Dentists Recommend Regular Visits To Fight Bacteria, Cavities

Mouth careAmong the more common general dentist questions we are asked are those surrounding cavities; there are a lot of misconceptions about cavities even among those who visit the dentist often.

A cavity is, simply put, a place on or in a tooth where bacteria have been allowed to destroy either the tooth’s enamel or its more fundamental structure. Left unchecked without the attention of a general dentist, cavities can extend through an entire tooth and begin to affect the nerve — and that’s where painful infections take place. If the tooth is sufficiently compromised by a cavity, it will need to be removed to prevent further damage to the rest of the teeth.

The bacteria that cause cavities live in our mouths, and there’s little to nothing we can do to eradicate them completely. They consume the sugars in the food we eat, just like our bodies do, and they secrete acid as they do it. That acid, left on a tooth’s surface, can gradually eat away at a tooth’s enamel. Saliva and drinking water — to say nothing of brushing and flossing — can help wash away the acid.

But your dentist will tell you, when a cavity first forms, it is so small that you can’t see it — but even that tiny space is large enough for bacteria to grow and exacerbate the problem. Indeed, even as the bacteria are growing, secreting acid, and enlarging the cavity, there may be little to no visible evidence on the surface of the tooth that this is taking place.

That’s why, in addition to limiting the amount of sugar in the foods you eat, your general dentist will recommend regular visits for cleaning and careful inspection of your teeth — to stop the bacteria in their tracks and keep cavities at bay.

Do I Need An Emergency Dentist?

emergency-dental-careThere’s an old saying that the tiniest chip on a tooth feels like its 10 feet wide when it’s in your own mouth. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’ve got a real dental emergency on your hands — or have a problem you can wait until a regular visit with your family dentist to take care of.

A chipped or broken tooth is probably one of the most common dental emergencies that can require a visit to an emergency dentist. Children who are active in sports are especially vulnerable, and adults that bite down on a hard object in their food run a close second. When a tooth is chipped or cracked to where the injury is causing a great deal of pain or discomfort, it’s because the nerve of the tooth has been exposed; call your family dentist or an emergency dentist to get it looked at as soon as possible.

Again, active children and even adults can suffer an injury that knocks a tooth right out of your mouth — your family dentist will call this an avulsion, and it’s both painful and frightening to have it happen. The good news is, even though there is a good deal of blood involved and it might seem hopeless, a quick-acting emergency dentist can often save the tooth and re-implant it; if the tooth and its root appear undamaged, cleaning it and carefully putting it back into the hole it came from is the best move. Hold it gently in place and get to an emergency dentist as soon as possible, and you just might get full function of that tooth back.

Other emergencies, such as cuts in the mouth, fractured or dislocated jaws, and bitten tongue or lips can all be addressed by emergency dentists; contact your family dentist today to know who to call in an emergency.

Is A Full Mouth Restoration Right For Me?

FullMouthRestorationIncreasingly we’re hearing from our patients an interest in what’s known as “full mouth restoration,” essentially a comprehensive plan from your general dentist to help the health and appearance of a patient’s teeth. Full mouth restoration uses every tool in the dentist’s toolbox, and we often recommend the practice for our patients where their particular dental health situation requires more than one kind of procedure to achieve the best results.

Full mouth restoration can include anything from simple composite or porcelain veneers and crowns to dental implant surgery; the specific procedures will vary from patient to patient and from general dentist to general dentist, but all with the goal of an improved smile and better dental health. A patient may need a comprehensive full mouth restoration if they’ve suffered tooth damage or loss as the result of an accident, or even due to simple decay.

In addition, patients who have experienced a decrease in tooth enamel caused by grinding their teeth, or because of long-term issues such as acid reflux, may be excellent candidates for full mouth restoration procedures. A dentist may also feel full mouth restoration programs may be appropriate for patients who suffer from bite problems that create persistent headaches or jaw pain.

Finally, the aesthetic component is often one of the most important to our patients. The shape, size, color and alignment of a patient’s teeth are all important variables that contribute to a healthy-looking smile and the resulting sense of confidence and self-esteem that a smile can bring; in cases where a patient’s smile can be improved using a variety of dental procedures, a dentist will likely recommend a full mouth restoration to be considered.

For additional information about full mouth restoration and the full range of procedures offered by our general dentist practice, please contact us today.

Dental Veneers – Safe, Effective Improvement

veneersOne of the most exciting advancements in cosmetic dentistry we’ve seen in the last few years has been in dental veneers, and how far they’ve come since they were first implemented. Modern dental veneers are an extremely effective and safe way to address all sorts of problems with the appearance of teeth – from worn, chipped or broken teeth to those that are irregular or poorly-aligned, stained or otherwise discolored, or even spaced too far apart.

Veneers are incredibly thin, and usually made from porcelain – although increasingly veneers are styled from resin composite materials, which can be worked into even thinner spaces and therefore increasing the amount of situations where their use would be beneficial. Whatever the material, veneers are simply bonded directly to the front of a patient’s teeth, effectively hiding whatever problems are inherent in the existing smile and replacing them with a brighter, smoother, and better-shaped appearance.

Dentists remove a fraction of a millimeter of existing tooth enamel from areas where a veneer will be applied – precisely the depth that will be replaced by the veneer itself. When the veneers are fitted and carefully trimmed – typically over one or two visits – they are permanently bonded to each tooth, using specially engineered cement that is chemically activated by a unique beam of light, causing it to harden and cure extremely fast.

Dental veneers can be a great option for particular teeth appearance issues, and typically will last between 5 and 10 years before needing placement. They require no special care or maintenance beyond that required in any standard dental health regimen, and porcelain veneers are particularly resistant to future staining. Moreover, the procedure itself is relatively simple and offers the prospect of naturally-looking teeth that are strong and immediately improve the appearance of the patient’s smile.

Teeth Whitening: At Home Or At The Dentist?

teeth-whiteningThe days of having to settle for less-than-white teeth as the price you pay for age (or enjoying a cup of coffee now and again) are thankfully behind us, as it increasingly feels like there is a teeth whitening product behind every counter in every store in America. Consumers are looking more and more to teeth whitening products they might use at home, rather than making an appointment at the dentist for a teeth whitening procedure – but how do you choose which product to use? And how do you know it’s safe for your teeth?

The best place to learn about teeth whitening options is from the person in your life who knows the most about your teeth in general: your dentist. Dental professionals do offer a variety of teeth whitening procedures which may or may not be the best choice for your particular situation, but they also can direct you toward home care products that would be the most beneficial in helping you achieve your teeth whitening goals.

Not all teeth whitening products are the same; most common home-based teeth whitening solutions and gels contain various peroxides, in wildly varying concentrations. Broadly speaking, lower concentration products are more gentle on teeth, but need to remain on the teeth longer to obtain optimal whitening. Similarly, higher peroxide concentrations will need less time to get teeth whiter, but depending upon the situation with your teeth, may or may not be problematic.

Visiting a dentist to get their assessment on your teeth and which teeth whitening concentrations and products would be best for you is the wisest course of action; coordinating a whiteness evaluation with your six-month cleaning is simple enough to do, and it may turn out to be more cost- and time-effective to have the dentist perform the teeth whitening for you.

Choosing The Right Dentist

dentist florida - port saint lucie, fort pierce Choosing a dentist is no longer as simple as opening a phone book and finding the dentist office closest to you. If you hop on the Internet, you will likely find several dentist offices at your fingertips. With hundreds of dentists to choose from, how do you find the right dentist for you? One way to narrow down your dentist selection is to know what type of dental work you need. Most dentists specialize or focus on certain aspects of dentistry.

A general dentist or family dentist offers basic preventative care and dental health services. In addition to teeth cleanings, your general dentist will likely also provide tooth-colored dental fillings, root canals, tooth extraction, teeth whitening, and dental bridges or dentures. Visiting a general dentist helps you to detect gum disease or oral cancer early for effective treatment. A general dentist often focuses on other aspects of dentistry in addition to general dentistry. Ask to see if your general dentist is also a cosmetic dentist, dental implants dentist, or sedation dentist.

A cosmetic dentist focuses on restoring and enhancing smile esthetics (or appearance). Whether you have a chipped tooth, discoloration, or a crooked smile, your cosmetic dentist can help you improve almost any aspect of your smile. Many cosmetic dentists can do full smile makeovers, or more simple treatments like teeth whitening or clear braces. A cosmetic dentist usually offers dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, and other restoration treatments. Visiting a cosmetic dentist is not about being vain; a cosmetic dentist knows that enhancing your smile increases your confidence level and makes a good first impression in social and career settings.

A dental implants dentist is trained in the most effective and advanced tooth replacement procedures. A dental crown, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants to replace one or more teeth. At an initial consultation, your dental implants dentist can assess your oral health and bone density to determine whether you qualify for dental implants.

Many dentists provide several dental services, while others focus on one specific area. Make sure that the dentist you choose is well trained and experienced in the services that you need. Schwerer Dental Care  is held to high standards of excellence and are well experienced in their field of expertise.

 

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

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If you have missing teeth, it is imperative to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can weaken your bite and cause you discomfort. Dental implants are a great option for replacing missing or badly diseased teeth. A dental implant offers comfort, support, stability, and is as close to a natural tooth that a restoration can be.

 

 

There are many benefits to dental implants:

Dental implants restore your ability to chew food properly.
• They fill out a face that may otherwise look sunken in because of missing teeth.
• They don’t need to be removed for overnight cleaning and soaking.
• No adhesives are needed.
• You’ll feel more confident to show off your smile to the world.
• Each implant is created to fit in perfectly with the look of the rest of your teeth.

Dental implants would be an appropriate treatment for you if you’re in good health, have healthy gums, and have enough bone structure to support an implant. A simple visit with your dentist will reveal if a dental implant is the best option to restore your smile to its absolute best.

 

Teeth Whitening Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Teeth Whitening

Deep Bleaching

The Most Effective Teeth Whitening Ever!
For years, there have been two problems that have challenged and frustrated both dentists and patients about teeth bleaching:

•The extreme unpredictability of teeth bleaching
•The acute sensitivity it can cause to many during the bleaching process

Teeth Whitening Port Saint Lucie FloridaA bleaching technique may work well on one person, and virtually not work at all on the very next person. And many times when it does seem to work, it just doesn’t last very long. And it can be downright painful during, and for a short time after, bleaching.

A recently developed technique named “Deep Bleaching™” is now recognized all over the world as the most effective teeth whitening technique ever. It was invented invented by Dr. Rod Kurthy. The technique is so effective that it will even whiten tetracycline discolored teeth–which were previously thought to be impossible to bleach– in a short time.  General Dentistry has tried to achieve this for over 35 years, and now Dr. Kurthy has discovered the secret. Just imagine getting your teeth MUCH whiter, and having it last for your ENTIRE life! With very simple periodic maintenance at home, the results are entirely permanent.

Solving the Problem of Sensitive Teeth

This still left the second challenge for patients and dentists – tooth sensitivity. In January of 2006, Dr. Kurthy unveiled his techniques to eliminate the acute sensitivity that many patients experience during bleaching. So if you have been frustrated with teeth whitening results in the past, or have been unable to bleach due to acute sensitivity during bleaching…well, you don’t have to put it off anymore.

Deep Bleaching™ Success

Many – probably most – people are dying to have teeth the color of the shades in the teeth whitening shade guide. But some patients are unsure if they even WANT teeth this light. We can bleach without going this white. But often, those same patients who originally tell us that they don’t want teeth that are “too white” end up being the patients who ask me if we can go even WHITER.

Tetracycline Stain

And now here’s a tetracycline stained case. This very nice woman grew up with these dark-banded teeth for her entire life, embarrassed of her smile. Well, she doesn’t have to be embarrassed anymore!

Think you’re too old to bleach your teeth? This woman is in her mid 70′s:

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You may be wondering how we do this. Well, it involves two in-office sessions of bleaching (the first one we call the “conditioning visit”), and the wearing of very special bleaching trays while you sleep for several consecutive nights in-between the two in-office sessions.

Don’t worry, these bleaching trays you wear are not like any you’ve ever tried-they fit impeccably well and compress against the tooth right up next to the gumline. This causes a seal, which keeps the special bleaching gel sealed in the tray, so there is no swallowing of the yucky bleach. The bleaching goes deeper, and deeper and deeper during the night while you sleep (therefore “deep” bleaching). This is what allows the final bleaching visit in our office to skyrocket the color of the teeth. And comfort? Just LOOK at how comfortable these trays are in the photo below. Everyone tells us that they’re so comfortable, that you virtually can’t even feel them in place.

For a beautiful new smile call Schwerer Dental Care today.

Emergency Dentist Port Saint Lucie Florida

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Our emergency dentists have put together some important information for you about several dental emergency topics.

Toothache Pain

Dental pain is nature’s way of telling you that there’s a problem. You should see an emergency dentist immediately you may have a dental infection. If a dental infection is left untreated, it may result in facial swelling and the need for the dentist to place you in a hospital.

If it is after normal business hours consider calling your dentist. If you are an established patient, the emergency dentist may prescribe a pain reducing medication and an antibiotic that can be called into a pharmacy for you. This would allow you time until you can get in to the dental office to see the dentist.

Lost, Broken, Or Chipped Fillings or Teeth

If you’re not experiencing dental pain there’s usually less of a need to see an emergency dentist right away. However, the problem with your filling may be due to an underlying painless cavity in your tooth. Delay in seeing a dentist may result in the decay growing, eventual tooth pain and potentially more costly dental treatment.

A Knocked-Out Tooth

In this case you must go to an emergency dentist immediately with the tooth that came out. Hold the tooth in your cheek or place it in a glass of milk until you can get to a dentist. In many cases the dentist can place your tooth back into its socket. However, you must see the emergency dentist immediately to better the chances of this procedure working.

Considering Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Port Saint Lucie We all long for whiter teeth. According to a Harris Interactive survey sponsored by Philips Sonicare, 55% of adults believe that the friendliness of a person is revealed in their smile. Additionally, 78% believe that a smile reflects a person’s personality. Because of this, 53% of the adults surveyed stated that if they could fix one thing about their smile, they would make it whiter.

If you fall in the majority of adults looking for a whiter smile, you may be wondering how to accomplish such a feat. There are many options available for teeth whitening: professional, store bought, and home remedies. How do you know which one is the best for you? What are the pros and cons of each? How much does each one cost? We answer all these questions and more in our guide to teeth whiteningnbsp;
 

 
 

Ways to Whiten

In general, there are three ways to whiten your teeth: at the dentist by a professional, with a store-bought kit, or a do-it-yourself remedy using items you probably already have.

Professional

In a professional bleaching, you make an appointment with a dental professional and go in to the office for your treatment. Appointments can last anywhere from 30-90 minutes and it often takes multiple appointments to complete the process. Bleaching is usually done by laser treatment, in which a bleaching gel is applied to teeth and then a laser is used to activate the gel.

Store-bought Kit

There are many different types of kits that are available at drugstores to purchase and perform at home. These include:

  • Strips: A mouth-sized strip coated in a bleaching agent that is applied to teeth and left on, usually for about 30 minutes. Strips typically need to be applied every day until desired results are achieved; usually around 14 days.
  • Gels: Gels typically come in a bottle with an applicator used to brush on your teeth. Gels work similar to strips, except that there is no plastic strip covering the gel.
  • Trays: Trays are typically considered to be the most effective at-home treatment. A bleaching agent is inside of trays that can be fitted around your teeth. They are usually left on for about 15-20 minutes, and then the procedure is repeated one to two more times.

 

DIY Remedies

If you want a whiter smile, but can’t afford the price of a professional or store-bought fix, there are some products that you can try that you probably already have in your home. These do not work as well as store-bought or professional treatments, but are great for touch-ups and cost little to nothing at all. Keep reading to find out what common household items may help you whiten your teeth.

Pros and Cons

Before you decide whether to do your own treatment at home or pay for a professional teeth whitening,  you will want to consider the pros and cons of each one. They are listed below:

Professional

Pros:

  • Lower risk in the procedure
  • More effective than home treatments
  • Dentist can take individual needs into consideration

Cons:

  • High cost
  • Not usually covered by insurance or discount plans
  • Have to work around dentist’s schedule and go in for multiple appointments

Home (Store bought and DIY)

Pros:

  • Lower cost
  • More convenient, because it can be done on your own time and you can accomplish things during the treatment

Cons:

  • Higher risk of misusing the product
  • Less effective than a professional treatment

Top Home Products

If you want to try a store-bought product, try one of these rated best by Top Consumer Reviews.

  1. Pro White Teeth (trays). $80-$130.
  2. Teeth Whitening Express (trays). $90-$325.
  3. Supersmile (various dental hygiene products). $50.
  4. Crest WhiteStrips 3D (strips). $35.
  5. Go Smile (gel). $89.

Home Remedies

If you want to save some money and make your own treatment, consider using one of the recipes below.

  • Strawberries and baking soda. Mash up one strawberry in a bowl, and mix in a teaspoon of baking soda.  Apply onto teeth and leave on for about ten minutes. Rinse off.
  • Baking soda, toothpaste, and hydrogen peroxide. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste into a bowl, and add a dash of baking soda and a swish of peroxide. Mix together, and use normally as toothpaste.
  • Baking soda and lemon juice. Take the juice from a fresh squeezed lemon and mix it with a small amount of baking soda. Brush onto your teeth and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off.

Baking soda, citric juice, and hydrogen peroxide all contain bleaching power, but they can be damaging to enamel if exposure is prolonged. Be sure not to keep any remedy on for more than about 15 minutes, and brush your teeth after rinsing off.

Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Another option for whitening is purchasing whitening toothpaste. Many people wonder, however, does whitening toothpaste really work? Whitening toothpaste is often expected to have the same effects as a store-bought or professional treatment, but really, the only difference between whitening and regular toothpaste is that whitening toothpaste is slightly more abrasive. Because of this, whitening toothpaste is most effective in removing surface stains, such as those caused by smoking or drinking coffee. It typically takes several weeks to notice a difference.

If you want to use a whitening toothpaste to help remove some surface stains, consider using one from Dentistry.net’s top five:

  1. Arm and Hammer Extra Whitening toothpaste
  2. Rembrandt Premium Whitening toothpaste
  3. Opalescence Whitening toothpaste
  4. Crest 3D White Advance toothpaste
  5. Sensodyne Pronamel Gentle Whitening toothpaste

Most teeth whitening toothpastes are safe; however, some may be harmful to your teeth. To ensure that the toothpaste you are using is safe, look for one with the ADA Seal of Approval.

Teeth Whitening is a great way to improve your smile and overall appearance. Unfortunately, many store-bought products and home remedies are often misused and could end up damaging your oral health. No matter which method you choose to achieve a whiter smile, be sure to talk to your dentist first about the safest options.

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