Understanding Why You Need A Dental Treatment Plan

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you visit a new dentist and have extensive work, such as multiple fillings, dental implants, or orthodontics, your dentist may want to come up with a dental treatment plan with you. Not all dentists offer in-depth, written treatment plans, and not all patients request them. However, the next time you get an oral examination, you should request an in-depth treatment plan and put in the effort to create one you will actually follow with your dentist.  What Is A Treatment Plan?  After your dentist assesses your medical and dental history, habits, and attitude towards dentistry, it is common to discuss which treatments you need or might want and then start on the most pressing treatments with your consent. A treatment plan is simply the written version of the oral explanation your dentist gives you. However, it often goes into more details, giving you prince ranges and potential dates for future treatments. Some dentists will write down the treatments you need and allow you to discuss prices and dates with the office receptionists. Other dentists will thoroughly go over the plan with you to make sure you plan for the most necessary work to get completed.  If you only have one or two cavities that can be fixed immediately or are just going in for an annual cleaning, you do not need a treatment plan. However, as soon as you get into procedures that take multiple visits, such as implants or root canals, you should get a treatment plan to help organize your calendar and your finances.  Using Treatment Plans to Budget Your Money and Time  Getting a dentist to give you a concrete price for a procedure can sometimes be difficult. Often, this is because a treatment can have a large price range based on how complicated your case is, and the dentist will not know the exact price until after they begin. However, most dental offices do have a standard price chart that can help you budget for various procedures. If your dentist does not know the standard prices during your consultation, you should ask the receptionist to look them up for you. While you are discussing price information, be sure to ask about different payment plans and let the receptionist know how much you can afford to pay each month, as it may affect the order of your treatments.  Treatment plans also help you budget your time. Certain procedures, like implants, require multiple visits over many months. It is important that once you start a treatment, you are able to finish it, so your dentist needs to know if you will be traveling for an extended period of time or intend to become pregnant, which might...

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2 Habits You Should Avoid After A Dental Implant Procedure

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have lost a tooth due to an injury, infection, or a decay condition, then your dentist may indicate a dental implant can be used to replace the tooth. Dental implants act much like the natural teeth, and they contain a solid metal root and a porcelain crown. Surgery is necessary to set the implant root in place, and your dentist will tell you what you need to do to help the gums and bone heal around the implanted root. There are several things you definitely should not do as well, or your implant may fail. Drinking Alcohol You probably know you should not drink alcohol soon after your oral surgery, because the beverage can thin the blood and cause extensive bleeding around the dental implant. Alcohol can also be dangerous when it is mixed with steroidal pain killers that are commonly prescribed after a dental implant operation. The Harmful Healing Effects of Alcohol You may think that it is safe to drink alcohol after the initial implant healing period. This is not wise though, because habitual alcohol use can reduce the amount of white blood cells the body produces. White blood cells are utilized by the body to eliminate bacteria and other foreign intruders from the body. If your body does not produce enough white blood cells, then bacteria may multiply around the gum or bone implant site and an infection may set in. Alcohol can also stop your body from absorbing enough calcium. This can lead to weak bones and it will also slow down the oseointegration process. Oseointegration occurs when the jaw bone forms new cells around the implant root. These cells adhere to the metal and the implant becomes a permanent part of the jaw. If oseointegration does not occur, then the implant will fail and fall out. This means you should not drink alcohol until your dentist indicates the oseointegration process has completed. Smoking Cigarettes Smoking is another thing you absolutely should not do after a dental implant is secured in your mouth. When you smoke, you cause the blood vessels in your body to constrict. This reduces the flow of blood to your gums and your jaw bone, and oxygen and other nutrients cannot reach the tissues. These nutrients are required to help the tissues heal properly. The act of smoking also releases a great deal of toxins into your body. Carbon monoxide, ammonia, and cyanide are only a few examples of the 4,000 chemicals that enter the body when you smoke. Your immune and excretory system work hard to remove these toxins from the body. As your body spends time trying to eliminate the harmful substances, it does not extend energy to help your implant wound heal. Quitting Smoking...

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2 Denture Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have dentures, then you have likely spent several hundred or several thousand dollars on your artificial teeth. This means your dentures are an investment that must be cared for properly. Great care means making sure your dentures fit correctly, and it also means you need to clean your artificial teeth the right way. Unfortunately, many people make mistakes in regard to their cleaning regimen, leading to oral health concerns and broken dentures. You can avoid this by learning about the most common cleaning mistakes and how you can avoid them. Mistake #1 – Cleaning Your Dentures Once a Week If you have dentures, then you may think you can place your artificial teeth on your nightstand in the evening instead of in a cleaning solution. When you do this, then plaque will build on your dentures the same way it can form on the natural teeth. Plaque allows the bacteria in your mouth to feed. When bacteria feed on plaque and sugars, then acids are released that can infect the gums. Foreign bacteria that do not regularly live in the mouth can also cling to your dentures when you decide to leave your dentures exposed to the environment. These bacteria will then multiply and thrive when they enter your mouth. Bacteria like moist and warm environments, and this can cause infections and sores across the gum tissues. Soak Your Dentures Daily To reduce infection, plaque, and general bacteria concerns, make sure to soak your dentures every evening in a disinfecting fluid. You can use a denture soak product you purchase at your local pharmacy or you can make your own soak. If you want to make your own soak, then consider mixing a tablespoon of baking soda in about eight ounces of water. Place the fluid in a glass container and set your dentures in the glass or bowl. Make sure the dentures are fully covered and leave the artificial teeth to soak all evening. Vinegar can also be used to make a denture cleaning solution. Vinegar can kill bacteria and other microorganisms clinging to your dentures. Vinegar is acidic though, so only place about two teaspoons of the fluid in an eight ounce glass of water to soak your dentures.   Mistake #2 – Using a Regular Toothbrush to Brush Your Dentures Dentures are made personally for you when you need false teeth, and dental professionals use porcelain or plastic materials to form the teeth. The base or prothesis part of the dentures is formed from plastic or acrylic. Plastic, acrylic, and even porcelain materials can all be scratched or scraped. These scrapes usually occur when the dentures are cleaned outside of the mouth. This occurs, because hard bristled toothbrushes and...

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5 Foods & Beverages Never To Consume After Having Porcelain Veneers

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many foods and drinks are well known to stain the teeth, and are often avoided by individuals who want to have the brightest, whitest teeth possible. However, many people stop actively working to keep their teeth white after they get porcelain veneers, simply because they assume that the veneers are made to stay white. While it’s true that veneers from cosmetic dentistry specialists  are much less porous than natural tooth enamel, they are still subject to staining. Here are 5 foods and beverages you never want to consume after you get porcelain veneers.  1. Coffee  Coffee is one of the primary beverages that should be avoided if you want to keep your teeth as white as possible. Although porcelain veneers are made to resist staining, coffee and other dark beverages can cause yellowing of the natural tooth behind the veneer and may even affect the bonding material that is used to adhere the veneer to your natural tooth.  2. Red Wine & Other Types of Alcohol Not surprisingly, red wine will also stain the teeth and can be particularly harmful to porcelain veneers due to its alcohol content. In fact, any type of alcohol may have a negative impact on your veneers. Over time, alcohol will soften the bonding material that is used to affix the veneers to the teeth, and may even result in the veneer coming loose when high quantities of alchohol are consumed on a regular basis.  3. Mustard  Mustard, being bright yellow and highly susceptible to cause staining, is another food to avoid if you want to keep your veneers white and looking great. While mustard in small quantities and eaten infrequently is unlikely to cause problems, eating copious amounts of mustard and neglecting to rinse the mouth out afterwards can contribute to the yellowing of your veneers. However, avoiding mustard altogether when possible can reduce the chances that it will contribute to the staining or yellowing of your new dental work. 4. Soy Sauce  Soy sauce is dark in color, which automatically makes it a food you want to avoid after you’ve had your dentist put on porcelain veneers. However, there are some soy sauces that are worse for the teeth than others, namely ones that are more than just soy sauce. Teryaki sauces, glazes and the like are syrupy and have a high sugar content, which makes them stick to the veneers more easily than just plain soy sauce.  5. Colas  Dark colas, like coffee, have the potential to stain the teeth under your veneers, and can also cause premature yellowing of the veneers themselves. Additionally, colas are very acidic and can be problematic for all types of dental work, including dental veneers....

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Infant Oral Health Concerns – How To Reduce Oral Thrush Risks

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have an infant, then you will likely see your child’s first tooth appear in the mouth around the six month age mark. It is best to clean this first tooth with gauze and you should also go to this web-site or make arrangements to see a pediatric dentist around your child’s first birthday. You may see a troubling condition before the first check up that will require a sooner appointment though. This condition is called oral thrush and it involves the overgrowth of yeast in the mouth. This yeast forms a thick white crust around the gums and sores can form as well. A pediatric dentist will likely prescribe an anti-fungal medication to control the yeast. Once the treatment is over, follow the tips below to keep oral thrush from developing again. Stay Away From Antibiotics Antibiotics are often prescribed to young children to control mild infections. Unfortunately, antibiotics do not seek out the bad bacteria in the body. The medication instead kills off all of the microorganisms in the mouth, intestines, and the rest of the body. Many of these bacteria are considered beneficial or harmless and bacterial colonies must rebuild themselves after the antibiotic medication is taken. If the bacteria in the mouth do not grow or multiply fast enough, then the yeast and other fungi that live in the mouth can overgrow. This leads to a buildup of yeast and an oral thrush condition. Wait for Illnesses to Go Away One of the best ways to keep oral thrush from reoccurring is to reduce the amount of antibiotics that your infant must take. Most of the illnesses your child will contract as an infant will be viruses. Viruses cannot be treated with antibiotics and your child will generally not need any medication when he or she has a cold. Antibiotics may be needed if your child has an ear or sinus infection. These conditions may clear up on their own though, and you should wait to see if this is the case before you contact your pediatrician for a prescription. Boost the Immune System Oral thrush can also occur if your infant’s immune system is not strong enough to control the overgrowth of yeast in the body. The immune system builds over time when it becomes exposed to bacteria and viruses. If your infant has had little exposure to environmental microorganisms, then the immune system cannot grow strong. You can help your child’s immune system by allowing him or her to crawl around on the floor. Also, take your child to public spaces so he or she can be exposed to non-harmful bacteria and viruses. This will allow the immune system to start attacking the foreign bodies that...

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