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Warding Off Bad Breath

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Warding Off Bad Breath

If you seem to have bad breath frequently, you will want to take extra steps in your oral hygiene routine to help remove odor so others do not have to suffer when you are nearby. Bad breath affects up to 65% of the population in the United States at some point in time. To reduce pungency within your mouth, follow these steps for fresher breath. Increase The Moisture If your mouth is dry, bad breath will be more noticeable. To get your salivary glands moving, try eating a quick snack. This will increase moisture naturally, whisking away some of the bacteria that causes the bad smells in your mouth. Drink water frequently to keep your mouth hydrated as well. If these methods do not work on their own, your dentist can prescribe a medication that will increase the saliva in your mouth to help keep bad breath away. Select The Right Foods The foods you eat can have an impact on your breath, hence why people who suffer from halitosis will usually stay away from onions or garlic. Instead of strong-smelling foods, stick with crunchy vegetables, fruits, or spices. Raw, green vegetables such as celery and parsley contain chlorophyll, which is a known bad breath eliminator. Citrus fruits and some spices, including cloves and cinnamon, can stop bad breath in its tracks.  Make sure you keep something in your belly at all times, as skipping meals will cause an acid build-up in your stomach. This in turn will cause gas, making you prone to burping. This will increase the odor in your mouth.  Keep Dental Appointments Bad breath can be an indicator that there is a bigger problem within the mouth. Often when a person has gingivitis or gum disease, bad breath will be a sign of the condition. Bacteria on the teeth and under the gums will start to emit an odor if it is not eliminated. Seeing your dentist twice a year will ensure you do not fall victim of this condition, as they will alert you if there are any symptoms present during your cleaning appointments. Scrape Away Grime When bacteria coats your tongue, it can contribute to the smells people notice when you talk. Brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth to keep bacteria from embedding itself in the tongue’s pores. If you are unable to get to a toothbrush when you are away from home, scraping the tongue with the edge of a spoon, or even with your teeth, will remove bacteria from the surface, helping to keep bad odor...

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Replacing A White Filling With A Dental Crown

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Replacing A White Filling With A Dental Crown

If you have a filling on the front of one of your teeth, and it is becoming loosened due to aging, your dentist may recommend you have a dental crown placed over this tooth to repair the damage in an aesthetically pleasing way. White fillings work well temporarily, but when they disintegrate and become stained from regular food and drink consumption, placing a crown in its place is a better choice in making your tooth look like new. Here is a summary of what will happen when your dentist replaces a filling with a crown. What Is A Crown? A crown is a restorative cap that fits over the entire surface of your existing tooth up to and including a portion of underneath your gum line. Your old tooth is still present, but it is enclosed by this ceramic tooth and is kept intact to be used as an anchor for the crown to be adhered to. When you have a crown, the tooth underneath will still be rooted. How Is The Existing Tooth Prepared? When you go to the dentist (like those at Wigwam Dental Care) to be fitted for a crown, the first job to be done is preparing your existing tooth to be enclosed. You will be given anesthesia to numb the area the dentist will be working on. Since your filling is falling off, it will be removed completely so the cement used to adhere the crown will not have an obstruction in the way. If there is a portion of the tooth missing under the filling, the dentist will need to buildup this area with a filler so the crown will have enough surface to grab onto when it is placed. The dentist will use a drill to remove any of the old filling and then will use a compound to add substance to your existing tooth. The dentist will take an impression of the tooth so a temporary crown can be fitted. How Is The Crown Prepared? Your dentist will take photographs of your existing teeth so a laboratory can match your new crown with the same coloring. Your dentist will use the impressions made of your existing tooth to make a temporary crown from resin or acrylic. This may not have a perfect match in color, but will be used to hide the anchoring tooth as you new crown is constructed. It will need to be made in a laboratory, so it can take a week or two to be completed. In the interim, the resin or acrylic crown is cemented to your existing tooth using temporary cement. When your new crown is completed, you will go back to the dentist to remove the temporary crown and have the real crown cemented in its place with permanent...

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Fun Ways To Present The Tooth Fairy To Your Child

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fun Ways To Present The Tooth Fairy To Your Child

When you are able to convince your child to take good care of their teeth, you can help them avoid cavities and other dental problems. Good oral habits are habits that will help your child throughout their entire life. You can use the tooth fairy to help your child look forward to keeping their teeth in good condition. Learn about some fun ways you can present the tooth fairy to your little one in this article. These ideas may even become traditions your child passes on to their own children. Leave a trail of glitter Have your child leave their tooth under their pillow when they lose one. When they are sleeping, you can go in their room, take the tooth and replace it with a reward, such as money or another small gift that fits under their pillow. You can even go a step beyond and leave a trail of glitter from the window sill to their bed. When they wake up in the morning, they will have a fun time tracing the tooth fairy’s trail. For even more fun, take your finger and put little footprints in the glitter on the window sill. Take it outside You can have your child put their tooth in a small bag with a little draw string. Go outside with them and hang the bag from a tree outside. In the morning, they won’t be able to wait to get their shoes on and go back to the tree for the sac. When they open it, the tooth will be gone and a surprise will be in its place. Make a necklace When your child leaves their tooth under their pillow, you can surprise them by quickly turning it into a necklace they will think the fairy constructed for them. To do this, you will need a clear plastic bubble bead, a glue gun and a piece of yarn. Take the tooth and put it in the plastic bead. Use the glue gun to seal the top of the bead and to glue the yarn to the bead. Hang the necklace where your child will see it when they wake up. These unique tooth fairy ideas will create fun memories for both you and your child. Explain to them the tooth fairy only wants teeth in good condition. This should help get your child more interested in taking good care of their teeth. To learn more, contact a dental office like Family Dental...

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3 Ways To Make Dental Care More Fun For Your Kids

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways To Make Dental Care More Fun For Your Kids

At the end of a long day, the last thing you probably want to deal with is fighting with your kids. Instead of begging them to brush their teeth, you might send them straight to bed—giving plaque a chance to harden and damage teeth. However, you might be able to encourage better dental habits by trying a few things. Here are three ways to make dental care more fun for your kids, so that they actually want to brush, floss, and rinse:  1: Use Plaque Disclosing Tablets You might not be too excited about highlighting the grime on your teeth, but it might make the difference for your children. Plaque disclosing tablets, which are made from non-toxic vegetable dye, temporarily color plaque so that kids can see where it is. After tablets are chewed, your child can use their toothbrush to scrub away the color—making brushing seem more purposeful. To top it off, plaque disclosing tablets come in a huge range of colors, so that you can appeal to your child’s taste. If you have a girly-girl on your hands, you can pick up some hot pink or dark purple tablets to match her toothbrush. 2: Download an App If you have a tough time peeling that gaming console paddle out of your child’s hands, they might respond well to a children’s dental care app. In addition to providing useful information about brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist, some dental care apps challenge your child to do better. For example, your kid might be able to earn points for brushing daily, or receiving a “no cavities” report during his semi-annual checkup. 3: Provide Incentives If having healthy teeth isn’t enough to prompt your child to brush, consider setting up an incentive program. Offer a small prize or reward for proper dental habits. As you choose rewards, try not to pick items that could damage their progress, such as candies or caramels. Consider offering larger incentives for big dental care milestones, such as not losing a retainer or getting through a dental visit without whining. To keep track of rewards, consider making an online spreadsheet and keeping the password away from your kids. That way, nobody will be tempted to cheat, and you can keep track of each child’s progress privately. If you can make dental care more fun for your children, they might develop good habits that last a lifetime.  For more ideas, ask professionals at places like Southridge Pediatric...

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2 Potential Dental Treatments For Reversible Pulpitis

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Potential Dental Treatments For Reversible Pulpitis

Pulpitis happens when pulp material, which contains blood and nerve cells, becomes inflamed inside the tooth’s root canal. The inflammation is typically caused by a dental infection such as gingivitis or trauma to the tooth. If caught early, the pulpitis can be reversed without permanent damage to the tooth. This is called reversible pulpitis and is treatable with restorative dentistry techniques. If left untreated, the inflammation can worsen and cause irreversible damage that can threaten the life of the tooth. Here are two of the potential treatment methods for reversible pulpitis. Dental Filling Mild pulpitis might present with merely inflamed pulp that hasn’t yet suffered any damage. In these cases, your dentist might prescribe you an antibiotic, if the pulpitis is infection-borne, and then the application of a dental filling. The best type of filling material depends on your budget and the tooth in question. Silver amalgam is one of the cheapest yet most durable filling materials. The unnatural color might cause you cosmetic concerns on a front tooth, but wouldn’t be as noticeable on a rear tooth. Silver amalgam performs particularly well in rear molars, which take a great deal of bite force and require a strong filling material. Composite resin is a good middle-of-the-road choice for a front tooth. The material is tooth-colored for a better cosmetic look and is sufficiently strong for the lower bite force taken on by front teeth. Root Canal Procedure and Crown Pulp that has suffered damage will require a root canal procedure. The dentist will open the top of your natural tooth to gain access to the canal, if there’s not an existing crack that offers entry. Damaged pulp will be scraped out and replaced with a biocement that helps protect the canal from future infection or damage. Your tooth will then be sealed shut with the application of an artificial dental crown. A dental crown is sort of an exterior version of a filling that bonds onto the tooth’s surface. Like fillings, crowns are available in a range of materials. An all-porcelain crown offers the most natural look on low bite force teeth. A metal-backed porcelain crown can offer a natural look on high bite force teeth. You might prefer a metal-backed crown in the rear of your mouth since there’s a line of metal visible at the bottom of the crown. Metal crowns are also available for a cheaper and stronger treatment on rear teeth. For more information, contact Alliance Family...

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3 Tips For Caring For Your Infant’s Gums And Teeth

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Caring For Your Infant’s Gums And Teeth

When you become a parent, you immediately have to make another human’s health and happiness your main priority. It can be overwhelming for a parent to worry about how much to feed a baby, how a baby is growing, and any illnesses that a baby may have. If you are a parent of a new baby, don’t forget about your infant’s oral health. Starting good habits from a young age can help ensure that your child has healthy gums and teeth as he or she grows up. Use the following tips to take care of your infant’s mouth: Begin Cleaning Baby’s Mouth as Early as Possible Many parents don’t start paying attention to a baby’s oral hygiene until he or she begins getting teeth, but the earlier you start an oral hygiene routine, the better. In a very young infant who doesn’t have teeth, simply use a clean piece of wet gauze or a very soft, white towel to gently clean the gums after a feeding. In addition to removing buildup and bacteria from baby’s gums, cleaning your young infant’s mouth will also help him or her get used to having to have his or her teeth brushed. Don’t Let Baby Fall Asleep with a Bottle Most people think of sugary juice drinks as being bad for a child’s teeth (and they are), but breast milk and formula are also high in sugar and can cause damage to a baby’s new teeth if he or she is allowed to fall asleep with a bottle. Typically, if a baby falls asleep with a bottle, some of the milk will not be swallowed, and instead it will pool on the surface of the teeth. The sugars in the milk feed bacteria that cause tooth decay; infants who regularly fall asleep with a bottle are very prone to serious tooth decay, which is commonly called “baby bottle rot“. You best bet is to never allow your baby to have a bottle to fall asleep with, but if your child is already has that habit, consider filling the bottle with a little bit of water instead of breast milk or formula. Get to the Dentist on Time According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, a child should have his or her first dental exam by the time he or she turns one year of age. Consider taking your child to a pediatric dentist while he or she is young; pediatric dentists, like those at Apollo Dental Center, typically have extra training in treating very young patients, so your child’s appointment my go smoother if you visit a dentist who specializes in caring for infants and...

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Treatment Options If Your Child Loses Baby Teeth Too Early

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Treatment Options If Your Child Loses Baby Teeth Too Early

Primary or baby teeth begin to emerge at around 8 months old and begin to fall out around age 6. The development schedule of baby teeth has some flexibility, but it’s important that the teeth stick close to the time frame so that permanent teeth can grow in correctly. Losing baby teeth early can create serious development issues with permanent teeth. Baby teeth essentially serve as placeholders for permanent teeth. If a baby tooth falls out ahead of schedule, the emerging permanent tooth can grow in misaligned. This misalignment can lead to bite problems such as dental crowding or a crossbite. Early loss of baby teeth can be combated in the pediatric dental care office through two treatment options. Spacer A dental space maintainer, or spacer, is a device that can prevent neighboring baby teeth from shifting into the gap left when the tooth fell out early. There are a few different types of spacers that can be separated out into two categories: removable and fixed. Removable spacers tend to work well for children old enough to follow your dentist’s instructions about wear and care without you having to hover over the child’s mouth constantly. If the missing tooth or teeth are near the back of the mouth, the removable spacer might resemble the type of retainer prescribed after orthodontic treatment. If the missing space is in the front of the mouth where some adult teeth are already present, the dentist might recommend a partial denture to fill the gap until the permanent teeth start to erupt. Several different types of fixed spacers exist. But all share some common characteristics. A wire, band, and/or device are used to create a counterforce that prevents neighboring teeth from moving into the gap left by the premature tooth loss. Fixed spacers are much more obvious than removable spacers, so they are usually used on missing rear teeth.   Braces If your dentist didn’t catch the early tooth loss and the permanent teeth have already shifted out of place, orthodontic treatment might be necessary even before the new permanent tooth emerges. Braces can be used in conjunction with a mini dental implant, which is inserted into the jawbone in the area of the missing tooth. This removable implant prevents the neighboring teeth from shifting further into this gap while your dentist tries to straighten out your child’s bite. If the permanent tooth starts to erupt during orthodontic treatment, the dentist can remove the mini implant so as not to impede eruption. The presence of the permanent tooth will then maintain the space during the rest of the orthodontic treatment. Contact a professional pediatric dentistry like Wayne Pediatric Dental Care for more information on treating your child for prematurely lost primary...

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What Happens after the Orthodontist Removes Your Braces?

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Happens after the Orthodontist Removes Your Braces?

As a braces wearer, you probably cannot wait until your orthodontist removes them. The first few weeks after the braces are removed is very important because there will be a lot of changes to your teeth and you need to get used to them. Before your braces are removed, it is important that you understand the changes you will see and what you need to do.  What Happens with Your Teeth? Obviously, your teeth will appear to be straight once the braces are off. Your teeth will feel very smooth and it will seem weird to be without braces for the first time in months or years.  One possible response to your braces being removed that you might not be prepared for is that your teeth will start to move. In essence, they are settling into the right positions. There is a possibility though that some of your teeth will move too much or into the wrong positions. Your orthodontist will probably not be too concerned with slight settling of your back teeth, but front teeth that are moving can require attention.  How Is the Movement Stopped? In most cases, orthodontists recommend wearing a retainer for a period of time after the braces are removed. The braces will prevent your teeth from moving too much and give them an opportunity to settle in the right positions.  Your dentist can opt to give you a removable retainer, such as an Invisalign set, or opt for a bonded retainer. The bonded retainer will be fixed to your bottom teeth with a wire. The wire is not noticeable because it is glued to the back of your teeth.  What Are Your Responsibilities?  Of course, you are expected to continue to practice good hygiene, which includes brushing and flossing. Your orthodontist will inform you of the times that he or she wants you to perform these actions. You also have one more added responsibility. If you are wearing a removable retainer, you need to keep it in as much as possible. Your retainer will prevent the movement of your teeth. If you do not wear the retainer as recommended, you could end up getting braces again.  Your orthodontist will continue to monitor your teeth. It is important that you report any significant changes or problems with the retainer as soon as possible. By quickly identifying problems with your teeth, your orthodontist, one like Wright Center For Orthodontics, can take preventative measures to keep them from...

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Repositioned Teeth: The Nearly-Invisible Damage Teeth Can Endure From A Car Accident

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve been through a car accident and are experiencing tooth or jaw discomfort but none of your teeth are chipped or missing, you may feel like there’s nothing to worry about. After all, general soreness and discomfort is a common symptom after a car accident. However, your teeth may have been damaged in a way that could cause long-term problems, and you should see a dentist right away. This guide will explain how your teeth may have been damaged in the accident, what symptoms you should look for, and what you can do about it. Cause When your face hits a steering wheel, window, or another hard surface during a car accident, it can result in a blunt force injury to your teeth and jaw. Sometimes this will result in a tooth falling out or breaking, but in some cases, the damage isn’t necessarily obvious. However, lingering discomfort may indicate that the blunt force has repositioned your tooth. Symptoms Other than pain, there are a few symptoms that you can expect if you’re experiencing this problem.  Repositioned teeth may appear shorter, longer, tilted or even twisted, depending on how the blunt force affected them. If you don’t have a perfect mental image of your teeth, consider looking through photos where you were smiling to compare to how your teeth look now. Affected teeth may also seem wiggly or loose, like when a baby tooth is on the verge of falling out. If one of your teeth is noticeably loose, don’t wiggle it. Keeping it where it is will allow the tooth to continue receiving key nutrients and blood flow that the tooth’s root needs to survive. If you poke it and it does fall out, store the tooth in a glass of milk and get to an emergency dentist immediately. The less time the tooth is out of your jaw, the more likely your dentist will be able to restore it. Treatment If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, getting to a dentist right away is critical. After the trauma, the bone in your jaw will be more pliable than usual, which will make it easier for your dentist to reposition the tooth. In this best-case scenario, simply adjusting the tooth and splinting it while the bone heals is all that’s necessary to fix the problem. However, once the bone has healed and stiffened, repositioning a tooth may require more invasive procedures, like surgery, to cut the bone and adjust the tooth. Pain is your body’s way of communicating that there’s something wrong that needs your attention. If you think there’s a chance that your teeth may have been damaged in an accident, don’t delay. See an emergency dentist right away to have your mouth examined and any damage...

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3 Tips For Feeling As Comfortable As Possible After Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Out

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It is no secret that getting your wisdom teeth out can leave you in quite a bit of pain, so it is important to do everything and anything that you can do to reduce the pain and make yourself feel more comfortable. This will help you rest and heal, so that you can make a quick recovery. This article will describe 3 tips for feeling as comfortable as possible after getting your wisdom teeth removal surgery.  Use A Lot Of Gauze Since you will likely have a lot of blood coming out the areas, or pockets, of your mouth where your wisdom teeth were removed, it is important to contain this blood flow as much as you possibly can. In order to do this, you will need to place gauze over the area where your wisdom teeth were. At first this gauze will fill with blood very quickly, so you will need to replace it often. The gauze will not only do a great job of stopping blood from filling your mouth, but it will also help you from getting sick because you won’t be swallowing blood or constantly tasting blood.  Take Your Prescribed Pain Medicine Your dentist will likely prescribe you some medicine to help deal with the pain that you will feel in your mouth. It is important that you take this medicine when you feel in pain because it will help you to get through your recovery in the most enjoyable way possible. The medicine will help to relieve the pain enough to allow you to rest. It will also reduce the pain in your mouth which will allow you to eat foods without extreme discomfort. Your dentist may also prescribe you some anti nausea pills because the pain pills and/or the blood in your mouth and stomach may make your feel nausea, and it is important to take these as well.  Eat Foods That Are Both Soft And Enjoyable When you first get your wisdom teeth out, you are only going to be able to eat soft foods. So, to make this as enjoyable as possible for you, pick out some of your favorite soft foods and desserts that you normally don’t let yourself eat. Get the macaroni and cheese with the extra cheese, and go ahead and order your favorite creamy soup. As far as desserts go, get the full fat ice cream with the cookie dough pieces, as well as the milkshakes, the pudding, and the chocolate milk that you...

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