Braces

If you have a malocclusion(or “bad bite”) ,crooked or misaligned teeth, you may benefit from braces.  Braces can help improve your smile and correct these problems.  They can also improve your overall health. Untreated orthodontic problems can lead to cavities or gum disease because it may be hard to clean between your teeth.  Braces come in many different styles, including natural colored braces or traditional metal braces in a variety of colors. Sometimes removable retainers that are smooth, clear, and virtually invisible can be used.  Remember- people of all ages can benefit from braces.  If you are unhappy with your smile consult with your dentist.

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Eating Disorders

Eating disorders arise from a variety of complex physical, emotional, and social issues.  They can also be devastating to your oral health.  More than 10 million Americans are affected by serious eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.  These eating disorders can also affect a person’s oral health.  Without proper nutrition, gums and other soft tissue inside the mouth may bleed easily.  The glands that produce saliva may swell and individuals may experience chronic dry mouth. Vomiting frequently causes strong stomach acid to flow over your teeth. The tooth’s enamel can be lost to the point that the teeth change in color, shape, and strength.  If you suffer from an eating disorder, it’s important to seek counseling and talk to your health care provider.

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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, get their name by being the last teeth to come in, between the ages of 17 and 21 when you gain maturity or wisdom. Sometimes they do not have enough room to grow normally. When that happens, your dentist may refer to them as impacted or crowded and they may need to be removed. Not everyone’s teeth develop in the same way. Even if your wisdom teeth aren’t causing any pain or other problems they may be affecting your oral health. The most common problems are decay, infection, crowding, or damage to other teeth. Those next to the wisdom teeth are more prone to developing gum problems. It’s important to see your dentist regularly so he or she can monitor the progress of your wisdom teeth.

Dental Medications

At times physicians and dentists recommend patients take antibiotics before certain dental procedures.  This is called antibiotic prophylaxis.  But why do healthcare providers suggest this extra step?  We all have bacteria in our mouths, and a number of dental treatments can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream.  For most of us, this isn’t a problem; however patients with heart conditions should be more cautious.  The American Heart Association has guidelines identifying people who should take antibiotics prior to dental care.  The list includes people with:  Artificial heart valves, heart transplant, unrepaired cyanotic congenital heart disease, and people with palliative shunts.  If you have any questions regarding premedication before a dental procedure consult your dentist

Diabetes

It has been reported by the American Diabetes Association that 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010. It has even been reported that 25% of individuals that have diabetes, do not know. Research indicates that periodontal disease and diabetes complicate each other. The ADA recommends you have your dental hygiene appointments and thorough exams every three months if you have diabetes.
Make an oral health appointment if you notice you experience any of these warning signs of periodontal disease:
*Bleeding gums when you brush or eat
*Red, swollen, or tender gums
*Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
*Pus between your teeth and gums
*Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
*Persistent bad breath or unusual taste in your mouth.
For more information contact your dentist or call our office.

Dental History

The dental industry has come a long way.  Did you know the first bristle toothbrushes were made with horse or hog bristle?  Don’t worry. Today synthetic fibers are used.  As kids we were told about George Washington’s wooden false teeth.  They actually consisted of bone, hippopotamus ivory, human teeth, brass screws, lead, and even gold metal wire. Dentistry goes back even further.  Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote about dentistry, including the eruption pattern of teeth, treating decayed teeth, and gum disease. 6,500 years ago- beeswax was used for fillings.  Thankfully, dentistry has come a long way since then.  Could you imagine having a tooth removed without anesthetics?

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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