Dennis Morehart, DDS

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Diabetes and Orthodontics

Enid’s Dr. Dennis Morehart has kept up with the latest research during his long career as a dentist, earning him the Master in the Academy of General Dentistry distinction and making him proficient in orthodontic therapy. Among the many developments in dentistry during that time is better care for diabetic patients, including those needing orthodontic correction.


Anybody could develop misaligned teeth. People with diabetes are just at higher risk of developing gum disease, which in its most advanced form can erode jaw bone tissue, allowing tooth migration. At the same time, they are more in need of straight teeth, which are easier to clean and therefore less at risk. The problem in the past was determining whether a person with uncontrolled diabetes could manage the increased hygienic challenges of braces. If someone with braces develops periodontal disease, the braces may have to be removed. But with Invisalign, diabetic patients can brush and floss as normal. The system of invisible aligners also puts less pressure on the teeth, making correction an easier process for people who are prone to inflammation. People with diabetes may also be good candidates for normal braces if their blood sugar is controlled. During monthly tightenings, we can ensure that their teeth are still fit to continue correction.


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, December 5, 2017

Scaling and Root Planing for Gum Disease

The three stages of gum disease – from least to most severe – are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue that could affect the teeth and supporting bone in your mouth. If you think the metal scaling tool we use on you during a professional cleaning is scary, Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS doubts you want to get to the point where you’ll need scaling and root planing.


Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS will start the procedure with a thorough examination of your mouth. Next, an ultrasonic scaling device will be used to eliminate the plaque bacteria with sonic vibrations. Root planing involves detailed scaling of the root surface to decrease inflammation of the gum tissue. If your gum tissue is sensitive and diseased, local anesthesia will be administered to numb the tissue. Dental scaling and root planing may take two to four visits based upon the level of oral disease in the mouth.


If you have questions or concerns regarding periodontal disease or scaling and root planing, 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. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Wisdom Teeth Headaches

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that develop between the ages of 17-24. Depending on the patient, they may be left alone, but because they are problematic, they are commonly extracted. Impacted wisdom teeth also known as those that reside underneath the gum line can increase a patient’s risk of infection and lead to frequent headaches if left untreated. If your wisdom teeth are still intact and causing you discomfort, it may be time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS.


Before discussing extraction, Dr. Morehart will take X-rays and discuss the process with you in detail. Common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth aside from headaches include throbbing pain in the back of the mouth, swollen gums, and/or swelling around the jaw. The pain will likely get worse as the surrounding teeth become affected. Impacted wisdom teeth can push the teeth around them, forcing them out of place, leaving you in pain.


If you have questions or concerns regarding wisdom teeth extraction, 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, November 15, 2017

Frenectomies

A frenectomy is a procedure to remove a frenulum, or muscular attachment between two tissues, from the mouth.  Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS performs frenectomies to correct issues patients have with their gums, teeth, tongue and lips. 


We each have a frenulum between both the upper and lower front teeth.  This connects the gums to the inside of the lips. When this frenulum is short, it can pull at the gum line and cause gum recession.  The frenectomy procedure can be done quickly in the office with local anesthesia.  Once the gums are numb, a scalpel or laser tool is used to remove the frenulum.  This usually takes less than 15 minutes and patients only feel slight discomfort after the procedure.


Another frenulum is located underneath the tongue, and removing this is called a lingual frenectomy.  A very short or thick frenulum underneath the tongue can inhibit breastfeeding, and interrupt speech development.  Lingual frenectomies are performed when a patient is very young, and under general anesthesia.  These patients can heal quickly and continue to develop their speech.


To learn more about frenectomies and all the services we provide, visit www.eniddentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS in Enid, OK, call 580-237-2213.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sealants for Pediatric Patients

Almost half of all children and adolescents in the United States have had cavities in their permanent teeth.  At the dental practice of Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS, we take great pride in serving the families from our community, and want to see kids get on track for a lifetime of great oral health!  Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS applies sealants for pediatric patients to protect their back teeth during the years many kids experience their first cavity.


Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14.  These teeth have pits and grooves on the chewing surface that trap food and bacteria.  The best time to have a sealant placed is when the molars first come in to make sure they are protected early.  The process of getting a sealant is quick and simple for your child.  The plastic resin is applied to the back molars with a little brush.  This resin fills any pits and grooves on the surface of the tooth, then hardens.  The surface of the molars is now protected from bits of food being stuck, so bacteria cannot multiply and cause decay, and tooth enamel is protected from plaque and acids.  Sealants can effectively prevent cavities for up to ten years and can be reapplied of necessary.


To learn more about sealants and all the services we provide, visit www.eniddentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dennis Morehart, DDS in Enid, OK, call 580-237-2213.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Bleeding Gums

Gingivitis is one of the most common oral health ailments, but that doesn’t mean people should have to endure it. If you see blood in the sink when you spit out your toothpaste, you’re not alone, but help is available. This week’s blog is devoted to the causes of bleeding gums.


Bacteria are part of a healthy oral ecosystem, but problems occur when they grow out of control. This can happen when there is a lot of food debris in the gum pockets. Bacteria would rapidly multiply, and as they eat, they would produce acid. The acid would stick to the plaque and tartar around the tooth root, irritating the gum tissue it comes in contact with. This causes gingivitis—gum inflammation—which is characterized by redness and bleeding.


Regular brushing can reduce bacterial growth, although it’s important to only use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can bruise the gum tissue, worsening the problem. Pregnant women frequently experience gum bleeding due to hormonal changes, as do people on blood thinner medications. Smoking and dry mouth also create situations in which bacterial growth is more likely. It is especially important for these patients to maintain regular appointments for deep cleanings.


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, 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.