Cosmetic Dentistry Is More Than Just Esthetics

Young woman choosing color of teeth at dentist, closeupPatients are opting for cosmetic dentistry for variety of reasons. Some would like to appear younger, others just want to smile without feeling self-conscious. Whatever the reason you’re searching for these facilities, the advantages of cosmetic dentistry in physical and mental health are numerous.

Confidence
If you opt for teeth whitening, straightening, or veneers, it could give you a noticeable confidence boost. Walking into a room with a straight, white smile will make you feel way more confident than the alternative. Getting your teeth professionally taken care of will make you feel better all around. Continue reading Cosmetic Dentistry Is More Than Just Esthetics

What Are The Cause Of Losing Teeth?

Teeth cureFairfield, CT – Many consequences of losing teeth are noticeable, like the changes in the way you look and speak. Those results often cause low self-esteem and a lack of confidence that can make it difficult to develop new relationships or find jobs that require interacting with the public. You may suffer from embarrassment and insecurity because you look older than your true age and feel that people seem to notice your teeth more than they notice your attractive features.

However, some consequences of tooth loss are not so apparent, and those are even more serious due to the impact they have on your health. Bones must have a certain amount of stimulation to retain their solidity and shape, and supplying that stimulation to your jawbone is one of the important functions performed by your teeth. The brief contacts your teeth have with each other every day produce a continuous regeneration of bone. Therefore, loss of a tooth or teeth usually results in some loss of jawbone, eventual partial collapse of your lower face, sagging lips and risk of jaw fracture. You may also develop joint pain in your jaws as well as bite problems because your remaining teeth may partially move into spaces formerly occupied by your missing teeth. Continue reading What Are The Cause Of Losing Teeth?

What is Periodontal Disease and Pocket Depth?

GumsPeriodontal disease is highly prevalent in adults across the United States. It is important to regularly see your dentist so you can catch this condition early on and undergo proper treatment. We help patients prevent and treat gum disease, as well as educate them regarding the ways they can keep their gums healthy.

Measuring Pocket Depths
A periodontal probe is gently used to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimeters. As periodontal disease progresses, the pockets usually get deeper.
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How To Beat Dental Anxiety And Fear?

Patient afraid of dentist during doctor visitHow to Manage Fear and Anxiety at the Dentist

Unfortunately, there is no getting past proper dental care by a specialist. However, what is not noticed by many is that a lot of individuals suffer from anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist. What is usually a simple procedure for most people is regarded as a nightmare to others. Luckily, there are strategies that both the patient and the dentist can undertake to create a more relaxing environment to ease the patient’s fear and anxiety.

Environment

The environment that one finds themselves in influences feelings and expectations. When walking into a dental office for the first time, assess whether or not you feel comfortable, because if you aren’t comfortable in your environment, there is no chance you will feel comfortable during a dental procedure. Therefore, the first step in reducing your anxiety is to ensure that you like the environment you are in. Continue reading How To Beat Dental Anxiety And Fear?

Visit Your Periodontics For A Check-up

Happy patientVisit Your Periodontist

Many people stand the risk of getting gum disease because of poor oral hygiene. Consequently, they might need to visit a periodontist for evaluation and treatment. Most dentists can routinely treat a mild type of gum disease. However, if the gum disease is progressed to a complicated state, most dentists prefer that the patient see a specialist for an in-depth assessment. A periodontist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum diseases such as periodontitis and gingivitis. Some of the services a periodontist offer include: tooth extraction; deep gum cleaning; placement of implants, root therapy; cosmetic dental procedures and any type of surgery to the jaw bone.

Having Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral Hygiene is important to maintain healthy gums and for preventing periodontal disease. When you don’t brush and floss at least twice daily, you allow plaque to build up on your teeth. Over time, the plaque turns into tartar, which leads to inflammation and eventually infection of the gums. This is known as gingivitis. Even though gingivitis is manageable and mild, if it’s not treated properly, it can become significant and permanent. Some of the signs of gingivitis include swelling of gums, soreness in gums and bleeding gums when brushing and flossing. If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a periodontist as soon as possible to discuss treatment. Continue reading Visit Your Periodontics For A Check-up

Best Ways To Keep Your Gums Healthy

Beautiful woman smileThere are several unique ways to keep your gums healthy and maintain regular oral hygiene. Here are a few easy and practical methods, prescribed by doctors.

Intake of Vitamin C: foods rich in vitamin C can help in avoiding any gum diseases or infections. Fruits like strawberries, papayas, oranges, grapes, and lemons are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants that are not only healthy for your body but are also beneficial for your gums. They help with the growth of body tissues and with the regeneration of bones. Rubbing lemon juice and a little bit of salt on irritated gums can also temporarily relieve pain.

Rinse with Hydrogen Peroxide: you may have heard about the benefits of using hydrogen peroxide when it comes to clean ear wax! Well, it is also useful for keeping gum infections and inflammations at bay. Mix a ½ teaspoon of peroxide powder into about half a cup of water and rinse your mouth regularly with it. This method is also used in case of toothache to ease the pain. Continue reading Best Ways To Keep Your Gums Healthy

How To Protect Your Smile At Night?

Young woman sleepingTaking good care of your teeth and gums is a 24/7 endeavor. You may already know that dentists recommend brushing in the morning and before you go to sleep at night, but you may not be aware of other steps you should be taking at night to protect your oral health. Continue reading How To Protect Your Smile At Night?

The Differences in Cavities, Decay & Caries

difference in cavities, decay, and cariesGood dental hygiene is important to keep teeth whole and healthy. The idea is to prevent dental caries. Caries is a disease that leads to tooth decay and cavities. That is simple enough to say, but what are caries, tooth decay, and cavities? What do they do to your teeth, and how are they prevented? Here is a look at what they are and how they are related.

What Is Caries

Caries is a disease process. It occurs when bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar in the food you eat and produce acids that leach minerals from your teeth. As the mineral levels in the tooth decrease, a white patch appears where the tooth enamel is getting weaker. This is the beginning of tooth decay. At this point, the damage might be reversible with fluoride. Continue reading The Differences in Cavities, Decay & Caries

When Can A Child Visit A Dentist?

First Visit To the DentistParents of newborn babies have a lot to deal with, from diapers to doctor appointments. Worrying about taking your baby to a dentist doesn’t have to happen until after the baby gets his or her first tooth – but how soon after that?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should visit a dentist by the time they are one year old. A good time to make the first appointment is when your baby gets his first tooth. If that seems a little early, consider that one in four preschoolers have cavities before they are four years old, with many kids getting their first cavity by the age of two.

Your child’s first dental visit is usually a short one designed to acquaint the child with the dentist and dentist’s office and to let you talk to the dentist about your child’s oral health. The dentist can tell you about fluoride, answer any concerns you have about thumb sucking or pacifier use and tell you what to expect as far as teething is concerned. Take the time to ask the dentist any questions you have, because this first visit is for you as well as your child. Continue reading When Can A Child Visit A Dentist?

Getting To Know Gum Disease

Gum DiseaseGum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects many people from all walks of life. It is estimated that more than 80% of the U.S. population suffers from some form of gingival inflammation or infection and most people are not aware of it. Symptoms can range from mild gum irritation and swelling to serious damage to the gums and even the jaw bones. If not treated, gum disease can worsen and spread, making it vital to practice preventative care and control infections before they become severe.

What Causes Gum Disease?
The human mouth is filled with bacteria. These bacteria often feed off of food particles left behind in a person’s mouth, and the result is a sticky plaque that clings to the teeth. Continue reading Getting To Know Gum Disease