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Tips on Teen Dental Health – What you should know

June 26, 2018

Teens struggle with orthodontics, contact sports and poor diets filled with carbs and sugars. Less common issues that can still seriously impact the oral and dental health of teenagers are vaping, smoking and mouth piercings. Higher rates of tooth decay are more common in teenagers because of these issues.

Being a teenager is hard. As teens grow, they are faced with many obstacles and their oral health is no different. The teenage years is the time when most people get braces, or their wisdom teeth removed – or both! Many of these procedures are a common part of life and growing up, while others are proactive and preventative measures taken by your dentist to ensure a lifetime of good oral health.

Things to consider discussing with your teens:

Bad Breath: Simple changes in personal oral hygiene habits can eliminate and freshen up your teen’s bad breath. Flossing, brushing twice a day and using mouthwash should get to the root of the problem. If these efforts don’t work – there may be another problem causing this and you should bring your teen to a dentist.

Tobacco Use: Tobacco products contain toxins that have been shown to cause various types of cancer, gum disease, bad breath and tooth discolouration. It’s easier to kick the habit at a younger age rather than older!

Contact Sports: If your teen is involved in contact sports – mouth-guards should always be used to protect the teeth, jaw and head from potential impact.

Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth can cause a host of problems for most people if not removed by a certain age. If you’re teen needs their wisdom teeth extracted – this should be done between the ages of 14-18, for the least amount of recovery time.

Orthodontics: Whether braces or aligners – orthodontics are used to straighten the teeth and align your bite. The brackets, wires and elastics can serve as obstacles to optimal oral hygiene. Your teen needs to be properly taught by a dental professional the best ways to effectively remove plaque and food debris.

Teenagers who keep up good dental health habits and take care of their mouth will reap the benefits of healthy teeth well into adulthood. Remember to set a good example by practicing proper oral hygiene and ensuring your teen gets regular dental care.

At Desired Smiles Family Dentistry we offer many types of dental services for teenagers – including orthodontics, wisdom teeth removal, and general dentistry.  Contact us to learn more about our dental services and book your teen an appointment today!

Ask a Dentist: Breaking Your Tooth

August 6, 2014

So what happens when you break your tooth? What should you do when it happens?

The first thing to consider is the severity of the problem. Is the broken tooth a minor chip that would only require a cosmetic repair or is it a serious crack that goes as deep as the root of the tooth? Perhaps it falls somewhere in between.

Chipped Tooth

A chipped tooth does not necessarily mean a trip to the dentist. Chipped teeth don’t hurt and can be fixed by a dentist by either smoothing them over or filling the chipped area.

Cracks

Unlike a chipped tooth, a cracked one cannot be ignored. You may not even notice a smaller crack in your tooth by looking at them, but once you drink something hot or cold you will likely experience pain along the crack. If the crack extends to the gums, the root and nerves may be damaged as well.

Cracks should be repaired to prevent further damage, where a dental professional would fill the cracked region or fit a crown over it.

Splitting

If a crack is serious enough, it can split the tooth in two. In this case, a dentist will have to perform a root canal to save one of the roots and restore the tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these issues come see us for a free smile analysis and we will work to give you your desired smile.

Let’s Bond! Cosmetic Bonding 101

July 16, 2014

Not only do we want to bond with our patients and create great, lasting relationships, we also want to transform your smile with teeth bonding! Bonding is among one of the easiest and most cost-effective cosmetic dental procedures.

What is Bonding?

Bonding, or bonded restoration is a process that painlessly restores the appearance of your teeth. It uses a tooth-coloured material called composite resin. With bonding, we can change the colour, shape and length of your teeth, eliminate crowding, close up spaces, and do a lot of the things that can be done with veneers.

Why is Bonding Done?

Bonding is considered a good option to:

  • Restore chipped teeth
  • Build teeth up
  • Restore a broken tooth
  • Close spaces between teeth
  • Change the shape of the teeth
  • Whiten a discoloured tooth.

So there is really no reason for you to be unhappy with your smile! Chipped, discoloured, or broken teeth are no match for bonded restoration!

Is Bonding a Long Process?

No serious preparation is required, and normally, no anaesthesia is needed! It’s a painless procedure so sit back and get ready for your perfect smile.

It usually takes 30-60 minutes per tooth to complete the process.

How Long Does Bonding Last For?

Bonding usually lasts about five to eight years, at which point you can have it redone, or you can switch to veneers.

Interested? Come in for a free smile analysis!