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Unexplained toothache? It might be due to seasonal allergies.

March 16th, 2015

Unexplained-toothache

You probably know It’s that time of year again--allergy season. But did you know that allergies can cause dental issues?

The symptoms
We’ve been seeing a lot of toothaches lately due to sinus inflammation from seasonal allergies. Symptoms are most commonly localized to the maxillary (upper) premolars and molars. You may have been feeling toothache symptoms on teeth without a reason to hurt, including hypersensitivity to cold, pain on biting, sensitivity to tapping, and throbbing sensations. While it is true all of these symptoms mimic an infected tooth, they also are indicative of sinus pressure.

What you should do
Early spring-like conditions have led to an increase in seasonal allergies, in turn some of these allergies can increase inflammation in the sinus membrane leading to generalized pain in upper premolars and molars. However these symptoms generally manifest with the typical seasonal allergy symptoms, so if you don’t have your normal seasonal allergy symptoms you may want us to take a closer look.

Treatment
Once you have seen your dentist and ruled out a tooth infection, you can treat the symptoms. In order to treat sinus congestion and pressure to relieve tooth pain, you must eliminate the congestion which causes the pressure. A good trio of medications often recommended to treat these symptoms are:

1. Antihistamine (Claritin, Allegra, Benadryl)
2. Decongestant (Pseudofed, Claritin-D)
3. Topical Nasal Spray- (Afrin)

Please be sure to visit your general practitioner or family doctor to make sure these medications are safe for you. If toothache symptoms don’t resolve, be sure to revisit your dentist for a reevaluation and/or referral to a specialist.

The bottom line
Your toothache might not actually be a problem with your teeth. But even if you think these symptoms might be due to allergies, you should still come in and see the dentist to rule out actual tooth problems like decay, abscess, etc.

Call us to schedule an appointment! 541-548-8175.

What your teeth dreams mean

February 23rd, 2015

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Ever had a dream about teeth? They’re actually one of the most common dream scenarios. The most typical symbolic manifestation in these dreams is losing teeth. Below are a few popular explanations of what they could mean.

Keep in mind that dreams are interpreted in a variety of different ways, and can be seen in two main levels: symbolic and literal.

Symbolic: A symbol can invoke a feeling or an idea and often has a much more profound and deeper meaning than any one word can convey. At the same time, these symbols can leave you confused and wondering what that dream was all about.

Literal: Your subconscious can often pick up an illness or weakness in the body before you are consciously aware of it. In other words, your teeth might be telling you it’s time to come give us a visit!

Different meanings of dreams about teeth:

Life transitions

This type of dream echoes any emotional disturbances you may be experiencing as you or your environment is going through a period of change. Teeth falling out are symbols of a lack of balance in your life; it could be at work, at home, at school, or in one of your relationships.

Loss of power

Teeth are used to bite, tear, chew, and gnaw. In this regard, teeth symbolize power. So the loss of teeth in your dream may be from a sense of powerlessness. You may be experiencing feelings of inferiority and a lack of self-confidence in some situation or relationship in your life. This dream may be an indication that you need to be more assertive and believe in the importance of what you have to say.

Communication

Teeth falling out can mean that in waking life you’ve allowed something out of your mouth that should have remained in there permanently. It might indicate that you’re concerned about your ability to communicate or that you said something embarrassing. Your dreams could be trying to show you that you must be careful about what comes out of your mouth because once it is out, like a tooth, you can’t put it back in.

Appearance

Teeth dreams can often mean that you’re worried about your attractiveness or appearance and how others perceive you. Teeth are an important feature to your attractiveness and how you present to others. So losing them in a dream may be an indication that your sense of your attractiveness is being threatened in some way in real life.

Renewal

From the opposite perspective, this symbol also has positive meanings, including a new direction in life and renewal. Dreaming about beautiful, sparkling, shiny teeth could indicate feelings of assurance, contentment, or peace in a given situation.

Think your teeth dreams might be trying to tell you it’s time for a checkup? Click here to schedule an appointment!

9 TIPS TO EASE YOUR CHILD’S FEAR OF THE DENTIST

January 28th, 2015

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Every child deserves a great smile. And keeping little smiles healthy and happy means regular dental visits. But what do you do when your child clings to the leg of the dining room table he or she is hiding under, screaming like a wild banshee, because it’s time to go to the dentist? How can you help your kiddo to not be so afraid?

We have nine tips that can help make your child’s next visit a happier one:

1. Find a dentist who is good with kids. Look for someone with a heaping dose of positivity as well as a superabundance of fun, yet gentle, ideas for making children feel more comfortable in the dentist’s chair. Our own Dr. Matthew McCleery specializes in pediatric dentistry and has a friendly, easy personality that children (and their parents) find reassuring.

2. Talk about teeth. Having regular chats with your child about brushing and flossing reinforces that oral health is a normal part of everyday life. When it comes time for your child’s appointment, the topic of teeth (and checking to make sure they are still healthy) won’t seem weird or scary.

3. Schedule a Happy Visit with our office. This is our opportunity to meet your child and become good friends. Your son or daughter will be led on a personal tour of the office, have the chance to meet the dentist and give the cool dental chairs a “test sit.”

4. Make going to the dentist a twice-a-year event. When you put off dental visits, the extended time between appointments can cause children to forget just how easy and fun going to the dentist can be. Bring your child in every six months for best dental health.

5. Talk about expectations. Using “kid words,” discuss with your child what to expect during a visit to the dentist. Most fears in life stem from the unknown, so make sure your kiddo understands that dentists are simply helpful adults who know a lot about teeth and how to keep them healthy.

6. Role play. Time for a bit of make-believe. Pretend like you are the dentist and have your child sit in the “dentist’s chair.” Have him open his mouth wide and then use a toothbrush to count each one of his teeth. Switch places and have him do the same to you.

7. Don’t share prior terrible dental experiences with your children. Children often acquire their fears via the stories they hear from others. Instead, be a force of dentist positivity.

8. Avoid using scary words when talking about the dentist. Words such as “hurt,” “freezing,” “shot,” or “drill” can strike fear in the hearts of little ones. Instead, use long yet simple descriptions to talk about what might happen when your child visits the dentist. Keep words upbeat.

9. Bring a familiar comfort item from home, such as a blanket or a special toy. If your child has a favorite song, let her listen to it during the exam.

You are doing your children a huge favor when you invest in their oral care. Bravo, parents! Visiting the dentist every six months creates a lifelong habit of taking care of one of the most important things in life… a happy, healthy smile.

Ready to schedule a Happy Visit for your child? Click here to get started!

CELEBRATING THE WONDER OF THE SEASON

December 23rd, 2014

Here we are, fully immersed in December. How time flies! It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to an end and that a new year is nipping at our heels.

This is the time of year where hearts and minds shift to family and friends as we celebrate those things that are truly important to us. And although the chaos and busyness of the season can be overwhelming at times, the holidays have a magical way of bringing people together with good food, brightly-wrapped gifts… and way too much of Uncle Larry’s “secret recipe” eggnog.

What are your most treasured traditions?

Perhaps you take a jaunt to the Christmas tree lot every year to bicker over the best tree. Maybe your co-workers throw the best White Elephant party ever (because who doesn’t need/want a nose-hair trimmer?). Or it could be the collective groan that occurs every time your family snuggles on the couch and watches the scatterbrained Uncle Billy carelessly hand over a wad of cash to Mr. Potter in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’

Some of our employees share their favorites here:

Jessica Our family loves Elf on a Shelf. The kids get excited each morning to find Eddie in a new spot.

Courtney The first weekend in December, our family goes out into the woods to cut down a tree. We BBQ over a campfire and then go home to decorate our find.

Jayme and Joely (sisters) Christmas Eve is all about homemade pizza with family.

Matt We make sushi on Christmas Eve. On Christmas and New Year’s Day, we do something together outside (skiing, snowmobiling, hiking).

Cheers to making memories, sharing stories and celebrating the wonder of the season with family and friends!

One of the real joys for us this time of year is the opportunity to share our gratitude to those who helped make the past year so wonderful…. our patients. Thank you for your support and patronage in 2014. It’s been a pleasure to serve you.

We wish you nothing but continued health and happiness in the New Year.

Merry Christmas!