Archive for December, 2013

Consult the Following Websites to Read More About Dental Health

In our recent posts, we’ve discussed the root canal procedure and the health benefits of clear orthodontics. Read more about these oral hygiene topics on the websites below:

  • Want to correct your smile but think you are too old for braces? Get the facts about braces for adults on WebMD.com.
  • Read more about a recent survey that reveals how U.S. adults feel about their smiles.
  • Learn why a healthy diet is key to a healthy mouth on Mouthhealthy.org.
  • Can drinking through a straw protect your teeth from stains? Find out here.

To schedule your exam and cleaning, contact Dr. John Carson at (520) 514-7203.

Root Canal: Why You Need One and What to Expect

Has your dentist recently informed you that you need a root canal? Don’t worry you are not alone. According to Colgate, root canals save about 24 million teeth from decay every year!

There is no need to worry about this common procedure, which can help save and protect your tooth. Below is an overview of why root canals become necessary and what to expect during and after the procedure.

Causes and Symptoms

Many times, root canal patients visit the dentist because they are experiencing pain, swelling, sensitivity, and headaches. These symptoms arise when the sensitive nerve tissue or pulp inside a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. If the surrounding enamel and dentin layers protecting the tooth are worn down by decay or damage, then the pulp may become exposed to such problems. If the tooth is not treated, the patient may develop a more severe infection or abscess.

How Root Canals Help

During the procedure, the dentist will remove the infected or inflamed pulp, clean the inside of the tooth, and fill the tooth with new material. Then the dentist will use a crown to cap the tooth so that it is protected in the future. Depending on the patient’s needs, the dentist may use a local anesthetic or sedative to numb any pain and help the patient to relax.

After the Procedure

Due to the anesthetic, patients may experience numbness in their lips and gums for a few hours after the procedure. A root canal is a beneficial option for many patients because it allows the dentist to save the natural tooth from decay. This means your smile and your bite will look and feel the same. The crown the dentist uses to seal the tooth will protect it from further decay.

If you are overdue for a dental cleaning and exam, then contact the offices of Dr. John Carson in Tucson. Call us today at (520) 514-7203 to set up your preventative or cosmetic dental appointment.

 

The Benefits of Clear Orthodontics for Adults

You may think that braces are only meant for children or teenagers, but today more and more adults are correcting their bites and perfecting their smiles with clear orthodontics.

Clear orthodontics are a popular choice among adult patients who are looking for a discreet and comfortable way to correct their smiles. Below we’ll review the basic benefits of choosing clear orthodontics instead of traditional metal braces.

Discreet

One of the biggest concerns for adult patients is that their braces will be visible and embarrassing. Clear options allow you to correct your smile without feeling self-conscious. The aligners are comfortable to wear and most people won’t even realize that you’re undergoing treatment.

Health Benefits

Adults with misaligned teeth or malocclusion, may have an abnormal bite pattern such as an under or overbite. This condition can cause difficulty when speaking or chewing and result in increased risk for other dental complications. Clear orthodontics can correct a malocclusion to create a normal bite and reduce a patient’s risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease, jaw strain, and breakage.

Cosmetic Benefits
A recent study revealed that one-third of U.S. adults are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. Many survey respondents also indicated that a good smile was key to their romantic and professional success. You are never too old to perfect your smile.  Clear orthodontics can help you to achieve a more radiant smile that will boost your confidence.

Convenient

With traditional braces, patients may have to avoid certain foods and may not be able to brush and floss as extensively. Patients with clear orthodontics can remove their aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss. This makes it easy to maintain your lifestyle and oral hygiene.

Learn more about cosmetic dental treatments that can improve your smile. Call the Tucson offices of Dr. John Carson DDS at (520) 514-7203 to set up an appointment!

The Links Between Gum Disease and Diabetes

Gum disease and diabetes are two common ailments. According to the CDC, about half of U.S. adults suffer from periodontal disease.  Similarly, about 35% of U.S adults over age 20 have prediabetes, a condition that increases their risk of type 2 diabetes. There is a growing interest in the medical and dental communities in the links between these two common diseases.

Many dental patients who suffer from gum disease are at risk for or already diagnosed with diabetes. For diabetics and prediabetics, there is a link between poor wound healing and an increased level of sugar in your saliva that can accelerate gum disease. Likewise, gum disease also worsens or aggravates diabetes. If you are diabetic, then it is vital to maintain excellent oral hygiene to reduce your risk of gum disease.

Prevent or treat gum disease by setting up an appointment for a dental cleaning and exam with Dr. John Carson DDS. Call our Tucson offices today at (520) 514-7203.

Tucson Student-Athletes: Show Off Your Team Colors With Custom Sports Guards

Sports mouth guards may not be the most exciting piece of equipment to don before the big game, but they are very important. High impact sports, and even those less obviously physical can result in a multitude of injuries. Believe it or not sports guards protect against a variety of trauma. Under Armour mouth guards in particular make a great choice for their protection, comfort, and the variety of colors available.

Failing to wear a mouth guard doesn’t only mean a greater risk of chipped teeth or even missing teeth. Impact trauma in contact sports can actually pose a greater threat of head injuries and even concussions. Blunt force to the jaw, even when wearing a helmet, creates shock waves in the joint where the jawbone connects to the rest of the skull. Mouth guards help absorb the impact and displace it. Without a mouth guard the impact can transfer the force upward into the skull and brain, resulting in a concussion. Moreover, jaw clenching can lead to the tensing of joints, facial muscles, and neck muscles allowing lactic acid to build up and sap performance. These negative effects of clenching can be minimzied while wearing a mouth guard.

Under Armour guards are both effective and comfortable. Some guards can make talking and breathing difficult, but Under Armour’s designs eliminates these undesired side effects. With a variety of options, finding a guard that meets regulations, fits individual needs, and is comfortable is little challenge. An array of color options adds an extra bonus and the chance to reflect team pride. Like any athlete knows, reflecting dedication to your team in even the smallest ways is a big deal. Thanks to Under Armour even your mouth guard can show your pride and allegiance.

Mouth guards are critical safety equipment. Despite being small and easy to neglect, the protection they offer not only teeth, but the head and brain make them one of, if not the, most important protective gear for any sport. Thanks to Under Armour, wearing mouth guards is not only comfortable, but also even fun. Need a mouth guard? Contact Dr. John Carson, your Tucson Dentist today.

 

You’re Not a Shark, So Go to the Dentist!

There are many fascinating facts that you may not know about shark teeth. These magnificent creatures have quite a different dental structure than humans do, and some of the facts about their teeth are nothing short of remarkable!

1. If a shark loses a tooth, it can be replaced within one day of losing it. This is because shark’s teeth come in multiple rows that are designed in a conveyor belt style. The lost tooth is simply and quickly filled in.

2. Unlike our teeth, shark teeth are not attached to gums at the root. This is quite unusual because the security of our teeth is typically within the rooted area. This is not the case for sharks.

3. Sharks have between 5 and 50 rows of teeth in their mouths, though 15 rows of teeth is quite common. This is very different from the one row of teeth that we are stuck with for our lifetime.

4. We lose our deciduous teeth, which are also known as our baby teeth. We lose about 20 baby teeth as we become adults. Sharks, however, lose about 1,000 teeth during their lifetimes. This is because their teeth so commonly fall out for various reasons.

While these are just some of the few amazing facts about shark teeth, it is important to remember that we are very different from sharks. Our teeth do not naturally replace themselves when they are lost. Our teeth are deeply attached at the root, and we have only one row of teeth. This makes it very, very important for us to go to the dentist! As human beings, we are solely responsible for our own oral and dental health. By visiting the dentist on a regular basis, we can keep our teeth looking healthy and strong for a lifetime. If you’ve been neglecting your teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Carson today.