Posts for: April, 2017
Most people are aware that they should brush their teeth twice a day. However, did you know that brushing is only one-half of the daily oral hygiene routine recommended by the American Dental Association? Find out what steps you should take to achieve the perfect daily oral care routine for you and what makes that routine so important to your dental health with All Smiles in Worth, IL.
What does flossing do for my teeth?
While brushing does the brunt of the work on the outer portions of the teeth and oral tissues, flossing reaches beyond where your toothbrush’s bristles can go. Flossing reaches the areas between the teeth and underneath the gum line, pulling bacteria, food particles and plaque out of these often-overlooked places. If left to build up, these elements harden from plaque into tartar, forming cavities and causing gum disease like gingivitis.
How does flossing prevent tooth decay and gum disease?
Gum disease and tooth decay begin as bacteria on the teeth. The bacteria, if allowed to remain on the teeth, hardens into plaque, a sticky white substance. Plaque, in turn, hardens into tartar, which then begins eating through the teeth’s enamel and dentin layers, eventually reaching the tooth’s inner pulp chamber which houses the tooth’s tissue, blood vessels and nerve. While tartar can only be removed during a professional cleaning at your dentist’s office, plaque and bacteria come off of the teeth easily with regular flossing. By removing these substances, you are fighting tooth decay at its root cause and preventing it in its earliest stages.
Maintaining Your Oral Health in Worth, IL
While brushing and flossing make up a daily routine which is crucial to your oral health, seeing your dentist for regular examinations and cleanings is just as important. Patients should see their dentist every six months. These appointments allow you to have your teeth professionally cleaned and polished to ensure a decay-free smile. They also provide your dentist the opportunity to find problems within your smile early, while they are still easily treatable.
For more information on flossing or routine dental examinations and cleanings, please contact your dentists at All Smiles in Worth, IL. Call (708) 448-0333 today to schedule your appointment for an examination!
For over three decades, veneers have helped mask dental imperfections like chipping, staining or gaps and improve the appearance of millions of teeth. As the name implies, this thin layer of porcelain covers a tooth's visible surface and accurately mimics the texture, color and translucence of natural teeth.
Veneers could be just the solution you need for a more attractive smile. But before you begin treatment, be sure you have these 3 essentials in place to ensure a successful outcome.
True expectations. While the transformation of a tooth's appearance with a veneer can be astounding, veneers in general do have their limitations. You need an adequate amount of the tooth's structure present for a veneer to properly adhere — if not, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. Likewise, gaps and other misalignments may be too great for a veneer to cover: in that case, you should consider orthodontics. A thorough examination beforehand will determine if veneers are the best option for you.
An artisan team. Every veneer is custom made to match an individual patient's tooth shape and color, handcrafted by a skilled dental technician. There's also an art to the dentist preparing the tooth beforehand and then properly positioning the veneer for bonding to achieve the most attractive result. Be sure, then, that your veneer "team" comes highly recommended by others.
The best materials. The first porcelains were powdered glass ceramics mixed with water to form a paste. Technicians shaped the paste in successive layers and as it oven-cured it took on the beautiful translucence of natural teeth. Unfortunately, this type of porcelain could be brittle and prone to shattering when subjected to heavy biting forces. In recent years, though, we've begun to use ceramics reinforced with other materials like Leucite for added strength. Today, the materials dentists use have much better durability.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers.”