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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Saturday, August 5, 2017

To Replace or Not to Replace Silver Fillings? That Is The Question


For a good amount of years, silver fillings were a common sight in children's mouths. For many adults, those fillings from childhood are starting to deteriorate, as fillings often do. Since silver fillings are still offered today, they must choose whether to keep the same material, or switch to a composite filling. Here are some things to consider to help make the best choice for you.

The Pros and Cons

The main advantage to silver fillings is that they cost less money. For instances where the fillings won't be obvious, like the molars, people tend to pick the more affordable option. This is where the benefits of silver fillings end though. Over the years, silver linings have been found to:

· Interfere with dental x-rays, hiding decay in the teeth.

· Put pressure on teeth, increasing chances of fractures and chips to the area.

· Contains mercury, which is considered no longer toxic by the time it is placed in the mouth, but still makes some people uneasy.

Tooth-colored, or composite fillings are generally considered better because:

· They are less obvious.

· Don't hide tooth decay.

· Strengthen teeth structures.

There are a lot of things to consider, aside from cost. When replacing a filling, dentists must completely remove the old one. It is not a situation where the dentist will just add more silver to the existing filling. The entire filling is sucked out before replacing it with whatever material the patient chooses. Some people prefer to just stay with the familiar choice and repeat what was already there.

Other Determining Factors

Dental hygiene plays a big part in what dentists recommend to their patients. All fillings will break down, but with poor dental habits, it is harder to protect the fillings and the teeth they strengthen. If proper brushing and dental techniques are part of your routine, your teeth and fillings will last longer. This is especially true of composite fillings. They deteriorate faster when proper care is neglected, meaning you replace your fillings more often.

The cost of composite fillings might be a bit more at first, but the cost eventually evens out. For instance, when you pay a little more for composite, your teeth are stronger. Instead of paying to fix cracked or chipped teeth, you put a little bit more into the tooth now to protect it from further damage and expense later.

Other things that influence the filling options are the size of the cavity and where it is located. For molars with larger cavities, many dentists will recommend the silver colored fillings because they are a bit stronger and resistant to deterioration than the composite option. If this is the original reason for your filling, the dentist is likely going to recommend that you replace your silver fillings with the same material. Smaller cavities don't require one material over another, so the dentist will usually ask for your preference.

Once fillings start to deteriorate, it is important that you replace them. No matter what type of filling material you use, ask questions and pick the type that you feel good about. Continue to practice healthy brushing and flossing habits to keep decay under control and you will have a long and happy life with whatever filling you choose.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Timely Dental Care Is Essential for Strong Teeth and a Bright Smile


Prevention is better than cure. This proverb is 100% true when it comes to dental problems. When dental problems begin to become troublesome, we often wonder what caused our teeth to go bad in the first place. Many of us don't realize that the tooth problems that we are having today is a result of years of neglect or inadequate dental care. By the time the problems start attracting attention, it is time for corrective treatment and a little too late for prevention.

Start early to prevent or minimize dental problems:

Dental care should start at an early age. This is the time for making sure that children pick up the right habits of oral hygiene. It is also important to get a dental checkup done after the first birthday or six months after the milk teeth begin to appear whichever comes first. After that a periodic checkup needs to be done depending upon the recommendation of the dentist. This is important because children often tend to neglect oral hygiene and also consume more sweet and sticky foods.

Basic dental care, seven tips to keep teeth healthy:

1. Brushing regularly twice a day keeps the teeth free of plaque while removing food particles that allow bacteria to multiply and damage the teeth.

2. Flossing once a day keeps plaque in control. Plaque is the chief culprit which results in deterioration of teeth, gums and nearby bones.

3. It is important to clean the tongue with a tongue cleaner or with a soft bristled toothbrush.

4. Toothpaste which is approved by the dental should be used.

5. We should eat sufficient quantities of teeth friendly foods which provide the nutrients to sustain healthy teeth. Examples of such foods are grains, vegetables, fruits and dairy products.

6. We must avoid or reduce consumption of foods which promote tooth decay. Frequent and excessive consumption of sticky foods and foods that have high sugar content such as soft drinks, chocolates and pastries is a recipe for future dental problems. There are many reasons why tobacco products should not be used, but avoiding discoloration of teeth is definitely one of them.

7. As mentioned before, regular dental checkups are a must. This helps in detecting and fixing problems early before they become acute and require major repair or tooth loss.
Benefits of sound dental care practices:

There are many benefits of taking good care of our teeth. It keeps our teeth strong, prevents cavities and decay and keeps gums in good health. This reduces the incidence of dental problems, dental visits and procedures thus saving time and money. Good oral hygiene also prevents bad breath which is caused by the bacteria in the mouth. Dental care will also minimize tooth discoloration.

For healthy teeth that will last for a lifetime, it is important that we take proper care right from a young age. Dental care is habit forming. People who learn good oral hygiene habits tend to continue that throughout their lives and the reverse is also true. If we are in the latter category it is never too late to start taking care of our teeth. Good dental hygiene also helps prevent recurrence of dental problems.


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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation (Action News Health Check on ABC)


Also known as the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique® and the Lunchtime Gum Lift™, the Pinhole Technique® is changing the way doctors around the world are treating gum recession and making it easier for patients to decide to have needed treatment for receding gums.

Dr. Burton of Regency Dental Group in Vacaville has been trained in the pinhole technique by Dr. Chao personally. Please call our office for more information and to schedule your appointment! 
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

How Can I Get My Child to Brush Her Teeth?



Does your child run in the other direction every time you reach for the toothbrush? Get some tried-and-true tips for making brushing fun from a dentist who’s been in your shoes.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Could Humans Ever Regrow Teeth?


98% of American suffer from tooth decay, but scientists may have found a way to fix that. Is there a way to regrow your teeth?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Stages of Gum Disease


Gingivitis

Gingivitis, an early gum infection, is a reversible disease characterized by tenderness, swelling, and most importantly, bleeding of the gum tissue. In the United States, a majority of youngsters over the age of thirteen already have gingivitis! The normal, healthy pink color darkens from the increase in blood volume, and goes through various shades of red. In more advanced cases, the gums may appear reddish-blue. Gingivitis usually begins gradually and progresses as symptoms become more prominent. It can, however, be a fluctuating disease. For example, inflamed areas develop and then become normal, only for inflammation to reappear at a later date. Bad breath, which frequently accompanies periodontal diseases, may first develop during gingivitis.

The Periodontal Pocket

If plaque accumulation did no more than cause irritation or gingivitis, we might not be so concerned. Unfortunately, because most bleeding is ignored, the advantage is lost of detecting early signs of periodontal disease and receiving prompt and relatively simple care. If the disease progresses, serious consequences can develop.

As noted earlier, the gum reacts to plaque with swelling and inflammation. This condition permits the plaque to approach the normally well-adapted crevice or sulcus between the gingiva and tooth. The infection spreads into the attachment causing the gum to separate from the tooth.

With the gum seal broken, more plaque can bury itself within the newly enlarged gum space. The space created by this separation is called a periodontal pocket and represents the critical pathologic entity of periodontal disease. In general, it is the comparative measurement of these pockets that reveals the extent and seriousness of periodontal disease.

Chronic Periodontitis

As the gum infection advances along the root, the pocket deepens with destruction of bone and attaching fibers. This condition is called periodontitis and the most common type is known as chronic periodontitis. The disease slowly progresses over time.

Pus can develop as supporting bone is destroyed and interacts with the infected gum tissue, usually in the latter stages of the disease. Sometimes so much support is destroyed that the teeth become loose. Periodontitis is serious business. Left untreated, periodontitis has the potential to continue for many years as a chronic, progressive infection, and a true threat to the survival of the teeth.

Aggressive Periodontitis

A very destructive type of periodontal disease, less common than chronic periodontitis, is known as aggressive periodontitis (AgP). Individuals with aggressive periodontitis demonstrate significant and rapid bone loss around their teeth. The disease is particularly disturbing as it is often diagnosed in children and young adults. It can first appear around the time of puberty or even earlier, although it is also diagnosed later in life. A peculiar characteristic often seen with AgP is that destruction of underlying bone can be extensive even though there is only a surprisingly small amount of plaque in the mouth.

AgP patients do not always respond well to routine periodontal therapy. Some systemic diseases or altered mechanisms of the body are thought to contribute to the unpredictability and difficulty in treating AgP. The influence of defective cells in the body's defense mechanism has been suggested as one explanation. Also, this type of periodontal disease is frequently found among family members, supporting the likelihood of a genetic predisposition to AgP.


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dental Health Is More Important Than Ever


No one can deny the importance of regular dentist visits. As a window into the overall health of an individual, dental health is crucial. It can show early signs of many diseases and also leaves one with a healthy smile. Research continues to prove that any conditions of the body can be discovered via oral health, and of course poor oral health can lead to other problems.

Since research also shows that good oral health may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring. Cheap dental plans are available to ensure that everyone has a chance for good oral health care.

Be on the Lookout for Gum Disease

The relationship between gum disease and other health complications has been discovered by the ADA or American Dental Association along with many other organizations. Heart disease and stroke are both found to be related to poor oral health. Another condition that is affected directly by poor oral health is pregnancy. Women often give birth to smaller and pre-term babies when they don't execute good oral health care.

Further studies prove that almost 100% of diseases that involve all the organs of the body have some relation to poor oral health. Anyone who is suffering from ulcers of the mouth, swollen gums, dry mouth or other oral issues should be seen immediately to assess for the following diseases:
  • Leukemia
  • Diabetes
  • Oral cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Kidney disease
Since most patients on cheap dental plans get periodic oral health examinations there is a good chance that they will have early diagnosis of possible health problems in the early stages before it becomes a bigger issue.

Avoid Unnecessary Pain

Those who don't take the time to enroll in a cheap dental plan and don't care for their gums and teeth may be subject to more health problems than those who do. Facial pain and of course oral pain are usually because of gum infection. Tooth loss is another problem as the gums support the teeth and if they aren't doing their job, teeth will easily fall out. Gingivitis is said to affect a large percentage of the world's population, in fact almost all of it. It is an early form of gum disease and can be easily detected during regular visits under a cheap dental plan.

One can also protect their heart and other organs by avoiding oral infections. Important functions are ceased when inflammation occurs due to bacteria build up.

Finally, digestion issues can be brought on from poor oral health. Failure of the intestines, irritable bowel syndrome and many other digestive disorders are just some of the problems that one can face.

What Can Be Done

Regular visits to a dentist under a cheap dental plan can keep one's mouth healthy as possible and prevent problems, but also help detect any happenings that can lead to possible health issues. Exams are crucial and dentists can guide patients to proper hygiene and nutrition and identify any potential problems.

They will teach patients good oral hygiene that includes brushing teeth twice daily for at least two minutes using a toothpaste with fluoride, daily flossing to remove plaque that isn't reached during brushing, and a healthy diet full of vitamins.

Further, even on cheap dental plans, dentists will advise patients to not smoke or use chewing tobacco. These products promote oral cancer and gum disease. Preventative care is the most important way to find early signs of periodontal disease. A great dental provider will ensure there are regular checkups scheduled and keep their patient informed on every detail of their oral health, as dental needs change throughout a patient's life.


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Do Electric Toothbrushes Work Better Than Regular Toothbrushes?



They both clean your teeth, but does one do a better job? ADA dentist Dr. Richard Price breaks down the benefits of electric and regular toothbrushes in this “Ask an ADA Dentist” video.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dental Health Is Directly Related to Overall Health


The lifestyle which we live has a direct impact on the health of our mouth, teeth and gums. What we eat and drink has a direct effect on our teeth and gums. This is the reason why many dentists will suggest you to drink soft drink using a straw and also to avoid any acidic foods. Today we discuss about how our overall health is interrelated to the health of our gums and teeth.

You maintain your overall health by eating healthy foods and drinks. Foods which are rich in vitamin are considered good for your overall health and also for your dental health. However as we grow we change our eating habits and other day-to-day habits. We start consuming acidic foods which directly impact the enamel and stains our teeth. We start consuming soft drinks which again has a direct effect on our enamel. Apart from the food that we consume, we also feel that doing certain things such as smoking, piercing our lips or tongue and drinking excessive alcohol makes us look cool. However the result is different. Smoking leads to tooth loss, gum disease and many other problems related to dental health. With piercing oral infections become common and also leads to chipped tooth. The effect of piercing does not just stop with these two problems. It might also lead to gum recession which eventually leads to tooth loss.

Sugar is yet again another cause of tooth decay and an important threat to our dental health. Sugar is present in our foods which lead to plaque. This plaque then teams up carbohydrates and leads to the formation of acids. The acid breaks down the enamel and eventually leads to tooth cavities. If the infected tooth is not treated it will lead to tooth cavities becoming deeper resulting in pain and might even lead to tooth loss.

While we are grown up it at times becomes difficult for us to keep a track of what we are eating. Practically we just cannot calculate the amount of sugar present in our food. However there is one thing which is under our control. We can ensure that our mouth is being cleaned regularly as this maintains proper dental health. No matter what you eat and drink you should brush twice in a day followed by flossing. Many of us are not aware that ideally you should brush for two minutes. You will be surprised to know that not many of us last that long while brushing. Apart from brushing and flossing you should visit your dentist twice in a year. This will keep you updated about your dental health and will also help the dentist to detect whether you are suffering from any dental problem or not.

Staying upbeat with your health has a psychic effect as well. A healthy body will always be filled with positive energy and happiness. So it becomes imperative for us to maintain our dental health and healthy body.


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Sunday, July 9, 2017

What You Can Do About Bleeding Gums


Bleeding gums are often a cause for concern as well as they should be in most cases. Bleeding gums are often caused by something not right with your gums. Your gums have become weak and injured. Some of these causes are cause for great alarm, such as the beginning of periodontal disease. Others, are easily preventable and reversed, such as brushing or flossing too vigorously. Sometimes bleeding gums are caused by hormones that can be outside of your immediate control.

Treatment Options for Bleeding Gums

Whatever the cause may be, the first step in getting them treated is to see your dentist. He or she will be able to assess whether your bleeding gums are the result of gum disease or by something else.

Periodontal Disease Treatment

If your dentist determines you have periodontal disease, there are many courses of action they may recommend depending on the severity. If you have the early stages, it can be easily reversed with good dental hygiene and regular visits to the dental office.

In more severe cases, where the periodontal disease has advanced, your dentist may recommend scaling or root planing to limit the build-up of plaque and slow down the progression of the disease. Ongoing periodontal therapy may be needed to keep it at bay. In the most extreme cases of gum disease, surgery may be required to maintain the structure of the mouth and jaw bone and to save the teeth.

Other Bleeding Gum Treatment Options

If you find out that your bleeding gums are not caused by the beginning of gum disease, less extreme treatment options will be recommended.

If your dentist determines that your bleeding gums are the result of improper oral hygiene practices, he or she will recommend changes to your dental hygiene routine. These recommendations may include:

Using a soft toothbrush. Hard (or stiff) bristled toothbrushes can scratch, damage and weaken both your gums and the enamel of your teeth. This can make your gums and teeth more vulnerable to gum disease and cavities. A soft-bristled brush won't irritate, scratch or injure your gums in a way that causes them to bleed.

Practice proper brushing techniques. Brush too hard, using the wrong brushing pattern or not brushing your teeth and gums long enough can cause your gums to get injured, irritated and weak to the point where they bleed. The proper teeth brushing technique recommended by dentists include using gentle, circular motions over your teeth and gums for two minutes twice a day.

Implement daily flossing. Many patients shy away from flossing for fear of causing their gums to bleed. If you practice daily flossing, your gums will eventually strengthen to the point where they will stop bleeding. Bleeding gums when you first begin flossing is normal as it is a result of weak gums, which if not addressed and strengthened, can lead to gum disease. It is recommended you floss at least once a day.

Choose a quality mouth rinse. If your mouthwash contains alcohol, throw it out. Alcohol dries out the mouth which accelerates the development of plaque that causes gum disease. An alcohol-free mouthwash won't dry out your mouth and will destroy gum disease and cavity cause bacteria and plaque.

Avoid tobacco products and a poor diet. The harsh chemicals in tobacco products can irritate gums, causing them to weaken and bleed. Tobacco also discolors teeth. A diet heavy on sugars and simple carbohydrates increases the growth and formation of plaque which accelerates the progress of gum disease and bleeding gums. Constant snacking throughout the day is also not recommended because it leads to the accumulation of plaque build-up on the gums and teeth.

Have an aligned bite. If your bite isn't properly aligned or you have crowded or missing teeth, there is a greater chance for plaque to build-up between teeth and on the gums, which can cause them to bleed. Habits such as teeth grinding or jaw clenching can put additional force on the teeth and gums, wearing them down to make them more vulnerable to decay and disease. Regular visits to your dentist are recommended if you have braces or dentures, or have TMJ. He or she can properly adjust your apparatus to ensure a proper, straight bite.

Bleeding gums are not anything to ignore. The cause of your bleeding gums can be a symptom of gum disease which can lead to additional, severe oral health issues.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Why It's Important to Protect Your Mouth Against Gum Disease


You've heard about gum disease and that it is bad for your oral health.

Unfortunately, gum disease is common in American adults. The prevalence of sugary, processed foods and de-emphasis on exercise has contributed to an uptick in dental health issues, namely cavities and gum disease.

What is Gum Disease?

Your dentist may have explained it to you during your last dental examination and cleaning. Gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on the surface of the gums. Plaque is made up of germs and bacteria that can irritate your gums and lead to the breakdown of gum tissue and bone tissue in the jaw. The same plaque erodes enamel (the hard, protective outer layer of teeth).

Plaque is the result of the combination of sugars and simple carbohydrates in foods and drinks with the natural bacteria found in the mouth. If proper dental hygiene isn't practiced, the plaque will accumulate on the gums. Over time, if the plaque is not removed, it hardens and turns into tartar. Only your dentist will be able to scrape away the tartar.

The most common type of gum disease is gingivitis. This is the mildest form of gum disease and it can be quickly and easily reversed. Untreated gingivitis is called periodontitis. With periodontitis, the damage done to the gums, and surrounding jaw bone can't be reversed, but they can be stopped. There are two stages of periodontitis: mild and advanced.

The most common symptoms of gingivitis include: red, swollen, tender gums that receded from the teeth, bad breath, gums that bleed easily, pockets along the gum line, and crooked or loose teeth.

How Gum Disease Affects You

Besides bleeding, swollen, sensitive, and sore gums, gum disease can lead to additional oral health issues as well as health concerns to other organs and body systems.

Oral Health Issues

In the most severe cases of advanced periodontitis, teeth may be lost or extracted. Missing teeth can further accelerate the destruction of the bone in the jaw and can cause the remaining teeth to shift, causing crowding or gapping and an uneven or misaligned bite.

Chewing and clear speech may become difficult and your once beautiful smile will now have embarrassing gaps which can decrease your confidence and level of happiness.

In some cases, gingivitis and tooth decay are interrelated. As the gums weaken and get deteriorated with plaque, the teeth in which the jaw bone supports can also become vulnerable to infection and disease.

Plaque and tartar on the gums can penetrate the tooth enamel and begin to infect the tooth pulp and roots. A root canal and other, more intensive dental treatments at your dental office will be necessary to save the tooth and halt the damage to your jaw bone.

Mouth and Body Connection

Besides wreaking havoc on your oral health, periodontal disease can also negatively impact your overall health. Researchers believe that the germs in the plaque enter the bloodstream and infect or injure other organs of the body. The presence of gum disease has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, premature birth, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis and certain kinds of cancers.

Various emotional and health problems can stem from periodontal disease that can result in more expensive treatment and a potentially lower quality of life.

Gum disease is nothing to shrug off. If you notice your gums bleeding or your gums are irritated, swollen or sensitive, contact your dentist as soon as possible. The damage caused by periodontal disease can be repaired and reversed at the early stages.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Signs That You May Need a Root Canal Treatment


A decaying tooth can destroy your gums and if not caught earlier, leads to tooth extraction. The best way to treat a decaying tooth is undergoing a root canal. During RCT, the nerve and infected pulp are taken out and the dentist cleans and seals the interior of the affected tooth. Without this procedure, the surrounding tooth's tissue will become inflamed resulting an abscess formation.

All the teeth in your mouth contain nerves and blood vessels that are located in the center passageways, or canals, deep down in the root. When your teeth form initially, these blood vessels and nerves give them all the key nutrients needed. Eventually, your teeth will no longer need these nerves and blood vessels, and this is where a dentist will need to take them out without causing any damage to your teeth. This procedure is known as a root canal. However, you may or may not be aware of whether you need the treatment, and if so, when exactly should your get it. In light of this, listed below are 6 signs indicating that it is time to visit your dentist for a RCT.

1. Severe pain - whenever you feel a toothache, which is not a definitive indicator that you require extraction or you need to undergo a root canal. It all depends on the severity of the pain. When the pain becomes unbearable enough to prevent you from eating or drinking, then you should see your dentist as soon as possible. He will check whether or not there are any cavities and if a cavity has caused the inflammation or infection in the tooth's blood vessels and nerves.

2. Swelling - If your neck or face starts to swell - it is definitely a sign that you need an RCT.

3. Gum boils - Also known as fistulous tracts, gum boils are a pimple-like lesion in the gum tissues, which becomes a drain for pus. The size of these gum boils may increase or decrease depending on the waxing and waning of the infection. You are most likely to detect a bad taste because gum boils act as a drain for pus. The lesion will also feel tender when touched and the tissue will become swollen.

4. Sensitivity to hot and cold foods - Drinking hot beverages like tea and coffee and eating cold foods like ice creams shouldn't usually a problem. However, when you constantly experience a dull ache after the consumption of these foods, then this may be a red flag.

5. Problems with biting and chewing - If you are experiencing constant discomfort and pain when biting or chewing your food, and also seeing signs of swelling in the region then you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately.

6. Darkening of the tooth- this is not a sign that RCT is needed immediately unless your dentist says so. But darkening of one or more teeth happens when the tooth has experienced trauma, has been decayed, or if a filling has deteriorated.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dental Solutions to Bruxism


Bruxism is the unconscious grinding of the teeth. For most patients, the teeth grinding occurs at night while they sleep. Headaches, a sore jaw, a stiff jaw and broken and cracked teeth are some of the telltale symptoms of bruxism.

If you've been diagnosed with bruxism, you may be overwhelmed by the multiple treatment options available. There is no cure for bruxism, but many treatment options are available that reduce the triggers of the teeth grinding.

There are many causes of bruxism including stress, sleep apnea, habits, psychological disorders and dental occlusions issues.

The treatment options for bruxism fall into two main categories, both of which target the triggering symptoms that cause bruxism.

Examples of both kinds of bruxism treatment are listed below in their corresponding categories. Depending on your specific bruxism case, you may either be better treated with a treatment option that reduces the occurrence of bruxism or with a treatment option that reduces the severity of the bruxism symptoms. It is not uncommon for treatments of both the symptoms and the occurrence of the bruxism to be prescribed at the same time.

Bruxism Treatments That Target the Symptoms of The Disorder

· Using a warm, wet washcloth on the jaw

· Applying ice cubes or an ice pack to the jaw

· Massaging and stretching jaw muscles, the neck, and face to relieve trigger point tension

· Getting physical therapy

· Doing exercises to relax the jaw

· Focused facial relaxation

· Visiting a chiropractor

· Using muscle relaxants to relax the jaw

· Crowning teeth

· Tooth reconstructive surgery

Bruxism Treatments That Target the Disorder Itself

· Stress and anxiety reduction and management

· Drinking more water

· Getting more sleep

· Eating soft foods

· Not chewing gum or on other objects

· Consciously relaxing the face and jaw throughout the day

· Buying a teeth grinding mouth guard (you can also get a customized night one at your dentist)

· Avoiding alcohol, which increases the urge to clench the teeth

· Avoiding caffeine, which can make you jumpy and tense

· Buying dental splints

You should discuss all your bruxism treatment options with your dentist. The best treatment option will depend on the severity of your bruxism, how often it occurs, the extent of the damage it has caused, your personal preferences, the length of the treatment and the costs of the treatment.

It is not uncommon for patients to be unaware they have bruxism because they don't experience any of the noticeable symptoms. For these patients, it is important they have regular dental check-ups and cleanings at their dentist's office. A dentist can identify the wear and tear of the teeth because of bruxism.

Bruxism isn't a dental issue to be ignored. The pain can be severe and uncomfortable and the damage it causes to the teeth and gums can lead to tooth loss, broken teeth and weakened gums that can be more susceptible to gum disease.

The grinding down of teeth as a result of bruxism can lead to flattened teeth which negatively affects the look of a patient's smile which can lower their self-esteem, and overall happiness and quality of life.

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