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Smile 101

Knowledge is power,
and in this case -
confidence, too!

Below are some of the most common questions we get to answer as dentists.

Bad breath is caused by the buildup of bacteria in your mouth, particularly on your tongue. Preventing it takes consistency! Make sure you always brush with fluoride-containing toothpaste, floss, and use mouthwash. While you’re at it, try investing in a tongue scraper to remove lingering bacteria. 

Staying on top of your brushing and flossing is integral to the health of your teeth. It is recommended you brush and floss at least twice a day. Make sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and floss between all teeth; don’t forget those located in the back of your mouth! Practicing oral hygiene regularly will ensure a lower amount of plaque buildup, lessening your chance of developing cavities. 

Amalgam is a mixture of multiple metals used to make fillings, commonly known as “silver fillings.” It forms a hard, durable material that isn’t easily broken down. Patients are often concerned about the safety of these fillings due to the small amount of mercury they contain. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that they are entirely safe through numerous studies!

Our patients should visit us for a dental exam and cleaning every six months. During these appointments, your oral and gum health will be assessed, problems will be caught before they grow, and your hygienist will have the opportunity to keep bacteria under control. Keeping up with these visits will lessen your chances of needing serious dental treatment and keep your smile sparkling! 

Gum disease is caused by poor oral hygiene that leads to plaque buildup, so it is essential to see us often. Symptoms include bleeding gums, chewing pain, and loose teeth. If left untreated for a prolonged period, tooth loss is possible. Treatment includes deep cleaning and restorative options.  

Flossing regularly removes plaque between the teeth and below the gumline your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing twice daily is the best practice and will reduce your risk of developing both cavities and gum disease. If you find traditional floss challenging to use, try floss picks or a Waterpik! Your smile will thank you later.

Improving the aesthetic of your smile is possible with quick and painless cosmetic treatment options. If you are unhappy with the shape or alignment of your teeth, veneers, Invisalign, and crowns are all wonderful options. We also offer in-office and take-home teeth whitening, which aid in brightening your smile and making stains less noticeable. 

Veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment option if you want to enhance your smile's appearance. A layer of porcelain covers the visible surface of one or more of your teeth to improve both shape and appearance. The material used to make porcelain veneers aids in protecting the natural tooth underneath while functioning and looking like a real tooth. Veneers are easy to replace and rarely hold stains.

There are many options for treating and preventing stains and discoloration on your natural teeth. Staying on top of oral hygiene and dental appointments will reduce your chances of developing stains. If you already have them, we offer in-office and take-home teeth whitening to even out the shade of your teeth and brighten your smile!

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