How to Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit for Your Family

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It’s a sobering fact of life that many of us will at some time have to deal with a major disaster. A fire, flood, tornado, earthquake, or hurricane can cause serious or even devastating damage.

Having an emergency preparedness kit is the smart thing to do. But what should you pack in your kit? Here are some important tips from some leading emergency management organizations.

What to pack

There are some basic things that you should have packed and ready in a “Go Bag” in case you need to evacuate your area. When it comes to food and water, packing at least a 3-day supply for each member of the family is recommended. Keep these supplies in something easy to carry such as a backpack (you could pack one for each member of the family) or bucket or plastic tub and keep it someplace everyone can access.

  • Water– It’s possible to buy purified water in cans or pouches online that have a 5 to 50-year shelf life.
  • Food – Pack only non-perishable items. Energy bars are good since they are calorie dense but small and lightweight.
  • Flashlight/radio – A hand-cranked combo of the two is the best choice since you won’t need to pack and carry batteries.
  • First aid kit – Get one with at least basic medicines and first aid supplies to deal with minor injuries.
  • Extra keys – To the house, car, or business.
  • Multi-purpose tool and whistle
  • Extra clothes and blanket
  • Medications – Pack an extra weeks supply of any medications you may be presently taking.
  • Extra cash – Since banks may be closed and ATMs inoperable, have some cash in small bills.
  • Chargers – Pack extra cell phone chargers and backup batteries.
  • Pet food – Whatever pets you have, pack a 3-day supply of their food also.
  • Personal hygiene items – Don’t forget to pack such necessary items as a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, and soap.

Many stores and online businesses sell pre-packaged emergency and food kits so there are several options available for making sure you and your family are prepared for the worst.

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Have a plan

Create and practice an emergency plan so your family will know what to do in a crisis. Here are the three steps it takes to create a plan:

  1. Discuss with your family how to respond to the different types of emergencies likely to arise in your area. Plan where you will meet in case you become separated. Have a way to notify loved ones that you are safe. You can do this on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website or call 1-800-RED-CROSS and select “Disaster” to register yourself and your family.
  2. Delegate responsibilities to each family member in accord with age and ability.
  3. Practice your plan until everyone feels comfortable with their role.

Having an emergency plan in place has been life-saving in some situations! So don’t put it off.

“Always be prepared”

That old boy scout motto is a piece of very good advice! Being prepared for an emergency does take some extra time and planning but the safety of you and your family is worth any effort it takes, isn’t it?  Why not set aside time this week to work up a plan with your family and get an emergency “Go Bag” ready. You’ll sleep better at night knowing that whatever may arise, you and your family are prepared to meet it!


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The Top 3 Surprising Reasons Why Straight Teeth Matter

Straight teeth improve your confidence and have health benefits

Are you considering straightening your smile with orthodontic treatment? You have good reason to invest in yourself! A recent study revealed that almost 80% of patients who completed orthodontic treatment felt that teeth straightening was one of the most life-changing decisions that they ever made.

For most teens and adults, the primary motivation to correct a crooked smile is improving appearance and boosting confidence. But did you know that there are also significant health benefits of straight teeth?

1. Straight teeth create healthy bites

According to the American Dental Association, the purpose of orthodontics is to create a healthy bite. Malocclusion (or bad bite) occurs when teeth are out of alignment, crowded, or crooked, making the jaws not meet properly. An abnormal bite can cause significant oral health problems, such as:

  • uneven wear to tooth enamel
  • tooth decay
  • impaired speech and chewing
  • chips or cracking of protruding teeth upon injury
  • jaw pain or related TMJ issues

Your dentist or orthodontist will assess your bite and may recommend orthodontic treatment to correct a malocclusion to save your smile from premature wear and prevent future dental issues.

2. Straight teeth are easier to clean

Proper dental hygiene (that means brushing AND flossing) is more difficult when teeth are crooked or crowded. If the bacteria that accumulates between your teeth and at your gum line is not removed daily, you may experience increased tooth decay and develop periodontal problems such as gum disease. Gum disease is a serious health ailment that can lead to:

  • red, swollen and bleeding gums
  • bad breath
  • receding gums
  • eventual tooth loss

A perfectly aligned smile together with a regular hygiene routine and biannual dental visits will keep your smile healthy for a long time!

Straight teeth will help you smile more and contribute to your mental and physical well being

3. A healthy smile contributes to overall health

How can a straight smile improve your whole body health? There are two key areas:

  • Mental Health. Smiling makes us happy! When you have a beautiful smile, you’ll find yourself grinning more than usual. Teeth straightening can give you the confidence to accomplish a personal goal or land your dream job. Especially during adolescence, straight teeth can improve the self-esteem of teens. Orthodontic treatment can even help adults look and feel younger. You’ll never be self-conscious about your teeth and hide your smile in social situations again!
  • Physical Health. The truth is that your oral health impacts your overall health. Neglecting your oral health can lead to bleeding gums caused by periodontal disease, which allows oral bacteria to enter your bloodstream. Oral infections and inflammation can lead to more serious health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and other systemic diseases (find out more from the American Academy of Periodontology).

By taking care of your gums, teeth, and smile, you will be taking good care of your entire body.

How to achieve straight teeth at any age

You may be surprised to learn that the benefits of properly-aligned teeth extend beyond confidence and appearance. A correct bite position, clean teeth, and overall body health are top reasons why straight teeth are important.

Our trained and experienced dental team can help you identify your options for orthodontic care. Achieving a straight smile and maintaining the health of your teeth go hand in hand. Whether you’re a teen or adult, teeth straightening is worth your investment! Start your smile journey today!


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How To Keep Your Teeth White After Whitening

’Tis the season for parties, photos, vacations, time with family, and more! As you prepare for a busy holiday season, don’t forget to schedule your teeth whitening so your smile is bright, beautiful, and camera-ready!

Various forms of whitening, whether via in-office treatment, at-home trays, or over-the-counter products, aren’t permanent. However, there are a few simple post-whitening tips that can help you keep your teeth white after whitening for a longer period of time!

Try a combination whitening approach

For the longest-lasting whitening, many dentists recommend a combination of in-office whitening followed by use of trays at home. An in-office whitening session can whiten your teeth by several shades in just one appointment, and customized trays and bleach solution can help you keep your pearly whites white longer.

Use a combination approach to keep your teeth white longer after whitening

Tips to keep your teeth white and bright after whitening

There are a few simple preventive steps you can take to help maintain your beautiful white smile:

  • Rinse your mouth immediately after eating or drinking.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco.
  • Avoid common staining beverages, such as wine, coffee, or tea.
  • Use a straw when drinking acidic beverages.
  • Enjoy foods proven to be good for your teeth, such as apples, strawberries, celery, and leafy greens.

Maintain your smile’s health to keep your teeth whiter, longer

In addition to the preventive measures you can take to avoid staining, it’s vital to keep your smile healthy to help your whitening last as long as possible. Achieve optimum oral health with simple habits:

  • Brush at least twice a day using a whitening toothpaste.
  • Bring a toothbrush and toothpaste with you to be able to brush after meals on the go.
  • Floss daily to prevent plaque from building up.

Additionally, maintain your 6-month checkups and cleanings with your dentist! Regular, professional cleaning and polishing will help keep your teeth white after whitening. During your appointment, your hygienist will polish away surface stains, which will help you avoid discoloration. The dentist will be able to give you personalized recommendations to help you keep your teeth white so you can maintain your gorgeous, confident smile longer! Call Soams Dental Care today and ask about our teeth whitening services. We have two locations to serve you – our Danbury dentist office or choose our Brookfield location.


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Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Many wonder are dental x-rays safe?

Having an x-ray is often a part of a visit to the dentist. In fact, dental x-rays are the only form of medical radiation received on a regular basis by many men, women, and children. But because x-rays involve exposure to radiation which can be harmful, some wonder, “Are dental x-rays safe?” Many ask:

> Why does the dentist need an x-ray? Can’t he just do a visual examination of my teeth?
> Why do they need different types of x-rays?
> How much radiation am I actually getting?

> What if I’m pregnant? Is it safe for my baby?
> How often do I really need an x-ray?

Let’s find out what the facts reveal in answer to each of these questions and then you’ll be in a better position to decide how safe dental x-rays are for you and your family.

Why does the dentist need x-rays of your teeth?

An x-ray allows your dentist to see bones, tissue, and hidden surfaces of your teeth that they can’t see with just the naked eye during a visual exam.

Dental x-rays are invaluable in providing information to a dentist about a patient’s oral health such as early-stage cavities, the presence of gum disease, oral cancers or some types of tumors. If these problem areas continue undetected and without treatment, they can grow into serious dental problems that involve more time, money, and extensive dentistry to fix.

An x-ray allows your dentist to:

  • Find cavities, even hidden ones.
  • Look at the roots of your teeth.
  • Check the health of the bone around and beneath your teeth.
  • Check on the development of erupting teeth.
  • Monitor your overall dental health.

A dentist uses x-rays to help make a correct diagnoses of your oral health.

Why does the dentist use different types of x-rays?

Various types of x-rays are used by your dentist for very specific purposes. A combination of x-rays may be necessary depending on the treatment plan outlined by your dental team. Some of the x-rays your team may suggest include:

Bite-wing X-rays 
Bite-wings are the most commonly used x-ray during an initial exam and in subsequent check-ups. These highlight the crowns of the back teeth. Dentists take one or two bite-wing x-rays on each side of the mouth. Each x-ray shows the upper and lower molars (back teeth) and bicuspids (teeth in front of the molars.)

Periapical X-rays 
These x-rays focus on only one or two teeth at a time. A periapical x-ray looks similar to a bite-wing x-ray, but it shows the entire length of each tooth, from crown to root.

Extraoral X-rays
Extraoral x-rays are made outside the mouth. These are considered “big picture” x-rays because they not only show the teeth, they also provide information on the jaw and skull and are often necessary for the effective treatment of TMD/TMJ.

Panoramic X-rays
This x-ray captures the entire mouth in a single image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding structures and tissues and requires a special machine. The benefit of this type of x-ray is that it eliminates the need for multiple x-rays.

Panaramic x-rays create a full view of your teeth, jaws, and face.


Digital Radiographs

Digital radiographs are the newest x-ray technique used by dental offices. Standard x-ray film is replaced with a flat electronic pad or sensor. The image is transferred digitally into a computer, where it can be viewed on a screen, stored, or printed out.

Even though digital x-rays produce lower levels of radiation than standard x-rays and are considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking x-rays that are needed, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.

How much radiation are you getting during an x-ray?

Dental x-rays are one of the lowest radiation dose treatments performed. A routine exam, which includes four bitewings, is about 0.005 mSv. That’s about the same amount of radiation you’d get on an average day from the sun or about the same amount of radiation exposure from a short airplane flight of 1 or 2 hours. A panoramic dental x-ray, which goes around your entire head, has about twice that amount of radiation.

Are x-rays safe for pregnant women?

Routine x-rays can be postponed until after the birth. But if x-rays are necessary because of a needed dental procedure that can’t be postponed, the American College of Radiology says that no single diagnostic x-ray has a radiation dose significant enough to cause adverse effects in a developing embryo or fetus. And the fact is, with dental x-rays, there is hardly any exposure to radiation to any other part of the body except the teeth.

How often do you need an x-ray?

How often dental x-rays should be taken depends on a patient’s oral health condition, age, risk for disease and any signs and symptoms of oral disease.  The American Dental Association’s long-standing position is that dentists should order dental x-rays for patients only when necessary for diagnosis and treatment.

And, of course, your dentist should be following the procedures recommended by the ADA to minimize radiation exposure. This includes the use of abdominal shielding (such as protective aprons). Also, the ADA recommends that dentists use E or F speed film for traditional x-rays, the two fastest film speeds available which lessen the amount of radiation needed for a good picture, or that they use digital x -rays.

If you have questions about the necessity for an x-ray ordered by your dental team, talk with them about why they feel the x-ray is needed. In the final analysis, you and your dentist must weigh the benefits of having an x-ray against the risk of minimal radiation exposure.


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Options for Missing Teeth – Which is Right For You?

There are many options for missing teeth, which is the right one for you?

If you are dealing with missing teeth, you’ll understand the many problems they can cause. Eating certain foods is almost impossible, and you just don’t like the way you look when you smile. Photos are out of the question!

Fortunately, there are many excellent options available for replacing missing teeth. But which is the right one for you? We will discuss the three most common options and the benefits of each one. But first, let’s talk about why you should replace your missing teeth instead of just living with the “gaps.”

Why replace missing teeth?

Replacing missing teeth is important. Besides helping you to chew and speak clearly, teeth serve as placeholders. When one or more of those placeholders are missing, the surrounding teeth start to move. Eventually, you wind up with bite problems because your teeth no longer line up correctly.

Also, the gum tissue and bone beneath the gaps left by missing teeth will start to deteriorate, making the surrounding teeth weaker. This weakening can eventually lead to further tooth loss. Really, every tooth counts!

Options for single or multiple missing teeth

The best option for replacing your missing teeth depends on your budget, oral health, and personal choice. Depending on your circumstances, your dentist will likely recommend one of these three primary options to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth:

  1. Implants: An artificial replacement root is placed in the jaw bone and capped with a porcelain crown.
  2. Fixed bridges: A row of artificial teeth are held in place utilizing bonding or cementing to surrounding teeth.
  3. Dentures:  An entire arch of teeth, upper or lower, are replaced with a prosthetic embedded with replacement teeth.

Each of these options involves a very different dental process, treatment time, and cost.  They are all designed to provide lasting, natural-looking results.

Implants:

Advantages: Implants provide one of the best options for restoring functionality, comfort, and esthetics. Surrounding teeth are not altered during implant placement, so there is no need to damage any healthy teeth. Also, implants are known for outstanding durability, even lasting decades.

One critical advantage is that they help to prevent bone loss because they use a root replacement.  Some dentists have the ability to create and place dental implants in a single visit to their office! Ask your dentist about this option.

Fixed bridges:

Advantages: Dental implants require healthy and adequate bone tissue, so they are not right for everyone. A fixed bridge is another option, looking and functioning like natural teeth. Since the bridge is set permanently in place, it doesn’t need removing for cleaning, and you don’t need to worry about “slippage.” Also, if budget is a consideration, a fixed bridge costs less than dental implants.

Your choice of options depends on your budget, oral health, and personal preference.

Dentures

Advantages: When all of the upper or lower teeth need replacing, dentures are certainly the least expensive option. They are removable for brushing and cleaning, and for repairs. Dentures made with modern materials look very natural and function just like your own teeth. Another option, available because of advanced technology, are implant-retained dentures or overdentures that are fixed permanently in place.

The choice is yours!

Each option restores your ability to eat what you want and to smile with confidence. You will need to consider which will fit in with your budget, schedule availability, and the state of your oral health. Talk to your dentist about which option would work best for your unique circumstances.


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How To Choose the Best Toothbrush

Choosing the best toothbrush may seem overwhelming! This post contains tips to help.

When was the last time you perused the oral care aisle at the drugstore? It’s packed FULL of options; choosing the best toothbrush can appear to be an impossible feat. Should you select a brush with soft or hard bristles? Manual or electric? The possibilities may seem endless!

3 tips for choosing the right toothbrush

Here are our top three tips for choosing the best toothbrush:

  1. Look for ADA approval: One important thing to look for when selecting the best toothbrush for your needs is the American Dental Association’s seal of approval. Toothbrushes with ADA approval meet specific requirements for safety and quality.
  2. We’re softies for soft bristles: Soft bristles are recommended to avoid damage to your teeth and gums. Brushing too hard or using hard bristles can cause or exacerbate gum recession and could wear away your teeth’s enamel.
  3. Time for replacement? It’s generally recommended to replace your toothbrush every three months, or after an illness. Here’s another visual cue to look for: If your brush has started to fray, it’s time for a new one!

What's the best toothbrush choice for you?

Which is the best toothbrush for you – manual or electric?

Ultimately, both are good options – it depends on your preference! A manual toothbrush, when used correctly, can get the job done. However, powered toothbrushes make thousands more brush strokes than you ever could manually, so many dentists recommend them for that fresh, clean feeling.

What about the rest of your family? Electric toothbrushes are a good option for all ages! Several models are designed specifically for kids, who don’t have much dexterity yet. Powered toothbrushes can be an effective option so they can reach more areas of their mouth than they could with a manual brush. Additionally, elderly family members may find an electric toothbrush easier to use, since most models have a thicker handle that’s easier to hold (especially for those with arthritis).

Conquer the toothbrush aisle once and for all!

Once you’ve selected the perfect toothbrush, remember to pick up some floss and mouthwash as well. Maintain a healthy smile with a solid brushing routine and remember to visit Dr. Gerfen every six months for a check-up and cleaning!


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Ask the Dentist: Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Those that want a brighter, whiter smile should ask: Is teeth whitening safe?

Have you been unhappy with your smile? Perhaps you’ve noticed it appears yellowish in photos. Or maybe you have an important event coming up and you’d like your smile to look brighter and more youthful. If so, you’re not alone: A recent study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry revealed that when asked “What would you like to improve most about your smile?” the most common answer was “whiter and brighter teeth.”

Many dental patients would like to enjoy a whiter, brighter smile, but may hold back out of uncertainty. There are many teeth whitening options out there – but the question arises: Is teeth whitening safe? And if so, which option is best for your smile?

If you're considering teeth whitening, ask your dentist which options are best for your smile.

Is teeth whitening safe?

According to the American Dental Association, whitening is safe, but it’s best to discuss with your dentist first. “The ADA recommends that if you choose to use a bleaching product, you should only do so after consultation with a dentist. This is especially important for patients with many fillings, crowns, and extremely dark stains. A thorough oral examination, performed by a licensed dentist, is essential to determine if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment.”

There are several different whitening methods available:

  • In-office professional whitening: In-office whitening is the fastest, most effective option, offering stunning results in as little as one visit.
  • Take-home trays and bleaching solutions: A take-home system from your dentist is another effective option. Custom-fitted trays fit properly, protecting your gums from the bleaching solution and lessening the likelihood of sensitivity.
  • Over the counter whitening: Over the counter products, such as whitening strips, whitening toothpaste, and brush-on gels are generally regarded as safe for most smiles. However, it’s best to discuss these with your dentist before use.

Questions to ask your dentist before whitening

“What is the cause of my discoloration?” Often, tooth discoloration is the result of things such as smoking, aging, or drinking coffee. However, there may be underlying issues that could be to blame, including decay or other problems. If this is the case, the root issues need to be corrected so your smile is healthy for whitening.

“Will whitening be effective on my current dental work?” Bleaching solutions don’t have an effect on composite materials, so if you’ve had crowns, bonding, or other restorations, whitening the surrounding natural teeth could result in a mismatched smile.

“Which whitening option is best for me?” Your dentist is in the best position to evaluate which form of whitening will be most successful for your unique situation, desires, and budget.

In conclusion, teeth whitening is a safe, effective solution for a more attractive and youthful smile! However, it’s best to talk candidly with your dentist about the options available as well as your smile goals before choosing which whitening solution is best for you.

Call us today at (203) 743-1972 or contact us online for an appointment.


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4 Ways Dental Implants Can Improve Your Life

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), more than 30 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws. Many millions more are missing at least one permanent tooth. When it comes to finding the best solution for replacing missing teeth, dental implants have become the “Gold Standard” at Soams Dental for replacing missing teeth.

Dental implants can permanently restore your smile, but they do much more than just replace missing teeth. Here are four ways dental implants will improve your life.

 

1. You can eat what you want.

Dental implants restore your ability to eat a variety of different foods without the discomfort or chewing limitations imposed by tooth loss. Dental implants are made of titanium and are attached directly to your jawbone. They act as anchors to hold natural-looking porcelain crowns in place.

They look and function just like your natural teeth. So, no need to skip eating any of the foods you love!

 

2. They protect you from further tooth loss and bite misalignment.

Empty spaces created by lost teeth can result in the movement of other teeth causing bite misalignment. Implants stop those neighboring teeth from shifting and guard against bone loss which can lead to tooth loss.

When a tooth is missing, the bone in the jaw loses the support that had been provided by the tooth root. Over time, the bone will begin to deteriorate. Dental implants directly mimic the missing tooth root, supporting the jaw bone and halting the deterioration of bone.

 

3. They will restore your confidence and self-esteem.

Implants restore your ability to smile naturally and confidently. When you’re proud of your smile, you’re far more likely to share it with others – which can go a long way in boosting your self-esteem and quite possibly your business and social relationships.

4. They can securely anchor your dentures.

Dental implants can be used to anchor dentures firmly in place, giving you greater comfort and more confidence in your smile.

Dentures that slip are more than an embarrassment; they are a danger to your oral health. Unintentional movement isn’t just embarrassing— it can cause serious damage. The friction that results from a loose denture plate can create sores. These not only cause you discomfort but also put you at risk for infections.

 With implants, you can speak, eat, and laugh without worrying that your dentures will slip or come out.

Do You Have More Questions About Implants?

We know you must have other questions about implants, so we created this informative infographic. It will give you the information you need to decide if a dental implant is the right choice for you. Just fill in the form and click on the “Download Now” button!

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Dental Implants Infographic

 

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Although at Soams Dental dental implants are our preferred method for replacing missing teeth, dental implants are not an option for everyone.  But if you meet the following criteria, you probably would be a good candidate for dental implants:

  • Generally good health
  • Sufficient healthy jaw bone to accept an implant
  • Healthy gums

Why not call our office at (203) 743-1972 or contact us online and talk with Dr. Gerfen about whether dental implants would be a good choice for replacing your missing teeth.

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Comprehensive Dentistry Ensures Your Families Healthy Smiles and Bodies

Comprehensive dentistry by our Danbury dentist provides healthy smiles and bodies.

Safeguarding our families health is always one of our top priorities. Did you know there is something called the oral-systemic link that has a powerful impact on the health of yourself and your family? The oral-systemic link is the relationship between oral health and the health of the rest of the body.

At Soams Dental, we are committed to preventing and reducing the risk of oral disease because we know it can drastically improve your overall health and well-being!

Comprehensive dentistry focuses on how the health and beauty of your smile can be protected and enhanced with planned and consistent dental treatment.

Why Comprehensive Dental Care is so Important!

Research shows that a person’s oral health directly impacts their overall health. It’s one of the main reason why dentistry had been called the first line of defense in protecting your whole-body health.

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Comprehensive dentistry is your first line of defense for protecting your whole body health.

Everything inside your mouth is systemically connected to the rest of your body. Many recent studies show a direct connection between poor oral health and several devastating health conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Pregnancy complications

Early detection is important because it offers the best chance for prevention and treatment of disease. Dr. Gerfen and her team can be an invaluable asset for detecting potential problems that begin in the mouth.

Quote by Dr. Gerfen.

Think Pro-actively!

By scheduling a check-up with our team, we will alert you to problems before they have time to spread further. Here are some warning signs you should watch for:

  • Bleeding gums: this is not normal and is not caused by proper tooth brushing.
  • Swollen gums: infected dental tissues swell just as they would in other parts of the body.
  • Signs of infection: the presence of pus along the gumline signals significant disease. Please don’t ignore it!
  • Shifting teeth: teeth should be rooted solidly. Movement or leaning of the teeth indicates their root system has been compromised.
  • Chronic bad breath: can signal the presence harmful bacteria buildup that needs immediate professional attention.
  • A family history of periodontal disease: Be pro-active and stop any infection from starting.

Download our informative and FREE infographic. We created to help our patients prevent dental problems before they arise.

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Comprehensive Dentistry Infographic

 

Your Families Health Matters to Us

We offer comprehensive dentistry services by our Danbury dentist for the whole family. These will keep your smile in its best condition from the very beginning, from our thorough hygiene exams to Invisalign.

How is your families oral health? Make an appointment today by calling us at (203) 743-1972 or contact us online, and we will be happy to help you get on the road to a healthier life!

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Say “I Do” to the Perfect Smile with Invisalign

Did you recently get engaged? First, let us at Soams Dental Care be the first to say “congratulations!” While you’re trying to find the perfect venue, the perfect dress, and the perfect photographer, have you asked yourself, “Do I have the perfect smile?”

Say “yes” to the dress your perfect wedding-day smile with Invisalign®! Invisalign® involves a series of progressive, removable aligners that straighten your teeth and are virtually invisible. This means while you’re planning your wedding day, Invisalign® will be working in the background to get your smile perfect before saying “I do!”

Why Invisalign?

  • Convenience: Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible – there are no metal brackets or wires. Also, they are removable, meaning you can take out your aligners for special occasions, such as your engagement photo session or bridal shower.
  • Comfortable: You won’t experience pokey wires and cumbersome metal brackets. The aligners are smooth thermal plastic, making your treatment comfortable.
  • More Confidence: You’ll start noticing the results when undergoing Invisalign® – you’ll be smiling more confidently before completing treatment! Since the aligners are clear, people may not even notice you’re wearing them! It’s a win-win!

Learn the benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces.

 

FAQs every Bride Should Know

How much will Invisalign® cost? The cost of Invisalign® is comparable to traditional braces, so the cost could range from $3,000 – $8,000, but only Dr. Gerfen will be able to determine an exact price because treatment varies from patient to patient. Dental insurance may cover Invisalign®, similar to coverage with other orthodontic treatments. Consult with us about the best method for paying Invisalign®.

How often will I need to visit the dental office during treatment? At the start of treatment, we’ll schedule regular appointments every four to six weeks to ensure treatment is progressing as it should. These appointments are brief and can be scheduled at a time of day that works with your busy schedule!

Will my new smile be ready in time for my wedding day? The length of treatment varies from patient to patient, but the average adult case takes about 12 months.

Can I also whiten my teeth safely while undergoing this treatment? Yes! We recommend in-office whitening to achieve your wedding photo-ready smile. Our team can arrange your in-office whitening to take place during one of your Invisalign® appointments for maximum ease and convenience. Talk to us about your wedding planning schedule so we can schedule your whitening to take place before your engagement photo session or other important events.

Ready to Say “I Do” to a New You?

Your wedding day should be perfect, and that includes your smile! If you’re in need of any dental treatment before your big day, do not hesitate to contact us by calling (203) 743-1972 or contact us online. We’re honored to be part of your special day and look forward to you remembering your wedding day for years to come.


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Re-posted with permission. Source: https://www.roadsidedentalmarketing.com/blog/dental-articles/

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