Five Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sexy Smile

Great blog post from American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

When it comes to getting a sparkling white smile, the first step is keeping it healthy. Good oral hygiene is the key to maintaining a sexy smile but it’s also the first step in preventing defects like discoloration, cavities and gingivitis, which can lead to some serious smile issues. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) dentists offer these five tips to keep your smile in top shape.

1. Use an Electric Toothbrush
At more than 30,000 strokes per minute compared to the average of 100 strokes per minute with a manual toothbrush, electric toothbrushes work harder by pushing fluid between teeth and around the gum line, which provides a more effective cleaning. “Regardless of whether or not you have cavities, using an electric toothbrush over time prevents gum inflammation, gingivitis and periodontal disease,” says Eagan, MN, cosmetic dentist Kellee Kattleman Stanton, DDS.

2. Floss at Night
The CDC reports that nearly 65 million Americans—one out every two adults ages 30 and older—have gum disease. Therefore, flossing once a day is crucial to avoid plaque and tartar, a hard mineral deposit that can cause gums to become swollen and inflamed, leading to gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. “My recommendation is to floss at night,” says AACD president Ronald M. Goodlin, DDS. “During sleep cycles, less saliva is produced to naturally clean teeth and gums, so oral bacteria are free to do more damage. Therefore, it’s important to brush, floss and scrape your tongue every night to get rid of bacteria and go to bed with your mouth as clean as possible.”

3. Select the Right Toothpaste
Anaheim, CA, cosmetic dentist Jack Ringer, DDS, cautions his patients to be skeptical of any toothpaste that promises to “whiten” teeth. The reality is that removal of surface stains by toothpaste will make the tooth “look” lighter, but not change its inherent color. To lighten or “bleach” teeth, schedule a professional in-office whitening treatment, or use over-the-counter name brand bleaching products that work on the internal aspect of the tooth, not just the external aspect as toothpaste does.

4. Don’t Forget Mouthwash
It’s more important than you think. Click here to learn why you really should be using mouthwash.

5. Eat Foods Good for Healthy Teeth
Research studies show that certain foods naturally cleanse your teeth while you eat them. These foods are known to improve oral hygiene.

About Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental: Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental is a 100% mercury-free general dental practice in Oregon City, OR specializing in advanced cosmetic/reconstructive dentistry and extensive dental care services using the latest science and technology in a caring and pain free environment.

Preventing Teeth Staining

Preventing Teeth Staining

After appointments for tooth whitening and countless nights of whitening strips, you may still find yourself struggling with teeth staining. But what exactly causes the staining? Dentists explain that are certain foods and drinks that are prone to staining teeth.

To start off, foods and drinks with intense color tend to be big culprits of staining. The higher the pigmentation in color, the more likely it will cause a deeper stain. The color that is inherent in these foods comes from chromogens, which are highly colored molecules that have a strong affinity to dental enamel. This means that these molecules are more likely to stick and stay on your teeth. Acidic foods and drinks, even ones that may not be considered intensely colored, also lead to staining due to the erosion of dental enamel. These types of food tend to soften teeth, which makes it easier for chromogens to stick on. Another promoter of teeth includes tannins, which are food compounds that enhance chromogens’ ability to attach enamel.

Here are various foods and drinks that may leave you susceptible to teeth-staining:

 

 

Wine: red wine is considered an acidic beverage that holds both chromogens and tannins. Also, don’t be fooled! White wine, although almost colorless, also promotes staining. The New York University School of Dentistry presented studies that demonstrated that teeth exposed to tea were more likely to be more severely stained if they were previously exposed to white wine.

Tea: black tea is very saturated with stain-promoting tannins Dentists state that tea may leave teeth even more severely stained than coffee, which is chromogen-rich, but low in tannins. However, if you are a tea-lover and need your daily fix, some less teeth-staining alternatives include herbal, green and white teas.

Cola: it is obvious that this deep brown beverage (which is highly acidic and chromogen-rich) causes major teeth stain, but what you may not know is that the acidity of light-colored soft drinks also leads to a sufficient amount of teeth staining. Try your best to cut down on these carbonated drinks and reach for less acidic alternative.

Sports drinks: we know of the harmful effects of sports drinks on teeth enamel, and sure enough, the weakening of teeth enamel leads to more susceptibility to staining.

 

Berries: although strawberries and blueberries are high in anti-oxidants and are known to be healthy food choices, they are highly pigmented in color and are very likely to stain teeth.

Sweets: after working through a lollipop, you may sometimes find yourself with a different colored tongue; this is a good indicator that hard candies, chewing gum, and popsicles can also lead to stains as well

Although there are many foods and beverages that can cause teeth staining, that doesn’t mean that cannot be eaten; just be sure to brush well! Dentists also suggest using straws to sip on beverages that are acidic and highly pigmented in nature. Swallowing stain-causing foods quickly also helps to protect your teeth. Swishing and rinsing after consuming and drinking can also lessen the acidity and remove the substances that cause teeth staining.

About Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental: Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental is a 100% mercury-free general dental practice specializing in advanced cosmetic/reconstructive dentistry and extensive dental care services using the latest science and technology in a caring and pain free environment.

 

Why Do My Gums Bleed?

Many people think it is okay for some gum bleeding during brushing or flossing but that is simply not true. Bleeding gums equal unhealthy gums.  Periodontal disease can creep up

Bleeding Gums Marielaina Perrone DDS

silently attacking your gums and bone in your mouth. This is especially important with recent studies showing gum disease being linked to systemic diseases like stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.

In most cases, inflamed, swollen and bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis. However,  there are a number of other factors that could be causing your gum problems. Whatever the cause of sore, painful gums, there are steps you can take to minimize gum damage and discomfort. Some people avoid dental cleanings at home or in the dental office because it always makes them bleed. What they need to understand is, that the only reason they are bleeding is because they have become inflamed. Once you have your teeth cleaned and are taught proper oral hygiene techniques, it takes about 2 weeks of bleeding gums before they heal and stop bleeding. You just have to put up with some soreness and tough it out to get results. Once your gums have healed you will be amazed how good they feel, and how the bleeding just stops.

Reasons For Gum Inflammation and Bleeding

-Poor oral hygiene

-Open mouth breathing

-Medication causing tissue overgrowth, or poor healing

-Acid reflux (GERD)

-Poor nutrition

-Systemic Disease

-Hormon irregulaties

-Chemotherapy

-Tobacco use

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal disease

-Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums

-Gums that bleed during and after toothbrushing or during flossing.

-Loose teeth

-Shifting of teeth or changes in the way your teeth bite together

-Persistent bad breath (halitosis) or a foul taste in the mouth

-Receding Gums

Bleeding Gums Marielaina Perrone DDS

-Red, swollen, or tender gums

As gingivitis progresses, it develops into periodontitis. This a condition in which the gums and bone that hold the teeth in place can begin to break down. The bacteria on the

teeth release toxic substances that harm your gums and cause them to become infected. The infection and the inflammation that result when your body attacks the bacteria can break down your gums and the bone in your jaw supporting the teeth. You may experience exceptionally swollen, painful gums that are likely to bleed. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.

Tips To Prevent Bleeding Gums

-Visit dentist regularly.  This should include dental examinations, x-rays, and professional cleanings.

-Brush Twice a Day and follow proper brushing technique. If you’re not sure what to do, ask your dentist or dental hygienist for a quick lesson at your next visit.

-Floss daily. Flossing takes but a minute or two a day to do but the effects are far reaching in terms of keeping you gums healthy.

-Eat a well-balanced nutritious diet.

-Stay Hydrated by Drinking plenty of water.

-Do Not Smoke!

-Relax. Being stressed out raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol, increasing the likelihood of inflammation throughout your body, including in your gums.

Conclusion

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is not a difficult job. It just requires knowing the proper techniques, creating daily habits, and visiting your Oregon City dentist on a regular basis for check ups and professional cleanings. In the long run it will be well worth it as you save your teeth for a lifetime!

About Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental: Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental is a 100% mercury-free general dental practice specializing in advanced cosmetic/reconstructive dentistry and extensive dental care services using the latest science and technology in a caring and pain free environment.

Oregon City Dentist on Life-Changing Teeth Whitening

We encounter so many problems each day and carry the resulting stresses with us. There are some things in our lives we can’t change, but must work to view positively and constructively. At the same time, there are other issues we can take into our own hands and resolve, even if that takes a great amount of time and effort. When we lay these problems to rest, we experience a boost in self-worth and confidence. All that said: are your teeth as white as you would like? Yellow or stained teeth need not negatively affect your life:  dentist in Oregon City whitens teeth quickly and intensely. Discard the stress of a smile you’re not happy with and experience the heightened confidence that accompanies your bright, rejuvenated smile.

Dr.Shimanovsky in Oregon City  offers both cosmetic and general dental procedures. Teeth Whitening is the most commonly performed cosmetic dental procedure, and enhances your smile to make you feel good about your smile (and even inspire you to take great care of them!) the process of whitening is so simple, yet so life-changing. Individuals with whiter smiles find themselves smiling wider and more often, and coming across as friendly, confident people to those they meet. A bright smile will aid you professionally and personally.

Your Oregon City dentist offers Zoom! Whitening to whiten quickly and conveniently. Zoom whitening gives you the option of whitening in-office or at home, as frequently or infrequently as you would like. In-office, your dentist will apply Zoom whitening gel and activate it with a special light. This in-office procedure whitens noticeably in just three to four 15-minute sessions. You may also choose to whiten at home, on your own schedule. No matter the method, Zoom will whiten your teeth up to eight shades.

Ready to whiten? It’s time to schedule an appointment with your Oregon City dentist and set up a personalized whitening plan that’s just right for your teeth. Get ready to flash your new grin!

About Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental: Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental is a 100% mercury-free general dental practice specializing in advanced cosmetic/reconstructive dentistry and extensive dental care services using the latest science and technology in a caring and pain free environment.

 

Dental Bonding Can Repair Your Smile

Dental Bonding Can Repair Your Smile

Raleigh Dental Bonding

All of us would like to show off a perfect smile, but if you have chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth, the problem can seem overwhelming. Did you know there may be a simple solution to help you repair these problems and restore a beautiful smile? At our Oregon City Cosmetic Dentistry office, dental bonding is one of the many solutions we offer our patients.

What Is Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a surprisingly simple process that can improve the appearance of your teeth in as little as one trip to the dentist office. Even better, dental bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic dental procedures available. This procedure requires little prep, preserves more of your natural tooth, and, in most cases, will not even require the use of anesthesia.

Can Dental Bonding Help You?

Is dental bonding the treatment that is best suited to your dental problems? Dental bonding is a possible solution for many dental problems, including the following:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Tooth decay (dental bonding is a cosmetic alternative for metal fillings)
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Exposed roots due to receding gums

The Dental Bonding Process

The dental bonding procedure is relatively uncomplicated and quick; treatment can usually be completed in just one trip to the dentist office. In order to produce a natural look, we will first choose a resin that will best match the color of your teeth. Once a color is selected, the surface of the tooth (or teeth) to be treated will be roughed up and a conditioning liquid will be applied. This step will prepare your tooth for the bonding material and ensure that it adheres to the tooth. Next, the tooth-colored bonding material (a putty-like substance) will be applied to the tooth and shaped and smoothed into place. An ultraviolet light or laser will be used to harden the material. Once the material has hardened, the tooth may be shaped, trimmed, and polished to blend in with the natural look of your teeth. The procedure usually takes 30 to 60 minutes.

Advantages of Dental Bonding

There are numerous advantages to dental bonding, including:

  • Simple process
  • Can usually be completed in one appointment
  • Relatively low cost
  • Preserves more of your natural tooth
  • Usually does not require the use of anesthesia

Who Is Not a Good Candidate for Dental Bonding?

Dental bonding is a solution for many dental problems, but if your tooth decay is severe or you have aesthetic problems that cannot be corrected with dental bonding, there is still hope. For our patients in Oregon City porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or dental fillings may be the appropriate treatment option.

Schedule an Appointment

Here at Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Oregon City, your health and happiness are important to us. Whatever your dental problems may be, schedule an appointment today and let up help you find a solution. Dr.Shimanovsky will examine the health of your teeth and gums, and then develop a treatment plan that will address your unique needs.

About Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental: Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental is a 100% mercury-free general dental practice specializing in advanced cosmetic/reconstructive dentistry and extensive dental care services using the latest science and technology in a caring and pain free environment.

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

Dentalimplant1Tooth loss is no laughing matter. Having missing teeth can affect your self-esteem, nutrition, appearance, and can result in the shifting of your remaining teeth as well as lead to gum disease.  There are several options for missing teeth including dentures, partials dentures and dental implants. Dr. Shimanovsky, like most dentists who practice modern dentistry, recommends implants for her patients. Unlike dentures or partials, dental implants are the only tooth replacement that prevents the jaw bones from resorbing (deteriorating) due to tooth loss. Although dentures and partials are still a very popular treatment for many patients, they do nothing to combat the sagging facial appearance that occurs when the jaw bone resorbs.

The reason the jaw bone deteriorates after teeth are lost is because the tooth roots that are associated with the individual missing teeth no longer receive stimulation. These roots are normally stimulated through normal chewing and once the tooth is gone immediately begin to resorb. Unbeknownst to most patients is that the worst part of jaw bone loss typically comes within the first 18 months teeth is lost and lead to a face that looks older than it really is.

Dental implants give patients a natural, aesthetically pleasing look as well as combat the effects of tooth loss. Because dental implants are integrated into the jaw bone through surgery, they replace the tooth roots and provide the jaw with the natural stimulation they need to maintain their function. There really is no other form of tooth replacement that boasts this kind of health benefit with the added bonus of looking completely natural in a patient’s mouth.

Dental implants are more expensive than other options, but if you consider the health benefits and their ability to look and behave like your natural teeth, the advantages are easy to weigh. If you have lost teeth or are looking for a replacement for your dentures contact Dr.Shimanovsky.

 

About Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental: Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental is a 100% mercury-free general dental practice specializing in advanced cosmetic/reconstructive dentistry and extensive dental care services using the latest science and technology in a caring and pain free environment.

What is periodontal disease?

toothdiagramYou probably know that with proper care, your teeth can last a lifetime. But did you know that decay isn’t your teeth’s only enemy? Periodontal disease, which is caused by bacteria that attack your gums, can result in inflammation, bone loss, and eventually the loss of teeth. Plus, the symptoms of this disease aren’t always easy for the lay person to recognize — so you may not even know you have it, particularly if you smoke.

What are some possible symptoms of periodontal disease you may notice? One is bad breath, which often results from sulfur-containing compounds produced by harmful bacteria. Bleeding gums should also be considered a warning sign — contrary to rumor, they aren’t caused by brushing too hard. Redness, swelling, or sensitivity of the gums — along with receding gums or loose teeth — may also be telltale signs of the disease.

Nearly everyone who doesn’t practice good daily oral hygiene will eventually develop gingivitis, the first stage in periodontal disease. So if you need another reason to keep brushing and flossing regularly… this is it! It’s also important to visit your dentist for regular dental examinations and cleanings, particularly if you may be genetically prone to the disease. However, if you do develop periodontal disease, don’t worry — there are a number of effective treatments. Learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum Disease.”

About Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental: Dr. Inna Shimanovsky and Aadvanced Dental is a 100% mercury-free general dental practice specializing in advanced cosmetic/reconstructive dentistry and extensive dental care services using the latest science and technology in a caring and pain free environment.

Vitamin D Linked to Lower Rates of Tooth Decay

Recent study show that vitamin D was associated with an approximately 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay in children in several countries.  However, the U.S. Department of Human Health and Service and the American Dental Association draw no conclusions on the vitamin D evidence as it relates to dental caries.

More on this study read here

Dr.Shimanovsky and AAdvanced Dental is a  winner in a 2012 Natural Choice Award, otherwise known as a Natty.    Natural Awakenings Magazine sponsors  annual awards recognizing those in our community doing great things within health, wellness and green living.  These awards are based on popular vote by the people in our community.  People voted by online ballots, mail in, and fax.  Dr. Shimanovsky won in a category  Favorite Natural / Holistic Dentist

Should I have my mercury filling replaced?

Should I have my mercury filling replaced?

Mercury Amalgam FillingsDeciding whether to replace your mercury fillings should be carefully considered. There are many reasons to consider replacement of your existing amalgam fillings:

  • Many people come to us because their physician believes that heavy metals, including mercury, are making them sick and keeping them from getting better.  These people are commonly stuck in their illness.  They don’t improve even though they are doing all the right things—they are seeing excellent physicians, they are receiving exceptional treatments, they are following the prescribed treatments to the letter.  Despite their hard work, they are still sick.  These people are tired, frustrated, scared and just plain sick of being sick.  Many doctors understand that mercury can not only make your sick, but also keep you sick . . . it can block the body’s ability to heal.  When people are stuck in their illness, often the mercury leaking from their fillings is the obstacle preventing them from getting better.  Once the mercury is removed from their mouth and body, treatments begin to work as expected . . . they begin the process of healing.
  • Some people seek us out requesting mercury amalgam filling replacement because they understand that mercury is leaking from their fillings, being stored in their body and may cause disease.  They are taking a proactive approach so they don’t end up like the people described above.
  • Still others understand that mercury amalgam is an obsolete material. They have learned that these fillings will eventually damage the underlying tooth structure and have elected to replace them with modern materials before irreversible tooth damage has occurred.

No one can promise that by replacing your amalgam fillings you will experience any specific health benefit, however, many of our patients report they have experienced significant, positive health changes after safe and effective mercury filling replacement.  I can guarantee this—updating your mercury fillings with modern biocompatible materials will reduce your body burden of a known toxic material and help prevent the eventual tooth related damage caused by amalgam silver fillings.

 

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Inna Shimanovsky, DMD and Aadvanced Dental is a 100% mercury-free general dental practice specializing in advanced cosmetic/reconstructive dentistry and extensive dental care services using the latest science and technology in a caring and pain free environment.