Thursday, January 9, 2020

Fluorosis

Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour treat patients of all ages. They are highly experienced with all aspects of pediatric dentistry at Southern Cross Dental, located in Colorado Springs, CO. This includes the condition known as Fluorosis. When exposed to a high volume of the mineral Fluoride, children develop thin and faint white streaks on the teeth. Though it isn’t harmful, it does change the teeth’s appearance. We recommend you schedule an appointment right away.


 


Before continuing, it’s important to understand that fluorosis isn’t dangerous or a bad thing. Once a child reaches a certain age, their risk of developing it disappears. That’s because only teeth growing under the surface are at risk. Fluoride is a naturally occurring substance found in our water supply. It helps our teeth stay clean and healthy! The only reason a dental examination is recommended is to determine that your child is getting the appropriate amount of fluoride.


 


One of the best ways to minimize a child’s contact with fluoride is through breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding from infancy to three-year-olds. Breastmilk naturally contains the necessary nutritional elements. For many types of baby formula, water is a required ingredient. If you recall, water is the primary source of fluoride for infants. It’s one of the many reasons why breastfeeding is the approved feeding method. Once your child’s teeth come in, you’ll need to start brushing them. Just be careful with the amount of toothpaste used. Never utilize more than a grain of rice worth.


 


Children between the ages of three to eight-years-old need to brush at least twice a day. Neglecting your child’s daily dental care is a guarantee that they’ll develop cavities or gum disease. Pay close attention to how much toothpaste is used. Children of this age shouldn’t use more than a pea-sized amount. Besides water, dental products like toothpaste are the main source of fluoride. If your child uses too much toothpaste or swallows it, this puts them at risk of Fluorosis. This is the same reason children below the age of six shouldn’t use mouthwash.


 


If you’re worried that your child’s developing Fluorosis, contact Southern Cross Dental right away. We can help you determine the right amount of fluoride for your child. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour, visit their website or call 719-471-1717.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Flossing With Braces

When it comes to dental appointments, there is one question everyone fears: how much have you been flossing? The answer should be at least once a day! This is especially true when you have braces. Braces make it harder to do certain tasks, but it shouldn’t with flossing. Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour of Southern Cross Dental suggest a handful of dental appliances to keep your braces clean. Learn more by contacting our office in Colorado Springs, CO.


 


Braces are a great way to create a winning smile. That’s why it’s important to keep them clean! Your braces give bacteria unique areas to grow and multiply. Food often gets stuck in these spots, attracting even more germs. Thus, flossing is even more of a necessity.


 


The most important tool in your orthodontic care kit is floss threaders. These small dental devices move floss under the orthodontic wire. Once it is in place, flossing can occur as normal. These are inexpensive and can be found at most grocery stores. It’s well worth the provided cavity prevention. Another great option is floss picks. These almost look like a small plastic prong. Between the two forks is a line of floss. The floss picks are small enough to circumvent the wire. Push the floss between your two teeth to resume business as normal. Lastly, waterpiks are an additional option. These are almost identical to tools found in your local dental office. Waterpiks spray a steady stream of water at your teeth, knocking loose any debris. They come with extra tools for orthodontic cleanings.


 


Although the act of flossing is itself important, you must make sure you’re doing it right. The flossing technique is necessary for success. Start by taking out about 18 inches of floss from the packaging. Using a floss threader, bring the floss to your teeth. Wrap the floss around your middle fingers. Make a “C” shape around the tooth. Carefully move the floss up and down, rubbing the gums clean.


 


Southern Cross Dental is located in Colorado Springs, CO. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour, visit their website or call 719-471-1717.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Sjögren’s Syndrome and Dry Mouth

It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene, but people with certain conditions are at greater risk of developing caries and yeast infections even when they brush and floss regularly. Among those most at risk are people with the autoimmune disease Sjögren’s Syndrome. Although it is estimated to only affect about three million people in the United States, dentists are often the ones who first recognize each case. Therefore, we at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs wanted our patients to be aware of it.


Sjögren’s Syndrome is characterized by the immune system attacking the body’s secretory glands. This means it interferes with the production of tears and saliva. When a person’s saliva production slows down, they are said to develop xerostomia and will incur dry mouth. The absence of saliva allows food debris and sugary residue to remain on the teeth, feeding oral bacteria. It also allows fissures to develop at the corners of the mouth, where fungus can colonize. A person is also likely to develop bad breath as plaque builds on their tongue.


Because people with Sjögren’s Syndrome have additional oral health problems, they are often advised to have more regular professional cleanings. They may also depend on artificial throat moisturizers and need to increase their fluid intake while cutting back on sugar. It is often difficult to tell the difference between Sjögren’s Syndrome and xerostomia caused by other things, but it occurs most frequently in women over fifty who have recently suffered another infection. If we suspect a patient has Sjögren’s Syndrome, we may refer them for additional counseling to address their eye symptoms.


Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour operate Southern Cross Dental at 1855 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80905-2516. To schedule an appointment, call 719-471-1717 or visit Southern Cross Dental and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Pericoronitis

If you have a child nearing their teenage years, you may have heard us discussing the risk of impacted wisdom teeth. At Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, our goal is to preserve a patient’s teeth, but the wisdom teeth often encounter problems that require us to remove them. One of the most common problems when they are unable to erupt completely is pericoronitis, so we wanted our patients to better understand it.


An impacted tooth is one which is partly or entirely unable to push through the gum line. As the largest teeth and the last to erupt, the wisdom teeth frequently are impacted, with a portion of them sticking through the gum and most of them still inside it. The part of a dental crown that breaks through the gum line may still be covered by a flap of gingival tissue called an operculum. Food debris and bacteria can easily get stuck in between the operculum and the crown, leading to recurring infections. “Pericoronitis” is the phrase we use to describe inflammation around a dental crown.


It is difficult for a person to clean an impacted tooth. They should still brush and floss regularly and may also want to try swishing salt water in their mouth, but they will probably need our professional help to remove build-up. We may have to cut away the operculum, and because impacted wisdom teeth often cause misalignments and jaw pain in addition to pericoronitis, we will often extract them.


Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour operate Southern Cross Dental at 1855 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80905-2516. To schedule an appointment, call 719-471-1717 or visit Southern Cross Dental and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Gum Abscesses

Do your gums often bleed when you brush your teeth? Do you sometimes suffer from fevers and a bad taste in your mouth? If the answer to all those questions is yes, you may have a gum abscess. This condition is extremely serious, not to mention painful, and it develops from gum disease. We at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs can provide treatment for it, but we encourage all of our patients to understand why they should prevent an abscess from forming.


Abscesses are pockets of pus, which is a mixture of bacteria, dead tissue, and acid. A gingival abscess is one that forms near the gum line, often as a result of poor oral hygiene. A periodontal abscess is one that forms deeper in the gum pocket when gum disease is severe. Periodontal disease causes the walls of a gum pocket to recede from around a tooth root, leaving the tooth loose and bacteria with more space to colonize. When periodontal disease gets bad enough, it can also cause recession in the jaw bone.


After administering local anesthesia to a patient, we can treat gum abscesses by draining them and removing the dead tissue. We will also determine whether any of the teeth’s pulp chambers are infected or if they have abscesses at their roots. After removing the dead tissue, we’ll plane down the tooth root so that it will be easier to clean in the future. The patient will also take antibiotics in the days following the successful treatment of an abscess.


Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour operate Southern Cross Dental at 1855 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80905-2516. To schedule an appointment, call 719-471-1717 or visit Southern Cross Dental and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

National Diabetes Awareness Month

If you have diabetes, you are at elevated risk for gum disease. But this fact doesn’t mean that you can’t have good oral hygiene and retain healthy teeth throughout your life. This National Diabetes Awareness Month, we at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs want to share some information about the particular challenges people with diabetes face and what can be done about them.


People with uncontrolled diabetes have a harder time than other people fighting off infections. They have more extreme responses to bacteria, including oral bacteria, so their gums tend to become inflamed more easily and for longer. If the bacteria that trigger gingivitis are allowed to remain, gum disease may progress to periodontitis. When this happens, the teeth come loose and parts of the jawbone deteriorate. People with diabetes also commonly suffer from dry mouth as a side effect of their medication, which means they can’t rely on saliva to neutralize the acid produced by oral bacteria.


Redness, pain, bleeding, and swelling are all symptoms of gum disease. A patient should take these as warning signs that they need to brush and floss more thoroughly. They may also want to consider coming to our office for professional below-the-gum cleaning. People suffering from dry mouth can stimulate more saliva production by sucking sugar-free candy and drinking more water. Chewing sugar-free gum can also dislodge some food debris following a snack, but it is not a substitute for brushing.


Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour operate Southern Cross Dental at 1855 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80905-2516. To schedule an appointment, call 719-471-1717 or visit Southern Cross Dental and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Senior Dental Care

Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour treat dental patients of all ages at Southern Cross Dental! Located in Colorado Springs, CO, we provide top-tier care for our senior patients. Your dental health grows increasingly important as you age. Older patients are at a higher risk of periodontal (gum) disease, extraction, and tooth decay. Proper dental care and appointments are a necessity. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.


 


Certain physical tasks become harder when you’re older. This includes smaller things like brushing your teeth. Your Colorado Springs, CO, dentists recommend electric toothbrushes. These provide you with a thorough and physically less demanding cleaning. It’s a great investment for senior citizens.


 


Do you struggle to reach the farther areas of your mouth? Don’t let your back molars suffer! Try elongating the handle of the toothbrush. This is accomplished with materials around your home. Wrap it in foam, rubber, or even use tongue depressors. A longer toothbrush makes brushing easy.


 


If you live or take care of an elderly individual, help them with their dental health. Remind them to brush twice a day along with flossing. Assist them with physical tasks that they can’t perform. If they can’t drive, offer to take them to their bi-annual dental checkups. Many times older patients need more frequent appointments. We also know that dental care is expensive. That’s why many communities provide dental care through social services or the public health office.


 


A healthy mouth equals a happy life! At Southern Cross Dental, we provide you with the best care in the Colorado Springs, CO, area. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Faranak and Navid Rahimpour, visit our website or call 719-471-1717.