Archive for May, 2014

Tips for Whiter Teeth

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

With more and more methods being advertised for teeth whitening, people everywhere are becoming conscious about attaining a brighter smile. A beautiful set of pearly whites is possible for most people by following these tips for whiter teeth.

Good hygiene
It is vital for a healthy and attractive smile to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Ask your dentist to demonstrate proper hygiene techniques, and take your time performing them every day. Brush with a soft toothbrush and allow the toothpaste ingredients to do their job. Floss daily to remove particles that are stuck between your teeth.

Crunchy foods
Apples, carrots, pears, and other crunchy fruits and vegetables can help you maintain healthy white teeth. Foods like these contain natural ingredients that may help remove stains, and the crunchiness lends a mildly abrasive action to help cleanse your teeth.

Whitening products
Many products containing whitening ingredients are available at your local drugstore. Toothpaste, mouthwash, gels, strips, gum, and other items are marketed to improve the color of your teeth.

Regular checkups
See a dentist every six months for examinations, cleanings, and any necessary treatments. Your dentist can recommend ways to achieve a brighter smile and how to avoid teeth staining. You can also ask about professional whitening methods that are available through your dentist. Techniques performed in an office setting contain stronger whitening ingredients and can achieve faster and more dramatic results than home methods.

Do not overdo it when it comes to teeth whitening. Ask your dentist about excessive use, and follow the instructions of any products you use. Overuse can damage your teeth and cause serious problems.

For professional teeth whitening in Richmond VA, call our dental office to schedule a visit.

Using Dental Bonding to Lift Your Smile

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Dental bonding is a quick and inexpensive way to help improve your smile. The process uses tooth colored composite resin which bonds to natural teeth extremely well. This is the same material used to create white fillings for teeth.

Dental bonding can be helpful for the following situations:

  • Changing the overall shape of teeth
  • Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • Improving the appearance of discolored teeth
  • Closing up or minimizing spaces in between teeth
  • Making teeth look longer

It is usually possible to complete this treatment in one dental visit as little preparation is required. It may not be necessary to use local anesthetic as your dentist probably won’t need to remove any tooth material.

Your dentist will select a color of composite resin that closely matches your natural teeth. Next, the tooth surface is lightly etched, roughening it slightly, as this helps to improve the bond between the tooth and the composite resin. The composite resin bonding material is applied in small increments before being hardened with a special light. Afterwards your dentist will shape the bonding material before polishing it, giving it a sheen that matches your natural teeth.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bonding
It’s an easy way to improve your smile and can be a good affordable alternative to dental veneers. Dental bonding is a conservative treatment as there is no need to remove any of your natural tooth structure. However the material isn’t as stain resistant as porcelain veneers, and it will be necessary to renew areas that have been bonded every few years. The bonding material is not as strong as natural teeth so it’s important to make sure you don’t bite into anything too hard as this could chip or break off a piece of your bonded tooth. It’s a technique that works extremely well if you only need a few minor modifications to the appearance of your teeth.

Schedule a visit to our office if you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in the Richmond VA area.

Children and Dental Health

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Parents work hard to take good care of their children. Part of this responsibility includes protecting their oral health. Having accurate information will help you make educated decisions about your child’s dental care.

My child has an extra tooth growing in the roof of her mouth. What causes this to happen?
Also known as supernumerary teeth, some people develop these extra teeth for no known reason. Typically, the dentist will extract the tooth so that it doesn’t cause any problems.

Can dentists place porcelain crowns on toddlers and young children?
Because of the cost involved, most providers don’t use porcelain crowns for their young patients. These teeth will eventually fall out, so other less expensive options like metal crowns are often recommended.

When should my child have a first dental visit?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you need to schedule an appointment by your child’s first birthday. By starting early, parents can ensure that their children maintain good oral health.

Should I brush my two-year-old’s teeth?
Absolutely. At this age, brush with water or training toothpaste. Don’t introduce fluoride toothpaste until your child is comfortable rinsing and spitting into the sink. When kids ingest too much fluoride, they can develop spots on their teeth, a condition called fluorosis.

At what age will my child lose his or her baby teeth?
Timing can vary from kid to kid, but generally, children start to lose their baby teeth around age six with primary teeth falling out in the order they erupted. Girls often lose their baby teeth earlier than boys.

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Gum Care

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

It’s easy to concentrate on getting your teeth clean so that you avoid cavities, but it’s important to also pay attention to your gums. They are not only important to your dental health, but also your whole body. Gum disease can lead to many problems, even tooth loss, and unhealthy gums have also been linked to health issues like heart disease and stroke. Take the following steps to keep your gums healthy so that you can reap the benefits in your whole wellbeing.

At least twice a day, brush your teeth using fluoride toothpaste. Clean every side of your teeth and brush your tongue. Consider using an electric toothbrush with rotating and oscillating action, because experts say it’s better at removing plaque than a manual toothbrush. With any toothbrush you use, don’t apply too much pressure or brush too vigorously because it can damage your gums.

Chew gum
If you can’t brush your teeth right away, chew sugarless gum containing xylitol.

Floss your teeth gently at least once every day, getting between your teeth and along your gum line. Try dental threaders or other tools if that’s easier for you.

Use an antiseptic or a fluoride mouthwash to rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing and flossing.

Check your progress
Consider using disclosing tablets occasionally to see if you are brushing well enough. These chewable tablets color any plaque left on your teeth, so that you can see if you are doing a good job. You can find disclosing tablets at most drugstores.

Visit your dentist
See your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Be sure to tell your dentist if you’ve been experiencing any signs of gum problems, such as bleeding or swelling.

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