Microdontia and Macrodontia

When it comes to the shape and size of teeth, many are surprised to learn that genetics play a key role. Thus, when adults have very small teeth, similar to the size of primary baby teeth, this is a condition called Microdontia. Classified as a developmental disturbance, Microdontia is a common oral health problem that runs in families, according to Colgate. While teeth are small and disproportionate, they may not fit together as they should. As a result, individuals often experience trouble chewing, and this causes excess wear and tear on teeth. On the other hand, Macrodontia is a condition describing teeth that are larger than normal. Less common than Microdontia, Macrodontia is usually addressed as a pediatric dental concern. This is because early treatment helps prevent problems with occlusion and the patient’s arch.

Advancements in restorative dentistry have provided individuals with a second chance at improving their smile. Consider the following treatments for Microdontia:

  • Composite Restorations: To correct the shape and size of teeth that are inherently small, the dentist bonds composites to the surfaces of teeth after minimal preparation. Composites are comprised of tooth-colored materials, which enhance the appearance of teeth.
  • Dental Veneers: Designed to cover the front surfaces of teeth, dental veneers are a combination of porcelain or ceramic materials. For teeth that are misshaped or crooked, veneers are a tried and true way to improve the appearance of teeth.
  • Dental Crowns: For teeth that are irregularly shaped, dental crowns are a reliable and dependable “cover” for teeth.

When it comes to Macrodontia, not all cases will require treatment. Even so, dentists recommend early restorative treatments and/or Orthodontics to help patients avoid jaw joint pain from improper bite alignment, cavities from irregularly shaped teeth and to improve the overall appearance of teeth (Dentagama). In turn, when one or a few teeth are affected, dentists can shave or “contour” the structure of teeth to change their size and shape. When too much of a tooth’s structure is affected, however, extraction might be necessary.

If Microdontia or Macrodontia affects you or a family member, the good news is that advancements in dentistry provide numerous options to improve the look and function of your teeth.

Dr. Patrick Vuong of Smile Avenue Family Dentistry in Cypress maintains a focus on preventative dentistry, with the goal of helping patients achieve long-term success. What’s more is that Dr. Vuong places a high value on patient experience, ensuring that YOU are comfortable and at ease with your care. For a unique dental experience, call Smile Avenue Family Dentistry today.

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10 Ways To Amp Up Your Oral Health Routine

While you may spend a few minutes at the sink every morning and night brushing your teeth, a visit to the dentist might reveal that it’s not enough. Thus, if your mouth is not getting the attention it needs, Colgate lists ten ways to help amp up your oral health routine.

Use The Right Technique

Perhaps the greatest misconception regarding brushing is that it should resemble a “sawing motion” or “scrubbing” action. On the contrary, gentle strokes using a soft-bristled toothbrush are best at removing food particles without harming sensitive gum tissues. Begin by holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, and use short brushing strokes, beginning at the top of the gum line as your brush down.

Be Sure You’re Brushing Long Enough

For some, brushing teeth is simply another activity to check off of a to-do list, and this causes them to rush through brushing. Thus, dental professionals recommend listening to a short song or video (at least two minutes) to ensure that you’re brushing long enough to thoroughly clean your teeth.

Use The Right Toothbrush

A toothbrush is not a one-size-fits-all. Be sure that you are picking a brush that is small enough to reach into the back sections of your mouth comfortably. For most adults, the average size is a small to medium head toothbrush.

The ADA Seal Is Important

Like toothbrushes, toothpastes are not created equally. Therefore, it’s important to look for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal when choosing your toothpaste.

Floss The Right Way

Many experience frustration when they floss. Yet, if you haven’t perfected your flossing technique, here are other tools available to make sure that you’re cleaning between your teeth the right way. Look for flossers, floss picks and orthopicks for easy cleaning between teeth.

Use Mouthwash

Even with the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and good brushing and flossing habits, mouthwash rinses away tiny debris and particles left behind, while freshening breath.

Clean Your Toothbrush

Every time you brush your teeth, bacteria and other particles adhere to the bristles of your brush. Thus, it’s important to clean your toothbrush after every use. This is simple, and only requires a good rinse.

Change Out Your Toothbrush

It’s a good idea to change out your toothbrush for a new one every 3-4 months to ensure that your teeth are getting a thorough cleaning.

Use A Tongue Cleaner

Perhaps there’s a rigid or bumpy surface on the back of your toothbrush. This is called a tongue scraper, and it’s a valuable tool to scrape bacteria off of the tongue.

Be Careful When/How Your Snack

Are you a late-night snacker? It’s important to brush your teeth before bed, even if you are not eating a sugary snack. Food particles left on teeth and gums cause bacteria to multiply!

At Smile Avenue Family Dentistry in Cypress, Dr. Patrick Vuong helps patients achieve long-term success with a focus on preventative dentistry and optimal oral health. Call today to schedule your appointment!

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