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Fluoride Treatment: Benefits, Side Effects, Recommendations

Fluoride Treatment: Benefits, Side Effects, Recommendations

When was the last time you got excited to find out you had a cavity? Never, right? Did you know there are extra steps you can take in addition to daily brushing, flossing,exams and cleanings to keep the pesky cavities away?

Fluoride treatments can be a great addition to your dental visit. It assists in strengthening your enamel and fights bad bacteria that can harm your gums and teeth. It’s not just for children either! Adults and children alike can benefit from this painless treatment. The usual in office dental fluoride treatment is varnish to be “painted” on the teeth. However, solution, gel or foam are other widely used options. Each method is effective, quick and easy!

The benefits of nature’s strongest cavity fighter, fluoride, are something to take note of. When used in children six months and up, it helps provide them what they need for their teeth to come in nice and strong. It helps rebuild weakened enamel and it prevents tooth decay by making it difficult for acids to demineralize the enamel in children and adults.

Fluoride is a safe way to add extra protection to your pearly whites but there can be some mild side effects to be aware of, as with most procedures. Some patients may experience stomach upset, headache and/or weakness. These can be common and short lived so nothing to be worried about. However, call your doctor if you experience weakened enamel, discolorations or changes to the appearance of your teeth as these are not common.

Your dentist may recommend you have flouride treatments once or twice a year. In some cases they may want you to come in as often as every three months. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are at high or moderate risk of developing caries and determine the best path of preventive care for you. Preventative visits to your dentist stave off expensive dental bills by ensuring your mouth is always healthy.

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Bleeding Gums and its Dire Consequences

Bleeding Gums and its Dire Consequences

Bleeding gums is something you should take seriously. Research indicates bleeding gums can be connected to a variety of health conditions. A common sign of infection or injury is inflammation. When gums are inflamed they become bulbous, they bleed and may be sensitive. If your gums are bleeding, take action.

The most common reason for bleeding gums is periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases are infections around the teeth structures such as your gums, bone and periodontal ligament. Periodontal diseases are caused by plaque build up. Plaque actually begins to form on the teeth a few hours after you brush! It’s sticky in nature attracting food particles, sugars and other debris. If you are not keeping up with regular cleanings, brushing and flossing, the plaque continues to build and eventually burrows below the gum line. Your body then “attacks” this infection which sends you the warning. That warning being your bleeding gums. At that stage you are experiencing signs of gingivitis, the beginning of the periodontal disease journey. If the bacteria is not removed then swelling is increased and your gums actually detach from the tooth. This creates pockets around your teeth where more plaque can build up, advancing infection. If that plaque continues to build, it can calcify. This is tartar or calculus. It attracts even more plaque! So as you can see, it just continues to snowball and get out of control.

In advanced periodontal disease, the infection will destroy the supporting structures for your teeth in your jawbone. Eventually, you will lose the teeth or they will need to be extracted. This signifies advanced periodontitis.

Pretty grim stuff but hey…it can be avoided! Proper oral hygiene and twice yearly visits to your dentist can keep you in check.

If that isn’t enough to get you in for your exam and have you brushing before bed, read on. Researchers have also found possible connections between gum disease and many other medical problems such as:

Diabetes
Respiratory disease
Heart Disease
Stroke

Bleeding gums can indicate other issues going on within your body as well. It could be a sign of leukemia, a vitamin deficiency or lack of clotting platelets. Vitamin C & K deficiencies can cause bleeding of the gums to occur more easily. So if you go in for your dental exam and your get an A+, have your primary care doctor check your Vitamin C & K levels. Pregnancy and hormonal changes can also cause gum sensitivity.. Lastly, brushing too vigorously can cause gum bleeding or irritation. All in all, bleeding gums should be treated as a warning sign. Avoid the dire consequences of periodontal disease and other health conditions by keeping your oral health in check. Your health is your responsibility.

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10 Important facts you must know about Dental Implants

10 Important facts you must know about Dental Implants

Dental implants are a fantastic option for those who are missing teeth. This life changing procedure can help restore function and aesthetics to your beautiful smile. Read on for ten important facts you should know about dental implants!

  1. Many insurance companies now cover dental implants! It is widely known that a dental implant is the best choice for tooth replacement. It seems only right that dental insurances cover this miracle treatment. 
  2. 69% of adults age 35-44 have lost a permanent tooth! More than 3 million people in the US have a dental implant.
  3. A dental implant can not get a cavity! That’s right, a dental implant is not subject to decay because it is attached to the interior jawbone.
  4. The science of the implant is not a new idea. Around 600 AD, Mayans attempted to replace a tooth by hammering a piece of shell into a ladies jaw. Lucky for you, the modern implant is safer and more effective. No shells or hammer!
  5. An implant is used to replace the root of a missing tooth. It is the “anchor” for the crown that will replace the actual tooth. The implant itself is usually made from titanium and the crown is generally porcelain.
  6. With proper care, a dental implant can last over 25 years! Wow! Your dentist can share any additional measures you should take to ensure their longevity.
  7. A dental implant provides appropriate support and acts as a natural tooth. Unlike dentures, an implant stays strong for chewing without slipping.
  8. They need to be taken care of like a natural tooth. Twice yearly visits to your dentist, proper brushing, flossing and oral hygiene is extremely important. You want the gums around the implant to stay healthy.
  9. It is the longest lasting tooth restoration available. An implant can potentially last a lifetime. Unlike bridges that need to be replaced every 5-15 years depending on care.
  10. A dental implant has a 97.5% survival rate for a single tooth. Pretty good odds, indeed!

Your dentist can provide detailed information about implants and answer any questions you may have. So ask your dentist about your dental implant options today, You deserve to smile!

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