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Chances are you already know the basics of good oral hygiene. Brush twice a day, floss, avoid sugary foods. But what else can you do to improve your oral health routine? Here are 3 more tips to keep your smile happy and healthy.

  1. Make dental hygiene a part of your entire day. While it’s obviously important to make time to brush and floss regularly, there are other things you can do throughout the day to improve your dental hygiene. To make each day better for your teeth, try including these small habits: don’t snack or drink anything except water before bed, chew sugar-free gum after you eat to remove food particles that stick to your teeth, and stay hydrated all day to encourage natural saliva production!
  1. Start with your back teeth. Starting a brushing session with your back teeth is a great way to give the back of your mouth the attention it deserves! Cleaning your back teeth is essential because all of those nooks and crannies in your molars make them more susceptible to gum disease, cavities, and decay.
  2. Brush your tongue. Brushing your tongue is a great addition to your oral health regimen. Your tongue is a perfect place for bacteria to grow and it’s important to take a few extra seconds to brush this area. Not only can plaque and germs live on your tongue and sneak into the crevices between your teeth causing cavities, but an unbrushed tongue can also lead to bad breath. Use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to keep your mouth healthy!

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We’d be happy to talk to you more about creating a healthy dental hygiene routine. Make an appointment with us today and we’ll get you on your way to a better smile!

When you’re looking for a new dentist, you’re searching for more than someone to just clean your teeth. Your dental health, and your family’s, is a crucial part of your overall health and so choosing a dentist that’s right for you is an important decision. So, how do you find the best dentist for you? Here are some important factors to keep in mind.

Services provided

Another factor to consider when choosing a dentist is if they offer a variety of services that work for your needs. Maybe you don’t need a bridge or porcelain veneers right now, but you might one day—and you don’t want to have to start all over again when you do!

If you’re also searching for a dentist for your family, you will want to consider someone who offers a variety of services, from children’s dentistry to cosmetic, restorative and emergency dental care. Typically, you can find all the services offered on the practice’s website.

As a kid, a loose tooth meant a fun visit from the Tooth Fairy. But losing teeth as an adult isn’t nearly as exciting. Adults only have about 25 permanent teeth, making tooth loss a potentially serious ordeal. Here are a few major causes of tooth loss adults and tips on how to improve your oral health:

Your Daily oral Care Regimen May be Lacking 

Your dentist is your first line of defense against tooth loss, so make sure to keep your regular cleanings and check-ups. Your dentist will check your teeth for any problems — like cavities, oral cancer, and other diseases — and address any issue before it’s too late.

Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and using an anti-plaque mouthwash can also help keep your teeth healthy and strong, as it eliminates harmful bacteria from lingering and weakening your enamel.

Teeth Grinding

Grinding your teeth at night can cause breakage, sensitivity and possibly even tooth loss. If you think you grind, gnash or clench your teeth at night, talk to your dentist about getting a mouthguard to wear while you sleep.

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They’re typically made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. While most dentures rest directly on the gums, dentures that attach to implants are called implant-retained dentures.

Advantages of Implant-Retained Dentures

Because implant-retained dentures are attached to implants, they are much more stable than traditional dentures. Because they shift less, they are usually more comfortable to wear and allow for easier eating and less worry about becoming loose or falling out.

Implant-retained dentures can also help preserve your jawbone and keep it strong and intact. Because traditional dentures are used to replace missing teeth, the jawbone can deteriorate over time and result in receding gums and a collapsed smile. However, because implant-retained dentures work with the implants that act as natural teeth and roots, they fuse with your jawbone in a way that keeps it healthy and stable.

Like nearly every other industry, dentistry has dramatically changed (and benefited from) the increased use of technology.  Digital dentistry, or the use of any dental technology or device that uses digital or computer-based components, has improved patient care in many ways. Not only have many new treatments been invented, but older treatments have also been streamlined or made safer, improving patient outcomes overall.

Understanding and keeping up with the innovative changes happening in dentistry can feel overwhelming. But being in the know can help keep patients feel informed about their diagnosis, treatment options, and overall oral health. Here are a few ways we use digital dentistry to improve your care:

Digital X-rays: Digital X-rays are a great improvement in dental radiography because they reduce exposure to radiation and are more comfortable for you. Capturing the images on a computer, digital X-ray images can also be magnified, which allows for improved diagnostic accuracy.

All-on-4® Dental Implants are an alternative to conventional dentures and serve as a permanent solution to missing teeth. Surgically placed into your jaw, they look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Also referred to as full arch dental implants and implant hybrid bridges, they are custom-created for your mouth and have many advantages over conventional dentures. Some of these advantages include:

  • All-on-4® dental implants are a full set of implants designed to replace your entire upper or lower set of teeth. They act as a more permanent and natural-looking alternative to dentures.
  • According to The American Academy of Periodontology, they are superior to traditional dentures when it comes to preserving bone structure and function. The full implants replace some of the tooth roots and integrate with the jawbone, which helps keep the jawbone intact. With traditional dentures, the bone that previously surrounded your tooth can weaken and deteriorate over time, resulting in a collapsed smile.

Orthodontic treatment with SureSmile® Aligners can improve your smile faster and easier than you ever thought possible. SureSmile® is a technology-based straightening system that combines aspects of traditional braces with modern technology to create a series of clear, custom-fit molds for your best smile ever.

Here’s how SureSmile® improves your smile:

It’s completely customized

The SureSmile® Aligners system uses 3-D technology to move your teeth more efficiently and directly into their proper position. Using custom-printed models and robotic laser trimming, your aligners will have an incredible fit and precise function for your personal needs.

Incredible precision and modern design

SureSmile® Aligners are created using a modern algorithm, a robust Cloud-based software platform, and an expert digital lab team to straighten your smile tooth-by-tooth. This precision not only results in total comfort, but also gives your dentist the power, control, and flexibility to ensure your treatment creates your dream smile.

Top-rated materials

SureSmile® Aligners are made with world-renowned Essix® plastic, which is known for its superior performance at straightening teeth and its virtually invisible aesthetic, making your treatment that much better for everyday life. And thanks to its effective design, these aligners produce amazing results in 30% less time than traditional braces do. 

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If you’re interested in learning more about how SureSmile® Aligners can create your perfect smile, make an appointment with us today!

CEREC® Technology, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic, is a state-of-the-art method of creating natural tooth restorations. We’ve been using CEREC® technology since 2006 to make crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers out of ceramic material to restore the natural beauty and function of your teeth.

What does CEREC Technology mean for you? 

One of the biggest advantages of CEREC® is its convenience. Typically, we can make crowns or bridges in our office on the same day as your visit. Using CEREC® technology is also more comfortable for many patients as it eliminates the need for biting on the traditional impression trays which can be messy and cause many people to gag. Plus, no more plastic temporary crowns that fall off!

A dental filling is an extremely common dental procedure used to help to protect your teeth from further decay. Whether you have a cavity, enamel loss, or tooth breakage, fillings are artificial materials used to reinforce your teeth and keep them healthy. If you need a filling, your dentist will consider a number of factors when choosing which type is best for you. These factors may include cosmetic considerations (like where in your mouth the filling needs to go), the cost, and the extent of the needed repair.

There are several types of fillings available, including:

  • Composite Fillings – A composite resin filling is made from a mixture of fine plastic and glass particles. It is made to match the natural color of your tooth and is most often used on the front teeth or wherever it might be visible. This type of filling bonds directly to the tooth, which makes it very strong and durable.
  • Amalgam Fillings – Amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of metals including mercury and silver. These fillings don’t match your teeth and so are most commonly used for problems with your back molars. These filings are very strong and can last for ten years or longer.
  • Ceramic Fillings – Ceramic fillings are made of tooth-colored porcelain that has a very natural look. While they are resistant to staining, they can be more fragile than amalgam fillings and are a much more expensive option.

Dental fillings are an incredibly common type of dental restoration used to treat cavities and decay. And while fillings are strong and built to last for many years, sometimes things happen and they fall out. Here are a few tips on what to do if this happens to you.

Find the filling and keep it clean and safe

When your filling falls out, rinse it off with water and keep it in a resealable plastic bag. Bring it to your dentist’s office because it may be reusable if it’s not broken.

Carefully clean around the affected tooth

Gently rinse your mouth and brush the affected tooth to remove any food debris that may have become lodged in the exposed area. Stop brushing if you feel any pain, as this could be due to an exposed nerve.

Call your dentist

After you’ve cleaned your mouth, call your dentist to see if you can make an appointment for that day or the next day. At the appointment, your dental team will assess the affected area and look for any damage. Sometimes your dentist may recommend replacing the filling with another filling or, depending on what happened, they may suggest a dental crown. Dental crowns cap the entire tooth and provide even more protection than a filling.

You probably remember getting fluoride treatments as a kid. Or maybe you’re familiar with the fluoride rinses your children get. But are fluoride treatments suitable for adults? While not always necessary for adults, it’s actually a common misconception that fluoride only works for developing teeth in kids and professional opinion is generally in favor of adult fluoride treatment for many reasons. If you’re on the fence, here are some reasons it may be beneficial for you.

  • If you’re experiencing receding gums, fluoride treatments can slow down that process and protect your enamel from softening.
  • If you have crowns or bridges in your mouth, fluoride can protect restorative dental work that could be in jeopardy because of weakening teeth.
  • If you have sensitive teeth, fluoride can help. Many adults consume foods that are acidic or use at-home teeth-whitening products which can lead to increased sensitivity or sore gums. Fluoride can help reduce sensitivity by strengthening your enamel.