DentalSecretWeaponsThe primary aim of personal dental care is to prevent cavities from forming in the teeth. In order for you to prevent cavities and maintain a healthy set of teeth, you need to remove plaque, a transparent layer of bacteria that stays on the surface of your teeth.

Some effective ways to prevent plaque from forming is to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Brushing your teeth will help stimulate your gums and in turn keep them healthy and less susceptible to gum diseases.




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dentalplanIf you’re uninsured, under insured or even unable to afford seeing a dentist, there is a chance that you can obtain dental check-ups and treatment for free. Most of the free programs offered appear to only target children because research has shown that dental care still remains the most common unmet need for children. However, there are free programs available that provide oral care to adults also.

Thousands flock for assistance at free dental care clinics that are often overwhelmed because of the high demand for their services. Some people even though they may have insurance or a dental plan will still skip going to the dentist for whatever reason. This decision can lead to other serious health problems within the body such as diabetes and heart disease. Dental care sometimes is seen as a luxury and not much emphasis is placed on it as it is for example, health care needs. Read more here

Do you suffer from anxiety at the thought of having to go to the dentist? A number of adults experience some type of dental phobia or anxiety when anticipating an upcoming office appointment with their provider. Many of them will only seek treatment when they have an emergency, such as a toothache or abscess and many may neglect necessary oral procedures unless they are forced to go.

dental fear Most dental clients report being more concerned about invasive procedures, such as oral surgery, rather than the less intensive measures such as dental cleanings and x-rays. This article will discuss the most common reasons people have for their feelings of dental phobia.

• Personal Experience: is the most common reason person developing dental fears. Their dental fear began after a traumatic, difficult or painful experience with the dentist. In addition to the phobia of being in a dentist chair, clients report their phobia also depended on how the dentist treated them. For example, if the dentist was impersonal, uncaring or cold, clients’ state because of the dentist’s demeanor it added to their anxiety. In other situations, some clients failed to develop dental fear if they perceived the dentist to be warm and caring.

• Dental fear may also develop as clients hear about others’ traumatic experiences or negative views of dentists. This not only pertains to having pain while receiving treatment, but also being embarrassed by insensitive remarks made by some providers or the delivery of bad news regarding their dental care or oral hygiene. Clients have also been known to feel anxiety because of the sights, sounds and smell of a dentist office.

• Helplessness and Loss of Control: If a client believes they have no way of influencing a negative event, they will experience helplessness which leads to fear. For example, the belief that the dentist will stop if the client gives a signal will lessen their feelings of fear or not having any control over the situation. Basically, the anxiety is the belief that the client is at the mercy of the dentist because they do not know what to expect, they are not familiar with the procedure and can’t observe what is being done inside their mouth in case they want to get involved to stop it. The client experiences an overwhelming sense of not being in control which causes anxiety. Read more here

perfect smile A person’s smile is one of the first facial expressions we see and appreciate. Because when someone smiles it reflects their personality, confidence social skills, physical attractiveness, and oral hygiene, their personal and professional success. Obtaining and maintaining the perfect smile has become an important societal aspiration since consumers help support a 14 billion dollar teeth whitening business which is only one portion of the cosmetic dentistry industry.

As a means to feel good about ourselves or just to improve something that may be already sufficient we make use of teeth whitening, crowns, implants, porcelain veneers, and Lumineers. This article will discuss the differences between getting the perfect smile utilizing crowns, veneers and Lumineers.

Dental Crowns, also known as ”caps” are coverings that fit over the teeth. In the past, crowns were the first line of defense in treating dental problems, but veneers are now the more popular choice among dentists. The major difference between crowns, veneers and Lumineers is the amount of tooth structure that is removed. Veneers are a popular choice in most situations because very little of the tooth is eliminated as compared to crowns.

The tooth requiring a crown is grounded down to a stump or peg which allows adequate space for the crown which measures about 2 millimeters or more. The crown is cemented over the stump as a means to restoring the tooth to its normal shape, size and functionality. Further, the crown is able to support a tooth with a large filling; it is used to attach a bridge and protects a weak tooth from breaking or restoring one that’s already broken (in these situations a root canal is recommended before the crown is placed). Read more here

From the time we are able to securely hold a toothbrush in our hand we are taught by our parents how to brush our teeth. If we couldn’t perform the task very well our parents would brush our teeth for us to ensure the healthiness of our teeth and gums. Afterwards, our toothbrush may have been placed alongside those of our siblings or even our parents in an open container where a bacterium collects on its bristles.

toothbrush cleaningOne has to marvel at the toothbrush. The first toothbrush that resembles what we use today had its beginnings in China in the late 1400s. It was comprised of stiff hairs from a hog’s neck and attached to a bamboo stick. Now, soft bristles on the “head” of a handle used along with toothpaste to brush off plaque and massage our gums. For the most part, it seems the toothbrush is only used to eliminate leftover food from teeth. However, it is a major deterrent of gingivitis (gum disease), the prevention of cavities and periodontal disease which is a cause of at least one-third of adult tooth loss.

Many dentists believe that soft-bristled toothbrushes are the most effective to use since the firmer bristles can damage tooth enamel and irritate the gums. In fact, the tips of hard bristles are like sharp tips that may cause nicks in the gum, allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. The soft bristles are considered the most safe and comfortable especially with consideration given to how vigorously you brush your teeth.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, even after brushing and then rinsing your toothbrush contaminated and potentially pathogenic organisms remain on the bristles. We’ve all had lessons on how to brush our teeth, but very few lessons in toothbrush cleaning. Here are some suggestions on how to clean and take care of your toothbrush:

  • If you keep your toothbrush in a toothbrush protector, ensure it is dry before using the toothbrush protector. Failure to do so may lead to the development of mold on the bristles. Use a toothbrush holder that has holes. This will help with ventilation to prevent mold. Read more here

teeth whitening Physical attractiveness is very important and is often associated with having bright and clean white teeth. Because there are so many teeth whitening products and procedures on the market offered by professionals and over the counter products, of course, the concern is how safe is it to whiten your teeth?As with many medical procedures, dental work being no different it’s important to always consult with your dentist before undergoing teeth whitening. Since this procedure varies among people, due to the condition of their teeth and other circumstances, the advice of a dentist may be valuable to assist you in making a decision on the appropriate whitening method for you. It is your responsibility to know the facts surrounding teeth whitening to ensure safety and credibility for your dental care needs.

Research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of your dental provider is safe for the teeth and gums. There is no information that states whitening affects tooth structure, enamel, fillings or restorations.

Some people may experience tooth sensitivity during the treatment. These symptoms usually disappear within one or two days. The dentist will apply a de-sensitizer to help reduce sensitivity to the teeth. You can also use specially made toothpaste for sensitive teeth to assist in alleviating the pain. Read more here

Gingivitis (gum disease) and the advanced stage, periodontists, is one of the most common infections of the mouth and occurs more often than the common cold. Symptoms include bleeding gums or pus between the teeth, destroying the bone that supports the teeth leading to tooth loss. Research identified the accumulation of gum disease as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Early warning signs of heart disease are less obvious than those that indicate that there is a problem with the gums. Now, doctors have to manage the disease with the hope of reducing the risk that might occur in the other.

Any time there is bleeding in the mouth, bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart. The bacterium that causes gum disease is associated with heart disease. The common risk factor in both cardiovascular and periodontal disease is inflammation. While the formation of blood clots is an important defense against cuts and bruises it become a serious problem if it occurs in the heart. Read more here

Hypertension has been known for years as the silent killer, because most people who have high blood pressure are unaware they have the disease. The same can be true in the case of periodontal disease, which is also known to show no signs until it has progressed to the stage where the individual is losing their teeth.

The warning signs include bleeding and inflammation of the gums and tenderness, while brushing, flossing and eating hard foods. When your gums recede or pull away from your teeth is when one of those dreaded trips to the dentist is warranted. If left unattended plaque will spread and grow below the gum line.  The toxins produced by bacteria in plaque stimulate an inflammatory response in
which the body turns on itself. Tissues and bones that support the teeth are
broken down and destroyed.

The gums begin to separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between teeth and gums) that become infected. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Eventually, teeth become loose and may have to be removed. Read more here

or bleeding gums is an inflammation caused in the mouth. If left untreated, it
can lead to bone loss and eventually your teeth. It is caused by the
accumulation of plaque, bacteria and food particles between the gums and teeth.
Unfortunately, some people do not take this very seriously because the affects
of the condition on the gums and teeth goes unnoticed until the symptoms become
more severe.

Some of the symptoms of gingivitis are painful, bleeding, tender and swollen
gums. Additionally, some people have been known to have bad breath and a bad
taste in their mouth once they reach the advance stages of gingivitis. However,
gingivitis can be treated at home if you practice the following natural

  • Brush your teeth twice regularly using herbal toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Rub gums with clove oil, some burning may occur or you could chew a
    piece of the clove.
  • Toothpaste containing mint, babool, neem, holy basil not only assists in
    avoiding the spread of infection, but also reduces swelling and
  • Gargle twice a day with a glass of lukewarm water containing a pinch of
    salt. Also, instead of salt you can use a teaspoon of triphala powder.
  • Gently rub aloe vera pulp onto your gums, after rubbing once, gargle
    with water and repeat the process.
  • Combine two teaspoons of white oak bark herbal powder, one teaspoon of
    myrrh herbal powder,3/4 teaspoon of peppermint leaves’ powder, 1/8 teaspoon
    of clove powder. Grind this mixture and store it in an air tight container.
    Take one tablespoon of this mixture and apply it to the affected area twice
    a day.
  • Mix baking soda and water together, dabbing the affected area with your
    finger and then brush with the herbal powder. This will heal and also
    neutralize the acidity of the bacteria to keep it in check.
  • Combine equal amounts of a 3% solution of Hydrogen Peroxide and water
    and gargle with it.
  • Increase your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Include foods
    rich in fiber and vitamin C and low saturated fats. Unsweetened cranberry
    juice has proved to successful in the natural treatment of gingivitis.
  • Find toothpaste and mouthwash products that contain sage oil, peppermint
    oil, menthol, chamomile tincture all of which have been known to assist in
    treating gingivitis.

To prevent gingivitis, it’s important to see your dentist, brush at least
twice a day, floss and examine your mouth for any changes that may not appear
normal. The faster you pursue your dental care, the more likely you will be to
save and maintain your perfect smile.

Bleeding gums are something that many people suffer from when people brushing their teeth vigorously or flossing their teeth. While some people may see this as a normal event, it can also be a sign of something more serious. The symptoms are very similar to those of swollen gums, and usually when one is present, so is the other. In this case, not having good oral hygiene habits may be the culprit.

This type of infection occurs when bacteria grows and forms a sticky film on the surface of the teeth and under the gumline called plaque. If not, treated it can progress to gingivitis, the top dental problem for people over 18 years old, or turn into a more serious medical condition where the symptoms may occur in the mouth.

The immune system sends white blood cells to the affected area that causes the inflammation that leads to bleeding, swelling and, in some cases, receding gums. If ignored, plaque will harden when allowed to accumulate and, periodontitis, a chronic disease can occur and result in a separation of the gums from the teeth.

Moreover, when this occurs, pockets of infection develop in the spaces created that leads to bone loss and loosening teeth which eventually causes them to fall out. Inflamed gums are usually the cause of tooth loss more so than through tooth decay. Either way you need to see a dentist at the first sign of persistent gum bleeding.

Causes of bleeding gums can be traced to neglected gums, teeth and mouth. Bleeding gums are a sign of an unhealthy mouth, because there is no known natural cause. If you are suffering from this and prefer a non-medical approach to help with your gums, try changing your eating habits such as eating three meals a day, including adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables and most importantly, if you snack between meals, avoid carbohydrates.

If you are someone who does not enjoy fruit, as an alternative it is important to maintain a good level of vitamin C in your body that helps keep the gums healthy. An additional supplement, co-enzyme Q10 is also known to be useful in some cases for people with bleeding gums.

Unfortunately, the most common reason for development of bleeding gums is simply because people do not follow a consistent routine for cleaning their teeth and gums. This involves more than brushing two or three times a day, but also the use of dental floss, mouthwash and regular cleaning of the teeth from a dentist. It is imperative that you make it a habit to practice good oral hygiene habits that are essential for preventing the accumulation of plaque, which is a serious threat to the gums and the teeth.

Almost everyone has their share of childhood tooth care histories. Parents have their own unique way of encouraging their children on how to care for their teeth – from exaggerated stories of imaginary characters (the tooth fairy) to humorous stories about what will happen if they ignore caring for their teeth.

However, encouraging children to take care of their  teeth is actually a good thing, because it is a good idea to begin the practice of personal dental care at an early age. Perhaps the most basic thing that almost everyone knows about is brushing their teeth.

Brush your teeth after every meal is considered the most basic measure of personal dental care. Many people may think that brushing one’s teeth is just brushing, what most people do not know is that there is a proper way to brush their teeth.

Brushing teeth is not effective if you just brush your teeth using any kind of brush stroke. If you are one of the many people who do not know the proper way to brush your teeth, a visit to the dentist may be the solution to your problem.

It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day.  Although, there are some people who see the need to brush their teeth three times a day and after every meal.

There are even some cases where dentists discourage their patients from brushing more than twice a day, especially for those who suffer from discomfort due to their teeth being sensitive.

Some people go a day without brushing their teeth. If you are one of the many people who think that eating mentolated candies, gargling with mouthwash and flossing can be the same as brushing your teeth,  you may need to consider changing your approach to your personal dental care routine.

Eating candy and other sweets to compensate for the lack of brushing could cause cavities. Unfortunately, you are unable to see the harmful results of your improper dental care immediately. However, in the long term you ma regret letting your teeth fall into the hands of candies and sweets which does more harm than good.

Substituting simple brushing with a mouthwash gargle session in the bathroom may seem to save a lot of precious working time, but in reality, you’ve just put your teeth and mouth in danger. Mouthwashes are made to improve the cleanliness of your teeth, not to replace brushing. Gargling with mouthwash is not seen as a thorough way to clean the mouth.  Your mouth may feel fresh after gargling, but if one should look closely at your mouth and teeth, you would be able to see where your dental care is lacking.

Achieving a personal dental care routine is important because it will make or break your smile. Do not neglect your teeth, as they constitute a very important part of your face.

If you’re uninsured, under insured or unable to afford seeing a dentist, there is a chance that you can get  dental check-ups and treatment for free. Most of the free programs offered appear to only target children because research has shown that dental care still remains the most widespread unmet need for children. However, there are free programs that will treat adults also.

Dentists report people often skip going to the dentist and this decision can lead to other serious health complications within the body such as diabetes and heart disease. Some people see dental care as a luxury and do not place the same importance on it as they do their health care.

Some of the problems related to people not being able to obtain oral checkups are not only because they are uninsured but because of distance, it’s unaffordable, not having the knowledge that free dental care is obtainable and there are those that are just not willing to go. This article will discuss how to go about finding resources that can provide  dental care for free or for a discount.

  • Internet access would help because most people are not paying for paper delivery which would contain information advertising free dental care. You can keep up with your neighborhood events at your local library and use their computers to reading the newspaper online. Additionally, if you are in an area where you do not have access to a local clinic or dental mobile station, you could search online for alternate locations.
  • Check your state agencies for clinics that provide dental care or even area dentists that may provide free dental services.  Because of the economy, some state run agencies are finding it hard to keep their doors open and sometimes neighborhood dentists have been known to step in and volunteer to provide essential services such as, cleanings, fillings, extractions and limited partial dentures.
  • Dental insurance is an option, but usually this is something that has to be paid through an employer backed insurance plan and it can be costly. The other choice is signing up for a low cost discount dental plan which is a dental insurance alternative that can provide discounts of 10% to 60% on services. These types of plans have a large number of dentists in their network which means there shouldn’t be any trouble in locating a dentist in your community.

The need for free dental care has only increased during the economic recession. Understandably, as more families choose which essential expenditures they can cover, it dental care is with out a doubt proving to be an important part of overall health and should not continue to be overlooked. Good oral health is critical for everyone regardless of their age.

Dental Care is very important because your gums and your teeth are directly connected to your blood stream and keeping up with your dental care should be your first line of protection for good health. Researchers have found what appears to be a connection between gum disease, stroke, diabetes and heart disease.

In the case of inflammatory gum disease it is the body’s response to the presence of bacteria and inflammation associated with dental plaque. This theory suggests that when the gums become inflamed and left unchecked, the infection from the gums is distributed throughout the body via the blood stream. Once in the blood stream, the infection can have an impact on other diseases occurring in the body.

Although, this relationship may exist, studies have not positively identified the reason how or why it occurs. The practice of oral hygiene is important because it prevents the build up of dental plaque. Plaque causes the two most common diseases found in the mouth, dental decay and gum disease.

Regular oral hygiene visits to the dentist are vital for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy, and preventing potentially serious problems. Here are some suggestions to consider when it comes to your dental care:

  • Visit the dentist twice a year. If you smoke, have gum disease or diabetes, consider more frequent visits.
  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks with an electric toothbrush if possible because it aids in removing plaque and massages the gums.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque and reduce bacteria.
  • Have a dialogue with your dental hygienist at your next cleaning on where you had the most build-up of plaque so you can focus more on those areas.
  • Brush your tongue. It is highly recommended by dentists because bacteria hides in the bumpy surface of the tongue. The bacteria feeds on the remnants of food which is the main cause of bad breath or halitosis.
  • Stay away from sugary drinks and treats. Sugar promotes the growth of plaque. Eat foods high in calcium and Vitamins C and D.
  • Use mouth rinses that  contain chlorhexidine, an anti-microbial agent, which aids in the removal of excess bacteria.

The control of plaque is the key to maintaining healthy gums and also overall good health. It is up to you to follow the golden rules of good oral care: regular visits to the dentist, reduce the amount of sugary foods you eat, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily.

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Along with brushing your teeth, you should also be flossing on a daily basis. Flossing to remove plaque and debris in areas that your toothbrush cannot reach. A buildup of plaque can lead to gum disease or tooth decay, so flossing is very important. If you floss immediately after brushing, you’ll notice that your gums and teeth will be much healthier.

If you look at the floss, you’ll notice that there are two types – nylon filament and unique. You can get nylon either waxed or unwaxed and in various flavors. Nylon thread is composed of several strands of nylon material, meaning that it can shred, tear, or become wedged between the teeth. Although the single filament floss is more expensive than nylon, it will slide easily between teeth, even tight areas and spaces. Unlike nylon, single filament is impossible to shred or tear.

No matter what kind of floss you choose, provided you floss regularly, you can eliminate debris from teeth and gums. If you’ve never tried flossing before, you will probably be surprised how much debris and food particles  can be eliminated. Dentists all over the world agree about the importance of flossing because it can reach places that even the smallest of toothbrushes cannot. After eating, food and debris occurs between the teeth, which makes it very important to use dental floss.

The main problem that many people have against flossing is the fact that it can lead to bleeding gums. Each time you floss and get between teeth and around the  gums, the thread is rubbed against the gums, resulting in bleeding. Many people take this occurrence wrong, and immediately stop flossing, usually for good. Bleeding is very common, and should be expected when flossing.

When you brush your teeth, you miss a lot of food particles and debris that continue to accumulate in your mouth. No toothbrush is designed for all areas of the mouth, as they all miss hard to reach places. With the areas missed by the toothbrush, the debris and plaque continue to develop until they eventually result in cavities. To eliminate this debris and plaque between the teeth before it builds up into something more serious, you need to floss.

If you’ve been afraid to try flossing due to your gums bleeding, get over the fear of flossing and routinely floss  after brushing. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you need to brush your teeth and floss on a daily basis. Regular checkups with your dentist will assist you and you should continue your regular maintenance at home with brushing and flossing.

A physically attractive face is most often associated with clean, shiny white teeth. A lot of us desire to be more physically good looking and having whiter teeth is one of the most important factors in which to consider. As there are a lot of teeth whitening products and procedures in the market offered by professionals, aside from the various ways of doing it naturally, the question is: Is teeth whitening safe for you?

As with many medical procedures, though dental work is hardly major, one should always consult with their dental expert before engaging in activities such as teeth whitening. Since degrees of teeth whitening varies in different people due to different conditions and circumstances, the advice of a dentist might prove valuable in knowing which type of procedure or method is most appropriate. It is your duty to know facts and procedures to make your teeth whitening safe and reliable.

Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth with oxygen-releasing gel, under supervision, is safe for teeth and gums. It will not affect teeth structure, enamel, fillings or restorations.

Some people may experience temporary teeth sensitivity during the treatment. These symptoms always disappear within 1-2 days of interruption or completion of the treatment. The dentist will apply a desensitizer to help reduce this further and you can use a a special toothpaste to assist with teeth sensitivity also.

Anyone can have teeth whitening done unless you are pregnant or allergic to the whitening gel. If you have dental crowns, bridges or veneers teeth whitening is not suitable for you as porcelain does not whiten.

Some concern has been shown in the medical and consumer communities about the risk of bleaching teeth that the agents used may cause cancer. However, studies have shown that the concentration of carbamide peroxide in teeth whitening products does not cause cancer in mouth tissue or gums. In fact, there is an agent in saliva that seems to offset the amount of peroxide given off by the teeth whitening agents.

Concern and attention has also been given to the fear of bleaching agents causing a tooth enamel to wear off or be damaged. Medical experts actually say that more damage is done to a tooth’s enamel by soft drinks or fruit juices than tooth whitening bleach.

The topic of nerve endings being affected by teeth whitening is still in its early stages since this can be studied only in longer intervals like 5 to 8 years after the teeth whitening procedure. In spite of this hurdle, there is still little damage being shown to teeth that have undergone whitening especially for those patients that have had consistent follow-up visits after the process.

Nevertheless, safer teeth whitening can be performed correctly with minimal removal of the protective enamel from your teeth. In the past, older tooth whitening products tended to use abrasive agents such as polishing toothpastes to scrape away unsightly stains and enamel. However, these are obsolete, unsafe teeth treatments that did more harm than good. It is more difficult to restore and remineralize the materials in our teeth than to be careful about what products you are using on your teeth.

Gentle and safe teeth whitening treatments are formulated to be gentle and safe. If the bleaching gel is left on your teeth beyond the maximum time allowed or you choose to bleach your teeth after every meal instead of adhering to the recommended usage of once every day, you risk damaging your teeth enamel, developing cavities and sensitive teeth.

Teeth whitening is perfectly safe, especially under the supervision of a dentist or orthodontist, for people over the age of 13 who have no tooth decay and who are not pregnant. You can whiten teeth safely by making sure to visit a dentist for regular check-ups.

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