Fun Dental Facts – Did You Know?

Sure, dentistry is serious medicine, and daily dental hygiene is a top priority. But teeth can be pretty fun, too! And fascinating. For starters, have you ever seen the full sets of baby teeth and adult teeth present in a child’s head x-ray? Go ahead, look it up. There are tons of fascinating dental facts out there!

Walker Raynal DMD in Brandon treats our patients professionally and joyfully because teeth are cool. Take Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal’s word for it, there’s much to learn and admire about even the most average set of teeth. Read more ›

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Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth?

When he became the first president of the United States, George Washington had only one real tooth left! You heard right — just ONE. Everyone has heard something about this great man and his dental history, but if you heard that Washington had wooden teeth, then you heard wrong.  This myth is totally false, and Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal are here to tell you the truth.

Dental Care in Colonial Times

It was a combination of bad genes and even worse medical practices that led Washington down the path to becoming toothless. Washington experienced many health problems throughout his life. And he was often treated with “calomel,” a common medicine at the time containing mercury – which ruined teeth. Toothpaste at the time was also made from very abrasive materials like tree bark and brick dust, which likely continued to break down Washington’s natural teeth. Many people in Washington’s era had fake teeth, but none were made of wood. As gross as it sounds, rich citizens at the time were able to purchase real human teeth to fill in their own smile.

George Washington Had Dentures

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Why Wisdom Teeth Are Not So Wise

Most Brandon folks have had some exposure to the concept of wisdom teeth. Perhaps you have had yours removed, are considering a removal, or Walker Raynal DMD has just shown you an X-ray with the dreaded third molars creeping into view. It’s common to hear patients ask how they are removed, but we rarely hear people talking about the reasons for getting rid of wisdom teeth. Today, we’re going to explain what wisdom teeth are, why they don’t deserve to stay in your mouth, and how we can help!

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Stop Tooth Pain and Sensitivity Now!

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

There are many specialized toothbrushes and types of mouthwash and toothpaste available to Brandon residents who suffer from sensitive teeth. It is a very common problem that lots of products claim they can solve, but have you ever wondered why it exists? Today, we at Walker Raynal DMD would like to explain what causes tooth sensitivity and how these products work. Read more ›

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Caring for Your Dentures

The image of a glass full of false teeth on the nightstand is plastered all throughout popular culture. You would think that soaking your dentures in water and cleaner is sufficient, but Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal remind us that proper denture care requires more than just that. In fact, denture maintenance is an important part of oral health. For Brandon residents who have dentures or are considering them, it is important to know exactly how they function and how to care for them. If you have any questions, please give us a call at Walker Raynal DMD. Read more ›

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Are You Singing the Toothache Blues?

Are you or a loved one suffering from the toothache blues? Don’t wait around in pain for the problem to resolve itself. Although we do enjoy spending quality time with our patients at Walker and Raynal, DMD, we don’t want any Brandon residents to have to undergo dental procedures that could have been avoided. A toothache can be a sign of a much more serious problem that should be addressed immediately, but there are a few things you can do at home, in the meantime, to get temporary relief from toothache pain.

Home Remedies:

  1. Painkillers – This one might be obvious, as painkillers are one of the fastest, most effective ways to temporarily relieve mild to moderate pain and inflammation.
  1. Salt Water – Salt has natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. Add a spoonful of salt to a warm cup of water. Gargle the dissolved solution several times daily.
  1. Cold Compress – Just like any other injury, a cold compress can work wonders at reducing the swelling, inflammation, and pain of a toothache.
  1. Clove Oil – Cloves also have natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anesthetic properties that can help relieve pain. Apply clove oil directly to the affected tooth, or add a few drops to a half cup of water and use as a rinse.

These are just a few home remedies for temporary relief from a toothache, but remember, a toothache is your mouth’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and should not be overlooked. If you or a loved one are suffering from the toothache blues, the first thing you should do is call Walker and Raynal, DMD in Brandon at 813-689-5928 today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal will have you singing a new tune in no time.

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http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-toothache.html

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http://www.wikihow.com/Cure-a-Toothache

http://www.orajel.com/en/Resource-Center/Toothache-Pain-Relief/Home-Remedies-and-Managing-Pain

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The Tooth About Teeth Grinding

Headaches in Brandon are a dime a dozen. We all know the frustration of having your day interrupted by throbbing, shooting pains in the head. If you suffer from frequent headaches that never seem to go away, Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal would like you to know about bruxism, or teeth grinding. At Walker and Raynal, DMD, we love spreading the news about all things dental health, so here is some headache information that just might change your life. 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. Walker & Dr. Raynal twice a year for your regular cleanings.” Just in case you’ve ever wondered why regular dental cleanings are so important, we at Walker and Raynal DMD would like to take this opportunity to let Brandon 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 Dr. Walker & Dr. Raynal for a cleaning, feel free to give us a call! Read more ›

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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 Brandon dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Brandon residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. Walker & Dr. Raynal to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, we at Walker and Raynal DMD 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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The Science of Tooth Decay

If you’ve visited our blog before, you know that we love to talk about tooth decay. The chances are, everyone in Brandon has had or will have tooth decay at one point. It is classified by the National Institutes of Health [http://nih.gov/] as the most prevalent disease in the world. Today we’re going to talk about a few of the factors involved in causing tooth decay and what you and Dr. Walker & Dr. Raynal can do to protect your smile. Read more ›

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