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Do Teeth Take Damage When They Get Whitened?

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
This is a fantastic question and one that dentists are starting to hear more and more. As ultra-white teeth have become a status symbol of beauty and self care, many people are having these whitening procedures performed regularly. And while that is perfectly acceptable when done at professional clinics such as ours, the fact that so many of these do-it-yourself kits for home use are being sold is cause for concern. The main reason is because these formulas have a number of ingredients and additives which can be harmful when not used properly. Anything from damage to the tooth to accidental ingestion could take place during one of these sessions. The best way to have your smile brightened is to come and let a professional take care of it. Here are a couple of things that can happen when you choose to handle it yourself: Increase in Tooth Sensitivity While this is usually a given for any type of whitening procedure, it should only last the rest of the day and perhaps the next. Many patients who have tried home whitening remedies had to schedule an appointment with us after several days of sensitivity. This not only hinders eating and drinking, it means that there has been some notable damage done to the tooth, at least on the outer layers. Moderate to Severe Root Damage The above section is the low end of the spectrum as far as damage goes. Think about how leaving bleach or another hair product in too long can damage your hair and even burn your scalp. Whitening kits and pastes are no different. And even though the instruction might say to only leave it on for a certain amount of time, many people leave it on a just a little bit longer to achieve what they think will be even better results. Many times they end up with root damage which needs serious attention. For assistance with professional whitening procedures or any other dental issue, please give our offices a call at your next opportunity. We will be glad to help in any way we can....
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When Do Adults Need Dental Sealants?

Posted on 8/10/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
It is common for children to require dental sealants, to help protect them against tooth decay. Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of teeth. This sealant then works at preventing tooth decay, especially for hard to reach areas. Dental sealant quickly bonds to the teeth via the grooves, to form a protective shield. When You May Need Protection In adults, brushing and flossing teeth regularly may not be enough to remove all food particles, resulting in unclean teeth. Not all teeth are able to be reached, leading to food being stuck in nooks of teeth, especially back teeth. If you are struggling to reach all your teeth when brushing and flossing, you may benefit from having dental sealant. Dental sealant will protect the teeth that are at risk of tooth decay through improper oral care. How Is Dental Sealant Applied? Dental sealant takes a few short minutes to apply and is completely pain-free. Our team will apply a sealant to each tooth that requires protective covering, but before this can be done, your teeth need to be cleaned. After having a teeth cleaning, our team will dry them and then apply an acid solution onto the surfaces. This solution roughens the teeth up so that the sealant bonds perfectly to the teeth. Your teeth are then rinsed and dried again before sealant is applied onto the enamel. Dental sealant will work at protecting your teeth for around 10 years, however it will be checked during your regular dental visits to ensure it hasn't been chipped or worn away. Overall, dental sealants are beneficial for adults wanting to protect their back teeth or any teeth they find awkward to keep clean. Adults who have not experienced tooth decay or had fillings fitted, can benefit from dental sealants. To find out more, contact our office today....
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What to Do if Your Filling Feels Too High

Posted on 7/23/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
Most people who have had issues with their teeth have at least one filling in their mouths. Before leaving the dentist's care, you are likely to have been asked to bite down to ensure that the filling is in its proper place and not causing any pain or discomfort. However, after some time, you will sometimes find that the filling doesn't quite feel right. That's often because it is too high. So what should you do in such a case? Determining If the Filling Is Too High Before taking any measures, you might want to properly verify that there is a problem with the filling. A simple way to do this involves an effortless test called a clench test. In a nutshell, this involves pressing your upper and lower teeth tightly together while your mouth is empty. If you feel some sensitivity, soreness, or pressure on certain sections of the teeth, it's a good indicator of a high filling. Because of the uneven bite caused by the filling, you'll find that many simple tasks become difficult or even downright unpleasant. Dealing With a High Filling The very first thing you should do in this case is to contact us immediately and set up an appointment. When you come to our offices, our dentist will examine the problem areas, and if the filling is the root of the issue, it can be ground down to the right level. When the procedure is done, you will likely feel an immediate improvement in terms of pain relief and comfort. However, if the pain continues past two weeks, you should book another appointment because it might be a sign of more oral issues that need to be addressed. Getting dental fillings should give you the comfort and functionality that you expect and not pain and discomfort. Immediately after getting the fillings, you might have some pain or discomfort, but it shouldn't last for a long time. Don't waste time if you need to get fillings in your teeth or suspect that yours isn't fitted properly. Take immediate action by calling us, and get your teeth as healthy as they should be....
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Do Teeth Take Damage When They Get Whitened?
8/24/2020
When Do Adults Need Dental Sealants?
8/10/2020
What to Do if Your Filling Feels Too High
7/23/2020
Foods That Lead to Gum Recession More Quickly
7/7/2020
Do Your Gums Change as You Get Older?
6/22/2020
Do Sugar Substitutes Do the Same Kind Of Damage As Process Sugars
6/8/2020
How to Keep Waking Up with Caffeine but Without the Dental Stains
5/29/2020
Dental Hygiene for Toddlers
5/15/2020
Do You Need to Have a Cracked Tooth Extracted?
4/20/2020
Danger of Not Fixing a Tooth You Can Tell Has Cracked
4/10/2020
You Need to Fix Teeth Even If They Are Not Yet Painful
3/25/2020
Dental Issues That If Left Untreated Could Become Deadly
3/15/2020
What Are the Benefits of Getting Dental Debridement?
2/20/2020
Ways to Remedy a Sticky Mouth When You Wake Up
2/10/2020
How Do Plaque And Tartar Affect Your Teeth?
1/25/2020
Is Cosmetic Bonding in Your Future?
1/15/2020
Why So Few People Brush the Roof of Their Mouths?
12/25/2019
How to Keep from Staining Your Dental Crowns
12/15/2019
Signs of Sweet Sensitivity in Your Teeth
11/20/2019
How Does Saliva Restore the pH Balance in Your Mouth After Consuming Acidic Items?
11/10/2019
How Sleeping with Your Mouth Open Impacts Your Oral Health
10/25/2019
Is There Ever a Bad Age for Dental Sealants?
10/15/2019
Dangers of Not Getting a Numb Tooth Checked
9/25/2019
Can You Leave Ice on Too Long After Dental Work?
9/15/2019
Just How Strong Is Tooth Enamel
8/25/2019
Is There Anything You Can Do if You Lose Your Tooth's Enamel?
8/15/2019
It Is Important to See a Dentist During Pregnancy
7/20/2019
Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Flossing?
7/10/2019
What Does an Oral Piercing Do to Harm Your Oral Health?
6/25/2019
How Can a Dental Filling Leak?
6/15/2019
Tips for Caring for New Veneers
5/25/2019
Things to Avoid if You Have Veneers
5/15/2019
Dangers Associated with a Boring Oral Hygiene Routine
4/20/2019
Cracked Teeth Have Several Restorative Options
4/10/2019
Should Adults Ask About Dental Sealants, Too?
3/25/2019
Reasons Your Teeth May Hurt When You Get Up In the Morning
3/15/2019
Tips for Better Oral Hygiene You Can Begin Today
2/25/2019
How Ice Harms Your Teeth
2/15/2019
Is Alcohol Based Mouthwash Good for Your Mouth?
1/25/2019
How to Relax Before We See You to Avoid Dental Anxiety
1/15/2019
What to Expect Following an Injury to Your Tooth
12/25/2018
What to Do When You Notice Loose Teeth
12/15/2018
Is An Over The Counter Mouth Guard Better Than A Custom One?
11/25/2018
How to Relax Before We See You to Avoid Dental Anxiety
11/15/2018
Tips for Better Oral Hygiene You Can Begin Today
10/25/2018
Times When You May Need a Soft Tissue Graft
10/15/2018
We Want You to Share Your Fears with Us So We Can Help
9/25/2018
We Can Help with Restorative Dentistry
9/15/2018
Why You Never Want to Skip Past Dental Insurance Because of Expensive Premiums
8/25/2018
Why You May Want to Start Oil Pulling
8/15/2018
Managing Acid Reflux Can Help Your Oral Health
7/20/2018
Does Vaping Cause Oral Health Problems?
7/10/2018
Why a Toothache May Start Off as Sinus Pain
6/20/2018
What You Should Have in a Dental Emergency Kit
6/10/2018
Why Your Teeth Need You to Drink Lots of Water
5/20/2018
Why Do You Need to Come See Us Every Six Months?
5/10/2018
Why Gums Often Bleed in Pregnant Women
4/20/2018
What Swelling In Your Mouth Could Mean
4/10/2018
How to Change Up Your Brushing Routine to Make It Less Routine
3/25/2018
How Does Nitrous Oxide Help Relieve Dental Anxiety?
3/15/2018
Why Do So Many People Fear Root Canals?
2/25/2018
What to Do if a Dental Veneer Ever Chips or Breaks Off
2/15/2018
Your Dentist is Not Going to Shame You for Coming In After Years of Missed Treatments
1/25/2018
Your Dentist Can Help You Give Up Nicotine
1/15/2018
Who to Ask for Help From If You Need Assistance Flossing Better
12/25/2017
Bleaching Your Teeth Too Often Can Leave Them in Peril
12/15/2017
What Scuba Diving Can Do to Harm Your Oral Health
11/27/2017
What Orange Lipstick Does to the Appearance of Your Teeth?
11/17/2017
Your Tongue May Be the Harbor of Your Bad Breath
10/27/2017
Tips for Finding the Perfect Toothbrush
10/17/2017
Things to Chew That Will Freshen Your Breath
9/30/2017
Protecting Your Teeth and Gums While Pregnant
9/20/2017
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