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What Needs To Happen To Maintain Veneers?
Posted on 1/15/2020 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
There is no better source of confidence than a healthy dentition. It gives you the confidence to smile and go on with your day. Sadly, a simple chip or break in your teeth can steal the shine of your smile. The good thing is that you can fix these dental issues in a diversity of ways, and dental veneers are among the best option for restorative dentistry. The veneers are attached to your broken tooth and shaped in a way that they can match the appeal of the rest of your dentition. While they will give your smile back its shine, their effectiveness will only be as high as how you maintain them. Here is how to maintain your veneers. Avoid Anything That Might Break Them Sometimes, people might use their teeth as tools. For instance, you can use them as a bottle opener or as a nutcracker, but this is highly inadvisable. You risk causing fractures to your veneers with time, as well as the rest of your dentition. Avoid using your teeth as tools. Also, be sure to keep off foods that might be too hard. Although veneers are firmly attached to your dentition, biting on hard foods can make them loose with time, which can easily lead to their damage. Take Care Of Your Teeth Regularly If you fail to take care of your dentition, your teeth might discolor. Since veneers will uphold their pearl white appeal, they will stand out from the rest of your dentition. Follow our recommendations for maintaining a healthy dentition. Brush your teeth religiously and floss after every meal. Also, schedule teeth whitening sessions with us to keep your teeth's appeal matching with that of your veneers. Your smile deserves to have a spark in it. With dental veneers, preserving the spark in your smile can be quite easy despite the appearance of cracks or chips. Feel free to consult us for more tips for taking care of your dental veneers....
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Managing Your Daily Stress Can Help Improve the Health of Your Mouth
Posted on 12/25/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Stress is never helpful. Some people say that they work best under pressure, but are blind to the side effects of frequent or prolonged episodes of stress. Stress can easily affect every aspect of your health, from oral health to physical health, and in some cases, mental health. This manifests in so many small ways that are negligible for most people, but when it all begins to add up, it has the potential to cause a of harm to your teeth and oral health in general. How Does Stress Threaten Oral Health? First of all, stress wears down the body and makes one weak. When you are weak physically, you are more prone to health complications that affect not only your teeth and gums, but overall health as well. This could lead to permanent tooth loss and gum disease. There are other situations where stress leads individuals to grind their teeth wearing out the enamel or creating micro cracks and fractures in the teeth. Stress also causes inflamed gums and could lead to shifting of teeth, gum pockets, headaches and jaw damage. What Can One Do To Avoid Stress Threatening Their Oral Health? You can involve yourself in meditation practices, yoga or even physical activities, like going for a run or working out at the gym. This lowers your stress levels and helps you stay more even keeled. There are times when stress becomes so consuming, that we begin to lose track of time and have to take shortcuts throughout the day. Unfortunately, this often translates to having no time to brush your teeth or floss regularly. Stress management is one of the skill sets that many of us struggle with. We all experience stress in our lives and sometimes, it can take a greater toll on us than we expected. If you have just finished going through a stressful period in your life and think you may have neglected your oral health, contact our office. We will do everything we can to help you get back on track with your oral health!...
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Long-Term Risks of Leaving an Abscess Untreated
Posted on 12/15/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
If you have ever had a tooth that has abscessed, you probably remember it very clearly. There are many times people don't seek dental care for minor cavities. Busy schedules, lack of insurance, high pain tolerance or just plain fear of the dentist. Once a tooth abscesses, it can have long term critical consequences if left untreated. What Happens When a Tooth Starts To Abscess? When you have a tooth that has a cavity, it burrows its way in, eroding into your tooth's soft center. The soft dentin inside your tooth eventually becomes infected. A small pocket of pus develops and swells up to the point it doesn't have any more room. This backs up the tooth root causing the gums to swell. Even your face and cheek can start to swell. After enough pain and time go by, you may have experienced the feeling of the abscess leaking in your mouth and the pressure is relieved. After the foul taste leaves your mouth. Many feel they have made it through the hard part and it's healing. It isn't. Long-Term Effects of Leaving The Abscess Untreated If you don't address the problem, you can quickly develop a fever, which is a sign the infection has made its way into your bloodstream. This can be life-threatening and there are hundreds of admissions to hospitals at this stage that result in death. You can develop cysts. A fluid will start to fill up the inside of your jawbone and then surgery is needed to stop the pain and remove it. Sepsis is when the bacteria continues to spread throughout your body untreated. Once it gets into your head, neck, and vital areas, it becomes life threatening. If you or someone you know is suffering from a tooth that is abscessing, seek medical care immediately. Call our office to inquire into emergency care and help. Leaving it untreated will only allow it to get much worse....
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All Posts:

What Needs To Happen To Maintain Veneers?
1/15/2020
Managing Your Daily Stress Can Help Improve the Health of Your Mouth
12/25/2019
Long-Term Risks of Leaving an Abscess Untreated
12/15/2019
The Benefits of Fluoride on Adult Teeth
11/25/2019
Talking with Us Can Help Reduce Dental Anxiety
11/15/2019
Why You Need Someone to Drive You Home Following IV Sedation
10/25/2019
What to Know Before You Get Your Very First Filling
10/15/2019
Ways of Getting More Vitamin D Through What You Eat
9/25/2019
What You Should Know About a Dead Tooth
9/15/2019
Which Vegetables Help to Brush Your Teeth between Meals?
7/23/2019
What We Do During the Earliest Stages of Gum Disease Treatment
7/13/2019
How Antioxidants Can Improve Your Oral Health
6/25/2019
Do Cracks in My Teeth Need Treatment?
6/15/2019
Why Do Your Teeth Shift After Losing a Tooth?
5/30/2019
What Happens When Dental Chips Do Not Get Treated
5/20/2019
Ways of Being Able to Tell You Are Developing a Cavity
4/25/2019
Vitamins Are Important for Optimal Oral Health
4/15/2019
What We All Do During a Dental Exam
3/30/2019
What to Look for in a New Toothbrush
3/20/2019
Drinks to Avoid if You Want White Fillings to Not Get Stained
2/28/2019
Does Whitening Teeth Damage Your Enamel?
2/20/2019
Reducing Stress Can Reduce Bruxism Problems
1/30/2019
Reasons Your Gums May Swell
1/20/2019
How to Keep Your Mouth Comfortable While Wisdom Teeth Erupt
12/30/2018
How to Keep the Swelling Down Following an Oral Injury
12/20/2018
Benefits of Getting Your Teeth Whitened in Our Office
11/30/2018
Are There Germs Hidden Within Your Toothbrush?
11/20/2018
How to Store A Dislodged Tooth Safely
10/20/2018
Aside from Sugar, What Other Foods Can Permanently Damage Oral Health?
9/30/2018
Are Your Oral Piercings Increasing Your Chances for Gum Disease?
9/20/2018
What Gets Left Behind When You Forget to Brush Before Bed at Night
10/30/2010

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