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About to Be in Pictures? Here Are Some Quick Tips to Brighten Your Smile!
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
In this day and age, we are never far away from a camera. Whether it is a candid shot or photos at your best friend's wedding, you will want for your smile to look bright. Here are a few tips to make it happen. Coconut Oil While people cannot agree whether or not coconut oil is good to ingest, there is no doubt that it is good for the outside of your body. It is a fantastic moisturizer, and it also can brighten your smile. Before you brush your teeth, put about a tablespoon in your mouth and swish it around for about 30 seconds. Then spit it out and brush like normal. Apples Eating an apple can provide your teeth with a quick brightening boost. That is because the apple will actually clean your teeth as you eat it. A firm apple is best, if you eat one that is a bit on the mushy side you will not get the same benefit. Baking Soda If you want to cleanse your teeth, but do it gently, brush with baking soda. It is abrasive enough that it will remove some of the excess, but not so rough that it will damage your teeth. Wet your toothbrush, then add a healthy amount of baking soda. You will want to brush with your normal toothpaste immediately after. Professional Whitening For the brightest picture smile possible, come in for a professional whitening. We have the equipment and the solutions that will work best on your smile. Having your smile whitened professionally is a better idea than trying to do it at home. We will make sure that you have the results that you long for. No matter what your picture opportunity is, your smile will be one of the most important parts. We want to make sure that your smile is always picture ready....

Times When You Should Avoid a Fluoride Treatment
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
Fluoride is essential to fight cavities and is added to the water supply in most cities in the United States. Doing this has dramatically reduced the instances of cavities in the American population and revolutionized the way in which people have access to this vital mineral. Who Needs Fluoride Treatment? One of the most influential health organizations in the country, recommends that infants start getting fluoride treatments as soon as their teeth begin to erupt. Fluoride is so essential to a person's oral health that many in the dental community believe the sooner a baby starts some form of fluoride treatment the better their chances for healthy teeth. Regular fluoride treatments are recommended for children at least once per year. Even if you live in an area where the water supply is fluoridated, children don't always drink the amount necessary to have the desired effect in preventing tooth decay. Adolescents and adults who live in areas where the water is not fluoridated should let us know, and we will determine how often he or she needs a fluoride treatment. In this case, we may recommend fluoride supplements that can be taken orally. When You Should Not Have a Fluoride Treatment There are many conspiracy theories about fluoride, and some proponents claim the substance can cause cancer. The American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have deemed fluoride safe to use in patients of all ages. We do recommend avoiding toothpaste that contains fluoride in children younger than three-years-old because they tend to swallow the sweet paste when brushing. To compensate, we will provide fluoride treatments at our office. In general, it's okay to get a fluoride treatment any time you are due for an application, but if you have sores in your mouth, we may want to wait until those are gone....

Things You May Not Even Realize Your Teeth Are Trying to Tell You
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
If your teeth could talk, they just might have a thing or two to say. You may not realize it, but there's a huge correlation between the health of your smile and your overall general health. From bleeding gums to nagging tooth pain, these are some of the not-so-subtle hints that your teeth are trying to bring to your attention. Five Clues About Your Health that You Can Find in Your Mouth You may not put too much weight on the subtle nuances that are occurring inside your mouth, but if you notice any of these symptoms, then pay attention. Your teeth are definitely trying to get your attention! The state of your teeth is a major clue to your overall, general health. Most people don't realize that underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer can often have early symptoms that manifest on your tongue, teeth, and gums. If you notice any sudden changes to your teeth, do not hesitate to give our office a call. Our skilled dental staff will assess them thoroughly and put you back on the path to good oral health!...

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