Archive for November, 2013

Your Dentist Should Make You Smile

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

It shouldn’t be a question as to whether or not you have a dentist. Everyone needs to maintain regular dental visits in order to prevent problems and to treat issues that already exist. Professional teeth cleanings are one of the keys to good oral health. If you do not already have a dentist that you like, it’s time to find one. Here are some things to consider in your search for a dentist who will make you smile.

Look for a professional who has the education and training to indicate a qualified dentist. Membership with the American Dental Association is another sign of a reputable oral health professional.

The amount and type of experience the dentist has is very important. You should select a professional who has several years of experience performing the types of treatments you are interested in having done. If the dentist is newer to the practice, make sure that you consider recommendations of other patients before using that dentist for your needs.

Customer service
It is a good idea to visit or at least call a dentist’s office to see how the staff treats patients. The dentist as well as the office staff should treat you courteously, fairly, and professionally. You want to make sure that the practice is willing to do their best to keep their patients comfortable and confident in their treatment.

The dentist’s personality should not be overlooked as something to consider in your decision. You may be more comfortable with someone who is all business and impersonal, or you might prefer someone who is casual and less serious.

If you have dental insurance, ask if the dentist’s office accepts your plan. Check with your insurance directly to see what treatments are covered. Also, some dentists offer special payment plans for patients without insurance coverage.

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Defying Age with Dental Veneers

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

A healthy looking, bright, attractive smile has long been associated with youth. As you age, your smile ages right along with you and can make you appear even older than you are. Stains, imperfections, damages, and other results of wear on your teeth can add years to your appearance.

Here are some things that can happen as you age that affect your smile:

  • Gravity causes your face to shrink and sink in, causing less of your upper teeth to show when you smile and talk.
  • Loss of collagen and decreased muscle tone allows wrinkles to form around your mouth.
  • Your teeth become yellowed and stained from age, as well as food and drink choices over the years.
  • The edges of your teeth can become damaged and worn down, making them look uneven and unhealthy.

One of the most successful ways to get back your youthful look is to restore your smile with dental veneers. Veneers are made of thin porcelain that is bonded to the fronts of your teeth to hide stains, chips, misshapen teeth, gaps, and misalignment. They provide a strong and durable way to renew your smile. Your dentist will evaluate your teeth and create a personalized smile based on your facial shape, teeth size, skin tone, and age.

One of the greatest benefits of porcelain is that it resists stains. Your smile will permanently remain the brighter, more appealing color that you choose for your veneers from the start. Also, porcelain veneers are very natural looking. Others will likely not even realize you have them. Your friends may not be able to pinpoint what it is about you that changed, but they likely will notice how rested and revived you look. By choosing veneers, you can whiten, lengthen, and correct proportions of your teeth which can combine to make you look 10 or 15 years younger.

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Oral Health and your Overall Health

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Keeping your mouth clean is a great way to have an attractive, healthy smile. The benefits of good oral health reach further than just your mouth though. A healthy mouth gives you a better chance of good overall health as well.

What is oral health?
All aspects of the condition and function of your teeth, gums, and tongue are included when you consider your oral health.

How are oral health and overall health related?
A healthy mouth allows you to comfortably eat food to obtain the nutrients your body needs. Choosing the best foods for your mouth, such as those low in sugars, not only benefits your mouth but also your general health. Maintaining a healthy mouth also increases your self-esteem because it helps your smile look nice, fights bad breath, and promotes proper speech.

What health problems can I prevent?
In addition to aiding your health in general, there are some conditions to which poor oral health has been directly linked. For example, gum disease and diabetes are connected. Left untreated, severe gum disease affects the body’s ability to control blood glucose levels and therefore contributes to diabetes. Also, diabetics don’t heal as easily from infections and serious problems can result. Heart disease is also related to gum disease, with heart attack risk increasing twice as much for people with gum disease compared to those with healthy gums.

How can I achieve good oral health?
Consistently performing simple hygiene tasks like brushing and flossing, as well as seeing your dentist regularly, will help you achieve good oral health. Proper dental care will also reduce the amount of bacteria getting into your body, putting less stress on your immune system and helping your body remain healthy.

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How to Know You Need a Root Canal

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Sometimes it may be really obvious that you have a serious problem with a tooth, and other times it may not be quite as clear. One common procedure called a root canal is used to repair a tooth that is in jeopardy of being lost. Sometimes it provides the best chance to save a badly infected or decayed tooth. Therefore, you don’t want to miss an opportunity to get root canal treatment if that is what is needed to restore your smile. Here are some details about treatment and how to know if it is needed.

A tooth consists of several parts. The crown is the visible portion in your mouth that is covered in enamel, the root is under the surface to anchor the tooth in place, and the main material inside the tooth is called dentin. The center of the tooth contains a soft layer of pulp, which contains nerves and other tissue. If the pulp becomes infected or diseased as a result of bacteria entering it, the tooth may become severely damaged and susceptible to abscess or loss if untreated.

Root canal treatment involves drilling into the center of the tooth and removing all of the pulp. Once the tooth is cleaned, it is sealed and covered with a crown. The procedure is performed with an anesthetic so that it is not unlike getting a dental filling. Sometimes antibiotics are recommended if an infection is suspected.

The idea of getting root canal treatment may be daunting, but it may be the best solution for you. What are the indications that you might need this procedure? Here are some common signs:

  • Severe toothache
  • Pain with chewing or pressure on the area of a tooth
  • Darkening of a tooth’s color
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures
  • Swelling or gum irritation
  • Persistent sore on the gums
  • Swelling that spreads to the face, neck, or head

If you experience any of the indications above, visit you dentist as soon as possible for a complete examination. It is always better to find out what is causing your symptoms so that you can be treated before your condition worsens.

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