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4 Ways To Spot Gum Disease

Posted by Darren Martin on May 27, 2015 2:03:00 PM

Left untreated, gum disease could lead to a number of systemic issues—including increasing the risk of a heart attack. We can prevent, or treat, gum disease—but first you have to find out if you are at-risk for gum disease! Here are the top 4 ways to spot gum disease. 

Bad Breath That Won’t Go Away-

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Gum disease is an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. Improper brushing, flossing and overall oral healthcare can cause plaque build up. If you have persistent bad breath, your chances for gum disease are higher than others. While not all with bad breath have gum disease, it is an important factor to consider when visiting your dentist. 

Red or swollen gums-

swollen gums, gum disease 

Inflammation in the gums usually comes from accumulated bacteria that have attached to your healthy gums. If your gums are swollen or red, this is one of the largest signs of gum disease and you should consult with your dentist on proper steps to alleviate the problem.

Bleeding While Brushing, Flossing or Eating Hard Food

 bleeding while brushing or flossing

Gum disease makes your gums very weak and thus, brushing, flossing or even eating certain foods can make your gums bleed. Pay special attention to your gums as you floss or brush. Though not all bleeding comes from gum disease (sometimes you’re just brushing too hard), blood in the gums is something to monitor. Consult with your dentist if you have persistent bleeding while brushing or flossing.

Sores in your mouth

sores in mouth, gum disease

Sores in your mouth is a large sign of gum disease. It means bacteria has accumulated and is affecting the region so much that it is infiltrating your system. If you have sores in your mouth, see a dentist immediately to be tested for gum disease or other systemic issues. 

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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, oral health, Halitosis, get rid of bad breath, blood when brushing, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants, Dental Benefits, gum disease, heart problems

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Permanently

Posted by Darren Martin on Jun 12, 2014 11:03:00 PM

Everyone wakes up with breath that is not fresh in the morning. This is because bacteria keep multiplying in the mouth at night and there is no continuous flow of saliva to get wash it away as is the case during waking hours. This is easily sorted out when the teeth are brushed and flossed. Eating specific foods such as onions, garlic and heavily spiced food can also leave one with bad breath. Again, this is easily taken care of with a toothbrush and toothpaste or some gum.

 

If the problem goes beyond this for you and bad breath persists throughout the day, then it is necessary to take measures to get rid of bad breath that go beyond brushing and flossing the teeth.

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Not sure you have the problem?

Not everyone who has bad breath is aware that they have the problem. People's odd reactions when you open your mouth to speak are a clue but there are ways to confirm your suspicions. The scientific way is to use a bad breath meter which measures the quantity of sulfides in your breath.

At home, one way to find out if your breath smells is to take a piece of gauze and wipe it on your tongue. If the gauze comes out with a yellow color or with a smell, it is an indicator of high levels of sulfides in your body. Sulfides are the cause of bad breath. Another way is to lick the back of your hand and smell it after 10 minutes. If they are present, sulfur salts will remain and they will smell. A third way is to floss your teeth at the back and smell the floss.

 

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath 

Having established that there is a problem, do the following to get fresh breath;

  1. Don't slack off about brushing and flossing your teeth. Do so after every meal. Carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste to work if you have to so you can brush your teeth after lunch. Getting dental check-ups twice a year is also important. Sometimes, bad breath is an indicator of a serious problem like unclean dentures, an abscess, gum disease or a tooth that is decaying.
  2. Clean your tongue as you clean your teeth. The top of the tongue is a place that bacteria love to lodge, especially at the back of the mouth.  If the mouth is not cleaned after eating, a lot of remains are left here which bacteria start working on and causing odor. Swirling water around the mouth after eating can take care of this such as after having a snack when the teeth won't be brushed. Using a tongue scraper every time along with brushing the teeth is also advisable.
  3. What you eat also matters in you are trying to get rid of bad breath. Crisp, fresh foods naturally clean the teeth. This includes fruits and vegetables like apples, lettuce, carrots, pears and raw cucumber. Such foods also add antioxidants that boost health, including dental health.
  4. Another way to use what Mother Nature provides to get rid of bad breath is to use herbs. Chewing raw parsley naturally cleans the palates and gets rid of odors. Cardamom is also effective in fighting bad breath when used to cook meals. Sipping on black and green tea as well as herbal tea like peppermint tea also works
  5. Eating a diet low in carbohydrates to lose or maintain weight can also result in bad breath. Such a diet makes the body release ketones. These are foul-smelling chemicals that are released from the body through the breath.
  6. Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in the mouth so bacteria are washed away. The key is to ensure that the gum is sugarless. Gum with sugar should be avoided because sugar ferments bacteria which will worsen the problem. Apart from sugarless gum, try and drastically cut down or completely avoid sugary foods and drinks and minimize the amount you add to your tea and coffee.
  7. Dehydration also causes bad breath. Increase your intake of water. Keep sipping water all day rather than lug it down only after meals. It will keep your mouth clean and odor-free.
  8. If the problem of a smelly mouth comes on suddenly, the culprit might be medication you have started taking. Some drugs given for high-blood pressure, allergies and depression may make your mouth dry which can cause it to smell. Talk to your doctor or take extra water and chew sugarless gum.
  9. Using mouth washes also helps to get rid of bad breath. Just avoid the type with alcohol as they make the mouth dry and worsen the problem.
  10. If all fails, visit Davis and Dingle. We've got you covered. 

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Let Your Smile Shine With Dental Implants

Posted by Darren Martin on Mar 5, 2013 1:18:00 PM

Are you tired of hiding your smile because of that badly chipped or missing tooth? Did you lose a tooth in a fall or a brawl and now can’t find that special someone because of the gap in your smile? Consider a dental implant.implants

 

Back in the day, dental implants used to be quite painful and laborious, sometimes taking almost a year to complete, and all the while burning a hole in your pocket. But today, you can receive a full dental implant in just a few months and at a fraction of what it used to cost

Dental implants are usually made of titanium and function as artificial roots for false teeth. A dentist or periodontist, working with a gum and bone specialist, surgically inserts the implant into the jaw bone. In a short amount of time, you have a durable, strong, stable, realistic looking new tooth or set of teeth.

 

A second type of dental implant functions as an anchor for dentures that can replace multiple teeth and be removed at will.

Dental implants are great for filling in that missing tooth and for replacing multiple missing teeth. They look and feel just like your real teeth and can greatly increase your chewing and flirting capacity.

A few other reasons to consider dental implants include:

 

 

  • Implants don’t slip like dentures or bridges.
  • Dental implants look more natural than dentures because the imitation tooth is directly attached to the implant in your jaw bone.
  • Implants require no annual or bi-annual maintenance and they last your whole life.
  • Implants create healthy, happy gums and bones since the anchor is not filled with bacteria from a sickly root or tooth.

The way it works is fairly straight forward, with the amount of time varying depending on the individual needs of each patient. It starts at your dentist’s office.

After the initial examination and consultation, you will receive a temporary cosmetic device to wear until your permanent dental implant is secured.

 

A team of dentists and specialist develop a surgical plant, which usually involves inserting a root replacement through the gum and into the jaw bone. Time is needed after the initial surgery for the implant to fuse to the bone before attaching the tooth. You feel no pain during this process as the anesthetic delivery is very sophisticated and effective.

The fusing of the bone and implant is a process called osseointegration. During this time, the gums also heal and become strong enough for the permanent tooth to be inserted by attaching the tooth to the implant. A custom designed crown can be attached to the post until the implant and gums are ready for the actual prosthetic tooth attachment. When the whole procedure is complete, the implant will be your new tooth or set of teeth for the remainder of your life – unless you find yourself in another brawl or fall.

 

So take care of your teeth.  They can make or break your smile and your smile can make or break that important interview, or that romantic date you’ve been trying to make happen.

How great will it feel to be able to smile without having to feel stressed out about your missing teeth? In fact, smiling is known to actually relieve stress. You deserve a smile that makes you feel good, not stressed. Consider a dental implant – talk with your dentist today and take your smile and your self seriously – and don’t forget to laugh too.

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Topics: fillings, dental fillings, oral health, missing teeth, childrens teeth, dentures, teeth implants, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist, dental implants

The 10 Dental Mistakes That May Require An Emergency Dentist

Posted by Darren Martin on Jan 16, 2013 11:18:00 PM

If you have ever had to find an emergency dentist because you had excruciating pain, chances are that there are dental mistakes you have been making that led to such a situation.  Emergency trips  to the dentist  can be avoided if some dental mistakes are avoided.Dental Mistakes

1. Brushing too fast and too hard

Brushing too hard and too fast is actually scrubbing rather than brushing. This causes the enamel to erode so that with time, the teeth may become sensitive.  Gums can also start receding. It is enough to brush with firm strokes and not with a hard toothbrush.

2. Brushing right after eating or drinking acidic food and drinks
Acid is another thing that wears out the enamel. Brush your teeth at least half an hour after consuming something acidic or else you will be brushing the acid in and weakening the enamel.

3. Not brushing the teeth regularly
Ideally the teeth should be brushed after every meal so that the plaque does not get a chance to start causing havoc. This may be impractical but at the very least  teeth should be brushed at least twice a day.

4. Not brushing all the surfaces of the teeth
Another common mistake people make that could lead to a trip to an emergency dentist is not brushing all the surfaces of the teeth. A lot of people concentrate on the front surfaces and neglect the back of the teeth and the upper surfaces. With time, the plaque will start to eat into the teeth and cause cavities and loosen teeth as well as causing gum disease.

5. Not flossing
Flossing is as important as brushing. The fine thread gets in where brush bristles do not and it removes the fine scraps that will cause tooth decay as over time as plaque accumulates.
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6. Ignoring problems like bleeding gums
Signs like gums that bleed when the teeth are brushed should not be ignored. They are signs of a deeper underlying problem like gum disease. Some people just ignore this and other signs like bad breath that persists even soon after brushing.  It is not until there is excruciating pain or other symptom that a dentist is seen and most likely it will be an emergency dentist.

7. Not having regular check ups
This is something most of us dread right from childhood. This is mainly because we were taken to see the dentist for a aching tooth which has to be filled because there was a cavity. Dental visits were therefore associated with pain so even as grown-ups we tend to avoid the dentist. This is ironical because with frequent check-ups, problems can be caught early and addressed with no long or painful procedures.

8. Going for the least expensive and not necessarily the best dentist
Many people give priority to health insurance and many do not have adequate cover.  Standard health care policies don't include dental insurance so dental care visits have to be paid for out of pocket. Most people therefore opt for the cheapest dentist and don't bother to verify their credentials.

9. Not changing your toothbrush often which makes brushing ineffective
For a toothbrush to clean teeth well, the bristles have to be straight and firm. Toothbrushes should therefore be changed periodically because soft and bent bristles don't clean well. Even better, get an electric toothbrush that  cleans thoroughly every time.

10.  Excessive consumption of sugary and spicy foods and drinks

Diet and other lifestyle habits affect the state and appearance of the teeth. Those with an affinity for chocolates, candy, soda and other sugary things can expect cavities and frequent trips to an emergency dentist.  Smokers and  fans of spicy food can expect pronounced staining.

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The Price is Right: Inside look at cosmetic dentistry prices

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Nov 2, 2012 1:49:00 PM

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any kind of dental procedure that is done to

improve the appearance of the teeth rather than their function. It is used to solve problems like teeth that are uneven, chipped, missing teeth and discoloration among others. The Oral Cost!

Cosmetic work is usually not covered under dental insurance which covers work that is done to restore the function of teeth.  It is therefore important to get an idea of the cost of the cosmetic dentistry procedure one wishes to have done.

Dental veneers
These are made of porcelain or compost and they are used to replace tooth enamel that is worn out, to correct teeth that are not aligned evenly,  abnormally spaced teeth and those that are chipped and cracked.  Dental veneers cost more than direct or indirect composite veneers but they last longer and look completely natural. 

Cost of dental veneers
Dental veneers cost between $ 925 and $ 2,500 per tooth and they are well worth it. They last for 10 to 15 years. Composite veneers on the other hand cost less, starting at $ 250 to $1, 500. They only last for 5 to 7 years.

Dental  implants
Implants are used where there is permanent tooth loss. When they are used to anchor a dental crown or bridge because more than one teeth is missing, they act as a foundation that is stable and resistant to cavities.  They are very effective for this and very durable.

Cost of dental implants
The cost depends on various factors. They include which type of implant is used, the dentist that performs the procedure,  where the procedure is performed and the material that is used for the implant.

Single implants cost from $900 to $ 3,000 depending on the factors above.  If the procedure is full mouth reconstruction using dental implants, the cost can reach as much as $ 24,000 to $ 96,000.

Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedures. It is commonly sought by men and women alike and there is no one that is does not work for.  It lightens the teeth by several shades which gives you a brighter smile. It is also effective in lifting deeper tobacco stains that smokers inevitably get because of smoking.

It can be doneWe offer ZOOM! Whitening in a number of different ways. It can be done on the dentist's chair in an hour's time or it can be done through whitening products like toothpaste and whitening trays. The treatments done by dentists give the best results and in the shortest time. The effect also lasts longer.

Those interested in this cosmetic dentistry procedure should know that they are two options of teeth whitening. There is bleaching and whitening.  It is a stipulation of the FDA that bleaching is only done when it is not possible to whiten the teeth. This strictly applies to products that contain bleach as an ingredients which are usually carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. With whitening, the color of the tooth surface is restored by removing the dirt and debris on it.

Cost of teeth whitening
Whitening that is done in the dentist's office costs about $650 on average all around the country.  The option is take-home whitening kits that are professionally dispensed costs  between $100 to $400.  The third option is over the counter whitening products and these are the least expensive ranging from $ 20 to $100.

Dental bridges
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth much like partial dentures and implants. There are different types of fixed dental bridges including resin-bonded, cantilever bridges and the more common fixed bridges.

Cost of dental bridges
Several factors determine the cost of dental bridges.  One is whether additional cosmetic dentistry procedures such as fillings and root canals will be needed in one or more adjoining teeth. Where the dentist is located and the artistic technique they and the lab technician will use also influence cost. The material that will be used in the bridges and  the preparations that will needed on the teeth before the procedure can be carried out also come into play. The cost ranges from $ 700 to $ 1,500 per tooth depending on the factors above.

Invisalign
Invisalign are a type of invisible braces made of clear plastic that work like conventional braces to straighten teeth that are uneven and that have a poor bite.

Cost of Invisalign
The braces used are custom made so cost will depend on one's specific needs, the extent of the problem and how long treatment will last. On average though, this treatment costs $ 3,000 to 5,000 countrywide.

Smile again
A smile is one of the best gifts to give and receive. If you have been hiding yours because of the state of your teeth, look into one of these cosmetic dentistry treatments and get your smile back.


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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants

Things you need to know about Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Sep 17, 2012 1:48:00 PM

First impressions mean a lot; that split second when you meet someone for the first time can set the tone for your whole relationship and even prevent a relationship from growing. As human beings, our primary mode of communication is verbal, words coming from our mouths. This means that we instinctively look at each other’s mouths and faces when we talk to each other. Having a mouth full of discolored, chipped, or missing teeth will be noticed immediately. Many a job, friendship and romance have been kept from people, purely based on these first impressions. Fortunately, thanks to the world of cosmetic dentistry, those missed opportunities can be turned into doorways to success and happiness.Bright Smiles

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is one of medicine’s quickest growing areas. In recent year, the popularity of cosmetic procedures has grown and become an integral part of our oral hygiene and care. It not only improves your looks, but it also enhances your whole life by boosting confidence, contributing to oral health, and swaying that important first impression in your favor.

What Does a Cosmetic Dentist Do?

Today, cosmetic dentistry is more than just fixing a chip or fitting a bridge, that is ancient history. The field has grown to include simple non-invasive procedures like teeth whitening and more involved procedures like periodontal surgery. Of course, with this heightened interest in the field comes the creation of new technologies that aid in the ease and effectiveness of cosmetic dental procedures. Here are some of the most popular procedures.

  • Whitening
  • Orthodontics and straightening
  • Implants
  • Fillings
  • Veneers
  • Dentures
  • Periodontal surgery

Bright, Healthy, Smiles

Clients Responsibility

After you have chosen your dentist, it is important to listen and follow the dentist’s instructions. Cosmetic dentistry is complicated because you are dealing with an area of you body that is in constant use, it’s relied on for communication an taking in sustenance and oxygen. Depending on the procedure, the look of your moth and teeth may be different from what you have been accustomed to, and that can take a little adjusting. Your teeth are extremely important and you dentist knows that; they will provide you with the options and aftercare plan that best suits your needs and lifestyle. People’s mouths are like fingerprints, each one is unique and special to that person. Your cosmetic dentist will solve your dental problems, address you individual needs and expectation, and most definitely enhance your life by restoring your beautiful, healthy smile.

What kind of Materials Will I be Living With?

We all know the story that our first President, George Washington, had wooden dentures. But don’t worry; those days are long gone. Technology has contributed greatly to the field of cosmetic dentistry. Dentists now work with a variety of materials so that everyone can smile easily for a long time. Here are some of the materials used in cosmetic dentistry today.

  • Ceramic and porcelain have long been popular materials to use. Over time the compounds have changed and helped the material to increase its strength and reliability.
  • Resin is a newer compound that allows cosmetic dentists to adhere bridges and crowns in a near permanent fashion. The result is strong products with little or no chance of having to repeat the repair.
  • Cast gold was commonly used for implants; repairs were primarily gold with porcelain facing. Thanks to technology we are able to use different materials to improve on these procedures. Even glass and gemstones have been viable alternatives.

You will be very happy with the outcome of your cosmetic dentistry adventure. Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry is here to help. Erase years of abuse and neglect; obtain that perfect yet natural healthy smile you, your loved ones and the new people you meet, deserve.

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Topics: fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, childrens teeth, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants, Dental Benefits