Posts for: November, 2018
How Teeth Whitening Can Rejuvenate Your Smile
Teeth whitening treatment is one of the most popular cosmetic dental services available—and for good reason! Teeth whitening can rejuvenate an aging, yellowed, and stained smile, giving you back your pearly whites. Not only is a beautiful white smile important to both your good looks and self-esteem, it is also easily achievable thanks to today's professional teeth whitening treatments. Dr. W. Timothy Brooks in Huntsville, Alabama, is an expert in this field, and if the information below intrigues you, he is happy to improve your smile as soon as possible!
Basic Whitening Info
Most people try over-the-counter whitening treatments first, only to find that the results they achieve aren’t very dramatic or long-lasting. The truth is, many teeth whitening treatments aren’t tested for effectiveness or safety. In fact, some over-the-counter products contain damaging ingredients that can make your teeth sensitive.
When people want to rejuvenate their smiles, they choose professional teeth whitening because treatment is:
- Effective, brightening smiles up to 8 shades whiter
- Long-lasting, keeping smiles white up to 5 years
- Quick, whitening smiles in an hour for the in-office treatment
- Safe, with a long history of rigorous testing for safety and approval by the American Dental Association
Options Available at Dr. Brooks' Huntsville Office
Dr. Brooks offers two convenient teeth whitening options for you to consider:
- In-Office Whitening: Only takes about an hour and is a great option if you quickly want a whiter smile. Many people choose in-office whitening if they want to look great for an upcoming special event such as a reunion or a wedding. For the whitest smile, it is best to continue with at-home whitening.
- At-Home Whitening: Involves using a kit that contains professional strength whitening gel and custom-made whitening trays. At-home whitening allows you to whiten your smile at your own pace, whenever you want. This is a great option for people who want convenience and privacy.
Contact Us Today!
Give yourself a new look by rejuvenating your smile! Say goodbye to stains from coffee or smoking, and say hello to a younger looking and more beautiful smile with professional teeth whitening. To learn more, call Dr. W. Timothy Brooks in Huntsville, Alabama, today at (256) 883-8008.
Edentulism, the loss of all of a person’s teeth, is more than an appearance problem. As one in four Americans over 65 can attest, total tooth loss can lead to emotional suffering, social embarrassment and a lack of nutrition caused by limited food choices.
But there are solutions like the removable denture, an effective dental restoration for more than a century. In its current advanced form, the removable denture is truly a functional, affordable and attractive way to restore lost teeth.
Creating an effective denture begins first by taking detailed impressions of a patient’s gum ridges. We use the measurements obtained from this process to create a plastic resin base colored to resemble the natural gums. Using old photos and other resources documenting how the patient looked with teeth, we choose the best size and shape of porcelain teeth and then position them onto the base.
Finally, we fine-tune the dentures the first time they’re in the patient’s mouth to make sure they have a secure fit and a balanced bite when the jaws come together. We also want to be sure the dentures are attractive and blend well with other facial features. The result: a new set of teeth that can do the job of the old ones and look nearly as real and attractive.
Dentures, though, do have one major drawback: they can’t stop bone loss, a common consequence of missing teeth. In fact, they may even accelerate bone loss due to the pressure they bring to bear on the gum ridges. Continuing bone loss could eventually cause their once secure fit to slacken, making them less functional and much more uncomfortable to wear.
But a recent innovation could put the brakes on bone loss for a denture wearer. By incorporating small implants imbedded at various places along the gums, a denture with compatible fittings connects securely with the implants to support the denture rather than the gum ridges. This not only relieves pressure on the gums, but the titanium within the implants attracts bone cells and stimulates their growth.
Thanks to this and other modern advances, dentures continue to be a solid choice for tooth replacement. Not only can they restore a lost smile, they can improve overall health and well-being too.
If you would like more information on dental restorations for missing teeth, 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 “Removable Full Dentures.”
The American Diabetes Association has declared November National Diabetes Month. If you or a loved one has diabetes, you may already know that diabetes puts you at greater risk for gum disease. Let's look at four must-know facts about diabetes and gum disease.
#1. Gum disease is an acknowledged complication of diabetes.
High levels of blood sugar can interfere with your mouth's ability to fight infection, making you more susceptible to gum disease. People with poorly controlled diabetes may have more severe gum disease and may ultimately lose more teeth due to gum disease—in fact, one in five people who have lost all their teeth have diabetes.
#2. Gum disease makes diabetes harder to control.
Diabetes and gum disease are a two-way street when it comes to adverse health effects. Not only does diabetes increase the risk of gum disease, but gum disease can make diabetes harder to manage. Infections such as gum disease can cause blood sugar levels to rise. This is because chronic inflammation can throw the body's immune system into overdrive, which affects blood sugar levels. Since higher blood sugar weakens the body's ability to fight infection, untreated gum disease may raise the risk of complications from diabetes.
#3. You can do a lot to take charge of your health.
If you have diabetes and gum disease, you may feel as if you've been hit with a double whammy. While it's true that having both conditions means you are tasked with managing two chronic diseases, there is a lot you can do to take care of your health. Do your best to control blood sugar by taking prescribed medications, following a balanced diet, and exercising. In addition, pay special attention to your oral healthcare routine at home: Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day can go a long way in preserving good oral health.
#4. Preventing and managing gum disease should be a team effort.
We can work together to prevent, treat, and control periodontal disease. Come in for regular professional dental cleanings and checkups so we can monitor the health of your teeth and gums and provide specialized treatment such as deep cleanings when necessary. Diligent dental care can improve your oral health and help control your diabetes.
Remember, we're on your team. Let us know if there have been changes in your diabetes, your medication, or your oral health. If you have questions about diabetes and your oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”