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It Is Good To Ask Questions

Try not to think of your next dental appointment as just something you have to get through.  Instead, it is the perfect opportunity to ask questions about the state of your oral health and what you can do to improve it.  Poor oral health has been linked significantly to medical conditions such as diabetes or chronic digestive disorders.  You may be surprised to know, for instance, that the foods and drinks that you consume can have a direct effect on your dental as well as your overall health. What about your home care regimen, are you using the right implements, is your toothpaste and mouthwash appropriate to your needs?  If you have trouble flossing your dentist or hygienist can give you tips on how to make it easier. Early signs of oral cancer are often detected in the dental chair.  Your hygienist will do a screening at regular intervals.  If you notice a change in the pattern of your mouth mention it to your hygienist asap. If something shows up in the exam or if ...

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Could You Be Guilty Of Brushing Too Hard Or Too Often?

Is it possible that you may be brushing your teeth too often?  Dentists and hygienists have stressed the importance of daily brushing for years, the ADA has advised that we all brush twice a day and that we devote a full two minutes to it each time.  So with this in mind, how could brushing ever be a bad thing? “Toothbrush abrasion” is the term that dental professionals use to describe to patients what could happen when they overbrush.  The tooth enamel is what protects the more vulnerable inner layer of dentin and the nerve center, or pulp, of the tooth.  Brushing too hard or with the wrong kind of toothbrush can damage tooth enamel and let cavity-causing bacteria in.  Overbrushing can also cause the gum tissue to recede from the tooth leaving a space, “pocket,” where food debris could gather and infection could begin.  Receding gums can be a matter of genetics but more often is a result of using a hard bristle toothbrush and brushing too often while ...

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Voice Your Concerns

Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints that a dentist or dental hygienist hear from their patients.  It has been estimated that about half the adult population will at some time experience a level of sensitivity to hot or cold beverages or even a breath of cold air.  Tooth sensitivity can be a symptom of gum disease or bruxism.   It could also be a matter of genetics or due to some sort of trauma. Patients typically see their dental hygienist before the dentist arrives.  Your hygienist will ask you if you’ve noticed any changes in your mouth since your last exam.  Be sure to mention any sensitivity however insignificant you may consider it to be.  If the discomfort is due to a cavity, for instance, it’s best that you have it filled asap.  Without treatment, it may become uncomfortable to brush which could increase your risk for disease. Dentists and hygienists often recommend that patients who are experiencing increased tooth sensitiv ...

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Are Your Fears Realistic?

If you had a lot of cavities as a child and have had more than your share of dental work done over your adult life chances are that you may have had one or two bad experiences along the way.  An invasive dental procedure can be unnerving, to say the least but your dental health demands that you continue to get regular professional care.  Find a dentist who will understand your anxiety and who can offer ways of coping with it. Anxiety is one thing but a dental phobia is another.  Dental phobia is defined as an “extreme” or “irrational” fear of going to the dentist.  Some theories suggest that people who have a phobia realize that their fears are unreasonable but they just can’t shake them.  The feelings of panic and loss of control can be so severe that the person just isn’t able to seek dental care when he needs it let alone schedule preventive checkups and cleanings. How would you describe your apprehension?  A general anxiety may cau ...

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What More Can You Do?

Adults get cavities too.  If you seem to be making more frequent dental appointments due to a toothache or some other issue associated with your oral health it may be due at least in part to the foods and drinks that you’ve been consuming.  Proper diet is essential to healthy teeth.   Your tooth enamel is there to protect from decay getting through to the more vulnerable layers that lie just below the surface.  In order to provide that protection tooth enamel needs the fortification from foods that contain calcium and vitamin D.  Dairy products, and whole grains are good sources of both.  Patients who cannot tolerate dairy are encouraged to eat more green vegetables. Most of us enjoy a snack in the middle of the afternoon or just before bedtime but we have to make good choices.  Apples or grapes vs candy or doughnuts?  Water or milk vs soda or sports drinks?  Get the picture?  If you must have the occasional soft drink sip it through a straw to a ...

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