Why is fluoride important?
Fluoride is a natural mineral that is present in the food items and water that we consume. It is important because it is essential for strong teeth. Most water that is supplied to homes has its fluoride content removed and therefore fluoride toothpastes have a little of this important element added to them.
What causes cracked teeth?
Any kind of excessive stress on teeth will cause them to crack. The first signs of cracked teeth are usually ignored and include sudden or erratic pain while biting on food and sensitivity to variations in temperature in food and drinks.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is known as periodontal disease and is caused by bacteria that reside in plaque. The long-term build up of plaque causes a hard and porous, calcified deposit that is known as tartar (also called calculus). These conditions cause the bacteria to irritate the gum tissue and cause swelling and tender or bleeding gums.
What is the difference between black fillings and the modern tooth-colored filling?
The old black fillings are made of amalgam. This is one of the strongest materials known to dental practice and works just as well as colored filling. However, since a more aesthetic filling material is available, most people like having their amalgam fillings upgraded.
Where are x-rays used?
X-rays are used to check the inner state of our mouth for any signs of periodontal disease, cysts, abscesses and the damage caused by impacted or cracked or broken teeth. They are also used to determine the structure of your jawbone and used as inputs for corrective treatments such as teeth alignment.
What should I do if I just broke a tooth?
Firstly, understand that if you can get to a dentist within 30 minutes, you can get your tooth back. First call us and schedule an emergency appointment. Carefully hold the tooth by the crown (just touching the root that is the part that is not visible and within the gum can ruin your chances of it being good for reattachment). Rinse it in water to clean off any dirt and place it back in your mouth between your teeth and your cheek. This will keep in its natural environment as much as possible. If it is not safe or possible to do this, you can make do by wrapping it in a clean cloth and dropping it into a glass or container of milk. Of course, you still have to get to us within 30 minutes for best chances.