It all depends on your oral health and other health factors such as diabetes and smoking. The American Dental Association suggests that the frequency of your regular dental visits should be tailored by your dentist to accommodate your current oral health status and health history. Many people can benefit from "Twice-yearly cleanings“ as recommended by many dentists. Most dental insurance plans will cover two dental cleanings per year. It’s always far less expensive to prevent a dental issue than try to fix it. If your teeth are prone to cavities and plaque build-up, which could lead to gum disease and eventual tooth loss, your dentist may even recommend a deep cleaning in addition to having a regular teeth cleaning every 4 months. Your dentist should be able to tell you how often you should have a dental cleaning.
There are a number of potential causes of bad breath. Some causes are related to their medical conditions such as Acid Reflux, tonsil infection, etc.
Smoking can cause bad breath as well. But the vast majority of cases of bad breath comes down to oral hygiene. We all have sulfur-producing bacteria in our mouth that breed beneath the surface of the tongue and often in the throat and tonsil areas.
Without proper oral care by regularly brushing and flossing our teeth, we let these foul odor producing bacteria feast on food particles and plaque buildup on the teeth and gums.
This plaque can also cause pockets of build-up between the teeth and gums, which could lead to gum disease such as periodontitis.
Sеnѕitivе tееth саn occur fоr a vаriеtу оf rеаѕоnѕ. Oftеn times, sensitive teeth саn bе a mаttеr оf gеnеtiсѕ. But thеrе are оthеr fасtоrѕ that саn саuѕе уоur tееth to bесоmе more sensitive such as gum diѕеаѕе, tооth dесау, cavities, root exposure аt thе gumlinе, grinding or clenching your teeth at night, which can wеаr dоwn yоur enаmеl. After уоur dеntiѕt dеtеrminеѕ thе rеаѕоn fоr уоur sensitivity, he оr she will trеаt thе undеrlуing cause. Treatment may bе as ѕimрlе as treating a саvitу or replacing a worn filling. Hоwеvеr, if уоur diѕсоmfоrt comes frоm gum lоѕѕ exposing root ѕurfасеѕ, уоur dеntiѕt mау ѕuggеѕt a gum grаft thаt a реriоdоntiѕt would соnduсt to рrоtесt thе root ѕurfасе аnd ѕuрроrt of thе tооth. If your teeth are genetically sensitive without any dental decay or gum diseases, there are a couple of things you can do to minimize the sensitivity of your teeth. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that are specifically designed for people with sensitive teeth. You might want to cоnѕidеr wearing a mоuth guаrd to protect уоur teeth at night. People who grind thеir teeth аt night might ѕuffеr frоm ѕеnѕitivе tееth, as it can wear dоwn your tооth еnаmеl. You should probably avоid aсidiс fооdѕ and drinkѕ such as Lemons, carbonated ѕоdаs and соffее, which can соntributе tо tооth sensitivity. Thiѕ is duе tо the fасt thаt асidiс ѕubѕtаnсеѕ wоrk as a саtаlуѕt tо wear down tooth еnаmеl.
The amount of radiation used in dental X-rays is low, compared to the amount of radiation exposure the average person in the US receives from natural sources such as the sun and soil. If you have 1 bite wing X-ray taken at your dentist office with a digital X-ray machine, which shows 4 – 6 teeth in the image, the radiation exposure will be approximately less than one third of 1 percent of your annual radiation exposure from the sun and soil.Read More
This patient had a cavity treated and filled with a composite material in his front tooth many years ago. However, over time the composite material became discolored and the patient decided to have it retreated for a cosmetic reason.
Yes, it is safe to use external whiteners such as whitening strips on a tooth with a root canal.In some cases, however, external teeth whiteners will not work on root canal teeth at all because discoloration is mainly caused by internal factors inside the teeth. After a root canal procedure, especially on an anterior tooth, tooth discoloration sometimes occurs even if the root canal work was done properly. If you really want to whiten your root canal tooth, you will probably need internal beaching. Internal bleaching can be performed by your dentist or endodontist to whiten the darkened tooth from the inside out by placing a whitening agent deep inside the tooth. It’s important to note that there are risks associated with internal bleaching treatment such as tooth loss. You should always consult your dentist if you are concerned about discolored, root canal teeth.
You may have seen this home remedy for teeth whitening on the Internet where they show you how to mix lemon juice and baking soda, and apply the mixture to your teeth as a whitening agent, and gently brushing it off with a toothbrush. They tell you not to leave the mixture on your teeth any longer than one minute to avoid eroding your tooth enamel. While this remedy may work for some people, it’s not recommended. Although your teeth may appear to be whiter afterwards, you may have actually eroded and abraded some enamel from your teeth. Lemon juice is very acidic and will erode your enamel layer. Also, baking soda is abrasive. Once your tooth enamel has eroded, it’s gone forever. Unfortunately, we cannot regrow it at this time.
This will vary, depending on many factors such as the type of whitening system used, your eating habits, oral hygiene, the genetic characteristics of your teeth and so forth. Typically, you can expect the results to last from three months to two years. In general, professional whitening systems tend to produce longer lasting results as opposed to over-the-counter whitening solutions. Some people’s teeth remain white for over two years after receiving professional whitening treatment that uses a light-activated gel system. Unfortunately, no whitening system can whiten teeth permanently. But the good news is there are home maintenance products that you can buy at any drugstore or your dentist’s office. With proper eating habits, oral hygiene, and a good maintenance program, your teeth can stay white for many years.
Zoom! whitening procedure takes about 1.5 hours and does not require a second office visit. The procedure begins with a 20-minute preparation period where your gums and soft tissues get covered with gauze and protective materials to reduce the risk of damage to the tissues from the whitening gel and the ultra violet light. Next, the whitening gel is applied to your teeth with a brush. Then, there’s a series of four 15-minute sessions where light-accelerated whitening takes place.
Tooth stains are often the results of external factors such as drinking coffee, wine, cola, certain fruit juices, eating berries and tomato sauces, and smoking. Teeth are porous; they have microscopic holes in them. So the staining agents in your foods and beverages can seep into the enamel and dentin layers of your teeth, causing discoloration. To reduce such stains, I recommend that you brush and floss your teeth right after eating foods that can cause discoloration. If that’s not possible, you should, at least, rinse your mouth with water afterwards. In some cases, tooth discoloration occurs due to internal factors such as one’s genetic and medical conditions. And some antibiotics are known to cause teeth discoloration in children. Chemotherapy can also can affect the color of your teeth. Aging is also a factor that contributes to tooth discoloration; over time your enamel layer gets thinner, thus revealing the yellow-colored dentin layer. Certain dental procedures such as amalgam fillings and root canal can cause discoloration, too. If your tooth had a root canal done, it might look a little darker, compared to your other teeth. There are various treatment options for discolored teeth, including over-the-counter whitening strips, light-activated whitening systems, dental bonding, internal bleaching, cosmetic veneers and porcelain crowns. If you’re concerned about discolored teeth, you should consult your dentist.
Since every patient’s situation is unique, the cost of oral appliance therapy varies, based on the type of appliance prescribed and the type of insurance you have. But, generally speaking, prescription, custom-fit mandibular advancing appliances cost roughly $2000 to $4000 including dentist fees. Your medical insurance may cover some or all of the cost of the oral appliance. Your out-of-pocket cost will depend on your insurance deductible as well. It is always a good idea to check with your insurance company first.
There are basically two types of oral appliances designed to treat mild-to-moderate sleep apnea: One type is the Mandibular Advancing Appliance and the other type is the Tongue Retaining Device. Both involve keeping the tongue from blocking the airway. Between the two types, the Mandibular Advancing Appliance is more widely used.
The Mandibular Advancing Appliance is a mouthpiece that fits over the upper and lower teeth. This appliance is designed to move the lower jaw forward, thus pulling the tongue forward and opening the airway. This appliance is usually fitted and adjusted by a dentist knowledgeable about Oral Appliance Therapy. There are multiple manufactures of Mandibular Advancing Appliances. Each appliance has its unique features such as the ability to attach a CPAP machine to it to improve its effectiveness; and some appliances allow you to slightly move your lower jaw or teeth laterally. These devices may vary in design, cost, and product warranty.
There are also over-the-counter Mandibular Advancing Appliances that you can buy without going to your dentist. These nonprescription devices typically require you to do your own custom fitting that involves boiling and biting into a mouthpiece.
The Mandibular Advancing Appliance is not for everyone. If you wear dentures or have no teeth, you cannot use this type of appliance. Also, if the structural integrity of your teeth is too weak due to cavities or gum diseases, this type of device may not be the right solution for you.
The other type, the Tongue Retaining Device, or TRD, works by mechanically holding the tongue, preventing it from falling back into the throat and blocking the airway. Again, there are multiple manufactures of TRDs. For example, there's a TRD that works by enveloping the tongue in a soft plastic cavity and holding it in place by suction. The benefit of this TRD is that you can use it even if you're a denture wearer. Another benefit is you don't have to worry about possible moth joint pain since TRDs don't usually involve mandibular advancement.
Since there are many options and each option has its pros and cons, you should consult your dentist or trusted healthcare provider to see which solution is right for you.
It's estimated that between 20 - 30 million Americans have sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder which is caused by a blockage of the airway. If left untreated, sleep apnea could result in serious health risks, including stroke, heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. You may have seen a device, called “CPAP” (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) to treat sleep apnea. CPAP has been proven effective if the patient keeps using the device. Unfortunately, some people don't like having to wear the headgear with a mask attached to their face throughout the night. Now, there is a dental sleep apnea and snoring solution, an alternative to CPAP. This oral appliance works by moving the lower jaw slightly forward, which keeps the airway open. Two of the main benefits of this oral appliance are as follows: 1. You don't have to wear that headgear; and 2. You don't need to have an air pump to push air though the nose. This oral appliance is for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea and/or snoring. Please contact our office if you have any questions about this new dental sleep apnea
Dr. Tawa's office works with a company that provides home sleep study services. Instead of having to go to traditional sleep labs, you can sleep in the comfort of your own bed and take a home sleep test using a physiological recorder worn on the forehead. Please contact Dr. Tawa's office if you're interested in the home sleep study services.
People with sleep apnea often sleep with their mouth open. This can result in their saliva drying out and they wake up in the morning with a dry mouth. Saliva has a protective effect on the teeth. Saliva keeps the acidity of the mouth regulated and helps protect against bacterial infection. The bacteria can exist in plaque and they can cause damage by releasing acids that break down the protective enamel of the tooth. In the absence of saliva the teeth are more prone to decay. Besides the potential cavity issue, there are many health risks associated with sleep apnea such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, etc. According to the AASM, patients untreated for moderate to severe sleep apnea had a decreased life expectancy of 8 – 11 years as opposed to patients that were treated for the same condition.
If you are experiencing a dry mouth in the morning and/or your partner or spouse has mentioned that you sometimes stop breathing during your sleep, you may want to have a sleep study done immediately.