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Welcome to South First Dental where we have two locations to better serve you. At South First Dental, we pride ourselves in providing excellence in dentistry for the entire family. Our priority is to deliver the highest standard of care to our patients. To accomplish this, our staff is dedicated to your comfort as well as prompt attention to your needs.
Do you hate the idea of being reactionary when it comes to the health of your mouth? We’re always here to show you preventative measures you can take to keep your gums in good condition.
Although some brands of chewing gum may claim to help fight cavities, chewing gum is no substitute for proper dental hygiene. If you want to keep your gums healthy, remember to brush and floss.
How exactly are the dentures created to fit my mouth? After an appointment is set up, an impression of your mouth is made. After the impression has been created, the teeth – made of hard plastics – are molded to perfectly fit the top and bottom jaw.
If you grind your teeth, it’s important to correct the condition as soon as possible. Chronic teeth grinding can eventually lead to fracturing, loosening, cracking, and even loss of teeth.
Did you know that some of the earliest cosmetic dentistry practices can be traced back to ancient times? Ivory and bone dentures were created as far back as 700 BC by the Etruscans. Other ancient practices included tooth sharpening in Africa and the inlay of gemstones directly on the teeth in ancient Latin America.
Have you ever wondered why your dental technician clears the area whenever doing the x-rays of your mouth? While radiation exposure isn’t enough to hurt our patients, our staff is more at risk because of the number of times they’d be exposed each day during patient x-rays.
Did you know that orthodontics is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures people undergo?We can provide you with an accurate assessment and determine whether you are a good candidate for braces.
Why wear dentures? Well, they will help you to eat comfortably, speak clearly, and can improve your confidence and self-esteem. Full dentures, to replace all of your original teeth, fit snugly over your gums and look as real as your natural teeth.
Do you ever find yourself volunteering to take group pictures so you’ll be able to hide your smile? After working with us, you’ll have a smile that you’ll be proud to document in pictures.
Why not just pull out a tooth with pulp damage? Each tooth acts as a placeholder of sorts that keeps the surrounding teeth in proper position. When a tooth is lost and not replaced, the surrounding teeth can become crooked over time.
Why are teeth sensitive after some whitening treatments? The treatments open tooth enamel pores. This allows the bleaching agent to penetrate to the dentin and lighten that inner layer. The open pores also allow heat and cold to penetrate more quickly. The effect is temporary.
Will my dentures need to be replaced? Over time, all dentures will need to be replaced. Because dentures are long-lasting and strong, they will not need to be replaced often. Replacement is as simple as making an appointment with a dentist.
One of the biggest advantages of dental implants over bridges and dentures is that the implant actually replaces the root of the missing tooth and keeps other teeth from shifting. Also, they are made of titanium and thus are strong enough to serve as a foundation for crowns.
In your first visit with a periodontist, he or she will want to get a complete view of your medical and dental histories. So make sure to mention any medications you might be taking, or if you have a condition like heart disease or diabetes that could affect periodontal care.
If your gums are sore or bleed frequently while you are brushing, it is time to see your periodontist. It’s always best to address any gum disease or issues early, before they have a chance to get worse.
It’s virtually impossible to list all of the potential symptoms of a root canal infection. However, some of the most common symptoms include sharp pain when you bite down, as well as pain that lingers after eating foods that are hot or cold. Or, a sense of pressure and a dull ache could persist regardless of whether you are eating. If you encounter any of these symptoms, it’s important to see your endodontist.
Modern toothpaste was developed in the 19th century, but ancient China and India had been using a form of toothpaste for thousands of years. Toothpaste initially had soap as an ingredient-- some even used chalk. It wasn't until the 1900s when chalk and soap were eliminated and fluoride was introduced.
Did you know that certain medical conditions and diseases can actually make it easier for you to get infections in your gums? If you have diabetes, cancer or AIDS, it may be necessary to get more frequent checkups.
Did you know the forceps is a derivative of a 14th century dental tool? The dental pelican invented by Guy de Chauliac is the ancestor of today’s forceps. The pelican was used until the 18th century when it was replaced by the dental key which was used until the 20th century and the modern forceps.
Did you know periodontics has a surprisingly long history? Skeletal and written records that talk about periodontal diseases have been found in the Middle East and Egypt that date back thousands of years to the ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations.
Did you know that the denture-development process takes between three and six weeks and several appointments? This process will include making a series of jaw impressions, casting a final denture, and making any necessary adjustments.
While good oral hygiene can play a significant role in determining the health of your teeth, very few people have naturally perfect teeth. Scheduling a consultation can set you on the right track to both healthy and beautiful teeth.
Do you replace your toothbrush after you've been sick with a cold or flu? It's not unusual for cold germs to remain on your toothbrush for some time, leading to a reoccurrence of your cold.
In the Dark Ages, there was a belief that replacing a lost tooth with someone else's tooth would cause the lost tooth to grow back. Strangely enough, teeth that were derived from hanged criminals were believed to be the most effective.
Do you ever worry that years of drinking soda, coffee and fruit juices have damaged your teeth's enamel? Using enamel-restoring mouthwashes in conjunction with fluoride toothpaste can help.