Thursday, August 9, 2018

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease

There are many conditions which can affect people’s oral health, and at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, we want our patients to know what they’re up against. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that is common in people with gum disease, and scientists are learning more about why.


A Johns Hopkins study found gum disease in 35% of the general population but 70% of people with RA. While people with difficulty moving their hands might be expected to have higher rates of gum disease due to worse oral hygiene, that’s not the whole story. Gingivitis is common even in people with RA who are still able to brush and floss regularly. For answers, scientists compared the DNA and protein structure of gum tissue and synovium, the lining of the joints. RA causes the immune system to attack synovium, resulting in swelling, and it turned out that synovium and gum tissue share a lot of traits.


RA is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Smoking puts people at increased risk for it. Preliminary studies show that good oral hygiene can still help people with RA to fight gum disease, making it especially important for them to get regular cleanings.


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 Family Dentistry and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Pediatric Dental Sealants

Children are more prone to cavities than an adult which is why dental sealant is beneficial to them at a young age. Although thorough brushing and flossing will remove food particles from tooth enamel, the toothbrush can’t reach in between the crevices. A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is painted on the surfaces of premolars and molars to prevent tooth decay. Our doctors at Southern Cross Dental can perform this procedure in one short visit.


Dental sealants are usually placed on the chewing surfaces of teeth because these are the areas that have deep grooves where food gets caught. Sealants protect the acidity and sugars in these foods from attacking the gums and enamel. Though it is less common, adults may receive dental sealants too as long as they do not have any pre-existing fillings or sealants.


If you have further questions regarding pediatric dental services, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.scdsmile.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tooth Extraction Procedure

If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental will first try to fix it with a filling, crown or other dental treatment. However, when there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth may need to be removed from its socket in the bone. Though tooth extraction is typically a last resort when all other options fail, we offer this service to eliminate oral discomfort.


There are two different categories of extractions – simple and surgical. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. In a simple extraction, the dentist at Southern Cross Dental loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then, the dentist uses forceps to remove the tooth. A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure. It is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet, such as wisdom teeth. During a surgical extraction, the doctor will make a small incision into your gum. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth or to cut the tooth in half in order to extract it.


If you have questions or concerns regarding tooth extraction, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.scdsmile.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Fixed Bridges

People who need new caps for their teeth are in good hands at Southern Cross Dental. We provide fixed bridges as well as individual crowns. Since bridges are one of many restorative options out there, we wanted to explain why they’re sometimes the best option.


Bridges are multiple crowns linked together. Although some are supported by implants, they are often attached to existing teeth. The natural teeth are reshaped (after the patient has been numbed and sedated) into cylinders, and the outer crowns of the bridge are cemented over them. Dentists usually avoid reshaping crowns unless necessary, but it is commonly done with crowns that are badly eroded or ground down.


While implants replace natural tooth roots, bridges allow them to remain in place. This allows the jaw bone to maintain some stability, eliminates the risk of the patient having an allergic reaction to the metal, and provides the bridge with a healthier, more resilient base. Because a bridge is irremovable, it is brushed like natural teeth, but it cannot be flossed. When properly maintained, bridges can last for over ten years.


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 Family Dentistry and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Manual vs. Electric Toothbrushes

When people want to brush their teeth better, we at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs are happy to teach them how. There is a wide variety of dental products out there, but which ones are effective often depend on the user’s knowledge of them. This is best exemplified by the choice between electric and manual toothbrushes.


Electric toothbrushes have the advantage of taking less time and requiring less hand movement. Compared to manual toothbrushes that are used properly, they are not known to be more effective at preventing tooth decay. But to use a manual toothbrush properly, a person must thoroughly scrub every tooth surface for at least two minutes.


The expense of an electric toothbrush may not just be due to its motor. Many are now equipped with Bluetooth technology and can be linked to apps on a phone. These apps include records of a patient’s brushing habits that will inform them if they consistently miss a spot, warnings if a patient is brushing too hard, and children’s games that reward them for completing their daily hygiene routine. While a manual toothbrush is sufficient for most people’s needs, an electric toothbrush could be a great help to people with limited motor control or who have had a very difficult time making good brushing into a habit.


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 Family Dentistry and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Flossing Properly

At Southern Cross Dental, we want to see the families we provide for continue healthy oral care routines at home.  Regular flossing is essential to maintaining oral health and you should floss once a day, either before or after brushing. Remember these tips to floss effectively:



  • ·        A strand of dental floss about 18 inches long allows you to wrap the ends of the floss around a finger on each hand. This gives you excellent control over the portion of floss you are using.

  • ·        The proper technique to flossing is sliding the floss between the teeth and rubbing the floss back and forth up until you reach your gums.

  • ·        Pushing at your gums too hard with floss can damage your gum line and isn’t necessary to floss properly. Gently rub the floss up to one gum, then down and back up towards the other.

  • ·        As you move on to the next tooth, adjust the floss to expose an unused portion. Repeat this rubbing motion between each tooth and dispose of the floss once you are finished.


To learn more about dental hygiene and the services we offer at the practice, visit ww.scdsmile.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Tooth Extraction Procedure

If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental will first try to fix it with a filling, crown or other dental treatment. However, when there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth may need to be removed from its socket in the bone. Though tooth extraction is typically a last resort when all other options fail, we offer this service to eliminate oral discomfort.


There are two different categories of extractions – simple and surgical. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. In a simple extraction, the dentist at Southern Cross Dental loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then, the dentist uses forceps to remove the tooth. A surgical extraction is a more complex procedure. It is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet, such as wisdom teeth. During a surgical extraction, the doctor will make a small incision into your gum. Sometimes it’s necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth or to cut the tooth in half in order to extract it.


If you have questions or concerns regarding tooth extraction, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.scdsmile.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.