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By Dr. Charles Bohle
December 30, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Dental Myths and Facts

Learn the dental myths and facts about tooth brushes and brushing.  See how many of these things you know.dental myths and facts

  1. Use a soft britled tooth brush because it will not cause gingival recession.  A hard brush can and will wear away your gums.
  2. Handle shapes on tooth brushes are not important except that it should feel comfortable in your hand.  Don't fall for any fancy advertizing just get on that feels good to you.
  3. A fancy rotary brush in not necessarily better.  You can clean your mouth just as well with a standard tooth brush.  They will help if you have trouble holding a brush or if you just like the feeling the rotary brush gives you.
  4. Replace your brush after every illness to stop any cross contamination to others.
  5. Don't brush too hard as it is hard on both your teeth and your gums and can cause tooth sensitivity.
  6. Sugar free gum does really help!  Chewing this type of gum after eating changes the pH of your mouth to reduce the cavity causing acid.
  7. Flossing does really help infact probably more than brushing.
  8. You don't have to have a fancy toothpaste.  You can use baking soda from home or just a wet brush to clean your mouth.

Get regular checkups and cleaning to prevent any problems.  It is always better and cheaper to fix something before it hurts.  Do yourself a favor.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle
December 29, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   headgear  
OrthodonticHeadgearWhatItIsandWhyItMaybeNeeded

Most of us are quite familiar with what traditional braces look like. But occasionally we see more complex-looking devices being worn by young orthodontic patients: thicker wires that extend outside the mouth, with straps that may go behind the neck or over the chin. What are these devices, and why are they sometimes needed?

In general, orthodontic appliances with external parts braced by the head, neck or chin are referred to as “headgear.” These devices may be used to handle a number of particular orthodontic situations, but they all have one thing in common: They provide the additional anchorage needed to move teeth into better positions.

It may come as a surprise that teeth, which seem so solid, can actually be moved fairly easily over time. This is because teeth are not fixed directly into bone, but are instead held in place by a hammock-like structure called the periodontal ligament. Using a light, controlled force — such as the force of springy wires and elastics in traditional braces — teeth can be moved slowly through the jaw bone, like a stick being pulled through sand.

Of course, to pull a stick through sand, you need a firm anchorage — your legs, for example, bracing against a rock. Most of the time, the back teeth, with their large, multiple roots, provide plenty of support. But sometimes, the back teeth alone aren’t enough to do the job.

If a very large space between teeth is being closed, for example, the back teeth might be pulled forward as the front teeth are pulled back; this could result in poor alignment and bite problems. In other cases, the front teeth may need to be pulled forward instead of back. The back teeth can’t help here; this is a job for headgear.

Some types of headgear have a strap that goes behind the head or neck; they use the entire head as an anchorage. Other types, called “reverse pull” headgear, have a strap that comes over the chin or the forehead; they can pull teeth forward. Headgear can even influence the proper growth of facial structures — that’s why it is usually seen on preteens, whose growth isn’t yet complete.

Headgear is usually worn for 12 hours per day, for a limited period of time. In some cases, rather than headgear, appliances called “temporary anchorage devices” (TADS) may be recommended. These are tiny screws that are implanted into the jawbone in a minimally invasive procedure, and serve a similar function.

While it may not look pretty, orthodontic headgear is capable of moving teeth into their proper positions in a relatively short period of time — and ending up with a great-looking smile is what orthodontics is all about.

If you have questions about orthodontic headgear, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Moving Teeth With Orthodontics.”


ToothFairyBradyReiterWorksHerMagicforChildrensOralHealthCharity

Did you know that severe tooth decay is America's #1 chronic childhood disease? Actress Brady Reiter didn't know either — until she became the star of the movie Tooth Fairy 2, and then joined forces with the National Children's Oral Health Foundation: America's ToothFairy®.

“Before, I didn't even realize what can happen to kids if they don't take care of their teeth,” 11-year-old Brady recently told Dear Doctor magazine, after viewing photos of children suffering from severe tooth decay. “There are kids in America who don't know that it's important, or they just don't have the resources to be able to take care of their teeth or to go to the dentist.”

This young Tooth Fairy knows just how magical — and vital to a child's self-esteem — a beautiful smile can be.

“When you feel bad about opening up your mouth and smiling, a kid's confidence just goes down the drain,” she said.

NCOHF recently tapped 11-year-old Brady to head the America's ToothFairy Kids Club, which offers kids personalized letters from the Tooth Fairy along with lots of encouraging oral health tips and fun activities — free!

“I'm really excited to be part of it,” Brady told Dear Doctor. “Kids learn how to take care of their of smile by joining this club. By supporting America's ToothFairy, we can help kids in need get dental care and have a healthy smile too. It's really amazing!”

While lots of kids get an occasional cavity, millions of children have tooth decay so severe that it interferes with their ability to eat, sleep, and concentrate in school. The good news is that tooth decay, a bacteria-induced infection, is preventable.

“When kids join the club, they learn how to prevent tooth decay. When families support this great cause, we can help kids in need. And that's what feels great — that we really can make kids' futures better.”

If you would like to enroll your child in the club — it's free! — please visit www.AmericasToothFairyKids.org. And to make sure your child's teeth and your own are decay-free and as healthy as possible, please contact us today to schedule your next appointment.


By Dr. Charles Bohle
December 23, 2014
Category: Oral Health

sleep apnea is a nightmare

Sleep apnea is a total nightmare! 

If you snore at night and especially if you wake up gasping for air there is a strong chance you have sleep apnea.  This disease is a deadly killer that affects your body by reducing the amount of oxygen you take in.  Your heart, lungs and brain get stressed to the point that they do not function well or properly.  If you snore or don't feel like you get a good nights sleep, let us test you for sleep apnea.  The goods news is you can now be tested in the comfort of your own home and not have to go to the hospital.  Find out more about sleep apnea by clicking here.  Take a free on-line screening test.

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By Dr. Charles Bohle
December 15, 2014
Category: Oral Health


Dental Uh-Ohs!

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Dental emergencies can happen at any time at any place.  Be prepared for what might happen so you can handle a potentially day ruining situation.  Here are some tips for you because at one point or another you or your children may come across a situation like one of these. And to help you prepare for these types of situations, the American Dental Association suggests that you become familiar with the following procedures.
Like any other emergency or urgent situation, dental emergencies require prompt action and are just as important. Injuries to your teeth or gums can result in infection, fractures, nerve and/or blood vessel damage.


•    Toothache-When a toothache occurs, rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss to remove food particles that may be trapped in the space surrounding the tooth. Contact your dentist to arrange treatment.
•    Knocked-out Tooth-In the event of a tooth being knocked-out, carefully grab the tooth by the crown and rinse the root in water, if the tooth is dirty. Do not to scrub the tooth or remove any attached tissue fragments. Then, either gently place the tooth back in its socket or store it in a small container with milk. Next, seek immediate treatment.
•    Broken Tooth-Should you experience a broken tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and then apply a cold compress to your face to help reduce swelling. Next, call or see your dentist for urgent care.
•    Tongue or Lip Bite-If you accidentally bite your tongue or lip, gently cleanse the affected area with a cloth. Then, apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Should you experience heavy bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop after a short period, seek immediate treatment.
•    Issues with Braces-Should a loose or broken wire from your braces cause mouth irritation, use wax, gauze or a small cotton ball to cover the wire. If the wire is caught in your cheek, tongue or gums, do not try to remove it yourself. In either case, seek immediate care from your orthodontist or general dentist.
•    Jaw Injury-In the event of a jaw fracture or injury, apply a cold compress and seek immediate care from your local emergency room.
•    Swollen Face or Neck-Hold ice pack to swollen area. 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Seek medical attention promptly.


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