Month: September 2022

Things You Should Know About Your Oral Health (But Might Not)

Afro American teen girl opens mouth widely brushes teeth Having healthy teeth and gums is an important part of feeling healthy – although you probably don’t think of it in that way. It is important to do all that you can to take care of your oral health, and here are a few tidbits about doing just that.

Caring for your teeth and gums

Keep these things in mind if you are having problems with your teeth or gums, or if you just want to make sure they are in the best shape possible:

• It is possible to be allergic to toothpaste. Have you noticed a burning sensation in your mouth? Do you have tissue peeling off of the inside of your cheek? You may just be allergic to your toothpaste, and finding relief may be as simple as changing which toothpaste you use. Ask your dentist for a toothpaste recommendation, or try a natural toothpaste.

• If your mouth is dry, it might not have anything to do with your oral care routine. Some prescription medications come with the annoying side effect of dry mouth. Ask your doctor what you can do (perhaps changing medication may be an option), or ask your dentist for help. Having a constantly dry mouth can be bad for your teeth, because saliva helps to keep your teeth clean and free of debris.

• It is possible to brush your teeth too hard, and if you do, that’s not good. Some people think that the harder they brush the better. However, vigorous brushing can make gums bleed, which is never a good thing.

• It does make a difference if you skip out on brushing or flossing. You may neglect to brush or floss, and you might think it doesn’t matter much – but keeping your teeth clean every day keeps plaque from building up and ends up saving you a lot of pain and problems in the future.

Something else that you should know about your oral health is that cleanings and checkups at your dentist’s office are very important! If you need a cleaning, or if you are having problems or pain, call Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center in East Norriton, PA, for an appointment. Call (610) 272-6949 today!

What You Need to Know About Sedation Dentistry

Woman in a dental office having a seat in a medical chair Has fear of the dentist kept you from setting foot inside a dentist’s office for years or even decades? Having anxiety about the dentist is very common, but unfortunately, the longer you stay away from the dentist, the more you increase your odds of developing very painful dental problems, which can end up affecting not only your teeth but your general health. Luckily, sedation dentistry is a tried-and-true method to get you through your dental procedure!

What is sedation dentistry?

The staff at Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center is more than happy to discuss all aspects of sedation dentistry with you and to help you choose which type of sedation is right for you.

There are different degrees of sedation: mild, moderate, and deep.

• Anxiolysis is one mild form of sedation, for patients with mild anxiety. It is administered orally, and you stay awake during the procedure, but you’ll feel very relaxed. Nitrous oxide is also a mild sedative that will relax you, and this one comes with the benefit of a quick recovery as soon as it is stopped, so that you can get right back to your normal activities.

• Light intravenous (IV) sedation is typically thought of as “moderate sedation,” for use with patients who have moderate anxiety and may be going through a more complex procedure. You are still awake during the procedure, but you are in a very deep state of relaxation.

• In deep sedation, patients drift in between consciousness and unconsciousness and might have no recollection of the procedure once they come out of it. For both moderate and deep sedation, patients should have someone accompany them to the appointment and drive them home.

You should also know that you don’t have to be extremely nervous about your dental procedure – you can ask for it even if you are just a bit anxious or even if you have a hard time sitting still long enough for a procedure. The staff at Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center wants you to have healthy teeth – but they also want happy patients! That’s why different levels of sedation are offered. For any questions about sedation dentistry or to make an appointment, call (610) 272-6949 today!


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