Which of these dangerous dental health issues do you already have?

dental-health-issuesAccording to the American Dental Association, the overwhelming majority of people in the United States – men, women, and children – are living with some kind of dental health issue that they aren’t even aware of.

Sure, most of us visit the dentist regularly (at least for an annual checkup and especially when we’re dealing with an oral health problems that we notice or one that impacts our day-to-day lives), but most of us try to avoid the dentist is much as we can. There’s just something about sitting on that chair with a giant light above us with a man or woman poking around in our mouths that we aren’t all that comfortable with.

Unfortunately, dental health issues and oral health issues can have a transformative impact the rest of your body, which is why you need to address these issues ASAP before they have a chance to really do a number on you. This is why it’s so important to visit your dentist at least once a year for a checkup, and why it is so critical that you follow accepted guidelines for maintaining and improving oral health as closely as humanly possible.

That means brushing twice daily, using the right toothbrush and toothpaste, flossing like it’s your job, and falling back in love with fluoride. Regular cleanings at the dental office wouldn’t hurt, either!

And if you think you may be dealing with some of the dangerous dental health issues that millions and millions of Americans are living with right now, you’re going to want to pay attention to the details we have for you below.

Let’s jump right in!

Abscessed tooth

And abscessed tooth is essentially an infection that starts at the “pulp” of your tooth before it settles into the root (usually right up against the jawbone) before it creates a swollen and pus filled pocket on your guns.

Most people that are dealing with abscessed teeth notice it almost immediately, as this is one of the most painful dental health issues you’ll ever come across. It’s going to make chewing really difficult, it can induce pain and fevers, and it can cause a world of bad breath that is almost impossible to kick.

Most of the time, as assessed teeth can be addressed without too much trouble, but those that get more serious are going to need to have the tooth removed, or even a root canal performed.

Cavities

Probably the most common type of dental health issue that almost everyone has had to deal with once or twice in their lives, cavities affect everyone (young and old) pretty equally.

Essentially pockets of damaged tooth enamel that are formed when acid eats away at the tooth, cavities are dangerous because they are hotbeds for bacteria to grow in. They carry absolutely love these little pockets, and they multiplied like crazy – producing a bunch of acid in the process that works to continue to erode the teeth away even more!

Small and superficial cavities can be filled in with fillings (metal-based or synthetic to match the color of your teeth), but bigger cavities they require a crown to be placed on top of the tooth or (in some extreme cases) the tooth to be removed completely.

Dry sockets

Teeth that have been removed (or teeth that have been knocked out) are usually going to have their position “in-line” grown over with new gum material if they do not have a replacement put in the space in time.

However, sometimes the gums aren’t going to grow over that space because the blood clot that builds up in that socket dissipates or is reabsorbed into the body too quickly. If that happens, a dry socket situation is going to occur, and that’s bad news for sure.

The nerves that run underneath the teeth are going to be exposed, and you’re talking about one of the more painful experiences a person can ever have to go through. Dry sockets are going to need to be addressed ASAP by a professional, and are usually result by a quick cleaning, a local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory/pain pills, and a specially designed bandage that keeps the socket moist and protected from outside interference.

Gingivitis

There are some reports that suggest almost 80% of all adults in the United States are dealing with at least a mild case of gingivitis, and honestly the figure could be even higher.

This is a gum disease caused by bacteria that infects the gums and your teeth, and usually causes try mouth sensations, bad breath, guns that book red and swollen, and even a lot of pain. Gum disease is almost always reversible (especially during the early stages), but it needs to be addressed before it has the opportunity to really spiral out of control.

The truth about smile care

The-truth-about-smile-careFor one reason or another, good oral hygiene habits aren’t quite as common place in the US as they probably should be – and certainly not as commonplace as they could be.

Sure, every now and again you’ll come across someone that is almost fanatical about taking care of their smile, making sure that it is Hollywood white and perfectly aligned, but the overwhelming majority of people out there are just going through the motions of brushing their teeth once a day bright and early in the morning and then calling it good.

This is a major mistake, and one that you simply cannot afford to make any longer if you want your smile to really sparkle.

Thankfully, it’s a lot easier to triage your smile care and get back on track the right way so that you too have a brilliant white smile in no time at all – one free of gum disease, cavities, and all kinds of other dental health issues.

Shall we jump right in?

Take the time to brush your teeth right twice a day

It’s going to be absolutely impossible to maintain a brilliant white smile if you aren’t brushing your teeth the right way at least twice a day.

Most people simply stuff their toothbrush with a little bit of toothpaste in their mouth and give it the old “once over” in the morning (and maybe once again at night if they aren’t too tired), but not you. No, you know that you need to spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth with a soft bristles and a quality toothpaste at least twice a day – but never closer than 30 minutes away from the last time that you ate.

This alone will definitely upgrade your smile faster than you ever thought possible.

Fall in love with fluoride infused toothpaste

Even though there was some pretty bad press in the early 2000’s in regards to fluoride, more and more dentists have come around to the fact that it is a critical component of modern dental care, and a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to keeping your smile happy and healthy.

You’re going to want to think about going with a fluoride infused toothpaste if you’d like to boost the strength of your tooth enamel and dramatically reduce the rate of decay that you may be dealing with.

Poke around with floss

Some people absolutely love flossing their teeth, while others cannot be bothered – but you’re going to want to fall squarely in that first group if you want your smile to stay beautiful.

If you aren’t crazy about the idea of stuffing a little piece of string between each and every one of your teeth with nothing more than your fingers every morning (and especially every night), you might want to get your hands on floss sticks.

These tiny little sticks make the job a lot more palatable foremost, and a lot more convenient!

Kick acid to the curb

Acidic foods and drinks wreak absolute havoc on your teeth, and do their very best to melt away to have enamel until you have cavities that compromise the very structure of your smile.

The best way to limit the damage that acidic foods and drinks are going to be able to do to your smile is to cut back on them as much as you can. Eliminating them entirely probably isn’t all that reasonable (who could go without juice for the rest of their days?), but you’re going to want to do your best to try and really cut down on your acidic intake.

Try not to tax your teeth too much

For a bunch of different reasons, people like to use their teeth for pretty much anything and everything they can think of – instead of just using their teeth to chew!

You’ll want to do whatever you can to cut back on using your teeth like a caveman bottle opener, if for no other reason than to simply avoid the kind of accidental damage that using your teeth as a multi tool can cause. Even though teeth feel pretty rock solid, they are actually quite soft, and once you crack them there a real nightmare to repair.

Schedule dental checkups at least once a year

At the end of the day, you’re going to want to try and schedule dental checkups with a dentist that you trust at least once a year – and maybe even once every six months if you’re really hoping to keep your smile on track.

Most people aren’t all that crazy about visiting the dentist in the first place, but these professionals are going to be able to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to enjoy a brilliant white smile, and only they’ll be able to point you in the right direction if you need to head off a serious dental issue before it becomes a nightmare situation.

The crimes we commit against our mouths

The-crimes-we-commit-against-our-mouthsThere aren’t too terribly many of us out there that are going to cop to committing crimes against our mouths, even though the American Dental Association would report that almost all of us are abusing our smiles far more often than we like to think.

Sure, some of us are just ignorant of the fact that we are really doing a number on our teeth and our mouths, having absolutely no idea whatsoever that the decisions we make every day in regards to our oral health aren’t exactly helping out. But some of us know that we are making at least a handful of oral health mistakes, but we just don’t know how to fix them!

That’s what we’re going to try and remedy right now.

Proper oral hygiene is absolutely mission critical today. Not only is it the only way to guarantee that you have a brilliant and almost blindingly white smile, but it’s also the only way to make sure that your teeth don’t literally rot right out of your head – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to oral health issues.

If you’re going to have any chance whatsoever at making sure that your smile stays in tip top shape you’re going to need to focus on reeling in the mistakes that you’re making and really putting forth a conscious effort to stop committing crimes against your mouth.

Let’s break down some of the biggest culprits!

Brushing too much is almost as bad as brushing too little

Even though you wouldn’t be alone in thinking that brushing your teeth more than the recommended twice daily would help you scrub your teeth perfectly clean all day long, nothing could be further from the truth.

Sure, you have much cleaner teeth and a really clean smile, but after time all of that brushing is going to really start to wear down on the surface of your smile. Teeth are inherently pretty soft and are protected by just a thin layer of enamel. If you keep scrubbing them (even with a soft toothbrush) you’re eventually going to erode the protection that they have on the outer layer, and then you’re really going to be in trouble!

So avoid brushing for or five times a day, and instead try to stick to two and maybe three times. You’ll be much better off!

You aren’t supposed to be scrubbing with sandpaper

A lot of people out there are and the impression that they have to really scrub their teeth clean every chance they get. This almost always causes them to purchase bristles that are way too stiff and abrasive, but also almost forces and compelled them to apply more than a little bit of elbow grease when they are actually brushing.

That’s the last thing that you want to do.

Yes, you want to make sure that you are brushing your teeth firmly and quickly, but you aren’t going to want to try and resurface your teeth with a toothbrush! Slow things down a bit, really try to hit that two or three minute timeline with easy, gentle strokes and soft bristles, and you’ll be off to the races!

You have to brush more than your “chewing teeth”

A lot of people out there are under the impression that they don’t have toothbrush every square inch of their teeth, but instead the “business end” – the parts of your teeth that actually come into contact with whatever it is you were chewing that day.

Do not fall into that trap.

Every surface of your teeth needs to be cleaned as often as twice a day. Not only are you going to want to brush every surface of your teeth, but you’re also going to want to break out the floss and get in between all of the cracks and crevices. That’s the only way that you’re going to be able to protect your teeth from damage, and the only way that you’re going to be able to make sure that your smile stays just as blindingly white and healthy as humanly possible.

Stop brushing right after you eat

It’s become pretty popular to brush right after you eat, but you may actually be doing a lot more harm than good.

If there are any little bits of food left over on the surface of your teeth (even microscopic and all but invisible bits of food) they are going to act as little bits of sandpaper – taking the surface of the enamel of your teeth right off with each and every brush stroke.

That’s the last thing that you want to do.

Instead, give yourself 30 or 40 minutes after eating to kind of dissolve everything on your teeth (your saliva will do all of the heavy lifting for you) before you even think about grabbing a toothbrush.

Mistakes you can’t make when choosing your next dentist

Mistakes-you-cant-make-when-choosing-your-next-dentistIt’s either the white jackets that they wear or the professional medical offices they operate out of that makes us almost inherently trust dentists with the health of our smiles – even if we’ve never visited them in the past.

Whatever it is, you would definitely be better off if you remained at least a little bit skeptical when visiting a new dentist, if only to make sure that they aren’t committing any one of the common mistakes dentists make today.

This information is especially useful for you if you’ve recently switched dental offices, moved to a new area and needed to find a new dentist, or just weren’t all that happy with the last dental professional you worked with. This is the kind of inside information that you’ll be able to use to better guide you to the perfect fit for a professional that will help make sure your smile stays just as happy and healthy as humanly possible.

If you’re able to avoid the common mistakes that dentists make today, you should be in pretty solid shape, and won’t have any reason whatsoever to fear your dentist. If you don’t take the time to make sure that your dentist isn’t making these same mistakes, you might be in for a sticky situation!

Try not to work with dentists that get worked up by problem patients

A lot of dentists in the US today are willing to work with pretty much anyone and everyone they can just to keep their offices open, but these are the kinds of dental experts that you’re going to want to try and avoid as much as possible.

You see, you have to look at it this way. If your dentist is used to dealing with difficult people all day, the odds are pretty good that they’re going to be stressed out, agitated, and all kinds of anxious – and who wants someone like that poking around in their mouths?

Try not to work with dentists that do not treat their staff well

You can definitely tell a lot about a person by looking at the way that they treat those that they are responsible for or in charge of. If you are visiting a new dental office for the first time, definitely try and spend a little bit of time there focusing on the kinds of interactions that the dentist their staff.

While it may not be possible to understand the full breadth and depth of the different relationships that are going on under the surface of people that work together every business day (maybe four years and years) by observing from afar for 15 or 20 minutes, you may be able to spot some issues that may or may not make you completely comfortable moving forward.

This is critical inside information that you aren’t going to get anywhere else, and it’s definitely something that can help you decide on whether or not a particular dental office is the right fit.

Try not to work with dentists that haven’t built up a reputation in the community just yet

Though there are certainly some fantastic first time dentists out there, and there’s definitely something to be said about dental professionals that have just now graduated from a dental training program and dental school (they are almost always up-to-date on the latest and greatest solutions, procedures, and technology), you never want to be someone’s guinea pig.

If at all possible, try to work with established dental offices in your area to ones with rock solid reputations for delivering quality results at a reasonable rate. This is the kind of information that you’ll be able to dig up on the Internet, as well as the kind of info that you’ll be able to pick from the minds of the people in your social circle.

Ask your friends and family members for dental recommendations, speak your coworkers about the dentists that they visit, and always try to get a feel for the dentists that have their names come up quite frequently. These are the kinds of dentists that you’ll want to think about working with, or at least the dentist that you want to research more thoroughly.

Try not to work with dentists that do not have in-house financing plans

Even though the odds are pretty good that your dental insurance is going to cover the procedures that you have taken care of, if you’re looking to have any cosmetic work done – or aren’t carrying your own dental insurance – you’ll need to take advantage of the financing options that your dentists provide.

If they do not have in-house financing plans (take your of the financing themselves), the odds are pretty good that they’re going to farm them out to third party companies. If they go that direction, you’re almost always going to pay through the nose when it comes to interest rates, and your repayment terms probably aren’t going to be all that friendly, either.

It’s definitely something to think about.

How to choose the perfect dentist to upgrade your smile

How-to-choose-the-perfect-dentist-to-upgrade-your-smileSearching for a new dentist isn’t all that much different than searching for your soulmate.

Sure, there are obvious differences on the surface – the odds are pretty good that you won’t be spending too many late nights with your dentist, after all – but when you really think about it, your choice of dentist is going to almost always lock you into a long-term relationship.

And if you want that relationship to be beneficial (for both of you), and to move forward through the years as smoothly and as effortlessly as possible, you’re really going to need to take some time to make sure that you are working with the best of the best around.

Unfortunately, most of us don’t really take the time to find the perfect dentist (which shouldn’t be all that surprising – most of us don’t take the time to find the perfect soul mate, either!). But if you want to make sure that you aren’t making any mistakes this time around, hopefully we’ll be able to point you in the right direction and give you a little bit of inside information into what you should be looking for from the very perfect dentist to upgrade your smile.

What kind of dentist are you hunting for, anyway?

There’s a world of difference between trying to find a long-term world healthcare provider and a dental specialist, so you’ll need to get square about exactly which kind of dentist you’re looking to work with in the first place before you even think about starting the search process.

Long-term oral healthcare partners are a lot like general practitioners. These are the kinds of dentists that you’re going to be visiting for your regular checkups, as well as the kind of dentists that you’re going to visit first when you’re dealing with a dental health issue.

Specialists, the other hand, are just like specialists in the medical field. These are the dental experts that your long-term oral health care partner is going to point you in the direction of when you need specialized care. These are the kinds of professionals that are going to help you to continue to enjoy a picture-perfect smile, but they’re also the kinds of professionals that will help rebuild or overhaul your smile if necessary.

Once you know which kind of dentist you’re looking for, you’ll be able to start looking into different details like:

  • What kind of office hours they have and whether or not they are going to fit your day to day schedule
  • Whether or not their office is centrally located or easy to get to
  • Whether or not they provide emergency services outside of traditional dental office hours
  • The kind of education and training that they have received or continue to receive
  • The kinds of financing options that they make available

… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

A dentist’s professional reputation is absolutely everything

Anytime you’re talking about moving forward with a professional service, you have to understand that you aren’t going to be able to objectively determine whether or not someone really is the best of the bunch until AFTER you’ve actually received the service itself.

This puts you in a sticky situation.

After all, no one wants to be misled into believing that they’re working with the best dental professional in their area before their dental work is performed, only to find out that nothing could be further from the truth.

Sadly, it happens all too often – and a lot of it has to do with the fact that people just aren’t investigating a dentist’s professional reputation as thoroughly or as in-depth as they probably should be. This is crazy, considering the fact that we all have access to the web and can quickly research pretty much any professional in record time and understand exactly what they’re all about and what their community relationship is before moving forward.

Of course, if you know anyone in your social circle (your friends, your family members, or your coworkers) that have worked with a particular dentist in the past that you are interested in you have to ask them about their experience. They’ll be able to provide you with an unbiased and honest inside information that you never would have had access to otherwise.

Remember, these are the people that care most about you and not the bottom line of their business. They are going to be interested in pointing you in the right direction, as opposed to trying to convince you that their dental services are the best of the best without ever really backing it up.

Take 15 or 20 minutes a night for about a week or so and look into all of the different dentists available in your area. The odds are good that you’ll find one with a sterling silver reputation that sticks out from the rest of the pack – that’s the office to move forward with!