Big Red Tooth – Dr Candice Schwartz

Where teeth and health meet

What is a dental microscope ?

The use of a dental microscope in routine dental treatment has truly revolutionized the way dentist operate and the level of care that is provided. With a dental microscope, procedures can be carried out more accurately and more reliably using up to 24 X magnification of the teeth and surrounding structures. The dental microscope is the single most significant acquisition to enhance an operator’s clinical skill set. All dentists can do better work with the operating microscope. Margins that might inadvertently be left open can be closed. Cracks can be more accurately diagnosed, and treated. Caries that, in the past, needed to progress until seen with the naked eye can be treated earlier. Most dental needs can be treated more conservatively, with less loss of healthy tissue.

Never before has the dentist been so well equipped. A dentist using a microscope is better able to diagnose pathologies. The dual advantages of increased illumination and magnification provided by the surgical microscope make the delivery
of dental care easier. The initial rewards of vision enhancement are improved visualization, greater accuracy in eye-hand movements, and improved ergonomics.

Improved lighting, coupled with magnification, provide a clear distinction between surfaces that may look similar in color or texture under traditional working conditions, but look very different under the microscope. Decay, dentin, enamel, composite and porcelain are easily distinguishable from one another and can be viewed with unprecedented detail under the scrutiny of a microscope.

Dental microscopes can play a fundamental role in the daily comings and goings of an experienced dental practitioner. It is now widely regarded as one of the most important pieces of equipment in a dentist’s room. Dental microscopes are also beneficial for patients, as the microscope enables the patient to see inside their mouth, giving them a better understanding of what is going on and enabling them to participate in the treatment process. The microscope may be particularly beneficial for patients who are a little anxious about having treatment, as the dentist can explain what is going to happen more clearly.

Through the use of dental microscopes general dentistry has been allowed to advance and modernize, giving both dentists and patients a level of care and treatment that is second to none.

I am extremely proud and excited to be introducing the Seiler Evolution XR6 dental microscope to my practice. This is a huge step and will elevate the level of care I give my patients to even greater excellence. Read more on the Seiler website…

 

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The benefits of chewing gum

I recommend my patients chew chewing gum between meals. And NOT sugary gums. It must be a sugar free chewing gum (usually they contain xylotol or another type of natural sweetener). Chewing gum changes the pH of your saliva. Bacteria thrive in an acidic environment and it is this acid that cause the dissolution of your teeth and ultimately leads to tooth decay. If the pH of your saliva becomes more alkaline, you are less likely to have bacteria living in your mouth and therefore less likely to have cavities.

The second benefit of chewing gum, is that it stimulates more saliva production. People who suffer with a dry mouth (or are mouth breathers) are more susceptible to tooth decay. So another effective strategy for reducing your risk of tooth decay is by bathing your teeth and mouth in a constant fresh flow of saliva.

And lastly, chewing gum mechanically removes excess plaque and food from the surfaces of your teeth. This is turn removes the decay causing bacteria from your teeth.

 

So carry a pack of sugar free gum in your pocket and chew in between meals!

 

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