Posts for: April, 2018
Get a whiter smile easily with a professional teeth whitening kit you can use in the convenience of your own home. Professional whitening products available through your dentist’s office deliver superior results over teeth whitening strips, toothpastes, and other products that are available over-the-counter. You can achieve whiter teeth in less time with longer lasting results when you use professional level whitening products. At Colesville Dentistry, Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore are your dentists for professional teeth whitening in Silver Spring, MD.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring offers professional-level teeth whitening kits you can use in the comfort and privacy of your own home. A whitening kit includes soft plastic trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. A professional strength whitening gel is included. To whiten your teeth at home, simply add the whitening gel to each tray. Then place the trays over each row of teeth. The trays should remain in place for approximately one hour to achieve maximum results. This process is repeated at home several times over the course of a few weeks.
Advantages of Professional Whitening
Several over-the-counter whitening products are available for use at home, including whitening strips, gels, toothpastes, and rinses. While these products are convenient, they cannot deliver the same level of whitening results as a professional strength whitening kit available through your dentist’s office. Professional whitening products contain a higher quality bleaching agent and can whiten your teeth by several shades in fewer treatments. Further, the results of professional whitening treatments last longer than over-the-counter products.
Professional at-home teeth whitening products from your dentist can help you achieve a whiter smile easily. The quality of professional teeth whitening treatments is superior to over-the-counter whitening products. You will achieve whiter results in less time with longer lasting results. To learn more about professional teeth whitening treatments in Silver Spring, MD schedule an appointment with Dr. Hysong or Dr. LePore by calling Colesville Dentistry at (301) 384-6000.
In an instant, an accident could leave you or a loved one with a missing tooth. Thankfully, we can restore it with a dental implant that looks and functions like a real tooth—and the sooner the better.
But if the patient is a teenager or younger, sooner may have to be later. Because their jaws are still developing, an implant placed now could eventually look as if it's sinking into the gums as the jaw continues to grow and the implant doesn't move. It's best to wait until full jaw maturity around early adulthood and in the meantime use a temporary replacement.
But that wait could pose a problem with bone health. As living tissue, bone cells have a life cycle where they form, function and then dissolve (resorption) with new cells taking their place. This cycle continues at a healthy rate thanks to stimulation from forces generated by the teeth during chewing that travel through the roots to the bone.
When a tooth goes missing, however, so does this stimulation. Without it the bone's growth cycle can slow to an unhealthy rate, ultimately reducing bone volume. Because implants require a certain amount of bone for proper placement and support, this could make it difficult if not impossible to install one.
We can help prevent this by placing a bone graft immediately after the removal of a tooth within the tooth's "socket." The graft serves as a scaffold for new bone cells to form and grow upon. The graft will eventually resorb leaving the newly formed bone in its place.
We can also fine-tune and slow the graft's resorption rate. This may be preferable for a younger patient with years to go before their permanent restoration. In the meantime, you can still proceed with other dental treatments including orthodontics.
By carefully monitoring a young patient's bone health and other aspects of their dental care, we can keep on course for an eventual permanent restoration. With the advances in implantology, the final smile result will be worth the wait.
If you would like more information on dental care for trauma injuries, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants for Teenagers: Factors Influencing Treatment Planning in Adolescents.”
Philosopher Will Durant wrote, "…We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." While that observation could aptly apply to a great deal of life, it's certainly true of dental health. Strong, healthy teeth and gums are largely the result of good oral habits started in early childhood.
Here are some important dental care habits you'll want to instill in your child, as well as yourself.
Practice and teach daily oral hygiene. Keeping your child's mouth clean helps prevent future dental disease. It should begin before teeth appear by wiping your baby's gums with a clean, wet cloth after every feeding to keep decay-causing bacteria from growing. Once teeth appear, switch to brushing with just a smear of toothpaste until age 2, when you can increase to a pea-sized amount. As your child matures, be sure to teach them to brush and floss for themselves, especially by modeling the behavior for them.
Begin dental visits early. Besides daily hygiene, regular professional dental care is one of the best habits for keeping healthy teeth and gums. Plan to begin your child's dental visits by age 1 when some of their teeth may have already come in. And by beginning early, it's more likely your child will view dental visits as a routine part of life, a habit they'll more likely continue into adulthood.
Keep your oral bacteria to yourself. Many strains of bacteria, especially harmful ones, don't occur spontaneously in a child's mouth. They come from the outside environment, most often from their parents or caregivers. To avoid transmitting disease-causing bacteria from you to your baby don't share eating utensils, don't lick a pacifier to clean it, and avoid kissing infants (whose immune systems are immature) on the mouth.
Encourage your teenager to avoid bad habits. Hopefully when your children reach adolescence, they've already developed good oral habits. But there are some bad habits you should also help your teen avoid. While piercings are a popular expression among this age group, teens should avoid tongue and lip bolts and other piercings that could damage teeth. A tobacco habit can also have negative consequences for dental health including increased decay or gum disease risk and cancer.
If you would like more information on dental care for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”