Twin cities professionals discussing tongue ties

Dr. Geisler is pleased to be hosting a lunch today with the discussion surrounding infant tongue and lip ties.  Lactation specialists, cranial sacral therapists, chiropractors, pediatricians, orthodontists, speech pathologists and oral facial myologists will gather for the first time.  There will be learning from everyone and an opportunity to meet the other professionals in the west metro of Minneapolis who are invested in helping moms and babies breastfeed.  

How much radiation am I getting?

Dental Radiation from X-rays

                Dental radiographs (X-rays) are a useful and necessary technology to educate your dental professional on your oral health that cannot be viewed clinically (visually).  We examine the films for evidence of decay, periodontal disease, infected teeth and other pathologies.  The frequency and type of films needed is up to your dentist, with your approval of course.  No two people are alike, so films are recommended on an individual basis.

                Radiation exposure is typically measured in units called millirem (mrem).  The average person receives about 620 mrem of radiation, a year, from natural and manmade sources combined.

                Here is an example of different types of radiation and the amounts they give out:

0.1   mrem from a single digital x-ray

5 mrem from a round trip, coast to coast, plane ride

35 mrem from sunlight and other cosmic radiation for 1 year

40 mrem food and water for 1 year due to radioactive trace elements

228 mrem breathing normally for 1 year due to the radon in the air

1,000 mrem for a full body CT scan

10,000 mrem when the first clinical signs of radiation injury appear.

                Radiation is cumulative; however, with digital dental radiographs (X-rays), the dose is minimal. When Dr. Geisler prescribes dental X-rays for accurate assessment and diagnosis, you can feel relieved and assured that you are in a safe range of exposure.

Why do my teeth feel fuzzy?

If you've ever been bothered by the rough or fuzzy feeling of your teeth, you are feeling plaque.  When that soft matrix of plaque sticks to your teeth, sugars and bacteria have contact with your teeth and gums.  When it hardens, it turns into calculus (aka tartar).  The smooth feeling you have after your cleaning can happen every day with proper brushing and interdental cleaning.

My tooth hurts when I bite on it!

When you bite just right on that one tooth, you get a shooting pain.  What is going on with the intermittent biting pain?   If you ignore it, will it get better and just go away?

The pain on biting is called "cracked tooth syndrome."   It is caused by a micro-fracture that is getting deeper every time you bite.  The pain is your nerve letting you know the fracture is getting near the center of the tooth where the main nerve lives.  That area is called the pulp of your tooth.  Treatment is best earlier than later.  Consequences of a cracked tooth are possible need for a root canal or an extraction.  A crown often solves the problem if treated early in the symptoms.

Why volunteer?

Did you know that February is National Children's Dental Health Month?

I volunteer to visit preschools to educate 3-6 year old's about keeping their mouths healthy.  Children think it is fun to have a visitor.  Always, they love to share stories with me, which are usually about teeth.  When we play “healthy or not healthy” with different foods, they are so excited to shout out their answers.  Picture children waving their hands as high as they can all the while trying to still sit criss cross applesauce.   We read a book or two and I try to do funny voices.  Afterwards, at one station, I look in their mouths from a distance and count their teeth.  Everyone gets a high-five after the counting.  The other stations are with their teachers or guides, who help them brush one of my large puppets teeth.   Hugs are not unheard of for me, and everyone says “thank you” at the end.    I knowthat kids will not become afraid of going to the dentist if they have fun first.  More importantly, my hope is to help the next generation stay cavity-free. Overall, I feel like an oral health superhero when I visit daycare centers and preschools.