Dental Health

How to get rid of bad breath?

How to get rid of bad breath?

Many of us may have woken up in the morning with a foul smell coming from our mouths. That is nothing but bad breath. Now don’t panic! Bad breath happens to everyone but only once in a while. Studies suggest that 50% of adults have had bad breath at some point in their lives.  However if you have been experiencing bad breath persistently then it is time to visit a dentist, because it could be a sign of poor dental hygiene and or other health problems.

Now you may be wondering what causes bad breath and how does one get rid of it? Well this is what this blog is all about. So let us understand what the causes of bad breath are before we move to how to get rid of it, because once you know the cause the solution is clear.

What causes bad breath?

Bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Bad breath is also known medically as halitosis and is caused by the following –

  1. Poor dental care – When we do not brush or floss our teeth regularly or properly what happens is food particles are left behind in the mouth which is food for bacteria already present in our mouth. The bacteria break down this leftover food debris and in the chemical reaction that ensues sulfur compounds are released causing the foul odor.
  • Smoking and chewing tobacco – Smoking and chewing tobacco are extremely bad for teeth. They not only make your breath smell bad but irritate your gums, stain your teeth and affect your taste as well. Smoking has been identified as one of the major reasons of bad breath.
  • Dry mouth – Some people have a medical condition called xerostomia which is called dry mouth in layman’s language. Dry mouth occurs due to our body’s inability to produce enough saliva required by the mouth. Saliva is critical to not just moisten our mouth but it also neutralizes acids produced by bacteria. It helps wash away food debris and dead cells from the tongue, gums and cheeks. In case of less production of saliva the food debris and dead cells are left behind which decay and produce the bad breath.
  • Breathing through the mouth – Some people tend to breathe through their mouths rather than nostrils especially while sleeping. Such people also have more chances of bad breath than those who breathe through the nostrils, the reason being breathing through the mouth can dry it leading to faster decay of food debris in the mouth.
  • Gum disease – Bad breath can be a consequence of advanced gum disease. This is generally accompanied by constant bad taste in the mouth. It is important to consult your dentist right away if you observe these symptoms.
  • Food items – There are some infamous food items like onion, garlic, cheese, pastrami and coffee which are well known for giving one a bad breath. Eating these foods which have strong odors leave a lingering bad smell in the mouth.
  • Medical conditions – Other than gum disease there are other medical conditions for which bad breath is a symptom. These include-
  1. Acid Reflux
    1. Bronchitis
    1. Sinus
    1. Gastrointestinal issues
    1. Diabetes
    1. Liver or Kidney issues.

Now that we know what are the causes of bad breath it is easy to get rid of it.  

Solutions to bad breath

Here are some of the things all of us can do to ensure we never suffer from bad breath.

  1. First and foremost we must take care of our oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing our mouth with water after every meal is a must. One can also use mouthwashes (for more about mouthwashes read our blog – Advantages and Disadvantages of Mouthwashes). However please note that the use of mouthwash covers only a symptom and may not be a long lasting solution for the underlying disease which is causing bad breath (unless a medicated one has been prescribed by the doctor).
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush and floss in the correct manner. Discard your brush every 3 to 4 months or earlier if its bristles get frayed. Make sure to use a tongue scraper which can help get rid of bacteria on the tongue.
  • If using dentures, remove them at night, clean them thoroughly. Same goes for people with braces and retainers.
  • Quit smoking and don’t consume tobacco.
  • Keep hydrating your mouth. You can eat a sugar free gum for this purpose to keep the saliva flowing.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Eat more veggies than meat. Also eat fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, celery etc which have a hard exterior because when you bite into them, their hard exterior helps remove plaque from your teeth. Avoid eating strong odor food items like onion, garlic and coffee.
  • Practice breathing through the nostrils if you tend to breathe through your mouth. Be aware when you breathe and avoid breathing through your mouth. 
  • Last but definitely not the least visit your dentist regularly. You must visit your dentist at least twice a year. Regular checkups help identify diseases early on before they become a bigger problem. You will save a ton of time, money and suffering by visiting your dentist regularly. If you however notice persistent bad breath visit your dentist immediately and not wait for your regular check up as only an expert can help identify the underlying cause.

Hope you enjoyed reading this blog and it will come in handy for you to get rid of that bad breath. Take care of your teeth and if you liked this blog do share it with your family and friends. Follow us on instagram @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx for offers, deals and more fun stuff like this.

Call Ensure Dental Care (the family dentist near you) on 940-274-3229 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best family dental clinics at Saginaw Texas. We accept all major insurance providers.

Adult Braces

Adult Braces

When we hear the word braces, the first thing that pops in our head is an image of a young kid or a pre teen wearing a school uniform may be, smiling with metallic braces on their teeth. Well most of us associate braces with childhood and school and rightly so as that is the time when most of us and our friends have had our braces.

But there is such a thing called adult braces or braces for adults. So if you are an adult and wondering what is the right age to get braces or can I get braces at 25 or 30, you have come to the right place. Here we will elaborate on what adult braces are and more.

No age limit for braces

Let us begin with the fact that there is no age limit for braces. Yes you heard it right! You can get braces as an adult too on one condition. The condition that is prerequisite for all dentists to fit the adult braces on you is that you must have a healthy jaw bone and permanent teeth. Yes till some time back adult braces were almost unheard of but now they are one fastest growing segment.  So you see as they say you are never too old for braces.

Why get adult braces?

  1. For straighter teeth – Well not all of us straightened our teeth when we were younger or did not use retainers the right way which may have led to teeth becoming crooked again.
  2. We can afford it now – Not everyone’s parents had the money to spend on braces while adults may finally be financially ready to get those braces.
  3. To boost your self esteem – Having good teeth boosts one’s self esteem and gives a person confidence.
  4. For future professional prospects – There are some professions which lay emphasis on having good teeth and well groomed looks like modeling or being an air host/ hostess.

Advantages of adult braces

We all know the advantages of straighter teeth –

  1. Greater confidence and self esteem.
  2. Bite correction (get rid of over, under and cross bites) which allows one to chew food properly.
  3. Better cleaning of teeth which in turn will help one avoid cavities and other periodontal diseases.
  4. Helps in speech impairment.  

Despite knowing the advantages of braces many still avoid getting one because of a number of misapprehensions like –

  1. I will have to wear those ugly looking metallic braces for longer than young children because my teeth are stronger and set in place as compared to a growing child – This is not true, you may end up wearing braces for almost same time as an adolescent if not less provided you follow all the instructions of your dentist (which in most case adults do better than kids). Also world has moved on while you grew up. Now you have better choices than the traditional metal braces also available. We will see the choices soon.
  2. I will have to change my diet and my lifestyle if I get adult braces – Well we cannot say this is wholly incorrect. Of course you will have to avoid some foods which can damage the braces. And of course you will also have to take time out for dental visits and may take a little longer to brush and floss your teeth than usual but that is only for some time and for a greater good.
  3. How will I attend that meeting or go to that party with braces on? – Well we will show you there are a number of options available for adult braces which will rule out this fear completely.
  4. It will be painful – With advanced dental technology now you can get adult braces which can straighten your teeth quickly and comfortably. Not to say there will be no discomfort but not as bad as you imagine it to be.
  5. It will be expensive – Well just check your dental insurance plan. Most PPO insurances now days cover some part of the treatment making it not so heavy on your pocket.

So what are the options available for adult braces?

  1. Traditional Metal Braces – Teeth alignment is best treated with traditional metal braces and is always an option available to adults. However it is not a popular one due to aesthetics and discomfort involved with it.
  2. Clear Braces – These are very popular amongst adults. These braces are made up of either porcelain or ceramic and it is almost impossible for people to notice that you are wearing braces when you wear these. Six month smiles is a popular choice in clear braces.
  3. Clear Aligners – One of the most popular adult braces are clear aligners (by Invisalign and Six month smiles). These are generally plastic aligners which are almost invisible (hence very discreet) and removable unlike braces. These are custom made.
  4. Lingual braces – They have the same utility as traditional braces but  they are placed behind the teeth (by the tongue and palate) and not in the front of the teeth hence giving a better look.

Considerations before going for adult braces

While you now have many more options for the types of braces you can choose from, there are some things you must keep in mind before going in for adult braces-

  1. Your bone structure has stopped growing and you may have bone loss with age. This may affect the length of time you will need braces.
  2. You may have gotten teeth extracted in the past which can pose a problem for your dentist now.
  3. Severe teeth misalignment may even need oral surgery.

Whether you need an aligner or only braces can correct your issue can be determined only by your dentist in consultation with you. You can always reach out to us also. Call Ensure Dental Care (the family dentist near you) on 940-274-3229 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best family dental clinics at Saginaw Texas. We accept all major insurance providers.

Hope you enjoyed reading this blog and it helps you decide whether and which adult braces to go in for. Take care of your teeth and if you liked this blog do share it with your family and friends. Follow us on instagram @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx for offers, deals and more fun stuff like this.

10 Fun Facts about Teeth

10 Fun Facts about Teeth

Teeth can be very interesting subject for many. Most of us don’t think too much about teeth in our daily lives but we definitely notice them a lot. They play an important role in our facial looks which in turn are crucial when it comes to forming first impressions. People have started taking their teeth and oral hygiene more seriously only recently. But taking care of your teeth is not a new phenomenon. Recent studies have shown that dentistry is as old as 7000BC. Remains from the Indus Valley civilization have shown holes in teeth, caused by ancient dental drills. Dentistry is mentioned first in 5000BC in a Sumerian text and Babylonians used chew sticks as early as 3500BC to clean their teeth. Let us see if you know any of these interesting facts about our teeth.

Fun Fact No. 1 – Enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body

If we were to ask you what is the hardest part in your body? You may probably say bones. But that is incorrect. It is the enamel which is the outer covering of the teeth which is the hardest part in our body. Its function is to protect the teeth. Now you may say but teeth are a kind of bone. Wrong again. Teeth cannot grow back if broken (bones can change over time) and they also don’t have bone marrow that produces red and white blood cells, thus making enamel the hardest tissue in a human’s body.

Fun Fact No. 2 – Our teeth are unique

All of us have unique teeth. They are as unique as our finger prints. No one else has the same set of teeth as us. And even our own 32 teeth in case of permanent teeth and 20 in case of milk teeth are the same. All are different shape and size. So your smile is as special as are you.

Fun Fact No. 3 – Our teeth can tell stories

Our teeth like the rings on trees have many stories to tell. From our teeth scientists can figure our diet, our age and even the place to which we belong. They also tell about our overall health and stresses or illnesses faced by us if any.

Fun Fact No. 4 – Dentin can grow and change all your life

The outermost protective layer of the teeth is called enamel. Dentin is the layer that lies beneath the enamel. Enamel once lost can never be regained as it does not have any living cells but dentin can be repaired and regenerated albeit not very easily and requires a lot of time and effort.

Fun Fact No. 5 – Wisdom Teeth have stem cells

If you know the importance of stem cells you would be happy to know our wisdom teeth have stem cells. Stem cells are those cells which can grow and become any kind of tissue (muscle, bone, cartilage etc). They are being researched on and have tremendous potential for treatments in regenerative medicine (where human tissue and parts are grown, repaired and replaced). These stem cells can be removed and stored for future use by you.

Fun Fact No. 6 – Your milk and permanent teeth are already present when you are a baby

Our teeth don’t start growing after we are born. In fact the blueprint of our teeth is already present when we are born. They only get pushed out of the gums when the time is right.

Fun Fact No. 7 – Healthy teeth are not white but off white

Who does not love those pearly white teeth but you will be surprised to know that white is not the natural color of the teeth. Teeth naturally are off white in color not to be confused with yellow teeth (which can mean there is something wrong with your teeth).  Dentin is yellow in color so if your teeth appear yellow that can mean your teeth enamel has worn off.

Fun Fact No. 8 – Cavities are contagious

Surprised? Well it is true. Cavities can spread from one person to another if there is a saliva exchange between a person who has cavities and one who has none. So next time you kiss someone or share cutlery with someone think twice because you may end up getting germs from the other person or giving him some.

Fun Fact No. 9 – Some babies are born with teeth

Well in most cases teeth erupt about 4 to 8 months after a baby is born but in some cases about 1 in 2000 babies can be born with one or more teeth. These teeth are called natal teeth. Most of the time these are harmless but only a pediatrician can guide you if your baby is born with teeth.

Fun Fact No. 10 – George Washington’s teeth

This has to be one of most infamous and weird fact but everyone wants to know what were George Washington’s teeth were made of? Some say George Washington’s dentures were made of wood and this is a popular belief; some others say they were made of lead, ivory and hippopotamus teeth. Wikipedia  on the other hand says he bought teeth from enslaved people. Whether it was for use for self or someone he knew we will never know but mind you he was left with only one functional tooth by the time he became the first President of the United States.

So how did you like this blog? And how many of these facts did you already know about? Hope you enjoyed reading this blog as much as we had fun writing it. If you liked this blog do share it with your family and friends. Follow us on instagram @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx for offers, deals and more fun stuff like this.

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Is drinking water healthy for your teeth?

Is drinking water healthy for your teeth?

Water the elixir of life

Water has been hailed by all as the elixir of life. We cannot disagree. Water is very important for our survival as is air. Water is a vital nutrient for every living cell in the body. Did you know that up to 60% of adult human body is made up of water? Water plays an important role in regular bodily functions like maintaining the temperature of the body, flushing out waste from the body, lubricating joints, formation of saliva and as a shock absorber for brain and spinal cord too. Hydration is key to good health also.

So does drinking water also keep our teeth healthy?

Absolutely yes! There are a number of ways in which drinking water helps in keeping our teeth healthy. Let us see how water helps our teeth.

  1. Water helps remove all the debris that remains in the mouth after we eat something. When you rinse your mouth with water after eating the small particles which would otherwise be stuck on or in between our teeth get removed.
  2. Rinsing your mouth with water also helps get rid of the bacteria in your mouth which means cleaner mouth and lesser chance of cavities.
  3. Water also reduces the pH of the mouth thereby neutralizing the acids in the mouth which attack the enamel of the tooth. So drinking water or rinsing the mouth with water protects the enamel and prevents cavities.
  4. Water helps in the formation of saliva. Our body cannot make saliva without water. Saliva also is alkaline in nature and helps reduce the acidity in the mouth.
  5. It is difficult for plaque to build up in a mouth which is hydrated. It is easier for plaque to stick to dry teeth and gums.
  6. Drinking less water can lead to dehydration and one of the first things the body does when dehydrated is produce little or no saliva which results in dry mouth. A dry mouth means more bacterial build up in the mouth. So drinking water helps fight cavity producing bacteria.
  7. If you are drinking water that contains fluoride then it can also help in restoring lost enamel of the teeth. You can read more about the benefits of fluoride in our blogs – Minerals, Vitamins and Teeth and also Fluoride Myths and Facts. In Fluoride treatment for children blog we talk about strengthening teeth of children using the fluoride treatment. Do check them out.
  8. Water also nourishes the soft tissue and mucous membranes in the mouth. This helps in avoiding cold sore and ulcers. In a dry mouth there is more friction between the soft tissues which can exacerbate cold sores.
  9. Dry mouth can also lead to bad breath because dry mouth is perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Keeping the mouth hydrated means fresher breath.
  10. Rinsing your mouth with water also helps remove the stains from your teeth.
  11. Besides keeping teeth healthy drinking water has other benefits like helping losing weight too J.

Is drinking all types of water good for teeth?

We have fairly established so far that drinking water is good for your oral health. Does this mean all types of water is good for you. Let us make it clear here that water in any form is the best beverage one can have. It is any day better than any sugary drink.

  1. Tap water – Plain tap water can help hydrate the mouth and keep it healthy but the amount of fluoride that occurs naturally in this water is insufficient to fight cavity build up in the mouth. Also note that tap water may not be drinkable in all countries and may need to be boiled and filtered before drinking it.
  2. Sparkling water – Sparkling water is also better than a sugary drink but then sparkling water contains higher acid levels as compared to regular tap water. And this may increase the damage to the enamel of your teeth.
  3. Fluoridate water – This is one of the best type of water to drink for your oral health. It prevent tooth decay, it is safe to drink by all people from children to the elderly. If you drink fluoridated water in combination with using toothpaste and mouthwash which has fluoride you are taking the best measure possible to protect your teeth from dental issues.

Best time to drink water for good oral health

So when is the best time to have water in order to have good oral health.

  1. Drinking water 30 minutes before eating can help digestion and rinsing the mouth after eating can protect your teeth.
  2. Rinse your mouth immediately after consuming food items like onion and garlic or drinking tea or coffee which can stain your teeth.
  3. Swirl water in your mouth before going to sleep and as soon as you get up.

Hydration is key to good health

In the end we would like to conclude that there is nothing more natural than water for good oral and overall health. Drinking water is most common form of hydration but people also get water from juice, milk, coffee, tea, soda, fruits, vegetables, etc. As per National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine a healthy adult male must have 3.7 lts (125 ounces) and a healthy adult female must have 2.7 lts (91 ounces) of total water daily. And yes there is such a thing as being over hydrated too. It is rare but drinking too much water can reduce the salts in the body and can be really dangerous.

Stay hydrated. Stay Healthy. Hope you found this blog interesting and informative. If you liked this blog do share it with your family and friends.

Call Ensure Dental Care, your family dentist at Saginaw Texas on 940-274-3229 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best family dental clinics at Saginaw Texas. Follow us on instagram @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx for offers, deals and more. We accept all major insurance providers.

Preventive Dental Insurance

Preventive Dental Insurance

Let us begin by understanding what Preventive Dental Care is and how insurance companies in US generally cover preventive dental care. By the end of this blog hopefully we will be able to answer the very frequently asked query and that is – Do I need insurance to get preventive dental care?

Preventive Dental Care

Simply put preventive dental care also called preventive dentistry is all that one can do to prevent serious periodontal diseases like cavities, gum diseases, enamel wear and much more. Preventive dental care encompasses all those actions that help one keep one’s teeth healthy throughout our lives. We already know that good oral care is critical to overall health of an individual and we also know prevention is always better than cure; hence preventive dentistry is also important to maintain good oral health.

Your role in preventive dental care

Well some actions like brushing twice a day, flossing our teeth and rinsing our mouth with water every time we eat or brush are some of the things which one can do to take care of our teeth. Other actions which solely depend on us include eating healthy diet, avoiding acidic food, drinking sufficient water, avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.

Role of dentists in preventive dental care

Besides the above mentioned things there are other things that come under preventive dental care which involve your family dentist along with you and these are as follows –

  1. Regular oral exams – It is important to visit your dentist at least once in 6 months to prevent any small problems from snowballing into bigger diseases.
  2. Regular teeth cleaning – While brushing and flossing can be done regularly at home, we still cannot avoid formation of plaque and tartar and need the help of an expert to remove it at regular intervals.
  3. Routine X-Rays – It is important along with regular oral exams to get routine X-Rays done as oral exams even by a professional dentist may miss if there is a problem brewing in the insides of your teeth and gums.

It is important to note that preventive dental care is different for children and for adults. In children it involves promoting good dental habits, preventing crooked teeth due to thumb or pacifier sucking, fluoride applications besides regular 6 monthly check ups.

 Who among dentists can provide preventive dental care?

Dentistry is now a very diverse field of science and involves different specialties like oral surgery, sports dentistry and forensic odontology etc. Not all of these can provide preventive dental care. Generally a general dentist or a pediatric dentist is the one who provides preventive dental care.

Role of Insurance in preventive dental care

We all know dental works can be expensive so investing in an insurance that helps prevent major problems at a later stage is a very good idea. That dental insurance which covers the cost fully or partially of any preventive measures constitutes as preventive dental insurance. These generally include –

  1. Oral exams
  2. Teeth cleanings
  3. X-Rays
  4. Fluoride treatments
  5. Sealants

Most dental plans cover preventive care. However when you choose any dental plan make sure you read the fine print on which diagnostic and preventive services are covered by the insurance provider. The percentage of cost coverage may vary from plan to plan and must be considered before taking one.

Benefits of preventive dental care insurance

Preventive dental care insurance is a win win for you and your insurance provider. The benefits for you include –

  1. With regular preventive care you are less likely to develop serious oral diseases like periodontal diseases, cavities etc.
  2. With regular checkups any dental problem will be diagnosed early and can be nipped in the bud before it becomes serious.
  3. Early diagnosis can not only prevent serious diseases it also means less cost for you when it comes to treatments. As the saying goes a stitch in time save nine.
  4. You save not only money but the time and energy which you would need to spend chasing cures for serious diseases. Preventive dental care saves time, energy and money.

For the insurance provider the benefits include –

  1. They can save on big payouts for serious diseases as they incentivize preventive care which is much cheaper.

Do I need insurance to get preventive dental care?

Now to come to the question with which we originally started – Do I need insurance to get preventive dental care? Our assessment is a big yes. An individual benefits a lot by taking preventive dental care insurance. Not only do you prevent serious oral conditions which can impact your overall health but you save a lot of money, time and effort which goes into combating these diseases. This is not to say preventive dentistry gives a 100% coverage. There are limits to which preventive dental care can be insured and if one exceeds those limits one will have to pay out of his or her own pocket. But inspite of this cost of preventive dental care is more likely to be much much lesser than the cost associated with poor oral hygiene which can only grow exponentially. It is also important to note that preventive dentistry does not mean you will never need a filling or a root canal or some other procedure generally reserved for a serious disease, it only means with an insurance in your hand you are more likely to not feel the financial burden of it. Ensure Dental Care is the preferred provider organization for –

  1. Metlife Dental Insurance
  2. Guardian Life Dental Insurance
  3. Aetna Dental Insurance
  4. United Health Care

We also accept other insurance providers. If you need more information call Ensure Dental Care, your family dentist at Saginaw Texas on 940-274-3229 and schedule an appointment today. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best family dental clinics at Saginaw Texas. Follow us on instagram @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx for offers, deals and more and if you liked this blog do share it with your family and friends.

3D Printing in Dentistry

3D Printing in Dentistry

What is 3D printing?
Most of us would have heard about 3D printing which is becoming the talk of the town in recent times. But what exactly is 3D printing? Many of us have wondered about this especially when one hears about people 3D printing whole houses, guns and even artificial limbs. To put it in simple words 3D printing is all about printing a digital file into a 3 dimensional physical solid object. It is creating a revolution in the manufacturing industry because you can now make complex shapes with little material as compared to the traditional methods of manufacturing. It allows you to make virtually anything simply by creating a computer file. All one needs is a 3D model to start with. A 3D model can be made or downloaded from 3D library available on the internet. This model is then exported as a printable file on the computer where it is made to undergo a process called as slicing. Slicing is nothing but cutting the 3D model into layers which can then be fed into the printer using a USB or Wi Fi.

History of 3D printing and its uses in different industries
Japanese inventor Hideo Kodama is known to be the first person to have created a solid object using ultraviolet rays in the year 1981. 3D printing has come a long way since then. 3D printing is being extensively used in various industries like

  • Automotive Industry – has been using this technology for a long time for printing of spare parts, tools and fixtures. Enthusiasts are using 3D printing for restoring old cars.
  • Aviation Industry – GE Aviation has printed a huge number of cobalt-chrome fuel nozzles for its aircraft engines. A number of other parts are also being 3D printed.
  • Construction Industry – 3D printing is being used to create whole houses nowadays which are commercially available.
  • Consumer Products – Products like footwear, eyewear and even jewelry is being 3D printed. Adidas has a full range of shoes with 3D printed mid soles. 3D printing is being used to produce high quality custom made lenses.
  • Healthcare – 3D printing is being extensively used in the dental industry (which we will explore below) as well as attempts are being made to use this tech to make body parts. This field of research is known as bio-printing.
  • Other than above this state of the art tech is being used in the food and education sectors also.

    3D Printing in Dentistry
    3D printing was first used medically in the 90s for producing dental implants and custom made prosthetics. In 2008 scientists were able to produce a 3D prosthetic leg and in 2012 a company in Holland produced a 3D printed jaw. Now 3D printers have become very common place and even inexpensive. The dental 3D printing market is expected to reach $930m by the end of 2025, and its application across different procedures is expected to have a far-reaching impact on dentistry and the lives of common people.

Uses of 3D printing in dentistry
Dentists across the world are using the 3D printing technology for –

  • Creating orthodontic medical models which are used to scan teeth and design braces and aligners like Invisalign. No more biting into the gooey stuff to get your custom made aligners made.
  • 3D printing is being now used to prepare crowns, dentures, dental bridges and dental caps and all kinds of dental implants.
  • 3D printing is also being used to repair damaged teeth. Dentists have to simply scan the mouth of the patient using a wand to create a 3D image and then proceed to digitally design the repair and print the same.
  • Dentists use what is known as a drill guide to prepare implant sites and place implants. These drill guides are also being 3D printed now.


    Benefits of 3D printing in dentistry
    Today, three 3D printing technologies are commonly used in the dental industry. These are –
  • SLA – stereolithography
  • DLP – digital light processing
  • Material jetting.

    All these technologies deliver high quality precision and accuracy to dental applications which was not available before the advent of 3D printing. Dentists have been dependent on labs to make crowns, bridges and other implants for many years. 3D printing changed all that.
  • The biggest advantage for both the dentist as well as the patient is the fine design of 3D printed products. Because the whole process is digital the scanner and printer is able to take into account a detailed blueprint which a manual lab process may miss out on. Result being the patient gets a truly custom made product which is highly accurate giving more comfort.
  • The 3D printer are nowadays available from a few thousand dollars so dentists can easily invest in them saving them lots of money. Normally they would either have to bear the cost of sending all the impressions for dental implants to labs or invest in in-house labs themselves. For newly opened dental practices this can mean better turnover and early break even from business perspective.
  • Any costs that dentists save can also be passed on to the patients finally. So if the dentists can make the crowns, bridges and other implants at a cheaper price it would automatically get reflected in the bill of the patient making dental solutions more accessible and cheaper for more number of people.
  • 3D printers save time and money and can mass produce the end product and this is good news for the companies involved in the manufacturing of medical equipment and dental parts. They are more precise and accurate as compared to traditional ways of manufacturing leaving less or no room for errors.

In the end we can only conclude that 3D printing has revolutionized a number of industries and dental industry is no exception. All dentists must explore 3D printing to make better products for their patients and also reduce the cost burden of running the dental practice on themselves as well as the patients.

If you liked this blog do share it with your family and friends. If you need more information call Ensure
Dental Care, your family dentist at Saginaw Texas on 940-274-3229 and schedule an appointment today.
Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best family dental clinics at Saginaw Texas.

Follow us on Instagram @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx for offers, deals and more. We accept all major insurance providers.

Energy Drinks and Teeth

Energy Drinks and Teeth

Are energy drinks good for teeth? We will explore the impact of energy drinks on our teeth in this blog.
As per CDC an energy drink is “a beverage that typically contains large amounts of caffeine, added
sugars, other additives, and legal stimulants such as guarana, taurine, and L-carnitine. These legal
stimulants can increase alertness, attention, energy, as well as increase blood pressure, heart rate, and
breathing. ”
These drinks are popular all over America particularly North America and people love to drink these not
just because they are sweet but they also boost the month and give a burst of energy just like coffee
does.
However energy drinks are harmful for the teeth in the long run. Energy drinks are highly acidic in
nature. Along with the copious amount of sugar in them they can wear away the enamel of our teeth.
Once the teeth enamel is gone it cannot be replaced ever. They can also lead to discoloration of teeth,
tooth sensitivity and in case of extreme cases even cavities.
Even brushing your teeth after an energy drink does nothing much to nullify these effects. As per a study
published by ADA there was a study conducted on 379 beverages available in the US and the pH of
energy drinks ranged from 2.47 to 3.97, to give a reference water has a pH of 7.0 and battery acid has
the pH of 0.0
These drinks are highly corrosive and damage to the teeth is unimaginable. It can take more than 30
minutes for the pH of the mouth to come back to normal. Some of the harmful effects of energy drinks
are
 Dehydration
 Irregular heartbeat and heart failure
 Anxiety
 Insomnia
So one of the best things you can do is try and reduce the consumption of energy drinks or better still
completely stop the usage of energy drinks. Replace them with healthier beverages. Even coffee is not a
bad substitute for energy drinks to start with. Water is the best drink a man can get.
If you have to drink it make sure –

  1. Drink with a straw
  2. Swallow the drink and not swirl it in your mouth.
  3. Rinse your mouth with water after drinking but do not brush your teeth immediately because
    teeth would be vulnerable to damage after drinking the beverage.
  4. Chew sugar free gums. This will increase saliva production and help reduce the impact of the
    drink.

Taking care of your teeth is your responsibility. Follow a good oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist
regularly. Call us on 940-274-3229 and schedule an appointment. Follow us on instagram
@ensuredentalcaresaginawtx for offers, deals and more. We accept all major insurance providers.

Do you suffer from Dental Anxiety?

Do you suffer from Dental Anxiety?

Dental Anxiety is real. One of the major reasons for people to avoid professional dental care is dental anxiety – fear of dentists and dental procedures. Just the thought of visiting a dentist even for preventive care and over dental procedures can cause people to panic. Dental anxiety is the fifth-most common cause of anxiety today.

Dental anxiety may arise because one has suffered a traumatic experience in childhood or at some point or it may even derive from the experiences shared by others. It can also arise due to one’s personality make up – if a person normally is timid by nature they are more likely to suffer from this anxiety than others.

Some common fears include fear of pain, fear of blood, fear of injury, fear due to lack of trust on the doctor, fear of the unknown and fear of helplessness or lack of control. While most have mild anxiety, some may have moderate or even extreme anxiety.

The anxiety may manifest in many forms like –
a. Restlessness
b. Muscle tightening
c. Difficulty in breathing or fast breathing
d. Sweating
e. Higher pulse rate
f. Frequent urination
g. Unsteady hands

Do you also suffer from dental anxiety? Well you are not alone, recent studies suggest 13% to 24% people around the world may be suffering from dental anxiety and phobia. Here are some things you can do to overcome this fear. 

  1. Go to a dentist you trust.
  2. Listen to calming music or play a game on your phone that helps divert attention.
  3. Take someone along with you on your dental visit with whom you can talk and keep yourself
    busy.
  4. Don’t arrive too early for the appointment as the wait time will increase your anxiety.
  5. Read a book or magazine article that interests you while you wait.
  6. Try relaxation techniques like controlled breathing.
  7. Be vocal – talk to your dentist about the procedure, tell them about any discomfort during the
    procedure.
  8. In case of extreme phobia we suggest seeing a clinical psychologist.

    Fears are real but fears can be combated using small simple techniques. Your dental anxiety may be stopping you from visiting dentists when your dental issues are small resulting in them snowballing into bigger problems which may require you to undergo the very procedures you fear, thereby increasing your fear. So take control and get out of this vicious cycle. You can do it.

    If you need our help call Ensure Dental Care at Saginaw Texas on 940-274-3229 and schedule an appointment today. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best family dental clinics at Saginaw Texas. Follow us on Instagram @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx for offers, deals and more. We accept all major insurance providers.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Mouthwash

Advantages and Disadvantages of Mouthwash

About Mouthwash and its Types
Using mouthwash also known as mouth rinse or oral rinse is a very important part of oral hygiene routine. Regular usage of mouthwash to clean your mouth not only gives freshness to your breath but also prevents cavities and tooth decay. Most dentists recommend using a mouthwash.

Mouthwashes can be of 2 kinds –

  • Cosmetic – These mouthwashes give temporary benefit of reducing bad breath and giving a pleasant taste in the mouth but nothing to control or reduce plaque, cavities and gingivitis.
  • Therapeutic – These mouthwashes help reduce and control plaque, gingivitis, bad breath, and tooth decay. They are available over the counter as well as by prescriptions.


    Mouthwash Benefits and Risks
    Using mouthwash regularly has many advantages. There are some disadvantages too. Would it not be great if you knew both the advantages and disadvantages of using mouthwashes before you actually started using it. So here we are with the advantages and disadvantages of oral rinses. Please note that children under the age of 6 should not be using mouthwash.

    Advantages of Mouthwash 
  • Fresh Breath – Almost everyone who hears the word mouthwash probably knows this that mouthwashes make your breath fresh. In fact this is the most commonly known advantage or benefit of a mouthwash. You must have seen this aspect of a mouthwash in all the advertisements whether it is about someone going on a date or trying to impress a new client in the office. Almost all commercials use this advantage of a mouthwash to sell their product. They make it more attractive for the viewers by offering different colors and flavors. We also agree that mouthwash does a better job of freshening breaths than a tooth paste. Instant fresh breath can give one instant confidence. All one has to do is gargle and rinse their mouth with a mouthwash of their choice. Mouthwashes contain astringent salt. It’s a type of deodorizer that can temporarily cover up bad breath. Some also contain odor neutralizers which attack the cause of bad breath.
  • Helps get rid of food and debris stuck between the teeth – When we eat anything, some small bits and pieces of the food get stuck in between the teeth. Even brushing the teeth cannot remove these particles either because they are too small or buried deep between the teeth. This is where mouthwash aka oral rinses come handy. Most dentists advise using a mouthwash after brushing teeth for a cleaner mouth. But it does not matter whether you use the mouthwash before or after brushing and flossing. Some people advise using a mouthwash before brushing.
  • Prevent build up of plaque – If you get a fuzzy feeling when you run your tongue over your teeth then that is plaque. It is sticky film of bacteria that covers the outer layer of the teeth. These bacteria produce acids when we eat or drink anything and these acids destroy the enamel of our teeth. This leads to cavities and lose of teeth. Plaque can also build up on gums. If not removed, plaque hardens into tartar. Brushing and flossing your teeth removes this plaque but there are some hard to reach places which neither the brush nor floss can reach. Mouthwashes on the other hand can reach these places and get rid of plaque as soon as it forms preventing a buildup of plaque.
  • Helps to Fight Cavities – Using a mouthwash as we said earlier prevents build up of plaque which in turns prevents formation of cavities. Mouthwashes contain a number of ingredients but some help reduce tooth decay and prevent cavities. Fluoride is one such ingredient. Mouthwashes also have antimicrobials which kill the bacteria that cause plaque, bad breath and gingivitis.
  • Whitens the teeth – Some mouthwashes contain whiteners, such as peroxide. They can help against stains on your teeth. But for whitening mouthwashes to be really effective they must be a constant part of your oral care routine. And you may not see any significant change in the coloration of the teeth for a couple of months.
  • Cure canker sores – Does painful sores in the mouth ring a bell? They are called canker sores. Minor canker sores don’t need medication or treatments and generally disappear in a week or two. But persistent and painful sores need an intervention from the vet. Some mouth rinses are medicated and available on doctor prescription which can reduce the inflammation and pain associated with canker sores. These may contain steroids so always check with your dentist before using any medicated mouth rinses. Regular use of mouthwashes can prevent gingivitis
    from becoming more acute periodontal diseases.

    Disadvantages of Mouthwash 
    While there are numerous advantages of using mouthwashes there can be a number of disadvantages too. Here are a few disadvantages –
  • Mouthwashes can be dangerous for children hence children below 6 years are advised not to use them. Even children between 6 to 12 years old must be supervised while using mouthwashes. Mouthwashes with high alcohol content can damage the mucous membranes in our mouth and these are also the reason why sometimes one gets a burning sensation when using a mouthwash. Normally that is no cause of concern but if you have canker or gum sores alcohol containing mouthwashes can irritate them so please take the advice of your dentist on which
    mouthwash suits you the best.
  • Some mouthwashes have an ingredient called chlorhexidine gluconate which can stain teeth when it comes in contact with leftover food particles in the mouth. So read the ingredient list before buying an oral rinse.
  • Many mouthwashes contain alcohol and they can make your teeth more sensitive. Alcohol can dissolve the mucous membranes in the mouth and disturb the oral micro biome or natural environment within the mouth making your teeth more vulnerable to sensitivity. As you can see mouthwashes have a lot of benefits but they also carry some risks. It is difficult to find a mouthwash that will be perfect for you. Look for the ADA seal while buying products.

    If you need our help or guidance call Ensure Dental Care at Saginaw Texas on 940-274-3229 and schedule an
    appointment today. Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best family dental clinics at Saginaw Texas.

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Benefits of wearing mouth guards in contact and collision sports

Benefits of wearing mouth guards in contact and collision sports

Sports injuries are dangerous and can sometimes be life threatening and even fatal. Soccer, basketball, lacrosse, ice hockey, field hockey, boxing or rugby are popular sports. Soccer or basketball classify as contact sports because the person playing is constantly making contact with other people or objects. On the other hand lacrosse, rugby, ice hockey are classified as collision sports where players purposely collide with other players or objects with great force.

All these sports also pose a risk of dental injury. Out of all injuries to the mouth and face almost one third of them can be attributed to sports and because of that American Dental Association for more than 50 years has been advocating and promoting the use of proper mouth guards to all who wish to indulge in such sporting and recreational activities.

The main function of a mouth guard is to minimize the risk of oral injury. It is important that an ideal mouth guard should be properly fitted to the mouth of the person wearing it and it should be made of an USFDA approved resilient material. It should cover all the teeth of the jaw and sit comfortably in the wearer’s mouth. It must be able to absorb high impact forces and transmit very little of it to the wearer.

Mouth guards can be of 3 kinds primarily –

  • Ready Made
  • Boil and Bite (these are ready made but can be adapted to one’s mouth and jaws)
  • Custom made (these specially made in a dental clinic for a specific person’s use)
    All kinds of mouth guards help protect teeth and jaws in the following ways –
  • They prevent cuts and bruises while playing the sport.
  • Prevent fractures of the tooth and dislocation of the jaw.
  • Protects the lower jaw from getting damaged.
  • Reduce brain and neck injuries.
  • They cushion the blows to the face and lips.

    While no one can avoid injuries completely a mouth guard can save you not only the pain but also money associated with healing of a dental injury. The cost of a mouth guard is negligible as compared to medical costs associated with dental injuries. It is essential to wear mouth guards because taking care of your teeth is your responsibility.

    Visit your dentist to know more about mouth guards or call us on 940-274-3229 and schedule an appointment.
    Ensure Dental Care is the one of the best dental clinics at Saginaw Texas. Follow us on Instagram @ensuredentalcaresaginawtx for offers, deals and more. We accept all major insurance providers.