Archive for February, 2016

Root Canals

Root canal treatment is necessary when the soft tissue inside your teeth becomes inflamed or diseased. This soft tissue, also known as the pulp, contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. During a root canal treatment your dentist removes the diseased pulp. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your entire tooth may have to be removed. Causes of an infected pulp could include: a deep cavity… repeated dental procedures…a cracked tooth…or injury to the tooth. After the root canal treatment, your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease, so regular check-ups are still necessary. Most of the time a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile.

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At Home Whitening

Over time your teeth darken as minerals penetrate their outer enamel layer. The darkening can be caused by food and beverages, tobacco products, and the natural aging process. Your dentist can prescribe the home whitening system that will safely lighten these stains, giving you a whiter, brighter smile. A specially formulated whitening gel designed to be highly effective yet safe, gently forces oxygen through the enamel of your teeth. The process virtually erases the stains and brightens up your teeth without damaging your tooth enamel or your gums. Some people experience sensitivity during or following the whitening process. Special toothpastes suggested by your dentist will alleviate any sensitivity. Typically you’ll begin to see results in two or three weeks. When the process is complete your smile will be noticeably whiter and brighter.

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Nutrition

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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Top 9 Foods That Damage

Everyone knows that a balanced, nutritious diet is essential to healthy living.   But did you know that eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease?  While some foods DO benefit your dental health, many foods, especially snack foods do not.   Here are the top nine foods that can damage or harm your teeth:   Hard Candies… Chewing Ice… Too many Citrus drinks… Coffee with sugar. . . Sticky foods … Chips… Soda Drinks… Alcoholic drinks… Sports drinks with sugar.   In order to minimize any damage to your teeth from these foods, make a habit of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes to remove any sugars and food particles from your mouth.

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