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    Understanding the Causes of Tooth Discoloration

    Last updated 11 months ago

    When asked to think of a perfect smile, most of us imagine straight, proportional, and shiny white teeth. This ideal smile can seem difficult if not impossible to achieve at times though, due mostly in part to the many sources of discoloration that we expose our teeth to on a day-to-day basis. Discoloration can be broken up into three basic categories including extrinsic, intrinsic, and age-related discoloration. While the latter is rather self-explanatory, its helps to note that other two are caused by stained enamel—from coffee, wine, or other dark beverages—and darkened dentin, which develops after early childhood exposure to antibiotics, fluoride, or tooth trauma.

    No matter what type of discoloration your teeth may be suffering from, you can brighten them up with help from your Stamford cosmetic dentist. Using at home or in-office products, the team here at Dental Care of Stamford can help you achieve that perfect white smile you've always dreamed of. To learn more about your whitening options, call us at (203) 803-1815.

    Understanding the Different Stages and Symptoms of Gum Disease

    Last updated 11 months ago

    One of the most important reasons to visit your Stamford dentist for regular cleanings is to avoid the unpleasant symptoms of advancing gum disease. Although it is one of the most common oral diseases in the United States, periodontal disease can be difficult to treat, especially as it advances. Here is a look at the different stages and symptoms of gum disease:

    Bleeding After Brushing
    The earliest stage of periodontal disease is commonly known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is characterized by swollen, red gums that typically bleed after you have brushed your teeth as well as bad breath. It is typically caused by a buildup of plaque between teeth that inflames and irritates surrounding gum tissue. Fortunately, gingivitis can be easily treated by your Stamford cosmetic dentist during one brief and painless cleaning service. 

    Tooth Decay or Loss
    If gingivitis is not properly treated by a dentist, the teeth and gums can quickly develop periodontitis -the second stage of gum disease. During this stage, bacteria inside the mouth infects the gums and teeth, causing them to pull away from one another. As the jaw bone becomes infected, it loses its ability to hold onto the teeth. Once periodontitis has advanced to the final stage of gum disease, teeth may have already fallen out, leaving gaps in the smile.

    Increased Blood Pressure
    When simple gum inflammation evolves into worrisome periodontal disease, the repercussions may not be isolated to the mouth. Other symptoms that one might experience as a result of gum disease are high blood pressure and possibly even heart disease. Once bacteria in the mouth enters the blood stream, it can find its way into the lining of the heart, where it exacerbates any pre-existing conditions and sets the stage for new problems.

    If you experience bloody gums after brushing your teeth each night, schedule an appointment with the professionals at Dental Care of Stamford. We can eliminate the inflammation in your mouth with a thorough cleaning and leave you feeling confident in your smile once more. To learn more our general and cosmetic dentistry services, call (203) 803-1815.

    Tips for Preventing a Dental Emergency

    Last updated 11 months ago

    While you may not be able to predict when a dental emergency will occur, there are certain steps that you can take to lower your risk of encountering one at all. To begin, always wear a mouth guard when you are engaging in close contact sports such as boxing, hockey, and football. The most effective types of mouth guards to use are those that are custom designed to fit your smile. You can also keep those pearly whites protected by steering clear of any hard-to-chew foods like popcorn kernels and rock candy.

    Despite your best efforts to prevent a dental emergency from happening, there's still always a small chance that a chipped tooth or a severe toothache can occur, so be sure to have your dentist's number on hand at all times. For more tips on preventing an emergency, watch this video.

    The dental staff here at Dental Care of Stamford can help you learn more effective techniques for protecting your smile. To set up a consultation or appointment with us, call (203) 803-1815.

    Lifestyle Habits that Can Increase Your Risk of a Dental Emergency

    Last updated 11 months ago

    In addition to visiting your Stamford cosmetic dentist regularly for routine cleanings and examinations, there are several effective steps that you can take at home to ensure that your teeth and gums remain strong and bacteria free. By simply switching out certain foods or kicking a bad habit, you can provide a better future for your smile as well as other areas of your body that are impacted by your oral health. Let's take a look at some of the lifestyle habits that can increase your risk of a dental emergency:

    Leaving Your Mouthguard at Home
    If you're an athlete or someone who participates in martial arts classes on a regular basis, then it's a good idea for you to invest in a custom-fit mouthguard. Each time you engage in close contact activity, be sure to wear this protective decide in order to prevent damage such as a chipped or knocked out tooth.

    Eating Hard or Particularly Acidic Foods
    As tough as your teeth may be, they are susceptible to damage from certain everyday foods. The first type of food to eliminate from your diet for the sake of your teeth is hard candy that could chip teeth, damage orthodontic appliances, or even crack restorations or fillings. While adjusting your diet, try to cut down on acidic foods like tomato sauce, apples, and berries.

    Drinking Sugary Beverages
    Just as acidic foods and beverages break down tooth enamel, so too do sugary beverages like soda and energy drinks. When the sugar in the beverages interacts with natural bacteria in the mouth, it produces lactic acid. The presence of this acid compounded with the erosion of enamel leaves the teeth weaker and more likely to succumb to infection.

    If you ever find yourself in intense pain brought on by an aching tooth or an accident that results in tooth chipping or tooth loss, contact Dental Care of Stamford immediately. Our experienced staff can assist you during your emergency and see to it that you get the best possible care. For more advice on ways to lower your risk for a dental emergency, call us at (203) 803-1815.

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