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Decide on Dentures: 4 Reasons to Ask Your Dentist

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As people get older, a good many of them need to consider having dentures fitted.  For some people, that can feel worrying, as there are some pretty persistent misconceptions floating around—but in truth, there’s nothing to be concerned about with getting dentures fitted.  In fact, they can seriously improve your quality of life.  Here are four good reasons to feel confident about having them fitted and why. Nobody Can Tell You’re Wearing Them Sometimes, people can be self-conscious about having dentures fitted, feeling that everyone will know, but the reality is that this couldn’t be further from the truth.  They aren’t noticeable at all.  In fact, modern dentures look so natural and well-fitted that they’re practically indistinguishable from real teeth.  The only people aware of them will be you and your dentist. They Look Great You likely will notice a difference yourself if you look in the mirror!  Your smile will look bright and clear as if you’ve just had them nicely cleaned and whitened.  Again, it’s not an unnatural or false look—it will just brighten your smile. They Won’t Fall Out People can be plagued by the thought of their dentures falling out while they’re eating or speaking, but again, this is a fear that couldn’t be further from the truth.  You’ll fix your dentures in place with specially designed glue.  This is safe to use in your mouth but is extremely strong; if applied correctly, there’s little to no chance of your dentures coming out of your mouth at inopportune moments. It Won’t Ruin Your Diet Another common misconception about dentures is that they permanently affect your diet.  This isn’t the case.  There will be a small period of adjustment after having your dentures fitted, as you learn to eat while wearing them.  During that time, softer foods will be more comfortable for you, but this is only temporary.  You’ll be able to eat normally in the long run.  It may simply be a case of learning to chew in the back of your mouth, where the dentures are more solidly fitted.  The only things you may wish to avoid are nuts and seeds, which can become stuck under your dentures and irritate your mouth, or big chunks of raw vegetables. In short, most of the concerns that people have about dentures are based on misconceptions.  In reality, they can vastly improve your quality of life.  If you think they could be good for you, then be sure to make an appointment and ask your dentist.  They’ll be able to answer any other questions you have,...

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Three Ways to Improve the Appearance of Your Teeth This Holiday Season

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The holidays are a magical time to enjoy with loved ones, but they can be hard on the teeth. Dangerous winter activities often lead to tooth damage, many festive foods increase staining, and you might start the new year wishing you had a better-looking smile. Follow the tips below to keep your teeth looking bright and healthy this holiday season. Here is what to avoid and how to improve teeth that are already looking a bit worse for wear. Protect your teeth against chips during holiday activities Snowball fights are a lot of fun, but they’re also risky. Snowballs can quickly harden to become solid ice, which has the ability to chip teeth when thrown with force. Hard rocks and pebbles can also find their way into snowballs, increasing the risk. To stay completely safe, stick to building snowmen, making snow angels on the ground, and sledding. If you can’t bear to go without a snowball fight, pick up some safe, indoor snowballs made of soft material. There’s an old tradition of baking coins into festive puddings, with the person who gets the coin slice being blessed with good luck. Unfortunately, this practice comes with a risk of cracking or chipping a tooth by biting down on the hard object — and that won’t leave you feeling very lucky! Keep coins in your purse and out of your dessert this year. Avoid festive foods that stain Many festive foods are terrible when it comes to staining. Avoid mulled wine made with dark, red wines, and stick to drinks like eggnog instead. Try to limit your intake of sugar, and take care to brush your teeth really thoroughly after indulging in cakes and puddings. Avoid foods like candy canes, which take a long time to eat and leave your teeth coated in sugar. Pick small boiled sweets that can be eaten quickly instead. You can still enjoy plenty of traditional foods like nuts, cheese, meat and vegetables — none of these pose a great risk to your oral health. Treat yourself to professional whitening Christmas is a perfect time to treat yourself to a gift, and professional whitening is one that you’ll be able to enjoy all year round. Choose laser whitening for the fastest results — you’ll be able to show off your shiny new teeth to all your friends and family at festive parties. Your dentist will paint a special bleaching solution onto your teeth, then speed up the whitening process using a laser. You’ll be able to see instant results, and if your teeth aren’t quite as pearly as you’d like, you can go back for repeat...

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4 Symptoms Associated With Irreversible Pulpitis

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Pulpitis refers to the inflammation of the pulp, the soft tissue made of nerves and blood vessels that lies within each tooth. Pulpitis is generally reversible, but irreversible pulpitis, as the name indicates, is not. In this case, the nerve tissue will be considered alive, but the presence of irreversible inflammatory agents will mean that it cannot recover. Here are four signs that you might be suffering from irreversible pulpitis. 1. Excessive Sensitivity to Hot and Cold Whether reversible or irreversible, pulpitis often results in an increased flow of blood to the tooth in question, a condition referred to as hyperaemia. With more blood flowing to the pulp, you’re likely to find that your teeth are more sensitive. However, sensitivity to both hot and cold foods and drinks is far more commonly associated with irreversible pulpitis; reversible pulpitis will usually only result in an increased sensitivity to cold. 2. Lingering Pain If you have irreversible pulpitis, you’re likely to experience significantly more pain than you do with reversible pulpitis. A continuous ache is quite common, and you may notice swelling around the tooth. The pain will still peak when you chew or place any pressure on the tooth, and the pain will remain strong for a few minutes after the stimulus has been removed. 3. Sensitivity to Pressure Pressure will usually cause pain when you have pulpitis, but that pain will become exquisitely intense once the pulp has started to become necrotic (when it has begun to actually die). When this has started to occur, you will find that the tooth no longer responds in any way to hot or cold stimuli, but it will become far more sensitive to pressure. This is because infections tend to develop around the tooth, and when this occurs, it will often feel as if the tooth is riding a little higher than normal since resulting abscesses can actually start raising the tooth out of its socket. 4. Tenderness in the Neck, Jaw, or Under the Chin When an infection is allowed to occur around your tooth due to irreversible pulpitis, it is possible for that infection to spread. The lymph nodes, which are located under the jaw and chin, are particularly likely to develop an associated infection, so you may notice a slight tenderness or sense of swelling across these areas. Any kind of pulpitis really demands the attention of a dentist, but irreversible pulpitis can be particularly troublesome if not treated quickly. Make sure you book an appointment as soon as possible with an endodontist if any of the signs listed above present...

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A Quick Look at What You Should Know on Composite Resin Bonding Used in Cosmetic Dentistry

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These days, advances in technology enable dentists to solve all sorts of tooth problems through cosmetic dentistry. This area of dental practice is concerned with improving the aesthetic (and function in some cases) of your teeth and other tissues like the gums and jawlines. One way that dentists do this is by using composite resin bonding, a procedure aimed at improving the looks of your dentition by restoring the size, shape, and overall alignment of the teeth. Composite resin bonding is a fairly invasive and affordable procedure, aimed at giving you the perfect looking teeth. Here’s a quick look at the important things that you should know about composite resin bonding: What Is the Bonding Material Made of and What Should You Expect? Composite resin is a white filler material made using a mixture of glass and plastic. The resin is shaped and moulded to look like teeth so that it gives the impression of straighter and whiter teeth after it has been set in place. Composite resin is a perfect solution for gapped teeth, chipped and stained teeth or fillings. The bonding procedure just takes a single appointment with your dentist unlike many other dental procedures, such as a root canal, that need more than a single appointment. What Are the some of the Insurance Implications? Before you go for composite resin bonding, you should find out if your health insurer will sort the whole bill or a part of it. This will help you budget well and go for the procedure with enough money to cater for any other additional therapies required during the healing process. Insurance firms treat composite resin procedures differently. Some regard it as a purely cosmetic procedure. They will only foot your bill if there is proof that the procedure was fundamental to your health. Does Composite Bonding Work for Overbites and Underbites?     No. If your dentition is affected by an overbite or underbite, then you might need more than composite resin bonding. Basically, an overbite is a case where your upper front teeth project past your lower teeth and lips (in worse cases). An underbite, on the other hand, is a case where the front lower teeth project beyond the upper front teeth. Both conditions can be the result of genetic traits that have been passed down the family tree, bad oral habits and irregular growth of the jawbones. Here, composite resin bonding won’t suffice as correctional surgery has to be carried out to reset the disjointed...

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Types of Dental Crowns That You Could Choose From

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If you require a dental crown for your oral health, you should keep in mind that not one type of dental crown would be suited for all oral health solutions. This is why there is a variety to choose from to ensure that not only will the crown be the most suitable option for you, but also that you can find something that would be within your budget. If you need more than one dental crown, you can even opt to use a combination of the different crowns available to ensure that your needs are met. The following are some of the dental crowns that you could make a selection from. Metallic dental crowns If keeping your teeth’s appearance as natural as possible is not a concern for you, then metallic crowns are a great option that you could consider. These types of crowns come in either silver or gold. Metallic crowns tend to be the most durable crowns you can choose. Therefore, you would not have to worry about undue chipping or breaking of your dental crown. In addition to this, metallic crowns are also highly biocompatible. This is because they preserve the structure of adjacent teeth. It should be noted, though, that metallic crowns are not the most aesthetically appealing option. This is because they are conspicuous and thus will draw attention to your tooth. Nevertheless, you could opt to install them on your molars or premolars where they would be harder to spot. Porcelain dental crowns These crowns are popular due to the fact they create the most tooth-like appearance once they have been installed. As such, porcelain crowns would be a suitable choice for people who would like to maintain the natural appearance of their teeth as much as they possibly can. It should be noted that porcelain crowns are not as inherently strong as their metallic counterparts are. Therefore, you would have to be careful when using them as they can acquire chips and cracks just as your regular teeth would. However, if you are careful with them and do not expose them to unnecessary high impact, the porcelain crowns can last you a significant amount of time. Another thing to note about porcelain crowns is that they can also develop staining just like your regular teeth. It would be prudent to ensure that you maintain your oral health regime to keep them in pristine condition. Nevertheless, porcelain crowns would be a suitable option if you require crowns on your front teeth as they would seamlessly blend in with your regular...

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Four Ways Front Teeth Veneers Can Help You Financially

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Dental veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells your dentist can permanently attach to your front teeth. These veneers can make your teeth appear straighter, longer, shorter, less pointed, whiter or smoother, and they promise to cover a range of cosmetic issues on your front teeth. However, teeth veneers are more than just a cosmetic improvement to your smile. They can also be an investment into your long term financial health. Here’s a look at how: 1. Smiling is important in job interviews. If you are not confident about your smile because of cracked, crooked or discoloured teeth, you may be hesitant to smile at a job interview. Unfortunately, that blunder can cost you the job, and in fact, analysts identify not smiling as the third most common interviewing mistake made by job seekers. The first two mistakes are failing to make eye contact and not knowing about the company for which you are interviewing. If you are meeting with someone about a job, front teeth veneers may give you the confidence boost you need to smile through the process. 2. White teeth have been linked to hiring. Even if your teeth are relatively perfect based on culturally normative standards of beauty, if they are not white, that may affect your chances of being hired. In fact, one study showed that after having their teeth whitened 58% of participants received job offers and 53% received raises. Additionally, nearly two-thirds of study participants with whitened smiles were viewed by the interviewers as more confident and out-going than participants who had not had their teeth whitened. As front teeth veneers can make your teeth appear whiter, this is another way they can help you. 3. Bad teeth are linked to all kinds of social biases. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of biases around “bad” teeth. For example, many cartoons depict buck-toothed characters as unintelligent or people with big teeth as sinister. Those seemingly innocuous characterisations can bleed into society and affect how you are perceived based on your teeth. 4. Business involves a lot of first impressions. Even once you are hired to a job, you likely have to deal with a lot of first impressions. For example, regardless of what you do, you may have to speak with customers, clients, co-workers, managers, vendors or others on a regular basis. If you have a straight, healthy smile thanks to good luck or front teeth veneers, you increase your chance of making a positive first impression. That can affect your sales, how customers and clients perceive you, your likelihood of advancing and many other things. If you are thinking about getting front teeth veneers, remember it’s not just about improving your smile. It’s also about investing into your financial...

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Can Your Dentures Change Their Shape or Size? What You Need to Know

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If you’re about to receive your first set of full or partial dentures, you need to do everything you can to look after them. Dentures can be a significant investment and of course, they are vitally important in your day-to-day life. Sometimes it can feel like your dentures can change their shape or even their size. But how is this possible? In some instances it might be due to improper care on your part (which is very easy to avoid), or it might be a natural part of the aging process. So how can you avoid having your dentures changing their shape or size? And what can you do if this happens despite your best efforts? Hot Water You need to be careful about the temperature of the water in which you wash or even rinse your dentures. Hot water is not recommended. The dental plate (the pink plate to which the prosthetic teeth are attached) is made from a durable acrylic resin. While this plate might feel rigid, it in fact is somewhat pliable. It’s not as though you can bend it with your hands, but hot water can cause the dental plate to change its shape, much like how plastic can melt. This change is barely noticeable, but it can greatly alter the effectiveness of your dentures. When their shape has been changed due to hot water, the dentures will no longer fit your hard palate (the roof of your mouth) or the base of your mouth. While you can still use them, this improper fit can cause irritation as your dentures rub against the interior of your mouth in their new shape. This irritation can even lead to small sores. If the reshaping has created a small hollow, this can give bacteria a space to pool, leading to bad breath and leaving your natural teeth more susceptible to periodontal issues. In short, only wash or rinse your dentures in cold or lukewarm water. Drying Out It’s also possible for dentures to dry out and become too rigid. If you remove your dentures at night, they will need to be soaked. You can use standard tap water, or tap water with an added denture cleaning solution (which is usually in tablet form). These tablets contain components classed as alkaline peroxidases, which release tiny oxygen bubbles when they come into contact with water. This bubbling action helps to clean your dentures. Your dentures need to stay moist, whether this is by being kept in your mouth or by being soaked overnight. If your dentures dry out, they can become too rigid, removing any semblance of pliability. This can mean that they will feel like they have changed shape. Gingival Recession Even if you take exemplary care of your dentures, it might eventually feel like they have changed their shape or size. This might not be the case, and it might be that the contours of your mouth have in fact changed. This is known as gingival recession, and a US study showed that 71% of those aged 50–59 years old were affected. This is thought to be a natural part of the aging process, so it might be that a comparable percentage of Australians will be affected. It’s not a major issue, and yet it can cause your...

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Pica-Chew: Tips for Safeguarding Your Dental Health When You Have Pica

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Pica is a condition where people eat things that aren’t foods and do not contain nutrients. The issue has been described since ancient times, and people with pica may eat clay, rocks, feces, fingernails and a long list of other items. Unfortunately, pica has been associated with wearing down dental enamel and a few other issues. Luckily, there are ways you can minimise the damage. Take a look at these ideas: 1. Address the undying cause of the pica No one is 100 percent sure what causes pica. However, the condition is often thought to be linked to mineral deficiencies or mental health issues such as obsessive compulsive disorder. Talk with your general physician about the issue, get tested for mineral deficiencies and consider going to counseling.  2. Talk with your dentist about your pica Because pica involves putting strange substances in your mouth, it can have effects on your teeth. Talk with your dentist about any dental pain you have had due to the pica and see if your dentist has any tips or ideas to help resolve those issues. Also, if you have any worn enamel, cracked teeth or other issues, repair them so that those issues don’t get worse and harder to repair. 3. Try to keep hard substances, germs and bacteria to a minimum If you have had pica symptoms for a long time, you may not just be able to stop the behavior immediately. However, you can take steps to minimise the potential damage. For example, if you chew ice or stones, consider wearing a rubber mouth guard when doing it because chewing hard non-food items puts your teeth at risk of cracking. Alternatively, try to switch to something softer to chew. For example, chew soft clay instead of rocks. Similarly, if you chew your fingernails, wash your hands first so that you don’t spread potential cavity-causing bacteria to your mouth. 4. Brush and floss after chewing things As you work on the pica and try to find a resolution for it, you may need to engage in reactive measures. To that end, brush and floss your teeth after a pica episode as well as after meals and snacks. If brushing on the go doesn’t work for your situation, chew sugar-free gum. It can help to agitate the dirt and debris off your teeth. Also, consider carrying antiseptic mouthwash with you at all times.   For more tips on dealing with the dental effects of pica, contact your dentist or a specialist in...

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Brushing but Still Getting a Toothache? Watch Out for These Common Dental Hygiene Errors

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There’s no way that you can go wrong with dental hygiene, right? All you need to do is brush and floss. Unfortunately, those two steps aren’t enough. If you’re brushing but still suffering from toothache and other dental problems, you may be making some common mistakes. Here are the dental hygiene errors to stop making. Brushing Too Hard The blood from your mouth may not just be due to gum disease. You may be doing some damage to your gums because of your brushing. Brushing hard doesn’t help get the plaque off your teeth. It cuts the gums and can lead to them receding. This exposes your teeth roots, causing tooth decay and other issues in the future. The same can happen if you brush for too long or too often throughout the day. Not Brushing Long Enough Showing your teeth the toothbrush isn’t going to do anything to fight off tooth decay. Most dentists agree that you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes, according to Colgate. Longer than this could cause some damage to your gums, as already covered. If you have children, help them brush their teeth and encourage them to brush for the full two minutes. You can use a timer in the bathroom. Some electronic toothbrushes are now timed to vibrate every 30 seconds to help make sure you brush for a long enough period. Brushing as Soon as You Eat You’ve had something acidic or sweet. You may think that now is the perfect time to brush, but this isn’t actually the case. Give your mouth enough time to produce the saliva needed to remove the bacteria and acid from the teeth. Brushing right away will just spread the sugar and acid around your mouth, doing more damage to your teeth. You can even brush the sugar into the gaps of the teeth, damaging the enamel further. Getting the Wrong Toothbrush Toothbrushes come with different sized heads and length of bristles. Getting the right one for your mouth is important. If you have to open your mouth wide to make the toothbrush fit, you’re not going to clean your teeth effectively. It should be comfortable and easy to hold. Likewise, avoid bristles that are too hard for the gums. This will do the same damage as brushing too hard. Simply brushing and flossing your teeth isn’t good enough. You may still end up with toothache and dental problems, because you’ve made the mistakes mentioned above. Visit your dentist regularly and find out the steps you need to take to look after your...

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Should You Be Thinking about Replacing Your Crowns?

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It seems that nothing lasts forever, and with the passage of time you often start to think about those dental crowns that you had fitted all those years ago. Maybe it’s time to replace? What situations could lead to a need to replace your crown? How Long Should they Last? It’s important to realise that (for crowns that were fitted some time ago) the average life expectancy should be between five and 15 years. However, this will depend a lot on your “bite” and how those teeth come together, as well as your oral hygiene practices. Beware of Fractures When you bite, you exert a tremendous amount of pressure and over time this can cause damage to the porcelain part of the crown. Any damage can cause a tiny fracture all the way through. If this situation has arisen, it’s not possible to repair that crown and it has to be replaced instead. Most often, dentists will fit a different type of crown called “fused to metal” these days, especially for back teeth where the pressure is even greater. Root Canal Complications If at any time you should need a root canal in the area where you have had a crown fitted, then your dentist has two options. Firstly, today’s technology allows them to create a perforation in the crown in order to access the area for treatment. Sometimes, this can cause the actual structure of the crown to be affected and this may not allow a filling to be placed following the root canal work. In this second case, the crown may have to be removed before treatment, but it can be replaced afterwards. Wear and Tear Could Signal Crown Replacement You may have noticed that the teeth opposite the crown are exhibiting more wear and tear than is normal. This could be because they are coming into contact with a crown made of more abrasive and harder material. In this case, ask the cosmetic dentist whether you can replace the crown with materials that are less likely to cause this damage over time. Outer Damage May Be Repairable Fused to metal crowns are made from porcelain, with a metal “jacket” designed to actually cover the tooth. The porcelain element is the outer layer, which is fused to that jacket and gives it the proper appearance. Usually, damage will occur to the outer porcelain and not the inner metal jacket. If your dentist notices only damage to the porcelain, then that can be repaired, but if there should be any issue with the metal jacket beneath, then that calls for a full crown replacement. Stop Clenching for Longer Life If you have a habit of clenching your teeth at night, then you should ask the dentist to help you stop this behaviour. Otherwise, over time the crown can be perforated, which will allow dental plaque to penetrate and potentially form a...

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