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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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Dental Implant Surgury: What You Need to Know

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Tooth loss doesn’t have to mean that your days of smiling are over. If you have lost or are missing teeth, your dentist might be able to offer dental implant surgery. Below is a brief guide as to what you should expect if you choose to have dental implants, the surgical procedure and the different types of implant available.  Dental Implants Dental implants involve inserting an artificial tooth in place of a lost or missing tooth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are surgically attached to the jaw. This will help to stimulate the jaw bone, helping to prevent it from deteriorating. If your jaw bone deteriorates, it can cause your face to look caved-in and prematurely ages you. Dental implants restore your smile and are longer lasting when compared to other tooth replacement options such as dentures.   Pre-Surgery Assessment Dental implants are held in place by titanium posts which perform the same job as the root in a natural tooth, holding the artificial tooth in place. Before performing dental implant surgery, your dentist will perform an examination to determine if there is enough jaw bone to install the titanium post. If there is not enough jaw bone, your dentist may recommend a procedure which takes bone from another part of the jaw and grafts it on to the area that needs it. Treatment Once your dentist is happy with the jaw bone, he will perform the first part of the surgery. This involves the insertion and attachment of the titanium post into the jaw. It is likely you will have to wait between 2 and 6 months for the titanium post to fuse with the jaw. Once this has happened, your dentist will attach the artificial tooth to the post and the treatment will be complete. Types of Implant Endosseous Implants: These implants are screwed into the bone. These are the most commonly used implants, provided your jaw is the correct depth and width to accommodate them.  Subperiosteal Implants: These implants use a metal frame work which sits on top of the jaw but underneath the gum tissue. They are often used as an alternative when endosseous implants will not fit the patients jaw. Transosteal Implants: These implants are normally used when the patient has very limited jaw bone material. The main disadvantage is that it can only be used on the lower jaw and require extensive surgery which requires hospitalisation. If you are considering dental implants, contact your dentist today for more information and to book a consultation...

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Four non-surgical ways to correct bad bites in kids

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A bad bite is a condition where the upper and lower jaws severely misalign when the jaws are closed. This condition is also known as malocclusion.  Bad bites can either be underbites, where the lower jaw protrudes over the upper one, or overbites, where the upper one significantly protrudes over the lower one. Other types are openbites or overbites. These conditions not only interfere with one’s appearance but also lead to improper chemistry between your teeth and jaws, thereby hastening tooth wear. However, these conditions are treatable. If you’ve discovered such conditions in your kids, then here are some of the best treatment options you can use without taking your child to surgery. Braces Braces have proven their effectiveness in getting these bad bites under control. An anchor at the back teeth is connected to the brackets at the front teeth by a metal wire. The wire exerts tension over the teeth and gradually gets them back to their proper position. The tension is steadily increased untill the teeth retain their shape. Braces can treat all kinds of bad bites. If your child doesn’t like the look of braces, you could go for clear braces that are made from polymer. You could also get your child lingual braces that fit at the back of the teeth, making them practically invisible. Palatal expanders Expanders are another option when treating bad bites. This is a wire-frame device fitted on the teeth to assist in widening the jaws. Unlike braces that only move the teeth, palatal expanders move the right and left parts of a jaw. This technique works best in children because their jaws are in constant growth. The expanders are normally adjusted every night to expand the jaws. They can also be used to shorten the time your child will wear braces. When dealing with an underbite, for instance, an upper jaw expander can be used to widen the upper jaw till the teeth stop closing inside the lower jaw. Tooth reshaping Another option is to go for a tooth reshaping treatment. This is a good option when the bad bite is not as pronounced, and the teeth are fairly aligned. It works by evenly shaping out the teeth in a way that exerts minimal pressure across your gums. Reverse-pull face mask Chin cups or reverse-pull masks are also an option in treating bad bites. A chin cup is a device that looks like a headgear. It has got elastic bands placed around your child’s head that connect to metal bands in the jaws. It works by limiting the growth of the lower jaw in relation to the upper one, thereby getting the teeth back into proper position. Chin cups can treat moderate to excessive bad...

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Child Oral Surgery 101: 2FAQs

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A large number of young patients dread visiting their family dentist for simple dental procedures. For such patients, the thought of going through an oral surgery is more than frightening. A parent is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that they make the thought of oral surgery less-frightening for their child(ren). Discussed in this article are answers to two questions that concerned parents often have in relation to pediatric oral surgery. Why Must One Pay For A Medical Evaluation And A Dental Evaluation Before Surgery? Before an appointment is made with an oral surgeon, a parent will have to take his or her children for a full medical evaluation at the doctor’s office and a full dental evaluation at the family dentist’s office. A full medical evaluation is required to determine whether a potential candidate for pediatric oral surgery has pre-existing medical conditions that may cause complications during surgery, or conditions that may compromise the effectiveness of surgery as an intervention for a child’s problem. On the other hand, a dental evaluation is needed to establish the status of the child’s dentition. Through the dental evaluation, a family dentist will establish whether potential candidates for pediatric oral surgery have developing tooth follicles in their oral cavity. The presence of these follicles increases the risk of traumatic injuries on a child during surgery. Such injuries can have long-term negative effects on a child’s future growth and development. How Do Oral Surgeons Deal With Child Anxiety? A child is bound to have various unvoiced fears about going for an oral surgery, and dental health practitioners understand this all too well. During the actual procedure, sedatives are administered to the young patients so that they’re able to sleep through the procedure. This is commonly done through the administration of local anesthetics and/or nitrous oxide gas. Before it gets to this point however, the young patient is taken through a session of behavioral guidance in a bid to bring down his or her levels of anxiety. Behavioral guidance allows a dental health practitioner to assess the social, psychological and emotional status of a patient before the actual surgery. During this assessment, the child gets an opportunity to have their questions about the procedure answered by the practitioner and their fears addressed. As a responsible parent, it is important to share relevant and factual information with potential candidates of pediatric oral surgery as this might boost their confidence levels with regards to the procedure at...

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Can Chewing Gum Get Rid of Bad Breath?

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If you’ve eaten something particularly stinky or are having a bad-breath day after last night’s curry, you may already chew gum to try to sweeten your breath. While you may think that it’s simply the flavour of the gum that masks the smell of your mouth temporarily, chewing gum may have positive longer-term effects on how your breath smells. How can chewing gum help cure bad breath? Chewing Gum Gives Your Teeth an Informal Clean Chewing gum’s stickiness can be a useful way of cleaning out food particles that get stuck between your teeth. These particles may be part of the problem that causes bad breath. Your oral bacteria break these particles down when they get stuck in your mouth and, during this process, the bacteria may release smelly compounds that make your mouth smell less than fresh. Chewing gum, especially after eating, can help make keep your teeth food-particle free until your next brushing and flossing session. Chewing Gum Creates More Saliva You may not pay much attention to the saliva in your mouth; however, this fluid plays an important role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. When saliva washes around your mouth, it can pick up bacteria from your teeth, gums and soft tissues and remove it. This may also remove some of the bacteria that is giving you bad breath. Chewing gum can also encourage better saliva production generally. If you chew gum regularly, your saliva glands grow and work more effectively. If your mouth is dry, you may notice that it smells worse; getting more saliva into your mouth may help shift some bad breath smells on an ongoing basis. Some Gum Flavours Kill Bad Breath Bacteria While any flavour of gum can help you deal with stuck food particles and can increase your saliva flow, some flavours may have a more active effect on the bacteria that causes your bad breath in the first place. For example, chewing gums that contain plant oils such as cinnamon may contain compounds that remove the bacteria that create bad breath smells by 50%. Chewing Gum Tips Always make sure to chew sugar-free gum. Regular gum that contains sugar may help fix your bad breath; however, the gum’s sugar content may also increase dental problems such as tooth decay. If you suffer from bad breath all the time and can’t work out why, talk to your dentist. Bad breath is often caused by food, drink and habits like smoking; however, it can also be a sign of an underlying dental problem such as decay or gum disease. Chewing gum is a useful dental tool; however, you should not use it as a replacement for brushing and...

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Reasons Why Kids and Adults Have Different Orthodontic Needs

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As orthodontic treatments have become increasingly advanced over the years, more adults are seeking this treatment to remedy oral defects that they have had to endure since childhood. However, it should be noted that orthodontics designed for children and teenagers are not the same as those designed for fully-grown adults. As such, you cannot simply walk into an orthodontist’s office and demand a specific type of dental treatment without them establishing whether you qualify for it or not. If you are seeking orthodontic treatment, here are some of the things you need to know as to why kids and adults will have different needs. The age difference is a factor for orthodontic treatment As you age, you develop other health related issues that children will not have. For instance, adult patients that are seeking orthodontic treatment will have significantly less bone in the roots of their teeth than younger patients. The reduced bone mass affects the supply of blood in your mouth and puts you at risk of developing other conditions that kids may not be susceptible to, such as developing gingivitis. Additionally, adult bones are not growing anymore and tend to be harder and more brittle when compared to younger bones. As such, adults tend to need a longer period of time to adjust to their orthodontic treatment, as your teeth will not move into place as easily as those of younger patients. These biomechanical limitations that adults are prone to make orthodontic tooth realignment a more complex process when compared to children. The bite correction is different A common reason why both children and adults would require orthodontic treatment is to remedy an improper bite or a malocclusion. With adults, suffering from a deep overbite would require the orthodontist to create additional space in your mouth for your teeth to move into place. This will typically involve the extraction of multiple teeth. Additionally, suffering from bite problems from childhood can cause it to be severely worse as you get older due to the gradual wearing down of your teeth. Thus, you will find some adults requiring perio-restorative solutions as part of their orthodontic treatment. All these are concerns that children will not have, as their dental formula is still forming as they grow. Problems stemming for previous tooth extractions Another consideration that makes orthodontic treatment differ in children and adults is prior tooth extraction. Some adults will require tooth extraction or various reasons such as broken teeth, oral infections and more. If these prior extractions sites are not conducive for the movement of teeth into their place, the orthodontist will have to seek other methods to facilitate the treatment such as incorporating prosthetic bone into the affected area. This is not a common concern in children, as they are mainly dealing with gaps from baby teeth rather than permanent teeth.  If you’re interested in getting orthodontic treatment as an adult, it’s best to consult with an experienced dentist who specializes in orthodontics about whether or not usual orthodontic methods will work for...

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