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A comforting solution today could lead to a greater problem tomorrow.

When babies cry it’s natural to want to comfort them, but giving them a bottle containing a sweet drink, or a pacifier dipped is sugary water is not the way to do it. Babies can develop Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, caused by sugar clinging to their teeth which is used by bacteria in the mouth to attack the teeth.

Even though permanent teeth will eventually replace baby teeth, it is important to be watchful of your baby’s dental health to ensure healthy gums and healthy, properly positioned permanent teeth.

A few simple steps to prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay:

Don’t allow your baby to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, fruit juice, breast milk or any other sweetened liquid.
After feedings, wipe baby’s gums with a clean damp cloth.
You can even start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears, and it’s best to wean babies by their first birthday and begin offering liquids in a cup.

What to look for…

Dull white spots or lines on the teeth may be the first signs of cavities. If you do suspect that your child may have baby bottle tooth decay, see your dentist right away.

What to expect…

A child will normally have all twenty primary teeth by the age of three. By age five permanent teeth will begin replacing primary teeth. However, if a primary tooth is lost early, whether to tooth decay or to an accident, surrounding teeth may shift position or tip into the vacant space. If this occurs, a permanent tooth may not have enough room to grow in properly, and come in crooked or rotated. However, the space left by a lost tooth can be kept open by a space maintainer fitted and placed by your dentist, pediatric dentist or orthodontist. This will allow the permanent tooth to position itself properly, and will then be removed by your dentist when the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. A space maintainer can be attached to one tooth or to teeth on opposite sides of the vacant space, and can be a
removable appliance as well.

While taking away from a nice smile, crooked teeth are also difficult to clean and are more susceptible to decay. Chewing is more difficult and crooked teeth tend to wear down quicker than straight teeth. Ensuring that baby’s primary teeth remain healthy will result in healthy permanent teeth. If you have questions about your baby’s teeth or
if your child has lost a primary tooth, please call our office.

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What kind of toothbrush should I use?

Everyone, without exception, should use a soft bristled brush. Medium and most especially hard bristles, are just too harsh on the gums. In time, the gums recede (literally worn away) and expose the root surface. Lacking the hard enamel like the top of the tooth, the root wears easily and can become quite sensitive. Deep grooves can eventually be worn.

How about the kind of toothpaste?

Any brand is fine, except the “smoker’s” toothpastes because they are too abrasive for long term use. The fluoride in toothpaste is beneficial so use one that has that in it. however, it is important to remember that the job of removing food and plaque is done by the brush and your “elbow grease” and not by the toothpaste. By the way, the back of the tongue should be brushed too to remove plaque build up there.

OK, so I’ll use a soft bristled brush and be really thorough. And I’ll use a fluoride toothpaste. Will that keep my teeth
and gums healthy?

No, it won’t! That will only do half the job. fully half of cleaning your mouth is using dental floss. The toothbrush can’t get between your teeth, but food and plaque can. As a matter of fact, much of the decay and the majority of gum disease occurs in the flossing areas and not in the brushing areas.

Is “tooth whitening” safe?

Bleaching procedures are safe and approved by the American Dental Association. Bleaching does not wear away any tooth structure or make a tooth more susceptible to staining.

All right – I’m convinced. But what is actually accomplished by all this?

It’s simply A, B, C. Abort decay, Banish gum disease, Create fresh breath.

At what age should my child start brushing?

As soon as your child gets teeth. Obviously you’re going to do the brushing at first. I actually recommend that the parents brush and floss the child’s teeth until about age 8. Brushing should be part of bed time activities. The child can help at other times during the day.

Will mouthwash help keep my teeth and gums healthy

No, it really won’t. It is only helpful as an adjunct for bad breath control after all the food and plaque removed by –you guessed it.

What else can I do to help my child have good teeth and gums?

At home, when the child is old enough, he/she can swish and spit out a fluoride mouth rinse after brushing and flossing. Also, starting at age three the child should begin six-month dental checkups that will include an in-office fluoride treatment.

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Welcome, we are a family-friendly Dental Practice. We offer expert dental care at affordable prices. Despite the importance of regular dental care, many people put off going to the dentist. Usually they cite anxiety or fear as the reason for putting off the visit. We are one dentist that understands how you feel, and do everything in our power to make your visit to our practice as enjoyable as possible.

To achieve that goal, we strive to make your visit pain and stress free. Whether we are cleaning your teeth, whitening your teeth, filling a cavity, or performing cosmetic dentistry, residents deserve the highest quality of care. No matter what your dental needs are, we promise to serve you with respect and kindness. We also recognize many of our patients have busy schedules, and have structured our practice to minimize your wait. All of our staff feel the same way, and promise to put you, our patients, first. To have A Friendly Dentist in a great dental office you must have a great team of individuals. Many of our employees were raised in the area and love the city and its residents. They understand what it means to be local, and what locals want from a dentist. People from our area are known to be friendly, down to earth folks, and that is what they want to find when they visit the dentist. We promise to give you straight answers, fair prices, and treat you like we want to be treated – with the highest quality of dental care. We hope to see you soon.

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Cher’s Celebrity Smile – ‘Turn Back Time’ Singer has completely reversed the age of her teeth
Cher has had one of the longest singing careers in history. She has spent over 49 years creating record-breaking songs such as “I Got You Babe”, “If I Could Turn Back Time”, and “Believe”. She is the only artist to reach #1 on the Billboard chart in each of the past six decades.

Additionally, Cher holds onto the Hot 100 record for the longest hit-making career span. With 33 years between the release of her first and last Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles. She ended her 3-year “Farewell Tour” in 2005 as the most successful tour by a female solo artist at that time.

Cher’s career skyrocketed when she was one half of the comedic duo “Sonny and Cher”. She was a talented, dark-haired, big-eyed, slender beauty. But her teeth clearly did not match her talent and eventually she underwent cosmetic dentistry. Now her teeth are even and straight, as well as white. Our dentists have been specializing in fixing crooked teeth like Cher’s for over a decade. Now, with their help you can be on your way to a healthier, straighter and whiter looking smile. Cher is an innovator in her world and now you can be too with cosmetic dentistry.

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Your Oral Health Could Put You at Risk for Dementia

Inflammation fueled by gum disease is associated with a host of conditions including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Now, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, people with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, have more gum disease-related bacteria in their brains than those without Alzheimer’s.

5,500 elderly people were researched over an 18-year period. Of 78 women who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day in 1992, 21 had dementia by 2010. Among the men, the effect was less prominent, with about one in six irregular brushers developing the disease.

With these new developments it is important that you visit the best dentists, such as our practice. We can completely rejuvenate the health of your teeth and gums with top-rated dental services.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening treatments, and much more can help restore the appearance and function of your smile, bite, and speech. These procedures also work to help prevent further damage to your teeth and promote good oral hygiene.

Of course, these new findings, published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, cannot prove that poor dental health can cause dementia, but despite the study’s limitations, it is an important step towards understanding how this behavior might be linked to dementia.

Whether the link between dental health and dementia is direct or not, you should always practice good oral hygiene to prevent the build-up of plaque which can cause infection in your gums. By doing so, you reduce your risk for a host of problems like dementia.

No matter your condition, the best dentists are there to help you get the best smile possible.

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A Better Smile with the Best Dentists

As time passes, it becomes more and more vital to maintain appropriate oral health. Your mouth harbors more than 600 types of bacteria, some good and some bad, but a substantial amount of the bad ones can cause real damage to your teeth and gums.

One of the biggest problems with having bad oral hygiene is the modern diet. When you eat, a coating of bacterial film called plaque feeds on the residual sugars left in your mouth. This produces acids that eat away tooth enamel and causes cavities or small holes to form.

Because many of the foods you eat are rich in sugars, there is plenty for bacteria to feed off of, especially when you do not brush regularly. After a while, the plaque film gets harder and more resistant to scraping and brushing, causing inflammation in the gums. This can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

When this happens, it is important to visit the best dentists for a full evaluation and in-depth cleaning. Dentists like the ones at dentistry office, offer the best procedures in cosmetic dentistry to help rid you of your oral ailments and promote good oral hygiene.

These innovative treatments can restore your mouth from a small crack, or completely alter the appearance of an unpleasant set of teeth, while working to promote good oral health and longevity. The procedures within cosmetic dentistry include dental implants, porcelain veneers, whitening treatments, full-mouth reconstruction, and much more.

Cosmetic dentistry is a top performer in the dental industry – every year more and more people find new ways to improve their smiles, while ridding themselves of harmful bacteria. The best dentists understand the need for a gorgeous smile, which is why they work meticulously with their patients to give them the smile they have always wanted.

Proper oral hygiene, fortifying food and routine visits to the best dentists can truly improve your smile and revive your teeth and gums.

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Cosmetic Dentistry for a Brighter Smile – Shave years off of your smile with the best dentists

As you age, your teeth begin to show more signs of wear and tear, such as looking dull and giving you grievance when biting, chewing or speaking. However, cosmetic dentistry with our dental team may be the answer to your worn down teeth.

Dental wear and tear is due to a variety of reasons, including erosion, abrasion, abfraction, and attrition. Usually a mixture of these causes is responsible for damage to a person’s smile. When tooth damage has already occurred, your teeth need to be restored to a healthy, functional, and appealing state as soon as possible.

We have more than a decade of experience restoring the teeth and gums of patients. With the many advances to cosmetic dentistry procedures, everyone is opting for the latest trends in dentistry to save their smiles. Now you can have a brighter smile that no longer ages your appearance and has the stability to restore proper eating and speaking.

Disguise stained and missing teeth with popular procedures such as porcelain veneers and dental implants. These treatment options offer a permanent alternative to dentures and tooth removal, and the materials used aid in a faster recovery time and smoother integration.

We pride ourselves on enhancing patients’ lives through better health, appearance and pain-free living. It is that type of thinking and behavior that has earned this practice a spot amongst the best dentists. Their efforts highlight the need for bringing maximally invasive procedures down to minimal.

We know how important having a perfect smile is and will give you top-notch service from diagnosis to after care. With cosmetic dentistry you can shave years off of your smile and restore health to your teeth and gums.

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Lidia had a smile done in Lumineers, and she was very unhappy with it, and comment that she felt that she had “lost her personality,” and that she looked like she was wearing a cheap denture.

What happened was that her dentist showed her cracking in her front teeth and told her she needed to have the Lumineers to strengthen them. The dentist told her that his fee was $1900 per tooth, but that in September he could give her a two-for-one deal.

There are several red flags here. The first is in the diagnosis. What appear sometimes to be “cracks” in front teeth are usually merely craze lines that don’t compromise the structure integrity of the teeth.

The “two-for-one” special is a big red flag. This is a pressure sales tactic to get a person who may not be totally sold on the procedure to act quickly, before they get cold feet. I don’t trust deals like that in dentistry.

And Lumineers, the way they are usually done, add bulk to the teeth, and it is true that they can end up looking like a cheap denture.

Unfortunately for Lydia, the Lumineers procedure she had done isn’t truly reversible the way they promote it, so she would need a new smile makeover. She took out a loan to pay for them, and can’t afford to have it re-done yet, so she’ll have to wait to have this fixed.

The good news is that when she chooses to have it re-done, she will be able to truly have a gorgeous smile that will accentuate her personality. Lumineers cases, at least from what I have seen, tend not to have the artistry of a beautiful smile – they seem to look like the “one size fits all” makeover.

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Answering questions about cosmetic dentistry

Question:

My daughter had her two front teeth knocked out by a softball at 7 yrs. old. We have had root canals and crowns on these teeth, and the root canals were done by a specialist. But she keeps getting these bumps on her gums now that are pieces of metal or infection. We know that she is to the point of needing implants. She is now 23 yrs. old and lives in Alaska. Her dental expenses had been covered by our insurance while she was a minor. She is very self conscious and scared of anything happening to these teeth. Does she need a specialist or a cosmetic dentist to get the best possible care?

Answer:

The bumps on the gum are definitely a sign of a problem. It very well may not be possible to save these teeth, and she’ll need dental implants and crowns. Getting this done, if it’s done right, could make a marvelous difference for your daughter.

I wish I knew someone in Alaska I could recommend to you. You’re smart to look for an expert, and I would focus on someone who is an expert in cosmetic dentistry, because generally when they do dental implants they are very careful about where they are placed so that the result looks natural.

Question:

I have a tooth missing, the fourth tooth from the front. The big tooth behind it has twisted around sideways, I assume because there was no tooth next to it for so long. How would you fix that problem? With a bridge? I would want it to be permanent, not something that I could take out. Please let me know what the procedure would be in doing this.

Answer:

You have two options for replacing that tooth with something not removable–either a dental bridge or a dental implant.

The advantage of doing a dental implant is that you wouldn’t have to do anything to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth–just place the implant and then put a crown on it. And, if you are a candidate for the teeth in an hour procedure, you can even get the new tooth right away.

If the tooth behind, the one that is twisted, is visible from the front, that may make you lean toward the bridge, because a bridge would involve putting a porcelain crown on that tooth, too, and it could be made to look straight and be made to fit into your bite, too. However, the bridge would also mean putting a crown on the tooth in front also, and you may not want that.

Question:

How long is the warranty for an implant crown? I had an implant done a year ago. I’ve had to clean it every single time when eating because food gets caught in the top of the crown. Now the crown is cracked and the food goes deeper inside. What should I do?

Answer:

Dentists don’t give specific warranties because there are too many variables. And some people just don’t take care of their dental work or don’t do recommended follow-up care or maintenance.

But having said that, dentists with integrity will stand behind their work. That is what we do–if there is a problem that comes to light because of a defect in the material, say, we will simply take care of it for no charge. And for a porcelain crown to crack after one year, whether it’s on an implant or on a tooth–it should last considerably longer than that. I would think, ethically, that your dentist should replace it. But I don’t know that you could say he or she has a legal obligation to do so.

But actually, it shouldn’t have been catching food in the first place. I would have gone back to the dentist at that point and asked for that to be corrected. It’s possible that the placement of the dental implant in either position or angle was a problem, or possibly the shape of the crown was a problem, creating a black triangle that catches food. If there was a situation where you had a lot of bone resorption before the implant was done, maybe there was no way to have avoided catching food. But usually that can be avoided. When teeth catch food, that promotes tooth decay and gum disease and it’s an unhealthy situation.

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Arguing Root Canal Vs. Extraction – Raw DentistrySkip to content

A root canal treatment may seem like the sort of thing to avoid at all costs; it definitely doesn’t have the best reputation among dental procedures that are well known. There are many reasons why individuals who have been diagnosed with the need for a root canal procedure might choose not to go with endodontic therapy and opt instead for its one true alternative, the extraction. When it really comes down to the root canal vs. extraction procedures, there is a lack of information available to help patients understand the real value of either option. When considering the root canal vs. extraction, the pros and cons should be carefully weighed against each other. In this interest then, this article will discuss a few of the most salient points around which the argument is based.

First: Restoring Health

The very first argument made for the root canal vs. extraction is that there are really no alternative options that will preserve the natural tooth. The root canal is the only procedure that can be preformed to actually lengthen the life of the natural permanent teeth. This is because the root canal strives to actually treat the infection and exterminate it before it can do permanent and irreversible damage to the tooth.

Many holistic health practitioners say that performing a root canal is not an effective way to actually protect the individual and help healing occur. The only reason it works to relieve pain is because the nerves are literally ripped from the tooth along with the pulp. Holistic health dentists suggest that infections are caused by an imbalance in the body, and the invasive manner of a procedure like endodontic therapy is not healing. If dietary and herbal remedies do not help and the tooth is lost to severe decay, then these dentists would suggest in a root canal vs. extraction debate that extraction is the only appropriate response. Second: Procedural Toll
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Arguing Root Canal Vs. Extraction

A root canal treatment may seem like the sort of thing to avoid at all costs; it definitely doesn’t have the best reputation among dental procedures that are well known. There are many reasons why individuals who have been diagnosed with the need for a root canal procedure might choose not to go with endodontic therapy and opt instead for its one true alternative, the extraction. When it really comes down to the root canal vs. extraction procedures, there is a lack of information available to help patients understand the real value of either option. When considering the root canal vs. extraction, the pros and cons should be carefully weighed against each other. In this interest then, this article will discuss a few of the most salient points around which the argument is based.

First: Restoring Health

The very first argument made for the root canal vs. extraction is that there are really no alternative options that will preserve the natural tooth. The root canal is the only procedure that can be preformed to actually lengthen the life of the natural permanent teeth. This is because the root canal strives to actually treat the infection and exterminate it before it can do permanent and irreversible damage to the tooth.

Many holistic health practitioners say that performing a root canal is not an effective way to actually protect the individual and help healing occur. The only reason it works to relieve pain is because the nerves are literally ripped from the tooth along with the pulp. Holistic health dentists suggest that infections are caused by an imbalance in the body, and the invasive manner of a procedure like endodontic therapy is not healing. If dietary and herbal remedies do not help and the tooth is lost to severe decay, then these dentists would suggest in a root canal vs. extraction debate that extraction is the only appropriate response.

Second: Procedural Toll

A root canal is a very simple procedure as far as outlining the steps goes. Anyone can understand the logic behind it. Both a general dentist or root canal specialist can perform the root canal procedure. It begins with the penetration of the tooth’s enamel; a hole is drilled into the tooth so that the pulp tissue inside the root canal can then be carefully extracted through the hole. The extraction occurs with special tools that scrape and scoop the pulp matter from the inside of the root canals. When all the pulp is out, the tooth is then filled with a putty that will provide permanent structural stability and seal the tooth against bacteria. Then a filling is placed in the hole and a crown is often fitted to cap it off.

A tooth extraction, on the other hand, requires that the socket be widened and the ligament actually broken. This means that as the tooth resides inside its socket it is carefully held in place by a ligament. To extract the tooth it must be wiggled from side to side and often a wedge is pushed down into the socket to help elevate the tooth and pop it out.

Third: Complications

In comparing a root canal vs. extractions, complications can arise during or after both procedures that may bring about extended healing or a future problem.

With the root canal, mistakes can be made such as missed or hidden roots that are not sterilized of infection, or instruments breaking through the root or breaking off in the root. These faults might be the cause for a later reinfection of the tooth and they will require that it be necessary to try re-treatment or even serious surgeries, and of course in complete root canal failure, a tooth would need to be extracted.

During extraction, roots might break off in the tooth socket and require that more extensive digging take place to get the pieces out. Occasionally, the jawbone itself might be caused to fracture in the absence of the tooth. Though this kind of fracture can heal, the worst complication that occurs with tooth extraction comes later. The jaw will lose bone matter, the teeth will shift and the face will actually take on a sunken appearance. This can only be avoided with either a dental implant or a bridge placement. Bridges of course require that the two surrounding teeth also be sacrificed for the fixture to be put in place.

Pain and Cost

A root canal can be a very simple procedure and actually is said to hurt about as much as a normal cavity filling might. The pain can normally be handled with over-the-counter medications. Its cost varies from around $300 to $800, depending upon complexity of the procedure and the tooth being fixed.

A tooth extraction is very painful and can require long term healing, especially if there are complications. If an extraction develops into a surgical extraction, then the cost can double. A basic tooth extraction costs $75-$400, a surgical extraction is at least $150-$650.

When comparing a root canal vs. extraction procedure, understanding both sides of the argument can make all the difference.

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Toothbrushes

In this economy searching for a break makes even toothbrush coupons look like a great deal. But toothbrush coupons can’t save you the cost that a good toothbrush can. It’s important that even if you’re looking for a good deal you don’t sacrifice the proper toothbrush qualities for a few cheap cents. Its actually easy to find toothbrush coupons, simply typing in “toothbrush coupons” online can bring up an entire gamut of options. So as you decide on the toothbrush coupons that you will use to save yourself a dime here are some guidelines that you should never sacrifice as they can be the very foundation of good dental health.

What a Cheap Toothbrush Coupon Cannot Replace

A cheap toothbrush tends to be generic, without patented head shapes like the major brands have. They will have equal length bristles and most likely large heads. These are not the features that help to promote the best oral health, as a matter of fact there are very important qualities that a toothbrush needs to have. For example a toothbrush should have a small head with contoured bristles. Many experts have said that the contours are not important, but there have been studies showing certain heads will provide better health care for gums. These are important features that you do not want to give up by giving in to toothbrush coupons. A cheap toothbrush cannot replace a good toothbrush and the benefit to oral health.

When selecting a toothbrush to purchase with a toothbrush coupon it would be advisable to go about it opposite the most common method. Instead of looking for a coupon for toothbrushes, choose a toothbrush that you would like to purchase, one that is the most comfortable for your mouth, one that follows all the suggested guidelines for a good toothbrush. Use a brand that is dentist recommended such as Oral-B. Visit those sites specifically and look for toothbrush coupons for the brush you want to buy. In this way there is no sacrifice of quality for a brush of savings.

Toothbrush Coupons Aside, How To Select a Good Toothbrush

Picking a good toothbrush and then using it properly can actually save you more money in the long run than any coupon can. This is why it is so essential that you don’t settle on your brushes. There are many common mistakes made by people when buying toothbrushes. For example, the brush described in the section above with the cheap large head. When buying a toothbrush it is important that you select a brush with a head that will actually fit comfortably in your mouth. This does not mean a large adult sized head like generic brushes offer. Dentist recommended brushes are actually smaller, they are flexible and fit around the teeth and in the tight corners of the mouth.

A second mistake commonly made has to do with buying toothbrushes that are too hard. If the bristles on the brush aren’t soft enough a person can actually scratch the enamel right off the teeth. This leaves the teeth vulnerable to staining and decay! It can hurt the gums and cause you avoid brushing. Instead it is suggested that everyone should use soft bristles, why they sell medium bristles or hard bristles makes no sense.

You will find with the right sized brush and the proper bristles there is a greater chance for dental health because the brusher will appreciate brushing more. Children and adults alike benefit from the proper brushes, it’s visible in the results at the dental office. So find the toothbrushes that are the best for your family and then find coupons for those brushes in specific.

One Final Thought About Toothbrush Coupons

One of the great and common debates about toothbrushes is whether or not electric toothbrushes are better than manual brushes. Most experts declare that there is not a significant difference between manual and powered brushes. But there are many new powered brushes that are designed to encourage healthier brushing habits, such as brushing long enough and not using too much pressure. These habits and the “fun” of a powered brush can help increase dental health and save hundreds of dollars in dental bills. If you can find toothbrush coupons for some of the best reviewed powered brushes that is a deal you can’t pass up!

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Teeth Whitening

There is no denying that white teeth will improve the way you look. A set of pearly white teeth can give anyone’s face a glow, but aging, unhealthy lifestyles, and certain foods can leave your teeth discolored and in need of whitening. The good thing is that white teeth are possible to get. Teeth whitening treatments are now widely available, and many of them offer great results.

Teeth whitening is a procedure by which your teeth enamel is treated to produce a whiter shade, and restore their fresh, clean look. It’s done without removing your teeth’s natural surface. You can’t always expect your teeth to appear totally white, but with the right treatment you will see considerable whitening changes on your teeth.

Anyone can get whitening treatments to whiten teeth. But there are certain people whose teeth may be more in need of teeth whitening.

People who smoke need these treatments. Smoking can be detrimental to white teeth. Tar from cigarettes make your teeth lose their white color, and can turn your teeth yellow.

Older people may appreciate whitening. Our teeth get weaker and look less white with age. Older teeth can look more stained and discolored due to years of eating and drinking.

Coffee and tea drinkers. These beverages leave unsightly marks over time that make teeth appear less white. Whitening will restore them back to white!

Wine and Alcohol drinkers. Wine and alcohol have ingredients in them that can change the color of your teeth, especially the darker drinks such as red wine. Over time, constant consumption of these types of beverages will stain your teeth.

Junk food lovers. Certain junk foods are very bad for your oral health, and many of these foods have coloring in them that will stain your teeth.

If you are one of these people, then chances are teeth whitening treatments will be the best way to whiten your teeth.

Is Teeth Whitening Effective?

Reviews from people who have undergone teeth whitening vary. Some people say whitening treatments made their teeth look white, while others hardly noticed the change on their teeth. The answer is yes, teeth whitening is effective, as long as the proper procedure is done. If someone says teeth whitening didn’t work for them, maybe they had severely stained teeth and only tried a whitening toothpaste for month.

From the point of view of professional dentists, teeth whitening treatments are always recommended. More and more people say these whitening treatments really work to whiten teeth. It’s all about choosing the best whitening procedure to whiten YOUR teeth.

Consult with your dentist on what the best and most suitable whitening treatment for you to restore the color of your teeth.

How Long Will My Teeth Stay White?

Most whitening treatment providers will tell you that the whitening effects last for 2 to 3 years, but this also depends on the type of person and lifestyle. If you have poor oral care then your white teeth won’t last that long, but for others who practice proper oral care, the whitening may last for years to come.

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

Prices for whitening treatment to whiten teeth vary based on your specific case. Laser whitening treatments to whiten are obviously more expensive than the regular bleaching. It also depends on the service provider and region. We highly suggest that you get a quote before getting any whitening treatments to whiten your smile. Aside from professional solutions, there are also over-the-counter products that you can try. If you have slightly stained teeth, then these could do the trick, but if your teeth are very discolored, visit your dentist for the best solution.

Are There Side Effects After A Teeth Whitening Treatment?

Side effects after a whitening treatment vary depending on the procedure and the person. Some may feel some discomfort right after their whitening treatment, or feel their gums become slightly sore. These are natural and temporary symptoms after whitening. It will disappear after some time. If these side effects become unbearable or last longer than a few days, then it is best to consult your dentist and have your teeth checked. But generally, teeth whitening treatments are simple, safe dental procedures.

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Understanding Your Wisdom Teeth

One of the most interesting dental topics out there is that of wisdom teeth. Though they affect a vast majority of the human race, and our dental scientists have sorted out almost all the unknowns about conditions and treatments for them, most of the time, every individual’s experience with them is different. Whether it’s the way your body reacts to the tooth extraction or it’s the way your wisdom teeth came in, your experience will be unique. With this in mind, here are some of the topics that come up, from what wisdom teeth are to wisdom tooth extraction and more.

The Story of Your Wisdom Teeth

The infamous third molar grows into the mouth of a human right at the cusp of adult hood, between 17 and 25. Evolution tells us the third molar may have once been of use to the human predecessors in more primitive times, when the jaw was larger and more protruding. As the human race has evolved, jaws have gotten smaller, and the third molar has become less than necessary since we prepare our foods and use utensils to cut them, meaning that rarely do third molars ever grow into the jaw and fit. Instead, they are often impacted, causing infection or damaging the second molar.

These are the leading reasons for why they have become a commonplace extraction surgery for most young adults. Instead of allowing the wisdom tooth to become a compacted problem in the jaw, dentists can remove wisdom teeth with a simple outpatient surgery. True, not everyone has wisdom teeth, which is another hand evolution has played. Some individuals never have them and some only grow two. But still, the majority of young adults will find they have four.

Why Have The Third Molar Extracted?

Long before wisdom teeth start causing any problems in the mouth, before most can even detect them, they begin to form high up behind the second molar. As they grow in, if left untreated, they will grow stronger and their roots dig deeper, getting closer to the nerves.

They can be detected early enough in life that, with foresight, the severe pain and recovery that might be necessary in a mature adult mouth could be avoided in a younger mouth. The problem is that many people make the mistake of assuming if there is no pain, there is no need to extract the teeth. This is wrong.

The third molar can cause very extreme stresses, as listed above. An impacted tooth is the term used for third molars that are unable to break through the gums because there is not enough room. Impacted teeth then can cause either infections as the gums remain irritated by the trapped tooth, or the second molar can begin to deteriorate from decay caused by substances introduced by the impacted molar. Even worse is when the third molar, to protect itself, creates a layer surrounding it, which forms into a cyst. These can harm the nerves running through the roots of the molars, and this can cause extreme pain. The best choice then is to have the third molars extracted before they have become formed enough to cause this pain.

Fundamentals of Wisdom Tooth Extraction

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is one of the best options for third molar extraction. Unlike other tooth extractions, removing wisdom teeth that are deeply rooted and possibly impacted against other teeth can carry serious consequences.

A wisdom tooth, depending upon the stage of development, can be still buried deep within the jawbone, buried beneath the gums. This means that the first steps for removal are to create a slit in the gums and remove bone from the jawbone to access the developing tooth. To keep the hole in the bone as small as possible, it is often the practice of a surgeon to remove the third molar in pieces.

The horror stories one hears about third molar removal are normally not attached to the procedure, but to recovering from the procedure. It can be a very unique experience since they use anesthesia and sedation medications to do the job. The mouth does bleed after the extraction and brushing should be done very gently. The worst complication that can occur in healing is dry socket, but if you follow the directions of your dentist, you should recover with only a short recovery time.

The Wisdom

The most important thing a person can know about wisdom teeth is that thinking about it before it becomes an issue is the best way to avoid serious complications or oral decay and periodontal disease.third molar, why wisdom teeth, wisdom teeth.

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UV Teeth Whitening

It’s true that teeth whitening can be quite costly, but UV Teeth Whitening is one procedure that has a reduced rate. UV whitening can be much cheaper in comparison to some other practices performed to improve the teeth’s color.

UV Teeth Whitening – The Procedure

UV Teeth Whitening uses the ingredients and solutions that many other procedures use to achieve white teeth. The only difference with this technique is the Ultraviolet device that they additionally use after the whitening solutions are removed.

To begin the Ultraviolet teeth whitening procedure, your dentist applies a special gel to whiten your teeth, the solution stays on your teeth for about 20 minutes and begins to whiten your teeth. Next, the solution is removed from your teeth and a special ultraviolet light is directed at your teeth, which further whitens your teeth. After the teeth whitening procedure is complete, you will notice a vast difference in the color of your teeth.

Who Can Perform Ultraviolet Teeth Whitening?

Ultraviolet Teeth Whitening is a dental procedure that requires training and knowledge regarding the effects of UV light on tooth enamel. Only a certified dental practitioner can perform this operation to whiten the teeth. Due to the use of specialized equipment, UV whitening can only be done as an in-office whitening procedure.
How Long Do The Effects Last From Ultraviolet Teeth Whitening?

The UV technique provides a long lasting white smile for up to six months. The UV procedure uses practically the same method as any other whitening practice. The only difference is that the procedure is done with the aid of a whitening device.

The effects of UV Whitening (or any teeth whitening procedure) can be short-lived without proper care and maintenance of the enamel itself. Therefore, after getting UV whitening for your teeth, you must avoid foods and beverages that can severely degrade the whiten enamel’s color. Smoking cigarettes, drinking pop and alcohol can also turn your teeth back to a yellow or brown color.

Regular touch-ups of teeth whitening regimens must be practiced in order to maintain the white radiance of your teeth after having UV whitening done. By making use of over-the-counter whitening products such as toothpastes, dental strips and gels, mouthwashes, etc., you can maintain the color of your teeth after undergoing

Ultraviolet teeth whitening.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Ultraviolet Teeth Whitening

Through the years of using the device that produces UV light, there are many documented cases of harmful side effects brought about by its use for white teeth. It isn’t a generally accepted knowledge that the UV light poses harmful threats. All people know is that it can whiten tooth enamel, but the FDA has mandated and regulated the use of such whitening devices. The same Ultraviolet light that comes from the sun which causes sunburn to the skin is the same light that is being used to whiten the teeth. Imagine how the skin blanches and burns due to sunburn. What do you think are the effects of the intense, focused UV light on the whitening of teeth and gums?

UV whitening can cause damage to the teeth, gums and lips. Even with the most experienced hands of a dentist, the use of the equipment used in the Ultraviolet whitening procedure may pose much greater risks than helpful effects to whiten the teeth, When you dream to have white teeth, be adamant BUT be careful. White teeth can be very attractive to look at, however, damaged lips and gums as a result of UV teeth whitening can be very unsightly as well, so it is important to find a dentist that is very experienced performing the UV whitening procedure.

When done properly, Ultraviolet teeth whitening can give you a very white smile after a single treatment. The color of your teeth will be much whiter, and the color of your will last much longer with Ultraviolet teeth whitening than with many other teeth whitening procedures.

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What is a root canal?

Most people find themselves asking the question, “what is a root canal?” when their dentist diagnoses them with the symptoms that call for the procedure. The root canal is a canal treatment that is used to treat an infection or decay of the pulp that exists in the interior of the pulp chamber and the associated root canal in the tooth.

For a person’s oral health and to relieve tooth pains that come from decay around the nerves of a tooth, a dentist or endodontist will perform a root canal. This article will answer the question “what is a root canal?” by explaining the purpose for the procedure and the root canal procedure itself.

Why Is a Root Canal Performed?

Many people wonder what is a root canal, as far as its purpose as a dental treatment. When a tooth is formed it is the pulp in the center that connects to the surrounding tissue and carries the nutrients needed through the tooth. Interestingly enough the tooth pulp becomes unnecessary once the tooth has fully formed and can actually gather nutrients on its own.

Through the life of the tooth, due to a crack in the tooth, cavities, or pulp injury, the pulp may become infected or inflamed. Whatever the reason, if such decay or disease goes untreated the situation can compound and lead to worse symptoms, namely an abscess beneath the tooth. A person can tell that they might be in need of a root canal procedure when they find that a tooth is extremely sensitive or perhaps is dark and discolored. When pain is discovered, the best thing to do is go to a dentist for further diagnosis.

How Does One Perform a Root Canal?

For a person who has never had a root canal, it can be daunting to imagine what is a root canal procedure? The good news is root canals are pretty straightforward.

The dentist or endodontist recommended by the dentist will perform preliminary x-rays upon the tooth. These are essential so that it can be determined how badly the infection or decay has gotten and if the condition is still contained in the root canal or if it has spread to the jaw. If the infection of the pulp has spread or abscessed in the jaw, the root canal procedure can be much more extensive.

A rubber dam is placed around the crown of the tooth; this thin piece of rubber keeps debris and saliva from interfering with the canal procedure. The tooth and surrounding area are numbed with local anesthesia and then a hole is bored in the crown of the tooth. Through this hole the infected pulp and nerves are removed. This is the simplest definition of a root canal procedure, removing the dental pulp. Special dental instruments are used to literally scoop out and then carefully sand away all the pulp that is contained in the pulp chamber and root canal.

When the pulp is removed entirely, the endodontist might decide to treat the infection if it has spread down through the teeth and into the jaw and surrounding connective tissues. A medication will be applied and a temporary filling will be placed to close the hole in the crown of the tooth. If there is no need to treat with antiseptic medications, the tooth will be prepped for the proper sealants and cosmetic treatments.

A paste that fills the tooth, providing durability and sealing it up against infection, is then put in. Occasionally a small metal post is also placed within the root canal to provide structural soundness. Then the hole is closed with a dental filling and, depending upon the tooth and dentist, a crown or other cosmetic covering can be used to give the tooth a pleasant appearance.

What is a Root Canal Like? Is there pain?

One of the longest perpetuated myths about a root canal is that the procedure causes pain. The point of a root canal is to relieve the pain that abscess or infection has been causing an individual. Decaying pulp does not support nerve ends and can cause increased sensitivity. Infection and abscess can damage nerves and spread to surrounding tissues. The root canal literally removes any nerves in the tooth, and without nerves, a person cannot feel the pain that might be caused.

In short, the answer to “what is a root canal?” goes something like this: A root canal is a treatment that removes infection and decay from teeth and restores health and wellbeing.

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Sedation Dentistry

If you have ever wondered “what is sedation dentistry?” keep reading. Sedation dentistry is a specialized field of dentistry designed to treat patients that have suffered from a history of dental traumas, dental phobias or a fear of sharp needles and instruments.

Sedation dentistry will involve different methods and drugs that are designed to relax a patient and alleviate anxiety while allowing the dentist to accomplish dental work. The dentist can now work without the fear of a patient having a panic attack or any other type of reaction stemmed from their anxiety.

Methods

There are a few different methods of sedation dentistry, the first being oral sedation. Oral sedation will involve the use of medications prescribed for anxiety called benzodiazepines, or Benzos. The commonly used Benzodiazepines are medications such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan. These drugs can be given to the patient at the dental office prior to a procedure or they can be prescribed to a patient to be used as a sleep aid the night before a dental appointment.
IV sedation is another method of sedation dentistry. This involves a needle being inserted into a patient’s vein as a way to deliver Benzodiazepines into a patient’s body in a faster and consistent way. During this type of sedation the dentist must have another dental professional present in order to monitor the patient’s vitals and also due to some side effects of this type of method such as sexual fantasies. It has been documented that sexual fantasies can be a common side effect of this and other types of sedation methods. Because of this, by law, another individual will need to be present during the entirety of the procedure in order to prevent allegations against a dental professional as a result of these side effects. Painkillers can also be distributed in this way, requiring the dental assistant to monitor a patient’s oxygen levels during the procedure; in the even the airways begin to close.

Inhalation sedation is commonly used in sedation dentistry, typically with the drug nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas. During this type of sedation a dental assistant will also need to be present to monitor a patient’s vitals during the procedure.

These different types of sedation can be used alone or in conjunction with other sedation medications.

After a dentist has completed a procedure it may take the patient ten to thirty minutes to come out of their sedation and will also require someone to drive them home from the dentist’s office. The effects from these medications can last from four to six hours, with such side effects as increase sleepiness, headache, nausea and vomiting. In order to prevent vomiting a dentist may also prescribe the medication Phenergan, prior to the procedure and after the procedure has been completed.

Cost

The cost of sedation dentistry will depend on the individual dentist, the type of dental procedure and your dental insurance company. Some insurance companies will not cover the cost of sedation while others will cover the cost with documented proof of your dental phobia or general anxiety from your dentist, primary care physician or a dental health professional.

If you need to pay out of pocket for these medications and sedation methods, the cost of oral sedation will range from $20 to $100, inhalation sedation can cost $200 to $300 and IV sedation will cost an average of $100 to $200.

Is Your Dentist Certified?

In order for your dentist to specialize in sedation dentistry they will need to take certification courses for each different type of sedation method, while also earning continuing education credits each year in order to remain certified in this specialty field.

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Clean Toothbrush, Toothbrush Sanitization

A toothbrush sanitizer can be any one of many various options. There are rinses, UV ray boxes, steam cleaners and dry heat cleaners. Toothbrush sanitizers serve to keep a balance between the importance of a toothbrush and the cross-contamination that naturally occurs. Most people don’t think much about the proper care of a toothbrush, but understanding the value of keeping a toothbrush clean is important. Let me tell you why.

Why Would a Toothbrush Need Any Kind of Toothbrush Sanitizer?

A stick with bristles, or a battery pack with a brush at the end, whatever kind of implement you choose to use it is bound to serve one purpose. The mouth is a rather disgusting feature of the body if you think about it. It is a wet orifice inside of which any number of microorganisms and bacteria reside. With every bite of food, drink or object put into the mouth more bacteria is introduced.

The bacteria will collect on the teeth and form a film known as plaque. When plaque is left on the teeth long enough without being treated it will harden into what is known as tartar. Tartar is the cause of many periodontal diseases including decay and gingivitis. You do not want this!

There are so many different reasons that your mouth is the breeding place for some awful organisms. It only makes sense that your toothbrush will be the same. The toothbrush is an object regularly introduced into the environment. After use it may not get rinsed off well enough, or perhaps it is dropped into a cup or container and the brush never quite dries. This means that it is harboring bacteria breeding grounds. And with all the bacteria available to the brush, it can have quite the store of filth.

Without the proper care and appropriate measure of sanitization a toothbrush is not a clean or health promoting implement. It does do the job of cleaning the teeth well, but there is much speculation that toothbrushes are the culprits for other issues. This is why the production of a good toothbrush sanitizer has become important for many people.

Sanitizing a toothbrush could be a very important thing. Of course the ADA also says there is not specific proof that brush sanitizers actually make a significant difference. Still, toothbrush sanitizers are desirable and there are various options available.

So Do You Need a Toothbrush Sanitizer or What?

There is no clinical research that can explicitly say that sanitizers have any positive or negative effect on an individual’s health. However, there has long been proof that germs can cross contaminate and cause infection or flu and illness to spread.

Most dentists can offer advice for the best way to care for your toothbrush. There are some commonsense guidelines like, “never share your toothbrush”. Sharing a toothbrush is an obvious way to spread germs via bodily fluids. It is important after brushing to make sure the bristles are rinsed off completely to remove any left over debris or plaque.

The brush is a very welcoming environment for bacteria so keeping it as clean as possible and making sure it dries completely between brushes is the only way to prevent contamination from spreading. And if brushes are to be contained in the same area or container their brushes shouldn’t touch or there might be cross-contamination. Finally replace the brush regularly at least every 3-4 months.

These are the common guidelines promoted by dental healthcare professionals. Beyond this an extra amount of cleanliness is a personal opinion, but one that can go a long way. Sonicare created their UV toothbrush sanitizer and it received positive reviews, other companies like Violight or even an antibacterial wash can provide a certain amount of sanitization.

It is interesting to note that there are many versions available, and for clarification one should know that those claiming to sanitize and kill 99.9% of the bacteria present do not completely sanitize a brush. Where as those that commit to sterilizing the brush will obliterate any microorganism present.

It is wise to make sure that the toothbrush sterilizer chosen is researched and selected critically and carefully. There is nothing wrong with having a cleaner and safer toothbrush, it can promote health and other healthy habits. So should you get a sanitizer, why not! It can’t hurt that’s for sure!

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What Are Dentures

As common as dentures are, there are a lot of people that still don’t know what dentures are. With so many new dental procedures and options out there, dentures just seem so ancient and old school, but they actually do a good job. To help you understand what dentures are, here are answers to a few frequently asked questions.

Dentures are basically teeth replacements designed to either replace a whole set of upper or lower teeth. They are made of a nylon-resin material that is colored to match the gum. The tooth part of the dentures are normally made or porcelain, plastic or a type of ceramic.

The denture basically sits inside the gum of your mouth, and it can be removed at any time. Dentures are usually held in place with some type of adhesive. There are many types of dentures, each serving a different purpose. You have the complete denture, the partial denture, the tooth supported denture as well as the implant supported denture.

Why Would I Need Dentures?

There are many advantages when it comes to dentures, mainly they fill in the missing teeth and give the patient a better smile. They also help support the jaw, the bone and the face because they fill in the gaps that the missing teeth have created.

The biggest advantage of dentures though is that they restore the confidence and self esteem of the patient. Having missing teeth can affect your appearance, and this is what worries patients the most about missing teeth. This makes patients very insecure and very worried that people might make fun of them for their appearance. But thanks to dentures, they can smile, talk and eat all without the worry of being ridiculed and laughed at.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Dentures?

The biggest disadvantage when it comes to dentures is that there are many food restrictions. That means no gum, or hard food for the patient. Also, apples and corn are not advised, unless they are taken off the core.

Dentures can slide around a bit inside your gum, which will cause redness and irritation. This, if left untreated, can lead to more serious oral health complications. Adhesive will keep them in place, but the adhesive is not permanent, and will eventually let go of the denture.

Also, cleaning them can be quite a hassle especially for those who are lazy. The fact that you have to take them out and clean them after every meal means quite a lot of effort and can be bothersome for some people.

How Do I Get Dentures?

Getting dentures is very easy and will only take a couple of weeks, depending on your dentist. All you need to do is talk to your dentist whether you’re a candidate for dentures or not and then once they decide you are, all you have to do is get impressions of your mouth. Once the impressions are done, they are then sent to the dental laboratory and the dentures are specifically made to fit your mouth. After a couple of weeks, you will need to go back to have them reattached and voila, you’re dentures are done!

These are basically the questions a lot of patients ask, but if you’re still not contented and still want to know more about dentures, then we suggest talking to a dentist or specialist. You can also talk to them about other procedures that are great alternative to dentures too, that way, you have a clear view of what it is and if you really need them or not.

For us, dentures are one of the fastest and cheapest solutions to teeth replacements. They have been in the dental industry for a very long time, and have a good track record of making patients happy. If you’re considering all the options to replace your missing teeth, you should speak to your dentist about dentures.

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What causes toothache?

Bacteria responsible for producing acid in the mouth leads to dental decay. The bacteria do this by breaking down fermentable sugars (eg. fructose, glucose, lactose). The result is that the tooth enamel is corroded by the acids. And the pain occurs because of the exposed tooth nerve endings.

It is necessary to visit the dentist when the toothache is caused by a cavity as the tooth will not repair itself. The pain may diminish but this is only because the nerve ending has possibly died. The tooth decay will still continue unless a dentist intervenes. Also the pain may increase in the event that there is an infection in the tissue around the tooth.

How can you prevent toothache?

Regular brushing and flossing can help prevent toothaches. And tooth decay can be prevented with the use of fluoride. Fluoride can be found in most toothpastes and in the water supply. Though it is worth noting that fluoride is not contained in the water supply everywhere.

Dental floss can also assist by helping to reduce tooth decay. This is done by removing food and plaque from the spaces between teeth. There is also mouthwashes (antiseptics). Mouthwashes, however, only offer short-term protection by temporarily lowering the number of bacteria in the saliva.

What is the role of saliva in tooth decay?

While maintaining good dental health is important, factors regarding hereditary and lack of saliva can also cause tooth decay. Saliva works to keep tooth decay at bay by neutralizing the acids made by the breaking down of carbohydrates. Its enzymes also assist to clear bacteria and carbohydrates from the mouth.

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What does it mean to have ‘sensitive teeth’?

This is a term used to refer to teeth that experiences pain when confronted with extremes of temperature. A reason for this occurrence is unknown. People dealing with sensitive teeth often have differing responses to toothpastes and have to experiment with a variety of products before they identify which is suitable for them.

How can you relieve toothache?

Paracetamol or paracetamol with codeine can be used while waiting to see the dentist, but this will only provide temporary pain relief. You may experience constipation using products containing codeine. People prone to constipation should use these codeine products cautiously. In particular, the elderly.

It is recommended that aspirin is not used due to the risk of bleeding during your visit to the dentist. A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug may be appropriate (e.g. ibuprofen). This is because there is less risk of bleeding than aspirin. Although, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be avoided in the event you have asthma or are prone to stomach trouble as they will inflame these issues.

Should you use topical analgesics?

Topical analgesics with benzocaine can be applied to the affected cavity using a cotton wool swab but should not be applied to large areas of damaged gum tissue.

When should you seek immediate advice from a dentist?

You should see a dentist if you are experiencing any of the following:

abscess, fever, or inflammation; general unwellness; a swollen face or jaw; or injury related trauma (e.g. blow to the mouth).

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Dry Mouth Syndrome

Dry mouth syndrome (xerostomia) is an issue for 1 in 4 adults. In particular, the elderly.

The main cause of dry mouth syndrome include the natural processes of aging and medication such as diuretics, antidepressants, and antihypertensives.

Addressing the lack of saliva is key to ensuring a better standard of dental health for the elderly according to the American Dental Association.

Saliva clears bacteria that causes decay and food debris from the mouth. Saliva also has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. It is for these reasons that saliva is essential in preventing tooth decay.

The pattern of decay in people with a dry mouth is different to that which occurs in young people. Decay may often happen at the gum line and in severe cases even the lower front teeth will show signs of decay.

Dental Hints & Tips

Chewing sugar-free gum or sucking a solid object can stimulate saliva flow. It is worth noting that people should avoid sucking on food items that are high in sugar and that contain citric acid.

When the mouth is dry it is susceptible to attack from bacteria. You should refrain from sugar and food acid at this point.

It is recommended that you avoid foods and drinks that dry the mouth. These include coffee, tea, cola, sugary drinks, sports drinks and high-caffeine energy drinks. Drinking water is the best treatment.

If you do eat or drink those types of foods, have a drink of water immediately afterwards, and rinse water around your mouth.

The flow of saliva slows as people get older. Most people are unaware of this problem. As a result, the severe effects of dry mouth syndrome tend to take people by surprise.

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Why Is Tooth Brushing An Important Part In Maintaining Your Dental Health?

Brushing with toothpaste and following the appropriate brushing action can help you a lot in removing the harmful bacteria and plaque built up in your mouth. This can protect you from a variety of teeth and gum problems like caries, tooth decay, tooth loss etc. and provide you better opportunities in life and even in your career!

Fluoride contained in the toothpaste can make your teeth healthier and help in repairing any tooth decay at its inception through remineralization.

Some ingredients of toothpaste are potent in cleaning, polishing and removing any stains present on your teeth.

After brushing your teeth, you will be left with a nice fragrance and flavor in your mouth.

What Kind Of Toothpaste Is Good For Me?

Make sure that your toothpaste has fluoride in it. The brand name, flavor, be it in gel form or powder form etc. do not matter at all. Things we expect from toothpaste like protection from plaque, cavities, cleaning potential as well as
polishing potential are present in all fluoride toothpastes.

Toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth would be suitable for people who are sensitive to hot or cold food items.

If you choose toothpastes with either hydrogen peroxide or baking soda in it, they would leave your mouth really fresh and may tempt you to brush more often. But they do not provide any extra protection than what the fluoride is doing
already.

Toothpastes containing pyrophosphates are marketed as tartar control toothpastes and are preferred by people who want to prevent calcium build up on their teeth. There are other toothpastes providing you a chance to remove stains and brighten up your smile. But they won’t be as efficient as a dentist administered bleaching treatment. You dentist can provide you helpful tips on maintaining a healthy dental care routine.

How Much Toothpaste Should I Use?

Toothpaste advertisements always show a heap of paste on the brush. But then they are trying to sell some thing! All you really need to use is paste equivalent to the size of a single pea. Brush all sides of your teeth namely inside, outside and chewing side of your teeth while holding the brush properly at a 45 degree angle. As children under 6 years are known to swallow paste, they need to be provided only a smaller amount of toothpaste.

Different Types Of Toothpastes

Advertisements can be informative. They can be confusing too. The later is true about toothpastes. There are advertisements proclaiming the ability of tartar control toothpastes to control tartar build up. Then there are some
advertisements asking you to try whitening toothpastes to whiten your teeth, gum care toothpastes to provide you healthy gums etc. Now which one is the best among these?

Toothpastes Vs. Gels

There is no difference at all between these two except for their physical appearance and flavor. They are both equally effective. Even if gels seem to be easier on the teeth, the silica contained in them can be harder on teeth than regular toothpaste.

Tartar Control Toothpastes

Scientific studies have shown that these toothpastes do not remove already formed tartar. All they do is prevent new tartar formation. Pyrophosphate is the significant ingredient in these toothpastes responsible for resisting tartar
building up. They are able to reduce future tartar build up by 36%. Tartar control toothpastes are not effective in resisting these build ups below the gum line. As these are the build-ups, which can cause gum problems, it is a must to have your teeth cleaned routinely by your dentist.

Gum Care Toothpastes

The efficiency of these toothpastes is not completely proven yet. Instead of the sodium fluoride used in regular toothpastes, these contain stannous fluoride. Stannous fluoride has proven its efficiency to reduce gum diseases through studies. But its efficiency to fight cavities is not on par with that of sodium fluoride. Either one of these fluorides can generally do the trick in any toothpaste.

Baking Soda Toothpastes

There is no existing proof showing these toothpastes to be better than regular ones. But people love the baking soda taste and are prone to brush more often and for longer durations of time. Some of these may contain peroxides and are known to cause gum irritations for some people.

Abrasive Smoker’s Toothpastes And Tooth powders

Abrasive Smoker’s Toothpastes are supposed to clean smoke stains of your teeth. But these can cause recession of your gum as well as erosion of enamel surface. This is not a smart idea and would be better to get your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist. And you should stop smoking as well. Otherwise cleaning won’t provide the long lasting results you wish for!

Desensitizing Toothpastes

For most users, desensitizing toothpastes worked its magic. People become sensitive to cold, hot, sweet or sour food after their gums recedes and thus exposes the roots. There are always new desensitizing toothpastes coming in to
market. Some of the common ones are Senquel, Thermoseal, Thermodent K etc. As some of these brands have different ingredients from others, you may have to experiment among them to get to the right one to suit your needs. Make sure you check with your dentist to confirm that you are not facing this problem due to any unknown major problems.

Whitening Toothpastes

As they can be harsh on your teeth, be extra careful in using them. You should not use it every time you brush. Whitening toothpastes can be helpful, provided you use them once every day or two, in between using your regular fluoride toothpaste. There is clear no proof for their efficiency. There are contrasting reports from users supporting and opposing their efficiency. But some of the brands can be more effective than others. The food consumed by individual users as well as their tooth color can play a part in the results gained from the use of whitening toothpastes. Your dentist may be offer you better solutions for whitening your teeth than this.

Denture Pastes

There are many thousands of people using full or partial dentures. They have to adhere to a thorough dental care regimen. Can they use regular toothpastes? No. They need to use denture cleansers especially designed to clean dentures. The ingredients of denture cleansers typically contain a light abrasive, a detergent and a flavoring agent. In emergency circumstances, you can even use mild hand wash detergent or mild dish washing detergent also. There are special denture pastes with expensive contents like vera and sanguinaria in it. Your dentist can guide you to the right product for your dentures, keeping your specific needs in mind.

Conclusion

Make it a regular habit to brush at least twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Unlike most people out there brushing for just a few seconds, you should brush for a minimum of 2 to 3 minutes. Mastering
proper brushing techniques is the most important part of brushing. The brand and type of toothpaste used is only a secondary part. As toothpaste and brush cannot get in between teeth, flossing at least once a day is very important. In order to protect your teeth, the two things you need to always adhere to are brushing and flossing.

Tobacco
is a major contributor towards dental decay and ultimately leading to tooth extraction.  If you cannot do without
tobacco then make sure you follow a strict dental hygiene routine like brushing teeth at least 2 times a day and flossing the teeth.  Carry out dental bleaching and re-contouring whenever your dentist asks you to, it can reduce the severity of dental decay in future.

Preventive Dentistry is always better than curing a dental disease.

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Gum Gingival Disease

– A huge percentage of the world population suffers from gum diseases. But the majority of them are not even aware of the condition.

Did You Know That The #1 Cause For Adult Teeth Lose Is Gum Diseases?

-It is not easy for an average person to identify gum disease. They will notice it only when the tooth falls out. Most of them do not know that they have gum disease or the severity of their condition.

Are You Aware Of The Fact That HIV Infection Is Possible Through kissing among People With Severe Gum problems?

-There is new case of a woman getting infected with HIV virus after she kissed a man with AIDS, whom she was dating. As both of them were diagnosed with advanced gum disease, it is assumed that the virus was transferred through blood transfer occurred through their gums.

Do Your Gums Bleed Easily Whenever You Brush, Floss Or Use A Toothpick?

Are Your Gums Red Colored, Swollen Or Painful?

Is There Any Pus Coming From Your Gums When You Rub On Them Hard?

Are Your Gums And Teeth Receding Away From Each Other?

Do You Notice Any Change In The Way Your Teeth Joins Together While You Bite Or Chew On Food Items?

Are Your Teeth Looking Longer Than They Used To Be, Due To Receding Gums?

Are Your Teeth Becoming Loose?

Do You Suffer From Bad Breath?

Is There Any Difference In The Fit Of Your Partial Denture? Does It Still Fit The Same?

If the answers for any of the above questions are true in your case, then you may have gum problems. Get an appointment with your dentist and get your gums checked immediately. You may have to follow up on this with a few more appointments before you can bring the condition under control.

Complete check up of your gums and teeth are done with the help of X-rays, periodontal probing, visual evaluation etc. In case there is evidence of any bone loss, your dentist will request you to undergo surgical or non-surgical
periodontal treatment.

A periodontal probe is a tool to analyze the health of your gums. If you have a healthy gum line, periodontal probe is going to only measure up to 3 millimeter or less. Routine dentist appointments and following up on dentist’s suggestions would help you to maintain healthy gums.

You may find redness and swelling on your gums. There may be plaque and calculus build up near it too. Periodontal probe is measuring between 3 and 5 millimeters. Even in this situation, if there is no bone loss yet, complete
reversal of this condition is possible through proper medical care.

In severe cases where the condition become periodontitis, the plaque and tartar affects the roots of the teeth, the bone which is anchoring the teeth and the ligaments which are attaching the teeth on to the jaw. In this case, the
separation between the gums and the teeth will be further increased. Periodontal probe measurements will be greater than 5 millimeters and this space will be a good hiding spot for bacteria and plaque. If you get the right medical
attention, the condition can be prevented from further worsening.

In the worst case scenario, the plaque and bacteria would destroy most of the bone structure around your teeth. The area below your gum line as well as the root will be covered with calculus. Periodontal probe measurements will be
greater than 8 millimeters and the teeth will start to move whenever you bite some thing. You may start to lose your teeth any time now.

Maintaining Healthy Gums

Sticking to healthy oral care practices can help you to protect your teeth for a very long time. As, three out of every four adults are suffering from periodontal diseases. You must stick to your regular dentist appointments and any procedures suggested by the dentist like X-rays, cleanings etc. Cleanings like scaling and polishing are usually done once every six months. This may be changed due to health of your gums. The difference in acquiring stains and
calculus among different people can make changes in the frequency of procedures.

Regular brushing and flossing at your home is an integral part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Flossing is done after brushing, so as to remove any left out food particles between teeth. Any food particles left in your teeth or
gums can attract bacterial activity and can be reason for tooth decay or gingivitis. Ideally, you should brush after every meal. Brushing before going to bed is the most important one of these.

Scaling And Root Planing

Non-surgical treatments like scaling and root planning are initial treatments provided for patients with periodontal problems. In these procedures, the dentist will try to remove any plaque or calculus built in between the person’s
gums so as to avoid infection.

After applying a local anesthetic and numbing the patient’s gums, the dentist will remove any plaque or calculus built up between the gums. This procedure got its name, as it is similar to removing scales of a fish. If there is any hard
calculus left after hand scaling, the dentist will use ultrasonic vibrating tools to get rid of them. Next, planing is done so as to smoothen the rough surface created after scaling.

The dentist will perform planing on your teeth in a similar fashion as a carpenter planes wood after he makes any thing out of it. This will remove any possibility of irritation for your gums while they grow back. As the gums are no longer irritated by the calculus and plaque, they are bound to shrink and get tighter around your teeth. Bleeding gums can also be controlled or totally stopped through scaling and planing.

After these non-surgical procedures are completed, the gums are given time to completely heal. The dentist will use periodontal probe to see if the gum pockets have reduced back to normal levels. The ideal pocket length aimed by
your dentist would be any thing between one to three millimeters.

After Scaling And Root Planing

For many people suffering from periodontal problems, scaling and root planing can provide the desired results. As these procedures are potent in removing infection causing plaque and calculus, the risk of damage to near by tissues
would be gone. Another plus point for these treatments are the non-surgical nature of these. Most people are scared of surgical procedures. The effectiveness scaling and planing is at its best during the initial stages of
periodontal problems.

But the effectiveness of scaling and planing won’t last forever. Most people will have to repeat the process once in every two years or so. This is necessary to get rid of the calculus accumulated in the meantime.

Scaling and planing works the best during periodontitis, which is the name used for describing the initial and medium stages of periodontal problems.

Once the dental problems are in advanced stage and already caused extensive bone loss, you may have to go for surgical procedures to fix your problem.

Every one who undergoes surgical or non-surgical periodontal procedures must get their teeth cleaned as prescribed by their dentist. The ideal duration would be once every three to four months. This is a must for them to prevent their dental problems from coming back again.

As periodontal problems are bound to recur, follow up treatment from your dentist is a must. Otherwise, the condition will keep on coming back and will damage some more bone each time, until you may be forced to extract the tooth.

Non-surgical periodontal procedures like scaling and planing are supposed to make your gums healthier by removing the plaque accumulating pockets present near the teeth and thus reducing chances of infection.

Tobacco is a major contributor towards dental decay and ultimately leading to tooth extraction.  If you cannot
do without tobacco then make sure you follow a strict oral hygiene routine like brushing teeth at least 2 times a day and flossing the teeth. 

Carry out dental bleaching and re-contouring whenever your dentist asks you to, it can reduce the severity of dental
decay in future.

Preventive Dentistry is always better than curing a dental disease.

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Dentures | Dental Dentures Cosmetic Dentistry

People who loose all their teeth can get help from cosmetic dentistry and get dentures to wear. Even if they are not as good as the real teeth, they are the next best alternative. Protecting the natural teeth is the best thing to do. If
you are forced to remove your teeth for some reason, then you can set the denture in place on the gums. As the bone in the bottom section is shallower than the top section and due to the presence of tongue there, it will be a while before the patient gets used to the bottom dentures. Dentures for the top section would be much easily adjusted.

Replacing any missing teeth is an integral part of retaining the shape of the face and the brightness of your smile. If a tooth’s place is left vacant, the neighboring teeth are known to move in to that position. This may eventually lead to tissue damage too. Uneven teeth can make brushing and flossing processes hard to be done properly. This would increase your chances of succumbing to tooth decay, tooth loss, gum problems etc. Partial dentures can be useful in
situations where only some of the teeth are missing.

A partial denture can be used to fill the location of any lost tooth. Thus, you can regain the beauty of your smile back. This is suitable in situations where the gap is too large for a bridge, when the patient wants to go for a cheaper
procedure, or if the neighboring teeth are missing. The metal clasps on the denture keep it in position. Missing teeth can make chewing difficult. Dentures can save you from this situation. They are also known to improve speech as well. Aging due to sagging of facial skin and tissues can be delayed as well. There are two types of dentures. The cheaper type is made completely of plastic or acrylic. The expensive, good quality ones are made of metal and are
called cast partial dentures. These dentures can be used in place of lost upper teeth. The visible metal part will fit in the palate area.

How Do You Put A Removable Partial Denture On?

False teeth set on gum colored plastic base and attached with help of a metal framework is the basic idea of a removable partial denture. They are attached to your lost teeth spot using precision attachments or metal clasps. Precision attachments look the best in your mouth and are not easily noticeable. If you have crowns on your natural teeth it would help you in securing the dentures in place firmly. In many cases crowns are mandatory with removable partial dentures to gain good results.

How Much Time Does It Take You To Get Used To A Denture?

During the initial weeks after gaining your new denture, it may feel out of place. But your mouth will get used to it soon. You can learn how to insert and remove your denture over a short period of time. Do as your dentist instructed you to and let your denture in its place easily. Never bite on the denture to move it in to the right spot. Biting can ruin the fit of the clasps.

How Long Can You Wear The Denture At One Time?

Most dentists will initially ask you to use it all the time. This won’t be easy on you. But this will help the dentist in identifying any areas that need to be realigned. If any particular region becomes sore, that is a sure sign of too much pressure being exerted by the new denture. The dentist will adjust and resize this area. Once you become comfortable with the size and use of the denture, the dentist will allow you to remove it before you go to bed. Then you
can put it back in the morning.

Is There Going To Be Any Difficulty In Eating With A Partial Denture?

Getting dentures to replace lost teeth are going to make chewing easier. Initially, stick to smaller pieces of soft food items. Chew using either side of your mouth so as to divide the job among all your teeth. Do not eat any food items that are very hard or sticky. Until you are really comfortable with your new dentures, avoid chewing gums.

Will The Denture Affect Your Speech?

Talking clearly, without all your teeth, can be a tough task. Dentures can help you to get over this problem. In case you have difficulty in speaking certain words with your new dentures, you need to practice those words by repeatedly
speaking out loud. In a short time, you will get over this problem and start enjoying your denture.

How To Take Proper Care Of Your Dentures?

You must be careful in handling your denture. You have to brush it properly every day so as to remove any food particles or plaque left in it. Regular brushing can help the denture from getting stained. Food particles can be
removed after every meal by rinsing the denture in water. If possible try to brush after each meal, else brush for certain before going to bed. Use soap, mild toothpaste or a denture paste to get it cleaned. Strong cleaners or scouring powders can damage the denture surface and are to be avoided. Scratched or damaged false teeth can absorb much more bacteria, plaque, stains etc. Either use soft toothbrush or a denture brush in cleaning your denture. But never use the same brush to clean your natural teeth. The best results are always gained from a denture brush designed specifically for this purpose. The bristles of a denture brush are designed so as to match its shape. But never use a hard bristled toothbrush as it can scratch the denture surface. First let water run through the denture and remove the loose food particles on it. Apply denture cleaner on a moist brush and brush the denture softly so as not to damage any of its parts. Do not bend or apply too much pressure on the denture as it may break or damage it. Clean all the sides of your denture. Collect half a sink of water and place a towel on top of it and clean the denture by holding it on top of this. This way, the denture would be protected from damage from falling down. Never wash or rinse it in hot water as this can affect the shape and size of the denture. Never use any tools on the denture in your attempt to clean any stains or hard to remove deposits. Let the dentist clean it for you in a safe manner.

Dentures can be cleaned using mild hand soap or mild dish washing detergent. Any industrial cleaners, household cleaners, regular toothpastes etc. are not to be used for cleaning dentures. A solvent like Efferdent or Polident can be used to soak the dentures in. Once the stains and deposits are loosened, you can wash them off in water. Such chemical cleaning can be done a few times a week or once every day. If too much deposits or staining is there, your dentist may opt for ultrasonic cleaning during your regular appointment. The best way to have clean dentures is by regular brushing and routine soaking in chemical solutions.

Give Due Importance To Your Gums Too

Along with your dentures, your gums need to be given proper care too. You may use a soft bristled toothbrush or a washcloth and clean your gums daily. This way, you can remove any plaque build up. As the brushing or massaging is going to rejuvenate the blood circulation in to your gums they will feel fresher. Along with this massage your gums using your fingers.

Is It Necessary To Adjust Your Dentures?

They may need to be adjusted some times. Along with aging, the size of your mouth is bound to change and may cause the dentures to become loose. Your gums or bone structure under it can change in dimension and this will force you to get your dentures resized. If you don’t get them adjusted, loose dentures may cause infections or soreness in your mouth. In case any things like dentures become loose, breaking of dentures, chipping of dentures, tooth falling of
dentures etc. happen, immediately get to your dentist and he may be able to fix this problem for you.

Instructions For Patients With Dentures

You may have been using dentures for a long time. Or you may have just got them recently. In either case, you are prone to have a variety of doubts regarding this equipment. Here, we are trying to provide answers for many of those
questions, which can come up in your mind, during your initial weeks of getting used to your new dentures.

The initial adjustment period is definitely going to be a bit hard. Do not lose hope. This is the common story of most people who get new dentures. If some one tries to tell you that getting accustomed to dentures is easy, they may be one among the few with much better bone structure and gum structure. They could be simply lying about their true experience. Get your dentist’s help to get over any sticky situations arising out of your new dentures.

Dentures for your lower teeth might be the harder ones for your mouth to get adjusted to the upper ones. Your tongue may try to get rid of the dentures and gain more freedom for it to move around. But it will be used to the new dentures
in a few weeks time.

You will feel like having too much stuff in your mouth and the saliva production would be at a higher level than otherwise. You may find an uncomfortable feeling or looseness about your lower dentures until you get used to it.

During the initial days with your new dentures, eat softer food items. Later you can slowly change to harder foods while chewing slowly and also by putting equal amount of food on either side of your mouth. This way, you are putting even amounts of pressure on all sides of your denture and thus enable it to adjust better and faster.

Learn by eating smaller pieces of food items. Go for big bites only after gaining some more practice. Whenever you start to bite some thing off, try to use your back teeth so as to spread the pressure evenly.

During the initial period, people are known to feel sore at some pressure points. This is quite normal until the gums get used to the near by hard plastic denture. In case you have sore areas in your gums, wear the denture continuously for a day’s time before you go to your dentist. This way, the dentist can see the sore spot easily and undertake the required adjustments.

If you practice to read aloud during the initial few days, that will help in mastering any speech problems that may arise. Some times you may have to get your dentist’s help in getting over these problems.

If you do not clean your denture properly, that will spoil your smile and can cause health problems. Make a habit of cleaning the denture every morning and night using a denture brush and toothpaste. You can leave the denture in baking soda solution while you sleep or make use of any denture cleaners to get good results. And make sure you are using the right denture cleaners for your false tooth. Some commercial denture cleaners can adversely affect the material of your denture and you need to clarify this with your dentist.

It would be best for you to leave your dentures outside while sleeping. This will be a time for your gums to relax from the constant pressure exerted by the dentures. In order to prevent warpage while they are out of your mouth, leave
your dentures in water.

Never use large quantities of denture adhesive in order to hold any wrong size denture in place. This may lead to worse problems and need for severe adjustments in the future.

You will be gaining new gum tissues all the time. But there is no change for your dentures. As such it may become necessary that you may have to get your dentures relined every now and then. In case you feel that the dentures are
becoming looser and mastication is becoming tougher, then this is a sure sign that you need to get relining. Stick to your routine dentist visits as he can constantly keep track of your oral health and offer you any additional
procedures, as they are needed. Typically dentures need redoing or relining every 5 years or so.

Any resizing of your dentures should be left to your dentist. If you try your hand at this, that can provide disastrous results.

Always contact your dentist to gain any further clarifications or remedies to any unexpected problems.Singly or
in combination, all of these pricedures can create an inviting and confidence-building smile.

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Dental Bridges | Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental bridges or crowns are a major cosmetic dentistry procedure. This procedure involves capping or covering of the tooth so as to bring it back to its original shape, strength, appearance and size. These crowns can be made from metal, porcelain attached on metal, tooth colored materials etc. Prosthetic crowns are useful when the tooth is damaged and can’t be restored by filling alone. A crown can hold the damaged or broken teeth in its place so that further damage is prevented. Some other situations where dental bridges can help are large fillings without sufficient tooth to hold it in place, prevention of further fracture of already weakened teeth, reconstruction of damaged teeth, camouflaging of crooked/stained teeth, protection of brittle teeth filled with root canal etc.

How Does The Dentist Set A Dental Bridge In Place?

The tooth and surrounding area is numbed by the use of a local anesthetic and then the tooth is cleaned up of brittle or decayed areas. The remainder of the teeth will be prepared so that the crown will fit comfortably on it. Some times
a “build up” is undertaken so as to create a proper foundation for the crown. This is achieved by the use of a composite material on the tooth. Later an impression of the reshaped teeth and surrounding gums is taken and sent to the lab where the crown will be created. In your next dentist appointment, this newly created crown will be attached to the tooth. Small adjustments are necessary to achieve the proper fit of the crown so that the teeth will be aligned perfectly for a sound bite. Once the crown is fitting perfectly, it will be permanently attached on to the tooth.

Are The Bridges Going To Look Natural?

Your dentist will be trying his level best to provide you with bridges that look the closest to your natural teeth. Your dentists gets the impression of your teeth as well as other related properties like its color, shape, length, bite etc. and get the best possible bridges for you. You can convey any specific requirements you wish to have to your dentist and he can design the bridges so as to satisfy you with great looking and strong teeth.

What Is The Difference Between A Dental Cap And A Dental Crown?

A dental cap and a dental crown are both different names for the same thing.

How Long Can Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns are known to last from five to eight years. If you stick to a rigorous oral cleanup regimen, they are going to last many more years. Bad habits like teeth grinding, fingernail biting, chewing ice etc can adversely affect the durability of the crowns.

How Do I Take Good Care Of Dental Crowns?

Avoid biting or chewing hard food products, ice etc so as to safeguard your crowns from damages. Try to avoid teeth grinding as much as possible. Brushing and flossing properly along with timely dentist appointments can help you in
having long lasting crowns. Any plaque build up on the crown should be removed with the use of inter-dental cleaners or flossing. Plaque build up can cause gum problems or teeth decay. In case you avoid dentist appointments or do not stick to dental hygiene practices, teeth problems may become worse and cause the crown to break up.

What Is A Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are used to fill up the space left at any missing tooth. These are set in place in to the empty space supported by the neighboring teeth. Only the dentist can set this in place and the patient cannot remove it temporarily
like partial dentures.

A typical dental bridge has three parts consisting of a false tooth and two crowns. The crowns are glued on to the neighboring teeth so as to hold it in space.

What Type Of Patients Can Get A Bridge?

Dental bridges are suitable for people with missing teeth and willingness to follow a good oral hygiene regimen. Bridge is the best remedy for people to cover up the space left out due to tooth loss. If this space is left empty, the neighboring teeth are prone to move in to that spot. This can eventually cause worsening of teeth decay or gum problems in this region. The varied positive benefits of dental bridges include aligning the proper bite, improve speech,
improve chewing ability, provide better facial appearance, delay signs of aging (like wrinkles) etc.

What Are The Different Types Of Bridges Available?

Resin bonded bridges (also known as Mary land bridges) are used mostly for front teeth. These bridges work the best when the neighboring teeth are comparatively healthier without much filling. The false teeth is fixed on to metal bands and are set on to the neighboring teeth with the help of resin cement and camouflaged from view. In this method, the neighboring teeth need not be scraped and finished much to make it ready for the procedure.

In cases where there are no teeth on one side of the missing tooth, a cantilever bridge can be used so as to set it in space on to one or more of the existing neighboring teeth. If there are no neighboring teeth at all, a metal post can be
embedded surgically on to the bone and then a crown can be set on to it. In certain situations, if the span is longer, a removable partial denture or an implant-based prosthesis can be used.

What Are The Steps Involved In A Dental Bridge Fabrication?

In case of a standard fixed bridge, the dentist is going to resize the neighboring teeth so that it can anchor the false tooth in place. From the tooth impressions measured, he will create the false tooth and its support framework. The finished bridge will be set in place during the second appointment. Usually the procedure takes around a week’s time based on the nature of the bridge chosen. This estimated time frame can be delayed in certain people due to the
difficulty in matching the exact tooth shade.

How Do I Take Good Care Of Dental Bridges?

A good oral hygiene routine involving regular brushing, flossing and dentist appointments is very important for safekeeping of bridges. If food particles are left on the teeth, they may cause bacterial activity that can lead to tooth
decay, gum problems or even damage to the dental bridge. Floss threaders are the best tool to get rid of bacteria hiding around the teeth, gum and crown. The metallic or porcelain part of the crown is not going to be affected by tooth
decay. But the natural tooth on the bottom can be affected. If you stick to a strict dental care regimen, your dental bridge is going to last for a lot of years.

Additional Suggestions And Preventive Measures

Adjustment period: You may feel a bit awkward about the bridge during the initial few days. This will only last until the bridge and teeth familiarize about each other and the change in surroundings.

Preventive Methods: If you stick to the following instructions, you can assure that the bridge is going to last a long time without any tooth decay or similar problems:

Make sure that you regularly brush your teeth after every meal and before hitting bed. Use a soft toothbrush or an electric toothbrush and clean the area where the bridge meets the gum. As this area is the favorite of germs to hide,
it would be better to use an electric brush to clean the area properly.

Make a habit of flossing at least once and preferably twice a day. Remove any plaque build up around the bridge using a floss threader or a proxy brush or an automatic flosser. It is really important to clean the bottom of the bridge and
the sides too. If you do not keep the food particle accumulation or plaque build up, you may face problems like tooth-decay or gum problems.

Always fluoride rinse before you sleep. Thoroughly rinse your mouth for at least a minute of time. Spit the rinse out and do not consume any food for the next half an hour.

Clean thoroughly between the teeth with the help of an inter-dental brush.

Chewing: Avoid biting on to hard food products for the first 24 hours after getting the bridge set in place. This is the time the cement needs to set properly.

Reduce junk food. If you consume sugary drinks, brush thoroughly and rinse away properly.

Sensitivity: You may feel overly sensitive to hot or cold food items for a few weeks. Except for a few people who may take up more than six weeks for this to go away, the rest will lose this sensitivity in a few weeks time.

Aftercare: Lack of proper follow up care and examination is the most common reason for the failure of dental bridges. Make sure your dentist examines you once in every six months. An expert dentist will be able to notice any or all
new infections breeding on or near the bridges and take corrective measures in time and for a much reduced cost. In case you notice the problem too late, you may be forced to redo the whole exercise at a much higher cost.

Problems: You may face these problems. The restored teeth may be hitting first whenever you bite. This needs realignment by your dentist. You may feel overly sensitive to sweet items or application of pressure, your may feel that the bridge is moving a little bit, you may find a different taste at the bridge area and a part of the bridge can fall off. If any of these conditions arise, check immediately with your dentist for clarifications.

Preventive Dentistry is one of the best forms of oral and dental hygiene.

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Dental Braces

How To Take Good Care Of Your Braces?

Food particles and plaque can accumulate on braces in no time at all. Lack of proper oral hygiene while wearing braces can result in tooth decay or other periodontal diseases.

You must follow a routine plaque control program similar to what is explained below:

A special orthodontic toothbrush or a soft toothbrush can be used.
As flossing with braces is harder to do and time consuming, use of super-floss, floss threaders etc. can be beneficial. In order to remove hard to reach plaque and food particles between tooth and braces, an inter-dental brush can be really helpful.
Oral irrigators can be added help in cleaning up your teeth faster.
Risk of cavities can be reduced by the regular use of a mouthwash with fluoride in it.
Do not eat hard to bite food items as they can loosen or bend braces.
Consume fruits and vegetables only in small pieces and always chew them using the back teeth.
Chewing gum, candy items etc should not be used as they can loosen, break or bend the braces.
Reduce you sugar consumption as sugar is known to raise the risk of tooth decay.
Never miss out on any of your follow up dental appointments.
It is not an easy task to take proper care of your teeth with braces, but the hope of attaining a killer smile should act as a motivation for you in doing so.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Get Braces?

A great smile can change your face totally. Braces can help you to attain a much brighter smile. Adjusting the teeth and thus making changes in the way your face is seen can help in achieving this. This will in turn add to your
self-confidence and over all good feeling. Your digestion will improve as you chew better. Uneven teeth can be a problem in chewing properly. If food goes to the stomach without getting chewed properly, that can cause indigestion or malnutrition. Reduced risk of future dental problems. If you do not use braces and get your teeth fixed, you may be facing multiple dental problems for years. You may find it difficult to clean uneven teeth. Your teeth and gums may be facing unnecessary wear and tear. After suffering through such problems for years, many adults are opting for braces these days. You can reduce the risk of breathing problems. As people get older, the roof of their mouth may cause some blockage in their nose and cause breathing trouble. This may cause snoring or sleep apnea. Braces from an orthodontist can reduce these risks. Uneven teeth are prone to get damaged faster and this problem can be
significantly reduced. Take care of harmful habits.

Why Do We Need Braces?

Orthodontic problems are part of human genetic system. People have been growing steadily in size over the last few millennia. The proportion of size increase for human teeth was at a considerably faster level than the rest of his face.
This resulted in having bigger teeth than what can fit properly in people’s mouth. So an orthodontist takes charge of the situation so as to rearrange your teeth and resize your mouth as much as possible.

Is There Any Other Reasons For People To Get Braces?

Babies using pacifiers for a very long time, sucking fingers even after they turn two years old, habit of biting finger nails, habit of biting lips, injuries to the mouth etc can result in orthodontic problems. Sudden stoppage of
breastfeeding can also cause similar problems. But the main reason for most people is the faster pace of teeth growth compared to growth of their mouth. As it is a standard feature of human growth, you don’t have any choice other than
facing it.

How Does Orthodontics Work?

Braces bring each of the teeth in to the desired positions by the application of gentle and consistent pressure. When you look at your braces, they may look like they are sitting idle. But all through the orthodontic procedure, there are some small helpful changes happening in your mouth. The major parts of braces are the brackets placed on each teeth and arch wire, which joins the arches together. Brackets are made of metal or ceramic and are designed to fit on to each tooth. Now the orthodontist will stretch the arch so as to bring the desired look after the treatment is over. The arch wire will be constantly applying pressure on the brackets and will bring the teeth in to the right positions.

The orthodontist is able to stretch your jaw so to make space for all your teeth to fit in comfortably. As a next step, the teeth will be pushed in to the appropriate spaces. He can use a “palatal expander” so as to stretch your upper jaw. Again, a “facebow” can be used to push back any teeth sticking outwards. With all these gadgets at his disposal, your orthodontist can move your teeth and jaw so as to get the perfect smile you always dreamed about.

At What Age Can You Start Orthodontic Treatment?

There is no age limitation for orthodontic procedures and these are recommended for kids as young as 4 years old. Older people up to 60 years are known to undergo this procedure to gain perfect teeth. But the right age for the best
results and least pain is between 8 and 14 and we recommend you to start the procedure around this time.

Human jaw is known to grow at the fastest pace when you are 8 or 9 years old. This is the appropriate time for “interceptive orthodontics” where your jaw can be expanded so as to obtain the best results. After this, you will have to wait until your permanent teeth are in place before you start your full orthodontic procedure. This is usually done at ages 13 or 14 after the permanent teeth are in place.

Is There Any Difference In Orthodontic Treatment Done Once You Are Older?

There is no age limitation for this treatment and can be delayed for a few years. But it will take much more time and can be a lot more painful once you are older. In order to gain the expansion gained easily at age 8, the orthodontist will have to exert much more pressure at age 14 and this would be much more painful. After you turn 20 years or so, only surgery can provide the desired jaw expansion.

How Does It Feel To Put Braces On?

Except for the initial sore feeling in mouth, teenagers never find any big problem with braces. They may feel the soreness for a week or so every time after the braces are tightened. The newer braces are so user friendly that you
won’t even notice their existence in your mouth. The only exceptions would be if you get smashed in your face or when the braces are tightened.

It won’t be such an easy feeling if you get braces past 18 years of age or so. You may feel like your teeth are loose. Even then the resultant killer smile gained can be worth all this trouble.

Do Braces Hurt?

It depends on the type of braces you get. Older braces were really painful for the most part. New generation braces are painful only when they are set in place or tightened.

Is It Okay To Talk With Braces On?

Absolutely. Normal braces do not affect your voice or talking ability. Every thing normal teenagers do like singing, shouting, talking, yelling etc. is possible. Braces are not going to hinder you from any of these activities. Only
exception would be if you get hit on your face. That can be a painful experience!

Some times the orthodontist has to place an instrument that can restrict your tongue movement. This may cause difficulty for you to talk clearly for a couple of days or so. Later, you can talk properly.

Are There Any Activities Those Need To Be Avoided While Having The Braces On?

Avoid fighting and chances of getting hit on your face. As such avoid sporting activities that involve close body contact like boxing, karate, wrestling etc.

Can I Eat Normally After Getting Braces?

It is okay to eat most of the food items you eat now. As your mouth is going to be sore for a week after the braces are put on, try to eat only softer food items for that period of time. After this period of time, you can go back to
your regular menu.

Are There Any Other Food Product To Be Avoided?

Eating sticky food items like chewing gum, caramel, candy etc can cause the braces to slide away from their position. Crunchy food items like carrots, apples, hard rolls etc need to be reduced so as to avoid the risk of your braces get knocked out.

What To Do If The Braces Come Off?

It is not a serious problem and can be easily reattached by your orthodontist. If it occurs quite frequently, you may need to spend some extra time to get the results.

Why Don’t The Orthodontist Set The Braces In Place Real Strongly So That The Braces Do Not Come Off Even During Eating?

The braces are to be removed after the treatment program. In case, they are set in place too strong, they cannot be removed easily at the end of the procedure.

How Is The Very First Visit To My Orthodontist Going To Be?

Your orthodontist will start the treatment only after a few appointments. The very first appointment will be dedicated to study your medical history. He will thoroughly examine your mouth and decide whether you need any orthodontic
procedures.

Your orthodontist is going to go through your mouth and verify the finish of each section. He will check to see if your mouth is large enough for all your teeth to fit in. He will check the alignment of your top teeth and bottom teeth.
He will look for any uneven, missing or crooked teeth. He will see if there is any breathing problems or joint problems in your jaw. The orthodontist is going to make his final decision as to whether you need braces or not based on all
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Top Things To Look For To See If Your Child Needs Orthodontic Treatment.

As a parent, you are always going to be concerned about the health of your children. You are always going to wonder about their health and wonder if you are doing all that you can to help take good care of them as well as instill in them good habits so that years down the road, they will still be as healthy and happy as they were when they were in your care. Part of this process is paying close attention to the oral and dental health of your children. While this may seem like a secondary part of the treatment that your children need, it really is one of the most vital aspects of his or her health. Without this good oral hygiene, your child will end up with orthodontic and other health problems down the road simply because he or she was not taught from the start to value the quality and health of his or her teeth.

Something that you can do as a parent to help instill good dental hygiene in your children from a young age is to be thoughtful about the way you talk about dental hygiene and to pay close attention to their dental issues from an early age on. If you take preventative action with your kids, their orthodontic health will be better in the long run and they will value their teeth more than if you ignore them. Here are some things to keep an eye out for in the early years of your child’s dental development in order to ensure that their teeth are in the best shape possible once they get older:

1. Early or late baby teeth loss: If your child’s baby teeth stay in a bit too long or come out a bit too early, that might be indicative of an orthodontic issue in later years. For example, if their adult teeth grow in behind their baby teeth, perhaps there are some other issues that are present. Maybe they lack the adult teeth to replace the baby teeth. Regardless, visiting an orthodontist to determine the issue is important.

2. Bad habits: If your child has acquired some bad habits in their early years, these issues can either be compensating for an orthodontic issue or causing one. For example, if your child sucks his or her thumb, you should visit the orthodontist to see if this has cause jaw line damage that can still be reversed. If your child constantly pops his or her jaw or the jaw makes sounds when opening and closing, this is also cause for concern and orthodontic action.

3. Crowded teeth: If you the teeth in your child’s mouth look crowded, as if there is not enough room in their mouth for all of their teeth, then you likely have an orthodontic problem on your hands. Additionally, if their teeth are placed in strange ways or are blackened or dead, then you should visit an orthodontist to determine how best to approach your child’s orthodontic needs. By taking action early on, you can help take care of your child’s oral health for the long term!

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A DENTIST

Going to the dentist can be a regular nightmare for some people but it shouldn’t have to be. Having a good dentist who we can trust and feel comfortable around is as important as having a mechanic we can rely on, or a teacher who knows his subject well and can explain it to us in a way we can understand. The problem for most people is that they bring unwarranted fears and anxieties of going to the dentist with them throughout their whole lives. The time is now to stop looking at dentistry through jaded eyes and start to feel positive about your oral healthcare professional. Here are some tips to help you make sure and pick the best dentist for you.

First step to being more comfortable with your dentist is to realize that your dentist should have a personality that is compatible with yours. One should always go and talk with a dentist before they have their first appointment. If you are a lighthearted person who likes to joke around, look for a dentist who is the same way. If you are more serious and like to keep things direct, see to it that your dentist has the same attitude as you. Having personality traits in common with your dentist will make you feel more at ease about the whole process.

The next thing to look for is a dentist that can give you the right care. Not all dentists are the same, and that goes further than to say just specialty dentist and regular dentist. There are dentist who specialize in adult dental care and who are better suited to deal with the problems of an adult patient. There are also family dentist who tend to be better with children and teens. The oral health problems that kids face are often very different from those of an adult. Make sure and select the dentist who is right for you on all levels.

One common aspect of selecting a dentist that goes too often forgotten is picking a dentist whose office you feel comfortable in. One of the biggest reasons people hate going to the dentist is because they associate the dentist with cold and unpleasant waiting rooms and evil seeming dental chairs. Today more than ever dentists are putting a lot of attention into the way they are designing their clinics so that their patients feel at home in them. The modern dentist office should have a bright, clean feeling and make you feel at ease inside. There should be friendly people working at the desk and with the dentist and there should be plenty of things to distract you while you are being treated or while you are in the waiting room. Some dentist offices today even offer computers where kids can play games as they wait for their turn in the chair, a feature that quickly makes children forget why they ever disliked going to the dentist in the first place. Consider all things carefully when you pick your next dentist and you might find that going to the dental clinic is not half bad.

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Pick Your Orthodontist Wisely

The decision to get braces, be them the old brackets and wires model or Invisalign braces, is a big one. The result is going to be a few years of maintenance, a pretty serious dental-medical procedure, and a substantial expense. For all of these reasons, it is important to choose wisely the orthodontist with whom you want to work.

There are a lot of factors to take into account other than the ones just mentioned, such as driving proximity to your home. You are going to need to see this orthodontist somewhat regularly. Because of this, you may want to stay close to home if you can.

Of course, you want to factor in all of the orthodontist’s professional qualifications. Is he or she qualified in all of the ways that he or she is supposed to be? If not, that makes your decision on that orthodontist easy. But the first three reasons mentioned are probably the most salient.

First, the orthodontics experience is going to be one that takes a lot of time. Is this an orthodontist that you will want to work with for a few years? This could refer to the orthodontist’s temperament. Does he or she have a personality that you think that you would be able to work with professionally and personally? They are working with your children, and you want to feel good about that. But you also have to navigate lots of professional issues, too. Sometimes, working professionally with someone that you admire personally can be more challenging than some people realize at first. Because you or your children are going to have braces for a number of years, you also want an orthodontist that is reliable and consistent. You needed sustained quality service over the course of those years. You do not want an orthodontist that is going to have good days and bad days.

The next point is that this is a major dental procedure, and this reinforces the need to hire a quality orthodontist. As alluded to, you do want to check the reputation of the doctor. Make sure that this orthodontist is known for giving quality and knowledgeable service. You or your children are going to endure a lot of discomfort in this process, and you are going to spend more than a little money getting these braces put on. For all of these reasons you want to make sure that the orthodontist has a reputation as a professional in the field.

And this touches on the last point: the money Different orthodontics offices have different pay structures, and different insurance companies cover different procedures. But no matter how the payment comes down, someone is paying a lot of money for these braces. As in any transaction, you want to get what you pay for, and hopefully that thing that you pay for is something quality. Wisely choose an orthodontist that is going to guide you through the payment process and make it simple for you.

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My Dad is A Periodontist

I grew up with a dentist for a dad, and not even just a general dentist but a periodontist. That meant that any time we ever ate candy or popcorn, he would pull out the floss and make us all take care of our teeth. It was really embarrassing as a child, but now that I look back on it I am really grateful that he gave me such great habits to take me through life with.

I am the person who always takes care of my teeth, and I floss and brush and swirl every morning and every night. I have never even had a cavity, though my dad always says that is really more genetic than anything. But either way, I know that my dad goes to work every day and does oral surgeries and puts in dental implants for patients, and so there are a lot of people out there who don’t have good teeth. I am happy for the benefit of growing up with those great habits, because it has kept me out of his dentist chair. While I do go to the dentist at least once a year for the annual check up and cleaning, I have never had to visit a periodontist for any reason, thank goodness. I know that my husband did not grow up with the same dental habits that I did, and so he has had to have many different procedures done in his adult life on his teeth. They have all been painful and long lasting, and they are not things that I want to go through with my own mouth.

I am raising my kids just like my dad did with me, to always floss after a meal and to brush and rinse and swish their mouths every night and every morning. I hope that I can instill in them the same things that he did with me. That I like going to the dentist and that the dentist is fun and helpful and keeps your teeth clean. But that you don’t want to be in a position where you need the services of a periodontist, because that means that you have not really been taking care of your teeth, and they are going to need outside help if they are going to stay strong and in your mouth. We don’t want cavities and gum disease or any other reason for a dental implant. We want strong and healthy teeth that are going to last for the entirety of their lives. I hope that I am able to get that across to them, because it is going to be very important to them when they are adults, that they kept up with their teeth. And that they never had to visit their grand father in his place of work, and get into that periodontist chair. I want them to keep all their teeth, just like my dad taught me how to do when I was growing up. It wasn’t a bad thing to have a periodontist for a father.

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My Aging Mother Is Sensitive About Needing A Dental Implant

My mother is getting into her late sixties now, and is close to retirement. After getting divorced nearly ten years ago, she realized she was going to have to work longer than she had planned, and retire later than she wanted to, but she was in pretty good health and I figured at least this would keep her mind able and occupied. I had been nervous about her being alone for so long, but at least I knew she would keep busy with her job for several more years.

Now, here we were, at the several more years point. She was close to wanting to retire but figured she had better get a couple more years in so that her salary would be hiring and her retirement fund would be padded a little bit more. I knew she would get social security at a decent rate and she would be covered by Medicare for her health but I worried about her anyway. And I worried with good reason, apparently. She called me last week with a toothache. She would not even have mentioned it I don’t think, except she was nibbling on a snack while we were on the phone and said “ouch” loudly at one point. I pestered her to tell me what was bothering her and she finally admitted she had a toothache. She had at least made an appointment to see her dentist but it would not be for several days still. I asked her if she had been lately and she said she still abides by her doctor’s preventive dentistry recommendations, with cleanings twice per year, but that she usually skips the exam part because they charge so much for two minutes of the dentist glancing at your teeth.

I told her to call me as soon as she was done with the dentist, which she did. I am pretty sure she waited a couple of hours but I was glad she called regardless. I had a feeling she was going to lose a tooth but I had not wanted to tell her that ahead of time or freak her out at all. I was right. The dentist wanted her to have at least one tooth extracted and a dental implant put in in its place. This did spook my mother a bit, but I talked her down after a while, explaining that it was no big deal. I knew she felt sensitive about getting old, so I tried to explain to her that they do this for anyone who has to lose a tooth, no matter their age. He also wanted her to have a root canal on a different tooth, and he would be able to do both at the same time.

I promised mom I would go with her so I could drive her to and from the appointment, and take care of her afterwards. I knew she was nervous but oral surgery is not a big deal, and I did my best to keep her calm and convince her that it would be best for her health in the long run if she removed unhealthy teeth and replaced them.

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Have Your Dental Problems Fixed Early to Avoid Bigger Problems Later

Dental problems can be very painful. If you wake up with a bad toothache you will need to call your dentist and get in to see him immediately. Most of us experience some kind of tooth pain sometime during our lifetime. If we have seen our dentist on a regular basis, we will most likely catch problems before they develop into something more serious. Serious dental problems such as swollen gums, painful teeth, receding gums, missing teeth or something else, can lead to serious health problems if not taken care of. Receding gums can cause other problems such as bacteria getting underneath the gums that can cause infection. This can lead to serious health problems such as problems with your heart. People often don’t realize why it’s so important to take care of your teeth to protect the rest of the body. It’s always a good idea to see your family dentist every six months or more often if he suggests, to make sure that your mouth stays healthy. The mouth is the window to the rest of the body. Infections in the mouth can lead to infection in the rest of the body which can lead to heart problems or other problems in the body.

Having missing teeth or crooked teeth can also lead to other problems. If your teeth aren’t properly aligned they can cause your other teeth to move which can throw off your whole bite which can lead to pain and even bacterial problems. If you have missing teeth the other teeth may start to move and this will lead to braces in the future. That’s why it’s so important to see your dentist is you have missing teeth. There are different things that they can do to fix the problem of missing teeth. Sometimes a bridge can work where fake teeth will be placed to bridge the gap and held by wire that attaches to the permanent teeth. A bridge does not need to be taken out to brush your teeth but can stay in permanently. Every time you go to see you family dentist he will check it out to make sure that it is okay and doing its job. It will feel so good to have your teeth taken care of and cleaned on a regular basis. By properly maintaining your mouth care, you are taking care of the whole body.

We will tackle almost any kind of problem. We have the means to replace teeth with implants and we can help you with dental veneers. It depends on which kind of problem that you have as to what they will need to do to correct your missing teeth. We can give you back your gorgeous smile and your confidence. Having missing or crooked teeth can not only make your feel inferior or insecure but can affect the health of your whole body. Let our dental crew help you with all of your dental needs. We want you to look and feel your best!

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Invisalign Braces Won’t Hurt Your Mouth

I am sold on the value of orthodontics. I really am. I believe that it is more than just a way of making your teeth look straight and beautiful, although they do that. I think that it is important for children to get braces early so that they are able to correct any problems that they might have before the problem gets out of control. But with all of that said, I hated my braces. I hated them so much. In fact, I hated them with such a fiery passion that I wore my rubber bands every single day and most of the day. These are the rubber bands that most people wore only at night. They were painful and uncomfortable and no one could understand me. I didn’t care. I knew that this was righteous suffering that had to be endured in order to get these braces off in a shorter amount of time.

For me, it was not about not liking the way I looked. I frankly did not care about the way that I looked. It was not that I spoke funny. I have been a bit of a mush-mouth all of my life anyway. What I hated so much was the discomfort that this caused me and my mouth. I was in pain daily. It was the pain of the roots that was caused by the tension on the teeth, but this is normal and just the way that orthodontics goes. What really go me about my braces was the way that the brackets on the braces poked my cheeks and the inside of my mouth. I am prone to canker sores as it is. So when there were all of these little pointy brackets in my mouth causing little cuts and sores, I was particularly annoyed by all of these canker sores. I wish that I had worn Invisalign braces.

Invisalign braces are transparent braces that can hardly be seen by others. Teens and adults alike love them for this reason. The embarrassment associated with having a mouth full of braces goes away when you have invisible braces. This is particularly advantageous for working adults who go to an office. Should someone care about the way that they look? No. But they probably do and that is just the realities of life. Invisalign braces help.

But I think that the greatest benefit is the fact that they do not hurt your mouth because there are not brackets. Instead, they look a bit like thin mouth guards. They will never poke your cheeks in the way that my kinds of braces did. They are gentle to the mouth and easy on the eyes. Furthermore, you do not have to abide by any dietary restrictions when you wear these braces, like you might when you are wearing the regular kinds. Invisalign braces offer a ton of benefits to teens and adults, and I think that chief among these is the fact that they do not hurt your mouth in the way that the brackets do.

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It Was Time To Focus On Cosmetic Dentistry

I talk with a lot of people who want to take shortcuts that don’t even exist when it comes to their oral hygiene. I try to explain that it isn’t that complicated and to think about your teeth like you hopefully think about your car. Your teeth need routine maintenance to keep them in working order just like your car does. I went to school for a long time to learn how to fix issues that could only be caused by years of neglect, I also learned how to prevent those issues. I didn’t understand how so many people neglected their teeth, like they weren’t going to have to personally deal with the damage eventually. I got into cosmetic dentistry because I wanted to make a good living and I wanted to be a doctor, but I didn’t want to go to more than 10 total years of school. Now, my practice was doing well and I was thinking about taking on a partner to help with all of the business, it would also give me the opportunity to focus on marketing our Invisalign and other cosmetic services. We obviously made money on general dentistry but there was honestly better money in aesthetics like teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, bonding and Invisalign so I wanted to find a way to maximize our profits.

It was important for me to still provide a full array of general dental services for the entire family, I just wanted to make it known that we were also completely capable of servicing their cosmetic needs as well. I thought that it might be a good idea to bring in an old, traditional dentist to take over all of the general dentistry so I could focus on cosmetic side of the dentistry business. I felt like I was a lot better at fixing people’s smiles than I was filling in their cavities but the more I thought about it, the more I thought that I was just more motivated to work on people’s smiles than I was their crowns and root canals. I wondered if it had anything to do with the fact that people who came in to see me to improve their smiles actually wanted to be there whereas everyone else was there because they felt they had to be. This was probably how a lot of public school teachers felt, I thought as I drilled into a patient’s molar. I was done being altruistic and fighting the good fight, if people didn’t want to take care of their teeth then fine, I didn’t feel it was my job to try and convince them that they should anymore. I was just going to focus my energies on providing the services that people wanted, I felt like it would probably help me feel better about coming into work everyday as well. I needed to talk to my wife about it though before I made any major decisions but I didn’t anticipate any issues, I’m sure that she’d be supportive of anything that made me feel better about my job.

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Orthodontics Combines Health and Good Looks

When I was younger, I used to think that braces were only about looks. I thought that braces were tools used to make your teeth straight and neat-looking. But as I got older, I began to realize that it is far more complicated than that. Braces are also about health. And there are ways that bad teeth can harm you, more than just your image. You want your teeth to fit together neatly. Your teeth are like little gears that fit together neatly. When they do, you are able to chew effectively but you are also able to speak more clearly. People sometimes forget that speech has more to do with the tongue than other parts of the mouth. If the tongue is crowded by misplaced teeth, then you child could develop speech patterns indicative of a speech impediment.

Problems can be even more severe. Some people end up needed surgery on their jaws. There can be deeper problems related to the jawbone that needs adjustment. Left untreated, these can produce agonizing migraines and other problems. If you are having migraines, you first guess might not be that it has to do with your jaw. The first person you see would probably not be an orthodontist. And yet these are the far reaching problems that a lack of orthodontic care can produce.

On the other hand, who are we kidding? It is also very much about aesthetics, as well. We want straight looking teeth that are neat and beautiful. We could say that straight teeth are the epiphenomenon of dental care. Like a lack of bad breath from using mouthwash is just the indirect consequence of killing all of the germs, we could also say that straight beautiful teeth is just the after-effect of straight, properly functioning teeth. But I think that this would be somewhat disingenuous. Good looking teeth is a lot of people’s primary goal, which is fine. As long as they have proper dental health, what does it matter? And there are ways that you can have a great smile while you still have your braces on. Invisalign braces are all the rage right now.

They are transparent braces. No one will even know that you are wearing them. Invisalign braces are great for adults that do not feel comfortable donning the trappings of a junior high student. They will feel great, look great, and you will be well on your way to a beautiful smile and good dental health. Orthodontics combines both of those in one swift motion. Because of this, you do not have to choose. It is not always the case, but braces are an instance in which the thing that makes you look good is also the best thing for you. This point can be overstated in other fields, like exercise. You can certainly over-do it with exercise. But with braces, a beautiful smile is an indication of a healthy smile. So go take your kid down to the orthodontist’s office and get an inspection today.

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Like Invisalign, Orthodontics Technology Is Changing

What must it have been like to be an orthodontics patient in the late 19th century or the early 20th century? Sometimes, I have the tendency to idealize the past as rustic and idyllic, but I am less inclined to do so when I think about early American orthodontists. We have certainly come a long way in terms of our orthodontics technology. Not only does this make the process more comfortable and less prone to injury or medical mistakes, I have to imagine that it makes the entire process more effective. So there is no reason not to harness the advantages of our modern era. While there may be some virtue in adhering to tried and true methods, there is also virtue in not fearing technology and novelty.

Consider Invisalign braces. These are transparent braces. They are hard to see, and they save teens and adults alike from the embarrassment of those big, gaudy metal braces crammed into our mouth. Furthermore, you do not have to adhere to any dietary restrictions. That means that you can eat popcorn, caramel, gum, and all of the other things that are normally prohibited by the normal braces of brackets and wires. The best part of Invisalign braces, in my humble opinion, is that they do not scratch your mouth. These braces look like small mouth guards. They set right over the faces of your teeth. There are no pointy edges of brackets. When I had my braces, the worst part was the scratches to the inside of my cheeks or my gums. These scratches would sometimes turn into canker sores. Then the brackets would continue to exacerbate the sore. It was as bad as it sounded. Invisalign braces completely sidestep this feature of orthodontics. So these braces do not hurt your mouth, let you eat whatever you want, and they are invisible so that you do not have to declare to the world at large that you are wearing braces.

It must be too good to be true. They must not work properly. They must take considerably longer than brackets and wire braces, right? Nope. They work just as well. It is not a trick. It is just a technological advancement. I notice in older generations the tendency to think that a certain level of discomfort or effort is necessary for something to be good. This can preclude them from taking advantage of the tools at their disposal. Orthodontics is just the same. We have just come a long way. Can you imagine if we transported an orthodontist from the year 1890 to the present day and showed him our brackets and wire braces? He might also think that it were just a trick or a charlatan sham. We would also think that he is naïve. It is exciting to think of the possibilities for medical technology in the future. And this extends beyond just orthodontics. Orthodontics, however, will also be on the receiving end of these innovations. Invisalign is just one example of  how technology innovation has made dental health easier to achieve.

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How To Build Your Self Confidence

Has your self-confidence taken a plunge due to a comment regarding your teeth? Your own observation regarding a less than perfect smile, or suggestions by an orthodontist to fix your teeth? If so, don’t worry. This situation is temporary and can be fixed in no time – and without anyone even knowing!

By the time you’re done straightening your teeth, you’re likely to get comments asking what exactly has been done.

Here’s how Invisalign works:

It’s an invisible plastic braces that is naked to the any onlookers’ eye – unless it’s a dentist of course. In addition, the braces are usually tailored to the customer’s mouth structure, as the orthodontist will usually form these from an x-ray or the patient taking a bite into a mold. There are several formations done over a series of one and a half to every two years. In addition, the orthodontist will typically check in with the patient to determine if any discomfort is being experienced, or if there need to be any changes made.

The cost of Invisalign can vary from one provider to a next, but this can usually be found out easily online. In addition, some dental insurance may cover all or part of the procedure – so check in with the insurance company to see.

Invisalign braces are also very portable, which means it’s not affixed to the actual teeth in a permanent sense. It acts as a cover over regular teeth – which means you can wash your own teeth properly as well as the Invisalign braces each and every day.

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Invisalign and contact lenses can help teenagers who worry about their appearances

Being a teenager is a difficult period in everyone’s life. Hormones are raging and social cliques are forming and everyone just wants to fit in. Being different as a teenager is torturous for many, and most teens report just striving to fit in and be like their peers. This includes the activities they do, their appearances, and anything else that makes them more like their classmates. Having glasses, braces, or being overweight can add to a teen’s discomfort during an already uncomfortable period in their life.

Luckily, technology has come quite a long ways since the old days of mouths full of metal, which is what most adults picture when they envision their child getting braces. They might recall their own years as children or teenagers with painful metal braces that needed regular, painful tightening. They undoubtedly look back on childhood pictures and see the braces in school pictures and scrapbooks. Today’s kids have more options, however. Contact lens technology has evolved to the point of it being easy and affordable for almost anyone to wear contacts instead of glasses. Orthodontics have evolved to the point of invisible braces now in existence, a viable option for any teenager that needs braces or any adult who never made a cosmetic correction to their teeth for not wanting to wear the ugly metal versions.

Technology has also made it easier and sneakier for teenagers to bully one another, using social media and the internet to torment classmates and hide behind a facade while very publicly humiliating whoever the victim is. Being the parent of a teenager is just as difficult, because you have to navigate all these new ways in which teenagers can express themselves that never existed when you were growing up. While certain things like contact lenses or nearly invisible braces can make certain aspects of being a teenager less awkward, there is still the inevitable fact that some students are better at school than others. Some are better at sports than others. Everyone looks and dresses differently, and somewhere along the line, teenagers will grow into adults who also look and dress differently.

By then, it is a good thing to be unique. It is just a very trying time for teenagers in middle and high school. The pressure can be intense to fit in, perform well academically and athletically, and be a social butterfly. Many do not fit into this norm, and many are happy to not fit in. Still others struggle, however, and are among the many students who look to minimize awkwardness about their appearance such as glasses or braces. Parents can only do so much, as it is peers who have the most influence on teenagers at this point in their lives. Parents need to be the adults, set the boundaries, and be there for their children when things are tough. If they can also afford to get them contact lenses or braces, then all the better. Their kids might not recognize the significance of it in the moment, but they will surely remember when they look through school pictures later in life!

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I didn’t have Invisalign but my kids sure will.

I never had the chance to get my teeth straightened when I was a kid.  If you look at my mouth, it is a disaster area of crooked teeth, some of them so slanted that they almost appear to be horizontal.  It isn’t that my parents did not want me to have good teeth – far from it, my mother often lamented that she was not able to provide me with good care from a pediatric dentist.  The simple fact is that she could not afford to have braces put on my teeth, and because of that I am left with a mouth that has a lot of issues.

For starters, I have a lot of trouble with keeping my teeth healthy.  Because my teeth are at such funny angles, it gets really hard to clean them.  Bits of food get stuck all of the time, and flossing is a thing of nightmares for me.  I have had to have a lot of fillings because I just can’t get my teeth as clean as they need to be to prevent tooth decay.  As it stands now, I have gotten too old to fix many of my oral issues without resorting to pretty major surgery.  That is something that I am not prepared to do from a financial standpoint, so I just have to suffer through it.  Even still, I am probably going to have to have a bridge installed soon just so I can keep what teeth I do have that chew correctly.

When I have children, though, they will not have to live through the same suffering that I have.  Dental offices that specialize in children’s care are easy to find now, and – let’s be honest – I am in a much better position than my mother was when I was young.  If my children have any dental issues – and I really hope that they do not – I am going to make sure that they get straightened out as soon as possible.  Hopefully it won’t take much convincing; after all, all I’ll need to do is show them how messed up my own teeth are to encourage them to brush!  I never thought I would be one of those dads that says, “Do it or you will end up like this!” But I guess that is exactly what is going to happen.

Anyway, it is a lot easier to get a kid to accept wearing the new Invisalign style braces than the old metal grin kind.  Heck, I think it is really cool that technology finally caught up to dentistry – generations of kids went through the awful decision of “messed up teeth or three years looking like a freak.”  I’m happy that my kids won’t have to do that, that there is an option that can fix their teeth without making them feel ostracized.  But I can assure you, they won’t have a choice as to whether or not they get the braces: dental health is not an option in my family now!

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Going to the Dentist Regularly is a Vital Aspect of a Healthy Lifestyle.

Most people know that it is important to take care of their teeth, but many people do not know how far-reaching the effects of your oral hygiene habits are.  For one thing, your oral health is directly related to your overall health, which means that if your mouth is not healthy, it is unlikely that the rest of your body will be.  Since your mouth is the means by which all nutrients enter your body, it is not hard to see why this is the case.  If your teeth are coated in bacteria, you are swallowing all that bacteria when you eat and drink.  This puts you at a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, and a bunch of other common chronic conditions.  This means that going to the dentist regularly is a vital aspect of a healthy lifestyle.  

Your dentist can let you know if your oral hygiene regimen is doing the trick or not.  If your regimen is lacking in some way, your dentist can tell you what you can do differently.  Also, your dentist can let you know if you have any cavities or any signs of gingivitis.  These are both conditions that are common and easy to treat, but they can both get very out of hand if you do not treat them soon enough.  In extreme cases, you can even lose teeth to both cavities and gingivitis.  To make matters worse, you can even develop both conditions at the same time, since they both result from improper oral hygiene.  

If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have the beginning stages of gingivitis.  Dentists recommend brushing your gums thoroughly to prevent the condition.  Going to the dentist on a regular basis is not only a good idea for hygienic reasons.  

Your dentist also keeps track of the alignment of your teeth.  Teeth can shift over time.  If your teeth are misaligned or are becoming misaligned, you should consider treatments that will shift them back.  Braces are one example of this sort of treatment.  Braces utilize very thin wires and metal brackets.  They have been used for quite awhile, though the techniques have become a little more advanced over the years.  Nonetheless, the basic premise has remained the same.  Though braces are one of the most effective treatments of tooth and jaw alignment issues, they are fairly inconvenient and uncomfortable.  Plus, many people are reluctant to get them because they are worried about how they look.  The braces of today are less noticeable than the braces of the past.  They can still be uncomfortable, though.  Especially when they are adjusted, braces can leave your mouth feeling sore.  This is almost unavoidable, though, since your teeth need to be physically moved into the proper position.  This is an inherently uncomfortable process.  Nonetheless modern cosmetic dentistry has become quite advanced, so the discomfort is minimal.  Besides, it is far better to get the treatment you need than to allow your teeth to continue to shift out of place.

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Getting help from my orthodontist

I recently discovered that I have some kind of degenerative disease in my gums, and if I don’t deal with it quickly and swiftly, it is going to have an affect on my teeth in the near future. Teeth are something that you only have one set of, and it is really important to be sure to take care of them as much as possible. So that is why I was so surprised when my orthodontist told me that I am going to be facing this, because I have always taken very good care of my teeth my whole life. From the time I was old enough, I always flossed and brushed, every morning and every night, and often somewhere else in the middle of the day. As an adult, I have always used mouth wash as well, because I know there are germs that aren’t removed from just the flossing and brushing alone. And I suppose that I was lucky because my teeth were always straight and I never had to worry about needing to get braces or anything else like that. So when the dentist referred me to the orthodontist, it was the first time I had ever been in to see on of those types of doctors. I wasn’t sure what the problem was, but I knew that my gums just weren’t as they used to be. They were more sensitive than before, and they seemed to bleed often when I would floss. I have never had my gums bleed when flossing before, so I decided I should probably make an appointment and go in to see the dentist.

It was the dentist who decided that a specialist was necessary to check out my gums, and he made a referral for me to the orthodontist office. When I got in there he was very surprised that I was there to see him with such straight and clean teeth, but after he ran the tests he informed me that there was a disease in my gums that was not going to simply go away. All the prep work I have always done with my mouth was good because it kept me in the clear longer than I would have been otherwise, but it still didn’t prevent me from getting this gum disease that I am now having to deal with. It essentially just means that I need to rinse with a different mouth wash that is actually a prescription strength and filled with medicine that will kill the disease, and I also need to go in for more regularly scheduled dentist and orthodontist appointments than is usual for me, but this is okay as long as I’m not going to lose my teeth. If we can stop the gums from degenerating, then my teeth will be fine, or so I have been assured by the dentist. But I’m not as convinced and I’m still really worried about the health of my mouth and gums. I just want this to be over and to be back with healthy teeth.

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Fixing my smile again with Invisalign

My teeth seem to have a mind of their own and that mind has decided to be remarkably defiant. Growing up I had braces a few times, each time with the focus being on a different set of teeth, trying to move everything around like a puzzle to get it to where my teeth would finally look nice. After every set of braces, one thing would be fixed but then there would always be another problem. I went through all of the different spacers and expanders and some truly weird stuff stuck in the roof of my mouth to first get me to stop unconsciously sucking my thumb when I slept and then to try and repair some of the damage that was probably actually caused by the unconscious thumb sucking.

Years passed and I got fitted with more and more different metal contraptions until finally when I was fourteen or so they said it was as good as it was going to get. My teeth were quite ok for a while but it did not take very long for them to rearrange themselves back to their former twisted state. By the time that it got bad enough for me to really start to care and feel self conscious about it I was already in my late teens and really not willing to go back to having metal braces again. In my head I was pretty much an adult, out in the dating world, going to college soon and I was going to be doing none of that with metal braces. I decided that Invisalign would be the best possible option for me. I knew it would be rather expensive since my insurance policy did not cover it but I did not care. I was working and had some money saved up so I called the orthodontist and made an appointment to have then poke around my mouth and check out all my teeth.

The orthodontist said that Invisalign would not be the best choice for me but since I was extremely adamant about not having metal braces again, it was either Invisalign or nothing. The next week I went back to get my mouth molded so that they could get started designing and making my trays. A few weeks after my first appointment where they shoved my mouth full of pink bubblegum flavored goo to get the mold, they called and said my first Invisalign tray was ready. After that I just had to wear each of the three trays for a few weeks until my teeth were ready for the next one. Every once and awhile I would have to go in to get something tweaked or adjusted so that it would be more comfortable but overall it seemed that the process was quite simple and much less painful than I remember the metal braces of my past being.  Sometimes they were not terribly comfortable, but at least the weird pressure only lasted a few days before my teeth moved to a place that felt more comfortable.

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Getting Your Teen to Wear Braces

Parents find it difficult to convince their teenage children to wear braces. These devices are usually recommended by an orthodontist to straighten and align a person’s teeth thus correcting the bite and improving the person’s overall dental hygiene.

One main problem of braces is its use of wires and ligatures. These are used to put pressure on the teeth to correct any problem and are very effective. They also do not require that much in terms of maintenance. Patients, however, have been found out to develop mouth sores due to the brackets and in the first few days of being attached, braces are often very uncomfortable.

The good news is that there are now a lot of alternative products that your teenager can use. Some orthodontists suggest the use of Invisalign. Unlike other products out in the market, this device uses aligners that slowly move your teeth to the correct position. The aligners are easy to remove and very much comfortable to wear. The most interesting thing about it is that it is clear or near invisible.

Their newest product is the Invisalign Teen. Compared to other product available, this one takes into account the fact that teenagers still have to get all their adult teeth. Depending on the age of the person, there are stages of teeth development as well.

It uses the same technology as with the original but with some nifty additional features. This new product has a color compliance indicator. What this simply means is that the device gives you an idea if it is time to replace it. When the color starts to fade, then it may be time go back to your orthodontist and have it replaced.

The Invisalign has already been known for being customized. This product takes it a step further. It now includes special features that are designed to correct different types of teeth be it canine, or second and third molars. The product does not only suit the lifestyle that your teenager has but the customized way of treating dental problems make it more effective.

How good is the product? One example often cited is about a patient that not only had a cross bite on one side of the mouth but also had a gap in between the front teeth. The patient’s option included possible jaw surgery. Through the use of this product, not only was the cross bite fixed but the gap between the teeth was closed. The patient therefore was able to avoid spending too much through surgery. Not yet convinced? There was also the case of a patient that had crowded teeth. Through this product, the problem was solved and with the addition of a whitening gel, the teeth became whiter.

Some parents though may find the Invisalign a bit pricier compared to other methods but the results and comfort of using one outweighs the cost. To be able to make a better decision for your teenager as to what method to use, consult with your family orthodontist.

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Find a family dentist near you!

When it comes to finding a new dentist there is nothing more important than finding a dentist that you feel comfortable with. So many people have fears about the dentist or just straight up hate going to the dentist. Sometimes that fear or dislike is so great that people will just avoid going to the dentist all together. This is a problem because healthy teeth are a huge part of your overall health. When someone neglects going to the dentist there can be some major consequences for your overall physical health. When you find a dentist that you can trust and feel comfortable with, you are much likely to show up for your regular appointments and cleanings. We have been providing excellent service for more than fifteen years. Their friendly and professional staff is committed to providing you with dental services that will change your mind about the dentist. When you choose our practice, you won’t have to worry about being judged or reprimanded for having not been to the dentist in such a long time, they will just be happy that you showed up. The staff is committed to giving each and every one of their patients a healthy and beautiful smile.

We offer a wide variety of dental services, from general cleanings to cosmetic dentistry procedures. We take great care to ensure that each of our procedures is completed in a way that is as pain and stress free as possible for our patients. The practice is run by female dentist. She started her practice after completing her doctorate in dental surgery in 1996. One of the greatest things about her is the dedication and commitment to continuing to expand her education and knowledge of the dental field. With new technologies coming in to the field all the time, it is important to stay on top of the latest discoveries that can help to provide the best possible services to each patient. She is also very committed to staying involved in her community and giving back. It is wonderful to know that there is a dentist in your area that not only cares deeply about her patients, but also cares deeply about her community.

If you are in the area and are looking for a new dentist, look no further. The new patient exam is a comprehensive exam that will set the foundation for the rest of your dental treatments and procedures. Our team wants to make sure that no stone goes unturned when it comes to your overall oral health. Whether you are looking for a dentist to schedule your routine cleanings, or you are in need of a restorative dental procedure, we are here to help. We also offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call today to schedule an appointment!

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Every parent should know what to look for in a pediatric dentist.

Choosing a dentist for your child isn’t easy.  There are a lot of practices out there and there are also a lot of dentists that don’t have specific pediatric experience, so you need to know who you can weed out.  At the right pediatric dentistry practice, your child won’t be just a patient but they will be considered family.  We all know that going to the dentist is not the most fun, especially for children.  So it would be great to find a place where your child can receive top rated dental care without the normally associated childhood trauma. Experienced pediatric dentistry practices will start getting to know your child early on, and can begin preventative treatments beginning at 12 months and up.  This relationship can last all the way up until your baby is no longer a baby but a teenager or early adult.  Sticking with the same dentist throughout childhood will help better ensure that problems are detected early and healthy habits are instilled early and often.  An extra plus would be that visiting the dentist would turn out to be a positive experience for your child, not a scary one.  Getting to know the dentists and dental hygienists early on will establish great relationships early on and will make each visit feel like just that; a visit.  And the more frequently your child visits their pediatric dentist, the more likely they are to build and maintain a healthy smile with minimal issues along the way.

Only the best pediatric dentistry practices make sure to remain full-time advocates of your child’s dental health.  To do this, they provide personalized care that is different for each patient and level of oral development.  You should make sure to find a practice that regularly schedules cleanings as well as preventative screenings so that any problems can be caught and treated early.  Pediatric dentists have more specialized training than other family dentists who might unknowingly overlook the early signs of trouble in pediatric patients.  These types of specially trained dentists know the dental needs of children, and have taken additional boards and passed certifications for just that.

So why should you choose a pediatric dentist over a family dentist for your children?  In a nutshell, pediatric dentists have received more training on the subject.  They are required to complete additional advanced courses in this specialty, and they also usually work is specially designed offices that make children feel more comfortable and more welcome.  Pediatric dentists make sure to stay current on the latest advanced in dentistry practices and research for children, just like any family dentist would for adults.  This provides a little more peace of mind for parents who worry that they children are getting the best possible dental care.  With pediatric dentists who will focus on your child’s care and make it a point to develop lasting relationships, you can rest a little more.  Just don’t be afraid to ask questions and remain proactive in your child’s care.  After all, your pediatric dentist will expect that!

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Don’t go to just any cosmetic dentist; go to one who understands smiles!

When it comes to your smile, you really cannot afford to mess anything up. After all, your smile is often one of the first things that someone notices about you. When you meet someone and open up your lips to reveal those pearly whites, people are coming to come to conclusions about you, whether these conclusions are accurate or not. For that reason alone, you cannot afford to make any mistakes when it comes to your teeth. There is nothing better than a smile that really makes other people smile; a smile that you feel confident enough to give freely and widely to all. A smile can really spread joy and happiness and if you feel confident in your smile, you will give it more freely to the world around you. That’s what the professionals at our practice believe about your smile and why this cosmetic dentistry group works so hard to get you that winning smile that you have always dreamed of. We think that everyone should have the opportunity to smile at the world with freedom and assurance that their smiles will be returned. That’s why they have become one of the top cosmetic dentists, working hard to get you that smile that you have been dreaming of your whole life.

Our practice really is the best place to go to get that smile that you have been dreaming of. Not only are we committed to getting you the very best smile you have ever had, we also work hard to make sure that you are getting the kind of treatment and comfort that you deserve. We want you to feel comfortable with us and we are ready to help you achieve that smile that everyone will be talking about! With the best cosmetic dentistry technology around, we provide the highest quality in patient comfort as well as patient satisfaction in the area. One really fun way that we have taken the patient experience up a notch is through their technology that allows patients to listen to music or their favorite movie while having dental work done. It makes the whole experience a lot less painful and a lot more relaxing! It doesn’t matter what treatment you are planning on receiving, we can make the experience easier for you so that you truly do feel comfortable!

There are a number of services that you can have done to make your smile better. The best treatments to achieve your cosmetic dentistry goals include everything from simple whitening or teeth cleaning to dental crowns or other procedures. Many people like to get dental veneers placed to really brighten their smile in a new and powerful way. The beauty of cosmetic dentistry is that while the procedure is often important aesthetically, it also will likely have hidden benefits for the health of your teeth and your bite, so you will know that the treatment you are getting really is good for you. There’s no reason to wait; call us today!

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Dentists Advocate Brushing and Flossing for Good Reasons.

From the time you are a child, everyone tells you to always brush and floss your teeth.  Like washing your hands and looking both ways before crossing the street, it is something that should be utterly ingrained in your mind by the time you are an adult.  Unfortunately, a lot of adults still do not practice good oral hygiene.  Not taking good care of your teeth and gums has a negative effect on your mouth, but also on your overall health.  Bad hygiene habits have been linked to higher rates of a bunch of common chronic conditions.  Dentists advocate brushing and flossing for good reasons.  If you are not brushing at least twice a day, you could be increasing your risk for various health problems, in addition to cavities and gingivitis.  

The other half of maintaining good oral hygiene is seeing a dentist regularly.  If you have at least two dentist appointments per year, you will be less likely to develop gingivitis or a serious cavity.  Both of these conditions can be treated if you catch them before they get out of hand.  If you are not keeping up with your dentist appointments, though, you may be allowing these conditions to develop or progress.  Having a dentist that you go to regularly is often the best way to go about things.  

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Cosmetic Dentists Can Give You that Perfect Smile

These days, everyone seems to be looking for a cosmetic dentist who can give them a perfect smile. There are many cosmetic procedures that your dentist can offer to address different needs. These procedures include teeth whitening or bleaching; enamel shaping and contouring, bonding, veneers, crowns, braces, bridges, and dental implants.

Depending on your habits, your teeth can acquire stains and show discoloration. Most smokers and people who are fond of consuming caffeine-rich beverages such as tea and coffee are prone to having yellow teeth. Any dentist can provide teeth whitening services.

Your dentist will use a chemical process to bleach stained teeth, which can be done either in the dental office or in your own home. Since many patients find whitening procedures done at home more convenient, dentists create personalized mouthpiece trays for patients to use. These trays ensure that the right amount of peroxide solution is applied to the teeth. However, in-office procedures offer faster results compared to whitening at home, which can two or more weeks depending on the strength of the solution.

For people who have gaps between their teeth or have chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, a cosmetic dentist will recommend undergoing a bonding procedure. The materials used for bonding can also be used to fill cavities and protect an exposed tooth root. Bonding can last for several years but it is prone to staining, chipping, and wearing down.

Veneers, on the other hand, last longer than bonding. These are custom shells applied on the front sides of the teeth to change either its shape or color. They are usually made from ultra thin porcelain but there are also veneers made of plastic. This cosmetic procedure can improve teeth with gaps in between, chipped or worn teeth, poorly shaped teeth, and slightly crooked teeth. If your teeth are permanently stained, your dentist may also recommend veneers.

Dental implants are recommended for patients with missing teeth. This is a quite costly cosmetic dentistry procedure but it offers a long-term solution to replace teeth. Implants are alternatives to bridges and removable dentures. An implant has three essential parts, specifically titanium metal, an abutment, and the crown.

A cosmetic dentist can create a crown with a natural, tooth-like appearance. The crown completely covers the tooth. It is also used to restore a tooth to normal shape. In addition to covering dental implants, a crown can be used to cover a misshapen tooth, a stained tooth, a tooth with a large filling, and a tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure. You may also need a crown to protect a weak tooth, restore a broken tooth, and hold a dental bridge in place.

Cosmetic dentistry has a lot to offer individuals who want to improve their physical appearances, especially their smiles. Still, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are both benefits and risks that you should be informed of before you decide to undergo any of these processes. It is best to talk to your dentist regarding these pros and cons, along with clarifying all possible fees, special maintenance requirements, and professional expertise.

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Cosmetic dentistry can help return your smile.

One of the most moving nonprofits on the planet is called Smile Train.  Smile Train works with kids in developing countries that are born with cleft palates.  A cleft palate is when the top of the mouth is not fully formed and as a result, children are born with a marked split upper lip.  It is difficult to breathe and eat and there is often a lot of social stigma around the problem. To fix this problem, Smile Train goes into these areas and helps the kids by performing the surgeries free of cost.  Considering that many of these kids often do not go to school, due to the fact that many of these kids receive so much harsh stigma, the economic benefits of this program are immeasurable.  This sort of procedure happens here, in the United States, as well.

It is worth keeping an eye on these kids of procedures and acknowledging the impact that they can have on people’s lives.  Nevertheless, there are also a number of other procedures that many of these cosmetic dentists perform.  Many cosmetic dentists also do dental implants and oral surgery in addition to the cleft palate surgery. These surgeries, while they are all different, do a great job for when it comes time to improving someone’s smile.There was a recent survey of human resources generalists around the first impressions they get when they are interviewing someone.  By far and away the most common response was the smile.  People often see the smile before anything else and as a result, they are able to make a decision based off of their entire impression.  People that do not have the ability to fully smile are losing out on this benefit and that often comes with taking care of your teeth and medically being comfortable with your smile. One of the best ways to ensure that you are going to be comfortable with your smile is to take care of your teeth.  This sounds like an easy enough process, but it rarely is.  Cosmetic dentistry allows for all people to be comfortable with their smiles. This, again, is something that is immeasurable for when it comes to putting the economic impact in a frame of focus.

If you are someone that is looking at getting some kind of cosmetic dentistry work done, then look no further than our practice.  We specialize in making sure that people are content with their smile.  We can do a number of different procedures that will make people all over the area happy with the results.  By carefully selecting staff that have the ability to be precise, efficient, and happy, the dentist office is able to be successful in many of its endeavors to ensure that people are repeat customers and are able to come back with a positive outlook on what they have experienced.  Word of mouth is the best form of marketing and that is what the office is able to rely on and promote.

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Avoiding Dental Care can Cause More Harm in the Future

Do you find that you are constantly covering your mouth when someone makes you laugh? Perhaps you don’t even realize how much this actually affects you when you are in social settings. A persons mouth is often the first thing we notice about one another when we meet new people and smiling is always the best opportunity to catch someone when they are at their best. If you are constantly covering up your best features, how are people going to really get to know you. In a perfect world, we would all be able to smile with ease no matter how crooked our teeth are or how smelly our breath gets. Unfortunately, that is not the reality we are dealing with today. More and more people are seeking cosmetic dentistry to straighten out their problem mouths. But little do people realize, cosmetic dentistry can also be very much about your overall dental health. Don’t avoid your regular visits to the dentist and certainly don’t avoid seeing a specialist for options that might be able to help with your overall dental health and also your confidence.

So many of us are prone to shove the whole dentist idea to the back of our minds so that we don’t have to deal with it. Some of us are holding onto our irrational childish fears we had of the dentist at a young age. Others are constantly dealing with cavities and other expensive problems and for the sake of their bank account would rather not go back just to find out more bad news. Thanks to the newest advances in dental technology today, dentists are able to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Instead of those awful sharp little picks and the constant sound of drilling and sucking, you will actually be exposed to different machines and tools to ease the anxiety around those sounds. Who knows, you might even be able to relax a little bit in that big cushy chair.

You can schedule a completely free consultation with our dental office and have a dentist take a look at your mouth to let you know if anything is in jeopardy to your dental health. Professionals here are the lead in the field of dentistry and are specially trained in the newest dental technologies. They are able to focus 100 percent on your specific needs and concerns whether they are embarrassing problems that make you feel vulnerable or they are issues reaching a point of being so painful that it changes your eating habits. Whatever end of the spectrum you might find yourself on, they are seen as equally problematic and our dentists can diagnose you with the same sense of urgency that you are feeling about the issue.

Call to schedule an appointment for your free consultation. Your dental hygiene is more important to you than you realize and proper oral care is crucial for so many aspects of your life.

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Braces Make a Beautiful and Healthy Smile

A beautiful smile can be a game-changer. When you seek out an orthodontist, you are making an investment in a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. And this seems to be the primary association with braces. Most people seem to think about braces being a means to a beautiful smile, and they are. Braces allow you to correct mistakes (like unconsciously pushing your teeth with your tongue, as I did as a child) or straightening up the teeth that just came in as they did.

As much as people associate orthodontics with beauty and aesthetics, the health benefits are just as pronounced. There is a tight relationship between the beauty of your teeth and the health of them, and the relationship tends to be a positive one. I do not mean that it is a good relationship but that that as one variable (beauty) increases, the other variable (healthiness) increases by the same margin. So the healthier your teeth are, the better they are going to look. Straight teeth have healthy gums. Your teeth fit together in nice, neat little rows, and the roots are doing the same thing underneath the surface. Your baby teeth do not sink in deep roots, but the teeth that you have as an adult depend greatly upon the health of those gums. If you catch crookedness early, you will be able to correct gums gone awry and fix them more easily.

Beyond the straightness of the gums, braces also help you chewing motion. For people with relatively straight teeth, it may seem like a silly thing, but consider how important chewing is for your health. I think that someone that has ever had mouth surgery, such as getting their wisdom teeth removed, can appreciate the importance of being able to fully chew your food. Your teeth are supposed to fit together like the cogs of a gear. When they are not straight, this chewing motion is not properly done. Braces improve your ability to fully chew your food, thus, digesting it fully and extracting the maximum nutrients out of it.

The last reason that it is good for your overall health to have straight teeth also has to do with straight teeth. You teeth are easier to clean when you have straight teeth. Flossing and brushing is done more easily when you have a straight path between teeth. But the most interesting thing (to me, at least) with the relationship between beautiful teeth and healthy teeth is that one is an epiphenomenon of the other. I find it interesting to reflect upon the idea that where you find one, you are bound to encounter the other. This increases the urgency that one might have to take care of their teeth. You want to make sure that you teeth are healthy so that they yield an attractive smile. In this case, the immediate benefit and the long-term benefit are inextricable. Braces help you achieve both with one and the same route.

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Family Dentist Reviews: Great Dentists

When most people think about preventative care for their teeth, they think about brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing just as frequently. Many people imagine that this is sufficient for keeping your teeth and gums in the best health. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. There are a lot of other preventative periodontal measures that you should take in order to make sure that your teeth are in the best possible shape. After all, we rely on our teeth for quite a bit. From chewing to expressing emotion to other more functional things, we need our teeth in good health in order to live our lives in the way that we are currently accustomed. Without good oral and dental health, this just will not be the option that we want it to be. That’s why the periodontists and dental health experts here have worked so hard to make your dental and oral health a priority, both when you visit our office in addition to when you go home and begin handling your own dental care.

Perhaps the most important part of dental health that folks often forget to pay attention to is the close monitoring of their gums. If you do not take good care of your gums, you are definitely at risk for gum disease and other diseases of the mouth. We often forget that in order to protect against the many diseases that seek to assault our mouths, we must always be looking out for the best way to do more for our teeth. We do this really well by helping you not only get the consistent teeth cleaning you need, but also by helping you identify possible problem areas. One thing that you should do to ensure that your teeth in are good health is to consistently screen for oral cancer, especially if there is a history of oral cancer in your family. Indeed, this is an important part of a dental visit for any patient. There have been so many advances in periodontal technology that it can be easy to see markers of a potential issue much earlier than ever before. This is the kind of promising treatment that people with oral cancer can hope for as it will allow treatment before the problems are irreversible.

Oral cancer screenings are easy to perform and can save you a lot of issues in the long term. By using a device that employs ultraviolet light, periodontists are able to see abnormalities that would not usually be able to be seen under normal conditions. Additionally, your overall health has a big role to play in your periodontal health, and talking with your periodontist about the health and lifestyle conditions that could impact your risk of oral cancer can also help you avoid oral cancer. The most important thing to remember is that undergoing frequent screenings in order to detect any possible problems early on will lead to a higher likelihood of stopping issues in their tracks.

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There are a bunch of horror stories out there involving going to the dentist. We have heard how afraid people are, heard about the blood, the gas, the awful pain. But that is not something that we have to buy into. Those certainly are not the only dental experiences that are out there. Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be an awful experience. You can find an educated and experienced family dentist that is committed to making your dental experience one that feels empowering and educational as opposed to stressful and overwhelming. There is no need to take calming medicines before going to the dentist if you are going to the right dentist.

So who is the “right” dentist. That is a great question.

1. The right dentist is someone that understands they are there to work for you. They don’t have their values out of line in the sense that they put your dental hygiene and dental health first.

2. It’s not about making money to them, it’s about being a healer for people. The right family dentist is someone who goes into this field wanting to help people feel better and take better care of themselves.

3. The right dentist is also someone who is able to offer pediatric dentistry as a part of their work. Little one’s teeth need to be cared for immediately as it can set the tone for their life’s dental health.

4. Finding the right dentist means finding someone that will also offer you educational opportunities. Be that helping you to teach your child how to properly brush their teeth or to inform you of ways that you are can better care for your specific dental situation.

5. You know you have found the right dentist when they customize their services to you. If you are someone who has sensitive gums then they will make sure to be gentle with you and also give you tools to help care for your gums.

6. Something that no one should ever underestimate is the power of a compassionate dentist. A lot of people feel stress about going to the dentist and it doesn’t have to be that way if you have found a family dentist is willing to be patient with you and make you feel comfortable no matter what.

7. A good dentist is someone who is educated and experienced. If you are someone who has complex mouth issues or intense emotional responses to a dental visit than going to a dentist that has a lot of education and experience can make you feel safer and more confident.

All of these reasons and more are why you should choose our practice for your dental office. Our dentists fit the above list and each dentist has their own special personality to add something unique to your experience.
We offer you a free 10-minute consultation so you can find exactly what you are looking for in a dentist. The power is yours when you choose us.

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Smiling is the universal sign of happiness. It is a language we are able to speak no matter where we are in the world and being able to flash those pearly whites at others should be a fun way to communicate. Psychologists are saying that smiling can even boost your mood and improve your attitude.  Unfortunately for some, smiling isn’t always easy because they feel self conscious about their teeth. In a modern world where flawless features are highly valued, a crooked smile can often lead to issues with poor self esteem. As a result, the world of orthodontics is a constantly growing and changing field offering convenient solutions for many to feel empowered to make choices about their teeth in order to change their smiles. Orthodontists from all over are helping thousands of people better their self esteem with varying orthodontic solutions.

In this day and age, it is more normal than not for kids to have braces put on their teeth once they reach middle school or high school. But what about adults? Thanks to new dental technology, more and more people today are having their smiles adjusted with orthodontics and can do so without other people even noticing. Invisalign is a fairly recent development in cosmetic dentistry that aligns the teeth and bite similarly to dental braces. This method has become extremely popular because clear, plastic retainers are used instead of metal brackets that are adhered to the teeth. The Invisalign treatment is often utilized by adults working in the professional world who do not necessarily want to change their image with traditional dental braces. Even though Invisalign orthodontics tend to be a slightly more expensive solution for tooth alignment, there are many more perks that come with using Invisalign.

1. This method is far less painful than dental braces because the smooth retainers used to re-adjust and align will not rub against the cheeks or gums. Also, the step by step process of switching out retainers every two weeks moves the teeth slower and more comfortably.

2. We are all too familiar with insults such as “Brace Face” and “Metal Mouth” and no one should be subject to those kinds of insults. Invisalign comes with a much less negative connotation than traditional metal braces. The clear plastic is able to shift the teeth without anyone being able to notice along the way.

3. The Invisalign retainer can be removed at will allowing those in the process of correcting their teeth to go about brushing and flossing the same way they would normally do so. Orthodontists recommend leaving the retainers in for 22 hours everyday so that proper movement can occur, yet still allowing for some flexibility to remove and clean after meals.

4. Playing sports and other physical activities come with less risks when you have Invisalign versus metal brackets that can scrape your mouth or break off upon impact.

When considering alternative options for straightening your smile, a proper consultation is always recommended. Many service providers can be researched online and contacted in order to answer all the questions you may have.

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Do you find that you are constantly covering your mouth when someone makes you laugh? Perhaps you don’t even realize how much this actually affects you when you are in social settings. A persons mouth is often the first thing we notice about one another when we meet new people and smiling is always the best opportunity to catch someone when they are at their best. If you are constantly covering up your best features, how are people going to really get to know you. In a perfect world, we would all be able to smile with ease no matter how crooked our teeth are or how smelly our breath gets. Unfortunately, that is not the reality we are dealing with today. More and more people are seeking cosmetic dentistry to straighten out their problem mouths. But little do people realize, cosmetic dentistry can also be very much about your overall dental health. Don’t avoid your regular visits to the dentist and certainly don’t avoid seeing a specialist for options that might be able to help with your overall dental health and also your confidence.

So many of us are prone to shove the whole dentist idea to the back of our minds so that we don’t have to deal with it. Some of us are holding onto our irrational childish fears we had of the dentist at a young age. Others are constantly dealing with cavities and other expensive problems and for the sake of their bank account would rather not go back just to find out more bad news. Thanks to the newest advances in dental technology today, dentists are able to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Instead of those awful sharp little picks and the constant sound of drilling and sucking, you will actually be exposed to different machines and tools to ease the anxiety around those sounds. Who knows, you might even be able to relax a little bit in that big cushy chair.

You can schedule a completely free consultation with our office and have a dentist take a look at your mouth to let you know if anything is in jeopardy to your dental health. Professionals here are the lead in the field of dentistry and are specially trained in the newest dental technologies. They are able to focus 100 percent on your specific needs and concerns whether they are embarrassing problems that make you feel vulnerable or they are issues reaching a point of being so painful that it changes your eating habits. Whatever end of the spectrum you might find yourself on, they are seen as equally problematic and our dentists can diagnose you with the same sense of urgency that you are feeling about the issue.

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A Dentist Office Should Be Comfortable

Some people just dread the dentist’s office. They think that it is this terrible place. Personally, I do not know what they are talking about. I mean, it is not the same thing as going out for a steak dinner or winning the lottery. I do not get particularly excited about seeing the dentist, but I do not have this same kind of intense dread that some people seem to have picked up from who knows where. And yet, this perception of the dentist as this malicious wielder of implements of destruction that is some kind of morbid tooth fairy that is after your teeth persists. If I were a dentist, I would go to great lengths to dismiss this somewhat absurd notion of the dentist as a villain. I would try to undo these misperceptions that the dentist’s office is a place to avoid.

The first thing that I would do is to make my office as comfortable as possible for the patients. At some dentist’s offices that you go to, they have a few chairs lining the walls and some outdated magazines of idiosyncratic tastes. But I have been to other dentist’s office in which the waiting room is a seriously relaxing and comfortable place. The place where I used to get my braces adjusted had video games for the kids, but they also have coffee and TV for the adults. I routinely heard kids protesting when their names were called to see the dentist, not because they dreaded this dentist boogeyman, but because they were too busy having fun in the waiting room. They were having fun in the waiting room? That’s right. And I can imagine that the parents probably protested a bit when they had to leave their nice, comfortable chairs with the TV and coffee to get back to the humdrum of life.

The other thing that I would want to ensure in order to make my dentist’s office a comfortable place for the patients would be to hire friendly, approachable people. The staff can make the difference between a cold, distant experience and one that resembles the bar from “Cheers!” This was like the dentist’s office that I went to as a kid. I liked the dentists, but I also felt very positively about the staff that worked at the dentist’s office. They always knew me personally and would ask me questions about what was going on in my life. It was a great environment for me to end up fostering positive feeling about the dentist’s office. I like to believe that this has somehow altered my attitudes and dispositions about the dentist, thus making me more inclined to practice good dental health practices now.

But this dentist’s office is not just a made up thought experiment. This is not me just imagining an ideal place. Note that I have also made many mentions of place that I had personally visited. Be diligent in your hunt for a dentist that can offer you all of things that can make your experience at the dentist comfortable.

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