March 29th is "Mom & Pop Business Day". Why would that be important to a dental office? Well, most dental offices are still what could be considered "Mom & Pop Businesses". With the exception of the corporately owned clinics and the larger practices, most dental offices that have the name of the dentist on them, such as mine: Jennifer G. Robb DMD, are owned by the dentist who works in them--or in some cases dentists. Some are even truly "Mom & Pop Businesses" where both mom and dad are dentists and one or more of their children have also chosen dentistry as a career and all work out of the same office!! How cool is that?
So what are some reasons to choose a "Mom &/or Pop" Dental Office over ones larger ones?
- You will have the same dentist or dentists treating you each time. (One of the most common complaints I hear when people switch to my office from one of the larger ones was that they saw a different dentist each time they went for a visit.)
- Your dentist and her/his staff will get to know you AND can personalize appointments to you. (Corporate practices tend to be centered on productivity and may place limits on appointments, meaning you may need to go multiple times to complete needed services with each visit having a separate charge or you may not get the treatment you need.)
- A dentist who knows you is more likely to respond to an emergency call from you.
My goal, when I first noted this holiday was to encourage you to find a small dental office, whether it is my own or another dentist, and use their services--however, since most of us are shut down, except for dental emergencies, due to the coronavirus, that's obviously not feasible. However, if you do find a "Mom & Pop Business" in another field that is still open, please buy something from them to support them. And we dentists hope that once this closure passes, you will strongly consider using or continuing to use our services.
Dr. Jennifer Robb, General Dentist, 1320 Cooper Foster Park Rd. W, Lorain, OH 44053
When a woman learns she's pregnant, her first thought is often to do everything possible to protect the new life inside her. That may mean making lifestyle changes like avoiding alcohol or quitting smoking.
Some women may also become concerned that their regular dental visits could pose a risk to their baby. But both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Dental Association say it's safe for pregnant women to undergo dental exams and cleanings—in fact, they're particularly important during pregnancy.
That's because pregnant women are more susceptible to dental infections, particularly periodontal (gum) disease, because of hormonal changes during pregnancy. The most common, occurring in about 40% of expectant mothers, is a form of gum disease known as pregnancy gingivitis. Women usually encounter this infection that leaves the gums tender, swollen and easy to bleed between the second and eighth month of pregnancy.
Untreated, pregnancy gingivitis could potentially advance below the gum line and infect the roots. It could also have an unhealthy effect on the baby: some studies show women with severe gum disease are more prone to give birth to premature or underweight babies than women with healthy gums.
But it can be stopped effectively, especially if it's treated early. Regular dental checkups and cleanings (at least every six months or more frequently if your dentist recommends) can help an expectant mother stay ahead of a developing gum infection.
With that said, though, your dentist's approach to your care may change somewhat during pregnancy. While there's little concern over essential procedures like gum disease treatment or root canal therapy, elective restorations that are cosmetic in nature might best be postponed until after the baby's birth.
So, if you've just found out you're pregnant, let your dentist know so they can adjust your care depending on your condition and history. And don't be concerned about keeping up your regular dental visits—it's a great thing to do for both you and your baby.
If you would like more information on dental care during pregnancy, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Care During Pregnancy: Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene Is More Important Than Ever.”
Although flossing and brushing can eliminate some plaque and stuck food particles from your tooth surfaces, they can’t always completely clean those deeper and smaller crevices in the back teeth. This is especially true for smaller children who are still learning how to brush their teeth properly. Fortunately, dental sealants can safeguard these very susceptible areas from damage due to decay by effectively sealing out all those food particles and plaque. Here at the Lorain, OH, office of your family dentist, Dr. Jennifer Robb, we use sealants to keep the teeth of both children and adults in top shape.
What are Dental Sealants?
Basically, a dental sealant is an extremely strong and thin plastic coating that can be applied on the teeth’s chewing surfaces, which are located in the molars and premolars, to protect against decay. Once applied, it will bond quickly to the teeth’s grooves and depressions to form a protective layer over each tooth’s enamel.
Who Can Receive Sealants?
Dentists usually recommend sealants for children and teens because they have an increased risk of developing decay due to inadequate oral hygiene practices. However, adults can likewise receive sealants to further protect their teeth. Oftentimes, children must receive dental sealants on all their permanent premolars and molars once these teeth erupt. This way, the sealant will provide extra protection during the cavity-prone ages of six to 14.
If your baby’s temporary teeth have deeper than normal nooks and crevices, you can also opt to protect these teeth with dental sealants. Since baby or temporary teeth play an immensely crucial role in ensuring that your child's permanent teeth will come in in their proper positions, it’s vital to keep these teeth in place until they are naturally ready to be replaced with permanent teeth.
How are Dental Sealants Applied?
Application is a painless and very straightforward process. During a visit to our Lorain office, your family dentist will generally follow these simple steps:
- The teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and kept as dry as possible by placing cotton around the teeth that need sealing.
- An acid solution will be applied on all the teeth’s chewing surfaces, which will help make them rougher, and therefore, more adherent.
- The solution will then be rinsed out thoroughly.
- Once the teeth are sufficiently dry, the sealant will be applied to each tooth. All you have to do is to wait for it to harden and you’re done.
Want to Find Out More About Dental Sealants?
Book your consultation date with our family dentist, Dr. Jennifer Robb, here at our Lorain, OH, practice by dialing (440) 960-1940.
These days it seems the coronavirus is affecting all areas of our life and that includes our dental health. With all dental offices unable to see patients, other than dental emergencies (such as pain, swelling, or bleeding), due to federal and state mandates, your dental home care routine is now more important than ever!
Some things you can do at home that will help you prevent problems until you are able to return to your dentist:
- Brushing Your Teeth Twice A Day: whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric one, the bristles only clean the areas they touch. You should spend at least 2 minutes each time you brush. That's how long it will take to clean all the exposed surfaces of your teeth. Remember to use a soft touch! Your goal is to remove the sticky, gelatinous plaque that's on the tooth. Brushing too hard will only damage your tooth structure or your gums.
- Floss At Least Once A Day: Flossing gets into those areas where your toothbrush bristles can't reach. Try to make a "C" shape around your tooth with the floss as you move it up and down the tooth. This will allow the floss to clean below your gumline. If you know you won't floss, consider buying something like a WaterPik Water Flosser or an Air Flosser. Using either of those is better than not flossing at all.
- Fluoride Rinses: rinses or mouthwashes that contain fluoride are helpful to prevent cavities between your teeth. The fluoride can help strengthen areas that are just starting to break down. (Note though that regular mouthwashes that do not contain fluoride are mostly for freshening your breath and removing surface food debris. Many will not remove the amount of plaque that good brushing and flossing will.)
At Dr. Robb's office, we're committed to your oral health now and in the future. For non-emergency care, we'll be in touch with you as soon as we can after dental offices reopen.
If you have pain, swelling, or bleeding, we can see you as a dental emergency to get you comfortable--you can call the office at 440-960-1940 or the office cell phone at 440-787-9674.
Stay safe and healthy! We'll see you on the flip side!
If you occasionally experience small sores in the softer tissues of your mouth, you may have aphthous ulcers or better known as canker sores. While rarely a health concern, they can be painful and annoying particularly when you’re eating and drinking.
These breaks in the skin or mucosa (the lining membranes of the mouth) usually occur in the thinner tissues found in the cheeks, lips, under the tongue or in the back of the throat. They tend to be most painful (especially while eating acidic foods like citrus or tomato sauce) between the first few hours of appearing and for a couple of days afterward, and will often occur during periods of anxiety, stress or after a minor injury. The sores will normally heal and fade within a couple of weeks.
Although occasional outbreaks of canker sores are quite common with most people, 20-25% of people (more often women) have a recurring form of painful outbreak known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS). Another variation called herpetiform aphthae, similar in appearance to herpes simplex virus sores, is characterized by smaller clusters of ulcers. While the specific causes for canker sores are still unclear, there’s some correlation between them and abnormalities with a person’s immune system, as well as with other systemic conditions like gastrointestinal disorders or vitamin deficiencies.
The basic treatment for canker sores is to first soothe the pain and promote quicker healing. Many over-the-counter medications are available for mild cases that numb the area temporarily and provide a protective covering while the sore heals. For more severe cases, there are also prescription medications (like steroids) that can be applied topically or through injection.
While canker sores are not contagious and usually benign, there are some situations that call for a dental examination: sores that haven’t healed within 2 weeks; increasing occurrences and severity of the sores; and never being completely free of a sore in the mouth. These may indicate some other condition, or be an occurrence of cancer or a pre-cancerous condition.
If you have any concerns, be sure to schedule a visit. We’ll be glad to evaluate any occurrence of the sores and recommend the best course of treatment to ease the pain and annoyance.
If you would like more information on canker sores or other types of mouth ulcers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Mouth Sores.”
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