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New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

It’s that time of the year. People resolve to eat healthy and gym memberships temporarily increase.

Did you make health-related resolutions for 2019? If so, your teeth probably were not a focus area, but it’s a good idea to include them as part of your resolve to improve your health.

Here are five resolutions for a healthy smile in 2019.

  1. Avoid gum disease with daily brushing and flossing.
  2. Get a cleaning twice a year at your Summerville dentist. Why not schedule that today if it’s been a while?
  3. Stop smoking (or don’t start!) This is a very hard habit to break but it’s one of the best things you can do for your overall health.
  4. If your smile needs brightening, talk to your dentist about getting your teeth whitened.
  5. Cut back on sugar. If eating healthy is on your list, then cutting back on sugar is probably part of that resolution. This helps your weight and your smile!

What is a Dental Inlay?

A dental inlay fills in the gap resulting from removal of tooth decay. Like a filling, it strengthens the remaining part of the tooth, but an inlay may be used when a tooth has too much damage for a standard filling.

With an inlay, your dentist will use an anesthetic before removing any decay in the tooth.  Usually an impression of your tooth is taken and sent to a lab where the inlay is made from porcelain or composite resin material.

The inlay is then bonded to the tooth by your dentist. It’s considered an inlay – versus an outlay – when it fits in the little points of a tooth in the back of your mouth. Once this is set, care for it the way you care for the rest of your teeth.

What is a Dental Implant Restoration?

Dental implants are meant to be a permanent replacement for teeth and have a high success rate.

Once an implant is attached to the bone, it becomes a new “root” for the crown. The crown fills in the space in your mouth from a missing tooth.

Caring for an implant is the same as caring for your natural teeth. However, there are situations where patients have a problem with the implant, where it comes loose or is chipped and an implant restoration is needed.

If you are concerned about an implant, schedule an appointment with your Summerville dentist who will determine if an implant restoration is needed.