The Tooth Doctor https://2thdoc.org Omaha Dentist Dr. Marty Matz Wed, 27 May 2020 20:14:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://2thdoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2thdoc-favicon-150x150.png The Tooth Doctor https://2thdoc.org 32 32 6 Ways to Support Your Family’s Immune System During Times of Stress https://2thdoc.org/6-ways-to-support-your-familys-immune-system-during-times-of-stress/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=6-ways-to-support-your-familys-immune-system-during-times-of-stress Wed, 27 May 2020 20:14:38 +0000 https://2thdoc.org/?p=1994 Life is pretty stressful right now and that means supporting your family’s immune system is crucial. Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and talk of stay-at-home orders lifting soon, families across the nation are experiencing a lot more stress than usual. While a little stress is nothing to worry about, chronic stress can really hurt the […]

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Life is pretty stressful right now and that means supporting your family’s immune system is crucial.

Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and talk of stay-at-home orders lifting soon, families across the nation are experiencing a lot more stress than usual. While a little stress is nothing to worry about, chronic stress can really hurt the immune system.

Although you can’t stop your family members from feeling some stress right now, there are still plenty of things within your control that you can do.

Here are 6 ways you can bolster your family’s immune system during this time.

1. Disinfect high-touch surfaces around your home environment on a daily basis and immediately after returning home.

You can continue your standard cleaning routine, but the CDC recommends that high-touch surfaces be disinfected on a daily basis. These surfaces are any areas of your home that are touched often by multiple family members, such as doorknobs, light switches, faucets, remotes, etc.

Even if you’re not leaving home, it’s a good idea to follow the CDC’s advice. If you do leave home, be proactive in disinfecting right away. Don’t forget about disinfecting surfaces in your car if you’re driving!

If you need a refresher on CDC disinfecting guidelines, check out their webpage here.

2. Remind your family about the importance of wearing masks in public and frequent handwashing, even at home.

The CDC is still recommending that people wear a cloth face mask when in public at this time. The only exceptions are children under 2 years of age and anyone who already has difficulties breathing.

By now handwashing often is probably already a habit for your family, but it never hurts to remind them of basic guidelines. Family members should use soap and water and wash for 20 seconds before rinsing. Hands should be washed after leaving a public area, using the restroom, sneezing, or coughing. Remind kids and teens that they should still be washing their hands while at home.

3. Check in to make sure everyone is brushing and flossing twice a day, especially before bed.

Oral health and overall health are directly connected. In turn, your oral health has an effect on your immune system. Inflammation and infection from untreated tooth decay or gingivitis will lower your immune system’s ability to fight other viruses, like COVID-19.

Check-in periodically to make sure everyone in your family is flossing and brushing twice a day, including brushing for at least two minutes using proper technique. Brushing before bed is especially important for preventing tooth decay.

The Tooth Doc is open, so feel free to schedule an appointment if someone in your family needs dental care.

4. Encourage your family to rest when they need to, whether it’s by taking a nap or relaxing with a good book.

Self-care and stress relief is the best medicine when your family is faced with difficult circumstances. Like we mentioned earlier, stress does take a serious toll on the immune system. The good news is we also boost our immune systems by getting rid of built-up stress.

Encourage your family to rest mentally and physically. Suggest a relaxing bubble bath or quiet time to enjoy a book without interruption. If someone is feeling tired, remind them of the power of a good nap.

5. Keep a regular bedtime schedule for family members based on age, health, and their own needs.

Sleep plays a very important role in the strength of your immune system and your overall health. Getting restful, quality sleep on a nightly basis will help our immune system fight viruses, and other body invaders.

How much sleep your family needs comes down mostly to age. The National Sleep Foundation has a very helpful guide on how much sleep every member of your family needs. Remember that those with poor health or anyone that is currently sick will need more sleep.

Some family members may also need more sleep due to individual needs. However, if someone is suddenly experiencing lethargy and sleepiness despite getting enough hours, this warrants a call to your family doctor.

6. Motivate your family to take care of their bodies inside and out through exercise and eating well.

Staying active and eating a nutritious diet will do wonders for your family’s health and immune system. Quarantine and gym closures have made it tempting to go into couch-potato mode so you may find that motivating your family to stay healthy is a little trickier than usual.

Daily family workouts and walks are a great way to bond while also getting active. Limiting snacking to healthy options and cooking nutritious meals together as a family is also really powerful. As far as supplements go, there’s no magic pill. Instead, follow doctor-recommended advice by taking a daily multivitamin and adding in an additional 1,000 to 2000 IUs of vitamin D for a boost.

Protecting your family’s immune system will be even more important as life begins to resume as normal in Nebraska.

Although Nebraska wasn’t given an official stay-at-home order, the state followed standard quarantine practices and non-essential business closures. As of May 4th, some businesses in Omaha have reopened.

This is exciting news as it signifies that life in our city is beginning to turn around. However, it’s important to remember that the chance of exposure is still very real and the opening of business doesn’t mean there aren’t still high risks.

While we begin to venture back out, keep in mind that protecting your family’s immune system is even more important since our immune systems haven’t been exposed to much since we started self-quarantining. Be careful, stay healthy, and keep focused on the positive future ahead.

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How Soon Should My Child Have an Orthodontist Evaluation? https://2thdoc.org/how-soon-should-my-child-have-an-orthodontist-evaluation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-soon-should-my-child-have-an-orthodontist-evaluation Tue, 19 May 2020 20:30:35 +0000 https://2thdoc.org/?p=1985 Answering Your 8 Common Questions About Your Child’s First Orthodontist Visit Over four million Americans wear braces, with most of these individuals being kids and teenagers. For some families, a child growing up and getting braces is even seen as a rite of passage. But for other families new to the scene, figuring out if […]

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Answering Your 8 Common Questions About Your Child’s First Orthodontist Visit

Over four million Americans wear braces, with most of these individuals being kids and teenagers. For some families, a child growing up and getting braces is even seen as a rite of passage. But for other families new to the scene, figuring out if and when your child needs an orthodontist evaluation can be a bit confusing.

If you’re feeling a little lost when it comes to orthodontic care for your child, don’t worry. At The Tooth Doc, we’re happy to answer all of your questions and help you with your child’s dental care.

To help out parents who are new to children’s orthodontics, we’ve gathered 8 super common questions we’re often asked and answered them for you here. And remember, if you still have questions, all you need to do is give our office a call.

1. Does my child need to see an orthodontist if their teeth are healthy and straight?

The answer is yes. While our general dentists focus on keeping your child’s teeth healthy and decay-free, orthodontists are trained, experienced, and knowledgeable in evaluating more than just your child’s teeth. Your orthodontist can point out trouble spots and even predict potential teeth alignment issues that could pop up as your child’s adult teeth come in.

2. When should I schedule my child’s first orthodontist evaluation?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends kids get their first orthodontic check-up (evaluation) no later than age seven.

This might seem really young, but it’s actually the ideal time for an orthodontist to take a look at how your child’s adult teeth are coming in and check their bite alignment. In most cases, your child’s orthodontist will still wait until your child is around 10 or so before pursuing treatment if needed. The exception would be if your orthodontist finds a severe issue that needs immediate treatment.

3. What orthodontic treatment options are there for my child?

There are a number of different orthodontic treatments for kids, with metal braces and Invisalign being the most common options. The Tooth Doc offers self-ligating braces and Invisalign.

Self-ligating braces are very similar to traditional braces. The only difference is self-ligating braces don’t require the use of elastic bands. And Invisalign is well-known for its subtle, clear aligners.

Your child’s orthodontist will be able to help you decide which is the best choice after an evaluation.

4. Is it true that my child can get Invisalign instead of metal braces?

Invisalign is an option for children, but your child’s age and the severity of their teeth placement issues are factors in whether or not your child is a candidate.

Invisalign is typically reserved for older children and cases in which their teeth only require moderate repositioning. For example, if there are very large gaps between your child’s teeth or their teeth are leaning too far inwards or outwards, Invisalign may not be the best option.

5. Which option is better for my child—Invisalign or traditional braces?

If your child is a candidate for either Invisalign or traditional braces, then your decision will come down to what you and your child prefer.

Invisalign is a great choice for children who are in a band and play a woodwind or brass instrument since they won’t have metal braces getting in the way. It’s also ideal for children who play sports, especially full-contact sports, as metal braces can damage lips if a mouthguard isn’t used.

Metal braces are still preferred by many parents since their kids can’t remove them. This offers more peace of mind whereas some parents worry Invisalign aligners might be left out for too long or forgotten at home when they leave for school.

Your orthodontist will help you and your child pick out the best option.

6. Can I put off getting my child braces for a few years until they’re older?

Whether or not your child’s braces can be delayed really comes down to your child’s unique dental needs.

If only minimal repositioning is required, your child might be able to wait until they are a little older, say around 12 to 14 years of age before getting braces. However, like most forms of dental care, the sooner the treatment is done, the better.

Between the ages of around 10 to 14, teeth are much easier to reposition as the jaw is still growing. Waiting until your child is well into their teens or college-age doesn’t mean treatment isn’t possible, but it does mean it might take longer.

Additionally, properly aligned teeth have a lower risk of decay. If your child has a history of cavities or struggles with brushing and flossing regularly, then the sooner they receive orthodontic care the better for their oral health.

7. My child needs braces but doesn’t want them. How can I convince them that they’re important?

As a parent, you only want the best for your child and that includes making sure they have a beautiful, healthy smile. However, that doesn’t mean your child or teen is going to be on board with the idea of braces.

Braces are a big lifestyle change, and older kids and teens tend to be concerned about how they’re going to look with braces.

Remind your child or teen that braces are only temporary and getting them now means they’ll have a stunning smile to share later in high school, college, etc. You can also check out social media tags, like #braces, to see pictures of confident kids and teens rocking the look. Encourage your child to pay attention to the number of kids in their school who also have braces. They might be surprised at the number of other children and teens receiving orthodontic treatment.

8. How long will my child need to wear braces and what happens after they come off?

Most kids wear braces for 18 to 24 months. Since every child is an individual, it’s hard to pinpoint how long braces will be needed until you’ve seen an orthodontist for an evaluation.

Once your child’s braces come off, it’s important that they carry through with wearing their retainer as directed by their orthodontist. After all, the last thing either of you wants is for the time and expense of braces to go to waste. Teeth will shift back without a retainer, so this is a critical step.

Come see The Tooth Doc’s orthodontist for your child’s evaluation.

The Tooth Doc is happy to have Dr. Leslie Ellingson, DDS, MS, on our team. This means that The Tooth Doc offers complete orthodontic care for all of our patients, including your children.

When you’re ready to schedule your child’s first orthodontic evaluation, give our office a call or use our online appointment request form to book a visit with Dr. Ellingson. Don’t forget we offer comprehensive dental care, so if you or your child is also due for a cleaning or you have a dental concern, our team is ready to help.

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10 Ways to Keep Your Family Healthy When You Don’t Have Access to Dental Care https://2thdoc.org/10-ways-to-keep-your-family-healthy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-ways-to-keep-your-family-healthy Tue, 14 Apr 2020 21:04:19 +0000 https://2thdoc.org/?p=1971 Routine dental appointments may be postponed, but there’s still plenty you can do at home! In accordance with American Dental Association recommendations, dental offices across the country have temporarily closed for non-urgent dental care. This means those appointments you usually schedule on ahead for your family—routine exams or cleanings and any treatment appointments for asymptomatic […]

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Routine dental appointments may be postponed, but there’s still plenty you can do at home!

In accordance with American Dental Association recommendations, dental offices across the country have temporarily closed for non-urgent dental care. This means those appointments you usually schedule on ahead for your familyroutine exams or cleanings and any treatment appointments for asymptomatic or non-painful issueswill be rescheduled for a later time.

Your family’s oral health is always an important matter, but these restrictions make staying on top of everyone’s at-home oral care routines especially crucial right now. Being very mindful of your oral care will prevent new issues from forming and can help existing issues, such as a non-painful cavity, from worsening during the wait.

Here are 10 effective and simple ways to keep your family’s teeth as healthy as possible until your dentist can resume business as normal.

1. Eating a nutritious diet is the foundation of a healthy smile.

Your diet and oral health may be more connected than you realize. A poor diet doesn’t just increase the chances of cavities and tooth decay, but it also increases your risk for periodontal disease, oral cancers, ulcers, and chronic dry mouth.

Indulging in a sweet treat is fine, but basing your family’s meals and snacks on a wholesome diet will really help keep everyone’s teeth strong and prevent oral health issues from arising. Your family should be especially mindful of its sugar and starch consumption as they have the strongest connection to tooth decay.

As a bonus, a healthy diet is also one of the best ways to boost your family’s immune system.

2. Swap out juices, sodas, and other beverages for fresh water as often as possible.

Beverages also make up a big part of your family’s diet, so be mindful of how much sugar may be coming from drinks. Limiting soda is a given, but juice can be just as bad for your teeth due to the high levels of sugar and fruit acids.

Make water your family’s go-to beverage. Staying hydrated is important for overall health and helps keep your teeth in tip-top shape by preventing dry mouth. Sparkling water is a nice change, but be sure to check the nutritional label for hidden sugars or citric acid.

3. Chew a stick of sugar-free gum after snacks or after meals when you can’t brush.

A handy trick for keeping teeth clean after eating or drinking is to chew a stick of sugar-free gum. Chewing gum doesn’t replace brushing, but the xylitol in sugar-free gum helps inhibit bacterial growth that causes tooth decay and helps keep saliva flowing in the mouth.

Not all sugar-free gum has xylitol, so be sure to check the label. Here is the ADA’s list of recommended chewing gum brands.

4. Consider stopping any plans for at-home tooth whitening until things are back to normal.

Although whitening your teeth at home with ADA-approved options is generally very safe, it’s not a bad idea to wait to whiten your teeth until things are back to normal. This is especially true if you’ve never whitened your teeth before or you’ve experienced sensitivity in the past.

It’s possible for misused whitening products to damage tooth enamel or cause very painful sensitivity. Since dental offices are only open for emergencies to protect staff and patients, it’s best to play it safe and put your whitening plans on hold.

5. Stress can lead to dental issues, so encourage plenty of self-care and stress-relief practices.

Right now, life is pretty stressful. Not only does stress affect how you feel emotionally, but it also affects our bodies physically. Chronic stress can even affect our oral health in the form of damage caused by grinding or clenching our teeth (bruxism) or TMJ. Stress can even cause or exacerbate gum disease.

Keep stress at bay by encouraging everyone in your family to practice self-care through quiet time, breathing exercises, meditation, journaling, or a good oldfashioned bubble bath.

6. Taking both a calcium and vitamin D supplement will help keep your teeth strong.

Taking a multivitamin is a great idea for preventive health care, but not all multivitamins are created equal. In fact, some popular brands don’t have optimum levels of calcium and may even be missing vitamin D, which are two of the most important supplements for oral health. If you’re worried you may not be getting enough vitamin D or calcium in your diet, it’s a good idea to supplement it.

Be sure to take both of these, as vitamin D is necessary for proper calcium absorption.

7. Buy new toothbrushes for everyone if it’s been over three months or if someone has been sick recently.

There’s nothing like a new toothbrush to get kids and adults excited about brushing. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months or as soon as the bristles begin to fray. However, if anyone in your family has been sick, it’s important to replace their toothbrush right after they get better.

When shopping for new toothbrushes, look for options that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

8. Make bedtime brushing a family event, especially if you have young kids.

Getting the entire family together in the bathroom to brush before bed is an awesome idea for three reasons. First, it gets youngsters excited about brushing and helps reinforce oral care as a normal habit. Second, it gives you a chance as a parent to make sure everyone is brushing properly. And third, it’s a great chance to bond as a family.

You can make brushing really fun for kids by turning it into a two-minute dance-off and letting them take turns playing their favorite music.

9. Use a tongue scraper before brushing, and finish with an ADA-recommended mouthwash afterward.

If your family doesn’t already use a tongue scraper and mouthwash, now is a great time to make it a habit.

Using a tongue scraper before brushing helps remove bacteria and prevent bad breath. Afterward, you can floss your teeth and then brush thoroughly for at least two minutes. To finish, swish for at least 30 seconds with an ADA-approved mouthwash. Mouthwash is effective at reducing decay, plaque buildup, and bad breath.

If you or a family member has gingivitis, look for a therapeutic mouthwash designed specifically for gum health.

10. If you know of a cavity, gum inflammation, or another non-urgent issue, take care to brush and floss after snacks and meals.

Unless you’re in pain, your dentist will most likely postpone filling a cavity or performing a deep pocket cleaning for gingivitis. If you’re aware of an untreated issue or suspect something may be wrong, it’s really important to do as much as you can to keep your teeth clean. Flossing and brushing after every snack, meal, or sugary beverage goes a long way while you wait to see your dentist.

The Tooth Doc team is currently out of the office, but we are still here for your family’s emergency dental needs.

As with most other dental offices in Omaha, Nebraska, The Tooth Doc team is keeping staff and patients safe by limiting appointments to emergencies only. This simple PDF designed by the American Dental Association offers insight into what constitutes a dental emergency or urgent dental care. To put it most simply, an urgent/emergency situation would be if you or a family member is experiencing severe pain, swelling, or bleeding.

If someone in your family needs urgent or emergency dental treatment, please call our office number to schedule an appointment.

 

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10 Things to Do When You Feel Stress, Anxiety, and Fear About World Events https://2thdoc.org/10-things-to-do-stress-about-world-events/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-things-to-do-stress-about-world-events Tue, 14 Apr 2020 20:46:35 +0000 https://2thdoc.org/?p=1964 You might not be able to control what’s going on in the world, but you can control how you react to these new changes. If you’re feeling stress, anxiety, fear, or even anger about what’s going on in the world right now, you’re not alone, and what you’re experiencing is completely normal. With so many […]

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You might not be able to control what’s going on in the world, but you can control how you react to these new changes.

If you’re feeling stress, anxiety, fear, or even anger about what’s going on in the world right now, you’re not alone, and what you’re experiencing is completely normal. With so many changes flooding into our daily lives all at once, it’s easy for negative emotions to take control when we simultaneously feel so much is out of our control.

However, one thing that is always constant is our ability to take care of ourselves and control our reactions to what we’re experiencing. Self-care is extremely important right now, and it’s key in coping with anxiety, fear, and other uncomfortable emotions.

We’ve gathered up 10 things you can do or simply keep in mind when you’re feeling pressure from anxiety and uncertainty.

1. Reach out to your family and friends on a daily basis through phone calls, messaging, and video chat.

Social distancing and stay-at-home orders have affected many people’s social lives. Even if you’re an introvert by nature and are normally quite happy on your own, keeping in touch with loved ones may feel more important than usual due to the added stress of world events.

Making it a daily habit to reach out to the people you love reminds you that you’re not alone. Text messaging is convenient, but nothing beats hearing a voice over the phone or seeing those important people in your life on screen with video chat.

2. Stretch your body and shrug off your worries with yoga.

Exercise is a great tool for coping with stress, but yoga has been proven to be exceptionally effective for stress management. Spending 30 minutes or more practicing yoga will not only keep you active while you’re at home, but it’ll also help you combat anxiety by helping you feel more grounded.

You can find hundreds of free guided yoga sessions on YouTube, including routines specifically designed for stress relief.

3. Reflect on other hardships you’ve experienced and how you overcame them.

When you find yourself feeling afraid of the unknown, remind yourself of the past obstacles you’ve overcome in your life. Remember how anxious or scared you felt and how you were able to defeat it. You may be able to use those same healthy coping tactics to help you now.

For example, maybe you lost a family member that was very dear to you, and you coped with those feelings by focusing on the happy memories of that person rather than your grief. In a similar way, you may be feeling grief from the loss of your normal life right now. You can fight those feelings by focusing on the happy memories you’re going to make when life returns to normal.

4. Turn off the news and put on a movie that makes you laugh or smile.

While it’s important to stay up to date with the news right now, spending all of your time watching the news can spike your anxiety and make you feel worse about what’s going on.

Turn off the news and put on a movie you love, preferably a comedy. Why? Laughing offers a number of short-term and long-term stress-relieving benefits, including boosting your immune system, releasing endorphins, and relieving feelings of anxiety or depression.

5. Remind yourself that everyone experiences hardships differently and whatever you’re feeling is natural.

It’s easy to compare your emotions to others. Maybe you feel very worried but a family member doesn’t seem concerned at all. Or perhaps you’re a little anxious but a friend is borderline panicking. Rather than wondering if you’re overreacting or underreacting, simply accept that however you’re feeling is natural.

This is especially true if you’re feeling like you’re having a much harder time coping than others. Consider that other things going on in your life may be making these current events much more difficult for you to cope with. For example, maybe you’ve been let go from your job, but your friend who seems so calm is an essential worker with job security. Feeling stressed about finances and a new job search is absolutely normal.

6. Grab a journal and write down how you’re feeling.

Journaling and expressive writing are proven tools for fighting stress and anxiety. Getting your feelings down on paper is very therapeutic. In fact, many people will feel a significant release of tension after just 10 to 15 minutes of writing.

Journaling can also help you better understand your own emotions and why you may be feeling the way you do. You can use cognitive behavioral therapy prompts for additional help.

7. Relax your mind and nourish your body by experimenting with new, healthy recipes.

The food you put into your body plays a big role in how you feel emotionally. Diets high in sugar, processed foods, and unhealthy fats correlate to anxiety, stress, depression, and even addiction. Rather than eating a pint of ice cream or a bag of chips when you’re feeling down, look up a healthy recipe and head to the kitchen.

Not only will a healthy meal or snack protect your mental and physical health, but science shows that the act of cooking and baking also helps relieve stress.

8. Create a realistic daily routine centered around self-care.

Having a daily routine helps us in multiple ways, from keeping stress at bay to ensuring we eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep.

You don’t need to follow a strict schedule to benefit from having a routine. Rather than planning your day by the hour, focus more on what responsibilities you need to take care of every day and set aside blocks of time to also practice self-care. Keep your routine flexible, and if something doesn’t work or seems to add stress, change it until you’re happy.

9. Take regular breaks from social media and be conscious of nonfactual information being spread.

There’s a strong link between constant social media use and stress. Social media makes it easy to keep in touch with family and what’s going on in the world, but it also can be a huge trigger for anxiety, anger, and frustration. Social media is also fraught with incorrect information that spreads like wildfire.

Use social media to check in with your loved ones and share a positive post, but consider taking a break from it otherwise.

10. Practice mindfulness during everyday activities, such as drinking a cup of coffee.

Mindfulness exercises help us relieve stress and think more clearly. You can practice mindfulness through meditation and breathing exercises, but you can also do it during your everyday activities by focusing on being as present in the moment as possible.

When you drink your morning coffee, close your eyes and really savor the experience of the sound of your coffee maker dripping, the aroma of the coffee, the sound of your spoon on the sides of the cup as you stir in your creamer, or the heat against your nose before you take a sip. Thinking about every step instantly makes you feel more grounded, and with practice, you’ll feel your anxiety slip away.

Remember that even unfortunate events trigger potentially wonderful new changes in our lives.

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “Change is the only constant in life.” The changes you’re experiencing right now can be stressful, overwhelming, or downright scary, but if one thing is for certain, it’s that it will pass.

Rather than viewing the current situation as nothing but a negative event, consider what positive events may follow it. You may develop an even closer relationship with your family or your spouse. You may find that you’re actually a much stronger person than you thought. Even losing your job may be a blessing in disguise, as you find a new position that is even more rewarding.

 

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10 Fun Things to Do at Home https://2thdoc.org/10-fun-things-to-do-at-home/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-fun-things-to-do-at-home Mon, 23 Mar 2020 21:55:57 +0000 http://2thdoc.org/?p=1935 Staying inside doesn’t mean all fun is over. You’re doing the responsible thing by practicing social distancing. First of all, thank you. And since you’re spending more time than you’re used to at home, we’re here with some tips to help you make the most of that time. Here are 10 fun things you can […]

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Staying inside doesn’t mean all fun is over.

You’re doing the responsible thing by practicing social distancing. First of all, thank you. And since you’re spending more time than you’re used to at home, we’re here with some tips to help you make the most of that time. Here are 10 fun things you can do at home.

1. Learn a new recipe.

You still have to eat, and now that you have a bit more time on your hands, you might want to try some new recipes or cook some of the dishes you’ve been meaning to make. So crack open your cookbook or get googling. You might find a new signature dish.

2. Make some art.

You can write, draw, or even paint more. Whatever it is, find something you care deeply about and spend some time creating. If you need some inspiration to get started, check out The Art Assignment to get your creative juices flowing.

3. Watch something you’ve been meaning to for a while.

Streaming’s a big thing. Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Sundance Now, Shudder, the list goes on. The LA Times compiled a great list of free trial periods you can string together to watch some great TV without paying a dime. Some of the sites they suggest are Acorn TV, UMC, Tubi, Crunchyroll, Pluto TV, Plex, Philo, IMDb TV, and PBS.

4. Clean!

So cleaning might not be that fun or exciting, but when you’re done it will feel great, and we don’t just mean your teeth (though you should still be doing that!). Beyond the usual rooms, spend some time and dig into those pesky places you’ve been meaning to get to for months, like under the sofa and behind the fridge.

If you are looking for tips on sanitation and cleaning with preventing illness in mind, here are the CDC’s guidelines for household cleaning.

5. Read a book.

You can also catch up on reading all those books on your shelf that you’ve been meaning to get to. If you’ve already read them all, first of all, congratulations, but now it’s time to find your next book. If you’re not wanting to spend any money, and you have a library card, you can use it to access Libby, which lets you borrow thousands of books and audiobooks for free. There are also collections of public domain works available through sites like Project Gutenberg.

6. Play a game.

Pull out your old boardgames or a deck of cards and get playing! Here’s a list of over 40 great games you can play with nothing but a deck of cards.

7. Practice self-care.

This is especially for the parents, but why limit it to that. Self-care means different things to different people. It could mean meditation, yoga, cooking, drawing, or spending quality time with your partner, your kids, or even some quality time alone. Don’t forget to take care of yourself and encourage those around you to do the same.

8. Social Distancing

So this isn’t a fun thing to do at home, but it’s something that needs to be discussed. Social distancing means staying at home for all nonessential purposes and practicing putting at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others. Families are historically a hot spot for infectious disease transmission. Unfortunately, this is true for this pandemic and it can place a strain on relationships. Remember to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face. If you are going to use hand sanitizer, make sure that it is alcohol-based with at least 60% alcohol.

Here are some resources you can use to learn more:

9. Stay informed.

It is important to stay informed using reputable sources. For updates, we suggest checking the CDC website and the World Health Organization. Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security also has a newsletter you can sign up for to stay up-to-date. Keep reading and stay informed.

10. 15 more things you can do.

Here are 15 more things you can do at home for fun because who couldn’t use more ideas!

  1. See who can build the best paper airplane.
  2. Solve some riddles.
  3. Play charades.
  4. Brush and floss your teeth.
  5. Turn up your favorite song and dance!
  6. Rearrange all your furniture.
  7. Read a book out loud to your kids, partner, or even just to yourself.
  8. Do your taxes early!
  9. Try journaling.
  10. Buy a gift card to a local business to support them during this time.
  11. Listen to an audiobook.
  12. Start a vlog.
  13. Catch up on sleep.
  14. Build a pillow fort and spend the whole day in it.
  15. Have an indoor picnic.

11. Don’t forget to be kind.

One more extra. This is an incredibly difficult time for a lot of people, so don’t forget to meet each situation with a little kindness.

Stay safe and don’t forget to floss!

And remember, as of now, our practice will only be seeing emergency patients only (severe pain and/or swelling). If you have an emergency, reach out to us by phone, FAX, or email.

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5 Facts About Invisalign and Orthodontic Treatment https://2thdoc.org/5-facts-about-invisalign-and-orthodontic-treatment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-facts-about-invisalign-and-orthodontic-treatment Tue, 17 Mar 2020 22:38:02 +0000 http://2thdoc.org/?p=1919 Curious about orthodontic care? Here are 5 things you should know. Orthodontic treatment is much needed dental care that has benefited  over four million children and adults currently wearing braces today. Despite braces being so common, orthodontic care is a complex area of dentistry and, as a patient, it can be tricky to separate fact […]

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Curious about orthodontic care? Here are 5 things you should know.

Orthodontic treatment is much needed dental care that has benefited  over four million children and adults currently wearing braces today. Despite braces being so common, orthodontic care is a complex area of dentistry and, as a patient, it can be tricky to separate fact from fiction.

To help debunk some common myths and answer some popular questions, here are 5 important facts about Invisalign and general orthodontic treatment we think every patient should know.

Fact #1: Orthodontic treatment is about much more than cosmetic concerns.

A common misconception about orthodontic treatment is the idea that straightening your teeth is a cosmetic procedure and all about the aesthetic side of things. You might be surprised to learn that orthodontic treatment is often just as much about function as appearance.

Malocclusion is a fancy name for misaligned teeth, such as an overbite, underbite, or even overcrowding. Only about 35% of adults have perfect bite alignment, which means misaligned teeth are actually a very common problem. By straightening misaligned teeth you’re not only going to have a more beautiful smile but also healthier teeth overall.

Straight teeth are easier to properly clean, which means you’ll reduce your risks of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Straight teeth and a properly aligned bite also mean your teeth are less likely to chip or break and you are much less likely to develop jaw-related issues such as temporomandibular joint disorder (often referred to by most people as TMD).

Fact #2: There is no such thing as being too old to get Invisalign or even traditional braces.

A child getting braces is somewhat of a rite of passage for many families, but that doesn’t mean braces are just for kids. The popularity of adult braces has really grown in the last decade. In fact, about 25% of orthodontic patients with braces are adults.

You’re never too old to straighten your teeth and experience the benefits that come with a new smile. Age isn’t a factor orthodontists consider when determining whether a patient is a candidate for orthodontic treatment. Factors that do matter are the health of your teeth and jaw, potential complications of severe misalignments, and any existing dental health issues like periodontal disease or untreated tooth decay.

Invisalign is a fantastic option for adults because of the subtle appearance of the clear aligners, but you’ll find that more adults than ever are rocking traditional braces with confidence. Depending on the severity or type of misalignment of your teeth, metal braces might be the best option to get your most beautiful smile.

Fact #3: Invisalign is super effective, but it isn’t always the right choice for orthodontic treatment.

We love Invisalign as much as our patients do, but it’s important to understand that Invisalign can’t fix every problem. Despite Invisalign being a very effective form of orthodontic treatment, the aligner style does have some limitations.

Some instances in which Invisalign won’t work include if you have:

  • Very large gaps between your teeth.
  • Rotated or inward/outward leaning teeth.
  • Short or rounded teeth.
  • Pre-existing dental work (i.e. a bridge).

At The Tooth Doc, we always look out for our patients’ best interests and that includes providing our patients with the most effective straightening option. A consultation with our orthodontist will help you discover whether Invisalign or traditional braces is the right choice.

The good news is if you do need to get traditional braces, our orthodontist offers self-ligating braces. Self-ligating braces don’t use elastic bands so while they are made of metal, they are generally preferred by adult patients over conventional braces.

Fact #4: Invisalign could help you see results faster (and more easily) than you might think.

Invisalign is usually preferred by patients because it’s nearly invisible. However, there are actually a number of advantages to Invisalign that make it a great choice for adults and older teens.

For example, the average treatment time for Invisalign users is about 18 months. This means less time spent at orthodontist appointments and less time waiting for your new, beautiful smile.

Invisalign treatment tends to be an easier experience. Many patients find them quite comfortable to wear and don’t experience any changes in the way they speak. Since Invisalign aligners can be removed for about two hours every day, you can still eat the same foods you love and know you’re thoroughly cleaning your teeth when brushing or flossing.

If you have mild to moderate teeth alignment issues and are hesitant about orthodontic treatment because of the lifestyle changes and the length of treatment time, Invisalign is a fantastic option.

Fact #5: Orthodontic treatment doesn’t just change your smile—it can also bring positive changes to your life.

The obvious benefit of straightening your teeth is having a smile that you love, but have you thought about how that can positively impact your life? Plenty of research backs how important smiling is, but if you dive deeper you’ll discover studies that show a strong link between straight teeth and success in life.

The study mentioned found that individuals with straight teeth and a healthy, white smile are 45% more likely to get a job, 58% more likely to be wealthy, and 58% more likely to be successful in their careers. As far as relationships go, individuals with straight teeth are seen as more trustworthy, attractive, and healthy.

Looks aren’t everything, but it goes without saying that first impressions play a big role as an adult. Considering the health benefits you’ll also get from orthodontic treatment, straightening your teeth is a fantastic investment overall.

Come visit Dr. Leslie Ellingson at The Tooth Doc to learn more.

The Tooth Doc now offers complete orthodontic care thanks to Dr. Leslie Ellingson joining the team. Dr. Ellingson provides orthodontic care to both children and adults, with treatment options including self-ligating braces (metal braces) and Invisalign.

If you’re interested in straightening your teeth and learning how orthodontic treatment can help, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Ellingson by giving our office a call or using our online appointment request form.

The Tooth Doc dental team and Dr. Leslie Ellingson look forward to helping you get started on your journey to your best smile yet.

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How Soon Should My Child Have an Orthodontic Evaluation? https://2thdoc.org/child-orthodontic-care/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=child-orthodontic-care Fri, 28 Feb 2020 07:00:43 +0000 http://2thdoc.org/?p=1906 Answering Your 8 Common Questions About Your Child’s 1st Orthodontist Visit Over 4 million Americans wear braces, with most of these individuals being kids and teenagers. For some families, a child growing up and getting braces is even seen as a rite of passage. But for other families new to the scene, figuring out if […]

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Answering Your 8 Common Questions About Your Child’s 1st Orthodontist Visit

Over 4 million Americans wear braces, with most of these individuals being kids and teenagers. For some families, a child growing up and getting braces is even seen as a rite of passage. But for other families new to the scene, figuring out if and when your child needs to see an orthodontist can be a bit confusing. If you’re feeling a little lost when it comes to orthodontic care for your child, don’t worry. At The Tooth Doc, we’re happy to answer all of your questions and help you with your child’s dental care.

To help out parents who are new to children’s orthodontic care, we’ve gathered 8 super common questions we’re often asked and answered them for you here. And remember, if you still have questions, all you need to do is give our office a call.

1. Does my child need to see an orthodontist if their teeth are healthy and straight?

The answer is yes. While our general dentists focus on keeping your child’s teeth healthy and decay-free, orthodontists are trained, experienced, knowledgeable to evaluate more than just your child’s teeth. Your orthodontist can point out trouble spots and even predict potential teeth alignment issues that could pop up as your child’s adult teeth come in.

2. When should I schedule my child’s first orthodontist evaluation?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends kids get their first orthodontic check-up (evaluation) no later than age seven.

This might seem really young, but it’s actually the ideal time for an orthodontist to take a look at how your child’s adult teeth are coming in and check their bite alignment. In most cases, your child’s orthodontist will still wait until your child is around 10 or so before pursuing treatment if needed. The exception would be if your orthodontist finds a severe issue that needs immediate treatment.

3. What orthodontic treatment options are there for my child?

There are a number of different orthodontic treatments for kids, with metal braces and Invisalign being the most common options. The Tooth Doc offers self-ligating braces and Invisalign.

Self-ligating braces are very similar to traditional braces. The only difference is self-ligating braces don’t require the use of elastic bands. And Invisalign is well-known for its subtle, clear aligners.

Your child’s orthodontist will be able to help you decide which is the best choice after an evaluation.

4. Is it true that my child can get Invisalign instead of metal braces?

Invisalign is an option for children, but your child’s age and the severity of their teeth placement issues are factors in whether or not your child is a candidate.

Invisalign is typically reserved for older children and cases in which their teeth only require moderate repositioning. For example, if there are very large gaps between your child’s teeth or their teeth are leaning too far inwards or outwards, Invisalign may not be the best option.

5. Which option is better for my child—Invisalign or traditional braces?

If your child is a candidate for either Invisalign or traditional braces, then your decision will come down to what you and your child prefer.

Invisalign is a great choice for children who are in band and play a woodwind or brass instrument since they won’t have metal braces getting in the way. It’s also ideal for children who play sports, especially full-contact sports, as metal braces can damage lips if a mouthguard isn’t used.

Metal braces are still preferred by many parents since their kids can’t remove them. This offers more peace of mind whereas some parents worry  Invisalign aligners might be left out for too long or forgotten at home when they leave for school.

Your orthodontist will help you and your child pick out the best option.

6. Can I put off getting my child braces for a few years until they’re older?

Whether or not your child’s braces can be delayed really comes down to your child’s unique dental needs.

If only minimal repositioning is required, your child might be able to wait until they are a little older, say around 12 to 14 years of age before getting braces. However, like most forms of dental care or orthodontic care, the sooner the treatment is done, the better.

Between the ages of around 10 to 14, teeth are much easier to reposition as the jaw is still growing. Waiting until your child is well into their teens or college-age doesn’t mean treatment isn’t possible, but it does mean it might take longer.

Additionally, properly aligned teeth have a lower risk of decay. If your child has a history of cavities or struggles with brushing and flossing regularly, then the sooner they receive orthodontic care the better for their oral health.

7. My child needs braces but doesn’t want them. How can I convince him/her that they’re important?

As a parent, you only want the best for your child and that includes making sure they have a beautiful, healthy smile. However, that doesn’t mean your child or teen is going to be on board with the idea of braces.

Braces are a big lifestyle change, and older kids and teens tend to be concerned about how they’re going to look with braces.

Remind your child or teen that braces are only temporary and getting them on now means they’ll have a stunning smile to share later in high school, college, etc. You can also check out social media tags, like #braces, to see pictures of confident kids and teens rocking the look. Encourage your child to pay attention to the number of kids in their school who also have braces. They might be surprised at the number of other children and teens receiving orthodontic treatment.

8. How long will my child need to wear braces and what happens after they come off?

Most kids wear braces for  18 to 24 months. Since every child is an individual, it’s hard to pinpoint how long braces will be needed until you’ve seen an orthodontist for an evaluation.

Once your child’s braces come off, it’s important that they carry through with wearing their retainer as directed by their orthodontist. After all, the last thing either of you wants to happen is putting the time and expense of braces to waste. Teeth will shift back without a retainer so this is a critical step.

Come see The Tooth Doc’s orthodontist for your child’s evaluation.

The Tooth Doc is happy to have Dr. Leslie Ellingson, DDS, MS on our team. This means that The Tooth Doc offers complete orthodontic care for all of our patients, including your children.

When you’re ready to schedule your child’s first orthodontic evaluation, give our office a call or use our online appointment request form to book a visit with Dr. Ellingson. Don’t forget we offer comprehensive dental care so if you or your child is also due for a cleaning or you have a dental concern, our team is ready to help.

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How Implants, Bridges, and Crowns Can Change Your Smile https://2thdoc.org/dental-crowns-bridges-implants/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dental-crowns-bridges-implants Fri, 21 Feb 2020 06:00:42 +0000 http://2thdoc.org/?p=1866 Treatments like dental crowns, implants, and bridges are all great ways to repair and renew your smile, but each has slightly different uses and benefits. Here’s how each of these treatments may be able to transform your smile. 

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Revitalizing Your Smile and Oral Health

When you think about it, our teeth stand up to intense daily wear and tear. They’re designed to grind away for a lifetime, but decay and trauma can take their toll on the health, function, and appearance of your smile. Damaged or missing teeth can make daily tasks, like eating and speaking, difficult and make you self-conscious of your smile, but they can also have a negative impact on your oral health in the long term. Thankfully, if you’re suffering from the effects of damaged teeth, dentists can restore their function and health while giving you a confidence boost by completely revitalizing your smile. Treatments like dental crowns, implants, and bridges are all great ways to repair and renew your smile, but each has slightly different uses and benefits. Here’s how each of these treatments may be able to transform your smile.

Implants

Implants are made of a titanium metal rod that’s embedded directly into your jawbone and topped with a crown, bridge, or dentures. This gives them the versatility to fit your treatment needs, whether you’re replacing one or all of your teeth. Implants keep your teeth from shifting into the gap left by your missing tooth and are the only treatment that provides the stimulation to your jawbone that natural tooth roots do. This prevents bone loss and actively encourages the bone to grow around the implant to hold it securely in place. Implants’ deep-rooted stability makes them just as comfortable as natural teeth and allows you to eat hard or tough foods without worrying. Your restorations won’t slip or fall out of your mouth and are durable enough to handle the daily wear and tear that natural teeth do. Additionally, implants are topped with a custom-made porcelain tooth prosthetic, ensuring your smile looks just as natural as it feels.

Implants require you to undergo multiple procedures over the course of several months, but modern anesthetics ensure the procedures themselves are completely painless. To qualify, you must have healthy gums, and you usually need a good amount of bone left in your jaw for the implant to anchor into. Too much bone loss may mean you need a bone graft or that you’re not a good candidate for the treatment. At our office, however, we offer All-on-4 Dental implants, where just four implants hold an entire set of dentures in place; they almost always make bone grafts unnecessary. With good dental hygiene, implants will last you a lifetime, though you’ll need to replace the prosthesis every once in a while. Although getting implants is a long process, they’re the next best thing to keeping your natural teeth; they protect your oral health at a deeper level than other restorations and help you look and feel like you have your natural teeth back.

Bridges

Bridges consist of one or more pontics, or false teeth, fused together with a crown on either end. The dental crowns are placed on teeth at the edge of the gap in your mouth, so the pontics suspended between them can fill it. When you lose a tooth, your remaining teeth tend to shift into the gap it created, making it harder to keep them clean and healthy. By filling the gap in your smile, bridges keep your teeth from shifting and protect them from future decay. The crowns provide stability for the bridge, making it much easier for you to eat and speak. Additionally, your bridge is designed specifically for you and is carefully matched with the color of your natural teeth to give you a seamless smile.

Once you decide to get a bridge, you can have it placed in about two visits to our office. At the first visit, your teeth will be prepared for crowns, and a temporary bridge will be placed while your permanent one is being made at an outside lab. The second visit is for placing your permanent bridge. Your bridge will last about 15 years if you take care of your oral health through good oral hygiene, including carefully cleaning under your bridge’s pontic daily to keep your gums healthy. Although putting dental crowns on healthy teeth isn’t ideal, bridges are an effective tooth replacement option that provides many of the benefits of implants, including a beautiful smile, at a lower cost.

Crowns

Dental crowns are pieces of porcelain that are milled into the shape of a tooth and placed over a damaged tooth like a cap. While implants and bridges are both in the business of replacing missing teeth, crowns do the job of saving and protecting your natural teeth—and they’re very good at it. They’re used to restore and protect teeth that have been severely cracked, broken, worn down, or damaged due to decay. Dental crowns are the best way to save as much of your tooth’s natural structure as possible, which helps you avoid the health concerns that missing teeth raise and saves you from more invasive and costly treatments, like tooth extractions and tooth replacement treatments.

Additionally, your crown is milled specifically for you, so you’re able to help choose its size, shape, and color; you can perfectly replicate your damaged tooth or make a few cosmetic changes. Dr. Matz and Dr. Ellingson will use their expertise to ensure your crown will blend in with your natural teeth perfectly. In general, getting a crown takes two visits to your dentist’s office over the span of two or three weeks because the crowns need to be milled in an outside lab. As a result, crowns usually require dentists to prepare your teeth and fit them with a temporary crown during one appointment, wait for your permanent crown to arrive, and then schedule a second appointment to place it.

Same Day Crowns

Thankfully, CEREC’s new technology is making the extra steps in crown placement unnecessary by enabling us to mill your crown directly in our office. CEREC allows Dr. Matz or Dr. Ellingson to digitally scan your teeth and use the resulting 3D model of your mouth to design your crown. They can even look at how much pressure your crown will place on the teeth next to it and make adjustments if necessary. Once your crown is designed, it mills right in our office in under an hour!

Same day crowns are milled from the same porcelain that traditional dental crowns are, so you’ll have a high-quality crown in just a fraction of the time. They’re much more comfortable and convenient for you, as you won’t have to lose valuable hours at work, and you’ll only need to experience the uncomfortable “fat lip” sensation of a numb mouth once. You’ll be able to leave our office after a single appointment with immediate newfound confidence in your revitalized smile.

If you’re hoping to reclaim the function and health of your teeth, as well as your confidence, modern dentistry has a lot of treatments you can choose from, especially as new technology continues to improve upon existing treatments. Each treatment has its own strengths and weaknesses, so feel free to call any time and schedule a consultation with Dr. Matz or Dr. Ellingson to discuss which one will provide the best results for your individual needs.

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How Do I Prepare for a Dental Emergency? https://2thdoc.org/prepare-for-a-dental-emergency/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=prepare-for-a-dental-emergency Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:47 +0000 http://2thdoc.org/?p=1863 Taking a few steps to prepare for a dental emergency can help you remain calm, make the right decisions, and protect your oral health. Make sure you have an emergency dentist’s number programmed in your phone, so you can be ready to call when needed.

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Dental emergencies are bound to happen..

Most of us will either personally experience a dental emergency or have to help a loved one through a dental emergency more than once in our lives. While accidents are bound to happen, there are some steps you can take to make the best out of a less-than-ideal situation. Use this guide to learn about preventive measures you can take and how to create a plan of action you can fall back on when you need emergency dental help.

Finding Emergency Dental Services in Omaha

The first thing you need to do is find out whether your current dentist offers emergency and/or after-hours services. If they do, be sure to have their number programmed in your phone and posted somewhere in the house, along with other emergency numbers. When an accident happens, you want to be able to know who to call and not have to waste time looking up the phone number.

If your current dentist doesn’t offer emergency services, ask them for recommendations about who you should see if something happens outside of office hours. While you can certainly follow up their advice with your own research, they should be able to point you in the right direction. You may even consider setting up a consultation with prospective emergency dentists, so you can establish a rapport and feel more comfortable about coming in once you need their services.

Steps to Prevent Dental Emergencies

To avoid a painful toothache that has you wishing for relief, it is important to practice proper dental hygiene, like limiting the amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume, visiting the dentist twice a year, flossing once a day, rinsing with flouride mouthwash, and brushing twice a day.

Also, be careful about chewing and biting into hard objects, such as ice, hard candy, and popcorn kernels. It is all too easy to crack a tooth and end up in pain.

Both children and adults can also help avoid chipped and cracked teeth by wearing a mouth guard while playing sports and engaging in physical activity. Even if you aren’t participating in a high-contact sport, these types of activities tend to increase your chances of sustaining a mouth or tooth injury. An inexpensive mouth guard can save you a lot of money and discomfort.

Most emergency dental cases involve children who have sustained an injury. Again, you can’t prevent all accidents, but it is important that adults provide proper supervision for kids and make sure they aren’t running around poolside patios, biting into hard objects, and engaging in other risky activities.

What to Do When an Accident Occurs

Stay calm. Even if you or a loved one is in pain, it is important not to panic. If you let stress take over, it is a lot harder to think straight and make the right decisions. Putting an emergency plan in place before disaster strikes will help you stay calm during a crisis. All you have to do is follow the steps you have already decided upon and get the help you need to start feeling better soon.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If you have knocked out or dislodged an adult tooth, the most important thing is to keep the tooth moist. Placing it back in the socket is ideal, but if this is too painful, place the tooth in a cup of milk or a glass of water and get to the dentist ASAP. Usually, if you can get to the dentist within an hour of having the tooth knocked out, it can be saved.

Be careful not to handle the root of the tooth and don’t clean it in any way. All of these actions will actually kill the root and decrease the chances that the dentist will be able to replant the tooth.

Cracked or Chipped Tooth

First, call the dentist and let them know you are on your way. Next, take a moment to rinse your mouth with warm water. If you notice any loose tooth fragments, try to collect them and place them in a cup of milk to take with you to the dentist. To help with face or mouth pain, use a cold compress and take the recommended dose of acetaminophen. This will help you feel more comfortable while you are en route to the dentist.

Loose Tooth

Again, call your dentist as soon as possible. You should also try to gently place your tooth back in the socket or in its proper position. Apply a small amount of pressure with your finger or bite down to get it back in place and prevent it from moving any further until you can get professional help.

Mouth Trauma

Perhaps you have taken a blow to the mouth and your jaw, teeth, or gums are aching. While there might not be an obvious injury, like a missing tooth, it is still a good idea to see the dentist. They can perform an exam and take X-rays to make sure you don’t need any additional medical attention. In the meantime, use a cold compress and acetaminophen to treat the pain.

Injured Child

If your child has chipped or knocked out a baby tooth, you should follow the same process you would for an adult tooth. A minor chip may not require any treatment, but larger chips may need to be filed down or filled. In addition, the dentist should examine any knocked-out teeth to identify additional damage that may cause problems down the road. Do your best to keep your child calm, alleviate their pain, and get them to the dentist.

Taking a few steps to prepare for a dental emergency can help you remain calm, make the right decisions, and protect your oral health. Make sure you have an emergency dentist’s number programmed in your phone, so you can be ready to call when needed. When an accident does occur, call the dentist right away and follow the steps listed above.

If you are looking for an emergency dentist you can count on, contact The Tooth Doc. We serve patients throughout the Omaha area, and can help you handle emergencies and enjoy a beautiful smile.

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How We Make Your Dental Appointment Anxiety-Free https://2thdoc.org/dental-appointments-anxiety-free/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dental-appointments-anxiety-free Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:07 +0000 http://2thdoc.org/?p=1784 It’s best for your oral health to visit the dentist regularly, but we know that this is easier said than done for many of our patients. Here are just a few methods we use to help make your dental appointments anxiety-free.

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Experience stress-free dental appointments with The Tooth Doc!

If you want healthy teeth and gums that will last you a lifetime, you need to take care of your oral hygiene, which includes going to the dentist every six months. Unfortunately, dental anxiety can make routine dental appointments extremely stressful for many people, even causing some patients to avoid the dentist until a major problem forces them to go. This habit can actually worsen your anxiety since cavities and gum disease are often painless until they’re severe. This means more invasive procedures will likely be necessary to treat your teeth if you wait until you’re in pain.

It’s best for your oral health to visit the dentist regularly, but we know that this is easier said than done for many of our patients. As a result, we work hard to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable during each of your appointments at our office. Here are just a few methods we use to help make your dental appointments anxiety-free.

We listen to what you have to say.

Discussing your anxiety with Dr. Matz or Dr. Ellingson is an important step in helping us relieve your anxiety during your dental appointments. We know that each patient’s case of anxiety is unique; for example, something that sparks one patient’s anxiety, such as the sound of a drill, may not bother another patient. Similarly, there are many ways to reduce anxiety, some of which will work better for you than others.

Discussing your anxiety and what seems to spark it can help us come up with a game plan for helping you feel safe and comfortable during your appointment. You can also take this time to discuss any specific concerns you have, as well as your goals for your oral health and past experiences at the dentist. These details are a crucial part of ensuring that you get the care you need and the results you’re hoping for, all without experiencing a spike in anxiety.

We take steps to make you more comfortable.

When you discuss your anxiety with your dentist, you can also take the time to brainstorm some ways to reduce or eliminate your anxiety during your appointment. Setting up hand signals with your dentist and dental hygienist is an effective method that helps many patients feel more comfortable during their appointment. The hand signals help you communicate when you need a break, preventing you from getting overwhelmed and allowing you to recover a bit when you need it.

We also use intraoral cameras to help patients. These devices are about the size of a pen and are connected to an iPad or TV in the room, allowing you to see what your dentist is seeing. This may reduce your anxiety by taking away some of the uncertainty that you might feel during your dental appointment. You’re able to see and understand what’s going on a lot more, which may help you feel more in control during your appointments.

We help you focus on other things.

Many people see a huge reduction in their anxiety simply by redirecting their focus away from what the dentist is doing. Admittedly, that can be a little difficult during a dental appointment, but you might be surprised by just how much good music or an interesting TV show can help you relax! You can bring your earbuds and use them to listen to your favorite music or watch videos on your phone during your appointment. If you’d prefer, we can provide music or Netflix during your appointment, as well. In addition to drawing you in and giving you something else to focus on, it can help drown out the sound of dental equipment. This can make all the difference if your anxiety is worsened by the sounds of the equipment.

We put an emphasis on patient education.

You might notice that your anxiety increases when your dentist doesn’t explain why you need a treatment or what your options are. This is completely understandable! We strive to avoid this by always taking the time to explain what Dr. Matz and Dr. Ellingson have found, what your treatment options are, or what they would like you to do differently for your daily oral hygiene routine. If you would like, Dr. Matz or Dr. Ellingson can sit down and explain each step of your proposed treatment, so you understand exactly what is happening in your mouth at any given time. This helps remove an element of the unknown, and it helps you make more informed decisions about your oral health.

We offer sedation dentistry.

If you have severe dental anxiety, sedation dentistry might be a good solution for you. Although the word “sedation” probably makes you think of going to sleep for a procedure, that isn’t always what sedation dentistry entails. Laughing gas, also called nitrous oxide, is a type of sedation dentistry that keeps you conscious while working to reduce your pain and anxiety. The gas will help you relax, perhaps even making you feel a little giddy, but you’ll still be able to answer your dentists’ questions. It takes effect and wears off quickly, so you’ll most likely be able to drive yourself home, making it ideal for helping reduce your anxiety.

As with any medication, however, there are a few side effects—some more common than others—that you may experience. More common side effects include confusion and numbness or pain in your legs, but some people also experience nausea, headaches, sweating, or shivering. While it can be very helpful for many people, it’s not for everyone. If the idea of trying laughing gas makes you more anxious, it might not be a great solution for you.

Dental anxiety can be incredibly difficult to deal with, but it doesn’t have to ruin your perspective of the dentist or harm your dental health. If you have a great dentist who takes your anxiety seriously, you can work with them to find ways to reduce your anxiety. Whether you’re a new patient or a current patient who hasn’t discussed your anxiety with us yet, you can begin this process by calling our office to schedule a consultation at any time.

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