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Best Filling Options for Front Teeth with Cavities
Posted on 11/10/2019 by Lemond Hunter
Cavities are no longer a grave situation to have as it was in the past. People who seek treatment and reconstruction for particular reasons often get the help they need. And with the improvement and involvement of technology, dentists can now offer tooth fillings which replace a missing or fractured part of the tooth. It is important to discuss with your doctor and know what options are there for you before agreeing to one particular filling. You should even be more keen if the teeth with cavity are front teeth as you do not want to mess with your smile. What Are The Factors To Consider Before Choosing A Filling?The first thing you need to do is get a listing and description of all the available kinds of filling from the doctor. Then you should talk about location and size of your cavity. After that it is important to discuss how long you would like your filling to last. It is then advisable to explain your cosmetic considerations and say what you want to look like after the procedure. Cost will also determine what kind of filling you end up getting. What Are The Filling Options Available?There are three major filling options. The first one is the tooth-colored fillings also called the composite resins. It is the type that uses a combination of glass and quartz. It is the best option for front teeth because it fits perfectly into your formulae and does not draw attention. The others are dental amalgam commonly known as silver-colored and the gold fillings which are more durable but very visible. You should only get the fillings that make you feel comfortable. Visit our clinic today and speak to one of our dentists about the best fillings to use for your front teeth cavities. You will also get a chance to ask as many questions as you might have....
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Why Do Athletes Tend to Get More Gum Disease?
Posted on 10/20/2019 by Lemond Hunter
There was a new study looking at Olympic athletes in the 2012 Olympics held in London. This study looked at 278 Olympic athletes that visited a dental clinic set up during the games. The athletes were from around the world. It found that 55% of the athletes had untreated dental cavities, 45% had tooth erosion, and 76% had gum disease. Do Athletes Have a Higher Risk For Oral Issues?Another study looked only at athletes on Olympic teams. 350 athletes The results show more findings of oral issues 49% had untreated cavities and 77% had gum disease. Around 97% of the athletes in the study said they brushed twice a day, and 40% said they flossed every day. So why are athletes at a higher risk of tooth decay? Is an Athlete's Diet the Cause?One issue we believe is causing oral problems is their diet. Athletes often rely on heavy carbs intake to boost their energy when training or competing. And they often drink carbs in the form of sugars mixed in with acidic sports drinks, sticky carbs, or slick gels. These can give oral bacteria a boost as much as it boosts the athletes. Many athletes also dry their mouths out when training or competing, especially runners and cyclists who are breathing hard and moving fast. Saliva protects teeth, and without it, cavities are more likely. Everyone needs to take care of their teeth, but athletes can have a special burden. The sugary drinks, dry mouths, sweating and falling can each take a toll, some more than others. If you engage in physical activity regularly, it is important to know the signs of gum disease and have a plan in place. Call our office today. We can get you set up with a routine of visits to ensure your oral health is as healthy as your physical health is....
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Are There Secrets to Always Having Pleasant Breath?
Posted on 10/10/2019 by Lemond Hunter
The stigma of foul-smelling breath has plagued humanity for millennia. The ancient Egyptians boiled spices, and herbs to make breath mints, ancient Greek and Roman poets and scholars concocted remedies for bad breath. The Canterbury Tales prescribe a mixture of cardamom and licorice to prepare for a date. Still, humans wrestle with the problem of bad breath. Throughout history, the remedies have aimed, largely, to conceal bad breath. But are there ways to actually change the way our natural breath smells? Is it possible to always have pleasant breath? Why We Have Bad BreathIn the past, it was thought that odorous food contributed to bad breath. While the smell of our food does linger in our mouths (think: garlic, anchovies, onions), these smells alone are NOT responsible for bad breath. But, the food we eat IS directly involved in the way our breath smells; particles of food left in our mouths are a feast for bacteria. Some of these bacteria are responsible for causing plaque to form on the teeth and, ultimately, tooth decay. How Can We Combat Bad Breath?In addition to flossing and brushing daily (don't forget your tongue!) there are a few helpful suggestions to help keep breath fresh: Harmful bacteria in our mouths feed not only on food, but on the fluids inside of our mouths, and even our oral tissue. This is why staying hydrated is so important. When we drink water, we are flushing away some of the fodder for these bacteria. Drink water throughout the day to combat bad breath. A dry mouth, is a stinky mouth. Sometimes, bad breath can be a product of bacteria in the gut. As science advances, we learn more about the intricate balance of gut bacteria, and how they affect our daily lives. One of the effects of an unbalanced gut is bad breath. Many of the harmful bacteria in our guts (and mouths) give off noxious, sulfuric gasses, which are partially responsible for our bad breath. Eating a healthy diet may be key to maintaining healthy breath. Quite recently, we've learned that a diet rich in probiotic bacteria can help to balance our bacterial ecosystems. Pickled, fermented foods are recommended, and a probiotic tablet can also be taken daily. Reducing sugar intake is also a part of maintaining a healthy bacterial environment in your body, and pleasant breath. Bacteria love sugar, and multiply rapidly when fed this treat (think of how sugar feeds yeast). Cutting sugar out completely is not necessary. Apples contain sugar, contain polyphenols; these are compounds known to help break down sulfuric compounds in breath. It is important to consult with our dentists if you are suffering chronic bad breath. Make sure to attend your twice-yearly cleanings, and call our office if you have concerns about your breath....
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All Posts:

Best Filling Options for Front Teeth with Cavities
11/10/2019
Why Do Athletes Tend to Get More Gum Disease?
10/20/2019
Are There Secrets to Always Having Pleasant Breath?
10/10/2019
Top Reasons We Use Suction Tools When Cleaning Your Teeth
9/20/2019
Times Where You Need to Get Panoramic X-rays
9/10/2019
Oral Health Changes You Can Start Making Today
8/20/2019
How to Eat When You Have a Toothache Until We Can See You
8/10/2019
Understanding the Importance of Biofilm
7/20/2019
Uncommon Causes of Bad Breath
7/10/2019
Did You Know We Can Help When You Decide to Quit Smoking?
6/20/2019
Dental Implants Can Greatly Boost Confidence
6/10/2019
Should You Brush Your Teeth in Circles or Lines?
5/20/2019
How to Keep Your Lips from Cracking?
5/10/2019
Can Crowns Become Loose?
4/20/2019
Best Ways to Learn How to Be Proactive About Your Oral Health
4/10/2019
Loose Teeth as an Adult Signifies a Problem with Your Oral Health
3/20/2019
Let Us Help You When You Have Dental Questions Instead of Looking Them Up Online
3/10/2019
Signs Your Fillings Are Coming Loose
2/20/2019
How Sinus Pressure Can Impact Your Teeth
2/10/2019
Foods That Can Freshen Your Breath
1/20/2019
Eating a Rainbow Diet Can Help Your Oral Health Improve
1/10/2019
What Enamel Does for Your Teeth Aside from Protecting Them
12/20/2018
What Dry Mouth Can Do to Your Teeth
12/10/2018
Can You Make it To Where Your Teeth Are Less Sensitive to Heat?
11/20/2018
There Are Several Benefits that Come with Conscious Sedation
11/10/2018
How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy with Partials
10/20/2018
How to Keep Your Mouth Clean Following Pocket Reduction
10/10/2018
Mouth Guards Can Improve Your Sleep
9/20/2018
Medications That Cause Discolored Teeth
9/10/2018
What We Look for During Oral Cancer Screenings
8/20/2018
What We Look At During Dental Exams
8/10/2018
How to Ease Jaw Aches When Your TMJ Gets Inflamed
7/20/2018
Brushing Before Going to Sleep Is Necessary for Good Oral Health
7/10/2018
What People Notice When They First Meet You
6/20/2018
What is It about Sports Drinks that Harm Your Teeth?
6/10/2018
"Types of Problems That Fall Under the Category of Dental Emergencies"
5/20/2018
Types of Dental Bridges You Can Get
5/10/2018
Making Brushing Easier When You Struggle with Arthritis
4/20/2018
How Much of Your Teeth Are Situated Below the Gums?
4/10/2018
What Options Do You Have for a Gap in Your Front Teeth?
3/25/2018
What is the Difference between Power Flossers and Water Flossers?
3/15/2018
What Type of Oral Health Goals Do You Have?
2/23/2018
What to Do When a Tooth Comes in Crooked
2/13/2018
Why You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush When a Cold Sore Erupts
1/25/2018
Why You Need to Limit Drinking Acidic Beverages
1/15/2018
Types of Cracks Best Covered by Veneers
12/23/2017
Tooth Pain and Fevers Usually Signify a Dental Abscess
12/13/2017
Is There Any Benefit to Making Homemade Toothpaste?
11/27/2017
How Your Gag Reflex Impacts Your Dental Visits
11/17/2017
The Importance of Not Using a Hard Bristled Toothbrush
10/25/2017
The Damage That Can Come from Sucking on Candies and Cough Drops
10/15/2017
How Stress Affects Gum Disease
9/27/2017
How Long After a Cleaning Should You Wait to Eat?
9/17/2017
Why Your Toothbrush and Dishwasher Should be Best Friends
8/25/2017
Why You Should Go to the Dentist if Your Gum is Sore to the Touch
8/15/2017
Why Are People Afraid of Root Canals?
7/30/2017
Do You Brush Your Tongue Often Enough?
7/23/2017
Why Eating a Sweet Treat Could Cause Your Teeth to Hurt
6/25/2017
Why Do You Wait to Brush After Anything Acidic?
6/15/2017
There's More to Cosmetic Dentistry Than Whitening
5/30/2017
The Weather Can Affect the Way Your Teeth Feel
5/20/2017
The Beating Your Teeth Take When You Have an Oral Piercing
4/27/2017
Talking to Your Dentist About Having a Filling Replaced
4/17/2017
Why You Want to Indulge in Strawberries As A Spring Time Snack
3/30/2017
Why Chewing Vegetables is So Good for Your Oral Health
3/20/2017
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