Dental Implants: Making Them Last a Lifetime

shutterstock_97807694If you have recently had dental implants placed, you will certainly want to protect your investment with the proper care and maintenance. Dental implants can last for decades with just a little extra effort on your part. To ensure your implants retain their function for a lifetime, follow these simple guidelines:

– Brush and floss thoroughly at least twice a day to avoid periodontal disease. Although the implant will not decay, an accumulation of plaque can lead to infection that is a common cause of implant failure.

– Ask your dentist if there are any special oral care products recommended. Special toothbrushes or oral irrigation systems can help to better remove plaque and other debris from the implant area.

– Maintain a regular schedule of dental cleanings and checkups to detect any problems that may be of concern before they can affect your dental implants. For the first year after implant placement, you can expect to visit your dentist about every three months. After the first year, you should return for examinations every six months for the life of your implants.- To prevent damaging your restoration, refrain from exerting extreme pressure on the implant area. Avoid eating hard foods that could also damage the implant.

– If you suffer from teeth clenching or grinding, consult with your dentist about being fitted for a night guard to prevent issues these habits can cause for your implants.

– Wear a protective mouth guard when playing contact sports.

Dr. Enayati will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to follow immediately after implant placement. By taking excellent care of your dental implants and restorations, you will reap the rewards of a lifetime of excellent oral health and function.

 

If you live the Beaverton Oregon area and you’re considering dental implants, contact our office today.

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Advice From Your Family Dentist Regarding Oral Hygiene

shutterstock_151928681Your family dentist is fully aware of the extreme importance of establishing and continuing a routine of excellent oral hygiene. This information is crucial to each member of your family in order to have a lifetime of good oral health. Whether your children are just learning about oral hygiene or if your older family members need to refresh their habits, your family dentist is the one to turn to for advice.

Your family dentist can tell a lot about you, about your nutritional habits and your lifestyle choices, just by looking in your mouth. In fact, your dentist can often be on the front line in diagnosing overall health issues. Studies have shown that a very high percentage of health issues manifest themselves in oral symptoms such as dry mouth, inflamed gums, mouth ulcers and gum disease. Systemic diseases including leukemia, kidney disease, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, oral cancer and pancreatic cancer all have oral manifestations.

In addition to providing clues as to problems elsewhere in the body, your oral hygiene can directly affect the conditions in your body. Research has shown that infection and bacteria in the mouth can lead to pregnant mothers having low birthweight children, or babies who are born prematurely. As well, conditions in the mouth can contribute to heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The mouth and the body are linked!

It is essential that you brush following each meal, or twice a day, especially before bedtime. Flossing each evening is vital; floss is able to reach the places between your teeth and beneath the gum line in order to remove food debris and bacteria that can lead to infection. Replace your toothbrush every six weeks or as needed.

If you have questions about your oral hygiene habits, ask Beaverton Oregon family dentist, Dr. Enayati today. You’ll be happy you did!

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Talking to Your Dentist Before Receiving Sedation Dentistry

shutterstock_144115603Do you have an upcoming dental treatment? Has your dentist indicated that you will benefit from – or must utilize – sedation dentistry to manage your pain, anxiety or fear? Some procedures require some kind of sedation dentistry in order to be completed safely. You wouldn’t want to have oral surgery with no sedation! More minimal procedures, however can also use sedation dentistry as a tool. Before you agree to your treatment, there are some important questions you should ask your dentist first.

Here is a guide to some of those questions:

  • How will sedation dentistry aid the success of my dental procedure?
  • What type of sedation is specifically recommended?
  • What are my options if I don’t choose this type of sedation?
  • How will this sedation be administered to me?
  • Who is in charge of monitoring and administrating the sedation during my treatment?
  • What risks does this type of sedation have?
  • Do I have any additional risk factors that should be taken into consideration?
  • What safety measures are in place in case of a problem during my treatment?
  • How long can I expect to feel the effects of the sedation?
  • How will this sedation affect the rest of my day following my therapy?
  • May I drive following my treatment?
  • What else should I know?

If you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse and are in recovery, you may have some additional questions you’d like answered in order to facilitate your continued sobriety. Be honest with your dentist and face your questions head-on. You are not the first person to ask any question you may have. You can trust your dentist to be discreet and knowledgeable about almost any issue you may have.

 

If you are scared of the dentist, consider sedation dentistry at our Beaverton, OR dental office

 

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Is Teeth Whitening the Same as Teeth Bleaching – The Differences Explained

shutterstock_148305341Have you found yourself standing in front of the oral care aisle at your local drug store or grocery store, overwhelmed by the number of “whitening” products available for your teeth? Whitening products come in all types, from toothpastes to gels to creams, strips or rinses. Each product has “whitening” in the title and each one alleges to whiten your smile without a trip to the dentist. Do these products really work? Are they the best, safest, or most efficient way to brighten your teeth?

Meanwhile, when you visit your dentist, you see photos of patients who have undergone teeth bleaching who have had dramatic results. This can leave you wondering, what’s teeth bleaching and is it better than teeth whitening? Can “whitening” give me the same results as bleaching? What choice should I make for my own smile goals?

“Whitening” is a fairly generic term that can be applied to any product that removes stains and debris from a tooth’s natural surface. Most of the time this is achieved through mild abrasives that remove layers of discoloration built up over time. Whitening products can help your smile be brighter, but they are unable to change what is ultimately the natural white color of your tooth.

Bleaching products are products labeled specifically by the FDA as able to whiten teeth beyond their natural color. Bleaching treatments all contain some kind of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide that reacts with certain wavelengths of light. Once activated, the peroxide releases molecules of oxygen that are able to penetrate the tooth enamel itself and break down and remove even the most stubborn of tooth stains.

If you’re thinking about whitening your teeth, talk to Beaverton dentist Dr. Enayati about which products can be best utilized to meet your goals. It’s possible that over-the-counter products will work for you. If you’re trying to reach an even brighter shade of white, your dentist might recommend in-office care and teeth bleaching. Get the advice you need and move toward a whiter smile today.

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