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2 Things Your Child Will Need After Getting Braces

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Things Your Child Will Need After Getting Braces

While orthodontists install and maintain braces on teeth, kids with braces must still go to the dentist regularly to have their teeth examined and cleaned. Keeping teeth clean with braces can be somewhat challenging, but it is important if your child wants to have healthy and straight teeth. Here are two things you might want to buy for your child that will be helpful for keeping his or her teeth clean while wearing braces. An interdental toothbrush While your child should continue brushing his or her teeth twice daily with a regular toothbrush, your child will be able to keep teeth even cleaner by using an interdental toothbrush. This type of toothbrush is very different from a regular toothbrush and is not meant to replace a regular toothbrush. Instead, it is designed to supplement brushing by offering a way to reach areas that a regular toothbrush might not have access to. The best type to purchase for a child with braces is one that has thin, narrow bristles. This will make it easier for your child to reach areas behind the braces, which will help your child’s teeth stay healthier. Floss threader A floss threader is a device that is used to floss teeth in a way that is slightly different from the standard way of flossing. To use one, you will have to place regular floss in the device before using it each day. While using a floss threader is a little challenging to use and requires a little more work than the regular method, it will help your child clean areas that he or she will not be able to reach with a toothbrush or an interdental toothbrush. With a little effort, your child will figure out how to use a floss threader correctly, and they should use it daily for the best results. Another item you could also consider investing in is a water flosser. This is a device that flosses teeth with pressurized water. To use this, you must fill up the reservoir with water and turn the device on. You can then spray the water out of the device and onto the teeth and braces. This is a great supplemental tool to have for a child with braces. If your child is about to get braces, it might be wise to invest in some of these items so your child’s teeth can stay healthy and strong. To learn more, contact a dentist like those at Pike...

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Important Dental Information Every New Parent Should Have

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Dental Information Every New Parent Should Have

As a new parent, it is important to be aware of current recommendations for your little one’s dental care. For example, you may be surprised to discover that your child should see the dentist within six months of their first tooth erupting and no later than their first birthday. In addition, it will be helpful to note that the fluoride in water, which has previously been controversial in some communities, has actually helped to reduce the amount of tooth decay in both kids and adults by at least 25% in recent years. If you want to make the best dental choices for your child and are not positive as to what they might be, the following information will be quite useful. Planning For Your Child’s Dental Care  Although it was not unusual for previous generations of kids to not see the dentist until they had a mouth full of teeth, the current recommendations allow the dentist to form a relationship with you and your child from a young age. In addition, since your baby will have their first visit by their first birthday, the dentist can spot early problems like an undiagnosed tongue tie, which could impact your child’s ability to eat, drink, or speak properly. Therefore, it is best to schedule a visit your pediatric or family dentist before you order his or her first birthday cake. Understanding The Impact Of Fluoride In The Water On Your Baby In recent years, it has become much more common for communities to add a supply of fluoride to the water used by citizens. Unfortunately, a few side effects and a lot of fear have caused many people to rush to judgment about its use without having all of the information. Studies have proven on numerous occasions that fluoride is a safe substance when properly diluted and placed into a water supply for public use. Although you should speak with your dentist about any questions, he or she is likely to agree with the research. One common and unfortunate complaint is from parents of infants who use a commercial baby formula. Since many formulas contain small amounts of fluoride, using tap water containing the same additive gave some kids tiny white spots on their teeth. It is important to note that the problem does not pose a health risk and is often very subtle, although the spots may appear any time prior to your child’s eighth birthday. If you are concerned about the issue, you can use bottled water that has been distilled or purified to prepare your baby’s formula, thus reducing the fluoride in their diet. In conclusion, making appropriate dental care choices for your child can be challenging. Fortunately, the information listed above should make it a bit easier. For more information, speak with your dentist.        ...

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4 Tips For Avoiding White Spots On Your Teeth After Braces

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips For Avoiding White Spots On Your Teeth After Braces

If you currently have braces, it’s important to know what adjustments you need to take in your regular oral health care. Having braces is going to create some unique challenges for ensuring that your teeth are left as clean as possible during the process so that once the braces are removed, you not only have a straight smile, but also a healthy one. One of the many problems people can face when they have braces is white spots that are left behind once the braces are removed. Here are four tips for avoiding this issue: Use an Electric Toothbrush: When you have braces, it’s best to invest in an electric toothbrush. This is because the vibration from the toothbrush when it’s being used is going to help remove stubborn plaque that is stuck to your braces and the wires. You can even find an electric toothbrush that is designed specifically for those with braces. These are designed to get in between the brackets to ensure that no plaque is forming around these areas.  Stop Drinking Soda: Although your orthodontist won’t tell you that you have to avoid drinking soda when you have braces, it’s always best. This is because the sugary drink leaves behind even more plaque that can get stuck to your braces. You should also be avoiding other sugary sweets, such as candies and acidic drinks, such as lemonade.  Continue to Visit Your Dentist: Dentists know how to work around braces and will ensure that your teeth are regularly cleaned during the process. This is important because dentists have specific tools that will work to remove the plaque stuck to the brackets. This is definitely more challenging to do on your own, even with an electric toothbrush since you won’t actually be scraping away at the extremely stubborn plaque that may be there.  Keep Flossing:  Flossing is definitely more challenging when you have braces because the wire gets in the way. However, it’s not impossible. You will want to stick the floss in between the teeth and work it up through the back where the wire isn’t in the way. This will still be effective and ensure that your teeth are staying as free from plaque as possible.  When you utilize these four tips, you can be sure that you avoid white spots on your teeth once your braces are removed. This then ensures that you don’t have to spend even more on your dental care by getting teeth whitening done to remove the white spots. Consult with an orthodontics expert for more...

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2 Tips To Help Ease Gum Sensitivity After A Sinus Augmentation

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Tips To Help Ease Gum Sensitivity After A Sinus Augmentation

In order to place new bone into the areas of your mouth that have experienced bone loss, your doctor will have to cut into your gum tissues and expose your existing bone. After the procedure is complete, you may notice some sensitivity in your gums. The sensitivity will reduce dramatically as your gums begin to heal from the surgical process. Until that occurs, this can cause a lot of pain and discomfort when you eat or speak. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use in order to help reduce gum sensitivity after a sinus augmentation. Rinse With an Analgesic Herbal Mouthwash Analgesic herbs are frequently used as natural pain relievers. They can be used to ease pain caused by sore muscles, open wounds, and even sensitive gums. In order to create your own analgesic herbal mouthwash, you can use either cloves or feverfew. Both herbs are ideal for relieving dental sensitivity. Place either herb in a small pot of water and allow it to boil. Set the pot aside and allow the herb to steep for several hours. Remove the herb from the pot and use the rinse to clean around your surgical site. Hold it around your gums for a few minutes before gently spitting. Use your own homemade analgesic rinse before bed and first thing in the morning in order to soothe your gum sensitivity. Avoid Hard to Chew Foods Your diet following a sinus augmentation will play a huge part in how your gum sensitivity subsides. Eating foods that are difficult to chew on a consistent basis will aggravate your gums and worsen your gum sensitivity. Foods like nuts and hard candies can end up getting caught in your gum tissues and reopening your surgical wound. This puts you at risk for developing a bacterial infection and also will increase any gum sensitivity that you may already be experiencing. Instead, you should look for foods that are gentle on your teeth, they will allow your gums to heal without any issues.Fruit smoothies, yogurt, pudding, and broths are all food options that you should consider eating after your sinus augmentation. You should be able to begin eating foods that are more solid a few weeks after the surgery is complete. Gum sensitivity can make your recovery process from sinus augmentation extremely painful. Therefore, it is important to use these tips in order to help ease your pain. For more information on how to handle healing gums after cosmetic dentistry, talk to a dentist in your...

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Oral Cancer – One More Reason To Keep Your Mouth Clean

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Oral Cancer – One More Reason To Keep Your Mouth Clean

When people talk about keeping the mouth clean, they mostly care about dental consequences of poor oral hygiene. For example, poor hygiene can lead to teeth decay, gum disease and eventual loss of teeth. However, those dental issues aren’t the only consequences of poor oral hygiene you should be worried about. A new study has linked gum disease (which is mostly triggered by bad oral hygiene) to the deadly disease of oral cancer. The Connection According to the study, fatty acids from two bacteria that cause gum disease may cause Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS). KS is a form of cancer that causes abnormal tissue to grow under the skin, especially in the lining of different organs such as the throat, mouth, and nose. The specific bacteria responsible for producing the fatty acids are Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum, both of which have been linked to gum disease. The disease progresses fast in those who have HIV/AIDS. The Significance A potential benefit of this study is that testing for the bacteria can help in the fight of KS cancer. For example, if there is a high level of the offending bacteria in your saliva, you will not only be treated for the gum diseases but also monitored for early signs of the disease. That way you can receive early treatment if cancer strikes; hopefully, before it spreads too much. Symptoms of KS The signs and symptoms of KS include red, purple or brown lesions on the skin and mucous membranes, such as the inner linings of the mouth and eyelids. The lesions occur in patches slightly raised above the surrounding areas of the skin. Other symptoms of KS include: Painful swellings on legs and feet, these occur when lesions block the flow of fluids in these parts of the body. Shortness of breath when the lesions attack the lungs. Abdominal issues (including diarrhea and bloody stools) due to lesions in the stomach. Apart from gum disease, HIV also increases your risk of developing KS. This is mainly because HIV weakens your immunity and increases your vulnerability to other health conditions, including KS.  This is one more reason you ought to be extra careful with your oral hygiene and health if you are living with HIV. Your physician may also prescribe medication for managing the virus to reduce your risk of developing KS. Once more, the importance of regular teeth brushing and flossing cannot be overemphasized. Every time you notice a change in your oral tissues, whether they are lesions or other things, consult your dentist or physician. Early diagnosis of any dental or medical issue usually leads to better treatment.  Speak to a professional like Dr. Jon Douglas Lesan, DDS, RpH, PA for more...

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2 Dental Applications For More Gentle Dental Treatment

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Dental Applications For More Gentle Dental Treatment

Going to the dentist can be scary, especially if you believe that you will be in pain throughout your appointment. Nowadays, there are multiple dental applications that are used to help lessen mental and physical discomfort that may otherwise be experienced during a dental procedure. Gentle dentistry employs the least invasive forms of treatment and the most advanced sedation to reduce dental pain and lessen anxiety. Here are two dental applications that are designed to ensure gentle dental treatment: Sedation Dentistry Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication and relaxation techniques to help ensure that you remain calm and relaxed during your dental appointment. Unlike general anesthesia, sedation generally does not render you unconscious. Several different forms of sedation are often used. Here are a few of them: Minimal Sedation This form is the lowest level of dental sedation. After its application, you may feel more calm, but you are still fully awake. Moderate Sedation When a dentist applies moderate sedation, you may feel more drowsy than you would with minimal sedation. Thus, your motor skills may be impaired, causing your speech to slur. In addition, you may not remember any component of your dental procedure, due to the temporary anesthesia produced by the medication. Deep Sedation The deepest dental sedation can cause you to fall asleep during treatment, but you are still conscious enough to be easily awakened. Each of these forms of sedation is designed to help you feel less anxious and promote a more gentle dental experience. Your dentist may prescribe a pill to incite sedation before your treatment. In addition, during your treatment other sedation medications, such as laughing gas, may be administered. In some cases, sedation medication is injected using a syringe. Sedation is not just for general dental anxiety. It can also help to calm a patient whose mouth is not easily numbed when local anesthesia is administered. In addition, sedation may be used to reduce anxiety during lengthy dental treatments. Prepless Veneers Some advancements in dental care remove the most painful aspects of a dental treatment. With standard veneers, the front surface of a treated tooth must be shaved away slightly. Local anesthesia is generally applied during this step in of the veneer application.  Some people experience pain as anesthesia or numbing medication is administered. Prepless veneers do not require the modification of the front surface of the teeth. Thus, not only is the procedure gentler to your teeth. It is also more comfortable. To learn more ways that a dentist can ensure that your treatment is comfortable, schedule an appointment with a gentle dentist in your...

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Options For Repairing A Chipped Tooth

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Options For Repairing A Chipped Tooth

Chipped teeth occur for a number of reasons. You could have bitten into a fruit pit, had an accident with your bike or chipped it playing hockey. Whatever the reason, your tongue keeps returning to that rough chipped spot. What’s more, you know it’s affecting your smile. The chip could even be causing you pain or otherwise affecting your eating habits. Have your chipped tooth repaired to return your confidence in your smile and comfort with your teeth. Tooth Bonding One option for repairing a chipped tooth is having it bonded. With direct composite bonding, cosmetic dentists fuse dental porcelain to the tooth enamel. They do this by using composite resins as a bonding agent. Your dentist uses these materials to build up from the enamel, recreating the area of the tooth that chipped away. According to Your Smile Becomes You, direct composite bonding results in a fix that reliably matches your natural tooth color and is indiscernible from the rest of your teeth. Porcelain Veneer Another method for masking a chipped tooth is to put a mask on it – or, in this case, a porcelain veneer. With this process, dentists have to remove a thin layer of the tooth enamel to make space for the veneer. They then take a dental mold of the tooth and send it to a laboratory. Once the porcelain veneer has been manufactured, the dentist uses a dental cement to adhere the veneer to your tooth. The dentist may need to make small adjustments to the veneer itself or drill away excess cement afterward. This procedure is common if the chip is located in the smile zone. Dental Crown Your dentist may recommend a porcelain crown to repair your chipped tooth. The process for putting in crowns and veneers is similar in that dentists have to make a mold of the tooth to have the crown custom-made in a dental laboratory. However, they usually use a light-sensitive resin to adhere the crown to the tooth, meaning they use a curing light to set the resin. A crown is thicker than a veneer and covers the whole tooth. It’s also possible for dentists to put in a partial crown, or onlay, that only covers part of the tooth. However, the onlay is still thicker than a veneer, giving the whole tooth increased strength. If the chip is significant, the best bet may be to have a porcelain crown put in, whether full or partial. Crowns are the recommended treatment choice when the chipped tooth is a molar because of the force applied during chewing. Talk to your cosmetic dentistry specialist about the best method for repairing your chipped...

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How Invisalign Braces Can Help Improve Troubling Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Invisalign Braces Can Help Improve Troubling Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep apnea sufferers can benefit from wearing Invisalign braces at night for helping them to breathe easier. If you deal with sleep apnea, you know well how disruptive it can be to you getting restful sleep. The side effects of sleep apnea can cause dangerous drowsiness during daytime hours. Sleep apnea can also cause other health problems due oxygen deprivation. If you suffer from sleep apnea, learn more about how visiting your dentist may be the best way to get a restful night of sleep.   Your Jaw And Night Time Breathing Difficulties Dental researchers have learned that patients–both adults and children–with small jawbones also have a higher rate of sleep apnea symptoms. In the past, when traditional braces were put on, bicuspids were sometimes removed to make more room in the mouth for teeth. While this did make more room on the jawbone for the other teeth to spread out and grown accordingly, it did not provide greater room in the oral cavity, the jaw itself. Because a small oral cavity is common in sleep apnea sufferers, it is has been found that increasing the size of the oral cavity, not just the jaw, is one step in reducing the obstructive symptoms of sleep apnea.    Growing The Dental Arch To Make More Room For Airflow Tooth extraction is not the way to increase the size of the oral cavity. However, dental professionals do find that Invisalign braces do increase it by helping the dental arch to grow. When the dental arch grows in the right way, there is more room for the tongue. When someone has a small oral cavity, it may not leave enough room for the tongue. When you sleep, the muscles in your tongue relax and easily cause restricted airflow in an oral cavity that is too small. Invisalign braces can help over time to manipulate the dental arch so that your tongue will have plenty of room inside your mouth. Combining CPAP And Invisalign Oral Appliances Only mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea have shown successful results using only an Invisalign oral appliance. If you have severe sleep apnea and have to wear the face mask of a CPAP machine at night to breathe, you can still benefit from an Invisalign appliance because it will help align your bite so the mask will be more comfortable to wear. Being deprived of restful sleep every night can have a huge impact on your life and daily activities. Learn more about how talking with your dentist (such as one from Sunshine Dentistry) can help you deal with sleep apnea...

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How To Tell That It Is Time To Visit The Periodontist

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Tell That It Is Time To Visit The Periodontist

If you want to make sure that you are keeping up with your oral health, you will need to know when it is time to visit a periodontist. To help you figure out when you need to set up an appointment with this type of dental specialist, check out the following points. You Have Chronic Bad Breath Many people wake up with bad breath or have some lingering odor after eating certain types of food, but this is a problem that is usually easily corrected with proper brushing of the teeth and the use of mouthwash. However, should you find that no matter how often you clean your teeth, gums, and tongue you still have a lot of bad breath that you are dealing with, it might be time to speak to a reputable periodontist. This is because chronic bad breath can be a sign of gum disease or a major cavity in one of your teeth. When the root cause of the bad breath is treated, the foul odor will subside. Your Teeth Are Starting To Look Longer If you have recently noticed that your teeth are looking a lot longer than they used to, you will want to quickly schedule an appointment with a local periodontist. After all, the longer looking teeth is not a result of a sudden grow spurt of the teeth. This is generally a sign of receding gums that would be caused by gum disease, and you will want for it to be treated right away. You Spot Pus Coming Out Of Your Gums Pus is a sure sign that you have a major dental infection that will need to be treated as quickly as possible. Do not make the mistake of assuming that simply because you do not feel any pain there is nothing to worry about. The infection might just be in the beginning stages or you may have some damaged nerves, which is causing you to not feel the pain that you would expect to feel. Never assume that you can just clean out the pus, as there will still be an internal infection that you cannot reach. You may need an antibiotic and dental treatment to correct the issue that is causing the infection in the first place. With those few signs of trouble in mind, you should have little trouble deciding whether you need to contact a trusted...

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The Dental Veneer Process Explained

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Dental Veneer Process Explained

Dental veneers are a technique used in modern dentistry to enhance the aesthetics of crooked, damaged, or chipped teeth. Unfortunately, many people shy away from veneers from a lack of knowledge about this process. If your dentist has mentioned veneers as an appropriate treatment option and you would like to learn more, read on. This article will list the three principal phases of the veneer process. Pre-Impression The dental veneer process begins with the creation of what is known as a pre-impression. Here your dentist presses a material known as polyvinyl siloxane around your teeth. This quickly drying elastomer soon hardens and is removed, thus providing a template for the shape of your teeth. Using this impression, the dentist is then able to manufacture temporary veneers. These will allow you to maintain a normal appearance during the time it takes for the rest of the process to be completed. Preparation Next, a dental technician will remove a thin slice of enamel—between 0.8 and 1.0mm—from the surface of the tooth being corrected. The small indentation provided by this removal will make room for the veneer so that it can be effectively “blended in” with the teeth on either side. Otherwise, the veneer would jut out from surrounding teeth, thus being easy to notice. In order to remove the layer of enamel, the dentist will use an array of specialized drills. Sometimes this process can involve a localized discomfort. For that reason, your dentist may opt to anesthetize the area before beginning. Once the enamel has been successfully removed, the dentist will create a second impression, which will be used as a model when creating the permanent veneers. Temporary Veneers It may take up to several weeks for your permanent veneers to be fabricated at a dental laboratory. In the meantime, your dentist will attach the temporary veneers that were created using the pre-impression. These temporary veneers are affixed to the tooth using a special cement that can be loosened when the time comes for the permanent veneers to take their place. Permanent Veneers Once your permanent veneers are ready, you will meet with your dentist one last time. During this visit, the temporary veneers will be removed. Then your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and etched with a mild form of acid. This improves the bonding strength between tooth and veneer. Now a permanent adhesive cement is applied and the veneers are carefully fitted into place. Minor adjustments can be made to promote the most natural fit and appearance. Then, once the veneers are in their final resting place, the teeth are irradiated with a blue light. This causes the bonding cement to cure, thus permanently affixing the veneers to the surface of your teeth. If you’re interested in dental veneers, contact a dentist like Michael G Landy DDS for more...

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