Common Myths About Dental Care

Common Dental Care MythsThere are old wives’ tales and urban legends on every topic imaginable.  Once upon a time, household hints and medical tips were passed along from generation to generation and circulated by housewives at a kaffeeklatsch  or via the glossy pages of “Good Housekeeping” magazine.  Through the wonders of the internet, we no longer need to rely on the written words and collection of “how to” tips from our ancestors –  we need only “Google” to get what info we need.  If the solution is dubious, we go to “Snopes” to verify the facts… but, even in this modern age, there are still many myths about dental care that exist.  Wherever do these stories come from?  Many of them are untrue, and simply unbelievable!  Have a look for yourself below:
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Fun Facts About Teeth

dentures-are-funnyHere’s some fun facts and figures you can sink your teeth into.  They are guaranteed to give you a grin, maybe even make you LOL and show everyone your pearly whites.

About Teeth

Whether you’re long in the tooth and wear them, or poor dental hygiene or an accident caused you to lose your natural teeth and wear dentures, they are not really a laughing matter, though many people poke fun at artificial teeth.  Some folks are blessed to get dentures that fit perfectly, while others resort to leaving their teeth in a glass, taking them out only to eat meals.

Dentures are funny only when they are a wind-up pair of choppers that hop on plastic feet until they wind down.  When we were kids, we delighted in those waxy, fang-like dentures that we stuck over our natural teeth, and when we tired of that gag, we chewed them up, their sticky red substance glomming all over our lips – ahh, youth.

We know there are many ways that people describe dentures, among them: choppers, store-bought teeth, china clippers, falsies, china chompers, box teeth, chain-store teeth and take-out teeth.  Some people even refer to the place where they clean and soak their dentures as a chopper-hopper.  Most people who wear dentures just grin and bear it – that is some 20 million people in the USA that wear dentures by the way.

Dentures or partial plates have been around for a while, in fact…
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Does A Dental Implant Work?

How Do Dental Implants WorkIn the past, the usual fix to the missing tooth dilemma, was to be fitted with a dental bridge, an often ill-fitting wire which was hooked onto your existing teeth, wherein a false tooth (or teeth) filled in that gap in your smile.

Today, however, the preferred method of tooth replacement is a dental implant.  Dental implants have many superb qualities, among them: they replace missing tooth roots and form a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Additionally, dental implants help preserve the remaining bone by providing the stimulation previously provided by the natural tooth roots.  There is a 95% success rate for dental implants.
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How to Treat a Toothache Naturally

Treat a Toothache NaturallyMost people have experienced a toothache at one point or other in their lives. A toothache can cause a dull, constant ache that’s hard to live with, or excruciating, pulsating pain that’s impossible to live with. Either way, if you have a toothache right now, it goes without saying that you just want that pain gone. So what do you do about it? If you’re smart, you schedule an appointment with your family dentist in Clearwater. After all, there’s something going on inside your mouth that needs to be examined and treated by a knowledgeable professional. Of course, scheduling that dental visit doesn’t help you at this very moment, does it? Unless you’re running off to the dentist right now, you’re probably going to be experiencing pain for at least another day or two. So, is there anything you can do about that toothache pain right now, at home, that will alleviate your discomfort until you’re sitting in your dentist’s chair? Absolutely.
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What Teeth say about Overall Health

Teeth and Overall Health
Next time you visit your dentist you may tell him more about yourself than you realize. Your dentist might learn a lot about your overall health simply by performing a routine dental exam. A client who has teeth that the enamel has worn down on might be stressed out and grinding their teeth during the night. Your teeth, gums and the tissues found in the mouth can share a lot about the state of your overall health. Sometimes the dentist might be the first health care professional who warns you of health conditions. Here are a few things your mouth might be saying about you. Continue reading “What Teeth say about Overall Health”

Questions to Ask a Dentist

Dentist CartoonFear of the dentist is a common thing in the US. In fact, a study was done and it showed that nearly 50% of people in the US don’t even visit a dentist on a consistent basis. It’s a little unnerving if you think about it because having things like gingivitis and cavities can lead to more than just mouth problems – it can also lead to health problems. Not only can not going to the dentist lead to bloody sensitive gums and losing your teeth, but it can also lead to bad breath and blood diseases. If you do go to a doctor consistently, or you are just making an appointment to go to get checked out and it’s been awhile, there are questions you should ask your dentist. Make sure you find a Top Dentist in Clearwater that you can have good communication with and have an open dialog with about your teeth, gums and your overall dental health. Dentists are doctors after all; they have the ability to tell you exactly what’s wrong, how it can be fixed, if it can be fixed and what preventions you can take. Here are a few questions you should be asking your dentist! Continue reading “Questions to Ask a Dentist”