Can My “Jagged Smile” Be Fixed?

Can My "Jagged Smile" Be Fixed?A “jagged smile” is a term that typically refers to teeth that are unevenly shaped or sized. The unevenness and asymmetrical nature can make the smile look a little jagged or uneven. In a lot of cases, this type of smile is caused by teeth that are uneven shapes and/or sizes. Each individual tooth may be jagged in nature, which can contribute to the jagged appearance of the smile overall. In some situations, the teeth are not to blame for the uneven appearance. Gum tissue can contribute to a uneven smile, too. In other situations, the teeth may actually be aligned in a way that is asymmetrical, which means the problem goes beyond appearance. For each different type of situation, there is a different type of solution. Your dentist in Lafayette, LA, can help you determine why your smile appears to be jagged and help you find a way to address it.  (more…)

What Does ‘Oral Systemic Health’ Mean?

What Does 'Oral Systemic Health' Mean?Oral systemic health is the linked two-way connection between oral health and the body’s overall health. Numerous studies have linked poor oral health to systemic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, dementia, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy complications, and so on. Understanding this link between your entire body and your oral health may help you feel more inclined to take care of your smile. Many people believe that taking care of their oral health just protects their teeth and gums, but that is simply not the case. Your dentist in Lafayette, LA, can work with you to evaluate your oral health and the possible effects it may be having on your overall condition. The following oral health conditions could impact your body in a negative way.  (more…)

Dental Technology for Safety and Comfort

We are used to appreciating dental technology for its capacity to help keep our teeth healthy. For example, the DIAGNOdent laser can see weaknessess in tooth enamel far earlier than the human eye. The earlier enamel erosion is addressed, the less restorative treatment is needed. For example, a small tooth-colored filling may put an end to an emerging cavity. Untreated cavities can progress to the point where more intense root canal treatment is called for. Dental technology adds to the safety and comfort of dental visits in Lafayette, LA. (more…)

Date Nights And More In Lafayette

Date Nights And More In LafayetteEspecially if you and your loved one have been together for a long time, it can feel hard to get away for a date night. Luckily enough, there are plenty of events going on in Lafayette this week designed to give people a beautiful date night. If you want something fun to enjoy alone or with friends or with the entire family, there’s something for everyone in Lafayette, LA. If you are wanting to prepare for a date night with fresh breath and a bright smile, schedule a visit with Dr. Young to get your smile ready(more…)

Back To School Smile Tips

Back To School Smile TipsIn Lafayette, LA, and throughout the rest of the country, it’s almost time for school to be back in session. When it comes to back-to-school season, it can be easy to get focused on school supplies and new clothes, but health is just as important to remember. Preparing your kids’ smiles for going back to school can include getting oral health supplies, planning healthy lunches, or planning preventive visits now. If your child is going back to college or going to college the first time, get their smile ready for the start of adulthood.  (more…)

Reasons Not To Be Embarrassed At The Dentist

Reasons Not To Be Embarrassed At The DentistA very common reason for people to avoid going to the dentist is because they are embarrassed of the state of their smile. Either they are worried about what their dentist will think or they are worried that the dentist will judge them for how long it has been since the last dental visit. The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that every person visit the dentist at least once every six months or twice a year. Skipping this recommended amount of time can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and worse smile conditions. Skipping this recommended amount of time because you are embarrassed about what your dentist will think about your smile is not a good reason to ignore your oral health. Your dentist in Lafayette, LA, wants to help you face your potential embarrassment and rise above it.   (more…)

Why Do I Need A Routine Dental Cleaning?

Why Do I Need A Routine Dental Cleaning?It is recommended that everyone visit the dentist at least twice a year or at least every six months. This visit will typically include a dental exam and a professional dental cleaning. A cleaning can be done by a dentist or an oral hygienist. Many people think that because they do such a great job brushing and flossing their teeth that they do not need to attend a professional cleaning. Unfortunately, these people are wrong. A routine dental cleaning is about more than just cleaning an area that you already do twice a day (or at least we hope you brush and floss at least twice a day). A cleaning involves removing buildup that you cannot remove on your own and cleaning areas that you may not be able to reach. Cleanings also give you a chance to learn about potential issues with your smile or with your hygiene routine. (more…)

Events On The Bayou This Week

Events On The Bayou This WeekThis week in Lafayette, LA, and in nearby towns by the bayou, there is plenty to do. There are plenty of events to enjoy while the family’s schedules are a little less busy during the summer time. Another thing to think about during the less-busy summer time is setting an appointment for an exam and cleaning with the dentist. Remember that an exam and a cleaning should be done twice a year or at least every six months. When was your last visit to the dentist? (more…)

Why Is A Dental Implant Important?

Why Is A Dental Implant Important? Your smile is strongest when all of your natural teeth (with the exception of some wisdom teeth) are present. The loss of your permanent adult teeth can take a negative toll against your oral health. Tooth loss can lead to a loss of bone density in your supportive structures, a loss of confidence in your smile’s appearance, and a loss of your mouth’s important functions. Dental implants can help to fortify the bones that support your smile while supporting a prosthetic that can restore your smile’s appearance and functionality. Your dentist in Lafayette, LA, can help you determine if a dental implant can play an important role in your smile.  (more…)

The Importance of Restoring A Tooth

The Importance of Restoring A ToothYou only get one smile. Once your baby teeth have fallen out and your permanent teeth have emerged, that’s it. No teeth will grow in afterward. Your teeth do not repair themselves or regenerate like bones or skin. If the enamel of your tooth is broken or eroded, it will not heal. While this may sound like doom and gloom, it isn’t all bad. Your teeth are incredibly strong and they are built to withstand biting and chewing for your entire life. Thanks to advances in dental technology, restorative dental care is better than ever. Restoring your tooth can protect it from further damage and it can give it back the strength it naturally had. Ignoring the need for restoration can leave that tooth in danger of falling out or a necessary extraction.  (more…)