Posts for: July, 2015
More than likely your child already receives fluoride from your drinking water or toothpaste. So, is it really necessary for them to receive topical fluoride during their regular office checkups?
We highly recommend they do. A naturally occurring chemical, fluoride has the ability to make enamel more resistant to acid attacks that lead to tooth decay. It’s most effective when it works its way into the structure of the enamel during early teeth development.
Both fluoridated drinking water and dietary fluoride supplements (recommended by a doctor or dentist) can be the vehicle for this to occur while the teeth are still forming in the jaw before eruption (when teeth become visible). After the teeth have erupted, fluoride applied directly to the enamel surface (topically) can become infused with it as it continues to develop during early growth.
But can’t fluoride toothpaste accomplish the same result? No — the fluoride added to toothpaste and other hygiene products is relatively low, and only strong enough to maintain and protect enamel. The fluoride levels in topical applications like gels, foam or varnishes are much higher (in the tens of thousands of parts per million) and remain in contact with the teeth during a treatment session for much longer. Some fluoride varnishes, in fact, will continue to leach fluoride into the tooth surface for a month or more.
Topical fluoride applications are especially beneficial for children who are growing up in an area without fluoridated drinking water or without the proper means for good oral care and hygiene. But even for children with access to fluoridated water and oral care, a topical application can still be helpful.
A topical fluoride treatment isn’t a stand-alone application, but a regular part of your child’s dental care of daily brushing and flossing and semi-annual dental cleanings and checkups. Topical fluoride enhances the care they already receive to help produce stronger enamel for future healthy teeth.
If you would like more information on topical fluoride applications, 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 “Topical Fluoride: How Fluoride will Benefit Your Child.”
You've always been told that proper dental hygiene is important, but how important is it really? Is it really that big a deal if you skip brushing and flossing every now and then, or if you wait a little longer in between visits to your dentist at Corporate Center Dental Care in Lexington?
The truth is making proper dental hygiene a daily habit is incredibly important. Here are three reasons why.
1. Proper Dental Hygiene Keeps Your Mouth Healthy
Neglect to brush, floss and rinse or keep regular appointments with your dentist at Corporate Center Dental Care in Lexington and your mouth will show it. Not only does neglecting proper dental hygiene leave you at risk for cavities, but it also leaves you at risk for tooth discoloration, gum disease, and oral cancer as well. All of these can be avoided by simply brushing and visiting your dentist regularly.
2. Proper Dental Hygiene Saves You Time and Money
Are you tempted to skip brushing and flossing and simply let your Lexington dentist give your mouth a deep cleaning once or twice a year? This is a bad idea. Not only would you set yourself up for oral hygiene problems, but you would also likely end up spending a great deal of time and money to have any dental problems you develop fixed. Trips to your dentist are important, but nothing can replace daily brushing and flossing.
3. Your Oral Health Affects the Rest of Your Body as Well
When you neglect proper dental hygiene, your mouth isn't the only part of you that suffers. Poor oral health has also been linked to low birth weight, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's Disease and cardiovascular disease. While brushing and flossing may not cure these conditions, maintaining a healthy mouth is vital to maintaining a healthy body.
If you haven't been as diligent about maintaining your oral hygiene as you should be, make today the day you change that for good. Grab your toothbrush and then call your dentist at Corporate Center Dental Care in Lexington to schedule an appointment for an exam and cleaning today.
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”