Affordable Ways to Enhance the Power of Your Smile

Power up your smile!

Did you know your smile can have an impact on the world? Not only does having a healthy, beautiful smile enhance and boost confidence, it can help you feel more apt to smile regularly, which can have a powerful effect on those around you.

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” Mother Teresa

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 92% of people believe a smile is a great way to brighten someone’s day. Smiling can even add years to your life and can boost your immune system! But some individuals hold back because they just don’t love their smile. What about you? Is there anything you dislike about your smile?

If so, there is good news: There are many affordable ways to improve your smile! If you don’t quite have the budget for a full makeover, that’s okay. The following smile enhancement options are inexpensive and can pack a powerful punch for a minimal cost.

Teeth whitening

Achieving a whiter, brighter smile is a great way to improve your self-esteem. While there are many inexpensive at-home treatments available, including whitening strips and whitening toothpaste, you’ll get the best bang for your buck with in-office whitening.

While the upfront cost is a bit more than at-home options, in-office whitening delivers more value: dramatic results (up to ten shades whiter) and long-lasting effects (a year or longer)! When you add up the costs of over-the-counter treatments, you may end up getting better results for less money with in-office whitening.

Bonding

Bonding is a cost-effective cosmetic dentistry option and can be long-lasting with the right care and maintenance. Bonding can repair:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Gaps and spacing
  • Broken teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

Dental bonding is an affordable alternative to veneers for patients who are looking to upgrade their smile on a budget. Bonding requires the removal of less tooth enamel than veneers and anesthesia is typically not required. It can usually be completed in just one visit, making it convenient, conservative, and cost-effective!

Maintain at-home care and regular checkups

Preventive dentistry is the best dentistry! Maintaining healthy dental habits at home can help prevent serious and potentially expensive problems later on. A solid at-home dental routine is one of the most affordable ways to improve your smile. Here are our recommendations for at-home care:

  • Brush teeth twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Don’t smoke or use chewing tobacco
  • Limit sugary sodas and acidic beverages
  • Eat a balanced, healthy diet that includes lots of vegetables
  • See your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings

Maintain healthy dental habits at home to maximize your smile's potential.

Get a Smile You’ll Love

A beautiful smile doesn’t have to break the bank! As you can see, there are many affordable ways to improve your smile. Maintain healthy dental habits at home and see your dental team for cleanings and check-ups regularly. Ask your dentist for personalized recommendations that fit your needs, goals, and budget.


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.

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Vaping – Is it Safe?

Is vaping a healthy alternative?

It seems like everywhere you go nowadays you see someone vaping. That large, white, cloud of steam escaping from their mouth and floating around their head is a common sight. Vaping has been around for many years, but it’s only been in the last few years that its popularity and use has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry.

Why is vaping so popular and just how safe is it for your health?

Vaping 101

Vaping involves inhaling vapor from a small cylinder (similar in size and shape to a cigarette) filled with chemicals and flavors. The vaping pipe has a heating element built in it that changes the liquid in the pipe to steam.

Vaping, or e-cigarettes, are promoted as being a healthy alternative to tobacco-based cigarettes. Some are even encouraged to use vaping as a stepping stone in their struggle to break free from their addiction to nicotine.

How safe is vaping?

For those who really enjoy “riding the mist” and think that they are choosing a safer alternative than cigarettes, it will be disappointing to learn that vaping isn’t really any safer.

Almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the same highly addictive chemical found in traditional cigarettes. Stopping the vaping habit will cause the same nicotine withdrawal symptoms as quitting cigarettes. It will also cause the same dangerous side effects to your health, which is why pregnant woman are warned to avoid vaping.

Many who vape mistakenly believe that steam is safer than smoke. But in reality, the same carcinogenic chemicals are released by both processes. And just as second-hand cigarette smoke is dangerous to others, the vapor from e-cigarettes has been shown to worsen the air quality of a room, mainly by introducing nicotine and other chemicals (including formaldehyde and lead) into the atmosphere. Exposure to this is especially dangerous for smaller children.

One of the most troubling trends with e-cigarettes is their growing use among teenagers – middle school and high school age. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made the statement that nicotine is harmful to the developing teenage brain. And no teenager should be using any tobacco or nicotine-containing products.

Did you know? Vaping increases your oral cancer risk.

 

Vaping and oral cancer

The occurrence of oral cancer has been rising in the U.S. and is a genuine danger with both cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Tens of thousands of Americans die from oral cancer every year. If you use e-cigarettes, here are some of the oral cancer symptoms you should be on the watch for:

  • Sores in the mouth and on the lips that don’t heal
  • Red or white patches of skin in the mouth
  • A persistent sore throat or hoarseness
  • Numbness or swelling of the lips or mouth

If you notice any of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately.

The best prevention would be to just not use e-cigarettes at all, but if you do continue to vape, ask your dentist on your regularly scheduled checkups to screen your mouth for oral cancer. A dentist has special equipment that helps spot cancer in the developing stages when it is more easily and successfully treated.

To vape or not to vape

We hope looking at these facts will help you to make an informed decision about the wisdom of vaping. In the end, it’s up to you, of course, to decide. But, we hope this information will make you think before you inhale!


 

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The Secrets Behind Making Your Age Just a Number

 How can you make your age just a number? Dentistry might be the answer

You don’t feel your age, so why should you look your age? Ask almost anyone over the age of 40 to tell you what people guess their age to be. On average, it’s seven to 10 years younger than their actual, biological age. Do you know what that means? Our sense of age is changing. It’s in your power to redefine the stereotypes of your generation. Grandmothers aren’t in their rocking chairs knitting sweaters and baking cookies all day. They’re on their hands and knees with their grandchildren, cooking healthy meals, taking care of themselves, and feeling great! You can make your age just a number too.

We’ve researched the best ways to stay young at heart and keep the hands of time from turning.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

How you look on the outside is a reflection of what’s happening on the inside. Any steps you take to improve your diet and increase your exercise will help you physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Here are some tips for a sustainable and healthy lifestyle:

  • Get enough sleep. Most people need at least eight hours of sleep every night to regenerate the brain and body. Get out of sleep debt by getting eight straight hours of rest for six weeks straight.
  • Eat healthy at least 90% of the time. Let’s face it, we all need a piece of chocolate cake once and a while! According to a study by the American Academy of Neurology, eating approximately one serving per day of green leafy vegetables can make you up to 11 years younger cognitively.
  • Increase your physical activity. Exercise has the unique ability to reduce stress, burn calories, and re-energize our bodies. Just 30 minutes of exercise that increases your heart rate and breathing can boost your mood and help you think clearly. Strength training that focuses on your lower body and core builds stamina to help you feel younger!

 "Age is just a number for me! A person is as young as he feels" quote by Sunny Deol

Keep a positive attitude

Thinking young can actually make you feel and look younger. Defying your chronological age is all about mind over matter. Keeping an optimistic attitude will give you the positive energy to be active in youthful activities.

Follow these steps to keep your mind (and body) feeling young:

  • Make goals for the future. Goals help us grow at any age. Develop aspirations for personal and professional growth. Why not learn a new language or start a new hobby?
  • Exercise your mind. Do some mental training every day by playing puzzles involving numbers, sequences, and wordplay.
  • Be thankful. Express gratitude for everything that happens to you, good and bad. When you focus on what you have, there will be less room for stress and anxiety.

Maintain a youthful appearance

Nearly half of all adults are not happy with their teeth. Now that your kids are self-sufficient, it’s time to invest in yourself. Cosmetic dentistry presents a reasonable, affordable, and attractive option. With technological improvements in dentistry, there’s no need to look older than you feel. Laser whitening, cosmetic bonding, crowns, and veneers, have made it possible for aging teeth to look young again.

Statistic about 48% of people being unhappy with their smile

What could hold you back from considering cosmetic dentistry?

  • Aversion to dentistry. Dentistry has come a long way, but you may only remember the traumatic dental visits of the past. Don’t let your fear of dentists keep you from a radiant, healthy smile that fits your image and lifestyle. Many dental offices today are more like spas, combining the convenience of modern technology and relaxing patient comforts. If you still can’t overcome your fear, your dentist may offer sedation options to beat your anxiety.
  • Concerns about cost. If your oral health has paid the price in the past at the expense of other priorities, isn’t it time to put your number one asset—your smile—first? Many cosmetic dentists offer financing options, like credit card payments or CareCredit (a healthcare financing credit card that makes the health, wellness and cosmetic procedures you want possible today).
  • It won’t make a difference. You may be surprised to learn that fixing your bite and replacing missing teeth with implant-supported dentures can not only improve your oral health and quality of life but also change your profile and give you a non-surgical facelift! Only your cosmetic dentist can tell you for sure. Isn’t it worth it to find out?

Is your age just a number?

It can be if you preserve your youth through attitude, lifestyle, and, of course, by your Danbury dentist skilled in cosmetic dentistry. You can feel attractive at any age by making minor or profound personal improvements. Schedule your consultation today by calling (203) 743-1972 .

Share what helps you keep your age just a number in the comments below!


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How to Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit for Your Family

Image of items in an emergency preparedness kit

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.

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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.

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