How to Care for Aging Teeth

Everyone assumes that when they get older they will lose their teeth and wear dentures. Thankfully, this is not always the case. In fact, if we take care of our  aging teeth every day, we will be able to enjoy a healthy smile for a lifetime.

As we get older the nerves in our teeth are not as large as they are  in a younger person’s mouth. This causes cavities to go undetected and often overlooked. Furthermore, it is important to see your dentist for regular checkups, x-rays and teeth cleanings.

What are some dental conditions that may occur with age?

Dental conditions such as periodontitis, dry mouth, root and coronal caries may occur with age.

What are some tips on how to keep aging teeth healthy?

• Brush twice a day and floss between teeth daily
• Drink a lot of fluoridated water, this will help prevent cavities
• Stop smoking, this will prevent gum disease and tooth loss
• Visit your dentist regularly by getting x-rays and regular teeth cleanings
• Eat a healthy diet with low sugar

By choosing a healthy life style by eating less sugar and maintaining your teeth every day, your smile should end up lasting a lifetime.

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Why You Should Smile Every Day

Smiling comes naturally to us. Whether it be because someone told a funny joke or because you just got a promotion, you smile when you are happy. But did you know smiling could actually trigger positive thoughts in your brain? Smiling actually trains your brain to think more positive thoughts. So don’t hesitate on showing off your pearly whites – here are 5 reasons to smile daily!

1. It can improve your mood.

2. Smiling makes you more trustworthy.

Many psychological studies have shown that people with smiles are evaluated as more trustworthy than those with other facial expressions.

3. It can reduce stress.

Some people unwind with a glass of wine or a massage, but did you know that smiling can do the trick? A 2012 University of Kansas experiment showed that people who were asked to perform a stressful task experienced a reduced heart rate and quicker stress recovery when told to smile while completing the task.

4. It makes you stronger.

Because smiling can reduce the stress in your mind, it can reduce the stress in your body as well. Your cells can distinguish if your body feels safety or danger and will adjust themselves accordingly. When you smile, your cells detect safety and will become less rigid. This can help make your cells stronger and healthier.

5. Smiling makes you more approachable 

Would you want to talk to someone who looked angry or someone who had a smile on their face? Obviously most people would choose the smiling person. People who are smiling appear more approachable than those who are not.

We’ve given you some great reasons to show off that beautiful smile of yours, and we hope you will put these tips to use and smile daily for a happier, healthier you! If you’re not happy with your smile, we can help! Come visit us at Masters Dental today and we can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.


The Secret To White Teeth

We all want pearly white teeth, but it’s hard to get them with so many teeth staining foods and beverages that are part of many of our daily lives. Drinking coffee, tea, and soda as many of us do will cause teeth to become discolored and lack-luster. There are many, many methods of teeth whitening, and a lot of misinformation on the Internet. So how do you get white teeth in the most effective, safe manner?

First, we will discuss why you need to whiten your teeth in the first place. Teeth whitening would not be necessary if teeth did not become discolored. Tooth enamel can be stained from any dark substances such as coffee, tea, red wine, and soda. The staining can be surface staining, while is often removable from brushing and regular dental visits. However, the staining could be below the surface. This staining has resulted from years of drinking these dark beverages. Because this staining is below the surface, it is much harder to change.

So how do you remove those below the surface stains? There are many over the counter whitening treatments available at your local pharmacy, but these products may be dangerous and lack longevity. The safest, most effective way to whiten your teeth is to have it done professionally by your dentist. We recommend first seeing your dentist to ensure tooth discoloration is just staining and isn’t due to a health problem. Once you determine that your discoloration is due to staining, many dentists will give you the option of in-office whitening or take-home trays.

The in-office treatment offers the most powerful whitening treatment, and also gives the dentist more control to ensure the color is perfect. This also allows the dentist to ensure your gums are protected from the whitening agent. In addition, it allows the dentist to blend the whitening treatment with existing crowns and fillings, because these items will not be affected by the treatment.

The take-home treatment will require the dentist to make a cast of your teeth that will be used to create custom whitening trays. The dentist will then provide the whitening solution for you to take home and use in conjunction with the trays. This process will give you similar results to the in-office treatment, but it may take a few weeks since the whitening solution is not as concentrated.

We hope this helped you learn more about teeth whitening. Please contact us to find out what method is best for you!


5 Secrets To A Healthier Smile

Having a healthy smile can bring a wealth benefits. Not only does it improve the health of your mouth and body, but it also boosts your confidence and mental attitude about yourself. We’re here to give you some tips to make your smile healthier and brighten up the whole room.

1. The most obvious tip for a healthy smile is to properly brush and floss. We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Make sure you brush for a full two minutes and use a soft-bristled toothbrush that you change every few months. Also floss in between every tooth and you are on your way to a healthier smile.

2. Another big tip to a healthier smile is to see your dentist regularly for checkups and exams. You should see visit the dentist every six months for checkups, cleanings, and treatments for any small dental issues you might have. Visiting the dentist regularly will ensure that you catch any problems early and can properly treat them before they become a serious threat to both your oral and overall health. Studies show that gum disease, when left untreated, can be linked to heart issues. Make sure your always go to the dentist twice a year to prevent any of this from happening!

3. Want a healthy smile and a healthy body? Watch your diet! Dark drinks and smoking are the main causes for yellow teeth, cavities, and even tooth loss. If you must drink coffee or dark soda, try to drink through a straw to avoid the teeth altogether. Also try to keep your diet full of colorful fruits and vegetables to prevent gum disease and give your body the nutrients it needs. Limit the sugar and drink water. Following these tips will help your jawline and your waistline!

4. Listen to your mouth. Even if it is not time for your routine appointment, you should see a dentist at the slightest bit of oral pain. At your routine appointments, your dentist should be able to prevent any problems from escalating, but sometimes things happen in between appointments. Make sure you are in tune with you body and talk to your dentist if you notice anything abnormal.

5. The last tip is to try not to compare your smile to others. We are all different and unique in our own way, including our teeth. Just like hair color, some people will naturally have whiter teeth than others. Some will have longer teeth and some may have shorter teeth. There is no such thing as a best smile, so be happy with yours and thankful that you have healthy teeth that allow you to eat and chew. Always remember, a happy smile is the healthiest!

We want to see you have the healthiest smile possible. Call us today if you have any concerns or need to schedule your next routine appointment.


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.