Taking Care of Tooth Implants at Home

Dental Tips That Can Help Those Who Are Always On The Road

If you travel a lot for work or fun, having a routine in place when it comes to packing and getting by in various places might become second nature. One thing you should never put aside is your dental health. Here are four tips to keep your dental needs at the forefront while you are out of town. 1. Have a Travel Toothbrush and Floss If you travel quite a bit, make sure to have designated travel supplies when it comes to your dental needs. If these can be ready to go along with other toiletries that are designated for trips, you won’t risk forgetting your everyday toothbrush and floss. Hotels and shops catering to travelers might not have the best options when it comes to toothbrushes and floss. Make sure you always have your dentist-approved needs packed for the road. 2. Keep On-the-Go Products in Your Purse or Briefcase Sometimes vacations or business trips can cause you to be away from your hotel for long stretches. Events such as lunches and dinners might turn into happy hours and late nights before you know it. In case you get stuck out and about all day, it is a good idea to have one-use brushers and on-the-go flossing sticks on your person. Keep sugar-free gum with you as well for when you can’t get away to brush or floss after meals. 3. Have Your Dentist on Speed Dial It is a good idea to have your dentist’s number handy in case you need to call in for dental advice or emergencies. They might be able to provide you with a...

3 Natural Substances That Can Be Used as Toothpaste

If you are conscientious about the health of your teeth, you know that regular brushing and flossing is imperative for good oral health. Still, you may want to embrace more natural ways of cleaning your teeth by exchanging a commercial toothpaste with alternatives. Here are a few natural tooth cleaners that you can use when you brush: Baking Soda Baking soda, which is probably in your kitchen cupboard at this very moment, is an alkaline powder that can be used as a natural toothpaste. The alkaline nature of baking soda helps it combat oral acid that causes tooth decay. Each time oral bacteria feed on leftover carbohydrates in your mouth, they release acid as a byproduct of glycolysis. This acid demineralizes and weakens your tooth enamel, making it more susceptible to the development of cavities. Thus, the neutralization of the acid in your mouth is important. Baking soda has a pH of 8.3. Bases or alkaline substances have a pH that is greater than 7.0, and acids have a pH that is less than 7.0. When a base is mixed with an acid, it raises the pH of the acid and makes it less corrosive.  To brush with baking soda, simply make a loose paste of the powder by mixing it with water. Dip your toothbrush in the mixture and brush as usual. Be sure that paste is not too stiff. Baking soda can be abrasive to tooth enamel if it is not appropriately diluted. Turmeric Turmeric is the orange-yellow spice that is used in many Indian dishes. It is both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Thus, brushing with turmeric can...

Can Vitamin Supplements Help Prevent Cavities In Your Child?

If you’re like most parents, you dread going to the dentist and hearing the words, “Your child has a cavity.” While you do your best to help your child brush, floss and eat a healthy diet, sometimes even your best efforts fail to prevent tooth decay. So if you’re looking for more ways to prevent cavities, you may have thought about — or even done some research on — vitamins and the role they play in preventing decay in kids’ primary teeth.  Calcium Calcium helps to make bones and teeth strong, so it’s not a surprise that it would be a vital nutrient for keeping teeth healthy. Interestingly, there are few studies proving the importance of calcium for children’s dental health. Those that appear to do so were carried out on children not in developed countries like Canada or the U.S., so there may be other factors that play into the incidence of cavities there. However, there are studies that show topical application of calcium, such as in a toothpaste combined with certain amino acids, may be beneficial for protecting the teeth. Vitamin D A recent study on Canadian children ages 6 to 11 assessed what factors contributed to cavities, and found that in addition to lower household education, failure to brush twice a day and failure to visit the dentist regularly, that a low level of vitamin D was a common factor in kids with multiple cavities.  Researchers don’t yet have an understanding of why this happens or how to improve the vitamin D levels in kids with cavities. It may be that supplementing or getting more sunlight...

Questions Concerning Routine Problems Denture Patients May Encounter

Dentures can be among the best ways of replacing many missing teeth, but it is a fact of life that these dentures may be susceptible to some forms of damage. Considering the cost of your dentist, damage to them can be very unsettling. Luckily, you will have a better idea of how dentures can be repaired when they suffer these damages after learning the following few questions and their answers. What Can Be Done For A Broken Denture Tooth? One day, you may bite down only to have the denture tooth break. This can be a very embarrassing problem to experience, but it should be noted that there are special steps you can take to reduce the cosmetic impacts of this damage.  For example, most pharmacies sell denture glue. This glue is designed to temporarily bond the two halves of the damaged tooth together to provide support while you are waiting to get to the dentist. While this glue can provide much needed relief from this problem, it is important for you to get to the dentist as soon as possible because this glue will gradually weaken.  Can A Broken Denture Be Repaired? Unfortunately, a broken tooth is not the only problem that your dentures may experience. If you fall or sustain a direct blow to the mouth, you may find that your denture has actually broken in half. Sadly, there is nothing that you can do to repair this damage without seeing your dentist. Your dentist will be able to fuse the two broken halves of the denture together using either heat or a chemical bonding agent.  What...

2 Types Of Implant Dentures And Their Pros And Cons

If you are looking into implant dentures to help you finally have dentures that don’t slip and slide around in your mouth when wearing them, then you may have noticed that there are two types. The options are bar-retained and ball-retained dentures, and both are similar but also have some differences. Read on to find out how these two types of implant dentures differ and which may be best for you.  The Differences With bar-retained implant dentures, several titanium implant posts (typically three to five for each denture) are installed into your jaw-bone and a metal bar that follows the natural curve of your jaw is then adhered to the posts. This part stays in your mouth at all times, even when dentures are removed. The dentures you wear with this system is made with metal clips that clip securely to the metal bar.  With ball-retained dentures, a similar number of titanium posts are implanted into your jaw, but there is a round metal stud (or ball) on top of each implant. There is no bar that joins all of the implants together as there is in the bar-retained denture. The dentures that you then wear have small metal sockets in them that the studs on your implants fit into to keep them securely in place.  Advantages and Disadvantages of a Ball-retained System Ball-retained implant dentures have several advantages over bar-retained ones. First, depending on your specific jaw size and shape, your implant specialist may determine that you only need two implants instead of more for a single denture. You may need more, but not always.  Also, there is...

The Dangers Of Tongue Piercings

Tongue piercing is extremely popular amongst today’s youth. In fact, even many people from the more mature generations are deciding to get their tongues pierced. The jewelry ranges from basic to flashy and even glow in the dark. If you have been thinking about having your tongue pierced, you should look into the possible dangers and potential problems that come with having your tongue pierced. This article will cover some of the more common problems that can come from getting your tongue pierced so you can decide whether or not you should go through with it. You can suffer nerve damage It’s possible that the needle will hit a nerve and cause permanent nerve damage. This can cause you to have a numb tongue that affects the way you speak, eat, taste foods and even know whether or not foods are hot or cold. The nerve damage can be permanent and something you will have to learn to live with. You can get an infection Your mouth harbors a lot of germs and bacteria. This makes it extremely easy for your tongue piercing to become infected, even if you do your best to keep the piercing clean. Your tongue will swell Tongue swelling is something that’s to be expected when you get it pierced. This is why the first piece of jewelry they put in your tongue will be quite long; to provide extra room for the swelling. Sometimes the swelling can be more than you or the piercer bargained for and this can lead to the jewelry becoming embedded in your tongue. Immediate medical attention is needed if...

3 Tips For Keeping Your Plastic Aligners Clean

One of the biggest problems that people run into when they have Invisalign plastic aligners is that it can be difficult to make sure that they stay clean and don’t smell. Luckily, there are a few actions that you can take to make sure that your invisible braces continue to feel as clean as when you first received them. 1. Brush and Floss After Each Meal The first steps is to make sure that your teeth are clean every time that you put your plastic aligners back in. If you have any food particles in your teeth, they will adhere to the aligners and will be much more difficult to remove later. By brushing your teeth regularly, you can help reduce the amount of food that gets stuck to your aligners, making the cleaning process much easier. 2. Use Cleaning Wipes If you are constantly taking out your aligners during the day in order to make a speech to your company or interact with students as a teacher, you might want to consider purchasing special cleaning wipes. These wipes contain a small amount of alcohol that will ensure that the aligners are sanitized and that any errant food particles are removed. You should use wipes and then rinse off your aligners before putting them back into your mouth. If you find that there is an intense buildup of plaque on your retainer, you might need to wipe them several times with one of the slightly more abrasive wipes. These wipes are designed to remove stubborn food particles without damaging your braces. 3. Let Your Braces Soak in Cleaning Solution...

4 Tips For Choosing A Family Dentist

If you’re moving to a new area or just want to consider exploring options for a new dentist, you may be overwhelmed about making this decision. With so many dentists to choose from, you may not know where to start. The good news is that with careful consideration, you can choose a quality dentist who will be a perfect fit for your entire family. Take a look at the following information for some helpful tips on how to choose a new family dentist.  1. Check Out the Waiting Room If you’re looking to explore new dentists in the area, take some time to explore the waiting room areas. This is where your family will spend a good bit of time, especially if you have young children. Are there toys available? Is the seating comfortable? Do you feel welcomed by the staff? Taking care to check into this can help make everyone feel more comfortable when it’s time to go to the first appointment.  2. Meet with the Dentist Ahead of Time It’s also a good idea to meet with the dentist before scheduling a first real appointment. This can give you an idea about whether the dentist is good with children and makes everyone feel comfortable. Does the dentist take time explaining things to your young child? Are you able to easily ask questions and voice concerns? These are some things that you will want to consider when interacting with a potential dentist for the first time.  3. Choose an Office That Specializes in Child Dentistry Children have a unique set of dental needs. It’s a good idea to...

Reasons Why Dentures Can Change Your Speech

One of the biggest issues people have with dentures is how they can change your speech. It’s true that they can interfere with speech, but do you know how your speech could change? More importantly, do you know why or what you can do to correct it? Once you know the truth about how dentures interfere with speech and what you can do about it, you will feel much more comfortable getting or wearing dentures. Dentures Take Up More Space Dentures can change the way that sound resonates in your mouth, changing the sound of your voice. This change is due to the size of the resonance chamber changing inside your mouth because dentures can take up more room than your teeth did. The good news is, if your dentures are sized well and fit your mouth securely, you won’t notice much of a difference in the resonance of your voice. It will sound about the same. If your dentures don’t fit as they should and instead take up too much room in your mouth, you will have a hard time speaking and what does come out will have a very different resonance. Dentures Are Loose Have you ever heard someone complain because their dentures are “clicking”? Or maybe you are noticing it with your new dentures? If you notice a clicking sound, it’s because your dentures are slipping while you talk. Additionally, your tongue spends more effort trying to hold your dentures in and isn’t able to devote its energy to speech. If you notice either one of these signs, your dentures are loose. Using the proper adhesive...

3 Tips For Excellent Adult Dental Care

When it comes to health and well-being, it is very important for people to not neglect their teeth and gums. It’s easy to remember that heart health is important or that getting a physical is necessary in order to catch any potential diseases, but many people often allow dental health to get lost in the shuffle. The ramifications of this have begun to be clear, as the average person between the ages of 20 and 64 already has three teeth that are decayed or missing. If you want your adult years to be healthy and fruitful with a beautiful smile, consider some of the following useful dental tips.  #1: Be Meticulous About What You Put On Your Plate Your teeth and gums mark the very beginning of the digestive process, which is why you need to always be careful about taking care of them. This starts with your diet and nutrition. For the healthiest teeth and overall body, fruits and vegetables should make up half of all food that you take in, with a special emphasis on leafy greens. Make sure that you take in plenty of whole grains, in the form of wheat and brown rice. Keep your meats lean and look for low-fat dairy options, which are beneficial for your teeth and gums.  #2: Swap Your Tooth Brush Every Other Month It is not uncommon for a person to only switch toothbrushes when their dentist gives them one during annual or bi-annual checkups. You’ll need to be more meticulous than that, making sure that you swap out your toothbrush every other month or every three months. By...

Due to an auto accident as a child, I have lived with dental implants for more than 20 years, and in that time I have had an opportunity to learn a lot about the ins and outs of taking care of my fake teeth. Whether protecting them from the wear and tear of eating hard foods, or keeping them bright while enjoying coffee on a daily basis, I have figured out my fair share of tips and tricks to use that makes the process of caring for implanted teeth as easy as caring for natural ones. I hope that this blog provides you with unique insight to help you maintain optimal tooth health for a lifetime.