5 Ways To Get That Beautiful Smile You Deserve

Stop feeling embarrassed by your smile! Cosmetic dentistry can help.

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Embarrassed By Your Smile?

Don’t like your smile? Fortunately, there are a ton of ways to change your smile and feel more confident in your everyday life! Here is a list of options to get that beautiful smile you have always wanted.

  1. Teeth Cleaning & Whitening

Ok, so this one is the most basic of procedures. If your teeth themselves are in great shape, just a little yellow, try whitening them for an instant improvement. You will pass that tissue test for sure!

  1. Inlays & Onlays

Are there areas of your teeth that are chipped or decaying? Inlays and onlays are made from a composite resin and can be placed over mild to moderate tooth decay. If the cusp of your tooth is in good shape, then an inlay may be the best choice. If a big part of your tooth or the cusp is damaged then an onlay will be put onto your entire tooth surface. These handy procedures will help strengthen, restore their shape, and prevent your teeth from more decay.

  1. Composite Bonding

This procedure is similar to a filling. If you have a decaying part of a tooth, the dentist will remove and place the composite in the hollowed space. It will then be sculpted and cured. The composite will match the color of your tooth enamel and virtually erase the evidence of your rotten tooth.

  1. Dental Veneers

Maybe you wish that you just had a new set of teeth… well dental veneers may be a solution for you. Without taking out your natural teeth, a tooth veneer can be placed over top masking what is underneath. Veneers are made from medical-grade ceramic and are custom-made tooth by tooth. They can be used to cover discolorations, cracked enamel, crooked teeth, and remove gaps in your teeth.

  1. Implants

Not your typical implants! Dental implants are usually used to replace a missing tooth. Implants are a permanent tooth replacement that can’t decay or suffer from other ailments such as gum disease. A crown is placed over the implant to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile. Implants are also great for people considering dentures. In some people dentures can cause certain issues, and implants bypass all of that by being placed like a natural tooth. You can eat whatever you want without worry, can you say FREEDOM?!

Sure cosmetic dentistry may not be seen as life or death, but it can do wonders for your confidence. Talk to our dentists about the options you may have to dramatically improve your smile.

What Can You Do With An Old Toothbrush?

What to do with your toothbrush after you retire it:  Creative ways to use a toothbrush

denHave you ever wondered if a toothbrush could be used for a purpose other than wiping the grime off your teeth? We use them for a little while and then just toss them in the trash. You might think it is a bit wasteful. Well guess what? We think so too! Here is a list of ways to use your retired toothbrush and get more bang for your buck!

  1. The Scrubber! 

A classic….Think of all those stories of moms punishing their kids by scrubbing the toilet or bathtub with a toothbrush. It may not be fun, but man does it leave your surfaces clean! Use your toothbrush to clean the grout in your tile, get up under the rim of the toilet, or remove mildew around the drain of the tub. It is the small brushes and durability that makes this a great asset for cleaning supplies.

  1. Garlic Grater?

When you grate garlic, it can be a huge pain to clean afterwards. Try dipping the old toothbrush into some baking soda and then scrub the garlic off in a circular motion. The gumminess of the garlic will break down and your grater will be ready to soap up! This can also be used for zesters, strainers, and sifters.

  1. Splinter Extractor

This one is pretty cool. Run your old toothbrush under warm water and put a drop of dish soap on the bristles. Gently rub in a circular motion over the pesky splinter and it will gradually bring it to the surface. This one isn’t for used brushes. Be sure to use a clean toothbrush to avoid infections.

  1. Dirty Shoes

Did you step in mud, or maybe a pile of your dog’s waste in the backyard? Don’t waste your time waiting for the mud to dry in the sun or running the hot bath water over them. Instead use your old toothbrush to clean all the nooks and crannies in the tread of your shoes. The bottoms of your shoes will be squeaky clean by the time you’re done!

  1. Dirty Fingernails…

If you find yourself with dirty fingernails and no normal nail scrubber in sight, try a toothbrush. These work just as well if not better at removing dirt and grime under your nails, leaving you clean and free of disgusting germs!

  1. Bike Chains

Do you love riding your bike? Maybe you don’t get to do it too often, but decide to pull it out of the cobwebs. Bike chains tend to collect grease, dust, and other gunk in all the little links that it is made out of. Spray that chain with a little WD-40 or brake cleaner and scrub away with your toothbrush. Just like that brush gets into all the corners of your mouth, it’ll do the same for your bike chain. You’ll be back on the open road in no time!

  1. Bling

And finally… with a slightly damp soft toothbrush, you can polish and clean your beautiful jewelry with ease. Just remember, use gently so you don’t damage your pretties!

The Interesting Connection Between Oral Health & Your Overall Health

Finding Balance in Our Busy Lives Can Help Dental Health

We know, you are busy. Like, really busy! However, that doesn’t mean that you should just ignore yourself. Research suggests our overall health and dental health are linked, which means that balance in life could help not only your stress levels, but those pearly whites too!

In between your visits to the dentist, there are other daily routines that put us on the path to great health and better balance in life.  Here are just a few!

Stress

Did you know that stress can actually damage your teeth? Well, it can! When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol. Cortisol suppresses your immune system. That is why when you are really stressed out, you often get sick. Talk about insult to injury. When your immune system isn’t working well your system is unable to kill the bacteria in your mouth. This causes plaque to build up and eat away at the enamel of your teeth. It is believed that this can lead to periodontal and cardiovascular disease. I think that is a good enough reason to schedule that spa day, don’t you?

Smoking

We talk about this one a lot. Smoking and chewing tobacco causes harm to your body and your dental health. Here are just a few of the health problems associated with smoking.

Body

  • Cancers including lung, pancreatic, cervical, kidney, liver, mouth, lip, throat, bladder, stomach, & leukemia to name a few.
  • Respiratory problems including Emphysema & Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
  • Circulatory problems including Coronary Heart disease & stroke.
  • Hormonal disorders including Diabetes.
  • Digestive issues including ulcers.

Mouth

  • Increased risk of plaque buildup and periodontal disease.
  • Bad breath (halitosis), yellow/brown teeth & cavities.
  • Delayed healing from dental procedures or mouth injuries.

Smoking just isn’t a good idea. If you need help quitting, check out www.Quit.com for advice and resources.

Hygiene  

We aren’t just talking about dental hygiene, although that’s important too! When you do not practice proper personal hygiene your skin is prone to infections and inflammation. This weakens your immune system and could lead to serious complications. Your skin is the biggest organ in your body and is just as important as the others. Chances are, if you are not showering you probably aren’t brushing your teeth either. Take care of the body you are in and practice proper dental and personal hygiene.

 

Fear  

Maybe you figure that if you brush your teeth regularly you shouldn’t need to visit the dentist. Is fear holding you back? Our minds have so much control over our actions. A lot of people hate going to the dentist, but it is crucial to your dental health. Dentists care for you in many ways including helping you find cavities before they become a big issue. Research and find a dentist you trust. Be open with your dentist about your fears and create a plan together.

Your body is connected in more ways than you may think! Take great care of your whole self and your mouth will thank you too!

 

10 Wacky Facts About Teeth

Bet you didn’t know some of these!

Teeth might not seem too interesting, but there’s more to them than you may think! There are some pretty wacky facts out there about teeth. Here are 10 of our favorites!

 

  • Tooth Tattoos

 

How awesome is that? You can now get a picture or words tattooed onto your tooth in the dentist office. Some of these tattoos even help fight bacteria!

 

  • Norwegian tooth bank?

 

The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) in Norway is collecting children’s baby teeth for scientific study. They are using these teeth to check for pollutants in the child’s body and using the results to figure out how environmental pollutants affect mothers and their children.

 

  • Cloning John Lennon

 

Canadian dentist Michael Zuk is the proud owner of one of John Lennon’s molars. Lennon gave his molar to his housekeeper as a souvenir for her daughter. Zuk bought it in 2011 for $30,000 and is working with scientists to clone the rock and roll legend. He plans to have Lennon cloned by 2040.

 

  • The boy with 232 teeth

 

17-year-old Ashik Gavai thought he had mouth cancer. When the surgeons opened up his swollen jaw, they were shocked to find hundreds of little teeth! The condition is called Odontoma, and Ashik had it bad. 232 teeth later, he now holds a Guinness world record for most teeth removed!

 

  • Toothy nosebleed?

 

An unnamed 22-year-old man was constantly having nosebleeds. When he went to his doctor to check it out, they found a tooth growing into his nose! There was even a 13-year-old boy in 1978 named Doug Pritchard who discovered a tooth growing in his foot! Between 0.15% and 3.9% of people in the world have spare teeth, and they don’t just grow in your head.

 

  • Toilet Toothbrush

 

Did you know that your toothbrush is probably dirtier than your toilet bowl? When you flush the toilet, waste particles are blasted into the air and can land on your toothbrush. So gross! Try putting the lid down before flushing and disinfect your brush with hydrogen peroxide regularly.

 

  • Love Your Teeth Day

 

Ok, so there are lots of wacky holidays out there, but we really like this one! In China, September 20th is national Love Your Teeth Day and helps get people excited to visit their dentist. We think we should start this in the U.S., what do you think?

 

  • Mountain Dew Mouth

 

Sorry Dew lovers, but you might want to think before you drink that sugary beverage again. In the Appalachian region many people are of low-income and Mountain Dew has become the unofficial drink of choice. So much so that it is common for this community to have severely rotten teeth, coined Mountain Dew Mouth.

 

  • Beeswax Fillings

 

The Neolithic humans used beeswax to fill their cavities. This was discovered from a 6500-year-old mandible found in Slovenia. It’s natural right?!

 

  • Ashy Toothpaste

 

Before minty fresh breath, we had ash breath! Some of the first toothpaste was made from ash, charcoal, or tobacco. Urine was even used as a teeth-whitening mouthwash… Thank goodness we have Crest and Colgate right?

 

The Effects of Sugar on the Body & Dental Health

Many of us likely suffer from a condition we call “The Sweet Tooth”. It can be a hard and difficult condition to live with, leaving you craving anything sugary in sight. You probably indulge in these delicious treats more than you would like to admit, and we don’t blame you! Sugar is sweet and satisfying in the moment, but don’t be a victim of its charms. Here’s just a few reasons why you should consider putting down the donuts and Snickers bar the next time you begin feeling impulsive.

Weight Management

Okay, so I’m sure this is probably the first one that you thought of when I mentioned the negatives to sugar. Yes, refined and other sugars can lead to weight gain. If you are like me you may have wished once (or a gazillion times) that your super power would be to eat whatever you want without ever gaining a pound. I am so there with you! However, that just isn’t true for most people. Sugar causes your body to produce more insulin. Insulin helps sugar absorb into the cells in your body. This sugar is then stored away as “fuel” for when your body needs more energy. If you are not working off the same amount of energy as you are storing, then you end up building up fat throughout your entire body. I know it isn’t a great fact, but it’s a fact nonetheless and we can’t ignore it.

Dental Health

And now we are back to the “Sweet Tooth”, but we aren’t just talking about the cravings this time. When you were little you were probably told that if you eat all that candy your teeth will fall out of your head. There is some truth to that! We all have bacteria in our mouths even if we brush our teeth often (Gross!). A lot of types of bacteria in your mouth feed off of sugar. The bacteria then breaks down the sugar, creating acid. The acid sits on your teeth and eats away at your enamel until you brush your teeth again. Even if you brush morning and evening all the other hours in between brushings can be harmful when you are eating sugar on a regular basis. Once your enamel is damaged, the bacteria can then have a free for all and create cavities.

Acne

Finally, just a quick final nail in the sweet tooth coffin… Acne. Yes, sugar makes you break out! Sugar affects your hormones by releasing more insulin. The side effect of that is increased sebum in your pores. Sebum is an oily waxy substance that is secreted through your skin. Again, so gross and I’m sure not the look you’re going for.

I know sugary treats are so tasty and hard to resist. However, it is best to actually eat them as a TREAT, not a regular staple in your diet. Indulging our sweet tooth doesn’t always have to be a bad thing, but remember to do so in healthy moderation. Your body and your teeth will thank you for it!

When should my child start going to the dentist?

Dental health guidelines for parents of young children

When you have kids it feels like you constantly have to keep up with their always-changing bodies. Checkups at the doctors, vaccinations, discovering food allergies, vision care, and so much more. We’re never bored! Something some parents overlook though is taking their youngest children to the dentist. Their baby teeth are just going to fall out anyways, why do they have to go before their permanent teeth come in? Well there are many considerations, and very important reasons, to take them sooner, not later. Check out our list below to see why they should start going sooner than you think.

When?

According to the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry), kids should start going when their first baby tooth shows up. That usually starts happening at 6 months old. You can safely have your first visit within 6 months of that first tooth, but it is not recommended to wait any longer.

Why?

Well, there are lots of reasons. First, just because they are not permanent teeth, doesn’t mean they aren’t important. Their baby teeth are place holders for their grown up teeth and need to be healthy too. If the baby tooth is allowed to grow in whatever direction it chooses or forms a cavity this can compromise the future health and placement of the grown up tooth.

What?

What kind of issues can be prevented by taking your kiddo to the dentist early? Many, let us list the ways…

  • Prevent tooth decay.
  • Discover any possible mouth or tooth abnormalities. These can include missing or crooked teeth and pallet problems.
  • Maintain good oral health.
  • Prevent plaque from building up.
  • Warn you of other health issues. Their mouth can show early signs of other health problems throughout their little bodies.
  • Comfortability. The earlier kids go to the dentist, the less scary it is later.
  • Education. Sometimes learning how to care for their teeth from someone other than mom and dad helps kids take brushing and flossing more seriously.
  • Encourage a lifelong practice of caring for their teeth.

Who?

What kind of dentist should you take your kids to? You can take them to your dentist if your dentist offers family or pediatric dentistry and you have a good feel about their quality of care. Often the best option is to seek out a pediatric dental office. The biggest reason for this is because these offices are usually kid friendly and super fun! The staff is also used to working with little kids and can get them excited about their teeth. Some offices even have TV, books, and video games to keep your kiddo entertained and comfortable. Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be miserable and scary, it can be a lot of fun for your child!

We know that adding yet another thing to your list can be frustrating. The good news is that taking your child to the dentist only needs to happen twice a year, maybe annually if your dentist approves. That is a small commitment of your time to start a lifetime of healthy teeth for your little one. You’ve got this!

Fashion Trends For Teeth That Should Remain In The Past

Fashion trends have always been a top priority for those that follow pop culture. The popular trends of the 80s and 90s are coming back and not all are winners! Some of these recent comebacks include chokers, mom jeans, overalls, and even fanny packs. But it isn’t all about the clothes… another comeback from the 80s hip hop scene – dental bling.

Grillz

One of the more recognized dental accessories, grillz can be permanently fixed on your teeth or installed as a denture like mold that you slip on when you feel like it. All forms of grillz are harmful to your teeth. Here’s just a few reasons to avoid them:

  • Metals used are often gold, rose gold, platinum, or silver. These metals can be toxic to your body and eat away at the enamel on your teeth.
  • Gems are usually used to decorate the metal. It’s a great place for bacteria to grow. Gross!
  • Denture grillz generally won’t fit properly to your teeth. This messes with your alignment and can cause pain.
  • Discoloration – metal grillz or even other cheaper materials can cause your teeth to become a dingy dirty color. So much for pearly whites!
  • Expensive!!! Permanent grillz need to be custom made and will cost you thousands of dollars. Even the replaceable ones can be expensive.

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Why You Should Care About Oral Cancer

Each day thousands of people are diagnosed with different types of cancers. We all know families who have been affected by cancer.  These cancers range from breast to lung to skin cancer. These awful diseases have developed in just about every aspect of the human body.

One in particular that is not as well known, but equally dangerous, is oral cancer. It is estimated that almost 42,000 Americans are diagnosed each year from oral and throat cancers. The prediction is that in 2017 it will increase to just shy of 50,000 according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. The 5 year survival rate of these patients is only about 64%. With oral cancer on the rise, it is important to educate yourself in the risks and warning signs to protect yourself.

Early Warning Signs

Discovering oral and throat cancer early on increases your chances of survival significantly. There are several warning signs you can be on the lookout for. Here are just a few for you to keep in mind:

  • Red or white patches on the gum line, cheek, or soft palate
  • Irritation or sores that will not dissipate
  • Pain or numbness in your mouth or lips
  • A shift in the way your bite feels
  • Difficulty chewing, moving your jaw or tongue, speaking, or swallowing
  • A lump or erosion of an area in your mouth

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Confused By Dental Insurance?  Here are the basics:

A Few Simple Tips Can & A Complimentary Dental Benefits Analysis Can Help You Maximize 2017!

Welcome to a new year, and with that you might have new dental benefits.  While not the most fun topic to cover, it’s one that often causes a lot of stress for patients in and out of the office.

Know What You’ve Got

The first thing you need to know is what you have and what you don’t have.  The last decade has seen some major shifts in employee coverage and plans change from year to year.  You may forget if you still have dental coverage and who it’s through.  So, a handy place to start is to find out IF you have dental insurance, and who through.

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Building Great Dental Habits for 2017!

New year, new you, right?

It’s that time of year when we all create well-intentioned goals, and by now we’ve all slipped a few times. But, we’ve got a few ideas on some goals that never get old, and ones hat really aren’t that hard to implement. We’re talking about our oral health.

Keeping those pearly whites, white and pearly, and well…healthy isn’t a hard task, but it’s one that makes a big difference.  Recent studies suggest that our oral health is directly linked to other areas of our bodies. Problems such as gum disease, bone loss, even heart disease and strokes can be connected to poor oral hygiene. Yikes!

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