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Cavity Myths

At the Erdenheim dental office of Chesheim Dental Associates, we always try to make sure our patients know the truth about their dental health. That includes educating you about what types of things may or may not contribute to dental problems and what should truly be of concern. Cavities are no exception. Let’s separate fact from fiction.

We’ll start with one of the most widely-accepted myths, one that is so close to the truth that it seems like a fact. That’s the idea that sugar is the prime cause of cavities. In reality, the sugar itself isn’t doing the damage. It’s the acid produced by bacteria in your mouth that causes the decay. Here’s what happens: You eat carbohydrates, like sugar; the bacteria are triggered to make acid. The acid, in turn, can eat into your teeth, creating a cavity.

Another misconception is that cavities are harmless in baby teeth. Quite the opposite is true. If cavities in baby teeth are left untreated, they can actually develop into abscesses and can cause some serious pain. If this occurs, not only is the child in pain, they’re also at risk for spreading the infection to other areas of the body.

And lastly, some people think that if they have a cavity in Erdenheim, they’ll know it because it will cause pain. That’s definitely not that case. Mild tooth decay doesn’t really come with any symptoms. It’s when the cavity becomes more advanced and causes damage to the nerve that we typically start to experience the pain associated with a cavity. This is just one of the reasons it’s important to keep up with your oral exams with your Erdenheim dentist.

Regular check ups with Chesheim Dental Associates at our Erdenheim dental office can help catch any decay before it turns into a bigger problem, like needing a root canal. In addition, once a cavity starts, it will always continue to grow. This makes catching a cavity early so important for a healthy, pain-free smile.

If you’re overdue for your dental check up, call Chesheim Dental to set up an appointment today. We’ll perform an in-depth exam to see what’s going on in your mouth and we’ll make sure to get your smile in top shape.

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Kissing Pros and ConsIn honor of Valentine’s Day’s feelings of love, roses, and kisses, the Erdenheim dental office of Chesheim Dental Associates thinks it’s important to cover the pros and cons of kissing. Before you partake in any lip to lip action, take a moment to read up on how kissing is bad – and good – for your oral health.

Taking kissing advice from your dentist in Erdenheim can seem a bit odd. But we are the experts in all things related to your mouth, so there’s really nobody better!

Everybody kisses. It’s natural and it’s good for showing your love and devotion to your partner. However, there are a few dangers that you should be aware of before smooching. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), one kiss can share more than 500 types of disease-causing germs and viruses including cold sores, Mononucleosis (Mono, or the kissing disease), and even gum disease. And as we all know, kissing can also lead to sharing of a cold or the flu.

But don’t ban kissing just yet. There are actually upsides to locking lips with a loved one. Kissing can benefit your oral health by increasing saliva production. Saliva helps wash away food particles and cavity-causing bacteria, and can also protect teeth from decay by neutralizing acids. Additionally, kissing can enhance your mood and strengthen your relationship. So smooch on! Just be careful of any possible oral health dangers.

The best advice from our Erdenheim dental office is to make sure to keep up with your professional cleanings and checkups to limit the chance of sharing dangerous germs or even gum disease with a loved one. If you’re due for a checkup, or if you want to get kissable, fresh breath for all those romantic moments, call Chesheim Dental Associates to set up an appointment today!

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National Toothache DayEvery year on February 9th, we commemorate National Toothache Day. And while having a toothache is no holiday, being toothache free is something we can definitely celebrate.  The Erdenheim dental office of Chesheim Dental Associates likes to use National Toothache Day to remind all of our patients how to stay toothache free and why keeping up with your dental care is so important.

In fact, avoiding toothaches isn’t all that difficult, and it starts with a good dental hygiene protocol at home. By making sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time, and by flossing at least once a day, you’re already taking the first steps to being toothache free. Flossing and brushing away the day’s bacteria aids in keeping your pearly whites clean and germ free. And if your teeth are clean, there’s less chance for plaque and bacteria to get comfortable and start causing problems.

In addition to your at-home hygiene routine, keeping up with professional cleanings and checkups with Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim is just as important for a toothache free mouth. Professional hygiene visits take your teeth to a whole new level of clean, and our hygienists work deep below the gum line to remove anything you may have missed. Your regular checkups are also a great time for us to catch any potential problems before they turn into major issues.

If you are experiencing a toothache in Erdenheim, don’t wait for the pain to pass. A toothache is your body’s way of telling you that something’s not quite right, and you should listen. Don’t live with the discomfort of a toothache. Give Chesheim Dental Associates a call and we’ll work together to determine the cause of the pain and get you back to being toothache free and smiling.

 

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Stress can be caused by a variety of things from your job to your family, to your busy life, and anything in between. Although stress is a necessary part of life, it’s important that you learn how to relieve your stress, not only for your overall health, but also to keep your mouth healthy. At the Erdenheim dental office of Chesheim Dental Associates, we’d like to talk about how stress can affect your oral health.

Bruxism

Bruxism is the technical name for tooth grinding and jaw clenching. Bruxism or this clenching can be caused by sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or by stress and anxiety. Often, stress can cause people to begin grinding, sometimes without even knowing it. Bruxism can cause the tips of teeth to appear flat and can lead to extreme sensitivity and tooth damage. Sometimes, grinding can even cause problems with the TMJ (jaw joint).

Canker Sores

Although not particularly dangerous, canker sores can be painful and usually occur inside the mouth. While they often result from trauma, such as biting your cheek, stress can also trigger a canker sore.

Gum Disease

Researchers have shown that stress directly affects your immune system. This is especially concerning for your Erdenheim dentist because when your immune system is compromised, your chance of periodontal disease increases. The risk of gum disease is also increased by dry mouth. Dry mouth is a common side effect of many medications, including those used to treat stress and anxiety.

If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, or tense, or if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms we covered, we urge you to give Chesheim Dental Associates a call. We’ll take a look at what’s going on in your mouth and work together to get you and your mouth healthy.

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For a lot of us, the new year means making resolutions to look better, get healthier, be happier, or improve life as a whole. Whatever specifics your resolutions may include, don’t overlook the chance to enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry from Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim.

There’s a lot to say about a healthy, beautiful smile. Some people are lucky to have been born with one. Others have to battle against genetics, accidents, or aging. When time, or life itself, takes a toll on your teeth, your confidence can dwindle and it’s common to begin hiding your smile. However, you don’t need to hide forever. Chesheim Dental can help.

Our Erdenheim cosmetic dentistry options can get you smiling again, help boost your confidence, and fulfill your New Year’s resolution to look better, feel better, and be happier. Whether you need a professional whitening to brighten your smile, veneers to enhance the aesthetics of your teeth, or a complete smile makeover, we’re here to make it all possible.

There’s never been a better time to get healthy and confident for life. If you’re ready to stop hiding and start smiling, give us a call to schedule an appointment today. We’ll work with you to find the best cosmetic dentistry treatment for you. This is the year, ring in the New Year with a new smile from Chesheim Dental Associates.

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In addition to following a good home oral healthcare routine of flossing and brushing, maintaining biannual dental checkups at Chesheim Dental Associates is the best thing you can do for the health of your smile, and your body.

When you stop in for your six month appointment, we’ll check for any signs of gum disease, oral cancer, cavities, broken teeth, damaged fillings, and more. We’ll also conduct a thorough cleaning and polish and floss your teeth for a clean, fresh mouth.

While we obviously love to keep your teeth and gums healthy, visiting us at least every six months doesn’t only help your smile, it can also help protect your overall health

Oral health issues, like gum disease, can lead to whole-body problems such as cancer, strokes, heart disease, and other scary health problems. By maintaining regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist in Erdenheim, you can help catch any potential problems before they start or before they have a chance to affect the rest of your body.

Visiting Chesheim Dental Associates at least twice a year is essential to your oral healthcare routine. If you’re at risk for certain dental issues, we’ll sometimes recommend that you see us more often to ensure that we’re being proactive with your health.

If you’re due for a checkup and cleaning, give our Erdenheim dental office a call to schedule an appointment today. We can’t wait to see you!

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At Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim, we hear this question often, “Is flossing really that important?” The short answer is, “Yes, flossing is that important.” And here’s why.

Flossing is a crucial part of having a healthy mouth and healthy gums. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends daily flossing in order to achieve optimal oral health. By properly flossing, you’re able to remove food particles, plaque and bacteria that forms between teeth, something that brushing alone can’t do.

While brushing is a very important to the well being of your mouth, to get the healthiest mouth possible, it should be paired with flossing. A proper brushing-flossing combination reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease, and makes your Erdenheim dentist very happy!

Flossing Tips for Healthy Gums

  • Floss before brushing your teeth

  • Glide the floss in between each tooth using a sawing motion

  • Angle the floss in a “c” shape around the tooth and slightly below the gumline

  • Repeat on the opposite tooth

  • Unravel the floss from your fingers, supplying fresh floss for each set of teeth

  • Finish up with a proper brushing

Even if you brush twice a day and floss daily, it’s still important to maintain regular visits to your dental office in Erdenheim. Due for a checkup or professional cleaning? Don’t worry. Call Chesheim Dental Associates today to schedule your appointment today.

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Toothpaste

We all know that it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day – but how do you know if you’re using the right toothbrush and toothpaste? At Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim, we think it’s important, not only to keep up with brushing your teeth, but to also make sure you know if you’re using a good toothbrush and toothpaste.

Toothbrushes come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different size mouths. For larger mouths, a full-head toothbrush may be preferred, whereas if your mouth is smaller, you may opt for a compact head or even a youth toothbrush. Either way, your toothbrush should be able to fit in your mouth comfortably and allow you to easily reach all areas.

The type of bristles a toothbrush has is directly related to how well your toothbrush is cleaning your teeth without causing damage. We recommend using a soft-bristle toothbrush, not only because they bend more easily to access those hard-to-reach places, but also because they are less damaging than hard bristles. Hard bristles can cause gum irritation and can even damage the tooth surface.

The type of toothpaste you use is also important to your oral health. Here are a few key things to look for to make sure your toothpaste is giving your smile the best clean.

First, you need like the flavor, texture, and the toothpaste overall. Choosing a paste that you enjoy helps encourage you to brush everyday, twice a day.

Another way to make sure you’re using the right toothpaste is to look for the all-important ingredient of fluoride. Fluoride has been proven to protect tooth enamel from decay and is crucial to a healthy mouth. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily can reduce tooth decay by as much as 40%.

Besides fluoride, toothpastes are also made to cater to individual needs and can include speciality features like helping with sensitivity, tartar control, whitening, and breath-freshening.

Using the right toothbrush and toothpaste is important to your at-home dental hygiene routine, but there’s more to maintaining optimal oral health than simply using the right products at home. Keeping up with regularly scheduled professional cleanings and checkups are crucial to ensuring a healthy mouth. If you’re due for a professional cleaning or checkup, call our Erdenheim dental office to schedule your appointment today!

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Yikes! You broke a crown. And the part of having it restored you like the least is biting into that mass of impression goop – it makes you gag every time and it has to stay in your mouth for what feels like hours. Worse, sometimes the impression for something like a dental crown has to be taken twice. Not anymore! Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim now has the iTero intraoral digital scanner to make getting any restoration – like your crown – as easy as 1,2,3!

iTero Technology:

1. Creates precision images for incredibly accurate restorations

2. Eliminates the gooey discomfort of impressions

3. Shortens your appointments and eliminates the need for return appointments

It all adds up to a better better, more comfortable restoration process. So about that broken crown… come see us for a goopless experience!

iTero – More Than Just Crowns

Chesheim Dental Associates has invested in iTero technology to save you time and make restorations and other dentistry much easier and more comfortable. Since the iTero makes any procedure more accurate, we use it to replace conventional impression taking methods and improve the quality and effectiveness of crowns, porcelain inlays and onlays, porcelain veneers, implant restorations and Invisalign treatment.

The Benefits of iTero

Instead of putty molds that are messy and not always accurate, we take a digital scan of your bite that creates an intricate 3D image in real time. With iTero, the only thing that touches your teeth is the tip of a hand-held wand. The digital impression is complete in approximately three to five minutes. No waiting for the putty to dry, and no re-molding. And best of all, the digital impression can be sent electronically to our partner labs so your restoration will fit better and last longer.

If you need a crown – or any other restorative or cosmetic dental procedure – call our dental office in Erdenheim. We can make your smile look and feel great with no gagging involved!

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Toothbrush

We all know that it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day — but how do you know if you’re using the right toothbrush? At Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim, we think it’s important to not only keep up with brushing your teeth, but also to make sure that you know what makes a good toothbrush, and that you’re using the right one.

Toothbrushes come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different mouth sizes. For larger mouths, a full-head toothbrush may be preferred whereas if your mouth is smaller, you may opt for a compact head or even a youth toothbrush. Either way, your toothbrush should be able to fit in your mouth comfortably and allow you to easily reach all areas.

The handle of your toothbrush is also an important component to consider. While it’s important that the shape of the toothbrush is comfortable for you, it’s also necessary to make sure that the handle length and shape allows you to fit the toothbrush easily into your mouth and back to your molars, maintaining steady control.

While certain aspects of choosing a toothbrush are personal preferences, like size, shape, and color, other parts of a toothbrush shouldn’t be so subjective.

The type of bristles a toothbrush has is directly related to how well your toothbrush is cleaning your teeth, without causing damage. Chesheim Dental Associates recommends using a soft-bristle toothbrush, not only because it bends more easily to reach those hard-to-reach places, but also because it is less damaging than hard bristles. Hard bristles can cause gum irritation and may even cause damage to the tooth surface.

At our dental office in Erdenheim, we not only recommend using a toothbrush that has the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal, but also maintaining regularly scheduled hygiene visits and check ups. If you’re due for a professional dental cleaning, give Chesheim Dental Associates a call today. We love to see you smile!