Posts for tag: dental visits

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
June 17, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Visiting your Marion, AR, family dentist, Dr. Wayne Cook, will help you keep your sparkling smile healthy. In addition to seeing the dentist every six months for a check-up, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment if you experience any of these issues.

You have a toothache

Pain in a tooth is a clear sign that something's wrong. A toothache can occur for a variety of reasons ranging from a cavity to a crack in a tooth or a sinus infection. Fortunately, your dentist can determine why your tooth hurts and offer an effective treatment.

If you have severe, throbbing pain accompanied by a fever, swollen lymph nodes, facial swelling, pus, or a bump on your gum, you may have a dental abscess. Abscesses are caused by bacterial infections and require emergency dental care. If you think you might have an abscess, call the Marion, AR, dental office immediately.

Your gums hurt

Sore, swollen, and red gums could be signs that you have gum disease. Without treatment, the disease could damage your gum tissue and the bone and ligaments that hold your teeth in place.

Your jaw is stiff

Does your jaw feel stiff and painful when you wake up? Jaw stiffness is often related to grinding or clenching your teeth at night. Grinding or clenching can crack teeth and fillings. It also increases your risk of developing temporomandibular joint disorder. Your dentist can provide you with a custom nightguard to protect your teeth and reduce tension on your jaw while you sleep.

You're unhappy with your appearance

Your family dentist offers several treatments that improve the appearance and function of your smile, including:

  • Teeth whitening to erase stains
  • Veneers to hide imperfections and damage on the fronts of teeth and change the shape or length of teeth
  • Dental crowns to strengthen and restore teeth and improve their appearance
  • Tooth-colored fillings to make your dental work blend in with your teeth
  • Bonding to repair damage or enhance the way your tooth looks
  • Dental implants to replace missing teeth
  • Orthodontic treatment to straighten crooked teeth

You have sleep apnea

Treating sleep apnea helps you avoid heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other serious health complications. If you can't tolerate a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, an oral appliance offered by your family dentist offers another option.

The appliance keeps your airway open by holding your jaw forward and preventing your tongue from falling against your airway. Thanks to your brand new sleep apnea device, you'll get a better night's sleep and reduce your risk of serious health issues.

Do you need to see Dr. Cook, your family dentist in Marion, AR? Call 870-739-8799 to schedule your appointment.

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
October 10, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Contrary to popular belief, seeing the dentist can be a fun and exciting experience for your child. Childhood dental visits are crucial to pediatric dentistryyour child’s oral health and ensure that they hit their oral growth and development markers at the correct times. Learn more about the importance of childhood dental visits with Dr. Wayne Cook in Marion, AR.

How often should my child see the dentist?

Children should see the dentist at least twice a year. These preventative examinations help your dentist catch problems with your child’s teeth, such as tooth decay, early when they are easy to treat. Additionally, the professional cleanings which take place at the visit keep your child’s teeth free of plaque and tartar, preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

What does a normal childhood dental check-up involve? 
Your child’s first dental appointment will be more of an introduction to the dentist’s office than an actual dental examination. While your dentist will, in fact, examine your child’s teeth, the appointment will be short and focus on introducing the child to their dentist and the office. Beginning with their first tooth, your child should see their dentist at least twice a year. Examinations will include ensuring there are no cavities or other issues, repairing these problems if necessary and cleaning the teeth.

Regular Pediatric Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Marion, AR
Keeping your child current with regular dental examinations and cleanings is only half the battle. Establishing a strong oral care routine early in life will build the habits your child requires to keep their teeth healthy and decay-free into their adulthood. Wipe infants’ gums with a damp, soft cloth after feeding times and before bed. As soon as you see a tooth, begin helping your child brush twice daily. When the teeth begin growing close enough together to touch, teach your child to floss in between each tooth at least once daily. Using color-changing mouthwash which shows plaque on the teeth is also a fun way to show your child the importance of not “missing a spot”.

For more information on dental examinations for your child, please contact Dr. Wayne Cook, in Marion, AR. Call (870) 739-8799 to schedule your child’s dental appointment today!

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