Posts for category: Oral Health

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
December 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

When you have a major toothache, doing the most basic activities like eating, talking, or just taking an afternoon nap can be a major chore.toothache Some patients who have dental anxiety allow the pain to go on until it’s completely unbearable. It is best to address a toothache as soon as possible so that you can get back to normal living. Learn how you can treat a toothache with help from Dr. Robert LaRocque at his Nashua, NH dentist office.

What Causes Toothaches?
A toothache is caused by some type of inflammation or irritation of the nerves that are inside of a tooth. It is often due to some form of tooth decay, but in some cases a toothache starts after an injury. Some tooth pains happen because something is lodged between the teeth. In some cases, dental pain will go away on its own, but if it persists, worsens, or reoccurs, that may be a sign that you need dental treatment as soon as possible.

How a Toothache Is Treated
In most cases, your Nashua dentist will treat a toothache with a root canal or cavity filling. During a root canal, the tissue that is inflaming the nerves in your tooth is removed and the area is cleared of all bad bacteria. While you may experience some discomfort after this treatment, the pain will subside substantially and you can get back to eating, drinking, and talking normally. 

Avoiding Toothaches in the Future
There are a few things that you can do to avoid future problems with toothaches. Here are a few suggestions:

- Brush all of the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly, especially the molars where cavities and decay are most common.
- Eat foods that help strengthen the enamel and keep the mouth clean (crunchy vegetables, calcium-rich cheese, yogurt, leafy greens).
- Avoid sugary foods that can degrade the tooth enamel.
- Start a smoking cessation program (no tobacco products).
- See your dentist at the first sign of a problem, even if it's a minor ache.

Get Treatment from Dr. LaRocque
Don't let a toothache consume your days and nights. Get help from Dr. LaRocque at his Nashua, NH dentist office today by calling (603) 883-6010.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
October 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Most sports injuries involving children and teens involve hard contact, say health experts at John Hopkins University. Parents, you're not athletic mouthguardsurprised, are you? You've been in the ER for an ankle sprain from football, and you worry about concussions from soccer. What about oral injuries? Well, they rank high on the list of sports injuries, too, leading to the question, "Does my child need an athletic mouth guard?" Why not ask your Nashua, NH dentist, Dr. Robert LaRocque?

More than broken teeth

Basically, your dentist in Nashua will tell you that yes, your child needs an athletic mouthguard, and it's not just for wrestling, martial arts or football. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that children, teens and adults should wear custom-made mouth guards for other types of physical activities such as biking, lifting weights, gymnastics and running. While we may not think these sports threaten our oral health, they really can.

For instance, children fall off bikes--often face first, fracturing jaws, cutting the lips and tongue and knocking out teeth. Running and weight lifting exert tremendous pressures on the jaw and teeth because children and teens typically clench and grind their teeth while exerting themselves physically. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD, may occur over time.

The ADA goes on to say that kids and adults benefit from mouth guards because these appliances:

  • Cushion teeth and gums
  • Cover teeth (and braces)
  • Protect against blows to the mouth and jaw
  • Help avoid concussions and other head injuries

Additionally, for younger children who still have many primary teeth, mouth guards protect against premature loss and the misalignment, speech and nutritional problems that often accompany missing baby teeth.

Types of athletic mouth guards

By far the best kind of athletic mouth guard for your child is one he or she wears consistently. So Dr. La Rocque and his caring team urge parents to instill the mouth guard habit early on in a child's development, along with car seats, seat belts and other precautions.

Also, your Nashua dentist asks you to avoid drug store "boil and bite" guards. Typically, they are made from lower quality materials, and because they are a modified one-size-fits-all appliance, fit and durability are not optimal.

Rather, your best bet is a custom-crafted acrylic mouth guard from your dentist. These appliances fit perfectly, feel comfortable and allow your child to breathe freely. Dr. LaRocque will examine your child's mouth and take careful oral impressions to ensure proper size and fit. He'll also check your child's appliance at his or her semi-annual exam and cleaning appointment.

Keep smiling

You and your child can when you protect his or her teeth and gums with a custom-made athletic mouth guard. For more information or to arrange a consultation, contact Dr. LaRocque in Nashua, NH at (603) 883-6010.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
June 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

It doesn’t have to be difficult to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Here’s how!dental hygiene

Whether our Nashua, NH, dentist, Dr. Robert LaRocque, just told you that you have a cavity or you just realized that you aren’t really sure what your smile needs to stay healthy, there has never been a better time to reevaluate everything you are doing for your smile. Discover the many ways you can keep teeth and gums feeling their best!

Perfect Your Technique

While most people brush and floss their teeth, not everyone was shown the proper technique. If you really aren’t sure if you are brushing or flossing properly, this is the perfect time to talk to our Nashua general dentist to get some advice on how to care for your smile. Remember, if you’ve just recently started flossing again you may notice sore or even bleeding gums; however, gums will toughen up the more often you do it.

Ditch the Cigarettes

If you are someone who uses any kind of tobacco product, this is the perfect time to find out the best strategies for kicking that habit once and for all. If you are a smoker, you may find that you deal with nasty stains, bad breath, gum disease or prolonged healing. Not to mention the fact that this habit can greatly increase your chances of oral cancer.

Avoid Sugar

Sugar can really cause a lot of damage to healthy tooth enamel, particularly if you consume a lot. You may be surprised to find out just how much sugar you eat everyday that you weren’t even aware of. Just because you aren’t enjoying dessert doesn’t mean that you aren’t eating foods and drinks with a surprising amount of sugar.

Don’t Drink Diet Sodas or Sports Drinks

You may think you are being more health conscious by picking up the sugar-free soda or sports drinks, but these beverages still contain a lot of acids, which can be just as damaging to enamel as sugar. If you want to protect your teeth from erosion, then just opt for a refreshing bottle of water.

Don’t let decay and other issues ruin your oral health. Call our Nashua, NH, dental office to schedule your upcoming cleaning. If you haven’t been keeping up with those six-month appointments, it’s time you started. Book your next routine exam today!

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
March 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   periodontics  

Are you worried about your puffy gums, loose teeth or bad breath?gum disease

If so, it’s time to give Dr. Robert LaRocque in Nashua, NH, a call.

The fact is, puffy gums could be a sign of developing gum disease – a condition you want to eliminate as quickly as possible. Gum disease, which is caused by bacteria that also causes plaque and tartar on your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and tooth and bone loss. The good news is that gum disease can be treated and even prevented.

The American Dental Association notes that gum disease starts as a condition called gingivitis, which is characterized by the red, swollen, tender gums; if left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis, which can cause serious problems.

Some people are more prone to gum disease than others. According to the ADA, people with poor oral health habits, people with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, and people taking certain medications can be more susceptible to gum disease. Your Nashua dentist can help you come up with a plan to head off gum disease before it gets serious.

The ADA suggests regular oral hygiene which includes brushing, flossing and regular visits/checkups with a qualified dentist such as Dr. LaRocque.

Don’t ignore these signs of gum disease:

  • Persistent, severe bad breath
  • Persistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Tender, painful gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Gums that have pulled away or receded from your teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Change in bite alignment
  • Discoloration

If you live in Nashua, NH, and suspect you might have gum disease, make an appointment with Dr. LaRocque today. For more information call 603-883-6010.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
August 19, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Flossing  

Gum DiseaseLearn more about the many benefits that flossing affords those who properly care for their smiles.

You’ve probably heard your Nashua dentist, Robert J. LaRocque, DMD, MAGD, tell you that it’s important that you floss your teeth each day, but you may be wondering why flossing is so vital to your oral health. What is it about that thin piece of string that can protect not only your teeth and gums from problems but your general health, as well? Find out the many health advantages you can reap when you floss daily.

Reduce your risk of gum disease

If you aren’t a flosser then you’ve probably experienced the dreaded scraping at your regular dental visit to remove tartar. Tartar is a hardened plaque that forms along the gums. Once tartar appears the only way to remove it is by seeing your Nashua dentist Dr. LaRocque for a professional cleaning. Luckily flossing and brushing teeth every day can prevent tartar altogether.

Flossing helps by dislodging plaque from between teeth so it is unable to turn into tartar. By flossing regularly, you can keep this buildup from happening. Unfortunately for those who don’t floss and often don’t see their dentists they are significantly more likely to develop gum disease, an inflammatory infection that can cause tooth and bone loss. Prevent gum disease altogether by flossing regularly. Your checkbook will certainly thank you!

Prevent certain systemic diseases

You may think that flossing is only good for your oral health, but think again! In fact, research has found that the bacteria in your mouth can actually negatively impact your overall health, too. If you want to keep heart disease, respiratory disorders and diabetes at bay, then it might be time to start flossing those teeth. Flossing only takes a couple of minutes each day and this little habit could actually help you live longer.

Want to know how to floss properly to get the best clean you can? Then turn to your Nashua dentist Dr. LaRocque to show you the ropes when it comes to flossing techniques. Feel free to ask us the next time you come in for your routine visit.