You’re never too old for braces! The case for straight teeth

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At Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry, some of our patients wonder if getting braces is right for them. Some people are deterred from straightening their teeth because of their age or the cost. Straight teeth are a long lasting investment that have more benefits than just a pretty smile, at any age. And with new technology, straightening your teeth can be fast and affordable. It is never too late to get the straight and healthy teeth you have always wanted.

Prevents Gum Disease
When teeth are aligned correctly, they are easier to clean around and in between. While teeth that are too spaced apart can get food debris and bacteria stuck in them, causing cavities and infected gums. This can also happen when teeth are also too close together or crowded. I guess you can say that there is a sweet space that teeth need to be aligned in for optimum cleaning potential. Being able to thoroughly clean teeth in important for preventing gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss.

Aligned teeth don’t chip-
Have you ever chipped a tooth from another tooth? OUCH! Having crowded teeth can cause stress on teeth which increases the chance of damage being caused to the structure of a tooth.

Straight teeth improve speech-
The lips, the teeth, and the tip of the tongue work with the palette to form sounds. It may not be obvious, but the tongue does use the teeth in speech, and if teeth are too far forward to too far back, this can have an effect on the forming of words.

Helps the digestive system-
Straight teeth are perfect for grinding and chewing food. Not being able to properly chew food can set your digestive system into overdrive, making your stomach and intestines have to work harder to break down the food you eat. The long term effects of bad digestion can be painful. Including problems such as indigestion, stomach ulcers and more. So, straight teeth equals a happy stomach.

Be confident in your smile-
Why do straight teeth look better and whiter? Because light reflects off of straight teeth evenly, this helps them appear white and healthy. While crooked teeth can appear dark and dull due to poor reflection of light.

Having confidence in a smile can equal up to confidence in oneself. And others catch on to the high self esteem and cool confidence a healthy, straight smile can bring. Let your smile be a reflection of you.Image

Want to find out how to straighten your smile? Visit GatewayOaksDental.com for more information  or Schedule a Free Consultation with Dr. Truong and find out how to get straight teeth in a short amount of time at an affordable price.

50% of Americans have this disease

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conducted a study in 2009 and 2010 that measured the prevalence of periodontitis, familiarly known as gum disease, in American adults. The study CDCestimates that 47.2%, or 64.7 million American adults, have mild, moderate or severe gum disease. For adults over the age of 65, rates increase to 70.1%.

Conclusion: Nearly half of American adults have gum disease.

How can gum disease affect you?
Gum disease can do irreversible damage if not treated and maintained. The plaque that that builds up between teeth and gums creates pockets that bacteria can get into, causing an infection in the gums. The infection can damage the bone and periodontal ligaments (PDL) that hold teeth in place and gums may begin to pull away from teeth. At the advanced stage of gum disease, teeth begin to shift, loosen and fall out because the PDL and bone that usually support the teeth are destroyed.

What are the symptoms of gum disease?Gum Disease

  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Gums that are red, puffy or swollen, or tender
  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Pus that appears between your teeth
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite

At every check-up and cleaning, the hygienist and doctor measures the bone level and inspects gums for any pus, bleeding or inflammation.

How is gum disease treated?
The doctor or hygienist recommends a deep-cleaning to patients with gum disease. The hygienist scales the teeth by cleaning off the plaque above and below the gum surface and root planing which smoothes out the rough layers of the teeth. For two weeks after a deep cleaning, chlorhexidine mouth wash is used to kill bacteria so sensitive gums will heal. If you have been diagnosed with gum disease it is important to follow the recommendations of your hygienist. She may recommend one to two additional cleanings per year.

shutterstock_2243118-(Medium)-732845Prevent gum disease from affecting you.

  • There are simple steps that you can take to avoid developing gum disease.
  • Brush and clean between teeth with floss
  • Eat a well balanced diet and avoid sugary snacks

Get regular check-ups and cleanings. They are the best way to discover and treat early gum disease before it leads to a more serious problem.

Do you still have questions about gum disease? Contact our Sacramento Dentist.

Why smile?

Have you ever been having a rough day? Your car wouldn’t start, or you spilled ketchup on your favorite shirt? You are left walking through the day with your head hanging low, and it feels like nothing will go your way. But then you lift your head up for a moment and lock eyes with a person walking past you, they smile and you find yourself smiling back. All of a sudden, your mood is instantly lifted.

The simple act of smiling actually sends messages to your brain that you are happy and chemicals in your brain are released. Before you know it, the day doesn’t seem so bad anymore.

The endorphins released in your brain make you happy and also reduce symptoms associated with anxiety. When your body releases those feel good chemicals, it usually slows your breathing and heart rate. Releasing these endorphins relaxes you and lessens the effects of everyday stresses that can cause high blood pressure and a weak immune system.

As if making you happy and relaxed weren’t enough reasons to smile, did you know that smiling actually makes you more attractive? Wearing a smile makes people seem more confident and easier to approach. Smiling is the same in all languages, and universally known that the person wearing that smile is probably a happy one.

So the next time you are having a bad day, wear a smile and feel the change come from within…and try to share it with someone who seems like they could use a little pick me up. 🙂

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