Dental Sealant Procedure Explained

Why might a sealant be the answer to your plaque build-up problems?

Brushing and flossing regularly are great habits that do help get most of the bacteria and particles left in the mouth out after eating and/or drinking.  While these habits get most everything out, they can’t get it all. Sometimes sealants are placed over the grooves on the outer layer of teeth to make it harder for plaque to develop. A dental sealant is basically a plastic cover that adds an extra layer protection in the heavily grooved or pitted areas of teeth.

What might a dental sealant procedure look like?

  1. Your dental hygienist will completely polish the surface of your teeth. Once they are sure everything is off they will dry and etch the surface. The etching material is then rinsed off and you are ready to have the sealant placed.
  2. The dental sealant material will be placed on the tooth and a special light will be used as a bonding agent. This takes about 30-60 seconds in total.
  3. Your dental hygienist and dentist will both check to make sure the proper contact between the tooth and sealant. The plastic will harden and you are free to use your tooth normally again.

4 Quick Tips for Adults with Braces

There are many reasons people decide to get braces when they are older rather than younger. Braces help align your teeth and jaw so that you have the best smile and oral comfort possible. It will also become easier to keep your teeth clean after you get them taken off. Here are some quick tips for the adults that are considering getting braces.

  1. You should be brushing your teeth every time you eat, not only twice a day. You never know what might get stuck in between the wires and it’s important that any food or drink particles are out of your mouth after eating. You must pay extra attention in order to protect yourself from decay, staining, and gum disease when you have braces.

 

  1. A mouthwash with fluoride can help prevent white spots and cavities from developing on your teeth.

 

  1. Watch the foods you eat. Hard foods like carrots can get stuck in between brackets or teeth, sticky drinks like soda can stick to the surfaces of teeth, and sugary foods like gum and candy can lead to tooth decay. All of these types of food and drinks should be minimized whenever possible.

 

  1. There are many types of braces out there to fit everyone’s individual lifestyle, wants, and needs. Traditional braces, ceramic braces, damon braces, clear and removable aligners, forsus appliances, and palatial expanders are just some of the choices out there.

Your dental team is here to help with any questions or concerns you have at all times. Talk to us today to see if adult braces could be the right option for you!

Our Office is Your Office

A visit to the dentist should be as pleasant as possible. At our office, we want you to feel relaxed and comfortable, but most of all safe during the entirety of your stay. We offer a variety of beverages in our reception area, televisions on the ceilings in our treatment rooms, pillows, blankets, and hot towels for after your treatment has commenced.

We also have some of the most innovative technology in the industry as well as added amenities to help your time in our office fly by.

  • Our digital X-rays actually reduce radiation and give instantaneous, diagnostic radiographs. This means quicker results for our dental team to review and a quicker time in and out of the office for you.
  • Our intra-oral cameras give you a direct view of what the dentist sees right as your appointment is happening. The overhead monitor is placed above you so that you have a clear and concise view of everything that is happening.
  • We use our diagnodent laser instruments to detect decay that often goes unnoticed with more of the traditional procedures, tools, and checkups. We want to prevent and/or treat whenever we notice something.
  • We also offer the ability to use nitrous oxide gas during various dental procedures to ensure relaxation and peace-of-mind.
  • If you want to listen to music or just not hear your procedure during your time in the office, we also have complimentary headphones to use at the time of your visit.

 

We want you to have the best experience while visiting Nicollet Station Dental and we would love to hear any comments about how we can make your time with us better. From our team to you, thanks for being Nicollet Station Dental patient!

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