Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

Dental Oral Sedation Helps Anxiety-Prone Children Stay Calm and Relaxed

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Children often suffer poor dental health because they fail to have preventive and corrective dental treatments because many suffer from a fear of the dentist. As a result, their dental problems can become worse and lead to more complicated treatments. When performing preventive and corrective dental treatments to children, parents should consider the benefits of dental sedation.

Dentists recommend dental oral sedation to children who are too afraid to have dental treatments. The oral sedation process is proven safe and effective. This does not require the use of needles and is taken by mouth as soon as the child arrives at the dental clinic. Oral sedation does not put patients to sleep, but this helps them stay calm and feel relaxed. This allows the dentist to perform the treatment successfully and to speed up the entire process. Through this procedure, parents can help reduce the stress of their children before, during and after treatment.

Even though dental sedation is safe for kids, parents are told the important guidelines before and after the sedation process. With the right guidance and post-op care, you’ll provide the best possible dental experience for your child.

To find out more about dental oral sedation, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Smile With Confidence Through the BriteSmile Teeth Whitening System

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 22, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Britesmile Teeth Whitening System - In Office Whitening Treatment, Hampton, VA

Everyone would love to have pearly white teeth and a natural-looking smile. Whiter teeth can make you look and feel younger because oftentimes we associate white teeth with youth and beauty. Smiling helps reduce wrinkles, lines, and other appearances of aging because we naturally look younger when we love our smile and when we smile with confidence. When treating discolored and stained teeth, in-office whitening treatment performed by a professional is much safer and more effective than using over-the-counter whitening products.

Oyster Point Dentistry uses the BriteSmile teeth whitening system. This is a one-hour laser whitening product which is applied to your teeth for 20 minutes. Then, the process is repeated for three separate 20-minute applications. The goal of this teeth whitening system is to get your teeth as white as possible in less time. This is commonly used by many dentists because it effectively brightens teeth faster and the results stand the test of time.

When you wish to whiten your teeth that guarantees faster noticeable results, consider professional teeth whitening in Newport News, VA. BriteSmile teeth whitening system provides immediate and uniform whitening results than using over-the-counter whitening gels, whitening strips, or whitening tooth pastes. Through professional teeth whitening, removing stains and brightening your smile can be successfully attained. You won’t feel the need to cover your mouth when you laugh or talk, or feel embarrassed. Rather, you can always show your smile with great confidence.

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

Importance of Preventative Dental Care on Children’s Baby Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 15, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Preventative Dental Care in Newport News, VA

Children’s permanent teeth come in around age 7 or 8. As a result, many parents tend to delay preventative dental care dentist appointments until this time, and too often by then kids are already complaining of toothache or suffering from tooth decay. Although kids have baby teeth which will fall out at a young age, parents should take care because these temporary teeth serve as a guide track for the emerging adult teeth. Your child’s permanent teeth can end up crooked, overlapping, and unattractive.

A minor cavity in baby teeth can quickly develop into larger cavities because of the thin enamel. Cavities are signs of infection and always come with gum swelling and pain. If left untreated, infection can spread to blood circulation causing illnesses.

It is advisable to start caring for your child’s teeth as soon as solid foods are introduced, usually as early as 6 months. Also, do not put babies to sleep with bottles in their mouth and you should clean their teeth with a wet cloth every after feeding. When they reach 1 year you can start using a soft-bristled brush to remove excess food particles. Limit sugary foods and drinks since most bacteria that thrives in the mouth love a sweet environment. It is also necessary to bring your child to the dentist in Newport News, VA at least twice a year for dental check-us.

Don’t neglect your child’s dental health. Their temporary teeth set the path for sprouting adult teeth helping them emerge straight and healthy. Moreover, your child’s dental wellness impacts their nutrition, speech development, appearance and self-esteem. For more dental health care tips for baby teeth, call Oyster Point Dentistry.

Sleep Apnea Tied to Increase Risk for Type II Diabetes

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 08, 2018
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Snoring is a common condition and people are less concerned with it unless it becomes really disruptive to their partners. They only tend to seek sleep apnea treatment when complications such as Diabetes start to manifest.

Gasping for air during a sleep apnea episode tips off your sympathetic nervous system to set your body in fight-or-flight mode. This stimulates the release of stress hormones that can elevate the blood sugar levels. Moreover, due to repetitive disruptive sleep at night people become sleepy and less active during the day. Your system perceives that you require more energy and prompts your subconscious to overeat. The increase in glucose intake and slow metabolism related to less activity, increases your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Treating your sleep apnea problem can help you control your blood glucose levels. Dentists in Newport News, VA can address this problem effectively with custom fit dental devices. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry to learn more!

Invisible Dental Fillings Blend Naturally with Existing Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 01, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry Invisible Dental Filling in Newport News, VA

A smile is the nicest thing you can wear. When you have a healthy and flawless set of teeth, it boosts self-confidence and can enhance your appearance. Dental care is essential for preventing your teeth from decaying. However, there are some instances that are not under your control, cavities may still penetrate and can damage your teeth. Dental fillings are often the best solution for restoring your teeth and for preventing further damage that can be caused by tooth decay.

In years past, dentists have used different materials to fill cavities such as amalgam, silver, ceramic or porcelain and gold. One disadvantage of using these materials is that they are visible. This is why today dentists offer and provide invisible dental fillings. By precisely matching tooth-colored composite fillings with the natural color of your teeth, these fillings are virtually invisible and can give patients a more pleasing, attractive smile.

Invisible dental fillings in Newport News, VA offer restorative and cosmetic dentistry that is aesthetically appealing. These invisible dental fillings are preferred by most patients because they blend naturally to the color of your existing teeth. They are durable and the composite materials used for dental fillings can strengthen your teeth. For this reason, you don’t have to worry about not being able to wear a beautiful smile anywhere.

To find out more about invisible dental fillings, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.