For many finding low cost dental implants is somewhat of a holy grail, dental implant insurance is one option available to make the treatment more affordable, but it doesn't necessarily mean that it is low cost. Here I take a look at different ways that could be used to get low cost dental implants.

Implants are becoming more a more popular as a way of replacing missing or broken teeth. An implant is fitted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the tooth, onto which is fixed a new tooth, bridge or denture. From the time the treatment commences to the final restoration can take a number months and the patients will be billed based on the number of implants they have done. As implants are far from cheap anything from $ 800 (Â £ 500) upwards, even more if the procedure requires a bone graft; this type of treatment is not readily accessible to many.

If you're looking for low cost dental implants its important you do some thorough research before committing, so with this in mind what choices do you have

Search the Internet
Take the time to search the internet for the various dentists in your area who offer this type of treatment and compare prices, you will be surprised at how much they differ between one another

Recommendations
Maybe you know someone who has already had this type of treatment and can recommend a good value for money dentist to you

Dental Tourism
If you are really keen on seeking out low cost dental implants then one method which is gaining in popularity is dental tourism. More and more people are looking outside of their own country and traveling abroad for cheaper treatment. As the cost for implant treatment can quickly build up it … Read the rest

Are Your Teeth Groovy?

We are not asking for the sake of that 70’s something, or to have you act out your best Saturday Night Fever pose, groovy teeth are not cool! When teeth form, they do not all form alike, they come in different shapes, sizes, shades and have surfaces that can be more prone to decay than others.

ALL TEETH ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL!

Some people’s teeth (especially their back teeth, a.k.a. molars) can have grooves, pits, fissures, and crevices on the chewing surfaces. These groove-like crevices on the biting surfaces can collect stain. If stain can get down to the base of the fissure, so can bacteria.

The American Dental Association has a picture of a cross-section of a tooth showing the base of a fissure and the width of it. It shows it under magnification. A single, yes just one, toothbrush fiber is also shown. The single bristle is larger than the groove. It clearly can not reach the bottom of the crevice. The base of the crevice is not cleansable, therefore, it is more likely to decay.

Cavity causing bacteria can reach the base of the fissure.

Plaque loves to get it’s groove on!

This is the #1 place children get cavities.

This is where Sealants are the best thing to happen to dentistry since the discovery of novacaine and dental sealants require NO NOVACAINE!

Now, that is a good reason to dance on over to your local Dentist’s office.

Dental sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces, filling the pits and fissures of the teeth. A sealant acts as a barrier. It protects the teeth from plaque and it’s acid by-products.

It is applied in a dental office to a clean, dry tooth. It flows into the crevice and is cured (hardened) with a … Read the rest

Stone Cladding / Stone Veneer can be used on the exterior of your home as well as the interior. Stone Cladding / Stone Veneer can be used on certain walls in your home, for flooring, to enhance your exterior walls, fireplace, windows and doors. These materials are becoming more and more popular because of the fact that they are much lighter than regular stone and they have a natural look to them.

The main advantages of using Stone Veneer / Cladding are:
• Natural stone is very heavy and can be tricky to transport and install. Stone Veneer / Cladding is much lighter and easier to install.

• It is compatible with almost all surface materials like wood, brick, metal and cement. This means that a person can easily decorate the surfaces without any complications.

• The cost of Stone Veneer / Cladding is much less than natural stone. Since natural stone is much heavier, it increases the cost of the shipping, which then increases the overall cost.

• It is a flexible material, which makes it easy to install, even in places where there are curves. A vacuum table and clamps are used to install the veneer / cladding with ease. Natural Stone has not got this flexibility.

• It is easy to cut into the desired size and shape, which is not the case with natural stone.

• This man-made stone is available in a variety of sizes and shapes. The color of these stones can be matched to any color that you desire. It is also possible to have each stone made in a slightly different color, which makes the overall appearance look more natural.

• It is heat-resistant which means that it can be used in any place where there will be excessive heat generated, like … Read the rest

How they work,

The dentists takes an impression of existing teeth, x rays, photos and measurements in order to create a customized resin prosthetics model which clips, or snaps back on to teeth. No damage or treatment is required to your teeth.

Who can benefit

1 Anyone! A celebrity smile in minutes for that special occasion.
If you have yellow, stained or discolored teeth. Missing teeth or gaps in your teeth not a problem.

2 It is the perfect way to test drive NEW veneers before you get the the permanent ones, if only Hillary Duff had thought of snap on teeth before her large veneers mix up, she would have saved herself a few bad pictures.

3 Snap on teeth are a fraction of the cost of veneers or caps.

4 Dental phobia's can often deter people from getting a perfect smile. This procedure for creating the perfect smile is entirely pain less.

5 The teeth snap on instantly, there fore you will never have to be too embarrassed to smile again.

6 Snap on teeth are less bulkier than dentures, people can transform their entire smile and still maintain their existing teeth. Dentures only replace missing teeth but snap on teeth change the appearance of all your teeth.

Snap on teeth have many benefits but there are also a few short comings.

1 Although a temporary solution for a perfect smile they can still be quite expensive. Often ranging in price from $ 500 to $ 1200.

2 They can be damaged easily by eating hard or crunchy foods.

3 Like retainers it can take some time to become accustomed to speaking with them in place.

4 You must remove the teeth to clean both them and your own, food can get lodged causing decay.

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You brush your teeth religiously, eat a reasonably healthy diet, you floss at least some of the time, and you regularly use a mouthwash. You use a fluoride based toothpaste. You are reasonably good at maintaining a regular schedule of dental appointments. In fact, you follow all the mainstream advice on dental care. However, when you get to the dentists, there is always some dental decay, always a filling or cavity that needs attention. When you do get a filling, it often needs a bigger filling, then a really large filling, followed by a crown and root canal. If the root canal fails, then the only thing left is an implant, a large gap in your gums, or some kind of bridge device.

You in turn get more and frustrated. You purchase bigger and more powerful sonic toothbrushes, bigger tubs of mouthwash, and start brushing your teeth after lunch at work. No joy. Nothing seems to work. You talk to your dentist, who just shrugs and says it happens.

What’s going on? Very simply, dental decay and gum disease is an infection, “an invasion by pathogenic microorganisms of a bodily part in which the conditions are favorable for growth, production of toxins, and resulting injury to tissue.” (Webster’s II New Riverside University Dictionary).

What are these microorganisms? Pathogens of bacterial, protozoan, viral or fungal origin have been implicated as causal factors in periodontal disease. One strain in particular has been identified called Streptococcus mutans. Streptococcus mutans, and Streptococcus Sobrinus are the bacteria that cause the majority of tooth decay and gum disease. Streptococcus mutans is a heterotrophic organism which simply means that it must live off of another organism by eating another organism or using them as a host. The human oral cavity is the host of S. mutans.

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Millions of people want to know how to get white teeth in these image-conscious times.

Little wonder – we're bombarded with images of beautiful people with impossibly perfect teeth on TV, in the movies and on the front pages of popular magazines.

We're not all going to be movie stars, but everyone wants to look their best whether it's for a job interview, a hot date, giving a presentation to a school class or making a speech at a friend's birthday or wedding.

Now it's never been easier to get a great-looking smile, but if you don't do it right you could be setting yourself up for a big disappointment – not to mention causing yourself some real injury and pain.

So, here are three things you must know about getting the dazzling smile of your dreams:

1) Don't try this at home. Yes, those do-it-yourself tooth whitening kits do look tempting, but unless you are really careful and follow the instructions to the letter you could wind up with irritated, sore gums and painfully sensitive teeth. In some cases people over-bleach their teeth, causing discoloration – the last thing you want. Also, if you have crowns on any of your front teeth be warned: A whitening procedure only works on your natural teeth, not on porcelain crowns. Those crowns will stick right out if they appear duller alongside your newly whitened natural teeth.

2) See a dentist for the best results. OK, it might cost more, but those extra dollars will buy you a professional teeth whitening procedure with minimal risk of problems. Also, a dentist will carefully examine your teeth to make sure you don't have cracks or leaky fillings that need fixing before a tooth whitening. This is very important because some tooth whitening ingredients can erode … Read the rest

Your smile is an important aspect of your personality. A good smile enhances your looks and image. And healthy, sparkling teeth make a good smile outstanding. But the reverse is true as well.

Good looking teeth may take more than brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly. Especially as there are other things that can damage your teeth and gums and seriously undermine an otherwise good smile. Here are 20 of the most notorious.

1. Sports Drinks
Though they may have their advantages and are quite popular, they are not good for your teeth. "Scientific research has found that the pH levels in many sports drinks could lead to tooth erosion due to their high concentration of acidic components, which could wear away at the tooth's enamel," says David F. Halpern, president of the Academy of General Dentistry , USA.

These drinks often high sugar levels, which act as food for bacteria that produce acid. The acids then ooze into the crevices of your teeth, creating deeper cavities and causing tooth decay.

2. Tap Water
Tap water contains fluoride, which is very good for teeth. According to Dr. Charles H. Perle, spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry, "Fluoride makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before damage is even visible." He goes on to say that studies have shown that the most potent source of fluoride is water fluoridation.

Today, bottled waters are all the rage because we think that it has very little germs. But most bottled water brands contain less fluoride than is needed for oral health if it at all. If a brand has fluoride, it will be listed as one of the ingredients on the label.

3. Diabetes
Diabetes weakens the body's immune system, … Read the rest

The act of eating should be a pleasant and rewarding experience. However, some people feel a sharp pain whenever their teeth come in contact with an especially hot, cold or sweet food. Such men and women then begin to search for information on how to reduce tooth sensitivity.

Frequent brushing can limit the extent to which a tooth responds to foods served at abnormally high or low temperatures. Ideally, the teeth should be cleaned after every meal or snack. However, two brushings a day should reduce the sensitivity of the chewing tools that nature has given to each human being.

When brushing his or her teeth, a man or woman should use a toothbrush with soft bristles. He or she should put on that brush toothpaste that contains fluoride. Any sort of whitening or tartar control paste should be avoided.

An end of the brushing routine should not signal an end to the tooth care regimen for that period of the day or night. Flossing ought to be part of the daily routine that is followed by anyone who has extra sensitive teeth. Regular flossing limits the amount of plague build-up and helps to prevent development of gingivitis.

After the container of floss has been put back on the shelf, then the man or woman who wants to avoid unnecessary pain reaches for a bottle of mouthwash. That mouth-rinsing liquid should contain added fluoride. It should not contain alcohol or be too very acidic. However, the acidity of a favored mouthwash can be reduced by rinsing the freshened mouth with water.

Eating and lifestyle habits ought to be evaluated, if a man or woman wants to limit the amount of pain he or she endures after eating certain foods. A diet rich in acid foods can increase the sensitivity of … Read the rest

Teeth whitening has become a common activity for many who seek to improve their appearance, just a gentle effort might be all that's needed or for the heavy smoker, some more radical approaches. The chemistry behind teeth whitening has come a long way in recent years and there are now over 100 teeth whitening products to choose from. Reviewing them all is not possible here but let's have a look at the most popular and cost-effective methods and some of the products available:

Toothpastes
These tend to provide the least amount of whitening activity as they are intended for long-term daily use and would suit those who just need a general "whitening upkeep" to maintain that winning smile. Abrasive toothpastes that profess to whiten teeth are not recommended by dentists at all as they damage enamel and increase the likelihood of staining in the future. Chemical based toothpaste whiteners do not have this effect but are not very effective short-term. The problem is that the chemicals are only in contact with the teeth for at most 2 minutes and this is not long enough to have an effect on the very dense enamel of the tooth. This means that only surface staining is addressed by toothpastes. The most popular brands are Colgate and Crest Whitening Toothpastes but a widely acclaimed outsider said to be effective at stain removal is toothpaste called SuperSmile.

Brush-on Whiteners
These contain one of two chemical whiteners and are "brush-on" solutions to teeth whitening. The basis is that a paste is brushed onto the teeth, the paste then dries and remains overnight after which it is brushed off in the morning. During the night, chemicals in the paste whiten the teeth – quite a lot too!

The advantage of this method of teeth whitening is that … Read the rest

As temperatures rise, conversations regarding skin cancer become quite frequent. However, cancer prevention is a year round task, and visiting your dentist regularly may catch oral cancer early on in the game. The American Dental Association (ADA) , has stated that "… approximately 35,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. Some 25 percent of those people will die of the disease" and a new dental test can detect oral cancer in its earliest stages.

According to MedicalNewsToday.com, researchers at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are working on developing the test. The product will allow dentist to use a brush to harvest cell samples from a patient's oral cavity. The technology is being worked on thanks to funding from a $ 2 million award granted by the USA's National Institutes of Health.

The yet unnamed test is believed to generate an accurate oral cancer diagnosis in twenty minutes or less. Like other current cancer detection methods, at the present time oral cancer can only be confirmed with a biopsy and lab study. Depending on the location and work queue of the labs, getting the results may take time.

When it comes to any type of cancer, early detection is essential to conquering the disease. Tobacco users (both smokers and chewers), heavy drinkers, sun worshipers and those with a history of oral cancer need to always be on high alert for any suspicious changes in their oral cavity. Thankfully there are visual warning signs of oral cancer including:

  • Pain or numbness in mouth
  • Problems speaking, chewing and swallowing
  • Changes in bite or general tooth health
  • Skin discoloration in the mouth especially patches of red or white
  • Sores that bleed or do not heal
  • Lumps and bumps in the mouth
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Bleeding gum is known in medical terms as "Gingivitis". It is an inflammation in the mouth affecting the tissues around the teeth and gum. Gingivitis occurs when the teeth are not well taken care of by proper oral hygiene practices. The symptoms include bleeding of the gum during and after brushing of the teeth, bad breath, tender gum, painful gum among others. The gum turns red and swollen. If not treated promptly, the disease can degenerate into a serious problem as destruction of bone and teeth loss can occur. If you don't brush and floss your teeth regularly, you run the risk of contracting gingivitis. These measures are to remove the thin layer of bacteria called, "plague". A regular visit to the dentist is also a good idea. However, there are things you can do at home to prevent or arrest the situation.

Take These Steps At Home to Treat Gingivitis

  1. Use herbal toothpaste and mouthwash twice a day regularly to cure gingivitis.
  2. Make a homemade saline solution by putting a pinch of salt into a glass of lukewarm water. Rinse your mouth in the morning and evening daily to increase blood flow and ease swelling of the gum.
  3. Use mouthwash that contains menthol, sage oil, chamomile tincture, peppermint oil. Toothpaste containing sage oil, peppermint oil is also effective in the treatment of gingivitis.
  4. Rub your gums with coconut oil, sesame or drink diluted lemon juice to soothe the bleeding and receding gum. Also eat raw melons, pears and apples in order to soothe the bleeding and receding gums caused by gingivitis.
  5. Make a mixture of baking soda and water. Dab the affected area with a finger and then brush with the herbal powder. Not only would it heal but also neutralize the acidity of bacteria.
  6. Select from between sesame
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A general dentist is the person people usually approach whenever there is a problem related to their teeth. A dentist will see too many kinds of problems related to teeth and mouth but there are many such types of oral and dental problem for which a dentist will have to refer his patient to other professionals like prosthodontist, periodontist etc. Especially whenever there approaches a patient with a problem in alignment of teeth, the dentist will direct him to an orthodontist. An orthodontist deals with the problems of alignments of teeth and provides the patient with a solution in the form of braces or invisalign in the modern context. During the process of straightening of teeth, the role of an orthodontist is very important. He takes care of little problems related to the alignment and fixes them before they aggravate or cause problems or pain for the person. They work sincerely for the cause of straightening the teeth and bringing them in proper alignment.

An orthodontist will have to take an additional degree after the completion of degree in dentistry. This degree promises him a good career in this discipline of dentistry which is known as orthodontistry. An orthodontist will deal with the patient who will approach him with the problem of bad alignment of teeth. This bad alignment will be due to many reasons that will differ in each person.

With the help of invisalign the problem of misalignment of teeth will be solved. For an orthodontist to make his mark in his field, he needs to be skilled in handling the various appliances that are used in the treatment. He should have a significant amount of experience in dealing with different cases of patients with unique nature of misalignments. His experience will be the key for his success … Read the rest