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By Joel Snyder 17 Aug, 2017
I took part in painting a mural designed by local mural artist Tucker Russell. The mural is on the side of the Flax Art store in San Francisco. Started out with just a few of us than more aspiring artists joined in. Who knew it would be so much fun to spray paint graffiti!!
By Danielle Burgess 02 Aug, 2017
According to the American Dental Association, or ADA, the average time that people wait to see their dentist is three years. And in these three years, a lot can happen that can damage or wear on your teeth. You can end up with shorter teeth due to wearing down or accidents that damage them, or stained teeth due to diet. These things can leave you feeling self-conscious.

Thankfully, there are ways to restore worn or short teeth and to get brighter teeth. With special dental implants, you can reshape your teeth , and teeth whitening options can restore their healthy shine. But you still need to take care of them, even after having a procedure to reshape your teeth or a teeth whitening.

You don't want to get teeth whitening only for them to be stained again.

So, to help you keep a healthy smile pre-procedure and post-procedure, here are some tips that you should keep in mind.

1. Brush Your   Mouth   Often

Not just your teeth, you should brush everything in your mouth. Your gums, your tongue, the roof of your mouth. All of these things need to be brushed and brushed often. This will help keep your teeth cleaner longer and prevent germs from taking root.

Make sure you brush these areas gently to avoid causing more damage than you help.

2. Floss Often

As most dentists will tell you, flossing is a good thing to do to keep your teeth clean. Brushing can clean the surfaces, but can't do much for the spaces in between. You need to floss to get a totally clean, and you should floss at least once a day.

3. Eat A Teeth-Friendly Diet

Most people indulge in sugary foods because they taste good. However, sometimes the best tasting foods can be the most harmful to your teeth. Things like sodas, candies, and other sugary items should be consumed in moderation.

Foods such as nuts, fruits, cheese, and vegetables are all teeth friendly. And cheese is good for your mouth because it makes you produce more saliva, which neutralizes acids.

These are just a few tips to ensure that you have a healthy mouth after engaging in an expensive teeth-restoring procedure. You don't want the work you put into your mouth being undone because you engaged in some bad habits.
By Danielle Burgess 26 Jul, 2017
Working a high powered job, dental care can is not only time consuming but also embarrassing. After all, 74% of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt their careers. But with concierge dentistry, you can receive all the dentistry you need, both general and cosmetic dentistry in a condensed time span.

But what is concierge dentistry, and what are the benefits? This post is designed to give you a general understanding of what concierge dentistry is and how it can help you maintain your confidence that allowed you to go so far in your career.

Full-Service Dentistry
Concierge dentistry is about providing you the dental care you need in a manner that is expedient and convenient. That means that those who specialize in concierge dentistry must have a deep understanding of both general dentistry and cosmetic practices.

This allows you to condense the number of dental visits because regardless of whether you are getting dental implants or having your teeth whitened, you only have one dental office to schedule through.

More Attentive Care
When it comes to your time, concierge dental groups understand how important it is. Since these services take on fewer clients, they are able to give you a greater level of care, meaning that they can accomplish more in one appointment than many dental offices can in three.

The difference in your schedule can be huge. Instead of taking an hour off two or three times a month to see to all your dental needs, you can take off one chunk of time and rest assured that your needs will be met.

Renewed Confidence
High powered jobs are highly visible jobs. That means that you are constantly needing to look your best. Stains on your teeth or a gap can do a great deal to undermine your sense of confidence.

The professionals at a concierge dentist office will go above and beyond to address your every concern and have you feeling self-assured again in no time.

Whether you are a CEO or the head of public relations, it can be hard to juggle your dentistry needs and your busy schedule. Concierge dentistry offers you a personalized service that will handle your dental care needs quickly so you can get back to doing what you do best.
By Joel Snyder 20 Jun, 2017
Over the years, I have treated family and friends going through cancer therapy. The symptoms
and side effects of the disease and its treatment can cause physical and oral changes that affect
how you feel and live. The following information is meant for these patients with head and neck
cancer and their caregivers understand and cope with the management of their oral care.

You are welcome to request my whitepaper for more information, call for consultation, or schedule a pre-treatment examination.
---Katharine Jones DDS
By Danielle Burgess 09 Jun, 2017
A person's dazzling smile can provide a lasting impression. Having yellow teeth, missing teeth, or tooth decay can also leave a lasting impression, but not in the way you want it to. 3 million people have dental implants and that number is growing by five hundred thousand a year! Opting for teeth implants not only improve your overall appearance but they can also provide improved speech, self-esteem, ease with eating, and improved oral health. Finding a dental office that has the experience, reputation, and dentists with the expertise needed for this procedure is a must! When you find a dental office that has these qualifications make sure you know what to expect, and go in prepared with questions and concerns. 

Here is a quick dental implants 101 lesson to get you started!

What are dental implants exactly? The definition (according to WEBMD) is: "Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth." A dental implant is made to look, feel, fit and function like a natural tooth when implanted by an experienced cosmetic dentist. To determine if implants are right for you, a consultation with your dentist is needed. During this appointment, your teeth and gums will be thoroughly examined and evaluated. Anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Smokers have a high risk of an unsuccessful implant, so if you're not willing to quit you may want to consider other options. Also, if you have any oral health issues unrelated to the missing teeth, decay or gum disease, they will need to be taken care of first as they can make treatment less effective in the long run. 

The most common dental implant is Osseointegration. This is a process in which the dental implant anchors to the jaw bone. It can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to anchor and heal, and can also be performed in one sitting. Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved especially with local anesthesia. WEBMD states that "patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction." Once the implant is in, the soreness can be taken care of with an over the counter medication. It is recommended that 5-7 days after surgery, your diet should be restricted to soft foods only. If stitches are present, they may need to be removed at the dentist office during a follow up visit. 

Dental implants are extremely durable and while they may need periodic adjustments they can last a lifetime. It is even the preferred option over dentures or a tooth supported bridge. Once you have found your preferred dental office be sure to inquire about the types of dental implants, the aftercare needed (it is based on the individual), and whether or not you're eligible! It is a life changing procedure that can change your smile and self-esteem forever! Now that you know the dental implant basics, what are you waiting for?
By Joel Snyder 13 Apr, 2017

Many people know that poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even lost teeth. But are you aware that failing to brush or visit the dentist regularly also can lead to more serious health issues? According to Colgate, recent research suggests that there may be an association between oral infections, particularly gum disease, and cardiovascular disease and preterm birth.

A healthy mouth is good for more than just a pretty smile. Oral health can affect the entire body, making dental care more than just a cosmetic concern.

Many people know that poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even lost teeth. But are you aware that failing to brush or visit the dentist regularly also can lead to more serious health issues? According to Colgate, recent research suggests that there may be an association between oral infections, particularly gum disease, and cardiovascular disease and preterm birth. Gum disease also may make diabetes more difficult to control, since infections may cause insulin resistance and disrupt blood sugar.

Your mouth also can serve as an infection source elsewhere in the body. Bacteria from your mouth can enter the bloodstream through infection sites in the gums. If your immune system is healthy, there should not be any adverse effects. However, if your immune system is compromised, these bacteria can flow to other areas of the body where they can cause infection. An example of this is oral bacteria sticking to the lining of diseased heart valves.

Other links have been found between oral health and overall health. In 2010, researchers from New York University who reviewed 20 years of data on the association concluded that there is a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers in the UK also found a correlation. Analysis showed that a bacterium called "Porphyromonas gingivalis" was present in brains of those with Alzheimer's disease but not in the samples from the brains of people who did not have Alzheimer's. The P. gingivalis bacterium is usually associated with chronic gum disease and not dementia.

Researchers also have found a possible link between gum disease and pancreatic cancer. Harvard researchers found that men with a history of gum disease had a 64 percent increased risk of pancreatic cancer compared with men who had never had gum disease, based on studies of men from 1986 through 2007.

While oral health issues may lead to other conditions over time, symptoms also may be indicative of underlying conditions of which a person is unaware. Inflammation of gum tissue may be a warning sign of diabetes. Oral problems, such as lesions in the mouth, may indicate the presence of HIV/AIDS. Dentists may be the first people to diagnose illnesses patients don't even know they have.

An important step in maintaining good overall health is to include dental care in your list of preventative measures. Visit the dentist for biannual cleanings or as determined by the doctor. Do not ignore any abnormalities in the mouth. Maintain good oral hygiene at home by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once per day. Mouthwashes and rinses also may help keep teeth and gums healthy.

Oral health and other systems of the body seem to be linked. Taking care of your teeth promotes overall health. 

By Joel Snyder 20 Dec, 2016

A brilliant smile, fresh breath -- and the ability to sip a frozen margarita or two without any unnecessary pain -- are the best case scenarios when it comes to oral health, right? "There are three key factors that affect the health and appearance of our teeth: oral health routine, diet and lifestyle choices," Cosmetic dentist and Philips Zoom ambassador Dr Luke Cronin from Quality Dental said.

"Make sure you clean your teeth regularly and effectively, this means morning and night for around two minutes. Electric toothbrushes are clinically proven to remove more plaque than manual brushing. You should also floss every day, flossing removes the food particles and subsequent plaque that can get lodged between teeth that cannot be reached by your toothbrush. The final element of good oral health -- and a great smile -- is regular check-ups and cleans at the dentist."

1. Plaque Problems

"In the absence of effective daily brushing and flossing, plaque build up will occur on your teeth and below the gum-line. Bacteria then forms, which can lead to decay of the tooth's external enamel and other dental problems such as gum disease," Dr Cronin said. "A worst-case scenario is where tooth decay and/or gum disease is undetected or ignored, the structure of the tooth and the surrounding tissues are damaged to the extent that teeth either fall out or have to be removed."

2. Gum Disease

While teeth are the stars of the show when it comes to oral healthcare, our gums need TLC too. Dr Dunn -- who is Macquarie Centre's principal dentist and a Philips Sonicare ambassador -- explained that there are generally no painful symptoms until late on, so patients are often left unaware of the damage being done to their gums. "A patient may notice red and puffy gums (gingivitis) which may bleed from brushing and flossing, leading patients to shy away from effective cleaning," he said. "If left untreated, the gingivitis can progress into periodontal or gum disease. This causes teeth loosening/loss in susceptible people, due to the disease progressing into the supporting bone surrounding the teeth." Dr Dunn advises regular check ups and early intervention to aim to halt the effects of gum disease.

3. Mouth Ulcers

Not many of us haven't felt the uncomfortable sting of a mouth ulcer from time to time. So what causes them? "Ulcer's usually form from minor injuries to the mouth, including those suffered as a result of hard brushing, certain trigger foods including acidic fruits, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, allergies, braces, stress or as a result of a bacterial, viral or fungal infection,' said Dr Dunn."Some are due to generalized medical conditions including auto-immune diseases," Dr Dunn explained that ulcers present as painful lesions to the mouth tissue, on the cheek or gums. The best way to avoid ulcers is, well, avoidance and sleep. "Avoid known acidic trigger foods, follow a balanced and healthy diet, and get enough sleep - plus good oral hygiene is essential," Dr Dunn said.

4. Dental Cavities

If giving up sugar entirely isn't doable -- and we all know how hard it is to avoid office donut time -- then minimise the harm. "Regular consumption of food and beverages that are high in sugar causes the most damage to your teeth. When sugar is consumed it interacts with the bacteria that naturally occurs within the mouth," said Dr Cronin. "The bacteria feeds on the sugar to produce acids that attack the tooth's enamel, if teeth are not regularly cleaned these acids create holes or cavities in the tooth."

Dr Cronin's advice? If you do indulge in a sugary treat or a soft drink, it's worth taking the time to clean your teeth soon afterwards, or rinse your mouth out with water to remove any sugar that is sticking to the surface of your teeth. "Saliva and fluoride both contain minerals that help repair weakened enamel however they will only do so much to counter the effects of sugar on your teeth," Dr Cronin explained.

5. Discolouration In Teeth

You may not be able to start your day without a latte or two but it's not doing anything to help keep. But there are actually ways to regime an holistic boost -- and naturally whiten your teeth too? Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice done in conjunction with your usual brush and floss routine -- and can whiten teeth more gently. Miranda Kerr is a fan. So what is it?

"Oil pulling is a powerful detoxifying remedy that can help whiten teeth, freshen breath and prevent gums from bleeding," Cocowhirl founder Denise Gribben said.

Oil pulling involves swirling an organic coconut oil around the teeth and gums -- for up to 20 minutes on an empty stomach -- in order to draw out the toxins. The oil's natural antiobiotic and antiviral properties can brighten and clean the teeth.

If alternative methods aren't for you, Dr Cronin suggests, "your best bet is to have a regular clean at your local dentist to remove staining and stubborn plaque build-up."

6. Halitosis

Rachel Hall runs an holistic fresh breath clinic. She's seen -- and smelt -- it all when it comes to halitosis. "There are a surprising number of non dental causes of bad breath," Hall said. "Medications can cause dry mouth and without enough saliva, food particles and bacteria can stay on the teeth. Sinus infections, mouth breathing and some gut bacteria can cause bad breath too. To find out honestly if your breath is less than fresh, lick your wrist, let it dry for 10 seconds and then smell it."

If you don't like what you smell, there are simple ways to fix it. Hall suggests brushing and flossing (you can now also try interdental cleaners) regularly, buying a tongue scraper and using it daily, drinking more water and even using a saltwater gargle to keep your throat and tonsil area clean. "Chewing sugar free gum can help combat bad breath too. To care for your breath holistically, keep fit, get plenty of sleep and avoiding sugar with reduce inflammation in the body which means your mouth will naturally be healthier and fresher," Hall said.


Originally Posted on:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/11/28/6-common-oral-health-issues-and-how-to-manage-them/

By Joel Snyder 09 Dec, 2016

There's nothing more aggravating or borderline debilitating than tooth irritation. And along with the pesky   pain   comes the daunting reality that you could have a dentist appointment in your near future involving Novocaine, a root canal, and a 3-day recovery. But before you call out of work, line up your Netflix queue, and beg a friend to come over for support, it's important to consider the many reasons why that   pain coming from your pearly whites might not be cavity-related at all.

"Toothache or tooth pain can be the result of a myriad of causes other than a simple   cavity," says Gerry Curatola, dentist and founder of   Rejuvenation Dentistry   and   RealSelf   advisor. "That's why it's important to be discerning and attentive to what type of pain it is, where it's coming from, and when it's happening."

To help you pinpoint the issue, here's the lowdown on the other reasons you might be experiencing dental discomfort.

1. You brush too hard and it's led to gum recession.
Of course you want to get those puppies as clean as a whistle, but applying too much pressure or   brushing too aggressively   can actually lead to more problems—and pain. "Doing this wears away at the actual tooth structure, as well as the recession of the gums that normally covers the root of the tooth," says Ira Handschuh, dentist at the Dental Design Center in White Plains, NY. You may notice extreme sensitivity to eating and drinking cold items, which is due to your root structure being more exposed. While you can't "undo" the damage caused by overbrushing, you can make an appointment with your dentist, who can place tooth-colored fillings on the areas where the tooth has worn away, says Handschuh. "Sometimes even placing a gum graft to build the gums back to the height they were originally is also possible," he says. Your best bet to avoid this fate altogether: Invest in a high quality electronic toothbrush or a manual extra-soft bristled brush, and dial back the pressure.

2. You have a gum infection.

If you've been told that you have   periodontal (gum) disease, you're far from alone. In fact, nearly half of the US adult population 30 and older has mild, moderate, or severe periodontitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But even if you're lucky enough to not have it, you can still contract a gum infection. "This occurs when germs or bacteria enter the teeth or gum area and multiply to a point where the body cannot fight off the bad bacteria," says Melissa Thompson, a Massachusetts-based dentist and owner of three Aspen Dental practices. "The infection may cause pain or swelling, a small pimple above the tooth or area, the release of pus, or even a bad taste in the mouth." As soon as you notice any of these signs, it's best to get to your dentist's office, stat. "Gum infection may lead to an abscess, which can cause even worse pain," says Handschuh. "Your dentist will have to clean out the gum region around the infected tooth and prescribe antibiotics and oral rinses immediately."

3. You've experienced tooth trauma.
You might be thinking that, if this were the case, you'd know right away, but surprisingly, tooth trauma can be the result of an incident that happened many years ago. "This can entail anything from falling and hitting the teeth, being in a car accident where there's a force to the mouth or jaw, or even chewing on some type of food that traumatizes the tooth," says Handschuh. Along with tooth trauma or a tooth fracture comes increased pain and   sensitivity when chewing, which causes the tooth to   flex   and irritates the nerve endings within the tooth.

"If a patient were to fall and hit or damage a tooth, their dentist would need to keep watch on that tooth with regular follow-ups and x-rays to make sure there's no infection and also that the nerve inside the tooth is not dying," says Thompson. If the tooth has died as a result of trauma, signs would include discoloration on the outside of the tooth and temperature sensitivity. "A root canal and crown is typically the treatment recommended for a dead tooth, and, if the tooth needed to be removed, implanting a bridge or removable appliance such as a partial denture would be the next step," she says.

4. You have a severe sinus infection.

Especially during allergy and flu season, a   sinus infection   may creep up in a way that doesn't even feel like a normal one. "Since the roots of certain teeth actually sit right by the sinuses, the pressure from a sinus infection actually mirrors tooth pain," says Handschuh. "Instead of dental treatment, one would need medication like a decongestant and possible antibiotic prescribed by her family physician."

5. You grind or clench your teeth while sleeping.
Maybe a significant other has already clued you into the fact that you have this habit, but it can cause more than just annoyance to your bed partner. "In some cases,   chronic teeth grinding   can result in a fractured or loose tooth," says Handschuh. "So it's very important to have your teeth evaluated by your dentist so he can examine the way your teeth fit together, and consider whether or not any of them are hitting too hard or too early." An imbalance in where your teeth meet when they grind together is what can cause problems like tooth and muscle pain. "There are many ways to treat this type of pain, one of which might be the use of a night guard, which assists in removing forces off of some teeth and placing the forces evenly throughout the oral cavity," he says.

6. You recently had fillings or drillings done to a tooth.
If this is the case, you may notice sharp sensitivity when biting down in the area that you had work done. "When teeth are drilled, you may experience sensitivity to cold for a couple of weeks, which is normal, but if there is sensitivity when you bite, especially on hard substances, an adjustment may be needed so that you are chewing more evenly," says Thompson. Since you'll most likely notice this occurrence after you've already left your dentist's office, you'll have to schedule a follow-up visit so that your dentist can check on the bite and make minor adjustments to alleviate the pain. "Your dentist will adjust the bite if needed, and if it's temperature-sensitive, he may place a topical fluoride or desensitizing paste on the area," says Thompson.

7. You have a cracked tooth.
This can be caused by a number of things, including biting into something hard that causes the tooth to crack, an injury from something outside the mouth, like falling or an accident, or even tooth clenching and grinding. "If there is a crack, the tooth pain could be experienced when biting down, chewing, or even drinking something hot or cold," says Thompson. If the crack is to one of your front teeth, you may be able to actually see the damage, but if it is to the back teeth, visibility might be more difficult. Visit your dentist's office right away so she can examine or restore the area before the crack worsens—and immediately stop chewing on anything hard. "If it's due to jaw clenching and teeth grinding, a custom-made night guard will be recommended to protect the teeth from future trauma," says Thompson.

The bottom line:   Tooth pain might have a simple, easy-to-treat cause or it may be more complicated, so it's always best to play it safe and head to your dentist's office for an evaluation. "If left untreated, some tooth pain and infections can lead to life-threatening concerns and can spread throughout the body, causing an even greater infection," says Handschuh. Follow up with your regular   dental care appointments   every 6 months (or more frequently if recommended by your dentist) to avoid these more serious scenarios. "Have an open, honest dialogue with your dentist to set up a commitment to keep your mouth healthy and pain-free for your entire life," says Handschuh.


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By Joel Snyder 02 Dec, 2016

The situation:   You wake up, go to the bathroom, and groggily brush your teeth after a late night. Then you look down and—gasp—it's not your   toothbrush. Or maybe you find yourself at your significant other's place without your own gear and figure it couldn't hurt to borrow a 'brush. But a moment later, you wonder, "What have I done?"

What you're worried about:   "What if I catch some weird mouth disease! HIV! Hepatitis! Zika!"

The very worst thing that could happen:   In theory, it's pretty grim. A review of case   studies, published in   Nursing Study and Practice , found that toothbrushes often   contain disease-causing bacteria   and viruses such as staph,   E. coli , and   Pseudomonas . You could get a periodontal disease, or oral herpes (which causes cold sores) if the toothbrush's owner currently has a fever blister. If your gums bleed and bacteria enters your bloodstream, you're even at risk for hepatitis, HIV, and other communicable diseases. ( The Power Nutrient Solution  is the first-ever plan that tackles the root cause of virtually every major ailment and   health   condition; get your copy today!)

"Whatever bacteria is in that person's mouth, you're going to get it in your mouth," says Marco Coppola, DO, chief medical officer and vice president for medical affairs at Family ER + Urgent Care in Irving, TX. And it's certainly possible to catch a cold, flu, or sore throat from germs that may be hanging out on those bristles. "Viruses are pretty hard to kill, and they can live a couple of days on plastic and metal," Coppola says.

What will probably happen: You likely won't catch anything more serious than a cold, which won't happen as long as you don't share spit when your partner is sick. "The reality is that people living together will spread bacteria in many ways," says Justin Sycamore, DDS, a dentist in Thousand Oaks, CA. "Kissing, sharing food and drinks, and holding hands will all cause the transfer of bacteria. Sharing a toothbrush is gross, but it's probably little more harmful than many of the other things that couples and families do."

Still freaked out? Grab some strong mouthwash, like Listerine. "If you rinse with it immediately after the toothbrush contact, you should minimize or even negate the exposure," says Sycamore.

Still, if you don't know someone very well, or you see a   cold or fever blister, it's safer to skip the toothbrush swap. And everyone should be replacing her toothbrush every 3 months and after any illness, such as a   stomach   bug or the flu. "That prevents contamination again in the future," says Cyndi Blalock, DDS, a dentist in St. Peters, MO. "Even to yourself."


Originally Posted On:  http://www.prevention.com/health/what-if-you-share-a-toothbrush

By Joel Snyder 29 Nov, 2016

While cavities and plaque build-up may be what's on your mind before a teeth cleaning, your dentist is looking for a whole lot more. "The mouth is the window to the body," says David Silverstrom, DDS, of The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, NJ. "Often, diseases like cancer, anemia and diabetes will first be identified by the dentist in a regular examination, and this saves lives." And it's not just diseases—dentists can discover everything from your bad habits to your favorite beverages simply by asking you to say, "Ahh!"

1. You flossed right before your appointment—and that's the only time.
Sorry, but you can't fool your dentist into thinking you floss daily by doing so the night before or morning of your visit. "The gums of people who only floss right before a visit are bleeding or look damaged," says Timothy Stirneman, DDS, of All Smiles Dental in Algonquin, IL, "whereas, healthy gums are nice and tight and pink," he says. Kenneth Wong, DDS, of Santa Monica adds, "When patients floss right before coming for a cleaning, I can see the slices where the floss cut at the gum because they were overzealous."


2. You're pregnant.
"Nearly 40% of women will develop gingivitis during their pregnancy," says Glen Stephenson, DMD, of Prevention Dental in Boise, ID. "This is caused by increased progesterone, which facilitates the growth of bacteria, causing gingivitis. Some women will develop a deep red lump on their gums called a pregnancy tumor or pyogenic granuloma." (This type of tumor is completely benign and will go away after the pregnancyis over.) Stirneman adds that most women are typically pretty far along before their gums start bleeding, so it's not as though a dentist will magically "discover" that a patient is pregnant.

3. You bite your nails.

Without looking at your hands, a dentist may be able to detect this habit. "Signs include chips and cracking of the teeth, plus wear and tear on the teeth from the constant stress on them," says Keith Arbeitman, DDS, of Arbeitman & Shein in New York City. "This can cause your teeth to become uneven and lead to jaw pain and discomfort." Kyle Stanley, DDS, of Helm, Nejad, Stanley in Beverly Hills adds, "Patients that bite their nails using their front teeth usually have leveled off, flat front teeth. The nails themselves are not what cause the damage, but rather the contact that occurs between the top and bottom teeth," he says.

4. You used to suck your thumb.
"Most children that suck their thumbs or a finger have no long-term effects from the habit," says Stephenson. "However, those who did so past the age of seven or eight may show significant changes to their bite or the position of their teeth. Much of that can be corrected through orthodontic treatment, but some telltale signs can remain." Alice Lee, DDS, of Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, adds, "We can sometimes see protruding front teeth, and this can impact how kids' jaws are coming together and growing and can also impact their speech."

5. Your bad breath may mean something.
"General bad breath can be categorized as halitosis," says Arbeitman. But dentists are also trained to identify "fruity" smells and "fishy" smells, which can mean numerous things. " 'Fruity' breath could indicate uncontrolled diabetes or a dietary fast that has gone too far, while 'fishy' breath could be a sign of kidney or liver failure," he explains. If the smell is "very foul," says Arbeitman, it could be anything from gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) to an underlying lung abscess and bronchitis to a tonsil stone. Timothy Chase, DMD, of SmilesNY in New York City, adds, "The first thing the dentist should do is rule out the odor coming from the teeth and gums. After that, he should recommend that the patient see an ENT to rule out sinus issues, and a GI doc to rule out reflux issues."

6. You may have an eating disorder.
"Many patients are surprised that their dentist is the first one to ask about eating disorders," says Chase, "but bulimia exhibits a very distinct pattern of tooth wear that your dentist can easily identify." Stephenson notes that, "This erosion happens almost exclusively on the tongue-side of the front teeth and can contribute to increased cavities." But Silverstrom is quick to point out that acid erosion on the back of a patient's teeth does not always indicate an eating disorder. He says other possibilities include acid reflux and the use of antidepressants or mood-elevating drugs, both of which reduce the amount of saliva in the mouth, thereby upping the odds of acid damage.

7. You have a sinus infection.
"Often patients will call saying that they need a root canal," explains Ira Handschuh, DDS, of The Dental Design Center in NY, "when in fact it's actually a sinus infection and not a tooth problem at all." The reason, he explains, is because the roots of the top teeth are positioned in the same area as the floor of the sinuses. And both sinus infections and toothaches can show symptoms of pressure. "A simple home test is to have a patient bend over to touch their toes. If the pressure or pain increases just by doing this, the pain is most likely not tooth-related and he should see his ENT or primary care physician before coming to the dentist," he advises.

8. You have a vitamin deficiency.

"A deficiency of vitamins and minerals can cause many oral conditions, like burning tongue syndrome, tissue sloughing off, increased infections, delayed healing, bone infections, and easy-to-bleed gums," explains John P. Dougherty, DDS, MAGD, of Artistic Dental at the Biltmore in Phoenix, AZ. Stephenson adds, "Surprisingly, iron deficiencies show up in many ways in your mouth. It can give some patients severe sores in the corners of their mouth while others have changes in their tongues. Some may experience a painful burning sensation, or all the small papillae fall off their tongue leaving it glossy and smooth. Getting more iron will solve these problems."

( Photograph by Tetra Images/Getty Images )

9. You have diabetes.
"Many times, imbalances in sugar will show a rapid change in the healthof your gums, including increased swelling, bleeding, and sensitivity," says Handschuh. "In conjunction, the consistency of saliva may change, and there may be increased decay. These may all be signs of sugar levelsthat are out of control, so dentists can alert patients to see their doctor to check for diabetes."

10. You have a drinking problem.

"Alcoholic patients are cavity-prone because alcohol tends to dry the mouth out," says David Tarica, DMD, of 34th Street Dental in New York City. "A dry mouth will lead to cavities, because saliva neutralizes the damage-causing acid in our mouths. In addition, alcoholics have 'chipmunk red cheeks,' and the smell alone is usually a giveaway."

11. You have oral cancer.
"The first signs of oral cancer can be seen from the following: unexplained bleeding in the mouth, white, red, or speckled patches in the mouth, a change in the way your teeth fit together, swellings, thickenings, lumps or bumps or eroded areas on the lips, gums, or other areas inside the mouth," explains Michael Apa, DDS, of Rosenthal Apa Group in New York City. "An oral surgeon should be consulted for a biopsy of any suspicious tissue."

12. You love Gatorade.

You may know why you chipped your tooth, but Hugh Flax, DDS, of Flax Dental in Atlanta says that even though the cause may be apparent, "there could be underlying factors that weakened the tooth and made it susceptible to being chipped in the first place." He explains that teeth can be softened by sodas and other sugary beverages over time, which may make a tooth more susceptible to chipping. Energy drinks, which tend to be even more acidic than soft drinks, may cause even more damage to tooth enamel, he says.


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Thankfully, there are ways to restore worn or short teeth and to get brighter teeth. With special dental implants, you can reshape your teeth , and teeth whitening options can restore their healthy shine. But you still need to take care of them, even after having a procedure to reshape your teeth or a teeth whitening.

You don't want to get teeth whitening only for them to be stained again.

So, to help you keep a healthy smile pre-procedure and post-procedure, here are some tips that you should keep in mind.

1. Brush Your   Mouth   Often

Not just your teeth, you should brush everything in your mouth. Your gums, your tongue, the roof of your mouth. All of these things need to be brushed and brushed often. This will help keep your teeth cleaner longer and prevent germs from taking root.

Make sure you brush these areas gently to avoid causing more damage than you help.

2. Floss Often

As most dentists will tell you, flossing is a good thing to do to keep your teeth clean. Brushing can clean the surfaces, but can't do much for the spaces in between. You need to floss to get a totally clean, and you should floss at least once a day.

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Foods such as nuts, fruits, cheese, and vegetables are all teeth friendly. And cheese is good for your mouth because it makes you produce more saliva, which neutralizes acids.

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Concierge dentistry is about providing you the dental care you need in a manner that is expedient and convenient. That means that those who specialize in concierge dentistry must have a deep understanding of both general dentistry and cosmetic practices.

This allows you to condense the number of dental visits because regardless of whether you are getting dental implants or having your teeth whitened, you only have one dental office to schedule through.

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The difference in your schedule can be huge. Instead of taking an hour off two or three times a month to see to all your dental needs, you can take off one chunk of time and rest assured that your needs will be met.

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The professionals at a concierge dentist office will go above and beyond to address your every concern and have you feeling self-assured again in no time.

Whether you are a CEO or the head of public relations, it can be hard to juggle your dentistry needs and your busy schedule. Concierge dentistry offers you a personalized service that will handle your dental care needs quickly so you can get back to doing what you do best.
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