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Archive for May, 2015

Brushing and Flossing Do More Than Just Clean Teeth

Monday, May 25th, 2015

dentist Gold CoastYou know that great feeling you get after a visit to the dentist when your teeth feel clean and smooth? If you maintain a thorough daily hygiene regimen, you can experience that feeling every day!

You must perform these tasks vigilantly (and correctly) to help maintain healthy teeth and gums. This involves using the correct tools and performing these jobs with care.

Tools include a soft bristle tooth brush (too much pressure or a hard bristle brush can lead to premature gum recession); fluoridated tooth paste or gel; and dental floss.

Your must brush at least twice daily and floss to remove food particles that your tooth brush did not reach. If performed correctly, your teeth are as clean as you can make them. But what else has happened? 

By maintaining excellent oral care, you are giving yourself the best chance of keeping your natural teeth for your lifetime.

By maintaining excellent oral care, you are giving yourself the best chance of keeping your natural teeth for your lifetime. And in the process, your healthy teeth and gums allow you to eat the foods you love; speak clearly; and smile with confidence.

Keeping your teeth healthy can help to prevent the development of dental decay and/or gum disease. People dealing with these problems face more of a likelihood of tooth loss, and the time consuming and costly treatment to restore lost teeth.

Brushing and flossing daily are critical, but those twice yearly visits to see the dentist are just as important. Your dental provider is able to remove any plaque that has developed since your previous visit; your teeth are polished to look their best; and a dental exam is performed. Not only is your dentist looking for problems like dental decay, but you are being checked for signs of more serious conditions like oral cancer.

In addition to brushing and flossing to keep teeth looking and feeling their best, we can enhance oral health by eating a healthy diet, limiting sugar consumption, and not smoking. A goal of maintaining our natural teeth for a lifetime is within our reach. If it’s time for your next dental exam, contact our team at Ora Dental Studio today to schedule your visit.

The Role Nutrition Plays in Maintaining Healthy Teeth

Friday, May 15th, 2015

dentist South LoopJust as your overall health relies on the lifestyle you lead for maximum results, the way you treat your body can affect your teeth. And if your teeth are impaired by the way eat, this can impact your ability to chew properly, speak clearly, and smile with self-confidence. Your dentist can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums with periodic cleanings and dental exams, but you are the one responsible for the fuels you use for daily maintenance.

This translates into smart choices in food consumption. Many pre-packaged foods are loaded with empty contents that do nothing for maintaining good health. Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of healthy nutrients, are naturally sweetened (to satisfy a sweet tooth), and will fortify the body.

The sugar we consume is the primary villain that leads to tooth decay and the potential for gum disease. And sugar is contained in just about everything we eat … even foods deemed to be healthy contain sugar.

Reading food labels is a good way to help control the sugars we consume. Many juices and sports drinks that advertise their good health values are a problem if consumed very often.

Sugar in the foods and beverages we consume cling to the bacteria already on teeth. Every day as bacteria grow, they form a plaque on teeth that slowly grow penetrating gum tissue; when bacteria is allowed to breach enamel, dental decay forms.

Dental decay and plaque build-up can eventually lead to gum disease; left untreated these two problems can have very different but equally devastating results.

Untreated dental decay can result in infection leading to the need for root canal therapy; untreated gum disease can mean bleeding, swollen gums; chronic bad breath; gum recession; loose teeth; and the potential for tooth loss.

Of course, eating a healthy diet is not all you need to do to maintain healthy teeth and gums. The individual is responsible for maintaining a daily oral hygiene regimen that includes brushing at least twice each day with a fluoridated tooth paste along with flossing daily to remove food debris that your tooth brush did not reach.

A primarily healthy diet, a vigilant daily oral hygiene plan, and visits to the dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam should help you to keep your biological teeth for a life time of smiles.

What signs and symptoms are associated with an impacted tooth?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

dentist 60604An impacted tooth is one that cannot fully erupt. This usually occurs with the third molars, more commonly known as the wisdom teeth. Your dentist may be able to observe the conditions that may be likely to result in one or more impacted teeth, but dental x-rays are needed to confirm their presence.

Why are the third molars the teeth most likely to become impacted? These teeth are the last ones to emerge; the individual is usually no younger than late teens. By this time jaw growth has stopped so if there is a lack of space for these last four teeth to come in, impaction may occur.

For many, these teeth may come in with no problem; or they may partially erupt. This is a common occurrence, and if there are no negative symptoms, treatment may not be necessary. However, if overcrowding already exists, wisdom teeth can remain in the gums forcing other teeth to shift and turn while trying to make room for these last four teeth to emerge. The result can create a malocclusion where the upper teeth do not properly correspond to the lower teeth.

The symptoms indicating that an impacted tooth requires attention include discomfort at the site, bad breath often accompanied with an unpleasant taste, or jaw pain. Even a headache can develop due to untreated impacted teeth.

There is no known way to prevent teeth from being impacted. If your ancestors had a small jaw, you may be dealt the same. Maintaining vigilant oral hygiene care is certainly an asset, but impacted teeth may present problems that must be resolved.

Treatment almost always means extraction. If you decide against having troublesome impacted teeth removed, you may risk developing infection or cysts at the site. Over time, dental decay or gum disease are possible.

If you are experiencing signs of an impacted tooth, contact our skilled team at Ora Dental Studio and schedule your consultation today.