Posts for: February, 2019
Some people are lucky and were just born with the kind of teeth that look ready-made for selfies and brilliant ear-to-ear grins. More often than not, though, the beautiful smiles you see on your favorite celebrities, friends, family, and co-workers are the result of good cosmetic dentistry. Even with the best care, teeth are vulnerable to everything from diet and daily lifestyle habits to the normal aging process and passage of time. Dental veneers are a great way to give your smile an additional boost, get rid of imperfections, and make enhancements or changes where nature fell a little short. The dentists at Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Framingham, MA, offer several options to correct cosmetic damage and improve your smile!
Cosmetic Dentistry in Framingham, MA
Veneers are made of a thin, translucent layer of porcelain that bonds to the surface of the teeth and can be reshaped to change the size, shape, and color of a damaged or unattractive tooth. They can also be used to close small to medium gaps and spaces (larger gaps caused by bite and alignment problems may require orthodontic treatment instead).
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Veneers are an effective, durable, and minimally invasive option to transform and makeover your smile in just a few short trips to the dentist. With good oral hygiene and follow up dental care (the American Dental Association recommends going to the dentist every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning), veneers can last up to a decade or longer.
Veneers are a great option for fixing mild-to-moderate chips, cracks, stains, discolorations, gaps, and spaces, as well as to change the size and shape of your teeth for cosmetic improvement.
Find a Dentist in Framingham, MA
There are many procedures available to help you get the smile of your dreams and improve your oral health in the process. For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry by calling 508-872-1422 to schedule an appointment today with one of our dentists.
Your child's oral development generates considerable changes during their "growing up" years. There are a number of things you can do to help support their development—but also things you shouldn't.
Here are 4 things not to do if you want your child to develop healthy teeth and gums.
Neglect daily oral hygiene. To set the best long-term course for optimum oral health, begin cleaning the inside of your child's mouth even before they have teeth. Simply use a clean wet washcloth to wipe their gums after feeding to reduce bacterial growth. Once you begin seeing teeth, start brushing them every day with just a smear of toothpaste; at about age 2 you can increase that to a pea-sized amount. And don't forget to teach them when they're ready to brush and floss on their own!
Allow unlimited sugar consumption. Besides the effect it has on overall health, sugar is also a prime food source for disease-causing oral bacteria. You can reduce the sugar available for bacterial growth by avoiding sugary snacks and limiting sweet foods to meal times. Less sugar means less bacterial growth—and a lower risk of tooth decay for your child.
Put them to bed with a sugary liquid-filled bottle. Although a bedtime bottle may help calm your baby to sleep, it could also increase their risk of tooth decay. Allowing them to sip on sugar-filled liquids like juice, milk, formula or even breast milk encourages bacterial growth. Bacteria in turn produce acid, which can dissolve the minerals in enamel and open the door to tooth decay. Sipping through the night also deprives saliva of adequate time to neutralize acid.
Wait on dental visits until they're older. Dental and pediatric associations all recommend first taking your child to the dentist sooner rather than later—by their first birthday. Starting dental visits early will help you stay ahead of any developing tooth decay or other oral problems. And just as important, your child will have an easier time "warming up" to the dental office environment at a younger age than if you wait. Dental visit anxiety, on the other hand, could continue into adulthood and interfere with regular dental care.
If you would like more information on the best dental care practices for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”
When your mouth is dry, you know it: that sticky, uncomfortable feeling when you first wake up or when you're thirsty. Fortunately, it usually goes away after you eat or drink. But what if your mouth felt like that all the time? Then, it's no longer an irritation—chronic dry mouth could also increase your risk of dental disease.
Chronic dry mouth occurs because of inadequate saliva flow. Saliva plays an important role in preventing dental disease because it neutralizes acid, which can cause the mineral content in tooth enamel to break down and lead to tooth decay. The mouth becomes more acidic right after eating, but saliva can restore its normal pH levels in about an hour—as well as some of the enamel's lost mineral content. Without saliva, your tooth enamel is at greater risk from acid.
While a number of things can potentially interfere with normal saliva production, medication is the most common. More than 500 prescription drugs, including many antihistamines, diuretics or antidepressants, can cause dry mouth. Cancer radiation or chemotherapy treatment and certain metabolic conditions like diabetes or Parkinson's disease can also increase symptoms.
If you are experiencing unusual dry mouth symptoms, see your dentist first for a full examination. Your dentist can measure your saliva flow, check your prescriptions and medical history, and examine your salivary glands for abnormalities. With this more accurate picture of your condition, they can help direct you to the most effective remedies and treatments for the cause.
If medication is the problem, you can talk to your doctor about alternative prescriptions that have a lesser effect on saliva flow. You can also drink more water before and after taking oral medication and throughout the day to help lubricate your mouth. Chewing gums or mints with xylitol, a natural alcohol sugar, can also help: xylitol helps reduce the mouth's bacterial levels, as well as stimulate saliva flow.
Easing your dry mouth symptoms can make your life more pleasant. More importantly, it can reduce your risk of future dental problems caused by a lack of saliva.
If you would like more information on dealing with chronic dry mouth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dry Mouth: Learn about the Causes and treatment of this Common Problem.”