22
Dec

Root Canals VS Cavities

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Treatment of cavities and root canals are some of the most common modern dental procedures, but many patients don’t quite understand how they’re related and how they differ. In simple terms, a root canal procedure is required when a cavity has been left untreated too long. Cavity fillings are used to fill small holes in teeth in cases where the nerve has not yet been damaged or affected by the cavity. This treatment only takes one visit to your dentist and is rarely painful thanks to freezing. Root canal procedures, on the other hand, are required when the cavity has been left long enough to allow the infection of the soft tissues and nerves of the tooth. This pulp can then begin to break down, releasing bacteria and leading to serious damage to the jaw as well as other health complications. Once infected, a root canal is the only way…

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15
Dec

How is Gum Disease Related to Heart Health?

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Dental hygiene is not just important for your gums and teeth. In fact, oral health can affect many aspects of your overall health including the health of your heart. While the exact connection between good oral hygiene and the prevention of heart disease is not known, experts in these two fields recently reviewed several dozen studies in order to gain a better understanding of the links between gum disease and heart problems. In the end, they agreed that the studies demonstrated three things: Gum disease does increase your risk for coronary artery disease. It increases the risk for many diseases of the arteries and blood vessels which supply blood to the brain. There may also be a link between gum disease and a higher risk of stroke. Clogged arteries, especially in the legs, can often be associated with gum disease. In many of these conditions, the bacteria present are often…

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8
Dec

What is Invisalign?

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Straight teeth and a white smile can play a large role in helping you make a good first impression both at work and in social situations, and this has led many patients to explore options for correcting misaligned teeth. Although braces are highly effective, some people still seek a less traditional method that may give the same desired results you’ll find with braces. Invisalign is a modern approach to the issue that uses a custom-fabricated set of invisible aligners in order to gently and slowly correct the alignment of teeth. Worn over the teeth, these aligners are made of a comfortable and virtually invisible smooth plastic which gradually guides the teeth into position. Created based on molds made by your orthodontist or dentist, the system slowly alters the position of teeth. It makes for a painless process that produces the same great new smile as traditional braces. Patients interested in…

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2
Dec

6 Teeth Brushing Tips for Children

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As soon as your child’s teeth begin to grow in, they’ll need to be cleaned regularly. In fact, the earlier you start, the easier it will be to get your child used to the process and ingrain in them good dental health habits! For the first few teeth, many dentists will recommend using a soft washcloth wrapped around your finger in order to protect your baby’s sensitive gums, but once several teeth have come in, it will be time to switch to traditional brushing. By the time your child is about six or seven, they will likely be able to start brushing for themselves and, at this point, the best thing you can do is to lead by example. Let them see you carefully brushing and flossing your teeth in the morning and before bed in order to encourage similar behaviors. Before your child reaches this age, their teeth are…

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