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11/11/2019 2:33:55 PM

Ask Dr. B: My teeth are incredibly sensitive, and using Sensodyne toothpaste doesn’t seem to help much. What can I do?

Sensitive teeth occur when the underlying layer of your teeth (dentin) becomes exposed as a result of receding gum tissue.  This can lead to pain when consuming hot, cold, or sweet food.  Many factors can cause sensitivity, including brushing too hard, cracked teeth, grinding, whitening products, your age (sensitivity is highest between ages 25-30), mouthwash use and acidic food consumption.  Make sure to get a professional cleaning at least every six months to ensure you are taking the proper steps for a healthy mouth.



8/20/2019 4:32:42 PM

FAGD stands for Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. Earning Fellowship takes dedication to dental continuing education (CE) beyond graduation. Only about 6 percent of general dentists in the U.S. and Canada are AGD Fellows. When you see a dentist with FAGD after their name, you can rest assured that they care about knowing the latest techniques and best practices in dentistry. AGD Fellows practice these techniques in a classroom setting multiple times a year — not every dentist does this.

To become an AGD Fellow, a dentist must:

  • Complete over 500 credit hours of CE.
  • Earn 350 of those 500 credits in live courses.
  • Pass an exam equal in difficulty to board certification exams.

 

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5/14/2019 6:00:38 PM

Get your teeth whitened and help a child in need!   March 1st marked the beginning of the 21st annual Smiles For Life Campaign.

The campaign runs from March 1 until June 30, and 100 percent of the proceeds from teeth whitening procedures done at Justin L. Beasley, DDS are contributed directly to the Smiles for Life Foundation. This foundation uses donations from the community to help fund worthy children’s charities and humanitarian work, both locally and around the world.

Tooth whitening patients receive their smile brightening procedure at a discounted rate. They can enhance their own smile while also improving the lives of disadvantaged children.

Since its creation in 1998, the Crown Council’s Smiles For Life Campaign has raised more than $40 million for seriously ill, disabled, and disadvantaged kids thanks to participation from local communities and dental practices. Smiles For Life hopes to continue this tremendous pace for donations in 2019.

Greg Anderson, director of the Crown Council, explains: “Smiles For Life allows a person to help children in need by doing something that benefits them as well. The dentist donates his team’s time and expertise, while Ultradent generously provides all Opalescence whitening products. Patients receive a brighter smile and help children get a brighter future.”

Half of the donations raised by Crown Council dentists are given to their preferred local children’s charity. The rest goes to the Smiles For Life Foundation to support its national and international initiatives, including programs in the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, and Guatemala.

Patients who would like to get involved should call us 405-755-5400 to schedule your whitening today!

 For more information on the campaign, please visit: http://smilesforlife.org/. 

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2/21/2019 10:15:35 PM

Q: I’ve been hearing a lot about oral cancer lately. What’s the scoop and am I at risk?
A: Oral cancer kills one person every hour of every day and early detection is key.  Our patients’ overall dental and oral health is top priority, and we do an oral cancer screening at each of their routine hygiene exams.  This includes a visual examination of any irregularities in the gums, tongue, and palate as well as examination of the jaw bone through periodic x- rays. It is now recommended individuals (especially if you are at high risk including smokeless tobacco and HPV virus) perform a monthly self check.  Checkyourmouth.org is a great resource on how to do a monthly at home check.  Be sure and mention any questionable areas at your exam so we can thoroughly assess your concerns.



1/28/2019 8:10:32 PM

Dear Dr. Beasley,

Q: My nine year old daughter is a nail-biter.  Besides ruining her nails, is she causing long term damage to her teeth?

A: Nail biting is a bad habit for several reasons.  Children and adults who bite their nails can crack, chip or wear down their front teeth from the stress caused by biting.  If your daughter wears braces, she is also putting herself at a greater risk of root resorption (which can lead to tooth loss) and of damaged gum tissue caused by torn, jagged or sharp fingernails coming into contact with gums.  Nail biting is an unattractive and unhygienic habit that should be discouraged. There are over the counter products such as Mavala Stop that can be applied as a physical reminder when breaking the habit.



11/20/2018 7:31:12 PM

I hate having dental work done because my mouth stays numb for a long time after a procedure.  Is there another option?

Local anesthesia is great for controlling discomfort during routine dental procedures, but there can also be lingering numbness that makes it difficult to eat, drink or speak.  It is now possible to reverse these effects by administering a vasodilator after the procedure that shortens the duration of the anesthesia and returns patients to normal sensation much more quickly.  The active ingredient in this product has been around since the 1950s, but has only recently been approved for dental procedures.  It’s not recommended for young children.  If prolonged numbness is a problem for you, talk to your dentist about your options.



10/16/2018 5:21:27 PM

My children play several contact sports.  What should I do if they ever have a tooth knocked out?

If the tooth is a permanent tooth, time is extremely crucial.   Immediately stick the tooth back in the socket.  Don’t worry about getting it in straight or having it turned backwards, just get it in the socket and immediately call your dentist.  If you are uncomfortable placing the tooth in the socket, put it in a glass of milk and get your child to the dentist as quickly as possible.  If the tooth is a baby tooth, do not put it in the socket because damage to the permanent tooth can occur.  When in doubt, put the tooth in milk and see your dentist immediately.



11/8/2016 4:47:19 PM

Tongue and lip piercings may be popular, but can result in a long list of problems including gum and nerve damage, loss of taste, numbness and drooling.  Eating or talking with jewelry in your mouth can chip or fracture tooth enamel, and constant irritation can result in oral ulcers.  Since the tongue is covered with bacteria, infections and inflammation are common, and periodontitis can eventually occur (when the gum and bone pull away from the teeth and form pockets).  Body piercers may be licensed or unlicensed, and may not adhere to good sterilization practices.  Regular dental checkups are always important, but they are critical for people with oral piercings.

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Healthy tongue = Healthy mouth



8/9/2016 2:40:56 PM

 

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Plaque and tarter are closely related and can easily be confused.  Plaque is the colorless buildup of bacteria that begins sticking to your teeth four to twelve hours after every brushing.  Foods, liquids and your own saliva contribute to this natural buildup.  If plaque isn’t properly removed each day by brushing and flossing, it will harden and become tarter (also known as calculus).  The only way to completely removed tarter and prevent periodontal disease is to have a thorough cleaning by a dental professional.  Normally, this is done every six months at the time of your routine exam.  For some individuals, this may not be often enough and your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings to help prevent tarter deposits.  Ask us how we can create a customized gum treatment for your mouth.



5/13/2016 2:30:17 PM

Have you always wanted to have a brighter smile?  Studies have found that whiter teeth can make you look younger and is the first feature that people notice. Teeth whitening is an easy solution to getting a more beautiful smile. If you have been waiting for the right time to whiten your teeth than there has never been a better time than now.  From March through June, we will professionally whiten your teeth to raise money for seriously ill, disabled, and underprivileged children in their local communities and around the world.  When you pay for your teeth whitening, you’ll write your check directly to the Smiles For Life Foundation, not to the dental practice. Fifty percent of the donations are earmarked for our practice’s local charity partner, The Oklahoma Dental Foundation, and the balance goes to the Smiles For Life Foundation to be distributed to worthy and approved children’s charities across the U.S., Canada and worldwide.  Help those in need and receive a beautiful smile at the same time.  It’s a win, win for everyone.

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