Posts for: August, 2015

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
August 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: medicine  

Dental work isn’t performed in a vacuum — the state of your general health can have an impact on procedures and vice-versa. This is especially true if you’re taking certain medications like blood thinners.

Blood thinners such as Warfarin or Clopidogrel are used for a number of medical conditions as an anti-coagulant (inhibiting blood from clotting). They’re commonly part of a stroke or heart attack prevention strategy in patients with cardiovascular disease, or those with tendencies for thrombosis (blood clot formation within blood vessels) or pulmonary embolisms (blood clots within the lungs). They’re also used with patients with artificial heart valves or on a temporary basis with patients who’ve recently undergone knee replacement or similar surgical procedures.

In most cases, dental work won’t be affected by your use of a blood thinner. An issue might arise, however, if an invasive procedure has the potential to cause bleeding, like a tooth extraction or gum surgery. Because the blood doesn’t clot normally it may be difficult to stop the bleeding during such procedures.

To avoid undue complications, it’s always best to let your dentist or oral surgeon know what medications you’re taking, especially blood thinners (this includes low-dose aspirin, a common over-the-counter drug that’s often prescribed as a mild blood thinner). Depending on the procedure and your dosage, they may consult with your prescribing doctor to see if temporarily stopping the medication or reducing the dosage is an acceptable precautionary measure for your dental treatment. Your dentist may also take precautions during the procedure to help reduce bleeding such as using haemostatic agents around the wound site to help stabilize blood clotting, while carefully suturing the wound to avoid disrupting smaller blood vessels (capillaries) that easily bleed.

If your dosage has been temporarily stopped or reduced, you’ll usually be able to resume blood thinners immediately after the dental procedure. Working together, your dentist and doctor will help ensure that your health won’t be at risk and your dental procedure will occur without undue complications.

If you would like more information on dental work precautions with medications, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Surgery & Blood Thinners.”

By Office of Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
August 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sealants  

Dental SealantsProtect your child's teeth from harmful bacteria with dental sealants.

The experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate almost 70 percent of American kids have cavities. If this decay isn't treated by a dentist, it can lead to more painful problems. Staying current on appointments with your Union, Missouri family dentist and keeping sugar at a minimum are excellent ways to maintain your dental health, but some people have a genetic predisposition to tooth decay. To keep children's teeth healthy, Dr. Michael Scheske, your Union family dentist, offers an extra layer of protection through the use of dental sealants. 

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants essentially safeguard the teeth against bacteria. While teeth look smooth, they have tiny pits and grooves on their surfaces, and food particles that collect in these areas, leading to decay. The sealant itself is a liquid plastic material, which is "painted" on the teeth at your Union family dentist's office. This material is then hardened with a safe UV light. Sealants are especially useful on molars; their chewing surfaces and location in the back of the mouth make them difficult to clean properly and prone to retaining plaque and acids. Applying the sealant quick, painless and cost-effective, requiring no anesthesia and just one visit to Dr. Scheske, your Union family dentist.

How long do sealants last?

Dental sealants are very durable; it will be between five and seven years before your Union family dentist will need to reapply them. Checking the sealants is also part of each cleaning procedure your child has with Dr. Scheske. 

Are dental sealants new?

Sealants have actually been available since the 1960's, but not all dental offices offer them. Dr. Michael Scheske, your Union family dentist, has done his research and sides with many dental professionals and public health advocates that advocate their use for preventative care. 

Along with good oral hygiene, dental sealants are an excellent investment that can keep your child's teeth healthy for many years to come. Talk to Dr. Scheske's dental team in Union, Missouri to schedule an appointment.

By Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
August 08, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Long-term dental health is built on a foundation of good hygiene habits instilled at an early age. Consistent, daily hygiene not only makes for healthy teeth and gums but an attractive smile too.

Here are 4 tips for encouraging your child to develop effective oral hygiene habits.

Begin teaching them to brush and floss on their own around age 6. Brushing and flossing are the primary ways to remove bacterial plaque from teeth, the main cause for dental disease. You should begin brushing your child’s teeth when they first appear; around age 6 you can begin encouraging them to brush for themselves and learn to floss.

Promote healthy eating and snacking habits. A nutritious diet is also important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Make sure your child is eating a varied, balanced diet of whole foods in appropriate portions. You should limit sugar and other carbohydrates (which accelerate growth of decay-causing bacteria) to mealtimes; offer limited, non-sugary snacks between meals.

Warn older children and teens about practices that are unhealthy for the mouth. As children enter their teen years, they’re under increased pressure from peers to try unhealthy practices. Oral piercings like tongue and lip bolts can increase tooth damage — chipping and wear — and gum recession, infection and bone loss. Tobacco use, both smoke and smokeless, can also cause tooth staining, increase the risk of decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Begin stressing the dangers these practices pose to their general and oral health before they reach puberty.

Practice what you teach. ├é┬áModeling healthy behavior you want your child to learn is just as important as instructing them how to do it. When they’re very young, brushing teeth should be a family affair — allow them to see how you brush your teeth as you help them brush theirs. And, if you’re not sure if your hygiene techniques are worthy of emulation, we’ll be glad to help you improve your effectiveness to pass on to the next generation.

If you would like more information on developing life-long dental habits with your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”

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