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Why You Should Always See Your Regular Dentist Before Going to a Specialist

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Always See Your Regular Dentist Before Going to a Specialist

Some people pride themselves on knowing precisely what type of dental professional to see for any particular problem. There’s a reason most specialists ask you if you were referred to them. Here’s why you should still see your general dentist first before jumping straight to a specialist. Your General Dentist Knows Your Dental History No matter what type of problem you’re experiencing, it’s possible it can stem from something in your dental history. If you go to a specialist directly, they will not have your dental history. You may think you’re saving time and money by going straight to a specialist. But, without your history, the specialist will actually be at a disadvantage. In addition, the specialist may need to do some extra work that will cost you more. Consider that your general dentist has your dental records your dental X-rays a history of dealing with your teeth When you see a specialist, he or she will likely need to take fresh X-rays, which will become a service tacked onto your bill. In addition, the specialist will have to spend quite some time asking you about your dental history. Barring any of that, the specialist will have to send a request to your general dentist to have information sent over. That process can add time to your treatment. You Might Be Misdiagnosing Yourself You may think you know what’s going on with your teeth or gums. However, it’s possible you’re wrong. You could go to see a specialist, only to find out they have to send you to another specialist, or even to your general dentist. That visit can turn into a waste of time and money. Your general dentist can give you a diagnosis, and may even have the solution to your problem without you needing to see a specialist. There’s Benefit to Speaking to Your Dentist First Even if you don’t want to bring your issue to your general dentist, you should at least speak to him or her. Your dentist can give you some information you wouldn’t otherwise have. For example, your dentist may already know if the specialist you plan to see will accept your insurance or not. In fact, your insurance may not even support you seeing a specialist without a referral. Your general may already know this. Forewarning can prompt your dentist to send over your dental charts and history to the specialist before you visit. For all of these reasons and more, you should always speak to your general dentist before you see a specialist. An orthodontist or periodontist may have the solution you need, but your general dentist can help you ascertain if a specialist is the right choice for you. Learn more by contacting services like Persona...

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3 Foods That Can Improve Your Dental Health

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Foods That Can Improve Your Dental Health

Everyone from your mother to your dentist has told you about the foods that you should avoid if you want to keep your teeth cavity-free and your gums healthy. Sticky foods that cling to your teeth, sugary foods that encourage bacteria growth, and harsh and acidic foods that can wear away your enamel and cause gum sensitivity are all on the list of foods that you should limit or avoid. But good oral health is about more than just avoiding certain foods. It’s also about eating and drinking the things that are good for your teeth and gums and can improve your oral health. Take a look at some foods that you should add to your diet to make your teeth and gums even healthier than they already are. Onions Onions may not be the ideal food to eat on a date, since they do have a strong and unpleasant effect on your breath. But eating onions can also have a strong positive effect on your dental health. Onions contain ingredients that fight off bacteria and microbes, and those ingredients are activated as soon as you start to chew. That means that some of the best bacteria-fighting work that onions can do happens right inside of your mouth. Onions can kill the bacteria in your mouth that are responsible for causing dental problems like cavities and gum disease. Chewing for just two or three minutes can kill off most of the bacteria in your mouth and also help strengthen your teeth. Onions are at their most powerful if you eat them raw, so try adding them to your salads and fresh salsa. If you really can’t stand raw onions, though, eating them cooked is still better for your mouth than not eating them at all. Apples An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but it can also keep you out of the dentist’s chair. It’s not so much the nutritional value of the apple that helps your teeth, though, as it is the crunchy, rough texture of the fruit and its high water content. When you eat an apple, that crunchy texture acts as a mild abrasive on your teeth. It helps to loosen plaque and push it off of your teeth. Plaque is what leads to tooth decay, and it’s also a major contributor to gum disease, so eating apples can be a helpful way to get rid of it. What’s more, the water in the fruit helps stimulate saliva production, which is helpful for washing bacteria and food particles away. Just remember that you should still brush your teeth after eating an apple – the fruit is only mildly acidic compared to some others, like citrus fruits, but it can still be hard on your tooth enamel if left there for too long. Green Tea Skip the coffee and black tea and switch over to green tea to improve your dental health. Green tea is often touted for health benefits like lowered cholesterol and increased energy, and it turns out that it’s also beneficial for your teeth and gums. One study of over 900 men found that green tea drinkers had superior periodontal health than those who didn’t drink green tea. That means that drinking green tea could lower your risk of gum disease. Researchers...

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Four Questions To Ask A Cosmetic Dentist Before Going Through With A Procedure

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Questions To Ask A Cosmetic Dentist Before Going Through With A Procedure

If you are interested in getting cosmetic dental work done, you want to be sure that you choose the right cosmetic dentist for the job. There are many cosmetic dentists in your area, more than likely, which is why asking the right questions is so important. Here are four questions you should be asking: How Often Do They Continue Their Education: A cosmetic dentist who continues their education in the cosmetic dentistry field is one that is up-to-date with all the new procedures and technologies. This means that you are probably going to receive the best cosmetic dental work because your dentist won’t be resulting to old methods that may have been found to be less effective than newer methods that are available. A dentist who continues their education is also more likely to have all the up-to-date tools in their office.  How Long Have They Been Working in the Field: First off, you want to know how long your dentist went to school to receive their credentials in cosmetic dental work. From here, you want to be sure that they have been actually working in the field for some time and have had experience with the procedure that you want to go through.  If They Have Before and After Pictures: Taking a look at the before and after pictures that they have in their office of the exact procedure that you want is a great idea. This gives you an idea as to what the outcome of your procedure so that you can be sure you are comfortable with this specific cosmetic dentist.  If They Offer Free Consultations: Since you are going to be spending a great deal of time with the cosmetic dentist during the course of the procedure, you want to be sure that they offer free consultations so that you can determine how comfortable you are with them. During the consultation, your cosmetic dentist will go over what you can expect and what they believe would provide the best outcome for your smile. Pay attention to how comfortable you feel in the office and with your dentist specifically. You are definitely going to be happier with the results if you have had a comfortable and smooth procedure.  When you know what four questions to ask, you can be sure that you are prepared to choose the best cosmetic dentist in your area for your cosmetic dental...

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Tips For Recovering From A Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Recovering From A Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Despite their name, wisdom teeth are not a sign of intelligence and they can actually cause a lot of problems. Your dentist may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth removed if they are impacted, infected, or if you don’t have enough room in your mouth to allow them to grow in. A wisdom tooth extraction does have a recovery period, so it is important to know what to expect. If you’re scheduled to have a wisdom tooth extraction done, use the following tips to help with recovery: Plan Ahead When scheduling your wisdom tooth extraction, it is best to select a date where you will have several days off of work or school after the surgery. This will give you time to rest and the swelling should start to subside. If your wisdom tooth extraction is done under general anesthesia, you will need to make arrangements to have someone drive you home. Prevent Pain The first few days after the extraction, you may experience some discomfort and pain. Your dentist will most likely give you a prescription for pain medication — take your medication on time and as directed to help keep pain at bay. In addition to pain medication, you may also need to take antibiotics as a preventative measure against infections. You may also want to use ice packs — they can help with the discomfort and also reduce swelling. Get Rest Your body will need plenty of rest after a wisdom tooth extraction in order to heal properly, It is a good idea to keep your head slightly propped up and elevated while you rest. Take a few days off from exercise and other strenuous activities. Select Food Carefully Immediately after surgery, it is best to stick to only consuming liquids. Water, juice, and broths are all good choices. As the bleeding stops, you can add some soft foods, like pudding or mashed potatoes. After several days your mouth should be on its way to fully recovering from the extraction, and you can resume eating your normal diet. Rinse Your Mouth During the recovery period, take the time to rinse your mouth with warm salt water regularly. It is especially important to rinse with salt water after consuming food. The salt water mixture can help with the pain and swelling, and can also keep your mouth free of germs that can cause infections in the open extraction sites.  For more info, contact a company like Renovo Endodontic...

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Uncommon Invisalign Retainer Tips To Enhance Your Success

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Uncommon Invisalign Retainer Tips To Enhance Your Success

If you have started working with your cosmetic dentist or orthodontist to plan your tooth straightening regimen, then you may be looking forward to receiving your first set of Invisalign aligners. During the initial planning stages, you may learn some important details from your dentist. These include wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours a day, taking the aligners out to eat, and working to make sure the aligners snap tightly over the teeth. However, there are a few uncommon tips that your dentist may not directly inform you about. You Need To Drink Plenty Of Water When you first start wearing your aligners and also when you switch the aligners for a new set, it is wise to drink plenty of water. When the aligners are put in place, the mouth will recognize that something is not quite right. Specifically, a foreign object will be noted. To help flush the object away from the teeth and gums, then salivary glands will automatically produce a great deal of saliva. Obviously, the aligners are not a foreign object in the sense that it will harm you. Your body will calm down its normal and natural defenses over time.  Until your body gets used to the aligners, and each subsequent set, you should make sure that you drink plenty of fluids. If you do not, then two things will happen. Your body will create thicker saliva due to the lack of fluid to thin it out. Thick fluid is more difficult to swallow and it may actually work to trap bacteria. Also, since more saliva is being created, your body will have less of its fluid reserves to use elsewhere. This can lead to genera dehydration. Sipping on a bottle or glass of water is best. Make sure to drink more fluid than you usually need. Most adults need about two liters of water a day, so drink just a bit more than this to stay hydrated. You Should Practice Speaking If you want your clear aligners to be as unnoticeable as possible, then you probably want to make sure they cannot be seen. However, if you talk with a lisp, like many people do, then individuals will likely hear that you have something in your mouth. It can take some time to speak normally with the aligners in, so make sure to practice at home first before going to work or school with the first set in.  When practicing, make sure to speak plenty of words with s’s, sh’s, and z’s. These are the most common sounds that can be difficult to...

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Dental Power Scalers Explained

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dental Power Scalers Explained

Traditionally, a dental cleaning at a family dentist involves the dentist or hygienist removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth using a hand-held metal implement known as a scaler. Fortunately, these days many dentists choose to accomplish the same task using devices known as power scalers. If you would like to learn more about how these tools work, read on. This article will provide a useful introduction to the subject. Power Scalers Much like a hand scaler, a power scaler accomplishes the task of removing plaque deposits (aka calculus) from your teeth by means of mechanical action. Yet unlike hand scalers, which must be painfully scraped against the surface of the tooth, a power scaler’s mechanical force comes from its high level of vibrational energy. This allows it to break up and remove calculus more quickly. In addition, a power scaler utilizes a stream of flowing water. This water fulfills two main purposes. First of all, it helps to wash disrupted plaque and biofilms safely away from your teeth. A special vacuum device then removes these substances–along with the water. The stream of water also acts to prevent the power scaling from becoming too hot, which would otherwise soon happen as a result of its high rate of vibration. Ultrasonics Power scalers are able to clean so quickly and effectively thanks to the fact that they harness the power of ultrasonic sound waves. That doesn’t mean that they make sounds, of course–the waves in question fall outside of the range of human hearing. The speed of those waves–20,000 to 50,000 cycles per second–provides the tip of the power scaler with the vibratory force necessary to remove even the most stubborn calculus. Insert Tips There are two principal categories of ultrasonic power scaler: magnetostrictive and piezoelectric. Each of these types uses a different system for generating its ultrasonic waves. Fortunately, it’s not important to get too far into the specifics of their operation. What you really need to appreciate is that, due to the differences in their power source, the tips used in the two types of power scalers also differ significantly. A piezoelectric tip moves back and forth along a linear vector. The easiest way to visualize this is as an eraser moving back and forth across a chalkboard. A magnetostrictive tip, on the other hand, move in an elliptical pattern–something like a figure-eight. This allows the power scaler to attack a given patch of calculus from a multitude of different angles, thus hastening the rate of...

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3 Health Conditions And Treatments That Can Harm Your Veneers

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Health Conditions And Treatments That Can Harm Your Veneers

If you have deep tooth staining that does not resolve even after professional whitening procedures, or if your teeth are misshapen or broken, your dentist may recommend that you get porcelain dental veneers. These restorations fit over your natural teeth to hide imperfections, and while very durable, they typically do not last a lifetime. Veneers are usually more resistant than your own teeth to everyday wear and tear; however, there are certain health conditions and their treatments that may warrant replacement. Here are three medical conditions and treatments that may harm your dental veneers and what you can do about them: Acid Reflux Disease Acid reflux disease causes irritating gastric acid to migrate up into the upper digestive tract. If you have chronic heartburn that is accompanied by constant throat clearing, coughing, a bad taste in your mouth, hypersalivation, or nausea, you may have acid reflux disease. In severe cases, stomach acid can reflux high into the throat and even reach the mouth and teeth. When this occurs, your natural teeth and porcelain dental veneers may become damaged as a result of acid erosion. While veneers are generally more resistant than your natural teeth to stomach acid, the surface of your veneers may eventually show signs of acid erosion. If you have acid reflux disease, avoid trigger foods such as chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee, peppermint, onions, and garlic. Cutting down on cigarette smoking and limiting your intake of alcoholic beverages may also help reduce your acid reflux symptoms. In addition, take your prescribed medications as instructed by your physician, and try to maintain a healthy weight.  Seizure Disorder Seizure disorders such as epilepsy are typically managed with anti-convulsant medications. While effective in reducing the number of seizures as well as their intensity, anti-convulsant medications often lead to undesirable side effects. In addition to sleepiness, dizziness, confusion, and blurred vision, these medications can raise the risk for gum problems such as gingival overgrowth. This condition causes the gum tissue to grow out of control, and in certain cases, the gums can grow over the teeth, obscuring your dental veneers. This makes it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing. Like your natural teeth, veneers require care and cleaning, and when you are unable to effectively brush your veneers, the porcelain or resin surface may break down. If your anti-convulsant medication is causing problems with your gums, your physician may decide to either lower the dosage or prescribe a different medication to control your seizures which may be less likely to lead to gingival overgrowth. Autoimmune Disease Certain autoimmune diseases can cause salivary gland dysfunction. When this occurs, your salivary glands may be unable to produce sufficient amounts of saliva, leaving your oral cavity dry and susceptible to bacterial buildup. Adequate amounts of saliva help wash away microorganisms that are responsible for tooth decay, gum disease, and oral infection. Subsequently, when your mouth is too dry, you may be more prone to developing one or more of these problems. Cavities, gingivitis, and infections in your mouth not only affect your natural teeth, but they can also cause problems with your veneers. If you develop a cavity or infection underneath your dental restoration, it may need to be removed in order to treat the affected area of your...

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2 Natural Oil Treatments To Help Treat A Tooth Abscess

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Natural Oil Treatments To Help Treat A Tooth Abscess

When you are dealing with the pain and infection of a tooth abscess, you may not have access to immediate professional dental care to get relief from the pain. With a tooth abscess, which is a pocket of infected pus inside the center of your tooth, your tooth and gums will be swollen, you may have a foul-tasting discharge in your mouth, and you may suffer from a fever. Here are two natural oil treatment methods you can use to help eliminate the pain and infection of a tooth abscess. Apply Oils Clove oil is an effective oil to help a tooth infection and abscess and is extracted from the dried flower buds of a Myrtaceae tree family. Clove oil is used to help fight off infections of bacteria and fungus, has antiseptic properties, and helps reduce pain and inflammation. To use clove oil to help reduce the swelling and infection with a tooth abscess, place a small amount of the oil onto your tooth and gum that has become swollen and infected, repeating as often as necessary to reduce the pain. Be careful not to press to hard onto the infected area in your mouth when you apply it, as this will cause you unnecessary discomfort. You can also apply some clove oil onto your toothbrush with your toothpaste and brush it onto any infected teeth in this manner. To help intense pain associated with a tooth abscess, apply some clove oil onto a cotton ball and put the cotton ball between your cheek and the infected gum. Repeat this treatment as often as necessary. Oregano oil can also be used in a similar manner, as it also fights infections related to bacteria, fungus, and viruses, and it can reduce the pain associated with an infection. As an added benefit, oregano oil can help your body fight off the infection and your chance of having infections later on, as it boosts your immune system. To use oregano oil, apply several drops of oregano oil to your abscessed gum and tooth, rubbing it into the area as often as necessary to help reduce the pain at the site. You can also apply several drops of oil into a small cup of warm water, then use it to swish around inside your mouth several times each day. Practice Oil Pulling You can practice oil pulling with an organic coconut oil, which contains many healthful benefits. But, if you are allergic to coconut, you can replace it with sesame oil. Put one to two tablespoons of coconut oil into your mouth and allow it to melt. Then, swish it around for 20 minutes, and spit it into the trash. Rinse your mouth with warm water, then brush your teeth, as usual. Coconut oil contains lipids, which bind to the plaque that has attached to your teeth, the bacteria, and other harmful toxins in your mouth. This process helps reduce and relieve pain with a tooth abscess, as the oil pulls out any infection. Coconut oil can eliminate Streptococcus Mutans bacteria that cause cavities. Then, when you spit out the coconut oil into the trash after swishing it around, the bacteria and other toxins go with it. Use these methods to help treat your tooth abscess along with its swelling and infection....

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Teen Orthodontics: What To Do When Your Young Teen Wears Homemade Braces

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Teen Orthodontics: What To Do When Your Young Teen Wears Homemade Braces

If your young teen refuses to see a professional orthodontist for care and chooses to wear homemade rubber bands on their teeth instead, you may wonder what you can do to change their mind. While some dental trends can be helpful and beneficial to your family’s dental health, such as whitening your teeth, other trends can be dangerous, including wearing homemade braces. Here’s how homemade braces damage your teen’s teeth and jaws, some reasons why your teen my be choosing to wear homemade braces, and what you can do to help them straighten their teeth safely. How Can Homemade Braces Harm Your Teen’s Teeth and Jaws? A number of teens obtain the instructions they need to make homemade braces from popular online sites, such as Youtube and social media platforms. Other teens may acquire the information from students in their school. No matter how your teen learned how to make their own braces, it’s essential that your teen knows how real braces work and how fake braces harm their teeth, gums and jaws. Traditional orthodontic treatments are designed to straighten teeth gradually with arch wires, brackets and elastic bands. The treatments generally move teeth into their new positions by placing tension on them. To accommodate and support the new teeth placements, the jawbones grow extra tissue. Most orthodontic treatments take two years or slightly longer to complete. During that time, patients typically visit their orthodontist for checkups and adjustments. An orthodontist uses the visits to monitor the braces to see if they’re moving teeth properly or if any problems arise, such as cavities or loose brackets and wires. Your teen won’t receive the great care mentioned above when they do their own orthodontic treatment. This places your loved one at risk for gum infections, tooth decay and jawbone problems. For instance, regular rubber bands may cut or injure your teen’s gums if they snap loose in the mouth. The bands may also cause pain and inflammation in your loved one’s gums and other tissues if they place too much stress on them. It’s also possible for your teen to lose teeth and bone tissue from their fake braces. One of the ways to straighten your loved one’s teeth safely and properly is to find out why they want to use fake braces in the first place. What Can You Do to Help Your Young Teen? While it may be difficult to do so, try to find out why your loved one needs to wear homemade braces. Sometimes, teens follow trends because it’s “cool” to do so. Their friends may already wear rubber bands on their teeth and may suggest that your loved one do so as a way to fit in. Some teens, and even adults, may feel uncomfortable wearing traditional braces because of how they may think the appliances will look on them, especially if the braces are metal. There are a number of misconceptions about how metal braces make people appear. For instance, your teen may think that traditional braces will make them look ugly when they smile. They might think that people will only see metal, wires and strange bands. Although metal braces can be visible, they don’t have to be ugly.  In most cases, a pediatric orthodontist can place braces with thin metal archwires on your teen’s teeth...

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Information About Pericoronitis: Its Cause And How To Treat It

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Information About Pericoronitis: Its Cause And How To Treat It

Approximately seven to eight adults out of every ten have had their wisdom teeth removed, and there is good reason for those statistics. Wisdom teeth often cause crowding of the other teeth, and partially erupted teeth can result in other issues, including a condition known as pericoronitis. This painful disorder is a common complication that occurs when wisdom teeth begin to emerge. Below is more information on pericoronitis and what options are available for treatment: What is pericoronitis? Pericoronitis is an inflammatory condition of the tissues surrounding any partially erupted tooth, but it is usually associated with wisdom teeth due to the higher likelihood of problems with emergence. In cases of pericoronitis associated with wisdom teeth, the affected emergent tooth will be partially covered by a flap of gum tissue. As a result, food particles can be easily trapped beneath the flap, and this permits this space to become a prime breeding ground for bacteria. This increased microbial activity causes swelling in nearby tissues, and it also negatively affects taste and can even produce an unpleasant odor. If the bacterial involvement becomes extensive, it can affect nearby lymph nodes and cause swelling and muscle spasms in the lower jaw and neck. Systemic illness that results in a fever, severe pain and a general sense of feeling sick is another sign of advanced pericoronitis. In addition to this proliferation of bacteria, the flap of gum tissue is vulnerable to being injured by the other teeth and during the normal activities of chewing and brushing. This can add to the pain and result in bleeding for the affected person. How can pericoronitis be prevented? Unfortunately, there is no known way to prevent the precipitating cause of pericoronitis, as the development of a gum flap can occur with any wisdom tooth eruption. As a result, the best that can be done is to carefully monitor the wisdom teeth as they erupt. It is also important to regularly visit the dentist, so they can keep a close watch for beginning signs of pericoronitis or the possibility that it could occur. Should the tell-tale gum flap begin to appear during wisdom tooth emergence, action should be taken to prevent pericoronitis. Below are several things affected individuals can do for themselves to avoid an episode of pericoronitis: Gargle and rinse after every meal – The use of a non-alcohol mouthwash after every meal is a good way to reduce the amount of trapped food beneath the gum flap. If mouthwash isn’t available, even rinsing with clean tap water is helpful in keeping this area clear of debris. Irrigate the area nightly – In addition to gargling and rinsing, the use of an oral irrigation device can be helpful in concentrating water flow into the area beneath the flap. Performing a nightly irrigation just before bed can ensure that bacterial growth is minimized during the night. Brush with care – While all teeth should be brushed, including wisdom teeth, taking extra care when brushing around the flap will help prevent bruising and bleeding. Use only a soft toothbrush when brushing, as firm bristles can be painful or cause injury. How can pericoronitis be treated? Should pericoronitis develop despite best efforts to prevent it, there are several viable options for treatment: Antibiotics – A dentist-prescribed regimen of...

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