Dental Tips Blog

Jan
5

How to Keep Your Tooth-Colored Fillings White

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Metal fillings, while sturdy and reliable, are gradually being phased-out by minimally-invasive tooth-colored fillings.

Gone are the days of smiling with shame when you remember how much metal is flashing in your mouth! Made of white composite material, tooth-colored fillings will stay discreet unless they become discolored.

What can you do to keep them nice and bright?

Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene

Over time, the margins of fillings can collect stain. With thorough and frequent brushing, you can avoid the buildup that creates a permanent discoloration. Rinse often after eating, too. Swish with a bit of water after meals and use a fluoride rinse after brushing to reinforce the tooth around the edges of fillings.

Avoid Heavy-Staining Foods

Dark beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine are notorious for making white fillings stand out more than they’re supposed to. Keep these drinks to a minimum if you want to keep your fillings white.

Cut Out Tobacco

Tobacco will stain many dental restorations just like it does natural teeth. If you want a white smile, then work on cutting tobacco use out of your life completely. Your health will benefit from the choice, as well!

Dream Big!

Sometimes, a white filling just isn’t enough.

You can get small fillings on front teeth, but if these stain, they will be the first things people notice when you smile. To enhance the appeal of your smile, you might want to cover up old fillings on front teeth with dental veneers.

Visit your dentist for a complete dental checkup and to find out which restorative options will benefit your smile the most.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Nov
26

Is Laser Teeth Whitening Safe?

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Teeth bleaching is an ever-increasing trend on the cosmetic dentistry market these days. This procedure is sometimes marketed with the added whitening boost from a laser.

Just like any other health-conscious individual, you want to be fully informed of all the risks and benefits associated with a procedure. A cosmetic tooth whitening treatment is no exception. So is there any harm in whitening your teeth with a laser?

How Laser Whitening Works

In-office teeth whitening usually consists of applying a concentrated whitening gel to your teeth. Your gums are carefully protected, and you wear special sunglasses as an intense light is applied to your smile. This laser light activates the bleaching action, giving you the instant results you’re looking for.

Studies have found that there is no more risk of harm associated with the professional laser whitening procedures than with those that don’t include a light.

Get the Most of a Laser Whitening Procedure

If you want to spare your teeth (and wallet!) the toll of multiple whitening appointments, then you need to be diligent about maintaining the results achieved. A little whitening goes a long way. Make your results last by avoiding foods that will quickly stain your teeth. Excellent oral hygiene is also important in keeping your smile bright.

Alternatives for Teeth Whitening

Still not sold on the idea of laser teeth whitening? Fortunately, you have many other options.

From over-the-counter to professional-grade products, you can choose from:

  • Whitening toothpastes and rinses
  • Whitening strips
  • Take-home whitening gel trays

If a whiter smile is on your list of goals, then call your dentist today to plan your smile evaluation and learn what options will work best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Cosmetic Dentist of Hayward
27206 Calaroga Ave #216
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 782-7821

Jun
1

3 Signs Your Denture Needs to be Repaired or Replaced

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Dentures are an excellent solution for lost teeth. Because dentures are not the same as the originals, they are prone to wear and tear. No denture will last forever, but if you are alert to the signs, then you can be proactive about having your dentures repaired or replaced before they cause you any further discomfort.

Sores or irritations in your mouth. At some point while wearing dentures, you may notice the development of some bothersome sores. You may not feel anything at all, but even if you notice a discolored patch or the growth of excess tissue, this could be the result of a problem with your dentures. Your dentures may not fit very well anymore, or there could be an edge roughened by a fracture that you didn’t notice.

Slipping of your denture when you talk or eat. If you notice that your denture has become looser, this could be due to bone loss. The absence of teeth causes the bone underneath your gums to slowly resorb, or shrink. When the bone levels inevitably change with time, the fit of the dentures will continue to worsen.

Fractures or chips. You may feel that a fracture or chipped tooth is not a big deal. A broken area, however, could disrupt your bite, cause injury to your mouth, and house bacteria that cause oral infection.

It is a fact that no dentures last forever. Stay alert to the signs that your denture needs repair or replacement and mention any concerns you may have with your denture to your dentist or prosthodontist.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Mar
8

Is Zoom! Whitening Right for My Smile?

Zoom! Whitening is a professional whitening treatment that can only be performed in a dentist office. No spa-whitening or at-home treatments can compare to the way Zoom! impacts the appearance of your smile.

What does Zoom! Whitening offer that other types of teeth whitening can’t? A one-time treatment that literally lifts years’ worth of stains from your teeth. Rather than using a whitening kit at home each day, Zoom! is safe and effective enough to give you the same results in just an hour.

Most people choose Zoom! Whitening when they have significant whitening needs or want fast results for that important job interview, wedding, or class reunion. When maintained properly at home, your whitening results can last for years.

Zoom! uses professional grade whitening gel that is applied directly to your tooth and then accelerated with the use of a laser. No at-home or spa lasers have the strength of the ones used in a true dental office. This light application process speeds up stain removal for faster results. After about 15 minutes, the gel is rinsed away and then re-applied for a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th application until desirable results are achieved. Some dentists will send the patient home with a custom whitening tray to finish off the results or to help touch-up their whitening every few months.

If you’re looking for the fastest, most dramatic whitening results possible, then Zoom! Whitening is right for you. Just look at the before and after pictures of some of the patients that your dentist has treated – You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can enjoy whiter, younger looking teeth!

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

Jul
1

Are You Prone to Tooth Decay?

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Some people tend to get cavities more than others, and it is easy to jump to the conclusion that it’s because they don’t brush their teeth. But that is putting it too simply. In fact, there are a number of reasons some people are more prone to cavities, or dental caries, than others.

Heredity 

The natural shape and composition of your teeth can affect whether you get cavities. Teeth with cracks and crannies have a tendency to attract plaque build-up, which can lead to decay. Also, some teeth naturally have weak enamel, the teeth’s natural protective coating, and some have areas of weak enamel, which can leave teeth vulnerable.

Poor Dental Care 

Yes, it’s true. Poor brushing habits can make decay more likely. It is therefore absolutely essential that you brush at least twice daily and floss every day. See your dentist every six months for a dental check-up. Your doctor or dental hygienist will be able to point out weaknesses in your routine and offer advice on how you can improve.

It is also possible to brush your teeth too briskly and erode the enamel.

Diet 

It is widely known that foods high in starch and sugar are bad for your teeth. Stay away from soda, sticky candy and some sports drinks if you want to maintain a nice smile. 

Dry Mouth 

Saliva is the great neutralizer of acid in the mouth. If your saliva production is low, or the Ph levels in your saliva are high, it could lead to decay, over time. Saliva can be affected by disease or by certain medications. See your dentist if you are experiencing a dry mouth.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli

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Mar
13

Which Toothpaste is Best for Me?

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Whitening, sensitivity, tartar-control…the options can seem limitless. How should people go about choosing the best toothpaste when it’s time to stock up again? Do the different types really make that much of a difference, and why?

Let’s start with the basics. No toothpaste you can buy at the supermarket is going to be a miracle worker in regards to your oral hygiene. Ultimately, using your toothbrush for two minutes twice a day is the most important factor. However, there are ingredients in the different toothpastes that do affect things that happen to and on your teeth when used properly.

If you have specific problems with your teeth, such as generalized sensitivity, heavier than normal amounts of tartar buildup (even with good oral hygiene), or tend to get lots of stain on your teeth between dental cleanings, then you may want to consider a toothpaste formulated for that concern. For instance, sensitivity toothpastes help to block the porous tubules of dentin…the tooth surface that is exposed when gun recession has occurred. After about 2 weeks of routine use, sensitivity is dramatically reduced.

Tartar control toothpastes are good for people whose bodies metabolize a higher amount of tartar buildup on their teeth, even with good oral hygiene. It won’t get rid of tartar, but it reduces new tartar formation. Whitening toothpastes help repel new stains from developing. They’re ideal for people that drink lots of coffee or tea, and tend to have stains to show for it (although they don’t exactly lighten your teeth several shades the way a professional whitening treatment would.)

When all else fails, ask your hygienist if you’re using the best toothpaste! Most people are fine with what they’re using, but others may need just another bit of help from a specialist toothpaste blend.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental

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Mar
11

What Is A Full Mouth Restoration?

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A full mouth restoration is a series of several cosmetic dental procedures, which restore a patient’s overall dental health, as well as the appearance of their smiles.  In some cases the full mouth reconstruction will also correct a number of functional problems, which impacts the patient’s ability to speak clearly and chew their food properly.  In most cases the restoration takes place over a series of dental visits depending upon the amount of work required.

The first step in a full mouth restoration is for the dentist to perform a full dental exam, including dental x-rays to determine the work that is required.  Next, the dentist will outline a comprehensive treatment plan and “phase” the treatments as required.  In most cases, the dentist will perform the procedures to correct the problems, which are impacting the patient’s dental and overall health first, followed by the more cosmetic procedures.

Examples of the initial procedures would include filling of cavities, treatment of periodontal disease, root canals and crowns and in some instances, extractions.  Cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, crowns, dental bridges, dental implants and veneers.  In many cases it is possible for the dentist to perform multiple procedures in a single visit, depending upon the procedure and the ability of the patient to tolerate multiple procedures.  Often dentists will recommend sedation if multiple procedures are to take place, as it keeps the patient calm, relaxed and comfortable for longer periods of time.

While a full mouth restoration may take months to complete, the patient will see immediate improvement to their dental and overall health and will be amazed how quickly their smile is transformed!

Posted on behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid

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Mar
10

What Your Smile Says About Your Health

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Your eyes may be the mirrors of your soul, but your mouth is a genuine reflection of your overall health.  Through regular dental check-ups, dentists may be able to ward off oral health problems that can possibly lead to other health problems. They also might be able to detect signs of other health problems that manifest in the oral cavity.

Research has shown links between oral health and the following major health issues:

Heart Disease 

The type of plaque found on your teeth has the same chemical make-up the as the plaque that builds up inside your arteries leading to cardiovascular disease. In fact, studies have concluded that those who have periodontal, or gum disease, as a result of plaque buildup have twice the risk of heart disease than those without. It is not clear, however, if periodontal disease is a direct cause of heart disease.

Diabetes 

Diabetes is a condition caused by the body’s inability to regulate glucose levels in the blood. Unfortunately, if your diabetes is not under control, it can lead to all sorts of other health complications, including oral health issues. Unchecked levels of glucose in the blood can lead to high levels in the saliva, which means a higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease and fungal infection.

Cancer 

As part of your regular check-ups, your dentist should be screening you for oral cancer. Obvious signs include redness, bleeding, swelling and lesions in the oral cavity. Many dentists also screen for thyroid, jaw bone and even skin cancer.

Other Concerns 

If you’ve been diagnosed with a disease or if you’re pregnant, you should inform your dentist so that he or she can modify your dental care as it relates to that condition. Oftentimes, your body’s immune system is compromised because of the disease or because of medications you take to treat it, which could lead to oral health issues.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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Dec
29

When Should You Start Caring For Your Child’s Teeth?

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Parents often put their children’s oral health before their own, frequently getting necessary dental care completed while the parent’s teeth aren’t as much of a priority. Many parents aren’t sure when to start getting care for their child, or when to implement which type of oral hygiene practices. The truth is, it’s never too early to start taking care of your child’s teeth.

Care Starts Before Your Child is Born

Pregnant women need to take care of their oral health to prevent bacteria from being transferred to the fetus or their newborn baby. Women that chew gum with xylitol in it are more likely to have decreased plaque levels, and give birth to babies that have healthier teeth throughout their childhood.  

Begin Before Your Child Even Has Teeth

Start cleaning your baby’s mouth with a damp washcloth to prevent infections like thrush, and get them used to having something in their mouth. It will also help relieve soreness during teething. As teeth begin to erupt, switch to a soft baby toothbrush and clean the teeth twice each day with tap water.  Schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist within 6 months of the first tooth erupting.

Help Your Child With Their Oral Care, Even if They’re Independent

We love to see our children do things on their own, but good dexterity that allows thorough plaque removal may not develop until they are closer to 10 years of age. Children should have an adult brush their teeth at least once a day for them until they are able to tie their own shoes. They can brush their teeth the other times that day, which encourages independence, practice, but also allows the parent a chance to clean their teeth. 

Encourage Them to Drink Water

Tap water has monitored levels of fluoride, which promotes healthy enamel development, discourages decay, and keeps the mouth clean throughout the day.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care

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Sep
25

Ways to Improve Your Smile At Home

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While many people associate methods of improving their smiles with metal braces and unsightly headgear, there are five simple methods you can do at home starting today to bring forth your best smile.

Brush your teeth. Dentists recommend that everyone should brush his/her teeth at least twice a day. For extra care, it is recommended that brushing should be done after every meal. Taking care of removing food from the crevices of your teeth goes a long way in preventing tooth decay.

Floss your teeth. Most dentists agree that flossing is even more important than brushing. What?!? Yes, flossing is what removes the build up of damaging plaque from your tooth and gum line. Plaque build up is what ultimately leads to most dental diseases. While flossing is a habit that must be established, it is one of the most beneficial habits a person can have. Don’t get lazy. While flossing may take more effort than brushing, the positive effects are astonishing. (Not to mention it will make your next  trip to your Canton dentists for a dental cleaning easier than ever!)

Use whitening strips. Whitening strips are very effective at removing surface stains from your teeth. Since they are available over the counter, anyone can use them. Put them on after your morning brushing, wear them in to your way to work, and remove them once you arrive. Whitening strips will go far to make your pearly whites sparkle.

Do not smoke. Smoking can not only cause oral cancer, but smoking also stains your teeth severely. From a dark yellow hue to brown spots on the inside and outside of your teeth, smoking will interfere with a bright smile. Smoking is also a leading cause of tooth loss, and a smile is not complete when holes are present. Make the decision today for your smile and your overall health to kick the habit.

Cut out sugar. Sugar acts like an acid dissolving the enamel on teeth. The naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth use sugar to multiply themselves, thus covering the teeth. Over time this bacteria will turn into damaging plaque that eats away at the enamel of your teeth. By cutting out excess sugar from your diet, your entire health will benefit.

It is entirely realistic to improve your smile at home without any extra cost. These five steps are simple and will benefit your smile for years to come. Start today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry

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