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What is Tooth Enamel?

When you think about a tooth or what you see when you smile, that's enamel. Tooth enamel is the outer most layer of a tooth and its purpose is to protect the contents including dentin and tooth pulp. This layer is hard, even harder than bone.

Tooth enamel is an oxymoron of sorts because although it's a hard substance, it too is susceptible to corrosion and damage mainly from bacteria and acid.

What Tooth Enamel Does

The internal structures that make up your teeth are too soft to withstand the pressure of constant grinding and chewing. Just behind the enamel is dentin which gives your teeth their structure. The dentin could not withstand temperature sensitivity from hot or cold drinks or grinding food. The enamel therefore protects these internal structures just as a medieval soldier wears armor to protect his body and organs.

Unlike other body organs that re-grow or repair such as scar tissue, enamel does not naturally replenish itself. Remember that this is not a living organ and once it begins to erode or wear down only a dentist can restore your teeth.

What Causes Enamel Erosion

Although enamel is a hard substance, it is very vulnerable to bacteria and acid. Some of the worst culprits in this case include; sugar and acids found in drinks and food, dry mouth, certain medication, hereditary flaws and acid reflux.

Signs Enamel is Eroding

Most signs of enamel erosion are subtle and easy to ignore. The first and most common sign is tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and drinks. Discoloration or yellow teeth are also a common sign of enamel erosion. Other signs include;

  • Chipped or rough teeth (especially around the edges)
  • Unusually shiny teeth

Protecting Against Enamel Erosion

Fortunately, there are a few simple pre-emptive measures that you can take to preserve your enamel. The most effective preventive measure is to watch what you eat and drink. Limit or eliminate from your diet;

  • Sports drinks
  • Soft drinks
  • Sour candy
  • Vinegar

Brush your teeth at least twice a day or after eating or drinking and use fluoride toothpaste. Note that most of the water you drink already contains fluoride so be careful about overusing fluoride products. Too much of a good thing is bad and this includes fluoride. Chees and milk help to neutralize acids found in the mouth which may compromise your enamel.

Lastly, visit a dentist at least twice every year for a dental checkup. Your enamel issues can be resolved easily and quickly if detected early. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/21/2017
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How to Create a Desirable Dental Office Ambiance

There are many words that you can use to describe a dental office but 'ambiance' is hardly one of them. Dentistry is competitive and having great experience and exceptional skills may not be enough to guarantee a success or longevity. Great ambiance may be what makes your practice stand out from dozens of other dental offices across the city. Consider implementing a few or these ideas to create a dental office that people actually want to come to.

You Don’t Have To Look Like a Dental Office

If you have been to one dentist office, you have been to all of them. At least that's what most patients think. Dental offices tend to look, smell and 'feel' the same. Smell is a particularly strong sense and has a way of invoking good or bad memories. Few people have rosy childhood memories of visiting the dentist so if your office smells like every other dental office, it is no wonder your patients look anxious and uncomfortable. Something as simple as aromatherapy diffusers with scented essential oils can make all the difference. A dental office that smells like chamomile or lavender will definitely give your patients something to remember and talk about.

Watch Your Colors

Just like smells, colors also evoke feelings in people. Waiting for a root canal procedure is grim enough so your walls don’t have to add to the patient's sense of misery. Choose light colors and shades such as light blue, beige or sage green. Simply repainting your wall can make a huge difference and you may not even need to invest in anything else save maybe for an inexpensive diffuser.

Focus on Lighting

If you can manage, natural light is the best accessory you can have in your dental office. Your office immediately stops feeling claustrophobic and dull and gives the patient the feeling of being outside. If you can't have natural light, consider soft lighting that doesn’t point directly to the patient's eyes.

Borrow From Spa Treatments

Visits to the dentist office are often tense and anxious but this doesn’t have to be the case. A few spa-like touches can help the patients to relax while they wait their turn. Consider small additions such as hot tea (preferably flavored), scented or heated towels and eye masks. This definitely doesn’t sound like a dental office but there is no rule that says your patients can't get a spa treatment to go with the new filling.

You owe it to your patients to make them comfortable and maybe even look forward to visiting your dental office. Don’t confine yourself to traditional designs and rather experiment with creating an inviting and peaceful ambiance for your patients. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/17/2017
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Do I Need Dental Insurance?

Most types of insurance such as medical, worker compensation, life and auto insurance are a no-brainer. The issue of dental insurance is however a complex one. Most people wonder whether dental insurance is even worth it in the first place. There are no easy answers to this question and it largely depends on your specific situation.

How Dental Insurance Works

Dental insurance is unlike medical insurance in that the former has a limit after which you are responsible for paying out of pocket. Most Americans pay anywhere from $15-$50 for dental insurance a month. Maximum coverage limits vary in the $1000-$2000 range.

Less than 4-percent of Americans actually exhaust their dental insurance limit every year which makes the issue of whether dental insurance is worth it even more complicated.

What Dental Insurance Covers

The typical dental insurance plan is what is known as a 100/80/50 coverage and works like this;

100-percent coverage: for preventive care such as X-rays, cleaning, exams and checkups

70 to 80-percent coverage: for basic procedures such as periodontal work, extractions and fillings

50-percent coverage (or less): for major procedures such as dentures, root canals, crowns, implants and bridges

This is just a general overview of how dental insurance plans work as they may vary from one plan to another. For example, one plan may consider a root canal as a major procedure while another may term it as a basic procedure.

Most plans don’t cover orthodontic care but allow you to purchase a separate coverage. Very few cover cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening. Note that dental insurance mostly covers preventive care.

Types of Dental Insurance Plans

There are three major categories for dental plans;

Free-for-service or Indemnity Plan

Here you are at liberty to choose a dentist. The plan pays for a pre-determined percentage of your dentist's fees. You can choose form a wide range of dentists and may have a higher annual maximum coverage than most plans. This is a good choice if you prefer a certain dentist or anticipate major dental work in the future.

Preferred Provider Organization or PPO Plan

This type of plan has certain preferred dentists or in-network for you to choose from. You may choose a dentist who is not in the network but you would have to pay more in out-of-pocket expenses. These plans typically pay more than other types of plans. This is a good choice if you want coverage in case of an emergency or don’t want to pay high premiums.

Health Maintenance Organization or HMO Plans

You can only choose from dentists within the insurance network. These plans typically pay for 100-percent of your preventive care and may have attractive co-pay for basic procedures. This is a good choice if you want to pay low premiums and have no preference for dental providers and don’t anticipate any major dental work.

It is important that you understand exactly what the insurance covers and doesn’t cover and the implications before you sign up to a plan.

Conclusion

Whether or not dental insurance is worth it is a personal choice. If you are living paycheck to paycheck and wouldn’t be able to cover a dental emergency, dental insurance is absolutely recommended. At the very least, dental insurance is a good way to guarantee that you go to the dentist for your bi-annual checkups otherwise its money down the drain. Preventive dental care can save you plenty of painful and expensive procedures in the long-term. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/15/2017
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How a Night Guard Can Help Manage Teeth Grinding

Bruxism is the medical name for teeth grinding and clenching especially during sleep. At least 8-percent of the population suffers from the condition. Symptoms of bruxism may include insomnia, facial pain and of course tooth damage.

A night mouth guard is a common and simple solution for bruxism. It may not treat the problem itself but it protects your teeth against damage and alleviates most of the symptoms including insomnia, jaw pain and headaches. Below are a few ways night guards may help people dealing with teeth grinding.

Protect Your Enamel

The first and most obvious benefit of wearing a teeth guard at night is to protect your tooth enamel. There are different types of mouth guards depending on the severity of your condition.

Soft rubber: is a good choice if you regularly clench your teeth rather than grind.

Hybrid laminate: works for people with a moderate teeth grinding problem. This mouth guard has a soft interior and a hard exterior.

Hard acrylic: is specifically made for people with heavy teeth grinding issues. These also have a soft interior so you don’t hurt your teeth and gums.

The idea behind the night guard is to create a protective layer between your teeth. Rather than your teeth getting worn, the guard takes the bulk of the damage. You may need to replace the night guard anywhere between a year or five years depending on the type of guard and the severity of your condition.

Relieve Jaw Pain

People who clench or grind during the night often wake up with soreness or pain around the jaw and cheeks. The human jaw can exert a force of up to 1,300 Newtons which is why you wake up with jaw pain after a full night of clenching and grinding. A night guard creates a cushion between your upper and lower teeth and therefore protects your jaw from excess tension.

Get Better Sleep

This is especially true for custom made nigh guards. The nigh guard helps to reduce or even stop grinding and clenching. At the very least, the guard will reduce the intensity of your clenching or grinding sessions. This in turn leads to far better sleep.

You may want to get custom-made night guards that fit your particular set of teeth comfortably. These guards have proven effective for managing and sometimes stopping bruxism. At the very least you will be able to treat or manage the symptoms of the condition. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/11/2017
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When, Where and How to Floss

Flossing is one of the most important dental hygienic routines that everyone should be able to do regularly. Children under the age of twelve can be assisted by their parents to floss properly so that they can learn and carry the habit into their future. Sadly, only very few people floss. Additionally, the few that floss sometimes do not do so properly.

 

One of the misconceptions about flossing is that it is hard work. When you know how to floss, you will not only prefer it as opposed to tooth decay but you will also reap the benefits of strong and healthy teeth. Dental floss also prevents gum diseases. It removes plaque that is between teeth and on gums.

 

It is important to learn how to floss properly. You need to know when and where to floss so as not to have the excuse of not having time for the activity. Here are a few suggestions:

 

When to Floss

 

  1. Floss only when you are at your highest energy level and enthusiasm.
  2. If you are a morning person, you should have your breakfast and brush your teeth. After this, you can floss.
  3. People who are active in the afternoon can floss after they have had their lunch.
  4. Anytime your eyes and brain are ready to begin the day, you should floss and ensure that your teeth are well taken care of. People who are active in the evening can floss right before bed.

 

Where to Floss

 

  1. Remember that flossing is a cleaning process and there is bound to be some leftover food particles on the string or on your hands. It is therefore important to do this activity in the bathroom. This is because you can use the water to rinse your hands and teeth when you need to.
  2. Some people floss in the shower.
  3. If you rarely have time to do this at home, you can take advantage of the time you will spend in traffic and floss in the car.
  4. Those who love watching movies and television can floss as they enjoy their shows.

 

How to Floss

 

  1. Wrap the floss thread on your middle fingers. Make sure you have at least eighteen inches of thread in between.
  2. Hold the floss with your thumb and index finger and push it inside the spaces of the tooth. This should be follow an up and down movement taking care not to injure the gums.
  3. Do this several times in between the teeth. Make sure you also clean near the gums gently. Use clean floss each time you remove it from the spaces. 
Posted by: Admin Admin on 12/3/2014
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What's Your Favorite Music In The Dental Office?

When you visit the dentist, you will notice that there is always music playing in the background. This music is used to relax and calm the patients. Dentists always want their patients to relax when they come for an appointment. Indeed music in the dental office can make a big difference in the overall experience you have at the clinic.

 

Music also affects the mood of patients and dentists. Studies show that music increases people’s productivity because it calms and soothes them. It is a fact that each individual has his or her own taste in music. People’s favorite music falls under classical, oldies, rock, jazz and blues. While there are people who love listening to music at the dental office, there are others who love listening to the news as they prepare for their appointment.

 

With the unlimited choices of music that we have, it can be challenging for the dentist to choose a genre that his patients will enjoy. While classic music soothes an individual while working, the same genre can be someone else’s boredom. However, there are some dentists who are very creative when it comes to ensuring that their patients hear only their favorite music at the clinic. Here are some of the ways that they ensure this is possible:

 

  1. Plug and play: Dentists allow their patients to plug in earphones while in the office and choose a genre of music that they love. This is mostly encouraged when the dentist is administering treatment as it makes the patient relaxed.
  2. Radio stations: Different radio stations are known to play music in certain categories at certain times. There are times when only classical music is played while other times, hits are played. Dentists will choose the most popular radio stations or program on radio while their patients are waiting for their appointment.
  3. Surveys: Dentists are always encouraging their patients to share their thoughts about their experience while at the clinic. They find out the kind of music that their patients like and provide it based on popular demand.
  4. Paid music services: There are dentists who prefer having paid subscription to music services. This is because there is continuous playing of people’s favorite songs. The song selection is also very wide and uninterrupted.
  5. Playlists: There are certain dentists that will design playlists based on the selection of their patients. They will therefore have the playlist on CDs and DVDs that will play uninterrupted music.
Posted by: Admin Admin on 12/2/2014
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What is Fluoride?

One of the common dental routines is the brushing of teeth at least twice a day. Dentists also insist that their patients use toothpaste with fluoride. Sometimes, you find yourself asking what this fluoride is. Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in the soil, food and water. This means that fluoride is natural and found all over the earth.

 

In the United States, fluoride is added in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. Indeed studies show that people who drink fluoridated water decrease chances of having tooth decay by two thirds than those without fluoride in the water. This is why the American Dental Association approves the adding of fluoride in water. Here are some facts about fluoride:

 

  1. Fluoride prevents cavities: This mineral promotes bone growth in teeth. It hardens the enamel and allows children and adults to have strong and healthy teeth. As you grow old, your bones will be able to hold the teeth in place because of fluoride. When the enamel is hard, your teeth will also be strong.
  2. Re mineralization: Anytime we eat or drink food and fluids that contain acid, saliva will carry this acid and cause demineralization of the teeth. Calcium in the teeth is dissolved under the surface of the teeth. When the saliva has little acid, re mineralization occurs. With the presence of fluoride, the minerals that are deposited under the surface of the teeth remain for longer and strengthen bones and teeth.
  3. Getting the right amount of fluoride: It is important to get the right amount of fluoride in your teeth as this prevents dental diseases. Too much fluoride is discouraged. Dentists agree that if the drinking water has fluoride, brushing with toothpaste that has fluoride is enough to strengthen your gums and teeth. If the water you use is from a public water system, it is important to find out if it has fluoride. You can do this by calling the water district. You can also have the water tested if you have a private water supply system such as a well.
  4. Seeking dental advice for fluoride: Dentists prescribe fluoride to patients who have tooth decay or do not receive enough fluoride for their teeth. There are fluoride tablets and drops that are available for children and adults. The recommended dosage should be taken daily. The dentist is the right person to prescribe the right amount of fluoride for the family as he or she understands your dental history. 
Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/30/2014
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Tooth Pain After a Root Canal

Procedures on root canal are usually painful. In fact, some patients usually express more pain after a root canal procedure. There are many of these procedures that are done on patients every year. There is indeed evidence of pain after treatment and sometimes, this pain persists for a while. This pain can remain for six months depending on the procedure.

 

One of the acute pains that patients experience after a root canal procedure happens around the tooth. This almost always happens when the patient needs emergency appointments to re-evaluate the teeth. This pain is known as post-endodontic flare-up pain. One of the causes is because of dental anxiety. The tooth will definitely have pain that is normal after dental surgery. Treatment of post-endodontic flare-up pain includes prescription medication for drugs that are taken orally. 

 

Other reasons why you may suffer from tooth pain after root canal procedure is the following:

 

  1. When there are complications during or after the procedure. You can get an infection when one of the root canals is left unclean.
  2. There are times when there is a crack at the root of teeth that can go unnoticed.
  3. Defective dental restoration. This makes bacteria enter the teeth and re-contaminate the teeth.

 

There are cases where patients suffer from tooth pain even after medication. This is known as post-operative pain. This is pain that patients experience within six months of root canal procedure. There are cases where the pain causes patients to suffer so much so that their routines are affected. Solutions for this persistent pain include:

 

  1. Minimal chewing and speaking: Until the procedure is finished, it is important to minimize activities such as chewing and speaking. This will assist you in avoiding contamination. Additionally, you will also prevent breaking until the tooth is completely healed.
  2. Take the medication that the dentist has prescribed. Avoid over the counter medication or recommendations from friends without checking with your dentist first.
  3. Observe oral dental health after the procedure. Typically, your normal routine will change after a root canal procedure. It is important to speak with your dentist concerning the changes so that you can recover without inflammation and infection. Brushing and flossing gently is also important.

 

Scheduled dental appointments are also important so that the dentists can re-evaluate the procedure. The dentist will also be able to assess your progress. 
 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/23/2014
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Rejuvenation Dentistry

Rejuvenation Dentistry

Rejuvenation dentistry is a philosophy initiated by Dr. Gerry Curatola, an internationally renowned celebrity dentist. This philosophy merges lasting beauty with advanced health. The founder of this philosophy believes that a beautiful smile and a healthy mouth help improve your life. Therefore, this philosophy regards your mouth as a foundation to maintaining a healthy body, enhance your longevity, and prevent disease. Rejuvenation dentistry enables practitioners to offer a unique approach to wellness, beauty, and advanced dentistry. With this approach, professionals work closely with every patient to maximize the well-being and beauty of every patient's mouth. They further work to educate, support, and empower patients on taking control of their oral wellness and health. 

 

Ideology behind Rejuvenation Dentistry

Dr. Curatola's unequaled clinical research and experience in advanced aesthetic and restorative dentistry enables him to harmonize and visualize unique features to develop a smile that mirrors external and internal beauty. The core belief of this philosophy is that dentistry is a vital element of healthier and longer life. This ideology merges superior aesthetic dentistry with inclusive care based on the latest principles and science behind anti-aging to revitalize and rejuvenate overall beauty and wellness.

 

The goal of this approach is to treat you in the most holistic, caring, and healthy way possible. The founder of this approach also shares information concerning dental wellness with patients enabling them to make educated and informed decisions regarding their oral health. This philosophy lies on the premise that the relationship between your oral and overall health is critically important. Professionals who adopt this approach also apply holistic dentistry, which recognizes that your teeth and related structures form part of your entire body. Consequently, this approach offers a wide array of treatment options. Professionals also work to provide you with premium and holistic dental treatment in a healthy, supportive, and caring setting.

 

Services offered in Rejuvenation Dentistry

Implants

Implants are artificial structures that dentists place in the tooth area ordinarily occupied by the root. Your dentist will anchor implants to your jawbone or your bone's metal framework. Implants function as a foundation for a permanent bridge or artificial tooth. In some instances, your dentist could use implants to join dentures.

 

Crowns

Crowns are artificial caps, typically made of materials such as porcelain and placed on top of a tooth. Dentists usually use crowns to restore your tooth's appearance and function after a procedure for instance root canal treatment. When tooth decay becomes advanced, prompting the removal of your teeth, your dentist will recommend a crown to restore your tooth.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/13/2014
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I Just Chipped My Tooth

A chipped tooth can be of great concern as it usually happens suddenly. When you chip your tooth there are things that you can do immediately to get immediate relief. Otherwise it is better to see a dentist as soon as possible so that he can check your tooth further and provide the right treatment. If you are in pain, you can take a painkiller to help you handle the pain. Pain relief is important as it will take away the discomfort and help you deal with the situation in a calm way.

 

The other thing you can do is cover the edge with a piece of wax paraffin or sugarless gum especially if it has a jagged or sharp edge. This will protect your mouth from being scratched and injured by the sharp or jagged edge. Treat the tooth gently and eat only soft food that will not press hard on the tooth thus damaging it further.

 

You should visit your dentist so that he can look at the chipped tooth. Unless you fell or were hit hard that your tooth chipped, the dentist can be able to see if there is any underlying condition and treat it accordingly. Other procedures that the dentist will carry out on your tooth will include:

 

  • Bonding or filling
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If the chipped tooth is at the front and can be easily seen, the dentist will use a composite resin and mould it to fit the missing part. This is a simple procedure that involves roughening the surface of the remaining tooth and applying an adhesive which is used to hold the resin. After being shaped to look like a natural tooth, the resin is hardened using ultraviolet light. Filling is done if the crown of an inner tooth has chipped.

 

  • Dental crown
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The dentist can put a dental crown over the tooth that has chipped if a large piece has broken off or the tooth is too decayed. The cap helps protect the tooth from further damage and infection. The cap is also important for adding aesthetic value.

 

You should not assume a chipped tooth but should seek dental attention immediately. This is because a chipped tooth is susceptible to infection and decay. It can also chip away further leaving you to seek a more costly alternative as it will mean a more intense procedure.  You should ensure that you regularly take care of your teeth to make them stronger. A good diet will also help to have healthy teeth.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 10/29/2014
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How Stress Affects You

When you think about oral health, the last thing that comes to mind is stress. People think that hygiene and diet are the only ones responsible for the condition of our teeth. They are major players in oral health but not the only players. Your psychological condition has the ability to affect your health including the health of your teeth.

 

There are potential impacts that can occur on your mouth, teeth and gums if you are under stress. Some of these impacts include;

 

  1. Mouth Sores- they are also known as canker sores. They are small ulcers with a reddish border and a gray or white base. They normally occur inside your mouth in pairs or more. The cause of these sores has not yet been identified but stress and fatigue increases the chances of getting them. Please note that these sores are not contagious. They can be painful and to deal with them, you can reduce your intake of spicy and acidic foods. They normally disappear after ten days.
  2. Cold Sores- they are also known as fever blisters. Unlike canker sores they appear on your lips or around it. They can also appear on the neck or under your chin. They are filled with fluid and caused by the herpes simplex virus. They are contagious. Therefore, it is advisable to seek treatment as soon you notice that you are developing a cold sore. Stress can increase the occurrence of these sores. You can ask your dentist to recommend treatment for these sores.
  3. Teeth Grinding- experts have also discovered that stress will make you clench or grind teeth. This is known as bruxism. The process is done subconsciously both day and night. If this is a habit that you already have, stress could make it worse. Grinding of teeth will lead to problems with your temperomandibular joint that is found in front of your ear at the point where your lower jaw and skull meet.  If this is a problem, you can ask your dentist for a solution. They can get you a mouth guard that will help at night.
  4. Dry Mouth- when you suffer from chronic stress you might require medication. The medication prescribed for stress can cause dry mouth.  You need saliva to help wash away food particles and bacteria that form plaque. It is also uncomfortable to have a dry mouth.
Posted by: Admin Admin on 10/22/2014
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How Oral Health Affects Your General Health

Everyone craves for a healthy body without having to deal with illnesses that can really cause many setbacks. Dealing with your oral health is one way of ensuring the health of your whole wellbeing. The body is such that when one part is afflicted, it affects some other part. The mouth can also be considered as a major gateway to the rest of the body as it is through here that ingestion takes place. Indeed, whatever gets into the mouth will find its way to the rest of the body. The state of your oral health will affect not just the physical wellbeing but also the emotional.

 

  • When you are beset with cavities and gum diseases, your teeth are not at their best. Gum diseases may cause you to lose your teeth, which will affect your appearance leading to low self-esteem.
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  • Poor oral health may affect your ability to chew food properly. This affects what you can eat therefore leading to poor nutrition. Poor nutrition will not help build up strong teeth and gums. Poor nutrition also affects the rest of your body as good diet is needed to have a strong body that can resist diseases.
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  • Bacteria build up in the mouth has been seen to cause throat diseases which when gone unchecked can affect the health of the heart.
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  • Bacteria in the mouth can also find its way to the respiratory system therefore affecting the lungs. It can also find its way into the stomach and cause problems to the digestive system.
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Oral health should therefore be maintained at the best levels. Getting to a level of good oral health does not take much other than brushing teeth and flossing. Visiting a dentist also helps to treat any condition that may compromise your health. With so little to do, it is easy to be able to keep at bay any bacteria that may cause havoc not only to your teeth and gums but to the rest of the body too.

 

The effect of your oral health to the rest of the body may not be seen immediately but may build up over time. To avoid any complications that may arise due to poor dental health, it is better to make sure that the bacteria does not build up in the mouth by ensuring you give your mouth the full attention.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 10/21/2014
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How Often Should We Brush

Oral hygiene is important if you want healthy teeth. You need to clean your teeth regularly to remove plaque and food that accumulates on them. This is one of the fundamentals of oral health. Most people brush their teeth as a routine. They do not pay attention to the procedure. There is a right way or brushing teeth and a wrong way of doing it. It is only when you brush your teeth well that you can have clean teeth, fresh breath and prevent dental conditions that might affect your teeth.

 

When brushing your teeth, one of the things that you need to think about is the frequency. The experts advise that you should at least brush your teeth twice in a day. This is enough to ensure that your teeth stay clean. When plaque accumulates in your teeth, it can break down your tooth enamel and lead to cavities. Plaque can also harden and form tartar on your teeth which is harder to clean. There are a few things that you have to note about brushing your teeth.

 

  1. Keeping your teeth clean is encouraged but you should not overdo it. Brushing your teeth for more than three times in a day can irritate your gums.
  2. When brushing your teeth, you should do it for a minimum of two minutes. Brush your teeth thoroughly including the back of your teeth and tongue.
  3. The brush that you use is extremely important. Choose a brush with the right bristles and length so that brushing can be easy and effective.
  4. You should think about your diet when brushing teeth. You are advised not to brush your teeth immediately after taking acidic foods. Wait for thirty minutes to do so. Brushing immediately will further the erosion caused by acidic foods. If you are taking foods full of sugar however, you should brush soon after taking the food.

 

Cleaning your teeth is just one step of ensuring that you have healthy teeth. There is more that you should do if you want a beautiful smile. Some of the things that you can do include:

 

  1. Flossing daily.
  2. Make sure you replace your toothbrush once every three months.
  3. Eating healthy- your diet plays a significant role in determining the condition of your teeth.
  4. See a dentist regularly for checkups- this will help in early detection of problems and a dentist will offer advice on the best way to care for your teeth.
Posted by: Admin Admin on 10/19/2014
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Family Photos and Smiling Alternatives

Family photos give an opportunity to freeze memories for many years. They make great references for all gatherings that happen over the years. One prerequisite of family photos with the exception of somber moments is that a smile is expected. However not everyone is endowed with beautiful teeth that makes the photo picture perfect. If you are concerned that your teeth are not at their best, there are tricks that you can use to make the next family photo look presentable. A forced uncomfortable smile can make a photo moment not look authentic, so here is what to do.

 

  • Strike a pose - Taking a pose that focuses the attention from your mouth you can be able to get that perfect photo. You can tilt your head lower or take an over the shoulder shot thereby making the photo more focused to the eyes. If it is a group photo, you can stand at a position where you are not fully facing the camera.
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  • You can also move the smile to your eyes. You can do this by focusing on the emotion of the moment which is happy and giving a slight smile. This will mean the eyes will express the large part of your emotions.
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Not everyone is photogenic but the photo moment does not need to be torturous. Relaxing is one step of being assured of having a great photo outcome.  You can also use props to camouflage your smile. Instead of smiling you can laugh or say something. This will still capture the moment.

 

The other thing that you can do is actively be involved in changing the condition of your teeth. If the condition of your teeth is beyond being helped by just brushing and flossing, then you can consult a dentist and get help with making your smile look better. There are many procedures that can be done at the dental office that will help to give you that perfect smile that will boost your confidence.

 

Sometimes what is needed to fix your teeth is something so simple that you will be surprised when it is done. Your dentist will help you by recommending the right products and procedures that you can use to improve your smile. So if you are tired looking for ways to get that perfect smile, visit your dentist for a solution that will boost your confidence in getting the perfect photo.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 9/29/2014
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Digital X-rays are Terrific

One of the technologies that dentists are embracing for their patients is digital radiography, commonly known as digital x-rays. As the name suggests, this is where wireless sensor is put inside your mouth. A computer is used to display the image of your mouth in a matter of seconds. The images can be enlarged for clarity and diagnosis of teeth problems.

 

Instead of an x-ray film, digital x-rays use sensors. The patient is able to see the condition of his teeth on the computer. The best thing about using digital x-rays is the fact that you are exposed to very little radiation.  Studies show that the amount of radiation produced from these machines is safe just like those that come from television and planes. For images to be seen on the computer, a patient wears a lead apron. A thyroid collar is also placed on the neck to keep the head steady. Other benefits of digital x-rays include:

 

  1. Digital x-rays are viewed from computers. This makes it easy for dentists to email other dentists for a second opinion when handling challenging dental conditions. Consultation with these specialists is made easier and quickly. This benefits the patients. 
  2. Digital x-rays are used as preventive tools in dentistry. The x-ray allows dentists to see things they could not see with the naked eye. Dentists are also not able to see elusive dental conditions such as the early stages of oral cancer. These x-rays allow them to have very clear images of the patient’s mouth.
  3. Dental diseases inside the pulp and gums are hardly seen with the naked eye. This machine is great for noticing such problems. Treatment is administered to patients as soon as they have dental diseases. This also prevents severe problems in the future.
  4. Digital x-rays offer invaluable information about the oral health of patients. They show the presence of cysts, bone deterioration, tooth decay and teeth irregularities. A dentist is able to notice when teeth are improperly positioned. This is very important especially for children. When this problem is corrected at an early age, children will have healthy teeth when they grow up. 
  5. Elimination of chemicals: Dentists use digital x-rays where images are processed on the computer. This means that they do not need to use chemicals to develop or fix dental x-rays that come from the x-ray film. This eliminates the need for chemicals in the clinic that can be hazardous when they pour.    
Posted by: Admin Admin on 9/14/2014
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Can My Dentist Help Me Quit Smoking

Smoking is a popular habit. Every year, statistics show that people pick up this habit. Smoking is popular among the young and old alike. There have been numerous campaigns against smoking. The campaigns mainly focus on the effects of smoking on your health. However, lung cancer is not the only thing that you have to worry about when you are dealing with smoking. Smoking also affects your oral health. It is important to note some of the effects that this habit has on your oral health.

  1. Bad breath- one of the things that you have to worry about when smoking is bad breath. Nicotine gives your mouth a pungent smell that will not only be uncomfortable for you but also annoy the people around you.  
  2. Stains on Teeth- smoking will cause permanent staining on teeth that is extremely difficult to remove. To remove these stains you might need professional cleaning from your dentist which will cost more.
  3. Receding gum line- this habit will also lead to the receding of your gum line. This will expose the roots of the teeth from the gum line. This exposes your teeth to many infections.
  4. Development of tartar and plaque- tobacco will lead to the development tartar and build up of plaque. This is difficult to remove with regular brushing of teeth and can lead to tooth decay and serious  
  5. Increased sensitivity- when your gums are exposed because of smoking they become more sensitive to hot or cold things. This can be uncomfortable especially when you want to eat. It has the ability to affect your nutrition.
  6. Smoking also affects the way your mouth will heal after dental work has been done. Smoking will reduce the rate of healing after dental work.

It is advisable to think of ways to quit smoking for the sake of your oral health. Your dentist can be helpful in developing strategies for quitting smoking. Some of the things that you can do include:

 

  • If you are a smoker, you are at a greater risk of getting oral cancer and periodontal disease. You are advised to have your dentist screen you regularly to check for any signs of these diseases.
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  • Sugarless gum can really be helpful. Chew sugarless gum and drink water to help you with the cravings.
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  • You can also develop a routine that will help you deal with your cravings and help you quit smoking.
Posted by: Admin Admin on 8/27/2014
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Can Drinking with a Straw Benefit You?

Drinking straws can be greatly beneficial for your oral hygiene and general well-being; they are convenient, easy to use and portable. There are different types of drinking straws made from different materials including stainless steel, paper, re-useable plastic and disposable biodegradable plastic materials. The benefits of using straws include:

  1. Protection against tooth decay.

Using drinking straws can help protect against discolouring, tooth decay and cavities. You should position the straw to the back of your mouth and do not rest it on your teeth. This will limit the time of contact between your teeth and your beverage minimizing exposure to bacteria and sugary substances that can stick on your teeth and cause enamel erosion and decay.  If you allow your teeth to come into contact with the drink you are taking then you will not get this benefit.

  1. Promotes good hygiene.

Most restaurants offer drinking straws for their customers as a courtesy and as a health precaution. It is more hygienic to use a drinking straw when using utensils meant for public use to avoid contracting germs and communicable diseases. The most important thing to ensure is that the straw is well wrapped before you use it to ensure cleanliness.

  1. Drinking straws are convenient.

Using drinking straws on the go is convenient, it ensures you do not spill beverages on yourself especially hot drinks and coloured drinks which can leave stains on your outfits. For a lot of women drinking straws are convenient because they do not smear their lipstick or lip-gloss all over their glass and their lips when taking a drink.

  1. Drinking straws are safe. 

Drinking from straws allows you to consume controlled amount of liquid this will ensure that:

 

  • You avoid burning your tongue and mouth with hot drinks.
  • Using a straw controls the amount of liquid you take therefore reduces the possibility of getting choked.
  • For individuals with sensitive teeth using a straw ensures you experience less sharp pain when drinking a cold beverage because you regulate the amount that gets to your mouth.

 

Drinking straws can be beneficial to a lot of people especially to those who want to drink more water, using straws makes drinking water easy. It is also for those who have:

 

  • Sensitive teeth or dental problems.
  • For the sick being nursed and need to be feed.
  • For young children.
  • For people who prefer to use straws.
Posted by: Admin Admin on 8/25/2014
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Brushing And Family Fun

For some reason, brushing teeth has always seemed to be a chore to many especially children. This is can be considered puzzling as teeth brushing is meant to safeguard the health of the teeth. Parents should therefore make brushing of teeth a regular activity that is ingrained in the lives of their children. The parents should start by ensuring that children understand the importance of brushing teeth for their wellbeing. When they understand this, they will see the importance of this activity and be glad to carry it out at all times.

 

Brushing teeth should not be deemed to be forced upon children but it should be taught to them. When children feel like the activity is imposed upon them, they may rebel against it and take any opportunity not to brush gladly.  It should be gradually introduced into their routine and they will not have a problem with it in future. Making this a fun activity instead of a chore will make it more accepting to the child.

 

  • Make a game out of it

Children respond to games. Race the child to the bathroom and challenge him or her to who will reach first and start brushing.

  • Make it fun

Incorporate songs, fun toothbrushes, toothpastes and holders as stimulants that will make brushing time fun.

  • Make it a family activity

 

Let it be a time for everyone to brush. This will be encouraging to the little ones and when they see everyone doing it, they will accept it as part of a routine.

 

Making the act of brushing teeth fun is effective if done the right way. The activity should take at least two minutes for the mouth to be well cleaned. Rushing through it in the name of fun and games will make it counterproductive. You should use the opportunity to teach the children the right way to brush their teeth to ensure all parts of the mouth are reached during the exercise.

 

It should be fun and exciting but you should ensure that all products used are safe for children and the whole family. The toothbrushes should be effective and well designed. The toothpaste that you choose should be safe and not have ingredients that will cause harm to the health of the family. With fun brushing exercises and proper instructions, the child will come to appreciate brushing teeth and will always associate the activity with a fun memory.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 8/23/2014
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Best Vitamins For Your Smile

As you age, your gums and teeth also change. Proper dental care and consuming a healthy diet could help you maintain a strong and beautiful smile. Certain minerals and vitamins also help encourage oral health. In spite of these benefits, numerous people tend to overlook the significance of good nutrition in maintaining a beautiful smile. While a healthy mouth and beautiful smile are indeed pleasing, paying attention to your oral health is of great importance.

 

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is beneficial in developing healthy gums and teeth. This vitamin also comprises beta-carotene, which has anti-oxidant properties. These anti-oxidants aid in the elimination of free radicals, which describe chemicals that hasten decay in your body. This vitamin is also an important element of the production of your tooth enamel. A deficiency in this vitamin could lead to overgrown gums, gum disease, and bleeding gums. A diet lacking in this vitamin will result in the slow recovery of gum infections. Moreover, a lack of this vitamin is associated with abnormal tooth and bone formation.

 

Vitamin C

Also called ascorbic acid, this vitamin is water-soluble. It aids the absorption of iron and promotes the development of strong gum tissue and teeth. A deficiency in this vitamin results in loose teeth, bleeding gums, and mouth sores. It is advisable to take this vitamin daily. Lack of this vitamin increases your susceptibility to infection, gum disease, and bleeding. Furthermore, if you suffer from periodontal disease, you have an increased likelihood of swelling and bleeding.

 

Vitamin D

This is one of the major elements that your body requires for appropriate phosphorus levels and calcium absorption, which are vital for your bones and teeth. This vitamin also helps keep tooth cavities at bay, thereby enhancing your smile. This vitamin functions alongside calcium since Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption. Adequate calcium is essential to your teeth's structure. A diet that lacks or is low in vitamin D could result in burning mouth syndrome.

 

Vitamin B complex

This vitamin is also vital to maintaining oral health. This is because a deficiency could cause your lips to crack and bleed.  A deficiency could further produce lesions and open sores outside and inside your mouth. Besides discomfort, open sores increase the likelihood of viruses, bacteria and other contaminants entering your blood stream. Deficiencies in this vitamin could also worsen gingivitis and cause sores in your tongue, gums, and other soft mouth tissues.

 

Vitamin B3

A deficiency in this vitamin could cause canker sores and bad breath. Therefore, you should increase your intake of foods such as fish and chicken.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 8/21/2014
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Antacid Tablets Bad for Teeth

Most people use antacids to reduce the level of acid in their mouths. This is a common habit that might be causing oral health problems. There is no conclusive evidence that antacids can help in reduction of acid levels in your mouth. Notably, most of the tablets that people take are bought over the counter. This means that it very easy for them to over use them.

 

When you overuse antacids, you reduce the amount of acid in your stomach. Your stomach needs to retain a certain level of acids in the stomach for digestion and it will react by producing more acid. This is what leads to the frequent heartburns that people suffer. It is important to note that these acids also affect the condition of your teeth. Excess acid in your mouth can cause tooth erosion.

 

Tooth erosion refers to the wearing out of the enamel as a result of acidic foods dissolving it. Stomach acids also cause erosion. This happens when people vomit or during severe heartburns. Tooth erosion can be severe and expensive to treat and you might need to replace your enamel when they are eroded.  There are several ways to prevent tooth erosion. Some include:

 

  • You should reduce the amount of acidic foods and drinks that you take. If it’s possible limit the intake of these foods to meal times.
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  • It is also advisable to avoid brushing your teeth soon after taking citrus fruits or acidic drinks. You should wait for at least half an hour before you brush your teeth. Instead of brushing your teeth, you are advised to rinse your mouth immediately after taking acidic foods or drinks.
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  • Saliva in your mouth helps in reducing the acidic levels in your mouth. Therefore you can use sugar free gum to stimulate saliva production.
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  • Avoid over using antacids. Only use them when necessary and have a dosage that you are following.

 

Dental care is a priority. You should put effort in learning the things that might not be good for your teeth. This helps you in preventing damage to your teeth. If you have a dentist that you regularly see, they can easily detect tooth erosion as soon as it starts to happen. If the erosion on your teeth is extreme, then you might have to get veneers or composite filling to correct the problem. It is advisable to get a cosmetic dentist for such a procedure.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 8/13/2014
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