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Dentures To Replace Your Lost Teeth

Dentures To Replace Your Lost Teeth

Dentures To Replace Your Lost Teeth

Dentures, or false teeth as they are called by most people, are one method to help those who have lost their teeth cope.  A set of dentures is made from molds taken of a patient’s mouth and are therefore a perfect solution to the problem.  Modern dentures look so real that most people will never even know someone is wearing dentures unless the fact is confessed.  Dentures are necessary not only for the practical matter of chewing food, but also cosmetically because the teeth give support to the lips and cheeks and without that support a person’s face looks drawn and much older than its actual age.

 

Dentures come in two main types, partial and complete, and which style a person needs will be determined by the condition of the remaining teeth, if any.  Partial dentures usually cannot cover large gaps and are normally used when there are only a few teeth missing.  Partial dentures can be removable which is preferable in the majority of situations or fixed such as in the case where there are only one or two teeth missing and the partial is glued into place using the adjoining teeth as anchors.  Removable partial dentures use metal clips to attach temporarily to other teeth when they are being worn but can be taken out at will and are treated and maintained as would a complete set of dentures.  Because they are made from a material softer than real teeth it is recommended that dentures, whether partial or full, be cleaned using a soaking method rather than a brushing method which may cause scratches that can harbor bacteria.

 

Complete dentures are used when the entire set of teeth on either or both of the upper and lower jaw have been removed.  An entire set of teeth are molded to fill the space and they can be made of either porcelain or plastic.  Porcelain dentures are becoming very rare with the technological advances that have been made in the production of plastic dentures which have resulted in a much more durable denture that is still quite affordable.

 

Dentures are an excellent choice as long as the underlying gums and tissues are healthy and able to provide a good structural support.  A good set of dentures can be expected to last a long time but will not last forever.  Other factors also change the way that the dentures fit such as the wearing away of the bone that is supporting the dentures so getting a new set of dentures may be desirable before the old set has worn out.  If a patient waits too long to have a new set of dentures made it may not be possible for the dentist to make a new set that fit as well as the originals did because of the changes that occur in the mouth over time in reaction to the dentures.  It is a good idea to prevent this from occurring by getting a new set of dentures made on a regular schedule.  Most experts recommend a new set of dentures approximately every seven years.

Is the Michigan Dental Assisting School at Bright Side Dental worth it?

Question by Lisa: Is the Michigan Dental Assisting School at Bright Side Dental worth it?
It’s a 10 week program. The tuition is $ 3,500 due up front. I’m thinking about signing up for their application for their credit card so I can make monthly payments, but I doubt I’ll get approved. I have my bachelors degree in speech pathology but I only applied to one school for the masters program and I did not get in. I applied to dental assistant jobs that say they will train the right person, but unfortunately, I received no calls. I’m just trying to find a decent paying job so I can move out of my parents house and live on my own. Anyway, they say DA’s make 29-37,000 in Michigan. I have to pay back the money they loan me on their credit card in 18 months at 14.9% interest. I’m not good with numbers and calculations, but should I just apply anyway?

Best answer:

Answer by jannsody
Please be aware that their website doesn’t mention anything about being accredited in any way (not even nationally accredited which is basically worthless 🙂 In addition, the school is NOT accredited by the “American dental association”.

Please also instead consider the more affordable (and usually more reputable) *community college* and/or the *state-public university* (or even the county vo-tech adult school) as long as the program is accredited within the industry. Just an fyi that “American public university” is a for-profit school.

For U.S. colleges (though please still forgo those for-profit schools): http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ

General career info: http://www.bls.gov/ooh and can search.

Before considering dental assistant training, please look through some dental textbooks such as those found at the local community college library that offers a dental assistant/dental hygiene program or a local dental/medical school library. Some patients may have severe dental disease which can be difficult for some to handle.

To search for an accredited dental assistant program: http://www.ada.org/5500.aspx

With regard to moving out, you may be aware, but saving up one’s money is crucial before having enough to get one’s own place 🙂 How about working out a budget of your monthly expenses vs. how much money you have to work with, at this point.

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Q&A: affordable dental assistant/hygiene schools near san jose ca?

Question by Jazmin: affordable dental assistant/hygiene schools near san jose ca?
I live in san jose and have been looking for vocational dental schools/training. dont want any real expensive places like Heald, Carrington, Everest etc. please help!

Best answer:

Answer by jannsody
You’re smart to want to avoid those private For-profit schools such as heald, Everest, devry and Carrington. If the local community college (or county vo-tech adult school for dental assistant) has an accredited program from the “American dental association”, those schools are usually more affordable and reputable.

Before taking pre-req courses for dental assisting or dental hygiene, please look through and peruse some dental textbooks such as those found at the local community college library that offers DA or DH or the local dental/medical school library. Some patients may have severe dental disease which may be tough for some to handle. If you haven’t done some job shadowing, please find out about that as well.

For accredited programs in DA or DH: http://www.ada.org/5500.aspx

U.S. colleges: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ

General career info: http://www.bls.gov/ooh and can search.

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Dental Plaque Needs To Be Taken Seriously

Dental Plaque Needs To Be Taken Seriously

Dental plaque is the most significant cause of tooth decay and should be a concern for anyone interested in good dental health. Dental plaque is a film caused by bacteria in the mouth and  forms on teeth.  It can be completely colorless or have a slightly yellow tint.  If it is not removed it will harden and become tartar.  Plaque, if left unattended, will lead to cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.  Dental plaque needs to be taken seriously.Dental Plaque

When you eat or drink foods high in sugar the bacteria in your mouth turns these sugars into acids that can dissolve tooth enamel and the bacteria multiply using this sugar as a food source.  It is this bacteria that is the source of dental plaque.  The formation of plaque cannot be prevented but it can be discouraged and slowed down.  This starts with brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a good quality soft bristled tooth brush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride.  Dental floss should be used at least once a day in conjunction with your brushing to help prevent the build up of dental plaque.  Be sure to rinse your mouth well after brushing and flossing.

Sugar free gum may be able to help some people to fight a plaque problem.  The saliva in your mouth is the natural enemy to the bacteria and acids that cause dental plaque to form.  Chewing sugar free gum after a meal will stimulate the production of saliva and reduce the chances of dental plaque forming.  Tablets are also available that will turn the plaque in your mouth a very visible color so that you can see it and better be able to remove it.  These tablets are most effectively used right before brushing.  Herbal treatments for dental plaque utilizing substances like pomegranate, cranberry, and sage have also been shown to be effective and may appeal to those who wish to attempt a more natural solution to the problem.

You should visit your Dental Plaque at least twice a year for a dental check ups and cleanings to help remove dental plaque.  Check ups will allow your dentist to catch any problems early before they can develop into something more serious.  If you are having dental issues, your dentist may suggest that you come in more often.  A good dental cleaning is the most effective way to remove dental plaque, especially if it has already hardened.