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Jul 19

Easy Fixes for Your 3 Most Common Smile Problems

By Mike Lomax | Cosmetic Dentistry

Easy Fixes for Your 3 Most Common Smile Problems

Show off a gorgeous smile! Top dentists share their super-easy tips for keeping your teeth in tip-top shape.

ou probably spend plenty of money on skin care products to fight wrinkles and dark spots. But how much attention do you give your smile? Just like your skin changes as you age, your teeth also start to show signs of wear and tear as you get older. According to the World Dental Federation, 90 percent of people across the globe will deal with some sort of oral disease in their lifetime. read more

Jul 19

The Lifespan of a Cap

By Mike Lomax | Cosmetic Dentistry

The Lifespan of a Cap

I had a lower jaw tooth pulled several weeks ago and I have been in constant pain ever since. My dentist says I have a dry socket, which he packed with some type of medicine. That helped for a while, but now the pain is almost unbearable again. What can I do to speed up the healing? How long do I have to suffer with this pain?

– Daisy, California

On average, caps (dentists call them crowns) last about ten years. Many last a lot longer but 25 years would be considered excellent longevity. If crowns do last this long, it is a tribute to a top-rate dentist. Today, new caps or crowns are made with thinner, stronger, and more cosmetic porcelain material. Some crowns are still appropriately made with a metal/gold foundation. Your dentist’s recommendation to replace crowns is a judgment call based on decay, fracture of the old crown, poor cosmetic look, or loose teeth that need splinting or joining together. In your case, there may be other reasons to replace them of which I’m not aware. read more

Jul 19

Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease another Reason to Brush Your Teeth and Take Your Statin

By Mike Lomax | Uncategorized

Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease another Reason to Brush Your Teeth and Take Your Statin

If you are an adult then there is a good chance that you have some form of periodontal disease.  It is estimated that 47% of adults are affected by periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease is a disease of the gums of our mouths.  It can range from a simple form with local inflammation to severe forms that can cause significant damage to the tissues around the teeth and the bones. read more

Jul 19

7 Lies Your Dentist Knows You’re Telling

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

7 Lies Your Dentist Knows You’re Telling

People tend to stretch the truth a little bit when they visit their dentist. And dentists know it, says Shawn Adibi, DDS, an associate professor in the department of general practice and dental public health at the University of Texas at Houston.

For example, when patients say they floss once a week, notes Dr. Adibi, some dentists might assume they mean something like every other week. read more

Jul 05

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica

Dental Tourism in Costa Rica has been popular for many years now, particularly with Americans and Canadians.

According to the Euromonitor, about 90% of plastic surgery and dentistry work in Costa Rican hospitals is performed on foreign tourists. Thus, when you choose Costa Rica for dental work, you are making a decision that many have made before you. read more

Jul 05

Options to Save Teeth from Periodontal Disease?

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Options to Save Teeth from Periodontal Disease?

My husband, age 50, was recently diagnosed with periodontal disease and has just gotten a recommendation that all of his upper teeth and most of the lowers be replaced by dentures, as it looks like they cannot be saved. We’re seeing a periodontist in a couple of weeks. What alternatives might be available to us? read more

Jul 05

Can I Replace My Teeth with Dentures?

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Can I Replace My Teeth with Dentures?

As long as you are in good general health, you can have your teeth removed and dentures made. The real issue is whether this is the right decision for you.

This critical decision must be made when you are pain free and not focused on other distractions. During stressful periods, people sometimes make hasty or wrong decisions. My first suggestion is that you seek counsel from an honest, passionate, and educated general dentist who can advise you of the pros and cons of dentures versus saving your natural teeth. You need to have a full examination, a full set of X-rays, and a lengthy examination. Below is a list of some common problems associated with full dentures on the upper and lower arches that you should be aware of: read more

Jul 05

Dental coverage may be yanked under GOP health care plan

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Dental coverage may be yanked under GOP health care plan

(CNN) As Republicans hash out the details of their health plans, dental associations around the country are looking nervously at the future. It has been little talked about, but the dental coverage that children receive and the coverage some adults get through their state’s Medicaid plans and those offered on exchanges could soon disappear.

That’s because the bills in the House eliminate the requirement that all plans, including Medicaid, carry the 10 essential health benefits that were written into law in Obamacare. One of those benefits is pediatric dental care. Instead, Congress would leave it up to states to decide which benefits policies must contain. read more

Jul 05

Stopped flossing? Teeth still vital to overall health

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Stopped flossing? Teeth still vital to overall health

(CNN) Your teeth are more than just something to chew and smile with. Research is increasingly showing that they can have an effect on your overall health.

Many Americans think their poor oral health is holding them back. In a 2015 survey by the American Dental Association, 20% of low-income adults said their mouths and teeth were in bad condition, and 20% of all adults said their unhealthy mouths caused them anxiety, according to Marko Vujicic, chief economist for the association’s Health Policy Institute, who helped conduct the survey. read more