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Better Communication is Key to Overall Oral Health

Birmingham AL dentistWe all know how hard it is to talk when there’s dental equipment in our mouths. In spite of that, dentists still try to talk to you during procedures. Why is that?

Nobody knows. But according to one recent study: better communication between you and your dentist may be the secret key to good dental health.

University of Florida Health Researchers Trace Dental Problems to Poor Communication

The study comes out of the University of Florida’s Health Department. UF Health researchers identified a number of indicators that make someone at risk for poor oral health. Those risk factors include:

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Learn Why Brushing Teeth Before Bed Is So Important

toothbrushMost people brush their teeth twice a day. We don’t necessarily know why it’s so important to do it – but we do it anyways.

Nobody likes going to bed with stuff on their teeth. Today, I’m going to explain why brushing your teeth before bed is so important:

Run your tongue across your teeth right now

If you’re reading this, you’re probably passing some time at work or school. So let’s say it’s the middle of the day. Run your tongue across the front of your teeth. Do you feel a little fuzziness or stickiness on your teeth? How about when you move your tongue up close to the gum line? There it is.

This is called “plaque” and you’ve probably already heard of it. Plaque buildup leads to cavities, gum disease, and the growth of bacteria buildup.

The longer that plaque sits in your teeth undisturbed, the longer it has to build up and become “tartar”. Tartar is the hard, yellow, rough material that’s often found between your teeth.

Tartar is more dangerous than plaque. It leads to a higher risk of gum disease and can cause inflammation and bleeding in the gums. If you let tartar sit in your mouth too long, you could even lose teeth.

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Dental Anxiety Fuels Demand for Sedation – How to Handle the Anxiety

dentist officeDental anxiety may be the most common form of anxiety in the world today. Most people don’t like going to the dentist.

That’s why sedation dentistry is more popular today than it’s ever been before. Sedation dentistry suppresses the brain’s responses to pain and stress while still allowing patients to remain conscious. When used in conjunction with local anesthesia, many patients never feel a thing.

Today, I’m going to share the results of a recent study into sedation dentistry – along with tips and tricks you can use to avoid anxiety during your next trip to see Birmingham dentist, Gentry Gonzalez.

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3 Ways to Fix Crooked Teeth as an Adult

photodune-7599670-invisible-braces--xsWhen you’re young, fixing crooked teeth is easy: you get braces.

But not everybody had braces when they were young. Some people didn’t need them. Others didn’t develop crooked teeth until they were older, and for many families, braces were simply too expensive.

Fortunately, there are plenty of good ways to fix your crooked teeth as an adult. Here are the top 3 easiest and most popular options for today’s adults:

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New Dental Profession Gathering More Notice in U.S.

Dental therapists are soon becoming a thing. How do they differ from your regular dentist?

Well, first, here’s a bit of background as to why dental therapists are even a matter of consideration at this time. Journey back into time to the year of 2009 when 830,000 emergency room visits were reported that could have been prevented if patients had seen a dentist earlier.

Two years later in 2011, more than half of children on Medicaid went without dental care. A seventh-grader in Maryland died in 2007 from a preventable infection in his mouth when it spread to his brain. This raised major concerns regarding the health of the mouth and guaranteeing greater oral health for all Americans.

So, now discussion has sparked concerning “dental therapists” and the role they could play in the oral health landscape of the U.S.

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Chipped Tooth: What Can You Do?

You’re out playing a sport and you take a hit to the mouth. You realize a piece of your tooth was chipped during the injury. What do you do?

You’re crunching on some food or ice at home and all of a sudden your tooth gives way and piece is chipped. What do you do?

You have a several options for treatment and a few steps to take immediately after chipping your tooth.

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