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Braces 101: 4 Helpful Things To Know About Invisalign

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Braces 101: 4 Helpful Things To Know About Invisalign

In the past, braces required getting a mouth full of metal. Fortunately, today there are many options when it comes to straightening your teeth. One of the more popular options are invisible braces, or Invisalign. Unlike traditional braces, this method uses a series of clear trays to straighten teeth and fix your bite. If you are thinking about using Invisalign to straighten your teeth, here’s four things you should know before you commit: 1. You Might Talk Funny When you first get your invisible braces, you might sound a little funny when you talk. This is because the trays make it difficult to pronounce certain letters, such as “s.” Fortunately, this won’t last forever. After an adjustment period, you will soon learn how to talk without sounding odd. So don’t worry. If you want to speed up the adjustment period, practice talking while you are wearing them—and pay attention to those hard to pronounce letters, such as “s” and “f.” 2. Brushing and Flossing is Crucial When undergoing Invisalign treatment, brushing and flossing will be crucial. The trays used to straighten teeth keep the teeth warm and moist, which is ideal for bacteria. So in order to keep your teeth healthy and clean, you will need to brush and floss regularly. Ideally, you should brush and floss after every meal. If you cannot do that, expect to brush and floss at least twice daily. 3. You Will Need to Limit Certain Foods Another thing you should know is that you will need to limit your intake of certain foods. Items that are staining, such as coffee and wine should be limited. Additionally, keep sugary foods and drinks to a minimum. Why? Because these items can stain your teeth and your trays. 4. The Trays Need Cleaning Although this might sound like a no-brainer, many people simply overlook the fact that the trays also need to be cleaned—and regularly. It might seem as easy as using toothpaste while you brush your teeth, but that is a big no-no. Toothpaste is abrasive and that can make the trays even more welcoming to bacteria. So ideally, you should clean them with warm water and a clean toothbrush. You should clean them every time you take your trays out, so that when you re-insert them they are clean. While Invisalign is very handy, it is important that you know what to expect. As this will help you be more prepared for wearing and caring for them. If you are interested in getting these braces, talk to your orthodontist or dentist to learn more. Contact a business, such as Port Orchard Dental Care Center, for more information....

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Considering Invisalign Braces? Information You Should Know To Help You Decide

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Considering Invisalign Braces? Information You Should Know To Help You Decide

If you need braces and your dentist has told you that you have the option of wearing Invisalign braces, you may have been so excited that you didn’t know what questions to ask. A week or so later you may now have some questions. Below is some information about these braces that may answer the questions you have. This should help you decide if they are right for you. Drinks You may be wondering what you should and should not drink. It is perfectly fine to drink some water, but you need to watch how much soda, tea, and coffee you drink. This is because these things can stain your aligners and cause them to look yellow. You can take your Invisalign braces out while you eat, so this is the best time to drink these beverages before you put the aligners back in your mouth. Soreness You will likely feel a little soreness the first few days after you get your braces. This soreness will wear off, and they will feel very comfortable in your mouth. You will have to go back to your dentist every few weeks to switch to a new aligner. After this time, you will feel soreness. This is because your new aligner will feel tighter against your teeth. When you put the new aligner in your mouth, it will press up against your teeth to help move them in place. Once your teeth start responding to this, your soreness will start to go away. Leaving the Aligners Out You should ask your dentist how long you can keep your Invisalign out of your mouth. In most cases, you have to wear them from 20 to 22 hours. You need to be very careful about this, as leaving them out too long all the time will make you have to wear them longer. Cleaning the Invisalign You should never clean your Invisalign with any kind of toothpaste. This is because toothpaste is abrasive, and can cause odor and build up. Instead, use clear anti-bacterial soap to keep it clean. You can also soak your aligners in a false teeth denture cleaner after you finish cleaning them. This is a great way to remove any bacteria that may still be on them. This information should help you make the decision on if Invisalign braces are right for you. If you have any additional questions, call a dentist like Family First Dentistry LLC and they will help...

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Four Signs You Have A Dental Infection

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Signs You Have A Dental Infection

Dental infections are slightly different than other dental issues in the signs and symptoms you experience. It is also important that you get the source of the infection addressed as soon as possible, whether it is from an abscessed tooth or a gum infection. Don’t ignore these four common signs of a dental infection. Pain in a Larger General Area Many different tooth and gum problems cause pain, so a simple toothache is not enough to signal an infection. Instead of just paying attention to mild tooth pain, consider the severity, how often it hurts, and what area is hurting. With infections, the pain tends to start with the problem tooth, then radiate out to other nearby teeth. If you have pain that feels like it is covering almost an entire side of your mouth, it is probably an infection. Infection pain also tends to be more severe and hurt at different times, not just when chewing. Swelling of the Cheeks or Lymph Nodes If you have swelling that is accompanying tooth pain, you probably have an infection. This can be caused by abscessed teeth or other types of dental infections. Typically, your cheek will swell up if the infection is in the top row of teeth or the lymph nodes and neck area will be swollen if it is with a lower tooth. The lymph nodes might also be tender to the touch in addition to swelling, which is another classic sign of dental infection. You Have a General Ill Feeling You may also feel malaise or a general ill feeling. If you feel like you just don’t feel good with lack of energy or like something isn’t quite right, it could be due to a dental infection. Dental infections can get into the bloodstream, which do affect your mood, energy level, and how you are feeling on a daily basis. You may find that you visit your doctor due to this feeling, but they don’t find anything wrong with you. If this happens, your next stop should be to see your dentist. There is Bad Odor or Taste in Your Mouth If you have never had bad breath before, but now suddenly you notice an odor coming out of your mouth when breathing, you could have a dental infection. This is sometimes one of the first symptoms you experience, even before the intense pain and swelling. If you have an abscess infection, you might also have a bad taste in your mouth, which is from the infection leaking out of the tooth. If you have concerns about a tooth, contact a dentist, such as Michael G Landy DDS....

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Three Reasons Why You Might Want To Get Your Dental Implant’s Crown Replaced

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons Why You Might Want To Get Your Dental Implant’s Crown Replaced

Normally, properly installed dental implants can last for a long time while still looking good. But whether the crown’s shape is causing pain or you just don’t like its look anymore, take heart in the fact that replacing just the crown will be a cheaper and simpler process than replacing the entire implant. If any of these three situations apply to you, consult your dentist about your crown replacement options. Your Smile Isn’t Symmetrical Because The Crown Is Too Large If an implanted crown on one side of your mouth doesn’t have a sufficiently similar shape to its counterpart on the other side, the appearance of your smile will suffer as a result. Even if your smile has looked relatively symmetrical in the past, new damage to your teeth could change all that. In this situation, it usually makes sense to replace the implant’s crown with a smaller one that doesn’t draw as much attention to itself. One disadvantage of doing this is that you could suffer gum pain as your gum line readjusts.  Inflamed Gums Are Pressing Against The Crown’s Edges Inflamed gums are another reason to replace an implant crown that’s too large and unevenly shaped. While you should certainly wait to see whether the inflammation is caused by an unrelated infection, there’s no reason not to take action if your gum line has pushed itself up and around the crown incorrectly. You can always have a cosmetic dentist reduce and realign your gum line if you really like the look of your teeth as they are. However, this is likely to be a much more involved and expensive procedure than just replacing your implant’s crown. A Crack Has Allowed Debris To Push The Crown And Abutment Apart The abutment is the piece of metal connecting your implant’s crown to its titanium root. In order for the crown to sit securely on the rest of the implant, there can’t be any debris coming between it and the abutment. So if you notice the crown moving at all when you touch it with your finger, put a dental mirror in your mouth and try to spot any cracks. There’s a good chance that the crown is moving because a crack has let gunk and foodstuffs from your mouth into the abutment space. If this is the case, cleaning the abutment will be relatively easy once the cracked crown is removed by a dentist like Schirmer...

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3 Tips For Taking Care Of Your Tooth After Your Tooth Abscess Is Drained

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Taking Care Of Your Tooth After Your Tooth Abscess Is Drained

A tooth abscess is a dental infection that is caused by tooth decay. The decay is often the result of poor dental care. When plaque is allowed to accumulate around your teeth, it can seep into your tooth and infect the nerves inside of your tooth. An infection that is still in the early stages can be eliminated by draining the abscess inside your tooth. In order to do this, your dentist will create an incision in your tooth that allows any pus and fluid to exit the tooth. Once the tooth has been drained, it is important to take care of it in order to prevent it from becoming reinfected. Therefore, there are a few tips that you can use to take care of your teeth immediately after your tooth abscess is drained.  Brush Around the Surgical Area Immediately following surgery, the surgical area will feel extremely painful. While you should not brush directly against the surgical site, you do need to brush around it. Keeping the rest of your mouth and the area around the surgical site clean will help to prevent any bacteria from forming. Use a Bacterial Rinse to Clean the Surgical Area After the surgery, you will feel pain in the area in which the abscess was drained. Your dentist will give you pain medicine to help reduce the pain, however, it may still cause some discomfort to brush or floss your teeth. Therefore, during this time it is important to use a bacterial rinse to thoroughly clean the area. A bacterial rinse will help to eliminate any food and bacteria from the area without disrupting the surgical site. The cause the original tooth abscess was bacteria, therefore, you should rinse with a mouthwash after every meal in order to keep the area clean. Avoid Eating Hard Foods Within the first few days after the surgery, the surgical site is still healing. Therefore, eating hard foods can disrupt the healing process. Hard foods like chips and nuts can reopen the incision before it has a chance to fully heal. If the incision is reopened, then it can easily become contaminated by any food or bacteria in your mouth. As a result, it is important to stick to soft foods like soup and yogurt during the first few days of your recovery. Getting your tooth abscess drained will only eliminate the current infection. It is important to practice good dental care in order to keep the infection away. Therefore, use these tips to take care of your tooth after your tooth abscess is drained. Contact a local dentist, such as Benjamin D Hull DDS, for further...

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Root Canals Are Nothing To Be Afraid Of

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Root Canals Are Nothing To Be Afraid Of

Fun days at the dentist are few and far between, but you don’t need to fear your visits. A great dentist, equipped with modern equipment and medicine, can make once painful procedures much more manageable. One off the most common, yet intense dental procedures is having a root canal. While having a root canal done on a large molar won’t be fun, the experience is relatively simple. For many patients, knowing the procedure makes it much less traumatic. This article explains the process of having a root canal performed and crown put on a tooth. What is a Root Canal? A root canal is done on a tooth with a cavity that has reached the nerves in the roots. Basically, the tooth is no longer able to remain in the mouth unless something is done because the nerves will start to decay and cause excruciating pain. This is why it is good to get a root canal done as soon as a problem is diagnosed. The longer the nerves are exposed, the more inflamed they get and the more painful the root canal will be. The Procedure When a dentist or oral surgeon performs a root canal, they essentially hollow out all of the roots in the tooth and fill them. The canals, even on the larger molars, are very narrow. The hollowing out and filling of the roots is very detailed work. First the dentist will grind away the center of your tooth to access all of the roots. Tiny drills penetrate deep into the roots, removing all of the nerves. Although the nerves are very sensitive, you will not feel anything during the drilling. You should be adequately numbed. If not, stop the dentist and ask for more! Many people can’t even stand the sound and smell of the dental drill, so they pay for sedation. This is great if you are particularly fearful of dental work, but it will cost a lot more to be sedated. Getting a Crown Most dentists will suggest that you have a crown put on the tooth. So much of the tooth is ground away that it might look best to have a crown put on. The texture of a crown is preferable to the texture of a large filling, especially on a large chewing tooth. The crown will need to be fitted and installed over the course of two visits. Neither of these visits are painful and they will not require any sedation or numbing. To learn more about root canals, speak to a dentist, such as Chris T. Thomas,...

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Bracing For Braces: Preparing For Your Teen’s New Accessories

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bracing For Braces: Preparing For Your Teen’s New Accessories

For many kids, braces are simply a part of growing up, and there’s nothing wrong with that. As the person footing the bill for that coming of age experience, you should have a vested interest in making sure that the orthodontia you’re paying for is as positive a process as possible. There are a number of road bumps along the way, and by preparing for them now, you stand a better chance at avoiding them, thereby reducing the chance of lasting negative effects. Building Hygiene Habits Most teens and pre-teens who are in need of braces haven’t yet had the importance of personal oral hygiene driven home for them. As a result, building these habits in the months leading up to getting those braces can be crucial to reducing the chance of staining, or cavities developing while their braces are in place. Keeping your teen on task and making sure they’re thoroughly caring for their teeth isn’t always easy, but it will help to ensure that they get the most out of their time wearing braces. It might seem that clear bite tray appliances, which take the place of braces, wouldn’t require a wearer to be as diligent about dental hygiene, but the reverse is actually true. These appliances actually will hold food particles and bacteria close to the gums and teeth, concentrating it there between brushing. With this in mind, it’s actually even more important to keep your teen on schedule and brushing regularly to keep their teeth in good shape. Supplies to Stock Up On As the day rolls closer, look into stocking up on bulk supplies of disposable dental picks, toothbrushes designed to work around the metal brackets, and dental floss made for people with braces. This will help cut down on the number of shopping trips you’ll need to make to restock, and keep crucial supplies in the house. As a result, your teen won’t have an excuse for not keeping up with this critical part of wearing braces. For advice on brands or products, talk to your orthodontist and ask for samples prior to your teen’s braces being set. This will give you and your child a chance to try them out, get familiar with how they work, and get comfortable with building habits around them. If you’re going to invest up to $7,000 in your child’s teeth, it’s a good idea to make sure those teeth are protected and cared for. Building those habits and keeping necessary supplies on hand will give your teen the best chance to keep the teeth you’re paying to straighten. For more information, contact Braces Inc. or a similar...

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Understanding Common Wisdom Teeth Problems

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding Common Wisdom Teeth Problems

For some people, their wisdom teeth come in without any problems. However, there are many others who suffer difficulties when their wisdom teeth start to come in. This article will explain some of the problems that can happen with wisdom teeth. Wisdom tooth becomes impacted: You can have a wisdom tooth that tries to come in, but gets stuck between your already existing teeth. This problem can cause you to experience a great deal of pain. It can also lead to issues such as swollen gums and infection. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, the dentist will more than likely recommend removing it early before it can become a major problem. Wisdom tooth comes in the wrong way: A wisdom tooth can come in pointing in the wrong direction. This means it can come in pointing toward your tongue or the inside of your cheek. This can cause you to experience pain and develop sores infect delicate tissue. The dentist will need to remove the wisdom tooth to correct the problem. Wisdom tooth doesn’t come in completely: Sometimes a wisdom tooth will come in part way before it gets blocked by the surrounding teeth. This can lead to the gum growing back over the top of the tooth which leaves you at risk of infection. The dentist will more than likely want to remove the tooth altogether. What are symptoms of wisdom teeth problems? Pain: Pain in the area where your wisdom teeth are located is one of the first symptoms you may experience as a red flag of a potential problem. Infection: If you notice pain, accompanied by swelling and a bad taste in your mouth then you may have a wisdom tooth trying to come in that has caused an infection. Bumps on the side of your gum: Developing bumps on the inside or outside side of your gum can indicate that your wisdom tooth is starting to grow in thr wrong direction. If you notice this, you should get in to see the dentist as soon as possible so you can avoid unnecessary pain. A wisdom tooth that appears and disappears: If you notice your wisdom tooth comes out a little and then goes back in, you may want to have it checked. It could indicate that there is a problem with the spacing and this can lead to worse issues if you don’t have the problem taken care of as soon as possible. By knowing what to look for with regards to your wisdom teeth, you will know when you should go in to see the dentist for treatment. For more information, contact a company like Arbor Dental Care...

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Understanding The Negative Effect Of Oral Piercings On Your Dental Health

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding The Negative Effect Of Oral Piercings On Your Dental Health

Body art is considered a form of self-expression. Many teenagers and young adults get tattoos and oral piercings because they think that they look cool. Equally, they think that it will help them become popular or fit in with the “cool kids”. While that may be true, it doesn’t mean that getting an oral piercing is worth the risk. Oral piercings can be particularly damaging to your dental health. What Science Says About It According to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology Online, there is a significant link between tongue piercings, chipped teeth and gum recession. The study consisted of 52 adult participants who all had tongue piercings. They were grouped according to the number of years that they had worn the piercing. In the group of zero to two years, there was no tooth chipping or gum recession. For those with long barbells for two or more years, it was found that 50 percent of them had recession on their mandibular central incisors. For those with tongue piercings for four or more years, it was found that 47 percent of them had been subjected to tooth chipping on premolars and molars. How Piercings Hurt Your Teeth The chipped teeth in the above study likely occurred when the piercing wearer played with the piercer, knocking it up against the teeth. Due to the location of the barbell, you will primarily be clanking it against the back of your two front teeth. This can lead to a gap in between those teeth, which may require expensive dental work in the future. In addition, according to one study, oral piercing may cause problems in athletes who wear the jewelry while playing sports. This is why all oral piercings should be removed while on the field, on the court, etc.  How Piercings Create Problems for Your General Oral Health Your tongue piercing creates the perfect location and environment for bacteria and plaque to thrive. If you fail to maintain proper brushing and tongue-cleaning habits, you may find that you have exceedingly bad breath. You may also put yourself at risk for an unnecessary infection. How to Protect Your Mouth If You Have a Piercing Because of the risk of oral health damage, it is crucial that you maintain your twice-yearly appointments with your dentist if you already have or intend to get an oral piercing. In some cases, you may be asked to come in more regularly. With oral piercings, you are increasing your risk of infection, gum disease, chipped teeth, nerve damage and periodontitis (which leads to tooth loss and the potential need for a dental bridge or implant). If you have a piercing and you have not seen your dentist since having it done, schedule an appointment today with a dentist like those at Clark Family Dentistry. If you are suffering from a small gap, you may be able to get braces to straighten your teeth and repair your...

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Battling Bulimia? This Is What It Can Do To Your Teeth

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Battling Bulimia? This Is What It Can Do To Your Teeth

Bulimia is a serious condition where you alternate between gorging on food and then vomiting it back up. It can destroy your health because of the lack of nutrition your body receives. Bulimia is also very hard on your teeth. As part of your recovery from bulimia, you’ll need to work closely with your dentist to repair damage to your gums and teeth in order to restore your oral health. Here’s what you need to know about bulimia and dental health. How Bulimia Affects Your Teeth Vomit is acidic, so when you vomit frequently, your teeth are exposed to a lot more acid than they would be otherwise. This wears away tooth enamel, which leads to the development of cavities and discoloration. Gum disease is common too, so your teeth may even become loose, and you may experience bleeding from your teeth and gums. In addition to pain from toothaches, you’ll probably have sensitive teeth because the enamel is worn away. Another way bulimia affects your teeth relates to your daily diet. It’s likely you gorge on sugary foods like cake, cookies, and junk food. While too much sugar is bad for your teeth, lack of proper nutrition is also bad. If you vomit frequently, your body may not be absorbing the nutrients needed to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. To mask the odor and taste of vomit, you may brush your teeth vigorously, use harsh toothpastes and mouthwash, or chew on gum and candy all the time. This aggressive oral care can cause more harm than good when your teeth are already weakened. How Your Dentist Can Help Your dentist can restore your teeth to a healthy state, but you should be on the road to recovery from your illness if you want the results of your dental work to last. If you have extensive discoloration, your dentist may apply veneers to protect the enamel and whiten your teeth. You may need fillings or crowns to address tooth decay. If your teeth are in bad shape, the dentist may need to extract them and put in implants or dentures. You may need treatment for gum disease too. The sooner you seek dental help, the better. It is easier to reverse gum disease and repair decay when it is in the early stages. While dental work won’t cure your bulimia, it can go a long way towards helping build self-esteem if your teeth are badly damaged. While it’s important to stop gorging and purging for the health of your teeth, it’s just as important to the rest of your body as well. You can look in your mouth and see how bulimia is affecting your teeth, but it may be easy to ignore its effects on the rest of your body since you can’t see it. However, every organ system in your body is under stress when you have bulimia, and although the road to recovery may be hard, it is definitely worth it to try. For more information, contact a practice like Health Centered...

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