Month: November 2017

All About Dental Cleaning

Maybe it’s getting to be that time again for a routine dental cleaning and your child is asking you what is done in a dental cleaning. Maybe you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time and know that you need to start coming in regularly again. You try to remind yourself that there isn’t anything to worry about.

Whether it’s trying to satisfy your refresh your child’s memory or calm your pre-appointment jitters, here is a breakdown of what a typical teeth cleaning procedure looks like:

Step 1: A Physical Exam of the Mouth

It is likely that your teeth cleaning will be done by a dental hygienist, not a dentist. The first part of the teeth cleaning appointment will entail a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. It is during this step where the hygienist may poke and prod your teeth and gums, scrape the teeth and take x-rays (if it is your first appointment at that dental office). They look for cavities, abscessed teeth, teeth misalignment and gum disease.

If they come across something concerning, they may call in the dentist to have him or her take a look.

Step 2: Removing Plaque and Tartar

After the initial examination, the dental hygienist will go around with a tiny mirror and the infamous scaler to eliminate the plaque and tartar that has built up along the gum line. It is this step that may cause the accidental pricks and bleeding of the gums and the notorious scrapping sound.

Step 3: Toothpaste Cleaning

After the hygienist has removed all the tartar from your teeth, the teeth cleaning will commence. Often, a high-powered toothbrush will be used and the gritty toothpaste. Sometimes you’ll have the option to choose the flavor of toothpaste. During the brushing, it is common to hear a grinding sound. The sound is coming from the toothbrush.

The combination of the high-power of the toothbrush and the grittiness of the toothpaste, this professional, deep cleaning will be able to clean your teeth better than you can at home. While your dentist may be hard on your teeth, it is not recommended to brush your teeth as hard at home on a daily basis and you’ll risk scraping off the tooth enamel.

Step 4: Flossing

When your teeth are all brushed and cleaned, the dental hygienist will clean between your teeth by flossing. Even patients who floss daily at home can benefit from a professional flossing. The dental hygienist knows the correct way to floss and he or she will be able to floss deep in between the teeth. Some people get nervous during this step because their gums begin to bleed. This is normal. The dental hygienist likely flosses more rigorously and deeper than you do at home, so your gums may be sensitive to that type of flossing.

Step 5: Fluoride Rinse

You’ll then rinse off the toothpaste with water and then you’ll swish around a liquid fluoride solution. After swishing with fluoride, your dental hygienist may apply a foamy fluoride gel to a mouthpiece that you’ll then bite onto for a minute. This final step will help keep your teeth cavity resistant until your next teeth cleaning appointment.

Your routine 6-month dental check-up and cleanings are also a good time to ask your dentist questions or voice any concerns you may have.

The regular, six-month teeth cleaning appointment is simple, fast and oftentimes not very painful. They aren’t anything to be scared of and the more consistently patients come in, the less their anxiety is.


The Secret Of Our Tongue

Grandmothers (at least mine), to see if we were really sick, told us to pull out the tongue. In the effects of my grandmother, just take a look to figure out if I’m saying a lie… the savoire faire of the experience!!!

But I have always wondered whether this action was or not a real basis; ie scientifically verifiable.

The answer is yes.


The tongue is a moving organ made up of striated muscles and a special lining mucosa on the dorsal surface (the one we see from the outside) which constitutes the taste buds… so it is a sense organ. In addition, its extreme mobility within the oral cavity is crucial both during phonation and during chewing.

A healthy tongue has smooth, uniform edges and a dark pink-pink color (depending on the type of subject keratin, because its dorsal surface is keratinized)

The taste buds all (filiforms, fungiforms, leafy, circumvented) have to appear the same color as the tongue and not clearly disparate by size and shape with respect to the others or with respect to how they are habitually. Therefore, physiological harmony of organ must be maintained.

Any change within the oral cavity (being a still small resident) is usually easily detected by the patient; this is even more true for language, than fact comes into contact with each part and with whatever you enter inside.


The tongue can easily alter its morphology, because it is placed in a neural point inside the mouth. Related issues can be related to several causes:

* Infectious-inflammatory;

* bio-mechanical;

* Traumatic;

* allergic-hypersensitivity.

All these different causes that are normally independent of one another (though not always) can cause alterations and dysfunctions. These are modifications of the organ but are usually temporary and not serious; and which tend to be more annoying than painful even if the discomfort can be considerable. In any case, all language-related disorders that cause morphological alteration, are named GLOSSITI.

As mentioned above, there are many types of glosses to a different etiology. As is clear, as in all diseases, the symptom and the clinical sign heal definitively when the cause of the disease is identified and the triggering cause occurs.

However… a glossite is also often caused by non-serious systemic pathologies such as banal flu or colds. This fact has two reasons: 1) it is airborne-transmitted diseases; which then enter the respiratory channel through which the mouth is part; 2) the tongue is a very richly irrigated organ and therefore also affects circulatory systemic infections.

It is good to remember both of these aspects from the clinical point of view because it is often very useful to make many lipoches with SALE (which always contrasts the microbial charge and is economical and natural) and ANTI-BACKGROUND COLLUTTORS and maybe ANTINFLAMMERS.

In the case of glossitis, oral hygiene is always the first aspect to care for. When problems last for a long time instead, it would be helpful to consult your doctor to identify the cause…



Why You Should Take Dental Plan

When it comes to the dentist, there are thousands of people who don’t go to the dentist unless it’s an emergency. The most common reasoning behind this, isn’t that they are afraid, but that they simply cannot fit it into their tight monthly budget. Because of this, people are paying more money out when they get to the dentist because the problem has become serious and a simple cavity has now worked its way into the root of the tooth and root canal is needed, where before the client may have gotten away with a simple filling.

Many people these days are looking at dental plans to assist them with managing their oral health in the most effective and cost effective way. A dental plan enables a person to take out cover paying an amount monthly which provides them with significant discounts when it comes to their dental appointments. For example, clients can save up to around fifty percent, sometimes more on routine dental check ups, which saves them considerably in the long run, making their oral health care something that they can afford.

The first benefit of an effective dental plan is the price. You will find you pay a nominal monthly amount, which you can easily incorporate into your budget. This means that you pay in each month, the same amount and in return you save when you need any dental treatments, whether it’s a simple check up or you want to have dental implants where you have missing teeth. Either way you will find that the dental plan is an affordable solution.

You will find that you will save a considerable sum of money in the long run and you don’t have to come up with a huge lump sum when you need urgent care. The price you pay monthly will be paid back over and over when you use the dental plan for your oral care. A few dental appointments, a professional clean and maybe a root canal treatment will pay for a years worth of monthly installments, you can see how you save every time you or your family member visits the dentist.

Further you will find you can get the dental care you need as you need it. Before you may have held off on seeking dental treatment for some minor sensitivity because you knew you couldn’t afford the bill this month, but if that bill was halved or more, then it makes it easier to go to the dentist and increase the chances of preserving your teeth moving forward.

Remember a tooth doesn’t grow back. Yes you do get two sets of teeth in your lifetime, but once your permanent teeth push through, you have to do everything you can to ensure that you provide your teeth with the care they need so that you don’t lose them, but rather preserve them for as long as possible.

With dental plans you don’t only receive the finest dental care, but you get a choice of dental professionals you can choose from. These dentists have been hand selected by the dental plan provider to ensure you receive the best quality care and treatment. All dentists will have the finest credentials,so you can use them with confidence.

There are some dental plans that provide you with instant access to your plan so you can get the dental care you need. This is very advantageous, as once you are accepted for the plan, you can start using it straight away. There are also a handful of dental plan providers that guarantee acceptance, another benefit in the long run.


All About Sensitive Teeth

It’s a chilly day and as you walk by the grocery store, you catch a whiff of yummy French onion soup. As your mouth begins to water, you come to the sobering realization that while the soup may taste good, it will be a pain (literally) to enjoy.

The same kind of intense, dull tooth and jaw ache happen when enjoying overly cold delights such as ice cream.

You probably think you just have sensitive teeth and there’s nothing you can do about it. You just keep using sensitive teeth toothpaste and hope for the best.

Your sensitive teeth could be simply that, but it could also be a greater dental problem that your dentist should look at.

Possible Dental Conditions

Sensitive teeth are a telltale sign that the enamel of your tooth or teeth has been worn down and weakened. The tooth enamel is the hard, protective barrier that protects the inside of the tooth, including the tooth pulp. The pulp of the tooth is where blood vessels and nerves of the tooth are. It is also where the tooth roots are that affix the tooth to the jaw.

When the nerves of the tooth pulp are exposed, as when the tooth enamel is weakened, tooth sensitivity and pain often result.

The wearing away of tooth enamel has many causes which prompt a visit to your dentist. The most common dental issues that result in the weakening of tooth enamel include: tooth decay, broken or chipped teeth, teeth grinding, and gum disease.

Tooth Decay (Cavities)

Tooth decay is the most common destroyer of tooth enamel. Tooth decay is the result of poor and inconsistent dental hygiene practices, a poor diet, and being a part of a high-risk group, such as those who smoke and who have certain health conditions such as diabetes that can lower one’s immune system functionality.

Cavities are formed when germs and bacteria of leftover food particles decay and interact with saliva, producing a sugary substance that eats away at teeth enamel.

Cavities can be easily treated with fillings or a crown (if the tooth decay affects a large area of a tooth).

Broken or Chipped Teeth

Teeth enamel can also be weakened due to injury and trauma such as when a tooth is broken or chipped. Teeth that are broken and/or chipped should be treated by a dentist immediately. Permanent adult teeth don’t grow back once they fall out or get broken. The best chance to save the tooth in either case is to have a dentist treat it immediately.

If broken or chipped teeth aren’t immediately treated, a host of dental treatment options will be employed to preserve what is left of the tooth including crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers. Many of these dental treatments are considered cosmetic dental procedures and may likely not be covered by dental insurance.

Teeth Grinding or Clenching

Sometimes tooth enamel is worn off by the excessive grinding and clenching of teeth. The rubbing of the teeth surfaces and the extreme pressure put on the surface of the teeth can easily break down the enamel over time.

This condition of clenching and grinding of teeth is called Bruxism. Most patients with Bruxism often clench or grind their teeth at night while they are asleep. Most aren’t aware that they have it.

Patients with Bruxism can be treated with the use of specialized mouth guards that are worn at night while the patient sleeps. The soft rubber mouth guard cushions teeth which protect them from further damage of grinding and clenching.

Gum Disease

Sometimes tooth sensitivity is caused by gum disease. Gum recession, (when one’s teeth look unusually long) is a sign of moderate gum disease. When there is moderate gum disease, the pockets of gum tissue around the roots of teeth loosen and deepen, causing the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, exposing parts of the teeth that are normally protected and covered by gum tissue.

As these gum pockets widen and deepen, there is a greater chance that food particles will get lodged inside and begin to infect the roots of teeth (the part of teeth that anchor them to the jaw). If gum scaling and planing aren’t performed by the dentist, the gum recession will worsen and lead to teeth being lost and the bone tissue of the jaw becoming weak and compromised.


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