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.

Vitamin C And Your Dental Health

Vitamin C is known as the vitamin that protects against colds, but it does a whole lot more than that. It’s also a very essential nutrient for maintaining good oral health. Eat enough vitamin C, and you’ll suffer from fewer dental health issues in the future. Here’s a closer look at how vitamin C keeps your teeth and gums healthy, and how to get enough. How does a lack of vitamin C affect the teeth and gums? You’ve probably heard of scurvy, the condition that sailors developed after months at sea with no vitamin C in sight. A hallmark symptom of scurvy is severe gum disease and tooth loss. This is because vitamin C is essential for the body to rebuild and maintain tissues, including gum tissues. Without any vitamin C, it does not take long for the gums and ligaments that anchor the teeth in place to deteriorate. Scurvy is not so common anymore, but less-pronounced deficiencies of vitamin C cause symptoms like sore gums and bleeding after brushing. Over time, bacteria can invade these weakened gums, leading to periodontal disease and tooth decay. How much vitamin C should you be getting? In order to protect your teeth and gums, aim to consume about 3,000 milligrams of vitamin C per day as a normal, healthy adult. If you are pregnant, the Vitamin C Foundation recommends increasing your intake to 6,000 milligrams per day. If you are under a lot of stress or fighting off an infectious illness, a dose of 20,000 to 300,000 mg per day is advised. There are no known side effects of consuming too much...

How To Improve Your Smile Through Cosmetic Dentistry

If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, then one of your options is to get some cosmetic dental work done. Several of the most popular options are veneers, crowns, and bonding. Porcelain Veneers If your biggest concern is the appearance of your smile and the integrity of your teeth is a secondary concern, then dental veneers are a good option. That is not to say that veneers will undermine the strength of your teeth, but they will not significantly increase their resilience either. Veneers themselves are simply thin layers of porcelain that are placed over the front of your teeth. They will make your teeth look as good as new and only cover as much of the tooth as is absolutely necessary. Neither the back nor the top of any given tooth will be covered, so veneers won’t really help when it comes to chewing. Veneers are quite easy to install and don’t require much preparation at all. They also last an extremely long time, when compared to similar options. Porcelain Crowns Another option is to go for a porcelain crown. Crowns are installed on individual teeth, which means that they are better situations where you only have one or two teeth in need of aesthetic improvement. Crowns are also great for cases where you want to improve the integrity of a tooth or situations where you need to get part of a tooth removed as part of a larger surgery, such as a root canal. If you do end up choosing to get a crown purely for aesthetic reasons, then you will likely need to...

Four Topics To Discuss With Your Oral Surgeon When Having A Dental Crown Procedure

When you’ve been told by your dentist that you need a dental crown and have been referred to an oral surgeon, you may not know much about the procedure and may have some questions. Here are some topics to discuss with your oral surgeon so you are better prepared and have a better understanding of what is about to happen. Waiting Time If you are a little nervous about having a dental crown or simply don’t have much time in your schedule for a dental procedure right now, you may wonder if you can wait to have the crown put in. Your oral surgeon might allow you to wait for a few weeks if you don’t seem to be experiencing any pain. However, waiting might make things worse. If you are having a crown installed because of a crack in your tooth, having the crack deepen could cause other dental problems. For example, should the crack reach the soft pulp of your tooth, you might need to have a root canal done next. Depending on the size of the crack, your entire tooth could split and might have to be removed. Acceptable Foods to Eat While you might already guess that during recovery from the dental crown procedure you’ll have to avoid certain foods, the truth is that you might have to stay away from some foods altogether. Some dental professionals dissuade patients from eating sticky and hard foods that could cause the crown to get dislodged. Ask whether you will have any food restrictions to be concerned about. Sensitive Teeth and Gums You may not be aware that...

How To Treat And Avoid Dry Socket

When you have a tooth extracted, it will typically heal without needing to do much intervention, and with minimal discomfort. If you notice the extraction site becoming painful as the days go by, especially within the first 3 days, you may be experiencing dry socket. Why Is Dry Socket? After a tooth is extracted, the space left in your gums is referred to as a socket. Blood will fill the socket and create a clot, helping the socket heal. In some situations, the clot can become dislodged and cause you excruciating pain. A dry socket is also prone to getting an infection. The biggest symptom of dry socket is pain, so you will know if you have it. The pain tends to radiate throughout your jawbone and towards your ear. When you are able to see inside your socket, you may even see a dry bone as opposed to tissue that is moist. Who Is More Likely To Get Dry Socket? Anyone is capable of getting dry socket, but it is more likely to happen to women on birth control or people that smoke. Drinking beverages that are carbonated or using straws can also dislodge blood clots. Your surgeon will give you warnings about these things after your surgery, which is why you need to pay attention to the instructions for post-surgery care. Those that have had dry socket in the past are more at risk for developing dry socket again. Let your surgeon known if you have had a previous issue with dry socket so they can monitor you closely. What Is The Treatment For Dry Socket? The...

Brace Yourself: Top 5 Braces Myths Busted

For many adolescents, getting fitted for and wearing braces are a rite of passage. And everyone knows that there are just certain rules you have to follow when you have braces, right? Hold up! Maybe not. Before your teen freaks over the do’s and don’ts, prepare to have your top 5 braces myths busted. #5: No Pain, No Gain Many believe that braces have to be painful in order to be effective. That simply isn’t true. While some discomfort may be experienced, especially during or right after tightening, ongoing or high-level pain can mean that something is wrong. If pain sticks around and is more than simple discomfort, it’s time to ask your dentist for help. #4: Rubber Bands Don’t Work Your orthodontist may advice you and your child to wear rubber bands that attach to top and bottom braces. Think they don’t really work or that it’s just as good to use them once in a while instead of all the time? Nope! The ongoing tightening that rubber bands provide between brace tightening appointments is important to overall tooth alignment. #3: No More Yummy Food A popular braces myth is that when you get orthodontia installed, favorite foods can no longer be on the menu. While it’s true that certain foods – usually sticky types like caramels or gum or chewy candy – should get a pass while braces are on, most other foods are still okay. Having braces simply means being more careful about eating and cleaning teeth and braces thoroughly after meals. #2: Tighter Braces, Faster Alignment Some families specifically request that braces be adjusted as...

4 Exciting Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Having a great smile gives you confidence. In fact, recent studies have shown a direct link between healthy smiles and overall self-esteem and happiness. Luckily, even if you didn’t luck out with a naturally great set of teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Here are four cosmetic dentistry options to consider when you decide to upgrade your smile: Professional Whitening Having your teeth whitened is one of the fastest, most affordable, and most dramatic ways to improve your smile. With professional whitening, dull or yellowing teeth become several shades whiter and brighter. Options include in-office whitening or at-home trays that are custom-fitted for your mouth in order to be more comfortable and effective. Porcelain Veneers Veneers are thin, lightweight, and very natural looking laminate shells that fit perfectly over the front of your existing teeth. Veneers are an excellent way to disguise misshapen, crooked, or stained teeth. Many cosmetic dentistry clients also use veneers to cover gaps in their teeth. Veneers are a great option if the issues with your smile are purely cosmetic, since you keep your natural teeth with this option. Dental Implants Dealing with missing teeth can be extremely demoralizing and make you incredibly self-conscious and reluctant to smile. Dental implants solve this problem by replacing the missing tooth. Dental implants are very natural looking and comfortable. In fact, most people find that their dental implants look, function, and feel just like a healthy tooth. The “root” of the dental implant is surgically placed inside your gum, fusing to the bone and providing stability in a way that is very...

Putting An End To Your Child’s Thumb Sucking Habit

If you have a small child who has a problem sucking their thumb, you want to get it under control before it becomes a dental issue. Prolonged thumb-sucking can lead to a child’s teeth growing outward and in extreme cases it can even lead to the roof of their mouth becoming misshapen. If you are concerned about your child’s thumb-suckinghabit, you can follow the advice in this helpful article to get them to stop.  Start by explaining to them that they need to stop The first thing you want to do is to explain to your child hat it’s time for them to stop sucking their thumb. Try to explain to them in terms they can understand some of the problems that can happen if they continue sucking their thumb too long. Work out a hand signal or code word with your child If your child is old enough to understand, you can work out a hand signal or a code word that reminds them to remove their thumb from their mouth. Try to keep your child’s hands busy You may have noticed your child will suck their thumb more often at certain times, such as right before naptime or when they are involved in certain activities, like watching TV. Pay attention to the times when your child sucks their thumb the most and try to give them something to do with both hands. You can give them a couple stuffed animals to hold, a toy to play with that requires two hands or another object that works for this purpose. Put gloves on our child at bedtime A...

3 Orthodontic Options For Straightening Your Child’s Teeth

If your child is suffering from misaligned teeth, you are probably concerned about his or her self-esteem. Even if the misalignment does not cause problems with your child’s ability to speak or chew, the appearance of crooked teeth is often deemed unattractive. Still, your child may not be comfortable with the thought of wearing traditional braces. There are other alignment options available today to straighten teeth. Here are a few: Invisalign The Invisalign system uses clear aligners to help re-position your child’s teeth. Every couple of weeks, your child’s aligning tray is replaced with a new aligner to continue the progression of his or her dental correction. Since the trays are clear, your child is less likely to be self-conscious about wearing the aligners. In addition, the aligners can be removed when your child brushes and flosses his or her teeth, so regular dental hygiene can be observed without additional effort. Damon Braces Damon system braces have special self-litigating brackets so they do not require the elastic bands that traditional braces use. With conventional braces, the teeth are straightened by an adjustable arch wire, which is connected to the brackets on your child’s teeth by elastic bands. With Damon system braces, the arch wire is still used to straighten the teeth, but instead of being connected by elastic bands, the wire runs through channels that are built into the brackets of the braces. The elimination of the elastic bands lessens the amount of friction that must be overcome to straighten the teeth. Thus, less force is needed for the dental alignment, and your child experiences less pain during the...

The Dental Dangers Of Thumb Sucking And How You Can Convince Your Child To Stop

While it’s normal for many babies to suck their thumb, you do want to make sure your child stops before it begins to cause damage to their teeth. This article will explain the potential damage thumb sucking can cause, and give you some helpful advice on how you can help your child to stop sucking their thumb before it becomes problematic. How does thumb sucking affect the development of the teeth? Thumb sucking that continues past toddlerhood can change the structure of your child’s mouth and cause their teeth to grow out in the wrong position. Many times, the problem will self-correct over time once your child stops sucking their thumb. However, some cases require the assistance of a dentist to correct the positioning of the child’s teeth. How to get your child to stop sucking their thumb Thumb sucking can be a hard habit to break for a child who does it often. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help them move past it.   Find another form of comfort for your child – A small child will usually resort to sucking their thumb when they are feeling anxious or are in need of comfort.  Try finding a blanket or stuffed animal they can cling to during these times. If you find a good replacement for their thumb, it may be an easy transition. Keep your child’s hands busy – Any time you see your child sucking their thumb, give them something else to do that requires the use of both hands. You can ask them for their help folding clothes, give them a toy...

Caring For Your Bonded Teeth

When one of your teeth has become chipped or broken, you may need to have that tooth repaired with tooth bonding. This is a material that is placed over your tooth, where it hardens and is meant to look like a part of your tooth. After finishing this procedure, you will need to work even harder to take care of your teeth to avoid staining or damaging the bonded material. Avoiding Certain Beverages One of the challenges of tooth bonding is that you will have to work harder to maintain your teeth and avoid stains. For example, you will need to be more careful with what you drink. Tea, coffee and red wine are more likely to stain the portion of your tooth that was bonded. Brushing Your teeth Very harsh toothpastes can dull the bonding. Therefore, select toothpastes that are designed specifically for sensitive teeth, because they will be easier on the bonding material. Toothpastes can come with one of several types of fluoride treatments, but the only type that should be accepted is sodium fluoride. The toothbrush itself should also be very soft. Not Consuming Alcohol Avoid rinsing your mouth with mouthwash that contains alcohol. Alcohol softens the resin over time and increases the chances that it will become dislodged. Not all mouthwashes use alcohol, fortunately. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages as well. While occasional alcohol will not destroy the bonding, frequent alcohol consumption can gradually wear it away. Avoid Biting Down on Hard Objects Dental bonding can chip relatively easily. Therefore, you will want to avoid biting into hard objects, such as a fingernail or a...