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Learn about the benefits of porcelain veneers to improve your smile
Your smile is one of the first things people see about you and if you are embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth, it can negatively affect your confidence and happiness. With porcelain veneers, you can quickly change the appearance of your teeth and hide several cosmetic dental issues. Dr. Jason Ingber, dentist at Metropolitan Dental Center in Waterford, MI, helps patients get the most benefits out of their veneers by providing high-quality care that is focused on achieving the results you seek.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are like caps for your teeth that hide their imperfections. They are made from a very thin piece of ceramic that is matched to the color and shape of your other teeth so that the end result is a beautiful, natural smile.

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Nail biting affects your teeth too
The year 2019 is almost over, and we are awaiting the dawn of a new year. It’s time to be making those New Year resolutions. While most of us have health and wellness-related resolutions, some people also focus on discontinuing their bad habits in the New Year.

One such popular resolution is to stop biting nails. Nail biting is a bad habit which most people start in their childhood, and continue into adulthood. It’s unsightly and unhygienic. Besides, did you know that biting nails could affect the teeth too? The Academy of General Dentistry says that the stress caused by nail biting could damage or wear down the front teeth.

The General Dentistry journal reported that those who bite their nails, chew on pencils and similar things, or clench their teeth may be at even greater risk of bruxism, which can cause headaches, facial pain, tooth sensitivity, tooth loss or recessed gums. The problem is even worse for those who wear braces, with root resorption (shortening of roots) or tooth loss.

Nail biters also face other dental problems like torn, sore, or damaged gum tissue caused by the sharp and jagged edges of fingernails and the movement of bacteria from various parts of the body to the mouth, and from the mouth to other parts of the body including the nail bed or bloodstream.

If the above and unsightly nails don’t deter you, a mouth guard may help. Some dentists also help patients break out of this unhygienic habit.
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Be gentle when brushing your teeth
We have heard from the time we were kids about why it’s important to brush our teeth at least twice a day. But similarly, we have been told that this shouldn’t be overdone. For instance, we should never be too hard or too aggressive while brushing our teeth.

Too vigorous brushing can actually do more harm than good. It can irritate the gums, wear down the enamel, increase the sensitivity of teeth to cold and heat, and even cause cavities.

Tips for proper brushing to help prevent enamel damage and relieve tooth sensitivity:
  • A soft bristled toothbrush is recommended, ideally one with American Dental Association seal. The bristles should be soft enough not to damage teeth and gums, but firm enough to remove plaque. Replace it every three months, or sooner if it looks frayed.
  • Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, so that the bristles can access and clean underneath the gumline.
  • Brush teeth gently using back and forth movements, with short strokes to clean the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of teeth. The roll technique is recommended by dentists for patients with heavy gum recession.
  • If an electric toothbrush is being used, don’t push it against the teeth. Let it glide over, and the brush will do the needful. Holding the toothbrush with the non-dominant hand is a good way to ensure that too much pressure is not exerted.
  • Brush for two minutes — 30 seconds for each quarter of the mouth — twice a day.
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