You might have heard a lot of national news about the safety of dental x-rays. At our office we use the new technology of digital x-rays & imaging; this reduces the radiation dose up to 80-90%. Your safety & oral health are the utmost concern to us & we always strive to minimize any risks to you. We wish everyone a happy & safe weekend.
Did you know teeth will continue to move & shift at a very slow rate over time. Teeth are most prone to relapsing immediately after braces, but they can still shift even 20 years later. What this means is simply keep wearing your retainer. After the initial stabilization period they usually only need to be worn at night time, of course this can vary on each individual.
Keeping those teeth white & shiny has its challenges and one simple thing that can be done is when consuming a drink such as soda or tea simply use a straw. This prevents bathing the front of the teeth with those dark staining drinks. Of course brushing & flossing will help to remove the film & plaque on the teeth, however, if you are unable to brush after a work lunch then have a few sips of water to help remove the dark film. Doing these 2 simple things along with regular cleaning & checkups will help to minimize staining. If you are interested in whitening your teeth we offer both the take home custom fit whitening trays & an in office zoom whitening.
Wearing mouth guards during any physcial activity like basketball & football can help cushion & protect the teeth that might otherwise be more damaging. We see broken & knocked out teeth from accidents in sporting injuries & physical activity all the time. Wearing a mouth guard can help protect those healthy & pretty teeth.
For all the gum chewers…..
Chewing gum can actually be beneficial as long as the gum is sugarless. The physical action of chewing gum stimulates salivary flow that can help neutralize acidic foods & drinks that we consume on a daily basis, & also serve to mechanically remove food on our teeth. Of course it does not replace brushing and flossing. Just remember if you chew gum, chew sugarless.
A common question we get is “What toothpaste is the best?”
The simple answer is there is not one single toothpaste that is the best, however, there are a number of good ones out there, and you just need to know what …to look for. Look for the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of acceptance. This seal basically means the product has been independently tested & approved by the ADA, the governing body of dentistry. You will find there are a number of toothpastes with this seal; just find the one you like.
Feb 23, 2012
Weekly oral health tips:
Continuing from last week for the little kids & babies. When you are brushing their teeth use a pea sized amount of baby toothpaste & brush back & forth on their teeth, gums, and even tongue. You can even make it a fun time for your baby by singing them songs as you brush. Remember, you can never start too early to develop proper oral hygiene habits.
Feb 17, 2012
Weekly Oral Health Tip:
For all the parents…..
Baby teeth are very important in normal development for chewing, speaking, and appearance. Primary teeth may be temporary but they need good care for many years. (ODA) Soo parents help & encourage your kids to take good care of all their teeth including those baby teeth. Look for more brushing tips for the real little kidos next week…..
Feb 13, 2012
Providing Dental Care in The Dominican Republic
Dr. Stephen Taylor recently returned from the Dominican Republic where he and a group of 28 dentists provided dental care to the surrounding population. Dr. Taylor & his group saw over 300 patients & placed over 400 implants & provided many other dental surgeries over three days. The trip was a lot of work but every minute was worth it. The patients were soo thankful of the work they received & the opportunity to have teeth in areas that they had been missing for years brought smiles to their face. Dr. Taylor truly enjoyed the opportunity to help others & plans to do many more mission trips in the future. For pictures of Dr. Stephen Taylor’s recent trip visit us on Facebook.
Jan 12, 2012
Healthy Teeth & Healthy Gums
We are now posting weekly oral health tips & techniques on our facebook page. Having trouble finding it just follow the link from our homepage & it will take you right there. We care about your smile & want to give you as many effective techniques we can.
November 7, 2011
Dental implants are root form implants that replace single &/ or multiple missing teeth. They essentially are a subsitute tooth root. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth or to anchor in a denture or partial & eliminate the need for messy denture adhesives . Teeth replaced with dental implants look & feel like a natural tooth, and they integrate into the bone & further preserve the surrounding bone. The result is being able to smile, speak, and eat comfortably & confidently.
October 17, 2011
Have a tooth that can not be saved & needs extraction? After the extraction you can expect to lose about 40-60% of the surrounding bone for the first 2 years. After that if there is nothing there to stimulate the bone like a dental implant you will lose 1% of bone each year. This loss of bone is irreversible and has severe oral health ramifications. We can stop the initial 40-60% bone loss irregardless of what treatment option you choose through a simple procedure called socket preservation. This is important rather you choose a dental bridge, partial, denture, and/or implant to replace the missing tooth (teeth). With a dental implant the bone also remains stimulated & healthy with proper oral hygiene.
September 27, 2011
Our newest x-ray machine provides an instant digital picture of the teeth like all of our other machines, and it allows us to do it all in our fingertips. It is a portable x-ray machine that looks similar to a super soaker gun that will capture the image at the touch of the trigger. It also allows us to safely stay in the room with you and capture the image. We have posted a picture of it on our facebook page.
September 15, 2011
Win a Sonicare Powered Toothbrush
We are giving away another Sonicare powered toothbrush. All of our facebook followers are automatically entered to win. Simply follow the link on the home page & “Like” our page for a chance to win. Also, watch for limited time discounts for procedures such as in office whitening & invisible braces.
September 1, 2011
An immediate partial is just as the name suggests, a tooth &/or multiple teeth are extracted & then the partial is placed in the mouth at the same appointment. The biggest advantage is that the patient does not have to go without teeth for a long period of time. This is especially important in the front of the mouth, what we call the esthetic zone. No one wants to go without their front teeth for weeks. Here is a link to our facebook page showing a case of an upper partialwhere 6 front teeth were taken out including the 2 front teeth. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Taylor-Dental-Associates/172014716143502
August 26, 2011
Facebook Giveaway for Taylor Dental Associates
Visit our Facebook page for Taylor Dental Associates to view photos of our recent winner. We have given away a Powered Sonicare Toothbrush, AMC gift cards, Custom Bleach Trays & Whitening Gel, and more simply to say thanks to all of our wonderful patients who follow us on Facebook.
August 12, 2011
Metal Free Crowns
With all the advances in dental materials there is an all-ceramic & all-porcelain crown that is just as durable as the traditional PFM crowns. Some of the advantages to these all-ceramic (tooth colored) crowns are that they can be kinder to the gums, very strong, esthetic, and long lasting. PFM crowns are still very good restorations & they are just as long lasting, it is best to consult with your dentist which crown is the best for you in your specific case.
August 4, 2011
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July 28, 2011
Replacing Missing Teeth
There are a number of ways to replace a single missing tooth and even multiple missing teeth. Some of those options include: a dental bridge, partial, implant (s), and even a flipper. A dental bridge spans the gap of a missing tooth (or teeth) and anchors on the tooth in front and behind the space, and it is cemented into place. A partial on the other hand, is a removable appliance that can be a cost effective way to replace multiple teeth. Whereas, an implant is surgically placed into the bone and a crown is cemented onto the implant. An implant can also be used to anchor partials and or dentures. A flipper is very similar to a partial but can be used in select circumstances to replace an anterior tooth or teeth. It is best to discuss all your treatment options and desires with your dentist as he or she can provide more information regarding your treatment options.
July 25, 2011
Oral Health Home Care
Many people ask how many times should I be brushing and flossing for proper oral health. For most people brushing 2x/day and flossing 1x/day is adequate & recommended. However, some people are more prone to developing gum disease and really need to be flossing at least 2x/day until the gum disease is under control. Consult your dental professional at your 6 month check ups to ensure you are taking proper care of your teeth & gums. It is also very important at night time after brushing that if you have a snack or any drink besides water you brush your teeth again. One of the worst things someone can do is go to bed after eating a snack & soda. Just remember to brush again before going to bed.
July 12, 2011
Xerostomia what is it & what causes it? Simply put it is dry mouth, and the two largest risk factors for developing xerostomia are medications & age. These two typically play hand and hand as we age we typically are taking more and more medications. Take a moment to look at some of the medications you might be taking now & most likely you will see xerostomia as one of the side effects. Dry mouth can cause a number of symptoms and also have an impact on your overall oral health. Saliva forms a buffer to many of the acidic foods & drinks that we take in daily and when this buffer is lost the pH in our mouth can become unfavorable and lead to decay & breakdown of your teeth. Some of the symptoms include burning mouth, halitosis (bad breath), and difficulty tasting foods. We can not do anything about our age and many times the risk of not taking a medication simply because it causes xerostomia is not practical nor advised, but there are certain agents that your dentist can recommend.
June 30, 2011
OKC Water Fluoride Levels
Fluoride is an inorganic compound that is added to our city drinking water for dental health. It helps prevent deminerlization of teeth & has been proven to reduce the prevalence of decay in adolescents. In fact most dental toothpaste manufactures add fluoride for the same reasons. The fluoride cannot be tasted nor seen. In fact it is only present at 0.89 ppm to 1.12ppm in OKC. The maximum contaminant level which is the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water in OKC is 4 ppm. The addition of fluoride to our city water is very inexpensive & benefical to your overall dental health.
June 20, 2011
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), 34,360 Americans are estimated to be affected by oral cancer, and it is found to be fatal in about 7,000. These numbers are not meant to scare anyone, but rather to inform people that oral cancer is real & can have serious effects. Certain things like alcohol & tobacco can increase ones risk. At Taylor Dental Associates an oral cancer screening is part of every cleaning & check. Oral cancer can be very difficult to diagnose & if you or somebody you know has a suspicious area please call a professional to have it looked at.
June 8, 2011
We are giving away another AMC gift card to one lucky facebook follower. Just visit our facebook page & “like” us to win.
June 3, 2011
Zoom whitening is an in-office whitening system that utilizes UV light to brighten & whiten your smile in just 1 visit. Many patients will ask , “can I whiten with the custom trays & whitening gel?” The honest answer we tell everyone is yes you can & we offer both. With the trays however, it will take a couple of weeks of continual use to whiten to get the results you want. Some patients start to develop sensitivity when using take home whitening because the bleach can seep out onto the gums & they stop the whitening process without getting the results they want. With the Zoom whitening you do not have that problem as we isolate & protect the gums for the entire duration of the procedure. Another common reason people choose Zoom is they have a big event such as a wedding, reunion, &/or the holidays and they want immediate results. At Taylor Dental Associates we offer both Zoom & custom take home trays to whiten your smile. If you have further questions feel free to give us a call at 405-722-4400 & we would be happy to answer them & even schedule a free Zoom consult if you would like.
May 27, 2011
Why is gum health so important? In addition to mantaining healthy teeth, gums, and bone support through flossing & perio maintenance &/or regular cleanings you may also be helping to control &/or prevent several chronic inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, pre-term pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney disease. The gums & bone are essential to a long lasting healthy smile. At Taylor Dental Associates we take a proactive approach by checking your gums in addition to your teeth at every cleaning.
May 24, 2011
What is my crown made of?
Full coverage crowns have been used for years to make a tooth whole again. Some but not all indications for crowns can be broken down teeth, large restorations, cracked teeth, and endodontically treated teeth. Years ago the material of choice was yellow gold, and as this is still a very good restoration it does not provide the esthetics that most demand. We now have a number of choices when we place crowns that are highly aesthetic. A common crown that we place are PFM’s (porcelain fused to metal), the porcelain is the tooth colored portion that makes the crown look natural. We also have the option of metal free restorations that are milled (Bruxzir) or pressed out of porcelain (Emax). Depending on the procedure we can offer the best crown for your case.
May 18, 2011
With the advances in technology has come digital x-rays. Digital x-rays have a number of advantages over traditional film. The biggest advantage is to you the patient, with up to a 90% reduction in radiation x-rays are more safe than ever. Plus the images pops up instantly on the computer right next to you. The image can be blown up to a full size screen, contrast changed, and even shown in color for educational purposes. At Taylor Dental Associates Dr. Jim Taylor & Dr. Stephen Taylor have been providing digital x-rays since 2008 and continue to stay on the forefront of technology.
May 9, 2011
Importance of Flossing
Flossing is a key component of maintaining oral health. When you floss you clean between the teeth where a toothbrush simply cannot reach & you also cleanse the gum areas of plaque & debris. When the plaque and debris between the teeth is not removed it develops deposits on the teeth known as calculus & tartar and can eventually lead to gum disease. In addition, cavities can develop between the teeth & lead to fillings when the area between teeth is not cleaned. Flossing & flossing correctly can be two different things. Make sure to always adapt the floss to the tooth & hug the tooth as you clean up & down. If you feel that you are having trouble flossing please ask us to show you the proper way to floss. There are a number of additional tools to clean your teeth with, just remember they are not meant to replace flossing. You can use them in addition to flossing but not to replace it. Flossing is a key component to the health of your teeth & gums & with routine flossing you will notice an improvement in your own oral health.
April 29, 2011
What is a Root Canal?
Many people have a false assumption that root canals are terrible & painful. This is not the case at Taylor Dental Associates. In fact having a root canal is similar to having a filling placed. Anesthesia is given to ensure the process is not painful. The tooth is isolated to prevent contamination from bacteria & saliva, & the root canal is then started. The tooth is prepared just like a filling & then the roots which house the canal(s) are cleaned out. The canals contain the nerve & blood supply to the tooth. These canals are cleaned with precise instruments, measured, sized, and fitted with a special filling material. The tooth is then filled in & if necessary a crown is then scheduled.
April 13, 2011
Water Fluoridation, is it safe?
With the addition of very small amounts of fluoride to our public drinking water the risk of caries/ cavitites has signifcantly been reduced especially in young children whose teeth are still developing. Water fluoridation at the appropriate level is safe with no adverse effects and is supported by the American Dental Association. Fluoride reduces demineralization of the enamel of teeth and increases remineralization, and fluoride applied topically with toothpaste such as Sensodyne can help to reduce hot & cold sensitivity. Fluoride at the appropriate levels which is constantly being monitored by the city & the CDC is safe and beneficial to our dental health.
April 7, 2011
Tooth Colored Fillings
With the latest advances in composite restorations (tooth colored fillings) posterior teeth can now be filled and made to match the natural tooth in color. Of course there are certain limitations and areas where they would be contraindicated, but they now have excellent strength and durability.
April 4, 2011
Welcome to Taylor Dental Associates (located in Oklahoma City off the NW Expressway between Macarthur & Meridian) where we strive to make every aspect of your dental care experience pleasant. Both Dr. Jim Taylor & Dr. Stephen Taylor completed their dental training at The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. They have continued to advance their skill set through prestigious educational courses that include aesthetic & restorative dentistry so they can provide the highest quality of care. Both Dr. Jim & Stephen Taylor are members of the American Dental Association & the Oklahoma Dental Association. To learn more about our services offered and our wonderful dental team please continue visiting our site. We would be happy to answer any questions at (405) 722-4400
March 23, 2011
Crowded teeth can make it more challenging to clean those hard to reach places, allowing plaque to build on the teeth. Once plaque adheres to the tooth and is not physically removed it hardens into calculus. Calculus harbors bacteria and can lead to gum disease. Straightening of the teeth is not only aesthetically pleasing but more cleansible and also allows proper function of your teeth. Find out how you can straighten your teeth without bands, brackets, and wires at Taylor Dental Associates located in Oklahoma City.
March 16, 2011
Free AMC Gift Card
Win a free $50 AMC gift card! To win “like” our facebook page “Taylor Dental Associates,” just follow the link on our home page at taylordentalokc.com
March 10, 2011
Want to enhance your smile?
There are number of ways to improve and enhance your smile; some of these include invisible braces, veneers, crowns, and whitening. At Taylor Dental Associates we offer a complimentary consult to discuss all your options to generate a plan that meets your goals and your budget.
March 7, 2011
Is there a correlation between Heart & Gum Disease?
The simple answer is yes, a big one. We have known for years the oral cavity is important to our overall systemic health, and now we know some of the specific effects dental diseases can have on our body. “People with periodontal disease have 1.7 times the risk of heart disease and 2.2 times the risk of death. This link is from the bacteria porphyromonas gingivalis, which is the most common strain of bacteria in perio disease. This bacteria can also cause blood clots which induce heart attacks when the bacteria escapes into the blood stream.” If you have not had a comprehensive checkup by a dental professional please do so. At Taylor Dental Associates a thorough checkup is done at every cleaning. Please call 722-4400 to schedule.
March 2, 2011
Interested in enhancing your smile? We offer a no cost, no obligation consult to discuss your various treatment options to give you the smile you have dreamed of. Rather it be veneers, tooth colored filling, invisible braces, whitening, or more give us a call to schedule your free consult. (405) 722-4400
Feb 25, 2011
Hurry time is almost up to win a free whitening kit, “like” our page Taylor Dental Associates on facebook to win! We will be periodically announcing new giveaways and discounts so visit frequently.
Feb 21, 2011
Invisible braces are a great way to straighten your teeth without bands, brackets, and wires. To straighten your teeth a series of clear aligners are worn. The aligners are removable, comfortable, and nearly invisble. What this means is that you can straighten your teeth without people knowing you are in treatment. Plus, you can eat what you like; there are no restrictions to your diet, all we ask is that you place your aligners back in once you are finished eating. At Taylor Dental Associates we offer a free consult to see if Invisble braces are for you. Please call (405) 722-4400 to schedule.
Free Tooth Whitening
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Feb. 4, 2011
Here in OKC at Taylor Dental Associates we use digital x-rays. The biggest advantage of digital imaging is the reduction in the radiation exposure to you, the patient, by up to 80-90%. In addition, the images show up on the computer instantly and allow the dentist to enhance images to better detect decay. The dentist can even change the image from black & white to color, this can be used to illustrate where the decay is on a full size computer screen vs. a small piece of film.
January 26, 2011
Sensitive teeth can make it difficult to enjoy foods such as ice cream, coffee, and even water. Sensitivity to these items can usually be controlled pretty easily if there are no major problems such as cavities, heavy root exposure, or broken down teeth (check with your dentist to make sure there are no further problems). The best place to start is with an over the counter flouride toothpaste such as sensodyne. It typically takes about 1 full week of continual use of sensodyne morning and evening to start to feel relief. If that toothpaste is discontinued the sensitivity will typically come back. If you are still having discomfort with continual use of sensodyne we have a Rx toothpaste that we recommend. It is important to discuss sensitivity with your dentist to make sure there are not underlying problems that require further attention. Still having further sensitivty give us a call at (405) 722-4400 to discuss further treatment options. �
January 24, 2011
Have you ever caught yourself grinding/ clenching your teeth? Bruxism (grinding) your teeth can have a serious impact on your teeth over time. A lot of times you may not even be aware that you are grinding, so how do you know? Heavy wear areas on your teeth can develop, and you might even see chipping off the edges of your teeth. Once these areas begin to develop the wear usually progresses faster and faster as the outer layer of the tooth (enamel) is the strongest. Once the enamel is wore down and the next layer (dentin) is exposed the wear typically accelerates as dentin is much softer than enamel.
What should you do if notice any wear facets on your teeth? Visit us at Taylor Dental Associates to discuss a night guard/ bruxing guard. You can reach us at (405) 722-4400 .
January 21, 2011
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January 20, 2011
Win a whiter & brighter smile for free. Visit our facebook page to learn how.
January 18, 2011
Also known as periodontal disease, will usually start off mild as gingivitis (gum disease), can progress if not treated into periodontitis. When untreated not only are the gums inflamed but the supporting structure of the teeth (bone) can break down. Bone loss can eventually lead to loss of teeth. Almost 1 out of 5 seniors have active perio disease. What can be done to prevent this? Good oral hygiene which includes brushing and flossing regularly is necessary. Most individuals typically lack on their flossing. The next step is routine cleaning and check-ups. At the check-up we will eval not only the teeth but the gums and bone support as well. It is important to catch perio disease early as in the early stages it is reversible; as the disease progresses and bone loss occurs it becomes irreversible. At Taylor Dental Associates we stress prevention and good oral hygiene habits to improve oral health and general health. Please call us at 405-722-4400 to schedule your routine cleaning and check today.