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Cosmetic dentistry is a rapidly growing part of the dental industry. Cosmetic dentistry is geared towards creating positive enhancements to the appearance of your smile and boosting your self-esteem. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, these procedures should also improve the overall health, wellness, and functionality of your smile. The most commonly requested cosmetic procedure is whitening.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth whitening is the process of lightening the shade of your teeth over a period of time. As we age, our teeth naturally become discolored and are no longer pearly white. Common causes of discoloration include:

  • Age: As we grow older, our enamel breaks down and exposes more of our dentin, which gives our teeth a darker, more yellow appearance.
  • Food and Beverages: Popular beverage choices like coffee and tea contain acid and dark pigments. These pigments remain on our teeth in microscopic ridges. Foods that contain food coloring can also stain your teeth. Remember, if it would stain a white shirt, it will probably stain your teeth.
  • Tobacco Products: Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products alike can cause an increase in plaque and tartar build up, which, in turn, lead to tooth discoloration.
  • Medicines: Many medications that we are required to take, especially as we age, commonly cause discoloration.
  • Trauma: If you tooth gets hit, or is injured, it can become discolored.

Understanding the cause of your tooth discoloration is imperative in determining your treatment plan. The reason for this, is that certain causes will not respond to teeth whitening products and will require a different approach. As an example, if your teeth are discolored due to trauma or the medications you take, they will not respond to a whitening product that contains a bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide. In addition to medications and trauma, any fillings, bondings, crowns, or bridges will not respond to a bleaching agent.

In our next blog article, Dr. Van Treese in Sidney, OH will discuss different types of teeth whitening options that are available in the market place.

Dr. Van Treese, DDS and his entire team in Sidney, OH take great pride in maintaining the oral health of our patients. Unfortunately, a common oral disease that many people suffer from is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can cause a lot of harm to your mouth, but can also lead to disease like diabetes. One thing to know about gum disease, is that you may not know that you are suffering from it, as it is often “silent.” So, you should add periodontal disease to the list of reasons why you should maintain routine oral wellness visits. If you are suffering from gum disease, it is important to receive treatment. Gum disease typically responds to treatment very well and can easily be reversed. Recently, we learned a little bit more about gum disease as well.

A study at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), located in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, found a potential connection between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal disease. The study conducted at CWRU required the participation of 40 people who suffered from both periodontal disease and RA. In this study, half of the participants received deep cleanings and half the participants did not. Over the course of the study—in six weeks to be exact—the participants who received deep cleanings were suffering from less pain, less swelling, and less joint discomfort than those who did not receive deep cleanings. The reason believed for this, is that the bacteria throughout your mouth may cause additional inflammation, and enhances RA progress (similar to diabetes). If you are suffering from periodontal disease or rheumatoid arthritis, you may want to consider receiving a deep cleaning.

If you are looking for a dentist to treat your periodontal disease, we welcome you to contact us today. Dr. Van Treese is always welcoming new patients, and wants to help improve your oral and overall health.