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11Dec

Many of us get complacent with our oral hygiene routines over time; this is totally normal! But, let’s be honest, it’s not ideal.

Our Glendale dentists encourage you to take this opportunity to re-evaluate your daily dental routine, and to make small improvements where and when appropriate. Sometimes, minor alterations can make the biggest difference.

  1. Consider adding a mouthwash to your routine

There are a wide variety of mouth rinse formulations available today. Some of them are designed to strengthen teeth, while others combat gum disease, and still others battle bad breath. Many rinses actually offer multiple benefits simultaneously!

You can use a mouth was before you floss and brush, to rid your mouth of lose dental debris. You can also rinse your mouth as the final step in your routine; this is a great way to catch any lingering plaque and food particles before you head out for the day or go to sleep.

  1. Regular water rinses

This one is an easy one: as soon as you finish eating, or drinking something other than water, reach for your H20. Drinking water actually promotes saliva production, and saliva works to neutralize bacteria and strengthen enamel. Rinsing your mouth vigorously with water will also limit the amount of time that bacteria are able to feed on the sugars and carbohydrates in your mouth.

  1. Use a specially formulated toothpaste

Take a look at your toothpaste—could it be doing something more for you? There are formulations available to whiten enamel, freshen breath, and minimize sensitivity. Talk to your dental team about whether you can benefit from a specific type of toothpaste in your daily routine.

Our Glendale dentists are here to answer any questions you may have about how to care for your smile at home. Even if it has been years since you’ve seen the dentist, we can help you get your smile back on track!

27Nov

One of the most important decisions that you make as a dental patient is what type of oral hygiene formulations you’ll use. There are many types of dental products on the market today, and many of them claim to offer a number of unique benefits. Today our Glendale dentists are reviewing a few of the ingredients you’re likely to find in oral hygiene products. We’re going to talk about what these specific ingredients do, so that you can make informed choices for your smile. Let’s get started!

Fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is included in many toothpastes and mouth washes. Fluoride is also administered topically in professional treatments. Fluoride is useful in dentistry because it helps to re-mineralize and strengthen enamel. One think to keep in mind: young children, who are prone to swallowing oral hygiene products, should not use formulations with fluoride. This is because ingesting fluoride while permanent teeth are still developing can cause adult teeth to grow with discoloration and textural irregularities.

Triclosan and Xylitol

Both of these ingredients have antibacterial properties. Triclosan and xylitol neutralize bacteria, and combat plaque formation. You want to use oral hygiene products with bacteria fighting properties, because built up plaque and tartar increases your risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and chronic bad breath.

Tetra Sodium Pyrophosphate

When plaque is allowed to sit on a patient’s smile for an extended period of time, it calcifies and bonds to the tooth structure—hardened plaque is called tartar. Tetra Sodium Pyrophosphate disrupts tartar production by minimizing magnesium and calcium in the mouth, as both of these things facilitate plaque calcification.

When caring for your smile day to day, you want to make sure that you’re using the right tools and products. Our Glendale dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you may need about common dental ingredients—give us a call to learn more!

30Oct

As we age, it is inevitable that our teeth age along with us, at least to a certain extent. However, this doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with and older, worn-looking smile; our Glendale cosmetic dentists offer a number of treatment options that can refresh your teeth, and make your whole smile look younger.

There are a few key culprits that can make your smile look older than you want it to:

  • Stained or dark dental enamel
  • Tooth damage, like cracks, chips, or uneven tooth edges
  • Thin dental enamel
  • Eroded bite surfaces, which leave your teeth looking blunt or short

Depending on the type of aesthetic problem you’re dealing with, you may benefit from one or a few of these cosmetic treatments:

  • Professional dental whitening to minimize existing stains and discoloration on your teeth.
  • Dental bonding, which is used to resurface unsightly enamel, repair cracked or chipped teeth, and even close gaps in your smile.
  • Porcelain veneers, which are individually crafted aesthetic restorations that are permanently bonded to the patient’s natural tooth structure. Once your veneers in place, it completely covers the existing tooth. And, because every veneer is custom shaped, sized, and shaded to fit the patient’s needs, these restorations deliver exceptionally natural looking results.

Some patients find that they are able to meet their aesthetic and functional dental goals by using only one treatment, or treating only select teeth. Other people choose to combine treatment options or complete full smile makeovers. When you come in for your consultation with our Glendale cosmetic dentists, we’ll be able to give you a better idea of what your treatment plan and timeline might look like.

The best way to get started is to call our office to speak to a member of our team, or to use the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry. We look forward to speaking with you!