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

When Should a Child First See the Dentist?

dreamstime_xs_26653547Parents of newborn babies have a lot to deal with, from diapers to doctor appointments. Worrying about taking your baby to a dentist doesn’t have to happen until after the baby gets his or her first tooth – but how soon after that?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should visit a dentist by the time they are one year old. A good time to make the first appointment is when your baby gets his first tooth. If that seems a little early, consider that one in four preschoolers have cavities before they are four years old, with many kids getting their first cavity by the age of two. Continue reading

Cosmetic Dentist Offers Dental Veneers In Fairfield CT

While most of the world’s population only visits their dentist for problems or pain they are having, many are beginning to see the advantages of cosmetic dentistry. A person’s overall smile and tooth health may be incredibly good but they may not have the look or appeal of beautiful teeth. Healthy teeth do not always look as good as they could. So, many patients are choosing Dental Veneers Cosmetic Dentist Fairfield CT.

Also known as porcelain veneers, dental veneers are very thin shells that are designed to fit over a person’s teeth. Continue reading

Understanding Disease of the Gums

The mouth is an amazing microcosm of bacteria living among the oral tissues. Most of the time the bacteria work in benign harmony with the tissues of the mouth but sometimes that harmony is disrupted by the sour note that is periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is a term that encompasses several different conditions that affect the areas around the teeth. The term comes from the Latin word “peri”, meaning around and the Greek word “odont”, meaning tooth. The term used to describe the study of the teeth and the supporting structures around them is called Periodotology. The dental specialty dedicated to the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease is called Periodontics. Continue reading

Cosmetic Dentist in Fairfield, CT Introduces Invisalign at Brickwalk Dental

Dr. Mariana Conant, a dentist in Fairfield, CT, recently introduced Invisalign at Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Fairfield as a method of helping patients achieve their most beautiful, healthy smiles. As an alternative to uncomfortable metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth gradually. The process is more comfortable and convenient for the patient and results in a beautiful smile makeover.

Traditional braces can often be damaged by some foods that can interfere with metal bracket bonds. Also, because metal braces are very difficult to clean, additional decay can occur during treatment time. Continue reading

Tooth Brushing Benefits the Entire Body

A bright shining smile is one of the first things we notice about another person. Those gleaming white teeth are the highlight of a smile. Of course, everyone knows that proper dental hygiene is the first step to a beautiful smile. Many people do not know that dental hygiene also plays a pivotal role in the function of almost every other system in the human body. Dental hygiene refers to the overall health and care of the mouth including the teeth, tongue and the gums. Maintaining good dental hygiene is a crucial step in maintaining complete body health. Continue reading

Cosmetic Dentistry: Dental Implants

It is said that an impression is made within the few seconds of meeting a person and invariably a person with a beautiful smile is sure to make a good impression. It is very likely that some time or the other your teeth will get damaged due to accident, decay or with continuous usage. In case you loose teeth due to accidental damage there are many options available to get it fixed.

For replacing a broken tooth, dentures were considered the best option until some time back. Continue reading

How to Teach Children Good Oral Hygiene

Children live in a special world, where their top priorities are having fun, being silly, and avoiding activities that stand in the way of their good time. For this reason, children also tend to avoid daily rituals that don’t stimulate them in a fun way. For most children, brushing teeth is ranked about as highly as cleaning a bedroom. So, how do you encourage enthusiasm in your children for something as necessary (and “boring”) as dental maintenance? Here are some great tips for how to teach children good oral hygiene:

Lead by example. Your children look to you when gauging appropriate behavior, and that’s no less true when it comes to oral hygiene. Continue reading

Gummy Smiles: What Are My Treatment Options?

When most people smile, you see a row of teeth that look beautiful and full. Unfortunately, this is definitely not the case for some and they have what is known as a gummy smile. Gummy smiles are when you smile and there are only a small row of teeth and mainly gums. There are two causes for gummy smiles and they both can be treated using different dental procedures. One of the first steps for you to take would be to visit the dentist and get a diagnosis and best treatment option that happens to be available to you. Continue reading

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

cosmetic-300x199There are actually quite a few different things that you are going to want to look into when you are trying to find a cosmetic dentist. After all, this is someone that you are going to be paying a lot of money to and which you are going to be trusting in to make you look your best. A cosmetic dentist is someone that you want to make sure is qualified and also who you are going to feel comfortable with.

There are a few different steps that you are going to want to take then, to make sure that you are going to find the best cosmetic dentist, one that you can really trust in and who is going to do the best work. Continue reading

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