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Posts for: January, 2016

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
January 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if professional teeth whitening is exactly what the doctor ordered!

Teeth whitening can offer some pretty amazing results. If you feel self-conscious about smiling in public because of dull or yellowing teeth whiteningteeth, then teeth whitening may be able to help. From the office of your Cumberland, RI dentist, Dr. Angeles Felix, find out about professional teeth whitening and if it can improve your smile’s radiance.

Do you have a healthy mouth?

Sure, you may have some stains due to years of consuming coffee, tea, wine, or other stain-producing foods and drinks but your mouth should still be healthy. So, what exactly does that mean? This means that you should have a smile that is free of decay, tartar buildup, or gum disease. Your cosmetic dentist in Cumberland will be sure to clean your teeth prior to your whitening procedure to ensure that the gel can target the surface of the tooth and that plaque and tartar aren’t in the way. But if you have a cavity or gum disease, we will need to treat these issues first and foremost.

Do you have a lot of dental work?

If you have dental restorations like fillings, crowns or veneers, then it’s important to note that teeth whitening can only successfully whiten natural tooth structure. Therefore, after your whitening session, your dental work will remain the same color. If you are interested in replacing your old dental work to match your newly whitened smile, Dr. Felix would be happy to discuss your options.

Are you currently pregnant or nursing?

If you are looking to get whitening but just found out you are expecting, then you will certainly want to wait until you have finished nursing before getting teeth whitening. The peroxide used in the whitening gel goes through an oxidation process while on your teeth that could possibly harm your baby’s tissues or cells. While there is currently no evidence regarding bleaching your teeth and your baby’s health, it’s strongly encouraged that you wait until you give birth before considering cosmetic whitening.

Are you looking to remove surface stains?

If you want to wipe away external stains, then whitening is a great and effective option for you. But if you have internal stains caused by trauma, antibiotic use, etc., then whitening will not be effective against these discolorations. If you are looking for a way to brighten your internally stained smile, we would be happy to talk to you about veneers and other cosmetic options for getting your smile whiter.

For all of your cosmetic needs turn to Cumberland, RI cosmetic dentist, Dr. Angeles Felix, today. Call to schedule your first whitening session. You’ll be glad you did!

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
January 19, 2016
Category: Oral Health

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat:

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
January 04, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Long-term dental health is built on a foundation of good hygiene habits instilled at an early age. Consistent, daily hygiene not only makes for healthy teeth and gums but an attractive smile too.

Here are 4 tips for encouraging your child to develop effective oral hygiene habits.

Begin teaching them to brush and floss on their own around age 6. Brushing and flossing are the primary ways to remove bacterial plaque from teeth, the main cause for dental disease. You should begin brushing your child’s teeth when they first appear; around age 6 you can begin encouraging them to brush for themselves and learn to floss.

Promote healthy eating and snacking habits. A nutritious diet is also important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Make sure your child is eating a varied, balanced diet of whole foods in appropriate portions. You should limit sugar and other carbohydrates (which accelerate growth of decay-causing bacteria) to mealtimes; offer limited, non-sugary snacks between meals.

Warn older children and teens about practices that are unhealthy for the mouth. As children enter their teen years, they’re under increased pressure from peers to try unhealthy practices. Oral piercings like tongue and lip bolts can increase tooth damage — chipping and wear — and gum recession, infection and bone loss. Tobacco use, both smoke and smokeless, can also cause tooth staining, increase the risk of decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Begin stressing the dangers these practices pose to their general and oral health before they reach puberty.

Practice what you teach. ├é┬áModeling healthy behavior you want your child to learn is just as important as instructing them how to do it. When they’re very young, brushing teeth should be a family affair — allow them to see how you brush your teeth as you help them brush theirs. And, if you’re not sure if your hygiene techniques are worthy of emulation, we’ll be glad to help you improve your effectiveness to pass on to the next generation.

If you would like more information on developing life-long dental habits with your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”



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