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2 Things To Add To Your Current Dental Regimen To Improve Oral Health

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Having a healthy mouth is important. Many systemic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, are linked to your oral health. Still, it may seem difficult to care for your teeth and gums properly. Here are a few things you can add to your current oral health regimen to benefit your teeth and gums: Chewing Gum Simply chewing gum regularly can have a positive impact on your dental health. Gum, if sugarless, does not supply oral bacteria with the food they need to thrive. This is important because the microbes in your mouth emit acid after feeding. This acid is responsible for causing tooth decay and gum inflammation.  Instead of aiding in the production of acid, gum can help dilute it by encouraging the production of more saliva. Saliva usually has more of a neutral pH, so it decreases the acidity in the mouth. Also, gum helps clean the teeth by removing food particles and plaque. The sticky texture of the gum adheres to the debris and pulls it from the teeth.  Some varieties of gum have specialized benefits, such as antibacterial properties or teeth-whitening abilities. Gums that include cinnamon or xylitol can help kill the bacteria in your mouth. Additionally, gum that contains polishing ingredients, such as baking soda and titanium dioxide, helps to remove light dental stains. Some gum even contains substances that help dissolve stains, such as malic acid. Drinking and Rinsing with Water Even if you have not been drinking as much water as you should for overall health, consider adding more water to your diet for your teeth. Water helps you avoid dehydration that could lead to dry mouth. It also dilutes oral acid and helps rinse away leftover food.  If you don’t want to drink large amounts of the clear liquid, rinse with it after meals and snacks. If the water contains fluoride, you will get the added benefit of helping your teeth become more resistant to acid.  When fluoride enters the mouth, it adheres to the teeth and attracts minerals, such as phosphorous and calcium. As fluoride combines with the minerals, a new compound is formed. The newly made enamel material is better at resisting acid than your original tooth enamel.  To learn more ways to improve your oral health, visit a dentist in your area, such as those found at Samuel L Stokke DDS. He or she can assess the state of your teeth and gums and help you devise the best regimen for your...

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Loose Baby Teeth: What New Parents Need To Know

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One of the biggest events in a child’s life is the moment they lose their very first tooth. It’s something they look forward to, especially once all their friends at school start to lose theirs. As soon as your child experiences a loose tooth, he or she may want you to pull it. If you’re a new parent, though, you may be worried about whether or not you should pull a loose tooth. What if it isn’t ready to come out? Will it cause any future development problems? Read on to learn more about loose baby teeth and what you need to know about them. When Should Children Lose Their Baby Teeth? As a general rule, children will begin to lose their baby teeth around five to seven years old. Some children may lose teeth early, while others will take a little longer. If your child appears to have a loose tooth and they are under the average age, you should speak to your dentist just to make sure your child’s gums and teeth are in good shape and healthy, as early loose teeth could be a sign of a problem. Is It Safe to Pull Your Child’s Tooth? When your child gets that loose tooth for the first time, he or she may begin to hound you like crazy to pull it. You should not do this. By pulling a tooth too soon before the tooth’s root can dissolve completely, you are increasing the chance of an infection occurring in the gums. Ultimately, you should simply allow nature to take its normal course. In many cases, if your child continues with regular brushing, this will help to facilitate the tooth becoming looser and eventually the tooth will possibly fall out during this time. Plus, by avoiding pulling it out too early, you can reduce the pain that your child endures and limit the amount of blood that accompanies the tooth removal. If there is a significant amount of blood, simply have your child rinse his or her mouth out with water and bite down on a piece of gauze or even a towel. If your child is experiencing a loose tooth due to a fall or other type of injury, it is important to contact a dentist immediately for a check-up. You want to make sure that nothing was damaged during the incident and ensure that there are no serious complications. If at any time you have questions about your child’s loose teeth, don’t hesitate to contact his or her dentist for answers. Contact a clinic like Kenai Dental Clinic for more...

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Answers To A Couple Of Questions Concerning Invisalign

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There are few factors that will be more noticeable to others than your smile. However, it can be possible for your teeth to develop out of alignment, which can severely degrade your appearance. Luckily, there are treatment options that you can use to help ensure that your teeth are properly adjusted. If you have a limited understanding about your treatment options, learning these two Invisalign questions and answers will make it easier for you to be an informed patient. Will Invisalign Be More Painful Than Traditional Braces? Having your teeth straightened can be an intimidating process because you may be worried about the pain or discomfort that this procedure can cause. However, i should be noted that Invisalign often causes less discomfort than traditional braces. This is due to that fact that the Invisalign is not directly attached to the teeth. Rather, the teeth are straightened with retainers. This causes the teeth to shift position in a more gradual manner, which can lessen the discomfort that this procedure may cause. Does Invisalign Take A Long Time To Correct Your Teeth? A frequent concern for patients that are considering Invisalign is that this option will take longer to correct the position of the teeth. However, you should be relieved to learn that Invisalign does not inherently take longer than traditional braces. It will be important for you to make sure that you never miss one of your appointments with the orthodontist. These visits are necessary so that the orthodontist can make adjustments to the retainers. If you make the mistake of missing one of these appointments, you will stall the progress of your teeth adjusting. In addition to never missing one of these appointments, you will want to ensure that you are wearing the Invisalign retainers as much as possible. While it is possible for you to remove these retainers when eating or speaking in front of large groups, you should make sure to always put the retainers back into your mouth as soon as you are done. When you have been eating, make sure to brush your teeth before you put the retainers back in your mouth. This will prevent the retainers for trapping food particles against your teeth, which will help to reduce the risk of decay forming. Straightening your teeth with Invisalign can be an effective way of ensuring that your smile is as attractive as possible. By making sure that you understand that Invisalign is not more painful than traditional braces as well as the steps for minimizing the length of time that you will need to wear the retainers, you will be better suited to decide whether Invisalign is right for your...

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Manual Vs Electric: Is There A Better Toothbrush?

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Tools for brushing your teeth dates back to 3500-3000 BC with the use of a twig called a tooth-stick. Technology advanced when  Du Pont invented nylon, leading to the first nylon brush in 1938. The electric brush in the United States was introduced in 1960. Since the electric toothbrush was invented, there has always been a pretty heated debate regarding whether electric or manual is the better option. The easiest way to decide is to look at a broken down comparison of the two. Requirements of Both Toothbrushes Both brushes require brushing with a 45-degree angle. You should also brush for at least two minutes to ensure your teeth are clean. You need to focus on each tooth, including the biting surfaces, the inside, and the outside to prevent the risk of plaque buildup. While choosing electric or manual is largely a personal choice, it helps to be aware of the pros and cons. Exploring the Benefits of Manual Brushing Inexpensive: Manual brushes are less expensive versus electric choices. Travel Anywhere: You don’t have to worry about charging a battery. It is ready to use no matter where you are. Exploring the Downsides to Manual Brushing The only real downside to a manual toothbrush is the lack of a timer. Electric toothbrushes can come equipped with a timer to automatically shut the brush off after you’ve brushed for a predetermined amount of time. An easy solution to this downside is to have a timer in your bathroom you can set while you are manually brushing your teeth. Exploring the Benefits of Electric Brushing Better Results: The electric unit removes more plaque and gingivitis. Some brushes also have a special massage unit for your gums. Less Work: All you have to do is maintain the right angle and let the brush do its work. Children Enjoy Them: Many children believe an electric brush is a toy. Since it tickles their teeth, it is fun until the timer shuts off letting them know the game is over. Exploring the Downsides to Electric Brushing The biggest downside to an electric toothbrush is the price. A battery-operated toothbrush for an adult with one or two non-rechargeable AA batteries ranges from $5 to $25 in price. A child’s electric toothbrush sells for roughly $13.  A rechargeable toothbrush can range from $20 to $200. The prices vary based on the brand and quality. If you opt for battery-operated toothbrushes, you also have to factory in the cost of batteries as well. With this pros and cons list, you should have no trouble choosing the right toothbrush for your needs. Talk to a dentist, like Associated Dental Center, LLC, for more...

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Chipped Your Tooth While Playing Hockey? 3 Reasons To Fix It With Dental Bonding

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Playing an impact sport like hockey can pose a risk to the health of your teeth, which is why using a mouth guard is so common. Unfortunately, accidents can happen even when additional safety equipment is used. It’s possible to crack a tooth while on the ice, which will bring on the need to get it fixed as soon as possible. Dental bonding is a great way to do it, with the procedure having the following benefits. Dental Bonding Isn’t Painful Many patients like dental bonding because it does not require any anesthesia to do it, and you won’t feel any pain throughout the bonding process either. This is because dental bonding doesn’t affect any nerves in the teeth, unlike what happens when getting dental implants or veneers. Only the enamel of the teeth are worked on. The process works by making the enamel slightly rough, which will cause some enamel loss. But that rough surface is used to allow the bonding material to adhere to the tooth. It is then polished to make a completely natural look that blends in with your other teeth. Dental Bonding Doesn’t Take Long If you are worried about missing your next hockey game, know that the process is very quick when compared to other procedures. To fix a chipped tooth, the process will take between 30 and 60 minutes. The more teeth that are chipped, the longer it will take to perform the bonding process on them. In addition, the aftercare process is pretty straight forward and is focused more on minimizing stains within the first two days of the procedure. You will need to avoid drinking coffee or tea, but could get right back into getting on the ice again if necessary. Dental Bonding Creates Strong Results Once the bonding is complete, you can resume eating all of the foods that you enjoy. The material is strong enough that you do not need to baby the tooth with what you eat, and can treat it just like you did before the tooth became chipped. Of course, everybody may not be a great candidate for dental bonding. It does require that a significant part of your tooth was not broken off when it became chipped, so that the bonding material has a strong base to attach to. Meet with a dentist in your area to find out if dental bonding will work best for you and your hockey related accident. To learn more, speak with someone like Dr. Jon Douglas Lesan, DDS, RpH,...

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2 Ways A Dentist Can Protect Damaged Pulp From Irreversible Pulpitis

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Pulp material inside the root canal carries a collection of nerve and tissue cells throughout the tooth, and the pulp is kept protected by the surrounding dentin layer of tooth. But trauma or cavities can compromise the dentin and risk exposing the pulp. Exposed pulp can become infected and inflamed in a condition called pulpitis. Left untreated, the pulpitis can become irreversible and cause pulp necrosis. The necrotic pulp can threaten the life of the tooth and require a dental extraction. There are a couple of ways your dentist can protect your pulp from irreversible pulpitis. The chosen treatment will depend on the nature of the dentin damage and whether or not the pulp has already become exposed or damaged.   Pulp Capping Pulp capping is a technique used when the dentist needs to cut into the dentin in order to remove a deep cavity. The capping is performed to ensure that the pulp doesn’t become exposed and vulnerable during the cavity removal. There are two different types of pulp capping: direct and indirect. Direct pulp capping involves the dentist applying an antibacterial film over the exposed pulp and then covering the film with a dental crown for further protection. The direct route is only an option if the dentin immediately over the pulp was healthy and the pulp itself has shown no signs of damage. Indirect pulp capping is an option when the surrounding dentin was weakened by infection but doesn’t have a thriving infection. Instead of removing all of the infected dentin with the cavity, the dentist will leave a small amount of that dentin in place to cover the pulp. A remineralization agent is applied to the dentin and then a temporary crown is placed over the dentin. The dentist will check the indirect pulp cap in a matter of months to make sure the dentin hardened. A permanent dental crown can then be placed over the dentin. A direct pulp cap also requires monitoring for a period to ensure that the film is holding. Root Canal Therapy Pulp that has already been damaged needs to be removed before the rest of the pulp and the root canal can be protected from irreversible pulpitis. Root canal therapy can remove the affected pulp and protect the incoming pulp from further damage. The dentist will open the dentin, if there’s not already a cavity opening, and use a narrow tool to scrape out the affected pulp. The dentist will then rinse the canal with an antibiotic solution then insert an expanding bio-material that will eventually be absorbed into the tooth. The absorbing material will then make room for new pulp to rise up into the upper chamber. Root canal procedures are finished off with a dental crown. The crown both covers the entry area and adds another layer of protection for the pulp and remaining dentin. If you have pulpitis or are having tooth problems and sensitivity, talk with a dentist, such as those at Health Centered Dentistry, about the treatment...

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Are You An Adult Whose Teeth Recently Got Crooked? What To Know

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If you have noticed as an adult that your teeth have started to shift, and they are shifting more every day and now your smile is crooked, you want to see an orthodontist. Not only can this be damaging your appearance, but it could also be causing problems for health of your mouth. For many adults a natural shift will occur, forcing the teeth to shift in the mouth, and this is the cause for the crookedness and misalignment. Here are a few reasons why you want to see an orthodontist to get braces put on, and things to consider when choosing braces.   Crooked Teeth Increase the Risk of Cavities When the teeth get pushed together and there isn’t room for the toothbrush bristles or floss to properly clean the teeth, the teeth are at the risk of getting cavities. Straightening the teeth back out makes it easy to brush the teeth to keep them strong and white and it makes it easy to preserve the tooth enamel that shields teeth from cavities. Trapped Bacteria Can Cause Gum Disease and Other Health Problems Not being able to floss the teeth means the gum tissue can’t be cared for, and this puts you at the risk of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease doesn’t just discolor the gums, cause foul breath and can cause tooth damage, but it can also lead to serious health complications. Organ problems like heart disease have been linked to gum disease. Clear Braces Can Help Many adults aren’t thrilled with the idea of having braces put on their teeth, but clear braces are an alternative to metal. Clear braces fit over the teeth in the form of a mouthpiece and shift the teeth into place just like bracket and wire braces. These are clear and are removed when you eat, so food doesn’t get caught. They are easy to clean, and the clear pieces are hardly noticeable to someone when having a conversation. If you are an adult and your teeth are suddenly crooked, don’t ignore the problem and make sure you get to an orthodontist before the problem gets worse. You don’t want to put your oral health at risk, or have other problems to treat because you let the shifting go without attention. If the shifting is causing you to grind your teeth or causes a misalignment, you could start to have jaw pain and jaw problems without...

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FAQ About Temporary Anchorage Devices

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You’ve been struck by two dental dilemmas at the same time: a lost tooth and the need for braces. Your dentist has suggested a few different solutions, including the installation of temporary anchorage devices or TADs. What are these devices and how can they benefit you? And are they a permanent solution? What Are TADS? Temporary anchorage devices are devices that are temporarily installed in your mouth to take the place of a missing tooth and to help stabilize braces. They are about the size of a small screw and are inserted directly into the soft tissue of your gums. Once in place, they will help keep your gums in place and can be used to manipulate teeth that must be straightened TADS are designed to be easy to install and remove, which makes them easy to take care of via traditional teeth care methods, such as brushing. Insertion requires numbing the gums and can be done in less than a minute. Removal is also quick, but required only when maintenance (such as adjustment of position) needs to be done by the dentist. Who Benefits From TADS? There are a multitude of benefits of using TADs. These include the ease of installation, simple maintenance techniques (brushing regularly), their stability, and the ways they can be adjusted as straightening problems occur during your treatment procedure. As a result, a variety of people benefit from TADs, chief among them teens who may be impatient for their teeth to get straightened. And they are also useful for teens that don’t want to perform a variety of difficult maintenance techniques, as they only require brushing and occasional check ups. Can I Keep TADS Forever? While TADs are a useful tool for treating your dental problem, they simply can’t take the permanent place of a missing tooth. The word “temporary” is built right into their name and they will be removed after your treatment is over. However, you’ll still have an empty spot in your gums where your tooth once sat. That’s when you need to get a dental implant. Dental implants are artificial teeth installed directly into your jaw. They help not only to create a better smile, but also to preserve your jaw shape and keep your teeth straight. They are perfect for people who still have strong dental health and who only need to replace one or two teeth. Talk to your dentist about TADs and dental implants before attempting any teeth-straightening procedure. They can help you find a dental health solution that works for your needs. Contact a center like Mount Royal Dental for more...

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Age-Related Dental Issues That Veneers Can Correct

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As you age, there are multiple issues that may occur with your teeth. Veneers can help correct these cosmetic problems. Here are a few issues that may arise due to age and how they can be corrected with dental veneers: Loss of Enamel As a person gets older, his or her tooth enamel gradually wears away. The loss of the enamel is often due to repeated exposure to acids as well as mechanically abrasive substances. Tooth enamel is whiter then the underlying layer of tooth material, which is called dentin. As the enamel erodes, the teeth take on a yellow appearance. There is no way to recover lost tooth enamel. However, dental veneers can be applied to the teeth to conceal any yellow dentin and whiten the teeth. In addition, staining that is due to the absorption of pigments from food and drinks that you have consumed over the years can also be covered. To lessen the expense of the veneers, your dentist may suggest that they only be applied to the teeth that are displayed when you speak, laugh or smile. Shifted Teeth As the years progress, teeth tend to shift out of position. This shifting is a natural occurrence that is often due to changes in the density of the jawbone. Teeth that once appeared perfectly straight may seem a bit uneven over time. Dental veneers can be applied over the misaligned teeth to give the illusion of perfect alignment. Gaps In the same manner that teeth tend to become misaligned, they can also develop larger interdental spacing. Gaps between your teeth can give them an haphazard appearance. Dental veneers can be used to make your teeth appear closer together and more uniform. This can be achieved by your dentist through the designing of veneers that are slightly wider than the underlying teeth. The wide veneers give the appearance of more closely set teeth. Chips and Cracks Aging teeth tend to be more brittle. Thus, they may be more susceptible to chips and cracks. A veneer can be used to cover the chip or crack of a tooth. In addition, as the veneer covers the tooth, it helps reinforce its structure so that additional damage to the tooth becomes less likely. If your teeth are displaying unattractive signs of aging, veneers may be able to help. Schedule an appointment with a dentist in your area to learn more about veneers and to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for their application. For dental veneers, contact an office such as Elgazzar...

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Coffee & Your Teeth: How To Minimize Staining

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If coffee is a staple of your day, you may think that you’re doing irreparable harm to your teeth by drinking it and that there’s nothing you can do to lessen the impact that it has. Fortunately, there are a few ways to minimize the impact that drinking coffee has on your teeth. Don’t Sip Throughout the Day The lesst amount of time that you spend throughout the day consuming your coffee, the better off your teeth will be. While your tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body, it’s porous, meaning that coffee and other staining substances, such as tea and wine, can make their way in and set up shop. While cutting out coffee would be best overall, it’s not always a workable solution. Instead, you may have to compromise by shortening the time period in which you drink your coffee or decreasing the amount of coffee you drink daily. Know the Dos and Don’ts of After-Coffee Care To minimize the impact that coffee has on your teeth, it’s important to know how to care for your teeth immediately following your daily cup of Joe. Rinsing your mouth out with water immediately after finishing can reduce the amount of time that stains have to settle and decrease the overall staining. While brushing is advised, it’s important, however, to wait at least 30 minutes. This is because coffee is highly acidic, and brushing too soon could lead to enamel removal. This would leave your teeth more vulnerable to staining and decay. Have Your Teeth Whitened If the stains on your teeth are becoming too much to ignore, consider having your teeth professionally whitened. Whitening is a common cosmetic procedure that can brighten your smile and lessen the guilt you feel over your love of coffee. Teeth whitening isn’t a permanent solution, but the length of time that it will last for you will depend on a number of factors, including what you eat and how much staining is present. There are a number of options available, including whitening toothpastes, whitening strips, and even whitening trays. If you’d rather let a professional handle the procedure, you can have your teeth whitened by a cosmetic dentist. With all of the whitening options available, you no longer have to worry about coffee-related staining. To learn more about keeping your teeth healthy and stain free, or to find out if teeth whitening is right for you, contact Elk Plaza Dental or a similar...

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