While keeping up with regular cleanings is great for the health of your teeth, it doesn’t always mean you’re proud of your smile. If you avoid smiling because you're self conscious, we're here to help. Let our team transform your smile. Our Arizona Biltmore dentists can tackle simple misalignments, reconstructions, and everything in between. With these cosmetic procedures, you can finally show your beautiful smile again.
5–8% of Americans avoid dental appointments because of fear. We understand the anxiety that can be associated with dental visits. But here at Arizona Biltmore Dentistry, we go to great lengths to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Here are few tips to help you overcome your fear, as well as a few offerings we have to help you relax during your visit.
Regular dental visits are important during your teens and early 20s. If you visit your dentist regularly, he or she can use X-rays to follow the progress of your wisdom teeth. Any problems will be seen early.
Though we brush twice a day, some of us still make simple brushing mistakes. Here are some of the most common.
The newest addition to your dentist’s grab bag of goodies might soon be gum. European scientists describe the development of a chewing gum that detects oral infections Tuesday in Nature Communications. The tech could prove particularly useful for diseases that present with minimal to no symptoms.
We all know your dentist can diagnose common oral health issues, such as gum disease and cavities, but did you know they can also discover other non-dental medical issues? Here's a list of 5 non-dental medical issues that dentists often find first.
It's important to change your toothbrush out regularly, but it can hard to know when exactly that should be. How often should you switch it out? The answer depends on your oral health, usage and personal preference.
Your diet is an integral part of maintaining good oral health. Though you can't always avoid everything harmful to your teeth, these foods and beverages should be consumed in moderation to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Gum disease begins at the gum line and between teeth. Daily flossing is an important part of your oral health care routine to help remove the plaque from these areas where a toothbrush doesn’t completely reach. But to truly reap the benefits, you need to use proper flossing technique.
On average, seeing a dentist twice a year works well for many people. Others may need more frequent visits. People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months, or more.
There are more than 40 toothpaste brands available on the market, and each promises that they're better than the next. But how do you know which one is right for you? Here's Arizona Biltmore Dentistry's guide to the most popular kinds of toothpastes on the market, so you can choose the perfect toothpaste for you.
Brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly are the most important steps you can take to ensuring great oral hygiene. But did you know that there are also certain foods you can eat that help too? Here's a list of 10 foods/drinks that are great for your smile.
Flossing is a key component of maintaining healthy teeth and oral hygiene. It's important to floss properly to avoid plaque and tartar buildup. Here are some common flossing mistakes to avoid.
Regular dentist visits are vital to maintaining good oral health. But if you're experiencing pain or any other dental issues, you should visit your dentist right away. Here are a few of the most common signs that you need to see a dentist.
It's not as difficult as you think to keep your mouth healthy and your teeth strong. Follow these 5 quick tips to help improve your oral hygiene.
Written By Brittnie Heddlesten
Have you ever been told that you need a dental filling and were not sure what this meant? Or maybe you have thought, well it's JUST A FILLING...it's not that important!
There is often confusion about what needing a dental filling means. Most often, a dental filling is the recommended treatment for a cavity in a tooth. Excess bacteria on the teeth will eat away at the enamel and dentin of the tooth, which causes this cavity or hole in the tooth. The best way to restore the tooth to a healthy state is to have the dentist remove the cavity, clean the area, and place a dental filling also called a restoration where the decaying tooth structure was removed.
I was told I have a cavity, but my tooth does not hurt, what's up?
Having a cavity can cause pain, but often there is little to no discomfort or pain when the cavities are small. If the cavity is not removed it will continue to grow and can expand to the nerve of the tooth, causing the need for a root canal or loss of the tooth. We recommend not waiting until you have pain because then the repair is more costly. Getting a filling done to remove the decay from the tooth is easier, less expensive and a less invasive procedure.
Cost is a common reason why people do not follow through on dental treatment for cavities. However, many times it is not the cost of treatment that should be the main focus, but rather what the cavity in your teeth will cost you in the long run.
Give us a call at Arizona Biltmore Dentistry if you have any questions!
Traditional braces definitely have their time and place and necessity, but with time and technology come evolution and advancement. Read this blog to see why Invisalign is the right path to take.
It is pretty overwhelming when perusing the toothpaste aisle. How do you go about selecting the correct product? Really focusing on the status of your oral cavity can assist you to know which would be better for you. Here are some helpful tips when looking for the proper paste. . .
Most people purchase whitening toothpastes nowadays. These pastes are very abrasive due to the silica that is in the product. Be mindful that these pastes can brighten those teeth but can also cause sensitivity.
If you have sensitivity due to recession of the gums or just have teeth that cringe at the sight of ice cream, a good product to look for is one containing potassium nitrate. This ingredient can be found in brands such as Sensodyne. Also, if you have crowns or veneers on those front choppers, a low abrasive toothpaste such as Sensodyne will not scratch up your investment! Prescription strength toothpastes can also do the job. Seek a toothpaste from your dental professional such as Fluoridex or Prevident which will also help to fight off those sugar bugs!
If you feel that you have a lot of plaque build up (or your dental professional has mentioned it to you in the past) there are many ingredients that can aid in the reduction of that bacteria. There are natural products such as tea tree oil, myrrh and other essential oils that work very well. If you are looking for a mainstream product, you can find Triclosan in Colgate Total. Listerine also carries essential oils for plaque reduction in both a regular alcohol based formulation as well as a non-alcohol (less burning sensation).
If you happen to notice particles that reside in the mouth after brushing, you might have a sensitivity to a product called Sodium Laurel Sulfate. Many people do have an allergy to this and do not even know it. A few toothpastes without this product are Sensodyne ProNamel and there are also prescription pastes that leave that ingredient out.
If you happen to have a lot of fillings or crowns in your mouth or gum recession, there are a few things to consider. Using a prescription toothpaste would be very valuable to help maintain those restorations and to prevent future restorations.
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In life, we are faced with many choices. On a daily basis we are challenged to make decisions that hopefully the benefit will outweigh the risk. Just thinking of a few of these items:
- Tobacco: puts you at risk for periodontal disease, cardio vascular disease, oral cancer
- Coffee: acidity causes enamel stain and erosion
- Medications: some control health risks but at the same time cause xerostomia (dry mouth)
- Alcoholic Beverages: can cause enamel stain and erosion, risk of oral cancer, xerostomia
- Energy Drinks: acidity can cause enamel stain, erosion and create cavities
There are many risks in life, but weigh out the risks versus the benefits. Are there alternatives that can be substituted? If not, consider counteracting against these ill effects
- Consider using tobacco cessation products
- Drink water after sugar and acid consumption and avoid brushing until oral pH can get back to normal (20 min approx.)
- Use products that keep the oral cavity hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is a wonderful idea but there are also rinses and natural candies that can aid such as Biotene, ACT Dry Mouth, Vaseline, Xylitol products (Ice Chips, Spry Products) Pilocarpine Lollipops just to name a few.
Consult with the professionals at Arizona Biltmore Dentistry if you have any questions!
Poor oral health can lead to cavities. The problem occurs when plaque builds up on the surface of the teeth and the bacteria in the plaque react with food and saliva in your mouth to form acids. The tooth enamel is damaged by these acids and a hole can form on the tooth’s surface. If it remains untreated, the cavity will become larger and you may need crowns, fillings, or inlays.
To effectively prevent cavities long term, here are ten tips that you can follow consistently:
- To fight off cavities, it is essential that you brush your teeth properly at least twice a day and after meals with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. If you are unable to brush after meals, rinse with plain water to remove food debris.
- Clean your tongue after brushing your teeth. You can do this with a toothbrush or you can also buy a special plastic tongue scraper from pharmacies.
- Proper nutrition plays an important role in good dental health. Eat healthy, tooth-friendly foods like fresh fruits and vegetables and unsweetened drinks.
- Limit snacks and avoid chips, candies and chewy toffees that get stuck in your teeth unless you can brush immediately after eating them. Limit the amount of juice or sugary drinks throughout the day.
- Consider using a microbial mouth rinse if you are at significant risk of developing cavities. Rinsing with one of these mouth rinses after brushing or eating can aid in cavity prevention.
- Don’t forget to drink lots of water to curb acid erosion. Drink fluoridated tap water regularly.
- For strong teeth you need calcium and since your body does not produce it, you need to drink a glass of milk every day to fortify your teeth.
- You can chew sugar-free gum after each meal, as it helps increase the flow of saliva in the mouth to flush out any leftover debris and acid from the meal.
- Consider Dental sealants if you’re at risk for developing cavities. Dental sealants are a protective coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth, which protects the tooth from getting a cavity by shielding against bacteria and plaque.
- Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. They are a key factor in preventing cavities and staying on top of good oral hygiene.
Untreated cavities and gum disease may lead to many serious infections and conditions, such as diabetes and respiratory diseases. So instill good oral habits, choose a healthy diet and do visit your dentist for annual exams to keep your teeth happy.
Make the time to pay closer attention to your brushing habits. If you have any questions, talk to our dentists in Arizona Biltmore Dentistry.