Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!


As the New Year approaches us with hopes anew, here is to wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead.

Friday, December 28, 2018

The Composition of a Tooth


How much do you know about your teeth?

Your teeth begin to grow while you're still a baby inside your mother's womb. While they aren't visible until a few years after birth when they "erupt" or come up from within the gums, they are there. Baby teeth, or primary teeth grow in and fall out in the same order and are replaced with permanent, or adult teeth. Your permanent teeth will be the teeth you have for the rest of your life. If you lose an adult tooth, it may be able to be re-attached at the root if you see a dentist immediately. In many cases, a lost permanent tooth means a fake tooth, such as a dental implant will be needed to replace the lost, natural tooth.

Your teeth are able to withstand much wear and tear as well as grinding and pressure. What makes teeth so hard and long-lasting? It likely has something to do with their composition.

Each tooth is made up of enamel, dentin and cementum and each tooth has a dental pulp.

Tooth Enamel

The part of the teeth you're most familiar with is the tooth enamel. This is the hard, translucent, outer covering of the tooth. It is this part of the tooth that cavities can destroy and leave the tooth vulnerable to further decay and disease. The enamel is said to be the hardest and most mineral-packed substance of the body. Tooth enamel is made up of mostly minerals, with some organic compounds and water. The enamel is the thickest (and strongest) at the cusp of the tooth and is weakest along the tooth edges.

As we age, the years of use, abuse and wear and tear, the enamel slowly wears off in what is called attrition.

What is enamel made of? Crystalline calcium phosphate called hydroxyapatite accounts for most of the minerals found in tooth enamel. These minerals give teeth their strength, as well as their brittleness. Enamel also doesn't contain collagen like other parts of the tooth. Tuftelins, ameloblastsins, ameloblenins and enamelins are proteins that help develop enamel.

Dentin

Underneath the enamel is a porous, yellowish material called dentin. It is this material that gives teeth their classic yellow, or preferably white color. Dentin is made up of inorganic and organic materials as well as water. It is made of mineralized connective tissue and collagen proteins. Dentinogenesis, or the process of forming dentin involves the secretion by odontoblasts of the tooth pulp. Dentin contains a matrix of microscopic tubules that don't criss-cross each other. The length of the tubules are determined by the radius of one's tooth. Dentin is the substance between enamel or cementum and the pulp chamber.

While dentin isn't as strong as enamel, it still gives your teeth extra strength, support and protection. Because it is softer than enamel, it decays more rapidly and is subject to severe cavities if not properly treated, but dentin still acts as a protective layer and supports the crown of the tooth.

Cementum

The innermost layer of the tooth is called the cementum. This part of the tooth resembles bone and it covers the tooth pulp. Like the tooth enamel and dentin, the cementum is made of inorganic (mostly hydroxyapatite), organic (mostly collagen) and water. Cementum is softer than the enamel and dentin and is secreted by cementoblasts that are in the root of the tooth. It too has a yellowish color and is the thickest around the apex of the tooth root. This part of the tooth has the purpose of being a medium through which the periodontal ligaments (the ligaments of the gums) attach to the tooth, giving the tooth stability.

Tooth Pulp

In the center of each tooth is the pulp. The pulp consists of connective tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels. The tooth pulp supplies the tooth with blood and nutrients as well as infection-fighting macrophages and T lymphocytes. It is in the pulp where the odontoblasts which make dentin are located as well as nerve endings, which give the tooth the ability to react to hot or cold food and drink.

Teeth are simple, yet complex, which make them strong and durable. They are, however vulnerable to trauma from wear and tear and disease and decay from poor oral hygiene. Certain tooth conditions like tooth sensitivity can be indications that something is wrong and you should see your dentist.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!


May your heart and home be filled with all of the joys the festive season brings. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Functions of Teeth: 4 Types and Their Role


Every tooth has a specific job or function. Learn more about the different types of teeth including incisors, canines, premolars and molars.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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 of 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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Sunday, December 16, 2018

What Are the Major Signs of Periodontal Disease?


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Care for your Teeth after Treatment for Periodontal Disease

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

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

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

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Wisdom Teeth: Why and When To Take Them Out & 3 Tips for Surgery Recovery Pain


Erupting or impacted wisdom teeth can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. In this video, we will discuss what wisdom teeth are, when to get them taken out, and tips on quicker recovery.

Monday, December 10, 2018

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 toothache 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 (the 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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Friday, December 7, 2018

Baby Teething Symptoms and Remedies


Wondering if your child has begun teething or how to treat teething? Is your child between 3 to 9 months old? Some signs and symptoms to look out for include drooling, chewing on hard objects, irritability or changes in appetite or sleep. Don't worry, there are ways to ease your child's discomfort. Treatment options include applying counter pressure by using teething toys, and applying a teething gel to numb the area. Don't forget to start brushing their first teeth with a toothbrush that has soft bristles.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Most Surprising Cavity Causing Foods


Most of us have an idea about which foods cause cavities. In this video, I will share the most surprising cavity-causing food and drinks.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Bleeding Gums and the Signs of Gingivitis


Do you have bleeding gums? This could be an indication that you are suffering from gingivitis, a gum disease caused by plaque build-up around teeth and the gumline. Swelling or redness of the gums, receding gumline, and bad breath can be another sign of gingivitis. Consult with your dentist if you see any symptoms because if left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease and even tooth loss. To help prevent gingivitis you should be sure to brush twice and floss once a day.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Explore the Causes of Bad Breath and Halitosis Remedies


Suffering from bad breath? Learn about the causes of bad breath with Colgate® to figure out the source of the problem. The causes of bad breath are not always obvious ones, like poor oral hygiene. Some other causes can include the digestion of food, dry mouth, medical conditions or smoking. Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for fighting bad breath, so don't forget to brush!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Tips For Helping Your Child Prevent Cavities


Tooth decay doesn't just affect adults, it can also affect your little ones. Common causes of tooth decay in toddlers include going to sleep with a bottle or eating too much sugar and carbohydrates. Brushing your child's teeth twice a day with a soft bristled brush will help to prevent cavities. Treatment for cavities in children is the same as for adults, so be sure to develop good habits for your child that will last.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Reasons You're Getting Cavities (That Have Nothing to Do With Brushing and Flossing)


Do you wonder why you're still getting cavities even though you brush and floss every day? In this video, I'm sharing the three biggest reasons you're getting cavities.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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?

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Disease


Despite the common belief that if we brush our teeth they can last a lifetime, there are some diseases that can affect even the most cautious cleaners. Unlike tooth decay that is primarily caused due to poor dental hygiene, gum diseases such as periodontal disease can happen to people with perfect health, albeit less frequently. Since the disease is caused due to a build-up of bacteria-filled plaque in between the gums and teeth, there is a different procedure for both preventive measures and the treatment of the diseased gum line than traditional dental care, which primarily focuses on preventing tooth decay.

Like any ailment, prevention is more effective than even the best form of treatment for periodontal disease, which with the proper knowledge can only take out about 5 minutes of your day on cleaning your teeth. While it may seem obvious, one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause or worsen periodontal disease is to regularly brush the lower parts of the teeth that connect to the gums. Along with proper brushing with a fluoride paste, you should floss around the roots of teeth to prevent the plaque buildup that can loosen the gums and cause further complications.

It is important to be aware of the fact that some conditions that can make a predisposed individual more susceptible to developing periodontal disease. A family history of the disease can greatly increase your predisposition to being affected by it and it is a good idea to alert your dentist if it runs in your family. People who partake in tobacco use in the form of cigarettes or chew also greatly increase their odds of getting infections in their gums.

Periodontal disease is usually treatable when caught early by a dentist with knowledge of the symptoms. Bleeding or receding gums and loose feeling teeth, accompanied by a lingering bad taste, may be warning signs that you are developing periodontal disease and it is urgent that you seek treatment. If you are concerned that you may have the beginning symptoms of the disease, call your local dentist and schedule an appointment so they can begin taking steps to hinder the development and prevent further infections. Untreated periodontal disease has even been linked to developing heart disease.

The standard procedure for treating periodontal disease often involves a thorough cleaning of the area of the gums that connects to the roots of the teeth, followed up with smoothing the roots to prevent further infections. However, for more severe cases that result in tooth loss, implants and crowns may be necessary to protect the remaining teeth from further damage. If you have already been diagnosed with periodontal disease or believe you have the symptoms, your dentist will give you an individualized treatment plan. Closely following this treatment plan can make a significant difference in your health.


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

How to Take Care of your Dentures


Adjusting to life with dentures can be difficult. Learn more about how you can care for your dentures, including how to clean them and how tools like denture toothbrushes can help you, every day. It takes some time to get used to dentures, but you can ease into them with these helpful tips from Colgate®. Use your dentures to the fullest and enjoy having a full set of teeth again!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Signs that You are Grinding Your Teeth at Night


In this video, we will discuss the signs of grinding (bruxism) and clenching and the effects those have on your oral health.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

What is TMJ? The Causes of your Jaw Pain


Experiencing jaw pain, popping, or pain around your ears? Do you have issues opening your mouth wide? Learn more about what can be TMD, with Colgate®. Possible causes include jaw clenching, teeth grinding, poor posture, or an injury to the joint.

Monday, October 29, 2018

The #1 Vitamin To Support Oral Health (and it's not Calcium)


People often ask me which vitamin or supplement is best for supporting oral health, and my answer always surprises them. The top nutrient for fewer cavities and healthy gums is NOT calcium.

Friday, October 26, 2018

What to Do With Your Child's Loose Tooth


Does your child have a loose tooth? Wondering how to treat it? Pulling it out yourself is not recommended, as it may result in bleeding or even infection. It is best to allow loose teeth to fall out naturally, or to consult with a dentist, especially if it is a result of an injury. Losing a first tooth can be frightening, so don't forget to reassure your child that it is a part of becoming a big kid!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

What About Your Teeth and Eyes?


When you think of good health and prevention, you probably think about your body and what’s going on inside of it. Cigna's Chief Nursing Officer Mary Picerno explains that taking care of your teeth and eyes is also an important part of prevention.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Common Myths and Facts About Your Tastebuds


Join Colgate to dispel common myths about your taste buds and get the facts! Do you know how many taste buds you really have? Do we really have only 5 tastes? What are they? The tongue map was created over 100 years ago, but people still believe that only certain parts of the tongue can detect taste. Is this true? Get all the details on bitter, sour, salty, sweet and savory (umami), here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Where Do Teeth Come From?


Teeth. We’ve all got ‘em (most of us, anyway). But how do they grow? Teeth are made from some biological nanotechnology that will blow your mind. They are strong enough to last hundreds of millions of years. Oh, and if you’ve ever wondered how adult teeth replace your baby teeth, get ready to see something terrifying.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Tooth Pain Home Remedies


Suffering from a toothache? Learn about tooth pain home remedies and treatment options. Discover the benefits of clove oil for toothaches, ice, and salt water rinses and how they can help you conquer tooth pain. When tooth pain strikes, you can turn to these home remedies for temporary relief until you can get to a dental professional.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Veneers - Used to Protect and Improve the Appearance of a Tooth


If you have a discolored, uneven, or chipped tooth, dental veneers can not only improve your smile but also help you achieve a celebrity smile that is designed to last up to 20 years. Getting a veneer may require you to schedule a few visits to the dentist office. Your visits may consist of a consultation and two additional visits to make the cosmetic device. This type of treatment is usually used for:

• Teeth that is broken or chipped
• Teeth that are worn
• Teeth that is uneven, misaligned, or misshapen such as those that have bulges or crater in them
• Teeth that have gaps between them

The first step in the process of getting a dental veneer may include an active participation by you as you explain to the doctor the outcome you desire to achieve. The diagnosis and treatment planning will include your doctor doing an examination of your teeth to ensure this treatment is appropriate for you and they will discuss the limitations and what will be involved in the procedure.

The next portion of your treatment will includes preparation where your dentist will take away around half a millimeter of enamel from the surface of your tooth cemented to the tooth; which is close in size to the veneers' thickness. Your doctor will make an impression or model of your tooth, which will be sent to a dental lab in order to make your veneer. It may take up to one to two weeks for your dentist to get the veneers from the lab. Prior to the veneers being permanently cemented to the teeth, your dentist will place it on your tooth temporarily to check its color and fit. When your bonding process is complete, your doctor may ask you to come back for a follow up in a few weeks to exam how your gums have responded to the veneer's placement.

If you think that dental veneers are right to address any need in your mouth you may have, call and schedule an initial consultation and let the dentist evaluate the current state of your teeth in order to help create a customized treatment plan that will make your smile whiter, brighter, and straighter. You may find that veneers can be a good option for you, when through your consultation your dentist discusses any concerns and questions you may have.

With a call to a professional dental office, you can also get information concerning a wide range of cosmetic and oral healthcare procedure. This dental office may provide additional services to include bridges, sealants, implants, crowns, and much more. All of these procedures are designed to improve.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Crest: Halloween Treats Gone Wrong


Halloween candy is everyone's favorite part of the holiday! So Crest decided to see just how far they can push the boundary of what "candy" means, by giving unsuspecting kids healthy Halloween treats. See how these kids react when they are told this new, healthy candy is replacing their beloved sweets! Will these healthy treats really replace candy at Halloween? Not on Crest's watch! Bring on the candy. Crest has you covered.

Friday, October 5, 2018

What Are The Early Signs And Symptoms of a Cavity?


Prevention is better than cure. Work with your dentist in preventing cavities before it gets too late.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Crest Gum & Enamel Repair: Strengthen Weakened Enamel


Crest Gum & Enamel Repair targets the gum line to help reverse gingivitis and repair and strengthen weakened enamel.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Root Canal Procedure


What is a root canal, and why would you need a root canal procedure? If you’re having a lot of tooth pain and your dentist finds deep decay, you may need to get this in-office procedure.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

How Did Teeth Evolve? - Peter S. Ungar


You may take them for granted, but your teeth are a marvel. They break up all your food over the course of your life, while being strong enough to withstand breakage themselves. How do they do it? Peter S. Ungar traces the evolution of mammalian molars from primitive cone-like structures to the myriad forms of today’s species, from lions to cows to people.

Lesson by Peter S. Ungar, animation by Cabong Studios.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Your Teeth Explained


Watch the video to find out about your teeth, their structures, the different types, what causes gums to bleed or recede and what you can do to help stop it.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Why It's Important to Care for Your Smile


We all want that perfect, bright, straight smile that adorns the faces of the rich and famous. Some of us go to great lengths such as undergoing multiple cosmetic dental procedures to get the best smile possible.

Why are great-looking smiles important? The first thing most people think of is how their smile affects their appearance. We are attracted to people with beautiful smiles and we want to be one of those people.

With their intrinsic beauty aside, a bright, straight smile also offers many additional benefits.

Besides helping you look your best, here are some benefits a great smile can offer:

A beautiful smile is a healthy smile and vice versa. You can't expect to have an attractive smile if you don't properly care for it and it's unhealthy. When your smile is looking and feeling great, you win. A healthy mouth reduces your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, missing teeth and oral cancer. Preventative dentistry is less expensive than restorative dentistry.

Your beautiful smile improves your relationships. Want to be well liked? Want to be the person everyone wants to hang out with? I'm sure you do. Have you noticed a common characteristic of those people you enjoy being around? You've likely observed that they all laugh and smile. You won't smile often if you have a smile that can use some improvement and which you think is mediocre at best.

A beautiful smile can open up job opportunities. Did you know that smiling not only makes you irresistible to friends, but also to employers and other business professionals? Why? Because people in business see individuals who smile as being more sure and confident. Successful leaders are those who have charisma, which entails smiling and showing off those pearly whites.

Your beautiful smile can make you happier. Those who laugh and smile frequently experience more happiness, peacefulness and contentment. They also experience less stress. The chemicals released from smiling and laughing have been shown to improve your mood as well as the mood of those around you.

A beautiful smile means a healthier you. Studies have linked the health of one's mouth to one's overall health. Heart disease and high blood pressure can be a side effect of not smiling, which can be caused by an unhealthy mouth. Diabetes can increase one's risk of cavities. Infections of the teeth, such as teeth abscess can cause potentially severe, deadly blood infections. The happy thoughts and positive thinking that comes from smiling can also boost one's immune system, allowing it to better fight disease.

Finally, a beautiful smile can lengthen your life. The culmination of a healthy social life, self-confidence, and happy thoughts can help you live longer.

A beautiful smile is more than skin deep. Besides enhancing your appearance, a smile can offer multiple health benefits. Because your smile is important, great care is needed. Both, proper at-home oral hygiene and regular dental office visits are necessary to maintain and improve your smile. If it has been longer than six months, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with your dentist. A bright, straight, beautiful smile is possible with great, regular dental care.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Why Is My Mouth So Dry? (And How Do I Fix It?)


Having a dry mouth can have a negative impact on your oral health, as well as your overall health. In this video, the most common causes of dry mouth are outlined and also discussed ways to treat it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Toothbrushes: Finding the Right One | Consumer Reports


With literally hundreds of toothbrushes to choose from, Consumer Reports ShopSmart tells you what's most important in buying a toothbrush.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

How to Clean Your Baby's Teeth


It's crucial for growing children to learn how to take care of their mouths and it starts with learning how to brush. Here are tips to prevent tooth decay in kids.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What Are Veneers?


Dental veneers are wafer-thin, translucent ceramic shells that are placed over the tooth and applied with a special glue. Veneers are predominantly used on the frontal teeth. With the help of veneers aesthetic flaws such as simple tooth misalignment, tooth gaps, unsatisfactory tooth coloration and local discolorations can all be corrected.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Five Things A Cosmetic Dentist Can Do For You


Considered by many to be the most important physical feature, your smile speaks volumes before you even say a word. A good grin confers a bevy of benefits in business, social, and romantic situations. It is no wonder we are willing to spend enormous sums to improve our smiles. According to a recent estimate, Americans invest about $2.75 billion in their smiles each year.

What Is A Cosmetic Dentist?

More concerned with form than function, cosmetic dentists enhance the appearance of your pearly whites. Although restorative procedures may also add function by repairing broken or missing teeth, the primary objective is to create a beautiful grin. With that in mind, here are five ways they can give your smile a big boost.

Whiten Teeth

Easily the most popular cosmetic procedure, professional teeth whitening is a safe, effective way to a get a gleaming grin. No matter how dull and faded your once pearly whites may be, a single treatment can return them to their former glory. A universal sign of good health, white teeth can make you more attractive, approachable, and successful. Is it any wonder why most Hollywood celebrities have their teeth whitened on a regular basis?

Replace Missing Teeth

It might surprise you to learn that most Americans are missing at least one tooth. In addition to causing functional issues with mastication, missing molars, bicuspids, and incisors are incredibly unsightly. In fact, most people with huge gaps in their grins avoid smiling at all costs. A cosmetic dentist can help correct this common problem with dental crowns, implants, and bridges. He or she can also fill smaller gaps known as diastemas with composite resin during dental bonding.

Tooth Reshaping

If you feel your pearly whites are oddly shaped, a dental professional can reshape them based on your wants and needs. To do so, he or she will likely use porcelain veneers. These thin shells of porcelain or ceramic material are attached to the front of each tooth for an instant smile upgrade. Dental veneers can also be used to conceal cracks, chips, discoloration, gaps, and minor misalignment issues.

Tooth Straightening

As effective as they may be, all of the aforementioned cosmetic procedures won't do much good if you have a crooked grin. Because misalignment is a common problem, the average cosmetic dentist offers teeth-straightening options. In addition to clear braces, they may provide clear plastic mouth guards or aligners designed to push and pull teeth into their proper place. Although they will not actually straighten the smile, porcelain veneers can give the appearance of an even grin. It is up to the patient to decide which option is right for them. Because veneers produce almost immediate results and are often less expensive than dental braces, they are the more popular cosmetic choice.

A good cosmetic dentist can completely transform your smile, turning your worst physical feature into your best asset.


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Why Do My Gums Bleed?


You were flossing your teeth and noticed that your gums were bleeding? Dr Katz is here to explain why gums bleed and what this can be a sign of.

Monday, August 27, 2018

How to Choose the Right Cosmetic Dental Procedure for You


Cosmetic dentistry is one of the fastest growing dental trends because more and more people are getting concerned about the physical appearance of their teeth. In fact, the majority of patients seeking cosmetic dentistry do it to improve the physical attractiveness of their teeth to gain more self-esteem and confidence.

If you've considered getting some cosmetic dental work done, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options available to you. Depending on the results you want, you may have to take some time deciding between different procedures, especially if this is your first time getting cosmetic dental work done.

Identify Your Needs First

After you've decided that you want to improve the look of your teeth, you'll need to decide exactly what that means to you. Do you want your teeth to be whiter? Maybe you want them to be straighter. You might want to finally fix that one tooth that's always looked "off." Consider what your needs are first because your cosmetic dentist will want to know what you want to achieve from the procedure.

If possible, try and find examples of what you want online. Many cosmetic dentists post before and after pictures on their websites, which you can easily find with a quick Google search. The cosmetic dentist you hire will also likely have a book of before and after pictures for you.

Get a Consultation

After you've got a good idea of the end results, set up a consultation appointment with the cosmetic dentist of your choice. These consultations are incredibly helpful as they allow you to first determine whether the dentist you chose is right for you or not. If they are, you can continue to discuss treatment plans that will work best for your situation.

If there are any facts about cosmetic dentistry you don't know, a consultation appointment is the perfect time to ask questions. In fact, most cosmetic dentists recommend you ask as many questions as you want. If you're comfortable with the procedure, their job is much easier in the long run.

Treatment and Recovery

During the initial consultation, after a specific procedure has been identified, ask about the treatment process and recovery time. Some cosmetic treatments don't require any recovery time at all, while others require several months of recovery. The amount of time you need to spend recovering may be an essential factor in your decision process.

Your dentist should explain every step of the process you choose during the consultation and subsequent appointments. This way, you know as much as you can before actually going in for the treatment itself.

Making the Decision

After attending your consultation appointment, you may want some time to go home and think about things before making your final decision. It's important you take this time to weigh all your options, if multiple are available, so you can make a decision that's best for you. If you have any additional questions during this time, don't be afraid to reach out to your cosmetic dentist.

Cosmetic dentistry can vastly improve the physical appearance of your smile, but it's also a very personal decision. Take your time making a decision. The more comfortable you feel about it, the easier the entire process will be, both for you and your dentist.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Why Regular Dental Cleanings Are Important


Going to the dentist may seem like a chore, but it is something we should all do on a regular basis to maintain our healthy smile. Now I know what you're probably thinking--'why can't I just maintain my teeth at home, by myself?' well, you can and you should but that is in addition to going to the dentist, not an instead of scenario.

So, if we brush and floss at least twice a day, that's great, right? Yes, that is what is recommended but it is also recommended that you see your dentist for a checkup and cleaning at least once every nine months. Why? So they can continue to check for things like gingivitis, oral cancer and the like and nip problems in the bud before they become big (and painful) ones.

Say you have had a root canal on a tooth and over time that tooth has become weakened. The dentist may suggest you get a crown. If you don't do the procedure right away, the tooth may further deteriorate and you'll be left with a whole lot of pain, infection and the possibility that you could lose the tooth all together. Or, you can go for your checkups, get the necessary information, take the path your dentist recommends and suffer a little discomfort now rather than a world of hurt later on. Going to the dentist on a regular basis allows for them to monitor situations like this and guide you to the most pain-free option for fixing the problem.

Dental cleanings are also helpful in maintaining that healthy smile, making sure your teeth are all healthy and clean, your gums are healthy and your bite is great. Maintaining good oral health also leads to better overall health, so you'll want to get right on that oft forgotten appointment!

To prevent cavities, stop tooth loss, brighten that smile and freshen your breath, there is nothing like a professional cleaning. Oh, and while you're there they'll do X-rays that can show them any potential problems arising while keeping them on file to compare to subsequent films they will take on other days, keeping tabs on your teeth from the inside as it were.

So, go ahead and make that appointment. You'll be glad you did when your mouth gets a clean bill of health and you see all of your daily brushing and flossing paying off!

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Back to School Dental Health


Dr. Stephanie Kinsey, Owner of Palencia Dental is here to show us some painless dental options for kids.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

5 Serious TMJ Disorder Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore



Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder (TMJD) is one of the prevalent chronic pain conditions among youngsters & is mostly ignored. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, prevalence rate is between 5% and 12% and over 10 million Americans are affected by this.
The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to the skull. When injured, there is a chronic pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles that control movements in the area. As per the research it is caused by the combination of factors like- grinding, clenching, chewing, arthritis, stress, movement of ball and socket etc.
Here are some serious symptoms one should look out for:
1. Limited Ability to Open the Mouth Wide
This might not seem a big issue until you reflexively yawn and the jaw locks painfully. This condition indicates that disc movement between the ball and socket in the joint has moved which is extremely uncomfortable especially for youngsters who are used-to of chewing. In such case, your dentist needs to be alerted immediately to avoid more damages.
2. Excruciating Pain and Tenderness in the Lower Face
This extends to the shoulders, jaw area, and the neck, especially when you chew. When you try to open your mouth wide, you will also feel a sudden spasm of sharpness that will affect your eating habits with time. Again, this symptom needs to be checked at a dentist's facility.
3. Swelling on Your Face
Dentists first examine your teeth to ascertain if there is any gum problem and if they don't find any, they will start doing a detailed diagnosis. It is important to go for early treatment & avoid further damages. This also improves your dental health.
4. Ear Pain
The proximity of the affected area to the ear inevitably leads to ear discomfort. This is a highly ignored symptom as most of the people argue that it is temporary. If it recurs, then it's important to get checkup done for this condition as you might also experience popping sounds in the ear.
5. Tired Feeling on the Face
This is also a highly ignored danger sign for this dental condition. Most people assume that it is a result of a hard day at work, but if you don't get a checkup on or before the time, it can exacerbate to something more uncomfortable.
For early diagnosis and treatment, make sure to visit your dentist regularly. Not only does it improve your oral health, but also alleviates worse damage to the entire dental outlook and you will not feel discomfort while eating, which will improve your life greatly.
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

ADA Science Inside: How Tooth Whitening Works



Over time, teeth can go from white to not-so-bright for a number of reasons. Find out what foods can stain your teeth, and learn why your teeth darken with age. Then, watch as Dr. Jane Gillette from the American Dental Association explains how bleaching ingredients brighten your smile and walks through the whitening treatments you can try at home or have done in your dentist’s office.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Fear of the Dentist? 3 Tips to Help Ease Dental Anxiety


A recent study showed that 6 in 10 Americans are too scared to go to the dentist. Why so scared of someone who is helping our health? We're brushing up on dental anxieties on the Breakdown.

Monday, August 6, 2018

The Causes of Common Dental Issues


As long as you can remember, you've heard the words "cavities" and "gum disease" many times. Chances are you've had at least one cavity and one bout of gingivitis (low-level gum disease) so far in your life time. These tend to be the most common dental issues patients are familiar with. As there is a lot that goes on in the mouth as well as a wide range of foods and drinks that enter it throughout the day, many other dental issues can also occur. Some of these you may or may not have experienced:

  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Chronic Bad Breath
  • Chronic Dry Mouth
  • Canker Sores
  • Tooth and Jaw Pain
Causes of Dental Issues

There are multiple causes of the aforementioned common dental issues. Many causes are things a patient can do something about. Below are the common dental health issue causes:

Poor dental health and hygiene. Poor dental health as the result of improper or sub-par at-home oral hygiene is the most common cause for the majority of common dental issues. The lack of flossing and inconsistency of teeth brushing can leave decaying food particles in the mouth which cause tooth decay and gum disease which can then lead to additional oral health problems such as bad breath, lost teeth and weakened jaw bones.

Trauma. Trauma to the teeth or gums as a result of an injury can damage and weaken protective tissue that can make one's mouth more susceptible to tooth decay, broken or chipped teeth, jaw injury and lost teeth. Most common accidents to the mouth involve the breaking, cracking, chipping or losing of teeth. Should any of these happen, patients are to go to the nearest dentist or ER room ASAP as prompt treatment is needed to save the teeth.

Underlying overall health conditions. Autoimmune diseases such as HIV and health conditions such as diabetes can put one at an increased risk of dental health issues by making one's teeth and gums more vulnerable to infection and disease. These aforementioned conditions also lower the mouth's ability to fight off disease and infection.

Underlying oral conditions. Tooth sensitivity, bleeding gums, bad breath and canker sores can all be the results of tooth decay, gum disease or another oral infection. A sore jaw, dry mouth and chronic bad breath can be the result of TMJ, bruxism (unconscious teeth grinding and jaw clenching) or another dysfunction in the functioning of the mouth.

There are many different causes to common dental issues. Some of the causes can be more easily reduced or dealt with by the oral hygiene habits of the patient. Others are more outside of the patient's control and will require the help of a trained dental professional.

Regular, routine dental checkups and cleanings at the dental office play an important part in the prevention, diagnosis and prompt treatment of common oral health conditions. Whether or not you feel any discomfort or notice anything abnormal in your mouth, it is highly recommended that one schedules an appointment with their dentist every six months for a routine teeth cleaning and oral exam.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Regular Dental Visits Are Crucial to Your Health


Regular dental visits are crucial for maintaining not only your oral health, but also your overall health in general. The typically suggested regularity with which you should visit your dentist is once every six months, and this timeframe is not accidental. The time frame of about six months is the period that a typical American person who brushes and flosses their teeth twice daily will begin to fall behind in their ability to remove plaque and tartar that is building up below the gum lines and between teeth. The typical process of brushing and flossing is generally effective at removing plaque that is on the vertical surfaces of the teeth, but over time the crevices in teeth and between them collect a buildup of decaying food and bacteria that is not able to be removed by a toothbrush alone. At these times, the bacteria will begin to decay the tooth surfaces as well as to begin impacting your overall health, and it should be removed by the special tools and processes that are available only to your dentist. While these timeframes are certainly speculative and some will see buildup faster than others, it is good to keep to a regular schedule in order for the routine itself to benefit you. Most people need these kinds of routines or they will continually put the process off too long.

The other reason for regular visits is that the dentist can look for signs of diseases like gum disease and oral cancer. These conditions show early warning signs, and can potentially be diagnosed early in the process by a dentist during a regular exam. Catching the disease early is many times the difference between effective treatment and more dire consequences, so by establishing a routine of an exam every six months will give your dentist the ability to notice differences between the inside of your mouth now vs. six months ago. If it is noticed that there may be a condition developing, then no more than a few months has gone by and a treatment plan can be enacted immediately, thus helping to reverse the progress of the disease with minimal damage.

Visit your dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning, and brush and floss every day. Always visit your dentist immediately if you notice any changes to the inside of your mouth or to your health in general. Your dentist may be able to find the signs of disease and help your overall health, but you must play a role as well.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

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 25, 2018

5 Incredible Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry That You Need to Know


The first thing that people tend to notice about others is their smile. However, people who are not happy with the way their smile appears will always be smiling less. This may affect their self-confidence and how they enjoy their lives. However, this can be corrected using cosmetic dentistry. There is a wide variety of dental procedures that can be carried out to help you look and feel beautiful whenever you smile.

Whiter teeth

Cosmetic dental procedures involve teeth whitening, which is meant to get rid of any discoloration. Whitening involves the use of bleaching gel on the teeth, which is activated using a curing light, a process that takes approximately one hour. Permanent stains on the teeth can also be removed by applying a layer of shell on the outer part of the teeth.

Enhance smiles

Chipped teeth tend to have a bad appearance that can ruin your smile. However, cosmetic dentistry can correct this problem. A thin layer of resin is usually applied on the tooth to cover up the structure that is lost. Dental crowns can also be placed on fractures, broken and decayed teeth.

Replace missing teeth

Most people who lose a tooth may have problems chewing food and some end up feeling self-conscious. Artificial teeth are manufactured from porcelain and appear natural. This will enable you to smile again because you will not have noticeable gaps on your gums. Most of these porcelain teeth can last for over ten years. Therefore, you would not have to worry about anything for several years to come.

Restores confidence

Most people who have broken teeth or discolored teeth are never happy about their smile. This means that they smile less often so as to hide the issues with the teeth. However, one can boost their self confidence and enhance the quality of their lives through cosmetic treatments. This way, you will not be afraid of people seeing your crooked, chipped, missing or stained teeth.

Boosts health

Cosmetic dentistry is not just about enhancing your appearance. It can also help you maintain healthy gums and teeth. Reshaping, whitening and straightening of crooked teeth can motivate individuals to put more effort on their dental hygiene. This is because individuals tend to alter their drinking and eating habits to evade staining or darkening of teeth. Overall health is improved because people avoid sugary drinks, excess coffee, junk foods and cigarettes.

Cosmetic dentistry has evolved over the years to be painless, successful, effective and faster procedures. Continuing studies and research in this field ensure that individuals get their desired look in an effective and safe manner. Most procedures can even be done in one session, for example, teeth whitening. Therefore, you do not have to hesitate to get that beautiful smile that you always dream about.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

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.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Why Should a Toothache Be Taken Seriously?


Chances are you've experienced a toothache. These dental conditions are common and have a variety of causes. Sometimes they are no more than tooth sensitivity. Other times they may cause debilitating pain.

If you have an aching tooth, you can either shake it off as tooth sensitivity if it isn't too severe or you think something is terribly wrong when the pain is excruciating. Sometimes you may be tempted to stick it out as long as you can, bearing with the pain and thinking it will go away on its own. However, this isn't always the case.

Sometimes toothaches may be the result of a chronic condition that has hasn't been properly dealt with. Instead of clearing up on its own, it spreads, causing further damage to your teeth and gums.

As much as you may dislike the dentist, there are some circumstances whereby immediate attention by a dental professional is important. If your tooth, for instance is causing constant, unbearable pain, will likely cause you to break down and seek immediate professional dental care.

A broken, cracked or chipped tooth can create a toothache that suddenly starts. When a tooth experiences trauma, such as being broken or chipped, the enamel of the tooth becomes weakened and compromised. The tooth enamel is the hard, translucent outer layer. It protects the inside of the tooth from infection and decay and it gives the tooth the stability and hardness to function properly. When the tooth enamel becomes compromised, the nerves inside the tooth and the roots of the tooth become exposed, leading to pain and sensitivity. In many cases, a broken, cracked or chipped tooth can be repaired.

Another source of toothache pain can come from a tooth that is abscessed. Tooth abscesses are the result of an untreated oral health condition that creates an infection. A tooth abscess is usually the result of an untreated cavity whereby the germs and bacteria from the tooth decay spread down (or up) into the root of the tooth. Abscessed teeth can be saved with a root canal. In instances where the tooth abscess is too great, the tooth will need to be extracted. You'll know whether you have an abscessed tooth or not. These often cause excruciating pain and can be accompanied by a host of other unpleasant symptoms including: fever, swollen, red gums, sore, swollen glands in the neck, unusual tastes in the mouth, bad breath, a stiff and swollen jaw and open sores on the gums that may drain. Abscessed teeth can lead to lost teeth and destruction of the gum tissue and jaw bone. The germs and bacteria that is in the pus that is excreted from the open sores of the gum can get into the bloodstream causing life-threatening health conditions such as a blood infection.

One's tooth sensitivity is often the result of an underlying oral health issue. It may stay at a temporary tooth sensitivity such as when a tooth is broken or chipped. In other instances, the pain can become worse, to the point where the pain is nearly unbearable. Regardless of how severe or not your tooth sensitivity is, it is worth it to have it looked at a dental professional. Your dentist will be able to diagnose the cause of your tooth sensitivity and apply the appropriate treatment.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Crest Gum & Enamel Repair: Healthier Teeth Start at the Gum Line


Gum problems are the root of some key oral health issues. Crest Gum & Enamel Repair toothpaste targets the gum line to neutralize plaque bacteria and penetrates the tooth's surface to repair weakened enamel.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Why Preventative Dentistry Is Better Than Restorative Dentistry


Going to the dentist may be the last thing you'd want to do. The dentist office is the last place you'd ever want to be. Maybe you've had a traumatic past experience at the dentist office. Maybe you're scared of pain or something going wrong at your appointment. Maybe you're too ashamed to step into the dentist office fearing what the dentist will find after not having seen a dentist in many years. Maybe you're just starting out on your own and don't want to deal with the hassle of shopping around for dental insurance, so you avoid the dentist.

You may think that your mouth is healthy. After all you have a stellar at-home oral hygiene routine and you avoid those taboo foods and drinks such as candy, bread, soda and coffee. You eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. You may think that the dental office visit is optional or unnecessary. You only see the dentist only in those times something isn't right.

There are many fears and reasoning that keep people from regularly going to the dentist and getting the preventative dental care they need. Many patients treat the dentist like they do their doctor. They forego the routine, preventative appointments and instead only go when they notice something abnormal or are experiencing pain or discomfort.

This way of going about one's overall and oral health is not the best. In fact, it can be putting your overall and oral health at risk.

Specifically, here are some reasons why preventative dentistry is better than restorative dentistry:

Save Money

The most noticeable advantage preventative dentistry has over restorative dentistry is the money one will save on dental procedures. A routine, six-month professional teeth cleaning and dental examination will cost less than a filling or a crown. In fact, many dental insurance plans cover two semi-annual dental check-ups and cleaning, but they won't give you "free" crowns or fillings.

Save Time

When you go in for a dental check-up, you're in and out within minutes and you won't leave the dentist office with pain or discomfort. There is no complicated procedure, no ordering or dental appliances and no recovery time needed. On the flip side, while most restorative dental procedures have become routine and easy and quick to perform, they may entail a follow-up appointment, entail a longer dental appointment and involve a waiting period for a needed dental device.

If you're busy, chances are you want to get back on your regular routine and schedule as soon as possible.

Become Comfortable With Your Fear

Patients who make it a point to come and see their dentist for a preventative check-up to stem the possible occurrence of future dental health issues, will more likely have more pleasant, quick and hassle-free appointments. Associating the dental office with these pleasant experiences will initiate a change of attitude towards the dental office and may even start breaking down those negative past dental office experiences. In addition, the more frequently you come into the dentist office, the quicker you'll get use to the unpleasant smells and noises.

The dentist may not ever become your favorite place to visit, but if you make it a goal to regularly visit for a check-up and cleaning, you'll better insure a healthy mouth which in turn lowers your risk of expensive, more intensive and time-consuming restorative dental work.

If you haven't been to the dentist in many years for any reason, and have not kept up with preventative dentistry, it is still important to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Sometimes restorative dental work is necessary to ensure the best dental health for the patient.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

What Are Dental Sealants and Why Should My Child Get Them?


You may have taken your young child to the dentist office where the dentist suggests your son or daughter get sealants. Sealants are great ways to protect your child's teeth, in addition to daily, proper oral hygiene.

Dental sealants are usually recommended for young children who are in the early stages of learning to properly brush their teeth. They can, however, be placed on adult's teeth. Seniors who have arthritis and other issues that keep them from properly brushing and flossing their teeth can also benefit from sealants.

Brushing their teeth can be challenging for small children. Comfortably gripping the toothbrush, learning the right toothbrush motions and resisting the urge to swallow the toothpaste can make teeth brushing very difficult. As a result, children can get frustrated and not brush as well as they should.

Sealants won't make teeth brushing fun, though it is important for your child to enjoy brushing his or her teeth, but they can provide a safety buffer to make up for their inadequate, less-than-ideal teeth cleaning.

When children are first learning to brush their teeth, there are many areas where they may miss, such as brushing the back molars or the backside of their front teeth. When those hard to reach places aren't cleaned, the trapped food particles can breakdown and form cavity-causing plaque.

Sealants help protect a child's teeth by covering the teeth with a thin, plastic covering. Sealants can't be felt and their transparent nature makes them unnoticeable. Usually, sealants are placed over the molars as those teeth get a lot of chewing action and they are hard to reach when brushing and flossing.

Sealants are most effective when they are placed over the molars shortly after they erupt, or come up from the gumline, which is typically at ages 6 and 12. The process of placing sealants is quick, easy and pain-free.

Sealants are often made from clear plastic that fits snuggly around individual teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable to the child and others.

Why Sealants?

As mentioned previously, dental sealants block out cavity-causing debris, germs and bacteria. While your child should learn daily, proper oral hygiene, sealants help protect their teeth from decay by complimenting their established teeth cleaning routine.

Cavities are one of the most widespread and preventable childhood diseases. The over-indulgence of unhealthy, sugary snacks as well as inadequate oral hygiene are the two major causes.

Sealants prevent food particles, especially sugar, from getting embedded onto the surface and crevices of teeth. With the teeth (mainly molars) being protected from cavity-causing plaque and food debris build-up, your child will have a significantly lower chance of tooth decay.

Tooth decay in children is often overlooked. It isn't uncommon for the health of a child's primary (or baby) teeth to be neglected. Many parents think that the baby teeth are unimportant because they will all eventually fall out. However, cavities in the baby teeth can filter down into the up-and-coming permanent adult teeth. Children who start off with cavities risk other oral health issues such as crooked or misshapen teeth and misaligned bites. The psychological block a child may develop from early cavities may make him or her apathetic towards proper, daily oral hygiene and he or she may even dislike and resist properly caring for their teeth and gums later in life.

Sealants not only help protect childrens' teeth from cavities, but it also gives them added self-confidence and have a greater joy of properly caring for their oral health.

If your child may need sealants, schedule an appointment with your child's pediatric dentist.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

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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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!


“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore!” 
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Ready, Set, Rec! JULY


In this episode of Ready, Set, Rec! Recreation Manager Reggie Hubbard shares with us the many fun events and activities taking place in July with the City of Vacaville Recreation Department!