Pain medications at the dental office.

Pain medications at the dental office.

Today in the dental office Pops – Dr. Medina to most of you- and I started talking about drugs. I was telling pops that as an ER nurse, I have about 30 drugs I give out regularly. From heart attacks to rashes, abdominal pain to migraines, I’d say everything gets treated with approximately 30 meds. Pops said he has his favorite 10. I asked him to tell me more, and found out about the BIG THREE. Obviously all pain medications given at the dental office are designed for short term pain relief only, while treatment is provided. If you come to the dental office for big pain- usually a toothache- Dr. Medina could give you the BIG THREE. These three … Continue reading →

Sockit! – Patient Instruction Sheet

Sockit! Oral Hygrogel Would Dressing

We at Season of Smiles Dental know that removing a tooth can be a very unpleasant experience.  We are continuously looking for products to make the transition as comfortable as possible.  One product that we have been using for a while now is called Sockit! and I found it while perusing the booths at Yankee Dental Convention.  I’m always on the look out for products that will help mouth sores, since I have a sensitive mouth and I’m susceptible to canker sores. When I looked at the ingredients, I said ”this is great! all natural food ingredients, soothing healing oils; let’s try it!” What is SockIt! made of? SockIt! is made from food ingredients, with no artificial components.  SockIt! contains mannose polysaccharides from Aloe vera, xylitol and a tiny … Continue reading →

Are your teeth sensitive?

Toothbrush Abrasion

Are your teeth sensitive? Do you avoid ice cold drinks or hot foods in certain areas?  Does coming to the dentist cause you anxiety because you are waiting for that “ZING!”? Tooth sensitivity is typically seen in areas where the gums have receded exposing the root surface.  This may be caused by toothbrush abrasion or an incorrect bite.  When the root surface is no longer protected, small tubes that go from the outside to the inside where the nerve is located are exposed or open.  When left open these small tubes can be easily stimulated and trigger pain.  Another form of tooth sensitivity can be caused by teeth grinding due to the excessive force and trauma on the teeth.  We do not … Continue reading →

(844) SOS-OUCH : Our new After Hours Dental Emergency Phone Number

(844) SOS-OUCH or (844) 767-6824.

We have a new after hours Emergency Number.  Our new after hours dental emergency phone number is (844) SOS-OUCH We have had a after hours dental emergency number for quite some time now. Our old number is (877) 437-2644. The old number is still active, and we continue to keep it active. So why the new number? At Seasons of Smiles Dental we take our after hours emergency calls seriously.  As you may know as of 2015, we have added some new member to our dental team.  We are currently using an online service to help us serve our community better.  The company, may have a silly name, but we have been with them for awhile now, and we … Continue reading →

I think the canary is in trouble.

Baby teeth with holes

Have you heard of the canaries that were used by the miners?  I guess the idea was that there were situations in the mines when dangerous gases would be present that could have dire consequences.  By taking canaries down into the mines, the miners would keep an eye on the canary.  If the canary became ill or died, the miner knew that he needed to get out. Can we think of baby teeth as the proverbial canary? The photo is very common, actually this photos was taken this year.  Mom called to make an appointment.  Her child was having a tooth ache, and we always want to help parents and children with tooth aches.  We attempted to take x-rays, but … Continue reading →

What happens when you bite down on a tongue ring

What happens when you bite down on your tongue ring

Recently we had a young woman coming through our office for a checkup. As I took a preliminary look around, this is what I saw. “I’m sorry to inform you, but you have a chipped tooth.” I was surprised by her response. She informed me that at one time she had a tongue ring, and as a result, she had chipped her tooth. She verbalized that for that very reason, she stopped wearing her tongue ring.  Press here to see photos of tongue rings. Tongue ring injuries : Unfortunately this was not the first time I had seen this. The very first time I saw this was on a fashionable young lady. The story she told me was that when … Continue reading →

“This American Life”, Toothaches and Tylenol

Tylenol - Use only as Directed

Do you listen to podcasts? I just love listening to talk radio in the middle of the night. I don’t know when the habit started, but I would reach over, turn the radio on, zone in on the voice talking and most of the time, within minutes, I would be sleeping again.  Overall it was a good plan except for one problem. The talking voice coming from the radio wasn’t as conducive to sleep for my wife. Is it any wonder that my wife got me my first iPod and earphone set?  I can listen to podcasts any time during the night, and as you can imagine, my wife just LOVES this arrangement so much better. This weekend I listened to … Continue reading →

Is This The Best Tooth Extraction Method You Can Possibly Imagine?

Do you need a tooth pulled? Or have a Dental Emergency? Wait! Don’t pull out the bow and arrows; No need to tie a string to your tooth and the door knob and slam the door! Give Seasons of Smiles Dental a call – we have state of the art equipment to help make your dental needs or dental emergency as comfortable as possible. Give us a call, we’re here for you. During office hours we can be reached at (207) 236-4740, after hours we can be reached at (877) 437-2644. A shout out to for this great gif. … Continue reading →

FDA warns of benzocaine complications in teething gels

This just came in from American Dental Association News.  We at Seasons of Smiles Dental are doing all we can to get the word out. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced April 7 that it continues to receive reports of methemoglobinemia, a rare but serious blood disorder that is associated with pain relievers containing benzocaine, including teething gels. The agency says that methemoglobinemia has been reported with all strengths of benzocaine gels and liquids, including concentrations as low as 7.5 percent. The cases involving low concentration products were mainly in children ages 2 or younger who were treated with the benzocaine gel form for teething. The FDA is advising health care professionals to refer to the American Academy of … Continue reading →

Even Catherine the Great had a toothache.

A book review from Seasons of Smiles Dental . Had my account been hacked into?!?!?!? “Catherine the Great – Portrait of a Woman“???!!! Previous purchases have been along the lines of “Team Seal Six“. “Catherine the Great” . . . Not something I would ever buy, but there it was, number one on my list of books to listen to. Not only that, but it took two precious tokens to purchase. Upon investigating, I found out that my older sister had gone through my recent purchases of audiobooks and decided that my reading list needed to be elevated. Just a tad bit too lowbrow. The new book by Pulitzer-winning biographer Robert K. Massie was needed. Older sister leads, little … Continue reading →

Tiger Woods Tooth – Tiger has a hole in one.

Tiger Woods is worried about the 19th hole.

Do you like going to the movies?  How about short, fun movie snippets?  Seasons of Smiles Dental has their own in-house movie producer…  yes, those silly short Dental ads are from our very own Ben Medina.  Come on over and check them out! Tiger has a “hole in one”. In this youtube video Tiger Woods has a “hole in one”.  A hole in his tooth. The dental dilemma, What to do, who do I call? Seasons of Smiles Dental Video Tiger – Help, help, help me. Reporter – Is this about the terrible golf you have been playing? Tiger – No, right now I am most worried about the 19th hole. The one in my tooth. Reporter – That is the least of your … Continue reading →