Teaching Your Children About Oral Health

If you are a parent, you have the important and sometimes overwhelming job of teaching your children the skills they will need to succeed in life.  The skills you teach them today will hopefully benefit them in the future when they eventually leave the nest.  One of the most important things you can teach your children is how to properly care for their dental health.  If you help your children understand the importance of practicing good daily oral hygiene and help them to develop these habits when they are young, you will increase their chances of being able to keep their teeth, for life.  This will also help them to avoid costly and painful dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss.

You should teach your children to brush their at least two times daily, once when they get up in the morning and then again before they go to bed.  They should brush their teach for at least two minutes each time to ensure that all the plaque and food particles are removed from their teeth and gums.  Proper brushing technique is also important.  Teach your child to brush with circular motions instead of roughly dragging the toothbrush across their gums.  This will prevent them from damaging their gums in the process.

You should also teach your children to floss thoroughly at least one time everyday.  The best time to do this is at night, before they go to sleep.  Studies have shown that flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing them because flossing can get deeper in between the teeth and remove plaque and food particles that cannot be removed with a toothbrush.

Lastly, teach your children the importance of seeing a dentist regularly for routine dental cleanings and examinations.  Your child should visit the dentist every six months for a professional dental cleaning and a dental examination.  Your dentist may also recommend preventive measures such as fluoride treatments and/or dental sealants to prevent tooth decay.

Taking the time to teach your child about the importance of taking care of their dental health today will benefit them greatly in the future.  If your child has not been to see a dentist in more than six months, schedule an appointment today.

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health


Need Additional Stability for Your Dentures?

If you wear dentures and are looking for additional stability to ensure that they do not slip or fall out, you may be interested in dental implants.  Dental implants are a revolutionary dental treatment that can be used to provide support for crowns, bridges or dentures.  The process involves inserting titanium screws into the jawbone and allowing the bone in the jaw to heal.  Once the bone has healed and the implants are anchored securely in the jaw, crowns, bridges or dentures can be attached to the implants to take the place of missing teeth.

When first invented, dental implants were used exclusively to provide support for dental crowns.  Today, their use has greatly expanded and they are used to support dental bridges and dentures.  Dental-implant-supported dentures provide more stability than conventional dentures and are less expensive than a full set of dental-implant-supported crowns.  For this reason, they are a good solution for many individuals with missing teeth.

If you are interested in dental implants to provide added stability to your dentures, the first step is to visit a dental implant specialist in your local area.  After a thorough evaluation and medical history, your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.  To be a candidate for dental implants, you must have enough healthy bone and tissue in your jaw to support the implants.  In cases where the quantity or quality of bone in the jaw is insufficient to support dental implants, other procedures may be needed to prepare the jawbone for successful placement of implants.  This may include any variety of bone grafting procedures.

If you have dentures that slip or fall out or if you are simply looking for a way to add stability to your dentures, talk to your dentist about dental implants today.  With dental-implant-supported dentures you can once again chew, smile, laugh and speak with confidence.

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health




Restoring a Cracked Tooth

Teeth can crack for a variety of reasons.  Dental trauma, tooth decay, and biting down on something hard can all cause a tooth to crack.  So what happens if you crack one of your teeth?  What are the dental treatments that can be used to restore a cracked tooth?  There are many.

There are several different restorative dental treatments that can be used to address a cracked tooth.  The type that is used will depend on the location of the tooth in your mouth, the severity of the crack and other factors.  Dental bonding is one restorative treatment that can be used to address a cracked tooth.  This is typically indicated when the crack is not overly severe.  The process involves applying a tooth-colored composite resin to the tooth to fill in the space left due to the crack.  The material is then cured with a special light to permanently bond it to the tooth.  If the crack or damage to the tooth is too severe to be treated with dental bonding or a composite resin filling, a crown may be placed over the tooth.  A crown will provide addition strength to the tooth and prevent further cracking.

If a cracked tooth is not restored promptly, it can leave that tooth susceptible to infection.  Once the tooth becomes infected, a root canal procedure may be needed to remove the infected material in the center of the tooth and then seal it to prevent further infection.  If a root canal is not performed on an infected tooth, it can lead to serious dental health problems including abscessed teeth.  In this case, the tooth may need to be extracted.

If you have a cracked tooth in your mouth, don’t risk your long-term dental health by waiting to have it fixed.  Talk to your dentist today about the restorative dental treatments available to suit your particular situation.

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

Gapped Teeth: To Fix or Not to Fix

What do Michael Strayhan, Madonna, Dennis Leary, David Letterman, Lauren Hutton and Anna Paquin have in common?  They all have prominent gaps between their front teeth.  For these celebrities,  gapped teeth have become part of their persona and as such, they have elected not to fix them.  While these celebrities are able to pull off this look without a hitch, it is a little more tricky for the average Joe.  That is why many individuals elect to fix their gapped teeth with cosmetic dentistry.

If you have a gap in the middle of your two front teeth, their are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments that can be used to close the gap thereby adding balance to your smile.  Your dentist can determine the best method for you based on your lifestyle, budget and overall dental health.

The first option that can be used to close a gap in between the two front teeth is orthodontics.  Traditional metal braces, clear braces and short-term braces are all options that may be considered.  The second option is a process called dental bonding.  Dental bonding requires very little advanced preparation.  The process involves applying a tooth-colored resin material that is made of durable plastic to the surface of a tooth and then hardening it with a special light.  In most cases, dental bonding can be completed in one dental visit lasting just a few hours. Porcelain veneers are another cosmetic dental solution that can be used to hide a gap in the middle of the front teeth.  Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells that can be laminated to the front surface of the teeth to change their appearance.  Like dental bonding, porcelain veneers require very little advanced preparation.  They do, however, require a fabrication process that is done in a dental laboratory.

If a gap in between your front teeth is making you feel self-conscious about your smile or is making you dislike the way you look, talk to a cosmetic dentist in your local area today.  After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can recommend the best cosmetic dental solution to help you achieve a more beautiful and balanced smile.

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health

5 Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth

Teeth Whitening is now the most requested cosmetic dental treatment.  This is not surprising since this single cosmetic dental treatment can dramatically improve your appearance, your self-confidence and even your quality of life.  There are a number of reasons why individuals decide to whiten their teeth including the following:

1.  to whiten teeth that have become stained due to smoking or consuming foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, soda, berries and red wine

2.  to treat the discoloration that occurs as a natural part of the aging process

3.  to prepare for an important event such as a wedding, reunion, anniversary or job interview

4.  to prepare to start dating again after a divorce or the loss of a spouse or partner

5.  as a complement to other cosmetic treatments such as Botox, facial fillers or plastic surgery

The bottom line is that whitening your teeth can greatly enhance and take years off of your appearance.  It can also increase your confidence which makes you more attractive to others.  This can be important if you are looking to start dating, have an important event coming up or are interviewing for a job. 

When you do decide to whiten your teeth, there are many options from which to choose.  There are a variety of over-the-counter whitening products that can be used to whiten your teeth, however, they differ widely in their effectiveness and some can even be harmful to your dental health.  For this reason, the American Dental Association recommends whitening your teeth under the supervision of a dentist.  Most dentists offer two options for teeth whitening:  take-home kits and in-office treatments.  The take-home kits produce gradual results and can be used over and over again, as needed.  The in-office procedure produces dramatic results in a single appointment lasting for a little over an hour.  Both of these methods have certain advantages and disadvantages.  Your dentist can help you determine which method is better suited for you based on your lifestyle, your budget and your dental health.

If dingy discolored teeth are causing you to lose confidence and are negatively affecting your quality of life, talk to your dentist today about whitening your teeth.  Enjoy your whiter, brighter, more beautiful smile!

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health


Am I a Candidate for Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to restore or improve the appearance of a tooth. The procedure involves applying a tooth-colored resin material (made of durable plastic) and then hardening it with a special light to bond the material to the tooth.

Dental bonding can be used for a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental applications including the following:

• to repair a decayed tooth (composite resins)
• to improve the appearance of discolored teeth
• to close a gap or space between teeth
• to make a tooth appear longer
• to alter the shape of a tooth
• to fill a space where gums have receded, exposing the root of a tooth

Unlike some other cosmetic and restorative dental treatments, dental bonding requires very little advance preparation. Typically, this treatment does not require the use of anesthesia. An exception to this is when dental bonding is being used to fill a cavity in a tooth. First, your dentist will select a composite resin color that will most closely match the color of your natural teeth. Next, he or she will roughen the surface of the tooth and then apply a conditioning liquid. This will help the material to bond to the tooth. Next, the putty-like material is applied to the tooth and molded to the desired shape and then smoothed over. Last, an ultraviolet light or laser is used to harden the material. After it has hardened, your dentist may further trim, shape and polish the material, as needed.

If you want to improve the appearance of a tooth that is discolored, gapped, misshaped or otherwise unattractive, talk to your dentist about dental bonding. After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine if this advanced restorative and cosmetic dental treatment is right for you.

Posted on Behalf of Dr. Justin Scott, Pure Dental Health