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10 Easy Ways to Help Prevent Tooth Decay

10 Easy Ways to Help Prevent Tooth Decay

  • Posted: Feb 17, 2015
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Tooth decay is a problem for children, teens and adults. Plaque, a sticky bacteria substance, is continuously forming on teeth and gums. When foods containing sugar are consumed, plaque feeds on the sugars and produces acids. The acids attack tooth enamel (the tooth’s hard outer layer) causing tooth decay over time. A sign of early tooth decay is a ‘white spot’ appearing on the tooth enamel. At this stage, tooth decay can be stopped or reversed. If this does not happen, the enamel may be destroyed and form a cavity. Here are ten tips to prevent tooth decay from occurring.

1. Use fluoride toothpaste

Fluoride is a mineral found in soil, water and some foods that can prevent, reduce or stop early tooth decay. It decreases the ability of the plaque bacteria to produce acid and prevents mineral loss in tooth enamel. For most people, using fluoride toothpaste twice a day provides adequate protection. The widespread use of fluoride (averaging 95% of all toothpaste sales in developed countries) is seen to be a major contributor to the decline of tooth decay over the last 30 years.

  1. Reduce snacking on sugary foods and drinks

Eating and drinking foods and drinks with a high sugar content between meals is a lot more damaging to teeth than consuming them with a meal. Snacking on sugary and starchy foods causes repeated acid attacks on teeth. More saliva is produced during meals, so eating sugary foods during this time is preferable to help break down the resulting acid. Healthier snack alternatives include cheese, fruit and vegetables.

  1. Consider dental sealants

Dental sealants provide a protective coating to the surface of back teeth. The resin material acts as a barrier to plaque and acids, which can cause tooth decay. The biting surface of back teeth is one of the most susceptible areas for tooth decay due to the grooves, pits and fissures that exist. It is difficult to clean these areas, especially when the grooves are deeper.

  1. Drink soda through a straw

Water is the best drink around for good oral health, but if soda is something you simply cannot give up, consider drinking it with a straw. This can help minimize the sugary and acidic soda damaging teeth, most effective when the straw does not come in contact with the teeth. Keep in mind that while diet soda has less sugar then the regular kind, it still contains a lot of acid, which may cause tooth decay

5. Regular dental cleanings

Visiting your dentist for regular teeth cleanings and oral exams is an important part in maintains good dental health. Professional teeth cleanings help to get rid of plaque build-up. A dentist can help spot problems early when they are easier and less expensive to treat. Most dentists also practice preventative care, to help stop problems before they even happen. Your dentist can advise you the best cleaning techniques and oral hygiene routines.

  1. Eat more crunchy vegetables and fruit

Foods with fiber (carrots, apples, celery) have a detergent effect in your mouth when eating. The crisp texture wipes away bacteria that can cause tooth decay. The amount of chewing required to eat fibrous food also stimulates an increase in saliva flow, which is the best natural defense against cavities. Saliva begins to neutralize acids around 20 minutes after eating.

  1. Drink water after eating

Water provides an excellent mouth rinse, washing away both bacteria and the remnants of food that can turn into plaque by bacteria. Water also neutralizes the effects of acidic and sugary foods. Tap water in many countries includes fluoride, which also helps prevent tooth decay in a similar manner to fluoride toothpaste. Tooth decay is more likely to occur in a dry mouth, so drinking water frequenting is a great way to combat this.

  1.  Brush teeth twice a day

One of the most important parts of your at-home oral hygiene routine is brushing your teeth at least twice a day. One of these brushings should take place before going to bed. Brushing should be avoided shortly after consuming acidic foods and drink (fruit, soda or wine) to give saliva a chance to neutralize the acid. If it is not possible to brush after mealtimes, rinsing your mouth with water is good practice.

  1.  Consume more calcium

Teeth are composed of calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals. Eating calcium rich foods can help protect teeth against acids and rebuild tooth enamel. Calcium is found in dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, a selection of fortified beverages (soy, rice, juice), canned salmon or sardines (with bones) and dairy products.

  1. Floss teeth regularly

Along with brushing teeth, flossing should be performed at least once daily to remove plaque and food particles adhered to teeth and gums. The area between teeth is particularly vulnerable to cavity formation but is difficult to reach with toothbrush bristles. Flossing before sleeping is just as important as brushing teeth.

 

Through small lifestyle changes it is possible to avoid, stop and reverse tooth decay. Visit your dentist for more tips and advice on how to prevent tooth decay.

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Choosing the Right Type of Dental Braces for You

Choosing the Right Type of Dental Braces for You

  • Posted: Feb 06, 2015
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With braces being most often associated with children and teenagers, many people have the misconception that it is too late to treat crooked and misaligned teeth in adulthood. Teeth can be straightened at any age, using braces that can also correct bite and jaw problems. Not just an aesthetics issue, misaligned or crowded teeth can cause tooth decay, gum disease, headaches and earaches, as well as speaking, biting or chewing problems. Dental technology has made great strides in recent years, with braces becoming more comfortable, convenient and efficient than ever before. To inform you of the options available, this article will discuss the most commonly used methods to straighten teeth and their advantages.
Traditional metal braces
The most popular form of braces used today are traditional metal braces that use a bracket system. Brackets are the small squares that are bonded directly to the front of each tooth and act as handles, holding the arch wires that move the teeth. The arch wires are secured using elastics. Modern metal braces are made out of top quality stainless steel and are smaller and more comfortable than ever. Regular tightening appointments were previously essential to increase the pressure and tension on the teeth, but new body heat activated arch wires complete this process without any assistance. Metal braces are the least expensive form of braces but also the most noticeable

Ceramic braces
Many adults do not want other people to notice they are wearing them, as brace wearing is most often associated with children. For an additional cost, clear ceramic braces are available. The brackets are made of composite materials, intended to mimic the colors of your natural teeth. Barely visible to the naked eye, ceramic braces are popular with adults who want all the benefits of traditional metal braces (tried and true results) but a more visually appealing look. The one major difference and disadvantage between metal and ceramic braces is that the latter tends to break more easily. Patients need to treat ceramic braces with care as the composite material can stain if not looked after properly.
Lingual braces
There are a few other options available in addition to the traditional style of braces. Lingual braces are also metal braces, but they are fitted to the back of the teeth instead of the front. These braces work in a similar way as traditional braces however they are not typically visible to other people. They are also not suitable for all types of orthodontic issues. Lingual braces are usually much more expensive than the most common metal type and can be harder to get used to. Adjustments also tend to take longer and the braces can be difficult to clean. For some patients, these disadvantages are heavily outweighed by the visually appealing look.
‘Invisible’ braces
An increasingly popular alternative to metal braces is so-called invisible braces. These consist of a series of custom fitted aligners that fit over teeth and gradually shift them into place. The clear color of the retainers makes them very difficult for other people to notice. The aligners are removable but are typically worn all day and night except when eating, brushing and flossing. For this reason oral hygiene is often easier to maintain while using this type of brace. Invisible braces are best suited for individuals with mild spacing problems rather than more complex issues. Results with aligners may not be as fast as with metal braces and usually has a far higher price tag.
Making a decision
The first step to deciding which type of braces is right for you is to discuss your options with your orthodontist. For many adults, the look of the braces is the most important factor but this must be considered in relation to other issues. The nature and severity of your misalignment may mean you are not suitable for one or two of the options. Time may also be a factor since some of the methods involve a much longer process than others. Remember that getting braces as an adult usually means that results will take longer. Regardless of the type you choose, getting braces is a worthwhile investment for a healthy, beautiful smile.

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How to Prevent and Ease Sensitive Teeth

How to Prevent and Ease Sensitive Teeth

  • Posted: Feb 05, 2015
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Discomfort or pain from tooth sensitivity is a common and treatable dental problem. It is often noticed when consuming hot, cold, sugary and acidic food and drink. Pain experienced from sensitive teeth can range from a mild twinge to discomfort lasting for hours. For some people, even breathing in during a cold day can cause sudden and sharp pain. But teeth sensitivity isn’t something that has to be lived with. This article will not only explain how and why teeth become sensitive, but also how to prevent and treat the issue.

Tooth sensitivity can happen to anyone for a number of different reasons. The most common cause of sensitive teeth is the exposure of hardened tissue called dentin. This hardened tissue is found below tooth enamel and contains many tiny nerve fibers. Uncovered, the nerves are stimulated and teeth become sensitive. The most common symptom of sensitive teeth is a sudden flash of pain when teeth are exposed to air, cold, sweet, acidic or hot foods. Dentin becomes exposed when gums recede or tooth enamel wears down. Dental procedures such as fillings, bleaching and tooth restoration may also cause tooth discomfort, though the irritation is usually temporary and should not last longer than six weeks.

Tooth enamel can be worn down by simply too vigorously or using a hard-bristled tooth brush. Teeth grinding is known to potentially both cause and exacerbate the issue. The ingredients in whitening toothpaste may remove small amounts of tooth enamel in addition to the intended stains. Acids in food and some mouthwashes can also irritate the dentin layer, as well as tooth decay and plaque. Diseases that cause inflamed and sore gums may trigger sensitive teeth as the gums recede and expose the dentin underneath the tooth enamel. It is also interesting to note that tooth sensitivity is most common in people aged between 25 and 30.

The easiest and most straight forward way to prevent sensitive teeth is to practice good oral care. Regular visits to a dentist for check-ups are encouraged alongside daily tooth brushing and flossing. Keeping teeth clean stops the development of plaque and decay, which can cause teeth to become sensitive. A soft-bristled toothbrush helps to avoid harsh and damaging brushing. The strong presence of acid in certain foods can remove small amounts of enamel over time. It is especially important to avoid brushing immediately after consuming acidic substances such as wine, citrus fruits, yogurt and carbonated drinks because teeth are vulnerable to erosion.

Visiting a dentist after three or four days of strong sensitivity is suggested to ensure effective treatment, however there is no single treatment option for sensitive teeth that works for everyone. Based on the cause and extent of tooth sensitivity, your dentist will offer a variety of solutions ranging from specially formulated toothpaste to help desensitize teeth to more invasive treatments such as gum grafts and dental restorations. A mouth guard may be suggested to help with teeth grinding. In some cases, patients discover that their teeth sensitivity is actually caused by an unseen cavity or abscess due to relatively similar pain symptoms.

Not only essential to ease and treat teeth sensitivity, a visit to your dentist will also help avoid a potential recurrence. Finding the cause of the sensitivity is almost as important as treating it as many common causes of this kind of discomfort are lifestyle related. Depending on your diagnosis, your dentist may suggest some lifestyle changes to improve your overall oral health such as changing your tooth brush, toothpaste, brushing style and eating habits. Tooth sensitivity can be exceptionally painful, but luckily it is both treatable and largely preventable.

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5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Oral Health

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Oral Health

  • Posted: Feb 05, 2015
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Despite society becoming more health conscious every year, oral health is still sometimes overlooked. Many people do not think much about oral care and hygiene until serious problems develop. For dentists, this can be frustrating as a significant number of common dental problems are in fact preventable. Here are five ways you can improve your oral health easily.

  1. Drink plenty of water alongside a varied diet

Eating a variety of foods and drinking plenty of water not only benefits your overall well-being but also your dental health. Poor nutrition can have a significant impact on a body’s natural defenses and it has been found that people with lowered immune systems are at a higher risk for some oral health diseases.

Reported to be more effective than using mouthwash, water actually helps flush teeth clean and discourages tooth decay. Drinks such as red wine, coffee and tea can have an adverse effect on teeth, creating a superficial stain as well as potentially causing an internal stain on the tooth enamel as well. Rinsing your teeth with water after consuming these drinks helps stop the liquid sitting on your teeth.

  1. Brush your teeth with the proper equipment

Toothbrushes should be changed regularly, at least every couple of months or sooner if the bristles start to splay and wear out. A worn toothbrush does not clean as adequately as needed to prevent tooth decay and gum disease (gingivitis).

It has been claimed that brushing with an electric toothbrush removes more plaque and helps to lessen the risk of gingivitis than a manual toothbrush. The rotating and oscillating head of an electric toothbrush can provide an especially effective way of cleaning teeth for people who find it difficult to clean all teeth surfaces due to a disability or arthritis. Some children are more enthused to brush their teeth regularly and proficiently with an electric toothbrush due to the novelty.

  1. Improve tooth brushing technique

While most people understand the need for daily tooth brushing, the actual technique is often overlooked. Tooth brushing ideally takes place after each meal and uses just a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Angle the bristles of the brush at a 45 degree angle up to the gum line and move the brush back and forth with short strokes, focusing on one or two teeth at a time. Allow the bristles reach into spaces between teeth as well as all the grooves and crevices. Avoiding scrubbing.

Toothbrushes should always be rinsed after use and stored in an upright position to air dry. Covering toothbrushes may lead to a growth in bacteria. Dentists usually recommend brushing teeth with soft-bristled brushes, as it is easier to damage tooth enamel with hard-bristled varieties.

  1. Floss in addition to brushing

Your daily oral health routine should involve flossing if it does not already. Cleaning between your teeth with dental floss or tape removes food particles and plaque that is hard to reach with a toothbrush. Eliminating food debris and plaque around teeth helps to avoid tooth decay and gums becoming infected and sore. The ideal time to floss is after each meal, when plaque is soft and therefore removed easily. If the plaque hardens, it can harden into tartar, something that can only be removed by the dentist.

Be prepared that your gums may be sore the first few times after flossing; this should stop after your oral hygiene has improved. If it doesn’t, seek professional advice.

  1. Visit a dentist regularly

For some people, visiting a dentist is something you only do when tooth pain or discomfort occurs. Dentists have a lot more to offer, especially regarding preventative care. Routine dental exams and cleanings are a vital part of maintaining good oral health in addition to your own at-home oral hygiene routine. Early detection of dental problems can help to avoid invasive treatment later. Dental hygienists not only perform routine cleanings to prevent periodontal (gum) disease but they also screen for important health conditions such as oral cancer. Your dentist can also advise you on proper flossing and brushing techniques to improve your at-home routine.

Taking care of your teeth and gums can significantly improve your overall health. Taking the care to brush teeth properly, floss regularly, drink plenty of water and visit the dentist are relatively easy fixes with potentially big results.  Making these small changes to your lifestyle may prevent serious health issues further down the line.

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10 Questions to Ask Before You Choose a New Dentist

10 Questions to Ask Before You Choose a New Dentist

  • Posted: Feb 03, 2015
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Whether you’ve recently moved or just want a change, choosing a new dentist can be intimidating. With so many options out there it can be difficult to know where to start. Recommendations from friends and family can help to narrow down the choice, as well as location and convenience of a practice to you. Once you have a shortlist of potential dentists in mind, calling or visiting each practice is the next worthwhile step. Along with your own personal considerations, here are ten questions to ask potential dentists.

  1. How long have you been practicing and where?

Experience is often a great indicator of skill, but do not immediately rule out newly qualified dentists on this basis alone. A dentist who has practiced at the same location for a long time suggests they have a satisfied client base and a good reputation. Learning more about a dentist’s education and credentials can help build a clearer image of the type of care you will receive.

  1. Are you accepting new patients?

Potentially the most important question of all, the dentist must be accepting new clients for you to become a patient. Not all dentists continuously take on new patients, preferring to work with a certain number of people at one time.

  1. Do you accept my dental plan?

A major consideration for a lot of people is whether a practice accepts their dental plan. If your financial means are a concern, it may also be worth asking the dentist at this stage whether there are any payment plans available.

  1. Do you treat children?

If you have a young family, making sure the dentist accepts younger patients is important even if your children do not need dental care at the current time. Many family or pediatric dentists use special techniques and equipment to make visits more fun and less intimidating for children.

  1. What kind of service is available if I have an out-of-hours dental emergency?

The procedure for out-of-hours emergencies vary between dentists. Some practices offer extended clinic hours or on-call services, potentially with an extra charge. A common option for dentists is to make arrangements with a colleague or emergency referral service.

  1. What kind of techniques do you use to help relax patients?

Experiencing anxiety and apprehension before dental procedures is common. There are various types of an aesthesia dentists can use to assist patients in feeling more comfortable during dental treatment in addition to entertainment such as music and television. Some dentists pride themselves on their practice’s calming atmosphere.

  1. Do you have any testimonials I could look at?

Even with all of the reviews available online, it is still worth asking a dentist for testimonials from previous patients. They are likely to have some before and after photo comparisons, which help to create a visual image of the dentist’s skills and expertise. If there are no testimonials available to review, it may be a concern.

  1. Are you qualified in any dental specialties?

Aside from check-ups and other general dentistry tasks, you may require more complex procedures in future. It is helpful to learn the range and expertise of your dentist before this happens. Although most dentists have a wide array of knowledge, be wary if a practitioner claims to be a specialist in all dental areas.

  1. Do you take advantage of new dental technologies?

Advances in technology can significantly improve a patient’s experience and treatment at the dentist. As in other areas of science, dental technology is constantly advancing; some dentists embrace new concepts and equipment more than others.

  1. How do you keep up with new methods and technology in dentistry?

Like many other health professionals, registered dentists are compelled to continue their education throughout their career. Your dentist should be striving to keep up with treatment development, through continuing education courses and conferences.

 

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Tips On Searching A Dentist On Internet – Part 2

Tips On Searching A Dentist On Internet – Part 2

  • Posted: Sep 26, 2014
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In the previous article, we discussed about how some people can manipulate internet for their own benefit and rank their website on the first page of search engine suing search engine experts. Therefore, it is necessary for you to be aware of this fact that all the websites, which you get as results on the first page of a search engine may not be quality ones and so, you need to be smart enough to analyze all the sites before you make your final decision. After all, you are about to risk you teeth and therefore, you need to be extra careful with your selection of a dentist, more so, when you are searching him on the internet.
An important point that you need to remember when you search a dentist on internet is the use of the search terms (known as keywords). The more specific you are with your keywords, the better results you are going to attain. For example, if you just try to search for a keyword ‘dentist’ then due to the generic nature of the keyword, you will get millions of results of dentists from all over the world. Now if you live in ‘A’, then you are obviously looking for a dentist in or around that area and therefore, a dentist from location ‘B’ or ‘C’ is not going to be of any help for you. Therefore, you should include relevant keywords in your search to make your search more specific. Searching for something like ‘dentist in A’ would send a signal to the search engine ,that you are only interested in getting results from a specific area and In this way, you will get refined results from the search.
Another tip – In order to make your search more specific, you should also add as many relevant keywords as possible to it. For example, if you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in ‘A’, then you should use all these keywords so that you only get results of dentists, who are, first of all, cosmetic dentists and secondly, they are located in or around place ‘A’. In this way, by using the right keywords, you can get suitable results quickly.
Most of the dental sites mention the price of the treatment along with their terms of payment. You can have a look at different sites and compare their pricing and payment policy. This will help you in getting an idea about the present market rates and this information will also help you to finalize a dentist for yourself.

Tips On Searching A Dentist On Internet – Part 1

Tips On Searching A Dentist On Internet – Part 1

  • Posted: Sep 26, 2014
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There could be a time in your life when you need a dental job and you are not sure where to go? It could be your first dental job and therefore, you are not aware of the options available with you. In such a situation, a quick search on internet would be helpful for you. However, you need to use internet properly in order to get the best results. In this article, we will discuss about how should one search for a dentist on internet.
First of all, you should be aware that like the other things of this world, internet too has become very competitive and therefore, there are many people, who are always trying to catch their clients and sell their services using internet. These people hire search engine experts, who help them in ranking their website on the first page of search engine (for relevant keywords). So, when a person searches for a certain keyword or keyword phrase, he sees their website on the first page and if he visits that site, then they have got a potential client through internet.
Let us try to understand this with help of an example. If you live at Location ‘A’, then you are most likely to search for keywords like ‘dentist in A’ on search engine like Google. Now it might be possible that when you search for such keywords, some of the results that you get are of sites that have hired an expert, who has helped them in ranking their site on the first page of search engine for keyword phrase ‘dentist in A’.
You might believe that because the site is showing on the first page of search engine, it should be a good one, but that may or may not be true; it might well be possible that it belongs to a new and/or inexperienced dentist, who has spend lots of money in order to rank his site on search engine. Therefore, you need to be careful here and do not take things for granted. Do investigate properly before you fix an appointment with the dentist; giving a call to the dentist and talking him directly would be one of the better ways to proceed ahead in such a case. It will help you to understand the dentist better and if you are satisfied by the conversation, then you can go ahead and fix an appointment with him.

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Dental Sealant Protect Tooth Decay

Dental Sealant Protect Tooth Decay

  • Posted: Jun 10, 2014
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A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth — usually the premolars and molars — to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.

In spite of the fact that by complete brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, they cannot always get into all the nooks and crannies of the molars to remove the food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by “sealing out” plaque and food.

Children and teenagers are good candidates for sealants because of the likelihood of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.

Typically, children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. In this way, the sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. In some cases, dental sealants may also be appropriate for baby teeth, such as when a child’s baby teeth have deep depressions and grooves. Baby teeth play such an important role in holding the correct spacing for permanent teeth, so it’s important to keep these teeth healthy so they are not lost too early.
Sealant Application Steps:

Applying sealant is a simple and painless process. It takes only a few minutes for your dentist or hygienist to apply the sealant to seal each tooth. The application steps are as follows:

1. First the teeth that are to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned.

2. Each tooth is then dried, and cotton or another absorbent material is put around the tooth to keep it dry.

3. An acid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them up, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth.

4. The teeth are then rinsed and dried.

5. Sealant is then painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. Sometimes a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden.

Life-Span of Dental Sealants

Typically, sealants last five to 10 years, but they should be checked at every dental appointment to make sure they’re still in place and check for chipping or wear. Having sealants doesn’t mean kids get a pass on brushing and flossing their teeth, but they may get fewer cavities and, therefore, need fewer fillings.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Sealants?

Many insurance companies cover the cost of sealants. Check with your dental insurance carrier to determine if sealants are covered under your plan.

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How Stress Influences Your Oral Health ?

How Stress Influences Your Oral Health ?

  • Posted: Jan 06, 2014
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The potential fallout from stress and anxiety that can have an effect on your oral health includes :
– Mouth sores, including canker sores and cold sores
– A clenching of teeth and teeth grinding (bruxism)
– Poor oral hygiene and unhealthy eating routines
– Periodontal (gum)illness or deterioration of existing periodontal illness

So how can you prevent these oral health problems?

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Dental Implants will Match Your Natural Teeth

Dental Implants will Match Your Natural Teeth

  • Posted: Jan 06, 2014
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Notwithstanding improvements in tooth care, millions of Northern Americans suffer tooth loss — all things considered due to tooth decay, gingivitis (gum illness), or injury. For many years, the sole treatment alternates available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. However, today, dental implants are available.

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots; implants supply a strong basic for fixed (permanent), or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

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