Accidents and emergencies often happen when you are least prepared for them, meaning that panic and distress can quickly overwhelm you, particularly if you are the one that is directly affected. Whether you are the patient or merely a witness, understanding some of the most common dental emergencies and what to do when they occur can help you to take control of the situation and keep panic at bay. It can also make the difference between a temporary, repairable injury and the permanent loss of the affected teeth.
Do you wish your smile was a little whiter and brighter? If so, you are one of millions of Americans who feel the same. The media ensures that we are surrounded by images of successful, attractive and wealthy individuals, most of whom have seemingly perfectly straight and pearly smiles.
Although we may brush and floss regularly to try and protect the health and appearance of our teeth, virtually all of us will experience some degree of decay at some point during our life time. Tooth decay refers to the destruction of the enamel, which is the hard layer on the outside of your teeth. This happens due to the build-up of plaque, which contain acids that erode the teeth. Plaque is the thing that you try to brush away, but failing to do so effectively gives the acid the opportunity to attack your teeth. Early detection is essential if the decay is to be removed so that it can no longer spread and cause further damage to your teeth.