Most Common Dental Issues for Adults

Taking care of your teeth is an important part of your overall health at any age. However, as we age, it becomes even more important to keep an eye on the state of our oral health. Below, your dentist in Easton, Dr. Baddoo, will go over some of the most common oral issues seen in adults.

  • Gum Disease

If it’s been a while since your last visit to Dr. Baddoo’s office, you may be surprised to learn that there is likely a buildup of plaque and tartar on the surface of your teeth. Untreated, this buildup of bacteria can lead to other complications ranging from a mild case of gingivitis to irreversible damage to your gums, tissue and jaw structure.

  • Broken Fillings

Fillings are meant to last for very long periods of time, however, they are not indestructible. Sooner or later, a filling will wear itself out, which can cause problems if left untreated. A loose filling can be the perfect hiding place where food particles and cavity-causing bacteria can get stuck.

  • Oral Cancer

According to the National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research, men, aged 40 and up, run the greatest risk of developing oral cancer. Furthermore, it’s estimated that nearly 7,000 will die from some type of oral related cancer this year.

Some risk factors such as tobacco use, and alcohol consumption contribute to these figures, however, even if you don’t smoke or drink alcohol, it’s important to be aware of oral cancer and know what to look for.

In most cases, oral cancers go undetected and are only found during routine checkups with your dentist.

  • Missing Teeth

On average, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have at least three missing or decaying teeth.

If you’re one of these people, there are plenty of valid reasons to have your problems checked out as soon as possible. For starters, having a large gap between your teeth can affect your speech or even the way you chew your food. Even when the missing tooth isn’t visible, having a missing tooth can cause your other teeth to shift.

The good news is that with today’s advancement in technology, there is no reason to suffer from missing or decayed teeth. Bridges, dentures, and implants are all great ways to replace missing or broken teeth.

  • Sensitivity

Sensitivity is likely one of the most common problems that adults face in relation to their teeth. Sensitivity can be triggered by either hot or cold stimuli and causes sharp, instant pain. The causes of sensitive teeth may include tooth decay, gum disease, erosion, fractures or an exposed root.

Fortunately, sensitivity can easily be treated by using a sensitivity toothpaste.

 

Many of these problems are entirely preventable by taking proper care of your teeth. At any age, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth every day. Of course, the first step to prevention is visiting your dentist in Easton, Dr. Baddoo. Call our office today at (610) 923-8340 and schedule your appointment.

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Crazy Toothpaste Flavors

When you head into your local store and walk down the oral care aisle, you might think you have a lot of options. The truth is, while there are different variations of toothpaste, they all seem relatively tame. You have your mints to choose from, fun flavors for the kids, tartar control, whitening and sensitive options. There’s nothing that outlandish occurring.

What you may not know is that there’ve been some pretty crazy toothpaste flavors over the years. Here are a few you might not be aware of from your Easton PA dentist.

Cupcakes

This might be your favorite dessert, but does it belong as part of your toothpaste? Accouterments Cupcake toothpaste apparently tasted just like the real thing. It wasn’t just a novelty item either. The company marketed it as a real toothpaste. We aren’t sure that we trust a cupcake flavored toothpaste to be good for our teeth.

Wasabi

Accouterments went to the other end of the spectrum and created a Wasabi toothpaste. If you miss your sushi, you might be interested in using this as a reminder of what you’re missing. Just don’t use it at the same time as the cupcake toothpaste because that could be a little disgusting.

Pumpkin Pudding

Somehow we’ve made it back to dessert yet again. A company in Japan created a nightly ritual of brushing teeth with a pudding that everyone craves. Breath Palette’s toothpaste might help you achieve some extra sweet dreams – but does it prevent cavities?

Bacon

Just when you thought we’d heard the last from Accoutrements, they created toothpaste that reminds us of breakfast. Many people believe bacon should be added to everything, so this one’s for them.

While we think the creativity of these companies is off the chart, your Easton PA dentist thinks it’s wise to stick to your regular toothpaste. You want something that fights plaque and tartar while strengthening your enamel. Protect your smile with toothpaste you know is going to work and features the ADA seal of approval.

If you are unsure which formulation is best for you, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Baddoo for suggestions on which toothpaste is right for your teeth. Give our office a call at (610) 823-8340 to schedule your routine cleaning or consultation.

Get Back to the Basics

Cavities are much easier to get than you may think! While this dental problem may seem minor, they can actually cause a lot more damage to your teeth if they’re not properly cared for by your dentist in Easton. Below are some tips that you can follow in your daily routine in order to maintain a strong, healthy smile.

Eat Nutritious Foods

By eating balanced meals, you protect your teeth from damage. What goes in your mouth affects your overall well-being and your dental health. Make sure you eat plenty of calcium-rich foods, like milk, low-fat yogurt, and cheese. In addition, protein is essential for building healthy mouths. Eat poultry, meat, dairy, and fish.

Eating vegetables and fruits ensures you receive another fiber which cleans your system of harmful elements. The most important thing you can do for your health and teeth is to avoid any sugars.

Drink Your Water

You need to make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and rinse out your mouth. Drinking water rinses the mouth of acids, sugars and food particles. It’s essential that you drink fluoridated water which fortifies the teeth against cavity-causing acids. Most tap water includes fluoride, but some bottled waters contain it as well.

Avoid putting anything extra in your water. While it might taste good to squeeze a lemon in your water, the constant exposure hurts your teeth. Stay clear of acidic fruits in your water and your teeth will be grateful.

Brushing & Flossing

In as little as two minutes, twice a day, you can have healthier teeth. Just be sure you brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste. Replace your brush every three months or sooner if the bristles appear worn.

Brush your teeth with short strokes going back and forth. You need to reach every side of your tooth including the chewing surfaces, inside and outside.

Flossing is just as important and must be done once a day. Flossing scrapes the plaque out from between your teeth and reduces the risk of cavities. If you have trouble with floss, try an interdental cleaner instead.

Most Importantly

Make sure you visit your dentist in Easton twice a year. Your examination is the perfect time to diagnose any issues you weren’t aware of. Taking care of your teeth will ensure you don’t need to receive treatment for cavities.

Call Rose Dental Center today at (610) 923-8340 to schedule the best date and time for your visit.

How a Cleaning is Done

Professionals like your dentist in Easton recommend cleaning your teeth at least twice a day. Many people don’t follow the recommendation and they end up cleaning their teeth once daily. If you avoid cleaning your teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day, every day, the bacteria will build up and cause issues like cavities, tartar, decay, and more. We believe it’s best for your smile to visit Rose Dental Center twice each year for teeth cleaning to remove tartar buildup and any bacteria that might cause harm to your smile.

 

There are many reasons that people dread visiting the dentist for a cleaning, some being fears and other personal reactions. Sometimes, people assume that a teeth cleaning is painful! For your convenience, we’ve listed what happens during a routine cleaning at our office so you’re more familiar with the setting.

 

Observation

The first thing our dental hygienist will do is to observe your teeth utilizing our dental tools. Inspection is usually done to know the extent of build-up and if there other potential danger if a cleaning is performed. If the dental hygienist senses any abnormality after inspection, we’ll confirm with Dr. Baddoo before carrying out the cleaning procedure.

 

Plaque and Tartar Cleaning

The dental hygienists use a tool called a scaler to scrap out tartar and plaque that has built up or hidden in between your teeth. The time it takes to remove tartar will depend on the individual patient. If you have been brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, every day, it’ll typically take less time.

 

Brushing

To remove the scrapped dirt from your teeth, the dental hygienists uses a high powered brush and abrasive toothpaste. You’re even able to choose whatever flavor you’d like us to brush your teeth with! This type of cleaning is recommended only twice a year to prevent wearing of the enamel.

 

Flossing and Rinsing

It might seem not necessary for your dental hygienist to floss your teeth, but we’re able to see and access parts of your teeth that you may have difficulty reaching on your own.

 

After all the steps are complete, we’ll provide a mouthwash to use for rinsing and removing any lingering bacteria present after the cleaning.

 

It’s important for you (and your smile) to visit your dentist every six months for a professional dental cleaning. A toothbrush doesn’t reach in some part of your teeth where bits of food can hide and become a breeding zone for bacteria, which is why it’s important to floss since it can help you remove hidden food particles hidden.

 

Ready to schedule your visit with your dentist in Easton, Dr. Baddoo? Call our office today at (610) 923-8340 and we’ll be happy to help!

Before, During and After Periodontal Surgery

If you are scheduled to undergo periodontal surgery, it is important that you understand all aspects of the procedure from beginning to end, which is why your Easton PA dentist is here to help!

Preparing for Surgery

Prior to undergoing gum surgery, your dentist will perform a pre-operative examination to ensure that it is safe to proceed with the surgery. During this thorough exam, your dentist will likely review your medical history and perform an in-depth exam of the teeth, mouth, and jaw.

We’ll also check for infection, abscesses or any other lesions that might interfere with the healing process, as well as discuss all the risks and benefits that can come from the operation.

During Periodontal Surgery

Typically, gum surgeries take about 1 or 2 hours to complete and may or may not require the patient to be asleep. However, in many cases, the surgery will only involve the use of a local anesthetic to help numb the area of the gum that will be affected. If you have any issues regarding being awake during the surgery, it is a good idea to talk to your dentist and see what other solutions may be right for you.

During the surgery, your dentist will use equipment that has been sterilized, which helps to lower the risk of any possible infections. Then, he or she will make a small incision near the gum line and will lift the tissue away from the teeth. This will give them a better view of the tooth’s root so that they can clean away any tartar, plaque or infection. Once the cleaning is complete, your dentist may also perform other procedures such a bone regeneration or gum reshaping.

After the surgery is complete, the surgeon will stitch the gum tissue back in place and after about 7 to 10 days, they will be able to remove the stitches.

Recovering from Periodontal Surgery

Following your procedure, we’ll provide you with specific instructions for proper after-care. The time it takes to recover from the surgery will depend entirely on the extent of the procedure.

In most cases, patients will require mild pain relief medications for a few days following the surgery. This will all be discussed by your dentist before leaving the office. Some dentists may recommend using an antiseptic mouthwash to help keep the area clean. It is also a good idea to stick with only eating soft foods such as mash potatoes or soups, avoid any strenuous physical activity and avoid smoking until you have fully recovered.

Your dentist will likely schedule a checkup appointment 1 or 2 weeks after the procedure to ensure that you’re healing up properly.

Why are My Gums Receding?

As your gums slowly recede, it can be difficult to spot. That’s because it happens at such a slow pace and isn’t noticeable to our eye. It might take someone else pointing it out or looking at an old picture of our smile. Once we are aware that our gums are receding, we naturally begin to wonder why. Below, your Easton family dentists break down the process and how to prevent it from happening.

Is This Normal?

Gum recession can be a common part of the aging process, but there is nothing considered normal about it. Thankfully, there are many ways to prevent it from occurring.

The biggest reasons our gums recede are:

  • Grinding teeth
  • Clenching the teeth together
  • Improper or aggressive brushing
  • Flossing aggressively
  • Exposing the teeth to dangerous acids from drinks or food
  • Smoking
  • Overuse of whitening agents

Each one of these causes are preventable; isn’t that great news?

Prevention of Gum Recession

Addressing the causes listed above; here are some ways to prevent the recession of gums.

  • Wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth.
  • Learn the proper techniques for brushing your teeth.
  • Go easy with the floss
  • Don’t smoke
  • Avoid energy drinks or acidic foods and beverages
  • Use whitening products as directed

Steps to Identify When Your Gums are Receding

The most important step is to be proactive with your care. If you visit Dr. Baddoo on a regular basis, we’ll be able to monitor the gums for any changes. In fact, when the dentist is poking inside the mouth and reciting numbers to the hygienist, they are measuring and gauging your gum health for your records. If you are curious what all the numbers mean, simply ask!

The next step is to be aware of tooth sensitivity. As your gums recede, they leave your tooth vulnerable to sensitivities from temperature, foods and other conditions. The first sign that something might not be right is the best time to seek a professional opinion. Maybe you’ll find out that nothing is wrong, but it is better to act proactively than to face costly and painful dental procedures down the road.

Finally, be sure that you are adequately caring for your teeth and gums through regular oral hygiene practices. Brushing and flossing are your first line of defense against dental conditions.

If you have any more questions or concerns, or you’re simply ready to make an appointment with your Easton family dentists, call our office today at (610) 923-8340 to pick the best date and time for you.

Dangers of Essential Oils for Oral Health

Natural alternatives seem to be making their way into our everyday lives, but are they always a better choice? Your dentist in Easton knows that many kinds of all-natural remedies are not the answer to our problems.

Good Oral Health

Our mouths have a delicate balance of bacteria. Some of this is bad bacteria and needs to be dealt with but there is also an important amount of healthy bacteria. To maintain healthy teeth and gums, you’ll want to avoid anything that can destroy the good bacteria.

While terms like “peppermint oil” sure sound safer than some of the products in toothpaste, that isn’t always the case. What we need to understand is if that natural ingredient is capable of helping our oral health or if it can destroy it.

Essential Oil Usage in the Mouth

Some essentials oils can be as powerful as some dangerous chemicals. High amounts of the products lead to damaged gums. They even have the capability of crushing the healthy bacteria organisms and altering our overall health.

Keep this fact in mind; essential oils are potent. It takes on average 75 lemons to make a 15mL bottle of Lemon Oil. It requires 30 pounds of lavender flowers to make the same 15mL bottle of lavender oil. Many of the essential oils bring serious warnings about the potency. They are pharmaceutical grade and never to be used lightly.

The goal isn’t to scare you from using oils in your life, but you need to be aware that these helpful oils are dangerous when used in the mouth. They destroy beneficial bacteria that your body needs. What about your toothpaste? Is it okay for that to contain essential oils? Peppermint, tea tree and clove oils are among the many being used in toothpaste that will kill bacteria. This is destructive to your oral health and should be avoided.

Just remember, natural ingredients don’t automatically mean they are okay for you. If you are concerned about the type of toothpaste and oral hygiene products you are using, be sure to speak with your dentist in Easton regarding the ingredients. It is better to be safe than potentially destroy the bacteria levels in your mouth and face disastrous consequences.

What to Know if Your Teeth are Sensitive to Sugar

Do you love to eat sweets but cringe every time you bite down? Some people suffer from sensitivity to sweets and feel that there is no hope in sight for the pain. Thankfully, there are solutions that can help you enjoy some of your favorite foods again with the help of your dentists in Easton here at Rose Dental Center.

The Cause of Sensitive Teeth

Most often, people will complain that their tooth sensitivity is caused by temperatures. Occasionally, people find the same results, but from sweets instead. Regardless of what causes the tooth pain, sensitivity is normally from the loss of tooth enamel.

When you brush your teeth too hard, you can damage the enamel covering your teeth. In addition, eating acidic foods is a common way to loss tooth enamel.

Once the enamel starts to wear away, sugary foods along with extreme temperatures can access the nerve center of your teeth with ease. This is what creates the pain you feel.

Treatment

The first step towards dealing with sensitive teeth is by making an appointment with your Easton dentist. Then, you can be reassured that there isn’t a major issue that needs to be addressed.

If there are no serious issues to be dealt with, your dentist might recommend using desensitizing toothpaste which can help to protect the teeth. This will allow you to enjoy the foods you want without the pain.

In addition, you need to carefully practice good oral hygiene to protect your remaining tooth enamel from damage. This includes:

  • Brushing twice daily
  • Flossing once daily
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Avoid excessive amounts of sugary or acidic foods and drink
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet
  • Visit your dentist twice a year

It is important that you don’t leave any dental issues untreated. Tooth sensitivity can be a cause of serious dental concerns. Never try to fix your own dental problems without first consulting your dentist. It is always wise to deal with your oral care by prevention rather than treatment. It will cost you less money and pain in the long run to take care of your teeth now.

Contact your dentists in Easton here at Rose Dental Center by calling our office at (610) 923-8340.

Baby Teeth to Adult Teeth

Have you ever wondered about the difference between baby teeth and adult teeth? Each has a different purpose and use but both are equally important. Here’s what you should know about the transition from baby teeth to adult teeth with the help of your dentist in Easton.

Primary Teeth

Primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, are not permanent and will not remain in the mouth. During childhood, the jaw will grow and create more space for permanent teeth to come in.

Between the ages of six and 12, children will begin losing their primary teeth. As these leave, the room is made for the permanent teeth to emerge. There is a period that is referred to as “Mixed Dentition,” which means that children have both primary teeth and adult teeth. The permanent teeth will form under the gum line before they erupt.

As the crown of the tooth is formed, it will begin to bud and push the primary tooth out. During this time, it doesn’t yet have a root, but the roots will form later.

Permanent Teeth

Over time, these 20 primary teeth will fall out completely and make room for a total of 32 permanent teeth. The primary molars are replaced by permanent premolars or otherwise known as bicuspids. The permanent molars will emerge behind the primary teeth.

Normally, the first teeth to emerge will be the lower front teeth. These are called incisors. Next, will come the upper and lower first molars. This is the set closest to the front of the mouth. Then, the upper two front teeth will emerge. Keep in mind that this order can vary depending on the child.

Above all, parents should pay attention to symmetry. That means the same teeth should come in on each side around the same time. This is a sign that everything is running the way it should.

Conclusion

Dental health is important during this transition in your child’s mouth. Ensure that they are brushing twice a day and flossing once. Parents should also be making sure to take them to their bi-annual dental visit for professional cleanings and exams. If you have any questions, or you’d like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to give your dentist in Easton a call today at (610) 923-8340.

How to Talk to Your Dentist About Your Smile

Many people wish to change the appearance of their smile. Communicating your desires can seem difficult, especially if it seems that you are having a hard time describing what you’re looking for. Here are some helpful guidelines so that you can get your thoughts across clearly to your Easton family dentists.

Communication Breakdown

Quite often you and your dentist might struggle to communicate with one another. That isn’t because they don’t have your best interests at heart, but simply because they see your smile differently than you.

They don’t experience the function and design of your mouth in the same way you do. By being able to share your perceptions with the dentist, you offer them the chance to see things through your eyes.

In exchange, it’s important to listen to your dentist because they see your smile from the aesthetic perspective and can offer some great wisdom on what will or will not work.

Thoughts to Share

Prepare yourself for the next dental visit by having these facts ready to discuss with your doctor.

  1. What do you most like about your teeth when it comes to the size, color, spacing and shape?
  2. What do you dislike most about your teeth when it comes to the size, color, spacing and shape?
  3. What are your thoughts regarding how much of your teeth show when your lips are relaxed?
  4. What are your thoughts regarding how much of your teeth show when you smile?
  5. Do you desire to have perfectly aligned teeth?
  6. Do you desire teeth that are white enough to be in Hollywood?
  7. Would you prefer a natural color, shape and size of your teeth?
  8. What are your thoughts on the amount of gum tissue that shows when you smile?

The answers to these questions are going to help you become a better communicator with your dentist. When your practitioner hears your feelings regarding your smile, he or she will be better able to help you bring about the results you desire. Make an appointment with your Easton family dentists to discuss these thoughts and see what options they have available to fix the concerns you are facing. Call our office today at (610) 923-8340 to schedule your visit.