Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of Americans. Resis¬tance to infection and slow healing is a problem for diabetics. This is an issue in keeping teeth and gums healthy. When diabetes is poorly con¬trolled, there are higher levels of sugar in the saliva. Plaque bacte¬ria thrive in this environment and can repeatedly attack the enamel. This results in a greater risk of cavities. People that have diabetes should practice excellent brushing and flossing and protect their teeth with a flouride supplement.
Daily flossing is the hardest
part of oral hygiene for most
patients. However, it is critically
important in establishing and
maintaining oral health. There is
a product on the market that can
make this task easier.
The Reach Access Daily
Flosser is essentially a device for
holding a pre-measured length of
dental floss. The handle resembles
a typical toothbrush handle.
The end of the handle has a clip
that holds a disposable piece of
dental floss strung between two
plastic arms. This product allows
easier access to the tight areas
between the teeth without having
to stick your fingers far back
into your mouth.
Many people think of the use
of lasers as the epitome of
high tech dentistry. Lasters
are useful for certain procedures
mostly involving soft tissue.
Surgical incisions can be
made with a laser. They can
also be used to treat some diseases
of the gum tissue. Some
root canal procedures can be
done with the assistance of a
The main difference between overthe-
counter and professional tooth
whitening is in the strength of the
bleaching solution. The professional
strength solution provides a more
noticeable change in tooth color and
the whitening is more stable, or long
lasting. Many solutions available
through dental offices contain antisensitivity
ingredients to reduce the
most common side effects of tooth
whitening. The whitening solution
is applied to the teeth by using a
custom fitted tray that is made from
impressions of a patient's mouth.
The tray is made from a very thin
plastic material. This allows the
solution to be safely applied to the
enamel at the best concentration.
There are several different ways
that teeth can be whitened. There
are products that are available overthe-
counter at pharmacies and
supermarkets for home whitening.
WhiteStrips are very thin sheets of
plastic that have the peroxide on
them. You mold the plastic to your
teeth and leave it on for thirty minutes
twice a day. Night Effects and
similar products are a paint on gel
containing peroxide. You apply it
to your teeth at bedtime and it
works while you sleep. These products
are actually pretty effective.
The peroxide whitening compound
is similar to the solution dentists
use, however, it is not as strong.
There are Professional Strength
WhiteStrips available at many dental
offices for their patients. These
have a stronger peroxide compound
and contain more strips than the
product sold over-the-counter.
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