TMD Can Be Linked to Other Conditions

If you have frequent jaw pain or tenderness, pain around the ears, difficulty chewing or a locked jaw that makes it hard to open and close your mouth, these are common TMJ disorder symptoms, also called TMD. Certain conditions have been linked to TMD, including bruxism and chronic stress.

Because there can be many causes of TMD, we invite you to come see Dr. to identify the probable cause and optimal solutions for your condition. Because no two conditions of TMD are the same, it’s important to speak with our dentist without delay to understand your condition. Oftentimes, bruxism is associated with a condition of TMD because it compels you to grind your teeth every night.

Discomfort involving TMD symptoms can be associated with chronic stress, and we offer a few treatment strategies to help you manage your stress levels. Chronic stress can often make TMD and bruxism worse, which is why reduced stress levels are good for oral health. Receiving adequate sleep is an important step to managing your stress and TMD, especially if you sleep on your back to keep pressure off your jaw. We recommend using a pillow that is firm enough to retain the proper alignment of your head, neck and shoulders, but also soft enough that it doesn’t prevent your muscles from relaxing.

We invite you to contact Advanced Dental Arts at 617-934-4952 today to learn more about your options for TMD treatment in Scituate, Massachusetts, and to schedule your appointment with us!

Your Options for Cavity Fillings

If you’ve ever had a cavity filled, you know that the end result is a whole tooth that doesn’t hurt any longer. Of course, you are left with a big gray blob in your teeth that doesn’t look good.

That doesn’t exactly do wonders for your smile. And if you have a big cavity filled, then the filling itself is pretty hard to miss. This can negatively affect your self-esteem and how you perform or act in many different social situations.

The good news is that you have other options.

Go with gold
Depending on where you’re at, you can almost always ask a dentist about gold fillings. Yes, these are made from real gold. Of course, these will cost more, but they have their benefits. Gold is a soft material that easily forms to your teeth. Plus, it looks pretty cool!

Composite resin
This is the option that Dr. is most likely to recommend if you want a discreet filling. This composite resin is made from a variety of materials that combine to make a clear, tooth-colored resin that’s strong and useful.

Here at [pratice_name] in Scituate, Massachusetts, we’ve seen firsthand just what kind of difference a great filling can make. We recommend these different options because we know they work. They’ll help give you the smile you need and alleviate issues caused by cavities. To learn more, call us today at 617-934-4952.

Improve Your Dental Health by Breaking Bad Dental Habits

We all know that there are dental habits that are great for improving and maintaining dental health. But did you know that there are also bad dental habits that you should avoid? Our team at Advanced Dental Arts is thrilled to go over a few bad dental habits to avoid with you.

Brushing Too Vigorously
While brushing your teeth twice daily is a great habit to have, scrubbing your teeth is an unhealthy one. Brushing your teeth too hard can damage the tooth enamel instead of increasing your oral health. our dentist and team recommend brushing your teeth gently with a toothbrush with soft bristles.

Drinking Soda
It’s a no brainer that sugary drinks are not good for your teeth, as bacteria feed on sugar. However, did you know that even diet sodas are bad for your teeth? The acidity in sodas can cause lots of damage to the teeth. Switch to water for a healthier smile.

Skipping Dental Appointments
Even if you brush and floss your teeth as you should, it is imperative that you come in for a routine dental appointment at least twice a year. Skipping these dental appointments could have negative consequences for the health of your smile.

We invite you to contact our office at 617-934-4952 today to learn more and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Scituate, Massachusetts.

Content Smiles: Dental Anxiety Treatments

Are you suffering from dental anxiety? Do you have fears and concerns about visiting your dentist? If so, you may, in fact, be suffering from dental anxiety. Oftentimes, people associate dental anxiety as an issue only with children, but it can be present in children and adults alike.

Many individuals may have concerns about having their personal space invaded, and there’s nothing more personal than your mouth. However, oral health care procedures and examinations are needed to ensure that your smile remains in tip-top shape. If you are suffering from dental anxiety, fortunately, it can be treated. Always speak with your dentist about upcoming oral examinations and procedures you may have.

Oftentimes, the fear of the unknown can greatly cause concerns and worries. When you understand what has to be done, your stress levels can be adequately minimized. During your oral health procedures, it may also help to ask for tools and objects to hold, which may include a squeeze ball or a fidget spinner. Calming and relaxing music has also been shown to help. If you have any concerns with visual anxieties, try to imagine yourself in a place that brings you joy, which could be at a beach, theme park or in a garden. If you have issues with feeling hyperventilated, it may be a good idea to start working on your breath control, which can include deep, slow breaths with a visualization on breathing correctly. For additional help treating dental anxiety and lowering your stress levels, talk with your dentist.

Do you have any additional questions or concerns about dental anxiety or your oral health? You are welcome to stop by our office. To schedule an appointment with your dentist at Advanced Dental Arts, call us at our dental office in Scituate, Massachusetts at 617-934-4952. Drs. Chan, Hur, Koch and Rowan and our entire team want your treatments to remain stress-free.

Treating and Preventing Bad Breath

Are you familiar with halitosis? Halitosis, more commonly referred to as bad breath, is a condition in which foul odors emanate from your mouth. To properly treat bad breath, there are several factors involved. It is important to take care of not only your mouth but also your entire body to help prevent halitosis. Furthermore, there are several risk factors that can increase your likelihood of developing the condition. To test your knowledge on bad breath, take the following quiz:

Question 1: Which of the following definitions most closely describes bad breath?
A: a condition where your teeth routinely fall out
B: stained or discolorations in teeth
C: a poor diet that has left you with holes in your tooth enamel
D: a condition in which foul odors emanate from your mouth

Question 2: Which of the following is a risk factor for bad breath?
A: poor oral hygiene habits
B: a failure to routinely visit your dentist
C: dry mouth
D: all of the above

Question 3: Which of the following can typically prevent or treat bad breath?
A: daily cleaning routines such as brushing or flossing
B: visits to your dentist
C: the removal of plaque buildup in your mouth
D: all of the above

Question 4: Which of the following is not a potential benefit of treating bad breath?
A: fewer bacteria in your mouth
B: whiter teeth
C: fresh breath
D: a boost in your self-esteem

Question 5: Can bad breath caused bacteria in your mouth be successfully treated with therapeutic mouthwash?
A: Yes
B: No

If you are ready to see what bad breath prevention can do to enhance your oral health, please come visit one of our dentists in Scituate, Massachusetts, at Advanced Dental Arts. You can set up your appointment with Drs. Chan, Hur, Koch and Rowan by calling us at 617-934-4952.

Answer Key:
D, D, D, B, A

Q&A: Toothbrush Techniques

We are told over and over that brushing teeth is the foundation for good oral health. It’s true! But if you have improper tools or technique, it can lead to an ineffective oral health routine. At best, this is a waste of time, and at worst, it can actually damage to your smile. Here are some answers to common questions that may help you keep the strong and healthy smile you desire.

-Why do I need to brush my teeth?

Plaque is a sticky film made of living bacteria. These bacteria eat sugars and produce an acid which wears away at your enamel. Brushing your teeth removes food particles, plaque and debris from the surfaces of your teeth, helps prevent erosion of the enamel, and makes your mouth less prone to problems such as gum disease and halitosis.

-How often do I need to brush my teeth?

You should brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Don’t brush right after eating, however, unless directed to by your dentists. Brushing right after eating could damage your enamel. After eating, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.

-What is the proper technique for brushing teeth?

Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush; use gentle, back-and-forth strokes to brush plaque and food away from teeth.

For more information, call Advanced Dental Arts in Scituate, Massachusetts, at 617-934-4952. Our dentists and team are happy to help keep your smile radiant!

Pregnancy and Dental Care

If you have a baby on the way, or if you are planning on getting pregnant, you will of course take time to see your doctor. But have you called the dentist? Your body will undergo some changes while you are pregnant, and your dental health will be affected.

The best times to see your dentists are during the first and third trimester. Your dentists can give you a cleaning and take care of minor problems, which will be one less thing you will need to worry about after the baby comes. Most dental procedures, including X-rays, are safe during pregnancy, but you should talk to your dentists about your pregnancy during your visit. Even though you will have a lot on your mind, don’t forget to brush your teeth for two minutes at a time at least twice a day and floss once a day. It’s also a good idea to use an antibacterial mouth rinse. Your hormones undergo some changes during pregnancy, and that means your risk for gum disease will increase. You may notice growths on your gums. Those are called pregnancy tumors, and they are benign. But if they are giving you problems, your dentists can remove them. Morning sickness can increase the level of acid in your mouth from your stomach. When you have a bout of morning sickness, rinse your mouth with a mixture of baking soda and water, wait thirty minutes, and then brush your teeth.

If you are pregnant, think you might be, or are planning on having a baby in the near future, you need to see your dentists. To make an appointment at Advanced Dental Arts in Scituate, Massachusetts, call 617-934-4952 today.

Superior Smiles Include TMJ Disorder Treatments

 

Your smile often depends upon making the right decisions to keep it safe and secure at all times. Be aware of any pain that you may feel anytime you are brushing, eating, and chewing food. If you do feel pain, it could be linked to an underlying condition within your temporomandibular joint. If your temporomandibular joints, also called your TMJs, are damaged, a TMJ disorder will arise. Not only should you practice TMJ disorder prevention, but you should also be aware of treatments necessary to assist with TMJ disorders.

If you are suffering from a TMJ disorder, there are numerous treatments that may be able to help. Whereas heat and ice packs are able to take care of joint pain, you may need to also work on exercises to strengthen your jaw. Furthermore, it is important to eat softer foods and look for stress-relieving techniques including meditation and yoga. If you’re still struggling with a TMJ disorder, visit your dentist for a night guard or a bite plate.

The best treatment for a TMJ disorder is identifying underlying risk factors that cause it and working on TMJ disorder prevention. Bruxism and arthritis are both proven to increase your risk of a TMJ disorder. Other common causes of TMJ disorders include dislocations and issues with your teeth and jaw alignment, as well as bad habits that can slowly wear down your jaw, including chewing gum, constantly biting your nails, or chewing on inedible products.

For more information about TMJ disorders, you can speak with our team at Advanced Dental Arts by calling us at 617-934-4952. If you require a comprehensive oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Scituate, Massachusetts.

 

A Dental Crown Might Include a Metal Core

A dental crown is often used to replace the enamel layer of a tooth that has been compromised by a large cavity or other damage.

When one of your teeth is significantly damaged, there might not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining to repair the tooth with a simple dental filling. In a case like this, one of our experienced dentists might recommend fixing the problem with a porcelain dental crown. Dental-grade porcelain can mimic the appearance and function of natural tooth enamel. If the dentist has any concerns about the structural integrity of the tooth, they might recommend fusing the porcelain dental crown to a strong metal core.

The dental crown will be created at a state-of-the-art dental lab. When it is ready, the dentist will cement it in place with a strong dental adhesive. This will attach the metal core to the internal abutment and anchor it in your mouth for many years to come.

If you are in the Scituate, Massachusetts, area and you have a compromised tooth, you should call 617-934-4952 to schedule an appointment with the dental care specialists at Advanced Dental Arts. Our dentists, Dr. Nathaniel Chan, Dr. Yong Hur, Dr. Kelly Koch, and Dr. Laura Rowan, are here to help you with your oral care needs!

Maintaining a Dental Bridge Can Improve Your Oral Health

While bacteria and tooth decay can’t affect the durable materials of your new dental bridge, it is still very important that you give daily attention to your dental restoration during your oral hygiene routine to prevent the bridge from weakening.

Plaque and residual food particles left in your smile can convert to hardened tartar that leads to periodontal disease. If the surrounding gum tissues that support the dental bridge develop periodontal disease, you can experience serious ramifications such as gum recession at the base of your teeth that creates pockets of infection around the root of the the abutments. This allows bacteria to loosen the dental bridge by weakening the cement.

You can prevent damage to your dental bridge by brushing twice a day and flossing daily to remove any food particles or plaque that form tartar. If you are struggling to effectively clean your dental bridge, we invite you to speak with Dr. about cleaning products such as an interdental brush, water flosser, or floss threader.

To learn how to clean your dental bridge, schedule an appointment to Advanced Dental Arts by calling 617-934-4952 today. Our dentists, Dr. , Koch, and Rowan, will gladly provide you with information on dental bridge care in Scituate, Massachusetts.