Posts for: March, 2017
Learn more about dental implants from your Framingham dentists.
Have missing teeth? Dental implants are the gold standard in tooth replacement. Dr. James Cinamon and Dr. Paul Hubley at The Cinamon & Hubley Dental Practice in Framingham, MA, offers state-of-the-art dental implants to their patients. Read on to find out the benefits of dental implants.
1. Eat Easier
Missing teeth impacts your ability to chew and eat with ease and comfort. Dental implants look, feel and act like your existing teeth. Dental implants and will restore your ability to chew food. Dental implants will allow you to eat your favorite foods with comfort and confidence.
2. Preserve Bone
Jawbone loss is one of the most serious consequences of missing teeth. The amount of bone loss that occurs varies greatly among individuals. Jawbone is preserved through the stimulus and pressure of chewing. Dental implants help to preserve and protect bone. Dental implants help to prevent bone loss and stimulate bone growth.
3. Improve Your Smile
Self-conscious about your missing teeth? One or more missing teeth can take away from the smile that's really you. Dental implants transform smiles. Dental implants will fill in the gaps in your smile and improve your appearance. With new dental implants, you will look and feel younger and more attractive.
4. Improve Your Speech
Missing teeth may affect the way you speak. Losing a few or more teeth can make it difficult for you to pronounce certain words. If you have missing teeth, your speech could end up sounding lisped or slurred. Dental implants can improve your clarity of speech and will allow you to feel more confident when you speak with people in public.
5. Prevent Shifting of Teeth
When you have missing teeth, the remaining teeth tend to shift at an accelerated rate. The loss of the teeth places excessive pressure on the adjacent teeth causing them to move out of place. This can cause a potential collapse of bite support. Dental implants can prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.
So, what are you waiting for? Revolutionize your smile with dental implants. Call The Cinamon & Hubley Dental Practice to schedule a dental consultation in Framingham, MA. New dental implants won't just enhance your smile; they will also change your life for the better.
While your chances of losing teeth increase as you age, it's not a given. With proper hygiene and care your teeth could last a lifetime.
But brushing and flossing can become more difficult in later years. Arthritis or strength issues in the fingers and hands make holding a toothbrush an arduous chore and flossing next to impossible.
But you can accommodate these physical changes. Many seniors find using a powered toothbrush much easier to handle and effective for removing disease-causing plaque. A tennis ball or bike handle grip attached to a manual toothbrush can also make it easier to handle. As to flossing, older people may find it easier to use floss threaders or a water irrigator, which removes plaque from between teeth with a pressurized water spray.
You may also find changes in the mouth that increase your risk for dental disease. One such issue is xerostomia, dry mouth. As you age you don't produce as much saliva, which neutralizes acid and restores minerals to enamel, as when you were younger. Dry mouth can also be a side effect of certain medications. Older people are also more likely to suffer from gastric reflux, which can introduce stomach acid into the mouth.
With these dry, acidic conditions, you're more susceptible to both tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. You can help offset it by increasing water consumption, taking a saliva stimulator, changing to alternative medications if available, and relieving gastric reflux.
Another area of concern in aging is the higher risk for inflammatory diseases like diabetes or cardiovascular diseases (CVD), which could also increase your risk of periodontal (gum) disease. Seeking treatment for gum disease and other similar systemic diseases may help ease the effects of each one.
Taking care of your mouth can be challenging as you grow older. But tooth loss and other unpleasant results aren't inevitable. Invest in your teeth and gums today and you're more likely to have a healthy life and smile all through your golden years.
If you would like more information on caring for your teeth and gums as you age, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Aging & Dental Health.”
A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.
“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”
That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.
Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:
- Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
- Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
- Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!
So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”