Archive for June, 2015

A Healthy Mouth is a Gateway to a Healthy Body

dentist north AustinDaily brushing and flossing coupled with a visit to the dentist every six months for a complete teeth cleaning, polishing, and dental exam to catch potential problems in their earliest stages are the best ways to protect your oral health. But did you know that lapses in dental care can impact your overall health as well?

Research continues to link the incidence of diseases of the mouth to immune disorders like diabetes and arthritis; in addition, the correlation between gum disease and those suffering from heart disease demands further study.

If you have an illness, all parts of your body may suffer. But the same can be said if you are experiencing problems associated with your teeth and/or gums.

A toothache can totally ruin your ability to function at work or play. And if you ignore that toothache or try to mask the discomfort with analgesics, the problem can escalate.

Dental decay or gum disease often starts due to an inefficient or missing daily hygiene regimen. Brushing twice daily with a fluoridated tooth paste is essential; flossing at least once per day will remove the food debris your tooth brush may have missed; visiting the dentist every six months for a proper cleaning will allow plaque built up since your last visit to be removed.

If you are not in compliance with these basic oral care functions you are running the risk of experiencing dental problems. These can include dental decay or gum disease. And that’s not even mentioning the problems associated with dental trauma that can lead to broken or lost teeth.

If you have lost teeth, you may experience remaining teeth shifting creating bite issues. Lost teeth may mean adjustments in your diet that could prevent consumption of nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables. A daily diet that lacks proper nutrition impacts the body’s overall health.

Other detrimental actions that can affect both your oral and overall health include tobacco use; illicit drug use; over consumption of alcohol; unhealthy snacks and beverages; lack of proper hydration; and insufficient rest.

Providing excellent care for your oral health may not prevent the onset of physical ailments, but patients that honor the needs to take the best care of their teeth as possible will likely enjoy the use of their own teeth for their lifetime.

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Invisalign: Clear, Removable, Comfortable

Invisalign north AustinEveryone wants a beautiful smile … and for many they can enjoy that smile thanks to great genetics. But for the many more that are not born with beautifully straight teeth, there are Invisalign clear aligners.

Having straight teeth is not just for aesthetics. Crooked or misshapen teeth provide many places for plaque to build that can lead to dental decay or gum disease. Daily brushing and flossing help to keep teeth healthy between visits to the dentist, but some areas too difficult to reach due to a dental malocclusion can become problematic.

With Invisalign, the patient enjoys many advantages over traditional teeth straightening methods:

Clear – The aligners are clear which makes treatment virtually undetectable. This is very important especially for teens and young professionals.

Removable – With most teeth straightening methods, the braces are permanently cemented into place throughout treatment. With Invisalign, the aligners are taken out to eat meals and snacks; brush and floss daily; and for dental office visits for teeth cleaning and needed treatment.

One huge advantage this provides is the patient can continue to eat all the foods they love including all the fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, and many healthy snacks that are difficult and often discouraged with other teeth straightening methods.

Comfortable – These aligners are sturdy enough to gently reshape your occlusion, but since there is no metal involved, there are no wires to poke soft oral tissue or bands to cause oral abrasions.

At your initial appointment, photographs, dental x-rays, and impressions will be taken. These tools will be sent to the Invisalign lab where technicians will employ 3-D digital technology to fabricate a series of aligners that the patient will update every few weeks as teeth progress to their correct placement.

Your dentist will outline the program to be followed, which includes the necessity to wear the aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day to achieve your teeth straightening goals in the time frame allowed.

Visits to the dentist periodically to make sure the process stays on track does not eliminate the need for hygiene appointments every six months.

Upon treatment completion a retainer will be worn to help teeth develop a memory for their new location; this is a critical step in finalizing the process that will help you maintain your new, beautiful smile.

To find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign, contact Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 today.

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