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Treats and Tooth Decay

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It is that time of the year when our patients and their families treat themselves to a fair amount of sugar which means it is our yearly reminder to protect your teeth which still enjoying your sweets!

  • After eating candy, follow it with a piece of sugar free gum to remove some of the debris from your teeth if you are not able to immediately brush and floss.
  • Avoid hard or sticky candies. With hard sweets, you run the risk of breaking a tooth or a filling.
  • If you love chocolate, go for the darker kind since it has less sugar.

As much as we do not want to ‘waste’ anything, if some of the candy are not favorites, the best thing for your teeth is to throw that candy away. You are much better off with some wasted candy versus an expensive dental visit.

Acupuncture for Dental Patients?

Photo by Antonika Chanel on Unsplash
Photo by Antonika Chanel on Unsplash

Some people are hesitant to try acupuncture. The thought of pins placed on the skin sounds uncomfortable to those who are unfamiliar with this technique. However, there is research supporting its use in changing the perception of pain and releasing those natural pain killers.

It is possible that acupuncture prior to dental treatment may decrease feelings of anxiety. There is more research needed to determine the extent of the benefits. However, if you feel anxious at the thought of visiting your dentist and are open to trying acupuncture, it may be worth exploring.

Veneers That Shine

Image result for veneersIf you are not happy with your smile, you are less likely to display it and people always prefer to be around someone who is smiling over someone who is not. If you are not one to smile because your teeth are discolored, chipped, or cracked, you may want to consider veneers.

Since veneers are custom made, they help patients achieve that bright white smile they desire. It does not have to be a lengthy or  difficult process and with proper care, your veneers will shine for years to come.

And since veneers bond close to the teeth, it reduces the chances of bacteria or tooth decay.  If it’s time for a smile you can’t wait to show off, contact Pineland Family Dental in Summerville about whether porcelain veneers may be right for you.

There’s an App for That

Hate going to the dentist? Love Apps? Love Selfies? You may be the target audience for Toothpic.

With Toothpic, you take selfies of your mouth and send them off to be evaluated by a dentist. As the quality of images improve from smartphone, Toothpic states dentists are able to see a lot of detail from these pictures.

It’s an interesting concept and we love seeing what’s new with technology, but….. it definitely cannot replace in-person cleanings every six months and we still suggest you schedule an in person appointment for problems, especially when you are experiencing pain.

Toothpic App Walkthrough from OralEye on Vimeo.