If You Get a Cavity or Need Dental Work While Wearing Braces…

Remembering to brush, rinse and floss on a regular basis is a chore by itself…even without braces. But the added nooks and crannies of orthodontics make brushing details even more difficult. Keeping your teeth clean while wearing braces surely can be a challenge and much more difficult to remove food particles that get stuck in between the teeth and brackets.

 

First, before your braces are put on, your dentist most probably took care of any issues you had with regards to cavities. So, you should be in good oral health when the braces go on.

 

But, it is true, cavities can develop while you are wearing your braces.

 

If this does happen, there are generally 2 choices for your dentist to make:

 

Do nothing for the time being. If your issue is found to be in very early stages, it may be possible for the decision to be made to wait until the braces come off to fix the issue.  In the meantime, your role is to take good care of your mouth while you have your braces.

 

Take action. The second choice might be to move forward with fixing the problem, In some instances, fillings may need to be done before braces are complete.

 

Regardless of what is needed, you can be rest assured your dentist is working to achieve the same thing you want.  A beautiful

Good dental hygiene is necessary
Good dental hygiene is necessary

straight smile is the goal for all of you.

 

Your part is to brush and floss according to the daily routine to keep as much as possible from gathering on the braces and teeth while wearing your braces.

 

 

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What Factors Determine How Long You’ll Have to Wear Braces?

braces
braces

People of all ages, just like you, are considering orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons. Maybe you’ve lost some teeth and your teeth are shifting. Or you have crooked teeth and hate your smile. From adolescence to the senior years, you can get fitted with braces to improve your smile once again and regain good oral health.

One of the most common questions dentists hear is, “How long will I have to wear my braces?” The answer basically is as long as it takes. Unfortunately, there are many factors that go into how long the process takes for each person. Generally, however, the average length of time is less than two years, but, again, this can vary for many reasons.

For example, if you have an underlying health condition, you may require longer or shorter time periods for braces. Health problems, such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, and cancer may impact your ability to get braces at all. And, for sure, can have a bearing on how long the braces are worn.

If you have a specific medical condition, it’s a good idea to get a medical exam before consulting with a dentist to help clarify special conditions. That way the dentist can adjust the timeline for wearing braces as needed.

If you’re someone who’s not likely to closely follow the oral dental care prescribed for orthodontia treatment, then you may prolong the braces process.

However, if you are compliant and eager to reap the exciting benefits of an attractive new smile, you’ll will probably wear your braces for the shortest amount of time and typically see the most effective results.

Orthodontic treatment is like other types of medical treatment. The more closely you follow the doctor’s orders, the more quickly the cure will be achieved.  Unless, of course you have a potentially disruptive medical condition.

 

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How to Take Care of Your Braces

There’s no doubt braces can do wonders for your smile.  However, you need to give both the braces and your teeth proper care to avoid damaging either while you’re wearing braces.

 

It goes without saying…It’s important to brush, and floss regularly. Also, keep in mind, you should still keep your regular visits with your dentist.

 

In addition to this, the next most important thing is for you to be cautious of the foods you eat. Food has the greatest potential for doing damage to your braces. So, think before you pop something into your mouth.

 

Here are two things to keep out of your mouth when you have braces:

        Stay away from chewy or sticky sweets

Braces need care to keep from being damaged
Braces need care to keep from being damaged

Treats such as caramels, gum and taffy can get wrapped around and bend your wires and brackets. Also, the sugar in these treats stays on your teeth.

Stay away from hard foods

Hard or crunchy foods, such as chips, ice, and hard candy to name a few can snap a wire or bracket and break it. Obviously, this is something you want to also avoid.

 

When you have your braces put on, the dentist should give you a list of other things to avoid and instructions to follow. Make sure you listen and follow the instructions. If you do, the process of moving your teeth into proper position will not be delayed by having to fix something along the way.

 

Certainly, if you have any questions regarding your oral care during this time or something has bent or breaks, contact your dentist.

 

By taking good care and giving up a few things along the way for a brief period of time, your attention to taking good care of your braces will pay off quickly.

 

 

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Wisdom Doesn’t Come From Your Teeth…

Be wise and have them removed

It is recommended people get their wisdom teeth out since they pose many potential problems.

 

Generally, this happens during the young adult years. For many, having wisdom teeth extracted is an easy choice.

 

But for others, not so much.

 

Are you nervous about having your wisdom teeth pulled?

 

If you are, you should  find comfort in knowing, most people experience little interruption to their regular schedule. Following treatment, you may feel like resting, and it’s a good idea to take it easy. But, in most cases, you’ll be able to go about your day to day activities without any major changes to your routine.

 

If that’s not enough to put your mind at ease and you still have some anxiety, you might want to consider one of the forms sedation dentistry now available.

 

Sedation can help with the anxiety of tooth removal
Sedation can help with the anxiety of tooth removal

It doesn’t matter if you want to “just take the edge off” or be “totally unaware”, there are options to allow you to have the experience you need to get your procedure done.

 

You should discuss this with your dentist and make certain the dentist and staff are trained in all levels of sedation.

 

Sure, you may grow wiser with age and experience, but those wisdom teeth have nothing to do with it. The best thing you can do is to have them removed.  Now that you know there’s a comfortable way to do it, eliminating any fear you may have…there’s no reason not to.

 

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What You Should Know About Your Wisdom Teeth

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

 

Here’s something you should know about your wisdom teeth.

 

Nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Ouch!

a partial erupted wisdom tooth can be very painful and lead to complications.
a partial erupted wisdom tooth can be very painful and lead to complications.

When there isn’t enough room for a tooth to enter the mouth fully, it’s referred to as being “impacted.” If left untreated, it may damage neighboring teeth, or become infected due to the difficulty in reaching and cleaning that area of the mouth and gums.

 

Many dental patients, maybe even like you, have had to decide what to do about your wisdom teeth.

 

To determine what is best for you, however, a visit to your dentist is the smartest solution. Keep in mind, though, if you have them, you should address this issue sooner rather than later.

 

 

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Diabetes and Dental Health: Part 4 – Infection and Cold Sores

With so many Canadians struggling with diabetes, this blog series on Diabetes and Dental Health, is providing a few tips on what to look for and some answers as to what you might do to help.

 

Obviously, the importance of brushing, flossing, and keeping your blood sugar under control is number one on the list. But there may be diabetic signs and symptoms that you have questions about.

 

Thrush
Thrush

For instance, many diabetics report issues with their ability to fight off infection. One of the most common infections that affect the mouth for diabetics is called “thrush”. This is seen often in babies or those who wear dentures, as well.   But, thrush is a form of yeast infection caused by the higher sugar-content in your saliva.

Should you experience this condition, you need to let you doctor or dentist know right away so they can prescribe the proper treatment for you.

 

Have you ever noticed a cold sore or a cut in your mouth that doesn’t quite seem to want to go away? This can be another way diabetes may affect your mouth. Poor control of blood sugar can keep injuries from healing quickly and properly. If you have something in your mouth that you feel isn’t healing as it should, see your dentist.

 

The most important part of this series is to make you aware of things to look for if you have diabetes.

 

If you think you have any infections in your mouth or have sores that won’t heal; or any of the other symptoms mentioned before, be sure to call your dentist and schedule an appointment.

 

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Diabetes and Dental Health: Part 3 – 2 More Signs in Your Mouth…

As part of this series on Diabetes and Dental Health the importance of brushing, flossing and keeping your blood sugar under control have been discussed.

Here are two more signs you may notice and, when possible, what you can do.

The first mouth sign many diabetics complain of is dry mouth.

If you find you’re thirstier than usual, it could be from the diabetes. It might also be caused by certain medications you’ve been prescribed. However, either way, you can combat dry mouth by drinking water, chewing sugar free gum, or eating healthy snacks with a satisfying crunch (carrots, celery, etc.).

The more saliva your mouth is producing, the harder it is for the sugar in your mouth to thrive. And, as stated before, it’s important to keep sugar off your teeth as much as possible.

Secondly, you might have noticed a difference in the flavor of some of your favorite foods.

salt and sugar
salt and sugar

You aren’t alone. Many diabetics report having to add more salt/sugar to their food to get it to taste the way they remember.

While adding these may help the taste of your food, it’s not good for your mouth and overall oral health.

Not only can this lead to you having more cavities, but if you find yourself with a bad taste in your mouth more often than not, you’ll want to see your dentist. There may be something else going on you should have checked out.

 

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Diabetes and Dental Health: Part 1 – How to Prevent Poor Dental Health

According to the website Diabetes Canada, in 2015 an estimated 3.4 million people have diabetes in Canada. This number is targeted to jump to a whopping 5 million by the year 2025. These numbers don’t even consider the additional 6.4 million prediabetics aged 20 or older expected by the year 2025.

With that many people dealing with diabetes, it’s no wonder dentists are getting more and more questions from their patients about how this disease affects their dental health.

In the next few posts, you’ll have the important questions answered.

Up first, is taking a look at what your blood sugar levels can do to your mouth.

Because diabetes reduces blood supply to the gums themselves, Infections in your gums and bones are a higher risk.

Additionally, high blood sugar can cause dry mouth which actually makes gum disease worse. Since there’s nothing to rinse the sugar off the teeth, plaque builds up faster. With the added plaque buildup teeth decay faster.

The good news is you can actually prevent a lot of these issues simply by controlling your blood sugar.

Good dental health depends on you taking care of your overall health.

Here are 3 specific things you should look for and call your dentist if any of these happen:

  • If you discover you have bleeding or sore gums
  • You seem to get infections often
  • If you realize you have bad breath that won’t go away

Here’s what you need to do if you have diabetes and want to maintain good dental health…

Healthy teeth and gums are vital to your overall oral health. Be sure to brush and floss twice daily. Get a good antiseptic mouthwash to use daily as well.

Keep your checkups every 6 months and be sure your dentist knows you have diabetes. Keep your blood sugar under control and eliminate smoking. Seek help if you need to find a way to stop.

Communication is the key between you and your dentist. The more they know about you and your diabetes, the better they can help you keep your mouth healthy too.

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Sedation Dentistry – Your answer to pain-free dental work…

With the increasing knowledge and popularity about sedation dentistry; people who have not used it want to know if it might be a good choice for them. And more importantly, is this a good choice for you?

 

People are asking dentists much more frequently, “Will sedation dentistry work for me?” The answer is just about always “YES!”

 

But before you move ahead, you must be certain your dentist is the right choice to do the treatment.

 

The term sedation dentistry has been coined “sleep dentistry”, but that’s not quite necessarily true. You will feel sleepy, very relaxed and may not remember much of the appointment; which are the goals of sedation dentistry.

 

One of the benefits of sedation dentistry is that it does provide a hypnotic effect. You will probably remember very little of the treatment. In fact, many patients recall coming to the office and then find themselves in the comfort of their own bed, hours after the appointment was done.

 

If you’ve been wondering if sedation is a good option for you, ask your dentist to see what options they provide. Not all dentists are licensed to practice sedation dentistry.  You’ll want to make sure you find one that has the experience and training to do the best job for you

 

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What’s the Problem with Chewing Ice?

Many don’t know this, but people who have anemia, which is a low level of iron in the blood, have a desire to chew ice. If you are doing this, and you’ve not been diagnosed, while it may not be, you should bring this to the attention of your physician and find out.

 

But, when it comes to your teeth and the effects if can have on them…that’s what is important here.

 

Some people chew ice without even realizing they’re doing it. If you keep doing this, you can cause permanent damage to your teeth by creating small cracks in the tooth enamel over time.

 

Think about your enamel like a frozen pond or lake from a cartoon.

 

The cartoon character steps onto the ice and everything seems fine. But when they get to the center of the ice, there’s a slight cracking sound. One crack turns into another, and another and another. Yes. You can see it coming…

 

Eventually the ice breaks away and the character falls in, right?

 

The same thing is happening when you chew ice.

 

The small cracks you make grow larger and larger until ultimately the tooth breaks; forcing you to make an appointment to see your favorite dentist.

 

Again, first have this checked out by your physician to see is there are any medical problems linked to this symptom. If not, consider being more aware of your ice chewing and determine ways to eliminate this habit. Your dentist can help.

 

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