When you were a baby, the appearance of your first tooth was a momentous time for your parents. When you grew a bit older, having your first milk tooth removed was exciting as well. In the case of some people, getting your braces and subsequently having them removed were one of their life’s milestones. From there, you thought your teeth are stable, and you are now free from any more important dental events — until you need to have your wisdom tooth extracted!

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    A wisdom tooth extraction is a process wherein your dentist removes your wisdom tooth or “your late bloomer” tooth, as some call it so that it would not cause damage or any future dental problems.

    But before going into details, one should first try to get the answer to the very basic and common question “Why is it called ‘wisdom tooth?’’’ Truth be told, a lot of people are using this term but have not given much thought about its origin. But if you are one of the curious ones, the simple answer is this: It is called such because it usually appears at a later time in one’s life, between the ages of 17 and 25 and at a time when one has already incurred sensible wisdom.

    Now that the question “Why is it called ‘wisdom tooth?’’’ is settled, you can now proceed with the other important but equally interesting facts about your third molar teeth!

•    While most people usually use the term wisdom “tooth,” the truth is that most people have four wisdom teeth. However, it is very possible that some adults have more than four or less than four while there are some who completely have none at all.

•    Most wisdom teeth have to be removed. As a matter of fact, 85% of people need to have theirs extracted to avoid unwanted consequences such as damaged teeth and infected gums. So, regardless if your wisdom tooth is considered healthy or not, it needs to be taken out.

•    It is always best to have your wisdom teeth removed at an earlier time. Once they appear, set a schedule for extraction with your dentist or your oral surgeon. Do not wait until it becomes a source of pain or inconvenience for you.

•    When your dentist says that you have an impacted wisdom tooth, there is no need to fret. It is very common.

An impacted tooth is one which is misaligned and cannot erupt through the gums on its own. An impacted tooth is trapped inside your gums, and this position is caused by the possibility that your mouth has no more room for extra teeth or that the others have grown irregularly, therefore taking much space.

Although this is normal, an impacted wisdom tooth, nonetheless, is what causes you great pain due to its position. Thus, you need to have it extracted as soon as possible.

•    After your tooth extraction, you might need more time to recover or heal compared to the time you needed when you had your other normal teeth removed. Some people heal in a matter of days while there are some who have to recover fully for weeks. Just follow your dentist’s instructions and you will be fine.

Brush at least twice a day – that is the common advice of dentists. It cleans away the plaque and maintains the health and integrity of your gums and teeth. Gum disease and tooth decay are no joke, after all.

Did you ever wonder if there were any foods out there that you can eat with abandon without worrying about your oral health? Recent studies recommended the following healthy foods for the teeth, so read on:

1. Sugarless Gum

Yes, gum can be healthy, as long as you stick to the sugarless kind. We all know that sugar is bad for the teeth, and if we were wise, we would have listened to our parents when they cautioned us against those lollipops and candies when we were young. However, if you have a sweet tooth that craves to be satisfied, there are tons of sugar substitutes out there that give you that sweet deliciousness, without giving you tooth decay.

Chewing gum also induces the production of saliva, which helps in dislodging food particles and neutralizing the acids in your mouth.
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2. Dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese

Eat calcium-rich foods for your bones and teeth. Just as calcium helps in fortifying your bones, it also helps reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Not fond of drinking plain old boring milk? Try milk-rich dishes such as soups, instead that can also help hydrate you and cheese is an especially calcium-rich option that actually works to strengthen your tooth enamel as you chew them.

Yogurt also contains calcium, and it has beneficial bacteria that can fight against and defeat the destructive bacteria that destroy your teeth enamel. Yogurt is also good for your overall immune system.
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3. Fruits and Vegetables

Try to eat your fruits and vegetables as freshly as you can, with as little preservatives as possible, so you can enjoy the benefits that they can offer for your teeth.

Fruits and vegetables contain fiber, which naturally cleanses your teeth as well as your digestive system. They’re also rich in vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamins C and A, iron, and calcium. If you substitute raw apples and carrots, for instance, to those salty and sweet snacks, you can keep plaque build-up to a minimum. Chewing on these hard snacks also produces saliva. Their fiber content helps clean your teeth, and you also get additional water in your system, which is always a good thing.

That leads us to the last item on our list: water.

4. Water

We all know that nobody can survive for long without water. Water is life itself, but how does it promote healthy teeth?

Aside from the obvious fact that it helps wash away any accumulated food particles that may have stuck in our teeth, it keeps our mouths wet, which may reduce the buildup of bacteria that caused bad breath.

Drinking water also keeps our gums healthy, soft and resilient, and the whitest teeth in the world will do you no good if your gums are weak and fragile. All the healthy foods in your diet won’t work quite so well if you aren’t properly hydrated.

So stock up on these healthy foods for the teeth and reduce the chances of having to pay another painful visit to your dentist.

Years ago, people could only dream of having perfectly white teeth. Many would be willing to go through even the craziest or most outrageous methods just so they could keep their teeth white, from drinking milk which was somehow believed to be a significant factor in maintaining teeth color, or putting a lot of baking soda or powder on teeth and letting it sit there for minutes so that the teeth would appear whiter and generally better than before. However, with the rise of modern technology today, dentists and scientists alike have discovered new, safe, and extremely effective ways to whiten teeth permanently. The coming of new technology for whitening teeth has provided millions of people with an opportunity to be more confident in showing their smiles to the world.

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Smile Arts of NY, currently headed by Dr. Mann, have sought to it that people who entered their clinic and asked for help regarding issues with their teeth were given immediate and effective treatment, while at the same time were ensured that the treatment methods remained free of pain and very comfortable. The latest new technology for whitening teeth that they have introduced in their clinic, called Dental Vibe, aims at making injections painless. Injections that are done for purposes alongside teeth whitening no longer have to be painful thanks to this newly-developed technology which ensures that patients do not feel anything whenever they undergo a dental operation.

Another new technology for whitening teeth called the Zoom WhiteSpeed Lamp promises better-looking teeth as well as no side effects when one undergoes the process. In the past, people had been horrified and have felt that they do not want to undergo teeth whitening again when dentists suggested peroxide whitening, which was a common practice before. Peroxide whitening is basically the process of applying pure peroxide (pure peroxide, if left alone on the teeth, can eventually penetrate the teeth and harm them in the process) on the teeth like it was paint, then letting ultraviolet light dry the paint on the teeth for approximately forty-five minutes until the teeth appear whiter permanently. This process has proven disastrous for some people after they experienced pain hours after the operation, as well as throbbing on the mouth area. The pain was described as so severe that even breathing becomes difficult.

The Zoom WhiteSpeed lamp provides three settings (low, medium, and high; before, you only have “high”). The lamp also emits less heat, which lessens the effects of the light to teeth sensitivity. The system also uses a better bleaching gel which lets peroxide be released gradually unlike before when it was painted on the teeth in pure form. If your teeth are extremely sensitive, or if the color of your teeth is not severe, the exposure to the procedure would typically last twenty minutes at most. For those who need the procedure more, the process could take as long as only thirty-five minutes. Once the bleach is removed from the teeth, a desensitizer that is based on fluoride is applied to ensure that the peroxide would not penetrate the enamel.

With these two new ways of making the process of whitening teeth much easier, people would find it more comfortable and would feel much safer having their teeth cleaned and whitened.

Being a dentist is among the most rewarding jobs in the world. It is one of those jobs where you actually work with people and help them treat a problem. Another advantage of becoming a dentist is having a substantial income that can help you live a comfortable life.

However, like any other field of work, being a dentist also has its downsides especially to the new dentists. Many dentists actually face really big challenges. Although the big challenge of a new dentist may not be the same for the other, the things pointed out below are just some of the most common challenges they face.

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1. Student loans or debt

Debt and student loans have never changed and still rank as the biggest challenge of a new dentist. Being in dental school and signing off loan documents worth $30,000 is different from graduating school and paying that amount with interest. Some of the new dentists consider this their biggest challenge as this hinders their ability to take home money to spend for themselves and family. The realization that the student loan is a hefty amount of money and needs to be paid makes it all real and difficult to think of. A new dentist may spend a couple of years to pay off their student loans.

2. Choosing a team

In dentistry, having a good team means success. Yes, your expertise isn’t the only thing that matters when you’re out there and waiting for patients. You need a good secretary to keep the patients out of the boredom zone while you are tending one patient, or keep their minds off the teeth fixing process. You also need a professional hygienist who will keep your patients at ease and acknowledged. Although it is important that you are an expert at what you do, it’s also good that you have a team behind you to work with you and help you in dealing with your patients.

3. Setting up the clinic and Lack of equipment

Let this be clear, having new and high tech equipment in your clinic won’t guarantee lots of patients because it truly doesn’t but having the right equipment will help you work easier and better. One of the biggest challenges of new dentists is where to get all the latest equipment that can help them work better. Some of the new dentists find it really hard to invest in new or high tech equipment with the debts and student loans they have to pay.

4. New patients

The question of how to attract patients and have them trust you with their teeth is another big challenge that new dentists face. It’s one thing to do the mechanical aspect of being a dentist but it’s another thing to deal with the trust issues of the patients. Some of them prefer the more experienced dentists out there and if you’re new, it will be a pain to have the trust of new patients. Some people also prefer to entrust their dental health with someone who is already reputable.

Although it’s difficult to point out the biggest challenge of a new dentist, the above points are real and true challenges many dentists face today. Challenges are of course wide ranging and different from person to person. One person may consider one problem as their biggest while it’s easier for others to overcome such challenge. At the end of the day, a new dentist who can focus on the things that can be controlled and give quality service to patients will find it easier to overcome whatever hurdles will come along the way.

Tooth decay is just one of the many results of poor dental hygiene which is particularly common among children. This oral health issue is caused by cavity build up which is also where most dental issues stem from. Cavities also cause pain which makes it difficult for kids to chew their food properly. This, in turn, lessens the nutrients absorbed by the kid’s body. However, the greater issue with poor dental hygiene is that it not only affects a child’s oral and physical health. It can become the cause of self-esteem and social anxiety issues as well.

As parents, you don’t want your children to suffer from these. Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce the risk of tooth decay and other related dental problems in your kids. One of these is by establishing important oral health habits for kids which you have an important role to play.

Eliminate the Thumb-Sucking Habit

It’s common and fine for youngsters to suck their thumbs. But this habit should be stopped as soon as your kids turn 3 to prevent its negative effects to their oral health. If this habit still continues after they reach that age, it will surely have an effect in the formation of their teeth and jaw’s structure.

Baby Bottle or Sippy Cup No More

Sleeping with a baby bottle filled with sugar-containing fluids, including formula and even breast milk, increases the risk of tooth decay. The same goes if your child is frequently using their sippy cups. Although helpful in introducing your kids from using a bottle to a glass, it is still not advised to let them use it for a long period every day. Otherwise, it will result to front teeth decay, especially if their sippy cups always contain sugary drinks.

Brushing Teeth Two Times a Day

Brushing becomes a necessity as soon as your kid’s teeth erupt. Then you need to start teaching them the proper way of brushing their teeth once they turn 2. You can do that by demonstrating the right technique to them and supervising them as they do it on their own.

Flossing

This important oral health habit should be introduced to your child along with its importance at the age of 4. Flossing should be performed by parents during this period until their kids develop the dexterity to perform the task by themselves. Your kids are likely to learn how to floss once they reach the age of 6 and above.

Regular Dental Visits

It is so easy to forget about dental checkups especially if you are a busy parent. But remember that brushing as well as flossing can only do enough. A professional is still needed to check and determine whether they have dental problems, like cavities and misalignments. So make sure to get your child acquainted with a dentist early on to make them feel comfortable during visits.

Consume Less Sugary Snacks

Consuming a lot of sugary snacks is not only bad for the health, but it also helps increase the risk of tooth decay. So make sure to lessen and control the sweet foods being consumed by your child. Encourage a balanced diet as well to ensure that your child’s teeth will remain strong and decay-resistant.

Make the Process Fun for Them

Expect that the process of establishing these habits will be difficult at first. The good thing is there are a lot of things you can do to make the process exciting for them. The most basic of these is to serve as an example for your kids. Take advantage of the oral care products designed for kids as well. A good example of such product is the electric toothbrush, which makes the task more fun and easier and faster to complete. There are also the different flavors of toothpaste for kids. Allow your child to choose which they prefer.