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Dr. Dr. Barbara A. Tarnoski, Dentist

Dr. Dr. Barbara A. Tarnoski

Dentist | General Practice

3016 Township Line Rd Drexel HIll PA, 19026

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Dr. Barbara Tarnoski is a Dentist practicing in Drexel HIll, PA. Dr. Tarnoski specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many other new technologies developed to make choices and changes to daily homecare and treatment for GUM DISEASE.

Dr.Tarnoski is trained  to  use the PERIOLASE(R) MVP-7 (TM) LASER.  THIS LASER AND LANAP PROTOCOL ARE FDA APPROVED.  WITH THIS LASER  ALL GUM DISEASE BACTERIA AND DISEASED TISSUE AND BONE ARE REMOVED.  THE PERIOLASE LASER IS USED TO REMOVE ALL BACTERIA AND DISEASED TISSUE FOR PATIENTS SUFFERING FROM GINGIVITIS,  MORE SERIOUS GUM PROBLEMS AND INFECTED IMPLANTS. 

REMOVING ALL GUM DISEASE BACTERIA  AND  DISEASED TISSUE IN ONE TREATMENT IS GREAT BUT THE ADDITIONAL BENEFIT OF STIMULATING GROWTH FACTORS TO HELP YOU HEAL TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY IS A PLUS. YOU CAN REGROW YOUR OWN ALVEOLAR BONE, PERIODONTAL MEMBRANE AND CEMENTUM ON YOUR ROOT SURFACE.SO YOUR TISSUE CAN ATTACH TO YOUR ROOT SURFACE.  THIS IS YOUR BODY'S DEFENSES AND YOU FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS FOR GOOD HOME CARE. 

YOU HAVE 2 CHOICES. DO SOMETHING TO STOP GUMDISEASE OR DO NOTHING.  DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION.

DOING SOMETHING?  LANAP OR PERIODONTAL SURGERY.  

MOST PATIENTS IN OUR AREA KNOW THAT THEY DO NOT WANT CUTTING AND SEWING. PERIODONTAL SURGERY DOES NOT STIMULATE GROWTH FACTORS.

LANAP IS FDA APPROVED FOR THE SPECIAL LASER AND THE LANAP PROTOCOL. MOST PATIENTS HAVE TO BE TRAINED TO DAILY  CORRECTLY FLOSS AND BRUSH. PATIENT ATTITUDE HAS TO CHANGE.  PATIENTS DOING FLOSSING ONCE IN A WHILE AND BRUSHING ANY WAY WILL NOT WORK. IF THIS HAS BEEN YOUR ATTITUDE YOU HAVE TO CHANGE.

BECAUSE OUR AREA HAS MANY PATIENTS WITH GUM PROBLEMS, OUR OFFICE IS OFFERING A SPECIAL PRICE FOR FULL MOUTH TREATMENT.

AREA DENTAL INSURANCE WILL NOT PAY FOR LANAP TREATMENT.  OUR  SPECIAL PRICE WILL  PAY FOR LANAP  PLUS FOLLOW YOU FOR YEAR.  THIS IS FOR LANAP TREATMENT.  OTHER SERVICES CAN BE PROVIDED FOR A REASONABLE PRICE.

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Dr. Dr. Barbara A. Tarnoski
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  • A New Toothbrush Will Be On The Market - Gum Disease

    A new toothbrush will be on the market later this year. The sad news is that it doesn't address the area between your teeth. This new toothbrush designed by a major toothpaste company has special sensors to let the user know that the biofilm (plaque) has been removed from the area being brushed, so...

  • It Takes Time to Learn How to Floss and Brush Your Teeth

    Our office offers the LANAP protocol. LANAP, is a laser assisted new attachment procedure, it can be used for younger patients with inflamed gums or small pockets. No anesthesia is required and the patient has all of their bacteria removed. As long as at home dental care is maintained, the patient...

  • Gum Disease●It Is Not Just Your Teeth●Your Entire Body May Be Affected

    Gum disease affects our gums and teeth. I am not sure that patients really understand why flossing and brushing has to be done every day. Every day plaque, a sticky whitish mass of living bacteria forms at our gum line and on our teeth. Whether we eat or not, plaque forms. We may see plaque on our...

  • Floss and Brush Your Teeth as If Your Life Depended on it. Because It Does

    The quality of the lives we'll have when we get older depends on the home care we are doing or not doing right now.Our mouths perform complex services for us. Our mouths and teeth play a role in our social activities. Everyone wants straight white teeth. We pay large sums of money to straighten our...

  • Why do you rinse with salt water after a root canal?

    Salt water is one of the oldest, simplest, basic and cheapest TREATMENT you can use for inside your mouth and other parts of your body. Many patients will use it once and stop. Rinsing with warm salt water should be several times a day especially after eating. Salt water kills bacteria, soothes irritated tissues. You do not make your salt water solution too salty. Eating a whole bag of chips can make your mouth, tongue, lips and gums very irritated. Using too hot water can burn your mouth. I never liked using cold salt water. You can use salt water and ajust the temperature you like and it is cheap. You can choose the type of water you use. If you are out, many places offer free hot water for tea. Take the hot water, add some cold water to adjust the temperature to your liking. Restaurants offer free salt packs. You can rinse your mouth as often as you like. READ MORE

  • Can cavities on the side of the tooth be filled?

    Cavities on the side of your tooth are filled. You have the responsibility to floss correctly and brush correctly every day. To keep your teeth and your body healthy for today and for the your future mouth and body health. READ MORE

  • Can you floss between a bridge?

    YOU MUST FLOSS CORRECTLY UNDER YOUR BRIDGE DAILY. IF YOU LEAVE ROTTING GARBAGE UNDER YOUR BRIDGE THE TEETH WILL START DECAYING. THE ONLY PERSON WHO CAN KEEP THIS AREA HEALTHY IS YOU. READ MORE

  • What does it mean when I tap my dental implant and it hurts?

    You need to see your dentist who inserted your implant. It may be how your teeth come together when you swallow, eat. What are you eating? How are you flossing and brushing your teeth and implant(s)? Home care daily? Please follow up and check these issues out. READ MORE

  • How do I keep my breath fresh with Invisalign?

    Are you daily flossing and brushing your teeth correctly? Since your teeth are covered, you have to get the plaque from behind each of wisdom teeth, (floss). Then you take a soft toothbrush and start behind the last tooth in a corner of your mouth. Brush the gum line, move to the side where you started. Brush the gum line of the last two teeth gently move forward the next two teeth until you reach the opposite side. Brush behind the last tooth gum line. Now you move to your tongue or palate last two teeth. Brush the next two teeth forward all around, when you arrive at the last tooth, brush the middle to your occlusal surface - last 2 teeth forward 2 teeth at a time back and forth to the opposite side. Then brush your mid to occlusal surfaces, go to the opposite area. If you started on the lower; move to the upper gum line behind the last tooth and do the gum line behind the last tooth you will finish brushing correctly the occlusal surfaces of the upper and lower teeth. You will rinse your mouth with warm salt water. With a tongue cleaner or teaspoon turned with the round side facing your palate. Place the teaspoon on middle of your tongue as far back without gagging. Scrape gently forward out of your mouth, you will see a slimy whitish mass of debris. This is what was hiding out in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. Go back and do the other two sides, rinse your mouth with warm salt water, then gargle. Your mouth should feel great. You can buy those three minute denture tablets soaks and your aligners and mouth should feel great! This information is my combination make sure my patients are correctly flossing and correctly brushing. I am teaching you how to clean your tongue and how to take care of your upper and lower aligners. You will be happy and those around you will be happy. Thank you for your question. I am sure you now will enjoy wearing your aligners! READ MORE

  • What helps with pain after dental implants?

    There are many different procedures for implants, it depends on what your dentist thought you needed.for your implants to be successful. Ask your dentist about what pain medication would make you more comfortable. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day and after eating. Ask how you should take care of your implants, tongue, and teeth daily.. You have to remove the plaque from the your gumline and teeth, daily. READ MORE

  • Can a decaying tooth cause jaw pain?

    All teeth with cavities should be restored and those teeth with teeth beyond restoration should be extracted. Having rotting teeth in your mouth carrying bacteria and their toxins throughout your body VIA your blood vessels and organs will affect your teeth, jaw bone and body, your PRESENT and future HEALTH. LEARN HOW TO FLOSS CORRECTLY AND BRUSH CORRECTLY. READ MORE

  • How do you relieve the pressure of an abscessed tooth?

    AN ABSCESS IS AN INFECTION AROUND AN AREA OF A TOOTH.. WHEN A TOOTH HAS A CAVITY, MOST OFTEN THE PATIENT FEELS NO PAIN UNTIL, THE DECAY GETS CLOSE TO THE NERVE ARTERY, AND VEIN COMPLEX CALLED THE CHAMBER THAT SITS IN THE LOWER CENTER OF YOUR TEETH OR IN EACH ROOT A TOOTH HAS. MOLARS CAN HAVE 3 ROOTS, PRE-MOLAR 2 ROOTS AND ANTERIOR TEETH HAVE 1 ROOT. OUR TEETH SHOULD BE CHECKED TWICE A YEAR. OUR TEETH SHOULD BE CORRECTLY FLOSSED AND CORRECTLY BRUSHED DAILY. IF YOU ARE NOT TAKING CARE OF YOUR TEETH AND NOT VISITING YOUR DENTIST, YOU CAN CAUSE HARM TO YOUR PRESENT and FUTURE HEALTH AND/OR EXPENSIVE DEN TAL WORK. IF YOUR TOOTH JUST STARTED HURTING FOR THE FIRST TIME, YOU CAN TRY RINSING YOUR MOUTH WITH WARM SALT WATER, BRUSHING YOUR TEETH GENTLY IN THE AREA WHERE YOUR TOOTH IS HURTING. IF YOUR TOOTH FEELS LIKE A HEART BEATING IN YOUR JAW. IT MEANS THAT YOU HAVE AN INFECTION. YOUR BODY IS FIGHTING YOUR INFECTION AND IT IS LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GET THE INFECTION OUT TO THE SURFACE. YOU NEED ANTIBIOTICS. PAIN MEDS WON'T WORK WITHOUT ANTIBIOTICS IN MOST CASES. DENTISTS HAVE PATIENTS CALLING ALL THE TIME ABOUT BEING IN PAIN. MANY PATIENTS WILL COME IN FOR AN EMERGENCY VISIT. SOME PATIENTS WALK AROUND WITH ROTTING TEETH THAT ARE INFECTED AND THE INFECTION IS ENTERING THEIR BLOOD VESSELS AND CAUSING INFLAMMATION THROUGHOUT THEIR BODY AND ORGANS. THERE ARE TENS OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS WALKING AROUND WITH INFECTED TEETH. THEIR PRESENT AND FUTURE HEALTH IS AT RISK. PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE ALSO HAVE GUM DISEASE. THERE ARE MANY OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH GUM DISEASE AND INFECTED TEETH. READ MORE

  • Do gaps in teeth get bigger with age?

    The majority of gaps between front teeth are: caused by habit (placing your tongue against your upper or lower teeth front teeth when you talk or swallow or thumb sucking. Sometimes there is a small mucle between your two front teeth that is a little thicker/longer. This can be helped with a minor surgical procedure. GUM DISEASE FROM POOR HOME CARE CAN INCREASE THE SPACE. YOUR TEETH ARE SURROUNDED BY BONE AND TISSUES. IF YOU ARE NOT FLOSSING CORRECTLY OR BRUSHING CORRECTLY DAILY AND GUM DISEASE WEARS AWAY THE ATTACHED GINGIVA AND STARTS WEARING AWAY YOUR TISSUE AND BONE SURROUNDING YOUR TEETH. AS THE BONE AND TISSUE ARE ATTACKED, THERE IS LESS BONE TO SUPPORT YOUR TEETH. (YOUR TONGUE IS A MUSCLE. AND YOUR TEETH ARE IN BONE) YOUR TONGUE (A MUSCLE) WINS. CHILDREN AND YES, THERE ARE ADULTS WHO SUCK THEIR THUMBS OR KEEP PUSHING THEIR TONGUE AGAINST THEIR FRONT TEETH. WITH GUM DISEASE AND POOR MOUTH CARE THE PROBLEMS CAN BECOME WORSE. READ MORE

  • Will my teeth fall out from receding gums?

    Your gum tissue follows the bone your teeth are in. You have gum tissue that rests on the bone. surrounding your teeth. There is a band of tissue that is firmly bound down around each tooth. This bound down tissue is called "ATTACHED GINGIVA ". This "ATTACHED GINGIVA " is PRECIOUS. It keeps food and other debris from going down to your root area. Gum DISEASE bacteria wear away this precious tissue. When gum disease bacteria gets out of control the toxins from your body fighting this bacteria wear away this bound down tissue. When bacteria, rotting food, dead bacteria and fighting cells and their toxic waste remain below your gumline your PRECIOUS ATTACHED GINGIVA wears away, Plaque that we leave on our teeth 24 to 48 hours crystallizes and the hardened calcium (TARTAR ,PLAQUE) can be removed with dental INSTRUMENTS. By not flossing our teeth at least once a day correctly we will eventually loose our teeth. Before that happens,we may have a bad taste in our mouths, bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, mouth odor. Your choice is to have your gum disease treated and get on a daily flossing and brushing routine, you can control gum disease. There is no CURE. Or you can have your teeth removed. Before your teeth are removed, your entire body (organs and vascular system) will be constantly and slowly attacked. The role that lack of flossing and brushing correctly contributes to our health problems is just starting to be published. Even after patients are told about their gum disease and have it treated, many patients still will not floss. GUM DISEASE IS AN ECONOMIC AND SECURITY RISK TO OUR COUNTRY. Having over 70 percent of the population of our country having some form of GUM DISEASE does keep a country strong. READ MORE

  • What is the best mouthwash to use for periodontal disease?

    If you have periodontal disease, you have options. First THERE IS NO CURE FOR GUM DISEASE. WE CONTROL IT WITH GOOD HOME CARE. THERE ARE TASKS THAT WE DO EVERY DAY. WE MAY NOT LIKE TO DO THEM, BUT THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES IF WE DON'T DO THEM. PATIENTS SAY THEY DON'T LIVE TO FLOSS. " I FLOSS 3 TIMES A WEEK". PLAQUE FORMS ON OUR TEETH EVERY DAY. PLAQUE IS A STICKY MASS OF BACTERIA. IN 24 TO 48 HOURS PLAQUE CRYSTALLIZES. CRYSTALLIZED PLAQUE CAN ONLY BE REMOVED WITH DENTAL INSTRUMENTS. YOU HAVE CALCIUM IN YOUR SALIVA. CALCIUM HARDENS. HARDENED CALCIUM IS CALLED TARTAR OR CALCULUS. CRYSTALLIZED PLAQUE AND TARTAR ARE TWO DIFFERENT LAYERS. BACTERIA CAN PENETRATE TARTAR AND GETS ON YOUR TOOTH SURFACE. BACTERIA EXCRETE ACIDS THAT BREAK DOWN TOOTH ENAMEL CAUSING CAVITIES. WITHOUT GOOD HOME CARE MOUTHWASHES WILL WORK ONLY UNTIL THE BACTERIA MULTIPLY IN ENOUGH NUMBERS AND THE ODOR WILL RETURN . IF YOU HAVE PERIODONTAL DISEASE, THE LANAP PROTOCOL WILL VAPORIZE ALL PERIODONTAL DISEASE BACTERIA AND DISEASED TISSUE AND BONE IN ONE TREATMENT. THE SPECIAL WAVELENGTH OF THE LASER LIGHT WILL STIMULATE SPECIAL HEALING FACTORS.. YOU WILL REBUILD SUPPORTING BONE, TISSUES AND AN ATTACHMENT MEMBRANE TO PLACE YOUR TISSUES TO YOUR TOOTH SURFACE. NO OTHER TREATMENT HAS FDA APPROVAL TO DO THAT. AFTERWARDS YOU WILL START FLOSSING YOUR GUMLINE CORRECTLY AND BRUSHING YOUR TEETH CORRECTLY TO CONTROL YOUR GUM DISEASE. READ MORE

  • Do I need to see a dentist for pericoronitis?

    If you see your dentist regularly, you may have been told that you need your wisdom teeth removed. My husband, Dr. Reiser does braces in our office. While under brace treatment, patients and their parents are told that the brace treatment patient will need their wisdom teeth removed. If your parents have dental insurance, and you are covered under your parents insurance plan, it is wise to have your wisdom teeth removed. Most wisdom teeth will start causing problems around 17 years of age. Your wisdom teeth want to come into your mouth and there is no room. If you have had brace treatment and your teeth look great, wisdom teeth placing forces on all your teeth,upper and lower, can move your teeth into positions that make your teeth hard to clean. Some one told you about PERICORINITIS. Chronic pain every couple of weeks CAN'T be healthy. See your dentist and make arrangements to have your wisdom teeth extracted and get your mouth healthy by doing good home care. READ MORE

  • Should I brush my teeth after a filling?

    You should floss correctly and brush correctly every day. Your tooth structure around fillings need to be cleaned. You can get decay in your tooth structure around your filling. People bathe every day, and should be flossing correctly and brushing correctly. Your teeth should last you as long as you live THAT'S why you have to clean them every day. Fillings don't make your teeth stronger, fillings restore your teeth back to the way they should be. There should be no places on your teeth where food particles can be trapped and cause decay. You need your teeth! READ MORE

  • Why does my filling hurt when I chew?

    You need to see your dentist to have your filling checked. When your teeth come together every time you swallow or eat, your teeth may have moved and you are placing more pressure in a tiny area. This area needs to be adjusted. READ MORE

  • How long does a partial denture last?

    Patients have tremendous control over their teeth, mouth and partial dentures. Your natural teeth need to be flossed and brushed correctly daily. Your partial dentures should be removed daily and cleaned. You don't eat with dirty food utensils. Why would you want to eat with partial dentures that have rotting food caked on them. Food on your partials can decay your natural teeth. Dirty partials can smell. Wearing partials for long periods of time is like going to bed with your shoes on. Keeping your natural teeth clean by flossing correctly and brushing correctly daily. Cleaning your tongue, gargle and cleaning your partials will prevent gum disease from tooth movement extraction; the need for new partials. READ MORE

  • Can you get partial dentures with no back teeth?

    Partial dentures replace missing teeth. You can have an appliance that replaces one tooth. Talk to your dentist and see what options you have. READ MORE

  • Can I drink after getting veneers?

    Vaneers are expensive and need to be taken care of. Plaque will form at the gumline every day. Plaque will crystallize in 24 to 48 hours. Plaque is a sticky mass of bacteria. You have to floss correctly at the gumline every day and you have to brush correctly. The gumline is where the damage starts. You do not want to bite into apples, bagels (etc). You don't want to open plastic bags with your vaneers. If you floss and brush your gumline correctly and brush the sides and flat surfaces of your teeth and clean your tongue and gargle you should prevent any staining ,malodor, or taste. Bacteria are all around us. We eat after each other. We exchange bacteria through close contact. THERE IS NO CURE FOR GUM DISEASE. WE CONTROL IT WITH GOOD HOME CARE (FLOSSING AND BRUSHING CORRECTLY). AFTER YOU HAVE THE LANAP PROCEDURE FOR GINGIVITIS OR GUM DISEASE OR HAVE YOUR IMPLANTS TREATED, YOU KEEP YOUR MOUTH HEALTHY BY FLOSSING AND BRUSHING CORRECTLY DAILY. WHEN YOU ASK ABOUT DRINKING. YOU CAN DRINK ANY LIQUIDS. SOME LIQUIDS LIKE FRUIT JUICE, COFFEE CAN STAIN. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE O.K. JUST DON'T BATHE YOUR GUMS WITH IT. READ MORE

  • How many dental fillings can you get at a time?

    You can have as many restorations as you and your dentist decide. Many patients don't like the feeling of being numb. Your dentist can do a lower right, the entire right side or the left side. It is your dentist and your decision. READ MORE

  • How long after removing braces do teeth stop feeling wobbly?

    Braces place your teeth in the proper position and your retainers hold your teeth in place while your bone becomes more dense. Eating a healthy diet, flossing correctly and brushing correctly and wearing your RETAINERS as your dentist suggests will help you. READ MORE

  • My permanent retainer is causing irritation?

    You should call your dentist. Have you been wearing your RETAINER(S)? Are you cleaning your RETAINERS? Are you flossing and brushing correctly daily? Braces place your teeth in the proper position. Wearing your RETAINER(S) keeps your teeth in the proper position until your bone surrounding your teeth becomes more dense. If you were given instructions to correct your special habit, habits are hard to correct. Let your dentist see what has been happening. READ MORE

  • How do you survive the first week of braces?

    First of all RELAX! DEPENDING ON YOUR DENTIST AND YOUR SITUATION, YOU WILL FLOSS AND BRUSH YOUR TEETH CORRECTLY. YOU WILL KEEP YOUR APPLIANCE CLEAN YOU MAY WANT TO START SLOWLY WITH EATING. SOFT FOODS, EATING SMALL MEALS AND RINSING YOUR MOUTH WITH WARM SALT WATER FREQUENTLY. IF YOU HAVE ANY DISCOMFORT TAKE WHAT MEDICATION YOUR DENTIST SUGGESTS. KEEPING YOUR GUMS AND TEETH CLEAN WILL CONTRIBUTE TO KEEPING YOUR TISSUES HEALTHY. READ MORE

  • Do loose teeth stay that way?

    You need to see your dentist. There are some reasons why your tooth may be loose. If the entire tooth is loose and you have gum disease, you may want to consider LANAP. IF YOU HAVE GUM DISEASE, HAVING LANAP LASER TREATMENT WILL REMOVE ALL GUM DISEASE IN ONE TREATMENT AND YOU WILL GET ON A GOOD HOME CARE ROUTINE, YOU WILL HEAL TO THE BEST OF YOUR BODY'S ABILITY. GET TO A DENTIST AS SOON AS YOU ARE ABLE. IN THE MEANTIME BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ARE EATING. DON'T BITE INTO ANYTHING HARD. READ MORE

  • Do braces move your jaw back?

    Depending on your situation, braces will place your teeth in the proper position according to your facial bone structure. READ MORE

  • What happens if teeth move too fast?

    If you follow your dentist's instructions and keep your teeth clean, you are being monitored. If you have any questions, ask your dentist. READ MORE

  • Can braces damage your teeth?

    If you floss and brush your teeth correctly. Brush around your brackets and bands, you should not have any problems. If patients have braces and they don't floss and brush correctly, rotting food around your gumline, brackets can inflame your gumline and cause decay. If you keep your braces clean, floss, brush and clean your tongue, gargle, you should not have any problems. READ MORE

  • Will I need antibiotics for a tooth extraction?

    If your dentist decides you need antibiotics, you will get a SCRIPT. Please take the antibiotics. Antibiotics are given for an infection. Our office treats emergency patients. The patient has swelling, pain. The patient says that the pain is getting worse and the pain medication is not working. The patient is asked if they are taking the antibiotic. The answer is NO! ANTIBIOTICS ARE BAD FOR YOU. THE PATIENT TOOK THE ANTIBIOTIC FOR A DAY AND STOPPED. INFECTION FROM A TOOTH CAN SPREAD FAST. IT WOULD BE A GREAT SERVICE IF THE RESEARCHERS WHO PLACED THE FEAR OF ANTIBIOTICS INTO THE GENERAL POPULATION WOULD EXPLAIN THAT IF YOU HAVE AN INFECTION AND ARE GIVEN ANTIBIOTICS, TAKE THEM. INFECTIONS ANYWHERE IN YOUR BODY CAN MAKE YOU VERY SICK VERY FAST. ANTIBIOTICS ARE MEANT FOR PATIENTS WITH INFECTIONS! READ MORE

  • How often do braces get adjusted?

    Your son's dentist will decide which schedule your son needs. Our OFFICE does braces. Parents are responsible for financial arrangements. If you made a down payment to start your son's braces and agreed to make monthly payments, if your child misses an appointment, parents should still drop off the monthly payment. Your son's brace TREATMENT and your PAYMENT schedule are two separate TOPICS. READ MORE

  • Do braces permanently straighten teeth?

    If you are doing braces with brackets and wires and follow with wearing your RETAINER, Your bone around your teeth is being altered to place your teeth in their proper position. Wearing your RETAINER keeps your teeth in their position while your bone is getting more dense READ MORE

  • How can I reduce the sensitivity of my teeth after whitening?

    You also have to brush your teeth starting at the gumline, using a soft toothbrush, pick a side after flossing then brush BEHIND the last tooth at the gumline. Brush gently back and forth and go to the opposite side brush BEHIND that last tooth then brush your gumline where your tongue and palate are. You have bone and tissues there Brush your tongue and gargle READ MORE

  • Can braces tighten loose teeth?

    If you have loose teeth, you probably have GUM DISEASE. BEING 22, IT IS UNUSUAL FOR A PATIENT TO HAVE LOOSE TEETH. SEE A DENTIST. DEPENDING ON YOUR SITUATION, YOUR DENTIST MAY WANT TO CONTACT YOUR MEDICAL DOCTO.R. IF YOUR MEDICAL DOCTOR FINDS NOTHING AND YOUR DENTIST HAS YOU SEE AN ORAL SURGEON AND THERE ARE NO OTHER PROBLEMS. YOU CAN SEE A DENTIST WHO DOES THE LANAP PROCEDURE. ALL GUM DISEASE BACTERIA AND DISEASED TISSUE AND BONE ARE VAPORIZED. AS LONG AS YOU ARE HEALTHY AND FOLLOW THE DIET AND DON'T SMOKE YOU CAN REGROW YOUR BONE, TISSUE AND THE CEMENTUM THAT ATTACHES YOUR TISSUE TO YOUR TEETH. WHEN YOU SAY YOUR TEETH ARE LOOSE, MOVING, DO. YOU MEAN SLIGHTLY. There are different degrees of moving. WATCH WHAT YOU EAT. DON'T BITE INTO APPLES. LARGE SANDWICHES, CHEW ICE. MAYBE YOU'RE ALREADY DOING THIS. READ MORE

  • What are the first signs of dry socket?

    Rinsing your mouth starting 24 hours after your extraction means 24 hours. If your tooth was extracted at 5:00 P.M. YOU SHOULD BE RINSING STARTING AT 5:00 PM THE NEXT DAY. YOU SHOULD BE RINSING SEVERAL TIMES A DAY. ESPECIALLY AFTER EATING. YOU SHOULD NOT EAT ON THE EXTRACTION SITE SIDE OF YOUR FACE. RINSING WITH SALT WATER AFTER YOU EAT IS SOOTHING TO YOUR MOUTH TISSUES. YOU RINSE YOUR ENTIRE MOUTH. TINY FOOD PARTICLES MAY GET DEPOSITED OVER YOUR EXTRACTION SITE. YOU WANT TO REMOVE ANY DEBRIS. YOU SHOULD NOT BE CHEWING FOOD OR GUM ON YOUR EXTRACTION SITE. WARM SALT WATER IS SOOTHING AND FAST FOOD EATERIES HAVE PACKETS OF SALT AND OFFER COMPLEMENTARY SMALL CUPS. SIGNS OF A DRY SOCKET MAY START WITH A GREYISH COLOR OVER EXTRACTION. A BAD TASTE OR ODOR OR SLIGHT PAIN MAY BEGIN. THE PROBLEMS MAY CONTINUE TO ESCALATE. YOU WILL WANT TO CALL YOUR DENTIST. ... READ MORE

  • How do dentists treat cavities between teeth?

    With the development of resins( (tooth colored filling material), dentists are able to remove the decay and restore the tooth. Less healthy tooth structure is removed. READ MORE

  • Can a CT scan show a dental abscess where a bitewing X-ray would not?

    Typical dental X-RAYS of the teeth usually identify dental problems. Most dentists have a panoramic X-ray or as some patients call it--"X-ray in the round: the dentist can view the entire right side and left side of the face from the lower jaw to above the eyes and right and left TMJ JOINTS. TOOTH #15, CAN HAVE ROOTS HIGHER IN THE SINUS. IF YOU HAVE NOT MENTIONED ANY TOOTH OR SINUS PROBLEMS, YOUR DENTIST MAY HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE THE INDIVIDUAL X-RAYS. HAVING A ROOT CANAL ON A TOOTH DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE TOOTH WILL HAVE ANY FUTURE PROBLEMS. READ MORE

  • At what age do adults need to consider dentures?

    Adults do not have to consider dentures. Get to your dentist. See if you have any cavities. If you are having any GUM DISEASE ISSUES have it taken care of. The LANAP PROTOCOL CAN REMOVE ALL GUM DISEASE BACTERIA DISEASED BONE AND TISSUE IN ONE TREATMENT. START TODAY. GET AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR DENTIST. OUR OFFICE DOES THE LANAP PROTOCOL AND WE ARE IN THE PHILADELPHIA AREA. SINCE MOST OF PHILADELPHIA IS NOT AWARE OF THE LANAP PROTOCOL OUR OFFICE IS OFFERING A SPECIAL PROGRAM. ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR GUM DISEASE TREATED, YOU HAVE TO START TAKING CARE OF YOUR TEETH. PLAQUE FORMS EVERY DAY AND WILL CRYSTALLIZE IN 24 TO 48 HOURS. SALIVA CONSTANTLY FORMS IN OUR MOUTHS. SALIVA CONTAINS CALCIUM WHICH WILL ALSO HARDEN. HARDENED CALCIUM IS CALLED CALCULUS OR TARTAR. PLAQUE BACTERIA CAN PENETRATE TARTAR AND GETS CLOSE TO YOUR TEETH. THERE THE ACIDS ATTACK THE ENAMEL ON YOUR TEETH AND SOFTENS IT. THESE ARE THE WHITE SPOTS NEAR YOUR GUM LINE. PLEASE SEE YOUR DENTIST! READ MORE

  • How long does a root canal take?

    When you are having any dental procedure done, time should be your least concern. Any procedure is adapted to what a dentist finds when the procedure starts. Your dentist may open your tooth, medicate it, place a temporary restoration and give you an appointment for a later date. Please be careful what you eat. All root canaled teeth are not as strong as the rest of your other teeth. Don't bite into apples. Chew raw carrots, hard nuts. Don't bite ice. All patients don't take care of their teeth.. You can have injuries to your teeth as far back as childhood and have no pain in any tooth. You bite down on something hard and a tooth or teeth fracture. A crown on a tooth does not make a tooth stronger.. YOU have to floss the area where your crown and natural tooth meet. Cavities at that area are close to your tooth's nerve. If your tooth is already root canaled if you haven't been flossing your teeth, biting on something hard could fracture your tooth. Root canaled teeth can have decay all around it and you have no pain. Flossing and brushing correctly daily keeps your teeth, mouth and body healthy. READ MORE

  • What happens if you get a cavity with braces?

    You are an adult. You should have been instructed how you should take care of your teeth. You have to floss correctly each tooth daily. You have to brush your gumline all around top and bottom. Brush below the braces or on top of the braces and on the braces. Brush the flat surfaces. You should also brush around the cement that attaches the braces to your teeth. Most orthodontists will tell you to go back to your regular dentist to have your teeth checked. If a cavity is found , it will be filled. Part of the appliance that may be in the way is removed and reattached. Keep your teeth cleaned daily. READ MORE

  • Why are my gums sensitive and red?

    You need to see your dentist. Have your dentist examine your teeth and gums, have x-rays taken. You need to have your teeth cleaned and ask how you should be flossing and brushing correctly daily. You may have inflamed gums and the way you keep your teeth and mouth healthy is to floss correctly daily and brush your teeth twice a day. Plaque forms every day and crystallizes in 24 to 48 hours. Once it crystallizes only dental INSTRUMENTS can remove it. If you do not floss correctly daily, you will loose your teeth eventually. READ MORE

  • How long does a typical crown last?

    The insurance company will pay for a new crown every 5 years. As long as you floss all of your teeth correctly and brush your gumline cheek side upper and lower and inside gumline where your tongue and palate are and the flat surfaces upper and lower. Clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner or take a teaspoon turn it so the round part is facing your palate. Go back as far as you can without gagging and gently scrape forward out of your mouth. You will see a slimy whitish mass. This is what was hiding in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. Then do the other two sides. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water then gargle. READ MORE

  • Can internal tooth resorption be reversed?

    You probably have seen your dentist. You can try having the tooth root CANALED. Remember not all root canals are successful. If your mouth care has not been up to par, ask about how you should be flossing correctly and brushing correctly. Taking care of your teeth takes time but worth the effort. READ MORE

  • Can I drink water after a tooth extraction?

    After a tooth is extracted, you may have had the extraction site sutured. Or, you may have gauze 2 x 2's folded and you were told to bite down hard. Usually after two or three biting hard stops the bleeding. Your extraction site may be oozing some pinkish yellow drainage. You can drink water out of a glass or cup. Your instructions will tell you to avoid using a straw or can of liquid. You should avoid bending down and if you lay down keep your head and shoulders elevated. If your tooth was infected, and you were given antibiotics and pain medication take your antibiotics and pain medication. READ MORE

  • Does an overbite need to be corrected?

    Get a consult. Depends on your dentition and how you think your teeth look and what your dentist thinks. READ MORE

  • How long does it take to fix an overbite?

    When you are having brace treatment following directions is important. Don't chew gum. Don't bite into bagels, apples. You cut your food up and eat with your back teeth. You should floss and brush your gumline, below your braces, on your braces and above your braces and then the flat surfaces of your teeth. READ MORE

  • How can I make my teeth move faster with braces?

    Your braces will move your teeth the way your body allows them to move. Keep your teeth clean. Keep your braces clean and your teeth will move READ MORE

  • How long does it take for teeth to shift with braces?

    Young people are used to pressing numbers and letters. GETTING INSTANT RESULTS IS YOUR EXPECTATION. THE HUMAN BODY IS NOT A COMPUTER AND WORKS ON ITS OWN TIME SCHEDULE. YOUR TEETH WILL BE PLACED IN THEIR PROPER POSITION. IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR DOCTOR'S DIRECTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS AND KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, YOUR TEETH WILL MOVE TO THEIR PROPER POSITIONS. READ MORE

  • Can braces make teeth become loose?

    With the brace appliance each tooth is placed in its proper position. As your teeth are being placed in their proper position, you have the bone around each tooth modifying. Your teeth were checked for gum INFLAMMATION before your brace appliance was placed on your teeth. After your braces are removed, you are given a retainer to wear. While your bone around your teeth is becoming more dense, you need to wear the RETAINER 24/7. Most patients remove their RETAINERS when they eat. School lunch GARBAGE cans have been dumped LOOKING for a RETAINER THAT WAS ACCIDENTALLY THROWN OUT. A SEVERELY DISTRESSED STUDENT KNOWS IF THE RETAINER IS NOT FOUND, THE PARENTS WILL HAVE TO PAY $300 + TO REPLACE THE RETAINER. YOU BEING AN ADULT SHOULD EAT WITH THE RETAINER AND GO TO THE LADIES ROOM TO RINSE YOUR RETAINER. READ MORE

  • How long do you have to wear braces after your teeth are straight?

    Being 23, you are an adult. Before your braces and placed on your teeth. you should have your teeth cleaned. Ask for instructions how to floss and brush correctly. You should be flossing and brushing correctly while your brace appliance is on your teeth. When the brace appliance is removed, you will be flossing and brushing your teeth daily. Plaque forms on our teeth every day and will crystallize in 24 to 48 hours. Plaque is a mass of bacteria that forms around our teeth and must be removed every day. Patients who do not floss and brush correctly eventually will lose their teeth. READ MORE

  • What happens if you don't wear your retainer for a month?

    When you are in your 20's, patients know why they had braces therapy. Patients should have been taught correct flossing and correct brushing. You should be doing home care daily. RETAINERS ARE GIVEN FOR PATIENTS TO WEAR AFTER THEIR BRACES COME OFF. WHEN YOUR BRACES COME OFF, RETAINERS ARE WORN 24/7 FOR THE FIRST 6 MONTHS. YOUR BONE AROUND YOUR TEETH HAS TO SOLIDIFY. YOUR TEETH MAY HAVE MOVED AND HOPEFULLY YOUR RETAINER CAN BE READJUSTED. YOU HAVE YOUR PERMANENT TEETH. THERE IS NO HYGIENE GENIE THAT COMES TO CLEAN OUR TEETH EVERY NIGHT. YOUR TEETH ARE PRECIOUS AND YOU HAVE TO FLOSS CORRECTLY AND BRUSH CORRECTLY DAILY. READ MORE

  • Will my teeth shift without a retainer for a week?

    If you do not wear your RETAINER for a week, you may be surprised that your RETAINER may seen tight. You may have to visit your dentist to see if your RETAINER can be adjusted. READ MORE

  • What do I do if my retainer doesn't fit anymore?

    If your RETAINER does not fit anymore, you have not worn your RETAINER for a long while. See your dentist, find out how to clean your teeth, and clean your teeth correctly every day. READ MORE

  • What is the best pain relief after tooth extraction?

    You will have to talk to your dentist. With the changes in distribution laws of narcotics, your doctor will prescribe what pain medication is best for you. You will be given a list of instructions to follow. Please follow them. READ MORE

  • How do you take care of your mouth after a tooth extraction?

    Your dentist will give you a set of instructions to follow. Please follow them. Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours. You do not want to loose the blood clot that forms. Rinsing with salt water several times a day is very important. Especially after eating. If you can open your mouth to place your toothbrush and brush your teeth, brush carefully on the extraction side. Do not eat on the extraction SITE. I certainly hope you are not a smoker. Smoking prevents healing. Vaping still is being investigated. READ MORE

  • Is having a dry socket dangerous?

    DRY SOCKET PAIN WILL HAVE PATIENTS CALLING THEIR DENTIST BACK. WHEN YOU HAVE AN EXTRACTION YOU ARE GIVEN A LIST OF "POST EXTRACTION INSTRUCTIONS". PATIENTS ARE WARNED ABOUT NO SMOKING OR VAPING AFTER AN EXTRACTION. THE NICOTINE FROM CIGARETTES PREVENTS, INTERFERES, OR DELAYS HEALING. YOU ARE INSTRUCTED NOT TO RINSE YOUR MOUTH FOR 24 HOURS AFTER THE EXTRACTION. IF YOUR TOOTH WAS EXTRACTED AT 4:00 P.M. THAT MEANS YOU SHOULD NOT BE RINSING UNTIL 4:00 P.M. THE NEXT DAY. RINSING SEVERAL TIMES A DAY WITH WARM SALT WATER; RINSING AFTER EATING IS A MUST. FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS HAVE SALT PACKETS AND COMPLIMENTARY CUPS. USE A TONGUE CLEANER FOR YOUR TONGUE. THE BLOOD CLOT THAT FORMS IN YOUR EXTRACTION SITE IS THOUGHT TO PROTECT THE EXTRACTION SITE FROM A DRY SOCKET. TRY NOT TO EAT ON THE SIDE YOUR TOOTH WAS EXTRACTED. WHEN YOU EAT, FOOD PARTICLES MAY GET ON YOUR EXTRACTION SITE AND RINSING WILL REMOVE IT. WHETHER YOU HAVE SUTURES OR NOT, CHEWING ON THE EXTRACTION SITE IRRITATES IT. THE PAIN OF A DRY SOCKET IS DISTRESSING ENOUGH. AS TO IF A DRY SOCKET IS DANGEROUS. THERE ARE DIFFERENT VIEWS OF DENTISTS. SOME THEORIES ARE THAT BACTERIA ARE INVOLVED. OTHERS BELIEVE IT'S THE SUFACE TISSUE OF THE SOCKET THAT LOST ITS BLOOD CLOT. READ MORE

  • Can a tooth with a root canal hurt years later?

    YES IT CAN. YOU WERE FORTUNATE THAT YOUR ROOT CANAL GAVE YOU THE EXTRA YEARS OF SERVICE. WHY YOUR RCT (ROOT CANAL THERAPY) TOOTH DECIDED TO START HURTING, NOW THERE ARE MANY REASONS. OUR TEETH ARE MOVING ALL THE TIME. YOUR TOOTH MAY HAVE MOVED TO A NEW POSITION THAT EVERY TIME YOU CLOSED YOUR TEETH TO EAT OR SWALLOW YOU MAY HAVE BEEN PLACING A STRONGER PRESSURE ON THAT TOOTH. YOU MAY HAVE HAD AN ACCIDENT AND THAT SIDE OF YOUR MOUTH MAY HAVE BEEN INJURED. RESEARCH IN DENTISTRY IS ALWAYS ADVANCING. RESEARCH IN MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY HAVE DISCOVERED NEW FACTS ABOUT THE HUMAN BODY. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY BELIEVED THAT THE BODY COULD HANDLE ANYTHING. BACTERIAL, VIRAL AND FUNGAL THE HUMAN BODY WAS SO GOOD. THE LATEST RESEARCH IS NOW CENTERING ON INFECTIONS IN THE MOUTH AND TOTAL BODY HEALTH. IN THE PAST MOST MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS BELIEVED THE MOUTH, TEETH HAD NO RELEVANCE TO THE REST OF THE BODY. PATIENTS WITH SYSTEMIC DISEASES SUCH AS HEART DISEASE, UNCONTROLLED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, INFECTION OF HIP AND KNEE IMPLANTS POST SURGERY. WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONE BEAM DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY, DOCTORS WERE ABLE TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE TIP OF ROOT CANALED TEETH(APEX). IN THE PAST YOU ONLY HAD A TWO DIMENSIONAL IMAGE OF A THREE DIMENSIONAL OBJECT. YOU MAY HAVE GUM DISEASE THAT ALLOWED BACTERIA FROM YOUR MOUTH TO GET DOWN BELOW YOUR GUMLINE AND GET DOWN TO THE APEX OF YOUR TOOTH. BELOW YOUR LOWER TEETH AND ABOVE YOUR UPPER TEETH YOU HAVE LARGER BLOOD VESSELS THAT ONCE BACTERIA ENTER THESE VESSELS BACTERIA CAN BE CARRIED TO ORGANS VIA THE BLOOD VESSELS. THERE WAS A TIME THAT IT WAS THOUGHT THAT OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM WAS ABLE TO HANDLE ANY INSULT. YOU HAVE A DECISION THAT YOU HAVE TO MAKE ABOUT WHAT YOU WILL DO ABOUT YOUR ROOT CANALED TOOTH. THE LATEST RESEARCH IS FOCUSED ON HOME CARE. PLAQUE FORMS EVERY DAY ON OUR TEETH. WHETHER WE EAT OR NOT PLAQUE FORMS. PLAQUE IS A STICKY WHITISH MASS OF BACTERIA. IF PLAQUE IS NOT REMOVED EVERY DAY BY CORRECT FLOSSING AND CORRECT BRUSHING, PLAQUE WILL CRYSTALIZE IN 24-48 HOURS. CRYSTALLIZED PLAQUE MUST BE REMOVED WITH DENTAL INSTRUMENTS. THE DAMAGE OF NOT FLOSSING IS A SLOW PROCESS. WHAT NOT FLOSSING DOES TO DENTAL AND MEDICAL HEALTH IS JUST BECOMING EVIDENT. READ MORE

  • Can you get a filling without an injection?

    You can have a filling without local anesthesia. There was a time when local anesthesia was given for an extractions only. If your cavity is in a front tooth, it may be painful. Tell the person at the front desk that you don't want local anesthesia. READ MORE

  • Do small cavities need to be filled?

    There was a time when a cavity was given a "watch." What you are doing is watching the cavity get larger. You miss a 6-month check-up, and now you have a large cavity. Our office believes in restoring all cavities. READ MORE

  • What is the best way to clean dentures?

    When you remove your dentures, you should brush them. Brush the tissue side.Then brush your chewing side. Rinse your dentures off and soak them. Those denture tablets are good for soaking your dentures. Remember to discard the water in your denture cup. While your dentures are soaking it's time to give your gum tissue some care. Take your clean fingers and massage your gum tissue. Rinse your mouth with some warm salt water. Clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner. Gargle your mouth and throat with warm salt water. READ MORE

  • How does a salt water rinse help gums?

    Salt water is the oldest and best natural solution that you can use. It is "cheap." Salt water can wash away debris, bacteria. Rinsing with salt water, especially after eating, is soothing to tissues. If you are away from home and in a fast food restaurant, you can get a salt PACKET and get a cup of warm water and rinse your mouth with salt water. This is a way to rinse your mouth when you are away from home. READ MORE

  • How can I make my tooth extraction heal faster?

    For the first 24 hours, you should not rinse your mouth. No spitting, no sucking soda through a straw or drinking soda out of a can. You were given instructions. Don't chew on the surgical site. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water, especially after eating. We are conditioned via our computers to expect INSTANT GRATIFICATION. Our bodies heal on their own time. READ MORE

  • How does smoking affect oral surgery?

    The nicotine in any type of cigarette device interferes with healing. Healing after any type of oral surgery is delayed, if you are smoking after an extraction, chances are you may have a dry socket No matter what we say to the patient, patients will smoke. Many of them will get a dry socket. GUM DISEASE INFECTION IS MORE DESTRUCTIVE if a patient smokes. Smoking causes problems with mouth and throat surface tissues. Some problems you may have include mouth and throat lesions - pre-cancerous lesions. Smoking, depending on the INDIVIDUAL, is a health threat. READ MORE

  • How do you know if your filling is infected?

    Having tooth ache pain in a tooth with a filling can have many causes. You may have cracked your filling and food particles are leaking into base of your filling. If you are not a regular flosser, your supporting gum tissues may be infected. You need to see your dentist. Have your problems taken care of and do good home care - floss and brush correctly daily. READ MORE

  • Can dentists fill cavities between teeth?

    Teeth with cavities between the teeth can be filled. Correct flossing and brushing prevents cavities from forming on all teeth surfaces. Plaque that sticky whitish mass of bacteria forms every day. Whether we eat or not plaque forms. If plaque is not removed every day plaque will crystallize in 24 to 48 hours. In your saliva you have calcium and that calcium will harden.. hardened calcium is called CALCULUS or TARTAR. TARTAR AND PLAQUE ARE TWO DIFFERENT LAYERS. PLAQUE BACTERIA CAUSES THE MOST DAMAGE. PLAQUE BACTERIA CAN PENETRATE TARTAR AND GETS CLOSE TO YOUR TEETH. PLACQUE BACTERIA INITIATES YOUR BODY'S IMMUNE RESPONSE. TARTAR IS MORE OF AN PHYSICAL IRRITANT. PLAQUE BACTERIA CAUSES A CHEMICAL CASCADE THAT SLOWLY DISSOLVES TOOTH SUPPORTING MEMBRANES AND BONE. READ MORE

  • Is hydrogen peroxide good for teeth?

    Hydrogen peroxide can be helpful in some situations. Using it once or twice for a sore throat can be helpful. The problem with hydrogen peroxide is that if you use it daily, it irritates your tissues. The percentage of peroxide that is sold with first aid items is 3%. If you use 1/4 cup peroxide and 1/4 cup warm water and add 2 teaspoons of peroxide, you have a percentage of peroxide that is slightly more than 1.5%. This percentage of peroxide kills bacteria, but does not irritate your tissues. Why do you want to use hydrogen peroxide? What problems are you having? Do you floss and brush your teeth correctly? On a daily basis? You may have to go to the dentist to get all the debris off your teeth. If you need dental work done, find a way to get it done. Having a clean healthy mouth contributes to the way we feel. While you are at your dentist's, ask how to floss correctly and brush correctly. It is good to review flossing and brushing. When we do the same thing every day, we can get careless. READ MORE

  • How long do you have bad breath after gum disease?

    GUM DISEASE IS CONTROLLED WITH GOOD HOME CARE. THERE IS NO CURE FOR GUM DISEASE, WE CONTROL IT WITH GOOD HOME CARE. DID YOU HAVE YOUR GUMS DISEASE TREATED? YOU HAVE TO REMOVE ALL GUM DISEASE BACTERIA AND DISEASED TISSUE AND BONE. THERE IS A TREATMENT FOR GUM DISEASE. THIS TREATMENT IS CALLED LANAP. LANAP PROTOCOL REMOVES ALL GUM DISEASE BACTERIA AND DISEASED TISSUE AND BONE IN ONE TREATMENT. AFTER LANAP, YOU HAVE FLOSS AND BRUSH YOUR TEETH CORRECTLY EVERY DAY. FLOSSING AND BRUSHING CORRECTLY DAILY IS THE PRICE WE PAY FOR EATING. NOT FLOSSING CORRECTLY AND BRUSHING EVERY DAY, YOU ARE LEAVING BACTERIA AND ROTTING FOOD ON AND AROUND YOUR TEETH. IF YOU WANT TO ADDRESS YOUR BAD BREATH, TREAT YOUR GUM DISEASE AND PRACTICE GOOD HOME CARE. READ MORE

  • What can you do for sensitive teeth pain?

    Every one is different. Sensitive teeth most often has to do with the condition of the gums. Take your son to your dentist. Let your dentist look over his teeth and gums. Ask your dentist to review flossing and brushing. Make sure your son is using a soft toothbrush. Your dentist may find a problem with the way your son's teeth come together. There can be several things that your son may or may not be doing. Your son is eleven. How you approach watching your son do home care is important. Most kids will do home care in less than 1 minute. Your son may be eating or chewing on something that is irritating his gums. There are toothpastes for sensitive teeth. It may take some time to discover what or which thing is causing the problem. READ MORE

  • How do you relax your jaw with TMJ?

    ARE YOU BEING TREATED FOR TMJ? THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOURSELF: 1. DO NOT EAT LARGE SANDWICHES. OPENING YOUR MOUTH TO EAT HOAGIES, CLUB SANDWICHES. 2. DON'T BITE HARD CANDIES, NUTS, ICE. 3. USE WARM WET WASH CLOTHS ON BOTH SIDES OF YOUR FACE. 4. BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP, SAY OUTLOUD 3 TIMES, IF I FLOSS MY TEETH, I SHALL AWAKEN. IT WORKS. IF YOU WERE GIVEN A NIGHT GUARD, WEAR IT. IF THE NIGHT GUARD DOESN'T WORK YOUR PRIMARY PROBLEM IS NOT TMJ. YOU MAY BE BITING DOWN TO STOP YOUR PAIN, THE NIGHT GUARD WILL HELP YOU. YOU HAVE PAIN , BUT YOUR PROBLEM MAY BE MORE COMPLICATED.. READ MORE

  • Can a crown that is too high cause pain?

    IF A CROWN IS "TOO HIGH" WHEN YOUR UPPER AND LOWER TEETH COME TOGETHER,THAT TOOTH CAN CAUSE PAIN. SOMETIMES THERE ARE OTHER TEETH OUT OF OCCLUSION. YOUR DENTIST WILL ADJUST YOUR OCCLUSION OR BITE. OUR TEETH ARE ALWAYS MOVING. SOMETIMES WHEN WE ARE UNDER STRESS WE GRIND OUR TEETH. THE PAIN FROM A FEW TEETH OUT OF OCCLUSION CAN BE PAINFUL. WHEN A TOOTH IS HURTING, THE FIRST THING AFTER THE XRAY IS TO CHECK YOUR BITE. IT MAY TAKE A FEW DAYS FOR THE PAIN TO ABATE. READ MORE

  • When can I use mouthwash after a tooth extraction?

    Follow the directions your doctor gives you. Salt water rinses several times a day, especially after eating. READ MORE

  • Is a white filling better than silver?

    Tooth colored fillings form chemical bond to your to your tooth. Silver has mercury mixed with it and is a metal. Most dentists prefer the resin. READ MORE

  • What is the best color for veneers?

    Vaneers are placed on the facial surface of anterior (front teeth). The shade of vaneers usually matches the shade of your tooth's natural shade. If you are having vaneers done, you have to take care of them. You can't bite into anything. You have to floss the gumline area. There are different ways teeth can be prepared for vaneers. If your tooth's incisal edge is going to be removed you would want to know it. Keeping your vaneers clean. Floss and brush them like you take care of your own teeth. Anything taken care of will last. READ MORE

  • Why do I have grey lines on my teeth?

    If you were placed on tetracycline therapy as a child, this might be the cause. You can whiten your teeth. If you go out in the sun, sun exposure can make the lines darker. READ MORE

  • Is it ok to get a crown without a root canal?

    You can have a crown without a root canal. Some dentists believe that if you have a crown placed on a vital tooth, in a few years you will need a root canal. The dentist will open the pulp chamber through your crown. Your crown will have a filling. The choice should be your. READ MORE

  • Which is better floss or floss picks?

    AS LONG AS YOU FLOSS CORRECTLY, IT IS WHAT WORKS FOR YOU THAT COUNTS. FLOSSING IS NOT JUST TO REMOVE THE FOOD PARTICLES STUCK BETWEEN YOUR TEETH. CORRECT FLOSSING IS TO REMOVE THE PLAQUE THAT FORMS AROUND OUR GUMLINE EVERY DAY. PLAQUE IS A STICKY MASS OF BACTERIA THAT FORMS AROUND THE NECKS OF OUR TEETH AT THE GUMLINE AND ON OUR TEETH. ONLY FLOSS CAN REMOVE THE PLAQUE AROUND OUR GUMLINE. THERE HAS NOT BEEN A TOOTHBRUSH MADE THAT CAN REMOVE PLACQUE BETWEEN OUR TEETH. PLAQUE FORMS EVERY DAY WHETHER WE EAT OR NOT IF PLAQUE IS NOT REMOVED IN 24 TO 48 HOURS PLAQUE CRYSTALLIZES. WHEN PLAQUE CRYSTALLIZES ONLY DENTAL INSTRUMENTS CAN REMOVE IT. OUR SALIVA CONTAINS CALCIUM. THIS CALCIUM WILL HARDEN. HARDENED CALCIUM IS CALLED CALCULUS OR TARTAR. TARTAR AND PLAQUE ARE TWO DIFFERENT LAYERS. TARTAR IS MORE OF A PHYSICAL IRRITANT. TARTAR CAN TRAP FOOD PARTICLES AND DEBRIS AND CAUSE A LOCAL IRRITATION. PLAQUE IS CONSTANTLY FORMING CRYSTALLIZES AND FORMS every day. The bacteria in plaque can penetrate tartar and gets close to your teeth. Weakened enamel can easily become cavities. Most people do not floss correctly everyday. Plaque bacteria is one of the main causes of gum disease, tooth loss and inflammation of your blood vessels and organs. READ MORE

  • How can I make flossing easier?

    Correct flossing and brushing should not be difficult. In the past when you went to the dentist to have your teeth cleaned the hygienist would make the comment that you know how to floss. Patients not wanting the hygienist feel that they don't know how to floss, will say yes. Giving a patient a piece of floss and asking the patient to floss is a mind blowing experience. MOST PATIENTS DO NOT KNOW HOW TO FLOSS. MOST PATIENTS DON'T KNOW HOW TO PROTECT THEIR TEETH. OUR TEETH AND GUM TISSUE ARE PRECIOUS. DON'T BITE INTO APPLES. DON'T CHEW ICE. IF YOU HAVE A LARGE FILLING IN A TOOTH, DON'T EAT HARD NUTS. I have patients with large fillings and I TELL them don't chew hard nuts. A few weeks later a call is made to the OFFICE informing us this patient was flossing and her filling came out. More than likely this patient ate nuts a few days before and the filling already was loosened. A tooth can be filled only a number of times. Each time a tooth is filled the amount of tooth structure remaining is less. A tooth can reach a point where it can't be repaired. If you have a root canaled tooth, this tooth is not as strong as a tooth that is not root canaled. If you are having a tooth root canaled, you want to protect that tooth. Eating a raw carrot, splitting the tooth down middle and wanting to know what's next?Dentists can only do so much. DENTISTRY CAN'T repair teeth decayed or broken off at the gumline. Just because you are in a dental office that is no guarantee your teeth can be saved. If you are having problems flossing CHANCES are you having not been gliding the floss down far enough. When you floss you are placing the floss along the side of your tooth. You go down as far as you can and gently scrape up and down. You may see a soft white film. You do not touch the pink tissue. You move the floss to a clean area and slide the floss down the side of an adjacent tooth go down as far as you can and gently scrape up and down. You can see your dentist and ask how you should be flossing and brushing your teeth correctly. Flossing has to be done daily. Brushing your teeth starting at the gumline has to be done daily. You will be surprised how fresh your mouth will feel. Cleaning your tongue with a tongue cleaner is a part of home care. READ MORE

  • Can you floss a crowned tooth?

    By all means you treat your crowned tooth like your regular teeth. Where your crown and tooth structure meet is where your tooth is most vulnerable. READ MORE

  • Can naturally yellow teeth be whitened?

    All shades of teeth can be whitened. You may have plaque that has a yellowish tinge. After you have your teeth whitened you may want to pay attention to flossing and brushing correctly. READ MORE

  • How quickly does plaque grow?

    This may be a surprise to you but plaque forms every day. It doesn't matter if you eat or don't eat, plaque forms. Plaque is a sticky mass of bacteria that forms on your gumline and teeth every day. If plaque is not removed it will crystallize in 24 to 48 hours. Once plaque crystallizes only dental INSTRUMENTS can remove it. Along with plaque formlng every day, you have calcium in your saliva. This calcium will harden. Hardened calcium is CALLED CALCULUS or TARTAR. TARTAR AND PLAQUE ARE TWO DIFFERENT LAYERS. PLAQUE FORMING EVERY DAY CAN PENETRATE TARTAR AND GETS CLOSE TO YOUR TEETH. CORRECT FLOSSING AND BRUSHING MUST BE DONE EVERY DAY. Calcium READ MORE

  • Do braces change your face shape?

    The purpose of braces is to place each tooth in the proper position. If you see any positive results in the way you look that is your bonus. While you are under brace TREATMENT any habits you may have ie. Tongue THRUSTING, you are told how to correct it. Keeping your teeth clean while under treatment is a must. READ MORE

  • Is it necessary to have wisdom teeth removed?

    WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR 6 MONTH VISIT CHECK WITH YOUR DENTIST. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A PANOREX TAKEN. ONLY ONE PERSON OUT OF 25 HAS ROOM FOR ALL 4 WISDOM TEETH. SOMETIMES IT LOOKS LIKE YOU WILL HAVE ROOM BUT AS YOUR MOUTH GROWS THERE MAY NOT ROOM. IF IT LOOKS LIKE YOU WILL NOT HAVE ROOM IT IS BETTER TO HAVE YOUR WISDOM TEETH REMOVED BEFORE THEY START TO BOTHER YOU. THESE WISDOM TEETH CAN RUIN YOUR NATURAL TEETH. READ MORE

  • What are the disadvantages of veneers?

    There are different ways a tooth can be prepared for veneers. I HAVE to say something about taking care of your teeth: I have seen, heard about the destruction patients do to their teeth. Patients don't floss and brush correctly on a daily basis. Biting into apples or other hard objects, using teeth as tools, opening jars, taking bottle caps off using your teeth, opening chip bags using your teeth, etc. As we get older, our teeth get brittle. Chewing nuts, even dry roasted nuts, can crack your teeth. Biting ice, teeth with large fillings can easily fracture down to the roots. Any root canaled teeth can easily fracture. Teeth being root canaled can fracture. Raw carrots crack so many teeth. Having said that, any dental work can last if it is taken care of. Back to veneers. In the beginning, veneers were placed down to the incisal edge. Due to patients' lack of care, their veneers kept popping off. Some dentists started preparing the teeth by wrapping the veneers around the incisal edge. If you have veneers, you have to take care of them. Where the edge of the veneer meets your natural tooth, this area has to be cleaned. Think before you do anything that can damage your teeth. READ MORE

  • What happens if a cavity is too deep?

    If a cavity is too deep, you may have to make some decisions. Your dentist may try to "save" your tooth. If your cavity has not entered the pulp chamber of your tooth, an indirect pulp capping may be tried. A layer of material is placed over the area near your nerve chamber. This layer provides insulation and medication. Your tooth is then restored. If the cavity enters the pulp chamber, then a direct pulp capping is done. The open chamber is medicated, then a layer of material is placed over the opening and the tooth is restored. There are 2 PROCEDURES may or may not work. You may be told that you that you need a root canal. Root canals may or may not work. With the 3 PROCEDURES stated, you have to be careful what you eat. Biting nuts; ice chewing, hard candies, gummy sticky candy DESTROYS teeth. Implants are far too expensive. If patients haven't taken care of the teeth they have, implants require good home care. This is why flossing correctly daily and brushing correctly daily is so important. With the latest research, poor mouth care can lead to gum disease. Gum disease can affect our present and future health. READ MORE

  • How long should a crown hurt?

    If your crown hurts, call your dentist. Your crown may need to be adjusted. Our teeth are moving all the time. Healthy teeth have a membrane surrounding them. This periodontal membrane acts like a trampoline. Right now, your crown is hitting hard in one place. This constant force is is irritating areas of your periodontal membrane. Once your bite is adjusted, the pain should go away. READ MORE

  • What can you eat when you have toothache?

    Please see your dentist. Rinsing with warm salt water may help. Drink liquids. Mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes. Whatever you are able to eat. READ MORE

  • How long does it take to get dentures after teeth are pulled?

    It depends on how you heal before you have the impressions taken. Rinsing several times daily with warm salt water does wonders for your mouth tissues. READ MORE

  • Is brushing your teeth 3 times a day bad?

    You have to floss correctly and brush correctly daily.. if you are not flossing correctly you will loose your teeth. Not flossing correctly every day can have a serious affect on your total body health, .present health and future health. READ MORE

  • How do they fix a cavity?

    It is best to get your cavity fixed as soon as you can. Cavities most of the time don't cause any pain until they're close to or have entered the pulp or nerve chamber. When this happens you, if your cavity is close to the nerve you may an indirect pulp cap then filling on top. If your cavity reaches the nerve you may try a direct pulp capping and a filling on top. You have two choices for your filling. A silver (almagum), or a tooth colored restoration resin or composite). Some insurance companies will pay for a tooth colored restoration on front teeth only and place the silver filling on back teeth. For back teeth, there may be an extra out of pocket fee for tooth colored material. READ MORE

  • Can I brush with toothpaste after a crown was placed?

    You should be flossing correctly first and that includes your crown. Your crown is tike a real tooth, and you should treat it like your natural teeth. Flossing is necessary to remove the gum line plaque that forms every day. Whether you eat or not plaque forms. In 24 to 48 hours, plaque crystallizes. When this happens only dental equipment can remove it. Then there is the saliva which contains calcium. Tartar will also harden. Plaque forming every day, PENETRATES the tartar and gets close to your teeth. Plaque is a sticky mass of bacteria that is forming every day. YOU are the only one who can save and keep your teeth. You can visit your dentist and find out how you can floss your teeth correctly and brush your teeth correctly daily. Ideally you should be doing this twice a day, but no less than ONCE a day is a must! READ MORE

  • How long does dental implant pain last?

    You are having pain from an implant. The implant that you had may have an effect on the pain you are having. If you have not contacted your treating doctor, please call him. He has given you instructions, Did you follow them? If you need further instructions about your pain, he will give them to you. READ MORE

  • Is it okay to swallow blood after a tooth extraction?

    You will be fine, our bodies are made to handle these little problems READ MORE

  • Do new dentures hurt?

    You need to contact your treating doctor. He will adjust your dentures. Sometimes it takes several adjustments to make you comfortable. READ MORE

  • How long should a filling hurt?

    Your filling should not be hurting. Call your dentist and tell him what has been happening. He most likely should give you an appointment A.S.A.P. READ MORE

  • Can a black tooth be saved?

    You have to see a dentist. A discolored tooth can be caused by a few different problems. READ MORE

  • Why is my wisdom tooth turning black?

    Your need to see your dentist. More than likely you may have been told that your wisdom teeth should be extracted. Only one person out of 25 has room for all four wisdom teeth. The rest of us need to have them extracted. READ MORE

  • What foods can't you eat with dentures?

    You need to start with soup and liquids, then soft foods. You have to start slowly. Right now, a sandwich will be too much. You may need some denture adhesive. You first have to get used to having your dentures in your mouth. Being able to talk clearly, some new denture wearers will be able to talk clearly immediately; some patients will need a little time. If you make an effort, YOU will succeed. READ MORE

  • Does the dental hygienist clean your teeth?

    In some dental offices, a dentist may have a hygiene department that includes a staff of hygienists. In PENNSYLVANIA, a licensed dental hygienist has the dentist examine the patient first. That is to check for any problems that the patient may have and needs to be evaluated by a specialist. The dentist will come in after the hygienist has completed cleaning the patient's teeth and reminding them how to floss correctly and brush correctly daily. He will listen to what findings the hygienist has concerns about then checks the patient's mouth. Some dental offices have a hygienist and the dentist will clean the patient"s teeth. Some dentists like to see how the patient's are doing with the care of their teeth. A lapse in daily home care can lead to serious health problems beyond your mouth and teeth. Blood vessels below your lower teeth and above your upper teeth carry gum disease bacteria throughout your body. Gum disease in your mouth sends bacteria down your throat every time you swallow. And bacteria in your mouth may enter your VASCULATURE through the thin membranes under your tongue. This process of bacteria entering your blood vessels is a slow process. But by continuing home care neglect, the patient is providing a continuous flow of gum disease bacteria into the vascular system. It is a slow process. Remember plaque, is a sticky mass of bacteria that forms every day and if not removed by daily correct flossing and brushing will crystallize in 24 to 48 hours. This is a process that is slowly but ULTIMATELY flowing through your blood vessels entering your organs and possibly causing disease. GUM DISEASE IS CONTROLLED WITH DAILY CORRECT HOME CARE. THERE IS NO CURE FOR GUM DISEASE!!!! READ MORE

  • Is Invisalign a cheaper alternative to braces?

    At this time, INVISALIGN IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN CONVENTIONAL BRACE TREATMENT I AM AWARE OF INVISALIGN PATIENTS WHO WERE TOLD THAT TO FINISH THEIR CASE, THE BRACKET APPLIANCE WAS NEEDED. INVISALIGN TORQUES THE TEETH TO MAKE THEM APPEAR STRAIGHT. INVISALIGN MAY BE OKAY FOR MINOR CASES. IN DENTISTRY, THERE ARE DENTISTS WHO WANT TO PUSH THE USE OF A NEW PRODUCT. REMEMBER THE MARYLAND BRIDGE. IT WAS DESIGNED FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF ONE TOOTH AND DENTISTS PUSHED IT TO BE SOMETHING MORE. PATIENTS LIKED THE IDEA OF INVISALIGN AND PUSHED THE IDEA TO THEIR DENTISTS WHO PUSHED INVISALIGN FOR SOME THING MORE. PATIENTS WANT WHAT THEY WANT AND ARE WILLING TO TAKE THE RISK TO GET WHAT THEY WANT. THEY ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT THE BRACE APPLIANCE. I AM SURE THAT THE PATIENTS WHO PUSHED THE INVISALIGN TREATMENT SIGNED THAT IF THEY WERE TOLD BY THEIR TREATING DENTIST THAT THE BRACKET APPLIANCE WAS NEEDED TO FINISH THE TREATMENT, THEY WOULD ACCEPT TREATMENT. TODAY PATIENTS WANT INSTANT GRATIFICATION. INVISALIGN GIVES THE PATIENT THE APPEARANCE OF THEIR TEETH LOOKING LIKE NOTHING IS GOING ON VIA A CLEAR APPLIANCE. A SERIES OF CLEAR APPLIANCES GRADUALLY MOVING OR TORQUES THE TEETH THAT GRADUALLY APPEARS STRAIGHT. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT THE HUMAN BODY DOESN'T WORK AS FAST AS THE PRESENT GENERATION WOULD LIKE IT TO. THE INTERNET CAN'T DO DENTISTRY. OUR PRACTICE DOES FULL MOUTH BRACES. WHEN WE WERE MEMBERS OF DENTAL INSURANCE COMPANIES WE HAD TO ACCEPT THEIR RULES. WE WERE GIVEN TIME AND TREATMENT SCHEDULES THAT INSURANCE COMPANIES WOULD RELEASE PAYMENT. IT USUALLY WAS A QUARTERLY PAYMENT FOR 2 YEARS. THE PATIENT'S OWN INSURANCE WAS DICTATING TREATMENT AS TO TIME THE BRACES HAD TO REMAIN ON THE PATIENTS TEETH. AT THE TIME OF TREATMENT, BOTH THE PARENT/PATIENT HAD TO AGREE TO THE INSURANCE COMPANY'S POLICY. WHETHER IT WAS AT THE INITIAL SIGNING OF THE APPLICATION FOR DENTAL INSURANCE THE PATIENT AGREED TO ACCEPT ALL THAT WAS REQUIRED TO GET DENTAL TREATMENT. THE DENTIST HAS AGREED TO ACCEPT THE INSURANCE COMPANY POLICIES WHEN THE DENTIST APPLIES FOR MEMBERSHIP.! INSURANCE COMPANIES NOW ACCEPT INVISALIGN. ENOUGH PEOPLE WHO WANTED INVISALIGN CHANGED DENTAL INSURANCE COMPANIES POLICIES! READ MORE

  • Are silver fillings safe?

    If your dental insurance policy will only pay for silver fillings, you can have the option of paying an additional fee for a tooth colored filling. Over the years we have seen the disadvantages of silver fillings. Silver fillings can shrink over time and bacteria can get into this space and start decay all over. When this happens dentists want to replace it with a resin, tooth colored filling. It is your choice, READ MORE

  • Why does plaque develop so quickly?

    This might surprise you, but plaque forms every day, whether you eat or not. Plaque has to be removed daily. All of us have to floss correctly daily and brush correctly daily to remove the plaque from your gum line and below the gum line. And you have to brush correctly daily. Plaque is a sticky mass of bacteria, food particles, dead and living bacteria, bacteria toxins, and toxic waste. Plaque hardens every 24 to 48 hours. In our saliva, we also have calcium that hardens. You have plaque forming every day, small food particles that are rotting, dead bacteria, living bacteria, fighting cells your body sends to fight the bacteria. You have a matrix of hardened calcium that you may know as tartar, plaque penetrates the tartar and gets close to your teeth. The bacteria in plaque releases acids that attack the enamel surface of your teeth. Those white areas you see on teeth can become cavities. If you don't floss and brush correctly on a daily basis, plaque hardens. This hardened plaque irritates your gum line tissue. You may have bleeding gums, swollen tissues. At this time you may want to stop flossing or brushing. You must keep flossing and brushing correctly. If you see your dentist, he may clean your teeth to remove the hardened plaque at the gum line and hopefully show you how to floss and brush. You have a two to three millimetres of ATTACHED GINGIVA. Every time you have a swollen gum situation your ATTACHED GINGIVA is wearing away. Your ATTACHED GINGIVA prevents food from going down to the root area of your teeth. Patients who never floss correctly daily and brush correctly daily for several years may be experiencing a more serious problem, PERIODONTITIS. At this point, the bone and supporting tissues may be involved. Bacteria is eating away the supporting bone and tissues surrounding your teeth. The patient may not be experiencing any pain, bad taste, or loose teeth. There is a large portion of the population that has serious gum problems. The sad part is that gum disease just doesn't effect your gums. Your whole body may be infected. Gum disease can spread through out your entire body through your blood vessels. Your organs may also be involved. Your blood vessels also pass through your body's organs and can affect them. You can see how important flossing and brushing correctly is so important. You eat every day and flossing correctly and brushing correctly is a small job. You are protecting your present health as well as your future health. READ MORE

  • How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?

    USUALLY, YOU PROBABLY CAN RETURN TO WORK THE NEXT DAY. FOLLOW YOUR DOCTOR'S INSTRUCTIONS. THE NEXT DAY, YOU PROBABLY MAY BE ABLE TO RINSE YOUR MOUTH WITH WARM SALT WATER. RINSING SEVERAL TIMES A DAY ESPECIALLY AFTER EATING IS IMPORTANT. AT WORK, YOU PROBABLY HAVE SALT PACKETS THAT YOU CAN DISSOLVE IN WARM WATER AND RINSE YOUR MOUTH IN THE EMPLOYEES FACILITIES. MOST PEOPLE THINK SALT WATER DOES NOTHING. YOU WILL BE SURPRISED AT WHAT SALT WATER CAN DO. READ MORE

  • What happens if tooth decay is left untreated?

    If you let your tooth cavity go untreated, the decay will progress until it gets close or enters the pulp. Then if the nerve, artery, and vein get infected, you may at first have sensitivity to hot and cold, sweets. If an infection starts you will have a throbbing pain, swelling may start. You may have a bad taste in your mouth or the infection can extend down to your root and ENTER the large blood vessels under your teeth or above your teeth. Besides the throbbing pain, and bad taste, your whole body may be infected. If you have the opportunity to see your dentist, get all of your with cavities fixed. You have between 28-32 teeth in your mouth, do you want to do all that suffering? READ MORE

  • How long does a dental stain removal last?

    Plaque forms every day. Whether you eat or not plaque forms. Plaque is a sticky mass of bacteria that hardens in 24 to 48 hours. Then you have calcium in your saliva that will also harden in a short time. Calcium forms tartar. Plaque and tartar are not the same. Plaque can penetrate tartar. Plaque has bacteria, rotting food particles living bacteria, dead bacteria, toxins, fighting cells your body sends to fight the bacteria, living fighting cells, dead fighting cells, waste products. If you do not floss correctly daily and brush correctly daily plaque will crystallize in 28 to 48 hours. Only dental equipment will be able to remove the crystallized plaque. If you do not floss and brush correctly daily, you may have irritated red gums, swollen gum line tissues, bleeding gums. I see pictures of models with gum disease in magazines, TV, shopping channels. The majority of the whole population does not floss or brush correctly daily. Those patients who do visit the dentist, either the dental staff is not teaching correct flossing and correct brushing or patients are being taught and are not doing correct home care. IF YOU DO NOT FLOSS CORRECTLY AND BRUSH CORRECTLY DAILY, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR TEETH! This will not happen today or even next year, but over years eventually you will lose your teeth. And in the process, you will affect your entire body's health. As the bacteria slowly eats away your ATTACHED GINGIVA that prevents bacteria and food from sliding down to the roots of your teeth. Once the ATTACHED GINGIVA is gone, food particles are able to open up and move down towards the roots of your teeth and bacteria goes along with it. Once the bacteria is around your teeth and supporting bone structure, bacteria can enter the larger blood vessels and move around to all parts of the body and organs by the blood vessels. ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, STROKE, DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, LUNG PROBLEMS, PANCREATIC CANCER, BLOOD CANCER HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH GUM DISEASE. PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE FLOSSING CORRECTLY AND BRUSHING CORRECTLY AS IF THEIR LIVES DEPENDED UPON IT, BECAUSE IT DOES! READ MORE

  • How can I remove stains from my teeth at home?

    Have you considered stopping smoking? If smoking is staining your teeth, what is smoking doing to your throat, bronchial membranes, and lungs? Smoking is AFFECTING your mouth tissues, not just your teeth. You need to floss your teeth correctly daily and brush your teeth correctly daily. A visit to your dentist can remove those stains. You have to floss and brush correctly daily, every day to prevent those stains from returning. READ MORE

  • Will dental crowns fall out?

    Dental crowns are cemented with a strong cement. You have to floss your crowns daily. If you do not floss, your crowns, bacteria can attack the area adjacent to your crown. If you have had root canal in any of your teeth, bacteria can attack your tooth and you would not feel any pain. I have had patients with a bridge that you could take a piece of floss and move the floss from the beginning of one tooth to the back of the tooth holding the bridge. This did not happen overnight. It was years of not flossing and brushing correctly around the crown(s). If a crown has decay all around it, it is possible for the crown to fall out. Crowns are expensive and have to be taken care of. READ MORE

  • How long does it take a child to wake up from anesthesia?

    Usually the patient wakes up very quickly. Once the procedure is done, patients wake up quickly. Your son will be monitored right before, during, and after the procedure. Usually with younger patients, the doctor and staff are aware of both you and your child. READ MORE

  • Can you get a cavity under a crown?

    You have to floss and brush correctly to take care of your new crown. Make sure you are flossing and brushing correctly all of your teeth. Every day! This will keep your mouth and body healthy. READ MORE

  • Can you get a cavity under braces?

    When you have braces, you have to keep your braces clean. Patients have to brush their gum line, with a soft toothbrush and brush under your brackets, on your braces, and on top of your braces on the lower jaw. For the upper braces, you brush your gum line, back and forth from the back molar to back molar. You brush under your braces, on your braces and on top of your braces. Your can floss your teeth with a small brush, floss threaders. You can get a small toothbrush and brush around the cement that holds your brackets. You being older, know how to clean your teeth. I have seen young patients who were not interested in keeping their braces clean. When their braces were removed, yes there were cavities. You know how to take care of your teeth. The fact that you are asking questions means you want to ask what can happen. You should be okay. READ MORE

  • How often are the rubber bands changed on braces?

    Depending on your doctor's treatment plan, your elastics will be changed. READ MORE

  • What should I avoid eating after dental implants?

    Are you just getting the part of the implants that will remain in your bone and a healing cap will be placed over each implant? These implants will remain until your bone completely heals around and integrates within the implants. Follow your doctor's instructions about diet and home care. You will need special cleaning devices to clean around your implants once the entire implant is restored. You have been given home care instructions for your natural teeth. You should be flossing correctly and brushing correctly daily. Plaque forms every day and we remove it with flossing correctly daily and brushing correctly daily. You will take care of your new implants daily. You will have to get special cleaning devices to clean the plaque off your implants. Your implants can get gum disease if you do not take care of them. Just as plaque forms on your gum line and teeth of your natural teeth, plaque will form on your implant gum line and attack your bone. Please floss and brush your natural teeth and clean your implants. Anything cleaned and taken care of will last. READ MORE

  • How do I get rid of brown stains on my teeth?

    To get rid of stains you can see your dentist and have your teeth cleaned. To keep these brown stains from forming I have a question to ask? Did you have these stains before? When you were growing up, were you on tetracycline? If the answer is no, then to keep these stains from forming you have to remove the plaque that forms on your teeth every day. Plaque is a sticky mass of bacteria that forms on our teeth. Whether we eat or not plaque forms every day. You have calcium in your saliva and the calcium will become tartar. Tartar and plaque are two different layers that form. Plaque crystallizes between 24-48 hours. Plaque can penetrate tartar and move to get on your tooth surface. There the bacteria, living and dead, rotting food particles, toxic waste from bacteria, and living and dead fighting cells your body sends to fight the bacteria. Plaque irritates your gumline tissues and ATTACHED GINGIVA that is 2-3 millimeters wide. This precious ATTACHED GINGIVA prevents food particles from going down towards your roots of your teeth. Plaque on your teeth has bacteria living and dead and their acids attacking the enamel on your teeth leaving those white spots. White spots can form at your gumline or anywhere on your teeth. These white spots are weakened areas that can become cavities. You have to floss your teeth correctly and brush your teeth correctly daily. You want to brush the areas on your teeth gently and a little longer. You want clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner. You take your tongue cleaner and place it in the middle of your tongue. You go back as far as you can without gagging. In one stroke move your tongue cleaner forward and out of your mouth. You will see a slimy whitish mass of material. This is what was hiding out in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. Rinse your tongue cleaner off and scrape the other two sides. When you are finished rinse your mouth with warm salt water, and then gargle with the salt water. You also can try taking a half teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of coconut oil. You place the baking soda in your hand and add the few drops of coconut oil and brush your teeth. This can prevent plaque from attaching to the tooth surfaces. You can also zest a lemon. Take a 1/4 teaspoon of the zest-- take the teaspoon of baking soda, the coconut oil, and add the 1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest and brush your teeth. If you have enough zest, you can dry the zest and store it in a small jar. You can use the added zest 2-3 times a week. Coconut oil can be bought at the grocery store. It may be white and looks like vegetable shortening Coconut oil becomes a clear oil around 76 degrees. You can take a teaspoon of coconut oil and place it in a plastic cup and place it in warm water, it will become a liquid oil quickly.. Flossing and brushing correctly daily is the best way to control gum disease. It should also keep those brown stains away. If you are a smoker, think what smoking does to your teeth. What is smoking doing to your mouth tissues, your throat Membranes and your lungs. The nicotine is also Affecting your esophagus, stomach, bladder and kidneys. READ MORE

  • How long does TMJ surgery last?

    How long have you been in pain? How many specialists have you seen? Are you aware that you can have the surgery and find when you wake up, you may still be in pain? Through our office's work with pain patients, we have found that conservative treatment is the best. If your problem is not resolved, there may be contributing factors that may be part of your problem. READ MORE

  • How do you get rid of an infection in your gums?

    You need to see your dentist. There are many causes for a gum infection. After you solve your problem, get on a good home care routine. Ask how to floss correctly and let the dental staff show you on your own teeth and ask how to brush your teeth especially at the gum line. Flossing correctly daily and brushing correctly daily is the only way to control gum disease. READ MORE

  • What are the disadvantages of braces?

    Braces place your teeth in the proper position. If there are COSMETIC benefits, that is a bonus. READ MORE

  • Do adults get dental sealants?

    Yes, Yes, Yes, it's about time. It made sense to protect tooth structure. Dental insurance is now paying for adult SEALANTS. SEALANTS are a good service. SEALANTS should be treated like a filling. No biting ice, hard candies, or sticky candy, which can crack SEALANTS. SEALANTS are good to preserve tooth structure. READ MORE

  • Can you whiten teeth with thin enamel?

    Who told you that you have thin enamel? There are tooth pastes that build and repair enamel and whiten teeth at the same time. You might try one of those tooth pastes. READ MORE

  • How do you stop a cavity from getting worse?

    The only way you can stop decay is to get your tooth fixed ASAP. READ MORE

  • How do you get rid of nerve pain in your tooth?

    Tooth nerve pain will not go away without a visit to your dentist. You may have a cavity, you may have had an accident and your tooth may have a crack that something jarred your tooth and your nerve is exposed. See your dentist. READ MORE

  • Why does my tooth still hurt after my root canal?

    Call your dentist, you may need to have your occlusion adjusted or maybe you may need to be placed on an antibiotic Your dentist can give you the best answer to why your tooth is hurting. READ MORE

  • How long does a dental CT scan take?

    A CT scan takes just a few minutes. READ MORE

  • How often should I change a dental crown?

    If you have been taking care of your crown and there are no problems, your crown can last for years. For insurance purposes, they may pay for a crown every 5 years. READ MORE

  • Can you put braces on just a few teeth?

    Talk with your dentist, he will tell you what he thinks. Every dentist has his own methods for straightening teeth. You can always consult with another dentist or dentists. READ MORE

  • Can wisdom teeth cause ear pain?

    If your wisdom tooth is on the same side where you are having pain it may be a symptom that your wisdom tooth needs extraction. READ MORE

  • Can a dental crown be put back on?

    See your dentist. See if your dentist can cement the crown back on. If it is cemented back on, make sure you are flossing and brushing correctly daily. READ MORE

  • Does a root canal require anesthesia?

    You will be given a local anesthetic, so you should not have any pain. Your doctor will give you a signal like raising your hand if you are having any pain. READ MORE

  • How do you clean teeth with implants?

    Implants not taken care of can become infected with gum disease. Just like your natural teeth your implant must be be cleaned daily. There are special cleaning devices to clean your implant and not scratch the implant. You must know the importance of flossing your natural teeth correctly and brushing your teeth correctly daily. I have seen patients who have implants and are not taking care of them. They are not flossing and brushing their natural teeth either. There is only so much natural bone structure and even with bone matrix material your body may not be able to heal the way it did. With your implant your denition is being restored. You know or have learned how to floss correctly and brush correctly daily and ask your dentist where you can buy the special cleaning devices for implants. You will clean your teeth flossing first and brushing correctly daily. When it comes to your implant you will use the special cleaning devices for your implant. READ MORE

  • Why are my bottom gums sore?

    When was the last time you visited your dentist? Do you floss correctly daily and brush correctly daily? Sore gums usually start with not flossing correctly and brushing correctly. Plaque forms every day. Whether you eat or not, plaque forms. Plaque is a sticky mass of bacteria. Plaque covers your entire tooth. From the gum line to the edge of each tooth this mass of bacteria forms. Plaque, this mass of bacteria, small particles of food, dead bacteria, cells your body sends to fight the bacteria and dead fighting cells crystallize after 24 to 48 hours. Your saliva contains calcium that hardens after a period of time. Hardened calcium is tartar. Plaque can penetrate the hard tartar layer that forms and gets close to each tooth and can irritate the precious gum line tissues and decalcifies the enamel covering of your teeth causing white spot areas that can become cavities. See your dentist and ask how to floss correctly and brush correctly daily. A large number of the population is starting to have problems with their gum tissue and teeth. Gum disease eventually will cause patients to lose all their teeth. Most patients don't believe this will happen. How gum disease progresses is different for each patient. Patients will have sore gums for a while, and your gums may feel okay, then the problem flares up again. Daily flossing correctly and brushing correctly is the only way to keep your mouth, teeth, and gum tissue healthy. There is no CURE for gum disease, we control it with good home care. See your dentist and get on a good home program that works for you. READ MORE

  • Is laser periodontal treatment effective?

    LANAP (LASER ASSISTED NEW ATTACHMENT PROCEDURE) IS THE LATEST AND NEWEST TREATMENT FOR GUM DISEASE. WITH LANAP ALL GUM DISEASE BACTERIA AND DISEASED TISSUE IS GONE IN ONE TREATMENT. LANAP STIMULATES YOUR OWN BODY'S STEM CELLS SO YOU CAN REGROW YOUR OWN BONE, TOOTH SUPPORTING MEMBRANES AND CEMENTUM. THERE IS NO CUTTING OR SUTURES. THERE IS LESS PAIN AND IN FACT MOST PATIENTS WANT TO KNOW WHEN THEY WILL START TO HURT. BECAUSE LANAP IS NEW, MOST DENTAL INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL NOT PAY FOR LANAP. OUR DENTAL OFFICE HAS THE LOWEST PRICE IN OUR AREA FOR THE LANAP PROCEDURE. THE OLD WAY OF TREATING GUM DISEASE INVOLVES CUTTING AND SEWING OF GUM TISSUE IT IS VERY PAINFUL AND THE OLD WAY INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL PAY FOR THIS. ONE THING LANAP DOES THAT THE OLD CUTTING GUM SURGERY CAN'T DO IS TO STIMULATE YOUR OWN BODY'S STEM CELLS. OUR OFFICE IS IN THE PHILADELPHIA AREA AND BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY PATIENTS WITH GUM DISEASE WE OFFER THE LOWEST PRICE AND WE SHOW YOU HOW TO KEEP YOUR TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH. HAVING LANAP IS LIKE GIVING YOUR MOUTH A "SECOND CHANCE ". IF YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH, LANAP CAN LAST 5 YEARS PLUS. REMEMBER GUM DISEASE IS CONTROLLED WITH DAILY CORRECT FLOSSING AND DAILY CORRECT BRUSHING. READ MORE

  • Does an oral surgeon treat TMJ?

    An oral surgeon can treat TMJ.There are dentists who can treat TMJ. You want to find a dentist who will treat you conservatively. How do you know you have TMJ? Today every one is under a tremendous amount of stress. Many people express this stress by clenching their teeth. While you are seeking treatment, there are some things you can do to help yourself. Do not open your mouth too wide. Do not eat hoagies, large sandwiches or chew on ice, hard candies. You can cut your sandwiches into thinner slices. When you yawn, place your two fists under your chin. This will prevent you from opening your mouth too wide. You can place warm moist wash cloths on one or both sides of your face. These are a few things that you can do to help yourself. READ MORE

  • How can I make my gums heal faster?

    It is hard for patients to believe that rinsing your mouth with warm salt water several times a day especially after eating will help your mouth feel better. Rinsing one or two times a day is not enough. Rinse your mouth as many times as you can. This will help you heal. READ MORE

  • Why are my gums aching?

    You are young, and need to get your mouth care program to meet your needs. You need to learn how to floss correctly daily and brush correctly daily. READ MORE

  • Can a salt water rinse heal a gum infection?

    I do not know what type of gum infection you have. Have you seen your dentist? Were you told that you have gum disease? Before you use salt water do you floss correctly daily and do you brush correctly daily. You have to remove the plaque and other debris from your teeth and gumline before you use the salt water rinses. You have to control gum disease with correct flossing and correct brushing and tongue cleaning and rinsing your mouth and gargling with warm salt water. You can also irrigate your gum line tissues with a water irrigator. Some examples are the water pixs. Finger flossing is the best and brushing correctly back and forth at The gumline is soothing to your mouth tissues. You will be surprised at the tiny particles of food that are still present after flossing and brushing. Water pix are great for patients who have problems with manual dexterity and want to take care of their teeth. READ MORE

  • Can tooth decay form under a dental bridge?

    YES! YES! YES! YOU CLEAN UNDER YOUR BRIDGE WITH A FLOSS THREADER DAILY. OR YOU CAN USE A SMALL BRUSH WITH A LONG HANDLE. YOU WILL NEED TO FLOSS YOUR TEETH CORRECTLY AND BRUSH CORRECTLY DAILY. SEE YOUR DENTIST ON REGULAR BASIS. READ MORE

  • Can you whiten a damaged tooth?

    See your dentist and have the cracks on your teeth fixed. Your teeth may look surprisingly whiter once the cracks are fixed. You may still need to whiten some of your teeth. Ask your dentist about what options you have. READ MORE

  • Is it normal for your tooth to hurt after a crown?

    Call your dentist, sometimes your bite needs to be adjusted. READ MORE

  • Why does my tooth hurt after my filling?

    Call your dentist. Your restoration may need a slight adjustment. How your teeth come together is very important, our teeth can shift slightly and cause a lot of pain. READ MORE

  • I have trouble sleeping from tooth pain?

    If your teeth are hurting that you CAN'T sleep, see your dentist. Delaying can cause more damage and more pain. As long as you delay nothing is being done to improve your mouth health. READ MORE

  • Are there any remedies for teeth grinding?

    You need to see your dentist. Tooth grinding can make your teeth hurt. Your teeth can hurt when you bite into soft foods. You may need a mouth guard. Make sure the night guard covers all your teeth. It can be worn on the upper or lower. Make sure there are no indentations on the night guard side that touches your opposite teeth. Warm, moist wash cloths can be applied to where your jaw hurts. Don't bite into apples, large hoagies and sandwiches. No ice chewing or gum chewing. If you see a dentist, listen to what you are told to do. Hope this helps you. READ MORE

  • What is causing my tongue to look yellow?

    Most people don't clean their teeth properly. Cleaning your teeth and mouth correctly by brushing will not save your teeth. You have to floss correctly,brush correctly, clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner or take a spoon turn the spoon with the round part facing your palate and place the spoon as far back in your mouth without gagging. Scrape gently as you move the spoon out of your mouth. You will see this slimy whitish mass. You start in the middle and then do the other two sides of your tongue. Rinse your mouth with salt water then gargle. You eat every day so we have to clean our mouths every day. You need to clean your mouth. Even if you did not eat, you would have to floss and brush every day. We all have to clean our teeth. Most people just don't understand that is what we have to do. Gum disease is transmitted by close contact. Eating after someone, kissing. Clean your tongue after you floss and brush correctly Your mouth should feel a lot better. READ MORE

  • How long do I have to wait to eat after a dental filling?

    Depending on the type of restorative material, you will be able to eat as soon as the local anesthesia wears off. Tooth colored restorations are the usual choice. Most dentists prefer tooth colored material. The advances with the new "resins" and the uniformity of the shade guides makes blending of the restoration with your natural tooth almost undetectable. There was a time when a tooth had 2-3-4 different shades on one tooth. If for some reason, you choose to have a "silver filling" listen to your dentist. With silver restoration you may be told to wait a certain amount of time before you eat on the side where the "silver filling" was placed. READ MORE

  • Is surgery necessary to treat jaw diseases?

    If you are having severe jaw pain, you need to see your dentist. You could have impacted wisdom teeth that are infected. Before your jaw started hurting, when was the last time you saw your dentist? Get to your dentist and see what's wrong. READ MORE

  • What's the recovery length of a tooth extraction?

    For whatever reason your tooth needs to be extracted, you want to make sure you do not lose any more teeth. If your tooth is infected, swelling? throbbing?, you may have to be on a course of antibiotics to let the infection settle down. Antibiotics are alright and should be taken when needed. Patients have been scared to death about taking antibiotics. When prescribed, antibiotics are given, all of them should be taken. Some patients take them for two-three days and stop. Infections can flare up and make problems worse. If your tooth is infected and treated and is ready to be extracted. Follow your doctor's instructions. After the extraction, you will be told not to rinse your mouth for 24 hours. This is to keep the blood clot intact. You will be given instructions. It may be helpful to take some one with you. Every one is anxious about having dental work done. I know a few dentists who say nothing affect them. BUT it does. Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours. You may be given some gauze. If your bleeding has stopped. and only a pinkish liquid is oozing, you are not bleeding. Some patients keep putting the gauze in their mouth and with out realizing it they are chewing on it When you are trying to stop bleeding you place gauze and bite down hard. Bleeding will stop shortly. Don't bend down. Sleep with your head raised. When the numbness wears off, you can eat soft foods on your other side. After 24 hours you can rinse witj warm salt water. You will do rinsing for a few days frequently especially after eating. You can floss and brush your teeth, brush gently where your tooth was extracted. . READ MORE

  • How effective is dental anesthesia for nervous patients?

    Dental anesthesia is to make an area of your mouth numb. In the old days, patients had nothing to manage the pain. It was grab the arms of the chair and white knuckle it. There was only one anesthesia and that was novocaine. There was nothing wrong with the anesthesia it was the preservative in it. Dental anesthesia is only for your teeth and mouth. It is not habit forming. And has no effect on your entire body. Many patients are anxious about having dental work done The newer anesthetics lidocaine, mepivicaine etc are made to block nerve conduction. Some people in the legal, paralegal arena, have a hard time understanding: Non of the newer local anesthetics are habit forming. And none of the local anesthetics effect your whole body! Many patients are nervous when it comes to having dental work done. What you might need is some medication to calm you down. Talk to your dentist or the staff and tell them how you feel. You are not alone. Some mild medications can be prescribed. If you are going to be put to sleep, make sure you follow your doctor's DIRECTIONS. If you are going to be put to sleep, you CAN'T have any liquids, not even water before you have your procedure done. If you are going to sleep, you must bring some one with you, or you will be sent home in a cab, LYFT or an Uber. Even if you are given an oral sedative, the facility wants someone to drive you to and back home. I had a relative who was going to have a dental procedure done. The plan was the patient was going to be put to sleep. The instructions were no food or drink after midnight. I watched the patient like a hawk. No water glasses or cups in the bathroom. Reminding the patient before using the facilities no water. Right before the procedure, this relative asked to use the facilities. We go into the OPERATORY and the patient was asked about food and drink. The patient says he had some water before entering the OPERATORY. Thepatient's daughter told him to take TWO OTC pain tablets before the procedure. I left this patient for two minutes to get ready to assist and putting the patient to sleep was canceled! Local anesthesia was used instead. If you need something talk to your dentist. You should be fine READ MORE

  • What type of anesthesia is used during a root canal?

    Most root canals are done under local anesthesia. Depending on your dentist's philosophy, if your tooth is hurting and you have swelling you may be given antibiotics until your tooth calms down. If you are anxious about having a root canal done, inform your dentist. He will describe the procedure and READ MORE

  • What can I do about the burn on my tongue?

    How deep is your burn? A few months ago I was served clams casino that wqere so hot that I burned the tip of my tongue. For over a week I could not place any food, water in my mouth warmer than leuke warm. Warm salt water rinses are helpful. You may have to reduce the amount of salt. The area that was burned, temporarily may make you unable to taste food for a week or more. If eating is painful, see your dentist. There is a topical anesthesia that you need a prescription for that will help if eating is painful. You will have to make sure that whatever food or drink you put in your mouth, you place a few drops of it on the back of your hand to make sure your don't add another hot liquid to your burn. Our tongues are sensitive. If you have a mouthful of food and there is a hair in that food., almost automatically you will feel that strand of hair. You will either make a run to the restroom or grab a napkin and remove all the food in your mouth. With babies and toddlers we check the temperature of the liquids and foods. We make sure all hot liquids and foods are kept out of a babies or toddler's reach. Forcefully removing hot foods. The last thing you want to do is swallow hot foods and liquids. Your esophagus tissues are delicate. The patients with scar tissue tissue in their esophagus were fed with a feeding tube. Some patients, especially children were given food to chew on. It was thought that digestive enzymes were stimulated in the stomach to help digestion of the feeding tube liquid. The food that was chewed in the mouth was placed in a container and thrown out. Depending on the age of young children, permanent surgical solutions are planned but sometimes the young person's body structures have to develop. It is amazing how important lt is to protect our mouth tissues from hot foods and liquids. READ MORE

  • Does brushing with salt help remove yellow stains from the teeth?

    Congratulations! Did you visit your dentist? Your dentist can remove the hardened discoloration. Sometimes plaque can make your teeth appear really yellow. If you take some baking soda, add a pinch of salt, you can add a few drops of coconut oil and brush your teeth. Some patients use a few drops of lemon essential oil. When you mentioned salt some patients go overboard. Some brush hard and irritate their soft tissues. The oil can prevent the plaque from attaching to your tooth surface. Plaque just doesn't stay at the gum line, it can cover your entire teeth. The problem with salt and baking soda is there is so much of it. Down size your containers. This way you can control the amounts. Use a soft toothbrush. A hard toothbrush and brushing hard will damage the tissue around your teeth. That TISSUE IS PRECIOUS. WHEN YOU SEE YOUR DENTIST ASK HOW YOU SHOULD FLOSS AND BRUSH CORRECTLY. ASKED TO BE SHOWN. YOU WILL BE SHOWN WHERE PLAQUE AND FOOD COLLECTS. THE KEY IS TO FLOSS AND BRUSH CORRECTLY DAILY. READ MORE

  • How can I prevent yellowing of my teeth?

    See your dentist. You need to review correct flossing and correct brushing. That yellow film may be plaque. Plaque forms every day and it is loaded with bacteria. Plaque has to be removed from your gum line area. It irritates your gum line tissue causing it to swell and it can bleed. Plaque collecting all over teeth can make your teeth appear yellow and plaque is loaded with bacteria and toxins and crystallizes. Some patients use some baking soda add a pinch of salt and a few drops of coconut oil or lemon essential oil. They use it several times a week. We all need to review correct flossing and brushing. READ MORE

  • What can smoking do to your teeth?

    Cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine has always affected your gum health and could be a factor in squamous cell carcinoma. The heat factor of cigarettes on your lips and the smoke on your mouth tissues along with the nicotine in your saliva is a constant irritant to your gum tissues. It took a long time to educate the public about cigarettes smoking and lung cancer. Cigarettes were also destroying your tooth supporting structures, staining your teeth and adding to mouth odor. The biggest threat to the PUBLIC HEALTH NOW and FUTURE PUBLIC HEALTH IS GUM DISEASE. Most people will not clean their teeth properly. INFLAMMATION has been a serious health concern for years. No one could figure out what was causing INFLAMMATION. INFLAMMATION starts in your mouth. We eat every day. Plaque forms on our teeth every day. Even if we did not eat, plaque would form. We have to floss correctly and brush correctly daily. While we are young, your body's defenses (your immune system) tries to protect your mouth tissues. teeth, supporting bone and tissues. We don't help protect our health. If we don't floss and brush correctly daily, we are adding more bacteria, their toxic wastes, fighting cells your body sends, dead bacteria and fighting cells and their toxins. This mass hardens in 24-48 hours. The calcium in your saliva hardens on this mass and irritates your gum tissues. Now if you smoke, you are adding nicotine to this mass. Nicotine is toxic to your tissues. Nicotine destroys gum tissues. It inhibits or prevents healing. NICOTINE BY SLOWING OR PREVENTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM FROM FIGHTING FOR YOU, ALLOWS GUM DISEASE TOXINS INCLUDING NICOTINE TO DESTROY YOUR SUPPORTING BONE AND TISSUES. AS YOUR BONE AND TISSUES DISAPPEAR YOUR TEETH MAY START TO LOSEN. DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU STARTED SMOKING AND THE LACK OF CORRECT FLOSSING AND BRUSHING, YOUR MOUTH AND TEETH ARE BEING ATTACKED BUT SO IS YOUR ENTIRE BODY. WHEN THE BACTERIA, TOXINS ETC. GET NEAR YOUR TEETH ROOTS, THE BLOOD VESSELS BELOW YOUR ROOTS IS AN OPEN HIGHWAY FOR THE BACTERIA AND THEIR TOXIC WASTE AND THE NICOTINE CAN TRAVEL THROUGH OUT YOUR BODY AND ORGANS. YOUR BLOOD VESSELS ARE LINED WITH LIVING CELLS AND BECOME INFLAMED. BLOOD PRESSURE MAY BE DIFFICULT TO CONTROL. BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS MAY BE HARD TO CONTROL. MEDICATION CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO PATIENTS WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN CARE OF THEIR TEETH. YOUR BODY ORGANS ARE ALSO BEING AFFECTED. PATIENTS CAN STOP THE ON GOING INFLAMMATION PROCESS BY GETTING THEIR GUM DISEASE TREATED. SMOKING PATIENTS MAY HAVE MORE CONCERNS DUE TO THE NICOTINE EXPOSURE. YOU NEED TO GET YOUR GUM DISEASE TREATED IF YOU HAVE IT. EVERY ONE HAS TO GET ON A GOOD CORRECT FLOSSING AND CORRECT BRUSHING ROUTINE DAILY. NICOTINE IN CIGARETTES IS FAR MORE DAMAGING TO PEOPLE WHO SMOKE. THE POPULATION'S HEALTH IS AT RISK FROM PEOPLE REFUSING TO BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR TEETH. IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT NOT DOING CORRECT DAILY FLOSSING AND BRUSHING CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO OUR HEALTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. SMOKING CAN MAKE THIS PROBLEM BEGIN EARLIER. READ MORE

  • How long do your teeth feel sore after getting braces?

    Braces move teeth into the correct place. There are dental processes that are taking place for this to happen. You may have been told what medication you should take if you have some discomfort. Taking the medication in the correct amount at the correct time. will be helpful. You may have been told what type of foods you should be eating. Follow what your dentist told you to do. Since this is only six days, right now you may be feeling better. Follow your dentist's instructions and your brace treatment will progress. READ MORE

  • What could the bump on my gum be?

    You talk about a bump on your gum. You should see your dentist. By not knowing where your bump is, it can be something normal or something that needs attention. Please see your dentist! READ MORE

  • How do I treat gingivitis?

    Gingivitis is a reversible infection. Inflammation of your gum. This is a reversible condition. We all can have gum disease. We CONTROL IT WITH DAILY CORRECT FLOSSING AND BRUSHING. THERE IS NO PERMANENT CURE FOR GUM DISEASE. PLAQUE FORMS ON OUR TEETH EVERY DAY. PLAQUE IS LOADED WITH MILLIONS OF BACTERIA. PLAQUE AROUND OUR GUMLINE CAN CAUSE THIS AREA TO BECOME SWOLLEN, INFECTED AND INFLAMED. PLAQUE CRYSTALLIZES IN 24-48 HOURS. CALCIUM IN OUR SALIVA CAN HARDEN. YOU ARE YOUNG AND YOU CAN PREVENT ADVANCED GUM DISEASE. CORRECT FLOSSING AND BRUSHING DAILY IS ALL YOU HAVE TO DO. RIGHT NOW OUR NATION'S HEALTH IS AT RISK BECAUSE PEOPLE WON'T FLOSS AND BRUSH CORRECTLY DAILY. TIME PASSES, PEOPLE WHO WON'T FLOSS AND BRUSH CORRECTLY HAVE GUM DISEASE THAT IS AFFECTING THEIR ENTIRE BODIES HEALTH. AND WILL AFFECT THEIR FUTURE HEALTH. DISEASES SUCH AS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, DIABETES, HEART DISEASE AND MUCH MORE. INFLAMMATION FROM GUM DISEASE IS THE BEGINNING. OUR OFFICE HAS A LAZER THAT CAN REMOVE ALL GUM DISEASE IN ONE TREATMENT. PATIENTS DON'T BELIEVE THAT GUM DISEASE CAN CAUSE SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS. RESEARCH IS BEING ANNOUNCED DAILY ABOUT GUM DISEASE AND SERIOUS HEALTH DISEASES AFFECTING OUR POPULATION. FLOSS AND BRUSH CORRECTLY DAILY. YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID. READ MORE

  • Does apple cider vinegar help with toothaches?

    I have read that soaking a cotton ball in some apple cider vinegar and place it on your tooth may help with a toothache. You need to see your dentist. Some of these home remedies do work. Some of them can burn the patient's tissues. If your tooth has been hurting for two days, you have a problem that you should not neglect. READ MORE

  • My baby is 7 months old and has 4 teeth. Should I use a brush to clean his teeth?

    THERE ARE TINY TOOTHBRUSHES FOR INFANT MOUTH CARE. THERE ARE OTHER ITEMS FOR SMALL BABIES. YOU WILL FIND THAT YOUR SON WILL WANT WHATEVER YOU ARE USING. SO, YOU SHOULD BUY A TOOTH CLEANING ITEM FOR YOUR SON TO HOLD. IF YOU FLOSS, I WOULD TAKE A SMALL SMALL PIECE OF FLOSS, DO NOT GIVE ANY FLOSS TO YOUR SON, YOU SHOULD TAKE THE FLOSS AND SLIDE IT GENTLY BETWEEN HIS TWO FRONT TEETH, YOU GENTLY SLIDE THE FLOSS ALONG SIDE ONE SIDE OF HIS TOOTH, YOU GENTLY SCRAPE THE AREA BELOW HIS GUM. YOU MOVE THE FLOSS TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TWO FRONT TEETH, YOU GENTLY GO DOWN AS FAR AS YOU CAN AND GENTLY SCRAPE. YOU THEN DO THE OUTER SIDE OF THE TOP AND BOTTOM TEETH. YOU CAN TAKE A GAUZE 2 X 2 AND GENTLY RUB FROM THE GUM LINE TO THE BITING EDGE. YOU DO THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP OF HIS TOOTH. DO THIS TOP AND BOTTOM TEETH. IT MAY TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOUR SON TO GET USE TO SOMEONE CLEANING HIS TEETH. MORE THAN LIKELY YOUR CHILD IS TAKING VITAMINS WITH FLUORIDE. AS YOUR BABY GROWS, YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR BABY'S TEETH CHECKED BY A DENTIST AT AROUND A YEAR OLD. YOUR BABY'S DENTIST WILL JUST MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS OKAY. THE MOST IMPORTANT WARNING FOR YOUR CHILD'S TEETH. AS YOUR CHILD IS GETTING OLDER, AT BEDTIME, ONLY PLACE WATER IN YOUR CHILD'S BOTTLE. GIVING YOUR BABY A BOTTLE FILLED WITH FORMULA, MILK, OR JUICE CAN SEVERELY DECAY YOUR BABY'S TEETH. FORMULA, MILK OR JUICE HAVE SUGARS IN THEM. THESE SUGARS STAY ON YOUR CHILD'S TEETH ALL NIGHT AND WILL DECAY YOUR CHILD'S TEETH. BABY BOTTLE DECAY, ETC. CAN DECAY ALL OF YOUR BABY'S TEETH. BABIES NEED THEIR TEETH FOR TALKING CORRECTLY AND EATING. HAVING TO TAKE AN INFANT TO THE HOSPITAL TO HAVE ALL TEETH WITH CAVITIES FIXED AT ONE TIME IS STRESSFUL FOR A BABY AND IS VERY EXPENSIVE. BECAUSE OF THE RISKS OF GENERAL ANESTHESIA, ALTHOUGH SMALL, ALL DENTAL WORK IS DONE AND THE THE HOSPITAL WILL WANT WHAT YOUR MEDICAL INSURANCE WILL NOT PAY, ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE FOR PAYMENT. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE DENTAL INSURANCE, ALL DENTAL WORK WILL HAVE TO BE PRE-PAID BEFORE A HOSPITAL SCHEDULES THE APPOINTMENT. WE USE TO THINK THAT PEDIATRICIANS, OBGYN'S, HOSPITALS INSTRUCTED NEW MOTHERS ABOUT CARING FOR THEIR INFANT'S TEETH. ANYONE WHO CARES FOR AN INFANT SHOULD BE REMINDED ABOUT PUTTING A YOUNG CHILD TO BED WITH A BABY BODY FILLED WITH WATER ONLY. READ MORE

  • I need a bite alignment procedure. What is this?

    You are having an OCCLUSAL ADJUSTMENT. For some patients it takes about half an hour to do the RESTORATION and a long time to adjust the "PATIENT'S BITE" or "PATIENT'S OCCLUSION." Yes, we have colored paper that helps us to adjust how the patient's teeth come together. But only the patient can tell us everything is alright. READ MORE

  • Why are my gums itchy and red?

    If you are 17 years of age and you stated your gums are red and itchy and they hurt, you should see your dentist. How have you been taking care of your teeth? Are you flossing and brushing correctly daily? Do you have a bad taste or mouth odor? Are your gums bleeding? Until you see your dentist, rinse your mouth with warm salt water. 1/2 teaspoon salt in an 8 oz glass of warm water. Make sure the water isn't hot; you don't want to burn your mouth. If you can touch your gums, you may not be able to use a toothbrush. Wash your hands and take some gauze 2 ×2's. Dip the gauze in warm salt water and gently wipe your gum line. Start in the back upper and lower and move towards your front teeth. After you do one area, throw that gauze out and take fresh two pieces. For right now, throw your old toothbrush out. Is anyone where you live having similar problems? Young patients sometimes "borrow" someone's toothbrush. You need to see your dentist so that you can have your gums treated. You may need special rinses or medication. Once you have your situation treated, get on a good home care routine. Ask how to floss and brush correctly. Patients believe that they can treat all dental problems themselves. We can't take care of our cavities and gum problems. Learn how to take care of your teeth. Flossing and brushing correctly will make you feel better. Seeing your dentist to have your mouth checked is to take care of problems before they turn into bigger ones. READ MORE

  • How long does a dental filling take?

    Whenever you are having dental work done, you want the work done personally. It's one thing when it is an emergency, but it is not a race. When I was working in a hospital, the surgeons in one area were having a contest to see who could do this one procedure the fastest. The winner was 22 minutes. It's one thing if it is a life or death situation. I know today people want everything instantly. Our bodies don't heal instantly. Your tooth will be finished when it is finished. READ MORE

  • Why do my gums bleed after flossing?

    Being 23 years old, now is the time to learn how to floss and brush your teeth correctly. When you floss your teeth, (finger flossing is the best and CHEAPEST, GLIDE IS THE BEST FLOSS). YOU slide the floss along the side of your tooth. YOU DO NOT TOUCH THAT POINTED PINK TISSUE. YOU slide the floss down as far as you can, and gently scrape that side of your tooth. You move the floss to a clean area. You move the floss to the adjacent tooth. You slide the floss down along the side of your tooth and gently scrape. You should be flossing correctly at least once a day. Because people work all hours of the day, the time that you sleep the longest is when you should be flossing before you sleep. If your gums are bleeding it means that you have not been flossing every day or not getting the debris out or not flossing correctly. Those plastic flossers have a stringlike piece of floss. PLASTIC FLOSSERS SHOULD BE USED FOR FRONT TEETH ONLY. P. FLOSSERS CAN'T FLOSS your side and back teeth properly. Patients don't take care of their teeth. If you have large fillings, you should not be chewing and biting ice. Eating hard NUTS, biting hard candies can crack your fillings. Placing those plastic flossers and digging between your back teeth will remove your filling that you already cracked. Sometimes when you floss, if you have a tight contact it might be better to pull the floss straight out near the gumline than trying to yank it out through the contact. If you use those little brushes to remove the plaque and debris from between your teeth you may want to rinse the brush before placing the brush between the next two teeth. Now brushing. You start at the last tooth in one corner of your mouth. With a soft toothbrush, place your toothbrush half tooth and half gumline. You brush BACK AND FORTH GENTLY, move your toothbrush to the next two teeth. Keeping your tooth brush at the gumline. Going all around at the gumline. When you get to the last tooth on the other side of your mouth, brush BEHIND the last tooth and move to the gumline where your tongue and palate are. You have gumline plaque there. You brush your gumline all around to the other side. Then you brush the gumline on your upper or lower depending on where you started. After you have taken care of your gumline, upper and lower then you brush your flat surfaces upper and lower. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. I/2 tsp salt to 8 oz. glass of warm water. Now you clean your tongue. You can take a tongue cleaner or take a teaspoon, turn the teaspoon so the round part is facing your palate. Place your tsp. on your tongue as far back without gagging and gently scrape your tongue as you move the spoon forward out of your mouth. You will see a slimy mass of debris. That is what is hiding out in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. Scrape the other two sides of your tongue. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water, Then gargle with the salt water. You eat every day and you have to clean the plaque and rotting food off your teeth. If you do not floss CORRECTLY AND BRUSH CORRECTLY YOU WILL EVENTUALLY YOUR TEETH. YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE YOUR TEETH! YOU CAN SAVE YOUR TEETH. YOU WILL BE PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM FUTURE MEDICAL PROBLEMS. READ MORE

  • How painful is a tooth extraction?

    If your tooth is not infected- no throbbing or swelling, this is the time to have your tooth extracted. If your tooth is infected, pain, throbbing, and swelling, our OFFICE places our patients on antibiotics first. We get emergency calls from patients who have gone to the emergency room. These patients were given high doses of a penicillin containing antibiotic and told to take the antibiotic twice a day. These patients may have been given a narcotic pain medication or 600 mg to 800 mg tablets of ibuprofen. Our office uses a broad spectrum antibiotic not in the penicillin group. We get phone calls late at night with patients crying they can't stand the pain. Some patients don't follow DIRECTIONS. But with the number of phone calls of patients climbing walls in pain possibly the antibiotic regimen is not working. If patients have to wait an hour to eat or two hours after eating, some patients can't or don't wait. If a patient is hurting and swelling in most cases the infected area may feel numb but local anesthesia may not work. You touch the tooth and the patient lets you know the tooth hurts. If the patient has a form of diabetes, the infection has to be under control. A tooth extraction doesn't usually hurt while it is being extracted. We tell our patients to take the pain medication before the local anesthesia wears off. This way your pain medication will be working when your anesthesia wears off. Follow your doctor's DIRECTIONS and don't rinse your mouth for 24 hours after the extraction. Some patients get into problems because they don't follow directions. Sometimes it is good to take some one with you. You are having dental surgery. READ MORE

  • How can I treat swollen gums at home?

    Swollen gum may be a sign of gum disease. Do you floss and brush correctly daily? Do your gums bleed? Are they some times painful. We all want to know if we can take care of everything at home. See your dentist. You may have hardened deposits below your gum line and only your dentist can remove it. If you are told that you have gum disease, You have to get that hardened debris out from below your gum line. If you ignore this. You will lose your teeth. The latest and least invasive way to treat this is by the LANAP LASER TREATMENT. LANAP WILL REMOVE ALL GUM DISEASE TISSUE AND BACTERIA IN ONE TREATMENT. THERE IS NO CUTTING AND NO SUTURES. YOU WILL HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO FLOSS AND BRUSH YOUR TEETH CORRECTLY. HAVING THIS DEBRIS BELOW YOUR GUMLINE IS AFFECTING YOUR PRESENT TOTAL BODY HEALTH AND YOUR FUTURE TOTAL BODY HEALTH. PATIENTS SAY THEY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. FLOSSING AND BRUSHING CORRECTLY HAVE BEEN IGNORED FOR YEARS. SOME TIMES WHEN YOU HAVE SEEN YOUR DENTIST FLOSSING AND BRUSHING CORRECTLY WAS MENTIONED. RECENTLY RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT POOR MOUTH CARE-GUM DISEASE IS RELATED TO ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, PANCREATIC CANCER TO NAME A FEW. THE NATION'S COST FOR TREATING FUTURE DIABETES II PATIENTS IS ASTRONOMICAL. A NATION WITH ADULT GUM DISEASE RELATED HEALTH PROBLEMS IS FAR GREATER THAN THAT. GUM DISEASE NOT ONLY AFFECTS EACH INDIVIDUAL BUT GUM DISEASE IS CONTAGIOUS. OUR TEETH ARE NOT JUST PART OF OUR SMILE AND WE EAT WITH THEM. BECAUSE WE EAT EVERY DAY, WE HAVE TO FLOSS AND BRUSH CORRECTLY EVERY DAY. SEE YOUR DENTIST. LEARN HOW TO FLOSS AND BRUSH CORRECTLY AND IF YOU HAVE GUM DISEASE PLEASE GET IT TREATED. READ MORE

  • Does tooth pain mean I need a root canal?

    See your dentist. Have your teeth checked. Start flossing and brushing. Pain in a tooth can come from your tooth, your gums. You may have some food caught under your gum. Not all tooth pain means you need a root canal. READ MORE

  • How do you stop a broken tooth from hurting?

    When you have a broken tooth and it is hurting, you should be see as an emergency. You don't say if you had an accident. Fall? Car accident? Your nerve is exposed. The big concern is if any other damage has occurred. As long as your nerve is exposed to the air, that's one source of your pain. You should seek treatment and have your tooth checked out. You may have more damage than you think. READ MORE

  • How often should I get a dental cleaning?

    How often you should see your dentist depends on how well you take care of your teeth. With the latest research, gum disease is becoming the ENEMY #1. Yes heredity plays a part but gum disease seems to be the TRIGGER. FLOSSING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB YOU HAVE TO DO. PLAQUE FORMS ON OUR TEETH EVERY DAY. PLAQUE IS A SEMI CLEAR STICKY SUBSTANCE THAT FORMS ON OUR TEETH EVERY DAY. PLAQUE IS LOADED WITH BACTERIA. EVEN IF YOU DIDN'T EAT, PLAQUE WOULD STILL FORM. PLAQUE CRYSTALLIZES AFTER 24-48 HOURS IN THAT PLAQUE YOU HAVE LIVING AND DEAD BACTERIA, ROTTING FOOD PARTICLES, LIVING AND DEAD FIGHTING CELLS YOUR BODY HAS SENT TO FIGHT THE BACTERIA AND TOXIC WASTE THAT ALL THOSE CELLS GIVE OFF ALSO KNOWN AS TOXINS. WHILE THE PLAQUE CRYSTALLIZES, YOU HAVE CALCIUM IN YOUR SALIVA THAT ALSO HARDENS. TARTAR STICKS TO YOUR TEETH AND IS HARD TO REMOVE. USUALLY ONLY DENTAL EQUIPMENT CAN REMOVE IT. PLAQUE AND TARTAR SEEM LIKE THEY ARE THE SAME THING. TARTAR IS POROUS AND ALLOWS PLAQUE TO PENETRATE IT ALL THE HE WAY DOWN TO YOUR TOOTH SURFACE. THE TOXIC WASTE OF BACTERIA IS ALSO ACIDIC. THIS ACIDIC MATERIAL TAKES THE CALCIUM OUT OF ENAMEL AND LEAVES "WHITE SPOTS" THAT CAN BECOME CAVITIES. BELOW THE GUMLINE YOUR BODY SENSES THAT THERE ARE BACTERIA BELOW YOUR GUMLINE AND SENDS FIGHTING CELLS TO FIGHT THESE BACTERIA. YOUR BODY IS FIGHTING AN ATTACK THAT'S GOOD. BUT THE WASTE PRODUCTS CREATED WHILE FIGHTING THIS FIGHT IS IRRITATING YOUR TISSUES BELOW YOUR GUMLINE. YOUR TISSUES MAY BLEED, BECOME SWOLLEN AND RED. YOU PROBABLY WON'T HAVE ANY PAIN. IF YOU VISIT YOUR DENTIST, YOU MAY HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT YOU HAVE GINGIVITIS. When your gums bleed when you floss and brush most people stop flossing and brushing. THAT'S the worst thing you can do. Patients can be flossing wrong or sporadic. Patients may be brushing wrong or not daily. Flossing correctly, you take floss. Finger flossing is the best. You wrap the floss around your pointer finger of each hand. I like GLIDE floss. It is made of teflon and it scrapes the plaque and food particles between your teeth at the gumline. You eat every day and you should be flossing every day. There is no tooth brush that can get between your teeth at the gumline. You floss BEHIND the last tooth in your mouth and go around to the opposite side behind the last tooth, upper and lower. Now you take a soft toothbrush starting at one corner of your mouth, upper or lower. Brush BEHIND the last tooth at the tooth gumline. Placing your toothbrush i/2 above the gumline and 1/2 below the gumline. You brush gently back and forth several times then move forward to the next two-three teeth. Brushing back and forth several times gently then moving to the next teeth. You go all around to the opposite side brush BEHIND the last tooth on that side then move to the tongue or palate gumline. Many patients forget that you have bone and tooth supporting structures at the gumline where your tongue and palate are. You place your toothbrush on the gumline. I/2 toothbrush above the gumline and 1/2 below the gumline. You brush gently back and forth several times then move your toothbrush forward. You go all around to the opposite side and brush the last tooth. Now you brush the flat surfaces of your teeth. Start on one arch, upper or lower, go around to the opposite side. Then you brush the opposite arch. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. 1/2 teaspoon salt to one 8 oz. glass of warm water. Now you clean your tongue. Using your tooth brush is not a good idea. You can buy a tongue cleaner or you can take a teaspoon turn the teaspoon so the round part faces your palate. Place the teaspoon in the middle of your as far back as you can without gagging. Gently scrape forward out of your mouth. You will see a slimy whitish material. THAT IS WHAT WAS HIDING IN THE NOOKS AND CRANNIES OF YOUR TONGUE. RINSE YOUR TEASPOON OFF AND DO THE OTHER TWO SIDES. RINSE YOUR MOUTH WITH WARM SALT WATER THEN GARGLE. IF YOU ONLY HAVE YOUR TEETH PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR AND DON'T FLOSS YOU WILL LOOSE YOUR TEETH, EVENTUALLY. IF YOU DON'T TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH, YOU WILL HAVE GUM DISEASE. GUM DISEASE STARTS AND PROGRESSIVELY, SLOWLY DESTROYS YOUR TOOTH SUPPORTING STRUCTURES. AT FIRST YOUR BODY FIGHTS GUM DISEASE READ MORE

  • How often should I get a dental cleaning?

    For each person, the answer is different. The last time you saw your dentist, were you told that you had any cavities? Were you told that you needed to floss and brush correctly daily? Plaque forms on OUR teeth every day. Plaque is a SEMI CLEAR STICKY MATERIAL THAT IS LOADED WITH BACTERIA. When we eat, tiny food particles provide food for the bacteria. We can't see what is happening at first. The bacteria eat, multiply and give off toxic waste(toxins). Plaque crystalizes after 24 to 48 hours. With the the calcium in your saliva, the crystalized plaque, the rotting food particles, living bacteria, dead bacteria and the fighting cells your body sends to fight the bacteria, living and dead fighting cells forms tartar. Tartar is extremely hard to remove. Dental equipment is needed. You would think that tartar should be protective. Tartar is irritating to gum tissue but should possibly protect tooth structure? WRONG!. Tartar is porous. PLAQUE and bacteria and the family of characters can penetrate the tartar. On tooth structure the acids can decalcify the enamel. I see patients with white decalcifications at the gum line on all back teeth. If these white spots become cavities it will cost big BUCKS to repair. If you have dental insurance you have a yearly limit and you will max out your insurance. If your dentist is KIND he will give you a special rate to fix these gum line cavities. With medical insurance and treatments such as physical therapy your medical insurance contract is with your insurance company and the facility. When you have maxed out your PHYSICAL THERAPY benefits, your fee to extend treatment runs into hundreds per treatment and if you are in a facility you are PAYING THOUSANDS/ PER WEEK TO REMAIN IN THE FACILITY. YOU CAN appeal but by that time you have been sent home and you have to go back to the facility for 3-4 extra days This means that the plaque and bacteria penetrates the tartar and gets on your tooth surface. Plaque bacteria, tiny rotting food particles form acids. These acids attack the enamel on your teeth. Those white spots that you see on people who wore braces are decalcifications. These decalcifications are weak areas on your tooth surface. If you leave food and debris around your gum line, your may have those white spots around your teeth. These areas are weak and become cavities. Gum line cavities should be restored immediately. At the gum line the pulp chamber is the closest to the outer surface of your teeth. If your gum line cavities penetrate the pulp, you may try to save your tooth or teeth with root canal. NOT ALL ROOT CANALS WORK! Now it is not only the cavities you have to worry about. You may have bacteria from plaque, tartar and cavities above your gum line. Every time you eat, swallow you are swallowing millions of bacteria. You may have had warnings bleeding gums, gingivitis, bad taste, mouth odor? Your body bends over backwards to fight to protect you from gum disease. You have a band of tissue called ATTACHED GINGIVA. This tissue is 2-3mm wide. You may wonder why the food you eat doesn't go down to your roots? This ATTACHED GINGIVA is firmly bound to your tooth cementum that coats the root surface below the gum line. By not removing plaque daily, your body is fighting this plaque attack party. With your gingivitis and inflamed gum tissue, your body's fighting is slowly wearing away your ATTACHMENT. Once your ATTACHMENT is gone, the plaque, tartar bacteria party is now attacking the bone and supporting tissues around your teeth. The bacteria plaque tartar party above your gum line can make you nauseous and upset your stomach. The same party is now attacking your tooth bone supporting structures below your gum line. The bacteria, toxins are not just staying below your gum line. They are entering the larger blood vessels. Bacteria, rotting food,toxic wastes are entering your blood vessels. Your blood vessels are lined with living cells. When this toxic party enters your blood vessels, toxic wastes are being carried all over your body and organs. Yes it takes a long time but once the toxins are entering your blood vessels your body is now overwhelmed. You may have uncontrolled high blood pressure or high sugar levels. Your family genetics are now getting READY to activate. 30, 40, years from now ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, HEART PROBLEMS, DIABETES, LUNG ISSUES, BLADDER CANCER, ARTHRITIS, BLOOD CANCERS ARE CONNECTED TO GUM DISEASE. DAILY, NEW BODY SYSTEMS ARE BEING ANNOUNCED. OUR OFFICE HAS SEEN PATIENTS WHO FLOSS AND BRUSH CORRECTLY FOR YEARS. THEIR GUMS ARE HEALTHY, AND WHATEVER HEALTH ISSUES THEY HAVE ARE MINOR. THOSE PATIENTS WHO DO NOT FLOSS OR BRUSH CORRECTLY, SEE THEIR DENTIST WHEN SOMETHING HURTS OR THERE IS A COSMETIC EMERGENCY, HAVE MASSIVE DENTAL WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TWO YEARS AGO. MANY OF THESE PATIENTS HAVE SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS. IMAGINE NOT HAVING YOUR TEETH CHECKED AND CLEANED FOR FIVE YEARS OR MORE? IF YOU FLOSS AND BRUSH CORRECTLY DAILY YOU CAN WAIT TO HAVE YOUR TEETH CHECKED AND CLEANED. IF YOU SPEND THE TIME TAKING CARE OF YOUR TEETH, THOSE PATIENTS WANT TO KNOW THE CONDITION OF THEIR TEETH. YOU CAN HAVE CAVITIES OR OTHER PROBLEMS THAT NEED CARE. IF YOU HAVE BEEN CARELESS WITH YOUR HOME CARE NOW IS THE TIME TO GET YOUR DENTAL WORK DONE AND START DOING HOME CARE CORRECTLY. YOU BODY WILL REWARD YOU WITH GOOD HEALTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. I KNOW THAT I HAVE USED YOUR QUESTION TO EXPAND ABOUT WHY HOME CARE IS IMPORTANT AND WHY YOU NEED TO SEE YOUR DENTIST ON YOUR REGULAR SCHEDULE. WE DENTISTS HAVE SEEN THE PATIENTS WHO DO NOT PRACTICE GOOD HOME CARE. THEY FAR OUTNUMBER THE PATIENTS WHO DO GOOD HOME CARE. THE COST OF PROVIDING MEDICAL AND DENTAL CARE TO THE PATIENTS WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN CARE OF THEIR TEETH WILL BANKRUPT OUR COUNTRY HUNDREDS OF TIMES OVER. WE HAVE TO EDUCATE PATIENTS THAT THEY HAVE TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO- TO START TAKING CARE OF THEIR TEETH. THE HYGIENE GENIE DOES NOT VISIT OUR HOMES EVERY NIGHT AT 8:00 P.M. YOU-EACH ONE OF US HAS TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN TEETH. READ MORE

  • Ways to get rid of TMJ pain?

    TMJ pain is a problem. Because the area has many nerves and blood vessels that are located in and pass through the area, finding an answer may take some time. You can stop eating hard food items. Biting into apples, hoagies, nuts, large sandwiches, ice, etc. Place your two fists under your chin when you yawn. You can try Advil, ibuprofen, placing warm, moist washcloths on the side where you hurt. You may try a night guard to keep you from grinding your teeth. It may take some time to see what helps. READ MORE

  • Is bad breath a sign of an underlying infection?

    Mouth odor can have many many causes. The fact that it happened "rather suddenly" means there may be an infection. If your husband has any crowns or bridge work and the tooth was root canaled, he may not have had any pain. If your husband hasn't been flossing, plaque, rotting food, bacteria, and toxins may have caused cavities to form around the gum line. Your husband needs to see his dentist. If your husband smokes, this can add to his problem. Patients have to floss and brush correctly daily. Our bodies fight the battle of our poor mouth care. Our immune system fights to protect our tooth supporting structures. But this immune system fight produces toxins that wear away our supporting structures. We have a band of tissue that is ATTACHED to each tooth. This keeps the food we eat from going down towards the roots of our teeth. The ATTACHED GINGIVA is strong. Once it is gone, the bone and membrane surrounding the tooth is easily attacked and destroyed. Plaque, rotting food particles, bacteria can't be be removed when this debris goes down next to tooth and hardens. That hard tartar you see above your gum line can also be collecting below your gum line once the ATTACHED GINGIVA is gone. This distruction below your gum line allows bacteria and their toxins to enter your blood vessels and carried through out your blood vessels and organs. It is a slow process. But time marches on and all of a sudden you have receding gums, possibly some loose teeth. You may also have blood pressure that you can't control and have borderline Diabetes II and you can't control your blood sugar levels. Gum disease is controlled with good home care. You need to see your dentist at regular visits. If you have been told you need to do better home care, ask how you should be flossing and brushing. If you are told you have gum disease, get that hardened material below your gum line removed. I hear patients say they don't have the money. Your health CAN'T AFFORD that you not do it. To get rid of gum disease, you have three options: 1. Antibiotics and scaling and root planing. 2. Surgical opening and removal of hardened debris and removal of infected gum tissue and modifications of the bone. 3. LANAP is the latest gum treatment. All gum disease is removed in one treatment. There is no cutting or sewing. LANAP STIMULATES your STEM CELLS. You grow your own alveolar bone, supporting tooth membranes and tooth covering cementum. You are given instructions of how you should be flossing and brushing. This treatment can last 5 years or more. Any procedure taken care of will last. Have your husband see his dentist and take care of his problem. READ MORE

  • What are the early signs of dental trouble?

    Bleeding gums is one sign of gum disease. You may be surprised but jaw pain occurs when you need to have seen your dentist six months ago. I know that EVERYONE believes that they know what's good for them. And if they want to KNOW something they can look it up on the internet. But the INTERNET DOES NOT PRACTICE MEDICINE OR DENTISTRY. Unfortunately the internet can't fix your teeth. You the the patient can't fix your own teeth. Even dentists can't fix their own teeth for many PROCEDURES. See your dentist, get what work you need to have completed. Get on a good home care program. READ MORE

  • When can I get braces?

    You do not have to wait until all of your baby teeth are removed before you get braces. There are methods that braces can be started while your baby teeth are still in your mouth. Your front teeth are aligned. As your baby teeth are ready to fall out, or removed, the space for your permanent tooth is ready for it to erupt into. All dentists have their own methods for doing braces. You have to know if you have a "skeletal mal-occlusion" or a "dental mal-occlusion". If you are a"dental mal-occlusion", you can have braces anytime you want to start. If you are a skeletal mal-occlus, you have to wait until at least age 16 to determine the method of treatment. READ MORE

  • What health precautions do dentist take?

    The CDC, THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL, has a list of guidelines that dentists and other health professionals follow for protection of the patients from getting diseases from contaminated instruments and close contact. The dentist and patients are also protected from from contaminated instruments. MASKS, GLOVES, AND MANDATORY STERILIZATION OF DENTAL HAND PIECES AND INSTRUMENTS is for the protection of both the patient and doctor. Doctors spend tens of thousands of dollars for disposable masks. gloves, suction. high speed suction, patient napkins, sterilization bags, gallons of solutions. All of these supplies plus are PURCHASED for patients, dental staff, and dentists' protection. The dental office is on top of all of the latest guidelines set by the CDC. READ MORE

  • What are the signs of mouth cancer?

    When you see your dentist, most dentists will do a manual and visual examination. The manual exam includes palpation of the inside of your mouth, floor of your mouth, lymph nodes of your head and neck and visual examination of your tissues. Our office has the VELscope(R) Exam Light. This light examines the surface of mouth tissues and suspect areas are sent out for BIOPSY. There are similar lights for surface examination. Plain visual surfaces exams are not accurate. Suspect tissue reflects a specific light in a particular manner. It is important that you inform your dentist if you are or were a smoker or if you chew or chewed tobacco and if you are still doing it. READ MORE

  • Can I replace my silver fillings with a different substance?

    You can have your amalgam fillings removed. You have to make sure your state allows dentists to do this. Personally, the last time I placed silver fillings was a few years after dental school. PENNSYLVANIA took a while to allow silver fillings to be removed by patient requests. Our office stopped placing silver fillings. When we could not legally remove silver fillings, we did not like the way silver fillings looked. Our office did not place any new silver fillings. There are clinical reasons why dentists do not like silver fillings. Some insurance companies will not pay for removing silver fillings unless there is clinical evidence that the filling needs to be replaced. The composite, resin materials are great. They are tooth colored. With all RESTORATIONS, I ADVISE ALL PATIENTS TAKE CARE OF THEM. DO NOT CHEW OR BITE INTO HARD CANDY, ICE, APPLES, NUTS, ETC. EVEN IF THE SHELLS ARE REMOVED OR USE YOUR TEETH LIKE TOOLS. MANY DENTAL INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL NOT PAY TO REPLACE A RESTORATION THAT HAS BEEN RECENTLY PLACED. READ MORE

  • My tooth is cracked, can it heal itself?

    You need to see your dentist. Getting hit with a fly ball may have damaged the root structure. If the force was hard enough to crack your tooth, you may have damage to the same tooth or an adjacent tooth. READ MORE

  • What causes tooth abscess?

    Tooth abscess occurs in a few ways. Some how a tooth may have been injured. Sports, childhood accidents. car accidents can injure a tooth. Some times a tooth just becomes non-vital. Most causes of tooth abscess is failure to do correct flossing and brushing. Most teeth with cavities do not start to hurt until the decay reaches the tooth chamber. The tooth chamber contains a nerve, artery and vein. The tooth chamber is located in the center of each tooth. At the bottom of the chamber the nerve, artery and vein become become smaller and enter the root or roots of each tooth and at the tip of each root the nerve artery and vein exit and merge with the larger vessles below the lower roots and above the upper roots. These vessels can carry bacteria and toxins to all parts of your body and organ systems. This is how your vascular system becomes inflamed and possibly causes diseases in our organs. While people are carrying on their own lives. The bacteria and their toxic waste are irritating our blood vessels and quietly causing problems in our organs. As we get older some people suffer from DIABETES II, UNCONTROLLED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, HIGH BLOOD SUGAR SUGAR LEVELS, LUNG PROBLEMS, HEART PROBLEMS, BLOOD CANCERS, and ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE TO NAME A FEW PROBLEMS. I wrote an article on "FLOSS AND BRUSH YOUR TEETH AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT---BECAUSE IT DOES. You are wise to want to take care of your teeth. Plaque is a sticky material that forms on our teeth each day. If it is not removed by flossing each day, from the food particles. the bacteria, your immune system's fighting cells, the dead bacteria and fighting cells, their toxic wastes irritate your gums and attack your ATTACHED GINGIVA. Your ATTACHED GINGIVA prevents plaque and the rest of the debris from attacking and disolving your membranes and supporting bone structure of each tooth. Once the ATTACHED GINGIVA is destroyed your immune system is fighting but if you get the flu, or some other illness, areas where the attached is gone can open up like a zipper. The plaque still forms and the rotting food particles, bacteria, and debris now hardened is below the gum line and CAN'T be removed by flossing and brushing. You need to see your dentist at regular visits. If you are not flossing and brushing your teeth correctly you need to see your dentist more often. If you do not floss correctly daily, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR TEETH. Gum disease and its progression is different for each person. The only fact is.....IF YOU DON'T FLOSS DAILY CORRECTLY. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR TEETH. IT WILL HAPPEN. While you are neglecting your teeth, you will have a bad taste in your mouth. You may feel sick to your stomach. You teeth may hurt and you may have to have teeth extracted. You should make regular dental checkups. You may be surprised but there are millions of people who are doing just that. All you have to do is floss and brush correctly. We eat every day. We put food and drink in our mouths constantly. Even correct brushing will not remove the tartar ( that hardened mass of plaque, rotting food particles, dead bacteria and fighting cells, toxic wastes, calcium from your saliva, plus the plaque, living bacteria and fighting cells and their toxic waste on tartar's surface that are between your teeth. Finger flossing is the best and cheapest way to floss. The wider teflon floss is the best. OUR OFFICE has seen patients who use those plastic flossing devices. Plastic flossing devices should be used for front teeth only! Those plastic flossers do not floss side and back teeth correctly. Patients have damage to RESTORATIONS and DECAY on side and back teeth. Teeth located on the sides and back teeth have to be finger flossed, or you can use those little brushes. If you use the brushes you have to insert these brushes from the cheek side and you should insert the brushes from your tongue(lingual) area and palate side to make sure you remove the debris. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water then using a tongue cleaner. rinsing your mouth and gargling with salt water. I do like sonic water IRRIGATORS with water reservoirs. You can use water or salt water to irrigate all around your teeth at the gum line. These sonic IRRIGATORS can be used for patients who have problems with flossing. The most important fact is: YOU HAVE TO FLOSS AND BRUSH YOUR TEETH. IF YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH YOUR TEETH YOUR TEETH WILL LAST AS LONG AS YOU LIVE! READ MORE

  • I have really bad breath, even though I brush and floss. What could be causing it?

    You need to see your dentist. Are you flossing and brushing your teeth correctly? When was the last time you had your teeth checked. Do you clean your tongue. Seeing new patients, after OUR OFFICE , x-rays and examines their teeth, we clean their teeth and show them how to floss and brush correctly. We have had patients say that no one ever showed them how to floss and brush their teeth. Before I became a dentist, I was a patient going to see dentists. I had a particular problem and I toured the country seeing dentists who could possibly help me. I supervised hygienists. Being a primary 1st grade teacher, repetition is a must. You have to ask the person cleaning your teeth how to floss and brush correctly. You have to take the floss and slide it down between two teeth. You guide the floss along the side of a tooth, you go down as far as you can. You gently scrape the side of your tooth. If you feel something hard as you move the floss up and down, you may have hardened calculus below your gums. When you brush, you start at the back corner of your mouth. Make sure you floss behind the last tooth in your mouth. Your mouth has 4 corners. After flossing BEHIND the last tooth in each corner of your mouth, take a soft toothbrush and brush BEHIND the last tooth in one corner your mouth. Place your toothbrush half on the tooth and half on your gum. Brush your gum line area BACK AND FORTH GENTLY SEVERAL TIMES. MOVE TO THE NEXT 2-3 TEETH. YOU MOVE TO THE NEXT 2-3 TEETH BACK AND FORTH. YOU GO AROUND THE GUM LINE UNTIL YOU REACH THE OTHER CORNER. BRUSH BEHIND THE LAST TOOTH AND MOVE TO THE GUM TISSUE WHERE YOUR TONGUE OR PALATE IS. YOU HAVE BONE AND GUM TISSUE WHERE YOUR TONGUE AND PALATE ARE. AFTER YOU HAVE BRUSHED YOUR GUM LINE. UPPER AND LOWER TONGUE (LINGUAL) GUM LINE AND PALATAL GUM LINE. NOW YOU BRUSH YOUR FLAT SURFACES. UPPER AND LOWER. RINSE YOUR MOUTH WITH WARM SALT WATER. NOW YOU CLEAN YOUR TONGUE. YOU CAN BUY A TONGUE CLEANER, OR YOU CAN TAKE A TEASPOON. TURN THE SPOON SO THE ROUND SIDE IS TOWARDS YOUR PALATE. YOU START IN THE CENTER OF YOUR TONGUE. GENTLY SCRAPE YOUR TONGUE AS YOU MOVE THE SPOON FORWARD AND OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. YOU WILL FIND A SLIMY WHITISH MASS. THAT IS WHAT IS HIDING OUT IN THE NOOKS AND CRANNIES OF YOUR TONGUE. NOW DO THE OTHER TWO SIDES. RINSE YOUR MOUTH WITH WARM SALT WATER. THEN GARGLE. WHEN YOU SEE YOUR DENTIST, YOUR TEETH WILL BE CHECKED FOR CRACKS, IF YOU HAVE CROWNS. ONE MAY HAVE FRACTURED. A RESTORATION MAY HAVE CRACKED AND IS LEAKING. WE EAT EVERY DAY. PLAQUE WILL FORM DAILY WHETHER WE EAT OR DON'T EAT. WE HAVE TO FLOSS AND BRUSH CORRECTLY DAILY. YOU WOULD NOT EAT FROM A DIRTY FORK. KNIFE OR SPOON. YOU EITHER CLEAN THE UTENSILS OR TAKE CLEAN ONES. BUT WE PUT FOOD IN OUR MOUTHS THAT SOME OF US GET CLEANED CORRECTLY TWICE A YEAR. GUM DISEASE IS CONTAGIOUS. YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR HOME CARE IS LIKE. WOULD YOU WANT TO KISS A PERSON WHOSE MOUTH CARE IS THE SAME AS YOURS OR POSSIBLY WORSE? WE ALL HAVE TO RETHINK HOME CARE. . READ MORE

  • Do I need a dental follow up after getting dental implants?

    Dental implants are inserted in different ways. If no part of the implant is visible in your mouth, then the base of the implants were inserted, and possibly some material was placed around the base of each implant so your bone cells could grow around and through your implants so they could make the bone tighten around your implants. You probably were given an appointment to come back. Your next appointment could be to check on how stabilized your implants are or to restore your implants with the crowns that you will see in your mouth. Take care of those implants. Floss and brush around them each day. Those implants can get gum disease just like your natural teeth. Implants are a good investment but you have to take care of them. READ MORE

  • One of my incisors is longer than the other. I'm ready to fix this, but how?

    You have options. Since you have a life long fear of the dentist, I would hope that you are flossing and brushing correctly and seeing your dentist at least twice a year. I have seen patients with a mouthful of dental neglect and the comment was, "I hate the dentist". Patients with this fear, even if they have to be under heavy or general anesthesia, have to have the dental disease removed and restorative work completed. Having a fear of the dentist should make a patient want to floss and brush his or her teeth and have his or her mouth checked twice a year. Leaving diseased teeth, gum disease untreated may be affecting the entire body. Now back to your question. You have options. if you have chips in a few of your front teeth, Smoothing the jagged edges may modify and give you a softer smile. You can add a cosmetic bonding to the edge, but you may have to be careful biting into foods. Not being able to see your teeth limits what choices you may have. Depending on how your upper and lower teeth come together and looking at the way all your teeth come together, maybe an aligner may be another option. If your front tooth is a virgin tooth, no cavities, no decay and you don't like going to the dentist, doing anything to a virgin tooth's incisal edge by adding material, you may have to have that incisal edge repaired when needed. Choose your option and take care of your teeth and that incisal edge! READ MORE

  • Could a toothache be caused by a problem with my jaw?

    You need to see your dentist. If this is the first time your jaw popped you may have had an injury. You do not want to open your mouth too wide. When you yawn your may want to place your fist from each hand under your jaw to support it. You can use warm moist wash cloths, to make your jaw feel better. Follow your doctor's directions. READ MORE

  • What is the failure rate of dental implants?

    Every one is different. How do you take care of your own teeth. Do you floss and brush each day? Implants have to be taken care of. You floss and brush your implant like you should take care of your own teeth. Implants can get gum disease. The bone that was added to support your implant will slowly be desolvlng and your implant will loosen. It is hard to imagine that gum disease bacteria will slowly wear away the bone surrounding your teeth. Poor mouth care overtime will lead to tooth loss and implants loosening. We see people who were told when they were in their 20's, 30's, 40's that they need to take care of their teeth. Flossing and brushing have to be done every day. If you don't take care of your teeth you will lose them. When you go to your dentist, ask how you should be flossing and brushing. If you have any gum issues take care of it and get on a good home care routine. Implants are a good investment if they are taken care of. READ MORE

  • Why is my son's tongue white?

    Your son should see his dentist. After flossing and brushing, cleaning your tongue should be done by every one. You can buy a silicone tongue cleaner. You can also take a spoon, turn the teaspoon so the round part is facing your palate. Start in the middle of your tongue and go back as far as you can without gagging. Scrape gently while moving the spoon forward out of your mouth. You will see this whitish slimy mass. That's the food particles, bacteria and whatever THAT'S hanging out in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. Do the other two sides of your tongue and rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Then gargle to rinse the back of your throat. Have your son see his medical doctor to make sure high protein foods are OK for your son. READ MORE

  • Why does my daughter need a root canal?

    You have taken your daughter to the dentist. You were told your daughter needs two root canals. Your daughter has not seen a dentist for over a year. EVERYONE needs to see a dentist twice a year. This is to check on any cavities and home care. EVERYONE should be flossing and brushing twice a day. Flossing and brushing has to be done correctly. If young people don't floss and brush correctly every day, this can happen. Parents sometimes have to take over the supervision of their children flossing and brushing. As far as the root canals are concerned. You have two choices. Get the root canals done or extract the teeth. Please do not leave two decaying teeth in your daughter's mouth. Your daughter will be having infection that can make her sick. Not everyone who has root canal will save the teeth. Sometimes root canals fail. It is the patient that root canal some how won't work. This is a difficult decision for you to make. Your daughter is too young for implants or permanent bridge work. READ MORE

  • Will my orthodontist know that I haven't worn my retainer for a week?

    After your braces are removed, your teeth have been placed in their proper position. You are given your RETAINER to wear 24/7 for at least six months. Your bone has to tighten around all your teeth. When you place your retainer back in your mouth you may notice that your teeth may have moved. You may have had a wire placed on the back of your lower teeth. Your job is to wear your RETAINER. If you have had a habit of pushing your tongue against your upper and lower teeth when you talk or swallow, you may have a round hole placed in your upper RETAINER to help you break your habit. You wear your RETAINER to keep your teeth in the right position. When you don't wear your retainer your teeth move back out of position. How is your bone SUPPOSE to tighten around your teeth? Today, young people have all these items that you press, push, talk within milliseconds things happen. Our bodies are not made that way. Broken bones need time to heal. Your teeth need time for your bone to become dense around your teeth. There are very few things that dental patients can do that dentists know about. No flossing or brushing? Your gums give you away. Brushing 16 times a day two days before your appointment! Your gums don't heal that fast. If it has only been a week that you did not wear your braces, you may be okay. But if you liked the way your teeth look, wear your RETAINERS! READ MORE

  • What causes swelling in the gums?

    That slight swelling could be inflammation. How long have you had this puffy condition? What are your home care habits? You did not mention any pain. Do you wake up with a bad taste in your mouth? Does your breath have an odor? Do your gums bleed when you floss and brush? You need to see your dentist. It may have been a while since your mouth has been checked. Your problem may be reversible. You need to listen to what your dentist tells you. If whatever you are doing is not working, you are the only one who can change. I have had patients who had gum disease to the extent that they needed and had THE LANAP TREATMENT. We went over home care instructions. Saw these patients at one week, one month and three month intervals and still went back to not flossing and brushing correctly. If what you are doing for home care is not working for you, why would you go back to your old habits? If your mouth care is not flossing or brushing correctly daily, you will lose your teeth. You also will have allowed your blood vessels to become inflamed and some of your body's organs may be malfunctioning. The puffiness of your gums can become the puffiness of your body's blood vessels. READ MORE

  • What procedures require an oral surgery follow up?

    If you are having an implant placed, there are different ways to do the implant procedure. If you are having a tooth extracted and an implant placed. You may have your natural tooth extracted, and depending on the condition of your extracted tooth SITE, you may have the some bone matrix material placed around your implant and the base of your implant is inserted into your jaw bone. This implant base may be covered over with your gum tissue. Depending on how long it takes for your implant and your natural bone to grow around your implant, your implant is recovered and the part of your tooth that will be in your mouth is completed. The dentist who removes your natural tooth and places your implant base may be an oral surgeon and then your dentist who will place the part of the tooth that will be in your mouth may be the same dentist. The dentist who places your implant base may want to see you. The most important job you have is to keep your implant clean. Like your natural teeth,your implant base in your bone can get gum disease if it is not cared for. Ask your dentist(s), how you should take care of it. READ MORE

  • How critical is a wisdom tooth abscess infection?

    One person in 25 has room for all 4 wisdom teeth. If you have throbbing pain and swelling, your dentist may want you placed on an antibiotic. Because of where your wisdom teeth are located in your jaw, an infected wisdom infection can effect areas near your wisdom teeth. Depending on your pain/swelling, you may want to take care of this ASAP. READ MORE

  • Can chewing tobacco cause bad breath?

    The mouth odor from not flossing or brushing correctly can be overwhelming but add chewing tobacco with nicotine you can magnify the damage being done to your tooth supporting structures. With the taste in your mouth when you wake up in the morning you can't be feeling that great. Please get to the dentist. You will have to deal with your NICOTINE habit. But you have to deal with taking care of your tooth, gum issues. Learn how to floss and brush your teeth correctly. You will be amazed how much better you will feel. The bad READ MORE

  • What is gums disease?

    Fighting cells create a toxic mass that starts to dissolve away your ATTACHMENT located between your teeth the area that you DON'T FLOSS. After the attached is gone the bone that supports your teeth starts being dissolved. This is when things really get out hand. Plaque, bacteria, rotting food, tartar, toxins are now dissolving the bone between your teeth, but spreading around to your cheek side (buccal) and around to your lingual side. The longer this goes on the more damage to your tooth supporting structures. If the bone is worn away or bacteria reach your vascular system located at the bottom of your teeth roots. (There are larger vessels below your lower teeth.; and above your roots of your upper teeth.) Remember: you have between 28-32 teeth in your mouth. Now you have 56 in-between your teeth areas that are having gum problems. Your body is now being attacked from your gum infection bacteria entering your blood vessels at the bottom of your lower teeth and these blood vessels are located above your tooth roots on your upper teeth. You have to be feeling very sick. Now your teeth in your mouth are also being attacked. You might have a bad taste, feeling sick to your stomach? You talked about your grandfather just being diagnosed with gum disease. Our office treats gum disease using LANAP. This is LASER ASSISTED NEW ATTACHMENT PROCEDURE. We use the Millennium PerioLase MVP-7 Laser. All gum disease bacteria is gone with one treatment. There is NO CUTTING/NO SEWING. There is a diet that you have to follow for the first few weeks after treatment. The Laser and the Treatment are both FDA Approved. This Laser stimulates your body's stem cells and you regrow your own alveolar bone and supporting membranes from your gum infection at the roots of your teeth. Your body is being attacked from your gum infection of your teeth in your mouth and bacteria attack of the roots. READ MORE

  • How often should you floss?

    If you are flossing correctly, you should be flossing twice a day. I used to teach second grade. The main way students learn is by repeating what they need to know. I have worked with many hygienists. They use to say to me that they could not repeat flossing and brushing instructions to each patient. If the patient is not flossing and brushing correctly, they need instructions. The new focus is on flossing first. There is no toothbrush made that can take the place finger flossing. Those flossing tools that you buy are good for front teeth only. As you move toward your side and back teeth, these flossers CAN'T floss at the proper angle. Those teeth have to be finger flossed! Read about gum disease and ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. IF YOU DO NOT FLOSS ON A REGULAR BASIS, PREFERABLY TWICE A DAY, AND THEN BRUSH YOUR TEETH STARTING AT THE GUM LINE, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR TEETH. INFLAMMATION HAS BEEN THE BEGINNING OF MANY HEALTH PROBLEMS. THE TEETH AND EATING AND REMOVING THE PLAQUE AND FOOD PARTICLES WAS NEVER IDENTIFIED AS A MAJOR HEALTH PROBLEM. I HAVE AN ARTICLE THAT I POSTED ON MY WEBSITE: "FLOSS AND BRUSH YOUR TEETH AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED UPON IT--BECAUSE IT DOES" READ MORE

  • Tooth infection

    You have had this problem for two months. It is not going away. Your dentist must have given you options. You were told you need a root canal to try to save your tooth? Or you were told that your tooth needed an extraction? An implant? If you are on antibiotics and not swelling, your tooth can be extracted. Having had an infected tooth for two months, your infection is probably at the root area and you may have bacteria circulating throughout your body. Dental pain that keeps recurring needs to be resolved. Resolve the problem and get on a good home care routine of flossing and brushing. READ MORE

  • Why do my gums bleed for no reason?

    Your intentions are good, but you may need to alter what you are doing. This past week, a new patient came into our office, our dentists DO clean patients' teeth and review home care. When the patient came up to the front desk, their comment was, "I'm in my 30s and no one ever cleaned my teeth the way they were cleaned today and no one ever showed me how to floss and brush." With the latest research, there is a connection between ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND GUM DISEASE, GUM DISEASE AND UNCONTROLLED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, GUM DISEASE AND UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS, JOINT DISEASE, AND BLADDER CANCER. Inflammation has been one of the major problems affecting our health status. The cause of this inflammation was not fully understood until the relationship between gum disease and ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE was discovered. Plaque forms on our teeth every day. READ MORE

  • How many teeth can be in a bridge?

    I do not know the condition of your teeth or where this four unit bridge will be placed. If you are considering: crown ____crown 2 crowns, 2 pontics, the two pontics may be a large distance. The forces exerted on the two natural teeth may be O.K. Your dentist can't determine if only one crown on each side of those missing teeth will be enough. If it is not, one crown may be loosening up. This means you may have to go back to get your bridge recemented. This is to make you aware that this can happen. If you choose this: crown crown ___________crown crown, two crowns before, two pontics, two crowns after, pontics are the missing teeth. This means you will be paying for 6 units. At this point, considering 6x the price of a crown, are you a candidate for implants? The price of 2 implants is in the area of 6 crowns. While you are considering your options, are you reviewing daily flossing and brushing? Not taking care of crowns and bridges and implants can lead to gum disease and loss of natural teeth or implants. Before you make any decisions, get as many options as you can and do good home care. READ MORE

  • How is a bridge attached to the teeth?

    You are asking about a dental bridge. A dental bridge can be a permanent replacement or it can be a removable appliance. A permanent bridge looks something like this: crown___crown. The crown is your natural tooth. The blank space is the missing tooth. The other crown is your natural tooth. Your natural teeth are prepared for a crown. The blank space is the missing tooth. All three are connected together. The two crowns are cemented on your teeth and will hold your missing tooth. You should be flossing and brushing your natural tooth and you will have to floss and brush your bridge. Make sure you are told how to clean that bridge. READ MORE

  • Can a toothache go away on its own?

    The fact that your son's front tooth is hurting means he should be seen by his dentist. Most of the time when a tooth hurts, there could be a problem. It may have been injured. And it is starting to hurt. It may be nothing, but having it checked out will reassure you. Kids during play can bump the front tooth and you want it checked out. READ MORE

  • Does dental deep cleaning hurt?

    Usually, you are given local anesthesia for the pain. Needing a deep cleaning is a sign you have not been flossing and brushing correctly. We eat every day. We we pick up eating utensils. We wouldn't choose to eat with dirty food utensils. Most people don't realize they have to floss and brush their teeth daily. What you have on your teeth is tartar, dead bacteria, rotting food.... I bet you are wondering how you got into problems with your gum disease. Have you been shown how to floss and brush your teeth? By not flossing and brushing on a regular basis, this is what can happen. Hopefully, you will ask how to floss and brush so this will not happen again. READ MORE

  • Does my son need antibiotics after extraction?

    Your child's dentist knows your son's dental and health history. Since you are aware of the term "over-retained," you know why his tooth needs extraction. Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed. Antibiotics are good if the patient takes the amount prescribed for the length of time the medication is to be taken. If during the procedure your dentist decides your child should be placed on an antibiotic for a few days, he should take them. Not taking an antibiotic when needed can lead to a severe infection. READ MORE

  • How long does oral surgery take for wisdom teeth?

    Having assisted with many wisdom teeth extractions, I can't determine how long a wisdom tooth extraction will take. You want the wisdom tooth extracted, it is you, your tooth. You wouldn't want a time limit set on a surgery on some other part of your body. Having someone like your mom waiting for you, your mom wouldn't want your doctor to hurry because she is waiting. READ MORE

  • What is the cause of my tooth pain?

    Teeth hurting with eating something sweet can be a tooth problem or gum issues or both. See your dentist. If you have teeth needing RESTORATIONS, take care of them. If you have gum issues, you can take care of it in one treatment with LANAP LASER TREATMENT. Get your mouth taken care of. READ MORE

  • Why are my teeth so sensitive?

    Tooth sensitivity can have several causes. Keep your dental appointment. Have your dentist review flossing and brushing. Avoid ice chewing and biting into hard objects. You might try avoiding hot spicy foods, too. Sensitive teeth has been named a major problem. Perhaps flossing, brushing, and you may want to try water IRRIGATORS. The spices in hot foods are ground down to tiny particles, and some of these particles can get lodged in between your teeth and gum tissue. Flushing out the area can have a soothing effect. You need to have your teeth and gum tissue checked. READ MORE

  • What can be the cause of my bad breath?

    It could be both may be causing the problem. See your dentist, if you have not been flossing and brushing regularly, this could be your problem. People who floss regularly know if they stop flossing. they can't stand the taste in their mouths. They KNOW that their breath smells. Please see your dentist. Have them show you how to floss and brush correctly. READ MORE

  • Do fillings fall out?

    When a filling falls out, depending on where the filling is, it is a time for panic. If it is a posterior filling, we may have pain. Cold air or water makes the tooth hurt. If it is a front tooth, it is time for real panic. The special occasion one expected to attend is canceled. As human beings when something happens someone or something has to be at fault. Your filling has fallen out. We expect that once the decay is removed from our tooth, the tooth will be restored. Sometimes when a tooth is restored, the size of the restoration and where the restoration was placed is important. The restorations today are great. Tooth colored restoration provides a mechanical and chemical bond with the tooth. You floss and brush your tooth like you care for your other teeth. Biting into apples or hard items, chewing hard nuts, gooey candy, ice chewing place forces on your natural teeth and fillings. You may have been told that the filling in your tooth could loosen because of where it is placed. You may have been told that a crown or some other permanent restoration may be needed. Many dental insurance companies won't pay to have restoration recently placed replaced. If your choice is to replace the filling with another filling, that is your choice. You may want to consider a more permanent option. In the end, the patient decides the course of treatment. READ MORE

  • Are root canals done under general anesthesia?

    General anesthesia is good for extensive treatment. Each root canal is different. While your tooth is being root canaled, your dentist may need you to answer questions. You may find a dentist who would be able to have an an anesthetist in the office while you are having root canal. Are you financially prepared to pay out of pocket? You have to discuss this with your dentist. You may be referred to another dentist who may have have an anesthetist on staff. READ MORE

  • Dental consultation for dentures?

    You need to see your dentist. Sometimes you can have your dentures relined. Without teeth, your bone starts to shrink. Some patients place force on their tissues. Some patients place tremendous force on their ridges. This can form large indentations on your ridges. Just with normal use, your dentures stay the same size, but your tissues shrink. When any adhesive doesn't work, it is time to consider getting a new set. You mention your age. We will live as long as are going to live. There are families who say why? You worked all your life. Sacrificed for everyone. I had relative who would say she was buying her last sofa. Eighteen years later and 5 new sofas and she was looking for #6. You deserve to be comfortable when you eat and talk!!! READ MORE

  • How often should I have my teeth whitened?

    Tooth whitening is a service available to all patients. This service can only be done when your gums are healthy. Are you doing good home care? Do you floss every day? Having your teeth whitened, continue with good home care and doing a touch up every 2-3 months may be O.K. Making sure your gums are healthy by doing daily home care of flossing and brushing. Sometimes if your gums are inflamed the color of your gums may be off. Sometimes a slight change is gum color can make your teeth look different READ MORE

  • How can I prevent tooth decay?

    Lately, this question of sensitive teeth is a frequent question. Eating hot, spicy foods is popular. For those people who are not a fan of the spicy food rage, bland foods are spiced up. It is not your teeth that may be the problem. Your gum condition may be the problem. Do you correctly floss and brush daily? In many cases, sensitive teeth may be sensitive gum tissue. You can help yourself by first visiting your dentist. If you have consulted your dentist, let's look at your home care. Do you floss first daily? You slide the floss between two teeth. You slide along the side of your tooth. You go down as far as you can go. You scrape your tooth with your floss, back and forth and up and down, then move the floss to a new area on your floss and move to the adjacent tooth. When you brush, take a soft toothbrush and, starting with the last tooth in the corner of your mouth, place the toothbrush 1/2 tooth, 1/2 gum and brush gently back and forth 3-4 times. Then, move to the next group of teeth. You brush your gum line over to the last tooth on the opposite side, go behind the last tooth, then do the gum line where your tongue and palate are. Brush your flat surfaces top and bottom. Brushing your tongue is next. You can buy a tongue cleaner or take a teaspoon turn it over until the round side faces your palate. You place the spoon in the middle of your tongue and gently scrape your tongue while moving the spoon out of your mouth. The slimy whitish mass is what was hiding out in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. You scrape the other two sides and rinse with warm salt water. Then you gargle. Water irrigators are good. Rinsing out your mouth with water or warm salt water is beneficial. GETTING debris out from areas around your teeth is a bonus. You should be finger flossing, but if water irrigators is the best you can manage, do the best you can. It is not emphasized enough that YOU are the only one who can save your teeth. Each patient can save his or her own teeth. Each patient is responsible for not taking care of his or her own teeth. Patients can give their mouths that second chance, if needed. Or, if patients are doing good home care, CONTINUE the good work! READ MORE

  • What do you do if your crown falls off your tooth?

    When a crown comes off, you need to see your dentist. There are a lot of variables that go into placing a crown. If you have not been flossing or brushing your crown along with your natural teeth, your crown may have developed a cavity along the gum line and the cement started washing out. Our teeth move all the time. Your bite may have changed and you may have been biting hard on the crowned tooth. Depending on what the condition of your tooth, your crown may be able to be recemented. If the tooth was root canaled, you may not have any pain. You need to get back to your dentist; if you wait too long, your crown may not fit. READ MORE

  • Every time I get a new toothbrush, my gums end up bleeding. Is there something wrong?

    First, you should be flossing your own teeth first. When you get a new toothbrush, the handle may be different. The "feel" of the toothbrush may be different. You may be brushing harder than you realize. You should be brushing gently. READ MORE

  • Can I be put to sleep for dental work while pregnant?

    The fact that you're pregnant CHANGES a lot for your treatment. We, dentists do not like to receive from a pregnant patient's doctor that we will do this and that. Many dentists feel upset with the presenting patients handing them a note that we shouldn't do this.give this. What one doctor decides this is what a dentist should do and the dentist who will do the work is two different things. The dentist who decides to do the work is placing his or her liability on the line. If the treating dentist never saw this patient before. The pregnant patient has seen her physician for how many months. I would think that one of the first places the physician should look is in the patient"s mouth. If there is going to be a problem more than likely it will be in the patient who has not taken care of her teeth. Poor mouth care can have an effect on premature labor. No doctor will use any form of general anesthesia on a pregnant patient. If your tooth is extracted it will be under local anesthesia. Once you deliver, it would be in your best interest to have your mouth examined and any work needed be completed. You can continue with good home care. READ MORE

  • Why do I have black spots on my tongue?

    You stated you are a heavy smoker. I know it is hard to stop. Patients are loosing teeth due to heavy smoking. You might try to rinse off the nicotine off your tissues. After you have a cigarette, rinse your mouth and gargle to get the nicotine off your tissues. That black on your tongue could be nicotine staining the food particles on your tongue. You should see your dentist to check things out. You may want to invest in a tongue cleaner. You can buy one or turn a teaspoon so the round side faces your palate. Place the spoon in the middle of your tongue go as far back without gagging and gently scrape forward. You will see a mass of brown slimy material. This is what has been hiding in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. Then do the other two sides. You food should taste a lot better. Flossing and brushing your teeth should be done at least twice a day. You know the risks of smoking. Please do good mouth care and work on your smoking habit. READ MORE

  • Pain and bad taste in mouth. Why isn't it going away?

    You need to get back to your dentist. Not all root canals work. You have to be careful. When patients say biting down on something hard, ice, hard nuts, hardtack candy, a root canal tooth gets brittle. The tooth may have cracked. A bad taste is never a good sign. Right now, you have an infection. Bacteria is going into your mouth and you are swallowing it. And bacteria is getting through your body from the tip of your roots via your blood vessels. If you have any problems, i.e., heart murmur, systemic diseases, this is why taking care of your teeth is so important. READ MORE

  • Is it normal for kids to fall asleep with dental sedation?

    Many times children are given a sedative before dental work is done. Our dental equipment is what we need to do DENTISTRY. Adult patients sleep while DENTISTRY is done. The dental team watches over the patient. The dental chair allows the patient's head to be supported and the patient airway stays open. Dental work needs to be done, sedation helps your child to have the work done. READ MORE

  • How can I stop plaque build up?

    Plaque forms on your teeth every 24 hours. Even if you drank only water, plaque would form. Brushing will not remove placque. You have to floss first, then brush. See your dentist and ask how to floss and brush. Every one needs a refresher course. By flossing and brushing daily, you will keep your teeth as free from plaque as possible. READ MORE

  • Can coffee make my teeth become blackish?

    Coffee, tea, berry juices, plus a number of other items can stain teeth. Two cups of coffee a day is not a a major contributor. I have family members who drink as many 14 cups a day. If your teeth appear to have a blackish tinge, I would suggest you visit your dentist first. Some times gum issues can change the color of your gum tissue. Are you flossing and brushing morning and night? Cleaning your tongue with a tongue cleaner or turning a tsp with the round side towards your palate. Place the spoon as far back on your tongue as possible. Move the spoon gently scraping towards the outside of your mouth. You will see a slimy whitish little pile of debris. That is what has been out in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water, then gargle. Flossing will save your teeth. Brushing with a soft toothbrush at the gum line gently back and forth. You brush the gum line all around, where your tongue rests, and the palate, flat surfaces next. If you have gum issues, get them resolved. We control gum problems with good home care. You can use baking soda on your toothbrush and brush gently while resolving any gum issues. READ MORE

  • What could be the cause of my throbbing tooth pain?

    Throbbing is a sign of infection. You need to get to your dentist. Any heart beat pounding pain needs treatment. It can be your your teeth or your gums. Not resolving teeth or gum problems leads to more advanced, expensive solutions. READ MORE

  • What kind of doctor should I see for TMJ?

    There are dentists who have taken courses of study about PROBLEMS WITH THE Temporal Mandibular Jaw Joint. This jaw joint is in front of the ear on both sides of the head. Because many nerves and blood vessels are in, around, pass through muscles and bones located near this joint, pain problems can difficult to identify the cause. There are various types of treatment modalities that can be used. Being 15 years of age, and your son's growth pattern, the teeth in your son's mouth and his jaw joint may not be able to move as smoothly as it should. Your son needs to be evaluated. Making movements to deliberately "crack" his joint, should be avoided. Just as we are told that cracking our knuckles can lead to arthritis, cracking one's jaw can be become painful. Opening your mouth to bite into large sandwiches, places excessive force on the TMJ joint. Supporting your lower jaw with your fists. one fist under each side of your jaw when yawning. If your son has no problems i.e. pain on opening his mouth. Jaw/ jaw joint soreness when talking or eating- especially when he wakes up, your son doesn't want to create any habits that may set off pain. READ MORE

  • How can I treat gingivitis myself?

    Gingivitis is an infection of the gums. This infection is REVERSIBLE. To avoid any gum issues you should be flossing first, twice a day. There is no toothbrush that can get between your gum tissue and your tooth like dental floss is able to do. Finger flossing is the best way to floss. You wrap the floss between the "pointer" fingers of each hand. Flossing is more of a feeling TECHNIQUE. Look in a mirror to start. You slide the floss along the side of one tooth. You don't snap it in. If you have gingivitis your gums may bleed. You have bacteria, rotting food, toxins(waste and chemicals bacteria don't want + what ever) below your gum tissue and tooth. Keep flossing. When all that material below your gum and tooth is removed the bleeding, swollen reddish color gums will return to its pink color. I like a teflon thicker floss. If you are using a thin string like floss, it irritates, breaks and doesn't get the job done. You are flossing between two teeth. You never SNAP the floss into that pink pointed tissue between your teeth. After you floss one side of your tooth move the floss to a new clean area and floss the adjacent tooth. You don't want the floss passing bacteria from tooth to tooth. Note: This takes longer to explain than it takes to do. The second step is brushing. You want a soft toothbrush. You want to be gentle. You are not raking leaves. You can injure your gum tissue and the tooth itself. If you have a sonic tooth brush you place the toothbrush half on your tooth and half on your gum line. You are AIMING for the area where the gum and tooth meet. Starting with a back corner in your mouth. UPPER right. UPPER left, LOWER right , LOWER left. You brush back and forth 3-4 times, move to the next group of teeth, go all around, front to the opposite side. Now you flossed behind the last molars in a four quadrants. When you reached the opposite side, brush behind the last molar. If you started on the bottom, brush your gum line- tooth area where your tongue is. Many people forget this area. Go all around to the opposite side and BEHIND the last molar. Do the top or bottom that you didn't brush. Brush all your flat surfaces. Rinse the your mouth with warm salt water. (1/2 teaspoon salt to an 8 oz glass of warm water. Clean your tongue next. You can buy a tongue cleaner or use a teaspoon. Turn the teaspoon so the round side is towards your palate. Place the spoon back on the center of your tongue. Not far back to gag you. You gently scrape your tongue forward. You will see a slightly slimy whitish mass. This is what was hiding out in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. Do the other two sides of your tongue with your tsp. Rinse then gargle. This is how you should be cleaning your teeth. Plaque is formed every day and if it is not flossed off your teeth in 24 hours it starts to crystallize. With the calcium in your saliva, rotting food particles, bacteria, dead bacteria, bacteria toxic waste. tartar is irritating to your gum tissues and destroys the gum tissue that attaches to your teeth. When the attached gingiva is destroyed, food particles and bacteria can go down and destroy the supporting bone and tissues. There is a vasculature system around your tooth roots. Bacteria, dead bacteria, your body's fighting cells and their toxins and waste products can enter your blood stream and inflame your blood vessels and cause disease in your organs. While you have gingivitis it means your body is still fighting your gum disease. Even the gum disease bacteria that you pass on through close contact, eating after each other, kissing your body is fighting all these insults. Fighting Gum disease bacteria is not your body"s only job. Your body is fighting many attacks. There can be a time when your body gets over whelmed with all these battles. Your gum disease is now attacking your tooth supporting bone and tissues, bacteria, dead bacteria. toxins are now CIRCULATING around your body. Gum disease is related to ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, LUNG INFECTION, KIDNEY DISEASE, BLADDER CANCER, ARTHRITIS, PANCREATIC CANCER. INFLAMATION HAS BEEN KNOWN AS THE NUMBER ONE CONTRIBUTING FACTOR.TO MANY DISEASES. WE EAT AND DRINK ALL DAY. NOT REMOVING THE FOOD PARTICLES AND BACTERIA AROUND OUR TEETH IS A CONSTANT SOURCE OF INFLAMMATION. GINGIVITIS IS A WARNING. YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR BODY HEALTHY FOR TODAY AND YOUR FUTURE HEALTH. READ MORE

  • Should I put ice on the area my tooth was extracted?

    Many doctors have placing ice on the OUTSIDE area where your tooth was extracted as part of your post extraction instructions. Placing ice on the extraction site area constricts the blood vessels and lessens the swelling. Ice is good for the first 24 hours. After a few days warmth may be helpful. Follow your doctor's instructions and rinsing with warm salt water is healing. Rinsing as often as possible may be more than 4 times a day is helpful. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for teeth to straighten with braces?

    The length of time for wearing braces depends on what has to be done. Follow directions. Keeping your teeth cleaned goes a long way towards completing treatment. Congratulations on your decision to have brace treatment. READ MORE

  • How do I get my braces to stop hurting?

    By age twenty your roots have completely closed. Your bone is more dense. For a while you will be experiencing some discomfort with each adjustment. You probably have been told what medication to take. This medication helps with the discomfort. You may ask about applications of heat or cold. READ MORE

  • Do braces move your teeth everyday?

    Braces when placed on your teeth follow a specific treatment plan. Some part of the appliance is activated to move specific teeth until all the teeth are are placed in their correct POSITION. After you visit your dentist your teeth move for about three days. They are then held in place until your next appointment. That is why it is important to keep your appointments. Your teeth don't move every day. When your braces are taken off, you should be given a retainer. This retainer should be worn 24/7 for 6 months During this time your bone is hardening. If you like the way your teeth are, you don't want them to regress. Wearing your retainers is for your benefit. READ MORE

  • Can cola be the cause of discoloration in my teeth?

    Discoloration of your teeth can be caused by food and drink. One other possibility is you may have gum issues. Sometimes when your gums are infected, the gum tissue can appear off color. Since you have a lot of gum tissue surrounding your teeth, even a slight change in gum color can make your teeth appear they are yellowing. Visit your dentist. Get your mouth checked. If there are gum issues. Please have it taken care of. Start on a good home care routine. Ask how you should be flossing. Working in dental offices, I cringe when I hear the person cleaning a patient's teeth say, "You know how to floss." Ask how you should be brushing. My experience when I clean patients' teeth is, the patient is in the chair, but the patient's mind is somewhere else. I don't know if it is boring or embarrassing. If the patient was bored, the patient would be doing home care. If the patient has made up his or her mind that I will do what I want, then that is an attitude problem. Attitude is the hardest thing to change. GETTING your teeth whitened will be done after your gums have been checked for gum disease or inflammation. Whitening your teeth when your gums are not healthy can cause gum inflammation. That is why you are advised to have your teeth checked before whitening is done. I have added more information because there are several reasons why your teeth may appear off color. I am OFFERING information to them. READ MORE

  • My dental filling keeps coming out. What should I do?

    There are reasons why some restorations fall out. Patients think that once a tooth has been fixed, the repair has made the tooth stronger. If it is a large filling, if the filling is on biting edge? You may have been told that the filling may not hold. I know patients will bite into apples or chew ice. The newer restorative materials are great. You can take a small nib of a tooth and make a whole tooth out of the material. It can look great, but it will not last. Insurance companies believe that patients do not take care of their mouth the way they should. That is why insurance has patients paying for part of their gum treatment, crowns, bridges. Insurance companies do not pay for a filling to be done again. Who paid for the first two restorations? Your insurance. If you have it. PAID for the first restoration? Your tooth may not have structure in your tooth for a filling, you may have been told that you need a different type of restoration---a crown? If you choose to see another dentist, you may be told that you need a crown. Placing a restoration in the same tooth by a different dentist and using the same insurance, your new dentist may not be PAID. READ MORE

  • What is this brownish tinge on my teeth around the gums?

    Without a visual look at that area, it is hard say. It could be within normal limits. I believe you are talking about the gum tissue, not the teeth. Make an appointment to see your dentist. A visual check and/or X-ray may be needed. READ MORE

  • What are sealants? Are they really advisable?

    SEALANTS are a good investment. Some insurance companies will pay for the first application. There are restrictions. They are now placing SEALANTS on adults. When SEALANTS are placed, there are some precautions. Chewing sticky candy, gum chewing, ice chewing. Most insurance companies will not pay to replace one. You can see that children have to be watched. Good home care--flossing, brushing, and regular checkups with flouride treatments are a good investment. READ MORE

  • Why does my dental filling keep coming off?

    If your filling keeps falling off, there are some possibilities. Not knowing where this filling is in your mouth, let's look at your eating habits: Do you bite into apples? Chew on hard foods Nuts? Ice? Sticky candy or food? Chewing on bones? Using your teeth like tools? If you broke your tooth and had it repaired, there may not be enough tooth structure to hold filling. Your tooth may have been decayed and there is not enough remaining structure to hold a filling. There may another solution for a more permanent restoration. Your dentist may have already informed you. READ MORE

  • I have halitosis. Is there a permanent solution to help with this?

    When was the last time you saw your dentist? Have you been treated for gum disease? If you have told you needed gum treatment, are you still deciding? What are you doing for home care? Going to your dentist twice a year. getting your teeth cleaned doesn't help. You eat every day. We put food and drink in our mouths constantly. YOU are the person who has to get the bacteria. dead bacteria, plaque, rotting food off your teeth. When you eat, would anyone pick up a dirty fork or spoon to eat with? By not cleaning your teeth and mouth you are putting fresh food into a mouth that has not been properly cleaned since your last dental check up. Mouth odor can come from your teeth, gums. throat. You can use a mouthwash, chewing gum, breath mints, a fast brush on your teeth. This might help for a little while. Once the bacteria remultiply in enough numbers, the odor and bad taste are back. I do not know how old you are. Are some of your teeth feeling loose? Do your gums bleed? Are your gums swollen. You may have gum issues. Are your gums receding? Do you have any cavities or do any of your teeth hurt? Maybe your gum problem is just BEGINNING. It could be reversible. You should see your dentist. See what needs to be done. You can't be feeling that well. Every time you bite down their has to be millions of bacteria and their wastes going down to your stomach. If your gums. supporting bone and tissues are involved. some of these bacteria and their toxins are getting into your bloodstream. Your blood vessels may be inflamed and your body organs may be getting damaged. The risks of what poor mouth care can do to us is just being discovered. If you need treatment for gum disease, the latest and newest gum disease treatment is LANAP. ALL GUM DISEASE IS GONE IN ONE TREATMENT --NO CUTTING/ NO SEWING. YOU WILL BE INSTRUCTED HOW TO FLOSS AND BRUSH YOUR TEETH. THIS IS YOUR SECOND CHANCE TO START OVER. Unfortunately without you practicing good home care, plus regular periodontal cleanings gum disease is CONTROLLED! We eat every day. Plaque, that white sticky substance forms on our teeth and has to be removed every day. Flossing first and brushing correctly will help keep your mouth as healthy as possible READ MORE

  • I have a black stain on my tooth. How can I get it removed?

    That black stain could be a cavity. You need to see your dentist. If you have not been flossing and brushing correctly on a daily basis, gum line cavities can be your problem. Some cavities appear brown, others have a black appearance READ MORE

  • I am having excessive saliva secretion in my mouth. Does it mean an infection?

    You need to visit your dentist. Have you been on some medication that you recently stopped taking? Medication is one main cause of dry mouth. It is like your saliva is like a semi blocked drain. Stopping medication has opened up the drain and your saliva is flowing. See your dentist, and you will be checked for any other possibilities. READ MORE

  • I had a root canal and the area still hurts. Is something wrong?

    You need to call your dentist. Throbbing is an indication of infection. Your tooth may have been infected before, being the reason for root canal. Some patients that were placed on an antibiotic do not take them. When a tooth is root canaled, it is instrumented and some bacteria may have fallen to the end of the root. One thing everyone has to be made aware of: NOT ALL ROOT CANALS ARE SUCCESSFUL. Everyone is different. It is not that anything was done WRONG. For some patients, root canals don't work. If your root canal is not hurting you, make sure you are doing good home care, flossing, brushing every day, etc. READ MORE

  • Can you be prone to getting cavities?

    If your son seems to have cavities more than other children, the next time your son visits the dentist, ask his dentist to show your son how he should be flossing and brushing. Teenagers are going through a tough time. Besides doing home care instructions has your son had SEALANTS placed on his molars and premolars? SEALANTS fill in the deep grooves of his back teeth so food and other debris CAN'T get into them. If you have dental insurance , sealants could be covered. Even if you don't have insurance, they save teeth. READ MORE

  • Is tooth pain normal during pregnancy?

    Severe tooth pain is not a normal part of pregnancy. Most likely you had the tooth problem and did not have it taken care of. All women should have a mouth exam and all restoration of all needed work. Being pregnant and having a mouth full of dental problems is not healthy for you or your baby. Pregnancy is a special time for you and your baby. It is unfortunate that all women of child bearing age can't have a mouth exam, home care instructions and all work completed BEFORE pregnancy. READ MORE

  • Can two root canals on the same tooth be a problem?

    I can answer your question two different ways. Did you have a root canal done and then it was root canaled again? Root canal treatment is not a guarantee that it will save your tooth. For some people, root canals don't work. Other people have a root canal and they don't appear to have any problems. If your tooth acts up again, you may have a decision to make. READ MORE

  • My baby has been diagnosed with nursing bottle caries. What is it?

    Nursing bottle caries is the result of putting your baby to sleep with a a bottle of milk or juice. Once the primary teeth erupt in your child's mouth, your child's teeth have to be cared for. You can use a soft baby tooth brush. Taking a 2 x 2 gauze dipping it into some water and wipe the teeth from the gumline to the incisal edge on both sides of the tooth. All teeth- in the mouth should be cleaned. If a bottle is used at bedtime, only clean water should be placed in the bottle. Milk and juice have sugars in them. While the baby is sucking liquid from the nipple, this sugary liquid is laying on your baby's teeth. In a few months, all of your baby's teeth could become decayed. Your baby's teeth are used for chewing. eating and speaking. You may have been given an appointment with a pedodontist. This could be a child's dentist (pedodontist) or a pedodontist who specializes in infant dentistry. You will see your child's dentist first. An appointment will be at a hospital or a surgical center. Your baby will be given some form of anesthesia. Your baby will be asleep throughout the entire procedure. All of your baby's teeth will be restored during this time. Root canals Stainless steel crowns, caries will be completed. Your child can't have multiple appointments with a form of general anesthesia given at each appointment. It can be very expensive. But your baby's teeth need to be restored. READ MORE

  • Can braces get rusted?

    Brackets are made of a special material so they can't rust. Wires and brackets can collect food. That's why you are told to keep your braces clean and brush your teeth. You can floss your teeth with the help of floss threaders. READ MORE

  • What is the first sign of a cavity?

    Cavities usually don't hurt. It is when the decay gets close to the nerve. artery, vein complex in the center of your tooth, you may have sensitivity to hot, cold., sweets. By that time you are very close or in the nerve. That's why you need to visit your dentist at least twice a year. Good home care is necessary. If you see an hour glass., or a an egg timer. You have two rectangles connected with thin plastic or glass rod. You place the empty side down and sand flows through to the empty side filling it up. A cavity looks like a small dot. When it reaches the dentin, the cavity expands. Dentin is beneath the enamel. Dentin is softer than enamel so the decay can spread through the dentin and reach the nerve. Because beginning decay may be painless. having your teeth checked at least twice a year is a must. READ MORE

  • Is excessive gum chewing harmful in any way?

    Gum chewing can pull out fillings. It can make your jaws sore. If you have gum disease chewing gum can release more gum disease bacteria and their toxins into your bloodstream. READ MORE

  • Can tooth sensitivity be cured by changing toothpaste?

    When you have pain anywhere in your mouth you need to see your dentist. If your have been doing daily flossing and brushing correctly and visiting your dentist, there are some good tooth pastes for sensitive teeth. See your dentist first. READ MORE

  • What causes bleeding gums in kids?

    First have your son's teeth checked. Pay attention to how your child was told how to floss and brush his teeth. An adult should be supervising your child. Children can rush. skip steps. Bleeding gums can have many causes. Not brushing correctly is one of them. Not flossing is another. Rinsing with salt water is soothing but better flossing and brushing will make a big difference. READ MORE

  • Does a root canal take longer to heal for a diabetic?

    As a rule, diabetics can be slow to heal. You can help yourself by doing good home care. Flossing and brushing correctly. Cleaning your tongue. You want to remove as many bacteria, their wastes food particles from around your teeth. Follow your doctor's instructions. READ MORE

  • How can I improve my dental hygiene?

    If you are flossing and brushing correctly, that's great! Are you cleaning your tongue? You can buy a tongue cleaner or turn a teaspoon over so the round part is facing your palate. Place the spoon in the middle of your tongue as far back without gagging. Scrape your tongue gently as you move the spoon out of your mouth. You will see a slimy whitish material. THAT'S what was in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. Rinse with salt water. You are taking care of your teeth. Many people younger and older don't. Before you share that milkshake. Have you ever been asked to open your mouth before someone eats after you? Did you ever ask to look inside someone's mouth before you kiss. You can pass gum disease bacteria to each other. You taking care of your mouth can catch maybe a cold. Your body is handling any gum disease bacteria you are exposed to from an outside source. Think about people who don't take care of their teeth. The body is magnificent, but continuous mouth neglect fighting bacteria and infections elsewhere in the body, over works your body's defenses. The bacteria around your teeth and roots can ENTER your bloodstream and send bacteria all over your body. This process is slow but your brain, heart. lungs, stomach, kidneys, joints are under attack. DIABETES II, control of their blood sugar levels is affected. High blood pressure can be hard to control. Poor mouth care today affects your future health. It is great when I find someone who is taking care of THEIR mouth. READ MORE

  • Is it okay to gargle with water after brushing your teeth?

    Tooth pastes should not be swallowed. After you have flossed and are brushing your teeth, you are brushing away bacteria, food particles. You don't want to swallow that. Salt water rinses are soothing to your tissues. One half tsp of salt to a warm glass of water works. You instinctively knew you should not be swallowing your tooth pastes. Plain water or salt water is fine. READ MORE

  • Is it bad to leave toothpaste on your teeth overnight?

    If you have flossed and brushed your teeth you have plaque, bacteria food particles, in that tooth paste, you might feel better rinsing your mouth. Every once in a while, they study what's in tooth pastes. There are not suppose to be anything that can cause cavities in your tooth paste. It might be a good idea to rinse it off. READ MORE

  • What can I do with my broken molar?

    It would be a good idea to see your dentist. Maybe your tooth can be restored. Unfortunately if you are not in the dental profession, you CAN'T repair your teeth yourself. BUT YOU are the only one who can take care of your teeth. You need your back teeth to chew on. When you don't see your dentist when you have a problem or are in pain, problems get bigger and so does the cost of restoration. Take care of that tooth and start a home care system. Dental problems don't take care of themselves. READ MORE

  • How can I make the process of losing teeth easier for my son?

    Loosing the first tooth is an experience. After that it is no big deal. Your child's first set of teeth are called "primary teeth". Thr primary teeth remain in the mouth for a few years. As your child grows, the size of the teeth are going to have to get larger. The primary teeth can't grow. When it's time for the permanent teeth to erupt into the mouth, the permanent teeth start to secrete an enzyme. This enzyme starts to dissolve the root of the primary tooth that will be replaced. It is gradual, no pain. By the time the tooth is ready to fall out, the primary tooth is in soft tissue and what's left is the crown. If you look at some primary teeth, you see almost no root. You child will start touching the tooth. Pushing and moving it. Eventually the tooth will fall out. When I was teaching 2nd grade, . the rule was: "No dentistry will be done today." By the age of seven, friends volunteer to help get a tooth out. It is a matter of fact thing. You son may be anxious and telling him the tooth will come out when it is ready. He will help out, automatically. READ MORE

  • What should be done for a chipped "baby tooth"?

    The only thing you have to check with your dentist is if the teeth damaged the permanent teeth. And you want to make sure that the chipped teeth aren't sharp enough cut his tongue or cut his lip. READ MORE

  • Loose tooth

    You need to see your dentist. You must be very upset. When a tooth is injured, especially when it was injured and moved out of its original place, this an emergency. Some hospitals have an oral surgeon on staff and/or on call. Each injury is different and the care given depends on the injury. Get to your dentist. The fact that it is loose, is not a good sign. More than likely, your dentist will see what can be done since the injury is now over two days old. READ MORE

  • Are raisins good for your teeth?

    Raisins and other dried fruits have a concentrated amount of sugar. The mechanical action of chewing can help clean your child's teeth. Chewing on raw vegetables can do the same thing. Because raisins are dried grapes, the reaveratrol content may be of some value. If you are not convinced, you, have other choices for diet and home care. READ MORE

  • Can mouthwashes cause erosion of teeth calcium?

    Some mouthwashes are harsh on mouth tissues. As far as removing calcium from the teeth, it would have to be very acidic. I am not familiar with that type of mouthwash. You are talking about mouth wash. Leaving food particles on teeth, can create "white spots". White spots mean the calcium has been removed from the tooth. This means that at that area the tooth is weakened. It could lead to decay. Braces on teeth place a "must do" for the patient. All food particles have to be removed from around the brackets and bands. If you see someone who has worn braces, and you see these white spots all around their teeth and at the gum line. These are decalcifications. The calcium has been removed at that area. There were no harsh chemicals, there was no pain. The acid formed was from food particles decaying and left on teeth for long time. People who eat or drink acidic foods can have sensitive teeth. After you have had anything acidic in your mouth, drinking some water dilutes the acid concentration. This also includes candy and other sweets. Rinsing your mouth if you are not at home or have a tooth brush lowers the caries risk. Carbonated beverages are also acidic. There is a connection between drinking carbonated drinks and calcium in your bones. There are many contributing factors with decalcification and teeth. This should be another indication that home care done correctly plays a major role in tooth-mouth health. READ MORE

  • How long would It ideally take to get teeth aligned with the help of braces?

    Once brace treatment is completed, it is completed. Except, If you have consulted dentists for brace treatment and you were told that your daughter has wisdom teeth that need to be removed. You should be shown where these teeth are located. You may not see them in your daughter's mouth yet. There are many patients who have had braces, did not have their wisdom teeth removed. Besides the severe pain from pressure, all their teeth have moved and perhaps you see crowding of the front teeth. Those 4 wisdom teeth have moved all those teeth out of line. The pain from pressure and the teeth no longer in their correct place is a high price to pay. The second exception is if your daughter developed a habit that could cause her teeth to move. Following your doctor's instructions: keep the braces clean, and have the wisdom teeth removed if advised. Your daughter should have no problems. READ MORE

  • Is it normal to keep getting oral thrush?

    Reoccurring thrush infection indicates your mother has some systemic problems. Have your mother see her medical specialist. Your mother may already be aware of some problem. READ MORE

  • What should I do for my chipped tooth?

    Chewing on nuts, biting into apples is a risk. Some how you can have a crack in the enamel of your teeth. You may have had an accident. You hit your mouth. Car accidents. Even childhood accidents. While looking in a patients' mouth I see cracks in the enamel. Because enamel is the strongest part of your tooth, a crack, can weaken your tooth. You may not have any pain. Chewing on ice. using your teeth like tools, (opening items with your teeth), you place pressure, strong forces enough to cause a part of your tooth to crack. If the crack extends into the nerve, you will have pain. Some times your tooth crack can be smooth out and it will blend with the rest of your front teeth. Placing a RESTORATION on the edge of your tooth will work if you don't bite Into anything hard. Eating or biting into a piece of bread or toast,can act like glue and the RESTORATION may loosen. If the chip is bothering you. you may have to find a dentist to take care of your emergency. READ MORE

  • Can a strong immune system reduce my risk of gum disease?

    With your body fighting the gum infection, your gums may bleed, be a little puffy. If your gums bleed do not stop flossing or brushing. You floss first and brush. You start at the gum line-tooth area and brush back and forth gently. Bleeding is cleaning out the surface gum-line -tooth area of infection. You brush all the gum line -tooth area all over your mouth. Cheek sides-upper,lower. front, bottom, where your tongue rests and your palate is. Then you brush the flat surfaces. The last tooth in each quadrant should be flossed and brushed at the gum line tooth area. That last tooth area is often neglected. After you brush your flat surfaces, clean your tongue. You can buy one or take a teaspoon, turn the spoon so the round side faces your palate. Place the spoon in the middle of your tongue as far back without gagging. Scrape your tongue gently as you move it forward out of your mouth. You will find a mass of debris. That is what was in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. Do the two sides of your tongue and rinse your mouth with salt water. Then gargle. You can use a water irrigator. For patients with dexterity problems this helps. Rinsing out as much debris as possible is a good. Your body is fighting gum disease. If you aren't doing anything- no flossing brushing, no dental check-ups, your body may be fighting somewhere else and can't fight your gum disease. You won't feel any different but now the bacteria is attacking your gums and supporting bone. There is a band of tissue that is ATTACHED to your tooth surface. This band prevents food from going down to the root area. With gum disease this band of tissue is penetrated and food particles, bacteria, dead bacteria and their toxins are now in your root area, you can't remove this material. You have a larger vascular system below your root area and bacteria, their toxins can circulate all over your body. This process is slow. The longer you neglect taking care of your teeth, your teeth are being attacked in your mouth and your body is being attacked from the root area. Taking care of your teeth today. is an investment in your future health READ MORE

  • How many visits does a root canal take?

    It depends on your tooth. If it was infected and treated, your dentist may want to wait to see if your tooth has settled down before final filling. When a tooth has root canal treatment, you care for it like your regular teeth. Floss and brush it, along with your other teeth. Some root canals takes two visits. Others may take more. Your doctor will decide how many you need. READ MORE

  • Can braces fix my child's big tooth gap?

    Braces can fix wide spaces. Does your daughter have any habits? Was she sucking her thumb when she was younger? When thumb sucking stops, some children place their tongue between their upper and lower teeth. When your daughter starts wearing braces, your dentist will tell you anything that your daughter needs to do. READ MORE

  • How do you get rid of cavities naturally?

    This restoration also called bonding, forms a chemical and mechanical bond. Amalgam is mostly a mechanical restoration. Patients don't like the darkness of it. Allowing caries to get larger means more natural tooth structure is being destroyed. Unfortunately, there is nothing available to remove caries naturally. Once the decay is removed, you have to replace it with some material. Tooth-colored material is a good choice. READ MORE

  • How can I prevent cavities in my child?

    After sugary foods, have your child rinse his mouth with plain water. This will help dilute any acids formed by sugary foods, the bacteria in the mouth and saliva. If your child likes sugary snacks, telling him he can't have it will result in a child sneaking candy. If you supervise what is eaten and have your child rinse out his mouth with water or brush his teeth afterwards if at home, your child will do it when he is not with you. READ MORE

  • Why do gums recede with age?

    Flossing and brushing with keep your teeth and bone levels high. Your gum tissue rests on top of your bone. It may be hard to see how flossing and brushing correctly is what we all have to do. Most people don't or won't do it. You are not just keeping your mouth healthy for the present; you are preventing future acute and chronic diseases. Research has shown that there is a connection between gum disease and: ALZHEIMER'S Disease, Stroke, Heart Disease, Lung Problems, Pancreatic Cancer, Stomach Problems, BLADDER CANCER, JOINT PROBLEMS, and the list is growing. It is hard to imagine that by not flossing and brushing, regular dental check-ups, and restoration of any problems damages not only your teeth, but you are also slowly damaging your other body organs and vascular. READ MORE

  • Can I have my wisdom teeth removed without having an oral surgery consultation?

    The oral surgeon is getting information about your health history and you are getting to know your oral surgeon. You can express your reasons why you want to have your procedure ASAP. READ MORE

  • Can I have surgery to fix TMJ?

    You are in pain. Being unfamiliar with your case and not knowing what you have had done makes it difficult to offer advice. TMJ surgery may not give you the results you are expecting. Ultimately, you are the one suffering and it is your decision. READ MORE

  • How painful is a tooth extraction?

    Ask your child's dentist. It depends on where this tooth is located. There are some cases where one or more extra permanent teeth are present. Keeping these extra teeth will cause crowding and the teeth may overlap. "Baby" teeth usually are lost in the 6-7-8-9 years of age. Ask your child's dentist. I know parents want and should be informed what's going on in your child's mouth. READ MORE

  • Do doctors put patients to sleep for oral surgeries?

    Some oral surgery procedures have to be pre-approved by your insurance company. If it is an emergency situation, your insurance has contact numbers. Some oral surgeons have consults before any work is done. If you want to be put to sleep, discuss it. If you have insurance, your insurance company may have the oral surgeon's staff tell you that you have a co pay. This is the part you have to pay before the procedure is done. This is your dental insurance company's rules. READ MORE

  • What are the signs of early stage gum disease?

    Early signs of gum disease are bleeding with flossing and brushing. You need to see your dentist. Flossing and brushing INCORRECTLY may be a problem. You may have become careless with home care. Revising your flossing and brushing may be all that you need to stop the bleeding. People can have bleeding puffy gums, with good home care it can be reversible. You will not have any damage to the supporting tooth structures. Your body may be fighting this. There may be a time when your body won't be able to fight your gum problem. Your tooth supporting structures will be attacked. You won't feel any pain. We take care of our teeth so we can have them for the rest of our lives. READ MORE

  • Is a periodontal follow up needed if my gingivitis is mild?

    You need to see your dentist for a follow-up visit. Start on good home care. Your body may be fighting your gingivitis. You don't know when your body will not be able to fight. Not taking care of your mouth will lead to future health problems. Being young makes you think you can handle anything. There are patients who have not taken care of their mouths. They are 18,19, and they have to have all their teeth extracted. Their family could not afford dental care. Gum disease can be transmitted from person to person. Kissing, close contact, eating after one another; we are constantly being exposed to gum disease bacteria. Taking care of our teeth by flossing and brushing and dental check-ups helps us to do that. READ MORE

  • What happens if I stop wearing my retainer?

    You have to consult your orthodontist. He will see how your teeth are tightening in your bone and then make a decision. Listen to what your orthodontist says. If it's best for you to wait. Wait! READ MORE

  • Do I need to clean dentures more than once a day?

    You should be cleaning your dentures at night. During the day, you may want to rinse your dentures. Some people do that to refresh their dentures and mouth tissues after eating. If you feel you want to clean them more often, it's what makes you feel your best that matters. READ MORE

  • Do I need to go to a prosthodontist to have a bridge?

    A prosthodontist is a dentist who has had advanced training replacing missing teeth. Usually a prosthodontist takes a residency at a dental school that has an advanced program. A prosthodontist may have taken a series of tests and submitted specific projects to demonstrate his/her ability to design, fabricate and insert appliances to restore missing teeth. There are other dentists who have expanded their knowledge and have acquired skills to replace missing teeth. You have a choice to decide. You should consult with at least two or more dentists who specialize in replacing missing teeth. You will be given the professional opinion and design that each dentist believes will serve you best. You will be given the fee each specialist will charge. The choice will be up to you. READ MORE

  • Are there any home remedies to treat bleeding gums?

    Your son needs to see a dentist. This is to make sure that there are no areas of infection that involves the bone under the gum tissue. Bleeding gums can be an indication of gingivitis. This is a condition where only the gums are infected. It is REVERSIBLE with good home care. Does your son have any health issues? Does he smoke? Some vitamin deficiencies can contribute to bleeding gums. The hot smoke from cigarettes irritates the gum tissue. When your son visits the dentist you or your son can ask about the correct way to floss. Flossing is done along side the tooth, going down as far as you can go. You scrape this area gently. You hold the floss between the pointer fingers on each hand and scrape gently. You scrape up and down. You will be surprised at the white material that you scrape off. Brushing is next. You start on the last tooth in your mouth. With a soft toothbrush, you brush back and forth gently. The toothbrush is half on the tooth and half on the gum line. (Make sure you floss behind the last tooth and brush that gum line tooth area.) You brush all around to the opposite side on the lower, brush behind the last tooth on the lower and brush the gum line where your tongue rests. Go all around. Then brush the upper teeth, start in the back brush the tooth gum line area, back and forth. That 1/2 tooth1/2 gum line area, if not taken care of problems will start. Now you brush all the flat surfaces of all your teeth. Take a tongue cleaner or a teaspoon. Turn the round part to face the palate. Place the teaspoon in the middle of your tongue. Go back as far as you can without gagging. Gently scrape your tongue back to front. You will see a slimy mass of debris. That's what was in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. RINSE the spoon and do the other two sides. Rinse your mouth with salt water, then gargle. You can use a water irrigator. Your mouth will feel fresher. You can put some salt water in the water irrigator. It took me a long time to explain in writing. After you floss and clean your teeth, your mouth should feel fantastic. If you are flossing and brushing correctly you should not have bleeding gums. The toothbrush is soft. You are brushing gently. You are brushing back and forth at the tooth-gum line area. It should be like a message, not harsh. You are not raking your gums. Your toothbrush should be changed every 3 months. If you are using a sonic toothbrush, you place the toothbrush head. 1/2 tooth, 1/2 gum brushing back and forth. READ MORE

  • How can I help my daughter stop grinding her teeth?

    Children grinding their teeth, can cause damage to their teeth. Wearing an appliance at night will help. You may want to get some help for her anxiety problems. Dealing with anxiety by developing coping strategies can be helpful. Your daughter may need more positive reinforcement to build her self confidence. Praise when your daughter does well. And encourage what she needs to work on. Spend some time doing something your daughter likes. Children are overwhelmed by what they think is expected of them and may be afraid of disappointing you. If you make a big deal out of your daughter grinding her teeth, she is doing it while she is sleeping. She can't control it. Focusing on this, may make your daughter's problem worse. READ MORE

  • Do I have a cavity?

    You have a problem with either your gums and/or your tooth (teeth). When a cavity is near the center nerve,artery and vein complex called the chamber you can have pain with hot, cold, and sweets. Some times the gum area can also be involved. When you are having pain with a tooth, the pain and may go away for a while, and then returns. If your nerve is involved you can have an infection that is chronic and bacteria and their toxins are in your blood vessels circulating all over your body. Visiting your dentist to find out what's happening. We can answer your questions and give possible solutions but we don't have x-rays or other information. Pain in a tooth is telling you something is wrong. READ MORE

  • Why are my teeth so sensitive to different temperatures?

    Lately, I have been asked about teeth sensitivity. Visit your dentist, review flossing and brushing. You are a student. You are busy. Are you flossing and brushing your tooth - gum line area back and forth gently? See your dentist and talk about your sensitivity. Asked to be checked for gum issues. There are reasons for sensitive teeth. In most cases, improper flossing and brushing is related as a contributing factor. Flossing vigorously and brushing hard can be irritating. Some mouthwashes can also be irritating. Try warm salt water. Clean your tongue and gargle. It seems like your problem gradually started. While you are waiting for your appointment with your dentist watch what you are eating and drinking. These are a few things you can do. READ MORE

  • Penicillin for root canal?

    Your tooth was INFECTED. The nerve, artery and vein complex in the chamber and roots were infected. You were placed on antibiotics to help fight any bacteria that may be around the root area. Dentists prescribe antibiotics because there is an infection. Dental infection can flare up and make you very sick. There is nothing wrong with taking antibiotics when there is a need for them. Patients have the idea that they should not take them. This is wrong. You take the antibiotics by taking the dose prescribed for the number of days that you need to take them. READ MORE

  • Do I really need teeth cleanings every 6 months?

    You should be flossing and brushing at least twice a day. If you DON'T floss. you can't remove the plaque, bacteria and their toxins from the tooth-gum line area. Tooth brushing can't fit in to remove it. Not flossing is the major cause of tooth loss. If you are careless about flossing and brushing and don't do it every day, imagine the food, bacteria and their waste that is collecting around your teeth. It can have an odor. For those who don't floss or brush daily, every 6 months is not enough. Patients with careless home care will eventually lose their teeth. When you eat after someone do you first ask to look in their mouth? If someone asked to look in your mouth first how would you feel? There are many people who don't do daily mouth care. Gum disease bacteria can be transmitted to others. Your body may be fighting if you are careless with your mouth care. Bacteria that you get from close contact and infections elsewhere in your body can be overwhelming. You won't know if your body is unable to handle your mouth bacteria. THAT'S when your bacteria starts attacking your tooth supporting structures. Seeing your dentist twice a year is to see that every thing is OK. You not doing daily mouth care, twice a year visits will not save your teeth. If you are doing daily flossing and brushing correctly, visiting your dentist is to see if there are problems starting they can be restored. Mouth care affects you now and plays a major role in your future health. READ MORE

  • Can I drink coffee after dental bone graft?

    Follow your doctor's instructions. Once your numbness wears off you can eat or drink. Just make sure your coffee is not too hot. You will be able to eat on the side that was not worked. After you finish drinking or eating rinsing your mouth with warm water or warm salt water will be good for your mouth tissues. READ MORE

  • What can I eat before a bone graft?

    Most bone grafts are done under local anesthesia. Follow the instructions your doctor gave you. If nothing was stated about eating, you can eat and of course clean your teeth. READ MORE

  • When should I be concerned about bleeding gums?

    Bleeding gums are a sign that your gums are infected. Are you doing home care every day? The first thing most people do when their gums are bleeding is to stop flossing and brushing. Your gums are INFECTED. Your body is sending fighter cells to fight the infection. You may have gingivitis. There was a thought about 40 years ago, that gingivitis leads to periodontitis. Periodontitis destroys the bone and supporting tissue surrounding your teeth. Gingivitis means your gum tissue is inflamed/ and or infected. GINGIVITIS IS REVERSIBLE. Your body is fighting this. You should visit your dentist. Until your appointment, you should be doing daily home care, every day. You have to floss each tooth every day. Then you take a soft toothbrush and starting at the last tooth in your mouth, UPPER or lower. You place your toothbrush half on the tooth and half on the gum line. You brush back and forth gently. You move all around your mouth to the opposite side. You brush behind the last tooth in your mouth then you brush the tooth-gum line area where your tongue is. You are brushing back and forth. If your gums are bleeding, let them bleed. You are brushing gently. Then you do your top teeth. Place your toothbrush on the tooth-gum line area brushing back and forth gently. You go all around to the other side. Brush in back of the last tooth's gum line-tooth area. You brush the palate tooth-gum line area all around. Now you brush all the flat surfaces, upper and lower. Now you take a tongue cleaner or a teaspoon turn the spoon with the round side towards your palate. Place the spoon as far back on your tongue without gagging. Scrape your tongue gently, towards the outside of your mouth. You will see a slimy whitish mass. That's what was hiding out in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. Rinse your mouth with salt water. Then gargle. You can use a water irrigator. Nothing replaces finger flossing, but will remove debris as much debris as possible. You must have a bad taste in your mouth. If you have gingivitis, your body is able to fight. Your body is fighting for you! What are you going for your own body? There may be a time when your body is fighting more than it can handle. You may not feel any different. But now your gums and tooth supporting bone are being attacked. This is what is called Periodontitis. PERIODONTITIS IS NOT REVERSIBLE. YOU CONTROL PERIODONTITIS WITH GOOD HOME CARE. READ MORE

  • What is the best painkiller for nerve pain?

    The fact that you are having pain is an indication that your tooth is infected. You stated the tooth is dead. Is there a cavity in your tooth? The nerve, artery and vein system comes out of the roots of your tooth to merge into a larger system. When you have an infection, your body is going to fight it. When you bite down, you are placing pressure on the tooth membranes surrounding your tooth. Does your tooth pain feel like it is throbbing? You need to see your dentist. Advil is an anti-inflammatory agent. Each tablet or capsule has 200mg. Over-the-counter medicines are meant to be that way. Prescription Advil (ibuprofen) is in the 600mg to 800mg range. The directions on the prescription Advil is you take one tablet every eight hours. I have patients call me that they are taking this amount every 2 hours and it's not working. Advil is hard on your stomach and toxic to your kidneys. Your tooth may be getting ready to act up. Patients with tooth pain may have financial concerns, but you have to take care of your teeth. Get all the work needed completed. Then do your home care. You have the ability to prevent cavities and gum disease. READ MORE

  • Professional tooth whitening better than OTC whitening strips?

    All over-the-counter medications have are modified. Before tooth whitening, you should see your dentist. If you have not been flossing and brushing daily, your gums may be irritated. Many patients have used over-the-counter whitening systems including strips. Even though the percentage of whitening agents is reduced, patients had a significant level of irritation and discomfort. The FDA places restrictions on how high the percentage of whitening agents can be. Professional whitening strips have the highest level. If it is time for a checkup, visit your dentist. While your teeth are being cleaned, ask questions about home care. Ask how to floss. Make sure you brush correctly. Home care has to be done daily. You can find out the cost of professional whitening strips. Then you can decide what you want. READ MORE

  • How can dry socket be prevented?

    Dry sockets are painful. It is believed that losing the blood clot that has formed in the extraction site is major. Smoking is another. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water frequently. When you eat, rinse. Have you contacted your dentist? There are predicaments that can be placed in the socket. READ MORE

  • Are sweets bad for oral health?

    First, visit your dentist. You may have some cavities. Cavities do not heal themselves. Cavities just get bigger. Sugar is IMPLICATED in everything. And the research is backing it up. I have patients who do not like sweet anyway. They don't drink carbonated beverages. They are in their 60's. Their teeth and gums are in excellent condition. Cutting down on sugary foods is a good thing. READ MORE

  • How do you clean a removable dental bridge?

    When you are doing mouth care, you want to take your removable bridge out of your mouth. Cleaning your appliances first. Brush the food particles off. You have to clean the outside of your removable bridge, the part that is in your mouth. You have to clean the part of your removable appliance that rests against your tissues. Clean the clasps, the metal or acrylic "WINGS" that wrap around your teeth. If food or debris is left on wings that wrap around your teeth, your natural teeth can start to decalcify. Those white spots on your teeth can lead to decay. Place your appliance in a container with warm water. You can use the tablets or baking soda. Most important change the soaking solution daily. Food particles on your appliance will fall to the bottom and start to rot. This stale water can make you sick. Now you have to clean your own natural teeth. Floss first, brush the gumline, the flat surfaces of your teeth. Clean your tongue. rinse with salt water and gargle. Some patients who do not take care of their appliance have calculus buildup so thick that the removable appliance doesn't fit. READ MORE

  • What should I do if my filling is loose?

    If you feel your filling is loose, go back to your dentist. If you had a tooth-colored filling, these materials are great, but they are technique sensitive. Or you may have bitten down hard on something while you were still numb. Get an appointment with your dentist and have the filling replaced. READ MORE

  • What is the best way to treat dental plaque?

    Dental plaque is a semi clear sticky substance that forms every day. If it is not removed by flossing it starts to crystallize. Now we constantly are putting food and drink in our mouths. Combine the plaque that forms every 24 hours. the microscopic size food particles. living and dead bacteria and their toxic waste and the mineral content of your saliva you could be feeling tartar. Tartar consists of layers of plaque, rotting food, dead bacteria hardened calcium increasingly getting thicker. Living bacteria and their toxic waste are on the surface of this hardened layer. This toxic material is irritating your gums. Flossing is the only way to prevent the buildup of this material that hardens and becomes tartar. No tooth brush can reach the areas floss can reach. Plaque starts off as a sticky liquid layer. Flossing around the gum line-tooth area removes the plaque. You have to floss all your teeth. Now you have to brush. With a soft toothbrush. You start in the back with the last tooth in your mouth, place the toothbrush at the tooth-gum line area - 1/2 tooth. 1/2 gum and gently brush back and forth. You start on the cheek side -brush behind the last tooth at the gum line. Behind the last tooth, not flossing or brushing irritates this area. You brush all around to the opposite side and do the tooth-gum line area where your tongue and palate are located. Then you brush the flat chewing surfaces- upper and lower. You clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner. You can take a spoon and turn the round side facing your palate. You place the spoon in the middle of your tongue. Go back as far as you can without gagging. Scrape forward out of your mouth. You will see a slimy mass of a white. That is what had been hiding out in the nooks and crannies of your tongue. Then do the other two sides of your tongue Rinse with some warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt to 8 oz.. glass of water) and then gargle. You may ask- Why is this happening? Our bodies have been fighting this battle alone. Neglecting good home care has affected your mouth. The bacteria in your mouth can be working around your root area with bacteria entering your blood stream. Infection in your mouth is affecting your body. You can't be feeling that great. You may have to go to your dentist to remove the tartar. Ask how to floss and brush. We all need a mouth care review. Flossing and brushing should be like massage. You may want to use a water irrigator. If your mouth feels yucky. Before you even floss, irrigating around and between your teeth will show you that YOU can make a difference. You eat every day and mouth care is what you have to do. Flossing and brushing on a daily basis will eliminate that bad taste you have in the morning. Gum disease bacteria is passed on to others. Close contact, kissing. eating after one another. We don't ask if you can look in some one's mouth before you kiss them or eat after them. If you are told you have gum disease. get it treated. If not treated, it will get worse. Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss. GUM DISEASE IS CONTROLLED WITH GOOD HOME CARE. THERE IS NO CURE. If you need gum disease treatment the latest treatment is LANAP. With LANAP all gum disease bacteria is removed in one treatment. Even if the bone around your teeth is infected the laser will destroy the bacteria. With the LANAP PROTOCOL, patients are shown how to clean their teeth. LANAP TREATMENT uses a special laser, the PerioLase, MVP-7 Laser. This laser and the LANAP PROTOCOL has been FDA approved. The LANAP PerioLase Laser stimulates your body's own stem cells so you can rebuild your tooth's supporting bone and membranes. The thought of "IF ONLY I HAD A CHANCE TO START ALL OVER AGAIN". THIS IS YOUR SECOND CHANCE. The LANAP READ MORE

  • What are natural ways to deal with tooth sensitivity?

    Tooth sensitivity can have many causes. When you talk about extreme temperatures, how extreme? Visiting your dentist would be a good idea. Dentists will gradually look over your x-rays. You will be checked for gum disease. Sometimes teeth can move slightly and when your teeth come together you may be biting on areas too hard. Adjusting areas that are hitting each other too hard can settle sensitive teeth. Visit your dentist so you can get some relief. READ MORE

  • Can teeth whitening strips damage your enamel?

    Before you use the whitening strips, are you flossing and brushing? Is there anything you do after you remove these strips. Some debris may have settled on your front tooth. Brush your teeth gently not raking them. If you are using a broom, you clean better if you sweep lightly. Digging bristles into any area does not clean better, Is your dentist keeping track of you while you are using these strips. You might want to visit your dentist. READ MORE

  • What can I do about my sensitive teeth?

    Sensitive teeth can have several causes. Are you flossing and brushing your teeth on a daily basis. When was the last time you visited your dentist? You may have sensitivity because of cavities. Are you a smoker? Gum Disease can make your teeth sensitive. Do you eat hot spicy foods? You should visit your dentist. Using harsh mouthwashes irritates everything. Warm salt water rinses are soothing to your tissues. Is your tongue irritated?. All of these things hurting at the same time, can make it difficult to isolate where your problems are coming from. Don't chew ice. Be careful with hot foods. READ MORE

  • What can be done for chipped tooth?

    Biting on hard things. Biting into apples. Using your teeth like tools is a risk. Chipped teeth are an esthetic problem. But chips on front teeth can cause a tooth to fracture vertically. If the chip is not that large, you can modify all the incisal edges and modify the smile. In our office, we will remove all the chips if the patient agrees. I know money is tight. Talk to your dentist and see if your chip can be smooth out. This is to protect your tooth from fracturing. I know your chip was an accident, but be careful with nuts, nut shells. READ MORE

  • I have tooth sensitivity but no cavities. What could be the reason?

    Tooth sensitivity has been increasing. Are you flossing and brushing your teeth daily? Are you making sure you are brushing the gum line- tooth area? Are you flossing this area first? The popularity of hot spicy food can be irritating. Eating hard very salty foods-crunchy snacks, scrapes your gum and mouth membranes. Is your tongue irritated? One cause of tooth sensitivity is gum disease. Gum disease can be difficult to diagnose. Floss your teeth, brush your teeth starting at the gum line and brushing back and forth gently. Using a water irrigator, and adding a little salt water to it. Do you have a bad taste in your mouth? Do your gums bleed? Right now be gentle with the foods you eat, drink. I would like to know what is happening. No harsh mouthwashes. READ MORE

  • Does gum pain mean I'm losing my teeth?

    You need to visit your dentist. Gum pain means there is something wrong. It could be your gums. Or it could be your teeth. Even if your gums are infected, you can have your gums treated. Most important is you get treatment and then start on a good home care routine. The latest treatment LANAP, REMOVES ALL GUM DISEASE BACTERIA IN ONE TREATMENT. WITH LANAP A SPECIAL LASER TREATS THE INFECTED BONE AND TISSUE. THERE IS NO CUTTING OR SEWING. THE MAIN POINT IS YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE YOUR TEETH. FLOSSING CORRECTLY FIRST THEN BRUSHING CORRECTLY AFTER YOU HAVE YOUR PAINFUL AREA TREATED, WILL CONTROL GUM DISEASE. THERE IS NO CURE FOR GUM DISEASE. WE CONTROL IT WITH GOOD HOME CARE. DOING GOOD HOME CARE NOT ONLY SAVES YOUR TEETH, BUT THE LATEST RESEARCH IS SHOWING GUM DISEASE IS RELATED TO ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, STOMACH, KIDNEY, LUNG, LIVER, AND JOINT PROBLEMS, PANCREATIC CANCER, AND CONTROLLING BLOOD SUGAR AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. A LARGE PORTION OF THE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES HAVE GUM ISSUES AND SYSTEMIC DISEASES EITHER CAUSED OR WORSENED BY POOR MOUTH CARE. WAITING AND WORRYING IS NOT HELPING YOU SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM. FIND OUT WHAT IS CAUSING YOUR PROBLEM AND TAKE CARE OF IT. READ MORE

  • What is a mini tooth implant?

    Mini implants are small implants usually placed on the lower front teeth area to give an appliance more support for eating and talking. Dentists are creative and mini implants can be placed in other areas when more support is needed to keep an appliance in place. READ MORE

  • How effective are sensitivity toothpastes in treating the problem?

    Sensitivity tooth pastes work quite well. It will take a few days for the special tooth pastes to work. As long as the tooth paste is used, the sensitivity will be gone. READ MORE

  • Braces

    If you have a crooked lower tooth, you don't necessarily need brace treatment. Can you floss between each side tooth of the crooked tooth? When you swallow, are you placing more force on that tooth? Being able to floss around each lower tooth and brush the gum line is important. Your bite, the way your teeth come together, may have to be adjusted so your biting forces are even all over. You may ask your dentist if you want to change the appearance. READ MORE

  • What should I do with my cracked tooth?

    Biting into apples is something every one has done. I warn all of my patients not to do it. Although your teeth seem strong, you are placing tremendous force on your jaw joints and teeth. You may have a crack on your tooth. While I am examining a patient, I see large cracks in the enamel. I warn patients. It could have been cracked playing years before. An automobile accident could have injured your tooth. You probably have pieces of it. Your injury may be close to your nerve or the crack may have exposed the nerve. You need a way to cover the nerve. Some soft wax- like cotton material to cover it temporarily. Some topical anesthetic you buy over the counter.? Every time you open your mouth the air will hit it. This is an emergency situation. Hospital emergency rooms may not have a dental department. Eating may be impossible. Taking over the counter pain medication will help if the tooth pain continues after you have covered It. READ MORE

  • How should I deal with the pain of a root canal?

    The cause of pain and root canals. When caries are not restored, the decay process continues. Some teeth have one root artery, vein and nerve. (Front teeth) Bicuspids have two nerves, arteries and veins. Three or more nerves, arteries and veins are found in molars. For the most part decay expands and you may not feel any pain. As decay gets close to the nerve chamber you may have pain with hot, sweet and cold. The chamber sends out the nerve, artery and vein grouping to each tooth. Once decay reaches the chamber, bacteria, part of the decaying process now starts to grow. The increase in the number of bacteria along with the toxic chemicals they excrete, starts destroying the nerve, artery and vein in each tooth root. Your tooth may start hurting on its own. We've discussed what is happening with the tooth in your mouth. Now what's going on with the root area is where your problem may be. While your tooth's artery, nerve and vein are being destroyed in the chamber. Dead bacteria and toxins are traveling down your tooth's root(s). Your body knows there is an infection and sends out an army of cells. You may start hurting. You may start to swell. If you were given an antibiotic to treat the infection, the infection may be gone, but the waste products from infection and maybe some still living bacteria are still irritating the tooth root area. There is a membrane surrounding your root area. We call that tooth supporting membrane, the periodontal ligament or PDL. When we bite down, the PDL acts like a trampoline, The springs on the trampoline gives you movement and the spring like action of the PDL adds to the enjoyment of eating. The area below your tooth still has a nerve artery and vein. This area may be irritated from the RCT process and/or the infection. It may take time to settle the inflammation down. READ MORE

  • Why do I get rough patches around my back teeth?

    The mouth and tongue are very sensitive. You can have a mouthful of food and you will be able to detect one strand of hair. When you remove the food from your mouth, you will see it. When you do mouth care, are you flossing first then brushing? Flossing removes plaque and food particles around the tooth gum line junction. With a soft toothbrush, you start at the back teeth, half tooth, half gum. You brush back and forth gently. You brush around to the other cheek side, making sure you brush the front gum line area. You do the tongue side gum line all around to the opposite side.The flat surfaces are done. Then you do the upper teeth. You clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner. Rinse with warm salt water and gargle. You stated your molars have these rough patches. Then then you mentioned having rough patches on your gums. Flossing, brushing, and tongue cleaning should be done daily, twice a day. If you are having gum problems, do home care and rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day. If you don't see any improvement in two weeks, you may want to consult your dentist. READ MORE

  • How much does Invisalign typically cost?

    ALL dentists have their own way of practicing DENTISTRY. How much a dentist charges is up to each dentist. I am making a guess. You want to close those gaps between your teeth. You are going to be responsible for most of the fee. Using aligners follow a similar treatment pattern, but each dentist has his or her own methods. Discuss your concerns about finances. I know you will follow your doctor's instructions. Most medical and dental offices do not give out fees for a particular service. It is like asking someone what the fee is to fix your car. Over the phone, you can't know what is wrong with the car, without seeing it. Unless the doctor has seen the patient and has taken X-rays, the fee cannot be determined. READ MORE

  • I suddenly have a gap in between my front teeth. Why?

    You need to see your dentist. You may have some gum issues. You may also have a habit issue. If you have gum disease, your bone holding your teeth is slowly getting lower. Your teeth may seem longer because as you lose bone, your gums recede. You may be putting your tongue against your teeth, moving them forward. Your dentist will discuss this with you. You can stop the spreading and take care of any gum issue! your gums recede. Sometimes when you swallow, you put your tongue against your teeth and you are placing pressure on your teeth. With less bone supporting your teeth, your teeth are separating. The more pressure and time, the larger the gap.. READ MORE

  • What could be the reason behind the burning sensation in my gums?

    "Burning Gums" is a feeling some patients have. It could be an intermittent problem or a constant problem. The first step is to have your mouth checked by a dentist. This is to make sure you don't have any gum issues. Next you want to look at your diet. Are you eating hot spicy foods? Some of the foods today have become excessively hot with the popular "foods with heat." Have you changed your mouth wash or tooth paste? There are patients who have a burning sensation around the back of the last tooth in their mouths. If they place a tooth brush on it, it feels like "razor blade"brush was used. When a sonic scale cleans out the area, the sharp pain subsides. Flossing and brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Cleaning your tongue with a tongue cleaner. Avoid acidity drinks, salty crunchy foods. Frequent salt water rinses- take 1/2 teaspoon of salt with a full 8 ounce glass of water and rinse your mouth, especially after eating or drinking. Try to avoid crunchy foods- raw vegetables, hard fruit, hard crusted breads. When it subsides be careful what you eat. For some this can be a cyclic problem. READ MORE

  • What is the course of treatment for periodontitis?

    There are several options to treat periodontitis. This diagnosis means the gum disease is attacking the teeth's supporting structures. You can have scaling and root planing. Surgical opening of all four quadrants of the jaw, cleaning out the debris removal of bone and cutting of gum tissue. The latest treatment is LANAP-LASER ASSISTED NEW ATTACHMENT PROCEDURE. This treatment removes all gum disease bacteria and infectious tissue. The bone is treated. The body"s stem cells are stimulated. There is no cutting or sewing. There is less pain. Your mother is shown how she should be flossing and brushing her teeth. Depending on how the patient takes care of her mouth. This treatment can last 5 years or more. Your mother has to do something; doing nothing is not an option. READ MORE

  • My front tooth got chipped at the bottom. What can be done about it?

    I am sorry about your fall. When you visit your dentist, an X-ray will be taken. If it is just a chip, you may be able to have it smooth out to match the teeth next to each other. It may be able to be bonded. If it is bonded, you will have to be careful biting into food. You may have to have a crown placed on it. Your dentist will tell you if you damaged the supporting root structure. You have choices to make once you know what injuries you have. READ MORE

  • Will mouthwash erode my teeth enamel?

    If you are experiencing mouth odor. It is most distressing to you. Have you seen your dentist? Do you have any cavities. Do you floss and brush your teeth twice a day? If you have gum disease, you have to clean the area below your gum area. Your breath is TELLING you that you have bacteria, bacteria waste products and spoiled food in your mouth. You also have bacteria, bacteria waste products around your bone where your roots are. This is what's getting into your blood stream traveling around all parts of your body. Mouth washes maybe work for a while, but once the bacteria have multiplied back, the odor returns. You mentioned nothing about your home care. Get to your dentist, have your teeth cleaned. Ask questions about how to floss and brush. What you do to take care of your mouth affects you. I tell my patients when I ask questions about your mouth care, answer these questions to yourself. Just by looking at your teeth your dentist knows what mouth care you are doing. I have patients telling me they brush 16 times a day. Maybe it was yesterday or today you brushed. Just by looking at your mouth, your dentist knows. Your dentist will work with you to get your mouth healthy. Just visiting the dentist twice a year will not save your teeth and keep you healthy. Your teeth are in your mouth 24/7. You can't get your mouth back to health without YOU. READ MORE

  • Should I see a dentist for TMJ?

    If you are having problems with your jaw joint, you should seek treatment. You can help yourself by not eating large sandwiches. Large hoagies and sandwiches that you have to open your mouth wide can put pressure on your jaw joints. When you yawn, place your two fists under your jaw to support your jaw so it doesn't open too wide. Avoid chewing gum. Biting on ice, nuts, and hard candy overwork your jaw joints. Placing a warm washcloth on both sides of your face over your TMJ may help. READ MORE

  • What are the best ways to get rid of tooth sensitivity?

    There are many causes for tooth sensitivity. When was the last time you visited your dentist? Do you have any cavities? Do you floss and brush on a regular basis. Gum disease can cause tooth sensitivity. As your bone surrounding your teeth is slowly dissolvlng, your gum tissue may be shrinking. While you are waiting for your dentist appointment, using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth can be helpful. If you have not visited the dentist for a while, get your mouth checked. If there are any problems, have them taken care of as most dental problems don't heal themselves. They only get worse. READ MORE

  • Are whitening toothpastes bad for the teeth?

    There are a number of tooth pastes on the market that have whitening agents in them. These tooth pastes are buffered and may contain a mild abrasive to remove stain. There are other whitening systems that have some whitening agents in them. If they are sold over-the-counter or bought on the internet, there is a far less percentage of whitening agents. The federal government sets the limits. Many people have gum inflammation. People don't floss and brush correctly. Their gums are inflamed or infected. If you use these whitening agents, your gums can get irritated and you will be be uncomfortable for several days. Everyone has known someone who tried whitening without having your mouth checked for gum inflammation. There are family members who have used whitening systems given to family members who had their teeth whitened in the dental office. Tooth whitening toothpastes probably are okay. If you feel that your mouth is being irritated from the toothpaste, stop using it. The whitening gels should be kept separate. Toothpastes with whitening agents in them are different from the over-the-counter whitening gels. While shopping, items are often not put back. Toothpastes with whitening agents are probably safe, as long as you don't allergies to any of the ingredients. READ MORE

  • My nephew has one tooth erupting and he is just 1 month old. Is it normal?

    There are babies born with teeth in their mouths. The usual practice is to remove these teeth. The baby has no teeth in the opposing arch and may jam the gum area cutting and irritating this area. It will have to be discussed the course of action. The eruption process could stop. If a part of this tooth is in the mouth, clean this tooth with a clean washcloth from gum line to the top of the tooth. It is not what usually happens, but it does happen. READ MORE

  • Why does my jaw hurt on and off?

    There are a number of possibilities. Do you floss daily? Brush your teeth, clean your tongue. Rinsing your mouth with salt water several times a day? Sometimes this will continue until it localizes at a specific area. If the pain increases and swelling starts get medical/ dental attention. READ MORE

  • My gum is swollen but only in the back of my mouth. What could this be?

    You need to be seen by your dentist. Something is causing the swelling. If you had your wisdom teeth removed, have you had regular dental checkups? You may have been busy with other matters. Having regular checkups was not on your agenda. Make an appointment, floss, brush if you can. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. You need to get your mouth restored back to health. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for permanent teeth to come after his primary teeth fall?

    After the primary teeth loosen, the permanent teeth secrete an enzyme that dissolves the baby teeth roots. What was left of the baby tooth roots looked like little tooth pieces that were in his soft tissue. The crowns of the permanent teeth will be seen shortly. For mothers, it is never fast enough. It may be a few weeks. READ MORE

  • Is bad breath during cold and cough normal?

    During a cold depending on the severity, you have bacteria infecting your sinuses. throat mabe tonsils and lungs. While your body is fighting this war. dead cells are accumulating in your sinuses, throat passages and even your lungs. The severity of your infection can be determined the color of your drainage. The darker the mucous the more severe. The odor is from dead wastes. To help your body get rid of these wastes. Take warm salt water and gargle. You can use a saline spray for your nose. Salt breaks up and helps dissolve mucous. It helps get rid of the waste products causing your bad taste and odor. READ MORE

  • Can sinus infections cause tooth pain?

    Your sinus cavities are above your teeth. Sometimes the roots of your teeth are in your sinus cavities. When you have a sinus infection, your sinus tissue is swollen and filled with material, mucus, and pus. Your body is fighting the infection. Besides having your nose blocked, this added material is putting pressure on the area above your teeth. Sometimes when patients come in with their upper teeth hurting, nose drainage you maybe placed on an antibiotic. Once the infection clears and your teeth are not hurting, the pain was caused by the infection process placing pressure on your teeth. READ MORE

  • Fear of local anaesthetic allergy

    FIRST, RELAX. IN THE PAST, NOVOCAINE was used. Today there are many local anesthetics that have been developed. The problem that some people had with the novocaine was with the preservative that was placed in it. When novocaine was developed, it was tested with all the tests available at that time. Science has advanced so far that anesthetics are placed through actual testing and computer generated situations. When you are given a local anesthetic, you are being monitored by your doctor and the staff. From the information you added, you may want to talk to your doctor before the procedure starts. READ MORE

  • Would my dentures be considered a prosthesis?

    Dentures are a prosthesis, a dental prosthesis. Insurance companies carefully word their policies. If there is no clause that excludes dental, your dentist may submit a claim. Your insurance company may pay the claim or deny it. Insurance companies may pay for a denture on a ONE TIME basis, for life. Other insurance companies will replace a denture every 5 years. There is no coverage for lost or broken dentures. READ MORE

  • Why are my gums still swollen from having my teeth pulled?

    You can go back to your oral surgeon. Are you still rinsing with salt water? If you had all four wisdom teeth extracted, your body is still healing those areas. Do you smoke? Are you doing mouth care at least twice a day? Salt water rinsing several times a day is soothing to the tissues and removes any food particles. Your body is doing its job. And salt water rinsing will help. READ MORE

  • Is baking soda safe for whitening teeth?

    Baking soda helps remove stains. There are tooth pastes with baking soda in them. How many cups of coffee do you drink and how strong do you like coffee? If you are flossing and brushing twice a day and you drink more than two cups of coffee, you are bathing your teeth with coffee. Baking soda is safe. The internet is filled with natural ways to whiten teeth. Baking soda won't scratch your tooth enamel. READ MORE

  • Can I have more than one root canal in a day?

    Having 3 root canals at one appointment is a possibility. If you are using dental insurance, you may reach your maximum year allowance after one or two teeth. Talk to your endodontist's office. If you are financially prepared to meet your patient/insurance responsibilities, your endodontist may be able provide the time. READ MORE

  • Does tooth decay in baby teeth affect adult teeth?

    A child's baby teeth start to erupt at about six months. It is important that these baby teeth are cared for. As teeth erupt you take a clean wash cloth gently wipe the teeth from the gum line to the top of the teeth. You get your child use to having someone working in his mouth. I always remind parents that at bedtime if your child is using a bottle at night, just plain water should be placed in the bottle. Juice, formula, milk have sugars in them and it lays on the teeth and decays them. By the time a child is around 5 or six years old, the 6-year molars start to come into the mouth. These 6 year old molars are important because these molars will be in the mouth hopefully for the rest of your child's life. The old idea was "the baby teeth will fall out." When you have baby teeth decaying, and a permanent molar erupts into the mouth, this molar can become decayed. Many times, this six-year molar becomes so decayed it needs extraction. Parents should be brushing and then observing the child brushing his teeth until the age of eight. That is what I was taught. The teeth are too important to be taken care of by a young child. READ MORE

  • What is the best antibiotic for tooth infection?

    You should discuss this with your doctor. Taking an antibiotic in the penicillin family requires that you wait 1 hour before eating or two hours after eating. The stomach acids lessen the effectiveness of the antibiotic. There is one antibiotic that is suppose to be unaffected with stomach acids. Penicillin VK doesn't seem to be strong enough. My personal requirement for an antibiotic is it has to be strong -- broad spectrum. This means it can destroy a wider range of bacteria. You can eat with the antibiotic. I want an antibiotic that will launch an "all out" attack quickly. Emergency rooms give a form of penicillin with a strong pain medication. Taking a capsule of an antibiotic twice a day is not enough. The infection is still expanding and the pain medication won't work. There are other antibiotics that can be used. Talking with your doctor about your concern is a must. There are other antibiotics that can be used. READ MORE

  • Can gum disease cause your teeth to fall out?

    Gum disease if not treated, may cause you to lose your teeth. Chewing tobacco along with gum disease can speed up the process. Chewing tobacco bathes your entire mouth with nicotine. There are other items in chewing tobacco. My biggest concern is mouth cancer. I am sure your father has been seeing a doctor and being monitored for mouth cancer. Your father's treatment for gum disease cannot be done while he is chewing tobacco. Nicotine prevents healing. It doesn't matter if his gum disease is treated surgically or by laser treatment. Healing time takes months. Is your father planning to stop chewing tobacco? If he is, that would be great. Gum disease, if not treated, will eventually cause tooth loss. READ MORE

  • What are the symptoms of a tooth infection?

    A tooth being sensitive to hot and cold is a sign that you need to have your tooth checked out. Sensitivity can be a a sign that there is a cavity that is close or has penetrated the nerve. Teeth do move and sometimes the tooth may not fit as well when you bite down. Every time you eat or swallow your teeth come together. Even if your teeth have moved slightly, biting down in a different position can be irritating to the supporting tooth structure making it sensitive to hot and cold. If you have an infection, your body starts fighting it. Your blood vessels bring fighting cells to fight the infection. The extra cells and fluid puts pressure on the on the blood vessels and you feel a throbbing in the INFECTED area. You can have swelling both inside and outside of your mouth. Any kind of recurrent pain is a sign that something is wrong. You need to have your tooth checked out. READ MORE

  • Will I experience pain after a tooth extraction?

    Discomfort after a tooth extraction is normal. You said that you will be sedated. You will be given local anesthesia so you will not feel any pain for a while. I have found that taking one pain tablet before the local anesthesia wears off starts releasing anti-inflammatory agents as well as pain medication. By the time the local anesthesia is no longer working your pain medication is working. If you have been given an antibiotic take the antibiotics. If both the antibiotics and pain medication are due at the same, you can take them together. Pain medication may not take all the pain away. In many cases, it lowers the pain and keeps you comfortable. Take your pain medicine only when you are suppose to take it. If you are having more than one tooth extracted, follow your doctor's instructions. READ MORE

  • How often should crowns be replaced?

    Dental crowns will last as long as you take care of them. Your natural teeth will last as long as you take care of them. Flossing, brushing, tongue cleaning has to be done twice a day, morning and night. It seems like it is too simple of a routine. But the days, weeks, months, and years go by fast. If you wake up with morning breath, the chances are you are not cleaning your teeth, tongue and throat properly. (Dental insurance usually will replace a crown every 5 years.) When I am cleaning a patient's teeth and I start to talk about home care, patients tune out. This is the most important time for you! The latest research shows that there is a relationship between gum disease and ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. GUM DISEASE and pancreatic cancer! Gum DISEASE AND UNCONTROLLABLE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. FLOSSING YOUR TEETH AROUND THE GUM LINE. I LIKE FINGER FLOSSING. BRUSHING YOUR TEETH AT THE GUM LINE, BACK AND FORTH GENTLY. YOU USE A SOFT TOOTHBRUSH. YOU BRUSH THE CHEEK SIDE, UPPER, AND LOWER TEETH. BRUSH THE GUM LINE WHERE YOUR TONGUE IS, BOTH SIDES. BRUSH THE PALATE GUM LINE, THEN DO THE FLAT SURFACE SURFACES. YOU CLEAN YOUR TONGUE WITH A TONGUE CLEANER. START IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR TONGUE, PLACE THE TONGUE CLEANER AS FAR BACK AS YOU CAN AND SCRAPE GENTLY TOWARDS THE FRONT. YOU WILL SEE A SLIME MATERIAL. THIS IS FROM THE NOOKS AND CRANNIES ON YOUR TONGUE. THEN YOU DO THE SAME FOR EACH SIDE. RINSE YOUR MOUTH WITH SALT WATER AND GARGLE. WATER IRRIGATORS ARE GOOD FOR FLUSHING OUT SMALL particles of food and debris. This routine should make you realize how good your mouth feels. If you do not change your home care program, you will continue to increase the damage. READ MORE

  • Will cavities require root canals?

    Visiting your dentist twice a year is necessary to make sure that if you have any gum problems or cavities, taking care of them, will restore your mouth health. Neglecting your dental problems causes more damage and increases the cost to restore your mouth. Cavities are not going to heal themselves and gum disease needs you to start taking a new approach to actively cleaning your mouth MORNING and NIGHT. THE LONGER YOU WAIT TO FIX A CAVITY, THE DEEPER IT GETS. IF YOU WAIT TOO LONG AND THE NERVE GETS INVOLVED, YOU MAY BE DECIDING ABOUT ROOT CANAL. ROOT CANAL IS NOT ALWAYS SUCCESSFUL. TAKING CARE OF PROBLEMS WHILE THEY ARE SMALL IS THE BEST ADVICE. READ MORE

  • Can I treat bleeding gums at home?

    Bleeding gums is usually a sign of gum disease. You stated you will need a new toothbrush soon. If you are brushing and flossing on a regular schedule, your gums should not be bleeding. You may be brushing harder than usual. Doing the same thing over and over we can speed up the flossing and brushing and missing areas. One method of brushing is to PLACE the toothbrush at the gum line - half tooth, half gum. THEN YOU take your soft toothbrush and make tiny circles. You start off with tiny circles and gradually the circle becomes a large circle. You start off at the lower TEETH gum line and go up to the upper teeth gum line one big circle. Your brushing is now up and down. BRUSHING up and down, you miss the between teeth area. BACK and forth GENTLY is a good massage. You do the CHEEK SIDE upper and lower, the side where your TONGUE rests. THEN YOU DO THE PALATE GUM LINE. BRUSH THE FLAT SURFACES. YOU CLEAN YOUR TONGUE WITH A TONGUE CLEANER. RINSE YOUR MOUTH WITH SALT WATER AND GARGLE. WATER IRRIGATORS ARE good for bathing the tissues and removing small food particles. Placing salt water in the irrigator is also good. WATER IRRIGATORS are a benefit for those who can't FINGER FLOSS. IT IS GOOD TO REVIEW HOME CARE WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR CHECK UP. AS THE RESEARCH IS ADVANCING. CHANGES IN MOUTH CARE WILL BE OCCURRING. READ MORE

  • Why are some fillings replaced?

    Fillings are replaced when there is something wrong with the filling. You may have been bitting on something hard. Ice chewing can fracture a filling. Sometimes a cookie or cake can have a piece of a nut shell. Cherry pits. When a filling is cracked, food particles can get between the cack and the tooth, leak down to the bottom of the filling. You can't CLEAN there and the tooth can decay. The filling materials today are great. Using your teeth like tools is risky. As we get older, our teeth can become brittle. If you are biting on something hard and you get that feeling, maybe you should stop -- listen to that feeling. READ MORE

  • When should my wisdom teeth be removed?

    Check with your doctor. If the wisdom teeth are not causing you any problems, you can floss behind each tooth to remove plaque and food particles; you feel no pressure or pain and your teeth have not started to overlap and crowd. The root structure of each wisdom tooth has no problem. Only one person out of 25 has room for all four. WISDOM teeth come into the mouth last. If these two teeth fit into your dental arch, and there are no problems, discuss it with your doctor what you would like to do. READ MORE

  • Do crowns on front teeth look natural?

    Advances in technology allows your doctor to be more creative. In the past, aesthetics were compromised due to the materials available. Today, aesthetics is the main focus. READ MORE

  • Can anyone get dental implants?

    I am sorry about your son's front tooth. Your son's body and mouth are still growing. Usually, for a male, around age 22. his body will stop growing. BECAUSE growth makes changes to the way teeth are positioned in your son's mouth, placing even a crown should not be done. Even with a removable appliance, you will find you may have to replace it as your son is growing. You should keep in touch with your son's dentist. Your son should be monitored. READ MORE

  • Is it ever too late to get dental implants?

    You can have your implant. Implants ideally are meant to be placed in adults who know what a good service it is, will take care of the implant(s). I know of patients who are in their 90's who are able to take care them. Implants can be placed once the patient has finished the growth process. READ MORE

  • What is the downside of dental implants?

    Dental implants are a good service. The most important job you have is to take care of them. With your own teeth, do you floss, brush, clean your tongue? Just as you will get gum disease if you don't do home care, your implants will get gum disease. Not taking care of your teeth, your body can handle this for a while, but your body is fighting all kinds of attacks. Gum disease can happen at any time. Yes there are people who don't take care of their teeth. and all that is happening is their gums only are inflamed. There is no bone loss. If your body's immune system weakens. your bone can be INFECTED and you will start loosing bone. Flossing and brushing your implants and natural teeth is your way of controlling gum disease. READ MORE

  • Is Water Flossing better than Air Flossing?

    You want to keep all of your teeth. READ MORE

  • Can a small cavity heal itself?

    There are some ideas that cavities can heal themselves. You stated that these cavities are small and not causing too much PAIN. As a rule cavities don't heal themselves. To stop the decay you need to get those teeth restored. The newer tooth colored material forms a chemical and mechanical bond. Gum disease does not get better on its own. Visit your dentist. Remove all decay, and get on a home care program that fits your routine. Keeping your mouth healthy is part of the MOUTH-BODY-MIND HEALTH TRIAD. A healthy mouth helps keep your total health at maximum. READ MORE

  • Do tooth abscesses result in tooth pain?

    Sensitivity to hot and cold does not mean you have an abscess. You may have a cavity, a RESTORATION may have fractured. You may have bitten down on something hard and cracked or fractured your tooth. You may have gum disease. Are you flossing, brushing your teeth? Are you careful with what you eat? Chewing on ice, biting into hard apples can fracture your tooth. Visiting your dentist will help you identify your problem. READ MORE

  • I had my wisdom tooth removed yesterday. When can I start eating solid food again?

    Following your doctor's instructions is important. You are told not to rinse, spit, suck out of a straw, or soda can. The purpose of this is you do not want to lose the blood cloth that has formed in your extraction site. Depending on your situation, some people still smoke. Smoking is one main cause of a dry socket. Once the numbness from the local anesthesia is gone, you can eat. Eating on the side that did not have the surgery, you might try something soft. When you chew you are using both sides of your mouth. Your body will let you know if you are chewing too hard. Opening your mouth can be LIMITED, it will gradually open wider. Pay attention to frequent rinsing with salt water. You want to rinse out any food left in the your mouth. Every one is different, our bodies have a way of letting us know when we ready to do something. READ MORE

  • Tooth damage from teeth whitening?

    Tooth whitening has fascinated patients since they were developed. In the beginning, whitening was done in the dental office. Gradually, systems were developed that gave patients the choice of office, home and office, and home only. Once patients started whitening their teeth, the desire for whiter and whiter teeth increased. Some teeth have been whitened to the extreme that if a whitened tooth needed repair, there are no composite shades available to repair the tooth. Humans being humans no matter what they have been told will push the button. Even with warnings, the belief of "It won't happen to me" keeps them pushing. I don't know how often this happens, but it has happened. Hopefully, you have stopped whitening. Avoiding hot or cold foods. Try using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Keep In touch with your dentist. READ MORE

  • My daughter has a cut inside of her mouth from falling. How can I rule out any infection?

    If your daughter was seen by a doctor and no sutures were needed, having your daughter rinse her mouth with warm salt water for a few days can be soothing on the tissues. If the area were infected your daughter would show signs that would indicate something was wrong. READ MORE

  • What causes yellowing teeth?

    Smoking can cause teeth to yellow. There are other foods that stain teeth. You can whiten your teeth. For a few days after you are told to avoid foods that can stain your teeth. You are told not to smoke. I'm sure you have thought about stopping to smoke. Whitening your teeth is a possibility you may want to consider. READ MORE

  • Can using mouthwash frequently negatively impact the health of my teeth?

    MOUTHWASHES can be strong. Your mouth tissues are delicate. Some mouthwashes. even those harsh ones can have bacteria growing in the liquid. The purpose of cleaning your teeth is to remove placque and food around the necks of your teeth and other tooth surfaces. Just using a a mouthwash and rinsing your mouth is not getting the job done. You think that burning you feel has to destroy everything. but the only thing that you are doing is irritating your mouth tissues. Your doctor probably looked at your mouth tissues, by his advice, probably saw your tissues needed rest. Mouth care must be done every day. Flossing, brushing with a soft toothbrush, cleaning your tongue and rinsing with warm salt water finishes the job. There are appliances that you can wear for 10-15 minutes morning and night. These are trays, a special medication is placed at the bottom of each tray. The upper and lower tray are one piece and are warn together. These trays are used as an added treatment to prevent or treat gum disease. For those concerned about mouth odor, frequent use of mouthwashes to mask odor, sometimes worsens the problem. Changing your home care routine, using salt water rinses will heal those irritated tissues. You will feel the difference. READ MORE

  • How long after my extraction stitches are removed can I drink or eat?

    Your doctor will advise you what to do. You may be given instructions. After your stitches are removed the area may be tender. The mouth heals fast. You probably were eating on just one side. Gradually you will be eating on both sides. READ MORE

  • Can I take pain medicine for tooth pain?

    Call your dentist. Tell whomever is answering the phone that you have severe PAIN. More than likely you will be given an appointment to see your dentist ASAP. Ask about what you can do for the pain. You did not indicate what your pain medicine was. If it is over the counter, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen. Ibuprofen long time use can damage your kidneys while tylenol in large doses can damage or destroy your liver. You may need an antibiotic. The most important fact is to find what is causing the pain and take care of it.. READ MORE

  • How do I get rid of canker sores caused by braces?

    When braces are placed, patients are told about the importance of keeping braces clean. There are different thoughts about causes of canker sores. Irritation of mouth tissues seems to to be suspect. Using a laser on cankers sores seems to make them heal faster. Keeping your braces clean. Removing food debris and rinsing with 1/2 tsp. salt in a full eight ounce glass of water also helps. READ MORE

  • Can toothache cause an earache?

    The nerves in the mouth and facial area are close together. Sometimes when an area is infected, like your tooth, the infection spreads out. Your body is sending help to fight the infection. Your ear is close to your back teeth. The nerves send pain signals and there are nerves in the blood vessels that if irritated can also send pain signals. Sometimes the pain can be referred to your ear. Hopefully, you will have the infected tooth taken care of. If your ear is still hurting after the infection is treated, you may have a separate problem with your ear. READ MORE

  • What foods should I avoid with a permanent crown?

    Your permanent crown should be taken care of like you take care of your natural teeth. With crowns, you have a finish line where the end of your crown meets your natural tooth structure. This is the area that you want to make sure you floss. You floss your crown like you floss all of your teeth. As a rule, my advice is to be kind to your teeth. Patients think their teeth and crowns are tools. A crown does not make your tooth stronger than your other teeth. If you don't know how to floss, ask your dentist. If your tooth had a root canal, you can develop cavities at the gum line. You do not have a nerve in a root canal tooth. Your tooth can have deep decay and you will not feel it. Flossing the gum line of all your teeth morning and night keeps gum disease at bay. Brushing at the gum line of all your teeth,( half tooth, half gum. cheek side, the tongue side, palate side, ). Clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner or a spoon with the rounded side facing up. Place the spoon in the middle of your tongue and go back as far as you can without gagging. Scrape the center from back to front. You may find a lot of material in the nooks and crannies of your tongue, then do each side. Rinse your mouth with salt water, then gargle. Biting down on hard ice. Sticky foods. Flossing and brushing will keep your teeth. m READ MORE

  • How long after a crown is cemented can I eat?

    When cementing a dental crown, you need time to allow the cement to harden. Usually it depends on what cement is being used. You may be told to keep liquids or foods out of your mouth for about an hour. Hot or cold liquids/ and or food will prevent the cement from hardening, Listem to your doctor. Crowns are placed on natural teeth or on an implant that has been placed in your gum and and is prepared to have a crown. Implants can have a cemented or a crown that has to be screwed in place. The time it takes for cement to harden can be affected by heat and cold. Usually it is an hour. READ MORE

  • Is there any way to make the pain caused by TMJ go away?

    I would like to know more about your pain. There are other causes of facial pain. With the patients we have treated, we believe that some patients can be TMJ Primary. Patients are biting or clenching and that is causing the pain. With some patients, the pain starts first and you are biting, clenching... TRYING TO STOP OR LESSEN THE PAIN. We consider them TMJ SECONDARY. I would like to know how long you have had this pain? I never would say to a patient, that I know how you feel. My advice to you first is do nothing that is permanent and can't be undone, i.e., tooth extraction, or surgery. READ MORE

  • Do I need a root canal if there's no pain?

    YOU CAN HAVE A TOOTH THAT NEEDS A ROOT CANAL AND NOT FEEL ANY PAIN. YOUR TOOTH MAY BE INFECTED, BUT YOU STILL DON'T FEEL ANY PAIN. YOUR GUMS MAY BE INFECTED, BUT YOUR BODY IS HANDLING THE INFECTION. Infection anywhere in your body just doesn't stay in one place. There was a theory that the body was too good and could handle anything. Evidence through research is showing us that bacteria can move throughout the body and cause different inflammatory processes. That tooth that is not bothering you at the present can all of a sudden flare up, and start letting you know "IT'S SHOW TIME!" HAVING ONE TOOTH FLARE UP IS BAD ENOUGH, BUT YOUR BODY COMMUNICATES VIA THE BLOOD STREAM AND IF THERE ARE ANY PROBLEMS WITH SOME OTHER TEETH, YOU CAN BE IN A "PAIN STORM." This does not happen often. But it can be hard to control the pain while the INFECTION is getting under control. Any non-symptomatic infection can become a serious problem. A non-symptomatic problem can be out of sight, out of mind. When we least need something to happen...... READ MORE

  • Why are my teeth decaying so fast?

    Tooth decay is a combination of factors. Your diet while you were growing up, heredity, home care, your present diet, etc. Are you flossing your teeth, then brushing them? Poor or lack of flossing? Are you using a soft toothbrush and brushing back and forth at a 45-degree angle? Brush the cheek sides - upper and lower - and the tongue and palate side at the gum line. Then the flat surfaces, up and down. Clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner. Then rinse your mouth, and gargle the back of your throat. After you have cleaned your mouth, do you put anything in your mouth, i.e., anything acidic? Go to bed with candy or sugary foods? DRINKS? USING A WATER IRRIGATOR CAN HELP REMOVE TINY particles of food. Get your teeth fixed and review mouth care with your doctor. READ MORE

  • Do I need to clean my dentures every day?

    Dentures have to be cleaned daily. Having any kind of dental treatment is stressful. Getting a denture for the first time can be overwhelming. Contact your doctor's office. Ask about what information the office gives to new denture patients. You have to brush the food particles off your dentures. Rinse your dentures and place them in a container with fresh water. If you are using tablets to add to the water, place them in the clean water, soak overnight. Depending on the patient, some patients sleep with their dentures. Your dentures should be be out of your mouth for at least 4 hours a day. You have to clean your mouth and tongue. You can use salt water and gauze, or toothbrush and lightly brush your ridges and tissues. To clean your tongue, you can buy a tongue cleaner. Or take a spoon, turn the spoon so the round part of your spoon faces your palate, go back as far as you can with your spoon so you don't gag. Start in the middle and move the spoon, scraping your spoon out of your mouth. You will find a lot of debris hiding in your tongue's nooks and crannies. Do the two other sides of your tongue. Rinse your mouth with salt water, then gargle. Remember to change your container with fresh water. You can use baking soda in soaking water. READ MORE

  • How do I know if my wisdom teeth need to be taken out?

    Wisdom teeth are a problem. When you know that one person out of 25 has room for all 4 wisdom teeth, and because you are in your late teens. Early twenties or later patients have pain off and on and ignore it. If you have had braces and were told your wisdom teeth needed extraction, that was good advice. The force of two wisdom teeth pushing forward upper and lower moves teeth out of alignment. Wisdom teeth not only ruin your brace treatment, but can move so close to the tooth in front of it. You may have to have the wisdom tooth and the tooth in front of it removed because of decay or infection. Wisdom teeth while still in your mouth cause PAIN. THE PRESSURE CAN CAUSE PAIN. PLEASE GET THOSE WISDOM TEETH OUT IF YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED. READ MORE

  • Why are toothaches worst at night?

    At night, pain seems and does get worse. Changes in temperature. Barometric pressure sometimes lowers. When a storm is moving into an area, people who have pain will tell you. Then, when you have been dealing with the pain all day long, you are exhausted. The Ibuprofen dosage may not be at the level needed. Over-the-counter Ibuprofen is at the lowest dosage level. Talk to your doctor about what you can do. Dosages of ibuprofen should be taken every 8 hours when given or taking the pharmacy levels. READ MORE

  • What can I do for an abscess after wisdom tooth removal?

    You need to go back to your doctor A.S.A.P READ MORE

  • How long after getting a cavity filled does it stop hurting?

    There are a few problems that you can have going on. Sometimes the new filling may have to be adjusted. Going back to your doctor so everything can be checked out. READ MORE

  • Can you have a filling without anesthesia?

    Some patients have their TEETH restored without anesthesia. Some patients want anesthesia if you are just looking at a tooth. Tell your doctor how you feel, I am sure he will listen. READ MORE

  • Is general anesthesia safe for wisdom teeth removal?

    General anesthesia does carry risks. Your doctor and his staff have been trained and YOU are constantly being monitored. WISDOM TEETH can be extracted with local anesthesia. It is your DECISION. It is really up to the patient. READ MORE

  • Can a dental implant fall out?

    When an implant is loose, it means that the supporting bone is wearing away. Most likely your implant has gum disease. Having an implant procedure is usually done because of missing teeth. You may have had an accident, or you are familiar with gum disease. There are procedures using lasers that can stimulate bone development, and with good home care, you can keep your implant and the rest of your teeth. You need to decide what you want to do and talk it over with your doctor. READ MORE

  • Why do I still have bad breath after brushing my teeth?

    A foul odor usually means you may have some form of gum disease. You need to make an appointment with your doctor. Gum disease is controlled, you may be given choices of how you want to treat your gum problems, it may involve having your teeth clean and doing good home care to having your gums treated surgically or have your entire mouth gum disease gone in one treatment with a laser. The latest treatment called LANAP removes all gum disease with one treatment, but the patients are taught how that home care without the patient doing his part will continue to cause the gum disease to destroy more bone and loosen teeth. READ MORE

  • What can I do about a toothache while pregnant?

    Doctors have different professional positions about treating pregnant patients. Since every patient is different and treatment protocols depend on patient and doctor. There is no one answer. You need to have some form of pain management. Because your baby is a part of you, any treatment given to you will affect your baby. Getting back to your Ob/gyn and see what can be done before you deliver is your best course of action. READ MORE

  • What can I do for my child's pain when they had their teeth pulled out?

    A six-year-old child's front teeth, if they are their primary teeth, their permanent teeth are starting to move downward placing pressure on the "baby" teeth's roots, dissolving the roots. By age six, the front teeth are mostly in soft tissue and will loosen soon, if they are not already loose, since you stated that there was a little bleeding, and the procedure was done several hours ago. Most children with primary teeth loosen the teeth themselves. If her permanent teeth were coming in front of or behind her "baby" teeth, your daughter may have been given some local or topical anesthesia. You may have been given some instructions, calling her dentist to find out how to deal with any discomfort, may be of help. READ MORE

  • Does a tooth extraction affect the brain?

    Having a tooth extracted is done for a reason. Most teeth are extracted using local anesthesia. I am not familiar with any negative research about tooth extraction. Your doctor can also provide you with some information about tooth extraction. READ MORE

  • Do I have to floss my dentures?

    When you take your dentures out are you soaking them? Before placing them in a liquid, are you brushing the food off your dentures? You want to brush the side that you chew your food with, and are you cleaning the tissue side? (The side that touches your gums.) If you have both upper and lower dentures, you will do this for both of them. If you are using tablets, after you clean your teeth tissue side and chewing side, you fill your container with water. drop the tablet into the water then put your dentures. Now you are giving your mouth some needed attention. You can use 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a glass of water. You can rinse your mouth with the salt water. Wash your hands and take your fingers and massage your gums. and your palate. YOUR TONGUE NEEDS TO be cleaned. You can buy a tongue cleaner or take a teaspoon or soup spoon, turn the spoon so the round part is towards your palate. Place the spoon in the middle of your tongue and go back towards your throat, you don't want to gag yourself. Scrape your tongue gently as you pull the spoon out of your mouth. You will see a slimy mass of debris. Do this on each side of your tongue. Rinse your mouth then gargle to clean your throat. Your mouth should feel fresher. If you don't use the denture tablets, you can use baking soda. Place a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in the clean water of your denture container. Cleaning you dentures first, tissue and chewing surface, placing them in a clean solution. Cleaning your mouth, rinsing, massaging your gum and palate tissues, cleaning your tongue, rinsing your mouth and gargling with salt water should help you. READ MORE

  • Can bad breath be caused by dental issues?

    Mouth odor can definitely be caused by dental issues. Sulfur compounds seem to be the culprit. Gum disease, cavities, infected teeth can cause mouth odor. The fact that your mouth is warm and moist allows bacteria to grow. Since we eat and drink at regular times, sulfur compounds are forming continuously. Make an appointment with a dentist. If you have any mouth issues, they can be identified quickly. There are medical issues that also can cause mouth odor. Identifying the problem and having it treated is important to you. The fact that you are aware of this problem makes it more important for you resolve it. READ MORE

  • What is a bone graft?

    A bone graft is done to fill in an area to add support. Most bone grafts in dentistry use a material that forms a "frame" so your own bone cells grow in between and around it so it can form a solid foundation. Depending on your doctor's philosophy, some doctors will wait until your implants are stable before they will recover your implants and complete your case. Depending on your situation, your case may be completed, but you are given instructions to follow until your implants are completely healed. Following you doctor's instructions gives the best result. READ MORE

  • How long does blood clot last after extraction?

    The blood cloth that forms after an extraction is important for for healing the extraction site. After the tooth is extracted, you are given instructions not to rinse your mouth for 24 hours. You are told not to smoke or suck out of a straw or soda can. If the cloth is lost too soon, you can develop a dry socket. READ MORE

  • How long is a crown supposed to last?

    How long a crown lasts depends on how well you take care of it. DENTAL INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL REPLACE A CROWN EVERY FIVE YEARS. Most crowned teeth have had root canal. If you DON'T floss and brush your natural teeth and your crowned teeth, gum disease and cavities can develop. You may have pain and odor from gum disease. You will not have pain from deep cavities on a root-canaled tooth. If you think your crowned tooth is loose, please get back to your doctor. READ MORE

  • Is losing a crown a dental emergency?

    When you have dental crowns, you take care of crowns as you would take care of your natural teeth. The fact that you noticed your crown fell out indicates that the nerve in that tooth had a root canal, or the nerve in that tooth may have died. If the tooth's nerve was alive or dying, you would feel PAIN. IF you have the crown, your dentist may be able to cement it back on. If your tooth is hurting, this could be an emergency. My concern is what happened to your crown. If you are feeling any irritation in your throat, coughing, your crown may be there. You may have swallowed it. READ MORE

  • How long does a filling take to heal?

    Fillings are dental restorations. When part of your tooth structure is lost via fracture or cavities, the missing area is replaced with material to make the tooth whole. Tooth "fillings," tooth-colored material are as strong as they will be. With "silver" restorations the patient was told not to chew on the side the fillings were placed usually for the rest of the day. Mercury was mixed with silver. The silver and mercury mixture were referred to as "amalgam." For the most part, most restorations used today are tooth colored. Some insurance companies will not pay for a tooth colored "filling" unless it is in the front of the mouth. You may have an option to pay the difference in price between a silver or tooth colored restoration. READ MORE

  • How long do dental inlays last?

    Your dental inlays can last a long time. You take care of these inlays like you take care of your teeth. Flossing and brushing your teeth will keep your mouth and those inlays healthy. If you need to review how how to take care of your mouth ask your dentist and hygienist. That's the best gift you can give yourself. READ MORE

  • How long does a temporary crown last?

    Temporary crowns are meant to last a short time. Keeping your whole mouth clean and flossing your teeth gently even gently around your temporary crown. DON'T bite down on anything hard, sticky, or gummy. That should help until your permanent crown is ready. READ MORE

  • Can you eat normally with dental implants?

    Dental implants are a great advancement. Follow your doctor's instructions. Keep your mouth and implant clean. Flossing your natural teeth and implant and brushing them will keep your mouth healthy. You may be given instructions about what foods you should avoid. Follow your doctor's instructions. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for a filling to harden?

    Resin, tooth color restorations are placed in small increments and are "cured" with a special high intensity "blue light." This light starts a chemical reaction. Resin restorations are as hard as as they will be. The area is checked to make sure your "bite" is adjusted. You are told not to eat until the numbness wears off. Biting on numb tissue will be painful when the numbness wears off. Silver fillings are a mixture of powered silver and other materials and mercury mixed together. Depending on the make up of the powder and mercury, you may be told not to eat on the side worked on until the next day. READ MORE

  • How long does it take to fill 3 cavities?

    The length of time it takes to fill a tooth depends on what needs to be done to remove the decay and the material used for restoration. DENTISTRY is an art, it is not a race. I would like to think that the emphasis is on care. Each restoration is a mini operation. You don't know what you have to do until you start working on each tooth. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for a damaged nerve to heal?

    Are you working closely with your doctor? Has anything been done that has lessened or turned off the pain? What medication lessens your pain? What was this routine procedure? Are there other people in you family that have experienced similar pain. Having pain is enough to cope with, but have you experienced other symptoms with the your pain. Is the tooth you had the procedure on hurtling also? There may be a tooth in the area that may be the source of your pain. I am sure you had X-rays and possibly a cone beam X-ray and EVERYTHING looks okay. My first word of caution is do not demand root canal or extraction. You could do this and still have the pain. Have you seen your physician? You may have some vitamin deficiency. The last thing you want to be told is it may take some time. Your pain is real. You may be tired of telling your history of what happened and what have you done. Maybe your pain is now starting to lessen? There are other people who are experiencing similar problems. READ MORE

  • Are dental CT scans for infants dangerous?

    The CT scans and dental X-rays have made great advances. Digitalizing X-rays have lowered the amount of radiation exposure. You may receive less radiation with a CT scan than you receive flying across country in a jetliner. Your infant has some developmental problems. Doctors need as much information to guide how to repair these problems. You can be sure your infant will be given the least amount of radiation to get what is needed. With this single X-ray, your infant is being spared multiple X-rays, but has given the treating doctors far more information they need to help your infant. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for a dry socket to heal?

    Dry sockets from a dental extraction sometimes happen. After a tooth is removed, a blood clot forms in the extraction site. One theory is if the "cloth" is lost, a dry socket can occur. Dry sockets can be painful. Doctors have different ways of treating them. You were given instructions on what to do and what you shouldn't do after an extraction. Smoking is one major factor. Sipping out of a straw or can of liquid is another. Rinsing your mouth frequently with warm salt water is helpful. Your doctor may have wanted to place a medicated dressing. If you are still having problems, you may want to go back to your doctor. We are all human. We like to think we know which way is best for us. If what you are doing is not working, by all means, try a different approach. THAT'S how we learn. All doctors have different treatment methods. You selected this doctor; if your way isn't working, please go back. READ MORE

  • What should I do if my permanent crown is not feeling right?

    By all means, get back to your doctor. Most likely, the material used to cement your crown loosened. Crown cementing materials are great. But they are TECHNIQUE sensitive. Your doctor will most likely get you into the office very quickly. READ MORE

  • Are there side effects of a tooth extraction?

    The important question is, why does this tooth need to be extracted? If it is for crowding and you can't clean your teeth in that area. Once the tooth is removed, you have to assess your situation. Are you flossing your teeth first and brushing correctly. Are you planning to replace the tooth? When a tooth is removed the teeth on the same side and the teeth above or below the extraction site will start slowly moving. This can cause malocclusion. Teeth want to touch. The tooth above or below can move up or down to try to "touch." You may notice that a tooth below or above the extraction site has become higher or lower than the rest of the teeth in the arch. This may cause food being trapped between some teeth -- that was not a problem before. There are other problems that removing one tooth can cause. Make sure the next time you have your teeth cleaned, and the talk about "HomeCare" starts PAY ATTENTION. YOUR TEETH ARE YOURS 24/7. Going to the dentist twice a year will not guarantee you will keep your teeth. Poor home care is affecting your total body health. Gum disease just doesn't affect your mouth. Bacteria and their toxins get into your blood stream. They can travel to your brain, heart, liver, lungs, and joints. Mouth care was never focused as a major part of Health Care Insurance, yet poor home care is causing or adding billions to the cost of health care. Our mouths were considered "COSMETIC, WHITE TEETH, GREAT SMILES." This is the individual's RESPONSIBILITY, while the effect of poor mouth care has been quietly damaging our total body health and adding exponentially to health care costs. Remember, we are all born with the possibility of having up to 32 teeth. Take the population of our country and multiply it by 32. That's a big part of health care costs, we never even considered was the "SILENT" partner we never knew existed! READ MORE

  • How do you stop wisdom tooth pain at home?

    Wisdom teeth can be really painful. One person in 25 has room for all 4 wisdom teeth. You may have been told when you were younger that you needed to have your wisdom teeth extracted. That's not going to help you now. You may have pressure that is causing pain. Your gum tissues may have food particles beneath the tissue adding to your pain and if a cavity has developed between your wisdom tooth and the one in front of it. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water may flush out debris. Do this often -- more than 5 times a day. Use 1/2 tsp. to an eight ounce glass of water. You may want to talk to your doctor about something for pain. There are over-the-counter pain meds. Pain medication may not or will not take all the pain away, but at least will make the pain more tolerable. If you start to swell, call your doctor. Make sure you are sleeping with your head elevated. When you are in pain, keep track of when you took your last pain med. If you happened to fall asleep and wake up you don't know how long you slept. Writing it down helps you keep track. READ MORE

  • Is scaling of teeth painful?

    Scaling of your teeth is done to remove hardened deposits at or below the gum line. These hardened deposits can cause pain and infect gum tissue and can lead to bone loss. There are different ways to scale teeth. It would be in your friend's best interest to find out what is available, depending on the dentist. Your friend's mouth will be anesthetized. You can have one side of your mouth done one week, and the other side, the next week. Your friend will need to learn a different way of keeping his teeth clean. Your friend can have his entire mouth done in one sitting. Yes, he or she will be numb. But with a special laser, all gum disease will be gone. There will be no cutting or sewing. This procedure is called LANAP. Home care instructions will be given. Dentistry has come a long way. Investigate what is available. READ MORE

  • When can I start brushing my teeth after wisdom tooth removal?

    For the first 24 hours following any extraction, patients may be advised not to rinse their mouth. Your oral surgeon will have a set of instructions for you to follow. After 24 hours, if you are instructed to start rinsing your mouth, rinsing as much as possible is soothing to the surgical site. Depending on how wide you can open your mouth to get a toothbrush in your mouth, you may want to start with a small soft tooth brush. You will not want to touch the surgical site, but using gauze 2 x 2's or 4 x4's to clean your teeth and a tongue cleaner will help to freshen your mouth. READ MORE

  • How critical is a wisdom tooth abscess infection?

    Only 1 person out of 25 has room for all four wisdom teeth. If you have a wisdom tooth that is bothering you, please do what your dentist suggested. Have it removed. Wisdom teeth can can cause serious problems. If you have had braces and your teeth look great, the pressure of two teeth in the back, on top, and bottom can crowd your teeth again. The pressure of wisdom teeth can be painful. The wisdom tooth can overlap with the tooth in front of it and it can cause decay. You can lose the tooth in front of it. Infected wisdom teeth can be so infected that you can become critically ill. If you are planning to travel, go to school, etc., you don't need infected teeth problems. READ MORE

  • How do you take care of a dental bridge?

    Taking care of a dental bridge is important. You have made an investment in your mouth care. Make sure you brush your teeth morning and night. You should be using a soft tooth brush. Flossing your teeth should be done first. I like finger flossing. You wrap the floss around your fingers. You slide the floss along each side of your tooth. You don't jam the floss on the pointed gum tissue. You go down as far as you can on each side of the tooth. You need to invest in floss threaders. Some threaders are like fishing line that has a loop. They look like needle threaders only in plastic fish line. You place the floss inside the loop and pull the floss under your bridge to the inside of your mouth. You must clean under your bridge. You put the floss down against each side of the tooth. You will be surprised how much food gets under a bridge. If you don't clean under the bridge, your gum tissue can get infected. It can hurt. It will have an odor. The teeth, even though you have crowns, can decay at the gum line. Brush your teeth at a 45 degree angle. Brush on the cheek side and the tongue side. You have bone there. Get a tongue cleaner for your tongue. Rinse you mouth with your mouth wash or a 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of water. I like mouth irrigators. They flush out tiny food particles. Remember, you want your teeth and bridge to last. Take care of those teeth you want to keep! READ MORE

  • Can you sleep with dentures?

    As a rule, you are suppose to take your dentures out. You are giving your gum tissue a time to rest. You should be soaking your dentures nightly. After cleaning your dentures, place them in water or a solution you like. You should be using fresh water or a tablet solution. Food particles can lay on the bottom of the container. Using a clean solution, even if it it water, helps keep the dentures and your mouth feeling better. Rinsing your mouth with salt water and using a small gauze square to wipe your gums is helpful. And don't forget to use a tongue cleaner for your tongue! READ MORE

  • Is it okay to take ibuprofen before oral surgery?

    Taking ibuprofen before having oral surgery can be helpful. We use it before laser surgery. Ibuprofen helps with the inflammation and pain. After your oral surgery, having your pain medication filled at the pharmacy and taking it before the numbness wears off, can keep you more comfortable. Do what your oral surgeon tells you. Pain medication is used to make you comfortable, though it may not take all the pain away. READ MORE

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  • Having dental problems of her own.

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Get to know Dentist Barbara A. Tarnoski, who serves patients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Tarnoski is a Dentist currently serving patients with Philadelphia Dental Laser & Cosmetic Dentistry, LLC. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Dental Laser & Cosmetic Dentistry, LLC remains dedicated to helping patients depending on their specific needs. The practice utilizes the LANAP procedure, which is a safe and proven laser treatment that gently removes bacteria and diseased tissue without cutting and stitching of the gums, which comes along with traditional gum surgery. The procedure only removes the diseased tissue, thereby allowing the body to heal naturally so the gum pockets improve and the teeth can become more stable. The laser also aids in the sealing of the pocket, where the bacteria resided, so no new germs can enter. Dr. Tarnoski earned her bachelor’s degree in history and elementary education, as well as her master’s degree in education from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She then spent the next few years teaching within the Wilkes-Barre School District, where she received the PTA’s Lifetime Membership Award for Service. The award is the highest honor from the nation’s largest child advocacy organization and it is given to the person who daily lives out his or her commitment to children. Experiencing challenges as a child with some dental care she received, Dr. Tarnoski decided to capitalize on her background in education and pursue a degree in dental medicine from Temple University. She is a recipient of the Clairol Take Charge Award for women who have overcome obstacles and changed the course of their lives and who can serve as role models for other women. Dentistry, also known as Dental and Oral Medicine, is a branch of medicine that consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the oral cavity. Dr. Tarnoski has been practicing dentistry since 1987 and has continued her field of study by taking continuing education courses in periodontal disease, implant surgery, cosmetic dentistry and laser dentistry. She always takes a proactive approach to dental care, teaching and showing her patients how to properly brush, floss and take good care of their teeth, gums and overall health.

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