Oral Cancer: The Silent Killer
ABOUT YOUR PREVENTIVE HYGIENE APPOINTMENT
More than 30,000 Americans will receive an oral cancer diagnosis this year. In five years, less than 57% will still be alive. It affects everyone today, not just tobacco users. We don’t have products to prevent oral cancer, but we have advances in dentistry to diagnose the disease in the early stages. We use the Vizilite Plus test to identify cancerous lesions.
Diagnodent: What is it?
The Diagnodent is a laser cavity scanner. It identifies cavities in their earliest stages, when they are small and easy to fix. I will use this to check teeth that have no existing fillings. The FDA has certified it as 100% accurate.
Fluoride Treatments: Not just for children anymore.
As we get older, our gum tissues often times will recede thus causing the root surface of the tooth to become exposed. The root surface is softer than the enamel and decays faster. When the root surface is clean and fluoride is applied, it helps to remineralize the tooth surface and strengthen the teeth to help prevent future tooth decay.
Comprehensive Periodontal Charting: Why is it done?
Your gums are like the collar of a turtleneck sweater around your teeth. Periodontal charting measures the gum pockets to see if the collar is loose, or tight, around your teeth. It is the only accurate way to diagnose the health of your gum tissues. Without measuring these pockets, we can only visually monitor the color and consistency of your gum tissues. It would be like going to your general physician for an annual physical and he doesn’t take your blood pressure. When you hear the numbers, all is okay if the pocket depth is in the range of 1-3, and the gum tissue doesn’t bleed.
Arestin: Fight infection right where it starts
Periodontal disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. Arestin is an antibiotic that kills the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, we place Arestin painlessly under the gums in the infected site. This immediately begins the fight against the bacteria and continues for up to 21 days.
Desensitizing Agents: They really work!
I hear from so many patients that they had to give up drinking cold drinks or eating ice cream because of a cold sensitive tooth. Often times, it is due to root exposure that can be corrected by applying a desensitizing agent. It only takes a couple of minutes, is pain-free, and it can last for several months.
Sealants: Why wait until it needs to be drilled?
A sealant is a plastic material applied to the chewing surface of molars and premolars, since this area of these teeth is difficult to clean with brushing, and the highest incidence of decay starts in the molars. Anesthetic and drilling is not necessary for placement of sealants. People of all ages can have sealants to prevent future fillings. They are not just for children.
Halimeter: How confident can I be about my breath?
Many people wonder if their breath is the best it can be for that special someone or that really big meeting. About 80% of bad breath is caused by gases given off by the dead bacteria involved in gum disease, called volatile sulfur compounds. We utilize a Halimeter to measure these compounds and provide an immediate indication of the presence of bad breath.
ClosysII Products: Why do we recommend these products?
The ClosysII products reduce sulfur compounds in your mouth due to the active ingredient, chlorine dioxide, and as a result, your breath will be more pleasant. On a clinical note, the product helps to make your gums less permeable to harmful bacteria.
Types of Braces You Can Choose From
No one likes having a mouth full of braces, but they are the best way to get straight teeth. Any time you can use your teeth to accomplish the look you want, you are better off in the long run. Veneers, crowns, and snap-on teeth all serve their purpose, but straightening your real teeth is the best long-term solution. As long as you take care of your teeth, the benefits of your braces should last a long time.
Metal braces are the most common type of braces people get. Your dentist will attach metal brackets to each of your teeth and then attach wires to the brackets. You might suffer from some gum irritation when you first get your metal braces, but your gums and cheeks will adapt.
Ceramic braces are less visible than metal braces, because the brackets are ceramic instead of metal. They blend in better with your teeth. You usually have to pay more for ceramic braces, and not all dentists offer them.
Invisalign Clear Braces
Adults are especially fond of this option, because they are far less visible than other types of braces. Your dentist makes alignment trays that fit over your teeth and slowly straighten them. As your teeth progress through the straightening process, your dentist will give you new trays. You can take them off to brush and floss your teeth, which is a huge advantage over other types of braces. The biggest disadvantage to clear braces is that they are the most expensive option.
Another good option for “invisible” braces are lingual braces. They work similarly to metal braces, but the brackets are on the back of your teeth instead of the front. They are also more expensive than regular metal braces, but they look a lot better.
Snap-On Teeth Are a Good Temporary Solution
Cosmetic Dentistry Offers Many Solutions for a Better Smile
Snap-on teeth or clip-on smiles are removable dental appliances that don’t require any drilling, injections, adhesives, or filing down to attach to your teeth. They are designed to fit over your real teeth to give you a more even and appealing smile. They are made of resin and are very strong, so you don’t have to worry about damaging them.
Advantages of Snap-On Teeth
You can wear your snap-on teeth at all times, even while eating, and they don’t interfere with the way you talk.
If you have a special occasion coming up that you want to look good for, you can get a snap-on appliance quickly.
Snap-on teeth can be used without you having to go through any invasive procedures to get the look you want.
If you need to get veneers or another more permanent solution, but want to know how you’ll look with them, you can try out a snap-on teeth appliance first.
You can choose the shade you want your snap-on teeth to be, and they will maintain that color for a long time.
Disadvantages of Snap-On Teeth
Snap-on teeth don’t look as natural as more permanent solutions, such as crowns and veneers, because snap-on teeth aren’t attached to the gums.
You should not use them to cover up your problems instead of fixing the real underlying issues.
They can break if you aren’t careful with them or if you eat hard food a lot.
You cannot change the look of your natural bite or jawline with a snap-on teeth appliance. They follow the natural lines of your teeth.
They have a short life span compared to other, more permanent solutions. They are fragile, and they wear and tear because of constant attachment and removal. Snap-on teeth appliances are only expected to last you between three and five years.
Natural Strategies For Cleaning Dentures
There are many consumers who are eager to find natural strategies for cleaning the dentures that companies provide. These individuals might be tired of paying top-dollar at local drugstores for soaking tablets and cleansing pastes, or they may be anxious to use household ingredients that are easy to recognize and lack chemical agents. No matter what your motivation might be, there are several things to know about using self-made products to freshen up these structures.
Creating An Effective Soak
Many seniors have discovered that adding just one to two teaspoons of baking soda to tepid water is the perfect way to create a low-cost soaking solution. Not only is the resulting mixture inexpensive to produce, but it is also free of any harsh and unrecognizable chemicals. Baking soda is an all-purpose product that is best known for eliminating strong and unpleasant odors. It is not abrasive and thus, using modest amounts to create a soaking solution should not cause any aesthetic or structural damages to artificial teeth. Best of all, it will help to create a bright and fresh-smelling smile.
People can also mix equal parts water and white vinegar to create a soak for their teeth. This will help to break down stubborn stains, loosen trapped food debris and eliminate unpleasant odors. This mixture is tough enough to get the job done, but gentle enough for people to avoid causing damages to their dentures. It is important to remember, however, that artificial teeth should never be placed in water that is either too hot or two cold. Temperature extremes can cause these products to warp or crack and could alter the way in which they fit the mouth.
Products To Avoid Using In Self-Made Cleansers
You may be tempted to add a small bit of chlorine bleach to your homemade soaking solutions. It is important to note, however, that bleach can cause irreparable damages to these structures. It can lead to drying, cracking and warping. It will also bleach the pink palate and gum portions of the dentures, making the smile look unnatural and unpleasant. Thus, it is always better to stick with either baking soda or white vinegar, when making your own soaking solutions at home.
Finding low-cost and effective ways to keep your dentures clean may not be easy. Fortunately, there are a number of common household items that can assist you in your efforts. People should always learn the effects of using different mixtures on the teeth, however, before switching from store-bought cleaners to solutions that they have created on their own.
Glitter Like Gold: The Leprechaun’s Tooth-Friendly Fruit Salad
Cosmetic Dentistry Offers Many Solutions for a Better Smile
Did you know that the leprechaun can use a great smile to create gold? That’s why the leprechaun wants you to take care of your teeth. And he wants to share his fruit salad recipe, which will help your your teeth glitter like the gold.
Behind the Leprechaun’s Recipe
The reason this fruit salad is such a dental delight is because of malic acid. You will be using Granny Smith apples, apricots, carrots, blackberries and tomatoes. They all contain hefty amounts of malic acid. This compound will wash away any stains on your teeth. And malic acid will dissolve the adhesive biofilm of plaque.
Oral pathogens secrete acids to erode your teeth, and this can eventually cause cavities. Malic acid will help stop oral microbes before the damaging process begins.
Malic acid also stimulates saliva production. Saliva carries powerful enzymes that help remineralize your teeth. Remineralized teeth will be able to withstand bacterial attacks. Saliva will also balance the pH level in your mouth. A balanced pH level will reduce the reproduction of oral microbes, and will eventually kill them.
The salad will also require a touch of kimchi. Kimchi is a Korean dish made of fermented and seasoned vegetables. You can purchase these vegetables online or at your local health food store. The probiotics that kimchi contains will be a great addition to your salad. Probiotics are your mouth’s best friend because they consume the harmful oral pathogens in your mouth.
Be sure you talk to your dentist about the aforementioned ingredients. He or she should be aware of any changes to your dental care regimen.The Leprechaun’s Tooth-Friendly Fruit Salad
You will need the following ingredients:
1 Granny Smith apple
2 to 3 leaves of lettuce
2 spoonfuls of kimchi
A dash of sea salt
A dash of black pepper
A tablespoon of olive oil
Follow the directions below to make the salad:
Peel your carrots.
Cut the apple, apricots and tomatoes into small pieces.
Tear the lettuce into small pieces.
Mix the ingredients in your salad bowl.
Top the mixture with the blackberries. Continue mixing.
Add the sea salt, black pepper and olive oil.
Top the salad with the Kimchi and serve.
Including tooth-friendly salads in your diet will help your smile, as good oral health will prevent many dental ailments. As mentioned earlier, be sure to speak to a dentist about any changes to your diet; your dentist will have other suggestions. And remember that your smile can help the leprechaun create a bigger pot of gold!