Three Dental Conditions That May Indicate You Are Stressed

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are like most people, you experience stress at various points in your life. The main source of this stress may be related to your work, family, finances, or other things in your life. It can affect you in many different ways. While some of the signs and symptoms of your stress may show up outwardly, others may only be evident to your dentist. By scheduling regular dental checkups, your dentist will be to identify these dental conditions, as well as come up with a plan to help you to deal with them. Bruxism If you wake up with a dull or constant pain in your jaw or with a regular morning headache, you may be suffering from bruxism. This is simply another name for grinding your teeth during the night. This is a relatively common condition that can be brought on by stress, tension, frustration and anxiety, but it may also be brought on by other conditions. These include: Sleep apnea Missing or crooked teeth Acid reflux Stimulants Abnormal bite Various medications and more Because this takes place when you are sound asleep, you may not even be aware that you are doing this, but your dentist will be able to tell. They will be able to see the wear and tear that the grinding will cause to your teeth. If this behavior is not addressed, it can lead to fracturing of your teeth that may eventually lead to tooth loss or other conditions of your jaw. One of the easiest ways for your dentist to address this is to fit you with a mouth guard that will keep your teeth from touching during the night. In addition to the mouth guard, you may want to enroll in some type of counseling to deal with the stress or anxiety that may be causing your condition. In addition to these interventions, you may need some type of dental correction to help to align or reshape your teeth. Gum Disease If you are stressed out about financial situations, this may affect your gum health. When you are stressed it can have an impact on your immune system. This in turn can impact how effectively you are able to fight off the bacteria that will cause you to have gum infections. The good news is that if you learn to deal with your financial problems in a positive way, you will be no more at risk of having gum disease than any other person. Schedule regular cleanings with your dentist to ensure that your gums stay in the best shape they can be in. Canker Sores Another thing that can happen when stress affects your body’s ability to effectively deal...

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5 Healthy Foods With Surprisingly High Sugar Levels

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A healthy diet offers a balance of nutrient-rich, low-fat foods, but when you switch to healthier foods, it’s important that you don’t substitute one bad habit for another. Foods that are lower in fat can help you keep your weight down, but high sugar levels can cause a host of other health issues, including gum disease and dental caries. Make sure your new diet is genuinely healthy, and consider the five following health foods with sugar levels that can damage your teeth. Salad dressings People on healthy diets often turn to salads. Raw vegetables are fat-free and full of useful nutrients and vitamins, so it’s unsurprising that so many people use salads as a low-calorie meal substitute. To boost the flavor of these salads, many people turn to salad dressings, but even low-fat or fat-free varieties can have shockingly high levels of sugar. Certain types of dressing are higher in sugar than others. For example, dressings like Thousand Island use ketchup to boost the taste of the meal, but this innocuous sauce contains a lot of sugar. As such, go easy on any type of dressing, and look for varieties that have fewer than 2 grams of sugar per 2-tablespoon serving. Dried fruit It’s often difficult to stick to healthy snacks when chocolate bars and candy are so easy to get hold of, but many people get the sweetness boost they’re looking for with dried fruits like sultanas and raisins. These snacks are naturally high in sugar, and there’s another reason they can spell disaster for your teeth. Dried fruit snacks are sticky. As such, even when you have finished the snack, sticky particles of the fruit remain on your teeth, increasing the risk of erosion and damage, especially as it’s often difficult to remove these bits when you’re out and about. In fact, the American Dental Association warns that snacks like this rank within the foods most likely to damage your teeth. If you can’t clean your teeth after a sticky snack, try to chew sugar-free gum for a while to dislodge those sticky bits. Yogurt Health food addicts enjoy the healthy properties of fresh yogurt. This dairy product is low in fat, high in calcium and often contains healthy probiotics to boost your digestive system. Unfortunately, those benefits sometimes come at a cost. Fruit-flavored yogurts are often low in fat, but the manufacturers of these products tend to pile on the sugar. In fact, some brands contain up to seven teaspoons of sugar per container! Stick to plain yogurt that doesn’t have added sugar. You can then sweeten the yogurt more naturally with fresh chopped fruit and a drop of honey. Peanut butter Studies show that peanuts can cut...

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6 Facts You Should Know When Choosing Veneers And Dental Crowns

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

There are so many dental cosmetic procedures available that can give you the perfect smile you’ve always wanted. Two popular cosmetic procedures are porcelain veneers and dental crowns. Both are great for improving the look of your smile, but each procedure has its own pros and cons. Check out these six facts you should know if you’re considering getting veneers and dental crowns. Both Can Fix Many Cosmetic Concerns Whether you choose veneers or dental crowns, both of them can fix a wide variety of cosmetic concerns. Both can correct discoloration, worn/uneven teeth, gapped teeth, misaligned teeth and teeth with chips. However, veneers can only fix problems on the front teeth. They are not placed on the back teeth. Dental crowns can be placed on front and back teeth. Both Are Permanent If your dentist tried to put a veneer or a crown over your existing tooth, it would never fit. In order for the veneer or crown to fit and look natural, the dentist needs to remove some of your tooth enamel. The veneer or crown is then placed and replaces the enamel to protect the tooth. You can’t decide at a later date you don’t want veneers or crowns. Without them, your tooth is weak, vulnerable and sensitive. This is a lifelong commitment, but your first set of veneers or crowns probably won’t last forever, so you’ll need to get them replaced.   Veneers Require Less Tissue Removal As you now know, either option requires tissue removal. However, veneers require less tissue removal than dental crowns because they are thin and only sit on the front of your teeth. While this doesn’t make them reversible, it does make them a less invasive procedure. The more tissue the dentist removes, the more likely there may be damage to your tooth’s pulp. Damage can result in a tooth infection and the need for root canal therapy or an extraction later. Veneers May Be More Affordable Veneers may be the more affordable option. Porcelain veneers cost about $900 to $2,500 per tooth. However, you could also choose resin veneers. They still fix all the same problems porcelain veneer can, but while they leave your teeth looking white and healthy, they aren’t as natural looking as porcelain veneers. They only cost about $250 per tooth. An all-porcelain dental crown costs about $800-$3,000 per tooth, and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns cost about $500 to $1,500. Sometimes, the metal shows through the porcelain on porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, so they are best on back teeth. Only Crowns Can Strengthen Teeth Both dental crowns and veneers are great cosmetic options. However, only dental crowns can strengthen teeth. This means that dental crowns may be your only option. If...

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The Amazing Power Of Stem Cell Regeneration Therapy

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Regeneration therapy is a breakthrough technology that is changing the face of medicine. With regeneration therapy, stem cells can regenerate organs and other tissues in the body to cure a wide variety of medical and dental issues. If you are interested in trying stem cell regeneration therapy, here is some information that you need to know. What Are Stem Cells? The big question is, what exactly are stem cells? The stem cells used in rejuvenation therapy comes from embryos. There is a lot of misconceptions about where stem cells come from for stem cell research. Many people are against stem cell therapy because of the myth that the cells come from aborted fetuses; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Stem cells are gained from leftover embryos that are donated by people who go through IVF treatments to try and get pregnant. Stem cells have also been known to be collected from women who donate their placenta after having a baby. Stems cells are never collected unless there is signed consent from a donor. Adult stem cells are collected as well, but they can only be used for certain types of therapies. Embryonic stem cells are used more often because they can regenerate virtually anything. What Can be Treated With Stem Cells? In theory, there is nothing that stem cells can’t fix. However, it’s a long process and there isn’t an approved stem cell therapy for everything. Right now, stem cells can be used for many different things. Dentists are currently using stem cells for different dental treatments. Regeneration therapy can help regenerate severe gum loss that occurs during severe periodontal disease. It’s also used in dental implants for people who aren’t the best candidates. Often, dental implants are denied for people who have been missing their teeth for a long time. This is because their bone density in their jaw can be severely depleted. Using regeneration therapy with the dental implants will allow bone regeneration to begin. Regenerative therapy is used for a lot of serious medical issues. Cancer patients often have more problems from the chemotherapy than the actual cancer. Chemo is designed to attack live cells, so it attacks the patient’s entire body. The rejuvenation therapy can rejuvenate the cells in the body that the cancer attacked. The 3 Rs The three Rs of regeneration therapy are: Rejuvenation, Replacement, and Regeneration. Rejuvenation— Rejuvenation is different from using other types of medicine to cure an ailment. Rejuvenation isn’t about medicating and hoping the medication heals the problem. Instead of targeting the problem, it targets your own natural abilities. The cells that are divided and dying out because of your ailment will be revitalized and start repairing...

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3 Natural Ways To Easily Remove The Plaque On Your Teeth

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

While you may already know that plaque buildup can lead to gum disease, you may not know it can also be dangerous for the rest of your body, with links to diabetes and heart disease. Along with your normal dental hygiene routine, try using the following easy tips for naturally removing plaque buildup on your teeth and potentially preventing future overall health issues. Chew On And Brush Your Teeth With Sesame Seeds This first tip involves chewing on and then brushing your teeth with sesame seeds. When chewed, these small, abrasive seeds scrape the plaque off your tooth enamel, while their smooth surfaces polish it. The seeds’ abrasive quality is enhanced when a toothbrush is used after you chew them. Make sure you ask your dentist before using this remedy if you have any crowns or fillings. Rubbing the seeds into the dental work could cause damage, such as scratching the crowns or dislodging the fillings. Measure out 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds in the palm of your hand. Then, place them in your mouth, and chew on them for about a minute without swallowing. Once the minute has passed, use a dry toothbrush and gently scrub the surface of your teeth for an additional minute. Spit out the seeds. Then, rinse your mouth with water, and brush your teeth as you normally do. Treat Your Teeth With Mashed Up Strawberries And Baking Soda The second tip for removing plaque is a treatment using mashed up strawberries and baking soda. Strawberries contain malic acid that helps soften and break down the plaque. When mashed up with the seeds and mixed with baking soda, these abrasives gently remove the softened plaque. To make the treatment, remove the stems, and use a fork to mash up two medium-size strawberries, including the skin and seeds. Add a half of a teaspoon of baking soda to the berries, mixing it in thoroughly. Use your finger to spread the treatment onto your teeth’s surfaces. Leave it on for about a minute, and then rinse your mouth with warm water. After using this treatment, it is important to thoroughly rinse your mouth and brush your teeth afterward. While the malic acid does soften and help remove plaque, it could start to eat into and break down the outer layers of your teeth’s enamel if left on for too long. Chew On Carrots Or Celery Sticks Shortly After You Eat A Meal This last tip simply involves chewing on carrots or celery sticks after you eat a meal. While munching on these crunchy vegetables, they naturally scrape away any food residue left on your teeth after you eat. This also removes the top layers of any stuck-on...

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