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A New Angle on Brushing – 4 Tips to Make Your Oral Hygiene Routine More Effective

Tooth-brushing. It’s such a mundane activity that it can be hard to imagine how to make it any spicier. You might equate an article like this with one entitled “7 Fancy Ways to Butter Toast” or “Find More Fulfillment in Vacuuming Your Home.” Well, you’ll have to consult someone who actually knows their stuff when […]

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Does Sedation Dentistry Work Like People Say It Does?

Do all those claims and advertisements to “sleep through treatment” sound too good to be true? Sedation dentistry isn’t exactly like falling asleep on a comfy pillow in your own warm bed and waking up with all of your teeth miraculously fixed. But the good news is that it does come pretty close to that. […]

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My Gums Are Peeling!

Your mouth is a very important and sensitive part of your body. Just think of all the jobs our mouths do: eating, talking, breathing, laughing, kissing, and more. When something goes wrong with your mouth, you have every right to be concerned. Maybe even a little freaked out! A prime example of freaky mouth problems […]

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Dental tips:

A New Angle on Brushing – 4 Tips to Make Your Oral Hygiene Routine More Effective

Tooth-brushing.

It’s such a mundane activity that it can be hard to imagine how to make it any spicier. You might equate an article like this with one entitled “7 Fancy Ways to Butter Toast” or “Find More Fulfillment in Vacuuming Your Home.”

Well, you’ll have to consult someone who actually knows their stuff when it comes to toast and vacuuming.

But dental experts across the country do know teeth and they feel it’s past time people got passionate about keeping their smiles healthy. That’s why your dentist or dental hygienist would be happy to help you put these tips into practice.  In addition to regular dental cleanings and exams, good oral hygiene can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease and keep your smile healthy.

Back to Brush Bristle Basics

Say that three times fast.

If the bristles on your toothbrush are too hard, they won’t be flexible enough to scrub plaque out of tricky corners. Stiff bristles can also cause enamel wear and speed up gum recession.

Choose a toothbrush labeled “soft” and start from there.

  1. Take the Right Approach

Rather than assaulting your poor enamel with a 90° head-on attack, keep the brush tilted in towards your gum line. Give attention to both upper and lower, inner and outer gum lines.

  1. Easy Does It

Move the brush slowly with short “jiggles” against your gums instead of scrubbing them to death. Being thorough doesn’t mean being aggressive.

  1. Hit The 2-Minute Mark

Two minutes is the standard recommended time for brushing. Set a timer or play a song to brush along to for the duration. Two minutes every time ensures you’ll keep plaque buildup at bay.

Visit your dentist to learn more about creating an oral hygiene routine that’s perfect for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

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Does Sedation Dentistry Work Like People Say It Does?

Do all those claims and advertisements to “sleep through treatment” sound too good to be true?

Sedation dentistry isn’t exactly like falling asleep on a comfy pillow in your own warm bed and waking up with all of your teeth miraculously fixed.

But the good news is that it does come pretty close to that.

How Sedation Works

When you’re sedated, you aren’t “asleep.” Rather, your consciousness is altered. You’ll actually be awake, able to respond to questions and instructions. The dentist may ask periodically if you’re comfortable, if you need anything, and so on.

So what’s the point of being sedated, then?

Your body will be extremely relaxed. Your perception of discomfort and anxiety will be drastically changed so that you won’t care about what’s going on around you. Being sedated is very helpful if you can’t handle needles. Once your mind is off in la-la land, it’ll be much easier to accept the pain-numbing anesthesia.

As an added bonus, you’ll experience a sort of medical amnesia after treatment. You won’t remember much after it’s all done. This is why you’ll “wake up” from your appointment feeling like you slept deeply.

Sedation Options

Sedation as offered in dentistry tends to come in three main forms:

  • Oral pills or syrup
  • IV medication
  • Laughing gas (inhaled)

To find out which method will give you the perfectly relaxing dental experience (finally!), contact your local dentist. Your dentist will let you know your options and give you some real-life testimonials to help you get an idea of just how well sedation dentistry works.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

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My Gums Are Peeling!

Your mouth is a very important and sensitive part of your body. Just think of all the jobs our mouths do: eating, talking, breathing, laughing, kissing, and more.

When something goes wrong with your mouth, you have every right to be concerned. Maybe even a little freaked out!

A prime example of freaky mouth problems is that of peeling gums.

Why does it happen? Should you see a dentist?

Here are a few common causes of peeling in the mouth.

Burns

When you burn a spot of soft tissue in your mouth, the dead “cooked” stuff eventually sloughs off as it heals. This will make it look like your cheeks, lips, or gums are peeling.

Allergic Reaction

Did you know that you could be allergic to your toothpaste? Some ingredients in toothpaste cause a painless but unsettling production of flaky white skin peeling off your gums. Try switching brands if this happens to you.

Sores

Healing sores like canker sores or some other kind of ulcer may cause mouth tissues to peel around the area. If your wound doesn’t appear to be resolving on its own, you should contact your dentist.

Gum Disease

Irritated, inflamed, or rotting gums could all exhibit signs of peeling. Advancing periodontal disease can cause gums to actually shrink away from tooth roots. See your dentist ASAP to rule out any possibility of gum disease that can cause your teeth to lose gum support.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Fortunately, this condition is so rare that you can probably rule it out. Especially since it only causes peeling gums well after other symptoms arrive.

Who knows? Your peeling gums may not be anything serious at all. But just to play it safe, visit your dentist for an examination.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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Oral Hygiene for a Bedridden Patient

Are you caring for a loved one who is confined to bed rest? Whether the situation is temporary or not, oral health should be maintained as long as the patient can tolerate it.

Neglecting oral hygiene during illness is a recipe for more problems later on. The primary concern in caring for a bedridden patient is making sure they are comfortable. Poor hygiene can lead to discomfort in the mouth or even pneumonia, but it’s not always practical nor comfortable to maintain a “traditional” brushing and flossing routine.

The Right Products

Don’t assume the patient can use the same toothpaste or mouthwash you do. Some products contain ingredients that can irritate sensitive oral tissues or interact with medications.

As it becomes difficult to remove cavity-causing plaque, fortifying teeth with fluoride becomes very important. Antimicrobial rinses are also essential in lowering bacterial count in the mouth.

The Right Tools

Delicate mouth tissues could make the patient’s mouth prone to injury. Your loved one may not be able to handle a toothbrush like they used to do. Choose toothbrushes with small heads and very soft bristles. Use a powered one, if possible, and remember that flossing may not be a practical activity at this point.

The Right Help

If you have some certified assistance in looking after your loved one, make sure all caregivers are on the same page about providing oral hygiene care. Not all professionals worry about that as they should.

Talk with the patient’s doctor to find out which products are safe to use and which issues are priorities. Lastly, contact a dental professional for advanced suggestions on providing gentle dental care to your bedridden loved one.

Posted on behalf of:
Marbella Dentistry
791 FM 1103 #119
Cibolo, TX 78108
(210) 504-2655

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No Juice for Kids Under Age 1, American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends

Over the past 15 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics has given the okay for babies to start having juice by the age of six months.

That recommendation changed just this month.

According to the new guidelines, parents should not introduce fruit juice to their kids until they are past the age of 1.

What’s behind this latest change?

Protect Baby Smiles!

Worry over the high obesity rate in America has prompted a fresh look at how much juice our kids are drinking.

But there is another more sinister concern.

While fruit juice is a sweet treat and some fortified varieties offer vitamins, there is no actual need for babies between 6-12 months to drink juice. They get all essential nutrients from the breastmilk or formula they consume. If more fluid is necessary, plain water is perfect.

Many parents have gotten their babies into a tooth-harming habit of sucking down fruit juice in a sippy cup or bottle all day long. Sure, it keeps the kid quiet for a while, but the steady exposure to all that sugar can cause permanent damage to both baby and later, the adult teeth.

With this in mind, experts now recommend that you keep your child in the habit of reaching for water when they’re thirsty. Ideally, they’ll continue to make the wise choice as they get older!

Invest in Your Child’s Smile

You can ensure a lifelong healthy smile for your child by taking a few preventative measures. Cut back on sources of sugar in your child’s diet (like fruit juice). Encourage good oral hygiene and take your child to your pediatric dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513

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What Kind of Material is Used in Dental Fillings?

A dental filling can be used to patch up worn, cracked, or broken parts of a tooth if the structure allows for it. But more commonly, fillings repair areas of a tooth that have been eaten away by decay.

What materials might your dentist use to fill a tooth?

Silver Amalgam

Classic silver fillings are probably what come to mind when you think about repairing a cavity. These restorations are made from a mix (amalgam) of materials including copper, silver, mercury, tin, and zinc.

While these restorations last a long time, they’re falling out of favor because they can be harsh on teeth.

Composite Resin

A plastic-based tooth-colored material, composite resin is the most popular filling option. Tooth colored fillings look great, fills in nicely, and is more compatible with tooth structure than amalgam.

Glass Ionomer

These fillings have elements of glass and acrylic in them. While often too brittle to support a lot of chewing force, glass ionomer restorations do have the benefit of releasing fluoride into your tooth.

Gold

A gold alloy filling will last you the longest. But it’s also likely to be your most expensive option. It’s also only worth considering if you like the look of gold teeth.

Which kind of filling you need will be decided by considering a few factors:

  • Where the cavity is
  • How far the decay reached
  • What other restorations are already in your mouth
  • Where in your mouth the tooth is located
  • How much you (or your insurance company) are willing to spend

Your dentist will be your best guide in determining the filling material that’s right for your tooth. Schedule a dental appointment if you suspect you have a cavity.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

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How Long Will a Cap on My Front Tooth Last?

You can expect a cap on a front tooth to last as long as any other. Dental crowns have an average life expectancy of ten years. Some hold out for fifteen years or even longer.

Reasons for a crown to fail include:

  • Teeth-grinding habit
  • Decay
  • Trauma
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Wear-and-tear

How To Make A Dental Cap Last

Dental crowns, like any other teeth, require regular cleaning to stay strong and beautiful. It may be a “permanent” cap and your tooth may feel nice and safe, but there is still a tiny margin where bacteria can sneak in. Don’t overlook your crown when it comes to brushing and flossing. Good hygiene can help your crown last at least a decade.

Disclaimers About Front Tooth Crowns

Crowning a tooth that shows when you smile typically takes more time than other crowns. This is because more detail and effort go into making it look nice. After all, it’s right there in the smile-zone where everyone will be looking!

That being the case, you’re going to want to be extra careful with your cap so that you don’t have to go through the process again. Every time you redo a crown, not only does it cost money, but it weakens your tooth.

It’s tempting to use teeth to open things like bags and packages and to tear off tags from clothing. Fight the inclination to use your teeth as tools! A crown could be damaged even more easily than a natural tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

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Can I Get a Dental Implant if I Smoke?

In theory, yes. But the odds won’t be in your favor if you do.

Smoking negatively affects virtually every body system, but your mouth is on the frontline of the attack. Researchers have found that smoking will impact your mouth in three main ways:

  • Hardening soft tissues
  • Restricting blood flow
  • Drying off saliva glands

None of those effects will help your case when it comes to getting dental implants.

An implant is a titanium post screwed into the bone of your jaw. It takes time to heal as it creates a natural seal with the surrounding gum tissue. But without adequate blood flow, that efficient healing doesn’t happen.

Even if your implant survives the healing period, a regular saliva shortage won’t do it any favors. Dry mouth promotes the growth of bacteria that attack gum tissues. Your implant is especially at risk if your immune system is compromised by a smoking habit.

So, the bottom line here is this: smoking with a dental implant is like throwing away all the costly work you had done. You may find a surgeon willing to do the procedure despite the smoking and your implant may turn out all right, but you need to honestly ask yourself if that’s a risk you’re willing to take.

At the very least, refrain from smoking a couple weeks before and after the surgery to keep your immune system as strong as possible.

Play it safe and use the chance to get a dental implant as an opportunity to kick a bad habit to the curb – for good! Talk with your dentist about whether an implant is the right option for you at this time.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

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How Much Will It Cost to Fix My Smile?

That depends on how much “fixing” your smile needs.

Not only that, but what kind of fixing you need and how much fixing you want also come into play. Add in the fact that offices price their treatment differently depending on geographic location, and it’s really difficult to give a ballpark estimate.

You could be looking at a range from two to six figures in terms of treatment cost.

Let’s get started by considering a few questions:

  • What are smile needs?
  • What are your smile wants?
  • How can your dentist help?

Smile Needs

“Fixing” your smile isn’t just about making it pretty. Dental repairs are often essential to keep teeth comfortable and functioning. Restorative treatments range from a simple filling to crowning a tooth to completely extracting it in favor of a fake one.

How your dentist can help:

You have to consult an actual dentist in person to know what your smile needs to properly function once again. He or she will tell you your options and give you the best estimate of the total.

Smile Wants

Sometimes, fixing a smile is about covering up a spot that doesn’t feel bad but looks bad. Cosmetic dentistry isn’t considered a medical necessity so it can be hard to get insurance coverage for it.

How your dentist can help:

You’d be surprised at the range of cosmetic dental treatments your dentist can provide. Some are surprisingly cost-effective, like at-home whitening or dental bonding. It may not take much at all to reach your smile goals. Your dentist is in the best position to help you navigate the many options out there.

Schedule a smile evaluation today to get started!

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

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What Makes Braces Stay on Teeth?

Once set in place, braces are more stable than you may think.

Braces: The Early Years

Only a couple decades ago braces were attached to teeth via metal bands wrapped around every tooth! How’s that for a comfortable bite? Later, advancing research yielded some new techniques for securing the brackets onto just the front of a tooth.

How do today’s orthodontists make braces stick to teeth?

Bonding The Brackets

First, the orthodontist will polish and dry your tooth to get a smooth surface. Next, the enamel is conditioned with a special gel to help it lock into the cement. Then, a bonding material is placed. Finally, the bracket goes onto the tooth. Its underside has a roughened surface which improves its grip in the cement.

After Bonding

Now that the brackets are in place, your orthodontist can position the arch wire. This strong metal wire is what guides your teeth into correct alignment. It stays snug against your teeth when tiny rubber bands lock it against the brackets.

You’re all set with new braces! Your orthodontist will periodically check your brackets and wires to make adjustments and ensure everything stays in place.

Keeping Braces In Place

It’s not easy to knock a bracket off your tooth. Still, you should aim to take special care of your braces. You’ll have to wear them even longer every time they get damaged!

Follow these tips to get the most of your treatment:

  • Brush and floss carefully to avoid decay
  • Wear a customized mouth guard if you play athletic sports
  • Avoid very chewy, stringy, gummy, or crunchy foods

Contact your local dentist for more information on everything braces!

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

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