Dentist - Cumberland
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Cumberland, RI 02864

Posts for: December, 2017

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
December 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

If you wanted to protect your family from natural disaster, you'd take all the steps necessary to ensure their safety and well-being. The family dentistsame philosophy applies to dental care. At Dental Associates of Cumberland, RI, compassionate and skilled family dentistry protects your loved ones from the many conditions which adversely affect oral health. From decay to gum disease to oral injury and poor dental bite, Dr. Angeles Felix and her staff take them all to heart and deliver premier preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments.

At one comfortable location

When you come to Dental Associates of Cumberland, expect a welcoming, respectful atmosphere where the staff treats your family just like their own. Whatever the concern for your own oral health or for the very youngest to the oldest of your family members, expect it to be kindly and competently addressed.

Your Cumberland family dentist is extensively credentialed in all areas of family dentistry--from preventive services such as those all-important hygienic cleanings and semi-annual check-ups to restorations such as porcelain crowns and dental implants to cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers and crown lengthening procedures. In addition, when Dr. Felix and her team get to know your loved ones well, they watch for dental issues which tend to run in families.

Age doesn't restrict your dental care

With an experienced family dentist, you're assured of excellent, accurate care through your lifespan. Say, for instance, the adolescent patient comes to Dr. Felix for an examination and cleaning. Dr. Felix recommends that all family members receive them every six months according to American Dental Association guidelines, but did you know that your dentist also can address the teen's need for a customized athletic mouth guard or for wisdom teeth extraction?

Then, when that same person is an adult, Dr. Felix can care for their need for teeth whitening or for seamlessly natural-looking white fillings. Additionally, Dr. Felix and her team craft care plans geared toward each patient's unique preferences and needs. What works for one patient may not be best for another. So count on your Cumberland family dentist's individualized care and kind touch each and every time you or a loved one visits the office.

Find out more

Why not trust your family's oral health to Dental Associates of Cumberland, RI? We're conveniently located and have office hours well-suited to your busy schedule. Don't run all over town! Instead, call (401) 723-0350 for your family dentistry appointment.

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
December 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

You’ve been embarrassed for a while now by your yellowed, dull teeth. You’re ready for a change.

There’s a simple and cost-effective way to make that change: you can temporarily brighten your smile with teeth whitening, possibly at home. But before you try it, you should first have a dental examination to find out if whitening is the right choice for you.

First off, healthy teeth with outer enamel staining are the best candidates for whitening. Teeth and gums with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease should be treated first before undergoing whitening. A dental exam will uncover any health issues you may have with your mouth.

In the same vein, you’ll want to consider whitening carefully if you have dental work like veneers, crowns or implants. Unlike natural teeth, these non-biological materials won’t be affected by the bleaching agent. We can discuss any potential for color mismatch between your whitened natural teeth and your dental work during your examination.

A dental exam can also uncover one other crucial fact — what kind of tooth staining you have. There are two basic types: extrinsic, staining on the outside enamel as we’ve mentioned earlier; and intrinsic, staining that originates from inside a tooth. The whitening kits you purchase from a store and even some of the whitening techniques we use in the office only diminish extrinsic, not intrinsic staining. To address an intrinsically-stained tooth requires a much more involved, invasive clinical technique only performed by dental professionals.

Finally, a dental examination is a good discussion forum for helping you decide between a home kit and a clinical procedure. While DIY kits are effective for the most part, you won’t be able to precisely control the degree of brightness like we can. This could be important if you want a specific shade of whiteness, from a more subtle and natural shade to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. Shade control could also help minimize color mismatch with dental work.

In the end, we want to help you make the best choice for teeth whitening. Even if you decide to pursue whitening at home, we can offer you valuable advice on what to look for when you buy a kit and how to use it. That alone could help ensure you get the new, bright smile you desire!

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
December 05, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: nutrition   tmj disorders  

We don’t often think about it, but eating is a multi-staged process. It starts, of course, with food that’s hopefully high in nutritional value. But you also need coordinated jaw action to chew and shred your food that when combined with the enzymes in saliva can then be effectively digested in the stomach.

But what if you’re unable to chew some foods because you suffer from chronic jaw pain and dysfunction? This is the situation for millions of people who suffer from problems associated with the jaw joints—temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). It’s not just the chronic pain and discomfort TMD can cause that’s a real issue—it may also be preventing you from eating foods that are healthy for you.

Because TMD can make it difficult to open your jaws wide or causes pain when you bite down, you might especially have trouble with certain fruits and vegetables as well as many meats. Many people opt to skip otherwise healthy foods because they’re too difficult to eat. That, however, could lead to lack of proper nutrition in the long run.

But with a few techniques and modifications, you can still include many of these foods in your diet even when TMD discomfort flares up. For one, be sure to cut all your food portions (including toast) into small, bite-sized pieces. These should be small enough to limit the amount of jaw opening required to comfortably place the bite in your mouth and chew. When preparing your food, be sure to peel fruits and vegetables that have skin, which is often hard to chew.

You should also try cooking crisper fruits and vegetables to a soft, moist texture. Choose meat cuts, poultry or seafood that can be cooked to a tender, moist consistency—you can also use gravies and sauces to further moisten them.

And don’t forget to chew slowly. Not only does slower eating aid in digestion, it will help you avoid overworking your jaw joints.

With a few adjustments you can have a normal, nutritious diet and minimize the discomfort of your TMD symptoms. Continual healthy eating is a must for overall health and quality of life.

If you would like more information on reducing the impact of TMD on your life and health, 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 “What to Eat When TMJ Pain Flares Up.”



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