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No matter how cautious we might be, we all know that accidents can happen. In the unfortunate circumstance that a tooth is cracked or knocked out, knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

For a knocked-out tooth:

  1. Keep calm and always be reassuring to an injured child.
  2. Stop or control any bleeding by applying pressure.
  3. Keep the tooth moist at all times.  If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root.  If that's not possible, place it in a wet towel.  
  4. Then, get to your dentist's office right away.

For a cracked tooth:

  1. Immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. 
  2. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down.
  3. See a dental professional to check the tooth or injured area.

If you bite your tongue or lip:

  1. Clean the area gently with warm water.
  2. Apply a cold compress.
  3. If bleeding persists see a dental professional as soon as possible or go to the hospital emergency room.

For a toothache:

  1. Rinse out mouth with warm water.
  2. Use dental floss to remove any food that may be trapped between the teeth.
  3. For swelling apply a cold compress on the outside of the cheek.
  4. Do not use heat or place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissue.
  5. See a dental professional as soon as possible.
If you would like more information about what to do in case of a dental emergency, give us a call at (218) 326-3437.

 

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After recovering from a cold, one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming re-infected is replacing your toothbrush!

The germs can linger on the bristles, and you run the risk of prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush. Keep a spare just in case. To protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long consider the following:

Wash your hands before and after brushing

Allow the toothbrush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen

Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster

Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months

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In addition to our conventional oral cancer examination, the Miskovich Dental Clinic also provides state-of-art Velscope screening as part of your hygiene appointment.  This safe blue light fluoresces your oral tissues enhancing our ability to identify suspicious areas. 

Mortality rates associated with oral cancer have remained unchanged for over 30 years, partly due to the limitations of white light examination of the oral mucosa.  This has created a dire need for an improved oral mucosal screening procedure that would make it possible for clinicians to accurately identify tissue changes at and below the surface before they become apparent under white light examination.

In response, the Vancouver-based company LED Medical Diagnostics Inc. has developed the Velscope system.  Much of the clinical research with the Velscope was conducted at the University of Washington's Oral Dysplasia Clinic.  It is a technology platform based on the direct visualizations of human tissue fluorescence and the changes in fluorescence that occur when abnormal tissue is present.

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What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that helps prevent cavities.  You may recognize other sugar alcohols used in sugarless products, such as mannitol and sorbitol. Xylitol is the sugar alcohol that shows the greatest promise for cavity prevention. It is equal to sweetness and volume to sugar and the granular form can be used in many of the ways sugar is used, including to sweeten cereals and hot beverages and for baking (except when sugar is needed for yeast to rise).

Xylitol inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause cavities. It does this because cavity causing bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) cannot utilize xylitol to grow. Over time with xylitol use, the quality of the bacteria in the mouth changes and fewer cavity causing bacteria survive on the tooth surface. Less plaque forms and the level of acids attacking the tooth surfaced is lowered.

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Miskovich Dental Clinic Offers Sirona Galileos Conebeam Imaging

The Sirona Galileos 3D Dental Imaging Scanner provides high definition, in-office, 3D digital imaging of the oral and facial regions. Our system allows us to provide patients and referring dentists with this cutting edge diagnostic technology.  The system affords complete 3D views of oral and maxillofacial structures providing us with the most thorough diagnostic information for a variety of treatment procedures.

3D offers the ability to enhance treatment planning, and obtain more consistent patient outcomes.  Beyond the clinical aspects, Galileos is also a wonderful patient education tool. For the first time patients can see their anatomy in accurate real-life perspectives that allows them to understand their own health.  Patient positioning is quick and relaxed and 14 seconds later the scan is complete.  We choose the Galileos 3D product because of the very low radiation exposure compared to other brands.