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What to Look for in a New Toothbrush
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Selecting a new toothbrush may sound easy, but unfortunately it isn't as easy as it seems. There are many considerations you must make so you find the one that works best for your teeth. The Toothbrush's Design You want a toothbrush with soft bristles. This is because hard bristles can cause your gum tissues to pull back away from your teeth. When this happens, your tooth's root will become very sensitive to heat, cold, and certain types of foods and drinks. Additionally, make sure the size of your toothbrush head will easily fit in your mouth. You want to brush only a few teeth at a time - typically about 1” long and ½” wide. Manual vs. Powered Toothbrush A powered toothbrush won't clean your teeth any better than a regular toothbrush unless it motivates you to clean your teeth longer or more frequently. Otherwise, it really isn't worth the investment. Of course, if you need some help with brushing your teeth (e.g. you have arthritis or another condition that limits your mobility), wear braces, or have an alignment issue with your teeth's surface, a powered toothbrush may also be helpful. Replacing Your Toothbrush It's important to replace your toothbrush or its head as soon as the bristles start looking worn or frayed. Typically this happens every three months. This is important for you to pay attention to though, because a worn toothbrush won't work as well or clean your teeth as thoroughly. You should also clean your teeth after each illness you have. Choosing Your Child's Toothbrush Choosing your child's toothbrush isn't much different than choosing one for yourself. You'll want one that has soft bristles, a small head (since your child has baby teeth), and a large handle that's easier for them to grip. If you have questions about toothbrushes or need some help finding the "perfect” one for you to use, contact our office and set up an appointment to have a discussion....

Drinks to Avoid if You Want White Fillings to Not Get Stained
Posted on 2/28/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Fillings are the best way to take care of many cavities. The problem with the type of fillings that most people have is that they are obvious. If you do not want for people to see a mouth full of silver when you smile, then you might want to consider white fillings. They will take care of the cavity, but they are less obvious than the traditional fillings. The problem with white fillings is that they can get stained. Here are some drinks that you will want to avoid. Coffee It is well known that coffee can stain teeth. Unfortunately, it can do the same thing for white fillings. This does not mean that you cannot enjoy a cup of joe in the morning. It just means that if you do have a coffee habit, brush your teeth as soon as you have enjoyed the last sip. Tea Like coffee, tea can easily stain your white fillings. This includes both hot and iced teas. If you are a tea drinker, consider switching to an herbal tea. Make sure that you find one that is not made from ingredients like berries, which will also stain your white fillings. Red Wine Red wine and other drinks that are made with dark grapes should be avoided with white fillings. White wine will not have the same effect, so that could be a good alternative. If you drink these or consume anything else that is known to stain, you will want to rinse your mouth with water as soon as you are finished. If possible, brush your teeth as well. If your white fillings become stained, come and see us. Sometimes we are able to help to clean the stains. Other times, we might recommend that the filling be replaced....

Does Whitening Teeth Damage Your Enamel?
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
In-office teeth whitening is a great way to get a beautiful, bright smile. While there are many store-bought options available, they don't offer the same effects, and depending on the ingredients, you might even damage your teeth in the long run. Certain whitening treatments can damage the enamel. What is the Enamel? The enamel is the protective outer coating of the teeth, and while it is considered the body's hardest substance, it isn't impenetrable to damage. The enamel protects the teeth so that you don't feel discomfort when you drink or eat something hot or cold. Unfortunately, if the enamel is softened or lost, the inner portions of the tooth will be susceptible to damage. How Does Over-Whitening Affect the Teeth? Overuse of whitening treatments – especially those found in your local drug store – can cause damage to your enamel and oral health. Excessive whitening can weaken the enamel, causing tooth sensitivity and opening up the inner structures to damage from bacteria and acid. You might also experience gum sensitivity, leading to inflammation and eventual gum disease. Additionally, as your enamel is lost, you'll notice your teeth look yellow and stained – the exact opposite effect of your whitening treatment. What about In-Office Whitening? Professional tooth whitening is perfectly safe on your enamel as long as you don't overdo it. In-office whitening programs are safer and more regulated than store-bought brands, plus you'll receive the professional guidance and treatment you need to ensure optimal results. Plus, if you have fillings, crowns, or veneers that won't whiten, we can help you to get an overall whiter and brighter smile with our in-office treatment options. If you are ready to leave your yellow smile behind in favorer of beautiful, white teeth, give our office a call. We'll discuss your options and how you can achieve the white smile of your dreams....

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