Keeping Teeth White at Home and at the Dentist’s Office

3 Ways To Prepare Your Teething Baby For A Healthy Smile

As soon as your baby starts teething, it is time to take their oral health into consideration. Teething is an important developmental milestone for your child. You can start introducing new foods into their diet, and you need to make sure that your daily routine supports their oral health. Getting your child into their first dental appointment by their first birthday is a good way to put them on a lifelong path of good oral health. Your pediatric dentist is able to assess their risk of developing tooth decay as a young child. Here are three steps to ensure that your teething child develops a healthy smile. Give your child a diet that supports oral health. As your pediatrician will tell you, you should start introducing semi-solid foods to your child after six months. They are then able to swallow and digest more complex foods than formula. You can include dairy products such as yogurt to help strengthen their teeth as they emerge. Dairy foods are rich in calcium and help to fortify teeth as they lose mineral mass. They are also rich in vitamin D and can help to strengthen your child’s new teeth as they begin to chew more complex foods. Brush your baby’s gums as soon as teething begins. Your baby’s gums begin to open up as teeth erupt through their surface. This leaves their gums vulnerable to infection. Begin brushing your baby’s gums with a soft toothbrush and warm water as soon as teething begins. This not only stimulates their gums and provides relief from the pressure of teething but also keeps their open gums... read more

The Process For Having Fillings Put In

If you need to have filings put in, you may be worried about the process and what you are going to go through. You can rest assured that the process is simple and something dentists do on a regular basis. To learn all about the process of having filings put in, read the information in this article. You’ll find you feel better going in for the procedure once you know what you can expect. The exam When you go in for your exam, the dentist will give you an oral exam, which consists of them visually looking at your teeth, taking x-rays and possibly using a poker tool to gauge the thickness of your teeth. After the x-rays have been developed, the dentist will go over them with you and point out which areas need fillings. The process Your dentist may set you up with a second appointment to come in for the fillings. If so, you should eat before you come to your appointment. This will this make it easier for you to sit through the treatment comfortably. Also, you will more than likely not be able to eat right after getting fillings and you don’t want to go around extremely hungry. The dentist will numb the area around the affected teeth. They may then put a small device around the tooth to prevent an excessive amount of saliva and chips from your tooth from going down your throat. A device will also be put in place to keep your mouth open and give the dentist enough working space. They will then use a dental drill to drill... read more

How A Wire Dental Retainer Is Made

Dentists regularly require patients to wear a retainer after they have removed braces from their teeth. The retainer helps the teeth stay in their new position while the bone and tissue surrounding the teeth stabilize after they have been moved into a new position. Without the retainer, the teeth could shift back into the original position, and all the time and effort of orthodontics would be wasted. Here is how a wire retainer is made to keep your teeth from moving around. Making a Mold of Your Teeth The first step in creating a retainer is making a mold of your teeth. A dentist will use usually a molding material called alginate to make the mold. Alginate is made from brown seaweed and is mixed with calcium, sodium, or ammonium to make a soft, chewy type substance that you will bite into that leaves an impression of your teeth and mouth. This impression is then sent to a dental lab where your retainer is made. Building the Retainer The dental lab takes the mold and installs metal clips around the molar portion of the mold. These metal clips are used to hold the retainer in your mouth when your wear the retainer. The dental will then place wire on the inside of the mold. This wire is formed around each tooth in the mold to keep the teeth in your mouth from changing position as your teeth settle. The dental lab pours acrylic into the mold to hold the wires in place after they have been properly positioned around the teeth impressions. The acrylic can come in a variety... read more

Homemade Mouthwash For Treating Your Child After A Baby Tooth Gets Knocked Out

While your child was playing catch with some friends, they may have had a baby tooth knocked out. While waiting to take your child to the dentist, you may want to treat their pain and prevent infection. If so, use the following homemade mouthwash. What You Will Need Before you make the mouthwash, gather together the following ingredients. You can find them in pharmacies and department stores. One-half cup of water One teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide One tablespoon of table salt Four drops of peppermint oil Two drops of clove oil The hydrogen peroxide in this mouthwash cleanses the area where the tooth was knocked out, killing any germs that could cause infection. The table salt also acts as an anti-bacterial. It also helps reduce the swelling because it draws out the inflammation. The peppermint oil not only improves the taste of the mouthwash, but it also helps relieve your child’s pain. The oil soaks into the gum where it numbs the nerves, providing almost immediate relief. The clove oil also helps relieve discomfort in the same manner as the peppermint oil. However, do not use more than is stated in the list above. Using too much clove oil on sensitive tissue can cause irritation. If you are worried your child may be sensitive to it, omit it from the mouthwash. Directions After you have what you need, follow the directions below to make and use the mouthwash. In a small glass, combine the water and peroxide. Let the bubbling of the peroxide stop before continuing. Add the salt to the mixture and allow it to dissolve for a... read more

What You Can Do If Your Spouse Has Horrible Teeth

If your spouse has horrible teeth and they are letting their dental health lapse, you might need to step in and convince them to go in for help. It can be hard to try to convince a loved one to take charge of their medical needs, even when it comes to dental health. Here are four ways that you can get your spouse back to the dentist’s office. 1. Fear Factor Having teeth that are in extreme need of dental work can turn into a medical emergency. Showing your spouse the worst outcomes might be the only way to get through to them. Find photos and articles online that detail stories that have happened to others by not going to the dentist. This might seem extreme, but if your spouse responds to facts and photo proof this might be the only way to reach them. 2. Be a Good Example If you aren’t taking care of your teeth, your spouse will have less of a reason to follow suit. Make sure that you are actively going to the dentist and brushing and flossing regularly. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle overall can be good for you and will hopefully motivate your spouse to try harder with their health related issues.   3. Make an Agreement Bribes might seem silly, but if it gets your spouse to the dentist, it is worth it. If there is something that you do or don’t do that is driving your spouse crazy, agree to make change if they will go to the dentist. If you make a deal, it won’t be the end of the... read more

Three Ways To Tell If Your Tooth Has Suffered Trauma After Being Hit With A Ball

Getting hit in the mouth with a ball can be quite painful immediately following the incident, but it can leave lasting dental damage, too. When a tooth is hit with direct force, it can cause trauma to the root of the tooth. Use the following guide to learn what signs to look for to determine if there has been major trauma done to your tooth and what can be done to repair each issue. Tenderness Some tenderness to your gums is to be expected after you have been hit in the mouth with a ball. If you notice that the tenderness has gotten worse, the area has become very swollen, or your gums have become intensely red, you need to see a dentist. You could have a blood clot forming under your gum. Pressure will need to be released from the area right away by draining the clot, if possible. Tooth Sensitivity    If you notice that your tooth is still more sensitive than it was before being hit a few weeks after the incident, you may have a crack in your tooth and not be able to see it. There are often tiny cracks that can form and allow the root of your tooth to be more exposed. When this happens, the sensitivity of the tooth will intensify. A dentist can fill the crack, which will reduce the sensitivity. Fixing a cracked tooth takes just a few minutes to do and will greatly improve the look and feel of your tooth right away. Browning of the Tooth If you notice that your tooth has started to become brown... read more

Why Opting For Dental Implants Is Good For Replacing Missing Teeth

Did you lose a few teeth after getting into a fight or having an accident? If you don’t like walking around with missing teeth, dental implants may be for you because they are like natural teeth. Find out below how an investment in dental implants can make it look as though you never lost your natural teeth. Why are Dental Implants Good Replacements for Missing Teeth? You will enjoy dental implants because they feel so real when chewing food. You won’t notice much of a difference when you are eating because the implants will be secure in your gums like natural teeth. If you do notice a difference, it will be slight and you will get used to it. Dental implants will allow you to eat any type of food that you desire without worrying about the implants falling out of your mouth. Dental implants are also good replacements for natural teeth because they are permanent. A dentist will drill a hole into the jawbone where you are missing teeth. He or she will then proceed to put metal posts in the holes that are drilled. Extenders known as abutments will then be attached to the metal posts because they are needed for securing the actual implants. After your implants are attached to the abutments, you will have teeth that look too real for anyone to notice they are not yours. Keep in mind that not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants so the dentist will have to give you an x-ray before you can get them. Basically, you need strong jawbones to get dental implants because... read more

6 Great Tips For Preventing Bad Breath

Bad breath is fairly common among adults, but that does not make it any less embarrassing. It can make a bad impression among other people and lower your self-confidence. Luckily, there are several things you can do to fight bad breath. Chew Sugarless Gum If you suffer from bad breath, you should try chewing sugarless gum a few times a day. Sugarless gum promotes saliva flow, which will help wash away food particles that lead to bad breath. Try to chew a piece of sugarless gum after you have eaten a meal. Stop Smoking Do you need one more reason to stop smoking? If so, understand that it can lead to bad breath. Tobacco has a foul odor and can dry out your mouth. If you smoke on a regular basis, your breath will have an unpleasant smell, even after you brush your teeth. If you quit the habit, your mouth will thank you. Eat Parsley Parsley is not just beneficial to your waistline; it also is great for your breath. It contains chlorophyll, which is great at freshening your breath. The next time your breath does not smell so great, try chewing on a piece of parsley. Avoid Certain Foods If you want to keep your breath as fresh as possible, you should avoid certain foods such as onions, curry, garlic and tuna sandwiches. If you really want to eat one of these foods, you should at least rinse your mouth out with water afterward. Clean Your Tongue You remember to clean your teeth and gums every day, but what about your tongue? Food particles and bacteria can accumulate... read more

The Effect Of Smoking On Your Teeth

Why do you brush your teeth? Because you want them to be clean of anything that could cause discoloration and decay? Because you want to have fresh breath and a white smile? If those statements are true, then can you explain why you or anyone else might expose their teeth to something that has exactly the opposite effect of brushing? If you are a smoker, you are placing your teeth under attack every time you light up: The growth of plaque producing material increases if you smoke cigarettes, and that causes your teeth to turn yellow. The bacteria living in the plaque cause your breath to smell foul. Due to the fast accumulation of bacteria in your mouth, your gums may recede, your teeth may crumble, and your bone below the gum can be damaged. As a result of all of this, you may even lose teeth. Smoking can cause mouth lesions and oral cancer. How to protect your teeth if you smoke: Quit smoking! Think about the chemicals you are subjecting your body and teeth to every day. These chemicals include: nicotine, chloroform, butane, ammonia, carbon monoxide, lead, arsenic, cyanide, lead, acetone, and chloroform. All of the ingredients in cigarettes are poisonous. Why would you want to poison your body or your teeth? If you can’t quit, cut back! Research has found that people who smoke a pack and half per day are more likely to suffer from periodontal problems than non-smokers, while those who smoke just half a pack a day are less likely to suffer from such problems compared to those who smoke more. Practice good... read more

Two Important Gum Disease Questions You May Want Answered

Your oral health should always be a top priority for you because it can impact both your appearance and overall health. Unfortunately, there are a shocking number of medical conditions that your mouth can develop over the course of your life. In particular, gum disease is a common problem that can cause you to lose your teeth if it is not treated. Considering the seriousness of this disease, it should be no surprise that there are questions patients may need answered after being diagnosed with this disease.  Can gum disease always be treated? When they learn about this diagnosis, many patients are concerned that the means they will eventually lose all of their teeth. Luckily, this is not the case as long as you have this condition treated. If gum disease is diagnosed in the early stages, it may be possible for the condition to be treated with simple over the counter medications. Most often a combination of mouthwash and toothpaste will be more than able to reverse the early stages of this condition.  Unfortunately, if your gum disease reaches the advanced stages, it may require surgery to undo the symptoms. By making a series of gum grafts, your dentist will be able to restore your gum line to its original condition, but depending on the severity of your condition, this could take numerous procedures to complete.  Is Gum Disease Only Caused By Poor Dental Hygiene? Many patients are shocked to learn that they have gum disease because they may brush and floss every day. Unfortunately, this condition is caused by more than just poor hygiene. In addition to... read more

Everyone can appreciate a bright, beautiful smile. Of course, in today’s world it takes work to maintain white teeth. Heading to the dentist on a regular basis is an important step to maintain a glistening mouth, but it isn’t the only thing to focus on. I have found that proper dental care at home between cosmetic dental appointments is the most effective way to keep a bright smile without having to use chemical laced products from store shelves. Hopefully, this website can offer some tips and tricks for keeping your teeth white between dentist visits – make your own tooth scrubs, mouth rinses, and more. You’ll also find plenty of information about dental treatments to consider taking part in (or to consider avoiding!) too.