We loved seeing a recent article published by Fast Company describing how MIT researchers found that visiting the dentist was one of the few situations where “leaving your bubble” had amazing benefits that far outweighed the minimal risks of contracting COVID-19. This is supported by recent studies that show that COVID-19 patients with periodontal disease face a greater risk of dying. While we’ve always understood the importance of good oral health and the relationship it has to a strong immune system, it’s a good reminder that oral health has far reaching impacts on multiple facets of our body.
Our immune system is a complex system of cells, organs, tissues and proteins that patrol our bodies looking for invaders that may cause us harm. Inflammation caused by these invaders attracts immune cells that attack harmful organisms and bacteria. One of the best ways to keep our immune system healthy, and to prevent it from getting overwhelmed, is to reduce sources of inflammation.
The complexities of dental insurance and the lack of sufficient information provided by insurance companies make understanding benefits almost impossible. Even more confusing is understanding how to properly work with your dental insurance company to achieve the highest level of benefits to which you are entitled. As Wynkoop Dentistry patients, we want you to be informed, and we have insurance experts to help you navigate through this process as best we can!
You may be waking up with teeth or jaw pain, facial soreness, or earaches. Maybe you find that when you wake up, you have a little bit of an unexplained headache. You also might come into see your dentist, and Doctor tells you that you have visible signs of tooth wear. There’s also a possibility that a loved one lets you know they’re a little concerned, because it sounds like you’re grinding your teeth at night.
If this sounds familiar, there’s a pretty good chance you might be clenching the night away. For the sake of your loyal pearly whites, one recommendation may be to look into night guards to fight the negative effects of Bruxism...
Check out our 5 "do's and don'ts" of brushing and general daily dental care. Something in your daily routine could be doing more harm than good so it's important to gather all the facts! These 5 tips could save you money and extra trips to the dentist as well as reduce the chance of pain, discomfort, and cavities.
Did you know that eating snacks throughout the day is actually not good for your teeth? This is because the health of your teeth and gums partially depends on the level of acidity (also known as pH) in your mouth. Ideally your mouth will have a neutral pH. Every time you snack, harmful acids and bacteria are left behind, which can cause your mouth to return to a neutral pH more slowly. If your teeth are exposed to enough acids, you can develop cavities. Why is snacking worse than eating main meals? Typically, it's because you don't drink a beverage like you would with a meal, nor brush after every snack, so snacks tend to stick around in your mouth longer than your meal does.
Use the Right Technique Did you know that how you brush your teeth is just as important as how often? Using the right brushing technique can not only remove excess plaque buildup, but also protect your gums from injury.
Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and brush in gentle circular motions being careful to be gentle around your delicate gum tissue. Brush for at least two minutes, twice every day.
Choose the Right Tools Choosing the right toothbrush is important. Use a brush with soft bristles in order to avoid injuring your gum tissue. Many patients are switching to an electric toothbrush, which does all of the hard work of brushing for you with all the right techniques. It even times your brushing session to ensure you reach the recommended two minutes. An electric brush is a great investment in your home care routine.
Floss Daily Using Proper Techniques Flossing your teeth daily is just as important as brushing because it removes bacteria and food particles from in between your teeth. Yes – you can actually get cavities in between your teeth!
You should floss once a day using at least 18 inches of floss wound around your fingers. Gently slide floss in between each tooth in a c-shape motion on each side of your teeth. Use a clean area of floss for each tooth.
Use an Antibacterial Mouth Rinse Using a mouth rinse can give you added protection against tooth decay and cavities, and as bonus it also freshens your breath. Consult your dentists at Wynkoop Dentistry as to which rinse is best for your needs, as not all are created equal.
Clean Your Tongue You may not realize that there’s a lot of bacteria that hides in your tongue and causes bad breath and other issues in your mouth. Brushing your tongue, or using a tongue scraper each day eliminates that bacteria, giving you a healthier mouth.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly At Wynkoop Dentistry, we recommend visits every six months for most of our patients. These visits are important for helping us to monitor your oral health and make you aware of any concerns early on such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. Early detection gives you an opportunity for less invasive and costly treatment.
Together with regular visits and an excellent home care routine, we can ensure that you achieve and maintain optimum oral health for lifetime!
Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is something we don’t typically hear a lot about. Did you know, however, that it affects more than half of American adults in some form? Today we’d like to shed the light on gum disease and educate you about it so you can take proper measures to prevent it.
Periodontal Disease 101 Gum disease is essentially an infection of the support system for your teeth, which is your soft tissue and bone. When excessive plaque builds up around your gums, it allows harmful bacteria below your gum line. If the infection is left untreated, it will eventually destroy your bone and soft tissue, leading to tooth loss. Periodontal
disease is actually the number one cause of tooth loss in American adults.
As we’ve learned more about it, we now understand the implications that periodontal health has on your overall health and well being. Gum disease has also been connected with other health concerns in the body such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke.
We now understand that the bacteria that causes gum disease, and the inflammation that contributes to these other concerns is related and can contribute to one another. Taking care of your oral health is so important because it also means taking care of your overall health and well being.
How to Combat Gum Disease Your routine visits with your dentist at Wynkoop Dentistry are actually your best defense against issues like gum disease. We’ll screen you for it at every checkup, and we can actually detect it much earlier than you can because there aren’t many symptoms or much pain associated with it in the beginning. Early detection gives
you the opportunity to treat your condition with less invasive procedures.
The Two Stages of Gum Disease and How to manage them Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, in which you may notice that your gums appear red, swollen, or irritated, or they bleed when you brush and floss your teeth.
Chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away is another telltale sign of gingivitis. This is the time to contact us and have a checkup because gingivitis can typically be effectively managed and sometimes reversed with a thorough professional cleaning and improvements to your home care routine.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease, and now you may notice your gums receding or your teeth beginning to feel mobile. This stage will require a more extensive cleaning that reaches below the gum line to remove plaque and tartar buildup and smooth root surfaces. We may also recommend antibiotic therapy or
treatment with a periodontist for more severe cases.
Contact Wynkoop Dentistry If you find yourself facing gum disease, you can rest assured that your team at Wynkoop Dentistry is well equipped to help you effectively manage your condition. Give us a call today to schedule your next cleaning and checkup.
Questions often arise about dental x-rays, and we hear things like: Do I really need them? Are they safe? How often do I need them? These are all great questions and we’d like to take the time to discuss the importance of dental x-rays as a diagnostic tool. The more you know about them, the better you’ll feel about taking them.
Do I Really Need X-Rays?
The answer is – yes. Our doctors use x-rays to see what’s going on internally in your mouth, and they give us a better of view of issues that could potentially be missed with just an examination. Diagnosing treatment with x-rays allows us to detect issues such as tooth decay in its earliest stages, which gives you the opportunity for less invasive and costly treatment procedures.
Are X-Rays Safe?
At Wynkoop Dentistry we use digital x-rays, which are not only safer for our patients, but also for the environment. Digital x-rays emit 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays, which is, in fact, less radiation than you’d receive spending a day out in the Colorado sun.
They require no harsh chemicals for development, which is much kinder to our environment, and they’re readily available so our doctors can diagnose any treatment needs right away. Because they provide a clearer image, it means more accurate diagnosis of your treatment needs.
Fun fact: Did you know that banana’s are radioactive?
How Often Do I Need X-Rays?
We typically recommend that x-rays be taken once per year, unless you’re having a specific issue. If you should experience tooth sensitivity or pain, an x-ray can help us detect what the cause is so we can get you back on the path to wellness again much more efficiently.
X-rays taken once per year give us a baseline that helps us monitor your oral health. We believe that prevention is truly the key in maintaining optimum oral health and routine dental cleanings, check-ups, and x-rays can help us provide this service to you.
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At Wynkoop Dentistry, we’re always looking for better ways to serve our patients and protect our environment. In fact, we’re the first Certified Green Dental Practice by the city of Denver, and we believe that technology such as digital imaging has helped us achieve this goal.
If you have questions about x-rays or other aspects of our practice, or if it’s time to schedule your next dental appointment, we encourage you to give us a call.