Proactive Oral Care at Your Family Dentist

One of the most important components to a lifetime of good oral health is preventative care. Regularly scheduled checkups and cleanings are vital the dental health of your family. Your family dentist offers a wide array of preventative treatment options to proactively guard against tooth decay, disease and damage:

  • Fluoride treatments are available in a quick rinse application and help to protect your tooth enamel from acid and reverse the effects of decay.
  • Dental sealants are often recommended for children and teens. Sealants are “painted” on the teeth’s grooves and chewing surfaces that are hard to keep clean and protect them from plaque build-up that can ultimately cause tooth decay.
  • If members of your family participate in contact sports, custom mouth guards can be created to prevent injury to the teeth and mouth.
  • Likewise, if members of your family suffer from chronic teeth grinding, custom night guards can be fitted to protect the teeth from damage.
  • For family members who suffer from sleep apnea, dental appliances can be made to reposition the jaw and tongue allowing for unobstructed airflow while sleeping.
  • Advancements in computer technology allow your family dentist to identify and track potential areas of gum disease, allowing for earlier prevention and treatment.

Preventative dental care is a critical aspect of your family’s overall health. Taking advantage of the treatments and technologies provided by your family dentist is like taking out an insurance policy on their dental and general health. In cooperation with your family dentist, a schedule of regular oral hygiene and proactive care will ensure your family a lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles.

 

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At-home Teeth Whitening: Do’s and Don’ts

Teeth whitening is one of the simplest and most popular ways to improve the quality of your smile. There are a wide assortment of do-it-yourself teeth whitening options currently available, but just because they appear easy to use does not mean you are guaranteed the look you desire. Consider the following when attempting to achieve the best possible results from at-home teeth whitening:

Do visit your dentist first to ensure your teeth are healthy, clean, and ready for whitening. The bleach in whitening products can invade holes in unhealthy teeth, causing pain and even damage to teeth and nerves. It is wise to schedule an exam and cleaning with your dentist before attempting whitening treatments on your own.

Do not rely on whitening mouthwash to achieve the best results. These mouthwashes can also contain a high alcohol content that is damaging to teeth.

Do follow the product directions and do not attempt to achieve whiter teeth by leaving whitening strips on longer than directed. Leaving strips on too long can cause sensitivity and a splotchy, dull, and uneven result.

Do not use at-home teeth whitening kits more than twice per year.

Do avoid teeth whitening products that are not FDA approved as they can contain unsafe levels of chemicals which can cause damage to your teeth and oral health.

Do not expect dental restorations such as crowns or bonding to respond to teeth whitening treatments. Whitening natural teeth that sit next to these types of restorations may result in an uneven appearance.

Your smile is often the first impression you make on the world. Having a brighter, whiter smile can increase your confidence and improve the way other people perceive you. While at-home teeth whitening can certainly help you achieve your goal of a more perfect smile, it’s important to follow these guidelines to guarantee the best results.

 

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Types of Denture Materials Available

Dentures have been in use for hundreds if not thousands of years, but there has never been a time when there have been better materials available to create them than those that are available now. Thanks to advances in technology and methodology, dentures created in a lab today are often mistaken for natural teeth in the wearer.

Denture bases – the pink part that replaces soft gum tissue – are made of Polymethyl Methacrylate Resin (also known as PMMA or acrylic resin). Most resins in use today have a rubber reinforcement that improves their function. Denture bases are available in a wide variety of shades and subtle details that will look as natural as your own gum tissue.

The teeth of a denture can be made up of a number of materials, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Porcelain and composite resins are popular materials, as are acrylic resins and modified acrylic resins. All tooth materials used in dentures are available in a number of shades of white.

Acrylic resin teeth are popular because they aren’t prone to chipping or fracturing against one another when biting. They make little to no noise when they make contact as you eat or speak. Because they wear against one another, however, they grind away faster than porcelain and can require replacement after long-term wear.

Porcelain has the best color and translucency available for replacement teeth and does not wear away as quickly as acrylic resin teeth. They most closely resemble natural teeth. Unfortunately, porcelain denture teeth are more brittle and prone to fracture than acrylic resin materials. Porcelain teeth are also more likely to “clack” against one another when they make contact.

If you have questions about what materials might suit you and your denture needs best, contact Weston Florida dentist Dr. Thanos today and get the answers you need!

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Dental Crowns and Bridges Explained

Simply stated, both crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic appliances that are used to restore damaged teeth or fill spaces created by missing teeth. Unlike removable appliances like dentures, crowns and bridges are permanently affixed onto natural teeth or dental implants and can only be removed by a dental professional.

A bridge functions exactly as it sounds, by bridging the gap left by missing teeth. The bridge works to keep remaining teeth from shifting into the open space. Once placed, a bridge functions very much like your natural teeth.

A crown is a tooth-shaped cover that gets placed over a damaged or decayed tooth. The goal of a crown is to provide stability and protect the structure of the natural tooth. With current dental technology, most crowns are made with tooth-colored materials, so they appear natural and blend with your original teeth. Crowns can also be made from a variety of metals.

To place a crown or bridge, your tooth will first be prepared by your dentist to ensure the device will fit properly. An impression is then taken of your teeth to get an accurate mold, and the mold is sent to a dental lab to be created using the materials specified by your dentist. While your appliance is being made, your dentist will place a temporary crown or bridge until your permanent device is ready to be installed.

Most crowns and bridges can be expected to last 5-7 years, but with proper oral care, could last for decades. The greatest threat to the failure of crowns and bridges is additional decay or gum disease. Therefore, it is critical to maintain a vigilant oral hygiene routine, as well as maintaining regular dental examinations and professional cleanings. Consult with your dentist to found out if crowns or bridges are a viable solution for your missing or damaged teeth.

 

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