Month: June 2015

Why replace a lost tooth?

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Karen Conlin DDSDo you have missing teeth that need to be replaced? If so, it’s in your best interest to visit Dr. Karen Conlin as soon as possible. When missing teeth are not replaced, it can cause serious oral health problems that require extensive restorative dentistry. Visit Dr. Conlin to invest in a long lasting, high quality tooth replacement. This can save you time, money and lots of pain in the future.

Over time, teeth are lost for many reasons, including cracked roots, gum disease, cavities and dental accidents. Missing teeth compromise your eating habits, speech and appearance.

When missing teeth are not replaced, the following conditions may develop:

Tooth Shifting: When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth will drift into the open gap. This will shift your teeth out of alignment and can quickly turn into crooked teeth.

Gum Disease/Tooth Decay: Once teeth shift out of alignment, it is harder to clean areas of your teeth. When plaque and bacteria aren’t brushed or flossed off daily, tooth decay and periodontal disease can develop. Often, this can cause further tooth loss.

TMJ Syndrome: Bite problems can develop if teeth shift out of alignment. When the upper and lower jaws don’t meet properly, it strains and damages the jaw joint (TMJ).

Bone Loss: When missing teeth aren’t replaced, facial collapse and premature aging can occur due to bone loss. Facial bones provide support to our cheeks, nose, lips and skin. Atrophy of these bones affects these overlying structures and results in facial collapse.

If you have a missing tooth, it is important to visit our Wilmington dentist to get it replaced. We offer a variety of options to replace missing teeth, including dental implants, bridges and dentures.

Teeth Whitening: An Effective Way to Improve Your Smile

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Teeth whitening may be a great option if you who have stained, dull or discolored teeth. The main causes of stained teeth are genetics, antibiotics, tobacco and certain foods. As we age, our teeth darken as well.

Our dental team is devoted to helping you achieve and maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. If you are considering teeth whitening, contact Karen Conlin DDS for a consultation.

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The Truth Behind 5 Popular Dental Misconceptions

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Conlin DentalClearing up misconceptions about oral health can help improve personal oral hygiene efforts for a beautiful and healthier smile. If you keep up with your oral hygiene regimen, dental visits are significantly easier and dental care is more manageable.

Misconception #1 – My teeth are fine if I have no pain

Tooth decay (cavities) usually doesn’t cause pain until they become very severe. Once it gets to this stage, the amount of decay could lead to more invasive and costly treatments. Some of the most dangerous oral disorders, such as oral cancer and gum disease, typically don’t cause pain at all. It is important to keep up with scheduled dental appointments. Our dentist can diagnose problems even at its earliest stages when there is no pain.

Misconception #2 – Cavities are only caused by sweets

When you eat sweets, the bacteria in your mouth start consuming it and produce acid. This acid dissolves the enamel of the tooth, which results in tooth decay or cavities. However, this process happens when you eat anything that is a starch or carbohydrate. Food and snacks, such as crackers, bread, potato chips, fruit, peanut butter and pasta, have the same effect on your teeth.

Misconception #3 – If my gums bleed, I should stop flossing

Bleeding gums are often the first sign of gum disease. This happens when bacterial infections inflame your gums due to a lack of efficient cleaning. With regular brushing and flossing, gums will be much healthier and should rarely bleed. However, gum inflammation can occur despite best oral hygiene habits. In such instances, you should see improvement if you rinse with warm salt water and continuing to brush and floss.

Misconception #4 – Whiter teeth are healthier teeth

Healthy teeth come in a wide range of natural shades. Whiter teeth cannot show if there is an infection or cavity between the teeth. Although pure white teeth do not equate to healthier teeth, they should still be naturally on the whiter side.

Misconception #5 – Children are more prone to tooth decay

Tooth decay (cavities) can develop at any age. People assume children have poor brushing habits and are more prone to tooth decay. Cavities form when bacteria cause a loss or weakening in tooth enamel and eventually decay forms a hole in the tooth. This is usually seen in people with poor brushing and flossing habits, regardless of age.

Excellent oral health promotes overall good health and is definitely not a misconception. It is important to practice good oral hygiene habits. If you have any questions regarding your dental health, please contact our Wilmington dentist.