Posts for: June, 2017

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As a regular part of your daily hygiene you may be using a mouthrinse — or “mouthwash” — mainly to keep your mouth feeling fresh and clean. Some mouthrinses, though, do more than give you fresher breath.

While there are countless mouthrinses available, we can place all of them into two broad categories: cosmetic and therapeutic. The first refresh your mouth and breath, usually with a mentholated or minty taste and smell that masks unpleasant odors. How well they work is mainly subjective: if you feel better after using them, they’ve done their job.

Therapeutic rinses have a different role, intended to improve oral health in some way. We can divide these into anti-cariogenic (decay prevention) or anti-bacterial rinses. You can find fluoride-based anti-cariogenic rinses over-the-counter in retail or drug stores, usually containing about .05% sodium fluoride per volume. Numerous studies have shown these rinses highly effective in preventing tooth decay when used with daily brushing and flossing.

Likewise, over-the-counter antibacterial rinses have proven somewhat effective in reducing bacteria that leads to dental disease. Formulated usually with triclosan, sanguinaria extract, zinc or essential oils, they can also help reduce the incidence of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), but only if used in conjunction with brushing and flossing.

Perhaps, though, the most widely studied and substantiated therapeutic mouthrinse is chlorhexidine, a prescription-only rinse. Chlorhexidine inhibits the formation of bacterial plaque on tooth surfaces, the main trigger for both tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. It’s often used as a post-surgery rinse when brushing and flossing may not be possible, but dentists will often prescribe it for patients who have a high propensity for dental disease.

Using a mouthrinse depends on your current oral health and personal preferences. Therapeutically, most people gain some added tooth strength protection from using a fluoride rinse in their daily hygiene. If fresh breath and the way your mouth feels are important to you, you should consider such a rinse that also has a pleasant taste and effect for you. We can further discuss with you whether a different type of rinse, or a prescription-strength formula, might be best for your particular needs.

If you would like more information on mouthrinses, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Mouthrinses.”


By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
June 09, 2017
Category: Oral Health
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Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”


By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
June 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Want a great smile? Cosmetic fillings can make your teeth look like new again. Cosmetic dental fillings are the most popular type of fillingsfillings because they look natural. Dr. Wayne Cook is one of the finest family and cosmetic dentists in Marion, AR. He offers a full range of dental services, including cosmetic fillings. Here are the top five benefits of cosmetic fillings:

1. Maintain Tooth Health

Composite is a mixture of powdered glass-like particles and acrylic resin that produces a tooth-colored filling. Cosmetic fillings work wonderfully for cavities. Most of the healthy tooth structure can be preserved, and the material serves to hold that structure tightly together to prevent fracture and further decay.

2. Pleasing Appearance

Traditional amalgam fillings are less popular than cosmetic fillings because of their silver-like appearance. Once your Marion, AR, dentist completes your cosmetic dental filling, it will look completely natural and won’t be noticeable when you smile or speak.

3. Avoid Allergens

Some individuals, especially those with a family history of metal allergies, are allergic to one or more of the metals in traditional amalgam fillings. For patients who are allergic to the metals used in traditional fillings, cosmetic fillings can restore the teeth without risk of an allergic reaction.

4. Good Durability

Dental fillings may last many years but, eventually, all fillings need to be replaced. Composite is a strong material, providing good durability in small to mid-sized dental restorations. They can be expected to withstand biting and chewing forces well. Composite fillings are strong enough to use in back teeth.

5. One Single Visit

Say goodbye to lengthy treatment sessions at the dentist's office. Your cosmetic fillings can be completed in one single visit. The treatment will be completed quickly and you will leave the same day with your dental restoration.

Having cosmetic fillings done will do you and your smile a world of good. If you need a dental filling and reside in the Marion, AR, area, call our dental office at 870-739-8799 today to schedule an appointment for the best tooth repair possible. We want all our patients to have strong, healthy smiles that look great too. 




Marion, AR Family Dentist
Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
303 Bancario Rd.Suite 7
Marion, AR 72364
870-739-8799
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