Jeremy White, DDS & Darren Gardner, DDS
594 East 800 South Suite G
Orem, UT 84097
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Root Canal Diagnosis

Nov 4, 2015

How do I know when I need a root canal?

Dental pain can be unique to other pains we experience in our bodies. Pain in general is our bodies warning sign that something is going on. Often times the signal of pain is a temporary situation that takes care of itself with the passing of a little time. Other times that pain is trying to tell us that it needs some attention. So how do we distinguish between the two? Here are some things to consider:

Have you had any recent dental work done? It is normal to have some sensitivity after dental work, including temperature sensitivity, gums being tender in that area, and some achiness. What is considered out of the norm is sharp shooting pain, dull aches that don't let up for days, pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night, and temperature sensitivity (mostly cold) that lingers for several seconds after.

X-rays are very helpful to detect most dental infections- which is the source of most pains in the mouth. Here is what a typical dental infection looks like on an x-ray. The dark area around the root shows bone loss in response to the nerve dying in the tooth. This is a situation where a root canal is necessary to get the bone and tooth back to good health.

Of course, consult your dentist to confirm your suspicions if you have a questionable pain coming from your mouth.

GoPro Winner

Oct 8, 2015

We have drawn our first GoPro WINNER!!  Congrats to the Copple family for winning our REFER A FRIEND contest!  We will be putting NEW names into our drawing until the end of December!!  So refer your friend, and have a chance to win a GoPro!!

No Cavity Club Winner

Sep 23, 2015

Is she not the cutest!? We had our NO CAVITY CLUB drawing, and our lucky winner was little Ava! Congrats on being CAVITY FREE! We hope your Toys R Us gift card is a great reward for taking such great care of your teeth!

Teeth Whitening and Sensitivity

Aug 31, 2015

Teeth Whitening and Sensitivity

Have you ever noticed that your teeth are extra-sensitive after you've whitened them? If so, you are not alone! While it is an easy and inexpensive way to improve the appearance of our smiles, tooth whitening can sometimes lead to increased sensitivity to temperature changes, sweet or acidic foods, and even to touch (i.e. brushing your teeth). When this happens most people have three questions for us: First, will whitening my teeth damage them?  Second, what causes the sensitivity?  And third, how can I prevent sensitivity but still whiten my teeth?

First, you should know that whitening your teeth, if done properly and using quality products, is not harmful or dangerous. At-home tooth whitening is simply a method of removing surface stains from your teeth and is perfectly safe.

So why does whitening your teeth cause them to become more sensitivity? Well, your teeth are kind of like "M&M's" – they have a hard outer shell (enamel) and a softer inside (dentin). The dentin of each tooth contains thousands of tiny tubules, or pores. These tubules eventually meet up with the tooth's nerve endings, found in the tooth's innermost layer, the pulp. Typically the tubules are blocked with tiny little plugs, but sometimes whitening can temporarily remove these plugs. This can lead to movement of the tooth's inner fluids, which you recognize as heightened sensitivity.

There are a number of things you can do to prevent tooth sensitivity and to lessen sensitivity if it occurs. First, use a desensitizing toothpaste that contains at least 5% Potassium Nitrate. The Potassium Nitrate will help restore the tiny dentinal plugs in your teeth, thereby preventing (or reducing) sensitivity. If you are planning to whiten your teeth, start brushing with desensitizing toothpaste at least twice a day, two weeks before you begin your whitening regimen. You can also put the desensitizing toothpaste inside your whitening trays and wear it directly on your teeth for additional relief after you've whitened.

Small tweaks to your diet may help reduce tooth sensitivity associated with whitening. For example, sweets, acidic foods, or foods/beverages that are hot or extremely cold can irritate already-sensitive teeth. Cut back on these items during your whitening regimen and see if that helps.

Finally, consider taking an NSAID pain reliever before, during or after your whitening regimen. NSAIDs (like Ibuprofen, Advil, and Aleve) can help to reduce the discomfort of tooth sensitivity.

Hopefully you feel more comfortable now with the ins-and-outs of tooth whitening, but please let us know if you have additional questions. Here at White Smiles Family Dentistry we offer free lifetime whitening for all our loyal patients, and would love to help you achieve the whiter, brighter smile you've been dreaming of.

Share A Smile Triathlon

Aug 25, 2015

Share A Smile Triathlon

We had the opportunity to participate in the Share A Smile Triathlon this past weekend! It was such a fun experience to RACE for a good cause! Our office split into two teams to add a little extra COMPETITION! Dr. Whites Blue team, and Dr. Gardner's Green Team! It was a Saturday full of CHEERING, SUPPORT and of course TEAMWORK! We are already looking forward to next years race!

Last iPad Winner

Aug 18, 2015

Our Lucky iPad winner was drawn this week! Congratulations to the Stott family for winning our New Patient Referral Drawing! We are so EXCITED for them, and appreciate all their referrals! The Stott family was our last iPad winner!

We are so EXCITED to announce that we will now be giving away free GoPros! Remember, all you have to do is send a friend our way, and you can be entered into the drawing to win a GoPro! The staff at White Smiles hope you Enjoy your last week of SUMMER BREAK!!‪#‎WhiteSmiles‬ ‪#‎SummerBreak‬ ‪#‎iPad‬ ‪#‎Winner‬ ‪#‎WhiteSmilesOrem‬ ‪#‎GoPro‬

Tooth Decay in Infants and Toddlers

Jul 21, 2015

One of the most concerning conditions we see as dentists are infants or toddlers that have developed tooth decay on several teeth. This is frequently called baby bottle tooth decay because it is most often caused by giving the child sugary liquids in a bottle or sippy cup, though this is not the only cause.   Decay can develop rapidly and destroy the teeth before your child is even two!  This can be quite concerning because treatment usually involves sedation in a hospital setting and expensive dental procedures.  While sedation is very safe, it is naturally unnerving to have a child so small be put to sleep.  It is also concerning as a dentist, because we know that the child is likely to have more dental problems in the future than they would have had otherwise. We have learned that it is far better to prevent these issues through parent education before the damage is done.

Prevention

We encourage all parents to bring their child in when they have their first teeth coming in.  We call this a "Happy Visit", because we are just helping the child feel comfortable in the dental office and do nothing that would create any discomfort.  No x-rays are taken, no cleanings; just a quick look in the mouth and a visit with Mom or Dad to answer any questions about caring for their child's teeth.  Then we discuss things to avoid that will cause premature decay- like placing juice or any sugary drink (sodas, energy drinks, sport drinks, sugar water- no matter how diluted, etc) in bottles or sippy cups.  

It is ok for infants and toddlers to have juice at mealtimes, but the rule should be that the juice must be finished at the table or it is taken away.  The toddler should not be allowed to walk around the house sipping on juice or anything else besides water.  It is also best to not establish the habit of putting your infant or toddler to bed with a bottle- especially one with anything but plain water!  Toddlers should transition from a sippy cup to a cup at age 3.  Never dip pacifiers in sugar water! We also discourage giving sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, or high fructose drinks to infants and toddlers.

Formula and Breastfeeding

Formula and breastfeeding can also cause cavities!!!  Moderation is the key here.  If a child is allowed to walk around with a bottle of formula through out the day, or is put to bed with a bottle of formula, cavities can develop.  Really, it is best to not create a dependency on a bottle in the crib to help the baby to go to sleep.  

Though not as common, breastfeeding can also cause serious cases of infant or toddler decay.  This is mostly found when the baby is allowed to feed through out the night at will.  To prevent cavities, it is better to establish a feeding routine for your baby after the first few months, rather than feeding whenever the baby cries.  

One thing to remember is that our children absorb habits like a sponge.  If they are given frequent sodas and sweets at an early age, that is what they will want.  We as parents can create dependencies that are extremely difficult to break.  Ultimately, parents have the responsibility and ability to help their children develop healthy habits to prevent early dental decay.  

 

 

 

Suffering From Bad Breath?

Jul 21, 2015

Would You Like A Mint?

Most people have to deal with bad breath either for themselves or someone close to them.  So how do you get rid of bad breath?  It helps to understand the cause of the bad breath or halitosis to be able to treat it properly.  The most common causes of bad breath are:

Food- Onions and garlic are the most common culprits.  Foods such as these absorb into the tissues of the mouth and will only go away after time passes.

Gum disease- This is one of the most common sources for bad breath and is of great concern to the long term health of the mouth.  When the gums aren’t healthy they form deep pockets that harbor all sorts of bacteria causing bone loss around the teeth and one of the byproducts is a nasty foul smell.  When you can smell someone’s breath from across the room, this is most likely due to gum disease and needs to be treated.

Other infections- Sinus infections, cavities,  and mouth sores are examples of conditions that can contribute to bad breath.

Dry mouth- Most likely the most common source for bad breath is due to a dry mouth.  This can be from lack of eating and drinking or induced by medications that decrease the amount of saliva.  Saliva is always working in the background to minimize foul odors.

Smoking- Not only does the smoke stink, but it dries out the mouth which contributes to gum disease. 

Other medical conditions- Some conditions such as chronic acid reflux, diabetes, or cancers can cause bad breath.

Now, as you can see from the various causes of bad breath that not all treatments will work for everyone.  As you’ve probably already figured out that mints, gum and rinses such as Listerine or Scope usually only help very mild cases of bad breath or just temporarily mask it.  So back to our original question- how can you get rid of bad breath?  Here are some helpful tips to try out:

Good oral hygiene- Taking good care of your teeth and gums is one of the best ways to reduce bad breath.  This helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. One of the best weapons to aid in fighting bad breath is to use an herbal rinse called “Tooth and Gums Tonic”.  I don’t like the name ‘tonic’ it sounds so unprofessional, but we’ve been using it with our patients for almost ten years now and have had great results!

Remove source of infection- Having your teeth professionally cleaned by a hygienist regularly will prevent gum disease from progressing or even from getting started.  Sinus infections or other infections can usually be treated using antibiotics.

Saliva substitutes- These are found in the toothpaste aisle of the drug store and will help to replenish the missing saliva caused by lack of salivary glands or from side affects of medications.

Stay hydrated- Easiest fix is to keep drinking water (if this is the only cause for bad breath)

Stop Smoking- Easier said than done, but worth it on many levels.

See your dentist and/or doctor- For any conditions that you feel are not adequately treated using these other methods, then consulting with your dentist would be the next step to getting to the bottom of the bad breath.  In some rare circumstances it may be necessary to consult with a doctor to check for other medical conditions that may lead to bad breath.

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Why Do We Floss?

Jun 4, 2015

Why Do We Keep Asking You To Floss?

Just about everyone that comes for their dental checkup expects to hear the same question.  Are you flossing your teeth every day? Patients know that we recommend flossing daily; however it is just not that easy.  Why is it that we remember to brush our teeth at least once a day, but we don’t floss?  Part of the reason is because the immediate benefits of flossing aren’t noticed or are uncomfortable.

At first your gums can bleed and be sore, this is due to the bacteria that live in between your teeth.  Bacteria cause inflammation which leads to sore gums when flossing.  It takes some time to get rid of that bacteria, and feel the benefits.   Flossing is kind of like stomping on an ant hill in your yard.  The ants are going to rebuild, but the more often you stomp on the hill the more likely you are to stop them.  So flossing daily is like stomping on that bacteria “ant hill” in your mouth.

Once you start to form a flossing habit your gums will feel better, you will even start to notice when you haven’t flossed and desire that clean feeling.  One great way to remind yourself to floss is to simply place a sticky note reminder on your bathroom mirror, to prompt you.

We all know flossing prevents cavities, prevents gums disease, and keeps you teeth and smile looking as young as you are.  But there is more:  Research has shown that the benefits of flossing are good for our overall health.  Gum disease has been linked with heart disease that can lead to heart attack or stroke.  Gum disease has also been linked to diabetes, respiratory illnesses, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

So when you come in: know that we are not just asking you to floss; we are asking you to do something great for you.  Start flossing today, and see the difference it can make.
 

iPad Winner

May 18, 2015

Is it that time again ALREADY?! Our Lucky iPad winner was drawn this week! Congratulations to the Neilsen family for winning our New Patient Referral Drawing! We are so EXCITED for them, and appreciate all their referrals! Remember, all you have to do is send a friend our way, and you too can be entered into the drawing to win an iPad Air! The staff at White Smiles hope you Enjoy your SPRING BREAK!!

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