Monday, 11 June 2018

Dental Sealants for Children

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about the importance of dental sealants as a preventive dental treatment for your children!


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Donald W. Ray II, DMD 
Mary Alice Connor, DMD  
432 Frye Farm Road  
Greensburg, PA 15601  
(724) 537-0800  
SimplyPerfectSmiles.net

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Children's Dental Health

Protecting Vulnerable Teeth

We share the same goals for your child's oral health. Teaching them good habits from the beginning creates a vital, lifetime foundation of strong dental habits. From a young age, children's teeth are very susceptible to cavities due to many factors. Young children are missing the necessary coordination to brush properly on their own. Because of this, it is important for parents to assist in their child's daily hygiene. This promotes both thorough cleaning and the development of proper dental routines. Little kids often eat frequently throughout the day (grazing). This results in an extended exposure to food acid, which may encourage more cavities. Improper cleaning means more exposure to that acid, so teeth are more likely to develop decay.
The good news is that identifying poor dietary and hygiene habits, along with applying a fluoride varnish to the mineralizing teeth, can drastically reduce the odds of your child incurring a cavity.
Donald W. Ray II, DMD 
Mary Alice Connor, DMD 
432 Frye Farm Road 
Greensburg, PA 15601 
(724) 537-0800 
SimplyPerfectSmiles.net

Monday, 4 June 2018

Stress & Oral Health

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about Stress and your Oral Health!


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Donald W. Ray II, DMD 
Mary Alice Connor, DMD  
432 Frye Farm Road  
Greensburg, PA 15601  
(724) 537-0800  
SimplyPerfectSmiles.net

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Dental Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Our Alternative to CPAP

The conventional treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP device. This Continuous Positive Air Pressure device is the gold standard for moderate to severe sleep apnea. The patient is equipped with a machine that pumps a continuous flow of air into their nose or mouth during the night. However, many people find this irritating and they stop wearing their mask. 

Dr. Ray belongs to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and has acquired extensive training in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. If you've been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea and can't tolerate or are frustrated with your CPAP, we can provide you with an alternative treatment. Dr. Ray can custom fit you with an oral appliance called SomnoDent™. This is a small acrylic device that slips over your upper and lower teeth much like the fit of an orthodontic retainer or mouthguard. It gently realigns your tongue and jaw to open your airway and permit more air to flow into your lungs as you sleep. SomnoDent is easy to install and remove, simple to clean, and convenient for travel. It's extremely comfortable and has an outstanding success rate for helping those who suffer from sleep apnea and snoring.

Donald W. Ray II, DMD 
Mary Alice Connor, DMD
432 Frye Farm Road
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 537-0800
SimplyPerfectSmiles.net

Monday, 28 May 2018

Periodontal Screening

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about Periodontal Screening!



Donald W. Ray II, DMD 
Mary Alice Connor, DMD  
432 Frye Farm Road  
Greensburg, PA 15601  
(724) 537-0800  
SimplyPerfectSmiles.net

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Headache and Migraine Dental Treatments

Headache and Migraine Suffers – We May Have Your Miracle Treatment!

The NTI™ device is an FDA-approved, drug-free treatment for the prevention of migraine and tension headaches, and it's now obtainable in our practice. It works by relaxing the muscles beneath your scalp, preventing the majority of your headaches. In clinical trials, 82% of migraine sufferers indicated they'd experienced relief from their headaches, with a 77% reduction in their migraine occurrences. It's painless, fast, and affordable. If you suffer from the misery of migraines or know someone who does, then be sure to inquire about this thrilling treatment.
Donald W. Ray II, DMD 
Mary Alice Connor, DMD
432 Frye Farm Road
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 537-0800
SimplyPerfectSmiles.net

Saturday, 19 May 2018

What 10 Common Mouth Issues Really Look Like (Part 3 of 3)

You know good dental habits can help prevent things like cavities and gingivitis, but you may not know what conditions like these really look like or how they can affect your mouth. Use this visual guide to learn more about some of the most common dental health issues, symptoms to watch for and the potential treatments that are available. Please note: This content is for informational purposes only. Only a dentist, physician or other qualified health care professional can make a diagnosis.

Darkened Tooth








There are two reasons your tooth may change color after trauma: It’s either trying to protect the nerve or it’s dying. If it’s protecting the nerve, your tooth may look a little darker than the ones next to it. If it changes colors like a bruise (from pink to gray), this means your tooth is most likely dead. You may need a root canal, usually followed by a crown. In some cases it may be necessary to remove the tooth. If it is a baby tooth, you may be able to leave it alone until it falls out.

Canker Sores








Canker sores are small white or gray sores with a red border that appear your lips, the back of your throat or under your tongue. Their exact cause is uncertain but some suggest that immune system problems, bacteria or viruses may be play a role. They are also more common in women.

Canker sores aren’t contagious and usually heal on their own after one or two weeks. Over-the-counter creams and mouthwashes may give you temporary relief. Until it heals, stay away from hot, spicy or acidic foods because these can irritate the sore.

Cancer








Each year, approximately 40,000 new cases of oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue are diagnosed. Tobacco use, alcohol abuse and HPV all increase your chance of developing these cancers. Men are twice more likely to get oral cancer than women. During regular checkups, your dentist will check your mouth for symptoms like red or white patches, sores that won’t heal and rough, crusty spots. If anything suspicious is found, your dentist will order more testing or refer you to a specialist. The image above is only one example of how oral cancer might appear.

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Donald W. Ray II, DMD 
Mary Alice Connor, DMD  
432 Frye Farm Road  
Greensburg, PA 15601  
(724) 537-0800  
SimplyPerfectSmiles.net