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Keeping Your Teeth For a Lifetime

A generation or two ago, it was common for patients to lose their teeth. Because tooth loss happened to so many people, there was an assumption that losing teeth must be a natural part of the aging process. This assumption is a myth. The reality is that you should be able to keep your teeth for a lifetime. The reason tooth loss used to be so common is that people had poor dental health habits. In fact, in the United States daily tooth brushing was not common in many households until after the Second World War. Today, brushing is a daily habit, but too many people forget to floss. When people make brushing and flossing a part of their normal daily routine and also visit our office on a regular basis for recommended examinations and professional cleanings, they set the stage to keep their teeth for a lifetime.

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Nearly Invisible Braces

Dr. Denise uses an advanced tooth movement system called Invisalign. This system consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that are provided to the patient at intervals during the course of treatment. The aligners are custom made after Dr. Denise takes an exact set of impressions of your teeth and develops a treatment plan regarding where the teeth should be positioned. After the teeth are moved by one set of aligners, the patient is ready to switch to the next set. One of the great advantages of Invisalign is that the patient does not have to wear any unsightly wires or brackets. Because the aligners are clear, there are not noticeable. In fact, some patients report that other people are surprised to learn that they are wearing braces. The Invisalign aligners are removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. Patients are very enthusiastic about Invisalign treatment and we are pleased

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Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Veneers

How Veneers Change a Smile Porcelain veneers can make a big difference in a person’s smile. The veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that help create the natural look of teeth, while at the same time providing strength that compares favorably to natural tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers are used to make changes in tooth shape, size, or color. They can also be used for subtle changes in tooth position. Porcelain veneers leave patients smiling when their original problem is an original tooth that has developed stains, darkened in color over time, or just needs some new shaping and contouring. It is also recommended in some cases for repairing fractured teeth, closing gaps between teeth, and in some situations where the tooth position is not ideal and there are minor bite-related issues. For some people, stains on the teeth are not easily removed by tooth whitening. In these cases, a porcelain

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Dental School is the Just the Beginning

Dental school is four years in duration, but most forward-looking dentists realize that their formal professional education is only the beginning of their education. For example, Dr. Denise regularly participates in dental study clubs, seminars, and professional meetings to keep up with the latest advances in the dental profession. Scientific advances are occurring at a very rapid rate. These advances affect dental radiology, diagnosis, microbiology, and dental materials. To stay abreast of all these changes, Dr. Denise is very active in continuing dental education courses. In addition, members of his team also regularly attend continuing education courses. The goal is for all members of the team to be aware of new trends in dentistry and also to have the opportunity to talk to colleagues about changes in the dental profession that benefit patients.

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Missing Teeth

7. The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth When it comes to replacing missing teeth, patients always give priority to missing teeth in the front of the mouth because they do not want unsightly gaps to ruin their smile. On the other hand, when the missing teeth are in the back of the mouth, patients frequently delay getting teeth replaced. They often say, “If no one can see, they why bother replacing the tooth?” It’s a good question. The answer is that missing teeth cause problems that affect other teeth. Missing teeth cause adjacent teeth to move and shift. Also, missing teeth adversely affect the bite. A situation that starts out with one missing tooth can lead to problems with many teeth, because the teeth are designed to work together for biting and chewing. When the symmetry is disrupted, biting forces shift and many otherwise healthy teeth are affected. If you

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Silver Fillings

6. Why Silver Filings Are a Thing of the Past At Denise Dental Studio, we do not use dental amalgams, commonly called “silver fillings.” There has been some controversy regarding the safety of silver fillings, even though main scientific studies have shown that they are perfectly safe. In our office, we do not use silver fillings at all, because we have found that modern composite materials work very well. These are “tooth-colored” fillings that have a much more pleasing appearance because they blend in with the tooth itself. The reason that tooth-colored fillings did not immediately make silver-colored fillings obsolete when they were first introduced is that at first, tooth-colored fillings were not as durable and could not withstand chewing forces and temperature changes. Now, however, thanks to many years of advances in materials, tooth-colored fillings are extremely durable and reliable. They are not only esthetically pleasing, but are also

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Dental Visits and Dental Insurance

5. The Best Dental Insurance Patients always ask questions about dental insurance. At Denise Dental Studio, we welcome these questions and we will work with you to answer all inquiries. We have noted that patients like dental insurance because a policy can save patients money on need dental care. However, you don’t have to buy an insurance policy to realize significant savings. One of the best types of “insurance,” or protection from future dental bills, is to visit our office at recommended intervals. Each patient is different, so the old-saying “see you dentist twice a year” is not true for everyone. For some patients, returning to our office at six-month intervals is sufficient, but other patients, depending their overall oral health, should come to the office for a professional cleaning three or four times a year. How can more frequent hygiene visits be more economical? The answer it that hygiene

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Oral and Systemic Connections

Gum Disease Linked to General Health If someone has inflammation in some part of their body, their first instinct is to try to get rid of that problem. People with inflammatory problems are highly motivated to seek help quickly because they want to get better. When it comes to gum problems, however, inflammation is often left untreated. Periodontal or gum disease is caused by bacteria. When the bacteria are not removed by regular brushing, flossing, as well as visits to the dentist, a sticky substance called “plaque” forms on the teeth. If the plaque is not removed, it hardens into tartar that cannot be removed by brushing alone. People with gum disease are not only at risk for damaging soft tissue and the bone that supports teeth, they are also at risk for losing teeth. In addition, studies have shown links between gum disease and other systemic diseases such as

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Learning How to Brush and Floss

Raise your hand if you know how to brush your teeth? That sounds like a question to ask small children, but the reality is that many adults who raise their hands have only an incomplete knowledge of how to brush their teeth. The same principle is also true of flossing. Just putting the floss in between the teeth is not good enough, because flossing, like brushing, requires some knowledge of technique. Most of us learned to brush and floss at an early age, and we may feel that we have mastered both. All too often, however, adults are going through the motions, but not the correct motions. How to hold and use a toothbrush and dental floss are skills that need to be learned and re-learned by adults. At Denise Dental Studio, we will give you simple yet effective tips to show you how to brush and floss properly. This

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