Exploring The Effects of Gum Disease

Hey, it’s Jojo Figuroa here. I’d like to share my experience with gum disease with you. A strong family history of this disease caused it to strike relatively early in my life. I was stunned to find out that many of my teeth were wobbly and loose from advanced gum disease. I decided to make changes in an effort to save my teeth. If you’re diagnosed with gum disease, you may want to learn more information about its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. To help you out, I will share information about my diagnosis and treatment journey on this site. Furthermore, I will explore all of the different ways gum disease manifests. As dental professionals make advancements in treatment for gum disease, I will cover stories on those items as well. Visit often to stay updated.

What Are Overdentures And What Patients Make Good Candidates For The Treatment?

Narrowing down the best dental replacement option often starts at how many missing teeth you need to replace. Once you move past three or four missing teeth, individual dental implants become less practical and overly expensive. But you can still achieve some of the stability and the natural appearance of dental implants if you choose partial or full overdentures, which combine the jawbone-implanted metal roots of dental implants and a plate of artificial dental crowns that snap onto the roots. What patients are the best candidates for overdentures? You should always discuss the details with your cosmetic dentistry specialist or family dentist, but here are a few general guidelines. Patient Has Numerous Missing Teeth But Has Strong Bone Support Overdentures require that you have a number of missing teeth in one area of the mouth, which would make you a candidate for partial overdentures, or a full mouth of missing teeth in need of replacement. But you also need to have strong, dense jawbone in the areas where the teeth are missing in order to properly support the dental implant roots. The combination of missing teeth and healthy jawbone is harder to find than you might imagine. The loss of a natural tooth removes the natural friction the roots provided that kept the jawbone thriving and healthy. Jawbone health can quickly deteriorate once you lose your teeth. If you schedule the overdenture procedure to start right after your teeth extraction, you might be one of the few who easily qualify for the implants. Your dentist will drill holes in strategic locations to insert the dental roots that will hold...

6 Tips For Keeping Your Dental Implants Healthy

If you have had dental implant surgery, you likely spent a good amount of money to have the work done. For this reason, it’s even more important to take care of your smile. This way, you don’t have to worry about paying these same out of pocket expenses again in the future. Here are six tips to help your dental implants recover in a healthy way: Avoid Unnecessary Pressure: During the time that you are actually healing from your dental implant surgery, you need to avoid putting pressure on your implants. This helps you avoid the possibility of infection, as well as inflammation, in order to improve healing. This also means you need to avoid eating foods that are difficult to chew, such as steak.  Inspect the Area: You should regularly be inspecting the area of the dental implants to be sure that they are healing properly. Once they do heal, you should continue checking the area for potential problems. If you notice anything unusual, make an appointment with your dentist right away. This way, you avoid the possibility of the dental implant falling out prematurely.  Drink a Lot of Water: The gum tissues in your mouth will heal much more quickly if they are kept moist. Just be sure that, while you are healing from the surgery, you are drinking room temperature water because cold water can make the area sensitive and painful.  Take All Medications: Once you have had the dental implant surgery, your dentist is likely to prescribe you a number of medications to help with healing. Be sure that you take them as directed. This will help you avoid...

2 Ways To Protect Your Teeth When You Eat Out

If you eat out often, you may be concerned that you are not caring for your oral health properly.  Since you are dining away from your home, you may not find it easy to brush and floss immediately following your meal or snack.  Still, there are measures that you can take to help protect your teeth when you dine at a restaurant. Here are a few of them: Drink Water Although there will likely be multiple drink options on the restaurant menu, the best is water.  Sodas are highly acidic and can eat away at tooth enamel in the same manner as bacterial acids. In addition, if the sodas are not sugar-free, the simple carbohydrates present in the beverages offer a ready food supply for oral microbes.  As these microbes feed, they release acid as a by-product of their digestion, and this acid often results in tooth decay. Water contains no carbohydrate content and thus, does not promote tooth decay. Additionally, the neutral pH of the water helps to dilute any acid that may be present in the oral cavity. It also helps rinse away particles of food that may become stuck to the teeth or along the gum line. This can discourage the development of plaque.  Some restaurants offer water that is fluoridated.  As a result, additional benefits are available. Fluoride helps attract minerals, such as phosphorus and calcium, back to the tooth enamel. There, the fluoride combines with these substances to form a new tooth material that is more acid-resistant than your original teeth enamel. Water can also help rinse away deeply pigmented foods before the colorants are absorbed into the pores of the teeth, where they can cause discoloration....

Repairing Cosmetic Damage To Your Teeth After Chewing Tobacco

If you have been chewing tobacco for years, you are probably already well aware of its potentially adverse effects on your oral health. But what about after you decide to kick the habit? Will you be stuck with the same stained and damaged smile for the rest of your life? With the help of a cosmetic dentist and some strict dental hygiene habits, you may be able to restore your smile to its pre-tobacco glow. Restoring Your Dental Health Your first step after quitting chewing tobacco should be to focus on the health of your teeth rather than their appearance. Chewing tobacco is heavily linked to oral cancer, tooth decay and gum disease, all of which will continue to get worse even after you quit. There’s no point whitening teeth that will simply need to be pulled later on. Visit your dentist to undergo a full exam and begin treatment for any conditions that pop up. Once your teeth and gums are on the road to recovery, you can start to focus on aesthetics. Filling in Missing Teeth If you have lost teeth as a consequence of long-term tobacco chewing, you will need to decide whether or not you want to leave the gaps exposed. You may be able to fill in your gaps with fixed bridges, which attach a false tooth to a nearby one to anchor it in place, or dental implants, which are embedded in your jaw much like a real tooth. Dental implants tend to be more expensive than a fixed bridge, but they can also help slow the deterioration of your jaw bone that...

The Better To Eat With: 3 Ways To Get Kids Excited About Brushing Their Teeth

Getting kids excited about brushing their teeth can seem like an impossible dream for many parents. Children may try anything to get out of the nightly chore, but it’s not necessary to resort to begging and bribing kids to get them to take care of their dental health. Try these ideas to get your kids not only ready and willing to brush their teeth, but also happy about doing so! Offer a Reward System Always offer heaps of praise on children who brush their teeth well. This may be all the reward a very young child is seeking, but offering other rewards can help make kids want to stick to brushing their teeth regularly. You may set up a chart with each child’s name on it, then put a star sticker next to their name for each part of the dental care routine they do well each night. When a child gets 10 stars, you may then offer a reward, such as the chance to skip a chore or a small prize from a “treasure chest” of stickers or small trinkets. Make Brushing a Part of a Fun Routine While adults may daydream about living impulsively, children need routines in order to thrive. Set up a fun bedtime routine that starts with dental care and then continues with a few other activities before it’s time for sleep. Brushing, flossing, and swishing with mouthwash may be followed with story time, a small dance party with everyone in their pajamas, watching a short video online, going for a short walk, or another fun activity that all family members can enjoy together....

5 Orthodontist-Unfriendly Things You Do To Your Teeth

Whether you are a newbie to the world of orthodontics or you are doing some research for your teenager, you already know that braces are a big commitment. Your goal is to end your treatment with a straight, healthy smile. Want to reach your goal? You must stop doing these things: 1. Eating Starches — and not Brushing Afterward You already know that you should not be eating sugary treats all day, but even starchy foods can contribute to bacteria growth. Starches to avoid include potatoes, breads, and pastas. If you do partake in a meal of starches, make sure to brush your teeth soon after. Plus, starch can get into your braces where it sticks and creates its own bacteria you will struggle to eliminate. 2. Putting Your Fingers in (and Around) Your Mouth Everything you touch has the potential to transfer germs to your hand. Washing your hands often, especially before you eat, is a great way to prevent the spread of bacteria from your hands to your mouth. You also need to stop biting your nails, an action that facilitates bringing bacteria to your mouth. There’s an added benefit here too. You will also avoid illnesses like influenza and the common cold. 3. Smoking Cigarettes You already know that cigarettes are bad for your lungs; however, cigarettes are also extremely bad for your mouth. Tar and nicotine tear away at your gums, making it difficult for braces to work. Plus, they create additional bacteria, especially along the gum line. Additionally, smoking can discolor the aligner trays you use with Invisalign, ultimately giving your teeth a much...

Commonly Asked Dental Questions And Their Answers

If you aren’t armed with the proper information regarding dental care, then you can accidentally be putting your teeth at risk. You can end up with cavities, tooth decay, broken teeth, gum disease and other dental issues if you aren’t careful in caring for and protecting your teeth. Reading these commonly asked questions about dental care and learning the answers will help you to be in a much better position when it comes to protecting your teeth from problems. How often do you need to brush your teeth? You should be brushing your teeth once in the morning and once in the evening, after you are done eating for the day. As long as you eat a fairly healthy diet, this should be sufficient to keep your teeth healthy. However, if you have a diet that consists of eating a lot of sugary foods or foods high in acidic levels, then you should add in another session of tooth brushing during the day. What are the worst foods for your teeth? One of the worst kinds of foods for your teeth are ones that are sticky. This is due to the fact that the sticky substance will remain on your teeth and increase plaque buildup that promotes the development of cavities. Hard foods are also bad for your teeth because they increase the risk of chipping or developing fractures. What are some ways to protect your teeth from chips and breaks? Aside from making sure you don’t eat hard foods, such as hard candies or ice chips, there are other things you want to do to prevent chipping and...

Tips For Parents About Baby Tooth Displacement

Between recess, play time, and sports, kids are on the go a lot. All of that activity increases their risk of different types of injury. One common risk to toddlers and young kids is a dental injury. Even at home, new walkers can slip and fall. If that fall leads to striking their face on the floor or another object, they may injure a tooth. If your child has struck a baby tooth and pushed it up into their gums, here’s a look at what you need to know. Don’t Panic If It Bleeds Dental gums are blood-rich tissue, so they bleed easily with any kind of physical impact or trauma. Many parents find this startling the first time that their child injures their mouth. Moderate bleeding is perfectly normal for dental injuries, but it should stop after about ten minutes of applying direct pressure to the area. If the bleeding persists after ten minutes, you should call a dentist right away. Check the Position Of the Tooth When a tooth gets pushed into the gums, it can move in one of a few ways. Sometimes, it slides directly up, while other times it can get pushed backward or forward. Look at the placement of the tooth. If it’s pushed forward or backward, it might be possible to adjust it. Don’t try to do it yourself, though – you might damage the tooth, the gums, or the root. For a tooth that’s pushed up into the gums, there are two primary treatment methods. For minor shifting, your child’s dentist may suggest that you just leave it as it is...

Do Your Flawed Front Teeth Bother You? Get A Fast Cosmetic Fix

If time has caused your teeth to be discolored and brittle, and you have a lot of sensitivity problems, chips and other flaws, you want to see a cosmetic dentist to see if veneers would be a good option for you. There are a lot of advantages to using veneers to fix your current dental problems, and you can get a perfectly even and white smile in just a couple of visits. Here are a few things to expect and consider when you talk with the cosmetic expert about the changes. File Down the Sensitive, Flawed Teeth The teeth that are damaged, discolored, and highly sensitive will be filed down so only the base of the tooth is left. The new veneers will be bonded overtop of these base teeth, and no one will ever know you had such a flawed smile. The veneers aren’t going to be sensitive to sugar, temperature changes, or use, and they will protect the base of the original tooth to prevent it from getting cavities or decay. Get a Straight White Smile Fast Braces can take months to straighten teeth, and misshaped or chipped teeth have to be large enough to file, or else the teeth will become too small with reshaping. With veneers, you can go for your consultation and get sized for the veneers, and then when the veneers come in, you can have them put on. This is going to be fast and easy, and you’ll walk out of the office with the smile you have always wanted. Whitening The new white teeth may look much whiter and brighter than...

Interrupted Sleep? 3 Signs It Might Be Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that affects roughly 25 million adults in America. It’s a serious condition that causes individuals to stop breathing while they’re asleep. Apnea spells usually only last a matter of seconds, however, sufferers may experience more than 30 episodes each hour. If you’re not sure whether you have obstructive sleep apnea, or not, here are three symptoms you should be aware of. If the symptoms described below sound familiar, you should speak to a dentist, like the ones at Sunshine Dentistry, as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the condition, your dentist may be able to treat the problem with oral appliances. High Blood Pressure If you have high blood pressure, your condition could be caused by sleep apnea. This is particularly true if your doctor has been unable to determine any other reasons for the condition. During episodes of sleep apnea, your body is deprived of oxygen. When that happens, your blood vessels are constricted to conserve oxygen and your blood pressure spikes. Over time, your blood pressure stays elevated, even while you’re awake. If you have high blood pressure caused by sleep apnea, you should talk to your dentist about treatment with dental appliances. Morning Headaches If you have sleep apnea, your breathing is constantly being interrupted during the night. That means that each time you stop breathing, your brain is being deprived of oxygen. When that happens, carbon dioxide builds up in your blood stream. As a result, you wake up in the morning with headaches. In a study designed to test patients with sleep-related disorders, 67% of the patients...