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

Despite the common belief that if we brush our teeth they can last a lifetime, there are some diseases that can affect even the most cautious cleaners. Unlike tooth decay that is primarily caused due to poor dental hygiene, gum diseases such as periodontal disease can happen to people with perfect health, albeit less frequently. Since the disease is caused due to a build-up of bacteria-filled plaque in between the gums and teeth, there is a different procedure for both preventive measures and the treatment of the diseased gum line than traditional dental care, which primarily focuses on preventing tooth decay.

Like any ailment, prevention is more effective than even the best form of treatment for periodontal disease, which with the proper knowledge can only take out about 5 minutes of your day on cleaning your teeth. While it may seem obvious, one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause or worsen periodontal disease is to regularly brush the lower parts of the teeth that connect to the gums. Along with proper brushing with a fluoride paste, you should floss around the roots of teeth to prevent the plaque buildup that can loosen the gums and cause further complications.

It is important to be aware of the fact that some conditions that can make a predisposed individual more susceptible to developing periodontal disease. Family history of the disease can greatly increase your predisposition to being affected by it and it is a good idea to alert your dentist if it runs in your family. People who partake in tobacco use in the form of cigarettes or chew also greatly increase their odds of getting infections in their gums.

Periodontal disease is usually treatable when caught early by a dentist with knowledge of the symptoms. … Read the rest

Cavities are holes in teeth due to tooth decay. They are also known as caries. Two major contributors to tooth decay are bacteria and a diet high in sugar and starch.There are over Five hundred different types of bacteria that are always present in the mouth.

The bacteria mixes with food and saliva to make a sticky substance called plaque, which fastens to teeth. Foods high in starch add to the stickiness of the plaque, which starts to get hard if it remains on the teeth after 1 or 2 days and turns into tartar or calculus deposits. Bacteria in the plaque turn sugar to acid, which dissolves the tooth structure causing holes or cavities. Due to these factors, dental caries have been described as a “dietobacterial” disease. The parts of teeth that are most vulnerable to tooth decay are where plaque can collect most easily. Plaque settles into the pits and fissures in the tops of teeth, into the areas in between the teeth, and next to the gum line. Where there’s plaque, there are bacteria and acid, and eventually damage of the tooth surface.

The cavity starts in the surface layer of the tooth ( enamel ) and as it gets deeper, penetrates into the softer inner layer of the tooth ( dentin. ) In general it’s not until the decay reaches the dentin that you will start to notice signs of the cavity. To understand how a cavity works, we really need to have a better understanding of the anatomy of the tooth. A tooth is composed of a couple layers. The exterior layer ( above the gum-line ) is known as the enamel. Enamel is the strongest and most mineralized substance in the body. Beneath the gum-line, a substance called cementum covers the tooth roots. Under … 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

Despite the common belief that if we brush our teeth they can last a lifetime, there are some diseases that can affect even the most cautious cleaners. Unlike tooth decay that is primarily caused due to poor dental hygiene, gum diseases such as periodontal disease can happen to people with perfect health, albeit less frequently. Since the disease is caused due to a build-up of bacteria-filled plaque in between the gums and teeth, there is a different procedure for both preventive measures and the treatment of the diseased gum line than traditional dental care, which primarily focuses on preventing tooth decay.

Like any ailment, prevention is more effective than even the best form of treatment for periodontal disease, which with the proper knowledge can only take out about 5 minutes of your day on cleaning your teeth. While it may seem obvious, one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of bacteria that can cause or worsen periodontal disease is to regularly brush the lower parts of the teeth that connect to the gums. Along with proper brushing with a fluoride paste, you should floss around the roots of teeth to prevent the plaque buildup that can loosen the gums and cause further complications.

It is important to be aware of the fact that some conditions that can make a predisposed individual more susceptible to developing periodontal disease. Family history of the disease can greatly increase your predisposition to being affected by it and it is a good idea to alert your dentist if it runs in your family. People who partake in tobacco use in the form of cigarettes or chew also greatly increase their odds of getting infections in their gums.

Periodontal disease is usually treatable when caught early by a dentist with knowledge of the symptoms. … Read the rest

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