Archive for May, 2015

Diabetic Dental Care

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

People with diabetes are more likely to have oral health problems. Infections and gum irritations are harder to treat in diabetics, and can more easily progress into advanced stages. Therefore, if you have diabetes, it’s vital to be extra careful about practicing good dental hygiene and maintaining optimum oral health.

Some of the dental issues that diabetic patients face include:

  • Higher risk of gum disease like gingivitis and periodontitis
  • Increased risk of cavities
  • Trouble fighting bacteria, allowing increased plaque buildup on teeth
  • More tartar, which irritates the gums
  • Higher risk of tooth loss if gum disease reaches advanced stages
  • More susceptible to bacterial infections, which can delay the healing process
  • Higher risk of dry mouth, which often causes cavities

Unfortunately, oral health problems can also affect your overall health. If you have diabetes and also gum disease, it is harder to control your diabetes. Severe gum disease elevates blood sugar, which in turn puts you at higher risk of diabetic complications.

As a diabetic, follow these recommendations for dental care:

  • Visit the dentist at least every six months, and discuss any changes in your condition or medications.
  • Brush a minimum of twice daily, and floss every day.
  • Consider using an anti-bacterial toothpaste or mouthwash to prevent gum disease.
  • If you wear dentures, properly care for them to avoid oral thrush.
  • Discuss scaling and root planning procedures with your dentist, which can clean your teeth better so that bacteria can’t cling to them as well.

Another thing to remember is to report any health issues to your dentist if you have any dental procedures scheduled. Complications like trouble regulating your blood sugar level can impact the safety of certain procedures, such as oral surgery or implant placement. It can also affect your ability to heal properly.

Look Years Younger with a Smile Makeover

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Wrinkles and gray hair are not the only clues to your true age. As you age, so does your smile. Tooth enamel wears down, gums recede, and lips thin. Old, worn, chipped or discolored teeth are dead giveaways to your advancing years. Other problems that may be aging your smile include old silver fillings, missing teeth, or a gummy smile line. Thankfully, restoring the youthful appearance of your smile is easily achieved with a smile makeover. Modern techniques in cosmetic dentistry can make great strides towards improving the appearance of your smile, instantly taking years off your looks.

A smile makeover is a customized treatment plan with the goal of improving the esthetics of your smile. Your smile makeover may include one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, dental veneers, tooth implants, tooth-colored fillings, orthodontics, gum reshaping, or composite bonding. Consulting with a qualified cosmetic dentist to find out which procedures would suit your needs is the first step towards projecting a more youthful image. In cooperation with your dental professional, you may choose a combination of treatments to be completed to ultimately achieve the younger smile you desire.

While you can’t stop aging, you can stop your smile from aging you. Most smile makeover procedures are non-invasive, and many can be completed in as a little as one dental visit. If you feel your smile is showing your age, it is easy to improve your self-confidence and feel younger and healthier with a smile makeover. Contact a cosmetic dentist to find out how a smile makeover can help you face the world with a youthful, new smile.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Teeth whitening has never been more popular than it is today, and people are willing to try many methods in the attempt to brighten their smiles. Whether it be professional or at-home methods, people desire a beautiful smile but also a healthy one.

What is teeth whitening?
Aging, consuming dark foods and drinks, and smoking all contribute to stained or yellowed teeth. No matter how much brushing is done, it can be very difficult to get the white smile of your youth back. Discolored teeth can be embarrassing and bring down your self-esteem, but regaining a bright smile conveys beauty and health. That’s why teeth whitening has become such a popular cosmetic dental procedure.

How does it work?
The hard outside layer of your teeth called enamel is there to protect them. As you age and eat, a film forms on your teeth that eventually penetrates your tooth enamel and leads to hard-to-remove stains. The process of teeth whitening involves creating a chemical reaction to break down stains, breaking through the porous tooth enamel and brightening the teeth. Most whitening solutions contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which are proven to be effective and safe for stain removal.

What is professional whitening?
Professional whitening methods use stronger whitening solutions and often high-intensity light to speed up the chemical reaction and produce more dramatic results. The whitening solution is applied for several minutes, exposed to special light, rinsed, and then the process may be repeated several times to produce desired results. It is common for teeth to be lightened up to six shades brighter in only an hour.

What about whitening at home?
Over-the-counter products contain milder whitening agents, so it takes longer to achieve desired results. It usually takes at least a few weeks of consistent use to lighten teeth up to four shades. Some products for home use are more effective than others, so it may take some experimentation to find what works best for you.

What is the best method?
Consulting your dentist is the best way to develop a whitening plan for your specific smile. Severe stains might only be improved with professional methods, as they provide the quickest and most dramatic results. However, at-home methods are often simple and affordable. It all depends on your expectations for your own smile.

Family Dentists: Experts in Caring for All Ages

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Family dentists are experts in treating patients no matter what their age or oral health. The goal of a family dentist is to care for every family member in one convenient location, so that each patient is comfortable and confident about visiting the dentist.

Young members of a family present unique issues when it comes to dentistry. Many children find dental offices scary and parents struggle to get necessary dental care for their kids. Family dentistry offers a calming and welcoming environment for children, often providing distractions like videos and games. Having the flexibility and expertise to work with kids is a great advantage of family dentistry, because learning to handle dental visits at a young age is a good start to a lifetime of dental success.

Dental professionals suggest that children begin seeing the dentist around their first birthday. Not only will the dentist check and treat the child’s oral health, the parents will be educated on proper dental care. They will learn how to help their children avoid cavities, gum disease, and other issues as more teeth erupt and the child’s mouth grows.

Family dentists treat pediatric patients, but they are also skilled in the oral health needs of adolescents. If kids grow up going to the dentist, they won’t be as nervous or frightened about instruments and procedures as they become more aware of treatment. Comfortable patients are much more likely to sit still during procedures. Also, family dentists are trained to recognize issues related to orthodontics as older children reach the age that orthodontic intervention might be necessary. Some family dentists practice orthodontics, and others refer patients to specialists.

Family dentists take care of mom and dad, and even grandma and grandpa, too. The whole family can enjoy seeing the same dental professionals in one office location, and establish a long-lasting relationship for everyone with their healthcare provider. Family dentists perform all sorts of dental procedures, so no one is left out in the specific needs that might affect certain age groups. Oral health should never be neglected, and family dentistry is a step in the right direction.

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