Wichita Family Dental
Are you interested in a smile makeover? Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’d love to improve my smile but I don’t know what’s possible or how much it would cost?” Would you like to get all of your questions answered by a cosmetic dentist from the comfort of your home?
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During this hectic time, don’t forget your oral health. If you have insurance benefits remaining, funds set aside in a flexible spending account, or a healthcare saving account, now is the time to schedule treatment.
Most plans do not allow you to roll over unused dollars to the next benefit year, so it’s “Use ‘Em or Lose ‘Em!”
Remember: You’ve PAID for these benefits. Don’t throw them away!
Call us now to determine your remaining benefits and get on the schedule before the end of the year. We can see you at our offices in east Wichita, west Wichita, AND Derby!
Or book Online 24/7.
Dry mouth is not a disease but it is a side effect of some diseases. Certain medications, aging, radiation and chemotherapy, allergies, and dehydration may also cause dry mouth.
Is Dry Mouth A Problem?
It can be. Saliva contains enzymes that aid in digestion. It also neutralizes the acid caused by bacteria, limits bacterial growth, and washes down particles from the foods you eat and drink. If your mouth is dry and lacks saliva, you can develop serious issues in your mouth.
How Do I Know If I Have Dry Mouth?
Symptoms of dry mouth go beyond a dry mouth alone. You may notice a change in your sense of taste. You may have difficulty speaking, chewing, or swallowing. If you aren’t producing enough saliva, you may also develop chronic bad breath. You may experience some or all of these symptoms often.
How Can I Treat Dry Mouth?
There are many simple ways to treat dry mouth. Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day – at least eight full glasses of eight ounces. You can also chew sugar-free gum to stimulate the flow of saliva. Many people experience dry mouth while they sleep. A humidifier can add moisture to the air in your bedroom and prevent nightly dry mouth.
WHAT IS INVISALIGN FIRST?
Invisalign First is designed for children ages 6 to 10. As your child grows, their smile will grow with them. Phase 1 Invisalign treatment addresses early issues in developing children and corrects them before they become more complex. Invisalign First tackles the unique orthodontic challenges of your growing child and gives them the same exceptional orthodontic experience that adults and teens receive with Invisalign clear aligners.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PHASE 1 TREATMENT?
Phase 1 treatment is meant to develop your child’s jaw and/or arches. It makes room for existing teeth and incoming, permanent teeth. Invisalign First aligners can fix a broad range of teeth straightening issues, including crowding, spacing, and narrow dental arches. Phase 1 treatment can also do the following:
- Prevent pre-existing bite issues from worsening.
- Fix existing teeth-straightening conditions
- Improve the appearance of a growing child’s smile.
- Help with oral habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.
- Shorten the length of Phase 2 treatment and make it easier.
- Anyone can grind their teeth at any age. Stress, anxiety, hyperactivity, certain medications, an uneven bite, or missing teeth may lead to bruxism. You may even notice that you grind your teeth when you are trying to concentrate.
- You can grind your teeth during the day and/or at night. The factors listed above may cause bruxism in your sleep or it may be a sign of other sleep-related disorders like sleep apnea or snoring.
- Even if you are grinding your teeth unconsciously, there are many signs of bruxism that you can look out for, including damaged teeth, tooth pain, soreness around the jaw, and headaches.
If you think you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your Wichita Family Dental dentist about how to prevent bruxism.
If you think your oral health has nothing to do with your overall health – think again. Your mouth is an entry point to the rest of your body and scientists continue to find links between our teeth and our wellbeing. Here is just some of what we know:
- There may be 700 species of bacteria living, feeding, and reproducing in your mouth right now. All 700 of them can reproduce every FIVE hours! Most of these bacteria are harmless but some can cause diseases.
- That bacterium in your mouth can turn into plaque and then harden into tartar. Tarter is a leading cause of gingivitis.
- Gingivitis, if left untreated, can lead to periodontitis, or inflammation of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Untreated periodontitis may lead to severe tooth loss and more.
- Ongoing inflammation of the gums caused by periodontitis can allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream, which may lead to inflammation in other parts of your body, up to and including your heart.
- Scientists have linked oral infections to serious diseases, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, and bacterial pneumonia.
Good oral health habits and regular visits to your Wichita Family Dental dentist can help prevent oral infections. We can also treat gingivitis and periodontitis before it worsens.
We want you to know that we are still taking every precaution in order to protect our patients, staff, and community. To see these precautions in action, check out this video with one of our favorite dental assistants – Ivy!
WE ARE NOW OPEN FOR ALL DENTISTRY
Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand and ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys, etc. since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
For Upcoming Appointments:
- If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, we ask that you reschedule your appointment for the safety of our patients and staff.
- Please reschedule your appointment if you have traveled to any areas within the past 14 days that are at high risk for contracting COVID-19.
- Please call us at 316-630-9339 when you arrive at the office. We will text you when your room is ready.
- Please do not bring children or family members who do not have appointments in the office.
- Please be advised that we will be taking your temperature at the door before we take you to a room.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.
If you have concerns about coming to the office, try our virtual consultation. It’s fast, free, and a great way to get your questions answered without leaving your home.
1. Brushing is not optional.
You can get cavities at any age, but you are especially susceptible as you get older. Bacteria can worm its way into receding gums and worn-down enamel. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss to beat back cavities and keep your teeth healthy.
2. Prevention is key.
Adults over the age of 65 are 3x more likely to need a root canal due to severe tooth damage. Why? As you age, the nerves in your teeth may shrink which makes them less sensitive to pain. Fortunately, prevention is just a phone call away. Regular visits to your dentist can catch small problems before they become big issues and may prevent procedures like root canals.
3. Watch out for the daily ‘grind.’
Teeth grinding can make your teeth look older than they are. Stress and anxiety can cause grinding – even while you sleep! Talk to your Wichita Family Dental dentist about how to prevent teeth grinding and keep your teeth looking youthful.
4. Dentures are NOT the only option.
While our first president had dentures, dentistry has come a long way since George Washington. Now there are a slew of restorative options to help you preserve your natural teeth as you age. Call our office to discuss dentures and denture alternatives.
5. Be aware of changes in your mouth.
Aging adults are at a higher risk of gum disease and oral cancer. In addition, oral health issues can be indicative of other chronic health conditions, so regular visits to the dentist are essential for older patients. Keep your dental appointments and call us immediately if you notice anything unusual.
If you have urgent dental needs, please call us. We are still treating dental emergencies and taking the highest possible precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, staff, and community.
1. Sensitivity to Hot and Cold.
If your teeth feel sensitive when you eat ice cream or have a cup of hot coffee, it could be tooth decay or cracks in your tooth’s enamel. Left untreated, these issues can worsen. A dental visit now will prevent large expenses later.
2. Bleeding Gums.
If you experience bleeding gums after brushing or flossing, it may indicate an infection. Infections in the mouth can lead to tooth loss. Preserve your natural teeth by treating the cause of bleeding gums today.
3. Loose Teeth.
Gum disease can cause loose teeth, but that may be just the beginning. It is also linked to a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and lung disease. Call immediately for a consultation.
4. Sores, Bumps, Lesions.
If you notice unusual sores or bumps in your mouth that won’t heal or go away, they may be a sign of oral cancer. The dentists at Wichita Family Dental in Wichita, KS screen for oral cancer during your dental exam, but if you have an area of concern, call us to get it checked out.
5. Bad Breath.
You may experience bad breath after a healthy serving of garlic-rich pasta or a tuna salad sandwich. But if you consistently experience bad breath, called halitosis, you may actually have gum disease or internal issues that need to be addressed. Call us to treat this serious and potentially embarrassing condition.
6. Dry Mouth.
Your dry mouth may be the result of prescription medications. Unfortunately, chronic dry mouth can cause decay along the gum line, causing healthy-looking teeth to break off at the base. We can prescribe medications to increase saliva and keep dry mouth at bay. Call us for a consultation.
7. Cracked or Crumbling Teeth.
Occasionally, the stomach acids released by acid reflux can dissolve your tooth enamel. Schedule an appointment to discuss treatment options.