Have you read our last blog? Well, this is the continuation of it! Before, we discussed the importance of your enamel and how the waste from leftover bacteria can break it down. We can understand the need to go to sleep after a long day instead of taking the extra effort to brush before bed, but doing so can cause irrevocable harm to your teeth’s health, leading to the need for emergency dentistry in Bala Cynwyd, PA. We don’t want that!
We’ve all been here, it’s true. Sometimes it is way easier to crawl under the covers and sleep instead of trudge alllll the way to the bathroom just for an elbow work out. Believe us, we are well aware. It takes effort to do, especially in a half-conscious state. Still, it is just as essential as those ten extra minutes you would have had sleeping!
Let’s all take a deep breath and acknowledge one thing: It’s okay to be afraid of going to the dentist. It’s not against the law, and it’s certainly no reason to feel ashamed. A large part of our job at Wynnewood Dental Arts is to help patients identify what is that makes them feel afraid and then subsequently guide them through it using gentle medication and expert treatments. We understand that dental anxieties are a very real and common occurrence in America, so we wanted to take some time to talk about the benefits of sedation dentistry.
Have you heard the often used phrase, “sick and tired”? When you are sick, you may feel too tired to care about every day personal care habits including brushing and flossing your teeth. If you knew that skipping your oral care might keep you in bed longer, would you muster up enough energy to brush and floss? Wynnewood dentist Dr. DeFinnis presents a quiz on dental habits and how they might affect your health during an illness.
Healthy Habits Quiz
Try our quiz on dental habits while you’re sick to find out if you are helping yourself on a path to getting better.Read More
People tend to look their best when they’re smiling, which may come as no surprise. After all, chances are that you’re smiling in all of your best pictures. The expression helps convey confidence, happiness, and success, and can also help generate positive feelings in others around you. Some people, however, may not feel very confident in their smiles, and therefore do not smile as often or as sincerely as they would otherwise. Dental blemishes, including stained, crooked, or missing teeth, can contribute to self-consciousness and consequently deprive you of the joys of smiling. To help you get the most out of your smile, Wynnewood dentist Dr. Thomas DeFinnis explains how smiling can improve your quality of life.
Smile and the World Smiles with You
The saying may be a bit clichéd, but studies show that it’s true; when you smile, others around you are more inclined to mimic the expression. As more people smile, the atmosphere lightens up and the mood becomes less stressful, giving you more reason to smile. Even if you don’t feel like smiling, experts agree that faking the act can also prove beneficial to you.Read More
The Prevalence of High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) in Americans
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), hypertension (blood pressure classified as 140/90 mmHg or above) is the most common primary diagnosis in the United States, affecting nearly one out of every three Americans. It is the leading cause of death in this country.
American Dental Association Recommendations
Because of the high number of hypertensive patients, the American Dental Association (ADA) advocates dentists’ involvement in the detection and management of high blood pressure. The ADA recommends that dental offices take blood pressure on all new patients Read More
Mercury amalgam, or metal, fillings used to be the dentistry standard. This is no longer the case because of the numerous harmful effects of these fillings. The impact of mercury on systemic and oral health is simply too great to justify metal fillings.
Cavities that form in your teeth require removal and we must fill the space left behind with a dental material that conforms to your tooth’s structure. In the past, dentists typically used metal fillings, made from a mixture of mercury, silver, copper, tin, and a few other materials. About 40% to 50% of this mixture is mercury, which scientists link to night blindness, breathing problems, neurological disorders, Parkinson’s disease, miscarriage, birth defects, borderline personality disorder, and schizophrenia, among many other serious health conditions.Read More
Which is worse: living without teeth or wearing dentures? If you hate wearing dentures, that question may make you think twice. Before you answer, consider the new dentures – implant retained dentures.
Problems with Dentures
In the past, people who lost all or most of their teeth had only one option for replacement, and that was dentures. Because dentures are made to fit on top of the gums, they can slip and slide. Furthermore, the longer a person wears dentures, the smoother his gums become. This only makes slippage more of a problem. Another common complaint is that dentures require extensive care. They must be removed, cleaned, rinsed, soaked, and relined. Real teeth don’t require that much care!
Summertime: a season for beach trips, relaxation, and barbeques. Don’t risk ruining your summer fun with a dental injury that could have easily been avoided. Your Wynnewood family dentist understands that accidents do happen, and we want you to know, we’re here when you need us – even in a dental emergency.
First Response for an Oral Injury
When you experience a dental emergency, call Dr. DeFinnis as soon as possible for an appointment. For accidents occur when you aren’t near a phone, be prepared by learning these tips. They could tide you over until you can see Dr. DeFinnis.
Actually, most Americans do not forget to floss but rather choose not to altogether. Some people believe brushing is enough for healthy teeth. While brushing is an integral part of an oral hygiene routine, it is not adequate for removing food particles from between teeth. Floss cleans the hard-to-reach places where bacteria collects and forms plaque. Preventing plaque from developing along the gum line is vital to keeping gum disease at bay. Remind yourself to floss by keeping the container out on the bathroom counter or next to your tooth brush.