When to Consult Layman, Shirman & Associates?

Regular dental check-ups are important for your overall health.

This helps to prevent tooth pain and inflamed gums that may bleed when you brush or floss. It is essential to inspect crowns, dentures, and dental implants, but there are other things to look out for.

Dental decay affects the surface of your tooth. When the decay worsens, it moves into the middle of the tooth where your nerves are located, and this can lead to the cavity. It can also cause discomfort and pain when ingesting cold or hot food. If you are experiencing this feeling, it is necessary to visit your dentist to fill the cavity.

Many people inspect their gums and teeth after brushing, but some areas of the mouth need a proper checkup. It is important to check your tongue for unusual lumps, discoloration, and sores. Also, you must look out for changes around your inner cheeks. If you notice any pain in your face or neck, it is important to consult your dentist immediately.

Difficulty in chewing is another reason to consult your dentist. Difficulty chewing occurs when there is pain in the jaw muscles, pain in the mouth or issues with the teeth when eating certain foods. Most of these tooth problem occurs due to the changes in your mouth, jaw, tongue, or can be caused by oral cancers. It can also be caused by the direct effect of the chemotherapy you receive for treating cancer. Also, teeth grinding is another reason for difficulty and pain while chewing. Consulting a dentist to provide a mouth guard to help with the problem.

Dry mouth is a tooth issue that may occur due to aging. It is necessary to consult your dentist to make sure that the dry mouth you are experiencing is not associated with bacteria in your mouth. Some diseases related to dry mouth include autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and low blood pressure.

White spots on your teeth are another reason why you need to consult your dentist. Another sign is dental decay, which is caused by the release of acid by bacteria that dissolves the enamel on your teeth. If you notice any form of changes in your mouth, you should contact Layman, Shirman & Associates and book an appointment as soon as possible.

Osteoporosis Medicine – Why You Need To See Layman, Shirman & Associates

Medication has been used to hinder the breaking down of bone diseases such as osteoporosis and metastatic bone cancer.

However, these drugs are in groups called bisphosphonates which retard the function of specific cells called osteoclasts. There are different categories of osteoporosis medicine, and many of them are taken in the form of a pill.

Osteoclasts in a healthy body help to digest mature bone to pull calcium out of the bones when the body needs it and help the body grow by eliminating dying bone. Also, osteoclasts serve as chemical messengers to another cell type called osteoblasts, which aid the formation of new bone. In some cases, the osteoclasts become active and break down bone faster than the osteoblasts to rebuild new bone.

The goal of bisphosphonate treatments is to rebuild the balance between osteoclasts and osteoblasts. They function fairly well and are necessary to reduce the pain that comes from catastrophic fractures of the wrist, hip, and spine. Therapeutic dosages of medications can be prescribed, but there is no way to prescribe bisphosphonate treatments to re-build the harmony of bone remodeling that exists in a healthy individual.

Just like other drugs, side effects are expected reality. In regards to bisphosphonate medications, a rare but dangerous side effect has been found called bisphosphonate-linked osteonecrosis of the jaw after dental implants. Smoking, periodontal disease, malnutrition, and alcohol abuse are contributing factors. Osteonecrosis occurs due to the death of bone in a localized location that may or may not become infected. Unfortunately, the treatment is not predictable, and healing of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis may not be possible.

Due to the side effects, it can affect the quality of life in people suffering from the health condition. Dentists are worried about extracting teeth in people that use bisphosphonate medication. It has severely affected the way that we prescribe medicines for these individuals. For instance, carrying out root canal therapy on broken roots is a wise treatment rather than the extraction in these patients. As with all medicine, it is good to consult both your physician and Dr. Layman or Dr. Shirman for more information.

Summer Dental Health Pt. 2

This time of year may be an excellent time to schedule an appointment for your child to come in for a cleaning and exam.

By doing this before the new school year, we can get your child’s teeth cleaned and ready for the new year. If we do find an issue, it is much easier to fix before they go back to school.

For a healthy life, having a healthy mouth is crucial. You want to make sure that your child brushes twice per day and flosses daily. They should also visit the dentist about every six months at the latest for routine cleanings and exams.

Feel free to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates in Streetsboro, OH today. We are always welcoming new patients and would be happy to help keep your teeth and gums in great shape.

Does Your Child Need a Mouthguard?

Mouthguards are not often discussed in the sports world. In sports like hockey and football, we hear about advancements in helmets or increased padding. In basketball, shoes are designed to give support to the player’s ankles. With all the advancement, mouthguards have stood the test of time and should be used in just about any sport or recreational activity your child is involved in.

Mouthguards are commonly purchased for children in contact sports, but in reality, any sport can lead to a dental issue. Mouthguards are designed not just to protect your teeth from an impact, but also your lips, tongue, face, and jaw.

If you’re a parent of a child involved in any sport, be sure they have a properly fitting mouthguard.

Summer Dental Health Pt. 1

Getting together with friends and family can be a lot of fun, especially when the weather is nice! You probably don’t think much about your guest’s dental health, but there are a couple of things you can do to help keep everyone’s mouth healthy. Our team has a couple of simple suggestions you can use at your next event or party:

  • Keep your drinks cold by storing them in a cooler filled with ice rather than putting ice cubes in drinks. Chewing on ice is one of the worst things you can do to your teeth.
  • Make sure your guests have plenty of water to stay hydrated and wash away any harmful bacteria in their mouth.
  • Keep the snacks on the healthier side by buying some vegetable trays and fruit.
  • Instead of using toothpicks, purchase dental picks. Toothpicks have the possibility of poking your gums.

If you’re in the Streetsboro, OH area and need a dental check-up or have any questions, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates today!

When Do You Need to See the Dentist?

Just because you’re not scheduled for your six-month cleaning it doesn’t mean that you can’t, or shouldn’t, see your dentist for dental health issues.

Below are a couple of reasons that would warrant a trip to the dentist.

Sensitive Teeth or Pain
If any of your teeth are in pain or you notice they’re sensitive to hot or cold, don’t ignore the issue. These symptoms tend to be signs of more serious dental health problems.

Does Your Mouth Feel Dry?
A lack of saliva in your mouth may not sound like a significant problem, but saliva is our bodies natural cavity fighter. If you notice you’re suffering from dry mouth, be sure to speak to your dentist about finding relief.

Problems With Your Gums
Your teeth are not the only thing that can experience issues. If your gums are bright red, inflamed, or bleed after you brush or floss, schedule an appointment with your dentist or a periodontist. These issues tend to be associated with gingivitis.

Anything that doesn’t seem right
If there is something that you are not sure about, such as a bump in your mouth that won’t go away or waking up with a sore jaw, it is a good idea to contact your dentist. It’s best to be extra careful and get a professional to check out any issues that you’re concerned about.

To read more about what can justify a trip to the dentist, be sure to check out this article.

Feel free to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates if you’re due for a cleaning or have any concerns about the health of your mouth.

Summer Dental Health Part 1

You’re probably looking forward to the summer; we know we are! To help you keep a healthy mouth this summer, here are a few dental health tips to keep in mind.

Vacations
Summer is a popular time for family vacations. Before you leave for vacation, remember these tips:
Pack all the necessary dental health products you need to care for your teeth.
Continue brushing and flossing each day, don’t let a vacation get your routine out of sync.
Schedule a visit with your dentist before you leave for vacation. Don’t let a dental health emergency cut your trip short.

Your Children’s Dental Health
Even if you’re not going on vacation this year, you may have kids that stay at home during their summer break. If your child is staying home, be sure to keep plenty of mouth-healthy foods around the house.

Germs and bacteria never take a vacation. Don’t let a dental health issue or emergency ruin your summer activities. If you’re due for a cleaning or would like to visit the dentist before going on vacation, be sure to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates in Streetsboro, OH.

Do You Brush Your Tongue?

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After you brush your teeth, be sure you brush your tongue.

We spend a lot of time stressing the importance of brushing your teeth, but many people do not know that brushing your tongue is also an important part of your dental hygiene routine. The germs and bacteria that can be found on our tongue lead to bad breath as well as dental health issues.

In order to properly brush, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Tilt your toothbrush 45 degrees against the gumline and brush away from the gumline.
  • Be sure to brush your tongue, gently, to remove bacteria and fight against bad breath.
  • Lightly brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of the teeth using short back-and-forth motions.

In order to remove the bacteria from your tongue, you need to brush or use a tongue scraper. Simply washing your mouth with water is not enough. One of the major causes of bad breath is poor dental hygiene, so you want to make sure you are properly caring for your mouth. If bad breath does not subside even with good hygiene, contact your dentist.

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If you suffer from bad breath, feel free to schedule an appointment with Layman, Shirman & Associates in Streetsboro, OH.

Is Invisalign Right for You?

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Invisalign has become a popular treatment for straightening teeth.

Although Invisalign has advantages compared to traditional braces, why is having straight teeth so important?

Other than aesthetics, teeth that are crowded or crooked can lead to dental health issues. Properly aligned teeth help us chew food, speak, and hold the shape of our face and lips.

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Luckily, many cases of crooked or crowded teeth can be fixed with the use of Invisalign aligners. These aligners are clear trays that can be removed and are also practically unnoticeable when you are wearing them. Invisalign offers a more comfortable way to straighten teeth and since they are removable, proper dental hygiene is easier to maintain. The length of your treatment differs from person to person, but you will schedule trips to the dentist to receive new aligners about every six weeks. For more information on this treatment, click here.

If you are interested in discussing Invisalign treatment, feel free to contact Layman, Shirman & Associates.