The Magic Of Orthodontics | Shinagawa Blog

The Magic Of Orthodontics

When you communicate your desire for an improved or enhanced smile, oral health, and appearance to your dentist, he or she will discuss their role and map out the best possible treatments.

You and your dentist will work together to develop the best course of action for your individual and particular situation.

Orthodontic treatment may focus on improving poor positioning of teeth and bite relations or, may even influence the way the face shapes and forms over time. Orthodontic treatment can be carried out for purely cosmetic reasons, improving the general appearance of a person’s teeth and face. In addition, treatment may be necessary to functionally improve the bite (occlusion). Often both goals can be accomplished simultaneously.

One of the most important and fundamental considerations in smile design is the position of the teeth themselves; how do they actually fit into the framework of the face and jaws and how do the upper and lower jaws relate to each other.

Orthodontics is also a sub-specialty of dentistry that is devoted to the study and treatment of malocclusions (improper bites). Improper bites may result from tooth irregularity or positioning, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both.

With the power it presents, Orthodontics can do a lot of wonders for your teeth, appearance, and oral health.

Shinagawa Orthodontics is the right place to be when it comes to providing quality dental treatments. Have your FREE dental consultation now. Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 7-368 5238 | (+63) 917 862 7454 | (+63) 921 217 0517.

Assessing Risk Of Tooth Decay | Shinagawa Dental Blog

Assessing Risk Of Tooth Decay

It’s better to prevent cavities than to eventually treat them. Cavities can actually be stopped before they start.

Tooth decay is one of the most pervasive diseases of our time but modern dentistry has made major strides in the battle against cavities. After years of scientific and clinical studies, dentists are now active towards an approach to dental caries (tooth decay) management that is tailored to your personal risk.

By properly profiling the degree of risk and implementing individualized preventive strategies, today’s dental experts are leaning towards a more proactive approach that works.

Disease Indicators

Disease Indicators work by showing you what could happen based on what has happened. Identifying them includes the use of modern dentistry’s most sophisticated tools for early diagnosis of decay. They include:

  • X-ray pictures show early decay that is visible by using today’s highly sensitive yet low dosage x-rays.
  • White spot lesions are the first sign of decay in the contacting areas of adjacent teeth that are often reversible with fluorides.
  • Visible cavities (decay) that is visible in teeth ranging from very early (microscopic) detection using, for example, laser technology, to cavities that are visible to the naked eye.
  • Cavities within the last 3 years — any previous cavities add to your risk.

Through the strength of advanced dental technology, dentists now have more power in assessing risks for tooth decay to prevent it in the first place.

Dentists at Shinagawa Orthodontics can help you prevent and treat tooth decay for better oral health. Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 7-368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 to schedule a FREE dental consultation.

Clean Teeth Associated To Healthier Heart | Shinagawa Dental Blog

Clean Teeth Associated To Healthier Heart

Apparently, maintaining clean teeth is good for the heart. That’s according to some advanced dental studies done recently.

Advanced studies in Europe propose that brushing teeth frequently is linked with lower risks of atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and heart failure (the heart’s ability to pump blood or relax and fill with blood is impaired).

In a comprehensive experiment and case study, participants underwent a routine medical examination between 2003 and 2004. Information was collected on height, weight, laboratory tests, illnesses, lifestyle, oral health, and oral hygiene behaviors.

During a median follow-up of 10.5 years, 4,911 (3.0%) participants developed atrial fibrillation and 7,971 (4.9%) developed heart failure.

Tooth brushing three or more times a day was associated with a 10% lower risk of atrial fibrillation and a 12% lower risk of heart failure during a 10.5-year follow up.

The findings were independent of a number of factors including age, sex, socioeconomic status, regular exercise, alcohol consumption, body mass index, and comorbidities such as hypertension.

This is just one of the countless benefits you get when you keep your teeth clean.

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Difference Between A Chipped Tooth And Cracked Tooth | Shinagawa Dental Blog

The Difference Between A Chipped Tooth And Cracked Tooth

What exactly is the difference between a chipped Tooth and cracked Tooth?

When you think about it generally, it seems like there’s not much difference at all. But there actually are a couple of differences.

Take a look at what exactly is cracked and chipped tooth.

Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth is most common on teeth in the back of your mouth where the majority of chewing happens. All degrees of a crack can be classified under the diagnosis of “Cracked Tooth Syndrome.” Typically a cracked tooth will require more invasive treatment than a chipped tooth.

If the crack extends beyond the surface of the tooth, a root canal and then place a crown to cover the entire tooth are normally highly-suggested. The restoration is then monitored to see how the tooth responds to ensure the patient remains comfortable with the treatment.

Chipped Tooth

A chipped tooth more frequently occurs in the front teeth. For most patients who experience a chipped tooth, the primary concerns are about functionality and aesthetics. The good thing about it is that it can be fixed quickly.

It normally just takes a day to treat a chipped tooth as the site will be cleaned before bonding a tooth-colored filling to the area to restore the tooth aesthetically and functionally.

The restoration is bound to appear seamless with a big help from the tooth-colored filling material used. The material used can be matched to your teeth nearly perfectly so that when you smile, no one can even tell you had it fixed.

As far as eating and strength of the restoration, it all depends on the extent of the damage and the position of the chip. After your restoration, it’s important to be more cautious about biting down on harder foods; while the restoration will be strong and functional, manmade materials are never as strong as natural teeth.

If you think you have either of these cases, it’s always best to immediately visit a dentist for a corresponding treatment.

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Brushing Teeth With Braces | Shinagawa Dental Blog

Brushing Teeth With Braces

Most people think that it’s naturally more difficult to brush and clean teeth with braces. Actually, brushing teeth with braces isn’t too different than brushing without braces.

It’s still important to brush thrice a day for at least two minutes, and if possible brush after every meal to remove loose food from under brackets and wires. If brushing isn’t an option immediately after a meal, then rinse your mouth out with water to help remove larger food particles.

Use a soft-bristle toothbrush or electric toothbrush and brush gently for two full minutes. Brush gently so you don’t damage the brackets or wires. You should replace your toothbrush every 3 months, or sooner if the brackets seem to make bristles wear down faster than usual.

Remember to brush around all parts of the teeth, including the fronts, sides, backs, and chewing surfaces.

A toothbrush with rounded bristles works well for brushing braces, and fluoride toothpaste are always best, as it helps prevent tooth decay. Your orthodontist may also recommend a fluoride rinse to accompany proper brushing and flossing. This can help strengthen the teeth even more and keep them cavity-free throughout braces treatment

The wires that connect braces from tooth to tooth make flossing a challenge, but patience and using the correct floss can help greatly. A floss threader is a tool that allows dental floss to clean underneath the archwires easily. Your dentist or orthodontist can show you how to use a floss threader to ensure you’re keeping teeth and gums as clean as possible.

If you’re wearing braces, brushing your teeth should not be much of a worry. Seek advice on how to do it best. Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 7-368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 to schedule a FREE dental consultation.