Sometimes, no matter how well we care for our teeth, there are things about them we just don’t like. You might think your teeth are too small. You might think your teeth aren’t aligned correctly. You might think your teeth aren’t white enough. And when you have this impression of your teeth, it’s very difficult to show a winning smile to the world. You’re in luck! This is a great time in cosmetic dentistry to go for it and get the smile you desire.
Probably the easiest change you can make in your smile is whitening. There are a multitude of teeth whitening products on the market. Some of these work well and others not so much. Over the counter whiteners can also cause tooth sensitivity. Probably the best way to whiten your teeth is to come into our dental practice and look at the options we have. The products used by our professional team is safe and effective. The whitening procedure is monitored too, so no surprises, just beautiful white teeth.
Having smallish teeth is another cosmetic complaint. Some people never had permanent teeth replace their baby teeth. Veneers can be applied over your existing teeth. Your existing teeth are filed and veneers are fitted and attached to them. Missing teeth? Implants can make your smile whole and natural looking. No more empty spaces. The result is a smile full of teeth that are proportioned to your mouth.
Aligning your teeth is probably the most time consuming, not the most costly. Yes, it does require braces of some sort. These days you don’t have to wear those large silver braces on the front of your teeth. If you opt for braces on the front of your teeth, you can have clear braces! You might also want to use lingual braces that attach to the back of the teeth are virtually invisible. No one needs to know. Wearing braces can be a long commitment; sometimes 3 years or so. The result, however, will be a beautifully aligned smile. Another benefit might be less mouth pain from having your jaw correctly aligned as well.
Yes, it’s a wonderful time to fix your smile if you are unhappy with it. Having a beautiful smile will give you the confidence you might be lacking now. And with all that confidence, the sky’s the limit!
There are a lot of things to learn when you have children. New parents read up on many subjects such as the appropriate amount of time to breastfeed, when your child will start to walk and what’s the appropriate age for potty training. Dealing with a fussy baby is also something a new parent needs to learn how to deal with. And there is no greater time of fussiness that when an infant starts teething. Now your child has a tooth. That tooth needs to be taken care of as well as any additional baby teeth. Most toddlers have a set of 20 baby teeth by the time they are 3. So, do you know when your child should start having regular visits to the dentist office?
The American Dental Association recommends for your child to have their first visit to the dentist approximately 6 months after the first tooth appears; certainly no later than the 1st birthday. At this visit the dentist will not only be looking for tooth decay, but will also demonstrate how you should brush your child’s teeth. At our dental practice, we explain to parents the health risks of using a pacifier or a toddler who is a thumb sucker. We will thoroughly evaluate your child for these common issues as well as “baby bottle tooth decay”. This issue is caused by filling a bottle with a sugary drink and allowing the child to drink for long periods of time.
As your child grows and more teeth have developed, it is imperative to keep your child’s mouth clean and free from plaque causing bacteria. Limit sweets and sticky treats. Your child should be brushing their teeth twice a day at least with fluoride toothpaste. Getting a toddler to brush their teeth might be a challenge. Most parents have success by brushing their teeth with the child or making it a game. Another way to protect your child’s teeth is by having your dentist apply a sealant. This sealant is a plastic resin that is painted on the back teeth which are normally harder to keep clean.
Our dental practice has a child friendly atmosphere. This is a must to ensure your child feels comfortable. The dental visits that occur during your child’s young age will form a lasting impression and affect his or her acceptance of future visits which are necessary to keep your child’s mouth in excellent health.
Ssshhhh. It’s a subject not normally talked about. Most people don’t want to mention it, but we all have it at some point. Don’t think you have it? Think about “morning breath” as you turn to say good morning to your partner. Not a pleasant thought is it? Have you ever considered what causes it?
Many people have bad breath due to what they have eaten. Garlic and onions are always blamed for bad breath. However, bad breath caused from food is usually caused by poor dental hygiene. Not brushing and flossing regularly can leave food particles trapped between teeth. The particles remain there collecting all that awful bacteria.
Gum disease can also cause bad breath. That same awful bacteria that causes odor from trapped food, also causes plaque. Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup. Another common condition that causes bad breath is dry mouth. Some people just don’t make enough saliva to wash away bacteria. If dry mouth is something you suffer from, we can recommend an artificial saliva product. Smoking tobacco is another way to ensure your breath stinks. Smokers are more apt to have plaque build-up. Not only will tobacco cause bad breath, it stains the teeth and is dangerous to your overall health.
Not all bad breath comes from food, lack of saliva or smoking. Different medical conditions can cause bad breath. If you have bad breath that won’t go away no matter what you try, you may need to make an appointment to see your dentist. Your dentist can detect many health issues by the condition of your oral health. Once the medical issue is addressed, the breath odor will most likely be gone.
So, how do you get rid of bad breath? The obvious way would be to brush your teeth more often. Brush thoroughly, no 30 second job. Don’t forget to floss. Get those food particles out from between your teeth. Another tip is to brush your tongue. It sounds strange but there is a lot of bacteria on your tongue. If you are someone who has dentures, you must remove them daily and thoroughly clean them.
It’s okay to use mouthwash to try and keep your mouth smelling fresh. Just remember mouthwash only masks the problem for a short time. Only proper dental hygiene will ensure sweet smelling breath. No one wants to have people back away from them during a conversation. Don’t suffer from bad breath a minute longer.