What causes bad breath:
• Food. Garlic and onions are culprits that cause bad breath almost instantly. However, if you don’t brush and floss daily any food particles can remain in your mouth, collect bacteria, and contribute to bad breath.
• Gum disease. Continual bad breath or a consistent bad taste in your mouth can also be one of the warning signs of gum disease, which is caused by plaque
• Dry mouth. Without an ample amount of saliva in your mouth, food particles are not cleaned away properly and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth, or a decrease in the normal flow of saliva, can be caused by salivary gland problems, certain medications, or repeatedly breathing through your mouth.
• Smoking and tobacco. In additional to staining your teeth and being detrimental to your health, smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes, and the use of any smokeless tobacco, can cause bad breath.
• Medical conditions. Certain conditions like sinus and lung infections or kidney and liver disease can cause bad breath.
If you suffer from consistent bad breath, see your dentist as it may be cause for concern.
Absolutely! If you have persistent bad breath, don’t simply reach for a stick of gum and ignore it. See your dentist for a discussion about your oral hygiene habits and your health. The solution may be simpler than you think!
Dental X-rays are a safe, effective diagnostic tool your dentist will use to help detect tooth damage and disease not otherwise visible during a regular dental exam.Dental X-ray exams are common standard of care practice and require very low levels of radiation exposure. Our X-ray equipment and procedures are designed to limit the body's exposure to radiation and every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is as low as possible, making the risk of potentially harmful effects very small. In fact, the amount of radiation received from a dental X-ray examination is extremely low compared to other naturally occurring sources of radiation.
At My Dentist Inc, we are committed to using the best advancements in the treatment of our patients, including digital X-rays. Compared to traditional film X-rays that many private dental practices still employ, digital X-rays greatly reduce the amount of radiation to such low levels that one shouldn’t be concerned about over exposure, even with repeated applications.
Children typically require dental X-rays more often than adults because their teeth and jaws are still developing and their teeth are more commonly affected by tooth decay than adults.
So, are X-rays safe? Yes, dental X-rays are safe. But if you have questions, we courage you to ask your dentist as your safety is our top priority.
If you’re pregnant, tell your dentist and consult for more information on dental X-rays during pregnancy.
If you experience tooth pain when consuming hot or cold food and drinks, there are several causes that your dentist will examine. Sensitive teeth can be caused by:
• Tooth decay (cavities)
• A worn tooth filling
• Deteriorating or worn tooth enamel
• Teeth grinding or clinching habits
• Fractured teeth
• Gum Disease
• An exposed tooth root surface Proper oral hygiene and a daily routine that includes brushing and flossing is the key to preventing tooth sensitivity and pain.
Treatment for sensitive teeth many include:
• Toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Desensitizing toothpaste blocks the transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, reducing tooth sensitivity.
• Fluoride gel. Applied during your dental visit, fluoride gel strengthens tooth enamel, which can reduce the transmission of sensations.
• Dental crowns, inlays or bonding. These can be used to repair a flaw in your tooth that’s causing the painful sensitivity.
Tips for preventing cavities and tooth decay:
• Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
• Clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner
• Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacking and high-sugar foods and drinks
• Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examination
some of the more common causes of a toothache:
• Tooth decay (a cavity)
• Severe toothaches may be a sign of pulp decay, requiring root canal therapy
• A fractured tooth
• A damaged tooth filling
• Gum Infection
Tooth-colored fillings are growing in popularity in recent years because they are more cosmetically-pleasing compared to silver fillings. Made from composite resins, natural-colored fillings are best for small-to-medium-sized fillings that don’t need to withstand as much chewing pressure as molar teeth.
Benefits of natural tooth-colored composite fillings:
• The color of your fillings can be matched to the natural color of your other teeth, completely hiding fillings when you laugh or open your mouth
• Composite fillings can be placed where amalgams can’t
• Composite fillings bond to the tooth, and in some cases, can actually strengthen the tooth
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a person's teeth, mouth and smile as an elective, optional treatment as opposed to a necessary treatment. Cosmetic dentistry most frequently is associated with teeth whitening, but can also include veneers and gum tissue sculpting (gum lifts).
A dental veneer is a thin shell that covers the front of a tooth that’s stained, chipped, or cracked. Veneers are made from tooth-colored material, like porcelain, giving an imperfect tooth a completely new appearance. Since a dental veneer is set in place permanently, a small amount of the patient’s enamel is removed to make way for the veneer.
Dentures are typically thought of as a full set of teeth, either the upper denture or lower denture, comprising of all your teeth. Partial dentures are used to replace multiple teeth in a patient who still has some healthy teeth remaining.
A dental crown completely encases a damaged tooth within a custom-design, custom-fit cap that fits perfectly over the damaged tooth. The crown thereby restores full functionality to a tooth that may have been cracked, had excessive decay, or after a root canal therapy.
There are three primary types of dental crown materials: All-ceramic (porcelain), porcelain-fused-to-metal, or Zirconia.
Baby teeth are extremely important and are susceptible to cavities just like adult teeth. They help children speak clearly, chew naturally, and provide a path for permanent teeth. Baby teeth forge the way for a lifetime of oral wellness and a smile that helps children feel healthier, happier and more confident.
Thumb sucking is a common habit that helps newborns and babies sooth themselves. However, once a child’s permanent teeth appear, thumb sucking may create problems with the growth and alignment of the child’s teeth, leading to braces and orthodontics.
Root canal therapy is commonly simplified to a root canal. They are the same thing. Root canal therapy is also sometimes referred to as RCT.
Sometimes no symptoms are present; however, signs you may need a root canal include:
• Severe toothache pain when chewing or applying pressure to the affected tooth
• Prolonged sensitivity
• Pain to heat or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
• Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
• Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
Sometimes other circumstances are involved but the best thing to do is to see your dentist every six months and practice good oral health habits like brushing and flossing.
Braces are an appliance installed by an orthodontist to correct teeth that are crowded, out of alignment (crooked), protruding or have unequal spacing. Braces are used on both children and adults to align teeth in a straight position that’s esthetically-pleasing.
My Dentist Inc offers a wide variety of braces, from standard metal brackets and clear ceramic brackets to invisible braces by Invisalign and ClearPath. We also offer the complete array of treatment options, from standard treatments for children, to two-phase treatments or partial treatments, we offer everything a child or adult would need in orthodontics.
Dental implant surgery has less discomfort than having several teeth removed. And just like any surgery there can be some discomfort. However we use anesthetic and offer intravenous sedation as an option to eliminate any discomfort. We also prescribe medication to control any discomfort or swelling that may occur after the procedure. We take special care to remain in contact with you and to see you post-operatively.
Dental implants feel similar to natural teeth. They provide a strong, solid base to affix permanent teeth, and they feel very real.
You will have teeth when you leave our clinic. To complete treatment it takes from four months and, in some cases, as long as 18 months, but temporary teeth will be placed on your implants the very same day the implant procedure takes place.
We recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a check-up and professional cleaning. If you have not seen a dentist for a while, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
When you first arrive at My Dentist Inc, you will be welcomed by a friendly staff member who will work with you in gathering your medical and dental history. We will examine your teeth and gums, make X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. If treatment (such as a root canal, braces or oral surgery) is necessary, the dentist will thoroughly explain why it is recommended and the benefits of receiving that treatment. The dentist will also answer any questions you have. If you decide to move forward, we will discuss fee payment options and set up a treatment appointment so that you can be on your way to happier and healthier teeth.
During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, thoroughly clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you have.
To better serve our patients, we invite you to call our clinic as soon as a dental emergency happens. If it takes place on a weekday, we will be glad to schedule an appointment as quickly as possible. For emergencies after hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our clinic for the doctor’s emergency contact number.
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