Common Myths About Dental Hygiene

By: Dr. Sharanya Srinivasa DMD, ParaDentalCare.info, (201) 864-4700

Myth #1: White teeth equal healthy teeth. Even though your teeth may be white, you can still have cavities on different surfaces of your teeth. These surfaces aren’t seen when you are smiling. For example, cavities can form in-between your teeth or on the gum line. You dentist may only be able to see these by x-ray. These cavities may be caused by plaque (food particles, bacteria and minerals) getting stuck in-between your teeth, gum line or the grooves on the chewing surfaces of your tooth.

Myth #2: Gum disease isn’t common. Gum disease is extremely common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of adults age 30 and older suffer from some form of gum disease. Gum disease is called periodontal disease which in layman’s term means bone loss. You can have bone loss and not even know it. It can be diagnosed by dental xrays and a clinical exam by your dentist.

Myth #3: It is ok to drink soda as long as it doesn’t contain sugar. You may think that diet sodas without sugar are the way to go, however all sodas are extremely acidic. Acid weakens your enamel which puts you at risk for cavities. Here is a video of what happens if you leave a tooth in soda.

Myth #4: Brushing your teeth harder will clean them faster and better. Brushing your teeth hard will do more harm than good. Doing this can cause your gums to recede, and can also cause your teeth to be more sensitive. Brushing in a gentle circular motion is the ideal way to brush.

Myth #5: If your gums bleed, you should stop flossing. Bleeding gums can be a warning sign of gingivitis or  periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease.  If you notice your gums bleeding, you should see your dentist for an accurate diagnosis.

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Pros and Cons of Veneer Treatment

By: Dr. Sharanya Srinivasa DMD, ParaDentalCare.info, (201) 864-4700

Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Veneers are a great way to transform your smile, they work for people with crooked, stained or missing teeth. You can also fill a gap with veneers. Veneers are a great option to fix dental imperfections large and small.

One benefit of veneers is that they are bonded to your natural teeth. This means they require little to no maintenance and you can continue to brush and floss as you normally would.

Something to keep in mind is that veneers are an irreversible procedure. To place a veneer, the a top layer of the tooth is removed. This top layer is the enamel layer. The shape created by the dentist holds the veneer in place, and also gives a natural look to the veneer.

Veneers are also resistant to staining, meaning your teeth will remain white and shiny. This is a great option for anyone who has stained teeth from drinking coffee or tea and does not want to constantly whiten their teeth.

Although veneers are an attractive option, they might not be right for everyone. This includes people who grind their teeth and those with high decay rate, aka constantly getting cavities. Sometimes, the best option may be to get braces or Invisalign to correct the alignment of the teeth. Your dentist will decide which is the best option for you.

 

What Happens If You Are Missing A Tooth?

By: Dr. Sharanya Srinivasa DMD, ParaDentalCare.info, (201) 864-4700
People often ask what happens to your mouth when you are missing a tooth for a long period of time.
The main problem with missing teeth is because you have a missing space, the neighboring teeth will shift into this space. The surrounding teeth basically tip over into the space the missing tooth left behind. Even the tooth above the space will start to move down until it can touch an opposing tooth. On this tooth the root surface will become exposed, and very sensitive to cold.
Another concern is that food starts to build up around the tipped tooth because now there is space on either side of the teeth. This will make the tooth susceptible to cavities and bone loss.
Lastly, now that the teeth have tipped into the missing space which can not only change your bite, but it can also cause changes in your TMJ joint.
Replacing a missing tooth with an implant or a bridge or partial denture is very important. Talk to your dentist today about your options.