Thankfully, Halloween Is Only One Day a Year | Skiatook Dentist

As soon as October hits, the air turns from Indian summer to chilly Fall. And just like that, out come the cutest little ghouls and goblins waiting to trick-or-treat. Yes, the tiny humans in your family are especially excited about this sugary nightmare of a holiday and there is little a parent can do. After all, we know that too much of a sugary thing will only lead to dental issues in the future. But there is no need to deprive your child of this sweetest of holidays, just keep an eye on what it could do to their teeth. The following is a list of your child’s Halloween dental health enemies:

Sour. Sour candies can ruin your tooth enamel by combining sweet with sour for a pH level of 2.5, a level that high can cause serious damage to developing teeth so keep them clear of this fruity confection.

Sticky. It may seem fairly harmless, but sticky candy is some of the worst for teeth. Not only does the sticky texture stick to your teeth’s surface and in their crevices, but they can also loosen dental fixtures, like braces or fillings.

Gummi. Similar to caramels and other sticky candies, gummy candies also stick to the crevices of your teeth, making it difficult to remove with a brushing or a quick rinse of water.

Hard. Not only can hard candy damage teeth when bitten, but even if you don’t bite them, sucking on hard candy isn’t a quick process, making time for sugars to nestle into a tooth and cause cavities extensive.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding pediatric dentistry, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Tulsa, Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy and Owasso.

Dental Emergency: When It Hurts to Brush Your Teeth | Skiatook Dentist

Vector cartoon sick tooth. Decay and destroy tooth.There are many times in life we are faced with a dental emergency. From toothaches to broken or missing teeth, having pain in our mouth isn’t exactly a rare occasion. When it gets bad, we make an appointment to see a dentist. But what do we do while we are waiting to see them? Pain management is generally done with pain medications and/or icing the area, but what if it hurts to brush your teeth as well? Most will bypass the extra pain until our appointment, but there is something you can do to keep up your dental hygiene while you wait… 

Skip flossing. Sometimes flossing can increase the pain, especially if the pain is being caused by something is stuck inside one of your cavities, stabbing you from the inside. If it hurts too much to floss, then it’s not worth it.

Use your finger. Your fingers won’t hurt as much as a brush might. Apply a little bit of toothpaste on your finger and smear it around your teeth, then spit it out. Something is better than nothing.

Rely on the rinse. If worse comes to worse and both of these suggestions hurt too much, rely on rinsing your mouth out with water, after every meal. It will help to clean your teeth as far as clearing out any loose debris. It’s not ideal, but leaving any residue on your teeth gives bacteria more time to move in on your teeth, causing cavities.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding toothaches, contact Williams Dental and Orthodontics at (918)396-3711 or williamsdentalok.com.

Williams Dental and Orthodontics proudly serves Skiatook, Sperry, Collinsville, Hominy and Owasso.

What is the procedure for dental fillings?

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Perhaps the most common dental procedure beyond routine cleanings is the simple dental filling. The concept is fairly simple –bacteria in the mouth causes tooth decay, which creates holes in the tooth, penetrating the strong enamel and exposing the more vulnerable inner parts of the tooth. Dental fillings treat this condition by filling the cavity with a more durable, decay-resistant material.

Dental fillings typically start with a drill – dentists use their drill to remove the active decay from the tooth. This typically involves removal of some of the healthy tooth material as well, but it’s critical to remove the decaying tooth material to prevent the cavity from spreading.

After the decay is removed, the dentist will fill the void with a material that resists further decay. In the past, dentists tended to use materials such as gold (which are easily pliable, and likely to stay in the tooth for a long time without degrading or causing health problems). More recently, dentists used silver amalgam (silver, tin, copper, zinc) as a less expensive but equally durable option. Modern dentists often choose composite resin – a synthetic material that can be colored to match the patient’s tooth, molded and shaped, and hardened in place.

Once the dentist chooses the filling material, they’ll press it into place, do some preliminary shaping, and allow it to harden. Composite resin will be hardened with a special light. Once hardened, the dentist may shape the filling with a drill, and polish the tooth to ensure that the filling is smooth and does not interfere with the patient’s bite.

The common filling is a simple procedure that most patients will experience in their lifetime. Modern materials and techniques make it less painful, less visible, and more likely to last for many years than older techniques. If you’re expecting to visit a dentist in the near future, especially if you haven’t had a checkup in a while, rest assured that dental fillings are common, routine, and may be both easier and less visible than you remember.

Call Williams Dental & Orthodontics for your next dental appointment at 918-396-3711 or visit the website at williamsdentalok.com.