If you’re not in the dental field, dental jargon can be quite confusing. There are numerous branches of dentistry such as periodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, etc. Then there are the types of dentistry that your general dentist can perform including preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, and/or cosmetic dentistry. What does it all mean? And how do you know which you need: preventive, cosmetic, or restorative?
Did you know that the number of teeth that get knocked out in adults and children is over five million each year? However, if you are aware of what actions to take if your tooth, or that of someone you are with, gets knocked out, there is a good chance that if you act quickly–within 30 minutes of the injury–it can be successfully replaced. Memorize and share these steps to save a knocked-out tooth because your knowledge and timely action can increase the likelihood of saving your smile!
The saying goes: The family that prays together stays together, but the family that plays together stays together, too! Play is important for everyone, even adults, believe it or not. It’s a way to work off stress, laugh, have fun, and bond with your family and friends. If you’re looking for somewhere to play, Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury would like to help. We believe that along with your dental health, it’s important to take care of your overall health, too! So, if you like to stay active, check out Roll On America!
Do you get a sharp pain in your tooth only when you bite down? It may disappear and you forget all about it, or you may simply choose to ignore it. You may have a cracked tooth. Pain upon chewing, pain after biting, intermittent pain, and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures and sticky foods, can all be symptoms of a cracked tooth. A cracked tooth can be hard to diagnose because sometimes the crack may not show up on an X-ray.
Root canals are one of the most common treatments to save a compromised tooth. Root canals are performed when there is enough healthy tooth structure to save, but the pulp of the tooth has been compromised. How does the pulp of a tooth become compromised? If your tooth is damaged due to decay, a crack, or fracture, bacteria can invade the inner pulp chamber of the tooth. If that happens but the rest of your tooth is basically in good shape, your dentist will remove your infected pulp, and save the rest of your tooth. However, there is another procedure called an apicoectomy…
Most of our good and bad habits develop in childhood, and when they do they are hard to change. That’s why it is important for you to help your child develop proper dental and oral hygiene habits. Our teeth are important, and you want your child to have their original teeth for life. With proper home hygiene and biannual dental appointments that can happen. Start your child on the road to excellent oral health with pediatric dentistry.
There is a world of things to do in and around Shrewsbury, MA, and here at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury we like to encourage our patients to partake in all they are able to around our area. Not only is it great to support local businesses, to learn and explore, but it’s wonderful to meet new people and make new connections. Being outdoors is great for your physical health, in spite of the weather, and being social is great for your mental and emotional health. Your oral health is connected to your overall health, and we want to see our patients healthy! Today we are encouraging our patients to get to know more about the Cornerstone Ranch and go for a winter sleigh ride!
When you visit your dentist for your biannual dental cleanings, he or she will scale your teeth. This is the part that makes many people uncomfortable, mostly because of the sound of the scraping of the scaling instrument against your teeth. It is the step during the cleaning procedure that comes before polishing. In the past, dentists used a handheld scraping instrument to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Today, dentists are using ultrasonic scaling devices instead. Ultrasonic vs. manual scaling: which would you prefer?
It is natural to experience some tiredness at different times of the day. Our natural circadian rhythm plays a large role in that, particularly that sluggish, groggy feeling you get in the late morning and again in the late afternoon. However, if you are always feeling exhausted, chances are you are not getting enough REM (rapid eye movement) sleep at night, and this can lead to a myriad of health issues, including illness and depression.
If you’re looking for something to do with the kids, look no further. Do your kids love to paint? Do you? Do you need a unique handcrafted gift to give to a friend, your mom or dad? As you know, here at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, we love to encourage our patients to partake in community events, and frequent local restaurants and businesses, and Claytime Paint Your Own Pottery Studio is fun for the whole family! Great for birthday, Valentine’s Day, Christmas gifts or any time of year. And speaking of birthdays, you can plan your child’s party there, too!