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Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth and Restore Oral Functionality

According to the National Institutes of Health, around 100 million people have missing teeth, and they could benefit from implant dentistry. Because of the high success rate, this type of procedure has become one of the most preferred methods of tooth replacement over the past few decades. A Holladay dentist specializing in dental implants can explain the treatment in detail for a patient to make an informed decision.

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Rejuvenate Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers Offered by a Dentist

Cosmetic dentists routinely treat patients with chipped, cracked, fractured or discolored teeth and offer them procedures that can help in restoring their smiles. One of the most effective methods of smile improvement are porcelain veneers. These ultra-thin, ceramic layers effectively close spaces, correct alignments, cover imperfections and permanently improve the appearance of your pearly whites, giving you no more reason to hide them beneath your lips.

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Have Your Candy and Eat it Too: Dental Tips for a Mouth-Healthy Halloween

Have Your Candy and Eat it Too: Dental Tips for a Mouth-Healthy Halloween

Halloween Candy vs. Cavities: Don’t Make Kids Choose

Halloween is once again almost upon us. For children, this means costumes, trick or treating, and of course lots of candy. As a parent who is concerned about the health of your children’s teeth, this can be a bit stressful. However, the worst thing you can do is deny them the experience of Halloween. Depriving a child the enjoyment of trick or treating will only make their desire for candy grow, as it is now considered a forbidden object. They may just find some candy at school from other children and sneak around you once they are out of your eyesight.

Instead, let them enjoy the entirety of the Halloween experience, because after all, kids are kids and these are experiences they will only get to have a few times. Here are a few things you can do to make this Halloween a fun learning experience.

Help Kids See What Candy is Bad for Teeth – Separate It Out

Whenever your child gets back with their sack of candy, go through it and discuss what kind candy is extremely bad for teeth and what kind of candy isn’t going to bother them too much. For instance, candy corn has a whopping 32 grams of sugar per serving, which is equivalent to 8 tablespoons!

Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth Are:

  1. Chewy Candies stick to your teeth for long periods of time triggering cavity causing acid to buildup: Laffy Taffy, Caramels, Milk Duds, Starbursts, Tootsie Rolls and Gummies.
  2. Acidic Candies carries an erosive acid, and with the combined sugar, acidic candies deliver a double whammy to your teeth: Lemon Heads, Sour Patch Kids, and War Heads.
  3. Hard Candies allows sugar to sit on teeth for long periods of time, and may chip teeth: Jolly Ranchers, Jaw Breakers, Fire Balls, and Suckers.

Instead Try These Halloween Candies:

  1. Smarties or candy necklaces
  2. Mini Chocolate Bars – melts quickly so sugar isn’t sitting on teeth
  3. Sugar Free Candy – stimulates saliva production which helps protect teeth by flushing away bacteria

Let Kids Pick Out Good Candy to Keep

Now that they have had a learning experience, let them pick out 10 pieces of candy that they want the most. If they choose something that is not good for their teeth, let them have it anyway, but use it as an opportunity to teach them about moderation. Using this time as a moment to educate will help them pick up healthy habits that will follow them throughout the rest of their lives.

The Rest of the Halloween Candy

Now that they have picked out their allotted pieces of candy, it is time to make a decision on what to do with the rest of it. Once again, use this as an educational moment. You can give them the option to either freeze the candy for later or to donate it to another kid who might not be as fortunate as them. This reinforces the idea that candy is not necessarily a bad thing, but that they should enjoy it only in moderation. It can also teach them the value of charity and sharing. Finally, it teaches them about what cavities are and how what they eat affects not just their physical health, but their oral health as well.

If they choose to keep it, then it is up to you as a parent to decide when they can have it – optimal times include:

  • As a Treat: Designate a time during the day where they are allowed to have a treat. This helps children fight the desire to snack on candy all day long, because they will know when “treat time” is.
  • After Meal Time: This will help prevent tooth decay, as saliva flow is high in the mouth. This will help lessen tooth decay and will also help flush bacteria out of the mouth.

Keep Dental Hygiene Fun

Toothbrushes should be replaced every three or four months anyway, so why not make Halloween one of those occasions. Let them pick the brush they want while shopping for a costume, for instance. Children are more likely to want to brush if they like their toothbrush. The same goes for toothpaste. Make the experience fun so that they pick up good dental habits.

So what are some ways you have made your kid’s Halloween both fun and healthy? Share your comments below and let us know what you think!

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A Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry Options

A Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Why Live with a Smile You Do Not Like?

Do you smile broadly when someone takes your photograph or do you try to hide your teeth?  Does your smile project the image that you want or do you cringe every time you see it? With so many modern advances in cosmetic dentistry, there is no reason to live with a smile you hate. No matter the problem, we have a solution that will have you smiling in no time.

Whitening

Teeth can become stained due to soda, tea, and coffee consumption as well as lifestyle choices such as smoking. Teeth whitening is a simple procedure that can vastly improve the look of your smile. Non-bleaching products contain ingredients that work at the surface level only through a physical or chemical process to brighten teeth.

Bonding

Dental bonding is perfect to make small cosmetic repairs or changes to teeth.  If a tooth is chipped or cracked, oddly shaped, or too small, dental bonding can be used to make the shape of the tooth more regular.  An advantage to bonding over crowns and veneers is that it can generally be done in a single office visit and the process removes less enamel.

Enamel shaping

Enamel shaping is a quick, inexpensive way to repair a rough spot on a tooth or make a minor correction. Sometimes this procedure is called re-contouring.  The dentist uses the very same tools employed for a routine cleaning to remove a very small amount of enamel from the affected area, thus removing the rough spot and making a smoother tooth surface.

Veneers

A dental veneer is a custom made, extremely thin covering for a tooth made from porcelain or resin composite materials.  The veneer is bonded to the tooth for a number of reasons:

  • To hide discolored teeth. There are some stains and discolorations that cannot be improved through teeth whitening.
  • To cover extraordinary tooth wear, possibly from grinding the teeth.
  • To close the gap between teeth that have too much space between them.

A veneer usually requires several trips to the Salt Lake City dentist to plan the course of treatment and to make and apply the veneers.

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Crowns and bridgework

Sometimes a tooth can crack. This might be the result of a sports injury or biting down on a hard substance such as ice or a popcorn kernel. A skilled dental professional may be able to help you avoid extraction of the cracked tooth with a crown and/or supporting bridgework.

Crowns:

A crown is a tooth shaped cap that fully covers the visible part of the tooth.  While this is commonly done to prevent a tooth from cracking below the gum line thus require extraction, crowns also can be used to restore a broken tooth, cover badly misshapen teeth, to cover a dental implant, or to make a cosmetic modification.

Bridgework:

In the case that a tooth has to be extracted, the empty space can be filled with a porcelain tooth connected to a bridge.  A bridge is a dental appliance that connects to the surrounding teeth, which are called abutment teeth, and holds the false tooth in place.

With proper, routine care, a dental bridge can be expected to last 5 to 15 years or even longer.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is actually anchored into the mouth to fill the gap left by a missing tooth.  An implant may be endosteal or subperiosteal.  An endosteal implant uses various types of screws placed surgically in the jawbone.  Each implant can hold one or more teeth.  A subperiosteal implant is placed on top of the jaw with the posts coming through the gums. These implants are best for those who are unable to wear conventional dentures.

Gum contouring

Also called gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, gum contouring is used to even out a jagged gum line. Gums may cover too much of your tooth due to your genetic make-up or perhaps they have receded leaving your teeth vulnerable to gum disease and tooth loss.

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Why live with a smile you don’t like?  Contact Village Dental to discuss the cosmetic dentistry procedures that will make the most of your toothy grin.

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Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

porcelain veneers are shell-like thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain or composite that are bonded to the surface of your teeth. Veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry used to correct common dental imperfections, change the look of your teeth and improve your smile. With veneers, you can change the length, shape and size of your tooth as well as the color, resulting in an improved smile.Smile collage of perfect smiling faces closeup. Conceptual set o

Veneers are used to repair cracked teeth, correct spacing or alignment problems, and to cover tooth discoloration. They are durable and stain-resistant and add a layer of protection when tooth enamel is worn. Your cosmetic dentist will determine the right size and shape for your veneers and will work with you to select the best color. A color chart is available to help you with your selection of the optimum shade to match or alter the color of your teeth or create a new brilliant color. Once you and your dentist select the right veneers for you, the dentist or technician makes an impression of your teeth and creates a model for the laboratory. The lab uses the model to customize veneers to make them look natural.

Prior to placement of your veneers, your dentist will prepare your teeth by shaping them just enough so that the custom-made veneers will fit properly over the surface of each tooth. You’ll wear temporary veneers while you’re waiting for your permanent set, which will give you a chance to get used to their feel.

How Long Will Porcelain Veneers Last?

Veneers can last anywhere from five to ten years, sometimes much longer. Although veneers don’t require special maintenance, it is necessary to treat your veneers with care and practice good oral hygiene habits. Certain conditions like bruxism (grinding of teeth) cause excess wear on veneers resulting in chipped or cracked veneers. Your dentist may recommend that you wear a mouth guard while you are sleeping to protect teeth and veneers from grinding damage. If grinding is severe your dentist may determine that you are not a good candidate for veneers and can make other recommendations.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

A number of factors impact the cost of veneers. The final cost is determined by individual dentist and laboratory fees, the number of teeth requiring application, and whether or not your dental insurance covers payment of the procedure. The cost of material must also be factored in since porcelain veneers are more expensive than indirect or direct composite resin veneers.

Cosmetic procedures, including veneers, are usually considered elective treatments by most insurance companies and are not typically covered by insurance. In certain circumstances, a dentist may recommend using a veneer to correct a dental health issue. In this case, the dentist may be able to obtain payment authorization from the insurance company. Your smile is important to us so when insurance doesn’t cover the treatment you need, Village Dental offers a NO-INTEREST plan through Care Credit, which allows you to make affordable payments.

Village Dental - teeth whiteningChoose a Dentist Who is Right for You

Today there are more options than ever before for correcting dental imperfections. Thanks to advancements in technology, a crown is no longer the only method of covering a tooth. Before you begin any cosmetic treatment, it’s important to choose a dentist who’s right for you, one with whom you can have a successful, comfortable relationship. Your dentist should have the necessary skills and experience to perform the treatment you need and to get you the results you desire.

Utah Porcelain Veneers

Village Dental takes pride in our years of progressive experience. We are trained in state-of-the-art technology and the latest techniques, and we work closely with our patients to determine which cosmetic treatment is just the right one.

Our dental practice is conveniently located in Holladay, Utah and has provided quality, gentle dentistry to families in the Salt Lake City area for over 50 years. If you are interested in Utah porcelain veneers and would like to learn more, please schedule a consultation with us today.

 

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Signs Your Child Should See a Dentist

Signs Your Child Should See a Dentist

Watching your child’s teeth come in can be an exciting time for parents. But, keeping all those teeth healthy can be more challenging than enjoyable. For knowing when to bring your youngster into the dentist and tips on how to keep your child’s teeth clean, read on:

When Should My Child First See a Dentist?

A child should first see a dentist when they have teeth, or by the age of one. When you do decide to take your child to a dentist, opt for a pediatric dentist or a dentist that also specializes in family care.

After your child’s first dental appointment, you should follow up care with regular dentists appointments. If you notice any of the following symptoms or problems with your child’s teeth, you should schedule a dentist appointment:

  • Pocked, pitted or discolored teeth;
  • Complaints from your child about tooth pain;
  • Discolored or swollen gums;
  • White spots on teeth;
  • Unusually persistent bad breath;
  • Sensitivity to touch or temperature; or
  • If your child hasn’t been brushing regularly and/or frequently consumes sugary foods or beverages.

As your child ages, it’s likely that your dentist will also suggest that your child sees an orthodontist for further oral care and assessment.

How Do I Prevent My Child From Getting Cavities?

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Oral health is all about prevention. Therefore, keeping your child’s mouth healthy can be as simple as scheduling regular dentist checkups, brushing three times a day, and flossing.

For infants or toddlers who are too young to use toothpaste, you should wipe down the gums and teeth of your child with a wet cloth after feeding. Tooth decay and rot can be caused from the milk that your child drinks. If your child has teeth, choosing a toothpaste with fluoride and that is kid-friendly is an important part of establishing a healthy brushing routine.

You can also ask your dentist about other prevention techniques, such as applying a sealant or resin to teeth to help prevent against cavities, particularly in molars.

As a parent, it is also your responsibility to monitor the consumption of foods and drinks that are high in sugar. Sugar is the main culprit of tooth decay. Preventing tooth decay by watching the levels of sugar that your child eats can help save painful, expensive, and inconvenient oral care expenditures in the future.

How Do I Promote Oral Hygiene at Home?

Going to the dentist can often by a scary experience for children, especially when they’re very young. Make dentist visits seem more exciting by following up the dentist’s office with a special treat, like a trip to a restaurant or toy store. To promote healthy habits while at home and to make brushing more fun, let your child pick out their own toothbrush and have rewards or incentives that are associated with regular brushing.

Remember, the earlier you start enforcing good habits and the earlier you introduce dental care into your child’s life, the easier it will be for your child to implement and continue habits on their own. If your child is approaching the age of one and hasn’t yet seen a dentist, or if they are experiencing any of the oral complications listed above, schedule an appointment immediately.

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How Teeth Whitening Can Inspire Confidence and Success

How Teeth Whitening Can Inspire Confidence and Success

The Smile is the one and only thing that is completely universal. You smile when you are happy. You smile when you are scared and embarrassed. Your smile is the only thing that can move from culture to culture, as anything. An acknowledgement, a flirt, a contagious action that not only brightens everyone’s day, but in many cases has saved lives in many ways.

What Makes a Good Smile?

The best part about a smile is of course seeing a bright white smile, clean teeth that gleam and sparkle. This makes every smile wider and brighter and makes a great impression. One place in which a great first impression is incredibly important is in the business world. When you meet someone, your smile is just as important as your handshake. It’s tough to do business with someone that has a clammy loose handshake. Pride in their handshake is typically the first impression for a business man. But everyone else in the world sees teeth; clean teeth, dirty teeth, missing teeth and so much more.

Teeth Whitening

When meeting someone you typically smile as a greeting and there is nothing worse than see stained teeth from daily torture. But having a white smile can change how people see you personally and correspond with you. Having a bright white smile, makes the next person comfortable enough to continue on with you in any aspect. That in itself produces a small about of confidence; more confidence produces more contact with people. When you have contact with more people in your life, you have a tendency to move this into your professional life.

How a Great Smile Can Lead to Success

Your professional life is by far the most important thing besides your family of course. It provides you with your daily bread, a roof over your head, clothes on your back and anything and everything else you would like to purchase. The more advanced you are in your profession the more of these things you can purchase or obtain.

Teeth Whitening Success

Having a great professional life tends to you move you up in the world and gives the perfect amount of success. Being successful means you can be the person that someone has to make a great first impression on you! How wonderful is that? You are now the most important person in the room; all because you whitened your teeth for this incredible smile and made a great first impression years back you the important people.

Should I Consult a Dentist for Whitening?

Now not always is whitening something that has to be done at a dentist, there are over the counter products that help this process along, it is highly suggested though that you get your teeth and mouth cleaned by your dentist and see if there are any options they can give you to help this process along. There are white strips, trays and even a type of teeth paint!! Be careful not leave any of these products on too long as it will make your teeth extremely sensitive and can cause problems you never intended.

Now get out there, talk to your dentist, buy some teeth whitening products and try them out. See the confidence a beautiful smile can bring and the success that can come out of that!

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