Keep Your Smile Safe This 4th Of July!
The Progressive Family Dentistry team wants to say Happy Independence Day! It is that time of year again. The grill is hot and the fireworks are being prepped.
While you are having fun and celebrating, we want to make sure you are being mindful of your dental health! Here are some tips to keep in mind while having fun this Fourth of July!
As a kid, there is nothing more exciting than having fun at the pool. But be careful and make sure no little feet are running! One can easily slip, fall, and chip a tooth!
Teeth are not Tools!
Do not use your beautiful teeth as tools to open packages or bags this Fourth of July! Use scissors to open those hot dogs and bags of candy!
Corn on the Cobb is one of the most popular Fourth of July foods that is harmful to those with braces. If you or your child has braces, do not try to eat it off the cobb! Those kernels have their way of lodging themselves in the wires and bringing trouble! They can cause an infection if not removed soon enough! We advise to just cut the corn off the cobb before eating.
Rinse after Soda!
An interesting thing to do when trying to take care of your teeth is to drink water about 20 minutes after you have had soda. As you well know, soda and other carbonated beverages are harmful to the enamel of your teeth. If you must indulge this Fourth of July, follow it with a glass of water to help rid your teeth from harmful properties!
Watermelon for Desert!
You know how Watermelon tends to be coarse and grainy? Use that to your advantage! Not to be mistaken for a replacement for brushing your teeth, eating watermelon after a meal can help scrub your teeth from impurities!
Most importantly, have fun this Fourth of July!
Activated Charcoal: Does It Really Whiten Teeth?
Teeth whitening has grown in popularity over the past year or two due to the rising use of activated charcoal. From powder to paste, activated charcoal seemingly does the trick in having teeth appear whiter. But how does it work? Is it safe?
The thing is, activated charcoal is not whitening your teeth the way you believe it to be. It is actually absorbing plaque and compounds that stain your teeth. It is giving your teeth a good cleanse in order to help them appear whiter! How cool is that?
While it is safer to consult with us at Progressive Family Dentistry before using different substances on your teeth, FDA approved activated charcoal seems to be a safe decision for helping your teeth appear whiter. Our only concern is the abrasive tendencies of the product.
As you well know, as an adult, the teeth you have are the teeth you are stuck with. They do not regrow and need to be treated with care. Using a product that is too abrasive on your teeth can cause enamel breakdown. You want to keep enamel intact to ensure a long lifespan of healthy teeth.
All in all, activated charcoal is safe to use in moderation. Make sure what you are using is as non-abrasive as possible. If you have any questions, our Progressive Family Dentistry Team can help you answer and understand your concerns!
You can't put a price on a confidence-building smile, a smile brightens days and boosts self-worth. While some are not born with perfect alignment, many cosmetic dentistry options are available to change that. The term Cosmetic Dentistry encompasses many different forms of elective procedures that restore teeth to their prime condition.
Teeth whitening is the most commonly discussed cosmetic procedure among clients. With this procedure, it is ideal for the teeth to be properly cleaned before applying the whitening gel. Teeth whitening can assist in the lightning of stains built over the years through drink, food, and bad habits such as smoking. It is best to consult your dentist on what method would be best for you and your teeth.
Dental veneers mimic natural teeth and look extremely realistic. Made of medical-grade ceramic, dental veneers allow dentists to fix damaged teeth, crooked teeth, and gaps between teeth. Once the surface of the tooth is flat, the dentist will place the veneer over the tooth with strong dental adhesive.
Similar to veneers, a dentist might use bonding for a client's teeth. Bonding is when a dentist takes a tooth-colored filling and molds it into the shape of a tooth, fixing a misshapen or broken tooth.
Dental crowns are for people with decayed or damaged teeth. The dentist makes a custom crown that fits directly over the tooth, restoring the natural shape, strength, and appearance. The materials that are used for a crown include acrylic, gold, porcelain, or a unique combination. Crowns have a long lifespan, considering the client's upkeep. With the dental crown, it is not advised to grind your teeth or chew on ice.
Implants are ideal for a client who is experiencing tooth loss. A titanium screw will be inserted into the jaw in order to support the crown. During the healing process, the bone and tissues surrounding the titanium screw will bond to the implant and secured permanently. Implants easily pass as a normal tooth, so there is no worry of someone noticing the implant.
Cosmetic dentistry is an amazing option to build a client's confidence in their smile. There are more cosmetic dentistry options than the ones listed above. Talk to Dr. Corella and his lovely team at Progressive Family Dentistry about cosmetic dentistry and how it can benefit you! They will have you confident in your smile in no time!
The Progressive Team