Gum Care Month

Gum Care Month - Dental Reflections Dublin

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

Gum Care Month

September is National Gum Care Month, which means focusing on everything gums related, which is part of the foundation for keeping your teeth healthy. If your gums are not healthy, it can affect the bone that surrounds and supports the teeth, holding them in place. Did you know you can lose teeth without ever getting a cavity? Studies show that 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease or gum disease. There are many ways to prevent gum disease. You can start by using simple aids at home and keeping up with your preventative care visits. 

Aids to Prevent Gum Disease

There are so many dental products out on the market these days. Just walking down the dental aisle in the grocery store can become overwhelming. There are certain dental aids that we recommend most for our patients that can help cut down on gingivitis, or even worse – gum disease. 

Soft-Picks are a great tool to use to help keep the gums healthy. They look like a toothpick but have little rubber bristles that help stimulate the gum when you slide in between the teeth. They grab plaque and food debris and help disrupt the plaque bacteria that form colonies in areas your toothbrush may not reach. They are actually made by the brand GUM and can be found at your local grocery or retail store. They are typically green with a white handle. We have sample packs with coupons we can give you the next time you are in. 

Dental floss is another savior when it comes to preventing gum disease. It works by sliding underneath the gum tissue to remove any plaque that has settled down between the tooth and gum that the toothbrush bristles cannot access. Dental floss is like a gum disease insurance policy. If you use it once a day, you will significantly decrease your chances of getting gingivitis or gum disease. The difference between these two is this: gingivitis is completely reversible, while gum disease is not. If gingivitis goes untreated, it can turn into gum disease that then affects the bone around the teeth, or supporting structure, as mentioned above. Once a person has gum disease, it can never go away. You can’t grow back the bone that was lost, but rather maintain what is left to prevent any further damage. 

A Waterpik is also a great option if you hate flossing. With pressurized air and water, a Waterpik helps disturb the plaque bacteria below the gumline and flush it out. At Dental Reflections Dublin, we also recommend these to our patients quite often to help keep the gum tissues healthy.

Preventive Care

By maintaining your preventive care and seeing your dentist at least twice a year, you can also decrease your chances of developing gum disease. Each visit, your hygienist will use a small measuring tool called a probe that will measure the space between your tooth and gum tissue to check the overall health. This shows us if you are starting to develop early signs, which helps us recommend a special treatment plan or homework for you to prevent inflammation from turning into permanent destruction. That’s why seeing your Dublin Ohio dentist for professional cleanings is so important. Studies show there was a 31% decrease in dental costs over five years for patients who received preventive care. For all your dental care needs, contact Dental Reflections Dublin

National Tooth Fairy Day 2020

national tooth fairy day 2020 - Dental Reflections Dublin

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

Celebrating National Tooth Fairy Day 2020

Today is National Tooth Fairy Day! Kids can’t wait to lose their first tooth. It’s something big to look forward to – like their birthday. It’s such an exciting time because it’s something new and they know they will get some kind of “prize” with it. Whether it’s sparkly tooth fairy money, or a small toy or gold coin, kids are sure to love it. 

What Age Does a Child Lose Their First Tooth?

A child typically loses their first tooth around age 6. At Dental Reflections Dublin, we always add and subtract 6 months around this average because every child is different. The first tooth to be lost is one of the bottom front middle teeth followed by the one next to it. Once a child starts to lose teeth, they will lose the first 4 on the bottom front middle and then the top front middle. Then, they won’t lose teeth again for a few years – usually around age 10 or 11. 

Wiggly Teeth 

If your child’s tooth is lose, you can encourage them to wiggle it out. They can practice each day by wiggling it back and forth or pressing and holding it each direction for a few seconds. Many times, kids will shy away from brushing a loose tooth and the gums will get inflamed due to extra plaque in that area. Be sure to help them brush when they have a wiggly tooth or check over after. You do not have to press hard to remove plaque, just a gentle brush in this area will be sufficient. A mouthwash with fluoride is also good to use. Do not be alarmed if you notice teeth coming in on the back side of the wiggly teeth down in the bottom front. Dr. Rudi As-Sanie, a family dentist in Dublin, OH, says this is very common and does not affect anything. Once the wiggly teeth fall out the permanent teeth that came in behind will typically move forward into that space with everyday tongue pressure with eating and talking.

Make the loss of your child’s front tooth a memory they will never forget! Look for a special tooth chest or pillow they can use to put their tooth in and switch it out for something fun while they are sleeping. Some children even like to write a letter or color a picture for the tooth fairy. If you ever have any questions or concerns about the loss of your child’s teeth, please do not hesitate to contact us at 614.799.5576.  Our team would be happy to take a look!

An Overview Of Preventative Dental Maintenance

An Overview Of Preventative Dental Maintenance

If you don’t take extra care of your dental health, you might find yourself spending thousands of dollars in restorative dental care. By practicing preventative dental maintenance, you can definitely safeguard yourself from these expensive dental costs.

Preventative dentistry puts emphasis on the significance of daily practices and ongoing hygiene procedures. Effective preventative dental maintenance combines at-home dental care with professional counseling and treatments to prevent tooth decay and dental problems.

For instance, the American Dental Association recommends having at least two dental checkups per year for professional cleaning and early detection of any developing conditions. If you adhere to such a recommendation, you can help your dentist stop any dental illness in its earliest stages, thus limiting your expense and protecting your smile.

Preventative Oral Care Strategies

At-Home Oral Hygiene

Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily is the most important prevention technique to get rid of dental plaque. When this film-like coating isn’t removed, plaque can build up and dental tartar will be produced. In turn, this can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Fluoride Use

Fluoride will help strengthen your teeth and prevent tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are often given in dental offices. You may also be recommended to use fluoride mouth rinses and toothpaste.

Regular Dental Visits 

Most dental conditions are painless and invisible at first. If you don’t visit your dentist on a regular basis, you might not be aware of such dental issues until they cause considerable damage. Thus, you must schedule dental check-ups every six months. Aside from detecting any dental problem, your dentist can also perform oral cancer screening. For children, oral growth and development will be evaluated.

Dental Cleanings

A dental cleaning is highly recommended every six months to get rid of stains and dental plaque that you can’t remove by brushing and flossing.

Patient Education

Patients who fully understand the outcome of poor dental health are more likely to see their dentist for preventative dental treatments. Also, instilling proper oral hygiene habits will significantly help guarantee a lifetime of good dental health.

Benefits of Preventative Dental Maintenance

Plaque Removal

Even with proper brushing and flossing, it may still be impossible to remove all food debris, deposits, and bacteria from gum pockets. Your dentist will make use of specialized dental equipment to prevent potentially damaging plaque buildup.

Fresher Breath

Bad breath may indicate an advancing gum disease. A combination of gum infection and rotting food debris results in an unpleasant breath. By professionally removing plaque, bacteria, and calculus regularly, you will notice an improvement in your breath and a reduction in infection.

Healthier Smile

Stained teeth can decrease your smile’s aesthetic appeal. Preventative maintenance is the best treatment for removing these unsightly stains in your teeth so you can enjoy a healthier looking smile.

Due to the fact that oral health is linked to your overall health, preventative dental care is crucial. Oral diseases can interfere with speaking, self-esteem, eating, and daily activities. If you are looking for the best dentist in Dublin, Ohio contact us today! We will be happy to perform preventative care services to help you maintain a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.

Oral Health Problems You Can Treat At Home

Effective Home Remedies: Oral Health Problems You Can Treat At Home

Suffering from jaw pain, toothache or canker sores?

Pain is your body’s way of informing you that you should see your doctor immediately. If you are suffering from a severe toothache, visit your dentist right away. But if you have minor pains and toothaches, these can be treated at home. Check your kitchen cabinet for ingredients and tools you can use.

If your mouth is troubling you, here are home remedies for oral health problems you can try.

1. Toothache

Clove Oil – The oil of clove is an age-old home remedy for toothaches. It works since it contains the chemical eugenol that has antibacterial and anesthetic properties. Mix ¼ teaspoon of olive oil and two to three drops of clove oil. Soak some cotton into this mixture and put it in your mouth near the affected tooth. Keep it in place by biting it down. However, you should not go to sleep with the cotton in your mouth.

Lozenges or Cough Drops – Lozenges and cough drops have a small amount of anesthetic to help relieve minor toothaches. Pop one or two and suck on them, but do not chew them.

Vick’s VapoRub – Apply a small amount of Vick’s VapoRub on your cheek where the tooth hurts. Before lying on that side, place a towel first on your pillow.

Other home remedies you can try to relieve minor toothache include placing a cucumber slice on the tooth or a cotton ball soaked in alcohol. You can also directly apply a hot tea bag on the affected tooth because tea has tannic acid, which helps reduce swelling. Some people also claim that onions, wheat grass, garlic, and salt water rinse can relieve a toothache.

2. Sensitive Teeth

No-Frills Toothpaste – When your tooth feels sensitive to hot or cold temperature and to pressure, avoid using whitening toothpaste. Instead, you should use no-frills toothpaste or one that is made for sensitive teeth. This toothpaste contains chemicals that can desensitize your tooth. When sensitivity persists, go to a reputable dentist in Dublin, Ohio. Dr. Rudi can further investigate the underlying cause of your sensitive teeth.

3. Jaw Pain

Eat a Soft Diet – While waiting to see if the pain can resolve on its own or until you get a dental appointment, you must switch to a soft diet. Give yourself several days to eat a soft diet and see if the pain fades away. But if it doesn’t go away, you must visit your dentist to determine its underlying cause.

4. Canker Sore

Hydrogen Peroxide and Water – Often, canker sores resolve on their own. However, the pain can be terrible. While waiting for the sores to heal, consider applying a mixture of half water and half hydrogen peroxide to the sore using a cotton swab. Then, add a dot of Milk of Magnesia. Repeat this up to four times a day.

Milk of Magnesia and Benadryl – Mix equal parts of liquid Benadryl and Milk of Magnesia, and swish it around your mouth for about 60 seconds before spitting it out.

To learn more about effective home remedies for different dental health problems, contact us today. Our team at Dental Reflections Dublin are happy to share information while providing you the compassionate dental care you deserve.

7 Steps To A Better Smile

Look great inside and out: 7 Steps To A Better Smile

A white, bright smile can make you look younger and more attractive. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that around 96% of respondents surveyed strongly believed that an attractive smile can make an individual more appealing. We agree, don’t you?

However, practicing good dental routines goes beyond the goal of enhancing your appearance. Your mouth is the gateway to your body, and so the condition of your gums and teeth will greatly affect your overall health. Dr. Rudi As-Sannie, our favorite Dublin Ohio Dentist gave us her tips to a healthy smile.

Follow these 7 steps to a better smile so you can become healthier and more confident in your smile.

1. Regularly Brush Your Teeth

It might go without saying but, the cornerstone of good dental hygiene is regularly brushing your teeth. Brushing removes food particles in between teeth that bacteria feed on. Brushing for at least two minutes ensures clean teeth and fresh breath. With little ones, we like to have them think/sing the happy birthday song twice as a timer. Use toothpaste with fluoride because this will help strengthen your teeth. To make brushing a lot easier, you can use an electric toothbrush with a built-in two-minute timer.

2. Floss Daily

Brushing alone won’t totally remove food debris in hard-to-reach areas in your teeth. As such, flossing is important. It helps remove plaque and bacteria in between your teeth, thus preventing gum disease. Floss at least once a day, preferably before bedtime. Your mouth produces less saliva when you sleep, which can leave your mouth to be vulnerable to bacteria.

3. Follow a Healthy Diet

Consider including lots of dairy and calcium-rich foods in your diet. Calcium will help maintain strong teeth and bones. Also, the vitamin C in citrus fruits enhances gum health.

It is also crucial that you avoid eating those that can harm your teeth and mouth. These include sticky and sugary foods. As bacteria feed on sugars, they release acids that can lead to cavities. If you want to eat sweets, make sure to immediately brush after eating or rinse your mouth with water.

4. Don’t Use Tobacco

People who use tobacco are more likely to suffer from gum disease than those who do not. The use of tobacco refers both to smoking and chewing tobacco. Tobacco products will increase your risk for oral cancers. On a smaller scale, tobacco will contribute to halitosis or bad breath.

5. Whiten your Teeth

Teeth whitening is a safe procedure that won’t harm your teeth, provided though that the product is used as directed and you are under the supervision of a dentist. For minor staining, over-the-counter whitening products are effective, but for severe cases, professional whitening products are recommended. Prior to undergoing any whitening procedure, you must speak to your dentist to ensure that your gums and teeth are healthy.

6. Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Thorough dental cleaning is important to ensure good dental health, so make sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year. Early signs of dental problems like gum disease can also be detected during your visit. When you are prone to cavities and gum disease, you must visit your dentist at least once every four months.

It is important to have your Dublin Dentist examine your mouth regularly for any sign of trouble, like a non-healing sore inside your cheek or on your lip, bleeding or swollen gums.

7. Undergo Cosmetic Procedures

Your smile is the first thing a person sees if they meet you. Crooked, missing or stained teeth will surely affect your confidence. Over the past decade, there have been excellent innovations in cosmetic dentistry which make fixing common dental problems possible. Veneers, for instance, can improve the appearance of oddly shaped, stained or crooked teeth. Overall, we are seeing more and more adults making the investment to rejuvenate their smile.

Cosmetic procedures are typically designed specifically to meet your smile makeover goals.   Before scheduling any procedure, be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rudi, she is experienced in cosmetic dentistry in Dublin, Ohio and would love to help you restore your smile. Contact us today!

A Piece Of My Tooth Broke. What Should I Do?

Dentists often get calls from patients like this, “A piece of my tooth broke off. What should I do?”

Unfortunately, breaking part of a tooth is a common occurrence. Although the circumstances which resulted in the tooth getting chipped, cracked or broken varies from one person to another. It could happen while you were biting into a hard piece of candy or playing football. Recently we had a patient tell us she had a piece of her tooth break while she was on vacation eating a potato chip.

Whatever the case may be, there is no need to worry. There is always a way for your Dublin OH dentist to fix your broken tooth.

A few reasons why a tooth might break

There are several possible reasons why a tooth might break. One is if you frequently bite into hard food or objects such as ice or candy. Some people may clench their jaws or grind their teeth under stress or while sleeping. (Ask Dr. Rudi about a custom mouth guard) Such instances can damage the enamel on your teeth. Once it gets damaged, this makes it more likely for the tooth to chip, break or crack.

Within each tooth is a pulp that contains sensitive nerves and blood vessels. When a part of your tooth breaks off, you become more prone to feeling sensations of pain. This could happen when you eat something extremely cold or hot, like ice cream or hot chocolate. Although rare, it is also possible for the individual to not feel any pain even with a cracked tooth. It’s all about location.

So, what do you do if you have a broken tooth?

First, call your local dentist immediately to schedule an appointment. It is important to visit your dentist as soon as you notice the chip, crack or break since the longer you wait, the higher the risk of your pulp getting infected and spread to  your gums and bone. We recommend you be proactive in seeking an appointment with your dentist.

In the event that you cannot see a dentist, please follow your usual routine of brushing and flossing your teeth. However, you do need to be gentler with cleaning as a chipped tooth becomes more sensitive to stimuli.

Dentists have several options when it comes to dealing with broken teeth. For small cracks or chipped areas, a dentist could use a bonding material or filling to restore the chipped portion. In more severe cases, a root canal, crown,  or implant surgery may be necessary to deal with the problematic tooth. Either way we will get you feeling good again and restore your tooth like new.

For concerns about your cracked, chipped or broken teeth, call your dentist in Dublin, Ohio. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or consultation with our wonderful team!

The Difference Between “TMJ” And Bruxism

The Difference Between “TMJ” And Bruxism

“TMJ” and bruxism are two entirely different dental disorders that affect how the mouth functions. Because both disorders exhibit similar signs and symptoms, people can misdiagnose their condition. We often see patients who have done some research on the internet and end up confused about their jaw problems.

Keep in mind that the information provided is not meant to replace a visit to your dentist, but should help give you a better idea of the difference between Bruxism and TMJ.

Bruxism Vs. “TMJ”

What people often called “TMJ” is actually TMD.  The TMJ- stands for TemporoMandibular Joint.  It is the joint between your upper and lower jaw, which allows your jaw to move.  Everyone has a TMJ–actually two! When someone experiences pain, clicking, popping, or difficulty moving their TMJ it is considered TMD or TemporoMandibular Disorder.

On the other hand, bruxism is a condition distinguished by teeth grinding or clenching. Many people who suffer from this disorder are often unaware that they are doing it, as the clenching and grinding often happens during sleep and are involuntary actions.

When the grinding and teeth clenching occurs for a long period of time, the individual may have symptoms similar to that of a person suffering from TMD. Pain, aching jaw muscles and difficulty moving the mouth may be experienced. The similarity in the symptoms is what gets people confused.

Treatment options

Because they are two distinct conditions, the treatments are different as well. The dentist will need to conduct a number of tests and examinations before making a diagnosis and prescribing a treatment. There is one minor treatment that can be used for both conditions; this involves the use of a night guard.

For TMD sufferers, a night guard helps take the pressure off the TMJ and deprograms the muscles of the jaw. Bruxism patients may also use a night guard to act as a barrier between the teeth on your upper and lower jaw. However, it is important to note that there are different types of night guards your Dublin, OH dentist may prescribe.

If you are suffering from TMJ, a regular mouth guard that you see online is not enough. A mouth guard designed specifically for TMJ includes a splint that raises the person’s bite and repositions the jaw. This may require several sessions with a dentist. As such, you will need to work closely with your dentist to get your condition diagnosed and treated properly.

If you are looking for a dentist in Dublin, Ohio who can diagnose and treat these issues contact us today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Rudi would be happy to answer any questions you may have when it comes to TMJ, bruxism, or oral hygiene in general.

Small Business Saturday

In honor of Small Business Saturday, we are joining forces with the Columbus area small business community to encourage you to shop local!!

Dental Reflections Deals

For the week of November 27th-December 1st we are offering a special of..

  • 10% off our Opalescence Go whitening kits 
  • 10% off Sonicare Electric Toothbrushes

Check out our events page on Facebook for all of the details or simply send us a message to take advantage of this offer.

 

 

What Causes Smile Insecurity?

What Causes Smile Insecurity (And Tips To Address It)

Everybody deserves to have a smile expressing inner beauty and self-confidence. Most people may feel insecure about their smile at some point in their lives. And we all have that one friend (maybe it’s you) who never smiles with their teeth. It could be due to their insecurity about their teeth. The last thing we want to do is draw more attention to the issue but as a dentist it is hard to sit back and say nothing. We know that there is resolution and whether you do something about it or not, your smile is beautiful to us.

With painless, cost-efficient and simple cosmetic dentistry, you can instantly dazzle the entire world with a fresh looking smile.

3 Obstacles to a Beautiful Smile and How To Address Them

1. Discolored Teeth

Your teeth discolor over time for different reasons. There are external factors and internal causes for tooth discoloration. However, there are also a number of ways to whiten teeth, from using simple products to receiving professional in-office dental treatments. Although a prescription is not required to purchase over-the-counter home remedies, as dental professionals we recommend discussing them with your trusted dentist. (Check out our recent blog post about DIY teeth whitening) Typically, in-office teeth whitening solutions are better and more efficient for patients with sensitivity issues due to the fact that their mouth and teeth can be protected.

2. Crooked Teeth

Most people picture teens in braces when thinking about straightening crooked teeth. But today, there are several teeth straightening treatments that are subtler than the traditional braces. Invisalign is the brand we recommend and have had great results with. Cleaner aligner therapy, is a faster and more comfortable alternative to traditional braces. This treatment makes use of trays to gradually create change and align crooked teeth. With strict compliance and due diligence, these solutions can be successful for both teens and adults.

3. Gaps in my teeth

Gaps between teeth can be fixed with short-term orthodontics or traditional metal braces. Still, there are other means to fix gaps that work to give you a smile that you would want to share. Dental veneers make use of porcelain or ceramic to slightly widen the teeth in order to reduce the gap. Bonding fills using a resin are also a good solution to close the gaps. But if your gap is caused by missing teeth, then dentures, implants and a bridge can restore the healthy smile you once had. Also, gaps in teeth are quite beautiful, and show off your uniqueness. So while we are sharing our knowledge of dental care techniques to reduce a gap in your teeth, please know that we have many patients with  gaps that they have learned to embrace and show off.

3 Tips for Dealing With Smile Anxieties

Apart from recovering your smile with cosmetic dentistry, there are several steps you can make to recover from smile insecurity.

1. Keep Smiling

If you are scared to flash an open-mouthed smile, you can still confidently smile with your mouth closed. This is popularly known as “smizing,” a way of “smiling through your eyes.” Feeling confident and perfectly relaxed are crucial if your goal is to master smizing.

Regardless of your teeth’s condition, you must convey joy by making your eyes sparkle during situations that make you happy. Practice smiling in front of your mirror. Closed-mouth smiles can help make you seem friendly and sweet.

2. Practice Good Oral Care

Brush at least twice a day and floss once daily. Also, avoid consuming foods that are harmful to your teeth. Keeping up with your daily dental hygiene is the best way to treat bad teeth and achieve a perfect smile.

3. Visit your Dentist

Talk to your dentist regarding ways to improve your smile. Your dentist will recommend the best smile makeover treatments that will work for you. He will help rehabilitate your smile as well as make you feel more confident with your teeth.

Having unattractive teeth will make you feel insecure and helpless, turning your face into a permanent frown. It’s a good thing there are advancements in cosmetic dental care; this means there is no longer any reason for you to be unhappy with your smile. Whether you need a teeth whitening treatment or a complete restoration of your teeth, it is now easy to get a confident smile.

The Real Reasons For Grinding Your Teeth

One of the most important purposes of sleep is to provide you complete relaxation. You should be able to forget about your cares, and at the same time, provide your body the time for cell regeneration. But sleep doesn’t come easily for a lot of adults. Many suffer from a certain sleep condition related to our oral health.

Among the most common sleep conditions is teeth grinding. A lot of folks have the tendency to think that they do so because they’re dealing with a lot of stress and teeth grinding or bruxism is the manifestation of their stress during sleep. Stress may contribute to the condition but according to a trusted dentist in Dublin, Ohio, the problem is not that simple.

Researchers established a direct relationship between breathing difficulty while sleeping and bruxism. Brain scans revealed that people with partial blockage in their air passageways had the tendency to grind their teeth. Teeth grinding opens the airway and allows for proper breathing.

However, sleep apnea may not be the only reason why you suffer from bruxism. One of the other reasons for grinding your teeth would be facial structure abnormalities. If you have misaligned jaws and crooked teeth, you may be inclined to grind your teeth when you sleep as well.

Bruxism is a serious dental issue.

If you suffer from it, it’s crucial to seek dental help, especially if you experience a lot of pain in your jaw every time you wake up and you’re already seeing wear on your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and periodontal tissue damage. A dentist can present various treatment options for bruxism – including those to outwork the damages already created by the condition.

Finding the most effective treatment for your condition may take some time. More often than not, your dentist will have to work with your physician or sleep doctor to determine the most appropriate solution to your bruxism. The collaborative effort of these professionals will ensure a successful treatment.

For bruxism, immediate action is crucial. You’ll be able to prevent serious damage to your teeth. So, if you need a dentist who can treat you for this sleep condition, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our dentist can present a number of solutions for bruxism and will have no problem working with your physician for the successful treatment of the condition. We’ll also check your insurance to make sure that you get the appropriate dental care you deserve.