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By ARBOR HILLS DENTAL
December 30, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crowns   dental crowns  

Crowns are a great way to cover up unappealing/unattractive teeth. That can be chipped teeth, extremely stained teeth, or even teeth that have undergone restorative procedures. Your family dentist in Newberg, OR, Dr. Angela Toy, is more than happy to tell you more about crowns and their benefits.

More About Dental Crowns

Crowns are cap-like porcelain appliances Dr. Toy cements over natural teeth. She takes an impression of your teeth, sends them to a lab to make custom crowns made and gives you a temporary crown(s) until the permanent crown is made in about two weeks.

So, why get a dental crown anyway?

When teeth are more vulnerable but still healthy or look unappealing, crowns are a great option. Here are a few times crowns can benefit you:

  1. After a restorative procedure, like a root canal, when a significant amount of natural tooth is removed
  2. A loose filling that may dislodge without support from a crown
  3. Using crowns for other dental appliances, like bridges and implants
  4. Covering stained teeth

How do I take care of my crowns?

You need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once at least before bed. Make sure to give special attention to the area around your dental crown and those molars. You want to avoid plaque buildup and reduce the risk of cavities forming.

A poor diet can also be a culprit in enamel breakdown. Choose healthy fruits and vegetables that scrape plaque off teeth. Drink plenty of water to get rid of food debris, and don't bite into ice. Proper care of your crowns and teeth increases the lifespan of your natural teeth and crowns.

It also helps when you visit your family dentist twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleanings. That way Dr. Toy can stop diseases or infections during their early stages.

And, lastly, if you suffer from bruxism, teeth grinding, wear a mouthguard. Teeth grinding reduces the lifespan of your teeth and crowns. Ask your Newberg family dentist if she can have a custom mouth guard or splint made for you.

Need a consultation?

For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact Dr. Angela Toy in Newberg, OR, at (503) 538-2143.


DakotaJohnsonandHerMissingToothGapSparksOnlineDebate

Celebrities’ controversial actions and opinions frequently spark fiery debates on social media. But actress Dakota Johnson lit a match to online platforms in a seemingly innocent way—through orthodontics.

This summer she appeared at the premier of her film The Peanut Butter Falcon missing the trademark gap between her front teeth. Interestingly, it happened a little differently than you might think: Her orthodontist removed a permanent retainer attached to the back of her teeth, and the gap closed on its own.

Tooth gaps are otherwise routinely closed with braces or other forms of orthodontics. But, as the back and forth that ensued over Johnson’s new look shows, a number of people don’t think that’s a good idea: It’s not just a gap—it’s your gap, a part of your own uniqueness.

Someone who might be sympathetic to that viewpoint is Michael Strahan, a host on Good Morning America. Right after the former football star began his NFL career, he strongly considered closing the noticeable gap between his two front teeth. In the end, though, he opted to keep it, deciding it was a defining part of his appearance.

But consider another point of view: If it truly is your gap (or whatever other quirky smile “defect” you may have), you can do whatever you want with it—it really is your choice. And, on that score, you have options.

You can have a significant gap closed with orthodontics or, if it’s only a slight gap or other defect, you can improve your appearance with the help of porcelain veneers or crowns. You can also preserve a perceived flaw even while undergoing cosmetic enhancements or restorations. Implant-supported replacement teeth, for example, can be fashioned to retain unique features of your former smile like a tooth gap.

If you’re considering a “smile makeover,” we’ll blend your expectations and desires into the design plans for your future smile. In the case of something unique like a tooth gap, we’ll work closely with dental technicians to create restorations that either include or exclude the gap or other characteristics as you wish.

Regardless of the debate raging on social media, the final arbiter of what a smile should look like is the person wearing it. Our goal is to make sure your new smile reflects the real you.

If you would like more information about cosmetically enhancing your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Space Between Front Teeth” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”


By Arbor Hills Dental
December 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   oral hygiene  
UseAppropriateHygieneProductsforMaximumSmileProtection

After years of research, we're confident in saying that brushing and flossing daily are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth. A mere five minutes a day performing these tasks will significantly lower your risk of dental disease.

We're also sure about the essentials you'll need to perform these tasks: a soft-bristled toothbrush using fluoride toothpaste, and a roll (or picks) of dental floss. The only deviation might be a water flosser appliance instead of flossing thread.

Unfortunately, some folks deviate even more from the norm for both of these tasks. One of the strangest is a social media trend substituting regular toothpaste with substances containing activated charcoal. The proponents of brushing with charcoal claim it will help whiten teeth and kill harmful microorganisms. People brushing with a black, tarry substance also seem to make for good “gross-out” videos.

There's no substantial evidence to support these claims. Perhaps proponents of charcoal's whitening ability are assuming it can remove stains based on its natural abrasiveness. It could, however, remove more than that: Used over time, charcoal could wear down the protective enamel coating on your teeth. If that happens, your teeth will be more yellow and at much greater risk for tooth decay.

When it comes to flossing (or more precisely, removing food material from between teeth), people can be highly inventive, substituting what might be at hand for dental floss. In a recent survey, a thousand adults were asked if they had ever used household items to clean between their teeth and what kind. Eighty percent said they had, using among other things twigs, nails (the finger or toe variety) and screwdrivers.

Such items aren't meant for dental use and can harm tooth surfaces and gum tissues. Those around you, especially at the dinner table, might also find their use off-putting. Instead, use items approved by the American Dental Association like floss, floss picks or toothpicks. Some of these items are small enough to carry with you for the occasional social “emergency.”

Brushing and flossing can absolutely make a difference keeping your teeth and gums healthy. But the real benefit comes when you perform these tasks correctly—and use the right products for the job.

If you would like more information on best oral hygiene practices, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.