Having new braces placed can be exciting, but also frustrating. You are probably eager to start the process of improving your smile, but worried about how you will manage day to day life. Taking care of your oral hygiene with braces presents some unique challenges, but with a bit of practice, you will become an expert in no time. Here is what you need to know.
Tooth decay in babies and toddlers, also known as baby bottle tooth decay, is the most common disease in children in the United States. An estimated 44 percent of 5-year-old children have experienced some amount of tooth decay, and it is most common in families of lower socioeconomic status. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Here is what you should know.
Dental phobia, also known as dentophobia, or the fear of dentists, is one of the more common phobias. It can range from mild to severe, but is marked by an intensity that separates it from a simple fear. Untreated dental phobia can lead people to avoid the dentist altogether, with potentially devastating results to both oral and overall health. Because a great smile is so important in the modern world, it can also have far-reaching effects such as isolation, anxiety, and depression. Fortunately, there is hope. (more…)
Sensitive teeth can cause you to refuse a bowl of ice cream, drink lukewarm coffee and soup, and even order your iced tea with no ice. Toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth can help, but you might not fully understand how or why. Here’s what you should know about this surprisingly common problem and easy fix.
Thanks to smart phones, selfies and other photos are just a part of daily life. Yet a lot of people don’t like how they look in photos, and many of them blame their smiles. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a model or celebrity to show a photogenic smile each and every time. Here are a few tips.
Although braces are traditionally associated with teenagers, adults may need teeth straightening for a variety of reasons. Perhaps your parents couldn’t afford braces or thought you didn’t need them. Maybe your teeth came in reasonably straight but then shifted due to trauma or wear. Perhaps your teeth are more or less straight, but you would like for them to be picture-perfect. Regardless of the reason, teeth straightening is far from uncommon among adults.
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.