Are you self-conscious of your teeth and find it difficult to speak closely to others and smile? We know that there are adults who have neglected their oral health and are so overwhelmed and embarrassed with the state of their teeth and mouth that they continue to put off being seen by a dentist and receiving treatment. At Smile Design Clinics, we want to assure you that we treat every patient the same who walks through our doors. We make no judgments about a patient who visits every six months compared to someone who hasn’t seen a dentist in six years or even sixty years. Our goal is to evaluate the current situation and create a plan to improve and restore your teeth.
We know that it can be a little nerve-racking to schedule an appointment for a treatment you may have never received before or have not had in quite some time. Although you may have some nervous feelings, we want to help you be more comfortable with this common dental treatment. Read on to learn more about the process to help you feel more comfortable.
Social media has taken the world by storm. There seem to be never-ending trends that become popular weekly. Whether it is a dance, fashion idea, prank, or even a dental trend, some ideas seem interesting, but most pass quickly until a new trend arises. The problem is that many of these trends are not created by professionals, so there is some risk and danger involved, especially with a medical or dental trend. We want to discuss some of the more recent dental trends and explain why they are a bad idea.
Are you a snacker or a junk food lover? There is a popular saying that you are what you eat, meaning that the foods you consume have a direct impact on the state of your overall health. There is a definite connection between the foods we enjoy and our health, oral and general. For years, you have learned about the importance of limiting sugar as a way to combat tooth decay, but you might be surprised to learn that your eating habits have just as much of an effect on your oral health.
Do you still have your wisdom teeth? Contrary to the name, these teeth do not add to your wisdom or intelligence in any way. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that emerge to complete a full set of adult teeth. Many patients are surprised to learn that wisdom teeth do not typically erupt until the late teen years, typically between the ages of 17 and 21. It is said that wisdom teeth were named due to the age the teeth erupt.
Now that February has arrived, we know many of our patients are planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their loved ones. We have another important event that we recognize in February — Gum Disease Awareness Month. You may be surprised to learn that approximately half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease. Although this disease is common, it can be preventable. Read on to learn ways that you can combat gum disease.
You might be surprised to learn that the state of your oral health plays a pretty important role in your overall health. Your oral health can give clues or warning signs that there are other concerns that need to be monitored throughout the body. This is one of the reasons that dentists are so passionate about routine oral care. During hygiene examinations, our team looks for indications of oral health issues and can also recognize the warning signs inside your mouth that point to a potential problem with your overall health, meaning that a visit to your primary care physician may be in order.
Do you avoid talking closely with others because you are self-conscious about your breath? It is not uncommon to experience bad breath from time to time, especially after consuming certain foods and beverages such as garlic or coffee. However, if you find that you are constantly reaching for mints or chewing gum to mask the odor of your breath, you may be experiencing a condition that requires a visit to our office. Continue reading to learn more.
Do you cringe each time your teeth come in contact with something extremely hot or cold? If so, you are most likely experiencing the effects of sensitive teeth. Sensitivity is a common issue that many people experience from time to time. The problem arises when it happens continuously and you find yourself avoiding certain foods to avoid the sensation.
Did we recommend a treatment during your last hygiene examination and you have hesitated to schedule the appointment? We know that schedules are busy and it isn’t hard for time to get away from you. It happens to us too, but we want to encourage you to keep the future of your oral health in mind and schedule your appointment today. Delaying treatment, even if it is a minor procedure, can result in the need for additional treatments and added costs down the road. Read on to learn more about why needed dental treatments should not be ignored.