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Facts about Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

We know, the dentist is usually no laughing matter. With the relaxing, safe option of nitrous oxide, it can be! Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a gentle means to calm anxiety during your dental treatment at Town and Country Family Dentistry. Without a needle in sight (ouch!), both kids and adults can experience a relaxing option for their dental care. There are no side effects and the effects quickly wear off after the gas leaves your body through breathing natural air.

So, now you know some of the great benefits of laughing gas while you’re in the dental chair. We have compiled a list of other interesting facts about the glorious gas that is nitrous oxide. They may not leaving you rolling on the floor with laughter, but we’re sure you’ll find them interesting!

  • Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a very simple and naturally occurring gas.
  • It was discovered in 1772 by an English scientist named Joseph Priestley.
  • Nitrous oxide is also used in the food industry. For example, it gives whipped cream a lift to a fluffy texture.
  • It was not originally intended for medical purposes. Instead, it was used in social settings for entertainment in the years 1800-1844.
  • Nitrous oxide is also used in childbirth because it can be used at any point during labor.
  • Not everyone actually laughs because of laughing gas. Some people just get sleepy. The name comes from the feeling of euphoria it inspires!
  • It is also used in the automotive industry because it can act as an accelerant in motors.

More on these facts can be found at Health24.com.

Do you suffer from severe dental anxiety? The friendly team at Town and Country in Chesterfield, MO are here to help!

Contact us today to learn about other options such as IV sedation for more advanced treatments like implants and oral surgery.

Does Tooth Decay Run In The Family?

Does Tooth Decay Run In The Family?

You may be one of the many people who feel frustrated when they hear they have cavities, even though you brush twice a day and floss regularly. I know I know, you do exactly what the experts say should be done to avoid tooth decay, so what gives?

Genetics and how they effect oral hygiene

Yep, it’s very possible that your great great grandfather had a disposition towards tooth decay and passed it right on down to you. Nature is a mad scientist, so don’t feel bad, you could have inherited a tendency towards something much, much worse. The good news is you can still battle your genetic trait; it just takes a little more effort.

Before we get into the prevention techniques, let’s talk about the different factors that could lead to your unfortunate genetic inheritance.

1. Teeth are not all the same

The simple truth is that everybody has different teeth. In fact, teeth can be used as a unique identifier to your person, because no two sets of teeth are the same. Unfortunately, some teeth can have defects in their enamel that are prone to bacteria invasion, and some have deep crevices and grooves that trap bacteria.

2. Crooked need love too

Crooked or crowded teeth can sometimes be hard to clean properly, even with the most rigorous brushing. You may not even realize you’re not cleaning it as well as it needs, causing a bacterial build-up. Regular flossing is key to reaching those difficult places. Did you know that without flossing you miss cleaning about 35% of your tooth? Gross right?

3. Saliva, what a pal!

Saliva not only aids in the consumption and digestion of foods, it helps keep your teeth clean too! Those who are prone to dry mouth are at higher risk for cavities. Dry mouth can occur due to stress, medications, illness, or simply old age. Chewing gum (preferably sugar free) is encouraged because chewing stimulates saliva flow.

What now?

In short, if you think you may have some weak genes, that genetic disposition to tooth decay can still be combatted by following these guidelines.

  • Floss twice a day
  • Ask Dr. Mandefro about fluoride treatments
  • Chew sugar free gum to encourage saliva flow
  • Drink plenty of water, especially after meals
  • Use mouthwash
  • Maintain routine check-ups at Town and Country Family Dentistry