Thanksgiving

Be Thankful For Your Teeth

Even though Thanksgiving Day is over and are stomachs are full of delicious homemade apple pie and our mother’s mashed potatoes, it is still important this holiday season to stop and be thankful, even for things as small and as simple as our teeth.

At the end of the day, our teeth are a huge deal, and without them, we would not be able to eat our delicious Thanksgiving feasts. It is simple to forget, but teeth allow you to chew your food into smaller bites to be swallowed and digested.

Your incisors are responsible for cutting up the food in your mouth, while you canines tear it apart. Then, your molar grind up the food making it small enough to swallow. Without our teeth, that turkey would be impossible to eat without cutting it into tiny pieces with a knife or pureeing it with a blender.

If we did not have teeth, we also would not be able to talk to all our friends and family this holiday season.

Our teeth allow us to properly create sounds in our mouth to form words. Think about when as a child you lost your two front teeth. It is possible some words sounded funny for a while until your adult teeth grew in.

Finally, your teeth are part of your beautiful smile. Over the holiday season, we have so many people and things to not only be thankful for, but also to be happy and smile about. Without our teeth, our smile would not be quite as grand.

Therefore, this holiday season, as you are eating your favorite holiday dish, singing your favorite Christmas carol, or smiling with family and friends, remember to be thankful for the little things that have a big impact, like your teeth.

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Some Wisdom On Wisdom Teeth

Getting your wisdom teeth removed, it is the dental milestone that none of us look forward too. Most of us only know these teeth as the few ounces of wisdom we can live without, but for some reason, most of us have them. Well, it is time to set the record straight on the story behind wisdom teeth.

Our third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth due to the age that they normally emerge. It is assumed that perhaps humans could use the extra wisdom between the ages of 16 to 25. While you can have more or less, most people have four, and they are located in the far back of your mouth on both the left and right and top and bottom. About 35% of the population is born without wisdom teeth entirely.

Fun fact: Japanese researchers found that wisdom teeth produce stem cells. The potential future uses of this are interesting to consider.

If we have wisdom teeth though, then what is the problem and why do so many people need them removed? The issue is that, as the teeth develop, they can affect other pre-existing teeth in your mouth. Not everyone’s jaw has enough space to fit these extra teeth. When there is not enough space in your mouth, your teeth can become impacted causing you pain and harming your other teeth. It is estimated that nine out of ten people have at least one wisdom teeth impacted.

As a result, most wisdom teeth need to be removed through routine oral surgery that takes place in-office, generally under a form of anesthesia. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, about 85% of all wisdom teeth eventually need to be removed whether from lack of space or the difficulty to clean leading to infection.

At the end of of the day though, it is not that big of the deal to have your wisdom teeth removed because it happens to most people. It is just important that you contact you dentist as soon as you begin experiencing pain where your wisdom teeth are to get treatment. Often your dentist will be able to tell you if you will need to have your wisdom teeth removed before it becomes an issue. If you have questions about you wisdom teeth, contact your dentist to talk through your options.

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Booking Your Appointment Just Got Easier

We know you’re busy, and calling the office to book your appointment can be a pain. That’s why we created our new patient portal! Our new patient portal makes booking your appointment quick and easy!

To access the patient portal, first visit masters-dental.com. Click on the “Contact Us” tab on the top menu.

Once on the “Contact Us” page, click the blue box that says “Book an Appointment”. This will take you to the new patient portal.

Once you are here, you can either login or, if you’re a new user, create an account.

Fill in the details such as when you would like your appointment and what it is for.

Be sure to select up to three dates and times in order of preference to ensure we can accommodate your appointment.

You’re done! We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

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How To Enjoy Halloween Without The Cavities

Halloween is a wonderful holiday full of ghouls and ghosts, witches and warlocks, and tricks and TREATS, but you will be in for a real trick if you forgot to brush your teeth well after eating all of those treats this Halloween!

Bacteria in your mouth loves to feed of the sugar and carbohydrates in your mouth from foods like candy and soda to form plaque and create cavities, so in the wake of Halloween, here are some important reminders about how to prevent cavities from forming.

1. Practice Good Dental Hygiene

Brush and Floss regularly! Just like always, good dental hygiene is important for eliminating food particles and already formed plaque in your mouth. By reducing the food particles in your mouth, it reduces plaques and the likelihood of you forming a cavity.

2. Maintain a Healthy Diet

Since diet plays a role in your risk of forming a cavity, it is important to remain aware of you sugar and carbohydrate intake. Both sugar and carbohydrates fuel the bacteria that causes cavities to form. Foods that cling to you mouth for a long time such as gum, milk, cake, candy, honey, and chips also increase your risk for plaque build up. Frequent snacking can also be bad for your teeth, because it provides more food throughout the day to linger on your teeth.

Additionally, acidic foods wear down your tooth enamel making it easier for bacteria to get into your tooth cause a cavity to form. While it is okay on a day like Halloween to eat lots of sugar, carbohydrates, and acidic food, everyday cannot be Halloween. It is important to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet and avoid eating excessive amounts of these cavity causing foods.

3. Tooth Shape Matters

Another major cause of cavities is that tooth shape makes it more difficult to brush away food and bacteria. One common problem people have is brushing their back teeth, or molars and bicuspids, well due to the difficulty of reaching them. Be sure to take your time and ensure you brush all of your teeth, even in the hard to reach locations.

4. Stay Hydrated!

If you frequently find yourself having an overly dry mouth, you are not producing enough saliva. Saliva is important to your teeth because it helps to neutralize acids, as well as, rebuild tooth enamel worn away by acids. Dry mouth means no saliva and a reduced ability to prevent cavities. As a result, it is important to stay hydrated!

5. Take Your Fluoride

Fluoride is a key mineral that helps prevent and reverse tooth decay. You may simply know fluoride as something you do at the dentist, but many public water supplies will include fluoride in their water. Young children who do not have a public water supply and who have well water at home may have to take fluoride supplements as prescribed by a dentist as their teeth are developing.

Fluoride may be a naturally occurring mineral, however it is crucial that you make sure you are getting enough of it. Check and see if your toothpaste and mouth rinse include fluoride. It likely will. In general, just be sure that you are getting enough fluoride in your diet. If you are concerned about your fluoride intake, talk with your dentist.

We hope you had a spook-tacular Halloween, but we also hope you are brushing well and managing you diet. This way we can say all the tricks for next Halloween.