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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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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.

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Ways You Can Damage Your Smile

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Although tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, your smile is no match for abuse, neglect, or mistreatment. Without the right care, you can seriously damage your teeth and gums. If you want to see just how vulnerable your smile is, the following list will provide a surefire way to wreak havoc on your mouth.

Brushing infrequently and not flossing
For the best results, you need to brush at least twice a day and floss regularly. Flossing stimulates gums and removes debris from between teeth. Make these steps part of your oral care routine.

Forgoing regular dental exams
Having a dental checkup every six months will help maintain optimal oral health, but most people skip this recommendation. Even if you can’t see any problems, schedule your appointment so that your dentist can assess your current status.

Treating your teeth like tools
Ripping open snack bags, popping off bottle caps, or chomping on ice can lead to cracking and breakage. To avoid needing restorative dental work, take time to find the scissors or locate a bottle opener.

Whitening too frequently
If you fail to read instructions or whiten teeth too often, you may irritate gums or make teeth feel sensitive. Before beginning a bleaching process, check with your dentist to ensure that your smile can handle the treatment.

Getting an oral piercing
While you might think a lip ring or tongue piercing is a great accessory, you can cause serious harm to your mouth. Teeth can become chipped or fractured. You also risk excessive bleeding and infection during the piercing process.

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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.

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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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