All posts by Dr. Mariana Conant

Foods You Can’t Eat When You Just Have Your Teeth Whitened

Beautiful young woman eating yogurt at home.Having your teeth whitened at the dentist’s office can be quite an expensive investment but offers one of the best enhancements to your smile.  For this reason, it is important that you take care of your newly whitened teeth so that they can maintain their color for a long time. One way of ensuring this is by watching what you eat. You need to be particularly careful about what you eat in the first few weeks after the teeth whitening procedure. In this post, we tell you the foods to eat as well as those you need to keep away from.

Foods to Eat

Go for room temperature foods. After undergoing a tooth whitening procedure, there may be a period of pain or sensitivity that lasts up to 72 hours. Continue reading

The Best Treatment To Replace Missing Teeth

Most people look at the loss of their teeth in aesthetic terms before considering the health implications. Missing teeth reduce the functionality of your bite and can lead to bone disintegration in your jaw. This, in turn, can lead to widespread shifting in your other teeth. Lost teeth also invite the increased risk of gum infection, an ailment that can lead to health problems throughout the body. Replacing missing teeth is an essential component of responsible oral health, and Dr. Mariana Conant provides several options for patients who need the work done.

Single Tooth Dental Implants
For Fairfield, Connecticut residents who have only one missing tooth, a single-tooth dental implant may be the best option for replacement and restoration. Continue reading

When Will I Know That I Need To See A Periodontist?

visiting a periodontistMany people stand the risk of getting gum disease because of poor oral hygiene. Consequently, they might need to visit a periodontist for evaluation and treatment. Most dentists can routinely treat a mild type of gum disease. However, if the gum disease is progressed to a complicated state, most dentists prefer that the patient see a specialist for an in-depth assessment. A periodontist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum diseases such as periodontitis and gingivitis. Some of the services a periodontist offer include: tooth extraction; deep gum cleaning; placement of implants, root therapy; cosmetic dental procedures and any type of surgery to the jaw bone. Continue reading

Does Infection Control Important?

gloves and dental toolsInfection control within the dental practice involves two basic factors: preventing the transmission of dangerous microorganisms from the patient and team members and killing the microorganisms from surfaces and dental instruments. Read on for more important facts on how proper infection control is achieved.

Hand Washing: Dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and sterilization technicians regularly come into contact with bacteria and other pathogens that can easily be transferred through contact with blood and saliva, making hand washing between patients a must. Continue reading

We Are Offering Dental Care Insurance

holding dental insurance smartphoneYou might think that it’s hard to find out what dental care insurances are available, on your own. There are so many different kinds of dental insurance from which to choose, and it seems mind-boggling. The insurance plan you choose will depend on your specific situation and income. Make sure that the dental insurance, just as with any other type of insurance, is worth the price, and that it fits into your budget.

When shopping for dental insurance, you will want to find one that meets your specific needs. You might be single and want an individual plan, or you may have a spouse and children, and you need a family plan. Continue reading

Having Dental Care For Your Kids

Mother teaching child to brush teethThere are many things to think about when you are considering the dental care for your children. You want them to have clean, white smooth, straight teeth, and these factors will enable your children to have more confidence, and will also help make their smiles more beautiful, and this will help them to develop a personality that is more attractive to others.

If the teeth aren’t clean and attractive looking, then a child can possibly become the victim of ridicule by other children, and we all know that it’s hard enough being a kid, as it is, without the additional embarrassment that can come from a mouth that has teeth missing, out of place, and so forth. Continue reading

Beating Dental Fear And Anxiety

Fear of having dental checkupHow to Manage Fear and Anxiety at the Dentist

Unfortunately, there is no getting past proper dental care by a specialist. However, what is not noticed by many is that a great deal of individuals suffer from anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist. What is usually a simple procedure for most people is regarded as a nightmare to others. Luckily, there are strategies that both the patient and the dentist can undertake to create a more relaxing environment to ease the patient’s fear and anxiety. Continue reading

Understanding Caries, Cavities and Decay

kids with dental cavities and decayGood dental hygiene is important to keep teeth whole and healthy. The idea is to prevent dental caries. Caries is the disease that leads to tooth decay and cavities. That is simple enough to say, but what are caries, tooth decay, and cavities? What do they do to your teeth, and how are they prevented? Here is a look at what they are and how they are related.

What Is Caries

Caries is a disease process. It occurs when bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar in the food you eat and produce acids that leach minerals from your teeth. As the mineral levels in the tooth decrease, a white patch appears where the tooth enamel is getting weaker. Continue reading

4 Ways to Help Kids Develop Good Dental Hygiene Habits

Colorful toothbrush and paste holderHow many of us have heard that ‘too much sugar will rot your teeth’ while growing up?  It’s one of the most common phrases uttered by parents to deter their kids from sucking on sweets and sipping sugary juices all day. And while reducing sugar intake definitely helps prevent tooth decay, it is not merely enough to help kids develop good dental hygiene habits.

Here are 5 ways you can help your kid develop healthy habits for taking care of their teeth! Continue reading

What’s The Best Options for Replacing Missing Teeth?

Missing ToothMost people look at the loss of their teeth in aesthetic terms before considering the health implications. Missing teeth reduce the functionality of your bite and can lead to bone disintegration in your jaw. This, in turn, can lead to widespread shifting in your other teeth. Lost teeth also invite increased risk of gum infection, an ailment that can lead to health problems throughout the body. Replacing missing teeth is an essential component of responsible oral health, and Dr. Mariana Conant provides several options for patients who need the work done.

Single Tooth Dental Implants
For Fairfield, Connecticut residents who have only one missing tooth, a single-tooth dental implant may be the best option for replacement and restoration. Continue reading