Posts for category: Oral Health

By North Main Dental Inc
September 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Loose Filling  

Do you have a filling that feels a little loose? Give Dr. James Shepler and Dr. Jamie Shepler of North Main Dental in Dayton, OH, a call. The dentists offer treatments that will help you protect your smile.

How fillings loosen

Fillings are designed to withstand years of chewing and biting but can become loose in some cases. You may be more likely to notice a loose filling if:

  • A new cavity develops around the filling
  • You use your teeth to open objects or eat hard foods, like nuts and hard pretzels
  • You've had the filling for a long time
  • You grind your teeth while you sleep

You may be able to feel that your filling is loose or move it back and forth with your tongue. Other signs aren't so obvious. Your filling may be loose if your tooth hurts when you eat, or you notice pain after you eat or drink anything sweet, hot, or cold.

What to do if your filling is loose

You'll need to visit your dentists in Dayton, OH, if you have a loose filling. Until it's time for your appointment, follow these recommendations:

  • Don't chew with the tooth
  • Swish warm salt water in your mouth to decrease pain
  • Add temporary filling repair material, available at drugstores, to your tooth if you've lost the filling completely 
  • Use an ice pack or over-the-counter numbing gel to manage pain
  • Don't eat or drink hot, cold, or sugary beverages and foods

Treatments for loose fillings

You'll need a new filling if your current restoration is loose, lost, or damaged. If a new cavity is formed around the old filling, it may not always be possible to simply add a new filling.

An inlay, onlay, or dental crown may be needed instead. Inlays and onlays are restorations made in dental laboratories. Inlays fit inside the cusps, the pointed bumps on your teeth. Outlays extend beyond the cusps. If the area to be filled is large, your dentist may recommend a crown. Crowns fit over the tops of teeth, covering them completely.

Don't let a loose filling affect your oral health! Call your Dayton, OH, dentists, Dr. James Shepler and Dr. Jamie Shepler of North Main Dental, at (937) 275-0076 to schedule your appointment.

By North Main Dental Inc
January 14, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

How Invisalign from your dentists in Dayton, OH can give you an outstanding smile, easily and comfortably

If you have rotated teeth, chances are you have trouble flossing. If you have poor alignment in your jaws, you may be self-conscious about it. If this sounds like you, it’s time for you to investigate Invisalign, the most discreet orthodontic treatment available.

You don’t have to travel to an orthodontist for Invisalign treatment. Dr. James M. Shepler and Dr. Jamie Shepler at North Main Dental in Dayton, OH offer full-service dentistry, including Invisalign, to give you an outstanding smile.

Invisalign isn’t like conventional brackets and wires. In fact, Invisalign doesn’t use any metal parts at all. Instead, Invisalign uses smooth, clear plastic appliances, known as aligners. These aligners offer important benefits like these:

  • A beautiful appearance, because the aligners are clear; that makes them almost invisible to people around you.
  • Comfortable teeth straightening, because the aligners are smooth, with no sharp parts to irritate your tissue.
  • Unrivaled convenience, because you can remove the aligners to eat the foods you love, and you can remove them to brush and floss, without using cumbersome tools.
  • Fast results, because Invisalign treatment is completed in an average of 9 to 15 months.

Invisalign treatment goes like this:

  1. You receive your first set of aligners, and you wear them for 2 weeks.
  2. You move on to a new set of aligners, which you also wear for 2 weeks.
  3. You keep progressing to a new set of aligners every 2 weeks, as your teeth comfortably move into the proper position.
  4. You will visit your dentist every few weeks to track your progress.

Invisalign can correct many major alignment and positioning issues including:

  • Overbite or underbite
  • Crossbite or open bite
  • Rotated, crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overlapped teeth

You and your smile deserve to enjoy the benefits and comfort of Invisalign. To find out more about how Invisalign can help you achieve an outstanding smile, call Dr. James M. Shepler and Dr. Jamie Shepler of North Main Dental in Dayton, OH at (937) 275-0076. Call today!

By North Main Dental Inc
June 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Periodontal Health  

Your gums can reveal more about the state of your health than you might think.

How often do you think about your gums? Probably rarely, if ever, right? If you’re shaking your head it may be time to consider what you’re doing to maintain good periodontal health. After all, your gums play a major role in your oral and general health. From the office of our Dayton, OH, dentist Drs. James & Jamie Shepler, here’s why maintaining healthy gums is so important,

They support your teeth

So you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and you think your smile looks amazing; however, your teeth are only as healthy as your gums. After all, it’s your gums that support your teeth. More than half of the American adult population has some degree of gum disease, which damages the gums and prevents them from being able to support your teeth. As a result, this leads to loose teeth and eventual tooth loss. That’s why keeping your gums healthy is a boon for the rest of your smile.

Possibly reduce your risk for heart disease

The gums are a window into your general health as much as your oral health. People with gum disease are 2-3 times more at risk for having a heart attack, stroke or serious cardiac event. While the link between these two diseases is still not fully understood, it’s best to play it safe and focus on ways to maintain healthy gums.

How can I promote healthier gums?

If you’ve never really thought about your gum health before it’s time you started. After all, anyone is at risk for developing gum disease. Here are some ways to keep gums healthy,

  • Floss at least once a day (preferably before brushing)
  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Eat a healthy, nutrient-dense diet rich in vegetables
  • Chew sugar-free gums
  • Use an antimicrobial mouthwash throughout the day
  • Visit your Dayton, OH, family dentist twice a year for checkups

When was the last time you visited the dentist? If it’s been more than six months then it’s time to call North Main Dental at (937) 275-0076 to schedule an appointment with our Dayton, OH, dental team.

By North Main Dental Inc
July 26, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Teeth CleaningAre you in need of a dental cleaning? Well look no further. Your Dayton, OH, dentists, Dr. James Shepler and Dr. Jamie Shepler, can help you.

Cavities are formed when a person eats sugary foods and doesn't brush, or floss. An unhealthy oral regimen can breakdown enamel allowing cavities to form. The result is the accumulation of plaque, which contains an acid-producing bacteria that breaks down the enamel, the protective layer covering your teeth. This exposes the sensitive layers of the tooth and allows bacteria to infect the pulp, which may lead to tooth loss.

Preventative Dental Care

If you want to prevent any of these procedures, then you need to visit your doctor every six months for a regular dental cleaning.

Your Dayton Dentist will examine your teeth, diagnose any disease you may have, such as gum disease, then you hygienist will perform a regular cleaning. If there's gum disease, then your doctor will deep clean your teeth to help resolve the issue.

A dental hygienist examines your oral tissues to determine which areas need the most cleaning. They will use an ultrasonic scaler, or curettes to remove any plaque from around your teeth surfaces. Plaque is a result of acid-producing bacteria that accumulates on teeth and around gums. An ultrasonic scaler, a hand-held tool with a tiny tip, vibrates at a high frequency to break up hardened deposits of plaque. Then a constant stream of liquid cools the tip and washes away plaque debris.

Sometimes curettes are used instead because they easily fit around and between teeth. Professional cleanings ensure removal of stubborn plaque, with the final step involving a low-speed rotary brush that polishes your now clean teeth.


  • Sealants: Your dentist will clean and dry your tooth, then apply an acid gel on the surface of the tooth, the chewing surface will become rougher. Your doctor will then remove the gel, dry the tooth and apply sealant onto the grooves and expose it to a special blue light to make the sealant hard. This will prevent bacteria from entering grooves and cracks in your teeth and deteriorating your teeth.
  • Dental Implants: If cavities have deteriorated your tooth, a dental implant may help you. Dental implants consist of replacing the tooth root with a titanium post and placing an abutment and crown on top. This will strengthen your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile.

If you have any questions and/or concerns or would simply like to ask a question about dental cleaning, just call your Dayton, OH, dentists today!

By North Main Dental Inc
January 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Despite progress in the fight against periodontal disease, millions of American adults are still at risk for gum disease and tooth loss. Over periodontal disease170 million American adults over the age of 30 are missing at least one tooth, and approximately 40 million are missing all of their natural teeth. The good news is that thanks to greater awareness, preventive care, and advancements in dental technology and procedures, more and more Americans are keeping more of their natural teeth well into old age than ever before. The dentists at North Main Dental Inc. in Dayton, OH, offer comprehensive prevention and treatment options for every stage of gum disease.

Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in Dayton, OH

Like most oral health problems, the fight against gum disease begins in your own home. Although some people are more at risk than others due to factors such as lifestyle, diet, and genetics, practicing good oral hygiene and preventive dental care is the first line of defense against periodontal disease and tooth loss at any age.

What is Periodontal Disease Therapy and How Does it Work?

There are several stages of gum disease, ranging from mild (gingivitis) to severe (periodontitis). If left untreated, gum disease typically gets worse over time and may ultimately result in tooth loss and other complications. The first step in protecting your oral health and managing gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene at home, and to visit the dentist every six months for a check up and dental cleaning.

If you are suffering from gum disease, there are several treatment options available depending on the severity and extent of damage to your gums:

Scaling and Root Planing - A deep cleaning treatment that removes plaque and tartar buildup from the areas below your gums where a tooth brush and floss can't reach

Periodontal Laser Treatment - In some cases gum tissue may become so damaged that it needs to be removed. Laser therapy can be less invasive and minimize side effects from traditional gum surgery.

Gum Grafting - If your gums have receded due to gum disease, a gum graft may be necessary to help protect exposed areas of the tooth or root.

Dental Implants - Implants replace the root as well as the crown of a missing tooth.

Find a Dentist in Dayton, OH

Don't let gum disease ruin your smile and your oral health. For more information about prevention and treatment options, call North Main Dental Inc. at (937) 275-0076 to schedule an appointment today.