Unveiling the Point of Your Dental Checkups

teeth cleaning instrumentsSince childhood, most people have learned how to brush and floss their teeth, and the point of doing so every day. However, besides spending a few minutes at the sink with your toothbrush and floss, effective hygiene also requires professional dental attention every once in a while (as often as your dentist recommends). The point of routine dental checkups and cleanings is to ensure that your toothbrush and floss are doing their job, as well as to intercept trouble early in case your dental hygiene at home isn’t 100% effective. (more…)

FAQs About Dental Crowns

portrait of guyDental crowns are a popular choice for patients who need to reinforce a weak tooth or cover a severely-blemished one. As fabricated replicas of your tooth’s natural crown (top portion), dental crowns are an invaluable resource, and with expert craftsmanship and an artful eye, your Shrewsbury dentists, Dr. Todd Pizzi and Dr. Luciana Messina, offer lifelike dental crowns that look and function as well as the real thing. Today, they answer some of your frequently-asked questions about dental crowns and what the modern marvels can accomplish. (more…)

Interesting Facts About Your Tooth Enamel

blue shell toothBrushing and flossing your teeth at least twice every day is commendable, but knowing how your teeth defend themselves can help you go the extra mile to protect them. For instance, you’re probably familiar with tooth enamel and its important role in protecting your teeth from the dangers of dental diseases and damage. However, understanding the processes that break down enamel can allow you to help it regain its strength before it’s irreversibly damaged. Shrewsbury dentists, Dr. Todd Pizzi and Dr. Luciana Messina, introduce you to tooth enamel by listing a few facts you should know about your teeth’s natural protection. (more…)

Why Even Minor Toothaches Could Be Serious

woman with toothache and pictureDoes your tooth seem slightly sensitive when you drink a hot or cold beverage, or bite into a hot or cold piece of food? Like most other forms of discomfort, toothaches occur with varying degrees of severity, from minor nuisances to serious, sometimes-debilitating aches and pains. Though minor tooth sensitivity might not be an immediate concern, it usually indicates a developing dental issue, and can quickly become an emergency situation if not addressed promptly. (more…)

Is It Time for a New Smile?

amazing beautiful smileA funny thing about your smile is that, even when it’s at its healthiest, it can still exhibit physical blemishes that mar its appearance and appeal. Luckily, if your smile just needs a cosmetic fix to make it look its best again, you don’t have to undergo extensive dental procedures typically reserved for oral health issues. Your Shrewsbury cosmetic dentists, Dr. Pizzi and Dr. Messina, offer a wide variety of cosmetic dental procedures to give your smile the makeover it deserves. (more…)

Learn How to Brush & Floss Properly

brushing okYou might think, “I’ve been brushing and flossing my whole life, I know how to do it.” The simple routine is designed to keep your teeth clean between your regular dental checkups and cleanings. Since over 90% of adults in America have been affected by tooth decay in their permanent teeth, and around 80% have gum disease to some degree, there’s a chance that you may be missing something important in your daily dental hygiene routine. To help you make the most of your toothbrush and floss, your Shrewsbury dentists, Dr. Pizzi and Dr. Messina, provide an overview of how to effectively brush and floss your teeth. (more…)

Why Am I Waking Up With Jaw Pain?

black & white portrait of man with jaw painIf you wake up and you find that your teeth feel worn down, your jaw muscles are tired, or obtain increased tooth sensitivity, you may be a grinder. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, commonly occurs during sleep, and can be caused due to an abnormal bite, or even any missing or crooked teeth. Because bruxism mostly happens during sleep, people are often unaware of the occurrence. Often, bruxism does not cause harm, but if it is persistent, it can damage your teeth and even cause other oral health complications. (more…)

Why Crooked Teeth Deserve Your Attention

straight and happy smileThere’s no denying the fact that misaligned teeth can drastically diminish your smile’s appeal. Nevertheless, many people hesitate to correct their crooked teeth out of apprehension about traditional orthodontic treatment. If beauty were the only consideration, then treating malocclusion (a misaligned bite) would be nothing more than an aesthetic choice. Unfortunately, there is more at stake than vanity when your teeth are not in their proper place and position. Shrewsbury dentists, Dr. Pizzi and Dr. Messina, explain why you shouldn’t ignore malocclusion, even if it doesn’t bother your aesthetic sensibilities. (more…)

Bad Breath? There’s a Reason

shocked womanYou take pride in the attention you pay your teeth, brushing them after every meal (whenever possible) and flossing between them at least once every day. Though your teeth shine from your efforts, however, your breath might not always be as fresh as your teeth are beautiful. When bad breath mars your otherwise good dental health, there’s typically a reason behind it; luckily, your Shrewsbury dentists can help you eliminate bad breath by controlling the common forces behind it. (more…)

Oral Bacteria Can Travel through your Body

Oral-SystemicIf you are one of the many Americans who is afflicted with periodontal disease, you probably think your biggest concern is tooth loss. While this is a valid concern which might reach fruition without good oral hygiene and preventive dental care, there are more reasons to worry about the presence of gum infection. Oral-systemic health is the concept that your dental health can affect your overall health. You may wonder how bacteria in your mouth could possibly survive traveling through the rest of your body. If you think about it, the potential journey of bacteria which originates in your mouth and ends up elsewhere makes a lot of sense.

Inhaling Bacteria

Various germs can enter your gums, and then your body, through your salivary output. Crafty bacteria adhere to the microscopic water droplets which float around in the air you breathe. Each time you inhale, some of the droplets enter your lungs. The attached germs are then liable to be aspirated, leading to potential pulmonary infection, or even pneumonia. For the elderly, babies, or people with weak immune systems, these types of health conditions are particularly dangerous.

Secondary Infections

Once the bacteria which ignite gum disease enter your body, you are likely to have a systemic inflammatory response. This inflammation can contribute to (or complicate) certain dangerous health conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and heart (more…)