Oral Health Routine

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Routines are designed to keep things running smoothly and just like how workout routines help keep the body in shape, oral hygiene routines help keep teeth and gums healthy.  Fresh smelling breath is also a plus.

The most highly recommended oral hygiene routine involves brushing with toothpaste, flossing between teeth and using mouthwash. Each step is important and should be done correctly to fully maximize their potential.

The most frequently misused item on our list is floss. Dental floss is commonly used to pull food out from between teeth. Toothbrushes simply cannot get into the tight spaces between teeth which means that problems like plaque can freely grow there with little resistance.  Hook floss around a tooth in a ‘C’ shape then move the floss in an up and down motion. This will scrape off plaque and food debris that brushing alone may miss. It is recommended that floss be used at least once a day.

Despite not being able to get in between teeth, toothbrushes are still an important tool! Brushing gets the largest amounts of acid, bacteria, plaque and food debris off of teeth. If all these things sound bad — they are!

  • Acid can wear down tooth enamel and expose sensitive parts of the teeth.
  • Bacteria can cause either inflammation or infections. Inflammation of the gums can be painful at its best and cause illness at its worst.
  • Plaque and food debris can not only cause tooth enamel to wear down but also bad breath and discoloration.

To get the most out of this part of the routine, be sure to brush with toothpaste twice a day. It is most important that one of those times be before bed or after the final snack or meal of the day.

Lastly is the use of mouthwash or mouth rinse. Rinsing is a great way to add another protective layer to teeth as well as wash away any lingering risks to dental health but be sure to talk to a professional about what type of mouthwash to use.   Certain mouthwash and toothpaste were created to tackle specific problems so be sure to choose the right one for your specific needs.

Make a positive impact on your overall oral health by keeping a daily, consistent oral hygiene routine.  Visit a dentist at Las Vegas Smile twice a year, to keep your smile bright, teeth healthy and to address any potential issues.

What Actually Causes Cavities?

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Teeth cavities are small holes that form on the surface of teeth as a result of decay.  Cavities are one of the most common dental problems worldwide, which require treatment in the form of fillings.  If not treated in a timely manner then they can lead to further complications such as a tooth fracture or a pulp infection.   However, the good news is that cavities can be prevented.

What are teeth made of?

Teeth are protected on the exterior by enamel (a dense, mineralized layer). The enamel on healthy teeth shields the underlying softer dentin and the pulp (innermost nervous tissue).  Additionally, the cementum (calcified substance) surrounds the root of the teeth.

How does tooth decay begin?

It all starts when regular oral hygiene maintenance such brushing and flossing is ignore.   A thick layer called plaque (comprising of food debris and bacteria) forms on the surfaces of the teeth.  Over time the plaque hardens and turns into calculus.  Both the plaque and calculus provide an ideal environment for the harmful bacteria to grow.

Bacteria and tooth decay

These bacteria utilize the sugars and carbohydrates from the plaque and calculus as their food and release chemicals that increase the acidity of the oral environment. When the acidity of the oral cavity rises beyond a certain limit, minerals from the tooth enamel dissolves. This process is known as demineralization.

How are cavities formed on decayed teeth?

If this situation continues unchecked, the enamel becomes so porous that holes start to form on the tooth surface.  The following may occur:

  • The weakening of the tooth structure – when the enamel becomes demineralized, the tooth structure becomes so weak that it may get chipped or fractured.
  • Tooth sensitivity – when the enamel is destroyed, the underlying dentin and pulp layers are exposed. The dental pulp contains blood vessels and nerves that sense temperature and pressure. When the nerves in the pulp are exposed to the cavity, the tooth becomes sensitive to hot and cold liquids.
  • Pulp inflammation – if the tooth exposure is not treated timely through a dental filling, it can result in the irreversible inflammation of the pulp. At this point, there might be extreme pain and the person may need an emergency dentist to perform a root canal operation to save the tooth from extraction.

But all this can be avoided by eating teeth-friendly foods, daily oral hygiene and visiting the dentists at Las Vegas Smile for checkups.  The dentist will be able to detect tooth demineralization and take measures to stop it.

Stress and Oral Dental Health

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Stress is a common culprit when it comes to sudden and mysterious health issues. It is commonly known that stress can cause both mental and physical health issues like trouble sleeping and weight gain but stress can also affect oral health.  Therefore it is an important to get  dental cleanings and examinations at least twice a year.

Sometimes stress can cause a physical reaction that may or may not be intentional.  Bruxism or teeth grinding is a common reaction to stress that can cause fractures or loosen teeth until they fall out. This behavior can sometimes happen in the night while the afflicted is asleep, making it possible for them to not even know they’re doing it! Sometimes stress can dissuade people from healthy habits like exercise or proper oral dental health which can lead to problems like gingivitis, plaque and cavities that arise from lack of flossing, brushing and rinsing with mouthwash.

Other times, strange sores and blemishes can appear within or around the mouth. One such blemish is a canker sore. While bruxism can sometimes be connected with them, canker sores tend to appear at will during stressful times. The sores are gray or white, are located within the mouth and are often times painful but are not contagious. Stress can affect the immune system as well, which would allow symptoms of the herpes simplex virus to appear. These appear on the lip as little bumps full of fluid and are in fact contagious.

Stress sometimes can lead to the infamous stress eating of sugar snacks. Be sure to avoid candies and cakes as they not only affect teeth but weight. Keeping calm, cool and collected is the best way to avoid problems that can arise from stress.  Also, remember to see your dentist at Las Vegas Smile Center.

Dental Implant Trends in 2020

Dental implants have long been a solution of choice for people with missing, damaged, and troublesome teeth. The ability to re-create a healthy and attractive mouth has been one of the most beneficial advancements in dental technology in the past decade or more. Research and development projects go on all the time that continue to improve every aspect of the process. The following dental implant trends for 2020 will allow patients to have higher-quality results with potentially less time and overall cost.

The Rise of Smart Technology

One of the most important aspects of dental implant planning and insertion is getting an accurate scan of the patient’s face, mouth, and specific device needs. With smart technology and cone-beam computed tomography, additional control is now possible through the use of touch screens, computer-aided devices, and integrated video cameras that gather more information than the dentist could on their own.

Virtual Implant Planning

The extra information mentioned above facilitates a more precise virtual implant planning process. Using computer-aided design systems, implant specialists can now create the exact tooth shape necessary to deliver a perfectly comfortable, effective, and realistic feel and appearance to every patient. A large part of this comes about because new software programs are able to utilize the input from multiple data sources at the same time and come up with a smarter solution from every angle.

3D Printing for Dental Devices

Once all the high-tech scanning and virtual planning processes are complete, the manufacturing process begins. What used to take a considerably long time and cost hundreds of dollars per tooth implant can now be done with a relatively low-cost 3D printer for an average of $30 per implant instead. The cost savings do not only come from the increased ease of production or the innate ability for the different machines to use the same digital information but also because each dental lab or office can use their own 3D printer. This represents one of the most impressive new ways to keep costs down for patients who need replacement teeth.

Higher Degrees of Collaboration Between Specialists

The new, interconnected focus in the entire medical and dental communities leads to improved collaboration between dentists, computer experts, implant manufacturers, and patients themselves. With a focus on efficiency and faster production, every member of the diverse team focuses on the patient’s well-being and satisfaction with the final dental implants.

As 2020 begins, dental implant patients in Las Vegas have the opportunity to take advantage of some of these new trends at an affordable price. LV Smile Center is running a dental implant special for the start of the new decade. Therefore, now would be a great time to get that healthy smile and replace any missing, damaged or troublesome teeth.