Friday, September 15, 2017

Drink More Water

Most of us realize the role that water plays in our overall health, but how much of a role does it play in dental health? Sugary beverages such as soda pop, sports drinks, and energy drinks may taste good, but with every sip, they are damaging your tooth’s enamel. Our doctors at Southern Cross Dental want to encourage patients to limit their intake of sugar and reap the benefits of H20 instead.


Water contains nature’s natural cavity fighter – fluoride – which protects teeth from decay. This means that water strengthens the teeth with every sip, while sugary beverages provide no nutritional benefits what-so-ever. Water washes away cavity-causing bacteria that foods and beverages leave behind. But remember you can’t get by on drinking water alone. You should always brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day to maintain the health of your smile.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental health, 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, September 7, 2017

Loose Permanent Teeth

Loose permanent teeth are major problems which require the attention of dentists who are skilled in several areas. At Southern Cross Dental, we’re prepared to be part of a patient’s care team for the consequences of dental trauma severe enough to compromise a tooth’s support structure.


There is an important distinction to be made between teeth which have come loose as a result of mechanical damage and those that have become loose due to a gum infection. At its most extreme, periodontal disease doesn’t just dissolve the gingival ligaments holding the teeth in place; it also dissolves the tissue of the jaw bone. This makes teeth likelier to come loose or fall out, and when the molars are compromised, people sometimes attempt to chew with their front teeth. Doing this often results in an open bite or causes the front teeth to come loose, as well.


During treatment for loose teeth, patients often wear dental splints. The splint may be permanent, or it may only be needed for a few weeks. However, the periodontal infection must be brought under control prior to attempting to restore any teeth that have been lost.


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 SouthernCrossFamilyDentistry.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pain around Fillings

We provide high-quality fillings at Southern Cross Dental. While some sensitivity is normal after a filling’s placement, it is generally worth it to prevent further tooth decay and to remove a hiding place for bacteria. However, when pain persists for several days after a filling was placed or begins long after a successful restoration, patients should seek the attention of one of our dentists.


Some fillings are made of material than can shrink after placement, which leaves a gap bacteria can enter. It is also possible for a filling to be shaped in a way that prevents the patient from fully biting down, which may be painful. Such fillings need to be redone. But even a filling which was made well may not last forever. The sealant holding a filling in place can break, causing it to come loose and for bacteria to enter the crack in the sealant.


If a bacterial infection reached the pulp of a tooth, a filling will not be sufficient to remove the problem. The patient will have to undergo a root canal. However, the advanced imaging devices in our office make it unlikely that an infection would be undertreated.


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 SouthernCrossFamilyDentistry.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nocturnal Bruxism

Bruxism is defined as a dental condition that causes you to clench or grind your teeth. Sleep bruxism, also known as nocturnal bruxism occurs throughout the night and may cause you to wake up with a stiff jaw, a headache, and/or sensitive teeth. Our doctors at Southern Cross Dental can easily diagnose this condition by examining your teeth for signs of damage.   


Occasional bruxism is usually not a cause for concern, but when it occurs regularly, it becomes problematic. There are many factors that play a role in nocturnal bruxism, such as smoking, or heavy alcohol consumption. Certain dental problems such as missing teeth, a crooked smile, or a misaligned bite may also cause bruxism. Bruxism can wreak havoc on the teeth if left untreated. This is because the constant pressure can chip, crack, or fracture teeth. If your dentist determines that you do have nocturnal bruxism, he or she may suggest a night guard to protect your teeth.


If you have questions or concerns regarding bruxism, 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.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Extrinsic Stains and Removal

Extrinsic tooth stains refer to the staining of tooth’s enamel. These are usually caused by consuming foods and beverages that contain pigments such as coffee, wine, or tea. Though many stains can be permanent, extrinsic stains can be removed with professional whitening treatments or a simple cleaning by our doctors at Southern Cross Dental.


Brushing after every meal can help prevent extrinsic stains, but because enamel comes in contact with all foods and beverages you may need a little assistance from whitening toothpaste. If this isn’t enough, a professional cleaning will work well to remove stains from the tooth’s surface. At Southern Cross Dental, we provide whitening treatments as a service to patients who need to enhance their smile. If you are self-conscious because of tooth discoloration, call us to discuss your treatment options.


If you have questions or concerns regarding tooth discoloration or whitening treatment, 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, August 8, 2017

Periodontitis Prevention

Gingivitis is reversible because it doesn’t attack the bone underneath the tooth. Periodontitis, however, is not. Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and bone that supports the tooth. Periodontitis can cause teeth to become loose and eventually cause teeth to fall out if the condition is not properly treated. Fortunately, our doctors at Southern Cross Dental can treat periodontitis if it arises, but we hope you never let your oral health status get this far.


Like gingivitis, periodontitis begins with plaque. Therefore, the easiest way to prevent periodontal disease is to keep your teeth as clean as possible. If gingivitis is left untreated, it will become aggressive. Ongoing inflammation will result in pockets developing underneath the gums and will fill with plaque, tartar, and bacteria. You should schedule an appointment with us if you notice inflamed, swollen gums, or gums that are tender to touch.


If you have questions or concerns regarding periodontal disease, 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.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Gingivitis

When we consume carbohydrates and don’t brush our teeth after our meal, plaque will build up on tooth enamel. As plaque advances, it will harden and turn into tartar which only our team of hygienists at Southern Cross Dental is able to remove. When proper oral hygiene habits aren’t practiced, this puts a patient at risk for gingivitis. The best ways to prevent gingivitis is to brush and floss daily and visit our office for routine dental cleanings.


Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and though gingivitis is reversible, our doctors want to encourage patients to practice prevention. Classic signs and symptoms of gingivitis include swollen or puffy gums, or tender gums that bleed when you brush and floss. The good news is that if you floss at least twice a day for one week you will notice a reduction of blood in the sink, or it may disappear completely. If you are a smoker, avoiding cigarettes will optimize your periodontal health. Gingivitis prevention begins at home by brushing for two minutes at least twice a day. Never forget to visit us for professional cleanings twice a year.


If you have questions or concerns regarding periodontal disease, 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.