Posts for: December, 2016
You know the basics of great oral hygiene: Brush and floss daily; see your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups; and watch your diet, especially sweets.
While these are the basics for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, there are a few lesser known things you can do to enhance your hygiene efforts. Here are 4 extra tips for better hygiene.
Use the right toothbrush. As the old saying goes, “There's a right tool for every job.” Brushing your teeth is no exception. Most people do well with a soft-bristled, multi-tufted toothbrush with a head small enough to maneuver easily in their mouth. Toothbrushes wear out, so switch to a new one every three to six months or if the bristles become too soft or worn.
…And the right brushing technique. Hard scrubbing might apply to housework, but not your teeth. Over-aggressive brushing can lead to gum recession. A gentle, sustained effort of about two minutes on all tooth surfaces is sufficient to remove plaque, the bacterial film most responsible for dental disease.
Wait a while to brush after eating. Before hopping up from the meal table to brush, consider this: eating many foods increases mouth acid that can erode your teeth enamel. Fortunately, your body has a solution — saliva, which neutralizes mouth acid and helps restore minerals to your enamel. But saliva takes thirty minutes to an hour to complete the buffering process. If you brush before then you could brush away miniscule amounts of softened minerals from your enamel. So wait about an hour to brush, especially after consuming acidic foods or beverages.
Drink plenty of water. Your mouth needs a constant, moist environment for optimal health. But smoking, alcohol and caffeine can cause dry mouth. Certain drugs, too, can have mouth dryness as a side effect. A dry mouth is more susceptible to plaque formation that can cause disease. To avoid this, be sure you drink plenty of water during the day, especially as you grow older.
If you would like more information on taking care of your teeth and gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “10 Tips for Daily Oral Care at Home.”
If you wish you could snap your fingers and take years off of your tired smile, now you can. Cosmetic dentistry rejuvenates and renews your teeth to take them to the next level in terms of a beautiful smile. However, how can you determine which cosmetic dentistry procedures are good for you and your smile? Find out how to get a smile you love with Dr. Sanjay Patel at My Dentist in San Bernardino, CA.
What cosmetic dentistry procedure is best for me?
- Misaligned Teeth: Misaligned teeth are often best treated with orthodontic treatment. However, less severe misalignments may benefit from dental veneers or dental contouring.
- Stained Teeth: Teeth whitening can help most stains and discolorations which could hinder the way you feel about your smile. For more severe staining which does not respond to professional whitening procedures, dental veneers may be a better option.
- Uneven Teeth: While dental veneers can help uneven teeth, dental contouring can change the length or shape of your teeth. If you have an extra pointy canine or one tooth which extends below the rest, your dentist can use contouring to correct these issues and more.
- Missing Teeth: Missing teeth have several options for replacement. The most permanent and close to natural option is dental implants. Your dentist implants a small metal post called an implant fixture into the bone beneath your missing tooth where it stays permanently. Patients who do not have the proper bone volume to hold the implant may require a dental bridge held in place by the natural teeth on either side of a gap.
Cosmetic Dentistry in San Bernardino, CA
If you feel as though you could benefit from cosmetic dentistry, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. A consultation will help you and your dentist determine which procedures are best for you. Seeing your dentist for twice-yearly dental examinations and cleanings will keep your teeth healthy and your cosmetic procedures as good as new.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Patel at My Dentist in San Bernardino, CA. Call (888) 599-7005 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Patel today!
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”