Your Teeth – More Important To Your Life Than You May Realize

As a dentist, I have devoted a career to helping people HAVE AND KEEP a healthy mouth. This includes having disease-free gum tissues and keeping their natural teeth all their lives. Quite frankly, it’s my goal to help you NOT need me for repairs. However, like other parts of our bodies, things can wear out and accidents can occur.

Your teeth probably get more use than you realize. They bite, chew, help you speak, and even project your personality through your smile. Plus, they keep neighboring teeth in proper position so your bite alignment is in balance. While we are committed to changing the oil and filters in our vehicles on a regular basis, some adults fail to understand the need for regular maintenance and repair of teeth and gums.

People with their natural teeth live, on average, ten years longer than those who are totally edentulous (without natural teeth). They have less gastrointestinal problems, take less medications and are more social. So, when a patient who needs a tooth crowned refuses because it “costs too much” or “my dental insurance won’t cover it,” they put a precious commodity at risk. Once a tooth fractures below the gum line, removal is required.

Recent research of over 15,000 has shown that adults with cardiovascular disease with more teeth and minimal or no bleeding of gums had less risks than those with fewer teeth or periodontal disease. This was shown to be the case even for smokers (current or former) and people under high stress.

If you broke a finger, you surely wouldn’t ask the Doctor to take it off! You would have it repaired because of its importance to your ability to grasp as well as your hand’s appearance. Just because you have four more on your hand, removal wouldn’t be a good reason to lose a finger that can be repaired and continue to be useful.

Each tooth in your mouth plays a part in maintaining a healthy bite and a healthy mouth. Be committed to every tooth! Your heart will thank you for it!

If you’re behind on your dental check-ups and cleanings, call 1-866-9-Smiles for an appointment or for more information. Even if you haven’t seen a dentist in many years, you’ll be treated respectfully with gentle hands. Here, we are a lecture-free zone!

Turning Point Nomination

Turning Point, an organization that provides assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence, is honoring women who make a difference in our community through their contributions.

This year, I am thrilled to be one of nominee finalists for Turning Point’s “Everyday Woman Award.” The winner will be chosen by votes, which can be made at the following through April 30th.

https://www.facebook.com/EverydayWomanAward/app_20678178440

The Everyday Woman Award will be announced on May 15, 2014 during Turning Point’s Spirit of Leadership Awards Luncheon.

The nomination itself is a great honor. I find it has been an immense pleasure to “give back” to our community. Thank you for this recognition!

Spring Is Here! Brighten Your Smile!

Very few of us have perfect teeth. However, an easy way to somewhat conceal those flaws is to have a professional whitening. Whitening also tends to brighten your smile and flatter your entire face.

In our office, we carefully chose Zoom II as our whitening system. Zoom II uses light activation technology, causing a “photo-fenton” reaction of peroxide and iron in the Zoom II gel. The peroxide reacts with the iron, producing stain terminators as the light cyclically renews the iron, significantly enhancing whitening results.

While many people try drug store whiteners, Zoom II provides dramatic whitening in about an hour with long-lasting effects. Drug store types tend to provide minimal whitening that need frequent touch-ups. They often end up spending many dollars for an outcome that Zoom II can provide quickly and affordably.

Start Spring with a bright smile that is beautiful! Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to learn more.

 

 

Cheap And Quick Dental Implant Clinics May Be Risky Investment

Recently, I’ve been seeing ads for ‘clinics’ promoting dental implants. They make the process sound quick, easy and a good deal. However, as a dentist, I understand these ‘quick and cheap’ options can come with risks.

We all want to know that the time and money we invest in anything is a good value. Putting your long-term oral health and well-being in the hands of quickie solutions can have pitfalls.

Since some clinics offer only one particular implant system. Performing them in bulk may allow them to give you a better rate, however, the type of implant placed may not be the best one for your individual needs.

There are many types of implants designed for specific needs, such as those for people who have lost a lot of jaw bone mass or those who want non-removable teeth. The cost for dental implants is such that ‘having it done right the first time’ is not something to be overlooked.

You deserve to know all the options that are appropriate for your individual needs and goals. Having it ‘done right the first time’ is the best way to achieve a lasting, successful outcome. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a free consultation.

What You Eat Affects More Than Your Weight

Your body is a miraculous creation. Even from the moment you put food in your mouth, it begins a process to break the contents down. This first stage of digestion is of tremendous benefit to your body’s ability to absorb protein, vitamins and minerals. However, what takes place in the mouth can also create challenges to the teeth and gums.

In past articles, we’ve explained that an acid attack begins in the mouth each time you eat or drink (other than water). This acid can cause tooth enamel erosion and open the door for oral bacteria accumulation. And, the worst form of acid attacks occur from sugary foods and beverages.

Let’s say you have a candy bar and soda mid-afternoons as a pick-me-up. Because the acid attack will last as long as you’re consuming, if you sip on a soda over the course of an hour, the acid attack will last that long. This is why we encourage people to have sweets as after-dinner desserts rather than in-between meals as a snack. Since your mouth is undergoing an acid attack already from your meal, extending it with dessert is better than sparking a new one during the day.

Of course, brushing your teeth will negate the ill-effects of this acid. However, wait about 30 minutes after you’ve eaten or had a beverage. Your enamel is at its most vulnerable in the midst and just following the acid’s presence. Give your saliva a half hour to dilute it and then brush. When you can’t brush, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. For those who experience dry mouth due to medications or age, ask us to recommend an oral rinse to keep your mouth moist and create cleansing benefits.

Snacks such as carrots, celery and apples can help to clean your teeth and cause a less-severe acid attack as those brought on by sweets. Be conscious of how your body shape AND your smile will benefit from healthier, well-paced eating and you’ll achieve a better you from head to toe!

An Easy First Step To Overcoming Dental Fear

Modern dental techniques and advanced technology in dentistry have greatly enhanced patient comfort with less time required for treatment. Yet, these advancements do nothing to help fearful patients overcome dental fears caused by a rough, impatient dentist.

We begin with most patients in a Consultation appointment. In this, we discuss their current situation, goals and concerns. With most fearful patients, I find they perceive a sense of lost control in the dental chair, which is understandable. From a patient’s point of view, being in a reclined position in a narrow chair makes some feel vulnerable.

I also realize that new patients, especially fearful ones, need time to gain confidence in my commitment to their comfort. Because the mouth is a very sensitive area, fearful patients actually anticipate pain.

While dental fear is not uncommon among adults, it can be overcome. Although we offer fearful patients I.V. Sedation (twilight sleep), many opt to begin with Oral Sedation. With Oral Sedation, the medication is taken prior to your arrival so you are relaxed from the very beginning. Once you are in the treatment chair, a staff member is continually by your side to monitor you with sophisticated equipment.

Numbing medications are provided once you are totally relaxed, so this process causes no anxiety. You’ll be relaxed throughout your visit and likely won’t remember any part of treatment. Yet, afterwards, you’ll find that recovery is quick and you’ll feel refreshed.

I chose the dental profession because of the positive difference a healthy, attractive smile has on each person, inside and out! Yet, many of my most rewarding moments is when once fearful patients walk in all smiles with sedation no longer needed!

If dental fears are preventing you from a healthy, flattering smile, remember that every journey begins with a first step. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a free Consultation. We’ll meet, talk and discuss your options so you can decide how you wish to proceed.

Dental Check-ups Save You Money

When it’s time to have your car serviced, the mechanic has an opportunity to make sure belts, brake pads, fluid levels, windshield wipers and fuses are all working properly. He’ll check the tires for worn tread and either recommend tire rotation to minimize further wear or replacement. These service visits help you avoid major breakdowns that can occur later.

Your dental check-ups are like a ‘servicing’ of your mouth. Your Hygienist notes any changes that have occurred since your last visit and checks for signs of periodontal disease. She cleans your teeth, removing plaque buildup that can cause cavities and destroy gum tissue. When I examine your mouth, I also review the intricate details of digital ‘x-rays’ so we can repair problems while they’re still small and will require minimal time and expense.

Unlike a mechanic who can lift the hood of your car and check the interworkings of each part, we rely on digital images. Today’s dental technology gives exceptional views of interior cracks, fractures, bone loss, decay and areas vulnerable to become problems. Each hygiene cleaning and check-up is designed to help you have a clean, healthy smile that you’ll feel confident sharing.

Are you giving your smile as much care as your vehicle? If you’re behind on your 6-month check-ups, call us at 1-866-9-Smiles so we can bring you back “up to speed!” (Pun intended!)