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    27Oct

    If you are already following the recommendation of the American Dental Association, and brushing your smile twice a day, then you are off to a good start when it comes to maintaining oral health. However, there may be a few additional steps that you can take to optimize your oral hygiene routine. That’s what our Cheney dentists are going to be talking about today!

    Use the right tools

    The first thing that our dental team encourages patients to do is to swap their old toothbrushes and oral hygiene tools for new ones if applicable. Most people are surprised to learn that toothbrushes, in particular, should be replaced every three to four months, and always after an illness.

    As you choose toothbrush, make sure that it is appropriately sized for your mouth. It is also a good idea to speak with your dental team about what type of bristle is right for you—the goal is to use as soft of a bristle as possible while still effectively clearing away plaque.

    Take a look at technique

    Speaking of soft bristles, you also want to use a soft touch when you clean your smile. Apply gentle pressure while moving your brush in circular motions. When you start applying too much pressure and scrubbing your smile you may develop thin enamel or receding gum tissue.

    Be patient

    Few of us really take the time to, well, time our brushing routine; we usually just brush until our smile “looks” or “feels’ clean. Unfortunately, that means that many adult and pediatric patients are not spending enough time cleaning their smiles. Set a timer for two minutes—use this time to clean the entirety of your smile, including your tongue and inner cheeks.

    As always our Cheney dentists are more than happy to answer additional questions you may have, and to help you schedule a personal consultation. Give us a call to get started! 

    13Oct

    When you are ready to refresh your smile, or achieve a total dental transformation, our Cheney cosmetic dentists are here to help. Over the years, we have found that the more our patients know about their treatment options, the more confident they feel when they sit in the dentist’s chair. With that in mind we have put together a short overview of two ways that you can improve your smile using various treatments. Let’s get started!

    Straight & Seamless

    Many of us want to achieve well-balanced, symmetrical smiles. It can be visually jarring when certain teeth are too big, too small, or poorly aligned. Likewise, when oral tissues, like your gums, have irregular edges, you may not love he appearance of your smile as much.

    We provide a number of treatments to improve the balance and harmony of your smile. Orthodontic treatment, for example, is used to straighten crooked teeth, close gaps in your smile, and improve dental symmetry. Another option is to use porcelain restorations or composite resin dental bonding to resurface your smile.

    White & Bright

    If you have noticed that your teeth are looking dimmer, duller, and darker than they used to, you are not alone. This is a very common aesthetic issue that develops, and becomes more severe, as patients age. Whitening your smile make it look healthier and years younger.

    Professional topical whitening treatments are highly potent whitening formulations that are designed to minimize discoloration that has accumulated over time. Many people are able to lighten their smiles by several shades after just one application. If, however, you have a type of discoloration or enamel damage for which professional whitening is not sufficient, you can use porcelain veneers or dental bonding, which covers enamel with composite resin, to effectively resurface your visible tooth structure.

    As always, our Cheney aesthetic dentists are happy to provide you with more information. Get ahold of our time by giving us a call, or by submitting a question through our Contact Us page

    15Sep

    Providing the best care for your smile begins with supporting a strong dental foundation. That’s right, we are talking about your gums! When gum tissue isn’t strong and healthy, your entire smile can suffer as a result. In this short article, our Cheney dentists are giving you some information about health problems related to gum disease, and what you can do to care for your smile.

    What causes gum disease?

    Bacteria! You may already know that harmful oral bacteria cause cavities; well, these same bacteria can infect your oral tissues and lead to periodontal disease.

    Here’s the kicker: oral bacteria are able to use the sugars and refined carbohydrates that we consume as fuel. The more fuel they have, the faster the bacteria are able to multiply and spread throughout your smile. You may develop gum disease because you are consuming more harmful substances than normal, or because your immune system is depleted. Gum disease can also occur as an infection spreads from a tooth to surrounding tissue.

    Do I have gum disease?

    Although gum infections can develop asymptomatically in their earliest stages, you will likely notice some unwanted changes to your oral health as time goes on. Reach out to your dental team if you have:

    • Swollen gum tissue
    • Tender gums
    • Bleeding gum tissue
    • Hard-to-treat bad breath
    • Gum tissue that is pulling away from your teeth (forming gaps that are called periodontal pockets)
    • Teeth that are moving along your gum line or otherwise loose

    No one knows your smile better than you do. So, if your gums look redder than normal, or if they start to bleed every time you floss, it is time to schedule a consultation with your dental team.

    How can I treat gum disease?

    Effective treatment is critical when it comes to gum disease, because untreated infections can spread throughout your mouth, to your teeth, your jawbone, and the connective tissues that secure your teeth.

    When treating gum disease, it is our goal to minimize bacterial activity and growth, while simultaneously promoting your immune system’s ability fight the infection. The treatments that are right for you will depend on how advanced or severe your oral infection is. Our team may recommend that you boost your at-home oral hygiene routine by using specific toothpastes, tools, and mouth rinses. You may also need to complete professional cleanings more frequently than health patients, so that our team can clear away any plaque or tartar that has accumulated.  

    Our Cheney gum disease dentists are here to answer your questions so that you can move forward with treatment confidently.