Archive for October, 2010

Invisalign: The Clear Choice for Straight Teeth

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Many people incorrectly assume that orthodontic treatment is a kid thing. In reality, about one million Americans 18 years or older wear braces. Straighter teeth improve your smile’s appearance and your dental health. If you feel hesitant about considering braces because of the discomfort and embarrassment of metal orthodontia, you don’t have to worry. Invisalign, a revolutionary system, can enhance your smile without compromising your image.

Made from clear plastic, the Invisalign system utilizes a series of aligners to gently shift your teeth into the proper position. Patients simply wear each aligner as directed by their orthodontist and then move on to the next one in the series. Total treatment usually takes nine to 18 months, less time than metal braces. Best of all, the inconspicuous trays mean that only you and your doctor have to know about your treatment.

To begin, you need to schedule a consultation appointment with your orthodontist so that your doctor can examine your mouth and determine if Invisalign will work for your specific case. After the evaluation, your orthodontist will take images of your mouth and use 3-D technology to create a custom treatment plan. Your doctor will then send the data to an Invisalign-certified lab, where skilled technicians will generate your custom aligners.

For best results, wear the aligners about 22 hours a day, taking them out only to eat, brush, or for special occasions. Your orthodontist will monitor the progress through visits every four to six weeks. Why wait any longer to enjoy the smile of your dreams? Contact your doctor to find out more about Invisalign clear braces.

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Michael Douglas Diagnosis Shines the Spotlight on Oral Cancer

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Recently, Michael Douglas appeared on People magazine and revealed that he has oral cancer. Although his cancer has been identified as stage four, his prognosis is still good, with an 80 percent chance of recovery. His case has helped bring oral cancer to the forefront of the American public and to raise awareness about the importance of early detection.

Every hour, one person in America will die from oral cancer. In fact, oral cancer has a higher death rate than cervical cancer, testicular cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and certain skin cancers. Ironically, early detection pushes the five-year survival rate from 50 percent to 80 percent. Regular dental visits and routine screenings can improve the odds of finding and treating oral cancer as early as possible.

Certain factors, such as age, gender, and lifestyle choices, can increase the chances of developing oral cancer. For example, tobacco use, excessive alcohol, and exposure to the sun can make you more likely to have oral cancer. As well, oral cancer strikes more man than women. However, many people with no specific risks still develop this disease. If you have any of the following signs, contact your dentist right away:

• White patches, red patches, or a mixture of the two on your mouth or lips
• A sore on your lips or mouth that won’t heal
• Bleeding
• Trouble with swallowing
• Lump in the throat or neck

If your dentist suspects oral cancer, the doctor will perform a full evaluation. The dentist may then remove tissue for biopsy and send it to a laboratory for confirmation.

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Diet and Oral Health

Monday, October 11th, 2010

For years, we have heard that sugar is bad for our teeth. As research has grown, scientists now understand which kinds of sugars hurt your teeth and which foods help keep your mouth healthy. A balanced diet can help keep your smile looking and feeling great.

Certain foods produce changes in your mouth that can increase the risk of tooth decay. For instance, bacteria in the mouth transform sugar and starches into bacteria that attack the teeth and weaken the enamel. As well, foods like candy, cakes, pastries, and dried fruits can stick to teeth and create a haven for bacteria.

Making healthy choices can help promote a healthy mouth. Cheeses, protein, meats, nuts, and milk can protect tooth enamel by contributing calcium and phosphorus, which will remineralize teeth. Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots are also good choices because they contain lots of water, which encourages saliva production.

When choosing a beverage, water, milk, and teeth are the best options for your oral health. Try to cut back on soft drinks and other beverages that contain sugar. Products that contain sugar substitutes like Equal or Splenda aren’t digested the same way as true sugar so they don’t cause over production of bacteria. In fact, chewing sugar free gum can actually improve saliva production and help protect your teeth.

Children and teens should work especially hard to eat a balanced diet. Poor eating habits can not only but their teeth at risk, but it can create other problems at well. A good diet influences brain development, learning capabilities, and normal growth patterns.

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