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What to Do If You Lose a Filling

You might have experienced the sudden panic of losing a filling. It often happens when biting into hard or chewy food or while chewing gum. Your initial concern might be that you'll have pain. Next, you'll likely notice that the tooth feels sharp to your tongue. If it's the weekend or you're away from home, you might not know what to do. Read on to find out how you can handle this situation. Don't Panic If you lose a filling, it's usually not a dental emergency. Yes, you should have it taken care of, but unless you're in pain or the sharp edge of the tooth is cutting into your tongue or cheek, it doesn't have to be addressed on the weekend or overnight. The first thing you should do is assess whether the tooth hurts. In some cases, it will be painful...

So, You Need a Root Canal

Many patients get nervous when they're told by their dentist that they need a root canal. Root canal therapy has a bad rap; your mental image might include pain and a long healing period. The good news is that most of that is a gross exaggeration of what you'll actually experience. Here is a rundown of what you might expect and how you will likely feel during and after your root canal treatment. You'll Be in the Chair for a While A root canal entails cleaning out the nerve spaces of the tooth, and this procedure does take a while. Depending on how many canals your tooth has (anywhere from one to four), you could be in the chair for an hour or longer. Consider bringing along your earbuds so you...

What to Eat After Teeth Whitening Treatment

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Whether you are using whitening strips that you've bought at the pharmacy or you're having laser whitening performed in a dental office, the goal of any teeth whitening procedure is to brighten and lighten the teeth. Therefore, it makes sense to stick to foods that won't stain your teeth for a day or so after you do the whitening. The bleaching process lightly etches the surface of your teeth's enamel, so indulging in blueberry pie an hour after you use the solution or have your laser whitening done is going to be counterproductive. Here are some things to eat (and things to avoid) while undergoing teeth whitening treatment. White or Light Foods The main idea is to stick to foods that are not likely to stain your teeth. Don't drink red wine or coffee or eat...

How to Avoid Breaking a Tooth

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Just the thought of breaking a tooth might be enough to make you shudder. The sound and the feeling aren't pleasant, and if you break a tooth, you'll have to pay to have it repaired. In the worst case, you could break a tooth down to the root and need to have it extracted. What a (literal) pain! The good news is that there are some things you can do to avoid breaking a tooth in the first place. Read on to find out what they are. Don't Use Your Teeth as Tools One of the most common ways people break teeth is by using them in a way that they're bnot intended to be used. Your teeth are for biting and chewing food, not for removing tags from clothing, trimming your nails, or opening stubborn...

Are Dental Veneers Right for You?

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Are you happy with your smile? Many people don't like the way their front teeth look. They might think that they're too small, not quite straight, or not white enough. While bonding, braces, and whitening can solve some of these issues, dental veneers are a popular way to get your front teeth looking the way you want them to. Not sure if veneers are right for you? Read on to find out more about what they are, how they can change your appearance, and what might cause them not to be a good choice for some people. What Are Dental Veneers? Dental veneers are very thin shells of material that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They sit on the tooth much like an artificial nail tip sits on your natural fingernail. Because the...

What You Should Know About Baby Teeth

Whether you've recently had a baby or your youngest child is under the age of 12 or 13, it's likely that you are dealing with (or about to deal with) baby teeth. Also called deciduous teeth, this is the set of teeth your child will have until its replaced, little by little, with his or her adult teeth. Here are some frequently asked questions about baby teeth, along with their answers. When Do Baby Teeth Erupt? Your baby was probably born without any teeth, though this is not always the case. Usually, little teeth begin erupting around six months of age, beginning with the two central incisors on the bottom. Slowly, the rest of the teeth will come in, with the canine incisors on top coming in after the bicuspids behind them. By the time your child is three, all of his or her baby teeth, 20 in all, will probably have...

Dental Safety: Keep Your Teeth Safe While Swimming

One of the delights of summer is swimming. Whether you go for a dip in the lake, the ocean, or the swimming pool, the water is refreshing and a fun place to spend the day. You might not think much about dental safety when it comes to swimming, but your teeth might be at risk of injury. Read on to find out how to keep your teeth safe while enjoying the water this summer. No Running This is more of a concern for children, who should also be taught not to run at the pool or the dock. It's also a concern for adult, though, particularly those who might be distracted, wearing flip-flops, or carrying sunscreen, pool toys, and towels. Be careful on the pool deck, which might become slippery once people have gotten in and out of pool a few...

Are Your Work Habits Hurting Your Teeth?

Work: You spend roughly 40 hours per week there, and you probably don't give much thought to how your workplace impacts your dental health. You might be surprised to learn that your work habits could be hurting your teeth. Take a look at this list of ways that what you do at work could impact your dental health, as well as tips for turning your situation around. You Are Too Stressed Out Life is stressful, and many people find that work is a large part of the stress. When you are stressed, you might grind and clench your teeth. This can lead to hypersensitivity, worn enamel, damaged fillings, and even loose teeth. If you have a stressful job, take steps to relax and cope with whatever is going on. Your teeth will thank you, and so will your heart. In addition, talk...