Thursday, January 27, 2022
Replace your old, blackened mercury fillings with the new, safe tooth-colored replacements. These advanced materials make your mouth look and feel natural and unscarred. All your teeth can look shiny and white with these new materials.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Tooth whitening or tooth bleaching is the process of lightening the color of human teeth. Whitening is often desirable when teeth become yellowed over time for a number of reasons and can be achieved by changing the intrinsic or extrinsic color of the tooth enamel. The chemical degradation of the chromogens within or on the tooth is termed as bleaching.
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is the active ingredient most commonly used in whitening products and is delivered as either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is analogous to carbamide peroxide as it is released when the stable complex is in contact with water. When it diffuses into the tooth, hydrogen peroxide acts as an oxidising agent that breaks down to produce unstable free radicals. In the spaces between the inorganic salts in tooth enamel, these unstable free radicals attach to organic pigment molecules resulting in small, less heavily pigmented components. Reflecting less light, these smaller molecules create a "whitening effect". There are different products available on the market to remove stains. For whitening treatment to be successful, dental professionals (dental hygienist or dentist) should correctly diagnose the type, intensity and location of the tooth discolouration. Time exposure and the concentration of the bleaching compound, determines the tooth whitening endpoint.
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Whiten your teeth to a healthy, younger look. As part of aging, your teeth yellow with time. Now, with the help of Dr. Burton, your teeth can be whitened safely and comfortably, in as little as two weeks. When done by a qualified dentist, this process has proven to be safe to your natural teeth and previous dental care. As you can see, tooth whitening can substantially improve the brightness of your smile. The below photo also includes the use of bonding to even out the teeth and fill gaps and chips.
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You do everything you can to take care of your health. From maintaining a healthy diet to exercising regularly, you make your health a priority. But if you’re not equally as diligent about your oral health, your heart may be in jeopardy.
Recent research suggests that there’s a strong link between gum disease and heart disease. While the two may not seem like they have much in common at first glance, the more you learn about their connection, the easier it is to see how they’re related.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, typically starts out as an inflammatory gum infection called gingivitis. It’s caused by a buildup of plaque — a sticky film of bacteria — on your teeth and gums. As gum disease progresses, it can advance to periodontitis, which happens when plaque sits in small pockets beneath the gum line.
Coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease, is caused by an entirely different type of plaque called atherosclerosis, which is made from cholesterol and fat. This gradual buildup of atherosclerosis is a serious health concern if left untreated. It’s one of the leading causes of heart attack.
How They're Connected
While medical experts don’t know exactly why gum disease increases your chances of developing heart disease, they believe that untreated periodontitis can cause bacteria from your mouth to travel through your bloodstream, which clogs your arteries and raises your risk of heart infection.
As your arteries become clogged with plaque and bacteria, they can narrow and harden, preventing oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart.
How You Can Protect Yourself
Gum disease is certainly not the only condition that’s been connected to heart disease. Diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), poor diet choices, and unhealthy lifestyle habits all increase your risk of heart disease.
However, you can protect your gums and heart by making yourself aware of the early warning signs of gum disease, before it advances to periodontitis.
The most common gum disease symptoms include:
- Gum inflammation;
- Bleeding gums;
- Gum sensitivity;
- Pain when chewing;
- Loose teeth;
- Receding gums;
- Halitosis (bad breath);