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Modern dentistry has allowed more people to achieve their dream smiles than ever before. When you imagine changing your smile, you may picture orthodontia, whitening or another cosmetic dentistry service.
You may be able to foresee how these cosmetic alterations would make your smile look, but you may not realize that working toward a healthier, more beautiful smile is also good for you. In this blog, we list four of the ways individuals benefit from optimizing their smiles.
The commitment to a weight loss plan should be applauded on multiple levels. Since being overweight can increase your chances of facing a variety of health problems, many physicians will recommend a weight loss plan to patients on an individual basis. That can provide an opportunity to increase one’s overall health.
If you decide to shed some extra pounds, it’s important to keep your dental health in mind during this time of your life. Eating less and moving more can make a big difference in how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally. Lifestyle changes can alter every aspect of your health, including your dental health. Follow these tips to protect your oral health while you lose weight.
Just like fashion trends and music styles, popular diets and foods come and go. If you’re into following trendy new foods, you should be aware of how these foods can affect your whole body. However, some people forget to think about how a new diet or special food can impact their dental health.
There are some “healthy” foods that actually do more harm than good when it comes to your teeth. You can make informed choices about the foods you eat each day, deciding to regularly eat only those foods that will promote excellent oral health now and in the future. Here are some foods to be aware of.
During the summer, many people turn to ice cubes instead of cooling treats like popsicles and ice cream. In a lot of ways, ice is a much better option. It’s sugar free, cold, and has no calories, so it’s a great idea for cooling off when you’re trying to make healthier choices.
Participating in sports is a great way to engage in the community and stay healthy, no matter what your age. If you and your family make staying active through team or individual sports a priority, you need to make sure you do what you can to prevent injury. While many people stretch, tape, and massage sore muscles to avoid harm, dental health is often completely overlooked.
While the active lifestyle will do wonders for your body, without the right protection and prevention techniques, your teeth will suffer. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your teeth safe when practicing and playing the game.
Teeth grinding is the repetitive clenching of teeth, a movement that looks as if the person is chewing vigorously without any food in the mouth. The medical term for this condition is “bruxism.”
Bruxism is well known and well documented by doctors and dentists; however, no one is absolutely sure what triggers the condition. There are many recognized risk factors for bruxism, though. There are also several effective ways to cope with and treat bruxism through behavioral modification and the use of mouth guards.
Millions of People Do the Daily Grind
The number of children and adults who grind their teeth on a daily (or nightly) basis is estimated to be around 30 to 40 million. Occasional teeth grinding doesn’t normally cause problems. But chronic bruxism often creates trouble for those who have the condition.
Some people clench their jaws ferociously at work or in other stressful daytime situations. Other people do their teeth grinding in their sleep. Many people have no clue they’re grinding their teeth until symptoms begin to show up.
It’s no secret that strong teeth are better able to withstand tooth decay, discoloration, and other oral health problems than weak teeth. Many dental procedures you may undergo and at-home oral hygiene measures you may take are specifically designed to bolster the strength of your teeth.
However, many patients overlook one of the most obvious tools used to improve tooth strength: dental fluoride. This oversight is usually due to misconceptions about fluoride, such as the idea that fluoride treatments are only appropriate for children. In this blog, we cover the fundamental facts about fluoride and its dental uses.
What Is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. Natural fluoride is found in drinking water and certain foods, such as potatoes, crabmeat, and citrus fruits. In some areas in the world, including most of America, municipal water may have fluoride added to it as well.
When you think about tooth extraction, you may picture a young patient who needs a baby tooth pulled to make way for his or her adult teeth. However, many dental extractions are actually performed on adult patients with permanent teeth.
In this blog, we discuss what adult patients should know about dental extractions.
Why Do Dentists Remove Permanent Teeth?
Ideally, individuals should be able to keep and use their natural teeth for their entire lives. Natural teeth are the most comfortable and often the best option in almost all cases. Dentists only consider permanent tooth extraction in situations where other dental techniques cannot resolve an issue.
Gum disease can affect individuals of virtually any age. In many cases, individuals develop gingivitis, which can be harmful, but is easy to treat. Other individuals experience periodontal disease, a more advanced gum condition.
In our previous blog, “What It Might Mean If Your Gums Are Receding,” we listed the risk factors and warning signs of periodontal disease. In this blog, we discuss how periodontal disease can affect your health, both in your mouth and throughout your body.
Many adults think that decay is just for children when in effect, you are at risk your whole life. When dental disease is left untreated in can lead to serious health problems such as infection which can damage underlying bone, nerve damage and tooth loss. When dental infections are left untreated they can spread to other parts of your body that can eventually be life threatening. In pregnant women, infections of the gum tissue can lead to early birth and low birth weight of the child.
The important thing for us to know is that dental disease is preventable and treatable. By instituting good preventive dentistry on yourself, and adopting good oral homecare, you can lead a healthy oral status. It is important to always brush twice a day, floss between teeth at least once a day, eat a balanced diet and limit between meal snacks. Regular dental visits at least once every six months will help you maintain a good dentition and oral health.
Sleep disorders are medical problems that can cause great problems to an individual’s health and lifestyle. But the lifestyle isn’t the only factor that is affected by sleep disorders. When the sleep problem is severe, even the individual’s career is compromised.
Sleep Apnea, a sleeping disorder, often goes undiagnosed and affects millions of people all over the world. People who experience the sleep problem also experience the effects that it brings about in their lives. Patients with sleep apnea experience the cessation of airflow for at least 10 seconds. At this point, the body notices there is a low amount of oxygen supply in the blood. The brain’s response to this is to make the body awaken and gasp for air. This may cause the individual to wake panting, sweating, and anxious because they feel they cannot breath. “Imagine a plastic bag tied around your head and jumping in to a pool.” This episode can happen over and over again throughout the night never allowing the individual to get a full nights rest and sleep.