Dental Implants: A Solution for Missing Teeth

Are you tired of dealing with missing teeth or unstable dentures?  Dental implants are a game-changer. They’re a durable and natural-looking solution to correct various dental problems. Let’s dive into what they are and how they can transform your smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants

Implants are surgically placed titanium posts that act as artificial tooth roots. Once they’ve fused with your bone (a process called osseointegration), they provide a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth.  Accordingly, this includes crowns, bridges, or dentures.

The Benefits of Implants

Here’s why implants are a popular choice for correcting dental problems:

    • Durability: They last many years, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime.
    • Natural Appearance: The replacement teeth attached to implants look and feel like your natural teeth.
    • Improved Oral Health: Unlike some other dental restorations, implants don’t require altering adjacent teeth, which helps preserve your natural tooth structure.

The Versatility

They are incredibly versatile, making them suitable for correcting a range of dental issues:

    • Replacing Single or Multiple Teeth: Implants can support individual crowns or bridges, providing a seamless replacement for missing teeth.
    • Anchoring Dentures: Implants can be used to secure dentures, eliminating the discomfort and instability often associated with traditional dentures.

If you’re considering dental implants, call us at Myshin, Kravitz & Miller about whether they’re the right solution for your dental needs. Get ready to enjoy a more stable, comfortable, and confident smile!  Make your appointment today!


Overcome Halitosis: Fresh Breath Confidence

Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, can be a source of anxiety and embarrassment. But you don’t have to live with it. With the right habits and some perseverance, you can achieve fresh breath confidence. Let’s explore how you can overcome halitosis.

Start with Oral Hygiene

HalitosisGood oral hygiene is the foundation of fresh breath. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to remove food particles and plaque that can cause bad breath. Don’t overlook your tongue—use a tongue scraper or your toothbrush to gently clean it and remove bacteria.

Regular dental visits are essential. Your dentist can identify and treat any issues that may be contributing to your halitosis, such as gum disease or cavities. Professional cleanings will also help remove plaque and tartar buildup.

Lifestyle Changes for Fresher Breath

Staying hydrated is crucial for preventing dry mouth, a common cause of bad breath. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and consider using a humidifier at night if your home is dry.

Watch your diet, as certain foods like garlic and onions can lead to bad breath. Try to limit these foods, especially before social events. If you’re a smoker, quitting will not only improve your overall health but also help eliminate a major cause of halitosis.

Chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candies can help stimulate saliva production, which is important for keeping your mouth moist and neutralizing odor-causing bacteria.

Consistency is Key

Overcoming halitosis requires consistent effort. Make oral hygiene a non-negotiable part of your daily routine. Keep a travel-size dental kit with you for quick freshening up when you’re on the go.

If you’re struggling with chronic bad breath despite your best efforts, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Myshin, Kravitz & Miller can help identify any underlying issues and recommend appropriate treatment.  Schedule your appointment today!

Remember, fresh breath is within your reach. With the right habits and a commitment to oral health, you can enjoy the confidence that comes with knowing your breath is fresh and clean.


Dentures: Rediscovering Comfort and Confidence

Dentures are a time-tested solution for replacing missing teeth. They offer individuals the opportunity to regain the functionality and appearance of their natural smile.  Whether partial or complete, dentures are custom-designed to fit the patient’s mouth.  Likewise, they provide support for the cheeks and lips and restoring the ability to eat and speak with ease.

DenturesAdvancements in dental materials and technology have significantly improved the comfort, fit, and appearance of dentures.  These modern dental appliances can be made to look very natural.  Accordingly, they closely mimic the appearance of real teeth and gums.  For those seeking a more secure fit, implant-supported dentures provide an option that anchors them to the jawbone.  This reduces movement and increases comfort.

Oftentimes, you’ll hear dentures referred to as “false teeth”.  Though they may be thought of that way, such a description undermines the flexibility and functional benefits they offer.  For the purposes of eating, smiling, speaking, and other oral functions, they serve a very real and important role in daily living, quality of life, and self-confidence.

Transitioning to dentures can take some time. It’s normal to experience an adjustment period.  However, with patience and practice, most people find that they can eat, speak, and smile confidently with their new mouthful of teeth.  Regular check-ups with the dentist are important to ensure they continue to fit well and remain comfortable over time.

Dentures not only improve the aesthetics of one’s smile but also have a positive impact on overall oral health.  By supporting the facial structure and reducing the risk of further oral health issues, they play a crucial role in maintaining the well-being of individuals with missing teeth.  At Myshin, Kravitz & Miller, we provide full- or partial dentures for patients who find them to be an appealing option for a healthy, restored smile.

Tongue Health

Oral Health: The Story Your Tongue Tells

For most, dental health comprises brushing, flossing, and dentist visits. And, for the most part, this is correct. But another aspect of oral health that many give little thought to is the tongue.  Sure, the tongue is crucial to speaking, but how often do you take time to brush your tongue?

The tongue is an important part of your dental health. In addition to an oral cancer screening, they’re checking for other things as well.  Beyond speaking, the tongue affects your teeth, gums, palate, and breath.  Consider this: When you eat or drink, bacteria remain in the mouth. Not only in the crevices of teeth but on those of the tongue. However, those crevices make perfect hiding spots for bacteria. With that in mind, it is vital that you always brush your tongue whenever you brush your teeth. An added benefit of brushing your tongue is a lower risk of bad breath.

 You may have noticed whenever you go to the dentist, your dentist will take a minute to check your tongue. They will lift it and move it left and right and perhaps ask if you have any questions or concerns. This is because the tongue can indicate several health issues.

Tongue Health

Common Concerns for Tongue and Oral Health

  • Coating or Discoloration – A healthy tongue is pink in color. But if your tongue looks yellow, white, or black, it may signal poor oral hygiene, a fungal infection, or dehydration.
  • Strange Texture – Your tongue’s crevices create a unique texture, neither exceptionally smooth nor extremely bumpy. So, if your tongue becomes smooth and glossy, it is an indicator that you need to improve your diet. Vitamins and minerals that promote tongue health include Vitamin B complex, Vitamins A, C, and D, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. If your tongue is bumpier or has irregular patches, it could be geographic tongue. Geographic tongue often appears as map-like patches on the tongue’s surface. It is associated with psoriasis or autoimmune disorders.
  • Burning Tongue – This is sometimes caused by eating or drinking something very acidic or hot. However, if the burning persists, it may indicate a nervous system issue, acid reflux, dry mouth, or diabetes.
  • Wavy or Rippled Edges – Sometimes referred to as a scalloped tongue, this is when the side of the tongue has a wavy appearance. It is often caused by teeth grinding, clenching, or swelling as a result of TMJ, sleep disorders, anxiety, and dehydration. Once the dentist has determined the cause, treatment will be prescribed.
  • Sores and Lesions – These can be signs of dry mouth, oral cancer, or other health concerns. And while canker sores or small red bumps may heal with time, don’t ignore them. Contact your dentist if the bumps remain, get larger, or cause pain.

Be sure to do your part to promote your oral health. You can prevent many of the concerns listed here by consistent oral care. If you have questions regarding tongue health or other oral care concerns, our team is here to help. Reach out to Myshin, Kravitz & Miller today to make an appointment.