The most famous smile in history belongs to Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Generations of art analysts have speculated over its meaning. Seductive? Bashful? Secretly knowing? Or could it be, given her upturned—but firmly closed lips, that she was ashamed of showing her teeth? Could they have been chipped, stained, crooked or gapped? These days there's no need to hide your smile because your teeth aren't perfect. Modern cosmetic technology can straighten, repair, contour, and whiten teeth, using twenty-first-century techniques to create a natural-looking appearance in a less-than-perfect mouth. Leonardo, Mona Lisa's creator, was not only a painter but also a mathematician and engineer. So it's not surprising that her mouth and eyes form a perfect equal-sided [...]
When You'll Need a Crown For whatever reason, your tooth needs reinforcement and restoration. Perhaps it's an unsightly color. Maybe you cracked it on a popcorn kernel—or it's been weakened by several fillings. Maybe you've had root canal therapy. You're probably going to need a replacement crown on that tooth. If two or more teeth are compromised, or there's a gap where a tooth is missing, you'll need the crown's cousin—the bridge. Do I have choices? Definitely. There are four categories of crowns, or caps, as defined by their composition: the all-gold crown, the porcelain covering the gold crown, the porcelain covering the non-precious metal crown, and the all-porcelain crown. Up-Sides and Down-Sides All-gold: UP: Outstanding from a dental health [...]
Your mouth is an early warning system. Changes in tissue color, persistent sores, chipped and eroded teeth, and excessive tartar buildup are certainly unattractive. But, more important, these variations from the norm can also be vital evidence of serious ill-health. What you don't see can hurt you You may miss early warning signals on your own; they often cause little or no distress. That's why it's so important to schedule dental checkups regularly. We may be the first to notice symptoms of diseases. Reading the signals Some symptoms indicate simple vitamin or mineral deficiency. Others betray signs of serious concern—cancer of the mouth, leukemia, diabetes, and, more recently, AIDS. The link between gum disease, heart problems, and stroke is clear. [...]
Sorry to say, it can. In fact, anything involving contact with saliva—a kiss, parents tasting their babies' food, sharing of tableware, and toothbrushes—can transmit decay-causing bacteria. Soon after birth, infants start to get those bacteria that inhabit the mouth and cause cavities. These germs are usually transferred by the babies' mothers or other family members. When one so innocent can be SO susceptible, we need to provide our mouths with the best defense against the enemy. Brushing and flossing are a good beginning, as they interrupt the growth of bacterial plaque. Getting teeth straightened can help, because straight teeth are better able to resist cavities. Less frequent snacking and diets low in sugary foods reduce the amount of bacteria acids [...]
Back and forth goes the argument—what toothbrush is best? Gadgeteers can spend $150 for an electric brush designed to rotate and oscillate, with angled neck, sure-grip handle, dual speed control, and even a timer. Researchers say that rotation-oscillation electric brushes remove plaque and reduce gingivitis better than any other kind—but only slightly better. Do-it-yourselfers can pick up a manual toothbrush for under $3 at the pharmacy. Replace it every three months for two years—the warranty period on the electric brush—and you can save big bucks. Kids often prefer electric brushes because the smaller brush head makes it easier to reach those hard-to-reach back teeth. They also like the buzz or one of the singing toothbrushes. Electric brushes are often the [...]
Start reading labels to choose the right toothpaste for you and your family. All toothpastes have certain ingredients in common. They'll contain mild abrasives for scrubbing, foaming detergents to help float away debris, fluoride to protect tooth enamel, thickening agents for stability, humectants for moisture retention, and flavors to make the mixture palatable. Gum Protection Given what we know about the relationship between gum disease and your overall health, finding a toothpaste that will protect your oral health should be your top priority. Dental researchers at the University of Buffalo found that the ingredient triclosan outperformed fluoride in battling the bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis. Natural Whether you're a vegan locavore or just a mother bear [...]
What is Scaling and Root Planing? When You Need A Deep Cleaning... If you have periodontal (gum) problems, you'll probably become familiar with one of the primary therapies to treat gum disease: scaling and root planing. We also may recommend the procedure if it's been a while since your last appointment, and your mouth exhibits an extra buildup of plaque. The treatment is tried and true, with a simple goal—get the "junk" out of there! It's a certainty. Plaque, calculus, and bacteria, left to accumulate, will form pockets around teeth beneath the gum line. As pockets deepen and bacteria go to work, the tissue becomes infected. Without care, tissue, ligaments, and eventually bone is destroyed; then you're facing tooth loss. [...]
It's not the best way to deal with bad breath... Do you have bad breath, aka halitosis? If so, what are you doing about it, besides turning your face away from anyone who comes near? Finding the cure means first finding the cause. In many cases, food particles and bacterial plaque accumulate toward the back of your tongue and go bad there. But you might also be suffering inflamed gums, infection, saliva deficiency, stomach upset, even anxiety. Dieting can bring it on, as can smoking, diseases like diabetes or chronic bronchitis, and poor dental hygiene. Certain medications can cause it. Keeping your mouth healthy is the surest way to keep it kissing sweet. But while the social aspect of halitosis [...]
Dental emergencies happen. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, don't delay. Call us immediately for an emergency visit. Re-implanting a tooth works best when done within 30 minutes. After two hours, the procedure is unlikely to be successful. Call us after any blow to the mouth. A chipped tooth can be repaired, and any blow hard enough to chip a tooth is hard enough to move teeth out of alignment, even break the jawbone. Other dental emergencies include pain, swelling, or a lost filling. If you think it's an emergency, so do we.
Here are some facts about dry mouth, which can be a frustrating condition... We call it xerostomia—and it can be a serious problem. It tends to happen as we age—but it doesn't have to. Besides being uncomfortable, it makes teeth more cavity-prone. It can be the side effect of some medications or radiation therapy for cancer. Fight dry mouth by drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily. Also, try sugarless gum or lozenges—mouth-wetting agents. There are prescriptions product to combat dry mouth. So feel free to talk to us—we can help!