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How to Choose the Right Toothpaste?

When we talk about the oral health and maintenance of teeth, toothpaste is the first thing that we bring into our conversation. Toothpaste is an essential part of maintaining oral hygiene; therefore, you need to choose the one that suits your requirements. Finding the perfect toothpaste out from the sea of different formulas and manufacturers is challenging. The majority of people do not pay much attention when choosing a toothpaste. They pick up the first one they find. What they do not understand is that the toothpaste they are using might be negatively impacting their oral health. Want to choose the perfect toothpaste for your teeth? Incorporate these tips, and you will end up making the right choice!

Choose a Toothpaste According to Your Needs

Did you know that choosing a toothpaste according to your needs is the most important aspect of buying a toothpaste? Most of the kinds of toothpaste target specific conditions and needs. You can find de-sensitizing, tartar control, whitening, fluoride, gum health, and smoker’s toothpaste in the market. You cannot expect a tartar control toothpaste to work for whitening and vice versa.

When you go out to purchase your toothpaste, make sure you know exactly which type of toothpaste you need. It will help in narrowing down the options and make it easy for you to make your choice.

Read the Ingredients

Reading the ingredients is vital when choosing a toothpaste. Some kinds of toothpaste are sold as cosmetic products and are not ADA approved. These might contain excessively abrasive ingredients and can damage the enamel of your teeth. There is one ingredient that you should always look out for, and that is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).

It is the ingredient that thickens the toothpaste and helps it foam up. It is a common ingredient in all kinds of toothpaste, but it can cause canker sores and even cause irritation in the eyes. By reading the ingredients on the toothpaste packaging, you will be able to spot these ingredients.

Choose the Flavor

The flavor is another important factor to consider when buying toothpaste. A distasteful toothpaste will make you gag on it and even affect the way you brush your teeth. The smart option is to choose a flavor that you like as it will encourage you to brush your teeth regularly.  

Avoid Sweetened Toothpaste

Many people choose a toothpaste that is heavily sweetened as it encourages them to brush regularly. It is vital to understand that heavily sweetened toothpaste can pave the way for tooth decay and expose your teeth to several periodontal diseases.  

Choosing the right toothpaste is crucial for your oral health. If you want to maintain the health of your teeth, make sure you are using the right toothpaste!  Contact Dr. Lori Logan, our dentist in Cypress, if you have any additional questions!

What Is Dental Erosion?

Loss of tooth enamel, a thick covering that protects the tooth, due to acid attack is known as Dental Erosion. When tooth enamel gets damaged, dentine that is present underneath gets exposed, and it may result in sensitivity and pain.

Signs That You Have Dental Erosion

If you see holes on the surface of your teeth, worn away biting edges and tooth surfaces, then you might have dental erosion. The dentine underneath is dark yellow, unlike white enamel. Because of worn away enamel, your dentin can become extremely sensitive to both cold, heat, acidic drinks, or foods.

Causes of Dental Erosion

Eating or drinking anything acidic may cause the enamel on the teeth to become soft for a short period, and it loses its minerals. Whereas, your saliva will contribute to rejuvenating the enamel in no time. But if such acid attacks happen more regularly, there are chances that your enamel will lose its quality of getting repaired, and you will se chunks or small parts of enamel easily getting removed from your teeth.

Medical Problems Linked To Dental Erosion

Bulimia is a medical condition where the affected person gets sick and starts to lose weight. Their vomits contain a high level of acid that damages the enamel on your teeth. The stomach produces acids, and sometimes these acids can come up into your mouth; this is also known as gastroesophageal reflux. People who have a hiatus hernia, gastro-esophageal, or who consume excessive alcohol can even experience dental erosion because of vomiting.

What Should You Do to Prevent Dental Erosion?

    • Only consume acidic food items or drinks (sodas, juices, fizzy drinks) when you are having a meal. It can help you reduce acid attacks.
    • It is better to drink as soon as you take a sip without keeping it in your mouth for long. Using a straw can also help you to keep the drink away from your teeth.
    • At the end of any meal, it is beneficial to consume milk or cheese. They will cancel the acidic action caused by your food or drink.
    • Chewing sugar-free gum after eating will help you produce more amount of saliva to fight against acidic reaction.
    • Brush your teeth after one hour of eating or drinking. This can give your teeth time to rebuild the lost mineral content.
    • Use fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth and a brush that has soft bristles.
    • For keeping fluoride on your teeth for an extended period, it is better to spit out rather than rinsing off.

Contact our dentist in Cypress today to schedule an appointment!

How long do permanent veneers last?

how long do permanent veneers last

Veneers are porcelain shells that are bonded to teeth and match the color or shade of your natural teeth. Veneers give patients a beautiful and white natural-looking smile.

To apply the veneers, a cement material is used. Veneers are
typically used for chipped, stained, or uneven teeth to give patients that
uniform and bright white look.

Veneers are permanent and are made out of porcelain which is durable and long-lasting. On average, veneers last anywhere between 10-15 years, but this also depends on wear and tear. Patients must take good care of their teeth if they have veneers to ensure they last and stay in good condition.

Tips to ensure your
veneers last:

  • Avoid biting any hard objects or foods that will
    damage your veneers.
  • If you suffer from bruxism or clench your teeth
    regularly, you may want to consider wearing a mouthguard to protect your
    veneers from damage.
  • Avoid biting your nails as this can damage your
    veneers.

Veneers are extremely durable if they are taken care of. We
recommend good oral hygiene habits at home with brushing and flossing daily.
Attending your regular dental visits is also recommended so our staff can
ensure your veneers continue to look great.

If you are interested in finding out if veneers are right
for you, contact Lori Logan, DDS to schedule your appointment.

Is a crown falling off a dental emergency?

dental crown falling off is an emergency

Losing a crown can be painful or uncomfortable, and may cause concern. If you have a crown that has fallen off, seek dental help by calling our office. We will get you in the same day to address the issue. When a crown falls off the tooth underneath is exposed, and this can cause pain or sensitivity.

There are a few things you can do in the meantime to help alleviate any pain or sensitivity you may have.

Tips if your crown has fallen off:

  • Call our office and schedule an appointment to get your crown reattached, and let us know your crown has fallen off. We will get you in as soon as possible.
  • Temporary dental adhesive can be used to try and put the crown back into place. Carefully clean the area before applying the adhesive. Avoid chewing anything hard or sticky because over the counter adhesive is not as strong as a permanent adhesive.
  • Clove oil can be applied around the tooth and gum where the tooth is exposed to help alleviate pain and numb the area.
  • Over the counter pain medication can be used to help with any pain or sensitivity you may be feeling.
  • Avoid any foods or drinks that are acidic or sweet. These types of foods or drinks can cause pain or decay to the tooth.

We recommend visiting our office right away to prevent any further damage to your tooth. Our friendly and skilled staff will look at the area, and determine if you need a new crown. We are here to help and treat all our patients like family providing the very best personal care.

If you are interested in finding out more about our crown procedures, contact Lori Logan, DDS to schedule your appointment.

How does a dental crown work?

Dental Crown

Dental crowns are needed to protect a weak tooth from breaking, or to restore a broken or damaged tooth. Typically crowns are placed after a root canal to help seal out any infection and prevent the tooth from further breaking. Crowns provide strength, prevent further damage, and fit over the teeth.

Crowns can change the size, shape, and color of a tooth giving patients a beautiful natural-looking smile.

During a crown procedure, a local anesthetic is used to keep our patients comfortable and relaxed. The tooth is filed down to provide the perfect fit for the crown. Impressions are then taken and sent off to a lab where the crown is custom made, and temporary crowns are used until the permanent crown is ready.

Typically crowns take two appointments where the patient must return to have the permanent crown installed. Our office also offers same-day crowns for our patients, so they can receive their crown in just one appointment.

Once the permanent crown is ready we will install the crown using a special cement to affix the crown to the tooth. On average, crowns last anywhere between 5 to 15 years. We do recommend to avoid teeth grinding, or clenching your teeth to prevent damage to your crown.

If you are interested in finding out more about our dental crown options contact Lori Logan DDS, to schedule your appointment.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations provided to patients. They can be made of ceramic or porcelain and some of them even have a metal based for extra stability. Regardless of the type of crown that you have, you might be wondering how long your new restoration will last and how to keep it looking its best. The beauty about dental crowns is they won’t stain or discolor like your natural teeth, so it’ll always stay the same color as when it was placed.

When Would a Crown Be Needed?

Most often, a crown is needed because a tooth has broken or cracked. A tooth that has recently had a root canal may need a crown simply because it’s more susceptible to breaking. If a tooth has a very large filling in it, it may eventually crack which results in the need for a crown. Your crown is made just for you using impressions that are made from your teeth. This means the crown will feel and fit comfortably and provide you with a full, beautiful smile.

How Long Will a Dental Crown Last?

A crown typically lasts for anywhere from 7 to 15 years, but it is not uncommon for some patients to have crowns that are two or more decades old. How long your crown will last largely depends on how well you maintain it and your dental habits. For example, a patient who has bruxism and constantly grinds their teeth may need to replace their crown sooner than a patient who doesn’t clench or grind their teeth. It’s important to brush your crown along with your other teeth to keep it clean and be extra careful when flossing. Most patients with crowns find that when they floss, they can push the floss down between the crown and then pull it out from the front rather than forcing it back up.

How to Maintain Your Dental Crown

The best way to maintain your dental crown is with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits. Good oral hygiene can prevent bacteria and plaque from getting up underneath the crown or causing an issue with the gums around it. Dental checkups allow us to monitor your crown and look for signs of wear and tear as well as it loosening. Crowns should be replaced after they show signs of wear or if the tooth underneath has become decayed.