We talk about a lot of heavy stuff on Facebook and the blog, so today I thought I’d find something a little more down to earth and maybe even useful for you guys. As it turns out, toothpaste is kind of a miracle cure for everything from scrubbing the face of diamonds to sticking posters on the wall (I did not know that was possible!).
We do a fair number of Invisalign treatments here at the office and something that no one ever really asks me is what to do with trays when they’re done being used for alignment. Not that I’m the world’s best Pinterest dad, but you’d think it would come up more often, don’t you? Maybe people are just so pleased with their treatments that they keep their trays as little badges of honor.
But, in case you’re too afraid to ask or you’re afraid you might hurt my feelings, I dug up some materials on what you can do with Invisalign trays after you’re done using them. Remember to always disinfect anything like this that has been in your mouth for an extended period before using them in arts and crafts. But, hey, if you come up with something really original, we’d love to see it!
Dental history is so interesting to me. I guess it should be since that’s sort of what I do with my life, the dentistry part, anyway. One really bizarre and prevalent belief among European populations is the toothworm. Do you ever feel like there’s something gnawing, chewing, digging around in your teeth when you have a bad toothache? That’s the toothworm. And you’ve got ‘em bad.
Hey, science wasn’t perfect under the Roman Empire, but it got better. Eventually. I found this neat paper on toothworms and how the belief started and circulated among pre-modern populations. I thought you might enjoy it as much as I did! (more…)
One of the biggest reasons we’re so concerned with your oral health is that over time, poor oral health can lead to serious medical problems. Those include some fairly scary stuff like tooth and bone loss that can permanently change how your jaw closes. This is no joke, guys. It’s serious business.
As your jaw bone begins to break down, the gonial angle increases, causing your chin to protrude dramatically. It’s not a good look at all, on anybody. Once this has happened, it’s really quite a process to restore your jawline and move your chin back into proper alignment. Continue reading for more about this and ways you can avoid jaw bone loss over the long term.
It wasn’t until college that you realized that little gap in your teeth wasn’t really as cute as you thought it was. Or maybe it’s a couple of upper teeth that shifted a little funny when you had your wisdom teeth out that really embarrass you these days. Whatever your dental stigma, it’s distressing to the point that you’re afraid to smile in family photos. Your selfies are always with your kids, with their heads carefully placed so your teeth don’t show. (more…)
I know a lot of you don’t especially love coming to visit me, but there are some of you that are absolutely anxious or phobic about dental visits. I’m talking to that subset of patients today (but the rest of you can stick around to help). I’ve been looking into some resources to help you get back on track with your oral care routine, especially if part of your phobia comes from having not been in for a while. (more…)
I know you hate having dental fillings done. They’re no fun for anybody, but they’re a necessary part of maintaining your oral health. I do them because I care, not because I want to hurt you, I promise. But what if I didn’t have to do them anymore? What if you could just come to my office and get an easy treatment and your teeth would magically heal?
There’s only so much good news I can take in a day. But when I saw this tidbit, well, I was pretty stoked. After all, I spend a great deal of my time having to tell people to take it easy on the wine for various oral health reasons, including, but not limited to the terrific stains that some of the darker varieties can leave behind.
I admit, I spend a lot of time reading science-related articles online. So, really nothing much really surprises me anymore. An AI invented ice cream that tastes like old boots and tuna? Sure. Self-driving cars can now deliver pizza hot and fresh in under 20 minutes? Awesome.
As it turns out, braces are actually a lot older than you might imagine and they have a long and sordid history. Although you’d imagine that every practical person in pre-modern Europe was much more concerned with tooth decay than how straight their teeth were, you’d probably have even odds that it was, in fact, the case.