This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful for Your Dental Health

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we give thanks for all of our blessings.  This can include family, friends, wealth and even our health.  If you are blessed enough to have good oral health, you probably have not spent enough time thinking about this particular blessing.  However, when our dental health goes south and we experience painful and expensive dental problems, it is then that we realize what a big blessing this is. Good dental health gives us the ability to chew and eat properly and to properly digest the foods we eat.  It also has a big effect on our confidence and our quality of life.

Unfortunately, many American adults are not blessed with good oral health.  This is evidenced by the fact that according to the American Dental Association (ADA), more than 20 million people in the United States are missing all of their teeth.  The ADA also reports that more than 100 million people in the United States are missing between 11 to 15 of their teeth. Tooth decay in America is also a problem, especially in children.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tooth decay affects more than 1/4 of U. S. children between the ages of 2 and 5 and half of children between the ages of 12 and 15.  Lastly, periodontal disease is rampant in American adults.  According to the CDC, half of American adults have some stage of periodontal disease, many of them undiagnosed.  This is unfortunate because untreated periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.

Cavities, periodontal disease and missing teeth are largely preventable dental health conditions.  Many of these cases can be avoided with proper daily dental hygiene, regular dental care and a healthy, well-balanced diet.  If you are one of the many Americans who is not blessed with good oral health, now is the time to turn things around. Talk to your dentist today about the steps you can take to improve your dental health in the new year.

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

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Enjoying Your Thanksgiving Feast With Dental Implants

For most Americans, Thanksgiving represents a special time to gather with friends and family and to express thanks for our many blessings.  A huge Thanksgiving feast of turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole is also part of the Thanksgiving tradition for many families.  This is the time when we set our tables with our best linens and china, turn off our cell phones and other electronics, and enjoy a long, relaxing meal around the table.  However, if you are dealing with ill-fitting, loose or uncomfortable dentures, Thanksgiving dinner may not be all that enjoyable to you.

Dentures that slip or fall out easily can make it very difficult to enjoy a meal, especially when the meal involves a group.  Even if it is with your family members, the last thing you want is for your dentures to fall into your dinner plate!  In addition, loose or uncomfortable dentures can make it difficult to chew and properly digest certain foods.

If you notice that your dentures have recently become loose, ill-fitting or uncomfortable, it could be due to changes with the bone in your jaw.  When pressure is not exerted on the jawbone on a regular basis, it can cause bone loss.  This in turn can make dentures that at one time fit well, not fit well anymore.  It is a vicious cycle.

You can break the cycle of ill-fitting dentures with dental implants.  Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement  solution that provide for replacement teeth that look, function and feel like natural teeth.  There a a variety of tooth replacement options that can be used with dental implants including dental-implant-supported crowns, bridges and dentures.

If you are tired of worrying about your dentures slipping or falling out or if your dentures have become uncomfortable, talk to your dentist today about dental implants.  After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for this life-changing dental procedure.

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Caring For Your Dentures

Dentures are an investment and have a large bearing on your ability to eat, speak and chew with confidence. And, just like regular teeth, dentures require proper care and attention to keep them functioning at a high level and to make them last a long as possible. So, how should you properly care for your dentures? Read on to find out.

Keeping your dentures clean is one of the most important aspects of regular denture care and should be done on a daily basis. This includes cleaning them daily with a denture brush and soaking them in a cleanser solution. Cleaning your dentures daily will help to keep them white and bright and will prevent plaque buildup. Daily cleanings can also help to prevent denture odor. However, it is important not to brush too hard when you are cleaning your dentures as this can cause damage. Moistening the dentures prior to cleaning them can help you avoid scratching or damaging the delicate metal and plastic parts.

Before putting your dentures back into your mouth, you should brush your gums, tongue and any natural teeth (in the case of partial dentures) with a fluoride toothpaste. You can also rinse with a mouthwash to help get rid of bacteria in your mouth and give you a clean, refreshed feeling.

When you are not wearing your dentures, you should keep them moist to keep them from drying out and losing their shape. You can store them a container that is specially made for this purpose with either water or soaking solution.

If your dentures become loose or uncomfortable, you should notify your dentist as soon as possible. He or she may need to make certain adjustments to improve their fit and comfortability.

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Have You Ever Dreamed That Your Teeth Are Falling Out?

You wake up in a sweat and your heart is racing.  You run to the mirror and check to make sure you have all of your teeth.  Does this sound familiar?  If you have ever dreamed that your teeth are falling out, you are not alone.  Missing teeth or teeth that are falling out  is one of the most common types of recurring dreams.  Psychologists suggest a number of theories behind this dream.  Some say that it means you are worried about money.  Others suggest a feeling of vulnerability or a lack of control over your circumstances.  Whatever the cause, this dream can be terrifying!

Unfortunately, for many American adults, failing and missing teeth are a reality.  Tooth failure and tooth loss can be caused by a variety of factors including lack of proper dental hygiene/dental care, periodontal disease, trauma, untreated tooth decay and more.  In the past, options for replacing missing teeth were limited to dentures (partial and full) and dental bridges.  These tooth replacement options are still popular procedures for replacing missing teeth.  However, neither of these solutions provide a permanent, fixed solution to tooth loss.  Now with the advent of dental implants, individuals with tooth loss have a fixed solution that can last a lifetime, with proper care.  This is good news for the many American adults who are missing one, several or all of their teeth.

Dental implants look like natural teeth and because they are fused to the jawbone, they feel and function like natural teeth.  These factors represent significant advantages over traditional dentures and dental bridges.  Most individuals are candidates for dental implants, and the success rate is very high.  However, if you are a smoker or have other conditions such as Diabetes, your chances for a successful outcome may be reduced.  Additionally, if you do not have a sufficient quantity of bone in your jaw, you may require bone grafting before dental implants can be successfully placed.

If you are living with the reality of tooth loss, talk to a dentist in your local area today.  After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for this revolutionary tooth replacement system.

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Preventive Dental Care

Do you have fire extinguishers and smoke alarms in your home?  Do you have a home security system?  Do you have car insurance, homeowners insurance or a life insurance policy?  There is a good chance that you have answered “yes” to all or most of these questions.  These are all examples of preventive measure we take to ensure that we have a long and healthy life and that our finances stay in check.  So what preventive measures do you take to protect your long-term oral health?  After all, your teeth play a big role in your health and your overall quality of life.

Unfortunately, many of us fail to take preventive measures that can help to increase the chances of our teeth lasting for a lifetime. Failing to take preventive measures to protect your teeth today can lead to painful and expensive dental health problems and even tooth loss in the future.  Just think about how many advertisements you have seen on television or heard on the radio about dentures and dental implants.  The reality is that tooth loss is still a big problem for many adults in the United States.

So what are the preventive measures we can take today to safeguard our dental health in the future?  You can start with visiting your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and examinations.  Six-month checkups and cleanings are recommended for most people.  However, if you have dental health issues such as periodontal disease or tooth decay, your dentist may recommend that you come in more often than every six months.

Practicing good daily oral hygiene at home is also vitally important to your long-term dental health.  This means brushing your teeth thoroughly at least two times per day and flossing thoroughly at least one time per day.  Your dentist or oral hygienist can show you the proper techniques for brushing and flossing your teeth.  If you have the tendency to brush your teeth with too much force, you may want to invest in an electric toothbrush.  This will help to prevent gum damage and gum recession from overly aggressive tooth brushing.  If you have periodontal disease, your dentist may also recommend that you rinse your mouth daily with an antimicrobial mouthwash.

Sealants and fluoride treatments are other preventive measures that can be taken to prevent cavities and make the teeth more resistant to decay.  These preventive dental treatments are commonly used for children.  In some cases, they may be recommended for adults.

If you have not been to a dentist in more than six months, schedule an appointment today.  Together, you and dentist can come up with a strategy to help you achieve and maintain good dental health, for life.

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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.

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Today’s Dentures

Today’s dentures are not like the dentures of the past. In the past, many denture wearers complained of uncomfortable, loose-fitting dentures that had the appearance of false teeth.  For these reasons, this tooth replacement system left a lot to be desired.  However, with today’s advanced technology and manufacturing processes, today’s dentures look more like natural teeth, are better-fitted and are more comfortable to wear.  That is good news for the large percentage of Americans with missing teeth.

The Dentca CAD/CAM denture system represents the greatest advancements in denture technology.  The computer-aided-design and computer-aided-manufacturing system provides for a faster, more cost-effective method of manufacturing dentures that takes the margin of error out of the process.  Dentures manufactured using the Dentca system require one visit before final denture delivery as opposed to the five visits required by dentures manufactured the conventional way (by hand). As a result, a patient’s chair time is reduced from three hours to only forty-five minutes.  And, using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing reduces the processing time from approximately thirty days to approximately ten days.

Unfortunately, tooth loss remains a problem for a large population of American adults despite advances in dental technology and dental hygiene.  To avoid tooth loss, it is important to visit your dentist for regularly scheduled dental cleanings and checkups and to seek prompt treatment for any dental health issues, especially periodontal disease.  It is also important to practice good daily oral hygiene at home.

If you are currently wearing dentures and are unhappy with their fit or appearance, or are in need of a new pair of dentures, visit a certified Dentca dentist in your local area.  After a thorough evaluation, your dentist can determine whether or not the Dentca denture system is right for you.

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Dental Erosion

Dental erosion is one of the most common causes of cavities and tooth loss.  It occurs when the enamel (the protective layers on the outside of the teeth) is destroyed, exposing the underlying dentin.  When this occurs, your teeth are left vulnerable to sensitivity and decay.

There are a variety of different foods and beverages that can cause dental erosion due to their high acidity.  These foods and beverages include the following:

•  orange juice

•  apple juice

•  grapefruit juice

•  citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges, etc.)

•  tomatoes

•  pickles

•  white wine

•  soda

•  sports drinks

•  energy drinks

•  sour candies

•  tea

•  coffee

If you enjoy foods or beverages on this list, no need to panic or to necessarily cut them out of your diet completely.  Some of them (citrus fruits, tomatoes, tea, etc.) are really good for you and contain important vitamins and minerals. However, if you eat them all day long or everyday, you may want to think about limiting your intake.  If you are going to eat or drink these highly acidic foods and beverages, rinsing your mouth or brushing your teeth after eating or drinking them will help to limit the exposure to your teeth.

If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold foods, this could be a sign that you are experiencing dental erosion.  If you have cavities or dental carries, this could be another sign.  If you suspect that you may have dental erosion, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.  After a thorough evaluation, he or she can recommend the best method or methods for dealing with this common and serious dental health issue.

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Non-Surgical Treatments for Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease is a common dental problem that is characterized by an infection of the gums, soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. It is progressive in nature and can range from simple inflammation to serious disease that results in damage to the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth.  If it is not detected and treated early, it can lead to very serious dental health issues, including tooth loss.

The earliest stage of gum disease is referred to as “Gingivitis.”  With Gingivitis, the gums become red and swollen and/or bleed easily. This is caused by a buildup of harmful bacteria called “plaque” on the surface of the teeth. This mild form of gum disease can usually be reversed with daily flossing and brushing and visiting a dentist for a professional dental cleaning. Gingivitis does not involve any loss of the bone and tissue that support your teeth. However, it is really important to treat Gingivitis so it does not progress to Periodontitis.

Periodontitis is a more serious form of gum disease that causes the gums to pull away from the teeth and form spaces or pockets that become infected. As the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line, the body’s immune system fights this harmful bacteria. The body’s natural response to the infection will start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth into place. If Periodontitis is not properly treated in a timely manner, the teeth may become loose and have to be removed.

There are a variety of non-surgical treatments that can be used to treat periodontal disease including antimicrobial medications as well as scaling and root planing.  Scaling and root planing involves a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. Scaling and root planing is often followed by adjunctive therapy such as local delivery antimicrobials and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis. In cases where periodontal disease has progressed to severe Periodontitis, surgery may be required.  They key is to find and treat it early, so surgery can be avoided.

If you have swollen or red gums or gums that bleed easily, this could be a sign of periodontal disease. Schedule an appointment with your dentist so you can get it treated before it progresses to Periodontitis.

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More and More Patients Are Choosing Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth

Currently, the options for replacing missing teeth include bridges, partial dentures, full dentures and dental implants. Of these options, only dental implants provide a permanent solution that allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. For this reason, more and more patients are choosing dental implants to replace their missing teeth.

Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that are placed in a patient’s jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. Once the jawbone has healed and the implants are securely anchored into place (a process know as osseointegration), a crown or bridge may be fixed to the implants to take the place of missing teeth. Dental implants have become increasingly popular since their endorsement by the ADA (American Dental Association) in 1986. In fact, between the years of 1986 and 1999, the number of dental implants procedures in the United States tripled. It is now estimated that more than half a million dental implants are placed in the United States every year.

It is widely known that dental implants cost more than other tooth replacement options such as bridges and dentures. Why then is this procedure becoming so popular? Dental implants are the preferred tooth replacement option for most patients because they look natural, feel natural and allow for normal speech and normal chewing function. Perhaps most importantly, unlike dentures, dental implants are not at risk for slipping and falling out and do not require the use of messy, sticky and sometimes harmful adhesive creams. Patients who receive dental implants find themselves free from the shame and embarrassment of missing teeth and experience an increase in their confidence as well as their overall quality of life. To join the millions of Americans who have benefited from dental implants, contact a dental implants specialist in your local area today.

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