Your mouth is made up of more than just teeth, so good oral health goes beyond simply brushing and flossing! In addition to your teeth, your mouth is made up of gums, oral mucosa, the upper and lower jaw, the tongue, salivary glands, the uvula, and the frenulum. All of these structures play an important role when it comes to good dental health and are routinely examined when you receive dental care. The next time you’re brushing your teeth, spend a minute looking at the parts of the mouth that lie farther inside the oral cavity!
Dentist. Just saying that word and reading that word brings up a lot of anxiety for people. Even for grown adults who have been visiting dentists their whole lives, or avoiding them their whole lives. I don’t know what it is about the profession that makes many people afraid (myself included), but I do know it’s quite common.
When it comes to our kids, being afraid of the dentist can be a difficult thing. We want to teach them the importance of oral care and want their experiences with the dentist to be easier than ours, but sometimes their anxiety and fear gets in the way.
If your child struggles with anxiety and fears about dental visits, they’re not alone – it’s actually quite common.
Here are some simple tips on how to help ease the fear your child has of the dentist that will make the process easier on all of you:
- Find a Dentist That is Good With Kids – A good dentist really goes a long way when it comes to dental fears. Find someone through recommendations who is good with kids. Usually pediatric dentists are great with kids and have great offices set up.
- Often Remind Them of the Importance of Oral Health - Have regular conversations about why it’s important to brush and floss and visit the dentist. Talk regularly, because then it won’t seem so out of the norm to take care of your teeth.
- Be Sure to Make Regular Dental Visits – The more regularly they visit (every 6 months), the less afraid they will be because it will become less unknown.
- Explain in Ways They Understand – Let your child know what to expect, but in terms they understand. Tell them, or ask the dentist to tell them, what they’re doing and what to expect so they won’t be so afraid.
- Don’t Share Your Own Fears – If you have a fear of the dentist, be careful never to share that with your kids. If you do, it could very well make them more afraid and stressed.
- Tell the Dentist – If your child is feeling anxious or afraid, let the dentist know. They may be able to help ease their fear and treat them with a little more care.
- Avoid Using Scary Words – Kids and scary words don’t really get along well. Avoid using words like “hurt” or “freezing” or “shot” with your kids if you think it could make them more anxious.
This Bluetooth-Enabled Gaming Toothbrush is Designed to get Your Kids to Brush
Grush is launching its Gaming Toothbrush at CES, a system that will turn this “chore into a fun and interactive game,” according to their site.
How does it work? The toothbrush is synced with games, like “Monster Chase” and “Brush-a-pet.” Bluetooth motion sensors work with the games playing on your smartphone, so kids can brush along. It even guides them to hit spots commonly missed, like back teeth. Parents can then download results and see how their kids are doing.
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If you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about your smile, or feel that worrying about missing teeth will keep you from doing the things you love, dental implants may be for you. There are several benefits to getting dental implants over other teeth replacement options.
It’s the closest thing to having a real tooth! It looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. There will be no slipping when you eat, talk, laugh, kiss, or cough like traditional dentures. You can feel free to eat your favorite food because you will be able to bite and chew naturally.
It will protect your mouth from additional problems. If there is an empty space in your mouth from a missing tooth, the bone will begin to deteriorate over time. A dental implant will simulate a natural tooth, therefore preserving and prevent bone loss.
An extra added benefit over a natural tooth, dental implants can’t get cavities. However, it is still important to brush and floss daily and continue to schedule your regular visits with your dentist for cleaning and care.
Dental implants are a long-term solution for tooth loss. If cared for properly, they can last a lifetime. If you feel you could benefit from dental implants, Dr. Burgess at the Burgess Center in the Jacksonville, FL can help you decide if you would be a good candidate for dental implants.
The American Dental Association estimates more than 90 percent of the population has some type of dental disease that takes on the form of mild tooth decay to complete tooth loss and bone destruction in the jaw.
With so many of us suffering from dental problems we should be use to seeing a dentist but we’re not. The American Dental Association said 50 million people fear the dentist. Another 40 million Americans won’t go to a dentist because of that overwhelming fear.
Your teeth are hard calcified structures that attach to the upper and lower jaw. The primary function of your teeth is chewing food. Your teeth are directly involved in speech, bracing other teeth and making certain sounds. The human tooth consists of an external portion, called the crown and a root that is embedded within the jaw. The outer layer of the crown is composed of calcified tissue known as enamel, which is the hardest substance in the body.
Inside the enamel is the dentin, which is a bone like substance extending from the inner surface of the enamel into the jaw to form the root. Covering the dentin of the root is a thin layer of a hard tissue called cementum. The roots are held in place by elastic fibers that make up the periodontal membrane, which extends from the cementum to a thickened layer of bone.
One of the best things we can do for our teeth is to brush them regularly. Brushing helps to remove plaque and germs that cause the plaque. Some doctors recommend a soft brush and others have said the key is a hard brush. All doctors agree brushing should be regular.
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Dental implant surgery is an effective approach for replacing missing teeth. Whether caused by decay or injury, a cosmetic implant surgeon can affix a titanium stud into the jaw bone and later bond a man-made tooth to the post.
Teeth implants are stable and can be used to anchor bridges, partials or full dentures to eliminate slipping. Implant surgery can improve the quality of your life and enhance your smile.
Progressive implant placement restores patients’ ability to smile with confidence, eat their favorite foods and speak clearly.
Jacksonville FL dentist Dr. Eric Burgess of the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is excited to announce that he has completed training with the OsteoReady™ Implant System. This minimally-invasive implant technique can provide patients with implant procedures that require fewer appointments, less healing time and less pain then traditional implants. What’s more: most patients report feeling little to no post-operative pain after having implants placed with OsteoReady’s minimally-invasive techniques.
Sadly, statistics show that 70% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal, or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 25% of adults have lost ALL of their permanent teeth, resulting in uncomfortable and unstable dentures.
Dental implants, which have a 98% success rate, are made of titanium metal that fuses with the jawbone through a process called “osseointegration.” Dental implants never slip, make embarrassing noises or suffer decay like teeth. Once dental implants are integrated with the bone, they look identical to your natural teeth and perform the same role: allowing you to chew, smile and laugh freely.
Dr. Eric Burgess is proud to offer this progressive treatment and looks forward to restoring the smiles, confidence, and most importantly, oral health of many patients.
If you are interested in receiving some of the most dynamic and forward-thinking implant placement care in the country, please don’t hesitate to contact the Burgess Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at (904) 273-3001 or drb(at)burgesscenter(dot)com
1-American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons. http://myoms.org/procedures/dental-implant-surgery
With the winter season underway, many people are searching for a way to brighten up their day for the remainder of the year. With advancements in dentistry, you can now brighten up your winter season with a lot of available teeth whitening options. While the pharmacy contains many different types of whitening treatments you can do at home, they may not provide you with the results you desire. However, we can! Click here for more information.
Prevention takes bite out of the dentist
I know that most people don’t like to visit the doctor. Not only are they afraid of what they might be told but they also know that some pain may be involved, and nobody likes pain. As painful as a visit to the doctor may be, just think how painful it is to visit the dentist.
Now, please understand, I like dentists. Why, some of my best friends are dentists and even several of my relatives are dentists, and my dentist is great. But we have all had the experience of dental visits that left something to be desired. When you are not sure that the toothache is worse than the cure, then you must have had a negative experience in the past.
My dentist tells me that dentists will all soon be out of business anyway, since medication to prevent tooth decay will soon be available. Dentists will become a thing of the past. Such a medication, when and if it does become available, probably will work best if started in childhood and most of the rest of us are already over that hill.
Take heart. All is not lost. I have discovered a way to minimize, if not eliminate, the need for dentists. In truth, I haven’t really discovered anything. The dentists discovered it themselves and really can blame no one but themselves for the end of their profession.
The answer is prophylaxis. That is prevention of dental problems before they occur. This prevention is available in most dental offices today in the form of the dental hygienist. That’s right, dentists have solved their own problem. They have developed a wonderful and reasonably painless answer to dental disease.
Periodic examinations and treatments by your dental hygienist will result in many fewer dental problems. Examinations and treatments, followed by improvement in your daily dental practices will do even more to avoid the dreaded dental visit for treatment of a neglected dental problem.
What should you expect? Expect to see many very sharp and twisted metal instruments that the hygienist uses to poke around and on your teeth looking for the dreaded tarter. That’s the hard material that forms on your teeth near and under your gums because of bacterial action in your mouth.
When the tarter accumulates it can lead to both gum and tooth disease, and the hygienist will want to scrape all that tarter off your teeth. The metal instruments are designed to get into all the narrow and tight places around your teeth to do the scraping. There are also ultrasonic instruments that spray water and remove the tarter using high frequency sound waves to vibrate the tarter loose.
We all form tarter at different rates, but those of us that brush our teeth regularly and floss regularly will form less than those of us who do not. It is important to do this regularly, after every meal if possible.
I realize that what I am suggesting does take some time and some mental discipline. Before my wife has a chance to call me a hypocrite, I do admit that I don’t always do all that I have suggested. But I do visit my dentist regularly and have the hygienist work on my tarter.
Your hygienist will tell you how often you should be checked. It is important to keep your appointments and undergo the periodic evaluations. If we all do it, dentists might start to appear on the list of endangered species.
Posted: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:00 am