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Caring for Veneers Means Keeping Up with Oral Hygiene
Posted on 5/23/2018 by Crossroads Family Dental
You've made a big investment when you choose to get veneers, but the finished product was well worth it. While you might be thrilled with your smile now, it is important to care for your veneers properly if you want them to last a long time. These oral hygiene tips are crucial in caring for your porcelain veneers. Keep Your Veneers Clean In some ways, you'll treat your veneers just as you would for your natural teeth. This includes brushing twice daily and using dental floss. Failure to care for your mouth properly can lead to gingivitis or periodontal disease, which may result in gum recession. When this occurs, the borders of your veneers will be exposed, putting them at risk for long-term damage. Get Treatment for Bruxism If you grind your teeth, it is important to get treatment from your dentist. Continued clenching and grinding can damage your veneers, and that damage might also extend to the original teeth and even the jaw joint. Nighttime grinding is especially troublesome since you have no control over your actions. Your dentist may prescribe a night guard to help. Select the Right Toothpaste Certain toothpaste brands contain ingredients that are too abrasive for the veneers. Make sure you review the ingredients properly. Pastes that contain hydrogen peroxide should be avoided, as this ingredient will eat away at the surface of the veneers. Additionally, baking soda might be the best option, as it can leave your veneer feeling gritty, impacting sheen and color. A gel product may be a better selection. Visit Our Office Even with veneers, you still need to come and see us regularly. We can address any problems with your veneers before they arise, plus we can help you avoid tooth and gum infections that might impact your veneers. If you have veneers, make your oral hygiene a priority. Call us today to set up your appointment....
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Maintaining New Fillings is Important
Posted on 5/13/2018 by Crossroads Family Dental
Maintaining New fillings is important because you want them to last for years. After the procedure, it will take a while for the numbing sensation from the anesthetic to wear off and you will feel how that filling feels in your mouth and how it affects your bite. Some adjustments may be necessary to make if feel comfortable, but you should always follow proper care at home. Here are some things you need to do to extend the life of your new filling as much as possible. Avoid Chewing Hard Food Once you are ready to have a meal after getting a new filling, you should avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods. No hard candy or things such as nuts are advisable. While the resin used for the filling is made of strong material to last, it can still be vulnerable to cracks if not cared for properly. Teeth Sensitivity Sensitivity to hot or cold food is very common following a dental filling procedure and could last anywhere from several days to several weeks. If you are concerned about increased sensitivity after a week or so, please call our office. The tooth will be more sensitive depending on the severity of the cavity or crack. Keep the Area Clean The most important thing you can do to prevent any problems with your new filling is to keep the area and your mouth clean. As with anything else, brushing twice daily, and flossing, plus a bi-annual visit to our office will help protect and care for all your fillings. While the filling will be made to match your teeth color, you will notice a difference because the filling is not going to fit exactly as the tooth fit before. You will feel a difference in the bite, but you should get used to this relatively quickly. Any concerns should be addressed with our office....
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You Need to Come In and See Us Every Six Months Without Fail
Posted on 4/20/2018 by Crossroads Family Dental
It is really important that you figure out an oral hygiene routine that works for you and keeps your teeth clean and healthy. However, it also needs to include regular visits to our office. We do a lot of things during those visits. One of the most important aspects of those regular visits is the fact that we look for signs of problems in their earliest stages. The earlier we have the ability to catch a problem, the easier it is to fix. What You Get from Biannual Dental Visits When you come in and visit us every six months, you get a lot of benefits. First, you get really clean teeth from those appointments. They feel good and you often feel more confident showing them off when they are freshly clean. Second, you get an idea of the overall condition of your mouth. This helps you know if there are any parts of your mouth that need special attention or better cleaning. Third, you get any little issues fixed while they are still little. It is far easier and faster for us to fill a tiny cavity than it is for us to wait and fill a cavity that requires a crown because it is so large. Plus, it is less uncomfortable for you. Coming in and seeing us every six months is very important. You need to make these visits as important as your annual physical from your doctor. What your physician is to your overall health, we are to your oral health, and with poor oral health, your physical health will begin to decline as well. Come in and see us if it is six months or longer since your last visit. Let us do a cleaning and exam to see what state your oral health is currently in....
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