Archive for December, 2011

Common Dental Myths Exposed

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Often, people hear stories or folklore and assume they are true. Old wives’ tales about feeding a cold and starving a fever or eating carrots to help your eyesight were seen as fact for years until medical research proved otherwise. Dentistry is not exempt to these concepts. See the real truth about the following myths:

Myth: Toothpick use will widen gaps between teeth
Truth: Designed to dislodge food particles stuck in between your teeth, commercial toothpicks won’t cause any problems. Just make sure you don’t poke your gums with the pointed end.

Myth: Medication cures a toothache
Truth: While pain relievers can ease the pain, you need to have the decay removed and the tooth filled to “cure” your toothache.

Myth: Worms can cause tooth decay
Truth: Dating as far back as 5000 BC, the idea of tooth “worms” was used to explain why teeth develop cavities. In actuality, build of plaque and bacteria in your mouth weaken enamel, which leads to decay.

Myth: Brushing longer and more often helps your teeth
Truth: Currently, most dentists recommend brushing twice a day for two to three minutes. Too much brushing or brushing too hard can damage enamel and lead to tooth sensitivity.

Myth: Tooth extraction always hurts
Truth: Dentistry has come a long way, so getting a tooth pulled shouldn’t create much pain. With modern sedation options, the extraction process is fairly straightforward. Impacted teeth may cause more issues, but anesthesia can help keep patients comfortable.

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How to Enjoy a Vibrant, Comfortable Smile

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Did you know that healthy teeth and gums contribute to overall health and longevity? Not only will you look and feel your best with a gorgeous smile, but your risk of certain diseases and health issues may decline. If you want to achieve optimal oral health and a truly amazing smile, think about the following helpful hints:
Ask about sedation

Many patients avoid dental visits because of anxiety or fear from a bad experience, strong gag reflex, or apprehension about drills. With sedation options such as nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation, you can rest peacefully while your dentist renews your smile.

Don’t live with pain

Often, people live with facial pain, headaches, and other symptoms cause by TMJ dysfunction. This condition occurs when the jaw joints, or TMJ, become misaligned, which throws off the whole chewing system and causes discomfort. Talk with your dentist if you suspect TMJ disorder.

Get a mouth guard

If you play sports, you need to purchase a mouth guard. Activities like football, basketball, soccer, and even horseback riding can cause serious damage to the face, teeth, and gums. You should also think about a mouth guard if you clench and grind your teeth, an often subconscious habit that can result in cracking and breakage.

Practice home care

Daily brushing and flossing are critical to protecting your smile. Brush twice a day and floss at least once daily to remove bacteria and plaque from your mouth.

Schedule routine appointments

Without professional cleanings and regular checkups, your dental health will suffer. Even if you don’t notice any problems, issues such as decay and gum disease can develop with few, if any, symptoms. Your dentist can evaluate your whole mouth and address any concerns before they escalate.

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Foods that Improve Dental Health

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Protecting your teeth and gums is a lifelong responsibility. Forming good home habits and visiting the dentist for checkups will help you achieve a vibrant smile. Your diet can also impact your oral health. Too many sugary snacks or sodas can create problems like cavities and enamel erosion. Choosing nutritionally sound options will keep your smile strong.

Crunchy fruits and veggies
Naturally abrasive, foods like apples, celery, and carrots are known to promote saliva production and remove plaque from teeth.

Low-fat dairy choices
Many of the foods we ingest produce acid, which erodes tooth enamel. Milk, cheese, and yogurt reduce the acid levels in your mouth. Dairy foods are also a great source of calcium, which strengthens teeth and bones.

Raw onion
Adding some raw onion to your sandwich or salad may lessen the risks of cavities and gum disease. A Korean University showed that raw onions have powerful antibacterial properties.

Known to have microbe-fighting properties, cashews and their oil combat the bacteria that leads to tooth decay. An added benefit is that cashews fight against the germs that cause acne, so your face will look clearer too.

Sushi lovers may get an added benefit if they eat the wasabi that often comes on the side of this popular dish. Researchers in Japan discover that this spicy condiment helps keep bacteria from sticking to the teeth.

It goes without saying that getting enough water will improve your dental health. Water helps promote saliva production, which naturally cleans teeth, and it removes debris from teeth and gums.

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Finding the Right Cosmetic Dentist

Monday, December 5th, 2011

If you have decided to enhance your smile, you will need to select a good cosmetic dentist. Having an excellent practitioner to transform your appearance can make all the difference. It’s important to choose a cosmetic dentist that you trust and who you feel will produce exceptional results.

Keep these questions in mind as you search for a cosmetic dentist:

Does the dentist have extensive cosmetic training?

Just as you wouldn’t see your family doctor to perform knee replacement surgery, you shouldn’t choose a general dentist with little cosmetic experience to update your smile. Look at the dentist’s bio and find out what organizations he or she is affiliated with, such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, or the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.

How many smile makeovers has the dentist completed?

Cosmetic dentistry combines art with science, so you want to select a dentist with both technical skill and a good eye for detail. Developing this talent takes years of practice; you don’t need to be part of the trial and error phase.

Does the dentist provide examples and photos of finished cases?

An experienced cosmetic dentist should have plenty of Before and After photos for you to look through and so you can see the results. Some dental offices, such as Brown, Reynolds & Snow, even post before and after pictures on their website.

What do patients say about the dentist’s work?

Not only should you ask for patient referrals, but use the Internet as a good resource. With review Web sites and social media sites like Facebook, you should be able to find unbiased patient opinions about any dentist you are considering. The office of Brown, Reynolds & Snow invite their patients to provide reviews, which they proudly post on their Facebook page

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