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Do regular dental cleanings improve dental health?

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Professional dental cleanings are not just for keeping your teeth white. Along with good oral hygiene practices, professional cleaning plays an important role in maintaining good overall health. Poor oral health can contribute to serious medical problems including cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. While daily flossing and brushing your teeth is vital to the health of your teeth and gums, regular professional dental cleanings are an important and vital component of overall oral health. Some of the ways in which regular dental appointments improve dental health and add to your confidence in your smile include the following: #1: Aesthetics Your dental hygienist will remove plaque, tartar, calculus, and work on removing stains that can discolor your teeth. As plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth, your smile will be negatively affected. This build-up will make your teeth more susceptible to staining and darkening of the teeth. #2: Better oral health…

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Does diet have any special effect on your oral health?

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Everyone is aware that a healthy diet translates to a healthier, stronger body. The foods you choose to eat and how often you eat them will impact your overall health. Diet also affects your oral health. It is always important to make sure to brush your teeth and floss every day to remove food particles. Without these daily activities, as well as regular visits to the dentist, You’ll run the risk of cavities, periodontal disease, tooth loss, and more. What foods to avoid Tooth decay is fairly common. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding foods high in sugar and acids can have a positive effect on reducing the frequency and severity of dental decay. Too many overly acidic foods (such as citrus fruits), foods with added sugar, and sugar-laden sticky foods, all play a role in damaging and weakening tooth enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to dental decay. To…

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What is a Root Canal? A Step-by-Step Guide

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The health of our teeth is important for many reasons. If there’s an issue with a tooth, such as inflammation or infection, it may have effects that reach beyond the mouth. Chronic oral conditions such as periodontal disease have been associated with other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Decayed, diseased, or missing teeth can affect our appearance. A nice bright smile gives us confidence when interacting with others socially and at work. If the natural tooth starts to yellow, gets chipped or cracked in an accident, or is diseased, it can become painful and noticeable to others. If left unaddressed, it will progress and lead to greater problems. Fillings, crowns, sealants, and root canals are a few of the ways dentists can help prevent or correct the problems. Root canal treatments are a common dental procedure that allows the dentist to help save a tooth that has become…

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7 Different Types of Cosmetic Dentistry for Your Smile

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Your smile is unique and it’s one of the first things that people notice about you. Regular dental checkups are important for your oral health, as well as the appearance of your teeth. However, if you need an extra boost of confidence, your dentist can provide cosmetic dentistry services that improve your smile. Here are some of the most common types of cosmetic dentistry services that can restore your smile and make it even more beautiful. After these cosmetic dentistry procedures, you should be able to perform daily brushing and flossing with comfort. But that doesn’t mean you can skip going to the dentist. Dentures: If you have missing teeth, speaking and eating can be very difficult. Dentures can replace missing teeth – either completely or partially. Depending on what your specific situation is, the dentures can be fitted around other teeth in your mouth that are healthy, or we…

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Can I work after a root canal?

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With improvements in instruments and techniques, root canal therapy is no longer the procedure that was so dreaded in the past. Delaying necessary treatment, however, will lead to more problems, often associated with pain and swelling, and can lead to a serious infection. While the procedure is typically relatively straightforward, it can be involved and take a couple of hours to complete. Many people will return to their regular work or school schedule after having a root canal procedure. Everyone is different, however. Some people may be more comfortable spending the remainder of the day resting. Discuss recovery times with your dentist beforehand so you can make arrangements at work if necessary. What is a Root Canal? Essentially, this dental procedure involves removing the dying/infected tissue within the tooth and root canal system. This is followed by shaping and cleaning/disinfecting the inside of the pulp chamber and root canal(s). Filling…

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When should be the first dental visit of a child?

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It is one of the very first milestones for any newborn – the appearance of the first tooth! And why not? Seeing the little ridges of the tooth popping through the gums when they smile is very adorable! Even with all of the accompanying drool. That first tooth will soon be joined by another, and another. Cuteness aside, it can also be a painful time for the baby (and the parents in some cases). Even as an adult, any amount of pain in the mouth can really be uncomfortable. That’s why a teething ring can be so helpful, especially when cooled. It can bring comfort to those gums where the teeth are erupting. While it’s not necessary to take a child to the dentist at the first sign of teeth, that is the time to start thinking about scheduling a visit. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children…

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Why Do We Need Regular Dental Visits?

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Your healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy body, and taking care of your oral hygiene is essential to your overall health. Regular dental visits are an integral component of that maintenance. You should see your dentist every six months, or more frequently as recommended by your dentist. What happens at regular visits? There are two main things that happen at your regular dental visit, cleaning by the hygienist, and an examination by your dentist. The checkup will include looking closely for cavities or other issues such as fractured teeth or broken or leaking fillings. The dentist will also screen for oral cancer and other abnormalities. The dental hygienist will clean plaque and tartar off your teeth with instruments specially designed for that purpose. Plaque and calculus deposits are the early building blocks for periodontal diseases. Once the teeth are scaled and cleaned, they will polish them to…

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Teeth whitening – does whitening toothpaste work?

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Having a nice, bright smile can improve your appearance, make you more approachable, and improve your confidence levels. But what if your smile isn’t naturally white? Even healthy, well-cared-for teeth are susceptible to staining and usually darken over time. If that’s the case, you may be considering whitening toothpaste. But will it really work? If your teeth have a naturally yellowish hue, whitening toothpaste won’t solve that problem. What they can do is remove surface stains on teeth that result from eating certain foods and consuming some drinks such as coffee and tea. Any smoking will also cause surface stains. Whitening toothpastes are ineffective for deeper internal discoloration. That doesn’t mean teeth whitening toothpaste doesn’t have some cosmetic benefits. Whitening toothpaste uses special abrasives that gently polish the teeth. This adds luster to your smile and will help to break down and remove stains. If used twice a day, your…

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Flossing for your teeth, for your health, and for fresher breath

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Your dentist or hygienist always asks, and you always fudge your answer a little bit: how often do you floss your teeth? In addition to regular brushing, flossing should be part of your daily oral hygiene routine. It’s a quick, easy way to keep your smile healthy and looking great, and has other benefits as well. If you already brush twice a day, you may think that’s enough. Unfortunately, the bristles aren’t able to reach every part of the tooth and gums. If plaque is allowed to build up in those crevices, you could be facing tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. But the health issues don’t stop there. Plaque is a thin layer of bacteria found on the teeth. If not addressed, it can harden and turn to tartar. That’s why flossing is so important. With the ability to reach all the areas your brush can’t, floss removes…

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How Oral Health Relates to Our General Health

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The connection between good oral health and good overall health is indisputable. Many of the choices we make such as maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco in all forms, and alcohol in moderation, and maintaining regular professional examinations and cleanings contribute greatly to improving our oral and general (systemic)  health. Having a healthy mouth and being able to chew properly has a major impact on our nutritional intake which is vital to maintaining optimal overall health. While research is ongoing, it is known poor oral health has a significant impact on, and consequences to overall health. Some of the connections to specific health conditions being investigated include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, pregnancy complications, and certain cancers. Many of the inflammatory processes that are active in the conditions of the mouth are connected with other disease processes. At Creekside Dental we take your health seriously, and we will do…

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