Advances in dentistry are being made all the time. There are active studies, research, material design, and procedural developments happening as we speak. You may not give much thought to the field of dentistry, but the field of dentistry gives much thought to its consumers. Your teeth are important to your overall health, and dental scientists and researchers are always working to develop easier, faster, and pain-free procedures and dependable materials that last longer. There have also been significant advances in technology for your teeth.
They say that time is speeding up, literally. But you know why your days fly by so quickly, because you are so busy. Always in a hurry, you’re running the kids to school, yourself to work, back to get the kids from school, drop them at soccer practice, band practice or cheerleading, make a quick stop at the grocery store, or better yet just buy some fast food…sigh. Just thinking about it makes you tired doesn’t it? With all the hustle, bustle, stress, and responsibility in your life, you’re lucky you even have time to sit down and eat, let alone brush your teeth. But it’s important that you pay attention to your dental health. That’s why today we are brushing up on the basics.
Are you afraid that as you age you will need dentures? If you take care of your teeth you may not. Losing your teeth is not a natural part of aging. The major reason for tooth loss is periodontal disease and, in most cases, periodontal disease can be avoided. More and more people are keeping their teeth into old age due to proper dental hygiene. In fact, according to statistics, 52 percent of adults over the age of 65 still had most of their natural teeth in 2003. That is quite the flip-flop considering that back in the 1950s over 50 percent of adults over 65 were edentulous (toothless). Aging presents seniors with their own set of dental health issues but if they continue to take special care of their teeth, their teeth will age with them. Check out our dental facts for seniors.
We are often excited to find that patients take the decision to replace their missing teeth seriously. If you have been doing your homework and have chosen dental implants to complete your smile, you have likely discovered the many benefits offered by these prosthetics throughout your research. However, we also realize that patients often become a bit concerned when they find what seems like a perfect treatment but are not sure whether they qualify. To find out more about whether you make a suitable candidate for implants, uncover some important information with the following quiz:
Patients often speak with us about how they can best protect their smiles from all of the potential negative side effects of plaque and even staining agents. If your goal is to maintain a truly beautiful, sparkling, healthy smile, it is important that you visit us regularly for preventive care. While your efforts will not stop there, practicing excellent hygiene is not something that will take too much time or require extraordinary attention. It’s actually quite simple. You will simply need to care for your teeth at home. Already a brushing pro? How about flossing? Even with exceptional brushing, if you ignore the dental floss, you are undermining your own efforts. Ready to make sure you’re flossing right to protect your beautiful smile? Take the following quiz:
If you know anything about taking care of your smile, you know that we feel passionate about seeing you once every six months for your dental checkups and cleanings. However, do you really know why? Have you ever been sure that we must be doing something awfully important during your checkup but you are not quite sure what is happening? We appreciate your curiosity and would like to help you understand what to expect from advanced dental checkups, so you feel informed, comfortable, and confident about your care. Learn more:
Have you been hiding your smile because you have open spaces that embarrass you? Patients who have experienced tooth loss know firsthand how overwhelming this oral concern can become. What may begin as mild embarrassment can evolve into something that controls a large portion of your daily life. You may have difficulty eating the foods you usually enjoy. Getting yourself to form words the way you used to may be impossible, causing you to back out of social engagements. Rather than feeling negatively toward your smile, we encourage you to learn more about teeth replacement, so you can smile away and enjoy the excellent quality of life you deserve. Not quite sure what to expect? Learn more about your options:
If we detect that the lowermost channels of your teeth – called roots – have been exposed to bacteria or that the dental pulp that lines them is damaged, we will likely suggest a root canal. We recognize that upon hearing this news, you may instantly shudder and prepare for the worst. However, we would like you to take a moment to throw out all of your preconceived ideas and learn the facts about root canal therapy. It is actually a wonderful, surprisingly comfortable restorative treatment that offers your tooth a last resort before an extraction. We invite you to learn more so you feel excited about protecting your smile:
Finding out that you have a cavity may not be the best news you have heard all day. However, finding out that we offer beautiful tooth-colored fillings may turn your frown upside down. When it comes to treating your tooth decay, saying, “yes” to a dental filling can greatly improve your chances of a full tooth repair, while preventing additional complications and long-term damage. Not sure what makes this type of filling so wonderful? Learn more with the following:
We often find that patients come to us with a lot of assumptions and even more questions when it comes to crowns. Rather than asking you to wait until you may need one, we have gathered information to clear up your misconceptions about dental crowns so you have a better understanding of how they may benefit your smile. The more you know ahead of time, the more optimistic and relaxed you can feel during your visits with us. However, remember that we are always happy to answer your questions during an appointment, so please feel free to ask away. In the meantime, learn more with the following questions and answers: