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Oral/Dental Health Care During These COVID Trying Times

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry in Newport News, VA

1. Oral Hygiene for COVID-19 Patients

Patients with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is compelled to keep the rest of the family members safe as much as possible through being informed about the risk of contamination of objects and areas the patient is using. The primary mode of transmission of the virus is through aerosol or droplets, thus, contagious through direct surface contact when it lingers on surfaces.

Bacteria, saliva, and blood can potentially buildup on toothbrushes. Since droplets with the virus are present in saliva, it's very important to separate a patient's toothbrush to prevent the spread of the virus to other dental brushes around. Sharing of a toothbrush is sternly discouraged, and separate toothpaste must be used. When you recovered from the disease, properly dispose of your toothbrush because it may carry the virus.

2. Self-isolation Oral Care Routine

Do usual brushing and flossing of teeth on daily basis. Brush your teeth gently at least twice a day. Brush gently towards the gum line in a circular motion. You may use an electric brush to maximize your brushing technique. It is best to use toothpaste with chloride. Scrape off excess food debris, plaque and bacteria in the tongue using a tongue cleaner. Lastly, rinse with a mouthwash for 30 seconds. Alcohol-based products can destroy the protective layer of the virus and eventually, deteriorates.

Keep in mind the bi-annual dental checkup and professional cleaning. In case your appointment has been re-scheduled due to social distancing order, make sure to prioritize it.

3. Diet and Lifestyle

Perhaps most people are spending all day on their couch watching Netflix and binging with snacks. Don't fall into this trap! Avoid consuming soft drinks, juices and drink coffee or tea at minimum. opt for healthy food options particularly a meal that is rich in calcium. Finally, quit smoking if possible.

4. Keep Hydrated

It is important to keep hydrated. It is best not only for your oral health but general health as well.

If you have an infection, you are susceptible of losing fluids and getting dehydrated. Apart from that, your saliva production will be reduced making your teeth prone to cavities and gingivitis. Saliva is an essential element that keeps oral bacteria under control.

For more preventative dental care, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Oyster Point Dentistry on COVID-19 Infection Control Procedures

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry

Different health care setting is enforcing strict infection control procedures in response to CDC mandates on the control of COVID-19 spread. CDC has released infection control recommendations for dental offices and clinics. Oyster Point Dentistry follows these protocols promptly as our client's health and safety is a primary concern.

We make sure all surfaces inside the clinic such as front desks, countertops, dental chairs, and tables including doorknobs and drawer handles are properly cleaned and disinfected. Rarely used equipment is covered with a protective sheet while devices that are directly used to patients are replaced after each session.

Moreover, non-disposable items including dental apparatuses are thoroughly cleaned and sterilized prior to every use. While disposable items, amongst others needles, are never reused. Further, we stringently imposed on our staff to wear appropriate protective equipment such as masks, gloves, eye protectors and gowns and to change frequently right after each patient. All members of the treatment team must wash their hands and wear a new pair of gloves prior to seeing the next client.

Our patient's well-being comes first. In order to lower the risk of contracting the virus, these preventative measures are in place at our dental office accordingly. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry for clinic updates and appointments.

Tips in Finding The Right Dentist For You

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry

Finding the right dentist need not be tough. Here at Oyster Point Dentistry, for decades now we’ve provided comprehensive dental care service to the fine people of Newport News, Hampton, and in fact the entire Hampton Roads area. We’re always here to help, like in today’s blog post where we suggest a few things that will help you find the right dentist. By the way, we check all the boxes below!

1. Check for reviews

A lot of doctors employ verified review services so patients can get an accurate idea regarding the level of care they render. Review is a perfect means to learn more about your prospect provider. This provide a venue for display of ratings and reviews from actual clients.

2. Take into account the location and convenience/

Opt for nearby dentist either from your home or workplace and as much as possible choose a multi-specialty dental practice. This can save you time when going to your appointments.

3. Check if the clinic is in-network

Have a quick browse on their website or call their customer service if the prospect provider is part of a health plan's network of providers.

4. Verify their certifications and specialties

Have a quick background check of their education and their trainings. If you have an idea about your dentist and what they can deliver, there's a greater likelihood that you will get a satisfying experience under their care. When you have a background of your provider prior to going into the clinic is an excellent way to set your mind at ease.

5. Ask for referrals from family, friends and co-workers

The positive experience of others from their providers will help us feel more at ease and confident about their practice.

Finding the right dentist can be a bit of hassle. If you are looking for a competitive and certified dental practice in Newport News, VA which offers multiple specialty, contact Oyster Point Dentistry. Our team are happy to serve you.

How Dental Filling Are Accomplished

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 28, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry Invisible Dental Filling in Newport News, VA

Children are susceptible to get cavities. They always have been and always will be. But cavities are more than minor health problems. Cavities and tooth decays are one of the primary reasons why kids miss school. They can cause infection and be severely painful. So when a cavity presents, what will your dentist do for you?

Your dentist will first put your child at ease via comforting reassurance. This need not be the haunting experience most children assume a trip to the dentist will be. Your dentist will assess the severity of the cavity. From there, you are presented with different treatment options. In most cases, dental fillings are recommended especially when the cavity is early detected.

Dental Fillings Procedure

The treatment starts by administering a local anesthesia to numb the surrounding area of the tooth and reduce the sensation of pain. The affected tooth is then isolated in order to avoid contamination while keeping it dry by using a dental guard. Then, the decayed portion of the tooth will be removed. The instruments usually used in dental filling include laser, drill or an air abrasion device.

When the decay has been eliminated, the tooth is cleaned to ensure bacteria and debris is removed and won't cause issues in the future. Your dentist will now apply the filling material with the help of a special light to harden the product. Finally, your dental fillings are tested to ascertain alignment and a polish is applied to make it smooth as the other teeth.

For more information about dental fillings procedure, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening vs Over-The-Counter Solutions?

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 27, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Teeth whitening

Here’s the short answer. In-office teeth whitening is the safest and fastest way of achieving your perfect whitening solution. Here are the details:

1. It will instantly boost your self confidence

Having pearly white teeth can absolutely skyrocket your confidence. They also implies how meticulous you are in taking care of your dental wellness and appearance.

2. It enhances your appearance

Your sparkly white teeth is an asset that you will be proud of. It can improve your overall appearance. Right after the teeth whitening procedure, you'll immediately see the difference without the need to edit or apply filter to your photos. Teeth whitening is an effective solution against stains that you get from your favourite food and beverages.

3. It diverts people from noticing your wrinkles

It can help turn away people from focusing on your wrinkles. People will more likely turn on your sparkly white smile and draw attention away from wrinkles and other facial skin issues.

4. It's a practical investment

Although the upfront cost might be a little expensive, it is still a less costly option over plastic surgery which costs way higher. Your dentist will also provide you a touch-up kit after the in-office treatment that will be adequate to extend the teeth whitening effect. If you are to analyze, the amazing result can offset the price tag of the procedure and the home kit.

To learn more about professional teeth whitening, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Invisible Fillings for that Perfect Smile

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 27, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry Invisible Dental Filling in Newport News, VA

Everyone wants their smile to look great. You will do everything that will keep dental problems at bay. Normally, you go for treatments like invisible fillings to offer you the best of both worlds. The procedure for invisible fillings is quick and easy. With this option, you will restore the teeth and fight decay without diminishing from the beauty of your smile. Dental decay is a common dental problem and if left untreated will cause a lot of pain and pose a serious threat to your dental health. In addition you will be maintaining good oral health and make you feel more confident.

Invisible fillings in Newport News, VA are designed to seal cavities and reduce the risk of further infection without impacting on the finest of your smile. Once you avail of this invisible filling it is never detected when you smile. Invisible fillings are created using dental composite and resins that makes it invisible. It is matched to the color of your natural tooth. Unlike with other metal fillings, you will never detect any difference between your natural tooth structure and the filling.

After sometime, dental decay will cause a cavity hole in your tooth that needs filling to stop any further damage to your teeth. Unlike the old style of fillings that are made from silver or other metals creates an unsightly appearance in your mouth at the same time weakens the structure of your tooth. The visible fillings will stop you from achieving your beautiful smile and eventually affects the way you feel and act. Replacing them with invisible fillings will help to improve the look of your smile and give you peace of mind. Overall, invisible fillings are completely undetectable allowing you to achieve your perfect smile.

For more tips on invisible fillings, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Deciding What Toothbrush Bristle To Use

Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 07, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry in Newport News, VA

There are countless tooth brushing options out there. So how do you choose? Today will discuss briefly what’s out there on the market today and hopefully after reading this you will determine exactly what tooth brushing option is best for you.

First, understanding the differences between bristles is fundamentally important.

Hard Bristles

Hard-bristled or extra firm toothbrushes are now disappearing in stores. Although they are great at removing food debris and plaque, they are not recommended by dental professionals for they believed it will cause more harm than good.

Hard-bristled toothbrushes can hurt the gums and may cause them to erode, especially if too much pressure is used when brushing. It can also damage tooth enamel, especially when you also used an abrasive toothpaste.

Medium Bristles

Medium-bristled toothbrushes fall somewhere between soft and hard bristles. They are firm enough to eliminate food debris, but soft enough to be gentle on tooth enamel.

Soft Bristles

Soft bristles are most often recommended by Dentists since they’re gentle on the gums and won’t damage the tooth enamel. However, if you don't thoroughly brush your teeth, it won't be that effective in removing away all the plaque and food debris.

You can also see extra soft toothbrushes that are displayed in the market and are recommended in some situations. They are suitable for those with delicate gums or enamel. There are cases wherein an extra soft bristle is recommended after a dental procedure.

How to Choose the Best Toothbrush to Use

Deciding which bristle to choose can be an overwhelming experience. But the major decision comes down to soft versus medium bristles.

The type of toothbrush you are using can impact your bristle choice. A manual or electric toothbrush has its advantages; however, your preference could influence the type of bristles you want.

When using a manual toothbrush, a medium bristle is recommended to thoroughly get rid of more plaque and food debris. Just be careful of the amount of pressure you use.

When using an electric toothbrush, you probably may want to pair it with soft bristles. Since the toothbrush will mostly do the work, it can protect the gums and enamel without compromising the elimination of food debris and plaque.

Moreover, also consider the size of the toothbrush head and comfort of the handle. Too large head may not thoroughly cover all the teeth surface. Also, handles that are too large or small may be uncomfortable to use and may affect your efficiency when brushing.

For more dental tips, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Tips on Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

Porcelain veneers are a treatment that restores the natural look of your teeth. It also serves as a protection for the underlying tooth surface. Porcelain veneers can last for 10 to 15 years depending on how you take care of it. If you have a veneer, you need to keep it clean and hygienic to extend its life expectancy. So here are some tips on how to care for your veneers:

1. Brush and floss regularly.

Veneer will not decay but the tooth under it can and could discolor as well. Unfortunately, it can affect the appearance of the veneer. You may still develop gum disease even with the veneers on if not properly cleaned. An ultra-soft manual or electric toothbrush can be used, floss gently, and rinse it with a mouthwash.

2. Use a whitening toothpaste.

Your veneer color is matched to the rest of your natural teeth. In order to prevent the porcelain veneers from becoming stained, use a whitening toothpaste. Also, use a non-abrasive toothpaste or a toothpaste with natural whitener like baking soda.

3. Gently floss to prevent breakage.

Use minimal pressure on the veneer when brushing or flossing in order to prevent chips and cracks.

4. Avoid or minimize intake of tooth-staining foods and drinks.

Consume less coffee, tea, wine and other tooth-staining foods and drinks. Drink water and brush as soon as possible after you have an intake of these goods.

5. Quit cigarettes and tobacco.

Cigarettes and tobacco products can shorten the lifespan and beauty of your veneer. It's nicotine content can turn your white veneers yellow quickly.

Aside from the abovementioned tips, it's important to visit your dentist every six months for checkup and professional cleaning. The dentist will also check the condition of your veneer and make adjustments if necessary. For more tips about porcelain veneers, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Discreet Repair Solution for Tooth Cavity

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Sedation Dentistry and Total Sleep Sedation, Newport News, VA

Cavities are at best an embarrassing condition as they appear as black marks on the teeth. Much worse, however, they become a more dangerous condition over time as they lead to pain and infection. In some cases, the infection can become life threatening.

You need to address cavities as soon as possible. We’ll be glad to treat you with tooth-colored dental fillings or “invisible fillings” to make the end result completely transparent.

Tooth-colored fillings or invisible filling are the latest trend for repairing a cavity. After the infection is treated, the hole needs to be filled. Dental porcelain and translucent dental resin are discreet restoration treatment for the affected tooth. They both reflect light in the same way the natural tooth would. The repair is unnoticeable since they are set to blend into the color of the natural tooth. Opting one of these treatment options will restore the function as well as the cosmetic appeal of your teeth. Don’t be alarmed as we are experts in making this a very comfortable procedure

To learn more about invisible dental fillings, contact Oyster Point Dentistry. Our licensed dentist is happy to discuss with you more about the procedure.

Tips To Care for Your Dental Implants

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

Your Dental Implants will last a lifetime, that is, if you take care of them. Here are some common sense care tips for anyone who elects dental implants to replace natural teeth:

Avoid Contact With the Implant

Any dental device attached to your mouth would feel strange. You might be tempted to touch but at any cost, prevent yourself from getting in contact with that area for the first few days.

After surgery, it’s expected that your gums will be more sensitive than ever due to swelling and bleeding around the area of the implant. Know that this is normal. Just make sure to prevent yourself from tampering that area of your mouth to let healing process takes place smoothly.

Get Back to Brushing As Soon As Possible

While dentists recommend to temporarily stop brushing and flossing for few days after your implant procedure, as soon as your mouth are fully healed, you should get back into proper oral hygiene habits right away. Do not put your mouth at risk by going back to your old habit of not brushing or flossing.

You can let your mouth rest for a day or two post-surgery, but then get right back into brushing and flossing every day when it is completely healed.

Avoid Some Foods and Beverages That Can Damage The Implants

For first few days, you should be on strict soft diet such as jello, pudding, and oatmeal. And try to use the other side of your mouth solely when chewing your food. If you take water and milk, careful not to swish those liquid at the affected side of the mouth as this can defer the healing process too. Definitely, you can’t still gnaw on hard candies or any rough meals. In addition, it’s important avoid taking overly hot liquids or meals.

For more tips on how to properly care for your implants or in case you have other dental concerns, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.