Need a Tooth Extraction? Don’t Be Afraid!

We’ve all had a toothache at some point or another. While you should always consult your Rochester dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Rochester residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. Nozik and Dr. Tumminelli to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. Nozik and Dr. Tumminelli at White Spruce Dental would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear! Read more ›

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Ice Cravings – A Sign of Something Worse?

We all know someone who asks for extra ice just so they can chew on it. And we’ve probably all heard that chewing ice is not healthy for your teeth. So what’s the truth? Is it best to put a stop to ice chewing? Absolutely, and for more reasons than most people are aware of. Dr. Nozik & Dr. Tumminelli want all Rochester residents to know why chewing ice is a bad habit, so please read on for the facts!  Read more ›

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Professional Dental Cleanings Make a Big Difference

You’ve been hearing it for years – “make sure to visit Dr. Nozik or Dr. Tumminelli twice a year for your regular cleanings.” Just in case you’ve ever wondered why regular professional dental cleanings are so important, we at White Spruce Dental would like to take this opportunity to let Rochester residents in on some information you don’t often hear. Let this article serve as your personal guide to the benefits of getting your teeth cleaned. If you have any questions or find that you are suddenly inspired to visit us for a cleaning, feel free to give us a call!

Why You Should Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

Unfortunately, some folks in Rochester believe that visiting the dentist is unnecessary as long as you brush and floss regularly. That just isn’t the case. In addition to keeping your teeth clean and healthy, regular visits to our expert hygienists at White Spruce Dental ensure that we can have a good look at your pearly whites and make sure nothing is wrong. If you don’t come in for professional dental cleanings, you’ll only need more expensive work later in life.

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The Benefits of Composite Fillings

Traditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Dr. Nozik & Dr. Tumminelli can offer Rochester patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At White Spruce Dental, we would like to educate you on the benefits of tooth-colored, composite fillings, so please let this article serve as your personal fillings fact sheet. Read more ›

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Oxygen Therapy – A Breath of Fresh Air

Your Rochester dentists, Drs. Nozik & Tumminelli at White Spruce Dental know that no two patients are alike. Everyone deserves a personalized approach to oral health – but what is something no patient (or even human) can live without? Air—or more specifically, oxygen.

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Lemon Juice – The Good, the Bad, & the Sour

In a great tale of opposites, lemon juice can be both acidic and basic, or alkaline. Read on to find out why people are talking about this, and what it means for your oral and overall health.

What is pH and why does it matter?

Drinking lemon juice (usually diluted in a glass of water or added to a cup of tea) is a beloved health tonic among fans of natural medicine. Potential benefits include lower cholesterol, lower inflammation in the body, and increased metabolism and energy. Lemon also contains high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C that boost your immune system.

On a scale from 0-14, a pH of 7 is neutral (pure water) while numbers below 7 are acidic (unhealthy), and above 7 are basic or alkaline (healthy). Believers in holistic health blame many ailments on the body’s pH being too low or too acidic. Increasing your body’s pH is called “alkalizing.” Read more ›

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Can You Treat a Toothache at Home?

When you’re suddenly struck with a toothache, floating ideas of home remedies may quickly come to mind. Whether you heard it from your great aunt or saw it on Pinterest, at-home treatments are everywhere. Rochester dentists, Dr. Nozik, Dr. Tumminelli & Dr. Kloc can explain more about how to care for a toothache and when to come in for a visit.

Common causes of toothaches are infections, cavities, damaged enamel, a cracked tooth or an exposed root – all good reasons to get yourself to the dentist! Home remedies for a toothache may work for immediate relief, but they’re not likely to last long, and they may not be completely safe. Read more ›

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The Importance of Dental X-Rays

The technology of dental medicine is advancing by the minute. There are now sophisticated techniques for diagnosing and tracking oral cancer, correcting crooked teeth in less than a year, treating periodontitis (advanced gum disease) without surgery, and much more. Yet, when it comes down to diagnosing issues and creating an effective treatment plan, nothing beats a fresh set of X-rays. Dr. Nozik & Dr. Tumminelli use dental X-rays to see the whole picture in order to keep your teeth healthy, bright, and beautiful. If you are a Rochester resident with questions about how X-rays work, read on, and don’t hesitate to call White Spruce Dental with any concerns.

What are X-rays?

X-rays have been around since 1895, when Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen first discovered that his cathode ray tube could penetrate black paper and cast shadows of solid objects. X-rays are on a shorter wavelength than visible light and pass through soft tissue in the human body, providing a detailed picture of what’s going on inside. Without X-Rays, the treatment of everything from cavities to broken bones, to cancer, would be much more difficult. Beyond medicine and science, X-Rays have useful applications across many industries. Read more ›

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Trend Alert – Oil Pulling

What is oil pulling?

Claiming everything from whiter teeth and healthier gums to decreased body aches and pains, oil pulling is the latest trend in DIY detox therapies. Newly popular among celebrities and lovers of natural health and wellness, oil pulling is a hygiene practice that actually dates back centuries through the Indian medical tradition Ayurveda. Simply put, oil pulling uses common plant-based oils (coconut is a favorite) in place of store-bought mouthwash.

Users swish, or “pull” one tablespoon of oil in their mouth for 10-20 minutes every day. The oil usually doubles in size due to collecting saliva and toxins from the mouth. Users are strongly warned to spit out the oil because it contains the microorganisms which pulling aims to extract. Oil is believed to draw toxins out of the mouth by sticking to their outer, fatty layer. Since oral hygiene is linked to health in all parts of the body, it’s believed that the benefits of oil pulling go beyond just your mouth. Read more ›

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What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are time-tested treasures gaining new popularity among fans everywhere. These potent liquids are fun and fresh ingredients that you can customize for almost any oral hygiene need.

As with any DIY dental treatment, do your research and be cautious. Not all oils are safe to ingest and some may hurt you if applied directly onto your skin.

Essential oils are distilled from plants and usually sold singularly—one ingredient per bottle although you can also find oil blend products. Like other supplements, the Food and Drug Administration does not regulate their safety or efficacy.

Using Essential Oils for Oral Health

Those in the natural health field are concerned that dangerous chemicals in conventional health products may hinder natural bodily functions, especially the endocrine system. The attraction to using essential oils in dentistry is that they may not pose such a risk to the body.

Cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint, and tea tree essential oils are all believed to be antimicrobial, which means they kill germs that cause pain,  disease, and decay.

Myrrh oil is antimicrobial and may also soothe and heal gums by increasing blood flow to the tissue.

Clove oil is antimicrobial and may also aid in numbing pain. Read more ›

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