Dental Visit

Learning to Love the Dentist

Many people, children and adults alike, hate and fear going to the dentist. Unfortunately, one bad experience can create fear for life. Fearing the dentist and skipping appointments can cause you to miss out on important dental care that could prevent painful and expensive dental problems. We want to give you a few tips to help your child (and you!) look forward to dental visits.

1. Choose carefully.

Picking the right dentist can be a make or break in your relationship with dental visits. Pick a dentist you connect with and enjoy talking to. Going to someone you like and trust will help ease the anxiety that comes along with dental visits.

2. Atmosphere.

In addition to liking the person who will be caring for your teeth, you also need to like the atmosphere of the dental office. Go to a place that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. Many people enjoy dental offices that play music and have a calming atmosphere.

3. Dentists Are Helping You.

Although going to the dentist might not be the most enjoyable activity, you have to remember that the dentist is helping you. Knowing that the dentist is helping keep you healthy will make your thoughts about it more positive.

4. Dentists Are People Too

Remember that dentists are people who genuinely care about your well-being. The dentists are trying to keep you healthy and make your smile beautiful.

5. You Get Free Stuff

Who doesn’t love free stuff? You always go home with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss when you visit the dentist.

These were just a few reasons to love the dentist. The key is picking the dentist that’s right for you.

Smile

The Truth About Whitening Treatments

It’s no secret that we all want that celebrity-like white smile, but how do we achieve this? Teeth whitening is a 1.4 billion dollar industry, but is it worth it? We are going to tell you the truth about whitening treatments with a Q & A.

Q: Can I keep my teeth white forever by abstaining from drinking coffee, red wine, etc.?

A: No. Although abstaining from these drinks will prevent staining, teeth get darker with age. This is a universal fact of biology and is unavoidable.


Q: I’ve tried whitening products, but nothing seems to work.

A: In order for any whitening treatment to work, your teeth must be healthy. Bleach will not work with a stain from major deposits caused because a patient has not brushed their teeth. This is why regular trips to the dentist are necessary in order to get white teeth.


Q: Whitening products hurt my teeth.

A: Whitening products could be hurting your teeth and gums because you are overdoing it. It may also be because your body is sensitive to the product you are using. If you are experiencing excruciating pain in one area, you may have a cavity. We recommend coming into the office for your whitening treatments so we can adjust the product and concentration for you.


Q: What at-home products do you recommend?

A: Crest Whitestrips seem to work the best based on what we’ve seen. However, be wary that these products will probably not work as fast as the products at the dental office. Mouthwashes and toothpastes do not seem to work as well, unless you are using them multiple times a day for months on end.


Q: How much do professional whitening treatments cost?

A: Professional whitening treatments vary depending on the type of treatments you choose. You can probably expect to pay plus or minus $500.

Toothbrush

Choosing The Right Toothpaste

Toothpaste. Picking one can be overwhelming. With so many choices out there, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. Should you go with fluoride? Tarter control? Whitening? And what brand?!

We can’t tell you which toothpaste is best for you because everyone has different needs, but we will help you navigate your way through the toothpaste isle with this blog.

If you have a history of cavities, fluoride toothpaste may be the best choice for you. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps protect your teeth from the acid that can remain in your moth after eating. It makes your enamel stronger and can reverse the damage on areas that are already in the early stages of decay. Even if your water contains fluoride, fluoride toothpaste is still beneficial to your teeth. You can ensure toothpaste contains adequate amounts of fluoride if the label has the American Dental Association seal and claims to be “anti-cavity.”

2. Tarter Control

Tarter is bacterial plaque that has hardened on your teeth. Once it is on your teeth, no amount of brushing can remove it. Your dentist has to scrape it off with the little pick that everyone hates. However, preventing tarter is not a hopeless struggle. Tarter control toothpaste can prevent the plaque from hardening and help prevent gum disease. Look on the ingredients label for pyrophosphates or zinc citrate to see if your toothpaste helps with tarter control.

3. Whitening

Are you looking for a celebrity-like white smile? Whitening toothpaste may be the best choice for you. Although it is hard to notice changes short-term, whitening toothpaste can brighten your teeth if you use it long-term. However, be aware that it can lead to sensitivity in your teeth and gums if used frequently for long periods of time. There are many whitening toothpastes on the market and it is best to talk to your dentist about which is right for you.

4. Sensitive Teeth

Does drinking hot coffee or eating ice cream hurt your teeth? You may want to look for toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. Toothpastes for sensitive teeth usually contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These help make your teeth feel better by blocking pathways that attach to the nerves inside your teeth. Be patient, though, because these toothpastes can take up to four weeks before offering substantial sensitivity relief.

We hope this helped clear up which toothpaste is best for you. If you are still unsure, it is always best to talk to your dentist.

Coffee

Is Coffee Bad For Your Teeth?

Many of us need a morning pick-me up (or three), but can consumption of this caffeinated beverage damage your teeth?

In addition to staining your teeth, coffee can help the bacteria in your mouth create acid, which can lead to tooth and enamel erosion.  This can cause your teeth to become thin and brittle, but can be minimized by brushing directly after consumption.

We know most of you need your morning cup of joe, and we don’t want you to feel like you have to give it up.  However, moderation is key.  We recommend limiting yourself to two cups of coffee per day, consistent brushing, and regular trips to the dentist to keep your smile bright and healthy despite your coffee use.

Tip: If you drink iced coffee, you’re in luck! Drinking coffee through a straw can help prevent all of these problems because the liquid bypasses your teeth!

Dental Bridge

Dental Bridge Q & A

1. What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is made to replace one or more missing teeth.  A dental bridge, as the name suggests, bridges the gap created by missing teeth.  The false teeth that bridge the gap, called pontics, can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.  The bridge can be supported by natural teeth, implants, or a combination of natural teeth and implants.

2. Why should I get a bridge?

3. What types of bridges are available?

There are three types of dental bridges: traditional, cantilever, and Maryland bonded bridges.

  • A traditional bridge is normally created by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap, and a false tooth is attached to the crowns to fill the empty space.
  • A cantilever bridge is like a traditional bridge, but only a crown on one side of the gap is used to hold the false tooth in place.
  • A Maryland bonded bridge is made up of false teeth attached to a metal framework with “wings” on each side that are bonded to the back of your existing teeth.

4.  How long does a bridge last?

 The longevity of a bridge varies from patent to patient, depending on oral hygiene practices.  The average is 11 years.  Some bridges can last a lifetime if cared for properly, but cavities on the adjacent teeth can damage the bridge, so brushing and flossing your bridge and surrounding areas is extremely important.  Regular visits to the dentist can also help ensure your bridge lasts as long as possible.

5. How much will it cost?

Dental bridges can be expensive, but at Masters’ Dental we do bridges for less!  Our permanent bridges start at $1,975.  We care for your teeth and your budget, so come see us today!