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Choosing a Whitening Toothpaste

Monday, July 21st, 2014

With all of the teeth whitening products available these days, there’s no reason to go through life with a mouthful of stained, yellow teeth. Options range from pricey methods to very inexpensive ones. A simple, cost-effective choice that can help you maintain a brighter smile is whitening toothpaste.

Why do teeth become discolored?
The strong outer layer of your teeth is called enamel. It starts out white, but as it becomes damaged over time, the white enamel can become discolored. Tooth enamel can become weakened and eroded with age as well as poor dental hygiene.

What items stain teeth?
The most common things that contribute to tooth stains are certain foods and drinks. Colored foods like dark berries and sauces can stain teeth. Drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, and sodas are culprits as well. Smoking or other tobacco use is another thing known to discolor teeth.

How can toothpaste help?
Many toothpastes contain sodium fluoride, which helps regenerate tooth enamel. Some toothpastes have additional ingredients with the purpose of whitening teeth, such as baking soda or hydrogen peroxide. Brushing with toothpastes made for whitening is a good way to maintain a brighter smile.

How do I choose a toothpaste?
There are many brands of whitening toothpastes available in your drugstore. Most of the time, it’s simply a matter of personal preference and taste as to which one is right for you. However, make sure your choice is labeled with a seal of approval by the American Dental Association (ADA). This indicates that the ADA has approved the toothpaste as a product to help prevent cavities and gum disease, remove plaque, and strengthen tooth enamel. A toothpaste needs to perform these purposes in addition to any whitening goals, so that your teeth will have a greater chance of being healthy in addition to remaining white.

If you are looking for professional teeth whitening in Richmond, VA, contact our office to make an appointment.

Smile Makeovers Can Change Lives

Monday, July 14th, 2014

If you believe your smile is holding you back in your life, it’s time to do something about it. There’s no reason to continue feeling embarrassed, shy, or anxious about smiling. Seeing a cosmetic dentist can change all those feelings about how you look so that your smile no longer hampers your lifestyle.

Cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of treatments to improve how your smile looks. Some problems that smile makeovers correct include teeth that are crooked, discolored, broken, chipped, cracked, gapped, uneven, misaligned, and the list goes on!

So how can altering your smile change your life? Obviously, improving your appearance is the most obvious answer. Another benefit of a smile makeover is improving how you feel about yourself. You will gain confidence and your self-esteem will be enhanced. Once you have taken the steps to change your smile, you automatically gain confidence just by going down the path of becoming more what you’d like to be. You will look at yourself differently and therefore exude those feelings as well. You very well may feel energized and ready to take on the world with your newfound confidence.

Another thing you may not realize about your smile is that it can encourage others to want to get to know you better. A beautiful smile has the ability of drawing people in, and basically inviting others to interact with you. It can help you gain friends, as well as help you achieve goals professionally.

No matter what the reasons behind your smile makeover might be, chances are it will change your life for the better. Consult a cosmetic dentist to see how you might get started on your journey to a beautiful smile.

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Easy Ways for Brightening Your Smile

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Most people are interested in having a bright, attractive smile, and yellow or discolored teeth can hamper this ambition. There are lots of different ways you can brighten up your smile, and listed below are a few popular methods.

Use Whitening Products
There are a multitude of products available to whiten teeth, including many home whitening kits. However it is far safer and more effective to visit your dentist in Reno. They will examine your teeth before whitening to ensure they are strong and healthy, and can use stronger products than can be bought over-the-counter. The effects are quicker, more dramatic and longer lasting.

Brush Your Teeth with Baking Soda
This is a simple technique for brightening teeth, and baking soda is an active ingredient in many home whitening products. You can just brush it on with your toothbrush to help remove some surface stains, but you shouldn’t do this too often as baking soda is quite abrasive.

This is an old-fashioned home remedy, and involves mashing up strawberries into a paste that is then applied to your teeth and left for up to half an hour. Strawberries contain malic acid which helps to lift stains from your teeth, but it can also soften tooth enamel and cause enamel erosion.

Avoid Foods That Stain
Certain foods are well known for discoloring teeth, including tea and coffee, curries, red wine and tomato based sauces. Acidic foods such as white wine can also increase the rate of staining. If you have these foods drink plenty of water while eating, and try to brush your teeth soon afterwards.

Quit Smoking
Smoking discolors teeth and causes bad breath. In addition it increases the risk of gum disease.

Think About Dental Veneers
Some tooth stains are hard to remove as they can be inside the tooth structure. In this case the best option is to cover up the tooth with a veneer that can be fabricated by your dentist in Reno. Dental veneers are made from thin pieces of porcelain and can hide all sorts of imperfections.

For professional teeth whitening in the Richmond VA area, contact our dental office.

A Quick Overview of Inlays and Onlays

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

If one of your teeth has a cavity your dentist in Richmond will need to remove the decay before the tooth can be restored. Small to medium sized cavities can be repaired with a filling, but larger areas of decay will need something stronger such as an inlay or onlay. You can learn more about these restorations by reading the following FAQs.

What Are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays are called indirect restorations as they are fabricated in a laboratory. They are customized to restore strength and stability to a damaged tooth. An inlay is designed to fit in the central part of the chewing surface of a back tooth, while an onlay can replace this central area as well as one or more of the raised outer points on the tooth which are called cusps.

How Is an Inlay or Onlay Placed?
You’ll normally need two appointments with your dentist in Richmond to complete treatment. The first visit is to prepare the tooth through removing the decayed tissue. Your dentist will take an impression which is sent to the laboratory. Dental technicians fabricate the inlay or onlay using a plaster model cast up from the impression of your teeth. The finished restoration is sent back to the dental office for fitting at your next appointment.

What Is the Difference between an Inlay or Onlay and a Dental Crown?
An inlay or onlay only replaces a portion of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. A dental crown covers the entire tooth right down to the gum line.

How Long Will an Inlay or Onlay Last?
An inlay or onlay will be very hard wearing and long-lasting. Your restoration should last for at least ten years or more, provided you keep up with regular brushing and flossing and routine checkups, as well as professional cleanings. Your dentist will check the condition of your restorations at each appointment.

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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.

BRS Dentistry is a family and general dental office in Richmond VA.

The Differences Between General and Pediatric Dentists

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Some people make the mistake of not realizing that there are some significant differences between general and pediatric dentists. Taking children to a dentist specially trained to meet the needs of kids oral health can be very beneficial. These dentists not only have extensive training and experience in children’s oral health, pediatric dentists also ensure children have a good experience and develop lifelong positive attitudes toward obtaining dental care.

Pediatric dentists receive the same education as general dentists, but then they undergo an extra two to three years of training and experience in treating the unique needs of children’s oral health. This includes a residency program where the pediatric dentist works with infants, children, teens, and special needs children. Their training involves learning to manage children’s behavior during the dental visit, sedation techniques, teaching oral hygiene, and learning about the growth and development of kids’ oral systems. Pediatric dentists learn to diagnose problems, correct issues, and provide preventative care.

Children have unique issues and therefore require treatments that apply to them. Pediatric dentists have the ability to identify risks that children may have from their parents, diet, and habits like pacifier use or thumb-sucking. A typical dentist appointment for a child might include examination, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatments, as well as diagnosis and correction of cavities, broken teeth, or other defects. Pediatric dentists also watch for tooth alignment problem and bite issues, and are able to monitor and treat oral problems related to diseases like diabetes or gum disease.

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Diabetic Dental Care

Friday, March 28th, 2014

People with diabetes are more likely to have oral health problems. Infections and gum irritations are harder to treat in diabetics, and can more easily progress into advanced stages. Therefore, if you have diabetes, it’s vital to be extra careful about practicing good dental hygiene and maintaining optimum oral health.

Some of the dental issues that diabetic patients face include:

  • Higher risk of gum disease like gingivitis and periodontitis
  • Increased risk of cavities
  • Trouble fighting bacteria, allowing increased plaque buildup on teeth
  • More tartar, which irritates the gums
  • Higher risk of tooth loss if gum disease reaches advanced stages
  • More susceptible to bacterial infections, which can delay the healing process
  • Higher risk of dry mouth, which often causes cavities

Unfortunately, oral health problems can also affect your overall health. If you have diabetes and also gum disease, it is harder to control your diabetes. Severe gum disease elevates blood sugar, which in turn puts you at higher risk of diabetic complications.

As a diabetic, follow these recommendations for dental care:

  • Visit the dentist at least every six months, and discuss any changes in your condition or medications.
  • Brush a minimum of twice daily, and floss every day.
  • Consider using an anti-bacterial toothpaste or mouthwash to prevent gum disease.
  • If you wear dentures, properly care for them to avoid oral thrush.
  • Discuss scaling and root planning procedures with your dentist, which can clean your teeth better so that bacteria can’t cling to them as well.

Another thing to remember is to report any health issues to your dentist if you have any dental procedures scheduled. Complications like trouble regulating your blood sugar level can impact the safety of certain procedures, such as oral surgery or implant placement. It can also affect your ability to heal properly.

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