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 It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.

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It’s Never too Late to Straighten Your Smile

From The Past To The Future: High-Tech Cavity Prevention Tools You Should Know About

by Jacqueline Byrd

The usual way you go about preventing cavities in your mouth is to follow a few simple rules: brush twice a day, floss once, and use mouthwash if you're trying to be the cleanest you can be. But for some people who are more prone to cavities than others, all the brushing and flossing and swishing of mouthwash in the world can still end with the dentist proclaiming those dreaded words – "you have a cavity." If you're looking for technologically-advanced, more proactive ways to help you stave off dental cavities without just getting all your teeth replaced with false ones, then here's what you need to know.

Pop a Pill

It seems like there's a pill for everything nowadays – but a pill for preventing cavities? It's won't be science fiction for long; scientists are looking to develop a probiotic pill that can prevent your teeth from decaying. This pill would work by balancing the pH in your mouth; people with higher amounts of cavity-causing bacteria present in their mouth could take this pill to neutralize those cavity agents and restore a chemical balance in the mouth, preventing a large amount of the development of dental cavities.

Nice Nanoparticles

For another futuristic cavity-preventing technique, you need go no further than nanoparticles. Scientists and dentists are figuring out how to, within the next couple years, take nanoparticles of silica or calcium and mix them in with minerals that are meant to restore your enamel. This mixture is folded into a toothpaste-like substance and spread over the teeth, which they stick to in order to feed off bacteria. While the nanoparticle method isn't perfect enough for widespread use, it shouldn't be long before you can rely on nanoparticles to protect you from cavities and decay.

Flush with Fluoride

While a common treatment for very young children, a fluoride varnish can help adults (especially older adults, who suffer from dry mouth and thus have more cavities) with cavity prevention as well. A fluoride varnish is a non-permanent coat of highly concentrated fluoride that your dentist can paint on your teeth. Though the coating wears off over the space of a few hours, it helps boost your teeth's anti-cavity measures by increasing the mineralization of your teeth and thus strengthening them. After the dentist applies the fluoride varnish, you shouldn't brush your teeth (or floss, or use mouthwash) for the rest of the day, so that the varnish has as much time as possible to work on strengthening your teeth again cavities. Contact a company like Hoffman & Karl Dental Associates, PLLC for more information.