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Watch What You Eat After Teeth-Whitening

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Following your dentist's after care instructions is crucial to seeing maximum results. If you're whitening on your own at home, there's an easy rule of thumb to remember: if it will stain your clothes, it will stain your teeth. Who'd want that after going through the process of whitening? There are a plethora of foods that are best to be avoided right after undergoing a teeth whitening and for up to several days after. These include red and/or dark sauces, beets, soy sauce, dark berries, cola, and overly-acidic foods (like those that are pickled), which can wear down the already sensitive enamel. Freshly whitened teeth are also not immune to certain beverages, such as coffee, dark teas, cola drinks, and red wine, which are known to stain. Continue reading

Mercury Mouth: Are Amalgam Fillings Safe?

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There is no substitute for consistent, preventive dental care. Regular brushing, flossing and rinsing are essential to oral health. Limiting sugar in the diet also helps to protect tooth enamel and pulp. Of course, semi-annual dental check-ups and cleanings are essential to a healthy mouth. All that said, even the most zealous of self-care practitioners can suffer from tooth decay and develop caries. This may relate to excessive mouth breathing or simply genetic predisposition. If cavities develop, they require filling with a substance that is non-toxic, strong and durable; a substance that will seal the affected tooth and prevent infections.

The amalgam fillings that are widely used by dentists were first conceived in the early 19th century and employed primarily in England and France. Comprised of mercury, silver, copper and tin, this emulsion found its way to the United States in 1830; many patients reported harmful effects due to mercury exposure. Dental societies shunned amalgams and went so far as to designating their use as a form of malpractice. As the years passed, the proportions of the constituent components of amalgams were tweaked but mercury remained because of its ability to render the other metals more malleable. Over time, use of amalgams increased and professional objections diminished significantly. Continue reading

How Dental Bonding Can Change The Look And Feel Of Your Teeth

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Superficial damages to the natural tooth structures can undermine both their integrity and the overall look of your smile. Dental bonding is a relatively inexpensive treatment that can instantly restore chipped or cracked teeth to their former aesthetic beauty. This treatment can also bolster and protect weakened or damaged tooth structures, so that additional harm is less likely to be sustained.

How Dental Bonding Works

During the bonding process, a composite resin is applied to the tooth surfaces. This resin adheres to the teeth to conceal problems such as chips, cracks, natural imperfections and discoloration. It can additionally be used to fill in minor cavities and to restore teeth that have otherwise been compromised. Dental bonding is currently considered one of the most affordable and effective alternatives to porcelain veneers. Best of all, dental bonding can also improve how your teeth feel. It can be uncomfortable to run your tongue over cracked and ragged tooth surfaces or to have these constantly pressed into the cheek. Bonding creates a smooth and entirely natural-feeling surface so that chewing and talking are not uncomfortable.

Easily And Safely Increase Your Confidence With Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is not just affordable. It is also one of the shortest, restorative treatments that people can receive given that bonding can be completed in a single office visit. This treatment is also highly versatile and can be used to treat one tooth or all of them. Bonding can even be employed as part of a multi-pronged treatment plan that includes other restorative procedures. Best of all, unless bonding is being used for the restoration of a decayed tooth, anesthesia is rarely necessary. Continue reading

Dental Work: Should You Get a Second Opinion?

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If you have been recently diagnosed with an array of dental conditions, it is recommended to obtain a second opinion. It will not only confirm or contradict the opinion of the treating dentist, but it will also give you a peace of mind about the proposed course of treatment. It is especially true if a substantial cost is involved along with any serious existing dental discrepancies you may have such as multiple missing teeth or oral disease.

A second opinion should be sought after if:

• You do not feel comfortable with the treatment plan presented by your dentist
• You do not have good rapport with your dental provider
• Your insurance does not cover the procedures and you will have to pay out-of-pocket
• Serious medical conditions are present and may require the involvement of a specialist
• You have had dental work done, but it is not satisfactory Continue reading

Crowns or Fillings: Which One is Better?

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Restorative dentistry offers patients a way to repair their smile both aesthetically and functionally. It can mean the difference between a tooth that hurts to use and one that exists free from pain while looking just like a natural tooth would.

The problem is that patients are routinely given a choice between fillings and crowns. Before you choose one or the other, it's important to understand which of the two is best to use.

The short answer is that crowns and fillings have certain uses where they perform better. This is why both are still utilized in modern dentistry.

When Do Fillings Work Better?

The first and foremost difference between fillings and crowns concerns cost. Fillings are generally cheaper, as they can range between $50 to $300 for silver amalgam fillings and $90 to $450 for composite resin fillings.

Fillings also typically require significantly less healthy tooth tissue to be removed. Composite resin fillings require the least tissue to be removed, as they are chemically bonded to the teeth by UV light. Silver amalgam and similar types of fillings require the dentist to create a shape for the filling to sit.

This makes fillings ideal for fixing small spots on the teeth where decay has occurred, which in turn can prevent decay from spreading and eventually killing the tissue inside of the tooth. Continue reading

Getting A Dental Filling Vs. A Facial Treatment

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With costs ranging from anywhere from $45 to $150, it is a little bit easy to compare getting a facial treatment with a tooth filling. If you have an hour or a little more and some cash to spare, which should you go see first – your derma or your dentist?

What happens if you don’t get a facial treatment?

Most of us have survived throughout life without ever having had a facial treatment. This deep cleansing procedure is done tone, exfoliate and moisturize and revitalize skin on the face, neck and shoulders. Facials are helpful because they treat, correct and prevent common problems like excess sebum production, dryness or acne formation. Continue reading

Comparing Lumineers To Traditional Veneers

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Crooked, chipped, discolored, or worn down teeth are often viewed as unattractive, but they are a common occurrence among many. If you suffer from these problems, you no longer need to worry – there are ways to treat them! Two of the ways to treat these problems are Lumineers and traditional veneers. Here is a look at both treatments:

  1. Both are suited to people on the go because under the hands of a qualified dentist, these can be finished in as little as two visits. Both are made from thin and porous porcelain, are stain proof, natural in appearance, durable and resilient. They are also designed to last for years if coupled with proper home care, cleansing and regular visits to the dentists.

However, these are recommended only for minor cosmetic adjustments and not for serious dental makeovers or orthodontic work. They are best for minor tooth imperfections like covering visible portions of the teeth, straightening and lengthening teeth and concealing stained or discolored fillings. Continue reading

Tea: A Healthier Drink for Teeth and Gums

Tea A Healthier Drink for Teeth and Gums

What is a person to drink if they want to protect their teeth and gums, but don’t want to settle on just water? Sugary sodas can give you cavities and damage the enamel on the teeth. Coffee can leave stains that are difficult to scrub clean with just a toothbrush. New research from July/August issue of General Dentistry suggests that the solution may be tea, with green tea being a top choice.

Why Tea?

Anti-oxidants in tea have long made it a favorite healthy substitute for the coffee habit. They are known to reduce free radicals and which can produce symptoms of disease and aging. However, new research shows that tea has the same effect on tooth enamel as water, but it’s ultimately tastier to drink. It also contains nutritional components not available in water. Not only will you fill your body with needed anti-oxidants, but you also won’t be creating any new cavities, as long as you don’t load your cup up with sugar. Catechin is one of those anti-oxidant compounds that are also shown to promote better tooth and gum health too. Catechins are within both black and green teas. Continue reading

The Many Advantages Of Getting Dental Veneers

The Many Advantages Of Getting Dental Veneers

When you have a chip or imperfection on one of your teeth, it can affect your overall appearance. The rest of your smile may be perfect, but the one chip becomes very noticeable. There are a few ways to deal with an imperfection in a tooth, but most options don't entirely take care of the problem. The best and most complete way to deal with an imperfect tooth is to get a dental veneer, and here's why.

First of all, dental veneers take care of the tooth while preventing further imperfections to the tooth. Veneers are stain resistant, so you don't need to worry about the veneer started to look discolored or worn over time. If the underlying tooth had any stains or discoloration to begin with, a dental veneer will take care of this problem. Dental veneers can be used not only to treat the chip in the tooth, but also to treat stained teeth.

Veneers look very natural. The color fits into the natural color of the rest of your teeth. Porcelain material means that the tooth will look and feel just like a normal tooth. It will even glisten the way that teeth naturally. Anyone would have a hard time figuring out which tooth is your normal tooth and which one is a veneer. For this reason, many people opt to get veneers over other forms of cosmetic dental treatment.  Continue reading

Whiter Teeth May Bring More Employment Opportunities

Whiter Teeth May Bring More Employment Opportunities

If you are looking for a job in the Roseville area, you may be surprised to learn that having a brilliant smile can greatly factor into an employer's decision to hire you. the condition of your teeth can tell a prospective employer a lot about you, and you may be surprised to learn what stained teeth can give away.

Tell-Tale Sign of Smoking

Any dentist will tell you that smoking is terrible for your teeth. The nicotine and tar will dull the enamel, and the smoke can dry out your gums. This dryness can also lead to tooth decay. If a potential employer sees that you smoke, you may be passed over in favor of a non-smoking applicant. The cost of healthcare for smokers is higher, making many employers leery of hiring them. Whitening your teeth can erase the signs of smoking, which can give you an advantage with employers who may be put off by your tobacco use.

Coffee Addiction

While considered less-dangerous than a cigarette habit, some employers may be disgusted by teeth stained by coffee. This is especially true among companies that maintain an image of natural living and healthy diets, such as supplement companies or businesses that deal in organics. Health spas and retreats that tout relaxation and herbal remedies may also not be forgiving about a coffee addiction. Don't let your java habit keep you from landing the job of your dreams! Have your teeth whitened and avoid judgement about your choice of beverages. Continue reading