Sunday, 15 April 2018

Dental Intra-Oral Camera

Intra-Oral Camera Makes You a Part of the Team

You need the ability to make informed decisions in order to improve your dental health. Dr. Rykard has simplified the process by providing you with the benefit of the intra-oral camera. This high-tech device is a small-scale video camera that displays a close-up picture of the interior of your mouth. You can now see for yourself what work needs to be accomplished and which teeth are at the peak of health. You’ll love how easily this makes you an active participant in every dental decision.

Kevin Rykard, DDS
12448 St. Andrews Drive 
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 
(405) 752-2626 
OklahomaDentistry.com

Sunday, 8 April 2018

The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer (Part 3 of 3)

You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can check for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2018.

Sunlight 
People who have jobs working outside are more prone to developing lip cancer and should use UV protection.











Diet 
Poor nutrition also may put you at risk for developing oral cancer. A diet low in fruits and vegetables may increase your chance of developing oral cancer, so add more color to your plate! 
 










To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Monday, 2 April 2018

Treatment of Abscessed Teeth

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about the treatment of abscessed teeth.


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

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Sunday, 1 April 2018

The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer (Part 2 of 3)

You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can check for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2018.

Tobacco 
Whether you smoke it or chew it, tobacco use increases your risk dramatically. Smoking can cause oral cancer, as well as cancer in other parts of the body. Pipe smokers are also at a higher risk for developing cancer in their lips. Smokeless tobacco, like chew, can lead to many issues in your mouth, the most serious being cancer of the cheeks, gums, and lips.











Alcohol 
According to the American Cancer Society, 7 of 10 oral cancer patients are heavy drinkers. Heavy drinking, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is an average of two drinks a day or more for men and an average of more than one drink a day for women. If you are a heavy drinker and a heavy smoker, your chances of developing oral cancer increase significantly.  
 










Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) 
The sexually transmitted disease is now associated with about 9,000 cases of head and neck cancer (specifically those occurring at the back of the tongue, in or around the tonsils) diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the CDC. People who are diagnosed with HPV-related head and neck cancer tend to be younger and nonsmokers. People with HPV-positive cancers have a lower risk of death or recurrence, even though these cancers are often diagnosed at a later stage because it develops in difficult-to-detect areas.  
 










To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

“Laughing gas” – the nickname most people use to refer to nitrous oxide sedation – is regularly used to obtain a lightly desirable comfort level for treatment. Inhaled through a mask, this type of sedation introduces the medication into your system by allowing you to simply breathe the compound in. Then a state of relaxation is induced. Local anesthetic will be given in addition to nitrous oxide to prevent any pain in most cases.

Kevin Rykard, DDS
12448 St. Andrews Drive 
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 
(405) 752-2626 
OklahomaDentistry.com

Monday, 26 March 2018

The Importance of Brushing and Flossing

Learn what the American Dental Association has to about the importance of brushing and flossing daily.

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

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Sunday, 25 March 2018

The Top 7 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer (Part 1 of 3)

You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can check for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2018.

Regular visits to your dentist can help you detect such cancers early, and changing a few potentially harmful habits may help reduce your chances of developing them. Read on to find out the top risk factors.











Gender 
Men are twice more likely to get oral cancer. The American Cancer Society attributes this to higher rates of alcohol and tobacco use by men, but says more men of a younger age are being diagnosed with HPV-related forms of oral cancer.











Age 
Most people who are diagnosed with oral cancer are 55 or older, according to the American Cancer Society. HPV-related oral cancers, however, are often diagnosed in people who are younger.  
 










To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Children's Dental Care

Good Habits Can Produce a Lifetime of Healthy Teeth

Initiating proper habits early on, in an atmosphere that’s comfortable and fun, is an essential building block for creating a lifetime of good oral health. Children’s teeth can be particularly vulnerable to cavities even at a very young age for many reasons. Children struggle to brush well on their own. Because of this, it is vital for parents to assist in their child’s daily dental care. This produces thorough cleaning and inspires the development of appropriate dental habits.

Little kids like to eat all day long. This tendency generates a prolonged exposure to acid (every time you eat you make acid), which may bring about more cavities. A dirty tooth is more susceptible to damage when food and juice come in contact. The good news is that spotting and correcting poor dietary and hygiene routines, along with employing a fluoride varnish to the mineralizing teeth, can drastically reduce the risk of your child developing a cavity.


Kevin Rykard, DDS
12448 St. Andrews Drive 
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 
(405) 752-2626 
OklahomaDentistry.com

Monday, 19 March 2018

Wisdom Teeth

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about wisdom teeth.


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

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Mini Dental Implants

New Breakthrough Provides a Solution for Loose, Slipping Dentures

Did poor bone density prevent you from getting the implants you wanted? Are you frustrated with dentures that shift, slide, or wander, and you would choose to have the strength and stability of implants if possible? If so, you will be thrilled to learn about the fairly recent breakthrough known as mini implants. Mini implants can replace one tooth or anchor dentures, eliminating slippage and trapped food. They can be done in a single visit and are virtually painless. In fact, you can look forward to eating normal foods the same day you receive them. Additionally, they can usually be located where regular implants cannot, so it may be possible for you to receive the benefits of mini implants even if you are not a candidate for regular implants.

Kevin Rykard, DDS
12448 St. Andrews Drive 
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 
(405) 752-2626 
OklahomaDentistry.com

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Nutrition: What You Eat Affects Your Teeth

Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org

Your mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for chewing and swallowing-the first steps in the digestion process. Your mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you put in your mouth impacts not only your general health but also that of your teeth and gums. In fact, if your nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in your mouth. Here are a few helpful things to know about how what you eat can impact your dental health.

Diet and Tooth Decay
The foods you eat and the beverages you drink can have a direct influence on the incidence and progression of tooth decay, depending upon: 

  • The form of the food-whether it’s liquid, solid, sticky or slow to dissolve makes a difference. 
  • How often you eat sugary foods and beverages and how often you eat or drink acidic foods and beverages. 
  • The nutritional makeup of the food. 
  • The combination of the foods you eat and the order in which you eat them. 
  • Medical conditions you may have, such as gastrointestinal reflux and eating disorders, which can increase risk of cavities and weaken teeth.

How Snacking Affects Your Dental Health
For dental health, it’s recommended that people limit eating and drinking between meals. Of course, sometimes eating between meals must happen. Unfortunately, most people choose foods like sweets and chips for snacks; foods that harm teeth by promoting tooth decay. If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice-such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables or nuts-for your overall health and the health of your teeth. Did you know that certain foods can put you at risk for cavities and other dental health problems? Here are some MouthHealthy tips.

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

The remainder of the article details the following:

  • Recommended Nutritional Guidelines
  • Foods That Harm Your Dental Health
  • Sugar and Your Dental Health
  • How Sugar Substitutes Affect Your Teeth
  • 4 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cavities

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Monday, 5 March 2018

What if an Object Gets Caught in Your Teeth?

Learn what the American Dental Association's answer is to the question: "What if an Object Gets Caught in Your Teeth?".


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

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Saturday, 3 March 2018

5 Reasons Your Smile Is Stronger Than You Think

Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org

The right smile can leave you laughing, fill you with joy or make you melt with emotion. But, ultimately, the best smile is one that is healthy and strong. Here are some of the “tooth truths” about how tough your teeth really are ñ and how to keep them that way.

1. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body.
The shiny, white enamel that covers your teeth is even stronger than bone. This resilient surface is 96 percent mineral, the highest percentage of any tissue in your body - making it durable and damage-resistant.    

2. Your bite is powerful!
Did you know your teeth can exert an average of 200 pounds of pressure when you bite down? That’s probably what tempts us to use our teeth as tools from time to time ñ but as your dentist will remind you, that’s one of the worst habits when it comes to preserving healthy teeth.    

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

The remainder of the article details the following:

  • Teeth can last for hundreds of years
  • Strong as they are, teeth can't heal on their own
  • Healthy teeth have the power to resist decay, but they need our help

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Thursday, 1 March 2018

White Dental Fillings

No Mercury! No Metals! No Kidding!

In the past, silver-mercury amalgam served as the standard filling material used in dental practices, and many practices still offer it. While they are a common restoration, amalgams have undeniable shortcomings. Primarily, metal does not fuse well to teeth, so decay can and does seep into the repaired tooth. These days, most of our patients are choosing white bonded fillings, which are easier to camouflage than the ugly black plug that resulted from a silver-mercury amalgam filling. Dr. Rykard provides modern restorations that are a natural-looking white, contain no metals, and can add strength to your teeth. And since they bond very closely with the healthy part of a tooth, there is much less risk of decay in the future.

Kevin Rykard, DDS
12448 St. Andrews Drive 
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 
(405) 752-2626 
OklahomaDentistry.com

Monday, 26 February 2018

How Often Should a Senior Citizen Go to the Dentist?

Learn what the American Dental Association's answer is to the question: "How Often Should a Senior Citizen Go to the Dentist?".

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

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Is Sparkling Water Bad for My Teeth?

Below is an excerpt from an article found on MouthHealthy.org

Is the satisfying fizz of your favorite sparkling water putting you at risk for tooth decay? Because any drink with carbonation-including sparkling water-has a higher acid level, some reports have questioned whether sipping sparkling water will weaken your tooth enamel (the hard outer shell of your teeth where cavities first form).

So, Is Sparkling Water Affecting My Teeth?
According to available research, sparkling water is generally fine for your teeth-and here's why. In a study using teeth that were removed as a part of treatment and donated for research, researchers tested to see whether sparkling water would attack tooth enamel more aggressively than regular lab water. The result? The two forms of water were about the same in their effects on tooth enamel. This finding suggests that, even though sparkling water is slightly more acidic than ordinary water, it's all just water to your teeth. 

Tips for Enjoying Sparkling Water-and Protecting Your Teeth

  • Sparkling water is far better for your teeth than sugary drinks. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of regular, fluoridated water, too-it’s the best beverage for your teeth. Water with fluoride naturally helps fight cavities, washes away the leftover food cavity-causing bacteria feast on and keeps your mouth from becoming dry (which can put you at a higher risk of cavities). 
  • Be mindful of what’s in your sparkling water. Citrus-flavored waters often have higher acid levels that does increase the risk of damage to your enamel. Plan to enjoy these in one sitting or with meals. This way, you aren’t sipping it throughout the day and exposing your teeth over and over again to the slightly higher level of acid it contains.
  • Sparkling water brands with added sugar can no longer be considered just sparkling water. They are a sugar-sweetened beverage, which can contribute to your risk of developing cavities. So remember-sparkling or not-plain water is always the best choice.

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Gum Disease Linked to Heart Disease

Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even Stroke

The connections found by current medical research are startling: gum disease is linked to stroke, heart disease, and more. Since heart disease is frequently fatal, it is important to take gum disease very seriously. The American Dental Association approximates that 8 out of 10 Americans have periodontal (gum) disease. If this were any other disease, such as AIDS or tuberculosis, it would be treated as an epidemic! And while most dentists consider it to be just that, they also expect that gum disease will never be identified as an epidemic because “no one ever dies from it.” Normally, the worst concern expressed is that you lose your teeth. Not desirable – but definitely not life threatening. But that mindset has changed.

The American Academy of Periodontology reports that “studies found periodontal infection may contribute to the development of heart disease, increase the risk of premature, underweight births, and pose a serious threat to people whose health is already compromised due to diabetes and respiratory diseases.” Periodontal disease is an uncontrolled bacterial infection of the gums. These bacteria can move through your soft tissues, into your bloodstream, and directly to your heart.


Kevin Rykard, DDS
12448 St. Andrews Drive 
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 
(405) 752-2626 
OklahomaDentistry.com

Monday, 19 February 2018

Why X-Rays?

Learn what the American Dental Association's answer is to the question: "Why X-Ray?".


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

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Clear Orthodontic Aligners

Invisalign Boosts Your Confidence

There are some “clear” benefits to the Invisalign program. For example, no one will realize you’re straightening your teeth because the transparency of the aligners makes them nearly invisible! People will have to be told you’re wearing aligners, or look very closely, to be able to spot them. This will be a real confidence booster when it comes to your smile all through your active treatment.

Don’t forget comfort! No braces, wires, or headgear means no mouth irritation. The aligners are a single unit, with no metal or wires to be tweaked, so you even get to devote less time to Dr. Rykard’s dental chair.

Then there’s the convenience factor. Though you wear the aligners 24 hours a day, they’re quick to pull out for eating and brushing, which equates to no food restrictions. Removing plaque and keeping your teeth clean is just as anxiety-free as it was prior to treatment, because there are no braces to get in your way.


Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Tips for keeping a beautiful smile!

Keeping your teeth clean, smooth and beautiful...
Proper oral hygiene is your key to a healthy, beautiful smile. Here are our and the American Dental Association's recommendations for at home care:

  • Brush 2-3 times every day with a flouride toothpaste (it doesn't matter which brand)
  • Floss once a day
  • Eat a healthy diet (fruits, vegetables, etc)
  • Limit consumption of sugary foodsand beverages. Soda drinks can destroy teeth faster than almost anything else
  • Eliminate or at least limit use of alchol, chewing tabacco, and cigarettes

We also recommend using an electric high-speed toothbrush in conjuction with a  waterpik for your daily at-home oral care.

And don't forget six-month professional cleanings and checkups. The American Dnetal Association recommends checkups every six months for those ages four and older.

Professional cleanings by qualified hygienists will remove bacteria and plaque, which can cause serious dental problems if not kept in check.

If you have not been seen recently call our office for an appointment!

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Saturday, 3 February 2018

To Floss or Not to Floss..

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about flossing and if it is good or not! Kind of reminds me of coffee, some studies say is good for you and others say it isn't.

Our dental office believes that flossing is beneficial to a person's general oral health. Our staff is trained to address the issues of proper flossing to our patients on an individual need basis. We promote many different tools used to effectively and safely clean between the teeth.

If you are concerned with the recent news reports, please give our office a call to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to review your concerns and make sure you are properly caring for your teeth.

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Friday, 2 February 2018

Do White Teeth Mean Healthy Teeth?

Learn what the American Dental Association's answer is to the question: "Do White Teeth Mean Healthy Teeth?".


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

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Monday, 29 January 2018

Dental Veneers

'Smile Makeovers' in as Little as Two Visits!

If you have crooked or misshapen teeth, spaces, or deep discoloration, our porcelain veneers may be the remedy. Veneers are thin porcelain coverings that slip over and are connected to your teeth. They appear natural, being created from the most innovative dental ceramic available. We also feature Lumineers™. These are contact-lens thin and tremendously translucent. Since Lumineers are so finely made, little to no tooth reduction is necessary. Frequently, you won’t even require a shot! 

Kevin Rykard, DDS
12448 St. Andrews Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
(405) 752-2626
OklahomaDentistry.com

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Having a plaque attack?

Plaque is that soft, sticky stuff that builds up on your teeth over time. It contains legions of bacteria. Left untreated it will eventually lead to gum disease, bad breath and tooth loss.

Frequent brushing and flossing are required to keep plaque at bay. But it's virtually impossible to remove all plaque without the skills of your professional dental hygienist. In other words, you're going to need some help.

Call our office today to schedule your next routine teeth cleaning to receive help with your plaque removal!

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Friday, 26 January 2018

Sensitive Teeth

Learn what the American Dental Association has to say about sensitive teeth.


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

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Monday, 22 January 2018

Dental Digital X-rays

75% Reduction in Radiation

Dr. Rykard employs the next step in X-ray technology – digital X-rays. An image is taken of your mouth using a sensor and downloaded straight into our computer. He can immediately begin assessing the level of your dental health. Our panoramic dental X-ray unit can capture your entire jaw and mouth structure in one image. The original data can be readily stored and later overlaid with more recent information to highlight treatment progress and overall changes to your dental health. Not only does this technique permit us more options than conventional X-rays, but it does it all while subjecting you to 75% less radiation than traditional captures.

Kevin Rykard, DDS
12448 St. Andrews Drive 
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 
(405) 752-2626 
OklahomaDentistry.com

Friday, 19 January 2018

Why Do Teeth Darken?

Learn what the American Dental Association's answer is to the question: "Why Do Teeth Darken?".


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

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Monday, 15 January 2018

Sedation Dentistry

Dental Care in a Relaxing Environment

Even though Dr. Rykard takes great satisfaction in his ability to dispense painless injections, some people are inherently stressed at even the idea of a needle. If you or a loved one breaks into a cold sweat at the mere thought of seeing the dentist, we have a simple solution.

One hour prior to your visit, you take a pill that we provide to you. You will achieve a point of sedation that permits you to reply to questions but mostly sleep through your entire visit. This is perfect for fearful people or those who have a hectic schedule and want to receive all their treatment in a single visit.


Kevin Rykard, DDS
12448 St. Andrews Drive 
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 
(405) 752-2626 
OklahomaDentistry.com

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Your Dental Hygienist!

Normally we think of a teeth cleaning as just that. Our tongues love the smooth and clean feeling we get after visiting our dental hygienist.

But there's another huge benefit to regular teeth cleaning. Hygienists spend time in your mouth. That give them the opportunity to spot suspicious tissue or other possible signs of oral cancer.

Oral cancer has a fantastically high cure rate - but only if it's detected early.

Another reason to love your dental hygienist!

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Smile Makeovers

Maybe you remember that TV show, Extreme Makeovers?

They took people who were unhappy with their appearance and let surgeons and dentists perform cosmetic miracles on their bodies and teeth.

Well, a complete smile makeover like that can be done by many dentists, And often it only takes two visits!

Kevin Rykard, DDS 
12448 St. Andrews Drive  
Oklahoma City, OK 73120  
(405) 752-2626  
OklahomaDentistry.com