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By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health

You probably don’t come running to your doctor whenever you get the sniffles. In the same vein, you also don’t have to run to your dentist for every single tooth issue. On the other hand, there are specific red flags you shouldn’t ignore. If you’re experiencing any of the following five warning signs, contact the office of Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon here at Putnam, CT, to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Toothache

Tooth pain could be caused by various things, but it’s typically a sign that something’s not right in your mouth. A toothache can indicate gum disease, cavity, or worse, an infection. Left untreated, decay will worsen, which, in turn, can result in gum disease, and then tooth loss. Additionally, an infection could spread and become harder to treat.

Red, Swollen, and/or Bleeding Gums

These are telltale symptoms of gum disease, which also include bad breath. Gingivitis or gum disease is caused by an infection in your gums. It is a very serious oral health problem since it is the number one reason that people lose their teeth. Luckily, your dentist is capable of treating gum disease.

Pain or Any Problem with Your Jaw

Lots of conditions could impact the jaw, including TMJ, gum disease, arthritis, teeth grinding, and sinus infections. See your dentist in Putnam, CT, if your jaw makes clicking or popping noises, or is painful. Without proper treatment, your symptoms could worsen. Your dentist can recommend ways to alleviate your symptoms and get them under control.

Loose Teeth

One of the most common causes of loose teeth is gum disease because it causes the gums to detach from the permanent teeth’s root. Keep in mind that permanent teeth should never be loose so if you have loose permanent teeth, go to your dentist ASAP to determine the potential causes and figure out ways to keep your teeth.

Persistent Mouth Sores

These could indicate an underlying condition or an infection. They can likewise develop from irritation from sharp teeth, dentures, or braces. But, mouth sores, as well as bumps and lumps, could also be symptoms of oral cancer. Figuring out the cause of your mouth sores is vital for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Any Concerns or Questions About Your Oral Health, Call Us

Set an appointment with Dr. Stephen Solomon or Dr. Jonathan Solomon, your Putnam, CT, dentist here at Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D. by calling (860) 928-6533. We also serve Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, Thompson, and Windham County, CT.

By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D
December 31, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
AgeDoesntHavetoStopYouFromStraighteningYourSmile

Cowboys wear Stetsons; ballerinas wear tutus; and teenagers wear…braces.

At least that's the popular conception. In actuality, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult, a number that continues to grow. Even adults over fifty are straightening their teeth and improving their smiles.

But it's still a big step and many adults are wary to take it because they think it's too late. Not necessarily: If you're an older adult toying with the idea of straightening your teeth, toy no more. Here's the lowdown on late in life orthodontics.

It's not just about the smile. While wanting a more attractive smile may have started you thinking about orthodontics, it's not the primary reason for considering it. Straightening your teeth can improve your health. Because misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean of disease-causing plaque, realigning them properly can improve your hygiene and lower your risk of dental disease. You'll also gain new chewing efficiency and comfort, which can improve your overall health and nutrition.

Health, not age, is the determining factor. Even if you're well advanced in years you can have your teeth straightened—as long as you're healthy. If your teeth, gums and supporting bone aren't in the best of shape, the stresses associated with tooth movement might be further damaging. Some systemic conditions may also interfere, so a full assessment of your overall health will be needed before treatment.

Only you and your dentist need to know. A lot of adults are embarrassed by the prospect of wearing braces. But you might be a candidate for an alternative to braces called clear aligners. These clear plastic trays are worn in a series to gradually move the teeth to their desired positions. You can remove the trays for eating or hygiene, as well as for rare special occasions. But best of all, they're nearly invisible to others.

If you're serious about straightening your teeth, take the next step by undergoing a complete dental exam. If the results of the exam show you're a good candidate for orthodontics, we can discuss your options for transforming your crooked teeth into a more attractive smile, regardless of your age.

If you would like more information on adult orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”

By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D
December 20, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   nutrition  
YourFoodsMicronutrientsMakeaDifferenceinYourDentalHealth

When you were a kid, a plate of green beans or carrots probably seemed less appealing than a handful of cookies or a bowl of ice cream. Mom or dad telling you to “eat your vegetables” was the last thing you wanted to hear.

Hopefully, you've made friends with fresh fruits and vegetables as you've grown up. But even if you're just acquaintances, these foods are nonetheless essential to good health, particularly your teeth and gums. Among other things, they're packed with vitamins and minerals that help prevent tooth decay, gum disease or even oral cancer.

Here's a sampling of dental health-boosting micronutrients and the foods you'll find them in.

Vitamin C. Found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, vitamin C boosts the immune system to fight infections like tooth decay or gum disease. It's also an antioxidant that lowers your risk of cancer.

Calcium. This mineral obtained through dairy products, bony fish, greens and legumes, strengthens teeth and bones. It can also improve nerve and muscle function.

Vitamin D. This vitamin helps teeth absorb calcium to make them less prone to decay. You can find this essential vitamin in dairy foods, eggs, fatty fish or sunlight.

Phosphorus. Like calcium, phosphorus also strengthens teeth and bones. You'll find it plentiful in dairy and meats, especially seafood and poultry.

Magnesium. This mineral helps teeth and bones absorb other minerals and can also help with enzyme function needed to avoid disease. You'll find it in nuts, legumes, whole grains, dark leafy greens, seafood and chocolate.

If you don't think you're getting enough of these and other nutrients, you can obtain them through dietary supplements. But do be careful: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can remove harmful supplements from the market, but only after consumer use has provided evidence that they're unsafe. And, you won't be getting fiber or other elements found in regular foods that your body needs to be healthy and function properly.

Still, if you think you need to supplement a nutritional deficiency, speak first with your doctor or dentist about it and what you should take. If at all possible, though, eat your veggies—your teeth and gums, as well as the rest of your body, will be the healthier for it.

If you would like more information on nutrition's role in dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Vitamins & Dietary Supplements.”

By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D
December 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

It seems like there's never enough time in a year. So it's dental cleanings that many people decide to skip on. But you'd be surprised to learn just how important a professional dental cleaning is to your overall health. Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon can answer all your questions regarding this and other dental topics. They service Putnam, Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, Thomspon, and Windham County, CT.

Beating Back Plaque

A professional teeth cleaning complements all the work you do at home.

Your mouth is home to colonies of bacteria and other microscopic organisms that typically exist in balance.

Bacteria particularly love certain foods, especially sugars and simple carbohydrates. As they feed they produce acids that can lead to tooth decay and gingivitis.

It is that slippery feeling you feel when you run your tongue over your teeth. This is called plaque and every time you brush and floss you help remove it. But even the most dedicated at this task do not brush away all of it.

Plaque, with time, accumulates minerals and hardens into tartar. Which can only be removed at a dentist's office.

Don't put off your visit, schedule one today, whether you live in Putnam, Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, Thomspon, or Windham County, CT.

More Than Clean

A dental cleaning is part of your checkup, it helps your doctor much earlier diagnose possible future complications.

Many diseases are associated with lacking oral health. Such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, even cancer.

Health insurance often covers your two yearly cleanings, and many don't taker full advantage of them. So check in with yours and get in contact with your dentist.

Don't Skip It

Professional teeth cleanings are an integral part of your healthy oral habits, not only in keeping cavities at bay, but as part of maintaining your overall health. Give your doctors, Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon, a call to schedule your appointment today by dialing (860) 928-6533. Serving the areas of Putnam, Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, Thomspon, and Windham County, CT.

By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D
December 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
PorcelainVeneersTransformRealHousewivesStarsSmileSpoiledbyTeethGrinding

Dorit Kemsley isn't shy. Best known to fans as an outspoken and sometimes outrageous cast member of the reality show Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kemsley is never reticent about “mixing it up” with fellow castmates or their significant others. Recently, though, she confessed to something that left her less than confident: her smile.

Kemsley has been self-conscious about her smile because her teeth looked noticeably short, worn down from an unconscious habit of grinding her teeth. Although teeth grinding is more common among children (who normally grow out of it by adolescence), it can persist into adulthood, usually from difficulties managing high stress (a likely component in the fashion designer/reality show star's busy life).

Stress-induced teeth grinding can occur during waking hours or, more likely, during deep sleep. The accumulating, long-term effects from the habit can lead not only to worn teeth but to weakened gum support, a high risk of tooth fracture or jaw pain and dysfunction.

So, how do you know if you grind your teeth, especially if it's only happening at night? Typical signs include sore jaws after awaking from sleep, increased tooth pain or sensitivity or, like Kemsley, a noticeable difference in your tooth length. Your family or sleeping partner may also complain about the “skin-crawling” noise you make during the night.

There are ways to lessen the effects of teeth grinding. The first step is to have us verify the underlying cause for the habit. If it's tension from stress, then you might reduce the habit's occurrences by learning better stress management or relaxation techniques through individual counseling, group support or biofeedback therapy. We can also fit you with a mouth guard to wear at night or through the day that reduces the force generated during teeth grinding.

And if you've already experienced accelerated tooth wear like Kemsley with a resultant “small teeth” smile, you might pursue the same solution as the RHOBH star: dental veneers. These thin, life-like wafers of porcelain are custom-made to mask imperfections like chips, staining, slight tooth gaps and, yes, worn teeth.

Veneers are often less expensive and invasive than other cosmetic techniques, yet they can have a transformative effect, as Kemsley's Instagram followers have seen. In conjunction with other dental treatments needed to repair any underlying damage caused by a grinding habit, veneers are an effective fix for the smile you present to the world.

If you suspect you may have a grinding habit, see us for a complete examination. From there, we'll help you protect your teeth and your smile.

If you would like more information on teeth grinding habits and their effects, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Grinding.”





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