Archive for June, 2015

Scuba Driving

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.



Have you ever considered improving the appearance of your front teeth? With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever before. Veneers can enhance your smile and heighten your self-esteem.  Veneers are ultra-thin shells made with porcelain or composite material which are bonded to the front of the teeth.  This procedure requires little or no anesthesia, and can be the ideal choice for improving your appearance.  Veneers are used to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth, and improve a smile and can be an excellent alternative to crowns in many situations.  They are also ideal for patients with chipped, worn down teeth or even to fill in gaps in between teeth.  The process for veneers involves diagnosis and treatment plan, preparation and final bonding.  It is important for patients to have an active role in designing the veneers.

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You may be able to prevent two of the most common oral diseases, tooth decay and periodontal disease, simply by improving your diet.  Poor nutrition affects the entire immune system, making the body susceptible to many disorders.  Be sure to plan meals and snacks to promote better oral health.  Eat a well-balanced diet by choosing foods from the five major food groups: fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat. Avoid fad diets that limit or eliminate entire food groups, which usually result in vitamin or mineral deficiencies.  Foods that cling to your teeth promote tooth decay. So when you snack, avoid soft, sweet, sticky foods such as cakes, candy and dried fruits. Instead, choose dentally healthy foods such as nuts, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese and sugarless gum or candy.  And, always keep your mouth moist by drinking lots of water.

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Soft Drinks and Your Teeth

Soft drinks, as a part of your daily routine, can destroy your teeth. The sugar in soft drinks can cause tooth decay. The average 12 ounce can of soda contains 9 to 12 teaspoons of sugar. This is important to know because the bacteria that naturally live in your mouth survive by eating the sugar they find on your teeth. As the bacteria digest the sugar, they produce acid. your teeth are bathed in this acid for 20 minutes or more every time you drink a soda. That acid slowly dissolves the protective enamel layer of your teeth until eventually there’s a hole in the surface. This hold can grow into a serious cavity. Even diet drinks, which are sugar-free, contain both phosphoric and citric acid. So to avoid the damage that soft drinks cause, drink water, milk, or diluted fruit juices. These drinks are better for you and they’ll help you keep you smile healthy.

Cleaning Tips

Proper care of your teeth and gums can help you avoid common diseases like gingivitis. Here are five tips that adults should do each day to keep oral hygiene in tip top shape.
*Use an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes work harder by pushing fluid between teeth and around the gum line, which provides a more effective cleaning.
* Floss at Night
It is very important to brush, floss and scrape your tongue every night to get rid of bacteria and go to bed with your mouth as clean as possible.
* Select the Right Toothpaste
Be cautious of any toothpaste that promises to “whiten” teeth.
* Don’t Forget Mouthwash
By using mouthwash before you brush, it can loosen particles of food that may not be fully removed by brushing and flossing.
* Eat Foods Good for Healthy Teeth
Certain foods naturally cleanse your teeth while you eat them. Load up on fruits like strawberries and pineapple and vegetables like kale and broccoli.