Dennis Morehart, DDS

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. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Brush Before Bed

Bad habits are hard to break and good habits can be hard to start. Think about how long your day is and the foods you are consuming at work or on-the-go. Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS understands that his patients lead busy lives, but he hopes that each of them is taking care of their dental health throughout the day. It’s recommended to brush your teeth at two times a day, one being before bed.


Every time we eat a meal, the bacteria reside and feast on the leftover food particles. Just like every other living organism, these bacteria excrete waste. This waste is highly acidic and attacks tooth enamel causing cavities. Brushing your teeth before bed can reduce the yucky feeling that morning breath leaves behind. If you’re too exhausted to brush before bed, leave a toothbrush in the nightstand because even a little cleaning goes a long way.


If you have questions or concerns regarding oral hygiene or dental health, 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, August 10, 2017

Cleaning a Fixed Bridge

Bridges are one of the most reliable means of restoring teeth, but they require patients to learn a new way of caring for their oral health in order to get the maximal benefit. We highly value patient satisfaction and preventive care at Enid Dental Care, so we want to ensure our patients know all the tools that are available to them.


The gap in between the bridge and the gum line needs to be cleaned in a similar manner to the gaps between teeth. Some floss manufacturers make floss with stiffened tips so it can be pushed through the gap, but normal floss can be pulled through the gap with a tool called a threader. Similar in appearance to a soft sewing needle, threaders are used to pull floss over or under orthodontic wires and work the same way with bridges.


Some makers of electric toothbrushes and water picks also make tips for their devices which are designed for use on implants. Implant-supported bridges tend to have a larger gap, which allows larger food particles to get trapped but also allows for the use of larger brushes to dislodge them. A Christmas tree brush can be mounted on the end of a normal-sized toothbrush handle for this purpose.


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, July 26, 2017

Drink More Water!

If you want to protect your teeth from decay, Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS hopes you’re staying hydrated. Our bodies are made of 60% water, and it’s no secret that it keeps our system healthy. Drinking beverages that contain sugar may taste good, but they do more harm for your teeth. Instead, water cleans your mouth with every sip, leaving you with a healthy, fresh smile.


Water contains fluoride – nature’s natural cavity fighter. Fluoride fights against cavities by strengthening tooth enamel and remineralizing teeth that have been damaged by acidity. Drinks like juice, soda, or sports drinks will leave unwanted sugar on the teeth and will eat away at the enamel if not brushed away. Since dental health is linked to overall health, you can’t go wrong with drinking lots of water.


If you have questions or concerns about the status of your oral health, 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. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Periodontitis

Do your gums hurt while brushing and flossing? If so, this is usually a symptom of gingivitis. Fortunately, for those who fall victim to this periodontal peril, gingivitis is reversible. If gingivitis is left untreated, however, it can lead to a more serious periodontal infection – periodontitis. If your gums are puffy, dark red, and/or bleed easily, visit Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS, to discuss your treatment options.


Like gingivitis, periodontitis begins with plaque. If plaque is not brushed away on a daily basis, it will turn to tartar, which only our team of hygienists is able to remove. Periodontitis is an aggressive form of gum disease that destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. This can lead to tooth loss if you don’t visit us for annual cleanings. To prevent periodontal disease, we encourage you to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. The sooner you seek assistance for your oral care, the healthier your smile will be.


If you have questions or concerns about periodontal disease, 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, July 12, 2017

Intrinsic Stains

At Enid Dental Care, Dr. Dennis Morehart gives high priority to patients’ cosmetic concerns. Most tooth stains are extrinsic, meaning that they only extend to the outermost layers of the teeth. But for intrinsic stains, a root canal may be necessary to restore the appearance of a patient’s smile.


Extrinsic stains are acquired from factors such as smoking and drinking dark liquids and can usually be reversed through bleaching. Intrinsic stains, though they can be masked with veneers and bonding, affect the teeth at a deeper level. Some common causes of intrinsic stains are the use of tetracycline antibiotics and overexposure to fluoride. However, they also can be caused by infection or trauma to the dental pulp, which puts patients at risk of developing an abscess.


Dr. Morehart and his staff will use advanced imaging technology to determine whether the patient has an infection. If so, they will use root canal therapy to remove the damaged pulp. Usually, root canals end with the tooth being filled and sealed, but for cosmetic reasons, it may be preferable to replace the entire crown.


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, 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.