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New Patient? It is important to keep up with your dental health as it can effect your entire body and even self esteem.
Advantages of an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes have a timer, uses just the right amount of pressure, and are great for people with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome as well as children.
The Aging Mouth
Mouth care to keep good oral health as you age.
This approach to dentistry is based on holistic principles, and the therapies described below.
Anxiety, Fear and Phobia
In spite of these improvements, many people still experience anxiety, fear and even phobia about going to the dentist.
Bad Breath or Halitosis
We are unfortunately not always aware of our own bad breath. A bad taste or a dry mouth may indicate that you have halitosis.
Burning Mouth Syndrome
Most people know about the typical dental or mouth problems. Tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath and more. But there is a little known condition called Burning Mouth Syndrome that is more than frustrating to an unlucky percentage of mostly middle aged to older women.
Can My Smile Restore My Youth?
We can’t stop aging, but we can make the best of what we already have. Looking after your skin and general appearance is one step. But, what about your teeth?
Chewing Sugar Free Gum is Good for Your Teeth
Americans chew a lot of gum, especially children. Many adults can remember their parents warning them away from chewing too much. Those times have been changing recently.
What to Do If You Chip a Tooth
A chipped tooth can be more than just a painful inconvenience. If you find yourself with a visible chipped tooth it can also be very embarrassing.
Cosmetic Dentistry includes any procedure done to enhance the smile or look of the face. Some of these procedures may also be for health reasons.
Dental Amalgam Fillings
Traditionally, silver fillings are used for repairing cavities. These fillings are a mixture of metals called amalgams. As these amalgams are known to be half mercury, this leads to many concerns.
Dental bonding uses a durable tooth-colored plastic that is hardened with a special light, bonding it permanently to the tooth.
A bridge is termed a bridge due to the fact that it ‘bridges the gap’ between two or more teeth. It is not removable by the wearer.
Dental Care for Infants
Good dental health care starts with a solid foundation. This means you should start thinking about the health of your baby’s teeth and gums right from the beginning.
Toothaches are of course the most common dental emergency. If there should be damage to teeth as in the instance of being knocked-out, broken or chipped, or even partially dislodged, those teeth can sometimes be saved.
Dental Implants: The Ideal Tooth Replacement
Healthy teeth are a gift we often take for granted. Losing one or more teeth impacts our smile, our confidence and enjoyment of favorite foods. Dental implant technology is taking us a step closer to ideal tooth replacement.
Inlays are located on the top of the tooth, inside the cusps (bumps on top of the tooth), and are mainly used for cosmetic or restorative work.
Onlays are located on the top of the tooth, including the cusps (bumps on top of the tooth), and are mainly used for cosmetic or restorative work.
Dental sealants are plastic coatings developed and used since the 1970s, to help protect teeth from decay. They are not a substitute for fluoride treatments as they are used only on the chewing surfaces of permanent back teeth.
Diet and Tooth Decay
The main dietary cause of tooth decay is eating too much sugar.
Do You Grind Your teeth?
If you often wake up with a dull headache, ear ache or pain in your jaw; or your teeth seem super sensitive to heat, cold and even the ouch of your tongue you may.
Dry Mouth Syndrome
Many patients ask me about so-called “dry mouth syndrome” or xerostomia, speaking scientifically.
A possible complication of tooth extraction is called a “dry socket” - when there is not enough bleeding to form a clot in the socket.
Extraction of Adult Teeth
After a tooth has been extracted, it is very important for a good blood clot to form.
Extraction of Baby Teeth
Due to injury or decay, extraction of a baby tooth may become necessary as part of orthodontic treatment.
Fluoride / Fluoridation
Fluoride is a mineral found in the earth and appearing naturally in some water and foods. Since the 1930’s, it has been used to reduce tooth decay.
Fluoride and Infants
Recently there has been much discussion in the dental community about whether or not infants should be given fluoride supplements and what to do about infants who are under 12 months of age consuming fluoridated water.
Oral hygiene includes proper care of gums as much as tooth brushing.
More than 50% of adults suffer from one degree or another of gum disease. This disease includes damages to the bone that connects the teeth to the jaws and inflammation of the gums.
Holistic medicine is an approach that has more recently come to the forefront of dentistry.
The Importance of Flossing
We all understand the importance of brushing our teeth 2x’s a day, but surprisingly, not everyone understands how important it is to floss our teeth. Your set of adult teeth is all you are ever going to get so proper care is extremely important.
Inlays are used for restorative or cosmetic work on the top of a tooth but inside the cusps (bumps on top of the tooth) .
Implants are inert metallic devices (made of titanium) firmly screwed into the bone. They are used as an anchor for dentures or individual replacement teeth.
Mouth Guards for Sports
Mouth guards are used to protect the teeth lips and gums. They are used in sports where you may experience falls, body contact and flying equipment.
Many people believe that what one mouthwash does, so do they all. That’s actually pretty close to the truth. With some variation in taste and color being the main difference between them, most mouthwash products use the same ingredients.
Onlays are used for restorative or cosmetic work on the top of a tooth including the cusps (bumps on top of the tooth).
A good foundation of proper oral hygiene is helpful in preventing gum disease. The two most important factors you can do on a daily basis to ensure this proper foundation is with daily brushing and flossing of your teeth.
Oral thrush is an infection of the mouth caused by the candida fungus, more commonly known as yeast. This is an infection known to affect infants and their mothers through breastfeeding, but it can also affect toddlers, older adults and those with a compromised immune system.
Pacifiers and Oral Health
Some babies and young children will naturally wean themselves from their sucking behavior as they get a little bit older but others stubbornly hold on to this soothing activity, sometimes well past the time when their baby teeth start falling out and adult teeth start to come in.
Techniques employed by dentists to help with the pain associated with certain types of dental work.
When the tissues that support your teeth become infected, it is known as periodontal disease.
Plaque is a thin sticky layer of bacteria naturally forms on all tooth surfaces. These bacteria consume sugar in anything you eat.
Pregnacy and Oral Health
Changing levels of oestrogen in a woman's body can cause dental problems.
Preventative Dental Care
Prevention is designed to preserve the health and life of your teeth and to keep them pain-free. When it comes to oral hygiene, an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure.
Prosthodontistry involves replacement or restoration teeth which are damaged, missing, or had to be removed (extracted), as well as treatment of TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).
Replacing Your Fillings
If you have had one or more fillings to fix tooth decay you should know that fillings don’t last forever.
Replacement of Teeth
There are many reason that teeth need to be replaced and results can be severe if missing teeth are not replaced.
The root canal is the interior pulp of a tooth containing nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. This can become infected causing pain.
Saliva and Teeth
Saliva contains components that can directly attack bacteria which cause decay, and it is also rich in calcium and phosphates that help to remineralise tooth enamel.
People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing during their sleep repeatedly. This can occur hundreds of times during the night and often for longer than a minute.
Smoking, Gum Disease & Cancer
Tobacco use is a risk factor for oral cancers, periodontal disease and dental caries among other diseases
Soft Drinks and Your Teeth
The foods and beverages we consume can have an effect on our overall health. Our teeth are no exception. What you eat and drink directly affects oral health.
TMJ (TemporoMandibular Joint) Disorders
TMJ refers to the jaw joint, where the jaw connects to the skull. These are located near each ear. These joints are heavily used in speaking, facial expression and in eating.
The best possible toothbrush should have the head small enough and angled correctly to be able to reach all your teeth. It should also have multiple tufts and a soft-to-medium texture.
Brushing your teeth a minimum of once a day, along with flossing and regular cleaning, are the foundations of good oral hygiene.
Tooth Colored Fillings
In recent years, it has become possible to supply fillings that exactly match the color of your teeth.
Tooth Wear of Permanent Teeth
Tooth Wear is the loss of tooth surface, which is not caused by decay or by an injury.
Abnormal Tooth Wear can affect the enamel, dentine and the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth.
Vegetarians and Oral Health
Oral health is important for everyone. In addition to giving you healthy gums and teeth, good oral health is good for your overall health. Poor oral hygiene has been associated with heart disease, low birth weight babies, diabetes, osteoporosis and more.
What You Need to Know About Your Silver Fillings
Often enough, when the patient comes into my office with a problem, they have a large silver filling present with all or much of the tooth broken off around the silver filling.
The last adult teeth to appear are the wisdom, teeth, four teeth at the corners of your mouth, which often appear around the age of 20. These teeth often come in badly aligned.
The Wow Factor
Focus on your smile and this will get the attention and the confidence you always wanted.
Your Gums.Your body
You may have read numerous articles on the subject, but I’ll chance it and say it again…the health of your gums effect the health of your body.