Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

Youth Dental Care – Good Oral Hygiene For Live Starts Now – Hampton, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Children often suffer more severe dental issues than adults because they simply lack the maturity to understand the consequences of poor dental hygiene. More than likely you are presenting your children to your dentist for routine preventative dental care, however we see plaque build-up on kids teeth to far exceed that of most adults. The reason is simply the child's failure to brush and floss on a daily basis. That is why it is important that you have your prioritize enforcing good dental care habits for all your children and you can never start this soon enough.

Our professional staff at Oyster Point Dentistry (Hampton, VA) know that the most important aspect of dental health happens at home. It is not only the kids’ dental health that is at risk given poor oral hygiene, but as covered in a previous blog, bacteria in the mouth can travel to other parts of the body and cause significant illness. Aside from preventing cavities, these preventative dental care measures also help significantly in reducing the risks of heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes, and other health conditions. Once again, this is because the bacteria that can accumulate in the mouth in the absence of regular brushing and flossing could go beyond your mouth area and travel through your blood streams thereby causing complications. So for parents, you can take care of your kids’ overall health by simply making sure they develop a good oral hygiene.

For more details, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

The Health Connection Between The Mouth, Mind, and Body – Newport News, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 14, 2016

Some people fail to fully understand and appreciate the connection between preventative dental care (brushing, flossing, rinsing, etc) and healthy minds and bodies. This blog post addresses that in the hope that you walk away with a heightened awareness of your dental hygiene regiment.

Dental hygiene is not just about healthy teeth, gums, and a bright and beautiful smile. Taking care of your dental health is taking care of your overall health as well. This is because there is a link of the health of the mouth and health of the body. What can adversely affect your mouth and everything in it can have the same effect on your entire body because your mouth is the gateway to your body.

The Oyster Pointe Dentistry professionals in Newport News, VA strongly believe that your understanding how the mouth can affect the body will help improve you both physically and mentally. One common negative effect of poor dental hygiene is that which occurs if you fail to brush and floss. If you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly as recommended, plaque build-up will occur. This invites harmful bacteria build-up in the mouth, which as previously stated is the gateway to your entire body. Those bacteria can travel to various tissues and organs within the body and cause internal infections. In the best case a very health person's body can fight the bacteria off. In weaker cases and in children, the bacteria can overwhelm the body causing infection that requires antibiotics to eradicate. In the worst case, as with all internal infections, the bacteria can cause the body to go toxic and become life-threatening.

So please be diligent with your dental hygiene regiment and encourage all that you hold dear to do the same. For more details, contact

BriteSmile Teeth Whitening – Your Safest Avenue to a Brighter Smile (Hampton, VA)

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

If you are considering over-the-counter teeth whitening systems, dental professionals uniformly agree that a pre-consult with your dentist is critically important. The purpose for the consult is to consider your overall dental health and to discuss the pro's and con's of OTC solutions vs. in-office whitening treatment.

It is entirely possible that you need not invest in teeth whitening treatment. Your regular dental cleaning may very well be all that you need. At home teeth whitening treatment can be harsh on the gums, therefore a quick check by your dentist to ensure your mouth is ready to tolerate the treatment is well advised. Also, and very important, your dentist will know if any OTC teeth whitening systems are flagged for concerns and can warn you away from those products.

Should you and your dentist ultimately decide that it is best to use in-office teeth whitening, our professionals at Oyster Pointe Dentistry use the state-of-the-art BriteSmile teeth whitening system. This system is proven safe and effective. This is true for two main reasons. First, the treatment is governed by your trained professional dental team. Second, this specially formulated gel utilizes UV light to activate the whitening ingredients. This is widely known to be the most effect approach to teeth whitening and is proven effective in a single treatment.

To find out more about Britesmile teeth whitening treatment, visit your dentist at Oyster Point Dentistry.

Dental Tips for New Dental Fillings – What to Eat or Do when You have Just Gotten Your Invisible Fillings – Newport News, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 07, 2016

The development of invisible dental fillings are a more attractive alternative to amalgams fillings but equally effective. Invisible dental fillings are matched with the natural color of your teeth using the professional skill of the dentist and his/her tools to perfectly match color. These fillings are incredibly strong, however, there are certain things you need to consider in order to secure a lifetime of utility service from them.

It is imperative to always follow your dentist’s recommendations about chewing tips, including how long you should wait to eat solid or sticky foods right after receiving invisible dental fillings. Dentists highly recommend that you chew slowly and bite lightly when eating after you have just underwent a dental treatment that involves these fillings. So always take your time when you chew your food and try not to bite all the way through. This will help prevent exerting tremendous pressure on the teeth and making forceful contact. This will also allow your invisible dental fillings to set after you have left the clinic.

Eating sticky or gummy food is not advised when you have just had your invisible dental fillings inserted by our team in Newport News, VA. While it is such a rare case in which a new filling gets dislodge by these kinds of food, precaution is still better than cure so it is best to skip them. This restriction is for a very short time and you can return normal eating habits usually by the next day (or even sooner if your dentist so states).

For more dental tips on how to take care of your invisible dental fillings, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.