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Asnwering Some Pediatric Dental Questions You May Have

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Asnwering Some Pediatric Dental Questions You May Have

Making sure that you are meeting all of your child’s healthcare needs can be one of the more challenging and important aspects of being a parent. However, it can be easy for you to overlook some aspects concerning your children’s dental health. To help you be a better-informed parent, you should make it a point to understand the answers to the following basic pediatric dental questions. What Are The Reasons You Would Want Your Child’s Teeth Sealed? Having your child’s teeth sealed can be a great option for reducing the risk of them developing a cavity. The sealant will essentially form a protective layer over the teeth that will inhibit the ability of bacteria to cause decay to develop. While dental sealants can be extremely effective at preventing cavities from forming, you should be aware that these sealants will not be applied to all of the teeth. Typically, these sealants will only be applied to the teeth in the back of the mouth. This is because these teeth are typically more responsible for chewing, which can place them at a higher risk of suffering this damage. Additionally, these teeth have more grooves in them that can trap bacteria. How Can You Tell If Your Child Will Require Orthodontic Treatments? Misaligned teeth can devastate your child’s smile. However, many parents may assume that they will be able to easily see when their child’s teeth need orthodontic treatment. While it is true that severe misalignments will be easy to see, there are some dental problems that may develop extremely gradually. As a result, you may have difficulty noticing these issues. For this reason, you should have your child’s teeth inspected by your dentist to determine whether or not braces are a treatment that would benefit your child’s smile. In many instances, treating these problems before they have become serious can dramatically reduce the expense and time required to correct these issues. Making sure that your child’s teeth are well-maintained is one of your parental responsibilities, but it can be difficult for new parents to be informed about the various aspects of pediatric dental healthcare. Appreciating the benefits of having your child’s teeth sealed as well as the need  to have your child’s dentist regularly inspect the teeth for signs of alignment or other developmental issues will allow you to make the best choices possible when it concerns the welfare of your child’s mouth. For more information, contact a dentist who specializes in children’s...

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How To Properly Care For Your Dentures: Five Helpful Hints

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Properly Care For Your Dentures: Five Helpful Hints

Your dentures give you the new smile you want while helping you to get through daily life. Protecting this investment in your smile means knowing how to clean and care for your dentures. Use this guide to keep your dentures looking their best for years to come. Rinse After Eating Food can become stuck between the dentures and your gums. To avoid food particles from irritating your gums and damaging your dentures, remove them after each meal. Rinse them in a bowl of lukewarm water and place them on a towel to dry. You can also use this opportunity to brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush before putting them back in. Clean Your Mouth While you don’t have to brush your dentures while they are in your mouth, you will still need to use a toothbrush to clean your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth. This will keep your mouth free from food particles and possibly even bacteria. If your gums are too sensitive for a toothbrush, you can use soft, sterile gauze instead. Visit The Dentist Having dentures does not mean you no longer have to visit the dentist. Over time, your mouth can change. This can also change the way your dentures fit in your mouth. Your dentist can perform adjustments and repairs to keep your dentures fitting properly, which can prevent pain and discomfort. Your dentist will also provide professional cleanings to keep your dentures looking great. Keep Your Dentures Moist Dentures need to be soaked overnight to maintain their shape. Be sure to take your dentures out before you go to sleep, and soak them in a manufacturer-approved soaking solution. When you put them back in every morning, rinse the dentures thoroughly to remove the cleaning solution before putting your dentures in your mouth. Avoid Abrasive Cleaners While some dental products are good for natural teeth, they may not be approved for use with your dentures. Abrasive toothpastes, such as those with whitening properties, can damage your dentures. Stiff toothbrushes can have the same effect. Don’t attempt to bleach your dentures to whiten them, as this may cause them to become discolored. Talk to your dentist and check out to learn about how to care for your dentures, and be sure to ask him or her to perform any repairs if your dentures become broken or begin to fit improperly. With the right care and the help of your dentist, your dentures can stay strong and beautiful for years to...

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How High Can They Go? The Top Three Best Remedies For Healing Your Receding Gums

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How High Can They Go? The Top Three Best Remedies For Healing Your Receding Gums

A receding gum line could be an indicator that you have gum disease. There are, however, other factors that can cause receding gum lines like brushing your teeth too hard or too excessively, genes and even hormonal changes. Receding gum lines is a loss of tissue in your gums and will cause your gums to shrink, exposing larger parts of your teeth. This is a death sentence for your teeth. In fact, there are several things you can do from home to help restore the gum tissue and improve the overall health of your mouth. Oil Pulling It’s called oil pulling because it does just that; it pulls the plaque and tarter buildup from your teeth out. The best oil to use when attempting this technique is coconut oil or sesame oil. Coconut oil is full of natural antimicrobial agents and will remove infection from your gums while restoring the tissue, building stronger and healthier gums and teeth. It is also a natural anti-bacterial. Sesame oil is also known for curing dental disease. This oil is an anti-inflammatory, so it will remove the bacteria from your gums while reducing the swelling and redness that is associated with receding gums. Sesame oil will also add a protective layer over your gums so that they are further protected from plaque and tartar buildup. After you have done your regular brushing, place two teaspoons of the oil in your mouth. Massage the oil into your gums until it turns into an oil. Once it turns into an oil, swish it around in your mouth for three minutes before spitting out. Clove Oil One of the best natural remedies for just about anything dental is clove oil. Clove oil can be used for anything from a toothache to restoring receding gum lines. This oil is also an anti-bacterial and will remove the germs that buildup in your mouth throughout the day. If you gums are sore from the recession, the clove oil will work as a numbing agent to give your some relief from the pain. Massage two to three drops of clove oil into your gums for three minutes and the rinse your mouth with your usual mouthwash. This method is safe enough to do two to four times a day. Lemon Oil Like the oils listed before, lemon oil is also a natural anti-bacterial. It also helps to stimulate the regrowth of good gum tissue. Lemon oil can damage the enamel of your teeth if not used in moderation, so be sure you only use once a week and that you dilute. Diluting it in olive oil is prime because olive oil is full of eugenol, so it will help repair your gums and protect your teeth from further damage. Mix one-fourth cup of olive oil with three tablespoons of lemon juice. Once the two ingredients are evenly mixed together, massage the solution into your gums, paying special attention to your gum line. When you are finished, rinse out your mouth with warm water. This will help remove the acid from your teeth. Being told that your gums are receding may feel like the end of the world, but it’s not. There are several steps you can take on your own to ensure you reserve recession and promote healthy gum tissue...

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What Parents Should Know About Fluoride

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Parents Should Know About Fluoride

You’ve probably heard of fluoride. It can be found in toothpastes and mouthwashes, it’s very likely added to your community water supply, and your dentist may even recommend fluoride treatments for your child. Chances are that you’ve also seen the arguments against using fluoride that pop up on your social media sites. It’s understandable that you might be concerned about such a hotly debated issue. After all, you want to make the healthiest possible decisions for your child and their teeth. Take a look at what you need to know about fluoride. What Is Fluoride? While some arguments against fluoride refer to it as a medication, it is not. Fluoride is a mineral. It actually occurs naturally in water, though usually not at the levels necessary to protect teeth from cavities. Fluoride is helpful to dental health because it clings to your tooth enamel and acts as a barrier, preventing plaque and tartar from building up on the surface of the tooth. This makes teeth more resistant to decay. Why Is Fluoride Added to Water? You may wonder why fluoride is added to the water that everyone consumes, rather than just letting people who want or need it buy fluoride-containing products. The answer is that tooth decay is a public health concern. Studies show that every dollar spent on water fluoridations saves $38 dollars in dental treatments. Also, low-income children living in communities without fluoridated water are more likely to end up in the hospital for dental treatments. In fact, fluoridated water works so well to prevent cavities that some dentists attribute a rise in childhood cavities to the growing popularity of bottled water. Bottled water is typically not fluoridated, or contains fluoride in levels too low to be helpful. What About Fluoride Treatments? With fluoride already present in your drinking water and in many toothpastes and mouthwashes, why would your dentist recommend additional fluoride treatments? Not all children do need additional treatments. If your dentist recommends fluoride rinses, varnishes, or gels, it is usually because the child is at greater than average risk for cavities. So, if your child has a history of cavities or has deep pits and grooves in their teeth that can lead to cavities, your dentist may recommend in-office fluoride treatments to help increase their resistance to cavities. Also, if your community water is not fluoridated, or if you live in an area where the tap water is not safe to drink, then your child may need additional fluoride treatments. Does Fluoride Have Side Effects? Overexposure to fluoride can lead to dental fluorosis. This is a cosmetic side effect that’s usually characterized by white specks or streaks on the teeth. The condition is painless, however, in extreme cases it can cause brown stains and pitting in the enamel, which may require crowns, bonding, veneers, or some other cosmetic corrective treatment. It’s easy to avoid fluorosis, however, just by following your dentist’s recommendations. They’ll help you determine whether your child is getting an appropriate amount of fluoride and if not, how to adjust their fluoride intake. Your child’s pediatric dentist understands your child’s fluoride needs and will be happy to address any concerns you may have. Don’t cut out all fluoride or ramp up your child’s fluoride intake without consulting your child’s dentist first. To...

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Facts About Root Canal Procedures For Patients Allergic To Latex

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Facts About Root Canal Procedures For Patients Allergic To Latex

If you are preparing to have a root canal and you are allergic to latex, discussing your options for an alternative filling during the procedure is extremely important. The material used for fillings during a root canal procedure are made from a rubbery substance that has been found to cause allergic reactions in people with latex allergies. Learn more about gutta-percha and other latex dangers to watch for when you have a root canal. What Is Gutta-Percha? Gutta-percha is the substance used to fill the roots after infected tissue has been removed from them. The empty roots of a tooth are dried using paper cones, then filled up with gutta-percha. Gutta-percha is a purified substance made from a tree called the Mazer Wood. Gutta-percha is blended with zinc oxide and other chemicals that give it its rubbery texture. Gutta-percha is similar to latex in the ways it looks and feels. The compounds used to manufacture it do cause allergic reaction to people allergic to latex. Once the gutta-percha is placed in the emptied roots, it is sealed using eugenol and zinc oxide. Your dentist can recommend an alternative filling for your root canal. Remember Other Latex Materials Used During Your Root Canal Procedure Gutta-percha filling material is not the only latex material you should be concerned about before having your root canal done. The rubber dam used to protect your gums and other teeth from the heat used during a root canal is made out of latex as well. Your dentist can use dams made from other protective materials if you have an allergy to latex. Be sure to remind your dentist about using gloves that are latex-free. The Symptoms Of Latex Allergic Reaction After A Root Canal If you notice severe pain in your gums where your root canal was done, contacting your dentist right away is important. If you are experiencing an allergic reaction to gutta-percha filling, you may also have a runny nose and shortness of breath similar to those suffered during an asthma attack. If you have trouble breathing, you could be entering into anaphylaxis that causes dangerous swelling around the neck. Anaphylaxis can cause the trachea to constrict, blocking airflow. Visiting an emergency room if your face and neck begin to swell after a root canal is vital to avoid the sometimes deadly consequences of anaphylaxis brought about by an allergic reaction. In most cases, a root canal procedure is simple and poses no serious risks to patients. However, if you are allergic to latex, you need to consider all your options for avoiding an allergic reaction from root canal...

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How 2-Step Root Canals Are Better Than 1-Step Procedures

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How 2-Step Root Canals Are Better Than 1-Step Procedures

If you need a root canal, you are probably experiencing a lot of pain or sensitivity with this particular tooth. While getting a root canal to fix the tooth can be costly and uncomfortable, getting it done will actually relieve the pain and discomfort you are currently experiencing. Many dentists are now using a two-step process to complete root canals, and here are several reasons why these are better than one-step root canals. The Canals Are Treated To Kill Bacteria There are several key differences between a one-step root canal and a two-step root canal, and one of the main differences is that one-step root canals require only one appointment, whereas two-step procedures require two. Going for two appointments might not seem advantageous to you, but it actually offers a key benefit for a root canal. With the two-step process, the first appointment is dedicated to cleaning out the tooth canals, which are located near the roots of the tooth. After this is done, the dentist will apply medication to the canals. This is typically called calcium hydroxide, and it is designed to kill all the bacteria that might be located in these canals. The benefit of this is that it allows the canals to fully heal from any infection that might have been present before the dentist fills the canals when completing the root canal procedure. With a one-step procedure, dentists do not complete this step, which means there may still be some bacteria in the canals when they are filled. This can result in problems with the tooth at some point in the future. The Dentist Has A Second Chance To Make Sure The Job Is Complete The second reason getting a root canal completed in two steps is better is because it gives the dentist a second chance to ensure that the canals are all cleaned out. Root canals are not easy procedures to complete, because it can be hard to get inside small canals in a person’s mouth. Because of this, a dentist may inadvertently miss small particles of the pulp found in the canals. If this happens, you are likely to experience problems with this tooth and may need to have it retreated. When you have a root canal done in two steps, the dentist will take x-rays at both appointments to make sure the job is complete, and this is especially important at the second appointment. When you arrive for the second appointment, the procedure will begin with x-rays. The dentist will closely examine them and will only proceed with filling the canals if they are completely clean. Getting a root canal is often the only way to save a tooth and stop pain you are experiencing. If you would like to learn more about this procedure, contact a dentist such as Samuel D Knight,...

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Three Answers to Common Dental Care Questions

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Answers to Common Dental Care Questions

Developing a cavity in your tooth can lead to a number of potentially serious problems. As a result, individuals with cavities will likely need to receiving a filling at some point. If you are one of those people, you may not be as informed about the filling procedure as you might wish. Learning the answers to the following few questions about fillings will help you to have a better idea of what you should expect from getting your first cavity filled. 1. What Should You Expect When Receiving a Filling? Having a cavity filled is one of the more routine restorative procedures that a dental patient may need. Fortunately, having cavities filled is not a particularly painful procedure. Typically, the patient’s tooth numbed before the dentist gently drills away the decayed portions of the tooth. When this step is completed, a filling material will be placed in the damaged area to restore the shape of the tooth and prevent decay from returning. 2. Is Tooth Whitening Safe for Your Filling? The whiteness of your teeth is one of the most important qualities that others will observe when you smile. However, there are a number of substances that can cause severe staining of the teeth. When this occurs, your smile may appear dull or yellow. Fortunately, it is possible to have your teeth professionally whitened, and these whitening solutions will not damage your new filling. While some individuals may be concerned about the safety of this procedure, professional tooth whitening is a very safe procedure for both your filling and the natural portion of your teeth. During this procedure, the dental technician will apply a powerful bleaching agent to the teeth for long enough to remove stains from the teeth, but they will remove it before it can weaken the protective enamel or any fillings you have. 3. Are There Treatment Options Available For Those with Dental Anxiety? Some patients experience intense and debilitating anxiety when they are at a dentist’s office. As a result, these patients may avoid receiving care, which can lead to a number of serious dental problems. If this is something you struggle with, you should realize that sedation dentistry can be an excellent option for you. When you are sedated for a filling procedure, you will be less aware of your surroundings, which can inhibit the feelings of anxiety that you may experience. Depending on the severity of the anxiety, it may be necessary for you to be fully sedated during a filling, and it will all be over before you know it. For further information, speak with a dentist from an office like Stones River...

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Understanding Dental Veneers

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding Dental Veneers

If you are considering porcelain veneers, you may desire to achieve the same results that you’ve seen on other people’s teeth. With veneers, achieving perfect-looking teeth is usually possible. However, even though you are considering porcelain veneers, you may not know much about their cosmetic application. Here are a few details about veneers to help you better understand them: What is a porcelain dental veneer? A porcelain veneer is a thin shell that is made of dental ceramic. It is bonded to the front of a tooth to alter the shape or color of a tooth. What types of dental problems can veneers be used to address? Veneers can be used to conceal a number of cosmetic dental flaws, such as the following: Dental chips Teeth with stains or other types of dental discoloration Teeth that have an irregular or unusual shape Large interdental gaps Misalignments Is the placement of veneers painful? The installation of a porcelain veneer is not generally uncomfortable. In fact, no anesthesia is usually required to bond the veneers to the teeth. However, local anesthesia may be used during the preparation of the teeth for the placement of the veneers. Do veneers achieve the same results as dental bonding? Dental bonding may involve the placement of a composite bonding material over the blemished area of a tooth to correct its appearance. Veneers do provide similar corrections to dental bonding, but porcelain veneers tend to last longer and don’t tend to stain as easily dental bonding material. How many dental appointments are needed for the placement of a veneer? For many dental patients, the placement of veneers requires about three dental visits. During the first visit, the patient’s teeth are assessed, and a plan of treatment is determined. The second dental visit involves the preparation of the teeth. This preparation usually includes the teeth being lightly debrided or resurfaced so that the addition of the veneer does not alter the thickness of the tooth. Only a very small amount of the tooth enamel is removed because the veneer is so thin. During the same tooth preparation appointment, an impression of the patient’s teeth may be obtained. This impression is used as a guide for the dental laboratory that will construct the veneers. The final appointment involves the actual installation of the veneers. During this appointment, the appearance of the veneers on the teeth is reviewed, and any color adjustments are made. Once the look of veneers is satisfactory, the veneers are cemented to the teeth. To learn more about veneers and how they can be used to correct your dental imperfections, schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist in your area. Contact a business, such as Family Dental Center TriCities, PC for more information....

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3 Tips About Using Gold Inlays To Replace Silver Fillings

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips About Using Gold Inlays To Replace Silver Fillings

If a silver filling has served you well for many years and recently it cracked or otherwise became unusable, your dentist may suggest a gold inlay. Although inlays can be made of porcelain and ceramic materials, gold is known to offer several unique benefits. Therefore, the following information will be very helpful when considering what material you would prefer to use. #1-Inlays Provide A Conservative Dental Repair Option It is first important to understand that an inlay is also known as an indirect filling and is bonded inside  the tooth. It is different from the silver fillings that you are replacing because traditional fillings are created to the specifications of a damaged tooth in a lab and then molded into the appropriate place. As a result, they typically provide a more secure attachment and their use has helped many people avoid a more invasive dental crown.    #2-Gold Is A Good Choice Because They Last So Long It will be helpful to consider when you talk to your cosmetic dentist how often you would like to have the same procedure done in the future. It should be pointed out that gold is an expensive substance and therefore the cost of the work will be higher as well. However, as part of that, you should remember that many doctors will tell you that inlays are less likely to allow additional damage to the tooth and are easier to clean than fillings. Since gold is known to be resistant to damage as well, choosing gold inlays  is a good choice.    #3-Gold Is Easier To Polish  Having spent some time in the dentist;s chair now, it has probably only reminded you that although you trust your dental professional, you probably don’t want to accrue any additional work in the future. In that instance, gold is a good choice because it can be polished to such a shine. When a tooth with a gold inlay is cared for and properly polished properly as the cosmetic dentist recommends, it will be more resistant to plaque and you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile.    In conclusion, the use of gold inlays to replace silver fillings is a useful way to provide decades of use. Although gold inlays are often more expensive than their counterparts, their long-term value and use remains high. If you are ready for a dental replacement, it is  a good idea to ask a cosmetic dentist if they would be a good choice for your current dental situation....

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3 Parts Of The Body Affected By Poor Oral Health

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Parts Of The Body Affected By Poor Oral Health

Keeping your mouth and teeth healthy is more important than ever. That’s because dentists and other health professionals are increasingly coming to realize the strong link between oral health and the rest of the body. Unfortunately, many people have yet to catch up with these important areas of research. This article will help get you up to speed by uncovering the links between your oral health and three other parts of your body. Your Heart Poor oral hygiene practices can have a deleterious effect on the health of that all-important organ, your heart. At the root of the problem are gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Those who suffer from such ailments have been shown to carry a much higher risk of strokes and heart attacks. Doctors believe that this negative relationship has to do with the presence of certain bacteria. Those suffering from gum diseases tend to have much higher levels of these bacteria in their blood streams. This is believed to accelerate the development of atherosclerosis, or plaque that builds up in the arteries. Atherosclerosis has been proven to have links to both heart attacks and strokes. Your Joints Gingivitis and periodontitis and may have a negative impact on more than just your heart. Recent research has been suggesting that such gum diseases may increase the chances of developing arthritis in your joints. Doctors uncovered this link through a study that correlated tooth loss to arthritis. It was found that the more teeth an individual had lost due to gum disease, the greater the risk of their developing rheumatoid arthritis. Receiving treatment for gum disease, therefore, could end up reducing your risk of developing arthritis down the line. Your Brain Alzheimer’s disease is a widespread disease among elderly Americans, affecting approximately 5.3 million individuals. Recent research has detected a strong link between oral health and forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s. It is believed that this is caused by porphyromonas gingivalis, a species of bacteria linked with poor oral health. A recent study among senior citizens sought to uncover the relationship between porhyromonas gingivalis and dementia. The results showed that those who brushed less than once a day were at a much greater risk of developing some form of dementia. Because those with more regular brushing habits were able to keep bacteria levels in the mouth lower, they stood a much lower chance of suffering from Alzheimer’s and other diseases of the brain. Contact a local dentist, like Pike Dentistry, for more...

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