5 June 2017

Bridge vs. Implants

Teeth replacements have come a long way in the last 30 years. Missing or extracted teeth raise common concerns of infection, but the proper replacement is the key to a confident smile. Today, however, the questions you need to ask your dentist are a bit different: What's the difference between a dental bridge vs. implant? Which treatment option is right for me? Very often the dental implant is ideal, but numerous factors will need to be considered first, including if your tooth loss is recent or happened years ago.

 

PRACTICAL REASONS FOR BOTH
In the past, a bridge was your only choice, and still involves more than just the missing tooth. The adjacent teeth need to be "prepped" by removing most of the enamel in order to fabricate the bridge. With dental implants, however, the dentist replaces just the individual tooth for a result that is stronger and permanent. Nonetheless, a dental bridge may be your best option if the neighboring teeth have large fillings and need crowns or caps in the future. And if the tooth or teeth have been lost for a long time, the gum and bone will have receded and procedures beyond the implant are required before placement. The advantages and disadvantages to both procedures can ultimately be discussed with your dentist.

DURABILITY
Dental implants are more durable than bridges, allowing them to provide protection that lasts a lifetime. The implant's metal cylinder is normally made of titanium, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), and this material fuses with your jawbone naturally through a process called osseointegration. Because it's made of such a strong metal, they are very resistant to decay and gum problems. A portion of your natural tooth remains beneath it and normal wear may cause the bridge to fail more easily over time. In general, the remaining tooth structure continues to be susceptible to decay and gum disease.

AESTHETICS
What about aesthetics? There isn't always a simple answer, but your dentist will be able to advise you. Often the implant will provide the most pleasing result, as your dentist can make the final tooth look just like your natural enamel. Sometimes, an implant can be placed immediately after a tooth extraction, preserving the natural level of bone and improving the final appearance of the dental work.

So, dental bridge vs. implant? Make this decision after consulting with your dentist. He or she knows your mouth best and has the tools and knowledge to guide you through what's best for it. Although bridges are an older procedure, dental implants have become more commonplace over the years, and in most cases are the preferable treatment both in time and expense.

 

27 April 2017

Mouth Myths

Myth:

A Harder Brush Is Better
There are many types of toothbrushes to choose from, but the most important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy is to brush longer with a soft brush. What kind of toothbrush should I use?

Myth:

Baby Teeth With Cavities Are No Big Deal
Kids don’t just need baby teeth to chew with; the roots of their baby teeth help guide permanent teeth into place as they grow in. Healthy baby teeth are part of your child’s smile for life. How do I start good oral health habits in kids that last a lifetime?

Myth:

It’s Too Late For Braces
While many people get braces in their youth, bite function and appearance can be improved into your 30s, 40s and beyond. With the many orthodontic treatment options available, adults don’t have to keep an outdated smile. How old is too old for braces?

Myth:

Have A Baby, Lose A Tooth
Pregnancy brings many changes to the body. Poor oral health and tooth loss aren’t among them. Having a baby doesn’t have a direct impact on oral health, but the oral hygiene and diet habits of a mom-to-be may. How do I manage my oral health before and after the baby?

Myth:

My Kid Doesn’t Eat That Much Sugar
Even nutritious foods contain surprising amounts of natural sugars which are just as damaging to young mouths as sugar-added treats, pop, and sports drinks. Take care of your teeth after eating and drinking because sugar hides in plain sight. How can I help my kid take care of their teeth?

Myth:

The Older You Get The More Teeth You Lose
Nowadays seniors and older adults can look forward to a better oral health future than ever before. Today’s population is the first expected to keep healthy, functioning teeth for a lifetime. To do so, seniors have special oral health concerns and needs which must be addressed. How can I keep my teeth for many decades to come?

Myth:

Whiter Teeth Are Healthier Teeth
Healthy teeth come in a wide range of natural shades. Bright white teeth may be stylish right now, but healthy teeth will never fall out of fashion. How do I make my smile healthy?

As every patient is different, contact our office today for an appointment to get the answers to your Mouth Myths.

Check out this list and more at http://healthyteeth.org/

15 March 2017

Looking for some snacks that are good for your teeth? Check out these options:

Milk is already known for helping us grow strong bones and teeth, but did you know cheese also helps your teeth as an adult? The protein in cheese, called casein, has a unique ability to stabilize calcium which is one of the building blocks of your teeth. The casein protein can maintain the mineral content of your mouth and helps to prevent tooth decay.

Nuts are a tooth friendly snack. Research on saliva shows there is a correlation between protein in saliva and resistance to disease. Certain proteins are more beneficial than others, for example arginine. Since many nuts and seeds contain high levels of arginine, they are some of the best snack foods around. Try to eat a handful of nuts or seeds every day, especially if your dentist told you your caries (cavities) risk is high.

Eat like a sailor... Popeye! Although consuming cans of spinach may not make you grow muscles, it will help your teeth. Spinach is one of a few plants able to concentrate fluoride into its leaves. Consuming spinach, especially while you're young is a great way to help grow stronger teeth. A small amount of fluoride every day helps keep a low level in your saliva which can prevent tooth decay.

3 February 2017

In honor of National Wear Red Day, February 3rd: Keeping your Heart Healthy with Better Oral Care

Claiming around 610,000 lives each year, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S¹. Did you know that research has found a link between this deadly disease and the health of your gums?

Having gum disease increases the risk of a first heart attack by 28%, according to a 2016 study by the Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden².

“Although the findings indicate a strong link between gum disease and heart disease, it’s still unclear whether one actually causes the other,” says the American Heart Association. The two conditions have some of the same risk factors, including smoking, poor nutrition and diabetes. Researchers believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the connection³.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

Regular healthy habits can lower your risk of both gum disease and heart disease. And, if you already have one or both of these conditions, these strategies can help reduce their impact:

Brush and floss regularly. To remove plaque-forming bacteria, brush for at least two minutes, twice a day, and don’t skip the floss.
Choose a healthy diet, rich in essential nutrients (especially vitamins A and C). Reduce or eliminate sugar and starches.
Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. These habits can destroy your gums and increase your chance of heart disease.

To see the full article from Delta Dental Insurance, click on the link here.

 

10 January 2017

TAX TIME!

What are you considering using your tax return for this year? We have an idea! How about investing in the most important thing you can think of… your health?

It’s common for people to end up spending their tax return on frivolous things that have little-to-no long-term value. Before your return starts to burn a hole in your pocket, here are some suggestions to consider:

1. Spend it on Someone you Love
What better gift to give someone you love than the gift of dental health? After all, they only get one set of teeth, so help them make theirs last a lifetime!

2. Spend It on Something You Need
Have you been putting off getting that tooth fixed or even brightening your smile with a bleach treatment? These are things you deserve to take care of, and now that your refund is here, you can cover the cost. Use the money now, rather than spending much more down the road!

3. Make it a Win-Win
Work out a deal with yourself: After taking care of your health first and scheduling your recare appointment, give yourself a pat on the back (or a pat on the cheek!) and treat yourself to an item on your nice-to-have list. This way, you can enjoy your tax return by spending it on something you want, while improving your health at the same time.

We care about you. So before you end up with buyer’s remorse, consider using your refund (or at least part of it) on an investment with greater return and benefits to your health. Give us a call to schedule an appointment soon! We look forward to seeing you.

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