Not many people enjoy hearing about root canal therapy. In fact, the mere mention of the procedure can send chills down the spines of some patients, usually due to strong misperceptions about the procedure. Unfortunately, these misperceptions can cause you to neglect seeking treatment, and in cases where such a procedure is necessary, time is of the essence if you wish to preserve your oral health. To help you prevent unnecessary trepidation, Miami dentist, Dr. Arun Garg, takes the mystery out of root canal therapy by describing its necessity.
Advanced Tooth Decay
Root canal therapy is typically required when the soft center of your tooth, called the pulp, becomes compromised. The pulp houses your tooth’s nerves and blood vessels and can become exposed due to an injury (i.e., crack or fracture) or advanced tooth decay. When bacteria reach this inner chamber, infection is usually imminent and the health of your tooth becomes seriously threatened. Continue reading
Tooth stains and discoloration can happen so often and so naturally that many people have made professional teeth whitening a habit. When performed once in a while to brighten your smile, the side effects of the cosmetic treatment are typically minimal. However, relying on professional teeth whitening too heavily for the glory of your smile can have a few negative effects on your oral health, and may delay the detection of dental diseases. To help you safely brighten your smile and maintain its shine, Miami cosmetic dentist Dr. Arun Garg explains some side effects of excessive teeth whitening and offers a few tips for keeping your smile blemish free.
Issues with Constant Bleaching
Patients can often experience dental sensitivity immediately following a professional teeth whitening procedure. The potent bleaching agents can irritate your teeth and gums, and if you expose your mouth to them consistently, they can seep in and damage your oral tissues. Also, tooth blemishes can often by symptomatic of certain dental health issues, and whitening your teeth can cause you to miss an early warning of a serious dental health issue. While touching up your smile once in a while is typically harmless, you should first ensure that your mouth is free of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental diseases before manipulating your smile’s appearance. Continue reading
Last week, we discussed a few of the benefits of a confident smile, including an improved mood and atmosphere as others smile along with you. However, as complex and universally recognized as a smile is, it can also provide a beneficial and subtle means of communication. Even when we are not aware of the fact, we use our smiles for specific purposes in certain situations, conveying all sorts of signals that may not otherwise be conveyed. Continuing our glimpse into the benefits of smiling, Miami dentist, Dr. Arun Garg, explores the lesser known values of the pleasant expression.
The Hidden Benefits of Smiling
- Garner trust—According to a study that examined smiling and the perception of trust, people who smile are more often seen as altruistic and trustworthy. The research suggests that in situations where sharing was an important component, participants exhibited more genuine smiles than in the control portion of the study. Apparently, if you want someone to trust you, try smiling at them. Continue reading