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Find the Best Oral Hygiene Tools for a Great Fall Smile

Published on October 4, 2017 by

Searching for a top-notch fall smile to wow everyone? Then you need to have an effective and consistent dental hygiene routine. The trick to this tip is to have the best dental tools to perform the best oral hygiene routine. To help you have a great autumn smile, our dentist and dental associates want to tell you the best information to use when seeking out which dental tools to use.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush: The soft bristles will thoroughly clean your teeth while caring for your gums and not harshly brushing on them. This is important when cleaning your natural smile because you don’t want your gums to be irritated. Or even your enamel weakened, for that matter. Be sure to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Use fluoride toothpaste: Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens and nourishes your teeth (it’s put in many cities’ water sources to promote good dental health). So, if you use fluoride toothpaste, your chances of suffering enamel erosion and tooth decay reduce with daily use.

Use your favorite flossing product and tool: This is highly recommended because it doesn’t quite matter which floss and flossing tool you use to clean your teeth and gums as long as it’s getting the job done and not causing you any discomfort. If it’s approved by the American Dental Association, you should be covered (Every oral hygiene tool you use should be approved by the ADA). They test for efficiency and safety in dental products.

Use antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash: Different types of mouthwashes can help you avoid dental issues, like enamel erosion, tooth decay, and gum disease depending on what kind you need. If your rinse doesn’t have these characteristics, it’s most likely a cosmetic wash that won’t help with your dental health, so be sure to pick a mouthwash that will fight bacteria and plaque.

If you have any questions about these dental hygiene tools, call our dental clinic in Lexington, Kentucky. Please contact Dickson Ufomata and talk to a member of our dental team. We are here to assist you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you to better your smile today!

TOOTH HAZARDS: Bruxism, Bones & Chewing Gum

Published on September 27, 2017 by

With some cautious prevention, your teeth can last for years on end. And that doesn’t just mean brushing your teeth, either. For greatest dental health, you need to be mindful of what hazards can impact your oral health and how you can foil them. Here are a few things you can be aware of to save your teeth safe from injury:

Clenching or grinding teeth. Were you aware that you could be clenching your pearly whites while you sleep? It’s a condition known as bruxism, and if you’re waking up with sore teeth and/or a sore jaw, you could have it. Speak with us about night guards on your next appointment, and we can help you fix this problem that negatively affects your sleep and your teeth.

Not filtering out bones from food. While eating away on tough foods is one thing, sorting out bones (and rocks) from food is another. If you bite down into something with full force thinking that it’s soft when it’s not, you’re much more prone to break a tooth. Take some minutes to filter through your food to ensure there are no hard surprises waiting within.

Chewing gum for too long. Can chewing gum for too long really destroy your pearly whites? Actually, it’s possible, and we’ve seen it enough to recognize that it’s a real risk. As gum is chewed for long lengths of time, it begins to lose its pliability — you’ve likely noticed that gum chewed for sixty minutes is much harder than a fresh stick. Don’t risk your dental health by continuing to chew on gum you’ve chewed for an hour or more; spit it out and use a fresh piece if you need to continue chewing.

Prevention is the greatest medicine, but accidents do happen. If you’ve suffered an injury to your oral cavity or chompers, we’re here to help. Call our , , teeth office at now to schedule your next appointment with Dr. and our staff.

A Large Area of Dental Attrition Might Be Treatable with a Dental Crown

Published on September 20, 2017 by

Dental attrition can occur when minor misalignment problems cause two of your teeth to wear on each other. As an increasing amount of tooth enamel is worn away the compromised surface can cause tooth sensitivity, promote a new cavity, or even lead to a severe dental fracture.

If the area of dental attrition is large or a new area of tooth decay has developed, your dentist might recommend restoring the tooth with a dental crown.

This restorative treatment starts with your dentist using a drill to remove the entire tooth enamel layer. This leaves behind a small post or dentin which is known as an abutment. Later it will serve to anchor your new dental crown in your mouth.

After preparing a detailed impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth your dentist will secure the temporary crown in place.  The impression will then be sent to a dental lab where your dental crown will be created from either gold, base metals, or special dental porcelain.

When the dental crown is ready, your dentist will cement it in place. Then we will examine its relationship to the other teeth in your bite pattern. If necessary he might make some minor edits to the dental crown or the tooth that initially caused the dental attrition.

If you live in the Lexington, KY, area, and you have a tooth suffering from dental attrition, you should call to seek treatment at Leestown Dental Care.

VELscope – Oral Cancer Screening

Published on February 18, 2013 by

We continually look for advances to ensure optimum oral health care to our patients. We now have the VELscope. The VELscope is a hand-held device that provides dentists and hygienists with an easy-to-integrate adjunctive mucosal examination system for the early detection of a wide variety of oral diseases, including pre-cancer and cancer.

In addition to the detection of oral cancers and pre-cancers, the VELscope system is showing itself to be a powerful tool for the discovery of mucosal abnormalities such as:

  • Viral, fungal and bacterial infections
  • Inflammation from a variety of causes (including lichen planus
    and other lichenoid reactions)
  • Squamous papillomas
  • Salivary gland tumours.

We highly reccommend a VELscope screening annually. The cost is $20. Most insurance companies don’t cover this screening.

How Does the VELscope Work?
The VELscope handpiece emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity, anything that shows up a dark color is a potential concern & a biopsy would be advised.