5 Important Improvements in Dental Technology

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Dental technology has taken gigantic leaps in the past 20 years

With technology on the rise, you can see improvements everywhere, from your blacksmith, to your astrophysicist, and they cannot be just ignored. Healthcare has also got its improvements, from better X Ray machines, digital technology to lasers, all of which are used frequently to improve the lives of many an ill person.

The field of dentistry is constantly evolving and changing to best suit patient needs. We are always on the lookout for new and emerging technology to make our patients’ experience as comfortable as possible. Here is just a few of the different technologies that our practices use to ensure we provide world-class service to all our patients:

 

  1. VELscope—VELscope is a special type of light that a dentist will shine in a patient’s mouth to detect any abnormalities. This new form of technology is effectively used to detect early forms of cancer or disease during an oral cancer screening.

 

  1. Digital X-Rays—Digital X-rays are faster and contain less radiation than traditional X-rays. When a patient has a digital X-ray done, the image appears on the computer in a matter of seconds. Your dentist can then zoom into the image to better assess and educate the patient regarding their oral health. Digital X-rays are also less harmful for patients as they contain up to 90% less radiation compared to traditional X-rays.

 

  1. Invisalign—Invisalign are clear, practically invisible braces that can gently straighten your teeth. They provide an effective and comfortable way to straighten your smile without the inconvenience of wearing heavy, metal braces. Invisalign braces are easy to take out for cleaning and don’t require a restriction on what type of foods to eat. They get the job done in less time with less hassle.

 

  1. Laser Dentistry—Lasers are used to improve efficiency and eliminate discomfort in a number dental procedures, including filling cavities, reducing tooth sensitivity, getting rid of tumors, and whitening. Laser dentistry is fast, painless, and can effectively eliminate any form of bacteria during the procedure to avoid any further complications or problems.

 

  1. Dental Implants—Dental implants are screw-replacements for the root portion of missing teeth. Implants are used to restore healthy smiles when patients have missing teeth. Implants are effective because they can replace missing teeth, while still giving the patient the feel and look of a natural tooth.

Technology is surely to develop further, and there are more things that could be mentioned, as teeth and oral hygiene are as important as any other part in the body.

 

 

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A Healthy Smile for A Healthy Holiday

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The Holidays Work on Your Teeth While You Rest

Maintaining good dental health during the holidays is more important than ever.  People consume sugary sweets and beverages more than any other time of the year.  With the busy schedules  and increased stress levels, a lot of time their oral hygiene struggles.  People forget the most basic oral hygiene treatment that counteracts all the sweet food and drinks consumed during the day/night.

There’s an old saying “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” Well, here are some tips to keep those choppers you love so much:

Avoid Sugary Sweets

Bacteria in the mouth thrive on the sugars found in candy canes, chocolate, and gingerbread cookies, increasing the likelihood of developing cavities. If you are not able to brush and floss after munching on sweet treats, drink water or chew a piece of sugarless gum. This will boost saliva flow in the mouth and help wash away bacteria.

Remain easy on the Wine

Whether red or white, the high acidity levels in wine can eat away at a tooth’s enamel. Tooth enamel is critical in the protection against decay and cavities. To avoid damage, refrain from swishing the wine around in your mouth, and drink water in between beverages to rinse the teeth of the acid. Cheers!

Avoid Stress and Relax More

Holiday anxiety can cause people to grind or clench their teeth, causing jaw pain, headaches, and chipping. “It is important to find ways to alleviate stress can help but sometimes a night guard is the perfect fix for too much grinding,” says ADA.

If you think you may be in need of a little help with sleeping well and avoid waking up with achy teeth call us Immediately we are here to serve.

Stay healthy during this holiday season and above all else, have fun and enjoy the time with loved ones.  We wish you a very Merry Holidays this season.

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Addressing the Severity of Tooth Decay

 e37d0c9efbd6622a69be219b56f805ab Addressing the Severity of Tooth Decay

What is Tooth Decay?

Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars in the food you eat and excrete acids that can damage teeth.  This damage is known as tooth decay and if left untreated can lead to cavities, and eventually toothache and infection.  Infected teeth may eventually need to be removed.

The hard outer layer of the tooth is called enamel.  Below this is a softer layer called dentin, and the core of the tooth, the pulp, contains nerves and blood vessels that nourish the tooth.

The bacteria and the acids they produce combine to form a sticky substance called plaque.  The acids wear away the teeth for as long as twenty minutes after every time you eat and it’s important to remove plaque at least twice a day to minimize the damage to teeth.

  • Here are several things you can do to prevent tooth decay:
  • Practice impeccable oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing.
  • See a dentist twice a year for more thorough cleaning.
  • Limit your intake of sugar.
  • Use Fluoride to make the teeth more resistant.
  • Drink plenty of water, especially if you tend to have a dry mouth. Saliva and water can both help to wash away food particles and dilute acids.
  • Not smoking or using tobacco products.
  • Staying healthy, diabetes and certain other conditions can interfere with the ability of teeth to resist decay.

Prevent It, You Won’t Regret It

These are even more important for children because their teeth are growing and the enamel hasn’t completely hardened, so they are more prone to decay and cavities.  Even babies too young for solid food should have their gums cleaned with a bit of gauze every day.  Not only will this establish an early habit of keeping the mouth clean, but sugar in formula, milk and juice can contribute to infant tooth decay.

So how can you tell if you have tooth decay?  Odds are you won’t until it leads to infection and other problems.  This is why it is so important to see a dentist twice a year.  If you are in the San Diego area, visit us at Brighton Dental. Your dentist has tools to help identify decay before it progresses to that point.

But if you have been neglecting your regular checkups, the following are some signs that you need to be seen soon:

 

  1. Tooth pain,
  2. Swelling gums, especially near a sore tooth,
  3. Bad taste in your mouth or bad breath, or
  4. Spots on your teeth.

If you start to notice any of these, see your dentist as soon as possible.  Even if it gets better, the decay is still there, the symptoms will come back and neglecting the situation can lead to death of the tooth.  A dentist can remove the decay and fill the tooth so it doesn’t go that far. Most of the damage caused to the teeth by decay can be prevented by frequent brushing and flossing. Taking care of the bacteria that feeds on sugary food should be a daily activity. Visiting your dentist on time will also prevent the need for any invasive procedure and will definitely make your time spent there as pleasant as a chat in the park.

 

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Addressing Dental Anxiety

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Dental Anxiety – A Frequent Cause of Oral Hygiene Neglection

Whilst it’s common for people to be a little wary of dental work (with images of drills and other painful looking implements imbedded in our cultural consciousness) it can be seriously detrimental to your oral hygiene and, by extension, your overall health to neglect scheduling regular checkup.

Indeed, in severe cases a sufferer might avoid going to seek a dentist’s services, even when experiencing severe pain. Obviously, as well as the sheer discomfort of the situation, this also puts you at a much higher risk of suffering from gum disease, early tooth loss or any number of other potentially serious problems as time goes by.

There are a variety of reasons you might feel anxious about getting dental treatment. Pain is a common concern, with many people, especially those under 24, worried that the treatment they require will hurt. Whilst, some procedures can be uncomfortable, it’s worth noting that dentistry is continually advancing and many treatments that may have hurt in the past can now be done without the patient noticing any unpleasant sensations.

A Pleasant Dentist is Half a Job Done:

You may find it extremely helpful to talk to friends and family members. If they have had similar experiences they may be able to point you towards helpful resources they’ve used themselves. Though they may not be your first port of call, one of the places you’re most likely to find useful advice is actually from a dentist.

Many dentists actually specialize in treating people who suffer from dental anxiety. Looking online for such a practice and going in to talk about your problems can help push things forward. If your phobia prevents you from being able to take these initial steps, then you may have to look to your GP for help instead. They may be able to put you forward to a professional specialising in cognitive behavioral therapy; a technique that can be used to change the way you think about certain aspects of life that has been successfully used to treat a wide range of conditions from insomnia to eating disorders.

Multimedia – Every Dentist’s and Teacher’s Friend

Video presentations have been in practice for a long time, and they are more than just an effective way of presenting information, they engage other senses and ways of learning. They can also be fine-tuned so as the information that comes out is more suited to the audience at hand, let’s say, patients with serious anxiety, those with a more realistic approach, and of course, children.

This might take the form of using mental concentration to focus on something else, or it could be a tangible distraction. For example, depending on the facilities available at the practice in question, you might be able to watch a DVD of a favorite film or listen to some music or an audio book. If you’re wrapped up in a good story, you may barely even notice the dentist at work.

Fear Not the Pain That Need Not Be There

As discussed above, arming yourself with more knowledge about what will be happening is a good tactic. Simply ask as many questions as you like before time to ensure that you are completely in the know with regards to your procedure.

Dental anxiety is very common and even people who don’t feel a need to avoid treatment are often a little nervy when visiting a dentist. Yours will have experience of dealing with patients that aren’t entirely at ease. The best course of action is to speak your dentist and make the situation clear.

 

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