Preventing Plaque Build Up

Plaque is made up of invisible masses of harmful germs that live in the mouth and stick to the teeth.  If it is not removed and is allowed to build up in your mouth, it can cause serious dental health problems.  Some types of plaque cause tooth decay while other types cause gum disease.  The first sign of gum disease is often puffy, red or bleeding gums.  If gum disease is not properly treated, the tissues holding the teeth into place are destroyed eventually leading to tooth loss.

The best way to prevent the build up of plaque is to practice good oral hygiene at home.  This involves brushing your teeth at least two times per day and flossing at least one time per day.  When brushing your teeth, it is important not to drag the brush roughly across your gums as this can damage the tissues.  Instead, make small circular motions.  It is also important to brush your tongue and then rinse your mouth.  This will remove food residues.  Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains Fluoride as Fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay.  Flossing your teeth will remove food particles and germs between your teeth.

In addition to practicing good daily oral hygiene, it is important to visit a dentist every six months for a professional dental cleaning and exam.  A qualified dental hygienist can provide a more thorough cleaning using instruments that are specially made for removing plaque.  For more information about plaque removal and preventing the build up of plaque, talk to a dentist in your local area.

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A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Have you ever heard the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words?”  With the rising popularity of social media and online dating, this has never been truer!  In today’s society, most prospective employers, prospective dates, etc. have already viewed a picture of you via a social media site or google before they ever lay eyes on you.  But what if you are not happy with the way you look in pictures?  Your smile has a dramatic effect on the way you appear in photographs as well as in real life.  If your smile is negatively affecting your appearance as well as your level of confidence, you may want to consider making an investment in improving your smile.

With the latest advances in technology and cosmetic dentistry, it is now possible for virtually anyone to have the smile of their dreams, even if they were not born with it!  Many cosmetic dental practices offer complete smile makeovers.  Complete smile makeovers combine several cosmetic dental procedures to dramatically improve the appearance of a patient’s smile.  A smile makeover may include any and all of the following cosmetic dental procedures:  Invisalign Braces, teeth whitening, crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, porcelain inlays, porcelain onlays, porcelain veneers, bonding and shaping.  Often times, more than one cosmetic dental procedure can be performed during a single office visit.

If you are currently unhappy with the way you look in photographs, find a qualified, cosmetic dentist in your local area.  An experienced cosmetic dentist can evaluate your smile and determine the best cosmetic dental procedures to meet your needs as well as your budget.

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Women and Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is an infection of the bones and tissues surrounding the teeth.  If not treated properly, it can lead to serious oral health issues and even tooth loss.  Research has shown that women may be more susceptible to periodontal disease during certain times in their lives when hormonal changes are taking place including puberty, pregnancy and menopause.

During puberty, an increased level of sex hormones causes increased blood circulation to the gums.  This may cause an increase in the gum’s sensitivity and cause them to react more easily to irritants such as food particles and plaque.  As a result, young woman who are going through puberty may experience swollen, red and tender gums.

During pregnancy, women may experience increased Gingivitis or Pregnancy Gingivitis beginning in the second or third month of pregnancy and increasing in  severity throughout the eighth month.  During this time, a pregnant woman may notice swelling, bleeding, redness or tenderness in the gum tissue.  Any infection, including Periodontal infection is a cause for concern during pregnancy.  If you are planning to become pregnant, it is a good idea to include a periodontal evaluation as part of your prenatal care plan.

Women who are menopausal or post-menopausal may also experience changes in their mouths.  Menopausal Gingivostomatitis affects a small percentage of women and results in gums that look dry or shiny, bleed easily and range from abnormally pale to deep red.

At any age and during any stage of life, it is important for women to take good care of their dental health.  Seeing a dental professional at least twice a year for a dental cleaning and exam is an important component of maintaining good oral health.  Brushing and flossing regularly can also help to prevent periodontal disease and other serious oral health problems.

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Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes is a chronic disease affecting a growing number of adults and children in the United States.  It negatively affects the eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other important systems in the body.  Diabetes can also cause serious oral health issues for those who suffer from it.

Patients with Diabetes are at increased risk for developing periodontal (gum) disease.  Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum and bone that surrounds the teeth and holds them into place.  It can lead to painful chewing difficulties and, if not properly treated, tooth loss.  In fact, gum disease is currently the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.  Dry mouth is another symptom of diabetes and is often a symptom of undetected diabetes.  Dry mouth can cause oral health issues including soreness, ulcers, infections and tooth decay.  All of these problems are exacerbated by smoking!

If you suffer from Diabetes, the best thing you can do to protect your oral health is to maintain good blood glucose control. Seeing your doctor regularly to monitor your Diabetes and blood glucose levels is an important step in maintaining good oral health while living with Diabetes.  Another key component involves your oral hygiene.  If you have Diabetes, it is even more important to maintain good oral health by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly.  It is also  very important to visit your dentist regularly for dental exams and dental cleanings.  Lastly, refraining from smoking, or quitting smoking is an essential part of maintaining good oral health.

If you have questions about Diabetes and the effect on your oral health, talk with a qualified dentist in your area.

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New and Improved Dentures

In the past, the process of getting dentures required about five different visits to the dentist’s office and about thirty days to receive the final product.  Advances in technology and dentistry now make it possible for patients to get their dentures in about ten days with significantly less chair time. This new way of manufacturing dentures is called the Dentca CAM (computer aided manufacturing)/CAD (computer aided design) system.  This faster and more cost effective method of producing dentures is currently being offered in dental offices throughout the United States.

The Dentca CAM/CAD denture system takes the margin of human error out of the process and allows for a faster, more cost effective method of manufacturing  dentures.  This results in less lab manufacturing time and fewer visits to the dental office for the patient.  The Dentca CAM/CAD denture system requires just one visit prior to final delivery.  During this visit, the dentist takes an initial impression of the patient’s gum.  While the CAD system manipulates the impression to create accurate three dimensional photo simulations of how the denture is going to look, the CAM system controls mechanical tools and related machinery in the manufacturing of the dentures.  By taking away the human labor, these dentures are created in a dramatically shorter period of time with no margin for error.  The result is faster, more efficient and better fitting dentures.

If you would like more information about the Dentca CAM/CAD denture system, talk to a qualified dentist in your local area. If your dentist does not offer the Dentca CAM/CAD denture system, find one who does!

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Tooth Loss in the United States

Despite advances in dentistry, tooth loss remains a problem for many American adults.  In fact, according to the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2004), 3.75% of Americans adults aged 20 to 64 have no remaining teeth. According to the same report, the mean number of remaining teeth for American adults aged 50 -64 is 22.30.

In the past, the options for replacing missing teeth were limited.  Now patients with missing teeth have a variety of tooth replacement options including the following:  bridges, partial dentures, full dentures and dental implants.

A bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis used to fill the gap between at least two teeth. With a bridge, a pontic or false tooth is supported on either side by the adjacent or abutment teeth.  A removable or partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.  Full dentures are upper and lower plates that take the place of a full set of teeth.  Lastly, dental implants are prosthetic screws or anchors that are inserted into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots.  Once they are fused with the bone in the jaw, a crown, bridge or partial denture may be secured to the dental implants to take the place of missing teeth.  Of the four options mentioned above, dental implants are the only option that provides for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  Dental implants are a more costly solution than the other options, however, if properly maintained, dental implants can last for a patient’s lifetime.

Replacing missing teeth is important for maintaining good oral health and protecting your remaining teeth.  If you are currently missing a tooth or teeth, talk to a qualified dentist in your local area about the tooth replacement options available to you.

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