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    20Jun

    Many people notice that their teeth start to look different—change in color and texture—over time. This can be distressing for dental patients, because they begin to feel like their teeth look older than they are as well as poorly maintained.

    Our Cheney cosmetic dentists are here with some more information about how dental staining develops in the first place, so that you can take steps to minimize the occurrence of dental discoloration in your own life.

    When most people first think of dental discoloration they think of environmental stains: color deposits from strongly pigmented foods, drinks, and tobacco products. This type of discoloration usually develops over time, and may become more apparent as the patient’s enamel begins to thin. There are a number of popular foods and drinks that contribute to environmental staining including soft drinks, red wine, coffee, tea, chocolate, and red sauces. In order to combat environmental stains, you want to make sure that you’re cleaning your smile as directed by your dentist, and rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking. Also, avoid tobacco all together, as this is a leading cause of unattractive stains.

    Another reason that teeth change teeth is because the state of the patient’s dental enamel changes. Healthy dental enamel is fairly thick, and looks white and luminous. Although dental enamel is strong, it isn’t indestructible. Chronic grinding, acidic substances, and oral bacteria can all cause enamel to deteriorate over time; the result is that the dental layer under the enamel, called the dentin, is able to show through to the surface of the tooth. Because dentin is yellow and darker than enamel, the patient’s entire tooth can start to look dull and dark.

    Staying diligent about maintaining healthy enamel is one of the best things to do in order to minimize your risk of developing stained or dark teeth. If you want to learn more you can always reach out to our Cheney dentists for help!

    06Jun

    You have the opportunity every day to make good decisions for your smile, and to optimize your oral health with your daily oral hygiene routine. In this short article, our Cheney dentists are sharing some tips on how to care for your smile to the best of your ability at home. Keep reading to learn more!

    The first thing to do is to make sure that you’re following your dentist-recommended at-home oral hygiene routine down to the smallest detail. The general recommendation from the ADA is that patients brush their teeth every morning and night, and floss their teeth at night. However, your dentist may have additional suggestions for you, or way to tweaks your routine, so that you can get even more out of your dental hygiene efforts.

    You also want to make sure that you’re using the right tools and formulations to clean your smile. Talk to your dentist, for example, about what type of toothbrush bristle you should be using. Many dental patients should actually be using soft bristles, but mistakenly think that medium is right for them. You want to use tools that effectively clean your smile while still being gentle enough for everyday use. Your dentist can also give you further guidance on whether you should be looking for toothpastes or mouth rinses that include smile-boosting ingredients like fluoride.

    One of the simplest things that you can do to improve your dental hygiene routine is to make sure that you’re checking off the component parts of your routine in a way that makes sense. For example, you want to floss before you brush your teeth; this allows you to dislodge dental debris and then immediately brush it away. Likewise, it makes sense to use mouth rinse as the final step when your cleaning your smile.

    As always, our Cheney dentists are happy to provide you with any additional information that you may need about caring for your smile. Give us a call to get started!

    23May

    Our Cheney dental team makes it a priority to incorporate the latest tools and technologies into our practice, so that we can help our patients get the high-quality, patient-friendly treatments that they need. One of the most effective, and, frankly, impressive, advancements in dentistry today is i-CAT technology. Keep reading to learn more about how i-CAT works and whom it can help.

    i-Cat refers to scanning technology and software that allows our team to get high-quality images of your teeth and maxillofacial structure. These images are far superior to traditional X-rays for a number of reasons:

    · The image resolution is better, so that our team is able to see more details and there are fewer issues with clarity

    · We are able to manipulate and move the images using image software—this means that we can zoom in and see a larger number of angles when necessary

    · These images work with planning software that allows our team to map out where in the mouth we will place implants etc. This type of image mapping is incredibly beneficial when it comes to communicating and pre-planning for treatment as a team.

    · X-ray exposure is less than that of traditional 2-D X-ray technology

    i-CAT technology is indispensable in the world of modern restorative dentistry. One of the major ways in which we utilize i-CAT is for pre-planning dental implant surgery. We are able to pinpoint the exact spots along your gum line where the implant roots should go. Meticulous pre-planning helps to ensure a stress-free and successful treatment process for the patient. This technology also allows our team to take on more complicated dental cases.

    If you want to learn more about the features if i-CAT, our Cheney dental implant dentists are here to give you all of the information you need. Call our team or submit the Contact Us form on our site when you are ready to get started!