What is Cosmetic Dentistry? Cosmetic dentistry includes several dental treatments; the aim of each of these treatments is to enhance the beauty of your smile. Through this type of dental cosmetic work, we can help you achieve a more beautiful, inviting smile that boosts your self-esteem and allows you to smile with confidence. We may suggest cosmetic dental treatments for any of our patients who would like to improve the beauty of their smile. This might be the solution you need if your smile is flawed by imperfections such as: Cosmetic Dentistry Can Fix Common Smile Flaws Cracked, chipped, fractured, or [...]
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Dental Insurance Benefits 2018 will soon be coming to a close, and so will your dental benefits. These benefits, as well as healthcare flexible spending accounts, may expire at the end of December. In order to fully utilize your 2018 insurance benefits, we urge you to schedule your cleaning, exam and any other dental procedures as soon as possible. Unlike medical insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts and most dental insurance plans do not roll over to the following year. As such, any unused benefits dollars for 2018 will be lost. Regular Dental Cleanings We know how busy families are today, but [...]
When is the best time to floss? Flossing is a crucial part of oral health and should be done daily to help prevent cavities and gum disease. But when is the best time? Should you floss before or after you brush your teeth? As long as you floss daily and do a thorough job, it doesn't matter when you floss. For example, you might prefer to carry floss in your purse or briefcase so you can floss after lunch. Others may want to floss before bed so they go to sleep with a fresh, clean mouth. Don't forget the kids - [...]
How to care for your Dental Crown Your new crown is a serious investment in restoring the damaged enamel of a tooth and restoring the full function and appearance of your mouth. Even though common crown materials like gold, base metals and porcelain are not subject to tooth decay, they will still require daily, routine care. Without regular cleaning the bacteria from food particles and plaque in your mouth can harden into tartar at the gum line. Tartar at the gum line is the primary cause of gum disease which can have an effect on the abutment anchoring your crown. Gum [...]
How To Prevent Calcium Buildup On Teeth Calcium buildup can be irritating. "These deposits can often be prevented by regular brushing, but you'll need the help of your dentist or dental hygienist to remove them once they decide to stick around." How tartar forms - Calcium buildup is often referred to as tartar, and it forms when the bacterial film on the teeth picks up calcium and other elements then starts to harden. While tartar can develop anywhere on the teeth, it can be troublesome between the teeth, as many people don't floss as they should. Removing Calcium Buildup - Tartar [...]
What Causes Swollen Gums? Your gums are an important part of your oral health, but sometimes they can become swollen for various reasons. Here are a few common causes: >< Gingivitis - This is the early stage of gum disease and the most common cause of swollen gums. Luckily, if addressed early, it can be reversed before you experience more severe stages of gum disease. >< Pregnancy - "The rush of hormones your body produces during pregnancy may increase the blood flow in your gums." >< Malnutrition - If your body is deficient in vitamins B or C, gum swelling can [...]
Daily Ways to Protect Your Teeth! It's nice to have a smile with pretty white teeth, but it does take some daily effort. Brush two times a day for two minutes Brush your teeth and tongue with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove any bacteria and plaque build-up before it hardens and becomes tartar. Don't over-brush - Brushing too much more than this can begin to wear down the enamel. Make sure you floss every day - Flossing helps get rid of particles your toothbrush isn't able to reach. Brush & floss in any order - A common question is which should [...]
What Does Soda Do to Your Teeth? Do you enjoy drinking soda? While it may be tasty, these sugary drinks can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and tooth decay. The sugar in soda interacts with the bacteria in your mouth and forms acid which then attacks your teeth. "Both regular and sugar-free sodas also contain their own acids, and these attack the teeth too." Each drink you take begins a harmful reaction that lasts about 20 minutes, and consistent soda consumption puts your teeth under constant attack. Two main effects: Erosion - This happens when the acids in [...]
Why Are My Teeth Sensitive to Cold? Teeth sensitivity to cold can be painful, and about 40 million adults in the U.S. deal with it. Causes: Forceful brushing - Brushing too hard can wear down the enamel on your teeth and expose the dentin layer which is where the nerve endings are located. Acidic foods - Foods such as lemons, oranges, grapefruit, and kiwi can also wear down the enamel and cause you to feel more sensitivity. Tooth-whitening toothpaste - Certain chemicals can cause sensitivity, so consider talking to your dentist about the best whitening options for you. Gum disease - [...]
Oral Conditions That May Cause Sore Gums Do you have sore gums? There are numerous possible causes, but here are a few: Gingivitis - Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease that causes inflammation, redness, and irritation. It can also make your gums tear and bleed easier, which can cause pain. Thrush - This is a fungal infection in the mouth that's often identified by white spots on the tongue or cheeks. They can also spread to your gums and cause irritation. Periodontitis - This is a more severe form of gum disease caused by plaque that attacks the tissue [...]