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Things to consider before whitening your teeth

Consider having a dental checkup before buying an over-counter-whitener. Our team will determine your enamel thickness, if you have receding gums, dental sensitivity or tooth decay. We can advise you on how whitening products can make these conditions worse or even cause discomfort.  The Lakeshore Dental team will also advise you on how prior dental restorations (like crowns, fillings, veneers) can be affected when a whitening product is used.

Only a dental professional can truly determine if your discoloration and stains are on the tooth’s surface or deep within the tooth itself. They will be able to recommend which whitening products whether over-the-counter or professional whitening procedures are the best for your smile.

We recommend Safety First!  We want you to have that bright dazzling smile!  As tempting as do-it-yourself treatments may be, there are many reasons to seek advise and use a professional dental whitening system.  Lakeshore Dental will provide the proper whitening frequency and strength to achieve safe and effective results based on your oral health.

Dental Implant Benefits

Dental implants replace missing teeth.  The benefits of implants over time prove to be a valuable investment in a patient’s overall health and quality of life.

The benefits include:

  • It is a permanent tooth restoration
  • They save bone and surrounding teeth
  • No more embarrassing gaps or spaces
  • Implants under dentures give the ability to eat and speak without loose dentures, as well as no need for messy gripping agents
  • Looks and acts like a normal tooth
  • May replace a bridge
  • A renewed, confident smile!

Most adults with healthy gum tissue and bones are candidates for dental implants. A dental implant has a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line.  Next, is the healing process called osteointegration. This means the bone heals around the implant post and anchors it in place just like the roots of your teeth.  The replacement teeth cannot be attached until you are completely healed. Healing time varies but in some cases a temporary crown, bridge or denture may be in place so you will be able to speak normally, eat more comfortably and not be self-conscious of your appearance. After the healing period, a custom-made crown is inserted.

Implants are a permanent solution but can fail due to poor oral hygiene or excessive biting forces. Frequent hygiene recalls are a very important maintenance step in helping to monitor implant health.  Implants are a long-term investment in your smile, your health, and your well-being.

Smile!

Taking care of your smile not only looks good but has many positive benefits. When you smile dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released into your bloodstream, making not only your body relax but also works to lower your heart rate and blood pressure.

When you smile, your brain is aware of the activity and actually keeps track of it. Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage explains “The more you smile, the more effective you are at breaking the brain’s natural tendency to think negatively. If you smile often enough, you end up rewiring your brain to make positive patterns more often than it does negative ones”. Smiling more can also boost creativity, problem-solving skills, productivity, and your attention span.

Maintain a healthy smile and maximize all the benefits of smiling, by including regular visits to Lakeshore Dental for oral health checkups. If you are at a smile deficit or are self-conscious about your smile, Dr. Dan or Dr. Mike would love to discuss the options available for a happy, healthy, confident smile.

Dental issues can be a sign of other health problems.

You may think a dentist is only concerned about your oral health.  However, that is not the case.  The Lakeshore Dental team knows your oral health is not just about how you care for your teeth but can signal other health issues.

We take your blood pressure and ask about changes in your oral and general health.  If we see symptoms arise, we will assess, treat or monitor them. If necessary, Dr. Dan or Dr. Mike will suggest contacting your primary care physician as a precaution.

Oral symptoms may indicate:

  • Diabetes – Gum disease, bleeding gums, loose teeth, slower healing, bad taste in mouth
  • Heart Disease – Inflamed gums, jaw pain
  • Eating Disorders – Erosion on the insides of the front teeth
  • Risk of premature birth – Inflamed gums
  • Autoimmune disease – Sores, white/red patches, dry mouth
  • Hypothyroidism – Dry mouth
  • Vitamin deficiency – Bleeding or inflamed gums

Make your visit to Lakeshore Dental a part of your overall health plan.

Dental tricks while enjoying Halloween treats.

As your kids anticipate putting on their costumes for Halloween parties and Trick or Treating, we have some “tricks” to help parents reduce the risk of cavities.

Of course, we wish the little goblins wouldn’t eat the sugary offenders or would at least limit their intake, followed by a good tooth brushing. But as the American Dental Association mentions, “it is ok to eat Halloween candy but have a plan”.

Here are some suggestions:

  1. Don’t buy Halloween candy until a day or two before Halloween. This way you or the kids won’t be tempted to eat it before Halloween.
  2. Have the kids eat a meal before trick or treating to help prevent overindulging on candy after.
  3. Use smaller treat bags so there will be less temptation.
  4. After they eat candy, encourage them to drink water or chew sugar-free gum to help increase saliva and neutralize the acid produced by bacteria that sticks to their teeth.
  5. Suggest exchanging the candy for a game and then donate the candy to the troops or a shelter.

Not all candy is created equal. The more it sticks or the longer it stays in the mouth the worse it is for the teeth.

Sticky offenders include taffy, caramel, and coconut.  Lingering offenders include suckers, lollipops, and jawbreakers.

Sour is not better than sweet because it is higher in acid content and can break down tooth enamel.

Plain chocolate in moderation is a better option if followed up with good oral health care – brushing and flossing.

Another trick is to schedule their dental exams with Lakeshore Dental to prevent and detect problems.

Happy Halloween!

6 causes for bad breath

Eating onions and garlic comes to mind when thinking of bad breath.  But these aren’t the only reasons.

  1. Smoking – aside from the foul nicotine smell, smoking dry’s your mouth causing bad breath.
  2. Dehydration – lack of saliva causes bacteria causing order.
  3. Medications – some medications can also cause dry mouth or mouth breathing.
  4. Sleeping – saliva production decreases during sleep, which not only causes dry mouth but also causes bacteria growth which lead to bad breath.
  5. Food caught between teeth – If you don’t brush and floss after eating, food particles that are stuck in your teeth ferment causing odor.
  6. Infection – gum disease or cavities

Ways to freshen your breath.

  • Brush and floss at least twice a day, preferably after meals to remove food and plaque from in between the teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue.
  • Visit Lakeshore Dental at least twice a year for an exam and cleaning. Don’t be embarrassed to tell us about your bad breath. We can suggest special products to help increase saliva and stop bacteria from sticking on your teeth.
  • Stop smoking/chewing tobacco. A good resource to help you quit is https://smokefree.gov/.
  • Drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Water will help keep your mouth moist and wash away bacteria.

Toothbrush Tips

Add an expiration date

You should replace the toothbrush with a new one every three months or when you notice the bristles wearing down. The bristles on your toothbrush must be in good condition in order for them to effectively remove plaque and tiny bits of food from the teeth. Use a permanent marker to put an expiration date on the handle.

Don’t Share Your Toothbrush

It doesn’t matter how close you may be with someone your toothbrush will transfer germs and illnesses. It is also important not to allow your toothbrush to come into contact with other toothbrushes when storing several together in one holder.

Rinse Your Toothbrush After Brushing

After brushing your teeth, take the time to thoroughly rinse off your brush with water to remove any remaining toothpaste and food debris.

Allow Your Toothbrush to Dry

Give your toothbrush time to dry completely after you’re done brushing your teeth before storing it away. This will prevent microorganisms from growing and spreading in the moist bristles.

Appointment communication that fits you

 

We understand you have a busy life.  To make your dental visits convenient we offer tools to make your life easier.

While visiting our website, you will have easy access to “New Patient” forms that you can complete at your convenience and bring along to your first appointment.

 

The PatientReach Portal is a free and easy way to:

  • Check appointments you have scheduled
  • Send secure messaging
  • View personal images and documents before and after your appointments
  • Change your messaging preferences
  • Set personal reminders for yourself

We will send a text or email reminder based on your preference for upcoming appointments. We’ll also drop you a quick call to confirm upcoming appointments. And if it has been awhile since we’ve seen you, we’ll also drop you a postcard to let you know it’s time to schedule your next visit.

Of course, feel free to call us;  we would love to hear from you.

If a life happens, please contact us by phone and we will do our best to reschedule at a time that is right for you.

Acid reflux and your teeth

After eating spicy foods, onions, citrus or drinking coffee many people experience the uncomfortable burning sensation of heartburn and acid reflux.  Most people can manage heartburn and occasional bouts of acid reflex with simple diet changes or antacids.  Persistent acid reflux attacks are more serious causing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Acid reflux is not only damaging to your exophages but also wears away the enamel on your teeth.  Which in turn, causes tooth sensitivity,  and can eventually lead to periodontal disease.  

Although acid reflux leaves a bad taste in your mouth, do not brush your teeth for at least an hour.  Brushing when stomach acid is present can soften the enamel and cause damage from your toothbrush.  Instead, rinse your mouth with water. Try chewing sugar-free gum to freshen your mouth and enhance saliva production to reduce the acid. 

If you have acid reflux, be sure to mention it to your dental team.

 

Tips to help kids overcome fear of the dentist

  1. Play pretend dentist with your child.  Start with counting their teeth.  Practice brushing or counting a doll’s or stuffed animal’s teeth.  
  2.  Use positive phrases like “clean, strong, healthy teeth”.
  3. Do not make drill sounds or talk about dental instruments.  
  4. If your child loves books, read them The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist, or Curious George Visits the Dentist.
  5. Stay calm, if your child is showing signs of anxiety. The Lakeshore Dental team has years of experience working with little patients.  Not to mention, the treasure box and ring chest await all good, little patients.