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By Michael E. Huguet DDS
May 21, 2019
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: sealants  

Protecting against cavities just got a little bit easier thanks to dental sealants.

Making sure your child gets proper dental care early on is a surefire way to help them maintain a healthy smile. Of course, parents also set children teethan example not only by maintaining good oral health themselves but also making sure to brush and floss their child’s teeth and gums every day to ward away cavities. Of course, our Pleasant Hill, CA, family dentists also offer a simple solution that could protect those back teeth from cavities.

Why are dental sealants important?

Decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in children; fortunately, our Pleasant Hill, CA, family dentists offer a variety of preventive measures to protect your child from cavities. While brushing and flossing, and eating a healthy diet, are certainly the best ways to protect your child’s smile in the long run, dental sealants also provide additional protection from cavities.

Back teeth are more susceptible to cavities because of all the ridges and indentations found on the chewing surfaces of the tooth, making them harder to keep clean. And while we would love to believe that your child is a thorough brusher and flosser, it’s still possible that some food may be left behind even after brushing.

As a result, this can lead to plaque and tartar buildup and the development of a cavity; however, dental sealants can be painted onto the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars to seal up these ridges and to prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped.

How are dental sealants placed?

Sealants are thin plastic coatings that are either clear or tooth-colored, so they aren’t visible when smiling. Getting sealants is a quick, non-invasive, and completely painless process. In fact, many kids can get sealants on the same day as a dental cleaning so they don’t have to come in for an additional dental visit.

After your child’s teeth are cleaned we will apply a solution over the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This solution etches the surface of the enamel, making it rough enough for the sealant to stay in place once it’s applied. The solution is rinsed off and the tooth is dried. Then the sealant is painted over the chewing surfaces of the molars and hardened into place with a special light. Sealing one tooth can take as little as 5 or 6 minutes.

Do you want to find out how your child could benefit from getting dental sealants from our Pleasant Hill, CA, family dentists? Then call our office today to schedule a consultation with us. Let us know that you are interested in dental sealants.

CommunicateCommunicating with your dentist is the key to building trust and maximizing your dental care. Effective communication between a dentist and patient helps the patient understand his or her treatment options, reduces dental anxiety and ultimately provides a better outcome for a patient's dental health.

At Michael E Huguet, DDS, we strive to provide the highest quality of dental care in a comfortable, open environment. We take the time to understand your needs and fears so that we can deliver the best oral health care for all of your dental needs.

Healthy Communication for a Healthy Smile

The following tips can help you better understand and practice good communication skills with your dentist:

Build Trust

Get to know us at Michael E Huguet, DDS. We want you to feel safe, confident and comfortable every time you visit our Pleasant Hill, CA office. Whether you are coming in for a routine cleaning or you have an appointment for extensive dental work, we want to work with you to make sure the entire procedure goes as smoothly and pain free as possible.

Speak Up

It's not always easy to recognize when a patient is nervous or scared. Let us know what about the dentist intimidates you? Once we understand your fears, we can work with you to modify the treatment in order to provide the most relaxed and comfortable care.

It's also important for patients to respond to a dentist's questions honestly so that we can provide the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Failing to tell our Pleasant Hill, CA office about your toothache won't make the problem go away. In fact, it will make the situation worse.

Reveal Important Medical History

We can't stress enough how important it is that you provide our office with all of your health history information. From medications and allergies to heart conditions and other health problems, it's critical that we have the most up-to-date medical history in order to deliver the safest and most appropriate dental care.

The Age of Information Technology

In this day and age, there are a number of ways a patient and dentist can communicate more efficiently and effectively. With Michael E Huguet, DDS's website and blog, our patients always have easy and quick access to our practice, including office hours, contact information, service descriptions and more. Whenever you have a question about your oral health, we encourage you to check out our site, read through our blog or contact our office for more information.

Going to the dentist doesn't have to be your favorite activity, but it doesn't have to be uncomfortable either. At Michael E Huguet, DDS, our dentist's expertise not only includes clinical skills, but patient education and good communication as well. Once you learn to communicate effectively, you'll be able to better understand your dental treatment options, ease your dental anxiety and achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile.

December 15, 2010
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Canker Sore  

Sore MouthIf you've ever suffered from a canker sore, then you know these small, persistent ulcers can be a real pain in the mouth. Unlike cold sores which appear on the outside of the mouth and are caused by a virus, canker sores are not contagious and usually disappear within a few weeks. Generally, canker sores make eating, swallowing, speaking and tooth brushing very painful. Fortunately, as the sore heals, the pain also diminishes.

Canker sores are characterized by one or more painful sores on the tongue, soft palate, insides of the cheeks or lips and the gums. These inflamed, tender sores are typically round, white, or gray in color, with a red surrounding border

Causes

While their exact cause is unknown, common triggers of a canker sore may include:

  • Stress
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Infection
  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Oral tissue injury
  • Allergic reaction
  • Spicy or acidic foods
  • Abrasive foods or dental appliances

If one does develop, rinse with salt water daily and apply an over-the-counter oral numbing agent to alleviate the pain. Doing so will speed up the healing process and make eating, drinking and brushing more bearable.

When to Seek Medical Attention

Monitor your canker sores as they develop to detect unusual changes. Canker sores will generally heal on their own and don't require treatment. If your sores are abnormally large, last longer than a few weeks or are so painful you can't eat or drink, you should make an appointment with our Pleasant Hill office. Recurring canker sores and intolerable pain is not normal and should be examined by a dentist.

BruxismAlso known as teeth grinding, bruxism is a condition in which people grind, clench or gnash their teeth. Most people clench at night, but others do it unconsciously throughout the day. Bruxism does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can become damaged and other oral health complications can arise.

Chronic acts of grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening or loss of the teeth. Severe cases can also lead to jaw disorders, like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and frequent headaches.

Common warning signs and symptoms of chronic teeth grinding may include:

  • Worn down, flattened or chipped teeth
  • Frequent earaches, facial pain or jaw pain
  • Unexplained headaches, particularly in the morning
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Indentions on tongue
  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deep layers of the tooth
  • Chewed tissue on inside of cheek
  • Enlarged or tightened jaw muscles due to severe contractions
  • Grinding or clenching that is loud enough to awaken others in your household

There isn't one cause of bruxism, but many times teeth grinding is related with reasons such as stress or a natural response due to the misalignment of teeth. In children, many times bruxism is a result of the growth and development of the jaws and teeth.

Treatment for bruxism will vary, depending on the severity and cause. Sometimes simple behavior modification or relaxation techniques may be enough to reduce teeth clenching. If bruxism is caused by dental problems, Michael E Huguet, DDS and Associates can work with you to correct the malocclusion. Other possible solutions include dental appliances which can also protect the teeth from the impact of grinding.

Unfortunately, you may not even realize that you have bruxism until it causes significant damage to your teeth. If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, visit Michael E Huguet, DDS and Associates for an evaluation. During regular visits to our Pleasant Hill, CA office, the teeth are examined for evidence of grinding, such as jaw tenderness and abnormalities in your teeth. Michael E Huguet, DDS and Associates can help you identify your cause of grinding and determine the best treatment to help you stop.

 

October 15, 2010
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Dental Emergency  

Dental EmergencyA toothache. A knocked out or broken tooth. A lost crown or filling. You can't always stop dental injuries from occurring, but you can help ease the pain and prevent additional dental damage until you can get to a dentist. At Michael E Huguet, DDS and Associates, we realize accidents can happen, and when patients are prepared to handle dental emergencies, it can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

Easy Ways to Avoid Dental Injuries

  • Avoid chewing ice or hard candy which can crack teeth
  • Avoid ripping objects with teeth, such as sealed packages and tape
  • Avoid the risk of injury to teeth, gums, lips and tongue by wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports and high-impact activities
  • Visit Michael E Huguet, DDS and Associates for regular check ups and cleanings

Whether you're at home, in the car or at work, when a dental emergency strikes, you'll want to be prepared. Until you can get into our Pleasant Hill, CA dental office, following these basic steps can help relieve the pain, save your tooth and prevent additional damage. Before acting on any dental emergency, you should always contact Michael E Huguet, DDS and Associates first to ensure safe and appropriate care.

Temporary Treatment for Common Dental Emergencies

  • Toothache: Rinse mouth with warm water to clean the affected tooth, and gently floss to remove food or debris that may be trapped between the teeth. If pain persists, visit a dentist for a thorough evaluation as it may indicate a cavity or infection.
  • Broken tooth: Rinse mouth with warm water; locate the lost filling or tooth pieces; and control swelling or bleeding with an ice pack and gauze. See your dentist as soon as possible.
  • Knocked out tooth: Gently place the tooth back into the socket if possible. If not, tuck it between your cheek and gum or place it in a small container of milk. Getting to your dentist within one hour of the accident with the tooth is your best bet for successfully reattaching the tooth to the supporting tissues.
  • Objects caught between teeth: Rinse your mouth with warm water. If that doesn't work, gently try to remove the object with floss. Avoid using sharp instruments that could injure or cut the gums. If the object can't be dislodged, visit Michael E Huguet, DDS and Associates for professional assistance.

Temporary dental care is just that- temporary. It's important to seek professional dental assistance as soon as possible following an injury to your teeth or gums.

Fortunately, an unforeseen dental emergency can usually be prevented with early detection and preventative care. Practice good oral hygiene-brushing and flossing daily-and visit our Pleasant Hill, CA office for regular check ups and cleanings. As a general rule, if your teeth or mouth hurt, visit Michael E Huguet, DDS and Associates for a careful evaluation and proper treatment.