Monday, June 17, 2019

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 altogether. 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 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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Friday, June 14, 2019

Throwback Toothday: The Bad Tooth Gang


The Bad Tooth Gang is out to get your smile, but a few good habits can fight them off! Join us as we celebrate 160 years of driving dentistry forward by taking a trip through the ADA’s video archive. #ADA160

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

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.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Why Don't We Like Wisdom Teeth?


Every year, 5 million Americans have their wisdom teeth removed. These pesky molars can cause infections tooth decay, and even tumors. The problem? Wisdom teeth often can’t fit in our mouths. But that wasn’t always the case. Early human ancestors used these teeth to grind up tough, uncooked food.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Throwback Toothday: Good Health Begins With A Smile


The health of your smile can impact the health of the rest of your body. Join us as we celebrate 160 years of driving dentistry forward by taking a trip through the ADA’s video archive.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Here's What Happens If You Stopped Brushing Your Teeth


Nearly half of Americans don’t brush their teeth enough. This opens the door for a bacteria invasion, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Even worse, you might increase your risk for issues like kidney disease and dementia.

Friday, May 24, 2019

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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Throwback Toothday: What Are Your Teeth Worth?


You can’t put a price on your smile, so taking care of it is important. Join us as we celebrate 160 years of driving dentistry forward by taking a trip through the ADA’s video archive.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day!


“A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.” 
—Unknown

Thursday, May 9, 2019

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.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Regency Dental Testimonial Video


Open in the same location for the past 24 years, we are dedicated to quality service in a home away from home atmosphere.

We strive to make each and every visit a pleasurable experience. Extra care is taken to ensure that the highest standards of disinfection and sterilization are adhered to. This gives all of our patients the confidence to know that they are the top priority and their well being is the most important concern.

Our ultimate mission is to assist in making a contribution to overall health by providing the highest quality dental care possible. You will not only be delighted with the quality of clinical care but also by the way in which you are treated as an individual.

We want this to be your happy dental home.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Throwback Toothday: Handsome Harry


Handsome Harry is a football star, but he didn’t wear his mouthguard for the big game. Protect your smile by wearing a properly fitted mouthguard when you hit the field.

Join us as we celebrate 160 years of driving dentistry forward by taking a trip through the ADA’s video archive.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Need a Mint?


Stop being embarrassed by bad breath. Fresh breath can be yours with these simple tips.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Regency Dental Promo Video



If you have suffered from bad dental experiences, ask about oral sedation. It can ease your anxiety about dental treatment. We have provided this level of comfort to our patients for years. This is a family practice. We provide a complete solution to all your oral health and cosmetic needs from age 3 and up.

“Our Vacaville dental team specializes in treating people the way they tell us they want to be treated. Dr. Burton and team strive to take away the fear. We want you to obtain the beautiful smile you have always wanted." Pressed for time?

We have the technology to rebuild a broken tooth with an all-ceramic cap in one visit. Ask about our CEREC™

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Children’s Cavities | How to Keep Your Kid’s Teeth Healthy


Did you know it’s important to fix children’s cavities, just like it’s important for adult teeth? Dr. Emily Hahn, Pediatric Dentist, explains why it’s so important to address cavities in children. Also, she goes over what to expect from your dentist if your child has a cavity. Watch to find out how dentists treat children’s cavities. Plus, you’ll learn some tips for what you can do to help make the trip to the dentist a positive experience for your child.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Why Teeth Whitening Is More Than Cosmetic


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

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

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

Reasons:

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

Why does a white smile matter?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It can provide emotional and psychological benefits to patients.

Types:

Patients get their teeth whitened for different reasons.

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

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

Both types have pros and cons that must be considered.

At-Home Whitening

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

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

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

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

In-Office Whitening

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Throwback Toothday: A Reminder from the Tooth Chicken


When was the last time you switched out your toothbrush? The Tooth Chicken reminds us that brushing with a worn-out toothbrush is like playing tennis with a broken racket.

Join us as we celebrate 160 years of driving dentistry forward by taking a trip through the ADA’s video archive.

Monday, April 15, 2019

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!

Friday, April 12, 2019

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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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

There's More to Your Teeth Than Meets the Eye


Your ADA dentist can spot hidden dental problems before they become big issues. Keep your teeth amazing — and schedule a check-up.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

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, the 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 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 a 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 people argue that it is temporary. If it recurs, then it's important to get a 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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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Your Teeth Are Strong—But They're Not Invincible


Your teeth can bite with 200 pounds of force, but they’re not strong enough to stop cavities on their own.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Regency Dental Testimonial Video


Open in the same location for the past 24 years, we are dedicated to quality service in a home away from home atmosphere. We strive to make each and every visit a pleasurable experience. Extra care is taken to ensure that the highest standards of disinfection and sterilization are adhered to. This gives all of our patients the confidence to know that they are the top priority and their well being is the most important concern. Our ultimate mission is to assist in making a contribution to overall health by providing the highest quality dental care possible. You will not only be delighted with the quality of clinical care but also by the way in which you are treated as an individual. We want this to be your happy dental home.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Throwback Toothday: The Tooth Chicken


Who is the tooth chicken? To be honest, we’re not quite sure. But he does know what he’s talking about when it comes to taking care of your teeth!

Join us as we celebrate 160 years of driving dentistry forward by taking a trip through the ADA’s video archive. #ADA160

Monday, March 25, 2019

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.

Friday, March 22, 2019

100 Years of Dental Care | Allure


Take a look back at the last hundred years of dental care, from the invention of nylon toothbrushes in the 1930s, to the fluoride toothpastes first marketed in the 1950s, to the rise of braces in popularity in the 1970s.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Throwback Toothday: Don Quixote’s Dental Crusade


Don Quixote has an unconventional way to spread the word about how to keep your smile strong for a lifetime.

Join us as we celebrate 160 years of driving dentistry forward by taking a trip through the ADA’s video archive. #ADA160

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Regency Dental Promo Video



If you have suffered from bad dental experiences, ask about oral sedation. It can ease your anxiety about dental treatment. We have provided this level of comfort to our patients for years. This is a family practice. We provide a complete solution to all your oral health and cosmetic needs from age 3 and up.

“Our Vacaville dental team specializes in treating people the way they tell us they want to be treated. Dr. Burton and team strive to take away the fear. We want you to obtain the beautiful smile you have always wanted." Pressed for time?

We have the technology to rebuild a broken tooth with an all-ceramic cap in one visit. Ask about our CEREC™

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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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Sunday, March 10, 2019

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.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Throwback Toothday: Baby’s Bedtime Bottle


The old woman who lived in a shoe may have had so many children she didn’t know what to do, but she did know that baby shouldn’t drink milk or juice before bedtime!

Join us as we celebrate 160 years of driving dentistry forward by taking a trip through the ADA’s video archive. #ADA160

Monday, March 4, 2019

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, March 2, 2019

Changing Your Smile With Restorative Dentistry


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

What is Restorative Dentistry?

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

· Gum disease

· Broken teeth

· Missing teeth

· Chipped Teeth

· Stained or discolored teeth

· Displaced Teeth

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

Common Procedures

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

· Root canals

· Crowns

· Bridges

· Dental Implants

· Tooth-colored Fillings

· Full and partial dentures

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

Making a New Smile

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

· Straightening and whitening teeth

· Restoring and strengthening teeth and jaw bones

· Repair or replace chipped or broken teeth

· Replace missing or lost teeth

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

Taking the First Step

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

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Throwback Toothday: Test Your Parent’s Dental IQ


How much do you know about your child’s teeth? Mr. and Mrs. Smith know what it takes to help their children build healthy smiles that will last a lifetime.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

ADA Science Inside: What Causes Bad Breath?



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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

What Causes Cavities


The last thing you want to hear when you go to the dentist is that you have a cavity. So what causes cavities? Here’s a quick rundown on the different types of cavities, what causes them and how you can help to avoid them.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Improve Your Life


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

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

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

Cosmetic dentistry can achieve the following smile enhancements:

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

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

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

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

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

Here are ways cosmetic dentistry can change your life:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

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.

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Smooch: Cavity Protection


Taking care of your teeth and gums makes you less likely to develop cavities and lose teeth. Don’t wait for a toothache to happen before you visit the dentist.

Friday, February 8, 2019

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 an 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, 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 gum line, 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 those 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 children 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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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Couch Orthodontia


Taking care of your teeth and gums makes you less likely to develop cavities and lose teeth. Don’t wait for a toothache to happen before you visit the dentist.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

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 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 from 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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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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 toothpaste 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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Sunday, January 27, 2019

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 a 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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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Do I Need a Crown?


A lot of people, especially patients of mine, ask about crowns and whether it's worth it. A crown is like a safety helmet. It protects the tooth for further damage.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Dental Health Tips for Your Baby


Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for kids. The good news? There are steps you can take to keep your baby’s mouth healthy--even before the first tooth comes.

Friday, January 18, 2019

What Causes Bad Breath?


Stinky breath is, unfortunately, a part of life... but it doesn't have to be! Laci explores the roots of bad breath and the ways we can limit our oral stink.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

How At-Home Oral Care and Professional, In-Office Care Help Your Oral Health


You've probably been going to the dentist as long as you can remember as a little kid. Like some patients, maybe the busyness of life or the fact that not you're an adult, you aren't forced to see the dentist.

Maybe at one point, your oral hygiene was important to you. As a kid, you did all you could to not get a cavity and get that prize reward. As you aged, however, the health of your teeth and gums has taken a back seat.

You may think that you don't need to see the dentist. After all, your mouth looks and feels great, except for the minor tooth discoloration.

Here are reasons why both at-home oral care and regular visits to the dentist office are important in maintaining great oral health:

At-Home Oral Care

Most of your oral health is your responsibility. You only go to the dentist twice a year (or more if you have a dental issue). That means all the other days, you're the only one to clean your teeth and gums and spot any irregularities.

Brushing your teeth and flossing takes only a few minutes every day. Flossing and brushing your teeth on your schedule and in the privacy of your own home can't get any easier.

Proper, at-home oral hygiene does mean more than just brushing for a couple seconds and flossing between a few teeth. You'll need to start off with a soft-bristled toothbrush that is no more than three months old and fluoride toothpaste. Brushing for two minutes, twice a day and flossing on both sides of each tooth will dramatically lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

What happens when you're at work and can't brush your teeth or floss? Swishing with water, in fact drinking a lot of water is a great way to clean out your mouth after eating or drinking beverages that can stain the teeth in between brushing.

Oral health conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease happen gradually. Skipping just one day of brushing or flossing can give cavity-, gum disease-, bad breath-causing plaque a foothold. This makes at-home oral care vitally important.

If you notice something doesn't look or feel right in your mouth, you're the only one who will notice. If the condition is severe, a visit to the dentist office may be in order.

You're the only one who can care for and monitor the health of your mouth day in and day out which plays a big role in your oral health.

Regular Office Visits

Even if you already do all the above-mentioned things as part of your at-home oral hygiene routine, regular visits to the dental office are still necessary. Why?

Those dental conditions or irregularities you found that is causing severe, chronic discomfort will be best diagnosed by a trained dental professional. A dentist will also know the best course of treatment to take.

Dental offices will also have more tools and equipment than what you have at home, including specialized tartar scrapers, powerful toothbrushes, and more concentrated toothpaste. The operation of such equipment by the hygienist will also allow for a deeper and more thorough cleaning of hard-to-reach places. Dentists can also deep clean your gums using special tools and procedures and ward off possible gum disease.

Your dentist, in short, can offer the best, most effective treatment of dental issues and provide a deeper cleaning than what you can do at home.

Good at-home dental hygiene won't ensure good dental health no matter how white and healthy your teeth look. Only relying on the occasional dental office visit and the dentist recommendations also won't bring about healthy teeth and gums.

Both a solid at-home dental hygiene regimen and regular visits to the dentist office are needed to ensure the best care of your oral health.


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Saturday, January 12, 2019

8 Bad Brushing Habits to Break in 2019


Keeping Your Toothbrush for Too Long
The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, so make a resolution to change your toothbrush with every season this year. Frayed and broken bristles won’t keep your teeth clean—these are signs it’s time to let go. When you’re shopping, look for one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Not Brushing Long Enough
Speed demons, listen up! Your teeth should be brushed for a full two minutes, twice per day. Most of us fall short —the average time most people spend brushing is 45 seconds. If you’re racing through cleaning, try setting a timer. Or distract yourself by humming your favorite tune!

Brushing Too Hard
Be gentle with your teeth. You may think brushing harder will remove more leftover food and the bacteria that love to eat it, but a gentle brushing is all that’s needed. Too much pressure may damage your gums.

Brushing Right After Eating
If you feel the need to clean your teeth after eating or drinking, wait at least 60 minutes before brushing—especially if you have had something acidic like lemons, grapefruit or soda. Drink water or chew sugarless gum with the ADA Seal of Acceptance to help clean your mouth while you are waiting to brush.

Storing Your Brush Improperly
When you’re done brushing, keep your toothbrush upright and let it air dry in the open. Avoid keeping your toothbrush in a closed container, where germs have more opportunity to grow.

Using a Brush with Hard Bristles
Soft bristles are a safe bet. And be mindful to be gentle, especially where your gums and teeth meet, as you brush. Talk to your dentist about what kind of toothbrush is best for you.

Improper Brushing Technique
Here's one technique to try for a thorough brush: First, place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Then, gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes. Next, brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Finally, To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.

Using a Brush That's Not the Best Fit for You
There are many toothbrushes that can leave your teeth fresh and clean, including manual and power brushes that carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Both get the job done. Try different types until you find one you're comfortable with. For example, a power brush can be easier to hold and does some of the work for you if you have trouble brushing. No matter which you choose to remember that it's not all about the brush—a clean mouth is really up to the brusher!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Is Chewing Gum Better Than Flossing?


It’s long been told that chewing gum is great for your teeth, but is it? Could it be a replacement to flossing?

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Common Oral Health Issues in Older Adults


As long as many of us can remember, daily teeth brushing and flossing and visits to the dentist office every six months were a regular routine, howbeit, one we didn't particularly care for. We were told at a young age that good oral hygiene was the key in healthy teeth and gums. If proper care was done throughout our lives, we'll have more of our teeth remaining when we got older.

Yet, you likely have a grandparent or aging parents who have partial or full dentures. In fact, so many older adults have dentures that the two have subconsciously become synonymous with each other. In certain instances, poor oral hygiene is the root cause of someone losing most, if not all, of their teeth. However, this is not the case for everyone. As we age, our teeth wear out like the rest of our bodies, and are therefore more prone to disease, infections, and complications.

Many of the common oral health issues that occur as we age are exacerbated by other health issues and common medications that older adults take for those health issues. Specifically, these are the common issues of the teeth and gums that can occur:

  • Tooth loss
  • Oral cancer
  • Thrush
  • Cavities (tooth decay)
  • Gum disease
  • Infections of the mouth and sinuses
  • Inability to taste
  • Denture lesions
  • Oral candidiasis
  • Dry mouth
  • Mucosal lesions
  • Receding gums

Dry mouth can cause a variety of oral health issues, namely tooth decay, and gum disease. As we age, our saliva production gradually decreases. Saliva is the body's built-in mouth cleaner and it plays an essential role in keeping the mouth healthy, functioning properly and looking great. When not enough saliva is produced, trapped bacteria, mostly in the form of lodged food particles, have a better environment to thrive and attach onto teeth. The acid produced by this bacteria eats away at the tooth enamel, slowly penetrating deeper into the tooth. If cavities aren't treated, they can lead to tooth death and the tooth will need to be extracted. Untreated decayed teeth can also form an infection in the root of the tooth, which is in the jawbone. The infection can spread into the jawbone tissue, making the jaw weaker.

Heart medication and medication to treat blood pressure and cholesterol and depression have a known side effect of producing dry mouth.

In addition, the strength of seniors' teeth and gums are naturally weakened from many years of use, wear and tear. As we age, for instance, our enamel, the hard, outermost protective covering of the tooth gradually deteriorates, making our teeth more vulnerable to injury, decay, infections, and staining.

The lack of taste, whether it's caused by medication or other underlying health conditions such as kidney disease or chronic liver disease, can lead older adults to unintentionally harm their already compromised oral health. This might include adding excessive salt to flavor food or consuming very hot foods that burn the gums.

It is important for older adults to be vigilant about their oral health care. Regular visits to a dentist can help prevent or help the progression of oral health issues so that patients can keep more of their teeth and have strong gums.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Dental Issues You Shouldn't Ignore


You dislike going to the dentist and, for the most, feel that your mouth looks and feels great. You have a strong oral hygiene routine and you don't have many dental issues.

Most of your dental issues are minor and heal quickly. You don't need to see a dentist over a toothache or bad breath, you think.

Despite your dislike or fear of the dentist, here are some dental issues you shouldn't brush off and ignore:

Bad Breath

Everyone gets bad breath, but before you blame the garlic on your pizza from last night or your sloppy oral hygiene habits, you may want to reconsider. If you have chronic bad breath or worse than usual bad breath that doesn't diminish no matter what you do, a potentially serious dental condition may be to blame. Most cases of bad breath are caused by chronic halitosis, where a stubborn biofilm of bacteria hangs out in the mouth.

A more serious condition, periodontal disease, may be the source of your bad breath.

Bleeding Gums

Do your gums easily bleed, even with teeth brushing? Bleeding gums is a hallmark sign of gum disease. If treated early, before it progresses to periodontal disease, gum disease can be easily treated and reversed.

Even if you don't experience any pain or discomfort, it is highly recommended to see your dentist. Periodontal disease is not good and can result in lost teeth and weakened jawbones if not treated.

Enamel Erosion

When the enamel of your teeth gets eroded, staining isn't the only thing you need to worry about. Compromised tooth enamel also makes teeth susceptible to decay and fractures.

It's important to have decayed teeth or those with eroded enamel filled to prevent further damage to the teeth. Fillings can also help replenish the minerals lost from a weakened enamel.

Toothaches

Like tooth sensitivity, there are many causes of toothaches. Tooth pain can be a sign of eroded enamel, tooth decay, gum disease or even related to migraines and myofascial pain.

A toothache doesn't just make your life miserable, it can point to a potentially serious underlying oral or overall health condition.

Dry Mouth

If you think your dry mouth is an unpleasant, harmless condition you must bear with, think again. A dry mouth isn't just uncomfortable, but it can make your mouth vulnerable to disease, and infections.

Saliva is crucial in keeping your mouth clean. With dry mouth, saliva production is decreased, making your mouth the ideal environment for plaque, bacteria and germs to flourish.

Loose Teeth

Untreated tooth decay and gum disease can lead to loose or lost teeth. If you have a lost tooth, it may be able to be saved. If it can't the diagnosis of a dental professional can identify and treat the underlying tooth decay or gum disease to keep them from getting worse and causing additional teeth to be lost.

Loose teeth can also indicate the presence of an infection in the mouth or an autoimmune disease.

Lost Teeth

Whether you were in an accident or took a fall and knocked out a tooth, it's important to make an appointment with the dentist ASAP. Though the tooth is lost, the space in the mouth where the tooth was can be the doorway to crooked teeth, a misaligned bite and eventually the breakdown of the bones in the jaw and face.

Mouth Sores

Any kind of sore can be unpleasant. Sores in the mouth are especially a nuisance as they can be painful each time they are accidentally irritated, which, being in the mouth can be quite often. Sores in the mouth can also be symptoms of an infection or disease.

Burns, ill-fitting dentures or orthodontic wear or other health conditions such as diabetes and herpes can cause these unpleasant sores. In a few, rare cases, oral cancer is to blame. Oral cancer is easily treatable when caught early. In the later stages, however, it is difficult to treat and is often fatal.

Tooth Sensitivity

While teeth can get sensitive for a variety of reasons, some of which aren't anything to be concerned about, if the sensitivity results in chronic or severe pain or discomfort, it is a good idea to visit your dentist.

Tooth sensitivity can be the result of a fractured tooth, a loose filling or a tooth that is decayed and has a weakened enamel.

While not all dental concerns involve pain or discomfort, or are even noticeable, they no less pose a threat to your oral health. Regular visits to your dentist are important in keeping your dental health in great shape and prevent future, more serious issues from occurring.


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