Caring for Your Hybrid Dentures

Whether your hybrid dentures are newly applied or are several years old, you’ll want to take care of them so they’ll last. Developing or maintaining good oral hygiene habits is essential to the maintenance of your hybrid dentures and to your overall level of oral health.

The foundation for strong oral health is proper oral hygiene. This means that you should brush twice daily, or following meals, and that you should floss and use mouthwash regularly. See your dentist for regular checkups, just as you would with your natural teeth. Even though your hybrid dentures feel secure, the areas around the implant sites must be properly cleaned and examined regularly. Ignoring your oral hygiene can lead to gum disease or acute complications that could lead to the removal of the dental implants and the failure of the hybrid denture.

You should not smoke or use tobacco products at all, regardless of whether or not you have hybrid dentures; however, patients with hybrid dentures can have long-term issues with inflammation, gum disease and bone health which are all tied to smoking and tobacco use. Other life factors that can lead to poor gum health and implant problems are obesity, stress and poor nutrition. Stop smoking. Be sure that you are getting the healthy foods you need as well as keeping your body and mind fit and you will be unlikely to experience problems with your hybrid dentures.

Patients who have turned to hybrid dentures typically do so because the bone volume or density in the jaw is very low. It is vital that patients work to maintain their bone density and health through the consumption of calcium and vitamin D supplements. Female patients who are over the age of 65 are especially cautioned to ensure daily supplements are taken. If you have hybrid dentures, keep your restorative dentist aware of any medications you might be taking that affect your bone health and density.

Talk to your restorative dentist today to determine what you can do to keep your hybrid dentures and your overall oral health in optimal condition.

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How Dentures Can Improve Your Smile

If you have been living with a mouth full of badly decayed teeth, infected gums or painful tooth infections, your dentist may have talked to you about how dentures can transform your smile. While no one wants to extract all of his or her teeth and have no remaining natural teeth, if your teeth have been a source of pain and embarrassment to you for years, having a beautiful new set of dentures could sincerely change your life.

Dentures are very natural-appearing replacements for an entire mouth of missing natural teeth and gum tissue. Dentures are removable and can be cleaned thoroughly each day, unlike examples like dental crowns or dental bridges that are permanently affixed to your mouth.

Badly decayed teeth and other oral issues can lead to chronic pain that spreads from the mouth to other areas of the face, head and neck. This pain can disrupt your life, leaving you irritable and moody, causing you to isolate yourself. Pain medications can lead you to feel groggy or off-balance, affecting your interactions with others in a negative manner. Once those teeth are removed and any underlying infection is addressed, you will be shocked at how much better you feel. The absence of this once-ongoing pain will feel as though you are free of a great burden you hadn’t realized you were carrying.

Years of poor oral health might have left you unwilling to smile broadly, or to be uncomfortable in public speaking, laughing or eating and drinking. You may avoid friends and family and you might choose not to form new relationships easily. Once your damaged teeth have been removed and you have been fitted for dentures, you will be amazed at the “new you.” The bright, perfect white smile that greets you in the mirror may look like a movie star’s smile, but in fact, it’s your smile. With your new dentures, you can feel confident as you move through life.

If you live in the Shreveport LA area and you need dentures, contact our office today.

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction: Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last molars to erupt, usually in the late teens. Because wisdom teeth have a propensity to come in sideways or to impact themselves in the gums, they are often extracted. For many people, wisdom tooth extraction is essential to prevent pain, infection, decay and damage to the surrounding teeth and gums.

While wisdom tooth extraction is a fairly common procedure, it’s still wise to be informed about what to expect before you proceed with surgery.

Some questions you will want to address with your oral surgeon prior to wisdom tooth extraction include:

  • How many teeth will you be extracting?
  • Will someone need to bring me to the surgery appointment and be available to also bring me home?
  • How long will the surgery last?
  • Will you use dental sedation and what type?
  • What are the risks associated with wisdom tooth extraction?
  • How complicated do you anticipate the procedure to be based on your evaluation of the condition of my wisdom teeth?
  • Have any of the surrounding teeth suffered damage? If so, will they need additional treatment?
  • Will any other dental treatments be required after the extraction?
  • Will you provide specific aftercare instructions?
  • Will you prescribe pain medication for any post-extraction discomfort?
  • What kind of recovery should I expect?

Because every patient is different, it’s important that you discuss these issues before your wisdom tooth extraction to find out how they apply to your particular case. Understanding the surgical procedure and what to expect will help to ensure a successful wisdom tooth extraction surgery.

If you need wisdom teeth surgery, contact our Shreveport, LA dental office today.

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Skip the Plastic Surgery and Get a Smile Makeover Instead!

Do you want to rejuvenate your appearance? Do you find yourself looking the mirror, turning your head from side to side, wondering when you started to look so tired or so old? Maybe you’re considering Botox or fillers or some other cosmetic procedure or surgery. If this sounds familiar to you, why not look into rejuvenating your smile? A smile makeover can change a lot about your face, and it might just enable you to skip the plastic surgery altogether!

When you get a smile makeover, you might start small with teeth whitening, or you might do something more dramatic such as dental veneers. Whatever you choose to do, your smile will look fantastic in the end, and just that one thing can change so much about your face.

As we age, our teeth can grind down. It’s a matter of simple use and is a natural part of our aging process. Dental veneers can lengthen stubby teeth, automatically taking years off of your appearance.

Missing or gapped teeth can lead to the other teeth collapsing in upon the empty space, starting a shifting process that can, over time, affect the entire face. Dental implants or a dental bridge can fill the gaps left by missing teeth. Restorative work can change the shape of a patient’s cheeks and lips, restoring a fullness associated with youth.

When your smile is beautiful, you possess a natural confidence that radiates from your face. You aren’t afraid to laugh, smile or talk with others, because you know your smile is attractive. In the past, you may have hidden your teeth, but now, you can forget those old self-conscious habits and live your life, confident and self-assured.

A beautiful smile can transform your appearance. Don’t turn to plastic surgery; call the Shreveport cosmetic dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental and begin enjoying your rejuvenating smile makeover today.

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Questions to Ask Before Getting Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the best choices for replacing missing teeth. If you have scheduled an implant procedure or are considering dental implant surgery, you should consult with your oral surgeon prior to treatment.

The following is a list of questions to help you gather the information you need before your dental implants are placed:

  • Am I a good candidate for dental implant therapy? Ideal patients will have a sufficient amount of bone to allow the implant to fuse properly with the jawbone.
  • Will I need any pre-operative procedures? If you do not have sufficient bone to successfully place the implant, a bone graft may be suggested to provide supplemental bone.
  • What type of dental implants will be placed? Depending on your specific case, there are several different types of implants your surgeon will consider.
  • How long with the implant placement procedure take to complete? Most implants can be placed in just a few hours.
  • What complications or risks could I possibly expect? The most common complication associated with dental implant surgery is the risk of infection, which would impact recovery time.
  • Can you describe the healing process from dental implant surgery? Your doctor should be able to explain the length of time you will need to heal, as well as provide surgery aftercare instructions for you to follow.

With proper placement and care, dental implants can last a lifetime. Making certain you understand the procedure and recovery process are important steps to ensuring your dental implant procedure is successful. Consult with the Shreveport  implant dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental for answers to these and any other questions you have specific to your situation.

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Family Dentistry: Protecting Your Dental Health

Maintaining good oral health is crucial to every member of your family. Studies have shown a direct link between dental health and overall general health.

Your family dentist offers a wide array of preventative care options to aid in the prevention of decay, disease and damage including:

  • Supplemental fluoride treatments that are easily applied in a flavored rinse form. Fluoride offers an additional layer of protection to teeth and helps them to stay healthy and strong.
  • Dental sealants that are painted onto teeth to fill the cracks and small areas that are difficult to clean thoroughly.
  • Custom-fit protective mouth guards for use when playing sports to protect the teeth, lips and tongue from trauma.
  • Computer monitoring of gum disease to identify and prevent the onset and progression of gum disease.
  • Night guards that can be custom made to protect teeth of patients who are prone to grinding their teeth at night.
  • Dental appliances that are designed to reposition the tongue and jaw to help reduce sleep apnea caused by obstructed airflow when sleeping.
  • X-rays and screenings to detect potential problems like cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer.
  • Orthodontics to repair misaligned teeth that can be difficult to clean, making them prone to decay.
  • Professional cleaning to keep your teeth free from plaque that causes a host of dental problems.

Poor dental health interferes with your quality of life. A healthy smile not only improves your appearance but also improves your confidence. Preventive dentistry options provided by your family dentist can save you time and money by helping you avoid more extensive restorative dental treatments. Schedule a visit to the family dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport, LA to determine which preventive dental care treatments would best help your family improve their dental health and ensure them a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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Saying Yes to Teeth Whitening!

Are you noticing that your teeth are looking less than their best? Maybe they’re a little dingy, and not the bright, white teeth you used to love in the mirror and in photographs? If you are not enjoying what you see when you view your smile, maybe it’s time for a little pick-me-up. Maybe it’s time to say yes to whitening your teeth.

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular, safe and effective cosmetic dentistry treatments. It can be accomplished in as little as one dental appointment and can lighten your natural tooth color by several shades with professional and repeated use.

Over time, our teeth collect stains that build up, one on top of another. These stains can be the result of the foods we eat and the liquids we drink. Foods such as blackberries, blueberries and beets can be among the worst culprits. Liquids such as coffee, tea, red wine and even soda can darken teeth. Food ingredients like soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and tomato sauce can also leave their mark.

You can remove some of these types of stains at home with whitening toothpastes or other at-home products. These whitening products attempt to remove stains through gentle abrasion or low levels of hydrogen peroxide. They can be effective over long periods of time, but for the biggest change in the least amount of time, an appointment with a dental professional is the best bet.

Your dentist will custom fit you with trays that contain a bleaching agent. Often activated by a special light, these bleaching trays can completely remove stains and can brighten your smile noticeably. Your friends and family may wonder if you’ve had “work” done, but you’ll know it’s just your new, rejuvenated smile.

Don’t wait to start enjoying the benefits of a brighter, whiter smile. Call Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport, LA today. You’ll love what you see in the mirror!

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Oral Health Advice

Why wait until you have a toothache, bleeding gums, bad breath, or other problems to decide it’s time to start focusing on your oral health? Your mouth and your whole body can benefit from maintaining good oral health.

Here is some simple advice that will help you along the path to a healthy smile.

Brushing and flossing
Tooth decay and gum disease are both preventable with proper brushing and flossing. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, using a circular motion. It’s best to brush after every meal, but twice a day should be the minimum. Gently floss your teeth daily to remove food particles and bacteria between your teeth.

Eating right
Focusing on eating foods from each food group will aid your oral health in addition to your overall health. Not getting essential nutrients in your diet increases your risk of gum disease, and also makes it more difficult for your body to resist infection. Eat low fat dairy items, lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Look for foods low in sugar, which can lead to tooth decay. Avoid snacking too much during the day when you aren’t going to brush your teeth afterwards, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Seeing your dentist
Visit Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport at least twice a year for checkups. During these appointments, your dentist will look for problems and professionally clean your teeth. Delays in treatment of some conditions can cause them to worsen to the point that treatment may be more painful, difficult, or costly. Your dentist will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy so that you can keep smiling as long as possible.

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Root Canal Therapy: What’s Next?

Once you have undergone root canal therapy, your tooth will require permanent dental restoration to allow it to return safely to full function. During a root canal treatment your dentist creates an access cavity in the tooth, which further weakens an already compromised tooth. Depending on the condition of your tooth, there are a several options to consider for restoring an endodontically treated tooth.

For a tooth that is relatively intact, with little damage to the overall structure of the tooth, your dentist may recommend a tooth-colored filling.  Teeth that did not require the creation of a large access cavity or were not excessively damaged prior to treatment would be candidates for restoration with a filling. This type of restoration is probably best suited to small cavities in front teeth that are not utilized for heavy chewing.

The most common type of permanent restoration for root canal treated teeth are dental crowns. Because the tooth may have been severely damaged by either trauma or decay, root canal therapy further weakens the structure. Dental crowns provide stability and protect the tooth from future damage. Crowns also effectively protect against bacteria entering and contaminating the treated tooth. Studies have shown the highest success rate for the life of a tooth restored with a dental crown.

Your dentist will place a temporary restoration at the time of your root canal therapy. A permanent restoration, either filling or crown, should be placed as soon as reasonably possible to protect the tooth from additional fracture or decay. Consult with Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport for additional information about which type of restoration would be best suited to seal and protect your tooth after root canal therapy.

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How to Best Care for Your Dental Crowns and Bridges

When you have had restorative dental work such as dental crowns or dental bridges, you will want to take care of them so they will last as long as possible. Although they are designed to last for 10 to 20 years, sometimes they can become loose or even fall out. The main cause of a dental bridge or crown failure is dental disease.

You can take steps now to prevent oral problems by developing and maintaining good oral hygiene habits.

  • Brush your teeth a minimum of two times a day, or following each meal. Brushing is the best way to prevent calcium buildup and plaque on your teeth and restoration work. Dental plaque is a breeding ground for bacteria that feeds on the debris in your mouth, producing toxins. When you remove the plaque from your teeth the toxins are also removed, leaving your mouth healthier.
  • Flossing once a day is essential. If you have a dental bridge, you must clean underneath it. Special flossing tools are available to help you accomplish this. When you clean around your dental crowns, be careful not to pull upwards on the floss, but instead to draw the floss through so as not to put undue pressure on the crown, perhaps loosening it.
  • Anti-bacterial mouth rinses are an excellent way to reduce bacteria in the mouth that leads to plaque and decay.
  • Do not eat hard or sticky foods, especially hard or gummy candy. Never chew ice, as this can damage your dental crowns or bridges, requiring you to visit the dentist again for repairs.
  • Eat foods that are high in nutrients, especially calcium, ensuring that your teeth, gums and bones stay healthy and able to support your dental restoration.
  • Always be certain to visit your dentist regularly for professional checkups and cleanings.

Your dental crowns and bridges will have increased longevity if you follow these tips.

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Oral Health Concerns for Middle Aged Folks

As we age, our birthdays tend to bring new oral health issues along with them. It’s a fact of life that our teeth and gums are impacted by our age.

Here are some common problems to watch for, and suggestions for treatment.

Gum disease
Regular dental checkups and cleanings are vital to avoid gum disease. The first stage is called gingivitis and it’s reversible. If untreated, it can lead to a very serious advanced stage called periodontitis. You may not experience signs of gum disease, so practicing good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist are the best ways to keep it at bay.

Tooth sensitivity
If cold or hot foods cause you discomfort, you have a common problem called tooth sensitivity. It can result from decay, worn fillings, gum disease, broken teeth, or exposed roots. Your dentist may recommend toothpastes designed to reduce sensitivity, or other treatments based on the cause of your problem. Good oral hygiene can help with sensitivity also.

Missing teeth
If you are missing any teeth, it not only looks unappealing but it can also affect your ability to eat and speak. Your other teeth may move, and bone loss can occur. Discuss treatment options with your dentist because you might be able to restore your smile. Bridges, implants, and dentures are a few of the dental advances that might help.

Dry mouth
Medicines and some health conditions often cause your mouth to be overly dry. Having a dry mouth is uncomfortable, but it also can seriously impact your teeth and gums. Without saliva to naturally clean your mouth, the risks of tooth decay and other problems increase. Ask your dentist to look for signs of decay, and to help you identify the cause for your dry mouth. Be sure to tell your dentist about your medical history and medications.

Oral cancer

Oral cancer can include your gums, lips, cheeks, tongue, jaw, throat, or soft palate. It sometimes begins with just a tiny spot or swollen area, so regular dental checkups can help catch this disease early. A variety of treatment options are available, but early detection makes a difference.

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How Does Chewing Gum Affect my Teeth?

Gone are the days when chewing gum is considered poor etiquette. In today’s society, you can find people chewing gum in business meetings, church, and just about every other situation. With gum chewing so prevalent, you may have wondered what it’s doing to people’s teeth. You may be surprised to learn that research shows that chewing sugarless gum has a number of dental benefits.

Let’s see how it can actually be a helpful addition to your oral care routine.

Saliva flow
Chewing sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva in your mouth, which rinses away food particles. Saliva also neutralizes acids that result from bacteria in your mouth that can lead to tooth decay. Known to carry with it calcium and phosphate, increased saliva flow also helps strengthen your tooth enamel.

ADA acceptance
Choose gum with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal, indicating it as met the required safety and effectiveness criteria. This approval means that you can trust the gum’s packaging and labeling to be true.

The only gums carrying the ADA Seal are sugarless. They contain sweeteners that don’t cause cavities, like aspartame, mannitol, sorbitol, or xylitol.  Chewing gum with xylitol is especially recommended, because it has been shown to combat tooth decay and cavities.

Dental hygiene
Even though chewing gum can be beneficial, remember that brushing and flossing are still the best ways to care for your teeth. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and floss every day to remove plaque and debris between your teeth. Between these dental hygiene tasks, however, it is acceptable to chew sugarless gum to continue caring for your mouth during the day.

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FAQS about Wisdom Teeth

The average adult will eventually have 32 teeth, but the human mouth is ideally designed to hold only 28. Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, are the final four teeth to erupt. Often, wisdom teeth grow in sideways, cause crowding, or only partially erupt through the gums. The following questions and answers will provide more information about wisdom teeth.

Does everyone have their wisdom teeth removed?
When these teeth come in properly, you don’t need to have your wisdom teeth remove, but that rarely occurs.

What does it mean when wisdom teeth are impacted?
The term impacted is used when the third molars are caught behind bone, tooth structure, or soft tissues. To extract these teeth, the dentist or oral surgeon will need to cut away the bone or tissue and gain access to the teeth.

Do all people have four wisdom teeth?
Because of dietary and evolutionary changes over the centuries, people have between one and four wisdom teeth. With dental X-rays, your dentist can determine how many third molars you have and if they need to be removed.

Is removal of wisdom teeth painful?
Thanks to modern anesthesia options, dentists can keep their patients relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.

What happened after the extraction process?
Most patients experience mild swelling and some mild discomfort. Your dentist will give you directives on how to control the pain. Follow your doctor’s instructions to promote healing and avoid complications such as dry sockets.

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When Emergency Dental Care is Needed

As much as you hope it doesn’t happen, dental emergencies can sneak up on you. Some clinics offer emergency dental care to provide quick, effective, and safe treatment. It’s important to know what kinds of dental problems require urgent care, as opposed to those that can wait until you can get a regular appointment with your dentist. Here are some common types of emergencies that warrant immediate treatment.

Severe toothache
A painful toothache that won’t go away should not be ignored. These can occur suddenly, be confined to a single area, cause pain when eating, and also involve your gums. Symptoms like these may indicate an abscess, which can also lead to facial swelling. Sometimes your airway can even become blocked. A severe toothache requires immediate relief, and therefore is considered a dental emergency.

Excessive bleeding
If you have oral bleeding from something like losing a tooth and you can’t get it under control, you need to see an emergency dentist. Normally when a tooth falls out, the bleeding will stop after a few minutes. If the blood won’t clot for some reason, or if there was severe trauma, excessive bleeding can occur. A dentist can help stop the bleeding by applying pressure, using a hemostatic agent, or even using stitches.

Fractured teeth
Infection may occur when a tooth is fractured, especially if the break goes deep into a permanent tooth, so immediate care is necessary. An emergency dentist will apply dentine padding to the affected area, so that you can visit your own dentist the next day for further treatment.

Surgery complications

If you have had oral surgery and the pain is more severe or lingering than your dentist anticipated, you should seek treatment immediately to make sure complications like a dry socket or jaw fracture hasn’t occurred.

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Smile Makeovers After Quitting Smoking

If you have kicked the smoking habit, congratulations!!! Your whole body thanks you, including your mouth. Now that you’ve tossed your tobacco, you may need some extra dental care to help with any damage that was created by using tobacco.

Teeth cleaning
Even if you practiced good dental hygiene during the time you used tobacco products, the chemicals likely still stained and damaged your teeth. Schedule an appointment with your dentist for a thorough cleaning. Sometimes an even deeper cleaning is recommended to get rid of stubborn plaque and discoloration.

Examination for oral health problems
Your dentist will also examine your mouth for signs of gum disease and other problems. If any infection is present, antibiotics may be prescribed. Other issues like exposed roots or cavities may require further treatment such as root canals. You want to take care of problems right away so that your mouth function and your smile will get better instead of worse.

Cosmetic procedures
After your teeth have been professionally cleaned and treated as necessary, you may want to consider cosmetic procedures if you’re still unhappy with your smile. Professional teeth whitening may help brighten your smile, or you might need something like dental implants to replace any teeth that couldn’t be saved. Veneers might also be helpful if your teeth are too discolored from long years of tobacco use. Let your dentist know if you have any additional goals for your smile, because there are likely additional treatments that could benefit you.

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Stages of Gum Disease

Caused by bacteria in plaque, gum disease can lead to pain, inflammation, and tooth loss. Though gum disease can occur at any age, it is most commonly seen in adults. Conservative estimates suggest that 80 percent of adults in this country have some level of gum disease, but many don’t realize they have a problem.

Left untreated, gum disease can damage your oral health and impact overall wellness. Various studies have linked gum disease to larger health concerns like increased risk of stroke, osteoporosis, and low-birth weight babies. Often, gum disease begins with mild symptoms, so it may be easy to miss. To protect your mouth, it helps to understand the progression of gum disease.

Stage 1: Gingivitis
Initially, gum disease presents as inflammation of the gums. Gingivitis occurs when plaque builds up and the toxins released irritate the gum tissue. With this early stage, gum disease can successfully be reversed because the bone and supporting tissue are still in good shape.

Stage 2: Periodontitis
When gum disease reaches this level, pockets begin to form below your gum line, which causes the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth. By this point, the bone and supporting tissue have sustained permanent damage, but periodontal therapy can restore your oral health and halt further progression.

Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis
If gum disease continues to the state of advanced periodontitis, the supporting structures in your mouth are in dire condition. Without intense therapy, you risk permanent tooth loss.

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Tips for Keeping Your Mouth Fresh by Cleaning Your Dentures Properly

If your dentures aren’t clean, neither is your mouth, and if your mouth isn’t clean, your breath will be off-putting to your friends, colleagues and family. Caring for your dentures properly can mean the difference between people wanting to get close to you and people giving you a wide berth.

Follow these simple tips to ensure that your oral hygiene is passing the important tests.

Clean your dentures properly each night. Dentures come out each night to let your gum tissue rest. Holding dentures all day is hard work, and your gums need a chance to relax. Overnight, the blood supply to the gums is restored, allowing a recuperation that protects bone and also the fit of your dentures. This time outside of your mouth is the perfect time for dentures to be cleaned thoroughly and properly.

Brush and rinse your full or partial dentures just as you would your natural teeth. Plaque can build up and food particles can begin to decay, causing bacteria and odor. This regular brushing can also prevent the development of permanent stains and discoloration over time. Clean each surface of the appliance gently and thoroughly, from the teeth to acrylic gum portion. Hard bristle brushes or aggressive brushing can damage your dentures.

Only use tools or cleaners that are specifically designed and recommended for dentures. If you are in search of a product, ask your dentist for a recommendation. Many toothpastes contain abrasive ingredients that can damage your dentures. Never use bleach; it can discolor the pink portion of your full or partial dentures.

Be sure to store your dentures properly in a denture cleansing soaking solution or in water. They will distort and dry out if left outside of your mouth or some other moisture. Never put your denture into hot liquids or they might become extremely misshapen.

Follow these tips for keeping your dentures looking – and smelling – their best!   Talk to your dentist if you have additional questions.  If you live in the Shreveport LA area and you need dentures, contact our office today.

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Reasons to Book an Appointment with a Cosmetic Dentist

If you are dissatisfied with your smile, maybe you’ve wondered about cosmetic dentistry. You might’ve talked yourself out of pursuing it because you’re unsure about focusing only on your appearance. But that’s not all that cosmetic dentistry offers you! It can go beyond what your smile looks like.

One reason to take the step toward cosmetic dentistry is to prevent diseases. Problems with your teeth like decay or misalignment may not look attractive in your smile, but they can also lead to gum disease. Minor gum disease called gingivitis can advance to severe gum disease called periodontitis, and your oral and overall health can truly suffer as a result. The right cosmetic procedure like dental implants can help you avoid gum disease.

Some cosmetic procedures can prevent future oral damage. For example, dental bonding can make a tooth stronger and avoid wear on already weakened areas. Another plus is that once you’ve improved your smile, you’ll be more inclined to keep it perfect by practicing good oral hygiene. You may even change your diet to avoid items that stain such as sodas, or you might quit smoking. These changes will improve your health!

If your smile has been holding you back, you may see benefits in both your professional and personal life. If you have more confidence and are quicker to smile, it can give the appearance of motivation and happiness in your career. Your newfound pride in your smile may cause you to become more social and outgoing than before, enhancing your relationships and attracting positivity in your direction.

The speed of cosmetic dentistry may entice you as well. Sometimes in as few as one office visit with procedures like teeth whitening or bonding, you can immediately enjoy a brand new smile. You might be surprised too by the ease of upkeep with most cosmetic treatments. Often you can continue your normal hygiene routine without cumbersome maintenance.

All of these are good reasons to book your cosmetic dentistry appointment at Broadmoor Family Dental. Find out how you can improve your appearance while reaping the other benefits it has to offer.

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Preparing for Teeth Whitening Treatment

One of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available today is teeth whitening. Professional methods performed at your dentist’s office are the fastest and most effective of all choices.

Teeth whitening is well-liked because it creates dramatic improvements without breaking the bank. It is less expensive than most other options for transforming your smile. The effects on your smile are immediate, and the procedure itself gets you in and out of the dental chair in a short time. Also, teeth whitening is not invasive and most patients do not experience pain.

Do all of these benefits seem too good to be true? Surely there must be a catch? Teeth whitening is a great option for the vast majority of patients, but there are some things that your dentist must consider before starting your procedure. You need to be identified as a good candidate for teeth whitening so that you’ll be comfortable during treatment and happy with the results.

One of the most important considerations is the type of staining your teeth have. Intrinsic discoloration does not respond well to laser teeth whitening, which is the most common method professional treatments employ. If you have intrinsic staining, dental veneers might be a better choice for improving your smile. However, if you have extrinsic discoloration, you are a candidate for whitening.

If your dentist plans to proceed with professional whitening, you may be advised to first prepare by following these recommendations:

  • Have your teeth professionally cleaned prior to teeth whitening treatment to eliminate as much tartar and surface staining as possible.
  • If you have gum disease, have your dentist treat that before undergoing any teeth whitening method.
  • Switch to a toothpaste specially designed for sensitive teeth. It will help block the pores of your teeth that reach your nerves, making your teeth less sensitive to the laser heat and chemicals used during whitening.
  • Ask your dentist for recommendations about any pain medications you might take right before treatment if you know that you have very sensitive teeth. There may be specific medicines preferred for reducing discomfort but not increasing your risk of bleeding or other side effects.

Teeth whitening is a safe effective solution for improving smiles. Visit Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport, LA today to see if you are a candidate and how you can start preparing for your renewed smile.

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Complete Care Through a Family Dentist

Every member of your family requires and deserves good oral health care. From the youngest to the oldest, each person should visit the dentist regularly. This is where a family dentist comes into your life. Family dentists treat all ages and a wide variety of conditions, providing your whole family with the specific treatments they need to achieve healthy, winning smiles.

Not every family dentist is the same. Because it should be a long-term relationship established with your family, make sure you choose the right one who meets all of your needs. Look for a practice with convenient hours and location, a clean and comfortable setting for your care, and the credentials for all aspects of your treatment.

Family dentists are focused on the hygiene and health of your smile. This includes thorough examinations, regular cleanings, fluoride treatments, gum disease therapy, cavity diagnosis and treatment, and even orthodontics.

The great thing about family dentistry is that it addresses dental health for every stage of life. Children have different concerns than their parents and their grandparents. Skilled family dentists provide complete oral care from baby teeth to permanent teeth to restorations for seniors.

Another qualification of family dentists is to recognize and handle dental fears in patients of all ages. Children may be afraid of the unfamiliar environment and sometimes scary equipment, so family dentists are trained to ease their fears through kindness and gentleness. Many of these specialists offer distractions for young patients like videos, music and books. It’s a goal of family dentistry to help children develop a lifelong positive attitude toward dental treatment. Kids aren’t the only patients with dental anxiety though, so family dentists also are able to address fears in adults and offer ways to increase their comfort level.

No matter the ages of your family members or their oral conditions, family dentists are qualified to treat the varying needs with skill and confidence.

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Achieving the Wow Factor with Cosmetic Dentistry

There are many things you can do that will improve your look, such as a new hairstyle or diet. But have you thought about the dramatic effects changing your smile might have on your appearance? Cosmetic dentistry was established to make you more beautiful and confident with a winning smile.

Cosmetic dentists offer a wide variety of ways to alter your smile that can affect your whole appearance. It’s amazing what straight, white, fully restored teeth can do for a person. Here are some popular treatments offered through cosmetic dentistry.

Teeth whitening
Things like aging, eating dark foods, and smoking contribute to a dingy smile. Cosmetic dentists can brighten your smile right away using professional whitening techniques. Often in just an hour, you can have a brilliant smile to wow all your friends.

Dental veneers
Thin porcelain shells may be securely adhered to the front surfaces of your teeth. Cracks, misalignments, discolorations, chips and misshapen teeth will all disappear under your dental veneers. They are customized just for you, even down to the exact shade of white you desire, so that you end up with the smile you’ve always wanted.

Cosmetic dentists can repair many minor teeth issues with dental bonding. Composite resin material is typically used to fill in chips, spaces, stains, cracks and fractures. Bonding lasts for years with proper oral hygiene.

To restore your tooth appearance and function, a crown is placed over a damaged tooth. It may be a tooth that is worn down, discolored, weak or otherwise compromised. Also, crowns are used as part of the process with dental implants, bridges or root canals. These restorations are made from materials like porcelain, ceramic, or resin.

Used to replace missing teeth, bridges are also called fixed partial dentures. These are usually made from gold, alloys, or a combination of these materials.

In addition to orthodontists, many cosmetic dentists can provide braces to straighten your teeth, repair an irregular bite, or reposition your jaw. Options include metals, ceramic, or plastic and some choices are even invisible in your smile.

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Smile Makeovers: Do Something for You

Why not do something for yourself that might be able to turn your whole outlook on life around? If you are a person embarrassed by your smile because of how it looks, then consider a smile makeover through your cosmetic dentist.

Cosmetic dentists listen to what you have to say about your smile – your dislikes and your goals – and offer advice on how to help you achieve the new look you desire. Efforts are concentrated on improving the appearance of your smile, which then gives the added bonus of better self-esteem and improved oral condition.

Common reasons patients seek smile makeovers include tooth chips, cracks, gaps, discoloration, misalignment, and more. You and your dentist can work together to decide which procedures or treatments most suit your goals, lifestyle, and wallet.

Here are some smile makeover techniques available through qualified and experienced cosmetic dentists:

  • Bonding is a very simple and cost-effective way to repair chips, gaps, and stains. A composite resin material is applied to the area and then molded and polished to blend with your smile.
  • Teeth whitening is quick and painless, and can produce a major smile improvement. Professional methods at a cosmetic dental office provide the most dramatic results using high concentration bleaching agents and laser lights.
  • Dental veneers are thin porcelain covers securely bonded to the fronts of teeth to hide all kinds of imperfections. They give a brand new smile of your choice.
  • Crowns go on top of a broken or otherwise damaged tooth. Once the original tooth is prepared to a specific size, a crown is placed over it and then securely bonded in place. Crowns are often made of porcelain for a natural appearance and durable lifetime.
  • Dental implants are the newest way to replace missing teeth. A titanium rod is surgically placed into the jaw bone to simulate a new tooth root, and a crown is usually placed on top to provide a fully functional and attractive new tooth.

These are just a few of the treatments offered by the cosmetic dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport, LA. A consultation to see how your smile makeover can be achieved may turn your life around!

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Dental Implants: Why They Are Better

Statistics show that losing natural teeth is still a common occurrence in oral health today. You might be surprised to know that it is estimated that 70% of Americans have lost at least one tooth by middle age. That’s why dentistry has worked hard to come up with an ideal solution as a permanent, comfortable, and attractive way to restore smiles. Dental implants are the answer.

Getting a dental implant consists of having a metal rod, usually made of titanium, surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Once the area has healed from surgery, a crown is typically placed on top to complete the restoration. This procedure results in a very secure and comfortable new tooth that shouldn’t cause problems again.

There’s a long history of other types of tooth replacement options, such as dentures and bridges. Why are dental implants considered to be the preferred choice today?

  • Appearance – the crown that is placed on top of an implant is aesthetically pleasing, giving you a natural smile.
  • Tooth preparation – no preparation or reduction to neighboring teeth is necessary with dental implants. The natural tooth structure of existing teeth is preserved.
  • Comfort – similar to your natural teeth, implants go into your jaw bone. This offers the same comfort and security as real teeth.
  • Durability – implants are made to last forever. With good care, you can expect them to last the rest of your life.
  • Diet – there are no dietary restrictions with implants. With dentures and bridges, you might miss out on some foods that could loosen or break your appliance. Implants allow you to eat whatever you’d like.
  • Maintenance – cleaning implants is the same as cleaning natural teeth. Brushing and flossing is performed normally, and no soaking or external care of appliances is required because the restoration is permanently installed in your mouth.

If you’re looking for a long-term and durable solution for missing teeth, ask your dentist about implants. The success rate is high, and the convenience and comfort can rarely be beaten by other alternatives.

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