Archive for August, 2009

Adult Fluoride Treatments

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Adult Flouride Treatments

In the past, it was generally excepted that fluoride should be mainly used for children, whose developing teeth, fluoride helped the most. But through the years, more research has been done and fluoride is being shown to help prevent tooth decay in people of all ages. You don’t have to go to the dentist to get fluoride. Many toothpastes and some mouthwashes contain fluoride.

If upon speaking with your dentist, it is determined that you have a more serious risk of tooth decay, you can be prescribed fluoride treatments that you can use in your home. Flouride, while not the only necessary dental hygiene practice, can work in conjunction with brushing and flossing to help you keep your teeth healthier for longer.

10 Reasons to Have a Dental Cleaning

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Ten Reasons to Have a Dental Cleaning

Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Following, are ten important reasons to maintain our recommended schedule of dental cleanings.

1. To Prevent Oral Cancer
According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer, every hour of every day in the United States alone. When you have your dental cleaning, we also screen you for oral cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early.

2. To Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place and is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. If diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed. If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stage of gum disease may follow. Regular dental cleanings and check ups, flossing daily and brushing twice a day are key factors in preventing gum disease.

3. To Help Maintain Good Physical Health
Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease, resulting from poor oral hygiene. A dental cleaning every 6 months helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and could possibly reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes.

4. To Keep Your Teeth
Since gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults, regular dental check ups, cleanings, and brushing and flossing are vital to keeping as many teeth as you can. Keeping your teeth means better chewing function and ultimately, better health.

5. To Detect Dental Problems Early
Early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease are easily treatable. If these problems go untreated, root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth could become the only treatment options available.

6. To Maintain Good Oral Health
A visit to our office will help to ensure that you are maintaining your good oral health by allowing us to visualy examine your mouth and compare your previous dental check ups. If you are falling off track with your oral hygiene we will help put you back on the right path.

7. To Use Your Dental Insurance Plan
Dental insurance plans usually pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and check ups every six months. Take advantage of this and save a lot of money in the long run by avoiding costly dental procedures that can result from poor oral hygiene.

8. To Create a Treatment Plan
If we diagnose any problems in your mouth, we will reccomend a treatment plan. This treatment plan will have the cost of each procedure that you will need, so that we can discuss financial arrangements to accommodate the cost of getting your mouth healthy again.

9. To Have a Bright and White Smile
Our hygienist can remove most tobacco, coffee and tea stains. During your cleaning, we will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine. The result? A whiter and brighter smile!

10. To Prevent Bad Breath
Dental studies show that about 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath, also known as halitosis have a dental problem that is to blame. Good oral hygiene is essential in preventing bad breath. Regular check ups and cleanings are the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.

Dental Veneers : A Makeover for your Mouth !

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Dental Veneers: A Makeover for your Teeth

Dental veneers are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material that, when applied over the surface of a tooth, can cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment, or spacing and chips or cracks. Dental veneers fall into the category of because they create a bright, white smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. Even better, the translucent ceramic quality of today’s veneers provides a more natural look than what’s been available in the past. Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, including:

  • Worn enamel: Over time, the thin, hard white substance covering your teeth (enamel) may become worn, dulled, and discolored. Such wear and discoloration may be natural or the result of a genetic predisposition; however, it is often a result of your habits (soft drink, tea, or coffee consumption, smoking, medication use, etc.).
  • Wear and tear: Teeth naturally wear down as people age. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, cracks, or a generally uneven appearance.
  • Genetics: Certain people may be born with abnormal spacing between the teeth that grows wider as they age.
  • Uneven teeth: Uneven teeth can result from tooth grinding or general wear and tear.

Porcelain Veneers and Composite Resin Veneers

The two most common materials used in the manufacture of dental veneers are porcelain and composite resin. Both porcelain and composite veneers may be fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory; composite veneers can also be directly fabricated inside your mouth at the dental office. Dental veneers that are indirectly fabricated – fabricated in a dental laboratory – are bonded to the teeth with various types of resin cement. Of the two options, porcelain veneers are longer lasting and more expensive.

When are Veneers Appropriate?

Bonding often serves as an inexpensive and effective restoration for small chips and cracks in the teeth. Such minor problems may be functionally and cosmetically repaired with a composite “white filling.” A composite resin material is bonded to the tooth in order to fill in the chip or crack and better protect the surrounding tooth structure. But for more severe cases of dullness, wear, discoloration, mild chipping, cracking, spacing, or uneven teeth, dental veneers may be recommended as a more appropriate solution.

Veneers or Whitening?

Teeth whitening may provide a white smile for mildly discolored teeth, and lasers may be used to treat specific discoloration spots on a tooth. Some people who are interested in veneers will find that their cosmetic dentist will steer them to the simpler alternative of whitening, perhaps combined with some simple orthodontic alignment. The placement of dental veneers requires the “shaping” or “prepping” of all teeth being fitted with the custom-designed shells. This process permanently alters the teeth that are treated and is therefore not recommended if your natural teeth are functionally and esthetically adequate.If you have a severe case of dull or discolored teeth, you may have to opt for dental veneers. Veneers do have the added benefits of longevity and a proven ability to enhance the appearance of the mouth, smile, and possibly other areas of an aged face that would be better supported by properly shaped teeth. Although veneers require a much larger commitment than teeth whitening, the results are typically well worth it.

A Restorative Benefit to Veneers

In addition to being esthetically pleasing, dental veneers can also serve a functional purpose by protecting the surface of a damaged tooth. In some cases, veneers may replace the need for a dental crown, eliminating the need for more invasive tooth preparation.Because dental veneers are so thin, they might require little-to-no tooth reshaping when bonded onto the tooth. They are incredibly strong and may last up to 15 years, assuming they are properly maintained through regular brushing and checkups.Authored By: Greg Johnstone Reviewed By: Dennis J. Wells, DDS

The Diagnodent !

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Were you ever really good at playing hide and seek? Well, cavities are good at hiding, too. In fact, they hide in places even dental X-rays can’t find. You may think these dental caries have the best hiding skills, but they’re really no match for DIAGNOdent’s dental cavity-detection power.

DIAGNOdent is a device dentists use to find even small amounts of tooth decay at the earliest stages using laser dentistry. Think of it as a laser cavity detector. The dentist uses a dental laser to scan zones where tooth decay is most likely to evade detection. When it detects any abnormality in the tooth, it fluoresces or emits a visible light and makes a beeping noise. The more tooth decay, the more visible light and the faster the beeps. Numerical readings are also shown on the display of the DIAGNOdent.

This tool provides dentists with immediate feedback — an advantage for both you and the dentist. Early detection of dental caries will mean a smaller tooth filling, faster appointments, and lower cost for dental treatment in the long run. Besides, wouldn’t you want your dental cavity detected as early as possible, before it becomes a pain in the tooth?

DIAGNOdent is proven to be 90% accurate and allows dentists to avoid unnecessary exploration of teeth that are suspected to have cavities. And when it teams up with the dental X-ray, no dental cavity can hide. X-rays find dental cavities in between teeth and on the roots, while DIAGNOdent easily finds surface cavities.

Ask your dentist about DIAGNOdent — your hiding dental cavities won’t stand a chance. For a dentist who uses DIAGNOdent, use our convenient search tool or call us at 1-866-970-9853.