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How To Make Holiday Goodies Better For Your Teeth

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The holidays are a time to let yourself indulge a bit more in your favorite sweets and richer dishes. But too much indulgence can leave a lasting impact on your teeth, resulting in tooth decay, gum disease, and maybe even some lost fillings. To ensure this year’s holiday sweets and treats don’t come back to bite you, follow these tips to minimize the damage to your teeth. Use only half the sugar. When making quick breads, muffins, and even holiday cookies, consider cutting the sugar that the recipe calls for in half. Most recipes will still turn out delicious. If you’re really concerned that the result won’t be sweet enough, substitute Splenda (or another artificial sweetener that’s designed for baking) for half the sugar in the recipe. You can use Splenda as a 1 to 1 replacement for sugar. (For instance, if the recipe calls for 1 cup or sugar, you can use ½ cup sugar and ½ cup Splenda.) If you use another sweetener, check the label to make sure the replacement instructions are clear. For some sweeteners, you’ll use less than you would if you were using real sugar. For instance, you may need only ¼ cup of the sweetener in place of ½ cup of sugar. Brush after indulging in holiday goodies. It’s common  to go to a holiday party, spend hours slowly munching on goodies, and then return home, finally brushing your teeth in the evening after hours of letting the sugars from your earlier indulgence sit on your teeth. Get into the habit of bringing your toothbrush with you this holiday season. This way, after you’ve enjoyed some sweet treats at a gathering, you can excuse yourself, head to the bathroom, and brush your teeth. This will also keep you from over-indulging since you will be less tempted to reach for seconds once your teeth have been cleaned. Suck on sticky, gooey treats. Caramels and fudge are common holiday goodies, and they sure are delicious. However, biting right into them and chewing them is not the safest way to enjoy them. Their stickiness might loosen or dislodge a filling. Instead, suck on these treats and let them dissolve slowly in your mouth. It’s also a good idea to make an appointment with your dentist for a checkup after the holiday! This way, if you’ve caused any damage, it will be caught and treated early on. For more information, contact local professionals like Howley & Basara Family Dentistry...

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Having Trouble With Your Dentures? Hybrid Dentures Can Solve Your Problems

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you use dentures and want to make the switch to dental implants, you can benefit from a hybrid solution. Implant supported dentures can improve your experience with dentures immensely. There are many different options to choose from depending on your needs. How Implant Supported Dentures Work In general, implant supported dentures allow you to have your dentures attached to implants. The implants work as anchors, which in turn solves many of the issues people have with dentures. Dentures slipping or falling out Denture discomfort or irritability Inability to eat normally with dentures Difficulty speaking normally with dentures Besides helping to solve these issues, you also get the benefits that come with just having implants. For example, implants can help maintain your facial structure since they stimulate the jawbone just like your natural teeth. Dentures alone cannot do that. You Will Still Have to Take Care of Your Dentures Hybrid denture solutions offer the best of both worlds. The main caveat is there are various choices for them. For example, you can have permanent or semi-permanent dentures. In cases where your dentures are permanent, you will have to see your dentist for changes or adjustments. Semi-permanent solutions can allow you to remove the dentures yourself as you’re likely used to doing. All the same rules are in place for cleaning and maintaining your dentures. The Most Common Options for Hybrid Implants Are as Follows There are many different denture and implant configurations. Speak to your dentist about which may work best for you. There are some general options, as well as many options for specific or special cases. All on 4 – This option comes up most when speaking of hybrid dentures. As the name implies, four implants anchor the denture. It doesn’t always have to be four implants; you can have even more depending on your particular situation. These types of hybrid solutions usually result in permanent dentures, so you cannot remove them yourself. Implant supported bridges – Four to eight implants anchor a dental bridge. If an implant should fail for any reason, the bridge will still hold. This option can give you what amounts to a full new set of teeth. This is another permanent solution. Overdentures – This denture over implant approach requires four or more implants. However, the denture is affixed to the implants in such a way that you can remove it yourself. So you can reap much of the benefit from that stronger connection, but still have the ability to remove and clean the denture at the end of the day. Since overdentures require attachments, it’s possible you will have to replace parts every few years. There are also overdenture options that only require two implants. These types do offer more support than just dentures themselves, but are not as stable as other options. There are many more options besides. Even if one option looks appealing to you, various factors dictate which options you’re eligible for. Your dentist must look at all the following: Your bone density If you need different options for your upper and lower jaw If you’re eligible for implants at all Your sensitivity to the implant and/or denture materials Whether or not you need bone grafts if your gums can handle the process There are many factors. It’s...

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Why Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed: Taking Care Of Your Mouth After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Wisdom teeth are the third, final set of molars that erupt when a person is in their late teens or even early twenties. Some people never have problems with their wisdom teeth, while others suffer from severe pain due because their wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to come out. Wisdom teeth can become twisted or tilted when they don’t have enough room, and this can cause significant pain for the individual. When this occurs, wisdom teeth will need to be removed surgically to avoid further complications. Some people don’t even know that their wisdom teeth are impacted, but find out a routine dental visit.   Signs Your Wisdom Teeth are Impacted As your wisdom teeth try to erupt, the gum tissue above your wisdom teeth can become swollen, red and even bleed. While this can be a normal part of getting your wisdom teeth, if your gums are swollen and the teeth never arrive, it’s time to see the dentist. If your jaw becomes swollen, you notice abnormal bad breath, or your jaw is starting to ache, you probably need your wisdom teeth removed. Even when your wisdom teeth aren’t currently causing you problems, if they are impacted, removal is necessary to avoid future medical complications. Problems from Impacted Wisdom Teeth When you don’t get impacted wisdom teeth removed, you can face serious gum disease and extensive tooth decay in the neighboring teeth. This can lead to infections of the mouth, and cause a need for major dental work in the future. Impacted wisdom teeth will eventually hurt, as they will continue to try and break to the surface, even when they don’t have enough room. Your teeth can become overcrowded, and you will experience pain in your mouth eventually. Wisdom Teeth Removal While it may make you nervous to have your wisdom teeth removed, it’s important to know that your pain will be controlled. If you only need one tooth removed, your dentist may simply use a local anesthetic. If more than one tooth needs to be removed, it’s likely that your dentist will use general anesthesia so that you sleep through the procedure. The removal of wisdom teeth is a common procedure, and your dentist will be able to answer any questions you have regarding what is going to happen. Talk with your dentist about your fears, and you will learn that within a few days everything will be back to...

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Veneers: What To Expect

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you want to completely transform your smile, porcelain veneers may be a good option for you. Veneers are small, tooth-shaped shells that are placed over existing teeth to create a new smile. People often turn to veneers when they have chipped, cracked, discolored, or misshapen teeth. If you plan on getting veneers in the near future, you can expect the following: Exam During your initial visit, your dentist will take x-rays of your teeth and jaws and exam your mouth. You will then have the opportunity to talk with your dentist about what kind of smile you’re hoping to achieve. Veneers are custom made for each patient, so you can essentially design a custom smile. Many dentists now use computer programs that will allow you to see how your veneers will look after they are placed on your teeth. Preparation for Veneers In order to prepare your teeth for veneers, your dentist will remove a very small amount of the surface of the teeth so the veneers will fit properly. After this is done, impressions of your teeth will be made so the veneers can be made the exact right size. At this point, some dentists will apply temporary veneers, while others will wait for the permanent veneers to be delivered. Speak with your dentist to see which method he or she prefers. Application When your permanent veneers arrive, you will need to return to your dentist’s office to have them placed on your existing teeth. Before the veneers are applied, your dentist will most likely clean all of your teeth. Your front teeth will then be gently sanded down in order to create a rougher surface that will help the veneers bind better. A special cement is then used to attach the veneers to your natural teeth; after all of the veneers are attached, an ultraviolet light is used to help the cement harden quickly.  Maintenance Some dentists will ask you to come back a few weeks after the veneers are placed so they can ensure that they are attached properly. After that, veneers typically do not require any other type of regular maintenance. All you will need to do is brush and floss like normal, and make regular dental appointments for exams and cleanings. While veneers do not require a lot of day to day maintenance, they are not permanent. They typically last for 5 to 10 years, and then they will need to be removed and replaced with new...

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Dental Care And Children With Cleft Palates: What Parents Need To Know

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Children with cleft palates may require special dental care. Knowing what you can do to keep your child’s teeth healthy and his or her smile looking great is essential. Here are a few things to consider when preparing for your child’s dental hygiene. Coordinated Care Team Treating your child’s cleft palate means that you’ll need to seek care from several types of doctors. You’ll likely need to see a pediatric plastic surgeon, dentist, and orthodontist to provide a multifaceted approach to his or her oral health. In addition, you may also need the assistance of a speech therapist to help your child with any speech issues that the cleft palate might cause. Work with your pediatrician to find care specialists who have experience treating children with cleft palate. First Dental Visit Cleft palates can impact the positioning, number, and size of a child’s teeth. Scheduling a visit with a dentist before teeth start to come in can help you to know what to look for in terms of tooth growth. Your dentist can also show you how to care for your child’s teeth and gums to ensure that food particles don’t get stuck in the palate. Proper Dental Care Like any child, yours will need to brush and floss regularly to keep his or her teeth clean and healthy. A soft-bristled toothbrush can help to get the teeth clean without aggravating the palate area. You may find that you have to visit the dentist more often, particularly if your child has extra teeth that need to be removed. Your dentist will let you know if there are any other special precautions you’ll need to take, depending on the type and severity of the cleft palate. Post-Surgery Dental Care If your child has surgery to repair the cleft palate, your surgeon and dentist will show you how to care for your child’s teeth during recovery. Your child may be on a special diet of soft foods after the surgery, and eating utensils and straws are not recommended during the healing process. A large needle-free syringe or a squeeze bottle may make it easier for your child to eat yogurt, milkshakes and other blended soft foods. It’s important for your child to rinse his or her mouth out after eating to prevent food and liquids from building up around the incision. It may be a good idea to brush your child’s teeth to prevent him or her from accidentally touching the incision site. Caring for your child’s teeth and gums is an essential part of caring for your child’s teeth and gums. Work with your dentist to ensure that your child has proper dental care throughout childhood, and your little one can grow up with a beautiful, healthy...

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CAD/CAM Dentistry: The Future Is Here

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Uncategorized |

In just about every area of life, computers and technology have dramatically improved products and services. The science and art of dentistry is no different. Now with the aid of CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) which has been used in the manufacturing industry for years, dentists are now able to create superior crowns and veneers. Here’s what you need to know about this exciting advancement in dental technology. What IS CEREC? CEREC in the acronym for ceramic reconstruction. Crowns and veneers manufactured by CAD/CAM are made from ceramic, which is usually made primarily from a combination of the mineral feldspar and other materials. Feldspar is also high in silica, sometimes called quartz. Essentially, the final result is similar to a strong glass. What Is The Traditional Method Of Making A Crown? In order to fashion a crown the conventional way, an impression must be taken. This requires a warm wax-type substance that must be worked with quickly before it sets up. It is used to take an imprint of the tooth or, if the tooth is missing, the abutting teeth. This must then be sent to a dental lab, where the fake tooth is made. The resulting tooth is largely a combination of skilled guesswork and art, and while impressive, many times the process will need to be repeated, particularly if the initial impression was poorly done. How Does This Differ From Crowns Made By CAD/CAM? When your tooth (or the absent area between two teeth) is scanned by a computer, the resulting implant is far more accurate than the archaic, messy wax method. The computer reads the detailed measurements that the scanner took and then creates the tooth. The dentist can make subjective changes to measurements if needed during that visit rather than having to send the crown back to the lab for adjustments again and again. The dentist can also determine the tooth shade rather than just guessing. This entire process can all be done in one visit, from scanning to manufacturing the CERAC crown and installing the finished product. This saves the hassle of repeated visits. It also means you don’t have to leave the office with an unsightly, temporary metal crown, which frequently fall out, leaving you with extreme sensitivity. The advantage of one visit becomes even more obvious when it comes to repairing a damaged front tooth. You don’t have to have the embarrassment of a broken or chipped front tooth for any length of...

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Parental Tips For Ending The Nightly Fight About Toothbrushing

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Do you struggle to get your children to brush their teeth? Are you dreading the cavities that your family dentist will discover during your child’s next dental exam? In order to keep your child’s teeth in good condition, it’s important to establish good dental hygiene habits when they’re young. Unfortunately, this can be difficult to do when they don’t yet fully understand the consequences of not brushing. Instead of a daily fight with your child or children, here are some tips that will get them wanting to brush their teeth: Let them pick their own equipment: Just as you have your own favorite flavors, so do your children. The heavy mint taste of adult toothpastes can be too strong for a child, especially for younger children. Your child might prefer a berry-flavored toothpaste or a toothpaste that has no flavor at all. If you like to shop the sales, buying a sometimes-expensive separate toothpaste for each child may make you cringe. But just think of the money you’ll save at your family dentist when you don’t have to pay to have lots of fillings fixed. Similarly, let your children pick out their own toothbrushes. Younger children may enjoy character brushes that sing, blink, or otherwise do something when they brush. Older children may simply want a “cool” color that differentiates their brush from the brushes of everyone else. Offer daily rewards: Rewards can be something edible, such as a sugarless gum or candy that your family dentist says is okay to consume after brushing. Or it may be something less tangible, such as allowing your child to stay up a little later when he or she brushes his or her teeth. Whatever you choose to reward your child or children with, make sure that you reward them consistently. Children can’t always see long-term consequences, such as potential cavities, but they can easily grasp immediate rewards. As they grow older, good brushing should become a habit that no longer needs to be rewarded.  Don’t make a fuss: Sometimes, children are stubborn and will refuse to do something in an attempt to take control of a situation. While you don’t want to let them walk all over you, you don’t want to yell at your child or children for not brushing their teeth either. Yelling can make them subconsciously associate brushing their teeth with them having done something bad. Instead of yelling, acknowledge that your child did not brush his or her teeth and tell them firmly that you do not approve. You can then send them to bed early or take away a favorite toy as a consequence of his or her actions. If your child chooses to relent and brushes his or her teeth, the toy should be given back or they should be allowed to stay up until their usual bedtime. For a family dentist, click this link or do an online...

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Three Dental Veneer Questions Answered

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Correcting cosmetic dental issues can seem like an overwhelming task because you may find it difficult to understand the various treatments that your dentist can use to correct these problems. Dental veneers can be an effective solution for treating a host of issues that dental patients may experience. To help you better evaluate whether dental veneers will be a viable treatment for your issues, you might benefit from having the following three questions answered. What Is The Purpose Of Dental Veneers? When you have dental veneers installed, the dentist will apply thin shells to the surface of your teeth. These shells are designed to mimic the look and texture of natural teeth. As a result, this can be an extremely practical solution for repairing a host of cosmetic issues. For example, severe staining, chipping and cracks can be hidden by placing veneers over the damaged teeth. In addition to the cosmetic benefits, this treatment may also help to provide some structural support to teeth, which may help to reduce the risk of further cracking or chipping. How Will Your Dentist Install Veneers? When you receive dental veneers, it will be necessary for the dentist to remove a thin layer of enamel from the teeth. This is done to make room for the veneer. While this may sound unpleasant, it will cause only minimal discomfort and will be completed fairly quickly. Once this layer has been removed, an adhesive will be added to the surface of the teeth before the veneer is placed on it. This process will be repeated for each tooth that requires the veneers, and the number of teeth that are receiving this treatment will determine the length of time that it will take. However, most patients will be able to have this procedure completed in a single session that will last no more than a few hours. Do Dental Veneers Need Any Special Care? Your new dental veneers will not typically require special care for you to maintain them, but you will still need to brush and floss as you would your natural teeth. Also, when you receive your dental cleanings, the dentist will need to inspect any of your veneers to ensure that the adhesive is holding the shell in place. Opting to have veneers installed can be a great option for addressing a number of cosmetic issues with your teeth. Appreciating the various issues that veneers can address, the process of installing veneers and the type of care that they will require will help you to make a sound choice when it comes to choosing your cosmetic dental...

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Teeth Whitening 101: 3 Tips For Using At-Home Whitening Strips

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are like most people, you probably yearn for a dazzling white smile. While you could certainly achieve this by going to the dentist, it might not be an expense that you can fit into your budget. Luckily, there are white strips that you can use to whiten your teeth at home. If you want to get the most out of these store-bought white strips, keep these three tips in mind: 1. Blot Teeth Dry One tip that you should consider implementing is blotting your teeth dry. Doing this before applying the white strips will ensure that all of the bleach penetrates the stains on your teeth, as they won’t be wet or slippery due to saliva. It will also ensure more even results, as all of your teeth will be the same dryness. So take a minute to blot your teeth before you apply the strips. 2. Choose A Kit Wisely You should also be very careful when choosing an at-home whitening kit. There are a variety of whitening strips on the market and some will work better than others. In general, try to stay away from one-hour whitening kits unless your teeth are already fairly white. Since it will take time to remove deep stains, you will usually want to opt for a kit that offers enough strips for one to two weeks. However, if you are simply maintaining your white teeth, a one-hour kit will work fine. Since the stains are shallow, these quick kits work great for maintaining your teeth in between more intensive teeth whitening sessions—whether at home or at the dentist office. 3. Position Carefully Finally, make sure that you position the strips carefully onto your teeth. Ideally, the strips won’t be touching your sensitive gums. Once in place, use your fingernail to gently smooth the strip onto your teeth. Move slowly to ensure the strip is completely touching every part of your teeth that you want whitened. This tip might be simple, but it will help tremendously when it comes to having evenly white teeth. Whitening your teeth at-home is certainly a budget-friendly method for achieving a dazzling smile. However, if you want to get the most out of your kit, you should follow these tips. As always, consult with your dentist before you attempt any type of at-home whitening to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy, as whitening strips can cause some irritation. Contact a dental office like Treasured Smiles Dentistry to learn...

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3 Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Are you unhappy with your smile? Do you believe that your teeth are too yellowed or that they simply look either too large or too small? Then there are a number of procedures that a cosmetic dentist can perform that can help you out with this situation. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn about just a few common cosmetic dental procedures that you might find of some interest. Enamel Contouring Enamel contouring is a process wherein the shape of your teeth themselves is altered. If you suffer from oddly shaped or badly damaged teeth, then this process might benefit you. Crowded and overlapping teeth are just two of the issues that enamel contouring aims to solve. The teeth in question are actually “shaved” using a set of specifically designed tools. This procedure aims to give a more traditional look to teeth that might look a bit odd. Gum Contouring If you believe that your teeth look either too small or too large, the process of gum contouring can help to rectify this issue. If you have a “gummy” smile, in which it might appear that your teeth are too small, the process of gum contouring will serve to raise your gums away from your teeth, revealing more of your teeth in question and giving you a whiter smile. On the other hand, you may believe that your teeth look a bit too large. Gum contouring works in this regard by thinning out your gums and arranging them in such a way that they are spread out a bit more over the teeth. This will give you a smile in which you can see less of your teeth and more of your gums. Teeth Whitening Among cosmetic dental procedures, teeth whitening happens to be one of the easiest tasks to perform. For those of you with yellowed teeth, due to either poor oral hygiene or smoking, this procedure will greatly benefit you. After a thorough cleaning of your teeth, a solution will be placed on them that will serve to get rid of the yellow tint. There might be cases where the yellowing might be a bit too ingrained within the teeth itself, and, as such, might require a stronger version of the solution that includes bleach. If you can benefit from any of the listed procedures, it is highly recommended that you make an appointment with a local cosmetic dentist’s...

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2 Natural Rinses To Help Avoid Developing A Receding Gum Line While Wearing Braces

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A receding gum line exposes the root of your teeth to the external elements. This cause tooth sensitivity and increased possibility of tooth decay. If your receding gums are left untreated for a long period of time, then this can result in you eventually losing your teeth. As a result, it is important, to try to prevent the issue before it occurs. Individuals who wear braces experience an increased likelihood of developing receding gums because it is a lot more difficult to thoroughly clean around braces. This allows bacteria to grow around your gum line. The easiest way to prevent this is by fortifying your dental care routine when you have braces. Luckily, there are a few natural rinses that you can use to help do this. Olive Leaf Rinse Olive leaf is an antibacterial herb that is used in times of sickness in order to kill off viruses and bacteria. The herb is commonly sold in health food stores as an extract. In order to create your olive leaf rinse, place a one or two peppermint leaves into a small pot of hot water. Add up to ten drops of the olive leaf extract to the water and place it on the stove to boil. Once it boils, remove it and set it aside to cool. Direct the rinse around your gum line. Use your mouth to guide it in between the brackets and small gaps. Keep he rinse in your mouth for a few minutes, then rinse with warm water. Use the olive leaf extract at least once a day in order to keep bacteria away.  Oregano Rinse Oregano is commonly used as a seasoning to prepare meals, but it is also used to fight off bacteria infections. Dried oregano can be used to create a rinse that will help to keep your gums clean and prevent a receding gum line while you wear braces. Start by placing three spoonfuls of the dried herb in a bowl. Fill the bowl with hot water and add a slice of lemon. Cover the bowl and allow the mixture to steep for a few hours. Use the oregano rinse immediately after your meals in order to clean your mouth and protect against bacteria growth. Make sure to work the rinse around your braces and concentrate on your gum line. Keep the rinse in your mouth for several minutes before spitting and repeat this process. While wearing braces can make cleaning your teeth a bit more difficult it is not impossible. Receding gums can be prevented with the help of these antibacterial rinses. For further assistance, contact a local dentist, such as one from HC...

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