How Are Tobacco Products Affecting My Oral Health?

For years, health experts have highlighted the dangers of tobacco products. There are no safe products to consume — or a safe amount to consume. It’s best to steer clear of all tobacco products in the first place. However, if you already smoke cigarettes or cigars, or chew tobacco products, the Advanced Dentistry team encourages you to take steps to dial back your use of these products — or attempt to quit them entirely. They can have a large and lasting impact on your oral health, which Advanced Dentistry is committed to protecting.

Do tobacco products harm my oral health?

In short, yes. All tobacco products can impact your oral health in a negative way, which is why it is essential to limit or restrict your use of these products.

Is one type of tobacco product better than another for my oral health?

There unfortunately isn’t a tobacco product that is better for your oral health. Each form of tobacco — whether it’s in a pack or a can — has the potential to do damage.

While some people believe that tobacco products that you don’t smoke, like snuff or chewing tobacco, are better for you, that is actually false. Chewing tobacco contains a much higher amount of nicotine than cigarettes do, meaning that it’s easier to develop and keep a bad habit. This tobacco product can irritate your gums, causing your gums to pull away from your teeth. With the roots exposed like that, your teeth are more susceptible to decay — not to mention more sensitive. To add insult to injury, sugars used to enhance the flavor of smokeless tobacco can multiply tooth decay risks. Smokeless tobacco also can contain grit, which wears down the surface of your teeth with continued use.

And when it comes to the tobacco that you smoke, it doesn’t matter if you use cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. All three forms of smoking are harmful to your oral health. This includes bad breath, discolored teeth, plaque and tartar buildup, loss of jaw bone, gum disease, delayed healing, and much more.

So what’s the safest form of tobacco that you can use? Not using tobacco to begin with.

What could happen if I continue to use tobacco products?

Not curbing your tobacco habit could have perilous consequences for your oral health.

Even without inhaling, smokers still run the risk of oral and throat cancer. Chewing tobacco also has dozens of chemicals in it that studies have shown increase the risk of oral, throat, and esophageal cancers.

If you notice any out-of-the-ordinary changes inside your mouth, like lingering sores, or anything else that just doesn’t seem normal, don’t hesitate to call and schedule your appointment with Advanced Dentistry as soon as you suspect that there might be an issue. At best, we can help identify any issues early and get you started on a treatment plan. At worst, we’ll rule out any issues and give you peace of mind going forward.

What are some signs of oral cancer?

Only a medical professional can diagnose you, but there are some symptoms that you can be on the lookout for when it comes to possible oral cancer cases. 

> Lingering sores

> Bumps in the mouth or throat

> Red or white patches

> Unexplained bleeding

> Pain or numbness

> Sore throat or swelling

> Chewing and talking issues

> Ear pain

> Abnormal bite

It bears repeating: If you’re worried about something in or around your mouth, come into Advanced Dentistry at your earliest convenience. That’s what we’re here for.

How can Advanced Dentistry help?

Are you worried about how your tobacco use could potentially harm your oral health? The professionals at Advanced Dentistry are here for you. Our experts can help answer your questions about your health risks and even counsel you on the best options for kicking your tobacco habit for good. Remember: There isn’t a “safe” tobacco product — all forms of tobacco cause harm to your oral health. When you do cut back or quit, the risks to your health go down. Now is the time to get your habit under control so that you won’t have to face higher cancer risks — along with the other unpleasant conditions tobacco users are susceptible to.

When you come into Advanced Dentistry for your routine appointment, your dentist will examine your mouth as a part of an oral cancer screening. At this time, you can let your dentist know if there is something in particular you would like examined, or if anything has been going on that isn’t normal for your mouth, tongue, gums, or teeth. 

This screening doesn’t hurt at all and is completely comfortable. Our dentists are professional and thorough, making sure to check everything in the vicinity for any symptoms or indications of conditions. Our quality technology ensures that nothing is missed — even hard to see and access areas.

Give us a call today at Advanced Dentistry at (614) 399-9381.

Will a Frenectomy As an Adult Affect My Speech?

If you’re experiencing any issues talking, eating, or with your dental health in general, it may be due to your frenum. This is the tiny piece of tissue that holds different parts of your mouth together. You have several different frenums all throughout your body. 

When it’s abnormally sized, it can make simple tasks more difficult to complete. If this might be you, you have the option to have your frenum clipped.

Many adults are nervous to have a frenectomy as many people think this type of procedure may negatively affect their speech afterward. There are different side effects that can possibly occur after having a frenectomy, but speech isn’t known to be one. 

What is a Frenectomy?

This is a surgery that normally takes place when a child or adult expresses a problem with their tongue properly moving in their mouth. When this surgery is conducted, the frenum inside of the patient’s mouth is clipped. 

Frenums are located all around your mouth. There are very well-known frenums that patients and doctors are the most aware of: 

  1. Maxillary Labial Frenum- This attaches your upper lip and your gum together. When you feel for it, you’ll find it right above your two upper front teeth. 
  2. Lingual Frenum- This one connect your tongue to the bottom of the mouth. This frenum is known to cause a lot of problems. For some people, it’ll trail up along to the very tip of someone’s tongue. This problem is what people refer to as “tongue-tied.”

Why Adults Will Get a Frenectomy

There are so many different possible reasons why adults choose to undergo a frenectomy. The frenum is a vital piece of your mouth that helps it move properly. So when your frenum is too tight, tough, short, etc. it makes simple tasks, like chewing or speaking, more challenging. 

The procedure itself is very quick and simple. It is considered to be low-risk. This procedure can normally be done in one, painless snip. Here are a few different problems you may face if your frenum is abnormally sized: 

Speech Issues 

Sometimes, if you have issues speaking properly, it could be because you had issues with your frenum as a child that were never addressed. This can cause you to experience speech impediments as you grow up. By getting your frenum clipped in surgery, your speech can enhance drastically. This can help you feel — and talk — so much better. 

Problems Eating 

If your frenum is too large or small and is keeping you from swallowing well, you should consider a frenectomy. A regular-sized frenum will allow your tongue to simply push all of your food back to your esophagus so you can easily swallow. With a frenum that’s too small or tight, your tongue isn’t able to move as easily, making swallowing a lot more difficult and sometimes painful. 

Pain in the Jaw 

If your frenum is too tight, it makes moving your mouth altogether increasingly painful. It can also cause you to feel chronic amounts of pain in your jaw. This may only occur slightly while you’re eating. As time goes on though, you may be able to feel it more and more even when you’re just speaking to someone. 

When this starts to become more of a problem, you should take a trip to visit Dr. Blank. He’ll carefully examine you to see if a frenectomy is something you need. 

Food Particles Get Trapped in Between Teeth 

When you eat your food, normally your tongue will work to clean any type of excess food out from in between each tooth. If your frenum is too tight, your tongue won’t be able to move around and get any extra food out of your mouth. This means the bacteria from this food could remain in your mouth for a while causing plaque and buildup. A frenectomy might be needed in order to keep your oral hygiene healthy and taken care of. 

Why Children Will Get a Frenectomy

Young children can also experience problems with their frenum. If it’s too tight or large under their tongues, it makes it more difficult for them to move their tongue around. This could keep them from eating or speaking as they grow older. Because of this, they could grow up having a speech impediment for a large portion of their life. 

Sometimes a frenum that is too tight can keep a baby’s teeth from properly growing in and can also cause harm to their gums. This can cause dental health issues later in life. Children are able to finally get a frenectomy when their two front teeth have grown in. This makes it easier and more accessible for the dentist to clip the frenum.  

Side Effects After a Frenectomy 

Once the frenectomy has been completed, you may experience a few different side effects. None of these should be very severe or provide you too much harm. If you do experience harsh pain, give Dr. Blank a call and he will have you treated as soon as possible. Below are some possible side effects: 

  • Bleeding during or after the surgery
  • Swelling of the face 
  • Pain of the face 

If you end up feeling swelling or pain, you will most likely be prescribed pain medication to reduce the pain or to make the swelling go away.  

Will It Impact My Speech? 

After finishing up with the frenectomy, you should actually see positive effects involving your speech. When your frenum is clipped, it allows your tongue to move around more freely. This, in turn, lets your mouth open wider and easier. Your speech should sound a lot clearer and more understandable. 

If you’re interested in receiving a frenectomy or learning more about what the procedure entails, schedule an appointment with Dr. Blank at Advanced Dentistry to learn more, or give us a call at (614) 399-9381

What Does Salt Water Do For My Mouth? 

If you keep up on regular oral care, you’re well aware that flossing, brushing your teeth two to three times a day, and using mouthwash are effective ways to keep your mouth healthy. However, there is an additional method of proper oral care that you may not yet be aware of: salt water. Using salt water while rinsing can be more impactful on your oral hygiene than you may realize. 

How Is Salt Water Good for My Mouth? 

Believe it or not, modern age medicine practitioners aren’t the first people to discover the health benefits that salt water provides. Back in Ancient Egyptian and Ancient Greek times, certain medicines contained salt as an ingredient. This was because the salt had proven to reduce infection and inflammation. 

Today, it’s remained a trend for dentists to use as it works to temporarily build up the pH balance found inside the mouth. Bacteria have issues forming inside of mouths with high pH balances. Because your mouth is now cleaner and less acidic, bacteria won’t have any desire to form inside of it. So, they will retreat and will no longer duplicate or spread. 

Since bacteria is no longer sitting in your mouth, you won’t be as prone to catching certain illnesses. As a result, this salt water has successfully fought off various possible oral health problems. Here a few: 

  • Sore or swollen throat 
  • Bad breath 
  • Gum disease or gingivitis

Benefits of Rinsing with Salt Water 

When salt water enters your mouth, it works to bring all of the bacteria up to the surface. This makes it easier for any water or liquid to arrive and wash that bacteria right out. This is why rinsing with salt water is highly recommended by dentists like Dr. Blank. 

As a result, you’ll notice a lot of different additional health benefits when you decide to regularly rinse using this method.

Goodbye Sore Throats

Not only can salt water help kill bacteria, but it also pushes white blood cells more toward your sore throat. This helps the infection go away quicker and ultimately boosts your immune system. Anytime your throat is feeling swollen or sore, mix up some warm water with salt and gargle it. You’ll go back to feeling better and healthier in no time. 

Your Breath Will Smell Fresher 

When people want a quick and easy way to freshen up their breath, they often turn to use mouthwash. Another quick, effective way to make your breath smell better is by rinsing your mouth with salt water. Since it’s working to rid any bacteria forming inside of your mouth, it can help give you both a fresher breath and a fresher feeling. 

Chances of Gum Disease and Cavities are Reduced 

As salt enters your mouth, it immediately begins to work at fighting off any bacteria that could have already formed or could potentially start forming. Once bacteria are removed from your gums, it makes it more difficult for your gums to become infected. Salt also fights to remove any excess food in between your teeth, which helps prevent cavities from forming.  

Tips for Rinsing with Salt Water 

In order to effectively rid your mouth of any harmful bacteria, you should be doing whatever it takes to make your mouth as healthy as can be. To do that, here are a few tips you can follow when rinsing with salt water: 

  1. Rinse with water and salt twice a day.
  2. For the best results, rinse your mouth right after eating to remove any food particles that could be wedged in between your teeth. 
  3. Take approximately eight ounces of warm water, then sprinkle half a teaspoon of salt into the water. Stir until it’s well mixed. 
  4. If you want a stronger and more effective way to wash your mouth, try adding a teaspoon of baking soda as well. 
  5. Put as much of this mixture into your mouth as possible, then start gargling at the back of your throat. You’ll want to swish and splash it all around your mouth to assure the salt travels everywhere. 
  6. Make sure the solution is touching different sections of your mouth like your teeth and gums. 
  7. Spit out the solution, then you’re good to go. 
  8. Try not to swallow the solution. It’s not harmful to you, but you won’t be able to get any bacteria out of your system if it’s swallowed. 

Using Salt Water Regularly 

Salt water is a great way to rid your mouth of any harmful bacteria that could be resting inside of it. It’s also a great alternative to mouthwash, especially if the chemicals inside of mouthwash make you feel sick or nauseous. Once you begin using it regularly throughout your oral hygiene routine, you’ll see impressive results. If you’re looking for more tips to using salt water or want to learn more about other ways to keep your mouth feeling healthy, make an appointment with Dr. Blank at Advanced Dentistry or give us a call at (614) 399-9381 today. 

Bad Breath? Change These Things

Bad breath, officially known as halitosis, is the third most common dental condition seen in the dentist office.  In fact, according to Colgate, over 60 million people suffer from chronic bad breath. That means if you happen to find yourself suffering from it, you’re not alone. Rather than being ashamed or embarrassed, it’s important to understand what exactly causes it so that you can begin to work towards a healthier mouth. 

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath has a lot of causes, some that you can’t directly control. The most common source is an external factor, though. If you eat a particularly odorous food, such as garlic, or smoke or chew tobacco, then that can affect your breath on a short-term basis. These instances can, for the most part, be fixed by brushing your teeth or chewing a piece of sugar-free gum. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, though, you may find that yours persists even after brushing your teeth. If this is the case, your halitosis may be caused by anything from genetics to poor oral hygiene habits that can be corrected. 

Does Genetics Affect It?

When most people think about the causes of bad breath, they don’t often think about genetics. However, after 25 years of research, a new study has found that genetics, specifically the mutation of one particular gene, can cause chronic bad breath. This means that if you suffer from this mutation you can also pass it onto your children. With this, your body breaks down certain chemicals differently. You may find that your body isn’t breaking down sulfur (the chemical compound that gives rotten eggs their smell) and other odorous chemicals efficiently, leaving you with chronic bad breath. 

Thankfully, though, this uncurable condition is fairly rare, and it only affects one in every 90,000 people. 

Can Health Issues Cause It?

Absolutely! In fact, the amount of health-related cases of halitosis can be surprising. Any kind of infections, such as a sinus infection, pneumonia, sore throat, bronchitis, or other chronic health issues, like diabetes or acid reflux, can cause bad breath. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can also cause it. 

There are two main reasons that this gives you bad breath. First, in a severe case of infection or disease, your mouth cells and tissues will be unhealthy or even decaying, giving off a foul odor. On the other hand, if you have an infection, that means that there are bacteria living in your body that are not supposed to be there. Bacteria are living creatures, so while they are in your body, they may be producing foul-smelling gases that can affect your breath. 

How Does Poor Hygiene Cause It?

Bacteria can also grow in your mouth if you have poor hygiene, causing your breath to not smell great. Even if you don’t have bacteria growing, however, poor hygiene can still cause it. If you’re brushing or flossing your teeth incorrectly, or neglecting to do so at all, you can leave food particles in your mouth. These can eventually rot, and if they attract bacteria to your mouth, that alone can cause bad breath. Poor dental hygiene can also increase your chances for oral diseases such as periodontal disease or even tooth decay. These conditions can also cause it, just as mentioned above. 

If you suspect that any of these reasons are why you have bad breath, don’t worry. While you may not always be able to cure your chronic halitosis, there are things you can do to treat the troublesome odor. 

Can You Treat It?

If you’re one of one in 90,000 people with the genetics for halitosis, sadly, there is no cure. If you have a health issue that is causing your bad breath, though, seeking treatment for that health issue can help treat it. The easiest form of bad breath to treat is that caused by poor hygiene. Taking the extra time to thoroughly brush, floss, and use mouthwash twice a day will greatly improve your oral health, reducing bad breath. You can also use breath strips or chew gum throughout the day for added help.

How Can You Get Rid of Bad Breath?

Depending on the cause, you can indeed improve your breath. By either treating the medical condition causing it or improving your dental hygiene habits, you’ll find that it will either be cured completely or decreased significantly. It’s important to brush, floss, and use mouthwash daily to prevent both chronic bad breath and oral health conditions that can cause pain in the future.

If you’re interested in learning more about the causes and treatments of bad breath, as well as getting a cleaning to remove any buildup that could be causing it, contact our practice today to schedule an appointment or give us a call at (614) 399-9381.

Not Every Office Is Made Equal 

Whether you’re going in for a simple cleaning or any type of cosmetic surgery, one fact will always remain: a trip to the dentist is intimidating. Shiny tools are pointed at you as you’re approached by them from different directions. Dentists and hygienists in masks hover around you excruciatingly close with their fingers in your mouth.

Because of these experiences and many others, a trip to the dentist is dreaded by many.

Developing a Fear of the Dentist 

This has caused many people to feel an overwhelming dread and fear of the dentist. It’s led to people deciding it’s best for them to simply avoid a visit to the dentist at all. When this happens, it causes not only their teeth and overall mouth to suffer, but their body can experience eventual pain from this dental neglect as well. 

If you’re feeling this intense fear of the dentist, you’re not alone. It’s extremely common for people to have dental anxiety as they develop an overall phobia of visiting the dentist. 

According to Colgate, approximately 9% to 15% of people nationwide have such a strong fear of the dentist that they avoid visiting them altogether. This number of people is larger than you’d expect, as it’s approximately 30 to 40 million people in total that have chosen to stay away from the dentist due to this fear.

You No Longer Need to Feel Scared

At Advanced Denistry, we want to remind you that we’re people too, and we understand this intense fear of dentists. We’re here to help you overcome this. The way we operate may be a little different than what you’ve been used to in the past. 

More Than The Average Check-Up 

Whether the procedure is simple or complex, we treat it with the greatest care and respect possible. The minute you step into our office, you’re immediately greeted and treated like family. Upon your first arrival, we give you so much more than the average check-up. You receive an oral evaluation that takes place in a relaxed environment, talking you through the experience and making sure you’re feeling comfortable the entire time. 

Listening To Your Cares And Concerns 

While this is happening, we patiently take our time getting to know you more as well as your oral health history and what you’re looking for in a dentist. We realize that a lot of issues people have had during dental visits are experiencing dentists who don’t listen to their patients’ needs or wants.

This is very important to us as we want you to feel more comfortable and make a trip to visit us more enjoyable for you. This is why we try to make sure you feel happy in this environment and you aren’t afraid to tell us about your oral history in fear that our hygienists or doctor may judge you. We give no judgment and approach all situations or problems you may have in a calm and understanding manner.

Lessening Your Worry About Insurance

Another stressful ingredient to a dental visit is the nervousness of learning if you need a dental procedure done on your mouth and whether or not your insurance will be able to cover it. Luckily, we know dealing with insurance can be tricky, so we have a complimentary benefits evaluation process in place that lets you know what type of additional procedures or treatment you may need and what exactly your insurance is able to cover. 

Staff Members Who Actually Care Using Advanced Technology 

When you think about the dentist and their office, you most likely think about a stuffy office with rusty, dangerous equipment and inattentive staff members. At Advanced Dentistry, we carefully handpick our staff members and make sure they are qualified and passionate about the work they’re doing. They all love being hygienists and Dr. Blank enjoys learning more about his patients while making sure everyone feels safe. 

Old tools and technology are a thing of the past at Advanced Dentistry. We’re called advanced for a reason. We have different tools and technology to help determine what kind of oral treatment you need for your unique mouth and the easiest way to help you treat it. So you no longer have to worry about outdated technology giving inaccurate results. 

An Experience Unlike Any Other

Feeling afraid of the dentist can keep you from visiting us and can result in very damaging effects on not only your physical but even your mental health. We want to keep this from happening to you, so we step it up to provide you with a dental experience unlike any other. Like many things in life, seeing is believing. Make an appointment with Dr. Blank today or give us a call at (614) 399-9381 to experience our unmatched service firsthand.

How Your Oral Health Impacts Your Liver

We all know that your oral health is important and proper dental care is imperative to prevent you from obtaining any diseases that can negatively affect your mouth. In awareness of this, we all make sure to regularly brush and floss to keep cavities, gum disease and any other infections from forming in and around your mouth.

But did you know that your oral health impacts your liver and other parts of your body as well? Recently, there have been discoveries linking poor dental hygiene to liver cancer and other liver diseases. 

How Is Oral Health Connected to Your Liver? 

When your body starts to develop liver disease or failure, scar tissue begins to build on your liver. This occurrence is known as cirrhosis and is becoming a larger issue taking place in the United States. If the scar tissue continues to grow and progress, it can ultimately result in the failure of your liver. This can travel up to your brain and negatively impact your cognitive functions as it worsens. 

As people become infected with this approaching liver failure, they often see changes in their salivary microbiota. This is known as a specific type of bacteria located inside of the gastrointestinal tract as well as inside of your mouth. This means that people infected with liver disease or failure have a greater chance of gaining gum disease as well. 

How Does Proper Oral Care Affect This? 

By utilizing consistent oral care on your teeth and gums, you can reduce any toxins or inflammation that may grow in your bloodstream. This can result in your cognitive function improving as well as extending your amount of life with liver problems. 

In a recently conducted study, researchers found that patients who already had liver disease had a greater chance of death if they didn’t take proper care of their teeth and mouth. This is because they failed to continue to prevent bacteria from building in their mouth and inflammation growing as well. This, unfortunately, resulted in gaining gum disease that decreased the lives of most liver diseased patients. 

How Can This Be Prevented? 

If you’ve already been infected with liver cancer, there is a way to prevent further oral infection that can result in negative and possibly fatal impacts. Fortunately, there are also ways for you to go about preventing this from occurring and potentially damaging your mouth and body further. 

Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss twice a day as recommended to keep bacteria from forming inside of your gums. Gingivitis (gum disease) occurs when food particles are built up inside of your teeth and gums without any proper removal.

This bacteria and plaque can only be removed on a regular basis by constant everyday care of brushing and flossing. Use toothpaste with fluoride as well to make extra sure you’re caring for your teeth and removing any bacteria or plaque. 

Can Oral Hygiene Impact Other Parts Of My Health? 

Not only can severe gum disease result in the loss of several or all of your teeth, but it can also provide negative effects throughout other sections of your body. 

Diabetes

One of the most common connections between bodily disease and oral health is diabetes.  

As inflammation begins to form inside of your mouth, this makes your body decrease its ability to control its blood sugar levels. This ultimately results in diabetes because people diagnosed with diabetes are no longer able to process their sugar due to a lack of insulin. The bacteria from the gum disease is inflamed and keeping your body from allowing this insulin inside of it.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is another impact your body can face due to a lack of oral care. According to WebMD, 91% of patients with heart disease are also suffering from severe gum disease. Most researchers aren’t completely sure why this is, but they do spot a lot of common similarities between the risk factors associated with both these diseases like an increase in weight, smoking, or unhealthy eating habits. 

Many believe that the inflammation caused by gum disease leads to your blood vessels becoming inflamed as well. It makes the risk for heart attack become greater since your blood has a difficult time moving through your body, ultimately resulting in your blood pressure rising. Researchers also concluded that there’s a large chance plaque can break off of your blood vessel’s wall, then move up to the brain or heart, ultimately causing a stroke or heart attack. 

Utilizing Proper Dental Care 

While this all may seem intimidating and frightening to read, there are ways to reduce your risks of all the issues mentioned above. Keeping up with oral care recommended by dentists is one of the best ways to keep yourself from gaining gum disease. If you’ve already been diagnosed with liver problems or failure, give us a call at (614) 399-9381 or come in for an appointment. We can help you learn more about what types of necessary care are needed to keep gum disease from spreading in your mouth, so your body doesn’t continue getting an infection and start to ultimately suffer or shut down. 

Dental Myths Busted 

The telephone game is fun to play with friends in middle school, but it’s not as great when your oral health is involved. For several years, rumors have flown around regarding what is and isn’t acceptable when it comes to taking proper care of your teeth. We’ve decided to address a few popular myths and explain to you exactly why they aren’t true.

Myth: If I Brush Well Enough, I Won’t Even Need to Floss

The actual truth: While brushing is, of course, a very smart way to maintain proper oral health, it shouldn’t be the only part of your teeth cleaning routine. Although there are several toothbrushes available to you that provide sleek and flexible performance, most of them still can’t quite reach the cracks and crevices that floss is able to reach. There are food particles that get stuck in areas between your teeth that are only attained by using floss. If you don’t floss at least once a day, then different bacteria could form in and around the spots you missed from flossing. 

Myth: My Teeth Are White, So They Must Be Perfectly Healthy  

The actual truth: While a white smile can be impressive and visually appealing, it actually doesn’t have very much to do with whether or not your mouth is well taken care of. Proper tooth care goes far beyond that. The whiteness of your teeth is only visible on the outside. 

What’s more important is what’s inside of that area. Many people can have white teeth but still have issues caring for their gums or can be prone to getting cavities. Strong oral care goes above and beyond glamorous white teeth. 

Myth: It’s Perfectly Normal When Gums Bleed

The actual truth: This is actually the total opposite. When your gums bleed, especially while brushing your teeth, it can be a sign that you may have gum disease, otherwise known as gingivitis. This normally happens when food debris or plaque stay in your teeth and start to accumulate. It mainly happens due to lack of brushing and flossing well enough in order to remove this extra debris out of your gums. 

To get the bleeding to stop, be sure to floss and thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day to make sure that excess food is being removed. If you’ve been thoroughly brushing, flossing and maintaining proper care of your teeth, but your gums are still bleeding, feel free to contact us or book an appointment. We can help fix the problem and provide different tips or tricks to help maintain better oral care. If you decide to shrug it off and do nothing about your bleeding gums, this can eventually result in losing your teeth to gingivitis. 

Myth: It’s Pointless to Take Care of My Child’s Baby Teeth — They Just Fall Out Anyway 

The actual truth: We shouldn’t have this attitude toward our adult teeth, and we definitely shouldn’t have it toward baby teeth either. Just like adult teeth, if a baby tooth goes untreated, it could lead to harmful toothaches or infections. If baby teeth aren’t well taken care of, then the permanent ones that grow in its place may not grow fully or correctly, resulting in damaged adult teeth as soon as they grow in. 

If the child’s baby teeth aren’t properly cared for, they could end up losing their baby teeth due to this decay and mistreatment. Make sure to practice proper oral hygiene with your child to prevent this from happening. Bring them in for regular check-ups and we’ll teach you how to maintain proper care for their teeth. 

Myth: Dental Work Shouldn’t Be Done on a Pregnant Woman 

The actual truth: A common problem with this myth is that some people confuse it with surgery or X-rays. These are both procedures that shouldn’t be completed while pregnant. 

It’s still incredibly important for a pregnant woman to attend her regular biannual checkup. Some pregnant women end up getting cavities a lot easier than most people as their constant changing hormones make their gums more sensitive. This makes it more difficult for particles to be removed from their teeth, ultimately causing gingivitis. 

Myth: Unless My Teeth Hurt, There’s No Point in Going to the Dentist 

The actual truth: We give you a virtual pat on the back if you maintain proper oral care on your own at home. That doesn’t give you a ticket out of visiting the dentist regularly though. You still need to visit the dentist twice in one year to get your teeth cleaned and checked out to ensure they are healthy and in tip-top shape. Just because you’re not seeing or feeling anything wrong with your teeth doesn’t mean they’re perfectly fine. 

Some serious teeth issues can occur without you even feeling anything and can only be discovered by a professional. If you have a serious problem with your teeth that you aren’t aware of and it goes untreated for a while, it can become serious and end up damaging your teeth, other parts of your mouth or even other parts of your body. Schedule your biannual check-up with Dr. Blank and his hygienists today if you haven’t already. 

Busting These Dental Myths 

While you shouldn’t believe everything you hear, sometimes it’s hard to tell what is the truth and what is completely false. When it comes to oral health, you’re always better off safe than sorry. Be sure to continue to maintain A+ dental health by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. If you’re still concerned about a dental myth and aren’t sure whether or not it’s true, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (614) 399-9381 or make an appointment. We’d love to answer any oral care questions you may have. 

Do You Despise the Dentist? 

You check your calendar for this week’s upcoming events and see one approaching that you absolutely dread: your dentist appointment. It’s easy to immediately groan in disgust and think of all the reasons why visiting the dentist isn’t fun, but there are also some aspects of visiting the dentist that can make you realize it actually isn’t all that bad. 

Why People Think the Dentist is the Worst

People have put off their scheduled dental appointments or avoided making any appointments at all for years at a time. Everyone has their own reasons that make them dislike the dentist and keep them from visiting their offices. Here are some of the most popular reasons given when people are asked why they despise going to the dentist.  

The Dentist and His Tools Are Intimidating 

Sitting in a chair while someone points a needle or drill right at you is definitely a scary experience that can keep you from coming back to the dental office. Others aren’t scared of the tools, but of the dentist specifically. Some people develop this fear naturally and others develop it from a history of dentists showing little sympathy for them as a child. This can cause them to grow trust issues for their dentists even as an adult. 

When people aren’t caring for their teeth, they get scared to go to the dentist and to be forced to listen to a lecture discussing how they’re not caring for their teeth. Others will develop the anxiety of getting told they may have to undergo oral surgery or receive braces. 

It’s Way Too Expensive 

Going to the dentist is not cheap. Especially if you end up having to get oral surgery, braces, or a different dental procedure done. Insurance does come in handy, but there are some dental costs that aren’t covered by different insurance companies. This can result in a large chunk of change coming out of the patient’s pocket, which gives people a reason to not go to the dentist and take this financial risk. 

It Takes Too Much Time 

Nobody likes to wait. So when people are forced to sit in a dentist’s office and wait for them to finally call the patient back, it can be a little irritating. Not to mention how long it takes when you’re finally seated in the chair. All of this sitting and waiting can start to add up. People will also feel they are way too busy for a trip to the dentist so it can all seem like a waste of time when there are other things to do. 

It Can Be a Painful Experience 

There are several intimidating procedures that can take place at a dental office involving drills, needles and other tools. When these tools are used on you they can hurt your gums, teeth, cheeks or other parts of your face leaving them feeling sore for a while after the procedure is finished.

It’s Not As Bad As You Think 

These are all valid reasons to feel negatively toward going to the dentist. But there are ways to minimize these worries or fears. Once you start to realize the different ways you can make yourself feel more comfortable at the dentist, you’ll see that a regular trip to the dentist isn’t as bad as it seems. 

Your Dentist Is Not The Enemy 

Yes, the dentist can be scary. But times are changing and this isn’t like the days when you were a child and your dentist didn’t care about whether or not you were afraid. We care about how you feel when you’re in the chair and want to help make your experience comfortable for you. This is why when you arrive at the dentist, you should voice your anxieties or concerns with us beforehand.

Other Available Ways to Help With Costs 

Yes, sometimes visiting the dentist can get expensive. Especially when unexpected oral surgeries can appear out of the blue. Even when insurance can’t quite seem to cover a few expenses, we can offer different payment plans or options. 

Make It A Comfortable Environment 

Going to the dentist can seem like an uncomfortable experience since you’re sitting there with everyone invading your personal space. We are aware of this and do everything we can to make it a comfortable and relaxing environment so that you can really relax while you’re sitting in the chair. We welcome patients to bring a pair of wireless headphones to listen to while we’re working, or whatever it is that will make you comfortable.

It’s an Afternoon or Morning Away from Work 

Going to the dentist can sometimes be difficult because you may find yourself in the waiting room for long periods of time. It may make you feel like you’re losing valuable time to work on other projects. Feel free to bring your laptop in with you while you’re waiting so you don’t feel as if any time is being wasted. 

Even better, ask for that afternoon or morning off so you can take your trip to the dentist, then enjoy a much needed a break for the rest of the morning or afternoon. That way, you can look forward to this time off on the day of your appointment and won’t associate your appointment day with any negative feelings. 

There Are Ways to Escape the Pain 

Needles, drills and other dental tools, oh my! While these can all seem intimidating, there are ways to make the pain go away or at least decrease drastically. A lot of anesthesia and novocaine are offered to you in order to help numb the pain. If the thought of these dental procedures still makes you nervous and this doesn’t seem like enough, talk to your dentist to see if dental sedation is a possible option for you. 

No More Dreading the Dentist  

While the dentist isn’t the most exciting place on earth, it still provides you with long-lasting benefits that make it well worth the appointment. If you take proper care of your teeth on your own time and book consistent appointments twice a year, your mouth will look and feel healthy the majority of the time. 

If you maintain a healthy habit of going to the dentist and maintain proper dental self-care, then you’ll find yourself spending less money on surprise procedures and less time stressing out about painful surgeries. 

By ensuring proper oral health and starting a regular routine of visiting the dentist office, it may soon become one of your favorite places to visit.

Give us at Advanced Dentistry a call today at (614) 399-9381 and we’ll do everything we can to turn your dreadful opinion of the dentist into a good one!

Oral Health – Overall Health. Don’t Be Naive – There Is A Direct Correlation

Your oral health is our top priority here at Advanced Dentistry. But our efforts are geared towards far more than a bright and shiny smile. When it comes to your overall health, oral health is a major influence on how the rest of your body reacts. This is why we so strongly recommend you come in to see us twice yearly for your annual dental exams and always make an appointment as soon as you can when you feel as though something is just not right. Putting off a problem only makes it worse, so let us treat you before matters become potentially major.

Do You Check For Oral Cancer During Routine Exams?

When you come to Advanced Dentistry for your general dental exam, one thing we do is check your face, mouth, throat, and neck for signs of oral cancer. We feel around for unusual lumps, bumps, and growths, and look carefully for lesions, discoloration, or anything else that seems suspicious. Using high-tech dental tools, we can get an in-depth look at all of the oral areas, giving you peace of mind that you’re in the clear if things look OK. If anything is alarming or murky, we will direct you towards a next step – perhaps to seek out services from a specialist and plot out a treatment plan. Early detection is the key to remission. With swift treatment, you will have a greater chance of survival.

Can Gum Disease Spread Throughout My Entire Body?

Checking your gums for bacteria and decay is crucial. Not only can infection cause issues beneath the gum line and compromise the integrity of your teeth, but it can spread through the whole body, leading to serious health concerns along the way. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and more have been linked to gum disease. In order to be healthy overall, the gums need to be free of infection. When you are here for an oral exam, we will check your gums for signs like puffiness, tenderness, swelling, bleeding, and receding, and we will look for teeth that may be loosening or missing due to gum damage. If you notice any signs that your gums are not as healthy as they should be, come in before your next set appointment so we can assess the situation in a timely fashion. Waiting is not a wise option. The longer gum infection lingers, the better chance it will make its way through your body leading to potentially long-term problems that can affect your life in a serious way.

Can Cavities Be A Sign That I Am Sick?

If you tend to have frequent cavities, it may not mean you are sick, but it could be that you are not taking care of your teeth like you ought to be. One way you could be putting your teeth at risk is by consuming lots of sugary snacks on a regular basis. And as these unhealthful foods are digested, they are filling your body with empty calories rather than nutritious fuel that your body requires to function at its peak level of performance. If you find that your cavity count is above average, a change in diet may be the solution. Not only will you better protect your teeth from cavities or other damage, but you will be doing something good for your entire system. We can refer you to a nutritionist if you are unsure what a balanced diet looks like. Let us know and we’ll set you up.

How Can I Take Better Care Of My Oral Health?

Start by brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily, more if necessary. Spend your time doing it purposefully, don’t just go through the motions mindlessly. Stick to a healthy diet, full of natural foods including plenty of vegetables. Avoid sticky or chewy foods that can get stuck to the surface of the teeth. Remember to visit Advanced Dentistry for your general dental exams and be forthcoming about any problems you may be experiencing. Remind your friends, family, and loved ones to do the same.

Remember, oral health is correlated to overall health. Be the best version of yourself with the Advanced Dentistry edge. We aim for excellence from ourselves and want you to be excellent in terms of health. Our team is on your side to guide you, care for you, and keep you as healthy as we can. It’s our commitment to the community. We look forward to seeing you soon.

First Impressions Matter

They say you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. That’s something the Advanced Dentistry team of Hillard takes to heart. We pride ourselves in making your first visit to our office a positive one. We understand that a trip to the dentist can be daunting for some, and for others, there is probably someplace else they would rather be than sitting with their mouths wide open in the dentist’s chair. A feeling of being cared for will encompass you as you walk through our doors and get to know our staff. Our Hillard team is well-trained and welcoming, making that initial visit unexpectedly pleasant and always professional.

Your one-hour dental appointment will be thorough and personalized. So much more than a simple cleaning, this oral evaluation will cover everything necessary to access and outline all oral hygiene concerns and identify the needed care you require. You will simply sit back, relax, and allow Dr. Blank and his experienced team of clinicians deliver a well-defined and detailed service, supplying you with useful information, an all-inclusive exam, and a plan of action for your oral care.

Will my insurance cover this initial exam?

Since different people have different plans and packages of what is and what is not covered, it is advisable to speak to your carrier’s representatives to better understand your specific situation. We can also assist you by performing a complementary benefits evaluation to inform you as to what your dental insurance covers. We will work with you to better understand the details so you understand what you are committing to before you book the initial appointment.

Where are you located?

Advanced Dentistry is conveniently located in beautiful Hillard, Ohio. Your oral health is important, so we want you to be able to come in at your convenience. Our office staff will assist you with booking your initial appointment. Give us a call at 614-876-4900 so we can accommodate your needs and get you in as soon as possible.

Our address:

5491 Scioto Darby Rd., Hillard, Ohio

Aside from a teeth cleaning, what else will my initial oral exam include?

Along with cleaning, polishing, and flossing, we will evaluate the current state of your oral health, get a clearer picture of your smile goals, and go from there. We use the latest and greatest in advanced technology to offer top-notch treatment and proven techniques that are innovative and highly effective. Many of the solutions we offer can be customized on a case by case basis, making every patient’s exam unique to their needs. In a nutshell, your initial exam will include a combination of some or all of the following, depending upon the state of your oral health at the time of your visit:

  •       Prophylaxis (teeth cleaning)
  •       Fluoride treatment (helps prevent cavities and strengthens/hardens teeth)
  •       Oral cancer exam
  •       Fillings and sealants (if applicable)
  •       Root canal therapy (if applicable)
  •       Extractions (if applicable)
  •       TMJ/TMD treatment (if necessary)
  •       Sleep apnea solutions (if required)

What if I am interested in learning more about cosmetic dentistry options. Is this something we will cover during my initial examination?

If you are interested in improving the look of your smile with one or more cosmetic and/or restorative treatments, we will give you more information to address your inquiries during the exam. Depending upon your goals and what we can effectively accomplish, Dr. Blank will share his expertise and what he believes will be the best approach for your dental conditions and concerns. A dazzling smile is something you will be proud to show off. Advanced cosmetic and restorative treatments include:

  •       TeethXpress implant dentures
  •       Invisalign® (clear braces)
  •       Bonding
  •       Dental implants
  •       Porcelain veneers
  •       Teeth whitening
  •       Dentures
  •       Periodontal therapy

I am nervous about my initial dental appointment. How can you help me get through this?

Advanced Dentistry wants your first impression to be a positive one. We create a calm and peaceful space for you to relax as much as possible while we practice compassionate care. There is never a rush or a feeling like you are “just another patient.” Everyone who comes through our door is important to us, so we do all we can to create a soothing atmosphere that helps lower your anxiety and calms your nerves. There is nothing to be nervous about when you know you are in good hands. We promise…we’re friendly!

We want to make our first impression on you. Now is a great time to schedule that initial exam and start on the path of proactive dental care. We look forward to hearing from you. Please call Advanced Dentistry at (614) 399-9381. We will see you soon!