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Posts for: February, 2015

By Nashua Smile Makers
February 27, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene   mouthrinse  

Many people use a mouthrinse as part of their daily oral hygiene. If you’d also like to include a mouthrinse in your regimen, the kind you choose will depend on what you want it to do for you.

If your main desire is fresh breath, then a cosmetic rinse that imparts a minty smell to the mouth should fit the bill. That, however, is all they do — cosmetic mouthrinses don’t contribute to oral health beyond your personal satisfaction that your breath is free of bad odors. But, if you want more — added protection against dental disease, for example — then you’ll need to consider a therapeutic mouthrinse.

Therapeutic mouthrinses are usually described as anti-cariogenic (prevents decay) or anti-bacterial, and include both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription rinses. Their purpose is to either strengthen teeth or reduce the mouth’s bacterial levels. Of the OTC variety, most contain a small amount of sodium fluoride, which can strengthen tooth enamel. They’ve proven highly effective: a number of studies show using a sodium fluoride mouthrinse in conjunction with brushing and flossing reduces the chances of new cavities forming.

A number of OTC rinses also have an anti-bacterial effect, usually provided by active ingredients such as triclosan, zinc or essential oils like menthol. Even a slight reduction in bacteria can help lessen the chances of gingivitis (gum inflammation), an early form of periodontal (gum) disease. Reducing bacteria levels may also help alleviate bad breath.

Some individuals, though, have higher than normal levels of bacteria, or a systemic weakness in fighting certain bacterial strains. If this is your case, you might benefit from a prescribed mouthrinse intended to lower bacterial levels. Most prescription mouthrinses contain chlorhexidine, which has been amply demonstrated as an effective anti-bacterial control of tooth decay and gum disease. Chlorhexidine prevents bacteria from adhering to the teeth and so disrupts plaque buildup, the main cause of dental disease. Its prolonged use will result in the dark staining of teeth in some people, but this can be removed during dental cleanings and teeth polishing. Long-term use is generally not preferred compared to getting the proper attention from regular cleanings and examinations.

If you would like more advice on adding a mouthrinse to your daily hygiene regimen, especially to help reduce your risk of dental disease, please feel free to discuss this with us at your next checkup. Regardless of which type of mouthrinse you choose, they should always be used as a complement to daily brushing and flossing, along with regular dental cleanings and checkups.

For more information on mouthrinses, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Mouthrinses.”

By Nashua Smile Makers
February 12, 2015
Category: Oral Health

Lots of people collect Beatles memorabilia, but one Canadian dentist took this hobby to new heights recently when he paid $31,200 for John Lennon's molar at auction. According to published reports, Lennon had given the extracted tooth to his housekeeper as a souvenir in the 1960s after coming home from the dentist's office. The molar was discolored and had a cavity, according to the dentist who purchased it after the housekeeper's family put it up for bids. “For the cavity to be this large he probably wasn't seeing a dentist that regularly,” the dentist said. His brushing and flossing routine may not have been that conscientious either!

For healthy teeth, it's important to have a good daily oral hygiene routine at home and regular professional cleanings here at the office. Our hygienist will scale your teeth to remove hard deposits (tartar), and polish them to remove stains for a wonderful, extra-clean feeling.

Dental hygienists are trained to do lots of other things to promote your oral health besides cleaning your teeth. They can check the skin in and around your mouth looking for any suspicious bumps, sores, etc., that may need further evaluation. They will also evaluate your periodontal health (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth), checking for signs of gum inflammation and bleeding (gingivitis). And they monitor teeth for signs of decay, which is actually the world's most widespread disease.

Cavities, or dental caries as it is also known, are the most notable consequences of tooth decay. Left untreated, caries can lead to pain and tooth loss. John Lennon's dentist must have believed there was nothing more to be done for the badly decayed molar that later went on to fetch such a high price.

Unless you're a rock star, your teeth are worth a lot more in a healthy and functioning state — inside your mouth! So if it's been a while since your last appointment, please come in and see us. Remember: Good dental health is priceless.

If you would like more information on tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article, “Tooth Decay.” Dear Doctor also has more on the “Dental Hygiene Visit.”

By Nashua Smile Makers
February 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentist  

If you have a chipped tooth, crooked or discolored teeth, or are otherwise unhappy with your smile, cosmetic dentistry may provide a solution. There are several different options and techniques that cosmetic dentists can use to restore your smile. Some can be Cosmetic Dentistperformed in as little as one dental visit, and others take months or even years to complete.

Common Types of Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Cosmetic Bonding is a process that can restore chipped or cracked teeth using a tooth-colored composite resin material applied and shaped onto the tooth. This process can often be performed in under an hour at your dentist's office, and is best suited for more minor tooth restoration.
  • Teeth Whitening can restore your smile to a brilliant, beautiful white through a special bleaching technique performed in your dentist's office. This is one of the least expensive and fastest ways to improve your smile.
  • Dental Veneers are wafer-thin sheets of tooth-colored porcelain material that are applied to your teeth to create the perfect shape and shade. They are custom-made in a laboratory to specifically to match your existing teeth. Porcelain veneers are durable and can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. However, they usually take a little time because your dentist may need to send a mold of your mouth to a laboratory to have the veneers made. This may require multiple visits to your cosmetic dentist.
  • Dental Crowns sometimes called "caps" are designed to replace the entire exposed tooth from the gum line up. Crowns are used when the tooth has decayed or been broken, necessitating a replacement for the tooth.
  • Dental Implants replace the entire tooth, from the root to the tip. Titanium posts are inserted into the bone socket where the tooth once was, then a crown is attached to the top to create a life-like tooth replacement. Dental implants are an excellent option when the tooth has been lost due to decay, disease, or injury. The process can take anywhere from a few months to a year depending on your case. They are considered a permanent solution and should last twenty years or more with proper care.

Not all dentists offer cosmetic dentistry, so it's important to find one who offers the procedure you're interested in. Nashua Smile Makers of Nashua, NH offer all types of cosmetic and general dentistry. If you are unhappy with your smile, schedule a consultation today with a cosmetic dentist to find out how you can have the gleaming smile you always wanted.