Teeth Health

The first thing in good dental hygiene is to learn the proper way to brush and floss.

We teach you the right way to better dental health. Tooth loss is most generally due to gum disease and bone loss. To help prevent these losses, brushing properly and having a regular checkup and cleaning every six months is essential.


Research

When gum disease is diagnosed it's important to receive regular treatment visits to prevent further deterioration.

Reasearch shows tobacco use in any form to be a contributing cause of gum disease which, if not treated early, can result in both bone and tooth loss. We can help by prescribing medication to help you quit. Please ask.

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Brushing Your Teeth Is Not Enough

Even though most of us brush our teeth, half of all American adults have gum disease, which is a root cause of bad breath and tooth loss.

To help prevent gum disease, dental professionals tell us to floss daily. But many of us don’t because string floss is difficult and time consuming to use.

That's why Water Pik created the Water Flosser - an Easy and More Effective Way to Floss!

 

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Oral piercings can be risky, dentist warns

Improper care can lead to chipped teeth, receding gums

BY ALEXANDRA ZABJEK, EDMONTON JOURNAL JULY 23, 2015

EDMONTON - When Amy Hewko was 17 years old, she was writing an exam and — as she often did at that time — playing with and biting her lip ring.

Then she heard a crunch.

“I haven’t known anybody who’s had an oral piercing that doesn’t play with it,” said Hewko, now 25. “There would be times when I would bite down on my lip ring quite hard. It would hurt, but the time I chipped my tooth there was no real pain, no real hard bite. I just remember hearing a crunch. My tooth had essentially buckled.”

Hewko now works at the University of Alberta where the new head of periodontology in the school of dentistry has studied the health risks associated with lip and tongue piercings. Some of the most significant risks for oral health are chipped teeth and gum recession.

“People tend to think it’s an innocent procedure, that it’s like another piece of jewelry that you wear around your neck. But it’s not,” said Dr. Liran Levin, whose research on the topic has appeared in publications such as the American Journal of Dentistry.

Levin said his studies have shown that about 30 per cent of the patient population with tongue or lip piercings experienced gum recession — a high number when studying those who are approximately 18 years old. About 10 per cent of those without such piercing experienced those gum problems. About 30 per cent of those with those piercings experienced chipped teeth.

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Hoffman Dental Now Offers Innovative Dental Implant System

Top Sarasota dental practice announces the addition of the minimally invasive MDI Mini Implant System.

SARASOTA, Florida (January 21, 2014) – Driven by his commitment to offering patients the most advanced treatment options available, Dr. Brian P. Hoffman of Hoffman Dental, one of the area's leading general dentistry practices, is pleased to announce the completion of his Advanced MDI Certification.

MDI Mini Dental Implant Systems are smaller in diameter than standard-platform implants and they have a one-piece design that allows them to be placed in areas where standard-platform implants cannot be placed and without the need for a separate bone grafting surgery to prepare the area. Mini implants can frequently be loaded immediately and used for chewing on the same day. In some cases, there may be a healing requirement of up to 3 months as compared to as much as 6 months with standard-platform implants.

This revolutionary system can be used for single tooth restorations with crowns, bridge abutments where there are no teeth present to connect the bridge, pier abutments for long-span bridge support, and unparalleled stabilization of full and partial dentures. In short, mini implants open a whole new avenue for many patients who were not good candidates for standard-platform implants.

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Bad Breath

We all know that poor hygiene, certain foods, and the use of tobacco products can lead to bad breath, but bad breath can also be caused by tooth decay, plaque buildup, dry mouth, sinus, mouth or throat infections, post nasal drip, diabetes, acid reflux, liver or kidney disease, or other health problems. If your bad breath goes beyond the normal morning breath and garlic breath, schedule an appointment with your dentist to help determine if there is a need for concern.

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Tooth Erosion

If your child’s teeth have become eroded from bottle feeding, or to prevent this from happening in the first place, make sure you only put water in your child’s bottle at bedtime and never put formula in a bottle that that your child is going to be sucking on for a long time.

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Cleanings While Wearing Braces

Most people should have their teeth professionally cleaned twice per year. If you have braces, you should schedule cleanings and check-ups with your general dentist every 3 or 4 months, even if you brush and floss well, to prevent decay, swollen gums, and other problems. Don’t neglect your general dentist while undergoing orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist and your general dentist have different areas of concern and examination.

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Cracked Tongue

A fissured tongue is a congenital and benign condition but, if your tongue is cracked and swollen to the point where eating has become painful, it could be the result of a vitamin deficiency or an infection. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to help determine if there is a need for concern.

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It’s More Than Just Teeth

Dental exams take into account a lot more than just teeth. A proper exam looks at all the hard and soft tissues of the mouth including your teeth, gums, under and along the tongue, cheeks and throat. We also look for signs of TMJ and inspect your head and neck, lymph nodes, and overall facial symmetry so, do yourself a favor and, don't skip this very important part of your overall healthcare.

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Avoiding Cavities

Brushing twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride, flossing, using an antibacterial rinse, eating a healthy, balanced diet, and visiting your dentist every 6 months will help protect your smile and ward off cavities!

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Swollen Jaw

If your jaw is swollen, it could be a sign of an abscess, a benign or malignant growth, or a myriad of other possibilities. See a dentist immediately so you can be diagnosed and treated properly!

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Cavities Between Teeth

Cavities between teeth are common in adults so don’t skip the floss! You miss 33% of a tooth’s surface if you do not floss.

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Heart Disease

Regular dentist visits protect more than your smile. Bacteria from your mouth can travel through the bloodstream to your heart valves. Having a few small cavities, that your dentist is monitoring, is not a big deal, but severe tooth decay or periodontitis can increase your risk of heart disease.

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Pregnancy

Periodontal disease (gum disease) during pregnancy can increase the risk of having a pre-term or low birth weight baby. Your overall health during your pregnancy is crucial to the health of your baby; don’t neglect your oral care during this very important time.

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Mouth Guards

Collision sports like rugby, football, ice hockey and lacrosse where players purposely collide, and contact sports like soccer and basketball where players routinely make contact with each other carry the risk of tooth injuries. Wearing a mouth guard can protect your child's teeth from trauma.

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No Dental Pain, No Treatment Needed, Right? Wrong!

During my time as a Dentist, I have heard many reasons why someone would put off necessary dental treatment and many of those reasons were even sound.

Some of the valid reasons patients have shared are personal, like money issues, relocating to another city or state, severe family illnesses, personal health issues (heart, liver, kidney, etc.), or wanting to take care of another family member first.

However, the reason I hear most often is actually a very bad reason: "It didn't hurt, so I didn't think I needed to come in." Many times, serious health issues don't hurt, especially in the earlier stages, but they are still bona fide health-related illnesses or issues that would be better addressed sooner rather than later.

Some very common systemic illnesses that do not hurt, at least in the early stages, include hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, cancer, arteriosclerosis, and localized aneurisms. While some of these pathologies may cause pain in the later, more progressed stages, most commonly they do not cause pain until they are further along and dangerous to your overall health.

Regular screening and testing can alert doctors of these potentially serious illnesses and allow treatment to be performed early, thereby reducing the overall morbidity and mortality of these conditions. The same reasoning should be applied to your mouth.

Typically, cavities do not hurt until they are large and require more serious procedures like root canals, crowns, and extractions. Early detection and diagnosis of cavities will often result in small fillings and a change in the oral care regimen practiced by the patient.

A small filling and adding an electric toothbrush, flossing more often and with the proper technique, or adding a Waterpik® to the overall nightly ritual may be all the prevention and treatment a patient needs. Each of these options is relatively inexpensive, when compared to root canals, crowns, or extractions.

If I had a nickel for every time a patient said to me: “Why is dentistry so expensive?” I would have quite a few bucks in my pocket. The reason some patients find dentistry expensive is because they “wait until something hurts” and then it requires a larger, more complex procedure which is more expensive.

The take-home lesson here is: See your doctors routinely; your Primary Care Physician, your Dentist, and your Specialists if you have them. Doing this one single thing will save you money in the long-term and give you peace-of-mind along the way. Who doesn't want to save some money and have less to worry about? Schedule your appointments regularly and you will be glad you did!

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Dental Pain

Dental pain can impede your ability to eat, speak, and even sleep so you'll want to seek immediate relief.

If you are experiencing dental pain, you can find comfort in the same over-the-counter pain medication you would take for a headache, you can apply ice and/or heat to the face area just outside the aching tooth, or you can buy an over-the-counter tooth and gum numbing gel containing eugenol liquid. These methods should give you the temporary relief you seek, but make sure to contact your dentist if the pain persists so you can determine the cause of the pain and address it before the situation worsens.

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Dental X-Rays

Dental x-rays or radiographs are used to see hidden dental structures like unerupted wisdom teeth, malignant tumors or benign masses, infections that can lead to bone loss, and cavities in areas that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Digital x-rays reduce the patient's exposure to radiation by as much as 80% over traditional x-rays, they do not need to be developed so the results are immediate, and the image can be enlarged or adjusted without re-exposing the patient.

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Cracked Tooth

If you have a cracked tooth, time is not on your side! If you act quickly, you may be able to have the crack filled or crowned. Waiting can lead to a more serious crack and you may even lose the tooth!

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Grinding Teeth

If you suffer from a dull, constant headache or a sore jaw, this may be a sign that you're grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep. Chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) can lead to fracturing, loosening or even loss of teeth. If you suspect that you're grinding your teeth in your sleep, your dentist can help determine whether your bruxism is being caused by an abnormal bite and he or she can fit you for a protective night guard.

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