Monthly Archives - April 2014

The Difference Between Dental Inlays and Onlays

You might have heard about dental inlays and onlays, but what are they? What are they for? From a very general perspective, dental inlays and onlays work the same way as a filling would do, or so it seems. Sometimes tooth decay happens in such a way that a opting for tooth filling would weaken the remaining structure but opting for a dental crown would not the option since there is still enough dental structure left. Dental inlays and [...]

Debunking Medical Tourism Myths

Costa Rica is becoming a hot spot for patients seeking medical and dental care from countries such as the United States, Canada and Europe. But for these patients to make such a decision they had to do a lot of research and also overcome some perceptions about what it is to have their procedures done in a place which considered to be a third-world country. Over the years, we have observed that there certain “fears” based on myths patients have about [...]

What You Can Do to Prevent Gum Recession

Gums recede, and for various reasons including gum disease, however there is so much you can do to prevent it. Many times there are consistent actions that we engage in everyday that cause gum recession. [star_list] [list_item] Did you know that one of the main causes of gum recession by trauma is brushing teeth too vigorously? Believe it or not, exerting too much pressure on your teeth with your toothbrush is not a good practice, specially if the bristles are too hard. You [...]

The Implications of Wearing Dentures

Dentures are a cost-effective solution for missing teeth, and they have evolved, today they are definitely more comfortable and more aesthetic. However there are a couple of implications when you decide to wear dentures. Many times, people do not realize that wearing a denture requires some time for adjustment, and it is not as easy as saying that you were given your denture and you are ready to go. [star_list] [list_item] When you have lost your teeth, the bone density in your mouth [...]

How to Care for Dog´s Teeth

Your buddy, your most faithful companion and canine ally can also suffer from gingivitis, plaque, tartar and other dental complications. Although you can actively be a participant in your own oral health, dogs cannot and the freshness of their breath will depend on how good you take care of them. Luckily maintaining a dog´s mouth clean is easy and actually quite simple, however some training might be needed. [star_list] [list_item] Dogs need to have their teeth brushed, too. Brushing your dog´s teeth might [...]

The Importance of Bone Density

It is a common premise that as we age certain aspects of life are simply eminent, loosing teeth is one of them. But is it really necessary to reach our adult years without teeth and with sunken cheeks? Bone density naturally decreases with age, osteoporosis is a bone condition wherein the bones become more porous, thin and brittle. Usually osteoporosis is related to the bones of the hip, spine and wrist but it also affects a very important part of [...]

Wisdom Teeth – To Remove or Not to Remove?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars teeth that erupts, in the evolution of humankind, this set of teeth had the important task to to replace the first set of molars in case they wore out. It also had a lot to do with the diet our ancestors had. Times have changed and our diet is definitely very different from that of our ancestors, now we cook our food, we have the proper utensils to cut it into [...]

How Stress Can Sabotage Oral Health

Technological advances and also the evolution of medicine, education and oral care has achieved to reduce tooth decay, improve and prevent gingivitis. However there is one area in our daily lives which has a direct impact in our health which has been increasing over the years... stress. Although stress is not a medical condition, so to speak, it is a condition that affects not only the cardiovascular, autoimmune and mental area; it also affects your teeth, gums and oral structures. But how [...]

Why Do Gums Recede?

Gums are the supporting tissue of our teeth and maintaining them healthy is beneficial for you in many ways. Did you know that gums can recede and that it is actually quite common? The problem is, many times it goes unnoticed. First of all, what do we mean when we say that there is a gum recession? A gum recession is a dental condition wherein your gums slowly move down towards the root of your tooth. In the process it exposes [...]

Dental Bridges – No More Missing Teeth!

Dental bridges can be one of the various procedures involved in a full-mouth restoration. Bridges are recommended for patients who have missing teeth, however there are different types of bridges which y accommodate to the specific needs of each patient. The traditional bridge is the perfect solution for those who have teeth on either side of the gap left by missing teeth since two crowns are placed on these teeth. These are the most common types of bridgework and can [...]