At our office, we believe preventative dental care and maintenance is vital to your dental health. Through regular scheduled exams we check the overall health of your teeth and gums, perform oral cancer screenings, and perform x-rays to detect problems before they worsen. Routine dental cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments help prevent cavities and dental disease.
It is commonly known and well supported by scientific research that sugar is bad for teeth. When dentists say “sugar”, most people think of soft drinks and candy. There are many other sources of sugar that are damaging to teeth, which often get overlooked. This blog will address why sugar is bad for teeth, which specific sugars are especially dangerous, and how you can fight sugar’s effects on your child’s teeth. (more…)
Spring is here. And with it comeS seasonal allergies. It is very common for dentists to see an increase in “toothaches” during this season. We put “toothaches” in quotes because while the tooth definitely aches, it is not a tooth problem. Many patients will call us with a toothache and come in for an evaluation, only to be told that the tooth is perfectly fine.
The natural anatomy of our upper teeth, jawbones and sinus cavities predisposes us to this problem. The maxillary sinus cavities are large, air-filled spaces located just inside our cheekbones. They extend inward toward the nose and downward toward the upper teeth. Often the jawbone separating our upper teeth from the above sinus cavity is extremely thin.
The sinus cavities are supposed to be empty. These air-filled spaces allow for the passage of air as we breathe and lighten the weight of our skull so that we can hold our heads up. Anyone who has ever experienced sinus congestion knows that it can be hard to breathe and make your head feel heavy.
When the sinuses are filled instead of empty, pressure is created in that bone-encased space. Many people feel this pressure inside their cheekbones or under their eyes. Many also feel this pressure on their upper molars and premolars. The nerves that supply sensation and feeling to our teeth enter the tooth at the very tip of its root. Many upper molars’ roots protrude up into the sinus cavity. When there is an increase in pressure in the sinus, it can cause sensitivity, soreness or just a plain old toothache.
If you have been seen regularly by your dentist and know that you have no cavities or other problems with your teeth, you may want to begin by treating your sinus pressure. Take over-the-counter decongestants and antihistamines. If these do not help, you should see your medical doctor to treat your sinus condition, allergies, cold or flu.
Many patients have experienced this multiple times and are able to recognize it as a sinus problem and not a tooth problem. If you are not sure, come see us anyway. When in doubt, rule out a real toothache!
Call our office at 405-943-0123 to set up a consultation with Dr. McConnell or Dr. Nguyen. They will do a thorough evaluation of the area that is bothering you and distinguish between a tooth problem and a sinus problem.
Most everyone wants white teeth! It is the fastest and least expensive form of cosmetic dentistry. Whitening your teeth brightens your smile, making it the first thing people notice about you. (more…)