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.
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/.
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.
Healthy tongue = Healthy mouth