Archive for June, 2013

Gum Care

Friday, June 28th, 2013

It’s easy to concentrate on getting your teeth clean so that you avoid cavities, but it’s important to also pay attention to your gums. They are not only important to your dental health, but also your whole body. Gum disease can lead to many problems, even tooth loss, and unhealthy gums have also been linked to health issues like heart disease and stroke. Take the following steps to keep your gums healthy so that you can reap the benefits in your whole wellbeing.

At least twice a day, brush your teeth using fluoride toothpaste. Clean every side of your teeth and brush your tongue. Consider using an electric toothbrush with rotating and oscillating action, because experts say it’s better at removing plaque than a manual toothbrush. With any toothbrush you use, don’t apply too much pressure or brush too vigorously because it can damage your gums.

Chew gum
If you can’t brush your teeth right away, chew sugarless gum containing xylitol.

Floss your teeth gently at least once every day, getting between your teeth and along your gum line. Try dental threaders or other tools if that’s easier for you.

Use an antiseptic or a fluoride mouthwash to rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing and flossing.

Check your progress
Consider using disclosing tablets occasionally to see if you are brushing well enough. These chewable tablets color any plaque left on your teeth, so that you can see if you are doing a good job. You can find disclosing tablets at most drugstores.

Visit your dentist
See your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Be sure to tell your dentist if you’ve been experiencing any signs of gum problems, such as bleeding or swelling.

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Signs that Point to a Root Canal

Friday, June 21st, 2013

You may be scared off by the words “root canal” because it sounds like a dental procedure to avoid no matter what. However, if you’re experiencing the symptoms that mean a root canal might be necessary, it’s better to have the procedure because it will get rid of the painful symptoms. Once you recover from the root canal, your oral health will be restored.

What exactly is a root canal?
It’s a procedure to restore a severely decayed tooth. Instead of extracting the tooth, the nerve is removed and the tooth is sealed to prevent further damage.

What are the most common indications that a root canal may be needed?
•    Lingering tooth pain when you consume hot items. It can also occur when eating or drinking cold items.
•    Pain when chewing on a tooth. It may also be swollen or sensitive when touched.
•    Pain that begins in one tooth and moves to other areas of your jaw or head. For example, pain may start in a back tooth and move to your ear so that it feels like both a toothache and earache.
•    Toothache that interrupts your ability to sleep.
•    Bubble on your gum similar to a pimple, which may bleed or release pus when touched.
•    Tooth discoloration can result from severe decay.

If you experience symptoms like these listed, it’s time to call your dentist for an appointment. You should get a dental examination as soon as possible, so that you can receive treatment before your symptoms get worse. Even if a root canal is required, it’s better to have the procedure than continue with a terrible toothache.

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Gear up Sports with Mouth Guards

Friday, June 14th, 2013

It’s summer time and that means kids everywhere will be participating in sports. It’s time for football, soccer, volleyball, and all sorts of sports teams to get back in shape. That not only means conditioning your body, but also getting all the right gear. One item that you don’t want to forget is a mouth guard to protect yourself from mouth and facial injuries.

Dentists recommend mouth guards for participants in both high-impact sports and individual sports. Team sports often resulting in mouth injuries include football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, and hockey. Individual sports that carry high risks include cycling, gymnastics, skateboarding, martial arts, and rollerblading.

Mouth guards are worn to protect the mouth from a variety of possible injuries. They may be minor like a chipped or cracked tooth, or cuts from biting the inside of your mouth. Worse injuries can occur like jaw fractures, and athletes might experience tooth loss or nerve damage. Fractures can cause difficulty breathing, swallowing, eating, or speaking.

Dentists suggest that many sports injuries can be avoided by wearing a mouth guard, and they are available for athletes of all skill sets and ages. They are available in most sporting good stores, or you can opt to have customized mouth guards created by your dentist. Mouth guards are even available in a wide variety of colors, so athletes can choose them to coordinate with their school colors. They are also useful for people who wear traditional braces or Invisalign retainers.

Because many sports can be risky, there’s no reason to ignore the danger to your mouth. Wear a mouth guard to protect your smile throughout the season.

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Smile Makeover: Achieving the Smile You’ve Always Wanted

Friday, June 7th, 2013

No matter what you might not like about your smile, chances are there’s a way with cosmetic dentistry to correct it. Some of the procedures are quick fixes that may be done in a single visit to the dentist, and others require a little more time. Either way, you can achieve the smile you’ve always wanted by asking your dentist about the following cosmetic options that might help you.

Minor imperfections can be repaired with bonding, in which tooth-colored resin is sculpted over the flaws in your teeth. Bonding is ideal for problems like chips, gaps, and stains.

For a severely damaged tooth, a dental crown may be the best solution. A hollow cap is permanently placed over your real tooth, giving you back your smile and allowing you to chew properly.

Gum contouring
A gummy smile negatively affects the look of your whole mouth. Gum contouring allows your dentist to remove extra gum tissue and reshape it to look better proportioned with your teeth. This can make short teeth look longer and give a more balanced smile. Often dentists use lasers to perform this procedure, with effective results and minimal downtime.

Porcelain veneers
Thin shells are adhered to the fronts of your teeth to hide imperfections like chips, cracks, stains, and misalignment. Veneers are a non-invasive and simple solution, yet can have a dramatic effect on your appearance.

Dental implants
If you are missing teeth, implants provide a permanent way to replace teeth. Since surgery is required to place the implant, this is a more invasive technique than some procedures and more recovery time is necessary.

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