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3 Tips For Storing Your Toothbrush

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You might not put a lot of thought into the way that you store your toothbrush. However, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when storing your toothbrush to prevent certain problems and to keep your toothbrush in clean, sanitary shape. 1. Rinse Your Toothbrush Before Putting it Away First of all, make sure that you always thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with clean water before putting it away. This will help get rid of any toothpaste residue, food particles or other debris that could cause bacteria to grow and will ensure that your toothbrush is clean and ready to use next time that you are ready to use it. Periodically, you can use mouthwash to rinse your toothbrush to help kill any bacteria that might have grown on it while being stored. 2. Don’t Keep it in an Enclosed Container Even though an enclosed travel case might be the best choice for keeping your toothbrush clean and protected when you are traveling, it’s not the best type of case for everyday storage. Even though it might seem as if your toothbrush will stay cleaner if it is covered, a covered case can actually cause your toothbrush to become a breeding ground for bacteria. This is because bacteria loves to grow in dark, warm, moist places. Instead, use a toothbrush holder that will leave your toothbrush’s head exposed. 3. Clean Your Toothbrush Holder Regularly Even if you clean your toothbrush before storing, you can still expect for your toothbrush holder to get dirty. In fact, the water that drips off of your toothbrush can stagnate in the bottom of your toothbrush holder and can cause a very unpleasant odor. Periodically, remove your toothbrush from the holder and clean the holder. You can even use a mixture of bleach and water to get rid of any mildew that might have accumulated in the bottom of the holder; just make sure that you allow the holder to dry completely before using it again to avoid contamination from the bleach. Storing your toothbrush is simple, but if you don’t do it properly, you have to worry about the growth of bacteria, mildew and other unpleasant things. Luckily, if you remember these three tips when storing your toothbrush, you can keep it clean and sanitary. This can help it last a bit longer and can even help prevent you from getting sick! For more ideas and information, talk with a dentist, such as those at Benitez Dental...

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3 Telltale Signs That Dentures Might Be In Your Future

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For many folks, tooth loss is often a reality at one stage or another in their lives. If you suffer from tooth loss, your dentist will likely recommend a set of dentures to give you improved dental function and aesthetics. While most tend to think of dentures as an ‘elderly’ solution, there could be many reasons why you may need dentures at a young age due to factors such as tooth decay, injury or gum disease. By watching out for the signs below, you can have a good idea of whether or not you may need dentures. Missing teeth If you already have one or two missing teeth, this could be a good indicator that you might someday need a set of dentures. Missing teeth can not only impact your dental aesthetics, but bring about a host of other problems such as increased wear and tear on your remaining teeth due to overuse or shifting of adjacent teeth which could affect your bite. The gaps left by lost teeth could also trap debris, making you prone to periodontal disease. Instead of waiting for such complications to occur, it could be wise to start considering a denture solution sooner rather than later. Signs of gum disease   If you have ever-widening gaps between your teeth, chances are that you have advanced gum disease that is causing bone loss and that could eventually lead to missing teeth. Dentists can often try to halt the advancement of the gum disease using root scaling treatment, but they often need to extract badly damaged teeth and replace them with dentures. Similarly, there might be a chance that you will need dentures in the near future if you experience swelling, reddening or bleeding of the gums.  All these are indicators of gum inflammation, which in its advanced stages, could lead to tooth loss. Toothaches If you frequently suffer from multiple aching teeth accompanied by sensitivity to extreme temperatures, there is a chance that your nerve endings have been severely damaged by advanced tooth decay. Your dentist may be able to remove the diseased part of the tooth and replace it with a partial denture if you seek early treatment, saving your entire tooth from extraction. Remember that periodontal disease is treatable if caught early, which is why regular visits to the dentist are absolutely necessary. However, if you already have a few shaky/missing teeth, or experience other symptoms of advanced gum disease, you may need to find an affordable solution for dentures in the near future. For more information, talk to a company like Premium Care Denture Centre...

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Root Canals Vs. Alternatives: Take Care Of The Problem Now

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If you’ve just found out you need a root canal, but you aren’t sure you can afford it, you might be looking at alternatives like tooth extraction. However, you’re better off trying to get the root canal done instead because the alternatives can just lead to more uncertainty. While some people do very well with alternatives to root canals, in most cases, the root canals are the better choice. Here are some things you need to know before deciding not to get a root canal. Too Deep for a Filling If you need a root canal, that means bacteria have damaged the nerve of the tooth. Once the decay gets to this stage, the decay is too deep in the tooth for a filling to be very effective. Still, there are some dentists willing to try this tactic. However, you have a couple of things going against you here. One is that you’re unlikely to find a dentist willing to try a very deep filling if the nerve is involved. There’s too much risk of damaging the nerve even further by trying to drill and scrape out decay that deep. The other issue is that even if the dentist does try to give you a filling, it could fail spectacularly, even potentially exposing the nerve to open air. Incomplete Results If you opt for extraction, which is a common alternative that people do opt for, you face another problem. The extraction removes the damaged tooth and eliminates the problems of pain, increasing decay, infection from the tooth, and so on. But then it leaves a gap, and that gap can be just as bad. Your teeth around the gap can move, causing your bite to go off and become very uncomfortable — you can even chip teeth if your bite is misaligned. The tooth that would normally have met the root-canal tooth when you bite down can also supra-erupt (i.e., grow longer), making your bite even more difficult to handle. So even though you’ve removed the problem tooth, you now have to figure out whether to get dentures or an implant. Both of these are going to cost more money, and your original goal of saving money by not having the root canal will be useless. Inaction You can also try leaving the tooth alone, but the decay will only continue. That can lead to severe infection, bone loss in the jaw, and continued pain. If you’re unsure if you can afford a root canal, talk to dentists in your area. Many offer payment plans, and some might have prices that aren’t as high as you feared. To learn more, contact a dentist like Dr Ken Chan...

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ASD And The Dentist: Three Tips To Make It Easier For Your Child

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When it’s time to see the dentist, parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder may be faced with some challenges. Perhaps the best way to start is to find a children’s dentist that offers care for special needs including autism spectrum disorders. This type of dentist will typically have special training in dealing with special needs patients, and this usually makes them more flexible. A special needs dentist understands that things might not always go exactly according to plan. However, this doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do to prepare your child for the appointment. Read on to learn three top tips to help you prepare your child with autism spectrum disorder for their visit to the dentist. Teeth Brushing Training While teeth brushing can be more challenging for kids with an autism spectrum disorder, it is often still possible to teach your child to brush on their own (or mostly on their own.) Make brushing a daily routine that is followed without fail. Teach good brushing by example: show your child how to brush all tooth surfaces thoroughly, including the gums. Two minutes, twice a day brushing is recommended for good oral health in children. Doing this training at home will help when it comes time for the dentist. It gets the child accustomed to the feel of the toothbrush in their mouth. This in turn makes them better prepared for the next step–introducing dental tools. Introducing Dental Tools Dental tools may be something that your child has never seen before, and they can make an already-apprehensive child downright scared in some cases. To make that moment when the dentist starts using the tools easier, introduce some of those tools ahead of time at home.  You can purchase some of the same tools that the dentist will use from a drugstore. Consider buying a dental mirror and a rubber-tipped gum manipulator, for example. Allow your child to examine these things closely, and demonstrate how they work. Explain that they are special dental tools that are usually just for the dentist – but that your child gets to try them at home first! This may help eliminate the apprehension and make your child feel special at the same time. Visual Preparation Children with autism spectrum disorders may be especially apprehensive when going into any new situation. While it’s true that the pediatric dentist’s office will be a new place, it doesn’t have to be entirely unfamiliar if you prepare the right way. Ask your children’s dentist if they have an office video posted online. This virtual tour of the office can put your child more at ease because they’ll feel as if they have already been there. Alternatively, you can check the dentist’s website for photos of the office and the staff. Consider printing out these photos and showing them to your child ahead of the appointment. Explain who each person is and what they’ll be doing to help your child be less worried about the new environment.  Kids with autism spectrum disorder are truly special and unique – and they need a similarly special approach. Use the tips above to make the dental visit easier on both of...

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What Cosmetic Dental Procedures Are Available For Seniors?

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If you are a senior adult, there is no reason you can’t have a beautiful smile. There are a variety of cosmetic dental procedures and restorations that will restore your smile and make you happy to show your teeth again. Here are some common issues and treatments available at any age. Missing Teeth If you have missing teeth, there might be some replacement options you can’t get, such as dental implants. With dental implants, you would need to have a good amount of jawbone, which might have deteriorated if you have been missing your teeth for a while. However, if your dentist said implants aren’t possible, you can still replace your teeth with other options. If you are missing a small amount of teeth, you can get a bridge. This will include artificial teeth and crowns over your natural teeth, which forms a bridge where the missing tooth is. There are also dentures, which have come a long way. The newer dentures look like real teeth, are sturdy, and can even be fixed to your mouth so you don’t remove them and they don’t slide around while eating. Chips or Discoloration If you are a senior with most of your natural teeth, you might be experiencing damage to the teeth or issues with how they look. Teeth won’t retain their white, bright appearance forever, so you may need to get different types of cosmetic dental procedures to help the problem. Aside from teeth whitening, you can cover problem teeth with dental veneers. These help when you have chipped or misshapen teeth, or stains that don’t go away with teeth bleaching. You can also cover damage to your teeth with crowns or bonding. Misalignment At your age, you might not want to get traditional braces, though there is nothing wrong with that. There are many types of orthodontic treatment available for misaligned teeth. You can get traditional metal braces, or you can get braces that are less conspicuous, such as lingual braces that fit behind your teeth, or ceramic braces which are tooth-colored. There is also the option of methods like Invisalign, which use clear, plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. These are great because they are comfortable, removable, and make it easy to keep your teeth clean. Loss of Gum Tissue If you are experiencing a loss of gum tissue due to oral disease or simply from the aging process, there are a few cosmetic procedures that can help. You should first talk to your dentist about getting a gum tissue graft, which takes tissue and implants it over the areas where the gum tissue loss is occurring. This allows you to restore your smile and prevent infection. For information about teeth and the aging process, contact a local professional such as Boviz Denture...

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3 Myths About Dental Work

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There are many misconceptions out there when it comes to dentistry that you may have heard over the years. These myths are not only wrong, but can cause somebody to avoid seeing the dentist and cause problems with their oral health. Here is the truth behind 3 of those myths. Myth 1: You Won’t Be Able To Afford Your Dental Procedure No matter what kind of dental work you need done, there is always a way to make the cost manageable. Many employers offer dental insurance plans that will pay for a large percentage of the costs. Just make sure that you are going to a dentist that is in your network, and that you are using your insurance within the policy limits. If you do not have insurance, you can always request a payment plan so you can slowly pay for your dental procedure over time. If the cost is just too expensive, a dental school is a great way to have your procedure done at an affordable price. Dental school procedures are supervised by an actual dentist, even if students are the ones working on your teeth. Myth 2: Dental X-Rays Will Cause Cancer While there are studies that link X-ray radiation to cancer, a dental X-ray is one of the safest X-rays you can have taken. A typical dental X-ray has radiation levels of .005 mSv, compared to the type of X-ray needed for the spine that has a radiation level of 1.5 mSv. The risks dental X-rays pose are considered negligible in terms of the risk of fatal cancer. Your dentist takes additional precautions when taking an X-ray, such as using lead aprons, which even helps protect patients that are pregnant. Myth 3: Your Child Doesn’t Need To Visit The Dentist Because They Have Baby Teeth Even though your child does not have their adult teeth, a visit to the dentist is just as important in terms of education and the prevention of infections. The initial visits to the dentist will help a child learn how to brush their teeth, and the dentist will look for signs that they are bushing improperly. Your child may have baby teeth, but cavities in them can still become painful. Premature loss of a baby tooth can cause the surrounding teeth to not grow in properly, which can lead to the need for orthodontic work as they get older. Now that you know the truth behind these 3 myths, you’ll be more likely to visit a dentist (like those at Higson Dental...

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Three Common Denture Problems And How To Fix Them

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Dentures are a great option for anyone with missing teeth. They have significantly improved over the decades. Modern dentures have a better fit, are more comfortable, and look natural. However, even the best dentures can cause problems. Here are three common denture problems and how to fix them: 1. Ill fitting Dentures that once fit can become ill fitting over time. As people age, they begin to lose gum tissue and bone structure, and this can alter the shape of the jaw and gums. To treat this problem, you will need to see a dentist or go to a specialized denture clinic. At a clinic, they can resize your dentures so that they will form a tight seal with your gums. There are several ways to resize dentures. Here are the most common ways: An acrylic mold is applied to the dentures to conform to the new shape of the gums. Your dentist will cast your dentures to fit the new shape of your gums. Mini-implants can be installed to stabilize your dentures. 2. Infections There are two types of yeast infections that can occur when you wear dentures. The first is called cheilitis. Cheilitis is an overgrowth of yeast in the corners of your mouth. This infection causes cracking and splitting in the sides of the mouth. The second infection is called stomatitis. Stomatitis causes red bumps or redness in your mouth. Often, there are no symptoms of stomatitis. The best way to treat and prevent infections are to properly care for your dentures. Here are some tips for denture care: Remove your dentures before sleeping and soak them overnight in a special cleaner. Your dentist will recommend one. Brush your dentures before putting them in every morning with a brush designed for dentures. Don’t use a regular toothbrush. A toothbrush can scratch your dentures which gives bacteria and yeast a place to grow. Scrape and massage your gums, tongue, the inside of your cheeks, and the roof of your mouth at least once a day. 3. Trouble eating Difficulty with eating and chewing certain foods is a common problem with dentures. This problem can be remedied with patience. With dentures it takes longer to chew certain foods. Being able to chew these foods is a matter of learning the right mouth movements. It’s best to chew your food slowly as you incorporate a new food into your diet. Focus on moving both sides of your mouth at the same time. This will feel awkward and unnatural, but it will keep your dentures from moving while you eat. These are three common denture problems. Call your dentist today if you have any questions, or contact a company like Londonderry Denture...

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Alcohol Mouthwash Misconception And Workarounds

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Mouthwash is a useful part of dental hygiene and can be convenient when you can’t take time to brush your teeth in the middle of your day. There are a few misconceptions and ways of cleaning that may not be apparent to the average mouthwash user, but with a bit of information about how alcohol in some mouthwash brands work, you can learn more about your dental condition and the products you use. Burning Doesn’t Mean The Mouthwash Is Working Mouthwash is a reliable and often enjoyable way to freshen your mouth after brushing or when in a rush to get a quick mouth cleansing. Unfortunately, there are some marketing misconceptions that may be limiting your mouthwash choices and leading to some damaging behavior. One popular assumption is that the burn in mouthwashes with alcohol is a specific thing that should be happening, but the burn is caused by your nerve endings. Vanilloid receptor-1(VR-1) is a neuron responsible for translating pain in specific situations, such as eating hot peppers. When you consume alcohol, you lower the temperature threshold required to send the perception of pain from your brain to your tongue. As alcohol evaporates, it pulls body heat away at a fast rate, which can explain the cold feeling when pouring rubbing alcohol on your hand and the lower temperature needed for this change in perception. When this happens on an exposed wound, such as pouring alcohol on a bruise or cut, you can feel the sting as the alcohol triggers the VR-1 receptor. Your tongue is more sensitive to such temperature changes, and there may be some slight bruising in your mouth that can lead to the same pain as adding alcohol to a cut. The pain simply isn’t a symptom of mouthwash working. If anything, it’s a signal of something wrong in your mouth. Although a bit of stinging from mouthwash isn’t a problem, if you’re constantly struggling with willpower to finish rinsing through pain, you have some bruising and other dental problems that you need to see a dentist about immediately. What Alternatives Are Available? There are other mouthwashes that lack alcohol, but contain other substances that perform the germ-killing job of alcohol. These substances are called antiseptics, and include sodium chloride (salt), triclosan, tetracycline, hydrogen peroxide and many others.  These substances may even be mixed with each other, and are included in different concentrations depending on the brand. Brand choice comes down to the specific mixture and consistency, but a dentist can examine your dental condition to give an opinion on what might be best for you. Contact a professional dentist, like those at Dentistry On Sherbrooke, to decide on which products may be better for your specific dental...

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Stay Dazzling And Protect Your Improvements – Tips For Keeping Your Dental Veneers Bright

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If you’ve grown tired of the embarrassment and frustration that comes with the discoloration of your natural teeth, having dental veneers installed is a great way to bring yourself back to the look you’ve always wanted. However, many people make the mistake of assuming that veneers are a long term solution that don’t require maintenance, leading to frustration when the shine inevitably fades. Below, you’ll find a guide to some tips for keeping your veneers at their absolute brightest. Following these suggestions can go a long way toward helping you display the bright smile you’ve always wanted, while simultaneously guaranteeing that the money you invest in your teeth will be well spent. Avoid Abrasive Cleaners The modern dental industry has been the beneficiary of countless technological advances, but one that may actually work against your goals in terms of veneers is abrasive toothpaste. Originally developed in order to help scrub away stubborn stains, your veneers can become scratched and dulled by those microscopic abrasive elements. Rather than relying on standard toothpaste, you should consider brushing with specially developed nonabrasive veneer cleaning products. These cleaners have been specially formulated to be gentle on the surface of your veneers and protect the shine you desire, guaranteeing a much longer life for your dental implants. Make Use Of Straws A large part of the draw of porcelain veneers is that they’re resistant to stains. If you’re a frequent drinker of red wine or a habitual smoker, this is a very important feature, as those products tend to leave unsightly discoloration. However, what veneer patients don’t consider is what will continue to happen to their natural teeth. When dental veneers are installed, they’re bonded to your teeth and leave a border that could still be stained by these products. In order to avoid this unsightly outlining effect, make sure that beverages like wine and coffee are consumed through a straw. You should also put a renewed effort into quitting smoking if at all possible. Seek Consistent Dental Care Many people find themselves in a situation where they need veneers because they’ve taken inadequate care of their natural teeth. While veneers can add support and make your smile bright again, they don’t replace the underlying issues and they don’t absolve you from proper care and treatment. Be sure that you use your veneer installation as a springboard to more consistent dental care, as the failing of your natural teeth beneath your veneers is a surefire way to ruin your newly bright smile. For more information, contact Prairie Mall Dental Clinic or a similar...

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New Technology In Dentistry That Allows For Same Day Procedures

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The merger of three new technologies is impacting today’s dental practice. With the recent introduction of 3-D imaging, CAD/CAM restorations, and digital impressions dentistry has become quite remarkable. Many dental technicians are now working with a mouse, trackball and joystick versus the traditional wax and plaster. 3-D Imaging Dental imaging systems allow for high definition images to be produced in the dental office. This provides dentists with a three-dimensional, digital image of the oral and facial regions. It is a cutting edge diagnostic procedure that can be done at a lower cost and cuts down on radiation exposure that is typical with traditional CT scans. It scans in seconds which minimizes the radiation exposure as well as cuts down on the chances of patient movement. The 3-D Imaging allows dentists to receive as much information as possible for a variety of treatment areas. High-resolution images produced through the scanner give complete 3-D views of the critical anatomy of the bone structure and tooth positioning that allows for precise and accurate implants or surgery. The 3-D images are extremely useful in areas of oral and maxillofacial surgeries. Digital Impressions Digital X-rays allow for advanced imaging options that save time, provide clearer dental photos and cut down on exposure to radiation for the patient. The typical X-ray can give valuable information; however, they do not give the full picture of what is happening in your mouth. The intraoral camera lets the dentist see every aspect of your teeth. The digital impressions let your dentist see details such as plaque deposits and excessive wear. The camera is very small, so you probably won’t even know it is in your mouth. The images are sent to a monitor you can view along with your dentist to make more informed decisions about the care you will receive.  CAD/CAM Restorations One of the top appeals of the CAD/CAM concept is that patients can get dental work completed in one day. It is now possible for patients to go to their dentist, present a condition for treatment and have the tooth prepared. The method of digitally processing a scanned image rather than the traditional impression allows for the final restoration to be placed the same day. The dental marketplace struggles with the concept of qualified technicians being replaced with dental devices, or work being outsourced overseas. The CAD/CAM process of applying porcelain to copings made from zirconia, alumina, glass ceramic or titanium, will provide potential working models for technicians. This creates an opportunity for laboratories throughout the world to adapt to the need for a digital dental team. Dentists can capitalize on the benefits of digital impression devices by being able to send the patient’s information to the lab as soon as retrieved. The lab can then design the needed crown or restoration right away, and the dentist can then fit the needed piece in place that same day. For more information, contact Campbell Dental Centre Ltd. or a similar...

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