You would be surprised at how many patients come in to Beadnell Family Dentistry and ask us questions about their teeth and prevention. We usually give the same advice, visit us every 6 months, and keep flossing and brushing. But we wanted to go a little deeper in this blog. The truth is we are health professionals who genuinely care about your well-being. We wanted to share some of the inside information on what we think and talk about as a team at Beadnell Family Dentistry.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Should be Used with Caution
Over the past few years, an explosion of tooth-whitening products has become readily available to the public on drugstore and grocery store shelves. All of the products promise brilliant camera-ready smiles. But we sometimes worry about the long-term effects of these chemical whiteners, because they are still unknown. The truth is we don’t know what really comes off of the tooth during these procedures. It’s possible that bleaching the teeth this excessively can damage the tooth in the long run; it’s just to early to know. If you are interested in whitening your teeth we encourage you to make an appointment and visit me, Dr. Beadnell,a dentist in Southwest Portland, for a professional consultation. If our patients just floss and brush their teeth regularly and immediately after eating and drinking dark colored foods then whitening products wouldn’t be needed as often as one might think.
I Am Always Continuing My Education
I love to learn and I am always attending conferences and going to shows to learn about the latest and greatest technology so I can share that information to my team and my patients. As new technology emerges, the dental industry must keep up. I enjoy the process of understanding emerging trends.
The Focus is on Prevention
What we try to tell patients is that dental insurance is different for each procedure so it all depends. Many patients come in concerned about payment, and affording their procedures, which is a very important concern and crucial to consider. But most of the time, with regular consistent preventive care, brushing at least two times a day, ideally after every meal, flossing every day and visiting us twice a year, your dental care will be much more affordable. It is all about prevention, and the more you do at home, the easier it will be when you come to visit us. Basically, if you really want to save money on your teeth, decay and gum disease can be prevented to a large extent, by your regular routine at home.
Good Nutrition Will Help Your Teeth
Many people associate eating healthy foods with a healthy body but most don’t think about the effects food have on their oral health. For example, the sugars from soft drinks and non-nutritional foods combine with the bacteria in our mouths which produces acids can damage the tooth’s enamel. This most likely will lead to cavities and gum disease. Limit the amount of sugary beverages and reduce consumption of foods that are high in sugar. This will greatly improve your oral health.
Remember that I, Dr. Beadnell, and my staff are highly professional people who have your best interest at heart. We are here to help you and improve your health!