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Archive for May, 2014

Three Things Your Teen Should Know About Orthodontic Treatment

May 31, 2014

Orthodontic TreatmentPerhaps the time has come for your child to get orthodontic treatment. A lot of teens are going to be nervous about getting braces. Wandering into the unknown can make kids nervous. However, rather than encouraging your teen to “make the most of it,” try highlighting all the many benefits of orthodontia. Having braces can be a great experience for many reasons, including but not limited to the following:

Fix Problems You Cannot See

Orthodontic problems are not always visible to the naked eye. Overcrowded teeth or teeth that are too far apart may cause issues that you are not aware of just by looking at your…


Three Surefire Ways to Ease Your Dental Anxiety

May 30, 2014

Ease Your Dental AnxietyNo matter what age you are—be it nine or 99—dental anxiety is a pretty common condition that people of all ages can and often do experience. The thought of even just a routine examination can make some people very nervous and cause them to avoid the dentist altogether. Rather than putting your oral and overall health in jeopardy by just not going to the dentist at all, there are three things that you can do to make seeing the dentist so much easier. With a little bit of education, communication, and sometimes some distraction, going to the dentist can be a much smoother experience.

Education

The…


Three Amazing Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

May 29, 2014

Reasons to Choose Dental ImplantsDental procedures have come a long way in the last couple of generations. Gone are the days when you walk into your grandparents’ bedroom and find a full set of teeth soaking in a glass on grandpa’s nightstand. While dentures are still pretty common and may be a good route to go, there are many reasons why patients might choose dental implants instead.

Will Not Shift or Squeak

First, dental implants will offer you an improved appearance as well as improve your speech. Dentures may slip or squeak as you talk, even if they fit perfectly when you initially got them….


The Link Between Oral Health and Overall Health

May 28, 2014

Link Between Oral and Overall HealthThe next time you pick up your tooth brush and paste, keep in mind that your oral health affects much more than your beautiful smile. The health of your teeth, your gums, and your mouth can affect the health of your entire body. In some cases, the problems in your mouth are signs that something is going wrong in your body. At other times, those problems are actually causing trouble elsewhere in your body. You should understand how your oral health and your overall health are linked. With this understanding, you will be prepared to protect your health.

How Are Oral…


Becoming Comfortable With Your New Dentures

May 28, 2014

Comfortable With Your New DenturesYour decision to get dentures may have been influenced by many factors. Maybe you wanted to replace missing teeth or repair sunken facial features. Maybe you hoped to enjoy some of your favorite foods again or speak with the confidence of a beautiful smile. Whatever your own reasons for getting dentures, there is likely to be a period of adjustment before you feel comfortable with them.

New Sensations

During the first few weeks of denture wearing, you may feel that your voice sounds louder, your mouth feels full, and your food tastes different. You might find that it is hard to tell how…


Everything You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening

May 27, 2014

Teeth WhiteningAlong with composite fillings and porcelain veneers, teeth whitening has become one of the most sought after cosmetic dentistry procedures in the United States. Many people desire a brilliant white smile that looks healthy and clean. Unfortunately, many common foods, drinks, and habits can cause yellowing or staining of your teeth. Fortunately, you can reverse these negative effects with in-office teeth whitening. This fast and simple procedure can restore a healthy, white smile often in one office visit. Here are some answers to common questions about teeth whitening.

What Causes Teeth Stains?

There are many reasons—both internal and external—to explain why teeth become yellow…


Take Your Smile to the Next Level With Cosmetic Dentistry

May 27, 2014

Cosmetic DentistryWhile cosmetic dentistry might seem more like a vanity procedure, there are actually several other benefits of this particular branch of dentistry. For one thing, cosmetic surgery can actually improve a person’s health. If you have any unsightly or painful dental problems, a cosmetic dentistry procedure can help you with that as well. If you have a job where you are constantly face-to-face with clients, cosmetic dentistry can give you the confidence you need to improve your professional life as well as your social life. There are several different cosmetic procedures that you might be interested in for your smile.

Composite Fillings

Rather than using silver, dentists now use


How to Spot Periodontal Disease in the Early Stages

May 26, 2014

Periodontal DiseaseA large part of good oral health is prevention and early intervention. Periodontal disease is no different. This disease is one that affects the soft tissue and supportive structures of the mouth, namely gum tissue and bone. Due to the progressive nature of periodontal disease, it is imperative to identify the beginning symptoms and treat the disease before more serious dental problems develop. Doing so will help you maintain good oral health and enjoy a healthy smile.

Early Stage Signs

The first stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. It is characterized by a buildup of plaque on the teeth as well as gum inflammation and irritation….


Cosmetic Dentistry: Life Changing?

May 26, 2014

Cosmetic DentistryToday, more people are discovering how cosmetic dentistry can improve their lives. Teeth whitening, the application of crowns or veneers, and the replacement of missing teeth are all options that dental professionals have at their disposal. Improved technology is making it possible for people in many situations to enjoy the look and comfort of a beautiful smile.

If you have ever wondered if cosmetic dentistry was an option for you, consider whether you would enjoy any of these benefits:

  • Greater self-confidence
  • Healthier outlook on life
  • Younger, healthier appearance
  • Improved smile and self-image
  • Decreased pain from dental issues

Almost everyone can be positively affected by a brighter, healthier smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are basically shells designed to cover…


Be Wise After Wisdom Tooth Extraction: How to Care for Your Mouth

May 24, 2014

Wisdom Tooth ExtractionWisdom teeth extraction is a very common dental procedure. Most Americans, usually in the teen and young adult years (but not always), have these molars removed. Referred to as the third molars, wisdom teeth are often extracted when they are overcrowded, decayed, or impacted. Impaction sometimes causes damage to neighboring teeth and can also result in gum inflammation (periodontal disease) and bacterial growth. The simple fix to these and other problems is having the teeth pulled. While the procedure is often quick and easy, the treatment of the extraction sites in your mouth after the procedure is not always so easy. Here are…