Should I Whiten My Teeth?

With so many options on how to whiten your teeth, it is important to know your options. We’ve broken down the top four methods that can help you achieve brighter and whiter teeth.

In-office treatment:

In our office, we have the ability to administer whitening products directly to your teeth and/or give you at home whitening trays. Our in-office treatment uses a highly-concentrated gel that requires more protection of the gums so it has to be done in-office. In a short time, we can give your teeth a quick whitening boost. We tend to pair this treatment with trays to extend the results longer.

Whitening strips:

Whitening strips aim to either bleach the surface of the tooth completely using low percentage containing peroxides or use chemical reactions to help remove surface stains only. When looking for the right product for you it is important to look into which option

 Toothpastes and Mouthwashes:

You can usually purchase toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain whitening agents in their chemical make-up from most larger retail stores. It is important to look at different factors like the active ingredients, price, and reviews so that you can get the best results for you.

 Limit foods that can stain your teeth:

Many of the foods and drinks we love can stain our teeth over time.  Limiting the amounts of coffee, colas, tea, wines, tomato juices, berries, high-sugared candies, foods with dye in their ingredients, etc. If it’s too hard to limit these, try adding a straw to your routine. You still get to enjoy your favorite drinks this way. Try incorporating more fibrous fruits like apples or pears, malic acid containing strawberries, high iron broccoli, and carrots which have an abrasive surface to naturally scrub residues off your teeth too.

 Whitening sensitivity problems: While some are able to take these options at full force, tooth sensitivity can be a limiting factor. If you have ever tried any of these previously discussed options and experienced discomfort we’ve included some tips for you too! They are:

  • Wear the trays or strips for shorter amounts of time
  • Brush with a sensitive teeth toothpaste that contains a potassium nitrate
  • Take longer breaks between whitening

 Now that you know some of the best ways to achieve a brighter smile, we hope you have more background information the next time you consider whitening your teeth.

Fluoride Treatment Information

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that develops near bodies of water. Fluoride can actually be found in some everyday things like water, foods, mouth rinses, and toothpaste too.

What does it do?

Fluoride helps make your teeth stronger and more apt to defend themselves against things like cavities ad plaque build-up. It can help repair the early stages of tooth decay and can help harden enamel as well.

Why does it work?

Fluoride is applied to the surfaces of the teeth and then absorbed through the enamel. This process allows for calcium and phosphorous that may have been lost to be replenished.

 Fluoride is helpful for contributing to a healthy set of teeth and can be useful to anyone at risk to tooth decay. Ask your dentist if fluoride treatment may be an option for you at your next dental check-up.

What You Eat Can Affect Your Oral Health

What you eat plays a role in your oral health. Eating well ensures that you are getting all the proper nutrients into your body and building up your body’s immunity to things like tooth decay and infections.

Many processed foods contained high amounts of sugars, carbohydrates, and starches. Foods with high amounts of these things can contribute to the creation of plaque acids. Once developed these acids can eventually attack tooth enamel, ultimately leading to the formation of cavities. Some good news is that your saliva is actually able to wash away some of the plaque acids that develop as you eat. Your saliva can only do so much for your oral health and dependent on how much of these not-so-great foods that you put in your body it may not be enough to protect your teeth.

This is not to say that all foods that contain sugars, carbohydrates, and starches are bad. This is to say that you should try to lessen the amounts of foods that have been known to contain less of the nutrients you need and more of the things you don’t, like added sugars. Items like dairy products and vegetables contain higher amounts of sugars than you might expect. Things like cheese, fruit, almonds, and raw veggies are super nutritious and help get your body the vitamins and nutrients that are good for you into your system. Try to read nutrition labels and limit sugary snacks like pop or juices whenever you can. Remember, it’s all about moderation.

Your diet really does contribute to how your mouth looks and feels on a day-to-day basis. To look and feel good remember to be conscious of the foods you put into your body.

Want a Second Opinion?

If you have ever wanted an unbiased assessment of your dentistry options, talk to our dental specialists at Nicollet Station Dental for a free second opinion.

Why might you want a second opinion?

You may want to get a second opinion when you’ve been diagnosed with a major problem such as oral cancer, you’ve had previous dental work and are still experiencing problems, are worried about costs, want to make sure your treatment is necessary, or if any other dental scenario is weighing heavily on your mind.

What are the benefits of a second opinion?

Different dentists may also bring different levels of experience to your specific situation. Obtaining multiple perspectives can help you see the larger picture and make you more comfortable in deciding on a plan of action.

We are more than happy to look at any dental problem or concern you have for a complimentary opinion about treatment. Your peace-of-mind is important to us. Give us a call if you ever feel the need to see if any other options are out there!

Bill Pay Online

We want to make your life as simple as possible. That’s why we offer the option to pay your bill directly through our website with the swipe of a finger. There are two ways to pay online for your convenience as well.

You can choose to create a returning user login account or choose the guest pay option. When making a returning user login account you can pay your bill securely, view recent statements online, and look at payments and receipts from previous payment online. If you choose the guest pay option, you will be able to securely manage the money you are paying from a bill pay code located on the printed statement you receive.

However you choose to pay, whether over-the-phone, in-person, or online, we appreciate you!

Click this link to be directed to online bill pay:

https://mymedicalbill.poscorp.com/nicolletstationdental/default.aspx

What’s the Deal with Bacteria in the Mouth?

What are bacteria?

 Bacteria are tiny microorganisms that like to multiply so they can continue to live and grow in numbers. Some are helpful and do things like help people maintain a normal digestive system or good breath, but others are destructive and can cause health complications and diseases.

Where do bacteria live?

Bacteria live in every crevice of the mouth. Teeth, gums, the throat, and tongue are some of the more prominent areas where you can find larger amounts of bacterial growth than necessary. You should try to minimize the amounts of bad bacteria whenever possible.

Why should you care?

Dependent on the foods and drinks you consume, various sugars can build up and in combination with bacteria to cause dental decay within the mouth. When this occurs, it can lead to other serious problems down the road. Dental decay, when left unchecked, often leads to mild gum disease and later serious gum disease. Some of the signs of gum disease are inflamed gums, bad breath, tooth aches, and loss of teeth. Gum disease is generally not fun and can be very painful, so it is best to avoid it!

How can you minimize bad bacteria? 

  • Change your toothbrush every 3 months or after you get over a cold
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day or after meals
  • Floss your teeth regularly
  • Add a mouth wash with into your dental routine

Top 5 Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Pearly and Bright

  1. Dental hygiene routine – You’ve probably heard it before, but the best way to whiten teeth is maintaining a good dental hygiene plan. You should be brushing and flossing twice a day. This will ultimately make sure that debris and stains from food and drinks are not sticking to the enamel of your teeth.
  2. Pick the right toothpaste – Many toothpastes contain whitening agents like baking soda among other things. Looking for this “added whitening effect” on labels will help you in the long run. Removing tough on teeth stains is the end goal of brushing your teeth in the first place. You already are brushing your teeth, so why not add an extra whitening boost without adding extra effort on your part?
  3. Add a mouthwash to your routine – Like toothpaste, mouthwash can also contain added whitening agents. This on top of the whitening toothpaste will double the fight against stains, plaque, etc. Another added benefit to adding this to your routine is better breath.
  4. Rinse or brush your teeth after you eat or drink – We can’t all brush our teeth after every time we eat, but rinsing will at the very least will keep these stains from sticking to the surfaces of your teeth. Make sure to try to give your mouth a quick rinse whenever you can sneak one in.
  5. Use a straw – Using a straw will block your teeth from the staining agents that can be in food or beverages. Things like tomato juice, soda, coffee, and tea tend to dull the enamel over time. Sending these items directly to your stomach, rather than splashing around your mouth, will ensure that they are not hitting as much of the surfaces of the teeth. This quick tip will limit the amount of damage stains in drinks can do to your teeth.

What You Eat Can Affect Your Oral Health

What you eat plays a role in your oral health. Eating well ensures that you are getting all the proper nutrients into your body and building up your body’s immunity to things like tooth decay and infections.

Many processed foods contained high amounts of sugars, carbohydrates, and starches. Foods with high amounts of these things can contribute to the creation of plaque acids. Once developed these acids can eventually attack tooth enamel, ultimately leading to the formation of cavities. Some good news is that your saliva is actually able to wash away some of the plaque acids that develop as you eat. Your saliva can only do so much for your oral health and dependent on how much of these not-so-great foods that you put in your body it may not be enough to protect your teeth.

This is not to say that all foods that contain sugars, carbohydrates, and starches are bad. This is to say that you should try to lessen the amounts of foods that have been known to contain less of the nutrients you need and more of the things you don’t, like added sugars. Items like dairy products and vegetables contain higher amounts of sugars than you might expect. Things like cheese, fruit, almonds, and raw veggies are super nutritious and help get your body the vitamins and nutrients that are good for you into your system. Try to read nutrition labels and limit sugary snacks like pop or juices whenever you can. Remember, it’s all about moderation.

Your diet really does contribute to how your mouth looks and feels on a day-to-day basis. To look and feel good remember to be conscious of the foods you put into your body.

What You Should Know Before You Get Dentures

Dentures are really just replacements for teeth that are missing.

They can be taken out and put back in to the mouth as often as necessary. There are actually two types of dentures. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing and partial are used when some natural teeth

Treat your dentures like you treat your natural teeth.

You should clean your mouth just as you would with natural teeth, always making sure to get the cheeks, gums, and tongue. You should also rinse your dentures before you brush them and continue to do so daily to ensure that bacteria, food, and plaque are not staining or damaging your dentures.

Do not listen to myths.

Three commonly said, but untrue, myths to be aware of are that food and drinks will be more difficult to consume regularly with dentures, dentures last forever, and that people will know when you are wearing dentures.

Dentures should fit comfortably in the mouth. They should not make it harder to eat foods or drink any beverages. Dentures do break, but shouldn’t for a very long time with proper care. They will not last forever because they are commonly made of acrylic and porcelain and these substances and tend to wear over time with use. Dentures should be properly fit to the teeth when fit to the individual. They will also mimic how natural teeth look. Your dentist will make sure you are comfortable with the overall look and feel before you leave.

 

Dentures can prove to be effective in many situations where natural teeth are injured, removed, or lost. If you think you may need dentures talk to your dental team today to find the best solution for you!