People have been asserting that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” since the 19 th century. While it may not necessarily be true that those who eat apples never have to see a doctor, apples certainly have great health benefits for our bodies! Did you know they can even be good for our teeth? Let’s take a look at what the research says …
It’s widely thought that chewing a crisp, fresh apple can help brush away plaque on our teeth. We’re not too sure on this one, as some studies show a higher plaque content on teeth after eating an apple. At the same time, there is evidence to suggest some polyphenols in apples can lower the ability of cavity-causing bacteria to adhere to teeth. Further, some studies have shown that the antioxidants in apples can help prevent periodontal disease.
Apples even contain a (very) small amount of fluoride. This is worth noting, as fluoride is so important in helping prevent cavities.
Lastly, the act of chewing an apple stimulates saliva production. Saliva helps wash away food debris and bacteria. Remember, though, apples contain sugar and acid so it’s best not to go overboard with them. You can even swish with water after eating one to wash away some of the sugar left behind
As the science continues to look into how apples affect our teeth, one thing we know is true: regular dental visits, along with daily tooth brushing and flossing, is your best defense against tooth decay!
This is one of our most frequently asked questions! Our answer? It’s not the brush that matters, it’s who’s doing the brushing.
Let’s break that down. The goal of tooth brushing is to remove plaque from your teeth on a consistent (daily!) basis, so that we prevent the buildup of tartar which leads to tooth decay. A manual toothbrush is a great and inexpensive tool that helps us do just that. Make sure to brush two minutes per day, twice a day. Gently brush ALL surfaces and make sure to reach those back molars.
For some people, it can be difficult to brush properly with a manual toothbrush. Those with some form of motor disability or arthritis may benefit from using an electric toothbrush. An electric brush can also be helpful for kids or anyone with braces.
The same tooth brushing rules apply – two times per day, two minutes at a time. One advantage of an electric toothbrush is that some have a built-in timer. If you’re one of those quick brushers who has a hard time making it to two minutes, consider using a timed electric brush.
At your next dental visit, ask us whether we think you would do better with a manual or electric brush! And, as always, don’t forget to floss!
In the past, dental work was sometimes very obvious after the fact, especially when it came to placing dental fillings. However, thanks to advancements in dental technology, dental restorations are more discreet than ever, blending seamlessly into your smile to give you a look you feel great about. Discover tooth-colored fillings and how they can benefit you with Dr. Richard George and Dr. Boone Allen at Townesquare Dental in Rigby, ID.
Do I need a tooth-colored filling?
Dental fillings treat teeth decay which has not yet advanced far enough to reach the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, which houses the tooth’s soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. Teeth which require a filling usually do not cause a toothache, but may have a visible dark spot or hole. Your dentist can help you determine if you need a dental filling at an examination.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
During a filling procedure, your dentist removes the decayed portion of a tooth and fills it back in using synthetic materials. Fillings used to be made of amalgam, a darkly-colored material. Amalgam was durable but obvious when patients would open their mouth to speak or laugh. However, tooth-colored fillings use composite resin materials which come in a variety of colors. The resin is easily color-matched to your natural teeth, providing a seamless look and no obvious marks.
Tooth-Colored Fillings in Rigby, ID
Before suggesting a filling, your dentist will use a visual and x-ray inspection of your tooth to ensure that you do not need a more advanced treatment, such as a root canal. A root canal becomes necessary once the decay has reached the inner soft tissues of the tooth.
For more information on the benefits of tooth-colored fillings, please contact Dr. Richard George and Dr. Boone Allen at Townesquare Dental in Rigby, ID. Call (208) 745-8704 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Learn more about cosmetic dentistry from your Rigby dentists.
Smile problems? Cosmetic dentistry can give you the Hollywood smile you've always wanted. Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work used to improve the appearance of a patient's smile. Dr. Richard George and Dr. Boone Allen at Townesquare Dental in Rigby, ID, offers a full range of cosmetic dentistry services. Read on to find out which cosmetic dentistry procedures are right for you.
1. Teeth Whitening- Professional teeth whitening can give you the white smile you've always wanted. In-office bleaching involves combining hydrogen peroxide gel with a special light to speed up the process. In-office bleaching can make your teeth 8-10 shades lighter in about 45 minutes. Professional take-home whitening involves custom-fitted, dental trays filled with a bleaching gel that you can use at home. A take-home treatment can make your teeth several shades lighter in a couple of weeks.
2. Dental Veneers- Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells that are placed over the front of the teeth to enhance your smile. Veneers are used to fix teeth that are weakened, crooked, chipped, cracked, and discolored. They're also used to fix gaps between teeth. Veneers provide strength comparable to tooth enamel. These shells are very resistant to wear and fractures.
3. Cosmetic Fillings- Everyone needs a dental filling at some point in their lives. Cosmetic fillings, or tooth-colored fillings, are used to restore decayed or damaged teeth. Cosmetic dental fillings are also used to replace amalgam (silver) fillings for cosmetic purposes. They are made of ceramic and plastic compounds. Cosmetic dental fillings look just like natural teeth.
4. Dental Bonding- Dental bonding is the application of a tooth-colored material using a light, which bonds the material to the teeth to improve your smile. Dental bonding is used to repair teeth that are cracked, chipped, and decayed. Bonding is also used to improve the appearance of stained teeth, make the teeth appear longer, change the shape of the teeth, and close gaps between teeth.
5. Dental Implants- There's no need to go through life with missing teeth. Dental implants are a durable, natural-looking option for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are small posts that are surgically positioned into the jawbone underneath your gums. There are many advantages to dental implants, including improved appearance, improved speech, and easier eating.
If you want a Hollywood smile, this is your chance! Start your journey today! Call Townesquare Dental at 208-745-8704 today to schedule a dental consultation in Rigby, ID. We've helped many people enhance their smiles, giving them more self-confidence and improving their lives. And we will do the same for you!
Does the idea of going to the dentist make your heart race and your hands sweat? Please don't neglect your oral health because dental visits make you nervous. At Townesquare Dental in Rigby, ID, sedation dentistry helps alleviate the anxiety you may feel, allowing you to get the care you deserve. Dr. Richard George, Dr. Boone Allen, and their team have the skill, tools, and compassionate attitude you need to relax.
Why people have dental fear
It happens for a variety of reasons. Maybe a person had a past bad experience with another oral health care provider. Maybe the individual worries about pain and gagging or dislikes dental instruments or the perceived invasion of personal space. Another reason for postponing dental care is embarrassment over the condition of teeth and gums.
Whatever concern is, you're not alone. The American Association of Endodontists reports that a full 80 percent of American adults are afraid of going to the dentist. The team at Townesquare Dental encourage you to be open about your apprehension and tell your dentist what's going on. Together, you can arrive at your best solution.
Oral conscious sedation
To allay fears and relax nervous patients, Dr. George and Dr. Allen offer oral conscious sedation. These tranquilizers in pill form are familiar to most people--medications such as Valium, Ativan, and Versed to name a few.
During an initial consultation with your Rigby dentist, you'll discuss your concerns about dental visits. Dr. Allen or Dr. George will review your medical history and current medications. Together, you'll decide what medication is right for you and when to use it. Some people require oral sedation for dental exams and cleanings while some need it for fillings or more complex restorative treatments.
Whatever the need, you can rely on your dentist's expertise in choosing the right sedation and on fully monitoring you during your treatments. With oral conscious sedation, the medication will be administered prior to your procedure. It will make you feel very relaxed and drowsy. Some people even drop off to sleep. However, you will be able to respond to verbal commands and awaken easily when you're done.
Many patients don't recall their treatments afterwards. All patients require a responsible adult driver to accompany them home from Townesquare Dental.
Find out more
For more information on sedation dentistry options and how they can help you, call Townesquare Dental in Rigby, ID, for an individualized consultation. You'll find our office and professional staff to be comfortable and welcoming. Call today: (208) 745-8704.
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