National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which serves to remind parents, caregivers, and healthcare workers why taking children to the dentist and helping them maintain proper dental health is so important. Developing positive habits at a young age will follow children as they age, ensuring that they keep happy, healthy smiles all their lives. 

Children should be taken to the dentist as soon as their first tooth grows in or before their first birthday, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). This allows the dentists to identify any potential areas of concern, such as tooth or gum decay. The dentist will also help teach caregivers how to properly clean their child’s teeth. Children’s teeth should be brushed twice a day for around 2 minutes each time. The amount of fluoride toothpaste will depend on the age of the child but can vary from just a smear to a pea-sized amount. 

Some children may not want to brush their teeth every morning and evening. However, there are several ways that you can make teeth cleaning more enjoyable. One great way to get children excited to brush their teeth is to make brushing and flossing a fun routine that they can look forward to. For example, try letting your child pick out their own toothbrush (just make sure it’s ADA approved!). You could also try playing a song for 2 minutes which can help reinforce the amount of time that should be spent brushing.

Education is key to help children understand why taking care of their oral health should be a priority. If you’re unsure about where to start, the ADA has worksheets, activities, and a planning guide that can help caregivers and teachers promote good oral health to children. 

Just like with adults, preventative care is the best way to maintain proper oral health in children. In addition to brushing and flossing, it’s a good idea to limit your child’s intake of sugary foods and drinks. It may be shocking to learn that around 42% of children ages 2-11 have some amount of tooth decay. Water is always the best drink option, as most town water sources contain fluoride which helps contribute to healthy teeth. Regular checkups are also essential for addressing any concerns early on.

At Cakmes Dental Studio, we’re committed to providing you and your family with the best dental care possible. If you have any oral health needs or concerns, feel free to get in contact with our office. You can visit our website or call us at (865) 584-6163 for any questions you may have or to set up an appointment.

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New Year’s Resolution – Head to the Dentist!

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The new year is the perfect time to make a resolution to take better care of yourself. People frequently overlook their teeth, gums, and overall oral health when considering their well-being. While it can be easy to put off going to the dentist, ignoring any dental problems can lead to much more significant issues in the future. This year, make a New Year’s resolution for 2021 to step foot into the dentist’s office and make your dental health a priority. 

A recent survey by the American Dental Association found that around 42% of Americans don’t go to the dentist as often as they would like to. Many adults assume that if they are not experiencing tooth or gum pain, their oral health must be fine. However, having a routine checkup is essential to proper dental health and can prevent future issues down the road. When you frequently skip yearly or bi-yearly dentist appointments, you put yourself at a higher risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and possible infections. Your dentist will be able to identify any potential concerns and can address them before the issue becomes more serious.

The previous year was hard on so many of us, especially when it comes to finances. Being able to pay for medical visits and checkups is a major concern for a lot of people. If you have dental insurance, you will generally have 2 covered visits to the dentist per year for routine checkups and cleanings. Additionally, preventative care is a much cheaper alternative to having to pay thousands of dollars when a dental condition requires more expensive treatment. Practicing good dental hygiene and making sure to visit the dentist routinely will save you money in the long run. 

Having a dentist appointment during COVID may understandably make some people hesitant to visit in-person. Most dental practices follow strict CDC and ADA guidelines to ensure that patients feel safe throughout the entirety of their appointment. Here at Cakmes Dental Studio, we are taking every precaution so that our guests feel comfortable during their visit. Read more about our safety policies here

Don’t delay in scheduling your 2021 dental cleaning and get a headstart on a new year of healthy teeth and gums. Making an appointment or consultation with Cakmes Dental Studio is easy! Call (865) 584-6163 to schedule an appointment or visit our website to schedule an appointment online and let us help you achieve a year of a healthier smile!

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Maximizing Your End of Year Benefits

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As we approach the end of the year, now’s the time to make sure that you’re caught up on all of your dental care so that you don’t let any of your benefits go to waste. If you have dental insurance, you will generally have 2 covered visits to the dentist per year for routine checkups and cleanings.  

Most benefit plans and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) have a deadline of December 31st, which means that any benefits or dental visits you haven’t used will be lost after this date. Double-check with your insurance provider or employer and be sure to take advantage of your insurance plan so you don’t let your money go to waste!

Preventative care is one of the most effective ways to prevent more serious issues down the line. If you haven’t paid a visit to the dentist in a while, use one of your covered dental checkups to come in for a routine cleaning. Maintaining proper dental hygiene and oral health is a much cheaper alternative to paying thousands of dollars later on when a condition requires a more expensive treatment. 

At Cakmes Dental Studio, our team of passionate and experienced professionals is here to assist you with any of your dental needs. Whether you’re overdue for a routine cleaning, have a dental health concern, or are looking for cosmetic dental work, you can be confident that we’ll provide you with the finest dental care. Our studio uses the latest dental technology to ensure that our patients have the best treatment available, as well.

For over 30 years, our office has served the Knoxville area and has helped patients create healthy and happy smiles that they can be confident with. Our patients have reported a 100% rate of willingness to refer friends and family and have routinely commented on the friendly and inviting atmosphere created by our office. 

Don’t let your insurance benefits go to waste after December 31st and come see us before the end of the year. Scheduling an appointment or consultation with Cakmes Dental Studio is easy! Call (865) 584-6163 to schedule an appointment or visit our website to schedule an appointment online. We want to help you achieve your healthiest and happiest smile!

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Post-Halloween‌ ‌Teeth‌ ‌Cleaning‌ ‌

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Post-Halloween can be just as spooky when you head to the dentist and realize you may have indulged in too much candy this year. From chocolate to sour candy, to caramel, to peanut butter, the delicious candy you stock up on during the holiday can have some severe effects on your teeth. From cavities to plaque buildup, things can get scary in your mouth, and that is why it is essential to visit the dentist sometime in November. 

Sugar is a huge problem when it comes to tooth decay, and this has been proven repeatedly. After eating foods that contain sugar, like candy, the molecules combine with saliva and bacteria present in the mouth. This combination leads to plaque buildup, which oftentimes leads to cavities. 

Sticky candies like gummies, Skittles, and Tootsie Rolls take more time to chew and can stick to and between your teeth. The longer candy stays in your mouth, the easier it is for the candy’s bacteria causing sugars to cause tooth decay and cavities. Sour candies, like Sour Patch Kids, are too acidic and can dissolve tooth enamel. Hard candies like Jolly Ranchers are especially dangerous because they can sit on your mouth for an extended period and can crack and break your teeth. Chocolate is the least harmful to your teeth, and dark chocolate has tooth decay fighting antioxidants, but many people do not find dark chocolate as tasty!

Some ways you can help your teeth after Halloween is getting your teeth cleaned by the professionals and removing all of the plaque, as well as getting a fluoride treatment on your teeth. Fluoride can help provide extra protection from tooth decay and cavities. If you already have cavities from Halloween, your dentist can fill them to prevent further tooth decay.

Overall, it is imperative to schedule a visit to the dentist after Halloween. We are all guilty of indulging in way too much candy at times but it is essential to protect our smiles. At Cakmes Dental Studio, we are happy to see patients for regular teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments, and taking care of cavities. Visit our website today to schedule an appointment! 

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Time Sensitive Dental Care

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Dental care is critical and matters to your overall health as much as any other sector of health. A toothache, jaw pain, or mouth pain can affect your everyday life, and it is effortless to push aside a dental appointment until necessary. Especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, many people think they don’t have the options or opportunities to visit the dentist.

At Cakmes Dental Studio, we are here to help no matter what. We have committed to keeping our office exceptionally clean and follow and exceed all COVID-19 guidelines. We understand that dental care is time-sensitive, and we are available for appointments through our website or if you give us a call. Taking care of your oral health can make a huge difference in your overall health and everyday life, and we prioritize that at Cakmes Dental Studio.

Some time-sensitive dental care that should be taken care of immediately is painful toothaches, mouth or face swelling, teeth or face injuries, or broken or lost fillings. Other time-sensitive dental care can be seen as broken teeth, bleeding or swollen gums, gum disease, as well as severe pain to the point that you can’t eat or sleep. Tooth pain can be a sign of various diseases like tooth decay, an infection, or something worse. This is a common time-sensitive issue that we can take care of immediately. 

If you need some pointers on how to keep your oral health in tip-top shape at home, we have many tips for you. Flossing should be more of a priority than we know you think it is. Regular brushing and flossing can help remove plaque, which damages teeth and gums. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks, as well as tobacco, can eliminate several health issues, including tooth and gum disease. Of course, a simple tip is brushing your teeth morning and night; we suggest making sure that you use toothpaste with fluoride in it to help prevent cavities. Try practicing tongue cleaning at home, too. For best results, you can use a tongue cleaner or a soft-bristle toothbrush. This can make a huge difference in your overall health.

Remember, at Cakmes Dental Studio, we prioritize your overall health and are here for any dental needs you may have, including those that are time-sensitive. If you need to come into the office, call us at 865-584-6163 or visit our website to request an appointment. 

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Teledentistry – The New Normal

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We are in the age of technology, but visiting your dentist virtually? It sounds unrealistic and a little ridiculous, but the fact of the matter is that it is authentic and legitimate. Teledentistry is the use of electronic information, imaging and communication technologies, including interactive audio, video, data communications, and store and forward technologies, to provide and support dental care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, and transfer of dental information and education. What a mouth full. Simply put, teledentistry is the new normal in this pandemic age of America. 

Teledentistry is proven to improve the dental hygiene of patients. Since the use of telehealth systems to connect providers with patients, it has become more convenient for patients to communicate to improve oral health. Since 2003, visits to dental offices have seen a steady decline. Teledentistry is also more affordable than in-office dentistry, which makes it more accessible. Research indicates that patients’ quality of care and success rates were the same whether patients used telemedicine or actually went into a dentist’s office.

Teledentistry itself can include virtual consultations and high-tech monitoring of patients. For example, it could be in the form of a video conference between a dentist and a patient to discuss an urgent matter. This helps people avoid unnecessary hospital visits and can save seats at dental practices. This is an excellent alternative to visiting the dentist with coronavirus because it also keeps the dentist and the patient safe from possibly contracting the virus and making the pandemic worse. 

Teledentistry can be a complete game-changer for dentists during the pandemic, and even after coronavirus. This concept can open up availability in dental offices for essential visits. This can help the staff be less overwhelmed and it is convenient for patients; they don’t have to take time off work to go to the dentist. 

It is important to remember that if there is an emergency, you should call your dental office immediately, just in case. Teledentistry is excellent for routine check-ups and to ask questions before going to your dental office, but it is still essential to visit for cleanings and any necessary procedures. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or appointment and visit our website to explore all of the dental services we offer. We look forward to hearing from you and giving you the smile you’ve always dreamed of!

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Why Dental Implants Might Be the Solution You Need

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Accidents happen, and sometimes those accents can damage our beautiful teeth. Losing an adult tooth can feel like the end of the world, we know that at Cakmes Dental Studio. If you have lost teeth, dental implants may be an excellent solution to restore your smile, bring back your confidence, and get your life back to the way it was before. 

Dental implants can sound very scary, but they aren’t at all. A dental implant is a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like your tooth roots, dental implants are secured in your jawbone. They are not visible after they have been placed. The implants are then used to secure your tooth’s visible aspects with crowns, bridgework, or dentures. At Cakmes Dental Studio, we provide both implant crowns and implant-supported dentures. Don’t worry, our dentures will give you beautiful shiny white teeth, not the wood ones you may have heard that George Washington had! 

Ancient dental implants have been traced back to around 600 AD when tooth-like pieces of shell were hammered into the jaw of a Mayan woman. Luckily, modern medicine has come a long way, and the procedure is a lot safer and smoother. The procedure itself only takes 1 to 2 hours with trained and experienced dentists. 

If you have lost teeth, you might be a fantastic candidate for dental implants. Some conditions and diseases may affect whether dental implants are the option for you, but we will find a solution if you schedule a consultation with our team. Three million people in the United States have implants, a number that is growing by 500,000 annually. This option to restore smiles has become a very successful operation. 

Our team at Cakmes Dental Studio is very experienced and has had the best training. Dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry. If you are considering a dental implant procedure, Cakmes Dental Studio is the place to get it done. Contact us today by requesting an appointment on our website or calling us at 865-584-6163.

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Breaking Down a Root Canal – Not as Scary as it Sounds

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Root Canals have a horrible reputation: the terrifying name, the horror stories from the dental chair, and everything else surrounding the title. In reality, root canals are not that bad. Millions of teeth are treated and saved by root canals each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again. Root canals are something many adults have to deal with, so we are here to break down the procedure to make those nerves go away when you hear from your dentist that you need a root canal.

A root canal treatment is nothing like the scary stories you hear about, with the help of modern-day dentistry. Root canals are very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in just one trip to your dentist. A root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective. When you undergo a root canal, the inflamed pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.

A root canal’s advantages are efficient chewing, regular biting force, natural appearance, and protection for other teeth from excessive wear or strain. How do you know if you need a root canal? There are a few symptoms people experience, which means that a root canal is necessary. Symptoms may include severe pain while chewing, pimples on the gums, a chipped tooth, sensitivity to hot or cold, swollen gums, and darkening gums. 

After a root canal procedure, most patients can return to school or work. Your mouth is numb for around 2-4 hours following the procedure, so the only advisory given is not to eat until the numbness is gone. Root canals are an easy procedure. You can eat up to 1 hour before a procedure, and you can receive local anesthesia not to feel any pain. 

At Cakmes Dental, we promise to give efficient and pain-free treatments. Our doctors and dental team make the experience as easy as possible for our patients, breaking the stigma of root canals being painful and scary. If you are experiencing any tooth sensitivity or pain, please give us a call or head to our website. We’ll let you know if a root canal can help stop your pain. 

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How Vaping Negatively Affects Your Oral Health

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Vaping and e-cigarettes have spread quicker and faster than coronavirus did. Ok, maybe not as fast, but these days it is hard to go in public and not see someone holding their Juul. Vaping has become an alternative to cigarettes, which eliminates the health concerns that come from tobacco. However, vaping and e-cigarettes might have even more health concerns due to the unstudied chemicals that do not have the long history of health effects that cigarettes do have. To say it simply: the unknown factors of vaping makes it even more dangerous. There have been more recent studies about how vaping affects your oral health, which Cakmes Dental Studios has been paying attention to. Here are some adverse effects that vaping has on oral health.

Receding Gums

Nicotine reduces blood flow, which in turn affects your gums more than you may think. Without enough blood flowing through your veins, your gums don’t get the oxygen and nutrients they need to stay healthy. Vaping causes the death of gum tissues, which in turn causes gum recession. 

Tooth Decay

Studies have evaluated that e-cigarette aerosols have similar physio-chemical properties as high-sucrose, gelatinous candies, and acidic drinks. Data suggests that the combination of the viscosity of e-liquids and chemicals in sweet flavors may increase the risk of cariogenic potential. Cariogenic potential in non-scientist talk is the potential for tooth decay.

Bruxism

Nicotine inhaled during vaping acts as a muscle stimulant. This can cause you to grind your teeth, which is also known as bruxism. Grinding, chewing, or clenching your teeth regularly leads to tooth damage, severe pain, and other oral complications. 

Cell Death

According to a 2018 review, studies of live cells from human gums suggest vaping aerosols can increase inflammation and DNA damage. This can lead cells to lose their power to divide and grow, which can speed up cell aging and result in cell death.

These are just a few of many health concerns scientists have uncovered about vaping and its relation with oral health. If you are an e-cigarette user, you must have regular check-ins with your dentist to make sure you can prevent as much damage as possible. At Cakmes Dental Studio, we offer many services to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Call (865) 584-6163 and schedule an appointment if you have any concerns.

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