January 15, 2018
Bleeding gums is a sure sign that something is going on with your teeth and gums. Unfortunately, it isn’t a good sign. In fact, bleeding, red, and swollen gums could cause serious problems. If left untreated, bleeding gums could make your teeth fall out.
According to Dr. David Schaefer, ignoring bleeding gums can make the problems worse.
There are two types of gum disease, gingivitis, which is reversible and periodontal disease, which is not. Of course, you can control periodontitis, but the problem could have been avoided all together had you scheduled an appointment with Dr. Schaefer for a deep cleaning.
What is a Deep Cleaning?
Root planing and scaling is different to a regular cleaning. Regular dental cleanings focus on the surface of your teeth and in between your teeth just above your gum line. If you have bleeding gums, Dr. Schaefer may recommend root planing and scaling to remove plaque and tartar under your gum line. If allowed to remain, that bacteria and impossible to remove tartar will infect your gums causing pockets to form between the gum and your teeth.
When you have your teeth cleaned every six months you know that normal scaling is part of the process, however, if you are showing signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease, you may need a professional deep teeth cleaning, which involves both scaling and root planing.
Although some people have signs, gum disease can remain silent, as it can be painless. You may have gum disease if you experience any of these symptoms:
• Red, swollen, or tender gums
• Bleeding gums
• Receding gums
• Chronic bad breath
• A bad taste in the mouth
• Visible pus around your teeth and gums
Don’t wait until it is too late. Call or click and schedule a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. David Schaefer who can determine if your bleeding gums are something more serious.
December 15, 2017
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy during the holidays can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be. You can prevent an emergency dental visit if you follow these tips from Dr. David Schaefer.
Below are a few things you should stay away from during the holidays to keep your teeth and gums safe.
Stay away from Hard Candy
Keep the canes on the tree and the hard butterscotch candies on the shelf at the store. Hard candies are a double-edged sword as they are loaded with sugar, which erodes the enamel on your teeth, and they can break or crack a tooth if you bite down.
Gummy Bears and Sticky Candy
Gummy bears, licorice, saltwater taffy and any other sticky candy can pull out your fillings and wreck havoc for dental sealants. According to Dr. Schaefer, sticky candy is also hard to remove and can stay in the fissures and grooves at the back of your teeth.
Pies, Cookies and Cakes Oh My!
Your Great Aunt Martha’s pecan pie may be as delicious as your own sugar cookies, but those delicious treats can cause problems for your teeth and gums. If you must indulge rinse after as starchy foods can get caught in the grooves and fissure at the back of your teeth. Add sugar to the mix and your teeth will suffer for it.
That yummy dried fruit platter that arrives at your front door every year can cause issues with your teeth. Sticky figs, dates, and apricots are loaded with sugar, and just like gummy bears can stay on your teeth, even after brushing.
You don’t have to schedule an emergency dental visit with Dr. Schaefer if you watch what you eat and see your dentist twice a year.
August 15, 2017
If your kids have started school, or about to, and you neglected, or just plain forgot about dental checkups for your kids, call Dr. David Schaefer and schedule a dental exam for your children and your teens. Regular dental checkups, Dr. Schaefer recommends twice a year for healthy children and teens will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Scheduling regular checkups can also help Dr. Schaefer keep any eye on your kids and teens bite. If a problem is detected, your kids or teens may be referred to an orthodontist for a further evaluation.
According to the American Dental Association, regular dental checkups for kids and teens can also detect any other oral abnormities. If you follow the Schaefer Dental Blog, you will know that oral cancer can be caught and even cured if detected early on.During the checkup, your kids and teens teeth and gums will be checked for tooth decay and gum disease. If gum disease is present, Schaefer Dental may recommend root planing and scaling. If cavities are present, a simple filling may be all that is needed, however, if the cavity is too deep and has damaged the pulp root canal therapy may be necessary. Scheduling twice-yearly dental appointments with Schaefer Dental can help prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and the more serious periodontal disease.
If your child or teen has been complaining about oral pain, but is cavity and gum disease free, it may have something to do with his or her bite. Dr. Schaefer and his team will be able to determine if your children or teens require orthodontic treatment.
Scheduling regular dental appointments with Schaefer Dental is a necessary part of life, and if you haven’t made your checkups, call or click. Schaefer Dental can determine if your kids and teens have dental problems and get them back on the road to healthy teeth and gums.
July 15, 2017
If you cannot remember the last time you had an oral cancer screening, it is time to call and schedule an appointment for a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. David Schaefer. Dr. Schaefer and his team will give you a complete and thorough dental checkup that will not only detect tooth decay and gum disease, but can also alert your attending physicians if there is anything unusual about your mouth, including your teeth, gums, neck, tongue, and throat.
When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Schaefer and his team for an oral cancer screening your tongue, throat, the roof of your mouths and your gums will be examined to check for anything unusual.
According to the American Dental Association, an astonishing 75 percent of all neck and head cancers start in the oral cavity. With early detection, you have a much better chance of survival.
Although there is no conclusive evidence, scientist believes that certain factors could increase your risk of any type of oral cancer. You may be in the high-risk category if you:
- Use any type of tobacco including pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco cigarettes and a Hookah pipe
- A heavy alcohol drinker
- Have been diagnosed with oral cancer in the past
- A history of sun exposure, which increases lip cancer risk
Signs that you may have Oral Cancer include:
- Sores that don’t heal
- Sores that bleed
- Lumps or growths in your mouth
- A lump or growth on your cheeks, lips, tongue, or throat
- Loose teeth
- Ill-fitting dentures
- Teeth pain
- Jaw stiffness or pain
- Pain when chewing or swallowing
- Persistent sore throat
Oral cancer can develop on your:
- Roof of your mouth
- Floor of your mouth
If you would like more information regarding an oral cancer screening, or would like to schedule an appointment for an oral cancer screening with Dr. David Schaefer and his team, call or click.
Early detection really can save your life. Call or click now.
June 15, 2017
Oral hygiene is imperative if you want to maintain your overall health. According to the Dr. David Schaefer from Schaefer Dental, practicing good oral hygiene can actually keep your heart healthy.
Although the jury is still out, researchers are beginning to see a link between gum disease and other health problems including stroke, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s.
Brushing twice and flossing once each day is just part of good oral hygiene, however, good oral hygiene is much more than brushing and flossing.
What is Plaque?
Your dentist explains that bacteria cause tooth decay and gingivitis and lives in your mouth. Plaque, that layer of film that everyone has on their teeth, will eventually eat away at the enamel on your teeth causing cavities and gum disease.
What causes Plaque?
Your mouth is loaded with bacteria, both good and bad. The foods you eat will cause bacteria buildup in your mouth producing acids. Sugary and starchy foods are notorious for plaque accumulation. The substances that are produced by plaque will irritate your gums. If left untreated, plaque accumulation will cause gum recession forming pockets in between your teeth and gums. If you do not see a dentist for gum disease, the bone that surrounds your teeth could be destroyed, which will cause tooth loss.
How to Remove Plaque
The best way to get rid of your plaque is to brush and floss every day. Use a soft bristled brush and a good fluoride antimicrobial toothpaste that has been recommended by the American Dental Association, this will help with tooth decay. Floss first and brush second to remove all of the debris. Watch your diet as certain foods can cause plaque accumulation. Use a mouth rinse and schedule regular dental checkups and professional cleanings.
Oral hygiene is an important part of overall health, and if you cannot remember the last time that you saw your dentist, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer from Schaefer Dental today today.
May 15, 2017
Root canal therapy may be necessary if you have been ignoring that small toothache. Unfortunately, tooth decay will not go away, and if you have cavities, you could be asking for problems.
According to Dr. David Schaefer, root canal therapy removes the dead nerves and tissue. Called, pulp, those nerves and tissue are what tells you that you have tooth decay. However, not all cavities will present themselves, making it nearly impossible to detect the need for root canal therapy. Only a dentist can determine if therapy is necessary.
Endodontic treatment is necessary if the pulp in your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. There are a variety of issues that could cause the problem, including chips or cracks in a tooth or teeth, repeated dental procedures, large cavities, and teeth that are deeply decayed.
Avoiding root canal treatment could cause infection and even an abscess. If left untreated an abscess could cause serious problems and even death.
If Dr. Schaefer recommends root canal therapy, the infected nerves and tissue will be removed using special instruments to thoroughly clean the area. After the inside has been cleaned, the tooth roots will be disinfected and cleaned before filling and sealing. In some cases, a dental crown may be recommended to strengthen the damaged tooth.
Front teeth have one root canal while your back teeth have multiple root canals. Root canal therapy usually requires between one and three visits dependent on which tooth requires the treatment. If you have curved roots or more canals, you may need additional dental appointments to complete your root canal therapy.
A healthy mouth starts with regular dental checkups, and if you have been skipping your dental visits because of a nagging toothache, it is time to call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer.
Don’t risk infection or a dangerous abscess, call or click and schedule a comprehensive dental examination with Dr. Schaefer today.
March 15, 2017
Tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure, but overdoing it can cause serious problems for your teeth and gums.
According to the American Dental Association, more than 1.4 billion dollars is spent each year on non prescription tooth whitening products, and while there are dozens of over the counter tooth whitening products available that will give you a beautiful smile, overdoing it with those gels, strips, pastes and mouth rinses could make your smile transparent.
Peroxide and other tooth whitening agents can actually cause oversensitivity and even gingivitis. Use too much, and you also run the risk of wearing away the enamel on your teeth. Your Independence dentist explains that too much tooth whitening can also lead to tooth decay.
According to your dentist in Independence, MO, tooth whitening can brighten your smile while giving you back your self-confidence. However, not all patients will have success with tooth whitening.
Think Before you Whiten
Tooth Whitening will not work on people who have gray stains caused from too much fluoride or tetracycline use. The cosmetic dental procedure will not alter the color or dental restorations such as tooth colored fillings, dental bonding or porcelain veneers. If you have not been successful with tooth whitening, you may want to schedule an appointment with your Independence dentist who can recommend other types of cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you a brighter smile.
Even if you are using an over the counter at home bleaching system, you should have your dentists okay and supervision. Those mouth rinses, strips, gels and pastes that you buy at your local pharmacy are not as strong as professional tooth whitening products, and may need to be used for a longer period of time.
If you are longing for the perfect Hollywood Smile, but want to avoid over the counter tooth whitening products, call or click and schedule an appointment with your Independence dentist today.
February 15, 2017
Having a beautiful smile really is possible, and when you schedule an appointment with a preferred Invisalign® dentist, you can be one-step closer to achieving the perfect toothy grin that you have always dreamed of having and best of all, it won’t take two years to complete your treatment program.
Invisalign® is the clear alternative to braces, and if you have always wanted straight teeth, Dr. David Schaefer, your Independence MO dentist, can help.
With Invisalign®, you no longer have to resort to wearing bulky metal braces that can be uncomfortable and downright unattractive. Metal braces have changed, but are still more cumbersome than Invisalign®.
Invisible braces have revolutionized the world of orthodontics using trays that are custom made. After wearing a series of plastic aligners your teeth with begin to shift into their proper position giving you that Hollywood Smile that has been eluding you for years.
Manufactured out of the highest-grade polyurethane resin, Invisalign® is nearly invisible and extremely comfortable. With reduced enamel wear, Invisalign® really is a great option if you are considering braces.
When you wear the aligners, without metal wires and brackets, your teeth will gradually begin to shift based on the movement that Dr. Schaefer has planned for you.
Every week, or depending on your progress, your Dentist in Independence will give you a new set of Invisalign® aligners that will not interfere with your daily life. In fact, friends, family members, and complete strangers will have no idea that you are in the process of having your teeth straightened.
Because your aligners are removed when you eat, you can enjoy the foods you like without restrictions. Metal braces often prevent you from eating certain types of food and can be quite troublesome.
Brushing and flossing is easy with Invisalign® and because they are removable, you can clean your teeth as you normally do.
Dr. Schaefer recommends wearing your new aligners 20 to 22 hours every day. Throughout your entire Invisalign® treatment, you will see your dentist for regular checkups every six weeks depending on your particular treatment protocol.
Schedule a no obligation consultation with your Independence, MO Dentist who can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign®. Call or click today.
January 15, 2017
Laser dentistry in Independence, MO could be the answer if you have been avoiding the dentist because of the drill. Laser dentistry is the painless way to repair cavities and even help with gingivitis.
Dr. David A. Schaefer in Independence, MO is trained to provide you with a painless dental solution that offers patients less pain and can even help reduce post procedural infections.
Laser dentistry in Independence, MO is used for gum treatments, and if your gums are too long, and your dentist has suggested surgery, talk to Dr. Schaefer about laser dentistry for your gums. With laser dentistry, the procedure is quick and efficient as it pinpoints the incision, and best of all, your gums are less susceptible to infection as the area is cauterized during the procedure. There is also evidence that laser dentistry offers patients a shorter recovery time.
Because laser dentistry in Independence, MO is so powerful, Dr. Schaefer uses it to get rid of tooth decay for both dental fillings and root canal therapy. Dental lasers are able to penetrate the enamel successfully while cleaning out the bacteria. That means no more drilling, which can be uncomfortable to say the least.
Gum Disease Therapy
Laser dentistry is so precise, that Dr. Schaefer uses it for gum disease therapy. The diseased tissue can be cut away with laser dentistry getting rid of the bacteria in the periodontal pockets. Laser dentistry in Independence, MO is usually reserved for patients who have progressed to the more serious periodontal disease. If you have gingivitis, Dr. Schaefer may recommend root planing and scaling for healing.
Thanks to laser dentistry in Independence, MO, you don’t have to avoid the dentist. Call or click and schedule a no obligation laser dentistry consultation with Dr. Schaefer today and have the smile you deserve tomorrow. Call or click now.
December 15, 2016
Preventing cavities is imperative, but it’s not just what you eat that increases your risk of tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, how often you enjoy a meal is equally as important as what you put in your mouth. Have Grandma’s sugar cookies with a meal and you will be doing your teeth a big favor.
According to your Dr. David Schaefer, when you eat your meals can have long term effects on your oral health and in preventing cavities. Learning how the food you eat, and when you eat it affects your teeth and gums is your first step to a healthier mouth.
The minute you eat certain foods your mouth will begin to produce acids. Those acids will begin the cavity process.
So What Happens
All carbohydrates will eventually become simple sugars breaking down into fructose, lactose and maltose. Carbohydrates that ferment will break down in your mouth. Other foods will not break down until they get to the digestive tract.
Fermentable carbs join forces with the bacteria to create acids that will decay your teeth. Obviously cakes, cookies, candy and soft drinks are at the top of the list when it comes to the worlds most sugary foods, but other foods such as cereal, bananas, crackers and bread can also wreck havoc on your teeth.
Certain types of bacteria in your mouth will use the sugar you just enjoyed producing acid that will begin to dissolve the minerals inside the tooth eating away the enamel known as demineralization. Remineralization occurs when the teeth regain their minerals with the help of saliva. Fluoride and certain foods such as cucumbers and celery can also help with remineralization as can cheese and certain dairy products.
This holiday season watch what you eat and remember to keep an eye on, “When,” you eat as well when it comes to preventing cavities, and don’t forget to schedule your annual dental checkup with Dr. Schaefer today.
Happy Holidays from the team from Dr. David Schaefer and the team from Schaefer Dental!