Dennis Morehart, DDS

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Oral Piercings and Oral Health

Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS understands that oral piercings are a form of self-expression. While we don’t want to discourage you from expressing yourself, we’d like to inform you how oral piercings can affect your oral health. Sometimes we don’t realize that the things we do to “look cool” can be a potential health hazard. As long as your mouth stays frees of infection and your oral health is not compromised, these piercings are allowed to stay in your mouth until you choose to remove them.


Oral piercings are self-explanatory as they include any form of metal in the mouth that isn’t orthodontic related. Oral piercings can be dangerous because your mouth has millions of bacteria, and often, swelling and infection can occur after a new piercing. By choosing to pierce your tongue, lips, or cheeks, you should be aware that you have an increased risk of chipping a tooth. This is because the jewelry can easily bump a tooth when talking or eating. If you already have oral piercings you should be maintaining a rigorous oral hygiene routine to keep the mouth clean. We encourage patients to contact us at any sign of infection.  


If you have questions or concerns about oral piercings and how they affect your oral health, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.eniddentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS in Enid, OK, call 580-237-2213. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thank You for Your Positive Reviews!

Here at the dental practice of Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS our entire staff appreciates feedback from our patients because it teaches us how to improve as a team. Our staff would not only like to thank Darrel B. for his positive review, but we would like to thank him for being an excellent patient. If you recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!  


"I just got an implant to replace some bad teeth, everything went smoothly, and Dr. Morehart got my bite down perfectly the first time without repeat visits. Sara is the bomb, has the gentlest touch I have ever experienced. Dr. Morehart and his team rock!" – Darrel B.


If you would like to leave a testimonial or are interested in learning more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.eniddentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS in Enid, OK, call 580-237-2213.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Childhood Halitosis

At Enid Dental Care, Dr. Morehart and his dedicated staff provide assistance to patients of all ages suffering from halitosis. Children commonly have bad breath because they haven’t yet learned to maintain vigorous oral hygiene, but there may be another problem, or they may have been taught incorrectly.


The most common reason for halitosis is a build-up of bacteria. These can happen on the teeth, as well as the gums and the tonsils. Mouth sores and sinus infections also provide environments for bacteria to thrive in, particularly as the nasal drip from a sinus infection provides bacteria with plenty to feed on. A foreign object stuck in a child’s nose can also trigger nasal drip. Brushing the tongue is the surest way to prevent bacteria build-up at its most common location.


Another common cause of bad breath is dry mouth. Children who breathe through their mouths and who engage in physical play without staying hydrated are at high risk of developing dry mouth, but the condition can also result from certain medications. Anxiety and ADHD are common childhood ailments for which medications often cause dry mouth or directly create bad breath.


Dr. Dennis Morehart, Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, operates Enid Dental Care at 2411 Heritage Trail, Ste #4, Enid, Oklahoma, 73703. To schedule an appointment, call 580-237-2213 or visit EnidDentalCare.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Acid Reflux and Oral Health

What does heartburn have to do with teeth? In fact, quite a lot. At Enid Dental Care, Dr. Dennis Morehart observes many kinds of tooth erosion, and one of the most common is that caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as acid reflux or GERD.


Acid reflux happens when the sphincter between the esophagus and the stomach opens, allowing hydrochloric acid out of the stomach. GERD describes when this happens at least twice a week. Hydrochloric acid causes painful ulcers in the esophagus and when it gets as far as the mouth it can contribute to the erosion of the gums as well as the teeth and result in dry mouth.


As tooth enamel erodes, teeth become sensitive, discolored, and either pitted or flattened out. Remineralization therapies, such as fluoride treatment, can help protect enamel, but they cannot restore what has been lost. However, Dr. Morehart can reconstruct teeth through methods such as bonding and partial crowns. Patients can lower their risk of acid reflux by reducing their intake of fatty and acidic foods, such as citrus juice and onions, as well as chocolate and alcohol. They may also need to discuss with their general practitioner whether they need to switch out any medications that are harming their oral health.


Dr. Dennis Morehart, Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, operates Enid Dental Care at 2411 Heritage Trail, Ste #4, Enid, Oklahoma, 73703. To schedule an appointment, call 580-237-2213 or visit EnidDentalCare.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 


 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why Do We Have Morning Breath?

How often do you wake up with a bad taste in your mouth? Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS assumes daily. The foul smelling breath that we start our day with, also known as morning breath is a universal condition and although it is not fully preventable, we would like to explain why it happens and how you can manage it.  


You arise from a good night’s sleep and before you can even rub the sand from your eyes you’re overwhelmed by the smell of your own breath. Morning breath is nothing to be ashamed of; it’s simply one form of bad breath. Bad breath, no matter what time it occurs at, is caused by lack of saliva, or leftover food particles that gather on the tongue and in between the teeth. To minimize this condition, it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. It also helps to stay hydrated and avoid eating foods that contribute to bad breath, such as garlic and onions.


If you have questions or concerns about your oral hygiene, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.eniddentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS in Enid, OK, call 580-237-2213. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth can occur when the saliva glands aren’t working properly. Common causes may include anxiety, stress, aging, and medication side effects. If you experience constant dry mouth, the only permanent way to treat it is to identify the cause. Fortunately, Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS can develop a treatment plan with you.


Saliva plays a critical role in cleansing your mouth and digesting food. It also prevents infection by controlling bacteria in the mouth. Dry mouth can range from being a nuisance to something that has a major impact on your general health. If your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva, you may notice prominent symptoms such as dryness in the mouth or throat, bad breath, difficulty chewing, and or/gum irritation. If these symptoms persist, it’s important to visit Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS so he can treat the problem.


If you experience uncomfortable dry mouth, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.eniddentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS in Enid, OK, call 580-237-2213. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

How to Care for Dentures

When patients receive dentures, preventing dry sockets is the first order of business, but learning a new oral health regimen is the second. At Enid Dental Care, we understand that getting dentures can be frightening, which is why we want our patients to know that we are anticipating their needs by providing them with information about proper denture care.


There are many kinds of dentures, but what they have in common is that they need to be removed for cleaning every night. Doing this will also give the patient the chance to brush their mouth, including their tongue and any exposed metal, such as implants or a bar support. People should only brush their mouths with soft-bristled brushes, and the same is true while brushing their dentures. But patients should also take care to select a toothpaste which has been approved for use on dentures because toothpaste for normal teeth contains gritty minerals that scratch artificial teeth, which lack natural protective films.


Anytime they are not in the patient’s mouth, dentures should be left soaking in room-temperature liquid. The liquid may be water or a cleaning solution, but it must not be hot enough to warp the denture’s thin plastic. Although it is expected that dentures will need to be refitted on occasion, this should only be done in a dental laboratory by professionals.


Dr. Dennis Morehart, Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, operates Enid Dental Care at 2411 Heritage Trail, Ste #4, Enid, Oklahoma, 73703. To schedule an appointment, call 580-237-2213 or visit EnidDentalCare.com and fill out a contact sheet.