Stunning Black and White Photography of Dr Zenaidy Castro Your daily habits could decrease your chances of developing decay or gum disease.
While everyone can agree that it’s important to give your teeth and gums the proper care they deserve, some people have no idea how to really go about it. Yes, most people understand the importance of brushing and flossing but don’t realize that technique matters or that other factors play into their oral health.
Whether you are an occasional smoker or heavy cigarette user, tobacco products of any kind can wreak havoc on your smile. While there are many studies that discuss the health issues involved in smoking you may not realize that smoking can also cause a host of oral health problems, from chronic bad breath and decay to gum disease, infection, reduced healing and even oral cancer. If you want to really improve your oral health then it’s time to to ditch the habit.
Stunning Black and White Photography of Dr Zenaidy Castro Your Diet
Just as what you eat affects your general health it can also affect your oral health, as well. If you eat a diet that is rich in sugar, starches and processed foods, sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices then chances are very good that you will deal with decay, gum disease and enamel erosion. If you want to keep teeth, gums and bones healthy and strong, then you’ll want to eat more vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy.
Swap Out Toothbrush Heads
Your toothbrush isn’t meant to last forever, but most people put off buying a new toothbrush. However, frayed bristles can be too harsh for enamel and can lead to scratches or excessive wear and tear. The best thing you can do is replace your toothbrush head once you notice the bristles starting to splay out (usually about every three to four months). You should also replace your toothbrush head after an illness since the bristles can harbor bacteria.
Don’t forget that your trip to the dentist every six months is important for a healthy smile.
Stunning Black and White Photography of Dr Zenaidy Castro Any tips or advice to get into the habit of flossing daily? Also, should you floss in the morning or at night?
People tend to hate flossing, and it’s hard for some people to stay motivated. There isn’t a cause and effect with immediate improvement and visible results by flossing your teeth like there is by brushing your hair. I can’t stress enough how important flossing is for the long-term health of your teeth and gums. Try to think of it as an investment in your future and of the money you will save by incorporating a simple step into your daily routine. Flossing both after breakfast and before bed is ideal. If you were to do it only once per day, evening is better. When we sleep, we produce less saliva, which irrigates food from your teeth. Flossing before sleep reduces decay and gum disease.
Stunning Black and White Photography of Dr Zenaidy Castro What should someone look for (or stay away from) when choosing a toothpaste?
The most important thing to look for when choosing a toothpaste is to find one that is low-abrasive. You should definitely avoid the tartar-control and whitening toothpastes because they very abrasive and wear away the tooth enamel, which make the teeth appear darker in color and more sensitive.
What is the correct way to brush your teeth? What is the recommended number of times to brush daily? How long?
Brush your teeth in small circles, two teeth at a time, at a 45-degree angle to the tooth enamel. Brush your teeth at least two times per day slowly for one to two minutes. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal and especially after eating sugary foods.
How often should I replace my toothbrush? What are the recommended types/brands of toothbrushes? Electric vs. manual?
Toothbrushes need to be replaced as soon as the bristles start to bend. Any brand of toothbrush is fine as long as it has soft or extra-soft bristles. Using a Sonicare electric toothbrush feels good and prevents people from brushing too hard.
Stunning Black and White Photography of Dr Zenaidy Castro Are there certain foods to avoid to keep your teeth healthy and white?
Avoiding excessive amounts of soda pop, coffee, and tea will reduce stain build up. Soda pop will not only stain your teeth but also, due to its acid content, will also chemically erode the enamel. Thinner enamel allows the darker under color of the tooth to show.
If you are still going to indulge in these foods, what do you recommend to combat the consequences?
More frequent professional cleanings, sometimes four per year, will help to keep staining to a minimum. Rinsing during the day, especially after snacking, can also help reduce staining and enamel erosion.
Placement of dental veneers is sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can be used to cover a variety of dental problems involving teeth in the “smile zone
For many patients of our practice, instant orthodontics has provided an outstanding alternative to braces. Not all orthodontic issues, however, can be resolved with porcelain veneers. The best candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those who
Instant orthodontics use a dental veneers, which can be made of either Porcelain or a Composite Veneer. These materials are thin shells of specially crafted dental materials.
Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is
ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.
The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.
It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces
BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING