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The Basics of a Frenectomy
Posted on 7/20/2018 by Jeremy Burke
You recently took your child to the dentist, and he recommended you consider a frenectomy. Subjecting your child to a surgery might sound scary, but by better understanding the procedure, you may feel more at ease. What Exactly is a Frenectomy? A frenectomy involves removing the frenum of the mouth. There are two of these muscular attachments in the mouth, and at times, they can obstruct normal function. They include: Lingual frenectomies are quite common among young children. This simple procedure involves numbing the tongue before a small incision is made to release the tongue from the floor of the child's mouth. Then, the incision is stitched to give the tissue an opportunity to heal. What Are the Benefits of a Frenectomy? Both types of frenectomies offer benefits. The labial frenectomy can reduce pain and discomfort, and it can work to eliminate tooth gaps found between the two front teeth. It can also improve bite function. Lingual frenectomies offer a wealth of benefits to young children. This is especially true when it comes to speech function. A lingual frenectomy is a common procedure for children who tend to become “tongue-tied.” Also known as ankyloglossia, this anomaly is thought to decrease mobility of the tongue tip, and left untreated, a child may go through several years of speech therapy without any improvement. If you are concerned that your child might need a frenectomy – or if another dentist has recommended the procedure and you simply need another opinion – please give our office a call. We have experience helping parents to better understand the pros and cons of this procedure. We want you to feel comfortable with your decision....
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How Do You Maintain Veneers?
Posted on 7/10/2018 by Jeremy Burke
You finally made the decision to improve your smile with porcelain veneers. You love your new look, but you might not be aware that you need to put in some work to maintain it. By following these helpful tips, you can enjoy your beautiful new set of teeth for many years into the future. Make Oral Hygiene a Priority Just because you have veneers doesn't mean you don't have to brush or floss. You still need to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Brush twice a day, but ideally after every meal. You should also floss at least once a day and rinse your mouth periodically with water or antiseptic mouthwash. This will help to keep the bacteria levels in your mouth under control. Avoid Staining Agents Although veneers tend to be stain resistant, just like the natural teeth, they may become discolored with time. For this reason, you should limit your consumption of stain-causing drinks and foods. This includes soda, coffee, berries, red wine, and many others. If you smoke, you also need to consider the effects on your teeth, as smoking is one of the major causes of stains. Quitting will improve your oral and overall health. Treat Your Bruxism If you tend to clench and grind your teeth, it is important to discuss this with your dentist. Bruxism places stress onto the teeth and can damage the veneers. Your dentist may recommend a bite guard, especially one to wear overnight. These devices minimize stress placed onto the teeth and can help your veneers to last well into the future. Do you want a beautiful new smile? If you are in need of a smile makeover, call us today. We use porcelain veneers to minimize stains, close gaps, and repair chipped or cracked teeth. You'll leave with a smile that you can't wait to show off....
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Do Processed Sugars Really Hurt Your Teeth?
Posted on 6/23/2018 by Jeremy Burke
We've all heard that too much sugar will lead to cavities. While this might be ""common"" knowledge, the process and the reason for this phenomenon is not so well-known. The actual act of eating sugar isn't bad on its own, but the process it triggers inside of your mouth can do some major harm to your pearly whites. Sugar and Plaque Accumulation Plaque is a constant occurrence in the mouth, and it will accumulate any time that you eat something. Specifically, when you eat sugar, it will act like an acid that wants to attack your enamel. The acid attack can last for upwards of 20 minutes, during which time the bacteria in your mouth use the sugar as fuel to multiply and adhere themselves to your teeth. With time, this bacteria build up becomes plaque, which will continue to eat away at your teeth. The problems don't end with plaque. If you fail to brush your teeth regularly in order to remove this enamel-eating substance, it can harden to form tartar. Then, you'll need intervention from a dentist in order to remove it. Tartar isn't something that you can simply brush away, and you'll need a dental cleaning with specialized equipment to clean your teeth properly. Cavities Your teeth wage a constant war against bacteria, sugar, and acid, and when left unchecked, cavities may develop. You might not notice a cavity until it is in its advanced stages, which may produce pain, sensitivity, and even a black spot or hole. Depending on the severity of the cavity, a filling, root canal, or extraction may be required. Now that you know more about how sugar will impact your teeth, you need to take steps to fight them off. Make your first line of defense an appointment with your dentist. Call us today to book....
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