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At the very back of the mouth you will find the third molars, also called the wisdom teeth, and despite their friendly-sounding name, wisdom teeth are notorious for causing pain and potentially dangerous dental complications. For this reason, most dentists recommend removing the wisdom teeth before they can cause discomfort or other problems.

Not everyone has had their wisdom teeth removed, so knowing the potential of dangerously impacted wisdom teeth is important; they could damage adjacent teeth, infection and abscessed, gum disease or tooth decay and even cause cysts to develop. While there are not always noticeable signs of impacted wisdom teeth, these are a few of the warning symptoms that could indicate the need for dental intervention:

  1. Jaw Pain – The discomfort from impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain through the jaw and into the skull, often resulting in terrible headaches. The pain could be more intense while chewing, especially if the pain shoots to the back of the mouth or into nearby teeth.The jaw pain could also lead to swelling of the entire jaw area. This can indicate an especially dangerous impaction, as the tooth may be causing infection. A visibly swollen jaw line is a definitive way to tell that something is wrong with the tooth.
  1. Sore or Bleeding Gums –Because jaw and tooth pain often extend throughout the general area of the wisdom teeth, the gums can also be affected. Sore or bleeding gums, especially when the bleeding occurs with very little provocation, is a sign that there is a big problem with a tooth. Tenderness and swollen gums in the back of the mouth generally indicate that the problem is in the wisdom teeth area.
  1. Bad Tastes and Smells – When wisdom teeth are impacted, bacteria often becomes trapped in the soft folds of the teeth and gums, often leading to infection. These infections can fester, potentially leading to cysts and decay. This condition is known as pericornitis. A person experiencing pericornitis will notice a bad taste in his or her mouth, even while eating food. In addition, it can lead to exceptionally bad breath that may be noticed by other people.

Certainly this is not an all-inclusive list of symptoms caused by wisdom teeth. If you are experiencing anything unusual in your mouth it is important to visit your dentists office right away.

Because impacted wisdom teeth can cause many complications, it is important that these warning signs be taken very seriously. Allowing the damage to continue without dental intervention can be very dangerous to your overall health, so an appointment with your dentist must be scheduled as soon as any of these potential symptoms are observed.

Dental Associates of Grand Junction is a family oriented dental practice in Grand Junction, Colorado. Our dental office has been providing routine dental care in the Grand Valley since 1923. If you are experiencing problems with your wisdom teeth or have any other dental concerns please feel free to contact Dr. Gaglione or Dr. Scott at Dental Associates of Grand Junction.

A Tradition of Treating Patients like Family Since 1923

January, 31st. 2017

January, 31st. 2017

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zzzlFirst lets talk about licorice! No, not the sticky red or black candy you eat at the movie theater. Licorice the plant. It is a plant you know, and the root of a licorice plant contains a compound called glycyrrizin.  This compound has been proven in clinical studies to reduce tooth decay! Don’t get too excited, there is little to no glycyrrizin in licorice candy. Licorice candy is actually very bad for your teeth, you need the glcyrrizin found in the root to fight cavities.

Now nobody is going to go around chewing on licorice root, so what to do?  Enter Loloz! Loloz is a brand new product to hit the market and contains high levels of glycrrizin. It comes in lollipop or lozenge form with three different flavors to choose from.

If you are prone to tooth decay or just want some extra protection against cavities, then Loloz may be a good option for you. Because this is a newer product we haven’t really heard much about it and it is not available in retail stores at this time. To get your hands on Loloz you will need to order it online. They are available on Amazon.com and if you would like to read more check out their website http://www.loloz.com/.

One final note that is paramount to success: Loloz must be consumed in a certain way. You need to have two candies per day for 10days in a row. It is recommended that you do this 3 times per year. So naturally when you order a box of Loloz it comes with 20candies. Enough for a 10 day course. It is important to remember that they do not replace the need for good oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings.

Dental Associates of Grand Junction is a true family dental practice. Dr. Gaglione and Dr.Scott pride themselves in providing a full spectrum of dental services to their patients. Our family dental office offers routine dental cleanings, deep cleaning, pediatric dentistry, veneers and cosmetic dentistry, implant placement and restoration, root canal therapy, wisdom tooth extraction and biomimetic dentistry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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January, 31st. 2017

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Dentist Office Facts

  1.  Sugar Free Gum                                                                                                    Chewing gum cleans teeth by stimulating the production of saliva.
    • The saliva in turn washes away the acids that are produced inside the mouth by bacteria. *Try chewing a piece of sugar free gum after meals if you are unable to brush!
  2. Drinking Water                                                                                                •Water washes away toxins and sugar, and increases saliva content.
    • Tap water contains fluoride, which protects against tooth decay.                        *If you can’t brush after eating try rinsing with water.
  1. Cheese
    • Cheese is another saliva-generator. It also contains calcium and phosphates that help neutralize acids in your mouth, and casein that helps fortify your teeth’s surface.
  2. Milk                                                                                                                   •Milk, similar to cheese, is a dairy product, which is rich in vitamin D as well as in phosphates and calcium.                                                                                          • Milk helps make teeth and bones strong.                                                               • Drinking milk regularly will strengthen and repair tooth enamel, as well fortify your bones.

5. Tea                                                                                                                              •Tea in both the green and the black form are good for your teeth.
• There are polyphenols included in the tea that combat.
• If you enjoy tea drink up!

  1. Nuts                                                                                                                         • Consuming a variety of nuts provides a wide range of vitamins and minerals that are necessary for fortifying the teeth and gums.                                              • Peanuts are rich in vitamin D and calcium.                                                           • Almonds contain high levels of calcium.                                                               • Cashews are great at stimulating saliva production.
  1. Yogurt
    • Yogurt is a good source of protein as well as calcium..
    • Plain, non-fat yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and a good source of protein. Eating yogurt regularly will support dental health and can be a huge help if you are trying to lose weight.                                                               •Remember to only eat low fat and low sugar yogurt.
  1. Dark chocolate
    • Dark Chocolate contains Tanins plays a vital role in reducing tooth erosion and decay.
    helps to combat inflammation of gums.
    • Cocoa reduces plaque growth and reduces the production of acids in the mouth.
    • Dark chocolate helps to promote blood circulation in the gums.
  2. Oranges
    • Oranges contain vitamin C and D as well as calcium.                                 •Orange juice cleanse your mouth by eliminating harmful bacteria and helping prevent tooth decay.                                                                                      •Orange juice does contain sugar so be sure to brush afterwards.
  1. Apple
    • Apples helps increase saliva production.
    • Apples scrub and cleanse the surface of your teeth.                                         *Remember, an Apple a day keeps the doctor away!

Dental Associates of Grand Junction is a family dental practice that has been in business since 1932. We specialize in a variety of dental procedures including crowns, dental restorations(fillings), tooth extractions(including wisdom teeth), oral surgery, endodontics(root canals), dental implants, treatment of periodontal disease, cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening. For more information or an appointment call today!

You can speak with Dr. Gaglione or Dr. Scott about any specific questions you have regarding your dental hygiene. Call and make an appointment today!

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January, 31st. 2017

 

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#9 Processed Carbohydrates. When you eat processed carbohydrates(breads,cake,etc) you are essentially bathing your teeth in sugar all day. Your saliva contains an enzyme that breaks carbohydrates down into sugar while they are still in your mouth.

#8) Alcohol.  Alcohol dries out your mouth which increases the likelihood of decay. Saliva buffers the acids in your mouth and protects your teeth, so a dry mouth is a bad thing.

#7) Dried Fruit. It is full of sugar and sticks to your teeth. There is no denying how delicious it is though! Just make sure you brush when your done.

#6) Ice. It seems harmless-after all its only water. But it breaks teeth and damages enamel when you chew it. Not a good idea.

#5) Energy Drinks. They are full of sugar and acidic. This is combination can quickly damage your teeth. Plus people tend to sip on them throughout the day. If you consume these drinks do it in one sitting then brush!

#4) Candy. Hard Candy that you suck on over time and sticky candy are the worst! Try to avoid getting into the habit of eating this stuff!

#3) Soda/Pop. Basically the same story as the energy drinks only more acidic! Plus caffeine has a tendency to dry the mouth which adds to the problem. Try to avoid sipping on soda throughout the day. If you do drink soda be sure to brush afterwards.

#2) Citrus Fruit. Biting and sucking on lemons or limes literally melts the enamel off your teeth. Don’t do it!

#1) Things that go crunch! We all love potato chips and pretzels but they have a tendency to get stuck between the teeth. They are then converted to sugar and begin eating away at your enamel. Just be sure to floss well when you are done so all the food particles are removed.

The most important thing to remember is brush your teeth after snacking/drinking sugary drinks. Try to consume your snack in one sitting and avoid prolonged exposure to these sugary and acidic foods.

You can talk with Dr. Gaglione or Dr. Scott for any specific questions you have regarding your personal dental hygiene. Call and make an appointment today!

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January, 31st. 2017

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How Do I Help My Children Care for Their Teeth and Prevent Cavities?
Teaching your child proper oral and dental care at a young age is an investment in his or her health that will pay lifelong dividends. You can start by setting an example; taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is something to be valued. And anything that makes taking care of teeth fun, like brushing along with your child or letting them choose their own toothbrush, encourages proper oral care.

To help your children protect their teeth and gums and greatly reduce their risk of getting cavities, teach them to follow these simple steps:

  • Brush twice a day with an ADA — accepted fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque-the sticky film on teeth that’s the main cause of tooth decay.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under the gumline, before it can harden into tarter. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning
  • Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods, which produce acids that cause cavities. When you do eat these foods, try to eat them with your meal instead of as a snack-the extra saliva produced during a meal helps rinse food from the mouth.
  • Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste.
  • Make sure that your children’s drinking water is fluoridated.

What Brushing Techniques Can I Show My Child?
You may want to supervise your children until they get the hang of these simple steps:

  • Use a pea-sized dab of an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Take care that your child does not swallow the toothpaste.
  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush the inside surface of each tooth first, where plaque may accumulate most. Brush gently back and forth.
  • Clean the outer surfaces of each tooth. Angle the brush along the gumline. Gently brush back and forth.
  • Brush the chewing surface of each tooth. Gently brush back and forth.
  • Use the tip of the brush to clean behind each front tooth, both top and bottom.
  • HAVE FUN! Make brushing and oral health care a fun part of your child’s routine.

Dental Associates of Grand Junction is the longest standing dental practice in Grand Junction. Dr. Gaglione and Dr. Scott both love working with children of all ages. Call today for an appointment!

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January, 31st. 2017

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zzzzzzzzpppppDental veneers (often called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are very thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material designed to cover the front surface of teeth and improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth by a cosmetic dentist changing their color, shape, size, or length.

Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement.

 

When Are Dental Veneers Indicated?

Veneers are routinely used to fix:

  • Teeth that are discolored — either because of root canal treatment; stains, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth.
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
  • Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)

 

If you think Dental Veneers are right for you or if you have any questions Drs. Gaglione and Scott are more than happy to discuss your options.

You can talk with Dr. Gaglione or Dr. Scott for any specific questions you have regarding your personal dental hygiene. Call and make an appointment today!

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January, 31st. 2017

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Baby Boy Adam is 6months away from his first teeth

Baby boy Adam is 6months away from his first teeth

The following chart shows when your child’s primary teeth (also called baby teeth or deciduous teeth) should erupt and shed. Eruption times vary from child to child.

As seen from the chart, the first teeth begin to break through the gums at about 6 months of age. Usually, the first two teeth to erupt are the two bottom central incisors (the two bottom front teeth). Next, the top four front teeth emerge. After that, other teeth slowly begin to fill in, usually in pairs — one each side of the upper or lower jaw — until all 20 teeth (10 in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw) have come in by the time the child is 2 ½ to 3 years old. The complete set of primary teeth is in the mouth from the age of 2 ½ to 3 years of age to 6 to 7 years of age.

At Dental Associates of Grand Junction we love kids! We see patients of all ages and pride ourselves in providing dental care for the entire family.

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Baby Kate won't put her's down!

Baby Kate won’t put her’s down!

It’s one of the hardest habits to break and can require a great deal of persuasion: Parents often struggle with weaning their child off of a pacifier.

There is much debate regarding the use of pacifiers, but there is evidence to show that there are both pros and cons, according to a study in the January/February 2007 issue of General Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) clinical, peer-reviewed journal.

“Contrary to popular belief, there are some positive effects that result from sucking on pacifiers,” says Jane Soxman, DDS, author of the study and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. “One is that they assist in reducing the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Babies who are offered a pacifier do not sleep as deeply as those who sleep without a pacifier. Pacifier sucking makes it possible for the infant to be aroused from a deep sleep that could result in the stopping of breathing. Pacifiers also increase sucking satisfaction and provide a source of comfort to infants.”

However, parents should be aware of the negative effects of pacifier sucking on an infant’s oral health. “Children should stop using pacifiers by age 2,” says AGD spokesperson Luke Matranga, DDS, MAGD, ABGD. “Up until the age of 2, any alignment problem with the teeth or the developing bone is usually corrected within a 6-month period after pacifier use is stopped. Prolonged pacifier use and thumb sucking can cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth, alignment of the teeth and changes in the shape of the roof of the mouth.”

There is also an association between pacifier use and acute middle ear infections (otitis media). “Continuous sucking on a pacifier can cause the auditory tubes to become abnormally open, which allows secretions from the throat to seep into the middle ear,” explains AGD spokesperson Maria Smith, DDS. “Transmission of bacteria in secretions would lead to middle ear infections.”The bottom line is that if your child is continuously battling middle ear infections, you may have an alternative to surgery or antibiotics to stop this problem, says Dr. Smith, which would be to remove the pacifier.

Breaking the pacifier habit is not always easy, and there are several methods parents can use to stop it. Parents can dip the pacifier in white vinegar, making it distasteful; pierce the nipple of the pacifier with an ice pick or cut it shorter to reduce sucking satisfaction; leave it behind on a trip; or implement the “cold turkey” method.

Tips and recommendations:

  • Pacifier use should be restricted to the time when the infant is falling asleep.
  • Pacifiers can cause severe lacerations if the shield is held inside the lips.
  • Look for a pacifier with ventilation holes in the shield, as they permit air passage. This is important if the pacifier accidentally becomes lodged in your child’s throat.
  • In order to prevent strangulation, do not place a cord around your child’s neck to hold a pacifier. Look for pacifiers that have a ring.
  • A symmetrical nipple permits the pacifier to remain in the correct sucking position.
  • Dispose of the pacifier after use; it is not sanitary to keep it or give it away.

Drs. Gaglione and Scott at Dental Associates of Grand Junction will happily answer any of your pediatric dental questions.

 

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Diabetes affects millions of Americans each year. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you mayknow that the disease can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys and heart, as well as other parts of your body. Diabetes can lower your resistance to infection and can slow the healing process.The most common oral health problems associated with diabetes are:

  • tooth decay;
  • periodontal (gum) disease;
  • salivary gland dysfunction;
  • fungal infections;
  • lichen planus and lichenoid reactions (inflammatory skin
  • disease);
  • infection and delayed healing;
  • taste impairment

DIET AND TOOTH DECAY

When diabetes is not controlled properly, high glucose levels in saliva may help bacteria thrive. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning once a day between your teeth with floss helps remove decay-causing plaque.

Because diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection, the gums are among the tissues likely to be affected.Periodontal diseases are infections of the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place. Periodontal disease often is linked to the control of diabetes. For example, patients with inadequate blood sugar control appear to develop periodontal disease more often and more severely, and they lose more teeth than do people who have good control of their diabetes.

See your dentist immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • gums that bleed easily;
  • red, swollen or tender gums;
  • gums that have pulled away from the teeth;
  • pus between the teeth and gums when the gums are
  • pressed;
  • persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth;
  • permanent teeth that are loose or separating;
  • any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite;
  • any change in the fit of partial dentures

CARING FOR YOUR TEETH

Preventive oral health care, including professional cleanings at the dental office, is important if you are to control the progression of periodontal disease and other oral health problems. Regular dental checkups and periodontal screenings are important for evaluating overall dental health and for treating dental problems in their initial stages. Your dentist may recommend more frequent evaluations and preventive procedures, such as teeth cleaning, to maintain good oral health.

Watch for signs and symptoms of oral disease and contact Dental Associates of Grand Junction immediately if a problem arises. Practice good oral hygiene at home, follow your physician’s instructions regarding diet and medications, and schedule regular dental checkups to maintain a healthy smile.

 

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Although some people don’t have them, most people have between 2-4 wisdom teeth. Occasionally there is adequate room for them to erupt but more often than not there is insufficient room in the mouth for wisdom teeth. This leads to a variety problems that can often times become severe if you not treated. Wisdom teeth are routinely extracted in one visit to the dentist. There are a wide variety of medications including sedatives, steroids, and pain killers that make the procedure much easier for the patient than it was in the past. Dental Associates of Grand Junction removes wisdom teeth on patients of all ages.

Following are some signs and symptoms you may be having problems with your wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth symptoms can include pain at the back of the mouth, behind the molars. This pain will gradually increase with time as the wisdom teeth continue to grow in misaligned or sideways, pressing on nerves and bone, and crowding surrounding teeth. Other wisdom teeth symptoms include pain, redness, tenderness and/or swelling around the site. As wisdom teeth begin to erupt through the surface of the gums, this allows bacteria to enter through open tissue, which can result in an infection. Oral infections have been shown to affect your overall health as well.  It’s also possible for wisdom teeth to become impacted, a state in which the jaw bone or neighboring teeth block the teeth from erupting. They become trapped in place as their roots continue to elongate, and the longer they remain impacted, the more likely they are to cause problems for your oral and general health. Wisdom teeth symptoms due to impaction include severe pain at the back of the mouth, infection, and other complications. Foul breath, bad taste upon chewing food, redness and swelling can all be signs of infection. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can breed cysts and, in rare cases, tumors.

For  questions and concerns specific to your dental health, call Dental Associates of Grand Junction today and schedule an appointment.

 

 

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