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Whiter Teeth Can Help You Appear Younger
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Joseph Dautremont
Everyone wants a mouth full of bright, white teeth. Americans spend millions of dollars each year on whitening treatments and products while searching for that perfect smile. As you age, your teeth age with you and your-once healthy-looking white teeth may begin to lose some of their luster, especially if you have stopped your regular visits because of lack of dental insurance. Having whiter teeth is especially important for those who deal with others face-to-face in their jobs, such as salespeople and those in any service business. If you ever pay attention to the rich and famous, you will notice that invariably, they have perfect smiles to go along with their public persona. Is Having Whiter Teeth That Important? We don't know any patient who does not want to improve their smile unless they already have perfect teeth. Having perfect teeth can be relative, and it depends on what your definition of perfect is. For most people, having straight, white teeth that with no gaps is good enough. Society places great importance on physical appearance and having whiter teeth can help you appear younger, more attractive, better educated, and wealthier. While these attributes may or may not be true, many people judge by appearance, and yellowish or brownish teeth are associated with poor oral hygiene and failure to visit our office. If you share the concerns about the color of your teeth for whatever reason, like many of our patients do, please let us know, and we can show you the options for teeth whitening treatments that we offer here. Our dentists have the knowledge and experience to provide these treatments if you want whiter teeth to help you appear younger. While there are other, over-the-counter treatments available in the market, we highly recommend you discuss your options with us. We are here to answer all your questions....

Danger of Forgetting to Brush Under Your Tongue
Posted on 9/30/2018 by Joseph Dautremont
Bacteria in the mouth are naturally occurring and it's not always a bad thing. While it's always present in our mouths, bacteria build up is not a good thing. It can lead to decay and weakened enamel on our teeth. Any bacterium left untreated builds up into plaque and begins to eat away at the enamel on your teeth and can cause gum disease, bone loss and decay. Keeping Your Mouth Clean and Healthy We all like to think that we are capable of keeping our mouths clean and healthy. As long as we brush twice a day, floss daily and stay away from sugary foods, we're good, right? Well, not necessarily. You may be neglecting a major surface of your mouth, one where bacteria loves to hide, right in plain sight. Your tongue. Brushing or scraping your tongue every time you brush isn't as essential as brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, but it's still important. Bacteria hides in the grooves and cracks of all of the surfaces of your mouth and incomplete brushing allows the bacteria that is left behind to spread to the other clean surfaces of your mouth. It's important to remember that as you're brushing your mouth including teeth, gums and tongue that you remember to brush underneath your tongue. Skipping the underside of your tongue will leave lots of bacteria behind that can reinfect the rest of your clean mouth. Some people find that brushing underneath the tongue tickles, so if that is not an option for you, make sure to use a mouthwash rinse after brushing and flossing. Regular checkups with our dentist are another key factor in keeping your mouth healthy and clean. Give our office a call and schedule your next cleaning soon. Our friendly staff looks forward to getting to know you and help you on your journey to keeping your mouth healthy and clean....

Could You Need Either an Inlay or an Onlay?
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Joseph Dautremont
If you have a cavity and are in need of a filling, your dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay as a potential treatment. You may be wondering why you can't just use a simple filling like any other cavity. By better understanding the uses of these treatments, you can decide if they are right for you. What is a Dental Inlay? A dental inlay is pre-made filling that fits into the small creases of the tooth. Should a tooth sustain significant damage due to decay, it is a good restorative option for repair, as it won't affect the actual cusp of the tooth. Potential situations that might warrant an inlay include: An inlay is made from composite resin or porcelain so that it matches the color of the tooth, and once put into place, it is almost invisible. Dental inlays tend to be stronger than regular fillings, so they are a good option for larger cavities. What is an Onlay? An onlay is similar to an inlay, but it is used to repair a tooth with damage that affects the cusps of the tooth, or possibly the biting surface. The decayed material is removed, and an impression is taken to send to a dental lab. A permanent onlay is then arrived and fit into place on the tooth. It is fabricated as one solid piece, although it isn't quite as large as a crown. We want your teeth to be as healthy and beautiful as possible, and for that reason, we offer inlays and onlays to help restore them after the damage. Call our office today to learn more....

Joseph Dautremont, DDS, MAGD
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