Between your dentist visits, the single most important way to protect your dental health is to practice good dental hygiene. There’s little confusion as to what that means: Brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing once each day. But how can you help your family regularly practice these habits?
1. Make dental care part of your morning and evening routine
The most important part of making any habit stick is making sure that it’s a part of your normal routine. Find a time within your typical wake-up or bedtime routine and choose to brush your teeth at that specific point in the sequence. The more you integrate your dental hygiene habits with your existing habits, the easier it will be to be consistent.
2. Take care of your teeth after eating
Another positive habit you can form is taking care of your teeth immediately after eating. While no one is suggesting that you brush your teeth after every snack, it is beneficial to quickly rinse out your mouth or, if you prefer, chew some gum.
3. Use the right toothbrush and toothpaste
Dental hygiene becomes more pleasant and more effective if you’re using the right toothbrush. Standard toothbrushes should be changed out every three to four months, but you should also use a toothbrush that feels comfortable and effective for you. If you or a member of your family have sensitive teeth, braces, or other issues, you may find it worthwhile to invest in a specialized toothbrush or toothpaste.
4. Find a good flossing tool for you
Flossing is one of the more important and more overlooked habits. While some prefer traditional floss, others opt for flossers, flavored floss, or other tools. There’s no wrong tool for the job, so long as it helps you get your flossing done.
5. Avoid tooth destroyers
Taking care of your teeth isn’t just about what you do to take care of them. It’s also about how you avoid things that cause potential damage. Avoid excessive amounts of sugary foods, and eliminate or reduce smoking and chewing tobacco for the best dental health.
6. Brush right
Remember that whirring your toothbrush over your teeth isn’t enough to get the job done. You should spend at least three minutes brushing your teeth, and using a timer or a three-minute song is a great way to help that duration clear, especially for children. Also try to keep your brush at a 45 degree angle, as this is the most effective way to remove plaque.
These are just a few tips to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. We look forward to seeing how your teeth have been taken care of at your next check-up!
People who have lost their teeth are good candidates for implants. Some diseases may, however, determine whether the implants will fuse to your bone or not. Those diseases or conditions may include uncontrolled diabetes, radiation to the jaws, cancer, alcoholism, smoking, and uncontrolled gum disease. It is, therefore, crucial to inform your dentist of any past or present medical status and medications that you may be currently taking. Before implants are placed, the dentist first adopts a detailed assessment of a patient’s stomato-gnathic system, which mainly determines how the teeth function. This includes the compilation of records concerning the mouth obtained through specialized radio graphs. This analysis ensures that the implant is placed in its exact position to the bone.
How bones are preserved to support implants
At a time of tooth loss, grafting a bone into the sockets where the tooth had been extracted helps in maintaining the volume of the bone that will be essential for an implant placement. Currently, surgical techniques are available that allow the bone to re-grow thus providing the required bone substance for supporting the implant. Bones always need stimulation so as to stay healthy. The implants fuse to the bone thus providing the needed stability that ensures there is no further bone loss. Resorption is an unavoidable process that involves the loss of the bone because it is no longer sustaining teeth. Implants preserve the bone thus ensuring the appropriate density of the bone is maintained.
How implants are placed
It takes a dental team to be able to assess and plan accurately for an implant placement, which involves the bridgework or dentures and fabrication of the crowns. The team may consist of a periodontist, oral surgeon, restorative dentist, and a dental laboratory technician who is mostly involved in the fabrication of the implants. The implants are typically placed through a surgical procedure whereby channels are created in the jawbone. This is followed by fitting the implants such that they are in intimate contact with the bone. Six months are required for the implants to fuse with the bone before they can have tooth restorations attached to them.
How implants differ from teeth
Although implants may look, function, and feel like real teeth, it should be noted that they are completely different. The primary difference is how they attach to the surrounding bone, how they do respond to dental disease, and also in their repair and maintenance. Teeth attach to the adjoining bone through the periodontal ligaments, which is made up of collagen fibers, but the implants fuse to the bone in a direct manner. Gum tissue connect to the root part of real teeth while the gum tissues can only stick to the exterior part of the implants. Teeth are susceptible to decay as well as the need for a root canal therapy, but the dental implants do not decay and also do not need a root canal therapy because they are made of metals.
In case you are considering an implant, it is advisable that you visit your dentist first for an advice.
Enamel is easily the hardest, strongest substance in your body. It’s whole purpose is to provide a reliable surface for your jaw muscles to crush food against — it has to be strong.
But it’s not invincible. In fact, one of the biggest dangers your enamel can face… is from your enamel.
Bruxism is a fancy medical way of saying “teeth grinding.” It’s most often a nighttime grinding that is difficult to detect without either the help of someone in the room (it can sometimes be loud enough to disturb someone else’s sleep) or the inevitable signs of damage if the problem goes untreated. These signs can include sensitivity, decay, jaw pain, and even a visible red