Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Tooth Anatomy

What Are the Different Parts of a Tooth?
  • Crown- the top part of the tooth, and the only part you can normally see. The shape of the crown determines the tooth's function. For example, front teeth are sharp and chisel-shaped for cutting, while molars have flat surfaces for grinding.
  • Gumline- where the tooth and the gums meet. Without proper brushing and flossing, plaque and tartar can build up at the gumline, leading to gingivitis and gum disease.
  • Root- the part of the tooth that is embedded in bone. The root makes up about two-thirds of the tooth and holds the tooth in place.
  • Enamel- the outermost layer of the tooth. Enamel is the hardest, most mineralized tissue in the body - yet it can be damaged by decay if teeth are not cared for properly.
  • Dentin- the layer of the tooth under the enamel. If decay is able to progress its way through the enamel, it next attacks the dentin - where millions of tiny tubes lead directly to the dental pulp.
  • Pulp- the soft tissue found in the center of all teeth, where the nerve tissue and blood vessels are. If tooth decay reaches the pulp, you usually feel pain.
What Are the Different Types of Teeth?
Every tooth has a specific job or function (use the dental arch in this section to locate and identify each type of tooth):

  • Incisors- the sharp, chisel-shaped front teeth (four upper, four lower) used for cutting food.
  • Canines- sometimes called cuspids, these teeth are shaped like points (cusps) and are used for tearing food.
  • Premolars- these teeth have two pointed cusps on their biting surface and are sometimes referred to as bicuspids. The premolars are for crushing and tearing.
  • Molars- used for grinding, these teeth have several cusps on the biting surface


 




















The above article is from: Colgate.com

Gregg L. Kassan, DDS
Family General Dentist
5077 Waterway Drive
Montclair, VA, 22025
Phone: (703) 897-0463
Website: www.MontclairCosmeticDentist.com
 


Monday, 12 May 2014

Athletic Mouthguards Dentist

Prevent Knocking Out a ToothSports Mouthguards Dentist Montclair VA  
When participating in any sport, it is possible to have one or more teeth knocked out. Each year in the United States, approximately 5 million teeth are lost due to injury while playing sports. There are over-the-counter mouthguards that do not provide good protection and, since they are one-size-fits all, they do not always fit properly. We offer custom-made mouthguards that give the best fit and protection without interfering with athletic performance. The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouthguards for the following sports: acrobatics, football, boxing, field hockey, gymnastics, handball, lacrosse, racquetball, shotputting, skateboarding, skiing, rugby, skydiving, roller hockey, soccer, squash, basketball, surfing, volleyball, ice hockey, water polo, weight lifting, martial arts, and wrestling. 
 
Gregg L. Kassan, DDS
Family General Dentist
5077 Waterway Drive
Montclair, VA, 22025
Phone: (703) 897-0463
Website: www.MontclairCosmeticDentist.com
 

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Top Dental Symptoms: Bleeding or Sore Gums

Bleeding or sore gums can be a sign of gingivitis, an early and reversible stage of gum disease, or simply the result of brushing too hard or starting a new flossing routine. If your gums bleed regularly, or enough to worry you, make an appointment with your dentist or physician, it could be a sign that something else is wrong.

Above article from: MouthHealthy.org


Gregg L. Kassan, DDS
Family General Dentist
5077 Waterway Drive
Montclair, VA, 22025
Phone: (703) 897-0463
Website: www.MontclairCosmeticDentist.com
 

Monday, 5 May 2014

Dentist for Children

Pediatric Dental Care Montclair VAChoosing Your Children’s Dentist Is as Important as Their Pediatrician
It is important to instill good daily dental care at a young age to have healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. Children’s teeth are more subjected to cavities for various reasons. They may not brush well without an adult’s supervision. We emphasize that a parent should make sure they brush correctly. A tooth that is not as clean as it should be will continue to build up plaque from eating and drinking. Kids eat more often throughout the day, which adds to the teeth’s exposure to acid from the food and can increase the development of cavities.

We can apply a fluoride varnish to mineralize the teeth. Together with a healthy diet and hygiene habits, this lessens the chance of your child getting a cavity.


Gregg L. Kassan, DDS
Family General Dentist
5077 Waterway Drive
Montclair, VA, 22025
Phone: (703) 897-0463
Website: www.MontclairCosmeticDentist.com
  



Thursday, 1 May 2014

Top Dental Symptoms: Sensitive Teeth

If your teeth hurt when you drink hot or cold beverages, you may have sensitive teeth. This can be the result of tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel or an exposed tooth root due to gum recession. Treatment will depend on the source of sensitivity. If you’re concerned about the sensitivity of your teeth see your dentist for diagnosis and treatment options.

Above article from: MouthHealthy.org

Gregg L. Kassan, DDS
Family General Dentist
5077 Waterway Drive
Montclair, VA, 22025
Phone: (703) 897-0463
Website: www.MontclairCosmeticDentist.com