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.

Tooth Bonding

If you have cracked or chipped teeth, you may want to consider Direct Tooth Bonding.  Direct tooth bonding is a fairly quick and painless procedure in which a moldable substance, similar to putty, is applied to enhance the look of your teeth.  This is a popular treatment for dental cosmetic purposes to repair decayed teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer, or to change the shape of teeth; with little or no tooth reduction.  Direct tooth bonding is less costly than porcelain veneers and crowns – and can be long-lasting with proper maintenance. It has a realistic tooth color and is both comfortable and safe to wear.  After the procedure, teeth are polished and glazed to give a smooth, attractive appearance for a beautiful smile makeover.

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.

Tips & FAQ

Sooner or later your child may need urgent dental care. Here are a few tips to follow, should an emergency ever occur:
***If Your child’s baby tooth is knocked out. — Call your dentist as soon as possible. The baby tooth should not be replanted as this may cause potential damage to the developing permanent tooth.
***If Your child’s permanent tooth is knocked out. — Find the tooth and rinse it in cool water. If possible, immediately replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze. If you can’t place the tooth in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with cold milk, saliva, or water. Call ahead and get to your dentist’s office immediately.
***If Your child’s tooth is chipped or fractured. — Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the fragment, place it in cold milk or water, and bring it with you to your dentist’s office.
Learn more preventative strategies for reducing dental injuries from your dentist during your child’s regular checkups.

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Eating Disorder

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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Sealants

Dental sealants are a type of special coating that act as a barrier, protecting cavity-prone teeth. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. They are sometimes used to cover deep pits and grooves in other teeth. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Applying sealants during childhood will protect the teeth throughout the most cavity prone years. Sealing a tooth is fast and easy. Sealants can last for many years if properly cared for, and will last longer if you maintain good oral hygiene and avoid biting hard objects. During routine dental visits your dentist will check the sealants and may recommend reapplication or repair when necessary. Ask your dentist about sealants today.

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Dental Tips for Teens

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. That’s why it’s important to take care of your teeth. Remember cavities aren’t just for kids! Here are some helpful tips that teens should keep in mind. Always brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes. Floss between your teeth daily. Avoid sugary and starchy snacks. Wear a mouth guard when you are active in sports. Do not use tobacco products. You will never have to worry about quitting, if you never start. Don’t pierce your lips or tongue; the metal could cause complications with your teeth. If you are unhappy with your smile or think you need braces, talk to your parents and dentist. It’s very important that you see your dentist on a regular basis. Keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.

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