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Josephine (Jodi) D. Danna

Dentist

Dr. Josephine (Jodi) Danna is a Dentist practicing in Plano, Texas. Dr. Danna 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.
Josephine (Jodi) D. Danna
  • Plano, Texas
  • Baylor College
  • Accepting new patients

Why does a cracked tooth have to be pulled?

Well it actually depends on how far the fracture is. If the tooth is cracked above the gumline, you can place a crown on the tooth to hold the cracked tooth together so that it READ MORE
Well it actually depends on how far the fracture is. If the tooth is cracked above the gumline, you can place a crown on the tooth to hold the cracked tooth together so that it does not fracture any longer. Sometimes a root canal is necessary if the crack is into the nerve of the tooth. If the fracture is to large the only treatment option is extraction. Hope this helps.

Can flossing causes spaces between my teeth?

The answer is no, however if flossing incorrectly, this can cause you to loose gum tissue due to trauma. There is definitely a right way and a wrong way. Please see your family READ MORE
The answer is no, however if flossing incorrectly, this can cause you to loose gum tissue due to trauma. There is definitely a right way and a wrong way. Please see your family dentist and ask for oral hygiene instructions.

My son grinds his teeth. What can you do to help him?

Sometimes kids do this when they are young and they stop grinding when they start losing teeth. If they are old enough to have all of their permanent dentition and he is still READ MORE
Sometimes kids do this when they are young and they stop grinding when they start losing teeth. If they are old enough to have all of their permanent dentition and he is still grinding, then you need to have a bite guard made to protect his teeth. Also, look at any medication that he takes, especially ADD meds, which have a tendency to cause grinding.

Do I need braces to get rid of the gap in my teeth?

It depends on the gap. It sounds like you have had it since you were younger. I would consult with your dentist to see how large the gap is. If the space is not very large, your READ MORE
It depends on the gap. It sounds like you have had it since you were younger. I would consult with your dentist to see how large the gap is. If the space is not very large, your options are anywhere from wearing Invisalign or Clear Correct Trays to bonding to close the gap. Bonding can be done easily with composite material or porcelain for a more permanent restoration. Please, however, see your dentist and the two of you make a decision that best fits your needs.

Why does my dental filling keep coming off?

It sounds like you are talking about an anterior or front tooth. Remember that the filling material is bonded to the tooth, but it makes a huge difference how big the filling is. READ MORE
It sounds like you are talking about an anterior or front tooth. Remember that the filling material is bonded to the tooth, but it makes a huge difference how big the filling is. A lot of times, if it is too small, it comes off easily, and if it is too big, it becomes "top heavy." Also, you need to make sure that when it is placed, your bite has been adjusted to make sure you are not hitting the new filling first. Sometimes, the tooth needs a more permanent procedure, as in a veneer or a crown.

Is a root canal safe for a 3 year old?

The procedure of removing the infected nerve tissue is called a pulpotomy on a child. It is very similar to an adult root canal. It is a very safe procedure and if your daughter READ MORE
The procedure of removing the infected nerve tissue is called a pulpotomy on a child. It is very similar to an adult root canal. It is a very safe procedure and if your daughter has been diagnosed with a need for one, then the only way to fix the tooth is to do it or extract it. It becomes painful if you do nothing....

What is the best way to treat dental plaque?

Everyone has dental plaque. This is a result of the foods/drinks in addition to our own saliva. You state that you feel plaque along your teeth. Plaque is easily removed with READ MORE
Everyone has dental plaque. This is a result of the foods/drinks in addition to our own saliva. You state that you feel plaque along your teeth. Plaque is easily removed with a toothbrush. However, tarter is plaque that has adhered to the tooth structure. To have that removed you will need to see your dental office. If your gums are sore, please see your dentist/dental hygienist disease.

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

Let her brush. She is excited and wants to be a "big girl." However, tell her mommy just wants to make sure she got out all of the "sugar bugs." You go back in there and make sure READ MORE
Let her brush. She is excited and wants to be a "big girl." However, tell her mommy just wants to make sure she got out all of the "sugar bugs." You go back in there and make sure that she has removed all of the plaque. This lets her do it on her own and also allows her to see the areas where she is missing. Personally, this was a very fun time for me and my daughters. Enjoy it.

I had some bleeding in my gums while brushing. Could it be serious?

Usually, bleeding gums are a sign that something is going on. Almost like a built-in barometer, our body has a way of letting us know. Unfortunately, gum disease is silent and READ MORE
Usually, bleeding gums are a sign that something is going on. Almost like a built-in barometer, our body has a way of letting us know. Unfortunately, gum disease is silent and the only way to know that it is even happening is with the presence of bleeding, shifting of teeth, or bad breath. See your family dentist to rule out any potential problems.

Loose tooth

Your tooth is attached to your bone with ligaments. When trauma occurs, the ligaments move the tooth back to its original position, however they are stretched out and can be sore READ MORE
Your tooth is attached to your bone with ligaments. When trauma occurs, the ligaments move the tooth back to its original position, however they are stretched out and can be sore for many days. It would be best for you to see your dentist and have an x-ray taken to rule out any root fractures or trauma to the never of the tooth.

What calcium supplements do you recommend for my son's calcium deficiency?

As part of your pursuit to figure out how to handle your son's calcium deficiency, I would start supplementing calcium. If your are going to spend money on supplements, the calcium READ MORE
As part of your pursuit to figure out how to handle your son's calcium deficiency, I would start supplementing calcium. If your are going to spend money on supplements, the calcium and vitamin D is most important for teeth and gum health. Vitamin D helps us absorb the calcium.

Yummi Bears has a vegetarian calcium for kids, with D3, that is allergen, gluten, gelatin, and dairy-free. The only downside is that it calls for 3 bears a day. Please make sure to brush after taking the vitamins.

In addition to supplements, I try to make sure your kids drink calcium-fortified, unsweetened almond milk daily. Also make sure your kids get leafy greens like spinach and kale which help their diet be more well rounded. Broccoli is also another green vegetable that you can choose from.

Does clove oil really work in easing tooth pain?

First of all, I am so sorry you are in pain. Yes, you are correct that we use clove oil in some of the medicaments that we have here in the office. But, having said that, they READ MORE
First of all, I am so sorry you are in pain. Yes, you are correct that we use clove oil in some of the medicaments that we have here in the office. But, having said that, they are an adjunct to treatment. Not to be used by itself. You will not get relief from placing clove oil directly on the tooth or the gums associated with this tooth. I suggest that you see a dentist, ASAP and have the problem diagnosed.

What is gingivitis and its risk factors?

Keeping your dental cleanings on schedule based on the requirements your dentist/hygienist has determined is best for you. Sometimes people have cleanings every 3 months and sometimes READ MORE
Keeping your dental cleanings on schedule based on the requirements your dentist/hygienist has determined is best for you. Sometimes people have cleanings every 3 months and sometimes every six months fulfills your maintenance requirement. Brushing with a ADA approved toothpaste and using floss on a daily basis will keep gingivitis under control. Using a mouthwash is an adjunct to your normal homecare. Signs to look for are bleeding gums.

How effective is clove oil to reduce tooth pain?

First of all, I am so sorry that you are having a problem with a tooth. Toothaches can stem from many issues. If seeing your dentist is not an option quickly to alleviate your READ MORE
First of all, I am so sorry that you are having a problem with a tooth. Toothaches can stem from many issues. If seeing your dentist is not an option quickly to alleviate your toothache, then taking some over the counter ibuprofen is most likely the best option. Clove oil is used in medicated fillings in the dental office because they are regulated in its formula and the mode of administration. We never just place the oil on the tooth or gums. Your very best option is to see your dentist ASAP.

Can an infected tooth spread the infection to the other teeth as well?

If you have an infection that needs antibiotics prior to working on the tooth, you most likely are either needing a root canal or an extraction. The reason the antibiotics are READ MORE
If you have an infection that needs antibiotics prior to working on the tooth, you most likely are either needing a root canal or an extraction. The reason the antibiotics are being prescribed is to make your experience better because the anesthetic used will work more effectively than if the infection is in the full blown stage. As far as spreading to other teeth. All infections can spread because all teeth are connected. The best way to facilitate early healing is to do what your doctors is advising at the time.

Did my dental x-rays harm my baby? (first trimester)

Well, first of all congratulations.... and no your baby will be fine. It is however very important that if all possible to eliminate or at least minimize radiation in the first READ MORE
Well, first of all congratulations.... and no your baby will be fine. It is however very important that if all possible to eliminate or at least minimize radiation in the first trimester of a pregnancy but sometimes it is unavoidable. Please rest assured that the amount of radiation is very minimal that you receive in a dental office especially if they are taken digitally. Please do not worry.

What if only one tooth is crooked?

My answer would be does your crooked tooth bother YOU???? Of course as a dentist who wants your mouth to be perfect would recommend you having it fixed. There are many ways you READ MORE
My answer would be does your crooked tooth bother YOU???? Of course as a dentist who wants your mouth to be perfect would recommend you having it fixed. There are many ways you can fix one tooth out of position that doesn't always entail conventional braces. If you are a candidate for Clear Correct or Invisalign that might be a solution. There is more to that just a crooked tooth...is your bite correct??? Please see someone for an opinion. I will say that one crooked tooth will get worse as you get older...Good Luck..

Clicking in my jaw

I am not sure why your dentist has encouraged you to see an oral surgeon, unless there are other factors involved. Have you had any type of trauma, ie, got hit in the mouth, had READ MORE
I am not sure why your dentist has encouraged you to see an oral surgeon, unless there are other factors involved. Have you had any type of trauma, ie, got hit in the mouth, had a car accident??? All of those could cause trauma to the jaw joint(TMJ). Do you grind or clench your teeth when you are stressed or possibly at night. Have you had a recent x-ray of your jaw to determine if there is any trauma to the joint. Maybe your dentist referred you because they are not comfortable treating TMJ cases… Good Luck

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

Most likely you are having a reaction to ether the abrasives used in your toothpaste (Tarter Control or Whitening) or even from a mouthwash that has alcohol in it. It dries out READ MORE
Most likely you are having a reaction to ether the abrasives used in your toothpaste (Tarter Control or Whitening) or even from a mouthwash that has alcohol in it. It dries out the tissues. Sometimes people can use the same product for long periods of time and then all of a sudden become sensitive. Hope this helps…Stop the product and re-eval…if still occurring, see your dentist.

Very swollen and red gums after routine dental cleaning

I am so sorry that you have had a problem but I will need more information. Had it been a while since your last routine cleaning? Did your hygienist say that you had more build-up READ MORE
I am so sorry that you have had a problem but I will need more information. Had it been a while since your last routine cleaning? Did your hygienist say that you had more build-up or deeper than normal pocketing.? Are you taking any new medications or have you been diagnosed with any illnesses? Are you allergic to anything in particular? Please let know if I can help you.