Whitening your teeth is an inexpensive boost to your smile! As we age, our teeth get dis-colored from the foods we eat, medications we take, and not getting dental cleanings often enough. Also, if you have worn braces or other orthodontic corrective-wear which has left marks on your teeth.
There are different ways to whiten one’s teeth. The dentist can help you decide which method best fits your dental needs, your lifestyle, and your budget.
One of the ways teeth can be whitened is in the dentist’s office. This method is called, “chair-side bleaching.” First, the dentist will cover the soft tissue in your mouth with either a guard or gel. Then, a bleaching compound is applied to the teeth and a special light is used to perform the whitening process. This can usually be done in one visit.
The next method is in-home tooth whitening. This is requires a mouth-guard which is filled with a gel to lighten your teeth. It is worn during certain times of the day and does come with some potential side-effects such as sensitivity and gum irritation. The dentist will be essential in deciding if this method will work for you.
Another method is tooth-whitening toothpaste. In fact, it is actually more a stain remover than an actual whitening method. It can reduce minor stains on teeth, but does not whiten them for all-over lightening effect. It is only mildly effective.
The most effective method is called Re-mineralization. It can be done only in the dentist’s office. The compound used to re-mineralize Teeth is available only to dental professionals. There are many benefits to choosing this process.
Re-mineralization is extremely effective in removing brown and white splotchy spots. It will not only make your teeth look better, they will get stronger, too!
The other benefits of in office re-mineralization are:
Reduced sensitivity to cold
Helps fight acid imbalance
Prevents dry mouth
Helps to soothe sensitivity to previous bleaching and teeth whitening procedures
Prevents white spots from appearing as a result of wearing braces
Ask as many questions as you wish, the dentist is happy to answer. Dental care is important and very individual. The dentist is an expert in making a plan for your dental treatment which will be best for you.
My recommendation is MI Paste.
MI Paste is a water-based, sugar-free créme that is applied directly to the tooth surface or oral cavity. MI Paste with RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP) helps release calcium and phosphate to restore the oral mineral imbalances that cause loss of tooth-strengthening by replacing minerals while improving saliva flow and fluoride uptake as well as soothing sensitive surfaces – making it an ideal treatment for:
Reversing tooth sensitivity and restoring enamel gloss after whitening procedures
Relieving dry mouth caused by certain medications
Reducing high oral acid levels from excessive soft drink consumption
Reversing tooth sensitivity before and after professional cleaning
Reducing high oral acid levels – sometimes a consequence of pregnancy
Buffering acids produced by bacteria and plaque
Regular conditioning during orthodontics, during and after bands or brackets have been removed, to prevent and reverse white spot lesions
Providing a topical coating for patients suffering from erosion, caries and conditions arising from xerostomia
Use MI Paste™
After tooth whitening
For pregnant women
For children six years and under
During and/or after orthodontics
To provide extra protection for teeth
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Read more about Oral cancer:
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Oral cancer most commonly involves the lips or the tongue. It may also occur on the:
• Cheek lining
• Floor of the mouth
• Gums (gingiva)
• Roof of the mouth (palate)
Most oral cancers are a type called squamous cell carcinomas. These tend to spread quickly.
Smoking and other tobacco use are linked to most cases of oral cancer. Heavy alcohol use also increases your risk for oral cancer.
Other factors that may increase the risk for oral cancer include:
• Chronic irritation (such as from rough teeth, dentures, or fillings)
• Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection
• Taking medications that weaken the immune system (immunosuppressants)
• Poor dental and oral hygiene
Some oral cancers begin as a white plaque (leukoplakia) or as a mouth ulcer.
Men get oral cancer twice as often as women do, particularly men older than 40.
Sore, lump, or ulcer in the mouth:
• May be a deep, hard-edged crack in the tissue
• Most often pale colored, but may be dark or discolored
• On the tongue, lip, or other area of the mouth
• Usually painless at first (may develop a burning sensation or pain when the tumor is advanced)
Other symptoms that may occur with oral cancer include:
• Chewing problems
• Mouth sores
• Pain with swallowing
• Speech difficulties
• Swallowing difficulty
• Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
• Tongue problems
• Weight loss
Signs and tests
Your doctor or dentist will examine your mouth area. The exam may show:
• A sore on the lip, tongue, or other area of the mouth
• An ulcer or bleeding
Tests used to confirm oral cancer include:
• Gum biopsy
• Tongue biopsy
X-rays and CT scans may be done to determine if the cancer has spread.
Surgery to remove the tumor is usually recommended if the tumor is small enough. Surgery may be used together with radiation therapy and chemotherapy for larger tumors. Surgery is not commonly done if the cancer has spread to lymph nodes in the neck.
Other treatments may include speech therapy or other therapy to improve movement, chewing, swallowing, and speech.
You can ease the stress of illness by joining a support group of people who share common experiences and problems. See cancer – support group.
Approximately half of people with oral cancer will live more than 5 years after they are diagnosed and treated. If the cancer is found early, before it has spread to other tissues, the cure rate is nearly 90%. However, more than half of oral cancers have already spread when the cancer is detected. Most have spread to the throat or neck.
About 1 in 4 persons with oral cancer die because of delayed diagnosis and treatment.
• Complications of radiation therapy, including dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
• Disfigurement of the face, head, and neck after surgery
• Other spread (metastasis) of the cancer
Calling your health care provider
Oral cancer may be discovered when the dentist performs a routine cleaning and examination.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have a sore in your mouth or lip or a lump in the neck that does not go away within 1 month. Early diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer greatly increases the chances of survival.
• Avoid smoking or other tobacco use
• Have dental problems corrected
• Limit or avoid alcohol use
• Practice good oral hygiene
1. National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology: Head and Neck Cancers. National Comprehensive Cancer Network; 2009. Version 2.2009.
2. Posner M. Head and neck cancer. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007: chap 200.
3. Wein RO, Malone JP, Weber RS. Malignant neoplasms of the oral cavity. In: Flint PW, Haughey BH, Lund VJ, et al, eds. Cummings Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2010:chap 96.
Review Date: 3/14/2012.
Reviewed by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone. Between 9% and 20% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of anxiety or fear. Indeed, it is a universal phenomenon.
Dental phobia is a more serious condition than anxiety. It leaves people panic-stricken and terrified. People with dental phobia have an awareness that the fear is totally irrational, but are unable to do much about it. They exhibit classic avoidance behavior; that is, they will do everything possible to avoid going to the dentist. People with dental phobia usually go to the dentist only when forced to do so by extreme pain. Pathologic anxiety or phobia may require psychiatric consultation in some cases.
Other signs of dental phobia include:
Trouble sleeping the night before the dental exam
Feelings of nervousness that escalate while in the dental office waiting room
Crying or feeling physically ill at the very thought of visiting the dentist
Intense uneasiness at the thought of, or actually when, objects are placed in your mouth during the dental treatment or suddenly feeling like it is difficult to breathe
Fortunately, there are ways to get people with dental anxiety and dental phobia to the dentist.
What Causes Dental Phobia and Anxiety?
There are many reasons why some people have dental phobia and anxiety. Some of the common reasons include:
Fear of pain. Fear of pain is a very common reason for avoiding the dentist. This fear usually stems from an early dental experience that was unpleasant or painful or from dental “pain and horror” stories told by others. Thanks to the many advances in dentistry made over the years, most of today’s dental procedures are considerably less painful or even pain-free.
Fear of injections or fear the injection won’t work. Many people are terrified of needles, especially when inserted into their mouth. Beyond this fear, others fear that the anesthesia hasn’t yet taken effect or wasn’t a large enough dose to eliminate any pain before the dental procedure begins.
Fear of anesthetic side effects. Some people fear the potential side effects of anesthesia such as dizziness, feeling faint, or nausea. Others don’t like the numbness or “fat lip” associated with local anesthetics.
Feelings of helplessness and loss of control. It’s common for people to feel these emotions considering the situation — sitting in a dental chair with your mouth wide open, unable to see what’s going on.
Embarrassment and loss of personal space. Many people feel uncomfortable about the physical closeness of the dentist or hygienist to their face. Others may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth or possible mouth odors.
The key to coping with dental anxiety is to discuss your fears with your dentist. Once your dentist knows what your fears are, he or she will be better able to work with you to determine the best ways to make you less anxious and more comfortable. If your dentist doesn’t take your fear seriously, find another dentist.
If lack of control is one of your main stressors, actively participating in a discussion with your dentist about your treatment can ease your tension. Ask your dentist to explain what’s happening at every stage of the procedure. This way you can mentally prepare for what’s to come. Another helpful strategy is to establish a signal — such as raising your hand — when you want the dentist to immediately stop. Use this signal whenever you are uncomfortable, need to rinse your mouth, or simply need to catch your breath.
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Crowns & Bridges
Oral Surgery & Removal impacted wisdom teeth
Root Canal Therapy
* reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.
* expose partially erupted wisdom teeth.
* remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement.
* manage gum tissue during impressions for crown or other procedures remove overgrown tissues.
* perform biopsy procedures.
* remove inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease.
* remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures.
* help treat infections in root canals.
* speed up tooth whitening procedures.
Author: Lesley Ranft
Laser dentistry can be a precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures. The potential for laser dentistry to improve dental procedures rests in the dentist’s ability to control power output and the duration of exposure on the tissue (whether gum or tooth structure), allowing for treatment of a highly specific area of focus without damaging surrounding tissues.
If you consider yourself somewhat of an anxious dental patient and are seeking extreme safety and comfort, you might consider looking for dentists who have incorporated laser dentistry techniques into their practices and treatments. It is estimated that 6 percent of general dentists own a laser for soft-tissue applications, with that number expected to increase over time.
As the applications for dental lasers expand, greater numbers of dentists will use the technology to provide patients with precision treatment that may minimize pain and recovery time.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry?
Here are some of the major benefits associated with laser dentistry:
Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).
Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss.
Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated.
Application of Laser Dentistry
The application of lasers in dentistry opens the door for dentists to perform a wide variety of dental procedures they otherwise may not be capable of performing. Dentists using lasers in dentistry have become adept at incorporating the state-of-the-art precision technology into a number of common and not-so-common procedures.
Hard Tissue (Tooth) Laser Dentistry Procedures
Cavity Detector: Low intensity soft tissue dental lasers may be used for the early detection of cavities by providing a reading of the by-products produced by tooth decay.
Dental Fillings/Tooth Preparation: Hard tissue dental lasers may eliminate the need for a local anesthetic injection and the traditional turbine dental drill. Lasers used in dental filling procedures are capable of killing bacteria located in a cavity, potentially leading to improved long term tooth restorations. However, dental lasers are not appropriate for the replacement of amalgam fillings, onlays or crowns.
Tooth Sensitivity: Dental lasers may be used to seal tubules (located on the root of the tooth) that are responsible for hot and cold tooth sensitivity.
Soft Tissue (Gum) Laser Dentistry Procedures
Crown Lengthening: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue (soft tissue laser) and bone (hard tissue laser) to expose healthier tooth structure. Referred to as crown lengthening, such reshaping provides a stronger foundation for the placement of restorations.
Gummy Smile: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a gummy smile.
Muscle Attachment (Frenula): A laser frenectomy is an ideal treatment option for children who are tongue tied (restricted or tight frenulum) and babies unable to breast feed adequately due to limited tongue movement. A laser frenectomy may also help to eliminate speech impediments.
Soft Tissue Folds (Epulis): Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of soft tissue folds often caused by ill-fitting dentures.
Other Laser Dentistry Applications
Viewing Tooth and Gum Tissues: Optical Coherence Tomography is a safer way to see inside tooth and gums in real time.
Benign Tumors: Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate, sides of cheeks and lips.
Cold Sores: Low intensity dental lasers reduce pain associated with cold sores and minimize healing time.
Nerve Regeneration: Photobiomodulation can be used to regenerate damaged nerves, blood vessels and scars.
Sleep Apnea: In cases where sleep apnea is a result of a tissue overgrowth in areas of the throat (which sometimes occurs with age), a laser assisted uvuloplasty or laser assisted uvula palatoplasty (LAUP) procedure can be performed to reshape the throat and relieve the correlating breathing problems associated with sleep apnea.
Teeth Whitening: Low intensity soft tissue dental lasers may be used to speed up the bleaching process associated with teeth whitening.
Temporomandibular Joint Treatment: Dental lasers may be used to quickly reduce pain and inflammation of the temporomandibular jaw joint.
Lasers represent an innovative and more precise technology for specific hard and soft tissue applications. If you choose a laser dentist, you may find that you feel more comfortable and less anxiety during your treatments.