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IN THIS ISSUE

Can a Tooth Abscess Heal on Its Own?

Can a Tooth Abscess Heal on Its Own?

You suddenly develop a pain in your mouth that you cannot explain. You swallow and Advil and pray it goes away on its own. If this pain is caused by an abscess, all bets are off — you have to visit us. Read on to know why.

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Can a Tooth Abscess Heal on Its Own?

Can a Tooth Abscess Heal on Its Own?

You suddenly develop a pain in your mouth that you cannot explain. You swallow and Advil and pray it goes away on its own. If this pain is caused by an abscess, all bets are off — you have to visit us. Read on to know why.

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Extra! Dental News from Around The Web!

Extra! Dental News from Around The Web!

In this month’s roundup, the different types of dental veneers – how to keep your teeth healthy while preserving your waistline – and why the pandemic is ruining many a smile. Plus, take the Celebrity Guess-A-Thon. Enjoy!

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Extra! Dental News from Around The Web!

Extra! Dental News from Around The Web!

In this month’s roundup, the different types of dental veneers – how to keep your teeth healthy while preserving your waistline – and why the pandemic is ruining many a smile. Plus, take the Celebrity Guess-A-Thon. Enjoy!

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The Benefits of Sonic Toothbrushes for Healthy, Attractive Teeth

The Benefits of Sonic Toothbrushes for Healthy, Attractive Teeth

No one argues about the importance of a good dental hygiene routine for protecting your teeth.

This includes thorough brushing and flossing at least twice a day, and many dentists recommend an electric toothbrush to help you do this most effectively.

However, it’s possible to use the latest technology to take your efforts one step further, and that’s by using a device known as a sonic toothbrush.

What is a Sonic Toothbrush?

They may sound like something out of science fiction, but sonic toothbrushes are very similar to ordinary electric ones, although far more effective to use.

Normal powered toothbrushes vibrate at a rate of between 2-5k brushes per second, which is plenty fast enough for dislodging plaque, tartar, and other debris from your teeth – but sonic toothbrushes vibrate at a much higher speed. Their frequencies can reach well into the audible range, which gives them their “sonic” description.

It’s not unusual for sonic brushes to work five to seven times faster than standard types, pulsing at a rate of 15,000 times a second or even more. This has two highly beneficial effects.

How Sonic Brushes Outperform Traditional Electric Models

 

Firstly, this extra vibration speed means the toothbrush bristles move faster across the surface of your teeth, increasing efficiency and removing more material for the same time spent brushing. However, it’s the second benefit that’s more interesting, and really sets sonic brushes apart from their less-advanced cousins.

Good Vibrations

The high-speed vibrations of the toothbrush head cause matching pressure waves in the air immediately surrounding it. These waves are basically sound waves, but at a higher frequency than the usual buzzing of an ordinary electric toothbrush.

These waves rapidly shake the surrounding plaque without actually touching it, loosening it from the tooth enamel, and making it much easier to dislodge and brush off. The pressure waves also disrupt and slow down the growth of bacteria living on your teeth, helping to keep their levels under control far more efficiently than ordinary brushing.


We are not endorsing any specific brand of sonic toothbrush, but just as an example, here is a demonstration/instruction on the use of a Philips Sonicare Toothbrush…


Importantly, these effects also reach down into the cracks and crevices between your teeth, which ordinary brushing can often skim over rather than cleaning deeply. Studies show that this improves brushing efficiency by up to 65% compared to conventional powered brushes.

Why Better Brushing Matters

The enhanced brushing and cleaning ability of sonic toothbrushes offers many benefits…

  • Lower levels of plaque and tartar
  • Slower bacteria growth, meaning less decay
  • Reduced chances of excess bacteria causing gum disease
  • A cleaner-feeling mouth, and sweeter-smelling breath
  • Reduced progression and depth of staining

A sonic toothbrush is no silver bullet for dental health, and it’s definitely not going to be more effective if you let it sit on the shelf. However, as an extra string to your dental-care bow, many experts agree, sonic brushes are well worth the slightly higher cost compared to ordinary electric models.

Ask us about the advantages of sonic toothbrushes!

Can Cosmetic Dentistry Actually Make You Healthier?

Can Cosmetic Dentistry Actually Make You Healthier?

Having your teeth fixed is about more than wanting to look good. It also offers plenty of health benefits, some of which may surprise you.

Here are six ways cosmetic dentistry can help your overall well-being.

1) Better Mental Health

The first and most obvious benefit of straighter teeth is improved mental health.

Crooked teeth can make you reluctant to smile and drastically sap your confidence. This can easily become a real issue that impacts your personal life and career. Behaviors such as refraining from public speaking, reduced social engagement and lowered apparent mood can all be compounded by an embarrassing smile.

An improved smile can boost confidence in both social and professional situations, reducing stress and leading to a less anxious outlook on life.

2) Fewer Cavities, Less Decay

Crooked teeth are harder to keep clean, and food debris becomes trapped more easily. This leads to quicker plaque build-ups, increasing the risk of cavities and decay.

Straighter teeth also mean less gum exposure, providing fewer places for plaque to hide from flossing.

3) Reduced Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by a build-up of bacteria, and if left unchecked, can quickly lead to tooth loss. Crooked teeth aren’t a direct cause of gum disease, but they really don’t help the situation. Bacteria build up more quickly in the hard-to-floss nooks and crannies of crooked teeth, making conditions like gingivitis more difficult to control.

Also, crowded and crooked teeth can cause irritation to your gums, making them tender and giving the harmful bacteria an easier opening to do their nasty work.

4) Lower Risks of Serious Diseases

Poor hygiene caused by difficult cleaning can also lead to oral infections. This, in turn, increases the statistical risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pneumonia as well as many other serious diseases. Straighter teeth really can lead to a healthier body.

5) Reduced Headaches

If you have misaligned teeth and also suffer from frequent headaches, the two issues may actually be linked. People with misaligned teeth often grind them together while sleeping, a result of trying to rest the jaw in a comfortable position.

This causes tired and strained jaw muscles, interrupted sleep, and tension headaches. Orthodontic work or clear aligners can reduce the tension, which may, in turn, diminish headaches.

6) Less Damage to Teeth, Less Wear and Tear

When your teeth are misaligned, the pressures of biting and chewing are unevenly distributed. Some teeth will take more impact than others, and this leads to heavier wear and tear on the most prominent teeth. In time, this can cause chipping and other damage, with serious risks of tooth loss following close behind.

To sum it up…

A more attractive smile is just one benefit of straightening crooked teeth and improving a smile. Cosmetic dentistry offers many health and psychic benefits to go with your new look. Thanks to modern technologies, it has never been faster or easier to get the enhancements you want and need. Visit us for more info about your smile!

Off-The-Shelf Whitening Strips — The Right Remedy For Brightening Your Smile?

Off-The-Shelf Whitening Strips — The Right Remedy For Brightening Your Smile?

If you’re embarrassed to smile because of yellowing or stained teeth, you’ve probably thought about trying one of the many whitening options available today.

Professional treatment by a dentist is the most effective solution, but it comes at a price, and you may not feel ready to take such a big step.

Among all the other treatments that you can buy privately, teeth whitening strips at least seem to be one of the most convenient ways of brightening your smile, but are they worth trying?

An Introduction To Strip Theory

Teeth whitening strips are made from a thin, flexible layer of plastic, coated in a gel which claims to do the whitening work. The active ingredient in this gel is usually either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, both of which are types of bleach used in professional dental whitening treatments to give excellent results.

To use the strips, you simply press them across the surface of your teeth, molding the plastic into place with as few gaps and bubbles as you can manage, and leave them on for half an hour or so while the gel does its whitening work. With most types of strips, this should be done twice a day for a minimum of two weeks.

Whitening Strip Pluses and Minuses

If used as recommended, whitening strips can leave your teeth a couple of shades lighter fairly quickly, and for a reasonably low cost. They are also much more convenient than a full treatment supplied by your dentist (possibly us).

However, that’s not the whole story — there are three main problems which you should be aware of before deciding whether or not strips are right for you.

1. Uneven Whitening — No matter how careful you are applying the strips to your teeth, it’s almost impossible to get a perfect fit without leaving gaps.

Imagine you’re on a first date, and your companion for the evening gives you a big smile, and you happen to notice that, amidst the pleasant whiteness of their teeth, areas are a strange beige color. Your reaction might just turn from “Nice smile!” to “EEESH!”

Fact is, your teeth aren’t flat, and there will always be small areas where the gel doesn’t fully reach, which can easily lead to uneven whitening, and the blotchy result can look worse than before treatment started.

2. Sensitivity Risk — As a home-based product, the strength of the bleaching agents is much lower than in professional treatments. Nonetheless, you’re still adding a harsh chemical to your mouth, and this can cause sensitivity in areas of your mouth, especially if you accidentally leave the strips on for longer than recommended.

In extreme cases, you could cause long-term damage to your tooth enamel, risking further problems including decay and even tooth loss. Never use whitening strips if you already have cavities or sensitive teeth – always check with your dentist first.

3. Gum Problems — The whitening agent should never be in contact with the sensitive flesh of your gums, but this is always a risk with self-applied treatments. Even if you take extra care, you can expect some degree of gum irritation, but careless application can cause swollen gums, blisters, and even bleeding.

So, Are Whitening Strips a Good Idea?

Even with these problems, there’s no doubt that whitening strips can be effective in lightening your teeth by a shade or two, and they’re an inexpensive and convenient remedy for a lightly stained smile.

However, you can’t expect miracles, and your teeth should be in generally good condition before considering this treatment if you want to avoid problems.

If the color of your teeth is a serious concern in your daily life, then the best idea is to visit your dentist and discuss your options. Strips can certainly help as a do-it-yourself treatment, but we may be able to recommend a more powerful method that is safer and provide better long-term results.

To put your smile to work, visit us soon!

 

 

 

The Benefits of Sonic Toothbrushes for Healthy, Attractive Teeth

The Benefits of Sonic Toothbrushes for Healthy, Attractive Teeth

No one argues about the importance of a good dental hygiene routine for protecting your teeth.

This includes thorough brushing and flossing at least twice a day, and many dentists recommend an electric toothbrush to help you do this most effectively.

However, it’s possible to use the latest technology to take your efforts one step further, and that’s by using a device known as a sonic toothbrush.

What is a Sonic Toothbrush?

They may sound like something out of science fiction, but sonic toothbrushes are very similar to ordinary electric ones, although far more effective to use.

Normal powered toothbrushes vibrate at a rate of between 2-5k brushes per second, which is plenty fast enough for dislodging plaque, tartar, and other debris from your teeth – but sonic toothbrushes vibrate at a much higher speed. Their frequencies can reach well into the audible range, which gives them their “sonic” description.

It’s not unusual for sonic brushes to work five to seven times faster than standard types, pulsing at a rate of 15,000 times a second or even more. This has two highly beneficial effects.

How Sonic Brushes Outperform Traditional Electric Models

 

Firstly, this extra vibration speed means the toothbrush bristles move faster across the surface of your teeth, increasing efficiency and removing more material for the same time spent brushing. However, it’s the second benefit that’s more interesting, and really sets sonic brushes apart from their less-advanced cousins.

Good Vibrations

The high-speed vibrations of the toothbrush head cause matching pressure waves in the air immediately surrounding it. These waves are basically sound waves, but at a higher frequency than the usual buzzing of an ordinary electric toothbrush.

These waves rapidly shake the surrounding plaque without actually touching it, loosening it from the tooth enamel, and making it much easier to dislodge and brush off. The pressure waves also disrupt and slow down the growth of bacteria living on your teeth, helping to keep their levels under control far more efficiently than ordinary brushing.


We are not endorsing any specific brand of sonic toothbrush, but just as an example, here is a demonstration/instruction on the use of a Philips Sonicare Toothbrush…


Importantly, these effects also reach down into the cracks and crevices between your teeth, which ordinary brushing can often skim over rather than cleaning deeply. Studies show that this improves brushing efficiency by up to 65% compared to conventional powered brushes.

Why Better Brushing Matters

The enhanced brushing and cleaning ability of sonic toothbrushes offers many benefits…

  • Lower levels of plaque and tartar
  • Slower bacteria growth, meaning less decay
  • Reduced chances of excess bacteria causing gum disease
  • A cleaner-feeling mouth, and sweeter-smelling breath
  • Reduced progression and depth of staining

A sonic toothbrush is no silver bullet for dental health, and it’s definitely not going to be more effective if you let it sit on the shelf. However, as an extra string to your dental-care bow, many experts agree, sonic brushes are well worth the slightly higher cost compared to ordinary electric models.

Ask us about the advantages of sonic toothbrushes!

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