5 More Personal Dental Care Tips for a Beautiful Smile

1. Stop Stains With Baking Soda

spilled wineIf your love of coffee, red wine, or other tooth-staining food and drink is leaving your pearly whites dim, try brushing baking soda on your teeth twice a month, just like you would toothpaste, then rinse away to help brighten your smile. If plain baking soda irritates your teeth or gums, you may want to try a toothpaste that contains baking soda or avoid it completely.

 

 

eating strawberries 2. Foods Can Stain or Brighten Teeth

There’s speculation that strawberries may have natural teeth-whitening properties. But it’s best to brush thoroughly after eating teeth-staining food like blueberries, coffee, and cigarettes. To help minimize discoloration, brush, then munch on apples, pears, carrots, or celery, all of which trigger tooth-bathing saliva, which helps keep your teeth bright.

 

3. Regulate Your Acid Refluxacid reflux

If you have acid reflux, you’ll want to get it under control to help preserve tooth enamel and oral health. Common foods and drinks that trigger reflux include chocolate; alcohol; caffeinated drinks like soda, coffee, and tea; garlic and onions; dairy; tomatoes; citrus fruits; mint; and spicy, fatty, or fried foods.

 

 

4. Take Care tongueof Your Tongue

Tackle bad breath every time you brush — take time to brush or scrape your tongue, too. Your tongue plays host to the bacteria that help cause bad breath, so giving it a scrub, or using a tongue scraper daily, can help reduce odor-causing compounds.

 

 

5. Medication Can Cause Dry MouthBad tongue

Your mouth needs saliva to stay healthy, but hundreds of medications, like antidepressants, high blood pressure drugs, and antihistamines, can dry up saliva. Medication is the most common cause of dry mouth. To help keep your mouth moist, increase your fluid intake, ask your dentist about an artificial saliva product, or chew sugarless gum after a meal.

 

 

 

Thanks to WebMD for this great article.

Get a Movie Star Smile

At Evelyn Ascough, DDS we can perform a variety of procedures from subtle changes to major reconstruction to improve your smile. Discolored, chipped, misshaped or missing teeth can all be corrected. There’s no reason to put up with close spaces, gaps, worn or short teeth. Today all kinds of treatments including bleaching, bonding, crowns, veneers, reshaping and contouring are common and highly effective.

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These improvements are not always just cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve oral problems, such as your bite. Improving your bite will usually make your teeth last longer and improve your digestion from being able to chew food into smaller pieces.

Bleaching
Discoloration occurs in the enamel and can be caused by medication, coffee, tea and cigarettes. Discoloration also can be hereditary or due to simply getting older. Some people get their teeth bleached to make stains disappear, while others just want a whiter shade.

Bleaching can be performed in the office or at home. Home treatments are convenient, but take two to four weeks to achieve the desired effect. In-office whitening can typically be done in a single one-hour visit to the office.

Crowns
Crowns cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. New advances in cosmetic dentistry crowns require less impact on your existing teeth and have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations.

Veneers
Veneers, which are thin pieces of porcelain placed over the front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth, are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. No anesthesia is needed. Porcelain veneers require more than one visit because they are fabricated in a laboratory. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding.

Fast Braces
Braces can correct crooked teeth and misshapen smiles at any age. Fastbraces,® a revolution in teeth straightening technology, helps move the crown and root of the teeth at the same time, from the beginning of the treatment. Patients can now get results often with less sensitivity, in about a year, and in some instances, just 3 months. For information on how Fastbraces® works click here.
Which procedure is right for me?
Dr Ascough can answer any questions you may have about techniques used to improve your smile. The condition of your teeth and desired result you want often dictates the best procedure. Can her office at 619-298-0821 for an appointment.

 

Crooked Teeth and Misaligned Bites

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-bad-teeth-closeup-image13048313There are several reasons why some people’s teeth grow in crooked, overlapping, or twisted.  Your mouth might be too small for your teeth, which crowds the teeth and causes them to shift. Or your upper and lower jaws aren’t the same size or are different sizes, resulting in either an overbite when there is excessive protrusion of the upper jaw, or an under bite when the lower jaw protrudes forward causing the lower jaw and teeth to extend out beyond your upper teeth.
Most often crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites are inherited traits. Crooked teeth can be caused by early loss of baby or adult teeth, gum disease, undue pressure on the teeth and gums, misalignment of the jaw after an injury, childhood thumb sucking and prolonged use of a pacifier or bottle, or tumors of the mouth or jaw.

Crooked teeth and misaligned bites can:
• Strain jaws, and muscles thereby increasing the risk of breaking a tooth.
• Interfere with proper chewing causing your digestive system to work harder.
• Make you feel self-conscious about their appearance and affect your self-esteem.
• Make keeping teeth clean a challenge, increasing the risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis.

Many of the issues caused by crooked teeth can be treated with our revolutionary FastBraces, which can correct problem teeth in as little as three months! To discover if FastBraces are a solution to your crooked teeth issues, call us today at (619) 298-0821 for a once-in-a-lifetime discount.