Are Dental Implants Right For You?

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By Adolf Aikn

dentistIf you have missing or loose teeth and are not satisfied with the results provided by dentures or bridges, then you may be the ideal candidate for dental Implants. Even though there have been a number of innovative techniques and treatments developed to help reduce instances of tooth loss in adults, there are still millions of people missing one or more of their teeth. Finding the right aurora co dentist is an essential part of having success with this process.

In most cases, if you prematurely lose teeth, your dentist will replace them to ensure that you are able to properly chew your food and to make sure that you have an attractive smile. Additionally, when these missing teeth are replaced, it can help to slow down the aging process of the face that is often associated with jawbone and tooth loss.

Usually, these teeth are replaced with partial or full dentures or removable or fixed bridges. A fixed bridge is a type of tooth replacement that requires you to have health teeth present on each side of missing teeth. These healthy teeth are used for bridge support and will help to span the gap that has been created by the missing tooth or missing teeth.

The actual success of a bridge will be entirely dependent on the teeth that are adjacent to the gap. Full or complete dentures will be used when all of your teeth in the lower or the upper jaw are missing. These are able to be removed easily for periodic maintenance and daily cleaning. However, there are a number of complete denture patients that have issues with looseness, sore spots and the need to completely change their diets. The dentist doing the work will be able to give you advice on what needs to be done following the procedure.

However, there is a more modern option, which has been used for the past several decades, which offers a permanent solution to tooth loss: dental implants. One of the biggest benefits of these implants is the fact that they are not dependent on your adjacent teeth.

A dental implant is essentially a type of root replacement that is created from titanium, which is the same material that is used in hip replacements. This is mainly due to the fact that titanium is able to be tolerated by the body and offers an anchor to which your dentist will attach a replacement tooth. If you have more than one missing tooth, there are a number of options that can be used for dental implants to help and fully restore your smile.

Child Friendly Dental Supplies

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By Jeniffer Page and Orien Dental

brushteethWith so many dentistry supplies on the market, it can be difficult to determine what is suitable to give children whose teeth might still be developing. As we have seen in the media, not every product marketed towards children has the child’s best interests in mind or is even good for them to begin with. Experienced dental suppliers Orien Dental takes a look at some of the most common dental supplies and provides information on how to choose the best products for use by children.

Toothpaste

An essential part of any person’s oral hygiene routine, toothpaste comes in many different colours, flavours and textures. The active ingredients, those being fluoride and a mild abrasive substance – the part of toothpaste that dislodges food from between teeth and polishes the teeth – are typically consistent across the board. The differences between the brands often come down to the various thickeners, flavours and sweeteners that are also found in toothpaste. When it comes to child-friendly toothpaste products, look for those that are sugar-free and low in fluoride (to avoid the onset of fluorosis that’s caused by swallowing toothpaste). In fact, many health care professionals and dental suppliers recommend not giving toothpaste to children up to 18 months old because of their likelihood to swallow it. However, if you would like your child to use a safe toothpaste, then as your dental supplier we would recommend the Paroamin kids toothpaste. This is a child-friendly toothpaste that’s SLS free and is recommended from 0 to 10 years, with a low fluoride content of 250ppm. For children over 10 years, we recommend the Paroamin toothpaste for adults. This has a higher fluoride content of 1250pp and is also SLS free.

Mouthwash

Mouthwash products come in a wide variety of fun colours and flavours, making the temptation among children to try them out as part of their oral hygiene pretty strong. But are they safe for children to use?

Essentially, most dental practitioners will recommend that children six and under do not use mouthwash products. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, they might not be ready to manage the motions of swishing the liquid in their mouth and spitting it out (they might instead swallow it), and secondly, mouth rinses contain fluoride, and too much of this as their teeth are developing can lead to fluorosis. Once the child is at an age that they can manage the rinsing and spitting motions and their teeth have formed, they can move onto a mouthwash product that is free of sugar and alcohol (found in numerous mouthwashes). Between the ages of 6 and 12, children should rinse only under adult supervision, and they should learn that rinsing should complement rather than act as a substitute for brushing and flossing.

H2: Flossing

How early should a child start flossing their teeth? ‘As early as they are able to manage it’ is what many professionals suggest. The benefits of flossing, particularly the dislodgement of food between teeth that might otherwise cause dental problems, and the prevention of halitosis (bad breath), make it a worthwhile practice to get into early. By the age of 8, children should be able to comfortably use floss and incorporate it into their oral hygiene routine.

As one of Australia’s premier dental supply specialists, Orien Dental Supplies is able to provide dental practitioners, hospitals, retailers and other organisations with an extensive range of dentistry supplies for adults and children. Whether you’re looking for dental supplies in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, or elsewhere in Australia, you can trust Orien Dental Supplies to accommodate your needs. Order your dental supplies online today.

How New Tech Is Changing Dental Care For The Better

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toothbrushpasteThe world of dentistry is changing fast and it’s in no small part due to new advancements in technologies. Patients and dentists alike are seeing real advantages with new dental tech. Here are some of the best new dental technologies changing oral care.

1. Tooth brush

Finding the right toothbrush is the first step to good oral care. The tooth brush has been around for almost a hundred years. While most toothbrushes resemble the original design, some have made real advancements. Today’s dental experts recommend using an electric tooth brush. Electric toothbrushes come in a wide array of choices and price points. Some have basic electric oscillation, while advanced brushes add additional vibration, and rotation.

Some of the best electric tooth brushes are loaded with options like, settings for sensitive teeth, gum massaging and extra whitening capabilities. Some have pressure sensors which alert the user to overly hard brushing, while others even have built-in sensors which let you know when it’s time to replace the brush head. Most come with chargers to ensure your brush is fully powered and ready to go even when on the go.

Prices can vary from a few dollars to over a hundred dollars. This may sound like a lot for a toothbrush but the costs can even-out over the life of the brush, as most electric brushes last longer than other traditional brushes. Be sure to consult with your dentist on which toothbrush is best for you.

2. Laser Dentistry:

Nothing sounds more futuristic than lasers. While it might seem crazy to imagine lasers and oral care in the same sentence, laser tech is changing dental care for the better. Dental laser tech is proving to be more efficient for both the patient and the doctor. Laser tech is helping to eliminate oral discomfort in many procedures which were traditionally long and painful. Lasers are being used to help fill cavities, mitigate tooth sensitivity, whiten teeth, and even remove oral tumors.

The process is proving to be really fast, reducing patient care time. This is good for both the patient and the doctor. Laser care is not only faster but nearly painless, which is a very good thing. Laser tech is also very good at eliminating all forms of bacteria, which is the leading cause of plaque, tarter, and dental complications. Laser treatment is ensuring patients avoid future problems and keeping patients’ teeth and mouths clean and healthy for longer periods of time.

3. Digital solutions and online support:

The world of dentistry is going digital. Dentists and patients are seeing digital tech driving the industry and making oral care simple and effective. Online resources are allowing easy communication between doctor and patient.

New digital dental practice solutions are helping doctors reach patients through automated systems over email and cell phones for updates, reminders and more. Solutionreach, a leading voice in dental practice solutions, writes that digital platforms increase revenue and reduce cost. These new tech systems are allowing more efficient doctor/patient communication through, patient outreach, automated reminders, unlimited custom messaging, and built-in appointment confirmation. Digital solutions can make the hassle of scheduling appointments much easier. Online support systems are making it easier for doctors and patients alike.

tooth4. Intraoral Cameras:

This new dental tech is allowing doctors and patients the ability to better see, in real time, what’s going on inside the mouth. This camera resembles a wand-like device that can take images from inside the mouth and project them onto a screen that can be seen by both the doctor and the patient. These images can show fractured teeth, gum disease, broken fixes and damaged fillings.

This new tech is allowing doctors to better assist potential problems and gives the patient the ability to see for themselves any potential issues. This means the doctor can see the problem first hand taking the guess work away from the solutions and treatment options. These images are so good they can even be used as documentation for insurance claims meaning more patients are ensured better and more reliable insurance coverages.

5. Air Abrasion:

Air abrasion is a fast and painless way to remove tooth decay and/or prepare a tooth for a fixing procedure. Using compressed air to gently blast teeth with aluminum oxide for better cleaning and preparation of the tooth surface. The procedure is fast a relatively painless and can be done without the use of anesthesia.

This is a great new option for patients who dislike needles, the sound of the drill, or tooth vibration. While this procedure cannot be used for every issue it can be used in many situations that previously required more painful treatments. Air abrasion means less pain, less fear, and better oral health.

– Submitted by Katherine Smith

Good Dental Health Means Good Overall Health In Pets

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This older article from February is courtesy of PRWeb, please share your thoughts below…..even though it was from February, we thought it may still be of interest.

walkingdogFebruary marks National Pet Dental Health Month, a time for pet owners to recognize the importance that dental health has on a pet’s overall well-being. Just as people maintain oral health by brushing daily and visiting the dentist, pets should receive at-home dental care in addition to an annual cleaning from a veterinarian. Pets often try to disguise pain, so even if you’re not seeing signs of discomfort in your pets, an annual dental exam may expose hidden problems.

The common complaint of bad breath in a pet can be a sign of dental disease. Without proper dental care, plaque builds up and hardens, causing periodontal disease and leading to damage of the gums, ligaments and bones surrounding the teeth and eventual tooth loss. Also, the bacteria in plaque can lead to infections that enter the bloodstream and airways and that are potentially associated with infections and inflammation in other organs, such as the heart valves, lungs, liver and kidneys.

The most effective dental cleaning is one performed by a veterinarian under anesthesia. Some establishments may offer anesthesia-free services that might help remove tartar and plaque from teeth; however, it is nearly impossible to perform a thorough dental cleaning and obtain X-rays on an awake, squirming and likely nervous pet.

“As a veterinary dental specialist, I strongly believe that a lifetime of good dental care—both home care and professional care—can improve the health and quality of life of pets as well as their lifespan,” said Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC, a TVMA member and board-certified veterinary dentist who practices at Main Street Veterinary Hospital in Flower Mound, Texas. “Veterinary dental care is a like a team sport with the pet, pet parent, veterinarian and technician or veterinary nurse all playing a role.”

In addition to a yearly professional treatment, pet owners should provide home dental care for their pets. Your veterinary team can help determine the best options for home care for you and your pet based on your pet’s disposition. Daily brushing with toothpaste designed specifically for dogs or cats is ideal, but there are other options for pets who won’t tolerate brushing, such as dental chews, oral solutions and water additives. For more information on pet dental health, visit https://www.texvetpets.org/article/basic-dental-care-for-your-pet or watch TVMA’s National Pet Dental Health Month video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CP7hF4TcRI&feature=youtu.be.

About the Texas Veterinary Medical Association
Founded in 1903, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association is a professional association composed of more than 3,700 veterinarians committed to protecting public health, promoting high educational, ethical and moral standards within the veterinary profession and educating the public about animal health and its relationship to human health. For more information, call 512/452-4224 or visit http://www.tvma.org.

February Is National Children’s Dental Health Month

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brushteethFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month. According to Smiles Park Avenue Dental, roughly 41 percent of children age 2-11 have had decay in their primary teeth.

If there’s one thing that all dentists have in common, it’s that they regularly see young patients with tooth decay. According to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (published Aug. 26, 2005), roughly 41 percent of children age 2-11 have had decay in their primary teeth, while approximately 32 percent of children ages 9-11 have decay in their permanent teeth.¹

Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal at New York-based Smiles Park Avenue Dental, a practice that specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, notes that there are many foods that can help or harm a child’s teeth. Here are the good and the bad:

THE GOOD: Here are some foods, even “junk foods,” that can help a child’s oral health:

* Dark Chocolate. The super dark treat can actually brighten a child’s teeth. Tannins (antioxidants found in cacao) prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth while also neutralizing the microorganisms that cause bad breath

* Unsweetened hulless popcorn. This treat acts as a natural tooth detergent in addition to being highly nutritious and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Its calcium phosphorus supplies valuable minerals and roughage and helps to exercise the teeth.

* Chew gum with xylitol. It helps reduce bacteria which lead to tooth decay. A few pieces of a gum such as Dentyne Ice leave no plaque-causing sticky residue, changes the chemistry in a child’s mouth and can actually help keep cavities away.

* Cinnamon flavored gum. Cinnamon helps to reduce bacteria in a child’s mouth. So gum like Orbit Cinnamon flavor may very well help inhibit growth of cavity causing bacteria.

* Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies. These treats stimulate saliva, which prevents dry mouth. A dry mouth allows plaque to build up on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities.

* Sip sugary drinks through a straw. This helps children to limit the amount of contact the sugar has with the teeth.

* Yogurt snacks. Foods that provide calcium and phosphates, such as yogurt snacks and milk and cheese can strengthen the tooth’s surface.

* Juice boxes. Add water to the juice drinks to dilute the sugar.

* String cheese. Some foods neutralize acids which cause cavities such as pears, apples and dairy, especially cheese.

* Raw nuts. These provide calcium and phosphates that can strengthen the tooth’s surface.

THE BAD: Here are some food-based causes of tooth decay in children:

* Drinking from a bottle. When children drink from a bottle, the liquid sloshes around their teeth and gums, and any drink with sugar in it will increase the chance of decay. So only put milk and water in a bottle. At bedtime, it’s especially important to put only water in the bottle. That’s because prolonged exposure to the sugars in milk can cause cavities too.

* Sippy cups. Limit the amount of time that a child has a sippy cup in her mouth, especially if it is filled with juices which are high in sugars and acids. Try diluting the juice or substituting water instead.

* Gummy vitamins. Many children consume their sweet or gummy vitamins after they brush their teeth, so the sugar remains on their teeth all morning.

* Sour candies. High acid levels in these treats can break down tooth enamel quickly.

* Sticky candies. Candies like gummies and dried fruits linger on the teeth, giving the bacteria extra time to cause damage.

* Long-lasting sugars. Lollipops and cough drops allow the sugar to remain in the mouth for a prolonged period.

* Starchy foods. Foods like French fries, white bread and pretzels easily lodge between teeth and are quickly converted to sugar by the pre-digestive saliva.

* Powdery candy. Candies which dissolve quickly and contain nothing but sugar, can lead to cavities by changing the mouth pH and giving the bacteria pure sugar to feed on.

* Acidic foods and drinks. Such as soda and fruit juices eat away the healthy enamel of teeth.

The foods that damage teeth have been shown to damage overall health, and the foods that are favorable to teeth tend to be favorable to health. No surprise. This is just one more reminder of why it is important to teach children early on the importance of eating well and avoiding sugars.

For additional information please go to http://www.SmilesParkAvenueDental.com

Reference:

1) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Aug. 26, 2005, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5403a1.htm

5 Ways To Improve Your Dental Health

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malesmileIn order to keep your body fit and healthy, a certain amount of effort must be given to its maintenance, and the mouth is no exception. Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, so it makes sense to give it the care and attention that it requires. Taking proper care of your teeth and gums could have a significant positive impact on your life as a whole.

Let’s take a look at 5 effective habits that you can implement in order to improve the condition of your dental health.

1. Make sure you have the right tools on hand.

With all the brands of dental care tools that are available on the market today, how does one know which one to choose? The answer is pretty simple: go with the trusted brands that are known for their quality products. Make sure you invest in all the necessary tools that are needed for optimum dental health. Basic tools that you should have stored in your bathroom cabinet include a quality toothbrush that fits your requirements, toothpaste, dental floss and some mouthwash.

2. Have regular check-ups with your dentist.

Visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings will ensure that your teeth and gums are in a healthy condition. When choosing a dentist to visit, ensure that he/she is fully qualified and comes highly recommended by his/her previous or current patients. The level of hygiene that is practiced should also be a deciding factor in who you choose to visit as all dentists must abide by the legislations that are in place regarding clinical waste disposal etc.

3. Don’t just brush – floss!

As flossing is effective in the removal of food particles and the buildup of soft plaque from teeth it should be a definite part of your oral hygiene routine. If this debris is not effectively removed from the surface of your teeth, bacteria can feed off of it at night, which when left untreated, could lead to a very bad case of gum disease.

4. Use good form when brushing.

brushteethAccording to dental experts, the best way to clean your teeth is to brush back and forth lightly using short strokes. Start with the outer tooth surfaces first and continue with the inner tooth exteriors followed by the chewing surfaces. To clean the backs of your front teeth successfully, use the very tip of the brush exercising gentle strokes in an upward and downwards motion.

5. Cut out sugary foods.

Sugary foods can have a seriously damaging impact on your teeth. Cutting them out and replacing them with a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables will ensure that your teeth are not harmed by their impact. Additionally, it’s a good idea to consume foods and drinks like milk, cheese and yoghurt, as these are all calcium rich and nutritious. Calcium is essential for the building of strong bones and teeth and should be present in your diet in some way or other.

However obvious the above practices may seem, the cutting out of sugary foods, regular flossing and brushing and routine visits to your dentist will ensure that you have an attractive smile and healthy oral hygiene to go along with it.

– Submitted by Sandra

Tips On How To Save Teeth In A Dental Emergency

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toothNew Albany cosmetic dental treatment authority Dr. Ronald Receveur is offering tips to anyone who has a dental emergency.

Those in Southern Indiana and Louisville, Ky., looking to find a dentist who does emergency dentistry can call Dr. Receveur at 812-945-SMILE to be seen right away or visit his website at NewAlbanyImplants.com/emergencies/ for more information.

“The most common dental emergencies are a cracked or broken tooth, knocked out tooth, toothache, and cracked or broken dentures,” Dr. Receveur said.

Those experiencing difficulty breathing due to swelling, a broken jaw, high fever or severe pain should go to the hospital or call 911, he said. Others should call an emergency dentist, such as Dr. Receveur, immediately upon discovering any of the following:

Cracked or broken tooth:
Call an emergency dentist immediately to get an appointment, even if you have no pain. A tooth can continue to break even without pain!
Rinse your mouth with warm water.
Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling before your appointment.

Knocked out tooth
Use water to rinse off the tooth if it is dirty, but don’t scrub it or remove any tissue.
Gently insert the tooth into its socket and hold it there, if possible.
If you can’t put it back into the socket, put it in a cup of milk.

Toothache
Rinse your mouth with warm water.
Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling before your appointment.
Don’t put alcohol, aspirin or any other painkiller against your gums near the aching tooth as doing so may burn the gums.

For a broken denture, look for an affordable dentist like Dr. Receveur who has his own lab. Dr. Receveur can usually provide someone new teeth in one day.

Dr. Receveur, who practices in New Albany, Ind., across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky., offers Louisville cosmetic dentistry services and general dentistry such as teeth cleanings, X-rays, fillings, extractions, root canals, crowns, teeth whitening and veneers. Dr. Receveur also is an expert in more advanced implant dentistry like All on Four dental implants, All on Six dental implants, mini dental implants, One Day Smile Solution, dental implants in one hour, bone grafting and sinus lifts, all with IV sedation dentistry.

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– Courtesy of PRWeb

Regular Dental Visits: Why Are They Deemed Important?

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By Samuel Addison

dentistHave you ever wondered why most dentists recommend to have teeth checked at least twice a year?

Truth be told, your teeth need the same amount of attention and TLC you’re giving your body.

In essence, a regular visit to your dentist will not only help maintain optimal oral health, but will also assist in sustaining your overall health as well.

What happens during a dental exam?

During a dental check-up, your dentist assesses your teeth, gums and mouth. Also, presence of cavities, plaque build-ups, broken fillings and tooth sensitivities will be looked into.

Additionally, you will be checked if you are suffering from bleeding gums, which is often a prominent sign of gingivitis. Furthermore, your cheeks, tongue, palate and other areas of your mouth will also be examined to ensure no unusual or suspicious inflammation is present.

Typically, you will also be asked about your general health and if you have complaints since your last visit.

Ideally, you will also be given advice on how to keep your mouth healthy, including what foods to eat, what oral hygiene routine to religiously follow and what detrimental oral habits to avoid. Also, you will be informed when your next visit is due.

What are the benefits of routine dental visits?

Prevent oral cancer

According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, at least one person dies from oral cancer every hour of the day. While it’s true that it can be diagnosed easily, mortality rate is still high because the condition is usually discovered late.

As a safety precaution, most dentists will not only perform oral prophylaxis during a check up but will also include screening as part of the standard routine to detect if malignant cells are present.

Prevent gum disease

Gum (periodontal) disease is known as one of the leading causes of tooth loss in many adults. Most of these diseases are bacterial infections caused by plaque, a sticky, colourless and bacterial-filled film that sticks to the teeth.

When addressed immediately, gingivitis and other gum infections are easily treated. Suffice it to say; early treatment should be given at all times so any dental condition will not escalate.

Avoid dental emergencies

Since most dentists can very well detect any signs of teeth or gum-related problems, regular dental exams can effortlessly spare you from the excruciating pain of tooth sensitivity and aches.

However, if you don’t give your dental health the attention it deserves, chances are you will be left with costly alternatives such as root canals, surgeries and implants.

Save your teeth

As gum disease escalates, the pockets can grow deeper. This will enable plaque to go deep down the tooth’s root, wreaking havoc to the supporting bone in the process. Once this occurs, teeth might loosen and will likely fall out eventually.

However, the scenario can be easily avoided provided you observe good oral hygiene and pay your dental professional a regular visit.

Maintain overall health

malesmileYour oral health is more vital than you perceive it to be. In fact, a recent study suggests a significant link between gum and cardiovascular diseases.

According to the research, people who suffer from gum diseases are known to be more predisposed to heart conditions.

Gum diseases that are due to extended bacterial exposure increases the inflammation level of the body. And since inflammation is a huge risk factor of most heart diseases, people with periodontal infections become more susceptible to heart attacks and other heart-related problems.

Taking all the benefits into account, it’s easy to see scheduling a regular visit to the dentist is one of the best things you can ever do, not just for your teeth but also your overall health in general.

– Samuel Addison is a professional content writer with over 8 years of experience both in writing and internet marketing. Samuel started having interest in cosmetic dentistry when he himself undergone a dental operation 3 years ago.

Doing Your Dental Diligence: Recognizing Bite Problems

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By Joseph T. Hung, DMD, MMSc

malesmileA good number of us have what is often referred to as a “bad bite”. This is a term used to describe malocclusion and is basically an issue with numerous symptoms that occurs when your teeth do not align correctly.

The way that your teeth fit together when you close your jaw and bite is called occlusion and if the problem is not addressed, it can actually leading to some more serious problems over time.

Unbalanced bite

Malocclusion is when you have an unbalanced bite and it is highly likely that you will experience not just one but at least three or more of the symptoms that point to a dental problem that needs correcting.

Many of us experience varying degrees of malocclusion but a visit to specialists will often result in treatment that resolves whatever problems you are having in this respect.

Malocclusions are not just treatable but they are also reversible. You can put matters right and enjoy a healthy bite provided you get the problem seen to quickly enough and you don’t leave it until irreversible damage is done.

Self-check

There are numerous symptoms that point to the possibility that you have malocclusion but there are several relatively easy ways that you can self-check in order to decide that a visit to an orthodontist is required.

Sensitivity

You may experience sensitive teeth on a regular basis. Your teeth should feel comfortable whenever you are chewing different foods and whether it is a single tooth or an entire row that are giving you pain, you should consider getting an expert to take a look.

There are a number of dental problems that could be causing sensitive teeth such as fractured thin spots on enamel, due to a misaligned bite or a problem with a filling.

Soreness

If you experience a sore jaw and experience tenderness or muscle spasms when you wake up after a sleep, this is one of the more commonplace indicators that you have a bite problem.

Your teeth should be able to get the opportunity to rest comfortably throughout the night but when the jaw muscles on either side of your mouth are fighting against each other rather than being in harmony, this can lead to night time grinding.

Fillings

If you notice that your fillings are not lasting as long as they should be or you seem to be chipping natural teeth, this could be a sign of malocclusion.

Your molars should be doing most of the hard work in a normal health mouth but when other teeth around them suffer too much stress, they will eventually show signs of deterioration. No amount of visits to your dentist is likely to get to the heart of the problem just by repairing a broken tooth or filling, as it is possible that your bite is not adjusted correctly and will need correcting to properly remedy the situation.

Worn down teeth

If you open your mouth wide and take a good look yourself using a mirror, you can check to see if there are any square or flat shiny spots on the chewing edges of your teeth.

Also have a look to see if the tips of your teeth are looking like they are worn down .If you can actually see clear signs of flat spots, this could be a strong indication that you have some serious teeth issues to contend with.

The hard outer shell of your tooth is very durable and provides an important layer of protection, so when this shell wears down, your softer inner layers become much more vulnerable to decay and will subsequently break down much quicker than they should do.

Nice smile

mansmileA nice smile perhaps come from within but it also helps to have well-aligned teeth in order to achieve not just a great smile but also helps to ensure that you minimize the prospect of suffering from chronic pain and tooth loss, which are often caused as a result of having teeth that are out of alignment.

Solutions

An orthodontist is specifically trained to deal with any “bad bite” issues and there are three specific ways that a malocclusion can be corrected.

It may be suggested that you wear a night guard, which is a hard plastic retainer that fits closely over the upper and lower teeth. Your orthodontist may suggest some type of brace or you might be suitable for occlusal equilibration, which involves painlessly smoothing out the bumps and hollows to adjust your bite accordingly.

The key to successful treatment is dental diligence. So act as soon as you think that you may have a problem with your teeth that might have been caused by malocclusion.

Joseph T. Hung, DMD, MMSc, is active in the New York dental and orthodontic communities. He likes to extend his services by providing the latest information on dental medicine to readers. You can find his informative articles on many medical, health and dental blog sites. Keep up to date with dental issues on Facebook and see ManhattanOrtho for more information on treatments.

Manual Vs. Electric Toothbrushes: Which Choice Is Best For Dental Hygiene?

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By Dr. Paul Massari

toothbrushDental hygiene is something we’re taught about as a child, but we often neglect as we grow older. With people going from one task to another, we often do not brush accordingly. This causes cavities, plaque buildup and a plethora of dental hygiene problems that we must take very seriously. Utilizing a manual or electric toothbrush will ensure that a person is able to clean all of their four quadrants effectively – but which one is better?

Manual Toothbrushes – Effective and Affordable

Manual toothbrushes are simple, yet effective. These brushes are more affordable than their counterparts, but they also lack in some of the functionality that can make an electric toothbrush much more effective. Manual brushes have the following traits:

Pros

• Manual toothbrushes are very inexpensive and can be purchased at virtually any food or health store. There is no need to change out expensive brush heads or spend extra electricity on charging a battery.

• When used correctly and for the appropriate amount of time, a manual toothbrush will be able to rid the mouth of plaque.

• Those with sensitive teeth will have full control over the speed and pressure during their brushing session.

Cons

• Manual toothbrushes are dated. They do not have a way to track time or even tell a user when it is time to replace the brush in most cases.

• Manual brushes are less effective than their counterparts and remove less plaque.

• Manual brushes do not come with changeable heads that allow them to be more versatile when used.

The trick to making a manual toothbrush effective is brushing for the dentist-recommended times. This means that a person should brush 2 – 3 times a day for a minimum of 2 minutes each time. This has been studied and shown to be the ideal time needed for adequate hygiene.

toothElectric Toothbrushes – Effective and Feature-filled

Electric toothbrushes are not as widely used as their counterparts, but they are still highly effective when it comes to cleaning teeth. In fact, studies have shown that when used as directed, electric toothbrushes can remove up to two times the plaque than that of a manual toothbrush.

Pros

• Most electric toothbrushes come with a timer to ensure a person always brushes for 2 minutes.

• Changeable brush heads and modes allow a person to not only clean their teeth, but whiten them or do a deep cleaning.

• Through the immense power of these brushes, double the plaque is removed within the same timeframe.

Cons

• Electric toothbrushes are more costly than that of a manual toothbrush.

• Replacement brush heads are often expensive.

• Replacement parts need to be purchased from the company or another retail outlet and may not be available in regular retail outlets.

• Battery charging can become a tedious task and may leave a person defaulting to a manual toothbrush when their electric counterparts are charging.

While manual toothbrushes have been a staple in homes, they are being challenged by the electric toothbrush. The latter simply provides supreme cleaning power and many of the functions that users want, such as a timer and cleaning modes. When used correctly, both will be able to rid a person’s mouth of plaque and ensure that their teeth are always cleaned to the highest of standards.

– Dr. Paul Massari is an Italian dentist living in Milan, Italy. He is currently running a website about electric toothbrushes at electrictoothbrushking.com and contributing to other online projects, while helping dentists promote their activity online.