Archive for the ‘Dentistry’ Category

Dental Hygiene Program

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Dental hygiene plays a vital role in keeping the vitality of your teeth and the surrounding tissues. The most prevalent of these diseases are dental decay and periodontal disease. Dental decay or dental caries is probably the most common human disorder. Dental caries and periodontal disease can be prevented by a successful dental hygiene program. A good dental hygiene program should include the following:

Proper eating habits and good diet. Dental decay is caused by the breakdown of sugar into acid by bacteria that are naturally present in the human oral environment. These bacteria feed on starches and sugars. Acid is formed when bacteria act on starch or sugar. The acid formed causes enamel degradation, which is the starting point of any dental caries. Artificially sweetened foods, drinks and chewing gum are better options

Proper regular tooth brushing techniques. It is advised to brush the teeth two or three times a day, it is always better to brush after every meal and after taking any food in between. Using dental floss to remove food particles trapped in between the teeth is also a very important part of a good dental hygiene program. Dental floss can remove food particles lodged in between the teeth that sometimes even a good tooth brushing technique cannot accomplish.

A regular visit to the dentist is necessary in order to maintain and preserve your oral health. A visit to the dentist after every six months is recommended. Your dentist will have all the knowledge on how you can maintain good oral hygiene. Always take care of your teeth and maintain that beautiful smile till you grow old.

Adequate knowledge about the importance of oral hygiene and how to keep the oral cavity clean and healthy through proper brushing and flossing techniques is necessary in order to maintain a good and healthy oral environment. If you want to learn more about Dental Hygiene, browse Oral-B’s vast Dental Health Article library for tips on brushing, flossing, and maintaining good dental hygiene at OralB.com.

Sedation Dentistry

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Today’s dental patients are benefiting from major advancements in the dental industry that is reducing invasiveness and pain during treatment. There are several forms of sedatives, which yield various states of sedation. Mild sedation, or anxiolysis, is used to relieve anxiety and creates numbness. The patient rests at a low level of consciousness, which means the patient can breathe independently and has control over the body. To achieve mild sedation, dentists use inhalation sedation (also known as laughing gas), or oral pills, which patients ingest prior to the appointment.

A moderate level of sedation allows patients to retain control of the body and breathing, but decreases the awareness of pain, sounds, and smells. There are three types of treatment that provide moderate sedation. Intravenous (IV) sedation is an older method in which dentists administer sedatives through a needle injection to the arm. Effects are nearly instantaneous as the sedatives are administered directly into the blood stream.

In addition to mild oral sedatives, there are also oral sedatives that provide moderate sedation levels. Whereas IV sedation is quick, oral sedation works slower as the pills must be digested and broken down before entering the blood stream. Lastly, there is intramuscular sedation, a less popular method where an injection is administered into the muscle of the upper arm or thigh.

Dentists believe that, oral sedation may have various effects on individuals. Variables such as weight, height, and gender come into play when providing the proper does. To achieve the proper level of sedation, it is important to keep your dentist updated on the effectiveness of the pills.

Dentists will use sedation to help patients move past fears when performing cosmetic procedures such as veneers, implants, or crowns; restorative procedures such as root canals; protective treatment such as fillings, inlays, onlays, or sealants, and other treatments as well. It is vitally important to help their patients feel comfortable and safe during appointments.