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How to Care for New Dental Bonding
Posted on 5/20/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
One of the easiest solutions to fixing a chipped or broken tooth is dental bonding. This special type of resin is shaped, fitted to your tooth, and then hardened. It's not a replacement tooth or fake tooth, so you don't have to worry about taking it out or making sure it's fitted into your mouth properly. However, you do have to take some care with your dental bonding. You don't want it to break or become discolored. Here are a few things to keep in mind. You Need to Brush and Floss RegularlyJust like you would with natural teeth, you need to be sure to brush the bonding and floss between that tooth and its neighbors. You don't need to use any special toothpaste or anything like that, but you do need to brush and floss several times a day. Otherwise, your bonding may become discolored or even break down more quickly. Be Careful what You BiteYou won't really have any food restrictions with your bonding, but you do want to be careful with your teeth. This applies to more than just bonding-you don't want to damage your teeth, your fillings, or any other dental work. While it might seem convenient, don't use your teeth to open food packages or anything similar. That can easily cause damage. You should only use your teeth for biting and chewing food. Watch What You DrinkRemember that coffee, teas, and sodas can all stain your teeth. If you don't want your new bonding to become stained, try to limit the amount of these beverages that you drink. You could also drink them through a straw so the liquid doesn't get on the teeth. Want to learn more about dental bonding or have a tooth you'd like to repair with bonding? Call us today to make an appointment....

How Headaches and Bruxism Are Related
Posted on 5/10/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
Most people do not realize just how much the condition of your teeth can affect the rest of your head. If you grind or clench your teeth, commonly known as bruxism, it can cause a lot of pain throughout your head. Not only do these activities hurt your teeth, but they can hurt your jaw, ears, neck, and the rest of your head. If you suffer from frequent headaches, bruxism could be to blame. Here is what you can expect if you frequently grind or clench your teeth. Bruxism Puts a Lot of Pressure on Your JawYour jaw bone is connected to your entire head. Your lower jaw hinges to your skull, but your upper jaw is connected directly to your skull. This means when you clench or grind your teeth, the effects go up directly into your head. The more pressure you put on your teeth, the more likely you are to struggle with a headache on a regular basis. When you clench your teeth, it also builds up a lot of pressure in your head. This can cause a headache in itself. The only way to stop headaches that come from bruxism is to get it treated. There are a few different treatments available, but the most common involves you wearing a mouth guard. This protects your teeth, and is soft, so if you clench or grind your teeth, it does not transfer the pressure up into your head. If you believe that you clench or grind your teeth, it is important to get seen as soon as you can. Bruxism is not a good thing for your teeth. Come in and let us examine your teeth today. The sooner we can see what is going on, the sooner we can treat the problem, and hopefully, the sooner your headaches will be a thing of the past....

Traveling and Toothcare - What You Need to Know
Posted on 4/20/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
There are some very important things to keep in mind when you are traveling. Taking care of your teeth is not always the easiest thing to do. Between time actually traveling, such as in the car or on an airplane or train, and time getting settled at your different destinations, you can sometimes overlook caring for your teeth. Instead of doing that, make them a priority. Pack an oral hygiene bag and let your teeth be one of the focal points of any trip you make. What to Bring When Traveling to Help Care for Your TeethObviously, when you travel, you need to include things like a tube of toothpaste and a new toothbrush. However, do not skip over things like a fresh container of floss and a small bottle of mouthwash that is considered safe to travel with (if going by air). You may also want to consider bringing a bit of dental wax with you in case you chip or crack a tooth. It is always better to be prepared. You should also make sure to pack things for if you cannot brush at regular intervals. This can include small snacks like carrots, apples, and celery. Plus, it can also include things like sugarless gum. This helps to clean off your teeth, even if you cannot brush when you otherwise would. Neglecting your teeth when you travel is never a good idea. If you know or even suspect you may be busy, then take precautions. Set up a bag of essentials and put it in your luggage before you head out the door. Oral health is a balance you need to try and maintain. If you want the most out of your travels without worrying as much about your teeth, call on us for a checkup before you head off on your next trip....

All Posts:

How to Care for New Dental Bonding
How Headaches and Bruxism Are Related
Traveling and Toothcare - What You Need to Know
The Danger of Forgetting Your Daily Flossing
Which is More Effective, an Air Flosser or a Water Flosser?
Where is the Safest Place to Store Your Toothbrush?
Getting More Water Into Your Diet
Ways of Adding Seaweed Into Your Daily Diet
Winter Allergies That Can Affect Your Teeth
Symptoms Your Dental Abscess is Spreading
Why You Need to Have a Healthy Mouth Before Replacement Surgery
What Winter's Cold Can Do to Sensitive Teeth
When to Replace an Old Filling
When Chewing Hurts, We Need To Know About It
Treating Dry Socket
Top Three Causes of Dental Cracks
Managing Pain of an Erupting Tooth When You Get Older
Managing Pain Following a Filling
Can Wearing a Mouth Guard Reduce Mouth Pain?
Daily Ways of Whitening Your Teeth
What You Can Do to Protect Dental Crowns
What Summer Heat Means for Your Teeth
Why Your Dentist May Use a Laser for Your Gums
Why You Want to Avoid Orange Lipstick if You Want a Whiter Smile
What Fiber Offers Your Mouth When You Eat It
What Causes Dental Cracks?
How Can You Get Caffeine without Dealing with Tooth Stains?
How Does Sensitive Formula Toothpaste Help Your Teeth Not Hurt?
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