Archive: May 23, 2013

Why Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned Twice a Year?

Why Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned Atleast Twice a Year? As individuals faithfully brush and floss their pearly whites twice a day, many question the necessity of seeing their dentists for cleanings twice a year. When they smile in the mirror, everything looks fine. Such evidence, combined with suffering no pain or discomfort, leads some to opt out of dental cleaning every six months. However, it is what they are not seeing in the mirror that requires the twice yearly recommended dental visits in order to maintain optimal overall health. Your mouth produces plaque, a filmy substance of bacteria that not only coats the teeth but also infiltrates above and below the gum line. Because plaque production is a natural and constant occurrence, brushing it away twice a day only removes some of the plaque. Plaque that is left behind in crevices that the toothbrush misses eventually calcifies into a hard, crusty, yellowish-brown substance called tartar. Plaque that is left behind within the gums leads to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that results from the festering bacteria. While the tartar left on the enamel surface of the teeth can take months to cause tooth decay, gingivitis can develop in a matter of days to weeks. Gingivitis begins as a mild inflammation. If left untreated, it will eventually lead to a more advanced level of gum disease called periodontitis.

Read More

The Benefits of Using Nitrous Oxide in Dentistry (laughing gas)

Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) Both dentists and doctors use nitrous oxide as an anesthetic because it offers them and their patients many benefits. The gas, known commonly as laughing gas, has been in use since 1844 and continues to be used safely today. The following benefits makes nitrous oxide useful in dentistry. Reduces Anxiety Perhaps the greatest benefit is that it helps patients relax without putting them to sleep. Patients remain conscious during the procedure and even have the ability to communicate with the dentist. However, many patients have little or no memory of what happened during the procedure. This allows the dentist to perform a procedure in less time, and it also allows the patient avoid discomfort during the procedure. The gas also gives patients a happy feeling that helps them relax even more. Increases Pain Threshold Nitrous oxide increases a patient's threshold for pain. While it is only good for mild pain control, the gas often provides enough relief for noninvasive procedures. This helps reduce the need for dentists to provide local anesthesia. Some patients who have difficulty getting numb using local anesthetics benefit greatly from this property. 

Read More