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A comforting solution today could lead to a greater problem tomorrow.

When babies cry it’s natural to want to comfort them, but giving them a bottle containing a sweet drink, or a pacifier dipped is sugary water is not the way to do it. Babies can develop Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, caused by sugar clinging to their teeth which is used by bacteria in the mouth to attack the teeth.

Even though permanent teeth will eventually replace baby teeth, it is important to be watchful of your baby’s dental health to ensure healthy gums and healthy, properly positioned permanent teeth.

A few simple steps to prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay:

Don’t allow your baby to fall asleep with a bottle containing milk, formula, fruit juice, breast milk or any other sweetened liquid.
After feedings, wipe baby’s gums with a clean damp cloth.
You can even start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears, and it’s best to wean babies by their first birthday and begin offering liquids in a cup.

What to look for…

Dull white spots or lines on the teeth may be the first signs of cavities. If you do suspect that your child may have baby bottle tooth decay, see your dentist right away.

What to expect…

A child will normally have all twenty primary teeth by the age of three. By age five permanent teeth will begin replacing primary teeth. However, if a primary tooth is lost early, whether to tooth decay or to an accident, surrounding teeth may shift position or tip into the vacant space. If this occurs, a permanent tooth may not have enough room to grow in properly, and come in crooked or rotated. However, the space left by a lost tooth can be kept open by a space maintainer fitted and placed by your dentist, pediatric dentist or orthodontist. This will allow the permanent tooth to position itself properly, and will then be removed by your dentist when the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. A space maintainer can be attached to one tooth or to teeth on opposite sides of the vacant space, and can be a
removable appliance as well.

While taking away from a nice smile, crooked teeth are also difficult to clean and are more susceptible to decay. Chewing is more difficult and crooked teeth tend to wear down quicker than straight teeth. Ensuring that baby’s primary teeth remain healthy will result in healthy permanent teeth. If you have questions about your baby’s teeth or
if your child has lost a primary tooth, please call our office.

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What kind of toothbrush should I use?

Everyone, without exception, should use a soft bristled brush. Medium and most especially hard bristles, are just too harsh on the gums. In time, the gums recede (literally worn away) and expose the root surface. Lacking the hard enamel like the top of the tooth, the root wears easily and can become quite sensitive. Deep grooves can eventually be worn.

How about the kind of toothpaste?

Any brand is fine, except the “smoker’s” toothpastes because they are too abrasive for long term use. The fluoride in toothpaste is beneficial so use one that has that in it. however, it is important to remember that the job of removing food and plaque is done by the brush and your “elbow grease” and not by the toothpaste. By the way, the back of the tongue should be brushed too to remove plaque build up there.

OK, so I’ll use a soft bristled brush and be really thorough. And I’ll use a fluoride toothpaste. Will that keep my teeth
and gums healthy?

No, it won’t! That will only do half the job. fully half of cleaning your mouth is using dental floss. The toothbrush can’t get between your teeth, but food and plaque can. As a matter of fact, much of the decay and the majority of gum disease occurs in the flossing areas and not in the brushing areas.

Is “tooth whitening” safe?

Bleaching procedures are safe and approved by the American Dental Association. Bleaching does not wear away any tooth structure or make a tooth more susceptible to staining.

All right – I’m convinced. But what is actually accomplished by all this?

It’s simply A, B, C. Abort decay, Banish gum disease, Create fresh breath.

At what age should my child start brushing?

As soon as your child gets teeth. Obviously you’re going to do the brushing at first. I actually recommend that the parents brush and floss the child’s teeth until about age 8. Brushing should be part of bed time activities. The child can help at other times during the day.

Will mouthwash help keep my teeth and gums healthy

No, it really won’t. It is only helpful as an adjunct for bad breath control after all the food and plaque removed by –you guessed it.

What else can I do to help my child have good teeth and gums?

At home, when the child is old enough, he/she can swish and spit out a fluoride mouth rinse after brushing and flossing. Also, starting at age three the child should begin six-month dental checkups that will include an in-office fluoride treatment.

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Welcome, we are a family-friendly Dental Practice. We offer expert dental care at affordable prices. Despite the importance of regular dental care, many people put off going to the dentist. Usually they cite anxiety or fear as the reason for putting off the visit. We are one dentist that understands how you feel, and do everything in our power to make your visit to our practice as enjoyable as possible.

To achieve that goal, we strive to make your visit pain and stress free. Whether we are cleaning your teeth, whitening your teeth, filling a cavity, or performing cosmetic dentistry, residents deserve the highest quality of care. No matter what your dental needs are, we promise to serve you with respect and kindness. We also recognize many of our patients have busy schedules, and have structured our practice to minimize your wait. All of our staff feel the same way, and promise to put you, our patients, first. To have A Friendly Dentist in a great dental office you must have a great team of individuals. Many of our employees were raised in the area and love the city and its residents. They understand what it means to be local, and what locals want from a dentist. People from our area are known to be friendly, down to earth folks, and that is what they want to find when they visit the dentist. We promise to give you straight answers, fair prices, and treat you like we want to be treated – with the highest quality of dental care. We hope to see you soon.

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Cher’s Celebrity Smile – ‘Turn Back Time’ Singer has completely reversed the age of her teeth
Cher has had one of the longest singing careers in history. She has spent over 49 years creating record-breaking songs such as “I Got You Babe”, “If I Could Turn Back Time”, and “Believe”. She is the only artist to reach #1 on the Billboard chart in each of the past six decades.

Additionally, Cher holds onto the Hot 100 record for the longest hit-making career span. With 33 years between the release of her first and last Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles. She ended her 3-year “Farewell Tour” in 2005 as the most successful tour by a female solo artist at that time.

Cher’s career skyrocketed when she was one half of the comedic duo “Sonny and Cher”. She was a talented, dark-haired, big-eyed, slender beauty. But her teeth clearly did not match her talent and eventually she underwent cosmetic dentistry. Now her teeth are even and straight, as well as white. Our dentists have been specializing in fixing crooked teeth like Cher’s for over a decade. Now, with their help you can be on your way to a healthier, straighter and whiter looking smile. Cher is an innovator in her world and now you can be too with cosmetic dentistry.

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Your Oral Health Could Put You at Risk for Dementia

Inflammation fueled by gum disease is associated with a host of conditions including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Now, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, people with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, have more gum disease-related bacteria in their brains than those without Alzheimer’s.

5,500 elderly people were researched over an 18-year period. Of 78 women who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day in 1992, 21 had dementia by 2010. Among the men, the effect was less prominent, with about one in six irregular brushers developing the disease.

With these new developments it is important that you visit the best dentists, such as our practice. We can completely rejuvenate the health of your teeth and gums with top-rated dental services.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening treatments, and much more can help restore the appearance and function of your smile, bite, and speech. These procedures also work to help prevent further damage to your teeth and promote good oral hygiene.

Of course, these new findings, published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, cannot prove that poor dental health can cause dementia, but despite the study’s limitations, it is an important step towards understanding how this behavior might be linked to dementia.

Whether the link between dental health and dementia is direct or not, you should always practice good oral hygiene to prevent the build-up of plaque which can cause infection in your gums. By doing so, you reduce your risk for a host of problems like dementia.

No matter your condition, the best dentists are there to help you get the best smile possible.

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A Better Smile with the Best Dentists

As time passes, it becomes more and more vital to maintain appropriate oral health. Your mouth harbors more than 600 types of bacteria, some good and some bad, but a substantial amount of the bad ones can cause real damage to your teeth and gums.

One of the biggest problems with having bad oral hygiene is the modern diet. When you eat, a coating of bacterial film called plaque feeds on the residual sugars left in your mouth. This produces acids that eat away tooth enamel and causes cavities or small holes to form.

Because many of the foods you eat are rich in sugars, there is plenty for bacteria to feed off of, especially when you do not brush regularly. After a while, the plaque film gets harder and more resistant to scraping and brushing, causing inflammation in the gums. This can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

When this happens, it is important to visit the best dentists for a full evaluation and in-depth cleaning. Dentists like the ones at dentistry office, offer the best procedures in cosmetic dentistry to help rid you of your oral ailments and promote good oral hygiene.

These innovative treatments can restore your mouth from a small crack, or completely alter the appearance of an unpleasant set of teeth, while working to promote good oral health and longevity. The procedures within cosmetic dentistry include dental implants, porcelain veneers, whitening treatments, full-mouth reconstruction, and much more.

Cosmetic dentistry is a top performer in the dental industry – every year more and more people find new ways to improve their smiles, while ridding themselves of harmful bacteria. The best dentists understand the need for a gorgeous smile, which is why they work meticulously with their patients to give them the smile they have always wanted.

Proper oral hygiene, fortifying food and routine visits to the best dentists can truly improve your smile and revive your teeth and gums.

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Cosmetic Dentistry for a Brighter Smile – Shave years off of your smile with the best dentists

As you age, your teeth begin to show more signs of wear and tear, such as looking dull and giving you grievance when biting, chewing or speaking. However, cosmetic dentistry with our dental team may be the answer to your worn down teeth.

Dental wear and tear is due to a variety of reasons, including erosion, abrasion, abfraction, and attrition. Usually a mixture of these causes is responsible for damage to a person’s smile. When tooth damage has already occurred, your teeth need to be restored to a healthy, functional, and appealing state as soon as possible.

We have more than a decade of experience restoring the teeth and gums of patients. With the many advances to cosmetic dentistry procedures, everyone is opting for the latest trends in dentistry to save their smiles. Now you can have a brighter smile that no longer ages your appearance and has the stability to restore proper eating and speaking.

Disguise stained and missing teeth with popular procedures such as porcelain veneers and dental implants. These treatment options offer a permanent alternative to dentures and tooth removal, and the materials used aid in a faster recovery time and smoother integration.

We pride ourselves on enhancing patients’ lives through better health, appearance and pain-free living. It is that type of thinking and behavior that has earned this practice a spot amongst the best dentists. Their efforts highlight the need for bringing maximally invasive procedures down to minimal.

We know how important having a perfect smile is and will give you top-notch service from diagnosis to after care. With cosmetic dentistry you can shave years off of your smile and restore health to your teeth and gums.

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Lidia had a smile done in Lumineers, and she was very unhappy with it, and comment that she felt that she had “lost her personality,” and that she looked like she was wearing a cheap denture.

What happened was that her dentist showed her cracking in her front teeth and told her she needed to have the Lumineers to strengthen them. The dentist told her that his fee was $1900 per tooth, but that in September he could give her a two-for-one deal.

There are several red flags here. The first is in the diagnosis. What appear sometimes to be “cracks” in front teeth are usually merely craze lines that don’t compromise the structure integrity of the teeth.

The “two-for-one” special is a big red flag. This is a pressure sales tactic to get a person who may not be totally sold on the procedure to act quickly, before they get cold feet. I don’t trust deals like that in dentistry.

And Lumineers, the way they are usually done, add bulk to the teeth, and it is true that they can end up looking like a cheap denture.

Unfortunately for Lydia, the Lumineers procedure she had done isn’t truly reversible the way they promote it, so she would need a new smile makeover. She took out a loan to pay for them, and can’t afford to have it re-done yet, so she’ll have to wait to have this fixed.

The good news is that when she chooses to have it re-done, she will be able to truly have a gorgeous smile that will accentuate her personality. Lumineers cases, at least from what I have seen, tend not to have the artistry of a beautiful smile – they seem to look like the “one size fits all” makeover.

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Answering questions about cosmetic dentistry

Question:

My daughter had her two front teeth knocked out by a softball at 7 yrs. old. We have had root canals and crowns on these teeth, and the root canals were done by a specialist. But she keeps getting these bumps on her gums now that are pieces of metal or infection. We know that she is to the point of needing implants. She is now 23 yrs. old and lives in Alaska. Her dental expenses had been covered by our insurance while she was a minor. She is very self conscious and scared of anything happening to these teeth. Does she need a specialist or a cosmetic dentist to get the best possible care?

Answer:

The bumps on the gum are definitely a sign of a problem. It very well may not be possible to save these teeth, and she’ll need dental implants and crowns. Getting this done, if it’s done right, could make a marvelous difference for your daughter.

I wish I knew someone in Alaska I could recommend to you. You’re smart to look for an expert, and I would focus on someone who is an expert in cosmetic dentistry, because generally when they do dental implants they are very careful about where they are placed so that the result looks natural.

Question:

I have a tooth missing, the fourth tooth from the front. The big tooth behind it has twisted around sideways, I assume because there was no tooth next to it for so long. How would you fix that problem? With a bridge? I would want it to be permanent, not something that I could take out. Please let me know what the procedure would be in doing this.

Answer:

You have two options for replacing that tooth with something not removable–either a dental bridge or a dental implant.

The advantage of doing a dental implant is that you wouldn’t have to do anything to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth–just place the implant and then put a crown on it. And, if you are a candidate for the teeth in an hour procedure, you can even get the new tooth right away.

If the tooth behind, the one that is twisted, is visible from the front, that may make you lean toward the bridge, because a bridge would involve putting a porcelain crown on that tooth, too, and it could be made to look straight and be made to fit into your bite, too. However, the bridge would also mean putting a crown on the tooth in front also, and you may not want that.

Question:

How long is the warranty for an implant crown? I had an implant done a year ago. I’ve had to clean it every single time when eating because food gets caught in the top of the crown. Now the crown is cracked and the food goes deeper inside. What should I do?

Answer:

Dentists don’t give specific warranties because there are too many variables. And some people just don’t take care of their dental work or don’t do recommended follow-up care or maintenance.

But having said that, dentists with integrity will stand behind their work. That is what we do–if there is a problem that comes to light because of a defect in the material, say, we will simply take care of it for no charge. And for a porcelain crown to crack after one year, whether it’s on an implant or on a tooth–it should last considerably longer than that. I would think, ethically, that your dentist should replace it. But I don’t know that you could say he or she has a legal obligation to do so.

But actually, it shouldn’t have been catching food in the first place. I would have gone back to the dentist at that point and asked for that to be corrected. It’s possible that the placement of the dental implant in either position or angle was a problem, or possibly the shape of the crown was a problem, creating a black triangle that catches food. If there was a situation where you had a lot of bone resorption before the implant was done, maybe there was no way to have avoided catching food. But usually that can be avoided. When teeth catch food, that promotes tooth decay and gum disease and it’s an unhealthy situation.

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