Archive for January, 2011

Protect Yourself against Oral Cancer

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Every hour, one American loses the battle with oral cancer. In fact, oral cancer kills more people than liver, cervical, or testicular cancer. Recently, Michael Douglas shined a spotlight on this illness by revealing his own battle with the disease, after a malignant tumor was discovered at the base of his tongue, near the back of his throat.

Although men have as greater risk of developing oral cancer than women, and tobacco use increases your odds, 25 percent of oral cancer victims have no lifestyle risk factors.

You can follow these tips to keep your mouth healthy:

Visit the dentist regularly. Your provider is trained to know what is normal and what isn’t. During your routine exam, the doctor will evaluate your teeth and gums, looking for anything out of the ordinary. At Brown, Reynolds & Snow Dentistry, we also offer ViziLite Plus cancer screening. ViziLite Plus uses technology that helps the dentist identify soft tissue abnormalities that may develop into cancer.

Watch for unusual signs. Common symptoms of oral cancer include unusual bumps or thickenings, unexplained bleeding in the mouth, hoarseness, and voice changes. Contact your dentist right away if you develop any of these symptoms.

Cut out tobacco and alcohol. Smokers have six times the risk of developing oral cancer as non-smokers. As well, heavy drinking increases your chances of receiving an oral cancer diagnosis.

Perform a self-exam. Early detection substantially improves your odds of survival with oral cancer, so examine your lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, and the roof of your mouth at least once a month.

Limit sun exposure. When you do go outside, apply sunscreen to your lips for added protection against harmful UV rays.

It’s time for your dental check up at our Richmond, VA dental office – Brown, Reynolds & Snow.

Replace Metal Fillings with Composite Resin Restorations

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

For many years, dentists removed cavities and filled them with metal amalgams. Traditional metal fillings are less expensive and were often the first choice for fixing damaged teeth. Recently, composite resin fillings have become the top method for restoring smiles. Ultimately, the decision rests with the patient; however, many dentists have moved to placing only composite fillings.

Silver fillings actually weaken the natural tooth structure, although they do repair the decayed area. As well, metal fillings contain mercury, which can become toxic in large doses. Metal fillings can expand, contract, or leak from wear over time. In many cases, they also darken with age.

Tinted to match natural teeth, composite resin fillings preserve your bright, white image. With composite resin fillings, less tooth area needs to be removed, which keeps as much of your original tooth in tact as possible. Because tooth-colored fillings actually bond to the tooth, you don’t have to worry about these restorations changing shape or cracking.

To place a composite restoration, your dentist will clean out the decay and prepare the tooth. Then, the doctor will fill the area with the composite material. With a special curing light, your dentist hardens the filling and polishes the tooth.

When you have metal fillings, check with your dentist and request an evaluation of their stability. Some people choose to replace amalgam fillings because of the way they look. If your old fillings develop additional decay or fracture, you will need to have the restorations repaired in order to restore the tooth.

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Defining the “Perfect” Smile

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

When people look at movie stars and models, they immediately see poise and beauty. One of the traits that catch your eye is their amazing smiles. In recent years, cosmetic dentistry has grown in popularity because so many people want to attain a sensational smile they can proudly share with the world.

With a smile makeover, your dentist can transform an ordinary smile into an extraordinary image. From teeth whitening to porcelain veneers to tooth-colored fillings, a skilled cosmetic dentist can repair damaged teeth and restore your youthful glow. Patients can invest as much or as little as they choose in updating their appearances.

In order to achieve optimal results, it helps to decide how you define a beautiful smile. Think about the characteristics of your smile that you would like to change. Are your teeth crooked? Do you have extra space between front teeth? Could your smile be a little brighter?

Popular dental procedures may include:

• Dental implants to close gaps left missing teeth
• Invisalign clear braces to straighten teeth
• Porcelain restorations to replace old repairs
• Veneers to create a uniform look

Determining what features you want to enhance will give you a starting point for your initial meeting with the dentist. During the consultation, your dentist will listen to your goals and discuss possible treatment options. Many people bring photos of smiles that they admire to this appointment. Together, you and your dentist will customize a detailed plan to create your one-of-a-kind smile.

Helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted at Brown, Reynolds & Snow dental office in Richmond, VA.

Reasons to Consider Cosmetic Dentistry

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

The benefits of a bold, captivating smile are far-reaching. Studies show that people with sensational smiles are seen as smarter, more attractive, and more successful. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on enhancing the function and appearance of your teeth and smile. If you would like to make changes to your smile, but aren’t sure whether it’s worthwhile, consider the following:

• Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t cost as much as you think. The price of cosmetic dentistry often causes people to nix the idea before they gather all the information. While certain procedures can get expensive, modern advancements have also allowed dentist to offer cosmetic treatments, such as bonding or at-home whitening, that won’t break the bank.

• Cosmetic dentistry is an investment in yourself. Although you can come up with lots of reasons not to update your smile, one major reason to consider options like bonding, veneers, or porcelain restorations is that you deserve it. Put yourself and your smile first!

• Cosmetic enhancements can impact oral health. While making your smile look better will contribute to self-confidence and improve your appearance, cosmetic changes can also make home care more effective. Straightening teeth with veneers or Invisalign clear aligners allows you to more easily brush and floss, which decreases your risk for problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

• Cosmetic dentistry could transform your appearance immediately. People often assume that making changes is a lengthy process. Depending on what procedures you choose, you may leave the dental office in one visit with a brand new look. For example, Zoom! Teeth Whitening can brighten your smile up to eight shades and take years off your appearance in about an hour.

At Brown, Reynolds & Snow dental office in Richmond, VA, your smile is our number one priority. Give us a call today!

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