Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Life Long Teeth Whitening: The Dental Connection!

Have you ever noticed your attention being instantly drawn to peoples' teeth when they smile at you? Some people have dull and yellowing teeth, while others have teeth that appear bright white.  Everyone's teeth naturally dull over time because of aging and the contact that your teeth have with staining foods, such as chocolate, tea and coffee.  However, teeth-whitening treatments can help you keep your teeth white for life. Check out these tips to learn more!


The effects of teeth whitening or bleaching treatments are only temporary, so regular treatments are necessary to keep your teeth white for life.  However, bleaching too frequently, can wear away your tooth enamel.  The effects of in-office bleaching can last for several months to a year, while you may need to repeat your use of at-home bleaching kits every few months to maintain your white teeth.  Whitening toothpastes do not contain bleach, so you can use them daily.


Not everyone's teeth can be turned bright white, according to the American Dental Association. Your teeth may naturally be a light yellowish color that lends itself well to teeth-whitening procedures, but bleach is not likely to be as effective for grayish teeth.  Brownish teeth fall somewhere in between.


Your teeth whitening efforts will not be as effective if your teeth are in poor health.  Visible fillings, implants, or bridges that are metallic, stand out against the white color you want to achieve.  You can help prevent tooth decay and reduce your risk of needing these unsightly treatments by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine.  In addition to brushing your teeth two minutes twice daily to remove bacteria and potential staining agents, the following actions can also promote a healthy mouth.

  • Floss every day
  • Visit our office regularly
  • Rinse your mouth with water after each meal and snack
  • Limit sugary and starchy foods and beverages, especially between meals

If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Teens: The Dental Connection!

You have a lot more freedom as a teenager than you did as a young child. You also have a lot more responsibilities, and one of your jobs is to take care of your teeth.  Developing and maintaining good oral health habits now can provide you with a lifetime of great dental health!

As a teenager, the risk for tooth decay can increase. In fact, 59% of all patients aged 12-19 develop at least one cavity.  Keeping your teeth brushed two minutes twice daily and flossing can reduce the risk for decay. If you do suspect a cavity, most times, early treatment can prevent the area from becoming a much more serious dental problem.  Delaying treatment usually results in a severely damaged tooth, which may need to be treated with a root canal or an extraction.

Other steps can be taken to prevent tooth decay when you are at school or just hanging out with your friends, such as carrying a bottle of water around with you so you can take a sip after you eat any kind of food, or you can choose water instead of pop or sports drinks.

Finally, although many teens are very aware of the health risks associated with the use of any form of tobacco, most young adults do not know that tobacco causes bad breath, gum disease, cavities, teeth staining and can even slow the healing from injuries.

If you have any questions or are in need of a dental appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,

Monday, August 1, 2016

Diabetes: The Dental Connection!

People who have diabetes are usually familiar with many of the other health risks that they face, including damage to nerves, eyes, heart, and kidneys.  But did you know that if you have diabetes, you also have a much greater chance of developing gum disease?  It's true, and like other diseases related to diabetes, the risk potential and the severity of gum disease is directly related to how well blood sugar is controlled.

The Causes

In diabetics, there are two primary mechanisms that increase the risk of developing gum disease, also called periodontal disease:

  • Bacterial growth: Bacteria love sugar including the glucose found in blood and bodily fluids.  Elevated levels of sugar in saliva can provide a very hospitable environment for bacterial growth.  The risk may be elevated if your gums bleed.
  • Circulatory changes: In diabetes, the blood vessels become thick, making it more difficult for blood to carry oxygen to the gums and to carry away harmful waste products. This decrease in circulation can weaken the mouth's resistance to decay.  If you smoke, circulation can become even more compromised, significantly increasing your risk of periodontal disease.

Preventing Gum Disease

If you're diabetic, the number-one key to preventing gum disease is to make sure that you can do all that you can do to keep your blood sugar under control.  In fact, studies show that diabetics who have excellent control of their blood sugar levels, have no more risk for gum disease than those who don't have diabetes.  Here are some other tips to keep your gums healthy:

  • Floss your teeth gently, curving the floss so it can reach just below your gum line to remove plaque and food particles.  
  • Brush two minutes twice daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush, using small circular motions.
  • Brush your tongue to remove germs that can hide there.
  • Use an anti-bacterial mouthwash to kill germs that are hard to reach.

Finally and most importantly for your dental health, maintain your regular dental check-ups to monitor the impact of diabetes on your oral health!  If you have any questions, or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!

God Bless,