Veneers and You

Have you ever considered veneers? If you have and wonder exactly what they are, according to WebMD:

Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.

Do you think you are a candidate for veneers? You might want veneers if you have discolored teeth, teeth that are worn down, chipped or broken, misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth, or teeth with gaps between them.

Getting veneers usually requires around 3 trips to your dentist. One for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers.  Veneers generally last between 5 and 10 years. After that time, most veneers need to be replaced and there is no special care involved with your veneers, just continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing as you normally would.

What are some of the advantages of veneers?

  • They provide a natural tooth appearance.
  • Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well.
  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
  • The color of a porcelain veneer can be selected such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter.
  • Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color and shape; veneers generally don’t require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.

If you feel you might be interested in veneers, give us a call at Brogdon Dental.  Dr. Brogdon can discuss the pros and cons associated with veneers and you can decide if this procedure is for you.

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Good Dental Hygiene

Working together with your dentist is the first step in good dental hygiene.  Most dentist recommend that you brush your teeth thoroughly, once in the morning and once at night.  Also flossing every day is one of the keys to good dental health.

According to everydayhealth.com the proper products are important too.

Use products that have the ADA (American Dental Association) seal.  This means that the products — toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, etc. — are safe to use as directed and will keep your mouth healthy — no gum disease, no cavities.

Here are some basic principles to follow:

  • Spend at least three minutes brushing your teeth two times a day. Use a timer if you have to to ensure that you’re spending enough time on your oral care routine.
  • Use floss at least once a day every day to clean between your teeth.
  • Buy ADA-approved dental cleaning tools and toothpaste.

If you neglect your teeth and fail to visit your dentist on a regular basis plaque can accumulate around your teeth causing your gums to become red and inflamed.  This can  lead to empty spaces around your teeth. These spaces could cause the tissue and bone to break down and you could lose your teeth.

Don’t make the mistake of neglecting your teeth.  Do your part and call us today at Brogdon Dental to schedule an appointment for cleaning.

Heart Disease and Your Teeth

February is American Heart Month and part of having a healthy heart is having healthy teeth.  Recent studies show that adults who had thorough dental cleanings may be somewhat less likely to have a heart attack or stroke than their peers who are less careful about oral hygiene.

According to Reuters.com:

But the study is in line with past research that has linked gum disease to an increased risk of heart disease, said lead researcher Dr. Zu-Yin Chen, a cardiology fellow at Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan.  Since gum disease is caused by bacterial infection, researchers suspect that it may contribute to heart attacks or stroke by causing a chronic state of inflammation in blood vessels. And studies have shown that treating gum disease can cut the levels of inflammatory substances in the blood, Chen told Reuters Health in an email. Still, no one knows for sure whether a regular visit to your dentist can prevent a future heart attack.

Although these studies are still being researched, using good dental hygiene can help improve your health.

In recent years, researchers have connected the dots between inflammation in the gums and inflammation in other parts of the body, such as the heart. A study released online Friday in the British Medical Journal suggests that consistent brushing of the teeth may be a significant strategy to reduce the risk of heart disease.

So do your heart a favor, brush your teeth twice a day and set up an appointment with Dr. Brogdon to get a thorough dental cleaning. Not only your teeth, but your heart will thank you!

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Smiling Testimonials!

From time to time we want to spotlight some of our patients and include their testimonials. This month’s patient is Keeli Crewe. Mrs. Crewe has been a patient of ours for a number of years and this is what she had to say…

I’ve always been a happy, smiley person, but now I really like my smile. Before Dr. Brogdon did my veneers, my teeth were small and discolored (from genetics and medicine I took as a kid). Dr. Brogdon reshaped my smile with his artistic skill, genuine love for his field and continuing education. He used the latest materials and technology and my teeth are much brighter. Dr. Joe B. Brogdon has always been my DDS of choice for dental care and hygiene, but he can do so much more for your teeth and smile. Consult with him on your next appointment to learn ways improve yours – I’m happy and smiling that I did!

Keeli Crewe showing her wonderful smile!
Keeli Crewe showing her wonderful smile!

If you want to have a happy smile like Keeli, we can help.  Give us a call today at Brogdon Dental and let us show you how you can smile and be happy too.

Gifts for the New Year – Our Referral Program

All of our patients are special to us. That’s why we’re starting our new year off with a great idea to show our appreciation.  For every patient you refer, your name will be entered in our drawing for a gift basket.  Each month will have a different theme.

January’s gift basket is filled with lots of oral care products, including two free bleaching certificates.

Gift Basket
Gift Basket

 

Do you have any ideas for future gift baskets? We’d love to hear from you!  Just call or stop by our office during regular business hours.

 

Dental Anxiety – Are you Suffering?

It’s time to visit a dentist and you are suffering from anxiety.  What can you do to get past this fear? Realizing you are not alone is only part of the solution.  Many advances in diagonsis and treatment have made a trip to the dentist more comfortable and less frightening than ever.

According to mouthhealthy.org there are some tips you can use to help you get past your anxiety:

  • Share your anxiety.

    If you’re tense or anxious, tell your dentist and the dental staff. Getting your concerns out in the open will let your dentist adapt the treatment to your needs.

  • Help yourself.

    Choose a time for your dental visit when you’re less likely to be rushed or under pressure. For some people, that means a Saturday or an early-morning appointment.

  • Wear headphones.

    If the sound of the drill bothers you, bring headphones so you can listen to your favorite music. Some dental offices even show television or DVDs. During the dental visit you might try visualizing yourself relaxing on a warm beach.

At Brogdon Dental, your comfort is our first concern.  We will address your worries by offering the finest, safest and most comfortable care available.  Call us today to set up an appointment and be sure to let us know your fears so we can help you to look forward to your dental visits instead of dreading them.  Don’t let your anxieties stop you from getting the care you need!

Give Yourself a Gift this Season – A New Smile

Why not give yourself a gift this year, the gift of a new smile!  Six Month Smiles can offer you a new smile in as little as six months.

Are you ashamed to talk or smile in public because of your crooked teeth? As an adult, do you worry about spending years on wire braces to straighten your teeth?  Are you concerned about the long-range cost involved with braces?

Then consider Six Months Smiles.  The costs are not as much as you might think and changes take place in 5 to 7 months.

Watch this informative video and give us a call at Brogdon Dental at 870-5698 to see if you are a candidate for the Six Month Smile system.  We will ask you some simple questions and if you qualify, can get you started on your way to a new you in the new year!