Cosmetic dentistry can be loosely defined as any dental procedure that focuses on appearance and aesthetics, rather than functionality. It cannot be performed until any existing dental diseases, such as cavities or gum disease, are treated. Once your mouth is healthy, though, cosmetic dentistry can vastly enhance both the look and quality of your teeth. Here is a look at what to expect.
Fluoride is a natural mineral with a strong ability to lower the risk for cavities. It has been added to municipal water supplies since 1945, and is frequently found in toothpastes and prescription formulations. Yet ever since fluoride was first used, it has been the subject of myths and half-truths, many of which have found new life on the internet. Here is the truth behind several common fluoride myths.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is surprisingly common. It can wreak havoc on your teeth and cause a variety of painful symptoms. Bruxism often happens during sleep, as well as when concentrating on a task or lifting something heavy. Some people don’t realize that they are grinding their teeth, while others are acutely aware. Regardless, here is what you need to know.
Dental work in smaller countries often costs just a fraction of the price of having the same procedure done in the United States. Consequently, a plethora of dental clinics have popped up in border towns and tourist destinations, leading to an explosion in dental tourism. It can be tempting to travel in order to save money on your dental work, but it is wise? Here is a look at the pros and cons.
Cavities are all too common, even with today’s modern oral hygiene options. They can occur in people of all ages, and untreated cavities can lead to problems ranging from gum disease to tooth loss. Although some people seem to have a higher natural tendency towards cavities, no one is immune. Fortunately, following some simple tips can help to reduce the chances of a cavity.
Having a wisdom tooth out is never fun, especially if the tooth never fully emerged. Still, there is no reason to be afraid. Modern dentistry can provide a smooth, simple, nearly pain-free experience. You should be back to work or school soon, and feeling like your old self before you know it. Here’s what to expect from every step.
TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disease, is a complex and often progressive disorder. Symptoms may include earaches, headaches, jaw noises, and even sensitive teeth. If left untreated, TMJ may eventually cause permanent damage to the jaw and its supporting structures. With early detection and treatment, however, TMJ can often be halted or even reversed.
Bad breath, or halitosis, is an extremely common problem. Short-term bad breath, from morning breath to the residual odors from consuming garlic, can typically be managed with breath mints or mouthwash until you can brush your teeth. Chronic halitosis, though, does not yield readily to these cures, and can become a source of social embarrassment or even isolation. Fortunately, once the root cause of the bad breath is identified, it can typically be treated. Here are the top 5 causes of chronic bad breath.
“The clear alternative to braces” for the past 20 years, Invisalign is a thoroughly modern way to straighten your teeth. Straight teeth offer better chewing efficiency and minimize the risk of issues in the jaw joints. They are also easier to clean, making it less likely for you to develop gum disease and tooth decay, and can boost confidence.
Metal braces were the preferred treatment for more than a century, but today many people prefer the comfort and near invisibility of Invisalign. Here are 4 benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces.
You probably already know that it is essential to see your dentist and hygienist once or twice a year. But have you ever thought about why? Certainly, having your teeth professionally cleaned can help you look and feel your best. Beyond that, though, seeing your dentist regularly can have a long-term impact on your oral health. Here are three reasons why you should see your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis.