Last updated 5 days ago
While enjoying an occasional drink with friends or family can be fun, alcohol consumption can have a negative effect on your teeth. Different types of alcoholic drinks affect your teeth differently, but there are steps you can take to minimize the effects of alcohol on your teeth.
In this video, you’ll learn about the damage that mixed drinks, beer, and wine can do to your teeth and find out why alcohol can make you more vulnerable to tooth decay and cavities. The video also discusses the effects of different drugs on oral health.
If you’re looking for a family or cosmetic dentist in Peoria, AZ, look no further than Pleasant Dentistry at Westbrook Village. Our staff of dental health professionals can help you keep your teeth beautiful and healthy. Call us today at (623) 208-5384 to learn more.
Last updated 13 days ago
Have you ever felt a jolt of pain after sipping a hot drink, biting into an icy treat, or enjoying a piece of candy? If so, you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity. Having sensitive teeth can make it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks, but your dentist can provide treatments to help reduce your sensitivity. Continue reading to learn about the treatment options available for sensitive teeth.
If you are looking for a simple at-home treatment for tooth sensitivity, you can try using a toothpaste formulated specifically for sensitive teeth. This type of toothpaste can help stop the discomfort of tooth sensitivity, but you will need to use it several times before the results are noticeable. Another topical treatment option is fluoride. Your dentist may place fluoride directly onto sensitive areas to strengthen the enamel there. Your dentist may also prescribe a fluoride gel for you to use at home.
In some cases, tooth sensitivity is caused by receding gums that expose part of a tooth’s root. If your sensitivity stems from this condition, your dentist may apply a sealant to the exposed area of the root. This will help protect the root and prevent pain when the tooth is exposed to heat, cold, or sweet foods.
Root Canal Treatment
Infections that reach the inside of the teeth are another cause of sensitivity. If one of your teeth has an infection within the root canal, your dentist may recommend a root canal treatment to remove the infected tissue and seal the tooth. After the procedure, you will no longer experience pain or sensitivity in the tooth.
Pleasant Dentistry at Westbrook Village in Peoria, AZ provides a range of family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services to help keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, we can evaluate your condition and provide effective treatment. To find out more, contact us online or at (623) 208-5384 today.
Last updated 1 month ago
If you have diabetes, then you know how important getting control of your blood glucose levels is. What you might not know is just how significant a role your dentist should play in managing your diabetes. In between checking your blood sugar, watching your diet, taking your medications, and seeing your endocrinologist, it’s crucial that you maintain good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly.
Oral health and diabetes are linked in two ways. First, poor oral health can make your diabetes worse. Infections in your mouth can cause your blood glucose levels to spike. Second, your diabetes puts you at risk for dental health problems. People with diabetes have a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Because diabetes slows healing, oral health problems can get serious very quickly.
Keep your teeth and your diabetes in check with regular appointments with your dentist. If you have diabetes, be sure to discuss it with your dentist at Pleasant Dentistry of Westbrook Village. The team at our Peoria dentist office can help with all of your dental care needs. Call (623) 208-5384 today for an appointment.
Last updated 1 month ago
When it comes to oral cancer, early detection is crucial. One person dies every hour in the U.S. due to oral cancer, and late detection of the illness is a primary reason. However, your dentist is on the front lines of oral cancer detection. Screening for this disease should be part of your bi-annual preventative care exam. What can you expect from your dentist during an oral cancer screening? Here is what you need to know.
What an Oral Cancer Screening Is
During a screening, your dentist examines your mouth for signs of oral cancer. Screenings can be visual or they can involve other kinds of tests. Some of the signs your dentist looks for during an oral cancer screening are white patches, sores that won’t heal, numbness, bleeding that is concentrated in one part of the mouth, and swelling. Your dentist may also ask you questions about symptoms that are difficult to detect during an exam, such as trouble with swallowing and earaches.
What Screening Tests May Be Performed
At Pleasant Dentistry, we use a test called the ViziLite Plus. With this procedure, a special dye is used to detect cancerous and pre-cancerous regions in the mouth. The test is painless and can be performed in a single office visit. If your dentist notices something that needs a closer look during the ViziLite Plus procedure, he or she may perform a biopsy to further examine the tissue in question.
What Happens if Your Dentist Detects Oral Cancer
Your dentist will refer you to an appropriate doctor to make a plan for treatment. Your dentist will also be there to support you and consult on your case. The way oral cancer is treated depends on where the cancer is and whether it has spread out of your oral cavity. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Schedule an appointment with Pleasant Dentistry at Westbrook Village for this important cancer screening test. We also offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatments. We’re here to provide quality dental care for your entire family, so call us now at (623) 208-5384.