All posts by Dr. Mariana Conant

Dr. Mariana Conant Shares information on the Consequences of Losing Teeth

Fairield, CT – Many consequences of losing teeth are noticeable, like the changes in the way you look and speak. Those results often cause low self-esteem and a lack of confidence that can make it difficult to develop new relationships or find jobs that require interacting with the public. You may suffer from embarrassment and insecurity because you look older than your true age and feel that people seem to notice your teeth more than they notice your attractive features.

However, some consequences of tooth loss are not so apparent, and those are even more serious due to the impact they have on your health. Bones must have a certain amount of stimulation to retain their solidity and shape, and supplying that stimulation to your jawbone is one of the important functions performed by your teeth. Continue reading

The Best Options for Replacing Missing Teeth in Fairfield, CT

Most people look at the loss of their teeth in aesthetic terms before considering the health implications. Missing teeth reduce the functionality of your bite and can lead to bone disintegration in your jaw. This, in turn, can lead to widespread shifting in your other teeth. Lost teeth also invite increased risk of gum infection, an ailment that can lead to health problems throughout the body. Replacing missing teeth is an essential component of responsible oral health, and Dr. Mariana Conant provides several options for patients who need the work done.

Single Tooth Dental Implants
For Fairfield, Connecticut residents who have only one missing tooth, a single-tooth dental implant may be the best option for replacement and restoration. Continue reading

Dental Erosion and the Effects of Soda and Sports Drinks From Dr. Mariana Conant

Fairfield, CT – If you’re thirsty, you might think there’s no harm in drinking a soda. The caffeine will wake you up, and you’ll enjoy the refreshingly sweet taste. You could opt for a sports drink instead, reinvigorating your lost nutrients. Did you know that you could be damaging your teeth? Sugar, acidic chemicals and food coloring cause dental erosion. Sodas and sports drinks are among some of the worst offenders.

Enemies of Enamel
Your teeth are coated with a natural enamel to protect them and help them last longer. Enamel is a barrier from cavities and tooth decay. Continue reading

When To See a Periodontist

Many people stand the risk of getting gum disease because of poor oral hygiene. Consequently, they might need to visit a periodontist for evaluation and treatment. Most dentists can routinely treat a mild type of gum disease. However, if the gum disease is progressed to a complicated state, most dentists prefer that the patient see a specialist for an in depth assessment. A periodontist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gum disease such as periodontitis and gingivitis. Some of the services a periodontist offer include: tooth extraction; deep gum cleaning; placement of implants, root therapy; cosmetic dental procedures and any type of surgery to the jaw bone. Continue reading

Infection Control in the Dental Office: Why It’s Important

dreamstime_xs_32634520Infection control within the dental practice involves two basic factors: preventing the transmission of dangerous microorganisms from patient and team members and killing the microorganisms from surfaces and dental instruments. Read on for more important facts on how proper infection control is achieved.

Hand Washing: Dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and sterilization technicians regularly come into contact with bacteria and other pathogens that can easily be transferred through contact with blood and saliva, making hand washing between patients a must. Continue reading

Dental Care Insurance Available

You might think that it’s hard to find out what dental care insurances are available, on your own. There are so many different kinds of dental insurance from which to choose, and it seems mind-boggling. The insurance plan you choose will depend on your specific situation and income. Make sure that the dental insurance, just as with any other type of insurance, is worth the price, and that it fits into your budget.

When shopping for dental insurance, you will want to find one that meets your specific needs. You might be single and want an individual plan, or you may have a spouse and children, and you need a family plan. Continue reading

Dental Care For Children

There are many things to think about when you are considering the dental care for your children. You want them to have clean, white smooth, straight teeth, and these factors will enable your children to have more confidence, and will also help make their smiles more beautiful, and this will help them to develop a personality that is more attractive to others.

If the teeth aren’t clean and attractive looking, then a child can possibly become the victim of ridicule by other children, and we all know that it’s hard enough being a kid, as it is, without the additional embarrassment that can come from a mouth that has teeth missing, out of place, and so forth. Continue reading

How to overcome dental fear & anxiety

dreamstime_xs_29439458How to Manage Fear and Anxiety at the Dentist

Unfortunately, there is no getting past proper dental care by a specialist. However, what is not noticed by many is that a great deal of individuals suffer from anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist. What is usually a simple procedure for most people is regarded as a nightmare to others. Luckily, there are strategies that both the patient and the dentist can undertake to create a more relaxing environment to ease the patient’s fear and anxiety. Continue reading

What Is the Difference Between Cavities, Decay & Caries?

dreamstime_xs_22077897Good dental hygiene is important to keep teeth whole and healthy. The idea is to prevent dental caries. Caries is the disease that leads to tooth decay and cavities. That is simple enough to say, but what are caries, tooth decay, and cavities? What do they do to your teeth, and how are they prevented? Here is a look at what they are and how they are related.

What Is Caries

Caries is a disease process. It occurs when bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar in the food you eat and produce acids that leach minerals from your teeth. As the mineral levels in the tooth decrease, a white patch appears where the tooth enamel is getting weaker. Continue reading