Dangers Of Delaying Dental Care

Dangers Of Delaying Dental Care

Many people tend to think all there is to good oral care means brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing daily. While these are important for maintaining good oral hygiene, regular dental appointments for checkups and cleanings are equally essential. Some are tempted to skip out on routine dental visits as if they don’t play a huge role in keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Whether or not a person is experiencing tooth pain or bleeding gums, putting off dental appointments can become a serious matter. And when everything looks and feels fine, it’s still advisable to not delay routine visits. Routine exams can help prevent cavities and other problems, and problems found early on are more easily treatable. The truth is that waiting to see an Oasis Dental professional puts you at risk for potentially more serious problems. Dr. Spieler advises against delaying even routine dental care for some good reasons. Can a Dental Issue Fix Itself? Unlike many types of health issues, dental problems won’t just go away on their own over time. In fact, if they exist, they will worsen over time. The only exception is a case of weakened enamel. It weakens prior to becoming a cavity, which is visible. If a fluoride supplementation is used, the enamel may re-mineralize. Gingivitis is similar. If inflammation is mild due to poor hygiene habits, it can be reversed in as little as two weeks if brushing and flossing are improved. Unfortunately, an aggressive infection or physical cavity will not go away given time. Even improving your dental hygiene habits won’t keep them from getting worse. By...
Periodontal Disease and Your Overall Health

Periodontal Disease and Your Overall Health

Most of us would agree that taking good care of our teeth and gums is a small price to pay for a healthy white smile. Neglecting our oral health can affect us even when the effects aren’t visible.  Dr. Spieler understands the impact that practicing good oral health can have on your teeth and gums as well as the rest of your body. When Our Teeth and Gums Are Neglected… Our teeth and gums, when lacking care, can begin to get cavities and other health disorders like periodontal disease. The Bala Cynwyd, PA dental team knows of a recent study showing how pathogenic bacteria present in oral diseases like periodontal disease has the ability to travel to other parts of the body and potentially facilitate the development of other diseases. As a result, the benefits of consistently caring for your teeth and gums are clear. Practicing good oral hygiene can be helpful in preventing periodontal disease, which not only harms your oral health but can increase your likelihood of other diseases of the body, including cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Good oral health includes the practice of regularly visiting your dentist as well. Prevention and early diagnosis are keys to keeping oral health issues at bay as well as the potential for developing other diseases of the body, so make sure to come to your Oasis Dental team twice a year for a cleanup on top of your daily oral...
Calcium and Vitamin D: Your Teeth Need Vitamins Too!

Calcium and Vitamin D: Your Teeth Need Vitamins Too!

Vitamin D and calcium are supplements taken to prevent bone loss. A new study from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research suggests that taking calcium and vitamin D can also prevent tooth loss in older adults. Participants in the study took 500 mg of calcium plus 700 units of vitamin D each day, with those that weren’t in the placebo group showing around 40% less likeliness of losing teeth. But on top of this recommended amount, seniors who want to hang on to their pearly whites should get regular dental care at Oasis Dental and perform regular brushing and flossing to ensure that they keep their original set of teeth. Increased Age Increases Risk of Tooth Loss Seniors need to be aware that as they age, their teeth become more prone to cavities because the root surface becomes more exposed. Many of the most common prescription drugs dry the mouth, which prevents the saliva from washing away the bacteria in the mouth. Limited mobility and joint pain make it more difficult to brush and floss. Ask Dr. Spieler about solutions to help you take care of your teeth. Taking a Supplement When choosing a calcium supplement, choose calcium citrate instead of calcium carbonate as it is easier to absorb. Vitamin D added to the supplement can also increase absorption. Look for a high-quality supplement with the USP symbol. Make sure to make an appointment with your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist to take care of gum disease and other tooth...
Are There Really Benefits to Using Fluoride-free Toothpastes?

Are There Really Benefits to Using Fluoride-free Toothpastes?

Dr. Spieler of Oasis Dental is aware of the new fluoride-free toothpastes on the market, and recommends that most patients consider going for fluoridated toothpaste. Your Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist knows that a fluoride-free toothpaste may be something you may have to consider due to extenuating circumstances like allergies or high fluoride content in your diet. For the majority of patients, a big dental benefit is lost by excluding fluoride. Fluoride and its cavity-fighting ability Toothpastes that are fluoride-free will still do a good job of removing material from your mouth which contribute to tooth decay and may help with whitening, assuming that regular brushing and flossing is done. However, what those pastes cannot do is offer the extra benefit of making your tooth enamel harder through the remineralization process that fluoridated toothpaste causes. Fluoride replaces lost minerals in your teeth when it’s used in the miniscule amounts present in most commercial toothpastes, making our teeth more capable of resisting the effects of harmful bacteria in the mouth as well as ingredients in the foods and beverages we all take in. Fluoride helps to preserve your tooth enamel, which is the first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities, making it very important as a tool of prevention and to keep your teeth healthy and strong. If you are concerned about your fluoride intake, or have any questions about what kind of toothpaste is right for you, be sure to give our caring Oasis Dental team a call to schedule a consultation or...
Opioid Abuse: How We Can Help

Opioid Abuse: How We Can Help

The ADA commits to multi-disciplinary efforts toward ending opioid abuse, as do loving, caring dental businesses like Oasis Dental. Did you know that prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl took more than 42,000 lives back in 2016 — more than in other years past? 40% of those deaths involved prescription pain relievers, according to the CDC, but this doesn’t quite account for the nearly two million Americans reported as having abused these products. The ADA has recently begun to include advanced education and training for dentists so that we can assist in fighting the opioid crisis while still maintaining our obligation to managing dental pain. There are numerous complexities surrounding modern pain management within dentistry, even including the very nature of drug addiction, methods for screening patients to glimpse possible substance use disorders, and proven techniques to motivate those at risk who desire the right treatment. In 2016, the ADA last updated its previous statement on opioids use in treating dental pain. For one thing, the statement urged dental professionals to more closely follow the CDC’s “opioid-prescribing guidelines for chronic pain” while using their own state’s prescription-drug monitoring programs, completing continuing education, and using non-narcotics as the primary therapy for this acute dental pain. The ADA also raised greater awareness regarding opioid analgesic abuse through partnering with several outside organizations like the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the DEA, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, and the U.S. Surgeon General as well. And many now pressure Congress to enact funding for a 2016 legislation to authorize multiple activities preventing opioid misuse. Whether you live in beautiful Bala Cynwyd, PA...
Clues Your Mouth Leaves Your Dentist

Clues Your Mouth Leaves Your Dentist

Many of us fail to recognize the connection between dental problems, lifestyle habits, and seemingly unrelated health conditions. However, our mouths tell a very revealing story. Many dental health issues point to far more than just poor brushing habits. Our mouths are often windows into the overall health of our bodies and our diets. In fact, seemingly common dental issues can sometimes indicate much more serious health issues that run the gamut from chronic health conditions like diabetes to excessive drinking. Inconsistent Flossing Don’t think you’re fooling Dr. Spieler by flossing right before your dental visit–your gums will tell a different story. Our Oasis Dental team can often see the slice marks and other indentations created by the dental floss on infrequent flossers. When you floss consistently, your gums won’t be as sensitive, and will build resistance to slice marks. Excessive Consumption of Soda A diet heavy in soda wreaks havoc on your teeth. The heavy sugar and acid content softens teeth enamel, making them prone to chipping and cracking. Dr. Spieler can recognize the impact of carbonated beverages on your teeth based on the presence of soft weakened teeth. Oral Cancer Fortunately, Dr. Spieler can recognize seemingly common dental issues that actually point to more serious issues. Changes in the landscape of your mouth that include bleeding, colored patches, changes in the way your teeth fit together, swelling, and thickening may be strong indicators of oral cancer. The symptoms don’t stop there, however. Lumps, eroded areas on the lips and gums, as well as other parts of the mouth, can be symptoms as well. This is why Dr....
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