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Full-Mouth Rehabilitation Can Revive Your Smile

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Are your teeth broken or cracked? Does your bite feel uncomfortable? Do you feel embarrassed about how your smile looks? If you answered yes to these questions, talk with your dentist about full-mouth rehabilitation.

Disease, trauma, and daily life can take a toll on your smile. Full-mouth rehabilitation is designed to revitalize your appearance, improve oral health, and restore harmony in your mouth. The full-mouth rehabilitation process usually combines cosmetic and restorative treatments to re-establish balance between your teeth, gums, bone tissue, and the related muscles.

As part of correcting your dental problems, your dentist will work with you to decide on a course of action that suits your goals, budget, and lifestyle. You will receive a thorough analysis of your whole mouth.

Then, your dentist will make recommendations that may include the following procedures or some combination of these therapies:

  • Porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding to cover imperfections on existing teeth
  • Dental implants or dentures to replace lost teeth
  • Tooth-colored fillings or dental crowns to stabilize damaged teeth
  • Root canal therapy to save a severely injured tooth and prevent extraction
  • Periodontal therapy to stop gum disease and improve oral health

Typically, full-mouth rehabilitation involves a series of appointments. Once your dentist has created a detailed plan, you will visit the office over several visits so that the dental team can systematically repair your mouth and smile.

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Questions to Ask Your Dentist

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

As a society, we tend to focus on ways to improve our overall wellbeing. When it comes to health and prevention, many people forget about their teeth and gums. Maintaining good oral health impacts your quality of life. Taking a proactive approach to dental health can prevent problems such as gum disease, tooth loss, extensive decay, and oral cancer.

To protect teeth and gums, visit your dentist for twice yearly checkups. During the appointments ask your dentist these questions:

How is my dental health?
Your exams will give the dentist a clear picture of your teeth and gums. After finishing the evaluation, your dentist should review the findings with you so that you know the status of your oral health. If the dentist finds any problems, he or she can make treatment recommendations and explain the plans in complete detail.

What can I do to improve my dental health?
Because each person’s mouth is different, you need your dentist to offer specific instructions. For instance, you may need to brush longer, floss more often, or switch toothbrushes to receive the maximum benefits.

Can you make a difference in my oral health?
From bad breath treatments to veneers to night guards for teeth grinding, your dentist can address issues and enhance your smile. Let your dentist know about any concerns or questions you have.

Is there any information you need from my doctor or vice versa?
Changes in the mouth can indicate other health problems, so find out if your dentist thinks you need to share details with your doctor. At the same time, you should let your dentist know about any chronic conditions or changes to your medication regimens.

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Fun Facts about Toothpaste

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

You brush every day to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Most people don’t think much about their toothpaste, except whether they like gel or paste. These interesting tidbits about toothpaste might surprise you.

Read on to learn more about toothpaste, and share these cool facts with your friends!

  • Before modern toothpaste existed, people tried all kinds of dry, rough substances to clean their teeth, such as crushed eggshell, pumice, and the burnt hooves of animals.
  • In the past, brushing your teeth wasn’t important so many people had black, rotten teeth, including Queen Elizabeth I.
  • Toothpaste is often flavored from plants like spearmint and peppermint.
  • Dicalcium phosphate dehydrate is the abrasive in toothpaste that helps remove leftover food and plaque from teeth. It makes up about 1/5th of the toothpaste tube.
  • Colgate began selling the first commercial brand of toothpaste in 1873. Crest made its U.S. debut in 1955.
  • A document from the 4th century A.D. provided a recipe of ingredients needed for the perfect smile: one drachma (one hundredth of an ounce) of rock salt, two drachmas of mint, one drachma of dried iris flower, and 20 grains of pepper, all crushed and mixed together.
  • Found in shampoo and soap, surfactants are the ingredients that allow the paste to foam and they help spread the toothpaste over your teeth.
  • Other than texture and flavor, gels and pastes work the same so it’s a matter of personal preference.
  • The most important ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride, which helps strengthen enamel and prevent cavities. Don’t use fluoride toothpaste on children under two because they can ingest too much and cause staining on their teeth.

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Why Not Consider Dental Implants?

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

If you are missing teeth, you may feel self-conscious about your smile. And lost teeth can impact your chewing and speaking ability. Over time, bone degeneration and subsequent tooth loss can also occur. Dental implants are a great option to replace missing teeth and revive your smile.

Look at the following reasons as you way your options:

Dental implants are a permanent solution.
Designed to look and feel like your original tooth, a dental implant is surgically placed under your gum and the dentist places a prosthetic crown on each post. These replacement options create a solid, attractive smile.

Dental implants stand the test of time.
Although they may cost more money initially than dentures, dental implants have a longer lifespan. With proper home care and regular dental checkups, implants will likely last 20 years or more. Can you say the same thing about your dentures?

Dental implants offer improved stability.
With implant therapy, you can say good-bye to messy creams and embarrassing slippage. Unlike dentures, the implants won’t move out of position because they are surgically anchored into place.

Dental implants improve oral health.
When you lose a tooth, the other teeth may shift into the open space, creating alignment problems. Gaps in your smile can also weaken the supporting bone structure. Implants fill in the spaces, which keeps your mouth in better shape.

Dental implants boost your self-esteem.
Lost teeth can cause you to limit what you do and the people you see. Completing your smile with dental implants can allow you to live life to the fullest so that you can eat, laugh, and smile with total confidence.

We specialize in dental implants at Richmond Dentistry

Protect Yourself Against Oral Cancer

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

It may not be one of the most publicized types of cancer, but oral cancer kills more people than cervical, testicular, or liver cancer. In fact, one American loses the battle against oral cancer every hour. The good news is that if it’s diagnosed in the early stages, there is a 90 percent survival rate for the disease. Early detection is the key.

Are you at risk for oral cancer?
Men are at a higher risk of oral cancer, and tobacco use increases your risk. Age also plays a role in your oral cancer risk. Even so, 25 percent of victims of oral cancer have no specific risk factors.

What are the warning signs?
Common symptoms of oral cancer include unexplained mouth bleeding, unusual bumps or thickenings, hoarse voice or changes in your voice, changes in the color of your oral tissues, and difficulty chewing or swallowing. Sometimes your dentist can detect problem areas even before symptoms arise, so it’s important to maintain regular checkups even if you don’t notice symptoms.

What can I do to prevent oral cancer?

  • Pay attention to the warning signs, and don’t ignore your body. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Quit using tobacco and alcohol, both of which increase your cancer risk.
  • Eat a balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible, and use sunscreen on your lips when you are outside.
  • Examine your lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth yourself regularly.
  • See your dentist routinely. In addition to thorough checkups, some dentists use special screening tools to looks for oral cancer. You should visit your dentist every six months.

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Common Kids Dental Emergencies

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Kids will be kids, and emergencies happen that can affect the mouth. To avoid long-term damage, extensive pain, or unsightly results, it’s important to know what to do in a dental emergency. Let’s learn what you should do when your child has one of the following common oral problems.

Severe toothache
Look for food stuck between the teeth, and if so try to dislodge it with floss. Clean the affected tooth and rinse the mouth well with warm water. Swollen gums may indicate an infection, which requires a dental visit. Facial swelling can be relieved with cold compresses, but if it accompanies severe pain you should take your child to the dentist or emergency room. Try giving over-the-counter pain reliever, but don’t place the medication directly on the gum or tooth.

Chipped tooth
If your child chips a tooth, contact your dentist immediately. Fast action can help save the tooth, reduce the risk of infection, and prevent extensive procedures. Have your child rinse with cold water. If you can find the tooth fragment, take it to the dentist in case it can be bonded back in place.

Knocked out tooth
The first thing to do is locate the missing tooth. Hold it by the crown instead of the root, and rinse it gently. Try replacing the tooth back in the socket, and have your child bite a piece of gauze or cloth to hold it in place until you get to the dentist. If you can’t insert it, place it in a cup of cold milk to take with you. Time is important in saving a displaced tooth, so see your child’s dentist immediately.

Cut lip, tongue, or cheek
Ensure your child’s teeth are undamaged, and apply firm pressure with a moist washcloth or teabag to the bleeding area. If it doesn’t stop in fifteen minutes, call your child’s dentist or head to the emergency room. If the tongue is bleeding, there’s not much you can do except wait to see if it stops bleeding on its own within fifteen minutes. If not, visit the dentist or emergency room.

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Pregnancy and Your Dental Health

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Having a baby is usually a time for celebration in a woman’s life. With pregnancy, your body changes in obvious ways and in some not so noticeable areas, including inside your mouth. According to the American Dental Association, not taking proper care of your teeth and gums can impact your pregnancy and your overall health, as well as contribute to future oral health concerns.

When a woman is pregnant, hormone production increases and blood flow rises dramatically, between 30 and 50 percent. Because of the extra estrogen and progesterone, as well as the increased blood flow, about half of pregnant women develop pregnancy gingivitis, which can create swollen, bleeding, or sensitive gums. In fact, severe gum disease has been linked to premature birth, so it’s important to take the condition seriously. Practicing good oral habits, like brushing twice a day and flossing regularly, will help with the symptoms. During your second trimester, schedule a visit to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning; your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings during pregnancy to keep your mouth healthy.

If you have a problem arise during your pregnancy, contact your dentist right away. Most dentists will only perform fillings, root canals, or extractions during the second trimester and only if the procedure can’t be postponed until after the birth. If work must be done, your dentist will take every precaution to minimize risks to you and your baby. To be safe, a local injection of novocaine or lidocaine is the best choice for anesthesia. Usually, X-rays are avoided completely during pregnancy,

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