What Do You Know about Oral Health?
Do you know what symptoms are warning signs of serious dental issues? Understanding the early warning signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay could help you avoid serious dental problems in the future. Sharpen your dental IQ with this quiz, and, the next time you visit Dr. Villani, quiz him!
1. What is the most common cause of a toothache?
a. Gum disease
b. Cracked tooth
2. What is often the first sign of gum disease?
a. Tooth decay
b. Bleeding gums
c. Chipped teeth (more…)
As the end of the school year approaches, you’re probably counting down the days until graduation. If you’re a high school or college senior, a crooked smile can decrease your confidence, appearance, and performance in the “real world.” Fortunately, Dr. Villani offers Invisalign so you can smile confidently as you accept your diploma.
Graduation is your door to adulthood. Traditional metal braces can hide your mature appearance. Additionally, silver wires and brackets just don’t coordinate well with your graduation gown. Invisalign, however, is completely clear and invisible, so nobody will notice that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. Dr. Villani recommends Invisalign for image-conscious teens and professional adults.
You don’t want to be uncomfortable during your graduation ceremony. Traditional metal braces involve sharp brackets and wires that can poke, cut, or rub the inside of your cheeks and mouth. Invisalign, on the other hand, uses a series of acrylic aligners that are placed over your teeth. The aligners have a smooth surface, which eliminates your discomfort and irritation. Furthermore, Dr. Villani will customize your braces to appropriately fit your mouth and increase your comfort.
If you’re a business professional, you probably spend half of your day at the office. A beautiful smile will improve your appearance, confidence, and job performance. In light of Employee Health and Fitness Month, Dr. Villani offers these tips to keep your smile healthy in the workplace.
Bring a Brush
Studies show that only 53 percent of women and 37 percent of men brush their teeth after eating lunch at the office. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, leaving an extra toothbrush at the office will increase your likelihood of brushing by 65 percent. You don’t want to have food particles stuck between your teeth during your client presentation, so take a quick trip to the bathroom to clean your smile after lunch.
Munch on a Healthy Snack
Hunger impairs your focus, lowers your concentration, and increases your irritability. Eating a mid-morning snack, however, will keep you energized and full enough to make better decisions during the day. Make sure you choose healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables, and wash down your meal with a glass of water.
The American Cancer Society reports that prolonged exposure to the sun increases your risk of lip and oral cancers. Summer is quickly approaching, and Dr. Villani wants to make sure you’re protecting all areas of your body from the summer sun.
What is Oral Cancer?
An estimated 40,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Oral cancer occurs in or around the mouth—including your gums, teeth, cheeks, throat, floor of mouth, roof of mouth, lips, and tongue. The most common symptoms of oral cancer include mouth sores or lesions, pain, lumps in the throat, white or red tissue discoloration, oral swelling, constant bad breath, and difficulty moving your jaw or tongue.
Next time you replace your toothbrush, think before you trash it. About 50 million pounds of toothbrushes are tossed into landfills each year. Just because your old toothbrush can’t be used to effectively clean your teeth doesn’t mean it’s not still handy around the house. To help protect the environment, Dr. Villani offers these tips on how to recycle and reuse your toothbrush.
Your toothbrush is designed to clean your teeth, but it can also be used for a variety of cleaning purposes around the house. Toothbrushes can reach between small crevices and spaces, making it useful for any of the following:
- Clean between the bristles of your hairbrush
- Clean between the tongs of your forks or cheese grater
- Wash the blade of your chainsaw and other sharp tools that could injure your fingers or a rag
Macaroni and cheese, quesadillas, pizza, and grilled cheese sandwiches would not be the same without, of course, cheese! Did you know cheese is also a vital ingredient in keeping your smile healthy? Dr. Villani encourages you to indulge in your favorite cheese this month to celebrate Grilled Cheese Month. Let’s see how much you know about the tooth benefits of cheese.
1. Cheese is a great source of which nutrient?
- a. Vitamin C
- b. Calcium
- c. Vitamin D
2. Cheese is:
Tomorrow, April 7, is World Health Day. This year’s theme focuses on active aging and expresses the idea that good health adds years to your life. Dr. Villani wants to show you that good dental care also adds years of lasting health and beauty to your smile. Let’s take a look at how you can prevent your smile from showing signs of age.
- Surface Imperfections: Your teeth may lose their natural shine due to a lifetime of dark-colored foods and beverages, tobacco use, medications, and other behaviors. Tooth discoloration can make your teeth look dark, dull, and old. Furthermore, chips and cracks make your smile look rough and worn out. Fortunately, Dr. Villani offers porcelain veneers to hide your tooth imperfections and brighten your smile.
- Gum Problems: As you age, your gums may begin to recede, exposing the roots of your teeth to decay and infection. Furthermore, plaque buildup along your gum line can lead to periodontal disease. When your gums are weak, your oral bacteria can enter your bloodstream and infect other areas of your body. Gum disease is linked to heart disease, stroke, lung disease, dementia, diabetes complications, and preterm births. Dr. Villani will examine your mouth for signs of gum disease and perform a deep cleaning, if needed.
It’s very important to brush and floss every single day. Some people, however, improve their dental hygiene just a few days before their dentist appointment. If you “cram” right before your Brighton dental appointment, Dr. Villani can still tell whether or not you practice good oral hygiene behaviors.
Quicker Dentist Appointments
Cleaning your teeth beforehand can help make your professional cleaning quicker and simpler. Tran and Mihara, your Brighton dental hygienists, will help clean the areas of your mouth that you can’t reach. They will remove tartar and polish the surface of your teeth, but if you haven’t brushed or flossed lately, they will have to take extra time removing food particles first.
If your teeth are stained, chipped, misaligned, uneven, gapped, or flawed in any way, Dr. Villani can hide your imperfections with a beautiful set of porcelain veneers. This cosmetic dental treatment can brighten, straighten, and beautify your smile in just two short visits to our Brighton dentist office. Here’s a handy fact sheet and explanations to the commonly asked questions about veneers.
- What are veneers? Veneers are thin, hand-crafted pieces of porcelain or ceramic material. Dr. Villani will bond the material to the front of your teeth to instantly enhance your smile.
- What is the process for receiving veneers? At your initial visit, Dr. Villani will buff and shape the surface of your teeth. He will take impressions of your teeth to determine the correct color, shape, and size of your veneers. After you leave, a dental ceramist will sculpt your veneers to fit your specifications. You will then come in to our Brighton dentist office for placement. Dr. Villani will apply a durable bonding cement and use a light beam to harden the material to your teeth.
What are your plans for Spring Break? No matter what you choose to do or where you choose to go, don’t let your springtime activities “break” your smile. Visit Dr. Villani so you can enjoy your time off with a healthy smile.
If you’re planning a vacation, be sure to include your travel dental kit. You still need all your oral hygiene tools, even when you’re traveling. Your portable kit should include toothpaste, a toothbrush, dental floss, a tongue scraper, mouthwash, first aid supplies, and breath fresheners to keep your mouth clean and fresh when you’re on the run. Furthermore, if you’re planning a special trip to the beach or ski resort, be sure to wear a protective lip balm to avoid dry lips. Additionally, be sure to schedule your dentist appointment with Dr. Villani before you leave for your trip. A professional checkup beforehand will help prevent any serious dental issues while you’re gone.