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Does Weak Enamel Mean You Will Have Cracked Teeth?

Posted on 3/25/2020 by Jared Pell, DDS
You may have eroded enamel. That does not mean your teeth will easily crack. Weak enamel results from erosion or abrasion, and cracks may surface from trauma, a poor bite, or from teeth grinding. Therefore, just because the enamel on your teeth may be thin does not mean that you will experience more cracks. The following article gives you further details about how cracks may surface. It's not always due to dental erosion or abrasion. Causes Of Cracked of Chipped Teeth To strengthen the teeth and prevent cracks, it helps to use a dental product that is ADA approved that restores weakened enamel or its mineral content. While an ADA dentifrice or mouthwash cannot be used to rebuild a tooth, it can be used to remineralize it. You cannot blame the appearance of a crack solely on weak enamel, as cracks may surface in one of several ways. Teeth may crack because of teeth grinding or from large filings that weaken a tooth's structure. Trauma to the lower jaw may produce a crack as will biting on something hard. Gum disease, which can produce bone loss, may also cause a crack to form. Sudden changes in in the temperature inside the mouth may also trigger cracks. All these occurrences can lead to chips or cracks. While weak enamel may cause a crack, it is not the only reason for the occurrence. If you do get a crack in a tooth, it will not completely heal, even if it is treated. Treatments may consist of bonding, or adding restorations, such as crowns or veneers. Cosmetic contouring may also be recommended if the crack is exceptionally small. If you believe you have a crack in your tooth, find out how you can get it repaired. Call us today to schedule an appointment and consultation. The sooner you address the problem, the better chance you have for a successful repair....

Dangers of Using Old Toothbrushes

Posted on 3/15/2020 by Jared Pell, DDS
The toothbrush that you decide to use on a daily basis is absolutely critical for your daily oral hygiene routine. Here are some significant reasons why you should switch that old brush out often. Old Toothbrushes Can Be Harmful One of the first reasons, of course, is bacteria, a toothbrush was designed as a powerful tool designed to kill toxins out of your mouth and although if you rinse well when you are done brushing and it will eliminate a good deal of the bacteria build up, no matter how much your toothbrush gets rid of, there will always be a bit that will stubbornly stick on the bristles. At first, this shouldn't be a huge concern, but then after some months, about three to be exact of use, there will be a tremendous amount of bacteria build up, and that old toothbrush is a great way to cultivate because  bacteria thrives in that dry, humid climate which exists within your toothbrush. Then there are the actual bristles on your toothbrush itself. As with any device, things after daily use, begin to break down, such is the same with your toothbrush, which will have double the effect on your teeth. One of the first concerns with this is that the bristles are rugged and can damage the teeth and take the enamel off along with it. Secondly the issue is that after so many months of use, the brush is generally about 95% less successful in plaque removal than when you first bought it and it was fresh and clean out of the box, you might as well not be brushing your teeth at all if you brush them with an outdated and useless brush, in fact you are probably doing more damage if you do so. Illness Are Always a Concern As Well Then, of course, there is illness to contend with, and one of the best times to make a change with your brushes is after you have been ill. When you have been ill switching brushes is always a good idea. As a matter of fact, even two brushes might be recommended, one if you think you are feeling a little sick and then another one when you are all better again. If you have any other questions about how to care for your toothbrush, ask us at your next appointment. We are always happy to help educate you on the best ways to keep your mouth healthy....

Symptoms of a Dental Abscess and What Steps to Take

Posted on 2/29/2020 by Jared Pell, DDS
There is no pain quite like tooth pain. When your tooth hurts, it can affect your entire life. Your mouth is on fire. Your head is aching. You may have ear pain. There is no minimizing the pain, especially if your tooth is infected. If the pain is extreme, you may have a dental abscess. If you're not sure what a dental abscess is, we have some information for you. What Is A Dental Abscess? A dental abscess is a cavity gone bad. Horribly wrong. When a cavity forms, it began when bacteria eat a hole in your tooth enamel. Over time, the hole caused by the bacteria grows bigger and deeper. The infection makes its way into the pulp of the tooth, which causes a larger infection. When the infection becomes severe, it spreads to the root of the tooth, and forms a pocket of pus, which is called an abscess. What Are The Signs of an Abscess? There are several signs of an abscess. One of the first signs is a severe, throbbing toothache that never goes away. You may not be able to eat. You also may not be able to drink anything that is too hot or too cold. Your face may be swollen, and your glands are swollen as well. Dental Treatment To treat an abscess, we have to open up the abscess and drain it. We may also have to do a root canal on the tooth in order to save it. We would make an incision by the abscess to drain it. We will also make an incision in the crown of your tooth. We clean out the infection and fill the pulp of your tooth with composite. We then crown the tooth to preserve it. We pack the infection with antibiotics in some cases. We then close the incision. If you are in incredible pain from an abscess, give us a call today....

All Posts:
Does Weak Enamel Mean You Will Have Cracked Teeth?
Dangers of Using Old Toothbrushes
Symptoms of a Dental Abscess and What Steps to Take
The Dangers Of Oral HPV And What It Can Lead To
Problems With A Filling That Sits Too High
How the Risk of Hypertension Rises with Gum Disease
Things to Remember When Your Wisdom Teeth Begin to Erupt
The Best Way to Start an Oral Hygiene Routine is Just to Start One
Why Might Your Teeth Ache When You Get Up in the Morning?
What Type of Pain Should You Expect if You Are Developing a Cavity?
Signs You May Have Gum Disease Besides Bleeding Gums
How to Pick the Right Toothpaste for Your Needs
Can You Spot Oral Cancers at Home
How Does Tea Stain Your Teeth
Is a Filling That Sits Too High a Problem?
How to Manage Bruxism When You Sleep Through Doing It
Could Your Oral Health Improve from Including Pumpkin in Your Diet?
Dangers of Chewing on Ice When it Gets Warm Outside
Reasons to Not Use Electric Toothbrushes
How to Tell if You Are Getting a Dental Abscess
Ideal Foods for Stress Reduction So You Can Stop Grinding Your Teeth
Ideal Foods for Stress Reduction So You Can Stop Grinding Your Teeth
Your Teeth Love It When You Snack on Vegetables
Your Teeth Love It When You Snack on Vegetables
Is 30 Minutes the Right Amount of Time to Wait to Brush?
Is 30 Minutes the Right Amount of Time to Wait to Brush?
Invisalign Questions You May Want to Ask Us
Invisalign Questions You May Want to Ask Us
Teeth That Shift During the Night Often Have a Reason
Teeth That Shift During the Night Often Have a Reason
How Can You Tell If You Are Starting to Develop a Cavity?
How Can You Tell If You Are Starting to Develop a Cavity?
Benefits of Using Waxed Floss
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Times When You Should Avoid a Fluoride Treatment
Things You May Not Even Realize Your Teeth Are Trying to Tell You
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