Sunday, October 26, 2014
Wearing braces requires discipline and patience, and the road toward a dazzling smile is bound to be a hard one. Despite the difficulties, however, wearing these orthodontic appliances is eventually going to be worth it. Not only do you get a perfectly straight set of teeth at the end of your treatment, but you also prevent bigger problems from developing later. Home care tips for braces When wearing braces supplied by your regular Denver orthodontist, it’s important to understand that proper oral care at home should strictly be observed. Braces create small nooks and crannies for food deposits which, if not taken care of, could lead to tooth decay and gum problems. Thus, proper home care is the best way for you to keep your orthodontic treatment on schedule—possibly even shorten it. Proper care will likewise contribute to the long-term health of your teeth and gums.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Your mouth may just be a small area of your entire body, but it is one small area that requires your utmost attention and care. All body systems are interrelated, so if the mouth, or oral cavity, develops disorders, other body systems could be affected as well. Observing good dental habits and adhering to professional dietary recommendations are two great ways to prevent oral diseases, and consequently, other diseases that may arise from such conditions. The recommended sugar intake for adults According to the World Health Organization (WHO), adults should receive no more than 10 percent of their daily calories from free sugars. However, researchers from the University College London (UCL) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine wants to update these standards, claiming that it should be lowered to 5 percent, with 3 percent being the ideal.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
A malocclusion, i.e., a dental misalignment, is quite common. In fact, about 80 percent of all people worldwide suffer from this condition in some way or form. While the methods for treating malocclusions are quite varied, tooth extraction may not be as effective as was previously thought. Dr. German Ramirez-Yañe’s article for Dental Tribune talks about how removing teeth doesn’t really solve the problem and even increases the likelihood of a relapse. He adds that the best way to treat malocclusions is to improve oral function while readjusting the facial muscles toward a more natural state. To this end, a trusted Denver orthodontist such as Dr. Charles Reed of the Cody Dental Group can offer straightforward solutions. These include state-of-the-art clear Invisalign braces and self-ligating Damon System braces. With either treatment option, people can get their crooked teeth literally straightened out in a single, brief appointment.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Did you know that about a quarter of the country’s senior population is totally toothless? Aside from that fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also estimates that about “1 out of 20 middle-aged adults are missing all their teeth.” Meanwhile, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research offers another interesting fact: “Adults age 20 to 64 have an average of 24.92 remaining teeth.” Conventionally, dentures and bridges were used to replace missing teeth. However, a growing number of patients now opt for revolutionary and permanent dental implants. In fact, according to a 2006 report, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry estimates that US dentists have performed more than 5.5 million dental implants. This number has certainly grown since then.