Symptoms of Common Dental Problems

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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

Dental Membership Plans to Keep You Smiling

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Is the lack of dental insurance keeping you away from seeing a dentist every 6 months? We have a solution for you! We are now offering our dental membership plans that give an option of paying upfront or month to month for your yearly dental care needs. In addition to 30% savings when you sign up, you will receive an additional 10% off of restorative dental services needed.

Preventive Care

Dentistry is all about preventive care. We know it is important to see a dentist, but most of us don’t because our teeth “feel fine.” This is the misconception most people have. A cavity or gum disease typically do not display symptoms until they are bad, really bad. At this point, you are now going to have to spend more time and money in the dental chair to play catch up. If a cavity is caught when it is small, it can be fixed easily with a one or two surface filling. This means less money, less time in the dental chair, and less chance of post-op sensitivity. The same goes with gum disease. This is when the foundation or bone around the teeth that hold and support them becomes affected. Lack of regular dental cleanings, genetics, and poor oral hygiene can all contribute to gum disease. This is why preventive care is SO important. It will save not only your teeth but money in the long run. Tooth replacement is so much more expensive than preserving and maintaining what you have. Our goal as dental providers is to give you all of the tools necessary to do just that.

Why a Dental Membership Plan?

It is estimated that 60% of Americans do not have dental insurance. This means a large percentage of that 60% probably do not see a dentist. Sure, you could go to one of those offices that sends a coupon in the mail and says cleaning, exam, and X-rays for just $69. The worst part is that for this price, the office is trying to see as many patients they can in a day to make up for the discount they are offering. Keep in mind, they need to make a profit to operate effectively. Unfortunately, in most of these cases, the dental care is sub-par, and they are not as focused on building rapport with a patient or providing the best dental care they can but seeing as many patients as possible to attempt to make a profit after practically giving away their services.

We operate differently here at Dental Reflections Dublin. From the moment you walk in the door, our goal is to create the best experience possible for you. This means a friendly greeting by our front office, no wait times in the waiting room, not rushing in the treatment rooms, and really taking the time to address your dental needs, questions and concerns. We are committed to provide comprehensive treatment to all of our patients and give them the best dental care they deserve. The ease of signing up for a dental membership plan and the option of month to month payments for the year makes it more affordable than ever to see a dentist. Contact us today to learn more and get started on keeping your smile healthy!

Children’s Dental Health Month

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February is one of our favorites – Children’s Dental Health Month. It’s the time to really focus on the dental health of children and how to keep their teeth clean and healthy. We know it can be a struggle to try to keep up with your child’s oral healthcare routine, but it truly sets the stage for their entire life. Starting good habits while the child is young will create a routine, the child will understand the importance of. This month, our blogs will center around different topics for a child’s dental health and hopefully offer many tips and tricks to keep your little one(s) teeth clean and cavity-free.

Tips for Brushing

Wording can be everything when you start giving your child options. Never ask them if they are ready to brush their teeth. What kid would ever be ready? Associate brushing with something else. Maybe it’s every night before reading books, or every night after bath time. Let them know at that time every night; now it’s time to brush. If you stay consistent, they know there is no option. Yes, they may put up a fight, but be adamant about it getting done, and they will get tired of fighting night after night. The same goes for mornings. Be sure you are getting that twice a day brush in. Lots of plaque bacteria form on our teeth at night when we sleep, and morning time is extremely important to brush to make sure food is less resistant to sticking to the teeth throughout the day. It is important to start using fluoride toothpaste at first tooth eruption. You only need a rice size amount smeared into the bristles of the toothbrush. Yes, we know your 6-month-old is not going to rinse and spit, and that’s ok. This meniscal amount of fluoride is not going to be toxic when your child swallows it. You can wipe out the remaining toothpaste with a washcloth using your finger after brushing.

Flossing and Mouthwash Use

Flossing is best at night and just once per day. We find it easier to floss with the string floss than the floss picks. You have more control when using the string. The picks tend to snap and may hit the gum, leaving the child more upset. Of course, it is whatever works best for you and your child. If you try flossing your child’s teeth while they are laying down at the end of a couch or standing in front of you facing forward with their head resting back on you, you can get a much better visual and floss easier. It all takes practice. In between, or flossing cavities are the most common among children since they tend to snack a lot and not floss as often as they should. Your child will need help with brushing and flossing until about the age of 8 years old. They can practice well before that, but following up or assisting is very important. Once your child is able to rinse and spit, a fluoride mouthwash is a great idea. This helps get into those small nooks and crannies. The toothbrush bristles even have a hard time reaching. The fluoride settles into these areas and helps strengthen, preventing cavities. Once a day, use for this is sufficient.

If you ever have questions about your child’s teeth, do not hesitate to call Dental Reflections Dublin for advice or to bring them in for us to take a look! That’s what we are here for.

Dental Anxiety

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Have you avoided the dentist due to anxiety? If so, you are not alone. It’s a real thing, and we know it. Believe it or not, a lot of people that work in the dental field have dental anxiety. That’s one of the reasons some of us chose the dental field to help others feel more comfortable in the dental chair because we know our own struggles. Here at Dental Reflections Dublin, we do everything we can to make you feel comfortable during treatment of any sort.

Open Communication

One of the many things we really pride ourselves on is how communicative we are with our patients. We want them to know exactly what to expect and when to expect it. This means there are no surprises during treatment. After the tooth is numb, the patient should not feel any pain during a procedure. We really take the time to address any concerns or questions a patient may have.

Options for Sedation

We offer options for different levels of sedation. If you tell us upfront you are nervous about dental procedures, the first step we recommend is nitrous oxide. You may also have heard of this as laughing gas. It doesn’t really make you laugh, so don’t worry. It just makes you feel good and happy. You are still awake and aware of what is going on; you just care a whole lot less. Ultimately, it helps you to relax. You can drive yourself to and from your appointment since the nitrous oxide will be completely out of your system when you leave. If you feel like the nitrous won’t be enough, we can prescribe Valium in addition. This will require a driver. It is that extra step to really get you relaxed before you even sit in the dental chair. Trust us, we have heard it all. Even patients driving to the dentist but too scared to come in from the parking lot, so they change their minds and turn around. Valium is taken the night before and the morning of your appointment to really help you settle before you come in. Plus, you’ll have that extra support system of a driver to help you.

Whatever your needs are, we can help. We will find what works for you. We have held patients’ hands, wiped their tears, and been there for them through and through. We ultimately want you to get the dental care you need and deserve and are willing to go that extra mile to help you get there.

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.

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Dental Benefits??

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As the end of the year approaches, we tend to think of everything that needs done before the new year comes. Our schedules tend to get busier, and things more hectic with the holidays right around the corner. Your health remains important all year long but is sometimes put on the back burner. Do you have dental benefits remaining for the year you have not used?

Why You Should Use Your Dental Benefits

In 2017, studies show that 1 in 4 Americans who have dental insurance say they haven’t been to the dentist in the past 12 months for regular checkups or cleanings due to cost. Did you know that preventive care, which means your cleaning, exam, and x-rays are typically covered at 100% with dental insurance?! That’s right, 100%!! This means no out of pocket for you at your first visit. If you have fillings or other dental work that needs to be done, you will have to pay some out of pocket. Here at Dental Reflections Dublin, we will tell you what that “something” is because we do complimentary insurance benefits check to see what your coverage is for all the services we offer. That means there are no surprises.

Get the Most Out of Your Dental Benefits!

If you are paying for dental insurance, there is no reason you should not be taking full advantage to maximize those benefits each year. In January, everything resets. That means if you do happen to need a lot of work done, we can maximize you out for this year then start over with new benefits at the start of the new year so that your out of pocket is much less. Listen, we are on your side. We don’t like delivering bad news or going over financials, but it is a necessary evil. We just don’t want you to literally flush your money down the toilet by not using a dime of your benefits you paid for all year long. Call us today to get on the schedule in 2019 if you haven’t been to see us yet!!

What is Gingivitis?

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What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis. The dreaded word no one wants to hear pertaining to their mouth. Most toothpaste commercials mention it and say they can help prevent it. Any toothpaste can help prevent gingivitis if you actually brush your teeth with it. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums. This includes puffiness, bleeding, swelling, and redness. There are several causes and also ways to prevent it. The good news is that it’s reversible. Also – 47.2% of American adults have some form of it so don’t panic.

What Causes Gingivitis?

Gingivitis can be caused by not brushing or flossing. Plaque contains several different kinds of bacteria and when it is not removed, causes inflammation of the gums. Experts at Dental Reflections Dublin says you should brush twice a day for 2 minutes with a soft toothbrush to effectively remove the plaque that forms on your teeth throughout the day. Don’t forget to floss, it’s a key part of preventing gingivitis! Flossing cleans about 40% of the plaque off of the teeth that brushing can’t access. That’s almost half! Not flossing can also cause bad breath and cavities in between the teeth in addition to gingivitis. The good news is you only have to floss once a day.

Other Causes of Gingivitis

Systemic diseases or inflammation in the body can also cause gingivitis. Those with diabetes are much more likely to develop gum disease than those without it. This means they have to work that much harder to keep their blood sugar under control to keep their mouth healthy. Patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure can also cause gingivitis. The oral-systemic connection is a real thing and shows the importance of keeping both healthy.

Gingivitis Treatment

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, don’t give up. The cleaner you keep your mouth, the more it should improve. Gingivitis only affects the gums which are why it is reversible. If it goes untreated for long enough, (not seeing a dentist regularly or doing your part at home) it can lead to periodontal disease. This causes bone loss around the teeth and is not reversible. It is much better to prevent gum disease than to manage it. There is no one cure for gingivitis; using a certain toothpaste or product. It’s mostly about technique and making sure you are removing the plaque effectively on a regular basis. Some other things you can add to your routine are an electric toothbrush and an antibacterial mouthwash. These can help remove plaque more effectively and reduce inflammation. Disclosing tablets are also a great tool to see exactly where the plaque is that you missed after brushing. They are available over the counter at most drug stores. For questions or concerns regarding your oral health, contact your local dentist in Dublin, Ohio.

Why You Should Floss – & we aren’t talking about the dance move!

Hopefully, with all of the new flossing dance craze, people will start to floss their teeth more too. It’s a dream for our Dental Reflections patients to floss every day. Most people truly don’t realize the importance of doing so. If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of the tooth’s surface. With more than 300 types of bacteria making up dental plaque, flossing is super important!!

When a person does not floss, we can see a lot of negative effects on the mouth. The plaque that forms on your teeth is soft and easy to remove with a mechanical action. This includes brushing, flossing and other dental aids out on the market. If plaque sits over time without being removed, it begins to harden into what we call calculus, or tartar buildup. Once plaque hardens, you can no longer brush or floss it off. You must see a dentist so that a dental hygienist can remove it. Everyone forms plaque on their teeth even if they don’t eat or drink anything. Plaque is a natural defense mechanism to protect the enamel from acidic foods and drinks. However, it is important to remove it twice a day to prevent the negative effects.

Why You Should Floss

One of the effects we are referring to is bleeding gums. Since there are so much bacteria in plaque, if it settles under the gums and is left undisturbed it will harden and act as a splinter. Until this “splinter” or tartar buildup is removed, it can cause bleeding gums or even worse – bone loss around the teeth. We compare the tooth in the bone to a fence post in the ground. If the ground is not stable, the fence post will eventually come loose and fall down. Same goes with your teeth. If you do not keep the teeth and gums healthy, over time you can loose your teeth due to gum disease. This is completely different than cavities; a person can lose all of their teeth and never have a cavity, ever. This is why our Dental Reflections team encouraged flossing so much. It helps remove that plaque and bacteria daily to prevent it from hardening on the teeth, so you never have to hear your dentist or hygienist mention the word gum disease. There are some other circumstances that can increase your risk of developing gum diseases like your ethnicity or underlying systemic diseases.

Best Way to Floss

The best way to floss is to use the traditional string floss and tear off a piece from your fingertips to elbow. Wrap the floss around your middle fingers on each side until it is secure. Now use your index fingers to push the floss in between your teeth gently. Form a “C” shape around each tooth as if you are hugging the tooth in each direction. Continue to floss all the teeth including the back of your last tooth in each corner.

Types of Floss

There are so many different types of floss out on the market, and we suggest finding one that is best for you. We love glide floss for tight contacts and Coco floss for flavor and texture. Whatever you choose we will be happy with. The floss picks are designed for more of an on the going thing, and we don’t recommend water picks. It’s like trying to spray caramel off of an apple and doesn’t work. It may help with the first few layers but surely doesn’t remove it all, leaving it to harden over time. If you have any questions about flossing technique or the best one for you, feel free to or ask at your next dental appointment!

Mommy Wife & Life

Mommy Wife & Life

If you have been scrolling on Instagram lately or looking for another good blog to read, look no further than Mom of three – Teri’s blog: Mommy Wife & Life. Her blog is perfect for busy parents who want to stay connected to their children, spouse and child’s education. Teri has three girls at home that she homeschools (God bless her). She is so patient and kind. Her kids are so respectful and sweet. She is truly doing an awesome job inspiring other people with her posts. She has wonderful suggestions on different books and even lists free learning resources to use at home. Head over to her Instagram page mommywifelife1 to follow her for inspiration and positivity (which we could never use too much of). Here are some pictures she shared from her and her kids’ recent visit to see us as new patients. We are looking forward to their next visit!

Mommy Wife & Life at Dental Reflections Dublin

Our goal is to keep kiddos comfortable and entertained from the moment they walk in the door until they leave. Our digital X-ray machine allows children to bite on the end of a stick and stand in our “spaceship machine” with a “superman cape” on to make it fun for them. They no longer have to bite down on the hard-plastic things that poke and gag. Here at Dental Reflections Dublin, we take the time to make each child’s experience unique and different based on their individual needs. From picking out a new toothbrush, toothpaste/fluoride flavor and a toy/sticker at the end of their visit, these are some ways we make it very special. Some children need more than one visit to get through their first cleaning, and that’s ok! It’s what we are here for. Their experience at a young age sets the stage for their future visits and compliance as an adult. It means a lot to us to be able to make that first impression and leave a long-lasting result of positivity when people think of coming to see us.

Eryn Gilson – 614.mom

Dental Reflections most recently had the pleasure of seeing 614.mom – Eryn Gilson and her entire family as patients at Dental Reflections Dublin. She is so passionate about her blog and helping people navigate Columbus and the surrounding suburbs. Eryn keeps us updated on the best places to take your children for fun events and activities in the area. She has three children who are absolutely adorable. We love her attention to detail on her blog. We appreciate the kind words about us on her blog. Head over to her Instagram page 614.mom to hear about the latest things to do in Columbus!

Dental Reflections Experience

  

 

Dental Reflections takes pride in being the perfect fit for families. We have a unique office set up, which is a huge advantage for us. In addition, we have a private adult side with divided operatories for patients and also an open bay area across the hallway for children. The open bay area allows parents to sit with multiple children at a time and see how they are doing during their visit. Our Dublin dentists give updates to the parents on how their child(ren) are doing with their homecare as well as the areas that need improvement. We disclose every child with a solution that stains areas of plaque where they are missing. We take the time to review brushing and flossing technique so the child can do the best they possibly can at home. Dentistry is all about prevention, so patient education is extremely important to us.