Archive for October, 2012

Take Wonderful Care Of Your Teeth With These Helpful Links

If you want to improve your smile from the inside out, learn about the restorative and preventive services offered at the office of Dr. John Carson, DDS by visiting our website or calling us at (520) 514-7203. We can provide you with the complete care you need to maintain a beautiful smile for life. For some care tips to take home with you, browse the recommended sites below.

 

  • Learn how to choose a type of toothpaste with these tips from MedicineNet.com.
  • MSN.com explains why healthy gums are important for a youthful, healthy smile.
  • Read this AHA Journal excerpt to get a look at the link between gum disease and other health issues.
  • WebMD.com discusses who is at risk for tooth loss.
  • The American Academy of Periodontology explores the many benefits of dental implants for tooth restoration.

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The Risks of Foregoing Restorative Dentistry for Tooth Loss

Tooth restoration is an important aspect of dental care if you have lost a tooth. Tooth restoration not only improves the look of your smile, but it will also preserve the health of your remaining natural teeth and gums. There are several options to replace a lost tooth including dental implants and bridges, so you and your dentist can determine the specific solution that will fit your needs. Below are some of the reasons you should explore these options with your dentist instead of putting off restorative care.

 

  • Natural teeth may shift out of place: When there is a gap present between the teeth, you may notice other teeth shifting out of their normal positions. This will compromise the health of the natural teeth, making them more prone to decay and other types of damage. Tooth restorations will serve as place holders so that your bite remains in-line.
  • Bone loss can occur under the gum line: You might opt for dental implants for your restoration, because they are the best solution to preserve the bone of the jawline. Implants will be affixed to the bone, so there is a lower likelihood that the bone will recede over time.
  • Missing teeth promote gum disease: Because more of the gum tissue is exposed when a tooth is missing, it is a welcoming home for plaque and bacteria to build up and cause damage. Over time, this can cause the gum tissue to become inflamed and worn, making it a poor foundation for your healthy teeth. This recurring issue of gum disease could perpetuate a cycle of further tooth loss, so it is best to reverse the damage early on.

 

For the complete restorative care you need to get your smile looking and feeling its best, schedule a consultation with Dr. John Carson, DDS in his Tucson, AZ practice. We offer a welcoming environment featuring the latest dental technologies to provide personalized, prompt dental care for all types of smiles. Contact us for more information by calling (520) 514-7203.

Tips for At-Home Tooth Care

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy does not require much work, but it is important to know which steps will make a difference in your smile. With this video, you can hear some of the best tips for caring for your teeth and gums. First, you should brush twice daily with a toothbrush with soft bristles. Remember to replace your brush regularly. Choose a type of toothpaste that has fluoride, but doesn’t have abrasive ingredients that can damage tooth enamel. Get the deep cleaning you need for a healthy smile by flossing every day in addition to brushing.

 

Of course, you should also see the dentist twice per year for complete dental care, so get the cleaning and check-ups you need with Dr. John Carson, DDS. Make an appointment at his Tucson dental practice online or at (520) 514-7203.

Quick Tips for the Best At-Home Oral Care

If you want to support the preventive care that you receive at the dentist’s office, it is important to develop a home-care routine for your teeth and gums. By brushing and flossing properly, you will reduce your need for restorative dental care and keep your smile looking youthful and bright. To make the most of your daily oral care, follow these easy guidelines recommended by Dr. Carson:

 

  1. Invest in a quality toothbrush: An electric toothbrush is a great way to get a deep, thorough clean when you brush twice daily. When you shop for one, be sure to seek a head with soft bristles that you can easily fit into the tighter spaces of your mouth where bacteria like to hide. A built-in timer is another quality to look for in your toothbrush, as this will ensure that you are getting a complete clean every time you brush.
  2. Floss the right way: Many people do not floss daily, and a good number of those who do are using the wrong technique. It is important to make sure that you do not snap down on the gums with the floss, but rather that you use it to glide against the sides of the teeth to pull away plaque and bacteria.
  3. Rinse after eating: It is typically impractical to brush your teeth every time you eat or drink, but you can rinse with water or mouthwash without much inconvenience. Keeping a travel-sized bottle of mouthwash in your purse or in your desk at work can help you reduce staining and decay from foods that might otherwise harm your smile. Always use alcohol-free mouthwash so that you do not dry out your mouth when you rinse.

 

To get even more dental care tips along with superior care for your smile, make an appointment at the office of Dr. John Carson, DDS by calling (520) 514-7203 or visiting our website. We will help you smile beautifully for life using the latest in restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental care techniques.