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How Family Dentistry Helps To Ensure A Lifetime Of Better Health

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A famous speech from Shakespeare’s As You Like It describes the “seven ages” of life ending “sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.” But that prediction doesn’t have to prove entirely true. Modern family dentistry may not be able to do much about your hairline, but it can certainly help you keep a full set of healthy teeth throughout all seven of those ages. Take a look at how the right family dentist can play a hugely important role in your loved ones’ lives — from the youngest to the oldest. Childhood Yes, babies are born without teeth — but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a good family dentist. Once those baby teeth start growing in, they’re immediately vulnerable to sugary drinks, thumb sucking, and other potential threats. Your family dentist can tell you when to schedule that all-important first checkup while also giving you important tips on which foods nourish teeth as opposed to damaging them.  Baby teeth eventually give way to permanent teeth — or at least they’re supposed to. If a baby tooth refuses to fall out, it can interfere with the correct eruption and alignment of the permanent teeth, possibly even causing your child to sport two teeth in the same spot! Your family dentist will watch these issues closely to determine whether the offending baby tooth needs to be extracted. The Teenage Years Adolescence brings many physical changes, including changes inside the mouth. Crooked teeth or malocclusions (bite misalignments) will cause serious issues in adulthood if they aren’t corrected now. Your family dentist can advise you as to whether your teenager needs braces. Fortunately, modern options such as “invisible” braces, braces available in fashionable colors, and removable tooth aligners can go a long way toward removing feelings of self-consciousness — even as the braces themselves result in a beautifully straight smile. Wisdom teeth are another issue associated with the teenage years. These unwanted “extra” molars typically erupt around the age of 18 (if they decide to erupt at all), and in many cases they grow in at an angle that causes pain and threatens the health of surrounding teeth. Your family dentist can ease or even prevent that discomfort by extracting the wisdom teeth, a common oral surgery procedure. Adulthood If you’ve made it into full adulthood with all your teeth, your family dentist is obviously doing a good job! But you can’t relax about your dental care just yet. Teeth tend to weaken and wear down over many years of use, and cracks or other breakage can develop. Old fillings can loosen and fall out, and these need to replaced with fresh ones. Periodontal disease can invade the gums and tooth roots, even if you practice good dental hygiene, leading to infections that require root canal work and/or crowns. Your family dentist can take care of all these issues as they come up, while preventing other through regular professional cleanings and checkups. Adult eating and drinking habits can also be hard on the tooth enamel. Alcoholic beverages dry out the mouth, robbing the enamel of protective saliva and exposing to acids. Coffee and other “grown-up” drinks can stain or etch away the enamel. Your family dentist can get rid of the discoloration by using intense whitening procedures. Take these opportunities to...

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How Your Dentist Can Prevent And Repair Your Bruxism Damage

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Bruxism isn’t an easy condition to reverse. Since you grind and mash your teeth in your sleep, you’re unable to control your bruxism through sheer willpower. Although you can’t easily be cured of bruxism, there are several steps you and your dentist can take to repair existing damage and lessen future damage. By arranging for these dental services, you can once again have that picture perfect smile. Occlusal Splint Fitting Tooth damage must be stopped before any repairs can be performed. Otherwise, the repaired teeth will grind down and sustain further damage that will render the repairs ineffective. For this reason, the first step towards fixing your worn teeth is to have your dentist fit you for an occlusal splint. An occlusal splint is a small (typically plastic) device that looks similar to a sports mouthpiece. However, instead of just absorbing shock, a splint is designed to keep your teeth from making contact—even while your jaw is tightly clenched. There are several types of splints. Some splints must be fitted over both your top and bottom teeth while others only need to be fitted over one row of teeth. After a consultation, your dentist will be able to determine which style of splint will best suit your needs. Once your splint has been selected, it must be fitted to the shape of your teeth. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and use that impression to create a CAD model. Once a CAD model has been designed, your dentist can create a splint that fits perfectly to your teeth—regardless of their alignment or shape. Although you can purchase a thermoplastic splint that you can mold by yourself, it won’t be as comfortable as a splint that’s designed by your dentist. Thermoplastic splints can easily lose their shape and become unable to stay fitted to your teeth while you sleep. As a result, they can fall out of your mouth or become a choking hazard. A well-fitted splint is key to preventing your tooth damage from worsening in the future. Veneers And Crowns Once your bruxism damage is under control, your dentist can turn their focus towards repairing the existing damage your teeth have suffered. If your damage is minimal (which will only be the case if you catch your bruxism in its early stages), then you won’t need extensive operations to restore your teeth. However, most cases of bruxism aren’t detected in their early stages—unless you manage to wake your significant other during the night with your constant grinding or chomping noises. In cases of severe tooth damage, your dentist will recommend installing crowns. The majority of the damage your teeth sustain from bruxism is centralized in your molars. For this reason, crowns are especially effective at repairing existing damage and lessening future damage that may occur. Although, if your teeth are misaligned, then your nighttime teeth grinding will have caused heavy, visible damage to your canine and incisor teeth. In such a case, simple tasks such as eating or smiling become difficult and uncomfortable. Luckily, your dentists can plant either resin or porcelain veneers on your front teeth to eliminate any sign of worn teeth. Although veneers require your teeth to be ground down even further, they’ll improve your smile and once again allow you to...

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Crowns To Repair Broken Teeth – Possible Complications To Look For

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have a broken tooth, then your dentist may suggest the placement of a dental crown to repair it. This is best to restore the function, appearance, and shape of the tooth. The dental professional will shape your tooth and then create a mold. It will be sent to a laboratory where a more durable wax mold is created, and the crown is then fabricated. Most crowns are made to fit perfectly on the teeth, but some complications can still arise with the devices. Your dentist will often not be able to anticipate these difficulties, and this means that you need to visit the professional as soon as a problem arises. Listed below are a few complications that you should look out for. Biting Problems Dentists will usually place temporary crowns on the teeth to protect a dental break while a permanent crown is constructed. This crown must be released from the tooth before the new crown is adhered. To reduce your discomfort during the procedure, the professional will use lidocaine to numb the tooth. As the permanent crown is placed in your mouth, the dentist will ask you to bite down and indicate if the crown scrapes against the tooth above or below. Carbon paper will also be used to show high areas across the crown that may cause a problem.   Sometimes, the crown may be adhered a little too high, because your numb mouth will not be able to feel the bite properly. This can lead to increased pressure on the tooth and the disruption of the delicate and natural tooth material underneath the crown. When this happens, pulp can become injured and tissues may start to deteriorate. Dead tissues cause internal tooth infections and a root canal may be necessary. How is the Issue Fixed? If your dental crown hits hard against the other teeth when you bite, then you should make an appointment as soon as possible with your dentist. The professional can easily fix the issue by grinding a small amount of porcelain away from the crown biting edge.   A drill with a tungsten carbide bit will be used to remove a fraction of a millimeter of porcelain at one time until the bite is more comfortable. Lidocaine is not required during the process, and this will help to ensure better bite input from you during the drilling process. Sensitivity Issues Crowns are created to cover the entire exposed area of your broken or damaged tooth so that natural enamel and dentin can be properly protected. This helps to reduce cavity and erosion concerns in the future that may lead to crown replacement, root canal procedures, and dental extractions.   Unfortunately, if you form gingivitis around the crown tooth, then gum recession is likely to occur and a small amount of the dental root will become exposed. Damaged teeth are often extremely sensitive due to trauma, and the tooth root will emit strong sensations when you eat hot and cold foods. How is the Issue Fixed? Fortunately, your dentist will not need to remove your dental crown to fix sensitivity issues. The exposed area of the tooth will be treated instead. Generally, your dentist will apply a desensitizer to the tooth root to block the small openings within the dentin that cause pain sensations to be sent...

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Dental Implants And Hemophilia: What Patients Need To Know

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 17,000 people in the United States suffer from hemophilia. People with the disease can bleed for a long time after an injury, which increases the risk of complications after certain invasive procedures. As such, people with hemophilia must carefully consider the additional risks dental implant surgery can pose. Find out how hemophilia affects your body, and learn more about the precautions you should take if your dentist recommends dental implants. How hemophilia affects the body Your blood clots naturally because of special proteins in the body. These proteins (or clotting factors) help the platelets in your blood stick together to stop blood leaking from the vessels when you cut or bruise yourself. People with hemophilia have little or no clotting factor in their blood. Doctors diagnose two types of hemophilia: Type A occurs when you have little or no clotting factor 8. Around 80 percent of people with the disease have type A. Type B occurs when you are missing clotting factor 9. Most people inherit hemophilia from their parents, and the disease normally only affects males. Occasionally people acquire the disease when the body forms antibodies that attack and damage clotting factors in the blood. People with hemophilia are at higher risk of deep internal bleeding. People with the disease tend to have a lot of blood transfusions, which can increase the risk of infectious diseases. Joint damage can also occur. The risks of dental treatment Dental treatment can pose a risk to patients with hemophilia because these procedures often cause trauma and bleeding of the gums. That aside, with careful preventive care, dentists can safely and effectively carry out a range of treatments for people with hemophilia. The side effects of hemophilia vary between patients, and you may suffer mild, moderate or severe symptoms depending on your clotting factor deficiency. Around 70 percent of people with type A hemophilia have the severe form of the disease, so it’s important to consult a specialist before carrying out dental treatment. If you have mild hemophilia (with at least 5 percent clotting factor), you can visit a normal dentist for routine care. This treatment can include check-ups, fillings, scale and polish and even root canal treatment. You can also have some dental implants, including crowns and other cosmetic work. In all cases, you should always tell your dentist about the condition and any medications your specialist prescribes for you. If you have more severe hemophilia, you may need to undergo dental treatment in a specialist centre. What’s more, even patients with mild hemophilia may need to see a specialist for more invasive procedures. Deep injections, gum surgery and some dental implants can all cause complications, so speak to your consultant for more advice. Special precautions a dentist may take with your hematologist If you need certain dental implants, your dentist will need to work with a hematologist as part of a hemostasis management plan. This plan may use several treatments to replace or boost the clotting factor, including: Infusions of clotting factor or desmopressin (a synthetic hormone replacement) Clot-preserving medications or antifibrinolytics Fibrin sealants, which the dentist applies directly to the wound to promote clotting and healing After implant surgery, a specialist may also recommend tranexamic acid or epsilon aminocaproic...

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5 Things You Need To Know About Dental Crowns

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your teeth are strong, but it’s still possible to damage them.  If your teeth get cracked, chipped, or even broken, they will need to be repaired by your dentist. Dental crowns are a common way that dentists repair damaged teeth. Here’s what you need to know about them.  How do teeth get damaged? There are many ways that your teeth can get damaged. Some of them are preventable, but others are not. Your teeth can get damaged if you bite a hard object, like ice, bone, or the end of your pencil. Be careful not to bite hard objects if you don’t want to damage your teeth. Your teeth can also crack or break when they are weakened by cavities. Remember to brush and floss regularly to avoid getting cavities, and your teeth won’t break as easily. Your teeth can also become damaged in ways that you can’t easily prevent. For example, your teeth can be damaged in a car accident if your head hits the window or the steering wheel. They can also get damaged if you slip and fall in an icy parking lot, or if you get punched in the face.  Can all damaged teeth be repaired with crowns? Not all damaged teeth can be repaired with crowns alone, and some can’t be repaired at all. Your dentist will take a look at your tooth and let you know if it can be repaired or not.  Minor damage (such as a small chip) can be fixed with a crown. Cracks can also be easily repaired with crowns, but only if the root of the tooth isn’t exposed. If the root is exposed, you’ll need to get a root canal before you can get a crown.  Some damage can’t be fixed, and your tooth will need to be pulled. Some cracks fall into this category. If a crack in your tooth extends below the gum line, the tooth can’t be saved. Broken teeth may also need to be pulled out if they broke off too close to the gum line.  How is a dental crown procedure done? A dental crown procedure often takes two visits to the dentist. During the first appointment, the dentist will trim your tooth to allow a crown to fit over top, and then a mold will be taken of the trimmed tooth. A temporary crown will be attached to your tooth, and you will be sent home. Your permanent crown will be custom made in a laboratory. This takes about two weeks, and once it’s ready, you’ll go back to the dentist. The dentist will check the fit of your new crown and then cement it onto your damaged tooth, completing the repair. Does getting a dental crown hurt? Getting your tooth trimmed sounds terrible, but you won’t actually feel anything. Your dentist will numb your tooth before the trimming process begins, and may also numb the surrounding gum tissue. If you’re really anxious, this procedure can also be done under sedation, a type of anesthesia that makes you relaxed but not asleep.  How long do dental crowns last? Dental crowns last for a long time, but they don’t last forever. If you get a dental crown, you can expect to replace it within the next five to fifteen years. You can...

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Why You Should Try To Quit Smoking Before Getting Dental Implants

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dental implant success rates have risen in the past few years as advances have been made. Despite these advances, however, implant failure is still present. Studies have shown that most patients who smoke have higher rates of implant complications than non-smokers. Other common problems for avid smokers are outlined below, as well as tips for what you can do to decrease the likelihood of experiencing implant problems. Complications During Surgery The first concern your dentist has is related to the surgery. If you are unable to quit smoking at least 2 weeks before implant surgery, you should consider alternatives to implants – such as fixed or removable bridges and dentures. Smoking cigarettes increases the risk of inflammation during surgery. Combine that with the natural effects of anesthesia, and you are at high risk of cardiac arrest or heart attack during surgery. It is likely you will experience more pain immediately following surgery, as well. Delayed Healing After Surgery Not only are your pain levels higher following surgery, but the healing process lengthens if you continue smoking. Open wounds are more likely to become infected. And in the oral cavity, bacteria is already thriving. If you are able to discontinue smoking (even if it’s temporary, just long enough for the surgery and recovery), the bacteria will have less effect on the implant sites. Possible Implant Complications Implant surgery was probably successful if you were able to quit smoking for the duration of it. And there seem to be little short-term instances of complications related to smoking. But if you pick up on the habit again, you should be aware that long-term complications can arise. Among these difficulties are continued bone loss and peri-implantitis (infection around the implant). While slow to develop in most patients, you are at higher risk if you pick up on smoking after implant treatment. Likelihood Of Implant Failure As complications increase, you run the risk of higher implant failure. Implant failure for non-smokers is roughly 2% while implant failure in smokers is estimated between 5% and 6%. While these numbers may seem low in comparison with the many thousands of patients who undergo dental implants, keep in mind that implant failure is 2 to 3 times higher in smokers than in non-smokers. Continued Oral Health Problems Dental implants make your teeth look healthier and they won’t ever develop cavities. They are designed to preserve jaw tissue and are considered the most durable and natural-feeling prosthetic teeth available. Despite these great benefits, however, they don’t eliminate your ability to experience oral problems. Your other teeth can still get cavities, and bacteria in your mouth can still cause disease. Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease and oral cancers (primarily found in the jawbone and throat) than non-smokers. Treating these problems could result in failed implants because jaw tissue recedes, resulting in the removal of the implant rods. What You Can Do To Decrease Implant Complications Just because you smoke, it doesn’t mean you can’t get implants. The best way to ensure that the implants are successful both short- and long-term, however, is to minimize or quit smoking. There are dental clinics who specialize in treating smoking patients. These dentists can recognize early indicators of complications and will know how to approach their treatment. They also develop...

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Advances In Dental Implant Technology May Improve Patient Outcomes

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Since they arrived on the scene, dental implants have helped thousands of people restore the beauty and function of their smiles. Like most everything else in life, the technology continues to evolve and there are several advancements that promise to make dental implants easier, safer and faster to do. Here’s a brief outline of a few of these improvements that may be coming to a dentist’s office near you. Bone Regenerating Implant Posts One of the most important aspects of dental implant procedures is securing the post to the jaw bone. This is done by placing the post in position and waiting for the body to integrate it by growing bone around the implant. Unfortunately, many people are not good candidates for dental implants because they don’t have enough bone and/or gum tissue to support the implant. This is typically due to gum and periodontal disease but can also be the result of issues related to genetics, age and lifestyle. However, research conducted by scientists at Georgia Health Sciences University promises to improve bone growth so people that otherwise wouldn’t be a good fit for dental implants can get in on the fun. They discovered a special protein that caused the mouth to produce more new bone in 4 weeks than bone grafting. According to previous research conducted by another team but lead by the same primary researcher, this protein causes stem cells to turn into bone-producing cells. The new bone also promoted regeneration of gum tissues. This technology is still in the testing stages. Better Fitting Implants The crowns that fit on top of dental implants work great when they are used for front teeth or incisors. However, things go a little bit awry when dental implants are used to replace molars in the back of the mouth. According to the founder of Grant Dental Technology Corp., the current screws used to hold the crowns causes gaps to form that allows food particles to accumulate in spaces that floss and toothbrushes can’t reach. These particles attract bacteria that cause gum and periodontal disease, infections and other bodily problems. However, the company appears to have developed a solution to this issue. It’s developed an implant that features a rectangular base for the crown rather than a round one. This allows the crown to attach more tightly to the gums, preventing unwanted gaps from forming as well as stopping the crown from loosening during chewing. The company expects the new crowns will be available sometime in 2015. Crowns While You Wait 3D printing has been used for a variety of medical marvels including allowing people in areas with limited healthcare options print prosthetic limbs for amputees. Now the power of 3D printing is showing up in dentists’ offices all across the country. Specifically, specially designed printers are letting dentists produce crowns and dental implants right in their offices. As it stands now, dentists have to create a mold of the replacement tooth and send it to an external lab that then makes the permanent tooth and ships it back to the dentist. This often means multiple appointments for x-rays and fittings and several weeks of waiting while struggling with a temporary crown. Using a 3D printer, however, a dentist can produce a permanent crown in about an hour. This involves...

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4 Quick Treatments For Common Dental Concerns

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you have a dental concern that does not require visiting a professional or you need a temporary fix until your appointment, there are many products that can help. Many times, the products can be found in your kitchen or at retail stores. Dry Socket If you have recently had an extraction, the pain should decrease over the next one or two days. Sometimes you may notice an increase in pain for no apparent reason. This is usually caused by dry socket. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that protects the socket and keeps it moist was lost, or never formed. A simple trick used to alleviate dry socket pain is clover oil. You can find clover oil preparations in the dental care aisle of your local store. Place a few drops of the clover oil on sterile gauze and place the gauze on the affected area. You can repeat the process several times a day to soothe the socket as it heals. Infections Painful white spots on your gum are often a sign of infection and need treatment by a dentist. If you cannot see a dentist immediately or cannot receive antibiotics from a doctor, try rinsing with peroxide in the meantime. Make a small rinse with half peroxide and half water and use the solution to rinse out your mouth. Repeat rinsing your mouth a few times each day. Although peroxide can be useful to temporarily alleviate infections, the mixture should not be used as a substitute for medical and dental care. With repeated use, the infection is likely to become resistant to peroxide and peroxide can contribute to dry mouth, which can make dental problems worse. Teeth Stains The easiest way to enhance your enamel is by eating a diet rich in enamel-boosting foods. When your teeth have sufficient protection from staining, any stains that develop are typically surface stains, which are easily dissolved by brushing. Once staining reaches the dentin in your teeth, no amount of natural products or at-home whitening kits will remove the stains. Another way to keep stains at bay is to use healthy snacks as a mini-toothbrush throughout the day. Crunchy fruits and vegetables are common food items that can help remove small surface stains, and prevent the stains from embedding in the enamel. If you want other options for snacks, consider whole-wheat pretzels and crackers, which can provide you with the combination of salty and crunchy, without many calories. Baking soda, peroxide and lemon juice are common teeth whitening products that are found inside your home. If you have dental problems, such as cavities or gum irritation, these products will only cause more harm. A small pinch of baking soda can be applied to your toothpaste once a week for a quick polishing of your teeth. The abrasiveness of baking soda can remove surface stains, and smoother teeth can help prevent plaque and stains from sticking to your teeth. Mixing baking soda with peroxide or lemon juice into a paste is a way to make whitening toothpaste. Bad Breath A dentist or family doctor should evaluate any chronic problems with bad breath. Underlying problems, such as decay, dry mouth or acid reflux, can contribute to bad breath and are not alleviated by retail dental care products. For the occasional...

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Urine Mouthwash And Four Other Reasons We Should Be Thankful For Modern Dentisty

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The history of dentistry goes back a long way–farther than you might expect. In 5000 B.C., the Sumerians referred to “tooth worms” as the cause of tooth decay and attrition. Since that time, almost every civilization has developed techniques for dealing with oral hygiene and dental issues. Some of these techniques are surprisingly effective. Others seem like the worst possible approach imaginable. Here are some of the more interesting dental practices used by humans throughout history. The good news is that you don’t have to rely on any of these to preserve your dental health today–unless you want to, of course. Chew Sticks The first bristle toothbrush originated in China in the year 1498. Before that time, humans were forced to use other methods to keep their teeth free of food particles and plaque. While these human’s diets were largely made up of vegetables and nuts, tooth decay and plaque were still an issue. Chew sticks were the answer to this problem before tooth brushes came about. Simply put, people used to stick a twig or root in their mouth and chew on it. That’s it. As the practice developed, people began to select specific plants and trees for their antibiotic and breath-freshening properties. In fact, some people still use chew sticks as a supplement to regular brushing and flossing. Dental Pelican This imposing tool was named for its resemblance to a Pelican’s beak. Basically, these were the precursor to the modern day forceps–a tool used to extract a problematic tooth. When you look at a Dental Pelican, it’s easy to see that comfort was not a primary concern. Interestingly, the first people to use the Dental Pelican weren’t dentists. Rather, barbers often found themselves using the Dental Pelican to remove teeth that caused their customers discomfort. Fortunately, this type of procedure is left to the dental specialists today! Pepper Toothpaste Today’s toothpaste comes in a variety of flavors and variants. However, in ancient Egypt, citizens didn’t have much of a choice in the matter. Historians have discovered one of the oldest formulas for toothpaste in recorded history, and while it appears to be effective, it isn’t very comfortable. Two parts mint, one part dried iris flower, and twenty parts pepper make up the formula for ancient toothpaste. Modern dentists who’ve tried the formula report that it’s effective but causes their gums to bleed. That said, it’s probably an improvement over simply chewing on a stick! Urine Mouthwash In ancient Rome, urine was considered a powerful tooth whitening agent. Not just any urine, mind you, but specifically Portuguese bottled urine. Apparently, the pastime was so widely utilized, Nero placed a tax on it. And to think, we complain about taxes today! The funny thing is, urine mouthwash actually works to whiten teeth. Ammonia does a great job of disinfecting the mouth and can make your teeth whiter in the process. That’s why urine was a primary ingredient in mouthwash until the 18th century. Today, ammonia is still used to clean teeth–just not ammonia harvested from Portuguese urine. Tooth Magic Early dentistry was a process filled with trial and error. Sometimes, known remedies and traditional approaches simply did not work on a patient. In those cases, early dentists often turned to magic to destroy supernatural enemies that reside within the...

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Seven Guaranteed Ways To Ruin Your Veneers

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Porcelain veneers are applied over the surface of your existing teeth to smooth out your smile. Once applied, your teeth appear uniform, white and flawless. The veneers require some regular care and attention to keep them looking their best. In contrast to the effort required to care for the veneers, you can stain, damage or destroy them much easier. Here are seven different ways to damage your veneers. Ignore Them Neglecting your veneers is a great way to end up with plaque buildup and discoloration. Avoid brushing your teeth a few times a day, and don’t floss daily. Both of these things will remove food particles and plaque, which damage your veneers and your natural teeth as well. Skip Dentist Appointments Don’t attend regular dentist appointments every six months. The dentist will clean the veneers and your teeth, protecting your veneers instead. Those regular appointments will keep your daily neglect from doing its damaging job, because the dentist has the tools to clean the surface and polish the veneer again to restore its shine. Become a Smoker Porcelain veneers are naturally stain resistant, but if you are persistent enough, you can stain those veneers with yellow in just a few months by smoking cigarettes. If you are a particularly heavy smoker, it might even happen faster. Nicotine is harsh on both natural teeth and porcelain, so smoking is a sure-fire way to stain that white smile. Brew a Cup of Stains – or, Coffee Add coffee and tea to your daily meal plan, and by all means, avoid brushing your teeth after you drink them. Brushing your teeth thoroughly after you drink coffee or tea will clear away the surface stains before they can soak into your veneers, so steer clear of the toothbrush. Leave the Fruits and Veggies in the Fridge Reach for something soft before you grab that apple. Eating fruits and vegetables will clean your teeth (and veneers) whether you want them to or not. The hard texture of the food will actually remove plaque from your teeth as you eat. Avoid apples, celery, carrots and other crunchy produce to keep away from this natural tooth cleaning. Eat Hard Candies and Nuts Chewing on hard candies, nuts and ice can chip or otherwise damage your veneers And, if you catch the edge of the veneer with something hard, you may even loosen the bonding agent holding the veneer to your teeth. Keep a bowl of nuts and candies in the kitchen, or chew the ice in your cup of soda regularly for the abrasive benefit. Get Rid of Your Mouth Guard If you’ve got a habit of grinding your teeth, you’re already halfway there. Stop wearing your mouth guard at night to guarantee damage to your veneers. Despite the natural durability of veneers, grinding your teeth will put significant stress on the porcelain, which will damage the material and may actually break the bond holding the veneer to your teeth. Playing sports can get the job done, too. Things like football, hockey, boxing and ice skating can all be just what it takes to damage your veneers. If you take part in things like this without the safety guards for your mouth, you might be able to chip, crack or remove the veneers. Any kind of...

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4 Smart Reasons To Get Dental Implants As Soon As Possible

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Losing teeth and wearing dentures can be a traumatic life event that no one wants to go through. Permanent dental implants can improve your life, especially when you are struggling with all the problems associated with tooth loss. Here are four real reasons you should get dental implants. Dentures Cause Damage Constant pressure on the bones beneath your gums will cause the bone to atrophy. Wearing dentures causes this type of constant damaging pressure on your jaw bones. Over time the jaw bone will completely wear away so that only skin from your gums remains, which won’t support your dentures. This will lead to more slippage and rubbing.  Your jaw may begin to open and close slightly different to make up for the poorly-fitting denture. This can cause headaches, jaw pain, and neck pain.  Your dentures will also rub at the skin on your gums, causing irritation and sores. Because these sores on your gums are constantly subjected to bacteria in your mouth, it can put you at risk of getting a mouth infection.  If your dentures are not cleaned thoroughly, fungus can grow on them and be transferred to your irritated gums, getting beneath the broken skin. This will cause fungal infections inside your mouth. Teeth are Aesthetically Pleasing Having your own permanently-fixed teeth means that they work the best way possible. Teeth that are fixed to your jaw bones don’t slip off or slide around when you go through your day. You can talk to people and smile without being self-conscious.  When you don’t have a full set of teeth, your lips may sometimes have a caved-in appearance as there are no teeth behind them to give your face its natural shape. Having your own dental implants will restore the natural look to your face and its structure. Losing Teeth is a Difficult Life Event Some people consider losing a tooth similar to losing an arm or a leg, and a recent study has shown bad dental health can also lead to depression.  When you have missing teeth, it is a life changing adjustment and you will sometimes begin to act differently in social situations. You might stop going out socially completely because you are ashamed of the way your missing teeth look. When you have missing teeth you won’t want to smile, talk to people, and even form romantic relationships. Even eating foods in front of others can be stressful and cause anxiety because you may not want people to watch you try to eat without all your teeth.  Losing one or more teeth is a life changing event as it means that you are aging and that your body is beginning to “fall apart”. Everyone handles aging differently; some deal with it more traumatically than others. Food Enjoyment There may be certain foods that you crave that can be harder to chew, such as popcorn, peanut brittle, caramel corn, and even apples. When you lose several teeth and need replacement teeth, it is beneficial for you to get permanent dental implants that will allow you to eat all your favorite foods.  You also don’t need to worry about food getting stuck underneath dentures, or worse, sticky foods pulling your dentures completely off. For the first few months after getting dental implants you should eat soft foods to allow...

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