Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

How to Make Brushing Routine for Kids

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 28, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Preventative Dental Care

All parents of young children know the struggle related to their kid’s routine dental hygiene. Brushing teeth comes either too early (or too late) for some parents to deal with it. We get that…we’ve been there too. But twice a day brushing is just as critical to kids as it is for adults.

The following tips can help kids develop a habit of brushing teeth twice daily:

  • Make toothbrushing a bonding time - Toothbrushing together will make the experience fun and exciting every time. Make it a routine in the morning and at nighttime so every day they will look forward to brushing with you.
  • Offer rewards - This works every time when training kids with any tasks and that includes toothbrushing. The reward will encourage them to perform the proper toothbrushing technique and doing it routinely.
  • Set a two-minute timer - This will challenge your kid to brush their teeth for the whole 2 minutes continuously.
  • Use dental hygiene products that are made specially for kids. Providing them with kiddy toothbrush that has fun designs or with their favorite cartoon characters on it plus a fruity mouthwash will see brushing as an enjoyable daily activity.

For more dental tips for kids, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Oyster Point Dentistry's Covid-19 Update

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry

Although there is still no evidence which suggests that maintaining good oral hygiene can prevent Covid-19 from infecting our body, it's affirmative that keeping our oral health at its optimal state can minimize cavities and periodontal diseases which are potential threats to general health. When you have good oral hygiene, you will less likely need to visit your dentist frequently or get invasive dental procedures at these difficult times.

While the CDC provided some recommendations on how to prevent contracting the disease and does not specifically involve maintaining dental hygiene as a protective measure, it is a no-brainer that keeping your family's dental health in good condition can benefit your overall health. It is observed that those patients with severe cases of COVID-19 have pre-existing diseases. They deteriorate more as their immune systems are already compromised. Thus, the CDC stresses that as we continue to practice social distancing despite the extensive community quarantine has been lifted, let stay healthy to prevent the disease from attacking our system and as a way to prevent it from spreading further.

At this time we have resumed our normal hours and services.

We want to lend our sympathy to those affected by COVID-19 Coronavirus. Our office has and always will strive to keep our patients and staff healthy. We want to assure you that we are taking extra precautions to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff.

All of our staff members are being screened for increased body temperatures daily.

We will also be screening every patient for fever/increased temperatures.

When to reschedule:

In an effort to remain open during normal hours, and to keep our staff healthy and do our part in helping to stall the spread of COVID-19, we kindly ask any patients who are currently experiencing the following symptoms to call and reschedule their appointments with NO PENALTY.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chills
  • Has been exposed to the flu, cold, or COVID-19
  • Have traveled outside of the United States within the last 2 months.

Emergencies:

If you are experiencing any of the above-listed symptoms, and need emergency dental care, please visit your local ER as they are better equipped to serve you while also helping to contain the COVID-19 virus.

Updates:

We are closely monitoring updates from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) to ensure we’re prepared and taking necessary precautions to address this evolving situation as the health and safety of our patients and our staff is our top priority.

Contact Oyster Point Dentistry for more information.


Preventative Dental Care: The Power Care That Starts From You

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - dentist in Newport News, VA

Practicing dental care is very important as it maintains a healthy mouth, teeth and gums. Proper dental care will inevitably help your appearance and quality of life. Giving importance to preventive dental care can prevent future dental problems, higher dental expenses, and potential medical complications. Gum disease, cavities, and crooked or missing teeth can affect speech, make chewing food difficult, and will ultimately lead to expensive corrective procedures. Your dental health professional can help explain to you proper dental care at home. If you missed your regularly scheduled appointment or were unable to scheudle a dental appointment due to stay at home orders, do so now. Missing your regular check up can be more costly and painful in the long-run.

With modern dental technology, treating tooth decay especially in the early stage is often only mildly uncomfortable. Medications that numb the area of the decay eliminate the pain of filling a cavity for most people. Cavities are painful places on your teeth where decay has eaten through the enamel and exposed a tooth's root. Hot or cold food or liquids will send a painful signal that something is wrong. Cavities often have no symptoms until they gone too far. This is one reason why regular visits and regular dental xrays are so important. Early preventive dental measures are important for your teeth and for saving you from the more expensive cost of treatment. Early signs of tooth decay are easier to treat than advanced cases.

Gum disease is another health issue which is mild in the initial stage but can lead to more severe problems if untreated. Gum disease will cause loss of teeth, infections and other complications. Additionally, studies claim that gum disease can often lead to heart complications, strokes and other respiratory issues. Good dental health care is necessary and essential. A combination of proper daily maintenance along with regular visits to your dentist will ease the burden of pain and cost. Your utmost power care of yourself is taking care of your mouth, teeth and gums throughout the course of your life.

For more tips on preventive dental care, or to schedule or reschedule your regular dental appointment, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Cosmetic Dentistry Veneers: A Fast and Lasting Smile Restoration Solution

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 07, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

Cosmetic dentistry veneers address common dental aesthetic issues such as discoloration, misalignment, chipped, or irregularly-shaped teeth. Getting a dental veneer treatment can dramatically improve your smile as it can precisely restore the look of your teeth. Find out why they are worth the cost.

1. Instantly restore the whiteness of your Teeth

Porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates are paper-thin shells that are custom-molded in order to cover the surface of discolored or defective teeth. While professional teeth whitening is fast and effective as well, some patients opt for veneers because they are more resistant to stain than the natural teeth. Thus, they can maintain the whiteness of their teeth for a long time without spending much on teeth whitening treatments yearly. In addition, veneers protect the delicate tooth enamel from stains.

2. Lets you customize your smile

Since dental veneers are custom-made, the patient can choose the color and form of the veneer that best matches their natural teeth. Depending on their budget, they can request a complete set or just a few veneers to correct only those poorly defective teeth.

3. It can mend the shape, size, and staining of teeth

Whether your teeth look unattractive due to stain and form defects, your dentist in Newport News, VA can swiftly correct these issues so you can have a better smile.

4. It can bridge the gaps between teeth

Cosmetic porcelain veneers can close the gap between these teeth by filling it.

5. It can last for several years

Like I mentioned above, dental veneers are can last for more than 14 years. Although they are a bit pricey than other treatment options they present a wiser investment. Besides, your dentist will offer you different payment options to make the treatment more affordable for you.

Contact Oyster Point Dentistry to learn more about cosmetic dental veneers.