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Our Duncanville dentist believes that brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once per day are great ways to maintain healthy teeth and gums between checkups.  However, being diligent in daily oral hygiene doesn’t mean that you don’t need to visit the dentist regularly.

No matter how good of a job you do cleaning your teeth at home, there will almost always be some residue left behind in hard-to-reach spaces. Visiting the dentist routinely is imperative to ensure that you’re doing all you can to maintain the best oral health possible.

How Often Should You Be Going To The Dentist For A Cleaning?

The frequency of your dental visits depends on your oral health.  The typical healthy patient will come in for a preventative dental cleaning (aka prophylaxis, or prophy,) every six months. During this visit, our hygienist will remove the tartar buildup along the gumlines, measure your gums, and polish your teeth.

What are Probing Depths?

During your hygiene visits, we periodically evaluate your gum tissue by measuring your probing depths.

Healthy gum tissue is snug around the base of each tooth. Our dental hygienist will use a special measuring tool that when inserted between healthy gum and tooth, only slips down about 1-3 mm.

When we slack on flossing, the gums become swollen and pull away from the teeth, creating a deep pocket because of bone and gum detachment. In this case, the probe slips a bit deeper down into the pocket.

Deep pockets are a breeding ground for bacteria, as they collect excess tartar along the root of your tooth. This condition is called periodontitis, or gum disease.  Periodontal disease requires a deeper cleaning called scaling and root planing (SRP) where we use different instruments and need a bit more time to complete than a regular prophy. Usually, we’ll numb your mouth for a deep cleaning, to ensure that you’re comfortable as we remove the buildup beneath your gum line.

An SRP is usually easier if you split it into two visits, cleaning half of the mouth at a time. Once your initial SRP is completed and your gum disease is under control, we recommend that you return for a maintenance cleaning every 3-4 months.

Dental Check-Ups and X-Rays

Other important elements of your dental cleaning appointments are your x-rays and exam. Our dentist will examine your teeth and mouth to identify any abnormalities, such as cavities, TMJ issues, or oral cancer.

X-rays are important to take on a regular basis because they show things that we can’t see when we look inside your mouth. For example, decay between your teeth, abscesses or infections, impacted teeth, and bone loss.

Has it Been 6 Months Since Your Last Dental Cleaning?

Single Dental is passionate about holistic, patient-focused dental health care. Dr. Singla is happy to answer any of your questions. Contact our Duncanville office today to reserve your next checkup and dental cleaning. We look forward to meeting you!

Root canal treatment—also referred to as “endodontic therapy”—is probably one of the less “popular” types of restorative dental services among patients. Fortunately, technology and treatment methods have come a long way over the last several years. Yet, there are several misconceptions about getting root canals. Here are just a few you’ll want to know the truth about:

It’s Painful to Get a Root Canal

Just like a crown or filling, it shouldn’t hurt to get a root canal. Modern numbing medication (local anesthetic) is very effective, so the only thing you should feel is a bit of pressure. Endodontic treatment is meant to treat and eliminate tooth pain, not cause additional discomfort. Getting a root canal can be practically pain-free if you manage the infection quickly enough. But if it’s delayed for too long, you can put yourself in a lot of unnecessary discomfort. 

I Don’t Need a Root Canal Because My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt

Never base the need for dental care on the level of discomfort you’re experiencing. Dying or abscessed teeth can pose life-threatening infections at times, yet never cause discomfort. These areas of infection can seep into the face (and in rare circumstances, your brain) requiring emergency medical care. Instead of basing treatment urgency on how you feel, it’s best to evaluate the tooth with an X-ray to see just how deep the infection goes. When you treat it early enough, you can prevent the infection from spreading to adjacent teeth.

It’s Better to Just Pull the Tooth

Removing a tooth creates an extra space in your bite, which can lead to an entire host of additional concerns. When a tooth goes missing, it needs to be replaced fairly quickly. Otherwise, other teeth in your bite will start to shift, drift out of place, or even “super-erupt” as they look for a biting partner. The best option for replacing a tooth is usually a dental implant or bridge. Partial dentures are another option. 

However, the better, less-invasive, more affordable, and preferred standard is to preserve the natural tooth you already have. In this case, get a root canal to avoid an extraction altogether. 

I’ll Have to Sleep Through the Appointment

It may come as a surprise, but getting a root canal doesn’t have to feel much different than any other basic dental treatment. While some people may want a mild analgesic like nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) you really don’t need to necessarily “sleep” through the appointment. Depending on the number of roots your particular tooth has, some visits can last a little longer than others. Dr. Singla will work with you to discuss your comfort level and identify the best plan of action to ensure a pleasant experience. 

Reserve an Exam Today

Do you suspect that you need a root canal or want a second opinion about endodontic treatment? Contact Single Dental in Duncanville today to reserve an exam with Dr. Singla. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

If you’re like most people, flossing isn’t your favorite thing to do. You might even be one of those individuals who proudly proclaim, “Yes, I floss twice a year—when my hygienist does it at the end of my checkups!”

The truth is, no matter how great you are at toothbrushing or how expensive your toothbrush model is, there are some spaces in your mouth that it just can’t reach. Like between teeth and just under the edges of your gums, where periodontal disease (gum infections) starts.

That’s where flossing comes in. But what would you think if Dr. Singla told you that there was an alternative? Because there is. At Single Dental, we encourage our patients (who hate flossing) to invest in something called a water flosser.

How Water Flossing Works

Water flossers are handheld devices that spray a thin, steady stream of water out of the tip. Depending on the type of water flosser you’ve purchased, you can adjust the pressure and control the temperature of the water.

A water flosser works by flushing away loose plaque and food debris. Instead of rubbing buildup away with floss, you’re using pressured water. Simply trace the water flosser along your gums, angling it slightly down into your gumlines. Pause between each of your teeth to clean the contact points, as well as below the gums in those spaces.

It can take a little practice to get used to water flossing. Some people need to use a lighter pressure while others find it tickles their mouth. In time, you’ll find that it’s almost hard not to use it each day because of how clean it makes your mouth feel.

 

Why it’s Worth the Investment

 

Toothbrushing only cleans the sides and tops of your teeth. When you use a water flosser, you can easily trace all of the gumlines, reach between teeth, and even clean underneath fixed appliances such as dental bridges or implants. It’s also great for our patients who are wearing braces!

Best of all, water flossers reach down into “periodontal” gum pockets around your teeth. These are the areas of detached tissues where plaque likes to hide out. Flossing can generally clean below your gums by 2-3 millimeters, but water flossing can reach far deeper if you have unhealthy pockets. It’s an excellent investment for our patients with gum disease.

 

Healthier Smiles in Duncanville

When you switch to a water flosser and use it daily, chances are Dr. Singla will see a big difference in your gum health during your next checkup. We want our Duncanville patients to be able to preserve their smiles for life. And it all starts with the health of your gums and supporting tissues!

If you have swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, request an exam and cleaning to get things back on track. Then invest in a water flosser to clean your smile daily and keep things healthy. Contact Single Dental today to schedule your next checkup.

Periodontal disease — or gum disease — is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss in Duncanville. But it’s not just dangerous to your smile. It also turns out that active oral infection associated with periodontitis can raise your chances of other medical complications. 

 

Heart Attack and Stroke

They say that your mouth is the gateway to your entire body. If you have gum disease, you’re also at an elevated risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and cardiovascular disease. The reason for that is because oral bacteria can spread directly into your bloodstream, via infected tissues inside your mouth. 

 

Diabetes

There’s a cyclic relationship between your blood sugar levels and gum infection. Numerous studies have shown that someone with diabetes who also has untreated gum disease will have an extremely challenging time stabilizing their blood glucose levels. The more aggressive the periodontitis becomes, the more unstable the blood sugar level tends to be. 

But diabetics with good oral hygiene tend to see more stable readings. Experts recommend treating the two conditions jointly, so as to stabilize both of them at the same time (rather than only focusing on one or the other.) Be sure to let Dr. Singla know what your most recent glucose reading was at the time of your appointment. 

 

Respiratory Diseases

People with active oral infections are more likely to develop respiratory illnesses, such as pneumonia. Why? Because oral bacteria can simply be inhaled into the respiratory tract during normal daily activities. If you’re already immunocompromised or at-risk for lung disease, you could be putting yourself at additional risks with unhealthy gums. 

Over the past year, we’ve also seen that aggressive periodontal disease equates to a higher chance of requiring a hospital ventilator/respirator during COVID-19 infection. 

 

Reproductive Health Concerns

Men and women alike can be affected by periodontal disease. It turns out that active gum disease can make it more difficult for couples to conceive. Gum treatments can help by reducing time to conceive by at least a few months. 

Women with periodontal disease are at a statistically higher risk of pre-eclampsia, pre-term labor, and stillbirth. Similarly, men with gum disease may struggle with erectile dysfunction until their oral infection is stabilized. 

 

How to Know if You Have Gum Disease

If your gums bleed easily when you brush and floss, you could have gum disease. Symptoms of moderate periodontal disease often include warning signs like:

  • Tartar buildup
  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth mobility
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Bleeding

 

Schedule a Periodontal Evaluation

Has it been longer than six months since you’ve seen a dentist? When you contact Single Dental, be sure to request a periodontal assessment during your next exam. Dr. Singla will thoroughly evaluate your soft tissues and bone levels to determine if any gum infections are present. We’ll guide you through the appropriate channels to establish a healthy smile that’s beneficial to your teeth and overall body!

Contact our Duncanville dental office today to request your next appointment.

Tooth ache and home remedies

Are you having trouble with a continuous toothache? This type of pain can interfere with your day to day tasks and overall mood. The good news is that there are some at home remedies you can implement to alleviate the pain if your toothache is mild.

Keep in mind that if you have a severe toothache, or your toothache lasts more than three days, you should contact your dentist in Duncanville and schedule an appointment to identify the underlying cause. Identifying and addressing the source of the pain allows you and your Duncanville dentist to effectively alleviate the symptoms you are feeling, usually for good.

The symptoms of a toothache generally include:

  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to food or drink
  • General discomfort in the mouth near infected tooth when eating or drinking
  • Inflammation of gums surrounding tooth

Whether its drinking, eating, talking or smiling, we use our mouths continuously throughout the day, for practically everything we do. Because of this, an ongoing toothache can really affect one’s quality of life. As a caring dental practice in Duncanville, Dr. Singla and the team want to help. If you are experiencing the above symptoms, keep reading, because we have some at-home remedies to help alleviate your toothache! Remember, if the pain is severe and has lasted three days or longer, you should give us a call. In the meantime, try out these at-home remedies.

  • Rinse your mouth with a hydrogen peroxide mix

Hydrogen peroxide is a compound that helps kill any harmful bacteria that could be the cause of (or worsen) your toothache. Hydrogen peroxide also helps reduce inflammation, which could help alleviate pain.

To make the mix, take equal parts water to the hydrogen peroxide in order to dilute the compound. Swish this around in your mouth as you would with regular mouth wash for thirty seconds to a minute. It’s important to not swallow any of this mixture, be sure to spit it out after swishing. Repeat this two-to-three times a day.

  • Gargle with warm saltwater
    Saltwater is a natural disinfectant. The mixture of warm saltwater reduces inflammation by killing germs that could be causing your pain. This home remedy for toothaches will probably be most readily available as salt is a common household item.

Simply mix a half a cup of warm water with a one-third teaspoon of sea salt. Stir the mixture until the salt partially dissolves in the warm water. Finally, swish this mixture around in your mouth for thirty seconds or longer. Also lean back and gargle with the salt mixture to kill bacteria in your throat. You can repeat this three-to-four times a day for the best results.

  • Apply ice on your cheek near the area

Cold temperatures are effective in reducing swelling and pain. The cold pack works by reducing the size of the blood vessels in the infected area which reduces inflammation. Reducing inflammation therefore reduces pain.

Simply wrap ice in a towel and place it to your cheek near the sore tooth. It’s important to remove the ice pack every five minutes, for two minutes, before repeating to avoid irritating the skin. After a few times, give the area a break. Repeat this method every few hours daily until you are able to visit your dentist in Duncanville.

  • Apply Clove oil on the sore area/soft tissue surrounding the tooth

Clove oil is a century-old home remedy for toothache used to dull the pain. Rumor has it that this natural home remedy for toothache is often just as effective as an over the counter antiseptic.

You should first wash your hands to kill any bacteria you could have on your fingers. Once your hands are clean, put a small amount of clove oil on a cotton ball or your finger and apply it to the sore area. You can do this twice a day after meals.

  • Apply a peppermint tea bag to the sore area in the mouth

Another natural home remedy for toothaches involves a peppermint tea bag. This household item can help numb and soothe the pain of a toothache. Start by resting the tea bag in a cup of hot water for about two minutes, then, remove it from the water and allow it to cool down. Put the bag in the freezer for an extra soothing effect. You can then apply the frozen tea bag to the sore area on your gum to help numb and soothe the pain.

With these home remedies for toothaches you can certainly soothe and even heal a mild toothache. While ongoing toothaches are often a sign of underlying oral-health issues, such as an infection, tooth decay, and cavities, we will again stress how important it is to alert your dentist in Duncanville when symptoms occur continuously. You must also remember the importance of regular dental checkups and cleanings with Dr. Singla to ensure the prevention of said oral health issues.

Here at Single Dental, we put our patients first and ensure the highest quality of care. If you are experiencing continuous tooth pain or need a checkup or cleaning, call us today to schedule out your next appointment. Your smile is our number one priority.

How To Treat Periodontal Disease With Natural Remedies

One of the most important parts of our general health that is often overlooked is dental health. If ignored for a long time, a simple toothache might prolong and result in a bigger disease that you were dreading in the first place. Periodontal disease refers to the inflammation and infection of the gums and the connecting fiber that supports as well as surrounds the teeth. 

How To Treat Periodontal Disease With Natural Remedies

Periodontal disease is one of the main causes of tooth loss among adults who haven’t even reached their forties yet. These diseases are usually caused by bacterial plaque, which is a sticky, colorless substance that deposits on the teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus or tartar, which causes a lot of pain. Even though the best solution for treating your teeth is visiting a dentist, but if you don’t like the idea or think that the problem is manageable, then here are a few home remedies to help you get rid of periodontal diseases.

Increased Use Of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the best anti-oxidants. It helps your teeth in repairing the connective fibers and helps in regenerating teeth bones that were being damaged. People who are deficit in Vitamin C are more prone to this disease. So, to avoid and prevent this disease from taking over your teeth, eating fruits that are rich in Vitamin C is the best remedy. Fruits such as strawberry, orange, lemon, papaya, kiwi mango and grapes promote tissue growth and help in soothing gum pains.

Increased Intake Of Vitamin D

The intake of Vitamin D is quite essential for teeth. It helps in the absorption of calcium which is why it is one of the most useful options for taking care of your teeth. It is widely known for its anti-inflammatory effects, and because of this feature, people who have an adequate amount of Vitamin D in their bodies experience fewer gum problems. The single most abundant and richest source of Vitamin D is sunlight. As recommended by experts, it is suggested that you spend at least 15-20 minutes of every day in the sunlight. Other rich sources of Vitamin D include various fish oils such as cod liver oil, salmon and eggs.

Use Of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a natural soother and one of the best natural remedies you can take. It is proven to be quite efficient in fighting with gingivitis. It is quite effective in preventing bleeding gums and various other gum related diseases. Tea tree oil has various antibiotic properties as well and you can make pastes with the oil at home too.

Drink Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice is a great way to protect your teeth from plaque. Drinking cranberry juice with less or no amount of sugar helps in preventing the plaque from forming on your teeth.

The key to a healthy and bright smile is taking care of your teeth and you can easily take care of them with these simple remedies at home!

 

The Importance Of Preventive Dental Visits For Your Younger Children

Preventive dentistry for kids just as important as any dental treatment for adults. However, many parents neglect preventive dental treatments for their kids simply because they are quite young to receive such treatments.

In reality, youngsters experience an oral health issue, just like adults. Not only that, but kids tend to develop cavities quicker than any adult because of their high sugar intake.

Younger Children

Why is preventive dentistry important?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 40% of children develop tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten. Preventive dentistry ensures your child’s bright and healthy smile. It also spares your child the aches of tooth decay and saves your expenses on the lengthy and pricey treatments. The sooner you start regularizing your child’s dental visits, the better their oral health will be throughout their lives. Early dental checkups help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which can eventuate to pain and other oral health-related issues. Kids with healthy teeth speak clearly, chew properly, and smile confidently.

Types of preventive dental treatments

Once the pediatric dentist has evaluated your child’s dental health, he will recommend one of the following preventive dental treatments:

Dental sealants

Dental sealants are made up of flexible translucent material to allow dentists to spread them easily on the surface of teeth. Dental sealants sit on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent cavity formation and spreading. Two minutes per tooth is required for these sealants to settle on the chewing surfaces firmly. After hardening, the food doesn’t come in contact with the surface of teeth, thereby reducing the chances of childhood cavities.

Fluoride treatments

Fluoride is essential for healthy teeth. Fluoride treatment increases the strength of teeth for helping in combatting acid and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay. Strong teeth are less likely to develop cavities and tooth decay.

Teeth cleanings

Your child needs to receive teeth cleaning twice a year. This cleaning is necessary for removing accumulated tartar and plaque. It is difficult to eliminate plaque through brushing and flossing at home, especially for youngsters, it is quite a challenge. But with pediatric dentist’s special, your child’s teeth can be free of plaque and tartar.

Space maintainers

Space maintainers are used to hold the empty space created by a loss of a tooth. These specialized dental tools are made of plastic and metal and are easy to adjust. It also helps in keeping the remaining teeth in their places until a new tooth sprouts to fill in the empty space.

Mouth guards  

Thoroughly despised by youngsters, but recommended by dentists- mouth guard acts as a protective shield around your child’s mouth. These guards are designed specifically to fit the shape of the child’s mouth. Youngsters are advised to wear them while playing sports to shield gums and teeth from any physical contact.

 

Tooth Grinding Dental Care Against Bruxism

For some time now, you have noticed that when you wake up, your jaw is sore and hurts painfully. You do not care about it, and you think that it is surely the only passenger. It’s only during your visit to the dentist that the diagnosis falls: you grit your teeth while you sleep! Also called “bruxism,” the grinding of teeth is a common condition, but must be controlled to prevent damage to your teeth and your temporomandibular joint.

Track bruxism, not so simple!

From the outset, before you can do anything to solve your problem, you must first know that it exists! The grinding of the nocturnal teeth is difficult to detect since the patient does not realize it himself. As we mentioned above, it is often during a dental examination that you will learn that you suffer from bruxism.

Seeing the condition of your teeth, your dentist will have good clues that will allow him to track the problem. Damaged and sensitive natural teeth, broken dental fillings, or bare gums are all revealing elements of bruxism. The good news? Now that you’ve identified your problem, you can look for the solution that’s right for you!

Possible solutions against grinding of teeth

Various options are available to you against bruxism; here are a few.

The occlusal plate, to protect the teeth

The occlusal plate, also known as a protective gutter, is a support device that is placed over your teeth to protect them from friction. In doing so, it prevents the wear of your natural teeth, to keep your dental protections intact and to lighten the pressure on your jaws.

The occlusal plate, to protect the teeth

Of course, it is not a permanent treatment. Depending on the intensity of your bruxism, it can be worn only at night, or even during the day. Also, the life of your occlusal plate will vary according to the intensity with which you contract your jaws. When it is too worn, you will have to think about changing it.

Medications to soothe bruxism

If your pains are particularly intense and you tend to bite your teeth with excessive force, your dentist or doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants. These medications can help you, but also have some side effects.

You can also buy various over-the-counter medications that, if taken before bedtime, can help you reduce pain. However, it is important not to use them in the long term, as they are likely to cause various negative consequences on your sleep and your health.

Physiotherapy to help your jaws

If he thinks it would be beneficial for you, your dentist can refer you to a physiotherapist. By rehabilitating your jaw with the help of a specialist, you could potentially reduce your pain and relax your temporomandibular joint. That said, we cannot guarantee that this will solve your problem!

 

candidate for Dental Implants

Whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, dental implants are a highly sought-after restorative option that can be beneficial to your entire smile. They are a permanent option for when you need to replace teeth, since most implants can last for more than 20 or 30 years. They can be useful for most patients and are a viable alternative to other restorative options.

All About Implants

Most dental implants are made of titanium, which allows them to withstand the pressure and force of daily chewing, biting and even grinding. The implant’s post undergoes a process that is known as osseointegration over the course of several months. This simply means that the implant will fuse naturally with the surrounding bone of the jaw after it’s been placed. Osseointegration can take anywhere from three months to about six or eight months depending on the patient.

Who is a Good Candidate for Implants?

In order for implants to heal successfully, they need a good amount of solid bone structure in the area they’re being placed. If you have bone loss issues or have a large area of missing bone due to an extraction, a bone grafting may be necessary before the implant can be placed. Patients with severe medical conditions who wouldn’t be able to undergo general sedation or have the ability to heal from the procedure may not be good candidates for this specific surgery. However, the vast majority of patients who would like implants and who want to switch to this restoration type are able to have the procedure done safely and easily.

Smiling dental patient

The Consultation Before the Procedure

Before an implant is placed, a consultation appointment allows us to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. We will go over your medical and health history as well as take x-rays and special images of the area receiving the implants. We will then create a personalized treatment plan specific to your needs so that the implants have a great chance of healing successfully. Implants can be used to replace just a single missing tooth or they can be used to keep an entire denture in place so that it fits more securely.

If you would like to come into our office for a consultation appointment regarding dental implants, call us today and we will help to get you in to be seen.

Dental implants in duncanville tx

Technology surrounding dental implants has advanced significantly over the years. While dental implants have an incredibly high success rate and often last for years and decades, there can come a time when an implant fails or develops problems over time. Some of these problems are related to bone loss in the area the implant was placed, causing the post to become loose. Other issues may involve an implant that has cracked or broken entirely, resulting in pain, infection and gum inflammation. We offer implant restorations to patients experiencing these types of problems.

Here are some signs to look for that could signal an issue with your dental implants:

They're Loose

If you notice that your implant is loose or feels slightly unstable, it may be time to have it replaced or repaired. Implants should be incredibly secure in the bone, similar to a healthy tooth that wouldn’t be loose if you played with it. A loose implant could signal a problem with underlying bone or the fact that the implant never bonded with the bone in the first place.

There’s Gum Inflammation and Recession

If the gums around the implant are inflamed or have receded, the implant may need to be replaced. There may be an underlying infection or the implant might not have been inserted correctly. Inflammation is normal for newly placed implants, but shouldn’t be occurring regularly over the course of the first year or two as well as years after it’s been placed.

What are Implant Restorations

There’s an Infection

Properly placed implants that are functioning properly shouldn’t become infected. If your implant is infected and you’re experiencing a lot of pain, it may be time to have them replaced or repaired. A simple x-ray will help in determining if there is an underlying infection. Antibiotics may be needed to clear the infection before any work can be done.

There’s Pain

Once your implants have fully healed, they shouldn’t be painful and should become just another part of your smile. Implants can take several months to a year to fully heal, so it may be normal to have slight pain or discomfort around this area. However, if you’re experiencing severe pain or have discomfort years after the implant was placed, there could be an underlying problem.

common Dental Emergencies

It’s Difficult to Chew

Your implants are meant to become a part of your smile and should act similar to any other healthy tooth. If it’s become difficult to chew on the side where the implant is placed because of pain, discomfort or because the implant feels slightly loose, you need to have it checked.

If you think you may need to have a dental implant repaired or replaced, call our office today and we will get you in for a consultation appointment.

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