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The Minimalist’s Guide To Optimal Dental Care

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Minimalist’s Guide To Optimal Dental Care

So you want a pearly white smile without putting endless time and energy into your dental care routine each day? No problem! Oftentimes people think that optimal oral care is out of reach, but the truth is that it doesn’t require much effort. The key is to care for your teeth in smarter ways, not necessarily more time-consuming or strenuous ones. Floss On the Go The American Dental Association recommends that you floss once per day, but it points out that the most important thing is that you do it. You don’t have to floss for a full three minutes as you stand over your bathroom sink before going to bed. Floss any time of day, and be sure to do a thorough job of getting between teeth. That’s what matters for healthy teeth and gums. So, if you need to floss while you are waiting for your kids to come down for breakfast or as you wait in the car during soccer practice, so be it. Keep Dental Care Handy Most people are more likely to do what’s best for themselves if it’s easy. So plan ahead to make dental care as easy on yourself as possible. Put extra toothbrushes, sample size bottles of mouthwash, rolls of floss, and sugar-free gum in your glove compartment, first aid kits, and purse. When you have extra time, you may actually be tempted to spend it doing something good for yourself if it’s within easy reach. Up the Fun Factor You need to brush your teeth between two to three times per day, but what also matters is how long you’re brushing your teeth. You should be brushing your teeth for at least two minutes at a time when you brush. To make the time pass faster and to be sure that you get in enough brushing time, you may opt to play a song while you brush. You don’t have to make an entire dental playlist, but keeping in mind some songs that run just over two minutes can be helpful and take the guesswork out of timing this aspect of dental care. Finally, keep in mind that you can continue to tweak your dental care routine to find things that work best for you. The most important aspect of dental care is sticking with good habits on a daily basis. Over time, that leads to optimal oral health, which can affect your overall health in a big way. For more oral care ideas, talk to a professional like Cassity, Jessica...

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Home Remedies For Receding Gums

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Home Remedies For Receding Gums

Receding gums is an indication of gum disease and is noted by a gap between your teeth and gums. Bacteria will begin to progress and result in gingivitis, the beginning of gum disease. If it is left untreated, it can proceed to periodontitis resulting in loss of your teeth. It is documented that in adults over forty, periodontitis accounts for approximately 70% of the loss of teeth. Oil Pulling Remedy Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic method from India dating back to over 3,000 years ago. It is beneficial for absorbing bacteria, freshening your breath, whitening teeth, and relieving toothaches. Since bacteria can be the culprit for gum disease, mixing coconut oil with your saliva can help reduce its harmful effects. All you need to do is use a spoonful of coconut oil or sesame oil and swish for approximately twenty-minute intervals. Green Tea According to a study performed in Japan by the National Center for Biotechnology (NCBI), 940 men drank a minimum of one cup of green tea daily. Almost all of the candidates noticed the bleeding gums and receding gum line decreased. It is accredited to the nutrients and antioxidants provided by the healthy drink. Change Your Diet By consuming more healthy fresh foods, your body will heal better, including your receding gums. Your body is craving more vitamin C, which is extremely important to maintain healthy gums. You need to include more fresh fruits and vegetables, including pineapple and strawberries as well as asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower. Consuming more cranberries will also obstruct the bacterial growth from adhering to your teeth. You can drink juice or a cup of cranberries after each meal to aid in the healing process. If you can’t get enough vitamin C from citrus fruits, you might choose to purchase calcium ascorbate. It is in powder form and is non-acidic. Simply place half of a teaspoon over your gums and wait for ten minutes. You can then rinse thoroughly. Saltwater The ancient Greeks discovered the anti-inflammatory effects of salt over 2,000 years ago. Saltwater promotes healing and won’t irritate your mouth like a store-bought mouthwash. That is one of the reasons many dentists recommend using it after dental surgeries. All you need is a cup of warm water and half of a teaspoon of salt to make the soothing mixture. When your gums begin the receding process, it is essential you make an attempt to remedy the progress. You only have one set of adult teeth, and it takes a good oral hygiene program on a regular basis with a professional, like Arrowhead Family Dentistry S. M. Bhatt DDS Inc., to ensure you can keep them for many years to...

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Got A Damaged Tooth From Tooth Decay? 2 Methods That Can Be Used To Restore It

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Got A Damaged Tooth From Tooth Decay? 2 Methods That Can Be Used To Restore It

If you have a damaged tooth because of tooth decay, you need to see your dentist as soon as you can. If you do not, the problem will only become much worse and you could end up losing the tooth. Fortunately, your dentist has different methods they can use to restore your tooth back to normal, two of which are listed below. Dental Fillings If the tooth is not very decayed, the dentist will likely use a filling to restore it. This is a simple procedure and you would only need one visit. The dentist will first numb the area with an anesthetic. Once you are completely numb, the dentist will use an instrument to remove the decay from the tooth. This instrument could be a drill, laser, or an air abrasion instrument. Once the decay is removed, the dentist will clean the space then put in your filling. They will polish the filling to try to make it match with your other teeth. Dental Crowns If your tooth decay is very bad, your tooth is likely very fragile and ready to break apart. If this has happened, the dentist will put a dental crown over the tooth to hold it together. If your tooth has already broken, the dentist can still use a crown to support your tooth. The crown will look like your other teeth so you will not even to tell that it is there. In some cases, the dentist will use a crown along with a dental implant. The crown is needed to cover the dental implant to hold it in place.  Before the dentist puts the crown over your tooth, they will remove the decay. An impression will be made of your natural tooth and the doctors sends that impression to a dental lab. They will make the crown so that it matches your tooth. The dentist will then cement the crown onto your tooth. Crowns are very durable and they generally last from five to 15 years. The average cost of a dental crown is $600 to $1500 per tooth. What your dentist will charge you depends on the materials that were used, as well as the condition, location, and size of your tooth. Your dental insurance plan may cover part of this cost if the crown was medically necessary. Your dentist, like Ideal Dentistry, can go over these two procedures with you in detail so you will know how they...

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4 Ways That You Can Treat Your Gingivitis At Home

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways That You Can Treat Your Gingivitis At Home

Gum disease impacts more than 75% of Americans, and the most common form of gum disease is something called gingivitis. Symptoms of gingivitis include swollen gums, bleeding gums and gum sensitivity. If you suspect that you have gingivitis, or if your dentist has told you as much, there are a number of things that you can do at-home to treat and fight off your gingivitis. Take Time To Brush and Floss Properly If you aren’t brushing and flossing properly, you will never be able to recover from your gum disease. It is important to take the time to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, both morning and night. Brush in small circles and don’t forget to brush behind your teeth as well. When you floss, you should have the floss “hug” the curve of your tooth and gently scrape. You should do this to both sides of all your teeth in order to ensure that you are removing as much debris and bacteria as possible. Salt Rinse Salt has antibacterial properties which can help when you are trying to fight off gingivitis at home. A salt rinse can help with the swelling and the inflammation of your gums. Add a small amount of salt to a glass of lukewarm water and stir, then rinse your mouth out with the solution. This should be done daily for the best results. Baking Soda Using a baking soda paste can help to neutralize the acidity in your mouth, helping prevent plaque buildup and treating your gingivitis. To use a baking soda paste, mix a small amount of baking soda with water until a paste is formed. Then, apply the paste to your gums. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse it off. Antibacterial Mouthwash Antibacterial mouthwashes can be bought over-the-counter at most stores and should be used daily when you are trying to fight off gingivitis. These mouthwashes are able to penetrate the nooks and crannies that brushing and flossing alone can’t reach and will kill off the harmful bacteria that causes gingivitis. If your gingivitis has progressed pretty far along and at-home treatment options aren’t working, you need to visit the dentist. The dentist can perform scaling and rooting to help rid underneath your gums of built-up plaque and can then prescribe you a prescription mouth wash that will help your mouth fight off the gingivitis. For more information, contact Suncoast Dental Center or a similar...

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What Is The Difference Between A Pediatric Dentist And A Standard Dentist?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Is The Difference Between A Pediatric Dentist And A Standard Dentist?

When you choose a dentist for your child, you need to be able to look at going to the dentist from the point of view of a child. Anything you can do to help your child feel more comfortable at the dentist can have an important effect on their habits of dental hygiene. While the standard dentist can perform dental work just as well as a pediatric dentist, by taking your children to a pediatric dentist, you gain an invaluable asset in helping your child learn dental hygiene. The Waiting Room Many dentists will have a waiting room with plush couches, a few magazines, and possibly a TV. While this might be all an adult needs to wait for their turn in the examination chair, children tend to have much more energy and curiosity. Trying to keep your children from using the furniture as a trampoline can be embarrassing and stressful for you and altercations at the dentist can leave a bad taste in your child’s mouth. A pediatric dentist will have toys, games, and possibly video games. In other words, your child should be more than happy to spend time in the dentist’s waiting room.  Children’s Person A people person is able to handle people, but a hygienist or dentist who is good with adults is not necessarily able to work well with children. A pediatric dentist will receive training on how to work with children as will their staff. Having a friendly ally at the dentist office can make a big impact on your child’s willingness to brush and floss their teeth.  Painkillers Even with a fun waiting room and hygienists who are good with kids, painful procedures can make your child dislike going to the dentist. A pediatric dentist should have nitrous oxide available to help children cope with painful, stressful procedures. You can have confidence that the dentist and hygienist know exactly how to administer the pain reliever so that your child is safe and comfortable.  Fear of going to the dentist can develop into a phobia with lasting repercussions. You might think that if your child is scared of going to the dentist, then they will be more willing to brush and floss their teeth. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. A positive relationship with a dentist can have a much better effect on teaching your child to care of their teeth. Not only will good habits spare your child pain, but it will help save your budget....

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The 5 Best Ways To Treat Dental Pain At Home

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The 5 Best Ways To Treat Dental Pain At Home

As you wait for your upcoming dental appointment to have your new ceramic crown installed, there are many ways that you can treat the pain that you are experiencing in your damaged or decayed tooth. By treating your pain at home, you can stay more comfortable until you are able to see your dentist. Here is further information on the five best ways to alleviate your dental pain: Brush Only with a Soft Toothbrush  It is very important that you brush your teeth well, even if your mouth is sore of if your tooth is sensitive to heat or cold. By using a very soft toothbrush and lukewarm water, you can clean the affected area without causing yourself additional pain. This is necessary to remove any food particles and bacteria that could lead to a gum infection. Rinse with a Warm Saltwater Solution One simple way to help your dental pain is to mix up some salt water and swish it around in your mouth. The best way to mix a saltwater solution is to use a coffee mug of warm water and place a teaspoon of salt into it. Stir the solution well and then use it as a rinse as needed to control pain. Apply a Cotton Ball with Clove Oil Clove oil has been used for decades to assist in controlling pain caused by tooth and gum problems. You can buy clove oil at any pharmacy and should apply it by placing a couple of drops on a cotton ball. Place the cotton ball directly on the area of pain for a few minutes to allow it to soak into your gums and relieve the pain. Drink Your Favorite Tea Since teas contain tannins, they are wonderful for use with dental pain. Brew the tea as you normally would, and then apply the spent tea bag to your gums for a few minutes. When you remove the warm tea bag, your gums should feel better, and you can continue the pain relief by drinking your warm tea. Avoid drinking the tea when it is too hot because this could cause you additional pain. Use Frozen Vegetables for Ice Packs Finally, ice packs are usually hard to use on places like your face or jaw, because they are not very malleable. To overcome this, use bags of frozen vegetables for ice packs. Break up the vegetables by dropping the bag of veggies on your counter before you apply it to your sore area. Contact a practice, such as the Pittsburgh Dental Spa, for more information....

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Don’t Want To Go To The Dentist? Now The Dentist Can Come To You: Pros And Cons Of A Dental House Call

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Want To Go To The Dentist? Now The Dentist Can Come To You: Pros And Cons Of A Dental House Call

If you need dental work or a checkup but think you can’t get to the dentist — maybe you’re housebound due to an injury or don’t have convenient transportation — you can now get a dentist to visit you. Dental equipment and technology have enabled dentists to start treating people at home, much like doctors who can now make house calls for urgent issues. While some procedures still need to be done in-office, you no longer have to avoid the dentist for basic procedures. But is the dental house call all it’s cracked up to be? No Travel for You This is a big pro for using a dental house call service. You don’t have to worry about parking or travel to get to an office. However, your dentist will have to deal with parking in your neighborhood if it is tight, and that can affect whether the dentist will come back to your neighborhood for followup treatment. Comforting Surroundings Being in your own home can definitely be comforting in addition to comfortable, especially if the person who needs the dental work is a child. Familiar surroundings can help ease any fright that might be compounded by being in a clinical setting with lots of pictures of tooth problems and lots of equipment hanging around. The drawbacks are that there’s only so much equipment that the dentist can bring to you — there will be times when you still have to go into the dentist’s office for more extensive treatment — and that means you may still end up having to deal with those clinical settings. Plus, the hygienic condition of your home could be less than optimal for dental work. For example, if you have a cat that sheds a lot of fur, taking an x-ray of your teeth won’t be a problem, but doing a basic tooth extraction (which really can be done at home) might not be advisable if cat fur is floating around. Potentially Lower Costs A traveling dentist will have higher travel-related costs but lower overhead — the person in your home doesn’t need a chair reserved for him or her in an office during the appointment. That can translate into lower costs for you. However, the traveling dentist might not take insurance and might not offer payment plans, which means you need to work out how to deal with payments before the work is done. If you’d like to find out if the dental procedures you need can be done at home, talk to your dentist. He or she may know of other dentists who can do the procedures you need — and your dentist may actually have someone in the office who can go to your home — or he or she can explain why you need to come into the office to have the procedures done. For a dentist in your area, contact an office such as Pike...

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Periodontal Surgeries To Best Prepare Your Mouth For Dental Implants

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Periodontal Surgeries To Best Prepare Your Mouth For Dental Implants

Dental implants are stable, natural-feeling dental replacement options but the implants require ideal bone and soft tissue conditions for best results. If you have weak or eroded jawbone or soft tissue issues, your cosmetic dentist might need to fix the problems using periodontal surgery techniques. The type of surgery required depends on the problem and the problem also dictates whether the surgery will be performed before or after dental implant placement. Here are a couple of the potential periodontal surgeries that can best prepare your mouth for dental implants. Bone Graft A bone graft is one of the most common periodontal surgeries required for dental implant placement. Your dentist will use donor bone to patch or thicken areas of jawbone that are currently too weak to properly support and heal around the dental implant root. Weak or missing bone can be due to systemic illness or poor oral healthcare. The donor bone can come from within your own body, which usually is taken from elsewhere in your jaw. If you lack enough healthy bone to donate to yourself, there are outside sources your dentist can use. Those donors include synthetic materials, cadaver bone, and even bovine bone. Your dentist will need to perform the bone graft well ahead of the implant procedure since the old bone and donor bone need time to heal and fuse together before the root is placed into the bone. Gum Graft The dental implant relies on the jawbone for stability but the blood vessels in the soft tissue covering the bone help keep the area healthy during the healing times involved in receiving dental implants. A lack of sufficient gum tissue could leave bone partially exposed once the natural tooth is removed. Receding gums are a common but irreversible condition caused by genetics or poor oral hygiene habits. If your gums have receded to the point that your dentist can’t close tissue over the implant root, you might have to undergo a gum graft. The graft works similarly to a bone graft in that donor tissue is stitched into existing tissue to better suit the implant’s needs. Graft tissue can again come from your own mouth – usually from the roof – or from an outside source. Gingivectomy or Gingivoplasty In rare cases, people actually have an overabundance of gum tissue. When natural teeth are present, the extra tissue tends to make teeth look smaller than normal. Once the natural tooth is removed, the excess tissue doesn’t fit tightly over the jawbone for optimal healing and bone promotion. Your dentist might recommend a gingivectomy to remove excess gum tissue ahead of your dental implant procedure. The dentist might leave a bit of extra gum to allow for some shaping room once the implant is placed. After the implant crown is successfully installed, the dentist can perform a gingivoplasty procedure to better shape the soft tissue around the base of the implant. The shaping is done via scalpel cuts and stitching the gums to heal in the new position. If you’re looking into having a cosmetic dental procedure, see http://tlcdentalohio.com or contact your local dentist for more...

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FAQs About Gagging While Wearing Dentures

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on FAQs About Gagging While Wearing Dentures

New dentures or partials can take time to get used to. Unfortunately, until you are accustomed to the feel of the dentures in your mouth, you can experience gagging. Gagging is considered to be a natural response to the dentures, but it can sometimes be an indication of other problems. If you are experiencing gagging, here is what you need to know. What Causes Gagging? The gagging some denture wearers experience is the result of the glossopharyngeal or vagus nerve being stimulated by the dentures. The nerves are part of the system that your body has in place to keep you from choking. When the dentures comes into contact or is near the nerves, the gag reflex is triggered. For some people, the urge to gag goes away as they become accustomed to wearing the dentures. At some point, your mind stops identifying the dentures as a foreign object and the gagging stops. How Can You Avoid Gagging? Unfortunately, there is very little you can do to avoid gagging. However, there are things you can do to speed up the process of adapting to your dentures. For instance, practice speaking while wearing the dentures. You also should avoid putting more adhesive on the dentures than recommended. Too much adhesive can ooze out the borders of the dentures and trigger the gagging reflex. What if the Gagging Continues? Ideally, you should become accustomed to your dentures or partials within a few weeks. However, if you do not and the gagging continues, a more serious problem might exist. It is possible that the palate of the dentures is too long. If it is, your dentist can trim back the palate to reduce the amount of contact that it has with the roof of your mouth. As a result, the gagging should stop. It is important to note that trimming back the palate by too much can compromise the dentures. The palate helps to provide the suction needed for the dentures to remain securely in your mouth.   Another option your dentist has is to make a palateless denture. There is very little contact with upper roof of the mouth, but it is not as secure as a denture with a palate. Consult with clinics like Advanced Dental Professionals if you experience any other problems with the dentures. Your dentist can assess the issue and provide you with a solution that will help you more comfortably wear the...

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The Easiest and Best Way to Close the Gap Between Your Two Front Teeth

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Easiest and Best Way to Close the Gap Between Your Two Front Teeth

If you have a gap between your two front teeth, your dentist would call this diastema. Diastema is not hazardous for your oral health, but it can be embarrassing. This can occur for a lot of different reasons, but it can also be corrected. Some people choose braces to move the teeth closer together, but this is not the most sensible or cost-effective option for adults. Instead, your dentist might recommend composite bonding to fix the problem. Here are three things to know about composite bonding. What is composite bonding? Composite bonding is a process used to fix a variety of issues with teeth. Bonding is a process that refers to attaching a material to a tooth, and composite is the material used. Composite is a resin-based material that can be tinted to match the color of a person’s teeth. It is used not only for filling in gaps between teeth, but also for filling in cavities, filling in chips in teeth, and fixing teeth that are discolored. It is an ideal material for these types of problems, primarily because it adheres well to teeth. This makes it strong and durable, and it offers a natural appearance. How is it used to close gaps in teeth? A dentist completes the process of closing a gap by applying the composite material to the two teeth next to the gap. The dentist then shapes the composite material and sands it down. The goal is to make the teeth slightly bigger so that they extend towards each other more. By doing this, the gap will be gone. What makes this the best method for filling in gaps? Composite bonding is not the only way a dentist can close the gap between teeth, but it is typically the most cost-effective way. Composite bonding costs around $300 to $600, while veneers cost $900 to $2,500 per tooth. Composite bonding may not last as long as the other methods, but it can last for around seven years if you take good care of your teeth. Another benefit of using composite bonding to close gaps is that it can be completed in one visit. If you choose braces, it may take months or years to achieve your goal. With veneers and crowns, you will typically need to visit the dentist at least two times to complete the process. If you are ready to find a way to close the gap between two of your teeth, contact a cosmetic dentist, such as Preferred Family Dental, to find out if composite bonding is right for...

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