Archive for September, 2011

Tips for Better Brushing

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Most people know that brushing is critical to their oral health. Often, though, people don’t realize that how you brush impacts your effectiveness. The following insights will help you maximize your efforts and keep your smile in top condition.

Brush for the right amount of time

Simply put, many individuals don’t brush long enough to provide optimal benefits. Dentists recommend that you brush for at least two minutes. If you need help keeping track of the time, buy an electric toothbrush with a timer or invest in a small timer for the bathroom.

Cover the whole area

As you brush, make sure you reach your entire mouth, including the inside, outside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your gums, your tongue and other soft tissues.

Take at easy

Aggressive brushing can actually do more harm than good. If you brush too roughly, you can push the gum tissue away from the teeth and cause gum recession. By that same token, choose a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent problems.

Consider your form

Just as in the Olympic Games, form matters. When you brush with long, sideways sweeps from your front to back teeth, this method isn’t very effective. Instead, focus on small areas and gently brush in a circular motion.

Watch the toothpaste

Although applying too much toothpaste won’t hurt your teeth, it may keep you from brushing long enough if you have a mouth full of minty bubbles. Adults should use a pea- or marble-sized level of paste across the brush’s length. Children only need a small dab of toothpaste when they brush.

We care about your oral health at Richmond, VA dental office – Brown, Reynolds & Snow Dentistry.

Renew Your Appearance with a Smile Makeover

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Looking good and feeling your best can impact all areas of your life, building confidence and contributing to success. One of the ways to transform your image is with a smile makeover. Using various cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, your dentist can close space, brighten your smile, and replace missing teeth. With a smile makeover, you can take years off your appearance.

Should I consider a smile makeover?

If you look in the manner and don’t love the reflection you see, you may want to think about enhancing your smile. Modern dentistry allows you to change as much or as little of your smile as you want to, and even small changes can produce a dramatic effect.

What does a smile makeover involve?

Usually, a smile makeover begins with a consultation. Many patients bring examples of smiles they admire to this appointment. During your visit, the dentist will ask you questions and listen to your goals for refreshing your image. Your doctor may provide examples of other cases so that you can see the finished product. After gathering a clear picture of your expectations, your dentist will customize a detailed plan to transform your smile and create extraordinary results.

What are the benefits of a smile makeover?

Not only will a smile makeover boost your self-esteem, but it will also improve dental health. Repairing damage, replacing lost teeth, and straightening your smile will make daily care easier and preserve your oral health.

How long will the process take?

Each case is different so the exact time depends on your custom makeover. Typically, your dentist can complete the transformation in two to three visits.

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Watch Out for Oral Cancer

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Each year, more than 30,000 Americans receive an oral cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, less than 57 percent will live beyond five years. In fact, the death rate for oral cancer is higher than cervical cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, brain cancer, and liver cancer. Although it’s usually seen in older patients, oral cancer in individuals under 40 is on the rise.

Fast Facts about Oral Cancer:

• Early detection increases the survival rate to almost 90 percent.
• Initially, oral cancer patients may have few obvious symptoms of the illness.
• Certain factors, such as gender, lifestyle choices, and age can increase your risk of developing oral cancer. An estimated 25 percent of oral cancer patients, however, have no risk factors for the disease.
• Famous people who have battled oral cancer include Michael Douglas, Roger Ebert, Aaron Spelling, Humphrey Bogart, Eddie Van Halen, and Babe Ruth.
• Signs of oral cancer include a sore that does not heal after two weeks, color change in oral tissue, hoarse or scratchy throat, and difficulty with chewing or swallowing.
• Side effects of oral cancer may include chronic discomfort, loss of oral function, and difficulty in chewing, swallowing, or speaking.
• Research suggests that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables decreases your chances of developing cancerous lesions.
• Routine dental visits allow your dentist to look for signs of oral cancer, which can lead to early detection if there is a problem.
• Tobacco and alcohol use can result in a 75 percent chance of receiving an oral cancer diagnosis.

At Brown, Reynolds & Snow Dentistry we offer Velscope Oral Cancer Screening

Exposing Common Dental Myths

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

While you may understand the basics about dental care, many people believe statements they hear from friends or “facts” they read on the Internet. To protect your smile, it’s important to have accurate information. Read through these myths to learn the truth about what can help or hurt your oral health.

Myth: If my gums bleed, I should not brush as often
Truth: Actually, bleeding gums can be a sign of periodontal disease. One cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene, so brushing and flossing are critical to keeping your mouth in good condition.

Myth: I should have my wisdom teeth extracted even if they don’t cause problems
Truth: Most of the time, people need their wisdom teeth removed because they create crowding or other issues. Don’t have yours taken out unless you experience trouble.

Myth: Baby teeth fall out so you don’t have to take care of them
Truth: Not only do primary teeth serve as placeholders for permanent teeth, but they also allow kids to have normal speak patterns and chewing capabilities. Parents should help kids protect their baby teeth until permanent teeth erupt.

Myth: White teeth are healthy teeth
Truth: Though they may look great, you can have unseen issues such as decay or root damage that can contribute to dental health problems. Regular checkups allow your dentist to make sure your teeth are healthy inside and out.

Myth: Eating chocolate causes cavities
Truth: Don’t blame your candy bar for tooth decay. The problem comes when you don’t brush after eating sweets treats because the sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth, generating acid production and weakening tooth enamel.

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