Posts for: May, 2016
Our office will be closed Monday in honor of the Memorial Day holiday. We will take time to remember those military heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. If you have an emergency please call our office phone and follow the instructions to contact Dr. Reynolds. God Bless America.
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
You have heard this repeated over the years: Brush and floss daily. While brushing and flossing daily are the keys to maintaining good oral health there are tricks to help you get the most out of your home care routine.
We recommend brushing gently and thoroughly after every meal and at bedtime. Yes, this means you should be brushing your teeth at least four times each day! Your brushing technique should include brushing the chewing surfaces and also the sides of your teeth all the way down to just below the gumline. You should take your time moving tooth to tooth in a gentle but thorough fashion.
We recommend flossing only once a day and flossing should be done each day when you are the least rushed and in a hurry. This means you should consider flossing after your bedtime brushing right before going to bed. Flossing shouldn't hurt but should help remove any plaque that is hiding on the surfaces between your teeth.
Using a soft bristle tooth brush will be most effective without scrubbing too hard on your gums. Electric or "power" toothbrushes make your daily brushing even easier and leave your teeth and gums feeling like you have just had your teeth cleaned by our hygienist in our office!
There is no magic about using a special toothpaste so we recommend that you choose a paste that suits your personal preferences. Also there isn't any magic mouthrinse that you can use as a shortcut in your homecare routine.
We have partnered with Oral-B and give you Oral-B brushes at your hygiene and checkup appointments, and we also have Oral-B Power Brushes for purchase here in our office. We even have an Oral-B power brush that you may try out or "test drive" in our office. Ask Stephanie about our Oral-B tooth brushes.
So there are tricks to proper oral home care. We will be happy to help you add the necessary tricks to your home care routine. We want you to be proud to share your smile!
Patients in our practice are like family! Over the past 27 years we have had the honor and privilege of working with the most amazing group of folks. Years ago we saw many of you as children and now you have children of your own. We would like to take time to recognize the contributions of Mothers near and far. We also will remember Mothers who are no longer with us but certainly not forgotten. Happy Mother's Day!
As a parent you’re always on the lookout for dangers to your toddler’s well-being: sharp corners on furniture, uneven walks or the occasional stomach bug. But a situation could be brewing in their mouth you might not be aware of until it’s become a full-blown problem.
The silent danger is tooth decay, which could be developing as early as infancy. Undiagnosed and untreated, it could ultimately cause premature loss of primary (“baby”) teeth with adverse effects on the eruption of incoming permanent teeth.
Tooth decay arises from certain strains of mouth bacteria, often passed down from parent to child. These bacteria produce acid as a byproduct after feeding on carbohydrates (especially sugars). The more food available, the more acid they produce. This wreaks havoc on tooth enamel, the teeth’s outer protective covering by softening and dissolving its mineral content. This gives decay an opening to infect the interior of a tooth.
Combine inadequate hygiene practices (especially brushing) with poor dietary habits, and you have the conditions for a perfect disease storm in your child’s mouth. That’s why you should begin oral hygiene as soon as you notice their first teeth. Wiping them with a clean, wet cloth is sufficient in the beginning, but you should start daily brushing (with fluoridated toothpaste to strengthen young enamel) by their first birthday.
You should also practice good dietary habits. For example, avoid giving an infant or toddler a bottle filled with juice, milk or formula to sleep with through the night — the constant sipping bathes the mouth in sugars bacteria feed on. Instead, use plain water.Â You should also focus on nutrition from the get-go to help build overall good health as well as strong teeth and gums.
As an added measure, begin regular dental visits by their first birthday. A checkup and cleaning every six months will help us detect early tooth decay and lessen its impact. We can also provide sealants and topical fluoride to give added protection against decay.
Catching and treating decay early before it gets too far is the best way to prevent early tooth loss. Your child’s future dental health might depend on it.
If you would like more information on your child’s dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Taking the Stress out of Dentistry for Kids.”