20 Dec

The Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings

The Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings

Although you may have impeccable personal hygiene practices,  the benefits of a professional dental cleaning can not be overstated. Plaque build-up is difficult to handle alone and even more challenging when it advances to tartar—A more permanent plaque progression. Plaque compromises your oral well-being and requires professional treatment. 

As cliche as it sounds, “prevention is better than cure.” So, regular dental cleanings are as beneficial as the food you eat and the air you breathe. It not only helps your oral health but also benefits your social life by improving your smile and self-confidence.

 

Regular dental cleaning takes care of bad breath.

Bad breath can constitute a  serious embarrassment and possibly ruin your self-confidence. Although personal oral hygiene habits can help eliminate bad breath, regular dental cleaning ensures you never have to experience it. 

Persistent bad breath can be a sign of periodontal disease, making it even more important to check in with the dentist at least once or twice a year if you commonly experience unpleasant breath. 

Prevents tooth decay

We currently live in a sweet-toothed society– While it is not a crime to treat yourself to some sweets, candy, and soda, it is advisable to schedule regular dental cleanings as well!

Essentially, plaque build-up can cause bacteria to eat into your enamel, resulting in cavities. So while you brush and floss daily, it’s important to get into the dentist regularly to keep the cavities away.

It gives you an aesthetically appealing dentition.

Occasionally,  your teeth can get stained by food and drinks, which daily cleaning cannot remove. Over time, these stains can become permanent, causing chronic dental discoloration. 

Regular dental cleaning enables your dentist to professionally remove those built-up stains for shiner teeth. This way, you can confidently flash your smile around and lead a more confident life!

12 Dec

The Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures

The Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures

Missing teeth can leave a big impact on your lifestyle and overall confidence– And choosing a method of tooth replacement can be pretty confusing, especially when there are so many options available. For many individuals, full and partial dentures are an ideal choice. In this blog, we’re diving into both! 

What are Dentures?

Dentures, loosely known as false teeth, are removable teeth that fit over the gums to replace missing teeth. They are used to remedy certain discomforts that arise due to missing teeth, such as problems with eating, confidence and common lifestyle choices. Dentures are made of artificial materials like nylon, metal, or plastic. They are comfortable, and are custom made to fit your natural appearance.  

Types of dentures?

Two primary types of dentures exist depending on the magnitude of your tooth loss or the severity of your condition. Essentially they are full and partial dentures.

The difference between full and partial dentures

Full dentures

You will most likely require full dentures if something has happened to all of your upper or lower teeth. Full dentures are usually a set of teeth per jawline, and are designed to mimc the look and function of your natural smile. Its important to note, if you previously had full dentures and want to replace an old set, there is a chance that time would have altered the shape of your jawbones or jawline. However, if it is your first time getting full dentures, you won’t be needing any realignment–Just a direct smile replacement!

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are designed to replace gaps due to one or more missing teeth, and come in a variety of materials ranging from nylon, to plastic, or metal. Essentially, partial dentures are for addressing a few missing teeth vs an entire smile. They are more temporary than full dentures and clasp unto your other teeth through a gum-like attachment. 

25 Nov

What Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Health

What Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Health

There’s a reason why your doctor asks you to stick out your tongue when you complain of not feeling well. Essentially your tongue gives valid information about your health and can be a reliable point when something goes wrong. 

If there are discolorations, bumps, or a general inconsistency with your tongue, it might be time to do a full-body check-up.

This blog post will highlight certain vital information your tongue could be giving you about your health. Let’s get started!

 

When your tongue has white patches

White patches on your tongue could be a sign of oral thrush caused by a fungal infection. Essentially, it comes up when your internal system has been thrown off balance by the depletion of your normal flora. Also, excessive use of antibiotics can predispose you to fungal infection–Thrush!

Additionally, if the white patches seem permanent and wouldn’t scrape off, it could be a pointer to leukoplakia, associated with a form of cancer.

 

When your tongue is black

Usually, a reaction to drugs like bismuth-containing antacids can cause your tongue to be black. The black coloration should fade away when you discontinue the drug. However, if you have a persisting black tongue that feels hairy, that could be a grave situation. 

When your tongue looks red

A normal tongue is supposed to be light pink. But when your tongue is bright red or strawberry-like and painful, that could be a sign of vitamin B3 deficiency. Also, in children, reddish tongues are symptomatic of Kawasaki, a rare disease characterized by the inflammation of the blood vessels.

When your tongue burns

A burning sensation in the tongue is a sign of tongue sensitivity caused by problems with the nerves in your tongue. Essentially you may be developing the burning mouth syndrome. Also, other health problems like acid reflux, diabetes, and infections could lead to a burning tongue. 

In addition, some people may feel uncomfortable eating acidic foods like pineapples, and other products like mouth wash or toothpaste might be unbearable for them.

Conclusion

If you are concerned about the appearance of your tongue, it would help to report all tongue inconsistencies to your dentist for analysis. This way, you gain access to early treatment and regain overall oral health!

15 Nov

Botox and Dentistry

Botox and Dentistry

Your teeth and smile are significant contributors to the general attractiveness of your face. As a result, Botox, which is short for botulinum toxin, has gained massive recognition in medical aesthetics and cosmetic surgery. 

Recently, Botox is not exclusive to treating popular cosmetic concerns like wrinkles. The famous bacterial toxin (botox) has gained significant recognition in dentistry, and why not? Because your smile compliments your good looks!

This blog post will show you a few trending ways dentistry utilizes botox to solve oral health problems and treat particular areas of the face. Keep reading to learn more!

What is Botox?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is an established, well known wrinkle-relaxer that has been delivering consistent results for years. This injectable gained popularity for its ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with minimal pain and no downtime. Problem areas including frown lines, and crows feet are no match for BOTOX®

How does Botox work?  

Botox is essentially a mildly invasive neurotoxin that works to relax and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Common treatment areas include the eyes, forehead, and mouth. Once injected, it blocks the transmission of nerve impulses or signals responsible for muscle contractions. Botox does not affect the nerves, but simply relaxes them! 

The effect of botox can last anywhere from three to four months and will wear off afterward, causing patients to require another dose if they wish.

How is Botox applied in Dentistry?

Botox is becoming regular in dentistry for treating several conditions. Although not exclusively as a cosmetic agent, botox in dentistry is included in a comprehensive treatment plan.

Here are a few trending applications of botox in dentistry: 

  • To correct high lip lines.
  • Treatment of TMJ (temporomandibular Joint Disorder).
  • For adjustments to new dentures. 

Essentially, botox in dentistry is for correcting anomalies between the mouth and face. However, botox is not used as a stand-alone treatment in dentistry.

25 Oct

The Connection Between Oral Health and Heart Health

The Connection Between Oral Health and Heart Health 

You’d probably be shocked to know that your oral health significantly impacts your heart health. While there appears to be no consensus on the subject, we can create a logical nexus between the mouth and the heart. This blog post will establish a logical relationship between oral and heart health. So read on to learn more!

How oral health problems progress

Gum disease is a chronic infection of the teeth and surrounding tissues. Essentially, patients with this condition may notice bleeding, tenderness and puffiness in their gums. Also, patients may experience receding gums, causing more exposure of the tooth overall. When gum disease or other oral infections are left untreated over time, this can lead to more serious conditions, including tooth loss. 

What is the nexus between compromised oral health and heart disease?

Several medical studies have linked poor oral health to heart problems when oral infections are present. When bacteria resides in your gums, the infection can affect your jawbone, creating tooth abscess and severe discomfort. 

Additionally, the bacterial infection in your gums can seep into your bloodstream and affect your heart. Long-standing oral infections can increase your risk of developing a suppressed immune system, leaving your teeth defenseless. Not to mention the antibiotic load that also damages your normal flora!

What you should know about your heart and mouth

When the inner lining of your heart is infected by bacterial invasion and accumulation in the bloodstream, that’s endocarditis. Although this condition is pretty rare, it is potentially life-threatening since it affects the heart’s valves and muscles. The American Heart Association lists poor oral hygiene, injury, and poor dental procedures as the cause of most infective endocarditis cases.

Final thought

The human body is like a giant energy network, what affects one part can significantly impact other parts. As a result, good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist can reduce your risk of experiencing heart problems or developing any other cardiovascular disease. 

15 Oct

Birth Control and Oral Health

Birth Control and Oral Health

Birth control is a personal decision for every woman. It entails the choice of whether or not– and when to have a baby. However, birth control could be impacting your oral health in more ways than you realize. In this blog post, we will go over the ways birth control relates to your oral health. 

What is Birth control?

Birth control is any method employed to prevent pregnancies. Several methods for birth control exist, and people choose their preferred methods depending on their lifestyle and ability to commit to the process. Examples of birth control methods include but are not limited to condoms,  IUDs, vasectomy,  tubal ligation, and birth control pills.

How birth control works

Besides condoms, most birth control measures work with your hormones. Essentially, most contraceptive pills are made from hormones or hormone-mimicking compounds to prevent you from getting pregnant. As a result, birth control pills are designed to create hormonal changes in your body towards the desired result– a negative pregnancy test! 

Relationship between birth control and oral health

Most birth control pills cause hormonal changes in your body, leading to tooth sensitivity and other oral health problems. The reason is that your hormones need to be pretty stable to maintain your body’s regular functionality. Your teeth could be affected by an over or under secretion of a particular hormone due to birth control. 

Another oral health problem due to birth control is the limited blood supply to the gums. Additionally, there could be an increased build-up of plaque resulting from a decrease in your body’s response to toxins.

How birth control affects your oral health?

Birth control through hormone manipulation can significantly affect your oral health in more ways than expected. For instance, disproportionate levels of some fertility hormones can cause a limited blood supply to the gum tissues. 

Additionally, you could get tooth sensitivity due to elevated progesterone levels. If you are under any oral health medication, you could also experience a reaction with birth control pills. 

Conclusion

Before deciding on any birth control method, it is important to check with your doctor for proper guidance and professional advice. That way, you will be able to choose the best birth control method that won’t significantly affect your oral health. 

 

25 Sep

Pull Your Tooth Or Save It– When It’s Time For An Extraction

Pull Your Tooth Or Save It– When It’s Time For An Extraction

When you’re struggling with a troublesome tooth, particularly one that is damaged, then comes the dilemma, to pull or save it. But how do you decide when it’s time for an extraction? 

This blog post will enlighten you with the necessary information to make the right choice. So, read on to learn more! 

What is a tooth extraction?

When one or more of your permanent teeth is removed from the dental root, this is considered a tooth extraction. Several people loosely refer to tooth extraction as “pulling your tooth,” which is a practice that should be performed by a dentist, especially for adults. 

Why do people undergo tooth extraction?

People experience tooth discomfort in several ways. As a result, there are many reasons why they might need to have a tooth extracted. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Long tooth decay, defying dental filling, and other procedures associated with crown or root canal. 
  • Severe injury or trauma to the tooth.
  • Weakened tooth root due to dental or gum abscess.
  • Crowded teeth. 
  • Dental infection.
  • Severe toothache.

Now that we have considered a few reasons people undergo tooth extractions, how about knowing the right time for it? More so, it helps to know whether or not you need to pull your tooth, especially when we consider the variety of dental treatments available.

When should you go for an extraction?

Although the choice to pull your tooth or save it is entirely personal, there is a general opinion in favor of saving your tooth. People are advised to seek extraction only as a last resort. The reason is that, unless your teeth have severe issues, it is best to save your natural teeth. 

Here is why:

  • Your natural teeth are stronger than artificial teeth.
  • There are alternative ways of treating tooth discomfort, so why worry?
  • Your natural teeth add to your self-confidence.

There could be some complications with tooth extraction.

Wrapping up

Even though the mainstream notion favors saving your tooth, the choice is ultimately yours. If you have a tooth that may need an extraction, it is best to vist our office to discuss any dental problems you may have– This way, you get professional advice to guide you on whether or not to pull a tooth! 

12 Aug

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive To The Cold?

Cold teeth sensitivity can be a severe inconvenience, especially when you want to enjoy a nice cup of ice cream. However, if you know what to do about it, you can handle the situation just fine. 

This blog post will enlighten you about teeth sensitivity. Also, you will understand why your teeth are sensitive to the cold and what you could do about it. So, let’s get into it!

What is teeth sensitivity?

Teeth sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, is pain or discomfort in your teeth in response to food or environmental temperature. Your teeth can either be sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. 

While discomfort with your teeth can be attributed to early signs of tooth decay, there is a difference between teeth decay and tooth sensitivity. Ordinary and random pain or discomfort with your teeth could be an early sign of tooth decay. However, teeth sensitivity only manifests when your teeth come in contact with heat or cold. 

Why your teeth are sensitive to the cold? 

The primary reason your teeth are sensitive to the cold is a loss or wear of your teeth’s outer protective lining–The enamel. When your enamel wears off due to harsh cleaning or recedes due to gum disease, it exposes your dentine. The dentine is the more sensitive component of your teeth because it is rich in nerve supply and blood vessels. As a result, thin or absent enamel is at the very base of your cold teeth sensitivity. 

Here are other reasons why your teeth are sensitive to the cold:

  • Eating acidic foods
  • Treatment with harsh oral cleaning agents
  • Teeth grinding
  • Tooth decay, etc.

Now that you know some of the causes of your cold-sensitive teeth, let us consider the remedy. 

What to do about your cold teeth sensitivity

If your teeth are sensitive to the cold, here are a few tips for handling them:

  • Be gentle while you brush
  • Avoid acidic foods
  • Do not expose your teeth to extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
  • Use toothpaste for tooth sensitivity
  • Stay away from harsh teeth cleaning substances
  • Check-in with your dentist

Final thought

While it is pretty normal to feel sensitivity when your teeth encounter cold substances, it is unnatural for the discomfort to persist. If tooth sensitivity is disrupting your life, we encourage you to visit Dr. Lowry to receive professional advice. 

09 Aug

Is Xeomin The Same As Botox?

Is Xeomin The Same As Botox?

When we hear the word Botox, we immediately associate it as the queen wrinkle relaxer. Botox has transformed into the umbrella name for wrinkle relaxers, just like Q-Tips and Kleenex have become the main identifier for cotton swabs and tissues. While Botox is a great option for reducing the look of fine lines, there are other options that have flown under the radar. Botulinum toxins such as Xeomin offer a variety of benefits and come highly recommended by injectors.  Read More

10 Jun

What is Preventative Botox?

Botox is an injectable muscle relaxer treatment that’s been used to reduce wrinkles and smooth out the skin for decades. Preventative Botox is becoming a popular way to minimize wrinkles and fine lines from forming, rather than treating them once they appear. Administered in patients’ in their 20s and 30s, Botox can fend off signs of aging to keep the skin looking younger for longer. 

What is Botox?

Before we learn more about preventative Botox, let’s clarify what exactly Botox is. The main ingredient in Botox injections is botulinum toxin type A, which is a muscle paralyzing agent. When injected into specific muscles of the face, in small amounts, this agent prevents muscle contractions, which prevents the skin from folding. Without these muscle contractions, the skin remains smooth, leading to a more youthful appearance.  Read More