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Best Oral Hygiene Routine

We all want a bright, shiny smile to dazzle those around us. Going to the dentist is one important aspect of your dental care, and a great way to get a squeaky clean feel from professional cleanings. In between visits however, it is up to you to maintain a healthy mouth. Prescott Dental is here to address your oral hygiene needs, and help you come up with the best routine. We want to ensure that your oral care is the most thorough and effective. We have come up with some tips for your at home care.

1. Floss Daily

We know, we know. You’ve heard it all your life. Well, it still holds true. Flossing is a very important aspect of oral health care. It is able to reach plaque in between the teeth, limiting the possibility of tooth decay and gum disease. Once a day flossing it worth having healthier teeth and preventing mouth issues.

2. Use the Right toothbrush

It can be easy to not use the right toothbrush. Your dentist can recommend one specifically for your mouth. However, the best for adults is to use one with a small to medium sized head to comfortably get all around your mouth, especially in the back. The bristles should be soft to medium, and multi-tufted. Children need to use smaller brushes.

3. Change Your Toothbrush

It is important to recognize when to change your toothbrush. When the bristles are tired and worn out, they are not cleaning the way they should be. It is important to get a new toothbrush every two to three months for the most thorough cleaning.

4. Use Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride has consistently been shown to be important in toothpaste and even in water. It has been scientifically proven to prevent cavities as well as repair tooth enamel.

5. Brush Appropriately

Brushing twice a day is important. Ensure that you brush every night before bed to get off plaque from the day, and at least once throughout the day. Brushing too much can cause gum recession so it’s important not to over brush or brush too hard. When brushing, place bristles at a 45 degree angle on your teeth, brush in a circular movement on all surfaces of your teeth, inside and out. Also be sure to brush your tongue to help freshen breath and clean out bacteria.

6. Limit Unhealthy Habits

To help with your oral care, limiting unhealthy habits in your day is helpful. Sugary drinks, foods, and smoking can be a major cause to tooth decay and gum disease. If you have sugary foods/drinks, have them only at mealtimes. Best care is to limit these all together.

7. Drink Enough Water

Water is essential for your body in several ways. Not only does it help to hydrate you, it is important to keep your mouth moist. Having a dry mouth increases plaque and potential for gum disease. Water has various health benefits, but also helps maintain continual saliva production which is imperative for oral health.

 

Oral health care is essential in preventing plaque buildup and gum disease. Getting professional cleanings throughout the year are great for stubborn plaque buildup and to have the squeaky clean feeling. However, maintaining your mouth in between is imperative. For more information on what is best for your teeth, visit us at Prescott Dental and we will gladly guide you in your personal oral health needs.

 

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Whiter Smile with Prescott Dental

No one enjoys smiling at someone knowing there are stains, discoloration or darkening of your teeth. We all want a bright white smile to greet those around us. Prescott Dental can help with all your cosmetic dental services, including whitening that brilliant smile of yours.

How Does Whitening Work?

The process is a lot less complicated that it seems. At Prescott Dentistry, our whitening process uses one of two different types of peroxide-based whitening solution; either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. The active oxygen in the peroxide naturally penetrates the pores in our enamel and breaks down stains (caused from substances such as, coffee, soda, tea, wine, blueberries, blackberries, pomegranates, smoking) into smaller particles, bringing back the natural color of your enamel and enhancing the whiteness of your teeth.

How Do They Whiten Teeth at the Dentist?

One important step to help whiten your teeth, is to have a professional cleaning. Our dental office has excellent, skilled dental hygienists who have the training and expertise to polish and remove surface stains from your teeth. This professional cleaning can help to remove the staining that occurs everyday and by itself make your teeth look brighter. After this, you can determine if you would need further whitening treatments.

The teeth whitening process involves taking impressions of your teeth and making custom-fit whitening trays. You then have a consultation with our staff and together evaluate the shade of your teeth and what you want to achieve with the whitening. We instruct you in using the whitening system and together, we get you the smile you want. The trays are convenient and comfortable and often you can’t even tell you are wearing them. Many patients wear the trays while working or while out and about running errands.

After Whitening

During and after teeth whitening, it’s important to know that some sensitivity may be experienced. Avoiding foods that are extremely hot or cold can help. Your dentist will have suggestions that can help alleviate and prevent this sensitivity. Along with whitening toothpaste, limiting smoking, and stain forming foods/drinks will help your white teeth last longer.
There is a bright side to every part of life, including your teeth! Seek out Prescott Dental today to help with your cosmetic dentistry needs.

 

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Straighter Smile

Create a Straighter Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

At Prescott Dental, we provide cosmetic dentistry services to help create a smile to be proud of. We want to partner with you to increase your confidence in yourself and your smile. Crooked or misaligned teeth can hinder your confidence and create insecurities. The truth is that you are perfect just the way you are, but we want you to feel that at all times. We are here to help.

Types of Needed Cosmetic Needs:

Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth can be results of various aspects depending on the source. There are varying opinions of how crooked teeth are caused. The varied causes of crooked teeth are hereditary or nutritional issues, but it can also be due to incorrect jaw development, thumb sucking during teeth development, teeth crowding or other persistent gentle pressure. Even consistent tongue pressure on the teeth over a time has been said to cause crooked teeth. Whatever the cause, crooked teeth can be more difficult to clean, and can cause pain or difficulty in eating.

Misaligned Teeth

Misalignment of the teeth can create an overbite or underbite. This is when the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth causing an overbite, or when the bottom teeth overlap the top teeth causing an underbite. Causes of this also vary from losing baby or adult teeth early, having issues with prior dental restoration, gum disease, persistent pressure on the gums or teeth, incorrect jaw development or trauma to the jaw.

Straightening Your Smile

Straightening processes can varying based on the severity of teeth. Options for straightening include braces, invisalign or even surgery. To correct misalignment, once the teeth are straightened and if braces are chosen, then bands can be added to help shift the jaw back into its proper place. Seeing your dentist to gain insight into what your teeth need is best. The dentist can make a mold of your teeth for invisalign, fit you for braces or discuss if a tooth needs to be pulled to help with crowding of the teeth.
The straightening process can be anywhere from six months to two years. This time frame may seem long, but it is nothing compared to many years of feeling confident in smiling and not having fear of your teeth showing. The peace of mind that comes from straighter teeth is priceless.

Having a straight smile is a universally known sign of happiness and health. It communicates a friendliness when shown. To gain straight teeth may be desired for the visual impact it brings, or for more practical reasons of ease of cleaning. Either way, there are a couple ways to get straighter teeth. Your specific need will be best diagnosed by your dentist to ensure you on the right path towards the straighter, impactful smile you’ve been hoping for.

 

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Warning Signs of Impacted Teeth

We all have had those moments when a tinge of pain in our body interrupts our day, and one of the oral health pains that can occur is through an impacted tooth. This pain can come out of nowhere and cause a major wrench in your day. An impacted tooth is when the tooth is unable to break through the gums or has only been able to partially break through, due to limited amount of space in the bone or crowding of other teeth. It is important to be aware of the signs that can signify an impacted tooth. Here is what we at Prescott Dentistry want you to be aware of.

Sign #1-Pain in the back of your mouth

When your teeth are impacted, specifically your wisdom teeth, it can cause throbbing pain in the back of your mouth that doesn’t go away. As the teeth go untreated, the pain can increase, radiating to other teeth around it.

Sign #2-Headaches or Jaw Ache

With the wisdom teeth wreaking havoc on your bone, the pain can radiate elsewhere. The bones in your jaw connect to your head and skull which would result in the added pressure extending throughout your head. The jaw bone may become increasingly tender as the wisdom teeth attempt to break through, and can cause regular headaches.

Sign #3-Swelling

Your body will try to compensate for the pain and impacted tooth through swelling of the tissue. Swelling and redness can begin in the gums around the impacted tooth and can cause swelling in your jaw itself. There is also a possibility for infection to develop, causing swelling in the lymph nodes and glands of the neck as well.

Don’t let pain interrupt or steal the energy from your day. Pay attention to what your body is saying and contact your local dentist If you feel that you are having these symptoms. Prescott Dentistry is here for all your oral health, cosmetic dentistry and biomimetic dentistry needs in Arizona.

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What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

When you get a twinge of pain eating cold foods, or pain when you brush, you may suffer from teeth sensitivity. This common condition occurs when the protective layer around your teeth, enamel, is broken down or when gums recede causing the dentin and nerve endings of your tooth to be exposed. The exposure of the nerve endings of your teeth causes heightened sensitivity to hot, cold, sweets, and even cold air. This can result from:

-Brushing or flossing too aggressively which causes the gums to recede and loss of enamel on your teeth. With receding of the gums, more of the roots and dentin of your teeth are exposed.
-Acidic foods and beverages such as soda pop, coffee etc. are proven to erode away your enamel.
-Grinding your teeth can overtime wear down the enamel on your teeth. There may be stress related to tooth grinding that if relieved can decrease the grinding. Until then, getting a dentist to help with cosmetic dentistry for a mouth guard may be beneficial.
-Worn or loose fillings.
-Gums receding exposing the nerve endings.
-Excessive plaque that has built up due to lack of brushing or cleaning.
-Dental procedures can cause brief sensitivity following the procedure.

The best way to understand what is causing your specific tooth sensitivity is to get it checked by your friendly dentist who understands biomemtic dentistry. This way you will have a tailored understanding of your teeth and how to best treat them. Treatment can be anywhere from new toothpaste to a new filling.

Don’t live with the pain of sensitivity. Embrace the feeling of a pain free life. Your teeth matter. Let Prescott Dentistry help with your dental needs in Arizona.

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Free Custom Whitening Trays for Prescott Law Enforcement!

Free Custom Whitening Trays for Prescott Law Enforcement!

PRESCOTT DENTISTRY OFFERS FREE CUSTOM WHITENING TRAYS FOR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

Each year our Nation loses between 140-160 Law Enforcement Officers in the line of duty. In 1962, President Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week.

This year, during National Police Week the team at Prescott Dentistry would like to celebrate and honor local officers for their service and sacrifice by “Giving a Smile Back” to them. They are offering free custom whitening trays to brighten their smiles. “We are so appreciative of our local officers – we recognize the efforts they put forth in our community. Not only do they serve and protect but we see them volunteering at school functions, coaching little league teams, supporting non-profits, the list is endless.” said Whitney Lee, Team Leader. “For our team to be able to give them something back, to reach out and say we see you and we thank you, may even be a bigger gift to us than it is to them.”

If you are a local law enforcement officer with Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Prescott Police Department or Prescott Valley Police Department stop by Prescott Dentistry during National Police Week (May 15th thru 19th) so that they can thank you in person. With the purchase of a $10 tube of whitening gel they will gift you a complimentary set of custom whitening trays and 3 tubes of whitening gel. “The process is easy” Lee said, “Stop by our office at 350 Whipple Street, purchase the whitening gel and allow us to take impressions of your smile. We will call you to come pick up your trays when they are ready (in about a week).” If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment rather than stop by, please call our team at 445-1660. For complete details, look for flyers around YCSO headquarters or the Prescott Police Department and Prescott Valley Police Department briefing rooms.

Prescott Dentistry Smile Makeover Winner Featured in Prescott Woman Magazine!

Prescott Dentistry Smile Makeover Winner

We are proud to share with our patients the inclusion of our smile makeover winner in this month’s issue of Prescott Woman Magazine. Two years ago Nikki Seguin won Prescott Dentistry’s Smile Makeover Contest and according to the article, which you can read here, her life has been positively changed ever since!

Utilizing biomimetic approaches, Dr. Montes and Dr. Thompson were able to completely transform Nikki’s smile which had staining, decay and gum disease–all without losing a single tooth! As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, biomimetic dentistry is a less-invasive, more natural way of restoring and repairing teeth which allows the body to heal itself.

While Dr. Montes and Dr. Thompson didn’t expect to continue treating Nikki for two years, it just so happened that a little more time and care was needed in this case and Dr. Thompson was brought in to utilize Invisalign to realign Nikki’s teeth for a healthier bite.

Not only has Nikki been the recipient of the utmost care from Prescott Dentistry, she also became involved in Freedom Day through Prescott Dentistry and is now the City coordinator for Freedom Day in Prescott. She was the perfect fit being the Founder and Director with Serving Our Soldiers (SOS), an organization that provides care packages to active duty military and their families.

According to the article, Nikki has overcome the lack of confidence she had with her smile that overshadowed much of her life. She can’t thank the doctors and entire staff at Prescott Dentistry enough.  “Without them, none of this would have been possible,” she said.

“They are my angels.”

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Men, want a long term relationship? Show off those teeth!

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Are you looking for your future wife and partner in crime? Not sure why you can’t catch the eye of that special lady? Maybe try showing off that nice smile you keep so pristine with the help of Prescott Dentistry! The brooding, stoic look might work for a couple dates, but a study out of Senshu University in Oslo, Japan, found that women prefer men who smile often when it comes to choosing long-term partners.

The study, published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, indicated that women who were seeking a long-term relationship found men who smiled more attractive and more trustworthy than those with a neutral expression. Those women not seeking a long term relationship did not find the smiling men more attractive.  According to the study, women found men who were smiling to be more trustworthy and men who were neutral were seen as more masculine.

Researchers believe this distinction may be due to the fact that marriage and long-term relationships often involve parenting where long-term cooperation is necessary. More trustworthy appearing men are likely seen as more likely to take part in this long-term cooperation.

It can’t hurt to make that special someone show her teeth with a nice laugh either! An earlier study from the same publication found that the more men attempt to be funny and cause a woman to laugh, the higher the likelihood of her being interested in dating.

Want to make sure your smile is in the best condition when you’re out there looking for that special someone? Don’t forget your biannual dental visits and contact the team at Prescott Dentistry for any cosmetic dentistry needs you have in the meantime!

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The Advantages of Cosmetic Dentistry: Beyond Appearances

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Have you ever wondered what the benefits of cosmetic dentistry are–other than the obvious “my smile looks better” angle? Well you would certainly be onto something if you have speculated there might be more advantages. Some cosmetic dentistry procedures are just that, cosmetic. But many have multiple purposes, whether that’s improving your oral hygiene or correcting an uneven bite. We’ll dive into some of the advantages of cosmetic dentistry in Prescott below.

  1. Strengthen weak or compromised teeth. Even a procedure like the bonding of porcelain veneers, which seems to be entirely cosmetic, has practical applications. Bonding of durable veneers to weaker teeth can strengthen those teeth.

  2. Increased comfort. Whether you have a tooth that’s too long, too sharp, or chipped, you may experience discomfort on a daily basis. If these issues are addressed with cosmetic dentistry you will benefit from both the improved appearance and comfort.

  3. Bite and smile balance. If your teeth aren’t a uniform length, chewing and even talking can be difficult or uncomfortable. Improving your bite and smile balance will have both visual and functional benefits.

  4. Improved Hygiene. If you have small spaces or gaps between your teeth or slightly overlapping teeth, correcting those issues with cosmetic dentistry can allow you to maintain your oral health more effectively.

  5. Optimal health required. If you’re dead set on making your smile perfect, you can’t skip steps. Cosmetic procedures require you to have optimal oral health first before focusing on appearances.

Interesting in learning more about cosmetic dentistry options from Prescott Dentistry? Act now before the busy holiday season begins. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!

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How’s your “selfie” smile?

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When you pull out the ol’ selfie stick to  get a snapshot of you and the family having a great time on the lake, on a hike, or out to dinner, does the whole family smile wide? Are you proud to show off those beautiful pearly whites? Or are there a few hold-outs and pursed lip grins in the group? If there are, that’s not unusual.

A recent survey from The Oral Health Foundation indicated that people who take selfies (photos of themselves), particularly in the United Kingdom, more often smile with their mouths closed to hide their teeth than go with a “toothy” open mouthed smile.

According to the study, only twenty-nine percent indicated that they do in fact smile with their teeth when they are being photographed. Of the majority that that do not smile with their teeth, about thirty-three percent pointed to “discolored teeth” as the largest contributing factor to that decision. The second largest contributor to the shame people had regarding their oral state? Crooked or uneven teeth. About two thirds of those served did smile for these selfies, but most just chose to hide their teeth.

Another disturbing fact revealed from this survey? Fifty-five percent of adults revealed that they only brushed once a day. Not a great idea!

If discolored or uneven teeth are causing you to hide your best smile, contact Prescott Dentistry today to schedule your dental checkup, tooth whitening, or other cosmetic dentistry procedure today.

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