July 7, 2016
Your child’s baby teeth are important teeth. That’s why Grant D. Ringler DDS, your Hutchinson, KS dentist, likes to see little ones by age 1 or within 6 months of when that first little tooth appears. Learn what happens at the first dental visit and what services Dr. Grant Ringler, Dr. Melissa Barnhart and Dr. Justin Barnhart offer families. (more…)
October 27, 2015
If you’ve got a cavity, you don’t have a choice about whether or not to get it filled. Left untreated, small cavities become much larger, more painful problems. Something you do have control over,
though, is what you get it filled with. Today’s cavities can be repaired with silver, gold or tooth colored — also known as white or composite — fillings. Let’s take a look at each to understand why your dentist prefers to help patients restore their teeth with tooth colored fillings in Hutchinson.
September 2, 2015
If you had to grade yourself on your dental care right now, from 1-10, what would your score be? 10? 7? …3? Whether we have good habits or not, we all know what we should do to maintain good oral health. Healthy teeth require brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting the dentist every six months. When it comes to what you can control about your mouth health, that’s really about as much as you can do — the rest comes down to genetics.
July 20, 2015
Pregnancy doesn’t just effect your reproductive system. It effects the entire body. Shifts in hormones are responsible for numerous positive and negative physiological changes. Your oral health is not exempt from these changes. Hormonal shifts during pregnancy can lead to numerous dental concerns. It’s essential to maintain excellent oral hygiene at home, and never cancel your regular checkup during pregnancy. Let Dr. Grant D. Ringler help you preserve your oral health throughout your pregnancy. Call to schedule an appointment at our convenient Hutchinson, KS dental office today.
December 10, 2014
Although seeing your dentist may not be at the top of your list of things to do this time of year, it should be. That’s especially true if it has been longer than six months since your last dental exam. These routine exams protect not only your dental health, but your overall health and well being. One important way a dental exam protects your health is through oral cancer screenings. Oral cancer is a highly deadly form of cancer, mainly because it is often found in the later stages of development, since some patients go for years without seeing their dentist. The good news is that the earlier oral cancer is found, the higher the chance for remission and a positive outcome. Nothing is more important than your health. Don’t put off the dental exam that could save your life. Make your dental checkup and oral cancer screening appointment with the office of Dr. Grant Ringler today. Dr. Ringler and his team of compassionate dental professionals serve families daily throughout Hutchison, KS, Newton, Winfield, Manhattan, Great Bend, El Dorado, and the surrounding communities.
General and Family Dentist Advice: What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?
- A sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal after a few weeks
- A lump or thickening of the lining of the mouth
- A white or reddish patch inside the mouth
- Loose teeth or ill fitting dentures
- Tongue pain, jaw pain, or stiffness
- Difficult or painful chewing or swallowing
- A persistent sore throat or feeling that something is caught in your throat
General and Family Dentist Advice: Oral Cancer Risk Factors
The main risk factors for developing oral cancer are behavioral including: using tobacco products, drinking alcohol, excessive sun exposure, and contraction of the Human Papillomavirus. Oral cancer is twice more likely in men than women, but this is probably associated with the increase in tobacco and alcohol use by men. However, everyone’s risk for developing oral cancer increases with age. In fact, two-thirds of individuals with oral cancer are 55 or older.
Oral cancer screenings are just one of the many ways that seeing your dentist regularly can keep you healthy. Make an appointment with the office of Dr. Grant Ringler today for the oral cancer screening you need to stay healthy. Dr. Ringler and his team of highly qualified general and family dentists proudly restore smiles daily throughout Hutchison, KS, Newton, Winfield, Manhattan, Great Bend, El Dorado, and nearby areas.