Recognizing The Value Of Preventive Dentistry

Your dentist can offer the type of restorative dental care that makes your smile feel fully protected, without sacrificing how you look. Of course, even when great restorative care is available, your goal should be to prevent dental problems altogether. When you maintain good oral health habits, you can protect yourself against tooth decay, and against gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss later in life. Make sure you keep your smile in great shape by brushing and flossing regularly – and by paying attention to your diet. You will have an easier time avoiding cavities if you avoid sugary items that tend to increase your risk for issues. (more…)

How Veneers And Lumineers Offer Lasting Improvements

How would you like to enjoy cosmetic improvements to your smile that last for a day? Would a week be enough time? If you are interested in undergoing cosmetic dental work, you probably want those results to stick around for a while. You can actually have dramatic improvements that will stay with you when you have dental veneers or Lumineers placed. Both of these cosmetic restorations offer coverage for multiple problems. If you have issues with discolored teeth, if you are tired of congenital flaws hurting your appearance, or if you want to hide damaged teeth, veneers and Lumineers can help. (more…)

Quiz: What Do You Know About Gum Disease?

When you understand what kind of threat gum disease poses to your smile’s long-term condition, you can understand why this problem should be taken seriously. Some people may be inclined to dismiss the severity of the issue because an infection is asymptomatic, meaning it does not cause pain. If an infection is not addressed in time, you can develop advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, which is permanent. Look for signs like swelling, a tendency to bleed, or a reddening of tissue. Your dentist can actually use laser treatment for a more precise, modern treatment of this issue. (more…)

Correcting A Crooked Smile Without Using Braces

Cosmetic work provided by your dentist can make big changes, and some of the effects they can provide may surprise you. People whose smiles are affected by misaligned teeth often assume their only option is to have orthodontic correction through traditional braces. The idea of using bracket and wire braces can be off-putting, especially for adults who fear they will look less mature. What you should know is that in some cases, you can correct a crooked smile with clear aligning trays, and avoid having your appearance affected. If you qualify, your dentist can help by offering an adjustment using Invisalign, or with ClearCorrect clear braces. (more…)

Is It Time To Consider A Teeth Whitening Treatment?

If you are dissatisfied with the color of your teeth, even after using store bought products, you may want to ask your dentist about a professional whitening treatment. While whitening toothpastes and other over the counter products can help with surface stains, the stains under the surface of your enamel can persist. By relying on bleaching agents, the whitening gels supplied by your dentist can attack those deeper stains. After a session with a professional teeth whitening, you can witness a remarkable change to your appearance. Of course, there are patients whose discoloration issues stem from other concerns. If you are struggling with intrinsic discoloration, talk to your dentist about the other cosmetic dental treatments that can help you. (more…)

Taking Good Care Of Your Smile While On The Road

As the weather continues to warm, and we start moving closer to the Summer months, you may be planning some sort of adventure (or misadventure) on the open road. Road trips can make for great vacations, and great bonding experiences with friends and family. Unfortunately, those long trips may make it harder for you to prevent dental problems. If you want to make sure your smile stays in great condition out on the road, pay attention to the snacks you choose, and be sure to take time out to brush and floss effectively. Tartar, which has to be removed through a professional dental cleaning, needs relatively little time to form. (more…)

A Root Canal Can Stop Issues Caused By Advanced Tooth Decay

Advanced tooth decay is no minor inconvenience. Without intervention from your dentist, a cavity that infiltrates the interior of your tooth can destroy that tooth, and allow for the continued spread of bacteria. When you need advanced restorative dental care, your dentist may need to address an internal infection by performing a root canal treatment. While many people are familiar with the term “root canal,” preconceived ideas about the procedure may have made you wary. What you should understand is that this treatment is important for those who need it, as it can do what is needed to save your tooth, and stop persistent dental discomfort. (more…)