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August 31, 2010 at 2:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What Exactly Is A Dental Implant?

August 27, 2010 at 9:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I often get questions from patients about dental implants. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that provide foundations into which removable or permanent teeth may be inserted. Tooth decay, gum disease, and injuries are some of the primary reasons one might need dental implants. They help ease the suffering by literally “filling in the gaps.” In addition to helping with speech and chewing deficiencies caused by missing teeth, dental implants improve appearance, comfort, and self-esteem.

Dental implants are not to be confused with the actual replacement teeth. Rather, they are posts inserted into the jawbone. The dental implant process begins with a consultation. Then, the implant is placed into the bone where the missing tooth was. Local anesthesia may be used during the procedure, although some say getting an implant is not as painful as it seems. It can take 6 to 12 weeks for the bone and gums to heal after the implants are in.

Candidates for dental implants must be healthy enough for a routine dental extraction or oral surgery. They must also have healthy enough gums and strong enough of a jawbone to support the implants. Heavy smokers or those suffering from diabetes or heart disease should seek additional evaluations before considering the implants. I hope this information clears up any questions about dental implants. For more on this subject matter check out this website:
http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-implants

More On The Subject Of Teeth Whitening…

August 25, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I want to share more information with you on the subject of teeth whitening.  We offer in office whitening that is very cost efficient and convenient.  We use a 35% hydrogen peroxide formula to give our patients quick and efficient results without excessive time wasted chairside.  The entire process is 30 minutes, this can be done on your lunch hour.

Even the patient with the most sensitive teeth and gums will be comfortable with our new in office whitening system.

Call us at 407-696-6900 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Below I have a list of common questions about teeth whitening, I hope these help answers your questions about whitening:

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?
Most people are eligible for teeth whitening. However, teeth that have crowns, veneers, or fillings will not whiten. However, these restorations can be replaced to match the whitened teeth for a more youthful and dazzling smile. Also, people that have abnormally sensitive teeth need to be aware that teeth whitening may exacerbate this condition.

Will my teeth become sensitive after whitening?
This will vary from person to person. Most people will have no issues at all. However, in those individuals where sensitivity is an issue, we recommend using a fluoride rinse and toothpaste during and after the whitening process to eliminate the potential for sensitivity. Additionally, we suggest that individuals who are prone to tooth sensitivity not whiten their teeth daily. Instead we recommend that sensitive individuals limit their whitening to once every two to three days.

Will whitening hurt or weaken my teeth?
There has been no evidence that whitening compromises the enamel or leads to an increase of cavities.

Can I whiten my teeth if I am pregnant or nursing?
There is no evidence to suggest that whitening will pose a significant risk to you or your baby. However, there is not enough data to say its safe either. Just to be on the safe side we strongly recommend that women wait until their pregnancy is over and they are done nursing to whiten their teeth.

How do I get started with the whitening process?
Our office offers two ways to whiten teeth. First, is through the use of the tray system. A mold or impression is made of your teeth and a custom tray is made from that mold to fit your teeth precisely. At home a solution is placed into the tray and left on for a short period of time. The process is repeated daily until the desired whitening has been achieved or for up to 2 weeks, whichever comes first. This process will whiten all of the teeth in the mouth. Second, we offer the Professional Supreme Crest White Strips. This is the professional kit only available through dental offices and is not the same as the Crest White Strips sold in stores. This method uses thin strips which are placed for 30 minutes twice a day over the teeth. Depending on the size of your teeth, the strips cover about 6-8 teeth.  This method is ideal if you have a strong gag reflex (as impressions are not needed and you do not have to wear trays) or are only interested in whitening your front teeth.

Is whitening expensive?
No. Our office has made it affordable so all of our patients can have the white smile they desire. The tray system is only $199 and includes the upper and lower trays and the whitening solution. And now with our “Whitening for Life” program, having a dazzling smile is even more affordable. Please call us at (407) 696-6700 for more details.

Why do teeth get dark in the first place?
Diet, age, smoking, medications and illnesses (during pregnancy and childhood development when teeth are still forming), and skin tone all play a role.

Will my white teeth help me get a job, promotion, or find that special someone?
Well… everyone is attracted to a nice warm smile, so quite possibly it could. It certainly won’t hurt your chances.

How long does the whitening last?
This depends on your lifestyle and what you eat and drink. Typically, every 6 months is a good time frame for a touch up. However some patient find that touching up their whitening once a year is sufficient as well. Touch up kits are available at our office for a small fee.

The Benefits of Flossing

August 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Many people hate to floss, complaints include: no time to floss and it can hurt. By flossing regularly you remove bacteria, prevent gum disease and loss of teeth. Check out this link for more on teeth flossing:
http://health.msn.com/health-topics/oral-care/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100140935

Did You Know Eating Disorders Can Affect Your Oral Health?

August 18, 2010 at 3:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I found an interesting article on eating disorders and the effects on your oral health. Depending on the damage to a person’s teeth more extensive repair may be needed. Check out this article for more information: http://www.dentistry.com/daily-dental-care/overall-health/eating-disorders-affect-oral-health

Nutrition and Bleeding Gums

August 13, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As the start of school is around the corner and you start thinking about packing your child’s lunch box you may want to think about what you’re putting in the lunch box.  There is a significant link between nutrition and bleeding gums.  Research has found that 90 percent of Americans will experience some form of gum disease during their lifetime, with 25 percent losing some or all of their teeth by the age of 60.  For more information on how nutrition can affect gum disease check out this interesting article:

http://diet.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Nutrition_and_Bleeding_Gums

Hopefully this helps all those who are packing their child’s lunch during this coming school year.

Oral Complications of Chemotherapy

August 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I found an interesting article discussing chemotherapy and the effects of oral care. Many people are not aware that it is not uncommon for oncology patients to be told specifically to not use toothbrushes and dental floss when blood platelet counts drop below a certain level. If one goes too long however without brushing or flossing then there can be additional oral complications. Maintaining good oral health is key. A person who has cancer and has had very good pre-cancer oral care generally will experience better oral health during chemotherapy. I found this article on WebMd for more information check it out: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/tc/ncicdr0000062870-hemorrhage

I Find These Oral Cancer Stats Astounding!

August 6, 2010 at 11:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

With the latest in oral cancer screening there is still projected to be over 8,000 deaths this year caused by oral cancer.  It’s amazing to me the number of people who do not follow through with oral cancer screening.  The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers we routinely hear about such as cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, laryngeal cancer and endocrine system cancers including thyroid and skin cancers.  Many dentists are finding late stage diagnosis is occurring because there is a lack of public awareness.  I encourage all of my patients to take a look at their oral care and talk with our hygienist during their routine visit.  If you notice any changes in your oral health I recommend you contact our office immediately so we can help assess the changes you are experiencing.  If you smoke I strongly suggest you consider early oral cancer screening as studies indicate there is a definitive link between the use of tobacco products and the development of oral cancer.  For more facts on oral cancer check out this link:

http://oralcancerfoundation.org/facts/index.htm

I hope this information will help you or somebody you know.

Foods To Avoid For Better Oral Health

August 3, 2010 at 9:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For many, it’s not a mystery that things like coffee and nicotine are bound to stain your teeth and ruin that bright white smile. Making the changes necessary to improve your oral appearance and health can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Giving up the foods, beverages and habits that hurt and stain our teeth the most will benefit us now and for years to come. Here are a few common dental culprits with suggested alternatives for cleaner, healthier teeth.

Bad: Black Coffee.

Better: Water, Milk, Light-Colored Herbal Tea.

A regular consumption of coffee is murder on your teeth. (And the caffeine content isn’t so charming to rest of your body either.) Many people are unwilling to give up their morning cups, and that’s their decision to make. But, if dental health were actually factored in, Starbucks would likely be in trouble.

Bad: Black Tea.

Better: Water, Light-Colored Herbal Tea.

In a quick move away from coffee, some automatically think of tea as an optimal alternative. But, if you’re subbing in black tea for black coffee, you haven’t improved much. Staying away from these hot, dark drinks will prevent your teeth from experiencing the discoloring and sensitivity pains they might otherwise undergo.

Bad: Dark Sodas.

Better: Water, Light-Colored Sodas.

Sugar isn’t great for your teeth anyway, let alone when it’s mixed in a dark cola. Avoiding dark-colored carbonated beverages will help your teeth from not darkening, and entirely avoiding those sugary liquids will help your whole body.

Bad: Dark Fruit Juices.

Better: Light-Colored Fruit Juices, Water.

Up until now, we’ve covered items that probably aren’t doing a whole lot of good in general. But, fruit juice definitely can have its place in our diets on occasion. The trick here is to either limit your intake of dark juices, like cranberry and grape, or simply rinse well with water immediately after consuming them.

Bad: Blueberries, Blackberries, Cherries.

Better: Apples, Oranges.

Highly-pigmented fruits can also stain teeth. Sticking to more neutral alternatives can help prevent your teeth from staining, but even just limiting your dark fruit consumption to when you can brush afterwards will help.

Bad: Red Wine, Beer & Other Dark Alcoholic Beverages.

Better: Light-Colored Punches & Drinks.

For many, giving up alcohol is easier said than done. However, drinking dark-colored alcohol does a great deal of damage to the coloring of your teeth and the health of your body. Sticking to drinking light-colored beverages, particularly the kind that don’t legally prevent you from driving, will help your mind and body–saving your pearly whites is just an added bonus.

Bad: Nicotine.

Better: Light-Colored Gum.

And while we’re on bad habits that aren’t doing your health any favors, nicotine has dastardly effects on teeth and the body alike. Getting nicotine from non-oral sources will help your teeth, and giving it up altogether will help everything including your health and pocketbook.

I hope these tips help as you work towards better oral health.

What’s The Difference In Teeth Whitening Toothpaste, Rinses, Gels, and What A Dental Office Provides For Teeth Whitening?

July 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

During the month of July I received many inquiries about our teeth whitening products so I thought I would write more in my blog about teeth whitening.  I also featured teeth whitening in my e-mail newsletter this week.  There really are many opportunities for whitening between toothpastes, over the counter gels, rinses, strips and whitening agents obtained through my dental office.

Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy teeth and gums.  Patients with yellow tones to their teeth will have the best response.  Be advised though that the whitening procedure is not recommended for everyone.

I’ve had many patients ask if just using the whitening toothpaste found in the grocery store will be enough to whiten their teeth.  To be honest the whitening toothpaste is good for removing surface stains as they contain mild abrasives.  Whitening toothpastes do not contain bleach so they can really only whiten your teeth color by about one shade compared to a professional whitening product that contains carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide that actively helps lighten the color deep inside a tooth.  When you compare tooth whitening toothpaste with the whitening products in our dental office the difference is how many shades lighter can either option whiten your teeth.  The whitening toothpaste just one shade versus several shades whiter with the whitening products sold in my dental office.

A newer product on the market are whitening rinses.  These are like most mouthwash rinses where you swish it around in your mouth for roughly 60 seconds twice a day.  These rinses do act like most mouthwashes where they freshen your breath, help reduce dental plaque and gum disease.  The difference between a whitening rinse and true mouthwash is that the whitening rinse does contain the hydrogen peroxide needed for teeth whitening to take place.  The downside of these whitening rinses is that it may take up to 12 weeks to see whitening results.  Another downside to these whitening rinses is the effectiveness.  Because the whitening rinse is only in contact with teeth for just 2 minutes a day compared to say the 30 minutes when using a whitening strip the rinses are less effective.

The whitening strips are effective as I mentioned as they are applied for 30 minutes a day for 14 days.  Initial results are seen in a few days and final results are sustained for roughly 4 months.  Whitening strips are thin, virtually invisible and are coated with a peroxide based whitening gel.  A true whitening gel also produces similar results to the whitening strips.  The difference between the strip and the gel is that the gel is directly applied to the surface of your teeth using a small brush.  You would apply the gel twice a day for 14 days.  These two whitening processes are very similar and both sustain the results for roughly 4 months.

If you are looking for whitening that can be seen most quickly and easily you may want to consider the two types of whitening processes we offer through my dental office.  I went into detail in my last post about the two processes.  One is a take home and the other is applied in my dental office.

Before you do teeth whitening explore the different options available.  Each one is a different price point.  If your career requires you to be speaking in front of large groups or you are a trainer you may want to consider the whitening products we have in our office merely for the more instant whitening effect.

I hope this post as well as my prior post gives additional insight into the whitening opportunities available.  Should you need additional information please don’t hesitate to call our office at 407-696-6700.

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