Monday, April 23, 2018

When You Should See a Dentist


If you avoid the dentist out of fear, you're not alone. Many adults and children are frightened to step into a dental office. Some patients, however, have such severe dental fear that they avoid going to the dentist at all costs, including when they have a dental emergency.

Maybe you're tempted to forgo setting a dental appointment to have your dental pain and discomfort treated out of fear of what the dentist will find.

By postponing needed dental treatment, you're not just prolonging your suffering, but you may be putting your oral health at greater risk.

If you experience any of the dental conditions listed below, it is in the best interest of your oral health, and possibly your wellbeing to face your dental fear and get professional dental help:

Knocked-Out Teeth

Whether your tooth fell out due to decay and poor oral hygiene or through an accident where your mouth experienced trauma, it is important to see a dentist ASAP. The tooth can be saved if promptly treaded by a dental or medical professional.

Most dentist have an after-hours phone number to call to get help. If one can't see a dentist, head over to the E.R. of your nearest medical facility.

While baby teeth are replaced with permanent, adult teeth, when an adult tooth is lost, it is lost forever, and it won't be replaced. This is why it's important to save a knocked-out tooth.

Bleeding Gums

When a part of the body bleeds, it's an indication of injury or disease. While bleeding gums are not always an indication of gum disease, it is a good idea to see a dentist to rule it out. Quick, proactive treatment of gum disease will reverse the damage and prevent the disease from worsening into the more serious periodontal disease.

Excessive Bleeding in the Mouth

Unexplained, excessive and uncontrolled bleeding of the mouth is cause for great concern and is classified as a dental emergency. It indicates something is greatly wrong and any time where there is great blood loss, it becomes an instant of life and death and immediate medical treatment is necessary.

Chipped or Cracked Teeth

Maybe you were in an accident and you were fortunate to not lose a tooth. Unfortunately, your tooth got cracked or chipped. No big deal, right?

While a broken or chipped tooth will remain alive and for the most part, intact, it will have a noticeable, unappealing appearance and compromised tooth enamel which will make the tooth weaker and more vulnerable to decay.

Broken or Missing Fillings or Crowns

If you've gotten cavities in the past, chances are you've got them either filled or covered with a crown. The purpose of fillings and crowns are to strengthen and protect decayed teeth.

Neither crowns nor fillings last forever. Eventually they will need to be replaced.

Tooth Abscess

Are you suffering from severe tooth pain? Does the pain impact your eating, drinking and speaking abilities? Severe dental pain makes your life miserable.

The most common cause of severe tooth pain is a tooth abscess, or tooth infection. With a tooth abscess, bacteria enter into the tooth, infecting the center before filtering down to the tooth roots.

A root canal is the most effective treatment of an abscessed tooth.

If an abscessed tooth isn't treated, the tooth can die and the bone tissue of the jaw can become weakened and compromised. If a tooth is beyond saving, the dentist will extract it.

Tooth Aches

Pain and aches from the teeth are not pleasant. Even if the aching isn't severe, it persistently nags you. There are many causes to tooth aches including sensitivity to hot and cold foods and liquids and overly sweet foods, tooth decay, tooth abscess and Bruxism.

Tooth pain and aches can greatly impact your daily life and having your teeth examined by a dental professional can narrow down the cause and provide effective treatment so you can live pain-free.

Besides the possible pain and discomfort from broken or lost fillings or crowns, the exposed holes on the surface of the formerly infected tooth can be an opportunity for germs, bacteria and plaque to form and enter the tooth, infecting it.

While it may be figuratively like pulling teeth to get you into the dental office, there are dental health issues that call for immediate or prompt treatment. By postponing dental treatment, you're prolonging your discomfort and putting your oral health at greater risk.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Life


Is your smile the way you want it to be or are there significant flaws that keep you from showing it off to the world?

Most people can identify at least one characteristic of their smile that falls short and where improvements can be made.

While restorative dentistry can get your teeth and gums into tip-top great health and proper function, cosmetic dentistry can make them look their best.

Cosmetic dentistry can achieve the following smile enhancements:

  • Whiten teeth
  • Reduce or eliminate tooth discoloration and staining
  • Repair small chips and fractures on teeth
  • Reverse tooth wear by improving the support and structure of teeth
  • Correct misshapen teeth
  • Reduce or fill in spacing or gaps between teeth
  • Lengthen teeth
  • Correct the symmetry of one's smile Strengthen and reduce the pain of sensitive teeth

Some patients may be hesitant at the idea of undergoing cosmetic dental procedures, seeing them as unnecessary. For others it might be the cost. Is cosmetic dental work worth the price?

Cosmetic dentistry often gets put into a box that encompasses such procedures as teeth whitening and veneers. However, cosmetic dentistry is much more than that. Dental implants, for instance, is a cosmetic dental procedure.

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way and can now not only make teeth look great, but can also refine the tooth's functioning.

Regardless of your concerns and views of cosmetic dentistry, many patients have had their lives changed as a result of a cosmetic dental procedure.

Here are ways cosmetic dentistry can change your life:

Improve your self-image and self-confidence. Cosmetic dentistry can whiten, reshape and smooth teeth, giving you a flawless look that you'll not be ashamed to show the world.

People who feel good about how they look are happier and smile more often. In addition, those who smile are seen as more welcoming and confident.

Smiling and showing off your pearly whites is also a great way to make a positive first impression.

Always look good and turn heads. Some patients opt to undergo cosmetic dental procedures because of an upcoming event such as a wedding, high school reunion or job interview. A white, straight, symmetrical smile will help you get the attention and praise from others. However, with the lower costs of cosmetic dentistry and the ease and quickness of many of the procedures, patients don't need a special occasion to give their smiles a needed facelift. Looking good everyday can be just as powerful.

Improve your oral health. After your smile makeover is complete, you'll want it to last as long as possible. To retain the new bright, straight smile, good dental hygiene, and lifestyle and dietary changes are required.

A lack of proper oral hygiene will make the pearly white fade as well as the lifestyle choice of smoking. Certain foods and drinks such as coffee, tea soda, citrus, candy and bread can sabotage your new, perfect smile.

Live with reduced pain. Crooked, misshapen and misaligned teeth can cause potentially severe pain in your jaw, neck, face and head. Veneers and dental implants can help lengthen and reshape teeth as well as fill in gaps between teeth. Properly aligned, proportional and straight teeth can reduce or eliminate pain, which can improve your quality of life.

You can live a longer, happier life. Want to learn another benefit of smiling? A longer, happier life. A confident, pain-free smile can add years to your life. Smiling reduces stress which has a negative effect on the body. Besides reducing stress, smiling also boosts the immune system.

Teeth whitening, implants, veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can bring about significant, positive changes to your life. Cosmetic dentistry can beatify your smile by whitening, lengthening, and reshaping teeth as well as fill in embarrassing gaps. Besides making your smile look the best it can be, cosmetic dentistry can make your life happier and longer by improving the health of your mouth and reducing pain and discomfort.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What Are the Major Signs of Periodontal Disease?


Periodontal disease is an oral disease that affects the gums and leads to loss of teeth if left untreated. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that disturb the gum, the teeth and the bone that holds the teeth in place.

It is sad that in this day and age, there are people who still take oral health and hygiene for granted. And for that reason, this post focuses oral hygiene for healthy and strong gums and teeth by emphasizing on periodontal disease. It is high time we all had hale and hearty smiles with strong and healthy gums and teeth. Read on, tell a friend and tell the friend to tell a friend.

Now, what are the signs of periodontal disease that you should be aware of?

Do you have bleeding gums, puffy and red gums or itchy gums? Then you are probably wondering if you should be worried or not! Below are some signs and symptoms that will tell you that you need to visit a cosmetic dentist fast.

· Gum bleeding when the gum is disturbed by brushing, flossing or chewing hard food - most people normally think that their bleeding after brushing is caused by poor brushing methods or poor choice of truth brush. Although to some extent these two might cause gum irritation and eventually bleeding, sometimes it is important to seek a professional's opinion as to why your gums are bleeding.

· Red and inflamed gums -the signs are normally associated with Gingivitis. So, painful or not, red and swollen gums are signs of gum disease. As soon as you notice that your gums are puffy and red, consult a professional cosmetic dentist for proper checkup and diagnosis.

· Pus discharge from your gums - Gum disease normally causes the teeth to drift away from their positions because the bone that holds them in place has been lost to the disease. When that happens, pus pockets from beneath the gum and you will experience pus oozing out of the gums. Such a condition makes eating painful and almost impossible, hence the need for immediate professional assistance.

· Bad breath - Are you struggling with bad breath even after brushing your teeth twice a day and regularly flossing? Bad breath is associated with periodontal disease, which calls for immediate treatment.

How to Care for your Teeth after Treatment for Periodontal Disease

· Institute regular plaque removal - On a regular basis, get a professional cleaning from a qualified dentist to get rid of all the plaque surrounding your teeth.

· Quit smoking - One of the major causes of gum disease is smoking. Therefore, if you're a smoker and you have just been treated for gum disease, the best thing you could do for your teeth is quit smoking.

Observe healthy oral hygiene practices - Regular brushing and flossing are the best practices for oral hygiene. Also, avoid too hot and too cold foods and drinks as they provoke cavities.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

What Can I Expect During A Root Canal Procedure?


Not sure what to expect during a root canal? Most people aren't (and they're also surprised to learn that the procedure should be completely painless). I explain the entire root canal process in this video.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Why Teeth Whitening Is More Than Cosmetic


It would be nice to once again have that youthful, pearly white smile. Whitening your teeth solely for looking good seems a little vain and unnecessary.

You figure the people who get their teeth whitening simply want to look good.

What if there were other benefits of teeth whitening that may not be as obvious?

Reasons:

Patients choose to get their teeth whitened for many reasons. While the most noticeable and publicized outcome is a beautiful, white smile, the reason for getting that perfect smile varies.

Why does a white smile matter?

As a society, we associate white teeth with beauty, wealth, success, youth and health. Who doesn't want those?

Unfortunately, the years of drinking coffee, tea and sodas as well as consuming sugary and acidic foods have taken away that white smile.

Some patients are insecure and ashamed of their yellow teeth. For some, their teeth are so discolored they refuse to smile. Their yellow, discolored smile takes away self-esteem and confidence which can have potentially devastating effects on one's quality of life.

These patients seek a whiter smile so they can once again enjoy life. White teeth can be the catalyst to a renewed vitality, confidence and pride that can motivate patients to live a happier, fuller and healthier life.

Other patients seek teeth whitening as a way to advance in their careers.

In the workplace, a bright, vibrant smile exudes personal hygiene, energy, youthfulness and confidence. All these attributes are necessary for a great employee and leader.

Others look to whiten their teeth because they want to look good at an upcoming event, such as a wedding or high school reunion.

A good impression is important in building up one's self-esteem and confidence.

It can provides emotional and psychological benefits to patients.

Types:

Patients get their teeth whitened for different reasons.

If you think that you can benefit from a whiter smile and that whitening is worth it, you'll have to figure out what type of system will give you the results you want.

The two main types of systems are at-home and in-office. The at-home systems can be easily done at home. The in-office treatment involves going to the dentist and having him or her professionally whiten your teeth.

Both types have pros and cons that must be considered.

At-Home Whitening

At-home kits come in either trays or strips that adhere to the front of the teeth. These kits are widely available and can be picked up at the grocery or convenience store.

At-home whitening kits are popular because of their low costs, ease of application and the ability to whiten teeth in the privacy of one's own home. These systems can be done on your schedule, which is convenient if you're a busy professional.

The downsides to at-home teeth whitening kits is that the degree of whitening is limited and the whitening that does result will not last long. Deep stains and teeth that are severely discolored will likely not get fully white.

The gums of some patients also get irritated with these at-home kits as well.

In-Office Whitening

With in-office teeth whitening, a dentist will use a higher concentration of bleaching agent that is more precisely applied, yielding more immediate, noticeable results that have less gum irritation. The whitening that happens in the dental office yields more noticeable results that also last much longer than at-home whitening.

The cons of in-office whitening, however, are the higher costs and a lack of privacy. It involves setting an appointment at the dentist, which can be inconvenient for patients with busy schedules.

While the main purpose of teeth whitening is to yield, beautiful, bright, white teeth, it goes beyond just cosmetic, but produces many psychological and emotional benefits that can lead to a better life and well-being.

When trying to decide which teeth whitening method to undertake, do your homework and speak to your dentist.

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Ready, Set, Rec! - April/May


Director of Community Services' Kerry Walker shares all the fun and exciting events taking place in Vacaville this month! Rec Expo, Food Truck Mania and more!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Why Are All My Teeth Suddenly Sensitive?


Several factors contribute to sudden teeth sensitivity. If you have one or more symptoms discussed in this video, I recommend switching to a toothpaste for sensitive teeth to help you feel better while also addressing the root causes of the problem.