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Advantages of different dental fillings

Posted on July 24th, 2014 No Comments

When a particular tooth of a person has become worn out or its enamel partially damaged by a cavity, a dentist may advise their patient to have it restored by inserting a filling. Patients may choose with the help of their dentist the kind of filling they think is right for them.

  • Patients may want composite fillings or ceramic fillings if they want the filling to be the same color of their natural teeth.
  • For patients who want a much more durable filling, they may want to consider gold fillings. These are more expensive than other types of fillings, but they will last up to 15 years.
  • Children who still have their milk teeth may be advised to get glass ionomer fillings due to its effectiveness in preventing decay.

At BridgeView Dental, we offer different kinds of fillings to Austin residents to help preserve the integrity and beauty of their teeth. Find out how our expert dentists can improve your dental health today by calling 512-347-8299.

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UK researchers seek to use dental implants to improve well-being

Posted on July 2nd, 2014 No Comments

A News Medical article on June 17 stated that researchers in the United Kingdom are conducting a study that will attempt to measure the effects that certain dental implants can have on patients’ quality of life.

The study will provide a report examining the costs and benefits of individual tooth implants in the elderly British population. Lack of natural teeth and ill-fitting dentures are a widespread problem in the UK, as 3.7 million residents have no natural teeth. Researchers will analyze and assess the effectiveness of installing new mini-dental implants instead of the titanium implants that require surgery. Researchers hope the study will successfully improve the quality of life for those in need of dentures and may result in a larger operation that includes many others who suffer from ill-fitting dentures.

The professional Austin dentists at BridgeView Dental offer dental implants services that can provide you with the perfect teeth you deserve. Make an appointment with us today at 512-347-8299 to learn about our dental services and other offers.

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Study suggests black coffee kills dental bacteria

Posted on June 18th, 2014 No Comments

A recent study suggested that certain types of coffee with high caffeine content can fight dental plaque, Health Hub reported on June 15.

In the study they conducted, researchers at Rio de Janeiro Federal University found that Coffea Canephora killed the bacteria in the milk teeth they collected from children. This highly caffeinated coffee, found in Vietnam and Brazil, inhibited dental cavity development. Though Coffea Canephora was found to be effective in preventing dental bacteria buildup, study lead author Andrea Antonio warned that there are still negative effects associated with drinking too much coffee, such as teeth staining and acidity. Also, adding sweeteners or cream would reverse any beneficial effect on teeth. Antonio projected that polyphenols in the coffee bean could be extracted and included in mouth care products.

If you have questions concerning your dental health, contact the Austin dentists at BridgeView Dental today by calling 512-347-8299.

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Different types of intraoral dental x-rays

Posted on June 9th, 2014 No Comments

Intraoral dental x-rays are the most common type of dental x-ray and utilize small amounts of radiation for taking detailed images of a patient’s teeth. These images allow dentists to check the health of a patient’s teeth and tooth roots and have three types:

  • Periapical X-rays: provide a visual of an area of teeth from the crown to where the root is anchored to the jaw. This is performed to find abnormalities in root structure and surrounding bone.
  • Bite-wing X-rays: these images show top and bottom teeth in one area of the mouth. Tooth decay and changes in bone density can be detected by bite-wing.
  • Occlusal X-rays: provide an image of either the entire upper or lower set of teeth. These show full tooth development and placement and can help find abnormalities like extra teeth or growths.

At BridgeView Dental, our office proudly serves the Austin area with a wide variety of dental services and procedures. Schedule an appointment with us today at 512-347-8299.

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Study suggests that red wine can help fight cavities

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 No Comments

A group of researchers has recently concluded that red wine can also help fight dental cavities, an article by the Health Site stated on May 22.

According to a study published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), researchers dipped biofilms of various bacteria cultures in several kinds of liquids, including various red wines. In the end, researchers found that red wine with or without alcohol were the most effective at eliminating bacteria.

Red wine reportedly is abundant in resveratrol, a well-known compound in fighting bacteria. Dental problems like cavities and periodontal disease occur when certain bacteria form together on the teeth and create biofilms; these produce acid and plaque buildup.

Of course, drinking red wine does not replace brushing and flossing your teeth everyday. If you need a routine dental cleaning or any other dental procedure in Austin, come visit us at BridgeView Dental. Call us at 512-347-8299 or fill out an appointment request on the top of the page if you are interested in our services.

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Importance of dental x-rays

Posted on May 22nd, 2014 No Comments

Dental x-rays, the imaging technology used by dentists to examine the skeletal structure of a patient’s mouth, are important in evaluating one’s oral health condition.

Usually new clients undergo dental x-rays so their dentists can examine and understand the overall condition of their oral health. X-ray radiation penetrates the mouth and jaw area, showing changes in gradation based on the density of the oral structures. This can reveal hidden oral problems like tooth decay, impacted molars, and cavities, all of which are difficult to detect with only a visual examination.  Dentists may also predict the future occurrence of certain oral problems and begin administering preventive treatments. A dentist may require a person to undergo a series of x-rays as follow-up procedure for some treatments.

If you want to ensure that your oral health is properly cared for, contact the Austin-based dental experts at BridgeView Dental by calling 512-347-8299.

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Study links poor dental health to depression

Posted on May 15th, 2014 No Comments

Researchers at the Deakin IMPACT Strategic Research Centre discovered that poor dental health can be linked to depression, Medical Xpress reported on April 28.

After studying the data gathered from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers discovered that at least 61 percent of the participants who had poor oral health in the past year reported suffering from depression. The more dental issues a person had, the more instances of depression were reported. Though researchers were able to associate poor dental health with depression, they were unable to find out why exactly it occurred. Doctor Adrienne O’Neil said that other theories may emerge that may give relevance to the correlation between oral and mental health.

If you want to learn more information on how to properly care for your oral health in Austin, schedule an appointment with BridgeView Dental today by calling 512-347-8299.

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Complications related to bruxism

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 No Comments

Bruxism is the medical term for the unnecessary grinding of one’s teeth. Bruxism often occurs due to factors like anxiety, stress, or missing teeth. Teeth grinding may damage the teeth and eventually leading to oral health problems. People who grind their teeth often may experience:

  • Worn out tooth surface or tooth loss
  • High sensitivity
  • Headaches and jaw pain
  • Hearing loss

People are often unaware that they have bruxism because teeth grinding usually occurs during sleep.

The expert dentists at BridgeView Dental work to provide excellent dental care for Austin residents. Find out how we can help you today by calling 512-347-8299.

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How to brush your teeth effectively

Posted on April 4th, 2014 No Comments

Though we have all been brushing our teeth on our own since our early years, this does not necessarily mean that everyone knows how to properly and most effectively brush their teeth. Knowing what to do is important to ensure that you have good dental health.

When it comes to brushing your teeth effectively, make sure to keep the following in mind:

  • Brush up to three  times a day for at least two minutes to prevent debris from hardening on the tooth’s surface.
  • Choose a softer bristle brush to protect your gyms and enamel
  • Brush gently with little horizontal strokes to prevent the tooth’s enamel from being damaged
  • Make sure that the toothbrush reaches all parts of the teeth including the inner sides that are more prone to plaque buildup

Brushing teeth effectively is one of the best ways to maintain your dental health. But going to the dentist regularly is also critical. If you live in Austin, schedule an appointment with a dentist at BridgeView Dental today by calling (512) 347-8299.

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Improving oral health by flossing

Posted on March 24th, 2014 No Comments

Though it is highly advised to at least brush your teeth two times a day to promote dental health, using dental floss on a daily basis can further improve a person’s oral health.

Using dental floss before brushing teeth greatly improves oral hygiene and health as it removes food debris stuck between teeth and gums that cannot be effectively cleaned by a toothbrush. Gum disease and other oral problems that may lead to serious health problems can also be prevented by flossing teeth regularly as it helps get rid of plaque deposits lodged in-between teeth. Most of all, a person who regularly flosses and brushes their teeth can avoid painful and expensive dental procedures.

If you are in need of a regular dental checkup or more pressing dental matters, our dental team at BridgeView Dental can help. Call (512) 347-8299 today to schedule an appointment and find out more about how we can help you with your oral health.

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