacks and any other sticky, high sugar foods. Water and milk are best to drink. Pretzels and chips aren’t the best for the teeth, but other healthy choices listed above can offset and help remove the particles from the teeth better. They also dissolve more with saliva alone as compared with sticky, high sugar foods.

Vending Machines

This is another tough one. Vending machines are slowly improving but we aren’t there yet. Vending machine foods are filled with preservatives. Avoid candy bars, chips, sports drinks, energy drinks or soda. Sipping on anything but water throughout the day can significantly increase a child’s risk for decay. We see it all the time. Propel has water with electrolytes that is safe to drink with no added sugars or sweeteners. Other brands are coming out with their own versions as well.

Sports Mouthguard

Finally, it is important to protect your child’s teeth during any physical contact sport. This includes but is not limited to lacrosse, basketball, football, wrestling, and hockey. More and more schools are making this a requirement and make it a must that the guard be colored so the coach can see it in the mouth. A custom sports guard is well worth the money and protection, still allowing your child to talk and play as they normally would during a game vs. walking in our doors with a tooth in their hand. (Yes, we have seen it).

Whatever your dental needs are for your children, we can help! Call us today at Dental Reflections Dublin to schedule your child’s dental appointment and we will be sure they are back to school ready!!

Waterpiks – are they effective?

Waterpiks – are they effective?

Often times when we ask people if they floss they tell us they are using a waterpik. Is it too good to be true? Is a waterpik really as effective as flossing? We hate to say but it really is too good to be true. However, we aren’t saying they are a total waste. Waterpiks definitely have some benefits.

Who Would Benefit From Waterpiks?

Waterpiks aren’t for everyone. People who will benefit the most from them are those with some type of appliance or prosthetics in their mouth. This includes orthodontics, retainers, and dental bridges. Plaque is sticky, super sticky and forms on the teeth in layers like frosting on a cupcake. This means it takes some type of mechanical means to removing it. We compare spraying off plaque with a waterpik to spraying caramel off of an apple, it’s definitely not going to get it all.

Waterpik Benefits

If someone has orthodontics or braces a waterpik is helpful. This does not mean it replaces flossing though. There are several different tools and aids you can use with braces to help keep the teeth clean. Proxy brushes and floss threaders are crucial to getting in between the teeth with braces and under the wires where your toothbrush can’t reach. A waterpik helps spray off the chunky stuff – whether it be plaque or food. It can also help keep the gums healthy. With a retainer or other types of orthodontic appliances other than braces, it can even be difficult to find a small brush to get into the nooks and crannies around it. A waterpik will come in handy for these cases too. What we don’t want to see and try hard to prevent with those in braces is white spots or “scars” on the teeth. These are areas where plaque sits overtime without being removed and then breaks down the enamel causing demineralization or white spots visible on the teeth. After all of the time and money put into braces, we want to see a straight, bright smile!

Those with dental bridges can also use a waterpik. A bridge is made to replace a missing tooth and usually consists of 3 units. It is not removable but is super important to keep clean because you CAN get a cavity under a bridge. Again, superfloss and floss threaders are important to use as well with a dental bridge. We also understand some people have dexterity issues and by all means a waterpik is more useful than nothing at all. We just want to get the point across that a waterpik does NOT replace flossing and it is still super important to get under the gumline when you floss and use that mechanical means to remove the plaque and bacteria from in between where your toothbrush cannot reach.

The Link Between Dental and Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic and Dental Link

Have you ever thought about how your teeth and the joints in your body can be related? First and foremost, dentists and chiropractors are both all about preventive care and maintaining a healthy mouth and body before it becomes unhealthy. That’s what we believe in, and research shows it’s true. It helps to save money, pain, and stress. Dental Reflections Dublin team wants to dive in deeper to explain an even more in-depth link between dental and chiropractic care.

Treating Pain

Do you suffer from TMJ pain or headaches? What about neck pain? Please know that waking up with, or experiencing these symptoms is not “normal.” It is our job to help discover what is causing it and how to fix it. Headaches, neck, and jaw pain may mean needing to see several healthcare professionals to fully relieve those symptoms and get things back in proper function and alignment.  The same goes for your teeth. Maybe you have seen your dentist recently in regard to jaw pain or discomfort. We want to help explain why you may need to see your dentist and your chiropractor for certain treatment needs.

Clenching and Grinding

Many people grind their teeth at night and are unaware that they are doing so. They may wake up with jaw soreness, tenseness, or a pounding headache. Signs of wear may be evident on the teeth as well, indicating clenching and grinding. This can even cause referring neck pain and tenseness. If you see your dentist, they will most likely recommend a nightguard to help protect the teeth and prevent jaw pain. Continuous strain on the TMJ, or disc that lies in your joint connecting your lower jaw to your upper jaw can thin out over time leading to bone on bone grinding and extreme pain without proper treatment. If your spine is not moving correctly, this could also be causing extra strain on your jaw, neck, and shoulders. This is where a chiropractor comes in.  Chiropractic care can help fix subluxations (faulty function or misalignment) of the jaw with gentle manipulation and soft tissue therapies which help to relax and reeducate the local tissues. Gonstead chiropractic manipulation utilizes a unique and timeless art of skeletal analysis to detect any harmful areas of poorly functioning spinal or joint motion. The adjustment releases pressure causing the inflammation in your body and restores normal motion to the vertebrae or joint. For optimal health, it is important to find both a comprehensive dentist and chiropractor, like Dental Reflections Dublin and The Winchester Institute, to take care of the whole you. We are here to help.

Tips to use at home for treating day to day sensitivity

Tips to use at home for treating day to day sensitivity

Tips to use at home for treating day to day sensitivity

Do you experience sensitivity on a daily basis? Do you avoid your favorite foods or drinks because of it? Hopefully, these tips from your Dental Reflections Dublin team will help prevent sensitivity and get you back to enjoying some of your favorite things.

Desensitizing Toothpaste

I’m sure most of you have heard of the brand Sensodyne as it is the most common toothpaste used for sensitivity. It is our go-to when recommending a product to our patients. However, some people love it and others don’t. The good thing is that it’s not the only brand out there with the active ingredient solving the issue. Look on the box or tube of toothpaste for Potassium Nitrate 5%. The science behind it is this: sensitivity is most likely caused by thin enamel exposing the second layer of the tooth – the dentin – which has several hollow tubules that lead to the nerve. When the dentin is exposed you are much more likely to feel the effects of temperatures and sweets. The Potassium Nitrate actually clogs the tubules, stopping that sensation. The key is you must use the toothpaste twice a day for 2 weeks to feel the positive effects and continue use after. Don’t use it for 2 days and then give up!

Don’t Whiten

If you are already experiencing sensitivity day-to-day, we do NOT recommend whitening your teeth! The bleach used in whitening kits opens the pores of the enamel and is likely to cause more sensitivity. Sensodyne has a True White brand that can help with daily surface stains and with sensitivity. We recommend starting with this to be sure your sensitivity has completely resolved before trying any whitening with bleach agents. These most frequently include carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. We have heard of whitening “pains” keeping people up at night with constant zings or pain when air from breathing touches their teeth. Totally not worth it!

Avoid Acidic Foods and Drinks

All of our favorite beverages and snacks are super acidic. This includes coffee, wine, soda, sparkling water and basically anything diet or flavored. We tested sparkling naturally flavored water and yep – you guessed it – it’s acidic. We were devastated too. Water is best between meals. Flavored drinks are ok with meals that offset the acid. You can also try drinking from a straw. Different levels of acidity effect people in different ways. They key is – if you are sipping all day on acidic drinks, it breaks down the enamel and causes an increase in sensitivity over time.

Try Warm instead of Cold or Hot

If you aren’t one of those people who a desensitizing toothpaste works for you, you may need to avoid extreme temperatures altogether. Go for room temperature instead of iced or warm instead of hot. We know it’s hard to get that ice cream room temperature but maybe you could opt for a milkshake you can drink with a straw to curb your craving. Or maybe the sensitivity toothpaste will do the trick!!

Soft Toothbrushes

Be sure you are using a soft or extra soft toothbrush! Remember, you can remove plaque with friction, not force. A medium or hard bristled brush will definitely damage the teeth and gums. They are not recommended anymore and we are not sure why they are still available! Aggressive brushing with a soft or extra soft brush can also lead to gum recession, which is irreversible. Your bristles flaring out on your toothbrush is a sign you are applying to much pressure. An electric brush is a great option to help prevent over brushing. Most out on the market these days even have a pressure sensor that lights up if you are brushing too hard. Technology at its finest!

If you are experiencing lingering pain or more than what feels like day to day sensitivity, be sure to call your dentist to schedule an appointment, as it may be something worse. We would be happy to see you here at Dental Reflections Dublin for all of your dental needs.

 

Do You Suffer from Dry Mouth?

do you suffer from dry mouth?

Do You Suffer from Dry Mouth?

Do you find yourself constantly needing to “wet your whistle”? We don’t love that term but often hear patients use it. What if we told you that dry mouth can increase your risk of getting a cavity? Yes, that’s right, saliva actually acts as a cleansing agent to your teeth throughout the day and at night. It is super important in keeping your tissues from drying out and your teeth free from cavities. Our Dental Reflections Dublin team is here to tell you about the causes of dry mouth, the symptoms and the solutions.

Causes

There are a variety of causes to dry mouth. There are over 1,800 commonly prescribed medications that list dry mouth as a side effect. This is the most common cause we see. Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases also can cause dry mouth. Autoimmune diseases such as Sjogren’s Syndrome and HIV/AIDS cause dry mouth as well. Alcohol and tobacco users and patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments have decreased saliva production causing dry mouth.

Common symptoms of dry mouth include the following:

  • Sticky, dry feeling in the mouth or throat
  • Frequent thirst
  • A dry, red, raw tongue
  • Hoarseness, dry nasal passages, sore throat
  • Bad breath
  • Sores in the mouth, dry, cracked lips

Solutions

There are many OTC products that can significantly help with dry mouth. Colgate Hydris mouth rinse is a wonderful option. We have had great feedback from patients saying the taste is good and that they really notice a difference. Biotene also offers a great line of products including mouth rinse, toothpaste, and gel to coat the tissues in the mouth. Sugar-free gum, mints, and candy with xylitol are a great option as well. Sugar-free is key. Often times, people with dry mouth carry hard candies around with them that are NOT sugar-free and this will cause an even higher risk of decay!! They also make tablets that can actually stick to your molar tooth on the top to help increase saliva production while you sleep. Another great product that is available by prescription only is Prevident Dry Mouth toothpaste. This has added ingredients to help with dry mouth but also has extra fluoride to help battle the higher decay rate.

If you are experiencing symptoms of or know you suffer from dry mouth, be sure to let us know at your next visit here at Dental Reflections Dublin so that we can recommend what is best for you!

Benefits of a Custom Fit Sports Mouthguard

Does your child play sports? If so, there is no question of whether or not they should be wearing a mouthguard. If your child is involved in basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby or soccer they should have a mouthguard. The last thing we (or you) want is for your child to walk in our office with one of their permanent front teeth in their hand. A sports mouthguard is an easy way to protect your child’s teeth during these types of sports and activities.

Making a custom fit sports mouthguard is super easy! It involves taking an impression of the teeth and pouring up a model to make the mouthguard on. It would require two visits – one to take the impression and the next to seat/deliver the mouthguard. The advantage of a custom fit mouthguard is that it snaps in and fits snug so that the athlete can still talk while wearing it. It does not move around while it is in and is not bulky. It will be comfortable for the child to wear which is important. They are fairly inexpensive and usually range between $50-$100 depending on the type of material used. If your child is losing teeth and getting new teeth in, they may need a new one made every 6 months until they get all of their permanent teeth. They are available in a variety of colors and we can even put their name on it. We can also create a mouthguard to go over your child’s braces which is still important to prevent brackets or wires from damaging their lips and their teeth if they were to take an elbow or ball to the mouth.

How to care for your mouthguard:

  • Rinse with water after use.
  • Brush with a mild soap and soft toothbrush.
  • Do not use toothpaste as it is too abrasive and can make scratches causing bacteria to adhere in these areas.
  • Keep it in the case when you are not wearing it.
  • Keep away from pets! They love human scent and will chew it to shreds.
  • Always wear it during practices and games/meets.

We would be happy to make your child’s next custom fit mouthguard here at Dental Reflections Dublin to protect their teeth while doing what they love!