- from Stacy B. (Dental Assistant)
The intraoral camera is a device used to take pictures inside the mouth. Sometimes these pictures are used for our records, but they are also oftentimes used to show the patient information that can otherwise be difficult to see. We are able to show the image in a much larger scale on a monitor in front of the patient. Some of the photos we are able to capture include decay, oral tissue lesions, broken teeth, calculus, plaque, and broken-down fillings. This makes it easier for the patient to understand why certain treatment is recommended. These images are often used to show us how an area is progressing as well.
- from Stacy B. (Dental Assistant)
Acid erosion of teeth is a big problem that is also very common. It happens when acid from our food and drink or internal sources like gastric reflux comes into contact with our teeth and temporarily softens them. Then when you brush your teeth, the softened enamel can be worn away more easily and becomes thinner over time.
Signs of acid erosion that you may notice are: yellower teeth or more translucent teeth at the edges, or you may notice small dents on the the tooth surface. You can also experience cold sensitivity. However, signs of acid erosion can be difficult to spot.
Some ways to protect your teeth from acid erosion are as follows:
- from Susan B. (Dental Hygienist)
I had a parent ask me the other day if it is safe to whiten her 9 year old's teeth. They were using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda daily! This type of whitening does not work and is not safe for children or adults. Dental professionals do not recommend this method of whitening!! The baking soda is too abrasive and will damage the enamel of the teeth. The hydrogen peroxide will cause damage to the gum tissue and lining of the mouth, which will cause sensitivity, pain, and long term damage to the teeth and gum tissue.
We have made and will make professional whitening trays for children with parental permission. We recommend waiting until your child is finished with braces or until all of their adult teeth are present. At-home professional whitening trays are safe as long as they are used as directed. If you have questions about the color of your child's teeth or your own teeth, just ask us and we will be happy to discuss the procedure.
For more info on whitening, refer to our Cosmetic website page as well as past blog entries on whitening or bleaching on our website.
- from Kim B. (Dental Hygienist)
That is a great question - and your dentist or hygienist will help you find the best answer.
One factor is how healthy your gums are, including the depth of your periodontal "pockets;" if you have pocket measurements of 4 mm or deeper, you should have them cleaned more frequently.
The second important factor in your re-care interval is the amount of calculus, or "tartar," that accumulates on your teeth. If you have any questions about the best interval for you, just ask us at your next appointment what we would recommend.
It is our goal to help you save your teeth for a lifetime!
- from Pam B. (Dental Hygienist)
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- from Lisa G. (Business Team)
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