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7 Benefits of Regular Dental Visits

7 Benefits of Regular Dental Visits

7 Benefits of Regular Dental Visits It makes sense that when you have a healthy smile, you smile more. But, did you know there are many other benefits of regular dental visits, beyond just good looking chompers? With our busy lives filled with work, kid’s activities, and family responsibilities our teeth often fall to the bottom of the list of priorities. The summer can be the perfect time to bring in the whole family! The kids are out of school, and your work schedule may be more flexible. Not convinced? Well, check out these 7 benefits of regular dental visits for more good reasons. 1. Early Intervention Did you know that you can start bringing your child to the dentist as young as two years old? While they may not get a full cleaning at that time, you are instilling from an early age just how important it is to

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Best Snacks for Healthy Teeth

Best Snacks for Healthy Teeth

Best Snacks for Healthy Teeth Sure, we are all making better food choices to stay healthy and fit. But, did you know that what you eat can also impact the health of your teeth? Being conscientious at any age will help to ensure you will be in the best shape your whole life. Here are the best snacks for healthy teeth. Cheese If you already are a cheese head, here’s yet another reason to love this food. It helps lower your risk of tooth decay. A study published by the American Academy of General Dentistry reported that when you eat cheese it raises the pH in your mouth. Additionally, it increases saliva production. Lastly, cheese contains calcium and protein, which help strengthen tooth enamel. Combined all of these factors help fight tooth decay. Yogurt Similar to cheese yogurt contains calcium and protein. However, it also contains live cultures and probiotics. This

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Raise a Healthy Smile

Raise a Healthy Smile

Your Infant’s Gum and Toothcare Play an Important Role in Your Child’s Health Dr. Jason Denise of Denise Dental Studio believes that your infant’s teeth have a very important role in your child’s health over their entire lifetime. Baby teeth are the placeholders for adult teeth and play a big role in chewing and speech development. Caring for your infant’s teeth begins during the first weeks of your child’s life, long before the first teeth will appear. Brushing Before Teething Before the first teeth even appear you can start to create lifelong healthy habits. Gently rub a moistened washcloth or gauze over the infant’s gums 2 – 3 times per day. Not only does this help with hygiene but more importantly your child is getting used to the feeling and routine which will make tooth care much easier moving forward. Gently cleaning the gums a minimum of 2 times per

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Give Yourself the Gift of a Brighter Smile

Give Yourself the Gift of a Brighter Smile

Give Yourself the Gift of a Brighter Smile Strengthen your confidence and appearance with a quick in-office ZOOM Whitening treatment. Denise Dental Studios is offering a spectacular pricing all year for their in-office ZOOM Whitening procedures including custom take home trays. ZOOM! One Hour and You are Off with a Significantly Brighter Smile! How much brighter? Up to 8 SHADES Brighter! If you are looking for a new look, come see Dr. Jason Denise DDS at his offices off of Riva Road in Annapolis, MD. Tooth whitening does not damage your tooth enamel and is much safer and cheaper than other procedures that people go to for a new look and boost in confidence. Tooth staining is a natural part of aging. It is nothing to be ashamed of and can quickly be corrected and maintained. Did you know that teeth often stain unevenly? Whitening is often used to neutralize

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Dental Hygienist

Your Hygienist Does More Than Clean Teeth It is important to come to our office on a regular basis for professional cleanings. The role of the dental hygienist, however, is not limited to cleaning teeth. The hygienist is also responsible for carefully charting the teeth, taking x-rays, and providing oral hygiene instruction. Think of the dental hygienist as an oral health care counselor who works under the supervision of the dentist to help the patient. Hygienists have a wealth of experience, and their training and education qualifies them to answer many oral health questions and provide guidance. In many cases, dental hygienists are the first to notice or be told about changes to a person’s general or oral health. They record this information in the patient’s chart and also make sure that the doctor is notified so that a proper diagnosis can be made. Your dental hygienist is a trusted

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You are Not Too Old for Dental Treatment

You are Not Too Old for Dental Treatment

Some patients mistakenly think that they are too old to have dental treatment. The fact is that one can never be too old for dental treatment, because age by itself does not disqualify someone from benefiting from needed dental care. It is true that a person’s overall health must be taken into consideration before dental treatment begins, but relatively healthy individuals in the 80’s and beyond often take advantage of needed dental treatment. The goal of dental care is to increase the quality of a person’s life. Studies have shown that given a hypothetical choice between living to the age of 100 and having poor quality of life, or living not quite so long and having high quality of life, people overwhelmingly choose quality over number of years. At Denise Dental Studio, we like to say that if you are not too old to chew and enjoy eating, then you

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Why Each Patient Has a Unique Treatment Plan

Dentistry is always customized. Every crown, for example, is specifically designed to fit one particular tooth for one individual patient. When it comes to creating an entire treatment plan, there is also a need to look at the patient’s entire dental needs, and then create a treatment plan that is designed to address those particular concerns. In fact, proper treatment planning is one the “behind-the-scenes” aspects of dentistry that patients rarely see, but which provides them with great benefits. To properly access each case, Dr. Denise reviews all the records, including dental and medical history, dental x-rays, models, and all other information provided by the patient or recorded during the dental examination. Then, Dr. Denise creates a customized treatment plan that is designed to provide the best dental solution given the patient’s needs. When there are several options available for treating a patient, these options are also reviewed. Once the

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Dental Implants, Common Questions Answered.

Q: Is the surgery to place a dental implant painful? A: No, it is usually done under local anesthesia in your dentist’s office, in just the same way as a filling. Once the anesthesia takes effect, you shouldn’t feel anything. Q: What can I expect after the anesthesia wears off? A: Generally there are no open wounds with implant surgery so healing is quite quick and un-eventful. You can expect some minor discomfort, but that can generally be managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or similar medication in prescription strength. Q: How long does it take to place dental implants? A: It depends on the number and location of the implants, but simple, uncomplicated dental implant placement usually takes less than an hour. Q: What about eating after implant surgery? A: It’s generally important to avoid exposing any recent surgical site in the mouth to food if possible.

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Keeping You Relaxed in the Dental Office

It is natural for patients to have some anxiety when they first enter a dental office. In our practice, we believe that making patients comfortable starts prior to a procedure being preformed. Sometimes we invite patients to come to the office, meet the team, and see our facilities before any treatment starts. In this way, we take the mystery out of the dental office and we give patients the chance to get to know us and get comfortable. When patients return to the office for the procedure, they are not walking into a new and strange environment. They already know what to expect, and this familiarity with us and our office tends to help them relax. During procedures, we are always attentive to a patient’s comfort level. We not only practice modern dentistry, but we also use the latest anesthetic techniques. Our goal is always to keep you relaxed and

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Strict Sterilization Guidelines

Many patients ask questions about the protocols we use to sterilize instruments. We believe in maintaining and surpassing infection control guidelines. Rooms are disinfected after a patient leaves. Plastic barriers are used whenever possible and all instruments are placed in an autoclave for proper sterilization. An autoclave is a device that uses steam and heat to kill germs. The autoclave itself is inspected at regular intervals to make sure that it is working properly. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate the potential for cross contamination. Think of the dental office as a health care facility that is not unlike a hospital. Over the years, hospitals have developed strict guidelines to sterilize instruments and prevent the spread of infection. These modern systems are very different from the way health care facilities were managed at the turn of the twentieth century. Back then, doctors operated in street clothes and did procedures

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