Saturday, November 18, 2017

What Is Proper Oral Hygiene?


You may have grown up hearing about the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth. You do both of those on a daily basis, yet when you visit your dentist, he or she finds a cavity or the start of gum disease.

If this happens regularly, it may be an indication that your oral health hygiene practices are not as they should be.

What is the right way to go about maintaining your teeth and gums?

Proper Dental Hygiene

Brushing is the most basic element of keeping your teeth and gums healthy and free of disease and decay. Many patients, both children and adults, however, brush the wrong way.

Brushing

It is recommended that the toothbrush used is of soft to medium firmness. The brushes with the hard, or very firm bristles can scrape off and damage one's tooth enamel. They can also scratch and cause injury and discomfort to the soft, sensitive gum tissue. To maintain their cleaning effectiveness, toothbrushes should be thrown out and replaced every three months.

Correct teeth brushing involves a gentle circular motion over the teeth and gums. Too many patients are overzealous in their brushing too violently and applying too much force on the teeth and gums.

With the busyness of life, few patients brush the required two minutes. There are some fun ideas and tips for both kids and adults to get the full two minutes of brushing in, such as listening to a favorite song or a friendly, family competition.

Flossing is another important part of proper dental hygiene. Many patients are either nervous about flossing, are too impatient to properly floss or think that flossing is unnecessary with daily, thorough teeth brushing.

Flossing is a must in order to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease. Flossing gets to plaque, decay, and lodged food particles in between teeth and along the gum line, two places where a toothbrush can't reach.

Proper flossing can be tedious and takes time. Both sides of each tooth need to be flossed. Gently slide the floss along one side of the tooth, going just below the gum line. If you've never flossed or you typically don't go down far enough, your gums may be sensitive and bleed a little. Some bleeding the first few days of flossing is normal. If your gums bleed excessively or they bleed long after you've established a flossing routine, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as you may have gum disease that requires professional treatment.

Flossing needs to be done at least once a day, preferably twice a day. Nightly flossing before going to bed will greatly reduce the formation of cavity causing plaque and tartar.

Regular dental office visits is the third important component of healthy oral hygiene. Patients are encouraged to schedule routine dental cleanings and check-ups every six months. As important as it is to have a professional look at and examine your teeth, some patients go for sometimes years between dental office visits. The longer a patient goes between dental check-ups, the higher the risk one has for getting gum disease and tooth decay. The dentist has the tools and equipment to examine and thoroughly clean your teeth. He or she can clean your teeth better than your flossing and brushing can. Tartar build-up, for example, can only be removed with dental equipment.

A dentist is a certified professional who has extensive training and knowledge in dental care. He or she can spot possible dental concerns that patients would easily overlook.

Proactive treatment is the best and most effective way to maintain a healthy mouth.

Proper, daily teeth brushing and flossing and regular, six month professional cleanings and examinations are all important for a clean, healthy mouth.

If it has been more than six months since your last dental office visit, schedule an appointment with your dentist today. At your appointment, your dentist will be able to give you suggestions on how to better your oral hygiene routine.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sensitive Teeth? You May Have These Dental Issues


It's a chilly day and as you walk by the grocery store, you catch a whiff of yummy French onion soup. As your mouth begins to water, you come to the sobering realization that while the soup may taste good, it will be a pain (literally) to enjoy.

The same kind of intense, dull tooth and jaw ache happen when enjoying overly cold delights such as ice cream.

You probably think you just have sensitive teeth and there's nothing you can do about it. You just keep using sensitive teeth toothpaste and hope for the best.

Your sensitive teeth could be simply that, but it could also be a greater dental problem that your dentist should look at.

Possible Dental Conditions

Sensitive teeth are a telltale sign that the enamel of your tooth or teeth has been worn down and weakened. The tooth enamel is the hard, protective barrier that protects the inside of the tooth, including the tooth pulp. The pulp of the tooth is where blood vessels and nerves of the tooth are. It is also where the tooth roots are that affix the tooth to the jaw.

When the nerves of the tooth pulp are exposed, as when the tooth enamel is weakened, tooth sensitivity and pain often result.

The wearing away of tooth enamel has many causes which prompt a visit to your dentist. The most common dental issues that result in the weakening of tooth enamel include: tooth decay, broken or chipped teeth, teeth grinding, and gum disease.

Tooth Decay (Cavities)

Tooth decay is the most common destroyer of tooth enamel. Tooth decay is the result of poor and inconsistent dental hygiene practices, a poor diet, and being a part of a high-risk group, such as those who smoke and who have certain health conditions such as diabetes that can lower one's immune system functionality.

Cavities are formed when germs and bacteria of leftover food particles decay and interact with saliva, producing a sugary substance that eats away at teeth enamel.

Cavities can be easily treated with fillings or a crown (if the tooth decay affects a large area of a tooth).

Broken or Chipped Teeth

Teeth enamel can also be weakened due to injury and trauma such as when a tooth is broken or chipped. Teeth that are broken and/or chipped should be treated by a dentist immediately. Permanent adult teeth don't grow back once they fall out or get broken. The best chance to save the tooth in either case is to have a dentist treat it immediately.

If broken or chipped teeth aren't immediately treated, a host of dental treatment options will be employed to preserve what is left of the tooth including crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers. Many of these dental treatments are considered cosmetic dental procedures and may likely not be covered by dental insurance.

Teeth Grinding or Clenching

Sometimes tooth enamel is worn off by the excessive grinding and clenching of teeth. The rubbing of the teeth surfaces and the extreme pressure put on the surface of the teeth can easily break down the enamel over time.

This condition of clenching and grinding of teeth is called Bruxism. Most patients with Bruxism often clench or grind their teeth at night while they are asleep. Most aren't aware that they have it.

Patients with Bruxism can be treated with the use of specialized mouth guards that are worn at night while the patient sleeps. The soft rubber mouth guard cushions teeth which protect them from further damage of grinding and clenching.

Gum Disease

Sometimes tooth sensitivity is caused by gum disease. Gum recession, (when one's teeth look unusually long) is a sign of moderate gum disease. When there is moderate gum disease, the pockets of gum tissue around the roots of teeth loosen and deepen, causing the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, exposing parts of the teeth that are normally protected and covered by gum tissue.

As these gum pockets widen and deepen, there is a greater chance that food particles will get lodged inside and begin to infect the roots of teeth (the part of teeth that anchor them to the jaw). If gum scaling and planing aren't performed by the dentist, the gum recession will worsen and lead to teeth being lost and the bone tissue of the jaw becoming weak and compromised.

If your teeth are sensitive, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist and find out the source of the sensitivity. The sensitivity could indicate a serious dental condition that can further negatively affect your wellbeing and quality of life.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Get a Natural Look With the Composite Filling


Getting a tooth filling is never a first choice for anyone visiting a dentist, but sometimes there is no other option available. You dentist will give you a choice of which type of filling to get but again your options could be limited depending on your insurance cover. Some covers restrict the type of filling you can get and so it is important that you talk to your insurance provider about what options are available to you. You should be able to negotiate with your insurance provider about getting the option that most suits you. You may have the option of paying for the procedure with cash if that is more convenient for you.

Many dentists will recommend that you get the composite (tooth colored) filling and for good reason. It is a procedure that has been researched on and perfected, and is used by many dentists around the world. It is a reliable choice that offers a long-term solution for those requiring a filling. This option enables you to have fillings that match the color of your natural teeth. There are numerous benefits to this:

· You get natural looking teeth despite having fillings. There are those who opt to get silver fillings, which definitely do not look like your natural teeth.

· Your appearance will not be affected by an inconspicuous filling that might make you more self-conscious.

· You solve the actual problem of needing fillings so that the pain and sensitivity you were suffering gets a solution.

Composite (tooth colored) filling are a safe and reliable option that dentists have been using for many years. Dentists have managed to develop this method so that it can blend in with your natural teeth so that it is not immediately obvious that you have a filling. They also make them strong and durable so that you can go about eating and chewing as normal. The pain and sensitivity you were suffering from should go away after the filling is complete. It also takes a shorter time to recover from this procedure so that you can get to your normal routine as soon as possible.

They not only look natural, but they also feel natural. This adds to the slightly high cost of this procedure. Also, it requires more technical skill on the part of the dentist. The result is worth it so you will not regret spending a lot of money on the procedure. However, you definitely need to shop around for qualified cosmetic dentists so that the procedure is done correctly. Also, make sure to find out if your insurance cover allows you to shop around for different dentists or if they limit who you can go to for the procedure.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Gum Disease And Its Relation With Our Health


A lot of dental problems happen because of what we eat and drink. When we suffer from any sort of dental disease the first impact is on our gums leading to gum diseases such as gingivitis and Periodontitis. So today's point of discussion is how gum disease relates to other problem in our overall body.

Gum Disease is classified in two categories - Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease.

Gingivitis: This is a less severe form of gum disease but causes gums to be red, swollen and also bleed. In this stage patient will feel a little uneasy because of the swollen gum. The prime reason why patients suffer from this disease is due to lack or oral hygiene. The condition can be cured by professional dental treatment and following proper oral care. Diabetes, Smoking, Aging, Puberty, Pregnancy and HIV are the most common factors that cause gingivitis.

Periodontal Disease: Gingivitis if left unnoticed and untreated can lead to Periodontal Disease. As time passes by plaque spreads below the gum line and starts to irritate the gums because of the toxins released by the bacteria. These toxins cause inflammation which leads to deterioration of bones and gums. The gums then start to separate from teeth and creates pocket which eventually becomes infected. As time passes by, the pockets become deeper causing further damage to underlying gum tissues. The end result is that the tooth tends to become loose and is removed.

Periodontal Disease has many forms such as those mentioned below:

• Aggressive Periodontitis: This is not a very common problem and is mostly seen in younger patients. The common symptoms include bone destruction and the condition being carried forwarded to the next generation.

• Chronic Periodontitis: This is inflammation in the tissues that support the teeth. This form of Periodontitis is the most common globally which results in pocket formation and recession of gingivitis. Although it is very common among adults but can happen at any age.

• Necrotizing Periodontal Disease: In this stage of Periodontitis, the gum tissues, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone are practically dead. It is commonly found in patients suffering from HIV or any sort of malnutrition.

Research has proved that Periodontal Disease is linked with many other diseases in our body. During the initial stages of the research it was thought that the disease happen due to the bacteria present in our teeth. However after further investigation it was proved that inflammation was the root cause of the diseases. This is the reason why I have always laid emphasis on the fact that it is advisable to treat periodontal disease at an early stage so that inflammation can be cured. Treating inflammation before any further damage will save you from the risk of getting infected by:-

• Diabetes: Patients who are suffering from this problem are more prone to periodontal disease because they are more open to be infected. Patients suffering from periodontal disease will find it difficult to control blood sugar. This eventually results in uncontrolled diabetes.

• Heart Disease: Research has laid emphasis on the fact that periodontal disease can also lead to heart disease. Researchers have agreed upon the fact that inflammation is the main reason for it.

• Osteoporosis: Research has proved that there is a direct link between Periodontitis and Osteoporosis. Reason being osteoporosis leads to tooth loss as density of tooth is reduced.

• Respiratory Problem: The bacteria in our gums can travel to our lungs leading to various respiratory problems.

• Cancer: It has been proved that men who suffer from gum disease are more likely to develop kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer and blood cancer.

Early identification and treatment is extremely important to prevent further damage of gum tissues and bones. Following proper dental hygiene is the most important factor in controlling gingivitis.


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Monday, November 6, 2017

The Importance of Proper Dental Hygiene and Care


Ever since you were little, either your parents, dentist or both have told you the importance of proper dental hygiene and care. You know that brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis will cut down on bad breath and lower your risk of cavities and gum disease.

But what is the big deal? If you develop gum disease or tooth decay, can't the dentist easily fix it at your six month check-up and cleaning?

Tooth decay and gum disease are bad news and not things to take lightly. Yes, cavities can be treated with fillings and crowns, but these dental procedures will cost you. Crowns, especially can be expensive and require multiple trips to the dental office.

Most American adults have some form of gum disease. Fortunately, in most cases, the severity isn't that great and the disease can be stopped and reversed with professional dental procedures like deep cleaning, root planning and scaling and root canals. Sometimes improved at-home dental oral hygiene can be enough to reverse a patient's gum disease.

Like cavities, treating minor gum disease can be expensive and time-consuming with multiple appointments needed.

What happens when a patient who doesn't practice sufficient, proper at-home dental hygiene has moderate to severe tooth decay and gum disease?

First, the extent and invasiveness of the necessary dental procedures to treat them will increase which means more expenses, more time in the dentist chair and a longer recovery time. A root canal, for instance, will be more expensive, painful and take longer to recover from than a filling or deep cleaning, for example.

There is likely going to be more pain and discomfort and one's ability to chew and bite may be hindered. If you don't daily brush and floss your teeth and the plaque builds up on your teeth and along the gum line, your teeth and gums will become more sensitive and the decay weakens them. Infection-like symptoms such as pain, discomfort, swelling and bleeding are likely to occur, which can make everyday life miserable. The discomfort can be constant or it can come about with chewing or consuming hot or cold foods and beverages.

If nothing is done about the gum disease or tooth decay and infrequent, poor dental hygiene is continued, tooth loss and the breakdown of the jaw bone can occur. The loss of teeth and the disintegration of the jaw bones will make proper eating and clear speaking difficult. On top of that, one's once proud, bright, straight smile will be destroyed by embarrassing gaps.

Patients may think that a few missing teeth are no big deal, but it is missing teeth that prevent people from smiling and experiencing the positive effects of showing off their beautiful, natural smiles. People who don't smile are seen as unhappy, negative, self-conscious and anxious. Social and professional opportunities can be missed as friends and others will avoid someone who doesn't smile and bosses will more likely pass over employees who don't smile, and therefore, lack confidence, for jobs and promotions.

Missing teeth can also cause other teeth to grow crooked, which will require even more dental work to be done.

Patients who don't practice daily, proper, dental hygiene risk needing expensive, extensive dental procedures, a lower quality of life, missing teeth and compromised jaw bones.

When your dentist stresses the importance and need for proper dental hygiene, don't ignore it. You will be glad you didn't in the future.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Why Teeth Sensitivity and Toothaches Should Be Treated ASAP


Grimacing after each sip of hot coffee in the morning or taking painkillers every few hours to ease the throbbing pain of a toothache is not normal. It is an indication that something is wrong.

If you have tooth sensitivity or a toothache, you're probably miserable. You may think that if you continue taking Tylenol and using an ice pack, the pain will eventually go away. After all, that usually works for other body pains.

Maybe you decide to live with the pain because you're afraid of what the dentist will find. You've heard that tooth sensitivity and toothaches are symptoms of deep tooth decay and that likely treatment will range from crowns to a root canal. You don't want the hassle of undergoing a dental procedure or paying for extra dental work.

The reality is that the longer you let your tooth sensitivity and toothache to continue without getting professional treatment, the worse the pain and the damage to your tooth and gums will be.

If your tooth ache or tooth sensitivity is caused by tooth decay, it is important to have a dentist look at it sooner rather than later. The earlier the cavity is removed, the less the chance of it destroying more of the tooth and spreading to nearby teeth and gum tissue.

If left unchecked, what began as a toothache or tooth sensitivity could result in lost teeth and even possible gum and jaw issues.

Losing teeth and getting severe gum disease is nothing to take lightly. Missing teeth can cause eating and speaking difficulties as well as ruin your beautiful smile. They can even lead to the other teeth to grow in crooked which will require further dental work to correct your smile.

Severe tooth decay and gum disease can weaken a tooth's roots as well as the jaw bone that holds the teeth in place. A weakened jaw bone will less likely hold the tooth in place and it will reduce the patient's ability to have dental implants inserted to replace lost teeth.

Tooth sensitivity and toothaches indicate that somewhere the nerves in and around your teeth are exposed. This will only happen if the enamel (he tooth's hard, outside layer) has been compromised.

Tooth decay (or cavities) are almost always the culprit of weakened and destroyed tooth enamel, though in some rarer cases, a tooth's enamel is weakened because of trauma to the tooth. In the instance of tooth trauma where there is a crack on the tooth or if the tooth is broken, it is important to see the dentist immediately as it is a dental emergency.

Toothache pain and tooth sensitivity are not normal and they can greatly hinder the proper functioning of your mouth as well as lower your quality of life.

Both conditions likely indicate tooth decay or gum disease, though that isn't always the case. Regardless of the cause, it is better to have the pain and discomfort of toothaches and tooth sensitivity treated by a professional sooner rather than later as the decay and pain will only get worse.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Gone Batty: What A Vampire Has To Say About Oral Health


Happy Halloween! Check out what this vampire has to say about being mouth healthy in today's blast from the past. And remember to bush twice a day and floss once a day to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Top 10 Dental Health & Oral Hygiene Tips for a Healthy Mouth


Nothing beats a healthy smile! Keeping your mouth healthy doesn't have to be a chore. We give you ten simple tips to improve your dental health.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

In-Office Whitening Vs At-Home Whitening


Teeth whitening is one of the most common dental procedures done in America today. The difference that whitening your teeth has on your appearance and your confidence is being noticed and everyone wants it done. There are two options to getting that bright, white smile; an in-office whitening treatment or a do-it-yourself product you go do at home. The best way to determine which method is right to you is to look at your lifestyle, preferences, and budget.

In-Office Whitening

Whitening procedures that are done in the dentist office are also called power bleaching, power whitening, professional whitening, chairside whitening, or laser whitening. These are all done by professionals who have been trained in the specific methods and to use the products in a controlled environment.

The Advantages

· Faster Results. Many patients leave the dentist's office with a smile already several shades whiter than when they walked in. Since dentists are licensed to handle a bleaching gel with a higher concentration of bleach, it works faster. Tools in the office are often used to make a dramatic difference too, including lasers and lights.

· Safety. Whitening is known to increase sensitivity in teeth that are already sensitive and to cause tingling and pain in the gums. Exact steps should be used when applying the solution and people doing the at-home kits often disregard the directions. Enamel is ruined when steps are not followed exactly.

· Convenience. In-office whitening takes less time and effort on your part to get great results. Rather than setting time aside each day for two weeks to let solution sit on your teeth, you can get on with your life.

· Removes More Stains. The peroxide used during in-office whitening treatments is more concentrated. This makes removing stubborn stains more effective, even on hard to remove spots.

To put it simply, the in-office whitening is best for people who need fast results and don't mind spending a little more money to get it done.

At-Home Whitening

There are plenty of good whitening products available at your local drugstore. These products are great for whitening your teeth a shade or two. It is also helpful to use these kits to refresh a professional whitening job. If you just don't have enough money to do an in-office whitening treatment and opt for a DIY kit, make sure you follow the directions exactly.

Prevention

Maintaining your whitening results is just as important as the method you chose to get them. To help protect your teeth from stains, avoid some of these common staining agents:

· Tobacco

· Coffee

· Soda Pop

· Tea

· Red Wine

· Dark colored fruits and vegetables

If you must use these items, make sure you brush your teeth as soon as you can afterward. This will prevent them from having time to do damage to your teeth. It is also important that you maintain good oral routines, like brushing every day, twice a day. Don't forget to floss every day too. This will all help you keep your smile bright and beautiful for a long time.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

ADA Science Inside: What Causes Bad Breath?



If you’ve ever worried about how your breath smells, you’re not alone. Studies show that 50 percent of adults have had bad breath (also called halitosis) at some point in their lives. Find out what causes bad breath, how to fight it and when it might be a symptom of a more serious health problem.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitestrips: Safe. Effective. ADA Accepted.


Is your smile looking a little dull? All hope is not lost! Crest 3D White Whitestrips whiten 25x better than a leading whitening toothpaste* so you can pass the Tissue Test with flying colors. Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitestrips are also the only ADA-accepted whitening strips proven to be safe and effective.

*Full kit of Crest 3D White Glamorous White Whitestrips vs. toothpaste used for 4 weeks

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ADA Science Inside: What’s In My Toothpaste?



From whitening to desensitizing, there are many different toothpastes for many different uses. Do you know what’s in your toothpaste of choice, and why? Dr. Jane Gillette from the American Dental Association breaks down the most important ingredients and explains how they help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Changing Your Smile With Restorative Dentistry


Healthy teeth are something most people take for granted. It is only when we experience tooth pain or have problems that we realize how nice it is to have healthy teeth. Taking care of our teeth is a principle most adults are taught as kids, but when corners are cut, problems start to happen. This is where restorative dentistry comes in.

What is Restorative Dentistry?

This branch of specialty dentistry focuses on restoring teeth. There are all kinds of problems that happen with the mouth over a lifetime including:

· Gum disease

· Broken teeth

· Missing teeth

· Chipped Teeth

· Stained or discolored teeth

· Displaced Teeth

These are all common problems that happen from accidents, dental trauma, and neglect. Having the right help to get your smile looking great again is something a restorative dentist is trained to do. Rather than only focusing on preventative measures to keeping cavities at bay, they want to help fix your problems to restore your smile to its glory after an accident.

Common Procedures

Restorative dentists have a lot of tools available to fix the problems you see with your smile. Some of these options include:

· Root canals

· Crowns

· Bridges

· Dental Implants

· Tooth colored fillings

· Full and partial dentures

After an assessment to see the damage, a dentist can give recommendations on what procedure is best for your situation. For instance, if you have a tooth knocked out in an accident, your only option is not a dental implant. Other factors need consideration like age of the patient, placement of the tooth, and condition of the mouth. These are all requirements a restorative dentist will know more about and can diagnose more quickly than other professionals.

Making a New Smile

Restorative dentistry is more than just restoring a smile that was damaged. The tools available to a restorative dentist can help improve a smile that is just needing some extra work to make it perfect. Many people are born with a smile that is imperfect and needs correcting with procedures like:

· Straightening and whitening teeth

· Restoring and strengthening teeth and jaw bones

· Repair or replace chipped or broken teeth

· Replace missing or lost teeth

These procedures can make all the difference in the way you look and feel about yourself. Having a smile that you can proudly show will boost your self-confidence. When you feel great, you look great, which is exactly what restorative dentistry tries to do for patients.

Taking the First Step

The first thing you should do is find a restorative dentist and make an appointment. During the first visit, they will give you their opinion on what work is required. They will also give you an estimate on time it will take and how much it will cost. Most are willing to help with payment plans if you can't afford the price tag up front. The focus is on getting your smile to a place where you feel confident showing it and there is no pain in chewing or talking. It's time to stop covering up your smile and get some confidence. Find a restorative dentist in your area today.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pregnancy Gingivitis?


If you're pregnant and concerned about your dental health, it is imperative that you visit the dentist regularly to help prevent pregnancy gingivitis, bad tastes in your mouth, and other oral hygiene issues.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Factors To Consider When Getting Porcelain Veneers


Porcelain veneers are one of the best dental treatments today that can solve or cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment, abnormal spacing, chips and cracks. Veneers, particularly porcelain ones, are pretty expensive but a lot of people usually feel satisfied with the results of opting for this dental treatment and feel that the benefits outweigh the cost.

If you have chosen to get this solution to achieve a better smile, expect that you will have to go though at least 3 trips to your dentist. The first stage or trip to the dentist calls for diagnosis and treatment planning. The second one entails preparing your teeth for the veneer. The third stage is called bonding, wherein the veneer is permanently cemented on the problem tooth. Patients are also usually asked to return for a follow-up visit after 2 weeks so that the dentist can check how the gums are responding to the veneers and examine its placement.

If it's your first time to get porcelain veneers, keep in mind that there are various factors that can affect the application of this treatment to your teeth. These include the following:

Your lip shape and fullness. Dental veneers can alter the appearance or comfort of lip movement. For people with thin lips, they have to contend with the discomfort of the veneers constantly scratching or scraping against the lip. This needs to be thoroughly discussed with the dentist so that you can get a better understanding of how the application of veneers can alter the look and comfort of your lips.

The size of the tooth or teeth to be covered. This is another aesthetic factor that would depend on the patient's preference. There are some patients who like their two front teeth slightly longer than the others, while others prefer theirs to be completely aligned to their other teeth. If you want to get porcelain veneers that will create the smile that you have always wanted, it is important to discuss this factor and your preference with your dentist.

The shape of your natural teeth. A person's teeth are shaped like fingerprints-they sort of look the same, but they actually don't. Some teeth are more rounded, some are long and pointy, and some people have square-shaped teeth. Trusted cosmetic dentists recommend having the veneers patterned after the general shape of your front teeth to achieve the most natural appearance and also to ensure a comfortable fit in the mouth.

The natural color of your teeth. Finally, nothing can make a smile look fake more than different shades of teeth. When going for dental veneers, most patients today are required to undergo oral prophylaxis to determine the original natural hue of teeth. In doing this, the dentist can then use the perfect hue for the veneer so that it can completely look like the person's own real teeth and others will not be able to tell otherwise.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Nu Calm - Regency Dental



Dr. Burton demonstrates NuCalm. It is a revolutionary relaxation treatment to make your dental experience stress free and calm. See more at http://regencydentalgroup.com/

Friday, September 22, 2017

What You Need to Know About Receding Gums


Dr. Andrew Greenberger, participating Delta Dental dentist, shares what you need to know about receding gums, including its causes and treatments.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How Veneers, Crowns and Dental Implants Help Patients


Dental technology continues to enhance and improve the dental experience for patients, giving them multiple options for common dental issues that were previously unavailable.

This is true for dental patients who have cracked, chipped, worn, rough teeth or have teeth that are missing.

In the past, patients with less than perfect teeth had to live with the embarrassment and discomfort as dental treatments were more expensive and considered unnecessary, cosmetic procedures.

Over time with new technology, once pricey, elaborate procedures have become quick, routine procedures that are no longer for the wealthy.

It is rare to naturally have a perfect smile where all the teeth are white, smooth, proportional and straight. It is the small deviations of a person's smile that makes it their one-of-a-kind smile. Many patients, however don't see their imperfections this way. Some patients have trouble chewing, and speaking as well as headaches and jaw pain that is a result of their dental imperfections.

It is the crooked, non-proportional, jagged teeth that are most often treated by a dentist in order to ease the patient's pain and discomfort as well as enhance their confidence and self-esteem.

What kind of dental treatments are available for patients with less than desirable teeth?

The most common are veneers, crowns and dental implants.

What Are Veneers, Crowns and Dental Implants?

You've likely heard of these before and have a vague idea of what they are and what they do. Here is a brief summary of each:

Veneers

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed to the front of teeth to enhance or correct their shape, size and texture. Veneers are a quick procedure that can immediately change your smile for the better.

Crowns

Crowns are great options for patients who have moderate tooth decay or teeth that are chipped, cracked or worn-down. These gold, zirconia or porcelain coverings, go over the impacted tooth to prevent further damage and to keep the strength of the tooth intact.

Dental Implants

For patients who are missing a few teeth here and there, smiling can be unpleasant. You may think your smile is forever ruined and the thought of dentures scares you. Dental implants are the best solutions for your case. Implants are for patients who still have most of their natural teeth. Dental implants fill the empty space left behind with a naturally-looking tooth-like crown.

The Benefits of Veneers, Crowns and Dental Implants

Veneers, crowns and dental implants can do wonders in restoring or enhancing your natural, unique smile. All three teeth procedures can give you your dream smile that you'll be proud to show-off. The confidence in one's smile can also improve your mood and make you more approachable as you'll be laughing and smiling away.

Besides enhancing your smile to its maximum potential, these dental treatments can correct and restore the proper functioning of your bite, allowing you to comfortably bite and chew and speak clearly. Being able to do these basic oral functions, a patient's quality of life can be greatly improved.

With modern dental equipment and technology, patients who have a less than ideal smile because of their tooth imperfections now can easily achieve the smile they've always wanted.

Patients should contact their dentist to discuss which option would best achieve their desired results.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

What Is Dry Mouth and When Is It a Problem?


Many medications and illnesses have a side effect called "dry mouth". A lot of people don't understand what exactly dry mouth is and why it is a problem. If you have ever suffered from it though, you know it isn't pleasant and brings on even more issues. To help bring more clarity to this medical issue, here is an explanation on what dry mouth is, when it becomes a problem, and how it is treated.

What is Dry Mouth?

The condition of dry mouth is exactly how it sounds; the mouth feels dry. This is more than just your standard feeling you get when you're thirsty. Instead, the mouth feels dry all the time. Some of the symptoms that are:

· Frequently feeling thirsty, even after drinking

· A dry feeling throat that is often sore

· A sticky or dry feeling in the mouth

· Tongue looks red and raw and feels dry

· Sore in the corners of the mouth

· Cracked lips

· Odd burning and/or tingling feeling in the mouth and tongue

· Hoarseness

· Constant bad breath

· Difficulty speaking, tasting, swallowing, and chewing

· Dry nasal passages

· Periodontitis and Gingivitis, marked by red, bleeding gums

· Tooth decay

While everyone experiences these symptoms at one time or another, it isn't considered dry mouth until it is extreme or lasts for more than a few days.

Why is it a Problem?

The reason the mouth feels dry is that there isn't enough saliva being produced. This condition is not necessarily a major concern, but it depends on the circumstances. The doctor or dentist you visit will help find the root of the problem, which determines how much attention it needs. There are many reasons it comes, including:

· Side effect of a medication

· Dehydration

· A sign of another health problem

If you are taking any medications, that is the first suspect to dry mouth. If that is ruled out, the amount of water you drink every day is examined. A physical exam may take place to rule out any major problems like nerve damage, malfunctioning salivary glands, diabetes, and oral cancer.

For many sufferers, the biggest problem of dry mouth is constantly feeling uncomfortable. The unquenchable thirst interferes with daily routines and the sores on the mouth hurt. It also interferes with wearing dentures. What's more is that saliva is vital to maintaining the pH balance in your mouth. It also helps wash away bacteria and food left in your mouth. Without enough saliva, your teeth are at a major risk for decay, gum disease, and infections, like thrush.

How is it Treated?

The first step is to talk to your doctor if you are taking any medications. They can help you make adjust your dose or switch brands to minimize the side effect. If not, another medication or mouth rinse can be used to increase saliva production or just restore moisture to the mouth. They can also run tests to make sure there are no underlying issues if medication isn't the source.

Talk to a dentist about possible causes and treatments as well. They will want to examine the damage done to your teeth and gums to make sure you are okay in those areas. Most dentists can do oral cancer screenings and prescribe mouth rinses too.

Other ways to boost saliva or general moisture in the mouth are to:

· Suck on candy or chew gum (sugar-free varieties, of course)

· Increase your water intake to keep the mouth moist

· Keep a vaporizer near you, to increase moisture in the air

· Try not to breathe through your mouth, but through your nose instead

· Use a saliva substitute that is found over-the-counter in most pharmacies

It is best to not let dry mouth go on for too long, if you can help it. Don't self-diagnose and treat without visiting your doctor or dentist to ensure that there are no major problems.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Why There Is So Much Emphasis on Flossing


Good dental health can be described as having a mouth that looks and smells healthy, is full of clean and bright teeth that are anchored in solid bone. The gums should be pink and don't bleed at the slightest touch, and people don't raise a curious eyebrow while they stare at something in your teeth.

Brushing can do a lot to help you reach this level of dental health, but that alone isn't enough.

Flossing has to be an integral part of your daily oral hygiene routine to ensure that you are preventing problems and maintaining a healthier smile.

Flossing is Easy to Forget

We all lead busy lives, and when you're rushing out the door, or you're having guests over, or you're trying to catch up on work, it's easy to let the "little things" slide. Sometimes it's just a lot easier to shower, brush your teeth and head out the door.

Flossing may not be "fun," but if you do group this as one of the "little things" and forget about it, it can have just as much negative impact on your oral health as forgetting to brush.

Flossing the Right Way

Dental care professionals may talk a lot about flossing and why it's important to do every day, but, just like brushing, you can't get away with a half-hearted effort.

It's important to use the right technique to make sure you're cleaning out as much plaque as possible.

There's no big secret to this technique. It's the same thing you've been told for years. But just to make sure everyone is on the same page about this, here's a quick rundown of the most effective and efficient flossing technique.

1. Use about 18 to 24 inches of floss.

2. Wrap most of the floss around one of your middle fingers, and then a little more of the other end around the other middle finger.

3. Leave an inch or two for the actual flossing.

4. While holding the floss tightly between thumbs and forefingers of both hands, use a gentle rubbing motion to guide the floss between your teeth.

5. Push the floss down to your gums, and a little below the gum line, and curve the floss into a C shape.

6. Gently rub the side of the tooth with up and down motions, moving the floss up and away from the gums.

7. Don't force the floss because it may bruise your gums or cause them to bleed.

8. Floss every tooth, from the front to the back.

Should You Brush or Floss First?

A lot of people ask that question, worried that one may be more effective than the other. They may wonder if it's best to floss in the morning before the day gets started, or wait until the end of the day and make sure that they clean out any food particles that may have been lodged there throughout the day.

The best answer, though, is that as long as you're flossing, it doesn't really matter if you do it before or after you floss. Or if you choose to floss in the morning or in the evening.

(Of course, some may tell you that if you're questioning whether to floss in the morning or at night, you should just do both.)

Flossing once a day (at least) is a critical part of your overall dental hygiene. Don't put it off and don't let good habits slide. Your teeth will thank you for it.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Who Are Dental Sealants For?


You may have heard of dental sealants, but you're not sure what they are, how they work or who they benefit. You can only guess that they block out food particles, hence, acting as a seal, or barrier.

If this is what you thought sealants are, you're correct. Dental sealants are clear, thin, flexible, resin barriers are applied over the back molars to keep food particles from getting dislodged between then or in crevices and indentations on the tooth surface.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants can last up to 10 years and can be easily replaced when chips or excessive wear is evident. The sealant looks and feels like the natural tooth so they are comfortable to wear and are aesthetically pleasing. They can handle the same wear and tear as the teeth themselves. In many cases, patients don't even notice the sealants.

The process for applying sealants involves a couple, though simple steps:

1. The teeth are thoroughly cleaned

2. Each tooth is thoroughly dried

3. The surface of the teeth are roughened using an acidic agent

4. The teeth are then rinsed and dried

5. The sealant is then painted onto the teeth and dried. A curing, UV light may be used to speed up the drying process

They are applied much like a composite resin crown where the "cement" is hardened and permanently affixed into place using a UV light.

Dental sealants provide an extra barrier to protect teeth from cavities and shouldn't be used in place of brushing.

Who Would Best Benefit From Dental Sealants?

In almost every circumstance, dentists will recommend dental sealants for young patients, typically those between 5 and 7 years old. This is the age childrens' permanent molars erupt. Putting sealants on before this before the baby molars fall out will mean that the sealants will need to be reapplied later.

It is also during this time that children begin brushing their own teeth for the first time, meaning proper brushing techniques are often not followed or closely monitored. Their lack of coordination, focus and attention makes them less likely to practice proper oral hygiene procedures. Children often dread brushing their teeth and are impatient. They often don't brush long or as frequently enough, use the wrong brushing and flossing techniques or simply ignore to do any dental hygiene at all.

On top of insufficient or improper dental hygiene, children tend to have a sweet tooth, preferring sugary foods and drinks over healthy ones. The excessive sugar and simple carbs that decay and produce tooth enamel eating acid that lead to tooth decay.

Tooth decay, most commonly referred to as cavities, is among the most prevalent and preventable health issues among children. Kids are either not taught proper dental hygiene techniques or they are not taught the importance of taking care of their teeth and gums.

Dental sealants help give children extra help in protecting their teeth and gums.

Teenagers and adults who have had no decay or fillings are also candidates for dental sealants.

While dental sealants aid patients who have a hard time adequately brushing, they are not normally recommended to seniors. This is in large part due to the fact that many seniors are missing their molars or their molars are too fragile to accommodate the resin of the sealants.

Dental sealants are great for keeping your child's teeth protected from cavities and plaque build-up. Proper, regular, dental hygiene should, however, be done.

If you're interested in getting sealants for your child or teenager, or to see if he or she is a candidate, contact your dentist to schedule an appointment.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Would Your Teeth Pass the Tissue Test?


How can you tell if you need Crest 3D White Whitestrips? Try the tissue test! Then use Whitestrips for a noticeably whiter smile.

Monday, September 4, 2017

How Long Do Dental Crowns and Bridges Last?


Quality-made dental crowns and bridges are the solution if you have damaged or discolored teeth and need their appearance and shape to be improved. Another good reason is if you have gaps where teeth have been removed, and you don't want the remaining teeth to spread out into those areas and create a bad bite.

Crowns also are needed for a variety of reasons, including

  • keep teeth strong for biting and chewing
  • help to prevent a tooth from fracturing
  • restore a tooth that has fractured
  • cover a tooth that has previously had a root canal
  • protect a discolored tooth,
  • cover a broken one
  • hold a dental bridge in place
  • cover a dental implant

Cosmetic dentists are trained for this specific work and are ready to professionally correct such problems and make you and your mouth smile!

Dental crowns, often commonly called "caps", provide a tooth-like shape and structure that covers the entire tooth, strengthen the tooth, and are very functional. They are made by a special machine in a dental laboratory or sometimes right in the dentist's office if he or she has the equipment and staff.

Ceramic and porcelain crowns are meticulously matched to the color of your natural teeth so that they easily blend in and are not obvious. Porcelain fused to a metal shell is both attractive and strong. However, other materials such as metal and gold alloys, ceramic and acrylic are stronger than porcelain and are often especially recommended for back teeth.

Bridges replace one or several missing teeth and are cemented to natural teeth or implants, which serve as anchors for the bridge. Replacement teeth are attached to a crown that covers the abutment.

Crowns Can Last 15-20 Years With Proper Care

Research has shown that approximately 90 percent of crowns will not require major treatment within five years, and 50 to 80 percent of crowns will last between 15 and 20 years, which is a long period of use.

The length of time varies greatly depending on a multitude of factors including the most important of all, which is good oral hygiene. The failure of crowns and bridges can be due to the formation of a cavity where the crown and tooth meet. A bridge may lose support if the bone or tooth that is holding it in place gets damaged from dental disease. If you tend to grind or clench your teeth, ask your dentist how this could affect your crown and what you can learn to do about it.

Another factor is good nutrition. Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugars because they promote an acidic environment in the mouth. Instead, stick to a diet which is anti-inflammatory, alkalizing and rich in antioxidants.

You need to keep your teeth and gums healthy and follow the good dental hygiene practices of brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily including under your bridge, avoid chewing sticky and hard objects, and seeing your dentist and hygienist at least twice a year for examinations, follow-up care and professional cleanings.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Dental Health Issues That You Need To Take Care Of Right Away


Many people are content to simply brush and floss their teeth without regularly scheduling comprehensive oral exams. Unfortunately, failing to have your teeth checked by a licensed professional at least once or twice per year can result in serious issues. If you haven't been diligent in scheduling preventative dental exams, there are a few signs and symptoms that could indicate that you need treatment or intervention right away.

Gums that are red, swollen, sore and inflamed often indicate the presence of gingivitis or more advanced periodontal disease. Your gum tissues should be both healthy and resilient. If they bleed when you brush your teeth, you need to schedule an appointment immediately. When the health of the gums is low, the natural tooth structures are at great risk.

When gum infections are allowed to spiral out of control, this can lead to tooth loss, infection of the underlying bone structure and even systemic infection. This is why people with gum diseases are more susceptible to cardiovascular and whole-body problems. Once harmful bacteria escape the confines of the mouth and are allowed to enter the bloodstream, they can wreak havoc in many areas.

Some people have teeth that are hypersensitive and that may even feel a bit loose. This could be a sign of infection, particularly if your gums are irritated as well. If the underlying problems are not resolved, the hypersensitivity will only increase and the natural tooth structures will continue to be come looser until loss occurs.

Chronically bad breath is another symptom that should be checked out by a dental health professional. It usually means that there is an active colony of bacteria nearby. Simply having plaque and tartar deposits cleared away will likely resolve the problem for good. This way, you won't have to continue masking unpleasant odors with gum, costly mouthwash solutions or mints.

Teeth that are cracking, chipped, fractured or otherwise weak should be inspected by a licensed dentists. Your provider can let your know whether or not these problems are the result of a nutritional deficiency. He or she can also use veneers or crowns to prevent further tooth damage.

It is important to take note if your tongue is perpetually coated. This is often the case for people with chronic halitosis. Harmful bacteria can hide on the surface of the tongue and flourish here. This can also indicate that the natural pH of the mouth interior has been disrupted and needs to be corrected. Whenever there is a proliferation of potentially dangerous organisms in the mouth, the likelihood of tooth decay is heightened.

People should also be cognizant of how past dental work is performing. Certain cosmetic and structural corrections can begin to break down over time and may need to be replaced. Thus, if you have dental implants or have had root canal therapy performed in the past, you definitely want to schedule regular office visits with a trusted local provider. This is the best way to ensure that small issues are effectively identified and resolved, before these problems start to spiral out of control.


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Short Introduction to Cosmetic Dentistry



The art and science of dentistry is known to mankind for the last thousands of years! It may seem unbelievable to many, but the truth is no different to it. Excavations carried out at various sites of the Indus Valley Civilization confirm that dentists existed in the Harappan society as long back as 3,500 BC. However, dentistry itself has come across a long way since those historic days. With the passage of time, the subject has attained sufficient maturity and branched out in different but inter-related fields. Some of the prominent branches of dentistry include Endodontic, Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, Pediatric dentistry, Periodontics and others.
Traditional dentistry vs. its offshoots
Even, the jargon cosmetic dentistry is much popular these days. Now, at this stage one may wonder how traditional dentistry differs from modern procedures that are gaining prominence. To be short and precise, traditional dentistry is more focused on proper oral hygiene. Hence, it mainly deals with prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the issues related to our oral health. Contrastingly, each of the modern branches of the conventional treatment procedure focuses on specialist areas of dental care.
Cosmetic dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry, as it is obvious from its name itself, deals with improving a patient's appearance. It is usually used to resolve problems of crooked or chipped teeth, discoloration and missing teeth. In addition to the dental conditions mentioned above, there are other innumerable instances where this specialist line of treatment proves helpful. With gradual improvement of technology, cosmetic dentistry procedures are becoming increasingly efficient in improving our smiles and appearances. A vast array of latest tools and gadgets is readily available to dental experts to cater to specific cosmetic needs of their patients.
Common types of cosmetic dentistry treatments
Some of the common types of treatments involved with cosmetic dentistry include:
  • Dental bonding - This procedure helps improving the appearance of teeth, in case it is chipped, broken, cracked or stained. In this treatment, usually an enamel-like composite resin is applied to the teeth surface. Then, it is gradually molded into desired shapes, hardened with UV rays and finally, polished to provide the desired appearance.

  • Dental bridges - In technical jargon, these are also referred to as fixed partial dentures. The treatment procedure is used to replace missing teeth. As such, it is also effective in bridging the gap between two successive teeth.

  • Dental braces - These days, dental braces are equally common among kids and grownups. This range of dental items helps in correcting crooked, misshaped teeth and improves irregular bite, resolving disorders at the jaw joint and other problems.

  • Dental crowns - These are also known as caps and are placed over a damaged tooth to restore the latter's shape, size, strength and appearance. The caps are made from a range of substances including ceramic, metal and resin, etc. Crowning provides reinforcement to a tooth and invariably extends its life.
Conclusion
However, before opting for this specialized dental treatment, one should remember that cost for cosmetic dentistry varies greatly, depending upon the type of treatment procedure a patient requires. It is also relevant mentioning here that the range of dental treatments is usually not covered by the normal insurance policies.
Anyhow, on the brighter side, patients undergoing these treatment procedures are least subjected to pain as compared to those opting for general dentistry.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

How Can I Help My Elderly Parent Brush Her Teeth?



As you age, daily tasks can often become challenging, including brushing your teeth. Get expert advice on how to help keep your loved one’s smile bright for years to come in this “Ask an ADA Dentist” video question.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Three Reasons Not to Skip Your General Dentistry Checkup


Most experts recommend that individuals visit a general dentistry practice every six months to ensure optimal oral health, but many people do not follow these guidelines for one reason or another. Some cannot find time in their busy schedules for regular checkups, while others avoid the dentist due to the cost of a visit, and others because they fear dental instruments.

While these concerns are understandable, it is still important to keep up with your appointments. Here are three great reasons for you to make your general dentistry checkups a priority.

A Brighter Smile

A clean mouth is a healthy mouth. But, even with regular brushing and flossing at home, you still might not be able to remove all of the dental plaque that builds up over time. If left on the teeth, these mineralized deposits can eat away at your tooth enamel and cause cavities and gum disease.

A professional cleaning can ensure that plaque does not have the chance to cause any damage. Regular dental visits will also help you keep your breath fresh, since a professional cleaning can remove odor-causing bacteria from hard-to-reach places in your mouth. Additionally, if you are a coffee or tea drinker, your dentist's cleaning tools can remove stains, leaving you with a whiter, brighter smile.

An Ounce of Prevention

Keeping up with your regular checkups will ensure that dental problems, like cavities or gum disease, are caught early when they are much simpler to treat. For example, your dentist may be able to treat a cavity in its early stages with a fluoride treatment but, if the cavity is left to progress, you will likely need a filling, root canal, or even a crown. If the cavity is severely advanced, the tooth may even need to be extracted.

Therefore, it is important to see your dental professional as scheduled in order to keep any problems in check. Additionally, the more complex procedures have a heftier price tag, so keeping up with your checkups doesn't just help you avoid the dentist's drill; it's easier on your wallet, too.

It May Just Save Your Life

Regular checkups are not only important for the health of your mouth, they are essential to your overall health, as well. Problems in the mouth can cause much more than just a toothache-they can be deadly. If a decayed tooth develops a bacterial infection, it can spread throughout the body. More rarely, it can cause Ludwig's Angina, an intense pain and swelling under the tongue and neck, which can be fatal. During your visit, your dental professional can also examine your mouth tissue for signs of disease, such as nutritional deficiencies, stress, eating disorders, and even certain cancers.

Do not let your phobias, your hectic schedule, or your financial concerns prevent you from keeping your general dentistry appointment. Make the commitment to see your dentist regularly to keep your teeth-and your health-in great shape.


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

How Should I Clean and Store My Toothbrush?



Your toothbrush helps keep your mouth clean, so it’s only natural to want to keep it pristine. Find out the right way to clean and store your toothbrush in this “Ask an ADA Dentist” video question.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

8 Common Reasons Of Tooth Sensitivity



Tooth sensitivity is a common problem for most adults. The short-term, yet intense pain causes discomfort and affects one's daily routine. Generally, tooth sensitivity signals a variety of other problems, including emerging cavities and tooth cracks. But before running to the dentist, here are the most frequent causes of tooth sensitivity.
1. Tooth whitening treatments:
Regardless of whether the tooth whitening procedure is done in the dental office or at home, it results in temporary sensitivity. If you have recently undergone a whitening treatment, consider a gentle toothpaste and a soft brush to avoid discomfort.
Also, stay away from hot and cold products for a while as they worsen the sensitivity. The discomfort will gradually disappear in a matter of days and you will have healthy teeth.
2. Tooth grinding:
Grinding your tooth has a negative impact on the enamel. Frequent enamel grinding weakens it because of the regular pressure that is applied during the process. Also, tooth grinding leaves the dentin, the hollow tubes in the middle layer of the tooth exposed. This increases sensitivity of the tooth.
3. Excessive brushing or mouth wash:
Over-brushing or exaggerating with mouthwash is bad for your teeth as they break down the protective layer of the teeth and leave the dental nerves exposed. As the tubules are exposed to cold or hot or sticky and acidic food, tooth sensitivity increases. It is best to use a toothbrush with ultra-soft bristles to avoid any discomfort.
4. Inappropriate toothpaste:
Do you pick any toothpaste that offers a freebie when shopping at the store? Be cautious as this might be one of the reasons of growing sensitivity. Pick the toothpaste that is mild and does not have high teeth whitening agents as they are often hard. In case you are experiencing tooth sensitivity because of the wrong choice of toothpaste, the best way is to replace it with a paste that is suitable for sensitive teeth.
5. Acidic foods:
Acidic foods increase sensitivity and the level of pain may become unbearable, especially if the tooth roots are exposed. Some of the acidic foods that you must avoid in case of tooth sensitivity are, kiwi, grapefruit, lemon, pickles and tomato sauce.
6. Gum disease:
Receding gums or any type of gingivitis leave the upper tooth exposed, which causes pain when eating hot, cold or sweet food. If you notice that your gums are not in good condition, visit a dentist for an appropriate treatment.
7. Dental procedure:
Dental treatments such as root canal or tooth extraction may cause temporary tooth sensitivity. If the discomfort lasts more than a few days, it is advisable to see the dentist and get the appropriate treatment.
8. Plaque:
Daily tooth brush and regular tooth cleaning in a dental office prevent plaque build-up. If this routine is not followed strictly, the plaque build-up may affect the enamel. This leads to tooth sensitivity and eventually cavities and tooth decay.
Now, that you know what causes tooth sensitivity, it is important to manage it right in the initial stage to avoid bigger dental issues.
To know more about the sensitive tooth treatment, consult your dentist. Of course, you will not want to leave your favorite coffee or ice cream flavored soda because of tooth sensitivity.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

How Fluoride Keeps Your Teeth Healthy


Fluoride is a common mineral found in several foods, such as milk and eggs. It is essential to oral health. It is so essential that many municipalities pump small amounts of the mineral into their communities' water supply.

Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, which helps to prevent tooth decay. When acids from sugary or acidic foods attack the enamel, fluoride creates a wall of defense against erosion.

It is especially important for adolescents to have an ample amount of fluoride in their diet. Adolescents' teeth are still developing and need the extra protection to grow stronger enamel. Adolescents also tend to favor sugary snacks and drinks such as candy and soda. Fluoride in their diet helps protect adolescents against such overindulgence. To help provide enough fluoride for their children, parents need to know some important facts about the mineral.

Where Do I Find Fluoride?

Since eggs and milk contain fluoride, you should include plenty of those foods in your teens' meals. If you live in an area served by a public water supply, check to see if your municipality adds fluoride to its water.

You can also purchase fluoride-containing mouthwash and toothpaste for your kids to use. Even if they don't remember to brush as often as they should, the fluoride in their mouthwash and toothpaste can help stave off tooth decay.

If your kids need a little extra help fighting tooth decay, your children's dentist may prescribe extra-strength fluoride products for them to use. Be sure to take them for a regular teeth cleaning twice a year. Most dentists include a topical fluoride application as part of the procedure for patients from six to sixteen.

How Do I Keep My Kids From Getting Too Much Fluoride?

Although the right amount of fluoride is essential to oral health, too much fluoride can cause adverse effects. Keep a close eye on your kids' teeth. If you notice staining, pitting, or a lacy appearance, your child may be getting too much fluoride. Make an appointment with your dentist to have them checked for a condition called "fluorosis."

If children ingest large amounts of fluoride, they may develop diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting. For this reason, keep fluoride products out of the reach of young children. Teach your older children the importance of not swallowing their toothpaste or mouthwash, regardless of how good it tastes.

For more information about the best ways to use fluoride to maximize oral health for you and your children, contact your child's dentist. If it's been a while since your children had a teeth cleaning and dental checkup, make an appointment with their dentist today.


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Friday, August 11, 2017

Top Ways Dentists Can Help You Get a Better Smile


We all know that dentists can help us get a healthier, stronger smile by providing regular teeth cleanings and diagnosing and treating problems early, such as by filling cavities. However, the right dental professional can also help you get the smile you've always dreamed of by offering cosmetic dental procedures that can transform your whole mouth.

Here are a few of the top ways that the right dentist can help you get healthier teeth and a more beautiful smile:

Implants

You may not think that you have any reason to worry about missing a tooth if you are young and healthy. However, accidents can happen at any time, knocking out one or more of your teeth. You could also crack a tooth, requiring it to be pulled. Decay or gum disease can also cause you to lose a tooth, leaving an unsightly hole. A gap is a huge distraction from an otherwise beautiful smile.

A cosmetic dentist can help you fill the gap without having to pull other teeth by installing a dental implant. This tooth is designed to look like all your others, including matching the shade, and it is inserted directly into your jawbone. It will look like a natural part of your teeth.

Veneers

Veneers can fix all kinds of dental problems. Say you have crooked teeth, but you never got braces as a child and now you're too self-conscious to get them as an adult, or you just don't want to wear them for the years required to get results. Instead, you can get veneers. Say you have misshapen or discolored teeth and you want a fast solution. You can get veneers.

Veneers fit over your natural teeth, and they can make your smile straighter, whiter and more uniform. Many cosmetic dentists offer the procedure, and it produces fast results.

Teeth Whitening

Perhaps one of the most common complaints that people have about their teeth is that they aren't white enough. They may try whitening toothpastes or gels at home but become frustrated by the lack of results. If you are experiencing the same situation, you can see a dentist and get professional teeth whitening.

Several options are available for whitening, including light treatment or high-strength professional gels in custom trays. Results vary, but you can lighten your teeth as much as seven shades with professional teeth whitening. Of course, you'll have to continue to take great care of your teeth or else they will become stained again soon after whitening.

Dentists can provide you with much more than a routine cleaning. If you visit the right cosmetic dentist, you can gain access to a wide range of dental services that will help you transform your smile and feel more confident every time you step outside your door. These are just a few of the top dental procedures that you might consider for improving your smile. Many more options are available based on your needs.


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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Best Form Of Teeth Whitening Is Visiting A Dentist


All of us are searching for that perfect, gleaming white smile that gives an impression of radiance, youth, health, and cleanliness. With time, the color of our teeth can change, so we seek ways to reverse or alter these effects by buying expensive teeth-whitening products, such as pastes, gels, strips. and lights. While there are endless methods to try out, one of them should be consulting a professional.

Get Professional Help First

It's easy to go to a pharmacy and buy products that claim to whiten teeth, but it's not that easy to see results. Over-the-counter whitening brands require a rigid schedule to guarantee the desired outcome. Because people are often forgetful and barely enjoy brushing their teeth in the first place, it is hard to follow a strict regiment for a period of six months, two years, or longer. While we assume that the do-it-yourself version will save us money and time, its results are less noticeable than those from visiting your personal dentist.

We're All Different

Everyone's degree of tooth discoloration varies. These variations are due to genetics, which explains the different causes of gum disease and cavities. Some of us are more or less prone to these causes, but in order to be sure of what's affecting your particular discoloration and how to treat it, you must find an experienced doctor.

Dentists are educated in the chemical treatments, bleaches, and dyes that are most suitable. One form of treatment may not work the same as another, which is why it's important to seek qualified help. Skilled professionals are also aware of your sensitivities and allergic reactions.

Teeth Whitening

One of the best techniques used by dentists is to buffer in a gel that can transform your teeth in a single visit. It whitens your teeth about ten shades lighter within an hour. While these special agents are active and effective, there is still homework on your part. Depending on each patient, some may be required to continue their treatments at home. Your doctor will be sure to give you special toothpaste, prescriptions, and recommendations of what products to purchase for home care. Typically, one in-office teeth whitening procedure will last up to two years. Although doctors give you a big boost, it's your job to continue taking care of yourself by staying away from things like coffee, tea, wine, and cigarettes. You should also always remember to brush and floss!


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