Dental care plays a huge and strong foundation for maintaining dental hygiene. Whether it be to get whiter teeth or healthy ones, having the right dental hygiene is important. As all areas of life are being affected by technology, dental care is no different. There are many trends that are influencing it on a daily basis that you need to know about.
The Top Factors that Influence Dental Hygiene
- Higher demand
In recent years, with growing understanding of the importance of dental health, the dental industry is on the rise.
Dental hygienists schools continue enrolling more students who are interested. For instance, in the US, it is estimated that by 2020 the number of dentists will increase by 16%.
You can attribute it to the rise in demand for dental care. A lot of people have discovered the importance of regular dental care. Technology has evolved resulting in more safer, cost-effective and comfortable experience. Visits to the dentist are no longer exhausting and scary as they used to be.
The Top Dental Trends You Should Know About
- More Organic and More Healthy
There are forms of dental care that don’t use fillings or even braces like the Weston Price Foundation as well as PrimalLifeOrganics.com which use natural powders and gum serums, as well as teeth whitening kits using only LED lights instead of harsh chemicals. More and more we see the growth of natural methods to taking care of one’s teeth growing each and every day.
- Faster Dental Implants.
A lot of people have always found it necessary to have dental implants. They are used to replace teeth which have been removed due to rotting or breaking.
A candidate who has good bone structure is viable to get implants. These are an alternative instead of wearing dentures or getting permanent fixtures.
In the past putting implants used to be a painful process. This is because it involves various surgeries. The first surgery involves inputting the metal implants into the jaws. Then after six months, a second surgery will ensue.
The process used to be very long and painful. However due to the recent advancement in technology the procedure can take as little as one hour. Patients can now go back to their normal life fast.
- Sedation Dentistry.
Dental phobia is one of the reasons why people procrastinate a visit to the dentist. However, sedation dentistry provides a more comfortable experience for any patient.
In the past sedatives used to be commonly administered through injections. However, today sedatives are administered in a more conducive and relaxed manner. It can be administered through the IV or the traditional laughing gas.
Oral sedation has become very popular. There is no use of needles making the experience painless and comfortable. Some patients even end up not remembering the experience at all.
A local anaesthetic is administered to block pain in the affected gums and nerves. It can only be administered after a sedative.
- Laser dentistry.
Lasers have been used in the dental industry since 1990. A laser is an instrument which produces a narrow, intense beam of light. Once it comes into contact with a tissue, it can either shape or remove it.
Lasers are used in dentistry for a variety of procedures. They include:-
- Reduce discomfort of canker sores.
- Manage gum tissue.
- Expose partially erupted wisdom teeth.
- Perform biopsy repairs.
- Reshape gum and bone tissues
- Treat infections in root canals.
- Increase the rate of teeth whitening
Dental lasers can be safe if they are used by a professional. There are instances where anaesthesia does not need to be administered if the laser is used.
- Digital Impressions.
Orthodontic treatment has been very important with how it shapes our teeth. Dental impressions in the past used to be a bit uncomfortable. Dentists used to mix powder based formulae, stick it on a tray and ask a patient to bite down on it. It was a highly delicate process with error very likely. However, in this day and era digital impressions are taking centre stage. They are providing dentists with more comprehensive results. They produce a virtual computer-generated replica of tissues of the mouth.
There are two types of digital impressions:-one captures the images in the form of photographs while the other one captures the image as a video.
Digital impressions have increased efficiency, productivity and accuracy. They have also eliminated much of the labour compared to traditional impressions. Patients prefer digital impressions because they do not have to try out stone models.
When you’re going to a dentist, go for the one you are comfortable with. You shouldn’t have to worry about talking about your dental problems with them. Your visit to your dentist isn’t something you should be worried about, really!
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