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Get Whiter Teeth You Can Smile About

Having white teeth isn’t a new fad. The desire has actually been around for ages. While the processes have changed drastically, the end result, teeth that are bright and clean, has remained the same.

History of Teeth Whitening

The methods for whitening were unique to say the least thousands of years ago. Egyptians we’re whitening their teeth with a paste they made from pumice and vinegar while Romans used urine and barbers in the 17th century were filing down enamel and using acid. Much later in the 80’s, whitening systems using trays and peroxide became popular and morphed into the techniques we’re using still today to have pearly white smiles.

How to Get White Teeth

Before you start a whitening treatment, consider the habits you have that might be causing your teeth to discolor. Caffeine, medications and smoking are just some of the ways teeth can yellow. You should also get into the habit of brushing and flossing regularly to keep your teeth in the best shape possible. You’ll also want to look for a toothpaste that includes baking soda if whiter teeth is your goal.

In- Office Whitening

Today this cosmetic dental treatment for your teeth is very popular. While many people are still using home kits to try and whiten their teeth, nothing compares to chair-side bleaching results. Stronger doses of bleaching agents and close application and monitoring by a professional make it possible to have better results in a faster time period.

At Fried Dentistry we offer Zoom teeth whitening service which uses 25 percent hydrogen peroxide gel activated by a special UV light for a gentle whitening process. We also offer the Zoom “Whitening for Life” program so you can maintain your bright whites. Contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment today.

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Dental Implant Basics

Dealing with oral issues can be frightening. Something about the thought of drilling and digging in the mouth area sends most people into a panic. But with the right dentist performing those procedures, the scary thoughts quickly become unjustified.

Benefits of Dental Implants

For those with teeth that may be missing or must be removed, dental implants are a great way to still enjoy eating foods and feeling comfortable with smiling because they replace those missing areas with standard looking teeth that function just like the rest.

If you’re considering dental implants, here is a basic rundown of what’s involved.

The Basics

If you have a tooth that needs to be removed, a periodontist or oral surgeon will first work on that portion of the procedure. Or, if you are already missing a tooth in the area in question, they will move on to the next step which involves taking an impression of the tooth and area to be filled so the new implant will be a good fit.

The following steps, depending on each patient’s specific condition and needs, can take a few hours, weeks or months to go through. Visiting with a professional is the only way to know what will be involved in your case.

When you get a dental implant put in, there are metal posts inserted into your jaw to connect the tooth to your jawbone and gums. The replacement tooth that has been created from the impression to fit the location is then mounted. Over time as the area has time to heal, it will then become stable and in the final steps of the tooth restoration procedure, your dentist will have you come in for an office visit to place the crown over the implant to protect it.

Since these are firmly put in place, they are much more stable feeling than traditional dentures or bridges and make it easier to do things like eat and talk. Each patients experience will differ depending on the unique situation but overall, the steps involved in getting a dental implant are not painful.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry services are a great advantage of modern medicine and are making it possible for more people to continue to have a great smile and use their teeth for longer than ever before. Much of the anxiety around trips to the dentist are based on fears that pain will be intolerable but this just isn’t the case. If you’re ready to get teeth that look and feel great back, give Fried Dentistry a call to schedule an appointment.

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Thanksgiving Dental Health

Now that Halloween and the fear of candy harming our teeth has passed, there are more holidays approaching that cannot be ignored. The upcoming Thanksgiving and following Christmas, Hanukkah and other festivities, do more than just bring together families and increase gift buying.

All of these events are also an opportunity to indulge in foods we may only see one time each year. In addition to the threat to our midsection, some of these foods and can also harm our oral health. If you’re looking to keep your teeth healthy this Thanksgiving, here are some tips to consider.

Sugar

Like any other day of the week, eating sugary foods like desserts and drinks in small amounts, or avoiding them all together is key. At Thanksgiving, there will likely be an endless supply of pies and cookies on the table. If you reach for those to satisfy your pumpkin pie craving, be sure to also excuse yourself from the table and brush afterwards to fight any acid attacking tooth enamel.

Starch

Thanksgiving is a holiday when starches are pretty hard to avoid. Everything from fresh baked dinner rolls to gravy can contain it. But starch can wreak havoc on your teeth the same way sugar does, by attacking enamel and causing decay. Be sure to drink water with your meals and swish it around your mouth as you eat to break up and keep food particles from sitting in between your teeth.

Get Up From the Table

Even if you try to practice healthy choices at the dinner table and stay away from certain foods on Thanksgiving, you can still do harm if you don’t realize just how long you’ve been sitting and eating. It’s easy when the family is gathered around the table to lose track of time, enjoying each other’s company, but eating and talking could add up to a few hours at the table and that is far too long for your teeth to have food moving through them with no break. Schedule some periodic walks away from the table. Go for stroll, take your conversation over to the fireplace, and give yourself some time to floss and brush before the next serving.

As we enter the holiday season, it’s a good idea to get dentist cleanings for the year booked as well. Contact Fried Dentistry to request your next appointment.