How to Strengthen and Protect Tooth Enamel

tooth enamelWhen tooth enamel becomes weak your teeth become susceptible to problems like cavities, chipping, and sensitivity. While you can not regenerate tooth enamel there are things you can do to stop the weakening of your enamel and help to strengthen and remineralize it to avoid additional damage.

Dietary Choices
The main culprit behind enamel damage is acid. Drinking and eating acidic foods weakens tooth enamel over time by stripping away its mineral content. Acidic foods and beverages are a daily part of many people’s diets. Drinks such as coffee and soda along with foods like oranges and lemons can harm tooth enamel, especially if these items are consumed too often. Continue reading How to Strengthen and Protect Tooth Enamel

Misaligned and Crooked Teeth: Its Consequences on Your Oral Health

misaligned and crooked teethIf you have crooked teeth, then you are already aware of some of the difficulties they present on a daily basis. Struggling to clean between them is often the biggest challenge. Below are issues you may experience if your teeth remain crooked, damaged or misaligned.

Risk Of Decay
When teeth are out of alignment or tightly crowded together, it is very difficult to thoroughly clean away all food particles. Unfortunately, this means that the bacteria left behind greatly increases your risk of tooth decay. Continue reading Misaligned and Crooked Teeth: Its Consequences on Your Oral Health

Cosmetic Dentistry is More Than Just Esthetics

Woman smile. Teeth whitening. Dental care.Cosmetic dentistry is sought out by patients for a variety of reasons. Some would like to appear younger, and others would simply like to smile without feeling self-conscious. Whatever the reason you are seeking these services, the physical and mental health benefits of cosmetic dentistry are numerous.

Confidence
If you opt for teeth whitening, straightening, or veneers, it could give you a noticeable confidence boost. Walking into a room with a straight, white smile will make you feel way more confident than the alternative. Getting your teeth professionally taken care of will make you feel better all around. Continue reading Cosmetic Dentistry is More Than Just Esthetics

Dental X-Rays Are Vital to Your Dental Care

Zahnarzt bespricht Röntgenbild mit PatientinX-rays are an extremely important part of your dental evaluation, and they are vital to proper diagnosis and prevention of disease. The kinds of x-rays needed are based upon your age, your medical history, a thorough examination of the mouth, a TMJ evaluation, and an examination of the health of your gums.

Panorex
A panorex x-ray shows a broad view of the jaw, teeth, sinuses, nasal area and TMJ. It shows problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, infections and fractures.

Bite Wings
Bite wings x-rays show the upper and lower back teeth. These x-rays are used primarily to check for decay between the teeth. They also show bone loss when periodontal disease or a dental infection is present. Most frequently a bite wing is taken on each side of the mouth. Continue reading Dental X-Rays Are Vital to Your Dental Care

When Should You Get Dental X-Rays?

Dentist shows a patient x-ray of teethYour dentist may take dental x-rays if your are a new patient, have not been seen in a while, or are in for a follow-up visit after dental treatment. Below are the most common type of x-rays that would be taken and the reasons why:

• Bitewing x-rays help dentists look at bone levels between teeth, cavities between teeth, and the health of the bone between teeth.

• Periapical x-rays help dentists look at the root tips of teeth, the bone around teeth, abscesses, and other pathology. Continue reading When Should You Get Dental X-Rays?

Obesity and Your Oral Health

Dental care versus unhealthy dietThe effects of excess weight go beyond the known health risks like diabetes and heart disease. Obesity is also linked to poor dental health, periodontal disease, and even tooth loss. Surprisingly, studies have shown that men and women who have a BMI of 30 and above experience a higher risk of developing periodontal disease than those who fall within the healthy body weight range. More surprisingly, women who are classified as overweight with a BMI that ranges between 25-30 have a greater risk of gum disease than men. It is believed that fat tissue creates a hospitable environment for macrophages, which can lead to inflammation and degeneration of gum tissue more easily. Continue reading Obesity and Your Oral Health

Create a Nighttime Ritual for Better Oral Health

Three young children brushing their teethMaintaining a good bedtime oral hygiene routine is even more important than your daytime one. A lot can happen overnight while you are sleeping. Food debris and bacteria can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums during sleep time, when there is almost no saliva produced to wash away bacteria. Most of us have more time at night to properly clean our teeth, but wait until we are too tired to do so.

There are many ways to improve and maintain good oral health, even while you sleep. Here are a few helpful tips to get through the night. Continue reading Create a Nighttime Ritual for Better Oral Health

Replacing Missing Teeth: What is the Best Option?

Dental implant head and bridgeIf you are weighing your options for replacing missing teeth, your best bet is to go with the best possible option in terms of comfort, functionality and support of oral health right from the start to minimize the need for further treatment and expense later. Aside from those practical concerns about future hassles, there is the appearance aspect to consider, which is very important. Continue reading Replacing Missing Teeth: What is the Best Option?

What Is the Difference Between Cavities, Decay & Caries?

Portrait Man with toothache isolated grey wall backgroundGood dental hygiene is important to keep teeth whole and healthy. The idea is to prevent dental caries. Caries is the disease that leads to tooth decay and cavities. That is simple enough to say, but what are caries, tooth decay, and cavities? What do they do to your teeth, and how are they prevented? Here is a look at what they are and how they are related. Continue reading What Is the Difference Between Cavities, Decay & Caries?