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A Guide To Choosing Cosmetic Dentistry When Treating Your Asthma Has Impaired The Appearance Of Your Teeth

Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Guide To Choosing Cosmetic Dentistry When Treating Your Asthma Has Impaired The Appearance Of Your Teeth

If you suffer from asthma and have frequently used inhalers or nebulizer treatments containing albuterol or other medications, you might be surprised to learn that you could be at a higher risk of significant dental decay and gum disease. Even after treating the underlying issues, it’s still possible that stained or discolored teeth still exist. That is often the result of the dry mouth commonly associated with those treatments as well as the irritation within your mouth that could occur following a breathing treatment or use of an inhaler. Therefore, if you have healthy teeth and gums, but your asthma has resulted in an imperfect smile, you should be aware of the following information.     Understanding Spotted Or Discolored Teeth It’s first important to note that if your asthma first manifested during childhood and has required inhalers or breathing treatments, it might have contributed to the unfortunate spotting or discoloration of your teeth. If an infection ever caused you to need tetracycline as a child, it might also have caused your spotted teeth.  Alternatively, it is possible that the long-term use of a corticosteroid led to a pulp disease that required a root canal and now there is a noticeable difference in the color of your teeth.  It is important to note that you will first need to make sure that any cavities, structural damage, and similar issues have been addressed. Few cosmetic dentists would work on teeth that were not healthy. In addition, some examples of cosmetic dentistry could worsen or cause pain to the affected area.  Planning For The Improvements To Your Smile  Assuming that your teeth are healthy, one option to discuss with your dentist is bleaching them, but doing so is not an appropriate choice for everyone. Bleached teeth provide only temporary improvements and don’t work at all on capped or crowned teeth or those that have received root canals. In addition, if your stained teeth are caused by medication, you should not expect to be a candidate for bleaching.  Instead, your cosmetic dentist might suggest the use of porcelain laminate veneers. Veneers are tiny structures that are customized to your specific needs and then cemented to the front of the teeth. They look and feel just like your own teeth and are often used for more than a decade, but require significant modifications to each tooth before having them put. Those modifications permit your teeth to have a uniform appearance, but those changes are not reversible. Therefore, you should plan to discuss your concerns with your cosmetic dentist in order to create a viable and appropriate care plan  In conclusion, asthma is a common disease that has impacted the lives of millions of people in recent years. If managing your asthma has resulted in a flawed smile with healthy teeth, you’re likely to find the information discussed above to be quite helpful. Click here for more information on choosing a cosmetic dentist in your...

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Tips For Preventing Serious Cosmetic Issues From Compromising Your Smile

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Preventing Serious Cosmetic Issues From Compromising Your Smile

Keeping your teeth in good condition is essential as tooth damage can be a problem that will never fully heal. While it may be possible for your dentist to correct the cosmetic issues caused by tooth damage, the actual tooth tissue will not regenerate. Unfortunately, there are many steps that people will overlook that could greatly enhance the quality of their smiles. Regularly Take Photographs Of Your Smile Tooth discoloration is one of the more embarrassing and common problems that people will develop. Unfortunately, tooth discoloration can be a problem that will gradually develop. Due to the fact that tooth discoloration will occur over many months or years, it can be difficult for you to notice that this problem is developing. In order to help you notice these changes, you should consider taking photographs of your smile each month. When taking these photographs, you will want to make sure that they are done in the same lighting conditions and with the same camera. Otherwise, it will be very difficult for you to effectively compare the photographs. Seek Treatment As Soon As You Notice Changes Or Problems With Your Teeth Many patients will have the unfortunate habit of delaying seeking treatment for dental care until their problems become extremely severe. Unfortunately, individuals that make this mistake can permanently compromise the appearance of their smiles, which can lead to expensive cosmetic dentistry repairs. For example, this mistake can cause your mouth to be at a higher risk of developing infections that could result in the loss of your teeth. This can be particularly common when individuals delay having chipped and cracked teeth repaired. Having any problems that you notice with your teeth addressed as soon as it is possible, will put you in a better position to minimize the risks of routine or minor dental issues causing long-term cosmetic complications. Consider Having A Cosmetic Dental Evaluation Done Many people may assume that they will always know whether they have serious cosmetic dental problems. However, it is a reality that many issues that can have major cosmetic ramifications may have causes that are extremely subtle. By scheduling to undergo a cosmetic dental evaluation, you will be able to learn whether there are options that you can use to improve your smile and overall appearance. In most instances, these evaluations can be completed in less than an hour, and the insight they will provide can be worth any inconvenience you may experience by attending one of these...

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Giving Your Teen Confidence In Their Smile: What You Can Do

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Giving Your Teen Confidence In Their Smile: What You Can Do

Teenagers are often self conscious about their bodies as they begin to mature. They start to notice ‘flaws’ within themselves, such as their hair color being too dull, their skin being too pimply, or their teeth being too off-colored or even crooked. When your growing child begins expressing a dislike for their smile you can find ways to give them the confidence they need by bringing the subject up with their dentist at their regular checkups and cleanings. Here are ways you can help your teen enjoy their smile and feel better about the way they look. Braces Your teen may balk at the thought of being a ‘brace face’ but luckily there are ways they can have their teeth straightened where the procedure is hardly noticeable to anyone but themselves. Clear aligners through a place like Braces Inc. are a great way to improve your teen’s tooth alignment and are designed to be nearly invisible. A common brand for this procedure is Invisalign, which uses custom-made invisible aligners to gently straighten your child’s teeth over time. As their teeth begin to take new form, new aligners are custom-fit to continue the process until teeth are completely straightened to your dentist’s satisfaction. If your child’s teeth are very crooked, then they can have lingual braces placed on the backs of the teeth. Lingual braces are just like traditional braces only they are placed behind the teeth where they cannot be easily seen by anyone else. Teeth whitening If your teen does not like their smile because they wish their teeth were whiter, you can help them with this issue as well. They can have their teeth whitened safely at the dentist’s office as young as 10 years of age. It’s important that you let your dentist whiten their teeth rather than do the procedure at home so you don’t accidentally damage their young tooth enamel or whiten their gums by mistake as part of the procedure. In some cases your child’s dentist may want to have X-rays done on their teeth prior to whitening them to make sure there are no issues with existing tooth enamel than can be made worse by the whitening process. Take your teen to the dentist right away if they are experiencing sore or bleeding gums, have a single discolored tooth, or if they are otherwise complaining of tooth pain or discomfort. It’s important that you address health-related dental issues before tackling aesthetics for your teen’s oral...

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Whiter Teeth ~ There’s a Solution for Everyone Regardless of Dental Health

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Whiter Teeth ~ There’s a Solution for Everyone Regardless of Dental Health

Whiter teeth are desired by many people, and some people even have an obsession with getting their teeth whiter. If you have severely discolored and stained teeth, you may feel that a sparkling smile is out of reach. The following are a few ways you could attain beautiful “pearly whites.” Teeth Whitening This is an option that can be done at home or in a dentist office. Dentists can provide proper fitting trays and the whitening solution for at home use. There are over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. When using over-the-counter whitening products, be mindful that some of them are harsh and may cause tooth damage. If you have sensitive teeth, teeth whitening may cause you temporary pain. You also need to be mindful of using at-home kits as recommended. Do not allow the solution to stay on your teeth longer than directed in an effort to achieve whiter teeth. Doing so can actually cause enamel damage.  Veneers These are caps that dentists can place on teeth. They come in numerous shades of white, which means that they can easily be matched to the “true color” you desire. Veneers are ideal if you have sensitive teeth or badly stained teeth.  Tooth-colored Crowns Sometimes people get stained teeth as the result of damaged teeth. This can happen when teeth are cracked, chipped, or decaying. Dentists can use tooth-colored crowns to prevent the teeth from getting damaged further. They can aid in reducing the chances of extractions being needed at a later date.  Dental Implants Perhaps you have severe tooth decay. This means that you likely have some cavities that are very noticeable due to discoloration. Sometimes dentists have to take a more aggressive approach such as tooth extractions. This will mean that certain tooth whitening solutions will not be an option for the missing teeth. Dental implants are an ideal solution for whiter teeth if you have or will have your teeth extracted. If you experience mouth trauma in the future and your teeth get knocked out, dental implants are also ideal.  A cosmetic dentist is a good resource to use to determine which options for whiter teeth are best for you. They can also suggest other things you can do to ensure your teeth stay white. For example, whitening toothpaste or custom-fit, at-home whitening trays might be suggested. Sometimes dentists have to incorporate multiple cosmetic solutions to give their patients the appearance of beautiful, white...

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Up Your Dental Care Game In The New Year With These Tips

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Up Your Dental Care Game In The New Year With These Tips

If you want to make a change for the better this year, a great place to start is with your teeth. Improving your dental care is one of the fastest, easiest ways to improve your health because the steps are so small and the results so apparent. Building upon already established habits is a good way to start upping that dental game. Switch to a Non-Alcohol Mouthwash If you currently use a mouthwash that contains alcohol, try switching to one that does not contain alcohol. Alcohol can be fairly astringent and potentially irritating, which is not good if you have sensitive gums or other sensitive oral tissue. Some non-alcohol mouthwashes also contain xylitol instead of sugar, helping to cut down on the chances of tooth decay. Note that you don’t have to use mouthwash daily, but it can help wash away bacteria that your toothbrush missed. Time Your Brushing Your twice-daily brushing habit is a good start, but you also need to ensure you’re brushing for a long enough time. Giving your teeth a swipe with a brush and some toothpaste does nothing. You have to brush for a longer time, concentrating on hitting every tooth with repeated brushing action. Try singing (in your head, obviously) a short tune and brushing along with that. If each tooth can get a fairly respectable amount of scrubbing with the toothbrush, it will look and feel a lot better. Another tactic is to divide your jaws into imaginary sections and consciously spend time brushing each and every section. Get Your Toothbrushes Ready for the Year Speaking of toothbrushes, prepare your toothbrush for the year by getting rid of it if it’s old. In fact, even if you haven’t been using yours for a long time, toss it and start the year with a fresh brush. Ensure you have a few spare brushes waiting because you’ll have to change your toothbrush again every few months. Fresh toothbrushes are better at removing debris from teeth and aren’t as likely to start poking your gums. Remember to use a soft-bristled brush for brushing your teeth, and try to get a brush head that’s angled slightly — it will make it easier to reach way in back around your back molars. If you want more tips on making this year a great one for your teeth, contact a dentist like Mapletree Family Dentistry. Remember to get cleanings each year and a set of x-rays to ensure you stay on top of potential dental...

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A General Overview Of What You Should Expect When Your Dentist Does A Class II Restoration On A Tooth

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A General Overview Of What You Should Expect When Your Dentist Does A Class II Restoration On A Tooth

The amalgam used to fill cavities in teeth can deteriorate over time and allow bacteria to get into the tooth. The bacteria will eat away at the tooth and will eventually cause the deterioration to worsen to the point that the tooth will break apart and crumble. To avoid losing the tooth, a dentist will clean out the cavity in the tooth and rebuild it with a composite resin that looks and feels like real tooth bone. If you have been told that you have to have Class II restoration work done on a premolar or molar, here is a general overview of what you should expect. Lidocaine A common numbing agent used in dentistry today is lidocaine. The lidocaine is administered using a syringe. The entire tooth and gum will be numb during the entire procedure. Remove Bacteria in Tooth Your dentist needs to remove the bacteria in your tooth before it kills all the pulp inside the tooth. The pulp is where the blood vessels, large nerves, and connective tissue are located. The pulp produces a material called “dentin“. Dentin is the strongest part of the tooth and helps protect it from damage. The first thing they will do is drill away the surface of the tooth to fully expose the cavity in it. Once the cavity is exposed, the dentist will clean out the inside of tooth to remove the bacteria causing the damage. The dentist will often use a tool called a “cleaning excavator” to remove the bacteria. The cleaning excavator is a long-handled metal tool with hooked blades on the end of it. The dentist will scrape the inside of the cavity with the tool to dig out the bacteria. Composite Material A composite material will be used to fill the cavity and restore the shape of the tooth. A metal band is placed around the edge of the tooth where the cavity is located to keep the composite material from flowing away from the tooth. A wooden wedge is placed between the tooth with a cavity and the healthy one next to it. A rubber-like material is placed on the surrounding gums to protect them during the procedure. An adhesive is applied to the inside of the tooth so the composite material will cling to it. The composite material is made out of resins and there are many types available. The material is placed in the tooth and hardened using an ultraviolet blue light. The material is placed into the tooth in layers so the blue light can penetrate the material and harden it. The dentist will shape the top of the material so it matches the bite pattern of the tooth above it. Any excess material is ground away with fine-grade sandpaper and then the tooth is polished to give it a finished look. To learn more, contact a company like Staller & Gandel...

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Four Ways To Make Tooth Brushing More Fun For Your Kids

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Ways To Make Tooth Brushing More Fun For Your Kids

It’s no secret that regular and thorough tooth brushing will help keep your kids’ teeth healthy. But telling your kids to brush their teeth is not always enough to convince them that this is a habit they need to maintain. To ensure your kids do spent time brushing their teeth each day – and that this habit sticks for life – you need to find ways to make tooth brushing fun. Here are some ideas to start with. Play a favorite song during tooth brushing time. Many kids have a favorite song or a few favorite songs. Start playing that song every morning and night when it’s time for them to brush their teeth. They can dance a bit and bop along to the music as they brush. And since most songs are around three minutes long, if they brush for the duration of the song, you can be confident that they did a thorough job. (Many experts recommend brushing for at least two minutes, but three is even better since kids might not be as efficient when brushing.) Let them pick their toothbrush. While a plain red or blue toothbrush will certainly do the job, kids aren’t usually as excited about generic, plain-colored toothbrushes. Take them with you to the store, and let them pick their own brush. You’ll be amazed by the assortment of character-themed, light-up, and other specialty toothbrushes in the kids’ section. While you’ll pay a few more dollars for these varieties, it’s definitely worth it if it makes brushing time fun. Give them stickers. Create a chart on poster board with two little spaces for each day of the month. When your child brushes his or her teeth without complaint, put a sticker in a box. Agree on a prize that you’ll give to your child if they manage to fill in all of the boxes that month. This could be something small like a new soccer ball, or even a trip to the theater. Your child will be so excited to earn the prize that they’ll look forward to brushing their teeth so they can earn another sticker. Make up a story. Most kids love hearing stories. Every night while they brush their teeth, work on developing a story around the idea of a super hero who goes around saving teeth. You can add to the story every night as your child brushes their teeth – or you can create various short stories with the same basic characters. For more tips and information about keeping your children’s teeth healthy, talk with a dentist, like Paul Dona...

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Is This Normal? What To Expect After You Have A Cavity Filled

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is This Normal? What To Expect After You Have A Cavity Filled

If you have a cavity in your tooth, having it filled will keep the decay from spreading. While fillings are a common dental procedure, it’s still common to approach the procedure with a little apprehension. Many patients wonder what’s normal and what’s not after they have a cavity filled. Read on to find out! Some sensitivity to heat and cold: normal. Especially if your cavity was quite deep, the drilling process can set the nerves “on high alert” for a while after you have the cavity filled. You might have some discomfort or sensitivity when eating or drinking very hot or cold items. This should wear off within a few weeks. In the meantime, stick to lukewarm foods and drinks, and use a sensitivity toothpaste to help battle the discomfort. Outright pain: not normal. A little jaw aching right after the procedure is nothing to be concerned about, as it’s probably just due to holding your mouth open for the dentist to work. But if you have any outright pain, whether it feel sharp, seriously aching, or shooting, contact your dentist. You may have been allergic or sensitive to a material used during the filling process, or the decay might be more extensive than your dentist initially realized. A strange taste in your mouth: normal. Don’t worry if your mouth tastes bitter, sour, or a bit metallic. You’re just tasting the antiseptic solution, filler agent, or numbing agent your dentist used, and the taste should fade soon. Sipping some water will help. Feeling like you can’t bite down properly: not normal. When your dentist is finished applying the filling, he or she will use a special file to shape it so that you can bite down normally. If the filling is left a little to “high” and is not filed down properly (which happens occasionally since it can be hard for your dentist to get a perfect idea of your bite when your mouth is numb), you may feel like the filling is preventing you from biting down properly. Luckily, your dentist can easily fix this by re-filing the filling, so call him or her promptly. If you experience anything else abnormal or concerning after having your tooth filled, don’t be afraid to call your dental office and ask about it. Part of their job is dealing with concerns like this, and you’re always better off safe than sorry when it comes to your oral...

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Looking To Straighten Your Teeth? Get To Know More About Your Orthodontic Options

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Looking To Straighten Your Teeth? Get To Know More About Your Orthodontic Options

If you have always wanted straighter teeth but have never previously been able to go to an orthodontist to achieve your goals, you may be extremely excited to get started in the process to achieve your goals. However, you might not be sure what orthodontic treatment is going to be the right choice for you to get your teeth as straight as possible effectively and quickly. There are numerous treatment options that are currently available through an orthodontist’s office to get you the straighter teeth you have been looking for. Get to know more about some of these options so that you can choose the best treatment for you and your teeth. Traditional Braces Orthodontic braces are the most well-known option to straighten teeth. They are also the most traditional treatment option available. While many people are not especially keen on traditional braces, they do have numerous advantages. First and foremost, braces are highly cost effective in comparison to other orthodontic options. These braces can be made up of metal brackets that attach to the front of all of the teeth that need to shift and move. Metal bands wrap around the anchor teeth on either side of the teeth that are being straightened. The bands and wires that link the brackets together and are tightened as the teeth shift and move are attached to those anchor teeth. Another type of braces uses ceramic rather than metal brackets. They are essentially the same as the more well-known metal brackets except that they are made to match the a person’s teeth. This makes them less noticeable than the metal braces, but still effective. Accelerated Orthodontic Treatment Orthodontic treatments have evolved over the years. One of the newer innovations in treatment are what are known as accelerated options or accelerated orthodontics. These options can shift teeth into a straighter alignment extremely quickly, sometimes in less than a week. This is accomplished using a small handheld device. The device is a machine that sends energy waves or pulses through an attached mouthpiece. The mouthpiece is specially made to serve as a tray for your teeth that you will bite down on when you are using the device. The device will send those stimulating pulses through the mouthpiece as you bite down on it, and those impulses are designed to accelerate and speed up the remodeling of the bones that hold the teeth in place. This accelerated orthodontics system works together with braces or even with the invisible tray orthodontics options (like invisalign) to make the whole process take less time. When you head to your orthodontist’s office for a consultation, keep these options in mind so that you can be sure to choose the right teeth straightening options for your situation. For more information, contact local professionals like John C. Matunas D.D.S.,...

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2 Tips To Help Keep Your Temporary Veneers Stain Free

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Tips To Help Keep Your Temporary Veneers Stain Free

Temporary veneers are fairly easy to remove so they can easily be replaced by your permanent veneers. However, temporary veneers are prone to staining, which can leave them a yellowish off-white color. While this problem is only temporary, it can ruin your smile for a few days or weeks. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use to help keep your temporary veneers stain free. Avoid Dark Beverages The easiest way to keep your temporary veneers stain free is to tweak your diet. Dark beverages like tea and coffee may be tasty, but they can leave stains. These stains will not only be noticeable on your veneers, but your natural teeth will begin to darken as well. Therefore, if you can avoid drinking dark beverages until you get your permanent veneers installed, then this will protect your temporary veneers from developing stains. If you have a hard time cutting coffee, soda, or tea out of your diet, then you can try to limit how often you drink these beverages. This will also cut down on how severe your stains will end up being. Clean Your Mouth Immediately After Meals Stains often develop on your teeth when substances are left to sit for hours or even days. The longer that you take to wash away the stain, the more prominent it will be. In order to prevent this, you should practice cleaning your mouth immediately after eating. This involves using a toothbrush to lightly brush along your gum line and following with any antibacterial rinse. You can pick up an effective antibacterial mouthwash from the store, or you can create a simple one from home using mint leaves and strawberries. Strawberries are commonly used for teeth whitening purposes because they remove light stains from the surface of your teeth. In order to create the mouthwash, boil a handful of mint leaves in a pot of water. Strain the leaves and pour the mixture into a blender. Add a few strawberries and blend until smooth. Use the mixture to cleanse your entire mouth after eating. Luckily, dealing with stains on your temporary veneers will not be a permanent battle. However, these stains can put a damper on your entire veneer experience. Therefore, use these tips to ensure that your temporary veneers remain free of stains. For more information about how you can prepare for getting veneers, talk to a dentist like those at Leidenheimer Dental Group...

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