Even though water is the best possible thing for you to drink, chances are that you like to indulge in other beverages from time to time. But do you know how they affect your teeth when you drink them frequently? It’s important to be aware of what happens to your smile so you can protect it from staining and damage in the future. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about the relationship between popular beverages and oral health.(more…)
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August 11, 2020
July 16, 2020
You know that using toothpaste when you brush twice a day is an important step when it comes to keeping up with your oral health. But what you may not know is that there is wide variety of different types of toothpaste out there. They all serve different functions so there is one for everyone. Read on to learn from your dentist about different toothpastes so you can choose one that’s right for you.(more…)
June 29, 2020
In recent years, social media has become home to challenges and trends that have gone viral. While some of these movements are inspirational and motivate people to do better, others are downright dangerous. The recent phenomenon of DIY braces is one of those trends, but few are warning people of the severe damage they can cause. Below are four reasons you should leave braces to your dentist.(more…)
May 22, 2020
Good dental health care is about more than keeping your teeth clean, it’s about taking care of your entire body. Diseases that develop in your mouth have the ability to spread and cause damage elsewhere. One of the most powerful examples of this phenomenon is the relationship between gum disease and heart disease. Read on to find out how these conditions are connected and what you can do to stop them from developing.(more…)
April 16, 2020
Have you ever paused before brushing your teeth to ask yourself “When should I change toothbrushes?” If the bristles on your toothbrush are flattened, frayed, or discolored, they may not be cleaning your smile as well as they should be. In fact, recent studies have concluded that using a toothbrush past its prime can lead to noticeable oral health issues. Your Newport dentist explains when you should replace your toothbrush and what might happen if you don’t.(more…)
April 3, 2020
March 25, 2020
As of the writing of this column, on Wednesday March 25, 2020, the state and much of the country is shut down. Since information is changing so rapidly, and this print is a week old, I am going to concentrate this week on things that will occur regardless of how long it takes for things to return to normal.
Dental offices will NOT be open for routine care for many more weeks at the rate we are going. Dental problems will continue to arise. It is important that you understand what general dentists are considering emergencies vs. non-emergencies.
In addition, all dental problems, including any questions you have, should be directed to your general dentist. Many of us are doing consultations via video (FaceTime, Zoom, etc.). I have found these to be very helpful in determining who needs to be seen, and who can wait.
If you do NOT have a general dentist and have a dental problem, PLEASE do NOT go to the emergency room.
Please ask family members or friends for recommendations to a general dentist. Check their website. Call their office to listen to their message. Check their Facebook page. You should be able to get in touch with a general dentist to assess your particular situation. They should be the one who determines if you should be seen and/or if you need a referral to a specialist for care.
What constitutes a dental emergency? Is a dental emergency different than an urgent dental need?
True dental emergencies are not as common as urgent dental care. Dental emergencies are potentially life threatening, require immediate treatment to stop ongoing bleeding, or alleviate pain or infection. Trauma would also be included in this category. This would typically not include routine toothaches. The general dentist can use their referral network of specialists as needed for these situations. The emergency room should be used as an absolute last resort.
Urgent dental care focuses on management of conditions that require attention to relieve discomfort and/or risk of infection. These should be treated by a general dentist or specialist. Severe tooth pain, dental abscess or tooth fracture, missing temporary fillings, or anything else you have concern about should be directed to the general dentist and left to their discretion on how to handle.
Please keep doctors, nurses, all people in healthcare, and anyone else who is potentially at higher risk of exposure due to their profession, in your thoughts and prayers during this time.
Please do not hesitate to send any non-urgent questions to my email below. You can also get more up-to-date information at my blog, also listed below.
Dr. St. Clair maintains a private dental practice in Rowley and Newburyport dedicated to health-centered family dentistry. If there are certain topics you would like to see written about or questions you have please email them to him at email@example.com. You can view all previously written columns at www.jpeterstclairdentistry.com/blog.
March 11, 2020
To slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highly recommends practicing social distancing. As a result, whether you’re in self-isolation or quarantine, chances are that you’re spending much more time at home. While social distancing is the most effective way to protect yourself from the coronavirus, it’s a completely new and somewhat overwhelming change for many of us. As you adjust to your new lifestyle, try these seven healthy habits from your Newburyport dentist to keep you and your smile in good shape.(more…)
February 11, 2020
Having spots appear on your mouth and lips isn’t just unattractive, it’s also uncomfortable. Unfortunately, oral sores are a relatively common issue, and there are numerous different types. These include canker and cold sores that seem to take forever to go away. Because these can be so uncomfortable to deal with when you talk and speak, knowing how to ease your pain and get rid of them faster can help make your life a lot easier if you frequently get them. Read on to learn about different types of canker sores and how your dentist can quickly treat them.(more…)