New Year Resolution 2019 For My Mouth (Floss?)

»Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Dear Dr. Merchant, I am making my New Year’s Resolution list for 2019. Any small resolutions I can add to my list to keep my mouth healthy? Signed,  2019 Resolutions   Dear 2019, Happy New Year to you and your mouth! You are smart to add small manageable habits to your resolution list. Too often folks go all out and try to implement mega changes at the start of the year. Studies show that modest changes are the easiest and tend to have more staying power. One of the simplest and quickest changes you can make in your oral routine (if you haven’t already added it) is to floss every day. It takes under a minute and has long lasting benefits for both your oral and overall health. You may need to make a conscious effort to get the ball rolling at first, but it is...

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Help! My Adult Tooth Fell Out!

»Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Dear Dr. Merchant, Last year during our holiday family gathering my uncle’s adult tooth was knocked out! It happened accidentally during our pre-dinner football game. No one knew what to do and unfortunately he wasn’t able to save the tooth. If something like this happens this year, what should we do? Signed,  Thinking Ahead                                                     Dear Thinking, I hope he was able to enjoy some of the feast at least! You are smart to plan ahead for this possibility as it is more common than you might think. Adult teeth can come out for a variety of reasons including direct damage to the mouth, tooth decay, and periodontal disease. An adult tooth can be replaced in certain circumstances with proper...

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Is There Really A Mouth-Body Connection?

»Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Dear Dr. Merchant, I have been hearing some talk lately about the connection between mouth and body when it comes to overall health. Does my oral health really play a part in how the rest of my body functions? Signed, Curious                                                                     Dear Curious, Absolutely! Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body. What you put into it and how you take care of it can directly affect way more than just your mouth. For instance, poor oral health can have links to heart disease and/or stroke. For pregnant women, gum disease can lead to pre-term birth and other complications during fetal development in the womb. Lastly, diabetics should take special care with their oral health as...

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Are Back-To-School Dental Checkups Really Necessary?

»Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in Blog, Children, Dental Tips | 0 comments

Dear Dr. Merchant, Summer is winding down and back-to-school is ramping up. With all the items on my to do list, is it really necessary add a back-to-school dental check up to my growing list of duties? Signed,  Busy Parent   Dear Busy, In a word, YES! Number two pencils and a sturdy backpack aren’t the only things your child needs to start the school year off right. A back-to-school dental check up is just as important as a child’s well check at the pediatrician for many reasons. Your child’s overall oral health can have a significant impact on his/her performance at school, and the last thing a busy family needs is to take time away from school to treat issues that could have been prevented. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends these...

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Help! Tooth Sensitivity Is Ruining My Favorite Summer Treats!

»Posted by on Jul 24, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Help! Tooth Sensitivity Is Ruining My Favorite Summer Treats! Dear Dr. Merchant,  Ouch! Frosty summer treats are sooo good, BUT my teeth are sooo sensitive to sweet and cold! This is my favorite time of year for ice cold beverages and delicious fruity treats, but I am unable to enjoy the summer’s bounty due to my tooth sensitivity. Popsicles, daiquiris, even biting into a chilled ripe peach causes a jolt of pain that stops me in my tracks. What can I do so that I can still enjoy some summery goodness? Respectfully,                                                Cold Bites!                                                                                                              ...

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Is It Safe For Me To Drive Home After Getting Laughing Gas At My Dental Appointment?

»Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Is It Safe For Me To Drive Home After Getting Laughing Gas At My Dental Appointment? Dear Dr. Merchant, I am scheduled for an appointment with my dentist for a filling and am considering using laughing gas as a mild sedative. I get a little anxious in the dental chair and just want something to take the edge off. My problem is that I don’t have a driver to drive me home after my appointment, and I am worried that I may be unfit after receiving nitrous oxide. Should I be concerned or will I be safe to drive? Sincerely, Responsible Driver Dear Responsible, Believe it or not, this is a very common question! Many patients want to have the edge taken off but don’t want to go all in with heavy sedation. The more you know about how “laughing gas” works, the more...

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