Archive for July, 2011

Types of Teeth

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Babies develop 20 primary teeth that serve as placeholders for adult teeth. Once permanent teeth come in, each person will have 32 teeth. Not only do our teeth allow us to chew food and speak properly, but they also contribute to our youthful appearances, keeping facial muscles from sagging and giving us full features.

Adults have four types of teeth, and each type has a different function:

Incisors

Located in the front and center of the mouth, every person has eight incisors, four on the upper jaw and four on the lower jaw. Incisors have flat, broad, and chisel-like edges that allow us to chop and cut food into pieces.

Canines

Also known as cuspids, the four canine teeth are located on each side of the incisors. These sharp, pointed teeth are used for ripping and tearing, especially with tough foods like meat.

Premolars

Serving as a combination of a canine and molar, your eight premolars have cusp areas on the broader surfaces of these teeth to facilitate grinding and chewing. With premolars, you can also pierce or tear food because they have sharp points as well.

Molars

With three molars in each jaw quadrant, humans have a total of 12 molars, the largest of all teeth. Most chewing of food occurs in the back of the jaw and is performed by the molars. Your third molars, also called wisdom teeth, erupt the last, often in your late teens or early twenties. Because they are so far back and are prone to decay, wisdom teeth may need to be surgically removed.

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Teens and Oral Health

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Having a teenager can be challenging. They have school work, multiple activities, and attitudes. This hectic time in life can also impact your teen’s dental health. Proper care and good oral hygiene will make sure that your teenager enjoys a lifetime of vibrant smiles.

• Encourage your teen to brush after each meal. Remind your son or daughter about the importance of flossing to remove plaque and promote gum health.
• Explain the consequences of not caring for your teeth, which can include bad breath, stains, and cavities.
• Make sure you stock up on the necessary supplies so that your teen has the right tools on hand. Purchase plenty of fluoride toothpaste, dental floss, and extra toothbrushes.
• Schedule regular checkups with the dentist. These appointments allow the dentist to assess your teen’s oral health and handle any problems right away.
• If your son or daughter has braces, get floss threaders from the orthodontist or buy them at the local drug store. Keep up with appointments for adjustments so that your teen’s treatment stays on track.
• For teens that play contact sports, including soccer, football, or volleyball, ask your dentist or orthodontist about a custom mouth guard. This oral appliance is designed to protect their teeth and mouth from potential injury.
• Limit your teen’s consumption of junk food by having health snacks like vegetables, fruits, and low fat dairy options readily available.
• Model good behavior. Showing that you believe oral health care matters will help your teen take your advice and warnings to heart.

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Important Facts from Your Dentist

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

You only get one set of teeth, so you need to protect them. Good home habits, like routine brushing and flossing, help keep your smile and mouth healthy. Regular checkup appointments allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and address any issues before they escalate.

To enjoy a beautiful, vibrant smile, keep these points in mind:

Don’t wait for pain

Many people believe that their teeth and gums are fine because they don’t have any discomfort. Certain conditions, like gum disease and tooth decay, begin with mild symptoms and don’t cause pain until they have progressed. Schedule exams twice a year so that your dentist can assess your current dental health.

Have a plan

Even if you can’t take care of everything on a proposed treatment plan, prioritize the items on the list and address the problems one at a time.

Choose wisely

Though addressing your oral health issues can be expensive, putting off treatment or choosing an under-qualified provider will cost you more in the long run. Find an experienced dentist that you can trust and establish a good relationship with this provider.

Maintenance matters

Just like you have to change the filters in your air conditioning and the oil in your car, you need to make time for routine care appointments. With regular checkups, you are less likely to need restorative services such as crowns, fillings, and implants.

Oral health relates to total wellness

What happens in your mouth impacts the rest of your body. Research has linked gum disease to more serious health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, risk of stroke, osteoporosis, and low birth weight.

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The Basics of Teeth Whitening

Monday, July 4th, 2011

If you envy the stunning smiles of famous starlets and models, you can enhance your own appearance with teeth whitening. Your dentist can remove stains and reveal a brilliant, white smile with professional teeth whitening,. After teeth whitening, patients often restore their smile’s radiance, feel more confident, and look years younger. To decide if teeth whitening would work for you, review these questions and answers.

Who is a candidate for teeth whitening?

Though your dentist can determine whether you should consider teeth bleaching, anyone with surface stains from aging, lifestyle choices, or certain foods and beverages can erase discolorations with professional teeth whitening.

What options are available for whitening my teeth?

Many dentist offer both in-office and at-home teeth whitening. The in-office procedure produces immediate results and usually takes about an hour. Take-home whitening kits involve custom bleaching trays and generate sparkling smiles over a two to three week time frame.

Is teeth whitening safe?

If you choose professional teeth whitening, you can safely and effectively transform your appearance. Drugstore kits don’t contain the same level of bleaching agent and they aren’t monitored like professional products, so you may not achieve the desired outcome.

Will teeth whitening last?

With proper care that includes brushing, flossing, and routine checkups, you can enjoy a beautiful smile for years to come.

Do whitening toothpastes work?

For removal of mild surface stains, these products are somewhat effective, but they don’t actually contain bleach. Whitening toothpastes work on the principal of abrasion, so their rough ingredients rub off stains, providing only temporary brightness.

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