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Can Dental Implants Help Prevent Gum Disease?

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A dental implant is a tooth replacement that helps restore the appearance and function of your teeth. Dental implants are strong, lifelike, and can complete your smile when you having missing teeth.

The actual implant consists of a small screw that’s inserted into the jaw onto which a dental crown will be placed. These sturdy restorations are designed to last a lifetime.

But can dental implants actually help prevent gum disease? Here’s what you need to know about gum health after getting dental implants.

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.


Can You Pull Your Child’s Loose Teeth or Should They Fall Out Naturally?

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Your child’s baby teeth are essential to their adult smile. Baby teeth help guide permanent teeth into place, so losing a baby tooth early can impact your child’s future smile.

Caring for primary teeth until they naturally fall out can help your child have the best chance for a healthy smile. Children begin to lose their teeth beginning around age six and will continue until all their primary teeth have been replaced with adult teeth.

What are some best practices when it comes to your child losing his or her primary teeth? Here’s what you should know as a parent when your child is getting their adult teeth in.

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.


Carpathian Dental Merges with Marusich & Conti Dental to form Columbia Dental Group


Carpathian Dental is excited to announce that we’re merging with Marusich & Conti Dental in order to provide additional services to our patients. The merger is effective as of January 28, 2019 and our new combined practice will be called Columbia Dental Group.

Both of our practices have similar philosophies and care standards. We’ll continue to operate at each of our respective locations (Marusich & Conti Dental is currently located at 190 Main Street in Johnson City) and patients will be seen at their current location and see the same doctors and staff.

We’re dedicated to continuing to serve our clients with the highest level of care and this merger will allow us to provide extra services with our professional teams.

We want to ensure this integrative process is as smooth as possible for everyone in the coming months, especially when it comes to insurance coverage. Because there are so many different insurance plans, it’ll be easier to discuss your plan as it relates to the coming changes with you individually.

You’ll continue to receive the same care, professionalism, and the quality of services you’ve come to expect from both Carpathian Dental and Marusich & Conti Dental.

We understand some of our patients may have questions regarding the coming changes and we want to talk through your concerns with you. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns you may have, and we’re happy to talk with you during your visit with us as well.

On behalf of the doctors and staff at Columbia Dental Group, we look forward to continuing to care for you and your family! Thank you for your loyal service and patience during this time.

What Is a Dry Socket?

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A dry socket is a complication of tooth extraction—typically wisdom tooth removal—that only occurs in up to 5% of patients after their procedure.

Dry socket happens when the blood clot that normally forms over the areas of extraction is somehow dislodged or never properly forms in the first place. When the blood clot is no longer there, it leaves nerve tissue and even bone exposed after your procedure.

Dry socket will need to be treated by your dentist as soon as possible, but how can you know if you have dry socket, and what can be done about it?

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: WHAT IS A DRY SOCKET?

How to Keep Your Smile Healthy This Holiday Season

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Even though there are a lot of temptations during the holidays to eat sweets and neglect your oral care in favor of late-night snacks, it’s possible to keep your smile healthy and cavity-free as the year comes to an end.

You don’t have to skip brushing and flossing just to make time for family, friends, and parties. Here’s how you can minimize damage to your smile this holiday!

Keep to Your Schedule

Many people experience schedule changes this time of year which can make it easy to miss brushing their teeth here and there. However, you want to keep to your routine as much as possible to avoid hurting your teeth and gums.

Be sure to continue to brush for two minutes two times a day and floss just once a day. Keep a spare toothbrush on hand just in case a family member accidentally uses yours or you lose it while traveling.

If you have kids, you can set a good example by keeping your teeth healthy through sticking to your oral care routine. Remind kids that just because they may be on vacation doesn’t mean bacteria and plaque are!

Eat Veggies

Yes, there are plenty of cookies and candy canes this time of year, but there should be vegetables too!

Look for vegetable or fruit platters at holiday gatherings. If you know there won’t be many healthy options at the event you’re attending, offer to bring a dish that’s tooth-friendly.

You can have sweets, but enjoy some veggies while celebrating and know that your smile will thank you.

Stay Hydrated

You can help protect your smile this holiday simply by sipping water. Water does a lot more for your teeth and gums than you think.

Saliva prevents sugars and other acidic foods and drinks such as alcohol from attacking your tooth enamel. When you’re dehydrated from neglecting water or sipping alcohol, your tooth enamel could be under attack.

Staying hydrated and having water with your alcoholic drink, after sweets, or in-between meals can help keep your oral cavity protected.

Protect Your Smile

Watch out for things that can hurt your teeth over winter break—think opening packages or cracking open nuts with your teeth. Don’t use your teeth as tools!

If you’re playing sports with the family or your child is spending their days off playing sports with friends, consider investing in a custom mouthguard. You can never be too safe when it comes to your smile.

See Your Dentist

Even during the hectic season that it is, this is an excellent opportunity to see your dentist.

You can get any issues with your smile addressed before going away with family, reducing the chances you’ll experience a dental emergency and will need to seek help. The kids are about to be out of school, so take advantage of this time and schedule a dentist visit for your little ones.

This is also the perfect time to treat yourself and have your smile look its best this holiday. A professional checkup can spot and resolve problems, a cleaning can remove stains, and you may even choose to splurge for a professional teeth whitening!

We Look Forward to Seeing You!

Schedule a visit with us at Carpathian Dental. We’re happy to help you keep your smile beautiful this holiday season and all year long. Our professional dentists Dr. Bucker, Dr. Aronson, and Dr. Sprague are ready to ensure you enjoy the holidays pain-free and with a winning smile.

Enjoy your holiday season and have a Happy New Year!

How Important Is Bacteria to Oral Health?

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Bacteria plays a huge role in our oral health! 700 different oral bacteria have been identified in the human mouth with each person having up to 300 different varieties in their mouth at any given time.

With so many bacteria in our mouths, it makes sense that these tiny organisms would have the potential to either help or hurt our smiles. While many of these bacteria aren’t harmful, you do have some good bacteria and some potentially bad bacteria in your mouth. Just how important are these different kinds of bacteria to your oral health?

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.


Can You Be Too Aggressive with Your Flossing?

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Flossing is an excellent practice for your oral care routine. It helps remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach—which is an estimated 40% of your mouth! Dentists everywhere advocate for safe and healthy flossing when it comes to your dental health.

However, you can be too aggressive with your flossing to the point that you actually damage your teeth and gums. When done incorrectly, harsh flossing can cause a host of problems. Here’s how you can know if you’re hurting your smile by flossing too aggressively!

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.


What Is Gum Grafting?

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Gum grafting is the process of taking gum tissue from another area in the mouth and attaching it to places where gum tissue is lacking, such as in areas where gum recession has occurred. Since gum recession is a symptom of gum disease, if left untreated, it can progress to expose the tooth roots and cause severe tooth sensitivity.

What types of gum grafts are commonly done and what can you expect from this procedure?

An article by Dr. Hayes Aronson.  Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.

Read the full article here: WHAT IS GUM GRAFTING?

The Consequences of Skipping Those Yearly Teeth Cleanings

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Getting your teeth cleaned at least once a year doesn’t seem like a huge chore, yet so many people neglect to schedule their regular checkup at the dentist.

Regardless of what’s holding you back from visiting your dentist, keep in mind that there are few things scarier than the consequences of skipping your annual teeth cleaning. Consider the following health risks before you decide to forgo that essential dentist appointment!

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.


At What Age Should My Child Wear a Mouthguard During Sports?

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Mouthguards are essential when it comes to sports, even for adults. Mouthguards are usually mandatory for contact sports such as football, lacrosse, wrestling, and hockey.

However, even wearing a mouthguard during non-contact sports such as soccer, basketball, and baseball can help prevent injuries. Any child who plays a sport—regardless of age—should wear a mouthguard. But why?

An article by Dr. Thomas Bucker. Originally published by Your Dental Health Resource.


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