“The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound.” ~George Bernard Shaw. Of course, no one likes to go to the dentist, although new dental clinics are being less scary and smelly and much more relaxing. New technology also could help decreasing the fear from dentist. By definition, Dental phobia refers to the fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care. Some people have such a phobia to the point they lose their teeth but they don’t go to the dentist. To avoid to get to do heavy and expensive dental work, anyone can follow those tips to prevent having big dental problems.
Short painless sessions and short visits to the dental clinic are the key to better dental and oral health. Following are the 6 tips to avoid having dental problems:
1) Routine exam and Teeth cleaning (also known as prophylaxis): A dental cleaning every six months is strongly recommended. This act will reinforce the oral health regimen of brushing and flossing and gives the dentist an opportunity to locate areas in the mouth that may need special attention.
2) Dental sealants:
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are usually placed in the grooves (fissures) on the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent posterior teeth to help protect them from caries. As plaque accumulates in the deep grooves that are difficult to clean, dental sealants provide extra protection for the grooved and pitted areas by providing a smooth surface covering over the fissured area. The technique to apply the sealant is a simple procedure. Children, adolescents and adults are candidates to dental sealants. Sealants last for many years but also depend on the types of food eaten: harder and crunchier food can make them last a shorter time. They need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental check-ups. Your dentist can replace sealants as necessary.
3) Fluoride: It is another way to help prevent cavities by strengthening the tooth enamel and making it more resistant to bacteria and acids. Fluoride helps establish long-term dental health.
Who benefits from fluoride treatment:
-Children and adolescents especially the ones undergoing orthodontic treatment (braces).
-Adults who have any of the following conditions:
* Sensitive teeth.
*Moderate to high risk patients for developing decay
* Naked roots.
*People with dry mouth (Xerostomia).
*People undergoing radiation for cancer in the head or neck: Radiation can damage the glands in our mouth that produce saliva.
Fluoride treatment and Administration:
-Toothpaste enriched with fluoride.
-Mouth rinse containing fluoride.
-Gel or foam applied at the dental office.
-Varnish applied at the dental office.
We should be aware that excess of fluoride could lead to a condition called fluorosis and could lead to other gum and soft tissue problems inside the mouth.
4) Microdentistry: It is a new, alternative way to treat decay in teeth. It just makes good sense to treat small cavities early with conservative micro-dentistry than to wait for conditions to get worse. The idea behind this technology is to remove as little of the natural tooth as possible while removing all of the decay.
5) Oral cancer screening: Oral Cancer can affect the lip, the oral cavity and the oropharynx. It is the sixth most common malignancy in the world. An early detection of the lesions (that are likely to progress) will prevent progression.
According to the oral cancer foundation, any person with a history of tobacco and alcohol use or prior head and neck malignancy has a significant risk of developing oral cancer. The risk is higher when people drink alcohol while smoking a cigar or a cigarette. Studies confirm that survival does correlate with stage, making early diagnosis and treatment optimal for this disease.
StarZ’ Denal Clinic provides in house Oral cancer test. This procedure is fast, painless and inexpensive. (watch the one minute video on the top of the page)
6) Home care: A proper home care includes all of the following:
* Diet: Any food that sticks to the teeth especially in the grooves and fissures or food trapped between the teeth can be harmful (example: caramel, jellybeans and licorice). The less likely the food is to dissolve or rinse away, the longer the acid attack will be. Acidic food (lemon) and some soft drinks are also harmful to the teeth. We recommend that after eating or drinking any acidic product, to rinse the mouth with water, in case brush immediately wasn’t an option.
* Brushing: it is recommended to brush at least twice a day (morning after breakfast, and evening before sleeping, so no debris are left in the mouth at night), with a soft-bristled brush or an electric toothbrush.
* Flossing: Daily flossing is an important part of your oral health care routine to help remove the plaque from these areas where a toothbrush doesn’t completely reach. Types of dental floss include: waxed, unwaxed, spongy floss or dental tape. Spongy floss or super floss is used under the bridges. Flossing in addition to brushing can reduce gingivitis and bad breath compared to tooth brushing alone.
* Tongue cleaning: we do it with a tongue scraper or tongue brush. Clinical studies have shown that using tongue cleaners on a daily basis has a significant effect on decreasing oral malodor. A majority of cases of halitosis originate on the back of the tongue.
* Mouth rinse or mouthwash: are used for a variety of reasons: to freshen breath, help prevent or control tooth decay, reduce plaque (a thin film of bacteria that forms on teeth), prevent or reduce gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease), reduce the speed that tartar (hardened plaque) forms on the teeth, or to produce a combination of these effects.
The mouthwash efficiency depends on the main ingredient it contains: Antimicrobial agent, Fluoride, astringent salts (for odor) etc.
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