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Crazy Things People Believe About Toothaches

July 2nd, 2015

HAVE A TOOTHACHE? Wear these fish bones around your neck, repeat a chant, and drop a few pears into the river!

Sounds ridiculous, right? But those are toothache remedies you’d hear during the Middle Ages! You can imagine how frustrating it must have been for our ancestors with tooth pain—they were willing to try anything for relief! Modern dentistry has swept away many bizarre superstitions—however, some people still believe dangerous myths about toothaches and how to cure them.

Different “Cures” From Different Cultures

There are a lot of unusual methods for relieving toothaches we’ve gathered from various cultures (both ancient and modern) around the world. One common belief was that dental pain was caused by a “tooth worm” that had burrowed its way inside a tooth. To coax the worm out, people would inhale smoke, smear their teeth with honey, and swish with all kinds of disgusting rinses. Others include:

  • Putting both stockings on one foot.
  • Driving a horseshoe nail into your house’s front door lintel.
  • Spitting out bread by an anthill, and as the ants carry it away the pain will leave.
  • Complaining to a pear tree about your toothache.
  • Vowing to never comb your hair on a Friday or shave on a Sunday.

Though these may seem absurd, let’s not be too quick to judge—there are still plenty of false beliefs about toothaches today!

Modern Toothache Myths

There are several causes of dental pain including cavities, gum disease, infection, and chipping. These three tips will help debunk some common myths that could stop you from getting the treatment you need:

  1. Do not put aspirin on your tooth. Aspirin does nothing to relieve pain when applied topically, and could result in a nasty acid burn on your cheek and gums.
  2. A toothache DOES NOT mean you will lose the tooth. There are treatments that can save even badly infected teeth.
  3. If pain is off-and-on, you still need a checkup. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. It shouldn’t be ignored.

Don’t Wait To Visit Us If You Have Pain

Trust Our Practice For Solutions

Nobody should have to live with dental pain. Our practice is focused on the latest treatments to not only relieve toothaches, but to create healthy and resilient smiles, so you can get back to living your life. Don’t let one more day of dental discomfort go by without contacting us.

We cherish our relationship with you as our valued patients and friends!

Top image by Flickr user Edward Webb used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Happy Birthday, Meghan!

June 26th, 2015

Meghan Dental Hygienist

 

Today we want to take a moment to celebrate our hygienist, Meghan and wish her a very happy birthday! Meghan is a great team member who always has a cheerful smile and is eager to help. Her patients adore her, as is evident in the online reviews they have left on our Boger Dental Google+ page:

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We asked Meghan to take a moment to reflect upon this important milestone in her life. We asked her a few questions and here is what she said.

How are you celebrating your birthday this year?

I will be celebrating with family and friends at a pool party at our new house!

What was your best birthday present ever?

The year we got married, we left for our honeymoon on my birthday. We were treated like royalty with upgrades at the airport followed by a week of fun in the sun!

What is on your bucket list for the next year?

We have some house projects we’d like to do for our new home, but I am mostly looking forward to watching our little guy grow another year older.

Now that you are another year older and wiser, do you have a favorite quote or an inspiration thought to share?

One of my favorite Irish blessings:
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

 

So, if you get the chance to see Meghan today, make sure to give her a big hug and wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You can also click here to write her a message on our Facebook wall.

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Diabetes And Gum Disease Can Be Double Trouble

June 24th, 2015

PEOPLE WITH DIABETES are mindful of their bodies’ feedback. Effective diabetes management requires frequent blood sugar checks, careful dietary planning, and close monitoring of other symptoms.

But with all the things diabetics have to consider, they often miss warning signs from another crucial area—the mouth.

Why are oral care and diabetes so intertwined? Recent studies have revealed more on the relationship between gum disease and diabetic symptoms.

It’s About Bacteria

People with diabetes have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the body and cause infection. When harmful bacteria are allowed to build up in the mouth, gums become swollen and sensitive. In addition to weakening the structures holding teeth in place, inflamed, bleeding gums are an easy access point for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Once inside, these bacteria can aggravate diabetic complications and make it harder to manage blood sugar.

Diabetes makes gums more susceptible to infection—and infected gums, in turn, worsen diabetic conditions. It’s a vicious cycle!

3 Keys To Managing Oral Health And Diabetes

  1. Stay in touch with your doctor AND with us. Follow your doctor’s diabetes management plan, and relay any changes in your condition. Make sure your doctor has our contact information and keeps us informed as appropriate. Keep your regular dental checkup appointments.
  2. Control your blood glucose level. Monitor your blood sugar level and use medications as recommended. The better you manage your blood sugar, the less likely you will be to develop gum infections.
  3. Establish good oral care habits. Brush twice a day, gently massaging and cleaning gums. Floss at least once daily. If you smoke, quit. Please talk with us if you have any questions about brushing or flossing techniques!

Let Us Help You Manage Diabetes

We understand that living with diabetes presents a host of extra things to think about every day. We want to ease that burden by providing personalized care to our diabetic patients. If you know someone with diabetes, share this information with them!

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be part of your health-conscious lifestyle.

We treasure our relationship with you as a patient and a friend!

Top image by Flickr user Douglas Palmer used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Eat Right To Smile Bright

June 16th, 2015

THIS MONTH, we’re sharing a basic guide to a diet that supports your healthy teeth and mouth! Read on to learn how to keep your mouth happy…

Eat More Of These

Leafy Greens: Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens have calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, and magnesium; all essential for healthy teeth and gums.

Cheese, Milk, and Yogurt: Dairy is a delicious source of calcium, which supports strong bones and teeth.

Kiwi, Oranges, And Other Vitamin-C-Rich Foods: Vitamin C boosts your body’s ability to fight infection that causes gum disease.

Eat Less Of These

Soda And Energy Drinks: These acidic, sugary drinks attack and gradually deteriorate your protective tooth enamel.

Sticky Candy, Gummies, And Dried Fruit: These foods stick in your teeth and continue to bathe your teeth in sugar for hours after eating.

Highly Processed Carbs: This includes crackers, white bread, and pastries, which feed decay-causing bacteria in your mouth.

Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!

We’re On Home Stretch Of Smiles For Life 2015

June 12th, 2015

We are in the final two weeks of this year’s Smiles For Life campaign! So far, we have raised $15,900 thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our awesome patients. In fact, look what we got in our email today. Boger Dental is holding strong at #7 as one of the campaign’s top contributors! Most importantly, we learned that the Smiles For Life campaign has passed the $1,000,000 mark for kids’ charities for the 17th straight year!

There’s Still Time To Join In The Funsmiles-for-life-update

Thank you to the many patients who have participated in the campaign so far. If have been meaning to get in to participate, there is still time to take advantage of a savings on professional teeth whitening and — better yet — brighten the life of a child!

  • Whitening Trays – Regularly $390 ($195 per arch) are just $200
  • Boost In-Office Whitening – Regularly $740 is just $540