Foods That Are Good for Your Teeth

Though there are many foods that can harm your teeth such as soda, candy, and coffee, there are also many foods that are good for your teeth. If you want healthy teeth that kill plaque, fight bacteria and build enamel, there are dozens of foods you can fit into your diet that will help.

Dairy: Teeth need calcium in order to stay strong, there is almost no better food to get it than through dairy products. Cheese and milk especially are great for your jawbone and teeth. Calcium prevents tooth decay by protecting your teeth from periodontal disease, a form of gum disease, as well as maintaining healthy bone structure of the jaw and teeth. About one-third of your body’s teeth and bones are made of calcium, so it is important to have a great deal of it in your system. Soy milk, tofu, and yogurt are also good sources of calcium. Continue reading

What to Expect at Your Dental Cleaning Appointment?

When you come in for your routine teeth cleaning you will be seen by both your dentist and a dental hygienist. The job of your dental hygienist is to check the health of your gums and teeth, as well as to clean and polish your teeth and offer any advice for at-home dental care. Here is what to expect from your next dental visit at our dental practice.

Cleaning
The main goal of a professional dental cleaning is to remove tartar buildup from your teeth and below the gum-line. While brushing and flossing properly and regularly at home will help to reduce plaque buildup, if you happen to miss spots here and there plaque easily turns to tartar, which your at-home toothbrush just can not remove. Therefore, you need to see your dentist to have tartar properly removed from your teeth. Continue reading

What Is Dental Bonding?

Nothing is more attractive than a healthy, beautiful, white smile. When you have a beautiful smile then you are more likely to show it off. And, as we all know, smiling can certainly boost your mood, alleviate stress and rev up your immune system.

About Dental Bonding
Dental bonding can be an ideal option for those looking to fix small imperfections and to improve smile aesthetics. Bonding is a cosmetic treatment that uses either tooth colored plastic or composite resin to apply to certain issues like discolorations, chips, cracks, unevenness or gaps between teeth. Instead of opting for more invasive procedures like dental veneers or crowns, bonding can easily make over a smile without any tooth preparation or irreversible changes. Continue reading

How to Take Care of Bad Breath

Sometimes we have have bad breath and do not realize it. It is possible to have halitosis and be completely unaware of it, even though those around you are more than aware. If you are wondering how to take care of bad breath, continue reading this article!

Many people who suffer bad breath do not even know it. An estimated one in four people have bad breath. About 60 million people in the United States suffer chronic halitosis. To eliminate bad breath, you need to know what causes it so it can be addressed.

How To Take Care Of Bad Breath
Below are a list of factors such as foods, medical and dental conditions that can be the cause of your bad breath. Continue reading

How Does Tooth Whitening Work?

If you are discouraged by your dull and yellow smile, you can safely and quickly revitalize your stained teeth with in-office whitening. Zoom WhiteSpeed is an in-office professional teeth whitening that improves smiles by as much as eight shades of color.

How Does Tooth Whitening Work?
Zoom WhiteSpeed is one of the most popular whitening systems on the market. This is an in-office appointment during which a special bleaching gel will be applied to your teeth. Once applied to your teeth, the bleach is activated by a specialized light that brightens and whitens your smile in just one appointment. Zoom WhiteSpeed comes with an in-home whitening kit that you can use for subsequent touch ups, if needed. Continue reading

Common Causes for Bad Breath

bad-breathBad breath can have several negative effects on your quality of life. Not only can it be embarrassing, but it can also be a warning sign of more serious health issues. Understanding the cause of bad breath and how to fight it, can quickly get your mouth feeling as good as new. Here are a few of the sources of halitosis.

Poor Hygiene
We all know that skipping regular brushing and flossing is hard on our teeth, but it is also a main cause of bad breath. When food particles remain on the surfaces of your mouth, the bacteria that then forms carries a bad odor. Continue reading

Dietary Habits That Weaken Teeth

healthy-teethTo keep your teeth healthy and strong, you need to practice great oral hygiene including brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day and visiting the dentist regularly. However, there are dietary factors that may lead to sensitive or weakened teeth and undermine your efforts. By avoiding these behaviors, you can maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Sugary Beverages
Consuming a lot of sugar, particularly in liquid form can cause tartar buildup, tooth decay, cavities and eventual tooth loss. This is particularly true of sugary beverages, which tend to wash over the teeth and stay in the mouth. Sugary drinks have also been shown to increase the risk of developing diabetes. Continue reading

Keeping Your Teeth White After Whitening Treatment

white-teethYou just had your teeth whitened, and you can not stop looking at how sparkling white they are. It is an incredible feeling to have a healthy, beautiful smile, which is why it is important to take the right steps to preserve its beauty. While teeth whitening does not last forever, these tips will help to make it last longer.

Avoid Stain Causing Beverages
One of the most common causes of tooth discoloration are drinks that can cause stains. These include soft drinks, tea, red wine, and coffee. While it would be a bit much to try and cut all of that out of your diet completely, limiting the amount of drinks that could stain your teeth or using a straw can keep your teeth white for longer. Continue reading

Common Dental Emergencies and What to Do About Them

beauty image of young asian womanDental emergencies are usually characterized by impending or actual tooth loss, oral pain, swelling or discomfort that the patient cannot resolve on his or her own. While most dental emergencies are not life threatening, they can certainly make it less comfortable and can lead to permanent damage. Below are some of the most common dental emergencies and how to manage them until professional medical attention is available.

Common Dental Emergencies
• Broken teeth
• Teeth that have been knocked loose or knocked out
• Unexplained toothache Continue reading

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

cosmetic-dentistryOne smile can make all the difference in the world, it can change your mood, disarm a stranger, and impress the right people in a social or business situation. Our smile is usually the first thing that people judge when they meet us, which can be discouraging for those of us with less than perfect or damaged teeth. Fortunately, advances in cosmetic dentistry means that you can have the smile you always wanted.

Boost Your Health
Did you know that poor oral health does not only mean tooth decay and gum disease? People who do not take care of their teeth are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems and pancreatic and oral cancer. Also, poor oral health is one of main culprits for frequent headaches and joint paint. Restoring your smile with cosmetic dentistry will boost your oral health and motivate you to implement regular and proper care. Continue reading

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