Take Care of Your Family’s Oral Health

As a parent, your job is protecting your children’s wellbeing, which includes their oral health. Having healthy teeth and gums will allow them to chew properly, avoid toothaches, and prevent other issues like gum disease. Research has also linked oral health to larger issues such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s.

You can easily watch out for the dental health of your loved ones with these helpful tips:

Start Young
As soon as your children have teeth, usually around age two, start wiping them down or using training toothpaste. By age five, they can start brushing with fluoride toothpaste.

Use Fluoride
Getting enough fluoride helps strengthen enamel and prevent decay. Make sure, however, that you don’t get too much fluoride because over fluoridation can leave spots on your teeth.

Develop Good Home Habits
Make brushing twice daily and flossing regularly a priority to prevent gum disease.

Rinse after Meals
Using antibacterial rinse or chewing gum after you eat can increase saliva flow, which neutralizes acid and washes away bacteria in your mouth.

Protect Their Smiles
If you or your children are involved in sports activities, talk to your dentist about getting a mouth guard. These dental appliances cover your teeth and help prevent serious mouth injuries when you play sports such as basketball, volleyball, and soccer.

Eat right
A balanced diet rich with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will provide the nutrients you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Visit the Dentist
Routine checkups are an important part of good oral health. Schedule appointments for your whole family every six months.

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Dental Implant Q and A

Conservative estimates suggest that 69 percent of adults in this country have lost at least one tooth. When you lose even a single tooth, you face oral health issues. Remaining teeth may shift, other teeth can become loose and normal functions like talking or eating can be difficult. The closest prosthetics to nature, dental implants can renew the strength, appearance, and vitality of your smile.

What is a dental implant?
Fabricated from biocompatible titanium, a dental implant is a small, metal post surgically inserted into your jaw bone. The post serves as an artificial tooth root for the permanent crown that will complete your smile restoration.

How long is the implant process?
From start to finish, implant therapy takes about six months. During the first phase, a skilled surgeon will place one post for each implant into the empty sockets. After this procedure, your mouth will need time to heal and to allow the bone to fuse with the implants, creating a solid foundation for the prosthetic teeth. Usually, the permanent crowns are secured to the posts three to six month after the initial surgery.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
For successful implant therapy, patients need to have good oral health and sufficient bone structure. Your dentist will complete a thorough evaluation before beginning treatment. If you don’t have enough bone tissue, your dentist may suggest bone grafts to improve your chances for a positive outcome.

What are the advantages to implants?
Implants provide several benefits, including:

  • Attractiveness
  • Functionality
  • Permanence
  • Stability

How do I care for my implants?
One plus of dental implants is that you treat them as you do your natural teeth: brush often, floss regularly, and see your dentist for routine checkups.

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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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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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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.

Sugarless
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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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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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.

Bonding
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.

Crowns
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.

Bridges
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.

Braces
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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