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Busting Dental Myths on Brushing and Bleaching Teeth - Virginia Beach, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

When it comes to dental health in Virginia Beach, VA, having false information can be detrimental. It is not surprising that we have made up several dental myths over the years to pacify our dental problems.

What is really not good about these is we often choose to believe they are true instead of dealing with our issues with dentists particularly in dental care and dental treatments. Let us bust some common dental myths on brushing and bleaching your teeth.

Tooth Brushing worsens Gum Bleeding

When your gums bleed, it is a sign that food particles and plaque have accumulated along the gum line which caused the gums to be inflamed if not irritated. But either should not stop you from brushing them to remove the gunk out rather than leaving your gums until they heal; they won't. The key is to brush gently and do dental preventative care routines regularly. However, it is recommended to only brush your teeth twice or thrice a day so as not to damage the gums, especially when you brush too hard. The same goes with flossing.

Bleaching Rather Weakens Teeth

Luckily there is a wide range of options of whitening products from gels to pastes to strips to have whiter teeth. There are also available teeth-whitening treatments in Virginia Beach, VA to achieve better looking teeth faster. However, a few individuals suffering from yellow or stained teeth are afraid to use bleaching products as they believe these are harmful. But to bust that myth, bleaching products are generally harmless as they only target and therefore affect the color of your teeth. We cannot blame them to be threatened by the color change. Sometimes bleaching is overdone thereby removing too much of the teeth's natural pigmentation. This will result to a translucent appearance of the teeth and temporary side effects such as irritated gums which scare most people.

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Morning Headaches? Call Your Dentist

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, July 15, 2017

Regular headaches may be a sign of dental problems. Are you waking up with headache pain, or pain in your neck and shoulders? If so, you should make an appointment with your dentist. These particular aches and pains could be a result of problems with your teeth and mouth. These are common symptoms of TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder. Basically this is a condition that means that your jaws don’t align properly. Because your jaw is misaligned the jaw is stressed, which puts pressure on your nerves and muscles. This can result in morning headaches, migraines or facial and neck pain.

Not everyone with TMJ disorder shows symptoms, headaches or pain. TMJ can also lead to broken teeth, broken fillings, loose teeth and toothaches. If you do have any of these TMJ symptoms, they won’t get better without professional help.

To ease TMJ pain, rest the jaw eating soft foods, avoiding chewing gum and hard candies. There are also jaw exercises to stretch the jaw joints and relieve stress. For most people, the most effective treatment is a custom dental splint that fits over your upper and lower teeth. This reduces damage to your teeth and jaw from repeated clenching of the jaw or teeth grinding.

There are other options for treating TMJ if the above treatment has not worked for you. The temporomandibular joints can be flushed out, or an injection of cortisone can help relieve inflammation and pain. Surgery is also sometimes necessary. Contact Oyster Point Dental for the right solution for TMJ treatment.

Porcelain Dental Veneers Protect and Provide a Natural Tooth Appearance - Newport News, VA

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, July 08, 2017

Dental Veneers (professionally provided at Oyster Point Dentistry, Newport News, VA are known to be a more aesthetic alternative to bonding. They are the most non-invasive and thus the most conservative approach to change the shade and shape of a tooth or more. Either a thin shell of porcelain or plastic is used to cover the front and the top of a tooth and provide a natural tooth appearance.

Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and are well tolerated by gum tissues. That is why a porcelain dental veneer is one of the most sought after cosmetic dental treatments in Newport News and across America as a whole. They are generally quick and painless to apply on the surface of the teeth to cover up any imperfection, thereby instantly improving their structure and appearance once the treatment is done. There may be just some slight sensitivity and discomfort that patients may feel at the start but these are all definitely worth it and will soon be gone as you get used to your new dental veneers.

Dental Veneers have been a popular dental treatment because they can transform dull-looking teeth to sparkly white teeth in just a few visits to the dentist. This dental treatment is best used if you have spaces in between teeth to close, small or misshapen teeth to lengthen, or stained teeth to whiten. Veneers also provide the needed protection for teeth that are beginning to wear and literally restore them to their original appearance.

If you are interested in getting porcelain dental veneers, consult with a dentist at Oyster Point Dentistry.

With Invisalign You Don’t Have to Hide Your Smile

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, July 01, 2017

Invisalign braces are a clear alternative to braces. With both teens and adults, Invisalign has grown in popularity because they are essentially invisible while they straighten teeth. As effective as conventional braces, Invisalign are clear plastic aligners that are removable. Because they are removable, they can be taken out for eating or when brushing and flossing making dental care easier and more effective than traditional braces.

Too many teens lose confidence with- or are embarrassed by- metal braces and too many adults forgo straightening their teeth with traditional braces because of the way the metal wires and brackets look.

As the popularity and awareness of Invisalign increases, more patients are deciding to take better care of their teeth through these clear braces. Crooked teeth can lead to other dental health issues, so providing options to traditional braces is important to overall oral health.
A lot of people want to avoid getting braces but with Invisalign patients don't have to hide their smile while straightening their teeth.
Often, Invisalign can straighten teeth in a shorter amount of time, and in less dental visits than regular braces. With Invisalign, patients are given a series of clear aligners that are changed every two weeks until the teeth have straightened.
For more information on Invisalign, or to see if you are a candidate, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.