Fake Teeth for Athletes
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In any sport, there's always the potential for tooth injury, so it's no surprise that 5 million teeth are accidentally knocked out in the U.S. each year. And it's also no surprise that most people don't know what to do about it in an emergency.
Transcript: Ever catch a glimpse of hockey great Mark Messier's grin? You should take a look. Those perfectly aligned...
Ever catch a glimpse of hockey great Mark Messier's grin? You should take a look. Those perfectly aligned gleaming white teeth are actually FAKES. Matter of fact, many professional AND high school athletes have several fake teeth scattered throughout their mouths. In any sport, there's always the potential for tooth injury, so it's no surprise that 5 million teeth are accidentally knocked out in the U.S. each year. And it's ALSO no surprise that most people don't know what to do about it in an emergency. If a permanent tooth has been knocked out or is broken, the MOST IMPORTANT thing to do is to FIND the tooth. If it's intact, clean it off thoroughly and put it back into its space. If this is NOT possible, place the tooth UNDER the tongue in saliva. In either case, it is URGENT that you get to a dentist as SOON as possible - ideally, within the first 15-30 minutes. If the injured person happens to be hysterical, unconscious or is a child, simply place the tooth in iced MILK until a dentist can reposition it. Milk contains proteins that keep a constant acid to alkaline ratio, in addition to anti-bacterial substances - so it's a better preservative for a living tooth. Well sometimes a tooth CAN be put back into place permanently, your dentist may need to replace the lost tooth with EITHER a fixed bridge or an implant. Today, we normally use IMPLANTS rather than fixed bridges, so we can AVOID drilling down healthy teeth for bridge supports. Depending on their condition, there are several options to correct teeth that have been INJURED but NOT knocked out -- such as those pushed out of position, fractured, or chipped. From simple bonding and porcelain veneers to possible root canal treatments with crowns or even SPLINTING teeth together for support while they heal. YOUNG athletes are advised to wait until their playing days are over before getting PERMANENT restorations to minimize damage to new dental work. In these cases, removable teeth provide a temporary fix. Often, the end effects of an injury aren't evident for years to come. Trauma to a tooth may lead to disintegration of the root or nerve death, causing pain and darkening of the tooth. These cases often require a root canal treatment or EVEN extraction. To prevent tooth loss while participating in sports, most athletes use MOUTHGUARDS to protect their teeth while playing. According to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 TIMES more likely to suffer tooth damage when NOT using a mouth guard. For more information on cosmetic dentistry procedures, check out more videos in this series.More »
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Dental Fluorosis can start from an early age. The initial signs are quite minimal, but they may result in white speckled teeth. Find out more about this here.
Transcript: Nobody likes yellow, stained teeth. But imagine obvious white specks on your teeth that can NEVER be...
Nobody likes yellow, stained teeth. But imagine obvious white specks on your teeth that can NEVER be brushed away.Those specks may be a condition called FLUOROSIS, where fluoride mineralizes on the outer layer of your teeth, damaging the enamel surface. In mild cases, it's nothing more than a whitish spot making the rest of the tooth look yellower in comparison. In more severe cases, mottling of the enamel leads to black and brown stains, and cracking and pitting of the teeth, making them MORE susceptible overall to cavities and tooth decay. Fluorosis FIRST develops in CHILDREN, between the ages of 1 and 4. -- BEFORE permanent teeth come in. Fluoride exposure is MOST critical at this time because permanent teeth are still developing. While the amount of fluoride that's added to water by city municipalities IS NOT a problem, some communities have higher concentrations of naturally occurring fluoride, that CAN cause MILD to moderate cases of fluorosis. The fluoride in toothpastes IS NOT an issue if not swallowed in large amounts. Plus, most children's toothpastes are fluoride- free. Past the age of 8, however, additional fluorosis is not USUALLY a risk. The EFFECTS of fluorosis are IRREVERSIBLE and preventive measures would have to be taken when the child was very young. If you want to get rid of those pesky specks, though, you've got options. Bleaching or even abrasion can take care of mild cases. Abrasion finely sands off the outer layer of stained enamel, leaving you speck-free. If your case is more severe, abrasion will take off too much enamel, which is why composite bonding and porcelain veneers may be a better bet. In composite bonding, the enamel is treated or etched with a mild acid so a composite resin can be bonded on to the tooth surface. With veneers, a ceramic SHELL is placed over the front of the tooth. Both look good initially, but while bonding is less EXPENSIVE than veneers, it tends to discolor over time and is considered less permanent.For more ways to make your smile look amazing, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-29 | Tags »
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Want to make your stained, yellow teeth pearly white again? There are a variety of teeth whitening methods to consider, from at-home remedies to treatments at your dentist's office. Watch the video to learn more.
Transcript: Amazingly-white teeth are no longer just for the Brad Pitts and Megan Fox's of the world. We can all...
Amazingly-white teeth are no longer just for the Brad Pitts and Megan Fox's of the world. We can all have celeb-worthy smiles thanks to better quality at-home whitening products and the reduced costs of in-office procedures. But before you commit, let's go over your options. Professional in-office procedures are the QUICKEST, most effective, safest but MOST EXPENSIVE option. The average price ranges from five hundred to twelve hundred dollars for your full mouth, but the results last 1 to 3 years. Using a peroxide agent and a bright light or laser to speed up the whitening process, your dentist can significantly whiten your teeth in one visit. Multiple application of the breaching solution is usually required to achieve results. Tooth whitening can also be PRESCRIBED by your dentist as an at-home treatment. A little cheaper at three to six hundred dollars, it includes custom-made mouthpieces (or trays) and a whitening gel. The fit of these custom trays is essential for the at home process to work effectively and safely. Depending on the kit, and how much bleaching you want, you either wear it a few hours a day or overnight for a week or 2. Warning, though, while ALL professional bleachings will whiten your NATURAL teeth, they WON'T lighten any existing dental work like caps, crowns, veneers or bonding. A more wallet-friendly, but somewhat less effective whitening option is over-the-counter whitening strips, rinses or toothpaste. These contain the SAME or similar peroxide whitening ingredients that your dentist uses, but in a lower dose. At-home whiteners are good for minimizing stains caused by drinking coffee and tea, or smoking. Your brighter smile usually lasts a few months or up to a year with over-the-counter products, so you'll need to repeat the process more often. While whiter teeth always look nice, there ARE a few minor side effects. The hydrogen peroxide used can increase temperature sensitivity of the teeth, and OVERUSE of at-home products can actually wear away tooth enamel, also leading to increased sensitivity. The sensitivity is usually TEMPORARY, but talk to your dentist if it persists. And, since at home products don't use a custom-fitted delivery tray, there are often small portions of the teeth that may not bleach, leaving spotty results. Also, the gums can be injured or irritated by the bleaching products, especially when not contained by a well-fitted custom tray so talk to your dentist if you develop any soreness in your gums. For more ways to keep your teeth gleaming, check out the rest of the videos in this series.More »
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You will definitely make a statement with grills, gold, diamonds and accessories, but they are also a health risk. Learn more in this video.
Transcript: Not everyone is born with sparkling teeth like Kanye West. Not EVEN Kanye. He took his rapping riches...
Not everyone is born with sparkling teeth like Kanye West. Not EVEN Kanye. He took his rapping riches and bought himself a shiny set of DIAMOND teeth to flash around. Before we get to the icy details of Kanye's grill, let's start at the beginning of the oral bling trend - with GOLD teeth. While dentists saw 14, 18 and 22 carat gold as the perfect strong, malleable metal for fillings, crowns, and fake teeth -- urban America saw it as a STATUS symbol. Rappers Slick Rick and Flava Flav took gold teeth up a notch, introducing a new audience to vanity plates of gold, silver, platinum and even JEWELED grills, worn over the front of the teeth. While gold teeth can be used to remedy ACTUAL dental issues, grills and oral-jewelry are used as a temporary, optional add-on - like a fashion accessory, and can be taken on or off anytime. Grills are made from dental molds, made either by a dentist or for cheaper models, in a do-it-yourself kit using dental putty and wax. Grills can cost anywhere from one hundred to THOUSANDS of dollars, depending on the materials used and number of teeth covered -- just look at Lil Wayne's oral investment! According to the American Dental Association, if grills FIT RIGHT and are worn intermittently, there is a LOW RISK of dental problems. But grills made from base metals CAN cause allergic reactions, and bacteria trapped UNDER a grill can lead to gum disease, cavities and even bone loss - so good hygiene is a MUST when wearing grills. Now as for those rows of diamond teeth you may see. You can either have the teeth trimmed down to support a pricey gold and diamond encrusted bridge...or, another possibility it to have the teeth pulled and REPLACED with titanium implants, having the diamonds built on TOP of the teeth. While this style of accessorizing isn't a common procedure, it is actually dangerous since diamonds are much harder than natural teeth and will cause excessive wear and breakage of the opposing teeth.Now...Either of these methods would be EXTREMELY expensive, a more cost-effective option is to have the jewels BONDED directly to the SURFACE of the teeth. However, if bonded TOO CLOSE to the gum line, teeth accessories CAN irritate the gums. Also, accumulation of plaque, tartar and debris from improper hygiene can cause inflammation and, potentially, gingivitis, gum recession, periodontitis, infections, and EVEN bone loss if untreated. Occasionally, bonding bulky jewels to tooth surfaces COULD interfere with bite, causing chewing issues or even temporomandibular - or TMJ - disorders, not to mention irritations and sores on the lips that rub against these add-ons.For more info on ways to make your smile sparkle - either naturally or otherwise -- check out other videos in this series.More »
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Drinking, heroin and cocaine can do great damage to your oral health. You can find out more on alcohol, drugs & your teeth in this video.
Transcript: Do you like to go out, have a few drinks -- maybe even MORE than a few drinks? What might make for a...
Do you like to go out, have a few drinks -- maybe even MORE than a few drinks? What might make for a great night of partying can be BAD news for your oral health. That shot of straight tequila, no big deal. But mix it into a margarita and you're asking for a MOUTHFUL of oral health issues. Straight alcohol is acidic and can wear down the enamel on your teeth, but it packs the MOST risk when combined with sugary juices. The sugars in mixed drinks combine with bacteria in your mouth causing plaque and tartar to form. And that leads to....yup... tooth decay AND cavities. Because of its high sugar content, beer will do the same. And the acid in wine also wears down your enamel. To reduce the effects of alcohol on your teeth, try to remember to chew a few pieces of sugar-free gum after drinking. This will stimulate saliva production and wash away any sugars or acids sitting around your mouth. You'll also want to BRUSH YOUR TEETH after a night out. And - if it happens - brush after any episodes of VOMITING you may experience. If you're more of an occasional drug-user than a drinker, let's go over what the most common drugs can do to your oral health. MARIJUANA can cause short-term dry mouth and lead to an increased risk of gum disease. COCAINE gets highly acidic when mixed with saliva. Because people often rub it into their GUMS after snorting, it can wear away tooth enamel AND cause ULCERATION of gums. Even snorting cocaine allows the drug to get into your mouth because anything entering the nose drips into the back of throat like a post-nasal drip. Popping a pill of ECSTASY often results in teeth grinding and jaw clenching, leading to cracked and chipped teeth. Even HEROIN, which is often INJECTED, can do a number on your teeth. Heroin users tend to crave SWEETS, which increases the risk of tooth decay --- AND if you're a regular user, chances are likely you're spending money on your next fix...NOT a cleaning or your dental health in general. The WORST damage is done by meth. Methamphetamine is highly acidic and erodes tooth enamel, quickly causing severe tooth decay - or, 'meth mouth.' Add in meth's common side effects of tooth grinding and jaw clenching, and you FURTHER break down your teeth. Bottom line? Brush after drinking, and if you care about your oral health, steer clear of dangerous drugs. For more on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, check out OTHER videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-07-29 | Tags »
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For smokers, the risk of developing dental problems is real. This video on smoking, chewing tobacco & your teeth, spells it out for you.
Transcript: Think smoking's sexy? Johnny Depp, clenching a Marlboro Red in his teeth? Or Lindsay Lohan with a Newport...
Think smoking's sexy? Johnny Depp, clenching a Marlboro Red in his teeth? Or Lindsay Lohan with a Newport up against her lips? Well, think again.When the smoke clears, those images are ANYTHING BUT hot. A cigarette smokers' mouth is a HAVEN for plaque build-up, bone loss, oral cancer and leukoplakia -- or white patches inside the mouth.You can easily see how tobacco smoke stains teeth yellow, but it's what is NOT VISIBLE that's SERIOUSLY wreaking havoc on a smoker's teeth. Research has shown cigarette smoke to speed up the bacteria production in plaque. And it's plaque that causes the gums to inflame, often leading to a variety of periodontal problems. If left UNtreated, gum inflammation and plaque together can lead to deep "pocketing" around the teeth allowing for the harmful bacteria to feast on the plaque and cause bone loss and tooth decay under the gums - all of which can lead to gum recession, where the gums creep up the tooth leaving sensitive roots exposed, or worse, causing tooth loss. Aside from tooth loss, some smokers also experience inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth and in the cheeks. And there's always the risk of cancerous tumors developing on the tongue, gums, cheek lining, lips, or roof or floor of the mouth, because of the high levels of carcinogens in cigarettes.But what SO many people don't realize is that it's not just CIGARETTES that wreak havoc. Chewing and dipping tobaccos can cause the SAME oral problems as smoking, AND MORE. Tooth abrasion and decay are typically WORSE in people who chew and dip. The tobaccos contain sugars, grit and sand that SCRATCH at the enamel and WEAR down the gums. PLUS, that added sugar, when mixed with the mouth's natural bacteria, causes an acidic reaction, which leads to tooth DECAY. This can be especially severe when it seeps beneath the gums and puddles near the tooth's root. But prevention is really quite simple. Just DON'T pick up that cigarette or wad of tobacco. Your mouth will thank you for it. If you want a healthy mouth and teeth - quit TODAY.For more ways to keep your teeth healthy, check out other videos in this series.More »
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You've seen them on Marc Jacob's runway and the cover of Vogue. Once seen as a beauty flaw, that gap between the two front teeth is must have look. Instead of trying to close their gaps, more women are flaunting them and in some cases, creating them.
Transcript: You've seen them EVERYWHERE from Marc Jacob's runway shows to the cover of Vogue. Once seen as a beauty...
You've seen them EVERYWHERE from Marc Jacob's runway shows to the cover of Vogue. Once seen as a beauty FLAW, it's the beauty GAP between their two front teeth that sets models like Lara Stone, Jessica Hart and Lindsay Wixson apart. These days, instead of trying to close their gaps, more women are flaunting them proudly- and in some cases, CREATING a flaw that nature DIDN'T provide. A Diastema, the space or gap between two teeth -- most noticeably, the upper front teeth -- often comes naturally and appears as soon as the adult teeth come in. It's primarily caused by an IMBALANCE in the relationship between the size of the jaw and the size of the teeth. These gaps, from a dental health standpoint, aren't a problem.Oversized lip tissue that continues to grow, passing between the teeth and keeping the teeth from growing closer together, can also create a diastema - again, this also isn't a threat to dental health.Most importantly though, if a gap SLOWLY or SUDDENLY develops between teeth where there never was a gap before, it may be a sign of bone loss between the teeth, a problem with the bite, or a combination of both. Any new gap should be shown to your dentist for evaluation, as the widening gap may be EARLY SIGNS of a tooth or teeth that will be LOST. You CAN'T ignore the gap even if you like the way it looks!While some might appreciate the unique aesthetics of a gap, many people choose to close them through bonding procedures. Using a composite resin or porcelain veneering material, the dentist fills the gap making sure the area underneath can still be cleansed and flossed effectively. If you CAN'T clean underneath the bonding, you can't prevent the risk of decay, gum disease, and gum recession.Those who WANT a gap-toothed iconic mouth like Lauren Hutton and Madonna, but weren't naturally blessed with one, can now cosmetically widen or CREATE that gap between their teeth. As seen on an episode of "America's Next Top Model," Tyra Banks ENCOURAGES one of the contestants to shave OFF a quarter of a millimeter of her tooth to give her a stand-out gap.Undergoing a tooth-shaving procedure can be risky, though. Teeth CANNOT be made narrower without drilling, and removing TOO MUCH of the tooth can create sensitivity or worse -- cause the tooth to become damaged to the point where it may need root canal. And if you ever want to UNDO this fashion fad, you'll find yourself back in the bonding seat, possibly with mixed results.For more information on cosmetic dentistry procedures, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Tooth gaps may seem like a cosmetic disaster but they need to be addressed by your dentist to make sure there isn't an underlying medical cause. Watch this video learn more about the gap between your front teeth.
Transcript: Some celebrities are known for the gaps in their front teeth. There's David Letterman, Lauren Hutton,...
Some celebrities are known for the gaps in their front teeth. There's David Letterman, Lauren Hutton, Michael Strahan, and Condoleeza Rice. But while these people may seem comfortable with their airy smile, many others who have such tooth gaps, called distema, are self-conscious about it.If YOU are reluctant to smile because you feel that the space between your teeth detracts from your appearance, the right team of cosmetic dentists-including prosthodontists, periodontists and orthodontists-- Treatment options include veneers, composite bonding, orthodontics or a combination of dental therapies. The size of the diastema or gap, the condition of the teeth, and the positions of both the adjacent and opposing teeth are all considered in determining the most desirable treatment.When a space between teeth is relatively small, cosmetic bonding is often used to fill in the gap. To properly close larger gaps, porcelain veneers -- or even dental crowns -- may be required. can close the gap.While cosmetic dentistry can close tooth gaps to make a smile more attractive, there may also be compelling medical reasons to treat a diastema.When gum or periodontal disease causes bone loss around teeth, they may drift out of position and affect the bite, causing the teeth to move even further out of position.It's important to tell your dentist if you've always had that space and if it's been increasing. A widening gap signals underlying problems. Treatment may include periodontal surgery, orthodontics and restorative/cosmetic procedures. There are times when a tooth -- or teeth -- may be lost and replaced with dental implants. Some teeth that have migrated out of position can be easily repositioned by treating the underlying periodontal infection and adjusting the interference in the bite. Over time, this may allow the lips to push the teeth back into position.Another reason to have a diastema treated is that they may act as food traps, which can cause both tooth decay and discomfort.More »
Last Modified: 2014-02-21 | Tags »
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A toothache is something that should not be taken casually. Watch the video and learn about the possible causes and various toothache remedies.
Transcript: In life, some things are okay to ignore-like calls from telemarketers and the calorie count on that chocolate...
In life, some things are okay to ignore-like calls from telemarketers and the calorie count on that chocolate bar-- but toothaches are DEFINITELY not one of them, especially when they last longer than a day or two. The NUMBER ONE cause of mouth pain is tooth decay. This is when the enamel, and in some cases, the layers of tooth underneath, called dentin -- are eroded away by plaque and bacteria making your teeth ULTRA-sensitive -- particularly to foods and drinks that are cold, hot, sweet or sour. Sensitivity is USUALLY a sign of a well-established cavity. So, if your teeth hurt, HOLD OFF on the hot drinks and iced treats, and visit your dentist as soon as possible. If it's not cavity, it's probably an infected tooth that needs root canal treatment. Now if you're feeling pain in an area where you ALREADY have a filling that could be a sign that the filling is damaged or has fallen out. Very often, when a tooth with a filling becomes painful to biting, chewing and to cold; it's usually a sign of a broken or fractured tooth. If left untreated, fractured teeth usually have to be taken out and replaced. In fact, the "cracked tooth syndrome" is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Another common cause of toothache is GUM DISEASE such as gingivitis or periodontis. The same bad habits that cause cavities, like skipping flossing and not brushing properly or at all, lead to plaque and acid build up that can irritate your gums and eat away at the bone that supports the teeth. If left untreated, this rotting of the bone can actually cause teeth to FALL OUT. Your dentist can fix this, if it is caught early enough, by cleaning the infected area and applying or prescribing an antibiotic to control the bacteria growth that causes gum disease. One more reason your mouth might be sore is that you could UNKNOWINGLY be grinding or clenching your teeth. This condition, also known as a type of Temporomandibular joint disorder, means you're more likely to feel pain where the jaw connects to the skull-about right under each ear. Your dentist might recommend wearing a mouth guard at night or a more permanent splint to protect your teeth and lessen the pressure on your jaw. Other easy treatments for this might include physical therapy specifically for the jaws and even Botox injections -- that's right, the stuff they use for wrinkles -- to relieve the tension in the affected muscles. So, what happens if your dentist can't squeeze you in right away? Alleviate SOME of the pain by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water if you feel swelling or get a bad taste from the area, take a pain-reliever such as aspirin or ibuprofen, and apply an antiseptic with benzocain directly to the tooth and gum. Then, GET TO YOUR DENTIST as soon as you can. For more ways to keep your smile healthy, check out the rest of the videos in this series.More »
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Did you know that constantly grinding your teeth damages them? Thankfully, there are teeth grinding remedies that can help you get over this problem. Watch our video to know more.
Transcript: Let's talk about bruxism. No, it's not the name of a new heavy metal band, it's the medical term for...
Let's talk about bruxism. No, it's not the name of a new heavy metal band, it's the medical term for teeth grinding. Most people who grind their teeth don't even realize it - but are unknowingly damaging their teeth -- AND their smiles. There are different reasons for teeth grinding. The triggers vary from your STRESS level and diet to the alignment of your teeth, and even your POSTURE. Grinding is MORE common while sleeping, but it CAN happen during the day or night without you noticing. That is, until it starts to cause pain. Repeated gnashing and grinding of your teeth can wear away the enamel, flatten and even chip your teeth. This makes them MORE sensitive and prone to FURTHER decay. You may also experience pain or tightness in your jaw that can then cause headaches and earaches. If you have any of these symptoms, you need to see your dentist. If you grind your teeth regularly, you may eventually need heavy-duty dental work like root canals, crowns, or EVEN false teeth. Luckily, there are preventive measures. If you're a night grinder, your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to keep your teeth from rubbing together. You can also wear a splint 24/7. The splints, made of hard acrylic, either fit over a few or all of your top or bottom teeth, and are custom fitted to ensure your jaw can close properly. These splints, or guards, are designed to keep your teeth from touching each other, while letting your jaw relax, preventing clenching and grinding. Changing your daily habits can help as well. A diet high in caffeine or low in vitamin C is linked to teeth grinding. If your bruxism is stress related, relaxation techniques like yoga, massage and meditation may be all you need. Here's another trick: If you notice that you're clenching your mouth during the day, stick the tip of your tongue between your teeth. Over time, this will relax your jaw naturally.. To learn more about protecting your smile, check out the rest of the videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-28 | Tags »
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The food you eat, the drinks you guzzle and the smokes you puff may all be staining your teeth. Find out more about tooth stain strategies that will help you avoid discoloration.
Transcript: Have you SEEN what coffee and cigarettes can do to your teeth? Between the resin from the tobacco and...
Have you SEEN what coffee and cigarettes can do to your teeth? Between the resin from the tobacco and the pigments in coffee, you can wind up with SERIOUS stains. Your teeth stain because the tooth enamel is POROUS enough to absorb the color - or pigments - in your food and drink. Highly acidic foods are even MORE likely to stain because they wear down that enamel. Sugars can also contribute to staining. Sugars COAT the teeth, leading to plaque build-up, which in turn attracts the pigments from foods and drinks. Luckily, there ARE strategies you can take to safeguard against EMBARRASSING stains. Watch your drink choices. Teas, packed with TANNINS are actually MORE of a stain-causer culprit than coffee. But don't reach for fruit juice as an alternative! Most juices are loaded with POTENT food coloring, and SPORTS DRINKS aren't ANY better -- research has shown that these ACIDIC drinks can soften tooth enamel, setting the stage for staining. Also, avoid SODAS. They're packed with phosphoric and citric acids AND have MASSIVE amounts of sweetener, promoting tooth decay. Even acidic alcohols such as beer and wine - including white wine -- should be consumed in moderation. When it comes to stain-causing FOODS, watch out for tomatoes - and tomato SAUCE - beets, pomegranates, grapes, and heavily pigmented berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, cherries and other intensely colored fruits. Dark-colored acidic foods, including soy sauce and balsamic vinegar, WEAKEN the enamel and ABSORB into its pores. Even curry powders and sauces can stain white teeth yellow. Aside from changing your diet, what's the best way to keep your teeth stain-free? I'm sure this will come as NO surprise: brush AND floss after EVERY meal. The longer the staining residue sits on your teeth, the deeper it will seep. Also, carry a travel size MOUTHWASH with you to rinse away food debris and prevent the build up of dental plaque. Even swishing water through your mouth after a dark drink can protect you until you're able to brush. For more ways to make your smile sparkle, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Did you know infected root canals can ruin your smile and cause a number of complications? Watch this video and find out about root canals here in detail.
Transcript: Root canal treatment can be your tooth's LAST CHANCE for survival. So what EXACTLY is a ROOT CANAL? Simply...
Root canal treatment can be your tooth's LAST CHANCE for survival. So what EXACTLY is a ROOT CANAL? Simply put, it's the space in the center of the tooth that contains what is called the PULP, which is made of the tiny nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive. It runs ALL THE WAY DOWN the inside of the roots - thus the term ROOT CANAL. If bacteria enter the pulp, as it can from deep decay, the tooth becomes infected and needs to be treated.So, if a cavity has progressed SO FAR or an infection is SO BAD that a simple filling or treatment won't fix it, the ONLY option is to CLEAN IT OUT and SEAL IT OFF. Root canal treatment offers a lifeline to a tooth that otherwise would need to be EXTRACTED. While a root canal treatment is NEVER fun, with local anesthesia, it can be a PAINLESS procedure that usually takes one to two visits to complete. How do you know if your tooth is in trouble? You'll feel INTENSE pain while chewing or with hot foods or liquids. Cold sensitivity, on the other hand, is NOT always a sign of root canal trouble. The tooth pain is REALLY BAD, and usually LINGERS for a while. If the pain wakes you up at night, it's almost a sure bet that you need root canal treatment. Sometimes the tooth itself might look DARKER, especially a front tooth, or the surrounding gums may become SWOLLEN even showing a sort of PIMPLE in the gum above the tooth. Occasionally, there's NO pain and a tooth in need of a root canal can be tricky to detect, so regular check-ups are key. If you DO need a root canal, local anesthetic is applied to the tooth area. Your dentist will make a small hole in the tooth and the pulp tissue is removed from the canal or canals within your tooth. Front teeth generally have ONE canal, while molars can have MORE THAN three.The nerve tissue is taken out because it can break down, causing BACTERIA to multiply inside the canal, often leading to a root infection called an ABCESS. Once the damaged pulp is removed, medication is injected to destroy any remaining bacteria. The tooth is then filled with a paste and SEALED OFF. In some cases, it CAN'T be sealed until a second visit if, for instance, the infection was particularly bad or other anatomical or procedural complications make it impossible to complete in one visit. In these situations, a temporary crown or filling is placed over the tooth so it can heal for a few days. Because the structure of the tooth is a little weaker after root canal treatment, you'll usually get a crown made of gold or porcelain for protection. For a couple days AFTER the procedure, your tooth can feel SENSITIVE and your gums SWOLLEN. Ibuprofen or aspirin should help reduce the pain. If your pain persists or returns, it can be a sign that an infection STILL exists, most likely in an extra canal that has been missed. Or there may be a small undetected crack in the tooth. Extra canals can be filled, resolving the infection and getting rid of the pain, but cracked teeth usually need to be extracted. For more tips on handling dental dilemmas, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Cosmetic dentistry can give you the mouth you've always wanted. Whether it's whitening or braces, see what you need to know about getting that perfect smile.
Transcript: We've become pros at hiding our imperfections. There isn't a gray hair, pimple, or wrinkle that can't...
We've become pros at hiding our imperfections. There isn't a gray hair, pimple, or wrinkle that can't be taken care of with some beauty product or quick procedure. And thanks to cosmetic dentistry, the same can be done for your smile. Cosmetic dentistry refers to ALL the methods used to restore the "aesthetic zone" or VISIBLE part of the mouth. Everything from teeth whitening to veneers and braces may be considered cosmetic techniques. Sometimes these procedures can ALSO be crucial to your dental health. For example, tooth replacement and orthodontic alignment of the teeth can correct your bite and prevent jaw problems, making eating a LOT easier. Did you know that there's actually no such thing as a COSMETIC dentist, PER SE. The American Dental Association doesn't recognize the specialty.. So in other words, ANY GENERAL DENTIST can refer to themselves as a "cosmetic dentist," with no extra training or educational standards attached. Most dentists do offer cosmetic procedures, but in many cases your dentist will team up with a specialist, such as a periodontist, orthodontist, prosthodontist, endodontist or oral surgeon in order to get the desired cosmetic results. Since not all spaces and misalignments can be corrected with crowns and veneers, the orthodontist will help move the teeth into a more attractive position. Clear braces, and innovative new removable braces, can often be used so you don't necessarily have to see those embarassing METAL WIRES and BRACKETS .Your dentist could also team up with a prosthodontist, whose main job is to restore damaged or lost teeth. A prosthodonist is a specialist who has gone through extra schooling to master complicated techniques, including dental implants, veneers, crowns, caps, and bridges. You might also need a periodontist to help shape or reposition the gums to complement the new aesthetic restorations. It 's IMPORTANT that the dentist pays particular attention to the health of the gums when doing any cosmetic dental procedures, as they ARE the foundation of a beautiful, healthy smile. Keep in mind, though, cosmetic dentistry CAN be costly and is rarely covered by insurance companies. So before you start any cosmetic dental treatment, talk with your dentist and find out everything you can about the cost, AND the qualifications of the team of specialists who may be working on your smile. To learn more about specific cosmetic procedures, check out other videos in this series.More »
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