A filling helps to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape, and helps prevent further decay by eliminating areas where bacteria can enter the tooth. Your dentist will consider a number of factors when choosing which type of filling material are best for you; this includes the extent of the repair, whether you have allergies to certain dental materials, where in your mouth the filling is needed and the cost.
Dental implants are small dental appliances surgically inserted into both the upper and lower jaws to replace one
or more missing or diseased teeth. Today more and more people are choosing dental implants over removable
dentures or fixed bridges. That’s largely because dentures and bridges have several disadvantages.
For example, bridges can affect nearby healthy teeth, and dentures may cause bone loss in the area where the teeth are missing.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are like artificial tooth roots and can be used in both the upper and lower jaws. Resembling
screws, they are made from metal called titanium and other materials that are safe for use in the human body. A
dental professional surgically attaches the implants to the jawbone and gum tissue. The implants then can be
used as an anchor for dental crowns, or artificial replacement teeth.
Patients who are in good health and have healthy gums and adequate bone to support implants are usually
considered candidates for dental implants. If you are self-conscious about your missing, diseased, or decayed
teeth, ask your dental professional if dental implants are a good option for you.
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body; however, we do NOT recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottles!
The plaque found on your teeth is home to more than 300 different species of bacteria.
The average person spends about 48 seconds per day brushing their teeth, but dentists recommend at least 2 or 3 minutes.
In China, in 1498, the first toothbrush with bristles was made, using hair from hogs, horses, and badgers. The first official commercial toothbrush was manufactured in 1938.
A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but can contain over 25,000 teeth!
In early America, blacksmiths often also served as dentists. How about a tooth filling to go with your new horse shoes?!
In Egypt, mummies have been found with fillings comprised of resin and malachite, and gold wire was used to bind together loose teeth.
The Romans, in 200 AD, used pretty impressive dental technology! They restored cavity-ridden teeth with gold crowns, and utilized fixed bridgework to fix gaps from missing teeth. They also used a form of toothpaste concocted from honey and crushed eggshells.
In Medieval Germany, the only cure for a toothache was to kiss a donkey.
The average woman smiles about 62 times per day! A man? Only 8.
Sports-related injuries account for approximately 5 million missing teeth per year, so make sure you wear a mouthguard, if you or your little ones are athletes.
Proper brushing takes at least two minutes — that’s right, 120 seconds! Most adults do not come close to brushing that long. To get a feel for the time involved, try using a stopwatch. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:
Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth.
Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth.
Clean the chewing surfaces.
For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too – you can use tongue scraper to do that or just your toothbrush.
What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?
Most dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity.
How important is the Toothpaste I Use?
It is important that you use toothpaste that’s right for you. Today there is a wide variety of toothpaste designed for many conditions, including cavities, gingivitis, tartar, stained teeth and sensitivity. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist which toothpaste is right for you.
How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you’ve had a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.