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4 Very Common Oral Health Issues and How to Treat Them

A beautiful smile is not the only benefit to taking care of your teeth. By regularly seeing to your oral health, you can also ward off a variety of unwanted health issues. Some of these problems only cause mild discomfort, but some can be extremely painful. Brushing and flossing regularly can help you keep your teeth happy and healthy, but it is also important to regularly visit your dentist in order to keep the following oral health issues from affecting you.

Gingivitis

While most people only think of their teeth when it comes to taking care of their dental hygiene, your gums also play a large role in your oral health. Gingivitis, or gum disease, can happen to anyone. It is caused by an accumulation of plaque and bacteria in the mouth. Gum disease can easily go unnoticed, because it typically does not cause any painful symptoms until its later stages. Late stage symptoms might include red, swollen, or irritated gums that bleed during brushing and flossing. Think you have early stages of gingivitis? Certain gum treatments may be right for you.

Halitosis

Probably one of the most common signs of poor oral health is bad breath, or halitosis. An easy way to combat this problem is by brushing your teeth daily, regular dental cleanings, and making sure that you drink plenty of water. However, if the problem persists, it could mean that other factors are causing it. A dry mouth, for example, makes it easier for bacteria to live and grow in your mouth. Another cause may be that your teeth are aligned in such a way that food particles easily become trapped between them, and stay there without you noticing.

Dental Cavities

Tooth decay occurs when bacteria settles on your teeth. The bacteria slowly eats away at the enamel on your teeth until a hole is formed. If left untreated, the cavity can become infected, which can be extremely painful. The chance of getting a cavity varies from person to person, however, diet plays a large role in your chances of getting one. Sugary foods in particular can attract certain bacteria that can damage your teeth. Did you know that 3V Dental Associates offers the latest laser decay detection services? Ask us how we can help you fight decay!

Root Infection

This can occur when the bottom portion of the tooth, where the nerves are housed, becomes infected. A root infection can be caused by a deep cavity, or by a crack in the tooth. It can lead to extreme pain as well as swelling in the gums around the tooth and in the face. However, if treated quickly by your dentist, the problem rarely progresses to this state.

 

 

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7 Foods that Might Improve Your Dental Health

Proper nutrition means eating a well balanced diet so that your body gets the fuel it needs to run at peak performance. Because nutrition affects all aspects of our body, a less than stellar diet can have serious impacts on your oral health. Improved nutrition means that your mouth can better fight off infections, which can result in gum disease and tooth decay.

At 3V Dental Associates, we’re happy to say a healthy smile starts in the kitchen! So have a look at these healthy foods and try adding them to your diet for improved health, and teeth!

#1 Cheese or Milk

Both cheese and milk contain calcium, which boosts your smile just by adding to the vitamin and mineral levels in your body. Calcium helps to strengthen teeth and bones and can enhance your smile just by incorporating more into your daily diet. When your teeth are stronger and whiter, you’ll also be likely to feel naturally like smiling more.

#2 Apples

Like some other fruits and vegetables, apples help scrub teeth while you’re eating and have often been referred to as nature’s toothbrush. They also stimulate the production of saliva, which helps to keep your mouth moisturized and your teeth looking fresh.

#3 Carrots

Carrots are not only beneficial for eyesight, they also help to remove plaque from your teeth and gums while you chew. A regular diet incorporating the raw vegetable can allow you to use their natural texture to keep your mouth healthy.

#4 Celery

While the diet benefits of celery have been widely known for a long time, people may not be aware that this vegetable also scrubs teeth with its natural texture. Next time you’re in need of a quick snack but don’t want to add plaque to your teeth and gums, reach for a stalk of this veggie that cleans plaque away naturally.

#5 Raw Onion

Raw onion is a natural antibacterial agent, so chewing on some can naturally help your mouth and breath to stay clean and to fight disease. While you may end up with onion breath afterward, it’s worth it every once in awhile to maintain a healthy mouth. Keeping your mouth’s bacteria in balance can help your breath, too.

#6 Cashews

Nuts like cashews are full of vitamins and minerals that can benefit your teeth. They’re high in iron, which is known to increase gum circulation, and they’re also natural antioxidants. Both can help keep your teeth in good shape while you chew.

#7 Wasabi

New research shows that wasabi may also benefit dental health. They’re also an antibacterial food, which is excellent for keeping your teeth clean and having the right balance of bacteria in your body.
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5 Ways to Help Improve Dull Teeth

Taking proper care of your teeth is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Your teeth are a great indicator of your overall health, so taking care of them is imperative. Here at 3V Dental Associates, we offer plenty of services to make sure your teeth are in excellent shape for years to come.

We know how frustrating it can be to have dull teeth. Here are some services we offer, as well as daily steps you can take that can prevent dullness and brighten up your smile.

1. Zoom Teeth Whitening

Zoom Teeth Whitening is a cutting-edge technique that can make your teeth up to 8 shades whiter after one 45 minute session. Over 10 million people have trusted this technique to brighten up their smile. Our dentist offers easy, hassle-free whitening sessions to boost your confidence and make your smile more radiant.

2. Yearly (minimum!) Dentist Cleanings and Checkups

Regular cleanings and checkups are an integral part of preserving your oral health. Without your yearly cleaning, plaque can build up on the teeth and be very hard to remove. Without the watchful eye of a dentist checking up on your teeth, cavities may form in your mouth.

Other problems can also go unnoticed if you wait too long between your checkups, so call us today to schedule your yearly cleaning.

You can take steps towards optimal dental health while away from our office as well. Here are some things you can do at home to avoid dull teeth and ensure your teeth are in the best possible shape.

3. Avoiding Sugar

It’s no secret that sugar causes irreparable damage to your teeth. Avoid consuming large amounts of sugar, and try to switch to sugar free candy and gum to preserve your oral health. Switching to a low-sugar diet is a great choice for your teeth and for the rest of your body as well.

4. Floss Daily for Healthier Gums

Many people don’t realize the importance of flossing daily. It’s very common for people to make excuses or say “I’ll do it tomorrow” about flossing. However, sticking to a daily regiment of flossing prevents cavities and gum disease. Flossing reaches parts of your teeth that go untouched by a toothbrush, which is why it’s so important.

5. Use Antibacterial Mouthwash Daily

Antibacterial mouthwash kills bacteria and stops it from reproducing. It also fights plaque, gingivitis and bad breath. Incorporating a mouthwash into your oral health routine is an excellent choice.

If you’d like some more ideas for how to take excellent care of your teeth, call our office today to schedule an appointment. Our experienced staff will be happy to assist you.

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Missing a Tooth? You Have Options

If you lost a tooth due to extensive decay, infection, or trauma, then you may wonder just what your tooth replacement options are. Thankfully, there are many ways a cosmetic dentist can replace a single missing tooth, so there is likely a solution that is perfect for you.

Read on to learn about the three most popular options for single tooth replacement and how they work.

Dental Implants

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Dental implants are the optimal single missing tooth replacement option. After your dentist replaces your missing tooth with a dental implant, you will look and feel like you have your natural tooth back.

To install a dental implant, your dentist will first insert a post into your jaw that will act as a replacement for the original tooth’s root. Then, he or she will attach a false tooth called a pontic to the implant post.

Your dental implant will stay in your mouth permanently and can be cared for just as if it were a natural tooth.

A Composite Bridge

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There are several types of dental bridges, and composite bridges are great options when just a single tooth needs to be replaced. Unlike a traditional bridge that would require the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth to be prepared and crowned to help them support the pontic that will replace the missing tooth, little to no preparation of these adjacent teeth is needed when your dentist installs a composite bridge.

While composite bridges can vary slightly in design, many consist of a false tooth and two composite “wings” that are simply adhered to the backsides of the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.

Like dental implants, a composite bridge will stay in your mouth permanently and will not need to be removed at night.

A Removable Bridge

If you would like a tooth replacement option that you can remove any time you would like to, such as when you are sleeping at night, then a removable bridge is the best tooth replacement option for you.

Removable bridges are also often called removable partial dentures, so don’t become confused if you hear the two terms used interchangeably. They not only enhance the cosmetic appearance of your smile, but also help you chew your food properly while you are eating.

A removable partial denture to replace one tooth would be made of one false tooth, or pontic, a partial pink acrylic denture palette, and anchors that attach the denture to your existing teeth when you are wearing it.

This is also a good option if you would like a temporary tooth replacement device to wear until you make the final decision as to which permanent tooth replacement option is best for you.

If you are missing one tooth, then realize that there are many single tooth replacement options today that can help you begin to love your smile again. Contact our Port Washington cosmetic dental office today to schedule your consultation!

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Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

When it comes to dental terminology, most patients have heard the phrase dental veneers, yet most have no idea about what this restorative, cosmetic dental procedure entails. Dental veneers placed by a cosmetic dentist can not only give you beautiful teeth, they also have a number of advantages over similar types of cosmetic procedures.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

These wafer-thin, custom-made made shells are designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve patient appearance. Your dentist will bond these laminates to your teeth to change their color, shape, size or length. They can be used in conjunction with other treatments, including crowns, bridges, dental implants, teeth whitening and more to achieve a smile makeover.

How Porcelain Veneers are Used

This cosmetic restorative procedure can correct multiple flaws that include a chipped tooth or a cracked tooth, along with shape, color and minor positioning defects. A host of flaws, such as discoloration, staining and more may all be corrected. When manufactured from the same mix of porcelain as other dental restoratives, such as crowns, implants and bridges, a veneer with match them exactly, giving your teeth a uniform color.

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers Over Other Procedures

Multiple advantages come with a dental veneer over other types of cosmetic dental procedures used to correct the appearance of teeth. They may be used to fix small surface areas on a single tooth or in many locations at the same time, according to your goals. Here are some of the benefits:

Quick With Short Recovery

Advances in technology now allow allow this procedure to be done in a couple of visits or even in one day, in some cases. Little recovery time is needed. Once a porcelain veneer has been placed and the anesthetic has worn off, you can resume normal function almost immediately.

Customized Veneers to Fit Your Teeth

This dental restoration is customized in size, shape and color to match your other teeth so they are as natural looking as possible. Unlike your natural teeth, they are resistant to staining, so you will keep your white smile. In addition, less of the surface of the tooth or teeth needs removal than in resin bonding, preserving the health of the teeth involved.

Long Lasting

When this restoration is done properly, it not only strengthens teeth but also lasts 10 to 15 years with proper care. Patients should follow recommendations from their dentist for best results.

 

Think you may be the perfect candidate for porcelain veneers? Contact 3V Dental Associates today to schedule your free cosmetic dental consultation. Our friendly staff is always ready to help!

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How safe are dental X-rays?

How safe are dental X-rays?

Exposure to all sources of radiation — including the sun, minerals in the soil, and appliances in your home — can damage the body’s tissues and cells and lead to the development of cancer. Fortunately, the dose of radiation you are exposed to during the taking of X-rays is extremely small.

Advances in dentistry over the years have lead to the low radiation levels emitted by dental X-rays. Some of the improvements are new digital X-ray machines that limit the radiation beam to the small area being X-rayed, higher speed X-ray films that require shorter exposure time compared with older film speeds to get the same results, and the use of film holders that keep the film in place in the mouth (which prevents the film from slipping and the need for repeat X-rays and additional radiation exposure). Also, the use of lead-lined, full-body aprons protects the body from stray radiation (though this is almost nonexistent with the modern dental X-ray machines.) In addition, federal law requires that X-ray machines be checked for accuracy and safety every two years, with some states requiring more frequent checks.

Learn more about dental X-rays.

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Cosmetic Dental Procedures that Make a Huge Impact

Have you ever reflected on the fact  that for some time now you are not as confident as you once were in business situations?  When socializing, are you not as outgoing as perhaps you once were? Do you believe that your confidence has diminished?  Perhaps the reasoning for this decline in your self-esteem is caused by your dissatisfaction of the appearance of your teeth and smile.  Although as a society we would like to believe that what we are on the inside is of most importance, the fact is outward  appearances do matter.

Today, with the various cosmetic dental procedures we offer  to enhance and correct your smile and dental health, rest assured that our professional staff at 3 V Dental Associates will do their utmost to obtain your optimal smile. Our expertise,  extensive experience and friendly staff will do their best to obtain your best smile possible.

Teeth Whitening

The most inexpensive and easily obtainable procedure would be teeth whitening.  Various methods and products can be utilized and, for some, that might be all that is required to obtain he perfect smile.  Whitening is not only cost-effective but safe as the solutions used do not materially have any negative effect n the structure of your teeth. 3V Dental Associates is proud to offer Zoom! Teeth Whitening services at our Port Washington location.

Porcelain Veneers

Another option is Porcelain Veneers.  In this process, a thin shell of ceramic is bonded to the surface of your teeth. Our skilled professionals customize your veneers to transform your smile. A positive key element in porcelain veneers is that  less tooth reduction  is required as opposed to crowns.

Invisalign

Invisalign is another alternative that you might like to consider.  Improperly aligned teeth will compromise not only your appearance but the health of the mouth. Correction of overcrowding and crooked teeth can be alleviated with Invisalign.  Invisalign entails the use of clear, removable braces or aligners to redirect the teeth into the proper position permanently.  Instead of uncomfortable and cumbersome metal braces, Invisalign utilizes clear, plastic aligner trays; gradually moving teeth to correct positioning. Let us explore the possibility that straightening the teeth, correcting gaps and alignment with Invisalign may be a viable solution for your dental requirements.

Yearly Check-ups Are Key!

Now that we have given  a generalization of our most popular cosmetic procedures, why not call for a consult? During consultation you will be asked to describe your expectations and what you like and dislike about your dental appearance.  Photos of your past appearance shown to our dental team or photos of how you would like to look will be helpful for our evaluation.  X-rays will be administered, treatment options will be explored, cost will be discussed and time required to implement plan will be detailed.

Invest in Your Smile and Invest in You!

Investment in your oral health is immeasurable.  With the varied procedures offered at 3V Dental Associates, there is no reason why one needs to accept a diminished self-esteem related to your oral appearance  when the possibilities for a great smile are limitless.   Give us the opportunity to consult with you and enlighten you in the many ways in which we can give you a beautiful, enhanced smile and a more confident you.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

Your smile is one of the most important gestures you can display to the world. However, you may be reluctant to smile if your teeth look less than perfect. Cosmetic dentistry goes beyond the bounds of conventional dentistry, offering solutions for patients who simply want to improve the quality of their smile.

Here are some tips for choosing a cosmetic dentist:

Get Referrals

One of the first things to do is ask anyone you know who has had cosmetic dental treatment for a referral. Visit the doctor’s website first, then give them a call. They may want to set you up for a preliminary consultation, which is a great way to get more information about them. Don’t forget to ask your own dentist who they would recommend.

View Their Credentials

Even if a particular dentist has the best reputation in town, he or she still has to be qualified. Look for information on their website regarding where they went to school and whether they’re a member of any professional organizations. Look for proof that they’re keeping up with the latest changes in the industry with continuing education courses.

Look for an Experienced Cosmetic Dentisy

In addition to being qualified, it’s best to find someone who has experience in various types of cosmetic dentistry procedures. A more experienced cosmetic dentist would also be better prepared for emergencies. While most procedures are smooth and successful, it’s always possible for problems to arise.

Ask to See Their Cosmetic Dentistry Work

Dentists who perform these types of procedures are usually quite proud of the results they produce. They’re likely to have several before-and-after photos that can give you a better idea what to expect from them and the procedure, itself. Remember to verify that the photos you’re looking at are of that dentist’s actual patients, since it is possible to produce them commercially.

Make a List of Your Cosmetic Needs

Make a list of exactly what you want to change about your smile before seeing anyone about it. You might be surprised how much more you’ll think of when you take the time to write it all down, as opposed to just showing up and neglecting to mention something. This allows your doctor to compare what’s on your list with what can realistically be done. Your doctor may also propose their own recommendations, based on what they think they can help you achieve the desired cosmetic effect.

Finding the right cosmetic dentist requires lots of consideration. Cosmetic dentistry is an increasingly popular field for many dentists and it’s important to make sure the one you choose has the qualifications and experience required to give you the best smile possible. To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation today, give our office a call.

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Help Your Child Understand the Importance of Good Dental Health

If you are a typical parent, you have likely come to the realization that the last thing on you child’s mind is his or her dental health. In the fast-paced, fun-filled world of friends, sports, video games and sleepovers, what kid has time to worry about dental hygiene? That’s where we, as parents, need to step in and take on the all-important role of cheerleader for our children when it comes to their dental health!

As moms and dads, we have the privilege of preparing and empowering our kids to enjoy life to its fullest. An all-important part of that task is helping them to understand that practicing healthy lifestyle patterns is a key element in the art of successful and happy living! And, as your family’s dentist will certainly tell you, dental hygiene is an all-important part of your child’s overall physical health. But how can we successfully get this message across in a way that will have lasting impact in the lives of our kids?

Lead by Example

The best way to teach anything, of course, is by personal example. Don’t ask that your child follow a “do as I say, not as I do” policy when it comes to the practice of dental hygiene. Don’t just be a cheerleader. Set the standard! Not only will you and your teeth benefit from strong, ongoing personal dental habits, but you will find your role as cheerleader in regard to your child’s practice of oral health much easier. Set a high standard for yourself, and your child will be more likely to follow in your footsteps!

Children’s Dental Education

Further, reinforce your personal example with sound, positive information. Educate your child as to the life-long benefits that come from pursuing a healthy lifestyle, which naturally includes proper care of his or her teeth. Patiently help your child to understand that choosing the path of good health will reap countless physical, mental, emotional and social benefits, both now and in the future!

Instilling positive life lessons in our children can be an intimidating task; but it’s not as difficult as we may think. No single individual possesses more power to impact the life of a child than a parent. Don’t underestimate yourself! Your personal example alone wields an incredible impact in shaping the future lifestyle choices of your child. Add to that just a little bit of loving instruction, and you will be amazed at the results!

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9 Great Toothpastes for a Health Smile

We’ve all been there: walking down the toothpaste aisle, searching for the best toothpaste. But which toothpaste IS the best? While everyone’s needs will differ based on their goals (teeth whitening, protection against gingivitis or sensitive teeth, and more), we put together a small list to help you weed through the masses. Of course, your toothpaste is only as good as your dental team, so don’t forget to schedule your regular checkups AT LEAST once a year!

1. Crest 3D White Vivid Anti-cavity Fluoride Toothpaste – $7

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If their signature strips aren’t your style, but you’re looking for whiter teeth fast, opt for Crest’s whitening toothpaste that de-stains teeth by an impressive 80% in just two weeks.

2. Tom’s of Main Cool Peppermint Wicked Fresh! Fluoride Toothpaste – $5

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As an organic alternative to Crest’s toothpaste, try Tom’s of Main. Tom’s of Main is letting mother nature tackle nasty breath with this long-lasting toothpaste. It’s made from all-natural flavored oils and ingredients such as licorice root extract.

3. Colgate Total Anticavity Fluoride and Anti-gingivitis Toothpaste – Advanced Clean – $4

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Between breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the occasional kiss or two, mouths can be messy. Tidy up your dirty mouth  with Colgate’s advanced cleaning toothpaste that not only whitens teeth, but prevents them from cavities, plaque buildup, and other oral diseases.

4. Go Smile AM & PM Luxury Toothpaste – $25

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We’ve all been there, friends; life gets busy, and brushing gets tedious. If you find yourself skipping this bedtime ritual out of pure lack of energy, AM & PM toothpastes from Go Smile work great as reminders to brush twich a day.

5. Hello Pink Grapefruit Mint Fluoride Toothpaste – $4

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For those who pass on peppermint flavors, say hello to a smile that’s cavity-free and grapefruit flavored. Brush twice a day with this friendly formula that strengthens and polishes teeth while satisfying your sweet tooth.

6. Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste – $14

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If you find yourself unfortunately suffering from bad breath and teeth stains, up your brushing game. This dual-purpose cream from Marvis scrubs teeth stainless, and saves breath from going sour with long-lasting flavor.

7. Uncle Harry’s Toothpaste – $8

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This individual pot-o-peppermint is perfect for partners with a sharing complex. Developed from plants essences, mineral clay, and sea salt, this formula is packed with hygienic benefits like remineralizing tooth enamel and strengthening teeth.

8.  GLO Science Whitening Antioxidant Toothpaste – $16

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Attention basic brushers: there is such a thing as a superior tooth scrub. GLO Science features all-natural whitening silicates that practically guarantee a radiant smile.

9. Rembrandt Deeply White + Peroxide Fluoride Toothpaste – $6

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Coffee might get your through the day, but unless you’re drinking through a straw, it’s seriously straining your teeth. Rembrandt’s fast acting formula is made with peroxide to specifically target and whiten yellow areas for a glowing smile that no longer resembles a dimly lit room.
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