03Dec

Has your smile lost the brilliance it once had? Have you tried over-the-counter tooth whitening products and seen disappointing results, if any at all? If you are tired of stained or yellow teeth, our Santa Monica teeth whitening dentist office is where this can all change.

There are many over the counter tooth whitening systems on the market today, but none are as effective or provide the same level of whitening as the professional products. Tooth whitening is the simplest and least expensive way to enhance your smile and restore a youthful appearance.

Why Your Teeth Are Stained or Discolored

Teeth can naturally be less than white or may be stained and discolored due to:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Illness
  • Certain medications (such as antibiotics)

 

Most common reasons for discoloration are due to:

  • Tobacco use
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soft drinks
  • Wine

 

How Zoom! Teeth Whitening Helps

Tooth whitening is one of the safest dental procedures available. The Zoom! whitening system is a state of the art, in-office procedure. It is a safe, easy, and effective bleaching process that lightens the discoloration of your enamel and dentin.

We offer this system as well as other professional home whitening products. We perform the whitening procedure while you sit back in our comfortable chair, and relax while you listen to your favorite music.

Contact your Santa Monica teeth whitening dentist for a complimentary consultation to evaluate your whitening goals and needs. We take the time to ensure that you will leave with the beautiful vibrant smile you are looking for.

 

15Nov

Ever since the appearance of the first electric toothbrush in 1927, the debate has raged: electric or manual? If you haven’t yet visited our Santa Monica dentist office to hear our take on the pros and cons of each, this blog will serve as a useful primer.

 

Manual Toothbrush

Pros

Manual toothbrushes have certainly been around far longer than their electric counterparts, and despite their lack of fancy accoutrements, manual brushes are still quite effective for ensuring clean teeth, a bright smile, and a healthy mouth, and warding off oral maladies such as cavities and gingivitis.

 

Manual toothbrushes are easily the most affordable option, typically costing from $1 - $3. Manual brushes are always available too, possessing a ubiquitous nature that covers everything from grocery stores and gas stations, to dollar stores and pharmacies. Plus, you can use a manual toothbrush anywhere, anytime, without worrying about charging it.

 

Cons

Maybe the biggest drawback to using a manual toothbrush is one that became far more noticeable with the advent of the electric toothbrush: the risk of not brushing long enough when using a manual brush. When electric toothbrushes came around, their timers, blinking lights, etc. made it easy for people to brush for the right amount of time. This is just one of the things manual users have to deal with, usually by counting to one’s self, or setting a timer on their watch or phone.

 

Another con – albeit one that is more of a behavioral observation than a provable assertion – is that manual toothbrush users are more likely to brush too hard, which can hurt the gums and teeth. The idea is that an electric toothbrush is doing the work for the user, making it seem as though a manual brush needs a firmer hand. Of course, this isn’t the case. A manual toothbrush should be applied just as gently as an electric brush.

 

Electric Toothbrush

To be honest, there are many more advantages than disadvantages to using an electric toothbrush. The drawbacks are pretty obvious: cost and the need for a consistent charge. With this in mind, our Santa Monica dentists will focus on the pros, since there are several important ones you should know about.

 

Built-In timers:as mentioned in the previous section, these are a big help for everyone, especially kids, in the quest to develop good brushing habits.

 

Safe for gums: an electric toothbrush is very effective at promoting overall oral health, and despite its sound and speed it doesn’t hurt the gums or tooth enamel.

 

Less waste: when a manual toothbrush expires, the whole thing is discarded. But when an electric toothbrush is finished, you just need to replace the brush head – not the entire apparatus.

 

Better for people with limited mobility: since an electric toothbrush does most of the work with minimal physical input required, it’s a terrific option for those who suffer from arthritis and carpal tunnel. Plus, the ease-of-function is a boon to people with developmental disabilities.

 

Proven plaque removal: multiple studies confirm that electric toothbrushes trump manual brushes when it comes to removing plaque and preventing gum disease. In fact, one study showed that after three months of use, an electric toothbrush reduces plaque by 21% and gingivitis by 11%.

 

We Provide Brushing Tips and Much More

If you’re seeking an established, successful partner for Santa Monica dentistry, Dr. Carol E. Follette is the dentist for you. We use the latest dental tools and technologies to take care of your teeth, and we’ll recommend the right electric toothbrush so you can maintain top oral health at home.

 

22Oct

The recent concern over the presence of mercury in foods and other products may have you wondering about your older amalgam fillings. Today I’ll discuss why more and more dentists are moving away from this material to mercury-free dentistry.

What’s the Latest Word on Mercury Fillings?

Patients today are more concerned than ever with what goes into their bodies. The presence of mercury in certain foods has prompted some concern, and the Santa Monica mercury-free dentist commonly answers questions about the safety of amalgam fillings that contain about 50 percent mercury.

Although the FDA has deemed amalgam fillings to be safe for use in dental fillings, many patients still have concerns about the use of this material in their own fillings and especially the safety of amalgam fillings for their children.

Do Dentists Still Use Amalgam?

Many dentists today choose not to use amalgam fillings, not because of safety concerns but because of esthetics. Silver fillings create a dark spot in your smile, and over time they can take on a bluish hue that makes the tooth look dark. The Santa Monica mercury-free dentist uses only fillings made of tooth-colored composite resin because they are strong and durable and an excellent esthetic choice for teeth that are visible when you smile.

Is It Safe to Remove Mercury Fillings?

While it’s not necessary to remove amalgam fillings for safety, many patients would like to get rid of the noticeable dark spot, and we are equipped to do that safely. Procedure rooms are specifically designed to allow for the safe removal and replacement of old amalgam fillings, including air filtering systems that safely vent out any trace of mercury vapors. Your safety is our top priority; we follow strict protocols, are highly trained, and have many years of experience in replacing mercury with healthier, non-toxic materials.

Please Call for More Information

Please call our office to arrange an appointment if you would like more information about mercury-free dentistry.