Finding your best smile

Who Would Benefit From Cosmetic Dentistry?

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There are many benefits to be reaped from cosmetic dentistry aside from having a better smile, more confidence and self esteem, etc. With innovative, new technologies such as Invisalign orthodontic treatments and improved teeth whitening procedures, cosmetic dentistry sure has come a long way over recent years. It has now given you a way to deal with many oral health problems that could cause even greater issues later on in life.  Overcrowded Teeth  If you have too many teeth and not enough room, you may encounter a whole host of problems later on if you leave the teeth untreated.  You will have a greater chance of suffering with gum disease, and the function of the teeth could decrease because you are unable to access the remote areas of your mouth with a toothbrush, as well as the crevices created by the uneven alignment.  You may also suffer from decaying teeth because you can’t get food out from the tiny cracks in between crooked or overlapping teeth. You may even find that you will need to have a tooth, or multiple teeth, removed as a result of this decay, leaving you with unsightly gaps and problems during eating.  Teeth spaced too far apart  Although the centre-gap is all the rage among supermodels these days, having teeth that are spaced too far apart can actually come with their fair share of problems. This is just one more issue that can be resolved with cosmetic dentistry.  If you have spaces in between your teeth, you may find that the teeth have grown abnormally small, or the jaw has formed in a dysfunctional way. The spaces could lead the way for other teeth to move around and become loose, especially when eating, and you may find that you are at a greater chance of suffering with oral conditions like periodontitis and gingivitis, and over time, could even lead to the loss of teeth.  Overbites When the upper teeth overlap the bottom teeth, you may find that you suffer with a lot of irritation to the gums, and you may even get repetitive toothache as a result of the bite misalignment. Along with problems in the joints in your jaw, you may also find that you have pain within the teeth or jawline.  This is another common dental problem that can be resolved with cosmetic dentistry.  Underbites  When the opposite happens and the lower teeth stick out from underneath the upper teeth, you have an underbite. This can lead to painful teeth and joints just like the overbite can, and you may also find that you suffer with abnormal wear and tear, due to the fact the two lines of teeth aren’t working together properly.  All of the above problems can easily be solved with cosmetic dentistry such as Invisalign. Why not get in touch with your dentist to find out if you are a good candidate for a new and innovative treatment that could transform your smile, as well as the way you eat, sleep, and even talk? For more information, contact a dental practice like Collins Dental...

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3 Natural Tooth Whitening Methods

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Many people hide their teeth in photos, and being self-conscious about their smile.  The main culprit? Stained and discoloured teeth. Of course, it’s common knowledge that your teeth can be whiter if you brush every time you eat, but who has time? Another tried and true standby is to give up all tooth staining foods like coffee, tea or wine. So, what’s a person to do who can’t visit the dentist every three months for expensive treatments? Believe it or not, there are a wide variety of natural methods for whitening your teeth that really do work. Coconut Oil This seemed like a fad at first when it took the internet by storm a few months ago. Everyone and their mother was oil pulling to remove toxins from their body every morning. However, those who have stuck with this practice have revealed another effect: whiter, brighter teeth! To try, simply grab a spoonful of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth for a few minutes in the morning. It can take some getting used to, but when you spit out the oil into the trash, a portion of the tooth staining debris and bacteria will go into the bin with it. If you’re squeamish about oil pulling, try placing some on your toothbrush along with your toothpaste and go to town. Baking Soda Another, more time tested method for whitening your teeth naturally is to brush on a mixture of baking soda and peroxide.  Be careful with this method, as your tooth enamel will not grow back if rubbed off, and baking soda is quite caustic! You’re looking for a smooth mixture with absolutely no grittiness to it. This will definitely make your teeth whiter, so don’t feel like you need to scrub extra hard for an effect. If you notice increased tooth sensitivity, discontinue this method. Apple Cider Vinegar Another nifty natural cure that has an added bonus of whitening your teeth is apple cider vinegar. Health enthusiasts tout this as a great energy drink and detoxifier, but for teeth whitening it couldn’t get more simple: just brush with raw apple cider onto your teeth for a few minutes as you would with your toothpaste. Then, brush the vinegar off. It’s very important to remove the vinegar with regular toothpaste, as it is also caustic and can eat away at tooth enamel. Find your favourite of these three methods, and you’ll be smiling bright and white in photographs in no time! For more information, contact clinics like Bath Street Dental...

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How To Relieve Tooth Pain

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Your tooth is aching, but your dentist is booked out until the end of the week. How can you relieve the pain until your dentist appointment? There are a few options to help you carry on with life painlessly until the dentist can treat you. Toothache Plant Toothache plant, also known as jambu, is a natural way to sooth pain in your mouth. When you rub one of the leaves against your gum, it will create a numbing sensation within a few seconds. You can also chew the leaf and hold it against your gum or tooth. The numbing effect will wear off after a while, but it is safe to reapply as needed. If you don’t have a toothache plant, ask around your friends and family, or visit your local nursery.  Cloves Cloves are a pleasant smelling spice which also possess powerful medicinal qualities, such as relieving inflammation and creating a numbing sensation. This spice can be used effectively to help alleviate tooth pain. Grind a few cloves with a mortar and pestle, then combine with a few drops of vegetable oil to make a paste. Apply this paste to the affected area, and leave it on for at least 10 minutes. This method will help numb your tooth, so repeat as necessary. Garlic Chewing on a clove of garlic can also provide relief from tooth pain, or apply freshly crushed garlic to the affected area if it hurts to chew. While not as pleasant tasting as cloves or toothache plant leaves, garlic has additional qualities such as being antibacterial and antimicrobial. The raw garlic juice will help fight against infection in your tooth and can provide quick relief against toothache. Combine with a pinch of salt for extra relief; salt helps by absorbing moisture around the tooth and gum, which can reduce inflammation and also fight against bacteria. Painkillers Over the counter painkiller medication can also be helpful for relieving toothache pain. However, it is important not to take more than is recommended on the packet or to take for longer than recommended. It can be useful to note that medication can be used safely in conjunction with the above mentioned topical applications, so if you feel that one method isn’t removing enough pain for you, you can combine an internal (medication) and externally applied method. Although these home remedies are effective at relieving tooth pain temporarily, they should not be used as a replacement for seeing your dentist. If you have specific questions about tooth pain, talk with a dentist at a clinic like Fairfield Dental Healthcare Clinic. Relieving the pain is not treating the cause, and if left untreated, your dental health could deteriorate rapidly. Toothache can signal cavities, gum disease or even non-dental conditions such a heart disease or ear...

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4 Tips to Help Children Overcome Their Fear of Dentists

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A trip to the dental clinic is inevitable, especially when your child’s first set of primary teeth start to come in. Many parents don’t realise how important is it to look after emerging baby teeth carefully to help in proper jaw development and cleaning. For children, a visit to the dentist is scary and intimidating. Here are some genius tips to help your kids overcome their fear of dentists for an enjoyable and productive dental experience. Keep Your Dentist Constant It helps when you are able to bring children to a familiar surrounding, so they know what to expect. Do not keep changing your dentist every time. By familiarising your child with a particular dentist, he or she will feel more comfortable during subsequent visits. This not only puts the child at ease, but also parents who won’t have to worry about pacifying their nervous children every time they visit a dental clinic. Remember that a visit to the dentist is equally terrifying for adults − so making your kids comfortable is very important. Mind Your Language Your language plays a large role in determining how comfortable a child feels at the dental clinic. For example, negative words associated with the dentist like pain, prick, hurt, injections and shots could cause your child to become thoroughly frightened every time a dental visit is imminent. Instead, try to focus on positive reinforcement by bringing up the good attributes of a dentist. Talk to your children about clean teeth creating a great smile. Keep it simple; don’t over complicate things for children and always stay positive. Let the Pros Do the Job Don’t try to explain too much of the dental process to your kids, if you don’t really know much about it anyway. Give your child a playfully positive reason and let the dental staff do the rest. Paediatric dentists are trained to handle children, so be sure to let the professionals handle your children effectively.  Play Pretend Dentist When you’re dealing with small kids, it is important to make them feel relaxed and comfortable. You can do this by simulating a dentist to help your child know what to expect. By making your child feel like he’s already at the dental clinic, you will ease him into it when he’s actually there. If you make your kids feel comfortable and prepared before their next visit to the dental clinic, they won’t be so fearful of the dentist. For more tips or suggestions, contact resources like Bruce Stevens...

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What’s the Goss about Dental Floss?

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Children learn from an early age about the important of teeth brushing but flossing is equally important and less well understood. Here is a quick primer on the best way to approach flossing. How often should I floss? You should floss every time you brush your teeth and especially any time between brushes that you feel something is stuck between your teeth. Flossing performing a similar function to brushing in that it removed plaque and food scraps, from one surface of the tooth (albeit a slim surface). In some case brushing can actually force food scraps between the tooth, so these need to be removed to maintain dental health. How long should I floss? Floss for 2-3 second between each teeth, to ensure that the gap is full clean. The total flossing time should be 1-2 minutes twice a day, which translates to a small time commitment for your long term dental health. How should I floss? Peel off about 30cm of floss, and wrap between your index fingers. Keep the floss tensioned while you move it backwards and forwards in a sawing motion. The flossing should not be painful but in some cases there may be some discomfort when you start flossing if your gums are inflamed. If you maintain a flossing regimen and still have pain after two week then you should visit a dentist to ensure that there are no underlying gum disease issues that require separate treatment. Is there a better way to floss? There are a range of different flossing options if you find that the traditional string style of floss is not easy for you to handle. These include interdental cleaners which use pretensioned floss between 2 fixed points, interdental cleaners which are ‘pipecleaner’ style brushes mounted on thin wires which can be angle to fit between challenging configurations of teeth. Some people, particularly those with particularly grooved spaces between the teeth find them useful. The best option for any person will depend on the exact shape and configuration of their mouth, and the extent of any decay or dental work in place. If you have any questions about your flossing routine, then you should discuss your dental hygiene regimen with your dentist. They are most familiar with your mouth and can advise of the best hygiene routine for your circumstance. They can also observe your flossing routine and advise on how it could be...

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A Guide to Hyperdontia & How It Affects Your Child’s Developing Teeth

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Parents always carefully observe the development of their children’s teeth and eventually twenty primary teeth have erupted by the time the child is around three years old. These are then replaced by the permanent or adult teeth by around the age of twelve. Occasionally, extra teeth may develop in an irregularity known as hyperdontia.   Use this guide to gain more information about this condition and what you can do if you suspect your child may be affected. What Causes Hyperdontia? The underlying cause of this condition is not yet fully understood. However, there are a number of well-supported theories. First, some dentists attribute the cause to very first stages of tooth cell development while the embryo is still in the womb. This is when an unnatural division may occur in the tooth bud or there may by hyperactivity in the dental lamina cells that stimulate the growth of new teeth. Second, many attribute the cause to hereditary factors and hyperdontia occurs more frequently in children whose family members are affected. Where Do Extra Teeth Appear? Most commonly an extra tooth will develop between the upper front four incisors. These are usually are conical in shape and will be only about half the size of the normal adjacent teeth. They also have quite short roots. Extra teeth may also appear between the back teeth or molars (grinding teeth). They can erupt to the side of the normal molars or behind the third molars. However, supplemental teeth may emerge almost anywhere adjacent to the normal teeth but will be smaller in size. What Problems are Associated with Hyperdontia? A number of worrying issues are likely to arise because of the extra teeth and they may: Cause overcrowding of the jaw Prevent normal teeth from erupting or developing in the proper position Push regular teeth out of the normal dental arch leading to jaw problems and discomfort Lead to development of cysts or tumors Quite often the supplemental teeth do not erupt at all and can actually cause physiological resorption where the adjacent tooth is re-absorbed and may be lost altogether. What is the Best Treatment? Usually extraction may be the best solution for overcrowding and potential resorption issues. It is also the answer for correcting the poor appearance that results from crowded teeth and provide a boost for self-confidence and esteem. Sometimes, if there are no associated problems or symptoms there may be no need for any special treatment. A local clinic such as Denticheck will be your best guide and be able to recommend an ideal treatment plan. Naturally it is best to seek their professional guidance right away should you suspect any signs of...

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Fixing peg teeth with cosmetic dentistry

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Peg teeth are smaller than standard teeth and come in with a tapered shape. Peg teeth most often occur in the lateral incisors, but can be observed in any of the teeth. While the peg teeth are often too small to be functional, they don’t tend to cause too many issues beyond the non-ideal appearance. Luckily with cosmetic dentistry the issues can be fixed without too much work or discomfort to the patient. The cosmetic dentist will start the process by performing a full smile analysis and putty impressions of the bite to determine the best combination of techniques that can be used to correct the teeth. Here are some of the cosmetic dental procedures that can be used: Capping The tooth can be capped over with a ceramic or composite cap, which widens the face of the tooth so that it better matches the teeth around it. Generally children will get fitted with composite caps whereas adults will get a porcelain cap, as the porcelain caps are more expensive but also last significantly longer. Composite caps are a relatively quick fix that can be completed in couple of hours. Orthodontia If the teeth are crooked or crowded as well as misshapen, the teeth can be moved closer together so that the smaller size of the teeth is not as obvious. This is not usually done until the adult teeth come in, as often children will have peg molars but the adult teeth may come in with a normal size and shape. Orthodontia takes several months to complete, with regular appointments necessary to keep the orthodontics properly tensioned and adjusted. Dental implants If the teeth prove to be weak or cause significant issues, they can be removed and substituted with a dental implant. Again, this only done in adults with a peg molar, as baby peg molar teeth may fall out and be replaced with normally sized and shaped adult teeth. Dental implants take up to 4 months to complete, between extraction and replacement with a ceramic crown. While the peg teeth do not often have dental hygiene issues, the dentist needs to keep an eye both on the misshapen tooth and the normal teeth next to it to ensure that no pitting or decay occurs. If you are worried about your own peg teeth or peg teeth in your children’s smiles, you should meet with a dentist like Smile Central to discuss the best options for your...

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Ask Your Dentist How They Can Help You With Anti-Aging

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Baby boomers are coming of retirement age. As they do, they are increasingly worried about their future. They want to know how they can live a healthy lifestyle into maturity, and even reverse some of the effects of all that excess in previous decades. Technological advances are on their side, with a lot of investment in latter year healthcare. Indeed, the anti-aging industry is expected to grow at a rate of 7.8% between now and 2019. If you want to investigate the cutting edge of regenerative medicine, ask your dentist how they can help in this specific area. How Can Your Dentist Help? Stem cell therapy, involving the collection and preservation of stem cells, is not a new science, but is increasingly viable when it comes to regenerative medicine. Stem cells can be collected when wisdom teeth or third molars are extracted. Currently, these pulled teeth are discarded as medical waste, but forward thinking dentists are willing to help preserve the stem cells found within, as a means of helping to treat disease and reverse the ageing process in the future. Extract and Store, Instead of Discard As a consequence, many dentists now incorporate the practice of retaining extracted teeth, in consultation with the patient. The dentist can then in turn work with institutions that are dedicated to storing these extracted teeth in an environment that preserves them for potential future use. As clinical trials progress and as further advances are made in the realm of stem cell technology, patients can turn to these “stored” teeth in the future in order to treat a variety of conditions. Conditions That Could be Treated by Stem Cell Technology A long list of treatable conditions that may benefit from advances in stem cell technology include cardiac disease, type 1 diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, certain forms of cancer, stroke and liver fibrosis. In addition, stem cell research may be able to help in the healing of connected tissues and in regenerating jawbones, with specific reference to the dental industry. Everyone Stands to Gain, Potentially This is not just for Boomers, either. While youngsters may well have an air of invincibility when they come in to get their wisdom teeth pulled, parents should chat with the dentist and take a long term view about the retention of those molars. Next time you pay a visit to your dentist (like those at Ryde Dental Care) ask them what their policy is with regard to this stem cell revolution. While the process may involve additional costs, many baby boomers are taking the view that this can be a significant investment in their future health and...

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All You Need To Know About Dental Implants

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If you have lost a tooth or some of your teeth and are concerned about your personal appearance, your best option is to see your dentist for a dental implant. The procedure for getting an implant may sound scary, but it actually is very simple. This article provides you with an overview of dental implants so you know what to expect. What Is A Dental Implant? Essentially, these are screws that act as tooth roots. They provide a solid foundation for removable or permanent replacement teeth. What Is Required For An Implant? Anyone who is healthy enough to go through dental extraction or surgery can have an implant. You need to have healthy gums and sufficient bone for holding the implant. You should also be willing to commit to oral hygiene and dental checkups. Special cases where an implant may not be an option include people who are suffering from chronic disorders like heart disease or diabetes, patients who have undergone radiation therapy and heavy smokers. Procedure For Getting An Implant First, your dentist will take you through a dental exam. During this period your dentist will take x-rays of your mouth. Your provider will determine your jawbone’s condition and how many teeth you want to replace. Next, a root implant, a small element made of titanium will be placed in the bone socket where you have a missing tooth. The jawbone will grow around the implant anchoring it in the jaw. The jawbone can take a period of 6-12 weeks to heal. After the implant bonds to your jawbone, an abutment—a small connector post—is attached to the implant so that it can support the new tooth. Your dentist will analyse your teeth and come up with a model that represents your teeth arrangement and type.  This model is the basis for creating the new tooth/teeth. Your dentist matches the colour of your new tooth/teeth to that of your natural teeth. This is why the new teeth appear, function and feel like your natural teeth. A replacement tooth, also known as a crown, is then fixed on the abutment. Are Dental Implants Painful? Local anaesthesia is administered during the procedure. After the treatment, you might experience mild soreness but this can be relieved through over-the-counter pain killers. Caring For Dental Implants Dental implants should be cared for the same way as real teeth. This includes flossing, brushing and going for dental checkups on a regular basis. Success Rate For Dental Implants The success of dental implants depends on where they are placed. In general, the success rate of dental implants is 98%. With good oral hygiene, implants can last...

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