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Parents are often nervous about their child’s teeth. Concerns about when kids are teething, when they will lose their baby teeth, how straight the teeth are coming in are common–and understandable. Children do not come with their individual instruction manuals!

Often we have young patients here for check-ups, we will do xrays. These xrays tell us where the adult teeth are, and how soon they will come in. They also show us if there are any baby teeth blocking an adult tooth. If this is the case, we tell a child’s parent that we will need to pull a baby tooth off their child. Often, there is confusion. “Won’t these baby teeth fall out on their own?”

The answer is yes, probably, and sometimes no. Not all baby teeth fall out, some people keep theirs through adulthood! It is rather rare but does happen. Also, more frequently, a baby tooth is crowding the space and the adult tooth can’t come in or come in evenly. In these cases, we will often remove a baby tooth a little early to give the adult tooth a little space to come in.

Most of the time, child’s teeth do come out of their own schedule. But when a certain amount of intervention is necessary, it is fairly easy and fast to remove them. Sometimes the tooth is already loose, in which case we may be able to manually remove it. If the tooth is not a little wiggly we will often give the patient a little laughing gas and some lidocaine to numb the area. Then, using small dental pliers, we will quickly extract the tooth. The patients feel nothing and are back to normal nearly right away. Usually, the adult tooth that has been trying to get through, will erupt within days and grow in normally.

Regular checkups with x-rays help us know what is happening in those small little mouths. Would you like to learn more about dental care or the x-rays we take when our patients are here? Have questions about practical ways to prevent cavities? Make your appointment today or call 480.818.9016 to schedule a personal consultation with your dentist and dental team at Parkview.

Good oral hygiene practices can prevent tooth decay. Simple things, like seeing your dentist regularly for your routine cleanings and exams and brushing regularly after meals are the most common, but there are a few more strategies that you can employ to keep your teeth and mouth healthy and clean.

Here are a few more important ways to prevent tooth decay:

Prevention includes taking care of your teeth and getting regular check-ups and exams. Would you like to learn more about dental care? Have questions about practical ways to prevent cavities? Make your appointment today or call 480.818.9016 to schedule a personal consultation with your dentist and dental team at Parkview.

Have you ever wondered what the stages of tooth decay are? After all, cavities don’t just happen overnight, and no one needs a root canal for no reason! Tooth decay is dangerous and can result in cavities, abscesses, or even tooth loss. But what causes tooth decay in the first place?

The answer is a bad bacteria that can live in dental plaque. Plaque is the sticky film that covers the surfaces of your teeth. It is a combination of bacteria, food particles, and saliva. The bacteria in plaque feed on the sugars in the food you eat and produce acid. And as the plaque builds up over time, these acids can begin to damage your teeth.

Controlling the plaque build up in your mouth is a vital step in preventing tooth decay. Tooth decay happens over time in several stages:

Would you like to learn more about dental care? Have questions about the stages of decay? Make your appointment today or call 480.818.9016 to schedule a personal consultation with your dentist and dental team at Parkview.

Do you need to floss? Well, as dental professionals we will always tell you yes, of course, you need to floss! But to understand why you should floss, you will need to understand what is happening in your mouth first, which causes the need to floss.

When you eat, small pieces of food can get stuck in between teeth–some you can see and some you can’t. The food creates a plaque buildup, and then over time, tartar. Tartar is very hard and can cause pocketing around the gums, tooth decay, and even push teeth apart or loosen them. The floss will help remove the small food pieces from between the teeth before they can cause plaque, and remove any plaque before it can turn to tartar (which is very hard and difficult to remove).

You REALLY don’t want to floss still? Flossing is the best, most effective, and easiest way to get food particles from between teeth. There are even several types of floss, and finding one that works for you may change your mind. Flat floss, waxed floss, polytetrafluorethylene floss… super floss… there are so many types that you can choose from that may help you reach those tight spots without discomfort.

Yet, if you are going to still choose not to floss, there are other methods of cleaning between teeth that can be nearly as good if you keep your other oral hygiene up. For example, you can also use a plastic or wooden toothpick, or waterpik to get particles from between teeth. The important point is to not leave any food particles in your mouth in between snacks and meals. And you should also invest in mouth rinse!

For the best oral care, we recommend you also brush with a soft bristled bush at least twice a day and then use an antiseptic rinse such as Listerine, which can kill bacteria and help wash away any food bits. Then, follow that with a fluoride rinse to neutralize the pH, (the antiseptic rinse is effective, but also can damage the teeth due to its acidity, so the fluoride rinse afterward will give your teeth the additional protection they need. (If you are choosing not to floss, then use the brush-rinse-rinse system after you eat or drink anything).

Would you like to learn more about your dental care? Have flossing questions? Make your appointment today or call 480.818.9016 to schedule a personal consultation with your dentist and dental team at Parkview.

Suffice to say, no one wants oral surgery. However, sometimes life necessitates it. Fortunately, advances in dental care and technology make oral surgery easier, less painful, and more successful than ever before.

When a natural tooth must be removed and/or replaced, the team at Parkview will work quickly to extract it as painlessly as possible. Wisdom teeth removal is an example of oral surgery, however, it can be needed for other reasons as well, such as extensive decay or an accident. In these cases, it is important to see a skilled, professional dental team with surgical expertise as quickly as possible.

Here are the four most common reasons for dental surgery:

Accidents:

Even small accidents can cause significant damage to a tooth–especially if it has been weakened by decay. If the tooth cannot be saved, extracting it is the best option.

Impactions:

If a tooth cannot grow in due to the space, or if it gets caught under another tooth of bone, then it is considered to be impacted. We see this a lot with wisdom teeth – usually in patients around age 20-24. For impactions, we offer sedation (anesthesia) and the process usually lasts just a few moments.

Decay and Infections:

Severe decay and infections will break down a tooth and require extraction to prevent the spread and allow for a replacement tooth (implant, bridge, denture) to be installed.

Space:

Sometimes teeth can be crowded and push other teeth out of alignment. Extraction in this case most often happens for children getting adult teeth whose mouths have not gotten big enough yet for these adult size teeth or if the baby teeth are being stubborn and won’t come out in time.

Oral surgery is not a lot of fun, however, it does relieve these problems before they can get worse. We will work with you to provide you the best care and offer you the best pain relief options. Contact Parkview Dental today for personalized, compassionate care!

Many parents wonder when is the best time to take their children to the dentist for the first time. As a family dental practice, we recommend you take your child as soon as the cut their first tooth! Now you may ask, “why so early?” and the answer is simple… we want your child—all children—to see that visiting the dentist regularly is a simple and important thing to do. If parents are afraid of the dentist, often children are too. These kids are not taken to the dentist, often until they have a significant problem with a broken tooth or decay.

So, what happens at baby visits?

For very young children visits are very short. We will have the child sit on a parent’s lap and we will check the mouth structure and the incoming teeth. We will show the parent how to clean the child’s mouth and teeth gently and what they can expect as new teeth erupt.

The dental office does not have to be a scary place for kids. Normalizing regular visits and dental care will help to ensure healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Other special concerns/needs?

We understand that many children have other challenges with things like new experiences, loud noises, or new people. Anxious or autistic patients are welcome at our practice as well as anyone else. Just let our receptionist know when you make your appointment if any accommodations or preparations are necessary to make your visit successful and we will work with you to do our best.

Family practice means just that. We are here for your whole family. We look forward to seeing those smiles soon. Make an appointment today and visit the dental team at Parkview.

Have you ever wondered what causes tooth decay? Or why some people have great teeth, but still eat all the candy they want? Or conversely someone who seems healthy, but has awful teeth? The answer is both simple and complicated.

The first point is that sugar does not cause cavities or decay. But before you go grab that soda or pack on gummy bears, you do need to know that sugar does have a relationship with cavities – that is the sugar becomes food for the bacteria that live in your mouth. (Don’t be too grossed out… everyone has mouth bacteria!)

Now, these bacteria feast of the sugar in your mouth and then produce acid—and it is that acid that wears away enamel and eventually destroys teeth.

So, what to do?

It is pretty simple. You need to avoid having acid in your mouth. You can do that by brushing after snack and meals, and after beverages. Keep your mouth at a neutral pH and the bacteria will not have anything to eat and your teeth will stay healthy.

Existing damage?

If you have thin or worn enamel, you can build it back and protect the weaker dentin underneath with fluoride providing the cavities have not reached that layer. We recommend rinsing with Listerine, and then following with a fluoride rinse after you brush to keep the germs at bay, and the teeth protected.

 

So, go ahead and eat the sugar, (in moderation… it still is not great for your body), but don’t let it linger in your mouth or remain stuck in your molars. Wash, rinse and floss regularly and have a clean, and healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.

Have questions?

We are always happy to talk to you about your tooth decay dental concerns. Each and every person has a unique dental history and situation. Make an appointment today to have a personal consultation with your dentist and dental team at Parkview.

This is the perfect time of year for taking care of your summer dental care. Summer means a more relaxed pace and the time to do some self-care. Also, the last year has meant that we may have gotten off schedule with our regular dental and health appointments. As restrictions are lifting and vaccines are increasing, you can feel more confident in getting out and making sure you are ready to face the Fall with a big white smile and a healthy mouth. Beyond a regular check-up, here are a few of our favorite fixes for a fresher and brighter look.

Teeth Whitening

Whiter teeth look healthier and are an easy way to look younger too. Over time, coffee, tea, wine and medicine can discolor teeth. Choose from take-home whitening trays or an in-office whitening option to dazzle with a great smile in just about an hour.

Cosmetic Bonding

Life happens, teeth chip and sometimes a quick and easy cosmetic fix can rebuild a little corner or fill in a small gap. Ask your dentist how you can perfect a small imperfection and SMILE!

Crowns and Bridges

Now is the perfect time to get some restorative dental work done! A crown or a bridge can change your whole look! While it takes a couple visits to get a crown or bridge prepared, made and installed, it is a fairly pain free procedure with a huge payout in terms of the way it improved your smile—and possibly even your ability to eat and talk. If you have a gap, or a broken tooth, talk to your dentist about your options.

 

Regular Maintenance

The best thing you can do for your oral health and your teeth is to have your regular check-up. Your dentist will check your teeth for cavities and signs of disease. You will get a thorough cleaning and flossing. And all this in about an hour!

Make your appointment today at Parkview to get your summer dental care. We look forward to seeing you soon and making you SMILE.

Endodontics is a specialty in dentistry that provides treatment to the pulp of the tooth and the tissue surrounding a tooth root. If you have severe tooth pain — you could need endodontics.

When you see your dentist for endodontic care, they will clean out the infection that is the cause of the pain. This will relieve the pain and swelling and keep the infection from spreading. Because the pulp is removed, you will be spared future pain from this tooth and it will save the natural tooth so you can continue to use it.

Endodontics is also called a root canal, and many people are concerned about the pain of this process. Root Canals have a bad reputation… however, the pain is not from the dental procedure, it is from the cause FOR the root canal – an abscess, decay, or cavity. It is the procedure that heals the problem and takes away the pain.

The actual inside of the tooth – the space in the tooth – is called the “root canal” as well. Inside the tooth are very sensitive nerves and tissue. If this part of the tooth is exposed, it can be infected and cause a lot of pain. The infection can get worse quickly and then cause the walls of the tooth to suffer additional damage. If caught quickly, we can save the tooth before it needs to be extracted.

Endodontics — a root canal — is not a fun procedure for the patient, however, we will work with you to make you comfortable and provide you with professional and compassionate care. You will receive pain relievers, and sedation is available. We will work quickly and efficiently to remove the source of your pain and get you on the road to recovery.

Give us a call today at 480.818.9016 to schedule your appointment at Parkview Dental.

Anxiety is common–especially when it comes to going to the dentist. However, there is no reason patients have to be concerned about a dental visit, especially now that we have safe and proven methods for sedation dentistry. Our staff is trained and compassionate to your needs. If you have questions or require sedation at any level, please just let us know. We have options!

Sedation dentistry is offered in various amounts of strength and effect. At Parkview, we will consider your specific need, preference, general health, and any medications you are taking to determine the correct treatment for you. Each situation and each patient is different. Some people prefer just a little “relaxation” and others would like not to remember anything!

Sedation dentistry is most commonly used when a patient is receiving oral surgery such as root canals, or implants. We often use laughing gas for extractions, especially for wisdom teeth. Scaling and other deep cleanings can sometimes be bothersome due to the time it takes to complete the process and for this sedation can also be utilized. And low levels of sedation can even be used for routine visits for our most anxious patients. Seeing the dentist and receiving proper and important dental care does not need to be the cause of anxiety!

Many of our patients choose our practice specifically because of the whole-patient approach we use when choosing the right sedation for our patients. We want to make sure that your treatment matches your needs and can come in the form of prescription oral sedatives, or laughing gas.

For more information on sedation dentistry, and to see if it is right for you or a loved one, please contact our office at 480.818.9016.

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