Information and resources to help you maintain a healthy smile
It's a scary word, full of unknowns. But the truth is that many cancers can be treated successfully—especially if they are diagnosed and treated early.
That's why every dental exam at J. de Graffenried Dentistry includes an oral cancer screening. We want to do everything we can to make sure you stay healthy.
Early diagnosis is the most important factor in successful treatment, so this is a good time to help you protect your health by becoming aware of some basic facts. Knowledge is Power.
If you experience any of these warning signs, don't wait! An oral cancer screening is quick and painless and could save your life!
Making healthy choices about these risk factors can help you lessen your risk of developing oral cancer.
Your healthy lifestyle along with good oral hygiene—including regular dental check-ups with oral cancer screening—is the best way to protect your health.
But if you experience any symptoms that could be signs of oral cancer, don't wait. Contact us right away so we can help care for your health.
Your teeth work hard every day, and they don't ask much in return. Just a couple of daily brushings, flossings, and maybe mouthwash. Two visits a year to the dentist. If you add up all the hours they work, your teeth are a pretty good investment!
But if a tooth chips, breaks, or becomes severely decayed, it may be telling you it needs a little royal treatment: a dental crown.
People who haven't had a crown often have a lot of questions, so here are the answers to some of the most common ones.
A crown is a cap your dentist places over a damaged or decayed tooth, over an implant, or uses to help support a bridge. Crowns are also sometimes used for children who have severely damaged or decayed teeth.
What are crowns made of?
Crowns can be made of several materials including porcelain, acrylic, resin, and metal alloys. Temporary crowns are usually made of stainless steel. For permanent crowns, many people choose a material that matches the color of their other teeth so that the crown is completely unnoticeable.
Crowns usually require two dental visits. At your first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing all decay along with the outer surface of the tooth so the crown will fit over it. Then the dentist will get an exact impression of your tooth so the crown can be made to the exact fit of your tooth. A temporary crown will be placed over the tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready.
At your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown. Once the dentist verifies that the permanent crown is the correct color and fit, it will be cemented in place.
You're likely to forget you even have a crown! Just continue to practice good oral hygiene to protect the tooth and the area around the crown from bacteria and decay.
On rare occasions, a crown may cause some discomfort or become loose. If that happens, just give us a call, and we'll gladly take care of it.
You'll be much more comfortable—and much more confident—when that broken or damaged tooth is restored. If you think a dental crown could help your smile, give us a call. Our dentists will be happy to give you more information so you can make a healthy decision for your teeth. After all, you deserve to feel like royalty!
We get so busy that sometimes, we need reminders to stop and pay attention to really important things in life—like our health. Dental health is one of the most important contributing factors to overall health. So please take a few minutes with us to think about dental health for yourself and your family.
If we learn good oral hygiene habits as children, we're more likely to have healthy teeth as adults. Kids love to have fun, so teach your kids to have fun caring for their teeth!
Here are some ideas to make good oral hygiene more fun for your kids:
1. Brush and floss together with your kids. Dentists recommend brushing for two minutes. Have your child set a timer, and celebrate when both of you brush for a full two minutes twice a day.
2. Let your child choose a fun new toothbrush and a favorite flavor of toothpaste.
3. Set up a reward system for good oral care.
4. Watch some fun videos with your kids on dental health for children. Click here to find a list of videos to get you started.
5. Make sure your child visits a dentist twice a year for regular check-ups. At J. de Graffenried Dentistry, we love kids, and we do our best to make their visit to the dentist a really fun experience.
Okay, we get it. Nobody really wants to think about gum disease. That's why February is designated as a special time to pay attention to your gums.
Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, refers to infection in the gum tissues that support your teeth. Left untreated, gingivitis can spread to the bone that supports the teeth, and may result in tooth loss. Gingivitis is also a risk factor in other serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
So do yourself a huge favor! Take a few minutes to pay attention to your gums. Look in the mirror for any signs of swelling, discoloration, or receding gums. As you brush and floss, pay attention to any signs of bleeding. And take a minute to ask yourself if you've been experiencing any pain or tenderness.
We check your gums for any signs of gingivitis at your regular twice-yearly dental check-ups. But if you notice any of these signs between visits, be sure to call our office right away so we can talk with you about treatments to avoid further damage and health risks.
We know that a healthy smile gives your confidence and leads to greater success in many areas of life. We love to see your smile, and we're here to help you keep it healthy and beautiful!
Ask yourself these five questions:
Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth can lead to pain, temperature sensitivity, swollen gums, and infections.
A missing tooth can also lead to oral health problems. Teeth keep each other in alignment. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth may shift and loosen, changing your bite and increasing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
A dental implant provides a healthy, comfortable solution that protects bone and preserves tooth alignment. A crown or bridge may be options for you as well, but may require extra maintenance. Even with the extra care, at some point, they may have to be replaced. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime!
Healthy self-confidence and self-esteem contribute to your overall happiness and success. People who lack self-esteem experience greater anxiety and self-doubt; they are less willing to take risks. Knowing you have a beautiful smile enables you to feel confident around friends and work colleagues—and that confidence could contribute to your overall success!
Dentures can be uncomfortable and can make eating and speaking more difficult. Dentures may cause awkward clicking sounds if they slip out of place, and having to reposition them can be embarrassing. Dentures also require special cleaning.
A dental implant looks and feels just like a natural tooth. Implants function just like a natural tooth. They are cleaned as you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Dental implants permanently replace damaged or missing teeth and feel so natural, you'll forget you even have them!
Oral health is an important factor in your overall health. So it's no surprise that healthy teeth and gums are important before a dental implant procedure. If you're interested in dental implants, contact us to talk about your options.
Implants are cost effective because they are permanent, healthy solutions to dental problems. The cost may be higher up front, but when you consider the costs of untreated dental problems—plus the cost to personal happiness and success caused by poor self-esteem—implants are a cost effective and healthy solution!
It's that time of year.
As we approach the New Year, most of us feel a bit retrospective—and a bit ambitious. We think back over the last year, and we realize some ways we want to improve our lives in the coming year. Most of us have some kind of goal for the new year, and some of us set resolutions.
One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to be healthier. That may involve eating better, losing weight, exercising . . . . All good ideas, but they miss something very important.
Here's a great idea: add better oral health to your list! Doctors at the Mayo Clinic explain how your oral health can impact your overall health. Your mouth houses a lot of bacteria, some of which can be pretty bad. And since your mouth is the gateway to your digestive and respiratory systems, uncontrolled bacteria in your mouth can contribute to some serious health problems, including cardiovascular diseases and pneumonia!
So if you want to take better care of yourself in 2021, start with your oral health. Brush your teeth at least twice daily. Floss daily to clean areas your toothbrush misses. Use mouthwash to clean and freshen your mouth. And make sure you come and see us for your regular dental check-ups and cleanings twice a year.
Those simple steps will help you be healthier in 2021!
From all of us to all of you — Have a very Happy New Year!