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.

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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.

April National Oral Cancer Month

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation website:

“You are the most important factor in an early diagnosis. You should always contact your doctor or dentist immediately if you notice the following symptoms in yourself or a loved one:

  • A sore or lesion in the mouth that does not heal within two weeks.
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek.
  • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, tonsil, or lining of the mouth.
  • A sore throat or a feeling that something is caught in the throat.
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing.
  • Difficulty moving the jaw or tongue.
  • Numbness of the tongue or other area of the mouth.
  • Swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable.
  • Chronic hoarseness.

These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious problems, but they also indicate the possible presence of oral cancer. Only a professional will be able to tell you definitively. Some think that a visit to their medical doctor is the appropriate course of action. But remember that dentists are trained in this simple, quick screening, which involves the examination of the oral cavity as a whole and not just your teeth.”

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“Not only do regular dental exams help keep your teeth and gums healthy, they can help detect oral cancer, the Academy of General Dentistry says.

As part of Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April, the group recommends that people get a dental exam from a general dentist every six months.

“The next time you visit your dentist, ask about an oral cancer screening,” academy spokesperson Dr. Seung-Hee Rhee advised in an academy news release.

“Your dentist will feel for lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, cheeks, and oral cavity and thoroughly examine the soft tissues in your mouth, specifically looking for any sores or discolored tissues. Although you may have already been receiving this screening from your dentist, it’s a good idea to confirm that this screening is a part, and will remain a part, of your regular exam,” Rhee said.

Each year in the United States, more than 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed, and more than 8,000 people die of the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” (courtesy of http://www.healthday.com)

Make an appointment today to see Dr Brogdon and ask for an Oral Cancer Screening.

St. Jude Country Music Marathon – Run for the Cause

According the their website, “As one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a beacon of hope to families with sick children everywhere. St. Jude is the hospital that hope built—a place where parents can focus on their children and not worry about the cost of treatment. That’s because people across the country make a commitment to raise money to help fund the lifesaving work of St. Jude. As a St. Jude Hero, you can join these men, women and children on the front lines in the fight against devastating childhood diseases.”

On April 28, Joe and Samantha (Team Brogdon) will be participate in the St. Jude County Music Marathon and Half Marathon.  The marathon, celebrating its 13th year, will feature many of Nashville’s best bands on 28 stages and will boast nearly 35,000 runners and walkers.

Please go to our link at Team Brogdon and donate today to support our efforts for St. Jude and join the fight against childhood cancer.

 

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC)

Have you even gone to the dentist because of a toothache, or maybe for your bi-annual checkup, and you get the bad news: you need a crown? You’ll have to schedule two appointments – one for preparation and placement of a temporary crown, and one for placement of the permanent crown. Do you have that kind of time to spare? Between the appointments, your temporary crown could crack or fall out, and then you’d have to make yet another trip to the dentist.

At Brogdon Dental, we know that your time is as important as your smile so we now use a revolutionary tool that mills a permanent crown in about an hour called CEREC.

After taking a 3D image of your tooth, our CEREC machine can mill a strong, beautiful restoration in about an hour. We’ll permanently place the crown during your single visit, and you’ll leave our office with a full, healthy smile.

Ask us about CEREC crowns today so you can spend less time in the dentist’s chair and more time sharing your happy smile with others.

Making Dentistry More Affordable

In today’s economy, we know that paying out of pocket can be prohibitively expensive, so we have forged this alliance to ensure that our patients have the kind of dental benefits they want and need. So now you can take care of your smile – without breaking the bank.

 

We are proud to offer Quality Dental Plan (QDP) – a dental savings plan for both new and existing patients in our practice. Knowing that traditional dental insurance premiums are expensive, and that insurance benefits are extremely limited, we have partnered with Quality Dental Plan to create a comprehensive and customized membership program that will cover your preventive care, like cleanings, x-rays and exams, at 100% in our practice. And QDP members also receive valuable benefits on restorative care, like fillings, crowns and implants…even cosmetic dentistry!

Ask us today about Quality Dental Plan and how it can help make dental care more affordable for you and your loved ones. Call our office today at 423-870-5698 and start saving on quality dental care today.