Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pregnancy and Oral Health Tips For Moms To Be

Tips that will help you take care of your teeth and gums during pregnancy -- What dental conditions can occur when you are a mother-to-be? Pediatric dentist Dr. Suzy Press shares tips on oral health when you are expecting a baby.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Top 9 Reasons to Consider a Same Day Crown

Imagine it is the Thursday afternoon before a big Friday event. There you are eating lunch, and as you bite into your main dish, you feel immediate discomfort. Your tooth just cracked. You recover the missing piece, and start to panic. What are you going to do? Today, however, there is one unbeatable solution - - the CEREC same day crown. Below are the top nine reasons why you should always consider the same day crown.

1.) Time Saver. Typically a crown takes two appointments - - one to prep the tooth and get impressions to send to a laboratory where the crown is made, and a second appointment to place the crown on your tooth. With same day crowns, there is no need for a second appointment. The crown is made in-house and set the same day, saving you tons of time.

2.) Less Local Anesthetic. Fewer trips to the dentist means less shots of Novocain or other anesthetics to numb your mouth.

3.) Cost Effective. Even though the price of the same day crown is the exact same as the traditional crown that is shipped away to be manufactured, the same day crown will save you money in other ways, including gas money, time spent at work, and child care expenses.

4.) Metal Free. These crowns are free of all metal components, which is great for people with certain types of metal allergies.

5.) Dental Control. Your dentist, who you know and trust, has total control over the shape of your tooth instead of a lab technician.

6.) Less Cutting. With CEREC technology and high quality 3D images, there is actually less need to drill away as much of your natural tooth than with a traditional crown.

7.) Smaller Gaps. CEREC crowns have smaller gaps in between the teeth than found with traditional crowns. With smaller spaces between teeth, the crown is closer to the gum tissue, creating a less of a chance of failure.

8.) No Temporary. Everyone hates temporary teeth. You can't floss for fear that it will pop off. To even cause more complications, temporary crowns allow the soft gum tissue to grow around them, causing the permanent crown to not fit properly when being placed. With same day crowns, the temporary is completely eliminated.

9.) Fix Other Problems. In the 20-30 minutes that you will spend waiting for your crown to mill, you can suggest that you get other problems taken care of like fillings, ultimately saving you time scheduling another appointment with your dentist.

There is no need to panic when you have a general or cosmetic dental emergency. With CEREC technology, your well-trained dentist can easily make your smile look as good as new, restoring your beauty and confidence for that big Friday event.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Afraid Of Going To The Dentist? Here's What You Can Do.

For some people, fear of visiting the dentist outweighs the pain of a toothache. Mark Waltzer, D.M.D. tells how to take the stress and anxiety out of visiting the dentist.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Gum Disease Is A Risk Factor For Heart Disease

Good oral health leads to good overall health. Take gum disease for example. It's linked to such serious conditions as heart disease. But you can protect yourself against heart disease by taking good care of your oral health.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Teeth Brushing Tips for Oral Health

It is very important for us to brush our teeth on a regular basis, at least twice a day. First, visit your family dentistry to determine what type of toothbrush to use. Generally, you will want to use a toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles so that you don't damage teeth and gums. However, every mouth is different, and depending on the positioning of your teeth determines the style of toothbrush that is recommended for you.
As far as brushing and technique goes, you will first want to squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush. The brand and type of toothpaste you use is up to you. Many brands offer tartar control, whitening, sensitive teeth, etc. Many dentists will recommend toothpaste containing fluoride to strengthen teeth. Begin by brushing along the gum line at about a 45 degree angle. Brush two to three teeth at a time in a circular motion until you cover your entire mouth. Any dentist will tell you that you should brush your teeth between two and four minutes. Then, be sure to brush your tongue from back to front in order to clean off odor- producing bacteria. As long as you maintain this routine at least twice a day, you will remove plaque from outer, inner and biting surfaces of your teeth. If you neglect your teeth for a sustained period of time, plaque and tartar build up can cause various oral diseases and tooth decay.
With regard to flossing, and the routine you should have, it is pretty straight forward. In addition to brushing twice a day, you should also be flossing twice a day. Insert dental floss in between teeth without forcing deep in to your gums. You still want to be sure that you clean down to the bottom, and move the floss in a forward and backward motion. This will ensure that you remove plaque and any other particle buildup between your teeth. As you move on between each tooth, use a clean portion of the string or ribbon. If you happen to only floss once a day, it should be at night time before you go to sleep. This is due to the fact that, while sleeping, you produce less saliva, which can actually allow for a greater chance of bacteria growth.
You should also be scheduling cleanings at your family dentistry. Your dentist should be cleaning your teeth and checking for any dental problems every six months. If you are prone to plaque build-up, your dentist may suggest that you have a cleaning every four months to ensure dental health. Also, if you have any other health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, or are undergoing chemotherapy, pregnancy etc., you should also ask your dentist about how frequently you should be having an exam to ensure healthy teeth and gums.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Using the Proper Flossing Method Is Vital to Dental Health

Every time you go to see your family dentist, the one thing he will impress on you more than anything else is the need to regularly floss your teeth. Of course, all of us already know that we are supposed to floss our teeth. The problem is that most of us simply don't like dealing with it. At the same time, if you stopped for a moment to think about how good flossing is for your health, you might change your mind. Regular flossing can save you countless hours in your dentist's office, reduce your risks of a variety of oral diseases and may save you from dentures. Even if you are getting close to retiring, flossing can help. You are never too old to start flossing your teeth.
The Best Times to Floss
One of the most important aspects of flossing rests in knowing when you should floss. A good rule of thumb is to floss immediately after eating any kind of food, especially foods like apples, candies and anything else that might get stuck between your teeth. Immediate flossing like this will reduce the amount of time that food stays in contact with the enamel of your teeth.
According to the ADA (American Dental Association), you should always floss before you brush your teeth. This helps to remove any food caught between your teeth and loosen the plaque that can cause gum disease and tooth decay. In addition, it helps to ensure that the fluoride in your toothpaste and the mouthwash you use reach all of the surfaces of your teeth. In doing this, you reduce your risk of tartar buildup that can cause tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Proper Flossing Technique
The average person seems to think that running the floss between their teeth is all there is to it. This is only half the picture: you need to spend more time than this on each tooth to get the job done. The proper technique involves taking a nice, long piece of floss and working it all around the tooth, working the floss into the gum line.
The idea is to get the floss in all of the areas that you are not reaching with your toothbrush. As a final tip, you need to make sure you don't forget to reach around the back of your rearmost molars. Most dentists recommend using string floss instead of one of the many tools, as this gives you plenty of floss to do the job right. The longer piece of floss also allows you to use a clean area for each tooth.
Other Health Reasons for Flossing
While the most important reason for flossing is the overall health of your teeth and gums, there are other implications far beyond preventing gingivitis and periodontal disease. In a number of recent studies, links have been found between poor oral health and other medical conditions, such as an increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and respiratory issues. While part of this may be due to the consumption of junk foods, research shows that high levels of the bacteria living in your mouth may be to blame as well.
In 2003, the Center for Disease Control began a program that includes flossing in their diabetes prevention education program. Using the right flossing technique, along with regular brushing using toothpaste and mouthwash that includes fluoride, have been proven to help keep your teeth and mouth healthier. Combine this with regular dental checkups and you should enjoy healthier teeth and a healthier body. It can also help you to keep your teeth as you get older, rather than having to resort to dentures!

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

What to Do When You Have A Dry Mouth

Everyone has a dry mouth once in awhile. It happens when we're nervous, upset or under stress. That's perfectly normal. However, if you experience dry mouth every day, your mouth is trying to tell you something. Mark Waltzer, D.M.D. tells why dry mouth is dangerous and what you can do about it.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

What You Need To Know About Plaque

Plaque is something you definitely don't want on your teeth. But what exactly is it? And, more importantly, how do we get rid of it before it does some real damage? Andrew Greenberger, D.M.D., shares tips on keeping your mouth plaque-free.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Eating Right For Healthy Teeth

There's a strong connection between good nutrition and oral health. But you might be surprised at which foods are best—and worst—for your teeth. Andrew Greenberger, D.M.D., shares tips on eating right to keep a healthy smile for a lifetime. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Colgate Smile Minute: Brushing Routine

Do you get cavities in the same spots time and again? This tip could serve as an extra preventative measure.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013