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4 Tips to Better Care For Your Children’s Teeth

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Uncategorized |

As a parent, you are likely aware of the importance of taking care of your children’s teeth. They should be brushing and flossing regularly while also avoiding as much sugary candy, as well. However, there is more than just this you can be doing to help your child keep a healthy and strong smile. Here are four little known tips to help you better care for your child’s teeth. 1. Start With Wiping Gums Clean: Before your child gets their first tooth, you should wipe their gums clean whenever they are done eating. You can do this with a finger brush or with a washcloth. The reason for this is that it gets your child used to cleaning their teeth even before they have teeth. This is also going to help prepare them for their first dental visit since they will already be used to someone being in their mouth without it being too uncomfortable.  2. Be Smart About the Holidays: When it comes to the holiday season, especially Halloween, too often parents let their children go a bit crazy on the sweets. When this happens, unhealthy habits start to form. To help ensure that the sweets don’t overtake the health of your child’s smile, you will want to be sure that you fill your child up with a healthy meal before the sweets are brought out. This way, they will be too full to engulf all the sweets before them. You should also be giving your child water while eating sweets to help wash down the sugar as much as possible so it’s not sticking to the teeth.  3. Buy Teeth-Healthy Snacks: All the snacks in the house should be ones that are good for your child’s smile. This includes carrots, yogurt, and whole grain crackers. Snacks like these do not have too much sugar and also help to wash away bacteria in the mouth.  4. Consider Sealants: One of the treatments you will want to consider for your child when they visit the dentist is sealant placement. This is something that your child’s dentist will place on their back molars, which tend to have many grooves that food particles get stuck in. It’s also difficult for your child to reach these teeth while brushing so the food particles aren’t washed away as much as they should be. Sealants can prevent cavities tremendously.  When you know these four little known tips for taking better care of your child’s teeth, you can be sure that you are doing more than making sure your child is brushing and flossing regularly. Learn more by contacting services like Dentistry For Children &...

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How Do You Know If A Swollen Cheek Is Related To A Dental Abscess? Signs To Help You Make A Determination

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are many parts in your head that are connected through your sinuses. As such, if you have a problem with one part in your head, you may feel the pain in other areas of your face. For example, if you have an ear infection, your ear, jaw and even teeth can begin to hurt. Or, if you have a sinus infection, your head, nose, ears and jaw can become achy. If you feel a general achiness all over your face and then wake up with a swollen cheek, you may find yourself wondering if this condition is related to a dental abscess or medical condition. And unfortunately, the treatment you need for each of these comes from either a doctor or dentist, leaving you wonder who to go to. Here are a few signs to help you make a determination as to whether you may have a dental abscess. Where the Pain Originated When your entire face feels achy, it can be hard to determine exactly where the pain is coming from. This can make it hard to determine why your cheek is swelling. However, if possible, think back to before your whole face ached and ask yourself if you felt any minor pain in your teeth, jaw, ear, head or nose before the swelling began. Even though it may seem minor, in hindsight, pinpointing where your pain first began can help to clue you in on what type of infection may be causing your swollen cheek. Where the Swelling is Located Another important factor to consider when determining why your cheek may be swollen is where the swelling is within the cheek area. If you have a dental abscess, the swelling is typically relegated to the gums and jaw region. As such, if the swelling is located in the jaw and bottom cheek area, it may be a dental abscess. Likewise, if you have an ear infection, the swelling is typically closer to the ear on the side of the face. And if you have a sinus infection that is causing the swollen cheek, the swelling extends from the nasal cavity. Paying attention to what part of the cheek is swollen can help you determine whether you are dealing with a dental abscess when you have a swollen cheek. What Other Symptoms You Have The last factor to consider is what other symptoms you have. If you have a runny nose, headache and runny eyes, in addition to the swollen cheek, chances are, you have a sinus infection. If your ear begins to leak fluid or becomes clogged making it hard to hear, you likely have an ear infection. If your gums become red, you have extremely bad breath, you have a bad taste in your mouth, and you experience dental pain when eating or drinking hot or cold items, you likely have a dental abscess. If you think you may have a dental abscess, it is important to get treatment right away. The infection from a dental abscess can spread to your blood stream and cause sepsis if left untreated. An emergency dentist can take a look at your teeth and x-rays and determine if it is a dental abscess. Likewise, a doctor may be able to rule out ear infection or sinus infections, leaving you...

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Think Your Gums Are Too High and Your Teeth Are Too Big? Two Easy Options

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you feel your teeth look oversized because your gums are receding, and you want to make cosmetic changes, a cosmetic dentist can fix the gums and save the teeth. If you don’t want to file down the teeth, since they are going to wear over time, you don’t have to. There are a lot of cosmetic-dentistry options that you can look into to protect the teeth in your mouth. Ask a cosmetic dental professional about the following. Grafting Grafting is a procedure where the cosmetic dentist will take gum tissue from other areas of the mouth, like the roof, and then stitch them to the existing tissue. This will give you the coverage that you want, reduce the appearance of the size of your teeth, and get the tissue to work to protect the teeth. If the tissue isn’t healthy, grafting new healthy tissue to the area may be necessary. This could be effective enough that filing the teeth isn’t required, and in this case you could go back and graft more tissue to the area at a later point in time if you needed to.   Pin-Hole Surgery Pin-hole surgery is a new technique that is gaining popularity. The dentist will get under the tissue, lift it up, and then pull it down into place over the teeth. This provides you with the following advantages: No cutting or stitches No risk of tissue rejection Fast recovery time Only numbing of the tissue is needed This is a great option if you don’t want to worry about problems that are associated with oral stitches and if you don’t want to do the grafting. Not all specialists in your area may be trained to do this type of cosmetic procedure, and you may need to find an expert in periodontal work. After you have had the changes made to your gum tissue, you can see whether you think they are substantial enough to make your teeth look normal sized. If you still feel like your teeth look large, you can choose to file them down slightly, and the cosmetic dentist can alter the shape to give you the smile that you want to see when you look in the mirror. Find a local dentistry such as Crest Hill Family Dental so the professionals there can inspect your gum tissue and see what different types of procedures are the most ideal for your tissue, teeth, and overall oral...

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3 Signs That Should Take You To The Dentist

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Very few people actually enjoy going to the dentist. Unfortunately, this causes many people to avoid going to the dentist for longer than they should. It is important that you take care of your oral health and that you do what you can to keep your teeth as healthy as possible. Here are some signs that you should be going to the dentist. 1. You Feel A Hole Or Groove In Your Teeth A cavity starts out with just some simple bacteria on your tooth that stays there too long. As the bacteria eats through the tooth it will begin to make the tooth weaker. This means the tooth gets softer and spongier, thus making the tooth more susceptible to breaking. Many times the cavity happens on the inside of the tooth so you can’t feel it. That is why x-rays are so important. However, in some cases your tooth will get the hole or break near the surface, so that when you run your tongue over it, you can actually feel the cavity. If you can catch the problem as soon as it happens and get into the dentist right away you can prevent the problem from becoming more serious. 2. You Feel A Growth On The Gums If a cavity is left for too long it leaves the teeth open for infection. In some cases the root around the tooth will get an infection in it. You might fell intense pain around the tooth, since the inflammation can cause pain right on the nerve and the root. But in other cases you might not feel as much pain, just a small growth. This is called an abscess. When a tooth becomes abscessed it could mean that all you need to do is take some antibiotics to kill the infection, and in other cases, it could mean that you need serious dental treatment, such as a root canal. This is a problem that you cannot ignore and must be attended to right away. 3. You Haven’t Gone To The Dentist In 6 Months Ideally, you should be going to the dentist every 6 months. The reason for this is that in that short of time you will catch problems early on. Fixing a small cavity will cost you almost nothing, but getting a root canal can cost you as much as ten times the amount of a simple cavity fix. If you stay on top of your dental appointments will save yourself money, and protect your oral health. These are just three reasons to see a dentist, like one at Advanced Dentistry of St....

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Root Canal? Here’s What To Expect During Treatment

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Tooth infections can be extremely painful. Usually, the only way to really deal with them is to have a root canal performed. This is a procedure in which the dentist removes the infected pulp from the middle of your tooth before filling it and sometimes covering it with a crown. Root canals have quite a bad reputation, but really it’s the tooth infection that’s painful – the procedure actually alleviates that pain. Here’s a closer look at what to expect when you sit down in the dentist’s chair for your root canal. Anesthesia Usually, the first thing your dentist will do is administer a local anesthetic. This won’t put you to sleep – it will just numb the area around your infected tooth so you don’t feel anything as the dentist works. The anesthesia injection may sting a little, but should not be overly painful. It will take a few minutes for your mouth to go numb, and then the dentist will begin work. Cleaning Out The Tooth Once you’re numb, the dentist will use a drill to remove the tooth material from the center of your tooth. If you’ve ever had a cavity filled, this will feel similar to when the dentist cleaned out the cavity area. You’ll feel vibrations, but should not feel any pain. If you do feel any pain, alert your dentist. He or she may need to give you an additional anesthesia shot. Once all of the tooth material has been removed, your dentist will spray an antibacterial liquid into the tooth roots to kill any remaining bacteria. Filling the Tooth After the tooth has dried, your dentist will use thin, silicone tubes to fill in the empty tooth roots. These will be eased into the tooth using a tweezer-like instrument. Then, the tooth will be filled with a composite or amalgam substance. This process is similar to that of filling a cavity. The material will be injected into the tooth, allowed to harden for a few minutes, and then filed down to the correct shape. Applying a Crown Teeth often, but not always, need to be covered in a crown after a root canal. If yours does need a crown, your dentist will first put a temporary crown in place. You’ll return after a week or two to have the permanent crown, which is designed to perfectly fit your tooth, put into place. This is a painless process during which the dentist essentially applies cement and sticks the crown into place. Click for more info on root...

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3 Important Personal And Dental Qualities That Make A Patient A Good Match For Dental Veneers

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Dental veneers have become a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure due to versatility. Veneers can be used to cover up a variety of cosmetic flaws including chips and intrinsic dental staining. But not every patient, or patient’s teeth, is a good match for a dental veneer. Here are a few important personal and dental qualities that make a patient a good match for dental veneers. Wiling to Lose Enamel, Gain Sensitivity Dental veneers are very thin pieces of tooth-colored porcelain that are bonded onto the front surface of your affected tooth. The veneers are made in a lab off of dental molds to ensure the piece properly fits and creates the best, most natural looking tooth for your mouth. The bonding procedure requires that the dentist shave away a small amount of your natural tooth to make room for the veneer so that the resulting tooth doesn’t look oversized or bulky. This filing away takes off enamel, which is the clean protective layer over your dentin. Your tooth can in turn become more sensitive to warm and cold foods and drinks due to the dentin lost. Not every veneer patient will experience ongoing sensitivity but you need to keep the possibility in mind. Teeth are In Overall Good Health Veneers offer cosmetic assistance not structural support, which would be left to dental crowns and the like. So your affected tooth needs to have relatively good health other than the chip or the staining. A veneer needs the stability of a healthy tooth or the thin porcelain will crack or the veneer will pop off completely. Neighboring teeth should also be in good health and stain-free unless you are getting multiple veneers put in. The veneer can be dyed to match your neighboring teeth but you want that dye color to look healthy and as natural as possible, which means the veneer won’t always perfectly match the neighbors and definitely won’t match the unhealthy, stained neighbors. Teeth are Prone to Staining Stain prone teeth don’t remove you from the pool of good dental veneer candidates. In fact, being stain prone is one reason patients choose veneers over the cheaper resin bonds, which can provide similar cosmetic results. The difference is that the porcelain veneers are stain resistant while the dental bonds can stain just like regular teeth. Note that stain resistance isn’t porcelain’s only benefit over resin. The porcelain is also stronger and more natural looking. So veneers can still be a good choice for you even if your teeth don’t have a staining issue that needs to be addressed. For more information, contact a dental expert, such as Paul Dona...

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Keeping Yourself Comfortable After A Tooth Extraction

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Having a tooth yanked out of your mouth is not the most comfortable experience, but since anesthetics will be used to numb you during the process, most of the pain will come afterwards as you’re healing. Thankfully, there are a number of steps you can take to keep yourself comfortable in the days following tooth extraction. Keep your head up. Whenever you lie down, make sure your head is elevated on a couple of pillows. A lot of the pain following extraction is throbbing pain, and this will become worse if your head is below or even with your heart, allowing blood and fluid to pool in the area and increase the pressure. When you’ve noticed that all of the swelling has dissipated, which typically takes a few days, it is safe to sleep with fewer pillows again. Rinse with salt water. Your dentist may instruct you to rinse with salt water in order to keep the extraction site from becoming infected, but you can do this whenever you feel the pain creeping in, too. The salt helps draw extra fluid out of the healing tissues, which reduces the pressure on pain-sensitive nerve endings. Just stir a spoonful of salt into a cup of warm water, and swish away. Hold ice against your face. If you notice that it’s not just your gums, but also your cheeks that are swelling, try holding an ice pack against the outside of your face. The ice will reduce swelling and numb your pain somewhat. In fact, using a bag of frozen peas works even better than an ice pack, since the peas mold around your face. Take NSAIDs. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, also known as NSAIDs, can be taken as directed on the bottle to ward off pain. Ibuprofen and naproxen are both available over-the-counter and are good choices. Avoid aspirin, since it may thin your blood and increase bleeding at the extraction site. If your tooth was badly impacted, your dentist may even prescribe opiate-based pain medications for you to take. Make sure you take these only when your pain is at its worst (they’re addictive and have a lot of side effects) and try to stick to milder, over-the-counter NSAIDS otherwise. Having a tooth extracted is painful, but the majority of the pain should subside within a few days. To learn more about managing your discomfort, speak with a dentist like Dr. Peter L...

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What Could Be Causing Your Throbbing Jaw Pain?

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are many types of jaw pain, but throbbing pain that seems to radiate through your entire jaw is one of the most common—and one of the most debilitating. Getting rid of your throbbing jaw pain starts with getting to the bottom of what’s causing it. Here are some likely possibilities. Grinding your teeth Some people do this when stressed. Many do it only at night, so they’re not entirely aware that they do it. Even if you don’t grind from side to side, clenching your jaw shut can strain your muscles and lead to aches and pains. Pay attention throughout the day to see if you’re clenching your jaw when you feel anxious or stressed. To find out if you’re clenching or grinding at night, ask your partner or a good friend to observe you and tell you what they see. Engaging in stress-reduction techniques like meditation and exercise can help break this habit. You may also want to have your dentist design you a mouth guard to wear at night to prevent grinding. Misaligned teeth Are your teeth quite crooked? Do you have a pronounced overbite or underbite? Dental misalignments can cause you to chew in an abnormal manner, putting stress on your jaw muscles and leading to aches and pains. If you think your misalignments may be to blame, schedule a consultation with an orthodontist to see whether you’re a candidate for braces or invisible aligners. Infections If you have an infected tooth root, the pain can sometimes radiate through your whole jaw. The throbbing sensation comes from the inflammation in tissues surrounding the infected area. Throbbing pain from an infection generally appears quite suddenly. You may also have a fever and may notice increased soreness if you place pressure on a certain tooth. If you suspect you have an infection, don’t delay treatment, as it could spread into your bone and possibly even into your brain, having deadly consequences. Schedule an appointment with an emergency dentist. You may need to have the tooth extracted or a root canal performed, and antibiotics will probably be prescribed to help your body fight the infection. Don’t just ignore throbbing jaw pain. Consider the possibilities above, and if you’re still not quite sure what’s wrong, make an appointment with your dentist. Whether caused by an infection, misaligned teeth, or grinding your teeth, it won’t just go away on its...

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Have A Dental Crown? Learn How To Maintain It

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have a tooth with a surface that is worn down or damaged, but the root is still very healthy, your dentist’s recommendation may be to have a crown installed on the tooth to protect it. It’s a common dental technique that can work quite well, but it is not perfect. If dental crowns are not cared for, they can become weak and potentially break. When you have a crown installed on one of your teeth, follow these tips to help maintain it. Use A Mouthguard You need a crown because something damaged your tooth. A common way it happens is from unexpected trauma, such as a sports related injury or an accident. It can also happen from a habitual problem like teeth grinding at night. You can protect your teeth and new crown from further damage by using a mouthguard. Mouthguards are flexible dental appliances that work while sleeping or when participating in any activity that may endanger the health of your teeth. While there are mouthguards that can be purchased at your local drug store, they typically are not the most comfortable to wear. If the mouthguard isn’t comfortable, chances are that you won’t wear it when you need to. Thankfully, it’s possible to have a dentist custom make a mouthguard for you that is designed specifically for your mouth. It will fit much better, making it easier to wear when sleeping or playing sports. Breaking Bad Habits There are habits that you may have that can cause damage to your teeth since it puts a lot of pressure on them. This includes nail biting, ice chewing, and using your teeth to open packages or bottles. You should also avoid foods that are very sticky since it can pull the crown right off your tooth. Stay away from Jolly Ranchers or candy apples in particular. Maintain A Good Oral Health Routine There may be a crown on top of your tooth, but you have two different layers of the tooth to be concerned about protecting. If the area around the crown starts to rot due to decay, bacteria can get underneath the crown and cause all kinds of problems. A crown doesn’t mean that you have added protection and can ignore a proper oral health routine. For more info about how to maintain your crown, speak with a dentist like Smile City. They can let you know if there are any special care instructions you should be made aware...

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2 Tips To Make Sure Your Mouth Remains Healthy During Your Recovery From A Nerve Repositioning Procedure

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

During your implant placement, your dentist will try to utilize as much of your jawbone that you have left. If you have lost a lot of bone in your lower jaw, then it can be difficult to successfully place your implants without damaging the nerve that is located in that area. This nerve is called the inferior alveolar nerve and it provides feeling to your lower lip and chin. In order to protect this nerve, your dentist may perform a nerve repositioning procedure. This procedure is meant to move the nerve out of the way and keep it out of harm’s way when your dental implants are placed. During the recovery process, it is important that your mouth remains healthy. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use to do this. Use Salt Water Rinses Throughout the Day One of the biggest concerns after a surgical procedure like a nerve repositioning is a bacterial infection. The hole that was created in order to reach your nerve will need to be kept free of bacteria until that area heals on its own. If any bacteria reaches that area, then it can not only jeopardize your dental implants, but it may damage your nerve. Therefore, you should use a salt water rinse throughout the day in order to reduce bacteria levels in your mouth. The rinse should be used before and after meals and before you go to bed. A basic salt water rinse can quickly be created by adding a tablespoon of salt water into a cup of hot water. Allow the mixture to cool, then use a spoon to stir the mix and make sure the salt has fully dissolved. Gargle with the salt water and direct it to your surgical site. Thoroughly clean around your teeth and gums before spitting. Consume Liquid Meals Immediately After Surgery The first few days immediately after surgery are some of the most important days for healing. During this time your surgical site is still fresh and fragile. Eating solid or hard foods can reopen this site and cause contamination. The simplest way to avoid this is by sticking to a liquid diet during the first week after surgery. Liquids will require little to no chewing and will be able to interact with your surgical site without aggravating it. Well-blended smoothies, broths, and soups are good examples of meals that should be eaten after your surgery. A successful recovery from a nerve repositioning procedure is needed to prepare your mouth for dental implants. Therefore, use these tips to make sure that your mouth remains healthy during your recovery process. For more information, contact a cosmetic dentist, like Hart Dayton...

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What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Dental implants are relatively new in the world of dentistry, and technology ensures that they are always improving. Rather than going in for dentures, more and more people find themselves getting fitted for implants. These are a more permanent option that many dental patients find better. Here’s why: Dental Implants Look Beautiful You will love the way your teeth look with implants, which are permanent features. They look just like your real teeth, and nobody will be able to tell the difference between your implants and your natural ivories. Plus, implants will prevent you from having a gaunt appearance more typical of those with dentures. Implants Help you Speak You can speak much better with implants than with dentures that may slip around inside the mouth. The added comfort will also give you some confidence when you speak. Those with implants experience much less slurring and stops in speech. Implants Make it Easier to Eat Having trouble eating with dentures? Implants don’t slide. Instead, they act just like your regular teeth. This means that you can continue eating all of your favorite foods without issue. With dentures, patients have to be more careful. Implants Are Long-Lasting Implants are meant to last for years, and with proper care you may find yourself wearing your implants for the rest of your life. Implants are just like your natural teeth, and they do not fall out easily. Over time, they will grow to feel just like the teeth you were born with, except that will not rot or become unhealthy provided that you take good care of them. Dental Implants are Convenient Dentures must be removed, and this can be quite annoying and frustrating to deal with. With implants, you never have to worry that you need to remove your teeth and clean them before bed. Simply brush, floss, and use mouthwash with dental implants like you do for the rest of your teeth. You Can Have Better Self-Esteem When you feel good about your smile, you feel good about yourself. Many people feel embarrassed by dentures, especially when they have to remove them at the end of the day. Additionally, denture mishaps can be devastating to deal with. For this reason, implants are increasingly popular. Dental implants can be a saving grace for many. It is helpful to know what dental options are available to you. Have questions? Speak with your dentist, like Gallery Dental, to learn more about...

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