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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

{Wisdom Teeth}

{Panoramic X-rays showing impacted wisdom teeth}

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, usually make their presence known between the ages of 16 and 25. Like all teeth, they start forming under the gums and erupt in the very back of your mouth and are the last set of molars you will develop. Usually you have four wisdom teeth however, some people have more than four and some have less. When wisdom teeth grow in straight they can be very beneficial. But if they grow in impacted, or sideways, they could put adjacent teeth at risk by damaging them, not being able to clean thoroughly, and can even damage your jaw.

So what do we do? During your dental visit in our office, we will take a special x-ray called a panoramic x-ray that will show us all of your teeth, their roots, how they are growing in, your upper and lower jaw, and much more and sometimes very vital information concerning other things like making sure signs of oral cancer are not there, information for dental implant candidates, and jaw trauma from an accident or TMJ. We will talk to you and discuss your needs and make a treatment plan to fix any problems. If your wisdom teeth are in need of coming out, our experienced dentists are here for you so call us and reserve your appointment today!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

{Some Fun Trivia}

Did You Know…

    DID YOU KNOW THAT THE STERN-FACED FARMER that American artist Grant Wood used as the model for his famous painting American Gothic was actually his dentist? Yes, it’s true.

A Few Other Random, Dental-Related Tidbits

  • The first chewing gum was “chicle”—sap from Sapodilla trees. Chicle dates back to Aztec times when people boiled and cut it into blocks.
  • You may have once heard that George Washington’s false teeth were made of wood. They weren’t. They were made of ivory, lead, and hippopotamus teeth.
  • The average person produces 100,000 gallons of saliva during their lifetime—enough to fill 200 bathtubs!
  • Before toothbrushes, people used shredded twigs to clean their teeth.
  • An average person exerts 30-40 pounds of pressure per square inch with their jaw muscles.
  • One in 2,000 babies is born with some teeth already grown in. Usually, these extra teeth can be pulled and the child will still grow a full set of baby teeth.
  • During the Middle Ages, some people believed that
    kissing a donkey would relieve a toothache, and that stealing someone’s
    tooth could help them grow a new one of their own. Silly folks.
  • Rabbit’s and squirrel’s teeth never stop growing. They continuously wear them down by gnawing on whatever is handy.

We Just Wanted To Share A Few Fun Things!

As a rule, we tend to be pretty serious most of the time when it comes to your oral health and our services. But we all need to lighten up once in a while. Life’s too short. Our team hopes you’ve enjoyed some of these fun things and trivia.

Do you have any random facts of your own to share? Let us know by commenting below or sending us a message on our Facebook page. We love hearing from you!

And thank you so much for being our valued patients and friends!

Monday, April 30, 2012

{Dental Implants}

Do you remember this post? So, have you thought about it? If you have, you're just in time! We have a great deal going on right now!! Call our office today and take advantage of this great deal before it's gone!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

{Clenching and Grinding Your Teeth}

Everybody at some point either clench or grind their teeth due to stress or concentration. The good news is that this occasional habit doesn't usually cause a big problem.

However, clenching and grinding your teeth, also called Bruxism, on a regular basis could cause jaw pain, fractured teeth, and even permanent tooth loss! Most often, people are grinding their teeth at night not knowing that they are doing it.

Thankfully, experienced dentists like Dr. Harding and Dr. Bott are able to help break that habit and through specialized treatment of conditions like these. They will examine your teeth and jaw to accurately diagnose Bruxism and give you options to solve the problem.

If you feel like you could be clenching or grinding your teeth, give us a call and we'll get you set up with a proper and inexpensive ways to help you and your mouth feel better!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

{Electric Toothbrushes}

Your oral health is in your hands but Dr. Harding and Dr. Bott and our staff are here to help you any way that we can. However, when you're in between dental visits a really great way to keep plaque and gingivitis under control is an electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes provide superior plaque removal to regular manual tooth brushes. Electric toothbrushes do the brushing action for you and all you have to do is guide it along your teeth. This is especially great for little kids too. If you brush too hard or not long enough, many toothbrushes come equipped to help you keep you on track with pressure sensors and timers. They also come with many great attachments including flossing heads to help you floss. A really great idea too is that many families use one base and have different color coordinated heads for each member of the family. So, if you feel like you're ready to try something new and make the switch to an electric toothbrush, give us a call and we'll answer any questions you have and get you going with a great toothbrush!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

{April=Oral Cancer Awareness Month}

Oral Cancer is often forgotten about but is just as important to learn about as any other form of cancer. For that reason, April is oral cancer awareness month so everyone can be educated and healthy.

Every year, over 35,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer. Here at our American Fork practice, early detection is very important because it can boost survival rates to 80–90%! Unfortunately, many times if people do not see their dentist regularly, the cancer is not diagnosed before it reaches a more advanced stage. Sadly, oral cancer goes undetected, lowering survival rates, because many of the symptoms are not painful.

So when you come into our office, what should you make sure we are looking for?
  • A sore inside your mouth that doesn’t heal within two weeks
  • A lump or thickening of your cheek
  • A white or red patch on any part of your inner mouth or throat
  • Chronic difficulty swallowing or chewing
  • Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw
  • Numbness inside your mouth
  • Jaw swelling
Although, there may be other causes of these symptoms, having us check will provide peace of mind knowing the cause.

And of course it goes without saying-keeping up to date with those 6 month check ups, exams, and cleanings will greatly increase the likelihood that any problems will be detected early. It's absolutely worth it, so make an appointment today! And share this with someone you love. Staying informed helps us all stay healthier.

Call us today if you have any questions and would like to schedule an appointment!

Monday, April 2, 2012

{Knock Out a Tooth?}

We recently had someone come into our office that had his two front teeth knocked out. As expected, the family was worried and in panic mode to save these teeth. I mean, after all, these two teeth are really important! So, we thought it would be a good idea to give you some do’s and don’ts when it comes to teeth that are knocked out.

Regardless of how healthy your teeth are they can be knocked out at any moment! Whether you’re at school, playing flag football, or tripping over the street curb you didn’t see. If this happens to you or you see it happen to someone else, here are some guidelines to follow.
  • Act Quickly!! Don’t wait more than 30 minutes to get into see a dentist. Time is crucial in saving teeth that have been knocked out.
  • Hold the tooth by the crown-not the root.
  • Don’t try wiping off the tooth. There are ligaments on the roots of the tooth that will try to mend themselves once they are placed back in the socket. Wiping the tooth off can damage those ligaments.
  • If possible, place the tooth back in the socket. That is the safest and most healthy place for the tooth to be until you can get to the dental office.
  • If you can’t place the tooth back in the socket, keep it moist by putting it in a cup of milk or inside your cheek.

 Dr. Harding and Dr. Bott will exercise all of our resources and knowledge to help save the tooth but we may not be able to tell what other procedures, if any, may be necessary at a later date. If the tooth cannot be saved there are always viable solutions to replace the tooth that was knocked out. Please call us if you have any questions or send us a message on facebook and let us know how we can help you today!

Dr. Roger Harding & Dr. Ryan Bott
183 South 500 East
American Fork, UT 84003
(801) 763-9080

Monday, March 5, 2012

{Caring for Teeth with Braces}

Do you know of someone with braces? Maybe it's you! Maybe a friend or a parent? Underneath all that metal, those teeth are inching closer and closer to the most beautiful smile!! Wouldn't it be awful if once those braces came off, there were a bunch of cavities under there?

Don't let that happen!!

Everything that goes on with braces-the springs, the rubber bands, brackets-all of that collects plaque and food debris. Plaque that is left on your teeth build up around those braces causing your gums to swell, your teeth to discolor, chronic stinky breath, and cavities!

Cleaning your braces is a chore and can be hard at first, but it will get easier the more you do it and it will be worth it! Your orthodontist has probably already gone over the do's and don'ts of braces. But just as a reminder try to stay away from hard or sticky foods like apples, caramel, taffy, and nuts. Don't chew ice or bubblegum and hard to bite foods like bagels.

There are many new tools out there as well to help you clean better and make it easier for you. Come into our office today and we'll show you proper techniques and some innovative ways to clean and take care of your braces and teeth thoroughly.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

{Baby Bottle Tooth Decay}

February was Children's Oral Health Month. To finish the month, we want to finish the month talking about ECC or Early Childhood Caries. There are many culprits that cause tooth decay in infants and toddler that can be avoided. Milk and juice are the biggest contributors to something referred to as ECC. No matter the age, every mouth is full of bacteria that feed on the sugars found in everything we eat and drink. This bacteria produces an acid that can attack tooth enamel and cause cavities.

Now before you throw away your baby bottles and juice, Dr. Harding wants to give you the facts and solutions to ECC. Simply being aware of the issue helps and taking some simple steps to help avoid a potential problem.

•Only Fill Bottles with Milk Or Formula. If you decide to give your child juice or sugary drinks, make sure you only give it to them in a sippy cup so that the sugar doesn’t sit at the front of their mouths too long.
•Clean Your Baby’s Teeth and Gums. After they are fed, gently wipe their teeth and gums with a damp towel or wash cloth when they are too young for toothpaste.
•Don’t Dip Pacifiers In Anything Containing Sugar. Some parents dip pacifiers in sweet substances like honey. This can be very damaging for baby teeth.

ECC can begin as soon as a baby's first tooth appears and it can have long term effects on your child's oral health. Here at Utah Valley Dental, we want to help you take care of your baby's teeth. If you think your baby has the signs of baby bottle tooth decay, set up an appointment to come in and see Dr. Harding and Dr. Bott today!

Monday, February 20, 2012

{To Bleach or Not to Bleach...That is the Question!!}

Whitening your teeth has become very popular in the past few years for many reasons!
Everybody is looking for the least invasive and inexpensive way to brighten one’s appearance in a slower economy. With out going under the knife or spending a year’s worth of income, you can change your smile from dull and drab to movie star quality in a short amount of time.
We’ve all heard of one hour whitening, where you go to your dental office, sit in the chair for an hour or more, have your lips and cheeks spread to Timbuktu, and leave with hypersensitive teeth that could take days to feel normal again. What do you get out of it? White teeth for sure…but for how long?
Recent studies have shown that the one hour whitening process will only brighten your smile at most 2 weeks. Why? With the combination of the light and heat that is used in the one hour whitening, it only dries your teeth out giving you the appearance of whiter teeth. So yes, that is great news for those who have a family reunion this weekend or your 20 year school reunion tomorrow, but what if you want that whitening to last longer?
Here at the office of Dr's Roger Harding and Ryan Bott, we recommend bleaching trays that are made specifically for your teeth. There is nothing in the local drugstores that compares to custom trays for whitening that smile of yours in the comfort of your own home.
The advantages of custom whitening trays:
  • They are custom to your teeth so the bleach can get in to every nook and cranny
  • You can have your trays your whole life
  • You can monitor the whiteness of your teeth
  • You can bleach one tooth if that’s all that is needed
  • You can bleach in the comfort of your own home day or night
  • Less expensive than one hour bleaching
  • Better results because your teeth are actually getting white instead of being dried out and that being said…less sensitivity after bleaching

Right now, we are offering custom bleach trays (upper and lower arch) for only $75!! So call our office today and we'll schedule you an appointment to come in and get started!