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Dr. Eric Paul Buck, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Eric Buck is a Dentist practicing in Dublin, OH. Dr. Buck specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Dr. Eric Paul Buck, DDS
  • Dublin, OH
  • Accepting new patients

Does bottle feed impact the teeth in a baby?

Breast feeding is best for development of the jaws and tongue placement, but there are specific bottles that have nipples that can create a similar effect. The key is the tongue READ MORE
Breast feeding is best for development of the jaws and tongue placement, but there are specific bottles that have nipples that can create a similar effect. The key is the tongue needs to be placed in the roof of the mouth when swallowing to expand the upper jaw which promotes better breathing and swallowing habits as they grow and start eating solid foods. My advice would be to visit with a pediatric dentist or orthodontist to discuss the best options. Many pediatricians do not understand these concepts as well as those in the dental community. The decisions you make now will affect the growth and development of your child so you are wise to seek the advice of those professionals. Lastly, in regards to bottles, do not put your child to bed with a bottle that has anything other than water. Milk, juice, and other liquids will cause tooth decay very rapidly and significantly as your child gets teeth.  

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I am having excessive saliva secretion in my mouth. Does it mean an infection?

No, it's very unlikely that it would indicate an infection. Talk with your dentist to determine what might be causing it.

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Is bleeding of gums dangerous for a diabetic patient?

Yes, as a diabetic, you are at a higher risk for periodontal (gum/bone) disease. Bleeding gums is not normal and means there is bacteria and toxic waste under your gums causing READ MORE
Yes, as a diabetic, you are at a higher risk for periodontal (gum/bone) disease. Bleeding gums is not normal and means there is bacteria and toxic waste under your gums causing inflammation. You could also have bone loss which creates a pocket where more infection can develop. Eventually, you will lose your teeth due to this bone loss.  Get to your dentist so they can measure your bone levels and assess the health of your gums. Typically, we recommend our diabetic patients to have their teeth cleaned every 3 months because they are at such a high risk for developing periodontal disease. Hope that information helps.   
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How often will I have to replace my braces?

Typically, your dentist or orthodontist will want to see you once a month. Your brackets will stay on your teeth. They will change the wires and elastics. 
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My tooth in the back is half broken, what should I do?

Visit your dentist as quickly as possible. It will not get better on it's own and a severe infection can set in that can affect other teeth. There are no home remedies you can READ MORE
Visit your dentist as quickly as possible. It will not get better on it's own and a severe infection can set in that can affect other teeth. There are no home remedies you can perform to prevent the infection. Your dentist may be able to save the tooth if it doesn't break any further.   
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Having an abscessed tooth? What could this mean?

An abscessed tooth is a tooth in which bacteria has entered the tooth and followed the path of least resistance through the canals inside the roots of the tooth where the nerves READ MORE
An abscessed tooth is a tooth in which bacteria has entered the tooth and followed the path of least resistance through the canals inside the roots of the tooth where the nerves and blood supply used to reside.  The bacteria then begin to proliferate at the tip of the root or roots destroying bone and causing inflammation.  If the source of the infection is removed then the body can then heal the area and the bone will regenerate.  This can be done with either root canal therapy in which the canals inside the root are cleaned and disinfected or the tooth is removed.  Pain typically begins when the inflammation and pressure from infection reach a point where there is nerve innervation and irritation.  The infection will not go away on it's own so yes, pain typically will ensue given enough time.  Secondary serious infection can develop as the infection continues to grow into spaces between muscles causing eye and sinus issues in the upper arch and airway issues in the lower arch.  Much more serious cases involve neurologic and brain infection.  You dentist can assess clinically and take radiographs to determine if a tooth is infection and if an abscess is present.  Hope this helps! 
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Can an infected tooth spread the infection to the other teeth as well?

Yes, the bacteria will definitely start to infect the other teeth, soft tissue, airway, etc. with enough time.  The infection needs to be mechanically removed due to the fact that READ MORE
Yes, the bacteria will definitely start to infect the other teeth, soft tissue, airway, etc. with enough time.  The infection needs to be mechanically removed due to the fact that the bacteria have already eaten away the transport system (ie blood vessels) that would normally carry the antibiotics to the inside of the tooth.  Good oral hygiene such as flossing and brushing will help reduce the bacterial load in the mouth, but the infection will not go away with just antibiotics.  Get in to see your dentist to remove the source of the infection as soon as possible. Eric Buck, DDS5142 Blazer ParkwayDublin, OH 43017
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What if only one tooth is crooked?

Usually one tooth is crooked because there isn't enough room for the tooth to fit.  Therefore all the teeth in the arch need to expand in order to have room for it to fit.  If READ MORE
Usually one tooth is crooked because there isn't enough room for the tooth to fit.  Therefore all the teeth in the arch need to expand in order to have room for it to fit.  If there is room for the tooth then the braces would just need to move it to put it in alignment and other teeth would not need to be repositioned.  You can utilize clear aligners (ie Invisalign, Clearcorrect, etc.) or traditional brackets and wires to move the teeth.  Visit your dentist for further explanation and treatment options.  Hope that helps! Eric Buck

Can I whiten my teeth with baking soda alone?

Baking soda may take off some external staining, but the main reason to use baking soda is to reduce the amount of acidity that the bacteria release in your mouth which causes READ MORE
Baking soda may take off some external staining, but the main reason to use baking soda is to reduce the amount of acidity that the bacteria release in your mouth which causes weakening of enamel and subsequent cavities. So baking soda will help prevent cavities. Dark teeth need a bleaching agent that penetrates through the enamel crystalline structure and oxidizes the intrinsic stain in the tooth. No matter what you have read on the Internet, there is no legitimate research that indicates whitening agents will damage your teeth. Color of the tooth comes from the inside because enamel is translucent. In office treatments or custom bleaching trays will provide the best results because those bleaching agents penetrate deeper which will brighter your teeth. See your dentist because they will be able to make your smile look the best.

Skin is shedding on the inside of my mouth (my cheeks). Is this normal?

Probably not your toothpaste (although some people are sensitive to sodium lauryl sulfate which is in most toothpastes). It could be from mouth breathing and the drying out of READ MORE
Probably not your toothpaste (although some people are sensitive to sodium lauryl sulfate which is in most toothpastes). It could be from mouth breathing and the drying out of the mucosal tissue inside your cheeks. It can also happen if you are contracting your cheek muscles while you sleep. People usually do this if they grind or clench due to sleep apnea, GERD, or some medications that cause grinding/clenching. There are other diseases that can cause this as well such as leukoedema, leukoplakia, pre-cancerous dysplasia, vitamin B deficiency, etc. so you should have your dentist take a look to get a diagnosis.