Make Sure To List All Your Meds

There are many reasons to be mindful of the medicines that you take whether they be prescribed by your doctor or over the counter. You never want to take the chance that something you take on your own may not be appropriate for someone with your specific medical condition. Also, you have to be concerned about the way one medicine may react to another. Some medications can have a detrimental effect on your oral health. That’s why your dentist takes such a thorough history of your prescriptions and asks you to list any other drugs you may be taking. Even a seeming harmless aspirin can affect the blood clotting process so that there may be excessive bleeding during an otherwise non invasive dental procedure. Your dentist needs to be aware of this possibility if it exists. There are some prescription medications that can produce painful sores on the soft tissues that are found in the mouth. Your dentist can recommend steps you can take to decrease the chances of inflammation, but only if he knows about the risk. Dry mouth is typically recognized as a side effect of various medications. Anything that decreases its flow reduces the natural way saliva has of washing away the bacteria that can unite with food particles to cause tooth decay. Liquid cough syrups or chew-able vitamins are often laced with sugar and if taken on a regular basis could present a problem, especially for children who are more susceptible to cavities. Introduce your family to the Compass Dental practice of Hickory, NC. Call our office today @ 828-358-2555.

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Computer Technology Has Changed The Face Of Dentistry

Digital dentistry is part of the innovative technology that has provided the field with advanced improvements over the last several years. The ability to use a computer to design and manufacture a dental crown for instance, has made the process easier and more effective than ever before. Before the introduction of digital dentistry the typical procedure for getting a crown was for the dentist to take a preliminary impression of the tooth in order to fit the patient with a temporary device to wear until an independent laboratory could make the permanent crown. This involved at least two dental appointments and living with the inconvenience in the meantime. The digital process allows the dentist to use a computer scan to make an image of the patient’s tooth and design and build a crown from it. The dentist can then install the crown on the spot. Not only does this cut down on the time the patient must spend in the dentist’s chair and the discomfort of having to wear a temporary crown, but results have shown that a computer made restoration is superior to the man-made. Digital dentistry has enhanced procedures in many areas of the industry including the installation of implants, intra-oral imagery and laser therapy, among others. Meet with Dr. Sigmon of Compass Dental to discuss your oral health concerns. Call the office in Hickory @ 828-358-2555.

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Water Is A Fundamental Ingredient In A Recipe For Good Oral Health

Our normal bodily functions cause us to lose water in one way or another all throughout the day. It’s even harder to stay hydrated in hot weather or or if you are physically exerting yourself. Illness can bring on a fever or cause vomiting which can increase the danger of dehydration. Water is very important to good oral health. We need it to support the natural flow of the saliva in our mouths. Besides keeping our mouths moist and healthy saliva is beneficial to our digestive system by making it easier to chew and swallow our food. It also fights to kill off the germs that cause bad breath. Dry mouth is the condition that comes from a lack of adequate saliva and can result in gum disease and tooth decay. If there isn’t enough saliva to wash away the tiny food particles that can remain in our mouths after eating bacteria can fester there. While drinking fluoridated water is essential for maintaining strong and healthy teeth, salt water can be beneficial as well. Dentists often recommend rinsing with salt water to facilitate the healing process after a tooth extraction or other surgical procedure. Because the mineral content is similar a salt water rinse can be more compatible with our body than a stronger medicinal. Get to know more about the services and associates of Compass Dental in Hickory, NC on the website, www.compassdentalhickory.com.

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Look For Healthier Snacks

Some of your favorite foods and drinks aren’t so friendly to your teeth. We know that coffee can cause staining but there is a secondary repercussion that you may not have been aware of. The stains that are produced from drinking a lot of coffee roughen the surfaces of our teeth and make them more susceptible to plaque buildup – and we all know what that means. Don’t take the chance of that plaque turning into the tartar that can lead to serious gum disease and eventual tooth loss. If you must give in to your craving for caffeine drink it in the form of sugar free iced coffee and use a straw. Peanut butter is a popular snack food often spread on toast or a cracker and of course is a major ingredient in everyone’s favorite pb&j sandwich. The problem is that peanut butter sticks to your teeth and the longer it remains there the higher the risk of a cavity forming. The good news is that the sugarless brands are less likely to stay on your teeth so be sure to check the labels on the jar. “Trail mix” is the go-to snack for family outings and hiking trips. A lot of the brands contain dried fruit however, which is rich in sugar content and can easily get stuck between your teeth. It might be better to enjoy these treats at home where it’s easier to brush soon after. Ask your hygienist at Compass Dental for more suggestions about snacks that are better for your teeth. Call 828-358-2555 to confirm your next appointment.

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How Important Is A Smile?

Have you ever noticed that someone you know from work or a casual social acquaintance never seems to smile, and then you find out why? The situation can be embarrassing for you both. People who are hesitant to smile are usually self conscious about the condition of their teeth or the fact that there are some missing. If you’re lucky enough to have a healthy set of teeth you may have no idea what those who don’t go through and how important having a nice smile can be. But if you stop to think about it a nice smile is part of the good impression that we present to other people, some of whom can make a significant difference in our lives. The Harris Poll Online conducted a survey showing that a good percentage of the adults polled believed that a pleasant smile could be a definite advantage when interviewing for a job, or asking someone out on a date. Furthermore, the majority of people asked stated that the thing they would most like to improve about their looks was their smile. Fortunately it is easier today than ever before to get that improvement. Compass Dental can show you the way to the smile makeover that you desire. Dr. Simon and his associates are happy to consult with patients about the many innovative options available today. Call the office @ 828-358-2555 for an appointment at your convenience.

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Losing A Tooth Can Be Intimidating

We know that significant tooth loss will affect our ability to chew some of our favorite foods. Steaks and corn on the cob for instance, may have to go by the wayside for awhile. If lost teeth are not replaced right away the surrounding teeth may start to shift out of position which in turn could change the alignment of your upper and lower teeth, better known as your “bite.” These are both examples of the physical ramifications that can happen after tooth loss, but what about the emotional ones? Losing a tooth isn’t really the same as losing another body part since it usually doesn’t require having a general anesthetic and a hospital stay is not typically part of the process. We depend on our teeth however, to give us the nice healthy smile that we are proud to display to the people that we communicate with everyday. When that smile is taken away because of the loss of one or more front teeth it can have a fairly devastating effect on the ego. Some people have been known to shy away from socializing with others altogether, even to the point of leaving their job. If you’re facing the possibility of having some teeth extracted talk to your dentist about replacement options. It will give you some peace of mind to know that the gap between your teeth is only a temporary situation. Get to know Dr. Sigmon and his staff of professionals at Compass Dental in Hickory, NC. Call the office @ 828-358-2555.

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Preserve The Strength Of Your Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is the outer covering that protects the inner layers of your teeth from exposure to bacteria. When you eat or drink something particularly hot or cold the enamel is what absorbs the impact and keeps you from feeling the pain of sensitivity. The system works perfectly until the enamel begins to deteriorate. Tooth enamel is the least vulnerable of all the tissues in the human body and is made to last a lifetime but it can be compromised. The thing is that once the damage is done it cannot be reversed, so you should do everything in your power to preserve it. Acid is a primary enemy of tooth enamel and is found in many of the foods and drinks that we enjoy, sugar is another. If you can eliminate some of the more offensive culprits and cut back on a few others you will be promoting your odds of enjoying good oral health for many years to come. You can also save yourself the anxiety and expense that can come with having to have extensive dental work done. If you just can’t do without citrus fruit or the occasional soft drink, there are ways to lessen the effect that the sugar and acidity will have on your tooth enamel. Ask your dentist or hygienist about what to do to protect your enamel from erosion. Check the get acquainted offers on the Compass Dental website, www.compassdentalhickory.com and call us @ 828-358-2555 for your appointment.

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Symptoms Can Be Relieved

There’s an actual medical term for that consistent dry feeling that you have in your mouth. It is formally known as xerostomia. Xerostomia is what happens when your salivary glands fail to produce the right amount of saliva to keep your mouth moisturized, hence the tag, “dry mouth.” Xerostomia can be caused by taking a medication that has been prescribed to treat some other disorder, or it can be a symptom of the disorder itself. Your dentist may recommend that you talk to your doctor about prescribing an alternate prescription or dosage. Along with the typical dry mouth sensation xerostomia patients may notice that their breath is not as fresh as usual and their lips may seem to chap more easily. They may also experience the need to drink more water. The lack of saliva may make chewing more difficult and could also affect the body’s ability to digest food. Chewing gum can help produce more saliva. Another tip for dry mouth sufferers is to keep a bottle of water close by. Some symptoms are brought about by our own bad habits, smoking or consuming too much caffeine are good examples. A longer lasting solution will be easier to prescribe once your dentist has diagnosed the underlying cause. Take the video tour of the Compass Dental practice that is available on the website www.compassdentalhickory.com to get a clearer picture of our committment to the dental health of every member of your family.

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An Implant Is A Plausible Choice

A dental implant has become a very popular option for the replacement of one or more lost teeth. One of the reasons is that an implant is nearer to the real thing than any of the other alternatives. An implant takes the place at the root of the lost tooth and is surgically placed so that it becomes a permanent part of the jawbone. The next step will be to top the implant off with a lifelike crown. Once the process is complete you will be able to chew, talk and smile with the same ease and self confidence that you felt with your natural tooth. The expected lifespan of a fixed dental bridge is ten years tops, but an implant is meant to last a lifetime. It may need adjustment from time to time but it will never have to be replaced. You may have heard that people who have suffered bone deterioration are no longer candidates for a dental implant. Every individual case is different but in most instances the bone structure can be built up so that it will be able to support an implant. The time frame for the completion of a dental implant varies according to the preparation measures that may be necessary and the patient’s capacity to heal. After his initial evaluation your dentist will be able to give you a pretty good estimate. Dr. Sigmon of Compass Dental in Hickory, NC can help restore your smile. Call 828-358-2555 for your consultation.

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Good Habits Should Not Be Broken

If you have taken good care of your teeth up until now there’s no reason why they can’t continue to serve you well throughout middle age and longer. Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime and even though the average life span has increased significantly so has the dental technology available to us today. Your body undergoes many natural changes over time. Your teeth are no exception to that rule, so if you want to keep them you will need to continue to take good care of them. As the teeth age the nerves become less sensitive so that tooth decay may go unnoticed for a longer period of time. If you don’t keep up with regularly scheduled dental appointments a cavity may not be discovered soon enough to be treated easily meaning that a more invasive and time consuming procedure could be necessary. Tooth decay though more prevalent in children is not exclusive to them. Adults get cavities too! Bottled water is a favorite convenience for today’s adult population but very few brands are able to claim the benefit of fluoride content. We still need to drink the tap water from a fluoridated source. Brushing and flossing have always been part of a home regimen for good oral health. Some dentists may recommend using an electric toothbrush to make brushing easier for those of us who have lost some physical dexterity in our hands. Stick with a fluoride toothpaste and brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. Dr. Sigmon of Compass Dental in Hickory, N.C. offers services for every member of your family. Call 828-322-6226 for your appointment.

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