Scuba Diving

Problems with dental work can affect you in many ways, besides the more obvious ailments associated with eating or chewing. SCUBA diving is one activity where dental problems can sometimes become an issue.
For example, if there is an unexpected air pocket within a tooth, a diver may experience a dental barotrauma. This occurs when the air in such a pocket expands as the diver comes to the surface, putting pressure on fillings or nerves.
Divers can also experience problems with muscles of the jaw, caused by biting down on the regulator mouthpiece. This may require a custom-fitted mouthpiece to maintain better alignment of your teeth.
For more information on diving-related medical problems, go to alert diver dot com. For general information about SCUBA diving, call the Tupelo Aquatic Center.

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Dentures / Mini Implants

Sometimes our teeth and their roots become irreparably damaged and have to be removed. Because teeth are such an important part of the body, their loss can have an emotional impact on some people. Replacement teeth that are natural looking need to be considered by the patient to help alleviate any fears, anxiety, or other emotions. A complete or partial denture is used most often when a replacement is needed. A denture closely resembles natural gum tissue and teeth and is removable. Patients of any age can lose some of their teeth and may require a denture of some sort.
Dental implants are a possible alternative to dentures. Implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or a bridge in place.
Procedural advancements also include the development of narrower “mini” implants. Talk with your dentist to see whether dentures or mini-dental implants are right for you.

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Vitamin C

Gum disease prevention is closely linked to Vitamin C. Vitamin C is required for the development of collagen, the ground substance between ourselves that gives tissues their integrity. Our gums are exposed to an array of nasty bacteria.  Infection and disease in the gums is much more likely if your Vitamin C intake is not optimal. It is very important to take care of your gums by brushing and flossing on a regular basis and using mouthwashes. A great way to take care of your gums is by increasing your Vitamin C intake. If you experience bleeding gums regularly, consult your dentist. If you feel like your teeth maybe are getting longer, that’s a sign that your gums are receding. Vitamin C can greatly increase the health of your gums. Consult your dentist if you’re concerned about the health of your gums or for more information on preventing gum disease.

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Many people suffer from anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist. People can fear an array of different aspects of the dental visit. It can be anything from the dental chair to the noise of the dental instruments or even a fear of the dentist causing pain. It’s best to keep in mind that the dentist is here to help you. You should not be afraid to ask questions or be embarrassed by the state of your mouth. Or maybe it makes you nervous to sit in a waiting room. Let them know so they can accommodate you as best they can. Some people want the dentist to explain to them what they are doing and some get nervous by hearing what’s going on. Let your dentist know your preference. Figure out a signal to give your dentist if you need a break or if you’re in pain. Perhaps simply raising a hand will work. Always remember that your dentist is there to help you and take care of your smile.

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Sensitive Teeth

 

Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you?   Does it hurt to brush or floss?    If so, you may be experiencing sensitive teeth.  Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of things including tooth decay, fractured teeth, gum disease, worn fillings, or exposed tooth rot.  However, sensitive teeth can be treated.   Speak with your dentist if your teeth seem to be overly sensitive.  He or she may suggest one or more of a variety of treatments,  such as desensitizing toothpaste… fluoride gel… a crown or inlay… surgical gum graft…  or a root canal.  Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive tooth pain.   Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.   

 

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Bad breath is uncomfortable and embarrassing but it is also treatable. There are several causes of bad breath such as strong foods, like garlic and onions…smoking…periodontal disease…dry mouth…various medical conditions…and improper or inconsistent dental healthcare.
Eliminating the bacteria found on your tongue and gums is one of the first steps in getting rid of bad breath. The tongue surface is made up of many tiny fissures which can trap small particles of food. When this food begins to decompose, bacteria produce a sulfur compound which in turn causes bad breath.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease is another source of sulfur producing bacteria. A professional cleaning by your dentist will remove the sulfur-producing bacteria from your mouth causing the bad breath.
Bad breath can be caused by dry mouth. If this is the case, your dentist will investigate the causes and suggest treatment options.
With the right treatment and regular visits to your dentist, you’ll notice improvement right away and soon will be enjoying fresh breath and a healthier mouth.

 

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Everyone knows that a balanced, nutritious diet is essential to healthy living.   But did you know that eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease?  While some foods DO benefit your dental health, many foods, especially snack foods do not.   Here are the top nine foods that can damage or harm your teeth:   Hard Candies… Chewing Ice… Too many Citrus drinks… Coffee with sugar. . . Sticky foods … Chips… Soda Drinks… Alcoholic drinks… Sports drinks with sugar.   In order to minimize any damage to your teeth from these foods, make a habit of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes to remove any sugars and food particles from your mouth.   

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