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Natural Remedies To Three Painful Dental Problems

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You may brush and floss your teeth twice a day, but it’s still possible to encounter some common dental problems that can be quite painful. Thankfully, it is possible to relieve some of the pain using natural remedies at home.  Try these solutions for the following three problems. Teeth Sensitivity Sensitive teeth occur when a part of the tooth is exposed that does not have enough enamel to protect it. It causes teeth to become sensitive to foods and beverages that are very cold and hot, creating discomfort and potentially pain. It can occur due to gum disease that causes the gum line to recede, teeth grinding, eating acidic foods, and brushing too harsh The key to reducing sensitivity naturally is to increase the amount of saliva that you produce, which can be easily done by chewing gum. As long as it is sugar free, the additional saliva that you create will reduce the sensitivity to them. Swishing some sesame oil will help destroy bacteria in your gums and fight off the gum disease.  Gingivitis Your gums may be experiencing tenderness, redness, swelling, or pain due to gingivitis.  Not treating this problem can eventually cause periodontitis, which can cause problems ranging from pain to tooth loss.  Treating your gingivitis at home is simple. Start by mixing some cayenne with your toothpaste to help kill off the bacteria that are in your mouth. Lemon juice also works by killing the bacteria that are responsible for inflammation. Even putting sage on your gums can help reduce any inflammation that you are experiencing.  TMJ Disorder If you are experiencing jaw pain, especially when opening or closing your jaw, it can be caused by TMJ disorder.  Not only can it result in your shoulders, neck, face, and jaw being painful, but it will prevent you from doing a few things. For example, you may experience pain when eating, speaking, or opening your mouth really wide when yawning.  Massage is a great natural remedy that helps the muscles in that area relax. Heating pads can decrease pain by applying heat to the area. Reducing stress can even help, since it can cause TMJ disorder. When the natural remedies are not doing the trick, you will need to seek out professional help. Contact a local dentist for a consultation. They can inspect the problem that you are having and recommend an alternative solution to help treat...

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Stomatitis With Dentures: Cause And Prevention

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Uncategorized |

For people who wear full or partial dentures, their false teeth can offer multiple benefits, such as more freedom, a brighter smile and an enhanced sense of self-esteem. Those things are great, but it is also important to remember that with any dental appliance (removable or permanent), important precautions must be observed to ensure that oral problems don’t develop.  People with dentures sometimes develop a condition called stomatitis. Here is a some information about the condition and how it can be prevented: What is stomatitis? Good question! Stomatitis is a type of oral inflammation. The inflammation from stomatitis can result in a severe soreness of the mouth, which can hamper your daily activities. People who suffer from stomatitis often find it more difficult to eat, speak, and even sleep. This uncomfortable condition can develop on the sides of your mouth, the palate, the tongue or the lips. How can you identify it? There are some typical symptoms that usually occur when stomatitis is present. They include recurring canker sores, which are small ulcers that appear in the mouth. Canker sores can be pink, red or yellow, and usually only occur one at a time on the insides of the cheek or lips or on the tongue.  Furthermore, stomatitis may incite the development of cold sores, which are also called fever blisters. Unlike canker sores, cold sores are caused by a virus and tend to be quite contagious. Of course, both canker sores and cold sores come with varying levels of irritation. So, how does this relate to dentures? Well, if your dentures do not fit properly or you are not caring for them properly, stomatitis could ensue. What are some ways to prevent stomatitis? One of the primary ways to prevent stomatitis is to stay hydrated all day. A dry mouth can lead to a higher prevalence of stomatitis. Older adults tend to produce less saliva, and dentures can make this even worse. Thus, be sure to have a bottle of water on hand at all times.  Also use a good overnight cleaning solution for your dentures. The solution can help ensure that your dentures are disinfected and properly conditioned for maximum comfort. In addition, make sure that you get enough folic acid, vitamin B12, iron and zinc. A deficiency in these vitamins and minerals can increase your chance of developing stomatitis. Finally, be aware of any pre-existing conditions you may have, such as autoimmune disorders or IBS that are associated with cold sores. If you believe that you may have developed stomatitis, click here to learn more about a local dentures...

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Do You Think Your Child Has TMJ? What To Know

Posted by on Feb 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Are you starting to get suspicious that your child has a jaw problem or that they have temporomandibular disorder? If so, you’ll want to talk with your dentist about seeing an orthodontist for the problems. The orthodontist will want to take an x-ray to see the alignment of the jaw bones, and to make a decision. If the child does have this condition you want to get it treated before the development and alignment of the jaw bones gets more problematic. Here are a few signs that your child could be dealing with this painful oral health problem. Headaches are Constant Does your child always complain that they have a headache, especially when they wake up in the morning? They say that it hurts in their temples and around their eyes? If so, these are signs that the child could be dealing with a TMJ problem, and you don’t want them to suffer like this. Also, headache medication on a regular basis isn’t good for the body. Jaw Pain and Chewing Soreness   Is the child complaining that they have pain by their ears, or that it hurts badly when they chew? If the jaw bones aren’t in proper alignment they could be grinding against each other and causing this pain. If the child is grinding their teeth in their sleep, then their muscles and joints will also be sore from that. The teeth may also be sensitive and the gums will hurt. The Child Has Enamel Problems Does the regular dentist say that the teeth are worn and the enamel on the teeth is really wearing? This is probably from the grinding and it can cause the teeth to be exposed to cavities. The teeth could also end up broken or cracked because of the grinding. You should also look into getting the teeth sealed. The orthodontist may recommend that the child wear braces to help correct the alignment of their facial bones, they may need a protective mouth piece at night to help alleviate the grinding or more. Don’t waste any more time wondering if your child has a problem and take action to get them checked out. There are a lot of orthodontic problems that can be detected at an early age and you don’t want to wait until your child needs longer treatment, or multiple treatment methods because you didn’t see the orthodontist at the first signs of the problem. ...

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Pericoronitis: Facts, Signs And Treatment

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Pericoronitis is a big, scary word that you may hear your dentist say. So, what is this condition, and how can it affect you? Here is more information about pericoronitis, including the facts, signs and ways to treat it. Don’t let a long medical term frighten you out of taking control of your oral health! Pericoronitis: What is it? This condition occurs when the gums around your wisdom teeth in the very back of your mouth are inflamed and red. It is caused by an infection, and if you notice or feel these symptoms, you need to contact your dentist at once. How does pericoronitis happen? When your wisdom teeth grow in (usually while you are a teenager), they may not totally push through the gums. This creates a gap where plaque and food particles can nestle and accumulate. In turn, as the accumulation progresses, it can lead to tooth decay or bacterial infection. How to Know Whether or Not it is Pericoronitis Here are the signs and symptoms of this gum condition to help you determine if you are suffering from periocoronitis. If you have high levels of pain and discomfort that are accompanied by swelling and inflammation of the gums around your wisdom teeth, it could be pericoronitis. The gums at the back of the mouth may be tender to the touch and may swell to the point of almost fully covering your wisdom teeth. Moreover, pain when opening your mouth to eat or speak, as well as the foul taste of pus, is a tell-tale sign of the condition. What Does the Dentist Do About Pericoronitis? The dentist will have to inspect your mouth and determine just the extent of the condition. If the infection is relatively small and has not spread to other parts of your mouth, the dentist will clean out the area and have you swish with warm salt water for a few days. However, in more severe cases, the dentist may need to perform surgery on the gums around your wisdom teeth, either removing the teeth or fixing the gap. Now that you know, you can take the steps to ensure that it does not happen to you. Even so, be aware that a diagnosis of pericoronitis is not the end of the world. Dentists are used to treating it. If you experience uncomfortable symptoms around your wisdom teeth, contact a dentist in your area to schedule an...

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Which Kind Of Braces Are Best For You?

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you need to get braces, then there are actually a couple of different options to choose from. Some styles are more cost-efficient, while others will have a minimal impact on your smile. To help you figure out which is best for you, here is a comparison of some of the alternative options, including lingual braces, ceramic braces, and plastic braces: What are lingual braces? The basic idea behind lingual braces is that they rest on the interior side of your teeth, rather than the exterior. This simultaneously means that they are very easy to conceal, but also very difficult to install and maintain. What are ceramic braces? Ceramic braces are just what the name would imply, braces made out of ceramic, which is very durable and also the same color as your teeth. This means that ceramic braces can be pretty difficult to spot, which can be a huge plus for people that are looking to keep a perfect smile. What are plastic braces? Plastic braces are quite a bit different from other options, since they are actually meant to be removed on a regular basis. With plastic braces, you will get a series of aligners that you will need to use for two weeks and then discard. You will need to regularly visit your orthodontist to get refills and have your progress measured, but you will not need to get the same level of intrusive maintenance that you would need with other types of braces. How much does each option cost? As far as cost is concerned, ceramic braces will be fairly inexpensive, lingual braces will be quite expensive, and plastic braces will be somewhere in the middle. With ceramic braces, you can expect to pay $2000-5000, depending on whether or not you have insurance. This is actually comparable to the price of traditional metal braces, which means that ceramic might be an even more cost-efficient option than metal, depending on your circumstances. With lingual braces, the cost can rise to anywhere from $5000 to $13000, with the huge amount of variance due to the rarity of the procedure. Lingual braces are not available everywhere, so you may need to visit a specialist to have them installed. Finally, plastic braces will likely cost you around $5000, which can be an extremely good deal, particularly if you value the ability to take out your braces whenever you want, such as when you want to eat a specific type of food. For more information, talk to a professional, such as a Spring Dental...

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Revealing Two Misconceptions About Sedation Dentistry

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Going to the dentist can be a stressful experience for many people, and this can lead them to make the mistake of delaying seeking care for relatively minor problems. Luckily, sedation dentistry can be a viable option for patients that find themselves in this position. However, there are many misconceptions about this approach to dental medicine that can make people overlook this option. After having these sedation dentistry myths dispelled, you will be better able to make a choice about using this type of care to better manage your dental anxiety. Myth: Sedation Is Only For Serious Dental Procedures There is a common belief among some patients that sedation dentistry is only reserved for patients that will be undergoing major procedures. While it is true that patients undergoing intensive procedures will need to be sedated, this is also an option that is often used to help patients that are suffering from severe dental anxiety. To some, it may seem like being sedated for something as simple as a routine cleaning is excessive, but this can be the best option for helping individuals with this type of anxiety avoid panic attacks while receiving the care their teeth need. Myth: You Will Always Be Completely Unconscious During Sedation Dental Procedures Some individuals may not want to opt for sedation dentistry because they are concerned about being completely unconscious. While this is an option that can be used, many dentists will attempt to avoid completely sedating the patient. There may be times when the dentist needs the patient to adjust their mouth or answer questions. In this instances, partial sedation is a possible option. When this is administered, the patient will be given enough medication to alter their state of mind, but they will still be lucid enough to respond to basic commands and questions from the dentist. Receiving regular dental care is essential for you to keep your teeth looking as beautiful as possible. Unfortunately, there are many people that can experience extreme stress and panic when they are in the dental clinic. In addition to making these trips unpleasant, this reaction can cause patients to delay the treatments needed to protect their teeth. By making sure that you appreciate the viability of sedation dentistry, you can help make sure that you are receiving the care that your teeth require without having to experience an overwhelming sense of stress and anxiety. Sedation dentistry by Sidney Centre Family Dentistry and other clinics might be just what you need. While some people may have health complications that may not allow sedation dentistry, your dentist will be able to help you determine whether you are healthy enough to receive this type of dental...

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Don’t Brush This Off: Three Ways Your Toothbrush Is Trying To Help You

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’ve ever had a toothbrush start looking pretty bad, you might have wondered if something was wrong. In many cases, a scraggly toothbrush is just old, but the condition of the bristles — both in terms of looks and in terms of smell — can indicate other problems going on in your mouth. Here are three things to look out for when you take a look at your toothbrush. Bent Bristles Bent bristles on your toothbrush mean one of two things. Either the brush is very old, in which case it’s time to replace it, or you are brushing with way too much pressure. When you see bristles gone out of whack, replace the brush, and ensure that the new brush has soft bristles. Very carefully start to brush your teeth and note how much pressure you’re putting on the brush. If you’re scrubbing your teeth, stop! You can actually harm your teeth and gums by brushing too hard — the bristles end up scratching your gums and scraping the tooth enamel. Put just enough pressure on the brush so you know the brush is there and moving. Discoloration If you finish brushing your teeth and see the bristles are red, either your gums are bleeding due to gingivitis, or they’re bleeding due to you pressing too hard with the brush. It’s also possible that you ate something red, and there was leftover food on your teeth for hours; this possibility also extends to finding other colors on the brush like blue or purple. Think back to what you recently ate. If nothing particularly colorful comes to mind, like beets, berries, or candy, and the brush was red, then you’re likely dealing with blood. Note how hard you press when you brush; as mentioned before, excessive pressure can scratch the gums. If you’re not putting a lot of pressure on the brush, though, it’s time for some extra care when cleaning your teeth. Be sure you’re brushing twice a day and flossing as well; if the blood keeps appearing after a few days of careful care, contact your dentist. Odor Smelly brushes could just be old and need to be replaced. But they could also indicate some sort of infection in your mouth — if bacteria and pus are getting onto the brush, for example — or they could indicate that your brushing routine isn’t doing much to get rid of food after you ate. If your toothbrush smells, replace it regardless of the cause, and then contact your dentist quickly to have him or her rule out infections. For more information, contact Riverway Dental or a similar...

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The Process To Repair A Broken Partial Denture

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Everyone’s teeth differ in size, proportion, and placement within their mouth. When you have missing or damaged teeth, you may be able to get a partial denture to replace them. A partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base, connected by a metal framework and metal clasps. Partial dentures are appropriate when one or more natural teeth remain in the jaw. Partial dentures can be made of acrylic resin, flexible nylon polymer, porcelain, chromium cobalt metal, and other dental materials. In order to properly care for a partial denture, it must be kept clean daily and periodically inspected for wear by your dentist.  If your partial denture happens to break or fracture, bring it back to your dentist who will analyze the damage, determine if it is possible to be repaired or must be replaced, and return it to the lab. Here is the procedure the dentist and lab will use to complete a partial denture repair: Impressions – Your dentist will take impressions of your current teeth, gums, and jaw with your partial denture in place. If your partial denture cannot be held in place in your mouth because of the breakage, dental impressions will be made of only your teeth, gums, and jaw. These impressions and your broken partial denture will be returned to the dental lab for repair.  Broken Metal Framework and/or Clasp – If the metal framework or clasp of your partial denture is broken or fractured, it must be soldered again by heating and adding more metal to join the parts together. The dental lab will be guided by your new dental impressions. After the metal is soldered and reformed, it is smoothed and polished to eliminate any rough spots and ensure a comfortable fit.  Missing, Broken, or Chipped Tooth – If one of the porcelain teeth on your partial is missing, broken, or chipped, a new one will be remade using your new impressions for size and placement. The dental lab will reattach this new tooth by heating the surrounding acrylic resin and reseating the porcelain tooth.   Acrylic Resin Repair – If the acrylic resin portion of your partial denture is broken or cracked, the dental lab will replace it. To reinforce this part of your denture, a piece of metal mesh may be inserted within the replacement acrylic to give it more strength. The replaced acrylic resin will be smoothed for comfort and a close fit.  When your repaired partial denture is returned from the lab, your dentist will place it in your mouth and test and analyze its fit and function. After a few weeks, your dentist will reexamine your partial denture, as well as your jaw and gums, to make sure that the repaired partial fits well and is not causing any sores or irritation in your mouth. A partial denture is a custom dental appliance that needs proper care. Even with proper care, you may still need to have your partial denture repaired if it breaks, has worn spots, or needs to be adjusted to changes in your jaw and gums. See your dentist regularly to examine your repaired partial denture. Be sure to tell your dentist if you notice any difference in feeling or function with your partial denture. With conscientious care and professional examination,...

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What You Need To Know About Tetracycline-Stained Teeth

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Tetracycline is an antibiotic that is used to treat a variety of conditions. When it’s taken regularly during periods of tooth growth, it can lead to staining. By knowing how to combat these stains, you’ll be able to develop a treatment plan with your dentist and smile with confidence. How Tetracycline Staining Occurs Tetracycline staining can affect the teeth during critical growth stages of the tooth. These stains can be brown, yellow, blue or grey, and go deep into the enamel. Because tetracycline stains go so deeply into the enamel, ordinary stain treatments may not be effective. During tooth development, tetracycline calcifies within the tooth forming a prominent stain. Expectant mothers taking tetracycline can stain their children’s teeth. People may also get tetracycline stains from taking tetracycline to control acne. Taking tetracycline after trauma occurs to your teeth can also lead to tetracycline stains.   Whitening Tetracycline Stains Whitening is a viable option for treating tetracycline stains. However, store-bought whitening strips may not help. Tetracycline stains require a deep bleaching regimen that you should undergo with the help of your dentist. To remove the bulk of the staining, you may have to make several appointments with your dentist. After you go through your initial whitening treatments, frequent touch-ups may be required to maintain the brightness of your smile. Sometimes the bleaching process can’t fully remove the stain, so your teeth may be left with a slight bluish hue. Covering Tetracycline Stains With Porcelain Veneers To apply porcelain veneers to tetracycline-stained teeth, your dentist will have to remove a layer of enamel. Sometimes, if the staining goes very deep into the tooth, the dentist may have to go as deep as the dentin layer. The goal of removing this layer of enamel is to provide a surface for the veneer to adhere to. Removing this layer of enamel also helps to ensure any staining that may show through the veneer is minimized. However, even though veneers are opaque, some tetracycline staining may show through. If your teeth may show the stains through your veneers, your dentist may advise masking tetracycline stains with a combination of whitening treatments and veneers. Whitening your teeth before application of the veneers offers your dentist the most control over the final color of the veneers. Treating tetracycline stains is a big challenge for many cosmetic dentists. That’s why it’s important to meet with a dentist, like Smiles on 5 Dr Ken Chan, to develop a treatment plan and discuss the best possible results from your...

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6 Tips For Taking Care Of Your Dentures

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have lost all or some of your teeth, you have the option of getting dentures. They are more cost effective than dental implants and make talking and chewing food easier. However, if you want you dentures to last a long time, you must take proper care of them. Here are six helpful tips for taking care of your dentures: Brush Your Dentures Daily Just like natural teeth, dentures have to be cleaned every day. However, you should not brush your dentures with traditional toothpaste, as it can be quite abrasive. It is better to clean your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush and water. Cleaning your dentures on a daily basis will also prevent them from staining. Keep Your Dentures Moist It is a good idea to take your dentures out at night to give your gums a break. Be sure to put these dentures in a denture cleanser solution when you are not wearing them. If you don’t, the dentures can dry out and will not work as well. Keep Them Away from Children and Pets Dentures are quite fragile and can break if they fall to the ground. That is why you should make sure children and pets can’t get to them. Children and pets are very curious and can knock the dentures to the ground. Put your dentures up high in a cabinet. Be Careful When Cleaning Your Dentures When you take your dentures out to clean them, be extra cautious. To avoid damaging your dentures, put a towel or bowl of water beneath them. Do Not Ignore Changes in Fit If your gums change over time, your dentures probably are not going to fit as well in your mouth. If your dentures do not fit properly, it can result in pain and sores in your mouth. It is important to visit your dentist as soon as possible if your dentures don’t feel right anymore. Your dentist can adjust your dentures accordingly to prevent further issues. Don’t Forget About Your Gums Just because you have dentures does not mean you can forget about your gums. After you take out your dentures, rinse your mouth with a mouthwash and look for symptoms of gum issues, including redness and puffiness. Your dentures are an investment, so treat them with care. If you follow these helpful tips, you can keep your dentures in great shape for years to come. For more tips, visit a denture clinic like St Albert Denture & Implant...

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Can A Cosmetic Dentist Fix A Gummy Smile?

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Although it is a natural and harmless condition, many women are insecure about their gummy smiles. If you worry that your gums overshadow your teeth, you may feel self-conscious every time you smile, putting a strain on every conversation you have. Rather than live with this anxiety, there are steps you can take to reduce the visibility of your gums and grow more confident with your own smile. These are three promising procedures to discuss with your cosmetic dentist that can improve a gummy smile.  Relaxing the Upper Lip With Botox Botox is only a temporary solution to this problem, but many women prefer it because it is less invasive than surgery. In this form of treatment, Botox is injected into your upper lip, where it restricts the movement of your lip’s muscles as you speak. This prevents your lip from drawing upward as you smile, revealing less of your gums. When performed by a professional, this procedure can effectively hide your gums without looking unnatural in the process. This may be enough to restore your self confidence in the short-term, but if you are serious about correcting your smile, you should also consider more permanent options.  Lifting the Upper Jaw In some cases, your smile only appears gummy because your upper jaw sits too low compared to the rest of your face. This reveals your gums whenever you smile, even if they are of a normal length. Your upper jaw can be lifted slightly to bring it back into alignment through orthognathic surgery. That may sound intimidatingly invasive, but orthognathic surgery is actually a relatively mild procedure. Because the operation and its incisions can be completed through the interior of your mouth, it will not leave any noticeable scars, and recovery time is typically minimal. It is, however, usually only recommended to patients who will not benefit from laser contouring.  Contouring Your Gumline If your gums grow too far over your teeth, you may be able to remove some of the excess tissue through laser contouring surgery. This procedure uses a diode laser to carefully cut away gum tissue, removing just enough to reveal the teeth below. The success of this operation primarily depends on the amount of tissue to be excised. Only so much can be peeled away without jeopardizing the health of your teeth. Should you still feel unhappy with your smile after laser contouring, many patients also receive porcelain veneers following their recovery to make further improvements. If you are tired of trying to hide your gummy smile and want real results, schedule an exam with your cosmetic dentist to determine which of these treatment options will be best for you. Contact a dentist like Chan Chang Boruah Dentistry, or another location, for more...

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