Posts for: July, 2016
How should I clean my tongue?
In the oral cavity, the tongue plays a significant role regarding function and oral hygiene. The appearance of a tongue can give many signs of diseases because it can show the degree of oral health, and also it can be influenced by systemic disease a person is having. So, take care of your tongue like you do to your teeth! The large surface of this organ makes it susceptible to being dirty, as the mouth is real, the dirtiest part of out entire body.
Do you know how to gauge the hygiene of your tongue? Just grab a metal spoon and position it with the working surface down towards your tongue. Scrap yourself off a sample to evaluate how stinky it is. You want to go a way towards the back of your tongue too. This will give you a sense if your tongue cleansing is helping to accomplish what you want, having fresh breath.
Bacteria, food debris, etc. may stick between those tiny fingers like projection on your tongue that we called papillae and if you happen not to brush your tongue, those bacterias, and food debris can give you a bad breath even if you brushed your teeth this morning. You can see how thick they are when your tongue had no longer in reddish pink colour but coated in yellowish white! Now you know that your tongue is not supposed to be yellowish white. Check from time to time whether the tongue is in good condition or not.
A tongue scraper is great to visibly and swiftly remove the food & bacterial debris trapped on your tongue, which, if ignored, will cause bad breath, plaque, and dental decay. Some toothbrushes have an added feature with a surface that is able to scrape the plaque off your tongue and mucosa effectively too. Feel free to explore the various tools and products out there.
Many benefits are associated with having a clean tongue. Especially for wine lovers, a clean tongue register flavors better. Most wine drinkers report that wines have more distinctive characteristics after they clean their tongue well.
Some tongue scraper comes in unique shapes that can counter the 'gag effect' - so you will be able to clean further back on your tongue (where the debris lurks). For quality sake, go for the ones endorsed and used by Dentists and Hygienists. Go to the nearest pharmacy, online store or dental clinic to get one of these. Cultivating this habit will undoubtedly lead to a fresher mouth and breath, improving the quality of your life. Eliminate bad breath from your life starting today.
If you have additional questions about oral hygiene, please give our dental office in Fairfax, VA or Merrifield, VA a call. We are always available to help!
Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.
What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!
Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.
If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.
For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.
Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.
Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.
So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.
If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”
All crowns are designed to restore functionality to a damaged tooth. But crowns can differ from one another in their appearance, in the material they’re made from, and how they blend with other teeth.
A crown is a metal or porcelain artifice that’s bonded permanently over a decayed or damaged tooth. Every crown process begins with preparation of the tooth so the crown will fit over it. Afterward, we make an impression of the prepared tooth digitally or with an elastic material that most often is sent to a dental laboratory to create the new crown.
It’s at this point where crown composition and design can diverge. Most of the first known crowns were made of metal (usually gold or silver), which is still a component in some crowns today. A few decades ago dental porcelain, a form of ceramic that could provide a tooth-like appearance, began to emerge as a crown material. The first types of porcelain could match a real tooth’s color or texture, but were brittle and didn’t hold up well to biting forces. Dentists developed a crown with a metal interior for strength and a fused outside layer of porcelain for appearance.
This hybrid became the crown design of choice up until the last decade. It is being overtaken, though, by all-ceramic crowns made with new forms of more durable porcelain, some strengthened with a material known as Lucite. Today, only about 40% of crowns installed annually are the metal-porcelain hybrid, while all-porcelain crowns are growing in popularity.
Of course, these newer porcelain crowns and the attention to the artistic detail they require are often more expensive than more traditional crowns. If you depend on dental insurance to help with your dental care costs, you may find your policy maximum benefit for these newer type crowns won’t cover the costs.
If you want the most affordable price and are satisfied primarily with restored function, a basic crown is still a viable choice. If, however, you would like a crown that does the most for your smile, you may want to consider one with newer, stronger porcelain and made with greater artistic detail by the dental technician. In either case, the crown you receive will restore lost function and provide some degree of improvement to the appearance of a damaged tooth.