Archive for January, 2014

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

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Denture Maintenance

Over time, adjusting your dentures may be necessary. As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fit of the denture. Your bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, resulting in a loose-fitting denture. Dentures that do not fit properly should be adjusted by your dentist. Loose dentures can cause various problems, including sores or infections. Never try to adjust your dentures yourself. This can damage the appliance beyond repair. Glues sold over the counter often contain harmful chemicals and should not be used on a denture. If your denture no longer fits properly, or is damaged , see your dentist.

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