Tips For Good Dental Health

Dentists know that dental health may reflect on your overall physical health. Cavities and tooth decay can be indicators of heart problems and diabetes. Uneven bite structure can also cause jaw bone structure misalignment or sleep apnea. These are just a few examples and reminders, because we know that preventive measures are better than dealing with gum diseases or dental problems. Here are some good practices that you can do at home and on your next dental visit for optimum oral health.

What is Dental Amalgam (Silver Filling)?

What is Dental Amalgam (Silver Fillings)?   Most people recognize dental amalgams as silver fillings. Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper. Mercury, which makes up about 50 percent of the compound, is used to bind the metals together and to provide a strong, hard, durable filling. After years of research, mercury has been found to be the only eleme…

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) describes a variety of conditions that affect jaw muscles, temporomandibular joints and nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Symptoms may occur on one or both sides of the face, head or jaw, or develop after an injury. TMD affects more than twice as many women than men.
  
Updated: November 2008 
 

What is a Composite Resin (White Filling)?

What is a Composite Resin (White Filling)?   A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.   How is a composite placed?   Following preparation, the dentist …

Are You Biting Off More Than You Can Chew?

In our fast-paced lives, many of us may be eating in a hurry, taking giant bites of our food to get done quickly and on to the next task. Fast-food restaurants advertise giant burgers and sandwiches as a selling point, but often those super-sized delicacies are larger than a human mouth.  
Taking bites that are too big to chew could be bad for your jaw and teeth, says the Academy of Genera…

What is Orofacial Pain?

Orofacial pain includes a number of clinical problems involving the chewing (masticatory) muscles or temporomandibular joint. Problems can include temporomandibular joint discomfort; muscle spasms in the head, neck and jaw; migraines, cluster or frequent headaches; or pain with the teeth, face or jaw.  
You swallow approximately 2,000 times per day, which causes the upper and lower teeth t…

The History of Dental Advances

The History of Dental Advances
 
Many of the most common dental tools were used as early as the Stone Age. Thankfully, technology and continuing education have made going to the dentist a much more pleasant – and painless – experience. Here is a look at the history of dentistry’s most common tools, and how they came to be vital components of our oral health care needs.  
Where did t…

Check Menstrual Calendar for Tooth Extraction

Dry socket, the most common postoperative complication from tooth extractions, delays the normal healing process and results when the newly formed blood clot in the extraction site does not form correctly or is prematurely lost. This blood clot lays the foundation for new tissue and bone to develop over a two-month healing process.  
Updated: October 2008
 
 

Headaches and Jaw Pain? Check Your Posture!

If you experience frequent headaches and pain in your lower jaw, check your posture and consult your dentist about temporomandibular disorder (TMD), recommends the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education.
 
Poor posture places the spine in a position that causes stress to the jaw joint. When people slouch or hunch over…