Nail biting

Dangers of Nail Biting

We all have nervous habits we want to quit, but nail biting is by far one of the worst bad habits for you teeth. Biting your nails not only makes your fingers look bad, but it damages your teeth.

In fact, nail biting wears down your teeth’s enamel and can lead to you chipping or even cracking a tooth. Unfortunately, nail biting is a common issue that normally begins at a young age. According to Humera, studies suggest “60 percent of kids and 45 percent of teenagers bite their nails.” While numbers decrease in adulthood, it can still be an issue for many.

Nail biting simply isn’t good. It can lead to dental procedures that could have been otherwise could have been avoided. Not to mention, nail biting can spread bacteria from other parts of the body to the mouth and or from the mouth to the body and lead to other more serious issues and infections. This bad habit could even potentially lead you to develop TMJ, which involves pain in the muscles, ligaments, and joints needed to chew food and drink water.

According to Colgate, “a study in the journal General Dentistry also reported that patients who bite their fingernails, chew on pencils or clench their teeth might be at a greater risk for bruxism, unintentional grinding or clenching that can cause facial pain, headaches, tooth sensitivity, recessed gums and tooth loss.”

At the end of the day, no matter how you look at it, nail biting is bad for your teeth and has a long list of potential dangers. While it is certainly hard to stop, it is important you do your best for your dental and overall health.

If you are having trouble stopping, try keeping your nails too short to bite or cutting your nails, so they are two short to bite. If this doesn’t work, trying handling the cause of the problem. Do you bite your nails because of stress, anxiety, or nervousness? For example, if it is stress, try taking steps to de-stress each day. It will not only benefit your teeth and your nails, but also your overall well-being.

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What Is The Best Type Of Dental Crown For You?

If you’re not a dentist, you will likely first think of the gold hat that sits upon a king’s head when thinking of a crown. Dental crowns though are something very different and not made out of gold. Dental crowns are small prosthetic devices that are cemented to your natural teeth to cover a tooth as a sort of cap. Often, these teeth are damaged and in need of covering, or the crown is used to cover a recent implant.
When getting a dental crown, there are four different types that dentists can use – Ceramic, Porcelain-fused to metal, gold alloys, and base metal alloys.
The first ceramic is most commonly used for front teeth that people can see as the ceramic material mimics natural tooth coloring well. These can be purely ceramic or made with a porcelain-based material.
The second type is porcelain-fused to metal. The benefit of this type of crown is it is exceptionally strong and durable. As one of the latest and up-to-date methods, porcelain-fused to metal offers a lasting crown that feel and looks real. While arguably one of the best crowns, the challenge is ensuring quality materials and the quality of the initial tooth.
Then, gold alloy crowns are a mix of metal such as gold and copper. This type of crown has a reasonably strong bond and will not wear away at the tooth. It is generally less abrasive to the other surrounding teeth in the mouth.
Finally, there are base metal alloy crowns. The major benefit of these crowns is that they are very resistant to wear and tear from daily life. Additionally, this crown also requires less of the initial natural tooth to be healthy than some of its counter parts.
No matter which type of crown you get, the most important part is your dentist ensuring proper fit throughout the process. After the procedure, it is important you make sure to take care of your crown and stay up-to-date on your oral health. This is the best way to enhance the longevity of your crown.
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How To Know When You Need A Tooth Pulled

No one wants to need to have a tooth pulled, but for some people, it is a necessary evil. What is important is that you know when you need to have a tooth pulled as ignoring it could have some painful consequences.

Sometimes even the potential risk for infection will be enough that your dentist will suggest extracting a tooth. For instance, when you have periodontal or gum disease around a specific tooth, your tooth will loosen and may need to be removed in order to properly treat the emerging gum infection. If you have a compromised immune system or an autoimmune disease, you dentist may be more likely to suggest this.

Other people have the issue of not having enough room in their mouth for all of their teeth. This is called crowding and is another common reason teeth need to be pulled. When crowding occurs, the teeth may be unable to align properly or teeth may not even be able to enter the mouth at all. Such crowding can lead to aesthetic issues, but it can also lead to pain and the damage of teeth.

If you believe that you need a tooth pulled for any of these reasons, it is important to contact your dentist right away. They can quickly and easily walk you through the steps and help return your oral health back to normal. It is much more painful to wait then to get that needed tooth pulled.

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Benefits of Digital X-Rays

Masters Dental utilizes digital x-rays in patient care instead of traditional film x-rays, and it turns out using digital x-rays have serious positive benefits for patients. Just as new advances in dental techniques continue to emerge, so do advances in dental technology. While the concern may be that new does not always mean better, we are here to put those fears to rest.

The first advantage of digital x-rays are the fact that they greatly reduce patients exposure to radiation since digital x-rays give off significantly less radiation than traditional film x-rays. The actual amount is around 80% less than traditional x-rays.

The second advantage is that digital x-rays allow for better, quicker, and more accurate record keeping. First, since film x-rays require people to chemically develop the images, film x-rays are more subject to human errors and can’t be viewed right away. Thus, digital x-rays are more accurate and quicker. More importantly however, using digital x-rays allows dental offices to store the x-rays online and access them whenever necessary. The files can be transferred and medical information can be shared with doctors across offices at a patient’s request with less risk of losing or misplacing a paper file.

Not to mention, the third advantage is that you get higher quality images. The general quality is simply better because it better highlights small imperfections. Since the images are on the computer, the images can be resized and graphically enhanced to get a better look at your teeth and bone structure. This way your dentist can find exactly what he or she is looking for to provide you with the best possible care.

As you can see, using digital x-rays have serious positive benefits for patients when they are both in and out of the office. Staying up-to-date on all of the latest dental technology can ensure better quality care and will contribute better to the long term health of patients.