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How to Avoid the 9 Most Common Dental Problems

Mark McGuire - Thursday, August 23, 2012

How to Avoid the 9 Most Common Dental Problems

Everyone has a general idea that good dental hygiene is important, but when trouble strikes, they don’t know what to do. Prevention is always the best cure for every dental problem. Here are the 9 most common dental problems and some tips to help you avoid them altogether.

  1. Halitosis – This is just a fancy term for bad breath, and there are numerous dental problems that can cause it. Gun disease, dry mouth, tongue bacteria, and oral cancer are just a few of the conditions that can cause bad breath. Of course it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, but if you have bad breath and aren’t sure why, be sure to address this with your dentist.
  2. Periodontal disease – Gum disease comes with a list of symptoms like bleeding gums, bad breathe, and loose teeth. It’s important to have this problem identified as early as possible. While bad oral hygiene can be the cause of periodontal disease, smoking can also cause it. Do your best to kick the habit and make sure that you have regular visits with your dentist. And don’t feel bad if nothing you do seems to solve your gum disease problem. Some people are just more genetically predisposed to it, so a dentist is the only one who can help them keep it under control. 
  3. Sores on the Mouth – In most cases, a mouth sore is nothing to worry about, but if it doesn’t go away after two weeks, it’s time to see the dentist. Many mouth sores are caused by colds or other health problems, so the only way to attempt to avoid them is by practicing good hygiene like washing your hands frequently.
  4. Tooth sensitivity – Tooth sensitivity can be caused by two potential problems. One is erosion of the gums, which serve to protect sensitive areas of the teeth. If you brush too hard along the gum line, you could brush away the gums and cause the root of the teeth to be exposed. Always use a soft toothbrush and brush slowly and carefully along the gum line.
  5. Cavities – This is probably the most well-known dental problem. No one likes to have cavities because the solution is usually to drill them out, which is never fun. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, use mouthwash at least twice a day, and floss your teeth regularly to prevent cavities.
  6. Tooth Erosion – This problem is common among people who have severe acid reflux or bulimia. The issue happens when your stomach acid erodes your teeth. Be sure to get the underlying health problem taken care of as quickly as possible to prevent tooth erosion.
  7. Tooth emergencies – Cavities are among the most common types of emergencies, although there are plenty of other examples. Toothaches can be caused by many different underlying problems, so you should never assume that a cavity is causing your toothache. Try to do what you can to mitigate the pain until you can get in to see the dentist.
  8. Teeth grinding – Prevention of this problem depends on what’s causing it. Stress is probably the most common cause, so learn some stress management techniques to prevent wear and tear on your teeth. Another problem that can cause teeth grinding is misaligned teeth, which can be fixed through orthodontic care.
  9. Oral cancer – This problem is more common than you think, and it’s often caused by smoking, although there are other causes. The best thing you can do to avoid cancer of the mouth is to simply quit smoking, chewing tobacco, or doing other things that put known cancer-causing things in contact with your mouth.

Let the dentists at McGuire Dental Group show you how to avoid all 9 of these common dental problems. They understand the importance of good dental hygiene, and their entire staff actively promotes prevention of problems.

How to Choose Dentists in Omaha, NE

Mark McGuire - Sunday, July 15, 2012

Choosing dentists in Omaha, NE can be rather difficult because there are so many to choose from. After all, how do you tell one dentist from another? Many people fear going to the dentist because of all the things that can go wrong, but if you choose wisely, you can avert these horror stories. Here are six things you should take into consideration when choosing dentists:

  1. Office hours and location – This is much more a question of practicality than anything else, but practicality matters. You can find the best dentist in the world, but if his or her office isn’t convenient for you and the office isn’t open when you can go in, then it won’t matter. Consider their location to your home or work and whether it will be easy enough for you to get an appointment during the hours that are convenient for you.
  2. Continuing education – Other than practicality, the other main thing you should be concerned about is whether the dentist is up to date on the latest trends and techniques for treatment. Be sure to look into not just where he or she was educated originally for their dental degree but also whether they participate in continuing education opportunities and attend conferences and seminars so that they can stay up to date on current dental trends and concerns.
  3. Preventative care – Every dentist has his or her own personal way of approaching preventative care. Some dentists are more laid back, while others understand that preventative care is the best course of treatment. While it is important to find someone you can work with, it is also essential that you find someone who understands just how important preventative care is. He or she should be interested in educating patients about preventative care rather than just raking it in on all the problems caused by not taking care of your teeth.
  4. Anesthesia certifications – One of the reasons there are so many horror stories related to going to the dentist has to do with whether or not anesthesia can be given. Some dentists are certified to give varying levels of anesthesia. If this is important to you, then you should check to see what they are certified for. You don’t want to be stuck at a dentist needing major work done only to find out that minimal relief is available because they aren’t certified for other kinds of anesthesia.
  5. Emergency dental care – You should also find out what their procedures are for emergency dental care. Most dentists have some type of agreement with one of their peers or with some type of emergency referral service. Others have their own contingency plan in place. Just find out how they handle emergencies so that you can know what to expect in the event that one does arise.
  6. Fee schedule – Also make sure that they spell out their fee schedule up front before you even see someone. Payment plans and fees should be made clear before you schedule a treatment. Sometimes an exact price may not be available because they might not be totally aware of how much work needs to be done. However, in these cases they should still be able to provide you with an estimate. While comparison shopping for fees from different dentists, you can get a good idea of how their prices compare by checking fees for some of the most common procedures like cavity fillings, full mouth x-rays, and oral exams with cleanings.

McGuire Dental Group’s dentists in Omaha, NE are leading providers for quality dental care.