30Jul

How much do you know about calcium? You may know that it is one of the building blocks for strong, healthy bones, but calcium is also essential for optimal oral health too.

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body, and nearly all of it is found in your bones and teeth. In addition to bone and oral health, calcium is needed for proper muscle function and to aid in blood clotting.

The Santa Monica, CA dentist wants you to be informed about any issues that affect your oral health, so here are a few things you should know about calcium:

Know How Much Calcium You Need

The amount of calcium we need varies by age and gender. Here are a few examples from the National Nutrition Board:

  • 9 to 18 years = 1,300 mg for both males and females
  • 19 to 50 years = 1,000 mg for both males and females
  • 51 to 70 years = 1,000 mg for males, 1,200 mg for females
  • 71+ years = 1,200 mg for both males and females

 

Be sure to check with your doctor before taking any supplements and always read labels. Calcium can be found in dairy products, broccoli, nuts and seeds, and beans.

Include Vitamin D in Your Diet

Choose calcium-rich foods, but don’t forget to include Vitamin D in your diet as well. Your body needs a certain amount of it to absorb calcium properly. Foods that are high in Vitamin D are fatty fish like tuna, orange juice, and milk.

Venture Past the Dairy Aisle

Many of the same non-dairy foods that contain Vitamin D also contain calcium. Some to consider are calcium-fortified cereals, breads, and soy milk, as well as leafy greens like kale and turnip greens.

Call Us for More Information

Your Santa Monica, CA dentist is always happy to answer your questions and provide guidance about keeping your smile healthy. Please call us today to arrange an appointment so we can talk to you about how calcium and other nutrients can benefit your oral health.

16Jul

The dental needs of your entire family are critical when selecting the right dentist. A dental professional who offers services to family members of all ages is really the best option. You can enjoy the benefits of one-stop convenience for yourself and your children with our Santa Monica family dentist while ensuring that everyone’s oral health is being regularly monitored.

How Preventive Dentistry Help

The simple truth is that the key to optimum oral health is prevention. The types of services that family dentistry includes are those that address prevention as the first step in dental care. These include regular cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, routine x-rays, and other essential dental work. The American Dental Association suggests at least twice-yearly visits to your family dentist for checkups.

Twice-Yearly Dental Checkups

During your semi-annual visits with the Santa Monica family dentist, you will receive a routine oral examination including an oral cancer screening and a professional dental cleaning. The professional cleaning is essential to get rid of stains and plaque buildup, which in turn prevents tooth decay and gum problems. Your dental team will provide recommendations for proper at-home brushing, flossing and rinsing to help reduce the buildup of plaque between regular appointments.

Benefits of Visiting a Family Dentist

Another significant benefit of seeing a family dentist is that they can effectively monitor the oral health of your family from early childhood into adulthood. This establishes a meaningful ongoing relationship with your family. Young children need to be introduced to dental care in a welcoming and comforting setting to develop a trusting relationship with dentists that will last into adulthood.

It is especially important to schedule regular appointments for checkups so that problems can be identified as early as possible before more extensive and costly dental work becomes necessary. Take the stress out of making and keeping your regularly scheduled appointments by selecting a family dentist who can see to all your oral health needs.

15Jul

 

Want straight teeth without ongoing work? Carol E. Follette DDS has the perfect solution: dental bonding. It’s affordable, reliable, and remedies virtually any cosmetic dental issue, including stained, broken, or chipped teeth.

What Is Dental Bonding?

There are four core steps involved in a typical dental bonding treatment:

  1. A tooth-colored composite material is applied to the tooth/teeth to be treated.
  2. The composite is sculpted until its shape matches that of the tooth.
  3. The composite is given time to harden.
  4. After hardening, the tooth is polished to ensure an attractive sheen and texture.

 

Given the integral role played by the composite material, you may have guessed that dental bonding derives its name from the fact that the material “bonds” to the tooth. In addition to the symptoms mentioned in the opening paragraph, dental bonding is also a desirable solution for closing small gaps, and it’s a safer/more appealing method of filling small cavities.

What Does The Procedure Entail?

A dental bonding procedure t is fast and painless. Here’s how you can expect things to go:

 

  1. The dentist applies a benign phosphoric acid to the affected teeth. This substance roughens the surface of the tooth, which ensures that the bonding material will adhere and remain in place.
  2. After the adherent is applied, the composite material (which resembles putty) is placed on the tooth, whereupon it’s sculpted and shaped so that it integrates seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.
  3. The hardening process begins, during which a special light is used to expedite things.
  4. Once the bond is sufficiently hardened, the dentist polishes and buffs the tooth/bond until it’s indistinguishable from the real thing.

Benefits Of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding offers some terrific benefits, including:

  • A competitive cost, especially considering that most dental insurance plans cover most/all of the expense. This is especially true if the bonding is needed to fill a cavity, or as a structural reinforcement for a tooth/teeth.
  • Painlessness: unless you come to us for a dental bonding that is needed to fill a decayed tooth, anesthesia isn’t part of the process. Also, compared to crowns and veneers, there is very little enamel removal associated with dental bonding.
  • Aside from the rare exception, a standard dental bonding procedure necessitates just a single office visit. We recommend allowing 30 - 60 minutes per tooth.

Maintaining Your Dental Bonds

Despite dental bonding’s effectiveness, regular maintenance is vital. If not properly cared for, bonds are vulnerable to chipping and staining. The following three tips are especially helpful:

  • Avoid chewing on hard objects and biting your nails
  • Reduce red wine, tea, and coffee intake
  • Quit smoking

 

For Dental Bonds, Choose Carol E. Follette DDS

Carol E. Follette DDS and her team are highly regarded for their professionalism, friendliness, and expertise in a wide range of dental procedures. Whether you want dental bonding from a leading cosmetic dentist serving Santa Monica, or are seeking a trusted family dentist, we invite you to visit our office for a tour today.