Family Cosmetic Dentist Blog
Posts for: November, 2017
Need a teeth cleaning? A professional teeth cleaning is a procedure for the removal of tartar and plaque that may develop even with regular flossing and brushing. Cornerstone Dental Group, which is located in Cincinnati, OH, offers a complete range of dental services. Dr. Ron Solomon and Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott are two of the world's finest family dentists. Here are five reasons to get professional teeth cleanings.
1. Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the structures around the teeth. If diagnosed early, gum disease can be reversed. Regular visits to your Cincinnati, OH, dentist for dental exams and cleanings, as well as brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent gum disease.
2. Brighten Your Smile
Drinking dark-colored beverages, excessive fluoride use, and tobacco use can stain your teeth. Certain medications such as antipsychotic medications, antihistamines, and drugs for high blood pressure can also cause tooth discoloration. A professional teeth cleaning will brighten your smile and leave you with freshly polished teeth.
3. Prevent Cavities
Dental plaque is a colorless film of bacteria that builds up on your teeth. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and can lead to dental cavities and periodontal disease. Plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing regularly and getting professional teeth cleanings.
4. Avoid Tooth Loss
Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. If left untreated, gum disease can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing your teeth to loosen and fall out. You can avoid tooth loss by practicing good oral hygiene habits and getting professional teeth cleanings.
5. Maintain Good Health
Bad oral hygiene can affect your overall health. Recent studies have linked strokes and heart attacks to gum disease, resulting from bad oral hygiene. A professional teeth cleaning by your family dentist twice a year helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and could reduce your risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Regular professional dental cleanings will get you on the road to good oral health. Call your family dentist at Cornerstone Dental Group at (513) 631-8920 right now to schedule an appointment for a professional dental cleaning in Cincinnati, OH. Remember, a healthy smile is a beautiful smile!
Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.
In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.
For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.
Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.
It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.
That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”
We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?”
If your child begins complaining of tooth pain without an accompanying fever or facial swelling, it’s likely not an emergency. Still, you should have us check it—and the sooner the better if the pain persists or keeps your child up at night. There are a number of possible causes, any of which if untreated could be detrimental to their dental health.
Before coming in, though, you can do a cursory check of your child’s mouth to see if you notice any abnormalities. The most common cause for a toothache is tooth decay, which you might be able to see evidence of in the form of cavities or brown spots on the tooth’s biting surfaces. If you notice swollen or reddened gums around a tooth, this could be a possible sign of a localized area of infection known as an abscess. You should also ask your child if they fell or were hit in the mouth and look for any signs of an injury.
If you don’t see anything unusual, there may be another cause—stuck food like popcorn or candy lodged and exerting painful pressure on the gum tissue or tooth. You may be able to intervene in this case: gently floss around the affected tooth to try to dislodge any food particles. The pain may ease if you’re able to remove any. Even so, if you see abnormalities in the mouth or the pain doesn’t subside, you should definitely plan to come in for an examination.
In the meantime, you can help ease discomfort with a child-appropriate dose of ibuprofen or acetaminophen. An ice pack against the outside jaw may also help, but be careful not to apply ice directly to the skin. And under no circumstances rub aspirin or other painkiller directly on the gums—like ice, these products can burn the skin. If these efforts don’t help you should try to see us the same day or first thing the next morning for advanced treatment.
The main thing is not to panic. Knowing what to look for and when to see us will help ensure your child’s tooth pain will be cared for promptly.
If you would like more information on handling dental issues with your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Child’s Toothache.”