It’s time to gear up for your New Year’s resolutions. Most people want to look younger, lose weight, and save more money. Did you know whitening your teeth is one of the quickest and most economical ways to gain confidence and look younger? It does not adversely affect your dental health, so there is no downside.
For more information on our teeth whitening treatments, call us at 858-4544.
Zirconia is becoming the most chosen material for dental crowns. It’s growing in popularity and has big advantages over gold and porcelain fused to metal crowns. When you choose zirconia, you not only get the most aesthetically pleasing crown, but it’s also: extremely tough, can withstand wear and tear, requires less tooth removal, is biocompatible, has no metal fuse, and can be modified to the perfect size, shape, and color. It’s milled from a solid block of material and baked at ultra high temperatures to ensure it is almost indestructible. In most cases, the crown will look better than the tooth that’s being replaced. Your teeth will not only be stronger, but you will have a natural looking smile. I have been working with and offering zirconia crowns for several years. If you’re in the market for a crown, I highly recommend that you take the zirconia advantage.
October is Dental Hygiene Awareness month. Every year Dental Hygiene Awareness is highlighted during the month of October. It’s perfect timing for one of the most sugar induced holidays of the year – Halloween! As you prepare to gobble up all that chocolate, we’re prepared to help you keep those cavities at a bay. It’s important to keep a good oral health routine at home, but don’t forget about your oral health check-up and cleaning every six months. Annette and I are here to make sure your oral health is in check. Remember, a pound of prevention is worth a ton of cure. Annette and I hope to see your smiling face soon.
Don’t wait until the last-minute to use your insurance benefits. Most insurance providers allow for two oral health checkups per year. Have you used both of yours? If you haven’t, make sure to book your appointment now, before options are limited and time runs out. Use the deductible that you have already paid for, before you lose it. Get your planned dentistry done now and maximize your remaining benefit.
Fruits and veggies are an important part of any balanced diet, and they are also good for your teeth. Since they are high in water and fiber, they help to balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth. Chewing also helps to stimulate saliva production, which washes harmful acids and food particles away from your teeth.
ANSWER: Believe it or not, I get this questions a lot from our patients. Bleeding gums can be very common, especially for people who don’t floss regularly. Your body is fighting off the irritation caused by either food particles breaking down or bacteria. The bleeding is actually a sign that your immune system is working. Don’t a let a little blood stop you. Unless there is a systemic problem or actual physical damage to the tissue if you keep flossing regularly for the next 3-10 days you will stop bleeding and your gums will thank you for it! Remember, flossing gets where brushes can’t.
It’s hard to believe, the kids are back in school and summer is quickly winding down. It was definitely a fast one, filled with lots of outdoor fun. As your schedule returns to a more “normal routine”, I wanted to remind you about the importance of prevention when it comes to your oral health. Your oral health can have an impact on your overall health. In recent years, stroke, coronary artery disease and even premature babies have been linked to bacterial inflammation, which occurs in gum disease. Of course, prevention is key. Besides practicing good oral hygiene at home, it’s important to visit us at least twice a year. Often times we can detect a problem before you can ever feel it.
So, as the summer comes to a close make sure you carve out some time in your busy schedule to come see us. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Cheers to your health,
Gary Andreoletti, DDS, and Team
Summer is officially here. You probably have swimming, cookouts, vacations, and lots of sunshine on the brain, but you should also be thinking about your oral health. Did you know that swimming pools and favorite summertime foods and beverages can take a toll on your smile? The chemicals in swimming pools can lead to discoloration of your pearly whites. Research has shown that people who spend more than 6 hours a week in swimming pools ended up with discolored front teeth. Higher pH level of the water beaks down proteins in saliva and leaves a brownish stain on your teeth. If the pool’s pH balance isn’t properly cared for, the water can also soften enamel, leading to an increased risk of decay and damage. The good news is trips to see me and Annette for regular cleanings and fluoride treatments can combat both of these problems.
And be careful what beverages you’re reaching for. Often times refreshing summertime beverages like soda, sports drinks, lemonade, white wine, and beer are loaded with sugars and damaging acids. Make sure to rinse your mouth out with water in between drinks and don’t brush your teeth too soon after consuming these beverages. These types of beverages can soften the enamel and brushing while the enamel is still soft can do more harm than good.
Now that you’re armed with this information go out and enjoy the sun and your smile.