At First Impressions Dentistry, we’re here to help you look and feel your best. In today’s post, we’ll review how dental health can actually improve your life — and how we do it. You’ll learn about serious illnesses that may result from poor oral health, how to feel better about yourself with cosmetic dentistry, the value of preventive dental care, and much more.
Let’s get started!
Good oral health protects your entire body
Most people don’t realize that the health of their teeth, gums, and mouth directly affects the health of the rest of their bodies. The more studies that are done, the more clear the link between dental health and whole-body wellness becomes.
For example, bacteria in the mouth may enter the bloodstream through bleeding and inflamed gums, leading to increased risk of:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Diabetic complications
By caring for the health of your teeth and gums, you can actually help yourself live a longer and healthier life.
Our guide to home dental care
Your home dental care routine doesn’t have to be involved or complicated. It really does take just a few minutes a day. Here’s what you should be doing:
- Use an electric toothbrush to clean your teeth twice a day, using a fluoridated toothpaste
- Gently floss your teeth at least once a day
At your next checkup, ask your dentist and hygienist for tips on proper brushing and flossing technique.
More home care tips:
- Only use a brush with soft bristles and change your brush every 3-4 months or when it begins to look worn out
- Don’t use too much toothpaste — adults only need a pea-sized amount
- Make sure to clean your tongue, too! A fancy “tongue-scraper” isn’t needed. Just use your brush.
- Rinse your mouth with water after brushing to help get rid of excess toothpaste, food particles, and bacteria
Show off your smile!
Did You Know: Nearly 35% of people are embarrassed by their smiles!
The way you feel about your smile affects your confidence and your self esteem. If you’re bothered by teeth that are stained or crooked, there are amazing cosmetic treatments that can work wonders!
While changing your diet to minimize coffee and other strongly pigmented foods can help reduce tooth stains, professional treatments can dramatically whiten your teeth. At First Impressions Dentistry, we offer both Zoom! in-office whitening treatments and custom take-home tooth whitening trays that are:
- Designed to naturally whiten teeth
- Be safe and comfortable for even the most sensitive teeth
- Made from safe, natural, and non-toxic ingredients
If your teeth are stained, chipped, cracked, or gapped, veneers are like a miracle fix. They do it all, creating a perfect smile in just one treatment session. Our custom veneers are:
- Designed to look just like your natural teeth — nobody can tell!
- Durable and can last for years with proper care
- Resistant to stains, chips, and cracks
Get the smile of your dreams
When you love your smile, you’ll be happier, more confident, and it will show! Schedule a consult with a cosmetic dentist at First Impressions Dentistry to learn more about how to make your smile dreams into reality.
How your dentist can help
While home care is essential to lifelong dental health, you can’t overlook the importance of regular visits to the dentist.
Check-ups & cleanings
Think of dental exams and cleanings as the first line of defense against chronic and painful dental health problems. During your cleaning, a hygienist will remove built-up bacteria from hard-to-brush spots, helping to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
During your dental exam, your dentist will talk to you about your dental health, any problems you’re experiencing, and any changes or new symptoms since your last visit. Your dentist will:
- Examine your teeth for early stage cavities
- Look for signs of worn and chipped teeth that might indicate tooth grinding
- Check your tongue and gums for oral cancer
- Measure your gums to keep an eye out for gum recession and gum disease
The earlier any problem is found, the more options you will have for treatment. For example, smaller cavities are easier to fill and in some cases larger cavities and advanced decay may require an invasive root canal and expensive crown.
Think of your regular dental exams as an investment in your long term dental health.
Repairing and restoring damaged teeth
Unfortunately, nearly everyone experiences some tooth decay or damage throughout their lives. Even if you brush and floss religiously, your genetics can make you more susceptible to tooth decay. Accidents at work or injuries while playing sports can also lead to chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth that must be repaired.
When a tooth begins to experience decay, it may become sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks, or feel sore when you chew. To relieve the pain and protect the rest of the tooth, the decay must be removed. Then a composite filling is used to restore the tooth’s shape and function.
When decay advances deep into the inner tooth structure, a root canal is required to “clean out” the decay. Then a tooth-shaped cap called a crown is used to protect the remaining tooth structure and allow you to eat and chew normally again. At our Yukon office, our dentists offer high-tech CEREC crowns that can be made in minutes! You’ll be amazed by the results.
When a tooth is lost, the health effects can be far-reaching. When a tooth is missing:
- It’s hard to chew
- Flossing and brushing become more difficult
- Irreversible bone loss in the jaw can occur
Dental implants are a permanent fix for missing teeth. Implants are designed look and function just like natural teeth! They’re easy to care for, made from natural biocompatible materials, and actually improve the health of your mouth.
Dr. Cole attended Oklahoma State University and earned a degree in physiology. After studying dentistry at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, Dr. Cole continued his education in the Advanced Education Program’s general dentistry residency program. He is highly trained in placing and restoring dental implants and providing comprehensive dental care. By taking a personalized approach to dentistry, Dr. Cole meets the needs of his patients and exceeds their expectations.