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Here’s What the ADA Says About Piercings

Posted on: August 16th, 2022 by tcg_admin

Body piercing is a popular form of self-expression. Oral piercings may look cool, but they can harm your health. Richview Family Dentistry wants you to know some of the possible problems.

 

Infection, Pain & Swelling

 

Damage to Gums, Teeth, and Fillings

 

Hypersensitivity to Metals

 

Nerve Damage

 

Excessive Drooling

 

Dental Appointment Difficulties

 

Precautions:

If it has been a while since your last check-up or if you’re new to the area and looking for a family dentist, give us a call today at (931) 647-2243. We love new patients at Richview Family Dentistry!

Men’s Health Month is a Good Time to Review your Dental Health

Posted on: June 22nd, 2022 by tcg_admin

Men’s Health Month falls in June so Richview Family Dentistry explains a few things men should be doing to take care of their dental health as well

Men and women are different when it comes to oral health and starting good hygiene habits at a young age can help lead to healthier mouths.

Men vs Women

Men’s Oral Health Tips

If it has been a while since your last check-up or if you’re new to the area and looking for a family dentist, give us a call today at (931) 647-2243. We love new patients at Richview Family Dentistry!

The Importance of At Home Oral Health

Posted on: June 15th, 2021 by tcg_admin

At Richview Family Dentistry, we believe in regular dental check-ups, but your at-home oral health care is just as important.

The following are recommendations from the American Dental Association.

General Recommendations

Personalized Recommendations

Lifestyle Considerations

* Some of the dangers of DIY at home orthodontics include:

If it’s been a while since your last check-up or if you’re new to the area and looking for a family dentist, give us a call today at (931) 647-2243. We love new patients at Richview Family Dentistry!

Which Mouthwash Should I Use?

Posted on: February 25th, 2021 by tcg_admin

Richview Family Dentistry wants you to know what to look for when choosing a mouthwash.

First, mouthwash should not be considered a replacement for daily brushing and flossing, however, it can be a helpful addition to your daily oral hygiene routine.

There are two types of mouthwash:

Cosmetic

Therapeutic

Therapeutic mouthwash is available both over the counter and by prescription, depending on the formulation.

WARNING: According to the ADA (American Dental Association), mouthwash is not recommended for children younger than 6 years of age. Swallowing reflexes may not be well developed in children this young therefore they could swallow large amounts, which can trigger adverse reactions such as nausea, vomiting, and even intoxication (due to the alcohol content in some rinses).

When choosing a method, bear in mind that it’s best to buy over the counter products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Manufacturers must apply to the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs and submit data to show that their products are safe and effective in order to get this seal.

If you have any questions about which type of mouthwash to use, please contact us. We’re here to help make sure you have a healthy and dazzling smile.

If it’s been a while since your last check-up or if you’re new to the area and are looking for a family dentist, give us a call today at (931) 647-2243. We love new patients at Richview Family Dentistry!

Best Practices for Whiter Teeth

Posted on: October 19th, 2020 by tcg_admin

Richview Family Dentistry has some tips for a whiter and brighter smile

Stains: Extrinsic vs. Intrinsic Stains

Over-the-Counter vs. Dentist-Supervised

When choosing a method, bear in mind that it’s best to buy OTC products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. To have this seal, the manufacturers must apply to the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs and submit data to show that their products are safe and effective.

If you have any questions about which method of whitening to use, please contact us. We’re here to help make sure you have a healthy and dazzling smile.

If it’s been a while since your last check-up or if you’re new to the area and are looking for a family dentist, call us. We love new patients at Richview Family Dentistry. Call us to make an appointment today at (931) 647-2243.

Do It Yourself Dentistry? Why It’s a Bad Idea

Posted on: March 10th, 2020 by tcg_admin

Richview Family Dentistry explains the dangers of DIY dental work.

We’ve seen the ads on TV and social media about quick and easy, at-home dental work, but the ADA (American Dental Association) suggests that you take a closer look at why DIY dental work is not a good idea.

At-Home Braces and Aligners

Tooth Extraction

The ADA discourages the use of direct to consumer dental products, including mouth guards, snoring appliances, teeth whitening trays, and bleaching products, partial dentures, veneers, and aligners.

According to ADA Dentist, Dr. Ruchi Sahota, “Visiting a dentist can also catch issues beforehand and ensure treatment doesn’t cause more problems than it cures.”

People considering DIY are usually looking for answers but don’t have a dentist they can speak with. Please give Richview Family Dentistry a call before trying any of these DIY products.

We love new patients at Richview Family Dentistry. Call us to make an appointment today at (931) 647-2243.

Protecting Your Teeth During the Holidays

Posted on: December 4th, 2019 by tcg_admin

Richview Family Dentistry wants to give you some tips on how to take care of your teeth during these festive times.

 

During the holidays, we tend to eat more and drink more. The usual fare at any gathering usually contains more sugar and carbs than your normal daily meals. It is this reason why taking care of your teeth is so important.

Teeth are exposed to higher levels of sugar and acidic food and drinks. Here are some tips to get you through the holidays.

 

Swish!

 

Eat Wisely!

 

Calm Down!

And by all means, be careful when eating hard candy and don’t use your teeth to open packages and remove tags.

 

Red Wine!

 

We want you to enjoy the holidays, but we also want you to enjoy a clean, bright smile.

If it’s time for a check-up or cleaning, make an appointment with Richview Family Dentistry. Call us to make an appointment today at (931) 647-2243.

Gum Disease. What is it? How to Prevent it.

Posted on: October 14th, 2019 by tcg_admin

Richview Family Dentistry wants you to know about gum disease. What causes it, how to treat it, and how it can be prevented.

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on teeth.

The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. At this stage, it can be treated with professional cleaning, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

Advanced gum disease is also called periodontitis and can lead to the loss of teeth, tissue, and bone that supports the teeth.

Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients. With this diagnosis, there is rapid loss of gum tissue and bone surrounding the teeth and the teeth become loose.

Here are some warning signs:

Some increased risk factors:

Your best defense against gum disease is to brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, eat a balanced diet and schedule regular dental visits.

If it’s time for a check-up or cleaning, make an appointment with Richview Family Dentistry. Call us to make an appointment today at (931) 647-2243


Source:
https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/g/gum-disease?utm_source=social&utm_medium=twitter&u
tm_content=gumdisease

 

Wine and Cheese… Good for Your Teeth?

Posted on: July 23rd, 2019 by tcg_admin

Richview Family Dentistry wants to give you the skinny on how having cheese with your wine can protect your teeth

While it’s true that wine can be harmful to your teeth, the good news is that having a little cheese with your wine can actually protect your teeth.

The Bad News:

The Good News:

BUT! – Don’t brush your teeth right after finishing a glass of wine. Brushing causes the enamel that has softened from the acid to be brushed away quicker.

INSTEAD – brush your teeth an hour or so BEFORE drinking.

Another solution is to drink Sparkling Water in between glasses of wine. Swish it around in your mouth and allow the bubbles to loosen up and scrub away the stain.

And one last tip is to eat Fiber. Foods with high fiber content, like broccoli, brussel sprouts, and potatoes help produce more saliva and the chewing will scrub away stains as you chew.

If it’s time for a check-up or cleaning, make an appointment with Richview Family Dentistry. Call us to make an appointment today at (931) 647-2243


Source:

https://washfm.iheart.com/featured/toby-and-chilli-mornings/content/2018-08-14-want-better-teeth-eat-cheese-and-wine/

What is Restorative Dentistry?

Posted on: October 13th, 2017 by tcg_admin

Restorative dentistry involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

At Richview Family Dentistry, we can suggest a treatment plan to restore teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored or even missing. Teeth that are affected by any of these developmental or trauma-related defects can qualify for restorative care. Whether it’s a filling, crown, implant or bridge, there are several options available depending on need.

 

There are four primary types of dental materials used to restore teeth:

  1. Porcelain
  2. Dental amalgam
  3. Composite resin
  4. Gold.

 

Composite resin includes ceramic or plastic compounds that can be used with other materials like glass ionomers. There are also other precious and non-precious metals similar to gold, and almost as durable. In any of the above materials, there are a variety of treatment options designed to restore the surface of teeth or replace missing teeth.

 

Fillings

 

Fillings often use amalgam to restore the tooth’s surface, and are generally placed on posterior or teeth located in the back of the mouth. Amalgam fillings are an alloy, which does contain mercury or a mercury substitute. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are resins used for tooth-colored restorations and are used in both front and back teeth. Many people prefer these because they’re hard to notice when in their mouth.

 

Veneers

 

Veneers are a layer of material (porcelain or composite), and are tooth-colored similar to composite fillings. They are bonded or cemented to the surfaces of one or more teeth, mainly those in the upper and lower front teeth (incisors). They help to improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked or uneven.

 

Crowns and Bridges

 

Crowns are a type of restoration covering the entire portion of a tooth that has been damaged, chipped, cracked or, according to the American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthy site, subject to extensive restoration that threatens the rest of the tooth. They can be fabricated from gold, porcelain or another ceramic material. Bridges, however, are a prosthetic replacement of one or more natural teeth. They consist of crowns that are adjacent to the space with a replacement tooth (pontic) attached to the crowns.

 

If you are worried you may have gum disease or are ready for a routine cleaning, contact Richview Family Dentistry. Dr. Wall and Dr. Sherrill are ready to help you get your mouth healthy and keep you smiling bright! At Richview Family Dentistry we’re the best choice for all your family’s dental needs, including dental implants, teeth straightening, cosmetic, and preventative dentistry.

 

Sources:
Colgate.com
MouthHealthy.org