Achieve and Maintain the Perfect Smile

perfect smileA beautiful pearly white smile can really make all the difference to your appearance. Yellowing, damaged or worn teeth can make you appear older than you are. Luckily, there are several ways that you can improve your teeth to have them looking picture perfect.

Dental Bonding
Dental bonding improves smiles by fixing small tooth imperfections like removing spaces, stains, fractures, lightening teeth, and treating teeth sensitivity. Dental bonding is not as durable as a veneer, but is an esthetically pleasing way to quickly improve a patient’s smile. Continue reading

How You Can Prevent Cavities

prevent cavitiesThe first step towards preventing cavities is understanding them. Cavities occur when damaged areas in the tooth’s surface develop into small openings or holes. While cavities result from a combination of factors, such as frequent snacking, sugary foods and drinks, and an accumulation of bacteria, proper oral hygiene is the best way to prevent them from developing.

Family History
Not every family makes brushing and flossing a priority, but that is not the only way family history can contribute to cavities. For some patients, an increased risk of cavities comes down to genetics. If the members of your family seem to be naturally susceptible, make regular home care and checkups a priority. Continue reading

Treatment Options for a Cracked Tooth

cracked teethA cracked tooth can happen for any number of reasons, ranging from facial trauma to biting into a popcorn kernel. In many cases you can tell right away that you have a cracked tooth, either due to pain, sensitivity, or feeling the damage with your tongue. Other times cracks may be discovered during your regular dental exam. Whatever the situation, cracked tooth repair should be done as soon as possible, to prevent further damage or decay in the compromised area.

Treatment Options
• Dental Bonding
Composite bonding is a way to repair chipped, cracked, decayed, discolored and gapped teeth. Composite bonding can last many years. Continue reading

Foods to Eat to Strengthen Your Teeth

strengthen your teethMaintaining good dental health is very important in life. This is because teeth play a very crucial role in food digestion. The enamel of your teeth is a protective coating and is the hardest substance not only on your teeth but in the human body. Despite its strength it is possible to wear away at your enamel over time. Therefore it is important to understand how you can strengthen your tooth enamel.

Many adults have taken to drinking bottled water. This is not only bad for the environment, but for your teeth as well. Most city water sources provide fluoride that helps protect your teeth from decay. It is a good idea to drink tap water to continue to get the fluoride you need to strengthen your teeth. You should also use a fluoride toothpaste and speak to your dentist about getting fluoride treatments at your dental cleaning appointment. There are also some foods you can eat to aid in providing more fluoride to your teeth including green tea. Other drinks good for your teeth are cranberry juice and red wine. However, be aware of staining it can cause to your teeth. Continue reading

What Causes a Toothache?

toothacheA toothache often feels like a sharp pain or a dull throbbing ache. The tooth involved may be sensitive to pressure, heat, cold, or sweets but in cases of severe pain, identifying the problem tooth is often difficult. Toothaches may result from any of a number of causes.

Patients who are experiencing any of the following possible toothache symptoms should consult with a dentist:
Significant, persistent pain in the tooth that is often sharp or throbbing – this is the main indicator of a toothache.
Noticeable puss at the site of the discomfort – this may indicate the presence of an abscess, which not only causes pain but can increase the patient’s risk of developing a systemic infection.
Swelling around the problematic tooth – this also may suggest the presence of some sort of infection.
Fever – This is yet another sign of infection. Continue reading

How to Strengthen and Protect Tooth Enamel

tooth enamelWhen tooth enamel becomes weak your teeth become susceptible to problems like cavities, chipping, and sensitivity. While you can not regenerate tooth enamel there are things you can do to stop the weakening of your enamel and help to strengthen and remineralize it to avoid additional damage.

Dietary Choices
The main culprit behind enamel damage is acid. Drinking and eating acidic foods weakens tooth enamel over time by stripping away its mineral content. Acidic foods and beverages are a daily part of many people’s diets. Drinks such as coffee and soda along with foods like oranges and lemons can harm tooth enamel, especially if these items are consumed too often. Continue reading

Misaligned and Crooked Teeth: Its Consequences on Your Oral Health

misaligned and crooked teethIf you have crooked teeth, then you are already aware of some of the difficulties they present on a daily basis. Struggling to clean between them is often the biggest challenge. Below are issues you may experience if your teeth remain crooked, damaged or misaligned.

Risk Of Decay
When teeth are out of alignment or tightly crowded together, it is very difficult to thoroughly clean away all food particles. Unfortunately, this means that the bacteria left behind greatly increases your risk of tooth decay. Continue reading

Cosmetic Dentistry is More Than Just Esthetics

Woman smile. Teeth whitening. Dental care.Cosmetic dentistry is sought out by patients for a variety of reasons. Some would like to appear younger, and others would simply like to smile without feeling self-conscious. Whatever the reason you are seeking these services, the physical and mental health benefits of cosmetic dentistry are numerous.

If you opt for teeth whitening, straightening, or veneers, it could give you a noticeable confidence boost. Walking into a room with a straight, white smile will make you feel way more confident than the alternative. Getting your teeth professionally taken care of will make you feel better all around. Continue reading

Dental X-Rays Are Vital to Your Dental Care

Zahnarzt bespricht Röntgenbild mit PatientinX-rays are an extremely important part of your dental evaluation, and they are vital to proper diagnosis and prevention of disease. The kinds of x-rays needed are based upon your age, your medical history, a thorough examination of the mouth, a TMJ evaluation, and an examination of the health of your gums.

A panorex x-ray shows a broad view of the jaw, teeth, sinuses, nasal area and TMJ. It shows problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, infections and fractures.

Bite Wings
Bite wings x-rays show the upper and lower back teeth. These x-rays are used primarily to check for decay between the teeth. They also show bone loss when periodontal disease or a dental infection is present. Most frequently a bite wing is taken on each side of the mouth. Continue reading

When Should You Get Dental X-Rays?

DentistryYour dentist may take dental x-rays if your are a new patient, have not been seen in a while, or are in for a follow-up visit after dental treatment. Below are the most common type of x-rays that would be taken and the reasons why:

• Bitewing x-rays help dentists look at bone levels between teeth, cavities between teeth, and the health of the bone between teeth.

• Periapical x-rays help dentists look at the root tips of teeth, the bone around teeth, abscesses, and other pathology. Continue reading