700 South Mustang Road, Yukon, OK 73099 (405) 494-7227
COVID-19 Update to Our Patients

COVID-19 Update to Our Patients

COVID-19 is in the news everywhere, and we are closely monitoring the situation. We’re reaching out to assure you that you are safe at VIP Dental.

We already, as a daily practice, assure universal precautions as outlined by CDC and OSHA standards of infection control. Safety is always our number one focus. Our high standard of care ensures that your trust and safety are never compromised.

We are taking extended measures to further protect all our patients and team with the following additional protocols:

  • In compliance with the recommendations for public health, anyone with a cough or fever will not be allowed in the building and should stay home. We will be happy to reschedule your appointment for a later date.
  • Before your appointment, you have the option to stay in your car instead of the waiting room until we’re ready to seat you in your personal operatory. Simply call us when you arrive, and we will let you know when we’re ready for you.
  • Upon entering VIP Dental, you will be asked to sanitize your hands.
  • At the beginning of every appointment, you will be asked to pre-rinse with OraCare. OraCare Mouth Rinse has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
  • Additionally, we are requesting you sanitize your hands before re-entering the business areas.

You can be assured safety measures at VIP Dental will continue to evolve as more information develops.

Stay well, hydrate, eat nutritiously, and get plenty of sleep.

We look forward to serving you,

The team at VIP Dental

Ice Chewing And Your Teeth

We all know someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it. And we’ve probably all heard that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So what’s the truth? Is it best to put a stop to ice chewing? Absolutely, and for more reasons than most people are aware of.  The dental team at VIP Dental in Yukon wants all Oklahoma City residents to know why chewing ice is a bad habit, so please read on for the facts!

Why should I stop chewing ice?

Ice is hard. So hard, in fact, that pitting it against your teeth regularly will most certainly result in damage to your enamel. If you have pagophagia (the fancy name for ice cravings), it’s likely that Dr. Bryan Kariya and Dr. Ray Tate will need to perform enamel restoration treatments, which are pricey and can be quite uncomfortable.

However, that is not the most pressing reason to be aware of an ice chewing habit. Recent research indicates that pagophagia may actually be a sign of anemia (a lack of iron in the blood), which can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. Scientists aren’t sure exactly why the link exists, but they suspect it may be due to the oral inflammation caused by anemia. Such inflammation could conceivably spark an urge to seek relief in the form of ice.

Is ice chewing really a ‘thing’?

It definitely is. Hardcore ice enthusiasts keep ice by their side all day long, and may even put away multiple pounds of the stuff each day. If you still think this is doubtful, check it out online and you will find that there is an entire community of ice lovers and ice-chewing websites. What? Yes, really.

Why am I having ice cravings?

With a simple blood test, your doctor can tell you if you are an anemic ice chewer seeking the soothing cold of a good ice cube. And if you are, don’t panic! Anemia is easily treatable with daily iron supplements.

Once you have that taken care of, come see Dr. Bryan Kariya and Dr. Ray Tate for a check-up and we’ll take care of any enamel damage that your ice chewing may have caused. If you have questions, call us at VIP Dental in Yukon at 405-494-7227. And remember to order that drink WITHOUT ice next time!

Sources

NYTimes.com

WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU SLEEP

WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR MOUTH WHEN YOU SLEEP

Ah, nighttime… the end of the day, the ceasing of work, and hopefully a good night’s sleep. But did you know things are still happening in your mouth all night long, even if you’re blissfully unaware of it? Dr. Bryan Kariya DDS and Dr. Ray Tate DDS, Yukon dentists, shed some light on the world of your mouth and everything going on inside of it while you catch some zzz’s.

DRY MOUTH

You produce much less saliva overnight than you do during the day—your body’s way of minimizing the risk of choking. This leads to the common occurrence of dry mouth. Dry mouth can be a bit uncomfortable and lead to more cavities and bad breath. It’s perfectly fine and normal to have less saliva at night but to take care of your oral health, it’s important that you brush and floss before going to bed. Saliva usually rinses away the food debris that can stick around and cause plaque and bad breath, so it’s a good idea to head to bed with a blank canvas. Keeping a glass of water by your bed can relieve the pain in your mouth and throat from dry mouth.

BRUXISM

If you wake up with a headache or jaw pain, or your teeth are noticeably ground down and fractured, you might have bruxism. Also known as grinding teeth, bruxism is an extremely common way that everyday stress gets expressed through the body. People grind their teeth for all sorts of reasons, such as:

  • Abnormal bite or crooked teeth
  • Sleep disorders
  • Missing teeth
  • Alcohol and tobacco use

You can prevent the side effects of bruxism by wearing a nightguard while you sleep.

SLEEP APNEA & SNORING

Sleep apnea occurs when your breath is irregular or temporarily stops while you sleep. Sleep apnea can cause snoring but not all cases are correlated. Some cases of sleep apnea are a problem with your brain and its ability to regulate the vital function of breathing.

Otherwise, sleep apnea can be caused by physical blockages of the airway such as:

  • Large tonsils
  • Collapsed soft tissues in your throat
  • Allergies clogging your sinuses

Being an older, overweight male increases your chances of developing sleep apnea. Whatever the cause of your sleep apnea, talk to your dentist or doctor. Sleep apnea can cause a host of other health issues such as fatigue, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, and depression.

Solutions for sleep apnea include:

  • Changing your sleep position
  • A Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) device
  • Oral appliances that keep the airway open
  • Surgery to fix oral tissues and aid air flow

MORNING BREATH

Sadly, not everyone wants to have that Hollywood-worthy morning kiss with their partner when they first wake up. Bad breath (or halitosis) tends to be worse in the morning and it can be really unpleasant. Normal oral bacteria become more active overnight, eating and digesting proteins found in your mouth. Bacteria produce a sulfur gas while they digest that can smell like rotten eggs. Normally, saliva washes bacteria away and neutralizes the smell, but you make less saliva overnight, so the smell can really build up. This is why it’s essential that you brush, floss, and only drink water right before falling asleep.

ORAL HEALTH & SLEEP

Did you know that regular visits to the dentist will improve your overall health and wellbeing, and can even improve your quality of sleep? If you’re looking for a medical professional to help you feel better across the board—with a beautiful smile to boot—come see us at Westmoore Dental Studio in Oklahoma City! Make an appointment to address any concerns and start taking care of your oral health today.

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


 

Sources

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/t/teeth-grinding

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/sleep-apnea-and-snoring

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/dry-mouth

This article first appeared on ngreendental.com.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs Over The Counter Teeth Whitening

Professional Teeth Whitening vs Over The Counter Teeth Whitening

Dr. Bryan Kariya DDS and Dr. Ray Tate DDS prefer professionally administered teeth whitening over over-the-counter (OTC) whitening. When someone chooses to whiten their smile under the supervision of their dental professional, they receive added benefits that OTC tooth whiteners simply can’t offer:

  • An initial exam prior to whitening to determine any sensitivity and significant stains
  • A review of the different whitening options to determine which whitening approach best fits within your expectations, needs, and budget
  • Whitening treatment(s) that can be completed in the dental office or at home

Professionally administered whitening is the best way to ensure you’ll receive the results you’re looking for.

 

How Long Does Whitening Last?

Have you ever wondered how long your whitening results will last? The time the teeth stay white after whitening depends mainly on you and your lifestyle.

There are many factors that can affect the shade change of your teeth after whitening, so it’s important to have realistic expectations before and after whitening. Depending on factors like current shade and staining, it may take longer to get that bright, white smile. You should also know there are certain foods, habits (like smoking), and medications that can cause staining to occur after your teeth have been whitened. You’ll want to avoid these as much as possible during whitening in order to maintain your white smile.

Once you’ve achieved the level of white you want, it is up to you to maintain your bright, white smile. Remember it takes just as long to stain your teeth again as it did in the first place, and good habits and oral hygiene are the best ways to keep your dazzling smile. You may want to use a whitening toothpaste like Opalescence Whitening Toothpastes in order to help maintain your white smile while also increasing your oral health. If you are concerned that your white smile is fading, ask your dentist about a touch-up treatment for a couple of nights once or twice a year to retain your desired shade.

If you are interesting in tooth whitening treatements, call our office today at 405-494-7227!

Looking Your Best With Dental Implants

Looking Your Best With Dental Implants

Teeth keep the jawbone strong and give it shape. When teeth are missing, your jawbone structure is affected by bone loss, called “resorption.” Your face will age as sagging skin creates more wrinkles around your mouth. Dental implants act like natural tooth roots, keeping your jawbone healthy and strong, and preserving a more youthful appearance.

The foundation for appearance and function
Whether you have lost a tooth to injury or facial trauma, or have had several teeth extracted due to decay or disease, a dental solution supported by dental implants is the best treatment method for restoring a healthy, functioning set of teeth and a beautiful smile.

Make sure dental implants are right for you
Treatment with dental implants is a surgical procedure and requires prior evaluation by your dentist to make sure your dental and general health permits dental implant treatment.

Your teeth are an aspect of many facets of your life — eating, speaking, first visual impressions and how they fit in to and support your overall facial structure. Beyond how you feel physically, having stable and attractive teeth also affects your confidence and interaction with others. Restoring and replacing your teeth to the best of appearance and function helps you to enjoy life to the fullest.

You can smile big again!

If you are missing teeth and interested in how dental implants can help restore your smile, please call Dr. Bryan Kariya DDS and Dr. Ray Tate DDS at VIP Dental in Yukon, OK today at 405-494-7227!