Top 5 Reasons to Have a Healthy, Beautiful Smile

Now that it’s the 21st Century, it’s fairly common knowledge where dental decay comes from and how to avoid getting cavities. We’ve all heard from our dental hygienists and Dentists at least ONCE in our life, “You need to brush twice a day and floss once a day”. Still, did you know that having a healthy mouth can affect more than just your teeth? These five things might just change the way you view your oral health!
Here are a few dental terms that will be relevant to this blog subject:Mouth checkup

  • Gingivitis: Inflammation of the gums
  • Periodontal Disease: Inflammation of the bones, ligaments and other surrounding structures of the teeth
  • Gum Disease: referring to Gingivitis and/or Periodontal Disease
  1. Health Related Issues: The Surgeon General says that 80% of people have some kind of gum disease. Studies have shown links between people who have gum disease and the increased risk of getting other medical conditions.
    ** Heart Disease: Gum disease increases the risk of heart disease, can cause high blood pressure and has been linked to causing strokes. Statistics have shown that people with Periodontal disease are two times more likely to have a   stroke.
    ** Periodontal Disease and Your Body: If you already have Diabetes, be sure to have regular dental cleanings and check-ups because you are more likely to develop Periodontal Disease. The first sign of this will be red, swollen gums that bleed when you brush or floss. See your Dentist immediately if this occurs.
    +++ Among its obvious negatives to having rampant bacteria in your mouth causing inflammation, expectant mothers are seven times more likely to go into preterm labor if they have Periodontal Disease.
    +++ Studies by Harvard University show that people with Periodontal Disease have an increased risk of 62% of developing kidney and pancreatic cancer.
    +++ Gum disease and tooth loss increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
  2. Confidence: 97% of adults feel that a great smile is an important social aspect in their daily lives. Whether you are walking through a grocery store, talking to a customer face to face, or meeting your mom for coffee, your smile is one of the first things that a person notices about you. People who have gotten a full mouth make-over can give testament that having a beautiful smile can give you that extra kick to make a great first impression or inspire a healthy self-confidence!
  3. Job Security: Going along with point #2, 74% think a bad smile can negatively impact your career. Dark, crooked, or missing teeth can cause people to be self-conscious which in return may affect how a person performs at his or her job. Not having to worry about whether people will judge your professionalism or work ethic based on the appearance of your smile might just save your career.
  4. Relationships: People are generally characterized as being “single, dating, or married” (or maybe “it’s complicated”?) Whatever your social status, having bad breath or a not-so-up-to-par smile is going to affect your relationships, new or old. Flashing a smile to strangers is a universal sign of friendliness and a non-verbal hello. If the first thing someone sees isn’t very attractive, their first impression of you is just that. Having a healthy set of teeth not only makes you feel better about yourself, but studies have shown that 96% of adults feel like a good smile makes them more attractive to those around them.
  5. Your Teeth Are The Best Teeth: The bottom line when it comes to taking care of your teeth is that nothing technology can make to replace or fix teeth is better than what you were born with.
    *  Yes, getting decay removed and placing a filling or even a dental crown fixes the tooth, but natural tooth structure was taken away which has inadvertently made your tooth weaker.
    *  Yes, when you lose a tooth, you can get a dental bridge or implant, but both of those tooth replacements are WAY more expensive than paying for a tube of toothpaste, dental floss, and going to regular dental cleanings to learn proper dental care to prevent tooth decay.
    *  Yes, you can lose all of your teeth and replace them with a set of dentures which will return you to 40% functionality in chewing, but you will never taste food the same way again.

A smart woman once said that “Dental treatment is never cheaper than it is today”. Taking the time and effort to keep your natural teeth for as long as you can will be the best investment you can make with your smile and maybe even your health.

If you aren’t happy with your smile and would like to get a free cosmetic consultation in Boise, Idaho, call our office today! Dr. Dave is great about answering questions and can help you get a beautiful smile again.

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Are All Dental Crowns Created Equal?

Dental CrownsHave you ever wondered why the cost of a dental crown can vary by hundreds of dollars from one office to another?  You may have asked yourself, “Will I get a quality replica of my former tooth if I take the cheapest quote?”  “You get what you pay for,” is often true in dentistry.  Find out what factors to consider when choosing your dental crown.

There are two main factors that determine how much a crown will cost.

  • First is the material the crown is made of.
  • Second is the workmanship and time put into the crown.  Lets look at crown materials first.

There are a variety of materials that can be used in a crown.  You should take part in deciding which material is right for you. All-resin dental crowns are the least expensive, but they are also the least resistant to wear.  They would need to be replaced within 5-10 years and are prone to fractures.

  • All metal crowns, such as gold, are usually one of the least expensive materials.  Although they may be king on strength, they can also be unsightly.  Often a dentist may suggest a gold crown on the back molars that are out of sight.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are slightly more expensive, but provide the benefit of the strength of metal and aesthetics of tooth-colored porcelain.  However, the metal can block the luminescence of natural teeth and the metal can show through at the gum line.
  • Finally, all-ceramic or all-porcelain teeth are usually the most expensive material, but if properly made, can be identical to your natural teeth.  They show the natural coloring and luminescence of the original tooth.  They are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal or all metal, however the materials are always improving and it is the material of choice for front teeth.

The workmanship of the crown is the second area that can significantly affect the cost of a dental crown.  Dental crowns are usually sent out to a lab to be created and colored according the dentist’s specifications.  It is an art, and just as the quality and workmanship of a painted picture varies, so does the workmanship of a dental crown.  This is reflected in the price of the crown.  The only way to know if your dentist plans to use a quality lab is to ask.  Look at before and after pictures to see if you can determine which tooth is the fake.  Ask your dentist to explain the cost that goes into the crown fee.

Dental crowns produced by a Cerec milling machine in-house are becoming more and more popular.  Dr. Dave, a dentist in Boise, Idaho, has seen excellent results with these crowns.  Milling a crown out of a solid block vs. forming one from a mold may actually create a stronger crown.  However, the natural color variation of a tooth often can’t be completely achieved with a block of material.  A lab will touch up a crown to match the color inflections of your previous tooth.  For that reason, at Victory Dental, we prefer to mill the crown out of a solid block in house unless the crown is replacing a front tooth.

The type and quality of your crown will vary.  The important thing is that you make sure you are making an informed decision.  Ask your dentist questions until you are comfortable with your choice.  It is your smile!

If you would like more information on our Cerec milling machine or would like a free consultation, call (208) 402-1040.

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