I am proud to say that I have all my own teeth at the age of 65. While that may not sound unusual to some people, everyone in my family who is my age or older wears dentures. I always tell people that that flossing is the key to good dental health. I have arthritis in my hands, but I don't let it keep me from flossing every day. My trick is to use those little "flossers" you can buy at the drug store. They have plastic handles floss stretched out on top of the handle. These make flossing easier on days when my arthritis is acting up. I started this blog to let other people know that they can keep their teeth healthy into old age when they take care of them. If you have hand pain, find ways to make flossing easier, like I did.
13 December 2016
If you are an adult who still has their wisdom teeth, then you may be inclined to leave the teeth in your mouth. Some people can leave their wisdom teeth in place, and this may be advisable if your bite is normal and if the teeth cause you little discomfort. However, if you have any negative oral symptoms that involve the teeth, then it may be time to schedule a tooth removal with your dentist.
9 September 2016
Teeth that are stained by wine, coffee, tea, and cigarettes generally appear yellow or brown. Some of these stains will sit on the outside of the teeth, and a good whitening toothpaste can release some of the discoloration. If your teeth still appear dark after a whitening paste is used, then the stains you see are likely ingrained inside the dentin. These stains are called intrinsic stains, and they can be lightened during a professional tooth-whitening session with a cosmetic dentist.
19 July 2016
Before determining whether a root canal is necessary or not, your dentist will likely ask you several questions regarding any symptoms you may be experiencing and perform a thorough examination of the problematic tooth. Below are the five main tests that you can expect to experience when a dentist thinks you may need a root canal. Visual Examination A visual examination is usually painless and quick. Your dentist will ask you to open your mouth and will examine the tooth for discoloration, cavities, or any signs of infection along your tooth's roots.
21 April 2016
Many people have teeth extracted, and it isn't only because of poor oral hygiene. Sometimes, a tooth extraction is simply necessary. Check out these six common dental problems that may require tooth extraction. Major Damage A small cavity isn't serious enough to require extraction. Your dentist can simply restore the tooth with a filling. However, if you haven't taken good care of your teeth, you may have a lot of decay which has nearly destroyed the tooth.
21 April 2016
If getting regular dental checkups for your autistic child has always been a struggle due to his or her heightened sensory perceptions, you may greet the news that your child needs orthodontic treatment with dread. While purely cosmetic orthodontia may not be worth the cost and struggle until your child is older and more mature, corrective orthodontia may sometimes be necessary to preserve your child's dental health. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take that will help stave off any meltdowns or refusals to enter the orthodontist's office and allow your child to accept his or her treatment plan with grace.