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How to Soothe a Toothache

As an emergency dentist in Brisbane, I have seen that for some of my patients, toothache has come in unexpectedly. It can happen in the middle of the night or while you are travelling. When it happens, it would be best to search and find an available dental care provider as quickly as possible; the sooner you see a dentist the higher is the chance of preventing further damage to the nerves and blood vessels in your mouth.

Causes of a Toothache and Pain

For some people, a minor toothache can cause tremendous amount of pain and affect their ability to work. Many different factors can cause dental pain. Dental pain is caused due to irritation to the nerve of a tooth. When the nerve is irritated it is felt as a toothache. Some of the main causes of toothache include:

• Food pieces stuck between the teeth
• Exposed root (rough brushing)
• Tooth decay (bacteria)
• Cracks inside the tooth
• Infection or abscess
• Pulp irritation
• Cavities
• Anxiety

Toothache tends to intensify over time. It tends to hurt more when you lay down, eat or when your tooth is exposed to hot and cold food and drinks. Like other pain, toothache is a sign that something is awry in our body. Antibiotics do not solve dental problems and for a lasting relief from toothache you need to find a dental clinic. Dentists have the required knowledge and equipment to find the source of a toothache. With dental x-rays dentists can look inside the tooth and search for the signs of infection or decay inside the tooth. Although some dental problems like toothache caused by fine cracks cannot be detected by x-rays and dentists use other techniques to find or treat invisible tooth fractures.

Pain Killers for Toothache Relief

Dentists may recommend ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain management and toothache relief. These are over-the-counter pain relief medication and should be available from your local pharmacy. You can also use these medications along with clove oil (read below).

Temporary Toothache Relief Remedies

Until You Find a Dentist, Salt Water May Ease your Toothache

While you are waiting for your emergency dental appointment you can try swashing lukewarm salt water to control your toothache. A lukewarm salt water mouth rinse can be useful for soothing a toothache. Use of salt water to fight infection is an old technique and its anti-inflammatory effect has been known to ancient Egyptians and Greeks.

Bacteria turn food to acid and the acid attacks the tooth and the nerves and causes wear in the tooth and pain in the nerves. Use of salt water causes the PH of the mouth to rise which provides a short-term relief from the pain. In other words, salt water temporarily changes the mouth environment from acidic to alkaline which is an undesirable environment for bacteria activity and it can temporarily cause the toothache to ease.

Some dentists recommend a lukewarm salt water rinse 24 hour after a tooth extraction. Because salt water has some healing properties and it can promote healing process. So yes, you can use salt water as a gentle healing aid. In addition to soothing toothache you can use salt water to heal mouth sores quicker, or fight sore throats and common cold. You can also use salt water when you have forgotten your toothbrush while travelling, etc. just remember that salt water is great but it is just a supplement and not a replacement for brushing and dental flossing.

To make a Mouth Rinse Using Salt-Water:
• Add half a tea spoon of salt to a lukewarm glass of water and
• Rinse your mouth every 3 hours or as required.

Natural Herbs

Dentists (by today’s standards) were not around a few centuries ago. Perhaps at those times natural remedies and extraction were the only option to deal with dental pain. Some modern dentists believe that herbs can help with easing the toothache to some extent. For example, according to literature a plant called Spilanthes Oleracea (eyeball plant) has some level of numbing effect when you chew on its flower or leaves. This plant is also called toothache plant for its numbing and oral antiseptic properties and some people use it as an anti-infective to ease toothache and gum infection in the absence of dentistry (e.g. when you are in remote areas and have no access to dentists).

People in tropical areas have been using clove for hundreds of years to stop dental pain. Some claim that clove oil is often effective on a painful toothache. Clove oil provides temporary relief from toothache because it numbs the nerves. A bit like turning the alarm off for a while (it does not replace a dentist).

Clove oil contains Eugenol which is a natural anaesthetic. Clove oil has antibacterial properties and can often reduce inflammation in the mouth. Clove oil should not be used for young children because it has side effects if it is swallowed. Its taste is unpleasant and eating clove oil should be avoided when it is being used by adults. If you decide to store clove oil in your house make sure you store it away from children in a drawer or on a top shelf where they don’t have access.

How to use clove oil for toothache management:

  • Soak a cotton swab with a few drops of the oil
  • Gently wipe the swab over the gum next to the pain source

If you don’t have clove oil handy, you can put a whole clove on the point of pain and keep it there until the pain is reduced.

Permanent Toothache Relief: Make an Emergency Dental Appointment

The best thing you can do when seeking toothache relief is visiting a professional dentist. A modern dental clinic is equipped with material and instruments to provide the optimum treatment for toothache. Clove oil and salt water can help with the management of the pain and are often effective in reducing the inflammation and swelling, however they are merely used to reduce the symptoms of the problem. For a lasting relief from toothache, always see a qualified dentist.

By Dr. Ellie Nadian from Pure Dentistry.

 


Profile of Dr. Ellie Nadian, DDSDr. Ellie Nadian is a general dentist in upper mt Gravatt 4122, Brisbane. She is certified by Australian Dental Council and is a member of Australian Dental Association.

Dr. Ellie is an Invisalign certified dentist in Brisbane Southside and practices in general aspects of dentistry with special interest in Cosmetic dentistry, Children’s Dentistry and orthodontic treatments. Visit http://www.puredentistry.com.au/ for more information about her practice.

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September 4, 2017 |

New Trends in Laser Dentistry

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About Laser Dentistry

The use of lasers in general and specialized dentistry has been around for decades. With dental technology advancing, new practices and new technology are in the process of being adopted into general and specialized procedures. This advance of dental technologies is changing the way dentists and hygienists treat patients. Here are 3 of the new and upcoming laser dentistry procedures and tools that could be used by multiple dentists in the near future:

Tooth Regeneration

A recent study by a research team at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine used laser dentistry to stimulate the stem cells of a rat’s broken tooth aspiring that it would grow back. The experimentation proved successful as the rat’s tooth slowly regenerated over the course of 12 weeks. The researchers then tested the same technique on a human tooth, and this experiment was also successful as a layer of dentin was produced. Here is an image to visualize:

Laser dentistry used to stimulate stem cells of a rat’s broken tooth to grow back.

Figure 1 Here are the results of the x-ray imaging from the experiment (source from WYSS Institute at Harvard). 2 different stains were used to display the newly acquired tertiary dentin. The yellow hashtags (#) represent the newly formed dentin on the rat’s toot

This technique is expected to branch off beyond dental use into the regeneration of other parts of the body like muscle and bone tissue.

Prevention of Third Molar Development Using Lasers

In contrast to using lasers to regenerate broken teeth, a recent study has shown that at a young age, the use of a 20-watt diode laser could stop the development of third molars (also known as wisdom teeth). Throughout the experiment, this procedure is shown to work 80% of the time with minimum side effects. This whole process would take place over the course of 6-7 weeks. During the process, a 20-watt diode laser is placed overtop of the third molars’ tooth buds when they are forming underneath the oral mucosa. After this was done, the 2 intra-oral sites that received the oral treatment did not develop the third molars.

Here is an image to display for the laster dental treatment:

An image of a dental laser used to stop the development of a tooth.

Figure 2 Here is a simple image of the process that takes place when using lasers to stop the development of a tooth. This is a very painless process, a much better alternative to the use of drills and needles.

The Use of CO2 Dental Lasers

Very recently, the Solea CO2 laser developed by Convergent Dental has been approved by the FDA for the use on hard and soft oral tissue. This is the first CO2 laser to be approved for any kind of dental use in the United States and the world. Convergent Dental said that 95% of patients do not need anesthesia, and virtually no patients experience oral bleeding, a rather high percentage for a new piece of dental tech that is the first of its kind to be released. This original model of the CO2 laser has expanded across the dental market quickly, and in not too long from now, most dentists will be using a Solea Laser in their treatments.

A CO2 dental laser by Convergent Dental, an easier, quicker way of treating harmed or irritated teeth over using drills and dentures.

Figure 3 The First Model of Convergent Dental’s Solea CO2 Laser (Source from Covergent Dental).

CO2 Lasers have proven to provide an easier, quicker and more effective way of treating harmed or irritated teeth than the past method of using drills and dentures. This opens the way for on going change to the dentist. The Solea CO2 dental laser has also won the “Best of what’s new award” on www.dentistryiq.com. This instrument is looked on as an instrument that could change the perception of going to the dentist.

FAQs

What is a Dental Laser?

A dental laser is piece of dental technology that generated a beam of concentrated light. This beam will help make it easier for dentists to perform tasks on your mouth.

What can Laser Dentistry be Used For?

There is a very wide range of uses for lasers in dentistry. Laser dentistry can be used for:

  • Fillings
  • Gum Treatments
  • Oral Surgeries of the Uclers, Biopsies, Tongue Ties, Wisdom Teeth, Broken Teeth
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Tooth Decay

Is Laser Dentistry Safe?

The use of lasers in dentistry is completely safe. Every procedure that will be performed on you must be approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).

How Long have Lasers Been Used in Dentistry?

Lasers have been part of the dental practice since the 1960s. However, this does not mean that the procedure is outdated. Laser dentistry is the most quickly developing practice in dentistry as of now.

What are the Downsides of Laser Dentistry?

  • Lasers cannot be used on teeth with fillings already in place
  • Anesthesia could still be necessary (even though very unlikely)
  • Can be an expensive procedure
  • Dental lasers do not always eliminate the need for drills or needles
  • Lasers cannot yet be used in common procedures

About the Author

Rhys has a passion for general and laser dentistry. He is currently a dentist working out of Ontario, Canada. He likes to read books and expand his knowledge on oral health and dentistry and learn from more experienced dentists on how to run a great dental centre. He takes pride in his work and looks forward to what he does everyday.

Rhys currently runs an information’s dental blog (http://dentistsstcatharines.com/) that covers the newest practices, technologies and procedures when it comes down to dentistry, along with some more patient-friendly articles as well.

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June 1, 2017 |

Tooth Sensitivity – Causes and Treatment

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What is Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is something that affects a number of people. It is often caused by eating or drinking something hot, cold, sweet or acidic. Under normal conditions, the underlying dentin of the tooth (the layer that immediately surrounds the nerve) is covered by the enamel in the tooth crown, and the gums that surround the tooth. Over time, the enamel covering can get thinner, thus providing less protection. The gums can also recede over time, exposing the underlying root surface dentin.

The dentin contains a large numbers of pores or tubes that run from the outside of the tooth to the nerve in the center. When the dentin is exposed, these tubes can be stimulated by changes in temperature or certain foods. Here is an image of what the dentin tubes look like under the microscope:

Tooth sensitivity, microscopic view of dentin | VancouverDentistInfo.com

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Exposure of the dentin can occur due to a number of factors. Some of the more common reasons are:

  • Gum recession due to age or improper tooth brushing
  • Acidic beverages (such as soda) that cause enamel erosion and dentin exposure
  • Tooth grinding – this may actually cause most or all of the teeth to feel sensitive
  • Brushing with a very abrasive toothpaste, brushing incorrectly and/or brushing more than three times a day could result in a loss of enamel
  • Gum disease, which can result in gum recession
  • A chipped or fractured tooth may expose the dentin

In addition, some dental treatments can cause sensitivity. Treatments such as such as teeth whitening, professional dental cleanings, having braces put on or getting a filling placed have been known to cause sensitivity during or after the procedure.

Tooth Sensitivity Treatment

The first step in doing something about dental sensitivity is to find out what the cause is. A dental professional can help you with this. If the sensitivity is due to exposed dentin, there are a number of steps you can take, as can your dental professional, to help reduce the sensitivity. These can include:

  • Using a very soft bristle tooth brush
  • Brushing correctly to help prevent abrasion of the enamel and recession of the gums
  • Using a toothpaste specially formulated to help reduce sensitivity.

In treating tooth sensitivity, a dental professional can:

  • Apply a fluoride varnish on the sensitive areas to help strengthen the tooth
  • Prescribe a high fluoride tooth paste to use every day
  • Place a dental restoration to build up the areas that have lost enamel.

In the end, whether you need an in-office procedure or over-the-counter products, the most important step is to see a dental professional.  A dental professional  can determine the cause of the tooth sensitivity and help you find a solution that will work.
 
For more information on tooth sensitivity, what it is, its causes and treatments, visit Colgate’s Oral Care Center. As well, here’s the American Dental Association downloadable quick information sheet on this subject.

 


This article is courtesy of Colgate Professional, a Colgate-Palmolive Dental Resource Website.

 

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April 16, 2017 |

Develop good brushing teeth habits in kids

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Brushing teeth in kids | VancouverDentistInfo.comDeveloping good habits in kids is something every parent tries to do in his or her lifetime. Since habits define the personality of a human being in the long run, the importance of good habits early in life is essential.

Getting kids to brush their teeth is quite a task that every parent has to undertake to ensure the well being of their kid’s teeth. Good brushing teeth habits help kids take care of their oral hygiene and develop a nice personality with shining teeth which can be a big reason for their awesome smile for life.

Start kids brushing teeth early in life

Brushing teeth needs to start as soon as teeth appear. Some parents feel that since the teeth which are coming up will be falling off in due course before permanent teeth start showing up, so brushing kids’ teeth is not needed yet is absolutely a wrong practice.

Primary teeth are a precursor of permanent teeth and need to be cared like permanent teeth since they are going to decide the fate of permanent teeth and oral cavity in the long run. Underneath the primary teeth, permanent teeth are building up which need to be provided with a conducive environment that is free from all bacteria and infections.

Kids tend to have candies and sweet stuff more than adults. Thus their oral cavity becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Hence, brushing kids’ teeth at an early age becomes all the more necessary to ward off any oral hygiene problems. Research has proven that kids who develop cavities at an early age are prone to develop cavities as an adult.

The ideal toothbrush for kids

Introducing children early to brush their teeth is the best you can do to gift them permanent long lasting teeth for a lifetime. Choosing the appropriate tooth brush for your kid is as important as brushing itself. There are numerous brands of tooth brushes available in the market especially manufactured for kids that come in fancy shapes, colors and makes. These tooth brushes create an interest within the kids to brush their teeth in a playful way.

However, there are a few things that you as a parent need to keep in mind to derive optimum results out of the brushing. Make sure to use a soft tooth brush for your kid’s teeth which has a small head and a long handle. Allow your kid to handle the brush himself since they need to be comfortable with it.

Toothpaste for your kids

Any toothpaste that has fluoride in it will be good enough for your kids. You need not go in for a specialized or medicated tooth paste for your kids.

If your kid’s teeth have just erupted, the amount of toothpaste you are going to allow on the toothbrush should be of the size of a grain of rice. Once your kid is three year’s old increase the toothpaste volume to the size of a pea. A fluoride tooth paste will be good enough for your kid’s teeth. Do not worry even if the kid swallows a small amount of tooth paste.

Gradually teach your kid to rinse and spit out the remaining tooth paste. You need to supervise the brushing process of your kid till the age of 6. At age 6 your kid will be able to brush, rinse and spit by himself.

Yes you need to make the kid brush twice a day.

Brushing teeth the right way

Teach the right technique of teeth brushing to your kid early in life since this is going to become his habit and a process that he will be following for life. The learning at this moment will stay with him for the rest of his life in his sub conscious mind. Thus the right brushing technique needs to be introduced and etched early in life probably from day one.

The brush needs to be held at an angle of 45 degrees to the gum line and the brush needs to be rolled or swept away from the gum line. As a parent you may have to demonstrate it to the kids before they actually know what exactly needs to be done. Brush the outer surface, the inner surface and the chewing region. To clean the inner surface you need to tilt the brush vertically and do up and down strokes.

Kids tend to follow adults. Brush with your kids since that is going to give them the motivation to brush their teeth regularly.

Apart from that you can make brushing a fun activity with your kid’s favorite song on while they brush their teeth or even getting toothpaste with a different color every time.
 


 
Do not instill the fear of a dentist just to get your kids to brush their teeth. Visits to the dentist should be regular (every six months). Help your kid understand the importance of visiting a dentist along with brushing teeth two times a day.
 


Author Bio- Walter has been writer for Prodental Clinic London and he has been writing about various topics like healthcare and dental health. Walter is a consistent writer for Prodental Clinic London from the past couple of years. Prodental Clinic London is a Cosmetic dental clinic which provides dental services in London. They provide dental solutions like Dental implants, Invisalign teeth straightening, All-on-4 implants and Damon braces.

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March 12, 2017 |

5 Dental Healthy Smoothies Formulations that are Great for your Dental Health

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Healthy dental smoothie | VancouverDentistInfo

Crown and Fillings | VancouverDentistInfo.comBrushing regularly, flossing and practicing good dental hygiene are essential. You must constantly see your dentist for cleanings and check-ups. This helps in keeping the gums and teeth in good health.

However, hygiene isn’t the only factor that needs to be taken care of in dental health. What one drinks and eats are also important in deteriorating or fortifying your teeth and gums.

Every single thing that is put in the mouth gets past the gums and teeth and this indeed has a major impact. If you are aware as to which ingredients cause harm and which ones are healthy, antioxidant dental healthy smoothies can be made.

Smoothies, Sugar, Teeth and Gums

Dental healthy smoothies | VancouverDentistInfoSmoothies shouldn’t be loaded with sugar; although it tastes good, it contributes towards gum diseases, cavities, tooth decay and various problems. The plaque that gets formed on the tooth invites bacteria. Regular flossing, brushing and professional cleaning help in minimizing plaque.

If acids and sugars are kept to a minimal level and if some good anti-oxidant ingredients are added to your smoothies, your teeth and gums can be kept in good shape.

Given below are 5 add ons to your smoothies which will make them dental healthy smoothies for your teeth and gums.

5 Dental Healthy Smoothies Add Ons

1. Yogurt

As long as high-sugar yogurts are avoided, this smoothie can promote good teeth growth. Yogurts contain phosphates and calcium and it helps in rebuilding the teeth, thereby strengthening it.

2. Low-Sugar Fruits

Although fruits contain a lot of sugar, they can be used instead of sugar. If the teeth are really bad, only berries must be used. Fresh fruits with lower amounts of acids and sugars like bananas, pears and apples can also be used.

3. Tea

Both black teas and green teas are great smoothie ingredients for various reasons. Tea is very rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants and has a great impact on the tooth. Tea contains polyphenols which are definitely very good when it comes to controlling plaque. These compounds kill bacteria and keep them away from acid.

4. Cranberries

Unsweetened cranberry juice and fresh cranberries have compounds for stopping bacteria from sticking to teeth. When sugar is added to the tart fruit, the benefit can be neutralized. If the sour flavour can be handled, pure cranberry juice must be considered and a handful of frozen or fresh berries can be added.

5. Coconut Oil

It is a superfood and there are various reasons for putting them in smoothies. The reason is because they have antibacterial properties, which are excellent for the tooth. Moreover, research shows that the bacteria growth is controlled in the tooth. Hence, infections and other cavities are prevented in the mouth; coconut oil is very good for oil pulling therapy too.

6. Extra: Yes, Cod Liver Oil

One more option is that of cod liver oil. Although it doesn’t sound that good, it is very nutritious. Just apt to its name, it comes from cod liver fish and is quite healthy when it comes to fatty acids, vitamin D and vitamin A.
 
 


 
Author Bio: Lisa Parker, a reader, writer, shopaholic and explorer who likes to write about anything to everything. She is expanding her zone in writing and tries to cover different fields. She wrote articles on shopping products, teeth whitening strips, management and on many different topics.

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February 11, 2017 |

A Patient Guide to Crowns and Fillings

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Crowns and Fillings | VancouverDentistInfo.comWhen a tooth becomes damaged or decayed, your dentist may recommend a crown or filling. Crowns and fillings are both means to protect the tooth from further destruction. Which one is right for you? It depends on a number of factors. Though these are common terms, many people are unaware of how each functions. Let’s explore the reasons why these methods would be recommended and how they work.

When Are Crowns and Fillings Necessary?

Dentists recommend crowns and fillings to patients who have experienced mouth trauma. This can result from something big, like a car accident, or something as small as biting into a piece of bone. In any of these instances, if a tooth is cracked, it must be fixed. If left unattended, bacteria can leak into these holes and cause an array of health concerns.

Tooth Decay and Plaque

More often than not, tooth decay is the reason for a crown or filling. Though we often think of decayed teeth as completed rotted, even small cavities are versions of decay. In many cases, a patient doesn’t notice these issues until they’re in advanced stages.

Tooth decay begins when bacteria of the mouth feeds on sugars you consume. The developing plaque becomes acidic over time. These acids slowly dissolve the tooth’s enamel. When caught at this stage, a dentist can remove the plaque and suggest specialized toothpastes to address the issue.

When plaque is left in the mouth, it makes its way into the dentin layer of the tooth, which is comprised of nerve endings that become irritated—leading to pain and discomfort. This area of the tooth is softer than enamel, causing decay to accelerate.

If bacteria move all the way to the tooth’s root, pain increases. At this point, there may be additional health concerns. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream through root systems, a process which has been linked to increased risks of heart disease and diabetes. This is partly why dentists take tooth decay seriously, even when it’s small. Most dentists will avoid pulling teeth unless absolutely necessary, as it disrupts bite patterns. This is where fillings and crowns come in.

When Are Fillings Appropriate?

If your dentist finds mild to moderate forms of decay, he or she may recommend fillings. These are also used for patients who have unusually worn teeth due to grinding or intensive nail biting. Dentists will assess the teeth visually and use a small metal instrument to probe the decayed areas. In some cases, dyes are also used to pinpoint cavities.

The Fillings Dental Procedure

To prepare for a filling, the dentist clears away decayed areas with a miniature drill or laser. Once all of the decay has been removed from the tooth, the area is thoroughly disinfected. The material your dentist uses to fill the tooth will depend on the location and severity of the cavity.

Many dentists will place a fluoride-based liquid liner into the newly cleaned area first. This helps prevent further decay. Filling material, which is molded to match the surface of your tooth, follows this.

Fillings are remarkably strong and made to last. However, there’s still the risk that they can crack or come out over the years. It’s vital to maintain good oral hygiene after fillings are placed. Brushing with fluoride-based toothpaste twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash each night should be part of your normal routine. If any cracks, holes, or sensitivity develops in the filled tooth, call your dentist right away.

When Are Crowns Appropriate?

Why Do You Need A Crown?

For some patients, a filling won’t completely address their needs. Crowns are used when there isn’t enough natural tooth left to sustain a filling, when a tooth is severely cracked or weakened, or after a root canal. In some instances, crowns are also used to cover poorly shaped or discolored teeth.

What Are Crowns?

A crown caps the tooth entirely, adding structural support and protection. Many crowns are made of porcelain, though metal alloys, acrylic, and ceramic are sometimes used. Crowns are molded to fit the patient, so they fit properly and replicate normal teeth. The damaged tooth is reduced in size to make room for the crown, and then the dentist creates molds. Patients will use a temporary crown while the impressions are sent to a dental laboratory. Once the dentist completes the custom crown, he or she cements it into the mouth. See the video below for an overview of this procedure.

Crowns are designed to last a lifetime. However, it’s the patient’s responsibility to maintain oral habits that will allow this. Maintaining good hygiene will go a long way toward keeping the whole mouth healthy. By ensuring that surrounding teeth and bone are strong, you’re protecting your crown as well.


 
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This article is courtesy of William Rice Dental. Dr. William Rice has been practicing dentistry in Athens, GA since 1982 and has over 30 years experience.

The mission of William G. Rice, DDS of Athens, GA is to improve the oral health in the patient population we serve by delivering the highest quality dental care and experience. Services are provided in a pleasant environment in our modern office. Patients are seen by a caring, experienced staff to insure a comfortable experience. Visit Dr. William Rice’s website today to learn more about his practice.

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January 17, 2017 |

Dental Cavities – Causes, Risks & Treatment

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Dental cavities are a sign of tooth decay. They show that your teeth are not doing fine and in fact, you have not taken proper dental care. Such a dental problem is age neutral and can strike to anyone at any stage of life. Be it kids, adults or grown-ups, all are prone to be hit by dental cavities in case proper oral care is not observed. In kids, the level of risks are higher because they eat more sweet items and they also don’t do brushing or follow dental hygiene tips in the desired manner.

What Causes Cavities

For grown-ups too, dental cavities are a big challenge as it can lead to loss of teeth, if ignored. It’s therefore important for people to never ignore cavities and rather catch the habit of visiting dentists on a regular basis. More so, people should first understand the reasons and causes of dental cavities and this will keep them in good stead in terms of following prevention methods in a superior manner. They should know that it all starts with bacteria which lead to the formation of plaque followed by tartar. The plaque should be removed at the earliest to avoid the risks of cavities.

Cavities Treatment Options

If the plaque is not removed in a timely manner, it can lead to tooth decay as the enamel thus gets damaged in a gradual manner. This is how holes are created in the tooth and once this stage is reached, nothing in the world can help except a visit to the dentist. The dentist will offer you two treatment options or choices – filling and crowning – and you can go with the one suiting your dental conditions perfectly. Both the treatment options are safe and patients can select either of them to let the problem of dental cavities get treated in the best possible manner.

Fillings Versus Crowns

Out of the two available treatment options, filling is more common and more prevalent globally as it’s been in practice for decades. In this, the dentist often removes the damaged part first and then go ahead and fill in the vacant spaces or holes with fillings made of either porcelain or composite resin. Both these materials are used extensively as they come closest to natural teeth in terms of appearance and look and feel. Similarly, the crowning option is used where cavities are extensive in nature and in this also, the decayed part is removed first and a crown is placed over the teeth to help patients.

Here’s a video on what a cavity is:


Consult With Your Dentist

Quite clearly, there are treatment options for you to tackle with dental cavities and their issues. You should therefore not delay meeting a dentist as leaving the cavities to fester means aggravating the problems further, which should never be done. You can visit the dentist and go for pain-free treatment and get your cavities treatment. In fact, if you had visited the dentist timely and on a regular basis, then your problems could well have been treated with natural treatment routine itself. So, never delay meeting the dentist for your dental problems.


Roman Beres is an expert writer and blogger with a strong passion for writing. He shares views and opinions on a range of topics such as Business, Health/Fitness, Lifestyle, Parenting and lot more. He works for Wasserman Family Dentistry in Flushing, NY, USA.  

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October 5, 2016 |

The Gum Disease Heart Disease Link

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Dental Hygiene and Heart Disease

gum disease heart disease link | VancouverDentistInfo.comA recent study discovered that people who seldom brush their teeth are 70 percent more likely to get heart disease. Poor dental hygiene leads to bleeding gums, which provide the bacteria with an easy escape route into your bloodstream where they can initiate blood clots leading to heart disease. Everyone needs to understand that alongside watching their diet, blood pressure, cholesterol and fitness levels, they also need to maintain good dental hygiene to minimize their risk of the gum disease, heart disease link.

Flossing, Bacteria in Your Mouth and Gum Disease

Did you know that flossing on a daily basis can extend your life as they keep bacterial levels in check? If food debris, plaque and bacteria are not removed, plaque concentrations increase along with bacteria which results in increased acid formation and irritation to your gum and bone tissue. It’s a vicious cycle whereby no flossing leads to plaque development, plaque development leads to swollen gums, swollen gums provide an area for food particles to be trapped after which more plaque forms and the cycle continues. Consistent daily removal of food debris and plaque helps reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other physical diseases.

Why Gum Disease Raises the Heart Disease Risk

Heart disease is the US’s top killer, claiming a whopping 450,000 lives in 2004, stated the American Heart Association. According to pathologist Dr. Dwight Weathers of Emory University who suspects that the number would be that high, this is due to the fact that 85% of people over the age of 65 years and probably half of the people younger than that have some form of periodontal disease. Poor dental health is so prevalent that the number of lives saved by eradicating gum diseases worldwide would probably be in the hundreds of thousands.

Acute gum disease raises the amount of hs-CRP in your bloodstream, which is a natural response to inflammation caused by injury or infection. The American Heart Association says hs-CRP may signal an increased risk for heart attacks. Apart from hs-CRP, scientists are looking at mouth bacteria as another possible link between gum disease and heart disease. But the theory that oral bacteria poses a threat to the heart is another subject of intense medical debate.

What do Bleeding Gums Mean?

    • There is an inflammatory reaction taking place in your mouth with harmful bacteria entering your bloodstream.
    • Your immune system is being stressed out.
    • The health of your major organ systems is being compromised, such as the heart, kidneys, lungs, stomach, liver, gall bladder, adrenals, spleen, large and small intestines, etc.
    • Everything gets exposed to this bacteria which originates in your mouth.

5 Ways to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

1. Visit the Dentist Regularly
Schedule regular visits to the dentist. Have an expert check your teeth and mouth on a regular basis so if you have any oral problems, they can be sorted out right there and then.

2. Avoid Tobacco Products
Tobacco products are one of the leading causes of tooth and oral tissue damage. Tobacco powder and its smoke, stains and weakens the teeth. Chewing of tobacco leads to the discolouration of teeth and is also sometimes responsible for oral cancer.

3. Limit Soft Drinks
Avoid soft drinks as they contain citric acid and phosphoric acid which slowly react with teeth and dissolve them over time. They tend to have a corrosive effect on your teeth.

4. Consume Sugar Foods at Mealtime
The main point is not the amount of sugar you eat or drink but how often you eat it. Sweet foods are allowed, but it’s important to have them at mealtimes.

5. Brush Twice a Day and Floss At Least Once
Brush twice a day using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to get the best results. Brush for at least 2 minutes every time.

The above methods and practices have been time tested, researched on and also been proven to create and maintain better oral health and ultimately better longevity of your teeth, prevent gum disease and heart disease and ultimately maintain your overall health.
 


Thank you to Dr. Patel for submitting this article to VancouverDentistInfo.com

AUTHOR BIO :
Dr. Amruta Patel is a warm and compassionate dentist caring for the community of San Antonio, TX. Dr. Patel attended Marquette University, where she received both her dental degree and her bachelor’s degree. She practices at All About Smiles and specializes in cosmetic braces, endodontic treatments, implants, and veneers, as well as basic general dental services. Outside of practicing dentistry, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.

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Restore Your Smile Through Aesthetic Dental Treatments

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This guest article was written by Suzanne Vallance of the Berkeley Clinic in Scotland. The Berkeley Clinic are an award winning practice that provides an outstanding service in a number of aesthetic, cosmetic, restorative and medical treatments.  Thank you to Suzanne for submitting this article to VancouverDentistInfo.com!

Restore smile toothbrushes | VancouverDentistInfoIt’s no secret that humans are very complex beings; we have deep rooted psychological needs that only few experts truly understand.

One of these needs is the ability to feel confident, and without this our social wellbeing can suffer greatly. In a world where society is saturated with a skewed sense of reality through social media our confidence is being shaken. We’re now aware of our flaws more than ever before thanks to the ability to compare ourselves with others 24 hours a day.

One major concern for adults is the way their smiles appears.   This could be due to misalignment or poor oral health that led to decay. Luckily thanks to technical advances, we are now able to easily restore our smiles and raise our confidence.
• Our teeth and smiles are rated the second most important attractive feature by both men and women, only behind personality.
• A ‘smile’ is top of the list of things we first notice when meeting a new person.

Aesthetic Treatments to Restore Smiles

Some common problems with teeth include decay due to neglect and natural misalignment. However, these issues don’t just cause aesthetic worries; tooth decay is bad for the sufferers over-all health if the infection spreads and misaligned teeth are more difficult to clean, can stain easily and create extra strain on the jaw muscles.
Cosmetic dentistry is the art of improving a patient’s teeth or bite. With an improved smile, comes confidence. In an independent study by the AACD it was noted that:
• 74% of adults felt that an attractive smile helps their chances of career success.
• 96% of people in the survey believe an attractive smile is important when looking to attract a romantic partner.
• 99.7% of the people interviewed stated that a smile is a vital asset for social skills.

Dental Implants

restore smile with dental implants |VancouverDentisInfoYour smile has the power to reveal so much about your personality, though smiling is difficult to do if you’re one of the 74% of UK adults who undergo tooth extraction at some point. Dental implants are a permanent solution for those who have missing teeth and preferable to old-fashioned partial dentures that require re-sealing throughout the day.
Dental implants give a natural looking smile, with a bespoke tooth screwed into a titanium “root” in the jawbone. They require minimal aftercare and all the user has to do is brush and floss as they do normally.
Benefits?
• Tooth loss makes eating difficult, dental implants solves this problem
• Removes need for dentures and messy adhesives
• No foods have to be avoided as the teeth are cemented to root
• Regain self-esteem

Teeth Whitening

When you smile at another person, endorphins are released in the brain, you feel happy and your self-esteem is lifted, though for those who suffer from tooth discolouration the thought of smiling can fill them with dread. A recent a recent New Zealand study found that whiter teeth can make you 10 per cent more employable and 20 per cent more attractive, while also making you look up to five years younger.

Thanks to the rise of our acid-rich diets our teeth are becoming stained, though the whiteness can be restored with simple at home or dental treatments. If undergoing dental treatment a bespoke tray will be made that fits your mouth exactly. A special gel is applied to the teeth (typically hydrogen peroxide). As the hydrogen peroxide breaks down the enamel on the surface of the tooth becomes lighter.

The British Dental Association warns against buying whitening kits over-the-counter or on the internet. This is because they may not fit your mouth exactly and bleaching may not be suitable for some people with gum disease or crowns. If you do opt for an at home whitening kit, ensure the instructions are followed precisely to reduce the risk of inflammation.

Maintaining Dental Health

One of the best ways to prevent tooth loss and discolouration is through good oral care.   There are some alarming statistics showcasing just how poorly us Brits look after our mouths:
• One in four adults only brushes once a day, with one third of men admitting this.
• One in ten adults regularly forget to brush before bed
• 42% of adults only use toothpaste and a toothbrush as part of their mouth care routine
• Only 31% of adults use mouthwash
• 1 in 4 Brits have never used mouthwash
• 1 in 3 Brits have never used dental floss.

Invisalign

At one point, wearing a brace to correct misaligned teeth was an ordeal that spanned two years and was reserved for teenagers only. However, today they are removable, clear mouth guards that can straighten your teeth in just 6-9 months. These are a great alternative to train tracks which many professionals might feel would hinder their careers.
• Removable to suit your lifestyle
• Easier cleaning than traditional fixed braces
• Clear alternative to braces which may embarrass some adults
• No metal wires or fixed brackets which could become damaged
• Convenient and short term compared to traditional fixed methods

Invisalign restore smile | VancouverDentistInfoSource: Invisalign Glasgow

Though social media and the rise of the internet has led our confidence to shatter, it’s been helpful in other ways. We’re more connected to celebrities than ever before and are taking inspiration from their aesthetic treatments and the stigma of elective orthodontic treatments is being washed away. Some famous names that have encouraged us to adopt adult braces include:
• Zac Efron
• Tom Cruise
• Gisele Bundchen

Thanks to the rise of this technology and increased access we have to other people lives, it’s now easier than ever to be inspired to restore our smiles and regain confidence. Before going ahead with any dental treatment it is recommended that you discuss your options with a dentist or orthodontist. Your dentist will advise what aesthetic treatment is best for you.

 

What are your thoughts on this article? Any questions on comments? Feel free to leave them below or contact
The Berkeley Clinic.com
Berkeley House 5 Newton Terrace Glasgow,  Scotland  G3 7PJ
T: 0141 564 1900

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July 17, 2016 |

Early Childhood Oral Health & the Role of Parents

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Tooth Dental SignThe foundation for healthy permanent teeth in children and teenagers is laid during the first years of life. Poor diet, poor habits of food intake and inadequate toothbrushing habits during the first 2 years of life have been shown in several studies to be related to tooth decay in children. The development of caries in primary teeth further increases the risk of developing caries in new permanent teeth.

Therefore it is essential to establish a proper early childhood oral health habits to help ensure the (more…)

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