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3 Ways To Get A Whiter Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening | August 15, 2015

Fresh  woman faceA brighter, whiter smile can boost your confidence and improve your appearance. Find out how to get a whiter smile below:

Evaluate Your Habits

Good habits are the first step to getting whiter teeth. Ask yourself the following questions to see if there is room for improvement:

  • Do you brush your teeth after every meal?
  • Do you brush for two full minutes ever time?
  • Do you floss every single day?
  • How often do you go to the dentist for checkups and cleanings?
  • Do you drink too much soda?
  • How much water do you drink every day? Is it at least 8 glasses?
  • Do you eat sugary food or candy?
  • Could you cut back your coffee intake?
  • Should you drink less red wine?
  • Do you use a whitening toothpaste?
  • Do you use a whitening mouthwash?

After evaluating your habits, start getting whiter teeth by making the necessary improvements, then move on to other whitening methods.

Try At Home Whitening

Mount Pleasant Dental Care offers at home whitening treatments so that you can whiten your teeth on your own schedule whenever it is convenient. You’ll be given trays that are specifically molded to fit your teeth, and a professional whitening gel. Follow your dentist’s instructions about how often to use the trays and how long they should be left in your mouth. This process is effective, but it takes a few weeks for noticeable results to show up, so it is a good option if you’d like to gradually whiten your teeth at your convenience.

Schedule An In Office Whitening Appointment

If you’re looking for immediate results, in office whitening treatments are a great option. The procedure usually takes about an hour and when it is over, your smile will be noticeably whiter. You won’t have to do anything during the procedure, just come in, relax, and leave with a brighter smile. You can even follow up an in-office whitening with at-home whitening treatments to maintain a bright white smile.

To learn more about protecting your teeth and getting a whiter, more attractive smile, schedule an appointment at Mount Pleasant Dental Care.


What Does Your Diet Have To Do With Your Dental Health?

Posted in Oral Health | July 30, 2015

Have you ever wondered about the connection between your diet and your dental health? Keep reading to learn more:

Nutrients You Need

There are many nutrients that can protect and strengthen your teeth.

 

Calcium

Calcium helps your teeth maintain their structure and stay healthy and strong. Get calcium from dairy products like milk and cheese. If you don’t eat dairy, you can get calcium from leafy greens and other foods that are fortified with calcium.

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. To get vitamin D in your diet, eat seafood and eggs.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C protects your immune system and keeps connective tissue in your mouth healthy. While you can get vitamin C from fruit juices, you should avoid eating and drinking foods with too much acid because acid damages your teeth. If you want to add vitamin C to your diet, eat strawberries, leafy greens, bell peppers, and broccoli.

 

The nutrients listed above can help protect your teeth from decay and keep them strong. Drinking plenty of water is also an important part of protecting your teeth. Drinking water rinses out your mouth and helps your body produce saliva. Saliva kills bacteria in your mouth and prevents gum disease and tooth decay.

Damaging Dietary Habits

What you eat and drink can keep your teeth healthy and strong, or it can contribute to tooth decay.

  • Too much citrus food can expose your teeth to too much acid, which can damage the enamel.
  • Sticky foods like dried fruit and caramel candy can stick to your teeth and cause decay. If you eat these foods, rinse your mouth out immediately after eating.
  • Coffee and tea can stain your teeth and dry out your mouth. Drinking coffee through a straw is one way to prevent staining.
  • Alcohol can dry out your mouth and red wine can stain your teeth.
  • Chewing on hard things like ice cubes can damage your enamel.
  • Drinking soda and sugary juices can contribute to plaque buildup and tooth decay.

 

Schedule an appointment with Mount Pleasant Dental Care to learn more about taking care of your teeth.


Help Your Kids Build Good Dental Hygiene Habits

Posted in Oral Health | July 15, 2015

233_2655384Good habits start young, which is why it is important to teach your kids about dental hygiene as soon as possible. Good dental hygiene habits will prevent problems while your kids are young and protect your kids as they grow.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Set A Good Example

Start by setting a good example for your children. Brush your teeth and floss your teeth every day, and make sure your kids see you doing this. When possible, you can even brush and floss your teeth together.

Let Them Pick The Supplies

Letting your kids pick out a toothbrush and tube of toothpaste can make the process more exciting. It can also instill a sense of responsibility and independence.

Use A Song To Gauge The Time

Children should brush their teeth for about two minutes, but even adults can have a hard time gauging how much time something takes. Pick a fun song that your kids enjoy and play it while they brush their teeth. Have them keep brushing until the song ends.

Provide Healthy Snacks and Meals

Eating healthy food is an important part of dental hygiene. Carrots, apples, and celery can help your kids keep their mouth clean, while hard candy, soda, and fruit juices can cause damage. Children should also be encouraged to drink plenty of water which will help them keep their mouth clean throughout the day.

Discourage Thumb Sucking and Nail Biting

Thumb sucking and nail biting spread germs, and in some cases, mess up the alignment of your child’s teeth. Help your children replace these destructive habits with healthy ones.

Encourage Hand Washing

No matter how well you teach your kids, they’ll likely still put their hands in their mouth from time to time. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly to prevent germs from spreading.

Schedule Regular Dentist Visits

Regular visits to the dentist make it easier to prevent big problems and catch small ones. Take your kids to the dentist often so that they know it is important. Regular visits will also help calm any fears they may have about going to the dentist. When it comes to your children’s health, the dentist is part of your team—make sure to use them.

 

To learn more about teaching your kids healthy dental hygiene habits, visit Mount Pleasant Dental Care.


Periodontal Therapy Services

Posted in Periodontal Services | June 30, 2015

slide3Gum disease is the number one enemy of a healthy mouth. Technically, gum disease is an infection of the gums caused by plaque. Plaque makes acids and toxins that can make the gums red, puffy, and can lead to bleeding. Over time, gum disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets between the teeth and the gums. These pockets are prime spots for germs and bacteria to become trapped causing the bone around the teeth to become weak. The end of this progression is tooth loss or the need for tooth extraction.

When there are signs of gum disease, periodontal therapy is necessary. There are both surgical and non-surgical methods for addressing gum disease. Non-surgical methods can involve scaling and root planing — deep-cleaning, nonsurgical procedures done under local anesthesia where the plaque and tartar above an below the gum lines are scraped away (scaling) and rough spots on the tooth root are made smooth (planing). Surgical remedies can include flap surgery, where the gums are lifted back and the tartar is removed, and then the gums are replaced reducing the gaps between tooth and gum. Bone grafts and tissue grafts may be needed to rebuild the jawbone or gum tissue.

Tooth extraction

Tooth extraction can be necessary if a tooth is too decayed or damaged to save. This is a worst-case scenario and the extracted tooth will need to be replaced with an implant or a bridge to fill the gap. Gaps left between teeth are an invitation for the adjacent teeth to move to fill the gap, creating spacing issues in the mouth.

Here are some other reasons tooth extraction may be necessary:

  • Teeth erupting atop one another
  • Making room in an overcrowded mouth before the installation of braces
  • Deformed or underdeveloped teeth

Let us help you repair your dental issue. Give us a call!


Three Ways to Take Years Off Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry | June 15, 2015

Dental DrillAging is often associated with the appearance of forehead wrinkles, lines around the mouth, and sagging jowls. Yet, have you considered that your smile can show your age? Although your teeth may not directly give hints about your real age, the overall appearance of your smile can make it easy for people to guess your age or even assume you’re older than you really are.

The good news is that cosmetic dentistry can restore your youthful smile through the following options:

  1. Polish those pearly whites with our tooth whitening treatments.

Shiny white teeth radiate youthfulness. Over time, our pearly whites become discolored by smoking and consumption of tooth-staining food and drink. Our in-office tooth whitening treatments have helped men and women brighten their smiles in less than an hour!

  1. Keep those smiles perfectly aligned with Invisalign.

As we age, our teeth wear down and can begin to lose alignment. If you think you have no other choice but to go through irritating braces to improve misaligned teeth, you haven’t heard of Invisalign! Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign is transparent and relatively pain-free.

  1. Replace missing or damaged tooth/teeth with dental implants.

If you’re constantly stopping yourself from smiling because you’re embarrassed about missing teeth, opt for dental implants. Dental implants can last a lifetime and will not only improve the appearance of your teeth but also their function for chewing and speaking.

Explore your cosmetic dentistry options with us. We look forward to your visit!


How to Know You Have the Right Dentist

Posted in Oral Health | May 30, 2015

233_2655384One of the best ways to know if you have the right dentist is whether or not you feel comfortable with any procedure they might suggest. If you trust your dentist, you will not hesitate when you have questions. And you believe the answers they give you are truly in your best interests.

However, there are other ways to know if you have the right dentist, and ways to find one if you aren’t currently seeing anyone in particular. In addition, moving to a new place facilitates the need for an in-depth search for a quality dentist. How do you look for the right one?

You can try a few tips from experts when you start your search. Ask a dentist if you can observe them at work. It may or may not be something their office policy will allow. If you have children, you can ask that you observe them with other children before you make your decision. It is the right of every parent to know that their child is safe in the dentist’s chair.

Get a short education in dentistry by doing some online research. Doing your own research will also allow you to write down any questions you have. When you research information online, you may find conflicting facts and figures. When this happens, the only thing you can do is ask a professional in person. This is a profession that rapidly changes, with new advances and technological methods being introduced regularly. To get the most up-to-date details on these matters, you need to consult someone who is in the know. The right dentist will offer his honest opinion and advice.

You can also do focused research on a particular problem you may be having, such as clicking jaws, broken teeth or the need for orthodontics.


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