Thursday, 29 December 2016

The Difference Between Plaque and Tartar

Lots of people ask their dental professional if there’s a difference between plaque and tartar-and it’s a great question. Both plaque and tartar buildup are common dental problems. Significant plaque buildup can result in tooth decay and gum disease. Tartar is calcified plaque. Arming yourself with the facts can help you be smarter about how you care for your teeth. 

The Facts About Plaque
Plaque is sticky, colorless film containing bacteria that builds up naturally on tooth surfaces and especially along the gum line within four to 12 hours after brushing. Sugars in food and drinks can combine with plaque bacteria to release acids. These acids attack tooth enamel and break it down, which can then create cavities. Plaque bacteria can also contribute to gum disease, like gingivitis. Regular brushing and flossing are your most effective tools in the fight against plaque. If it’s not removed daily, plaque eventually accumulates and hardens into tartar.  

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Receding Gums

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about receding gums.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Dental Mouthguards

Preventing Tooth Loss from Injury

It is a little known statistic, but nearly 5 million teeth are lost every year because of athletes who have no or inadequate protection to teeth while playing sports. We provide custom-made mouthguards that will fit properly and give the necessary protection. The mouthguards you buy in the store are all one size. They are neither secure in fitting over your teeth nor do they provide adequate defense against injury and trauma.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

What to Know About Gingivitis

What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease caused by the buildup of plaque bacteria on the tissues that surround the teeth. Plaque, a naturally occurring biofilm containing bacteria, can lead to gingivitis if not removed by daily brushing. 

Who Can Get Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is quite prevalent. But while almost 80% of adults will experience some symptoms of gingivitis, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s inevitable. It’s important to note that occasionally there might be no noticeable pain or apparent signs, leaving people unaware that they have it. That’s another good reason to schedule regular checkups with your dental professional every six months so he or she can identify it and suggest treatment options.

Gingivitis Symptoms
Some symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Chronic gingivitis can lead to periodontitis and chronic bad breath. If these symptoms persist, it's important to talk with your dental professional to determine the best treatment. In the meantime, learn what you can do to protect against gingivitis.

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Dental Plaque

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about dental plaque.

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Dentist Boca Raton FL
Dental Concepts ~ Bruce Braverman, DMD
2500 North Military Trail, Suite 230
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Telephone: (561)241-1010

Monday, 19 December 2016

Dental Advancements to Clean Teeth

Beyond Clean

When we use the Piezo Scaler™ to clean patients' teeth, we hear them comment that their teeth have never felt so clean! This advancement for scaling teeth is a high-frequency tool that removes any build-up on teeth easily and faster than any other scaling tool. It even effectively cleans the deep pockets in gum tissue. Best of all, patients like that there is very little or no discomfort from the treatment.

Lifetime Family Dentistry
Elena Bielawski, DDS, FICOI, FMIII
66 Maple Avenue
Collinsville, CT 06019
(860) 605-2075 

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Parts of the Tooth

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about about what makes up the tooth.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Custom Dental Dentures

Secure Dentures for Confident Smiles

When traditional dentures are your best option, we use modern advancements in dentistry to design dentures that will fit like they should. This improvement will allow you to eat whatever you like without the worries of slippage and clicking. Let us make your meals more enjoyable with properly fitting dentures.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

6 Tips for Cavity-Free Holidays - continued

#5: Watch out for starchy foods 
These are sneaky because they often get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in chips and cakes, take extra care when you floss that day to remove all the food particles that can lead to plaque build-up. 

#6: You can still have fun 
So, what can you eat? Lots of stuff! Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish and vary your diet. Eat whole grains and choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods. The holidays are a great time of year to start thinking about healthier habits. If you do snack, make it a nutritious choice-such as cheese, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables-for your overall health and the health of your teeth.

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