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Surprising as it may sound, millions of Americans still suffer from unnecessary tooth loss in their adult life despite the availability of adequate dental care. Most of these tooth loss cases are attributed to periodontal disease or injury. One of the most widely used treatments our dentists, Dr. Michael Gigliotti and Dr. Jared Gittleman, here at Hudson Family Dental in Hudson, MA, for missing teeth is dental implants. Find out how these popular teeth replacement options can benefit you.
Prevents Bone Loss
Lost teeth equal loss in bone mass. Without the tooth and its corresponding root, nothing will stimulate the jawbone to grow and become stronger. This results in negative facial features and possible weakening of your jaw. By placing a titanium post to act as the tooth root, jawbone loss is prevented and your facial features are preserved, if not enhanced.
Hudson Dental Implants are highly customized so they can easily match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. This means that blending with the remaining natural teeth would not be a problem.
Potent Bite Force
The permanent anchor provided by the titanium post allows for the restoration of your full mouth functions, including your bite force. This means that your Hudson Dental Implants can exert the same amount of bite force as your real teeth without fear of damaging it.
Tooth loss often leads to speech defects because of the gap. By filling the gap with something that is almost as natural as your real teeth, your natural speech functions are restored, if not improved.
No More Cavities
The materials used for dental implants are not prone to decay so your implants are protected from cavities. However, this is not an excuse not to exercise good oral hygiene habits because your adjacent real teeth could still be damaged.
You can simply proceed with your normal oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing. There are no special cleaning solutions needed to keep your dental implants nice, white, and healthy. Routine dental cleanings and checkups with your dentist here at Hudson, MA, will suffice.
You can imagine how awkward and embarrassing it can be when you are talking to someone or eating out, and something suddenly slips out of your mouth. This is something you do not have to worry about with dental implants as a tooth replacement. As it is firmly anchored to your jawbone, you can avoid these embarrassing moments.
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Call (978) 562-2782 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Gigliotti or Dr. Jared Gittleman here at Hudson Family Dental in Hudson, MA.
Your child could hit a speed bump on their road to dental maturity—tooth decay. In fact, children are susceptible to an aggressive form of decay known as Early Childhood Caries (ECC) that can lead to tooth loss and possible bite issues for other teeth.
But dentists have a few weapons in their arsenal for helping children avoid tooth decay. One of these used for many years now is the application of sealants to the biting surfaces of both primary and permanent teeth. Now, two major research studies have produced evidence that sealant applications help reduce children's tooth decay.
Applying sealant is a quick and painless procedure that doesn't require drilling or anesthesia. A dentist brushes the sealant in liquid form to the nooks and crannies of a tooth's biting surfaces, which tend to accumulate decay-causing bacterial plaque. They then use a curing light to harden the sealant.
The studies previously mentioned that involved thousands of patients over a number of years, found that pediatric patients without dental sealants were more than three times likely to get cavities compared to those who had sealants applied to their teeth. The studies also found the beneficial effect of a sealant could last four years or more after its application.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend sealants for children, especially those at high risk for decay. It's common practice now for children to first get sealants when their first permanent molars erupt (teeth that are highly susceptible to decay), usually between the ages of 5 and 7, and then later as additional molars come in.
There is a modest cost for sealant applications, but far less than the potential costs for decay treatment and later bite issues. Having your child undergo sealant treatment is a worthwhile investment: It could prevent decay and tooth loss in the near-term, and also help your child avoid more extensive dental problems in the future.
Think no one is looking at your smile when you’re out in public? Nick Jonas’ recent experience might convince you otherwise. While the Jonas Brothers were performing during the 2020 Grammys, fans watching on television picked up on some dark matter between his teeth.
To say Twitter lit up is an understatement. For many, it was that thing you couldn’t unsee: Forget the performance, what was that between his teeth? Jonas later fessed up by tweeting, “…At least you all know I eat my greens.”
We’re sure Nick and his brothers take care of their teeth, as most any high-profile entertainer would. You can probably attribute his dental faux pas to trying to squeeze in some nourishment during a rushed performance schedule.
Still, the Grammy incident (Spinachgate?) shows that people do notice when your teeth aren’t as clean as they should be. To avoid that embarrassment, here are some handy tips for keeping your teeth looking their best while you’re on the go.
Start with a clean mouth. You’re more apt to collect food debris during the day if you have built-up plaque on your teeth. This sticky bacterial biofilm attracts new food particles like a magnet. Remove plaque by thoroughly brushing and flossing before you head out the door.
Rinse after eating. Although your saliva helps clear leftover food from your mouth, it may not adequately flush away all the debris. You can assist this process by swishing and rinsing with clean water after a meal.
Keep a little floss handy. Even after rinsing, stubborn bits of food can remain lodged between teeth. So just in case, keep a small bit of emergency floss (or a floss pick) in your purse or wallet to remove any debris you see or feel between your teeth.
Watch what you eat. Some foods—like popcorn, sticky snacks or fibrous vegetables—are notorious for sticking in teeth. Try to avoid eating these foods right before a public appearance where your smile may be critical.
And here’s an added bonus: Not only will these tips help keep your smile attractive on the go, they’ll also help keep it healthy. Rinsing with water, for example, helps lower your mouth’s acid level after eating, a prime factor in tooth decay. And flossing, both as a regular practice and for occasional stuck food, decreases plaque and subsequently your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Remember, a healthy mouth is the starting place for a beautiful smile. Keep it that way with dedicated hygiene habits at home or on the go.
Tooth decay and gum problems are something that should never be taken lightly. Aside from the accompanying pain, these can also cause other health problems and affect your self-confidence. Luckily, oral health problems are largely preventable with the right practices, including routine visits to one of our dentists here at Hudson Family Dental PC in Hudson, MA, Dr. Michael Gigliotti or Dr. Jared Gittleman. The question is, how good are your oral care practices?
Signs That You Have Good Oral Hygiene
- You do not experience bleeding gums when brushing or flossing properly.
- Your gums have a pinkish color.
- Your breath smells fresh most of the time.
- Your teeth have that smooth feeling.
- Your teeth are not sensitive to hot or cold food and drinks.
- Your tongue is moist, firm, and pink.
- You have strong teeth that do not hamper the way you eat or speak.
- You don’t have any visible signs or symptoms of gum disease.
- You don’t have stained, chipped, or cracked teeth.
- You have a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Proper Oral Care
If you haven’t checked off on all the signs of good oral hygiene, then you may need to do more. What can you do to improve your oral care practices? Focus on the basics.
There is a right way and a wrong way to brush your teeth. Here’s a refresher on the right way to brush your teeth:
- The bristles should be at an angle of 45-degrees to the gums.
- Short, gentle, back and forth strokes should be used tooth-wide.
- Move the toothbrush over all tooth surfaces especially on the chewing surfaces
- The inside surfaces of the front teeth can be cleaned with an up-and-down motion.
- Remove the bacteria from your tongue by brushing it as well.
This cleans out whatever brushing has not picked off. Proper flossing involves:
- Using an 18-inch floss so you can wind it around your middle fingers and guide it between your teeth.
- Gently moving between your teeth using a rubbing motion.
- At the gum line follow the curve of the tooth and slide the floss gently between the tooth and gums.
- Cleaning the sides of the tooth using a gentle up and down motion.
You should visit your dentist in Hudson, MA, at least twice a year. Why do you have to visit frequently?
- Hardened tartar and plaque can only be removed professionally.
- A proper examination can be done to identify signs of cavities and gum disease.
- Regular visits prevent cavities and tooth decay.
- Your dentist can help improve your oral care practices for optimum health.
Taking all of these into account will give you a good idea of whether your current oral care practices are good.
For Help with Your Oral Hygiene or a Dental Emergency, Call Us
Dial (978) 562-2782 to get in touch with Hudson Family Dental PC, here in Hudson, MA, and set up an appointment with one of our dentists, Dr. Michael Gigliotti or Dr. Jared Gittleman.
Oral cancer is one of the more dangerous malignancies people face. But there are ways you can reduce your risk of this deadly disease through changes in lifestyle habits and behaviors.
Two of the better known behaviors for increased oral cancer risk are immoderate consumption of alcohol and the use of tobacco, particularly chewing tobacco and snuff. Eliminating these, especially the latter, can vastly improve your odds of avoiding cancer. Another factor is a strain of the human papilloma virus (HPV 16) that's transmitted sexually, which you can avoid through safe sex practices.
In addition to these lifestyle changes, there's one more you should make to lower your oral cancer risk: adjustments to your diet. Research over the last half century has provided ample evidence of a link between the foods we eat and our risk of all types of cancers, including oral.
The biggest concern is over certain elements in some foods that can damage DNA, the molecular “operating instructions” that regulate the formation and function of our bodies' cells. These elements are collectively known as carcinogens because of their role in cancer formation.
An example of a carcinogen is a group of chemicals called nitrosamines. These form during preservation processes using nitrites in meats like bacon or ham. They're also found in beer or certain preserved fish. To limit your consumption of nitrosamines, you should reduce these and other processed products and replace them with fresh fruits and vegetables, or organic meats and dairy products.
Our DNA can also be damaged by unstable molecules called free radicals that arise during normal cellular function. But there are also substances known as antioxidants that help protect the cells from free radical damage. Many plant-based foods contain nutrients like vitamins C and E that have antioxidant properties, so including them in your diet could help reduce your oral cancer risk.
Several clinical studies over the years have been consistent in their findings that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of oral or throat cancers, as well as other forms of cancer. Making changes to your diet in that direction, plus other lifestyle changes, could help you avoid this devastating oral disease.
If you would like more information on preventing oral cancer, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Diet and Prevention of Oral Cancer.”