While undergoing a comprehensive dental examination prior to undergoing cosmetic dentistry procedures allows your dentist to recognize and treat dental cavities and gingivitis, it may also be saving your life. Your mouth can reveal serious medical conditions, however, when they are discovered and treated early, a good outcome is likelier. Here are three serious medical problems that your dentist may discover during a routine examination and what you can do about them.
29 December 2016
As a parent, one of the toughest jobs is instilling good hygiene habits in your kids. This is especially true when it comes to their oral health habits. After all, kids are known to love eating sugary sweets that destroy their teeth and for fighting the brush morning and night. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help monitor their oral health a bit better. Here are four tips to help you successfully do this:
6 December 2016
Dental anxiety affects a number of Americans to some degree, and while most people who experience it are able to overcome their fears, some are so afraid that it prevents them from getting the care they need. Fortunately, dentists and their staffs are more prepared than ever to help ease the anxieties that affect patients; they offer a number of interventions that can help nervous patients, including sedation. If you are fearful of visiting your dentist, you can also help alleviate these worries yourself both before and during the appointment.
17 November 2016
The tooth fairy is a fun tradition, bringing joy to the otherwise annoying and slightly painful experience of losing baby teeth. Usually, the tooth fairy leaves a dollar or a small prize behind for a child after they lose a tooth. But what if the tooth fairy could do even more for your child? Consider using the tooth fairy as an opportunity to teach your child a bit more about good oral hygiene and dental care.
27 October 2016
Wisdom teeth removal is something that plenty of people will have to go through at some point in their lifetime. So if your dentist informs you that it's time for them to go, there's no need to panic. At the same time, though, it is true that the immediate aftermath of wisdom teeth removal can be a bit uncomfortable or even painful. Your dentist will likely have a list of best practices you should follow and can even prescribe medication.
11 October 2016
Everyone wants to look their best when smiling, and getting and keeping your teeth as white as possible is a big part of that. Here are a few ways to keep your teeth white after your professional whitening appointment. Tongue Brushing This does more than get gunk off your tongue. Some research suggests that it can also contribute to keeping your teeth from staining. That bacteria on your tongue can build up and cause all sorts of issues for discoloring your teeth in the long run.
23 September 2016
One very important part of oral health is the gums. In order to keep your mouth healthy, you should work hard to keep your gums as healthy as possible. The following are some things that can have a negative impact on gum health. Changes in Hormones One health issue for gums is shifts in hormone levels. This typically occurs in girls and women, but hormone shifts can have an effect on men as well.
1 September 2016
If your smile is suffering due to a number of missing or damaged teeth, then getting dentures can help to take your smile to the next level. However, traditional dentures can often take a longer time to get used to because of their composition. Therefore, many individuals may consider getting flexible dentures. Flexible dentures are designed to mold to the shape of your gums and remaining teeth in your mouth. This makes it easy to eat, talk and perform everyday activities with the dentures in your mouth.
27 July 2016
Direct bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure for closing gaps/spaces, repairing chipped teeth, discolored teeth, and replacing the ugly silver amalgam fillings. The practice is used to give patients a smile makeover. In many situations, the process can be completed in one visit to the dentist's office. A composite or bonding agent, similar to putty, is simply applied to the tooth as it is described below. Benefits: It can be used instead of the ugly silver amalgam fillings and make the tooth blend well with the remainder of the teeth.
27 July 2016
If you have bad breath, you're not alone. It's estimated that about 60 million Americans suffer from chronic bad breath. Chronic bad breath can be caused by the bacteria that builds up on your tongue. One way to combat bad breath is to brush your tongue when you brush your teeth. That can be difficult to do when you suffer from an over-active gag reflex. If you gag every time you try to brush your tongue, don't give up.
11 July 2016