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    Dental Infection Control

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Your dentist and dental hygienists care about your safety, which is why they are diligent about infection control in the office. When you go in for a dental appointment, you should see a clean office and staff members who wear gloves, protective clothing, masks, and eyewear.

    In between each appointment, oral health professionals remove the gloves, wash their hands, and put on new gloves. They also clean and disinfect surfaces, sterilize instruments, and properly dispose of infectious waste. Learn more in this video.

    At West Chester Dental Arts, your safety is our primary concern. Our office is sterile and clean so we can provide you with the best dental services in Pennsylvania. To learn more about our sedation dentistry, dental implants, and teeth whitening services, call (610) 696-3371.

    Common Causes of Mouth Pain

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Mouth pain is almost always a sign of a larger issue. If you are experiencing discomfort in your mouth, you should visit your dentist to see if you are suffering from one of the following:

    Cavities
    When plaque and bacteria are left to develop on the teeth, they eventually cause acid, which can break down enamel and lead to tooth decay. Without the proper treatment, this decay will form holes in the teeth, or cavities. If you have one or more cavities, you might experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods or pain when you bite down.

    TMD
    TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, are issues resulting from problems in the muscles and joints of the jaw. You might experience pain from TMD if you grind your teeth, if the soft cushion of the jaw is not in the right position, if you have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the jaw joint, or if you are very stressed. TMD often leads to pain in the face, jaw, neck, and shoulders.

    Wisdom Teeth
    The wisdom teeth do not usually emerge until the late teens or early twenties. If someone does not have enough room in their mouth for these extra molars or if the teeth start to grow in sideways, it can cause a lot of pain at the back of the mouth. Your dentist will tell you whether or not you should have these teeth extracted to avoid this kind of mouth pain.

    Infections
    If you have consistent pain as well as swelling in your gums that makes your teeth extremely sensitive, you might have an infection. You should see your dentist as soon as possible to get the treatment you need to get rid of this infection.

    Whether you have pain in your mouth or just need a checkup, West Chester Dental Arts is here for you. Our dental office provides some of the best oral health services in West Chester, Pennsylvania so you can find relief for your symptoms. To learn more, call (610) 696-3371.

    What Is TMJ?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    The temporomandibular joint is the jaw joint. Like the elbow or the knee, it is a hinge joint that has cartilage. If you grind or clench your teeth at night, you might wear down the cartilage, which can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

    People suffering from TMJ experience a lot of pain that can cause headaches. They might even have a fullness or pressure in the ear. Check out this video to learn more about TMJ and how it affects your oral health.

    At West Chester Dental Arts, we can help you find relief for TMJ, cavities, and cosmetic issues. We offer some of the best general and sedation dentistry services in West Chester, Pennsylvania. For more information on our services, visit us online or call (610) 696-3371.

    Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?

    Last updated 3 months ago

    While dental work is a necessary part of maintaining adequate oral hygiene, it is not always easy to have the work done. Some people experience severe anxiety when they visit the dentist, and many children have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time. Fortunately, sedation dentistry addresses these issues. Here is a look at who can benefit from sedation dentistry.

    Anxious Patients
    If thinking about going to see the dentist makes your heart race and your palms sweat, you may be the perfect candidate for sedation dentistry. This practice allows even the most anxious patients to undergo hours of dental work with no problems or discomfort at all. Using tranquilizers, nitrous oxide, or other sedatives, your dentist can sedate you in a safe and effective manner so that you are completely relaxed during your dental treatment. Sedatives can be administered intravenously, orally, or through inhalation.

    Active Gag Reflex Patients
    Some people are fine with the idea of going to the dentist, but their bodies do not respond well during treatment. Whether you tend to gag during long, extensive procedures or you gag as soon as a hand enters your mouth, sedation dentistry can help to solve your problem. Sedatives can tame your gag reflex so that your dentist can get everything done without you feeling any discomfort. This is particularly helpful during longer treatments.

    Patients Who Need Extensive Work
    Regardless of your level of comfort with dental treatments, longer procedures can be inconvenient or downright boring. Sedation dentistry can make hours of work feel like minutes, which helps you to sit through the entire procedure with ease. This is also helpful during complicated restorative treatments and procedures like dental implants.

    If you believe that you can benefit from sedation dentistry, please do not hesitate to contact West Chester Dental Arts. We are a sedation dentistry practice that specializes in high quality teeth whitening and dental implants. We are proud to serve the Exton, Malvern, Downingtown, Coatesville, and West Chester areas. For more information about our services, feel free to visit our website or call (610) 696-3371 today.

    Choosing the Right Floss

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Using the right floss can help you to ensure that you remove as much plaque and food debris from your mouth and teeth as possible. There are many different options when it comes to types of floss, and certain types are suitable for different teeth. Read on to learn about choosing the right floss.

    The right type of floss depends on the individual person’s teeth. People who have crowded teeth may benefit from waxed floss, which is designed to slide between teeth in tight spaces. On the other hand, dental tape is appropriate for those who have the opposite condition: people who have bridges and those who have larger spaces between teeth. Flavored floss may help parents convince their children to practice proper oral hygiene. Floss even comes in different colors, which is useful for extra picky kids. 

    Need help choosing the right floss? Call West Chester Dental Arts or visit our website. Our practice is happy to serve the West Chester area with a variety of sedation dentistry treatments. If you are interested in learning more about our business, feel free to call us at (610) 696-3371.

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