Dental Health

Dental Antibiotics & Tooth Infection

Dental Antibiotics & Tooth Infection

Use of antibiotics in dental problems is very common. It is estimated that out of all antibiotics prescribed a large percentage is for dental infections. Antibiotics are generally prescribed by the dentists in bacterial infections. In fact, it is likely to be one of the first things to be recommend by your dentist in case of a dental infection. Today we will see which antibiotics are used in dentistry and the role played by them in fighting dental infections. 

What is a tooth infection? 

When harmful bacteria get into the root of the tooth it can cause pus formation. Such an infection is also called tooth abscess. A child or an adult can suffer from an abscessed tooth. A tooth abscess generally does not heal on its own and required a visit to the dentist.  

It can be caused by – 

  1. Tooth decay 
  1. Injuries to the tooth 
  1. Previous dental work done on the tooth 

Most common symptoms of tooth infection are  

  1. Toothache 
  1. Swelling of surrounding tissue 
  1. Tooth sensitivity 

While some dentists may be able to drain out the pus without the use of antibiotics but in most cases, antibiotics are used. Tooth abscess not treated well in time can become life threatening as it spreads to the jaw, neck, head and other body parts. Read more about tooth abscess in our blog with the same title. 

When are antibiotics used in dental infections? 

In case of a severe infection or if the infection has spread a lot there are good chances that your dentist will prescribe antibiotics. In cases where the patient has a weak immune system then the dentist may prescribe antibiotic for even a not so severe or localized infection. 

Which antibiotics are generally prescribed in dentistry? 

The type of antibiotics used by the dentist will depend upon the type of bacterial infection one has. There are more than 150 types of bacteria found in the mouth and most of them can potentially cause dental infections. The 2 most commonly used antibiotics of the Penicillin class are – 

  1. Penicillin – is the most commonly used antibiotic since its discovery all over the world. 
  1. Amoxicillin – as per the International Dental Journal, amoxicillin is the most commonly prescribed antibiotic for dental infections. 

Many people however now a days are allergic to penicillin. In case you are one of those make sure you inform your doctor about it before they prescribe these medications. For people with allergies the dentist may prescribe – 

  1. Clindamycin – It is effective against a large spectrum of bacteria. 
  1. Azithromycin – is also capable of halting the growth of a large number of bacteria. 
  1. Metronidazole – is generally not the first choice of antibiotics recommended by dentists but they use it in case other antibiotics do not work on a patient for some reason. 

The dosages of these antibiotics can vary from 500mg/ 8 hours to up to 2000 mg/ 8 hours.  

Side effects of antibiotics  

While antibiotics do a great job of treating a tooth infection fast and not allowing it to spread and give almost instant relief to the patient one must be aware of the side effects of these antibiotics too. Diarrhea, gastric upsets and nausea are some of the most common side effects of these antibiotics. Some like metronidazole can have severe side effects like seizures, anesthesia of the limbs and it is also incompatible if alcohol is consumed. These are some of the reasons why dentists avoid this particular antibiotic however if your dentist is recommending it, then they must have outweighed the benefits vis a vis the risks associated with it. 

Besides these, dizziness, rash, yeast infections are also some of the common side effects of all the above antibiotics. 

What care must you take while on antibiotics?  

  1. Please inform your doctor about any allergies that you may have, including those from any medicine. 
  1. Please make sure you check with the doctor if antibiotic prescribed is suitable for children, pregnant women or breastfeeding women as the case may be. 
  1. Make sure you complete the entire course of medication given. Many people stop taking the medicine the moment they get relief from their symptoms. This is a very bad habit and can result in one developing antibiotic resistance which will make it more difficult for you to get rid of any future infections. 
  1. Please consult your doctor/ dentist if you observe any side effects. While some are common it is always advisable to check in with them for any course correction. 
  1. Antibiotic treatment may clear the infection but you may need additional procedures like root canal, fillings or extraction of tooth to keep the infection away. 
  1. Don’t miss your prescribed dosage and take the medicine on time every time. 

Did you enjoy reading this blog? We hope this blog has been an interesting and informative read. We recommend that you share this blog with your family and friends who may benefit from this information. If you wish to avail any of our services, please call Ensure Dental Care on 940-274-3229 for an appointment today.  

We are a family dentist near you. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best family dental clinics located in Saginaw Texas. We even get patients from Fortworth. We accept all major insurance providers. We also have an in-house payment plan and accept care credit too. We have a very experienced and professional team of dental practitioners and we look forward to serving you to the best of our abilities. 

Ensure Dental Care offers emergency dental services. Irrespective of the problem we offer same day emergency treatments. We entertain walk ins as well. 

We would love to hear from you. If you want to interact with us or give feedback and suggestions about our website, content or services on social media you can follow us on Instagram. Our Instagram handle is @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx. Look out for exciting offers, deals and more fun stuff on our social media handles. We look forward to interacting with you on Instagram and Facebook soon.

Some Quick Recipes For Soft Food

Some Quick Recipes For Soft Food

Just had a dental surgery or an extraction or maybe you just got your braces on, either way you have now been advised to change your diet a little bit for a few days to soft foods in order to protect your sensitive teeth from any damage and to ensure you recover faster. We have all been there and wondered what food should we consume and what we should not. A nutritious meal goes a long way in making sure that we recover fast and properly. A diet of soft food is generally considered good as it provides minimum discomfort to you. A soft food diet may not seem tempting to many but there are so many tasty as well as healthy soft food items that one can have, that you will be surprised. Today we bring you to some of these soft foods that you can easily and quickly prepare at your home. These are tasty and healthy too. 

For Breakfast  

Soft scrambled eggs – Who does not know how to make some scrambled eggs, the trick here is to make them on medium low heat and not letting the eggs dry out. Use butter instead of oil to make them tastier and you could add some cheese too.  

  1. Melt some butter in a pan and whisked eggs to the pan when the butter starts bubbling. 
  1. As the sides of the egg start cooking, use a spatula to swipe the edges. Keep pushing and folding the eggs slow enough to cook but fast enough not to dry off. 
  1. Add salt as per taste and remove from pan and eat a healthy protein rich easy breakfast. 

Oatmeal – If you are one of those who prefers oat meals for breakfast then continue to eat them but with a twist. Blend your oatmeal before adding soft fruits like berries etc and voila you have a protein and fibre rich breakfast at hand.  

You can also make smoothies or sweet and savory crepes for breakfast. 

Soup 

Tomato Gazpacho – A healthy and tasty soup for the soul.  

  1. Roughly chop some tomatoes, bell pepper and a shallot. All to be cored and seeded. 
  1. Add some salt and cumin and some vinegar to it. 
  1. Blend it and strain it. 
  1. Add olive oil for emulsification. After it thickens refrigerate it. 
  1. Add some soft meat like crab meat on top to make a healthy hearty soup. 

Tip – It is a good idea to have cool or lukewarm food instead of very cold or very hot especially when your teeth are sensitive. 

Other soups you may want to consider trying are Japanese miso soup, creamy potato soup, minestrone soup and creamy Mexican corn chowder. 

Side Dish 

Tofu and Cauliflower mash – Simple and quick side dish for you. 

  1. Boil potatoes and cauliflower separately till they soften, drain and set them aside. 
  1. Heat olive oil in a pan, add some pods of garlic till they brown. Cool the same. 
  1. Puree the pre warmed tofu and garlic in a food processor. 
  1. Mash the potatoes and cauliflower together. Add the puree of tofu and garlic to eat. Add salt and pepper as per your taste and there you have it. 

Other side dishes you can easily make and enjoy are mashed sweet potatoes, potato patties, turkey and sage patties and roasted eggplant pate. 

Mains 

Slow roasted citrus and salmon – Salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acids and is a very good source of lean protein and is also low in saturated fat. It is one of the easiest things to cook. 

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  
  1. Put some fresh cilantro on it. 
  1. Season salmon with salt on both sides after skinning. Place it on top of the cilantro. 
  1. Drizzle olive oil on top and rub it in. Place lemon and orange slices on top of the fish. 
  1. Roast until salmon is just done. Squeeze juice from lemon and orange on top of salmon before eating it. 

You can also try cauliflower mac and cheese, beef risotto, congee, porridge, polenta and sweet potato lasagna. 

Dessert 

Peanut butter banana ice cream – Only 3 ingredients needed for a nice dessert. 

  1. Slice the bananas. 
  1. Add them along with peanut butter and cocoa powder to a blender. 
  1. Blend till you get an ice cream like consistency. 
  1. Serve as it is. 

Keep in mind not to eat hard, crunchy and chewy stuff like nuts, candy, pizza crusts, raw carrots, corn on the cob etc. Have small frequent meals. Move from liquid to pureed and then soft food items after surgery or extraction. Now you can enjoy eating good healthy and tasty food while recovering. 

We hope this blog has been an interesting and informative read. We recommend that you share this blog with your family and friends who may benefit from this information. If you wish to avail any of our services, please call Ensure Dental Care on 940-274-3229 for an appointment today.  

We are a family dentist near you. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best family dental clinics located in Saginaw Texas. We even get patients from Fortworth. We accept all major insurance providers. We also have an in-house payment plan and accept care credit too. We have a very experienced and professional team of dental practitioners and we look forward to serving you to the best of our abilities. 

Ensure Dental Care offers emergency dental services. Irrespective of the problem we offer same day emergency treatments. We entertain walk ins as well. 

We would love to hear from you. If you want to interact with us or give feedback and suggestions about our website, content or services on social media you can follow us on instagram. Our instagram handle is @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx. Look out for exciting offers, deals and more fun stuff on our social media handles. We look forward to interacting with you on instagram and Facebook soon.  

What are Endodontic Treatments?

What are Endodontic Treatments?

Today we broach a little technical sounding treatment category called endodontic treatments. Let us understand what these are and what kind of treatments fall under this category of treatments. The purpose of this blog is to make you aware of the options you have for treating damaged teeth because the more aware you are the more informed decision you can make about your line of treatment as per your budget, lifestyle and impact on your future dental health.  

Who are Endodontists? 

Dental specialists who specialize in saving teeth. All endodontists are dentists but not all dentists are endodontists. They study more than dentists about diagnosis of tooth pain, root canal and other procedures related to the inside of the tooth. Endodontists treat tooth decay, tooth abscess (you can read more about tooth abscess in our blog titled Tooth Abscess), cracked or fractured teeth and tooth injuries. They are sometimes called root canal dentists however they do much more than just root canals. Endodontists are experts at managing a wide range of complex endodontic problems in an efficient manner. Their purpose is to save the natural tooth because no artificial tooth can replace the look and function of a natural tooth. 

What treatments come under Endodontic Treatments? 

Coming back to the most important question we have to answer in this blog is what kind of treatments come under endodontic treatments. Endodontic procedures involve the inner tissues like the pulp and the nerves in any treatment. Endo means inside and odont pertains to teeth. Endodontists diagnose the problem using x-rays, sensitivity to hold and cold swabs and tapping the affected tooth. 

  • Root canal – One of the most common of all the endodontic treatments is the root canal treatment. When the innermost part of the tooth, the pulp gets infected then this treatment is required to save the tooth. The infection can be caused by cavities in the teeth, fractures to the tooth, dental injuries or even repeated dental procedures. The procedure involves carefully removing the infected portion and cleaning the root canals and sealing them off. It is generally performed under anesthesia and may need multiple visits to the dentist. The symptoms that one is in need of a root canal may not always be apparent. Some people experience toothache, swelling of gums, tooth sensitivity etc. while many do not experience anything. Generally, an x-ray is needed to diagnose the problem properly. In case the problem is left untreated it can result in tooth abscess and eventual tooth loss besides causing severe discomfort. 
  • Endodontic surgery – If the problem is not solved by a root canal it is possible that your dentist may recommend an endodontic surgery. The surgery allows the endodontists to locate minute canals, any fractures which may not be visible even in an x-ray. Some surgeries are recommended to remove calcium deposits in the root canals or treat any damage to the root or bone surrounding the root during a root canal. This type of a surgery is very accurate, quick and comfortable now a day due to advanced technology.  
  • Emergency dental injuries – Some dental injury can be as a result of sports or accident of some kind. Many a times these can be minor like chipped teeth or dislodged tooth but in some cases, it can be a major injury. Endodontists treat the traumatic dental injuries. The treatment in such cases will depend upon the severity of the injury and the location and type of injury as well. 
  • Dental Implants – If the infection or injury is so serious that the natural tooth cannot be saved then the endodontists will proceed with extracting the teeth. Ideally endodontists take all measures to save the tooth even in the severest of cases however they may go for extraction as a last resort. Endodontists also perform dental implant surgeries. 
  • Endodontic retreatment – In case a root canal was not done properly or if the teeth does not heal properly then a retreatment may be needed to remove and replace materials used in the root canal that did not end well. 

Just like the American Dental Association there is a professional society of endodontists which has more than 8000 members worldwide. It is called the American Association of Endodontists. You can checkout their website https://www.aae.org/ for more information on who are endodontists, how are they different from dentists, what kind of problems do endodontists resolve, the types of treatments they offer and when to see an endodontist. The website covers all the above information given in this blog in much more detail with patient FAQs and testimonials too. Besides these they have many patient education articles. Their motto is not surprisingly “Worth Saving”.  

In conclusion we would like to say Endodontic treatments save teeth and endodontists are tooth saviours.  

Did you enjoy reading this blog? We hope this blog has been an interesting and informative read. We recommend that you share this blog with your family and friends who may benefit from this information. If you wish to avail any of our services, please call Ensure Dental Care on 940-274-3229 for an appointment today.  

We are a family dentist near you. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best family dental clinics located in Saginaw Texas. We even get patients from Fortworth. We accept all major insurance providers. We also have an in-house payment plan and accept care credit too. We have a very experienced and professional team of dental practitioners and we look forward to serving you to the best of our abilities. 

Ensure Dental Care offers emergency dental services. Irrespective of the problem we offer same day emergency treatments. We entertain walk ins as well. 

We would love to hear from you. If you want to interact with us or give feedback and suggestions about our website, content or services on social media you can follow us on Instagram. Our Instagram handle is @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx. Look out for exciting offers, deals and more fun stuff on our social media handles. We look forward to interacting with you on Instagram and Facebook soon.

All you need to know about CareCredit

All you need to know about CareCredit

If you have been to a doctor for some ailment at any point in your life there is a good chance that you may have seen a notice on the billing counter saying CareCredit accepted. Ever wondered what is CareCredit? We will try to solve that mystery here today in this blog. CareCredit is like a medical credit card only a little different from an actual credit card because you can only use it pay for your medical expenses. It is much closer to a loan than a credit card. 

How did it start? 

CareCredit company came into existence in 1987 that was into making dental implants. The owner of the company Ralph Stern wanted to make sure that more and more people could benefit from the dental implants as it was a new technology then. While many people wanted to try dental implants, they were not sure how to pay for them. That’s when he came up with the idea of a private credit card for dental care. CareCredit the healthcare card thus came into existence.  

What kind of treatments does CareCredit cover? 

According to the website of CareCredit  www.carecredit.com the CareCredit card is now accepted at more than 2,50,000 service providers and these don’t include only dental care. The card has truly become a healthcare card making it easy for patients to make their payment not just for dental work but also for vision care like LASIK surgeries, routine eye checkups, sunglasses, dry eye treatment, cataract procedures, contacts lenses and more. The card is also accepted in cosmetic surgery financing like nose jobs, facelifts, tummy tucks, botox treatments and many other cosmetic treatments. Besides these they are now into animal/ pet care, fitness, dermatology, hearing, chiropractic treatments, labs and diagnostics, pharmacies, medical equipment, hospitals, primary clinics, wellness spas, sleep clinics, weight loss programs and even specialists (ENT, Nephrology, Urology, Neurology, Orthopedics, Imaging and Radiology etc.). For the complete list of treatments covered please visit their website. 

How does CareCredit work?  

There is always some part of medical expenses that are not covered by insurance. Well, this is where CareCredit comes in picture. You can use CareCredit to pay your out-of-pocket expenses with those healthcare providers who have a tie up with CareCredit.  The card also offers special financing options which are not offered by any credit card especially related to health care. 

Like a credit card you can make payment for your medical expenses on the spot using the CareCredit card. After that all you need to do is repay the amount within a period of 6, 12, 18 or 24 months as approved by the credit team of CareCredit, without any extra interest. All you have to do is pay a minimum amount monthly and the entire due amount before the expiry of the above decided period. 

CareCredit also offers long term financing for larger amounts for 24, 36.48 or even 60 months period. To reiterate once again no interest is charged on the due amount before the said period elapses. However, if full due amount is not repaid in time, then the interest is charged on amount due from the date of the purchase just like a credit card. Credit limit, approval of the finance and repayment of the same is subject to some terms and conditions which may differ from case to case. To know more about approvals and repayments do check out their website. 

Which dental procedures are covered by CareCredit? 

Since Ensure Dental Care is a family dental clinic, this blog is the right place to highlight the some of the major dental procedures covered by CareCredit (this info is as per their website as on 04/11/22 and subject to change). There are other dental procedures which are also catered to. We urge you to visit their website for the same. 

Restorative and Cosmetic Procedures 

  • Dental Implants 
  • Ceramic crowns 
  • Root Canals 
  • Braces and retainers 
  • Invisalign 
  • Six Month Smiles 
  • Veneers and Lumineers 
  • Teeth cleaning and repairs 

Preventive Dentistry 

  • 6 monthly checkups 
  • Gingivitis prevention 
  • Fluoride treatment 
  • Ceramic Fillings 
  • Sealants 
  • Scaling 
  • Sports mouthguards 
  • Endodontics and Periodontics 

Benefits of CareCredit  

  1. Your health care expenses especially the big ones can be made more manageable using a CareCredit card.  
  1. You can get an interest free loan to pay for your out-of-pocket medical expenses almost instantly without much effort. 
  1. It is much easier to get a CareCredit card than a regular credit card. 

How can I apply for CareCredit card? 

CareCredit allows anyone to check if they qualify for a card but in order to apply, you will need to provide them with some personal information like: 

  • Name 
  • Address 
  • Date of birth 
  • Social Security number  
  • Net income 
  • Housing Information 

The approval of the card is determined by the company as per their rules and regulations and the credit limit on your CareCredit card is determined by your credit history. 

A hugh medical bill can dent anyone’s pocket and upset our monthly budget. Cards like CareCredit come in handy at such times. A word of caution, all types of financing come with their own terms and conditions and hence we encourage you to read all of them properly before availing for CareCredit or other similar health cards. 

Hope this blog has been an interesting and informative read. Please share this blog with your family and friends. If you wish to avail our services call Ensure Dental Care on 940-274-3229 for an appointment today. We are family dentist in Saginaw Tx. We accept all major insurance providers. We also have an in-house payment plan. We have a very experienced and professional team of dental practitioners and we look forward to serving you to the best of our abilities. Ensure Dental Care offers emergency dental services. Irrespective of the problem we offer same day emergency treatments. We entertain walk ins also. 

We would love to hear from you. If you want to interact with us or give feedback and suggestions about our website, content or services on social media you can follow us on Instagram. Our Instagram handle is @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx. Look out for exciting offers, deals and more fun stuff on our social media handles. We look forward to interacting with you on Instagram soon.

Why is Oral Health Important?

Why is Oral Health Important?

First and foremost, let us settle the question – Is oral health important? Well, the answer is pretty obvious yes of course! We are sure no one will dispute this fact. Something that has been drilled into us since childhood is that we need to brush daily, we need to take care of our teeth and mouth and therefore it comes as no surprise that most people will agree with our statement of fact that oral health is important. But if we were to ask why? Why is oral health important? We are likely to get some logical some vague but mostly uninformative answers. The most common answer one gets it is that we eat with the help of our teeth and we need to eat to stay healthy so taking care of one’s teeth automatically gains importance. Well, that is true, partly! There are a number of reasons besides this main reason that oral health is important. Let us explore those reasons today in this blog. 

Why is oral health important? 

Surveys done in May 2012, conducted by the American Dental Association about oral health found that many people are unaware of the importance of practicing good oral hygiene and its connection to overall health. Many people were not even certain of basic stuff like proper dental care, recommended time for replacing toothbrushes, and causes of dental cavities among many others. Dental and oral health is linked with one’s overall health and well-being. Poor oral hygiene can lead to dental cavities and gum disease, and has also been found to be associated with heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and a host of other diseases like respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Benefits of good oral health 

Good oral health can have multiple health benefits. By maintaining a good oral hygiene routine like brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day and going for a dental checkup every six months can help in a number of ways – 

  1. Reduce plaque and tartar deposits on the teeth. 
  1. Reduce the risk of diseases of the gum and tooth decay. Both gum diseases and tooth decay if left untreated can lead to tooth loss. 
  1. Reduce the risk of heart diseases – the bacteria in our mouth can get into our blood causing the chances of more clot formation resulting in an increased risk of heart disease. Good oral hygiene can prevent this. 
  1. Gum diseases can inflame the blood vessels thus impacting the blood flow going to the brain, this can result in strokes which can be debilitating for many individuals. Gum diseases are avoidable and even reversible if detected during early stages.  
  1. Recent research has indicated that the chances of a person developing diabetes goes up considerably if they have untreated gum diseases. People with gum diseases have a harder time in controlling blood sugar levels as compared to people with no gum diseases. 
  1. Some bacteria from the mouth can be pulled into the lungs causing respiratory diseases like the pneumonia. 
  1. Keeping the teeth and gums healthy can go a long way in reducing the chances of developing oral cancer. Oral cancer is the 6th most common cancer in the world and is a highly deadly disease. Smoking and drinking alcohol have been associated with increased risk of getting oral cancer and these two habits are also harmful for the teeth. It is better to quit smoking and minimize the alcohol consumption for the sake of one’s oral health. 
  1. People with healthy gums have been found to be less likely to develop dementia and diseases like Alzheimer’s as compared to people suffering from chronic gum diseases for long.  
  1. Osteoporosis is linked to periodontal and tooth bone loss. 
  1. Other disorders linked to oral health are rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s disease, pancreatic cancer, chronic kidney diseases and some eating disorders too. 
  1. Good oral health, no bad breath and sparkling white teeth can also boost one’s confidence. Healthy teeth and a healthy smile go a long way in improving one’s self esteem.  

With so many benefits accruing from good oral health you can only imagine how important oral health is. 

If these reasons are not enough, we will give one final reason which hopefully will set you on the path of good oral health. Research shows that a person’s longevity is directly linked to the number of teeth one has. With good oral care and frequent dental checkups, you will not only be looking good and taking care of your teeth and gums but you will also be taking care of your overall health and contributing to the length of your life.   

Hope this blog has been an interesting and informative read. We hope it helps you take oral health more seriously. Take care of your oral health and you will be confident, healthy and live a long life too. We wish you all the luck and good oral health. 

Make sure that your share this new found wisdom with your family and friends. If you wish to avail our services call Ensure Dental Care on 940-274-3229 for an appointment today. We are one of the best family dentist near you. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best Saginaw Tx dentist. We accept all major insurance providers. We also have an in-house payment plan. We have a very experienced and professional team of dental practitioners and we look forward to serving you to the best of our abilities. Ensure Dental Care offers emergency dental services. Irrespective of the problem we offer same day emergency treatments. We entertain walk ins also. 

We would love to hear from you. If you want to interact with us or give feedback and suggestions about our website, content or services on social media you can follow us on Instagram. Our Instagram handle is @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx. Look out for exciting offers, deals and more fun stuff on our social media handles. We look forward to interacting with you on Instagram soon.  

Importance of regular teeth cleanings

Importance of regular teeth cleanings

When was the last time you got your teeth cleaned at a dentist’s clinic?  Do you know that American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you must visit your dentist at least twice a year for a check up and professional dental cleaning? Despite this 28% Americans go without a dental checkup for more than 1 year. May be some of you are wondering if one brushes twice a day and flosses every day then why does one need to get teeth cleaned by a dentist? Let us understand what is this teeth cleaning done by the dentists and why is it important. 

What is teeth cleaning? 

This is a routine dental treatment. Your family dentist can do it so that your dental hygiene is maintained and improved if need be. Professional dental cleanings are extremely important for not just your oral health but also overall health. 

What happens during the teeth cleaning procedure? 

Your dentist will check your jaws and neck to see if there are any irregularities. He/ She may take an X-Ray too. After the external examination the dentist will then check your mouth for cavities, fillings, cracked teeth, any symptoms or signs of gum disease or oral cancer. Then the dentist will start the cleaning process. Using their tools, they will clean any plaque or tartar build up from the surface and in between the teeth. The dental hygienist may also use a floss for reaching the hard-to-reach areas. Finally, the dentist will polish the teeth to avoid any future problems. They may also for some patients do the fluoride treatment. In case they encounter any cavities or gum diseases or signs of any other problems they will advise suitable steps or treatments to you. 

Why is professional teeth cleaning important? 

Professional teeth cleaning is important for a number of reasons. Here we list the most important ones – 

  1. Despite having good oral hygiene, we end up eating food and drinking stuff that is harmful for teeth. For example, drinking too much tea, coffee or wine can stain our teeth. If we go for regular dental cleaning then these stains on the teeth can be removed leaving us with a whiter brighter smile. 
  1. Most gum diseases have no symptoms during the initial stages. And during this stage they are actually reversible. If you go for regular dental cleanings, you will have double benefit, one the cleanings will help prevent gum diseases and secondly incase there is a sign of occurrence of any gum disease it will be detected promptly and suitable treatment can be given immediately. Gum diseases in advanced stages are responsible for a number of problems including loss of teeth. Regular teeth cleaning can help prevent and treat the same. 
  1. Regular teeth cleaning ensures that you can get rid of any bad breath you may have. Bad breath can have a number of reasons like eating certain foods or drinks, bad habits like consumption of tobacco, poor oral hygiene and some health conditions like dry mouth. All these can be checked during the dental cleaning. 
  1. Good oral hygiene is linked to good cardiovascular health and also diabetes. With regular cleaning you can ensure that you take care of your oral hygiene and at the same time you are promptly warned of any problems that may be indicating a heart problem or diabetes etc. 
  1. Oral cancer kills. Early detection can help. Regular teeth cleanings can do just that. 
  1. The dentist can also check for cavities, broken fillings and fractures or cracked teeth during the cleanings which can then be fixed. 

How often should I get regular teeth cleanings? 

Recent studies have shown that people who are not at risk of any major health problems can visit the dentist once a year for dental cleaning and that will be sufficient to ensure prevention of gum diseases and potential tooth loss. If, however you are over the age of 50 years you must visit the dentist for teeth cleaning at least twice a year. People with health risks or exacerbated dental problems may be required to visit even more frequently. What’s more is that teeth cleanings come under preventive oral care and most insurance companies cover it so you can go for regular dental cleanings without worrying about the expenses. You will be not only taking care of your teeth but also not spending a bomb on the same.  

Your dental health is in your hands. A dental hygienist will help you keep your mouth healthy.  

We come back to the same question with which we started this blog today – When was the last time you got your teeth cleaned at a dentist’s clinic? Even if you think I don’t need it because I have a good oral hygiene or if you feel that you have not gotten your teeth cleaned in a long – long time so how do I start now, let us tell you it is never too late.  Call Ensure Dental Care on 940-274-3229 for a teeth cleaning appointment today 

We are the family dentist near you. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best Saginaw TX dentist. We accept all major insurance providers. We also have an in-house payment plan. We have a very experienced and professional team of dental practitioners and we look forward to serving you to the best of our abilities. Ensure Dental Care offers emergency dental services. Irrespective of the problem we offer same day emergency treatments. We entertain walk ins also. 

Hope this blog has been an interesting and informative read. If yes make sure that your share it with your family and friends. We would love to hear from you. If you want to interact with us or give feedback and suggestions about our website, content or services on social media you can follow us on Instagram. Our Instagram handle is @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx. Look out for exciting offers, deals and more fun stuff on our social media handles. We look forward to interacting with you on Instagram soon.

What to know about Dental Veneers?

What to know about Dental Veneers?

Your smile goes a long way in forming first impressions. We all want to give good first impressions be it on a date or an interview. Sometimes our smile gets marred by how our teeth look. Discoloration, staining, chipped or broken tooth, uneven teeth all these factors impact our smile negatively. But worry not we have a solution for you that will make your smile perfect and that solution is called dental veneers. Veneers are a long term and long lasting solution to one’s cosmetic concerns. 

What are dental veneers? 

Veneers are thin coverings that are bonded to the front of your teeth using a cement in order to change the shape, size, color and even the length of your teeth. The purpose of the veneers is to improve your smile. A veneer can be made up of ceramic, porcelain or composite materials. Porcelain veneers are generally more popular amongst the three kinds. These are cosmetic changes that are permanent in nature done to restore the function and look of your teeth. Veneers are a go to option for dentists to fix uneven teeth, spaced out teeth, chipped tooth as well as stained and discolored teeth. Usually, veneers are used on the 8 top front teeth. So, you must now be wondering what are the benefits of getting dental veneers? 

Benefits of dental veneers 

Getting veneers can be beneficial in many ways like – 

  1. Getting natural-colored appearance of the teeth if your teeth are discolored and stained due to excessive drinking of tea, coffee or wine. 
  1. You can even make your teeth look whiter than their actual color and get veneers easily. 
  1. Fix minor teeth issues like chipped teeth, gaps between the teeth.  
  1. Enamel if it wears off exposes the yellow dentin layer. Veneers cannot replace the enamel but they can cover the exposed dentin and camouflage it. Veneers are one of the best solutions for enamel erosion due to ailments like acid reflux. 
  1. It is a permanent treatment and in case you get porcelain veneers then you have an added advantage that the porcelain veneers are stain resistant. 
  1. Veneers are strong and with proper care veneers can last up to 20 years also. 
  1.  Get a smile makeover and a perfect smile to boost your self-esteem. Because veneers are a cosmetic treatment, they can make your smile look better consequently improving your confidence and self-esteem. 

How can I get veneers? 

You need to first visit us or your family dentist to figure out if veneers are the best solution for you. In case of serious damage or decay to the teeth crowns are considered better.  Read more about it in our blog Veneers vs Crowns. Your dentist will most likely take an X-Ray and check your teeth for signs of tooth decay, gum diseases and need for root canals. In case you can get a veneer then you must choose between the kind of veneer you want (each kind has its own pros and cons)– 

  1. Porcelain Veneer – these are strong, natural colored, stain resistant and you can make them whiter than your natural teeth as well. These can be expensive and need multiple visits to the dentist. In case of porcelain veneers after the initial consultation the dentist will grind down the teeth, make an impression of your teeth and create a mold during the second visit. The mold will then be sent to the lab for porcelain veneers to be made. Once the veneer is ready you need to visit the dentist again. Now the dentist will clean and then grind your tooth and get the veneer cemented to the front of your teeth. He will then harden it with a UV light. 
  1. Resin based composite Veneer – easier to fix (but can get damaged easily), less expensive than porcelain veneers, and require very little enamel removal. In case of resin based veneers the dentist will prepare your teeth by etching the surface of the tooth and then applying a thin layer of the resin based composite material. The dentist will then harden it with UV light. This can be done in a single visit also. 
  1. No prep veneers – these are also called lumineers and they don’t need too much teeth preparation to be fixed. These are made of laminates. They are not permanent and can be removed after putting them. Getting lumineers is generally painless and fast and less expensive than other kinds of veneers. As the name suggests teeth does not need to be prepared and the veneers only affect the enamel. This procedure does not even need any local anesthesia. Read more about lumineers in our blog Veneers vs Lumineers

You can choose a veneer which suits your needs but you should also take the dentist’s recommendation on this subject. 

Cost of getting veneers 

The cost of veneers depends on the type of veneers you have chosen. Veneers treatment is generally not covered under insurance as it is considered a cosmetic procedure. Porcelain veneers can cost anywhere from $900 to $2500 per tooth. Composite veneers can be in the range of $400 to $2000 per tooth. Other factors that can change the cost is your area’s general standard of living, brand of veneers used and the expertise and experience of the dentist. 

Hope this blog has been an interesting and informative read. If yes make sure that your share it with your family and friends. For any dental queries and appointments call Ensure Dental Care on 940-274-3229. Ensure Dental Care offers emergency dental services. Irrespective of the problem we offer same day emergency treatments. We entertain walk ins also. 

We are the family dentist near you. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best family dental clinics at Saginaw Texas. We accept all major insurance providers. We also have an in-house payment plan. We have a very experienced and professional team of dental practitioners and we look forward to serving you to the best of our abilities. 

We would love to hear from you. If you want to interact with us or give feedback and suggestions about our website, content or services on social media you can follow us on Instagram. Our Instagram handle is @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx. Look out for exciting offers, deals and more fun stuff on our social media handles. We look forward to interacting with you on Instagram soon. 

Who is an Orthodontist and what treatments do they do?

Who is an Orthodontist and what treatments do they do?

What is orthodontics? 

Before we answer this question, let us understand what is orthodontics? Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry. The word orthodontics comprises of 2 parts Orthos meaning straight and Dontics meaning teeth. We are sure you would have understood by now what is this special branch of dentistry is all about. Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with alignment of the teeth and jaw.  

Who are orthodontists? 

The specialists who practice Orthodontics are called the orthodontists. Orthodontist undergo additional 2 or more years of training post the 4 years at the dental school in order to specialize in this branch of dentistry.  

They help prevent, diagnose and correct teeth irregularities like overbites, underbites, cross bites and also the use of braces falls under the purview of their work. The goal of an orthodontist is to improve your bite and align your teeth so that you can eat, chew and speak properly.  

Benefits and importance of orthodontics 

Alignment of teeth really helps improve speech, bite and also allows a person to chew better. To read more on different kinds of bites and the importance of orthodontics read our blog – Importance of Orthodontics. Besides these the most important benefit of alignment of teeth is the cosmetic effect and the boost to one’s self-esteem. Straightening teeth also means better cleaning and reduction in chances of getting cavities. 

What kind of problems do orthodontists fix? 

Orthodontists help in resolving a number of issues of alignment of teeth and jaw like – 

  1. Under bite – when the lower jaw appears in front of the upper jaw when the mouth is closed. 
  1. Over bite – when the upper jaw appears in front of the lower jaw when the mouth is closed. 
  1. Cross bite – When some teeth of the upper jaw are in front and some behind the corresponding teeth in the lower jaw when the mouth is closed. 
  1. Open bite – When there is a gap between the front teeth of upper and lower jaw when one bites down. 
  1. Overcrowding of teeth 
  1. Spacing – fixing gaps between the teeth. 

If you feel you have any of these problems then you must consult an orthodontist. Only they can determine the problem and consequently the right line of treatment for you.  They use clinical examination, X-rays, plastic models and different kinds of appliances for different problems. Let us explore some of the most commonly used appliances by orthodontists. 

Types of appliances used in orthodontic treatments 

Orthodontists use different kinds of appliances in different orthodontic treatments. These appliances are used to move the teeth slowly into desired place, retrain muscles by putting pressure on the jaws gently. Some of these appliances are fixed while some are removable. 

Fixed appliances include – 

  1. Braces – These are also called orthodontic braces, traditionally they are made of metal. They have bands, wires and brackets. Brackets are attached to the front or back of the teeth and the wires connect these brackets to bands. The wires are tightened at regular intervals thereby putting pressure on the teeth forcing them to move in the desired position. 
  1. Dental space maintainers – some children lose their primary teeth earlier than usual. In such cases orthodontists use what is known as dental space maintainer to make sure there is space for eruption of permanent teeth. 
  1. The Herbst® appliance – generally used to reduce overbites it brings the lower jaw forward and take the upper molars backwards. Used generally in growing children. 

Among the removable appliances we have – 

  1. Aligners – The most popular now a days are the aligners because of their aesthetic appeal. These work on the same principles like braces however they don’t have brackets or wires and are available in clear or invisible variety making them very popular. These have to be removed while eating, drinking and brushing. 
  1. Removable space maintainers – These serve the same purpose as the fixed dental space maintainers except that they are made of plastic with an acrylic base that fits on the jaw. They are placed where the teeth are missing. 
  1. Splints – These are removable appliances used to reposition the jaw to reduce pain in TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders. They help in the opening and closing of the jaw. They are placed on either upper or the lower jaw depending on the problem. 
  1. Retainers – Generally after braces dentists recommend wearing retainers which are worn on the roof of the mouth and prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position. 
  1. Palate expanders – Sometimes teeth can be overcrowded because the palate and upper jaw are constricted. These devices made of plastic plates are used to expand the palate by fixing them to the roof of the mouth leading to widening of the upper jaw. 

There are some risks associated with orthodontic treatments like early tooth decay, loss of gum support and dissolving roots of teeth. The benefits of orthodontic treatments outweigh most of these risks. However, always make sure you understand the risks involved before undergoing any orthodontic treatment.  

Hope this blog has been an interesting and informative read. If yes make sure that your share it with your family and friends. For any dental queries and appointments call Ensure Dental Care on 940-274-3229. Ensure Dental Care offers emergency dental services. Irrespective of the problem we offer same day emergency treatments. We entertain walk ins also. 

We are the family dentist near you. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best Saginaw dental clinics at Saginaw Texas. We accept all major insurance providers. We also have an in-house payment plan. We have a very experienced and professional team of dental practitioners and we look forward to serving you to the best of our abilities. 

We would love to hear from you. If you want to interact with us or give feedback and suggestions about our website, content or services on social media you can follow us on Instagram. Our Instagram handle is @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx. Look out for exciting offers, deals and more fun stuff on our social media handles. We look forward to interacting with you on Instagram soon. 

How to take care of your dentures?

How to take care of your dentures?

Dentures are false teeth that are most commonly used to replace lost teeth. They are as old as 2500 BC when animal teeth were used to make dentures. Then came the Egyptians and Etruscans who made dentures not only from animal teeth but also bone, wire etc. There was a time when wooden dentures were also used in Japan. 

With advancements in technology now dentures are made of materials like acrylic, nylon, porcelain, resin etc. Generally, the frame of the dentures is made up of metal or acrylic. 9th March is observed as National False Teeth Day every year to raise awareness about oral care and the importance, use and care of false teeth or dentures. They are used by many celebrities like Ben Affleck, Miley Cyrus, George Clooney etc. 

Dentures are now a days giving way to implants and yet dentures are still popular among young as well as old because they are comfortable, efficient and aesthetically pleasing. The average age of when people start using dentures is somewhere between 40 to 49. This is the age when they first experience tooth loss due to age related factors. To know more about types dentures, their advantages and disadvantages read our blog – Dentures. You can also check out our blogs – Myths about Dentures and Dentures vs Implants if these topics interest you.    

Now that we have established that dentures are widely used, we must try to understand how to take care of Dentures. This blog is to raise awareness about that. 

Tips to take care of your dentures 

  1. Handle dentures with care. Take appropriate precautions while handling them to avoid dropping them. They can break if they fall hard on a surface. 
  1. Remove your dentures after every meal and rinse them under running tap water. Dentures like our natural teeth can also have food particles stuck on and in between them and if not cleaned properly can lead to plaque formation and other oral problems. While you clean your dentures make sure to wipe your gums and teeth too with a soft wet cloth or gently with a toothbrush. 
  1. Just like we brush our natural teeth, make sure you brush your dentures too daily. The only difference is don’t use a toothpaste. A toothpaste is abrasive and can make scratches on the dentures which can be ideal pockets for plaque to build up. Use a non-abrasive denture cleanser. Don’t use a hard bristled brush, there are special brushes available for brushing of dentures. Use them. Denture brushes are effective and do not harm the dentures. Avoid brushing too hard as this may wear down the dentures.    
  1. Soak your dentures overnight and when not using in water or denture cleanser soaking solution. This is to make sure they stay moist and retain their shape. If the dentures have metal attachments the denture soaking solution may not be the best option to soak them in. Please check with your dentist on how best to take care of them. Never put dentures in hot or boiling water, it can warp the dentures. Also never use denture soaking solution while the dentures are in the mouth. 
  1. Don’t wear dentures overnight. This is to avoid getting fungal infections like denture stomatitis which is caused by a type of yeast. Research has shown that 70% of denture users generally develop this condition. It is very important to take care especially in the case of feeble and incapacitated patients who use dentures.   
  1. Every morning before putting on your dentures make sure to rinse them thoroughly with water especially if you are using a denture soaking solution. The chemicals in these solutions can cause vomiting, pain and even burns if ingested. 
  1. Visit the dentist regularly for checkups. This will keep not only the oral diseases at bay but also will help diagnose any issues with the dentures. In case of a loose fit visit your dentist as soon as possible. Loose dentures can cause irritation, sores as well as infection. 

This is how you can take care of your dentures on a day-to-day basis.  

Other than these measures you must also keep an eye out for the following – 

  1. Any inflammation or irritation beneath the dentures. 
  1. If dentures do not stay in place on their own and need adhesives to keep them in place. 
  1. If the dentures are stained, worn out, cracked or broken. 
  1. If there is any change in the mouth due to which the dentures no longer fit properly. 
  1. If the dentures were fabricated more than 5 years ago. 

In all the above cases maybe, it is time to get rid of the old dentures and get new ones made. 

Be gentle with your dentures. Try to take small bites and chew gently if you are using dentures. Denture care is easy and if taken proper care your dentures will last longer and you will stay healthier. 

Hope this blog has been an interesting and informative read. If yes make sure that your share it with your family and friends. For any dental queries and appointments call Ensure Dental Care, your family dentist in Saginaw TX, on 940-274-3229. Ensure Dental Care offers emergency dental services. Irrespective of the problem we offer same day emergency treatments. We entertain walk ins also. 

We are the family dentist near you. Ensure Dental Care is one of the best Saginaw dental clinics. We accept all major insurance providers. We also have an in-house payment plan. We have a very experienced and professional team of dental practitioners and we look forward to serving you to the best of our abilities. 

We would love to hear from you. If you want to interact with us or give feedback and suggestions about our website, content or services on social media you can follow us on instagram. Our instagram handle is @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx. Look out for exciting offers, deals and more fun stuff on our social media handles. We look forward to interacting with you on instagram soon.

Pediatric Oral Health FAQs

Pediatric Oral Health FAQs

Oral health is an important part of children’s overall health. Children face the same if not more dental issues as adults do. As per CDC more than 13% of children between the ages of 5 years to 9 years have untreated cavities. Are your aware that 20% children aged between 5-11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth and 1 out of 7 adolescents aged between 12-19 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth? ADA recommends that all parents must be aware of children’s oral health and take care of it till the child is old enough to understand and take care of it himself. Today we talk of some common and frequently asked questions that we encounter about pediatric oral health. 

Q: How is family dentistry and pediatric dentistry different from one another? 

A: While family dentist refers to a dentist who can take care of the oral issues of all age groups of people pediatric dentistry confines itself to only children of all ages in its scope of work. A pediatric dentist is a specialist who specializes in the oral health issues of children from infants to adolescents including those who have special needs. This requires the dentists to train for a couple of more years than regular dentists. A family dentist on the other hand is more likely to be aware of common dental problems that run in the family as compared to a pediatric dentist. Read more about it in our blog Pediatric Dentistry

Q: Are children’s milk teeth really important? They fall off eventually giving way to permanent teeth so is oral care really important with children having only milk teeth? 

A: Primary or milk teeth are very important. They help children speak and chew properly. And also, they make way for the eruption of the permanent teeth. 

Q: When do we start using toothpaste for children? 

A: Start brushing their teeth as soon as the first tooth appears. Use as fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush having ADA seal and acceptance. Use the following measures depending on the age of the child – 

  • < 2 years – grain sized. 
  • From 2 to 4 years – pea sized. 
  • 5 and above – bean sized. 

Read our blog Keeping your child’s teeth healthy and Things all parents must know about baby teeth for more details depending for age related oral care tips. 

Q: When should I take my child for the first dental check-up? 

A: As soon as the first teeth erupts your child is ready for their first dental visit. 

Q: What do I do if my child has a toothache? 

A: Rinse the area with water and use a cold compress if there is a swelling. In case of severe pain give a pain medication approved for children (not aspirin). Then try and visit a dentist as soon as possible. 

Q: My children play a lot of rough sports? How do I protect their teeth? 

A: Mouthguards are the thing for you. You can choose between ready made guards that are available over the counter or get them custom made from a pediatric dentist. 

Q: What can I add to my child’s diet to make it healthy for teeth? 

A: Let your child have sufficient fruits and vegetables along with fish, meat, eggs, cereals and dairy products. Avoid sugary and starchy stuff. 

Q: My kid hates brushing his teeth, Help! 

A: This is a very common query we get and we have dedicated an entire blog on this subject called – Kids hate brushing? What can you do? 

Q: What to do if a kid knocks off a permanent tooth? 

A: Firstly, keep calm, locate the broken tooth. Don’t touch the root of the tooth. Try to insert it in the cavity if you can. If not, put it in a glass of milk and rush to an emergency near-by. 

Q: When do babies start teething? And what care can I take? 

A: Babies are teething from the age of 6 months to up to 3 years of age. For how to care read our blog – Baby Teething Comforting Tips. 

Q: How often do children need a dental checkup? 

A: Kids needs a dental checkup as often as adults which is every 6 months. In case of any special needs this frequency may vary. 

Q: Is thumb sucking or use of a pacifier bad for teeth? 

A: It can be bad for the erupting permanent teeth if the child does not stop these habits by the age of 3 years. Take the advice of a pediatric dentist for more.  

It is important that you inculcate good oral habits in children from a very young age. They will thank you later as they grow up. Oral health has a deep connection with overall health. Healthy teeth mean a healthy body too. Teach your children the importance of good oral care. We at Ensure Dental Care love our little patients and we hope you will be visiting us soon. 

Did reading this blog help you? Share it with your family and friends if you liked it. For any dental queries and appointments call Ensure Dental Care on 940-274-3229. Ensure Dental Care offers emergency dental services. Regardless of your problem we offer same day emergency treatments. We entertain walk ins also. 

We are the family dentist near you. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best family dental clinics at Saginaw Texas. We accept all major insurance providers. We also have an in-house payment plan. We have a very experienced and professional team of dental practitioners and we look forward to serving you to the best of our abilities. 

If you want to interact with us on social media or give any suggestions you can also follow us on Instagram for offers, deals and more fun stuff. Our Instagram handle is @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx. We look forward to interacting with you on the Instagram soon.