What Does Smoking Do to Your Oral Health?

May 7th, 2018
Easton Dentists Jun 1st, 2018

We all know smoking is bad for our health. In fact, smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and is linked to 480,000 deaths each year. Despite these stark statistics, about 17% of adults in the United States smoke. One thing smokers may not realize is that smoking can significantly damage their oral health.

Smoking and other forms of tobacco use can stain teeth and cause bad breath. In addition, smoking has been found to alter the microbiome of smokers’ mouths. Our oral microbiomes consist of carefully balanced levels of various bacteria. When these levels are altered, there can be serious health consequences.

Over time, the effects of smoking and tobacco use on oral health can grow more severe. In addition to cavities and gum disease, tobacco use can lead to increased rates of oral cancers.

As you can see, tobacco use is detrimental to your oral health in many ways. Luckily, quitting is always an option and the sooner you quit, the better. Scientists have ever found that your oral microbiome will return to its natural state after you quit smoking, although they have yet to determine exactly how long this takes.

If you’re ready to reclaim your health by quitting smoking, the Dental Center team is here to offer our support. Contact us today to learn more about how smoking can damage your oral health. We also recommend calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW for guidance regarding quitting tobacco usage. We know it will be difficult to quit, but we’re certain you have the strength to do it. Just keep reminding yourself that you deserve a long, healthy, and happy life!

Why Teeth Yellow and What You Can Do About It

Jun 24th, 2016
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

One of the most common aesthetic complaints that patients have regarding their smile is the color of their teeth. We are used to seeing celebrities and TV actors with perfect, pearly white smiles and come to expect that our own smiles should look the same way. It makes sense then that patients feel frustrated by the yellowing of their teeth and wonder what they can do to fix it.

What Causes Teeth To Yellow

The truth is that we will all experience yellowing teeth as part of the natural aging process. Some people experience it more than others, but none the less, it’s not an uncommon condition. As we age, the outer protective layer of our teeth, the enamel, thins and becomes more translucent. The inner, living layer of our teeth, the dentin, also diminishes with time and has a tendency to yellow with age. Both the thinning of enamel and the shrinking and yellowing of the dentin are what cause teeth to appear yellow as we get older.

What You Can Do To Prevent Yellow Teeth

As we discussed above, there are two layers of the teeth: enamel and dentin. Your teeth’s enamel can become discolored and stained; this is called extrinsic discoloration, while intrinsic discoloration is related to aging dentin. Preventing yellow teeth needs to be addressed both extrinsically and intrinsically.

Addressing the discoloration of tooth enamel is fairly easy. Here are a few things you can do to prevent your enamel from becoming stained and yellow in color:

-Stop smoking

-Cut back or eliminate acidic and dark colored beverages (coffee, soda, wine, tea)

-Maintain a good oral health routine, including flossing to remove plaque build up

-Drink water after eating brightly colored fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, etc.

-Use OTC whitening products

Unfortunately, there is no treatment for correcting discoloration of dentin. This living tissue is prone to the aging process. You can, however, take steps to prevent premature aging. Here’s how:

-Treat bruxism (teeth grinding) which can cause your enamel and dentin to wear and age at an accelerated rate

-Protect teeth from trauma by wearing a mouth guard when playing sports

-Nourish your body with a healthy diet and manage stress

If you are concerned with the color of your teeth, have your dentist determine if the discoloration is intrinsic or extrinsic. There are many whitening solutions that can help address extrinsic discoloration and restore a brighter smile. In the case that your discoloration is caused by intrinsic factors, don’t despair. Take steps now to make sure it doesn’t become worse and that you aren’t doing anything to cause premature aging of your teeth.

Do you want to have a brighter and whiter smile? Contact Easton Dentists today and schedule a consultation to see how we can help you get the smile you deserve!

 

 

How is Professional Teeth Whitening Different Than Over the Counter Options

Oct 30th, 2015
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

If you have an upcoming event with a less than shiny white smile, you may be weighing your options for teeth whitening: at home, or at the dentist’s office? With dozens of at-home whitening options available, you may be wondering how professional teeth whitening options are different than over the counter options. We’re helping you make the big call when it comes to whitening your teeth.

At Home Whitening Options

When it comes to at-home teeth whitening, there is no limit to the options. Whitening rinses, gel strips, various toothpastes, and whitening trays are all common items that can be found at the local drug store. While all of these products will improve the appearance of your teeth, there are also several drawbacks to consider. For example, many whitening products that come in strip or tray form will only whiten 4-6 teeth in the front of the mouth and require up to 20 days of usage.

Furthermore, many find their teeth are too sensitive to use whitening gel or strips and experience intense pain following the application. Since at-home whitening solutions aren’t custom made for your teeth, you may end up irritating your gums and enamel, causing pain and discomfort.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Even with at-home treatments available, many people would prefer to leave it to the professionals. Pros of professional teeth whitening include:

– A custom procedure. Since this is a hands-on procedure, your dentist will customize your teeth whitening experience to suit your mouth, your teeth, and your sensitivities.

– A stronger solution. Whitening done in your dentist office result in more dramatic whitening.

– A whiter smile. At-home whitening serum’s can be cumbersome and difficult to apply. Teeth whitening in the office allows for a professional bleaching that is tailor made to your stains. For example, bleaching works very well for yellow teeth, but not for gray stains. Your dentist will be able to provide customized whitening solutions.

– Insurance options. Whether you choose at home or in the office, whitening can get expensive. Take advantage of your dental insurance and company plans.

Dental whitening is the easiest way to a healthier looking smile. Do you have an upcoming wedding, business, or family event in the Ohio area? At Easton Dentists we offer company plans and dental insurance. If you’re looking to dazzle with your whitest smile ever, contact Easton Dentists at 614-414-0111 and schedule an appointment today.

Teeth Whitening: Brighten Up Your Smile!

Aug 15th, 2012
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

You may have recently passed a mirror and noticed your smile reflecting back has lost its sparkle. Without a doubt, a bright, beautiful smile is one of the most effective ways to improve your appearance. With a brighter smile you’ll be more confident and smile more, radiating a healthy lifestyle with a youthful and energetic appearance.

Teeth discoloration is most commonly caused by smoking, tea, coffee, soda pop, red wine, colored food and aging. Dental teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive treatment used to change the color of your natural teeth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

● In-Office Whitening. This has become one of the most popular dental procedures of
the past decade. With in-office whitening, the concentration of peroxide is between 25-30% and a UV light is used to activate components within the whitening solution to speed up the process. Each session usually lasts for 45 minutes and will get your teeth approximately eight to 10 shades whiter. How white your teeth becomes utilizing this procedure depends on how porous your teeth are.

● Take-Home Whitening. The bleaching process is done during the day for up to 1 hour or overnight while you sleep for 6-8 hours. This type of teeth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays. At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.

Don’t Slack on oral care! It is wise to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile. Besides getting a professional cleaning every six months, brushing your teeth with whitening toothpaste twice a day is the obvious first step toward maintaining a brighter smile. Yet, it is very important to have a complete diagnosis of the condition of your teeth and gums so that you can effectively and safely get the results you want.

Contact The Dental Center at Easton Town Center today to schedule your dental whitening
consultation! Their professional friendly staff will be happy to go over your options and recommend the teeth whitening treatment that is right for you!

Finding the Right Teeth Whitening System for You

Jul 12th, 2010
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

What are you looking for when it comes to teeth whitening? Do you want the popular laser teeth whitening? Or do you want whiter teeth in one hour?  Over the past couple of years, we have seen a boom in the teeth whitening market.  In fact, teeth whitening is so popular that people commonly refer to well-known teeth whitening systems like Zoom or Britesmile as laser teeth whitening. 

 

This is actually inaccurate – both systems actually fall into a category called light activated tooth whitening as there is no actual laser that whitens the teeth. Both systems work very well, so why is one system better than another? 

 

Britesmile was the biggest player in the market when they first hit the market and they spent millions of marketing dollars to build audience recognition through many sources of media.  Many dentists jumped on board and were certified to offer this incredible whitening system. Soon after a company called Discus Dental started to become well known with their competitive system called Zoom, which became very popular due to its exposure on hit TV shows like “Extreme Makeover” and “the Swan.” 

 

Because Britesmile and Zoom both work well, how do you determine which to use for your whitening session?  Individual dentists set the price they charge for teeth whitening sessions. What determines the difference in pricing are whether or not they include take home whitening kits for touch ups, whether they require a paid first visit to assess your teeth, and how many uses of carbamide peroxide gel are included with the take home kits. 

 

Teeth whitening is a relatively simple procedure that is performed by the practice’s hygienist, who is certified in administering the system.  Whether you’re seeking laser teeth whitening or  light activated tooth whitening, your dentist can help determine the best system to give you a dazzling smile.

Tooth Whitening Boosts Self-Esteem

May 28th, 2010
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Gleaming white teeth used to be a sign of wealth, privilege, or celebrity.  Today, tooth whitening is a common practice for people in all walks of life.  Our tooth whitening services are in high demand.

Your physical appearance says a lot about you.  You know the saying, “You only have once to make a first impression.”  Whether you are applying for a job, speaking in public, or just meeting people in general, your teeth are on display.  White teeth communicate a message that you practice good hygiene, you care about yourself, and often help you convey a healthy, vibrant and more youthful appearance.

As you age, if left untreated, your teeth will start to darken and yellow.  If you drink coffee or tea, or you smoke, your teeth can stain more quickly.  Some of the staining can be controlled through regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, gut some darkening is almost inevitable.

The lack of good dental hygiene can lead to problems like cavities, bad breath, gum disease and other dental issues.  Excessive plaque often appears yellow.  All of these concerns can contribute to weakening the teeth, irritating the gums, and could lead to premature tooth loss.

If your teeth are unsightly, most people try to hide them by not smiling, not looking directly at people, not talking, or in extreme cases, not going out in public at all.  You become self-conscious and withdrawn.  Other people will be turned off, not just because of your bad-looking teeth, but your efforts to hide them make you less engaging.

White teeth can make you look more credible and confident.  Especially if your job has to do with dealing and meeting with people, such as a salesperson, consultant, marriage counselor, executive officer in your company, financial adviser, or inspirational speaker.  In those types of roles, having yellow teeth can negatively affect your image and credibility. People see someone with dark, yellowing teeth and think, ”How can I rely on this person when he or she cannot even take care of his or her own teeth?”

Sure, inner beauty is more important than outer beauty. That is true. However, this does not mean that we can neglect our physical appearance. It is also not an excuse to look shabby or practice poor hygiene. It is never all right to have that kind of attitude that as long as you are kind-hearted, it does not matter if you have the worse teeth in this world.  Like it or not, appearance matters.

Having white teeth can have an incredible effect on your confidence, and how you look and feel about yourself.  Having white teeth boosts your self-esteem.  Getting a bright white smile is not  difficult with all the different procedures available today. We offer several different tooth whitening procedures at affordable prices.  We are here to help you have a set of nice and shiny white teeth that make you feel healthy and self-confident.

Is Tooth Whitening for You?

Nov 9th, 2009
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

The hot topic in the dental world these days is tooth whitening. The long and the short of it is that teeth whitening works. Virtually everyone who opts for this cosmetic treatment will see moderate to substantial improvement in the brightness and whiteness of their smile.

Typically, age, eating habits, smoking, tooth grinding, and trauma are associated with tooth discoloration. The majority of patients say that tooth whitening not only improves their appearance, but also their outlook – they say they feel like they look younger and more polished.

Bleaching versus Whitening

According to the FDA, the term “bleaching” is used only when the teeth can be whitened beyond their natural color. This applies strictly to products that contain bleach – typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.

Meanwhile, “whitening,” restores a tooth’s surface color by removing dirt and debris. So any product that cleans (like a toothpaste) is considered a whitener. Of course, the term whitening sounds better than bleaching, so it is more frequently used – even when describing products that contain bleach.

Significant color change in a short period of time is the major benefit of in-office whitening. This involves the carefully controlled use of a relatively high-concentration peroxide gel, applied to the teeth by the dentist or trained technician after the gums have been protected with a paint-on rubber dam. Generally, the peroxide remains on the teeth for several 15 to 20 minute intervals that add up to an hour (at most).

Those with particularly stubborn staining may be advised to return for one or more additional bleaching sessions, or may be asked to continue with a home-use whitening system.

In-office teeth whitening cost: $650 per visit is the national average.