Archive for March, 2015

Preventing a Root Canal Procedure

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Everyone would like to have beautiful, natural, healthy teeth. No one looks forward to a dental procedure like a root canal, and there are steps that you and your dentist can take now to keep your likelihood of a root canal procedure low.

Prevention is the key to avoiding a root canal procedure, and this begins with the patient at home. The development of good dental hygiene habits is the greatest step you can take toward overall good dental health. Brush at least twice a day, after each meal, and especially before you retire for the night. Don’t give the bacteria a chance to eat away at your teeth overnight while you sleep! Flossing daily eliminates stuck food particles and bacteria your brush can’t reach.

Keep your tooth enamel strong by using a toothpaste or mouthwash with fluoride. Do not use fluoridated toothpastes on children under the age of two, and children under six shouldn’t use fluoridated mouth rinses.
Ensure that your teeth and body receive all of the nutrients needed for maximum health by eating healthy and well. Crunchy foods such as hard fruits and raw vegetables can also help keep the surfaces of teeth clean.

Stopping smoking is a huge factor to life-long health, not just for your teeth, but for your body. It contributes to heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and other serious health problems. It’s never too late to stop! Ask your dentist or caregiver for help if you are having trouble quitting.

Drinking lots of water has benefits throughout your body, and keeps the mouth hydrated and clear of harmful acids, sugar, and bacteria. Avoid soda, energy drinks, juice, and coffee, or if you must consume them, drink water afterwards to keep their damaging effects at a minimum.

These steps are all important in the goal of preventing cavities and therefore preventing root canal procedures. If you do have a cavity, address it immediately when the decay is small, before it grows larger and reaches the inner areas of the tooth.

Talk to your dentist in Richmond today about these and the other steps you can take to reduce your risk of a root canal procedure.

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

When you think of cosmetic dentistry, you may believe its only purpose is to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. While many cosmetic procedures are elective, they do have restorative functions as well. If you are unhappy with the condition of your smile, consider these benefits of cosmetic dentistry:

  • You will experience increased self-confidence with a beautifully restored smile. First impressions are important, and nine out of ten adults believe personal and professional success is affected by the condition of your smile.
  • Enhance your career opportunities with an improved smile. Studies show that people who take care of their teeth have better chances of getting the job in interviews.
  • Restore your youthful appearance by whitening dingy teeth and repairing cracks and chips that are aging you.
  • Relieve headaches and joint pain caused by misaligned teeth and bruxism. A bite that is not aligned properly will cause headaches and tooth and joint pain.
  • Restore your oral health and decrease the chances periodontal disease with teeth that are whole, straight, and easily cleaned.
  • Improve your overall health by receiving proper dental care which improves your oral health and helps to prevent related health conditions.
  • Repair decayed areas of a tooth to restore vital function.
  • Stop worrying about the appearance of your smile and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are facing the world looking your best.

The advantages of cosmetic dentistry in our Richmond dental office are many, and the results can be life changing. If you find yourself with imperfections in your teeth and smile that make you uncomfortable, schedule a consultation with a qualified dental professional to find out how today’s advances in cosmetic dentistry can create a smile you will be proud to share with the world.

Choosing a Type of Dental Veneers

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Dental veneers are thin, wafer-like shells that are placed on top of your natural teeth in order to address issues such as discoloration, gapped or misaligned teeth, or teeth that are worn down with age.

Veneers are typically made from composite resin or porcelain. Depending on your smile needs, your veneers may be made by a dental technician outside your mouth in a dental laboratory, a process known as indirect veneers. Your cosmetic dentist can also create veneers from composite resin onto your tooth during your visit in the dental office. This is known as direct veneers.

Porcelain veneers using the indirect process are best used for dull, discolored or worn teeth, as well as teeth that have extensive cracking, chipping or uneven spacing or gaps. Composite bonding through direct application can minimize smaller tooth issues such as minor cracks or small chips and minor discoloration.

The veneer process of removing some of the natural tooth surface is permanent. You cannot go back and add enamel to your tooth. Because of this, many cosmetic dentists will steer you toward the most minimally invasive veneer option in the beginning. If your natural teeth are functioning well and your smile is aesthetically pleasing, dental veneers may not be the best choice for you.

If your teeth are severely discolored, dull or cracked, porcelain dental veneers may be the best first step for you. Dental veneers last for many years and are proven to improve and enhance the overall appearance of your smile, mouth and the shape of your face.

Some veneers available today come able to be placed on the natural tooth with little to no grinding away of the natural tooth surface. These are known as “no preparation” veneers. While some veneer procedures may still require minor tooth modifications, these minimal to “no prep” veneers require that less of the tooth be removed, typically affecting only the enamel layer, with no effect to the dentin of the tooth beneath the enamel.

Your cosmetic dentist will give you all the information you need to choose a veneer type that is suited for your particular smile needs. Talk to your dentist today!

How Your Family Dentist Makes the Waiting Room Fun

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Family dentistry practices are rising in popularity. As parents discover the convenience and expertise of a family dentist, more are turning to them to care for their family’s oral health. The trust and long-term relationships developed with family dentistry practices are excellent reasons for choosing a family dentist for your family, but as these practices grow, their offices prioritize high-quality dental care while offering you the most relaxed setting available for you and for your children.

Younger patients can be especially anxious or fearful at the dentist’s office, and your family dentist understands. Offices are offering many distractions for these younger patients in an effort to provide a stress-free visit for everyone, both child and parent! When you are choosing a family dentist, ask what amenities are present. You may find some of the following:

  • Family appointments made in one block, sometimes congruently
  • Video games appropriate for all ages
  • Television screens playing popular kids’ programming
  • Complimentary snacks for those after-school patients
  • Complimentary beverages, including coffee, tea, bottled juice or water
  • Free wi-fi
  • Access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection
  • Electronic massage chairs

Once your appointment has begun, you may be provided:

  • Headrest pillows
  • Warm, soft blankets
  • Custom video playing in your exam room
  • Music players with headphones for relaxation
  • Safety glasses to shield your eyes from the glare of the exam room lights
  • Sedation dentistry, including oral or inhaled sedation options
  • Hot towels and a private area to freshen up following treatment
  • Toy chest for pediatric patients as a final thank you

As you begin your search for a family dentist, do some research through phone calls and visiting the office’s website. If a family dentistry practice looks appealing to you, visit their offices and see if you like it. An inviting, warm reception area, friendly staff, and modern amenities should be present, ensuring that you and your family will have the most positive dental experience possible, leading to a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits.

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