How Often Do You See Your Dentist?

If you keep up with the recommended frequency for dental checkups, you should see your dentist two times a year (not counting any addition trips for restorative or cosmetic work). When you stay on top of this routine, you can improve your defense against problems like tooth decay and gum disease, and receive early warning if something potentially troubling is observed. Of course, if you miss these visits, you leave yourself facing a greater risk for problems that will require restorative dental work. You also miss out on cleaning sessions that remove tartar from your teeth, and you can miss signs of a cavity until the problem becomes more serious. (more…)

Quiz: What Do You Know About Porcelain Veneers?

What would you like to see change about your smile? For some people, it is less a matter of making one small change, and more an issue of wanting to practically overhaul the appearance of their teeth. Porcelain veneers are often thought of as providing a smile makeover, as their placement can lead to coverage for multiple flaws. If you want porcelain veneers, you will need to undergo a review from your dentist. This must take place because veneers are permanently bonded to your smile, and your teeth need to be able to hold them. You will also need treatment for any oral health issues that might be affecting you before undergoing this cosmetic dental procedure. (more…)

Could Teeth Grinding Be The Cause Of Your Headaches?

There is no “right time” for a headache, but they can occur at what may seem like the worst possible moments. Chronic headaches can limit your ability to concentrate at work, and they can make it difficult to relax. You may be suffering headaches due to ongoing jaw troubles (your jaw joints are operated by your trigeminal nerve, which also controls sensation in your face, neck, and head). If this is the case, the problem could be with your habit of grinding your teeth. If you grind your teeth while you sleep (a problem known as bruxism), you can develop TMJ issues, and experience regular pain. You also face the real risk you will develop dental damage, which can be serious enough to call for restorative care. (more…)

Seeking Care When Your Child Has A Cavity

You can be frustrated by the news you need treatment for a cavity. For your child, that news can be downright alarming. Younger patients can be unsure of what to expect from restorative dental care. What you should know is that your dentist is sensitive to that uncertainty and fear, and can take care to put your child at ease when they come in for a cavity treatment. One benefit to starting regular dental care for children at a young age is that they can feel more comfortable in the dentist’s office. Regular care can limit their cavity risk, but it can also help ensure that if they do suffer a cavity, they do not panic at the news they need treatment for it. (more…)

Staying On Top Of Your Periodontal Health Needs

A cavity-free smile may not be in perfect health. When your dentist takes your full oral health into account, they are also investigating the condition of your gum tissue. The effect gum disease can have on your smile might shock you. Are you aware of the link periodontal problems can have to tooth loss? If you allow advanced gum disease – periodontitis – to form, you are now dealing with the issue that is most likely to cause adult tooth loss. Your dentist can help you address problems with your oral health, including your gum health, so that periodontitis is not given the opportunity to form. (more…)

Need A Root Canal? What You Should Know

People can have a knee-jerk aversion when they receive the news that they need a root canal treatment. While the procedure’s reputation can put you ill at ease, you should understand that a root canal is an important procedure that can stop a serious tooth problem. Essentially, this restorative dental procedure is needed to stop a problem severe enough to create internal tooth issues. It is often employed because a person needs to have a cavity removed that has moved to their tooth’s pulp. However, it can sometimes be needed when you have suffered a dental injury. (more…)

Quiz: Gaining And Sustaining A White Smile

What does it take to make sure your teeth look their best? One common concern people have is over the color of their teeth. Simply put, a dull, discolored smile can hurt your overall appearance, sap your confidence, and be a general source of frustration or embarrassment. Cosmetic dentistry offers treatments that can have a major impact on the condition of your smile. Through a professional whitening treatment, you can see real, positive changes. However, if you suffer from intrinsic discoloration, your dentist may steer you towards an alternative treatment. While whitening agents work well against stains in your enamel, a different approach can be needed when your teeth are stained due to internal issues. (more…)

Secure Your Best Smile With A Dental Bonding Treatment

What problem – or problems – are stopping you from enjoying your best smile? If you have suffered enduring frustration because of dental problems that hurt the quality of your appearance, you may want to approach the subject of cosmetic dentistry with your dentist. The care you need may be less involved than you expect. One way many patients will see positive changes is through a dental bonding and contouring treatment. Bonding and contouring are often performed in tandem, and can be combined to make precise and important improvements to teeth. This can be a less costly solution than having porcelain veneers placed, and you may be able to enjoy your improved smile after just a single appointment! (more…)

How Can I Avoid A Tooth Extraction?

Your dentist will not extract your tooth if any other option exists to settle whatever dental issue you are facing. This procedure is reserved only for situations where there is no other means of correcting an oral health problem. While this can be performed safely, the loss of a tooth is no minor concern. If you want to prevent yourself from being in a situation where an extraction must be performed, pay attention to the condition of your oral health. If you suspect you have a problem, delaying an examination gives that problem time to worsen. One of the reasons patients are told to come in for regular dental treatment is so that your dentist can routinely examine you for any possible problems, like tooth decay, and provide care before the matter grows serious. (more…)

Addressing Your Oral Health Needs In A Dental Emergency

When you suffer a dental emergency, your oral health needs can become a sudden priority. A once-healthy mouth can now call for restorative dental care, and that need can be urgent, particularly if you are at risk for losing a tooth. Your dentist can make sure they are available to see you when you need care on short notice. The type of care you need will depend on the severity of the issue. That being said, you can count on dental care that aims to fully restore your smile, so that you have no lingering issues after your treatment has completed. (more…)