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Laser Dentistry and a Seal of Acceptance

Laser Dentistry

Since 1994, dentists have used lasers so as to treat certain types of dental problems. Even though lasers have received FDA approval it is interesting to note that there has not been a dental laser system on the market today that has received the Seal of Acceptance from the Canadian Dental Association. At this point of time, the American Dental Association only recommends traditional dental treatments.

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General Uses

There are certain dentists that utilize a laser to treat various dental procedures including gum disease, tooth decay, teeth whitening, and biopsy or lesion removal. A laser can be used to treat tooth decay by removing decay within a tooth and for preparing the surrounding enamel of the tooth so as to receive the filling. Lasers are used for gum disease issues by reshaping gums and removing harmful bacteria during root canal procedures.

Biopsy Removal

A laser can also be used for the removal of a small piece of tissue. This type of procedure is called a lesion or biopsy removal. Once the piece of tissue is removed it can be further examined for cancer. Lasers are also beneficial for removing lesions that occur in the mouth or for relieving the pain that is associated with canker sores.

Teeth Whitening

Many dentist prefer to use a laser to speed up the teeth whitening procedure that is done in the office. A laser will activate and speed up the peroxide bleaching solution that is used for teeth whitening. A lot of dentists feel, however, that using laser techniques for this procedure is not worth the risk, as it tends to dehydrate the teeth. This may lead to other issues.

Seal of Acceptance

The Seal of Acceptance that the Canadian Dental Association provides is an assurance to all dentists that a device or product will meet the high standards of safety that a patient deserves. However, it is also interesting to note that the Canadian Dental Association seems cautiously optimistic about the future role of laser technology and its benefits in the field of dentistry. Dental lasers are completely different from the cold type of lasers that are being used in photo-therapy for the relief of pain, headaches, and inflammation.

How it Works

A dental laser works by delivering an energy source in the form of light. When used for dental and surgical procedures, the laser energy acts as a vaporizer of tissue or a cutting instrument. If the dentist uses a laser for the curing of a filling then it will help to strengthen the bond that is created between the tooth and the filling. As mentioned previously, when the laser is used for teeth whitening it acts as a heat source that will enhance the effect of the tooth bleaching agent.

When comparing a laser to a traditional dental drill a laser has the benefit of causing less pain and therefore it will also require less anesthesia. Many patients prefer a laser because of the fact that it reduces anxiety and allows the patient to be more comfortable. A laser will also minimize swelling and bleeding while doing soft tissue treatments. Finally, a laser often preserves more of the healthy tooth when doing a cavity removal.

Your dentist will be able to explain all of the  benefits and risks of laser dental therapy.


Top 10 Dental and Oral Hygiene Tips

My Top 10 Dental Tips

If you would like to have an amazing smile, it is important to put in the effort required to ensure the health of your gums and teeth. Poor oral hygiene can lead to various dental issues such as tooth discoloration, gum disease, and cavities. The dental problems can sometimes affect the overall health of the body.

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Follow the 10 dental and oral hygiene tips below to keep off dental illness, decay, and other medical issues.

1. Proper Brushing

When brushing teeth, position the bristles of your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle near the gumline. The gumline and tooth surface need to be in contact with the bristled. Try brushing at least twice every day to prevent the buildup of acid from the breakdown of food by bacteria.

2. Cleaning the Tongue

The ridges found on the back of some toothbrushes are for brushing the tongue. If you haven’t started yet, it is now time to start using a tongue scraper to get rid of bacteria from your tongue’s surface. It not only keeps away bad breath, but also boosts oral health.

3. Using the Right Toothbrush

Toothbrushes are of different types and some are better than others. The best toothbrushes are the electric type since they brush away more plaque and food particles. If you are not interested in buying an electric toothbrush, you should find a soft bristle toothbrush with a small enough head capable of reaching back to the crevices of the molars. Here’s what the Canadian Dental Association has to say about toothbrush selection.

4. Thoroughly Cleaning Your Toothbrush

It is important to clean your toothbrush regularly and thoroughly unless you would like new bacteria to breed and end up in your mouth. You should rinse the toothbrush after each use then allow it to air dry. Ensure that you don’t cover the toothbrush since it can cause a buildup of bacteria. So, avoid using the toothbrush covers unless you need them for traveling.

5. Regular Flossing

If you fail to floss regularly especially at night, your gums and teeth are sure to suffer even if you brush correctly and regularly. Flossing teeth regularly removes plaque buildup and food particles that toothbrushes simply cannot reach. If you don’t floss regularly, tartar will definitely form and eventually lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

6. Rinsing Your Mouth Properly

Mouthwash might work great as a breath freshener, but it also boosts oral health. Special mouthwash can be used for strengthening teeth, preventing the formation of plaque, and fighting gingivitis before it actually starts. Talk to a dentist about therapeutic mouthwash capable of helping with oral health if you are looking for something stronger than over-the-counter mouthwash.

7. Replace Toothbrushes Every 3 Months

If you brush teeth properly and regularly, the bristles of your toothbrush will quickly lose their shape. Over time, those bristles deteriorate and it is advisable to replace toothbrushes every 3 months if you would like your gums and teeth to get/stay clean. If you schedule regular dental examinations, your dentist can even offer you a new toothbrush after the appointment if necessary.

8. Avoid Midnight Snacks

If you are a midnight snack lover, you could be ruining your oral health. This is especially true if you eat your midnight snacks then go back to bed without brushing and flossing teeth once more. If you are able to, stop having midnight snacks if you would like to prevent the formation of cavities. Alternatively, you should consider eating healthy foods that boost oral health and always clean teeth again before going back to bed.

9. Quit Tobacco

If you are still chewing or smoking tobacco, you should know that your gums and teeth are still suffering. Even if you follow the rest of the oral and dental hygiene tips on this list religiously, you will not enjoy the benefits they offer if you use tobacco products. Using tobacco products increases the risk for gum disease dental decay, or even oral cancer. When you stop chewing or smoking tobacco, you will lower your risk of developing oral cancer and you will have healthier gums and teeth.

10. Visit Your Dentist Regularly

It is important to visit your dentist at least twice a year for oral exams and teeth cleanings. Professional dental cleanings performed by a skilled dental hygienist will get your teeth so clean and polished that it prevents further buildup of tartar between dental visits. If you keep up with exams and cleanings, the dentist can identify and treat tooth decay and gum disease early on so that things do not get worse.

The Bottom Line

If you want to keep oral and dental health issues at bay, you should consider following the 10 tips discussed here.

It will be the best thing that you ever do for your oral health and you will be grateful that you did in the end.