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Woods Family Dentistry August 2017 Newsletter
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How Intraoral Cameras Make for Better Oral Health
Over recent years, many dental offices have gone from more traditional x-ray machines to using intraoral cameras. These cameras give dentists a much clearer view of the mouth, and everything that is going on within the mouth. They can provide nearly instant pictures of a patient's mouth, and they can even create 3-D renderings of a mouth. This can help a dentist see what is going on more clearly, and explain treatments and procedures more effectively to patients.

Benefits of Using Intraoral Cameras

By being able to show a patient where a problem originates, it allows the patient to better understand what they need done and why. They can see the problem for themselves, allowing them to have a better grasp of what the procedure will help them with.

Intraoral cameras are able to see the mouth in real-time, making it easier for a dentist to see issues when they are first starting. This lets them work on correcting the problems before they get bigger and potentially cause other problems in your mouth. When a patient has pain, using an intraoral camera can also help a dentist discover the cause more quickly and allows them to remedy the pain before it spreads.

Signs You Have an Impacted Tooth
Having an impacted tooth means that you have a tooth that is stuck and cannot emerge from the gums fully. This could be anything from a canine to a wisdom tooth. Teeth can get stuck for any number of reasons, such as the mouth not having enough room for the tooth to come in, the tooth coming in at a poor angle, or the tooth being slow to erupt.

If you notice pain in the gums where a tooth should be coming in but you don't see signs that the tooth is breaking through the gums, you need have your teeth evaluated. Even if the tooth partially erupts so you can see part of the tooth, this is also a type of impaction that needs to be looked at and treated. When you schedule an appointment, we can look at your smile to see how the impacted tooth needs to be treated to prevent damage to the surrounding teeth and gums.

Soaking Your Toothbrush Can Help You Sanitize It
After brushing our teeth, we rinse our toothbrush to remove any residue, but that may not entirely remove residue on the bristles. If someone in your family is sick, you may also be wondering how to remove any bacteria on the bristles. If it's been less than three months since you purchased the toothbrush, you may be interested in sanitizing your toothbrush in order to remove any food particles, toothpaste, or lingering bacteria.

One of the easiest ways to sanitize a toothbrush is to use an antibacterial (or antimicrobial) mouthwash. Simply place your toothbrush into a small glass with the bristles down, full enough to cover the bristles with the mouthwash. Before brushing, rinse the toothbrush thoroughly, then use it as normal.

Dr. Woods and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.



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