Monday, February 29, 2016

Why Quit Smoking


You know you should quit smoking. But you just haven't gotten around to it yet. Here are some reasons to help you commit to quitting:

  • You will have a better chance of living a longer, healthier life. As soon as you stop smoking, your body starts to recover. Within two weeks to three months, your heart attack risk declines and lung function improves. Within a year after you have quit, your risk of heart attack declines by about 50 percent. Within 10 years, your risk of lung cancer will be almost the same as if you had never smoked.
  •  Your cholesterol levels will improve, significantly lowering your risk for heart disease. Smoking reduces HDL ("good") cholesterol and may alter LDL ("bad") cholesterol so that it leads to a buildup of plaque in your arteries.
  •  Your smile will be brighter. With every puff, nicotine and tar coat and stain your teeth. After you quit, make an appointment with your dentist to have the yellow stains cleaned. Your whiter smile can remind you of your accomplishment.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

A Crown Restores The Enamel Of A Fractured Tooth


A crack or fracture can severely compromise the enamel of a tooth. If the tooth is not restored in a timely manner it can cause pain, tooth decay or even a dangerous infection in the root of the tooth. To restore severely compromised enamel, your dentist will often recommend the tooth be fitted for a crown.

A crown is made from artificial materials such as gold, base metals and porcelain. The appropriate material for your crown will be affected by its primary function in your mouth and relationship to your smile. 

At the initial appointment, your dentist will examine the tooth and take a few x-rays to assess the health of the tooth and make sure there is no damage or decay present in the root of the tooth. If the pulp or root of the tooth has been compromised the dentist might need to perform a root canal.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Importance Of Proper Denture Care

If you’re missing some or all of your teeth, you may have selected to replace them with a denture. While dentures may seem like a simple solution to replace missing teeth, there’s actually a detailed maintenance routine necessary to keep your dentures fitting well and to keep your mouth healthy. 

Dentures Deserves Care, Too!

At my St. Joseph dental office, we’re here to educate our patients on oral health and provide tips on how to keep mouths healthy. When it comes to our denture wearers, it’s no different. Even though dentures are not natural teeth, is doesn’t mean they don’t require just as much care. Proper denture care is crucial to maintaining the life of the appliance and to sustain oral health. well and to keep your mouth healthy.

Often times if dentures aren’t cared for properly, plaque builds up and creates some serious concerns. When left alone, the plaque can cause additional tooth loss, bad breath, and even gum disease

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Why A Toothache Hurts So Much


There is a phenomenon known all too well by dentists in private practice – the predictably unpredictable dental emergency that requires immediate attention. All too frequently, the patient who calls my office with an urgent problem, had an inkling that something was amiss for quite awhile. But he or she often delayed making the call in the the hopes that said problem would dissipate given enough time.

Yet, when necessity dictates immediate action (i.e. “I can’t take this pain any longer!”) and the call for help is made, yesterday is never soon enough. The patient in acute distress is ready to drop everything to get relief, regardless of time demands. My office staff will “move mountains” (or at least juggle the schedule) to make me available.

Why Toothaches Hurt So Much

A severe toothache can be a harrowing experience, and is in many ways unique from your body’s other aches and pains. The intensity of tooth pain can be extraordinary with severity rivaling true neuralgia (intense neurological pain of almost unparalleled proportions). 

And, a painful tooth is literally in your head. That fact offers you little opportunity to find a comfortable position for to neutralize the waves of discomfort, as opposed to a painfully sprained foot, for example, which you can elevate and use ice packs to get some sort of reprieve. Additionally, your teeth have an abundance of neural connections to the pain centers in the brain. This seems to amplify the noxious “distress signals.”

The face and head, including your teeth, are richly served by the nervous system and make for an exquisitely sensitive and responsive anatomic region.

This is one of the “benefits” of being at the top of the evolutionary ladder.

For all that make your teeth especially sensitive to painful stimuli, they are also much like any other part of the body; namely, they can experience transient discomfort that can dissipate almost as quickly as it arises. Aches and pains are a part of an active lifestyle (at least for those of us over 40!) so why should teeth be any different? I’m sure you are familiar with the a sudden wince when biting into something unexpectedly hard, or the piercing jolt when chewing ice cold fruit or taking too big a mouthful of ice cream.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Celebrate Valentine with Your Candid, Luscious Smile


In case you're planning to go on a romantic break or have some fun to bond with your children, there are a lot more ways to show your affection. Valentine's Day is always fun and entertaining. Here are some hearty ways for this romantic holiday which encourages and promotes good oral health.

It has been a traditional expression of love to give chocolates as a gift during Valentine's Day. However those sugary treats and sweets likely can produce bacteria that could lead to cavities in your teeth. I won't be surprise after all if the next thing to happen is the agony of having toothache.

There are alternative ways to enjoy the fun. So, don't give your kids unhealthy candies either. Children love to play with games. Puzzles and toys always give them a lot of excitements, and as a result, chocolates and candies will be then forgotten. More importantly, their teeth will not suffer and will be healthier too.

We can also prepare some healthy, delicious stuff for the kids. Prepare a bountiful basket of their favorite fruits and cut them into fun shapes like gingerbread boy, hearts and other flowery-looking shapes. 

With couples who want to celebrate Valentine's Day or those who want to go out on a date, do not feel worried about your teeth. Your dentist for sure can help you out to make your day much more romantic and exciting. You don't have to rely on that messy gel and that chaotic or arduous kit at home which could take months to effect. A dazzling, white smile is just an hour or two hours away with every dental professional's strategic approach.

Don’t miss to capture those candid moments and though not every day is Valentine’s Day, we can always make it feel that way. Let’s all have that healthy kiss for the rest of our lives.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

There may be more to that Toothache that Suddenly Stops Aching


If a pain you’ve been feeling goes away, you might believe the problem that caused it is gone too. But that doesn’t mean it has, especially with a tooth. An excruciating toothache that suddenly stops should still be examined. Here’s why.

 Tooth decay often works its way into a tooth’s innermost layer, the pulp, which contains bundles of nerves and other tissue. The infection attacks the nerves, which send pain signals to the brain. As the infection persists, though, the nerves will eventually die and will no longer be capable of sending pain signals — hence the “mysterious” end of your toothache.

Although the pain has stopped, the infection is very much active in the tooth and will continue to work its way through the root canals to the jaw. And ultimately, the pain will return as the infection invades the bone.

But there’s good news: a tooth in this condition can be saved with a procedure known as root canal therapy. We drill a small hole in the tooth to access the pulp, usually through the biting surface of back teeth or in the rear in front teeth. Once inside the pulp chamber, we clean out the infected and dead tissue. We then fill the empty pulp chamber and the root canals with a special filling and seal the access hole. In a few weeks the tooth receives a life-like crown to further protect it from re-infection and fracture years later.

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