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What People Notice When They First Meet You
Posted on 6/20/2018 by Lemond Hunter
When you're introduced to someone new, what people notice when they first meet you are the eyes and the smile. Making a great first impression can help open doors professionally and personally. Taking care of the following areas can help make a smile unforgettable. Teeth ColorTeeth that are pearly white are what people usually notice when they first meet you. The teeth whitening industry has skyrocketed in recent years and every toothpaste manufacturer offers a product that includes whitening, to make your smile brighter. The cost of these products varies, but you can certainly find an option to fit your budget. You can even get your teeth whitened at the dentist office, a relatively new practice. Teeth ShapeIt seems like some people are either born with perfect teeth or they wore braces for years to obtain that radiant smile that lights up a room. The truth is that very few people have teeth that are perfect in shape. Usually some are longer than others or they are crooked, if they haven't been corrected by an orthodontist. Many have gaps that can be distracting and make them self-conscious. Smile There is no such thing as a perfect smile. Since the facial structure is uneven, there are very few people who have a smile that would be considered perfect. Instead, we have ideas of smiles that are considered perfect and we dream of having the same. If you are not happy with the way your smile and teeth look we can discuss the teeth whitening options are available at our office. We can also give you a referral for a great orthodontist that can discuss treatment if you are considering braces that can work to improve what people notice when they first meet you....
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What is It about Sports Drinks that Harm Your Teeth?
Posted on 6/10/2018 by Lemond Hunter
As an athlete, it is important to keep your body hydrated and healthy. Often times, athletes feel the best way to stay hydrated is to consume sports drinks rather than water. While these beverages often contain electrolytes, they can be damaging to your teeth. Enamel ErosionSports drinks contain high levels of acid and sugars, which are damaging to the teeth. Acidic beverages can corrode the tooth enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity. The enamel is also the hardest surface of your body, and it is intended to protect your teeth for a lifetime. Once it is gone, it doesn't regenerate, so the structural integrity of your teeth could be at risk. Tooth DecayThe sugar found in sports drinks also make your teeth vulnerable to decay. Cavity-causing bacteria feed off of these sugars. They are allowed to reproduce and live within the plaque, which can eventually lead to tooth decay. Untreated decay causes cavities, gum disease, and even the more severe forms of periodontal disease. Gum DiseaseIn addition to problems with the teeth, sports drinks can also cause problems with the gums. Also called periodontal disease, this chronic infection leads to inflammation of the gums. It occurs when bacterial plaque builds up with time, and toxins are released to infect and irritate the gums. Without regular dental cleanings, it can create a rough substance called tartar. You won't be able to brush tartar off of your teeth, and only a dentist will be able to remove it. Just like athletes need to care for their physical health, you'll also need to maintain your oral health. Whether you've experienced a problem or you just need a dental cleaning, we are here to help. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you to properly care for your mouth....
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"Types of Problems That Fall Under the Category of Dental Emergencies"
Posted on 5/20/2018 by Lemond Hunter
Do you know the difference between a dental problem and a dental emergency? Some issues, even those that are somewhat painful, may be something you can deal with for a few days until you can schedule an appointment with us. Other issues, though, qualify as a dental emergency. If you have one of these emergencies, you need to contact us as soon as you can and set up an appointment. Be sure you describe the problem as completely as you can, too. We need to know how severe it is, so we can get you in as quickly as we can. So, what qualifies as a dental emergency? A Severe ToothacheIf your toothache is severe, shooting pain that is so bad you can't function, it's definitely an emergency. You may be in so much pain you can't even concentrate to drive to our office. In that case, call someone to help you get here. Most people try taking pain medication or using other remedies to control tooth pain. That may help, but if your pain is incredibly severe, don't hesitate to call. A Tooth Gets Knocked Out or BrokenThis is definitely a dental emergency! Call us as soon as possible so we can examine the damage. If you've had a tooth knocked out by an accident, you may need stitches. If your tooth is broken or been knocked loose, we may be able to repair it if you come in as soon as you can. Your Mouth Is Severely SwollenSevere swelling in the face can be a sign of a major dental issue. If your face is swollen so much that it's hard to open your mouth or incredibly painful to swallow, you need care right away. Any time you feel like something major is wrong with your mouth, teeth, or gums, don't hesitate to call us. You know your body and the signals it gives you. Don't hesitate to call with any concerns you have....
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All Posts:

What People Notice When They First Meet You
6/20/2018
What is It about Sports Drinks that Harm Your Teeth?
6/10/2018
"Types of Problems That Fall Under the Category of Dental Emergencies"
5/20/2018
Types of Dental Bridges You Can Get
5/10/2018
Making Brushing Easier When You Struggle with Arthritis
4/20/2018
How Much of Your Teeth Are Situated Below the Gums?
4/10/2018
What Options Do You Have for a Gap in Your Front Teeth?
3/25/2018
What is the Difference between Power Flossers and Water Flossers?
3/15/2018
What Type of Oral Health Goals Do You Have?
2/23/2018
What to Do When a Tooth Comes in Crooked
2/13/2018
Why You Need to Replace Your Toothbrush When a Cold Sore Erupts
1/25/2018
Why You Need to Limit Drinking Acidic Beverages
1/15/2018
Types of Cracks Best Covered by Veneers
12/23/2017
Tooth Pain and Fevers Usually Signify a Dental Abscess
12/13/2017
Is There Any Benefit to Making Homemade Toothpaste?
11/27/2017
How Your Gag Reflex Impacts Your Dental Visits
11/17/2017
The Importance of Not Using a Hard Bristled Toothbrush
10/25/2017
The Damage That Can Come from Sucking on Candies and Cough Drops
10/15/2017
How Stress Affects Gum Disease
9/27/2017
How Long After a Cleaning Should You Wait to Eat?
9/17/2017
Why Your Toothbrush and Dishwasher Should be Best Friends
8/25/2017
Why You Should Go to the Dentist if Your Gum is Sore to the Touch
8/15/2017
Why Are People Afraid of Root Canals?
7/30/2017
Do You Brush Your Tongue Often Enough?
7/23/2017
Why Eating a Sweet Treat Could Cause Your Teeth to Hurt
6/25/2017
Why Do You Wait to Brush After Anything Acidic?
6/15/2017
There's More to Cosmetic Dentistry Than Whitening
5/30/2017
The Weather Can Affect the Way Your Teeth Feel
5/20/2017
The Beating Your Teeth Take When You Have an Oral Piercing
4/27/2017
Talking to Your Dentist About Having a Filling Replaced
4/17/2017
Why You Want to Indulge in Strawberries As A Spring Time Snack
3/30/2017
Why Chewing Vegetables is So Good for Your Oral Health
3/20/2017
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