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A healthy, beautiful smile is hard to come by if you are suffering from gum disease. One of our goals in providing you with excellent oral care is to help you avoid gum disease. What is gum disease, and is there just one type? Lifetime Family Dental, located in Gilbert, Arizona, is here to help answer these questions. Gum disease is talked about a lot in oral healthcare, but let’s look more into it.

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What is Gum Disease?

The bacteria that sit on your teeth and create plaque are the culprits behind gum disease. Gum disease is inflammation of the gum that can progress to affecting the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. There are a couple of types of gum disease that can occur without proper prevention or treatment.

Types of Gum Disease

The longer bacteria is allowed to sit on your teeth, the more damage it can cause. The bacteria that form plaque secrete a toxin that irritates the gums. The beginning stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which untreated can advance to periodontitis. If both these conditions are left untreated, you may experience tooth loss or other significant health problems.

  • *Gingivitis: This is the milder aspect of gum disease, as it is the beginning stages of bacteria sitting on the teeth. Since it is a mild form of periodontal disease, it may go unnoticed with little to no discomfort occurring, and is usually caused by lack of oral health care. Other aspects that could increase the risk of gingivitis forming include inadequate nutrition, stress, aging, smoking, diabetes, substance abuse, HIV infection and certain medication use. Symptoms of this stage include your gums turning red, swelling and bleeding easily. Treatment at this stage is positive, as it can be reversed through professional care from your dentist and good oral home care.
  • *Periodontitis: Untreated gingivitis leads to the more advanced stage of gum disease, which is periodontitis. This occurs when plaque and tartar build up on the surface of the tooth below your gum line, causing irritation, inflammation, and gum infection. Your gums begin to pull away from the tooth, allowing bacteria and food particles to build up even deeper in your gums. Greater levels of bacteria festering in your gums begins to affect your jaw bone, causing weakening. There are various stages of periodontitis based on the length of untreated gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss due to the lack of strength in the jaw bone.

 

In order to prevent gum disease as a whole, you need to have a great home oral care routine, as well as regular visits to your dentist. For more information regarding gum disease, contact Lifetime Family Dental today!

 

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When people hear the words “root canal,” they usually begin to imagine a torturous, dreadful procedure. The truth is, the pain from the infection requiring a root canal procedure is the dreadful part, as anyone who has experienced it will testify. The procedure itself is not usually painful, in fact, it is a wonderful invention of modern dentistry that brings vast and welcome relief and the ability to enjoy life (and hot and cold foods!) again. Over ninety percent of the time, a root canal with Lifetime Family Dental is a gentle experience with limited to no discomfort and pain. We believe in providing the best care possible in Gilbert Arizona and surrounding areas to give you give you pain-free, genuine smile!

What is a Root Canal?

Beneath the white enamel and hard layer of your tooth is a soft tissue called pulp. The dental pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue that assist in the growth of your root. When a cavity or tooth fracture occurs, it allows bacteria to penetrate the pulp, causing infection, or an abscess. The infection can spread into the root canals and into the surrounding gum tissue. Inflammation of the nerve and surrounding area is the result, resulting in extreme pain.

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Symptoms of a Root Canal

Some symptoms to be aware of include:

*Swelling in the jaw that may spread to face or neck
*Drainage from the abscess
*Sensitivity to hot or cold

These are just a few symptoms to be aware of, but it is a good idea to consult your dentist whenever you are experiencing pain in your teeth or gums.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal may be the best option to treat and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. Root canal treatment is a minimally invasive dental surgery done in order to bring relief from immensely painful abscesses. It usually takes about an hour to perform, and is done with a local anesthetic. During the procedure, Dr. Norton opens a hole in the tooth to access the nerve canals. The infected pulp is removed, and the nerve canals are gently cleaned and sterilized. The inside of the tooth may be washed out with an antibacterial solution, and root canals that go down to the base of the tooth are sealed with dental putty for further stabilization as well as prevention of future infections.

To learn more about root canals, contact Lifetime Family Dental today!

 

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Just reading the words “impacted teeth” may cause you to cringe. The pain can come out of nowhere, causing a putting a major stumbling block in your day. Dental and oral health are extremely vital to a healthy lifestyle. Lifetime Family Dental, located in Gilbert Arizona has excellent, capable staff that can help you with all your cosmetic and general dentistry needs. We want to ensure you have a quality life without any dental pain.

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What is an Impacted Tooth?

A tooth is considered impacted when the tooth is below the surface of the gums and unable to break through, or only partially break through. This can be a result of crowding of the teeth or limited space in the bone structure itself.

Signs

There is no reason to fear an impacted tooth when Lifetime Family Dental is close by, but there are some signs to pay attention to. These signs include:

  1. 1. Pain: Pain is your body’s trigger-light that something is not right. When you are experiencing pain in the back of your mouth, it can be a throbbing that does not go away. This may be due to your wisdom teeth being impacted, and if untreated, the pain can increase to other teeth around it.
  2. 2. Headaches or Jaw Ache: If your wisdom teeth are trying to come in, it can create immense pressure on your bone. The jaw bone connects to your head and skull, so impacted teeth can result in pressure headaches, with tender jaw bones.
  3. 3. Swelling: In order to compensate for the pain from your impacted tooth, your body may create swelling of the tissues around your tooth. Swelling and redness may start in the gum tissue around the impacted tooth, but then can spread to swelling of your jaw itself. Without treatment, infection is a possibility; your lymph nodes and glands in your neck may swell also.

 

If you are experiencing any of the above signs, you may be suffering from an impacted tooth. If this is the case, it is important for you to get it looked at by your experienced, friendly dentist at Lifetime Family Dental. We are passionate about providing services to give you the most pain-free, quality life possible. To learn more, contact us today!

 

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Improving the appearance of your smile is a cosmetic dentistry service. Cosmetic dentistry increases your personal confidence by giving you a younger and more aesthetically pleasing look. Lifetime Family Dental is located in Gilbert, Arizona, and provides excellent general and cosmetic dentistry for all your oral health needs!

How Cosmetic Dentistry Helps

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on providing you with the Hollywood smile that you have always dreamed of. The straight, white teeth that dazzle others when you smile at them is possible. Certain issues that cosmetic dentistry can help correct include:

  • *Cracks in the enamel of your teeth
  • *Chips along the edges of your teeth
  • *Crooked teeth
  • *Gaps between teeth
  • *Irregularly shaped teeth
  • *Lost teeth
  • *Metal amalgam fillings that show when you smile
  • *Stains on the enamel or dentin of your teeth
  • *Unhealthy gum tissue that is inflamed

 

A deeper confidence in your smile can help you step out of your comfort zone and improve your personal interactions with others as you smile more. Lifetime Family Dental believes in correcting cosmetic issues to not only improve the look of your teeth, but also to improve the quality of your life. You are worth it.

Best Cosmetic Candidates

For the most effective cosmetic services, it is best for the client to have functioning teeth and gums with little to no decay, disease or damage. If that does not describe you, we can still help get you to the best oral health possible through our general dentistry services. Talk to your friendly dentist here at Lifetime Family Dental to discuss your options and find out if you are a candidate for these cosmetic corrective services.

 

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Buying toothpaste is a simple purchase, right? Not entirely. There is a lot to take into account when buying a toothpaste. Is bad breath control important to you? Do you need one specifically for whitening? Are your teeth extra sensitive? Do you need a toothpaste that covers a bit of everything? These options can create a dilemma when you are in the store looking at all the options. Lifetime Family Dental, located in Gilbert, Arizona, wants to help you maintain a great oral hygiene routine. When your oral health is well maintained, you are able to able to relax and smile with ease. So for that smile’s sake, you need to be brushing your teeth with the right toothpaste! Each toothpaste is uniquely created to target different oral health needs.

Fluoride

Though everyone has their own specific oral health needs, everyone needs fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps strengthen enamel and improve your oral health. Fluoride can:

  • *Reverse the effects of enamel wear and tear.
  • *Reduce tooth sensitivity.
  • *Fight against tooth decay.
  • *Target inflammation in the gums.

Fluoride is key to creating stronger teeth and better overall oral health.

Tartar Control

When regularly exposed to plaque, tartar can build up. Tartar is a hard mineral deposit which adds a yellow or brown tint to your teeth. This type of build-up is damaging to your teeth and allows tooth decay to fester. Finding a toothpaste that focuses on eliminating tartar is essential. Tartar prevention toothpaste breaks down plaque on the teeth and prevents tartar from forming. It is important to note that tartar control does not remove the plaque that has already built up below the gum line, but rather prevents it from forming.

Teeth Sensitivity

Daily eating and drinking acidic foods can cause enamel, the protective layer on the outside of our teeth, to break down. This can result in teeth being sensitive to heat and/or cold. Sensitive toothpaste can help relieve this painful condition. The toothpaste you choose should have approved sensitivity labeling from the American Dental Association (ADA). These products contain certain ingredients that make them less abrasive on your teeth, thus decreasing sensitivity.

Whitening

To gain the pearly white smile you’ve dreamed of, you may want to try whitening toothpaste. Most oral health products have some whitening properties in them, but there are specific toothpastes focusing on whitening. These use specific ingredients that help break down the stains on your teeth, creating a whiter, brighter smile. Not only do these products create whiter teeth, the main ingredient of peroxide can also help fight gingivitis and periodontal disease.

The main goal of toothpaste is to clean your teeth and assist you with great oral health. To fully understand your personal oral health needs, call on your general and cosmetic dentist at Lifetime Family Dental!

 

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If you find that you have pain and bleeding following brushing your teeth, or have sensitivity with hot or cold water, or sweet foods, we can help! Lifetime Family Dental, located in Gilbert Arizona, wants to help with all your cosmetic dentistry needs, but also general dentistry to ensure the best functioning and the cleanest teeth possible. Having sensitive teeth can be a pain that is irritating, and one that is unnecessary. There are ways to help, and one way is to recognize causes for sensitive teeth.

Causes

Our daily living may help to increase the sensitivity in our teeth, but if we don’t know what that is, we cannot help it. Some issues causing sensitive teeth include:

  •   *Cavities
  •   *Exposed root
  •   *Gum disease
  •   *Worn down enamel
  •   *Tooth fractures

Whatever the cause of your sensitivity, Lifetime Family Dental can bring relief.

Ways to Help Sensitivity

To build a stronger protective layer around your teeth, there are several things you and your dentist can do to help decrease sensitivity. These include:

  •   *Fillings: For the bacteria that combines with the leftover food particles in your mouth, which creates holes in the tooth, these can be corrected through fillings by your dentist to decrease sensitivity.
  •   *Fluoride: Following in office fluoride treatments, gel impressions of your teeth are taken so you can continue regular treatments at home.
  •   *Gum Grafting: A periodontist will place gum tissue grafts where the gum has receded due to disease or trauma.
  •   *Root Canal: When a cavity or fracture causes an abscess in the tooth, a root canal can be done to improve the strength and viability of your tooth.
  •   *Toothpaste: A sensitive toothpaste can do wonders to help decrease the pain. It is important to get a recommended toothpaste from your friendly dentist that is specific to your needs.

Your best solution to any sensitivity is first discussing it with your dentist to rule out any serious issues. The irritation or pain is unnecessary for you to live with. Come see Lifetime Family Dental today to help with sensitivity and get your pain free smile back!

 

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Embracing the Dentist http://lifetimefamilydental.com/blog-post/embracing-the-dentist/ http://lifetimefamilydental.com/blog-post/embracing-the-dentist/#respond Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:03 +0000 http://lifetimefamilydental.com/?post_type=blog_post&p=1286 When we think of healthcare, most people tend to avoid going to the dentist as long as possible. The dental fears from media, movies, friends or personal experiences, keep people away from the dentist and limit their oral health. Lifetime Family Dental, located in Gilbert, Arizona, understands the fears society says about dentists, but we […]

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When we think of healthcare, most people tend to avoid going to the dentist as long as possible. The dental fears from media, movies, friends or personal experiences, keep people away from the dentist and limit their oral health. Lifetime Family Dental, located in Gilbert, Arizona, understands the fears society says about dentists, but we are here to blow those lies out of the water. We are a friendly practice that will ensure the best services through the gentlest manner possible. Not only do we provide excellent general and cosmetic dentistry services, we have a friendly and kind staff who like to have fun. To alleviate any fears, come see us today and let us change your mind about what movies have made dentists out to be.

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Testimony

You can take our word for it when we say we have excellent rapport with our patients, but you can also hear it straight from a patient themselves.

  • I went to this location off a recommendation from a friend, as they enjoyed their experience, so I figured I’d try it out. On my way there, I almost got sick to my stomach driving to the dentist because I dislike [dentists] so much! But that feeling changed as soon as I walked through the door. The staff at the front desk was wonderful and welcoming. When I sat down in the chair to get x-rays, they first make an effort to get to know you. Lifetime Family Dental has that personal connection with their patients. Next, Dr Norton explained everything that would need to be done. There was absolutely no pressure to do anything at this point, but I went ahead and got some fillings done. As I was getting the recommended work done, they let me watch Netflix to help time go by. I walked out to pay and they broke everything down to better explain what the Doc went over earlier. This was by far my best experience at a dentist office and I will definitely be back! I highly recommend this place to anyone! -Highly Encouraged Patient

When it comes to a new experience with the dentist, we would love to build a new idea of what going to the dentist means for you. There is no reason to fear the dentist or be scared of the procedures. We are a fair, friendly, and reasonable dental office that provides the best oral health practices possible. Our goal is ensure that you have the healthiest teeth and we will do our best to help you avoid time consuming and costly procedures through great preventative medicine. Come see us today to let us help you relax and smile!

 

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Smiles Are Essential http://lifetimefamilydental.com/blog-post/smiles-are-essential/ http://lifetimefamilydental.com/blog-post/smiles-are-essential/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:00:12 +0000 http://lifetimefamilydental.com/?post_type=blog_post&p=1283 Remembering to smile is as important in day-to-day life as getting dressed, bringing your laptop to work, or checking off your to-do list. The impact of a genuine smile goes beyond what you might imagine. Lifetime Family Dental (located in Gilbert, Arizona) helps enhance your beautiful smile through cosmetic dentistry. We also want to help […]

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Remembering to smile is as important in day-to-day life as getting dressed, bringing your laptop to work, or checking off your to-do list. The impact of a genuine smile goes beyond what you might imagine. Lifetime Family Dental (located in Gilbert, Arizona) helps enhance your beautiful smile through cosmetic dentistry. We also want to help you understand that embracing your smile brings you many advantages in life!

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The Impact of A Smile

A smile is more impactful than one may realize. On a daily basis people may smile or scowl depending on circumstances or their mood. However, choosing to smile is one of the most beneficial choices you can make, no matter what you feel. The benefits include:

1. Improved Immune System: When you smile, serotonin and endorphins are released that allows the tension in your body to leave. These hormones are commonly known as the “happy” hormones, due to the improvement of mood and attitude that they create. Therefore, if you want to feel better, embrace your smile!

2. Reduced Stress: When stress rises due to work, family, or life balance, a smile can literally change your day. A smile can make your mind believe that you are actually happy through the release of the “happy” hormones. The stress melts away through putting on a smile. Those who smile more often are shown to be happier people all around, as psychologists have studied and proven.  

3. Smiling Creates Opportunities: When you are confident, people and opportunities are attracted to you. To show confidence and intelligence, smile! A smile communicates success, positive personality, and likeability.  Employers prefer to hire individuals who can build rapport with their colleagues, clients, and are trustworthy. Smiling allows people to feel safe around you, and disarms fear. The simple power of a smile is a sure-fire way to progress toward gaining your dream job.

 

The ability to have confidence in your smile can be hard for some people. Due to chipping, discoloration, or other issues with their teeth, individuals often have insecurities when showing off their teeth when smiling. This can hinder them in various ways. Here at Lifetime Family Dental, we not only want to help improve the look of your beautiful smile, but allow you to build confidence in it. The confidence begins with you and disperses from there. Cosmetic dentistry can help improve the look of your smile and your quality of life!  

 

Smiling is a universal language that connects people, breaks down barriers, and makes way for opportunities. Life is too short not to smile. Let us help you relax and embrace your beautiful smile today! Why wait?

 

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Tongue Rings http://lifetimefamilydental.com/blog-post/1264/ http://lifetimefamilydental.com/blog-post/1264/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:00:02 +0000 http://lifetimefamilydental.com/?post_type=blog_post&p=1264 Ever wonder why Dentists do not approve of tongue rings? A tongue ring can do major damage to your dental health. There are several ways that tongue rings affect your oral health and may potentially allow several health issues to arise. At Lifetime Family Dental, in Gilbert, Arizona, we have seen first hand the negative […]

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Ever wonder why Dentists do not approve of tongue rings? A tongue ring can do major damage to your dental health. There are several ways that tongue rings affect your oral health and may potentially allow several health issues to arise. At Lifetime Family Dental, in Gilbert, Arizona, we have seen first hand the negative effects of tongue rings in which we then provide cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry to correct the negative results.

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Common Issues

There are several different types of tongue rings. The most common ring is a stud. Studs are the most versatile and come in varying colors and shapes such as stars, hearts, or triangles. Other types of piercings can be rings. These piercings are inserted through the main part of the tongue or through the thin membrane that connects the tongue to the bed of the mouth. These piercings are creating holes through major parts of the body which makes them vulnerable to consistent bacteria and germs. We have seen, first hand, some of the negative effects that are caused by tongue rings. These issues include:

  • *Broken/Chipped teeth
  • *Movement of Teeth
  • *Bacterial Infections
  • *Periodontal Disease
  • *Gum Recession
  • *Loss of One or More Teeth

Tongue rings and piercings come with a numerous concerns involving the bacteria that can create deeper issues.

Testimony

Lifetime Family Dental has been a part of treating the unfortunate effects of tongue rings. A recent patient was a 24 year old female who learned this lesson the hard way. Dr Norton began recognizing concerning signs in relation to the tongue ring in her semi annual check ups. He noticed gum recession and bone loss where he was advising the patient to take out her tongue ring in order to stop progression of the issues. Dr. Norton recommended a connective tissue graft to help stabilize her lower front teeth because the recession was wreaking havoc on the strength of her teeth. Unfortunately, the patient did not comply with treatment that was advised. What started as an easy fix ended up in the extraction of her two lower, front teeth and then putting implants in their place.

 

We believe that we can help you save time, money, and infections. To find out ways to protect and care for your tongue ring, if you do not want to take it out, contact us today! We know tongue rings can be a fun piercing to get but make an appointment to ensure that it is not affecting your dental health.

 

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Do you wake up with headaches? Do you have jaw pain? These issues may result from grinding teeth throughout the night. Lifetime Family Dental (a dental practice in Gilbert, AZ) is here to help alleviate dental pain and to help with all cosmetic dentistry needs. When it comes to grinding teeth, everyone may do it from time to time. The occasional teeth grinding is not the major issue, that is until it becomes a regular occurrence. The medical term for teeth grinding is Bruxism.

 

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What is Bruxism

Bruxism is a condition in which one clenches or grinds their teeth. This can occur during the day, but it mainly occurs at night when individuals are sleeping. When it is happening while sleeping, it is considered a sleep related movement disorder. Since bruxism may be habitual or happening at night, you may not be aware you are doing it. There are a couple ways to tell if you have issues with bruxism.

How do I know if I Grind My Teeth?

There are a couple signs for teeth grinding. Since it is most common at night, most individuals are not aware that they may be doing it. Some people find out that they grind their teeth through their loved ones hearing the sound of it at night. Symptoms of regularly waking up with a dull headache or jaw pain is pretty telltale. If you suspect that you may be grinding your teeth, contact your local dentist who can exam your jaw and teeth to tell you for sure if you deal with bruxism.

The Harm of Grinding

Grinding your teeth has negative effects besides a headache and jaw pain. While those pains are enough to want to change, it has negative effects on your teeth also. Chronic grinding of your teeth wears down your tooth enamel, causes chipped teeth, loosened teeth, loss of teeth and can lead to intensive dental procedures. A result of teeth grinding can lead to the need for crowns, bridges, root canals, implants, partial dentures, or even complete dentures. Intense teeth grinding can even cause major jaw issues such as TMJ.

How Do I Treat Bruxism?

Stress could be the cause, and therefore paying attention to mental turmoil with positive self care may help to alleviate teeth grinding. It could also be a result of misaligned teeth. Bruxism is common and easily treated. Your friendly dentist can have you fitted for a night guard with a quick and easy impression of the teeth. This impression gets sent to a lab where a custom mouth tray is made. Once the custom mouth tray comes in, it can be worn at night while sleeping or throughout the times of day when a clenched jaw may occur.

It is important to have this resolved if you are experiencing these type of symptoms. Being proactive can save you a lot of time and money. Take care of your teeth and come see Lifetime Family Dental in Gilbert Arizona for your cosmetic dentistry needs.

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