The Rising Popularity of Adult Braces

An increasing number of adults in the United States are rushing to the Orthodontist to get braces proving that it is never too late to improve your smile.  What are the options for adults with crooked teeth?  There are many.  Traditional metal braces are often used for adults and are particularly effective when there are major bite problems involved.  However, the cost (an average of $4,800 according to the October Journal of Clinical Orthodotics) and time commitment involved coupled with the “metal mouth” look causes many adults to steer clear of traditional metal braces. Often, adults with crooked teeth or less-than-perfect smiles will opt for clear or ceramic braces.

Another good option for adults who desire straighter teeth in less time is short-term orthodontics or “six-month smiles.”  Six-month braces can allow you to get the esthetic, straightened look you desire in just six-months. This is done by mainly focusing on just the teeth in the front and not making major changes to your bite.  It is similar to traditional braces but is much more esthetic as it uses white wire and white braces.

If you missed out on the chance to correct your teeth as a child, it is not too late.  There are several options available to you.  If you would like more information about the options available for straightening your teeth, contact a qualified Dentist in your local area.  He or she can go over the advantages and disadvantages of each type of braces and help you select the method that most closely suits your needs as well as your budget.

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Smoking and Your Oral Health

Most of us are well aware of the negative effects that smoking has on your overall health.  However, smoking also has a significant negative impact on your oral health.  Besides causing bad breath and tooth discoloration, smoking can also cause more serious oral health problems such as periodontal (gum) disease and oral cancer.

Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the United States.  Smoking and using other tobacco products can lead to periodontal disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to you teeth.  Also, it appears that smoking interferes with the normal functions of gum tissue cells making smokers more susceptible to gum disease.  This interference may also impair blood flow to the gums which may affect wound healing and make dental procedures such as dental implants less effective.

Oral cancer is a serious type of cancer found in the oral cavity and/or throat.  Your risk for developing this type of cancer is much higher if you are a smoker.  The mortality rates with oral cancer are higher than many other types of cancer because it is commonly discovered in the later stages.  This makes oral cancer screening a very important part of regular dental checkups.

Quitting smoking can decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, oral cancer and many other serious medical conditions.  It can also improve both the appearance and the health of your teeth and gums and help you to keep your teeth longer.  For more information about the effect of smoking on your oral health, talk to a qualified Dentist in your local area.  You can also find helpful information regarding smoking cessation on The American Cancer Society website.

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Consult a Dentist Before Whitening Your Teeth

If you desire whiter teeth and are planning to use an at-home bleaching system, it is a good idea to first discuss this treatment with your Dentist.  The risks associated to tooth whitening include tooth sensitivity and damage to the roots of teeth.  Your Dentist may be able to predict whether or not you will suffer from tooth sensitivity and may be ale to recommend certain products and toothpastes that are designed to treat sensitive teeth.  A qualified Dentist can also check for signs of root damage caused by teeth whitening and can treat the condition if it is detected early enough.  For these reasons, The Academy of General Dentistry recommends Dentist supervision for any whitening treatments, even over-the-counter preparations.

Tooth whitening is an incredibly popular cosmetic dental procedure and is effective in a majority of patients.  Typically, yellow-colored teeth respond well to whitening while brownish-colored teeth do not respond quite as well.  Gray stains caused by smoking, taking Tetracycline or Fluorosis (ingestion of too much fluoride) are difficult to change dramatically with tooth whitening.  For these patients, a Dentist may recommend other cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers or bonding.

A qualified Dentist can examine your teeth, review your dental history and recommend the safest and most effective tooth whitening method available to suit your specific needs as well as your budget.  He or she can also monitor your results and make sure that you are not harming your teeth or gums during the process.

Good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing daily and receiving regular professional dental cleanings will also help to keep your teeth looking whiter and feeling healthier.  For more information about teeth whitening, contact a cosmetic Dentist in your local area.

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Partial Dentures and Bone Loss

If you are currently wearing partial dentures to replace missing teeth, you may not be aware of the fact that you are actually losing bone.  Partial dentures exert pressure on the gum and bone causing bone loss in the area of the jaw where the dentures rest.  This affects the fit of the dentures in your mouth and makes them more uncomfortable, difficult and painful to wear.  An ill-fitting denture is at risk for clicking, slipping and even falling out.

For these reasons and more, partial dentures are no longer considered by many to be an ideal solution for replacing missing teeth.  Instead, dental implants are being used by many Dentists to provide a long-lasting, fixed solution that enables patients to laugh, eat, smile and speak with confidence.  Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement system that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. With an effective rate of between 95% and 98%, dental implants are the most advanced treatment for missing teeth in existence today.

Most patients with missing teeth are candidates for this advanced treatment. The process involves inserting prosthetic (titanium) screws into a patient’s jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once the jawbone has been allowed to heal and the screws are securely anchored into the jawbone, crowns, bridges or fixed partial dentures can be attached to the implants to take the place of missing teeth.  Dental implants are actually fused into the jawbone therefore they do not cause bone loss and can even help to preserve bone in the jaw.

Dental implants have been used effectively to restore the smiles and improve the confidence of patients all over the world.  If you are currently wearing partial dentures and are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for dental implants, contact a qualified dental implants Dentist in your local area.

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Plaque and Your Dental Health

Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on our teeth.  This bacteria forms as a result of the foods we eat and our saliva.  If it is not removed daily, it can harden into tartar and cause cavities as well as gum disease.  Tartar is simply plaque that has built up and hardened onto the teeth and gums.  It is sometimes referred to as “calculus.”

Dental decay is caused when the acids from plaque attack our teeth after eating.  With repeated acid attacks, the tooth enamel can break down and a cavity may form.  Gingivitis (red, swollen, bleeding gums) is caused when plaque that has built up irritates the tissues around your teeth.  If not properly treated, Gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease and tooth loss.

The best way to remove plaque and prevent it from building up and hardening into tartar is to brush your teeth thoroughly at least two times per day and floss your teeth at least one time every day.  It is also important to see a Dentist regularly for dental examinations and professional cleanings.  It is recommended that most patients see a Dentist once every six-months for a checkup and cleaning.  If you have serious dental problems, you may need to see a Dentist more often.  Once plaque has hardened into tartar, it can no longer be removed by simply brushing and flossing and must be removed by a Dentist or dental hygienist using special instruments.

If you have not had your teeth professionally checked and cleaned in more than six months or if you think plaque may be building up on your teeth, schedule an appointment with a qualified Dentist today.  When it comes to your dental health “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a mild, reversible form of gum disease that involves inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth.  It is the first stage of gum disease and, if left untreated, may progress to Periodontitis (the loss of bone around the teeth).  Periodontitis is a more serious form of periodontal disease and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.

Gingivitis is caused by the buildup of plaque, a sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that regularly forms on teeth.  If this plaque is allowed to build up, it can create by products that can damage the gums.

The best way to prevent Gingivitis is to prevent the build up of plaque by practicing good oral hygiene including brushing twice per day and flossing once per day.  Getting regular dental cleanings and exams is another important factor in preventing Gingivitis and more serious gum disease.  Your Dentist may also recommend that you rinse daily with an antibacterial mouthwash.

Signs and symptoms of Gingivitis include mild inflammation of the gums, red or swollen gums that bleed easily, mouth soreness and itching around the gums.  Gingivitis has several degrees of severity so symptoms will vary in intensity with each case.  The swelling and inflammation of the gums can be mild or very painful, depending on the area that is affected.  If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to communicate this information to your Dentist so he or she can examine your gums and, if needed, implement an appropriate treatment plan.

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