7 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

The healthier your teeth are, the healthier and happier you will be!  As we prepare to enter a New Year, consider these simple ways you can keep your teeth healthy and avoid dental problems in the future. Drink Plenty of Water – Drinking water is generally good for your overall health and it’s particularly helpful for your teeth. Water helps to wash away leftover food and residue that cavity-causing bacteria love to eat.  Water also dilutes the acids that are … Read More

How to Enjoy those Holiday Sweets!

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  The holiday season is in full swing and we all find ourselves surrounded by sugar-filled candies, desserts, and other holiday treats.  Whether your favorite is apple pie, candy canes, chocolate fudge, peanut butter brittle, gingerbread cookies or fruit cake; none are necessarily good for your teeth.  But enjoying the holiday season – while also caring for your teeth – doesn’t mean you have to completely avoid all of those holiday sweets!  Here are some simple tips to consider during … Read More

Extraction Post-Operative Instructions

*Keep pressure on the extraction site(s) by biting on gauze placed by the doctor for at least 20 minutes.  This will control any bleeding and ensure good clot formation and quicker healing. *Avoid any mouth rinsing and/or spitting for the first 24 hours.  This may cause bleeding and loss of clot formation which will slow healing and could cause a dry socket. *Avoid smoking and other tobacco products for 24 to 48 hours.  Tobacco can be very irritating to the … Read More

Ouch! Some Causes of Tooth Pain!

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  No one likes to be caught off guard with a toothache!  It can keep you up all night or ruin your whole day!  The reasons behind a toothache are varied, some related directly to your teeth, gums or mouth; and others that are not related.   Tooth damage or tooth decay are the most common causes of tooth pain.  Tooth damage is usually a result of a chipped or broken tooth that occurred from some kind of trauma to … Read More

Root Canal Aftercare

  The degree of comfort after root canal therapy often depends upon patient follow-through after the procedure has been completed. It is essential that you understand what normal post-treatment symptoms are and how they should be handled.   Take Medication as Prescribed Although it is possible to experience no pain after root canal therapy, some discomfort is considered normal.  Just as in insect bites, burns, and scrapes, inflammation results when pulp tissue is removed from the root canals.  It is … Read More

Conquering Dental Fears and Anxiety

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At Mainstream Dental we understand that many of patients experience certain levels of dental fear or dental anxiety when visiting with us.  Feeling uncomfortable about your visit is a normal and natural response that occurs among most Americans.  The causes are numerous.   Some have fear or anxiety as a result of previous bad experiences with dentists, they’re concerned about costs, they’re embarrassed by their teeth, they have fear of needles or medical settings in general, they’re afraid of possible … Read More

Temporary Filling or Crown – Aftercare

  A “temporary” is a filling or crown that is placed until the permanent filling or crown is made and ready to be placed.  It is normal for the gum around your tooth to be a little sore when the anesthesia wears off.  This will typically disappear within 24 hours.  Do your best to chew on the opposite side of your temporary until your next appointment with Dr. Fortna.  Chewing sticky foods can sometimes dislodge the temporary.  It is not … Read More