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5/10/2021 5:21:39 PM

Dear Dr. Beasley,

My energetic young son has had several minor accidents and I worry about him damaging one of his teeth.  What can I do?

A dental emergency can be traumatic due to the likelihood of blood and anxiety.  Knowing what to do when a tooth is knocked out is critical, because it can usually be saved.  Baby teeth are important because they prevent future crowding and aid in the development of speech.  If a tooth is knocked out, place the tooth back in the mouth and secure with a wet wrap.  If this is not possible or there is a chance the child may swallow the tooth, then place it in a cup of milk or saliva, not water, and get to the dentist immediately.  A chipped tooth is not an emergency and a dentist appointment can be made at your convenience.  However, if your child is experiencing severe or lingering pain, call us immediately, as pain could indicate nerve involvement.



1/6/2021 5:42:34 PM

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11/2/2020 6:22:53 PM

Dear Dr. Beasley,

What is the benefit of seeing my dentist regularly?

Regular dental visits are important because they can identify problems early on when treatment is more likely to be simple and more affordable.  Regular visits can also help to prevent problems from developing at all.  Some signs you should see Dr. Beasley include: teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold, gums that are puffy or bleed after brushing or flossing, persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth, difficulty chewing or swallowing, family history of gum disease or tooth decay, mouth that is often dry, use of tobacco products or a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in the mouth and isn’t going away.  Schedule your biannual dental visit with Dr. Beasley today!  Thank you for your trust in our practice.



9/22/2020 7:20:39 PM

Dear Dr. Beasley;

Do you suggest dental sealants for toddlers?

            A: Sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth (usually the back teeth) to prevent tooth decay. The painted on liquid sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of each tooth, forming a protective shield over enamel. Children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as teeth come in. This protects the teeth though the cavity prone years of ages six to fourteen. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit sealants. Sealants can protect the teeth from decay for up to ten years, but they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental checkups.



8/18/2020 1:25:59 PM

At Justin L. Beasley, DDS, our top priority is to deliver the highest quality of care your smile deserves.  That includes keeping you and your family safe, and more so than ever during the pandemic.  Please check out the quick one minute video of Dr. Beasley illustrating how we are protecting our patients.  We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!

The team at Justin L. Beasley, DDS



6/15/2020 10:31:54 PM

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth, and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Typically gum disease is painless so you may not know you have it. It is cause by plaque. Some warning signals include: gums that bleed easily, red, swollen, tender gums, gums that have pulled away from the the teeth and persistent bad breath. Risk factors include: poor oral hygiene, smoking or chewing tobacco, crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean, pregnancy, genetics, diabetes and certain medications. See Dr. Beasley immediately if you suspect you have gum disease. If treated in the earliest stages, gum disease can usually be reversed and eliminated by a professional cleaning followed by daily brushing and flossing.



3/24/2020 9:02:40 PM

Dear Dr. Beasley:

When does thumb sucking begin damaging teeth?

A: Generally, if a child has stopped sucking his of her thumb by age two, there is no permanent damage. If your child is a vigorous and constant thumbsucker, however, there can be moderate to severe movement of teeth and prevention of normal bone growth. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past their second birthday, a mouth appliance may be necessary to minimize dental disfiguration.



1/6/2020 5:17:46 PM

Ask Dr. Beasley:

“My wife gets annoyed with me when I chew on ice, and says it is ruining my teeth.  Is that right?:

Ice is natural as well as sugar free, so it does seem like a harmless option.  However, munching on hard, frozen cubes can chip or even crack your teeth!  And if your chomping irritates the soft tissue inside a tooth, regular toothaches may follow.  Both hot and cold foods could begin to trigger quick, sharp jabs of pain or a lingering toothache.  The next time you get the urge to chew ice, try a safe alternative, like sugarless gum, instead.



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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