Wisdom teeth, or 3rd molars, are the teeth furthest back in the mouth. They typically begin to emerge in early adulthood, between the ages of 17 and 25. These teeth are an evolutionary holdover from a time when humans had larger jaws and needed more molars to efficiently grind plant matter. As human mouths became smaller and dental care improved, wisdom teeth became increasingly problematic. Wisdom tooth removal is a common dental practice to treat or prevent issues from occurring.
If your dentist has recommended that you have your wisdom teeth removed, you might be wondering if it’s really necessary. It is important to understand why your dentist is recommending your wisdom teeth be removed, so you can make the right decision for your oral health.
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When people hear the words, “root canal,” the scenario that often comes to mind is that of a painful dental procedure that costs too much money. But those popularly held misconceptions are just that: misconceptions. In fact, the only pain you should be thinking about when your dentist recommends a root canal is the pain that is, or will be, caused by the infection in your tooth.
Your root canal will involve the use of a local anesthetic that numbs the area around the tooth, and the tooth itself. Dentists can even offer a calming medicine, like nitrous oxide, to ensure the experience is as painless as possible. You don’t need to buy into the stereotype that a root canal has to be an extremely painful experience.
A root canal is an excellent solution for those who want to save their teeth. More good news is that you should not assume the affected tooth will have to be extracted in the future. The vast majority of root canal treatments are terrific successes that are pain-free.
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By now, you surely know that’s it’s important to brush at least twice each day and floss once a day. But you may not hear as much about the following important dental care tips:
1. Limit your consumption of acidic foods and drinks
Acidic foods and drinks can cause tooth enamel to wear away, causing your teeth to become more sensitive and look more yellow. It’s best to reduce or eliminate carbonated drinks altogether, since they all contain acid. If you do drink soda, or other acidic drinks such as juices, use a straw. Consume acidic foods like fruit and pickles with meals whenever possible instead of snacking on them throughout the day. It also helps to rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic foods or drinks.
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Moving to a new area is almost always a stressful experience. It’s also an experience filled with a long to-do list: unpacking, redecorating, contacting service providers, and learning all you need to know about your new community.
Included in that list is finding a new dentist. If you’ve had the same trusted dentist for years, the idea of finding a new one may seem daunting.
To make the process a bit simpler, we’ve put together the following list of tips. We hope they’ll be a help as you look for a new dentist you can trust and feel comfortable with.
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