Cardinal Dental Group https://cardinaldentalgroup.com Dentists in Dayton, TX Wed, 05 Jun 2019 15:45:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/cropped-cardinal-favicon-32x32.png Cardinal Dental Group https://cardinaldentalgroup.com 32 32 7 Little Known Facts About Cosmetic Dentistry https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/7-little-known-facts-about-cosmetic-dentistry.html https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/7-little-known-facts-about-cosmetic-dentistry.html#respond Wed, 05 Jun 2019 15:45:37 +0000 http://cardinaldentalgroup.com/?p=1633 The importance of your smile speaks for itself. Your smile allows you to communicate without words and interact with the world around you, hopefully with a sense of carefree self-confidence. If not, you’re not alone. Though we may feel too shy or proud to admit it, many of us would like to correct cosmetic imperfections […]

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The importance of your smile speaks for itself. Your smile allows you to communicate without words and interact with the world around you, hopefully with a sense of carefree self-confidence. If not, you’re not alone.

Though we may feel too shy or proud to admit it, many of us would like to correct cosmetic imperfections and lift our smile’s overall aesthetic. Feeling anything but happy with our smile’s appearance can dampen our self-esteem, fuel social anxiety, and stand in the way of professional, personal, or romantic opportunities.  

If improving your smile’s appearance is a goal you’d like to achieve, empower your decision-making process with these 7 little known facts on what cosmetic dentistry is and aims to achieve.  

1. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry are often combined.

Many cosmetic dental procedures—such as dental bonding and porcelain crowns and bridges—restore and beautify your smile at the same time. These versatile procedures repair, protect, and strengthen teeth that are broken, damaged or decayed while restoring your smile’s radiance, fullness, and symmetry.

If you’ve been avoiding dental work, such as cavity treatment or tooth replacement, because you fear an obvious or unnatural outcome, rest assured. A dentist skilled in cosmetic and restorative dentistry can help you repair compromised teeth and achieve a perfectly natural look.

2. Cosmetic treatments can help you improve your oral health and function.

Good oral health includes clean teeth, healthy gums, and optimum jaw alignment. While some cosmetic concerns—such as crookedness, weakness, and chips—may seem purely cosmetic, they can impact your oral health and function. Long-term, these multifaceted dental issues can lead to undesirable oral health consequences, including jaw pain, accelerated wear on tooth surfaces, and cavities.

Certain cosmetic procedures, such as porcelain bridges and limited orthodontics, can correct a minor malocclusion (misalignment of your teeth or bite), help properly distribute the force of chewing, make it easier for you to keep your teeth clean, and prevent jaw discomfort and uneven wear of your teeth.  

Before any cosmetic treatments, your dentist will help you achieve a healthy foundation for your cosmetic treatments by thoroughly cleaning your teeth and helping you treat any existing oral health issues, such as gingivitis or tooth decay.  

3. Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Relatively affordable and non-invasive, professional teeth whitening quickly gives your smile new life and youthful radiance. Popular amongst patients who are already happy with their smile’s overall appearance, professional teeth whitening is available as an in-office treatment or a take-home kit. In as little as one office visit or a few weeks of at-home treatments, professional teeth whitening can remove years of stubborn stains and discoloration, infusing your smile with a bright, healthy glow.  

4. Porcelain veneers are the second most popular.

Some patients want to whiten their teeth and address cosmetic concerns. A highly customized treatment, porcelain veneers allow patients to get the whiter, brighter smile they seek while improving the size, shape, and alignment of their teeth. In some cases, porcelain veneers may also be used as a restorative option to repair minor chips, cracks, or breaks.  

5. Fixing your smile can boost your mood.

Did you know that you have as many as 19 distinct smile types? In addition to the well-known expressions of joy and contentment, your smile can also represent a range of simple and complex emotions from embarrassment, surprise, focus, and—of course—shenanigans!  

Smiling is a natural response to feeling happy and relaxed. Lucky for us, the connection between our smile and our brain is a two-way street. Consciously choosing to smile as though you’re happy and relaxed—even if you’re not—triggers your brain to feel the same. The act of smiling alone signals your brain to release dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins—your body’s natural feel-good chemicals.

While dopamine contributes to feelings of pleasure and endorphins reduce feelings of pain, serotonin reduces stress and elevates feelings of happiness and ease. If you hide your smile because you’re uncomfortable with its appearance, you may be missing out on your body’s built-in ability to enjoy the moment and shed excess stress. Cosmetic dentistry can empower you to feel more confident about sharing your smile each and every day.  

6. Cosmetic dentristy can help you nail your first impressions.

Do you know how long it takes to make a first impression? While estimates range from one-tenth of a second to two minutes, you get the idea that it doesn’t take much time for us to evaluate each other. In a matter of seconds, we assess everything from personality to intelligence.  

The impact of first impressions extends much farther than those first two minutes. Whether they’re favorable or not, first impressions can influence how people perceive and respond to you—even after they’ve gotten to know you better.

Across all age groups, a healthy and radiant smile makes you seem clever, attractive, and trustworthy. While cosmetic dental treatments can’t help you control some unavoidable first impression pitfalls—like running late due to traffic or spilling coffee on your shirt—they can help your smile consistently embody the confidence, attractiveness, and kindness you want to exude.     

7. In short, cosmetic dentistry can be totally life-changing.

By enhancing your oral health, social interactions, and self-confidence, cosmetic dentistry can positively influence multiple areas of your life. Confidence can heighten your sense of self-worth and self-esteem while inspiring you to stay committed to your goals, rise up to challenges, and navigate the unexpected.

Confidence arises from our personal beliefs, values, and lived experiences. It’s also strongly influenced by how we feel about our appearance. For most American adults, a healthy and attractive smile is key to feeling confident every day. By allowing you to improve your smile’s health and appearance, cosmetic dentistry lets you boost your overall health, increase your self-esteem, and experience the personal and professional benefits that confidence brings.    

As Thich Nhat Hanh once said, “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” We have to agree.

Also read: 5 Types of Cosmetic Dental Procedures You Need to Know About.

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The Connection Between Oral Health and Overall Health

Do you think looking after your oral health means regular brushing and flossing with an occasional visit to the dentist thrown in for good measure? Well, for the most part, that’s on point, but what if we told you there is a definite connection between your mouth and body health?

Would you pay more attention to your oral health if you knew that something as innocent as a cavity was linked to the health of your heart and even your brain? Currently, approximately 70 percent of Americans over the age of 65  suffer from periodontal disease, which not only causes tooth decay and tooth loss, but it also affects vital organs like our lungs and heart.

Mouth and Body Health

Neglecting your oral health doesn’t only mean bad breath, cavities, and decaying teeth. It can also result in periodontitis or gum disease. This a dangerous bacterial infection that causes your gums to bleed and recede, which in turn allows the bacteria in your mouth to get into your bloodstream. It is this bacteria  that can cause serious, and sometimes fatal, health issues down the line.

Heart Attacks

It is hard to believe that gum disease can lead to a heart attack, but studies show this is the case. When the bacteria from your mouth gets into your vascular system, it affects your blood vessels, arteries, heart, and more. Bacteria along with cholesterol, fat, and other not-so-good-for-you substances cling to the walls of your arteries. After some time, those sticky passengers start to harden. This causes the wall of the artery they’re clinging to to also harden. This process, known as atherosclerosis, impacts the blood flow to your whole body. The heart has to work harder to pump blood to each cell. This extra work can lead to serious illness and even heart attack.

Strokes

Arteries are the pathways our bodies use to transport blood away from the heart to the whole body. And as atherosclerosis is a buildup of bacteria, fats, and cholesterol in your arteries—the body’s blood-delivering superhighways—the risk of a piece of that hardened bacteria and fat breaking off and moving to a smaller yet vital part of the superhighway is high. When a blockage occurs in an artery supplying the brain with oxygen-rich blood, this is called a stroke. Strokes are serious, life-altering,  life-threatening events. But the brain isn’t the only organ at risk because of bacteria that can be found in the mouth.

Respiratory Problems

When mouth bacteria gets into the lungs, it can lead to acute bronchitis, pneumonia, as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In cases where these respiratory conditions already exist, this bacteria can make the illness worse.

Diabetes

The bacteria caused by periodontal disease affects how the body uses insulin and converts sugar into energy. The result is higher blood sugar levels and an increase in blood pressure. For those already genetically susceptible to insulin-resistance, the addition of harmful bacteria could be the tipping point into type 2 diabetes.

Osteoporosis

Periodontitis is also linked to osteoporosis because it contributes to bone loss in the mouth, as well as in the wrists, back, and hips.

Alzheimer’s Disease

As mentioned, mouth bacteria that gets into your bloodstream can contribute to a stroke. But did you know it can also lead to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? After being exposed to the bacteria on an ongoing basis, the nerve cells die, leading to memory loss associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Prenatal Complications

There is a direct link with gum disease and pregnancy complications as a result of infection traveling to the fetus. Complications can include premature births as well as low birth weights. Studies also show that poor oral health can lead to fertility issues.

Cancer

Poor oral hygiene is also connected to various cancers including pancreatic, kidney, and oropharyngeal or throat cancer.

How to Maintain Good Oral Health

Our mouths are a gateway to the rest of our body, which is why maintaining a good oral health routine is essential. With years of experience, Dr. Onemany at Cardinal Dental Group in Dayton, Texas has an excellent understanding of the mouth-body health connection.  According to her, maintaining healthy teeth and gums isn’t difficult, but it does take time and commitment.

Tips for Maintaining Good Oral Health

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, at night before you go to bed and in the morning, preferably after breakfast.
  • It is essential to spit toothpaste out; however, the experts agree that you shouldn’t rinse.
  • Do not use a toothbrush with hard bristles as this will damage your gums and make them susceptible to bleeding and infection.
  • If possible, invest in an electric toothbrush.
  • Make sure you brush for the correct amount of time with small, circular movements. Do not brush too hard.
  • It is essential to floss once a day to get rid of food particles and debris. If you have bridges, make sure you clean underneath those too.
  • Reduce the intake of sugary foods and drinks.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months. If you have had an infection, you should replace it immediately to prevent any kind of reinfection.
  • Make sure you visit your dentist regularly for routine cleaning and checkups. This way you can catch any potential problems early on.
  • Do not ignore aches, sensitive teeth, or inflamed gums. Unlike the rest of our body that can heal with time, mouth and gum problems will not get better on their own and could be signs of something far more severe.

For some of us, ignorance is bliss, but when it comes to your mouth and overall health, this is definitely not the case. The condition of your teeth and gums have a significant impact on the rest of your body, which is why you need to take your oral health very seriously. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Onemany or Dr. Seaberg today.

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5 Types of Cosmetic Dental Procedures You Need to Know About https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/5-cosmetic-dental-procedures-you-need-know.html https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/5-cosmetic-dental-procedures-you-need-know.html#respond Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:28:39 +0000 http://cardinaldentalgroup.com/?p=1619 When you look in the mirror, are you happy with your smile? Do you ever find yourself covering your mouth when you laugh or avoiding photos like the plague? Your teeth are one of the first things other people notice, which explains why so many are turning to their dentist for cosmetic dental solutions. Dentistry […]

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When you look in the mirror, are you happy with your smile? Do you ever find yourself covering your mouth when you laugh or avoiding photos like the plague? Your teeth are one of the first things other people notice, which explains why so many are turning to their dentist for cosmetic dental solutions.

Dentistry has changed a considerable amount over the last 25 years or so and is no longer just about restorative treatment. More people are turning to their dentists for cosmetic procedures, from teeth whitening to bridges and even gum contouring.

At the Cardinal Dental Group in Dayton, Texas, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry options that will not only restore your smile but also give you back your confidence.

So what are some of these smile-changing cosmetic procedures?

While we offer as many as eight cosmetic dentistry procedures at Cardinal Dental Group, there are five that are particularly popular with our patients.

1. Teeth Whitening

By far the most popular and least invasive cosmetic procedure is teeth whitening. No matter how well you look after your teeth, most people will experience staining or discoloration. This is caused by certain foods and drinks, some prescribed medicines and, of course, tobacco products. In as little as one session, your teeth will be brighter and whiter. The Cardinal Dental Group offers in-office whitening, as well as an easy-to-use, convenient treatment that you can use at home.

This particular kit is comfortable, and as far as university studies go, the most effective. Based on your needs, our dentists will give detailed instructions on how to use the teeth whitening kit, how often you should use it, and for how long.

2. Porcelain Veneers

Want to know what most celebrities have in common, other than an impressive bank balance? Most have had a cosmetic procedure known as porcelain veneers. This is a popular choice for people who have chipped or damaged teeth, gaps, misaligned teeth as well as dull or yellow teeth that don’t respond to traditional whitening methods.

While the process is slightly more invasive than say teeth whitening, the results speak for themselves. At the Cardinal Dental Group, our team of experts designs your veneers to suit your facial features and enhance your existing smile. The process involves some preparation of your natural teeth so that the veneers can be positioned correctly. In as little as two visits, you too can have that Hollywood smile.

3. Porcelain Bridges

A missing tooth doesn’t only affect your confidence, it also means the gap where your tooth used to be, can cause your other teeth to shift, leading to more problems down the line. According to Dr. Onemary, a porcelain bridge is not only restorative, but it is also a preventative and cosmetic procedure.

By using your teeth on either side of the gap, your dentist will literally build a bridge to support your new artificial tooth. There are four different types of bridges including a traditional bridge, Maryland bridges, Cantilever bridges, and implant-supported bridges. After a thorough examination, your dentist will be able to recommend the best one for you.

4. Tooth-Colored Fillings

It wasn’t too long ago that fillings were only available in silver. Today your dentist can fill a cavity or replace old fillings with tooth-colored ones. The advances in technology now allow dentists to use a porcelain-based resin that matches your natural teeth.

Not only are these tooth-colored fillings safer and practically invisible, but they also prevent further decay of your tooth. This non-invasive procedure is also popular with a lot of our patients.

5. Bonding

Our teeth work hard for us, and with daily wear and tear they can chip, break, or even lose their shape. Your dentist might recommend bonding, which is an affordable and non-invasive cosmetic procedure.

Dr. Onemany uses a porcelain-based resin that she shapes and polishes to match your teeth, or it can be used to change their color. Bonding is also effectively used to fill small gaps between your teeth, and even change the shape and length. Unlike veneers, for example, this procedure can be done in just one visit.

Whatever it is that you don’t like about your teeth or smile, Dr. Onemany together with a team of experts at Cardinal Dental Group in Dayton, Texas, can assist. With years of experience, and a range of affordable payment options, your new and improved smile is just a consultation away. Schedule your consultation now.

You might also like: Five Signs That You Need Full-Mouth Rehabilitation

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Five Signs That You Need Full-Mouth Rehabilitation https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/five-signs-you-need-full-mouth-rehabilitation.html https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/five-signs-you-need-full-mouth-rehabilitation.html#respond Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:57:02 +0000 http://cardinaldentalgroup.com/?p=1600 Almost everyone will experience a dental concern at some time in their lives. You may have a small cavity, or you may simply desire whiter teeth. These are straightforward issues, but where should you turn if you have numerous or more complicated dental challenges? Fortunately, Dr. Constance Onemany at Cardinal Dental Group in Dayton, Texas […]

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Almost everyone will experience a dental concern at some time in their lives. You may have a small cavity, or you may simply desire whiter teeth. These are straightforward issues, but where should you turn if you have numerous or more complicated dental challenges? Fortunately, Dr. Constance Onemany at Cardinal Dental Group in Dayton, Texas offers full-mouth rehabilitation for patients with multiple dental needs.

Full-mouth rehabilitation (sometimes called full-mouth reconstruction) is not a single dental treatment. Rather, it is a variety of treatments and procedures performed over time, and all are focused on getting and keeping your mouth healthy. Dr. Onemany will work together with you to formulate a personalized treatment plan that addresses problems, such as tooth wear, absent teeth, pain, misalignment, infection, and more. Once your full-mouth rehabilitation is complete, you will enjoy better oral health, will feel better, and will even have a more attractive smile.

How do you know if you are in need of a full-mouth rehabilitation? Take a look at some of the most common signs below.

1. You have teeth that are worn down.

Everyone’s teeth wear down with age. Your teeth are tough, but they are not indestructible. Years of daily chewing will eventually take its toll, but it is not normal to have teeth that are excessively worn or painful. Several factors can cause premature wearing of your teeth, including bruxism (or teeth grinding); eating or crunching very hard foods; and, dental pathologies.

Excessively worn teeth can eventually lead to a misaligned bite, to infection of the pulp inside your teeth, and to other serious issues. Dr. Onemany can help with these problems through a full-mouth rehabilitation. Your rehabilitation may include crown placements, root canals, or extraction and replacement, depending on your individual situation.

Badly worn teeth may or may not be sensitive or painful. You may also be unable to determine, by visual inspection on your own, if your teeth are overly worn. These reasons emphasize the importance of visiting Cardinal Dental Group at least every six months for a professional examination and in order to monitor the condition of your oral health.

2. You have certain types of chronic pain.

Do you notice frequent jaw soreness or fatigue in your jaw muscles? Do you experience headaches—particularly on the sides of your head? If so, you may be experiencing temporomandibular disorder (TMD)—another name for problems with your temporomandibular, or jaw, joints (TMJs).

Your TMJs can become inflamed, irritated, or even arthritic from many causes, such as teeth grinding or congenital problems. TMD is more than just painful. This condition can negatively affect your bite alignment, as well as your ability to freely move your jaw.

Night splints, orthodontic correction, and other treatments can help resolve TMD. Dr. Onemany is experienced in treating this condition and can offer appropriate full-mouth rehabilitation to resolve both your symptoms and the underlying cause.

3. You are missing teeth.

Millions of Americans are missing one or more of their natural teeth. Whether due to injury or to disease, you do not have to live with absent teeth. Modern dental treatments give you several options for effective tooth replacement.

Dr. Onemany can provide you with an attractive bridge, with a partial denture, or with dental implants. In fact, dental implants are one of the best options for smile restoration because they are permanent, durable, and indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Dental implants can easily last a lifetime and will provide you with a desirable, functional smile.

4. You have experienced dental trauma.

Life is unpredictable, and an accident, sports injury, or other traumatic event can leave you with damage to your teeth. Whether your tooth has been knocked out, chipped, or pushed out of proper alignment, full-mouth rehabilitation can help. Dental treatment can repair chipped teeth, can replace lost teeth, and can even move teeth back into correct alignment. Dental work like crowns, bridges, implants, and orthodontics not only restore your once-beautiful smile, but also help ensure that you have an ideal bite, with pain-free speaking and chewing.

5. You have severe gum disease.

Gum disease is an epidemic in the United States, and many patients are unaware that they are suffering from the condition. Advanced gum disease contributes to tooth loss, to oral infections, and even to systemic health conditions like diabetes and sepsis. For these reasons, Dr. Onemany examines all her patients for signs of active gum disease and for other periodontal issues.

If you experience sore, bleeding, or swollen gums or abscesses in your mouth, you likely have some degree of gum disease. If so, then your full-mouth rehabilitation will first need to include periodontal treatment to control the disease and to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. These treatments may include scaling and root planing or laser therapy. Once the professionals at Cardinal Dental Group have successfully treated your gum disease, you will then be able to proceed with any other necessary dental procedures to enjoy the best in whole-mouth health.

References

LeVos, K. “Full-Mouth Rehabilitation: A Staged Approach to Treating the Worn Dentition.” Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. May 2014;35(5):356,358-361.
Song, M. et al. “Full-Mouth Rehabilitation of the Patient with Severely Worn Dentition: A Case Report.” Journal of Advanced Prosthodontics. September 2010;2(3):106-110.
Wilkins, R. “Long-Term Provisional Bonded Composite Restorations Make Full-Mouth Rehabilitation Possible.” Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. May 2016;37(5):326-331.

 

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What’s the difference between over-the-counter whitening products and professional products? https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/whats-the-difference-between-over-the-counter-whitening-products-and-professional-products.html https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/whats-the-difference-between-over-the-counter-whitening-products-and-professional-products.html#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:24:03 +0000 http://cardinaldentalgroup.com/?p=500 If you’ve considered whitening your teeth, you’ve probably considered or tried over-the-counter products. You should be aware that there are some risks that can be associated with using OTC products and trying the do-it-yourself approach to teeth whitening. While DIY projects can be fun, we don’t recommend this for your dental care. Teeth can become […]

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If you’ve considered whitening your teeth, you’ve probably considered or tried over-the-counter products. You should be aware that there are some risks that can be associated with using OTC products and trying the do-it-yourself approach to teeth whitening. While DIY projects can be fun, we don’t recommend this for your dental care.

Teeth can become yellowed and discolored over time which is actually quite common. You may be considering DIY whitening kits as a quick fix to a yellowed smile. But these products may not live up to your expectations and depending on your dental condition, could actually cause harm. These DIY whitening kits are less expensive than professional whitening, and the results are not as good, which means you could end up buying kit after kit trying to get the results you want. Professional grade whitening from your dentist gives you a whiter smile in less time because the whitening solution is much more concentrated and powerful. In addition, Dr. Onemany will know how to properly apply the solution to avoid any gum sensitivity and check to make sure your gums are in good health and there are no other dental problems before your whitening treatment. Neglecting these issues could cause problems to worsen and extremely sensitive gums.

Dr. Onemany customizes the whitening solution to each person, whereas DIY kits offer one level of potency. This could mean that it’s too strong for one person, causing gum discomfort, and not strong enough for another. Your professional whitening solution is customized for your level of stain, oral condition and will ensure the same level of whitening across all teeth.

Professional whitening offers a personalized whitening treatment with minimal discomfort with quicker results. If you have questions about your whitening options or would like to schedule your treatment, contact us today! Smile bright this holiday season!

 

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What you need to know about Temporomandibular Joint Disorder https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-temporomandibular-joint-disorder.html https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-temporomandibular-joint-disorder.html#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:22:34 +0000 http://cardinaldentalgroup.com/?p=498 If you regularly suffer from headaches or experience stiffness in your neck or shoulders, you may have a problem with your temporomandibular joint, known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD can also cause pain in your jaw, clicking or lock jaw. What is TMD? TMJ is the common name used to refer to the temporomandibular […]

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If you regularly suffer from headaches or experience stiffness in your neck or shoulders, you may have a problem with your temporomandibular joint, known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD can also cause pain in your jaw, clicking or lock jaw.

What is TMD?
TMJ is the common name used to refer to the temporomandibular joint, the sliding hinge links the jaw to the temporal bone in the skull next to your ears. The joint enables you to move your jaw and accurately use your mouth for functions such as chewing and talking.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a problem that causes you to experience sharp pain, discomfort and problems in moving the jaw joint and the associated muscles on your face.

Causes of TMD

TMD occurs when a small disc held in place by cartilage connecting the joint to your face muscles becomes eroded or misaligned. This is often the result of injuries or misalignment of the teeth or jaw.

The disorder can also be caused by teeth grinding, excessive and continual chewing, arthritis in the jaw, poor posture, or a severe injury to the muscles in your face or neck.

Signs and symptoms

Severe pain in the jaw joint is the most easily recognized symptom of TMD. Some of the other symptoms include:

  • Earache, headache, and hearing popping noises when you open or close mouth
  • Lockjaw, problems with opening your mouth wide or closing it all the way
  • Pain when you speak or chew, or pain on one or both sides of your face or shoulders
  • Unusual sounds when you open your mouth
  • Swelling on one or both sides of your face
  • A general feeling of tiredness in your face or dizziness
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Toothaches or hearing problems

If you have any of these symptoms contact our office to schedule a TMD consultation with Dr. Onemany. During your consult, Dr. Onemany will examine your jaw and facial muscles and ask questions about your symptoms. In some cases, x-ray imaging, MRI’s and CT scans may be necessary.

How to find relief

You may experience pain in short, sharp bursts or it may be dull and lingering. Popular over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen can give you relief from muscle pain, soreness, and associated discomfort.

You can also try this simple routine:

  1. Stretch your jaw in an up-down and left-right manner for a few times.
  2. Put an ice pack on the side of your face where you feel pain and hold for ten minutes.
  3. Apply a warm towel to the same area for about five minutes.

You should also pay attention to your body and lifestyle. Stress can be a trigger for teeth grinding, so take steps to reduce stress through meditation, massage or things you find relaxing. If you find it painful to chew certain foods, avoid those foods.

Contact your Cardinal Dental Group team for a TMD assessment so we can prescribe a treatment for you. Don’t continue to live in pain!

 

 

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What is dental hygiene month? https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/what-is-dental-hygiene-month.html https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/what-is-dental-hygiene-month.html#respond Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:59:05 +0000 http://cardinaldentalgroup.com/?p=489 Just in time for Halloween, celebrate October with Dental Hygiene Month! Many people do not know that dental hygiene can affect the total health of the body, not just the mouth and teeth. Experts have linked poor oral health to a multitude of serious adverse health factors including strokes, heart disease, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia, and […]

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Just in time for Halloween, celebrate October with Dental Hygiene Month! Many people do not know that dental hygiene can affect the total health of the body, not just the mouth and teeth. Experts have linked poor oral health to a multitude of serious adverse health factors including strokes, heart disease, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia, and even miscarriages.

How can your teeth affect your health? Well, the bacteria that form in your mouth when proper care is not taken can enter your bloodstream where it travels to your heart vessels. From there, the bacteria can attach themselves to the fatty deposits that naturally occur in the human heart. Once there, they can replicate and attack the heart itself. Proper brushing and flossing go a long way towards preventing these conditions within the body.

Periodontal disease in diabetics is especially concerning because diabetics are more prone to infection. When the gums are infected, they can’t control blood sugar levels as well. In fact, recent research suggests that infections can actually raise the blood sugar level in someone with diabetes.

Here are some interesting facts about dental health and things to avoid to maintain proper oral care.

Consuming sugar is one of the biggest causes of tooth decay which the erosion of your tooth enamel, the hard outer layer of your teeth. This can be a problem for anyone including small children and older adults. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and when you eat sugar the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attach the tooth enamel. The stickiness of plaque keeps the acids in contact with your teeth and over time can break down the enamel. This is when cavities form.

Using tobacco products is another terrible habit to get into. The chemicals that are naturally present in tobacco play havoc with the circulation in the mouth and are another one of the leading factors in periodontal disease. When the blood flow in the gums is impaired, it decreases the body’s ability to fight infection and to heal itself.

When a person drinks alcohol, it naturally dehydrates the mouth. Those suffering from dry mouth are inherently prone to tooth decay because the saliva that is supposed to be present in the mouth acts to wash away any food debris or bacteria that may be present. Alcohol is also infamous for containing vast amounts of sugar. As previously stated, sugar forms lactic acid and is a huge contributor to tooth decay.

According to the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 50% of all Americans are in some stage of periodontal disease. The numbers go up even further when talking about the senior population, to an astonishing 70%.

Luckily, periodontal disease is, for the most part, entirely avoidable. While genetics may be a factor in some cases, it almost exclusively boils down to proper oral hygiene. This includes brushing the teeth on a regular basis (most dental professionals say this should be done at least twice a day, but preferably after every meal), flossing the teeth at least once daily to avoid having food decomposing in one’s mouth, and keeping the mouth moist to maintain sufficient saliva levels.

It is curious that Dental Hygiene Month falls in October, which is most famous for Halloween when it is traditional for young children to trick or treat and satisfy their sweet tooth by gorging on candy. However, even in these cases, oral hygiene may be practiced by simply brushing the teeth after eating sweet treats. This way, the youngsters can still enjoy the holiday and not fall into poor habits that they may carry with them for a lifetime. Even dentists enjoy a piece of candy now and again.

 

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September is National Gum Health Care Month https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/september-is-national-gum-health-care-month.html https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/september-is-national-gum-health-care-month.html#respond Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:28:19 +0000 http://cardinaldentalgroup.com/?p=479 In honor of National Gum Care Month, it’s important to educate yourself on the risk factors and symptoms of gum disease and make sure you know the best ways to keep your gums healthy. According to the CDC, half of all adults in the United States now have periodontal disease, but the prevalence rate increases […]

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In honor of National Gum Care Month, it’s important to educate yourself on the risk factors and symptoms of gum disease and make sure you know the best ways to keep your gums healthy. According to the CDC, half of all adults in the United States now have periodontal disease, but the prevalence rate increases to 70% for seniors. Here’s how to care for your gums to prevent periodontal disease and lower your risk for cardiovascular disease.

What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal or gum disease is very common and potentially serious, but avoidable. Gum disease is classified as either gingivitis or periodontitis depending on the severity. Gingivitis is the most mild form of gum disease and it causes the gums to become red and bleed easily. Gingivitis usually has no discomfort and can be reversed with professional care.

If gingivitis is not treated, it can advanced to periodontitis. This happens when plaque on the teeth spread and begin growing under the gum line. Bacteria in plaque release toxins that irritate the gums and stimulate an inflammatory response, eventually breaking down the bone and tissue that support the teeth. As the disease progresses, it can result in gums separating from the teeth, tooth loss, bone loss, and systemic conditions like heart disease.

Preventing Gum Disease
Gingivitis can develop very easily, but it’s also easy to prevent with daily oral hygiene and regular checkups with your dentist. The best way to prevent gum disease is brushing and flossing twice a day or more. Don’t brush too hard; this can cause damage to your gums and actually make it easier for bacteria to infiltrate.

We recommend visiting your dentist at least twice a year for a general checkup and cleaning. During your cleaning, we will remove the build-up of plaque on your teeth before it becomes serious enough to cause gingivitis.

You can also address some risk factors that increase the chances of developing gum disease. Risk factors include: chewing or smoking tobacco, genetics, crooked teeth that are harder to clean, pregnancy, poor oral hygiene, and certain medications.

Warning Signs of Gum Disease
As gum disease is typically painless, it’s important to be vigilant to look for signs of periodontal disease. Prompt professional treatment is essential to potentially reverse gum disease or minimize damage. Watch for warning signs of gum disease that include:

  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together as you bite
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Gums that are pulling away from your teeth
  • Tender, swollen, or red gums
  • Gums that bleed easily, especially when brushing or flossing

If you suspect you have gum disease or you’re interested in a proactive approach to protecting your smile and health, schedule an appointment today with the Cardinal Dental Group for a checkup with a caring dentist.

 

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Diabetes and Oral Health https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/diabetes-and-oral-health.html https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/diabetes-and-oral-health.html#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:26:28 +0000 http://cardinaldentalgroup.com/?p=477 Diabetes is a medical condition that is associated with an abnormal increase or decrease of blood glucose in the body. Diabetes affects various organs in the body such as kidney, eyes, and lungs. In addition, there is a relationship between diabetes and oral health. This article will take an in-depth look at how diabetes affects […]

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Diabetes is a medical condition that is associated with an abnormal increase or decrease of blood glucose in the body. Diabetes affects various organs in the body such as kidney, eyes, and lungs. In addition, there is a relationship between diabetes and oral health. This article will take an in-depth look at how diabetes affects the oral health of diabetic patients and how both of these medical conditions can be controlled and managed accordingly.

The Connection Between Diabetes and Oral Diseases
People with diabetes have high or low levels of blood glucose in their bodies, a condition that acts as a thriving place for bacteria growth. About one-third of patients who have diabetes have severe periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a gum disease that affects the gum tissue and the bone around the teeth. Generally, this disease makes the bone and the gum brittle enough for them to break down hence losing teeth in the process. Patients with poorly controlled diabetes are 2.9 times more likely to suffer from periodontal gum disease as compared to patients with adequately controlled diabetes.

People who have diabetes are more susceptible to bacterial infection as compared to individuals with no history of diabetes. This can be attributed to the fact that, the high level of sugar in the body, leads to the coating of the immune-fighting body cells as well as affecting the circulation of blood. The constrained blood circulation minimizes the supply of blood and mineral salts to the oral cavity of the patient. The moment the gums lack adequate nutrients as a result of poor circulation, their ability to fight off infection is significantly reduced leading to gum diseases.

Taking Care of Oral health in Diabetic Patients
Patient’s with a combination of diabetes and oral diseases require more specialized medical care as compared to those with no diabetes. When visiting your dentist, make sure that he/she is well-versed with your diabetic medical condition. If you are looking for a team of qualified dentists to take care of your oral health, look no further than Cardinal Dental Group.

Cardinal Dental Group has a team of highly-qualified dentists who are specialized in cosmetic general, restorative dentistry and advanced technology. In patients suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis due to diabetes, Cardinal Dental Group will restore your gums and teeth as well manage your diabetic medical condition. With an experienced team of doctors, you are guaranteed the best dental services to suit your medical condition (s).

Apart from seeking professional help, you can take care of your oral hygiene in a professional manner. For instance, you can schedule a dentist visit after every three months, drink fluoridated water to prevent tooth decay, use anti-plaque mouth rinse to prevent the accumulation of plaque, keep your dentures clean, and finally, keep your blood glucose in target range.

Signs and Symptoms in Your Gums That Can Indicate Diabetes

Many patients especially those who have not been diagnosed with diabetes may present some signs and symptoms that may prompt a dentist to request a diabetic test. Some of the signs and symptoms are as follows.

  • Swollen and bleeding gums.
    • Oral burning inside your mouth due to uncontrolled blood glucose.
    • Taste impairment due to the destruction of taste buds.

 

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Bruxism: Understanding its Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/bruxism-understanding-its-causes-symptoms-and-treatment.html https://cardinaldentalgroup.com/bruxism-understanding-its-causes-symptoms-and-treatment.html#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:47:21 +0000 http://cardinaldentalgroup.com/?p=453 Bruxism is a condition that’s characterized by unconscious grinding, gnashing, or clenching of the teeth tightly together. Many people do it without even realizing. In fact, a lot of people grind and clench teeth in their sleep, which is known as sleep bruxism. Others do it while they are awake. Teeth grinding, gritting, and clenching […]

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Bruxism is a condition that’s characterized by unconscious grinding, gnashing, or clenching of the teeth tightly together. Many people do it without even realizing. In fact, a lot of people grind and clench teeth in their sleep, which is known as sleep bruxism. Others do it while they are awake. Teeth grinding, gritting, and clenching can have severe effects on your dental and overall health. For this reason, it is important to understand the causes and symptoms of bruxism so that you can determine whether you suffer from it and adopt effective management measures.

Causes of Bruxism

The causes of bruxism are currently unclear, but the condition has been linked to several physical and psychological factors. The most common causative factors are stress, anxiety, anger, tension, and frustration. While these are emotions that people go through on a daily basis, if they are prolonged, they can cause one to grind or clench their teeth.

Lifestyle factors such as consuming alcohol, smoking, and heavy caffeine intake can also cause or worsen bruxism. Additionally, sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, snoring as well as sleep talking have also been linked to bruxism. Sleep apnea is a unique condition is characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. You should consult with your doctor for diagnosis and treatment if you suffer from sleep apnea.

Symptoms of Bruxism

Identifying the signs and symptoms of bruxism is crucial so that you can determine whether you suffer from the condition. Here are some of the common signs that you may be suffering from bruxism:

• Flat, loose, or chipped teeth
• Pain while chewing
• Teeth sensitivity when consuming cold or hot foods and drinks
• Clicking sound when you open or close the mouth
• Tender jaw and soreness around the ears
• Tension headaches that begin at the temples

Untreated bruxism can cause severe damage to the teeth and dental restorations such as crowns, veneers, and dentures. It can also affect the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), leading to problems with the jaw and jaw muscles. TMJ disorder is usually responsible for jaw soreness and tightness, headaches, pain in the face, neck, and shoulders, and difficulty in chewing food or anything. In severe cases, it can also cause swelling of the face, dizziness, and hearing problems.

Treating and Managing Bruxism

It is critical to deal with teeth grinding and clenching before it causes a host of body and dental health issues. There is no definite cure for this condition, but there are some steps that can be taken to curb it and treat the symptoms. The most effective treatment is the use of a mouth guard. A mouth guard is a device that is designed to keep the lower and upper teeth apart and prevent tooth wear as a result of grinding. Your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and develops a custom mouth guard that will fit perfectly in your mouth. This method is typically used to manage sleep bruxism.

It is necessary to manage the physical, psychological, and lifestyle issues that are associated with teeth grinding. For instance, if you are undergoing a period of stress, anxiety, or anger, it would be essential to seek professional counseling and incorporate relaxation time into your day. Lifestyle adjustments such as avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco smoking can also help in alleviating the condition. If you have suffered any dental-related symptoms as a result of bruxism, you should see your dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Contact us today for a consultation and treatment plan.

 

What does bruxism look like? 

Beginning stages of bruxism

 

Advanced bruxism 

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