TOOTHPASTE FACTS

TOOTHPASTE FACTS
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.”

Academy of Sports Dentistry Annual Symposium

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.

TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS

TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS
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.

SECOND THOUGHTS

SECOND THOUGHTS
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.

Just Scratching the Surface

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.

Words of Wisdom

When there is enough space in the mouth to accommodate the “wisdom teeth” (third molars), which do not appear until the late teens or early twenties, they can grow normally to become fully functional.  However, wisdom teeth are candidates for extraction when they are impacted or trapped in the bone under the gums in a crowded jaw.  Otherwise, they may tend to grow sideways to find space, forcing adjacent molars out of place in the process.  Partially erupted wisdom teeth also pose a danger because they leave an opening at the gum line that invites bacteria to enter and cause infection.  When extraction of the wisdom teeth is indicated, the surgery can be performed at any age.

Many people develop impacted wisdom teeth.  They may erupt only partially or not at all.  Some dentists and oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth extraction even if impacted teeth aren’t causing problems, as a preventive measure against potential future problems.  Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will provide you and your family with the professional care and personal attention you deserve.

At McNew Dental our goal is to help you enjoy your teeth throughout a lifetime.   Our office is in Rockwall and our number is 972 771-2213.

P.S.  It is best to extract impacted wisdom teeth when the patient is young, before the jawbone that supports the teeth hardens and the tooth roots develop fully.

Diminishing Gums?

There are several ways to treat diminishing gums.  First and foremost is to take care of your mouth.  If you have gum disease, get it taken care of.  Get your teeth cleaned and do the maintenance with meticulous home care.  At McNew dental, we are dedicated to the health of our patients, and you are more than welcome to join our family of patients.  We offer comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry.  Oral health is a long-term committment we share with each patient.  “Smiles are contagious and best with shared.”  Call us at 972 771-2213.

GETTING THE FULL TREATMENT

Fluoride treatment during regular professional cleanings make sense for adults because they still get cavities.  This is especially true at the root surfaces and under crowns, which become exposed as adult gums recede.  Particularly susceptible to cavities are root surfaces because they lose mineral faster than enamel does.  With this in mind, higher concentrations of fluoride provided by topical treatments may be needed for adequate protection.  It should also be noted that many adults take certain medications and have medical conditions that cause dry mouth, which is a condition that increases the risk of cavities in adults.  Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to acids produced by bacteria and helps remineralize tooth suraces that are under attack.

How to treat diminishing gums

There are several ways to treat diminishing fums.  First and foremost is to take care of your mouth.  If you have gum disease, get it taken care of.  get your teeth cleaned and do the maintenance with meticulous home care.  Oral health is a long term commitment we share with each patient.  At MCNEW dental we are dedicated to the health of our patients.  “Smiles are contagious and best when shared.

COULD GUM DISEASE PROVE DEADLY?

It is now widely understood that gum disease can contribute to a host of potentially life-threatening conditions including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Research also indicates that women with periodontal disease are 3-5 times more likely to have a baby born prematurely compared with women without gum disease.  However, is it possible that periodontal disease itself is deadly?  According to recent research,  the answer is “yes.”  It seems that scientists have isolated an oral bacterium (Streptococcus tigurinus) that could be deadly if it enters the bloodstream through bleeding gums.  While researchers begin to assess how common this bacterium is in the mouth, everyone has one more reason to floss and schedule regular dental check-ups that help avert gum disease.

 

P.S.  It has been estimated that 75% of Americans have some form of gum disease.