Archive for May, 2016

Understanding Dental Bridges

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Created to fill in the gap between missing teeth, a dental bridge can improve your oral health and renew your appearance. Missing teeth create problems; they often cause the surrounding teeth to shift, which may affect your bite or strain your jaw muscles. With a missing tooth, the odds increase that you will lose more teeth, especially if you don’t close the space at all. With a dental bridge, you dentist can restore the healthy and beauty of your smile.

A traditional bridge contains a false tooth called a pontic that sits between two prosthetic teeth. Your dentist will secure the bridge onto the abutment teeth, which can be your natural teeth or dental implants. Unlike removable oral appliances like dentures, a dental bridge is permanently affixed in your mouth.

Am I a good candidate for a bridge?
Anyone who has lost teeth is the right candidate for a dental bridge. Your dentist can anchor the bridge with your own teeth or with an implant, depending on your specific situation.

How do I maintain my bridge?
For optimal success, you need to take good care of your bridge. Brush and floss just like you would your natural teeth. If flossing is difficult, talk with your dentist about the best techniques.

Will the bridge look natural?
Your dentist will make sure the artificial teeth match neighboring teeth, as well as design the bridge to fit the unique shape of your teeth. People will only notice your attractive smile, not your dental work.

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Test Your Dental IQ

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

You only get one set of teeth, so it’s important to take care of them. Understanding how to care for your mouth and how your choices impact your oral health. Many people don’t know facts from fiction when it comes to dental care. Take the following quiz to get the real scoop on keeping your smile healthy and bright.

True or False: I only have to brush my teeth in the morning.
Answer: False. Most dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime. For optimal oral care, brush your teeth after meals as well.

True or False: My child’s baby teeth will fall out anyway, so I don’t have to worry about them.
Answer: False. Not taking good care of baby teeth can lead to early tooth loss and problems with permanent teeth. To help young children develop good oral health care, start the process as soon as they have teeth. Begin by using a soft toothbrush only and work your way to fluoride toothpaste by about age five.

True or False: Having one missing tooth can still cause problems.
Answer: True. When you lose teeth, even just one, the remaining teeth can shift, which can cause bite problems and extra tooth wear. If you have a missing tooth, talk with your dentist about a dental implant, a prosthetic replacement that mimics natural tooth structure, feel, and appearance.

True or False: I don’t need to visit the dentist unless I am having trouble.
Answer: False. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends twice-yearly visits to your dentist. At these appointments, your dentist can evaluate your mouth, look for signs of any problems, and propose treatment to address any issues, such as decay or gingivitis, before the problems get worse.

True or False: Periodontal disease can impact your overall health.
Answer: True. Everyone knows that periodontal, or gum, disease can cause problems with your mouth, including gum recession and tooth loss. Most people don’t realize that research has linked gum disease to other issues, such as osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, complications with diabetes, and heart disease. Because the initial symptoms are mild, many people don’t realize they have a problem.

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Why It’s Important to Visit the Dentist

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

With little improvement in the economy, reduced wages, job loss, and health care costs on the rise, people are cutting expenses wherever they can. Often, people start by forging dental appointments. Other times, dental visits are seen as optional and fall off the list of priorities.

Before you cancel your next appointment, think about the importance of dental care:

  • You can save time and money. Everyone has heard the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Keeping regular checkups on the calendar allows your dentist to monitor your oral health and catch a small problem, such as a cavity, before it turns into a larger issue, like a root canal.
  • Dental visits can improve your appearance. If you want to maintain a vibrant smile, regular appointments can help. A professional cleaning and polishing will remove build up, allowing your smile to really sparkle.
  • Routine checkups keep your oral health in good shape. Gum disease, tooth decay, and TMD can compromise your dental health. Without treatment, these issues can wreak havoc on your mouth and cause serious damage. At your regular appointment, your dentist will discuss options to address any problems and protect your smile long-term.
  • Your dentist can detect other health problems. In many cases, your mouth shows signs of overall health issues. For example, X-rays of your teeth can indicate the development of osteoporosis, a condition that causes weakening and brittleness in bones.

It’s time to schedule a visit to our Family and Cosmetic Dental practice in Richmond Virginia

 

Taking Care of your Teeth During the Summer

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

School is out for summer and vacation mode is in full swing! However, that doesn’t mean you can take a break from good oral care. Keeping your teeth and gums clean may not be top on your list of things to do this summer, but it’s important to maintain proper dental habits. Don’t forget to follow these tips for keeping your mouth healthy during the summer.

Brush carefully
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and try to do so after eating. You may be snacking more often during the summer, which means your teeth are more subject to harmful acids that can contribute to decay. Plaque will build up unless you brush it away using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

Floss daily
Yes, even during the summer you need to floss every day to get rid of plaque and food between your teeth. Your toothbrush can’t reach every area, so that’s why flossing is vital. Make sure you pack dental floss for any overnight trips too.

Wear your appliances
If you wear braces or any other types of appliances, make sure you continue to clean them properly and to wear them as directed by your dentist or orthodontist. The length of time for your treatment may be extended if you skip a whole summer of wearing your appliances or are inconsistent with them.

Eat nutritious foods
Don’t take a vacation from eating healthy foods. Avoid items high in starch and sugar, which promote acids in your mouth. Try to make nutritious choices in what you eat and drink, and remember to brush after eating.

See your dentist
There’s usually plenty of opportunity during summer break to schedule a checkup with your dentist. Go in for a professional cleaning and thorough checkup, so that your mouth will stay healthy and you can help avoid extensive treatment.

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