Posts for: May, 2016
A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.
“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”
That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.
Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:
- Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
- Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
- Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!
So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”
Learn how dental implants can help your smile from your Spokane dentists
Do you wish you could trade in your smile for a new one? Well, now you can do the next best thing; you can restore your smile with dental implants! If you are missing teeth, no doubt there are large spaces in your smile. If you have badly broken teeth that can’t be restored with a filling or crown, you can fix that too! Dental implants can restore your smile to greatness, and give you a smile to be proud of Dr. Gailey, oral surgeons at Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane, Washington, want to help you discover how dental implants can help your smile.
It’s best to replace missing teeth as soon as possible, in order to retain bone. When you lose teeth, the supporting bone begins to diminish; if you wear a denture or partial, the pressure of the appliance on bone causes the destruction of bone to increase. Your facial contours will begin to sag, making you look older. Dental implants help you retain bone and keep the youthful contours of your face.
Helping you look younger is only one benefit to dental implants. Dr. Gailey want you to know when you choose dental implants, you will experience:
- A beautiful, natural look, just like your existing teeth only better
- A worry-free product that resists staining and will never decay
- Greater confidence, because your teeth won’t move around
- Greater convenience, because you clean them just like natural teeth
- Better chewing ability, helping your digestion and overall health
- Enhanced satisfaction, because you can eat the foods you love without worry
Dental implants provided by Dr. Gailey have a success rate of 97 percent, the highest of any surgical implant! That’s because dental implants are made of titanium, a uniquely biocompatible material that your bone will fuse to, locking the dental implant in place. The dental implant becomes the “root” of your missing tooth. After a healing period, your implant will be capped with a beautiful dental crown.
It’s time to restore your smile with dental implants and get the smile you deserve. Come in and see the experts, Dr. Gailey, oral surgeons at Inland Oral Surgery in Spokane, Washington. Give your smile an upgrade and get started by calling today!
You’re satisfied with your smile appearance except for one thing — your teeth aren’t as white and bright as you wish they could be. So, you’ve decided to do something about their dull yellow color.
You’re also thinking about buying a whitening product you can use yourself rather than a professional application. But you still want the answers to two questions: are home whitening kits safe? And, are they effective?
By and large the answer to the first question is yes — if you use it as directed. The whitening agents in FDA-approved products are in safe proportions to other ingredients and won’t cause any major health issues. That said, if you go beyond the instructed dosage you could damage your teeth, especially your enamel, and cause long-term problems with your dental care.
In addition, if you (or a family member) are still in your early teens, you may want to wait until you’re older. Although most permanent teeth have come in by puberty, their enamel still needs to mature. The chemicals in a whitening kit could be too strong for their under-developed enamel. It’s best to get our advice on whether your teeth are mature enough for whitening.
As to their effectiveness, home whitening kits should perform as their labeling indicates. But there are some differences in effects between a home kit and a professional application.
Although a home kit usually uses the same whitening agents (like carbamide peroxide), its strength is much lower than a professional treatment — about 10% of volume compared to around 30% in clinical solutions. This means it will take much longer to achieve the desired whitening effect that a professional application can in fewer sessions, and with less precision. In addition, home kits are only effective on surface staining of the enamel — discoloration within a tooth requires treatment by a dentist.
You can get satisfactory results from a home whitening kit. But before you make a purchase, consult with us first — we can advise you on what to look for in your purchase, as well as determine if your teeth can benefit from whitening at home.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”