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Can a Frenectomy Make Speaking Easier?
Posted on 9/30/2018 by Bisson Dentistry
If you have speech problems because of a frenum in your mouth, a frenectomy may be just the procedure you need. A frenum is a muscular attachment between two tissues inside the mouth. There are two kinds of frenum. A labial or maxillary frenum or lip tie is tissue that connects the inside of the upper lip to the center of the gums between the two upper front teeth. The presence of a frenum can create a gap between the teeth. A lingual frenum is a tissue connecting the bottom middle of the tongue to the floor of the mouth, and it's the most problematic when it comes to speech impediments. What is a Frenectomy? A frenectomy is a relatively routine procedure in which our dentist removes a frenum. For labial frenum, we typically wait until the two upper front teeth come in, to proceed with surgery, but in some cases, where the labial frenum causes pain in children, we perform the procedure at a young age. Speech problems are usually more related to lingual frenum because the tongue cannot extend as it should when forming words. This is commonly known as being 'tongue-tied' and can prevent a patient from eating and speaking correctly. A labial frenectomy can help with oral discomfort or self-consciousness due to the gap between the two front teeth. With a lingual frenectomy, the most significant improvements patients see is that their ability to speak or eat improves enormously. In some cases, a frenectomy is also advisable to prepare a patient for orthodontic treatment. If you think that you or your child needs a frenectomy to make speaking more natural, let us know about your concerns and we will gladly answer any questions you may have about this procedure. We can tell you that a frenectomy is minimally invasive and done in the office....
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Breath Mints Help to Freshen Your Breath, But Do They Harm Your Teeth?
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Bisson Dentistry
No one wants bad breath, and a fast way to get rid of it (or at least mask it) is by popping a breath mint into your mouth. But did you know that breath mints actually do more harm than good? Let's look at the harm that can come from using breath mints and talk about alternative ways to freshen your breath. Number One Ingredient The number one ingredient in most breath mints is, you guessed it! Sugar! While sugar does not directly harm your teeth and gums, it does feed the bacteria in your mouth allowing it to breed and grow. This bacteria forms plaque and is what causes tooth decay and the weakening of the enamel of your teeth. Additionally, since a breath mint's primary ingredient is sugar, and it feeds the bacteria, it does nothing to get rid of the bacteria in your mouth, and that's what is causing the bad breath in the first place. Alternative Treatment For Bad Breath If you're eating lunch out, or dining with friends and you don't have your toothbrush handy, you may be looking for an alternative way to freshen your breath. Since sugary breath mints are out of the question, try keeping some sugar free gum on hand for these situations. Chewing sugar free gum after meals not only freshens your breath, it increases saliva flow in your mouth, which washes out the bacteria causing bad breath. Disposable tooth brushes are another alternative to breath mints. If you carry a bag or a purse, you can pack a small disposable tooth brush that doesn't even require water for use. Avoid mouth sprays, as these also usually contain mostly sugar. Keep in mind that if you find that you're reaching for your toothbrush more often due to bad breath, it could be an indicator of a more serious problem that needs to be addressed. Call our office today and schedule your next cleaning and we can help you make sure that your mouth is healthy. And free of bad breath!...
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Setting Dental Goals to Accomplish Over the Next Year
Posted on 8/30/2018 by Bisson Dentistry
People make New Year's resolutions to help them improve some part of their life. The resolutions are goals that people hope to achieve. You do not need to wait until New Year's Day to set goals to improve yourself. It is something that you can do at any time. One of the things to set goals about is your dental health. There are some basic goals that everyone can set that will help them keep their smile for a long time. How to Set Goals Before setting any goal, it is important to know how to do it. One of the reasons that people give up before they reach a goal is because they did not do it the right way. Follow these steps when setting your dental goals. Types of Goals Knowing how to set goals is the first step. Figuring out what the right goals are comes next. Base the goals you set on the things you do for your oral health now. Most of the goals you should think about are developing the best habits for your oral health. They include: Some other goals can include replacing toothbrushes regularly and using better quality products. Making the goals is only half of the battle. You also need to track your successes or failures to figure out what you need to do to maintain good oral health. For more information about this or any other dental issue you may have, contact the professionals at our offices....
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