Dr. James Park DMD and the team at Park Dental of Colmar are pleased to provide professional and caring dental services to their patients from Colmar PA and the surrounding communities. Our dental services include: adult, children's, cosmetic, family, general, laser, preventive and restorative dentistry.
Saving Hopeless TeethMissing teeth are detrimental to your overall dental health. A root canal can help you avoid unnecessary extractions and save teeth with roots that have been injured or infected. A root canal is a process that restores a tooth by excavating the pulp chamber and packing the space with filling material. This is often required when dental decay injures the nerve of the tooth (or the tooth has become infected). At that point, you need more than a simple filling. We are skilled in advanced root canal therapy. In the past, the root canal deserved its reputation as something to be dreaded. However, with modern anesthetics and technology, root canals are now a manageable form of treatment.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This month we are featuring information found on MouthHealthy.org that discuss how diabetes can affect your dental health. Below are two ways that diabetes can affect your oral health.
Notice some bleeding when you brush or floss? That may be an early sign of gum disease. If it becomes more severe, the bone that supports your teeth can break down, leading to tooth loss. Early gum disease can be reversed with proper brushing, flossing and diet. Research has shown gum disease can worsen if your blood sugar is not under control, so do your best to keep it in check.
Studies have found people with diabetes have less saliva, so you might find yourself feeling parched or extra thirsty. (Medications and higher blood sugar levels are also causes.) Fight dry mouth by drinking water. You can also chew sugarless gum and eat healthy, crunchy foods to get saliva flowing. This is especially important because extra sugar in your saliva, combi…
Intra-Oral Camera Makes You a Part of the TeamDr. Park believes that your improved dental health will take a team effort. He also understands that technology makes it easier for you to participate in the critical decisions that involve your teeth and gums, which why he uses the intra-oral camera. This small, advanced video camera produces a close-up picture of the inside of your mouth. When you can see for yourself why certain areas need help, you can be more fully engaged in each treatment decision.
Teeth Whitening – Dazzling Results!To achieve sparkling white teeth, a professionally supervised process is required – but the procedure is simpler than most people realize. Dr. Park offers custom whitening trays, made in his own lab. During your initial whitening visit, you receive supplies and instructions to complete this safe and effective procedure at home. Results become visible within 1 - 14 days.
With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies-and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful.
Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what can contribute to cavities.
But don’t hang up your costume just yet. “Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.”
To help you sort through the trick-or-treat bag loot, we have a rundown of some common candies and their impact on your teeth: Chocolate Chocolate is probably your best bet, which is good because it’s also one of the most popular kinds of candy handed out on Halloween. ìChocolat…
Halloween is around the corner, which for most children means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween but it’s important to have a plan,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty.
Here's how you can help your family stay MouthHealthy on Halloween and year-round. Time It Right Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.
Stay Away from Sweet Snacks Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. “Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet,” Dr. Ferraz-Doughert…