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Five Signs You’re a Good Candidate for Dental Veneers

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that go over your teeth after some of the enamel is taken from them. They are a cosmetic dental tool that is used to give you the perfect smile. This can be a good option for people who don’t like their teeth or have had an accident resulting in a chip. The question is, how do you know if you are a good candidate for dental veneers? Sign #1: Your Teeth’s Appearance If your teeth are badly stained to the point that whitening doesn’t work, then veneers are a good option. These stains can be the result of a coffee addiction or years of poor dental hygiene. It is also possible that you have small cracks or sharp teeth and just don’t like how your teeth look. If you are unhappy with your teeth, just talk to your dentist. Veneers may be a viable option. Sign #2: The Alignment of Your Teeth If you have a lot of gaps in your teeth or feel like they are crooked, then veneers might be a good alternative to braces. The veneers will help fix the crooked and separated appearance to give you a perfect and balanced smile. This is a perfect option for adults who never had a chance to wear braces as a child and do not want to wear them now. Sign #3: The Condition of Your Teeth Your teeth have to be in good health in order for you to be able to get veneers. There should be enough enamel on your teeth to allow the dentist to remove some of it. If your enamel is worn down too much, then the veneers will not adhere to your teeth. The end result will be that the veneers fail and fall off. Sign #4: You Don’t Grind Your Teeth If you grind your teeth, then thican be a problem once the veneers are on. Grinding your teeth can weaken the veneers and cause them to fall off and break. If you’re a person who grinds their teeth at night your dentist will probably suggest that you stay away from veneers. Sign #5: You Like the Way Veneers Will Look The dentist can create a digital image for you showing what your teeth will look like with the veneers in place. This gives you the opportunity to see if you like your appearance with them before you go through the procedure. If you think you would be a good candidate for dental veneers, consider talking to a dentistry such as Stone & Johnson Dental Group about getting...

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2 Common Causes Of Receding Gums And What You Can Do About Them

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Gum recession is a common oral health problem. In fact, over 75 percent of Americans may have some type of gum disease that can lead to this issue, but only 60% are aware of this problem. When you have gingival recession, which is more frequently referred to as receding gums, you’ll likely notice that the gum tissue that once surrounded your teeth starts to pull back. More of your teeth are exposed, and the gum recession may continue. With gum recession, significant gaps may develop between the teeth and gums, which further escalates bacterial issues because the gap provides hospitable places for bacteria to remain. Tooth loss can ultimately occur when the bone structures and gum tissue is damaged too much.  Going to see a periodontist, like Cumberland Periodontal Associate, can help you determine which of the following causes of receding gums is the culprit behind your problem. Having Periodontal Disease The most common issue behind a receding gum line is gum disease; oral care professionals aptly refer to this as periodontal disease, and something as simple as not brushing your teeth often enough can cause it. Luckily, the treatment for gum disease is rather simple if it is not too far advanced. Your dentist will explain exactly what you should do to heal it, but it typically involves changing your diet, avoiding tobacco, brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice per day, flossing at least once per day, and swishing with a dentist-approved mouthwash. Being Overly Aggressive in Your Dental Care If you are too aggressive in the way that you brush your teeth, the enamel where your teeth meet your gums may wear off a bit with each successive brushing. It’s especially bad to brush your teeth aggressively with a hard bristled toothbrush. Also, when you are too rough with the way that you floss, you can cut the gums. Both of these behaviors can result in receding gums. Going forward, be sure to use a soft bristle toothbrush and gently brush for a few minutes at a time. Flossing does need to be completed daily, but it can be done gently without cutting into the gums. Keep in mind that these are not the only causes of receding gums, but they are the most common. If you take certain medications or suffer from other health issues, like an eating disorder, keep in mind that your oral health can also be affected.  See a periodontist if you start to notice your gums receding or see anything unusual about your gum health. The earlier you get a diagnosis, the earlier you can get on your way to a clean bill of oral health...

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Did Your Dental Implant Leave A Bad Taste And Odor In Your Mouth?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

As with most types of surgery, there are always potential complications that you need to be aware of. When it comes to dental implants, you run the risk of getting an infection that could cause the implant to fail. One of the side effects of an infection is having a bad taste and odor in your mouth. Here is what you need to know about alleviating these problems due to an infection. Symptoms of an Infection If the area where the implant was installed became infected, you’ll have that bad odor and taste in your mouth. In addition, your gums will look red and you’ll be experiencing swelling and even pain in the area. Treatment For An Infection That Forms Within First 2 Weeks  When the infection is caught within the first 2 weeks following your surgery, you’ll be prescribed antibiotics to treat it. This should help kill the infection before it spreads further through your body. Catching an infection early can prevent future complications. Treatment For An Early Infection After First 2 Weeks It will be a bit more difficult to treat an infection once it has developed for more than 2 weeks after your surgery. One of the biggest risks at this point is the dental implant failing because the crown becomes loose, requiring the removal and replacement of the crown. For infections around posts within the bone, it may be necessary to remove the post that was installed and treat the infection. An infected bone in your jaw can create a significant amount of pain. Leaving the post in will cause the infection to get worse, causing more pain and further health complications as the infection spreads. Treatment For An Infection That Forms Several Weeks Following Your Surgery When an infection forms a few weeks after the surgery, it can be caused by a small gap between the crown and post. Bacteria can grow in a space left here, which causes the area around the implant to become inflamed and painful. Antibiotics can help kill the infection, and then adjustments will need to be made to your crown. Managing Bad Odor and Taste Antibiotics may take several days to completely kill the infection to the point where the odor and taste goes away. Be sure to rinse out your mouth several times every day, and gently brush after meals to minimize the side effects. For more info about infections or other issues related to dental implants, ask your dentist, like those at Davis R Troup DDS...

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Four Items That Can Make Dental Care More Fun For Kids

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have a child that is resistant to brushing and flossing, you might be able to spark their interest by making their oral care routine more exciting. By bringing in items and products that are fun for kids and geared towards dental health, taking care of one’s teeth won’t seem like such a chore. Here are four items you might want to look into in order to bolster your child’s oral health care routine. 1. Reward-Based Apps If your kids love borrowing your smartphone to play games on, install a few apps that track and reward kids for brushing and flossing. This way, they will see their daily oral care routine more as a game or competition. If you can track their progress, you can reward them with small prizes along the way. 2. Cool Flavored Toothpaste While you might not think grape or bubble gum toothpaste is very appealing, this might just be the push your kids need to keep up on their daily brushing. This can be a great stocking stuffer or you can let them pick out their own flavors at the store. If you are concerned about flavored toothpaste freshness or if this will do as good of a job as traditional toothpaste, run products by your dentist first to get the green light. 3. Toothbrushes Geared Towards Kids If your child has a toothbrush that appeals to them, this might turn brushing into more of an adventure. You can continually swap out their old brushes for the next new action figure or cartoon character-themed toothbrush your child is into at the moment. Power toothbrushes can also make kids feel more in control of their brushing and they can see this more as a tool than just a boring old brush. 4. Books With Dental Themes If your child loves story time, a great way to incorporate lessons about their teeth and oral care is through books geared towards the subject. There are plenty of children’s books that detail what it’s like to go to the dentist, advice on brushing and flossing, and lessons pertaining to oral health. The importance of dental health might finally sink in and help your child get on board with brushing and flossing without a fight. Your child might not be getting as into their brushing routine because there isn’t anything very exciting about this. As a parent, it is up to you to promote productive dental health habits for your child at an early age. If your child can build a good foundation now when it comes to dental hygiene, they will be more likely to keep this up through adulthood and have healthy teeth and gums for years to come. To learn more, contact a dentist like Barry Groder...

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How To Make The Day Of A Dental Procedure Go Smoothly For Your Child

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If your child has to return to the dentist (such as one from HC Dentistry) for a procedure that is more invasive than just a check up, they might be nervous about their visit. Your child might be looking to you for guidance and support. Here are four things that you can do to make the day of your child’s dental procedure go a little more smoothly.  1. Go Over Their Specific Procedure Whether your child is getting a filling, having teeth extracted, or having a root canal, children might just be nervous of the unknown. If you can get your child some literature on what to expect during the procedure, this can help. Have your family dentist go over the details of a procedure as well, such as what tools will be used and the length of time this should take. 2. Enlist Help from Other Siblings or Relatives Your child might not be as nervous if they can talk to another child that has undergone a similar procedure. If your child has a sibling or cousin that can sit down with them and explain their experience, this can help as well. It might be best if this comes from an older child that can articulate this information well. Check in with them first to ensure they won’t make your child even more nervous on accident. 3. Let Your Child Stay Home If you child will be undergoing an intense dental procedure, it might help if they don’t have to deal with school or other activities that day. If a procedure is in the middle of the day leaves your child wiped out or stressed, don’t force them to go back to school. Let them recover at home and start fresh tomorrow. While your child might not be in physical pain, they be emotionally worked up which can be exhausting. 4. Give Them Something Special After If you can promise a treat to your child after they get through the dentist, this might help with nerves can give them something to look forward to. Depending on the type of procedure, this might involve picking out a toy or even an activity or trip to a restaurant they enjoy. If they aren’t up to it after the dentist, make sure to make good on your promise in the future. Dental procedures can be stressful even for adults. Don’t be too hard on your child and try to be patient with them if they are nervous about an upcoming appointment. Do your best to guide them through the process and make the rest of their day a little less painful....

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Are Your Teeth Sensitive? Possible Reasons Why And Treatment

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have sensitive teeth, they hurt when you drink hot or cold beverages or even if you breathe in cold air. This can make life very uncomfortable, and there is a reason why this is happening to you. This is why you need to see your dentist to determine why you have tooth sensitivity. In the meantime, below are some common causes of this and ways you can treat it on your own. Causes of Tooth Sensitivity Tooth sensitivity is caused by exposed dental nerves.  If you have periodontal disease, it causes your gums to recede and this could expose roots. Some things can wear down enamel on your teeth and expose the microscopic hollow canals or tubes that lead to dental nerves. Some things that can erode your enamel include: GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease: Acid wears away at enamel Sugary and acidic foods and drinks Teeth grinding Using teeth whitening treatments too often Brushing teeth too vigorously If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, it can also expose the microscopic hollow canals or tubes. How to Reduce Teeth Sensitivity Your dentist can likely treat your teeth sensitivity. There are also some things you can do on your own to help with this problem, including: See your dentist twice per year for checkups Use a toothbrush with soft bristles Wear a mouth guard at night if you grind your teeth Be gentle when you brush your gums Use non-alcohol-based mouthwash once per day after you brush and floss Use desensitizing toothpaste How Your Dentist Can Treat Teeth Sensitivity If you continue to have this problem after doing the things above, you need to talk to your dentist about how they can treat your teeth sensitivity. There are many ways they can do this. One simple way is to apply a desensitizing gel on your teeth. If you have exposed roots, the dentist may use white fillings, fluoride varnish, or dentin sealers to cover them up. If you have receding gums, the dentist can do a deep cleaning, also known as root planing or tooth scaling. If this does not work, they will suggest a surgical option, such as pocket depth reduction or regeneration. When your teeth are no longer sensitive, you still need to make changes in how you care for your teeth to prevent it from happening again. If you have any other questions, contact a dentist, such as the Dental Associates...

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Why Your Wisdom Teeth Are Important To Preventing Sleep Apnea And How Your Dentist Can Help

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Traditionally, dentists would remove wisdom teeth because it was assumed that these teeth served no real purpose and often complicated the way a patient chews. At least, that was the conventional wisdom of the time. Here are the modern thoughts on why you should try to keep your wisdom teeth instead of having them surgically extracted (removed). Wisdom Teeth Help You Keep Your Airway Open As wisdom teeth erupt, they help your mouth open wider and widen the open space to your throat and airway. They are responsible for helping you breathe better at night when your airway relaxes. Without your wisdom teeth, your mouth adjusts by creating a “downhill” opening to your throat. The downhill effect allows your throat muscles to relax almost completely, blocking your airway entirely. Adults who had their wisdom teeth removed end up on CPAP machines because they can develop an airway obstruction or sleep apnea. If for no other reason than never having to use a sleep apnea machine, keep your wisdom teeth intact. When Your Wisdom Teeth Are a Problem Wisdom teeth are some of the largest teeth your mouth will ever have. In fact, many people experience crowding of their teeth once their four furthest-back teeth are fully through. You might think that your dentist will want to remove them at this point, but you could be looking at new braces in order to keep the wisdom teeth instead. The braces your dentist uses in this case widens the distance between each side of your face, creating more room for your teeth and allowing your wisdom teeth enough room. The braces also help your wisdom teeth align with the rest of your teeth instead of tilt in or out of position. How Some Dentists Help Your Wisdom Teeth Work There are two camps of thought on the removal of wisdom teeth. The majority of dentists will still remove them, but some dentists refuse to remove them at all. The second camp of dentists will, instead, help your mouth make room, straighten the teeth altogether, and make them more functional. When the teeth might be more painful and bothersome than they are worth, then these dentists will remove one or two, or surgically make the wisdom teeth smaller and then cap them to protect them. To the second group of dentists and oral/maxillofacial surgeons, it is preferential to years of poor health and lack of oxygen (see #2, orthodontics/headgear) at night. Contact a business, such as Eagle Mountain Family Dental, for more...

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Foods And Drinks That Can Damage Your Teeth

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are a number of reasons why certain foods and drinks can damage your teeth. Some contain acids that can wear away the enamel; others that are hard and cause the teeth to break or chip. Water is the best choice for good oral health, but life cannot be supported by water alone. Ice Water is essential for good health and as a beverage; it’s ideal since it has no additives or sugar. However, people seem to think chewing on ice has benefits as well. It doesn’t, and it can lead to dental issues. Beverages Tea and coffee are a popular beverages that people drink for pleasure. They aren’t that bad, unless you add sugar, that is. However, both can stain your teeth and cause “dry mouth” when consumed on a regular basis. It is essential to drink adequate amounts of water to counteract this problem. Sports and energy drinks are thought of as healthy, especially by young, active adults who use them as a pick-me-up after strenuous physical activity. Many of them contain sugar, however, which can damage the surface of the teeth. If you insist on drinking them and juices, consider using a straw. It will help keep the sugar off the teeth. It’s a good idea to rinse with water after drinking these beverages as well. Sticky Foods Sticky foods such as raisins, bananas, dried fruits or trail mix are popular as quick snacks. These foods stay on the surface of the teeth longer than you may think. It is essential to brush and floss your teeth after eating these foods. If that isn’t possible, at least rinse your mouth with water to help remove the residue. Fruits Acidic foods such as tomatoes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruit can damage the surface enamel of your teeth. Chewing dried fruits is especially harmful. Try consuming these types of foods with a meal to dilute their acidic content. Beneficial Foods and Drinks Milk and dairy products are good choices including yogurt and cheese. All contain calcium and protein. Crunchy fruits and vegetables are high in fiber plus have a water content, which helps wash away food particles and harmful acids. Choose crunchy or firm fruits such as pears or apples. However, it is still a good idea to rinse your mouth after eating them to ensure there are no trapped particles. Many of the fruits and drinks that are beneficial to your health can cause an adverse effect on the enamel of the tooth’s surface. You can still enjoy healthy foods, but brush and floss after eating them whenever possible. Follow up with a quick water rinse for safeguarding your oral health. For more information, talk to a dentist like Tore D Steinberg DDS...

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4 Natural Remedies For A Toothache

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have a toothache, there are multiple ways to treat it. You can use over-the-counter oral analgesic gels that can be placed directly onto the inflamed tooth. However, you can also use natural home remedies. Here are a few of them: Salt and Pepper Salt and pepper are not just used to season your favorite foods. They can also be paired to decrease the amount of discomfort associated with a toothache. To use salt and pepper to lessen your tooth pain, mix equal amounts of salt and pepper together then add enough water to form a paste. After making the paste, simply apply it to the tooth. In some instances, you may feel the toothache decline immediately. Cayenne Pepper Although cayenne pepper is an extremely hot spice, it can be used to lessen tooth pain. Cayenne is actually quite anti-inflammatory. In addition, the spice incites a strong response from the nerves in your mouth once it is introduced. To use the cayenne pepper, simply rub a few grains of the spice onto the inflamed tooth. Saltwater A solution of warm salt water can also help stop your toothache. Salt, which is a natural disinfectant, can help kill the bacteria that may be causing a tooth infection. In addition, salt helps to shrink inflamed soft tissues. Thus, rinsing with salt water can encourage the toothache to diminish. To make a saltwater solution, place a tablespoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Stir the solution to help the salt dissolve. Next, swish with the solution until the toothache starts to decline. You can do this repeatedly as often as needed. You can use ordinary table salt or sea salt to make your solution. Black Tea Tea can also help lessen your discomfort.The tea bag, which should be left intact, can be placed directly on the site of toothache. The bag will need to be left in place for a prolonged period. You can even leave it in in your  mouth overnight. The tannic acid in the tea helps draw out the infected liquid that may be causing swelling and placing pressure on dental nerves. You may notice that the bag is coated by a slippery substance when you are ready to remove it. If you have a toothache, you need to be seen by a dentist. Even if you’re able to alleviate the pain for a period, it is important to address the source of the toothache. Schedule an appointment with a dentist in your...

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Considering Dental Veneers? 3 Questions About Them You May Have

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have cosmetic problems with your teeth that you are looking to fix, all hope is not lost. Dental veneers are a treatment that is still relatively new, but can transform the look of existing teeth with ease. Since the technique has not been along that long, it is not fully understood like more basic dental procedures. Here are three questions you may have about veneers, which will help you better understand if they are the right choice to fix your teeth. What Aspects of Your Teeth Will Veneers Fix? Dental veneers are essentially a very thin shell that are designed to look like natural teeth. The shell is bonded to the front of your teeth with an adhesive that prevents the shell from moving. Some of the aspects dental veneers can improve are a tooth’s color, size, shape, width, and length. In most situations, dental veneers will only be a cosmetic treatment, and are not designed for medicinal purposes. Since the veneer does not actually fix things that are medically wrong with a tooth, the material can be more versatile to correct the appearance of problems such as: Worn down, chipped, or cracked teeth Alignment problems Discolored teeth Stained teeth Gaps What Material Are Veneers Made From? Dental veneers will be made from either composite resin or porcelain, which each material having their own pros and cons. Porcelain is a favorite because it offers a very natural look, while also being durable and resistant to stains. Composite resin veneers will have a shorter lifespan and look less natural in comparison, with the main benefit being that composite resin veneers will cost less. This is due to the material being easier to make and install. You are looking at a price difference of $200-$300 for a single composite resin veneer, to $1,000-$3,000 for porcelain. Why Not Use A Dental Implant Instead? Even though implants and veneers are cosmetic dental procedures, that is where the similarities end. Veneers are used to hide flaws, while implants are used when the tooth’s structure needs to be changed. An implant may cost about the same as a porcelain veneer, but you open yourself up to a lot more complications that can happen during and after the procedure. Implants can fail, and have a long installation process that involves fusing a post to your jawbone. Still have questions about dental veneers? Contact a cosmetic dentistry office like Barnstable Dental...

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Details About Sedation Dentistry

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Are you like many people who are terrified of the dentist? Do you imagine the large chair, the bright fluorescent lights, and the whirring of dental drills with utter distress? Well, with today’s modern, advanced technology, dental treatments have come a long way in terms of comfort. Going to the dentist no longer has to be a scary ordeal that will leave you emotionally scarred for days. Sedation dentistry could be your saving grace. Here are few details about sedation dentistry:   Say “Ahh” Okay, so sedation dentistry is not exactly as soothing as a spa treatment, but you can expect to feel much more calm and at ease thanks to cutting-edge medications and techniques. There are actually varying levels of sedation, from minimal to heavy-duty. Depending on your procedure, your individual dentist and his or her office staff, as well as your personal health history, the amount of sedation you can receive will differ. Minimal. This usually involves breathing in “laughing gas,” or nitrous oxide. Don’t be alarmed by the face mask; it won’t hurt you. Rather, you will simply take a few deep breaths and go into a very relaxed state of mind. There is even a bonus;  you can drive immediately afterwards. Mild. Your dentist may be able to give you an oral medication shortly before your procedure, which may help you to feel drowsy and calm. You will still be awake, but you’ll feel sleepy and a bit foggy, helping you to take your mind off of the dental procedure. Moderate. With an IV injection, you can slip into a near-unconscious state while the dentist performs the treatment. You won’t feel anything and may actually drift off to sleep. With this form of sedation, you can be easily awaken once the procedure is finished. Complete. An oral medication or an IV will cause you to fall into a deep sleep. When you awake, you might feel a bit disoriented or groggy. Because it is such a deep form of sedation, you may have to stay in the dental office for a few hours afterwards for the effects to wear off so you can wake up. Is it Dangerous? Typically, sedation dentistry is safe for just about anyone. Your dentist will discuss any risk factors and special instructions. If you are planning to receive sedation for a dental procedure, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your area to discuss the type and level of sedation that is best for...

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