13 July 2017

Milestones in dentistry in the first half of the 20th century

1903 Charles Land devises the porcelain jacket crown.

1905 Alfred Einhorn, a German chemist, formulates the local anesthetic procain, later marketed under the trade name Novocain.

1907 William Taggart invents a “lost wax” casting machine, allowing dentists to make precision cast fillings.

1908 Greene Vardiman Black, the leading reformer and educator of American dentistry, publishes his monumental two-volume treatise Operative Dentistry, which remains the essential clinical dental text for fifty years.

1913 Alfred C. Fones opens the Fones Clinic For Dental Hygienists in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the world’s first oral hygiene school. Most of the twenty-seven women graduates of the first class are employed by the Bridgeport Board of Education to clean the teeth of school children. The greatly reduced incidence of caries among these children gives impetus to the dental hygienist movement. Dr. Fones, first to use the term “dental hygienist,” becomes known as the Father of Dental Hygiene.

1917 Irene Newman receives the world’s first dental hygiene license in Connecticut.

1938 The nylon toothbrush, the first made with synthetic bristles, appears on the market.

1945 The water fluoridation era begins when the cities of Newburgh, New York, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, add sodium fluoride to their public water systems.

1949 Oskar Hagger, a Swiss chemist, develops the first system of bonding acrylic resin to dentin.

1950 The first fluoride toothpastes are marketed.

1955 Michael Buonocore describes the acid etch technique, a simple method of increasing the adhesion of acrylic fillings to enamel.

1957 John Borden introduces a high-speed air-driven contra-angle handpiece. The Airotor obtains speeds up to 300,000 rotations per minute and is an immediate commercial success, launching a new era of high-speed dentistry.

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.

 

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