Archive for April, 2012

Dangers of Tooth Decay

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Many of the foods we eat contain sugars, carbohydrates, and other substances that are hazardous to our teeth. Natural bacteria that is present in the mouth are attracted to these residues, and when the bacteria feeds on this residue, acid is produced as a result. Sometimes even after brushing, the acid remains on the teeth, and begins to wear away at the enamel on the teeth.

So what can be done to combat this vicious cycle? How can you prevent tooth decay? Some standard rules apply here, many of which dental professionals have been promoting for years as the most effective ways to prevent this common problem. Some of these tips include:

•Brushing at least twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride.

•Daily flossing is essential, as it helps to remove plaque and food particles that have become caught between the teeth.

•Eat well-balanced, nutritionally-sound meals, and keep snacking to a minimum. Regular snacks encourage food particles and acids to remain on the teeth, which can actually make the problem much worse.

•Schedule a visit to the dentist at least twice a year, so that teeth can be professionally cleaned and inspected.

•While at the dentist’s office, ask about dental sealants, which form a thin barrier on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Sealants can go a long way in the prevention of decay, particularly in the back teeth, where decay is the most common.

Good communication is also key to a good relationship with your dental professional. Share your concerns about your teeth, and ask how you can improve your dental hygiene. Good oral health care now is essential for maintaining teeth later in life. Since many health problems such as heart disease, and hardening of the arteries are directly related to plaque on the teeth, it is imperative to develop and maintain a comprehensive oral health care plan.

Interesting Tidbits about Forensics and Dentistry

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Although most dentists spend their time protecting and enhancing patient smiles, did you know that dentistry has another application called forensic dentistry? With forensic dentistry, skilled professionals use dental evidence for identification purposes. Often, forensic dentists help identify victims of a disaster, such as in the Oklahoma City bombing. As well, forensic dentistry can utilize bite marks found on crime victims, on the alleged criminal, or at the scene of a crime to help provide proof in court proceedings.

Forensic Dentistry Q and A

How do you become a forensic dentist?

Most forensic dentists in the U.S. receive certification from American Board of Forensic Odontology. To obtain this recognition, you must complete coursework at an accredited school, join and participate in national organizations related to forensics or forensic dentistry, spend at least two years working with a coroner or medical examiner’s office, and participate in at least 25 forensic dental cases, 15 of which must have positive identification results.

What can be learned from studying teeth?

Because each person has a unique arrangement of teeth, including specific dental work or missing teeth, dental records can help identify a body or confirm the perpetrator in a crime.

How long has forensic dentistry existed?

Shows like CSI and Criminal Minds have made forensics part of modern culture, but forensic dentistry dates back hundreds of years. In 1898, Cuban-born Dr. Oscar Amoedo wrote an essay and published the first images relating to the identification of unknown remains, so many people consider him the father of forensic dentistry.

What advances are on the horizon?

As technology changes, advances continue. In fact, 3-D imaging may eventually allow skilled technicians to recreate a physical likeness of a deceased individual based on dental and skeletal remains.

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Helpful Hints for Whiter Teeth

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures available. A bright, white smile communicates warmth and grace. Many dentists offer professional teeth whitening, either in the office or with take-home kits. You can also try natural remedies to achieve a gorgeous smile.

These tips will help your teeth look their best:

Watch what you eat and drink
Dark beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine, as well as blackberries and blueberries, can stain your teeth. Sipping these drinks through a straw will cut down on the amount that gets on your teeth. Rinsing with water afterwards will help reduce the exposure time.

Stop tobacco use
If you can’t quit, limit the time that you do smoke or chew tobacco. Discolorations caused by these products can be difficult to remove.

Consume plenty of water
Staying well hydrating will help you feel better and it will also remove food particles from your mouth after you eat reducing plaque build up.

Use baking soda
Many toothpastes contain baking soda, but you can also make your own whitening paste by mixing baking soda, salt, and a little water.

Watch fluoride intake
Too much fluoride can actually discolor or stain your teeth, especially young children whose teeth are still developing, so don’t overdo it.

Eat the right foods
Not only do you need to have a balanced diet, but you should also consume certain foods to improve your smile’s appearance. Strawberries can be rubbed on your teeth and left there for five minutes to whiten teeth. Crunchy foods like apples, celery, and carrots act as natural cleaners, removing stains from teeth.

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Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

If you decide to update your appearance with cosmetic dentistry, you need to find a good dentist to perform these enhancements. Any provider can use the title cosmetic dentist, but you need to make sure to choose a dentist that will produce the sensational smile you desire. Consider these points when making your selection:

Recommendations and reviews
Talk with friends, co-workers, and family members to see if they have a cosmetic dentist they love. Personal recommendations are a great place to start your search. You can also use the Internet as many dentists have web sites that provide a list of services and other relevant information. In fact, Brown, Reynolds & Snow Dentistry has a Facebook page where real patients are encouraged to post comments about their visit to the dental office.

Look at qualifications and experience
Make sure any dentist on your list has training in the procedures you want to have done. Dentists are required to take continuing education classes, so find out if the candidates have advanced their skills in cosmetic dentistry.

Schedule a consultation
Once you have the top contenders narrowed down, make an appointment. Create a list of questions for the dentist so that you get a feel for the practice and the doctor.

Check out past cases
Ask to see Before and After photos. These pictures will give you concrete examples of the dentist’s work. Some dentists even have smile galleries on their websites. For example, you can view actual patient before and after pictures on the website of Brown, Reynolds and Snow.

Trust your instincts
With all other things being equally, it may come down to how you gel with the dentist. When you have a rapport with the doctor and feel confident in his or her abilities, you will likely be happy with the outcome.

If you are considering cosmetic dental procedures, schedule a consult at dental office of Brown, Reynolds & Snow Dentistry today!

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