Dennis Morehart, DDS

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Nocturnal Bruxism

Clenching your teeth in a bout of stress may seem harmless, but it actually does more harm than good. Teeth clenching and tooth grinding are symptoms of bruxism, a condition in which a patient performs these actions while awake or asleep. When bruxism occurs during sleep, however, it may be a symptom of an underlying condition such as obstructive sleep apnea. Fortunately, regardless of the cause, Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS provides a service to treat the problem.


A patient who suffers from nocturnal bruxism can benefit from wearing a night guard during sleep. The purpose of a night guard is to alleviate pressure that is put on the jaw and to create better airflow during sleep. Wearing a night guard protects teeth from further damage and from becoming worn down, broken, or cracked. Bruxism cases can range from mild to severe, depending on which kind you are diagnosed with, treatment options may vary.


If you have questions or concerns about bruxism, 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, October 11, 2017

Thank You for Your Positive Testimonials!

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.  Though this patient chose to remain a mystery, we would like to thank them for being an excellent patient! If you’ve recently experienced exceptional service from our office, please let us know!  


"I want you to know that Dr. Morehart is a wonderful dentist. He fixed my whole mouth, but he fixed my front teeth so I can smile again and be proud of my teeth. I would certainly recommend him to anyone interested in finding a good dentist. "
-VP


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.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Filling Sensitivity

If you’ve been having issues with fillings, the office of Dr. Dennis Morehart in Enid is the place to go. White fillings and bonding are some of the most important restorative devices in dentistry, allowing us to repair the aesthetic qualities of a patient’s smile in a minimally invasive way which will help prevent further decay. However, fillings and bonding don’t last forever and sometimes are placed unsuccessfully.


A tooth is usually sensitive immediately after a decayed portion is drilled away and filled in, but pain should not last for more than two days. The new filling also should not interfere with a patient’s bite. If it does, it is misshapen and needs to be replaced. But even when fillings are made well, the seal holding them in only has a lifespan of about ten years. After that, it will begin to crack. Bacteria are able to enter the cracks, where they cannot be removed by brushing and where they will produce more acid, causing more decay.


Of course, fillings may come loose sooner if they suffer trauma or a mouth’s health rapidly deteriorates. Anytime there is a problem with a filling or bonding, the patient should come in for a replacement before decay can resume.


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.


 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hookah Tobacco and Teeth

Smoking a hookah has become super trendy in restaurants, cafes, and bars. Though people have tried to pass it off as a safer way of smoking tobacco, this has been proven false, and hookah tobacco can wreak just as much havoc on your teeth and gums as regular cigarettes. Research shows that periodontal disease increases by fivefold in water pipe smokers. Dr. Dennis, Morehart, DDS doesn’t want to put a damper on your fun, but he wants you to be aware of the risks associated with smoking hookah.


Though a hookah as a water chamber that filters smoke, this isn’t safe for the teeth and gums. It’s true that filtering tobacco through water removes some of the dangerous toxins, however, the smoke itself contains levels of nicotine that are three times the amount of actual cigarettes. Overall, the act of smoking provides no benefits to your oral health, therefore if you only smoke hookah as a recreational activity try to find something else to do that will be better for your smile.


If you have questions or concerns about dental 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. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Extrinsic Tooth Stains

Unlike intrinsic tooth stains which we’ve mentioned in an earlier post, extrinsic tooth stains are easy to remove. Extrinsic stains occur on tooth enamel and are usually caused by frequent coffee, wine, or cola consumption. Fortunately, if you’ve fallen victim to this category of tooth discoloration, Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS can treat the problem with a professional whitening treatment.


Extrinsic stains occur on the outer surface of the tooth which makes them easier to remove than intrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains may appear dark brown or yellow in color. Though they aren’t problematic to the status of your oral health, they can diminish a person’s self-esteem and confidence. A professional whitening treatment can remove these stains and make teeth appear a few shades whiter.


If you have questions or concerns about tooth stains or teeth whitening services, 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, September 7, 2017

Back to School Check-Up

Patients of all ages should come in for cleanings twice a year, and if your children are due, there’s no better time than early in the school year. Caries, or cavities, are most common in children. If they are not treated, these little holes can become big problems.


The most recent information from the Centers for Disease Control says that as many as 20% of preteens and 13% of teenagers have untreated tooth decay.  This spells big trouble for kids’ academic performance and overall health. Tooth decay progresses, meaning that what’s just a small cavity today could become infected pulp or a cracked tooth months from now. Such a problem would necessitate a root canal. In the meantime, the child will be in pain, which will interrupt their sleep, diet, and concentration, and could cause them to be irritable. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that 42% of children have caries (including treated ones) in their baby teeth and 23% of children have caries in their permanent teeth, indicating that tooth decay is quite common. Given the likelihood of some kind of decay, it is better for children to get treated near the start of the year, so problems can be discovered before they’ve had a major impact and when they’re simple to treat.


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.


 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Veneers

Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS provides veneers to patients who desire to aesthetically enhance their smile. Veneers are routinely used to fix teeth that are discolored, worn down, chipped or broken, and can transform a smile in just a few visits to the office. To determine if you are a candidate for veneers, you will need to visit Dr. Morehart for a dental exam.


Veneers are thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials that are designed to cover the front surface of teeth. Though veneers are usually used to treat cosmetic issues, they have restorative benefits as well. This is because they protect the teeth and may eliminate the need for more extensive treatment in the future. Veneers are irreversible, so it’s important to relay any questions you have about the process to Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS. He will assure that you are comfortable with your overall decision.


If you have questions or concerns regarding veneers, 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.