Did you know that your teeth have several layers, and that the outer layers are comprised of minerals? This is one of the reasons that experts encourage us to drink our milk or get plenty of calcium through other foods. The issue with teeth is that the mineral content they have – and need – is naturally diminished when we eat. This decrease in essential minerals can occur more rapidly if the mouth becomes acidic; and the more mineral content that is lost, the greater the risk of cavities.
What do we do about Demineralization?
If you do an internet search about remineralizing teeth, you may feel overwhelmed by suggestions such as making bone broth and drinking it every day (after the 3-day cooking process!). Likewise, making your own remineralizing toothpaste out of hard-to-find ingredients may not be your cup of tea.
Fortunately, this may not even be necessary.
The body knows how to function, and how to repair itself. This applies to the mouth and our teeth, as well. The body knows that teeth will lose their minerals, which is why saliva contains substances like phosphate and calcium. The problem is, most people do not take a break from food and beverages long enough for saliva to work its magic in the mouth. When we eat and drink every few hours, the mouth remains in an acidic state and saliva has a harder time buffering the damaging effects.
How to Help your Mouth
After a meal, snack, or beverage, the best thing we can do for our teeth is to take a break of at least two hours. During this time, saliva washes over the surfaces of enamel, depositing valuable minerals that rebuild strength. To amplify the flow of saliva, the American Dental Association recommends chewing gum sweetened with xylitol.
In addition to healthy eating habits, oral care is vital to tooth mineralization. Brushing twice a day is a chore that requires mindful practice. Two full minutes should be spent on this activity, which should then be followed up with flossing. Finally, daily oral care habits are wonderfully complemented with routine dental care, which we are happy to provide.
Posted on 05/30/2016 at 12:00:00 AM
Dental anxiety is a common reason that Americans skip their routine visits to the dentist. The fear associated with dentistry is not thing to be ashamed of; you are not alone if you have avoided making that six-month checkup, even if you have been putting it off for years.
The problem with dental anxiety is that you are not getting the care you need to keep your teeth and gums health. If and when you do finally see the dentist, it is more than likely because of a painful problem. This pattern only exacerbates the fear you may have of sitting in the dental chair; but we can change all of that.
Dr. Morrison and Dr. Bramipour want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you visit Moberi Dental Specialists. We offer several sedation dentistry techniques to make your visits productive, pleasant, and pain-free.
Why Some People have Dental Anxiety
Dental phobias can develop for several reasons:
Sensitivity in teeth and gums
Traumatic or unpleasant dental experience in the past
Fear of needles
Difficulty sitting still for long periods
Strong gag reflex
Sensitivity to the overall environment of the dental office
Fear of embarrassment related to perceived poor oral health
How Sedation Works
There are several method of sedation that can help patients obtain necessary dental care. Essentially, they all do the same thing; but they differ in the method of delivery.
Nitrous oxide, known as “laughing gas,” is a mild form of sedation that is delivered through a comfortable nasal mask. After just a few seconds of inhalation, your stress and fear will begin to melt away and you will tolerate dental care easily. Just as quickly as the sedative effects sets in, it leaves. This is unique to nitrous oxide, which is why this is the only form of sedation that allows you to drive yourself to and from your dental visits.
Oral conscious sedation involves taking a prescription medication shortly before your dental treatment. Because it is ingested, it may take slightly longer to blunt your anxiety. However, oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for mild to moderate dental anxiety.
IV sedation is administered under observation throughout the entire dental procedure. It is safe and effective, alleviating fears quickly and facilitating complete comfort.
Posted on 05/15/2016 at 12:00:00 AM
Right along with your skin, your joints, and every other body part, your teeth age with every passing year. Day in and day out, your teeth are subjected to gnashing and grinding that can, at some point, take a toll. While you become mindful of the lifestyle and dietary habits that keep your body nourished and flexible, it is important to also remain vigilant about caring for your teeth.
The Effects of Aging on Teeth
Wear and Tear
Teeth fulfill a mechanical function in the body. They bite and grind down food for digestion. The hard outer shell of enamel is extremely durable and should not become brittle as it ages. However, many people suffer damage such as cracks or chips. Why? There are a couple of reasons.
Posted on 04/30/2016 at 12:00:00 AM
Infection is one of the major problems for which root canal therapy is indicated. To diagnose infection in another part of the body, a medical practitioner will perform blood work. When it comes to teeth, the process isn’t quite so cut and dry. The experienced endodontist has the skill and innate ability to recognize problematic teeth, but also relies on scientific data and information obtained from the patient. Because root canal problems can be complex, it is important to consult with a highly trained dentist or endodontist to ensure the right treatment is performed.
The questions that need to be asked when assessing a damaged tooth include:
Is pulp tissue dying, or is it already dead?
With proper treatment, could pulp tissue rec...Read more
Posted on 04/15/2016 at 12:00:00 AM
Tooth loss is a problem for which modern dentistry has better solutions than ever. Still, the team at Moberi Dental Specialists stands with expert opinion that it is always preferable to save natural tooth structure than to attempt to replicate natural structure with a prosthetic. Sometimes, to accomplish this goal, root canal therapy must be performed.
The Necessity for Advanced Care
We understand that most people would prefer to avoid root canal treatment if at all possible; some so much so that they consider tooth extraction as an alternative. Rather than go to that extreme, we encourage our patients to understand why root canal therapy may become necessary. With this information, there is a greater opportunity to avoid advanced denta...Read more
Posted on 03/30/2016 at 12:00:00 AM
The team at Moberi Dental Specialists wants patients who visit us to have smile that make them feel good. Cosmetic problems and tooth pain present a clear threat to quality of life, and with many people feeling anxious about seeing the dentist, there is more reason than ever to spread pertinent information about protecting teeth from common dental problems.
Conditions like cavities and infection typically begin with oral bacteria. Tiny microorganisms live in the mouth. There is nothing we can do to fully eliminate them. However, much can be done to minimize their effect on enamel. One of the ways to do this is to avoid habits that may lead to erosion, a prevalent problem in today’s society.
Is erosion the same as tooth decay?
Posted on 03/15/2016 at 12:00:00 AM
Your gums lay low, pretending to be pink and weak. Reality is your gums are tough customers. They are the only line of defense protecting the roots of your teeth. If you take good care of your gums, they in turn will take good care of your teeth, and you’ll be happier for that.
What you don’t want is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the medical term for gum disease. It involves infection of the gums that can end up leading to tooth loss, or at best endodontic procedures to save your tooth or teeth.
But gum disease isn’t a natural end result; it’s easy to prevent. Periodontal disease begins with dental plaque, which is the sticky film that forms on your teeth throughout the day. Plaque has lots of bacteria in it. Dental plaque is easy to remove simply by daily brushing and flossing. In fact, a good home dental hygiene program of brushing twice daily for two minutes and flossing once a day is usually enough for most people to never have to deal with gum disease.
Ah, but if you get lazy at home, skipping brushing here and there and never flossing, problems take hold. Lax home hygiene, along with other factors such a smoking, can allow plaque to have its way with your mouth. When plaque isn’t removed it hardens into calculus, also known as tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist.
First comes gingivitis
The first signs of problems are gum irritation, formally called gingivitis. The bacteria in plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums. They become red and bleed easily. Plus, the tartar that has formed gradually makes its way below the gumline, leading to more irritation.
At this point, you can reverse the trend with a professional cleaning and more diligent home care. But if you don’t opt for this route, the gum irritation worsens and the gums begin to pull away from the teeth causing pockets for form. These pockets hold all the bacteria from the plaque and that bacteria begin to attack the roots of the teeth. You can see where this is leading — tooth loss and jawbone deterioration.
Now, a trip to Dr. Morrison will be necessary just to keep your teeth. He’ll perform a root canal or other related procedures just to save your natural tooth or teeth. And to think, it call could have been headed off with just a few minutes of home hygiene every day!
Posted on 02/28/2016 at 12:00:00 AM
You only get one set of adult teeth, so if you want them to last, you need to take necessary steps to protect them from the inside out.
Endodontics can help you do this. Keep reading to learn more.
What is each tooth made of?
Each tooth inside your mouth is made up of multiple parts. These parts work together to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Each tooth can be divided into the crown and the root. The crown is visible above the gumline and the root is the narrower section below the gumline that connects to your jaw. The crown and root both contain enamel, dentin, and dental pulp.
The enamel is the hard, white outer coating on your teeth. It protects the layers underneath.
The dentin is under the enamel. It makes up a larger portion of the tooth, but it is slightly softer and less while than the enamel.
At the core of the tooth is the dental pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. When the dental pulp is healthy, it can help provide nourishment to the tooth, but if it gets inflamed or infected, it can cause serious and lasting damage. Endodontics is a field of dentistry that specializes in treating dental pulp and correcting problems before they result in long term damage or tooth loss.
Endodontic Procedures That Protect And Save Your Teeth
If your adult tooth has to be extracted for any reason, it will never grow back. Having a missing tooth can interfere with daily tasks like eating, talking, and drinking. Gaps in your smile can also detract from your appearance and lead to other dental problems in the future.
While extracted teeth can be replaced with artificial crowns and other cosmetic solutions, replacement teeth will never be as strong as the original. That is why endodontic specialists make every effort to save the original tooth.
Common endodontic procedures include protecting cracked teeth before the inside layers get damaged, root canal therapy to remove infected pulp, and apicoectomy to remove infected tissues including damaged dental roots.
To learn more about endodontics, schedule an appointment with Moberi Dental Specialists.
Posted on 02/15/2016 at 12:00:00 AM
You only have one set of adult teeth and they need to last for a lifetime. It is important that your whole family knows how to take care of their teeth. Good oral hygiene habits can help your children start things off right and you may end up saving money by preventing cavities and other more serious dental problems down the road.
The following tips can help you instill healthy dental habits in the whole family.
Set An Example
Your children keep a close eye on what you do throughout the day, so use this to your advantage. Make sure they see you brushing and flossing your teeth in the morning so that they know it is a priority. You can also set a good example by eating foods that are healthy for your teeth and avoiding soda, sugary gum, and other problematic foods.
In addition to setting an example at home, your kids should also see that you go to the dentist regularly. This helps them understand that it is important, and it may help them be less nervous when it is time for their own checkup.
Posted on 01/30/2016 at 12:00:00 AM
Bad breath is not only embarrassing; it can also be a sign of other more serious problems. Keep reading to learn how to keep prevent bad breath.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is caused by a variety of things, but in many cases it is the result of bacteria that build up in your mouth. The following things can contribute to bad breath:
Having a dry mouth – Saliva plays an important role in keeping your mouth clean and getting rid of unwanted bacteria. When your mouth dries out, those bacteria build up and cause unpleasant odors. If you’ve noticed that you have bad breath in the morning, it is probably because your mouth is dry.
Eating smelly foods – Things like garlic and onions can leave an unpleasant smell in your mouth for hours, even after you’ve brushed your teeth. If you’re going to be eating onions, garlic, or other similar foods, know that your breath may be affected. Brushing your teeth thoroughly, cleaning the back of your tongue, flossing, and using mouthwash may help.
Having an infection: Bad breath can be a sign of a more serious oral health problem such as gum disease. If you have chronic bad breath, you should ask your dentist for advice.
Tips For Keeping Your Breath Fresh
You don’t have to live with the embarrassment caused by bad breath. There are plenty of simple things you can do to keep your breath fresh. Start with the following:
Drink water throughout the day to rinse out your mouth and aid the production of saliva.
Brush your teeth after each meal.
Remember to clean the back of your tongue. Bacteria can build up in the back of your mouth and cause unpleasant odors.
Keep sugar free gum or mints handy. They can’t eliminate bacteria, but they can mask unpleasant odors in a pinch.
Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Even if you floss every day like you should, there are parts of your mouth that are very difficult to keep clean. The dentist can get your mouth completely clean and find any problems that could be contributing to bad breath. Contact Moberi Dental Specialists to learn more.
Posted on 01/15/2016 at 12:00:00 AM