A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.
17 December 2015
Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses toxic drugs to kill cancer cells. Unfortunately, these drugs can inadvertently damage your healthy cells, too. Healthy cells throughout your body can be damaged, including the ones inside your mouth. This can lead to a variety of distressing oral side effects which may make it difficult to keep wearing your dentures; here are three side effects that chemotherapy patients with dentures should be prepared for.
17 December 2015
There are a number of reasons why you may have a discolored tooth. You may have bruised the tooth, giving it a grey or blackish tint. You may have delayed having a cavity filled, which can alter the exterior color of the tooth. Or you may have a permanent stain that bleaching and other teeth whitening methods can't lift. Having a tooth that is yellow, brown or black can make you self conscious when you open your mouth or smile—and if your other teeth are shiny and white, you may feel like the tooth stands out like a sore thumb.
16 December 2015
To some patients, having to complete a medical history form at the dental clinic may seem a bit invasive. Yet it's important for this practitioner to know about current and previous health problems, since some of them may have relevancy for your dental care. Dentists also need to know about any medications you currently take. Aspects About Which Your Dentist Needs Information Health Problems You may not be aware of the effects a health disorder or procedure could potentially have on your teeth, gums and other oral structures.
16 December 2015
TheAmerican Dental Association suggests that a child visit the dentist within six months of the eruption of their first tooth and no later than their first birthday. Generally, this first visit is meant to be an educational visit for the parents and a way to get children comfortable visiting a dentist from a young age. While the first visit may not be a problem, you may find that as your toddler gets slightly older, they may become more willful and refuse to open their mouth to allow their dentist to check their teeth.
14 December 2015
Hypothyroidism is a medical condition that causes problems throughout the body, including in the oral cavity. If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, it's important that you understand the effects this medical condition has on your teeth and what types of dental treatments are available to you. Here's what you need to know. Hypothyroidism means your thyroid doesn't produce enough of the hormones that your body needs. Your thyroid is what controls your metabolism, which is also how your body uses food and nutrients.