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The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard about Cavities – Part 2 of 2

This week Cox Family Dentistry will cover the second part of the worst advice we’ve ever heard about cavities! Last time we talked about how you can brush cavities away or even wait and your cavities will go away on its own.  If you don’t care for cavities, your cavity will grow to where you might need a crown or even a root canal. In Part 2 of this cavity series, we will go through more “fake” advice and tell you what the real facts are.

 

4. I don’t have any cavity pain, so I don’t have to see a dentist yet.

Not good advice for cavities. Even though you don’t have any cavity pain, it doesn’t mean you don’t need to see a dentist! Not having any pain just means the cavity hasn’t progressed enough to reach your nerves. You still need to come in. For anything! If you have any oral concerns, it is always best to go see the dentist. Don’t let it progress to pain.

 

5. If I place an aspirin next to my cavity it will help take the pain away.

Don’t do this. This is not only false but it can cause further damage. Aspirin works by blocking the production of certain chemicals in your blood. When taken orally (swallowed), the pill is then broken down and absorbed into your bloodstream and travels to the areas where you are feeling cavity pain and blocks the pain. When you place an aspirin next to your cavity, it can cause a chemical burn on the gums and surrounding tissue. Aspirin’s real name is Acetylsalicylic Acid. So you are putting acid on sensitive areas of the mouth. Take pain medicine as directed on the bottle and come in for an emergency appointment if the cavity pain is too much. 

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6. Don’t worry about cavities in baby teeth, they are just going to fall out.

False. Not caring for your child’s teeth, can impair a child’s ability to eat, speak, sleep and learn. Teeth need to be healthy and strong. If a child loses a tooth prematurely due to cavities, this can cause issues when their permanent teeth develop or grow in. If the tooth’s space is not filled, it can cause other teeth to drift into that space leaving little room for the adult tooth to grow in. It can also cause bone loss. It is always important to have good oral care for your child to prevent cavities.

 

Don’t listen to just anybody’s advice on oral health and cavity concerns. Always consult a professional. When it comes to cavities and tooth decay, it is best to see the dentist and get it taken care of. Remember, the only way to completely remove a cavity is by having your dentist fill it. Come see us at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas to talk to a professional today about your concerns with cavities!

The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard about Cavities – Part 1 of 2

What is the worst advice we have ever heard about cavities, you ask?

Well, after being in the dental industry for many years, Cox Family Dentistry has been asked a lot of questions and head a lot of odd advice about how to care for cavities.  From “old wives tales” to home remedies, this two-part series will go through the worst advice we’ve ever heard about cavities and tell you the actual truth.

 

  1. Don’t worry, your cavities will go away on its own.

This one is not entirely true. When decay occurs, there are times where it won’t progress into a cavity. This can cause some discoloration on the tooth, but it isn’t actually a cavity. Other times, if you catch the cavity at the beginning stage, you can reverse the start of a cavity. But, once you have an actual cavity, you can’t get rid of it. The only way to fix a cavity is to get it filled by going to the dentist.

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      2. You can brush a cavity away!

False! You can brush and brush, but the cavity isn’t going anywhere! Like the above advice, once a cavity has taken shape, you can’t get rid of it. However, brushing is encouraged. Brushing your teeth and keeping the area clean and clear of food, can help prevent more build-up and the progression of the cavity.

 

   3. If I start taking care of my oral health, my cavity will stay the same size.

Nope! Once the cavity has started, the decay will continue to progress and will reach the inner pulp of nerves and blood vessels. So, the cavity will only continue to grow if left untreated. Once it reaches the nerves, instead of treating a cavity on the surface, you may end up needing a root canal or a dental crown.

 

 

If you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cox, please reserve your appointment today!

Brighten Your Smile With Teeth Whitening

A bright, beautiful smile can give you confidence in your everyday life to your professional life. There are a number of reasons why Dr. Cox may recommend teeth whitening. From drinking coffee to eating brightly colored fruits, yellow tooth staining is hard to avoid. The good news? At Cox Family Dentistry we can help you remove common tooth stains through teeth whitening to help you get your beautiful, bright smile back.

Common Reasons Teeth Yellow

Your tooth is made of three main layers. The outside layer is called the enamel. This is the hardest surface in your body and protects the delicate inner layers of your tooth. The enamel is typically a white color. The next layer is called the dentin. Softer than the enamel, the dentin is a yellowish color. When the enamel breaks down from sugars and bacterias in your food, it lowly begins to expose the yellow color of the dentin. To resolve this type of discoloration, Dr. Cox and the Cox Family Dentistry team recommends repairing the strength of your enamel. One way to do this is through Flouride. This is a natural element that works to fill in and strengthen your natural enamel. Flouride also is in As your enamel gets stronger, your tooth will become whiter and brighter.

 

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Over-the-Counter or In-Office Teeth Whitening

Many patients are unsure if they can get the same results from over-the-counter teeth whitening as in-office whitening. Unfortunately, no. Yes, over-the-counter teeth whitening does work, but it is not as effective as in-office whitening. When you whiten at Cox Family Dentistry, Dr. Cox and our team design a custom fit whitening tray to reach every mountain and valley in your smile. Over-the-counter products are one size fits all and do not evenly whiten your smile. Another advantage to in-office whitening is that Dr. Cox uses strong, prescription whitening products. With these products, you can see a more dramatic result, quicker. Lastly, you can also whiten your smile at home with Dr. Cox’s custom made and prescription strength materials.

A beautiful white smile is just around the corner. For more information about teeth whitening from Dr. Cox and his team or to schedule an appointment, call Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas, today!

Dental Sealants Procedure – What is it?

Many patients at Cox Family Dentistry ask Dr. Cox, “how can I prevent cavities?” There are a few ways to do this. One, of course, is a good oral health routine. Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing once per day are two things you can do everyday to care for your oral health. Additionally, visiting Dr. Cox and his team twice a year for a cleaning and dental exam can prevent cavities. Although, even with a good oral health routine, patients can still develop cavities. So, our patients choose dental sealants. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what a dental sealant is and how it can help you prevent cavities. For more information about Dental Sealants from Dr. Cox in Plano, Texas, visit our dental sealant page on our website, here.

What is a Dental Sealant?

Dr. Cox recommends sealants for hard-to-reach areas, like back molars with deep mountains and valleys. A  dental sealant consist of a plastic-like material. The sealant is placed in the deep grooves of the teeth where decay often occurs. This will prevent decay because bacteria does not attach and grow on plastic dental sealants.

 

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How are Dental Sealants Placed?

The first step to placing a dental sealant is cleaning the tooth. Dr. Cox or a Cox Family Dentistry hygienist will rinse the tooth with water and an acidic solution. This will make sure no bacteria becomes trapped under the tooth after the sealant is placed. Next, the liquid dental sealant is brushed onto the tooth and heat fixed with a light. After that, a polishing varnish is place on top of the tooth to complete the procedure. Now, cavities will be less likely to form on the sealant part of your tooth.

 

Good oral health not only improves the function and appearance of your teeth, it also can increase your confidence and improve your overall health. For more information about dental sealants or how you can improve your oral health, call Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas.

Is there a connection between my Oral Health and my Overall Health?

If you have an overall health concern, such as cardiovascular disease or an infection in the lining of the heart (endocarditis), then the cause may be from poor oral health. Dentists and researchers have known for years that there is a connection between oral and overall health. However, how closely are they related? In this blog, we will talk about how your oral and overall health is connected, common body diseases that are related to the mouth, and how you can prevent disease in your mouth and body.

How is my Oral and Overall Health Connected?

Many people consider the mouth as the window to the body’s health. The mouth is an important portal of entry where numerous bacteria enter. Not all bacteria is bad. It is healthy to have ‘normal bacteria’. Actually, transient and opportunistic pathogenic bacteria are the main types that cause disease. If you fail to develop a good oral health routine, it is easier for disease-causing bacteria in your mouth. Then, as you may have guessed, the bacteria from your mouth then makes its way into your body, infecting other areas.

Medications can also cause dry mouth which can lead to a build-up of disease-causing bacteria in your mouth. How does this happen? If you take medications such as antidepressants, decongestants, painkillers, dietetics, or antihistamines, then your saliva production decreases, therefore reducing the fluid in your mouth to rinse your teeth of bacteria. There is no need to stop taking these medications. Instead, remember to stay hydrated when you take medicine to avoid dry mouth. Sugar-free gum is also a great way to stimulate saliva production and reduce the build-up of bacteria.

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What diseases are related to poor oral health?

If you have a poor oral health routine you are at an increased risk to develop a number of life-threatening diseases such as endocarditis and cardiovascular disease. When you do not take care of your oral health, then disease-causing bacteria can accumulate in your mouth, travel through the bloodstream, and cause an infection. In endocarditis, an infection from bacteria in the bloodstream can begin in the inner lining of the heart. Common symptoms of endocarditis are fever, chills, and fatigue and it can be treated with an antibiotic.

However, bad bacteria can cause inflammation and plaque build-up in your blood vessels, which can lead to stroke, clogged arteries, and heart disease. This ailment, cardiovascular disease, is serious and should be treated right away. If you are pregnant, you are also at an increased risk for developing periodontal, also called gum disease. If you have periodontitis while pregnant, you could put your baby at a higher risk of premature birth and lower birth weight. Other conditions that could be related to disease-causing oral bacteria are diabetes, osteoporosis, HIV/AIDS, and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Good oral health can lead to better overall health. It is important to develop a good oral health routine of the bushing for two minutes once per day and flossing once per day to avoid a build-up of disease-causing bacteria. This will lead to better overall health. For more information about oral and overall health or to plan your next visit with Dr. Cox at Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, Texas call (972)-468-8692, today!