Tending to Unmet Dental Needs, a Root of Elder Hunger

Tending to Unmet Dental Needs, a Root of Elder Hunger
In one of the first programs of its kind in the U.S., nonprofit food-delivery service Citymeals-on-Wheels recently joined with Columbia University College of Dental Medicine to conduct a pilot study of meal recipients' oral health. Funded … Before …
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Peabody Dentist Working Toward Forensic Dentist Board Certification
In 2009, Dr. Argeros earned the prestigious Fellowship in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and was also appointed to the review board for the academy's publication, The Journal of Oral Implantology. He is a member of the Massachusetts Dental …
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Basics Of Do-It-Yourself Dental Procedures

Many people are bent on doing things on their own because of financial constraints. Among these would be getting their oral health in check right at home. Doing do-it-yourself or DIYs for one’s white teeth and dental health isn’t at all bad. It’s just that there are basics to know so that it would be done right. And yes, it does help one save some bucks to DIY.  In fact, cosmetic surgery is very expensive but this is also an effective way to bring luster shine to your teeth that has already lost their luster.  This article will give you the idea and challenges on dental procedures that you could do in the comfort of your home.  There are many ways to bring back the luster shine and appearance of your teeth using cosmetic dentistry.

This is an option that you need to consider if you want to whiten your teeth effectively. Remember that this kind of procedure is very costly and this option is only best for people with a budget.  Laser bleaching of teeth is being used in the clinic of your dentist.  It uses a laser light to begin the bleach to work.  This bleach is stronger than the one that you are using at your home for whitening your teeth.  This whitening procedure could be performed with only one visit with three twenty minutes bleaching treatments.   After one hour you will the lustrous shine of your teeth and you are ready for the smile.

There is another option that you should also consider aside from laser bleaching treatment.  This method is called professional bleaching trays and this is done by using a higher concentration of peroxide treatment and this treatment should be done by your dentist because he will examine your teeth if this method is ideal for you. This is also an expensive kind of treatment and you should consider your budget when having this kind of treatment to whiten your teeth.

You could also consider home teeth whitening with the supervision of your dentist.  This is a very affordable kind of procedure compared to laser bleaching and professional bleaching trays.   Your dentist makes a customized mouthpiece that you should wear and he will also give you a whitening gel.  The whitening gel contains a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide.  You will be given instruction on how to do it at your home.  You will fill the mouthpiece with a whitening gel and you will wear it for a few hours each day and night.

The advantage of home whitening treatment is that, you can save some dollars compare to some whitening treatment procedure in the clinic of your dentist.  All you have to do is to visit your dentist for checkup if the mouthpiece fits properly. However, this kind of teeth whitening procedure has a slower result compared to laser whitening treatment.  You could wear the mouthpiece for almost two weeks before you could see the whitening results.   It requires several visits to your dentist for the mouthpiece checking.

So, if your teeth lose its lustrous shine, visit your dentist and ask for possible whitening treatment that is best for you.  With this article, you have already the options for what kind of whitening treatment is best depending on your budget.  Keep in mind that these teeth whitening is not permanent and you should repeat the procedure if you notice that your teeth lost its shine again.  However, you could also avoid this by not taking coffee, tea, red wine and avoid smoking.  Happy smiling with beautiful white teeth!

WISDOM TEETH

by American Dental Association

With age comes wisdom. Specifically, wisdom teeth.

Your mouth goes through many changes in your lifetime. One major dental milestone that usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 21 is the appearance of your third molars. Historically, these teeth have been called wisdom teeth because they come through at a more mature age.

When they come through correctly, healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew. It’s normal to feel a little discomfort when your wisdom teeth appear, but if you have pain, see your dentist immediately.

Room to Grow?

Wisdom teeth can lead to problems if there isn’t enough space for them to surface or they come through in the wrong position. If your dentist says your wisdom teeth are impacted, he or she means they are trapped in your jaw or under your gums.

As your wisdom teeth make their way through your gums, your dentist will be monitoring your mouth for signs of the following:

  • Wisdom teeth that aren’t in the right position can allow food to become trapped. That gives cavity-causing bacteria a place to grow.
  • Wisdom teeth that haven’t come in properly, which can make it difficult to floss between the wisdom teeth and the molars next to them.
  • Wisdom teeth that have partially come through can give bacteria a place to enter the gums and create a place for infection to occur. This may also lead to pain, swelling and stiffness in your jaw.
  • Wisdom teeth that don’t have room to come through are thought by some to crowd or damage neighboring teeth.
  • A wisdom tooth that is impacted can form a cyst on or near the impacted tooth. This could damage the roots of nearby teeth or destroy the bone that supports your teeth.

Why You Might Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay (if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth)

Your dentist may also recommend removal of wisdom teeth as part of treatment for braces or other dental care.

Before making any decisions, your dentist will examine your mouth and take an x-ray. Together, you and your dentist can discuss the best course of treatment.

Keeping Your Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth that are not removed should continue to be monitored because the potential for developing problems later on still exists. As people age, they are at greater risk for health problems—and that includes potential problems with their wisdom teeth. Be sure to, floss around your wisdom teeth and visit your dentist regularly. Regular dental visits allow your dentist to evaluate your wisdom teeth and your overall dental health.

What happens if you get peridontitis with dental implant?

Question by Amy A: What happens if you get peridontitis with dental implant?
Do you have to get it removed and get a bone graft? What’s a bone graft? This is the only complication with dental implants that scares me.

Best answer:

Answer by vanessa
no such thing

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Secondhand Smoke and Cavities

Secondhand Smoke and Cavities
Exposure to secondhand smoke could make children more susceptible to cavities, although more research is needed before it can be considered a risk factor. One way to accomplish this would be to look for evidence of exposure to nicotine in the blood of …
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Good Oral Health Care Can Lead to Better Management of Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association reports in its online journal that "periodontal treatment leads to an improvement of glycemic [blood sugar] control in type 2 diabetic patients for at least three months." In a population where some one-third of all …
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Bringing up baby
New recommendation: The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that parents keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats much longer. Why it's better: "The revised … This echoed recommendations made earlier in the year by the American Dental …
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