Maybe you'd have a really
attractive smile, except for that
crooked tooth that makes you feel
self-conscious whenever you open
your mouth. Even one tooth that
is rotated or misaligned in some
way can detract from your
Let's be practical. People are
not going to give up sweet treats
just for the sake of preventing
cavities. But the fact is, that eating
a lot of surgary snacks will cause
tooth decay. There are ways that
we can enjoy a sweet treat and
protect our teeth from the harmful
effects of sugar.
The object is to reduce the
amount of time our teeth are
exposed to sugar. We should try to
avoid between meal treats. Sweets
that stick to the teeth can be very
harmful. Sticky candies tend to
coat our teeth with sugar for long
periods of time. The best time to
have a sweet food is after a meal
for dessert. The flow of saliva is
greatest at this time and this helps
protect our teeth from high doses
of sugar. When you brush your
teeth after dessert, you further proteet
your teeth from the sugar.
If you have ever had a toothache, you know how important it is to control your pain until you see your dentist. There are many products available, over the counter and by prescription, that will keep you comfortable. I have found that topical anesthetics such as Oragel and Anbesol provide very brief relief from toothache pain. Prolonged use may cause significant irritation to the delicate soft tissues of the mouth.
One of the most perplexing problems a dentist faces is split or cracked tooth syn¬drome. Adult patients usually experience this problem. It is caused by a hairline fracture that extends through the crown of the tooth and into the pulp or nerve. Gen¬erally, the tooth is a molar or bicuspid that already has a large or deep filling.
One of the symptoms of split-tooth syndrom is a sharp pain upon biting. The pain does not last long and the patient may not be able to tell precisely which tooth hurts. The pain may not occur all the time. It may only occur when the patient bites down a certain way. The tooth may also be sensitive to cold temperatures.
If any of your teeth are so badly
stained that bleaching techniques
cannot restore a natural look,
there's another method that may
work for you. It's called the plastic
A very thin plastic veneer can
be bonded to the stained tooth.
Unlike bleaching, which usually
involves several treatments
to achieve the desired color, the
plastic veneer can be applied in a
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