From the monthly archives: November 2017

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What Can You Do At Home?

A nice healthy smile and that fresh mouth feeling that you have after leaving the dentist’s office can’t help but boost your self-esteem, especially if you’ve come away with a clean bill of health.  But did you take the time to ask your dentist or hygienist what more you could be doing to keep that feeling of confidence that comes with knowing that your oral health is good?   What about the color of your teeth?  It is not uncommon to see some staining over time.  There are dietary changes that you can make and cosmetic dental procedures that are designed to cover up stains that are caused by the foods and drinks that we consume.  Ask your dentist for recommendations.   Prevention is key.  A full examination every six months will increase the chances of finding a cavity or early signs of gum disease while the issue is easier to treat.  Your dentist will order x-rays to be taken when appropriate.   Professional attention is essential to o ...

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When It’s An Emergency

A dental emergency can be anything from a toothache to having a permanent tooth knocked out.  The pain from a toothache can stop you in your tracks, it’s hard to carry on with a daily routine when you’re so distracted.  If the pain becomes more intense or if it lasts for more than a couple of days and is accompanied by an earache or fever it’s time to call the dentist, you may have an infection. A chipped tooth is one thing but a fracture is something more serious.  A minor chip that isn’t causing pain doesn’t require emergency care, just be careful not to cause any further damage.  Be especially mindful of what you bite down on until your dentist can take a look.  A fractured tooth should be dealt with asap but until you can get to your dentist’s office it will help to rinse with warm water and take an aspirin-free over the counter pain reliever. If your dental crown comes off, don’t panic.  Fit it back into place with a denture ...

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What’s The Damage?

If you’re suddenly experiencing pain when you chew or you notice that your teeth are more sensitive to hot or cold foods or drinks you may have cracked a rear molar.  The molars are most susceptible since, after all, they do most of the chewing.  If this happens to you don’t risk further damage, see your dentist for an evaluation asap. It could be that the damage has only affected the tooth enamel in which case treatment won’t be necessary.  These common cracks in the enamel are known as “craze lines” and are not serious.  A little polishing will repair any unsightliness. If the crack is more invasive and has penetrated the enamel there are several procedures that your dentist may recommend, depending on how deep the crack is.  It may be that a filling and then a crown will repair any harm that has been done but if the softer tissue has been affected it will need to be removed via root canal therapy in order to save the tooth.  Worst case sce ...

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All About Bruxism

Bruxism, the act of clenching and grinding one’s teeth together, is commonly thought of as a childhood concern, something that kids do in their sleep and a habit that they usually just grow out of.  While this is the most commonly recognized scenario, bruxism can also affect adults. Dental professionals describe bruxism in two forms.  The first, sleep bruxism, is the most recognizable form and is an involuntary action.  it can be brought on by a misaligned bite, a reaction to pain or it could be a result of stress or anger, even in children.   Because all the action goes on while the person is asleep, the results may be the key to the diagnosis of sleep bruxism.  After some time all that clenching and grinding will wear down the tooth enamel, sometimes so much so that it will become noticeable to your dentist during a routine exam. Daytime bruxing is most commonly a technique for dealing with stress and affects adults more often than children.  It can be brough ...

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