Routine Exams, Check-ups, Dental Hygiene

Night Guards  (jaw muscle tension management)

Dental Appliance (Bite Guard)
This dental appliance has been designed and fabricated for you to the exact specifications of your dentist.
Appliance Care Recommendations
  • Brush and floss your teeth, brush your tongue and rinse your mouth prior to use.
  • Allow the appliance to air dry in its container when not in use.
  • Always soften the appliance under hot tap water prior to placement.
  • Clean the appliance after use under cold water with a tooth brush, a drop of liquid soap and a thorough rinse.
  • The regular use of over the counter denture cleaners with a maximum 20 minutes soak will help manage any accumulation of minerals or stains.
  • In normal use, the appliance may vary from crystal clear to mildly opaque.
  • Removal of the appliance is best accomplished by using equal pull on both sides of your mouth. This will minimize the risk of damage to the resilient portion of the appliance. Store safely away from pets.

Under Armour (performance mouth guard sports guard)

 

Silent night (snore prevention therapy)

 

Tooth Brush

The ProfessionalCare SmartSeries brushes are Oral-B’s most technologically advanced toothbrushes for ultimate plaque removal.

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http://www.oralb.com/products/electric-toothbrush/?reviews

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50% off + $15.00 Rebates = $55.00 your final price

Get a smile you can feel triumphant about. Achieve cleaner, whiter teeth and healthier gums than you ever thought possible. Experience Oral-B Triumph- a triumph over ordinary brushing.

Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide Electric Toothbrush

 

Oral-B’s most technologically advanced toothbrush, ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide provides Oral-B’s most advanced cleaning technology for ultimate plaque removal and also features a wireless SmartGuide.

  • Separate, wireless SmartGuide helps maximize brushing performance
  • Deep Clean mode removes up to 99.7% of plaque from hard-to-reach areas*
  • Pressure sensor stops pulsations when brushing too hard
  • Gentle on teeth and gums
  • Improves gum health better than Sonicare FlexCare
  • Offers outstanding whitening and polishing in 3 weeks**
  • 5 modes: Daily Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Massage, Deep Clean
  • Oral-B is the #1 dentist-recommended toothbrush brand worldwide

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Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 Electric Toothbrush Features

  • Separate, wireless SmartGuide: Separate wireless SmartGuide helps maximize brushing performance
  • Cleaning action: Provides 40,000 pulsations and 8,800 oscillations per minute
  • Professional timer with quadrant prompt: A two-minute timer with 30-second intervals helps guide you through the four quadrants of the mouth, making it easy to track how long you’ve been brushing
  • Pressure sensor: Stops pulsations to notify you when you’re brushing too hard
  • Digital clock: Acts as a clock when not in use
  • 5 customized brushing modes: Daily Clean, Sensitive, Whitening, Massage, Deep Clean
  • Indicator® bristles: Remind you to replace your brush head every 3 months, once they’ve faded halfway
  • Multiple attachment brush headswith compact, round design
    • Oral-B FlossAction® Brush Head: Offers outstanding interdental cleaning
  • Base station toothbrush holder with protective cover
  • Travel toothbrush case: Designed to protect your brush anywhere you go
  • Charge-level display: Lets you gauge how full the battery charge is

Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 Electric Toothbrush Details

Includes:†
1 ergonomic handle
1 Oral-B FlossAction brush head
1 portable SmartPlug charger
Travel toothbrush case
1 charging station with brush head storage
1 rechargeable battery

2-Year Limited Warranty and Satisfaction Guarantee:
If you are not 100% satisfied within 60 days of purchase, return it for a full refund. Warranty includes replacement or repair. Consumer must ship product, postage paid, and include a copy of proof of purchase. See inside of product package for full details.

Parts:
Handle colors: Silver/white
Brush head types: Oral-B FlossAction, Oral-B Pro White, Oral-B Sensitive Oral-B Precision Clean, Oral-B Dual Clean, Oral-B Power Tip, Oral-B Ortho, Oral-B Braces Care Essentials, Oral-B Tongue Freshener
Series: ProfessionalCare SmartSeries
Model: 5000
Power source: Rechargeable battery
Battery life: Up to 2 weeks

† Contents may not available in all models.

 

Anti Bacterial (over the counter)

Flouride Rinse (over the counter)

 

Xylitol

Xylitol gums & mints may be purchased in our office. $5.25-$20.00

Xylitol-based products for better oral health

http://www.myxylitol.com/Intro-to-Xylitol/

Everyone wants the very best for their family. When it comes to oral health, we know that preventive measures are as important as regular dental check-ups. But today’s hectic schedules often make it impossible to brush after every snack. For years, parents and dentists alike have dreamed of a safe, practical way to prevent tooth decay. Now, independent scientific studies show that xylitol can make a real difference when used as part of your daily health regimen.

Your dentist has partnered with a leading developer of xylitol products to bring an effective and affordable oral care line to your family. Please take a moment to learn more about the unique qualities that make xylitol an essential part of everyone’s day.

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is Naturally Delicious:

Xylitol is a delicious sweetener that occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables and is completely safe for children and adults, with none of the health concerns that often accompany artificial sweeteners.

Xylitol looks and tastes just like table sugar, but has 40% fewer calories, 75% fewer carbohydrates, and a much lower glycemic index (7) – making it safe and beneficial for diabetics, hypoglycemics and everyone concerned with achieving and maintaining an ideal body weight.

Just as important, scientific studies show that xylitol inhibits some bacteria’s ability to adhere to teeth and tissues of the mouth, nose and throat. Years of clinical research confirms that using xylitol regularly helps reduce dental plaque and promotes better oral health. And studies show that healthcare products containing xylitol can protect nasal passages and sinuses by washing away bacteria, pollutants, pollens and other irritants.  Xylitol has the FDA’s safest rating and is endorsed by the American Dental Association. Not surprisingly, the xylitol products your dentist has prescribed are recommended and used by health professionals throughout the world.

A Healthy Revolution

In the 1970s, researchers at Turku University, Helsinki, conducted a series of scientific studies showing xylitol inhibits caries causing bacteria’s ability to adhere to teeth and tissues of the mouth, nose and throat. Years of further clinical research confirms that using xylitol regularly helps reduce dental plaque and promotes better oral health. Xylitol has a cariostatic effect, is non-fermentable, and cannot be metabolized to harmful plaque acids. Other studies have indicated that xylitol usage reduces incidents of chronic ear infections, and health care products containing xylitol can protect nasal passages and sinuses by washing away bacteria, pollutants, pollens and other irritants.

With numerous subsequent clinical studies demonstrating the vast health benefits of daily xylitol use, dental associations in the United States, Finland, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland have endorsed xylitol as effective in combating caries disease and promoting better oral health. In addition to the ADA, xylitol is approved by the World Health Organization and has the FDA’s safest rating. It is used, prescribed, and recommended by health professionals throughout the world. Many consumers have not yet learned of xylitol’s benefits, partly due to its limited availability in the past. Today, many affordable and delicious xylitol-based products are available.

Getting Started With Xylitol at MyXylitol.com

Welcome to a new experience in shopping for oral health care products!

Shopping at Myxylitol.com is like having a dentist assist you with your purchases. All the xylitol products found here have been thoroughly tested and approved by the dentists at The Academy of Dental Resources, a team of researches dedicated to providing better oral care through xylitol. They have spent the last seven years studying the benefits of xylitol products, and they have developed extensive dental treatment and assessment protocols and training to dentist offices throughout the US.

We are excited to offer you the increased security and comfort in shopping at our secure site, knowing that all the products here have been tested and recommended by some of the leading doctors in the field of xylitol healthcare integration. You can rest assured that your family’s health is in good hands with myxylitol.com’s recommendations.

Xylitol has been shown in numerous studies to help combat against tooth decay, cavities, and it helps prevent the buildup of plaque. Combined with regular brushing, xylitol is an excellent way of augmenting a healthy sugar-free lifestyle. Thank you for your support, and welcome to the delicious and refreshing taste and health benefits of these remarkable sugar-free products.

Xylitol has been used for over a hundred years, and during the 1940 it became generally used as table sugar during sugar shortages in Europe. The benefits of xylitol were actually noticed when people became healthier; children had fewer ear infections and dental disease reduced.Most holistic doctors recommend xylitol for health. For dental health you are looking for a total of only about a teaspoon each day – after meals.

As for the actions of xylitol: only specific strains of mouth bacteria are affected by xylitol.  These are the “intruder,” acid-producing, plaque producing bacteria, the ones that cause dental disease.  When you consume xylitol, these intruder bacteria (ones that normally use sugar and make damaging acids) readily absorb xylitol. The xylitol binds their proteins and they can no longer make acids to damage teeth. They no longer produce sticky threads that allow them to layer and form plaque.

Other strains of mouth bacteria are not affected by xylitol. They thrive and take the place of the harmful, acid-producing kind. These “xylitol-tolerant” bacteria do not form acids and do not form plaque. These protective bacteria coat teeth and protect them. In this way xylitol has acted as a pro-biotic to allow healthy mouth bacteria to grow in place of the acid-producing and damaging ones.

People with acid reflux symptoms often find similar changes as acid symptoms disappear.

I do not believe that there are long-term studies that address intestinal flora and xylitol use. Studies with high intake and children showed xylitol to be very well tolerated. I do know that 15 grams of xylitol is made naturally by the body each day.

I have been recommending xylitol for decades. Used in the quantities that I recommend I have noticed only positive health reports – even from people who previously had suffered g-i problems of varying kinds. One doctor has a clinic for very sick patients -treating patients with no cures. Xylitol is the first thing he adds to their diet.

If you are aware of the “eight health sugars” – or “glyconutrients” – you will know that xylose ( from which xylitol comes) is one of these sugars that supposedly helps cells communicate with each other. I am no expert in this field but over the past few years there is more discussion about this idea.

I will link you to a body builder website where xylitol is discussed in more detail.  http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/xylitol.htm. It appears that those who consume xylitol are better able to preserve muscle and break down fat – something of benefit to athletes.  I have no negative stories to report. The only negative ever has been that dogs should not consume quantities of xylitol. The reaction in dogs is different – just like many human foods.

White for Life

 

Anxiety: Oral Sedation

Nitrous oxide is used in roughly one-third of dental practices in the United States. The benefits of nitrous oxide are many, and the risks are few. The gas is administered with a comfortable mask placed over the nose, and the patient is instructed to breathe in through the nose and out through their mouth. As a precaution, patients should not eat anything for about two hours prior to use of the gas. The patient begins to feel a pleasant level of sedation anywhere from 30 seconds to three or four minutes. The cheeks and gums will also begin to feel numb in about a third of the patients.

After the gas is adjusted to the appropriate dose and the patient is relaxed and sedated, the dentist can comfortably give the injection (if needed) to the patient, and then proceed with dental treatment. After the treatment is completed, the patient is given pure oxygen to breathe for about five minutes, and all the effects of sedation are usually reversed. Unlike IV sedation or general anesthesia, the patient can almost always leave the office by themselves, without an escort.

Nitrous oxide has few side effects. High doses can cause nausea in some patients, and about 10 percent of patients do not benefit from it. Patients that are claustrophobic or have blocked nasal passages cannot use nitrous oxide effectively. Nitrous oxide is one of the safest anesthetics available. Interestingly, it is also routinely used by anesthesiologists for general anesthesia in combination with other more potent gases.

Dentists find nitrous oxide especially useful for fearful patients as well as young children. The effect of nitrous oxide is often remarkable. A patient that was anxious just a minute or two before treatment will become relaxed and calm. Because nitrous oxide is so effective, dentists rarely need to prescribe Valium for anxious patients before treatment. If you are nervous before or during dental treatment, ask you dentist if he or she has nitrous oxide available — it works wonders!

Laughing Gas: How Sweet Is That Air, Anyway?

While inhaling nitrous oxide, you might feel warm, pleasant and relaxed, along with lightness in the limbs – others describe a weighted feeling.

Aside from its long track record of success, laughing gas dentists still sweeten the air for several other reasons:

  1. Nitrous oxide is safe and easy. Dentists, hygienists, and in some states, dental assistants, may raise your pain threshold with conscious sedation laughing gas. Many states require board certifications for hygienists and assistants, but others do not. All states require a dentist’s supervision.
  2. It has dose versatility. Your nitrous oxide dentist or hygienist will raise the gas level incrementally and monitor your responses. Other oral sedation methods tend to come in set dosages.
  3. Laughs come fast and then they’re gone. Nitrous oxide takes effect within minutes and lasts for as long as you’re inhaling. And once your laughing gas dentist turns the nitrous oxide off, he or she flushes your lungs with oxygen to leave them 99 percent nitrous oxide free within minutes, according to RDH Magazine. Just try bouncing back that quickly from the effects of heavier sedation. Once laughing gas clears your system you should be able to drive yourself home.
  4. It reduces pain and anxiety. Maybe the first is obvious, but when it comes to painful dental procedures like an impacted wisdom tooth extraction, it doesn’t hurt (pun sadly intended!) to remember the reason you’re undergoing nitrous oxide sedation in the first place. (Though laughing gas does reduce pain, it may not control it completely. Your laughing gas dentist may administer a local anesthetic too.) And if you’re one of those people paranoid about dental work, the fact that laughing gas helps your dental anxiety evaporate means a faster, more comfortable dental procedure or oral surgery. You and your nitrous oxide dentist both benefit when you’re not anxious.
  5. Nitrous oxide is generally safe for all ages. Have a child or parent with dental fears? Laughing gas could be the solution for everyone from timid tykes to anxious adults. Your child should be old enough to follow instructions, be unafraid of wearing a mask and be able to breathe through the nose.

Nitrous Oxide: When the Air Goes Slightly Sour

Laughing gas lives up to its name. Because of its euphoric effect, some people get the giggles, which might get a little embarrassing if you’re a reserved person. On a serious note though, your nitrous oxide dentist will ask you not to eat a few hours before your procedure. Some patients feel nauseous from nitrous oxide, so fasting reduces incidents of vomiting. Others may get a slight headache.

Because of the mind-altering aspects of laughing gas (some people dream during their procedures, even though they are conscious and able to respond to questions and instructions), laughing gas dentists recommend certain people explore other forms of sedation dentistry, especially if they are:

  • Under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Suffering phobias
  • Unable to understand the procedure
  • Have mental illnesses

Others should ask a nitrous oxide dentist for more information if they are:

  • In the first trimester of pregnancy
  • Have sinus infections or nasal blockages
  • Recently underwent eye surgeries or tympanic membrane grafts
  • Taking prescription medications
  • Cystic fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients

Recent studies, cited by the American Dental Association (ADA), show a possible link between nitrous oxide sedation and pneumonia, fever, severe nausea and infection. Complications occur after major medical surgeries in the studies, rather than dental procedures. The problems may relate to higher laughing gas to oxygen ratios used in those procedures – about a 70/30 percent mix. Dental patients typically get 50 percent or less nitrous oxide, according to the ADA. The studies are ongoing.

 

Nitrous Oxide

 

In-Office Comfort Appointments

 

The OraRisk® HPV Salivary Diagnostic Test

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common virus groups in the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 20 million people in the United States are infected with HPV and there are approximately 6 million new cases
each year.

Oral HPV is a manifestation of the HPV virus in the mouth, and is primarily found in the oropharyngeal complex. Specific types of oral HPV are now considered to be separate and serious risk factor for developing oral cancers. Early detection and identification of the presence or absence of oral HPV is important, as early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs or symptoms.

The OraRisk® HPV test is a non-invasive, easy-to-use screening tool to identify the type(s) of oral HPV, a mucosal viral infection that could potentially lead to oral cancer. OraRisk® HPV enables the clinician to establish increased risk for oral cancer and determine appropriate referral and monitoring conditions.

Who should be tested?

  • Patients with traditional risk factors for oral cancer
  • Patients who are sexually active
  • Patients with signs and symptoms of oral cancer
  • Patients with suspicious oral lesions

Lumenoscopy

 

Visilite

Importance of Early Detection

Early detection is the key to reducing the devastating impact of oral cancer on victims and their families. Annual oral cancer screening of patients at increased risk for oral cancer, patients age 18 and older, and tobacco users of any age, is the only way to achieve the early detection of oral cancer necessary to reduce the death rate of oral cancer – a death rate that has remained unchanged for more than 40 years!

The chart below shows how the death rates of other types of cancers have dropped with routine visual/manual screening examninations followed by annual examinations with an adjuctive screening technology. As you can see, when patients at increased risk for breast cancer, prostate cancer and cervical cancer began receiving annual screenings with the mammogram, PSA test and Pap smear, respectively, there was a significant decline in the death rates due to these cancers.

Visilite: There’s one step in your dental visit you can’t live without: oral cancer screening

Oral Cancer Screening is key. Early detection with ViziLite Plus makes it simple.ViziLite Plus helps your dentist identify oral lesions at their earliest stage of development. When premalignant lesions or early stage oral cancer is found, treatment is simpler, less invasive and more than 90% successful.
An annual ViziLite Plus exam is performed immediately following a regular visual examination and is quick and painless. For further information, please visit VizLite.

  

Oral Cancer screening

Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.

The oral cancer screening is often completed with an ultraviolet light or similar device that allows us to view issues that can’t always be detected by the human eye under normal conditions.

Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.

 

Brush Biopsy

 

Oral Hygiene Instructions