• Cosmetic dentistry became the specialty of the 90s. Dentists are being inundated with materials, courses, lectures, and techniques. The results are dramatic. Dentists have not realized how important a smile is to most people. The end result sees both patients and dentists getting great satisfaction from the experience.

  • A dental implant is a titanium metal post that bonds to bone - a replica tooth or teeth are fixed onto the top of this post (see Figure 1). The modern day implant is manufactured by several companies who all claim specific advantages. Who needs dental implants People are primarily motivated to have dental implants by a desire to eat more easily and to eat a wide range of foods.

  • People chew a lot of gum, but do we really know what we're chewing on? Is gum good or bad for us?

  • Why brush? Tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste helps control plaque, which is the residue that can build up on teeth. Be sure to replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head if you use an electric brush) every three to four months.

  • Why floss? Flossing is important because proper flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from those spaces between the teeth where a toothbrush can't reach. So if all you do is brush, you're missing an opportunity to promote not only healthy teeth, but also healthy gums. Research shows that regular flossing can reduce the risk of developing gum disease.

  • Are your gums sending you warning signals about your health? Here are the gum signs and symptoms you should watch for.

  • Are your teeth sending you warning signals about your health? The tooth signs and symptoms you should watch for.

  • Previously fashionable gold fillings have given way to the "white look." There are a few reasons for this shift. The silver (amalgam) filling is unfashionable, as is gold, and carries the concern of mercury poisoning (the amalgam filling is a mix of silver, tin, and mercury). Plus, new composite and ceramic materials have been proven clinically successful.

  • Regular visits to your dental office are important in maintaining your oral health. It gives your dental professional the opportunity to identify any problems, and discuss any concerns you may have.

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