February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Your Temecula Dentist, Nash Dental Care, is helping to educate their patients for the month of February in honor of National Children’s Dental Health. The American Dental Association wants to teach families about good dental health for their children, and why it is so important. The earlier your child starts taking care of their smile, the easier it will be to keep these habits long term.

Nash Dental Care, your Temecula dentist, wants you to have a personalized and comfortable experience when you’re at the dentist. We are dedicated to teaching your family about dental health habits! When your child comes in for their dental exam, our friendly, professional staff shows them how to brush, floss, and the importance of using mouthwash.

It is important to help your children with these habits when they are home, too. Help by making sure they brush for two whole minutes twice a day, and ensuring they floss. Try to limit how much sugar they eat and keep healthy foods at home. And always make sure they are drinking plenty of water!

Call Nash Dental Care to schedule appointments for you and your family at (951) 699-0700! Let us help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve!

Dry Mouth: Symptoms and Causes

Nash Dental Care, your Temecula dentist, wants you to be educated about your oral health. If you suffer from dry mouth, your mouth might constantly feel dry or you may experience frequent dehydration. It is important to lessen symptoms because they can affect and impair your speech and make it difficult to swallow. If it is left untreated, it can lead to halitosis and tooth decay over time.

Some causes include:

  • Medications that lead to dry mouth side effects
  • Cancer Therapy can lessen how much saliva you produce
  • Health Conditions
  • Tobacco Use
  • Drug Use
  • Dehydration

Tell-Tale Signs:

  • Constant Thirst
  • Thick, Stringy Saliva
  • Sense of Taste Begins to Change
  • Cracked Lips
  • Tooth Decay
  • Halitosis
  • Dry, Irritated Gum
  • Difficulty When Swallowing

Nash Dental Care suggests drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, breathe through your nose, chewing gum, stop drinking soda, and look out for medications that cause dry mouth. Following these simple tips should help lessen your symptoms.

Nash Dental Care, your Temecula dentist, wants to make sure their patients are comfortable and well on their way to achieving great oral health. All that is good begins with a healthy smile and personalized care. Call today and schedule your appointment at (951) 699-0700!

Conquering Oral Cancer

Oral cancer strikes over 40,000 Americans annually, killing over 8,000 Americans each year. Smoking, using chewing tobacco and heavy drinking are the prime risk factors, but many people diagnosed with oral cancer have none of these risk factors.

Detecting oral cancer early is critical. Symptoms of oral cancer include a sore throat that doesn’t heal, a lump, or a white or red patch on the inside of the mouth. During your dental exam, the dentist will discuss your health history and perform a visual inspection of the mouth and palpation of the jaw and neck. One test used to screen for oral cancer is the OralCDx Brush Test. This is a virtually painless test that helps dentists more easily distinguish between common lesions and the more lethal cancerous or pre-cancerous lesions.

If you experience any symptoms of oral cancer, please contact us and schedule an oral cancer screening today.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

At Nash Dental Care, we are firm believers that a healthy mouth leads to a healthy body. This month is National Diabetes Awareness Month, so we want all of our patients to be well informed on the warning signs of Diabetes and the mouth. Your oral health and diabetes are much more connected than you might think. Diabetics are much more prone to gum disease and gingivitis that those who do not have diabetes. One particular danger that comes with gum disease is the difficulty in keeping blood sugar under control, a vital part in the fight against diabetes. If the situation progresses far enough, it can even lead to teeth loss. If you have diabetes, it’s important to keep close tabs on your situation along with your dentist, who can help you come up with plan to combat the effects of your diabetes with proper oral hygiene. Be sure to know all the warning signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums when you brush, a bad taste that stays in your mouth, or white patches. With proper education, awareness, and treatment, gum disease is very preventable! See your dentist every 6 months to make sure all is well and a proper plan is in place, and then stay disciplined with your oral hygiene You’ll smile much more because of it!