The Benefits of an Attractive Smile

Scientific research has proven that the better you look, the better others treat you.  It is not even a conscious choice by those around you; it is just the way human nature works.  Right or wrong, the reality is that attractiveness can determine how other people perceive you and treat you.  Your smile and teeth could largely determine how much another person wants to be around you.

The good news is that advances in cosmetic and restorative dentistry make it possible for almost anyone to have a healthy, beautiful smile.  If you have teeth that are darkened or discolored, you can use a tooth whitening system to achieve brighter, whiter teeth.  Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic procedure that is available for patients with gaps in their teeth, crooked, chipped or broken teeth.  Even if you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can be used to restore both the form and function of your smile.

If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile, or if you think your smile could be improved, it is important to find a qualified Dentist who offers both restorative and cosmetic dental procedures.  A qualified, experienced Dentist can sit down with you, discuss your needs and preferences, and recommend the right cosmetic and restorative dental procedures to fit your needs and your budget.  Many cosmetic dental procedures are considered elective and are therefore not covered by dental insurance.  However, procedures such as porcelain or tooth colored fillings are covered by some dental insurance plans and serve to improve the appearance of your smile.

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Starting Out the New Year With Good Oral Health

For many people, the New Year is a great time to get their lives in order and start new, healthier habits.  Some will start a new diet or an exercise routine in the New Year.  You may notice that your local gym gets very crowded in January.  Others will try to quit smoking or using tobacco products.  All these things are very positive and lead to a much healthier lifestyle and a better overall quality of life.

The New Year is also a great time to start taking better care of your teeth.  After all, your teeth and your dental health play a big role in both your overall health and your quality of life.  What you do now to take care of your teeth will determine how healthy they are in the future and how long they will last.  The best way to prevent dental problems such as  tooth decay, infection, gum disease and tooth loss is to get regularly scheduled dental cleanings and exams. Dental cleanings and exams are recommended every six months for most people.  If you have issues with your dental health, you may need to see a Dentist more often.

If you do not already have a family Dentist, the New Year is a great time to find one.  If you have been avoiding the Dentist or have failed to get needed dental treatment due to fear or anxiety, this is a great time to conquer your fear.  Many Dentists offer Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry for patients with dental phobias.  Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry enables Dentists to provide pain free, relaxing dental care in the comfort of a dental office setting.

The New Year is also a great time to get that smile that you have always wanted.  Advances in cosmetic dental procedures such as bonding, shaping, tooth whitening and porcelain veneers now make it possible for virtually everyone to have the smile of their dreams.   For more information about cosmetic dentistry and general dental care, talk to a qualified Dentist in your local area.  Happy New Year!

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common disorder characterized by one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.  The pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes.  They often occur five to thirty times or more an hour.  Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud choking sound.

It is estimated that over eighteen million Americans suffer from sleep apnea.  An estimated ten million Americans go undiagnosed.  At best, sleep apnea results in a poor sleep quality that makes you tired during the day.  At worse, sleep apnea increases the risk of both heart attacks and strokes.

If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, it is important to discuss your concerns with your primary care physician.  Your primary care physician may refer you to a sleep specialist who can confirm the diagnoses using a sleep study.

If it is confirmed that you suffer from sleep apnea, several courses of treatment are available.  Depending on the severity, your physician may recommend lifestyle changes, changes in sleep patterns or even surgery.  One popular treatment option is a mouthpiece that helps to open your airway, encouraging healthy breathing while you sleep.  This treatment option is easy to implement and does not require any down time for the patient.  Many dental practices offer customize mouthpieces to treat patients with sleep apnea.

If you are currently suffering from sleep apnea, do not ignore the problem and risk your health and your quality of life.  To get more information about a sleep apnea mouthpiece, please contact a qualified dentist in your area.  You will be glad you did.

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Your Age and Your Teeth

As a natural part of the aging process, our teeth often become darker due to changes in their mineral structure as the enamel becomes less porous.  Over time, bacterial pigments, tobacco and foods and beverages including red wine, coffee, berries, tea and colas can stain our teeth and cause them to become discolored.  The use of the medication Tetracycline has also been shown to cause darkening of the teeth.

Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you and creates a lasting first impression.  A bright and healthy smile enhances your overall appearance and draws others to you.  This can be beneficial in a variety of social interactions including first dates, job interviews, business meetings, presentations and more.  Teeth that are stained and/or darkened detract from your smile and add years to your appearance.  Fortunately, advances in cosmetic dentistry, specifically tooth whitening systems, enable most patients to achieve whiter teeth and a brighter, more beautiful smile.

Although over the counter tooth whitening kits are now widely available, there are several advantages to whitening your teeth under the supervision of a qualified dentist.  If misused or overused, over the counter tooth whitening kits can be harmful to the enamel of your teeth.  A dentist can recommend the right amount of whitening solution and the right frequency to ensure whiter teeth without causing damage to your teeth and gums.  A dentist can also monitor the health of your teeth and gums while you are going through the whitening process and address problems such as tooth pain or sensitivity to hot and/or cold foods or beverages.

Whitening your teeth is a great way to improve your appearance as well as your confidence.  If you are interested in achieving whiter teeth and a more beautiful smile, contact a qualified cosmetic dentist in your area to get more information about tooth whitening systems and how they may benefit you.

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Oral Cancer

Every year, approximately 35,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer, a largely preventable form of cancer affecting the mouth and/or part of the throat.  Many oral cancers are related to alcohol use, the use of tobacco products, or both.  Drinking alcohol only in moderation and avoiding all tobacco products can help reduce your risk of developing this serious disease.

Early detection of oral cancer is very important as oral cancer can spread quickly if it is not treated. It is very important to communicate with your Physician or Dentist if you notice continued changes in your mouth or throat.   A thorough oral cancer exam performed by a qualified Dentist can identify the early signs of oral cancer.

The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathological process or cancerous growth:

  • Reddish or whitish patches in the mouth
  • A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
  • A lump or thickening on the skin lining inside the mouth
  • Chronic sore throat or hoarseness
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing

If you experience any of these warning signs, you should notify your Physician or your Dentist immediately.

Facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason can be a warning sign of oral cancer, however, it is important to note that pain does not always occur with pathology, and is often not associated with oral cancer. Many Dentists perform an Oral Cancer screening as part of your regular dental exams.  You may also request an oral cancer screening from you Dentist or Physician.

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Periodontal Disease

According to the most recent (1999-2004) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 8.52% of American adults aged 20-64 have periodontal (gum) disease.  Periodontal disease involves a chronic bacterial infection that destroys the tissues that support the teeth including the gums, the periodontal ligaments and the tooth sockets (alveolar bone).  If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to serious dental health problems.  In fact, periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.

Many cases of periodontal disease are the result of poor oral hygiene and inadequate brushing and flossing.  Smoking or using other types of tobacco products is also a significant risk factor for developing periodontal disease.  Finally, general illness, pregnancy, and uncontrolled diabetes can also increase your risk for developing gum disease.

The symptoms of periodontal disease include the following:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bright red or purple appearance to gums
  • Gums that are tender when touched
  • Mouth sores
  • Swollen gums
  • Shiny appearance to gums

Treatment for periodontal disease ranges from professional deep cleaning and medications to oral surgery, depending on the severity.  Getting regular dental check-ups, brushing and flossing daily, and eliminating smoking and tobacco use are the best defense against periodontal disease.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, or if you think you might have periodontal disease, it is important to be seen by a qualified Dentist as soon as possible.  An experienced Dentist can examine your mouth and teeth and determine if you are suffering from periodontal disease.  If so, he or she can develop a plan to eliminate the infection and prevent further damage to your teeth and gums.

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