If you are a smoker, you are no doubt already well-aware that smoking is bad for your health. You may have also discovered the habit is not good for your teeth, either. Thankfully, it's never too late to quit smoking, and dental technology has rapidly advanced in recent years. Whether you are a current or former smoker, here are three procedures you may want to discuss with your dentist.
If you have recently had new veneers placed on your teeth to improve the appearance of your smile, you may wonder if there is anything you should not do while taking care of them. If so, make sure you avoid making the following mistakes that could damage your new veneers and dull their appearance.
Brushing with a Whitening Toothpaste
Before you received your veneers, you may have started using a whitening toothpaste to help improve the color and brightness of your teeth.
Are your gum tissues receding, infected, or otherwise in bad shape? If so, you may need to look into gum (periodontal) surgery. There are many kinds of treatments, so here are a few answers to questions you may have.
What Can Gum Surgery Fix?
Gum surgery can benefit you in both cosmetic and functional ways. Different gum surgeries can be used to:
Reduce gum recession and tooth loss Fix damaged tissues and bone with grafts Make your smile less "
If you are planning to get or have just received a dental crown, then you should be aware of the potential complications that may interfere with the restoration. Here are some of those complications:
The Crown May Be Damaged
Dental crowns are typically fabricated from metal alloys, porcelain-fused-on-metal, and porcelain materials. All of these materials are susceptible to damage, but the porcelain crowns are more susceptible to damage than the metal crowns.
If you are about to have your first child, you are likely making a list of important pediatrician appointments. It's important to include a pediatric dentistry appointment on that list. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) says that children should see the dentist by 12 months or when their first tooth erupts (usually around 4 to 6 months), but many parents wait until their child is almost two. It's important to visit the dentist during these early months while the baby is teething.