Gums and Blood Sugar Levels-are They Related??

Healthy Gums and Diabetes? How one can affect the other!

 

Patients with Diabetes develop gum disease(Periodontal Disease) at a rate 3-4 times higher than patients without Diabetes. If left untreated, the bacteria that cause gum disease cause tissue inflammation.

This inflammation of the gums can lead to destruction of the bone which then can lead to loose teeth that may need to be removed.

There have been studies that show that Diabetics with healthy gums are better able to control their blood sugars than Diabetics with gum disease.

In addition, if you are a diabetic your immune response is different than a non-diabetic-making it easier to develop gum disease. Therefore, as a diabetic it is even more important to practice good oral hygiene at home and see your dentist on a regular basis!

If you have Diabetes talk with your dentist about all of the ways to help maintain healthy gums!

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

Toothpaste, Toothpaste and MORE Toothpaste!!!

What is the Best Toothpaste?

 

Going through the toothpaste isle at any store is confusing and overwhelming for most people. Every toothpaste claims to be the best with dazzling names and promises of whiter teeth.

Don't be afraid-there is a toothpaste that is right for you!

When looking at all the different toothpastes it is important to choose one that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval. If you see the ADA seal then you are choosing a toothpaste that must meet the ADA’s requirements for safety and effectiveness in reducing tooth decay. Once you find a toothpaste with the seal of approval, the rest of the choices depend on personal preference such as flavor or gel versus paste.

It is important to know that if you experience general hot or cold sensitivity on a regular basis or if you have ever been told your gums are receding, it may be best to avoid toothpastes that claim to be ‘whitening toothpastes’. These toothpastes often contain more abrasives and can actually increase the sensitivity of your teeth. The abrasives in these toothpastes can also wear away exposed root surfaces in areas of gum recession. Therefore, if you have sensitivity issues or recession it is best to look for a plain gel or paste that does not claim to be a 'whitening toothpaste'.

If you have more questions about toothpaste please ask your dentist or hygienist!

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

Missing Teeth? How to Replace a Missing Tooth!

How to replace a missing tooth is an important decision that you and your dentist will need to discuss in order decide which option is best for you.

 

 

There are 3 ways to replace a missing tooth.

Implants: An implant functions like a root of a tooth. There is a metal post placed into your jawbone. The implant fuses to your jawbone and then your dentist can attach a crown to the post. For an implant to be successful a patient needs to be in good overall health, have an adequate amount of bone in the implant area, and be committed to thorough brushing and flossing.

 

Fixed Bridges: A fixed bridge is cemented or bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth. An artificial tooth is fused to the crowns on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. A fixed bridge is cemented permanently and is not removable. A fixed bridge procedure requires some preparation on the teeth on either side of the missing tooth.

 

Removable Partial: A removable partial has replacement teeth attached to gum colored plastic bases which attach to a metal framework. This metal framework then attaches to natural teeth and holds it in place. A removable partial can be taken in and out.

All three options to replace missing teeth require a thorough exam with your dentist to determine which option is best for you. If you have more questions about replacing missing teeth make an appointment with your dentist!

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

Baby Teeth, Adult Teeth and Everything In Between!

What's happening in my child's mouth?

 

One of the most common reasons parents bring their children to the dentist is to ask, "Is this normal?" This question usually relates to loss of baby teeth and eruption of the adult or permanent teeth.

The important key to remember is that tooth eruption/loss is as variable as growth is with kids. There are average ranges in age that we use as guides to evaluate if a child is within the normal eruption sequence.

In general most babies begin to get their first teeth between 6-10 months of age and will have all of their baby teeth by the time they are 3 years old.

 

 

The front baby teeth (the incisors) typically begin to get loose between the ages of 6-8 years. The four front top and bottom teeth are usually all lost between the ages of 6-9 years of age. The rest of the back baby teeth are typically lost between the ages of 9-12 years of age.

Between the ages of 6-12 years a child's mouth has a mixture of baby teeth and adult teeth. Dentists refer to this condition as the 'mixed dentition' phase and it is common to see a wide range of variation among children of this age group.

The above ages are a range of the average age and it is common for children to fall outside of these ranges slightly. If you are concerned about delayed eruption of baby or permanent teeth it is always a good idea to see your dentist for an evaluation. Most dentists will be able to determine if there is an issue with an exam and possibly a panoramic x-ray which can show in detail the entire jaw and developing teeth.

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

Lions,Tigers,Bears, and White Spots! Oh My!

Why do some teeth have white spots and can anything been done to remove them?

 

 

White spots on the teeth can occur from a variety of reasons. The most common causes of white spots are decalcification and fluorosis:

1. Decalcification is the loss of calcium from the teeth. This loss of calcium can occur when there is an excessive build up of plaque on the teeth for long periods of time. It is common for children with braces to develop decalcification around the brackets due to plaque build up. Frequent pop consumption or consumption of other acidic beverages can also cause decalcification. Decalcification shows up as chalky white spots on the otherwise smooth and shiny enamel.

2. Fluorosis occurs if the teeth are exposed to high concentrations of fluoride during their development. The risk of fluoride exposure occurs between the ages of 3 months to 8 years of age. Mild fluorosis appears the same as decalcification-chalky white spots on otherwise smooth and shiny enamel.

If white spots from either decalcification or fluorosis are less than .2mm in depth there is a polish that can work to remove the defects. The polish is a combination of a gentle whitening solution and an abrasive paste. It is safe to use as long as there is healthy enamel surrounding the white spots. The procedure is quick and painless. If you have white spots and would like to know if they can be polished away ask your dentist for an evaluation!

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

New Year's Resolutions for your Teeth!

Resolutions to Improve your Oral Health

 

 There are many things you can do to improve your dental health in 2012!

1. Floss, floss, floss! Unhealthy gums increase the risk of heart attacks, autoimmune problems, and can raise your blood sugars! Plus flossing is the ONLY way to clean in between your teeth! It helps reduce bad breath and cavities in between the teeth.

2. Drink less pop!! Pop has a pH level close to battery acid. Ingesting lots of pop literally eats away your enamel leaving your teeth vulnerable to cavities!

3. If you play contact sports wear a CUSTOM MOUTHGUARD!!! So many dental emergencies can be avoided with proper protection! Custom mouthguards made at your dental office fit better and offer better protection than store bought mouthguards.

4. If you clench or grind your teeth wear a CUSTOM NIGHTGUARD!!! Repetitive clenching and grinding can lead to cracks and breaks in the teeth. This leads you down the road of root canals, crowns or extractions especially if you already have teeth with big fillings.

5. If you have pain, sensitivity, swelling or a concern call your dentist sooner than later!!! If you wait and delay treatment the fixes become bigger and more complex (also more costly). Dentists love to see small problems that have easy fixes. So call when you feel an issue that lasts more than a day or two!!

6. Make it a priority to see your dentist twice a year!! This allows your dentist and hygienist to really get to know you and your mouth. It also allows them to check for signs of inflammation, oral cancer, acid reflux, dry mouth, and other signs that could be related to other health problems.

7. Chew gum with xylitol to prevent cavities!!! This is especially important if you are a parent of an infant to 3 year old child! The bacteria that cause cavities and ear infections is passed from mother/ father to child. That means less ear infections and cavities for your child!!

8. Pass on the gift of good oral hygiene habits to your children!!! In our modern world of electric toothbrushes, fluoride, and knowledge of good eating/drinking habits there is a great chance that our children could avoid getting cavities! But they need positive examples and guidance from the adults in their life!

If you have more questions about your oral health contact your dentist!!!

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

Mini Dental Implants

DENTURE OR PARTIAL STABILIZATION WITH MINI DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dr. Schwindt recently continued her advanced training of Mini Dental Implant placement in Provo, Utah with Dr. Gordon Christensen. Dr. Christensen is one of the dental professions most knowledgable and respected clinicians and teachers. Dr. Schwindt was delighted to spend time with Dr. Christensen and learn from one of her favorite role models in the profession.

 

Dr. Laura Schwindt and Dr. Gordon Christensen

A Beautiful Day in Provo, Utah

Mini Dental Implants Stabilizing a Denture

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

HPV Vaccination

HPV Vaccination

What?? Why??

HPV stands for Human Papilloma Virus and it is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. Infection with HPV increases your risk of developing cervical cancer and oropharyngeal cancer which affects the throat, tonsils and base of the tongue.

Recently the rate of mouth and throat cancers has increased at an alarming rate in a younger group of patients. Scientist have contributed this to an increase in oral sex practices of younger kids/ young adults than in previous decades.

The good news is most patients with HPV associated oral cancers respond well to treatment and have excellent cure rates. Of course the best defense is prevention. Abstaining from oral sex/sex is the best prevention. There are also two options for vaccines at this time. The CDC has recently recommended vaccinations for all adolescent girls and now adolescent boys and young men.

If you have more questions about HPV or HPV Vaccine consult with your physician or dentist and be sure and discuss this risk with your children!

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

ACID REFLUX and YOUR TEETH!

Can Persistent acid reflux affect your teeth?

Yes, acid reflux can be very damaging to your teeth. Acid reflux occurs when the valve at the top of the stomach allows digestive acid to leak out into the esophagus and into the mouth. If acid reflux is persistent it can cause pitting on the biting surface of the teeth, most often the lower molars because they are closest to the esophageal opening. This pitting causes loss of tooth structure and can lead to cavities.

Symptoms of acid reflux can include: heartburn, dry mouth, chronic bad breath, chronic sore throat, a chronic bad taste, or a persistent cough not associated with a cold. Up to 25% of people with acid reflux do not have any symptoms. Therefore, if your dentist notices signs of acid reflux he/she should ask you if you have been evaluated by your physician.

If you have any more questions about acid reflux and your teeth make sure and ask your dentist!

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

Halitosis- BAD BREATH!

BAD BREATH:

 There are many different reasons a person can suffer from bad breath.

 

    *Your oral hygiene can affect your breath.  If you don’t brush and floss daily, food debris remains in the mouth and collects bacteria which can cause bad breath. Dentures and partials that are not cleaned well may also contain odor causing bacteria and food debris.

 

    *Periodontal(Gum)Disease is another cause of bad breath.  Periodontal disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque which emit toxins that irritate the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontal disease can be detected early and treated with regular visits to your dentist.

 

*Your diet affects your breath and the air you exhale. Foods such as onions, garlic and curry can contribute to bad breath.  Once the food odor is absorbed into the bloodstream it is transferred to the lungs where it is expelled. The odor will continue until the body eliminates it completely.

 

    *A dry mouth(xerostomia) can cause bad breath. Saliva is essential to cleanse the mouth and remove debris that can cause odor. Dry mouth can be caused by frequent mouth breathing, salivary gland problems, and certain medications. Consult your dentist if you feel you have an unusually dry mouth.

 

*Tobacco use can contribute to bad breath. If you use tobacco you are more likely to have periodontal disease, dry mouth, and are at a greater risk for developing oral cancer.

 

*Managing Periodontal Disease and maintaining good oral health is essential in reducing bad breath. Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day or use an interdental cleaner, and remember to brush your tongue.  If you wear removable dentures or partials, take them out at night and clean them thoroughly.

 

  • If you think your bad breath is not being helped with good oral hygiene, make sure and talk with your dentist to determine if there is another cause.
Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

Treat Your Mouth Like Royalty: Give That Tooth a Crown!

Crowns:

 

What is a Crown?

A crown is a dental restoration that covers most or all of the

surface of a tooth above the gum line.  A crown is cemented into

place permanently and becomes the new outer surface of the tooth.

What are Crowns made of?

There are 3 main types of crowns (also called ‘Caps”):

*Full Cast Metal Alloy Crowns (also known as

Full Gold Crowns)

 

  *Full Ceramic Crowns (no metal)

  *Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns (metal underneath and porcelain fused over to give the appearance of a natural tooth)

 What Type of Crown is Best?

When choosing a crown your dentist will consider the look and function of the crown and, along with your input, decide which type of crown is best for your tooth.

Why Do I Need a Crown?

Your dentist will recommend a crown to restore a tooth to it’s normal size, shape and function or to improve the appearance of a tooth.  Crowns are used to protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore severely broken or decayed teeth, restore teeth that don’t have much surface remaining to support a large filling, to cover misshaped , discolored teeth, or to cover a dental implant.

What Can I Expect When I Get a Crown:

*Most often getting a crown is a two part procedure.  Some dentists will have a machine that can ‘mill’ the crown right in the office while you wait, but most dentists use a Dental Laboratory to fabricate the crown.

 

*The first appointment is usually about 1 hour long. ( It may be longer if you are having multiple crowns done. )

 

-The tooth is reduced on all sides and the top to allow room for the new crown.  At this time any decay or old filling is also removed.

-The dentist will then take an impression of the prepared tooth.  This is what the laboratory uses to make a model of your prepared tooth from.  They can then use this model to fabricate the crown.

-An impression is also taken of the teeth in the opposite arch.  This impression is used to make a model of your opposing teeth so the laboratory knows how your teeth fit together when you bite.

-A bite registration may also be taken.  This involves biting down on some soft material and holding the teeth together for about 1 minute until the material is set.

-Finally, a temporary crown is made for your tooth.  This is made of a plastic material that is usually tooth colored.  The temporary is cemented in place with temporary cement and will cover and protect the tooth until your permanent crown is back from the laboratory.  (This usually takes 2-3 weeks).

 

*The second appointment is usually much shorter than the first appointment.

 

-The temporary crown will be wiggled off gently.

-All excess temporary cement will be cleaned from your tooth.

-The dentist will try in the permanent crown and check to make sure it fits properly, is easy to floss between, and fits correctly with your bite.  (some minor adjustments may be necessary at this phase)

-If the crown is tooth colored, the dentist will then allow you to look at the crown and approve the match of the shade.

-If everything looks good the dentist will cement the crown with permanent cement. At this point the tooth functions like any other tooth in your mouth.

How Do I Take Care of a Crown?

Once you have a crown it really is like any other tooth in your mouth.  It is important to brush twice a day and floss once a day to remove plaque between the teeth.  A tooth with a crown can still get a cavity at the point where the crown and the tooth meet. (called the ‘margin’)

Avoid chewing extremely hard items like ice or popcorn hulls, and don’t hold hard items between your teeth like nails or pencils. Also remember to see your dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings!

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A White Smile for the Holidays!

Whiten Your Teeth for Less!

 

Just in time for the Holidays-we are offering $25 off custom take home whitening trays or in office whitening!  Call for details or to make your appointment!  218-333-8832

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1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

Warning! This beverage is Acidic!!

Acidic Beverages

A cavity starts when the enamel of a tooth becomes demineralized. Demineralization can be caused by eating or drinking a lot of acidic foods and beverages. Therefore the more acidic the food or beverage, the more harm it can have on enamel. The demineralization of enamel has been shown to start at a pH of 5.5. Water has a neutral pH of 7.0 and milk’s pH is 6.8. Many sports/energy drinks, pop, and juices or teas have considerably more acidic pH levels.

If you are concerned about preventing cavities it is good to familiarize yourself with the pH levels of common drinks.

*Battery Acid: 1.00

*Stomach Acid: 2.00(this is why persistent acid reflux can cause tooth erosion)

*Pepsi: 2.49

*Lemonade: 2.5

*Coke: 2.53

*Capri Sun: 2.6

*Powerade/Gatorade: 2.85

*Snapple: 3.2

*Mt Dew: 3.22

*Diet Coke: 3.39

There has also been an increase in consumption of Crystal Light or Packets of flavoring that you can add to your water. While this is slightly better than drinking pop, there is still Citric Acid added to these products which gives these drink additives an acidic pH. I like to call these drink additives ‘Pop in a Packet’.

What is important to remember is the length of time these acidic beverages have contact with your teeth. It is much better to quickly drink a bottle of Gatorade after a tough workout than it is to sip on it over a long period of time(for instance the duration of a game). Or to occasionally have a pop or a Capri Sun is better than to drink one or more every day or multiple times a week.

The moral of the story is: Water or Milk are the best and most other beverages should be consumed in moderation and over a short amount of time!

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

Tooth Avulsion

Traumatic Loss of a Tooth-Tooth Avulsion

 

The dental term for the traumatic removal of a tooth is ‘Avulsion’. If this happens with kids the first item that needs to be determined is where is the tooth! If and when the tooth is found it is very important to act quickly, so have a discussion with your children to alert an adult immediately if this happens.

Once the tooth is found:

• Replant the tooth into the socket if it is clean

• Hold the tooth in place with finger pressure or biting on a clean cloth

• If the tooth is dirty rinse with milk and then replant into the socket

• Seek emergency dental treatment as quickly as possible

• If you are unable to replant the tooth into the socket place the tooth in a container with either milk or saline (contact lens solution) and seek emergency dental treatment as quickly as possible.

It is important to remember that the chance of successful retention of an avulsed tooth is increased by minimizing the time the tooth is out of the socket. Many, if not all, avulsions can be prevented by wearing a proper fitting mouthguard!

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

Whitening Your Smile

Whitening Your Smile

You’d like a WHITER SMILE: How to get One!

There are MANY different ways to get a Whiter Smile.  When you are trying to figure out which way is best for you, it is always beneficial to discuss your options with your dentist or hygienist.  This way you get the most current information that is appropriate for your situation.

 

Toothpastes:

Toothpastes that are labeled ‘Whitening’ will whiten your teeth by removing exterior staining.  They are able to do this by adding a mild abrasive material to the toothpaste. The amount of whitening you will achieve with a toothpaste is minimal.  This is the least expensive and easiest way to brighten your smile.

*There are several choices of whitening toothpastes that you can purchase over the counter.

*When choosing a whitening toothpaste remember to look for the ADA seal of Approval.

*Remember that any whitening product will not whiten Fillings or Crowns.

**It is not recommended to use a whitening toothpaste if you have gum recession as the abrasives in the toothpaste will wear away exposed root surface and can lead to sensitivity. **

Whitening Strips:

There are several different types of whitening strips that you can purchase over the counter. The strips are coated with a whitening material at a low concentration.

*Whitening strips will mildly ‘bleach’ the teeth and can give better results than whitening toothpaste alone.

*Remember to look for the ADA seal of approval.

*Whitening strips are not custom fit and therefore do not fit every mouth ideally. This can lead to ineffective whitening and poor compliance.

*Whitening strips will not whiten Fillings or Crowns

*Whitening strips are more expensive than whitening toothpaste, but less expensive than professional whitening from your dentist.

 

Professional Take Home Whitening Kits:

Made at your dental office, Take Home Whitening Kits are custom made whitening trays.  Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and use these to fabricate whitening trays that are custom fit to your teeth. These trays will then be given to you with the whitening material to take home and use. This offers several advantages over the store bought whitening strips:

*A better fit means better compliance and more effective whitening

*Because they are custom fit and provided by a dental office, the whitening gel used has a higher concentration of whitening material which can give you more optimum whitening results.

*Done in the comfort of your own home with wear times ranging from 30 minutes to overnight.

*Take home whitening is more expensive than whitening toothpaste or store bought whitening strips, however, because of the higher concentration of whitening material the results will most often be much more noticeable.

*Done with your dentist’s supervision and guidance to provide you with the ultimate whitening experience

*Take Home Whitening Kits do not whiten Fillings or Crowns.

 

In Office Whitening:

In office whitening is a safe dentist supervised procedure done in the dental office.  It can take between 1-2 hours and 1-2 visits.  The dentist will place a power bleaching gel on your teeth and sometimes use a light to help activate the whitening material.

*This is the most expensive way to whiten your teeth.

*The results are most often very noticeable even after one treatment.

*Great for patients who cannot tolerate take home trays or for those patients who do not feel they have the required time or patience for take home trays.

*In Office Whitening will not whiten Fillings or Crowns.

 

****It is always best to discuss your whitening options with your dentist. That way you can make an informed decision as to which whitening system is best for you based on your dental health and needs. *****

Division Dental Studio
1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

Children's Dental Health

Children's Dental Health

 

Regular Checkups:

*Regular checkups and preventative care such as cleanings, sealants and fluoride insure your child the start to a healthy smile. You should schedule your child’s first dental visit within 6 months after the first tooth erupts, or no later than the child’s first birthday. After the child’s first visit most dentists will recommend re-care exams and cleanings every six months.

 

Cleaning Your Smile at Home:

*Making sure you brush twice a day (after breakfast and before bedtime) and flossing once a day ensure you’re doing your part to maintain healthy teeth and gums. For children this routine can vary depending on their age:

0-2 years old: Parents should brush the gums and teeth with water 1-2 times a day

2-8 years old: Parents should still help with  brushing twice a day using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Make sure the child spits out the toothpaste and doesn’t swallow too much. A parent should also begin to help flossing the teeth once a day.

8-11 years old: Children should be able to brush and floss on their own, but it is wise to still have a parent supervise or check that the child was thorough in their effort!

Smile Healthy Diet:

What our children eat and how often they eat can affect the health of their teeth. Plaque is constantly forming on the teeth. When children eat food or drink beverages high in sugar the bacteria in plaque produce acids which can etch tooth enamel making it prone to develop a cavity.  The more frequently a child eats or snacks, the more acid attacks the teeth are exposed to.

*Limit snacks

*Offer nutritious snacks

*Limit pop, juice and energy drinks

*Encourage frequent water consumption to ‘wash’ the plaque off the teeth throughout the day

 

Preventing Emergencies:

Sports (especially contact sports such as hockey, basketball, football, wrestling, martial arts sparing, or boxing) provide an opportunity for dental injuries.  The best way to protect teeth from injury is to wear a mouthguard.

  • Mouthguards can be purchased from a sports store and are softened in warm water and then molded to the child’s teeth. This type of mouthguard is recommended when a child still has a lot of baby teeth and the jaw is growing rapidly as they are inexpensive.
  • Once a child has all of their permanent teeth a custom mouthguard made by your dentist is ideal.

 

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1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panoramic X-ray!

Panoramic X-ray Machine

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We are excited to be adding a Panoramic X-ray Machine to our office in the next few weeks!  This will allow us improved and amazing imaging capability! We look forward to showing you at your next visit!

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Bemidji Dentists, Division Dental Studio Panoramic X-ray

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1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
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Canker Sores

Canker Sores

 

Canker Sores appear inside the mouth as small ulcerated lesions with a white ore grey base and a red border.

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A person can have just one canker sore or several and they can return frequently. It is speculated that they are caused by bacteria, viruses, or an insult to the immune system, but their exact cause is unknown  It is important to know that Canker Sores ARE NOT contagious.

 

There are several situations that can increase the likelihood of developing a Canker Sore:

*Fatigue

*Stress

*Allergies

*Reactions from hot/spicy foods

*Frequent acid reflux

*A cut caused by something sharp or cheek biting.

The development of Canker Sores seems to be more frequent for some women during their premenstrual cycle or some women during menopause.

 

What to do if you have a Canker Sore:

*Canker Sores usually heal on their own in 7-10 days.

*Antimicrobial mouthwashes or over the counter gel topical anesthetics         can provide temporary relief.

*Some dentists have an oral bandage treatment that can be applied to cover the Canker Sore. This can reduce sensitivity and the chance of secondary infection, especially if the Canker Sore is very large.

*If you have a Canker Sore avoid hot, spicy or acidic foods which can irritate the sore.

*If your Canker Sore lasts more than 2 weeks or there are several sores all over the mouth make sure and see your dentist for an evaluation.

 

For more information check out the American Dental Association’s Website:

www.ada.org

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Implants

Implants

Division Dental Studio is excited to announce the option of Mini Dental Implants. MDI's are used for the stabilization of Dentures and Partials. They can also be used in  replacement of missing teeth in areas where traditional large diameter implants will not work!

For more information, please contact us- 218-333-8832- and check back on our website for more updates!

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1900 Division St. #2
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-333-8832