By Dental Care of Van Dyke
February 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

The Golden Globes ceremony is a night when Hollywood stars shine their brightest. At the recent red-carpet event, leading man Viggo Mortensen had plenty to smile about: Green Book, the movie in which he co-starred, picked up the award for Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy. But fans looking at the veteran actor's big smile today might not realize that it once looked very different. A few years ago, an accident during the filming of The Two Towers took a major chip out of Mortensen's front tooth!

That might be OK for some movies (think The Hangover or Dumb and Dumber)—but it's not so great for everyday life. Fortunately, Mortensen visited a dentist promptly, and now his smile is picture-perfect. How was that accomplished? He didn't say…but generally, the best treatment for a chipped tooth depends on how much of the tooth's structure is missing.

If the tooth has only a small chip or crack, it's often possible to restore it via cosmetic bonding. This procedure can be done right in the dental office, frequently in a single visit. Here's how it works: First the tooth is cleaned and prepared, and then a tooth-colored resin is applied to the area being restored. After it is cured (hardened) with a special light, additional layers may be applied to build up the missing structure. When properly cared for, a tooth restored this way can look good for several years.

For a longer-lasting restoration, veneers may be recommended. These are wafer-thin shells made of durable material (most often porcelain) that cover the front (visible) surfaces of teeth. Strong and lifelike, veneers can match the exact color of your natural teeth—or give you the bright, high-wattage smile you've always wanted. No wonder they're so popular in Hollywood! Because veneers are custom-made for you, getting them may require several office visits.

If a chip or crack extends to the inner pulp of the tooth, a root canal procedure will be needed to keep the tooth from becoming infected—a situation that could have serious consequences. But you shouldn't fear a root canal! The procedure generally causes no more discomfort than filling a cavity (though it takes a little longer), and it can help save teeth that would otherwise be lost. After a root canal, a crown (cap) is generally needed to restore the visible part of the tooth.

When a damaged tooth can't be restored, it needs to be extracted (removed) and replaced. Today's best option for tooth replacement is a dental implant—a small, screw-shaped post inserted into the bone of your jaw that anchors a lifelike, fully functional crown. Implants require very little special care and can look great for many years, making them a top choice for tooth replacement

If you have questions about chipped or damaged teeth, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

February 17, 2017
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Bad breath, also called halitosis, is one of the many problems that people have in oral care.

There are numerous causes for bad breath, including bad dental habits, but they can also be indicative of other health problems, and exacerbated by diet and lifestyle.

What Causes Bad Breath?

Foods with strong odors are digested by the body. These foods are eventually carried back to the lungs where their odors are exhaled eventually.

Bad breath acquired this way is only gotten rid of when the food has passed through the body; mouthwash and brushing can only alleviate the smell temporarily.

Poor dental habits, such as infrequent brushing and flossing allow bacteria to grow in the mouth: between teeth, surrounding gums, and on the tongue. This can be counteracted by gargling antibacterial mouthwash.

Other health problems may also manifest as bad breath. Periodontal disease, a kind of gum disease caused by plaque buildup on the gums gives off a foul odor in one’s breath. Xerostomia, or dry breath, is a condition where not enough saliva is produced. Thus, the mouth is not cleansed of remaining food particles, and dead cells, resulting in bad breath.


Good oral hygiene is one of the easiest ways to prevent bad breath. Teeth should be brushed twice a day with toothpaste, or after every meal. Flossing also prevents buildup of food particles and plaque. Gargling mouthwash with peroxide can help keep your breath fresh during the day. Drinking lots of water helps prevent dry breath as well, and is thus an effective preventive measure too.

Remember, you should visit the dentist at least twice a year for both cleaning and an oral exam. If it has been longer than six months since your last cleaning, please give us a call today to schedule your exam.

Cavities and gum disease that can cause bad breath can be detected and remedied by the dentist to prevent bad breath. If you regularly visit your dentist, you will be able to maintain good oral health.

February 17, 2017
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The most important rule when it comes to good dental health is to make sure that you regularly use common dental hygiene practices.

It’s easy to forget to brush your teeth every now and again, and it’s easy to forget flossing because you’re too busy. However, it’s also too easy to become lax in your dental care routine, and for most people, it becomes a slippery slope: once you start to forego a part of your dental care, the more and more you leave it out until you don’t do it altogether.

Here are some things to keep in mind to be able to keep good dental care habits:

  • Don’t just go for any dental care items you see. Look for items that have the seal of approval from your local dental health association. It means that these items have been tested in terms of how well they will be able to clean your teeth. Or ask your dentist what they recommend.

  • Your daily dental care routine should be as follows: Brush, floss, mouthwash. Brushing helps get rid of the bigger food particles on your tongue and teeth. Flossing gets rid of the particles stuck in between your teeth, as well as your gums. Swishing mouthwash around your mouth kills any lingering bacteria.

  • Most people actually rush through their dental care routine. In general, you should brush your teeth for around two minutes, floss between each tooth, and swish your mouthwash around your mouth for at least 45 seconds. If you’re unsure of the time, you can keep a timer in your bathroom so that you can time yourself.

  • Visit a dentist regularly, and if you’re feeling pain in your mouth, visit them immediately!

February 17, 2017
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You’ve probably heard it ever since you were a kid: “Brush your teeth everyday so that they can remain strong and healthy.” However, it’s not as simple as picking up any old toothbrush from your local supermarket, going home, and scrubbing away at your teeth for a few seconds.

To be able to brush your teeth properly, there are some things that you need to keep in mind, such as:

  • Using the right toothbrush

Not all toothbrushes are created the same. Some toothbrushes are of better quality than others, and believe it or not, both the material and the structure of the toothbrush matter when it comes to cleaning your teeth. Soft bristles with rounded ends and a rounded head toothbrush is generally the best type, because it cleans without damaging your teeth or gum tissue, and it can get into the small crevices of your mouth.

  • Replacing your toothbrush regularly

Whether it’s because of convenience or sentiment, a lot of people don’t take the time to change their toothbrush regularly. A used toothbrush does not clean as well as a new one. The American Dental Association recommends that you change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, both for practical and sanitary reasons. There are UV cleaners on the market to keep your brush germ free.

  • Use the Proper Strokes

Even the motion of brushing is something that you should take into consideration. Proper brushing technique is a combination of up and down, side to side, and various movements of the toothbrush in your mouth. Basically, you need to hit every spot in your mouth to make sure that you get every surface you need to reach.

  • Time and Touch

You need to brush for at least 2 minutes; and when you brush, you should brush just hard enough to get the job done, but not so hard that you draw blood from your gums.

If you really want to learn how to brush your teeth properly, visit a dentist so that he or she can demonstrate proper toothbrush techniques.

February 17, 2017
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Since February happens to be National Children’s Dental Health Month, we thought we would cover the topic of teaching your children about the importance of having great oral health. We try keeping our teeth as long as we can, and good oral hygiene starts from childhood.

If you think about the amount of people in this country that have Dentophobia or a fear of dentists, you have to wonder where it began. Studies show that they begin in childhood, or with a bad dental experience. That’s why it’s important that we teach our children not to be fearful and to know that the Dentist is there to help and not harm.

Children should begin seeing the dentist regularly when they are 1 or within 6 months after the first tooth erupting. This is not only good for the child’s oral health, but it also helps them to view the Dentist as another Doctor that is there to help. It normalizes the experience which can be helpful for a lifetime.

If you need assistance in tackling the job, ask your Dentist for suggestions. Another great resource for crafts and other materials is the American Dental Association. They have a wonderful section on their site that does just that…makes it fun for those kiddies to learn and it keeps them occupied and out of your hair. The link is below.

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