Dental Advices by Dentist Amir Kamburov


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  1. 1. Let Your String Sing! What’s the first thing you search for when you get a piece of spinach caught in your teeth? Dental floss – naturally! It may surprise you to learn that food removal isn’t the only reason you need to floss. It’s to remove the bacterial plaque that builds up on your teeth. Even if you were fasting, you’d still need to brush and floss! In fact, if you’re not flossing, you’re missing about 35% of tooth surfaces that brushing alone can’t reach. And if you have a dental restoration like a crown and bridge, flossing will let you pay special attention to the gumline. There are many flossing products designed for individual needs and preferences. Ask us – we’ll be happy to give you advice! The Secret? Strength! A crown restoration or cap can do wonders for your smile! The benefits of this natural-looking and durable restoration are evident even for inconspicuous zones like your side or back teeth! A single crown or a crown and bridge will eliminate gaps, drifting, crooked teeth or a malocclusion (bad bite). The secret is in its strength. A crown is used for protection and support when a tooth is weakened by a break, a fracture, or a very large filling. For one or more missing teeth, a bridge (one or more replacement teeth) can be anchored by one or more crowns. Crowns and bridges restore tooth function and appearance. Beautiful materials that reflect light like natural enamel ensure the completely confident and natural-looking smile that everyone notices! You've Lost A Tooth Your teeth work together as a team. Each tooth helps its neighbors do the chewing work so that none has to carry the full load. When a tooth is removed, it’s like a team losing a star player; the whole team suffers and some members have to do more work. Although the removal of a tooth can be a lot simpler than procedures such as root canal, in the long run it’s better to treat than to pull. Root canal therapy can eliminate the infection and save the tooth. But if you do lose a tooth to disease or accident, it’s important to replace it with an artificial one to prevent other teeth from getting stressed out and drifting out of line, which would wreak havoc on your smile. The whole team will thank you! Maryland Bridge Just as bridges span rivers and lakes, a dental bridge can close up the gap left by one or more missing teeth. The bridge helps restore the normal function and proper position of your bite. If the surrounding teeth are in good shape, we may recommend a type of bridge called the Maryland Bridge. It's made of a porcelain replacement tooth bonded to the back of the teeth on either side of the gap with sturdy metal wings. Installing a bridge can be more effective and less complex than some of the alternatives. The Maryland bridge also requires much less preparation filing and grinding work on neighboring natural teeth than other bridge options. If you want to know more about the Maryland bridge, we'd be happy to discuss it during your next visit Crowns For Prevention A crown is an artificial cover for a tooth and is used to restore a decayed or damaged tooth to its normal shape and size. It can also protect the structure of a tooth that is cracked, broken or severely stained. We can even use crowns to stabilize teeth loosened by gum disease by connecting them to the neighboring teeth. In some cases we may even suggest a crown for a tooth that is not yet visibly
  2. 2. damaged, to keep it out of harm's way. Biting pressure can make tiny cracks in tooth surfaces that can end up undermining the tooth over time if it isn't supported by a crown. If you have a tooth that is causing an imbalance in your bite, or is at risk of decay for other reasons, putting a protective crown over it can strengthen the tooth and keep it healthy. If you have any questions about crowns, talk to us next time you come in. © Can A Bandage Do The Job? Would you stick a bandage on your tooth and then expect your mouth to stay healthy? Yuck – we didn’t think so. Like bandages, fillings have their place to protect your tooth after the damage has been done. For sure, a filling is no cure for cavities. That’s one of the reasons we encourage you to visit the dentist regularly. Streptococcus mutans, the major cavity-causing bacterium, uses sugar to produce acids that dissolve dental enamel. Everyone is at risk for cavities and other bacterially based problems like gum disease. Your risks increase if you eat a lot of carbohydrates and if you suffer from dry mouth (xerostomia) because saliva is your natural buffer against acid. Thanks to minimally invasive technology and procedures, we can remove less healthy tooth enamel than in the past, but prevention is still your number-one cure! © Fight Cavities Cavities can affect your appearance, lead to abscessed teeth and toothaches, and can affect your ability to eat, talk, and swallow. In one report, 30% of the US National Guard had dental conditions that made them undeployable ... until their teeth were fixed. Here are a few ways that we can help keep your smile healthy: • Apply a topical fluoride. • Seal out decay with a plastic coating. • Teach home hygiene to prevent cavities. • Diagnose and treat cavities. • Smooth edges that harbor bacteria. • Replace older fillings that allow bacteria to leak below the restoration. • Treat gum disease to prevent root exposure and infection Building Healthy Smiles Did you know that a cavity is what is left after tooth decay is removed? Or that the incidence of tooth decay is second only to the common cold? Decay is the most important cause of tooth loss in younger people. Periodontal (gum) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Both are caused by the presence of bacteria. Thanks to preventive, minimally invasive dentistry, we can help you to control bacteria and preserve your oral health with some back-to-basics advice... 1. Brush, floss, and rinse. 2. Stay away from sugary foods.
  3. 3. 3. Get regular checkups for your whole family to curtail decay, gum disease, and correct overcrowding or gaps that can cause problems. Remember ... the true foundation of even the most glamorous Hollywood smile is a healthy mouth! Silver Today? Chances are, your first cavity was filled with dark-silver amalgam. You might have multiple fillings, and you might wish you could change them for something less conspicuous. Now could be your time. It’s a filling fact that due to natural wear, these restorations can deteriorate to the point where bacteria can seep under the filling, allowing decay to grab hold of healthy tooth material. We’d like to help you and your family to prevent that. Please ensure your regular recall appointments so that we can check the stability of your amalgam fillings, and if necessary, replace them with natural-looking enamel-colored ones. And for a limited time, we’ll do it at a discounted rate – just give us a call. It’s always our goal to help prevent potential damage and improve your smile! A Pretty Face And… Today’s tooth-coloured invisible fillings can give you more than just a pretty face – they can strengthen your teeth, seal out bacteria, and decrease tooth sensitivity to hot and cold. After all, besides wanting to look great, there are many reasons for replacing older fillings. Chewing can eventually wear down restorations (allowing bacteria into the tooth) and can create cracks that may require further restoration. Attractive, invisible fillings called inlays can be made from porcelain, cast glass, or composite resin. Comparable to the strength and beauty of natural teeth, these can be coloured and formed to fit so well that you can hardly detect them. With new self-confidence, you’ll be laughing out loud again – and not showing those fillings off! Give us a ring ... consider it done! Good For Your Waist You may not realise that diet pop can do terrible damage to your teeth. Diet sodas don’t have any sugar, but they do contain larger amounts of phosphoric and citric acid to enhance flavor. These acids attack the enamel that protects your teeth, which means you’re much more likely to get cavities and to develop irritations, cracks, and have sensitivity to cold. Any highly acidic drink, such as orange juice, other fruit juices, and sodas can spell trouble! A tall glass of water following the consumption of highly acidic drinks will help, as will chewing sugar-free gum or eating a crisp apple. But the best way to reduce your risk is to brush your teeth. Better yet, why not choose the very best thirst quencher? Water has no fat, no caffeine, and no acid! Sealants Sealants, or plastic coatings on the grooves of molars, are a simple and effective way to stop decay. Many people think sealants are for children, but several situations make adults good candidates. Change in personal habits – Young adults who leave home may develop oral health problems because of a change in diet and home care. Sealants help protect teeth during this time. Change in health – Many people suffer loss of motor skills because of arthritis or stroke, and may have a harder time brushing. Sealants help when teeth aren’t cleaned as well as they should be. Introduction of medicines – Some medications increase the risk of tooth decay. Sealants help protect
  4. 4. your teeth when taking medications that cause xerostomia or dry mouth. Allergies & Plaque Signs of spring can bring more than flowers in bloom for people with allergies. Sneezing attacks and running noses can make life pretty miserable, even when the sun is shining. That’s why a lot of allergy sufferers turn to antihistamines for relief. What many people don’t know is that though many allergy medications are good with noses, they can cause problems by drying out your mouth. That means less saliva to wash away debris from your teeth. Over time plaque will build up around teeth and gums and cause cavities. If you are taking antihistamines, the best remedy is to drink plenty of water and keep your mouth moist. Brushing and flossing after each meal will keep your smile healthy and stop plaque from getting a hold of your teeth. Breathe deeply. Smile widely! Read The Label Cough drops and lozenges are more than just medicine. Cough syrups, liquid, and tablet vitamins, and antibiotic syrups can contain anywhere from 10-75% sugar, especially children’s formulas. Throat lozenges and cough drops range from 50% to nearly 75% sugar. That’s not a big deal if you only use them once in a while. But that much sugar can cause serious decay if you take these medicines on a regular basis. That’s why children who use syrups and lozenges over long periods of time have a much higher incidence of decay. The good news is that more and more medicines are being made with less sugar, or no sugar at all. Check the label and make sure you’re not getting more than you bargained for. If you’re not sure, ask your pharmacist for help in making your selection. Get ’Way Back! Forgetting to brush the backs of your teeth is like sweeping dirt under the carpet. It always comes back to haunt you. When you’ve finished brushing the fronts of your teeth, remember to scrub the backs of both your upper and lower teeth. And don’t forget the backs of your back teeth. The cramped space makes this a little awkward, but you’ll get the hang of it with practice. You may want to try to put the brush in place and then close your mouth a bit as you start to brush to give you a little extra manoeuvring room. When it comes to teeth, the places you spend the least time are the most likely to make a home for decay. It’s the only way to keep decay at bay. And one sure-fire way to keep it simple? Follow the same routine each time: molar surfaces, fronts, backs, tongue. Done. © Fractures? If you consider the daily stresses on your teeth, it's not surprising that both natural teeth and fillings wear out. Biting pressure can put tiny cracks and chips in a tooth that can cause fractures over time. The same goes for the man-made material in your mouth. Fillings can last years but they do eventually wear out under the stresses of chewing and grinding. Fillings can start to leak around the edges, opening the door to decay and gum disease. We're on the lookout for these signs and symptoms of trouble every time you come into the office. When the time comes, we may suggest that you have a filling replaced or a protective porcelain crown put on a tooth that needs some extra support.
  5. 5. Coffee and Cavities Researchers may have found a connection between cavities and coffee. A recent study has linked cavity development in young rats with caffeine consumed by their mothers during breast-feeding. The study concluded that young rats breast fed by mothers who were given caffeine developed more cavities than normal nursing rats. The rat mothers in the study were given amounts of caffeine equal to about two or three cups of coffee a day.