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Other Uses for Toothpaste

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Usually, you apply toothpaste to your brush and clean your teeth. While this application is certainly the most common use of toothpaste, it’s not the only one. Protecting your teeth against decay and keeping your breath are important, but toothpaste can actually do other things, including:

Heal insect bites and stings
Apply a dab of traditional white paste, to the affected area and leave it there. The toothpaste actually helps relieve itching and irritation.

Eliminate markings on the walls and wood furniture
If your little one has left artistic expressions on your walls or furniture, plain white toothpaste works wonders at getting rid of crayon marks and markers. Though it won’t remove paint, you may want to try it on a test spot to make sure it doesn’t change the color.

Remove scratches in DVDs and CDs
Because DVDs and CDs are somewhat fragile, scratches and nicks can easily ruin these sources of entertainment. Rinse the disk with water and rub old-fashioned toothpaste in the cracks to create a smooth playing surface.

Treat acne
When an unexpected pimple appears out of no where, try a dab of original toothpaste. Cover the area before bed time and you should wake up to a clear face.

Erase scuffs on shoes
Rub toothpaste on the white part of sneakers to remove black marks and scuffs.

Cover nail holes in walls
For the small imperfections left by pictures, posters, or other wall hangings, apply paste to the hole and use a putty knife to smooth it out. You may need to touch up the paint after the toothpaste dries.

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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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Causes and Effects of Gingivitis

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Any stage of gum disease (or gingivitis) can cause inflammation, pain, and sensitivity. It can make eating and talking difficult. It’s important to know what causes gum disease and what can happen if it develops, so that you can avoid it altogether or at least catch it before it wreaks havoc on your mouth.

What causes gingivitis?

Plaque buildup is the main cause of gum disease, although other factors can lead to it as well. These include:

  • Illnesses, especially those that interfere with your immune system. Patients with HIV, diabetes, and cancer are often at higher risk for gingivitis.
  • Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, menstruation, puberty, and menopause.
  • Some medications affect oral health by decreasing saliva or causing abnormal growth of gum tissue.
  • Smoking can hamper the healing of your gums.
  • Poor dental hygiene, including neglecting brushing or flossing, or using improper techniques.
  • Family history of gum disease.

What are the symptoms?
Gingivitis can sneak up without symptoms, even in the later stages of the disease. However, there are signs that may point to some level of gingivitis. These include bleeding, red, or swollen gums. Ongoing bad breath and receding gums are other symptoms. Deep pockets may form between the teeth and gums, and teeth may shift or loosen. You might also notice changes in how your teeth fit together when you bite down. Your dentist can recognize symptoms even if you don’t, so make sure you have checkups regularly.

How is gingivitis treated?
Treatment depends on the stage of your gum disease, how you responded to previous treatment, and your general health. Treatments range from therapies to control bacterial growth to surgery to restore gum tissue. Often gingivitis can be controlled with dental visits and good dental hygiene.

What can happen without treatment?
Gingivitis may advance to periodontitis, causing permanent damage to your mouth. Advanced gum disease has been linked to stroke, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes complications.

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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.

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