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Dr. Daniel Bishop

Dentist

Dr. Daniel Bishop is a Dentist practicing in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Bishop 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. Daniel Bishop
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Accepting new patients

Why do my oral ulcers keep coming back?

It could be due to biting your lip or cheek, a rough or sharp tooth, or the buttons of Invisalign, or the brackets of Braces, an acidic diet, lemon juice, or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate READ MORE
It could be due to biting your lip or cheek, a rough or sharp tooth, or the buttons of Invisalign, or the brackets of Braces, an acidic diet, lemon juice, or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate found in some toothpastes. If the problem persists after eliminating these possibilities you can visit a dentist to have them look at the ulcers and determine what is going on.

I have white dots on both of my gums and tongue. What could these be?

There's a lot of pathologies that may exhibit as white dots. I would recommend visiting a dentist or oral surgeon to evaluate that. They could be anything from clogged salivary READ MORE
There's a lot of pathologies that may exhibit as white dots. I would recommend visiting a dentist or oral surgeon to evaluate that. They could be anything from clogged salivary ducts, to small ulcers, to a fungal infection, or a systemic disease.

-Dr. Bishop

Abscessed tooth? What could this mean?

An abscessed tooth is a tooth that has an internal infection due to a large cavity or trauma that has damaged the blood vessels and nerve supply to the tooth. The abscess grows READ MORE
An abscessed tooth is a tooth that has an internal infection due to a large cavity or trauma that has damaged the blood vessels and nerve supply to the tooth. The abscess grows at the base of the roots of the teeth in the bone and gums surrounding the tooth. As pressure builds from the infection with no outlet the pain increases and begins to throb and keep you awake at night. Pain gets worse when lying down flat. Earlier signs of an infected tooth before it gets to a full blown abscessed stage include spontaneous pain or pain that continues in the absence of a trigger such as cold. For instance you drink a cold glass of water the tooth continues to ache for minutes after you have already swallowed the water. Some times teeth die and have no sign of pain and sometimes no absess visible. This is why it is important to get checkups and cleanings every 6 months to catch things as early as possible and avoid a lot of the complications of dental infections. If left untreated indefinitely an abscess can grow. Usually, the body will destroy bone around the tooth in an effort to get rid of it and also create a escape tunnel for the infection to drain through the side of the gums. Sometimes though the infection can be more dangerous. With top teeth it can sometimes pour into the sinus and eventually the brain. With lower teeth it can pour into spaces between the floor of the mouth and the throat which can close off the airway becoming a medical emergency with the potential to lead to death. Immune-compromised individuals including those with Diabetes are at a higher risk of dying from a tooth infection. There are also other infections in the mouth such as gingivitis and periodontal disease that can increase someones chance of have a heart attack or stroke by up to 10 times due to bacteria getting into the blood stream and forming blood clots. The condition of an abscess can be reversed with a root canal treatment or extraction to eliminate the source of the infection. Whenever possible you should always take the option to save your teeth with root canal therapy as there are many other repercussions of having tooth extracted.
Dr. Bishop

What is the reason behind tooth sensitivity?

Sensitivity can come from any form of trauma. It could be something as simple as the teeth getting hit by their opposing counterparts too soon or too hard. This happens frequently READ MORE
Sensitivity can come from any form of trauma. It could be something as simple as the teeth getting hit by their opposing counterparts too soon or too hard. This happens frequently with either misaligned teeth or new dental restorations that are not balanced correctly with the bite. If you feel like you are touching them sooner or harder when closing. they will need to be adjusted or aligned more properly.
Cavities can cause sensitivity as well. Depending on how deep the cavities are, the sensitivity can be reversible requiring only a filling or irreversible having reached the nerve chamber in the middle of the tooth which requires Root Canal Therapy to save the tooth. Irreversible infections usually will spontaneously hurt, take minutes to hours to calm down after being
irritated by heat, cold, sugar etc. They will get worse over time and can end up becoming a life-threatening hospital emergency if ignored and not taken care of properly at a dental office. Root sensitivity related to gum recession usually is caused by an imbalance in the bite as well.

-Dr. Bishop

I am getting abscesses in my infected tooth. How do I treat them?

Tooth infections that are ignored can become life threatening and may end up becoming a medical emergency requiring a very expensive visit to the hospital. It is extremely important READ MORE
Tooth infections that are ignored can become life threatening and may end up becoming a medical emergency requiring a very expensive visit to the hospital. It is extremely important to get the root canal therapy on the tooth if it can be saved. If it cannot be saved it needs to be extracted or the infection will continue to grow. If you are in Utah I would be happy to take a look at it for you and see what needs to be done to fix the problem. At the very least you need to see a dentist and get a prescription for an antibiotic to reduce the infection, but it will only be a temporary one to two week fix and then the problem will return if it is does not receive the Root Canal Therapy. -Dr. Bishop

How often to use mouth wash?

I personally use it morning and night to disinfect my gums and rinse out any debris and also to help with any morning breath. - Dr. Bishop

What is gingivitis and its risk factors?

‚ÄčThe main symptom of gingivitis is bleeding gums. If you brush or floss your teeth and see blood you have gingivitis (infection of the gums) and maybe even periodontitis (infection READ MORE
‚ÄčThe main symptom of gingivitis is bleeding gums. If you brush or floss
your teeth and see blood you have gingivitis (infection of the gums) and
maybe even periodontitis (infection of the bone). If the teeth are not
cleaned properly with toothpaste, toothbrush and floss, then bacteria and
food particles will create plaque that will be a reservoir for bacteria to
thrive. Your immune system will start attacking the area to destroy the
bacteria and the gums will become tender, bleed easily and sometimes become
swollen, red, and or recede. Ulcerative lesions start to form pockets
between the gums and the root of the tooth allowing bacteria to hide out of
the reach of floss and allowing bacteria from your mouth to get into your
blood stream as well. Once in the blood stream certain bacteria can form
blood clots and put individuals at a high risk of strokes, heart attacks,
low birth weight/preterm babies, to list a few things. The pockets and
lesions are due to a localized infection that may only be able to be
cleaned in a professional dental office visit. Once the problem is
addressed and proper home care instructions are followed the area can heal
and the lesions and pockets can go away. The American Dental Association
recommends visiting your Dentist every 6 months for a checkup and cleaning
to diagnose and prevent problems. Also two great tools to have are a
Waterpik and a Sonicare Toothbrush. A Waterpik is an excellent adjunct to
irrigate the gums and dislodge any loose food particles in pockets and
between the teeth. A Sonicare toothbrush can clean your teeth more
effectively than a manual toothbrush. -Dr. Bishop

Food getting stuck behind wisdom teeth

Hello, The flap you are referring to can easily be removed with laser surgery. I would recommend a waterlase laser like the one in our office because it promotes healing, and READ MORE
Hello,
The flap you are referring to can easily be removed with laser surgery. I
would recommend a waterlase laser like the one in our office because it
promotes healing, and has much less discomfort while it is healing. This
will make it easier to clean the tooth effectively. As long as you can
clean the tooth and you are not putting yourself at risk for periodontal or
gum disease you should be fine. Those diseases; however, unchecked these
conditions can place you at a 5-10 times greater risk of heart attacks and
strokes so I would definitely do something about it if I were you. -Dr.
Bishop

What is a dry socket?

A dry socket is caused when the hole where the root of the tooth used to be loses the blood clot that was meant to help the area heal quickly and with minimal pain. When the blood READ MORE
A dry socket is caused when the hole where the root of the tooth used to be
loses the blood clot that was meant to help the area heal quickly and with
minimal pain. When the blood clot is lost the body will still heal the
area but it takes 2-3 times longer and is much more painful because the
socket is raw, exposed bone with no covering of the blood clot. It can be
prevented by avoiding smoking, spiting, sucking on straws or any thing else
that can build up pressure inside the mouth. Also a partial dry socket
where a part of the blood clot is lost can be caused by eating foods that
are not the recommended soft and semi solid foods. These solid foods get
impacted into the hole and can dislodge part of the blood clot. A dry
socket dressing can be placed in the hole by a dentist to help with pain
during the healing process, or the site can be numbed and curretaged to
create a new blood clot. -Dr. Bishop

What can I eat or avoid eating to reduce plaque?

Adding a Philips Sonicare toothbrush, Waterpik and Breath RX tongue scraper to your routine will dramatically reduce the amount of plaque and calculus that accumulates on your READ MORE
Adding a Philips Sonicare toothbrush, Waterpik and Breath RX tongue scraper
to your routine will dramatically reduce the amount of plaque and calculus
that accumulates on your teeth between visits. Make sure to brush each of
the 4 areas: upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left for the full
30 seconds each with a total brushing time of 2 minutes. Do not scrub,
think of it more like sweeping. Let the Sonicare do the work and guide it
to all the surfaces of the teeth and gum line. Two fingers worth of
pressure is all the pressure you should put on your toothbrush. With the
Waterpik sweep the gum/tooth junction and pause and hold to irrigate
between each flossing point. -Dr. Bishop

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

It could be your toothpaste. If it contains sodium lauryl sulfate as an ingredient you may want to find one that does not. Some patients have had reactions to it such as canker READ MORE
It could be your toothpaste. If it contains sodium lauryl sulfate as an ingredient you may want to find one that does not. Some patients have had reactions to it such as canker sores and sloughing of tissue. Also you should rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing so that the toothpaste is not staying in your mouth while you sleep. It could also be the result of breathing through you mouth at night instead of your nose and drying out the gums and cheek. Also alcohol and mouth washes with high percentages of alcohol can cause this. Let me know if you have any other questions -Dr. Bishop

Can I whiten my teeth with baking soda alone?

There isn't really a safe natural way of whitening teeth. A lot of the home remedies are dangerous. The best you can do if you are not willing to have in office whitening would READ MORE
There isn't really a safe natural way of whitening teeth. A lot of the home remedies are dangerous. The best you can do if you are not willing to have in office whitening would be super smile toothpaste and whitening accelerator. It was formulated by a dentist. The process of truly getting your teeth whiter requires hydrogen peroxide to open up the pores of the teeth and lift all the stains and pigments that have deposited over time. The safest way to do this treatment is in office Zoom because the kits come with all the barriers for the gums, lips and cheek to keep the hydrogen peroxide almost entirely on the teeth. Also we can use a stronger prescription strength hydrogen peroxide with unique buffers and LED light frequencies to create the equivalent of 30 days of home bleaching in around 1 hour. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Dr. Bishop