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Chip Your Tooth When You Were Eating? Know What You Should Do

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Chip Your Tooth When You Were Eating? Know What You Should Do

Chipping a tooth often happens with no warning. You’re eating food, when all of the sudden you feel a crunch and then a crack, and you realize that you have chipped your tooth. A chipped tooth can happen at any time and to anybody, no matter how young or old you are. It doesn’t just happen when playing a sport or biting on pen caps, but often happens when eating food. In some instances, a chipped tooth can even cause you to experience a lot of pain. What do you do about it when it happens? Keep reading to find out. What You Should Do Immediately After Chipping a Tooth Once you realized you chipped the tooth, take some steps to prevent more damage from happening. Start by rinsing out your mouth using water, which will help clean out any food from the area. If there is bleeding, apply some pressure to the area. You can bite down on some gauze to sop up the blood. Get in touch with your dentist and try to schedule an appointment. Depending on the tooth that was chipped and whether you are experiencing any pain, they may recommend for you to go to an emergency dentist and have the situation taken care of immediately. Your local pharmacy should sell dental cement, which will help with sensitivity issues before your appointment. Until then, be cautious when eating anything so that you do not make the tooth even worse. How the Tooth Is Repaired Depending on the severity and location of the chipped tooth, there are several options to fix it. Small chips located in the rear of your mouth could be sanded, polished, and then coated using a sealant. This will prevent decay in places where the tooth enamel is thin. This is not an option if you no longer have any enamel though. For serious chips where you have no enamel, the situation will most likely require a crown or a filling. Dental bonding may be an option if a portion of your tooth broke off and the root isn’t exposed, but be aware that a root canal may be necessary for a very large crack. Save the Tooth, If Possible If you can actually recover the part of your tooth that broke off, you should save it. Keep the tooth moist by putting it in a glass of milk. The dentist may be able to bond the broken piece back to your tooth, but if that’s not possible, all you will have wasted is a little bit of milk. For more info about fixing a chipped tooth, speak to your dentist. If you don’t currently have a dentist, you can find one by visiting sites...

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Effects Of Bulimia On Your Oral Health

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Effects Of Bulimia On Your Oral Health

If you struggle with bulimia, getting professional treatment is the best option you have for overcoming this common eating disorder. Not only can bulimia lead to major health problems, but you should also be aware of the risks this condition places on your teeth. If you are currently struggling with bulimia or if you recently sought help for it, you should realize that this condition may have negatively affected your teeth. Acid attacks enamel The main problem you should know about is the effects stomach acid has on the enamel on your teeth. Each time you vomit, you are not only throwing up food that is in your stomach, but you are also throwing up acids found in your digestive tract. These acids will come in contact with your teeth each time this happens, and acids are very destructive for the enamel on your teeth. Acid eats away at the enamel, and the enamel on your teeth is what protects them. When the enamel wears away, your teeth are left unprotected, which allows cavities to begin forming. This can lead to tooth sensitivity As your enamel begins wearing away, your teeth are likely to become extremely sensitive. This is very normal when teeth do not have enough enamel on them, and this sensitivity can make it hard to eat cold foods. You may experience dry mouth Another effect bulimia can have on your mouth is dryness. When you vomit, you can dehydrate your body, and this stops the saliva glands from producing saliva. With dry mouth, you may experience trouble talking and eating. You may also suffer from bad breath. In addition, dry mouth can contribute to further decay on your teeth. You could develop even worse problems When all these effects begin occurring, they will not stop there. People with bulimia often end up developing gum disease, and they also experience problems with teeth cracking and chipping. The vitamins and minerals found in food make teeth strong. When your body is not receiving these vitamins, your teeth will suffer, and this will ultimately put you at risk for major oral issues. If you are currently struggling with bulimia or any other type of eating disorder, you should seek help from a professional. After that, you should seek help from a dentist so that you can find out what treatment options you will need to repair the damage that has been done to your teeth. Contact a dentist at a dental clinic such as Gentle Dental Family Care for more...

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Trouble Signs to Watch for When Your Child’s Adult Teeth Come in

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Trouble Signs to Watch for When Your Child’s Adult Teeth Come in

Losing a tooth is a rite of passage for many kids. When the baby teeth begin to loosen, it is usually best if parents sit back and allow the tooth to wiggle out on its own. In some cases, though, waiting may not be the best idea. If your child suffers from any of the following, and the baby tooth just isn’t coming out on its own, contact your dentist right away. Odd eruptions When the adult tooth burst through the gums, it’s called an eruption. In most cases eruption doesn’t occur until right before or after the baby tooth as come out. If everything is aligned properly, then eruption will also occur either directly beneath the baby tooth right behind or in front of it. An odd eruption is when the adult tooth comes in a fair distance behind or in front of the baby tooth, sometimes even resulting in no loose tooth and a double row of teeth. In other cases, the adult tooth may even begin coming in sideways. If this is occurring, contact the dentist. Infection An infection, either to the baby tooth itself or to the gums after the tooth falls out, is uncommon but not impossible. Signs of infection can include a dark-colored baby tooth or emerging tooth, red swollen gums around the tooth site, and extreme sensitivity and pain. This infection and any abscess around the erupting tooth must be treated immediately so it doesn’t spread. In many cases your child will need to undergo an antibiotic course to fully eradicate the infection. Broken roots In some cases the baby tooth breaks off instead of wiggling free. This can happen due to weakness in the tooth or because of trauma. When this happens the main part of the crown may come out while most of the roots remain. If the erupting adult tooth doesn’t push the roots free, then your child is at risk of an infection. The best course of action is to have the rest of the baby tooth professionally extracted. Any time a tooth breaks, even if it is only a baby tooth, your dentist should be consulted to make sure there is no risk for infection if the tooth is allowed to fall out naturally. Keep a close eye on your child’s dental health when they are beginning to experience loose teeth so that you can consult with a pediatric dentist like those at Round Lake Dental Clinic promptly if you suspect any...

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3 Ways To Help Your Dental Implant Heal And Fuse Properly

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Help Your Dental Implant Heal And Fuse Properly

If you are about to get a dental implant placed in your mouth, you probably already understand that this is a two-step process. The first step is used to insert an implant into your jawbone, and the second step is required to attach the crown to the implant. For the implant to be successful, it must fuse to your jawbone. Here are three things you can do that will encourage healing with the implant. Eat only soft foods for a week After getting the implant placed in your jawbone, the dentist will give you instructions as to how to care for the wound. You may be asked to gargle with warm salt water to help it heal, but you may also be instructed to eat only soft foods. For the dentist to insert the implant, he or she must cut into your gums to access the bone in your jaw. This will leave an open wound when the procedure is complete. Any foods you eat that are tough or sharp may irritate this wound. Because of this, you should stick with eating foods that are soft for about one week. After one week has passed, the wound should be closed up enough that you may be able to return to your normal diet. Avoid smoking Your dentist might also tell you to avoid smoking after having this procedure done. In fact, most dentists will ask patients to stop smoking before having an implant placed in the mouth. Smoking can not only trigger infections in open wounds in the mouth, but smoking is also known for causing delayed healing. Dental implants are more likely to fail with people who smoke because of the way smoking affects the healing process. Focus on good oral hygiene The third way to encourage your implant to heal properly and quickly is through good oral hygiene habits. Taking good care of your mouth and teeth can help you keep the wound cleaner and avoid infections and other problems. If you follow these three tips, the implant should be completely fused to your jawbone in approximately three to six months. Once this is accomplished, the dentist will be able to attach the crown to the implant, and this will complete the process of getting a dental implant. To learn more about this, contact a dentist who specializes in dental implants, such as those found at Renovo Endodontic...

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3 Important Patient Qualities When Seeking Overdentures

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Important Patient Qualities When Seeking Overdentures

Partial or full dentures are great dental replacement options when you are missing a larger number of teeth that don’t make singular replacements like dental implants practical. But both types of dentures can feel somewhat insecure in your mouth and shift around as you chew, which can cause discomfort. An alternative, more stable option is overdentures, which are regular dentures supported with dental implant roots embedded into the jawbone. Not every patient is a good match for overdentures. Here are a few qualities that can help you and your cosmetic dentist decide whether you are the right match for this type of dental replacement. Healthy Jawbone or Willingness to Undergo Graft The metal root that forms the support system for overdentures needs to successfully undergo a process called osseointegration to be secure. Osseointegration refers to the successful healing of bone around the root to hold the metal piece securely in place. The jawbone needs to be in fairly good health to succeed. The problem is that the loss of natural teeth removes an important health-stimulator for the jawbone, and your jawbone health under the missing teeth will quickly go downhill. If you can start your overdenture process soon after losing the teeth, this might not be a problem. Otherwise, you might have already lost too much jawbone health to be a successful candidate for overdentures. There is a possibility you could undergo a bone graft in order to bulk up the weakened areas of jawbone to become an overdenture candidate. The graft uses donor bone, from you or an outside source, to patch in those weakened areas so you have sufficient bone to heal around the root. Comfortable Leaving Dentures in Mouth Some partial dentures and most full dentures are removable, which allows you to take the plate out at night for cleaning of both the dentures and your gums. You might find it comfortable to take the dentures out at night as you sleep. Overdentures, however, are fixed on the metal roots and are not to be removed by you, although a dentist can remove the overdentures if necessary for a medical reason. You need to be comfortable with the idea of having your dentures in your mouth all of the time in order to be a good candidate for overdentures. If you feel the need to remove the dentures, stick to the traditional kinds.   Patient Patients considering overdentures need to be just that: patient. The bone healing process takes a few months and you can double that if you need to undergo a bone graft. There are also the standard fittings with your cosmetic dentistry specialist or denturist to make sure that the dentures themselves are an adequate fit for your mouth. For more information, consult with a cosmetic dentist, like one from Dr. Jerry F. Maymi &...

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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 http://www.silveradofamilydental.com 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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