Dental Tips Blog

Nov
12

Three Habits That are Bad for Your Teeth

If you brush daily and don’t eat too much sugar, that’s all your smile needs…right? Not necessarily. Here are 3 habits you might not have known could be bad for your teeth:

Chewing Ice 

Ice chewing might be linked to health issues like anemia, but that isn’t the only thing that should be at the back of your mind. It can also damage your teeth.  Not only can chewing ice cause a cracked or chipped tooth, but the cold temperature can cause dental problems too. If you have existing crowns or fillings, the cold temperatures can impact the rate of how they expand/contract compared to the enamel that they’re bonded to. Frequent ice chewing may break your restorations down quicker, resulting in the need for more dental work.

Clenching Your Teeth When You’re Stressed Out 

Your teeth take the brunt of your jaw muscles’ force when you’re focused on a problem at the office or during your long commute home. You might even be waking up in the morning with a migraine headache from all the tension. This can make your teeth start to chip away, break, or just look flat.

Make a conscious effort to relax your jaw so that your teeth are slightly apart, but your lips still together.. If the tension is happening still,  talk to your dentist about getting a splint made.

Adding Cream and Sweetener to Your Coffee

Coffee might stain your teeth, but the bigger problem is those other things that you’re putting inside of it. Sugar, artificial sweeteners, and creamer don’t just add calories to your diet…they increase the acid and bacterial levels on your teeth (which can increase how many cavities you get.)

Ask your dentist how he or she can help!

Posted on behalf of:
Short Pump Family Dentistry
201 Towne Center West Blvd
Suite 709
Richmond, VA 23233
804-332-5505

Jan
8

The Top 4 Solutions for Fractured Teeth

Posted in Dental Implants

If you’ve seen or felt a chip in the surface of your tooth, then you should get that taken care of before it worsens. A tiny, uneven edge may not seem worth the effort, but even that much can put your tooth at risk of more damage.

Here are the four common ways to repair a fractured tooth:

  1. Crown

When the tooth is compromised by a deep fracture or chip that threatens the tooth’s nerve chamber, a crown will help protect it. Dental caps also provide structural support for everyday use.

  1. Indirect Filling

Sometimes, a tooth is missing a good portion of support, but a crown isn’t necessary. An indirect filling (also called an onlay or inlay) will provide more support than a regular filling but isn’t as extensive as a crown.

  1. Bonding

This is the most conservative method for filling in a small nick in the surface of the enamel. Bonding can reshape your tooth and is very common for evening out the front teeth.

  1. Implants

More and more people are opting to replace missing teeth with implants because these artificial replacements feel just like the real deal and last a lifetime. If your tooth is so badly damaged that it needs to be pulled, think about filling in the space with a dental implant.

Stop procrastinating and get that chipped tooth looked at! Some fractures do stick around for years without causing any trouble, but you’re not going to know how bad it is until a dentist examines your smile.

If treatment is needed, your dentist will help you choose the most appropriate method for saving or replacing your tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 240-5559

May
1

Spring and Summer Bring More Dental Injuries

Did you know that certain parts of the year could make you and your family more at risk for dental injuries and emergencies?

Athletic Activities

Sports and athletic activities are more common in warmer weather months like the summer. The weather feels good, so people get out and get active. That also means there is more of a chance of accidents like falling, getting hit, or coming into contact with someone else. Wearing a professionally fitted mouth guard can prevent accidental tooth fractures, lip lacerations, and even concussions. 

Time at the Pool

Wet environments mean more people slip and fall, especially at water parks, pools, or in backyard activities. Falls in the bathroom (from a wet floor) are one of the top causes of broken teeth, but summertime slips and bumps are a risk as well. 

First Things First

If you’ve busted or broken a tooth, you need to get to the dentist as quickly as possible, even if it isn’t convenient. Place the tooth in a cup of milk or water to keep it moist. Some adults even hold the tooth inside of their cheek if they are desperate (just be sure not to swallow it!) Professional care within one hour offers the best possible outcome for getting the broken tooth back in place.

If you experience dental trauma this year, it’s ok. You might feel scared or anxious about what to do, but your dentist is already prepared. Call your dentist right away to see how quickly you can be seen. Don’t wait until it’s too late – get the care your smile needs to keep it healthy for many more summers to come.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

May
1

Do I Call a Doctor or My Dentist?

Some types of urgent situations or illness can leave you wondering “should I call my doctor?” or “can my dentist help me?” If you’ve had these questions go through your mind, you are not alone.

A lot of people forget that dentists don’t just fix teeth – they are actually specialists of tissues in and around the mouth, head and neck. You can even have your dentist check your lymph nodes during an exam, or screen for skin cancer on your face!

Facial Swelling

Swelling in and around the mouth can be extremely painful, but may not warrant a trip to the emergency room. It could be caused by an abscessed tooth or infection that your dentist can quickly diagnose. 

Infections Inside of Your Mouth

Ulcers, growths on your tongue or even bacterial infections are all easily recognized by your dentist. If you are contemplating making a trip out of the way to see a physician for something like this, your dentist may be able to offer you a quicker diagnosis and care recommendation. 

Busted Lips

Let’s say you had an accident that resulted in a busted lip and a broken tooth. Where do you go first? Most people would go to the emergency room, but it’s actually your tooth that needs the quickest response in care. Not only that, but your dentist can also help by suturing your lip and numbing the area to eliminate pain!

If you find yourself experiencing discomfort in or around your mouth, consider calling your dentist. Even if you aren’t sure whether or not it is appropriate, one of the team members can answer any questions that you may have.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Feb
6

The Problem with Cracked Teeth

Having a cracked tooth is often compared to a woman having a run in a pair of nylon tights or leggings – the area under concern continues getting longer and longer until it has destroyed the entire pair. The same can be said for a crack in a tooth. When left alone, that crack works its way further and further down into the tooth, until there is nothing left that can be done.

Cracks typically begin on the crown portion of the tooth. The crack is usually from trauma or an aged restoration that is beginning to give out due to excess forces. An exam can identify some cracks, while others are so microscopic in nature that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. There are various tests that your dentist can perform on the tooth during your exam to determine if a tooth has cracked or not.

If a crack extends through the root of the tooth, it may become problematic or be non-restorable. Treating the tooth with a root canal is an option to help the tooth remain free of discomfort and infection while also continuing to stay in place for several more years. Most dentists will recommend seeing a specialist to assess root fractures as they are often a complex situation to handle.

It should be the goal of every dentist to help you maintain your natural teeth as long as possible. Even restored natural teeth are better than having the tooth removed just to replace it with something artificial. Ask your dentist what the quickest and most promising way is to repair your cracked tooth before it’s too late.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Aug
31

The Dangers of Oral Piercings

Posted in Crowns

Oral and facial piercings are becoming increasingly common. From tongue rings to cheek or lip piercings, all of these can affect the health of your smile as well.

Fractured Teeth

A broken tooth happens when you least expect it. Most fractures from oral piercings happen during meals, when you’re chewing on a mouth full of food and your tongue gets in the way…the next thing you know, you’ve just bitten down on your tongue stud and broken a molar in half. Even people that have had piercings for years can have it happen to them. Unfortunately, these large fractures often require full coverage dental crowns in order to restore the tooth and prevent it from continued breakage. 

Gum Recession

Lip (or cheek) piercings will gradually rub against the tooth and gum tissue on the inside of the mouth. This continued rubbing of metal against the soft tissue will cause gum recession to occur. Gum recession causes the roots of the teeth to be exposed, which causes tooth sensitivity, loss of support, and esthetic concerns. The only way to restore an area of gum recession is to complete a gum graft over the area and discontinue wearing the piercing before it relapses.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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Aug
31

You Chipped Your Front Tooth – Now What?

You’ve just chipped your front tooth – it might have been during a meal, a child butting against your head, or an accidental fall. Now what do you do? It may not hurt per se, but it’s definitely noticeable!

Step 1: Save any tooth fragments

If a large portion of tooth broke off and you can find it, save it! Place it in a cup of milk or saline. It’s important to not attempt to clean the fragment, as this can make it impossible to bond back into place. Large tooth fragments may be bonded back into place in some circumstances. If it is only a very small sliver of enamel, then it most likely won’t be an option.

Step 2: Call your dentist

As soon as you’ve chipped your tooth, call your dentist. Most dental practices will have set times of the day that they have set aside for emergency dental visits. If it is after hours, leave a message and contact number with the answering service or on the emergency line.  Once you’re at the office, your dentist can discuss whether or not the tooth needs to be smoothed, have a restoration, or the chipped enamel can be bonded back into place. Severe fractures may need more extensive treatment to prevent nerve damage and loss of the tooth.

Step 3: Follow up

After your accident, monitor your tooth for any changes in color, swelling, or continued enamel breakage. Trauma such as hits or falls can cause nerve damage that may not appear until years later. Your dentist will conduct routine exams and x-rays to monitor the health of your tooth and its nerve. He or she will also check the stability of any restorations that have been placed to ensure they are holding up adequately.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry

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Jan
30

A Chipped Front Tooth

Posted in Bonding

Great. You just accidentally broke off part of your front tooth. Now what?

First of all, if you can find the piece of tooth that has broken off, immediately put it in a cup of water or milk. It’s very important that you don’t try to clean the tooth off, as this can damage microscopic structures of the tooth.

Next, call your dentist immediately. If it’s after hours, leave a detailed message letting them know exactly what happened and that you’ll be waiting next to your phone for them to call back. If the office is open, head there right away bringing with the broken piece of tooth with you.

If possible, your dentist will bond the broken tooth portion directly back onto your damaged tooth. This isn’t always an option, but in many cases it can be done depending on the severity and size of the break. If the broken portion can’t be bonded back in place, then your dentist will talk to you about restorative options to repair the tooth (not to mention correct any concerns about appearance.) Again, these treatments will depend on the severity and size of the fracture. Some people only need a small bonding placed on the tooth, while others may need a crown or even a root canal. Root canals are typically only needed when the break has reached the inner nerve chamber of the tooth.

Over time it’s important to see your dentist for regular visits, so that the tooth can be monitored for long term damage like tooth death. This may happen quickly, or take several years before symptoms even begin to exhibit themselves.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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Jan
28

What to Do If You Crack, Chip or Lose a Tooth

Accidents happen.

You could be riding your bicycle down the road, hit a pothole and go flying head first into the curb, shattering your front tooth or, worse, have it fall out completely. But it doesn’t have to mean the end of the world, or, in this case, the end of your nice smile.

First off, quickly assess the injury and whether an immediate trip to the emergency room is necessary. Excessive pain, swelling are bleeding are an indication you need emergency dental care and you should visit the emergency room, taking care enroute to cover the injury with a damp cloth or gauze and gently apply pressure. Applying ice can also be helpful in stopping the swelling.

If the tooth is cracked or chipped and the situation is not urgent, precautions are a little different. First, rinse the tooth with water or salt water to remove any debris still lodged in the affected area. Then, do not eat or drink or ingest anything until the tooth can be covered or protected with dental wax or filler or until your dentist can administer a more permanent solution. This will ward off any bacteria that can settle into the crack or crevice and cause infection.

If the tooth falls out completely, it is important to remember that it can be reinserted but only if it is done within a half hour or so. If the tooth is lost, you should take recover it and go immediately to the emergency room, where a doctor or dentist can reinsert it quickly.

Finally, if you or any member of your family is prone to accidents or you have children who participate in sports, it is always a good idea to have an emergency dental kit on hand that contains such things as tweezers, gauze, sterilized pads and even dental wax. Check with your dentist for best recommendations.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli

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Jan
27

I Broke My Tooth, Can it Be Saved?

Posted in Crowns

Well it happened, you bit down on your food just like you have done hundreds of thousands of times before and your tooth broke.  Once you got over the initial shock, the first thing that came into your mind is can my tooth be saved or am I looking at an extraction.  In most cases, the answer is yes it can be saved!  An experienced dentist utilizing one of several dental techniques, which are quick and cost effective, will be able repair the tooth.

The first thing to do is to call the dentist as soon as possible, especially if you are experiencing any pain.  In many cases, a broken tooth with pain is usually considered a dental emergency, meaning quick access to the dentist.  Provided there is no pain, the dentist will schedule you in as soon as possible and perform an examination of the tooth to see where it is broken and what is left.

Many times the dentist will recommend either a bonded composite filling or a porcelain crown.  Bonded composite filling material can be used to build up the missing part of the tooth and is very durable.  It is not uncommon to see broken teeth repaired with this technique and the repair still in place 20 years later!

In other cases, the dentist will recommend that a crown be placed over the remaining tooth, which will act as a helmet, protecting the remaining part of the tooth.  In either case, the repair will provide years of service and will look as well as feel like a normal tooth!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care

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