Posts for: January, 2017
When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right?
For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on Newton as he sat on the bench. The 2015 MVP was clearly seen stretching a string of dental floss between his index fingers and taking care of some dental hygiene business… and thereby creating a minor storm on the internet.
Inappropriate? We don't think so. As dentists, we're always happy when someone comes along to remind people how important it is to floss. And when that person has a million-dollar smile like Cam Newton's — so much the better.
Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about flossing. News outlets have gleefully reported that there's a lack of hard evidence at present to show that flossing is effective. But we would like to point out that, as the saying goes, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” There are a number of reasons why health care organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA) still firmly recommend daily flossing. Here are a few:
- It's well established that when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are bound to follow.
- A tooth brush does a good job of cleaning most tooth surfaces, but it can't reach into spaces between teeth.
- Cleaning between teeth (interdental cleaning) has been shown to remove plaque and food debris from these hard-to-reach spaces.
- Dental floss isn't the only method for interdental cleaning… but it is recognized by dentists as the best way, and is an excellent method for doing this at home — or anywhere else!
Whether you use dental floss or another type of interdental cleaner is up to you. But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss. It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it!
Are you ready to find out how restorative dentistry in Port Orange can revive your smile’s appearance?
Perhaps it’s the start of the New Year but you have finally decided that it’s time to get back the smile you once had. Whether you are dealing with tooth loss or a damaged tooth, our Port Orange, FL dentist, Dr. Jeff Kim, has the restoration you need to get your smile back on track for the New Year.
These thin shells are made to look like real teeth and are bonded to only the front portion of your teeth so that your smile looks whiter, straighter and more even. Veneers are a great option for those looking to hide cracks and chips, discolorations, misshapen and malformed teeth, gaps between teeth, minor crookedness and worn, uneven teeth. Many imperfections can easily be masked with porcelain veneers.
Before we can place the veneers, we will need to shave down a very small amount of enamel. This process is simple and painless. Each veneer is custom made to cover the front of each tooth so that you get a beautiful smile every time.
If you are okay with going through a longer dental treatment then you will certainly be happy about the results that you’ll get with dental implants. After all, there is no other restoration that is like an implant. Implants are designed to function like real tooth roots and are surgically placed by our Port Orange cosmetic dentist into the jawbone where the implant and bone will bond together.
Once the implant and bone have fused to one another over the course of a few months it is now a lifelong restoration that can support your dental crown. Implants can be used to replace one missing permanent tooth or all of your teeth. It can take up to a year to get implants but it’s well worth it when you have a restoration that feels and functions just like a natural tooth.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
If you are missing one tooth or a couple teeth in a row and are looking for a simple yet effective tooth loss treatment then a dental bridge might be a great way to restore your smile. Of course, neighboring teeth will need to be strong enough and healthy enough to support this restoration.
Dental crowns will first be placed over the prepared teeth and then the false teeth will be cemented in between the crowns to replace your missing teeth. Most dental bridges can be completed in about three visits.
A smile says a lot about you. If you are interested in getting restorative dentistry then call Ultimate Dental Studio in Port Orange, FL to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to sit down with you and determine which treatment will give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
It takes only a short time neglecting your oral hygiene before you begin to notice some unpleasant things with your gums: swelling, redness or even bleeding. These are all signs of gingivitis, a periodontal (gum) disease that arises from bacterial plaque, a thin biofilm that builds up on tooth surfaces when a person doesn't brush or floss.
Fortunately, early stages of gingivitis can be treated effectively with comprehensive plaque removal during one or more office visits. If, however, it's not dealt with early, it can develop into something much more serious: acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG). This form does more than leave you with unattractive teeth and gums and terrible breath — it could eventually cause you to lose your teeth.
ANUG is also known as trench mouth, a common ailment among front line World War I soldiers without access to proper dental care and hygiene. It's most prevalent today among individuals who are under a great deal of stress, not sleeping or eating well and haven't cleaned or properly cared for their teeth for an extended period of time. Tobacco smokers also seem more susceptible than non-smokers to the disease, perhaps because smoke dries the mouth and changes the bacterial environment.
Unlike common gingivitis, ANUG can be quite painful. In effect, the gum tissues begin to die (necrotize), especially the triangular peaks between teeth known as papillae. Besides the other symptoms of gingivitis, the tissues may become yellowish.
ANUG can be treated effectively. The first step is to relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation through medication. The focus then shifts to treating the underlying cause, bacterial plaque. Besides plaque removal common in any treatment for gum disease, we may also need to initiate antibiotic therapy. Metronidazole is a common antibiotic that's been demonstrated effective against the specific bacterial strain associated with ANUG. We might also combine this with an antibacterial mouth rinse containing chlorhexidine.
The final step belongs to you: to keep ANUG or any other gum disease from reoccurring, it's important for you to adopt a daily regimen of brushing and flossing, along with regular dental visits for thorough teeth cleaning and checkups. Taking this proactive approach will help ensure you won't suffer from this painful and unattractive form of gingivitis again.
If you would like more information on acute gingivitis, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Painful Gums in Teens & Adults.”