Just finshed another wonderful day of learning and growing with some wonderful offices all over the Nebreaska and Kansas Region. Dr. Jack Wesch from Fairbury and myself led a wonderful day together with doctors, and their teams and even my lawyer and a key person of his staff atttending. We discussed what it means to be a leader and why we dedicated this day every year to a great man, dentist, husband, and father; Dr. Clem McGill. We also discussed how we have the possibilty to untap unlimited potential. We wathced a great movie entitled, “People v. The State of Illusion”. Dr. Wesch also helped us understand “Stress” and what it does to our bodies. It was a wonderful day at Mahoney State Park. We do it every year and learning to be great leaders to make a difference in the lives of those we serve is something that all the attendees do not take ligtly. If you would like to attend next year and be part of this great group we would love to have you. Just drop me a line and I will make sure put you on the list.
As you are sifting through buckets of candy, take a moment to think about tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria and a diet that is high in sugar. Bacteria occurs naturally in the mouth. When that bacteria combines with the sugar in the food that you eat, it becomes sticky and gets stuck to your teeth, forming plaque. The bacteria in the plaque continues to react with the sugar, and causes cavities. Cavities, also known as caries, are holes in the teeth.
Risk Factors for Tooth Decay
There are several risk factors that can increase your odds of developing cavities or tooth decay. These factors include having a dry mouth, the size and shape of the teeth, the thickness of the tooth enamel, the position of the teeth, the bite, and the tooth eruption time and sequence.
Signs of Tooth Decay
If you have tooth decay, you may experience a variety of indications. One common symptom of tooth decay is sensitivity to heat or cold. Your teeth may also feel sensitive to sweet foods or drinks. Sometimes cavities are visible as light or brown spots on the teeth.
In many cases, a person experiences no pain or symptoms of tooth decay. Instead, cavity and tooth decay are discovered by a routine examination by a dentist. Cavities can also develop in between the teeth, in which case they might only be identified on an x-ray.
How to Prevent Cavities
You can prevent cavities and tooth decay by making some lifestyle modifications. First, limit the amount of sugar in your diet. This is especially important for babies and children. Limit the amount of juices or other sweet drinks that children are allowed to consume, and never give juice or soda in a baby bottle. In many cases, dentists recommend applying sealants to children’s teeth to prevent cavities from forming.
If you must have sugary drinks, try sweetening your coffee or tea with artificial sweeteners like sucrose or sucralose. These sweeteners don’t react with bacteria the same way that sugar does, so they won’t cause cavities.
There is another artificial sweetener called xylitol that actually kills bacteria in the mouth. Chewing gum that contains xylitol after you eat will help to cut down on tooth decay and prevent cavities.
Small cavities can be treated by a process known as tooth remineralization. This involves applying fluoride to the teeth in the form of fluoride toothpaste or fluoride treatment in the dentist’s office. You can also take a fluoride supplement or drink fluoridated water. The fluoride strengthens the tooth enamel and makes it less susceptible to cavities.
Excessive quantities of fluoride can be damaging, so don’t undergo fluoride treatments without guidance from your dentist.
If a cavity is small but doesn’t respond to remineralization, it can often be treated with a filling. Larger cavities that cover more of the tooth may need to be covered with a crown. If the cavity has reached the nerve, then you may need to have a root canal.
Of course, the best way to deal with tooth decay and cavities is to take good care of your teeth and prevent damage. Drink plenty of water so that sugar and bacteria is rinsed out of your mouth and off your teeth. Limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks. Brush and floss your teeth. Doing all of these things, and instilling these habits in children from an early age, will go a long way toward preventing tooth decay.
There are three reasons that people lose their teeth. They are: tooth decay, gum disease, and bad bite. The first two are diseases of choice. You don’t have to have them if you don’t want them. Partnering with a dental team that coaches you on how to prevent the causes of disease and what role you play in this process, is the secret to your success. But the last one BAD BITE you can’t do anything about by yourself. This takes dentists trained specifically in this area to help you stop this disease progression. It is BAD BITE that I would like to touch upon in this article.
BAD BITE is not whether your teeth are straight or not. It is the lack of the way the chewing muscles, joints, and teeth relate to each other. When the joints are in the socket, all the teeth should hit front and back. Did you know that the only time that the teeth should touch is when you swallow 12-1400 times per day? When you chew your food the back teeth should not touch. The front teeth should guide the back teeth and separate them so that food can come onto the chewing table. If the teeth bump, too much power is placed on them, and over time they crack, and break. When a dentist fixes the tooth or teeth without looking at the cause of the problem, it can affect other teeth and cause them to wear. It can cause you to have headaches, or even joint problems.
If the teeth do not hit at the same time when you swallow, usually when the joints are in the socket the back teeth hit. To get all the teeth together, the joints have to come out of the socket. If this happens it is called a slide, fulcrum or what I like to call a TEETER TOTTER EFFECT. This slide makes the lower front teeth slam into the back of the upper front teeth. This makes them chip and over time makes them shorter and shorter. This will make you look older than you really are. Making sure that you have a healthy chewing system will keep you looking young, as well as make sure that your teeth, muscles, and joints are healthy.
Restorative dentistry is a field of dentistry that aims to preserve the teeth and manage oral health problems while maintaining teeth and gums that are both functional and attractive. Many of the procedures used in restorative dentistry also fall under the umbrella of prosthodontic dentistry.
Some of the procedures used in restorative dentistry include fillings, bridges, crowns, dental implants, and full and partial dentures.
The aim of restorative dentistry is twofold. First of all, filling empty spots in the mouth by using dental implants or other methods helps to maintain the health of the mouth. Empty spaces are particularly prone to the buildup of bacteria which leads to plaque. Missing teeth also cause the remaining teeth to undergo excessive stress because there is less surface area available for chewing. Restoring the mouth by using procedures like dental implants helps to improve the overall health of the mouth. In addition, restorative dentistry helps to improve the confidence and well-being of the patient.
Basics of Restorative Dentistry
These are some of the most common procedures used in restorative dentistry:
- Fillings. If a tooth has a cavity, it is filled with a type of composite resin material. These fillings can be gold, silver, or white. The filling is used to stop the spread of the cavity and prevent further tooth decay.
- Crowns. A crown is a sort of cap that is placed over the top of the tooth. A crown can be used to reinforce the strength of the tooth, as well as improving its appearance. Crowns are shaped just like teeth. Crowns are sometimes also used to cover a dental implant or to help hold a bridge in place.
- Bridges. A bridge is a set of false teeth that is used to cover a gap in the mouth where teeth are missing. In some cases, bridges are held in place by crowns on either side of the gap. In other circumstances, bridges are permanently cemented into place.
- Dental implants. A dental implant is replacement roots for a tooth. They are small posts made of metal that are actually implanted into the tooth socket where there is a missing tooth. The implant is then covered with a crown in order to give the appearance of a natural tooth.
- Dentures. Dentures are a mouthpiece that is made of acrylic resin, and they sometimes have metal attachments.They are removable false teeth. Dentures can be full, replacing all the teeth, or partial, replacing some of the teeth. When some of the natural teeth are intact and viable, partial dentures can be used and held in place with metal clips.
As you can see, restorative dentistry offers many options to improve dental health in terms of both health and appearance. Retaining the natural teeth is always preferable, but in situations where that is not a viable option, there are other choices available. Restorative dentistry gives patients the opportunity to care for their teeth, mouth, and gums in a way that is aesthetically pleasing.
If you are struggling with your dental health and could benefit from the services of a restorative dentist, contact the office of Dr. TJ Bolt. Dr. Bolt offers restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and comprehensive dental care. Whether you just need a routine checkup and cleaning, or more in-depth dental work, Dr. Bolt’s office will be happy to schedule an appointment for you in the soothing atmosphere of our office.
Come in to see Dr. Bolt, and he will perform a comprehensive examination. With the information from that exam, we will develop a treatment plan. Call the office at (402) 572-8000 to make an appointment today.
Tooth decay is the menace that destroys the structure of your infected tooth permanently, resulting in expensive and painful dental surgeries and a lifetime of toothache. It is also referred to as tooth cavity or dental caries.
The main reasons for tooth decay are your diet and inadequate care of your teeth. If you consume a diet that is rich in sugars, such as honey, some fruits and jams, you are destroying your teeth since sugar is their biggest and worst enemy. This is why kids who go crazy on chocolates and sweets get their teeth rotten early.
When you consume a meal, bits and pieces of the food stick to your teeth and accumulate in the spaces between them. Most people stick to the ritual of brushing their teeth before breakfast in the morning. However, they are unaware that they need to brush after the meal to remove the debris sticking to their teeth. If not removed, the sugars in the food will be converted to acids by the bacteria in the mouth.The acids then attack the tooth structure, causing it to break down and infect the neighboring teeth as well.
If you’re suspecting that your teeth are decaying, you need to be on the lookout for the following stages of tooth decay.
1. Appearance of Yellow stains
Your teeth start losing calcium, something indicated by yellow spots or off-white stains on the surface of the teeth. On the first sign of such a spot or stain, it is best to consult a dentist and get the required treatment. Fluoride can rescue the tooth before the decay progresses to the next stage.
2. Breakdown of the Enamel
The enamel happens to be the strongest tissue in your teeth, but it can be eroded by tooth decay. Imagine if the strongest part of your teeth can be eroded by decay, how easy it will be for the whole structure to collapse. In this stage, the infected tooth has to be cleaned and then filled by a professional dentist.
3. Dentin Decay
After the enamel, the dentin is the next affected part of the tooth. Even at this stage, the damage can be repaired by a simple filling that will restore the tooth to its original shape. The level of pain you experience also increases considerably at this stage. If the problem is diagnosed at this level, there is a good chance it can be taken care of easily.
4. Infection in the Pulp
At the fourth stage, the pulp of the tooth is affected by the decay. An infection sets in because of the bacteria present in the tooth. Now there are different symptoms that indicate this stage, such as nerves and blood vessels dying and pus forming. Here, the only treatment effective to eradicate the problem is root canal therapy. Needless to say, the pain also intensifies and almost becomes unbearable.
5. Formation of Abscess
The final stage in tooth decay is the formation of abscess. This occurs because the infection has spread to the topmost part of the tooth. As a result, the bones around the teeth are also plagued by the infection. All of this results in excruciating pain. You might also experience swelling on the cheeks on the affected side. The tooth will have to be removed or root canal therapy will be performed by the dentist. You will also need to take painkillers to control the pain and antibiotics to stop the infection from spreading further.
With each stage, it becomes difficult for you to bear the pain. Therefore, it is important that the tooth decay is identified and treated at an early stage. For this, it is imperative that you have regular dental checkups. Contact Dr TJ Bolt to schedule an appointment or learn more about teeth decay treatment and prevention along with other dental information at Bolt DDS.
Caring for your dental health is a vital component of your overall health care. There are a series of steps that every person should take in order to ensure that your mouth, teeth, and gums are as healthy as they can possibly be. The first step is to establish a regular routine of oral care.
Brushing and Flossing
One of the most basic steps in caring for your dental health is brushing and flossing your teeth. You should brush your teeth at least twice every day, when you get up in the morning and before you go to bed at night. This helps to remove bits of food, bacteria, and plaque. It is particularly important to brush before you go to sleep at night so that food and bacteria aren’t left on your teeth all night while you are sleeping. You should also floss your teeth every day to remove food and plaque that is caught in the spaces between your teeth.
You should replace your toothbrush about every three months. If you notice that the bristles of your toothbrush are fraying or you have been ill recently, you should replace your toothbrush sooner.
Parents should start brushing their children’s teeth as soon as the teeth come in. You can use a small toothbrush and fluoride-free toothpaste designed for toddlers. Young children don’t know how to spit the toothpaste out after brushing, so toddler toothpaste doesn’t have fluoride that would upset their stomachs if swallowed. You can also use a tiny dab of regular toothpaste.
Ask your dentist about whether your child should take a fluoride supplement. In some neighborhoods, the water supply is fluoridated, but in other neighborhoods it is not. Both too little and too much fluoride can cause dental problems, so ask your dentist for advice on this topic.
Visits to the Dentist
Beginning at around one year of age, all adults and children should visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup. At this visit, your teeth will be cleaned and checked for cavities and x-rays may be taken. This is a good time to brush up on proper brushing and flossing techniques and to ask any questions that you might have about your dental health.
Good Eating Habits
You can care for your teeth by watching what you eat. Limit sugary snacks and drinks. If you do indulge, brush afterwards to remove any sugar that has been deposited on your teeth.
Children should not go to bed with a bottle in their mouths. This is a bad habit that leads to a constant flow of sugar over the child’s teeth while they are sleeping. Get in the habit of finishing the bottle before laying your infant down to sleep, and transition your child to a cup instead of a bottle as soon as possible.
Smoking and chewing tobacco are bad habits that can do serious damage to your teeth and mouth. In addition to the serious risk of developing oral cancer, smoking can cause other, less deadly problems. Some of these issues include:
- Buildup of tartar
- Bad breath
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Stained teeth
- Slowed healing after dental procedures
If you smoke, your dental health is one of the many reasons that you should quit.
This guide to dental health provides you with the basics of caring for your teeth. For an exam, cleaning, or consultation; contact Dr. TJ Bolt. Dr. Bolt takes a lifestyle approach to complete dental health. We offer complete dental services in a relaxing atmosphere. Call our office to schedule your appointment today.
Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is a disorder that affects the joint that connects the jaw and the temporal bone. It can cause pain in the jaw and the surrounding facial muscles. As a result, patients may experience pain that is aggravated by eating, talking, or even yawning.
Some of the causes of TMJ include injuries to the jaw, whiplash, grinding of the teeth, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and stress.
In addition to pain in the jaw and face, TMJ can also cause the following symptoms:
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Ear pain
- Inability to open mouth to full extent
- Clicking or popping of jaw joint
- Difficulty chewing
- Facial swelling
There are a variety of ways that patients can deal with the pain caused by TMJ. Here are some remedies that you can try.
- Pain relievers – First, try an over-the-counter pain reliever, like Tylenol, Motrin, or Aleve. If that doesn’t help, your doctor or dentist may prescribe something stronger to address your pain.
- Antidepressant medications – Some types of tricyclic antidepressants are also used to treat chronic pain. If your pain is an ongoing issue and it doesn’t respond to pain relievers, this approach might be helpful.
- Muscle relaxers – Muscle relaxers can relax the facial muscles that are inflamed by TMJ, relieving your pain.
- Sedatives – If your TMJ pain is aggravated by grinding or clenching your teeth at night, your doctor or dentist might prescribe a sedative. This will help you to relax your jaw at night and reduce the stress on your temporomandibular joint.
- Bite guards – Bite guards can also help to keep you from grinding your teeth, which can provide some relief from TMJ symptoms.
- Physical therapy – Treatment through physical therapy can include ultrasound, moist heat, or ice. In addition, the physical therapist will teach you exercises that you can perform at home in order to strengthen your jaw muscles and stretch them.
- Education – Education should be included with other pain relief approaches so that you are better able to prevent behaviors that can aggravate your pain. For example, grinding your teeth and biting your fingernails can exacerbate TMJ symptoms.
- Injections – If you have severe TMJ pain that is not responding to other treatment methods, your doctor or dentist may recommend injections to treat your pain. Typically, an injection of steroids is used to reduce inflammation in the temporomandibular joint. Less frequently, Botox injections are given in the jaw muscles to relieve pain.
- Arthrocentesis – This procedure is similar to an injection. A needle is inserted into the temporomandibular joint, and fluid is used to rinse out the joint and remove any debris that might be causing pain.
- Surgery – If your pain is the result of a structural deformity, you may be a candidate for surgery to correct the deformity and relieve your symptoms. This approach is rare, and not often recommended.
If you believe that you may have TMJ, you should first see a dentist for proper diagnosis. There are many other conditions that can mimic the symptoms of TMJ, so it is important to get a professional opinion and diagnosis.
Dr. TJ Bolt is an expert on TMJ. His practice is devoted to finding the source of your pain and relieving it. Call (402) 572-8000 to make an appointment with Dr. Bolt today so that you can find relief for your TMJ symptoms.
Are you looking for a dentist for advanced dentistry in Omaha? If you are having dental problems and need procedures like root canals, crowns, bridges, implants, cosmetic dentistry or other advanced dentistry issues, you may be wondering how to find a dentist that is experienced in handling these issues. Use this guide to help you find a dentist for advanced dentistry in Omaha.
- The best time to choose a dentist is before you need one. If you are dealing with a dental emergency, you won’t have the luxury of choosing the best dentist; you will take whoever can see you the soonest out of desperation. If you have moved to a new area or just haven’t seen a dentist in a while, it is best to do some research now and make an appointment with the dentist for a regular checkup. That way, you are an established patient and can get in to the office quickly in the event that a dental problem arises.
- Check online to find a dentist who is a member of the American Dental Association or American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. These websites list their members by area, so you can find a dentist near your home who is a member of these associations.
- Make sure that the dentist is certified in your state. Also, look in to the dentist’s training and credentials. You can find much of this information online through websites that review medical and dental providers. Many dentists even provide this information on their own business website.
- Call the local court and ask whether any cases of malpractice have been filed against the dentist. Ask about the status or disposition of these cases. Keep in mind that most practitioners face a lawsuit at some point in their career, so one case is not necessarily a sign that the dentist is unskilled, particularly if the case was found in favor of the dentist. However, if there is a long list of malpractice cases filed against a dentist, you may want to reconsider.
- Call the office, and ask to talk to or meet with the dentist. Ask him how much experience he has in performing the particular procedure that you need to have done. A dentist may have been in practice for many years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he has performed a certain procedure many times. If you know what service you need, make sure that your dentist is experienced in that service.
- Ask to see before and after photos of the service that you need. This provides you with a clear demonstration of the results that you can expect. A good dentist will be proud to show you photos of his work.
- Talk to former patients of the dentist. You can do this by talking to friends and family members and asking for recommendations of what dentist they like, or by going directly to the dentist and asking for references from his patients. Many dentists post testimonials from patients on their websites, and you can also get reviews from patients on the web through sites like www.dentist-ratings.net.
- Talk to the dentist’s office staff about financing options and payment arrangements. Of course, you should make sure that the dentist is part of your dental insurance network. For charges that exceed your dental insurance coverage, ask about the payment terms so that you are prepared to handle any charges.
It does not take a relationship to treat disease but you do need a relationship to help people create health. Less than 1% of all dental patients report that they have ever sat down with their dentist and made a long-term plan for their dental health.
Most dentists react to disease. Because of their training and the way that they have their practice structured, they do not help a patient move to the creative process of moving beyond disease, and into setting goals to sustain long-term health. This type of dentist is not a planner. What this does is keep people moving around the disease cycle, and if they stay in that cycle long enough they will find their mouth in a state of disrepair while going to the dentist every six month. Keep in mind there is nothing magical in having your teeth cleaned every six months. It is what you are doing when you are not at the dental office which makes the most difference.
There are three reasons why people lose their teeth. They are: Tooth Decay, Gum Disease, and Bad Bite. The first two are diseases of choice. You don’t have to have them if you do not want to have them. Bad Bite is the incorrect way that the muscles, joints, and teeth relate to each other. It doesn’t mean crooked or straight teeth, but you need intervention to correct this disease.
A Dental Health Coach (Health Centered Dentist) and his/her team help their patients get beyond disease by identifying the cause of the disease. Plaque is the cause of tooth decay and gum disease and the risk level (host resistance) to the disease, which causes people to lose their teeth. By working with the dental health coaches, a patient can learn how to be effective at removing the causative agent. During a dental visit the patient learns how effective they are at removing plaque. Coaching is done to aid the person who is not as effective as they would like to be. Plaque is measured and charted in a graph form so that from appointment to appointment the patient can view their progress. Adjustments can be made if necessary. Remember that it is what the patient is doing when they are not in the office that will move them closer to health. Helping the patient take control of their own health is what the majority of a health centered appointment looks like. The patient is learning to keep their own teeth cleaned and the dentist or hygienist helps them with spots they may have been less effective. Plaque calcifies and forms tartar on the teeth just 24 to 48 hours after the patient has a professional cleaning. Most people are spinning around in the disease cycle if they are not affective at removing plaque. In effect, patients not being effective at removing the cause of disease, have clean teeth for 4 days out of the year, if they are going to a dental visit for “CLEANING”. Are you wondering why they have need for repair so much, while going to the dentist every 6 months? For more information please call me at 402-572-8000 or visit my website at www.drtjbolt.com .