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Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Posted in Dental X-rays | February 15, 2015

One of the technologies that has been long used in the industry and is still being used is dental x-rays. Even with the new and advanced technologies of today, people still wonder if x-rays are safe. This is because people have been aware that radiation is a danger to humans for nearly a century. Too much exposure to radiation can cause a myriad of health issues, including damaging the tissues and cells in the body and eventually causing cancer.

However, the dosage of radiation to which you are exposed when a dentist takes an x-ray of your mouth is very minimal, much lower than it was in the mid-20th century. Scientists and researchers have come a long way since dental x-raysthen. The low radiation levels emitted by these x-rays are so limited there is virtually no chance of damage to the person. Additionally, the x-ray devices used today take the pictures at a much higher speed, there is a shorter exposure time, and the devices are made to be safer than they were before.

In addition to the short exposure time, you are also only exposed to x-rays once a year at the dentist. Your dentist needs to take bite-wing x-rays every year, and a full-mouth x-ray every three years.

Dental hygienists use full-body, lead-lined aprons to keep their bodies protected from radiation exposure. There are also additional measures being taken to keep people even safer. For instance, a leaded collar prevents those with thyroid issues from being exposed to radiation. These collars are also used for pregnant women, children and women of child-bearing age.

To top it all off, the federal government requires that all x-ray machines be checked for accuracy and safety at least every two years. If there is a chance of any trouble, the machine must be checked more often.

If you are still unsure about dental x-rays, ask your dentist for more information. If he has requested x-rays, you should ask any questions before the x-rays are taken so that you are secure and comfortable while the process is going on. The more relaxed you are, the smoother the procedure will go.


How Can I Prevent Tooth Decay?

Posted in Oral Hygiene | January 31, 2015

iStock_000008235598SmallIt is extremely important to teach your children proper dental hygiene when they are young. This information will help them maintain healthy teeth for their lives. Tooth decay occurs when the structure of the tooth, such as the enamel and the dentin layer of the tooth, begins to deteriorate.

The obvious solution for fighting tooth decay is to brush two or three times daily. Tooth decay originates with leftover food that stays on the teeth. Bacteria that live on the teeth convert the food to acid, which begins to eat away at the outer layer of the tooth.

Poor oral hygiene combined with a regular intake of sugary foods will often result in some form of tooth decay. The first sign of tooth decay is a cavity. Beyond that, decay can progress into far more serious future dental problems.

Here are a few tips for preventing tooth decay:

  1. Brush after every meal.
  2. If you cannot brush, chew sugar-free chewing gum to replace it.
  3. Keep portable flossing sticks with you. Some of these flossing sticks have fluoride in the stick, which is even healthier for your mouth and tastes a little better, giving your mouth a refreshing feeling.
  4. Stick to a regular schedule of brushing after breakfast and after dinner, at the very least.
  5. Ask your dentist if a mouthwash would be a good idea.
  6. Try to eat nutritious snacks, instead of cakes, candies, and chips. Be cautious, though, because fruits also contain a high level of natural sugar, so if you are eating fruit as a snack, you still need to be brushing afterwards.
  7. There are small interdental brushes that can be purchased in some stores for a quick on-the-run tooth cleaning. Find out about dental sealants to prevent pits in your molars from harboring food and eventually decaying.
  8. Ensure the water you are drinking is pure and contains fluoride.

With a bit of effort, you can prevent tooth decay. Your children will thank you for encouraging them and teaching them how to have a healthy oral hygiene regimen.


Overcoming Fear of the Dentist

Posted in Oral Hygiene | January 15, 2015

iStock_000008235598SmallDentists recommend that you go in for a checkup at least once a year. Many people tremble at the thought of even making a dentist appointment, much less keeping it. Unfortunately, poor dentist experiences in the past and different phobias means that people are often scared of going to the dentist.

An annual checkup is essential for the health of your mouth. Bacteria and viruses can easily spread through your teeth and gums if not treated. Preventative measures such as brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash are important, but they can’t take the place of a dentist. Even so, good oral hygiene will make your dentist visits a lot less painful, because it will be less likely you will have cavities or worse.

Even good oral hygiene can’t eliminate the fear for all people. Past experiences, among other things, can force people to develop a real phobia about the dentist. This makes it almost impossible for people make their appointments.

An good way to fight this fear is to find a good dentist that is used to working with people who have these fears. Do a lot of research beforehand to find a good dentist that can address your specific needs. If there are none around you, take a vacation once a year to visit one you like. Going on vacation can help relieve a little anxiety, and you’ll know you will be able to relax and recover the rest of the time.-

Don’t let the fear of the dentist stop you from going. If you struggle with dentist phobia, do some research to find one that handles cases such as yours. It can help you relax and feel better about your situation, and will be much healthier for your teeth.


What Family Friendly Dentistry Really Means

Posted in Family Dentistry | December 31, 2014

iStock_000008235598SmallChildren in the dentist chair used to be treated virtually the same as adults. That was a mistake. Unfortunately, it’s generally true that a kid who gets scared by an awful visit to the dentist will turn into an adult who avoids the dentist. The reason the industry as a whole is looked upon with a degree of fear stems back to the archaic dental practices of the 1950s when pain-killing medication barely existed and surgical techniques were crude. These days, dentistry can be pain free, entirely pleasant, and wholly family friendly with just a little added effort.

Family friendly dentistry means far more than a willingness to treat kids. Instead, it means being wholly sensitive to anything a child may find unnerving, and having a uniquely empathetic approach to every child’s visit. This generally means making every child feel like the center of the Earth from the moment they arrive to their exit, which requires lots of one-on-one attention and a genuinely positive, optimistic attitude. It’s about answering all their questions, making the whole idea seem as fascinating as possible, and rewarding their bravery.

A single disturbing dental appointment is enough to color any child’s future judgment of the dental profession for all the wrong reasons. At Mount Pleasant Dental our “family friendly dentistry” outlook is more than just words, it’s our overall philosophy.


Standard vs. Cosmetic Dentists – What’s the Difference?

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry | December 14, 2014

There’s a big difference between a standard dentist and a specializing cosmetic dentist. There are basically two different reasons why a person would seek the services of a dentist – health reasons or purely cosmetic reasons. As such, it makes sense that when it’s a cosmetic procedure you’re in the market for, it should be entrusted to a specialist cosmetic dentist.

Is There Really a Difference?

iStock_000019643440XSmallOne of the best ways of illustrating the difference is to think about how you might go about a home improvement. If one of your walls was about to fall down and needed a patch up, you’d call a building firm to repair it. By contrast, if the same wall was in good condition but needed in some way restyling, you’d call a decorator.

It’s a crude illustration, of course, though does help clarify where the difference lies. The job of the standard dentist is to make sure that your teeth are healthy, do their job right, and live in a mouth that’s free from general health issues. By contrast, a cosmetic dentist’s job is to make sure that your already healthy teeth look every bit as good as they can.

There is, of course, some overlap – most of which falls in the corner of the cosmetic dentist. Generally speaking, a cosmetic dentist will be able to do at least 99% of the same procedures as a regular dentist – X-Rays, extractions, root canals, deep cleaning, and so on – but will also offer many additional treatments for aesthetic enhancement.

So next time you find yourself considering a cosmetic dental procedure, make sure you hire the right person for the job!


Dental Implants: Naturally Real Teeth!

Posted in Uncategorized | January 30, 2014

Bridges and dentures offer aesthetic improvements to your smile but they may not feel so natural. Stop being hysterical with your uncomfortable dentures or bridges and substitute them with dental implants in Rockport, ME with the dental expertise of Dr. David Pier and exclusively only from Mount Pleasant Dental.  Dental implants are considered the best alternative to replace your natural teeth.

Why do dental implants feel natural?

Natural teeth and dental implants may feel, function and look the same.  One of the differences is that your natural teeth will decay while the implants will not.  You need to take care of your dental implants just like your natural teeth.  Your failure to have good oral hygiene following the dental implant may lead to a gum inflammation that can pose some danger with the breakdown of the bone to the implant.

Who is the right candidate for dental implants?

You are an ideal candidate if you have a missing one or multiple teeth.  But, your dentist will make sure that you are in good overall health since there are still some conditions and diseases that can affect the overall success of a dental implant procedure.  It is a general obligation of your dentist to first evaluate your suitability and will recommend some pre-operative procedures before the main procedure of a dental implant.

Implants can be customized and designed to look like natural teeth.  After the overall procedure, no one will notice that it is an implant.  Your new teeth will look real and you can resume your normal biting, chewing and talking with your new natural looking teeth.

Call us today at 207-230-0110 to schedule your dental implants consultation in Rockport!


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