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Archive for November, 2014

How Regular Dental Visits Can Save You Money

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

dentist 60654Dental treatments for damaged teeth and diseased gums can become expensive—especially if a patient has avoided receiving professional care and regular cleanings. The reason receiving care from our dentist is so important is because teeth are unable to repair themselves when damaged. Once a tooth is damaged, the condition will only worsen with time. Additionally, if conditions such as periodontal disease go without treatment, they can require multiple treatments in the future to manage the effects of the condition. By committing to cleanings every six months and routine checkups from our dentist, you could potentially save yourself thousands of dollars while also enjoying optimal oral health.

The Importance of Dental Cleanings

Every six months you should receive professional prophylaxis (cleaning) to remove tartar and polish teeth. During a professional dental cleaning, our hygienists focus on removing a hard substance called tartar, which is the calcified form of plaque. Once plaque is hardened by tartar, it cannot be removed from teeth by flossing or brushing. Instead, tartar must be gently scraped away from the surface of teeth and the gum line with special, handheld tools. Regular cleanings are essential to preventing the accumulation of tartar and the progression of gum disease.

Regular Checkups Can Reveal Oral Health Issues Early On

In addition to regular cleanings, visiting our practice for checkups can also prevent dental conditions and save patient’s money. The primary objective for receiving dental care on a regular basis is to detect issues or conditions as early as possible so that patients can receive conservative treatment. For example, our dentist uses technology that can detect a cavity in its earliest stages of forming and address small areas of decay with fillings that will stop the progression of the cavity and protect the tooth from further damage. If a cavity is left untreated, patients may need more extensive treatment such as root canal therapy or a custom-made crown.

We invite you to make an investment in your oral health by receiving regular dental care with our team. Call any of our convenient locations of Ora Dental Studio today to reserve an appointment.

Do Cracks in Tooth Enamel Mean the Tooth is Broken?

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

 dentist Gold CoastTooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body and its primary purpose is to protect teeth from cavity-causing bacteria. In fact, healthy tooth enamel protects the sensitive interior structures of teeth from being exposed to the oral bacteria that cause cavities. Unfortunately, when tooth enamel is damaged, the tooth cannot heal itself thus making it susceptible to decay. Cracked tooth enamel requires professional dental treatments. While cracked enamel does not always signify a broken tooth, it is important to visit our dentist for a professional evaluation.

How does tooth enamel become damaged?

Although tooth enamel is made of incredibly strong minerals, it is not indestructible. For example, a leading cause of tooth enamel damage is acid erosion. Exposure to acidic foods and beverages like citrus or coffee can strip away minerals from enamel over time. Oral bacteria, when feeding on sugar, also produce acid as a by-product that can weaken enamel, too.

How can I protect tooth enamel?

The best way to protect tooth enamel from acid erosion is to commit to a thorough oral hygiene regimen that includes brushing twice a day and daily flossing. Patients should try to avoid acidic and sugary foods as well. Drinking clear water throughout the day can also help rinse away harmful substances and promote a more alkaline environment in the mouth.

How does a dentist treat enamel damage?

Dental treatments for damaged or cracked enamel vary. Our dentist may prescribe fluoride treatments for enamel erosion to help strengthen teeth by attracting minerals to enamel. Cracked portions of enamel are commonly treated with restorations to protect against further damage to teeth. If the crack is severe and affected internal structures, a dental crown and/or endodontic therapy may be necessary to salvage the health of the tooth.

During dental cleanings and checkups, our team will evaluate the health of tooth enamel. To schedule an appointment, call our practice today.


Dentistry Myths: All Gums Bleed During Dental Checkups

Friday, November 7th, 2014

dentist Wicker ParkDispelling commonly held myths regarding dentistry is an important way for our dentist and our team to educate patients in our community. The idea that bleeding gums is commonplace—especially during dental cleanings and checkups is indeed a myth. In fact, bleeding gums is most often a sign of irritated or inflamed gum tissue and is a known indicator of gum disease. Fortunately, with regular cleanings and checkups along with proper oral hygiene, patients can greatly reduce their risk for dental conditions such as periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay.

Bleeding Gums: What this symptom means

Healthy gums, also called “periodontal tissue” should appear light pink in color and adequately cover the roots of teeth. When gums are irritated or infected, they may appear red and swollen and might even bleed during flossing, brushing, and dental cleanings. On occasion, gums can bleed slightly during a dental checkup especially if there is an accumulation of tartar near the gum line but bleeding gums is certainly not the norm during dental appointments among patients with healthy teeth and gums.

What to Do if You Suspect You Have Gum Disease

If your gums feel painful to the touch, bleed during regular oral hygiene, or have pulled away (receded) from the teeth, you might have periodontal disease. If you suspect you have gum disease, it is best to schedule an appointment with our dentist as soon as you can for an examination. During your checkup, our team will measure the distance between periodontal tissue and teeth along with evaluating physical signs of inflamed or irritated gums to determine if you have gum disease and assess the stage of this condition.

There are a number of treatments for gum disease such as deep, professional cleanings, medications, and of course proper home-care through oral hygiene practices that can greatly improve your oral health.

To schedule a dental cleaning or checkup with our caring and compassionate team, contact our team at Ora Dental Studio at your convenience.