Archive for February, 2014

The Benefits of an Electric Toothbrush

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Maybe you’ve wondered if using an electric toothbrush is a fad that will pass, going the way of pet rocks or the thighmaster. The truth is that there are a number of reasons that electric toothbrushes will probably stick around for a long time. Let’s find out why you should consider using an electric toothbrush in your own dental hygiene routine.

First, there is a difference between electric toothbrushes and those that are battery-operated. Toothbrushes powered by batteries that make the bristles vibrate a bit really aren’t much different than manual toothbrushes. True electric toothbrushes plug into an outlet to recharge, and you change the brush heads every few months. You can choose from several types depending on how the heads rotate, oscillate, or use sonic technology.

Once you’ve chosen an electric toothbrush, and are committed to brushing twice daily using the correct technique, you should expect to start reaping the benefits. Dentists recommend them as the best way to keep your teeth clean. Their bristles remove plaque faster and better than manual toothbrushes, and can often access hard-to-reach areas. Also, you’re able to control how hard you brush better with an electric toothbrush. You just hold the brush and the moving bristles work on their own. This helps you avoid injuring your gums or removing tooth enamel.

Another big appeal of electric toothbrushes is that they’re easier for people with physical limitations to use. These have larger handles making them easier to grip, and their powered bristles do much of the cleaning for you. They also reach areas that may be normally hard to access. Electric toothbrushes also help you brush for the appropriate length of time, since most models have a timer that lets you know when you’ve brushed for the recommended two minutes.

So if it’s time for you to get a new toothbrush, consider switching to an electric model. Your mouth will benefit from your willingness to try something new.

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Are Oral Piercings Dangerous?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

You may like the way oral piercings look, but you might not like the dangerous risks that come with them. Because your mouth contains millions of bacteria, infection and swelling often accompany oral piercings. It can really take the fun out of this popular way to express yourself. Make sure you think it through before getting a piercing, to make sure you’re ready for the responsibility and willing to perform tasks to keep the area healthy. This information will help educate you about what oral piercings involve.

What kinds of things can an oral piercing cause?
Piercing your lips, tongue, cheeks, or uvula can interfere with speaking, swallowing, or chewing. It can also cause:

  • Infection – the moisture in your mouth is home to lots of active bacteria, so it’s a perfect place for infection. Infections can be life-threatening if untreated, and associated swelling can block your airway.
  • Nerve damage – your tongue may be numb after piercing, which may be temporary or permanent. It can affect your ability to taste and move your mouth.
  • Gum, teeth, and fillings damage – biting or playing with your piercing can harm your gums and crack or scratch your teeth. Piercings can also damage fillings, and cause tooth sensitivity.
  • Allergic reactions – some people are allergic to metals and have reactions at the piercing site.
  • Drooling – tongue piercings can increase saliva production and cause drooling.
  • Dental care problems – oral jewelry can hamper dental care and block X-rays.

What should I do if I already have piercings?
If you have any oral piercings, contact your dentist or doctor right away if you have signs of infection. These include swelling, pain, fever, chills, or red streaks near the piercing site. Always keep the piercing area clean and use a mouth rinse after meals. Avoid clicking the jewelry against your teeth and gums, and remove it before participating in sports. See your dentist regularly for checkups.

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Make Over Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

Friday, February 14th, 2014

A healthy and attractive smile can be life-changing if you have a smile that you find embarrassing. An unsightly smile can not only hurt your self-esteem and social life, it can also hurt your career. Your teeth should present an image that you are content with as you communicate and interact with others. If your smile doesn’t, then a smile makeover may be in order.

Cosmetic dentistry offers all sorts of techniques and procedures that can improve your look. Even subtle changes in your smile can make a huge impact on how you look and feel. Here are some of the most popular ways to enhance your look.

Teeth whitening
There are a number of products and treatments available to brighten your smile. Whitening your teeth at home is an option, but it requires more time and commitment than professional whitening methods. If you choose in-office whitening, you can expect dramatic results in as little as one hour. Whatever method you select, teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to improve your smile.

Commonly made of porcelain, dental veneers are customized thin shells that cover the fronts of your teeth. They hide embarrassing flaws like chips, cracks, and discolorations.

For minor tooth problems, bonding is a great option. A composite resin is applied to the tooth to alter its shape or color. It is a painless procedure that provides a natural and quick change to your smile.

Dental implants
You don’t have to be a senior citizen to experience tooth loss. Patients of all ages can benefit from dental implants to restore one or more missing teeth. These permanent and natural-looking replacements for teeth don’t impact your chewing or speaking. There is no messy maintenance and you may even forget your implants aren’t your real teeth.

Whether major orthodontic work like completely moving your teeth and jaw into better positions, or minor tooth movement is all that is needed, orthodontics can be a great way to makeover your smile. New technologies such as clear braces offer subtle ways to undergo orthodontic treatment.

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Teaching your Child about Oral Health

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The sad statistic about children’s teeth is that tooth decay is a widespread disease among kids today. Dental problems are reported to be five times more likely in kids than asthma. Because of this disturbing trend, dentists are stressing the important role that parents play in teaching their children about oral health.

Parents should begin taking their children to the dentist much earlier than many believe. It is recommended to take kids for their first dental checkup around the first birthday. Even though it may be a challenge, it is the best way to ensure optimum oral health, learn hygiene tips, and help get your child accustomed to visiting the dentist. Most children are more relaxed and cooperative in the morning hours, and can pick up on anxiety in parents. Show your ease at the appointment, and don’t use a dental visit as a bribe or punishment. It is better to have your child buy into the importance of good oral care as early as possible. Then maintain dental checkups each year for the best results.

Your dentist will explain how to help your child properly brush and floss. It will be a number of years before you can expect kids to perform dental hygiene tasks on their own. Even after your child is old enough to brush alone, it’s important to check the teeth and gums to make sure they are being cleaned well enough. If not, step in and help until you are certain your child can consistently do a better job.

Why is good dental care important for your child? Oral health not only affects the mouth, but also overall health. Infections can cause various health problems, and decay can lead to teasing and low self-esteem related to an unsightly smile. Poor dental hygiene may ultimately cause tooth loss if it is not addressed. If your child is already showing signs of poor oral health, it’s not too late. Consult your dentist immediately to learn about treatment options, and make sure your child understands the consequences of poor dental care. Hopefully you’ll be able to turn your child’s dental habits around so that a lifetime of good oral health will be in the future.



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