Although we are turning back the clock for daylight savings, you can’t turn back time on your teeth. Studies have shown that one in five Americans has untreated cavities, which is decay that has damaged a tooth’s hard, outer enamel layer and created small holes. Cavities can arise in people of all ages, including children and infants. Factors can include how well you take care of your teeth each day, what foods and beverages you regularly consume, and your family’s dental history. These can all play a role in developing cavities.
Around their first birthday, or within six months after their first tooth emerges, visit our dentist to make sure the teeth of your child are developing properly. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, over 50 percent of children will have some kind of tooth decay before they turn five, so it is important for your child to attend early dental visits. We can address any oral hygiene questions you have and let you know when it is time to start using a toothbrush.
Have you been waiting for the right time to get teeth whitening treatment? There’s no better time than the New Year! In 2019, you are setting all kinds of new goals, and one goal you can shoot for is a whiter and brighter smile. Teeth whitening lightens teeth, helping remove discoloration and stains that have taken place over time. The primary target of a teeth whitening is the tooth enamel, which results from the natural color combined with the color of the dentin underneath.
Seeing our dental team for routine dental checkups and cleanings supports your daily oral hygiene efforts by taking care of those things you can’t at home, like removing tartar (that hardened plaque of sticky film which destroys gum tissue and tooth enamel) as well as detecting problems early when they are the least invasive and costly to treat. Surprisingly, plaque and tartar can build up in a short period of time making your mouth vulnerable to all kinds of dental issues.
Do you know the important differences between full and partial dentures? Our team is happy to review both versions for optimal tooth replacement to help you better understand how they can restore your smile. Below we will review the main types of dentures, which are full and partial dentures, and the benefits they have to offer.
October is here and fall has officially begun, bringing with it Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a time to raise awareness for both and help to prevent problems by monitoring your health and being mindful of your lifestyle choices. Whether you are fighting cancer or dental problems, catching problems in their early stages helps stack the success rate in your favor.
If you have ever lost a tooth, you might have more than just a gap between your teeth. If a lost tooth is not replaced, the bone in the jaw that supported the lost tooth starts to deteriorate. That’s because when you chew your food, there’s no more stimulation to the bone from the missing tooth’s chewing action. Over time, the gaps in your mouth change as the surrounding teeth shift into the empty space, causing your bite alignment to shift with it. When this happens, missing teeth can not only affect how you look but can cause problems when you chew and even when you speak.
What can you do to prevent this from happening to your smile? You want something to take that missing tooth’s place, and one of the best options available today is a dental implant. Acting like a tooth, implants stimulate your jawbone from the pressure they exert when you chew by acting as the base of a regular tooth. Because of this, they keep the jaw healthy and strong and your bite alignment intact. You can have a single implant done or multiple implants to replace as many teeth as you need.
The implant itself is a titanium post used to act like a tooth root. Once it is surgically placed into the jawbone under the gumline, it can hold a tooth replacement (or a dental bridge). Once the implant fuses to your jawbone it is sturdy and durable. It won’t shift in the mouth, so you can speak and chew without worry. A dental implant can be used to secure dentures, bridges, and crowns to replace your teeth to help them feel natural in the mouth.
To have an implant done for your missing teeth requires healthy gums and enough jawbone material to support the implant. You’re also going to need to keep up excellent daily oral hygiene, including routine dental visits to support the ongoing function of the implant. If you are considering dental implant placement, we are pleased to offer some insight into what you can expect from the procedure.
Many patients are concerned that the process will be painful, and while any surgical procedure has some degree of discomfort as the mouth heals, our team can provide a local anesthesia or another form of sedation to ensure you are comfortable during the implant placement process.
When it’s time to place your dental implant after you’ve been given the appropriate anesthesia, our team of professionals typically perform the following basic steps:
– Create an access point in the gum line to reach the underlying jawbone area.
– Create some space in the jawbone to create an anchor point for the dental implant to support a new tooth.
– Attach the titanium screw to the jawbone, which forms the base of the dental implant.
– Allow the jawbone time to grow around the metal base and fuse naturally with the implant, which can take a few months.
– Attach an abutment to the titanium screw after the bone has completed its regrowth process, which serves to keep the final dental crown or other tooth restoration in place.
– Allow your gums to heal and improve their health for a few weeks prior to placing the dental restoration.
– Create a detailed impression of your smile to serve as a guide for the creation of the restoration.
– Place it on the implant so that it looks natural and matches well with your surrounding teeth.
Depending on the number of teeth that need to be replaced, the overall process can take a few weeks or months to achieve final completion. To learn more about dental implants and how they can replace missing teeth, contact our team today for more information!
When it comes to protecting your teeth, your first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities is tooth enamel, as it is the outermost covering that protects the more vulnerable dentin and tooth pulp below. Your enamel comes equipped for the job as the hardest substance in your body. However, because it doesn’t have living cells it can’t grow back once it is lost.
When you come in for dental exams and we have cleaned your teeth and gum line and removed any hardened plaque, our dentist can look at them for any signs of trouble, such as cavities, loose or broken teeth, damaged fillings, and evaluate your risk rate of certain diseases which might also take into account your family history. We will look for swelling in the gums or redness and bleeding and even measure the depth of gingival pockets signaling gum disease.
If you brush twice a day, floss once a day and use mouthwash, but still have bad breath, maybe the problem is with your tongue. You tongue accumulates millions of bacteria, constantly. Don’t feel bad, it happens to everyone, even people who take good care of your teeth. Removing the bacteria can improve your oral health, freshen your breath, and improve your ability to taste your food. And cleaning your tongue is very easy to do.
Preserving the health of your teeth and gums starts with an effective oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste helps to remove plaque and lingering food material from the surfaces of your teeth. Remembering to floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline further helps clear away bacterial deposits.
If you’ve ever read the labels on your toothpaste or mouthwash, you’ve likely read somewhere that the product “supports and protects enamel.” That sounds good, right? But it sounds better if you know what enamel is, and why it needs to be supported and protected. Today we’ll answer that question, as well as addressing why regular oral health care is critical to protecting your enamel.
Are you constantly putting your smile at risk for further dental damage based on the habits you keep or the products you employ to protect your mouth? If you have any aspects of your oral health care beginning to wane, it could lead to further damage either now or down the road. Thus, avoid risks involved with failing to adequately care for your smile as needed.
Oral health conditions like tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer can cause discomfort while also having a negative impact your overall quality of life. Without diagnosis and professional treatment these oral health problems can worsen, requiring invasive treatments. Preventing these problems requires a many faceted approach, which starts with practicing a consistent daily oral hygiene routine.
Genetics and complications from tooth loss can sometimes alter the alignment of multiple teeth in your bite pattern. Sometimes, this can cause the biting edge of one tooth to wear on the surface of another. This could result in a loss of tooth enamel. As this progresses, the damaged area could start to accumulate bacterial deposits. In time this could foster tooth decay.
The best possible smile depends on several factors. Not only does your oral health care have to be aligned with your health care needs, but your lifestyle choices and routine check-ups with your dentist can play a key role in keeping your smile safe. Even underlying factors such as dental erosion could slowly destroy your smile without you even being aware of it
Are you about to replace your missing tooth with a dental bridge? If so, you’re on your way toward the top-notch smile you deserve! A dental bridge is a strong and reliable restoration that can help you and your oral health in many ways. To tell you a little more about this restoration, our dentist, Dr. , would like to share some facts with you.
If you want a top-notch oral health and smile, then you need to do all you can to prevent gum disease. Gum disease is a dangerous dental issue that can completely destroy your smile if you’re not careful. So, our dentist, Dr. , is happy to help you maintain your top-notch oral health by giving you the tips you need to prevent gum disease.
Here at Perfect Dental Care, we endeavor to use our new blog as a regular means for publishing valuable content for our community through monthly blog posts. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, we’re able to further explore some of the most important topics pertaining to our industry and area of expertise here on our website through these articles.