Dental Tips Blog

Dec
30

Does it Hurt to Wear Braces?

Posted in Braces

It’s one of the first questions that pops into your head when you’re told you need orthodontic treatment: will getting braces hurt?

Braces can be uncomfortable early on. After all, they usually consist of bonded wires that nudge your teeth 24/7. But managing braces pain is surprisingly easy.

Discomfort After Braces Are Put On

Your tooth roots and gums will likely be sore on the day you get your braces put on. The wires will be pulled snugly to start the process of moving your teeth. It can take a few days for your mouth to get used to that kind of pressure.

In the meantime, you can minimize the discomfort in the following ways:

  • Eat soft foods for a day or two after each braces adjustment
  • Take a painkiller your doctor approves
  • Rub ice over your aching tooth roots and gums

Pain from Braces Wires

Braces can also cause an unpleasant sensation when the ends of the wires poke into your lips, cheeks, or gums. Ask your orthodontist if they can possibly be clipped shorter or doubled over into a place where they won’t bother you.

For wires that can’t be fixed, you can try padding them with orthodontic wax. Apply a topical numbing jelly to sore spots in your mouth. Swishing with a little warm salt water can also cleanse and soothe small injuries from orthodontic wires.

For the most part, braces don’t hurt. They will apply a constant yet gentle pressure on your teeth until they end up in the right position. This process can be one that you’ll adjust to quickly with the help of your orthodontist.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Dec
30

7 Snacks That Can Prevent Decay in Kids’ Teeth

Are you in need of some simple snack ideas that won’t damage your children’s teeth? A healthy and balanced diet doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Here are six easy snacks that may even help lower your kids’ chances of developing tooth decay.

  1. Sliced Apples with Sugar-Free Yogurt

Apples are a good source of water and fiber, which help wash away cavity-causing germs. Yogurt contains calcium for remineralizing tooth enamel (keep it sugar-free, however!)

  1. Whole Grain Crackers with Cheddar Cheese Slices

Cheddar is a good source of calcium but it’s tanginess also stimulates saliva production. By munching on cheese, your child’s mouth will produce a little extra saliva that can wash away cavity-causing bacteria.

  1. Fresh Broccoli Florets with Dairy-Free Ranch Dip

Is your child allergic or sensitive to dairy? Broccoli is a great source of the calcium that teeth need to ward off decay. Offer fresh florets with a dip of your child’s choice.

  1. Veggie Sticks with Peanut Butter

Sweet sticky peanut butter won’t stay on little teeth for too long when it’s paired with fresh veggies like celery and carrots. These foods have lots of water and fiber to naturally cleanse teeth of food sugars and plaque bacteria.

  1. Eggs, Any Way Your Kids Like!

Eggs aren’t just for breakfast! They’re a rich source of protein and a quick and sugar-free snack option.

  1. Rice Cakes with Cream Cheese

Rice cakes are usually made with high-fiber brown rice. It’s less likely to stick to teeth and fuel cavity-causing bacteria.

7 Whole Grain Tortilla Chips with Guacamole

Jazz up whole grain snacks with a zesty guacamole.

Ask your kid’s dentist for more smile-friendly food options.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Dec
30

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wear Your Dentures When You Sleep

Posted in Dentures

Despite your dentist’s reminders, you’re still tempted to keep your oral appliance in all night long.

Here are five reasons to not wear your denture while you sleep. These just might motivate you to heed your dentist’s instructions!

  1. Leaving Your Denture in Will Cause Bad Breath

Dentures trap odor-producing bacteria against your mouth at all times. Leaving them in all night long allows those smelly germs to multiply over the course of several hours. As a result, you’ll wake up with a terrible case of halitosis that’s hard to get rid of.

  1. You Could Develop a Yeast Infection

In addition to bacteria, fungus can also grow on a denture that’s left in overnight. Habitually leaving your denture in for long periods of time can cause an uncomfortable and stinky fungal infection on your gums.

  1. Your Gums Will Hurt

Your gums need a chance to relax and “breathe” free of your denture. If you leave your denture in overnight when your mouth dries out, it can pinch and chafe your gums the next day.

  1. Your Denture Can Lose Its Fit

Saliva production slows down at night and makes your oral tissues dry out. Dentures, too, can easily dry out when they aren’t kept sufficiently moist. Too many nights of sleeping with your denture in can cause irreversible damage by warping.

  1. Your Other Teeth Have an Increased Risk of Decay 

A reduced saliva flow at night coupled with the increased bacterial growth can put your remaining teeth at risk of enamel erosion and decay. Poor denture hygiene makes your other teeth more likely to develop cavities.

Get more denture care tips by talking with your dentist.

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

Dec
30

The Best Time to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Getting your wisdom teeth extracted probably isn’t your idea of a good time. Even so, you can at least make things go as smoothly as possible by having your third molars taken out at the perfect stage of development.

When is the best time to have one or more wisdom teeth extracted?

Your dentist or oral surgeon will help you find out by looking at a few factors.

The Best Age for Wisdom Tooth Removal

It’s usually best to take out third molars while you’re still young. The age of 16 or 17 is typically ideal. Teenagers tend to heal and recover faster from the procedure than adults do, but you can still benefit from a wisdom tooth surgery even if your teens and twenties are well behind you.

Extract Wisdom Teeth While They’re Still Developing

Wisdom teeth come out easier when their roots are still developing. The procedure will be more successful if you can catch the teeth before they become impacted.

Scheduling the Right Time for Wisdom Tooth Extraction

The next thing you’ll want to consider is the best time in your schedule to have oral surgery. Taking out multiple wisdom teeth can leave you with some lingering discomfort. Your face may swell or even have some bruising. Speaking and eating normally are out of the question for a few days. You’ll also need lots of rest to ensure successful healing.

With this in mind, you should plan your wisdom teeth removal for a time when you can take a week or so off from school or work to recover.

Are you ready to have your wisdom teeth taken out? Find out by scheduling a dental consultation today.

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

Dec
30

Can You Change the Color of Your Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

You’re grateful that your dental cap is a sturdy, comfortable, and durable restoration. Recently, however, a problem arose when you suddenly realized that your crown no longer matches the color of the rest of your teeth.

How can you change the color of your cap?

Teeth Whitening and Dental Crowns

Dental crowns remain the color that they were created with right from the start. Initially, your dentist will have the crown match the color of your natural tooth enamel to help it blend in with your smile.

As time goes by, however, you may notice that the natural teeth surrounding your crown have gotten darker which makes your crown stand out. In this case, you can try to bleach those natural teeth that have accumulated stains.

But what if your crown looks darker than the rest of your teeth after they’ve been whitened?

Unfortunately, dental crowns don’t change in hue no matter how much you bleach them. They are made of materials that don’t respond to teeth whitening chemicals the way tooth enamel does.

The only thing you can do in this case is replace your current crown with a new one that’s colored to match your smile.

Before Your Next Dental Crown

The very best option is to whiten your teeth right before you have your crown designed. Make your teeth as bright as they can be and then color your crown to match. Even if your teeth get darker over time, you can always bleach them back to ensure they match the crown.

Get answers to all of your cosmetic concerns about dental crowns by contacting a restorative dentist in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Dental Professionals
550 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 514-5055

Dec
28

What Can You Eat with Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

You can eat anything you want once you have dental implants. There are virtually no limitations. Anything you enjoyed eating with your natural teeth you can continue to chew with implants.

Here’s what you need to know about how implants will affect your daily diet.

Early Diet Considerations for Dental Implants

Right from Day One when you get your implant you can continue to eat the same foods you’re used to eating. If you have any swelling or discomfort from the procedure, then you may prefer to stick to soft foods for a day or so. But the implant procedure is usually too minimal to cause trouble.

You will want to avoid chewing with your implant for the first few months after the procedure. Whether your implant has a crown or not, you shouldn’t bite down directly on it until the implant has “integrated.” Implants need a few months to heal and bind with the bone in your jaw. Eating with the implant too early can dislodge it and ruin the progress you’ve made.

If you have natural teeth on the opposite side of your mouth from the implant, you can continue eating all of your favorite foods by chewing on that side as your mouth heals.

Don’t Chew on Things Natural Teeth Can’t Handle 

Dental implants can be stronger than natural teeth. However, this doesn’t mean you can use them for extreme activities. For example, chewing on ice cubes, tearing open packages, or popping off bottle tops are all things that can damage natural teeth and dental implants alike. Use your dental implant for chewing normal foods as you would use your other teeth.

Talk with an implant dentist near you to learn more about dental implant care.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

Dec
28

How to Have a Pain-Free Root Canal

Posted in Root Canals

A root canal may be the only way to save your tooth, but you’re worried that it will hurt. How can you make your next necessary root canal as comfortable as possible? The following tips may help.

Remember That Root Canals Fix Pain, Not Cause It

The root canal itself isn’t what hurts. Damage or the threat of damage to your tooth nerve is what causes the problem. A deep tooth fracture or abscess can put your tooth through excruciating pain. A root canal procedure relieves the source of discomfort by removing the nerve of the tooth.

Ask for Dental Sedation

The dentist will do his or her best to ensure that your tooth and surrounding gum tissue is nice and numb before beginning the root canal.

You can also request mild sedation to help you relax. If you’re sufficiently relaxed for the procedure, then you’ll be able to stay comfortable and calm. You might even feel like you napped your way through a painless root canal!

Follow Your Dentist’s Instructions

Your root canal dentist will likely have specific instructions for you to follow both before and after the procedure. These instructions will ensure that the anesthesia and sedation work and that you have as little postoperative discomfort as possible.

Don’t Reschedule the Appointment!

Once your doctor recommends a root canal, you’d better not postpone it. The problem will only get worse until your tooth starts to hurt, and that discomfort can make the treatment harder to tolerate.

Get your tooth treated as soon as possible to improve your chances of having a quick and comfortable root canal.

Ask your dentist for more information on endodontic therapy.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Dec
28

Should You Get Dental Veneers? 4 Signs They’re Right for Your Smile

Dental veneers are the instant way to get a gorgeous smile. These thin restorations can have a huge impact on the way you look and feel. But they also represent a major commitment.

What’s the right cosmetic solution for your smile? Here’s how you’ll know that you’re ready for dental veneers:

  1. You Already Take Good Care of Your Teeth

Dental veneers can last a long time if you take good care of them. Neglecting veneers can lead to decay settling in and loosening the restorations. If you already have a good habit of brushing and flossing, then you’re likely prepared to care for veneers.

  1. Your Teeth Don’t Have Much Damage

Veneers improve the appearance of teeth, but they don’t provide any structural support. If your teeth have large fractures or decay, then they may need more than veneers.

As long as you have strong healthy teeth, however, they may be good candidates for this cosmetic treatment.

  1. You Want a Permanent Cosmetic Solution

Some cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth bleaching and dental bonding can fade away with time and need to be touched up. As long as you take good care of your veneers, however, they could potentially last you a decade or even more.

  1. Teeth Bleaching Doesn’t Work for You

Have you tried time and again to get a whiter smile? If your teeth won’t get any whiter no matter what you try, then veneers could be the perfect solution for you. Veneers can completely hide front teeth that are covered with stubborn stains.

To find out if you need veneers and the number of restorations necessary, schedule a smile consultation with a cosmetic dentist in your area.

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

Dec
28

How Often Should You Be Seeing Your Dentist?

There’s no question that you should visit your dentist if you come down with a toothache. But how frequently you should schedule routine dental checkups?

Depending on your oral health needs, it could be more often than you think.

Dental Visits for Healthy Patients

For most people with healthy teeth and gums, most only need one dental visit every six months. Two dental cleanings and exams a year with the occasional set of x-rays are usually sufficient.

Scheduling Appointments When You Have Gum Health Problems

What if you’ve had treatment for periodontal disease? Gum treatment needs to be followed up with a maintenance schedule to preserve the progress made. You might need to see the dentist once every four or even every three months to keep your gums healthy.

A Couple Extra Dental Cleanings per Year

Do your teeth quickly accumulate a lot of stain or tartar buildup? An extra dental cleaning between routine visits may help out. The appointment won’t include a dental exam or x-rays unless you have a concern.

Pregnant women are one such group that’s at high risk for gingivitis. If you’re expecting, then scheduling an extra cleaning appointment during your pregnancy can reduce gum inflammation and promote healthy development for your baby!

Routine Dental Checkups During Orthodontic Treatment

If you or someone in your family has braces, then frequent dental checkups may be necessary. Braces make it difficult to clean teeth, both professionally and at home. They also increase the risk of developing cavities. By planning an extra checkup or two each year, you can stay ahead of the decay risk.

Call your dentist to find out what kind of appointment schedule he or she recommends for you personally.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

Dec
28

How Long Will You Be Without Teeth When You Get Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Are you worried about what you’ll do in the meantime with no teeth while you wait for your denture? How will you eat or talk to people?

Healing After Tooth Extraction

Your mouth needs time to heal after teeth have been pulled; and your gums may be quite swollen. A normal denture won’t comfortably fit over swollen gums. The shape of your mouth continues to change throughout the healing process, so it can be several months before your gums are ready for a permanent denture fit.

This doesn’t mean to have to go without teeth for months after extracting them, though.

What Are Your Options After Tooth Extraction?

You’ll be given a temporary denture to wear that’s designed to fit over swollen gums on the day of your extractions. This interim denture will control the swelling and keep you smiling while you wait until your mouth is ready for a permanent prosthesis.

If you’d prefer not to wear a temporary denture, then your dentist can outfit you with an immediate one. This will be the denture you wear from now on. It will be large enough to fit over swollen gums during healing, but it will have to be adjusted later on to fit your mouth as it changes shape.

If you’re in good health with an appropriate quality of bone tissue in your jaw, then you might qualify for implant dentures on the same day your teeth are extracted.

Whether you opt for same-day implants, a temporary denture, or an immediate one, rest assured that your dentist will have a solution so that you won’t go without teeth for long! Contact a denture provider near you to learn about your options.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

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