ORAL HEALTH TOPICS
Does mercury in the silver fillings in your mouth pose any long-term health risks? Does fluoride, in spite of everything we've been told since childhood, actually cause more harm than good? What does the latest research reveal about tobacco use on your overall oral health?
This section is dedicated to the latest information about these and other oral health topics, called from authoritative sources such as the American Dental Association. If you have any questions about anything in this section or our website, please feel free to speak with Dr. Filler or any of our team members today!
The American Dental Association has maintained that consistent use of bottled water could result in individuals missing the benefits of optimally fluoridated water. Moreover, the ADA has held that some home water treatment systems change fluoridated water supplies for the worse.
TOOTHPASTE WARNING LABELS
The American Dental Association has stated that the FDA-required warning labels on toothpaste packaging, which state that poison control centers should be contacted if one swallows fluoride toothpaste, "could unnecessarily frighten parents and children, and that the label greatly overstates any demonstrated or potential danger posed by fluoride toothpastes."
Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where the intake of harmful foods is controlled. Our program is designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease. At the initial visit oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits. The following are helpful recommendations:
1. Brush your teeth twice a day in a circular motion with a soft bristled toothbrush aimed at the gum.
2. Floss every night in an up and down motion while keeping the floss in a U-shape and against the tooth surface.
3. Avoid smoking
4. Avoid sticky sugary foods.
5. Eat a balanced diet.
6. Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed.
7. Sealants placed on young permanent teeth.
If you have a dental emergency, please call the office at 603-898-2072 to schedule your appointment. You can also follow these instructions for lost or broken teeth:
If a tooth is traumatically knocked out of the mouth, it is best to place the tooth back into the socket and seek immediate dental attention. First, rinse the mouth of any blood or other debris and place a cold cloth or compress on the cheek near the injury. This will help reduce the swelling.
If you cannot put the tooth back into its socket, hold the dislocated tooth by the crown – not the root. Next, place it in a container of salt water solution and keep it there until you arrive at Dr. Filler’s office.
For a fractured tooth, it is best to rinse with warm water and again, apply a cold pack or compress. A pain reliever, such as Advil, will help keep down swelling. If the tooth fracture is minor, the tooth can be polished or if necessary, restored by Dr. Filler if the pulp hasn’t been severely damaged.
If a child’s primary (baby) tooth is knocked out due to injury, it’s best to save the tooth. Reimplantation is not necessary as the permanent tooth will ultimately replace the lost baby tooth. However, placing cold compresses to the area and contacting Dr. Filler is important in order to evaluate injury to the area. An Xray may be necessary.
If your child has a loose primary tooth, have him or her bite down on an apple or soft fruit to dislodge it. As always, if you have any concerns, Dr. Filler is just a phone call away!
WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS
TOOTHPASTE WARNING LABELS
THE PREVENTIVE PROGRAM
Anne B. Filler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
31 Lowell Road, Windham, NH 03087
Filler Family Dentistry
9 Hampton Road, Exeter, NH 03833