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    How Stress Impacts Your Oral Health

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Stress impacts your health on many different levels, and oral health is no exception. Watch this video to find out how stress impacts your oral health.

    People who are frequently plagued by stress tend to be at higher risk for periodontal disease. They are also more susceptible to bruxism, which is the grinding of teeth. Bruxism may cause jaw soreness, headaches, and worn teeth. Remember to visit your dentist regularly to make sure stress isn’t permanently impacting your oral health.

    Would you like to know more about how stress impacts dental wellness? Call Oak Creek Dental Care at (614) 682-8345. We are happy to serve Columbus with emergency and sedation dentistry services. If you would like to know more about our services, please do not hesitate to visit our website today.

    Patient Spotlight: My 6 Month Smile Journey | Weeks 1-3

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Thanks to the advice of my many friends, co- workers and family members who have had braces in the past, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect for my first few weeks in braces…pain, awkwardness and did I mention pain?!  Ok, so it really hasn’t been that bad!  The worst pain I have experienced so far was on the inside of my lips where the braces rubbed.  I learned to use the wax they gave me very quickly and it was a lifesaver!  I could feel my teeth start moving the very next day.  My teeth feel loose and they ache but are bearable with ibuprofen.  Eating has been a chore and I have lost 4 pounds the first 3 weeks!  That has been a nice, unexpected side effect!   

    I cut everything up into small bites, so I don’t have to bite into anything with my front teeth, which is painful, and then annoying later to get the food out of! I have also slowed my eating, as I have bitten the inside of my cheek several times by eating too quickly. By week 2 the pain was much more bearable and the inside of my lips were beginning to callous and get used to the braces.  I also have been using a straw to drink my coffee (which was hard to get used to) and my tea, as the clear brackets will stain.  Flossing has been a challenge and time consuming, but the “super floss” they gave me is amazing, I can’t image trying to floss without it. 

    Week 3 has been great, as I am used to the routine and my teeth aren’t aching as much.  I am very excited about my ortho visit tomorrow to see the changes in my teeth!  The first 3 weeks flew by so quickly!

    Keep reading my blog to follow my smile journey! 

    Until next time, Kelly!

    Best Candidates for IV Dental Sedation

    Last updated 14 days ago

    While some people have no issues at all with going to their dentists, others are hesitant for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, dental sedation looks to address these problems. Keep reading to find out if you might be a candidate for IV dental sedation.

    IV dental sedation can help patients sit through hours of dental work without any discomfort, fear, or pain. This makes it an ideal solution for people with severe general or dental anxiety and for those who simply want to get as much work done as possible in a single visit. This treatment is also helpful for those who have sensitive gag reflexes or experience jaw soreness. Some people just like the idea of being completely relaxed while they have their dental work done, especially if the work is extensive.

    If you believe you might be a candidate for IV dental sedation, please do not hesitate to call Oak Creek Dental Care at (614) 682-8345. We provide general, emergency, and sedation dentistry in the Columbus area. Visit our website to find out more about what we can do for you today.

    Brush Up on Your Tooth-Whitening Techniques [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Do yellow teeth have you hiding your smile away? It’s easy for teeth to become stained by the things you eat and drink every day. As a general rule of thumb, if it can stain your clothes, it can stain your teeth. The more you eat and drink of the offending foods, the more discolored your teeth can become. The good news is that you can remove tooth stains and have a healthy, white smile once more. To start, minimize your consumption of staining foods and drinks, like coffee, red wine, and berries. Next, stick to a good oral hygiene plan and talk to your dentist about whitening treatments. In this infographic, Oak Creek Dental Care of Columbus, Ohio, lists the most common staining culprits and offers tips for keeping your teeth in good condition. You can contact our dental team to discuss protecting your smile, and please feel free to share this information with your family and friends.

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    Diagnosing Periodontal Disease

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Periodontal disease is highly prevalent in adults across the United States. It is important to regularly see your dentist so you can catch this condition early on and undergo proper treatment. When left untreated, periodontal disease can cause serious damage and even tooth loss. Here is a look at the process of diagnosing periodontal disease.

    Evaluating the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
    There are a few key symptoms when it comes to diagnosing periodontal disease. The condition starts with gingivitis, which involves the swelling of the gums. Gums will also take on a reddish color because of the inflammation. As the disease advances, the gums will begin to recede from the teeth, destroying important supportive tissues and causing teeth to loosen. This can ultimately result in tooth loss if left untreated. Periodontal disease can be caused or worsened by tobacco use, poor diet, genetics, or even certain medications. It is wise to see your dentist regularly in order to prevent this condition from occurring.

    Assessing the Severity of Periodontal Disease
    Your dentist or periodontist will inspect your teeth and gums for the presence of periodontal disease. The first test is primarily visual, and is used to simply determine whether or not you are experiencing periodontal disease. Your dentist may also use a periodontal probe to assess pocket depths. Additional tests may be used to evaluate how quickly the condition might progress; this allows for the creation of an efficient treatment plan, which is necessary in order to save the teeth.

    For more information about periodontal disease, please call Oak Creek Dental Care at (614) 682-8345. We provide the Columbus area with various types of dentistry, including sedation, emergency, and general dentistry services. Would you like to know more about our services? Please do not hesitate to visit our website or stop in and find out what we can do for you.

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