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Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Cracks in Corners of the Mouth: Are They Serious?
...Antifungal medications may be combined with other medications to lessen inflammation and assist skin repair...

Answering Common Questions on TMJ Disorders
...Treatment may range from hot or cold compresses and anti-inflammatory medications to physical therapy or a bite guard...

Five Facts About Oral Health During Cancer Treatment
...Prescription medications are sometimes recommended to alleviate dry mouth, but drinking plenty of water, chewing xylitol-containing gum, or using a soothing rinse of salt, water and baking soda can help too...

When Could Bridgework Be Preferable to a Dental Implant?
...Certain systemic diseases (uncontrolled diabetes, for example), the use of particular medications, or a compromised immune system may make even minor surgery an unacceptable risk...

Ibuprofen and Similar Pain Relievers Ease Discomfort Following Dental Work
... Your dentist will typically obtain your medical history before you undergo a dental procedure, including the medications you’re taking...

Setting the Record Straight on Root Canal Treatments
...Afterward, you may experience mild discomfort for a few days that can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen...

Battling Bruxism and Saving Your Teeth
...Some medications can also trigger it...

Laughing Gas - For an Easier Visit, Every Time
...The American Dental Association (ADA) says that the dentist should discuss a patient's medical history, including any medications, before determining if nitrous oxide would be appropriate...

Get Your Teeth Whitened Free With Your Next Exam!
...Sometimes, certain medications can cause tooth discoloration...

Curbing Dry Mouth Could Boost Your Oral Health as you get Older
... Although there are several causes for dry mouth, one of the more common is as a side effect from certain medications...

Some Blood Pressure Medications May Affect Your Oral Health
... Because of possible effects on your dental health from a number of drugs, it’s always important to let us know the medications you’re regularly taking...

Non-Prescription Pain Medication can Manage Most Post-Procedure Discomfort
...The news is good here as well — most discomfort after dental work can be easily managed with a family of medications known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)...

Treating Teeth Grinding Now Could Help Prevent Excessive Tooth Wear Later
... Certain medications seem to contribute to teeth grinding, particularly psychoactive drugs like amphetamines...

Take Steps to Ease That Burning Sensation in Your Mouth
...Some medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) cause mouth dryness, which can irritate the inner linings of the mouth or contribute to yeast infection, either of which could result in similar symptoms to BMS...

How to Handle 3 Common Injuries to Your Child's Mouth
...Don't apply bleach, aspirin or similar medications to open wounds...

You Don't have to Suffer from Irritating Canker Sores
...We can also apply steroids or inject other medications for more severe cases...

Treating Dry Mouth is Important for Maintaining Good Oral Health
... Medications are one of the most common causes for xerostomia...

Do You Need Antibiotics Before Having a Dental Procedure?
Many people have questions about the proper use of antibiotics — especially today, as the overuse of these medications has become a concern...

Keep an Eye on Your Teeth and Gum Health During Cancer Treatment
...Since some medications also contribute to dry mouth, you should speak with your physician about the prescriptions you’re taking: if any have dry mouth side effects ask if there’s an alternative drug without these side effects...

4 Common-Sense Tactics to Lower Tooth Decay Risk Between Dental Visits
...You can improve flow with supplements or medications, or by drinking more water during the day...

3 Things You can Do to Ease Chronic Dry Mouth
...Ask questions about your medications...

Oral Sedation Helps Reduce Anxiety During Dental Treatment
... We’ve incorporated a number of sedative medications in dentistry like Valium or Ativan that work well to reduce anxiety before and during treatment...

That Scalded Feeling Isn't in Your Head - It Could Be Burning Mouth Syndrome
...Other treatment options include: Alleviating dry mouth symptoms by changing medications (as your doctor advises), drinking more water and using saliva-boosting products; Quitting smoking and reducing your consumption of alcohol, coffee and spicy foods; Chronicling your diet to look for connections between individual foods and BMS flare-ups—you may need to restrict these in your diet...

Don't Panic Over Your Child's Teeth Grinding but Do Keep an Eye on It
...And certain medications used to treat depression and attention deficit disorder (ADHD) may also contribute to teeth grinding...

Nitrous Oxide
...Before beginning treatment, we will take a complete medical history, including your use of both prescription and non-prescription medications...

TMD
...Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants can also provide relief...

Nitrous Oxide for Children
...Before your child is treated, you will be asked for a complete medical history, including any medications your child is taking...

Pregnancy & Your Child's Developing Teeth
... Seek Guidance on Dietary Supplementation & Medications If you feel your diet is inadequate in some nutrients during your pregnancy, it's best to seek professional medical advice on what supplements you may need...

Periodontal Flap Surgery
... The Flap Surgery Procedure Flap surgery is typically done under local anesthesia, sometimes accompanied by oral anti-anxiety medications; alternatively, it may be performed under intravenous conscious sedation...

Blood Thinners & Dental Procedures
Millions of people regularly take anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications (sometimes called “blood thinners”) to help prevent heart attack and stroke, and to manage a variety of medical conditions including cardiac arrhythmia and stent placement...

Headaches & Migraines
...Gentle stretching exercises, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, and muscle relaxants can also provide relief...

Oral Diagnosis and Biopsies
...Over the past two decades, antiviral medications have been developed to help prevent outbreaks and speed healing...

Sedation Dentistry
... Before any particular sedative is recommended, you will be asked to provide your complete health history, including any medications you are currently taking — both prescription and over-the-counter...

Aging & Dental Health
...It's possible that medications prescribed for other diseases can adversely affect a person's oral health; it's also possible that a decline in oral health can worsen existing maladies (such as diabetes), or even cause systemic (whole-body) inflammation...

Antibiotic Premedicationfor Dental Treatments
... Guidelines for Antibiotic Premedication Prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended before dental procedures if you have one or more of the following heart conditions: A heart transplant Artificial heart valves A history of infective endocarditis Some types of congenital heart problems - particularly if they haven't been completely repaired, or if their treatment involves prosthetic material If you have undergone a joint replacement procedure, prophylactic antibiotics might be recommended if you also have one or more of the following risk factors: A systemic inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus erythematosis A weakened immune system resulting from HIV, cancer, radiation or chemotherapy, or another cause Insulin-dependent (type I) diabetes or hemophilia A history of previous infection in a prosthetic joint Undernourishment or malnourishment There are other circumstances where taking prophylactic antibiotics would be a prudent step; there are also a number of situations where these medications might have been recommended in the past, but aren't currently required in all cases...

Bad Breath
...A chronically dry mouth (xerostomia), which is often a side effect of certain medications, and tobacco use can also contribute to this problem...

Blood Pressure Medications & Your Gums
Before prescribing any medications — even lifesaving ones, such as those used to reduce blood pressure or prevent epileptic seizures — your health care professionals carefully weigh the benefits a drug offers against the possible risks of taking it, including its potential side effects...

Dry Mouth
... Possible Causes There are several possible causes for xerostomia, including: Medications...

Osteoporosis & Oral Health
...For this to occur, that bone must be relatively healthy; yet osteoporosis — and certain medications used to treat it — may affect your oral health...

Stress & Oral Habits
...Additionally, teeth grinding is believed to be an uncommon side effect of certain medications...

Root Canal Surgery (Apicoectomy)
... Before an apicoectomy procedure, diagnostic images (such as X-rays) of the affected tooth and surrounding bone, a careful review of your medical history including medications you take (both prescription and non-prescription), and other factors are reviewed...

Root Canal Treatment
...Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen are generally effective in relieving discomfort, but prescription medications may also be given if needed...

Oral Surgery
...It's always important to let your healthcare providers know what medications you are taking (both prescription and over-the-counter), any chronic health conditions you have, and whether you smoke...

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