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sedation dentistry Causes and Prevention

Do you have a situation where you feel a sharp tingling sensation in your teeth each time you have your morning cuppa or your favorite cold drink? Chances are, you are suffering from tooth sensitivity. It is a common tooth syndrome affecting children and adults alike. Pain and discomforting sensation are the most recognizable symptoms of tooth sensitivity. It can subside shortly or stay for long and even ebb and flow intermittently. The type of pain can be slight to intense. Many people tend to overlook tooth sensations, dismissing them as trivial issues.

Coconut oil may be beneficial to your teeth

Coconut oil has antibacterial properties that has the potential to kill bacteria responsible for tooth decay.

I'm sick of getting cavities. Thankfully, it's been a year since I last had one, but I do get my teeth cleaned in another month. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't find any early signs of decay. What's even worse is that I have stronger teeth than most adults. I can only imagine what it's like to have real dental problems.

Keeping your teeth white at home

Affordable tricks for a pearly white smile

Anyone who has ever had their teeth professionally whitened knows that it costs a pretty penny. Since it is a cosmetic procedure, your insurance probably won't cover it. (If your insurance does cover it, please tell me who you are with!) White teeth are a symbol of health and youth in our society. Your smile is often the first impression you give others, so keeping it looking clean and healthy is important.

Thankfully, you don't necessarily need to go to the dentist to get a bright, white smile.

Veneers: I have to save some money

It would take thousands of dollars for my teeth to look like Julia Roberts'

It pains me to admit it, but the focus on cosmetic dentistry is huge where I live. No one has crooked teeth and next to no one has a less than perfect smile. In theory, I know that this isn’t exactly the case, but it’s what I perceive. 

With the idea of grabbing a great deal on some inexpensive dental work, I bravely went into a cosmetic dentist office in an obscure area and got quotes for veneers. The price was $1,000. At first, I was pretty happy. I have to tell that I thought about becoming a movie star for about two seconds. Then I realized that the price was per tooth. 

 

I asked about dental insurance and how much it would usually cover. The answer was pretty grim; the best dental plans would cover up to 50 percent with most dental plans covering nothing related to cosmetic dentistry.

Fixing a crooked smile without braces

Other options apart from orthodontics

Your smile is often the first thing that people notice about you. Having a beautiful, bright smile will make a lasting impression. Some of us, present party included, don't have perfect teeth. As you get older, orthodontics become less appealing. I know that I don't want to have metal brackets on my teeth for the next two years. How can you fix your crooked smile without getting traditional braces?

Cosmetic dentistry has grown tremendously over the last decade. Dentists are able to work wonders to fix an unattractive mouth. Even people with severely discolored or missing teeth can have a perfect grin. Here are some of the most popular methods for creating a million dollar smile.

Xylitol helps prevent cavities

Anyone who has ever had a cavity knows that getting a filling isn't a fun process. The sound and smell of the drill is something you never forget. After getting a few fillings myself, I decided to be more proactive at preventing them in the future. That's how I learned that products containing xylitol may help reduce the number of cavities you get.

Piercings the dentist wants you to avoid

Most people know that brushing and flossing are necessary for good dental health. We understand the importance of seeing the dentist once or twice a year. It's even common knowledge to avoid certain foods and drinks that can damage our teeth. What a lot of people don't think about, however, is how certain body piercings can harm your oral health. Here are some piercings that your dentist would rather you avoid.

Picking The Perfect Toothpaste

Deciding on a toothpaste can be hard! Here are just a few things to keep in mind when selecting a toothpaste. I suggest taking some time to wander down the toothpaste aisle at your grocery store and take a closer look at some of the different kinds.

  • Personal preference- It is completely OK if you pick a toothpaste based on personal preferences. This is the number 1 reason people pick a toothpaste. I use Colgate Total because I like how clean I feel after I brush and even hours later. I also like the taste. Pick a toothpaste that you like, for whatever reasons, so that you will use it!
  • ADA Seal of approval- This is important because it means the product has been carefully tested and then approved. All of the test results get submitted with an application to make sure that the product is safe and does what it claims to do. Advertisements, labels, and packaging for the product are all checked as well. The manufacture must reapply for the seal every 3 years.
  • Fluoride- fluoride can help with sensitivity as well as keep enamel and existing restorations strong. Stannous fluoride found in some toothpastes can cause staining. High dose fluoride toothpastes are available by prescription from your dentist.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate- This is a common detergent used in soaps, shampoos, and toothpastes. There is a difference of opinion about if it is an irritant or not. It has been suggested that sodium lauryl sulfate allergy is common. If you notice that your tissue is red, itchy, or sloughing then check your toothpaste label because you might be allergic or sensitive to it.
  • Baking soda and peroxide toothpastes should not be used with bonded brackets as they increase acid and decalcification.
  • Tarter control- This will slightly reduce plaque and tarter build-up above the gum line but can cause sensitivity. Colgate Total and Crest Prohealth are popular examples of tarter control toothpastes.

Mouth ulcer - ouch!

I'm really careful about my dental hygiene. I brush twice a day and make sure to floss at night. I even wear a mouth guard to keep me from clenching my teeth while I'm asleep. So imagine my surprise when I had a sharp pain at the back of my mouth. My tongue found a swollen lump, and I immediately became concerned.

What could it be?

An abscess?

Bone fragments from my wisdom tooth extraction?

A blocked salivary gland?

After a quick look over by the dentist, it was determined that I was suffering from a simple mouth ulcer. And let me tell you, it hurt like the dickens.

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