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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a process which is used to replace missing teeth. There are many problems associated with missing teeth such, change in occlusion (bite), shifting of the teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder, speech impediments, an increased risk for periodontal disease and a greater chance of tooth decay.



Bridges are fixed to the natural teeth surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, provide anchors for the bridge. The abutment teeth may need to be contoured to create a little more space in which to fit the bridge. The amount and type of reduction done to the abutment teeth varies slightly with the different materials used.



Types of dental bridges available


- Traditional Fixed Bridge

- Resin Bonded Bridges

- Cantilever Bridges


Important steps to maintaining your bridges


- Always brush and floss your teeth daily

- Visit your dentist every 6 months

- Do not consume excess sugar and starch as they may be harmful to your bridges

Benefits include: smile restoration; maintaining facial structure; restoring the ability to properly chew and speak; preventing remaining teeth from drifting out of position; distributing the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth.



How long do dental bridges last?


Bridges can last 5 to 7 years and even longer. With good oral hygiene and regular prophylaxis, it is not unusual for a fixed bridge to last more than 10 years.



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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Should I brush or floss first?

It is better to floss and then brush. When you floss, some plaque falls onto your teeth. That means that you can brush it off afterwards with your toothbrush.



You need to floss once-twice a day if you want to have good oral hygiene (the basic recommendation is to floss once a day and brush twice a day). Brushing alone does not clean between your teeth. The reason you want to do it every day is that bacteria begins to colonize and start damaging your teeth within 24 hours.



Rinse your mouth after flossing to spit out the bacteria and food particles.
Flossing is your best weapon again gingivitis and periodontal disease which are the main causes of tooth loss.



  • - A good tip is to establish a regular routine and time for flossing so you don't forget
  • - If you're only brushing, and not flossing, you're only cleaning 60% of your teeth.
  • - Flossing helps to remove plaque from in between your teeth. Brushing only cleans three fourths of your teeth's surfaces. That means if you brush and don't floss it's like not cleaning seven of your teeth!
  • - Flossing cleans the areas your toothbrush can not reach - the tooth surfaces between your teeth.


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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Dental Contouring

Contouring is a procedure which can be easily performed without using injection. It is the simplest way to recover the look of your teeth. Dental contouring is a procedure to correct curved teeth, cracked teeth, and overlap teeth. During the procedure, your teeth become smooth and polished.



The effects of this procedure is not only easy and stable but also helps you in reshaping your teeth to give you a beautiful, straight smile. It is commonly used to modify the length, shape and position of your teeth.



Dental contouring can even act as an alternative for braces under certain circumstances. A few millimeters of reduction of tooth-colored laminate can create a beautiful smile when performed by a cosmetic dentist.



If your teeth are crowded, have fractures, decreased overlap or grooves in the enamel, this procedure should be discussed with your dentist.



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Contact http://www.toothtourism.com today for more information on how you can find affordable dental treatments abroad. To speak with a Tooth Tourism representative call (toll free): 1-800-644-9124, Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm PST.