Archive for February, 2016
Can a Glass of Water Cure Your Morning Breath?
Learn the best strategies for controlling bad breath in the morning and all day long.
Morning breath affects everyone. It’s a simple fact that, no matter how well you clean your teeth before you go to bed, some oral bacteria will remain. These bacteria will get busy overnight, releasing gases that contribute to that not-so-fresh feeling in your mouth and musty odor on your breath when you wake up.
Now, new research suggests that there might be an incredibly simple way to fight morning breath: drink a glass of water when you wake up.
The research, which will be published in the International Journal of Dental…
Researchers Look to Red Wine in Fight Against Tooth Decay
Red wine contains bacteria-fighting chemicals but this doesn’t mean drinking is good for your oral health.
In recent years, red wine has been touted for many different health benefits, including its role in promoting healthy sleep, reducing the risk of heart disease, and fighting aging in general with powerful anti-oxidants. Some news outlets have even reported that red wine can help fight cavities.
It is very important to understand that even though there are chemicals in red wine that can prevent tooth decay, this does not necessarily mean drinking red wine will give you this benefit.
What Researchers Have Discovered
Researchers from various universities in Italy…
Can a Toothbrush Teach You to Brush Better?
New “smart” toothbrush works with your smartphone to analyze your brushing habits.
When it comes to keeping your teeth and gums strong and healthy, proper oral hygiene is absolutely essential. After all, your daily brushing and flossing is your first line of defense against the bacteria that would otherwise build up on your teeth and in your gum pockets, causing decay and inflammation and potentially even causing tooth loss.
Unfortunately, many Americans do not take good enough care of their teeth. If you don’t brush and floss daily, it’s easy enough to realize you need to start these habits. But what if you do brush twice…
How to Fix Discoloration in Bonded Teeth
Have your bonded teeth turned yellow or gray? An experienced cosmetic dentist can repair them.
If you have ever chipped or broken a tooth, your dentist may have used a bonding material to repair it. Over time, this material does have the potential to become discolored. For example, it may become yellowed if you are a coffee-drinker or a smoker, or it could get a grayish or dark look if it was not properly placed and the tooth behind it suffers further damage or decay.
It is very important to realize that tooth whitening or bleaching will not help with discoloration of bonded material. Instead, you…
How Dental Insurance Helps Your Overall Health
Having dental insurance makes it easier to get the dental care you need for a health mouth and a healthy body
When you consider your household budget, do you include dental insurance as an essential expense? You should. Having dental insurance makes it more likely that you will receive the dental care that you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy, which in turn helps support your overall health.
When individuals do not have dental care, they become likely to avoid all kinds of necessary dental procedures. However, they are most likely to avoid their annual dental cleanings and exams. Because these services are preventative in…
Can the Tooth Fairy Help Improve Kids’ Oral Health?
Tooth fairy visits can provide an opportunity for parents to talk to kids about dental care.
According to an annual poll that Delta Dental began conducting in 1999, the Tooth Fairy visits about 80 percent of American kids, leaving cash or a small gift in exchange for lost baby teeth. With National Tooth Fairy Day coming up February 28, some parents may be wondering where this tradition comes from and if it has any real value for their kids.
Tooth Fairy Origins
The US is by no means the only country that has traditions surrounding the rite of passage that is losing one’s baby teeth. However,…
What You Need to Know About Getting Dental Implants
Getting dental implants can be an excellent way to correct missing teeth
Have you lost one or more teeth due to age or accident? You need to replace them, and not just because gaps in your smile are unattractive. Missing teeth can actually be bad for your overall well-being in the long term because they make it more difficult to eat, speak, and socialize. Fortunately, you can find a permanent and attractive long-term solution to your missing teeth with dental implants from California Dental Group.
Why Dental Implants Are the Best Solution for Missing Teeth
Dental implants are the only permanent solution for missing teeth. Most…
Look Younger with a Smile Makeover
Our experienced cosmetic dentists can correct many common signs of an aging smile
Are you satisfied with your smile? Or have some signs of aging started to creep in and make you feel that you look older than your years? A smile makeover from one of our skilled cosmetic dentists can correct many signs of an aging smile such as:
Discoloration: Nothing makes a smile look old faster than a bunch of yellowed, discolored teeth. Some degree of yellowing will happen with age, but your tooth color will be worse if you have also made a habit of smoking and drinking coffee, tea, or red wine without cleaning…
Tooth Pain? Ask Your Dentist—Not the Internet
Self-diagnosing your dental pain is a risk you should avoid
The internet can be an excellent source of information about all kinds of topics, including your health. However, there is also a lot of misinformation out there. This is a big problem given the fact that so many people now turn to the web for help when they have a medical issue. Relying on information found online to self-diagnose and perhaps even treat a problem can potentially end up being much more costly than simply heading straight to a professional for help at the first sign of discomfort.
For example, say you have some tooth pain. You…
Protect Your Teeth from Over-Whitening
Always whiten with an experienced cosmetic dentist for the safest treatment and the best results
These days, just about everyone wants whiter teeth. There is a multitude of over-the-counter teeth whitening products available to help with this goal. Unfortunately, when teeth whitening products are used too frequently, there is a very real possibility of harmful side effects such as:
Tooth sensitivity: Many commonly used whitening agents can cause teeth to become more sensitive to stimuli. According to the American Dental Association, sensitivity to hot and cold is the most common type of sensitivity experienced after teeth whitening.
Soft tissue damage: Teeth whitening compounds have the potential to be very irritating…