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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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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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, and Implants: The Facts

There are lots of ways to deal with missing or damaged teeth. You’ve probably heard one of us at Walker & Raynal, DMD talking about implants, dentures, bridges, and crowns, but have you ever wondered what they are and how they work? Dr. Walker and Dr. Raynal know that folks in Brandon like to be informed, so think of this as your personal guide to things that might end up in your mouth. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call! Read more ›

Posted in Dental Health, Dental Services, Dental Technology, Patient Care

5 Common Dental Myths: Fact or Fiction?

When it comes to ridiculous beliefs on dental hygiene and treatment, we’ve heard just about everything. However, the most dangerous ones usually aren’t quite so over the top. Unfortunately, a number of dental myths are floating all over Brandon, so Dr. Walker & Dr. Raynal are here to put an end to the misinformation. Don’t feel bad if you have believed one or more of these at some point, you’re not the only one, but do make sure to give us a call at Walker and Raynal, DMD if you have any questions or concerns.

If your gums are bleeding, don’t brush them

The idea behind this false claim is that bleeding gums need to be allowed time to heal before they should be brushed, when in fact, gums bleed because they haven’t been brushed enough! This is because bacteria has built up around and beneath the gum line, irritating the gums. Read more ›

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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. Walker & Dr. Raynal can offer Brandon patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At Walker – Raynal DMD, 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 Brandon dentists, Dr. Walker & Dr. Raynal at Walker Raynal DMD knows 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.

The Power of Ozone in Dentistry

Oxygen is essential for your cellular health and does good for your body overall. For that reason, it can be harnessed to improve your dental experience. Some dental offices use oxygen therapy to create a calm environment during preventative visits, and also to treat acute dental issues.

Oxygen therapy delivers 100% pure, medical-grade oxygen. When three atoms of oxygen bind together, they form ozone, the same matter that protects and nourishes our environment. Oxygen can be applied as ozone gas, ozonated water, or ozonated olive oil. Read more ›

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