In many cases, making small adjustments to your daily routine can make a big difference to the overall health and appearance of your smile. This is especially true when we take a look at the beverages our patients consume on a daily basis. This short article is all about decisions you can make to protect your smile from harmful drinks; keep reading to learn more from our O’Fallon dentists!
- As you may already know, the best drink for your smile, and your health as a whole, is undoubtedly plain old water. Water is sugar-free, and doesn’t leave color deposits on your dental enamel. Additionally, water keeps you hydrated, and prompts saliva production. Any time that you are able to replace a different drink with water, you are helping your smile.
- Many of us start our days out with coffee or tea. Unfortunately, both of these drinks can lead to dental staining over time. In order to minimize coffee and tea-related damage, try to consume these beverages in moderate amounts, and in short period of time, rather than continuously throughout the day.
- Wine is another indulgence that should be enjoyed sparingly. Wine is quite acidic, so not only does it discolor your smile, but it can also weaken your enamel over time. Try rinsing your smile with water after enjoying a glass of wine; this will rinse away wine traces and simultaneously prompt saliva production.
- Soft drinks are not a healthy choice for your smile, but, you may be surprised to learn that energy drinks are just as bad. Both of these types of beverages are absolutely packed with sugars; the harmful oral bacteria in your mouth feed on these sugars, and thus grown and multiply.
Swapping out a few problematic drinks with water every day will leave your smile looking and feeling fresher for years to come. As always, our O’Fallon dentists are happy to answer any questions that you may have—give us a call!
Many people want to improve the appearance of their smiles, but they’re not sure exactly how to begin. How does one start to refresh and rejuvenate dental aesthetics?
Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists start by helping patients to zone in one specific cosmetic goals. So, with that in mind, read on to get more information about the top 3 cosmetic issues that may be aging your smile unnecessarily.
- Lingering Dental Damage
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our teeth develop small dental imperfections, like cracked and chipped enamel. These seemingly minor physical issues will make your smile, in general, look unhealthy and older than it really is. Treatments like dental bonding, custom crowns, and veneers are used to correct this type of damage.
- Worn Dental Enamel
While our teeth are strong, they are by no means indestructible. Dental enamel can become worn down over time due to natural chewing and biting patterns, as well as conditions like bruxism. The result is teeth that appear blunted, too short, and flat. In order to reshape and lengthen these teeth our team uses treatments like dental bonding and cosmetic veneers.
- Discolored Teeth
Dental enamel naturally comes in many different shades, but no matter what the natural tooth shade, a patient’s smile can become darker and increasingly stained over time. Sometimes this discoloration is due to environmental factors, such as foods, beverages, and tobacco products. Other times, teeth look yellow or dark because the dental enamel has thinned, or the tooth has sustained damage. Depending on the underlying cause of your discoloration you may benefit from professional dental whitening, tooth bonding, or cosmetic veneers.
If you’re unhappy with the current state of your smile, our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists are here to help! Contact our team to schedule a personal consultation with our team; we look forward to speaking with you!
The American Dental Association recommends that patients of all ages complete professional dental cleanings every six months. In some cases, people with ongoing health or dental issues need to see their dentists more frequently.
There are a number of reasons to prioritize semi-annual cleanings; keep reading to learn more about what happens during these appointments.
Regularly schedule professional cleanings give our O'Fallon dentists the opportunity to assess our patients’ smiles for developing issues;
- We’ll check your enamel for weak spots and cavities
- We’ll evaluate any existing restorations you may have, to make sure that they fit will and are structurally sound
- We’ll check your gum tissue for signs of disease
- We’ll complete an oral cancer screening
The sooner that we are able to identify, and begin treating, these problems, the better your long-term dental prognosis will be.
Once we have a good idea of the current state of your smile, we’ll move on to completing a thorough cleaning.
- Our team will eliminate fresh plaque on your smile; plaque is a sticky bacterial film that develops on teeth and oral tissues throughout the day.
- Then, we’ll clear away tartar, which is calcified plaque. When plaque is left undisturbed for a period of time, it hardens and bonds to the natural tooth structure; this is why patients require professional cleanings to get rid of it.
- The last step is to buff and polish the teeth. This freshens the smile and minimizes stains and discoloration.
A professional dental cleaning minimizes oral bacteria in the mouth: bacteria that lead to cavities and gum disease. So, as a patient, you’ll complete professional cleanings twice a year, and keep up with your daily dental routine in the interim to keep bacteria at bay.
Too many people avoid completing professional cleanings because they feel embarrassed that it’s been so long since they’ve seen a dentist. Our O’Fallon dentists want to assure you that we are here to help you no matter what the current state of your smile; this is a judgement-free zone!
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