Tuesday, October 18, 2016

DENTAL MYTHOLOGY - part 1


 Myth #1 - The harder you brush, the better.

 Truth - The goal of toothbrushing is to remove plaque. Plaque is very soft and will come off with a  soft bristle brush and a light touch. If you push too hard on the brush the bristles bend and don’t  work as well. You may also cause damage to your gums by abrading them. This leads to exposed  tooth structure which may cause sensitivity and eventually, decay.

 Myth #2 - Certain foods cause gum disease.

 Truth - Gum disease is caused by bacteria not by sugar or any other food. However, if food isn’t  removed from tooth surfaces it provides fuel for bacteria to grow and break down the attachment  between teeth and gums leading to tooth loss.

 Myth #3 - Gum disease naturally occurs as you get older.

 Truth - Many young people have gum disease. Dental hygiene is more of a factor than age. Getting  regular examinations and cleanings and keeping your teeth as clean as possible by brushing and  flossing is the key to good dental health.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bonding with the Dentist

What is bonding? Bonding is the direct application of tooth colored material to restore or change the appearance of teeth. Layers of bonding material may be added to the fronts and the edges of teeth to change the color or the shape and size. Often times, this procedure is totally painless and doesn't require the use of local anesthetic. Teeth can be recontoured and changed to give the illusion of straight teeth without orthodontics. Bonding material is slightly thicker than toothpaste and is applied to the tooth surface in increments. It comes in a variety of shades so it can be matched to your teeth. It can also be used to change the appearance of your original tooth by applying a lighter color. It is then cured (or hardened) by a bright light, finished and polished smooth to look and feel like natural tooth. Dramatic improvements in your smile can be painlessly accomplished in just one visit. If you would like to improve the appearance of your front teeth in just one visit, quickly and easily, consider bonding!