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What are teeth made of?

Maybe you would have thought that teeth are some sort of bone, but the truth is way more interesting. Teeth are way stronger than any other human bones, which might be the reason why archeologist find more teeth than any other part of the body in ancient excavations. Healthy teeth can be just that durable!

Each part of the tooth is made of different substances. For example, the outer layer is called Enamel, the hardest of all layers and is composed mostly of a white and rock-hard mineral called calcium phosphate. The enamel is supposed to withstand the pressure of chewing for your entire life, but this doesn’t mean it is impervious. The enamel can be cracked by blunt trauma or can be breakdown by the bacteria’s acid from eating food debris on the tooth surface (caries and cavities!). The enamel cannot regenerate itself like bones, so it requires the intervention of a dentist.

The second layer of the tooth is the dentin. The dentin is made out of a combination of living cells that secrete a hard mineral substance. The dentin is not as hard as the enamel and even the color can go from cream to light yellow. Is very important that you get in immediate contact with your dentist if you start to notice a marked difference in color on your teeth, specially on molars and premolars (white edges with a yellow softer center). There are ways for the dentine to partially regenerate itself, but you need to address bacterial infections and other protection first with the help of a dentist.

The inner most layer of the tooth is called the pulp, which consist of nerves and blood vessels that connect to the jaw bone. This is the most delicate of all part of the tooth. If anything starts reaching the pulp, the pain will let you know.

Here at our dental clinic in Cancun, we usually specialize on advanced implant and denture treatments, but we can also handle general dentistry procedures without a problem. Give us a call for more information about affordable fillings, cleanings and whitening. You could make your appointment during your vacation in Cancun or Riviera Maya.  Call toll free from USA & Canada 1-800-565-1424.

 

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Dentistry tips for Halloween Candy to avoid tooth decay, cavities and caries!

 

 

Are you ready for Monday!? Halloween is around the corner and we know many of our patients are concerned for the dental health of their children… and let’s be honest, we also get to enjoy our own share of sweets that day! The candy obtained on Halloween can even last for several months if you had good luck finding out the most bountiful houses. Regulating the consumption of these delicious treats can be a challenge for any parent. There are number of things we can do for our children (and ourselves!) when dealing with Halloween candy. Check these tips to protect your smile and teeth from cavities:
Avoid snacking candy:
Eating candy between meals is a terrible idea for both your diet and your dental health… specially if it’s a sugary snack! That’s why…

 

Eat candy right after a meal:
If you want to threat your children or yourself with Halloween candy, eat it after a meal as a desert. At this time your mouth is already increased production of saliva and these can help suppress the brunt of the effect of sugary foods and bacteria. Limit them to 2 or 3 candies per meal at most, depending on the size, this could be even just 1 a day.

 

Stay away from sticky candies:
Sticky candies can pose a big problem for your teeth, forcing them to work harder than usual and increasing your chances of tooth decay because they take longer to get «dissolved» by saliva, specially if they get stuck on hard to reach places between your teeth.

 

Reduce intake of soda and sugary drinks:
You are already taking much more sugar than usual! There is no need to increase your chances of cavities even more with sugary drinks.
Donate the rest:
You and your children might end up with lots of candies that you don’t like. It is better to give them to someone who might like them instead of keeping them in your house as a temptation. If they stay around, you could make an excuse like «just one time» or «let’s try this», «there nothing else to snack» and end up eating more candy that you ever expected.

 

Double down on your dental hygiene:
You must be strict with your brushing and flossing habits every time you eat Hallowing candy. Brush at least twice a day (morning and night), and floss before going to sleep to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Schedule your dentist appointment:
There is no better time to remember to book your dentist appointment than Halloween, when your teeth might be vulnerable. Make sure you and your kids have good dental health before going for Trick or Treat this Halloween!

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Dental Implants and Smoking. Healing effects on dental procedures in Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry

 

If you are thinking on getting dental implants in Cancun or even getting other types of dental treatments to stop infection one of the most important thing you should do is to stop smoking ASAP. Smoking is a major cause of deficiencies in healing in all aspects of a periodontal treatment, both nonsurgical treatment as in most (if not all) surgical procedures. This is specially important for patients who might need a bone grafting or even a sinus lift in Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry. After the first preliminary evaluation and talking with our doctors, they might require you to stop smoking to provide the best chances for a successful treatment.

 

In a non surgical procedure, smoking will end up as a detriment on the overall time needed to heal, as wel as it can lead to a higher risk of infection. Smokers will get less blood flow into their gums and bone, complicating the process of defending against several types of conditions. In many cases this could be a determinant factor on the success or failure of a non-surgical treatment because a smoker might end up needing a higher dose of antibiotics to make up for the lessen ability to fight off bacteria.

 

Furthermore, when thinking on getting affordable dental implants, a dental extraction or some other kind of surgical procedure, you should also be aware that the smoke of cigarettes and nicotine lowers the rate of irrigation and hampers the regeneration of oral tissue and bone. The smoke residue will reduce the tissue’s ability to attach itself to the implant. The bonding of the gum and bone to the dental implant is a process known as osseointegration.

 

If you want to know more about what our dentists in Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry can do for you call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

 

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Teeth regeneration: The future of dental implants

 

 

Recent dental studies suggest that the future of dentistry lies on dental restoration treatments as an alternative for dental implants. Considering the wear, infections and accidents suffered by teeth throughout life, finding a way to regenerate new teeth would be a huge advance for dentistry. Understanding the operation of dental regeneration of alligators (one of the few animals who can regenerate their teeth) would be key to find ways to apply it to the human species.

 

Thus adult teeth that have been damaged due to consumption of acidic and sugary foods, those that have been lost by accidents or even teeth that have fallen because of periodontal disease may recover by creating new teeth. Future dentists could develop new methods for generating human teeth based on  active stem cells. A study conducted by several Chinese laboratories found that certain dental structures can be generated by stem cells. This assumption means that we could regenerate dental tissue specific stem cells provided by the patient.

 

Although adult stem cells have been effectively used in various treatments related to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, much more research is still required to bring to fruition dental regeneration. This particular study concluded that stem cells from human urine containing enamel could be the key for such breakthrough.

 

One of the main challenges of regeneration is to provide dental structures that have long-term integrity. Dental implants are made of titanium so they provide a strong structural integrity and the new regenerated tissue would have to offer a similar strength. It might take a couple of decades before this can become a reality but we will do out best to offer you the most modern treatment available if it happens.

 

If you want to know more about what our dentists in Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry can do for you call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

 

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Stress could increase the risk of cavities.

 

According to experts in the field, chronic stress can cause cavities because of reduction of salivary secretion, a fact that contributes directly to a higher probability of developing caries. People who have «dry mouth» are more likely than those with higher salivary flow to suffer from teeth cavities.

 

Saliva is a natural defensive measure our bodies have to stave off dental caries. Thanks to its alkaline pH and its buffering, it can help remove food debris that can stay in the mouth and neutralize the acids produced by plaque to an extend. We talked before about people who sleep with their mouth opens and how also can be a risk to their teeth. Technically is the same principle. The mouth dries up and the teeth become vulnerable.

 

It has been estimated that in order to enjoy good oral health, people must segregate from 1 to 3 millimeters per minute of saliva. If segregation is higher, you can produce a feeling of constant drooling causing erosion on the surface of the lips. And if the opposite occurs, oral health is greatly affected. The dry mouth syndrome can generate problems in swallowing, chewing, talking and even prosthetic limbs. In addition, the patient may experience pain and irritation.

 

In any case, stress could affect your body is such a way so that means Cancun has another advantage for you when you come to relax in the beach. You will reap the benefits of an amazing dental vacation. Get a dental cleaning, porcelain crowns, inlays, onlays and more.

 

If you want to know more about what our dentists in Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry can do for you call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

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Did you know there are several animals that boast teeth regeneration among their natural traits? It might sound like some kind of super power but to be honest it seems like a very practical idea to apply to humans. Imagine if a tooth gets knocked off or falls victim to cavities, it would be so much better to simply wait for the next tooth to regrow. After all, we already had baby teeth, right? Well… things are not so simple.

 

 

Bunny Eating A Carrot chewing with incisive teeth While some animals are able to regrow their teeth partially or completely, the mechanics behind the process is very complex. Rodents, for example, have incisors that never stop growing. In the case of Chinchillas, they have a higher fiber diet so their molars are continuously growing like their incisors. This is the reason they chew on everything almost obsessively… if they don’t wear their teeth down they could eventually end up piercing their own skulls or keep them from eating and starve! Ok, maybe regenerating teeth are not for us…

 

Then what about sharks?

 

Rows of shark teeth regeneration - Cancun Cosmetic DentistryShark shed their teeth during all their lives and some are said to shed about 35,000 teeth during their lifetime! This is why is so easy to find shark teeth at the beach and ocean floor. We might  think the rows and rows of shark teeth aren’t nice to look at but we can’t deny they are simply amazing! Their teeth are not as strongly joined with the bone of the jaw like our own teeth because sharks don’t chew. They can only bite, trash and shake around to try to dislodge a piece of their new found meal. If the shark got his tooth (and mouth) stuck to his meal it could spell doom for the shark, so in fact, their teeth sit on cartilage rather than bone. This allows it to dislodge easily! As soon as a tooth is missing, the next one in the row starts to sprout.

 

Rows of shark teeth regeneration - Cancun Cosmetic DentistryAnother interesting thing about shark teeth is their coating. They are covered with acid-resistant fluorapatite enamel that makes cavities virtually impossible. That’s certainly something we would love to have! Our enamel is not as resistant but it generally allows healthy teeth to survive much much longer than the rest of our bones.

 

Researches are still trying to find ways so they can apply some of the attributes from these animals on humans. Perhaps one day we can get a regeneration toothpaste or even a small organic tooth implant. Until then we are pretty much stuck with our usual teeth so we need to give them the best care possible to keep them clean and healthy!

 

Send us your x-rays and photos so we can give you a personal evaluation of your case at no charge.  If you want to know more about our services call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

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Smile Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry Crown Root Canal Dental Implant Review Happy Patient

We would like to thank our dear patient Diane for her preference. Diane came from Texas because dentist in USA told her they couldn’t save her teeth and smile. She and her husband looked for options on internet and found out about the services of Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry. After her evaluation she decided to take the shot to fix her teeth got some root canals, crowns and dental implants.

 

She would had paid over $40,000 USD dollars if she had done the same procedures back home. But by having them here, she and her husband managed to save a lot and even got enough to enjoy some days at Cancun’s beautiful sunny beaches. She has traveled around Mexico, visiting other wonderful Mexican tourist destinations like Playa del Carmen, Los Cabos and Mazatlan. They would love to come back for vacation.

 

Diane left our premises very happy with the job we had done, saying the staff was friendly and caring, unlike her previous experiences with other dentists. We always try our best to make you feel right at home. Thank you Diane for trusting your dental care to our doctors and facilities! She’s pictured above with her husband John and our Mexican Dentist Alejandra Lujan.

You can also get a new white smile with the professional assistance of our doctors and save up to 70% on your dental treatment. If you want to know more about our services call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

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Paleolithic dentistry

As it turns out, recent research has left anthropologists and dentists alike fascinated with the discovery of new evidence of dentistry being performed some 14,000 years ago! The discovery was done by a group of Italian scientists from the universities of Bologna and Ferrara.

 

Malocclusion on early farmersThe information has been published in the journal of Scientific Reports. It all started with a skeleton dating from the Paleolithic, found on 1988 on the Venetian Dolomites. Experts realized there was a curious hole on the lower third molar and further analyzes confirmed that it was a carious cavity that had been intentionally treated.

 

«What the results show – explains Stefano Benazzi of the University of Bologna, coordinator of the research group – is that the tooth from Villabruna represents the most ancient evidence of manual intervention of a caries. This finding also suggests that in the Upper Palaeolithic humans were aware of the harmful effects of caries infection and the need for action; through the help of a flint microlith (small, sharp stone tool), the diseased tissue was removed and the tooth cleaned in depth.»  Until now, the oldest evidence of «paleodentistry» dated from around seven to nine thousand years ago. This pushes back the beginnings of dentistry almost 5,000 years!

Researchers still don’t know if the Villabruna man was given any natural drugs/concoctions for the pain. Yikes! That would have been pretty harsh to go through. I’m just glad we are living in this era. We have certainly come a long way since then. Right now, our advanced tools are precise and with the help of x-rays and local anesthesia you don’t have to keep suffering for cavities and other dental afflictions. Don’t shy away from your dentists because of fear or shame. We are here to help you!

 

Send us your x-rays and photos so we can give you a personal evaluation of your case at no extra charge. If you want to know more about our services call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

 

 

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For a long time the jaw bone structure of ancient humans has fascinated anthropologists and dentists alike. As it happens there are some marked differences between the structure on hunter gatherer groups (28,000 BCE) and the early farmers on (12,000 BCE).

 

The research done on the first farmers of the Levant shows are smaller versions of their hunter-gatherer predecessors. The diet of the hunter-gatherer was based on «hard» foods like wild uncooked vegetables and meat, while the staple diet of the sedentary farmer is based on «soft» cooked or processed foods like cereals and legumes. With soft cooked foods there is less of a requirement for chewing which in turn lessens the size of the jaws but without a corresponding reduction in the dimensions of the teeth, there is no adequate space in the jaws and this often results in malocclusion and dental crowding.

Lower jaw and teeth of Mesolithic hunter-gatherer (Credit: Olivia Cheronet)   Malocclusion on Lower jaw and teeth of Early Neolithic farmer (Credit: Olivia Cheronet)

 

The link between chewing, diet, and related dental wear patterns is well known in the scientific literature. Today, malocclusion and dental crowding affects around one in five people in modern-world populations.

 

Here at Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry we see this problem everyday with people who have lost most or all of their teeth. The bone on their maxilla or jaw start to lose volume because of the lack of chewing stimuli. This provokes the remaining teeth to shift and cause all kinds of problems.

 

This is why is so important to try to keep your mouth in top condition, prevention tooth decay or replacing missing teeth. Our facility has a wide range of options that help you restore functionality and looks to your teeth at much more affordable prices than in USA and Canada. You can save up to 70% compared to dentists back home and still enjoy a wonderful vacation on Cancun. If you want to know more about our services call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

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It is quite common to get a teeth knocked out. It is estimated that about 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth. This can happen for several reasons: decay, trauma, gum sickness, genetics.  When a tooth is knocked out there’s still hope for it! The most important thing is to act FAST. These are some of the things you can do in such an emergency.

 

  • Parts of a tooth. Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry.The first half an hour is critical to restore the tooth on its place.
  • If you still have it in your mouth, try put it back in its socket carefully. Try to insert it back and push it down gently by biting softly or guiding it with your fingers. Don’t force it!
  • Don’t touch the root of your tooth directly. If you must pick it up, touch it from the crown. Damaging the root will significantly drop your chances of successfully reattach it back to its socket.
  • If it fell to the ground, don’t leave it there and rinse it quickly with clean water. Also, don’t use soap or detergents! Simple water will do. Don’t scrub it either.
  • Don’t put the tooth on a napkin! You need to keep it moist and the napkin will do the contrary. Place it on a cup of milk (or with water with a pinch of salt if you don’t have milk). There are small specialized containers to keep teeth moist after they fall but you most likely won’t have one at hand.
  • Get to the dentist immediately. Time is important! If you get to your dentist in less than 30 minutes the prognosis for recovery is excellent. You still have a high chance of saving the knocked out tooth up to an hour after the incident. Don’t waste any time.

Remember, some of the consequences of missing teeth are related to the way you eat… it can significantly affect your nutrition leading to either obesity, diabetes, malnutrition, etc. Also, with a missing tooth, the space left behind provokes the other teeth to shift and start losing bone volume on the affected area and become prone to disease… making them more prone to fall off themselves.

Most people don’t know these little tips could have saved their tooth. Or perhaps the tooth simply didn’t managed to attach back to the bone and now it’s gone forever. For these cases, you don’t have to worry about your smile anymore. Over the last few decades the dentists have developed and improved the technology of titanium dental implants to replace missing teeth.

What to do if a tooth gets knocked out?

We have placed over 5000 dental implants over the last decade at our dental clinic in Cancun. If you wish to recover your old smile, we can help. Send us your x-ray, photos or even CT-scans and we will give you a free evaluation of your case.  If you want to know more about our services call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and have an emergency, you can call us at following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

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What are teeth made of? Maybe you would have thought that teeth are some sort of bone, but the truth is way more interesting. Teeth are way stronger than any other human bones, which might be the reason why archeologist find more teeth than any other part of the body in ancient excavations. Healthy teeth can be just that durable!

 

Each part of the tooth is made of different substances. For example, the outer layer is called Enamel, the hardest of all layers and is composed mostly of a white and rock-hard mineral called calcium phosphate. The enamel is supposed to withstand the pressure of chewing for your entire life, but this doesn’t mean it is impervious. The enamel can be cracked by blunt trauma or can be breakdown by the bacteria’s acid from eating food debris on the tooth surface (caries and cavities!). The enamel cannot regenerate itself like bones, so it requires the intervention of a dentist.

The second layer of the tooth is the dentin. The dentin is made out of a combination of living cells that secrete a hard mineral substance. The dentin is not as hard as the enamel and even the color can go from cream to light yellow. Is very important that you get in immediate contact with your dentist if you start to notice a marked difference in color on your teeth, specially on molars and premolars (white edges with a yellow softer center). There are ways for the dentine to partially regenerate itself, but you need to address bacterial infections and other protection first with the help of a dentist.

 

The inner most layer of the tooth is called the pulp, which consist of nerves and blood vessels that connect to the jaw bone. This is the most delicate of all part of the tooth. If anything starts reaching the pulp, the pain will let you know.

 

Here at our dental clinic in Cancun, we usually specialize on advanced implant and denture treatments, but we can also handle general dentistry procedures without a problem. Give us a call for more information about affordable fillings, cleanings and whitening. You could make your appointment during your vacation in Cancun or Riviera Maya.  Call toll free from USA & Canada 1-800-565-1424.

 

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