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February 09, 2015
Category: Health
Tags: Medication   Decay   Dry mouth  

Have you ever seen the commercials that talk about the potential side effects of medications?  Sometimes the side effects seem worse than the ailment they are treating!!  Many medications will affect the amount of saliva that you produce.  Saliva is one of our body’s primary defenses against cavities.  Many of us don’t drink enough water.  Dehydration will contribute to dry mouth and contribute to tooth decay.  Certain blood pressure medications (water pill) regulate your water levels and you should consult your physician before increasing water intake.  Dry mouth may also increase your chances of aphthous ulcers, bad breath, and burning mouth syndrome.  There are great salivary substitutes available over the counter that can help as well.  Candy and gum that contain xylitol have been showing promising results for increasing salivation and fighting tooth decay.  The body typically wants to produce more saliva when food is in the mouth to begin the digestion process.  Xylitol candy is great because it can increase salivation and help prevent decay at the same time.  Candy and gum with sugar may increase salivation, but they also lead to more decay.  Let’s talk about some ways to help and what you should avoid to keep those pearly whites!

January 12, 2015
Category: Decay
Tags: Decay   Cavity  

 Why did one dentist tell me I have no cavities and another tell me that I do?  How can I have a cavity if I don't have any pain?  Tooth decay is a dynamic process and there are different opinions on when to intervene.  Some dentists prefer to address the decay when it is small while others tend to monitor the decay and intervene when they feel it is appropriate.  There is no absolute right answer when to intervene and we as dentists do our best to take care of you!  It is important to discuss this with your dentist and be sure to feel comfortable with the treatment plan.  We are here to provide you with all of the information you need to make an informed decision.  When a cavity is small, it may not cause pain. If you wait until you experience pain, you may be to the point where the tooth needs a root canal or even extracted. Don't wait for the tooth to start causing pain because the treatment becomes more invasive and costly.  Let us take a look and talk about your options.

November 26, 2014
Category: Dental Implant
Tags: Denture   Implants  


    I hate my lower denture!!  We understand your frustration. Most people adapt to the upper denture but hate the lower because it is loose and uncomfortable.  Stop fighting with a denture that wants to fall out unless you pile up the "tooth glue".  Implants can serve as an anchor for your denture to snap in place.  Implants and dentures: There are many possibilities with dental implants including stabilizing that pesky lower denture.  We can place as little as 2 implants that will stabilize the denture and allow you to enjoy those foods that you have been missing for so long.  Some people choose to place more than 2 implants and have an implant supported bridge placed.  It is amazing what we can accomplish with what is available in implants today.  Implant technology has improved so that many people who were once told that they were not candidates can now enjoy this great technology.  Kiss the glue goodbye when you call us to schedule a consultation!  Stop by Precision Dental Center in Chesterton to discuss your options.

October 29, 2014
Category: Surgery
Tags: Wisdom teeth  

Do I really need to have my wisdom teeth taken out?

Are you having pain from wisdom teeth?  Have you ever wondered why wisdom teeth can be a problem?  Do you have questions about what could happen if you ignore them?  We look forward to looking at them and talking to you about it. They may be fine the way they are or we may need to intervene. Call it evolution or call it luck of the draw, but some of us have room for the wisdom teeth and some of us don’t.  Some of us never even have wisdom teeth develop.  More often than not, they tend to cause more harm than good and should be removed.  However, if you have enough room in your mouth to accommodate the teeth and you are able to keep them clean, then there is no reason to just take them out.  These teeth may be pushing on the teeth in front of them, resulting in resorption of those healthy teeth.  If partially erupted, they may act as food traps and cause cavities and pain in the teeth in front of them.  There are particular advantages to address the wisdom teeth at a particular age so it is important to have them evaluated fairly often in your late teens and twenty’s.  We would be happy to evaluate your situation and provide feedback on the best way to handle it.  Visit Precision Dental Center in Chesterton, Indiana, to let us take a look at your wisdom teeth.

October 01, 2014
Category: Cosmetic
Tags: Whitening  

Does it damage my teeth to whiten them?  How can I get my teeth whiter?  There are many things that can cause your teeth to discolor over time including diet and age. Luckily, there are many things that can help!  There are also things that are supposed to help, but can actually harm your teeth and make the discoloration worse over time.  Whitening is very popular and can be fine if done correctly.  Teeth Whitening: Many whitening toothpastes are abrasive to remove surface stains and keep teeth white.  However, if an abrasive toothpaste is used with too stiff of a toothbrush, you can actually scrub away healthy tooth structure and expose the yellow part of the tooth that is below the enamel.  This makes it more difficult to whiten in the future and can cause serious problems.  There are whitening methods that utilize a light while you sit in the dental chair and there are also take home kits.  With so many options, it is easy to get confused on what is best for you.  It is imperative to know all of the options as well as the risks and benefits of each one.  There are many different ways to whiten you smile and each individual is different.  We would love to have you come in to discuss all of your whitening options.  In the meantime, avoid red wine, coffee, cigarettes, and tea. We all have our vices but these take a toll on our teeth.  Come visit Precision Dental Center in Chesterton, Indiana for some great ways to get a beautiful smile!

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