Kamis, 16 November 2017

What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning

Maybe it's getting to be that time again for a routine dental cleaning and your child is asking you what is done in a dental cleaning. Maybe you haven't been to the dentist in a long time and know that you need to start coming in regularly again. You try to remind yourself that there isn't anything to worry about.

Whether it's trying to satisfy your refresh your child's memory or calm your pre-appointment jitters, here is a breakdown of what a typical teeth cleaning procedure looks like:

Step 1: A Physical Exam of the Mouth

It is likely that your teeth cleaning will be done by a dental hygienist, not a dentist. The first part of the teeth cleaning appointment will entail a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. It is during this step where the hygienist may poke and prod your teeth and gums, scrape the teeth and take x-rays (if it is your first appointment at that dental office). They look for cavities, abscessed teeth, teeth misalignment and gum disease.

If they come across something concerning, they may call in the dentist to have him or her take a look.

Step 2: Removing Plaque and Tartar

After the initial examination, the dental hygienist will go around with a tiny mirror and the infamous scaler to eliminate the plaque and tartar that has built up along the gum line. It is this step that may cause the accidental pricks and bleeding of the gums and the notorious scrapping sound.

Step 3: Toothpaste Cleaning

After the hygienist has removed all the tartar from your teeth, the teeth cleaning will commence. Often, a high-powered toothbrush will be used and the gritty toothpaste. Sometimes you'll have the option to choose the flavor of toothpaste. During the brushing, it is common to hear a grinding sound. The sound is coming from the toothbrush.

The combination of the high-power of the toothbrush and the grittiness of the toothpaste, this professional, deep cleaning will be able to clean your teeth better than you can at home. While your dentist may be hard on your teeth, it is not recommended to brush your teeth as hard at home on a daily basis and you'll risk scraping off the tooth enamel.

Step 4: Flossing

When your teeth are all brushed and cleaned, the dental hygienist will clean between your teeth by flossing. Even patients who floss daily at home can benefit from a professional flossing. The dental hygienist knows the correct way to floss and he or she will be able to floss deep in between the teeth. Some people get nervous during this step because their gums begin to bleed. This is normal. The dental hygienist likely flosses more rigorously and deeper than you do at home, so your gums may be sensitive to that type of flossing.

Step 5: Fluoride Rinse

You'll then rinse off the toothpaste with water and then you'll swish around a liquid fluoride solution. After swishing with fluoride, your dental hygienist may apply a foamy fluoride gel to a mouthpiece that you'll then bite onto for a minute. This final step will help keep your teeth cavity resistant until your next teeth cleaning appointment.

Your routine 6-month dental check-up and cleanings are also a good time to ask your dentist questions or voice any concerns you may have.

The regular, six-month teeth cleaning appointment is simple, fast and oftentimes not very painful. They aren't anything to be scared of and the more consistently patients come in, the less their anxiety is.

Advances in Dental Technology

The dental field has undergone significant improvements since its beginning 200 years ago. In the early days, even the simplest procedures according to our modern standards were messy, painful, lengthy and even life-threatening ordeals.

Going in to the dentist today to replace a crown or a filling can be done in no time and there are no dangerous risks involved.

The dental technology advancements we enjoy today over the crude technology of the past is vast and numerous. Here are just a couple:

High-tech x-rays. Digital x-rays are quickly replacing the traditional film based x-rays. Digital x-rays are more efficient and faster and the amount of radiation the patient is exposed to is significantly less.

Digital x-rays include inserting an electronic senor onto the patient's mouth which captures the image and relays it to a computer. Dentist no longer have to leave the x-ray room to take each individual image.

With digital x-rays, the patient's images can be compared to better monitor progress.

Cavity detection lasers. In the past, dentist would detect cavities by poking every individual tooth with a sharp instrument. A tooth would be looked at for cavities if the instrument stuck into the tooth. This time-consuming and inaccurate method of cavity detection has gotten replaced with diode lasers. The lasers can accurately and efficiently screen all teeth for cavities and provide additional information for the dentist alerting him or her to either monitor the at-risk tooth or to have the cavity treated right away.

CAD/CAM technology. Crowns and bridges use to take multiple office visits, with time in between for the crowns to be made. Sometimes when the crowns came in the fit or the coloring wouldn't be correct. The CAD/CAM technology available today, however, allows the dentist to take a picture of the patient's tooth and drill it to be ready for the crown. A machine makes the crown based on the image measurements. Patients can now get their crowns the same day.

Improved implants. The early implants were often unstable and uncomfortable, often failing. With better materials and improved techniques, dental implants can now last 15 years or more and the vast majority of them are now successful.

Better bonding and filling. Today's bonding substances are made of resin, which gives it a shiny look. The bonding used today also lasts longer.

Most dental patients are likely use to the amalgam (metal alloy) fillings. Today's fillings are now composite or porcelain, which add to the aesthetics of the patient's smile.

Thinner veneers. Veneers are thin coverings that go on the outside surface of the tooth. They help reshape and enhance the appearance of an unsightly tooth. Traditional veneers require the surface of the tooth to be shaved to accommodate for the thickness of the veneer. New veneer materials, however, result in even thinner veneers which mean less of the tooth needs to be shaved off.

More effective gum treatment. A main cause of gum disease is the presence of germs and bacteria that have accumulated between the pockets of the gum that surround the teeth. Older gum disease treatment merely sought to reduce the size of the pockets. Today's gum treatment not only closes the pockets, it uses regenerative, not surgical methods for stimulating gum tissue growth as well as that of the jaw bone.

Better mold materials. There was a time when mold and putty used for impressions and to properly fit dental appliances was messy, nasty-tasting and caused occasional discomfort and reactions. Today, alginate impression molding material is non-toxic, has a longer shelf life, is easy to make and is cost-efficient.

Dentistry has come a long way and will continue to progress as more technology becomes available. The new dental technology enables dentists to do what couldn't be done in the past. Modern dental procedures are safe, quicker and significantly less painful.

What Dental Implants Can Do for Your Smile

Maybe you have a missing tooth that you have since given up trying to hide because it's in a conspicuous place in your mouth and it is always the focus of attention when you smile. Since then, you've given up smiling altogether.

You haven't been to the dentist in a while, but you're sure there are easy solutions for the embarrassing hole in your smile.

You may have or haven't heard of dental implants.

Dental implants are the ideal solutions for patients that have one or two missing teeth.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are made up of three parts: the rod, abutment and crow. The titanium rod is inserted into the jaw bone where the missing tooth was located. The abutment attaches the crown to the top of the rod. The crown is often a regular porcelain or resin dental crown that looks like a tooth.

It isn't just patients who are missing one or two teeth who can benefit from dentures. Patients with multiple missing teeth and even those who are missing all their teeth can have their smile renewed with the use of dental implants.

How Dental Implants Improve Your Smile

Fill in gaps caused by missing teeth. As you know, it is embarrassing to have a gap in your smile, especially when it is highly visible. Dental implants not only immediately eliminate that empty space and restore your smile, but they also save you from further dental issues associated with missing teeth such as the nearby teeth shifting and growing crooked.

Serve as anchors for dental bridges. You may have an area in your mouth where there is a grouping of missing, loose or highly decayed teeth. Bridges are anchored on either side by implants to hold the line of crowns in place, whereby giving you a full mouth of teeth that look and feel natural and function properly.

Serve as anchors for dentures. Traditional dentures can be uncomfortable and ill-fitting. They also must be taken out at night for a cleansing soak. Older patients with traditional dentures can't enjoy many of the foods they once enjoyed because there is a risk of being the subject of those embarrassing moments when their dentures pop or slide out of their mouths.

Dentures that are anchored by dental implants won't slip, become loose, fall out or need to be taken out at night to be cleaned. The sturdiness and security of dental implants allows denture patients to have a full set of dentures that look, feel and function like their natural teeth. Implant anchored dentures enable wearers to eat in confidence.

Not only do implant anchored dentures stay in place to enable natural chewing, but the reduction in denture sliding and slipping also result in clearer speech, which is especially important for older patients.

Dental implants have many uses to treat and recover imperfect and uncomfortable smiles. They can do anything from filling in missing teeth to improving one's bite and speech. They make dentures function more effectively and feel more comfortable.

Whether you're ashamed to smile because of missing teeth or you're apprehensive about eating out with friend because your dentures may accidentally come out, implants can be a great option to repair your smile.

Consult with your dentist before deciding about getting dentures as they are not recommended for use by every patient.

How to Avoid Cavities, Even After Enjoying Some Snacks

When the holiday season comes around, it's almost inevitable that you'll be surrounded by sweet and sugary snacks of one kind or another. If you have something of a sweet tooth, you may find the temptation a bit much, even if you understand that eating too much of the stuff can have a negative impact on your teeth.

Still, that doesn't mean you have to feel guilty about it. It doesn't even mean that you have to completely abstain from the sugary goodness of the holidays.

It just means that you have to be extra dedicated to your dental hygiene routines and maybe follow some of these guidelines to avoid a potentially bad situation.

Brush More Than Before

If you're eating a lot of sticky, sugary snacks, brushing your teeth regularly becomes even more important. If you give sticky foods enough time on your teeth, it can really promote the accumulation of plaque.

If this plaque sets up in hard to reach places, you're looking at an eventual cavity.

It may seem odd, but if you're snacking on these types of foods and candies throughout the day, you may choose to carry a toothbrush and travel-sized tube of toothpaste with you. You can leave it in your desk or car and make sure your teeth get a good cleaning after you enjoy a snack or two.

Get Plenty of Water

Water serves two purposes here. The first is to naturally rinse some of the lingering sugar out of your mouth. The second is to be used as a rinsing agent. You can actively swish the water around your teeth to help remove food particles and sticky food remnants from your teeth.

Some kind of dental mouthwash may actually be more effective in these situations, and if you have access to it, then go for it. But many people are snacking on these foods while they're away from their dental hygiene supplies. Water, on the other hand, is usually more readily available.

Know Your Snacks

Some snacks have a lower sugar content than others, but still enough to satisfy a sweet tooth. It's also important to note that something things that we know are healthy - like some delicious fruits - may also have a very high sugar content (and stick to our teeth).

Remember, it's not all about sugar, but how long the sugar sticks to your teeth. And if you have less-sticky, less-sugary snacks, you'll be in a better position to avoid those cavities.

Go Sugar-free

Sugar-free gum can help you reduce the risk of cavities even further. It helps in two ways.

The first, the gum can help grab those food particles and pull them off your teeth.

The second, the gum helps produce saliva, which is how your body naturally tries to fight bacteria buildup on your teeth.

For many of us, it can be difficult to give up the sweet snacks that we grew up loving. We know that they might not be the best thing for our teeth, but we'll still make exceptions from time to time. And, really, that's okay. Because as long as you're careful about it, you can still enjoy the occasional snack and avoid some cavities.

So, don't feel guilty about a little snack, but do make sure that you remember to follow these guidelines afterward.

Laser Dentistry: An Innovative and Modern Dental Practice

As digital technology advances, laser application has become the trend in modern dental practices. The Laser is a modern and innovative tool in the hands of a qualified dentist. The term LASER stands for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation". Lasers deliver energy in the form of light which allows for specificity in the treatment. Use of the laser in dentistry increases the efficiency, ease and comfort of the treatment.

Laser application is of two types, namely, hard tissue application and soft tissue application. A laser can be used in hard tissue application for the prevention of dental caries, bleaching, removal and curing, preparation of cavities, addressing dentine or bone hypersensitivity, growth modulation and for the purpose of diagnostics. The soft tissue applications include wound healing, removal of damaged tissue, uncovering of partially erupted teeth or impacted teeth treating oral cancers, re-conturing of crowns and frenectomies.

Lasers used in dental treatment or surgeries act as a cutting instrument. The intensely focussed light energy interacts with some of the biologic tissues to cut or open the surface of the tooth. It also acts as vaporiser of tissues making removal of dead or damaged tissue much easier. As compared to the practice of dental drilling, the use of lasers in dental treatments cause less pain, thus reducing the need for an anaesthetic. It reduces the anxiety in patients who have a fear of dental drills making the experience much more comfortable. Laser use minimises the bleeding and swelling of the treated area, thus causing less discomfort to the patient.

In laser assisted root canal treatment, the doctor can access the root canal of the tooth, remove the damaged or infected pulp, clean the internal area, fill and seal it. The tooth is restored by fitting a cap or crown so that the patient goes back to use the tooth in the normal manner.

The advantage of laser technology in dentistry is that it targets bacteria or infected tissue with better accuracy. As a result, it preserves a larger portion of the healthy tooth structure which is good for the patient. There is no discomfort associated with the jarring sounds of the drill and there is much less bleeding during the procedure. All this reduces the chance of infection, adds to the patient comfort and makes for an easier surgery.

Professional Laser Dentistry makes for an innovative dental practice although some precautions must be taken. Protective eyewear is crucial for the doctor, the chair side assistants as well as the patient during a laser dental procedure.

Integrity Dental in Australia offers the revolutionary Biolase Laser Technology for pain free and comfortable dental treatments. With this revolutionary laser assisted technology, the clinic offers the highest level of service and care to its patients.

Welcome to Integrity Dental where we have been dedicated to creating healthy and beautiful smiles for over 30 years. We endeavour to provide you with the highest level of service and care that will exceed your expectations.

Kamis, 07 September 2017

Interpretation of Teeth Falling Out Dream

We all have dreams when we are asleep, and one of the most common dreams is dreaming about losing teeth. Talk to your friend about it and he will tell you the same thing. As a matter of fact, everyone will relate with you as far as seeing this dream goes. After you had this dream, you may get anxious. And you will find out how it can be interpreted. Read on to know more.

False Teeth

If you see false teeth while asleep, know that it points towards you hidden fear that others will judge you. Aside from this, it points to a low self esteem. If you see false teeth over and over again, it may mean that you are afraid that your secrets will be revealed.

Teeth of an Animal

If you see animal teeth, it represents the hidden animal urges in your heart, and you may be suppressing these urges for too long. However, there can be other meanings or possible interpretations as well.

A Person without Teeth

When you see someone else losing their teeth, it shows that you are worried about your feelings of effectiveness and agency as you grow older. It may also mean that the people in your life don't give you the credit that you deserve.

Tooth Spitting

If you see your mouth full of teeth that you want to spit out, it may indicate that you have an emotional toxicity in your life. Usually, it happens when there are a lot of toxic people around you in your real life. So, what you need to do is "remove" those people from your life. Let's take a look at some other possible interpretations of teeth dreams.

You may lose a loved one.
You or one of your loved ones may die.
You or your loved one may get a disease.
You may lose power or the power may get weaker down the road.
You may get self conscious about the way others perceive you.
Someone you know may not be telling you the whole truth or they may be hiding as to what actually happened.
You may experience a change in your religious or spiritual faith or beliefs.
You are anxious because others made fun of you in front of people you know.
You may go through an event that will change your life and you will earn a lot of wealth.
You may lose a lot of money down the road or you may lose an asset.
You dislike the career path you chose and you keep a lot of hatred for this.
So, these are some possible interpretations of teeth falling out dreams. If you have these dreams often, know that they may indicate something important about you or something important that is going to happen in your life in the near future. You can also get in touch with a dream interpreter. Hope this article is helpful.

Rabu, 16 Agustus 2017

The Benefits of Having a Dental Plan

When it comes to the dentist, there are thousands of people who don't go to the dentist unless it's an emergency. The most common reasoning behind this, isn't that they are afraid, but that they simply cannot fit it into their tight monthly budget. Because of this, people are paying more money out when they get to the dentist because the problem has become serious and a simple cavity has now worked its way into the root of the tooth and root canal is needed, where before the client may have gotten away with a simple filling.

Many people these days are looking at dental plans to assist them with managing their oral health in the most effective and cost effective way. A dental plan enables a person to take out cover paying an amount monthly which provides them with significant discounts when it comes to their dental appointments. For example, clients can save up to around fifty percent, sometimes more on routine dental check ups, which saves them considerably in the long run, making their oral health care something that they can afford.

The first benefit of an effective dental plan is the price. You will find you pay a nominal monthly amount, which you can easily incorporate into your budget. This means that you pay in each month, the same amount and in return you save when you need any dental treatments, whether it's a simple check up or you want to have dental implants where you have missing teeth. Either way you will find that the dental plan is an affordable solution.

You will find that you will save a considerable sum of money in the long run and you don't have to come up with a huge lump sum when you need urgent care. The price you pay monthly will be paid back over and over when you use the dental plan for your oral care. A few dental appointments, a professional clean and maybe a root canal treatment will pay for a years worth of monthly installments, you can see how you save every time you or your family member visits the dentist.

Further you will find you can get the dental care you need as you need it. Before you may have held off on seeking dental treatment for some minor sensitivity because you knew you couldn't afford the bill this month, but if that bill was halved or more, then it makes it easier to go to the dentist and increase the chances of preserving your teeth moving forward.

Remember a tooth doesn't grow back. Yes you do get two sets of teeth in your lifetime, but once your permanent teeth push through, you have to do everything you can to ensure that you provide your teeth with the care they need so that you don't lose them, but rather preserve them for as long as possible.

With dental plans you don't only receive the finest dental care, but you get a choice of dental professionals you can choose from. These dentists have been hand selected by the dental plan provider to ensure you receive the best quality care and treatment. All dentists will have the finest credentials,so you can use them with confidence.

There are some dental plans that provide you with instant access to your plan so you can get the dental care you need. This is very advantageous, as once you are accepted for the plan, you can start using it straight away. There are also a handful of dental plan providers that guarantee acceptance, another benefit in the long run.

Avia Dental offers affordable dental and discount plans from as little as $8.25 per month. This company helps their customers save up to fifty percent, if not more, on their dental expenses with free prescription and vision discounts. The company guarantees acceptance and customers can start using their new plan straight away, there is no waiting times. Avia Dental works with more than forty thousand dentists throughout the United States, all of which have the finest credentials. Their plans include individual plans, groups, families and plans specifically designed for seniors.