Dental Veneers Restore More Than Your Smile

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When a person is not proud of the way their smile looks, it can cause them to avoid being seen altogether. They can become more withdrawn and often miss out on many opportunities because of their fear that people may look at them in a strange way. There are some things that cannot be controlled about the way that a person smiles and how they look, but there are some things that can be done to fix a smile that is not what a person wants.

What Veneers Can Do

Veneers are considered a form of cosmetic dentistry. When people hear the term cosmetic dentistry, they may assume that it is all about the way that a person looks. This is not all that veneers can do. Before passing judgment on veneers it is a good idea to understand what they are and what they can do.

Veneers are a thin laminate that is placed over the teeth. The care of the veneers is the same as teeth without veneers. They require regular brushing and regular visits to the dentists. Veneers can last for 5 to 10 years and are reasonably priced option for the things they can do.

Veneers are typically used to cover over discolored, stained, chipped or broken teeth. They are designed to cover over any abnormalities that people may have. They can cover over gaps in the teeth.

How Veneers Help a Person

While the obvious benefit of veneers is a bright white smile that an individual can be proud of, that is not all they are doing for the person. They are helping to restore the confidence that a person has in themselves. They are helping a person present a positive first impression to others. They are allowing the person to feel like they are normal and that can help a person both physically and emotionally.

A person that has veneers will have an improved smile. They will not have to worry about their teeth being discolored or people looking at a gap in the smile. They can get others to pay attention to what is important about a person and not just what their smile looks like. For many people, this is worth much more than the price they had to pay to get the veneers.

Caring for Your Mouth After an Extraction

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The thought of having a tooth pulled out is not a pleasant one. It may be part of the reason that the procedure is called an extraction. That does not sound as violent or painful. The good news is that modern dentistry has made the process of a tooth extraction much less painful and less scary.

There are many reasons why a person would need a tooth extraction. It is often done in young children before they get orthodontics put in to correct a problem with their teeth. Adults may have a problem with crowding as their teeth move slightly in the mouth. Extractions are also needed when a person breaks or chips a tooth. They are needed when a person is considering dental implants. Teeth that have suffered from decay due to disease could require an extraction. For the most part, extractions are done to improve the overall dental health of an individual.

While the reasons for extractions vary, there are some important things to think about. One of those things is properly caring for the wound that results from an extraction. If the proper care is not done, it could end up resulting in more problems that include infection or damage to other teeth.

What to do after an extraction

  • Do not worry about bleeding – Some bleeding is normal after an extraction. Gauze can be placed over the surgical area for 30 minutes before it is removed. Bleeding can last for a few hours, but should not be excessive. A tea bag can also be used in place of the gauze If it is excessive or continues for too long, check with a dental professional.
  • Do not spit out or suck in – Even through a straw as this could cause the wound to start bleeding.
  • Do not rub the area with tongue – This could cause irritation and open the wound up to something that could cause an infection.
  • Do not drink alcohol – Wait at least one full day before drinking any alcohol. Longer is better. All carbonated beverages should also be avoided
  • Do not smoke – This is always a good idea, but refrain from smoking for at least one day after surgery.
  • Do not brush the teeth – Wait at least 12 hours before brushing the teeth or rinsing out the mouth.

These are the things not to do. Basically, anything that could be considered harsh to the affected area should be avoided. Any food that is eaten should be soft and hot food is not a good idea. Most of the restrictions can start to be lifted after 24 hours and then it is a matter of monitoring the wound for any signs of infection.

Are You Getting Your Mouth Clean Enough?

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Parents spend a lot of time teaching their children the importance of proper care for their teeth. They make sure they take their children to the dentist on a regular basis. They warn their children not to eat too many sweets or tit could result in cavities. Parents and adults repeat these messages to children over and over again. It is hard to figure out why many adults seem to ignore the lessons that are taught to children. It leaves many people wondering if they are doing the right thing when it comes to their own dental care.

What is The Right Dental Care?

There are several steps that should be taken to provide an individual with the best dental care they can and to keep their mouth as healthy as possible.

  • Diet – A healthy diet that does not include too much of the foods that stain the teeth is a start. It should also include foods that are high in fiber that can help fight the early stages of tooth decay. Drinking water with fluoride is also recommended.
  • Brushing – Teeth need to be brushed at least twice a day with a soft bristled brush. People that eat foods that can discolor the teeth may want to brush more often.
  • Flossing – Flossing helps remove particles that can in between the teeth. Flossing should be done at least once a day, but it is something that can be done more often when needed.
  • Visit the dentist – regular dental visits are essential to good dental health. Twice a year cleanings and annual checkups are a minimum for anyone that wants to keep their mouth clean.

Signs of Problems

Despite the best efforts to do all of the right things, a person may still experience problems with their mouth and teeth. The earlier these problems are detected, the easier it is to deal with them. A person should check their mouth regularly for signs that include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Habitual bad breath
  • Irregular pieces of tissues in the mouth that may be a sign of oral cancer

Paying attention to how you clean your teeth, how you are treating your teeth and looking for warning signs is the best way for a person to answer the question of whether their mouth is clean enough or not.