Posts for: June, 2012

By contactus
June 21, 2012
Category: Dental Care

A question I often receive is, "How often should I come in for my checkup and cleaning?"  My answer is that I recommend coming in at least once every 6 months.  However, if a patient has a history of gum disease,  frequent cavities, or is a smoker  I may recommend they come in once every 4 months or even once every 3 months.  This will allow us to catch any problems at an earlier stage and make it more manageable.  It also helps us maintain more of a plaque free environment within the mouth.  The intervals between appointments may change as well based on changes within your oral health.  If we observe an improvement in your oral health between visits, we may even lengthen the duration needed between checkups.   As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call or send an email!


By contactus
June 05, 2012
Category: Dental Care

 

My patients often ask me what types of food/drinks typically stain teeth.  There are a couple of different ways food can stain teeth.  One way is through deeply pigmented food molecules which adhere to the tooth enamel. Another factor is the acidic content of the food.  Highly acidic foods can erode the enamel, which in turn allows the pigmentation in the food to adhere more readily to the teeth.

So what are the foods that do this you ask?  Wine, tea, soda, highly acidic drinks, candy, and colored fruits such as berries are the biggest culprits.  Lastly, one item that should always be avoided that discolors teeth among other parts of your body is smoking.

Keep smiling!   




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