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OKC Dentist: Food to eat for healthy teeth

The OKC Dentist lays out the best foods for your teeth

We all know a healthy and balanced diet is key to a healthy life. We eat some foods to promote healthy digestion, some to promote strong bones, and others to promote energy. But have your ever thought about what foods you should eat to keep your teeth healthy? Well, the OKC Dentist is here today to talk about some of the best foods you can eat to keep those teeth healthy and strong.

Apples: An apple a day won’t keep the dentist away, but it can help keep your mouth clean! While the ADA does recommend avoiding most sweet foods, they’re are exceptions like certain fruits. Apples in particular may have sugar, but they’re also high in fiber and water. Apples also have a fibrous texture that stimulates the gums. The act of eating an apple also stimulate saliva production. While it’s no replacement for brushing, finishing off your lunch with an apple can tide you over until you can brush.

Almonds: Almonds are loaded with calcium and protein while also being low in sugar. Having a quarter of a cup at lunch for the maximum benefit. Almonds also make a great addition to a variety of dishes.

Carrots: Much like apples, carrots have a crunchy texture and are loaded with fiber. Eating a handful of carrots encourages saliva production the same way eating an apple does. Carrots also have the added benefit of not being high in calories or sugars like an apple can be. Carrots are also a great source of Vitamin A in addition to fiber. Top a salad with a few diced carrots.

Of course, even with all these foods it’s still important to visit your dentist regularly. Call Pinnacle Dental, OKC Dentist, today and schedule an appointment at 405-622-5612!

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OKC Dentist: Signs of Gum Disease

OKC Dentist talks about some potential signs for gum disease

Gum disease isn’t fun, as anyone who’s had it can tell you. A list of painful symptoms and thousands of dollars in dental work are just the tip of the painful iceberg. The OKC dentist is here to explain some potential signs of gum disease. Should you experience or see any of these signs, schedule an appointment with you dentist and confirm you actually have gum disease. With that said, here are some common symptoms to look for.

  • Red, swollen, and painful gums
  • Sores in the mouth
  • loose teeth
  • separating teeth
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
  • Receding and/or longer looking teeth

When testing for certain types of gum disease, your dentist or hygienist may take X-rays to check for any bone loss or other problems. Your dentist may also refer you to a Periodontist. Periodontists are experts in the identification and treatment of gum disease and may provide you with treatment options your dentist may not have access too.

Treating gum disease: The main goal of gum disease is to try and control the spread of the infection. Depending on the type and severity of the disease, different treatments may be used. Your dentist will also probably recommend you do more oral care at home. You may also have to quit certain activities, such as smoking, in order to maintain your oral health.

Good oral health starts with regular brushing and flossing. Maintaining good oral health can stop, or even reverse, tooth decay and gum disease. If you see any of the above symptoms when you brush your teeth, schedule an appointment with the OKC dentist today by clicking here. We have multiple great locations.

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The OKC Dentist: Why you should floss

The OKC Dentist explains why flossing is important

Everyone knows that flossing is one of the best ways to maintaining oral health. Every time we go to the dentist, most of us get a disappointed look from our dentist and a reminder to floss more. We always hear that we should floss, but what does flossing actually do? Well, the OKC dentist is here to lay down why you should floss.

Plaque acts quickly: Plaque is a major contributor to tooth decay. Just a few days of not flossing can allow the plaque to solidify and stick to you teeth. Once plaque solidifies, it can’t be removed except by a professional cleaning. However, flossing daily can clear away the plaque before it has a chance to solidify.

Good for Oral and Overall Health: You body is more interconnected than you might think. Poor health in one area can lead to poor health in other areas as well. If your not taking care of your teeth it can lead to problems all throughout your body. Gum disease has been linked to a host of other diseases such as: Heart Disease, Stroke, Arthritis, and even respiratory disease. Good oral health is critical to good overall health.

Your Gums will stop bleeding: Don’t like flossing because it cuts your gums? It might not seem like it, but flossing actually reduces the amount of bleeding in your gums. When you floss, your clearing away the bacteria in your gumline. Since there’s less bacteria in your gums, it also means your body won’t send as many red blood cells to the area to fight off potential infections. Fewer red blood cells means fewer bleeding gums!

While flossing is key to maintaining good oral health, it still isn’t a total replacement for regular dental visits. If it’s time for you to visit the dentist,  schedule an appointment with The OKC dentist by clicking here

The OKC Dentist: Encouraging People to Use Their Benefits.

Year-end benefits at the OKC Dentist

As the year draws to a close there’s been lots of talks here at the OKC Dentist about getting people in to use their benefits. We want to make sure that everyone that wants to use their benefits gets a chance. For those who are unfamiliar many dental insurance plans expire at the end of the year. That means that whatever unspent benefits you still have in your policy expire at the end of the year. That’s like setting a pile of money on fire. In fact, many insurance companies count on thousands of people to not use their benefits. At the OKC Dentist, we don’t want any of our patients leaving money on the table when the New Year’s ball drops. We want our patient new and old to call and schedule an appointment to make sure they’re getting the most out of the insurance they paid for.

Plans for using benefits

How do you know you’ve used your benefits this year? You should be able to call your insurance provider and ask how much you have left in unspent benefits, so may ever provide that information online. Once you know how much you have left the OKC Dentist can sit down with you and go over a plan to make sure you’re maximising your benefits. So procedures can be started in December and finished in January to make sure you’re getting the most out of your benefits. But you won’t know unless you call!

Start next year off by making the most out of this one

Starting the year off with a good plan is key to making the most out of your dental benefits. We want to fit as many people in as possible this year so that many of you can start the year off with a smile. Don’t hesitate to call and make an appointment with us.

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The OKC Dentist:Why you should mouthwash

It burns, it stings, but it also helps fight gum disease. The OKC Dentist lays out why you should mouthwash.

Most people brush their teeth at least once a day, either at morning or night. Some people brush 2-3 times a day, and some people even take the time to floss. But how many of you rinse with mouthwash on nights you don’t have a date or before an important meeting? Most people think that mouthwash is just for fresh breath but it’s actually should be an important part of your dental routine. Pinnacle Dental, OKC dentist, explains why this is the case.

Whenever you brush your teeth, your not getting all of your teeth clean. Brushing actually misses much of the surface area of your teeth, specifically the areas below the gum line and between the teeth. That’s why your dentist is always telling you to floss, to get those areas where your brush can’t get. Mouthwash can also help get those areas your brush can’t reach, between the teeth and under the gum line. Mouthwash doesn’t just kill germs that cause bad breath either, it kills the germs that can lead to all sorts of gum disease as well. In addition, it’s important to do this regularly because mouthwash won’t stop bad breath that results from tooth decay and gum disease. Mouthwash can however, help stop these diseases before they happen. Mouthwash by itself won’t replace flossing, but it can make flossing more effective.

Remember to follow the direction carefully when swishing mouthwash and never swallow. If you find alcoholic mouthwash is drying your mouth and causing sores to form, consider switching to a non-alcoholic mouthwash. And remember, seeing your dentist twice a year for cleanings and screenings should also be apart of your dental routine. Give Pinnacle Dental, OKC Dentist, a call today at 405-622-5612!


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The OKC Dentist Talks about Dental Emergencies

Life happens, and when it comes to dental emergencies it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible. Many dentists will take time out of their schedules in order to deal with dental emergencies. It’s also important to note when calling your dentist you provide as much information about the incident and the injury as you can, this will allow your dentist to be better prepared for your specific case.

Next are some common dental emergencies that we see at OKC Dentist.

What can I do if my tooth gets knocked out?

Answer: If it’s a permanent or an adult tooth you’ll want to keep it moist. If you’re able you’ll want to try placing the tooth back in its socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible we recommend placing it in your mouth between the gum and cheek. Lastly, you can put it in milk or if you have it available the ADA has several tooth preservation products that it recommends. Make sure you go to your dentist asap.

What can I do if my child knocks out their tooth?

The best thing to do is find the tooth, keep it moist and get the toot and the child to the dentist. Once there your dentist can evaluate whether the whole tooth came out. Your dentist will also be able to determine if the tooth can be implanted again.

What to do if my tooth is cracked?

First thing will be to rinse your mouth with warm water in order to keep the area clean. Next, you’ll need to keep the swelling down, a cold compress can accomplish this. Last, and most importantly, get to your dentist.

How can I fix a toothache?

You’ll want to clean the area, so rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Next use dental floss to clean any debris around the affected area. The OKC Dentist recommend that you do NOT apply aspirin to the tooth or gum as it may burn the bum tissue. If the issue persists see your dentist.


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The OKC Dentist: Three Reasons for Using Your Year-End Benefits

See the OKC dentist and take advantage of your dental benefits

As the year comes quickly to an end many people will be losing out on their unused dental benefits. Will you be one of those people? Every year the insurance industry counts on people to not use all of the benefits they pay for. It would be similar to taking a wad of money out of your pocket and throwing it in the trash. So here are three reasons to visit the dentist before the year ends.

1.) Benefits will not roll over:  Most dental insurance plans end each year on December 31st, however, there are a few that operate on a fiscal year. Make sure to check which plan you have before you schedule your year-end appointments. Even if you dental plans ends on a fiscal year this advice can still apply. Most dental insurance programs have a maximum cap that you can use per person within your family. If you haven’t utilized all of your deductible your insurance company won’t roll those benefits over to the next year. Having unspent benefits is just losing something you’ve already paid for.

2.) Paid off your deductible: If you’ve already paid your insurance deductible for this year then dental work that you receive for the remainder of the year will not require a new deductible payment. Make sure that you’re taking advantage of this and schedule your end of year visits, with the new year, comes a new deductible payment.

3.) No wasted benefits: Services that you receive at the OKC Dentist like screenings, x-rays, and cleanings can all be covered by dental insurance if you’ve paid the premiums. If you’ve already done so then why wouldn’t you use what you’ve already paid for?

Procrastination may be easier up front by when you wait to take advantage of your dental insurance you create the risk of needing more extensive dental treatments later. We hope that you’ll schedule your appointment with your OKC Dentist here at Pinnacle Dental.


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The OKC Dentist: Sensitive Teeth and the Holidays

The OKC Dentist: Make sure that Holiday Cheer isn’t interrupted.

The OKC Dentist knows that football, pumpkin pie, and hot chocolate are all things that we think of during this time of year. So close to Thanksgiving a lot of people are gearing up for dinners with their families. It also happens to be a time of the year when people notice that their teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. So soon after the candy ladened holiday of Halloween if you’re not brushing and flossing regularly you may notice that you have problems with sensitive teeth.

Your sensitive teeth may come from these:

  • Cavities
  • A broken or fractured tooth
  • Fillings that have been worn down
  • Gingivitis
  • Worn enamel

Your tooth’s enamel acts like a layer of armor to protect the crowns of your teeth as well as the cementum underneath the gumline. Beneath these lies the dentin, which isn’t nearly as hard and contains extremely tiny tubes. When the dentin wears thin it exposes the tooth root underneath to the hot and cold foods that you eat. The hypersensitivity that results is often unpleasant.

Depending on the reason that your teeth are experiencing sensitivity the OKC Dentist may recommend the following treatments:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste: Desensitizing toothpaste contains medicines that help block the nerve’s transmission from the tooths surface. This approach usually requires you to apply it several times. The American Dental Association has several kinds of toothpaste that it can recommend.
  • Fluoride gel. Fluoride gel helps to strengthen the tooths enamel which protects the tooth as a whole.
  • A crown, inlay or bonding. If there is structural damage to the tooth having it repaired will reduce the sensitivity of the exposed never.
  • Surgical gum graft: If there is gum tissue missing from around the root a gum tissue graft will help protect it again.
  • Root canal. If the sensitivity is too severe then your OKC Dentist may want to perform a root canal to reduce the pain.

Maintaining your oral hygiene is keep to preventing many of the issues that might cause sensitivity ask your dentist if you experience any of these issues during the holiday season. You can follow the OKC Dentist here.

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Dentist OKC: The Impact Of Sugar On Your Oral Health

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“Don’t eat so much sugar! Your teeth will rot out of your head!” This is something our parents might have often said to many of us when we were kids. While it’s true that sugar is the main cause of tooth decay, cutting it from your diet completely isn’t necessary. You can avoid tooth decay and cavities with regular dentist appointments and some of these tips, even with sugar in your diet!

Dentist OKC Answers: Why Is Sugar So Bad For Teeth?

Sugar causes our teeth to decay, because it mixes with bacteria in our mouth. This mixing creates an acid that can eat away at a tooth’s enamel. Once this enamel is broken down, bacteria can get inside teeth and cause further damage and decay, leading to cavities and even tooth loss. Those with poor dental hygiene are more susceptible to these problems because they lack the protection that brushing and flossing provide.

Dentist OKC Answers: What Can Be Done For Prevention?

It can be scary to think of sugar as the main cause of tooth decay, especially since it’s nearly impossible to completely cut out sugar from one’s diet. Fruit, milk, and bread all contain some sugar in addition to less healthy examples like cookies, soda, and candy. Here’s the thing to remember; sugar needs time to mix with bacteria and create acid. That means that the less time it spends in your mouth, the less harm it does.

Soda and other sugary liquids are the biggest tooth slayers, because they sit in your mouth far longer than a bite of cake. Candy is another one to look out for. Crunchy candy that gets swallowed quickly will do less damage than something like a lollipop or other candies which are too hard to bite straight away and sit in your mouth. Rinsing out your mouth with water after eating something sugary will help limit the impact of sugar on your teeth.

Fluoride creates a layer over your teeth that is resistant to the acid that comes from Sugar and Bacteria mixing. That’s why brushing with fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to fight tooth decay. Your dentist may also recommend adding more fluoride products and treatments to your dental routine if you have a history of cavities.

Dentist OKC Says: Maintain Dental Visits

While your oral health care routine and diet is your main defense against tooth decay, it is still vital to see your dentist regularly. The dentist will help clear away decay causing bacteria that hides in your mouth and will be able to see early signs of cavities so that you can take steps to avoid further issues. If you live in the OKC area and have questions about how to prevent tooth decay, please contact us today at 405-622-5612!

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The Importance Of Getting An Oral Cancer Examination

The Need For Oral Cancer Examinations

Hearing the words “you” and “have cancer” is never a time in someone’s life which makes them want to jump for joy. Unfortunately, the risks of various types of cancer are increasing. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society more than 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year and over 7,000 of those cases result in the patient’s death. With such a high number of oral cancer cases, do you think it’s worth it to get checked out? Today, our dentist in OKC will provide you with some information to help you make that determination.

Our dentist in OKC recommends paying attention to the following are symptoms that if having lasted longer than 2 weeks, patients should have them looked at: 

• Red patches anywhere in the mouth or on the tongue

• White or pink patches which fail to heal

• Sores that bleed easily

• Lesions or hardened white or gray areas (Leukoplakia) the appears anywhere in the mouth

• Lumps in the throat or mouth

Our dentist in OKC wants you to be aware that while the above listed items may not always be cancerous, there’s a good chance that they are or they can certainly lead to cancer and should be taken seriously. It is reported that about 75% of oral cancers are linked to behaviors such as smoking, other forms of tobacco use, and alcohol consumption. It’s highly important to cease use of toxic entities if you notice that you have any sores in the mouth that aren’t healing.

Seeing a dentist, such as our dentist in OKC, is usually the first step in the cancer screening process. As oral cancer can spread rapidly and happen to anyone, it is recommended to have a comprehensive oral cancer screening at least once each year. Once a determination is made about your screening, a more extensive plan and treatment options may be discussed.

To receive your screening and rule out the possibility that you may have oral cancer, please feel free to make an appointment with our family friendly dentist in OKC and  the 2 surrounding Metro areas.