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What exactly is a cavity?

December 12th, 2017

We all know how discouraging can be it to hear you have a dental cavity. Knowing how cavities form can help you prevent them from popping up in your mouth. If you want to avoid a trip to see Dr. Marshall Clayton, pay attention to the measures you can take to prevent bothersome cavities.

Did you know that cavities are properly a symptom of a disease called caries? When you have caries, the number of bad bacteria in your mouth increases, which causes an acceleration in tooth decay. Caries are caused by a pH imbalance in your mouth that creates problems with the biofilm on the teeth.

When there are long periods of low pH balance in the mouth, this creates a breeding ground for bacteria. When you get caries, this type of bacteria thrives in an acidic environment.

Depending on which foods and beverages you consume, the biofilm pH in your mouth will vary. The lower the pH number, the higher the acidity. When your intake contains mostly acidic foods that sit on your teeth, cavities begin to form. Water has a neutral pH, which makes it a good tool to promote a healthy pH balance in your mouth.

A healthy pH balance in your mouth will prevent cavities from forming over time. Mouth breathing and specific medications may also be factors that contribute to the development of caries when saliva flow decreases. Without saliva flow to act as a buffer against acid, bacteria has a higher chance of growing.

Don’t forget: Getting cavities isn’t only about eating too many sweets. It’s also about managing the pH levels in your mouth and preventing bad bacteria from growing on your teeth.

If you think you might have a cavity forming in your mouth, schedule an appointment at our Scottsdale, AZ office. It’s worthwhile to treat cavities early and avoid extensive procedures such as root canals from becoming necessary.

Keep up with brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash so you can prevent cavities over time.

Patient Reviews

December 8th, 2017

What would we do without our amazing patients? Thanks for making work feel fun every day.

"Highly recommend to all my friends and family!" -Debra S.

"Dr. Clayton helps make dental visits as pleasant an experience as possible. I trust him completely and this says a lot. The best dentist I have ever had. Also, makes referrals out to specialists when necessary and this has gone very well also." -Doughlas K.

"I recommend this office whenever I can!" -Claudine E.

"Would never go anywhere else. I have complete confidence in Dr. Clayton after years of going to him." -Stephen T.

"I have already referred several of my friends to Dr. Clayton. Very pleased." -James U.

"I'm not an easy patient and yet Dr. Clayton and his staff are always patient and professional!" -Jennifer K.

"Always a pleasure to come here. Staff and Dr. Clayton are wonderful to work with. I feel confident that I always get what is best for my dental health." -Lisa G.

Teeth Grinding: Not just a bad habit, but a dental concern

December 5th, 2017

Perhaps you don't even know you grind your teeth. Maybe a spouse or loved one woke you up in the middle of the night and made you aware of what was happening.

For many people, teeth grinding is a habit and a mechanical reflex; when they’re awakened and informed they were grinding their teeth, they have no recollection of it at all. According to the American Dental Association, this is the nightly situation for roughly ten percent of Americans. From young children to the elderly, teeth grinding, known in the dental community as bruxism, is a serious concern.

Many people who grind their teeth in their sleep have no idea they're doing it. In fact, when they wake up in the morning they feel no jaw pain and their teeth are fine: if it hadn’t been for someone telling them about it, the teeth grinding would have gone unnoticed.

There are other people, however, who wake up with jaw pain, shoulder and neck pain, and headaches. Teeth grinding can cause a host of dental complications. From cracked teeth and receding gums to a misaligned jaw, teeth grinding is not something to take lightly.

Preventive measures are the key to combating bruxism, and a visit to Pinnacle Peak Dentistry can set you on the path to a healthy and safe night sleep.

The Reasons for Teeth Grinding

There are many reasons for teeth grinding. For some people, it’s a habit they acquired when they were a child and never grew out of. On the other hand, some research claims that the condition is related to stress, anxiety, or some other type of psychiatric issue.

Still other studies point to everything from poor muscle control or over-eating before bed to gastro-esophageal issues. However, the root cause of the teeth grinding is less important than identifying preventive measures against it.

Common solutions to teeth grinding include:

  • Wearing a protective nightguard
  • Stress management techniques
  • Medications and muscle relaxers

When you make an appointment with Dr. Marshall Clayton at our Scottsdale, AZ office, we will assess your situation and determine what the best course of action is. Teeth grinding is a dental concern that can cause serious health issues down the road, so be sure to take preventive measures today.

Patient Reviews

December 1st, 2017

As always, thank you to our amazing patients for all your sweet words!

"The best dentist and staff I have ever worked with." -Howard S.

"Love everyone and I am always comfortable and satisfied after my visit!" -Debbie S.

"It's comforting to have Dr. Marshall call to inquire how you are doing a few hours after your visit. What a caring person. Thank you." -Carolyn B.

"I'm coming from Glendale, and you are very much worth the drive!" -Cara M.

"I have been coming to this office since I moved to Arizona 19 years ago. I wouldn't choose to go anywhere else. It is always a pleasure to deal with the entire staff." -Denise G.

"My experiences with Dr. Clayton and Natasha have been the best. Highly skilled and competent, kind, friendly, and compassionate, they have inspired total trust for the work they do with me. I love my smile!" -Paul H.

"We always feel comfortable and have total confidence in our care." -Janice N.

"The dental service provided is always excellent." -Warrenton L.

"I came in for a six month cleaning and was given the opportunity to have a small repair done without having to make an additional appointment and another trip. Thank you so much for the accomodation." -Joyce S.

"Love you guys thanks for everything!" -Sara P.

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