Technology And Your Teeth

Technological advances in the last twenty years have transformed the field of dentistry. Whether you are a fearful patient, a dental procrastinator, or a dental enthusiast, you’ll be wowed by the new techniques that are making procedures easier, faster, and practically pain-free.
One of the most exciting innovations is in the creation of crowns. With Cerec’s new technology, your crown is created by a
3-D computer out of pure ceramic while you wait, eliminating that second appointment as well as the temporary crown.
Another innovation is the Single Tooth Anesthesia system or STA. This technology allows injections to be more precise, with improved drug delivery and a higher level of client comfort.
Other new advances, like Intra Oral Photography, Digital Radiology, Diode Laser treatments, and others are providing patients more comfort and ease.

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Heart Disease

Researchers are finding possible links between gum infections and cardiovascular disease. In fact, some research suggests that periodontal disease may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than high blood pressure…smoking… high cholesterol… gender…and age. Studies also suggest that people who have gum disease seem to be at a higher risk for heart attacks.
One theory suggests bacteria present in infected gums can become loose and move throughout the body. This same bacteria could travel to the arteries and irritate them, causing arterial plaque to form, which contributes to the hardening of the arteries.
Communication with your dentist and doctor is critical in the proper diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Regular dental examinations are crucial for patients with a history of heart disease to check for any signs of oral pain, infection, or gum inflammation.

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Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease means an infection around the tooth. The disease begins when bacteria in plaque on your teeth irritate the gums and cause inflammation. Tobacco use, certain medications, changes in hormone levels like those during puberty or pregnancy, and even genetics may increase the risk of periodontal disease. If you have periodontal disease, you may notice red or swollen gums that bleed easily, persistent bad breath, pus between the teeth and gums, loose or separating teeth and a change in the way your teeth fit together. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you will need to visit your dentist for a “deep cleaning” to control your infection and instructions on how to care for your teeth more effectively. The disease can also complicate other conditions like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, and pregnancy.

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Cosmetic Vs Restorative

Having trouble distinguishing between cosmetic dentistry and reconstructive dentistry? Many dental procedures can be done for either reasons, or sometimes both. Cosmetic dental procedures improve the look of your teeth and enhance your smile. Typically insurance companies will not cover purely cosmetic procedures. Restorative dentistry restores function to damaged or genetically defective teeth. Many restorative procedures are desired for aesthetic reason, but are covered by insurance because they are considered medically necessary. Some cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, teeth contouring, and porcelain veneers. Reconstructive procedures include dental implants, root canels, and gum disease treatment. It is always important to remember that beauty depends on good health. If your teeth and gums are unhealthy, restoring dental health will usually improve dental beauty. If you would like any more information on any of the procedures or insurance coverage questions, consult your Dentist.

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Fluoride

The greatest breakthrough in preventive dentistry during the last sixty five years has been the use of fluoride.   Approximately 72.4% of the U.S. population served by public water systems receive the benefit of optimally fluoridated water for the prevention of tooth decay.  In fact, fluoridation of public water systems can reduce cavities in baby teeth by 60 per cent and those in permanent teeth by 40 per cent.  There are many benefits in the use of fluoride for people of all ages.  When children are young and their teeth are forming, fluoride joins with the enamel surface making it harder and more resistant to decay.  The benefits for adults are just as great.  Fluoride can help repair an early cavity, even before it’s visible in the mouth, by rebuilding the enamel layer of the teeth.  Fluoride is also helpful in older adults, to help solve the problem of cavities in the tooth root or with root sensitivity.   Fluoride is an important part of every prevention program.  When combined with the good dental habits of brushing and flossing, the number of cavities in children and adults can be dramatically reduced.

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Brushing your teeth daily plays an important role for personal oral hygiene. Appropriate toothbrush care and maintenance are also important. The ADA recommends that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed with use. Remember to always take good care of your toothbrush.
*Never share toothbrushes.
*Thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with tap water after brushing to remove any remaining toothpaste and debris.
*Replace your toothbrush after being sick.
*Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers- a moist environment such as a closed container is more conducive to the growth of bacteria.
* Typically children’s toothbrushes need replacing more frequently than adult brushes.

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Proper care of your teeth and gums can help you avoid common diseases like gingivitis. Here are five tips that adults should do each day to keep oral hygiene in tip top shape.
*Use an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes work harder by pushing fluid between teeth and around the gum line, which provides a more effective cleaning.
* Floss at Night
It is very important to brush, floss and scrape your tongue every night to get rid of bacteria and go to bed with your mouth as clean as possible.
* Select the Right Toothpaste
Be cautious of any toothpaste that promises to “whiten” teeth.
* Don’t Forget Mouthwash
By using mouthwash before you brush, it can loosen particles of food that may not be fully removed by brushing and flossing.
* Eat Foods Good for Healthy Teeth
Certain foods naturally cleanse your teeth while you eat them. Load up on fruits like strawberries and pineapple and vegetables like kale and broccoli.

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