Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is one of the most important dental hygiene steps you can take each day. Brushing your teeth removes food and plaque, helping prevent tartar buildup, enamel breakdown and cavities. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and Dr. James J. McCall recommends adding in a third brushing after your third meal.

When to Brush

Most people brush their teeth in the morning and at bedtime. This is a good routine, but you may wish to consider brushing about 30 minutes after each meal. This will remove food before it has a chance to cause problems, and will also help improve your breath. Keep in mind that you should wait for at least 30 minutes if you ate something acidic, as these foods can weaken your tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth too soon can damage the enamel.

How to Brush

Brushing your teeth seems simple, but unfortunately many people make mistakes that could damage their teeth.

First, start with the right amount of toothpaste. You only need about a pea-sized amount on a soft-bristle brush that you replace every three months. Brush for about two minutes, but do not be rough with your teeth. Sawing at your teeth will not get them cleaner, and can lead to gum recession. If your gums recede too much, the nerves will become exposed, causing sensitivity.

Next, be sure to brush all sides of your teeth, including the inside surfaces. It can be easy to miss some inside surfaces when switching positioning of the brush. Finally, when you are done, remove food and bacteria from the tongue by sweeping the brush back and front across your tongue.

Do you have further questions about brushing technique? Talk to Dr. James J. McCall to discuss your oral health and brushing technique, and ensure you are caring for your teeth properly.

Why You Should See a Cosmetic Dentist

Have you considered going to the cosmetic dentist? If you are unhappy with your smile for any reason, the cosmetic dentist can be the right choice to help you make your smile more appealing. If you have concerns about your smile or lack confidence because of your teeth, Dr. James J. McCall recommends a visit to a cosmetic dentist in this recent video.

What The Cosmetic Dentist Can Do

What can the cosmetic dentist do for you? According to Dr. James J. McCall, the cosmetic dentist has several techniques to use to make your smile more visually appealing.

One of the most popular treatments available through a cosmetic dentist is teeth whitening. Your dentist can use a variety of techniques to bring your teeth several shades whiter and brighter. Often, this is all that is necessary to improve your look and your confidence.

Porcelain crowns and veneers can also help when severe staining or damage is present. Cosmetic dentists use these devices to give you a smile that looks like the teeth God gave you. For missing teeth, dentures, implants and other prosthetics can replace the teeth and restore the look of your smile. Sometimes these procedures require the help of an oral surgeon or periodontist, but the cosmetic dentist can help you get started.

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

If you have decided to use the services of a cosmetic dentist, you will want to choose carefully. Your regular dentist can be a source of a referral, but make sure you do your homework beyond this basic referral. As with any medical professional, you need to check credentials and reputation to ensure that you have chosen the right one. Your smile is worth a little extra time to research dentists and choose a cosmetic dentist that has a reputation for quality work.

If your smile is not something you are proud of, do not despair. Something can be done to make your smile and your teeth more appealing. With the help of a cosmetic dentist, you can have a smile you are proud of again.

Teeth Whitening

Do you find yourself embarrassed by your smile? Have you ever wished that you could have whiter, more vibrant teeth? Over time, the enamel on your teeth take a real beating, soaking up stains from the foods you eat every day. Teeth whitening technology can help remove stains and discoloration from your teeth, giving you a smile you will be confident to share. Here are some options available for teeth whitening.

Laser or Light-Assisted Whitening

Laser-assisted teeth whitening is a fast, effective way to whiten teeth. This system involves a special whitening gel that is applied to the teeth then activated with a light or laser to erase discoloration. Throughout the procedure, the gums are protected with a gel or guard. The treatment is fast, and after just one session you may notice teeth that are about eight to 14 shades whiter.

At-Home Whitening

You can also whiten your teeth at home using a variety of methods. Over-the-counter whitening systems apply a whitening agent or bleach directly to the teeth through a system of trays and gels or strips. These can effectively whiten teeth by a few shades.

For the most effective at-home treatment, you will want to have a custom mouthpiece and prescription grade bleaching gel, which you can get from your dentist. Because the prescription-strength whitening products are more powerful, you will achieve greater results with the prescription strength products.

What to Expect

How much whitening can you expect with these systems? The answer will depend on how stained or discolored your teeth already are. Professional teeth whitening systems can offer as much as 14 shades of improvement. However, this may be too much for you. If you whiten your teeth too strongly, you will end up with an unnatural, glowing smile. Talk to your dentist about the best whitening level to give you a natural, but more radiant, smile, that also looks natural.

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