Find out if it’s high time you scheduled an appointment with your Winneconne, WI dentist.
Has it been a while since you last set foot in your family dentist’s office? We don’t judge! Life happens. But it is important that you maintain healthy teeth and gums so your smile can last you a lifetime. Find out just how often you should be coming in to see Dr. Christian Marsh at Marsh Family Dentistry for routine cleanings.
When to See Your Winneconne, WI dentist
You’ve probably heard this rule many times before but it still holds true; you should be seeing your family dentist every six months for routine cleanings and examinations. While this might seem like overkill, you would be surprised how much can change over the course of six months. This includes problems like decay, gum disease and even dental wear due to grinding. It’s only through these six-month checkups that your Winneconne dentist will be able to treat and manage these problems so they don’t become worse. If you have been getting a clean bill of health and your oral care routine seems to be working, then we might want to talk about only coming in once a year.
Other Times to See Your Family Dentist
Of course you do need to come in for preventive care visits every six months but it’s also important to know the other times you should be seeing your Winneconne family dentist. This includes issues like dental emergencies such as a cracked or knocked-out tooth, cosmetic procedure consultations, tooth pain and other new symptoms. If in doubt about whether to visit us, pick up the phone and give us a call. While some issues can be addressed over the phone, we’ll let you know if your condition warrants a trip. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to your smile.
If you need to schedule your upcoming six-month cleaning, then let Marsh Family Dentistry set up your next appointment with your Winneconne, WI family dentist. Dr. Marsh is here to cater to all your smile needs.
If you think periodontal gum disease is something that only happens to Winneconne residents who never brush their teeth or visit Christian Marsh, DDS at Marsh Family Dentistry, think again. According to the CDC, as many as half of all Americans currently have some form of gum disease. Could you be one of them?
Gum Disease Risk Factors
While periodontal gum disease could happen to anyone, certain Winneconne residents are at a higher risk than others. These people include those who smoke, those who have diabetes or AIDS and those who take certain medications, particularly those that decrease saliva. Those with a family history of gum disease generally have a higher risk as well.
Types of Gum Disease
There are two types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis occurs first. If it is allowed to progress untreated, it can turn into periodontitis over time. Dr. Marsh treats both types of periodontal gum disease in Winneconne.
Gum Disease Symptoms
Periodontal gum disease symptoms can range from nonexistent to mildly annoying to severe. Symptoms often include persistent bad breath, painful chewing and gums that are red, tender, swollen or even bleeding. Sensitive teeth are common as well. If the disease is allowed to progress, the gums may recede, causing teeth to appear longer, and the teeth themselves may loosen or even fall out.
Gum Disease Treatment
If you are one of the many Winneconne residents living with periodontal gum disease, a trip to see Dr. Marsh at Marsh Family Dentistry is in order. Dr. Marsh will discuss your treatment plans, including scaling and root planing, medication, surgery or tooth replacement so you can determine the best treatment option for you.
Periodontal gum disease is serious, but thankfully, it is treatable. If it has been a while since you've visited Dr. Marsh in Winneconne, call and set up an appointment for a dental exam today. Whether you have periodontal gum disease or not, it will be great to have clean and healthy teeth once again.
Did you know that Winneconne does not have any Fluoride in our public water system? The Fluoride is added to the majority of our public water systems in Wisconsin and nationwide. The addition of Fluoride to community water systems has been met with controversy since high doses of Fluoride can have negative health reprocussions. So, why do we add any Fluoride to water systems in our state? The answer is in low doses the benefit is for children, not adults. People are usually surprised when I tell them this. So, let me explain how Fluoride works.
The level of Fluoride in our public water systems (where it has been added) is titrated to such a low level that there is hardly any topical benefit to teeth that are already erupted and formed in an adult's mouth. The Fluoride ion is actually absorbed into our bodies and adds strength to the enamel in the teeth that are starting to form. Enamel starts to develop approximately 3 years before a given tooth erupts. For most children the first erupted permanent tooth is age 6, so that would make enamel formation start for the first permanent teeth around age 3. The last adult teeth that will be functional typically erupt around 12 years of age. So, in order to promote strong enamel formation, supplemental Fluoride starting at age 3 until age 12 is recommended as these are the most crucial years for developing teeth.
If you should choose to supplement your family with Fluoride, it is possible to get a prescription for Fluoride vitamins from Dr. Marsh or your physician. Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions on this topic at 920-582-4343.
Although usually not considered a serious health condition, bad breath is nonetheless one of the most embarrassing conditions related to the mouth. Although some serious systemic diseases may result in mouth odor, most cases originate in the mouth or nose. Bacteria are usually the culprit — certain types of the organism can excrete volatile sulphur compounds, which emit a rotten egg or rotten fish smell.
The largest breeding ground for bacteria is the tongue, typically in the back where saliva and hygiene efforts aren’t as efficient in removing food remnants. A bacterial coating can develop on the surface of the tongue, much like the plaque that can adhere to teeth; the coating becomes a haven for bacteria that cause bad breath.
There seems to be a propensity in some people who exhibit chronic bad breath to develop this tongue coating. To rid the tongue of this coating, people with this susceptibility could benefit from the use of a tongue brush or scraper. These hygienic devices are specifically designed for the shape and texture of the tongue to effectively remove any bacterial coating. Toothbrushes, which are designed for the hard surface of the teeth, have been shown not to be as effective in removing the coating as a tongue scraper.
Before considering using a tongue scraper you should consult with your dentist first. If you suspect you have chronic bad breath, it’s important to determine the exact cause. Using a tongue scraper is unnecessary unless there’s an identifiable coating that is contributing to the bad odor. It’s also a good idea to obtain instruction from your dentist on the best techniques for using a tongue scraper to be as effective as possible and to avoid damaging soft tissues from over-aggressive use.
In addition, don’t neglect other hygiene habits like brushing, flossing and regular cleanings. Removing as much bacterial plaque as you can contributes not only to a healthier mouth but also pleasanter breath.
If you would like more information on the tongue and halitosis, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tongue Scraping.”
Kristin Cavallari's flawless smile has been featured on TV, film and magazine covers. But the 25-year-old actress and reality-show personality didn't always have a perfect set of teeth. In fact, she told Dear Doctor magazine — where readers recently voted to crown her with the “Smile of the Year” award — that her dental treatments began the same way many do: with orthodontics in sixth grade.
“I had the ‘spaghetti catcher,’ which is what everyone used to call it,” she reminisced. But by that, she didn't mean a strainer — she's talking about what dentists call a “palatal expander.”
In case you're not familiar with this orthodontic device, a palatal expander takes advantage of the natural growth patterns of a child's upper jaw to create additional space for the top set of teeth. How does it work? Basically, it's similar to braces: By applying gentle pressure, the appliance creates changes in the jaw. Unlike braces, however, it's invisible — it fits between the upper teeth, close to the roof of the mouth.
During the three to six months a child wears the palatal expander, it pushes the left and right halves of the upper jawbone apart, and then maintains and stabilizes the new, wider spacing. Since the palatal bones don't fuse until after puberty, tightening it a little bit each day for the first few weeks provides a quick and painless method of making the upper jaw a bit roomier. And that can be a very good thing. Why?
There are lots of reasons. For one, it can relieve the condition called “crowding,” when there is not enough space in the upper jaw to accommodate the proper alignment of the permanent teeth. In the past, teeth often had to be extracted in that situation. It may even allow “impacted” teeth — ones which are blocked from erupting by other teeth — to come in normally.
It can help treat a “crossbite,” when the back top teeth come down to bite inside (instead of outside) the lower back teeth. It also generally shortens the total time a child needs for orthodontic treatment. That's good news for any teenager — even if their own day-to-day “reality show” isn't featured on TV!
If you would like more information about palatal expanders, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Palatal Expanders” and “Early Orthodontic Evaluation.”
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