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By Linden Dental
May 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implant  

Find out if you could benefit from getting this popular tooth replacement.

After losing a tooth the wisest decision you can make it to replace it. Of course, the sooner you can replace your tooth the better for the long-term health of your smile. No matter if you are missing, one, two, several, or even all of your teeth, our Naples, FL, dentists Drs. Richard and Maria Linden can restore your smile with dental implants. Wondering what kind of benefits this artificial tooth can offer you?

Here are the top benefits of getting dental implants,

Prevent Bone Loss

One of the most serious issues associated with tooth loss is the deterioration of the jawbone. This occurs over time as a result of missing tooth roots. Since the jawbone isn’t getting the stimulation it needs it will begin to lose density and shrink. This will also cause changes to your face including sunken cheeks and a receding jawline; however, our Naples, FL, restorative dentists can replace the missing roots of your teeth with implants, which will stimulate the jawbone in the same way and prevent bone loss.

Prevent Shifting Teeth

If you leave gaps in your smile and you don’t replace your missing teeth you better believe that the rest of your natural teeth will shift into those open gaps. This is because, as the jawbone shrinks there isn’t as much room for your teeth. This means that teeth will gradually move into those gaps, which can cause even more gaps between teeth, as well as crowding and crookedness.

Feel More Confident

The only person who will ever be able to tell that you have one or more dental implants is you (unless, of course, you go ahead and show off your implants). The only visible portion of the implant is a dental crown that is custom-made to resemble the color, shape, and size of your missing tooth so that it blends right in. We pride ourselves on creating dental restorations that look and feel just like the real thing.

Restore Your Entire Smile

Implants aren’t just for people who are missing a single tooth; implants are for any healthy adult who is missing at least one tooth. In fact, for traditional implants, we can place anywhere from six to eight implants along the upper or lower jawbone to replace all of your missing teeth. There are also dental implant systems that only require four dental implants to replace all of your missing teeth. Even if you are a current denture wearer you could still benefit from getting dental implants to support your false teeth (it’s never too late).

Are you ready to find out if you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants? If so, then turn to our family dentists here at Linden Dental, P.A. in Naples, FL, to learn more. To schedule a consultation call (239) 593-0777.

FindOutHowTheseFamousCelebritiesProtectTheirSmilesFromTeethGrinding

The fast-paced world of sports and entertainment isn’t all glitz and glamour. These high-profile industries create a unique kind of emotional and mental stress on celebrities. For many of them, a way to “let off steam” is an oral habit known as teeth grinding.

Teeth grinding is an involuntary habit in which a person bites and grinds their teeth outside of normal activities like eating or speaking. It’s common among young children, who usually grow out of it, but it can also affect adults, especially those who deal with chronic stress. If not addressed, teeth grinding can eventually wear down teeth, damage gum attachments or fracture weaker teeth. It can even contribute to tooth loss.

A number of well-known personalities in the spotlight struggle with teeth grinding, including actress Vivica Fox, model and TV host Chrissy Teigen, and star athletes Tara Lipinski and Milos Raonic of ice skating and tennis fame, respectively. The habit represents not only a threat to their dental health, but also to one of their most important career assets: an attractive and inviting smile. Fortunately, though, they each use a similar device to manage their teeth grinding.

Besides seeking ways to better manage life stress, individuals with a teeth-grinding habit can protect their teeth with a custom mouthguard from their dentist. Made of slick plastic, this device is worn over the teeth, usually while sleeping, to minimize dental damage. During a grinding episode, the teeth can’t make contact with each other due to the guard’s glossy surface—they simply slide away from each other. This reduces the biting forces and eliminates the potential for wear, the main sources of dental damage.

Chrissy Teigen, co-host with LL Cool J on the game show Lip Sync Battle, wears her custom-made guard regularly at night. She even showed off her guard to her fans once during a selfie-video posted on Snapchat and Twitter. Vivica Fox, best known for her role in Independence Day, also wears her guard at night, and for an additional reason: The guard helps protect her porcelain veneers, which could be damaged if they encounter too much biting force.

Mouthguards are a prominent part of sports, usually to protect the teeth and gums from injury. Some athletes, though, wear them because of their teeth grinding habit. Tara Lipinski, world renowned figure skater and media personality, keeps hers on hand to wear at night even when she travels. And Milos Raonic, one of the world’s top professional tennis players, wears his during matches—the heat of competition tends to trigger his own teeth-grinding habit.

These kinds of mouthguards aren’t exclusive to celebrities. If you or a family member contends with this bothersome habit, we may be able to create a custom mouthguard for you. It won’t stop teeth grinding, but it could help protect your teeth—and your smile.

If you would like more information about protecting your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Grinding” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”

By Linden Dental
May 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   orthodontics  
HowtoAvoidWhiteSpotDecayWhileWearingBraces

Straightening your teeth with braces or other orthodontic gear is a positive step toward a healthier and more attractive smile. You'll likely be pleased with your smile when they're removed.

But you may also notice something peculiar once the braces are off—dull, white spots on your teeth. These spots, usually located under or around braces hardware, are where mouth acid has “demineralized” calcium and other minerals in the enamel. As beginning tooth decay, these spots are a sign your hygiene efforts weren't sufficient in cleaning your teeth of plaque.

In many cases, the spots will improve on their own after the braces are removed. We can also strengthen the enamel with fluoride pastes or gels, or inject tooth-colored resin within the spot to restore the enamel's translucence and improve appearance.

But the best approach is to try to prevent white spots from occurring at all. Here's what you need to do.

Keep up your oral hygiene. Even though more difficult with braces, you still need to brush and floss to protect your teeth from tooth decay. To make it easier, take advantage of special brushes designed to clean around orthodontic brackets and wires. A floss threader can also help you better access between teeth—or switch to a water flosser instead of floss thread.

Practice a “tooth-friendly” diet. A diet high in sugar and acid could short-circuit your best hygiene efforts. Certain beverages are big offenders: sodas, energy and sports drinks, and even “natural” juices. Instead, eat foods high in vitamins and minerals like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy.

Get your teeth cleaned regularly. While you're seeing your orthodontist for scheduled adjustments, don't neglect regular cleanings with your family dentist. Professional cleanings at least every six months reduce the risk of dental disease. These regular visits are also a good time for your dentist to check your teeth for any signs of dental problems associated with your braces.

It's not easy to keep your teeth clean while wearing braces, but it can be done. With help from a few handy tools and continuing care from your dental professionals, you can avoid unsightly white spots.

If you would like more information on dental care while wearing braces, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “White Spots on Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

By Linden Dental
April 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gums  

Dental health isn't just limited to your teeth. During your checkups at Linden Dental in Naples, Florida, Dr. Maria Linden and Dr. Richard Linden also check your gums for any problems that may have developed. To keep your gums healthy in between your visits, follow these steps that your Naples dentist recommends.

Brushing

Although it's best known as a toothbrush, this important dental hygiene tool also cleans your gums as well. For best results, your Naples dentist reminds patients to make sure they're not cleaning too forcefully. Gently scrubbing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste will stimulate your gum tissue without irritating it. The act of brushing will remove plaque from the surface of your teeth and the gums surrounding them.

Flossing

A lot of people aren't diligent about flossing their teeth. However, this often-forgotten aspect of dental care is what removes trapped food particles from the places that toothbrushes can't reach. Left undisturbed, these tiny pieces of food attract bacteria, which interacts with the food to turn it into acidic plaque that leads to decay and gum disease. Flossing every day interrupts this process. Some find that the plastic flossing picks are easier and more convenient to use, making it more likely that they'll floss regularly. Keep a supply of them in your car, your purse, your desk - wherever you think you'll make use of them.

Rinsing

As a finishing touch to your daily dental hygiene routine, you can incorporate a non-alcoholic mouthwash in a flavor you like to your oral care routine. While mouthwash alone is not a substitute for brushing or flossing, it helps to flush those stray food particles out of your mouth and attacks the bacteria that may still remain.

For more information on how you can enhance your at-home dental care, contact Linden Dental in Naples, Florida at (239) 593-0777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Linden or Dr. Maria Linden.

By Linden Dental
April 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   sugar  
TooMuchSugarCanWreckMoreThanYourTeeth

You've heard it. Your parents heard it—maybe even your grandparents too. Dentists have been alerting people for more than half a century that high sugar consumption contributes to tooth decay.

That message hasn't changed because the facts behind it are the same in the 2020s as they were in the 1950s: The bacteria that cause tooth decay feast on sugar and other leftover carbohydrates in the mouth. This causes them to multiply and increase their production of acid, which softens and erodes tooth enamel.

What has changed though, especially over the last couple of decades, is a growing understanding of how sugar consumption may affect the rest of the body. Just like the evidence of sugar's relationship to tooth decay, current scientific studies are now showing there are strong links between sugar and diseases like diabetes, heart disease and liver disease.

What's startling about what researchers are finding is that cases of these diseases are growing, Especially in younger people. This is a parallel trend to our skyrocketing increases in per capita sugar consumption: the average American now eats the equivalent of 19.5 teaspoons of added sugar every day. Health experts generally agree we should consume no more than 6 teaspoons a day, and children 4.

This is vastly more than we consumed a generation ago. One reason is because processed food manufacturers have increased sugar in their products, hiding under technical, unfamiliar names in ingredient lists. But it's still sugar, and an estimated 74% of processed foods contain some form of it.

But the real surge in sugar has come from our increasing consumption of sodas, as well as energy and sports beverages. These beverages are high in sugar—you can meet your daily allowance with just one 12-oz can of soda. These beverages are now the leading source of sugar in our diets, and, according to experts, a highly dangerous way to consume it.

In effect, dentists of old were on to something: too much sugar is bad for your teeth. It now turns out that it may be bad for your overall health too. Strictly limiting it in your family's diet could help lower your risk of tooth decay and dangerous diseases like diabetes.

If you would like more information on sugar and your health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.