The Wicker Park Dentist has cleaned teeth for Chicagoans for many years. Some patients have a need to have their teeth cleaned more than twice a year; howeve, due to tartar buildup. Tartar comes mainly from plaque that has been on the teeth usually due to inadequate brushing and flossing. Even the most diligent patient has other factors that will cause tartar to build up faster than in most people.
Tartar and Its Effects
Tartar is made when plaque that forms on the teeth isn’t removed and it hardens. What is ironic is that the presence of tartar may actually be indicative in some cases as having a greater resistance to tooth decay. Another reason that someone has tartar build up is that the presence of fluoride from food products and oral care products in the saliva makes it easier for it to form. Also some people have a different amount of urea in their saliva which can contribute to the more rapid formation of tartar than others experience.
Just because the patient who experiences this build up might have a greater resistance to tooth decay they can’t leave the tartar there. It doesn’t just stay there as a sort of protective shield. Tartar can get under the gum line and help bacteria attack the gums causing an infection. This infection is called gingivitis and it could develop into the much more potent infection known as periodontitis which can damage teeth and bone below the gums. Tartar removal can be accomplished even below the gum line at the Chicago Area Dentist.
Whether you have a tendency for fast tartar build up or just want to have a regular cleaning of plaque to reduce the chance of developing tartar, contact the Kimberly Smiles Cosmetic and General Dentistry office for an appointment. The quicker you act the better off both your teeth and gums will be.
As the ADA will tell you the number one thing most Americans want is whiter teeth courtesy of a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The ADA has approved some whitening agents but there have been some stories circulating around about “natural ways” to achieve whiter teeth. The ADA does not think much of these and here are some substances they believe have no merit.
Natural Substances that Are Supposed to Whiten Teeth
Baking soda has been bandied about for years as has acidic fruits like oranges and lemons. These items can cause abrasions on your teeth and injure them – not whiten them. Another use of baking soda in association with hydrogen peroxide has been used but again too abrasive. Activated charcoal has even been used as a scrub it seems to work about as good as baking soda as in not very so please avoid this one too.
Other ones like those two seeming panaceas for everything that ails you – turmeric and coconut oil – aren’t as harmful but not effective either. There are better ways to whiten teeth and with the help of the teeth whitening dentist in Wicker Park you can achieve whiter teeth and leave them in good healthy shape at the same time. Dr. Anast can fit you with plastic trays to take home and you can use them to apply a whitening agent to your teeth. They can also give you a good cleaning and place the whitening agent on your teeth at the office and use a laser to help speed the process along.
All with no damage to your teeth or soreness that sometimes is felt by your gums. If you like many others wants those whiter teeth contact the Kimberly Smiles Cosmetic and General Dentistry office for an evaluation. This is one job that needs to be done by a professional.
Parents and teens alike have their reservations about braces for straightening teeth. The embarrassment factor is usually an underlying problem. Also, the amount of time that this process takes is daunting and, given the nature of having metal in your mouth for a long time, braces aren’t always a very appealing prospect. Braces being used by a teen heavily involved in sports, especially contact sports like football and basketball, is another concern that leads parents and teens to agree in not going ahead with the process.
When Braces Are Not the Only Answer
There is another way to realign teeth so that they not only look straighter, but they are easier to care for. The Invisalign® method uses clear aligners that are placed on the teeth and nearly impossible to see. They have been used with both young teens and also adults who were never happy they didn’t opt for braces when they were younger.
The aligners will be fitted by our Wicker Park dentist by taking a mold of the teeth in order to create the clear aligners that the teeth and move the teeth closer to where they should be. Every two weeks or so new aligners will be made to attach to the teeth that have moved and be further moved to their optimum position.
The process, unlike braces, may take less time depending on the amount of movement required. They can be removed for sports and cleaning. The underlying teeth will also be able to be cleaned and flossed preventing tooth decay that may occur with regular braces. They are much safer than braces and less likely to injure the mouth if there is any type of accident like a slip or fall.
If this seems like something that appeals to you or your teen, contact the team at Kimberly Smiles and let’s discuss it. You will be very happy with the results and the way those teeth will look.