Studio B Smiles
Studio B Smiles is a Cosmetic Dentist in Scottsdale and the Official Cosmetic and Team Dentist of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Rattlers.

Why Straight Teeth Are Better for Your Health

If you think that having straight teeth is something to discuss with the cosmetic dentist only, then think again! While it is true that straighter teeth are more cosmetically appealing teeth, there are also a host of health benefits that come with them. In fact, some dentists would argue that the health benefits are even greater than the cosmetic benefits. Here's why:

If you've ever tried to guide a thread of floss between overly crowded teeth, or tried to make sure you're brushing every single surface of teeth that are overlapped, then you know oral hygiene can be challenging with improperly aligned teeth. Getting the bite and spacing of your teeth just right makes it so much easier—and more efficient—to properly clean them. While it's true that braces can actually makes things a little more involved in the short term, options such as Invisalign can completely eliminate that challenge from the beginning.

When your teeth look amazing and are easier to clean, you're much more likely to commit to a regular oral hygiene schedule. This simple practice alone leads to better health because it eliminates problems that come with gum disease. Since gum disease is most often caused by inadequate hygiene, you can see the connection here.

Preventing or reducing gum disease reduces your risk for a variety of health problems and complications. Some of these include problems with the heart and circulatory system, preterm labor in pregnant women, stroke, and complications from diabetes. With chronic diseases such as diabetes, getting a handle on oral health can make the disease easier to manage long term. Lastly, but certainly not least, is the reduced risk of dental abscesses that comes with inadequate oral hygiene—a problem that can actually be fatal if not treated promptly.

If you're interested in teeth straightening options like Invisalign in Scottsdale, contact us at Studio B Smiles today. Our cosmetic dentists can help you determine a treatment plan for your best possible smile. Call (480) 860-0092 today for an appointment.

Tips for Stopping Your Teeth Grinding

Grinding your teeth has a number of negative health implications. It can also happen for a variety of reasons. Keep reading for a few tips for stopping your teeth grinding.

Mouthguard for Teeth Grinding

One reason that people grind their teeth is stress. Fortunately, there are many ways to combat stress. Try getting more exercise, practicing meditation, or doing yoga in order to help yourself stop grinding your teeth. Some people suffer from sleep bruxism, which causes them to grind their teeth in their sleep, sometimes unknowingly. If you grind your teeth in your sleep, talk to your dentist about a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth. The most important part of breaking your habit is simply reminding yourself to stop. If you find yourself grinding your teeth, immediately relax your jaw muscle. It even helps to only touch your teeth together when it is absolutely necessary.

Call Studio B Smiles at (480) 860-0092 for more tips for stopping your teeth grinding. We provide treatments such as teeth whitening, veneers, and Invisalign in Phoenix and Scottsdale. You can find out more information about us by visiting our website.

Examining the Risk Factors for Gum Disease

Gum Disease Factors

Gum disease can occur due to many different factors. Fortunately you can control many of these factors, so the disease is entirely preventable. Be sure to visit your dentist regularly so you can be screened for gum disease. Read on to examine the risk factors for gum disease.

A poor diet can negatively affect all aspects of your health, and oral health is no exception. A nutritious diet helps to bolster the body with protection against infection and disease; a diet that is lacking in nutrients, on the other hand, does the opposite. If you regularly eat processed foods and saturated fats rather than fruits and vegetables, you are putting yourself at an increased risk for gum disease. Obesity is also linked with gum disease, and it may put you at even greater risk.

Like dieting, certain habits and vices that you engage in are controllable factors that can lead to an increased risk for gum disease. One such dangerous habit is tobacco use. This includes smoking cigarettes, cigars, or pipe tobacco as well as using chewing tobacco and other tobacco products. While also being known for causing lung and heart disease as well as cancer, tobacco use is a substantial catalyst in the progression of gum disease. Another habit that tends to put you at a greater risk for gum disease is grinding or clenching your teeth. Try practicing relaxation methods or using a custom mouth guard to limit this habit.

Certain types of medications can impact your oral health and increase your risk for gum disease. These drugs include anti-depressants, heart medicines, and oral contraceptives. Make sure that your dentist is aware of the medications that you take so that you can appropriately address the risks that may come along with them.

For more information about the risk factors for gum disease contact Studio B Smiles or visit our website. We provide Invisalign, veneers, teeth whitening, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas. If you would like to know more about our practice, please feel free to call us at (480) 860-0092.

The Anatomy of a Tooth

Your teeth are so much more than just simple bone. Their anatomy is actually quite fascinating and complex, and each layer of a tooth serves its own unique purpose. Check out this video for a quick explanation of just what makes up a tooth.

As you'll learn, your teeth have four layers: the enamel, dentin, pulp, and cementum. Did you know that one of these layers actually contains a number of blood vessels and nerves to nourish each tooth and provide sensation? Watch the clip to find out more.

If you have questions about your teeth and how to improve their health and appearance, a dentist can help. Contact the team at Studio B Smiles for general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services in Scottsdale such as teeth whitening, Invisalign, veneers, and more. Call (480) 860-0092 for your appointment today!

The Dental Patient's Guide to TMJ

Pain from TMJ

Many people suffer from problems of the temporomandibular joint. Temporomandibular joint disorders are often referred to as simply TMJ. If you have some form of TMJ, you are likely to experience noticeable symptoms. Jaw pain and stiffness, popping or clicking noises issuing from the jaw, and migraines are all signs of TMJ. Fortunately, your dentist can help you better understand the condition and possible treatment options.

There is no one definitive cause of TMJ, but dentists do know that certain conditions and habits can lead to or worsen disorders of the temporomandibular joint. Clenching and grinding the teeth at night is a primary cause, as is tightening the jaw muscles constantly in response to stress. Arthritis in the temporomandibular joint or diseases that affect the soft cushioning in the joint can also lead to TMJ.

Symptoms of TMJ can be very similar to symptoms of other dental issues, so your dentist will perform a thorough exam before making a diagnosis. This may include a physical exam, a review of your health history, and a full face x-ray to see how the jaw joint is aligned. In some cases, an MRI exam or CT scan may be needed to make a definitive diagnosis.

The way your dentist chooses to treat your TMJ will depend largely on what's causing it. For mild cases, simple jaw stretches may be all that's necessary. For temporomandibular joint disorders caused or worsened by teeth grinding at night, a night guard may be in order. Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed in cases of arthritis. For extreme cases, surgery may be required to address the source of the problem.

If you think you may have TMJ, or if you need general or cosmetic dental care in Scottsdale, contact Studio B Smiles. We provide a wide range of services from TMJ therapy and migraine treatment to cosmetic services such as teeth whitening, veneers, and Invisalign. Feel free to visit our website to learn more about our practice, or call (480) 860-0092 to schedule your appointment today.

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