September 2014 Entries

The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

9/4/14

In today’s constant pursuit of timeless youth and beauty, aesthetic dentistry has been progressively growing in popularity. Countless individuals are choosing to undergo some of the many different procedures of cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of their pearly whites. Although cosmetic dentistry does consider the prevention of dental problems and the treatment of existing dental issues, the key focus is enhancing the look of the patient’s smile. There are substantial benefits to using cosmetic surgery, though cosmetic dentistry is not an elixir of youth. Although it would be careless to testify that there are no disadvantages to cosmetic dentistry, many clients today are reporting complete satisfaction with the end result of the process. Here are a few of these benefits:

1. Obviously, the largest reward to aesthetic dentistry is that it creates positive results. Patients who, just a couple of years ago, may have needed to be content with damaged or cracked teeth are now able to have that factor remedied. Teeth which have been significantly stained may easily be whitened. In fact, most kinds of dental flaws and imperfections might be corrected with cosmetic dentistry. It is prudent to evaluate the options from all angles. Cosmetic dentistry can even minimize the symptoms of aging and may result in the patient exhibiting a more vibrant and youthful look. Additionally, it may fix dental injury due to stress, illness, disease, developmental abnormalities, or heredity.

2. Because the end-result of surgery is so successful, many individuals experience a heightened psychological outlook in addition to a more attractive physical appearance. Many individuals describe struggling for years with low self-worth that’s dramatically changed when these kinds of dental problems are fixed or covered-up. They state being more comfortable not merely with themselves, but in their interactions with others.

3. With the exclusion of people who live in extreme rural or remote locations, cosmetic dentistry is generally widely available. Although many dental professionals decide to focus on cosmetic dentistry, many of the methods used in cosmetic dentistry are not outside the range of general practitioners. This leaves the chance of utilizing aesthetic dentistry open to a larger number of individuals.

4. Despite the fact that it would be misleading to state that cosmetic dentistry is cheap, it is true that the cost of many practices utilized in cosmetic dentistry is coming down. This helps to ensure that additional patients have the ability to reap the benefits of cosmetic dentistry. Additionally, several dental insurance companies are choosing to include cosmetic dentistry when the patient undergoes the process to rectify structural issues. People considering cosmetic dentistry should seek advice from their insurance company to determine if certain procedures are included in their dental coverage.

5.Cosmetic dentistry has impressive results that can last for up to a decade. This can be a huge benefit because it limits the total amount of time and cash that the patient must be focused on maintaining dependent on the procedure that has been completed.

6. Compared to other types of cosmetic surgery, many patients stated that the recovery from a cosmetic dental procedure is relatively short with very little pain. Additionally, success rates for cosmetic dental procedures are very high, at around 90%.

Just like any other medical decision, clients must weigh the benefits and disadvantages and then make the decision that’s right for them. Dental technological advances have continued to deliver quick, efficient, and financially friendly methods to improve the physical appearance of our smiles through the practice of cosmetic dentistry.

Different Types of Floss

9/11/14

The common thought of dental floss is a small container that has a reel of floss that is fed through a small hole with a clip that will cut your floss accordingly. As you are doing this, you probably aren’t thinking about what type of floss you are using, because you may only think there is one kind. There are many different types of floss to use, including wax-coated, Teflon-coated, unwaxed, fluoride floss and much more. Here we will discuss a few different and most common flosses that are used, and there benefits.

Firstly, there are many similarities of floss. Dental floss all basically serves the same purpose of being soft, flexible, and easy to use. Most floss is made up of either cotton or nylon fibers before they begin to receive there coating of wax or Teflon. The type of dental floss that you use will more than likely comes down to preference. You can choose from unwaxed or waxed floss, tape floss, Teflon-coated floss, and unflavored or flavored floss.

Waxed Floss and Unwaxed Floss

These two flosses are the most simple and widely used dental floss. Most dentists will recommend the unwaxed type because the threading is better for cleaning your teeth and absorbing the food debris left in your teeth. Some dentists do not like waxed floss because it can sometimes leave a waxy film on your teeth. However, waxed floss is usually smoother and can glide more easily between your teeth. It also is more resistant to fraying and will last much longer.

Teflon Floss

The new addition to the dental floss lineup is the Teflon coated floss. Teflon is a non-stick  , very smooth type of floss that can move easily between your teeth without have the risk of leaving a waxy substance behind .This floss is stronger and more durable than any other floss, and provides a shred resistant string.

Tape Floss

Also a fairly new dental floss, the tape floss is going to be much thicker than the standard type of floss and is exceptional for people that have wider gaps between their teeth. Tape floss also has a strong resistance to breaking or fraying, and moves smoothly through your teeth.

Flavored Floss

Flavored floss will leave a pleasant taste in your mouth, and is available many different flavors. Mint and cinnamon are most common, but recently a wide range of flavors have emerged such as strawberry or even bacon.

Flossing Aids

Flossing is probably the most skipped thing to do when it comes to dental hygiene. We may all brush our teeth daily, but most people take the easy way out and floss once in a blue moon. Because of this, flossing aids have been made available. These devices have been designed to make flossing a much easier task. There is a device that can be used on the go and can be discarded after one use. These devices are not essential, but if they help make flossing a more regular practice then you should consider purchasing them for a healthier mouth.

Dental Whitening

9/18/14

Everybody wants to have the whitest teeth, and there are a good amount of dental whitening products that can make it a tough decision. If your teeth are stained or discolored and you are considering a bleaching agent oral whitening gel, then you are most likely wondering what one is the best for you.

What product should I Use?

If you are someone who drinks coffee or tea regularly then some staining of the teeth is expected, no matter how much meticulous you are about using dental care products as part of a tooth care routine. Other aspects that can cause tooth staining are smoking, certain diseases, and even genetics.

When you apply a dental whitening product to your teeth, it will cause them to appear whiter.

Teeth stains can affect the deep parts of the enamel or extrinsic, which is an artificial staining of the tooth surface. These dental whitening products may:

Contain a bleaching product that a bleaching product uses peroxide to penetrate the tooth enamel and remove deep intrinsic stains, or

A non-bleaching product that uses a chemical reaction in order to remove any type of superficial extrinsic stains on the surface of the enamel.

These products may be given to you and applied by your dentist, or they are available over-the-counter. Even though the process of application may differ, altogether these whitening products involve the use of hydrogen peroxide.

Is it toxic?

Actually, hydrogen peroxide isn’t much more than water with an extra oxygen atom. Water molecules contain two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen, hence the term H2O. Hydrogen peroxide is H2O2. Because oxygen is a highly corrosive substance, H2O2 acts as a weak acid which is why it works great in tooth whitening gels and other whitening products.

In small amounts, hydrogen peroxide is a harmless antiseptic. Drinking it like it is water is not a good idea but if it is used to whiten teeth it is not likely to cause any serious problems.

Your dentist can suggest certain whitening products as well as non-toxic toothpaste that will help clean your teeth while helping them to look white. A little research and patience will help you learn which product is right for you.

Steps to Prevent Cavities

9/25/14

Nobody likes cavities, and some ways to prevent them or fix them can cause a dent in your wallet. Here are five beneficial tips on how to continue your days without having to deal with cavities:

1. After every meal be sure to brush your teeth. By brushing your teeth after you eat, you are removing all the harmful acids and bacteria that will eat into your teeth and cause a cavity. This will work best if you have a good technique and the right toothbrush. Some people seem to find that an electric toothbrush will be easier than the standard toothbrush. The downside of this is that an electric toothbrush can get costly for changing the heads and the brush, as opposed to the standard manual toothbrush.

2. Make sure that you are flossing often. Yes flossing can be a pain but, flossing does the most when it comes to removing bacteria buildup between the teeth and particles of food where cavities will form. If you floss twice a day, your trips to the dentist will not be as unpleasant as you would imagine. Floss can come in many varieties, be sure to ask your dentist for some samples and find out what type of floss is comfortable for you.

3. Mouth washing after a meal will benefit you greatly. Mouth washes have been proven to be almost as effective as flossing your teeth. Aside from preventing cavities and cleaning your mouth, it will also make your breath smelling fresh and clean. There are many places that will have mouth wash readily available for you after having a meal.

4. Chewing sugarless gum after a meal to freshen your breath may not be as effective as the previous steps above, although it does have some benefit. Sugarless gum works in a few different ways. By chewing the gum it will help produce saliva which will aid in the dislodging of any food stuck between your teeth. It will also help slow down the growth of tooth decay. Putting a pack of gum in your pocket or purse is quick and can help you in times when you don’t have a mouth wash or a toothbrush readily available.

5. Visit your dentist and receive a checkup around every six months, or even more frequent if you are more prone to dental problems. If you have been following these steps, then hopefully your dentist will congratulate you on your efforts. If a cavity does happen to appear, by going to the dentist regularly, you will have the cavity located and treated within your visit. If a cavity is caught early on by a dentist, they can prescribe you toothpaste that will counter it.