Posts for: November, 2017
The holidays are a time for getting together with family and friends from near and far. The memories you make at these joyful celebrations are the ones you’ll treasure forever, but it can be hard to show good cheer if you’re not happy with the way your teeth look. If you’re keeping that grin under wraps, we may be able to perk up your smile with some quick and economical in-office treatments.
A professional teeth cleaning is one of the best values in dental care. In just minutes, we can remove the buildup of hardened tartar that can make your teeth look dull and yellowed. Tartar can also lead to tooth decay and gum disease—two kinds of trouble you don’t need! While you’re in the office, you will also have a thorough exam that could prevent minor issues like small cavities and bleeding gums from becoming more serious dental problems. When you leave, your teeth will look and feel sparkly clean.
If your smile doesn’t look as bright as you’d like, ask about teeth whitening treatments. In-office whitening is a safe and effective way to lighten your teeth up to 10 shades in a single visit! If you have more time, you can get similar results from a take-home kit that we can provide—one that’s custom-made just for you.
Are chips or cracks making your teeth look less than perfect? Cosmetic bonding could be the answer. Translucent, tooth-colored bonding material can be applied to your teeth to repair minor cracks, chips or spacing irregularities. This in-office procedure usually requires just one visit and can make a dramatic difference in your smile.
So as holiday celebrations draw near, why not give yourself a reason to smile? Contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if professional teeth cleaning, teeth whitening or cosmetic bonding could give your smile some holiday sparkle! You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”
Are you doing everything you can to keep your smile healthy? Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping one's mouth clean and free of diseases and other problems. It is important that oral hygiene be carried out on a regular basis to enable prevention of diseases. Dr. Jose Arauz is one of the world's finest dentists. His dental practice is located in Jacksonville, NC. Here are five reasons why good oral hygiene is important.
1. Prevent Bad Breath
Bad breath is characterized by an unpleasant odor of the mouth. Bad breath can be caused by poor dental health habits, certain foods, dry mouth, smoking, gum disease, and medical conditions. Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath, as bacteria that builds up in your mouth is the main culprit.
2. Prevent Cavities
The bacteria in dental plaque cause dental cavities if it is not removed regularly. Cavity prevention starts at home. You can prevent cavities by taking charge of your oral hygiene at home. If you brush twice a day, floss regularly, and rinse with a mouth rinse, you can prevent cavities.
3. Prevent Gum Disease
Good oral hygiene can help prevent periodontal disease, also called gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of the structures around the teeth. Gum disease can lead to major issues if it's left untreated. Advanced gum disease can erode your jawbone, destroy your gums, and lead to loss of teeth.
4. Prevent Tooth Loss
Bad dental hygiene can lead to tooth loss. Tooth loss is a process in which a tooth comes loose and falls out. Tooth loss can have serious emotional and psychological consequences, impacting your self-esteem and quality of life. Regular visits to your Jacksonville, NC, dentist and good dental hygiene can help you keep your teeth as you get older.
5. Maintain Overall Health
A healthy mouth is good for your body. People with good oral hygiene have a lower risk of serious health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, heart attack, and stroke. Bad oral hygiene can also affect the brain. Substances that are released from gums inflamed by infection can destroy brain cells and lead to memory loss.
Regular visits to a dentist will get you on the road to good oral health. To keep your oral health on track, call our dental office at (910) 577-1315 to schedule a dental appointment in Jacksonville, NC. You're on your way to a healthy smile!
You’ve had crooked teeth since you could remember. Perhaps you and your parents talked about braces when you were a teenager, but it never happened. Now you’re well into your adult years and you’re comfortable with how you look — so why go through the expense and time now to have them straightened?
There’s a good reason to consider orthodontics at any age — improved health. While we mainly associate teeth straightness with an improved smile, the more serious impact of misaligned teeth is on function — how we bite, chew and speak. As with many other areas of life, good form usually makes for good function. When we have crooked teeth, we may not be able to chew our food properly or speak as well as we could if our teeth were aligned properly.
Misaligned bites (malocclusions) can also have an impact on individual tooth health. Because they don’t interact efficiently with their opposing counterparts during chewing or biting, teeth can become loose or migrate further out of alignment.
While improvement in oral health is the primary reason for considering treatment for a malocclusion, don’t discount the benefit of orthodontics to your appearance. Your smile impacts many aspects of your life, including career and social relationships. A straighter, more attractive smile could also boost your self-confidence: even if you think you’ve grown accustomed to your smile, straightening your teeth could vastly change how you view yourself and how you believe others view you.
And if you’re dreading the look and feel of metal braces, orthodontic treatments have made giant strides in the last few decades. Clear aligners, for example, are much less noticeable than traditional fixed braces (and can be removed for special occasions), but still effective for moving teeth. There’s never been a better time to consider straightening your teeth — and change the course of your health and your life.
If you would like more information on orthodontics for adults, 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 “Why Straighten Teeth.”