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Dr. Jesse Aron Grimm, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Jesse Grimm is a Dentist practicing in Kernersville, NC. Dr. Grimm 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.
29 years Experience
Dr. Jesse A. Grimm, DDS
  • Kernersville, NC
  • University of Detroit School of Dentistry
  • Accepting new patients

How long do I need to wear my retainer for?

How long do you want your teeth to stay straight? It may sound like I am being patronizing but that is now the best answer we can give a patient. We used to think you wear a retainer READ MORE
How long do you want your teeth to stay straight? It may sound like I am being patronizing but that is now the best answer we can give a patient. We used to think you wear a retainer for a few years after treatment and teeth should stay where we now have them. The fact teeth tend to move through out our life do to the forces on them. lower anterior crowding is a common occurrence weather you have had braces or not. So if you don't want your teeth to move wear some sort of retainer at least a few hours every day or three.

My son is sucking his thumb with adult teeth. What can happen?

Our teeth are where they are in our mouth because of the forces acting on them like lips and tongue.The issue with digit (thumbs, fingers) sucking is that we are introducing different READ MORE
Our teeth are where they are in our mouth because of the forces acting on them like lips and tongue.The issue with digit (thumbs, fingers) sucking is that we are introducing different forces to push the teeth and bone to different form. Now that the permanent teeth are coming in, we are moving to finale molding of those shapes and positions. Getting those digits out of the mouth. There a number of different strategies to try to accomplish this. Employing multiple at the same time usually works best. A cognitive therapy like explaining to the child that the digits are causing a problem in the formation of his/her teeth, jaws, face, and the benefit of stopping. Address why the child is sucking the digits and alternate healthier habits. There are physical barriers that can be used with varying success like socks on hands at bedtime to cribs in the mouth to prevent digits in the mouth. Talk to your dentist about the options and referrals if necessary.

Is tooth decay common with diabetes?

There are no studies I have seen or heard of linking diabetes and tooth decay. Diabetes is strongly linked with gum disease however. With gum disease you get loss of gum attachment READ MORE
There are no studies I have seen or heard of linking diabetes and tooth decay. Diabetes is strongly linked with gum disease however. With gum disease you get loss of gum attachment to the teeth exposing the root surface of the teeth and making them more susceptible to decay. Many different medications can cause dry mouth from decreased saliva flow which can increase tooth decay also. So even though there are no studies I know of directly linking tooth decay to diabetes it can indirectly contribute to it.

Should I go get my root canal done by a specialist?

If you would feel more comfortable having your root canal therapy completed at a specialist, go to the specialist. That is what they are there for. Your dentist is probably very READ MORE
If you would feel more comfortable having your root canal therapy completed at a specialist, go to the specialist. That is what they are there for. Your dentist is probably very capable of performing the treatment to professional quality standards, as many general dentists are. I,and probably your dentist, discuss the options with my patients and have no problem with them seeing a specialist for any treatment a specialist can perform if the patient is more comfortable with that. I believe your dentist feels the same way. Dr.Grimm

Is dry mouth possible because of my inhaler?

Yes. Many medications contribute to dry mouth. Inhalers usually have some medications in them that can contribute to the problem. It is usually recommended to thoroughly rinse READ MORE
Yes. Many medications contribute to dry mouth. Inhalers usually have some medications in them that can contribute to the problem. It is usually recommended to thoroughly rinse with water to minimize the effect because they tend to work locally or topically. Some can have a systemic effect, but rinsing can still help reduce or eliminate topical local oral effect.

Dr. Grimm.

Should I give my child whiskey while teething?

I have heard of swabbing gums with whisky when children are teething to help with teething discomfort. So, you are not actually giving the baby whisky you are swabbing the gums READ MORE
I have heard of swabbing gums with whisky when children are teething to help with teething discomfort. So, you are not actually giving the baby whisky you are swabbing the gums with some form of consumable alcohol which is some what antibacterial. However, these alcohols contain sugars that feed bacteria. Discomfort and pain in teething comes from the presence of inflammation. The inflammation comes from the presence of bacteria in the area while tissue around the erupting tooth is reorganizing with the eruption of the new tooth. Bacterial levels are best controlled by gently swabbing the area with a warm or cool wet wash cloth. Keeping the area clean will keep bacteria levels down and reduce and or eliminate the discomfort or pain in tooth eruption making whisky unnecessary.

Dr. Grimm

What are some tips for avoiding cavities?

There are many things to do to help avoid cavities: -Floss before you brush at least once a day, after every meal is best -Brush at least once a day-just before bed is best, READ MORE
There are many things to do to help avoid cavities:

-Floss before you brush at least once a day, after every meal is best
-Brush at least once a day-just before bed is best, after every meal is best.
-Drink only water or milk between meals. Most other drinks have a high acidity content that causes cavities, and diet drinks are just as bad. Things you add to water are acidic as well.
-If you chew gum or eat candy, make sure it is sweetened with Xylitol; it helps prevent cavities.
-Avoid sticky, chewy, sugary snacks, as they stick to your teeth and are big contributor to cavities.
-Check with a physician and see if you have acid reflux, it can be a contributor of decay.
-Too many acidic fruits too often in your diet can contribute to cavities.
-A post-floss and brush high and ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate) medicament applied to the the teeth just before bed and left on can greatly reduce cavities.
-Many medications contribute to dry mouth, which is a big contributor to tooth decay since saliva helps reduce bacteria and remineralize your teeth and prevent decay.
-See your dentist regularly for exams and teeth cleaning.

This is a good list of Do's, Don'ts, and things to check on that will go a long way to prevent cavities.

Dr. Grimm

Is it possible to whiten my teeth at home?

Unfortunately there are not any safe reliable home remedies that I know of to recommend. There are commercially available safe reliable home systems that are reasonably priced. READ MORE
Unfortunately there are not any safe reliable home remedies that I know of to recommend. There are commercially available safe reliable home systems that are reasonably priced.

Will asprin help my tooth pain?

Yes. Aspirin (acetysalicylic acid) is still a very good non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain reliever. It can be taken in combination with acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed on READ MORE
Yes. Aspirin (acetysalicylic acid) is still a very good non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain reliever. It can be taken in combination with acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed on their respective containers to achieve even greater pain control. Together they are better than opioid (codeine type) pain relievers. As with any medications, you may be taking other medications that aspirin can not be taken with, or have conditions where aspirin is not recommended, so check with your doctor and or pharmacist before taking any medications.

Dr. Grimm

I have some back teeth missing. Should I consider dental implants?

Yes to both questions. Lost teeth puts more stress on the remaining teeth and increased wear and a hi potential for shifting of other teeth and loss of vertical dimension of occlusion- READ MORE
Yes to both questions. Lost teeth puts more stress on the remaining teeth and increased wear and a hi potential for shifting of other teeth and loss of vertical dimension of occlusion- which is hoe far your jaws are from each other when your teeth are together. Loss in this distance can cause other jaw and hearing issues like tinitis-ringing in the ears, and tmd or jaw joint issues. So an oral exam and consult is best for a treatment plan for your situation. Dr. Grimm.

I have really bad breath, even though I brush and floss. What could be causing it?

Bad breath can be a combination of many factors. Flossing and brushing well after every meal will go a long way to curb the issues involved if you include brushing the roof of READ MORE
Bad breath can be a combination of many factors. Flossing and brushing well after every meal will go a long way to curb the issues involved if you include brushing the roof of your mouth and your tongue far back as you can comfortably get. Food particles, bacteria and there waste products-volatile sulfates are the contributors. Avoid alcohol containing rinses or sprays because they contribute to the problem by drying out tissues and saliva which increases volatile sulfates (rotten egg) and methyl mercaptan (barnyard) smells. So, drink plenty of water, use alcohol-free mouth washes and antibacterial sprays, and get your teeth and gums professionally checked cleaned three times a year.

Does a wisdom tooth need to be removed?

No, not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. Removal or keeping depends on many factors that need to be evaluated intraoraly and with special X-rays. These can usually be done  READ MORE
No, not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. Removal or keeping depends on many factors that need to be evaluated intraoraly and with special X-rays. These can usually be done  at your local dentist. 

Will being on a liquid diet affect my teeth in any way?

The main concern for any patient and liquids and amount of exposures per day. Many liquids we like to drink are acidic. Whether it is from a natural source, citric acid in fruit READ MORE
The main concern for any patient and liquids and amount of exposures per day. Many liquids we like to drink are acidic. Whether it is from a natural source, citric acid in fruit juices, tannic acid in teas, or an added source,carbonic and phosphoric acid in soft drinks. Some vegetable juices such as tomato are acidic as well. There are many resources online easily accessed that give acidic PH of many drinks and juices. Teeth start to dissolve at a ph of 5.5. Any liquid ph lower than that will dissolve teeth over time. This is where amount and duration of exposure to these liquids becomes a concern. A few exposures with short duration like a three meal day are usually no problem. More exposures with long duration like sipping drinks of this type often through the day are very damaging. Stomach acid is just as bad. If a liquid diet produces an acid reflux problem, that can be just as damaging. Sugary drinks like juices contribute to the problem by feeding bacteria that are naturally in our mouths and use these sugars to produce acids of their own that dissolve the teeth and cause tooth decay. So taking steps to avoid these issues by limiting the intake or exposure to the teeth, rinsing thoroughly with water after consuming acidic liquids and flossing and brushing regularly is a sensible plan for any diet pattern and will do you well.

My son has a habit of biting ice. Will this harm his teeth?

Yes. Ice is a very hard structure damaging to teeth. Crushed ice that is not just fresh out of the freezer is not as bad but still can damage teeth.

How long will I have to wait for my next session after first round of root canal?

If a root canal therapy cannot be completed in one visit there can be different reasons and length of time before reappoint can very with each reason. with standard root canal READ MORE
If a root canal therapy cannot be completed in one visit there can be different reasons and length of time before reappoint can very with each reason. with standard root canal therapy time of treatment may require more visit. excessive inflamation may require a second visit. excessive infection may require more than one visit to control and complete treatment. There is no set amount of time to wait for any of these scenarios. Usually two weeks will be enough time for reappoint but depends on the clinician and the case. As long as the patient is careful to follow post op instructions and avoid eating on the tooth,finish treatment with in one to two months should be fine. Dr. Grimm

What is the best way to treat dental plaque?

The best way to treat dental plaque is to prevent build up by regular proper flossing and brushing daily and regular dental visits for exam and maintenance. If your gums become READ MORE
The best way to treat dental plaque is to prevent build up by regular proper flossing and brushing daily and regular dental visits for exam and maintenance. If your gums become sore it could be gingivitis or a more severe periodontitis. Both of which could require a more involved treatment. Your best solution is to visit a dentist for evaluation and diagnosis to formulate a treatment plan and follow through with treatment. Dr. Grimm

Is the fluoride treatment at the dentist really worth it?

Yes, you should take advantage of the in office professional fluoride treatment. Most dentists are now using the varnish just like for children which incorporates over 6 hours READ MORE
Yes, you should take advantage of the in office professional fluoride treatment. Most dentists are now using the varnish just like for children which incorporates over 6 hours you can eat and drink. It comes off when you brush before bed. It provides an extra benefit of fluoride over about a 3 month period preventing decay. The professional rinse is more effective than the home rinse as well and is worth the investment. It is not the same as the home rinse. The home rinse can act as an added replenisher that is beneficial as well if you chose to use it in addition. Dr. Grimm

I just got a crown fit on my teeth but it hurts a lot. Does it require re-treatment?

Crown are restorations for significantly broken down teeth Some of those teeth have pulpal (internal dental soft tissue) problems that may require root canal therapy. Some times READ MORE
Crown are restorations for significantly broken down teeth Some of those teeth have pulpal (internal dental soft tissue) problems that may require root canal therapy. Some times just a crown being too high in occlusion(too tall, not fitting with opposing teeth) can make them very uncomfortable and need adjustment. Either way you should call your dentist and discuss your symptoms so an evaluation can be done and a diagnosis of your condition and discuss prop. Dr. Grimmer treatment

At what age can my little one start brushing her teeth on her own?

Her motivation is a great thing to foster. Continue to guide her in proper brushing. Following a certain pattern. Starting on the outside back right top work around the top front READ MORE
Her motivation is a great thing to foster. Continue to guide her in proper brushing. Following a certain pattern. Starting on the outside back right top work around the top front to the other side. Move to the inside and flow back around to the right again. Drop to the bottom right and around outside to left side. back inside and around to right again. Having a pattern set up and guided will encourage not missing any area. As her proficiency improves you can give her more freedom in the task. It is usually best to pretty closely monitor the process until about 6 yrs old. Lack of proper home care and diet can have serious consequences on teeth (significant decay-cavities). So, this short-term good supervision can have big results long-term. It is absolutely worth the effort.

Dr. Grimm

Are electric toothbrushes any better for the teeth?

Yes. Most all studies will show that electric tooth brushes do a better job than a manual. Just like a manual tooth brush you need to use them properly. you can damage the gum READ MORE
Yes. Most all studies will show that electric tooth brushes do a better job than a manual. Just like a manual tooth brush you need to use them properly. you can damage the gum tissue around your teeth by over brushing- being to aggressive, pressing to hard.The electric tooth to purchase to purchase is one that will let you know if you are pressing to hard ie-changes sound has a light that comes on. Something that indicates to the user they being to aggressive and will cause damage- Recession loss of gum tissue on the tooth. Proper use just gently guide the tooth brush over all surfaces and let it do the work. Dr.Grimm.