December 6th, 2017
Do you have consistent pain in your tooth when you are biting or chewing? The culprit may be cracked tooth syndrome. This occurs when there is a crack in the tooth. In many cases this crack is too small to show up on radiographs or is under the gingiva. Cracked tooth syndrome can be difficult to properly identify. Signs and symptoms of a cracked tooth are pain upon biting or discomfort to temperatures like hot and cold. The discomfort lasts while the tooth is in use.
Some common causes for cracked teeth include: grinding or clenching, malocclusion of the teeth (improper bite), and large restorations in the teeth. Some treatment options for a cracked tooth include: bonding the affected tooth with composite, a full coverage restoration of the tooth (an onlay or crown), root canal therapy, and in severe cases extraction of the tooth.
If you feel like you may be clenching or grinding your teeth, especially at night, talk to your dentist about a night guard. This guard will help protect your teeth. Also if you have malocclusion, talk to your dentist about orthodontics (braces). A good bite creates a healthy environment for the mouth.
November 20th, 2017
Sonicare toothbrushes are amazing! The technology used for these toothbrushes provides a product that is very efficient and extremely easy to use. There are different models. At our office we have the Easy Clean model. This brush has one setting that is timed for two minutes. After two minutes the brush turns off on its own. It is efficient and simple. Another great model is the Diamond Clean. This model has several different settings with different frequencies. It is diverse and effective. It is also timed to ensure proper brushing length. They even have one for kids!
Sonicare toothbrushes can remove up to 7 times more plaque than a manual toothbrush. The way that they do this is through amplitude and frequency. Amplitude is how the brush head moves. Frequency is how fast the brush head moves. Sonicare's dynamic technology produces 31,000 brush strokes per minute versus the 300 brush strokes per minute produced by a manual toothbrush.
These brushes are very user friendly. They are timed and have a pause every 30 seconds. This allows you to spend the proper time in each quadrant of the mouth. After 2 minutes the brush turns off automatically, ensuring that the teeth have been brushed for the proper time. The most common mistake in brushing is not doing it long enough. Sonicare toothbrushes are a great tool for oral hygiene.
October 26th, 2017
There are many different products available to achieve a brighter smile. Here is a little information about some at home teeth whitening products. Some options include tray whitening and teeth whitening strips.
Tray whitening is a professional system that uses custom trays and whitening gel only available from the dentist. Impressions of your teeth are taken and trays are made from the models. The whitening gel is placed in the custom fitted trays and they can be worn for 30 minutes up to overnight depending on the strength of the gel. Desired results usually take approximately two weeks. These trays are reusable. You just need to replenish the whitening gel.
Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible strips of material with a film of whitening gel on one side. To use, place the strip gel side touching the teeth. Press the strips into place making sure to cover the front of the teeth. The strips are one size fits all so sometimes the gel can get onto the gums. The gel can be caustic to the gums causing mild to moderate discomfort. Teeth whitening strips are usually worn 30 minutes a day. Desired results usually take longer than the tray whitening systems. The strips are one time use only.
October 12th, 2017
In lieu of dental hygiene month, I would like to discuss flossing! It is a undoubtedly a favorite topic.
The goal of flossing is to clean in between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. There are several different methods and tools that can be used to achieve this goal. This particular blog will tell how to use traditional rope floss. I prefer Reach (waxed mint). However, if you have difficulty getting floss in between your teeth, I would recommend Glide. The technique for flossing with rope floss is as follows.
Break off a sizeable piece of floss (maybe 10 inches). Wind the floss around one of your middle fingers. Then wind the remaining around the middle finger on the other hand. There should be about two inches of floss between your fingers. Hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers while guiding it between your teeth using a gentle motion. Gently rub the floss against the teeth removing any debris. Use a clean area of floss when going between different teeth. Do this throughout the entire mouth. This technique is the most cost effective way to remove debris from in between the teeth. There are other ways to floss that are also beneficial. We will discuss them in the next blog.