How Often Does Your Child See The Dentist?

how often does your child see the dentistEven at a young age, your child should typically be brought in for a dental visit twice annually. During these visits, your dentist will go out of their way to ensure that your child feels comfortable, while making sure their teeth are properly taken care of. Children’s teeth are not biologically different from the teeth of adults, but their needs can be different because they are still learning about good oral care. Because of this, children’s dentistry can often provide special protective treatments, like dental sealants and fluoride treatments. (more…)

Why You Should Restore A Smile With Missing Teeth

why you should restore a smile with missing teethDid you know that there are health problems associated with having missing teeth? It can be easy to identify the cosmetic problems associated with tooth loss, but attention should be given to how it can affect your oral health. It only takes one missing tooth to throw off how you bite or chew food, and the absence of one tooth leaves neighboring teeth with less support. Prosthetic dentistry offers several ways for your dentist to restore a smile with gaps that have resulted from tooth loss. (more…)

What To Expect When You Receive Porcelain Veneers

what to expect when you receive porcelain veneersPorcelain veneers can give you a dramatically improved smile. The process of receiving veneers typically takes two visits. In your first visit, your dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you are approved, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, and determine the proper sizing and look of your veneers. Once your veneers are crafted, you will return to have them placed – before placement, your dentist may need to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth. (more…)

Making Cavity Treatment A Priority

making cavity treatment a priorityIf you have a persistent toothache, you should have your dentist treat it as soon as possible. By putting off a problem with a tooth, you may be letting a cavity worsen. Did you know that the infection from a cavity can actually spread beyond your tooth? Prompt cavity treatment can mean finding an easier remedy, and will leave you less vulnerable to unpleasant complications. One way to ensure you can have a cavity restored early is by maintaining regular dental appointments. Your dentist can perform routine inspections, and may even catch a cavity before you feel anything is wrong. (more…)

Reducing Your Cavity Risk

reducing your cavity riskCavities are a common dental issue, and an untreated cavity can turn into a big problem. Severe cavities commonly require a root canal treatment, and could leave your tooth so depleted that you need a dental crown to cover it. Regular checkups can help you receive treatment before a cavity reaches this point, but the best approach is to ensure that you have no cavities to begin with. Smart daily habits, and adjustments to your diet, can help keep your smile free of decay. (more…)

Seeing Your Dentist After A Dental Injury

seeing your dentist after a dental injuryA bruise on your arm can disappear after a short time, but what about discoloration in your tooth? In some cases, after physical trauma, your tooth will attempt to better protect itself by creating more dentin, a darker layer that sits under your tooth’s enamel. This can be difficult to address, as this type of discoloration is less responsive to cosmetic whitening agents. For this, or any other type of visible trauma, your dentist can help you regain an attractive, unblemished smile. For a more severe injury, you can also be treated for the health of your tooth. (more…)

Are You A Good Candidate For Porcelain Veneers?

are you a good candidate for porcelain veneersPorcelain veneers can cover multiple esthetic flaws on your teeth, and grant you a bright, attractive smile. However, porcelain veneers are a permanent addition to your teeth, and your dentist will have to ensure that you are free of any existing dental problems before placing them. You should also be aware of what steps you will need to take steps to protect your veneers from damage or discoloration after you have received them. Veneers are one of several cosmetic procedures that can make your smile more attractive. (more…)

The Connection Between Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

connection between gum disease and tooth lossDo your gums tend to bleed when you brush and floss your teeth? Have they begun to look swollen, or do they seem to be receding? These could be signs of gum disease. Gum disease can complicate your oral health by causing you to suffer chronic bad breath (halitosis), making your gums feel sensitive, or even by causing your gum line to recede. That recession robs your teeth of crucial support, and can cause them to become loose, or even to fall out. By preventing the progression of gum disease, you can lower your risk for suffering adult tooth loss. (more…)

The Dental Benefits From Drinking More Water

dental benfits from drinking more waterBy opting for water instead of a flavored beverage, you can help protect your teeth. Beverages that are higher in sugar, like soft drinks and juice, can increase your likelihood for developing a cavity. Many flavored beverages can weaken enamel due to their higher acidity, and darker liquids can cause your teeth to become discolored. The benefits of water go beyond its lack of detrimental effects on your oral health; many water sources naturally contain fluoride, which can strengthen your enamel. This can give your teeth additional defense against cavities. (more…)

Addressing Bruxism And TMJ Dysfunction

addressing bruxism and tmj dysfunctionIf you find yourself awakening to headaches, sensitive teeth, or pain in your jaw joints, you may suffer from bruxism. Bruxism is another name for routine teeth grinding or clenching. Sufferers typically grind their teeth unconsciously, and are more prone to grinding when they sleep. Over time, bruxism can cause considerable wear and tear to your teeth. It can also be related to issues with your TMJs (temporomandibular joints), which can make jaw movements uncomfortable. If you suspect you are dealing with bruxism or TMJ dysfunction, you should meet with your dentist to seek treatment before serious complications arise. (more…)