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Missing Permanent Teeth

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Hypodontia and Agenesis terms which refer to the condition of development of adult teeth. Hypodontia refers to a lack of one or more teeth.  In medicine, agenesis refers to the failure to develop during embryonic growth and development.

Hypodontia is often familial and can also be associated with genetic disorders. Possible causes are genetic, hormonal, environmental and infectious. It is one of the most common anomalies of the human dentition and is characterized by the developmental absence of one or more teeth. Many studies have reported that the prevalence of congenital absence of permanent teeth varies from 3% to 11% among European and Asian populations.

There are several ways to deal with hypodontia (missing teeth). Dentures, partial dentures, bridges and implants can be used to restore the space(s) left by missing teeth. Closing the space will help keep the remaining teeth from shifting out of place and will preserve the patient’s bite. A correct bite helps ensure jaw alignment and prolongs the life of your teeth.

Ask your Bearable Dentistry professional about ways to improve your bite and preserve your teeth by replacing missing teeth.


Dentists are Doctors of Oral Medicine

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Too many people mistakenly believe that they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or think something is wrong, but they are missing the bigger picture. A dental visit means being examined by a doctor of oral health, capable of diagnosing and treating conditions that can range from routine to extremely complex.

The team approach to dentistry promotes continuity of care that is comprehensive, convenient, cost effective and efficient. Members of the team include dental assistants, lab technicians and dental hygienists. Leading the team is the dentist, a doctor specializing in oral health who has earned either a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree or a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, which are essentially the same.

Dentists’ areas of care include not only their patients’ teeth and gums but also the muscles of the head, neck and jaw, the tongue, salivary glands, the nervous system of the head and neck and other areas. During a comprehensive exam, dentists examine the teeth and gums, but they also look for lumps, swellings, discoloratioins, ulcerations – any abnormality. When appropriate, they perform procedures such as biopsies, diagnostic tests for chronic or infectious diseases, salivary gland function, and screening tests for oral cancer.

In adition, dentists can spot early warning signs in the mouth that may indicate disease elsewhere in the body. Our dentists are trained to recognize situations that warrant referring patients for care by dental specialists or physicians.

The team of oral health care at Bearable Dentisty provides comprehensive care to patients in all stages of development. Dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and our experienced office staff work together as a team to provide our patients with complete care. From that first phone call, the Bearable Dentistry staff will get you the care you need. Your comfort is our first concern.


Care Today, Savings Tomorrow

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Taking care of your teeth and managing your oral health may save you thousands of dollars in restorative dental care. Did you know that a complete restoration of your teeth can cost up to $80,000? Preventive dentistry and proper home care can safeguard you from undergoing dental procedures that are costly and completely avoidable.
Preventive dental care is based on routine hygiene procedures and daily routines to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. The American dental Association recommends a minimum of 2 dental checkups every year. This includes a professional dental cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist and a thorough assessment of your overall dental health. Keeping that schedule can help your dentist stop dental disease in its earliest stages. Dental disease is progressive and only becomes more costly to repair as the condition worsens.
Early prevention is key to avoiding costly dental restorations. Children’s teeth need to be cleaned daily when they begin to appear. A visit with the dentist is in order around age one to establish a comprehensive oral health prevention program for your child. Your dentist will make suggestions about dental care including at-home flossing and brushing, fluoride use diet and the benefits of visits to the dentist.
Your Bearable Dentistry dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants are specially trained to help you keep your smile healthy. See your dentist regularly to protect your smile and limit the necessity of dental restoration expense. Make your preventive appointment today!


Just 2 Minutes – 2 Times Per Day

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Bearable Dentistry dental health professionals recommend that children and adults brush their teeth twice daily for 2 minutes each time (brushing after meals and snacks is ideal). Many parents help children get in 2 minutes of brushing by using a tried and true method – the hourglass timer.
Now, there’s an electronic alternative! The Disney Magic Timer app from Crest/Oral B is so cute and fun that brushing compliance is no longer an issue. It motivates children to brush for two minutes at a time as needed for healthy teeth and gums. Children are tech savvy and this app allows each child to select their favorite characters from Disney, Marvel and Star Wars. You just download the app it to any smart device (iPad, iPod, iPhone or android device) and get 2 minutes of brushing fun. Check it out at your app store and let the non-hassle of two-minute brushing fun begin. Happy parents. Happy kids. Happy dentist.


To Paste Or Not To Paste ~ That Is The Question.

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Patient often ask if it is really necessary to use toothpaste. Toothpaste, also called dentifrice, is essential to your daily oral hygiene routine. Toothpastes are pastes, gels or powders that help remove plaque, a film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums. Toothpaste improves the mechanical brushing and cleaning power of a toothbrush. Toothpaste which contains fluoride helps remove plaque, a film of bacteria that forms on teeth and gums every day. Plaque can cause gum disease and tooth decay. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel.

What’s in fluoride toothpaste?

Toothpaste ingredients typically consist of:

  • Mild abrasives to remove debris and residual surface stains. Examples include calcium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, hydrated aluminum oxides, magnesium carbonate, phosphate salts and silicates.
  • Fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and remineralize tooth decay. All ADA-Accepted toothpastes contain fluoride.
  • Humectants to prevent water loss in the toothpaste. Examples include glycerol, propylene, glycol and sorbitol.
  • Flavoring agents, such as saccharin and other sweeteners to provide taste. Flavoring agents do not promote tooth decay. (No ADA-Accepted toothpaste contains sugar or any other ingredient that would promote tooth decay.)
  • Thickening agents or binders to stabilize the toothpaste formula. They include mineral colloids, natural gums, seaweed colloids or synthetic cellulose.
  • Detergents to create foaming action. They include sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium N-Lauroyl sarcosinate.

What else can fluoride toothpaste do? Some toothpastes contain ingredients such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride to help reduce tooth sensitivity. Stannous fluoride and triclosan help reduce gingivitis, a mild inflammation of the gum tissue. Pyrophosphates, triclosan and zinc citrate help reduce a build-up of hardened plaque, called tartar. Modified silica abrasives or enzymes can help whiten teeth by physically removing surface stains. And some ingredients, such as triclosan, have been shown to help reduce bad breath.

Your Bearable Dentistry dental professional can answer all of your questions about toothpaste and fluoride. We’ll look forward to seeing you at your next appointment. Meanwhile, be sure to floss and brush and don’t forget the toothpaste!

 


Can You Really Relax In A Dentist’s Chair?

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The Bearable Dentistry dentists want you to be comfortable in their chairs. They understand that some patients have a real fear or anxiety that is preventing them from going to the dentist. Bearable Dentistry offers an alternative to the anxious patient: Sedation Dentistry. Sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry”, sedation dentistry may be appropriate for people who have a low pain threshold, trouble sitting still in the chair, extreme sensitivity, a severe gag reflex or just a large amount of dental work to complete in a short time period.

The dentist prescribes a medicine designed to help the patient relax during their dental treatment. There is a certain amount of risk with all medications so the dentist will review your health history and visit with you prior to your sedated visit.

hammockBearable Dentistry also offers all patients nitrous oxide (laughing gas) at no charge. Use of nitrous oxide gas can help calm the nerves of many patients. Just ask your Bearable Dentistry dental assistant or hygienist if you think that nitrous oxide might be a good option for you.

Have you been avoiding making a dental appointment because of unpleasant experiences in past dental care? Do you have anxiety about dental treatment? If so, sedation dentistry may help you overcome your fears. Give us a call to help you decide if this is for you. Remember, at Bearable Dentistry, your comfort is our first concern.spry hammock

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Chewing Sugar-Free Gum May Contribute To Oral Health

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In an spryarticle titled, “This $1 Habit Could Save You Hundreds In Dental Bills,” Men’s Health (7/9, Brabaw) stated chewing sugar-free gum is “a simple (and incredibly cheap!) trick” to help promote oral health and reduce dental costs. “Anything we can do to reduce the amount of acid and bacteria in your mouth will help prevent tooth decay,” said Dr. Matthew Messina, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association. “And that means less dental work over time.” According to the article, chewing gum increases saliva production, which helps remove food and neutralizes acids that wear away at enamel. Dr. Messina recommends chewing sugar-free gum after eating for at least 20 minutes, adding that gum does not replace brushing and flossing. “There’s no better way to take care of your teeth than the usual brushing, flossing, and occasional check in with your dentist,” said Dr. Messina. Bearable Dentistry has samples of Spry (made in the US by XLEAR) for you to try. Just ask us the next time you’re here!

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What Is Orthodontics?

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Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in treating patients with improper positioning of teeth when the mouth is closed (malocclusion), which results in an improper bite.

Orthodontics also includes treating and controlling various aspects of facial growth (dentofacial orthopedics) and the shape and development of the jaw. An orthodontics specialist is called an orthodontist.

Orthodontics used to be called orthodontia – the word comes from the Greek orthos, meaning “straight, perfect or proper”, and dontos, which means “teeth”.

Orthodontics also includes cosmetic dentistry; when the patient’s aim is to improve his/her appearance.

An orthodontist uses a range of medical dental devices, including headgear, plates, braces, etc. to help in:

  • Closing wide gaps between the teeth
  • Making sure the tips of the teeth are aligned
  • Straightening crooked teeth
  • To improve speech or eating (oral function)
  • To improve the long-term health of gums and teeth
  • To prevent long-term excessive wear or trauma (of the teeth)
  • Treating an improper bite

Your Bearable Dentistry dentist can help you decide if Orthodontics is right for you. Our office works with several area orthodontists and we can help you find one in your hometown. Visit with your dentist the next time you’re here!

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TWO MINUTES AWAY FROM A HEALTHY SMILE

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three stepsHow long does it take you to brush your teeth? Try timing yourself. For many people, it takes about 30 seconds, which just isn’t long enough. In fact, how time you spend cleaning your teeth is just as important as how often you do it. The dentists at Bearable Dentistry generally recommend brushing for 3 to 4 minutes, but 2 minutes will do the trick. Break it in to four 30-second sections: top fronts; top backs; bottom fronts; and bottom backs. Healthy hint: An electric toothbrush can help extend brushing sessions because many run for a set length of time.

No access to your toothbrush between meals? No problem. Carry a spool of floss (or keep one in your desk drawer) and floss between meals. And, skip the soda and sugary beverages. These are doubly destructive for your teeth because the acidity destroys the protective enamel. Even so called “diet” or sugar -free sodas can cause trouble for your precious teeth because of the acidity in these drinks.

Remember, two minutes with your toothbrush 2-3 times a day and regular flossing can help you keep your smile for a lifetime.

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FLUORIDE: THE CAVITY FIGHTING SUPERHERO

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The following article is reprinted from the Mouth Healthy e-newsletter of the American Dental Association. Your Bearable Dentistry dental team is a member of the ADA.

There’s an epic battle between good and evil raging in your mouth right now, and there’s only one superhero who can save your teeth from cavities. It’s not a bird, and it’s not a plane. It’s fluoride!
Fluoride is actually a chemical ion of fluorine, one of the top 20 most common elements in the earth’s crust. An ion is a positively- or negatively-charged atom that helps elements combine with one another. When fluorine, which is negatively charged, meets a positively-charged ion like sodium, cavity fighters are born.

When these fluoride compounds are in your mouth, they can actually make your teeth stronger and prevent cavities. They can even reverse early tooth decay. So how does fluoride fight cavities? To begin, let’s look at what fluoride is working so hard to protect – your teeth.

Tooth enamel is the outer covering of your teeth. It’s stronger than bone and made from calcium and phosphate. Your spit, or saliva, is also loaded with calcium and phosphate and bathes the teeth to keep them strong.

When you eat things like candy, crackers or noodles, cavity-causing bacteria starts feasting on the carbohydrates in these foods. This produces acids that attack your enamel. It causes calcium and phosphate to be stripped from the tooth enamel, leaving you more vulnerable to decay and cavities.

However, saliva disrupts the attack as it coats your teeth and adds back calcium and phosphate to  replace what had been stripped away.

Now, here’s where fluoride is the superhero. When your saliva has fluoride in it from sources like toothpaste or water, your teeth are able to take it in. Once in your enamel, fluoride teams up with calcium and phosphate there to create the most powerful defense system your teeth can have to prevent cavities from forming: fluoroapatite. It’s much stronger, more resistant to decay and fights to protect your teeth.

There are many ways to get fluoride fighting for you. Fluoride is found in community water systems. (Find out if your water supply contains fluoride.) It is also found in some mouth rinses, and your dentist can apply it to your teeth in the dental office.

On the home front, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste that has the ADA Seal. This means that it has been tested and shown to contain the right amount of fluoride to protect your teeth.  And be sure to drink water with fluoride. Be aware that not all bottled waters, for example, contain fluoride.

Want to learn more? Get your complete guide to fluoride, water fluoridation and more at ADA.org/fluoride.

 

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