Archive for August, 2013

Overcoming Embarrassing Dental Problems

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Your smile says a lot about you. Displaying a sparkling set of straight and attractive teeth conveys to others that you take care of your health and value your smile. On the other hand, a smile full of misaligned teeth that are yellowed or even missing may suggest that you don’t properly care for your teeth. It can be embarrassing and damage your self-esteem. Luckily, today’s dental technologies are able to rescue you from such dilemmas and restore both your smile and your confidence.

Due to the negative perceptions of problem teeth, many people are interested in ways to transform their smiles. The field of cosmetic dentistry focuses on doing just that. These dentists are trained and experienced in ways to enhance your teeth that can both restore their health and beauty. Here are some popular ways that cosmetic dentists can help.

Dental veneers are made of porcelain and can easily improve your smile. These thin, shell-like covers adhere to the fronts of your teeth, and can make them look whiter and straighter.

There are many teeth whitening options available, with the most dramatic changes produced by professional whitening techniques performed in a dental office. It is a great solution for yellow or stained teeth.

If you are missing teeth, dental implants are a permanent replacement that feel and look like natural teeth. Many patients prefer implants over dentures because they feel so normal and don’t require upkeep other than regular brushing and flossing.

Cosmetic bonding can make the spaces between your teeth disappear, as well as improve minor imperfections that your teeth may have. In this procedure, a tooth-colored material made of resin is applied and hardened with a light that adheres the material to your tooth.

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Proper Dental Flossing

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Flossing may seem like a pointless extra chore, but it is an important part of dental hygiene. To help prevent cavities and other dental problems, be sure to clean the spaces in between your teeth.

Bacterial plaque grows on our teeth all the time, and releases acids that can dissolve tooth enamel. We can stay ahead of the plaque by removing it every day, but brushing won’t remove the plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing every day is an important habit to develop. If you haven’t regularly flossed your teeth, you may find that your gums are very sensitive. The best way to avoid sore gums is to floss very gently. Start with a piece of floss about 18” long, and wind the ends around your fingers to hold the floss taught. Slide it very gently between your teeth and down the side of one tooth. Move the floss back and forth as you go, and make sure to get all the way under your gum line. Then do the same to the next tooth.

To help make flossing a regular habit, try flossing before you brush your teeth. You probably don’t forget to brush your teeth every day, right? Flossing first will remove the plaque and allow all the parts of your teeth get the anti-cavity benefits from your toothpaste. Many people grew up learning to brush first and floss second, but flossing first works better for many of us.

If flossing takes too long or feels too complicated, you can also try some different flossing devices. There are a variety of floss-holders available today. Some of these help hold a length of floss tight and can be used with your favorite brand of dental floss. Other devices come with a short piece of floss already attached, and part or all of the device is disposable so you can always start with a clean piece of floss. There are also picks and brushes that fit between the teeth. The right flossing device can help make flossing easier so you will be less likely to avoid it. When you find a way of flossing that works for you, be sure to check in with your dentist to make sure you aren’t causing too much wear and tear on your teeth.

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Does Baking Soda Whiten Teeth?

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

If you’ve visited the oral care section at the drugstore lately, you’ve seen the big selection of products available to help whiten your teeth. Or, maybe you’ve noticed advertisements for professional whitening techniques to really zap the stains off your teeth. But have you wondered if the old-fashioned remedy of using baking soda on your teeth really works to regain your pearly whites?

Since as early as the eighteenth century, baking soda has been used to whiten teeth. Its most common uses are for baking to make cakes rise, and household cleaning because it helps remove stains. Somewhere through the years, people figured out that it could also be used to whiten teeth.

There are several advantages to whitening your teeth with baking soda. First, it’s inexpensive and you probably already have a box in your pantry. It does a good job in getting rid of teeth stains from things like coffee, red wine, tea, and smoking. Furthermore, baking soda reduces plaque buildup on your teeth. Because plaque has a role in discoloring your teeth, baking soda can help to whiten them by removing the plaque.

Keep in mind, however, that baking soda isn’t always the best answer. It’s possible for it to remove more than just plaque and stains from your teeth. Baking soda is very abrasive and might remove enamel from your teeth if you use it too often. Don’t apply baking soda directly on your teeth any more than once weekly. Another option instead of using it “raw” on your teeth is choosing a whitening toothpaste that contains baking soda.

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Skipping a Root Canal

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

You’d probably be considered a little bit strange if you were excited about having a serious dental procedure like a root canal. It’s no secret that it will likely be uncomfortable and require some time for recovery. However, the pain that accompanies an infected tooth should make you realize that getting it corrected will be worth it. If you’re still unconvinced and are considering skipping a root canal, you should know that serious problems can occur. Let’s find out what can happen.

What is a root canal?

First, the reason you need a root canal is likely that you have an infection in your tooth. This procedure involves removing the infected tooth pulp and cleaning the root canal to get rid of all bacteria. Sometimes a temporary filling will be placed if the procedure will be done in more than one session. Once cleaning is complete, the pulp chamber and root canal will be filled and sealed.

What will happen if I don’t get a root canal?

  • The biggest concern about ignoring a needed root canal is that the infection may spread to other parts of your mouth. It can go to your other teeth, gums, mouth tissues, or jawbone. Any of these can cause major pain and swelling.
  • Sometimes a severely infected tooth (or teeth) can’t be saved and must be extracted. If your dentist doesn’t pull the tooth, it will fall out and spread the infection even more.
  • An infected jawbone might be so damaged by infection that some of your jaw may require removal.
  • The infection may spread to your bloodstream or other parts of your body, causing a life-threatening situation. Infections are nothing to fool around with; they can be very serious and should be treated at the earliest stage possible to avoid potentially life-threatening results.

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