If you’ve considered whitening your teeth, you’ve probably considered or tried over-the-counter products. You should be aware that there are some risks that can be associated with using OTC products and trying the do-it-yourself approach to teeth whitening. While DIY projects can be fun, we don’t recommend this for your dental care.
Teeth can become yellowed and discolored over time which is actually quite common. You may be considering DIY whitening kits as a quick fix to a yellowed smile. But these products may not live up to your expectations and depending on your dental condition, could actually cause harm. These DIY whitening kits are less expensive than professional whitening, and the results are not as good, which means you could end up buying kit after kit trying to get the results you want. Professional grade whitening from your dentist gives you a whiter smile in less time because the whitening solution is much more concentrated and powerful. In addition, Dr. Onemany will know how to properly apply the solution to avoid any gum sensitivity and check to make sure your gums are in good health and there are no other dental problems before your whitening treatment. Neglecting these issues could cause problems to worsen and extremely sensitive gums.
Dr. Onemany customizes the whitening solution to each person, whereas DIY kits offer one level of potency. This could mean that it’s too strong for one person, causing gum discomfort, and not strong enough for another. Your professional whitening solution is customized for your level of stain, oral condition and will ensure the same level of whitening across all teeth.
Professional whitening offers a personalized whitening treatment with minimal discomfort with quicker results. If you have questions about your whitening options or would like to schedule your treatment, contact us today! Smile bright this holiday season!
If you regularly suffer from headaches or experience stiffness in your neck or shoulders, you may have a problem with your temporomandibular joint, known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD can also cause pain in your jaw, clicking or lock jaw.
What is TMD?
TMJ is the common name used to refer to the temporomandibular joint, the sliding hinge links the jaw to the temporal bone in the skull next to your ears. The joint enables you to move your jaw and accurately use your mouth for functions such as chewing and talking.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a problem that causes you to experience sharp pain, discomfort and problems in moving the jaw joint and the associated muscles on your face.
Causes of TMD
TMD occurs when a small disc held in place by cartilage connecting the joint to your face muscles becomes eroded or misaligned. This is often the result of injuries or misalignment of the teeth or jaw.
The disorder can also be caused by teeth grinding, excessive and continual chewing, arthritis in the jaw, poor posture, or a severe injury to the muscles in your face or neck.
Signs and symptoms
Severe pain in the jaw joint is the most easily recognized symptom of TMD. Some of the other symptoms include:
- Earache, headache, and hearing popping noises when you open or close mouth
- Lockjaw, problems with opening your mouth wide or closing it all the way
- Pain when you speak or chew, or pain on one or both sides of your face or shoulders
- Unusual sounds when you open your mouth
- Swelling on one or both sides of your face
- A general feeling of tiredness in your face or dizziness
- Ringing in your ears
- Toothaches or hearing problems
If you have any of these symptoms contact our office to schedule a TMD consultation with Dr. Onemany. During your consult, Dr. Onemany will examine your jaw and facial muscles and ask questions about your symptoms. In some cases, x-ray imaging, MRI’s and CT scans may be necessary.
How to find relief
You may experience pain in short, sharp bursts or it may be dull and lingering. Popular over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen can give you relief from muscle pain, soreness, and associated discomfort.
You can also try this simple routine:
- Stretch your jaw in an up-down and left-right manner for a few times.
- Put an ice pack on the side of your face where you feel pain and hold for ten minutes.
- Apply a warm towel to the same area for about five minutes.
You should also pay attention to your body and lifestyle. Stress can be a trigger for teeth grinding, so take steps to reduce stress through meditation, massage or things you find relaxing. If you find it painful to chew certain foods, avoid those foods.
Contact your Cardinal Dental Group team for a TMD assessment so we can prescribe a treatment for you. Don’t continue to live in pain!
Just in time for Halloween, celebrate October with Dental Hygiene Month! Many people do not know that dental hygiene can affect the total health of the body, not just the mouth and teeth. Experts have linked poor oral health to a multitude of serious adverse health factors including strokes, heart disease, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia, and even miscarriages.
How can your teeth affect your health? Well, the bacteria that form in your mouth when proper care is not taken can enter your bloodstream where it travels to your heart vessels. From there, the bacteria can attach themselves to the fatty deposits that naturally occur in the human heart. Once there, they can replicate and attack the heart itself. Proper brushing and flossing go a long way towards preventing these conditions within the body.
Periodontal disease in diabetics is especially concerning because diabetics are more prone to infection. When the gums are infected, they can’t control blood sugar levels as well. In fact, recent research suggests that infections can actually raise the blood sugar level in someone with diabetes.
Here are some interesting facts about dental health and things to avoid to maintain proper oral care.
Consuming sugar is one of the biggest causes of tooth decay which the erosion of your tooth enamel, the hard outer layer of your teeth. This can be a problem for anyone including small children and older adults. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and when you eat sugar the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attach the tooth enamel. The stickiness of plaque keeps the acids in contact with your teeth and over time can break down the enamel. This is when cavities form.
Using tobacco products is another terrible habit to get into. The chemicals that are naturally present in tobacco play havoc with the circulation in the mouth and are another one of the leading factors in periodontal disease. When the blood flow in the gums is impaired, it decreases the body’s ability to fight infection and to heal itself.
When a person drinks alcohol, it naturally dehydrates the mouth. Those suffering from dry mouth are inherently prone to tooth decay because the saliva that is supposed to be present in the mouth acts to wash away any food debris or bacteria that may be present. Alcohol is also infamous for containing vast amounts of sugar. As previously stated, sugar forms lactic acid and is a huge contributor to tooth decay.
According to the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 50% of all Americans are in some stage of periodontal disease. The numbers go up even further when talking about the senior population, to an astonishing 70%.
Luckily, periodontal disease is, for the most part, entirely avoidable. While genetics may be a factor in some cases, it almost exclusively boils down to proper oral hygiene. This includes brushing the teeth on a regular basis (most dental professionals say this should be done at least twice a day, but preferably after every meal), flossing the teeth at least once daily to avoid having food decomposing in one’s mouth, and keeping the mouth moist to maintain sufficient saliva levels.
It is curious that Dental Hygiene Month falls in October, which is most famous for Halloween when it is traditional for young children to trick or treat and satisfy their sweet tooth by gorging on candy. However, even in these cases, oral hygiene may be practiced by simply brushing the teeth after eating sweet treats. This way, the youngsters can still enjoy the holiday and not fall into poor habits that they may carry with them for a lifetime. Even dentists enjoy a piece of candy now and again.
In honor of National Gum Care Month, it’s important to educate yourself on the risk factors and symptoms of gum disease and make sure you know the best ways to keep your gums healthy. According to the CDC, half of all adults in the United States now have periodontal disease, but the prevalence rate increases to 70% for seniors. Here’s how to care for your gums to prevent periodontal disease and lower your risk for cardiovascular disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal or gum disease is very common and potentially serious, but avoidable. Gum disease is classified as either gingivitis or periodontitis depending on the severity. Gingivitis is the most mild form of gum disease and it causes the gums to become red and bleed easily. Gingivitis usually has no discomfort and can be reversed with professional care.
If gingivitis is not treated, it can advanced to periodontitis. This happens when plaque on the teeth spread and begin growing under the gum line. Bacteria in plaque release toxins that irritate the gums and stimulate an inflammatory response, eventually breaking down the bone and tissue that support the teeth. As the disease progresses, it can result in gums separating from the teeth, tooth loss, bone loss, and systemic conditions like heart disease.
Preventing Gum Disease
Gingivitis can develop very easily, but it’s also easy to prevent with daily oral hygiene and regular checkups with your dentist. The best way to prevent gum disease is brushing and flossing twice a day or more. Don’t brush too hard; this can cause damage to your gums and actually make it easier for bacteria to infiltrate.
We recommend visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a general checkup and cleaning. During your cleaning, we will remove the build-up of plaque on your teeth before it becomes serious enough to cause gingivitis.
You can also address some risk factors that increase the chances of developing gum disease. Risk factors include: chewing or smoking tobacco, genetics, crooked teeth that are harder to clean, pregnancy, poor oral hygiene, and certain medications.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
As gum disease is typically painless, it’s important to be vigilant to look for signs of periodontal disease. Prompt professional treatment is essential to potentially reverse gum disease or minimize damage. Watch for warning signs of gum disease that include:
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together as you bite
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- Gums that are pulling away from your teeth
- Tender, swollen, or red gums
- Gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing or flossing
If you suspect you have gum disease or you’re interested in a proactive approach to protecting your smile and health, schedule an appointment today with the Cardinal Dental Group for a checkup with a caring dentist.
Diabetes is a medical condition that is associated with an abnormal increase or decrease of blood glucose in the body. Diabetes affects various organs in the body such as kidney, eyes, and lungs. In addition, there is a relationship between diabetes and oral health. This article will take an in-depth look at how diabetes affects the oral health of diabetic patients and how both of these medical conditions can be controlled and managed accordingly.
The Connection Between Diabetes and Oral Diseases
People with diabetes have high or low levels of blood glucose in their bodies, a condition that acts as a thriving place for bacteria growth. About one-third of patients who have diabetes have severe periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a gum disease that affects the gum tissue and the bone around the teeth. Generally, this disease makes the bone and the gum brittle enough for them to break down hence losing teeth in the process. Patients with poorly controlled diabetes are 2.9 times more likely to suffer from periodontal gum disease as compared to patients with adequately controlled diabetes.
People who have diabetes are more susceptible to bacterial infection as compared to individuals with no history of diabetes. This can be attributed to the fact that, the high level of sugar in the body, leads to the coating of the immune-fighting body cells as well as affecting the circulation of blood. The constrained blood circulation minimizes the supply of blood and mineral salts to the oral cavity of the patient. The moment the gums lack adequate nutrients as a result of poor circulation, their ability to fight off infection is significantly reduced leading to gum diseases.
Taking Care of Oral health in Diabetic Patients
Patient’s with a combination of diabetes and oral diseases require more specialized medical care as compared to those with no diabetes. When visiting your dentist, make sure that he/she is well-versed with your diabetic medical condition. If you are looking for a team of qualified dentists to take care of your oral health, look no further than Cardinal Dental Group.
Cardinal Dental Group has a team of highly-qualified dentists who are specialized in cosmetic general, restorative dentistry and advanced technology. In patients suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis due to diabetes, Cardinal Dental Group will restore your gums and teeth as well manage your diabetic medical condition. With an experienced team of doctors, you are guaranteed the best dental services to suit your medical condition (s).
Apart from seeking professional help, you can take care of your oral hygiene in a professional manner. For instance, you can schedule a dentist visit after every three months, drink fluoridated water to prevent tooth decay, use anti-plaque mouth rinse to prevent the accumulation of plaque, keep your dentures clean, and finally, keep your blood glucose in target range.
Signs and Symptoms in Your Gums That Can Indicate Diabetes
Many patients especially those who have not been diagnosed with diabetes may present some signs and symptoms that may prompt a dentist to request a diabetic test. Some of the signs and symptoms are as follows.
- Swollen and bleeding gums.
• Oral burning inside your mouth due to uncontrolled blood glucose.
• Taste impairment due to the destruction of taste buds.
Bruxism is a condition that’s characterized by unconscious grinding, gnashing, or clenching of the teeth tightly together. Many people do it without even realizing. In fact, a lot of people grind and clench teeth in their sleep, which is known as sleep bruxism. Others do it while they are awake. Teeth grinding, gritting, and clenching can have severe effects on your dental and overall health. For this reason, it is important to understand the causes and symptoms of bruxism so that you can determine whether you suffer from it and adopt effective management measures.
Causes of Bruxism
The causes of bruxism are currently unclear, but the condition has been linked to several physical and psychological factors. The most common causative factors are stress, anxiety, anger, tension, and frustration. While these are emotions that people go through on a daily basis, if they are prolonged, they can cause one to grind or clench their teeth.
Lifestyle factors such as consuming alcohol, smoking, and heavy caffeine intake can also cause or worsen bruxism. Additionally, sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, snoring as well as sleep talking have also been linked to bruxism. Sleep apnea is a unique condition is characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. You should consult with your doctor for diagnosis and treatment if you suffer from sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Identifying the signs and symptoms of bruxism is crucial so that you can determine whether you suffer from the condition. Here are some of the common signs that you may be suffering from bruxism:
• Flat, loose, or chipped teeth
• Pain while chewing
• Teeth sensitivity when consuming cold or hot foods and drinks
• Clicking sound when you open or close the mouth
• Tender jaw and soreness around the ears
• Tension headaches that begin at the temples
Untreated bruxism can cause severe damage to the teeth and dental restorations such as crowns, veneers, and dentures. It can also affect the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), leading to problems with the jaw and jaw muscles. TMJ disorder is usually responsible for jaw soreness and tightness, headaches, pain in the face, neck, and shoulders, and difficulty in chewing food or anything. In severe cases, it can also cause swelling of the face, dizziness, and hearing problems.
Treating and Managing Bruxism
It is critical to deal with teeth grinding and clenching before it causes a host of body and dental health issues. There is no definite cure for this condition, but there are some steps that can be taken to curb it and treat the symptoms. The most effective treatment is the use of a mouth guard. A mouth guard is a device that is designed to keep the lower and upper teeth apart and prevent tooth wear as a result of grinding. Your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and develops a custom mouth guard that will fit perfectly in your mouth. This method is typically used to manage sleep bruxism.
It is necessary to manage the physical, psychological, and lifestyle issues that are associated with teeth grinding. For instance, if you are undergoing a period of stress, anxiety, or anger, it would be essential to seek professional counseling and incorporate relaxation time into your day. Lifestyle adjustments such as avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco smoking can also help in alleviating the condition. If you have suffered any dental-related symptoms as a result of bruxism, you should see your dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Contact us today for a consultation and treatment plan.
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As the summer season gets underway, you should consider some strategies to protect your teeth from injuries. Sports activities like baseball, soccer and even swimming hold the potential for injury to the face, mouth and teeth. Here are some ways to minimize the possibility of injury, courtesy of Cardinal Dental Group.
Even when you aren’t playing a contact sport, there is always the risk of injury. A mouth guard is a good way to help protect your teeth. Mouth guards are available from drug stores, but if you participate in high contact sports like basketball, baseball, and football, it would be best to ask your dentist about a custom mouth guard. The generic mouth guards are inexpensive, they don’t always fit very well and can be uncomfortable. Thinking long term and about preserving the investment in your smile, a custom mouth guard will help prevent mouth injury. And it’s less expensive than repairing a damaged smile or lost tooth!
Certain sports like football and hockey carry a considerable risk of a facial hit – for these sports a helmet is not only required in most cases, but it must also have a facial guard. As with a mouth guard, your helmet should fit properly. You should also choose the type of helmet that’s made for your particular sport – you’ll note that football helmets are very differently designed than a catcher’s mask.
Diving injuries take a toll on people’s face and teeth, and much more important, can cause spinal injuries. Never dive into water without first checking the depth; once you start the dive you are committed and can’t change course if there are rocks or the water is too shallow. And don’t forget, it’s not just about water – you can incur a similar accident on a trampoline or practicing dry-land diving.
Your risk of breaking a tooth while swimming is minimal to non-existent, but odds are you never give a thought to what the water in a pool can do to your teeth. If the pH in your pool is too low, the acidic water can increase the risk of enamel erosion. It’s best to keep your mouth closed when you swim to help protect your teeth.
Teeth as Tools
Although it seems like a little thing, using your teeth as tools can lead to a surprising amount of damage. Your teeth are perfectly designed to bite off food and chew it, but they don’t work well as bottle openers. Using your mouth as a third hand to hold nails, or as nutcrackers or scissors causes damage. Chewing on pencils can be damaging to the teeth and gums. Bottom line: use the correct tool for the task, not your teeth.
Your dentist is a great resource when you’re looking for ways to protect your teeth. Don’t hesitate to ask about a custom mouth guard or get advice about helmets. Play sports, but keep your teeth in good condition, too.
People everywhere always want to look their best, which is why many seek out cosmetic dentistry treatments. Keeping your teeth and mouth healthy is important, and so is feeling confident about your appearance. If you want people to see straight, healthy, white and beautiful teeth every time you smile, cosmetic dentistry can do this.
Cosmetic dentistry treatments are popular throughout the year, particularly Spring and Summer since people want to look their best for reunion and wedding season. Whether you’re getting married yourself or if you’re planning on attending a few weddings, cosmetic dentistry can be a big confidence boost.
Cardinal Dental Group gives patients access to a broad range of cosmetic dentistry services including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain crowns, porcelain bridges, gum contouring and dental bonding. If you have worries about tooth discoloration and staining, you can turn to us for our comprehensive teeth whitening treatment. If you have any missing teeth that prevent you from smiling and talking to others, you can depend on our porcelain bridges. Our cosmetic dentistry procedures can be helpful for everything from misshapen teeth to broken teeth and beyond. They can even be helpful for individuals who don’t feel fully comfortable with the appearances of their gums. If you feel you have excessive gum tissue, Cardinal Dental can reshape your gums using a gentle laser giving your smile more balance.
If you’re someone who has always been embarrassed by your smile, we want to help you feel great about smiling big! When you feel great, that is reflected in your relationships, career, family and life in general. Cosmetic dentistry can improve an appearance, and also change a life.
We’re a friendly and hard-working dental office that’s here to assist you. If you want world-class cosmetic dentistry treatment in a supportive, motivating and soothing environment, it doesn’t get any better than Cardinal Dental Group. Just ask our countless dedicated patients.
If you want to kiss concerns of discolored and chipped teeth goodbye, Cardinal Dental Group is on hand to aid you. Call our office to schedule an appointment for one of our trusted cosmetic dentistry procedures. 936.258.5597
February is American Heart Health Month. It is estimated that over 600,000 people die each year as the result of heart disease. However, 80 percent of heart disease cases can be prevented. Many people know that eating right and exercising are the keys to preventing heart disease.
However, many people do not know that oral health and heart health are linked. That is why it is important to take care of your teeth and gums.
What Is The Link Between Gum Disease And Heart Disease?
Poor oral health will inevitably lead to gum disease. Periodontists have debated about whether heart disease and gum disease are linked and studies show that there is a correlation-both of these conditions are linked to inflammation.
Some studies also suggest that gum disease is a risk factor for heart disease. There was a study done by the National Health And Nutrition Survey. The study involved 50,000 people and results showed that people who had missing teeth were more likely to have a stroke. Missing teeth is often a result of poor oral health and conditions like gum disease.
Furthermore, researchers have found that people who have gum disease have higher levels of C-reactive protein. This is a protein that increases when there are high levels of inflammation in the body. C-reactive protein increases the risk of heart disease.Lawn Mower Reviews 2017
Caring For Your Teeth
While more studies need to be done to examine how oral health affects heart disease risk, it is undeniable that the two are linked. Brushing, flossing and eating healthy will help keep your heart and mouth healthy. You will also need to see your dentist at least every six months. You will get a thorough examination and cleaning, which will prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Offering the gift of a whiter smile over the holiday season is perhaps the most beautiful gift you will give this year. You are giving someone the brimming confidence to smile as big as they like, and you are teaching them that they matter in your world. Bright white teeth is something we all desire to have.
A customized, take-home whitening treatment from Cardinal Dental Group can give you or your loved one a vibrant, confident smile in just a few weeks. A bright smile for the new year!
Teeth can be whitened in the comfort of your home. Our professional whitening kit involves a comfortable, custom-fitted tray. Into this tray, you will place a special whitening gel and keep in place for the amount of time your dentist recommends. After just a single session, you may begin to see improvement, and after a couple of weeks, you will see a completely white smile!
You can maintain your newly white smile with occasional follow-up treatments. We use this whitening technique because it is the most comfortable for patients, and according to university studies, the most effective.
Why might a person’s teeth become stained?
So if you brush, floss and visit your dentist regularly then why are your teeth still discolored? This happens because the outer layers of your teeth get stained over the years by consumption of certain foods, soda, wine and smoking.
When these outside sources of staining are left to sit on the teeth all day until your next brushing, the dentin on your teeth becomes yellowish or darkened. The best way to help your stained discolored teeth is with one of the easiest cosmetic dentistry procedures, professional teeth whitening.
Contributing factors to yellowing, stained teeth:
- Tetracycline based antibiotics used before the age of 8 years old
- Excessive exposure to fluoride as a child
- Internal bleeding due to trauma
- Discoloration due to a health condition
- Natural aging- as time goes by enamel gets thinner and thinner and will get a yellowish hue