Finding the Right Dentist

Switching to a new dentist can be a hard and annoying process. Since most of us change dentists so infrequently, it can be hard to know what to look for in a new dental office, but finding the right dentist is extremely important.

At Master’s Dental, we believe that everyone should have positive, happy experience at the dentist. Our goal is to leave each and every one of our customers with a better and brighter smile than when they walked in.

To help you find the right dentist for you, we have created a checklist of questions to ask yourself when choosing a new dentist.

  • Where is the office located?
  • Is the location convenient to your home or work?
  • Do the hours work with your schedule?
  • Do they take your dental insurance? Are they familiar with your benefit plan?
  • What is the pricing for their services?
  • Do they offer financial options for services?
  • Is your dentist a member of the American Dental Association (ADA)?
  • Is the dentist and office staff friendly and personable?
  • Do you feel comfortable in the office?
  • How does their pricing compare to competitors?
  • How long does it take to get an appointment?
  • If you have a family, do they see families?
  • Will the dentist and office staff be able to handle emergencies?
  • How will your dental history be recorded and transferred?

While all of these are great questions to consider and ask, be sure not to stop here. These questions are just to get you started. Talking to different dentists and different dental offices will give you a better idea of what dentist is a right fit for you!

Easter Chocolate

Easter Candy: The Do’s and Don’ts

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to devour that giant chocolate bunny, sneak an extra jelly bean or two, and cherish that Peanut Butter Egg. It’s Easter.

Easter is such a great time of year. With the emergence of spring, what is a better way to celebrate than with chocolate and candy? However, as you prepare for easter and stock up on Peeps and chocolate treats though, you might not realize just how bad some of these candies are for your oral health

At Ask the Dentist, they came up with a comprehensive lineup of some of the best worst candies for you to eat this Easter. From Cadbury Eggs to jelly beans, these candy’s can be hard on your teeth, especially if over eaten.

Here are four things to lookout for in you Easter shopping:

  1. Food Dye. Peeps are made with food dye called yellow Number 6. Interestingly, Harvard and other accredited universities have found that this food dye can lead to and worsen symptoms of ADHD.
  2. High Fructose Corn Syrup. We all know HFCS is bad for our bodies. Since no digestion is required, the HFCS goes right to our livers to spur fat production causes dietary issues. It is especially bad if you have diabetic issues. This is important around Easter as  we often forget to check our easter candy for HFCS.
  3. Too much chocolate. While chocolate is okay and even good for you in moderation, watch out for buying and eating too much. This can be bad for both your overall and oral health. Try eating more dark chocolate if you just really don’t want to say no. Dark chocolate has been shown to be better than fluoride at strengthening your teeth.
  4. Sticky candy. Any candy that is really stick or takes a while to eat is more likely to get stuck in your teeth hurting your teeth and causing cavities. If you do want to eat sticky candy, be sure to drink lots of water and brush your teeth after to get the residual food particles left over out of your mouth.

While these are four important things to keep in mind, this is certainly not saying you should never eat Peeps or sticky candy. This is just a reminder that there is a reason Easter is only one day a year. Easter candy is great, but moderation and awareness about what you are eating  is critical to your oral and overall health.

Dental Visit

Increased Sensitivity in Your Teeth

Everyone has taken a bite of a cold ice cream cone at one point or another and had their teeth hurt, but if you find that every time you eat hot or cold food your teeth hurt, this may be a sign of a bigger issue.

As we get older, it is common for people to experience increases in sensitivity in their teeth. One of the most common signs of this is your teeth hurting when you eat hot or cold foods. Tooth sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, results when the enamel of our teeth is thin or when our gums don’t properly cover the surface of the tooth.

The cause can be something as simple as brushing your teeth too hard or too much or with a rough tooth brush or as complex as tooth erosion from acidic foods and beverages. Bulimia and GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, therefore put people at a higher risk for developing tooth sensitivity. In general, tooth decay, fractured teeth, gum disease, worn enamel, and exposed tooth root all cause sensitivity.

The best way to avoid tooth sensitivity is simply practicing good oral hygiene. If you do however develop tooth sensitivity, your dentist can help provide you with a treatment such as desensitizing toothpaste. Generally though, tooth sensitivity comes from another, more serious untreated oral issue. Most often, dentists will end up treating this, and the sensitivity will go away.

While teeth sensitivity is normally only an issue when its is a constant or recurring issue, if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, be sure to talk to your dentist about the possible cause of the issue and possible treatment options. No one likes wincing when you go to eat your ice cream cone, and you shouldn’t have to.

Dry Mouth

Struggling with Dry Mouth

There is nothing worse than dry mouth. While it is normal to experience dry mouth sometimes, when dry mouth becomes a constant or recurring issue, it is time to talk to your dentist and get informed about why it may be occurring.

First, it is important to understand that dry mouth itself is not a serious issue, but it can be a sign of other more serious issues. For example, if you have poor oral hygiene and rarely visit the dentist, you are more likely to experience dry mouth. This is likely due to the fact you are more likely to develop tooth decay that leads to decreases in saliva.

Plus, when you have dry mouth, a general issue is that there is less saliva in your mouth, and saliva is important to cleaning your mouth. Saliva helps to neutralize acid in your teeth to prevent enamel erosion which leads to teeth sensitivity, cracks, chips, and more. It also cleans your mouth and helps you breakdown and digest food.

There are many reasons for dry mouth though beyond simple tooth decay. Some medication and health conditions can cause someone to experience dry mouth. If you visit your dentist and there is no sign of tooth decay, you should visit you general physician or doctor to ensure there is no bigger, underlying medical issue.

However, the number one thing you can do to prevent dry mouth is regularly visiting the dentist and regularly practicing good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth and flossing. If you are concerned that you have issue with dry mouth, be sure to contact your dentist for more information.