While having straight pearly whites will definitely inspire you to share your smile with the world, there is a deeper layer of health benefits beneath the aesthetic benefits. Your overall health has roots in the quality of your oral health. When your teeth overlap, there is a higher chance that food, bacteria, and plaque will build up in those tough to reach places. Straightening your teeth makes keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy so much easier.
Inflammation, bacteria, and poor oral hygiene cause gum disease and if left untreated, the affects can spread beyond your mouth. Inflammation is the leading cause of most degenerative diseases, as we have discussed previously. Oral infections that are left untreated can spread and lead to severe maladies such as pneumonia and heart disease. This all stems from inadequate oral hygiene.
Think how easy it would be to brush and floss if your teeth were lined up and the tight spaces between your teeth were perfectly vertical. Another thing to consider is how much easier it is to keep your teeth and gums clean when you can remove your aligners during the straightening process instead of trying to work around a mouth full of braces. Invisalign makes oral hygiene easy during and after your treatment.
When your teeth are aligned, your mouth is better prepared to fight against potential periodontal problems.
Invisalign also makes straightening your teeth discreet, comfortable, and convenient. You can take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss, but you will barely even notice they are on once you get used to wearing them initially. Invisalign is ideal for a number of different causes and is perfect for adults and teenagers. Invisalign is usually a much faster treatment approach than braces and is far more comfortable.
Interested? There is no time like the present to fix your smile and improve your oral health! The benefit of doing it this month (October 15-November 30) is that you will receive a complimentary consultation, $500 off your records, a Sonicare Flexcare Platinum toothbrush, and a Zoom take-home whitening kit. That’s $1,000 worth of savings! Call us today to schedule your consultation.
Happy Dental Hygiene Month!
Did you know that October is dental hygiene month? This year at Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we have decided to celebrate dental hygiene month and all of our wonderful patients, we are having a promotion on Invisalign.
You might be thinking to yourself, what does Invisalign have to do with dental hygiene? While most people might assume that straightening your teeth is only for cosmetic reasons, this couldn’t be further from the whole truth. While straightening your teeth obviously has cosmetic value and the majority of people interested in straightening their teeth want to do so for cosmetic reasons, the health benefits should not be overlooked.
For this reason, we are offering a complimentary Invisalign consultation, $500 off your records, a Sonicare Flexcare Platinum toothbrush, and a Zoom take-home whitening kit at the end of your Invisalign treatment. This deal will help you straighten, whiten, and take care of your new smile. As we always say, a smile makes a face!
So, how is straightening your teeth beneficial for more than just cosmetic reasons?
According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can significantly improve your overall oral and general health. Straighter teeth lead to:
Reduced chances of pneumonia, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke
Our Invisalign promotion runs between October 15 and November 30, 2017. Come on in and take advantage of this incredible offer and start your easy journey to a new and improved smile.
Later this week, we will elaborate on these amazing health benefits and how Invisalign differs from traditional braces.
So, you’ve just acquired an attractive restoration with dental implants. You may be thinking at least with these teeth you won’t have to worry about dental disease.
Think again. While the implants and their porcelain crowns are impervious to decay the surrounding gums and bone are still vulnerable to infection. In fact, you could be at risk for a specific type of periodontal (gum) disease called peri-implantitis (inflammation around the implant).
Bacterial plaque, the thin bio-film most responsible for gum disease, can build up on implant crowns just as it does on natural tooth surfaces. If it isn’t removed with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings the bacteria can trigger an infection in the gums.
Besides weakening gum tissues, gum disease can also cause bone loss, of critical importance to dental implants. An implant depends on the bone they’re inserted in to hold them in place. If the bone around an implant becomes infected it could begin to be lost or dissolve (resorb), which could lead to loss of the implant.
That’s why it’s critical to keep the natural tissue structures supporting your implants infection-free. Not only is daily hygiene a must, but your implants and any remaining natural teeth should undergo professional cleaning at least twice a year or more if your dentist recommends it.
Cleanings involving implants will also be a bit different from natural teeth. While the dental materials used in the crown and implant post are quite durable, regular cleaning instruments can scratch them. Although tiny, these scratches can become hiding places for bacteria and increase your risk of infection.
To avoid this, your hygienist will use instruments (known as scalers and curettes) usually made of plastics or resins rather than metal. The hygienist may still use metal instruments on your remaining natural teeth because their enamel can tolerate metal without becoming scratched creating a smoother surface.
While keeping implants clean can sometimes be a challenge, it’s not impossible. Implants on average have a long-term success rate above 95%. With both you and your dentist caring and maintaining these state-of-the-art restorations, you may be able to enjoy them for decades.
If you would like more information on caring for dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Maintenance: Implant Teeth must be Cleaned Differently.”
While crooked teeth are usually responsible for a malocclusion (poor bite), the root cause could go deeper: a malformed maxilla, a composite structure composed of the upper jaw and palate. If that’s the case, it will take more than braces to correct the bite.
The maxilla actually begins as two bones that fit together along a center line in the roof of the mouth called the midline suture, running back to front in the mouth. The suture remains open in young children to allow for jaw growth, but eventually fuses during adolescence.
Problems arise, though, when these bones don’t fully develop. This can cause the jaw to become too narrow and lead to crowding among the erupting teeth and a compromised airway that can lead to obstructive sleep apnea. This can create a cross-bite where the upper back teeth bite inside their lower counterparts, the opposite of normal.
We can remedy this by stimulating more bone growth along the midline suture before it fuses, resulting in a wider maxilla. We do this by installing a palatal expander, an appliance that incrementally widens the suture to encourage bone formation in the gap, which over time will widen the jaw.
An expander is a metal device with “legs” extending out on both sides and whose ends fit along the inside of the teeth. A gear mechanism in the center extends the legs to push against the teeth on both sides of the jaw. Each day the patient or caregiver uses a key to give the gear a quarter turn to extend the legs a little more and widen the suture gap. We remove the expander once the jaw widens to the appropriate distance.
A palatal expander is an effective, cost-efficient way to improve a bite caused by a narrow jaw, but only if attempted before the bones fuse. Widening the jaw after fusion requires surgery to separate the bones — a much more involved and expensive process.
To make sure your child is on the right track with their bite be sure to see an orthodontist for an evaluation around age 6. Doing so will make it easier to intervene at the proper time with treatments like a palatal expander, and perhaps correct bite problems before they become more expensive to treat.
If you would like more information on treating malocclusions, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Palatal Expanders: Orthodontics is more than just Moving Teeth.”
Do you have fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, excess oil, enlarged pores, patchy dryness, or dull skin? Does your skin feel parched, sun damaged, irritated, and congested from a summer’s worth of sun exposure, salt water, chlorine, sweat, and sunscreen? Fall is here and as the days grow shorter and the air becomes dryer, your skin has a different set of needs than those during the long humid summer days of the past. It is important to adjust your daily skin care regiment to meet the weather changes. It is also the perfect season to treat your skin to a HydraFacial (or several).
As the humidity starts to leave the air and the days get cooler, dryer, and sometime windier, your skin is at risk of becoming dry, cracked, and dull. Fine lines are also more visible when your skin is dehydrated. Since the days of your make-up and moisturizers sweating off of your skin are basically over, you can take advantage of being able to use heavier moisturizers and facial oils. Hydration and moisturizing is key! Plus with winter on its way, the sooner you start getting into the habit of quenching your skin, the more prepared you and your skin will be for the harsh elemental forces that winter can bring, especially the further north you live or go.
In line with keeping your skin moisturized and hydrated, hydrating facial masks are a great addition to your skincare routine. Applying a hydrating mask two or three times a week can do wonders for your skin. It is also important to keep up your water intake the same way that you do during the summer. Remember, a good rule of thumb is to divide your weight in half and that number is the number of ounces of water that you should drink every day. When it’s cooler outside, it’s more common to forget to drink as much water as when we are in a hot environment. When our bodies are dehydrated though, it shows on the surface of our skin.
While HydraFacials are obviously good all year long, the transition from summer to fall is an excellent time to treat yourself to one. It is a good way to deep clean, exfoliate, and moisturize your summer beaten skin. HydraFacials are amazing at tackling pretty much all of your skin concerns (everything mentioned in the introduction). The more of them that you get, the more visible and longer lasting the results are, but after just one you will notice a difference in your skin. At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we offer our patients this incredible treatment. Ivonne customizes each treatment to your specific skin type and skin needs.
A HydraFacial (or few), a stronger moisturizer, some hydrating facial oil, a bi-weekly mask, and sufficient water intake will help keep your skin radiant and plump for all of fall! As with most health-related habits and routines, little tweaks and additions can make a significant difference. Greet fall with glowing skin!
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