A New You

Many people feel insecure about the way they look.  Maybe their teeth are crooked or discolored.  Since your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, is there a way to help correct problems with your smile?  Dr. Brogdon would like you to take a look at this video of a young girl who’s life was literally change by a new product called 6 Month Smiles.  In as little as six months, the crooked teeth she had were vastly improved by this method.

Please call our office at 423-870-5698 and schedule an appointment to talk to Dr Brogdon and see if 6 Month Smiles is for you.  Isn’t it time the world got to see the New You?

Advertisements

To Floss or Not to Floss

If you are not flossing on a daily basis, maybe you should consider adding flossing to your dental routine.

According to mouthhealthy.org: “Flossing helps remove plaque from between your teeth, in areas that the toothbrush can’t reach, and it helps prevent gum disease and dental decay.”

Plaque not removed by regular brushing and flossing can harden into unsightly tartar (also called calculus).  This crusty deposit creates a cohesive bond that can only be removed by a dentist or a hygienist.  Tartar formation may also make it more difficult for you to remove new plaque and bacteria.  The prevention of tartar buildup above the gum line has been shown to have a therapeutic effect on gum disease.

If you have difficulty in handling dental floss or not sure how to use it effectively, talk to us.  You may also prefer to use another kind of interdental cleaner. These include special brushes, picks or sticks. Dr. Brogdon and our hygienists can instruct you in the proper use of dental floss as well as these additional aids and help you to be more comfortable with their use.

Smoking and Dental Care

You probably know that smoking can raise your risk of lung cancer, emphysema, heart problems and a host of other serious disease, but did you realize that it can also affect your oral health?  The use of tobacco can cause gum disease, oral cancer, and other dental problems.  Besides affecting your health, smoking can discolor your teeth and even you tongue.

According to everydayhealth.com:

“It’s hard to say what percentage of people who smoke will get mouth cancer, but the death rate of those who do get it is high — between 40 and 50 percent of all cases, and that hasn’t changed over the last few decades.”

The American Cancer Society estimates that 90 percent of people with oral cancer (cancer affecting the lips, tongue, throat, and mouth) have used tobacco in some form. Likewise, the risk of oral cancer is six times higher among smokers relative to non-smokers. Your individual risk of oral cancer depends on how long you’ve been using tobacco — the longer you use it, the greater your risk.

And people who use smokeless (chewing) tobacco are at a four to six time greater risk of oral cancer than people who don’t use tobacco at all. People who use smokeless tobacco are also at higher risk of tooth decay and cavities because some varieties of chewing tobacco contain sugar for a sweeter taste, and sugar is a primary cause of tooth decay.

At Brogdon Dental we are here to help you.  Regular dental visits can help with early detection of gum disease and precancereous mouth sores.  The sooner you get treatment, the better your odds are.  Call us today to set up a screening.

A new kind of Braces

Do you need braces but don’t want to wear those old metal braces that you feel like you have to wear for years?  Then you need to check out 6 Month Smiles.  Six Month Smiles is a new technology that offers clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.  According to their website, www.6monthsmiles.com

Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk.  They feel stuck because they do not want to wear metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective procedures could be too invasive or too expensive.  Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.

A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought – Six Month Smiles® utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.

We at Brogdon Dental want you to stop hiding your smile.  Call us today at 423-870-5698 for a consultation appointment to see if 6 Month Smiles is for you.  The quicker, easier way to get the smile you’ve always wanted but didn’t think possible.

Tooth Whitening – Is it for me?

Who doesn’t want a nice, white smile?  There are many products on the market to help improve your looks. While many people are pleased with the results the get from brushing twice daily, flossing between the teeth and regular visits to their dentist for cleanings, some are interested in a brighter smile.

As with any dental procedure, you should start by talking to your dentist and seeking their advise as to what would be best for you.  According to the American Dental Association’s website,

“Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. Likewise, bleaching may not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.”

Tooth whitening falls under the category of cosmetic dentistry and Dr. Brogdon, a cosmetic dentist,  is highly qualified to perform cosmetic procedures that will benefit the appearance and health of your teeth.  Contact our office to see what we can do to help you have the dazzling smile you want.

Are you using the wrong toothbrush?

Does size matter when picking out your tootbrush?  Some people think you can buy just any old toothbrush on the market, but there are many different factors to consider when buying a toothbrush.  If you have to open your mouth too wide to get the toothbrush in then you are using a toothbrush that is too big for you.  Toothbrush sizes vary from compact to full head.  Some people may even prefer the youth or child sized brushes.

What about the bristles? Should you use hard, medium or soft?

According to the Oral-B Website:  “Most dentists recommend soft-bristled toothbrushes, and extra-soft bristled toothbrushes for anyone who has sensitive teeth or gums, or is recovering from a dental procedure. Some people simply prefer soft bristles. But many people who don’t have sensitive teeth or gums prefer firmer bristles because they believe them to be more effective for removing plaque and stains from the teeth, though that is not the case. Effective toothbrushing can be accomplished with soft and extra-soft bristles.”

At Brogdon Dental we feel that if you choose the toothbrush that feels right for you, then you will probably use it more often, leading to better oral care…and that’s what’s it all about.

So chose the toothbrush that’s most comfortable for you and use it every day!

Are You Brushing your Teeth too Often or Hard?

Are you brushing your teeth too often or too hard?  According to WebMD you could be damaging your teeth if you do either one.

“While brushing your teeth three times a day is ideal, more may not be, says Michael Sesemann, DDS, president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. “More than four toothbrushings a day would begin to seem compulsive,” he says.

Excessive brushing could expose the root of the tooth to irritation, and that could in turn irritate the gums. Brushing vigorously can also erode tooth enamel. The trick is to brush very gently for two to three minutes.”

Softly brushing your teeth at least twice a day is recommended, ”Three times a day is best,” Sesemann says. With too much time between brushings, he says, bacterial plaque will build up, boosting the risk of gum inflammation and other problems.”

Check back for more “tooth brushing mistakes” and how to correct them.