Emergency Dentist During COVID-19

COVID-19 closure notice

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, our Centerton, Arkansas dental office is operating under limited hours for emergencies only. The safety and health of our patients, our employees, and our community are our top priorities. We will let you know when we are once again able to provide our patients with the quality care and the safe environment that is a hallmark of our practice.

Mint Dental Care adheres to the strict safety standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We have always been extremely mindful of our patients’ health and safety and will be even more vigilant in the future. Rest assured when we do welcome you back that our office and equipment will be thoroughly disinfected.

Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones

We encourage all of our patients to protect themselves and their families by following the recommendations from the CDC. For example:

  • Practice social distancing. Stay home as much as possible.
  • When it is necessary to go out, keep at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth unless you have just washed your hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then dispose of it.
  • Disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Do not share dishes or utensils.
  • Get adequate rest and eat a healthy diet.
  • Take extra precautions if you are sick to reduce the spread of the disease.
  • Even if you feel healthy, be mindful of the health of others. Some people are asymptomatic when they have the disease and can unknowingly spread it to others.

Keep Brushing & Flossing!

We recognize that many of you are experiencing unprecedented upheavals and challenges in your daily lives and routines. Please take good care of your mental health as well as your physical health and your oral health. We encourage everyone to take some time for positive, uplifting activities to help relieve stress.

Mint Dental Care thanks you for your loyal patronage and regrets the inconvenience our temporary closure will cause to those with scheduled appointments and plans for smile improvements. Our team looks forward to welcoming you again to our office as soon as this crisis has passed.

Emergency Dentist in Centerton, Arkansas

If you experience a dental emergency, call us at 479-202-0025 for an appointment!

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Three Benefits of Choosing a Family Dentist

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Whether you’re new to the Centerton area or just searching for a new dental home, we know our practice would be a great fit for you and your family. Why? Because we’re a family-friendly office designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. Today, we want to share some of the benefits that choosing a family dentist like Mint Dental Care can provide for you and your loved ones.

1. Convenience

Families today are busier than ever, and juggling your own obligations along with those of your kids can feel overwhelming. Many of our team have kids themselves, so we get it! We want to make things as easy as possible for our families. We are happy to schedule family block appointments so you don’t need to make multiple trips to our office.

2. Comprehensive Care

Choosing a family dentist means that each member of your family can receive quality care in the same place. We offer a wide variety of dental treatments ranging from preventative and restorative to cosmetic procedures that can deliver the smile of your dreams.

An added benefit of having the whole family under one dental roof? Many common dental issues have a genetic component. If we know that older family members experience certain dental issues, we can monitor younger family members for those same issues.

3. Kids Love Our Office

We’ve designed our office with your family’s comfort in mind. Our waiting area is calm and relaxing and we have amenities designed to help kids relax. Our team is skilled at working with young children, especially those who may feel a little more anxious about the dentist.

Mint Dental Care Has Answers to Your Questions

We know each family has different needs, goals, and budgets, and our team can work with you each step of the way to ensure your family gets the quality dental care you deserve. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today!

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Did You Know: February is National Gum Disease Awareness Month!

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This February, it’s time to shine a light on an often-overlooked component of your oral health: your gums. Healthy gums can provide the foundation for a beautiful smile and a lifetime of healthy teeth. On the other hand, gum disease can lead to painful complications and even cause tooth loss. Today, we want to answer some of our patients’ frequently asked questions on gum disease.

Is Gum Disease Common?

Almost half of American adults experience some form of gum disease, according to the Center for Disease Control. While gum disease may be widespread, there is some good news: early detection and treatment can often prevent further damage. Sometimes, Dr. McCord and our team may even be able to reverse the effects of minor gum disease!

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene. Without regular brushing and flossing, plaque on your teeth can build up and harden into tartar that irritates gums. Without proper treatment, gums may become infected, resulting in gum disease. Smokers and folks that use tobacco products have a higher risk for developing gum disease.

What Are the Early Signs of Gum Disease?

Each time you visit our office for a cleaning or exam, our team checks to ensure your gums are healthy and strong. At home, you should keep an eye out for any sudden changes in your gums such as redness, tenderness, or swelling. Additionally, if your gums bleed easily, that may be a warning sign that you’re in the early stages of gum disease.

How Can I Care for My Gums?

For the most part, you should care for your gums in the same way you care for your pearly whites: good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, and floss each day to keep oral bacteria at bay. To learn more about caring for your gums or to schedule your next appointment, call our Centerton office today!

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How to Deal with Dental Anxiety

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If you experience some nervous energy before a dental appointment, that’s completely normal. We know that it’s common for some to feel anxious around doctors and dentist’s offices. That’s why we’ve worked hard to create a comfortable and easy experience that minimizes stress. To set you or your family member at ease before your next appointment, we want to list a few of our amenities that you can look forward to when you see us. We want you to feel there is nothing to fear when you come in for your next dental treatment.

If You Feel Nervous in Waiting Rooms

Some dentist’s offices can feel cold and clinical. We want you to feel as comfortable in our offices as you would in your own home. That’s why we’ve created a serene environment complete with cozy blankets, private treatment rooms with televisions, and complimentary beverages like calming herbal tea or a warm cup of coffee.

If You Have Anxiety About Pain

We hear from our patients that dental visits are often associated with pain. For our part, we want you to know that we are extremely gentle and careful with our patients. We’ll walk you through every step of your treatments. We’ve also acquired state-of-the-art technology to ensure your appointment is quick, easy and painless. We employ the DryShield™ Dental Isolation System that allows our team to work much more efficiently while you stay comfortable during the entire appointment. We also use an intraoral camera, so you get to see what we see when we’re looking in your mouth. These measures cut down on anxiety and discomfort during dental appointments.

If You Stress About Time

We value your time. That’s why we offer same-day treatment options if you’re in a rush. We also offer block scheduling to accommodate your whole family. This means fewer trips to the dentist!

If You Haven’t Taken Good Care of Your Teeth

Although we love to emphasize the importance of good dental hygiene to our patients, we don’t want you to think you’re being judged if you’ve neglected to floss, or if it’s been a while since your last cleaning. It’s never too late to start good habits. We seek to be encouraging, understanding, and educational. Don’t be intimidated by the state of your teeth. All are welcome.

If You Have Financial Constraints

We believe everyone should have access to good dental care. That’s why we try to work with all of our patients to find a good payment option. We are insurance friendly and take Medicaid. We offer in-house payment plans and flexible financing through CareCredit. Don’t let payment constraints stop you.

If Your Child Has Dental Anxiety

It’s very common for kids to have dental anxiety. That’s why we’ve set up a play place in our waiting room for your child to play with toys while you wait. We are especially patient with our littlest patients. We encourage you to bring them by before an appointment for a meet and greet so they can get to know us and see there is nothing to fear!

Visit Mint Dental Care for Stress-Free Dentistry

We look forward to helping you overcome your dental anxiety. Please let us know how we can help to make your visit more comfortable and convenient. We hope to see you soon!

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How to Take Care of Clear Aligners

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When undergoing treatment to straighten your teeth using clear aligners, you spend the majority of the day wearing your aligners. That means that taking good care of your clear aligners is a key aspect of your oral care, and it’s crucial to the success of your treatment. In this post, we’ll tell you what you need to know to keep your aligners in great shape.

Oral Care Before Wear

When you take your trays off, it’ll generally be to eat and drink. That’s why it’s so important to brush and floss your teeth before you wear the trays again. If you don’t do this, food particles and bacteria will get trapped in the aligner, eventually spreading to your teeth and causing cavities.

Rinse Regularly

Always rinse your trays when you remove them to eat. Do this with cold water only. It’s important that the saliva is rinsed from the aligners or it may build up and harbor bacteria, which could pose dangers for your teeth when you put the trays back on.

Avoid Heat

Never use hot water to clean your aligners. Hot water will warp the plastic, rendering your trays entirely useless–and they can be costly to replace. Along these lines, never put your trays in the dishwasher.

Clean Properly

Make sure that you never use toothpaste on your clear aligners. Toothpaste is slightly abrasive–abrasive enough to leave tiny scratches in the plastic where bacteria would feel right at home. Use soap instead, and you can also turn to a retainer cleaner for a cleansing soak.

New Year, New Smile!

Make 2020 the year you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. In addition to clear aligner therapy, we have a great selection of restorative and cosmetic solutions that’ll give your smile new life! Give us a call to schedule a consultation, or visit our website to use our online form.

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Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

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If you’re considering dental implants, it’s important to know in advance how they work and why they might not be the right tooth replacement solution for everyone. In this post, we’ll fill you in, we’ll offer some alternatives that work wonders for people who can’t receive implants.

What Is an Implant?

A dental implant is a screw-like item, made of strong and safe titanium, that is inserted into the jaw bone in the area where the tooth is missing. After it’s inserted, the area is given time to heal, during which the implant itself fuses with the jaw bone. Once the healing is complete, the patient will go back to the dentist to have a custom-made false tooth attached to the implant, giving them a new tooth that looks and feels exactly like the real thing. Because of the way in which the implant fuses with the jaw bone, dental implants boast an incredibly sturdy, durable base.

Who Can’t Get a Dental Implant?

If you’re interested in a dental implant, your dentist will give your mouth a thorough exam to ensure that the procedure will be a success. Implants are very popular, and almost anyone can get one, but there are some circumstances that may make the dentist consider an alternate tooth replacement option. If the patient’s jaw bone is compromised, they may not be able to successfully house a dental implant. In some cases a bone graft can be done, in others a different tooth replacement method will be chosen. Additionally, patients with osteoporosis, certain chronic illnesses, and severe gum disease may be better suited to a different procedure. In addition to the overall condition of the mouth, budget is often a consideration when deciding whether or not to go for a dental implant.

Restorative Dentistry at Mint Dental Care

Here at Mint Dental Care, we offer tooth replacement options, including dental implants. If we decide that dental implants aren’t the way for you to go, we’ve got great alternatives to explore. When you come in for a consultation, we can weigh the benefits of implants, dentures, bridges, crowns, and more, and work with you to choose the solution that serves your unique needs.

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How Can I Prevent Cavities?

Nobody wants cavities. They start out small, but if untreated, they only get bigger. The decay spreads and causes serious problems. The best way to deal with cavities is to prevent them from even starting. How? Here are five ways:

1. Watch What You Eat & Drink

All food can cause cavities, because the bacteria in your mouth eat whatever you eat, and create plaque, tartar, and acid. However, certain foods are more bothersome than others. Bacteria loves sugar and refined carbs, so if your diet is heavy with those, you are more likely to get cavities. Nutrient-rich foods like fresh fruit and vegetables are much better for your teeth and your body in general. Raw fruits like apple and celery can even help break down plaque on your teeth before it hardens into tartar. For beverages, water is naturally the best, while drinks packed with sugar (like soda and many energy drinks) are the worst.

man wearing a bathrobe brushing his teeth to prevent cavities

2. Have a Consistent Brushing/Flossing Routine

The best way to prevent cavities is to take care of your teeth and gums through brushing and flossing. We recommend brushing at least twice per day for two minutes each time. Flossing can be a once-a-day habit, so you can prevent cavities from forming because of plaque found in the tiny spaces between the teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, too! Lots of bacteria like to live on your tongue’s surface, and if you don’t clean them away, they spread to your teeth. Replace your brush every 3 months or so, since the bristles of brushes wear down and aren’t as effective at cleaning.

3. Use a Toothpaste with Fluoride

Fluoride is a natural element, and it’s been well-established that small amounts of it strengthen your teeth. You can get toothpastes with fluoride or a fluoride rinse to keep your teeth in the best shape possible. If you are at special risk for cavities, fluoride toothpaste and rinses are an especially good addition to your oral health routine.

4. Don’t Chew Tobacco or Smoke

Tobacco products have been linked with increased risk of tooth decay. Studies show people using smokeless tobacco are especially vulnerable to cavities at the gumline. While chewing tobacco raises your risk the most (which makes sense considering the stuff is right in your mouth), smoking is also dangerous for your oral health.

5. Go to the Dentist Twice a Year

After a solid brushing/flossing routine at home and other lifestyle choices that keep your teeth healthy, going to the dentist bi-annually is the best way to prevent cavities. Dr. McCord, Dr. Knox, and the team at Mint Dental Care are here to give your teeth a professional cleaning and catch any problems before they become serious. We can see your mouth and teeth much more thoroughly than you can, and provide expert care and advice on how to keep cavities at bay.

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Will Lemonade & Other Citrus Drinks Erode Teeth?

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In addition to regular brushing and flossing, your diet is an integral part of your oral health. While you probably know that sugary sodas can damage teeth and make you more susceptible to cavities, sodas aren’t the only beverages that can erode your teeth. Today, we want to talk about the impact that citrusy drinks like orange juice or lemonade can have on your pearly whites.

How Does Citrus Impact Teeth?

While citrus has plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are good for health, it can also damage your teeth. How can something be healthy for your body but potentially damaging for your teeth? Well, citrus is also high in citric acid, one of the enemies of healthy teeth.

How Does Acid Damage Teeth?

At any given moment, your mouth is full of bacteria. Some bacteria are beneficial — they break down food as you chew and kick-start your digestive process. Other bacteria are harmful because they break down sugars and starches and produce acid as a by-product. Acid wears away on your tooth enamel and can lead to cavities and other oral health problems as a result. When you consume additional acid (citric acid, for example) on top of the acid your body already produces, you can speed up enamel erosion.

Without proper oral hygiene, acid can mix with bacteria to form bacterial plaque. This substance sticks to teeth, erodes enamel, and can harden into tartar if left untreated. Not only does bacterial plaque lead to more cavities, it can irritate gums and cause the early stages of gum disease.

How Can You Limit the Impact of Citric Acid on Teeth?

Practice good oral hygiene routine at home to limit the impact of citric acid on your teeth. Additionally, visit our office regularly for professional cleanings and dental exams. To ask our team any questions about the impact of citrus on your oral health or to schedule your next visit, call us today!

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Tips to Improve Oral Health

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New season, new school year, new you! With our help, it’s time for you to recommit to your oral care. In this blog post, we’ll go over some simple things you can do to improve your oral health.

Perfect Your Dental Routine

Here’s what you need to do at home in order to keep your teeth healthy. Be sure to brush at least twice per day. When you brush it should be for a full two minutes. Set a timer if you need to, this time is important. Brush gently so as not to inflict damage on your teeth and gums. Flossing is just as important as brushing, so don’t skip it. It’s crucial that you get at those hard to reach areas that a toothbrush just can’t access.

Favor Tooth-Healthy Foods

You probably know the most important rule: go easy on the sugar. The same goes for starchy, carb-laden foods. Sugar and carbs will feed the bacteria that creates plaque on your teeth. Plaque, in turn, eats away at your protective enamel, causing damage and decay. What can you eat? Fruits and veggies are always smart choices, dairy and nuts are great too.

Use Flouride

If you’re not already incorporating fluoride into your tooth care regimen, go ahead and start. A fluoride toothpaste or rinse will have a positive impact on your oral health. Fluoride is a material that is naturally occurring, and it’s safe for use on your teeth. It makes your tooth enamel stronger. Enamel is the thin but hard outer layer of the tooth that protects the inside of the tooth from decay, infection, and other damage.

Biannual Visits to Mint Dental Care

Without regular visits to the dentist, there’s no way to ensure your oral health. When you visit our office, we give your teeth a deep, professional clean, and examine your mouth for any issues that may need to be addressed.

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Is It Normal to Lose Teeth As We Age?

As you age, you’ll likely notice some changes in your mouth. In this post we’ll help you understand what’s normal, and what you can do to make sure your mouth stays healthy as you get older.

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What Causes Tooth Loss?

Although it is more common to lose teeth when we’re older, it isn’t necessarily something that has to happen. With good oral care, you should be able to keep all or most of your natural teeth well into old age. When we see tooth loss in seniors, it usually stems from poor oral care, poor diet, or a combination of both factors.

Preventing Tooth Loss

Unfortunately, some people tend to want to abandon their oral care habits as they get older. This is a no-no if you want to keep your teeth. Maintain a vigilant oral care routine, brushing twice daily and flossing once every day. Eat healthy and see your dentist regularly. Dental visits are really key to maintaining oral health as we age, as the dentist can pinpoint and address early signs of decay, let you know how your medications may be affecting your oral health, and help you treat common issues such as dry mouth.

Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth loss happens, and when it does there are plenty of comfortable options to replace the missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants are a favored solution to single missing teeth, especially because they look and feel just like the real thing. Partial dentures or bridges are a fantastic solution to a group of missing teeth, and dentures can be used to replace a full set. If you have experienced tooth loss, your dentist will walk you through the options that are best suited to you and your budget.

Oral Care for All Ages at Mint Dental Care

As we said, seeing your dentist is one of the most important things you can do for your health as you age. If you have lapsed in your visits, it’s time to give us a call! We look forward to seeing you at our office soon.

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