Archive for May, 2016

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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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.

Cosmetic v. Restorative

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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