According to a study by the Gallop
Organization and Consumer Reports, dentists are among
the top five most trusted professionals.
What do powdered fruit, talc,
honey, dried flowers, mice and lizard livers have
in common? They have all been ingredients in ancient
toothpaste and powder. Yum.
Attention Chocolate Lovers…Many
dentists agree raisins can cause more tooth decay
than chocolate. Sticky foods such as raisins and
dried fruits can stay on the teeth longer and develop
According to a study at the University
of Connecticut, too much toothpaste early in life
is responsible for more than 70% of fluorosis cases
(staining or mottling of tooth enamel that develops
when children swallow fluoridated toothpaste). Although
this problem is only cosmetic, it is recommended
children under six only use a pea-sized amount of
toothpaste and be reminded to spit it out after brushing.
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Caring for your oral health includes regular teeth care and gum care.
Neglecting your gums can eventually lead to periodontal disease, also known
as gum disease, which is a culprit for the deterioration of your overall
oral health. Periodontal disease affects 75% of adults over 35 years of
age and is responsible for approximately 70% of all adult tooth loss. Since
symptoms of periodontal disease oftentimes are unnoticeable, people never
realize their mouth is under bacterial attack.
Highly recognized as a greatly progressive disorder, periodontal disease
is triggered by preventable factors like plaque build-up, tobacco use,
certain medications and stress, as well as unpreventable measures like
systemic disease and fluctuating hormone levels during puberty, pregnancy
or menopause. Research proves up to 30% of the population may be genetically
susceptible to gum disease.
Periodontal disease begins when the bacteria in the sticky film which
forms on the tooth surface, or plaque, causes gum inflammation. If the
irritation is ignored, plaque will release toxins breaking down the natural
fibers which hold your gums to your teeth, permitting even more bacteria
and toxins to invade. Plaque deposits quickly harden into calculus or tartar,
which is a rough, porous substance not removable with brushing. Over time,
this progression can lead to severe inflammation, bone loss, gum recession
and tooth loss.
and signs include:
Red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums
Gum recession, or gums pulling away from teeth
Loose or separating teeth
Pus between the gum and tooth
Persistent bad breath
Change in the fit of partial dentures
If you have noticed any of the above signs or symptoms, please
make an appointment promptly! Together, we can win the battle against periodontal
disease and maintain your wonderful, dazzling smile: gums and all. Now
that’s something to smile about.
From Dull to Dazzling: Enhancing Your Smile With
Oftentimes the dental profession is considered strictly for more intense
cleaning and hygiene purposes. However, a dentist is actually an artist
who can make your smile sensational. Most dentists now practice and perform
cosmetic techniques, not just the run-of-the-mill routine cleanings. Cosmetic
dentistry seeks to create a more aesthetically pleasing and healthy smile.
Although you may be meticulous about your dental care routine, your teeth still
might not look their very best. Drinking coffee, tea or wine will take a toll
on your teeth, causing them to look dull and
stained. Aging or the use of some medications can also result in a discolored
smile. One easy, safe way to revive your smile from these factors is through
Plenty of adults are looking towards dentistry to heighten the appearance
and function of their teeth. Cracked, chipped or unevenly spaced teeth
are easily resolved by procedures like bonding or veneers. Severely damaged
teeth can be repaired with crowns, while bridges and implants are natural-looking
options used to revitalize your smile. These methods will not only give
you a more beautiful smile, but will also rejuvenate your mouth’s
If you are not satisfied with your smile and want to take it a level up
from dull to dazzling, speak with us about the many smile enhancing options
available to you.
“Bridging” the Gaps and Wearing a “Crown”:
Total Oral Health Renovation
it, we are rough on our teeth. Sometimes we neglect them, take them for
granted or simply just abuse them. Between physical activities like sports
or chewing hard substances like ice, our teeth can get knocked out, broken,
cracked and worn down. Forgetting routine dental appointments and ignoring
proper cleaning tactics can result in periodontal disease, tooth decay
and ultimately tooth loss.
When teeth are missing, your mouth must compensate for the lack of chewing
power in that area in order to function normally. So, the chewing force
may shift to another part of the mouth, which can cause unwanted spaces
and changes in your smile.
So, how do we mend our mouth’s broken ties? By simple dental procedures.
Smiles can be renovated to look pristine using a combination of crowns
and bridges to support or replace lost teeth. A crown snugly covers the
complete visible surface of your affected tooth to add strength, durability
and tooth stability, while restoring your tooth to its natural shape and
size. Crowns can be made of precious metal, porcelain pressed to metal
and all-porcelain. A bridge, also known as a pontic, is fused between two
porcelain crowns to fill the gaps left by the original missing tooth. The
new tooth is then anchored to the two porcelain crowns, renewing your once
The moral of the story is to be nice to your teeth: be diligent with your
oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly. Your teeth are hard workers
and they deserve to be pampered. But, if the damage is already done, see
us immediately. We can decide on the best treatment to restore your smile.
Your teeth will thank you for it.