5 Common Dental Myths: Fact or Fiction?

When it comes to ridiculous beliefs on dental hygiene and treatment, we’ve heard just about everything. However, the most dangerous ones usually aren’t quite so over the top. Unfortunately, a number of dental myths are floating all over Incline Village, so Dr. Milligan is here to put an end to the misinformation. Don’t feel bad if you have believed one or more of these at some point- you’re not the only one-but do make sure to give us a call at Incline Dental Care if you have any questions or concerns.

If your gums are bleeding, don’t brush them

The idea behind this false claim is that bleeding gums need to be allowed time to heal before they should be brushed, when in fact, gums bleed because they haven’t been brushed enough! This is because bacteria buildup around and beneath the gum line has irritated the gums.

Sensitive teeth are a sign of cavities

Tooth sensitivity varies among Incline Village residents. Some people have particularly sensitive teeth, and others simply have recessed gum lines, which expose tooth roots and cause sensitivity. Although tooth decay may cause sensitivity, it is not always at fault.

More sugar means more cavities

Tooth decay and cavities are the product of bacteria breaking down sugars into harmful acids. The amount of sugar in your mouth plays a part, but the most important factor is how long the sugar remains on your teeth. Brushing after meals or rinsing with water after eating sugary foods is a good policy.

Bleaching can harm or weaken teeth

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Stop Tooth Pain and Sensitivity Now!

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

There are a ton of specialized toothpastes, mouthwashes, and toothbrushes available to Incline Village residents suffering from sensitive teeth. It is a very common problem that lots of products claim they can solve, but have you ever wondered why it exists? Today, we at Incline Dental Care would like to explain what causes tooth sensitivity and how these products work. Dr. Milligan wants everyone in Incline Village to enjoy a pain-free mouth, so feel free to give us a call with any questions or to set up a consultation.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Do you find yourself ordering beverages without ice, drinking room temperature water, and waiting a long time for your coffee or tea to cool down? If you do, it’s probably because you have sensitive teeth. Enamel, which covers of the crown of your teeth, is the hardest substance in your body; tooth roots have a similar substance called cementum. However, beneath those layers is a softer, more porous layer called dentin. When dentin is exposed, the nerves in your teeth become much more sensitive to hot and cold and sticky or acidic foods and beverages.

Common causes of sensitive teeth are:

  • Tooth decay
  • Degraded tooth fillings
  • A cracked tooth
  • Degraded tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth roots- which can be caused by brushing too hard, recession of the gum line, and gum disease

Treatment for Sensitive Teeth

Most Incline Village folks with sensitive teeth use Sensodyne© or some other type of toothpaste designed to reduce sensitivity. These products work by blocking sensation before it travels to the nerve. If toothpaste doesn’t help, Dr. Milligan offers in-office fluoride and desensitizing treatments that will help you get relief from pain. In cases of severe sensitivity, Dr. Milligan may recommend surgical gum graft or a root canal.

Whatever the cause of your sensitive teeth, we can help! Call Incline Dental Care today to find out what we can do to keep your smile beautiful, healthy, and pain-free.

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Sleep Apnea in Children

You may think being exhausted simply comes with the territory of being a parent (and it does), but there may also be a serious medical condition causing your child to wake up often throughout the night – sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is most commonly found in adults, but in rare cases can also affect children. Dr. Milligan, dentist at Incline Dental Care in Incline Village cares about treating your little ones. Read below to learn more about how dentists can diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Read more ›

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Smile: It’s Good For You!

Your smile is more powerful than you may know. Scientists have studied many aspects of smiling, such as how it affects your brain, your health, and your overall experience of life. Even the situation you’re in and the people around you are influenced by your smile. The findings may surprise you. Or, if you’re someone who smiles often, they may just confirm what you already know.

Dr. Milligan in Incline Village loves a good smile and wants to help you smile more. Read on to let us convince you to smile more and to maintain that smile with a healthy dental routine. Read more ›

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Oxygen Therapy – A Breath of Fresh Air

Your Incline Village dentist, Dr. Milligan at Incline Dental Care knows that no two patients are alike. Everyone deserves a personalized approach to oral health – but what is something no patient (or even human) can live without? Air—or more specifically, oxygen.

The Power of Ozone in Dentistry

Oxygen is essential for your cellular health and does good for your body overall. For that reason, it can be harnessed to improve your dental experience. Some dental offices use oxygen therapy to create a calm environment during preventative visits, and also to treat acute dental issues. Read more ›

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Lemon Juice – The Good, the Bad, & the Sour

In a great tale of opposites, lemon juice can be both acidic and basic, or alkaline. Read on to find out why people are talking about this, and what it means for your oral and overall health.

What is pH and why does it matter?

Drinking lemon juice (usually diluted in a glass of water or added to a cup of tea) is a beloved health tonic among fans of natural medicine. Potential benefits include lower cholesterol, lower inflammation in the body, and increased metabolism and energy. Lemon also contains high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C that boost your immune system.

On a scale from 0-14, a pH of 7 is neutral (pure water) while numbers below 7 are acidic (unhealthy), and above 7 are basic or alkaline (healthy). Believers in holistic health blame many ailments on the body’s pH being too low or too acidic. Increasing your body’s pH is called “alkalizing.” Read more ›

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If You’re Avoiding the Dentist

We’ve all got our reasons. Money. Time. The fear of pain. Juggling insurance. Facing one more reminder that we really should be flossing more. Any of these might cause us to avoid and put off regular visits to the dentist.

Has it been so long since your last dental appointment that you’re not even sure how to find a dentist you can trust? Or perhaps you know and love your dentist but you dread the idea of trying to catch up on life with the hygienist while your mouth is being propped open by a tiny plastic jack. (Yes, we think about that too!)

Incline Village dentist, Dr. Milligan, and our staff are happy to help you prioritize your dental health, which is why we go to great lengths to remove any barrier that might keep you from stepping through our doors. Read more ›

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Trend Alert – Oil Pulling

Trend Alert – Oil Pulling

What is oil pulling?

 

Claiming everything from whiter teeth and healthier gums to decreased body aches and pains, oil pulling is the latest trend in DIY detox therapies. Newly popular among celebrities and lovers of natural health and wellness, oil pulling is a hygiene practice that actually dates back centuries through the Indian medical tradition Ayurveda. Simply put, oil pulling uses common plant-based oils (coconut is a favorite) in place of store-bought mouthwash.

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Can You Treat a Toothache at Home?

Can You Treat a Toothache at Home?

 

When you’re suddenly struck with a toothache, floating ideas of home remedies may quickly come to mind. Whether you heard it from your great aunt or saw it on Pinterest, at-home treatments are everywhere. Incline Village dentist, Dr. Milligan can explain more about how to care for a toothache and when to come in for a visit.

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Soft Food Recipes – What to Eat After Dental Work

Soft Food Recipes – What to Eat After Dental Work

 

You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all of that effort has left you hungry! The question is: what can you eat after having dental work done?

 

For some of us, it’s nostalgic to remember having a frozen treat after the dentist as kids, or attempting to say such bouncy words as “baby” with a numb jaw. However—depending on how extensive your dental work is—you will need to be cautious of what you consume in the days following major dental work. And milkshakes will only get you so far in recovery, anyway.

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