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The Possible Causes Of Bad Breath: Part 2

Do You Have Bad Breath?

Do you have bad breath? Are you uncertain what could be causing it? If you brush your teeth often and you still have it, there could be some other underlying issue. In part one of this series, our Edmond dentist mentioned 3 possible causes for an odorous smell in your mouth. Perhaps, none of those 3 reasons fit the bill for your lifestyle. Today, we’re going to go over 3 more possibilities.

Here are 3 more possible causes of that funky breath:

Your Diet: Have you ever heard the saying “you are what you eat”? In this case, your bad breath could be caused by what you are or are not consuming. Low carb diets might be all the rage for weight loss purposes, but did you know this diet causes the fat stored in your body to be burned which can in turn cause stinky ketones.

Mouth Breathing: According to professionals, nose breathing is the most optimal way to breathe. This is true for more than one reason, but today we’re focusing on the bad breath aspect. If you’re constantly breathing in and out of your mouth your saliva will dry out, allowing bacteria to linger rather than being washed away.

Ongoing Illness: Respiratory infections aren’t the only illnesses that can cause bad breath. Surprisingly enough, Kidney and Liver diseases can yield a smell similar to fish. Additionally, acid reflux has been known to produce odorous breath.

It may be possible that you don’t know if you fall into the category of someone with bad breath. If you’re uncertain, try asking a friend to smell your breath. A more low key option would be to sniff your used dental floss. If it smells or if there is blood on the floss, then you just might have a bad breath issue.

If you need help determining the cause of your bad breath, our Edmond dentist would be happy to help. To get in touch or schedule an appointment call our Edmond dentist at 405-330-5458 or click here.

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The Possible Causes Of Bad Breath: Part 1

Do You Have Bad Breath?

Have you brushed your teeth repeatedly only to have bad breath a little while later? When bad breath plagues you it is easy to think that it’s all caused by dental issues, but the truth is there are many things that could be causing your case of Halitosis or bad breath. Perhaps it’s time to examine a few things going on in your life to see if one of them could be causing your ongoing mouth odor problem.

In part one of this series we’ll be listing 3 possible causes of that funky breath:

Lack Of Flossing: Ok, so we said not all issues were dental issues, but it is worth mentioning that brushing your teeth isn’t always enough. You may have some stringy bits stuck between your teeth so it’s important to remember to floss, folks!

Your Medications: Many people are unaware that the medications they take can actually contributed to their bad breath. The reason for this is due to the fact that some medications could be drying out your mouth.

Respiratory Infections: Sinus infections, sore throats, bronchitis, or other upper respiratory infections can cause mucus backup. Then, the mucus coming from your lungs, bronchial tubes, or tonsils can feed the bacteria in your mouth which leads to bad breath.

These are just a few of the causes of bad breath. Sometimes, it may be possible for you to have an issue and not even know it! It would be pretty embarrassing to walk around with smelly breath and not know it! If you’d like to learn about some other possible causes for bad breath, come back to read part two of this series!

If you need help determining the cause of your bad breath, our Edmond dentist would be happy to help. To get in touch or schedule an appointment call our Edmond dentist at 405-330-5458 or click here.

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Amalgam Fillings Vs. Composite Resin Fillings

Differences Between Two Types Of Fillings

There are several different materials that can be used by a dentist to fill your cavities. The severity of your problem can be a factor in how your cavities are addressed. The style of dentistry may also be what determined which material was used to fill your cavities in the past. Today, we’re going to talk about the differences between amalgam fillings and composite resin fillings.

Amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of silver, tin, zinc, copper, and mercury. The benefits to having amalgam fillings is that they are strong, they last for many years, and they are one of the least expensive types of restorative material used. The downside to these is that they can become corroded over time. This can cause gaps between the teeth and the fillings and discoloration of the surrounding area. Additionally, cosmetically speaking, the metallic look may be a turn-off for some people.

If your amalgams have, in fact, corroded then they can be removed and replaced quickly, at our Edmond dentist office. If you have fillings on both sides of your mouth, it is recommended to allow amalgam fillings to be removed and replaced on one side at a time, but the option is yours. If you want your amalgam fillings removed and replaced with something else, composite resin is a commonly chosen option.

Composite resin is made of a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles. Direct fillings can be placed in and hardened right away using a bright blue light. Within minutes you’ll be ready to go with a brand new filling. The benefits to this option are that the filling will match the color of your tooth (unlike the metal color of amalgam fillings) and they can bond to the tooth making it stronger than it would be with an amalgam filling. Furthermore, there is much less drilling involved as the dentist doesn’t need to shape the space as much to hold the filling securely.

Want your amalgam fillings removed? Have new cavities that you need filled? Our staff is up to date with the latest advances in dental technology, procedures, and guidelines. If you have any questions or would like to visit our Edmond dentist, make an appointment by calling us at 405-330-5458 or click here.

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Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?

What Is Sedation Dentistry And Why Have It?

One of the fears ingrained into the minds of most people is that of visiting the dentist. It seems to be a common misconception that dentists just love to cause others horrific amounts of pain, but let our Edmond dentist be the first to say that he couldn’t feel more strongly about making patients feel as comfortable as possible. When the pain may be more than someone can handle or when the fear is just taking over, that’s when sedation dentistry is offered.

Sedation dentistry is one method our Edmond dentist can utilize to provide patients with an easier, less nerve-racking experience. Should this be something you desire, a calming medication will be administered for you to take either prior to your arrival or during the appointment. As you may have guessed from the previous statement, different types of sedation dentistry are available. Here are 3 types of sedation dentistry that our Edmond dentist can offer:

1.) Nitrous Oxide: This is what people most commonly refer to as laughing gas. A strap is placed over your nose that allows you to breathe the gas in. It only takes a few moments to give you a light, calming feeling. The great part is that it starts wears off within seconds of removal so it’s perfectly safe to drive right after your appointment!
2.) Oral Sedation: If laughing gas just isn’t strong enough for you, oral medication might be a better choice. This is a prescription of calming medication to be taken 1 hour before arriving. Since oral sedation can cause extreme drowsiness, it does require someone else to drive you to and from your appointment.
3.) IV Sedation: The most intense sedation dentistry, IV sedation, offered at our Edmond dentist office actually requires that a board-certified anesthesiologist come in to administer the medication properly. A consultation with our dentist may be necessary to determine if this type of sedation is really necessary. This method, too, may very well require a designated driver.

Our Edmond dentist cares about the comfort level of every patient that walks in the door. We never want anyone to be afraid to visit the dentist. Call our office and schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Gray to talk about any questions or concerns you may have.

To contact our Edmond dentist, please call 405-330-5458 or click here.

Root Canal

Pain That Leads To A Root Canal

The Necessity For Root Canal Therapy

Many patients cringe at the thought of having root canal therapy, but many of them don’t even realize how much it really helps. There is a stigma with these words that conveys a negative image in people’s minds. The truth is that it isn’t as complicated as it may seem. A few things can lead our Edmond dentist to check for the necessity of root canal therapy. Today, we’ll explain a little bit more about what type of pain you may feel which could mean that a root canal is necessary.

The most common indicator that something is wrong is when a patient has ongoing tooth pain. The pain can be different in circumstances where the tooth is still alive and when it is abscessed. Our Edmond dentist will clarify the differences for you, below.

It’s Alive: A tooth that is still alive will cause the patient to experience extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks. This sensation will often continue even after the hot or cold item is removed. Some people may experience severe headaches as a result of the extreme tooth pain.

It’s Abscessed: A tooth that is abscessed will most likely cause pain for a patient when they chew or put pressure on the tooth. The abscess can produce swelling and bleeding around the tooth. You may also notice some swelling in the cheek, jaw, or throat.

In intense situations of swelling or bleeding it is very important to be examined for proper diagnosis. In most of these cases root canal therapy is necessary. Of course, our Edmond dentist would be able to rule out the need for a root canal if something else were the problem. Wouldn’t it be better to be safe than sorry?

If you do need root canal therapy, rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. Our Edmond dentist will remove any infected and damaged material, sterilize the inside of your tooth, and then restore the tooth with filling material so that it can’t become re-infected.

If you are in pain, call our Edmond dentist office right away so that we can see you and perform an assessment. Book your appointment by calling us at (405) 330-5458 or by clicking here.

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Maintaining Your Bright Smile After Teeth Whitening

What To Do After Teeth Whitening

If you’ve recently had your teeth whitening procedure completed then you may be wondering what you can do to maintain that bright white smile. It’s summer and whether you just wanted a pearly white smile for self-confidence or to show up to some event looking your best, the last thing you want to do is see discoloration in the mirror. Today, our Edmond dentist is talking about simple tips you can follow to keep that smile bright after your teeth whitening.

1.) Brush & Floss Daily: It seems so simple to say this, but brushing and flossing every day will help you keep your teeth stain-free. At a minimum, you should brush your teeth after breakfast and once before bed. If you can, carry a toothbrush with you to work or out during your activities and try to brush after lunch, too.

2.) Limit Staining Beverages: If it is within you will to do so, our Edmond dentist would recommend avoiding coffee, tea, wine, sports drinks or fruit juices that can cause tooth discoloration. If complete avoidance is not a 100% possibility, limiting the intake of these beverages will help maintain your smile. Rinsing with water after consuming these drinks can reduce stains from settling.

3.) Visit Your Dentist: As an added bonus, visiting with your Edmond dentist for regular checkups is a great way to keep your summer smile looking its very best. Our Edmond dentist or hygienist will be able to polish away any surface stains with regular teeth cleanings. This can save you the cost of having to whiten your teeth again.

Our Edmond dentist takes pride in helping people achieve their whitest smiles. If you haven’t had a checkup since your last teeth whitening, we’re here for you! Call our office today to schedule your next appointment with Edmond dentist, Dr. Philip Gray. We can be reached at (405) 330-5458 or you can contact us online by clicking here.

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Effects Of Cigarettes And E-Cigarettes On Dental Health

The Dental Health Dilemma For Smokers

Imagine the industries that have realized the financial loss thanks to the introduction of e-cigarettes. As people made the switch to e-smoking they no longer needed to pay for actual cigarettes nor did they need patches, nicotine gum, pills, etc. Since the invention of e-cigarettes controversy has circled around whether they are truly better for dental health. Today, our Edmond dentist is talking about the known differences between the impacts of cigarette smoke and e-cigarettes on dental health.

Traditional Cigarettes: The smoke (more specifically the chemicals like ammonia, carbon monoxide, and acetone) from traditional cigarettes causes discoloration of the teeth. Most people notice that the residue sticks to the teeth and creates a yellowish tint. Other long-term smokers may have light shades of brown on their teeth. Additionally, plaque buildup, bad breath, and cancer are all negative side effects of the smoke from traditional cigarettes.

E-Cigarettes: With e-cigarettes you don’t inhale smoke, but instead a vapor. The vapor doesn’t have the same harmful chemicals that a traditional cigarette contains. Being void of these chemicals means that e-smokers won’t notice any teeth discoloration, plaque buildup, or bad breath. E-cigarettes also allow the user to adjust their level of nicotine. It should be noted that should you choose to use nicotine in your vapor mix, you will still be subject to the same inability to produce saliva. This common side effect of nicotine causes smokers to have bacteria buildup, dry mouth, and tooth decay.

At this time, no other studies have proven that e-cigarettes cause any other dental health problems. Of course, as your Edmond dentist we’ll always recommend that you don’t smoke at all, but weighing the pros and cons here it would seem that e-cigarettes appear to be a safer alternative. Know the risks and trust your judgement. Our Edmond dentist wishes you a lifetime of good dental health!

If you’d like to check up on your dental health you can book an appointment by calling us at (405) 330-5458 or by clicking here.

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2 Summertime Habits That May Damage Your Teeth

Protect Your Teeth By Avoiding These Things

Summertime is a great time for getting together with friends and just celebrating time in the outdoors. With all this outdoor activity, you’ll most likely need to drink more fluids. It’s just a matter of how you go about it that makes a difference. There are some harmful habits that could damage your teeth. Today, our Edmond dentist is playing “devil’s advocate” here and listing some of the things you may need to avoid for so that you can protect your teeth.

1.) Opening Bottles: Adults that like to enjoy cold, crisp beer on a sunny summer afternoon may be inclined to open that bottle with their teeth. Remember your children pick up on your habits and they are just as likely to do this with old-fashioned soda bottles. Why is this harmful? Well, aside from the overall health repercussions of drinking either beer or soda, when you use your teeth to open a bottle it can cause your teeth to crack, chip, break, and create openings for decay. Of course, should you have a dental emergency, our Edmond dentist would be happy to take care of you.

2.) Crunching Ice: If you’re not drinking out of a bottle, chances are you’re drinking something with ice in it. Why not, right? It’s hot outside and an ice-cold drink hits the spot, but don’t be tempted to chew on the ice when you’re finished guzzling that drink. Ice munching can cause cracked and chipped teeth, damage to tooth enamel, as well as problems with existing dental work such as fillings and crowns. This habit has actually been linked to

Treatment options for a cracked or broken tooth may vary depending upon the severity of the issue. For temporary relief from any pain our Edmond dentist may recommend rinsing your mouth out, brushing the area well, and flossing to prevent debris from wedging down into any open spaces or your gums. Ibuprofen or a cold compress may help to ease the pain, but ultimately your best bet is to schedule an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible.

Our Edmond dentist is conveniently located and we welcome patients of all ages. We’re savvy in many areas of dental services and we’d be happy to help. To book an appointment with our Edmond dentist give us a call at (405) 330-5458 or contact us online by click here.

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Edmond Dentist Shares Tricks For Overcoming Dental Fears: Part 2

Afraid Of Visiting Our Edmond Dentist?

A lot of people interchange the words “anxiety” and “phobia”, but according to studies by medical professionals, these two are very different. As we discussed in part one of this series, patients with anxiety may be able to live with their uneasiness whereas those with a phobia of visiting the dentist may not even be able to step foot in the office due to sheer terror. In part one of this series, we shared 2 tricks for overcoming the fear of visiting the dentist. Our Edmond dentist hopes that by sharing a few more tricks it may help you overcome your dental fears.

# 1- Relaxation: First of all, if the thought of the dentist sends a shiver down your spine then go ahead and speak up! Our Edmond dentist does offer sedation to help you relax. While numbing can take place in areas that the dentist will be working on, the sound of the drill can be bothersome to some patients. If that’s you, feel free to wear ear plugs. Lastly, practice breathing exercises through your nose for a count of 4 breaths in and 4 breaths out. This will help prepare you for breathing through your nose, with your mouth open.

# 2- Information: When you don’t know what something is or what it means it can seem more intimidating. If you’ve been told about a procedure that you are unfamiliar with, feel free to ask plenty of questions. If you have time before the procedure, take that time to do some research on the subject as it may help diminish your fear of the unknown.

So, in part one of this series, our Edmond dentist provided tips on using your imagination and using self-motivation techniques. Now, we’ve talked about relaxation and gathering information about dental procedures. Our Edmond dentist would like you to understand that the longer you put off going to the dentist, the more involved your appointment may be. As we stated in part one of this series, we are here to help you through every step of the way. The dentist will answer any questions you may have and the staff will be understanding of your anxiety or phobia.

If you’d like to book your next dental appointment, please call our Edmond dentist at 405-330-5458 or click here.

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Edmond Dentist Shares Tricks For Overcoming Dental Fears: Part 1

Afraid Of Visiting Our Edmond Dentist?

Anxiety is something a lot of people live with on a daily basis and, generally, people can work through their anxiety issues to still perform tasks even when they don’t want to. People with a phobia, on the other hand, can be so terrified that they feel panicked beyond a general uneasiness and in severe cases they completely shut down. Did you know some people have a phobia when it comes to visiting the dentist? Perhaps you’re one of them. Whether you avoid the dentist due to anxiety or a phobia, our Edmond dentist hopes that by sharing a few tricks it may help you overcome your dental fears.

# 1- Imagination: The first trick to try involves using your imagination. Try to distract yourself by daydreaming of your perfect vacation getaway, whether that be on a beach somewhere and listening to the sound of the waves roll in or walking the streets of Paris, France while smelling the freshly baked breads.

# 2- Motivation: Give yourself a pep talk much like a football coach would do with their players before they enter the most intense game of the season! Tell yourself how strong and awesome you are and that you can handle anything that comes your way.

These are just two simple tricks you can try to use to help yourself get over the fear of visiting the dentist. In part two our Edmond dentist will be going over two more simple tricks you may be able to find useful, but we’d also like to leave you with a nugget of information in closing. Our Edmond dentist would like you to know that when you visit our office, our staff and the dentist himself will ALWAYS be certain to do what we can to put you at ease. If you have 100 questions, we’ll do our best to answer them all, never making you feel rushed, and walking you through every procedure.

If you’d like to book your next dental appointment, please call our Edmond dentist at 405-330-5458 or click here.