Dental Problems

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

We have made great strides in dental technologies yet patients still have to endure painful and expensive treatments for things like gum disease, tooth decay and of course injuries.  Up until now the solution to these problems were to extract teeth and then replace them with either dentures or bridges.  Dentures and bridges weren’t always effective and needed replacing more often than most patients could afford.  Today there is a better solution and that is a dental implant.

What exactly are implants?

Implants are artificial teeth that are implanted with a titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone and under the gum to act as the “root” of the tooth.  A false tooth is connected to the root that mimics a natural tooth far better than a denture.  Since the implant is directly connected to the jawbone it remains stable and it is meant to last a lifetime, as long as you practice good oral hygiene.

Different types of implants

There are two different types of implants that are recommended by the American Dental Association and they are the Endosteal and Subperiosteal.  Both are surgically attached to the jaw bone and once the healing process is complete the dentist will follow up and attach a false tooth or teeth to the implant.  The implant can consist of one tooth or a group.  The subperiosteal procedure will have a post that that protrudes through the gums to attach false teeth to.  Here is what they look like.

Why get implants?

The traditional method for replacing missing teeth has been bridges or dentures, both of which are uncomfortable and can make chewing uncomfortable.  Bone loss can also happen when you have dentures.  With implants you can eat stress free and the crowns (the top portion of the implant) look and feel more like your natural teeth.  They have been secured into your jaw, there won’t be any moving around and there are no gaps on either side.  Your dentist won’t need to touch the surrounding teeth in order to replace missing teeth.

Who is a candidate for implants?

If you want to get implants then the ideal candidate needs to have healthy gums and enough bone matter in your jaw to support the new teeth.  You will also need to commit to good oral hygiene practices in order maintain your implants.  Speak with your dentist to see if you are a candidate for implants, you will like them far better than regular dentures.

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How to Stop Your Gums From Bleeding

How to Stop Your Gums From Bleeding

One day you will be brushing your teeth just like any other day and when you spit in the sink you notice some blood.  That can be frightening because blood means that there is something wrong.  Before you jump to the worst possible conclusion that you have gum disease, you first want to make an appointment with your dentist.  There are some things that you can do at home in the meantime.  Here is how to stop your bleeding gums.

Watch How You Floss

Do you floss regularly?  Are you getting the floss between each tooth or just in the front where you can reach?  For many adults they ignore flossing altogether or just floss once in a while.  If you start flossing regularly your gums may start bleeding, however the flossing may stop after a couple of days.

Don’t Brush too Hard

Brushing your teeth harder or faster won’t actually make them any cleaner.  Not only that you are doing more harm than good and you can harm your gums making them susceptible to infection and gum disease.  Brushing too hard can damage the delicate tissues of your gums and that will cause them to bleed.  Rather than brushing so hard, brush in gentle circular motions you don’t need to put too much pressure on your gums.

Beware of What You Eat

Oral hygiene is important but it is not the only thing you need to be careful with you also need to watch what you eat.  Too much sugar, too many starches can damage your teeth not to mention your waistline.  These types of sugars cause plaque buildup and that makes your gum tissue weaker and open to gum disease.

Get a New Toothbrush

Good oral hygiene is important but you also need the right tools to get the job done and that means you need the right toothbrush.  An electric toothbrush is best but they can be pricey, in the meantime you can get a soft bristled brush and make sure you change it at least every three months.  You will also need floss, a good fluoride toothpaste and some antibacterial mouthwash.  Toothbrushes that are more than three months old are full of bacteria and it is time to throw it out.

A good fluoride toothpaste will help keep your enamel strong and fight off cavities.  Flossing regularly is also a must, regular flossing gets rid of bacteria and debris than get stuck between teeth.  Mouthwash can help get rid of any bacteria that was left behind after you finish brushing and flossing.  If after all of this you still have bleeding gums then you need to make an appointment with your dentist and get the problem dealt with.  Ideally you want to prevent gum disease before it starts.

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Prevention

6 Habits that are Ruining Your Teeth

6 Habits that are Ruining Your Teeth

We all know that poor nutrition and bad habits can affect your health, it can compromise your immune system and make you susceptible to infections and other problems. One of these problems is gum disease. Here are 6 habits that are ruining your teeth.

1. Coffee and Tea

We all grab for that hot cup of joe first thing in the morning, but habitual tea and coffee drinkers can have problems with their teeth. Both will stain your teeth and get into the grooves of your enamel. You not only end up with stained teeth but you can have a mouth full of bacteria that causes decay. If you can, then add milk to your drink that will neutralize the acids and rinsing with water afterward can help also.

2. Don’t Forget to Floss

Lots of people brush regularly but don’t take flossing as seriously. Flossing is crucial to gum health and an enormous factor in preventing gum disease. Flossing gets rid of the plaque and food particles that get stuck between your teeth.

3. Don’t Brush Immediately After Eating

We have always been told how important it is to brush after every meal, but in reality you should wait an hour or so before grabbing your toothbrush. Rinse with water to neutralize the acids from the food and drinks you consumed. Brushing right after dinner can erode the enamel on your teeth.

4. Soft Drinks

Soda is filled with sugar and sugar is bad for your teeth. Not only does sugar cause you to gain weight it can cause cavities, decay your teeth and cause gum infections. If you happen to have an addiction to Coke or Pepsi then you’re going to have a problem with staining as well. If soda is a must (we strongly urge you to give it up) then try drinking it through a straw. Rinse your mouth afterward with water and chewing gum will produce saliva which neutralizes the acids.

5. Ease Up on the Whitening

Everybody wants a bright white small and while the jury is still out on whether the bleach in the whitening kits erodes your enamel it is clear that excess whitening can increase the sensitivity in your teeth. It doesn’t matter if you are using an at home kit or being treated at the dentist’s office the whitening gels are abrasive that causes sensitive teeth.

6. Acidic Food

So far we have shown you mostly acidic drinks like coffee or wine that can erode your teeth but there are also plenty of foods that contain acids. Citrus fruits would be one example and tomatoes would be another. While they don’t directly cause cavities but they can erode the enamel on your teeth and making your teeth weaker, that in turn that leads to decay.

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Overcoming Your Fear of the Dentist

Overcoming Your Fear of the Dentist

Many people are afraid of going to the dentist. There are a number of reasons for this, some fear that the treatment is very painful and for others, it may bring back memories of bad experiences as a child. Personally, I fear the monetary cost of going to the dentist. Whichever might be the reason, the fear is unjustified. There are a number of ways to overcome dental anxiety and make that trip to the dentist possible.

Recommended Dentist

Having an understanding dentist can make you feel calm and accepting to treatment. Ask family or friends for a kind and good dentist. You can also look for a dentist that advertises themselves as experts with anxious patients. These dentists will have experience with patients that have dental anxiety and will make you feel relaxed. Google will be your best friend as a quick google search will find you suitable dentists. It is very important, When searching for Invisalign providers, recommendations are vital…. Learn More

Bring Another Person

If you want to overcome dental anxiety and be able to go to that dental appointment, bringing a family member or friend will help you overcome the anxiety. Having a family member or friend will make you feel relaxed and at ease. They will be able to give you support and encourage to go to the appointment. You are also less likely to quit and run from your appointment if you have a person there with you. The dentist will not mind and will actually encourage it.

Listen To Music

Listening to your favorite songs will calm your nerves. Having a distraction will get your mind away from the dentist and the associated fears. Also, listening to your favorite music will make you feel calm and secure. You will feel the emotions that come from your song and not that of going to the dentist. You can also listen to new songs as it will keep you interested. However, it is advised that you do not listen to music that will increase your anxiety. Listing to songs about murder and heavy adrenaline music will not help calm your nerves.

Relaxation Techniques

You can try relaxation techniques to calm your nerves. Taking deep controlled breaths and breathing out very slowly will calm your body and make it feel relaxed. Your heartbeat will be slower and your muscles will reduce tension. You can also listen to relaxation music that reduces stress. These tend to be effective and will bring you into a state of comfort and ease. If you want to take a step further, you can get therapy. However, therapy tends to be expensive and should be taken if none of the above work.

Taking above steps will overcome dental anxiety and will help you defeat your fear. Once you go to the dentist and finish your appointment, you will be glad that you went. Oral health is very important and should not be neglected due to anxiety.

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Common Causes of Dental Problems

Common Causes of Dental Problems

Since you were a child visiting the dentist you have heard about cavities and gum disease, in fact you have probably had a filling or two yourself.  As an adult your dentist has probably also mentioned things like gingivitis, those are some of the most common issues patients here about who regularly visit the dentist.  The food and drink you consume along with your habits like smoking can all affect your oral health.  Let’s look at some of the common causes of dental problems and what can happen.

Some of the more common dental problems that you can experience throughout your life are:

  • Teeth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Bad breath
  • Canker sores
  • Dry mouth
  • Toothaches and pain in your jaw

Here is what these problems look like

Causes of Dental Issues

There are plenty of reasons for dental issues, including accidents, other medical issues and genetics.  However the most common reason for dental decay is poor hygiene and not seeing a dentist regularly.

Poor Dental Hygiene: Dental problems are often brought about by the routines you have for brushing and flossing at home.  Not brushing and flossing consistently can leave behind food particles that cause tooth decay and gum disease.  Gum disease in particular can cause bone loss, bad breath and your teeth can fall out.

Trauma:  Trauma can happen at any age and often it is a sports related injury which is why so many sports require players to wear mouth guards.  When you get hit in the mouth and damage your teeth or gums it can weaken the tissue and make you more susceptible to tooth decay and lost teeth.  Common accidents are chipping, cracking or breaking a tooth.  If this happens to you then you need to see your dentist or the emergency room right away.

Pre-existing Health Conditions:  There are some health conditions like diabetes or HIV that can increase your chances of infection and disease.  There are other conditions that require long term use of antibiotics that can affect the condition of your teeth.  If you have TMJ or bruxism or other problems with your mouth they can also cause tooth decay.

There are lots of causes of dental issues, but you can deal with them or reduce them by having good brushing habits and seeing your dentist regularly.  You may have to visit the dentist a bit more regularly if you suffer from gum disease, prevention is much better than spending thousands on dental procedures like crowns and root canals.

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Getting Your Kids to Brush and Floss

Getting Your Kids to Brush and Floss

One of the most important aspects for good oral health is a regular routine of flossing and brushing and it needs to start early.  Getting your kids to brush and floss regularly may seem like a battle that you can’t win, but that’s not the case.  You can encourage them to form good habits and to take care of their teeth properly.  One of the challenges is getting kids to brush long enough, to reach the back teeth and to learn how to floss properly.  Not teaching your kids to floss can cause dental decay and cavities later on.  When you take your child to the dentist for the first time they will be shown how to floss by the hygienist, but after that it will be up to you as the parent to keep up the routine.

Here is how you can help encourage your children to maintain good oral hygiene.

  1. The earlier you get started the better. A toddler may not be there to be able to do it all themselves but you can help and the routine of brushing after meals and before bed will become established.
  2. As kids get older you can show them exactly what happens when they fail to brush and floss. Kids understand visuals better than they do a spoken explanation.  You can show them pictures of bad teeth that have been damaged by decay.
  3. Use a toothbrush suitable for their age. Little kids have small hands and don’t have the dexterity for a big toothbrush.  Your pediatric dentist can help you choose the right one.
  4. Let your child choose their own toothbrush from a selection, it will help them feel included and now there are all kinds of toothbrushes with superhero handles or whatever cartoon character they like.
  5. Be the example of the behavior you want to see. Brush your teeth with them after meals so they not only learn from you and develop the good habits you want them to have. You are the example that your kids look up to, even when it comes to mundane things like brushing and flossing.

When should your kids start brushing?

Your children should start brushing as soon as they have a few teeth.  Once they have teeth then you can get them used to proper hygiene, you need to help your kids have good oral health until they are old enough to manage it themselves.

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