Taking Care of Your Teeth and Dentures

If you are an elderly individual with dentures or partial dentures, you have to make sure you take the care necessary to clean them properly. You have to clean your teeth and gums as before with regular brushing and flossing but added to this you need to make sure your dentures are getting thoroughly cleaned so they do not promote further tooth decay. To care for your dentures, thoroughly brush them every day with a denture cleaning compound. Don’t forget to clean the undersides. At night, put dentures in water or a recommended cleaning solution. Brushing your teeth requires some …

What is Sleep Hygiene?

If you suffer from inadequate sleep, your sleep hygiene is probably to blame. What is sleep hygiene? Sleep hygiene is how you sleep, when you sleep, and what you do before you sleep. Here are some tips to keep in mind to improve your sleep habits. Most importantly, if you are not tired, do not go to bed. Instead, do something that relaxes you like listening to soft music or reading. Be sure to keep a regular schedule in which you go to bed and wake up about the same time every day, this means even on weekends and holidays. …

What Is Sleep Dentistry?

There are two answers to this question, one wrong and one right. The wrong answer is that sleep dentistry is when they give you something to help you relax at the dentist’s office. This is properly called “sedation dentistry” because you aren’t truly asleep. You are conscious and able to respond to the dentist’s requests though you may not remember much of the experience. The right answer is that sleep dentistry is when a dentist uses his expertise to correct snoring and sleep apnea so you and your partner both sleep better at night. Snoring, of course, is an audible …

Why Do Teeth Darken?

Tooth staining is one of the signs of aging. When people look at you and your discolored teeth, they automatically make assumptions about your age and health, as well as some other factors such as your personality, education, and income level. There are many factors that can cause your teeth to darken. These include: Natural wear of dental enamel with age Stains from foods, beverages, and smoking Injury to the tooth Exposure to certain chemicals during tooth development The extent and rate of staining depends on your lifestyle and the characteristics of your dental enamel. The best treatment for tooth …

Dental Implants Recovery Time

Dental implants are the best option for replacing lost teeth. A dental implant replaces your natural tooth root with a safe titanium screw that is placed into your jawbone. Once the implant is in place, it is generally recommended that you wait to allow it to integrate into your jaw before completing the procedure with an aesthetic dental crown. For most people, the integration of the implant into the bone takes about 6-12 weeks, but most of this time you should be able to enjoy your normal activities. Count on taking a few days off work (less than a week), …