Wobbly Teeth is Often a Symptom of Periodontitis

Do your teeth wobble, or does your bite seem a little off? If so, the first question that you may be wondering is why? In most cases, wobbly teeth are caused by gum disease known as Periodontal disease. Never heard of it?

Periodontal disease is diagnosed by your dentist when gum tissue that normally surrounds the tooth, begins to recede away from the tooth. None the less, when gums recede away from the teeth pockets, bacteria is created and collected. When bacteria build-up occurs, the gum can end up infected.

Want to know more? Read more of this blog below to find out more information on Periodontitis symptoms and how it is treated.

What are symptoms of Periodontitis?

• Chronic Bad Breath
• Bleeding Gums
• Mouth Sores
• Pain when chewing
• Wobbly teeth
• Bad tooth alignment
• Receding Gums
• Tooth ache

What are some of the treatments for Periodontitis?

• Good Oral Hygiene
• Medications
• Scaling
• Grafts
• Root Planting
• Flap Surgery

Read more about Periodontitis and other gum diseases by clicking on this link. Also if you are experiencing wobbly teeth or any of the symptoms listed above, be sure to consult with your dentist or contact Masters Dental for more information.

Creepy Cavity Causing Halloween Candy can Damage the Teeth!

This Halloween don’t let the cavity creeps get to yours or your child’s mouth this year! Sure, those little costumes and candy are cute and adorable, and don’t cost much. Unfortunately, what does cost a lot, is the damage that can be done to a child’s teeth if teeth aren’t properly cared for.

In case point, adults are guilty of sneaking candy out of bowls and bags too. Especially those irresistible bite sized candy bars. Furthermore, cavities caused from Halloween don’t stop at children. During the Halloween and holiday season, everyone needs to make sure that they are keeping that holiday smile healthy!

Read more of this blog on tips on taking care of yours and your child’s mouth this Halloween. First and foremost, we will list the worst candy for the teeth….

Halloween’s No Lister Treats
 Gummy Bears
 Candy Corn
 Sour Pucker Candy
 Popcorn Balls
*Dark Chocolate is better than Milk Chocolate

Tips on Keeping  your Holiday Smile Healthy

Drink a lot of water
Keeping a lot of water on hand can help wash the sugar away from the teeth.

Regulate the consumption of candy that you and your child eat
Even one piece of candy can cause a cavity; however, keeping candy eating to a minimum is always healthier.

Brush your teeth often
Without ruining the Halloween fun, make sure that everyone enjoys their candy with a lot of extra brushing, flossing, and rinsing afterwards.

Visit your dentist for a checkup within a few weeks after Halloween
Keeping those teeth healthy is always important any time of the year, and getting regular dental checkups can help prevent future teeth problems.

For more information on keeping yours and your child’s teeth healthy this Halloween, read this article.
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How to Care for Aging Teeth

Everyone assumes that when they get older they will lose their teeth and wear dentures. Thankfully, this is not always the case. In fact, if we take care of our  aging teeth every day, we will be able to enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime.

As we get older the nerves in our teeth are not as large as they are  in a younger person’s mouth. This causes cavities to go undetected and often overlooked. Furthermore, it is important to see your dentist for regular checkups, x-rays and teeth cleanings.

What are some dental conditions that may occur with age?

Dental conditions such as periodontitis, dry mouth, root and coronal caries may occur with age.

What are some tips on how to keep aging teeth healthy?

• Brush twice a day and floss between teeth daily
• Drink a lot of fluoridated water, this will help prevent cavities
• Stop smoking, this will prevent gum disease and tooth loss
• Visit your dentist regularly by getting x-rays and regular teeth cleanings
• Eat a healthy diet with low sugar

By choosing a healthy life style by eating less sugar and maintaining your teeth every day, your smile should end up lasting a lifetime.

For more information on aging teeth, click on this link to read this article.

Oral Cancer Screenings are Very Important!

The type of cancer that everyone hears or reads about the most is usually cancers such as lung, breast, and brain cancers. Unfortunately, we rarely hear about oral cancer, and tend to overlook that cancer could actually develop in a person’s mouth.
In case point, even though oral cancer does not top the list of leading cancers, it too is a serious devastating disease, with a 5 year survival rate at 60% or lower. In fact, that would be more than enough reason to call your dentist and set up an appointment to get your mouth screened for oral cancer. Unlike other cancers, oral cancer signs are easy to detect at their earlies stage.
Getting checkups and oral cancer screenings is easy and inexpensive. On your next dental visit, ask your dentist for information on oral cancer screenings, and what to expect during the exam.
In order to help prevent and protect yourself from oral cancer below are some simple steps that you can take to protect yourself from this deadly disease….

1. Ask your dentist to screen for oral cancer on your next visit
2. Stop smoking cigarettes, pipes, and cigars
3. Stop using smokeless tobacco products including electric cigarettes
4. Do not consume alcohol products excessively
5. Eat a balanced diet of nutritional food
6. Avoid being overly exposed to the sun

To learn more about oral cancer and the symptoms, read this article. Also, be sure to contact your dentist today, and schedule an oral screening on your next visit.

Dental Visit

Got Cavities? Now what …

At a young age, our mothers and fathers begin reminding us before bedtime, “brush your teeth or else you’ll get a cavity!” Growing up, this is usually enough to get a kid up out of bed and back in the bathroom to properly brush and floss their teeth. The fear of having to go to the dentist  for cavities and of having a possibly painful operation is greater than childish rebellion or laziness.

Most kids don’t know what a cavity is, let alone what happens when you need to remove one. The truth is most adults do not know until they have had one either. The hard thing is if you don’t understand what cavities are, you don’t know how to protect yourself from getting one.

Back to the Basics

To start, what is a cavity? It’s a hole in your tooth.

A cavity occurs when there is tooth decay or erosion of the enamel on your teeth. The formation of a cavity starts with the build up of plaque. While plaque occurs no matter what you do, consuming sugary foods and drinks causes higher amounts of plaque to form. When you brush and floss your teeth, you help to reduce and prevent build up of plaque. When plaque is left on your tooth enamel for too long, its bacteria will attack and break down your enamel.

The number one way to prevent cavities is to practice good, strong oral health and hygiene practices. This means brushing and flossing at least twice-a-day, choosing nutritious and healthy food options, maintaining a balanced diet, and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups.

What happens when you get a cavity?

If you do get a cavity, don’t worry. It happens to even those who take perfect care of their teeth. In most cases, visiting a dentist and repairing your cavity is an easy and painless process.

In most cases, patients will need a filling to keep the tooth decay from worsening. This means removing the decayed and affected areas in your teeth. Then, the dentist will clean out the area and replace the hole with, you guessed it, a filling.

For more developed cases where the tooth decay alters the shape of the tooth, a crown will needed. A crown is essential like a tooth-shaped cap. First, you will visit the dentist to get an impression of your tooth and have a temporary crown placed on your infected tooth. Next, you will come back to the dentist to have a permanent crown based on your impression placed in your mouth. Less often, an entire tooth extraction may be needed when a filling in crown is not enough to save the tooth.

If you want to learn more about oral health and how to prevent cavities, you can check out more helpful articles on our blog.

Dental Anxiety

Do you or a person that you know suffer from Dental Anxiety (Dentophobia)?

Have you ever met a wealthy person with bad teeth? Often, you will run across a poverty stricken person with bad teeth, simply because they could not afford to care for their teeth, or visit their dentist. If money is a factor in good oral hygiene, then what is the deal with those who have money and have bad teeth? Immediately, you will be surprised at how many people avoid going to the dentist due to Dental Anxiety, despite their financial status.

None the less, most of us have had a positive experience at the dentist office. However, we would not place it on top of our list of fun things to do. For some people, a trip to the dentist office can be very frightening, and they would rather pull a tooth than visit their dentist. If you or a person that you know suffers from Dental Anxiety, here are some questions that you may have…

What causes Dental Anxiety?

Most people who suffer from Dentophobia have experienced a bad day at the dentist office as a child. Those experiences were usually caused by a painful procedure, equipment appearances, sounds, smells, or because of their dentist had a bad bedside manner. To be exact, there are many reasons that triggered the fear of dentist visits. If a person does not overcome these issues soon enough, he or she will end up with tooth decay, tooth loss, and serious gum diseases.

How does a person overcome Dental Anxiety?

Research has estimated that all but 25% of adults have experienced Dental Anxiety. For many, overcoming their fears of visiting a dentist may be something that a sufferer will put on the back-burner. Significantly, getting over Dental Anxiety is actually easier than one would think. The number one cure for Dentophobia, is to first realize the problem, then find out where the fear originated.

Finally, if you feel that you are suffering from Dental Anxiety, talk to your dentist before your procedure. Also, be sure to ask your dentist any questions that you may have. Most Dental offices practice techniques to ensure that your visit is a relaxing one.

What are some tips to help ease symptoms of Dental Anxiety?

• Research local dental office reviews
• Listen to the office’s soothing music
• Share your fears and concerns with your dentist

If you would like to learn more tips on how to combat Dental Anxiety, click on this link. For more information on how to take care of your dental health, check out our blog.

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants Protect Molars from Cavities and Tooth Decay

Many people protect their car’s paint by waxing their car every three to six months. In most cases, people will use plastic covers to protect their cars from debris and weather erosion. The question is: what do people do to protect their back molars from harmful bacteria and acids? In the modern dental world, Dental Sealants are on the rise to protect your teeth.

These sealants protect your teeth the same way that wax protects the paint on your car. While brushing and flossing are key to good oral hygiene, it is difficult to cover all the surface area in your mouth. This extra protection serves to reduce risk for tooth decay and cavities. If you have yet to hear about how this procedure can help prevent your teeth, continue reading for more information.

What are Dental Sealants?

They are another method of protecting the tooth’s surface from cavities, when brushing and flossing fails. Primarily, they are placed on the back molars, due to their hard to reach locations. According to the American Dental Association, “sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars.”

What are Dental Sealants made of?

They are made with a liquid based resin that adheres to the biting surface of the back molars. After that, the resin quickly dries, and turns into a hard plastic-like material. Actually, Dental Sealants are invisible, and do not feel any different than the natural tooth, and can last up to ten years.

Who can benefit?

Although Dental Sealants are not for everyone, most dentists will only recommend them to patients who are prone to getting cavities. In other words, children and adults can both use them to help protect their teeth. However, dentist suggests that the earlier in life they are used, the better.

What are the Pros and Cons?

Alike most things, there are always pros and cons. If you would like to dig deeper, and find out more about Dental Sealants and procedures, read this article for more information.

To learn more about about tooth decay and how to protect your teeth from decay, check out other articles on our blog or view our educational videos.

Braces

Regular Dental Checkups Important for Patients with Braces

Most people who wear braces often think that because of their regular orthodontic checkups, they will not have to visit their dentist. As a matter of fact, it is very important that patients with braces continue to visit their dentist for regular checkups.

Why is it important to visit your dentist while wearing braces?

Braces have a tendency to catch food particles around the wired brackets, causing tartar and plaque to build up. As a result, cleanings and proper daily dental care are extremely necessary, more than ever.

What may happen when patients with braces don’t visit their dentist?

While at home, it is very important to brush, floss, and use a water pick, because if your teeth aren’t properly cared for, one or all of the following problems may occur …

  • Bad Breath
  • Tooth Decay
  • Gum and tooth pain
  • Cavities
  • Gingivitis

If you would like to learn more about dental checkups, and cleaning your teeth while wearing braces, read here for more helpful tips on how to properly care for your teeth.

BabyBottles

Have you heard about Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay?

Often we hear more about tooth decay damaging permanent teeth. However, did you know that infants can experience tooth decay between birth and seventy-one months of age?
If you are not aware of how Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay attacks baby teeth, here are three things that you need to know….

What is Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay?

This issue is typically found around the front region of an infant’s mouth. More important, when sugary liquids, such as juice, milk, and formula leave a residue on the infant’s teeth, bacteria producing acids will attack the baby teeth.

Caring for baby teeth is very important

Just because baby teeth are temporary, does not mean that dental hygiene should be overlooked and ignored. Baby teeth are very important, because if they are lost too soon, a child may end up with crooked teeth, speech problems, severe pain, and life-threatening infections.

Tips on how to avoid Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay

1. Be sure to bring your infant in for a dental checkup, at the age of one.
2. Make sure that you do not give your child sugary liquids before napping or sleeping.
3. Begin brushing your child’s teeth, as soon as the first tooth comes in.
4. Using gauze or a wet cloth: wipe your infant’s gums and teeth once or twice a day.

For more information and tips on how to prevent Baby-Bottle Tooth Decay, click on this link. Find more helpful information about dental health on our blog.

Strawberries

Eat More Strawberries!

It’s almost summer time! One of our favorite parts of summer is fresh fruit. From strawberries to peaches, fresh fruit is delicious and has some awesome health benefits. Did you know strawberries are actually good for your oral health?

The reason that strawberries are so good for your oral health is that they contain malic acid. This is an acid that occurs naturally in many of the fruits we eat normally.  For example, malic acid is often found in apple juice.

What is malic acid? Inside your mouth, malic acid works as a natural enamel whitener. So next time you are devouring some juicy strawberries, you can be happy you are also help brighten and whiten your smile. Many people also try to make a homemade whitening treatment using strawberries. We found a great article on using strawberries’ malic acid to create your own teeth whitening treatment on health.com. Here are the directions from Health.com.

The DIRECTIONS
  1. Crush the strawberry to a pulp, then mix with the baking soda until blended.
  2. Use a soft toothbrush to spread the mixture onto your teeth.
  3. Leave on for 5 minutes, then brush thoroughly with toothpaste to remove the berry–baking soda mix.
  4. Rinse. (A little floss will help get rid of any strawberry seeds.) Carrel says you can apply once a week.”

We hope you enjoy lots of delicious fruit this summer, and if you try this recipe, let us know what you think in the comments! For more ways to enhance your dental health, check out more articles on our blog or our educational videos.