One of the most enjoyable parts of looking at family pictures is finding resemblances. You have your father's brown eyes and your grandmother's curly hair. You have your aunt's basketball height and your cousin's freckles. But some similarities might not be so appealing, like a family tendency toward gum disease!
Studies have now shown that periodontal disease appears to have some kind of genetic componet, especially for serious diseases and those that appear early in the patient's life. Aggressive periodontitis, for example, a relatively uncommon disease which causes rapid bone loss around certain teeth, is often more common among members of the same family. Other studies suggest that there might be a genetic link between our immune response and the development of chronic periodontitis. So far, however, the link between genetics and gum disease is still under investigation.
We do know that environmental factors are an important trigger for gum disease. Failure to brush and floss, smoking, diet, stress, medical conditions such as diabetes--all can influence the health of our gums. The best way to overcome these factors is your own proactive approach! Thorough brushing and flossing, regular checkups and cleanings, proper nutrition, and avoiding smoking are all time-tested ways to keep your gums and teeth healthy. If you have a medical condition, proper treatment and medication will also help protect your oral health.
A solid oral health routine begins with daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Without a consistent oral health regimen, you may begin to experience tooth decay and bacterial infections. Since some patients inquire about different mouthwash options, a few considerations are listed below in today's BLOG that should help you decided upon which oral rinse that would be best for you.
GUM HEALTH. Antiseptic mouthwashes reduce large amounts of bacteria on and near the gum line and generally help to decrease your chances of developing gingiviits. The key ingredients of antiseptic mouthwashes are antibacterial and antimicrobial items. Antiseptic mouthwash is a preferable option if you are concerned about the general gum health of your mouth.
FLUORIDE. This is a great tool for preventive tooth decay treatment. It prevents tooth deay and is great for oral health in general because it kills germs that can live in your mouth. Fluoride also builds stronger teeth.
BAD BREATH. Fluoride mouthwash can be used to fight any bad breath issues you may be facing. It's designed to combat any bacteria that might be building up in your mouth. Most mouthwashes will help eliminate bad breath, but some are specifically designed to address this difficult problem.
CONSIDERATIONS. When you are trying to decide which mouthwash to pick, call our office. If you experience a burning sensation in the soft tissues of your mouth, be sure to discontinue use immediately. Avoid letting children under age six use a mouth rinse, and be sure to keep all mouthwashes out of the reach of children, because they contain alcohol and other substances that could be harmful.
Now that you are working hard to improve your dental health and appearance with your braces, it might seem like a logical time to whiten your teeth as well. But should you go ahead with home kits or a professional whitening? The answer might be yes, but not quite yet!
The easiest way to whiten teeth is regular use of a whitening toothpaste. But these do not make a major difference in tooth color and may also contain abrasives which can damage ceramic brackets and make them more likely to stain. Also, any part of your tooth that is covered by a bracket will not be affected by the whitening paste.
WHITENING STRIPS AND TRAYS
Whiteners can be applied at home with strips or tray kits. Strips are coated with a whitening gel and then pressed around your teeth. Tray kits provide a mouthguard-like appliance, which is filled with a whitening gel. But neither strips or tray solutions will whiten any area that is covered by brackets.
A dental professional can whiten your teeth in office for the best possible results. The most effective treatments for your unique teeth are combined with protective care of your gums and mouth. Again, this procedure is best accompolished after all of the braces have been removed at the end of your orthodontic therapy.
Accidents happen! Next time you'll wear your mouthguard when you skateboard, never use your teeth to open anything again, and carefully step away from your grandmother's hard candy dish. But now that your tooth has chipped, what's the next step in repair? Take a look at many of the common treatment options for repairing chipped teeth.
- BONDING. If the chip is small, then a tooth-colored resin is applied to the damaged area with adhesive, molded to shape, and then hardened with a curing light in a single visit.
- PORCELAIN VENEER. If the chip is too large for bonding, then a thin shell of porcelain can be custom fabricated by the lab from an impression of your tooth and then adhered with a bonding procedure at a later visit.
- CROWN. Larger chips or fractures are commonly treated with a crown also known as a "cap." Impressions of the tooth are made after a preparation and then sent to the lab for a custom fitted crown to be fabricated. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth until the final visit when the custom crown has been received back from the lab and then adhered to your tooth at the second visit.
No matter what size of the chip, it is important to have your tooth evaluated to determine what treatment is needed. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!
Some patients may require nitrous oxide to remove pain or anxiety during dental treatments. Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a gaseous sedative that's inhaled through a mask over the nose. It was first used in the mid 1800s when practicioners didn't know they should mix oxygen with the nitrous oxide, which wasn't healthy alone. These days, nitrous oxide is administered with at least a 30% oxygen mix through a fail safe mechanism, which makes it safe for any dental care.
Some of the effects you may experience while you're sedated include:
- Lightheadedness, and tingling in the arms and legs, followed by a comforting sensation
- A euphoric feeling or sensation that you are floating
- Inability to keep your eyes open, so it feels as if your asleep
Unlike other methods of sedation, the percentage of nitous oxide can easily be adjusted and reversed quickly allowing it to be used on patients that may have other plans for the day after they leave the dental office.
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