Molar Grooves And The Application Of Sealants

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If your child has recently seen their dentist, then you may learn a little about your son or daughter’s teeth. If the dentist has informed you that the biting surfaces have deep grooves, then the professional may suggest the application of sealants. Keep reading to learn why the deep grooves are an issue and how the sealants can help.  Why Are Deep Grooves A Problem? All of the teeth have uneven surfaces across the biting edges. These surfaces allow the teeth to fit together as you bite and they also help to break up your food so you can chew properly. The molars and premolars have the deepest grooves, and this helps with the grinding of the food. Unfortunately, some of the grooves allow some food particles to cling to the biting surfaces of the teeth. This food attracts bacteria to the teeth and the bacteria feed and deteriorate the dental enamel. The deterioration causes cavities to form. Since the grooves are deeply sent in the surfaces of the teeth, decay may not be noticeable right away. This means that cavities can form for a while before you notice the brown or black formations in the teeth. This can cause significant structural weaknesses and the need for big fillings.  Fillings that are placed in the biting surfaces of the teeth will often be worn away through normal chewing and biting activities. This means that the fillings will likely need to be replaced sooner than later. It is wise to prevent fillings for as long as possible so children can retain their healthy teeth. How Do Sealants Help? Since deep grooves are responsible for collecting food and debris, it makes sense that filling in the openings can assist with the reduction in cavity formations. Your child’s dentist can fill the openings in with a special type of clear, and safe plastic material. The plastic is painted over the tops of the molars and premolars and then hardened with a UV light. Before the sealant is secured, the teeth will need to be cleaned thoroughly to make sure that all food and tartar is released from the grooves of the teeth. Make sure that you schedule more than enough time so the dentist has the opportunity to clean the teeth and the sealer.  Sealants will wear off over time as your child eats food. The pediatric dentist will check the plastic material and it will be replaced once it wears away. However, this will only need to happen once every year or two, depending on your child’s diet. For more information, contact companies like Dentistry For...

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Understanding How Peroxide Can Whiten The Teeth

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Stained teeth are unattractive and some people have difficulty removing brown and yellow accumulations from the teeth with toothpaste alone. While dental whitening treatments can work to remove the vast majority of stains, you may want to try some DIY treatments at home first. Hydrogen peroxide can assist with dental stain removal. Keep reading to learn why and also how to create the best at home paste with the peroxide. How Does Hydrogen Peroxide Whiten The Teeth? Hydrogen peroxide is often called a whitening agent. However, when it comes to stains, the fluid is actually an oxidizing compound. Oxidizing agents are chemicals that interact with the color compounds in substances. These compounds are called chromophores and make up the brown or yellow part of the dental stain. Specifically, chromophores are organic materials. If you understand how hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria, then you know that the substance works well to degrade organic microorganisms. The fluid works in the same way on non-living organic materials.  Specifically, when the peroxide comes into contact with the organic substance, it oxidizes it. This means it forces oxygen molecules to break away and the compound then breaks down and rinses away from the teeth.  How Is Peroxide Best Applied To The Teeth? If you want to make and use your own hydrogen peroxide solution, you should know that you probably should not place the peroxide itself directly on the teeth. Peroxide alone can cause some dental sensitivity issues and it can also cause an imbalance in the natural ecology of the mouth.  You will need to mix peroxide with baking soda to use it as a whitening agent. Simply place about two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide in a small dish and then mix in about two tablespoons of baking soda. Continue adding the baking soda until you create a thick paste. Spread the paste on the teeth and allow it to sit for about 15 or 20 minutes.  When the time is up, spit out the paste into the sink. Rinse with water afterwards to get rid of the remainder of the whitening solution. You can use the same sort of whitening paste about once or twice a week. However, if your teeth start to feel sensitive, cut the treatment down to once a week or once every other week.  If you want to learn more about dental whitening and how to remove stains from the teeth, then make an appointment to speak to your cosmetic or general dentist. For more information, contact a business like Smudde Family Dentistry Dr. Meredeth...

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Understanding Recurrent Cavity Issues

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you have recently visited your dentist for the first time in many years, then you may learn that you have many cavities that need to be filled. This is extremely common and you may be relieved once all the fillings are placed in your teeth. However, you should understand that cavities can form underneath or behind the fillings. This is called a recurrent cavity issue. Keep reading to learn what this is and how it can be prevented. This is wise, because the problem can lead to future dental extractions if the issue is not taken care of.  How Do Recurrent Cavities Form? Recurrent cavities actually develop underneath and behind cavities. This may seem confusing since the area appears as though it is completely blocked off from bacterial exposure. Many people will blame their dentists for leaving behind decay when a filling is created. While the remnants of decay can cause this problem, most dentists are extremely careful when it comes to removing decay from the teeth. The issue is often the result of new decay. This decay develops when bacteria are able to find small minuscule openings around the filling. The bacteria move through the cracks and pits and start to degrade the tooth dentin and enamel underneath the resin.  Cracks and openings may be stress cracks that develop in the fillings. This is one reason why it is wise to have your teeth checked regularly by your dental professional. In particular, x-rays need to be completed every six months to three years, as the images can identify the recurrent cavities early on.  How Can Recurrent Cavities Be Prevented? It is difficult to prevent all minuscule openings from forming around your fillings. However, you can minimize the cracks and holes by making sure that you do not grind your teeth at night. If you think you may grind, then ask your dentist about a dental guard. Also, you want to make sure that you do not bite or chew on things that you should keep out of the mouth. Pen caps, pencils, bottle caps, and toothpicks are a few examples.  You also want to keep plaque and tartar from developing around fillings because the debris can attract a great deal of bacteria. Ask your dentist for a diagram of your fillings so you can carefully clean around each one. Consider using more high-tech cleaning tools like electric toothbrushes and water flossers to assist you. You should also seek out assistance from your dentist if you see any discoloration around your fillings. While this may just be staining, it also could be the development of a new cavity. It is best for decay to be removed as soon as...

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The Hazard Lurking Under Your Old Dental Crowns

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Dental work has come a long way in just the last few decades, replacing former components and procedures with new ones that work more efficiently. If you’ve had dental work in decades gone by, you’re probably well aware of how things have improved. However, what you might not know is that there’s a chance there’s a dangerous substance lurking in your old dental work that could harm you. If you had dental crowns installed over a decade or more that was preceded by a dental filling, you may need to have your crown and filling replaced. The Problem Generally speaking, dental crowns can last for a very long time without needing to be replaced. However, if you had dental amalgam fillings placed underneath your crown(s), you should consider visiting a dentist and having them remove it to change the filling underneath. Dental amalgam is a type of filling material that is silver in appearance. Unfortunately, it contains mercury, which can release mercury vapors into the body over time. Mercury and Its Risk Various studies have found that mercury is harmful to the body and could potentially be linked to diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. According to these studies, mercury from the amalgam fillings can be leached into the body from simple acts of friction or brushing your teeth. If you had amalgam fillings placed in your teeth that were then covered by a crown, you might not even know that you have the fillings. Visiting a dentist to find out if there’s a silver amalgam filling underneath and to replace it is ideal. Replacement Process If you have dental amalgam fillings and want them replaced, your dentist will need to take special precautions to do so. Once the filling is completely removed, your dentist will thoroughly clean the area and put a new filling in place. This filling will most likely be made from composite resin, which closely matches the color of a tooth. Composite resin is safe and doesn’t contain any mercury. Once your new filling is in place, your dentist will install a new dental crown over it. You’ll need a new crown because your old crown will have been in contact with the mercury, which makes it contaminated. Your new crown should last for many more years, which means you won’t need to worry about it anytime soon. It’s reasonable to be worried about the presence of mercury in your dental fillings if they were placed many years ago. If you’re worried, talk with your dentist about new dental...

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5 Ways To Prevent Missing Teeth

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Tooth loss is a common problem among adults. Whether it’s caused by gum disease or trauma, losing one or more of your teeth can kill your self-confidence and even make it more difficult to speak and chew your food. However, if you take proper care of your teeth, you will be much more likely to keep them for a lifetime. Here are five effective ways to prevent missing teeth: Stop Grinding Your Teeth Grinding your teeth is one of the worst dental habits you can have. When you grind down on your teeth, it can put a lot of stress on them and eventually wear them down. If you don’t think you can stop teeth grinding on your own, you shoulder consider wearing a mouth guard. Limit Sugary Foods Too much sugar isn’t just bad for your waistline; it’s also harmful to your teeth. Sugar can linger on the surfaces of your teeth for hours, creating an attractive environment for bacteria. If you get a craving for a sugary treat, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water afterward. Don’t Ignore Signs of Gum Disease Advanced gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss because it forces the teeth to separate from the gums. That is why it is important to pay attention to early warning signs of gum disease. If your gums look redder or puffier than usual, you should bring that up to your dentist right away. Don’t Use Your Teeth as a Tool Teeth might be strong and hard, but that doesn’t mean you should use them to loosen a knot or open up a bottle. If you frequently lose your teeth as a tool, you can wear down the enamel and make them more prone to chips and cracks. Say No to Cigarettes Smoking is a terrible habit to start and can negatively affect your body in a number of ways. It is particularly bad for your teeth because it promotes tartar buildup and reduces the blood supply to your gums, putting them at risk of infection. If you treat your teeth well, there is no reason why you should not be able to keep them for the rest of your life. However, if you still lose one or more of your teeth, you have the option of getting dental implants. These implants are durable and look just like your natural...

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3 Things To Know About Dental Crowns

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Most people understand the importance of proper brushing, flossing, and visiting a dentist, but certain issues that affect your teeth may still arise even with good oral hygiene. From a broken or chipped tooth that occurred while playing a sport or more involved damage due to gum disease, you may require a tooth restoration at one point in time. Thankfully, your dentist can restore your smile back to an appealing, functional state using crowns. With this guide, you will understand a few facts regarding dental crowns. Not Just Metal Anymore In the past, crowns were made out of a metal material, such as gold or silver. Restoring a damaged tooth with a metal crown is a great option, since it is such a durable material. However, the metal material is visible to others, making it a less appealing option for some people. Fortunately, dentists began designing crowns out of a porcelain material. While natural looking and more appealing, porcelain crowns were likely to chip. Today, more and more patients are opting for crowns that use a combination of metal and porcelain. The hybrid design uses metal for its interior with an outer layer made out of porcelain. Crowns Will Last A common misconception about crowns is that they are temporary fixes for damaged or broken teeth. This is partially true. Although surprising for most patients to learn, dental crowns will last between 10 and 20 years. Of course, proper care will prolong the lifespan of your crowns. Continue brushing and flossing your teeth as normal, since a crowned tooth may still break or develop cavities. It is also recommended that you wear a mouth guard when participating in any sports or strenuous activities. This will reduce the risk of excessive force to your crowns and teeth. Insurance Coverage Is Likely The cost of treating an infected or broken tooth and applying a crown may depend on a few factors including severity of damage and your specific dentist. However, your dental insurance plan will most likely cover at least a portion of the crown’s cost. Most dental insurance plans cover general cleanings, exams, and even X-rays completely while covering a percentage of other treatments such as root canals and extractions. If your crown is deemed medically necessary for the good of your oral health, your dentist can file a claim for coverage on your behalf. This will ensure you can restore your smile without paying a large chunk out of your pocket. Crowns are not fit for kings and queens only. Ask your dentist if a dental crown is the right option for your smile’s...

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