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When it comes to sensitive gums during pregnancy, Nancy O'Dell, the former co-anchor of Access Hollywood and new co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight, can speak from her own experience. In an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, she described the gum sensitivity she developed when pregnant with her daughter, Ashby. She said her dentist diagnosed her with pregnancy gingivitis, a condition that occurs during pregnancy and is the result of hormonal changes that increases blood flow to the gums. And based on her own experiences, Nancy shares this advice with mothers-to-be: use a softer bristled toothbrush, a gentle flossing and brushing technique and mild salt water rinses.
Before we continue we must share one important fact: our goal here is not to scare mothers-to-be, but rather to educate them on some of the common, real-world conditions that can occur during pregnancy. This is why we urge all mothers-to-be to contact us to schedule an appointment for a thorough examination as soon as they know they are pregnant to determine if any special dental care is necessary.
Periodontal (gum) disease can impact anyone; however, during pregnancy the tiny blood vessels of the gum tissues can become dilated (widened) in response to the elevated hormone levels of which progesterone is one example. This, in turn, causes the gum tissues to become more susceptible to the effects of plaque bacteria and their toxins. The warning signs of periodontal disease and pregnancy gingivitis include: swelling, redness, bleeding and sensitivity of the gum tissues. It is quite common during the second to eighth months of pregnancy.
Early gum disease, if left untreated, can progress to destructive periodontitis, which causes inflammation and infection of the supporting structures of the teeth. This can result in the eventual loss of teeth — again, if left untreated. Furthermore, there have been a variety of studies that show a positive link between preterm delivery and the presence of gum disease. There has also been a link between an increased rate of pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) and periodontal disease. Researchers feel this suggests that periodontal disease may cause stress to the blood vessels of the mother, placenta and fetus.
To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Pregnancy and Oral Health.” And if you want to read the entire feature article on Nancy O'Dell, continue reading “Nancy O'Dell.”
Beautiful Smile. Less Time. Clear Braces for Adults
Are you one of many adults who want straight teeth but feel stuck because you do not want to have the metal-mouth look of braces?
Modern orthodontic techniques have improved significantly over the last 20 years. Now, there are effective and safe orthodontic techniques that fit adult lifestyle. These orthodontic techniques include clear aligners, such as ClearCorrect, and clear braces (invisible braces), such as Cfast. Combined with the skill, experience, and education of the dentist, patients can now get impressive results with less discomfort and in a short treatment time.
Clear tray-style aligners such as Invisalign and ClearCorrect are great cosmetic orthodontic techniques. They are clear and almost invisible. However, they have few major disadvantages:
1- Clear aligners - ClearCorrect need compliance as they do not work unless worn 22 hours a day.
2- Clear aligners - ClearCorrect are not effective for achieving significant tooth movement,
3- Clear aligners - ClearCorrect often take much longer to work compared to regular braces.
Modern clear orthodontic braces such as Cfast are virtually invisible. Cfast braces are highly resistant to staining and discoloring that can be caused by coffee or tea. The Cfast braces technique utilized tooth-colored titanium wires. The titanium wires are secured to the braces using stain-resistant clear elastics. Collectively, the Cfast braces components disappear in the mouth.
How is orthodontic treatment fast?
Orthodontic wires normally produce friction when tied to braces. Modern orthodontic braces produce far less friction with wires. The minimalfriction of Cfastbraces makes teeth move much faster. In addition, orthodontic Titanium wires, because of their flexibility, allow teeth to move faster compared to the traditional stiff stainless steel wires. The flexibility of titanium wires also causes little or no discomfort during treatment.
The year 2014 came with the largest Ebola epidemic in histroy. We have been living its scare for many months. Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, we should still learn about this serious, often fatal disease.
The risk of getting infected with the Ebola virus at a dentist office is extremely low. An Ebola infected patient only transmits the disease after symptoms appear. Those patients are always too sick to be present in public areas or to come for a dental visit.
What are the Symptoms of Ebola?
Ebola patients show fever (usually greater 101.5°F) and severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain or unexplained bleeding or bruising. The patient is usually too sick to go to public places.
How is the Ebola Virus Transmitted?
Healthcare providers caring for Ebola patients and the family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at the highest risk of getting sick. The Ebola virus is transmitted by:
- Direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood and body fluids (such as urine, feces, saliva, vomit and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola.
- Direct contact with contaminated objects such as needles.
- Direct contact with infected wildlife.
- Unlike respiratory illnesses, Ebola is not transmitted through air, water or food.
Ebola Prevention At Bucktown Dental:
- We stay up to date on the latest information about risk factors, signs, symptoms.
- We follow strict infection control procedures.
- We use medical-grade computer equipment at treatment rooms that we can wash and disinfect.
- We use CDC guidelines to protect our staff.
A crown restoration is a fabricated replica of a natural tooth. The mechanics and methods to prepare the tooth and attach the new crown are standard procedures in dentistry. But the crowns themselves — their individual shape, color and material from which they’re constructed — can differ greatly depending on each patient’s individual needs and desires. All these factors can have a bearing on cost — not to mention the process a dentist may employ to produce a custom crown.
Crowns are usually fashioned by a dental laboratory technician using castings of the patient’s mouth prepared by the dentist. These professionals should be considered artists as well as scientists. And, like artists with certain areas of strength and expertise, individual technicians may also develop high practical skill for a particular type of tooth replacement; it’s not uncommon for a dentist to use a different dental technician for a particular type and size of tooth to be restored. This could prove to be a factor in the final cost.
The efforts to create the best color in the crown can also affect cost. While we think of teeth as uniformly “pearly white,” there really are variations and gradations in normal tooth color (even within the same tooth). Again, a bit of artistry is important here, as the dentist communicates with the technician on not only the color but also the subtle hue gradations along the length of the crown. Your input as a patient is also valuable in determining color — you must be satisfied with the final product. Fortunately, it’s now possible to take a “test drive” of your potentially new look with a provisional crown that will allow you to see just how your permanent crown (which will be made of longer-lasting, higher quality materials) will appear.
These factors, as well as the limitations you may face by your insurance coverage, can greatly influence the final cost of treatment. As your dentist, we will consult and work with you to find the best crown restoration option that will fit both your dental needs and your financial ability.
If you would like more information on your options for crowns and other restorations, 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 “Value of Quality Care.”
He’s the world’s highest-paid soccer player: a forward on the Spanish club Real Madrid, and captain of the Portuguese national team. His super-toned body is featured in a series of advertisements, and he’s regularly seen with a supermodel on his arm. So would it surprise you to know that it took a bit of dental work to help Cristiano Ronaldo get a world-class smile?
You might never guess it to look at him now — but when he was 18 years old, and just starting his professional career with Manchester United in England, Ronaldo wore ceramic braces to correct a set of teeth that were quite a bit… off-sides. (As pictures from that time show, his teeth were out of alignment and had irregular spacing.) Yet in a relatively short time, his smile was completely transformed.
Ceramic braces are the treatment of choice for many sports stars and celebrities — and plenty of “regular” folks too. They work just like traditional all-metal braces, exerting a gentle force that slowly moves the teeth into better positions. But they have one major difference: They’re a good deal harder to notice.
That’s because instead of having brackets made of metal, this style of braces uses a high-tech ceramic material to attach the archwire to the teeth. The brackets blend right in with the natural shade of the tooth, so all you can see from a distance is the thin metal wire. That makes them a great orthodontic option for image-conscious celebs (like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill, who both wore them) — as well as anyone who may be concerned that traditional metal braces don’t fit in with their “look”.
In addition to ceramic braces, there are other, less-visible orthodontic treatments that can work just as well in many situations. One is lingual braces, which are similar to traditional braces — except they are applied on the tongue-side of the teeth, making them truly invisible. Another is clear aligners, a series of transparent plastic trays that are worn 22 hours a day and gradually move the teeth into more pleasing positions. What’s the best way to know which system is right for you? Come in and talk to us about your options!
Besides braces, did Cristiano Ronaldo have other cosmetic dental work (like teeth whitening) done? It’s possible, but he’s not saying exactly. Yet, as he told a Portuguese magazine, “I feel good about myself and that’s the most important thing.”
If you would like more information about ceramic braces or other orthodontic treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Orthodontics For The Older Adult.”
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