Important Things to Do Before Wisdom-Teeth Surgery

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Things to Do Before Wisdom-Teeth Surgery

Have you been told by your dentist that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed? Are you wondering how you can prepare for your upcoming surgery? Although some people don’t have wisdom teeth that need to be removed, the surgery is still extremely common. Getting ready for the big day isn’t complicated, but there are still a few things that you need to remember before that dental appointment. Some of the most important ones to remember are the following. Stock up on soft foods: After you have your wisdom teeth removed, you may not feel like eating any solid foods for a while. Your dentist will probably also tell you that you need to avoid eating actual food for a certain number of days after your surgery. And most people won’t want to go shopping for a while either, so you should make sure that you have a supply of food and beverages on hand before your surgery. Once you do eat, your mouth may be too sore for anything but the softest of foods. Broth, yogurt, and applesauce can make good liquid and semi-liquid meals. Ice cream or frozen yogurt may also work, but the cold temperatures may cause pain instead of being soothing. Avoid anything with noodles, rice, or other substances that could get stuck between your teeth or in your stitches. Get extra pillows: After your wisdom teeth are removed, it may be uncomfortable for you to lie flat in any position for at least a few days. If you don’t have a reclining chair that you can sleep in while recovering, it’s a good idea to buy several extra cushions or pillows to help you make a “nest” either in your bed or on your couch. Since you’ll probably be using these pillows for a week or less, they don’t need to be the expensive premium pillows that you may be used to; spending just a couple dollars on each pillow should be sufficient for your needs. If you don’t want to spend money on buying more pillows, spare blankets and comforters can also be used to pile up and make a soft area for you to recline and sleep in. Have a ride home: If you don’t have any family in the area, it can be a challenge to find someone to drive you home. However, if you can’t find any friends or relatives to do the driving, then you should call a taxi to take you home. Whether your wisdom teeth are removed under general or local anesthesia, the painkillers you receive afterward will make it so that you’re in no condition to drive. To avoid being involved in an accident, don’t even drive yourself to the dentist lest you think that you’re capable of driving when you’re not. Take a bus or taxi to the appointment, and then take a taxi...

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3 Things You Shouldn’t Do When You Don’t Have Dental Insurance

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Shouldn’t Do When You Don’t Have Dental Insurance

If you don’t have dental insurance, you shouldn’t fall into the trap of not taking care of your teeth because you feel you can’t go to the dentist. Many health problems can develop if you aren’t taking care of your teeth, and those will end up costing you much more money than the amount you are saving by not paying for dental insurance. Here are three of the major things you shouldn’t do when you don’t have dental insurance. Not Visit the Dentist At All Just because you don’t have dental insurance doesn’t mean that you cannot visit a dentist. Many dentists accept patients who do not have dental insurance for basic dental care, such as regular teeth cleanings. You will need to pay a fee for dental cleanings; however, you can find dental offices that are offering discounts for regular teeth cleanings throughout the year that will ensure your teeth are getting the care that you need without having to spend a ton of money on it. Just keep in mind that if the dentist discovers some kind of oral health problem during the cleaning, they may not treat it if you don’t have dental insurance.  Avoid Treatments  If your dentist does point out some kind of problem, such as a cavity, during your regular teeth cleaning, you will want to have it treated right away. If the dentist you have visited for your teeth cleaning won’t do it unless you have dental insurance, you should actively seek out a dentist who will. The longer you wait to have these issues taken care of, the worse they become, which is going to lead to you having to spend much more money once you can no longer wait to take care of it.  Use the Emergency Room for Dental Pain  Many times, people without dental insurance will go to the emergency room when suffering from dental pain. The problem with this is that emergency rooms do not have the proper tools or medical knowledge to properly treat tooth pain. In fact, you will usually leave with antibiotics to help ease the pain, but, once the antibiotics wear off, you will experience the pain once again because there is an underlying dental problem that you need to take care of. Don’t spend tons on emergency room care just to keep having the same problem reoccur. Visit a dentist that will work with you even if you don’t have insurance, or look into getting insurance. When you know these three things that people commonly do when they do not have dental insurance, you can be sure that you don’t fall into making the same mistakes. You will save more money by avoiding these three things and be able to maintain a healthy smile despite not having insurance for...

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5 Important Tips For Taking Care Of Your Dentures

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Important Tips For Taking Care Of Your Dentures

If you have had cosmetic dental work done in the past that has lead to you being fitted for dentures, you need to ensure that you are taking care of those dentures properly. This can save you a ton of money since replacing your dentures will be just as expensive as paying for the dentures you received in the first place. On top of this, you will have to go through the process of being fitted and then having to wait for a couple of weeks before your dentures are ready for you, which means you are going to go quite some time without a full smile. To prevent this from happening, it’s important that you know these five important tips for taking care of your dentures: Clean Them Daily: Just as you would brush your teeth at least twice a day, you also need to be practicing daily cleaning habits for your dentures. This means gently brushing the dentures to remove harmful bacteria that would otherwise potentially cause gum disease. This will also prevent your gums from becoming inflamed due to the exposure to certain bacteria, which ensures that your dentures stay fitted properly. If your gums are inflamed, your dentures aren’t going to fit as they normally should.  Never Put Your Dentures in Hot Water: Although hot water kills bacteria, you should never put your dentures in hot water. Yes, it will kill the bacteria, but it can also warp the dentures, which means you will need to have them either adjusted or replaced. Both of these things can be expensive.  Keep the Dentures in Cold Water at Night: Since you can’t put dentures in hot water, the best thing to do is leave them in cold or room temperature water overnight with a denture cleaning solution. This is the best possible way to remove bacteria that your daily brushing isn’t getting for you.  Don’t Wear Your Dentures All the Time: It’s important to take a break from wearing your dentures, which is why you should leave them in water overnight instead of wearing them. The reason for this is that it gives your gums a break, which is important for preventing inflammation.  Get Them Cleaned Once a Year: Just as you would have your teeth cleaned by a dentist at least once a year, you should also visit your cosmetic dentist for a professional denture cleaning. This can usually be done quickly while you are still in the office or other cosmetic dentists may require you to drop the dentures off for a day or two until the cleaning is done.  When you know these five important tips for taking care of your dentures, you can be sure that your dentures last you a long time before you ever need to pay to have them replaced. For more information, contact local professionals like Timothy...

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Aging Gracefully Through Dental Care: Strategies For Keeping A Youthful Smile

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Aging Gracefully Through Dental Care: Strategies For Keeping A Youthful Smile

Your smile is one of the features that keeps you looking healthy and strong, but time can take its toll on how you look when you smile unless you take care of yourself. However, with the right actions and care, you can make an aging mouth full and bright again. Proper nutrition, proper dental care, and proper dental devices can all help restore your smile. Get Enough Nutrition As you get older, your nutrition needs change. Sometimes, you need less of a nutrient, such as iron (post-menopausal women need less iron than pre-menopausal women, for example). Other times, you may need more instead. Your metabolism can also change and make your diet requirements more nutrient-dense because you can’t burn as many calories as you could before. By ensuring that you get the right amount of nutrients and eat a diet that is full of fiber and other good stuff, rather than full of empty calories like sugar, you can help keep your skin and teeth in better shape as you age. Remember Basic Dental Care The basic routine of brushing, flossing, and (if you want) using mouthwash goes a long way toward keeping those teeth in good shape, too. Some people do have better dental luck than others, of course, but overall, if you brush and floss regularly, you can really stave off a lot of damage to your teeth and gums. Also pay attention to any clenching or tooth grinding you might be doing in your sleep. If you wake up with a sore jaw every morning, that’s a sign you’ve got some tension action happening with your teeth when you sleep, and that needs to be checked out. If you leave your mouth alone and continue to clench or grind, you could wear down your teeth. If your teeth become worn, your lower and upper jaws would have to move even more to close fully, giving your face an oddly smushed look that is reminiscent of people with no teeth. Don’t Ignore the Need for Implants If you have missing teeth, especially molars, your cheeks can cave in because those molars aren’t there to support the skin in your cheeks. The same effect can occur if you have worn molars that have moved out of alignment. Getting dental implants in place of using dentures is vital for keeping those teeth in place and keeping your cheeks from caving in. Remember, you don’t wear dentures all the time, so your teeth have a chance to move around slightly every time you remove the dentures. Add Veneers to Fill out Your Face Finally, see about having veneers added to your non-implant teeth. Veneers can fill out worn teeth and cover up stained teeth that are beyond the help of whitening treatments. The veneers can make your teeth look more even, too. For a better result, have the veneers and implants added by the same dentist to ensure they match in size. Having a full, bright, even smile can help you look younger. Your dentist can give you more information on avoiding looking older than you are by taking care of your teeth. Anti-aging strategies involving dental care are becoming more common, and you should be able to devise a plan that will improve your smile quickly. For more information,...

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Tips To Help You Recover From Your Dental Implant Procedure

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Help You Recover From Your Dental Implant Procedure

When you are needing to have missing teeth replaced, dental implants can be an excellent option. Yet, receiving a dental implant is a fairly complicated surgery, and you may not be sure of the steps that you should take to ensure you are prepared for your recovery. To help you ensure you are a prepared patient, you should use these simple after surgery tips. Arrange For A Ride Home Following This Procedure In order to minimize the amount of pain that you experience during these surgeries, your dentist will use an anaesthetic to numb your senses or you may be completely sedated. While these substances can greatly reduce your pain, you are unlikely to be able to drive following this procedure. For this reason, you will need to ensure that you arrange for a ride home from the dentist. Plan On Missing A Couple Of Days Of Work It can be common for individuals to be concerned about missing a significant amount of work after this procedure. However, your mouth will heal reasonably quickly, which will greatly reduce the amount of time that you miss from work. Despite your mouth’s ability to heal quickly, you should still plan on missing at least a couple of days of work due to discomfort and minor bleeding. Appreciate The Benefits Of Keeping Your Mouth Clean Making sure that you keep your mouth clean can be essential for avoiding the risk of a serious infection developing. If you develop a serious infection, it can inhibit the ability of the implant to correctly bond to the mouth. When this occurs, the implant may need to be replaced. Fortunately, keeping your mouth clean can be a relatively simple task for you to do. Brushing after each meal, avoiding surgery beverages and rinsing your mouth throughout the day should be sufficient to greatly reduce this risk. In some instances, your dentist may prescribe a special antibacterial mouthwash. Recovering from dental implant surgery can be a somewhat intimidating process. However, you should be aware that there are some simple steps that you can take greatly reduce the chance that you experience problems following your dental implant procedure. By ensuring that you arrange for a ride home, plan to miss at least a couple of days of work and keep your mouth as clean as possible, it will be possible for you to help ensure that your experience receiving dental implants goes as smoothly as possible. For more information, talk to a professional like Rose City Dental...

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3 Common Oral Surgeries

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Common Oral Surgeries

The thought of having oral surgery is enough to make many people cringe. However, oral surgery can be necessary and can often help alleviate discomfort and improve function of the teeth and jaw. Such procedures are also often quick and simple, meaning they are little to worry about.  Impacted Wisdom Teeth Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the set of teeth that grow at the back of the gums. Wisdom teeth develop later than the other adult teeth, usually erupting in the late teens or early twenties. Whilst the wisdom teeth often emerge easily and painlessly, there isn’t always space for them to grow properly. This means the wisdom teeth may emerge at an angle, only partially emerge, or get ‘stuck’. Such a case is known as an impacted wisdom tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause discomfort and swelling, lead to infection, and even damage the surrounding teeth. As a result, they may need to be surgically removed. This procedure may be carried out by your dentist or by a more specialist surgeon at a hospital. It is a relatively quick procedure which is carried out under local anaesthesia. Dental Implants  A dental implant is a replacement tooth that is fitted when there is damage to a real tooth, for example, trauma or infection. The implant replaces both the tooth itself and the root. The implant consists of an internal rod, which replaces the root, and a ‘screw’ called an abutment, onto with the false tooth will fit.  The procedure will be carried out by a dentist, with the patient under anaesthesia. The dentist will drill a hole into the jawbone, into which the implant will fit. Depending on the circumstances, the dentist will either fit the abutment and false tooth immediately, or in a second procedure a few months later (to allow the mouth to heal). Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) TMD is a condition in which the small joint that connects the skull and lower jaw suffers a dysfunction. This impedes the function of the jaw, leading to difficulty and pain when moving the jaw (for example, when chewing or opening the mouth). TMD can also cause headaches and migraines. Whilst TMD can be often be treated with oral medication and physiotherapy, more severe cases may require surgery. This surgery will be carried out by a specialist maxillofacial surgeon and can involve the replacement of the joint with an artificial...

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Things You Can Do with Your Dental Implants That You Can’t Do with Dentures

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things You Can Do with Your Dental Implants That You Can’t Do with Dentures

If you currently have dentures but are considering dental implants, you may have a difficult decision to make. After all, there is pain and discomfort involved with installing implants, plus the surgery and the expense. However, there are some things you can do with dental implants that you cannot do with dentures. Eat Tough and Hard-to-Chew Foods If you love corn on the cob and well-done steak, you may be sad to find that you cannot eat these foods when you have dentures. Most of the time this is because your dental adhesive lets go of your teeth while you are attempting to bite or chew these foods. Once in a while, you may also break or chip a fake tooth on your dentures, especially if your dentures are made of cheaper materials. That all changes when you have dental implants because these teeth are steadfastly fixed and cannot move from your mouth without your dentist’s help. Leave Them in Your Mouth Overnight With dental implants, you really do not have a choice about keeping your teeth in overnight. They are there to stay and will not be removed. That said, you will never have to mess with denture cups and cleaners or bedside water glasses for your teeth ever again. You can simply brush and floss your implants before bed, just like real teeth, and then go to sleep as usual. Speak Normally You may notice a distinct difference in how you speak when you have your dentures in versus when you are not wearing them. Because your upper denture decreases the vibrations of sound as it passes through your sinus cavities, you tend to have a flatter tone and less nasal quality to your voice. You may also find yourself using your tongue more to press the top denture up and hold it in place while your tongue hits the front of your teeth for all of your front-of-mouth consonant sounds (e.g., t’s, d’s, etc.). This alters the way you have spoken most of your life, and often it seems less natural or normal.  After you get dental implants, it will take some time to get used to not doing these things and sounding differently again. You will find that it is a lot easier to speak normally and naturally because your implants do not move, nor do they block the roof of your mouth. All of your letter sounds are naturally formed, and you may find that you have greater intonation than you had with your dentures. See a dentist such as John P Poovey DMD PC for more...

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Battling The Acids Of Morning Sickness On Your Teeth With These Four Simple Tricks

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Battling The Acids Of Morning Sickness On Your Teeth With These Four Simple Tricks

Morning sickness is the worst; not only on your stomach but also on your teeth. Every time you vomit, stomach acid is introduced to your mouth. The acids are strong enough to cause your teeth to corrode. Over time, the stomach acids will start wearing down on the enamel of your teeth and will cause damage. Morning sickness is a normal symptom of pregnancy, and there isn’t much you can do about it. Luckily, there are a few tricks you can use in order to protect your teeth from the acid in vomit. Chew On Antacids After you are done vomiting, chew on an antacid. Antacids were made to neutralize the acid of acid reflux, so it will do the same for the acids that are in your mouth. Take an antacid and chew it up in your mouth. Next, take a sip of cold water and swish both of them around in your mouth for thirty seconds before spitting it out. Gargle With Baking Soda Baking soda is another great way to protect your teeth from morning sickness. Like the antacids, baking soda will neutralize the acid in your mouth. This ingredient will also make your enamel stronger and protect your against gum disease by removing the plaque that builds up on your teeth. After you vomit, gargle with a mixture of eight ounces of warm water and two tablespoons of baking soda. Gargle with the solution for thirty seconds before spitting it out in the sink. Don’t Brush It’s very tempting to brush your teeth right after an episode of morning sickness just to get the bad taste out of your mouth, but it is actually very damaging. The enamel on your teeth is very vulnerable after vomiting because of the stomach acid. Instead of being something that protects your teeth, the brushing turns into a strong abrasive and will strip away the enamel, causing further damage to your teeth. Instead of brushing your teeth after vomiting, rinse your mouth out with lukewarm water and then suck on a mint. Rinse All Day To help protect your teeth from enamel damage in between morning sickness episodes, rinse your mouth out with water throughout the day. Once every hour, swish cool water around for thirty seconds and spit. This will remove any acids that are clinging to your teeth. Keep a water bottle on you and keep one next to your bed at night. Not only will it help your teeth, it’s also a good idea in order to keep you hydrated throughout your pregnancy. For more information, contact a dentist in your...

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It’s All About Your Mouth: 4 Tips To Help Maintain Healthy Gums

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on It’s All About Your Mouth: 4 Tips To Help Maintain Healthy Gums

When it comes to oral hygiene, you probably spend a lot of time focusing on your teeth. However, if you’re not spending some time focusing on your gums, you could be setting yourself up some serious dental problems. Your gums play a crucial role in your overall dental health. Here are four tips that will help you keep your gums healthy. Brush Twice a Day Brushing your teeth twice a day is an important part of good oral hygiene. Not only will it keep your teeth healthy and strong, it will also help prevent gum problems, especially when you use the proper technique. When brushing your teeth, you should make sure that the bristles are angled so that they can reach under the gum line. It’s also important that you focus on one quadrant at a time—divide your mouth into four sections and brush one section at a time. This will ensure that you spend enough time on each section of your mouth. Use an Antiseptic Rinse If you’re not using an antiseptic rinse each time you brush your teeth, you’re not getting your mouth as clean as it should be. Antiseptic rinses contain ingredients that will kill the bacteria that could be hiding between your teeth and along the gum line. Your antiseptic rinse will also take care of the germs that are lingering on your tongue. Eat a Balanced Diet Your diet is an important component of gum health. Maintaining a diet that’s rich in foods that contain vitamin D, phosphorous, and calcium, will help protect you from developing gum disease. If you’re not sure which foods are good sources of those vitamins, here’s a few to get you started. Phosphorous – wheat germ, almonds, eggs Calcium – broccoli, beans, tuna Vitamin D – eggs, cheese, soy milk Drink Plenty of Water A moist mouth helps fight gum disease. That’s because saliva is beneficial for washing away bacteria from your mouth. Water helps your mouth produce more saliva and washes away the bacteria that could cause gum disease. To keep your gums healthy, have a bottle of water with you at all times. Your mouth will stay hydrated, which will help keep your gums healthy. If you’re not taking proper care of your gums, you could be in danger of developing gum disease. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to prevent the disease. You can protect your gums by using the suggestions provided above. For maximum protection, be sure to visit your dentist (like those at All About Smiles Incorporated) at least twice a...

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Three Reasons You Have A Toothache After A Dental Cleaning

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons You Have A Toothache After A Dental Cleaning

Having a dental teeth cleaning done by your dentist is highly recommended because dentists have the tools that are able to remove plaque build up that you aren’t able to reach when you brush your teeth at home. Your toothbrush can only go so far to remove heavy plaque build up, as well, which is why it’s important to have a dental teeth cleaning done every 6 months. If you are hesitant about the teeth cleaning because you have had a toothache afterwards, here are three reasons why that could be: You Wait Longer Than 6 Months: One reason you probably experience any tooth pain after a dental cleaning is because you are waiting longer than 6 months to have the cleaning done. The problem with waiting too long is that your teeth become used to the plaque and tartar build up that has been covering up some of their surface. When your teeth become used to this, it takes them a while to get used to hotter and colder temperatures once this build up is removed. So when you consume something that is either extremely hot or cold, your teeth are going to be more sensitive than you are used to, which is what’s causing the toothaches.  You Have Gum Disease:  If you suffer from gum disease, then you are going to experience some discomfort when you have a dental teeth cleaning done. However, the cleaning should not be avoided because of this. Although you will experience some discomfort for a few days after the cleaning, the progression of the gum disease will slow until it is treated completely by your dentist. This will ensure that your teeth are much less sensitive in the future and healthier.  Your Teeth are Shifting: When you have plaque and tartar build up in between the teeth that is removed during the dental cleaning, your teeth may begin to shift because they were forced out of their normal alignment by the build up. This can cause slight discomfort that you aren’t used to. The discomfort may be even more prevalent when flossing your teeth, but you shouldn’t be concerned. It just means that the plaque and tartar was removed successfully and your teeth can go back to their normal position, which is important for chewing and talking correctly.  When you know these three reasons that you may experience a toothache after having a dental cleaning done, you can be sure that you aren’t concerned about it and that you know what to expect. Of course, if the pain continues for more than a few days, you should check back with your dentist just in case there are some other underlying problems they need to treat. Contact a business, such as Carolina Forest Family Dentistry, for more...

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