Before the invention of toothpaste in its modern form, the ancients formulated their own versions from ingredients such as crushed egg-shells and powdered pumice. It was not until the 1890’s that Colgate introduced the first tube of toothpaste. By the 1950’s, enamel-strengthening fluoride was added to toothpaste as an effective decay-preventing element. Today, whitening toothpastes are slightly more abrasive than regular toothpastes, which, along with ingredients like peroxide, help them more effectively remove stains. In any case, the primary purpose behind tooth-brushing is to remove plaque, which coats teeth on a daily basis. Unless this pale yellow biofilm is removed, it will continue to build up and harden, and acid produced by the colonized bacteria will attack tooth enamel.
P.S. The wavy layer of toothpaste that sits atop toothbrush bristles is known as a “nurdle.”
Dr. McNew attended the Academy for Sports Dentistry 33rd Annual Symposium at the InterContinental Hotel Magnificent Mile in Chicago Illinois. This three day symposium was sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry.
The presentations at the symposium were designed to inform the participants of updates for the prevention and treatment of oral-facial injuries resulting from athletic activities or other traumatic incidents.
Approximately 175 dental professionals from across the U.S. and Canada attended the symposium.
Sponsored by the Academy for Sports Dentistry, an international organization, this continuing education activity is held to ensure that members are aware of current issues in prevention and treatment of dental trauma.
While dental amalgam has proven itself to be an effective and relatively inexpensive material for filling cavities caused by tooth decay over the past 150 years, it is not the most pleasing aesthetic choice. Amalgam’s silver color stands in stark contrast to natural tooth color when placed in visible tooth surfaces. For this reason, patients are likely to prefer composite-resin tooth colored fillings, which can so closely approximate their natural tooth color as to be virtually unnoticeable. Composite resins may be somewhat less durable than amalgam fillings, and they may cost more, but patients’ concerns over cosmetics have made them an increasingly popular choice. As far as dentists are concerned, the best filling is no dental filling. Prevention is preferred.
P.S. Composite resin material, which is composed of a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture, can be used to reshape disfigured teeth.
Dental patients have many reasons to prevent periodontal (gum) disease before it exerts far-ranging adverse effects. Aside from the more immediate potential consequences of gum disease, which include inflammation and possible tooth loss, research links gum disease with heart disease, diabetes, lung problems, and premature and low-weight babies. Fortunately, early stages of gum disease can be reversed with professional cleanings and at-home brushing and flossing. In more severe cases that involve buildups of hardened tartar, professional “scaling” and “root planning” may remove unwanted deposits above and below the gumline. However, only patients have it in their power to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, which research now shows increases the likelihood of developing severe gum disease by 30%-60%.
At MCNEW DENTAL, we can give you tips on the proper way to brush and floss. Brushing and flossing correctly helps keep your teeth white and healthy. We’ll also recommend a personalized oral home care program to meet your specific needs.
P.S. Both smokers and non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke may come in contact with toxins in the smoke that increase inflammation and oxidative stress.
When it comes to repairing or enhancing the visible surfaces of front teeth, porcelain is the material of choice for veneers. While no other material so closely approximates the look of tooth enamel and is so durable, budgetary considerations may lead to contemplation of alternative types of restoration. If so, “bonding and contouring” is recommended as the most cost-effective choice for covering chips and discoloration, improving shape, and restoring lost enamel. The single-visit process begins with augmenting affected teeth with tooth-colored resin that takes minutes to apply and cure. Once chips and cracks are filled, the dentist artfully shapes and sculpts the resin to create a natural-looking tooth.
It’s obvious that our smiles (or more specifically, our teeth) are important to us in many ways. Whether you need bonding procedures or veneers, with the proper esthetics treatment, patients receive the benefits of a beautiful smile.
P.S. While porcelain veneers most closely approximate the translucence and subtle color gradation of natural teeth, bonding creates an appearance that is more solid and consistent in color.