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Archive for January, 2016

Jan27

Anxiety in the Dentist’s Chair

When some of us think of the dentist, we get frightened, get scared—so how do we conqueror such a fear? We need the dentist: they help us make our smiles healthy and beautiful, so we can’t simply avoid them forever! Here is a look into dental anxiety, how it is caused, and how to overcome it.

The main fear of going to a dental visit is the uncertainty of what exactly will happen there. Did you know that up to “15% of Americans avoid the dentist” because of fear? This is especially common with the older crowd, who have unfortunately experienced dental care before modern technologies. The good news is that our children, however, are not burdened by negative experiences due to the newer tools and improvements in techniques implemented in each visit from a young age. With the fear being present for many though, what can be done to overcome this?

One of the main things that can lower a patient’s dental anxiety is being able to openly communicate with his or her dentist. This allows them to break down the process of what exactly you will be experiencing and allow you time to process it and feel safe. Next, when there are multiple tools and hands present in your mouth it may be hard for the dentist to hear what you’re saying, so talk with your hands to express how you feel, or if something is uncomfortable. Don’t think you have to undergo a painful procedure—there are ways, like sedation dentistry, to ensure you have a pain-free experience every time.

Nowadays there are also televisions, music players, and other distractions your dentist can provide chair-side to lower your anxiety and get your mind off of getting treated. Lastly, consider talking with your dentist about certain medications that could help to lower your anxiety, or about sedation dentistry, which can put one in a state of partial or full unconsciousness. It is also important to remember to take a break if need be. If dental anxiety is something you have been experiencing, your dentist will understand and try his or her best to turn those negative experiences into positives ones.

http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/you-and-your-dentist/dental-anxiety.aspx

Jan20

Alligators and Dental Science?

Did you know alligators can replace each of their teeth up to 50 times in their life? Humans are unique among vertebrates for being able to replace our teeth only once. But new insights into how alligators replace their teeth may help stimulate the same process in ours.

Professor Cheng-Ming Chuong, M.D., Ph.D., has discovered novel molecular and cellular mechanisms in alligators that promote tooth renewal. Researchers found alligator teeth are made up of three parts: a functional tooth, a replacement tooth, and the dental lamina. This lamina contains stem cells that grow into new teeth.

As for next steps, the team hopes to isolate cells from the alligator lamina to see if they can develop teeth in-lab. They will also look into the molecular mechanisms of repeated renewal and apply these concepts to regenerative medicine in the future.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130514101457.htm

Jan13

Everything You Need to Know About Baby Teeth

There are many things that harm our teeth. Having a baby is a challenge of its own, but have a teething baby is a whole other challenge. We know that oral health for your little one is very important, so here is a guide for you to follow regarding your baby’s teeth.

Your child is born with their 20 primary teeth present in their jaw. Between 6 months and 1 year the teeth will start to erupt. When the teeth emerge, many babies will experience tender and sore gums. You can soothe these sore gums by using a wet gauze pad or a small, cool spoon to help relieve the irritation and pain that your baby feels.

Baby teeth are important because they help children chew, speak, and they also hold the space for permanent teeth to come in. If a baby tooth is lost too early on, then teeth can shift and make it difficult for adult teeth to come in. The best way to prevent this from happening is to start taking your child to the dentist regularly. Dentists recommend that you start taking your child to the dentist six months after the eruption of their first tooth.

Talk to your dentist about ways to help your child with teething, and the best practices surrounding baby teeth.

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/baby-teeth

Jan6

4 Surprising Things That Are Ruining Your Teeth

There are many things that harm our teeth. You probably know about the general things to avoid for healthy teeth, such as sugary sodas, acidic foods, and sticky candies. But what else is wrecking our teeth that we have no clue about?

Here is a list of things that are ruining your teeth and you didn’t even realize it.

  • Juicing- Juicing is a hot trend that many people love. While cold-pressed juices may be full of vitamins and nutrients, they are also packed with sugar and acid. This excess amount of sugar does the same thing to your enamel as if you were bathing your teeth in candy. The sugar turns to acid in our mouths and erodes our enamel.

    Next time you reach for a juice, try using a straw to keep juice off the surface of your teeth.

  • Chewable Vitamins- Chewable vitamins may be more fun to eat and taste better than vitamins in pill form, but they are worse for your teeth. Their sticky design makes them stick in your teeth. Combine that with the sugar they contain and it is a recipe for a cavity.

    It may not be as fun, but opt for your vitamins in pill form. Your teeth will thank you for it.

  • Barbecue Sauce- Before you reach for barbecue sauce at your next outdoor party, know that it is harming your teeth. Barbecue sauce is full of sugar, which can seriously harm your teeth. If the sauce remains in your mouth for long enough it could even cause discoloration, along with decay.

    After your next barbecue, make sure to brush right after eating it so that it won’t harm your teeth.

  • White Wine- Many people will tell you to steer clear of wine for the sake of your oral health, and they are right! While red wine is known for staining your teeth, the acid levels in white wine can also cause harm. The high acidity will wear away at enamel and make your teeth more likely to stain.

    The trick is to pair cheese with your wine. Cheese has been shown to be good for your teeth and helps to buffer away the acid that wine leaves behind.

  • There are a few things you have been eating that are hurting your teeth, and you didn’t even know it! Check out what made the list of things that harm your teeth.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/healthcom/5-surprising-things-that-are-ruining-your-teeth_b_7504030.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living

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