Dental health experts say a lifetime of strong healthy teeth begins with a child’s first visit to the dentist. And they say it should be scheduled even when children still have their baby teeth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Society of Dentistry for Children recommend a first dental visit between the ages of six months and one year.
“The most important thing is that we see the children early,” says Dr. Elmira Abraamyan, a Roseville, CA-based dentist “Dental problems develop as soon as the teeth develop, and children start getting their teeth at six months of age.”
White, evenly shaped teeth enhance the beauty of your face. Cosmetic dentistry offers many treatment options for people who want to improve their teeth. The methods can be as simple as teeth whitening or as complex as bracing and bridging.
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening products uses materials consisting of peroxide to give the teeth a white and clean appearance. You can either visit the cosmetic dentist or use a home-based whitening system. Home-based systems use 20% peroxide but is a longer process, lasting for two weeks.
If you are getting teeth whitening, you will come up with many different results and methods. Many of today's top-notch dentists perform whitening through systems that involve a bleaching agent, along with a laser that makes the bleach work better and penetrates into tooth enamel.
Home bleaching is not as difficult to do anymore, since many whitening products can be purchased over the counter. You might be expecting dramatic results from your over the counter whitening product, but the truth is, they take weeks, even months to work, and they still can't match expectations!
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Poets have written many a verse about inspirational and enigmatic smiles. The elusive “perfect smile”, which has in past generations been limited to the luck of genetics, is now available to everyone. Cosmetic dentistry has removed all barriers to ownership of dazzling smiles. As more and more men and women get more conscious about their smile, cosmetic dentists are offering increasingly varied services.
Whether a childhood fall that led to chipping off of that incisor, those gallons of black coffee devoured while burning midnight oil, or the once 32 dwindling in numbers due to a parasite invasion popularly called ‘cavities’ - everything can be corrected with one (or several) swooshes of the cosmetic dentist’s wand. But remember that it isn’t always cheap. Depending on the procedure, you may feel your pocket lighter by one to several thousand dollars.
Teeth implants are a modern tooth restoration option, which can be used to replace a single tooth, a range of missing teeth, or a full set of teeth. Commonly also referred to as dental implants, teeth implants are small screws made of titanium, which can act as substitutes for the root portion of natural teeth.
Dental implants are fitted into the jawbone, after the drilling of a tiny hole. During the healing period, bone grows around the dental implants, effectively fusing with them, which enables prosthetic teeth to be later anchored to them. Prosthetic teeth are usually made of porcelain, which together with an abutment, are attached to the teeth implants, once the healing process has progressed sufficiently.
The reasons for replacing a lost tooth are multiple and have already been discussed in previous editorials. The one thing that almost all dentists will agree upon is that except in very rare and specific circumstances, a missing tooth should be replaced. There are multiple ways to replace a missing tooth. Each with its own set of risks, benefits, expected longevity, and costs.
Choices for replacing a missing tooth can be broken down into two major categories; removable and fixed. As the term implies, removable appliances can be taken out of one’s mouth, cleaned and reinserted by the patient. Fixed appliances are not intended to be removed and are generally cemented or bonded in place.