What toothpaste is best for your teeth?

There are so many different types of toothpastes that you can choose for your teeth. The important thing is to find a toothpaste that taste good to you and is right for your teeth. There are many different types of toothpastes that meet the oral care of virtually everybody.

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Your teeth may be sensitive so you will need to choose a toothpaste that’s best for sensitivity. If your teeth are yellow you may prefer a whitening toothpaste that helps remove and/or prevent stains from forming on your teeth.

Whatever toothpaste you decide upon make sure it’s a fluoridated toothpaste. You will also want to make sure the toothpaste has the American Dental Association Seal of Approval and meets the standards for being safe and effective.

On your next appointment consult with us on which toothpaste may be best for you.

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Maintain Good Oral Health

Your oral health is important. Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities, gum disease and overall health complications.

The enclosed video discusses oral health care and hygiene.

Our caring professional staff is available to answer any questions you have about your dental health. We are accepting new patients. Give us a call to schedule an exam.

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Over 30 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment.

We accept most insurance coverage and, for your convenience, will accept payment from the insurance company.  We also accept cash, Discover, American Express, MasterCard and Visa. If you have any questions about payment, please check with our front office prior to your appointment.

Some Factors You Should Know About Tooth Decay.

Tooth decay takes place when bacteria damages the outer surface of the tooth. The following factors will increase your risk of tooth decay:

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene
  2. Eating & Drinking Too much Sugar.
  3. Not Seeing The Dentist On A Regular Basis.

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If you feel you have a cavity or cavities contact your Dentist. If a cavity goes untreated it can lead to tooth loss and possible infections of the mouth.

The best way to prevent tooth decay is to practice daily oral hygiene with brushing & flossing. It’s also best to limit your intake of snacks and eat balanced nutritional meals. Keeping your mouth healthy can help sustain your overall health. The ADA recommends you visit a Dentist twice a year for cleanings and regular oral exams.

If you have questions contact us today to schedule an appointment & discuss possible tooth decay issues. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We are accepting new patients! Call us at 317-897-3500.

Dental Apps

In today’s world there seems to be an app for everything. There are even apps to help take care of your teeth and maintain good oral hygiene. Enclosed are a few dental apps you can use to better your oral health.

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Try these useful smartphone dental apps:

Brush DJ – The free multi-award winning Brush DJ app has is suitable for use by all ages. This toothbrush timer app plays 2 minutes of music from your devices, cloud or streaming service – to make tooth brushing for an effective length of time less boring!

Oral-B – The Oral-B App is your personal brushing assistant to help you achieve great oral health!

MyTeeth – Let your kids brush happily every evening without hustle. The toothbrushing-friends of MyTeeth are always happy to brush, in the perfect speed and they know all brushing methods. Your kids learn a good timing of 3 minutes, covering all areas of the mouth and everything they need up to the final bass method.
Additionally the app includes current medical knowledge, including a guide for parents.

These apps can help make taking care of your teeth fun. You can search other dental apps on the iTunes store. Remember it’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums.

If you or someone you know is in need of dental care in Indianapolis give our office a call at 317-897-3500 to schedule an appointment. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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The human body is an amazing machine with perfect parts for getting us thru this thing called life. Why is it, then, we usually need to have our wisdom teeth pulled at some point in our lives? It doesn’t seem to make sense, does it?

Let’s take a look at wisdom teeth and why they are removed. Wisdom teeth are the third and final molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are also the final teeth to break thru usually appearing in your late teens or early twenties.

Wisdom teeth that only partially emerge (or come in crooked) can lead to painful crowding and gum disease. Because teeth removed before age 20 have less-developed roots and fewer complications, the American Dental Association recommends that people between 16 and 19 have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to be removed.

The pain, swelling and discomfort that follows wisdom tooth extraction is a normal part of the healing process. How long is wisdom teeth recovery time? When will you be back to chewing crunchy carrots and apples with ease?

Tooth extraction is a form of out-patient oral surgery. General anesthesia or local anesthesia options are used to make wisdom teeth removal a more comfortable procedure, but pain and discomfort are a part of the process, especially after the anesthesia wears off. After your teeth are pulled, wisdom teeth recovery time begins.

Taking Care of Yourself After Surgery

After getting your wisdom teeth pulled, you are likely to experience pain and swelling. There may even be some bleeding. While your mouth heals, you have to be careful not to dislodge the blood clot or harm your healing gums. You should not consume solid foods, alcohol, coffee, soda or hot beverages in the first few days following your procedure. You shouldn’t even brush your teeth for the first day of recovery. According to most oral surgeons, typical wisdom teeth recovery time is three to four days, although it can be as long as one week. The length of recovery depends a lot on how badly the wisdom teeth were impacted and how they were erupting.

The recovery period can take several days and in some cases there may still be swelling and discomfort for a week or more. Use ice packs, enjoy soft foods and keep your mouth clean with simple salt water. If you notice any unusual symptoms like pus discharge, severe pain or a fever, call your oral surgeon right away. While complications such as an infection are rare, they are possible.


 

Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment.

D.E. Kelley, DDS | What is a Root Canal?

Blausen_0774_RootCanalSimply hearing your dentist utter the words “root canal” terrifies many people, young and old alike. But it really shouldn’t. In fact, many dental professionals wonder how the procedure ever got such a bad reputation in the first place. Let’s take a look at what a root canal is all about and why it shouldn’t be a feared part of your overall dental plan.

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, your dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in treating the insides of teeth) removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.

Causes of an infected pulp could include:

  • a deep cavity
  • repeated dental procedures
  • a cracked or broken tooth
  • injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)

If you continue to care for your teeth and gums, your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile.


Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment.

We accept most insurance coverage and, for your convenience, will accept payment from the insurance company.  We also accept cash, Discover, American Express, MasterCard and Visa. If you have any questions about payment, please check with our front office prior to your appointment.


 

D.E. Kelley, DDS | Is 2016 The Year You Quit Smoking?

shutterstock_967206671Did you or a loved one make a New Year’s Resolution to quit smoking in 2016? If so, that’s a great idea for many reasons.

Kicking the tobacco habit is not just good for your body, but good for your oral health as well. Smoking is responsible for bad breath and stains the enamel on your teeth. Besides the smell and less than pearly white smile, smoking can cause other serious health conditions as well. The carcinogens found in cigarettes are associated with an increased risk of oral cancer, which can be deadly. Smoking and tobacco products can also lead to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth.

As with any addiction, breaking a tobacco habit may take some time. If you are able to kick the habit, it will quickly lead to better overall oral health. Your teeth will become whiter and less likely to decay. Most everyone desires whiter teeth, fresher breath, a healthier mouth with firmer gums. With help from your dental office, you can achieve all of these. No matter how many times you’ve tried in the past, it’s never too late to quit using tobacco. Ask us how to help kick the habit and reasons why it needs to be done soon.

Dr. Kelley is proud to employ a talented, friendly staff to make your dental experience exceptional. Our front office staff will find the answers to all your questions and make you feel at home. Give us a call today at 317-897-3500.


Over 29 Years of Service

Dr. Dennis E. Kelley, D.D.S., and his staff are pleased that you are considering using our services.  We have been practicing general dentistry on the east side of Indianapolis since 1985. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant and stress free as possible. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate setting in which you can choose the highest quality dental healthcare. We will provide you with a thorough treatment plan before you commit to any treatment.

We accept most insurance coverage and, for your convenience, will accept payment from the insurance company.  We also accept cash, Discover, American Express, MasterCard and Visa. If you have any questions about payment, please check with our front office prior to your appointment.

Dental Phobia Keeping You From Dental Health?

blog-dental-fear21Are you afraid to see the dentist? Many people are afraid of the unknown. Dental phobia can be one of those unknowns and is incredibly common with estimates that it affects between 13% to 24% of people around the world. Fear of visiting the dentist means different things to different people. Maybe it’s the thought that the treatment will be painful. It might be simply that you haven’t seen a dentist in years and are embarrassed by your teeth. Whatever the reason, dental health is crucial to your overall health. Many Americans are at risk of gum disease and early tooth loss – conditions that can affect your physical, social, and mental health.

If it has been a while since you have seen a dentist, make it a point to schedule an appointment soon. Dr. Kelley understands your fears. On your first visit, the goal is to calm your fears, perform an exam, and make you feel as comfortable as possible. We will then discuss with you the results of the exam and the recommended dental services. When considering treatment, patients are clearly presented with pros, cons, and all available options.

Our staff at Dennis E. Kelley, DDS is happy to offer dental services to you and your entire family. Only necessary procedures are recommended. In other words, no one is pressured with “up selling” like many chain dental practices.

When our patients require dental care, we offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of every member of the family. We are always available to answer questions about your dental health and about the services we provide for your treatment.

We are accepting new patients! Give us a call today at 317-897-3500.

About Dennis E. Kelley, DDS

Dr. Kelley has been in practice for nearly 30 years on the East Side of Indianapolis. We are located at 1260 N Post Rd. Please call us at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment or ask any dental questions.

3 Oral Health Tips for 2016

Dental-healthHere are three easy Oral Health tips to consider for 2016.  And if you have other dental needs, Dr. Kelley and his awesome staff are here to help!

  • Improve Your Brushing and Flossing Techniques. Brushing and flossing are two of the most important things you can do to prevent plaque build up.
  • Visit Your Dentist Every 6 Months. Regular check ups are recommended to check for tooth decay and the health of your gums.  Routine dental exams can help address serious dental problems before they arise.
  • Control Your Sweet Tooth. Sugar from snacks and sweets increase the plaque production.  Plaque is what sets the process of tooth decay in motion.  Limiting the intake of sweets reduce the bacteria bearing plaque and reduce decay.

Make it your resolution to start the new year off by improving your oral health in 2016!  Dennis E. Kelley, DDS always welcomes new patients.  Let us know what you want to accomplish during your first visit and we will make it happen.

Call us at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment.

About D.E. Kelley, DDS

Dr. Kelley has been in practice for 25 years on the east side of Indianapolis. We are located at 1260 N Post Rd. Please call us at (317) 897-3500 to schedule an appointment or ask any dental questions.