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Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
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And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

Traumatic Dental Emergencies

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Injuries to the mouth may include teeth that are knocked out (avulsed), forced out of position (extruded) or broken (fractured). Sometimes lips, gums or cheeks have cuts. Oral injuries are often painful, and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible.

Avulsed Teeth

When a tooth is knocked out you should…

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* Attempt to find the tooth.

* Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment.

* Gently rinse, but do not scrub the tooth to remove dirt or debris.

* Place the clean tooth in the patient’s mouth between the cheek and gum.

* Do not attempt to replace the tooth into the socket. This could cause further damage.

* Get to the dentist as soon as possible. If it is within a half hour of the injury, it may be possible to reimplant the tooth.

* If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, (e.g. young child) wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk.

Extruded Teeth

If the tooth is pushed out of place (inward or outward), it should be re-positioned to its ndental traumaormal alignment with very light finger pressure. Do not force the tooth into the socket. Hold the tooth in place with a moist tissue or gauze. Again, it is vital that the injured individual be seen by a dentist within 30 minutes if possible.

How a fractured tooth is treated will depend on how badly it is broken. Regardless of the damage, treatment should always be determined by a dentist.

Minor Fracture

Minor fractures can be smoothed by your dentist with a sandpaper disc or simply left alone. Another option is to restore the tooth with a composite restoration. In either case, you should treat the tooth with care for several days.

Moderate Fracturedental trauma

Moderate fractures include damage to the enamel, dentin, and/or pulp (nerve). If  the pulp is not permanently damaged, the tooth maybe restored with a permanent porcelain crown. If pulpal damage does occur further dental treatment will be required.

Severe Fracture

Severe fractures often mean a traumatized tooth with a slim chance of normal recovery and will usually require Root Canal Treatment or extraction.

Injuries to the Soft Tissues of the Mouth

Injuries to the inside of the mouth include tears, puncture wounds and lacerations to the cheek, lips or tongue. The wound should be cleaned right away and the injured person taken to the dentist or the emergency room for the necessary suturing and wound repair.

Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound area.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had. 

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.

Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com 

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

The Ups & Downs of Sugar

Tooth Decay

1) Sugar causes Tooth Decay.
2) Sugar suppresses the immune system.
3) Sugar contributes to the reduction of the body’s defense against bacterial infections.
4) Sugar interferes with the body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium.
5) Sugar contributes to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
6) Sugar leads to anxiety, difficulty concentrating and crankiness in children.
7) Sugar contributes to arthritis.
8) Sugar contributes to asthma.
9) Sugar causes Candida Albicans (yeast) infections.
10) Sugar contributes to the formation of gallstones.
11) Sugar contributes to heart disease.
12) Sugar contributes to higher cholesterol and triglycerides.
13) Sugar contributes to increased systolic blood pressure.
14) Sugar contributes to migraine headaches.
15) Sugar contributes to food allergies.
16) Sugar causes hyperactivity in many children.
17) Sugar increases your risk of Alzheimer’s.
18) Sugar has been implicated in some cases of major organ failure.
19) Sugar causes cancer cells to multiply faster.

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Effects of Soda

What happens in the hour after drinking a 12 ounce soda that contains sugar, caffeine, and phosphoric acid? 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar flood your system in the first 10 minutes. Within 20 minutes, blood sugar spikes, prompting a burst of insulin, which causes your liver to convert sugar into fat. Forty minutes later, the phosphoric acid has bonded with magnesium, calcium, and zinc, which will be eliminated from your body instead of nourishing your body. And at about 60 minutes the inevitable sugar crash makes you feel sluggish and irritated.

Repeated many times the burst of insulin in response to the flood of sugar causes “Insulin Resistance” which is a precursor of Type 2 Diabetes. The sugar in the soda floods the germs in your mouth which consume some of it and excrete acid onto your teeth which causes the enamel to dissolve leading to decay. Worse yet, the phosphoric acid in the soda acts directly to cause tooth enamel to dissolve leading to faster decay.

So, in effect over time regular soda drinking causes one to become a fat, lazy diabetic with rotten or no teeth. Does that sound like something you’d like to become? I didn’t think so.

The Perils of Sugar

One of the most beneficial changes you can make is to get the sugar and refined carbohydrates out of your diet. Our bodies were never designed to handle the obscene amounts of simple carbohydrates they are being subjected to.sugar

Research of late has been confirming what “health nuts” have been stressing for decades: sugar kills. It took a while for scientists to confirm exactly how, but it’s now there for everyone to see.

■ Sugar and simple carbs (refined grains, high-fructose corn syrup, etc.) adversely affect blood lipids, increasing your risk for heart disease and stroke through fat accumulation, metabolic syndrome, obesity, premature aging, and type 2 diabetes.

■ Sugar molecules bond with proteins to create AGEs (advanced glycation endproducts)— which wreak havoc on blood vessels, including those of the heart and kidneys. AGEs are responsible for many of the long-term complications of diabetes.

■ Cancer cells thrive on sugars, particularly fructose.

It has been demonstrated that cancer cells actually metabolize glucose and fructose differently from other cells. While cancer thrives on both, it uses fructose specifically to proliferate. It’s no wonder that cancer has moved quickly up the list of killers in our society since we started adding high-fructose corn syrup to everything from sodas to bread. With such damning and irrefutable research, I still don’t understand why it hasn’t become standard practice to immediately put cancer patients on fructose-free diets to help disrupt cancer growth.

And, since our immune systems are trying to eliminate mutated, potentially cancerous cells on a daily basis, why would we even risk supplying these cells with the very compound they need to survive, grow, and spread within our body? Are soft drinks and high fructose sweetened foods really that hard to eliminate when you realize the cancer connection?

The natural fructose in fruit is nowhere near as damaging to your body as the processed high fructose sweeteners.

See the Glycemic Index Chart below for ideas on healthy eating.

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Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
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Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

Dental Health in Pregnancy

God has designed these amazing bodies to give our babies their best chance at proper, healthy development. During pregnancy your baby will take from your body all the available nutrients that it needs for optimum development. If there are any nutrients left for you to use you may get some.

This brings two factors into play: 1) Many women find that in pregnancy their teeth and gums suffer greatly, as perhaps never before. 2) It is very important to super-nourish yourself at this time with quality foods and plenty of protein (ie: fish, eggs, dairy products, etc.), to give yourself and your baby the best possible chance and to help prevent the tooth and gum problems.Pregnancy

Supplementing with high quality, natural or organic vitamins and minerals is also vital. Sugar, junk food and smoking are the most common causes of preeclampsia, pregnancy diabetes or toxemia. The good news is that you can avoid that.

Also daily flossing is vital to success.

If you’re planning a pregnancy it’s a good idea to see your dentist first for a cleaning and complete checkup with, at least, bitewing x-rays. Because if you’re headed for a dental problem it is likely to develop much faster during pregnancy. If you’re already pregnant see your dentist immediately for a cleaning and a visual examination. And during pregnancy you should have your teeth cleaned every 3 months to help you keep everything nice and healthy. Pregnancy does not have to wreak havoc on your mouth.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

 

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.

Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

Sealants

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Before & After Sealant

A sealant is a thin plastic coating painted and cured onto the biting surfaces of permanent molars, and sometimes bicuspids, that have never had fillings in those biting surfaces and have not begun to decay. Although caries (decay) in those surfaces in adults is not as common as in children and especially teenagers, sealants are just as effective in preventing cavities in those occlusal (biting) surfaces, regardless of age. Again, many insurance companies don’t pay for sealants in adults for the same reasons they don’t cover many other treatments. But when dealing with an organization like insurance companies, whose only motivation is profit, why should we let them dictate our medical, dental and health needs. Ask your dentist if he thinks you would benefit from and be a candidate for sealants.

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Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to go to our webpage for more information.

Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

The Fluoride Cover-up

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The Fluoride Cover-up

It has long been known that topical fluoride treatments are not only very beneficial in preventing decay in childrens’ teeth but also in adults’ teeth and can help prevent root caries in older adults.

However, the use of fluoride is a very controversial subject. Fluoride should never be taken internally. It’s a poisonous byproduct of the tin refining industry and as you will see in the graphics on this page there are those that blindly love it and those it adamantly hate it.

As a dentist, my job is not to convince you one way or the other nor to make the decision for you. Personally I wouldn’t want

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fluoride in my water.

So, my professional opinion is, because fluoride has been shown to harden the outer surface of your teeth and help prevent cavities, the topical use of fluoride in small amounts is acceptable and possibly even advisable as long as it is not consumed or swallowed.

Fluoride has also been shown to cause mottling of the enamel which appears as white spots or blotches on the teeth. It is also suspected of contributing to a certain number of systemic diseases including cancer.

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Fluoride as Poison

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It is unlikely that the government will ever come out and admit that fluoride is in any way unhealthy or poisonous because of the possible flood of lawsuits that would ensue due to such an admission. The same holds true for all the pharmaceuticals on the market. But more on that in another post.

Prevident Gel

In addition to the topical fluoride applied to your teeth by the dentist there is a prescription topical fluoride gel, called Prevident, which you can use at home once a day after flossing, brushing and rinsing. There are no disadvantages to using Prevident as long as you don’t swallow it. Some advantages are 1) it helps prevent cavities, 2) it will greatly, and quickly, decrease sensitivity in teeth, as long as that sensitivity is not caused by decay or defective fillings, 3) it can harden and remineralize small beginning cavities and decalcified areas on teeth and in some cases actually reverse the progress of cavities in their earliest stages.

After flossing, brushing and rinsing properly put a little ribbon of Prevident on your brush and gently massage it into your teeth, at the gumline mainly, on outside and inside surfaces for one to three minutes. Then spit it all out. Don’t swallow it and don’t rinse, drink or eat for ½ hour to allow the fluoride to work.

The reason Prevident is only available by prescription or from your dentist is because of it’s high fluoride content and potential toxicity if swallowed or eaten. HINT: milk is an immediate antidote to the tummy ache caused by swallowing large amounts of fluoride.

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Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

 You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just

 Click the link to go to our webpage for more information.

 Click here now: www.gfdentistry.com

 And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

Worlds Best, and Least Expensive Mouthwash You Can Make at Home

 1) Supplies: Get some Hydrogen Peroxide 3%. That’s the standard over-the-counter peroxide that you can get in any supermarket or drug or department store. Cost ranges from about 25¢ to 60¢ per pint bottle. Also, if possible, and if you desire to mix it up in batch in advance; get a 1 quart, clean plastic or glass bottle that hasn’t been used to hold anything which you wouldn’t want in your mouth. The lid should be able to contain liquids without leaking. Best is a darkened bottle because peroxide is sensitive to strong light and will break down quicker in a clear bottle.

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2) Formula: Mix equal parts of peroxide and water together, ie: one pint peroxide with one pint water. Or, if you prefer to mix it on a daily basis, pour a little peroxide in your rinsing cup and add an equal amount of water.

3) WARNING: DO NOT rinse with straight peroxide. It’s too strong for your gums and the soft tissues in your mouth. It will burn you.

4) For Taste: Some people don’t like the taste of plain peroxide and water even though it doesn’t really have much flavor at all. If you’re one of those folks, you can substitute some of your favorite flavored mouthwash for some of the water. In that case you could mix 1 pint peroxide with ½ pint water and ½ pint of your favorite mouthwash.

5) Rinsing: Rinse with this mixture for 30 seconds and spit it out. Do not swallow it. Make sure that while rinsing you swish it around and between all your teeth. Rinse with plain water after that to get rid of the foam.

6) Advantages: Rinsing with 1½% Peroxide has three main advantages; 1) it kills lots of germs, 2) it will promote strength and healing of your gums and; 3) over a period of time will slowly tend to bleach your teeth whiter and remove some stains.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to

go to our webpage for more information.

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And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

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The Keys To Dental Health

For a lifetime of strong, healthy, clean and beautiful teeth and gums here is the knowledge and actions you need:

1) Know your Enemy: Plaque is directly and indirectly responsible for more than 95% of all non-developmental dental problems and dental disease. Plaque is an accumulation of millions of germs piled up on your teeth. The mouth is one of the most ideal environments for the growth of bacteria and many of those germs are in some way harmful. Bacteria grows best in a warm, wet, dark environment and it eats SUGAR. In response to that sugar, plaque produces acid which causes tooth decay, gingivitis and other problems. Plaque grows best while you sleep so the worst time of day to have sugary snacks is just before bedtime. Fear is another great enemy standing in the way of many people seeking and completing dental treatment.

2) Know your Friend: See your dentist and friendly dental hygienist at least twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings. You should think of your dentist as a friend, your personal health professional who stands by to help you and advise you to better dental health. Actually, today’s technology has given dentistry the means to provide better, longer lasting, gentler dental care than ever before.

Bitewing x-rays should be done at least once a year, and a full mouth x-ray about every three years, to check areas between your teeth that are impossible to see with just a visible exam. Late model dental x-ray machines are heavily regulated and are so safe today that there is no established risk involved for anyone getting dental x-rays. Your health is at much greater risk by not having regular dental x-rays. In fact, the digital x-rays used at Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA use much less radiation than traditional film-based x-ray machines.

Any cavities that are found should be promptly repaired. The greatest costs in dental treatment are due to cavities and other dental problems that are neglected until something hurts or breaks. Most often, if you wait until it hurts, you’ve waited too long. When a cavity is small it can be repaired quickly, inexpensively and painlessly. But if you wait long enough, sometimes even just a few months, the cavity can grow to the nerve and you may need root canal, post & core and a crown, costing many hundreds of dollars; or worse yet, you might lose the tooth.

3) Avoid sugary items: that spend lots of time in your mouth. These include, but aren’t limited to, chewing gum, hard candies, mints, chewing tobacco, sticky, chewy candy and sugar containing kool-aid, soda, tea etc. The germs in your mouth eat sugar and make acid, which rots your teeth, in direct relation to the time the sugar spends in contact with your teeth.

HOME CARE ROUTINE

Floss, brush and rinse PROPERLY, at least once a day. Better is twice a day. You should floss first, then brush, then rinse. Reason, when flossing you reach places that your brush cannot go and will pull plaque and food particles out from between your teeth, most of which remains on brushable areas of your teeth so you can then brush it off.

HOW TO FLOSS:

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1) Setting Up: Pull about 18 inches of floss from the dispenser and wrap the ends around your middle fingers.

2) Inserting Floss: Hold floss tightly, using your thumbs and forefingers to gently guide the floss between the teeth. Work the floss through the contact point, moving it gently under the gumline.  Be careful not to snap the floss between teeth and under gums, as this can harm delicate tissue.

3) Removing Plaque: Holding the floss tightly against the tooth, move the floss away from the gum, scraping the floss up and down against the side of the tooth. Then let go of the inside part and pull the floss through to the outside.

4) Cleaning the whole mouth: Repeat flossing procedure on each tooth, upper and lower, using a clean segment of floss.

5) Flossing back teeth: Don’t forget to floss behind back teeth where there is no adjacent tooth.

BRUSHING

The best toothbrush to use is a soft bristled brush. There are many head sizes, handle sizes and shapes. Each one claims to be better than the rest. The key is choosing one whose head is not too big or small for your mouth, and one with a comfortable handle. Medium and hard brushes, and even vigorous brushing with soft brushes, abrade the enamel off your teeth and cause gumline sensitivity which can lead to gumline cavities. You should replace your brush every 3 months to maintain brushing’s effectiveness.

TOOTHPASTE:

Toothpaste should contain fluoride. It should be pleasant tasting and not too gritty. Whether paste or gel is pure preference. For sensitive teeth, the sensitive formulas work very slowly over a long time. Instead, ask your dentist for a high fluoride supplement gel, like Prevident, or a prescription for one, to use after brushing. Fluoride hardens teeth, desensitizes them and helps protect against cavities. Toothpaste is primarily just a vehicle to carry fluoride and other chemicals to your teeth so in an emergency you can brush just as well without it and use only a wet brush. Be careful though, as fluoride can be poisonous if swallowed.

HOW TO BRUSH:

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1) Setting up: Wet the brush and apply enough toothpaste to cover the head of the brush.

2) Holding the Brush: More damage than good is done to the teeth and gums over a long time by vigorous scrubbing. The erosion of the enamel along the gumline caused by this activity is one of the main causes of gumline sensitivity and can be stopped and/or prevented. The keyword here is GENTLE! Do not hold the brush like a weapon, in a tight clenched fist, as if preparing for battle. Instead, hold the brush softly between two, or at most three, fingers. Keep in mind that plaque is a soft cheesy substance which can be removed with a Q-tip. You do not have to file it off your teeth. Think of brushing as painting the toothpaste on and painting it back off your teeth.

3) Removing Plaque: Hold your toothbrush at a 45° angle toward the gums and place it where your teeth and gums meet. Move the brush back and forth and around in a GENTLE circular motion to remove plaque from the outer or cheek side surfaces of all teeth, upper and lower. Keep brushing with short angled strokes to remove plaque from the inner or tongue side surfaces of the back teeth, upper and lower. Tilt the brush vertically and make up-and-down strokes to remove plaque from the tongue side surfaces of the front teeth, upper and lower. Hold the brush flat and use a scrubbing motion to remove plaque from the chewing surfaces of all teeth, upper and lower. It’s also important to gently brush the top surface of your tongue because of the plaque that grows on it overnight.

RINSING

After brushing, rinse the excess toothpaste out with plain water first. After that you can use a highly antiseptic mouthwash that does not contain alcohol. Some of the best commercial antiseptic mouthwashes are Crest Pro-health and Listerine. Both claim a 99.9% kill rate after 30 seconds of vigorous rinsing.

In another post I discuss some of the world’s best and least expensive mouthwashes that you can make it home. Be looking for that one.

In conclusion, here’s what you need to do to maintain great dental health, healthy teeth, fresh smelling breath and a beautiful smile:

1) Floss between all your teeth every day. Remember my motto, “You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep”.
2) Brush gently but thoroughly every surface of every tooth every day.
3) See your friendly dental hygienist at least every 6 months for the rest of your life.
4) Stay away from sugar as much as possible. Treat it like the poison that it is.
5) Avoid all tobacco products because they damage your teeth and gums as well as the rest of your body.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to Call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can Call Us At: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to

go to our webpage for more information.

Click here now:  www.gfdentistry.com

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.