Find out if your daily routine could be helping or hurting your oral health.
A healthy smile isn’t just important for your appearance but also your health; however, not everyone provides their teeth and gums with the proper care they deserve. Our Cedar Rapids, IA, dentists, Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie, and Dr. Shannon Hingst, are here to offer up some helpful tips for how to maintain good oral health.
Your Oral Routine
- It’s important that you are brushing your teeth first thing in the morning and again at night right before bedtime.
- Always use fluoride toothpaste, which can strengthen tooth enamel and reduce your chances of decay.
- Also, make sure you are flossing once a day. Be gentle when flossing to prevent gum irritation or injury.
- Change your toothbrush head or toothbrush every three to four months (or after being sick). Scraggly, worn bristles can actually wear away tooth enamel.
Remember that even if your mouth feels and look fine it doesn’t always mean that everything is okay. Even if you’ve never experienced decay or other issues before, it’s still important that you visit one of our Cedar Rapids general dentists every six months for routine checkups and cleanings.
These checkups are the best way to detect cavities quickly so they don’t cause more serious problems for your smile. We can also provide you with tips and advice for at-home care to make sure you are doing everything you can for your smile.
Yes, what you eat impacts your oral health. After all, your teeth, gums and jawbone require certain nutrients in order to stay healthy and strong. Furthermore, sugar and starches can increase your chances of developing cavities. A diet that is rich in lean protein, fruits, and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy will provide your mouth with the vitamins and nutrients it needs. Also, avoid sodas, fruit juices, and sugary snacks.
Are you a smoker? Would you say you are a heavy drinker? Do you grind your teeth? There are many habits that can affect your oral health, even if you don’t notice it. While smoking can certainly cause bad breath, decay, and nasty discolorations it can also increase your chances of oral cancer (as can heavy alcohol consumption). Talk to us about ways to help you ditch these habits for good.
The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, is dedicated to providing you with the very best dental care possible. No matter whether you have questions about the services we offer or you need to schedule a cleaning, call our office today to learn more about what we can do for you.
What your dentists in Cedar Rapids want you to know
If your smile is suffering because of a loose, poorly-fitting denture, it’s time to restore your smile with a new one. If you’ve been trying to live without a complete smile because of missing teeth, it’s time to discover how the right denture can change your life. Your dentists at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA want to share how the right denture can restore your smile and your ability to enjoy the foods you love.
A complete smile helps you look your best, increasing your self-esteem and self-confidence. The right denture can improve how you feel about yourself, and even help you look younger. That’s because modern dentures help to restore facial fullness and youthful contours.
A complete smile also helps you chew the foods you love, aiding your digestion and your overall health. When you can eat the foods you love without worrying about a slipping denture, both your diet and your life will improve.
You should seek out the experts at The Dental Center to help you choose the right denture. They offer several options including:
Full dentures to replace a complete arch of teeth; you can choose from conventional dentures which are placed after your tissue has healed, or immediate dentures which are placed right after tooth extraction. A more permanent denture will be made after your tissue has healed completely.
Overdentures are snapped in place over dental implants or existing tooth roots. Overdentures have the advantage of a stable, firm foundation underneath them. They also can help to conserve bone, maintaining your firm jawline and youthful facial contours.
Partial dentures are a great choice to replace just a few teeth, not a complete arch. You can choose from conventional partial dentures which are placed after your tissue has healed or transitional dentures which are a great choice if you want implants later on.
To view amazing before-and-after photos of The Dental Center patients, please view the Smile Gallery page on the website at http://www.crdentalcenter.com/gallery.html
Dentures can change your life, improving your appearance and your health. You deserve a great life, and it all starts with your smile. For more information about dentures, partials, and other restorative and cosmetic services, call your dentists at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. Call today!
The majority of people believe that a nice smile is important to having a successful social and professional life. But more than a third of Americans don’t have a smile that they’re happy with according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Are you in that number? If so, you should make time to consult with a cosmetic dentist at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. If you have been considering some type of aesthetic upgrade for your teeth, learn if cosmetic dentistry is right for you.
Cosmetic Dentistry Goals
The ultimate goal of cosmetic dentistry is to upgrade your existing smile so that it is straighter, whiter, and more appealing to the world. Some patients have minor cosmetic issues that can be resolved in just one short appointment, while others need a more advanced custom treatment plan. Your goal may be to fix one stray tooth that doesn’t fit in with the rest of your teeth or to whiten a dulling smile. Whatever you have in mind, a cosmetic dentist at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA can help.
Treatments to Discuss with Your Cosmetic Dentist
If your teeth are in need of some cosmetic help, here are some of the treatments you should ask your dentist about:
- Dental bonding and contouring for minor spacing, sizing, and coloring issues.
- Dental crowns and veneers for damaged, eroded, or discolored teeth.
- Tooth whitening for dental stains and discoloration.
- Dental implants to permanently replace missing teeth.
- Gum surgery for “gummy smiles.”
- Braces for crooked or poorly spaced teeth.
Is It Right for You?
Cosmetic dentistry is right for any patient who has generally healthy teeth and gums but just wants them to look better. Many patients have strong teeth that are free from dental disease but they look worn down on the outside. Just a little cosmetic help can make an aging smile look brand new.
Go to a Consultation for More Information
A cosmetic dentist at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA can best tell you if you can benefit from cosmetic dentistry. Call the office at 319-365-0534 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie, or Dr. Shannon Hingst.
You have a very healthy mouth. You thought your teeth would last a lifetime, but then you had a car accident. A front tooth was broken beyond repair and had to be extracted. Must you have a conventional bridge or partial denture? Why not explore smile restoration at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA? Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Shannon Hingst, and Dr. Brad Stovi, offer modern dental implants, today's most lifelike tooth replacement.
Always replace a lost tooth
The American Dental Association (ADA) says that your natural teeth--every single one of them--play an important role in your dental health, personal appearance, self-confidence and oral function. If you lose even one to decay, accident or gum disease, your smile suffers.
For instance, after tooth loss, the gum tissue and bone at the extraction site recede. Additionally, the remaining teeth surrounding the socket weaken as they drift toward the empty space.
So, the ADA strongly urges tooth replacement. The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids places and restores single tooth dental implants and also implant-supported bridgework (for multiple lost teeth in a row) and dentures.
What is a dental implant?
The single tooth implant replaces a missing tooth completely. Made of a titanium screw, inserted into the jawbone, metal alloy extension post and realistic porcelain crown, a dental implant provides optimum smile aesthetics and unparalleled oral function. People who have dental implants say they feel, act and look like natural teeth.
What's the restorative process like?
Our dentists guide implant patients through each step of the treatment. They start with a comprehensive oral exam, including computerized digital X-rays which give them a clear view of the jawbone and how dense it is. The bone must be strong and sizable to accept an implant.
In addition, the patient must have good oral and overall health so the implant and bone bond well through a naturally-occurring process called osseointegration. According to OsseoNews.com, osseointegration takes anywhere from two to four months, but the wait is well worth it. Osseointegration practically guarantees implant success and retention of the device for a lifetime.
To install a single implant, the dentists numb the area around the site and incises the gums. Then, they place the implant directly into this opening and sutures the gums closed. Later, when the implant has finished bonding to the bone, our dentists re-opens the site, attaches a metal alloy post and restores the post with a beautiful porcelain crown. Then, the dental implant is complete.
Would you like your smile back?
Dental implants require simple brushing, flossing and professional cleanings at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. Most likely, your implant will make you smile for a lifetime. To learn more, contact the office for an implant consultation: (319) 365-0534.
Maybe you go to the dentist in Cedar Rapids, IA, routinely but still have questions about many common dental procedures. So Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie and Dr. Shannon Hingst and their dedicated staff have answered a list of questions they frequently hear from patients at The Dental Center. Their explanations can help you enjoy a more relaxed and better informed visit to their office. Your oral health and comfort are their highest priority.
How often should I see the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends semi-annual visits to your dentist in Cedar Rapids. Complete oral exams, X-rays (as needed) and professional cleanings support your daily brushing and flossing as well as your healthy diet. Your dentist carefully inspects for decay, gum disease and oral cancer, and he or she ensures your current restorations, such as fillings and crowns, are intact and functional. Routine visits also allow for questions and for planning more complex treatments such as dental implants or cosmetic smile makeovers.
Why should I floss?
Daily flossing removes bacteria-filled residues in between teeth and at the gum line. Flossing helps prevent gum disease, the biggest cause of tooth loss in the US, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Combined with hygienic cleanings at The Dental Center, flossing is one of your best preventive dentistry tools.
Will my dental work hurt?
The team at The Dental Center works hard to ensure your dental appointments--from simple check-ups and cleanings to tooth extractions and fillings--are comfortable and fear-free. As such, the dentists in Cedar Rapids offer sedation dentistry options:
- Local anesthesia, numbing medicine delivered by injection to the area around the tooth
- Oral conscious sedation, sedatives in pill form that relax the patient
- Fully-monitored IV conscious sedation, given through the bloodstream so the patient feels no discomfort during long or complex treatments
You and your dentist will decide which medication is right for your particular case.
How can I brighten my yellowed smile?
Many things stain tooth enamel simply because it is a hard, but porous, surface. Organic matter catches in the mineralized fibers, and over time, teeth darken, yellow and become dull-looking. Your Cedar Rapids dentists offer professional teeth whitening. This one- to two-hour service uses a highly concentrated bleaching gel carefully applied to avoid dental and gingival (gum)sensitivity. After the gel is removed, teeth are several shades brighter, and the results last when patients limit darkly-colored dietary choices and smoking.
Are tooth-colored fillings preferable to amalgam?
Both patients and oral health care providers love the durability and seamless appearance of composite resin fillings. Additionally, white fillings are more easily placed, requiring less removal of healthy tooth structure than metal fillings. However, amalgam restorations remain appropriate for areas of the mouth where crushing forces are greatest.
Do you have more questions?
The staff at the Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, welcome them. If it's time for your routine appointment, please call (319) 365-0534 to speak with a team member.
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