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How to Get Relief from a Toothache Until You Can See a Dentist

Maybe you bit down on a hard nut in trail mix while camping and shattered a chipped tooth. Or perhaps you realized you had an abscess in the middle of the night. Whatever the case, you’re in pain and since toothaches tend to strike at inconvenient times, you fear you won’t be able get to […]

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Is a Dental Crown Right for Your Smile?

Damaged, decayed, and dull-looking teeth can be updated and reinforced with dental crowns. But a cap isn’t your only option. Before you decide to get a crown, you should know what it can do for your smile and what your other options are. Why Choose a Dental Crown Dental caps are great for: Strengthening teeth […]

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How to Make Your Dental Fillings Last

Despite some incredible advances in dentistry, there is not yet a single dental filling that’s expected to last forever. Metal fillings tend to last no longer than 15 years and composite restorations have even shorter lifespans. Even still, the way you take care of your dental fillings affects how long they last in your smile. […]

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Dental tips:

How to Get Relief from a Toothache Until You Can See a Dentist

Maybe you bit down on a hard nut in trail mix while camping and shattered a chipped tooth. Or perhaps you realized you had an abscess in the middle of the night.

Whatever the case, you’re in pain and since toothaches tend to strike at inconvenient times, you fear you won’t be able get to a dental office any time soon.

What can you do to get some fast relief? Here are a few tips to help.

Rinse with saltwater.

Swish your mouth with a small glass of warm water that has a teaspoon of salt dissolved in it. This will help reduce swelling, soothe your mouth, and cleanse your sore tooth of debris.

Make a cold compress.

You can never go wrong with a numbingly cold ice pack. Place a cold compress against the side of your face to dull the pain when you have nothing else on hand.

Use a topical anesthetic or clove oil.

Topical oral numbing gels are lifesavers in dental emergencies! They are especially good for soft tissue injuries such as when you accidentally bite your lip or tongue.

Take a painkiller.

Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen work well at dulling dental pain and inflammation to help you sleep through the night.

Try a temporary dental cement.

Temporary dental cements can be found in almost any drugstore, often coming in a kit with little tools to apply it. The cement can be used to patch up a hole left behind when a filling falls out or to reattach a loose dental crown until you can see a dentist.

You shouldn’t wait long to contact a dentist. At the earliest opportunity, call about an emergency visit to have your toothache treated.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverwood Dental
3350 Riverwood Pkwy #2120
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 955-2505

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Is a Dental Crown Right for Your Smile?

Damaged, decayed, and dull-looking teeth can be updated and reinforced with dental crowns. But a cap isn’t your only option. Before you decide to get a crown, you should know what it can do for your smile and what your other options are.

Why Choose a Dental Crown

Dental caps are great for:

  • Strengthening teeth with little remaining tooth structure
  • Protecting teeth weakened by enamel loss
  • Capping teeth with root canals
  • Covering teeth made sensitive by large fillings
  • Preventing tooth damage from teeth grinding
  • Anchoring a dental bridge
  • Finishing off a dental implant

There may be other situations in which your dentist feels your tooth needs a crown. In general, dental caps bring the benefits of strength, protection, and beauty to a smile.

When You May Want to Pass on a Crown

There are, however, a couple of instances in which a full dental crown isn’t so ideal.

Perhaps one of your front teeth has a small chip in it. You could cap it with an entire crown. But for a more conservative look, you might opt for a cosmetic dental veneer. Front teeth don’t experience as much bite pressure as the back ones, so as long as a tooth is structurally-sound, you may not need a full dental cap.

Something similar is the case when it comes to molars. Back teeth with minimal damage may not need to be completely covered with a cap. Instead, they may qualify for a restoration called an inlay or onlay. This works like a combination crown and filling.

The best way to find out which kind of restoration your tooth needs is to see your local dentist for an examination.

Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57
th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
(646) 504-4377

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How to Make Your Dental Fillings Last

Despite some incredible advances in dentistry, there is not yet a single dental filling that’s expected to last forever.

Metal fillings tend to last no longer than 15 years and composite restorations have even shorter lifespans.

Even still, the way you take care of your dental fillings affects how long they last in your smile.

Try these tips for getting the most out of your new dental work:

Mouth Guards

A habit of grinding or clenching your teeth at night can loosen fillings or break down the tooth around them. It’s worth investing in a special night guard to provide space to keep your teeth slightly separated while you sleep.

Play sports? You may consider getting an athletic mouth guard. This will cushion the blow if your jaw is shoved back (reducing the risk of concussion,) and protect your teeth from fracturing.

Fluoride

The edges of dental fillings are very susceptible to decay. Those margins can be opened up by cavity-causing bacteria. As a cavity progress under the filling, it can loosen up and fall out.

Strengthen the enamel around your fillings by getting plenty of fluoride through dentist-recommended products.

Good Oral Hygiene

Just because your tooth is filled doesn’t make it invincible! You still need to diligently brush and floss restored teeth every single day. Proper oral hygiene reduces the amount of plaque bacteria that collects around dental fillings.

Regular Dental Checkups

Visit your dentist regularly to check for signs of a weak restorations. The sooner you catch them, the sooner you can treat the tooth and avoid the nasty surprise of needing a root canal or extraction.

Call your local dentist today to plan your next checkup.

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

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How Veneers Change Your Smile for the Better

Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that fit over your teeth like gloves. Each veneer is custom-fitted to replace the outer layer of enamel on a tooth. They’re a cosmetic treatment, rather than a restorative one.

How much of a difference can veneers make in your smile?

Close up gaps.

You know that embarrassing empty space between your two front teeth? A veneer on both of them can fill in the gap and make it look like you got braces overnight. Say goodbye to that child-like gap-tooth grin!

Whiten teeth…permanently!

You could spend countless months trying to whiten teeth with store bought kits that just don’t work. If you’re disappointed with your teeth bleaching efforts to date, then try masking the stain by covering it completely with a row of brilliant white porcelain veneers.

Smooth out chips.

As long as your tooth isn’t fractured too badly, a veneer could be just the thing to smooth off the edge. Chipped teeth can make you look unkempt and create an impression of something that you’re not. Veneers are the perfect way to get that instant “glow up” for a more professional image.

Even out tooth size.

You can finally make that one tiny tooth match all the rest by masking it with a dental veneer.

Veneers can get you an overall smile that looks healthier, younger, and more attractive. They’re permanent, too, often lasting ten to twenty years.

Your smile is that one accessory you always have with you, so why not keep it looking the best it can?

Discover confidence you didn’t know you had by showing off a smile polished and perfected with dental veneers! Contact a cosmetic dentist near you to find out more.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

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How Gum Disease Affects Your Health

Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is serious business since that affects far more than just your gums.

Some of the direct consequences of this oral infection include:

  • Bleeding, sensitive gums
  • Gum recession
  • Bad breath
  • Loose and missing teeth

But there are other reasons you should be concerned with preventing periodontitis.

Increased Risk for Disease and Infection

Although research hasn’t yet identified a direct cause-and-effect relationship between gum health and overall health, the link is strong. Those with periodontitis are statistically at higher risk for complications such as:

  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes

Connections Between Periodontitis and the Body

There are a couple of theories as to why the rest of the body suffers from gum disease. One is that the bacteria involved in causing the infection spread to other areas, such as the heart. The other theory is that chemicals produced to fight the infection cause inflammation in arteries, joints, and so on.

Reduce Your Risk for Gum Disease

Preventing periodontitis isn’t something only dentists need to worry about. With nearly 80% of adults in the United States suffering from gum disease to some degree, everyone needs to be concerned.

You can reduce your chances of developing gum infections by brushing and flossing every day to reduces bacterial buildup. Cut down or cut out your smoking habit, since tobacco stops your gums’ natural healing process.

Equally as important is visiting a dentist regularly for gum health checkups and inquiring about periodontal treatments if necessary. Dental professionals can identify and explain signs that your gums are inflamed and infected with bacteria, as opposed to something else.

Stay on top of your gum and overall health by contacting your dentist to schedule an examination.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

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How Does Flossing Prevent Gum Disease?

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is caused by bacteria that trigger gum inflammation and breakdown. If periodontitis isn’t prevented or treated, it can cause teeth to fall out.

So what role does flossing play in preventing gum inflammation and tooth loss?

Oral Hygiene and Gum Disease

Since periodontitis starts with a bacterial infection, the first line of defense should be preventing the bad germs from setting up camp.

Good oral hygiene is all about slowing and preventing bacterial growth in the mouth. Tooth brushing is an important way to remove the bacterial film called plaque from the gum line and other surfaces of the teeth.

But flossing is how you reach the spots between teeth that toothbrush bristles can’t access. Dental floss disrupts bacterial growth which would otherwise start irritating the gums.

Since the germs multiply on a daily basis, you need to floss on a daily basis to keep up. That’s why dentists stress regular flossing.

Other Factors Besides Oral Hygiene

Periodontitis is a complex disease that scientists are still working to explain. But there are several factors found to affect a person’s risk for gum disease.

  • Smoking
  • Age
  • Diet
  • Medication
  • Immune health
  • Underlying medical conditions

Work with your dentist to figure out if there’s anything you can do to change factors that may be putting you at risk for gum disease.

But one thing all gum health professionals agree helps lower the risk for periodontitis is flossing.

Flossing is the one thing you can do to limit plaque growth and gum inflammation, definitely lowering your chances for getting gum disease.

Schedule a gum health evaluation at your local dental office to find out other ways to prevent unwanted tooth loss.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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Four Things You Can Do If Your Dentures Won’t Stay in Place

Loose, unpredictable dentures can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Try these steps if your denture isn’t fitting properly.

1. Bite and swallow.

If you’re new to wearing a denture, then you may still need some practice getting it to feel right. One trick is to place your denture, bite your teeth together firmly, close your lips, and swallow. What this does is create a vacuum in your mouth that should help your appliance seal to the roof of your mouth.

2. Use a denture adhesive.

A denture cream or paste is often the first line of defense against slippery dentures. Keep in mind, though, that a dab will do you. Denture adhesives are designed to work on the “less is more” principle. You only need a little bit to secure your appliance and if you have to use more to make your teeth stay put, then it’s time to move on to Step 3.

3. Get your denture adjusted, or relined.

A poorly-fitting denture won’t stay put no matter what you try. It could be time to visit your dentist to have it refitted to the shape of your gums. This is especially critical if your loose denture is chafing and causing sores on your mouth.

4. Try implants.

When all else fails and you’re sick of having to deal with a denture that constantly needs adjustment, you might want to start considering implants. Dental implants rest inside the jawbone and provide supports for a denture so that the appliance doesn’t have to rest directly on your gums. The result is a stronger and more secure bite.

Contact your dentist for more advice if your sliding dentures have you at your wits’ end!

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

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Fight Tooth Stain at Home with 6 Simple Tricks

Looking for a natural way to get whiter teeth?

Try some of these easy at-home tricks to lift stain from your enamel.

Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil

Oil-pulling doesn’t pull the color right out of teeth. But some people say that it helps reduce staining plaque when used along with brushing and flossing.

Strawberries and Baking Soda

Baking soda is a common abrasive ingredient used in whitening toothpastes. You can use it alone with water, or try the celebrity hack of mixing it with mashed strawberries for more kick (not scientifically-proven). Scrub the mixture onto your teeth then rinse well with water and follow up with a fluoride toothpaste.

CAUTION: Baking soda can wear down enamel if used too much and can also irritate gums. Strawberries may be a natural food item, but they do contain acids and sugars which can eat away enamel and trigger cavities. Don’t try this more than once or twice!

Eat Lots of Fiber

Fresh fruits and veggies are one of the best ways to wick away staining plaque while you eat. Make your carb intake based on whole grains, as well.

Got Calcium?

Calcium is key to keeping enamel strong. Without it, tooth enamel becomes porous and prone to absorbing stain. Get your calcium from dairy products or calcium-rich produce like broccoli.

Switch to Water

Never underestimate how much good water does! It naturally rinses away pigments from foods you eat throughout the day.

See Your Dentist

At the end of the day, the only way to truly whiten teeth is with the trained help of a dental expert. Your dentist can help you identify a safe and conservative way to get a brighter smile while keeping your teeth healthy and strong.

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

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Does Sugar Really Give You Cavities?

You might be surprised to learn the truth about this long-held dental belief.

Sugar is harmful to teeth and is connected to the cavity-making process. But it’s not as directly related as you previously thought.

How Sugar Harms Your Teeth

Sugar fuels a certain bacteria in your mouth that thrives on carbs. This species, S. mutans, produces an acidic waste product after consuming sugar. This acid is what creates cavities.

As the germs continue feeding on sugar, they wear away tooth enamel and move into the hole. Over time, these patches of bacteria and decaying structures can reach the nerve of the tooth where it causes an abscess.

Sugar is also to blame because sweet drinks, desserts, and candies also tend to contain acids. Acidic foods like vinegar and fruit juice are notorious for wearing down and weakening enamel. After regular exposure to acids, teeth become more susceptible to decay.

Avoiding Sugar

It’s now up to you to lower your risk for cavities by limiting simple carbohydrates in your diet.

You might choose to cut out some items altogether, such as soda. However, you can still enjoy sweet things from time to time. The trick is to limit the amount of time they’re on your teeth and fueling the bacteria.

Have a sweet drink with your meal rather than sip on it afterwards. Avoid snacking. Switch processed snacks for healthy foods like nuts, fresh fruit and vegetables, sliced cheese, and whole grain crackers. These foods are less likely to lead to feed bacteria.

Above all, maintain a regular routine of brushing, flossing, and fluoride use to prevent cavities. Also don’t forget your routine check ups twice a year. Ask your dentist about other ways to reduce your tooth decay risk.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

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Dentists Recommend Sealing Adult Teeth ASAP

The American Dental Association states that sealing adult teeth as soon as they emerge in kids’ smiles will help keep them “cavity free from the start.”

If you haven’t already, you’ll likely hear your local dentist or dental hygienist recommending dental sealants for your kids during their next checkup.

What Are Sealants?

A dental sealant is a tiny layer of white plastic-like material that bonds with the chewing surface of a back tooth (molar.) It takes less than a couple of minutes to seal a tooth and it requires no drilling or anesthesia.

Sealing a tooth fills in deep grooves on the chewing surface. These areas can be too deep for a toothbrush to reach. If toothbrush bristles can’t clean out those fissures, then they become prime hideouts for cavity-causing bacteria and acids.

Benefits of Sealing Teeth

  • Prevent decay early on
  • Make tooth brushing more effective
  • Avoid staining in deep pits and fissures
  • Reduce plaque buildup
  • Save money on dental treatment

Why Seal Early?

Baby teeth don’t necessarily need sealants. They can be kept clean enough with proper brushing, thanks to their anatomy. But new adult teeth are at a higher risk.

Kids tend to have a hard time brushing their teeth thoroughly twice a day. Sealants give them a bit of an advantage by lowering a tooth’s cavity risk even if the brushing routine is spotty.

Your child will have their adult teeth for the rest of their life. As much as possible, you want to spare them the expense and discomfort of having to treat tooth decay later on. Sealants are a great way to help your child enjoy a healthy smile for years.

Ask your dentist whether your child is ready to have his or her back teeth treated with protective sealants.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

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