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Quick Facts About Tooth Decay That You Need to Know

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dentist officeTeeth are the mighty warriors of our body. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to chew our food, we’d look odd when we smile, and we wouldn’t be able to visit our favorite family dentists! Dentists sometimes get bad reputations and cause many to fear their next appointment for a check up.

However, visiting the dentist office does not have to be painful if you properly take care of your teeth! Here are some quick facts about tooth decay that you should keep in mind so you don’t have to visit an emergency dentist!

  1. Tooth decay is the second most common disease worldwide. The first is the common cold.
  2. Tooth decay is caused by an acid-producing bacteria found in many of the foods we eat. The most common culprits are foods high in sugar and carbohydrates. This is why brushing your teeth regularly is important, as it removes any acid from eroding the enamel of your teeth.
  3. Fluoride protects teeth from decay as it absorbs into the tooth structure, and makes the enamel more resistant to an acid “attack.”
  4. If the tooth decay is not treated, it can lead to death in extreme cases. This happens when an infection in an upper back tooth enters the sinuses behind the eye, which then can enter the brain.
  5. The enamel on the outside of your tooth is the hardest bone in your body, but when it becomes infected, it gets to be incredibly fragile.
  6. Your set of teeth is as unique as your fingerprints! And because you only have one set of adult teeth, it is important to give them proper care.
  7. Oral health is linked to many other diseases including osteoporosis, heart disease, and diabetes.

If you suffer from misshapen, broken, or discolored teeth, there are many treatment options available to fix your smile including dental implants, dental veneers, and dentures. Considering that 99.7% of all Americans consider their smile to be an important social asset, it is no surprise that $1.4 billion dollars are spent every year on cosmetic dentistry. So if you would like your smile to gleam a little brighter, talk to your dentist today!

Visiting your dentist office is not the only way you can keep your smile bright. Your pearly whites are depending on you, so take diligent care to prevent tooth decay starting today!

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Can My Child’s Baby Teeth Protect Them Down the Line?

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With the many dental technologies available, there is always something new and exciting on the market. But now, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have discovered that baby teeth can be providers of life-saving stem cells.

For the past decade or so, the importance of cord blood has been ingrained in parent’s minds. Now, these researchers have found even more benefits from stem cells, discovering that they can regenerate tissue, cells, and even whole organs.

TEven though it may sound far-fetched, stem cells have regenerative powers because of their ability to grow and expand. Stem cells have been proven to be successful treatments in over 80 diseases including cancer and blood, immune, and metabolic disorders.

Didn’t harvest your child’s cord blood when they were born? Not to worry. Researchers have found that baby teeth are viable producers of stem cells. Once the tooth is removed from the mouth, stem cells are harvested and stored in liquid nitrogen to preserve the cells. The research team says that they will be stored until advanced dental technologies are developed, which they believe won’t be too far away.

As the tooth only has 48 hours to produce viable stem cells after the extraction, it is important to bring your child to a family dentist and have it professionally extracted. If your child has all their adult teeth, then wait until the wisdom teeth come in, as they hold stem cells as well.

Even though you should be conscious of your child’s teeth down the line, it is important to be active in proper dental health now. Virtually all Americans — 99.7% — believe their smile is an important social asset, and because 75% feel that an unattractive smile can potentially harm their chance for career success, it is important to start healthy habits at a young age!

It is important to have good dental hygiene habits yourself if you expect your child to follow your lead. If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, contact a cosmetic dentist, as there are many techniques and options to treat discolored, chipped, misshapen, or missing teeth. Choose from dental implants, dental veneers, or dentures.

Have any questions? Feel free to call Dr. Dave today!

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A Simple Beginner’s Guide to Teeth Whitening

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Your smile is the first thing others notice about you. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of Americans believe a smile is important for socializing, and 75% of people feel that an unattractive smile could potentially harm them in their career. So, it comes to no surprise that Americans spent about $1.4 billion on tooth whitening procedures ever year. Looking to whiten your teeth? Here is a beginner’s guide to teeth whitening.

Why are your teeth discolored?
There are many different causes of discolored teeth. This includes drinking dark liquids, taking antibiotics, genetics, and not cleaning our teeth regularly.

Internally, our teeth become discolored because of changes in the enamel and the dentin. This happens when there is an exposure to high levels of fluoride, root canal issues, developmental disorders, tooth decay and their restorations, and certain cases of trauma.

What can my family dentist do to help me?
A popular option is tooth whitening gel, which dentists apply to the front eight teeth. This is a controlled, pain free method and you will see results that same day. It’s not only the fastest method, but the safest, too. You can eliminate discoloration caused by aging, eating certain foods, and smoking through this method.

Additionally, if you have serious discoloration issues, a cosmetic dentist can apply porcelain dental veneers. These are paper thin wafers that are bonded to the teeth, and can change the size, color and shape of teeth. Additionally, they are particularly helpful if you suffer from broken, chipped, misaligned, or uneven teeth.

This is a permanent procedure as your teeth are filed down, and requires local anesthesia if you so choose. They are also stain resistant, and the color can be chosen so that your teeth appear whiter. As they bond to your teeth, they help to strengthen weaker teeth.

Dr. Dave is a family dentist that offers cosmetic dentistry along with implant dentistry. If you are looking for a dentist, call up Dr. Dave and his office will help you with any dental concerns you may have!

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Veneers- the Key For a Bright White Smile!

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A bright white smile is the best accessory to have. It is the first thing people notice about you, and will help boost your self-confidence to soaring heights. In fact, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of all Americans believe a smile is an important social asset to have. Are you looking to brighten up your smile? There are many techniques and options to treat discolored, chipped, or misshapen teeth, and veneers are an excellent choice.

What are veneers?
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth covering materials designed to cover the front surface of your teeth to improve your smile. Bounded to the front of the teeth, they have the ability to change your teeth’s color, length, size, or shape.

What kinds of veneers are there?
There are several different types of veneers available including porcelain, composite resin, and lumineer.

Composite resin veneers are made inside your mouth the day of the procedure, so consequently, only one visit to your dentist office is needed. These are generally the cheapest and quickest option and are meant for minor cosmetic problems.

Porcelain veneers are made indirectly, prepared at your appointment but created outside your mouth by a dental technician. Typically, porcelain veneers require two or three visits, but do have the most superior appearance and are the best for severe discoloration, chipping, crooked and uneven teeth. Generally, porcelain veneers resist stains better and last longer than composite resin.

Lumineers are designed to be ultra thin, as small as 0.2 mm, and are minimally invasive. They are highly translucent, allowing them to replicate the natural appearance of the enamel. There is no need to grind down your original tooth structure when going this route, and lumineers are made to last for at least 20 years.

What are the advantages of getting veneers?

Some of the advantages include:

  • Providing a natural tooth appearance
  • Tolerates well with gum tissue
  • Stain resistant
  • A stronger alternative to changing a tooth’s shape and color
  • Extremely lifelike
  • Durable, most wears can get over a decade of use from one set

The use of veneers has increased by over 250% in the past five years. With such a rise in popularity while offering multiple benefits, veneers have been proven successful for people all over the country. Sound intriguing to you? Call Dr. Dave today and we’ll get you smiling in no time!

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What to Look for in a Family Dentist: Develop a Relationship for the Benefits of Your Teeth

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There’s no need to cart the family to different general care practitioners. Finding one reliable doctor is much more time, energy, and financially efficient. Having an established relationship with a medical provider of any kind is great, but especially beneficial when it comes to dentists. They get to know you, your family and all the various quirks that come with all of your teeth. Taking your kids to the dentist early and regularly is vital to teaching them how to take care of themselves. It could even have real effects on their confidence later on — 75% of people feel that an unattractive smile could potentially harm their chances for career success.

When searching for the best family dentist, make sure to consider these essential factors.

Good with kids
If handled correctly, your kids will look forward to the dentist rather than dread it and put up a fight. Friendly, playful dentists and dental hygienists will put kids at ease, and the prospect of choosing from basket fulls of small toys afterwards will keep their minds off of anything going on in their mouths. After the wee tykes graduate from the pediatric dentist, bring them on board with your dentist.

Up on the latest in dental news
Things in the medical and dental industries are constantly changing, and it’s important that the professionals in the dentistry field know what’s the latest and greatest! You can often check with the offices when searching for a dentists to see if they have any recent certifications, attended recent conferences, or are using any new, innovative technology.

Provide a wide range of services
Quality teeth cleaning, cavity filling, and other standard procedures are all well and fine (and vital for the kids), but it’s important you don’t miss out either. The use of veneers, which has increased 250% over the last five years, and teeth whitening procedures, which have increased by over 300%, might be something in your future. If you want your family friendly dentist to be a one stop shop, make sure to check out all the services they offer.

Family dentistry is the way to go when it comes to bright smiles all around, and as little headache as possible! 

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3 Reasons to Get Your Kids to the Dentist Regularly

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family dentistryDentistry has often been one of those industries that suffers due to little things like fear. People let that fear get in their way when it comes to maintaining good oral health, which can be an issue as it ties into their overall health. Much of this fear we have as adults can be prevented if trips to the dentist are treated differently from the start. Looking into a family dentistry can also help. So if you have children, read on for a few reasons that consistency is key for dental appointments.

Eliminate Fear
Children often grow up with a fear of the dentist, and it largely comes down to legends and a lack of consistent exposure. Kids who see a dentist regularly are less prone to the anxiety and fear that comes with going to the dentist office. Many family dentistry offices also have plans and tactics to help ease the fear that comes along as well. Check out dentist reviews for your area to find out which ones are best for your child.

Create Good Habits Early
Going in for regular dental cleanings in their youth will help build a sense of routine for your children. It will make it easier to get them to continue growing as they grow older and busier if they see it as a non-negotiable appointment. These habits will ensure that their dental exams always turn out great. Many people underestimate the importance of oral hygiene, but the fact is, it is an important piece of overall health, and can aid in the prevention of several issues. Teeth whitening procedures have grown by more than 300% in the last five years, and while there are many techniques to help discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing teeth, you don’t want your kids to need them as a last resort.

Set Up Future Success
For many people, their healthy smile is not just about pure aesthetics. Once your child grows up, especially once they become adults, many see a healthy smile as a key to success. In fact, some believe that it can affect things such as promotions. In fact, a survey showed that 75% of people believe that an unhealthy smile hurts their career. In addition, many report that having an unattractive smile makes them feel less confident in their friendships and relationships. This becomes a huge deal, but making them get in the habit of great dental care when they are young can prevent these later mishaps.

Are you in search of a great family dentistry? What specifics are you looking for when choosing an office? Are any of these factors influencing your decision?

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3 Killer Tips to Help Kids Overcome Dentist Fear

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The dentist office is a scary place for young children sometimes, and it can be difficult to get your children to go to their appointments. Even adults are terrified of the dentist sometimes, but it doesn’t mean that every appointment isn’t important. Dentistry covers not only your oral health but your overall health and standard of living. A dentist for kids can be difficult to find, but whoever you go to should understand how to handle the fear children have. You can also do your part by following the tips below.

Starting Off Young
Starting with dental cleanings when your children are young can take away much of the dread and anxiety they may feel going later in life. They will be used to dental appointments by the time they realize others are scared, so it won’t affect them as much.

Don’t Cause Unnecessary Anxiety
Watching how you talk about the dentist around your children is important. There are trigger words that cause unnecessary anxiety, such as hurt or pain. You also shouldn’t try to explain what happens in too much detail. Wait for the dentist to use kid-friendly terms.

Be Prepared
One of the best things you can do is be prepared. Your child will likely be very fussy and reluctant to go to the appointment, so be prepared with reasons they need to go. This can be a great opportunity to emphasize the importance of regular dental cleanings and great oral health. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that 99.7% of Americans think a healthy smile is an important social asset, while 75% believe that an unattractive smile could hurt their career. While there are many treatments and techniques for discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing teeth, they shouldn’t be relied on. Explaining these things in simple terms will instill the importance in children.

Will you be taking your kids in to the dentist soon? How do they handle it? What are your favorite ways to get them through the appointment?

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4 Simple Ways to Protect Your Dental Health During the Holidays

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emergency dentistThe winter holiday season is now fully upon us — and with it comes heaps of food as far as the eye can see.

However, few of your favorite holiday treats are as good for your dental health as you’d like them to be. From cookies, to pies, to candies, there aren’t many tooth-friendly options.

Surprisingly, enjoying these foods with your family doesn’t have to take a major toll on your dental health this season. And when 99.7% of us believe a smile is one of the top social assets at our disposal — and 75% maintain that an unattractive, unhealthy smile can harm one’s career success — keeping your teeth healthy has never been more important.

Enjoy all your favorite holiday treats while avoiding an emergency dental procedure at the local dentist’s office:

Be more conscious about your plate
When filling up your dinner plate, it can be tempting to load up on all your favorite holiday foods — including plenty of sweets. However, being more careful about what you put on your plate can be shockingly beneficial for your teeth. By loading up with healthier foods like vegetables, you’ll greatly reduce the likelihood that you’ll have to visit the emergency dentist with a problem this season.

Bring a healthier dish to pass
This is the time of year when everyone brings something they’ve made to the table. Instead of bringing sugary sweets, try something healthier. Chocolate-covered fruits, fruit tarts and even pumpkin pie can be more teeth-friendly choices if you’re looking to impress.

Take a walk after meals and before eating dessert
Another good way to make sure you don’t over-indulge this season? After eating dinner, take a 20-minute walk. It takes this long for the brain to process that the stomach is full. By taking a walk instead of heading straight to your dessert, you’ll feel fuller and won’t eat as many sugary foods as you might otherwise. When the average cosmetic dentistry patient spends a whopping $5,000 to $6,000 on smile-enhancing procedures, you’ll save money at the same time!

Don’t neglect your professional dental cleanings
Even if you eat all the right foods this season, your teeth still need to be cleaned and examined by a professional dental hygienist once every six months. Avoiding the dentist is linked with tooth decay, gum disease and other conditions that often require an emergency dentist visit. If your next dental appointment is set to take place during the holidays, don’t forget it — you can’t afford to miss it!

Know of any other tips, tricks and advice for avoiding sugary foods and away from the emergency dentist office over the holidays? Share with us and your fellow readers by leaving a comment below.

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Are Cosmetic Dental Technologies Like Implants the Wave of the Future or Just a Hot Trend?

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There are two main parts of natural teeth, the dental crowns and the roots. The crown is the outermost part, which you can see. The root is the part deeper inside that extends to the jawbone. Dental veneers and implants are by far one of the most popular forms of dental technologies people choose when dealing with teeth that are broken or missing.

Research and Markets, one of the world’s leading organizations in market research, announced the addition of a new offering entitled, “Dental Implants and Prosthetics Global Market – Forecast To 2021.” One of the main findings is that the global dental implant and prosthetics market is expected to grow at a high compound annual growth rate (CAGR) until at least 2021. The global market was valued at just under $12 million in 2014, according to a pres release from PRnewswire.com.

Many people want to know, ‘are dental implants safe?’ The answer is yes. Basically, they are metal screws mounted into a person’s jawbone in order for the prosthetic, or implant, to be attached. Over the course of the last few year dental technologies have made these types of procedures even more easier, efficient, and affordable. Scientific literature has reported that the success rate of dental implants as 98%.

The field of cosmetic dentistry in general has become quite popular over the last decade or so. North America has the second largest market for implant dental technologies, outpaced only by Europe. The use of veneers alone has increased by over 250% in the past five years.

“The rapid advancement in the field of dentistry such as CAD/CAM technology, 3D imaging, laser technology, sedation dentistry, mini dental implants, nanotechnology and drug-eluting dental implants is improving day-by-day which has been accepted as the future of dental implant and prosthetic market,” Research and Markets wrote in their report.

It’s obvious that humans will always be concerned with their physical appearance and a great smile is something virtually all Americans (99.7%) believe is an important social asset, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Clearly, as the services continue to improve and become more affordable, the demand will only rise with it.

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What in the World is a Cosmetic Dentist?

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cosmetic dentistThere’s nothing more valuable than a beautiful smile. You can’t put a price tag on the radiating confidence you feel when your mouth is full of bright, white chompers.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of Americans believe a smile is important to social interaction. Unfortunately, many people facing dental issues think they are stuck with a flawed smile forever, which couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Cosmetic dentistry has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past decade with the development of new dental technologies, making it possible for people of all ages and backgrounds to finally have the beautiful teeth they’ve always wanted. Here’s a few common FAQs about cosmetic dentistry, and how it can change your life for the better.

What is a cosmetic dentist?
A cosmetic dentist specializes in the restoration and revitalization of your pearly whites. They are in a specialized category of dentists that deal with the aesthetic aspects of your teeth, as opposed to a general family dentist who can only perform cleanings and other routine dental work.

What can a cosmetic dentist do for me?
The real question is what can’t a cosmetic dentist do for you. Dental bridges (false teeth), tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, tooth reshaping (fixing a chipped tooth), gum lifts…you name your dental qualm, and a cosmetic dentist can fix it. There is no limit to how fantastic your teeth and gums can look.

Am I the only one who needs cosmetic dentistry?
Absolutely not. Many people have issues with the way their teeth are and are in desperate need of solutions. About 75% say that they feel an unattractive smile can harm their chances of a successful career, and Americans spend over $1.4 billion every single year on cosmetic dentistry. Improving the way you feel about yourself is never something to be ashamed of.

Now that you know what a cosmetic dentist is and the services they offer, make some quick notes on what you wish was better about your teeth and gums. It could be a chipped tooth you never got around to fixing, or just a simple whitening to freshen up your teeth. The possibilities are endless when it comes to cosmetic dentistry.



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