This is an archived list of DENTAL ADVICE BLOGS from previous days. All DENTAL ADVICE BLOGS are written by one of our editors, all of whom are practicing dentists.
Their purpose is to provide further dental information which may help others with similar issues, or to stimulate questions or discussion. If you have questions about any procedures or statements made here, please feel free to CONTACT US.
At the beginning of each DENTAL ADVICE BLOG, the TOPIC of the entry is listed to provide ease of use.
Any references made to patients are entirely anonymous, and any names used are made up to protect the real person's privacy. Also, your personal dentist should be consulted regarding any dental procedure which you intend to have done, as this site is not intended to diagnose or treat anyone's dental needs.
25 December 2008
The Dental Advice Blog writers wishes everyone a A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!
8 December 2008
POST OP COMPLICATIONS FROM EXTRACTIONS
After extractions, the most common complications are infection and dry socket. Normally the pain and swelling will decrease as the days go by, so if that's the case, you probably don't need to worry about anything. If you do start to have increased pain or swelling, then you may have something going on and need to contact your dentist. (comments?)
26 November 2008
The Dental Advice Blog writers wishes everyone a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
18 November 2008
ROOT CANALS VS EXTRACTIONS
When you have a toothache and your dentist tells you a root canal is needed, your only other option is to have it extracted. While root canals are fairly expensive, if you remove the tooth, replacing the tooth or filling the space may be more expensive in the long run; so make sure your dentist discusses the pros and cons of all treatment before it is rendered. (comments?)
11 November 2008
WHITENING ON TEENAGERS
We are asked all the time, if it is ok for a teenager to whiten his or her teeth. We normally wait until the person is about 18, just because sometimes teeth do lighten up on their own, and we like to wait until all their teeth come in and how they develop, if braces are going to be needed, etc, before worry about whitening. On the other hand, if a person is very self conscious about having yellowish teeth, whitening can be very helpful, even in teenagers. It can help improve self esteem, self confidence, and change a person's life. (comments?)
14 October 2008
Bonding is what dentistry has evolved into. Almost all fillings these days are tooth colored, bonded fillings. Many dentist even use bonded cements when cementing veneers and crowns. (comments?) 7 October 2008
Patients are always looking for a cheap way to bleach their teeth. The problem is that they want them to be snow white, but don't want to spend a dime. There are many over the counter products and probably some home remedies, but you get what you pay for. Is it really worth your time to research all the various home remedies, or which over the counter products work better, spend money here and there, trying this and that, when you can just pay one time and get them done right at your dental office? Bleaching trays are essentially a lifetime of bleaching, because you can always buy more bleach (which is very inexpensive) 1, 5, 10, probably even 20 years down the line. (comments?)
3 October 2008
HOME CARE WITH BRACES
Many patients with braces neglect their home care because it is too difficult. This is exact opposite of what needs to be done. Braces do make it more difficult to clean, but makes it much more easy for plaque and bacteria to sit around and cause cavities. This is why it is imperative that with braces home care is impeccable. (comments?)
23 September 2008
Dental infections can be very serious. When something starts to swell in their mouth, people often hope it will go away on it's own. This can be very dangerous. Dental infections can progress very quickly and if they progress into certain spaces of your face, they can block off your airway and become life threatening. Also, the sooner you get it treated, the easier and less painful it will be. (comments?)
8 September 2008
CHEAP WHITENING SUBSTITUTES?
People are always looking for cheap ways to whiten their teeth, yet they want professional results. What normally happens is they waste a lot of time and money trying all sorts of home remedies, then end up getting them whitened professionally anyway because they didn't get the results they wanted. Yes, it does cost a little more to have them professionally whitened, but if you get bleaching trays, you can wear them indefinitely, so you are essentially getting a LIFETIME of bleaching for that price. And you will get much better results in much less time. (comments?)
28 August 2008
FLOSSING HELPS REDUCE BACTERIA IN TWINS
In a recent article published by the Journal of Periodontology, they did a study with twins, where one twin brushed but didn't floss, and the other brushed as well as flossed. At the end of two weeks, the twin who did not floss, had a much higher incidence of periodontal disease and cavity causing bacteria. Just further evidence supporting the importance of flossing! Click here to read the abstract (comments?)
18 August 2008
Most people have 32 adult teeth (including wisdom teeth), but it is not uncommon to have extra teeth. These are called, supernumerary teeth. Some of the more common areas are in the wisdom teeth region or the anterior region. Most of the time these are removed, as often times the person does not have sufficient room for more teeth, or the supernumerary teeth are not in a suitable position or do not erupt at all. (comments?)
7 August 2008
DO BRACES HURT?
We get asked this all the time. The process of putting braces on doesn't hurt. The brackets are bonded on like fillings, and you don't need to be anesthetized. The process takes about an hour and is really not a big deal. After the braces are put on, and whenever you come back to have them adjusted, your teeth will feeltight, so it will be a little sore, but that goes away within a few days. And you definitely will get used to it.(comments?)
30 July 2008
AFFORDING DENTAL CARE
I hear children all the time with many dental needs complain that they can't get their work done because their parents tell them they can't afford the work. Meanwhile, the parents tell you about the trips they're taking, the new car, the new tv, the new house, etc. Little dental problems always grow up to be big dental problems, so the sooner you get them fixed, the less expensive it will be in the long run.(comments?)
17 July 2008
Many parents get upset when a general dentist wants to refer their child to a pediatric dentist because they don't want to go to additional appointments and or possibly pay higher fees. While it may be a little inconvenient, if it saves your child from having a bad experience at the dentist, it may prevent your child from fearing dentists in the future. Many adults still fear the dentist because of bad childhood experiences, and seeing a specialist definitely can prevent that fear from lasting a lifetime. (comments?)
WEARING ORTHODONTIC RETAINERS
After you get your braces off, you need to wear your retainers indefinitely, in the long term. Teeth can move in a matter of hours, so when you first get your braces off, you need to wear your retainers 24 hours a day! Eventually you can just wear them at night, but you'll need to wear them as long as you want your teeth nice and straight! (comments?)
17 June 2008
CHANGING DENTISTS AND WORK NEEDED
Many people go see a new dentist and find out they need a lot of work, when they may have not needed any work for a long time. There are many studies that show that changing dentists increases the amount of work diagnosed. Some conditions that have been followed for several years do not need to be addressed, but when a different dentist sees it without having the past records, the dentist diagnoses a problem. In short, if you find a dentist you like, try to stay with him or her. (comments?) 9 June 2008
CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN FRONT TEETH
Many people have a gap between their front teeth, and ask if it can be closed. Below is an example of howporcelain tooth veneers can accomplish this.
2 June 2008
GRAY LINES NEAR THE GUMLINE OF CROWNS
Many people wonder what that gray line is near their gumline on teeth that have crowns. Most porcelain crowns have a metal substructure underneath the porcelain, and this is what is showing near the gumline. Often times the margin (where the tooth and crown meet) is placed underneath the gumline, but sometimes it is not. Also, sometimes when the crown is initially placed, it is below the gumline, but if the gum recedes, it will show. This is not a functional problem, but can be an esthetic concern.(comments?)
20 May 2008
PERIODONTAL CLEANINGS VS PERIODONTAL SURGERY
Periodontal surgery is definitely needed in some cases for a variety of reasons. If you have periodontal/gum disease however, in general it is a good idea to have your periodontal cleaning (scaling and root planing, or sometimes referred to as a deep cleaning) done first, to see how your gums respond, prior to having surgery done. This may prevent you from needing surgery, but will also make your gums healthier, so if you do need surgery, it will also make it easier for the dentist to manage (healthy gums are much easier to manage than inflamed gums!). (comments?)
5 May 2008, Dental Blogs
WORN DOWN TEETH
If your teeth are worn down, you most likely are either grinding or clenching your teeth during the day and or night, and it is highly recommended to get a nightguard or other treatment in order to prevent this from progressing. When your teeth wear down, you bite collapses which can contribute to TMJ problems or even wrinkles around your mouth! (comments?)
14 April 2008, Dental Blogs
PUBLIC HEALTH CLINICS
We have been researching public health clinics in each state, and have listed them on our DENTIST REFERRALS page. Often times public health clinics will see patients who do not have dental insurance or who have limited income.
27 March 2008, Dental Blogs
9 March 2008, Dental Blogs
ALTERNATIVES TO NITROUS OXIDE
Many patients request nitrous oxide when they have dental work done. This can be very effective in decreasing anxiety, and does have many positive aspects; such as a quick onset and it quickly leaves your system when the gas is turned off. Some patients do not like the way it makes them feel however, and if that is the case, you may want to try asking your dentist for an oral sedative to take prior to your procedure. It will take the edge off and relax you, and should make your appointment a much less stressful event!
25 February 2008, Dental Blogs
HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WEAR MY RETAINERS?
After people get their braces off, they always ask how long they need to wear their retainers? On a daily basis, you normally have to wear them all day, until a certain point when you may only need to wear them at night. But for the long term, you need to continue wearing your retainers as long as you want your teeth to be straight. If you stop wearing your retainers or lose them, your teeth will move!
11 February 2008, Dental Blogs
HELP YOUR KIDS
We see it all the time. A young child comes in and has cavities, and the parent immediately berates the child for not brushing and or flossing adequately. While it is true, your child may be fooling you and not brushing, it is your duty as a parent to make sure that your child is brushing twice daily AND flossing daily. And until your child is about 8-10 years old, she or he may not have the dexterity necessary to floss correctly. So talk to your dentist or hygienist and they will check to see if your child is able to do these things on his or her own. But, it is still your responsibility as parent to make sure it gets done!
1 February 2008, Dental Blogs
FREE PROMOTION FOR DENTAL OFFICES
We are trying to expand our services to help patients find quality dentists, so for a limited time, we will be offering a free promotion to dental offices. If you wish to have your office listed in our referral section, justfill out this form with your web address and any other pertinent information.
14 January 2008, Dental Blogs
Patients often get confused when they come from other offices after their insurance changes, and when they see a different dentist, they get presented with a different treatment plan from what their previous dentist recommended. Unfortunately, not all dentists have the same treatment philosophy, stemming from where they went to dental school, any post graduate training, and the type practice(s) they worked in previously. It does not mean that one person's opinion is "right", and one is "wrong", but if you show the same patient to 10 different dentists, you may very well get 10 different treatment plans.
1 January 2008, Dental Advice Blogs
The Dental Advice Blog writers wishes everyone a SAFE AND FUN NEW YEAR!!