Tooth decay causes oral health problems like dental cavities, and it affects most Americans to some degree. Oral bacteria grow on top of teeth and coat them. Acids released by these bacteria are directly responsible for decay as the acids bore into the teeth. Tooth decay can cause painful sensitivity to things like heat, cold and sugar, and more severe cases lead to constant pain, infections and even tooth loss. However, minor damage usually goes unnoticed as pain only occurs once a cavity has formed.
Causes Of Cavities:
• Genetics Or Biology
Some people are lucky enough to have super-strong enamel, robust immune systems and ample salivary proteins to kill off disease-causing bacteria. Continue reading
While wanting to improve a smile is the main reason most people choose to undergo cosmetic dentistry, the cosmetic procedures that are available today do more than change your smile. They can change your health, your well being, and your life.
Jaw function and tooth alignment play an important role in breaking down foods properly so your body can absorb nutrients. Broken, missing or misaligned teeth or tooth pain can lead to poorly chewed food and gaps in nutrition. While procedures such as teeth straightening, veneers, bridges, and implants are all cosmetic and improve the look of a smile, they are also crucial in correcting problems that could negatively impact long-term health and nutrition. Continue reading
Even if you limit the amount of sweets you eat on a regular basis, the abundance of candy that surrounds us during Halloween often results in overindulging on those tasty treats. This can have a negative impact on your teeth and cause you to make a trip to the family dentist. While all sweets are bad for your teeth, some are worse than others and should be avoided to keep your pearly whites healthy this holiday.
To keep cavities away we recommend the following healthy Halloween tips:
• Maintain a healthy diet
• Saliva helps with washing away some of the sugar and acid so the best time for your child to eat candy is right after mealtime when there is still plenty of saliva in the mouth
• Drinking a glass of water after eating candy or sweets will also help wash away some of the sugars and acids Continue reading
Your regular dental exams are an important part of your general dentistry hygiene and are instrumental in helping you maintain good oral health. From the moment our first tooth erupts, good oral care is vital. It helps keep your teeth and gums healthy, prevents problems that can lead to tooth loss, and helps you hold on to your natural teeth.
Common Adult Dental Concerns
Teeth are meant to last a lifetime. But, the only way to ensure they stay healthy and strong is to have routine dental exams and other thorough cleanings. Plaque, tartar, and bacterial build-up can leave your smile at risk for major complications. You may not experience any problems soon, but at some point you will, and therapy may be painful, not to mention costly. Continue reading
A 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 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
The 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.
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
A 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.
• Dental Bonding
Composite bonding is a way to repair chipped, cracked, decayed, discolored and gapped teeth. Composite bonding can last many years. Continue reading
Maintaining 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
A 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
When 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.
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