November 7, 2018
Rampant caries can stem from a variety of factors, such as poor diet, mouth pH, root recession and weakened enamel. Anyone of any age is susceptible to cavities, but luckily there are treatments that can restore your oral health.
What is Dental Caries?
Dental caries is classified one of three ways, and its classification is based on the location of where it occurs in the mouth.
Interproximal caries - On the sides of the tooth or in between teeth.
Pit and fissure caries - In the deep grooves on the biting surface of the teeth.
Root caries - On the root surface of the tooth or teeth, found most often when a patient has gum recession.
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October 10, 2018
Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease, most commonly found in women, that often mimics the symptoms of menopause. Sjogren's syndrome symptoms can affect all areas of the body, but the most common problems patients report are dry eyes and dry mouth (xerostomia). Many times, patients will describe it as having no saliva or feeling as if their eyes have no moisture.
These symptoms shouldn't be ignored. Instead of just writing off any discomfort to simply having dry mouth, ask your dentist and doctor if you should be watching out for any underlying conditions.
Life With Sjogren's Syndrome
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October 3, 2018
Does anyone you know wear clear braces for adults? Chances are good that the answer is yes since the number of adult orthodontic cases is on the rise. Researchers believe that adults feel comfortable with orthodontic care later in life thanks to innovative changes in the field and the benefits of clear braces for adults. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, although the most ideal time to complete orthodontics is while the patient is still growing, any age is the right age for ortho care!
History of Clear Braces
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September 17, 2018
Often jaw problems resolve on their own in several weeks to months. If you have recently experienced TMJ pain and/or dysfunction, you may find relief with some or all of the following therapies.
Moist Heat. Moist heat from a heat pack or a hot water bottle wrapped in a warm, moist towel can improve function and reduce pain. Be careful to avoid burning yourself when using heat.
Ice. Ice packs can decrease inflammation and also numb pain and promote healing. Do not place an ice pack directly on your skin. Keep the pack wrapped in a clean cloth while you are using it. Do not use an ice pack for more than 10 - 15 minutes.
Soft Diet. Soft or blended foods allow the jaw to rest temporarily. Remember to avoid hard, crunchy, and chewy foods. Do not stretch your mouth to accommodate such foods as corn on the cob, apples, or whole fruits.
Over the-Counter Analgesics. For many people with TMJ Disorders, short-term use of over-the-counter pain medicines or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as ibuprofen, may provide temporary relief from jaw discomfort. When necessary, your dentist or doctor can prescribe stronger pain or anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, or antidepressants to help ease symptoms.
Jaw Exercises. Slow, gentle jaw exercises may help increase jaw mobility and healing. Your health care provider or a physical therapist can evaluate your condition and suggest appropriate exercises based on your individual needs. A recent study found therapeutic jaw exercises bring earlier recovery of jaw function compared to splints!
Relaxation Techniques. Relaxation and guided imagery can be helpful in dealing with the pain that accompanies TMJ dysfunction. Deep, slow breathing enhances relaxation and modulates pain sensations. Some have found yoga, massage, and meditation helpful in reducing stress and aiding relaxation.
Side Sleeping. Sleep on your side using pillow support between shoulder and neck.
Relax Facial Muscles. Make a concerted effort to relax your lips, and keep teeth apart.
Yawning. Use your fist to support your chin as you yawn to prevent damage to the joint and prevent your jaw from locking open.
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September 14, 2018
If you've run out of toothpaste and are tempted to grab your back-up travel tube, you may want to think again. Although toothpaste doesn't have a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated expiration, most toothpastes have an expiration date of eighteen months to two years.
Why Does Toothpaste Expire?
In order for any toothpaste to be given the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance, it must meet stringent requirements for safety and effectiveness. A shelf-life is determined only by the effectiveness of the ingredients in the toothpaste, so there's ... Read more
August 14, 2018
If you ever get nervous just thinking about going to the dentist, you're not alone. Perhaps you're scared the visit might hurt or you haven't been in a while and not sure what the dentist will find.
Whatever your reason, the right dental team will make sure your dental and your emotional health are taken care of. The more you delay or just don't go to the dentist, the higher your risk of developing dental problems that will make gearing up for future dental visits more difficult. In fact, seeing your dentist regularly can actually ... Read more
August 8, 2018
You feel a sharp pain when you bite down or try to eat. You think it's a cavity, but you're not 100 percent sure. Your dentist can see you, but it will be a few days. Meanwhile, you want relief and a solution now. The big question you have is, can you heal cavity pain at home, without help from your dentist?
Although there are steps you can take to remineralize your tooth enamel and halt the decay process at home, if you suspect that you have a cavity, the best thing you can do ... Read more
July 21, 2018
TMD is complex, but it's worth learning about it and understanding its nuances because TMD doesn't go away or get better on its own. In fact -- it will almost always get worse with time.
By the way, your dental insurance will not cover treatment of TMD.
What is TMD exactly?
The best definition of TMD is a broad one: TMD disorder is a condition involving pain or tenderness in the muscles and/or joint that control jaw movement (this joint is referred to as the TMJ, or temperomandibular joint) with the pain sometimes referring beyond these areas. ... Read more
July 9, 2018
Lots of people these days use electric toothbrushes to keep their pearly whites nice and bright. But are they really better? Yes, say dentists, who overwhelmingly recommend them as the best means of keeping your teeth clean and free from plaque and its damaging effects. Yet simply purchasing an electric toothbrush doesn't guarantee great results. You also need to make sure you brush at least twice daily, spend at least two minutes a session brushing and use the proper brushing technique (yes, there's a technique to it).
Before you rush out to buy an electric toothbrush, do a ... Read more
June 13, 2018
You practice good dental care: You brush your teeth, floss fairly regularly, and see your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Good for you! But you're probably also engaging in one or more bad habits that can undermine the good ones and compromise your dental health. Here's our list of five of the worst dental habits, why they're harmful, and what you can do to stop them.
Dental Care Problem 1: Crunching, Sucking, and Sipping
You slurp down an ice-cold soda or iced tea and then crunch, crunch, crunch the leftover ice. ... Read more