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How To Help Your Teenagers Maintain Excellent Dental Care

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Remember when your kids were little and you could monitor their dental care closely? You might have even made charts and given them rewards for how many times they brushed and flossed their teeth. You probably read them books like Curious George Visits The Dentist and Ben Goes To The Dentist. Now that you have teenagers, you may have already realized that you need to take a different approach to their dental care. Keep Them Informed – One idea is to have a family meeting where each person reports on one aspect of excellent dental habits. For example, one member of the family could report on how bad sodas, candies, and other treats full of sugar are for your teeth. Another person could inform the rest of the family about great substitutes for those cavity-promoting treats. Some good choices are cheese, veggies, nuts, seeds, and hard-boiled eggs, and fruit in moderation. One of you could report on how often a toothbrush should be replaced and what kind of toothpaste includes both cavity fighters and whitening agents. Make Them Accountable – Another idea is to furnish a list of how much it costs to have dental work done. You might offer to pay for regular office visits where your kid’s teeth will be cleaned and checked carefully, while you ask your kids to pay for their own cavity fillings. Perhaps you could still have a reward system for visits where there were no cavities found. Whether you or your child schedules six-month visits with the dentist, consider writing those dates down on a central calendar, and get your kids to note the dates on their own calendars. By doing this, those appointments will certainly not be forgotten. Special Dental Work – One of the reasons that regular six-month visits to the dentist are so important is that, besides routine care, the dentist will alert you if braces are needed. If that is the case, perhaps your children will prefer invisible braces. Even though they are more expensive than metal braces, your children may be a lot more willing to wear invisible braces which won’t draw attention to their mouths. Invisible braces are checked routinely and new aligners are provided as progression is made. Another really good thing about invisible braces is that, because the aligners are removable, it is easy to brush and floss normally. If you opt for metal braces, your kids will have the fun of choosing crazy colors like purple, green and black for their braces. Consider making dental appointments for your entire family on the same day. If you schedule one appointment in June and the second one in December, your children won’t even have to miss school days. Click here to continue reading more about how to care for your child’s oral...

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Save the Tooth: Extractions Can Cause a Chain Reaction of Future Dental Issues

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Does a toothache have you in so much pain that you are planning to go to your dentist to have the tooth extracted? If so, take a moment to understand why it is better to try to salvage your damaged tooth than get it removed.  Cost Effective The idea to get your tooth extracted may initially seem like the cheapest way to get you well. However, you need to look beyond the initial extraction visit. If you get the tooth extracted, there will be a gap left behind. Over time, your other teeth may shift in an effort to compensate for the space left behind by the missing tooth. The only definite way to prevent this shifting from occurring after an extraction is to get additional dental work completed, which will mean future costs associated with the extraction. For example, dental implants or bridges may be needed to fill the spaces left behind by extracted teeth.  Opting to salvage your tooth will mean that your natural tooth is left in place. This means that the costs you are looking at will be related to the root canal and other endodontic treatment focused on preserving the affected tooth. Time Saver You may be thinking that a tooth extraction will be a quick trip to your dentist, and you may assume that a root canal will take many hours or several visits. A root canal procedure can be completed in one or two office visits. If you opt for an extraction, keep in mind the future visits that may occur if you require dental appliances. In some cases, the visits to the dentist for dental appliances can be many. For example, a person who needs dentures as a result of getting their teeth extracted may have to get fitted for dentures several times before finding a comfortable fitting prosthetic.  Better Technology = Less Pain Perhaps you are a person who has fears due to misconceptions about root canals. You may fear there is more pain to be experienced by allowing a dentist to drill inside of a tooth that is already causing you a great deal of pain. Today’s anesthesia options and advancements in root canal procedures aid in ensuring that the pain experienced by patients is minimal. For example, sedation may be used during the procedure if an individual shows extreme signs of anxiety. An endodontist is the best resource to use if you agree that salvaging your natural teeth sounds much better than extracting them. If your dentist has advised you that your tooth is not salvageable, consider visiting an endodontist for a second opinion. This is because endodontists are dentists who have received additional years of training that is focused on preserving teeth and performing advanced root canal procedures. If you have questions, consider contacting a local endodontists, such as Washington Township Dental...

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Stop Destroying Your Smile: 3 Brutal Dental Habits You Need To Break Right Now

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Everyone has a few bad habits up their sleeve, but most don’t realize just how much of an impact that they can have. This is particularly true with a poor dental habits, which can easily undermine all of your persistent efforts to brush and floss twice a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Here are three bad dental-related habits that you’ll want to break because they’re seriously putting your teeth and overall oral health at risk: 1. Chewing on Pieces of Ice Crunching and chewing on ice may be a great way to cool off in the summer or to keep yourself from eating something that you shouldn’t (those greasy potato chips or that tasty chocolate bar). However, Colgate says that crunching and chewing on ice is not good for your teeth either. In fact, this bad habit can lead to premature gum injuries as well as chipped or broken teeth. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use ice for refreshment any longer, but you do need to change things up a bit. It is recommended that you allow ice pieces to melt in your mouth – no biting – or to replace them with crunchy apple chunks or baby carrots. 2. Stress- and Anxiety-Related Teeth Grinding. The grinding of your teeth can be extremely harmful to your oral health. Usually, this activity is a sign of stress and anxiety, and it normally occurs at nighttime. There are other causes, such as sleep apnea or abnormal bites. If you grind your teeth on a regular basis, it can quickly wear down your teeth – all the way to stumps. It can even cause loosening, breaking and loss of your teeth. It may also affect your jaws, causing TMJ and changing your normal face shape. In most chronic cases, you’ll need to be fitted for a mouth guard and may need to get a crown and root canal or dental implant. Partial or complete dentures are also options, when necessary. 3. Using a Hard-Bristled Brush and Overbrushing. It is important to brush your teeth on a regular basis in order to protect your teeth and mouth from plaque and other bacteria. However, it is possible to overdo it. This can lead to sensitive teeth due to the enamel being worn down from vigorous brushing. At the same time, it can cause your gums to recede, which can then lead to exposed tooth roots and periodontal disease. It has been shown that as much as 20 percent of the American population damage their teeth and gums by overbrushing. You are most at risk for this if you use a hard-bristled brush, so it is important to use a soft-bristled brush and gently brush your teeth. Aggressive brushing is not required to remove plaque; instead, thoroughness is necessary. Another poor dental habit is procrastinating about your visits to the dentist. If you haven’t seen a dentist in the last six months, schedule an appointment as soon as possible to get back on track with good dental hygiene. For more information, contact Plaza Family Dentistry or a similar...

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Candy Corn And Cavities: Make Tooth Friendly Halloween Alternatives

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The month of October is especially fun for children. Getting to pick out a Halloween costume and starting fall activities is an exciting time. Halloween is one of the worst times for teeth though. With trick or treating comes the overload of sugar, which can lead to bad habits as well as tooth decay. If you are looking for ways to help children enjoy the holidays but worry for their teeth, here are some ways to make Halloween healthy. Throw a party instead of trick or treating By going trick or treating, you are presenting your children with the opportunity to collect the candy that others deem appropriate. With a party, you can select the type of treats that your children receive. Throw a community party with your neighborhood, or with your child’s friends for Halloween. You and the other parents can get together and make popcorn treats, home baked sweets, and small treat bags to take home filled with approved candy only. Throw out anything chewy or hard The worst types of foods for teeth are those that are sticky and chewy and those that are hard. Not only are hard candies full of sugar, but they can also break the tooth enamel. Chewy candles can get caught in the teeth or lay on the tooth, creating the perfect environment to cause cavities. If you plan to allow your children to have candy, choose soft candies. Also consider creating homemade candy so that you can control all of the ingredients. Limit candy consumption to after dinner Though kids (and adults) are often tempted to pig out on Halloween candy in the days following Halloween, setting a candy schedule is much healthier. Allow everyone candy after dinner or at other specific times. Eating candy after a meal insures that the child eats on a full stomach, therefore consuming less candy. Children should also be taught to brush after meals so they will brush and floss right after they consume the candy. Make a dental appointment soon after the holiday Nothing gets people brushing and flossing like a looming trip to the dentist. To keep kids from indulging in too much candy or creating unhealthy habits, make an appointment for a dental cleaning soon after Halloween. Not only will a visit to the dentist help them keep up with their tooth hygiene, but any cavities or other dental issues can be stopped in their tracks before they cause further damage in the upcoming holidays.   Contact a center like Olympia Dental and Implant Center for more...

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2 Dental Replacement Alternatives to Waiting for a Dental Implant Crown

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Dental implants are a stable, attractive replacement option for a missing tooth. The procedure usually involves several stages interspersed with healing periods. So from start to finish, the implant process can take months to complete. If your missing tooth is at the front of your mouth, you might not want to wait that long with an open gap. Luckily, there are a couple of different cosmetic dentistry options for tooth replacement that don’t leave you with an open gap for months at a time. Discuss the options with your dentist to find out the best choice for your situation. Removable Bridge or Dentures A removable bridge or partial denture will have a single tooth on an often gum-colored plate. The plate has clasps on each end that hook around neighboring healthy teeth to keep the plate from sliding around too much. Benefits of a removable bridge or denture are that you can take out the plate while sleeping or eating, if it’s more comfortable. But the plate isn’t as stable as an implant or permanent bridge and can slide around, which can cause gum irritation. The gum-colored plate and the artificial tooth will look natural enough from far away but up-close viewing, especially on teeth near the front of your mouth, can make it clear that the tooth is fake. This might not be a problem for you since this tooth is only meant to be worn temporarily, anyway. Instant Implant Instant or same-day dental implants work the same as a traditional dental implant. But instead of placing the screw, letting it heal, placing the post, letting it heal, and then snapping on the tooth, the dentist simply places the screw, post and tooth in one appointment. The benefit is clearly having the procedure done faster. But until the screw heals with the bone, the implant won’t be as stable as a traditional dental implant. By not allowing the bone fusion to happen first, the fusion can fail without you knowing it and compromise the implant. Discuss with your dentist whether you qualify for same-day implants. You will need to be in overall good health and have healthy, dense jawbones to even be a candidate. Make sure that you keep any follow-up appointments so that the dentist can monitor the bone fusion process and make sure that your implant isn’t going to fail and that no infections are taking hold. Speak with a cosmetic dentist from an establishment like Drs. Phipps, Levin, Hebeka, & Associates Ltd.for further...

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What Are Those White Spots On My Teeth? And Did My Braces Cause Them?

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized |

So you have braces and you’ve noticed small white spots appearing on your teeth. This whiteness is called tooth demineralization and it is a serious problem. Understanding demineralization, why it commonly occurs with braces, and how to prevent and treat it can help you sidestep this issue.     Demineralization Definition Tooth demineralization is the decay of the tooth enamel caused by the loss of the minerals that help keep it strong. This condition is caused by bacteria feeding on heavily starchy and sugary foods. After eating, the bacteria produces an acid that attacks the minerals in the enamel and causes it to become softer and more prone to invasion by bacteria. There are many symptoms associated with demineralization, which include: Sensitivity to temperature changes White spots on tooth enamel Growing brown spots Increase in cavities The latter two symptoms are particularly problematic: an increase in cavities may lead to a higher risk of oral and gum diseases. An increase in cavities can also lead to a variety of other health issues, including an increased risk for heart problems. The Connection Between Demineralization and Braces It’s not fair to say that braces actually cause demineralization. However, statistics have shown that white spot occurrence in kids with braces is often as high as 50%. Compare that to the 26% who show signs of demineralization without braces. Correlation is not causation, however, and it’s not actually the presence of the braces causing demineralization. Why the increased risk, then, if braces aren’t the direct cause? Simply put, brushing and flossing your teeth with braces is a lot harder and, as a result, many kids with braces end up poorly cleaning their teeth. Unfortunately, this allows the plague that decays your tooth enamel to stick around and get more work done. Eliminating The Risk Increasing the effectiveness of your brushing may be all you need to do to eliminate your risk for tooth demineralization. Properly brushing your teeth with braces requires brushing three times a day, for three minutes each time and following these brushing guidelines: Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angles to the braces Brush above and below the braces, including the wires Press with a medium amount of force Focus on areas of the gums that may have bled or hurt in the past Swish your mouth with a fluoride mix for one minute at the end of the day However, you should also avoid eating foods that are starchy, sugary, or sticky as they can stick to the teeth and are harder to remove while wearing braces. Foods to avoid include: Gum Chips Cookies Chocolate Popcorn Croutons Fruit Corn on the cob Following these tips should help you stave off tooth demineralization for the life of your braces. However, if you’re worried the tooth demineralization process may have already started, talk to your orthodontist as soon as...

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Dental Health For Athletes

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Each year, five million teeth are knocked out of people’s mouths, often during football and hockey games. Contact sports are extremely dangerous to teeth. If you or a family member play sports, you need to take preventative measures to keep your teeth where they belong. If the worst happens, you also have several options to replace those lost in the pursuit of athletic glory. Prevention Dental guards should be worn religiously by athletes who chance suffering blows to the teeth. Even sports like ice skating and gymnastics pose a danger to your teeth and gums. The American Dental Association has found that not using a mouth guard raises your risk of suffering injury 1.6 to 1.9 times that of those wearing the guards. For high contact sports, the addition of helmets and face guards further lower your injury risk.  Repair If you do lose a tooth or teeth to a sporting injury, you have several choices to repair the damage. If the tooth is recovered, your dentist may be able to reinsert it. You should pick the tooth up by the chewing end, rinse it off, and stick it back into the gum if possible. If you cannot replace the tooth, keep it moist in milk or in your mouth until you reach the dentist. If the tooth cannot be saved, a dental bridge works well when the missing tooth is surrounded by two healthy teeth. First the two healthy teeth are crowned and shaped so that they can accommodate the ceramic or metal bar that carries the false tooth. The healthy teeth support the weight of the device. This procedure generally lasts well and is low on maintenance.  Dental implants are another popular choice. In this instance, an anchor is implanted into the bone, and the false tooth is attached to that piece. No work needs to be done on healthy teeth, and the procedure helps to keep the bone intact. Implants are more expensive than bridges, and the process requires minor surgery. Only your dentist can determine whether implants or dental bridges will work best for you and your injury.  The best option is to keep your teeth, so when playing sports or engaging in a physical activity that exposes your teeth to danger, wear a mouth guard and other protective equipment if possible. If you do end up with a dental injury, see your dentist immediately. With today’s technology, your beautiful smile can be...

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Teeth Whitening: 3 Myths Dispelled

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Whitening your teeth can lead to a boost in confidence, and it’s a great way to take care of any staining or spots that you acquire over your day-to-day life. While whitening is a popular procedure, there are still many myths surrounding it. Read more below about three common myths and the facts behind them. Myth #1: Whitening Will Lead to Sensitivity Sensitivity is a common reason that many individuals decide against teeth whitening. With the proper tools and techniques, however, sensitivity can be avoided while still obtaining the white, sparkling teeth you envy. Sensitivity is caused by weakened enamel exposing your teeth’s nerves. This can occur for a number of reasons but, if done properly, whitening isn’t one of them. A dentist who specializes in cosmetic procedures understands the importance of a properly fitting whitening tray and can help you to avoid sensitivity by practicing safe whitening procedures and teaching you proper techniques if your whitening will be done at home. Myth #2: Whitening Cannot be Performed Safely at Home Many people are concerned with the appearance of their teeth which is why teeth whitening is such a popular procedure. While at-home kits can be purchased from the drugstore, they aren’t specially made for you which can lead to issues, such as staining and sensitivity. Teeth whitening with the help of your dentist can be performed in-office or at-home. The difference between the at-home kit you receive from your dentist and the one you buy at the store is your dentist can make a whitening tray designed specifically for you, making your at-home procedure safe and effective. This specially made tray will help you to avoid overexposure to your gums and surrounding tissues which can lead to sensitivity and even staining. Myth #3: There are Permanent Whitening Options Just like a bleached shirt, your teeth will collect stains and other spots, even after a whitening procedure has been performed. Teeth whitening is never permanent; the procedure will have to be performed regularly for best results, and the length of time you can go between whitenings will depend entirely on your teeth and your lifestyle. To further prolong the whitening effects of the procedure, avoid staining foods such as coffee, tea, and wine. Avoid highly acidic foods and if you smoke consider quitting. To learn more about whitening and what it can do for you, speak with a cosmetic dentist. They can answer all of your questions and concerns and dispel all myths surrounding whitening so you can obtain the whitened teeth you...

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Refresh Your Appearance And Reduce Your Fears – Coping With Anxiety Over Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your smile is often times the first thing other people notice about you, so it’s important that you take all the steps you can to make sure it sends the message that you want. Unfortunately, while advances in cosmetic dentistry allow for permanent fixes to many dental issues, some people fail to seek those fixes because they struggle to deal with dental anxiety. Below, you’ll find some tips for coping with dental anxiety that should allow you to receive the cosmetic care you need. Following these suggestions should grant you a great deal more peace of mind and will put you on a path toward a bright smile that you can once again be proud of. Engage In Consultation Many fears originate from a simple lack of information. If a medical procedure is poorly understood, your natural reaction will likely be to fear it. While most people know what to expect from a standard visit to the dentist’s office, cosmetic dentistry is a specialized field and your lack of exposure to it may heighten your worry.  The best way to combat those concerns is by having extended consultations with your dentist. Before a cosmetic procedure, your doctor will be able to explain exactly what you’re about to go through and what you need to do in terms of follow up care, exposing you to the necessary information and reducing the fear. Seek Pharmaceutical Solutions If talking through the procedure and focusing on how much your teeth will be improved still doesn’t set your mind at ease, there are medical solutions for anxiety relief. Most common anxiety medications can be taken on an as needed basis, and your cosmetic dentist should be able to provide you with a short term prescription. It’s vital, however, that you provide a full and accurate accounting of your other medications before accepting an anxiety pill prescription. Anxiety medicine can react poorly with other drugs, creating serious consequences that you need to avoid. Consider Incremental Improvements While it may seem counter-intuitive to suggest the best way to stop fearing something is to do it repeatedly, that’s certainly the case with cosmetic dentistry. If your anxiety prevents you from having all of your necessary cosmetic procedures performed at once, your dentist will likely be able to adjust and perform the necessary work in pieces. This method will allow you to increase in comfort as the work becomes more serious, guaranteeing that the process ends with your calm and satisfaction. For more information, contact a professional like Four Corners Dental Group...

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Get Temporary Relief for a Toothache

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When you have a toothache, the best thing you can do is go to the dentist. However, there may be times when you aren’t able to get to a dentist right away. In these instances, you will want to find ways to deal with the pain until you are able to get in to see your dentist. You will find the tips in this article to be extremely helpful with regards to easing some of the pain temporarily. Note: If your tooth hurts, there is a reason for it and you do need to be treated as soon as possible. Generally, a painful tooth signifies infection and this would require antibiotics. Use ice When your tooth hurts, you can try holding an ice pack to your cheek, right against the aching tooth. If this doesn’t give you relief, take a small piece of ice and put it directly on the tooth. Bite down gently, just enough to keep the ice on the tooth. If the ice melts fast, you can use a few pieces, one after the other, until you find the area has become a bit numb. Note: While ice may make a sensitive tooth painful, it really can make a painful tooth feel better. Use clove oil Clove oil does a good job of temporarily taking away a toothache. However, you do want to get ready for the initial stinging clove oil causes when you first put it on your tooth. The easiest way to use the oil is to dip a piece of a cotton ball in the oil and put the cotton ball on the tooth and gently bite down on it. Use warm salt water Take a bit of table salt and mix it into a glass of warm water. Swish the water in the area of the aching tooth and spit the water out. Repeat this process until the glass of salt water is gone. Not only will this help the tooth feel better, but it also helps to keep the area clean. Use a heating pad You can try holding a heating pad to your cheek on the other side of the tooth that hurts. Be aware that some people find this to bring them relief, while others find it to cause more irritation. Try this method yourself and see if it works well for you. As soon as you are able to get in to the dentist like Bruggeman Dental, make sure you go. It’s important for you to find out what’s causing the pain so you can have it properly...

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Use These 3 Essential Oils To Help You Heal After A Root Canal

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

With more than 15 million root canals being performed by dental professionals each year, it’s likely that you will need one of these root canals at some point in your life. While a root canal can prevent more serious dental issues, recovering from the procedure can be difficult for some. If you don’t like the thought of relying on narcotic drugs to help you heal from a root canal, here are three types of essential oils you might want to consider using instead. 1. Oregano Oil To Reduce Inflammation Because root canals require your dental professional to disturb the delicate tissue beneath your teeth, inflammation commonly occurs in the days following a root canal. Inflammation can cause discomfort by making the area surrounding a root canal tender and stiff. Instead of relying on an anti-inflammatory medication prescribed by your dentist, you can turn to essential oils to help alleviate inflammation instead. Oregano oil contains a compound known as beta-caryophyllin. This compound has been proven effective in reducing inflammation, and it can also boost your immune system to help speed the healing process after you have a root canal.  2. Wintergreen Oil To Reduce Pain Many prescription pain medications are highly addictive. If you want to avoid the risks associated with these drugs, then you might want to try managing your post-root canal pain with wintergreen oil instead. This essential oil is an anodyne, meaning it has the power to get rid of pain and induce a state of relaxation. Wintergreen oil should never be taken orally. To enjoy the pain-relieving benefits this oil can provide, simply rub a few drops onto the skin near the area affected by a root canal. If you have sensitive skin, you can dilute the oil with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive to reduce irritation. 3. Tea Tree Oil To Combat Infection After a root canal infection control is important, and many dentists will prescribe an antibiotic to help keep bacteria growth in check. Unfortunately, bacteria can become resistant to these medications over time. Opting to manage your risk of infection through the use of tea tree oil instead can eliminate the problems associated with antibiotics. To take advantage of the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil, dilute a few drops of tea tree oil in a carrier oil. Add this to water. Use the oil-infused water as a mouthwash, making sure that you fully coat the area affected by the root canal for maximum protection against infection. Using essential oils to help you recover from a root canal is a great way to reduce your dependence on prescription medications, without compromising your...

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