There 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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Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. More and more adults are getting braces to avoid long-term dental problems that result because of misalignment of teeth or the jaw. While the primary reason for having braces put on your teeth is for aesthetic reasons, such as straightening the teeth, spacing out crowded teeth and closing gaps in your smile, they can also be utilized for better jaw alignment, especially if you would be destined to suffer the consequences of TMJ, or with tempomandibular joint issues. If you suffer from TMJ, you know that opening and closing your mouth, or even masticating, (a more technical word for chewing), can cause pain. Braces can help to correct the jaw defects which cause TMJ, so that means no more headaches, earaches and that annoying, as well as painful, clicking.
Realignment of the jaw will ensure that biting or chewing issues will be eliminated as well as life-long conundrums like tooth decay and gum disease. If your teeth were crooked or crowded before undergoing the orthodontic process, and then later in life you needed to have dentures, then those plate(s) would be ill-fitting, without the benefit of braces and correction of overbites and underbite issues.
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Most of us have experienced dental pain in our lives, for one reason or another. But just because everybody’s experienced it, doesn’t make it any less of a drag, especially if you’re the one with the pain. You might even be experiencing dental pain right now, and if you are, you need to find out the cause of that pain. Sure, you just want the pain to go away, but if you don’t find out the cause, you can’t get rid of the pain and, in fact, it’s likely to just get worse. But the potential causes of dental pain are many, and finding the cause of your particular mouth pain probably will take the expertise of a top dentist in Maplewood to find the answers. Following is more information on the varying causes of dental pain, as well as steps you can take to ease the pain or eliminate it altogether. Continue reading “Causes of Dental Pain”
Why are they called ‘wisdom teeth’? Do they make you wise? Or are you already expected to be wise when they come in? There isn’t a whole lot of recorded history about why wisdom teeth, or as they were once referred to, ‘teeth of wisdom,’ are so called. But linguists seem to agree that they were nicknamed for wisdom because they appear in the mouth later in life than other teeth, typically between the ages of 17 and 21. Formerly known as third molars, wisdom teeth are the last four teeth to erupt in the mouth. Oftentimes they come in unnoticed. However, when there’s just not enough room to fit them in the mouth, or when they become impacted, wisdom teeth seem anything but wise. In fact, if you’re someone who’s suffered with an impacted or crowding wisdom tooth, you likely thought how stupid it was for that thing to try to muscle its way into your already cramped chops. So what are wisdom teeth anyway? What purpose do they serve? And what happens if you’re having problems with them? Here’s information from dental offices in Clearwater about wisdom teeth and what can be done with wisdom teeth that that are not coming in correctly. For more information about wisdom teeth contact a top dentist in Clearwater today, and they will be happy to answerr all of your questions about dental health. Continue reading “What Are Wisdom Teeth?”