Archive for April, 2013


Rotting teeth images that are now gracing cigarette packs courtesy of the FDA show extreme dental problems that smokers face, but the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says smoking also causes a number of more common teeth hygiene problems that can impact health and kissability.  Dentist commonly see issues like increased plaque due to a buildup of bacteria caused by smoking as well as increased wrinkles around the mouth, bad breath, and yellow teeth.  These issues can ultimately be total turnoffs in the romance department as well as have an impact on a patient’s overall self esteem.  To improve your smile and your kissability factor, try whitening your teeth.  Once you whiten your teeth, you might want to keep it that way and will avoid re staining your teeth, not a bad motivation for kicking the habit.


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Concerns for Pregnancy

Your mouth can be affected by the hormonal changes you will experience during pregnancy.  For example, some women develop a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness.  Your gums also may bleed a little when you brush or floss.  Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease.  In some women, overgrowths of tissue called pregnancy tumors appear on the gums, most often during the second trimester.  These non cancerous growths or swellings are usually found between the teeth and are believed to be related to excess plague.  They usually disappear after your baby is born, but if you are concerned, talk to your dentist.



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Teething Ring Safety

Gums in the mouth contain more nerve cells than most other areas of the body.  When infants must endure their baby teeth cutting through their gums, they can become cranky.  The use of teething rings eases babies’ discomfort and calms their mood.  Parents and officials place a premium on teething ring safety.  Clean your baby’s teething ring after each use.  Package labeling will describe if the ring is dishwasher safe.  Never freeze liquid filled teething rings.  They may break.  Throw a ring away if it cracks, leaks, or breaks open.  Choose to use teething rings rather than biscuits or cookies to avoid the risk of choking.  Make sure to read labels to assure that the teething rings do not contain phthalates.  These are chemicals that are used in the manufacturing process to soften the ring, and studies show they aren’t ideal for babies to be exposed to.



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It’s good to do what it takes to help prevent cavities and gum disease, but as much as you brush your teeth or floss, you’re not going to be able to prevent every dental problem.  Some dental problems are hereditary or the result of injury, or other environmental factors.  One of the most common dental problems that may be unpreventable is a bite problem, which is known as a malocclusion.  Malocclusions can include;

***Abnormal jaw sizes, which can lead to overbites or under bites.

***Abnormally shaped teeth, this includes teeth that grow in an odd shape, or even at an angle.


*** Extra teeth, a rare occurrence, which is also hereditary.

If you have any questions, consult your dentist.




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