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An Essential Guide on Calculus

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Karl Olson
One of the main reasons why people hide their smiles is because of yellow teeth. Although it is still a debate how white teeth should be, many people's teeth become yellow because of calculus accumulation. Not only do teeth with calculus have an unpleasant appearance, but they also are at high risk of gum disease which can lead to a plethora of other health issues. What is Calculus? Calculus is also known as tartar and forms when plaque accumulates and hardens on your teeth. Plaque is a biofilm that starts to form on your clean teeth within 24 hours. If you do not brush and floss your teeth every day to remove this thin layer of plaque, it will calcify in two or three days, turning into stubborn calculus. Calculus has a hard surface and provides more surface for the bacterial plaque to stick to. More plaque means more cavities and more risk of gum disease. Therefore, your first priority should be to ensure plaque does not have the chance to harden onto your teeth. People who smoke or drink caffeinated drinks are more at risk of plaque since they are more susceptible to stained teeth which can provide a better surface for bacteria to stick. Types of Calculus There are two types of calculus: supragingival and subgingival. Supragingival calculus forms along and above the gum line and can be seen as a yellow or tan deposit on the surface of your teeth. On the other hand subgingival calculus forms below the gum line in the pockets between your gum and teeth. This plaque may be brown or black in color and is not visible to the naked eye unless your gums have already started to recede. How Can Calculus Be Removed? Once formed, calculus cannot be effectively removed at home. At Olson Family Dental, Dr. Karl Olson and Dr. Matthew Olson will clean your teeth and gums via a debridement process. We will use an ultrasonic device to dislodge large pieces of calculus from your teeth. We will also irrigate your teeth to wash away the tartar. The remaining residue will be removed from your teeth and gum line with the help of scalers. If your tooth roots are exposed, we will polish them to make them smooth so that bacteria won't be able to stick to them again. If the plaque has entered more than five or six millimeters into the gum pockets, we may need to perform a pocket reduction surgery, a minimally invasive surgery, to remove the plaque and allow the gums to heal. Why Is It Important to Remove Calculus? Calculus not just causes oral issues, it can have serious negative consequences for your overall health, including increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. However, taking small and simple precautions can help you prevent calculus build up. That is why we strongly recommend visiting us twice a year for your routine daily checkup so that we can ensure all is right with your oral health. If you suspect you have plaque or are concerned about your oral health in any way, call us at (203) 838-3132 to schedule an appointment with us....
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Whatis a Tooth Impaction?

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Karl Olson
Tooth impaction occurs when a tooth does not erupt properly or cannot erupt because it faces an obstruction in the form of another tooth, tissue, or bone. The reason for obstruction can also be a result of the tooth erupting at an odd angle, which puts those factors in its path. The most commonly impacted teeth are wisdom teeth, which have to be removed at some point to avoid them becoming infected or causing other disruptions. Symptoms of Tooth Impaction Tooth impaction is sometimes symptom-free and goes entirely unnoticed until a problem emerges. On other occasions, impacted teeth are extremely painful and need to be immediately extracted to offer relief. Following are some common symptoms of tooth impaction: Treatments for Tooth Impaction The typical treatment for an impacted tooth with symptoms is extraction. If the tooth is not positioned oddly and can be removed in one go, the dentist performs the procedure under local anesthesia. If the tooth position is more complicated and will have to be removed in parts, the patient is referred to an oral surgeon who performs the surgery using general anesthesia. Surgery can sometimes cause jaw fractures, so the ideal situation is for a regular extraction to take place. Additionally, people who do not experience any symptoms do not need treatment so the impacted tooth is left as it is. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of tooth impaction or suspect that one of your teeth might be impacted, please visit Dr. Karl Olson and Dr. Matthew Olson at Olson Family Dental to get examined and treated. If you are looking to learn more about the treatments for tooth impaction, call us today at (203) 838-3132 to schedule a consultation....
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How to Clean Your Dental Implants

Posted on 3/22/2021 by Karl Olson
The success of dental implants largely relies on oral hygiene. Once you've gone through the procedure to improve the appearance of your teeth, it's time to ensure that your implants last a lifetime. So, when it comes to dental implants, you need to pay extra attention to maintaining good oral hygiene. Dental Implant Risk Factors As you eat or drink, plaque accumulates on your teeth and gums throughout the day. As this plaque builds up, it exposes your mouth to the risk of tooth decay and gum disease by making way for harmful bacteria. Since your dental implants are fused with your jawbone, it is important to ensure that you maintain the health of your gum line to ensure that implant's stability. How to Clean Your Dental Implants Your dentist will recommend many cleaning tips when it comes to caring for your dental implants. In most cases, you are required to treat your dental implant just like you would treat your natural teeth. Brushing your teeth twice a day on a regular basis is key to keeping your dental implants clean. It is recommended that you use a fluoride toothpaste to prevent any bacteria from further affecting your teeth. Flossing should also be a part of your dental hygiene routine as it helps get rid of any food remnants from your mouth. Also, you must also rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to keep your gums healthy. Don't forget to visit your dentist regularly to keep a check on your dental implants. Caring for your dental implants isn't that difficult – a good overall oral health routine should suffice when it comes to maintaining your implants in top-notch condition. If you wish to schedule an appointment to get dental implants or any other dental procedure, call us at (203) 838-3132 where our experienced team of dental professionals can help you!...
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4/26/2021
Whatis a Tooth Impaction?
4/12/2021
How to Clean Your Dental Implants
3/22/2021
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Do Not Let Bad Breath Pull You Down
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How to Treat Sore Gums
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Do Crowns Feel Like Regular Teeth When Placed?
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Common Mistakes People Make After We Whiten Their Teeth
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How To Keep Your Mouth Moist When You Struggle With Dry Mouth
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How Oral Infections Can Become Deadly
11/9/2020
Scraping When You Floss Gets the Most Debris Off Your Teeth
10/19/2020
Gums and Teeth Both Get Damaged from Acidic Foods and Drinks?
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Should I let My Child Pull Out Their Own Loose Tooth?
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Uncommon Causes of Severe Oral Pain
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Tips for Keeping Your New Veneers Pristine
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Things to Never Do if You Have Veneers
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Smokeless Tobacco May do More Damage Than You Think
3/25/2020
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3/15/2020
Is Baking Soda a Necessary Ingredient in Toothpaste?
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How to Respond if a Tooth Gets Knocked Out
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How to Keep Teeth Safe When Playing Sports
1/25/2020
What Are the Most Common Reasons People Fear Coming to See Us?
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12/25/2019
Where Acids Could Be Hiding in Your Daily Diet
12/15/2019
How We Can Help You With Erupting Wisdom Teeth
11/25/2019
Keeping Your Toothbrush Healthy
11/15/2019
The Difference Between Panoramic X-Rays and Digital X-Rays
10/25/2019
Why a Healthy Mouth During Cancer Treatment is So Important?
10/15/2019
Some People Do Not Need to Have Their Wisdom Teeth Extracted
9/25/2019
The Basics of Bruxism - Should You Be Worried?
9/15/2019
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Make Sure Your Teeth Have Help Staying White
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Signs You Need to Improve Your Brushing Technique
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Ideal Dental Goals for 2019
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How Your Tongue Affects Your Breath
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What Dry Mouth Can Do to Your Teeth
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Common Procedures That Fall Under Restorative Dentistry
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Caring for Elderly Teeth is Different than Young Adult Teeth
11/20/2018
Recovering from Receding Gums
10/20/2018
Do Some People Tend to Get More Cavities?
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Can Your Bite Get Adjusted?
9/20/2018
Ways of Explaining Dental Pain When You Come See Us
8/30/2018
Uncommon Things That Erode Your Enamel
8/20/2018
Things to Do to Decrease Tooth Sensitivity Between Visits to Our Office
7/20/2018
How Long Does a Socket Take to Heal?
7/10/2018
Composite Resin Allows You to Get Veneers Without the Trimming!
6/23/2018
Chewing Tobacco Hurts More Than Just Your Teeth
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