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Tips to keep your Oral Appliance Clean

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Many people wear some type of oral appliance. Follow the tips below to keep dentures, mouthguards, nightguards, retainers, and orthodontic aligners clean and bacteria- free. DON’T use toothpaste on the appliance. Toothpaste is abrasive and is good to clean enamel, a hard structure that makes up your tooth. Appliances are too soft and toothpaste will scratch the surface. Bacteria will collect in these tiny surface scratches. DO use liquid dish or hand soap to clean your appliance. These are very gentle and can be applied with a soft brush. DO Use a separate brush than the one used for your mouth. Your mom may have washed your mouth with soap for saying bad...

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Dentures

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Missing teeth can affect your eating, speech, and appearance. A denture is a custom made removable appliance that can replace missing teeth. There are two main types of dentures- complete and partial. Complete dentures replace all teeth in your arch and can be fitted for the top, bottom, or both. The complete denture rests on your tissue. Complete dentures can also be fitted over implants. This gives the denture something to anchor onto. A partial denture is made when some of your natural teeth remain. The partial fills in where the teeth are missing and stays in by hooking around existing natural teeth. Making a denture requires several visits and takes about 3-6...

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TMD

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a condition that describes a variety of of disorders affecting the joints, muscles, and nerves of the jaw. Located on each side of your face, the temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw to your skull. The joints and muscles around them help you open and close your mouth. TMD occurs when the joint is damaged or the muscles around the joint malfunction. It can be quite painful. It can be caused by trauma or injury, an improper bite due to the teeth being misaligned, arthritis in the joint or stress which can lead to clenching or grinding of the jaw. Some TMD symptoms: Jaw pain that is most noticeable in the morning. Jaw pain with...

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Making the first dental visit positive

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

A big chair that moves, bright lights, scary tools and loud sounds can scare a young child going to the dentist for the first time. What can parents do to help? Let them watch from the sidelines Bring your child with you to your visit so they can see how non-threatening it is. Let them see you and the dentist in action. Choose your words carefully Do not use words like sharp tools, needles, drills. Words can paint a scary picture to your child. Read a book Several books exist for kids about going to the dentist. Arthur, Dora the Explorer, and Berenstain Bears are a few that can help take the mystery out of the visit. Your local library will have books on the...

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Wisdom Teeth

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Most people get three permanent molars in each section of their mouth. First molars come in around age 6, second molars around age 12, and third molars (also know as wisdom teeth), anywhere from 17-21 years old. They are called wisdom teeth because they are the last to come in, when you are an adult. And when you become and adult- you have all your wisdom. Of course, not everyone gets all four of them. Sometimes they do not come in straight or are impacted (stuck under the gum at a weird angle.) At this point your dentist may recommend you get them removed. If they can’t come in properly they can lead to infection, a cavity in the tooth next to it, gum disease,...

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Root Canal Therapy

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Your tooth is actually alive and is composed of different layers. The outer enamel, dentin, and in the very center is the pulp tissue. Pulp tissue is made of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This tissue runs down to the very edge of the roots- also known as canals. Some teeth have more than one root- and therefore- more canals. If the pulp tissue gets infected- you feel pain. It can throb, be sensitive to biting, or hot and cold. The pain is often worse at night when you are laying in bed. Many things can cause the infection- a deep cavity, fracture or trauma to the tooth. All of these can lead to the pressure build up in the pulp which leads to the...

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