How Important Is Flossing?

The old dental quip, “Only floss the teeth you want to keep,” is based in truth. Flossing is crucial to protecting your teeth because it can remove food particles and bacterial plaque from areas that your toothbrush cannot reach. If bacteria are allowed safe harborage in your mouth, their colonies will grow. They will attack your teeth in areas that are hard to see and create cavities that are very difficult to fill. The bacteria will not only attack your teeth, they will attack your gums, leading to gum disease. The bacteria create pockets around your teeth to increase their …

Invisalign–How It Works

Invisalign is a relatively new form of orthodontic treatment that is a good option for many people looking to straighten their smiles. Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces, which use wires anchored to your teeth to slowly pull teeth into a rounded arch. Instead of braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move your teeth. The Invisalign procedure starts with a digital image of your teeth. The current positions are registered, and then a treatment plan to move your teeth into proper alignment is designed by a computer. This design is used to create a series …

Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers

If you are considering improving the appearance of your smile with cosmetic dental restorations, you may have learn that porcelain veneers are a great treatment to take care of discolored, uneven, or gapped teeth. You may also have learned about the type of porcelain veneers known as Lumineers. Lumineers are a special branded type of porcelain veneer that advertises a number of advantages over traditional veneers, such as the fact that Lumineers do not require preparation of your teeth, are completely reversible, and are more convenient than traditional porcelain veneers. However, Lumineers also have a number of disadvantages. First, because …

Smoking and Dental Implants

Smoking, as you have probably been told, is not good for your body. However, it is even worse for dental implant patients. Smoking interferes with your circulation and with your body’s healing response. It increases your risk of rejection of the implant and any bone graft that you may have had to support the implant. To give yourself the best chance of having a successful dental implant procedure, you will be asked to quit smoking for at least two months before your dental implant procedure and one month after. If you cannot do this, then you are not a good …

Sleep Apnea and Car Wrecks

Did you know sleep apnea suffers are 3 to ten times more likely to be involved in a car accident? On the other hand, it is possible that a car accident, or other injury, is contributing to obstructive sleep apnea. You may think how could a car wreck I had years ago be contributing to my obstructive sleep apnea? If you suffer from any particular injury that causes you to limit the positions of your body during sleep, you could be depriving yourself of a restful night’s sleep. Sometimes people who suffer from neck and back pain avoid sleeping on …