Taking Care of Dental Bridges

Our teeth require a lot of care and upkeep. That’s a given. But when we get dental implants, veneers, or partials, we are given a bit of a break. Yet, that never means we should ignore the regular upkeep. After all, we still have to take care of our gums and those cosmetic dentistry treatments can still get dirty and even break. That’s why it’s important to learn about dental bridge care.

Dental Bridge Care

 

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A dental bridge or partial is a necessary restorative treatment that closes gaps of missing teeth. Let’s say you are missing some teeth, but only one or two. You may not find the need for a full set of dentures or even dental implants. That is when someone could find the need for bridges and partials.

Taking care of them is easy. Easier than taking care of dentures and even easier than taking care of regular teeth!

How to take care of your dental bridgeTaking Care of Dental Bridges

A properly placed dental bridge should allow for normal functioning of the mouth. One that is less easy to put up with might have been improperly measured or placed. If that is the case, call your dentist because taking care of them would be rather difficult. Not to mention, uncomfortable.

It’s perfectly normal for a little bit of sensitivity to occur following placement. There’s nothing to worry about as the discomfort is minimal and temporary.

Proper dental bridge care is essentially standard procedure:

  • Brush and floss twice a day
  • Rinse with fluoride mouthwash
  • Schedule regular dental appointments

While you are doing these things, pay close attention to your gums. Whenever you have bridges, implants, or crowns, it becomes a little more difficult to take care of the gums surrounding those areas. So, while you may not be getting a cavity in your new set of teeth, there’s never been a more important time to floss!

The Best Dental Bridge Care

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The 6 Biggest Gum Disease Culprits

When we brush or floss and it caused our gums to bleed, that’s usually a sign it needs more attention. Swelling and bleeding are visible signs of periodontal or gum disease. Three-fourths of U.S. adults develop some form of gum disease. As with any disease, early detection is critical. Here are some of the most common causes of gum disease, along with some ways to prevent it.

6 Causes of Gum Disease

Plaque

The leading cause of gum disease is a plaque or the film around your teeth that builds up due to improper teeth cleansing. Plaque is a bacterial biofilm that is a breeding ground for more bacteria and can cause gum disease and decay. With proper home care, plaque can be removed. However, it is important to schedule your regular dental visits so that a dental hygienist can assess how you are caring for your teeth and help you to improve your daily oral habits.

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Medicine

Medications can affect your dental health in a variety of ways. One of the common side-effects leading to gum disease is dry mouth or xerostomia. When you have dry mouth, you create a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria. By reducing your saliva, medications also affect the way your mouth breaks down food, allowing plaque to build up.

Nutrition

Nutrition, or the lack thereof, is one reason we get gum disease. Our overall health and what we eat each affect our oral health. Eating food that is high in both sugar and acidity can change both of those factors. For starters, foods that are rich in sugars have a deficiency in water and Vitamin C, which is both necessary for maintaining healthy gums. Sugars and acids also are the most significant reasons our teeth and gums break down and become unhealthy.

Misaligned/Crowded Teeth

Uneven and overlapping teeth can make cleaning teeth difficult, which may lead to more plaque build-up. This increased plaque is what causes gum disease. Luckily, no matter how crowded your teeth are, there are always options for repair.

Tobacco The 6 Biggest Gum Disease Culprits

Smoking and chewing tobacco both have an impressively broad array of adverse effects on your health including your oral health. Cigarettes are full of chemicals that destroy your teeth and gums. If you smoke or use tobacco, your risk of getting periodontal disease dramatically increases.

Smoking decreases the blood flow to the oral mucosa, which can cause gums to appear healthier than they are. It is essential to have periodontal assessments done to diagnose periodontal disease. So, if you have bleeding gums, get to your dentist right away.

Hormones

Unfortunately, we can’t always control our bodies. Our bodies change and make adjustments all the time. During these times, maintaining balance can be difficult. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes, and during pregnancy, women will find that is more difficult to keep their gums completely healthy. Inflamed gums that bleed is a side-effect of pregnancy, so routine dental care is not only safe but an essential part of prenatal care.

The Best Gum Disease Solution

There are plenty of reasons we get gum disease, but no matter what, the best solution is preventative dentistry. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and scheduling an appointment with your dentist is the best way to prevent gum disease or diagnose and treat it. Learn more about gum disease health.

The Strangest Mouth Conditions (and How to Avoid Them)

Dry mouth, bleeding sores, and swollen gums—those are all prevalent oral health issues. We’ve discussed them quite a bit. But for a little more unusual symptoms in the mouth, you may be a little unprepared if you’re not completely aware of their existence. Here are some of the more strange mouth diseases you could encounter, and how to prevent yourself from experiencing them.

Strange Mouth Diseases  

“Furry” tongue The Strangest Mouth Conditions (and How to Avoid Them)

A white furry and coated tongue is generally a sign of some infections. It’s a temporary condition, usually lasting less than two weeks and is almost always never a cause for concern. However, if alongside a white coated tongue, you’re experiencing pain or the symptoms stay for an extended period, it’s important you see a dentist right away.

Sometimes, white patches on your tongue can be caused by Leukoplakia, which is the most common of white tongue culprits. It is the result of an overproduction of cells in the lining of the mouth and tongue. When this happens, a protein known as keratin is deposited, causing discoloration.

The white “fur” obviously isn’t fur. In cases where Leukoplakia isn’t present, it’s generally caused by a buildup of fungus or bacteria, so what you’re seeing and feeling in your mouth is just that: bacterial build up or fungal yeast.

The best way to avoid a white coated tongue is, in most cases, good oral health care. Alongside your regular brushing and flossing, make sure to brush your tongue. Tongue scrapers have been known to greatly reduce mouth bacteria and bad breath.

Burning mouth syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is either painful burning or a tingling sensation in your mouth. This perpetual irritation has many potential causes of diabetes to thyroid disorders. It has also been linked to high blood pressure and drug use. These common causes can help your dental professional in identifying the cause, considering how hard it can sometimes be to find an exact cause.

The problem with BMS is that the doctor must rule out every other possibility before diagnosing it. Since it’s a condition that is very hard to determine the cause of, there is no one way to treat it. Treatments may range from vitamin or mineral supplements to stimulating saliva production.

BMS can range drastically from moderate to severe. Some patients who suffer from BMS endure constant scalding pain for months or even years. It is more common in women than men and, recently, one female patient helped make a breakthrough in finding out what causes BMS.

The best way to avoid BMS is to avoid harmful substances. It’s a bit of a no-brainer, but avoiding tobacco, spicy or acidic foods, and alcohol is the only advisable preventative measure for BMS, since there’s not just one cause of it, and the disease is overall rather mysterious.

Mysterious metallic tastes

Sometimes we get a bad taste in our mouths, and we can’t get rid of them. The usual measure would be to brush our teeth or rinse our mouths out. But when you get the overwhelming taste of pocket change in your mouth, and it won’t go away, it can be very distracting and even upsetting.

A few different things can cause a random taste of metal in your mouth, commonly known as parageusia. We’ve discussed how medicine can create a metallic taste in your mouth, but pregnancy or diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s can be causes as well.

Since your sense of taste is closely related to your sense of smell, sinus and nasal issues can create this mysterious taste. It’s very common, in fact. If you suffer from allergies, sinus infections, or the common cold, you are likely to experience this at least subtly.

Since there are so many causes for this taste change, we can’t limit the preventative measure down to one thing. It may not always be avoidable either. If the reason for the taste change is a sinus infection or a cold, there isn’t much to do besides taking in a lot of vitamins to minimize the effects of getting sick.

Sometimes when medications cause this problem, the medications we take are required, so it isn’t advised to stop making them without discussing it with a doctor first. However, another cause of this taste change is poor oral health. That is something you can work on to minimize the chances of this happening.

Skin peeling inside the mouth

The skin in your mouth is a wet, mucous membrane, so when it starts to dry out and peel, you’ll notice almost immediately. Usually happening inside the cheek, you’ll see your skin begin to lift off the surface and come off completely.

There are a few reasons the skin in your mouth could peel. First of all, it may be caused by a slight allergic reaction to your toothpaste. This is rather common and not very serious, but it’s essential that you switch toothpaste and talk to a dentist as allergies can worsen over time.

In worse cases, mouth peeling can be a sign of horrible gingivitis or untreated gum disease. If this occurs, you’ll see your gum line receding before it starts to peel away, and you’ll need to see a dentist ASAP. Another more painful cause of mouth skin peeling away is a canker sore or ulcer.

Worst case scenario, you may have Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. This condition is an immune hypersensitivity that can cause your mucous membranes to peel and fall away. Other symptoms of SJS are a headache, malaise, joint pain, sputum expelled from coughs, and painful rashes and lesions. This is a severe condition that requires immediate medical attention.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome can only be contracted from certain medicines or bacterial infections. It’s important to stay on top of that and be careful. If you ever get SJS, let your doctor know you’ve had it, so they can help you avoid getting it in the future.

For other instances of ulcers and gingivitis, make sure you maintain superb oral health. Schedule an appointment with your dentist if you start to experience symptoms of infection. The number one thing is knowing how to avoid mouth disease. Also how to handle it when it comes so that you can prevent worsening symptoms.

The Best Way to Avoid Strange Mouth Diseases

Dr. Balle and Dr. Guild from Balle & Associates are trained to find and treat familiar and strange mouth diseases. The number one way to avoid any peculiar mouth conditions is by getting treated by the top dentists. When it comes to your oral health, the team is more than qualified to handle an array of oral health issues. Schedule your appointment with us today.

Modern Dental Technology: AI Controlled Toothbrushes?

Dental technology sure has come a long way. We have dental tools that, a hundred years ago, we never could have dreamt of. A good example of inventive modern dental technology is an AI controlled toothbrush. Yes, you can actually utilize this smart technology in your very own home while cleaning your teeth.

Learn more about it.

Artificial Intelligence and Modern Dental Technology Modern Dental Technology: AI Controlled Toothbrushes?

After being crowdfunded back in 2014, the AI controlled toothbrush launched from the company Kolibree. This toothbrush comes with 3D motion sensors, a gyroscope, accelerometers, and a magnetometer. All that technology basically means that it’s Bluetooth-enabled and knows exactly the areas of your mouth you need to brush.

In addition to this toothbrush, there’s an app that comes along with it. This app will help you keep track of your progress while you brush every morning. The goal of the toothbrush, called the Ara, is to gather personalized data so that you can better construct a brushing routine that suits your needs.

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Why is this necessary?

Many people aren’t brushing and flossing properly. That’s a sad truth. They may be brushing and flossing every day, but the way they are doing it just isn’t cutting it. That’s why technology like this is very useful.

The future of dental technology is aimed at bettering our understanding of our own teeth so that clean smile comes with greater ease. This won’t replace your regime though. By that, we mean it shouldn’t get in the way of your flossing, rinsing, and just eating right. But most importantly of all…

It’s Important to Visit Your Dentist

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A Vaccine to Prevent Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is something we all experience to one degree or another. There are different stages of it from cavities to complete tooth loss. But what if there was a way to avoid it altogether? While there are many different kinds of vaccines, it may be a little strange to believe there is a vaccine for oral health diseases. But a tooth decay vaccine? Is it possible?

The Tooth Decay Vaccine

Chinese health professionals from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIOV) are apparently working on a vaccine with the purpose of preventing tooth decay. Typical measures of tooth decay prevention are called preventative dentistry measures. But supposedly this tooth decay vaccine is meant for those who exist in the dental care divide. That is, those who don’t have access to regular dental checkups.

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The results

The latest tests show us that the vaccine showed positive results on animal test subjects. It had both preventative and therapeutic effects. While there is a difference between human outcomes and test subjects, this is still quite an accomplishment.

While we may not be seeing this practice done on humans soon, it’s comforting to know our scientists are working hard to improve our health from all different angles.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 60 percent of children (as well as adults) suffer from cavities.

The Best Way to Prevent Tooth Decay A Vaccine to Prevent Tooth Decay?

Science has a long way to go before curing cavities, but at the very least, we know how to prevent them. While you’re at home, watch what you eat. Try to avoid consuming food and beverages that are super sugary and acidic. Soda and candy can eat right through the enamel.

Also, make sure you are practicing proper brushing and flossing techniques at home. It really is the best way to prevent tooth decay.

Last but definitely not least, make sure to visit your dentist every six months or so. There is no clean like the clean your dentist will give you when you go in for a cleaning and exam.

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Summer Smiles: A Full Mouth Makeover

Summer is coming. As it warms up, we start to think of all the awesome outdoor activities we can do, from swimming to sunbathing. But before the summer hits is a great time to revisit some of those dental flaws that have been bothering you. If your teeth are crooked, damaged, or missing, it may be time for a full summer smile makeover. There are plenty of reasons for a full mouth reconstruction. You can have the smile you’ve always wanted for the summer season.

Why a Summer Smile Makeover?

Have a healthy summer

Some secrets to getting an incredible full mouth makeover start with maintaining that wonderful healthy smile once you get it. That said, as soon as you get your dental implants, you can rest assured that your teeth are at peak performance and cleanliness. Keep it up with proper cleaning techniques, even after your teeth are replaced.

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Smile confidently

Whether you’re going on vacation or spending a lot of time with your family, the best way to top it off is to have a smile you can be proud of. It will make you feel more comfortable and confident no matter what situation you’re in.

Eat whatever you want on vacation Summer Smiles: A Full Mouth Makeover

A full mouth makeover ensures that your teeth are as strong as they have ever been. That means if you had sensitive or cavity-filled teeth and certain foods and drinks hurt your teeth, you can now have a little more freedom with what you eat. So as long as you maintain proper cleaning habits and being a careful not to over consume or eat anything potentially harmful, you can enjoy a vacation full of ease of mind eating.

Feel no discomfort this summer

Your summer smile makeover guarantees that your smile is up to par with the utmost health. If you choose the amazing teeth in a day options, One Step Hybrid dental implants, you’ll experience very minimal pain and little to no stitches. What’s great about One Step Hybrid or teeth in a day is that there is a small process of healing, making your summer smile makeover an almost instant vacation.

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The team at Balle & Associates is your go-to dental practice for cosmetic dentistry. If you’re looking for a brand new smile with summer smile makeover dental implants, consider a life-changing procedure with us. Schedule your consultation today!

Sensitive Teeth? Find Out What Could Be Causing It!

Are you experiencing an unpleasant sting after eating something hot or cold? Maybe after you drink something cold and acidic like soda? Whatever the case, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity symptoms. There are quite a few causes of tooth sensitivity, so let’s diagnose what the problem might be.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Teeth can become sensitive for some reasons. The most common reason teeth grow sensitive is a gum issue. Whether through improper dental habits or genetics, the gum surrounding the tooth can pull back exposing the dentin.

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Dentin, the tooth layer under the enamel, has multiple holes that lead to the sensitive pulp of the tooth. When this pulp receives an external stimulus, such as something hot or cold, it inherently hurts it.

Other causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Brushing too hard
  • Cavities
  • Tooth decay
  • Periodontitis
  • Bruxism
  • High acidic diet

Treatments for Sensitive Teeth Sensitive Teeth? Find Out What Could Be Causing It!

Sensitive can be an inconvenience for a patient or a sign of a severe oral care issue. It is best to see your Las Vegas dentist as soon as possible for treatment. They can show you how to treat sensitive teeth.

The most common way of treating sensitive teeth can be as simple as using a sensitive toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush.

However, a dentist can use other treatments if the sensitivity is a sign of something else, such as periodontitis.

Dental Office In Las Vegas

If you experience tooth sensitivity or any other dental ailment, please do not hesitate to contact the office of Balle & Associates. Our dental experts in Las Vegas have the expertise and will provide you the best care in the Las Vegas valley.

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The Importance of Dental Checkups: The Only Way to Stay Clean

The most important oral care trick aside from proper brushing and flossing is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. These dental checkups should occur once every 6 months in order to maintain the utmost amount of cleanliness. In fact, we’d say it’s the only way to maintain true cleanliness of the mouth.

Importance of Dental Checkups for Cleanliness

Dentists aren’t kidding when they say to come in every six months. This isn’t some unnecessary rule: it’s been proven to be the only way to maintain a clean smile. But cleanliness is more than just looking nice. These dental checkups are absolutely necessary for keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Keeping your mouth in tip-top shape with dental checkups is one way to help maintain overall health. It goes without saying that if you want to maintain a healthy demeanor, dental checkups are a must.

What happens during a dental checkup? The Importance of Dental Checkups: The Only Way to Stay Clean

While you are in your dental checkup, the dentist will start off by clearing off some of the gunk. Then the dentist will go into an evaluation of your teeth and gums. First, the dentist will take a digital x-ray, if you are due for one, and then they’ll lead you into the room your teeth will be cleaned in.

After the dentist gives an evaluation of what you’ll need, the dental hygienist will jump right into the cleaning. The process of cleaning is very thorough and careful clean. The kind of deep clean they give you during the dental checkup gets deeper between your teeth than you could at home. Although preventive dentistry is very important, the tools they use do more than just brushing and flossing.

Here are some of the dental instruments they’ll be using:

  • Mouth mirror
  • Sickle probe
  • Scaler
  • Suction device
  • Syringe
  • Molds

These tools are not accessible at home or over the counter, so take advantage of a dental checkup and get the most out of the clean.

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Good Oral Care During Pregnancy

There isn’t a time in your life where your health is more important. It’s a time where you are caring for, not only your own fragile state but another growing life. Of course, we are talking about pregnancy, a time where every health decision must be made carefully. That’s why oral care during pregnancy is so important. As the babies health is a smaller reflection of your own, your oral health is their health as well.

It’s time to discuss some good dental habits to have while pregnant.

Why Oral Health During Pregnancy is So Important Good Oral Care During Pregnancy

We’ve spoken considerably about your oral health and how it pertains to your overall health. That, of course, goes twice for pregnant women. Preventive dentistry is a means to locate and treat anything that may be wrong with your teeth or gums.

If you are pregnant and haven’t visited your dentist in a while, it’ll be a good idea to do that as soon as possible.

Statistics about taking care of your teeth while pregnant

Cigna found that 43% of women who are pregnant don’t go the route of checking on their teeth and gums—76% of those women admit to having oral health issues. While there’s still plenty of research going on about the topic, many dentists and researchers both agree that oral care during pregnancy is absolutely critical to the mother’s delicate health and especially the babies health.

Researchers and dentists both conclude that there is a rise in oral health problems during pregnancy. Some examples of such problems include, but are not limited to:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Weakened enamel
  • Bleeding gums

So, if you are pregnant, consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist to get a checkup.

Get Your Oral Health Care at Balle & Associates

Balle & Associates is dedicated to giving the greatest care because we understand that your oral health is about more than just your teeth: it’s your overall health. Oral care during pregnancy is incredibly important, but if you are nervous about visiting a dentist, here’s what to expect.

How Medication Alters Your Dental Health

Medications often come with a guarantee of side-effects. Any standard bottle of pills has a list of them right on the side for you to read. Go ahead and read as many of them as you can. Chances are you’ll find quite a few that list oral-related side effects. Those symptoms can range from moderate to severe, depending on the medications. What are some of the effects of medication on oral care?

Effects of Medication on Oral Care

“Cotton” mouth How Medication Alters Your Dental Health

Also known as Xerostomia or dry mouth, “cotton” mouth can make swallowing or even speaking difficult. This occurs when your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva, and your mouth dries out. It isn’t severe on its own, but it has been known to cause more significant problems such as infection, inflammation, or gum disease. Just put: without enough saliva, your mouth becomes vulnerable to bacterial infection.

Dry mouth is one of the most common dental health medication effects. Here are just a few examples of drugs that can dry your mouth out:

  • Antihistamines
  • antidepressants/anti-anxiety
  • Asthma inhalers
  • Acne Medication
  • Parkinson’s medication
  • Heart medication

If you take any of these treatments, make sure to drink lots of water. Also, sugar-free gum like Ice Chips is a good option. Not only do they help produce saliva, but they also influence the growth of good bacteria in your mouth and ultimately can help battle tooth decay.

 

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Taste change

Interestingly enough, some of the pills you take can alter the taste of food. While this is easily the mildest on this list, it could quickly ruin what would generally be a delicious meal for you. The taste changes can range from salty or bitter to earthy or metallic.

A few examples of possible culprits are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-fungal
  • Blood pressure/cholesterol-lowering drugs

The list goes on, but the truth is that it’s widespread and nothing to worry about. So, plan your meals accordingly.

Canker sores

We’ve all had mouth sores a time or two in our lives, but certain drugs can cause them directly. Although they’re an uncomfortable nuisance, mouth sores aren’t severe side effects and can usually be treated with oral creams and antibiotics, but dental laser therapy removal is also an option.

Only a few types of drugs are known for causing mouth ulceration, and those include:

  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Aspirin and other painkillers

Swelling and Inflammation

You may have excellent oral hygiene and take great care of your teeth, but it’s still possible to experience gum swelling or “gingival overgrowth.” Some medications can damage the lining of your mouth and gums, causing them to swell and turn red. It can also be somewhat uncomfortable.

Treatments for seizures and immunosuppressants can be linked to swelling, and chemotherapy treatments can cause inflammation in the lining of the mouth. Inflammation is also known as “mucositis” and your chances of experience it greatly increases if you smoke or drink alcohol. It can also worsen if you suffer from diabetes, HIV, or kidney issues.

Bleeding

Your mouth is vulnerable to cuts and sores, so when medication hinders your ability to clot, you’re at risk for excessive bleeding. It’s especially dangerous during oral surgery when an incision is made because the heavy bleeding can make you sick or even pose a potential risk of suffocation.

Blood thinners and aspirin can cause heavy bleeding, and since aspirin can also cause open sores in your mouth, taking aspirin puts you at a higher risk for abnormal oral bleeding.

Reduce Your Worry with a Dental Visit

Although these medication effects are rather common, you’ll be fine as long as you remember the most important parts of your oral health: taking care of your teeth and visiting the dentist regularly. Medication can alter your dental health in a minor way, but scheduling an appointment with Balle & Associates is best way to ensure a quality smile.