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What to Expect from Teeth Whitening

May 14, 2013

Decided to have your teeth whitened? The first step is to be sure that your expectations are realistic.

teeth-whitening-genericIt’s important not to expect a celebrity-bright smile, as everyone’s teeth react differently to the peroxide.

If you want quicker whitening results, it’s usually  best to come in for an in-office whitening procedure. These procedures are considered safe, though you can expect some sensitivity in your teeth and gums, which usually resolves after the whitening procedure is complete.  It is not uncommon for the tooth color to “rebound” a week or two following this type of treatment, so using an at-home product such as Crest Whitestrips may help maintain the results following the treatment.

When you undergo an in-office whitening procedure, your dentist will apply the bleaching solution directly to your teeth and may possibly use a laser or other specialized device to speed up the bleaching process. You can expect to see some results after one treatment, but you may choose to have more than one treatment to get the effect that you want. An in-office bleaching treatment usually takes 30 to 60 minutes and costs vary, depending on the level of whitening necessary.

How long can you expect the benefits to last? That depends in part on your habits. If you smoke, or if you drink large amounts of coffee or tea, you may need another procedure after a few years.

If you’re interested in getting an in-office teeth whitening treatment, contact us today at 412-281-3955

 

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Stress Can Affect Your Dental Health, too!

April 30, 2013

teethYou get up, and brush. You go to bed and brush. And Floss. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups — most of us are well-versed in what it takes to keep our teeth healthy.

But how many of us realize that the effects of stress can impact dental health?
During the day and even while sleeping, people under stress may clench their teeth or grind them back and forth against one another. Teeth grinding, officially called bruxism, can not only wear down and damage your teeth, but may also cause temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ), leading to severe jaw and neck pain!

So if you are experiencing pain in your neck and lower jaw area, it could actually be from stress!! Try to take a few minutes before bed each night to just relax, take some deep breaths – and put the cell phone down and turn off the television! You might wake up feeling better just because you’re not putting that pressure on your jaw all night!

For further information about teeth grinding and TMJ, contact Dr. Hayner at 412-281-3955.

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7 Health Problems Your Dentist Can Spot

April 23, 2013

mouthYou’ve got a cavity.

No one likes to get bad news in the dentist’s chair.

But good dental health is a reflection of good health overall — and how well you take care of your teeth may reflect how well you take care of the rest of your body. That’s why your dentist can tell you a lot more about your health than simply the state of your mouth. A routine dental exam may reveal problems with your bones, heart, or digestion because certain warning signs live inside your mouth.

And not only can routine dental check-ups reveal certain health problems, they may also prevent them. In fact, a new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association found that people who received regular teeth cleanings and scrapings had a 24 percent lower risk of heart attack and 13 percent lower risk of stroke compared to people who didn’t get such dental care. WOW RIGHT! 

So check out this article we came across on Every Day Health to learn how Dr. Hayner could help clue you in on these health conditions:

(read the article here)

1. Dementia

2. Heart Disease

3. Diabetes

4. Osteoperosis

5. Eating Disorders

6. Nighttime Reflux

7. Dry Mouth

 

Choosing The Right Toothbrush

April 16, 2013

2brushNot all toothbrushes are the same.

So where do you start in choosing a toothbrush? There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to purchasing a toothbrush, which makes it difficult to know what to look for. The best way to get started is to ask Dr Hayner at your next visit what is best for you personally, but until then here is a quick reference:

  • Small brush head and well-designed bristles: A smaller brush head and a bristle design  can help you to get to the hard-to-reach places of your mouth.
  • Soft bristles: Softer bristles are best – they are more gentle on your teeth and gums.
  • Comfortable handle: Most toothbrushes have non-slip grips which make them easy to use even if wet.

 

Remember: you need to replace your toothbrush about every three months.  This helps  maintain a high level of oral hygiene.  Research even shows a new toothbrush can remove up to 30% more plaque than one that’s three months old!

 

The Worst 7 Foods for Your Teeth

April 9, 2013

We came across this great article on Huffington Post the other day giving some great pointers on what are some of the worst foods for your teeth – see the full article here.

Here’s their top 7 Enemies for Your Teeth:

driedDried Fruits – Even though they’re not processed fruit snacks, they’re still really high in sugar. Make sure to brush right after eating if you find a craving for them!

Sugary Drinks – We all know by now how bad sugary drinks are for us, and not just our teeth. If you haven’t given them up yet, now’s a good day to start.

hardHard Candies – Not only do these linger giving a consistent sugar swirl to your mouth, they can stick to your teeth and cause cavitites faster not to mention – you could crack a tooth! Gah!

Alcohol – Did you know that alcohol can slow and even stop the natural production of saliva? That can lead to tooth and gum disease.

Citric/Acidic Food – These can eat at and wear away your tooth enamel over time – and you can’t get it back.

Starchy Foods – Starchy foods like potatoes chips and cheesey puffs can get stuck in and around your teeth – causing plaque build up.

Coffee – eek! We are on the fence for this one because coffee, well caffeinated coffee, can be good for teeth too – see our past article, Caffeinated Coffee May Reduce Your Risk of Oral Cancer.

 

Do You Notice Your Teeth are Shifting?

April 2, 2013

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If you notice your teeth are shifting, call Dr. Hayner’s office today to make an appointment before they could get worse! 412-281-3955

Cracked a Tooth? You Could Need Dental Bonding

March 26, 2013

Ouch!! Bit down too hard into that frozen candy bar and felt a shooting pain? You just might have cracked or chipped a tooth. The best solution for a cracked tooth? Dental Bonding.

What exactly is Dental Bonding?tooth

Dental bonding is when Dr. Hayner adds a tooth-colored plastic adhesive that fills the crack. He will mold it around the tooth so that it blends in with your other teeth seamlessly.  Dental bonding is relatively painless and is can typically be performed without anesthesia.

If you’re having tooth bonding done on several teeth, you may need to schedule more than one visit; a dental bonding procedure on one tooth takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Just remember once you have dental bonding –

  • Watch Your Bite!  The material used in dental bonding is not as strong as a tooth. If you bite your nails, or ice cubes, or the pens in your office, you risk chipping the material again – or another tooth!
  • No Coffee or Wine for 48 Hours!  The material used in tooth bonding is also susceptible to staining during the first 48 hours after the procedure. So avoid tea, coffee, wine and other food and drink that might stain your teeth for the first two days after tooth bonding.

If you follow a consistent oral care routine of twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing with a soft floss, your bonding should last for several years before it will need to be replaced.

Tips sourced by: Oral B