Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dr. Roy Provides Teeth Whitening to Brighten Your Smile

Teeth Whitening
You can have a dazzling smile with a professional teeth whitening procedure.  Dr. Roy is an expert at providing patients with both preventative dental care and cosmetic dentistry solutions.  This ensures that her patients stay in excellent oral health so that they can improve the appearance of their smile whenever they want to.

There are many reasons that teeth become dull or yellow.  Drinking coffee, tea, or eating foods that stain can create yellow teeth.  Additionally, smoking cigarettes or using chewing tobacco will age teeth very quickly.  Even smokers in their twenties may find that their teeth look decades older than they should.  Simultaneously, even the healthiest of people may lose the shine and luster of their teeth with age and time.  Fortunately, Dr. Roy can help.

Teeth whitening procedures can restore teeth to the gorgeous white appearance they had years ago.  This is one of the easiest and fastest ways to make a person look younger and more attractive. recently conducted a study where they polled over 5,000 single people across the country, and both men and women agreed that a beautiful smile was the most-attractive quality in someone they were looking to date.  This was more important than any other physical attribute or personality trait.  By simply brightening your smile, you could change your appearance and how people perceive you.

There are several options for whitening your teeth, including:
  • Whitening strips.  This is an over the counter solution that can be purchased at any local drug store.  They can be placed on your teeth after brushing and worn throughout the day or evening.  The challenge is that they can become loose and feel strange.  Additionally, they only whiten teeth by around two shades, so the results are not very dramatic.
  • Whitening toothpaste.  Using this type of toothpaste can help keep your teeth bright in between professional treatments but it doesn’t produce a strong effect on its own.  The results are more of a brightening but won’t necessarily “whiten” your teeth effectively.
  • Whitening gel.  There are two ways this can be applied – in an over the counter treatment or with a professional solution.  The over the counter treatment has several challenges.  The solution only whitens by around two shades and will commonly leak out of the trays because they don’t fit snuggly.  Professional trays are made using a mold of your mouth so that the fit is perfect.  This prevents any solution from leaking into the back of the mouth.  Additionally, the solution is stronger, so the results are dramatic and stunning. 
  • Laser whitening.  This is the latest in whitening treatments and is done in a dental office.  Whitening solution is placed on the teeth, and lasers are used to activate it for immediate results.  Teeth look beautifully white afterwards without any discomfort. 
To learn more about the various ways to whiten your teeth call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Roy.  Improving your appearance has never been easier.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Your Redwood City Dentist Can Prevent Gum Disease and Other Health Issues

Redwood City Dentist
At your local Redwood City Dentist office, Dr. Roy can treat all types of oral health issues and practices preventative care so that patients can enjoy life without interruption.  The challenge is that when people don’t have their teeth cleaned twice a year it can lead to cavities, gum disease, and other health issues.  The entire body is connected, and because of this a healthy mouth is essential for staying healthy overall.

When you have your teeth cleaned on a regular basis it allows the dental hygienist to remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth and gums.  This is important because no matter how often you brush and floss at home there are certain areas of your mouth that are difficult to reach.  Removing the bacteria helps to prevent both cavities and gum disease.  If Dr. Roy identifies any health issues, a treatment plan will be created so that you can stay in optimal health.

Gum disease is a major oral health issue that can impact everyone.  It typically starts due to poor oral hygiene or lack of dental care.  People who are diabetic are at a greater risk for the condition and should see the dentist more than twice a year in order to prevent health problems.  If you notice that your gums are swollen and painful or are bleeding, schedule a dental exam right away with our Redwood City dentist office.

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis.  It is uncomfortable but not necessarily painful.  Gingivitis can make gums swell, bleed, and become red but typically the gums have not yet receded.  During a routine dental exam Dr. Roy will look for signs of gingivitis and if identified will perform a deep cleaning in order to remove bacteria from on and underneath the gums.  This procedure should be done right away because by removing the bacteria the gums are typically able to heal and the disease is reversed entirely.

If left untreated, gum disease will spread and can become painful.  It is common for pockets to develop in the gum tissue and expose the roots and structure of the tooth.  Bacteria will form in these pockets and start to attack the tooth and roots which may lead to teeth falling out or a painful dental abscess. Unfortunately, severe gum disease cannot be treated by simply cleaning it.  Oral surgery is often required in order to close up the pocket and secure the gums around the tooth once more.  While the procedure is more intensive, it is necessary for healing.

Preventing gum disease and treating it quickly if it does manifest is essential for the overall health of the body.  Most alarmingly gum disease has now been linked to the number one killer of men and women in the United States – heart disease.  Millions of people are impacted by heart disease, and it kills one out of every four men and one out of every three women.  Studies have found that 91 percent of people suffering from heart disease also have gum disease, showing a clear link between the two conditions.  This is only one example of how the health of your mouth can impact the rest of your body.  Prevent gum disease and other health issues by scheduling an appointment with our Redwood City dentist office today.