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Bringing Teeth into Alignment with Orthodontic Treatment image

  • Jul 15, 2013

The American Association of Orthodontists reports that in the United States 4.5 million people are wearing braces or other dental appliances to straighten teeth and provide a healthy, beautiful smile (1). As many of us know, an orthodontist is a dentist with additional clinical training to treat malocclusions (improper bites), which may result from tooth irregularity and jaw issues. Why Do Teeth Become Crooked? Terry Pracht, DDS, past president of the American Association of Orthodontics says that both heredity and environmental factors can create crooked teeth and bite problems. Dr. Pracht mentions that hereditary factors include crowded teeth, teeth where there is too much space and malocclusions. He also mentions that crooked teeth can be caused by thumb sucking and tongue thrusting as well as accidents occurring to the jaw. What are Treatment Options to Straighten Teeth or Malocclusions? There are three stages of orthodontic treatment. The first is when appliances are used to gain space in the mouth. For example, palatal expanders are used to expand the width of the palate and lingual bars are used to expand the lower jaw. The active corrective stage is next when the braces are placed on the teeth. The teeth are then adjusted and then straightened and malocclusions are corrected over a period ...
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What is a wisdom tooth and how do I take care of this? file

  • May 23, 2013

What Is It? Teeth are impacted when they fail to emerge through the gums, or emerge only partially, at the expected time. Your wisdom teeth, also called third molars, usually begin to erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. Because they are the last to emerge in the mouth, wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to become impacted. This may happen because a wisdom tooth is turned to the side, tilted or otherwise positioned incorrectly in the jaw. Wisdom teeth also become impacted when there is not enough room in the jaw or the mouth for them to emerge. An impacted tooth can be painless, and you may not even realize it's there. However, when an impacted wisdom tooth tries to erupt, the overlying gum may swell and cause pain, which may also be felt in nearby teeth or the ear on that side. A partially erupted tooth can collect food and other debris, which can lead to gum swelling and an infection called pericoronitis. If untreated, this infection can spread toward the throat or into the neck. Impacted teeth also can cause problems if they develop decay or if they push on the neighboring molar, which could lead to tooth movement or decay, as well as changes in the bite (the way the teeth come together). Impacted teeth also can cause cysts and other benign (harmless) jaw tumors. These can lead t...
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How to take good care of your braces image

  • Feb 19, 2013

Mt. Vernon dentist, Alpine Dental is providing braces, and here’s how you take good care of your brace during orthodontics. More care needed during orthodonticsHave a look in the mirror at your new braces. As you see, the brackets and wires have many nooks and crannies that can trap food and plaque. This means your risk of tooth decay and gum problems may be higher while you are wearing braces. You need to pay special attention to cleaning your teeth everyday and to your diet. Permanent damage to tooth enamel can occur if the teeth and brackets are not kept clean. Areas on the enamel surface may begin to lose minerals (the early stage of tooth decay), leaving unsightly white spots. You may also develop inflamed, bleeding gums (gingivitis). Gingivitis and the early stages of tooth decay can be reversed by taking extra care with your cleaning and diet. If left untreated, they can lead to bigger problems that will require treatment and have life-long effects. While you are having orthodontic treatment, you need to continue to have regular check-ups with your family dental professional to ensure little problems don’t become big ones. Tooth-friendly dietDental professionals are increasingly concerned about acidic foods and drinks that can damage tooth enamel when consumed frequently or when sipped over ex...
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Family Guide To Oral Health imagefile

  • Jan 14, 2013

By following the information in this guide, you and your family can have healthy teeth and gums to last a lifetime. As a parent, you can work with your children to help them understand why good oral care is important — and show them how to do it right! Four Steps to a Bright Smile Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, especially after eating breakfast and before bedtime. Floss every day. Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day. Visit your dentist regularly. It’s easy to guide your family toward good oral health. All it takes is the right information and a little practice to keep them moving in the right direction! Fluoride – your family’s best defense Fluoride is the best cavity fighter you can find as you guide your family to a lifetime of bright smiles! It keeps the whole family’s teeth strong — no matter what their ages. How fluoride works Every day, the enamel on teeth is attacked by acids produced in dental plaque. These acids can make teeth weaker, and can result in decay. That’s where fluoride comes in. When it reaches your teeth, fluoride is absorbed into the enamel. It helps to repair the enamel and prevent tooth decay. It can even help stop the decay process. How to get fluoride You can get the benefits of fluoride from different places. It can work ...
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Introducing Alpine Dental Plan! image

  • Dec 28, 2012

Many people are not getting the proper dental care they need. Alpine Dental has created a dental plan that certainly meets this need in our community. Proper dental care is needed for overall health, confidence/self-esteem, and proper chewing. The #1 disease affecting us today is dental disease and the Alpine Dental Plan is designed for our community to get the care you need and deserve at an affordable price. What Makes Alpine Dental Plan Special No 3rd Party Insurance Group! No claim forms! No deductibles! No annual maximums! No preauthorizations! No waiting periods to see your dentist! No pre-existing limitations! Membership Advantages Free Emergency Exams Free Fluoride Treatments Free Check up Exams No Participation Requirements Sample Savings Plan Exclusions and Limitations Demonstration of non-compliance with recommended course of treatment Services which in the opinion of the attending dentist are neither necessary nor recommended for patient’s dental health Fluoride application is limited to one per year to age 18 Loss or theft of dentures or bridgework Services which cannot be performed because of general health, physical or psychological limitation of patients Services performed by a non-participating provider are not covered Not to be combined with any other dental coverage ...
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Many people are not getting the proper dental care they deserve. Alpine Dental has created a dental plan that certainly meets this need in our community.

Proper dental care is needed for overall health, confidence/self-esteem, and proper chewing.

The #1 disease affecting us today is dental disease and the Alpine Dental Plan is designed for our community to get the care you need and deserve at an affordable price.


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