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Can Dental Care Make Me Look Younger?

By | Cosmetic Dentistry

Look Younger With Dental CareEveryone wants to look younger and we know that eating right and exercising regularly may help us. But have you ever thought about the fact that your mouth is the entryway to your overall health? Keeping that gateway clean and healthy may keep your whole body healthier longer – and looking younger.

“Just as white, straight teeth convey youth, a smile with crooked, discolored, worn, or missing teeth is associated with an aged look,” says Edmond Hewlett, DDS, professor of restorative dentistry at UCLA’s School of Dentistry. “The adage ‘long in the tooth,’ used to describe older persons, reflects the fact that gum disease causes gums to recede and teeth to appear longer as a result.”

So what will it take to keep a youthful mouth?

There are two simple, practical, and proven steps:

  1. Brush and floss daily
  2. See your dentist every six months.

“Taking the time to brush and floss is what’s needed,” says Anthony M. Iacopino, DMD, PhD, dean of the dentistry faculty at Canada’s University of Manitoba, professor of restorative dentistry, and an American Dental Association spokesman. “Brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist is so easy to do, it’s not expensive, and everyone should be doing it.”

What’s Stopping You?

“Folks don’t take [oral health] seriously,” says Samuel Low, DDS, MS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology and professor emeritus of periodontology at the University of Florida.
“They take their looks seriously and the smile is a priority, but people don’t think about their gums. Brushing takes time, and flossing is one of the most difficult habits. Only 25% of people floss and I don’t think people see the benefits,” says Low, who estimates that it takes two to three minutes per day to floss properly, but “these days, people are crunched for time.” Low is a stockholder in Florida Probe Corporation, a dental technology company.

There’s a lot more to our health than good looks. In fact, not carving out the time for dental care could adversely affect your health.

Periodontal Disease and Inflammation

When bacteria and debris, like bits of food, enter the blood vessels around the teeth, inflammation can occur. Inflammation is your body’s response to such invaders. If this happens repeatedly, you could wind up with long-term (chronic) inflammation.

“The mouth is one of the major contributors to high levels of inflammation”

“The mouth is one of the major contributors to high levels of inflammation in the body,” says Iacopino, who has consulted for Colgate and Johnson & Johnson.
Other chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease are linked to chronic inflammation. The inflammation may cause those diseases or it is a marker of some other cause. But either way, it’s not a good sign.

80% of Americans are affected by periodontal disease. Extensive bacterial buildup along the gums and teeth are its cause. The top cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease.

Bacterial buildup, inflammation, tooth decay, and periodontal disease happen quietly and slowly. People don’t even know it’s happening.

Brushing and flossing will reduce bacteria or plaque buildup. And that will help prevent inflammation and gum disease.

Mouth Guards for Athletes

By | Sports Injuries

Because accidents can happen during any physical activity, using a mouth guard during sports can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth,nerve damage to a tooth, or even tooth loss. In fact, a mouth guard can even reduce the severity of a concussion. It’s been estimated that between 13 to 39 percent of all dental injuries have some connection to athletics.

But not all athletic mouthguards are made equal and there are three different types.

Ready-Made

Ready-made mouthguards are inexpensive and can be easily found in sporting goods stores. But while they provide some amount of protection, they aren’t customized. As a result, they can fit awkwardly and make breathing and speaking difficult.

Mouth-Formed

Mouth-Formed Mouthguard provide more customized results. Also known as boil-and-bite mouthguards, this type conforms to your smile after being softened in hot water. But some feel that mouth-formed mouthguards have a bad taste. They can also lose their flexibility over time.

Custom-Made

The best type of athletic mouthguard is one that’s been custom-made just for you at Genesis Dental. With a custom-made mouthguard, you can play with more confidence and without worrying about your smile.

Teeth Overly Sensitive - Visit Genesis Dental

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

By | Services

Teeth Overly Sensitive - Visit Genesis DentalTooth sensitivity is something that affects a number of people. It is often caused by eating or drinking something hot, cold, sweet or acidic. Under normal conditions, the underlying dentin of the tooth (the layer that immediately surrounds the nerve) is covered by the enamel in the tooth crown, and the gums that surround the tooth. Over time, the enamel covering can get thinner, thus providing less protection. The gums can also recede over time, exposing the underlying root surface dentin.

The dentin contains a large numbers of pores or tubes that run from the outside of the tooth to the nerve in the center. When the dentin is exposed, these tubes can be stimulated by changes in temperature or certain foods. Here is an image of what the dentin tubes look like under the microscope:

What causes it?

Exposure of the dentin can occur due to a number of factors. In addition, some dental treatments can cause sensitivity. Treatments such as such as teeth whitening, professional dental cleanings, having braces put on or getting a filling placed have been known to cause sensitivity during or after the procedure.

What can I do about it?

The first step in doing something about dental sensitivity is to find out what the cause is – a dental professional can help you with this. If the sensitivity is due to exposed dentin, there are a number of steps you can take, as can your dental professional, to help reduce the sensitivity. These can include:

  • Using a very soft bristle toothbrush
  • Brushing correctly to help prevent abrasion of the enamel and recession of the gums
  • Using a toothpaste specially formulated to help reduce sensitivity
  • The dental professional can:
  • Apply a fluoride varnish on the sensitive areas to help strengthen the tooth
  • Prescribe a high fluoride toothpaste to use every day
  • Place a dental restoration to build up the areas that have lost enamel

In the end, whether you need an in-office procedure or over-the-counter products, the most important step is to see a dental professional so that he or she can determine the cause of the tooth sensitivity and help you find a solution that will work.