Steps To A Nicer Smile

nicer smileWho doesn’t want a brighter, whiter smile?  A nice smile can make you look younger and healthier. Here are seven steps to a nicer smile.

  1. Brush Regularly – Brushing is the most important part of dental hygiene.  It is a way to remove food particles that can lead to plaque.  It also cleans the surfaces of teeth and freshens breath.  Toothpaste with fluoride can help to strengthen tooth enamel. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes.
  2. Floss Daily – Flossing removes all the food and bacteria from in between your teeth that your toothbrush may miss.  It helps to prevent gum disease.  You should floss at least once a day before bedtime, but more if possible.
  3. Visit The Dentist – See your dentist at least twice a year for dental cleanings and checkups. Your dentist can spot the early signs of gum disease and cavities. If you have any health conditions that put you at risk for dental problems, you may need to see your dentist more often.
  4. Eat Healthy Foods – Include plenty of dairy and calcium rich foods in your diet to maintain strong bones and teeth. Vitamin C in fruits will boost gum health. Stay away from sugary and sticky foods and brush immediately afterward if you do eat them.
  5. Don’t Use Tobacco – People who smoke are four times more likely than nonsmokers to have gum disease.  Using smokeless tobacco increases risk for oral cancer.  These products contribute to bad breath as well.
  6. Whiten Teeth – Whitening teeth is safe and will help your teeth look brighter. Talk to your dentist before you start any whitening procedures and don’t go overboard.
  7. Cosmetic Procedures – Having stained, crooked, or missing teeth affects your smile and confidence. Veneers can improve the appearance of teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can be costly though, and is not normally covered by insurance.

7 Steps To A Better Smile|Everyday Health

What Makes You Smile?

what makes you smileIn an article from Chris Barnard at Social Dental Network, he asks the question “What Makes You Smile?”  A smile is important as you never know how much you might be brightening a person’s day when you smile at them. Smiles have been said to be contagious.  When somebody smiles at you, you can’t help but smile back.

Chris lists 15 smile facts which include some of the following. Forcing yourself to smile can boost your mood.  Smiling boosts your immune system.  Smiles relieve stress and scientists have discovered that you use more muscles to frown then to smile, so SMILE!

To read the full article from Chris Barnard and see all 15 smile facts, click here: What Makes You Smile? | Dental Patient News.

The 10 Commandments of White Teeth

white teethA white, bright smile makes you look younger and feel better about yourself. There are many things you can do to keep those pearly whites bright.  In an article from Allure Magazine, they list the 10 Commandments of White Teeth.

Many of their ideas are things you already know you should do to whiten your teeth like using a whitening toothpaste or not consuming staining foods and drink.  But some are things you may not of thought of. Like rubbing vaseline on your teeth and using blue-based lipsticks.   Check out the full list from Allure here: The 10 Commandments of White Teeth: Skin Care: allure.com.

Preparing For Your Dental Implants

dental implantsYou’ve made the decision to get dental implants.  Probably because your periodontist has recommended them to be necessary.  There are some things you should do to get ready for the procedure. Here are some pre-operative and post-operative tips.

Be sure that you fully understand the procedure and that your periodontist had answered any questions or concerns that you might have. The surgery usually takes a few hours and it’s a good idea to have someone that can bring you home after the procedure.  Often the sedation is not fully worn off and you wouldn’t be safe to drive.

Don’t smoke after the procedure.  Smoking can cause inflammation in the gums and will interfere with the process of the implant fusing to the bone. Pay attention if you have significant swelling, bleeding or a fever.  This is a sign of infection.  Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor if you have any concerns after the procedure.

Having implants requires that you continue to practice excellent oral hygiene habits.  Treat your implants just like natural teeth and brush and floss daily. Continue to visit your periodontist regularly for checkups to maintain the implants.

If your periodontist has any instructions specific to you, be sure to follow them.  An educated patient helps the procedure and recovery time in a positive way.

Preparing For The Placement Of Your Dental Implant|Marine Park

Dental Veneers – Should I Get Them Or Not?

Dental veneers are a popular choice among people nowadays in treating misalignment or discoloration of their teeth. These veneers are sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates.  A dental veneer is made up of thin, tooth colored material and is a customized shell of your tooth.  They are used to improve the tooth’s appearance.

dental veneersTo choose the best dental veneers you need to consult your dentist to find out what is best for you. Porcelain veneers have stain-resistant properties and can withstand stains from the different kinds of foods you eat.  However, resin veneers are thinner than porcelain and require removal of some of your tooth’s surface before placing it.  Bear in mind that in making a choice you need to listen to your dentist to receive the best outcome from the procedure.

Here are few cases that make ideal situations for the placement of dental veneers-

  1. Discolored teeth caused by root canal treatment. Stains from medications like tetracycline, excessive use of fluoride from toothpaste or from foods you eat.
  2. Teeth that are broken, chipped, misaligned or irregular in shape.
  3. Teeth that have gaps that are too far between.

There are advantages and disadvantages of having dental veneers.

Advantages-

  1. They appear very natural just like your original tooth.
  2. They are stain-resistant most especially the porcelain veneers.
  3. Most of all, they can improve your appearance.

Disadvantages-

  1.  High procedural expenses.
  2. Irreversible procedure as veneers cannot be repaired or fixed once installed.
  3. Teeth become sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks since enamel has been removed.
  4. You cannot bite your nails or eat solid foods if you have veneers.
  5. You can develop dental decay even if you have veneers.

Dental veneers last up to 5-10 years with proper dental care and after this time frame they will need to be replaced.  Just follow good oral hygiene practices including brushing and flossing properly.  Avoid staining foods.  You need to be cautious enough when you have veneers so that your expenses are not in vain. The cost for this procedure depends on the location of your tooth.

Some dentists offer you alternatives to dental veneers so that your teeth have a stronger restoration that will not easily break or damage. This alternative is called a dental crown. The crown covers the tooth completely on all its sides. It is just like a tooth being covered totally by a porcelain tooth veneer. This is a stronger option of covering a tooth. Another thing is that dental crowns can be customized according to patients’ choice so that they can get the best smile they have always wanted.

So what are you waiting for? Visit your nearest dental clinic and discuss with your dentist the best option for dental veneers. But don’t forget to take into consideration all the factors before deciding to undergo this kind of a procedure.