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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....

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....

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....

All Posts:

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