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How to Make Your Smile Look More Attractive?

January 22nd, 2019

Your smile is your best weapon. A beautiful smile can take you places and work wonders for you. Your smile is the first thing that a person will notice while talking to you. So, it’s important that you have a good smile.

The beauty of your smile depends on the condition of your teeth. If you have broken or stained teeth, you could feel embarrassed while smiling. The good news is that with the advent of technology, it is now possible to completely change the way your teeth look.

Here are some of the tips that you can follow to make your smile look more attractive.

Brush and Floss Regularly

The most important aspect of healthy teeth is brushing and flossing. Brushing your teeth removes plaque and food particles that stick to your teeth. Using a toothpaste that has fluoride in it can give you extra cavity protection. You should use a soft bristled brush and gently brush your teeth so that your enamel remains intact. Harsh brushing erodes the outer layer of your teeth – enamel. Damaging the enamel can lead to cavities.

Flossing removes the bacteria and food between your teeth. Dental floss reaches places where the toothbrush bristles cannot. Regular flossing will prevent the buildup of plaque between your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Your smile will automatically look attractive if you have pearl-white teeth. To whiten your teeth, you must avoid foods that stain your teeth. Tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, and red wine can leave marks on your teeth. It is best if you avoid drinking too much of these items. You should rinse your mouth with water to decrease their effect.

If you have stained teeth that embarrass you while you smile, you can consider whitening your teeth. We take a digital impression of your teeth and have custom trays made for you. You will whiten your teeth for 14 nights. Then you will come into the office and have three 20 minute whitening treatments done. After that, you will want to touch up your teeth from time to time to maintain your new white smile!

Teeth Alignment

Do you hesitate to smile because you’re afraid to show your crooked teeth? Do you have a lot of wear on your teeth because they are colliding instead of gliding? Then aligning your teeth might be a solution. In certain case, aligner therapy can be done. A digital scan is made and then a series of aligners are custom fabricated. You will see your dentist on a regular basis and they will oversee the entire process from start to finish to ensure the best outcome. When you get your first set of aligners, your dentist will place tooth colored “temporary attachment devices” in strategic places on your teeth to move your teeth quickly and safely. Sometimes your dentist will notice that the teeth are “stuck” and will perform a precise interproximal reduction procedure so that the teeth can continue to move. Your dentist will make sure your aligners properly, and if they aren’t, they will give you a device to get the aligners in the right place.  It is very important that your aligner therapy is monitored by a qualified dentist to get the result you want.

Not every person is a candidate for aligner therapy. Sometimes, bands, bracket, and wires will be the right way to move your teeth. Only a qualified dentist will be able to determine this by examining your teeth. Consultations for aligning teeth are complimentary! So if you want a beautiful smile, make an appointment to see your dental professional today!

Watch What You Eat

To maintain a healthy smile, it’s important that you keep a check on what you eat. Your eating habits affect the way your smile looks. You should avoid eating junk food and make fruits and vegetables a part of your diet. You should also avoid eating sugary foods because they contribute to tooth decay.

Maintaining an attractive smile isn’t as difficult as it sounds. You just need to maintain proper dental hygiene and look after your food habits. You can consult a dentist for information on dental procedures that can make your smile look great.

We, at Fenton Family Dental, offer services that can help you achieve an attractive smile. Visit our website for further details.

Fillings, Crowns, Implant, Bridges: What's Best for Me?

January 22nd, 2019

It all starts with a good dental examination and proper x-rays. Your dentist will look at your teeth and the x-rays to determine which treatment is right for you.

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Fillings

 

Fillings are done on teeth that have small cavities. Filling materials used to only be made out of a combination of mercury and metal. That material was wedged into the teeth. Because the material was so hard, it sometimes broke the teeth.  A newer tooth-colored resin material is used that is bonded into place. It is strong and looks great.

Crowns

Sometimes a tooth has a lot of decay or a very large filling that is failing. If more than 50% of the tooth is missing, the tooth can’t really hold another filling; so a cap or a crown needs to be made.

The dentist will shape your tooth so that the crown will be able to completely cover and strengthen your tooth. Today crowns can be made of gold or porcelain.  Porcelain crowns are very strong, and because they are custom matched to the shade of your teeth, they look very natural!

Implants

If you have a missing tooth, a great option to replace it is with a dental implant. An implant is a titanium root that is covered with a cap or a crown. It takes a couple of months from start to finish, but it is almost like having your natural tooth back! Implants are sturdy, natural-looking tooth replacement options.

Bridges

If you have a missing tooth, a bridge can be one way to replace the missing tooth. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are reshaped. Then a one-piece bridge can be cemented onto the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth with a replacement tooth in the middle. The bridge is a permanent solution to replacing a missing tooth.

Fillings, crowns, implants, and bridges can last longer if you take good care of them. It is important that you brush your teeth regularly so that bacteria do not attack your dental implant. Your dentist will recommend which implant is best for you. If you don’t have a dentist, we can help you find one. Click here to visit our website and also have a look at the services that we offer.

5 Best Practices for Healthy Teeth

January 4th, 2019

Do you take care of your dental hygiene as much as you take care of your fitness? Do you eat foods that keep your teeth strong?

Caring for your teeth is as important as it is to care for your body.  We all dream of white and shiny teeth. To make your teeth healthy and white, you need to practice good oral hygiene.

Here are the top 5 practices that you need to include in your daily routine to make your teeth healthy.

1. Brushing Your Teeth Correctly

Brushing your teeth after every meal will remove the pieces of food that are left sticking to your teeth. It will also remove plaque that forms on the teeth. You must brush your teeth in the correct way. Your toothbrush should be placed at a 45-degree angle. Brush using gentle, circular strokes. The toothbrush that you are using must have soft bristles so that they do not damage your gums. You should feel your toothbrush reaching every part of your teeth.

2. Flossing Regularly

Flossing removes plaque and the tiniest pieces of food that are stuck between your teeth. It can prevent tooth decay and excessive buildup of plaque. Flossing once a day, before going to bed will keep your teeth and gums healthy.

3. Change Your Toothbrush on a Quarterly Basis

It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every three months. After continuous use, the bristles of the toothbrush will lose their original shape. The toothbrush will not be able to remove plaque effectively.  Bacteria from your mouth often stay inside the toothbrush so it is important to change your toothbrush if you’ve been sick.

4. Healthy Food Choices

To make your teeth strong, you must ensure that you are taking the right amount of calcium. It is good for your bones as well as your teeth. Calcium helps in maintaining the strength of your teeth. Lower levels of calcium will cause the teeth to decay.

Vitamin D is another essential nutrient required for healthy teeth. It helps in the absorption of calcium in the body, which is what teeth are made up of. Milk and its by-products are the best sources of calcium. Other foods such as almonds, meat, eggs, and green leafy vegetables are also a healthy choice for your teeth.

Excessive use of sugary foods and beverages leads to tooth decay. You must cut your intake of sugary foods as much as possible.

5. Increased Water Consumption

Did you know that drinking water is beneficial for your teeth? Water washes away all the food particles present inside your mouth. It removes some bacteria and decreases the risk of tooth decay. Drinking water saves your mouth from drying out. A dry mouth is much more likely to develop tooth decay as compared to a wet mouth. In both ways, water proves to be a healthy choice for your teeth.

If you need more advice on dental care, visit your dentist. You can also book your appointment with a dentist by clicking here.

5 Healthy Food Choices for Your Teeth

January 4th, 2019

Did you know that you could reduce the chances of tooth decay by including certain foods in your diet? Here is a guide on the food choices that you can make to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

For strong teeth, a balanced diet is very important.  You should include foods in your diet that promote oral health.

Foods that have a lot of sugar in them are more likely to contribute to tooth decay. Sugar can enter your diet through fizzy drinks, candies, cakes, cookies, and pastries. You should avoid these items as much as you can. Eating sugary foods once in a while is okay, but regularly having them can become a problem for your teeth.

For instance, when you eat a cookie, the bacteria in your mouth react with the sugars present on your teeth to produce acid. That acid damages your tooth enamel – a protective covering on your tooth.

Here are the top 5 healthy food choices that you can make to keep your teeth healthy.

1. Whole Grains

Whole grains are beneficial for your teeth. They contain minerals such as magnesium, which helps keep bones and teeth strong. They also contain vitamin B and iron that keep gums healthy. You can include whole grains in your diet by eating brown rice, oatmeal, bran, whole-grain pasta, and whole-grain cereals.

2. Fruits

Fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals that help promote oral health. Citrus fruits such as oranges are rich in vitamin C. It helps in building collagen, which binds the cells in your gums together. Their chewiness helps the mouth to produce more saliva, which neutralizes the citric acid in fruits.

Another fruit that’s known to promote oral health is apple. Eating an apple produces saliva, which washes away bacteria and other food particles.

3. Vegetables

Like fruits, vegetables are also rich in vitamins and minerals. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach contain vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium. These minerals are good for oral health.

4. Lean Protein

Lean beef, chicken, pork, and turkey help promote oral health. They contain phosphorus, which makes teeth strong. Eating fish is also good for your oral health. It contains Omega-3 fatty acids that help prevent gum disease.

5. Low-Fat Dairy Products

Dairy products provide calcium to your body, which is essential for strong bones and teeth. Low-fat items will keep you away from unnecessary saturated fats that are bad for your health. Low-fat dairy products include milk, cheese, and yogurt.

For more information, you can contact your dentist. If you don’t have a dentist, you can visit Fenton Family Dental. We have a panel of highly qualified dentists. Click here to visit our website.

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