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Brush Your Teeth like a Pro


brush your teeth like a proHello, and welcome to the Crown Council dental blog. Here we discuss many of the treatments and procedures our Crown Council dentists offer, like dental implants, oral sedation, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and orthodontia. We also want to make sure our patients understand the importance of dental health and oral hygiene.

Our dentists often get asked by patients if they’re “doing it right” when it comes to oral hygiene.
If you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day, you are on the right track. There are some techniques to brushing, though, that many of our dental patients just haven’t learned. Here are a few tips to get you brushing your teeth like a professional:

1. Angle your toothbrush. Your toothbrush should be at a 45-degree angle when brushing the inside and outside surfaces of your teeth. This allows the bristles to penetrate the gumline and remove plaque that can otherwise get missed.

2. Use the “toe” of the brush (the top bristles) to clean the insides of your front teeth. This is a spot where tartar tends to accumulate because it takes a different kind of brushing technique to properly clean these surfaces. Tilt your toothbrush vertically and gently brush up and down.

3. Brush your tongue! Don’t just brush back and forth vigorously. You want to “sweep” particles off your tongue by brushing in a sweeping motion from back to front.

4. Time yourself. It takes 2 to 3 minutes to get your mouth clean, focusing at least 30 seconds on each section. You can’t make up for short brushing by brushing extra hard. In fact, hard brushing can damage your gums and tissues.

We hope these tips will help you feel confident about your dental hygiene. Remember, proper brushing can help with gum disease, bad breath, and the health of your teeth.

If you are looking for a cosmetic, general, family, or dental implants dentist, use our search tool on this page to find an exceptional Crown Council dentist near you. Our dentists can fill your dental needs, whether you would like to discuss getting dental implants, refitting dentures, relieving your dental anxiety with sedation dentistry, getting a bi-annual checkup, or any number of dental concerns. Our dentists make sure all patients are informed and educated before making important decisions about your health and your smile.

“How to Brush Your Teeth.” http://www.crest.com/dental-hygiene-topics/how-to-brush-your-teeth.aspx. Accessed 12 Dec. 2014.


Avoiding Bone Loss with Dental Implants


dental implant dentistTooth loss can happen for any number of reasons – trauma or injury, periodontal disease, decay – and sometimes the permanent teeth never even develop; this condition is called congenital absence.

Sometimes a missing tooth calls for immediate action. For instance, if you’ve had a front tooth knocked out playing soccer, you cannot stop seeing the gap in the mirror and feeling self-conscious. But what if the tooth is in the back of your mouth and not easy to see? Is there still a need to replace the tooth?

Well, let’s talk about what happens when a tooth is lost. Under the surface of your gums, each tooth is surrounded by an alveolar bone, which helps support the tooth and keep it strong and in place. When the tooth is lost, this bone atrophies, and bone loss occurs. This is why people who have been longtime denture wearers can have a sunken in appearance to their mouths. Not only can you lose bone, but your teeth can also shift around in your mouth and you can experience bite problems and jaw pain.

The good news is that bone loss doesn’t have to be the result of tooth loss. Modern dental implant technology can restore your smile—whether you are missing a single tooth or many.

Dental implants have over a 95% success rate, are as strong as natural teeth, are easy to brush and floss, and can last for the rest of your life. They can also be used to stabilize a denture or a bridge, increasing both utility and comfort.

It’s easy to set up a consultation to discuss the pros and cons of getting dental implants. Just use our search tool to contact a friendly and knowledgeable Crown Council dental implants specialist in your area, and they can set you up with an informative dental implants consultation at your convenience.

It is important to note that the fastest bone loss occurs in the first six months after a tooth is lost, so if you think you may require a dental implant, don’t delay – contact your Crown Council dental implants dentist today!


Enhance Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry


Crown Council cosmetic dentistryThe mission of a good cosmetic dentist is making the smiles of all his or her patients white and bright. In today’s blog, we are going to talk about ways your cosmetic dentist can enhance your beautiful smile.

Maybe as a self-conscious teen you were prescribed tetracycline to combat acne, but have now been left with discolored teeth. Or maybe the municipal water you drank growing up had excessive fluoride, another cause of tarnished teeth.

If you are like many of patients you have sipped one too many dark beverages such as coffee, soda, and wine; and now your teeth are dark and dingy. Call a Crown Council cosmetic dentist today to talk about extensive treatment plans.

One of the options your Crown Council cosmetic dentist will recommend for treating discolored teeth are dental veneers, which are sometimes called porcelain laminates. The reason they will recommend veneers is that veneers not only restore discolored teeth, but they can also cover worn, chipped, and cracked teeth.

This is done by placing a thin composite of porcelain over the damaged tooth or teeth leaving a gorgeous, white, flawless smile. Porcelain veneers are the least invasive form of cosmetic dentistry, yet the results are stunning. The smiles of happy veneer patients are dazzling.

Cosmetic dentists also offer teeth whitening, dental restorations, and invisible braces. Find out for yourself why people have been improving their smiles with a Crown Council Dentist.

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Questions About Dental Implants? We Have Answers!


dental implant dentistFew would argue that dental implants have been a revolutionary change to the dental industry. The benefits of dental implants when patients are missing one or more teeth are life-changing. Let’s first go over exactly what a dental implant is.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant dentistry places a titanium rod in the gums where it bonds to the jawbone, in place of the missing tooth root. This implant is topped by a dental crown, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures to replace your missing teeth.

Are dental implants better than dentures or bridges?

The simple answer to this question is that implants are much better than dentures. They are also superior when it comes to a bridge. Dentures and dental bridges don’t replace the tooth root, meaning that bone deterioration occurs over time. This can change the shape a person’s face in addition to causing other oral health problems.  In addition, dentures and bridges generally require replacements over time, whereas dental implants can last for a lifetime if they are cared for properly.

How successful is implant dentistry?

Research shows that dental implants have a success rate as high as 95 to 98 percent. Patients considering implant dentistry should be aware that good oral hygiene is the biggest factor in determining how long dental implants will last. It’s important to maintain good home care with daily brushing and flossing, and to visit the dentist regularly.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of implant dentistry is dependent on a number of factors, including the number of missing teeth and type of restoration (crown, All on 4, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures). If the cost of dental implants seem high at first, it is important to remember that the benefits far outweigh those of traditional bridges or dentures. Not only do they provide patients with better function, but they require far less maintenance than traditional dentures. Your Crown Council dentist will be happy to discuss payment options with you so that you can have a long lasting smile you love.

To learn more about implant dentistry options, contact your local Crown Council dentist. He or she would be happy to answer any of your questions and assess your situation.


Have Your Cake and Eat It, too


preventative dentistryWhat’s your favorite food? Is it a big, juicy steak? A decadent piece of dark chocolate? Maybe you like to go big and sweet with desserts like Devil’s food cake or lemon meringue pie.

If you have been dealing with a broken, cracked, painful, or missing tooth for a while now, it’s likely that you’re used to eating on only one side of your mouth or finding other ways to deal with your injury. Many dental patients also suffer from tooth sensitivity that makes eating sweet, cold, or hot foods almost impossible.

Do you skip on dessert because the sweetness would hurt a sensitive tooth? Do you swear off candy or hard nuts because your teeth can’t handle it? While we at Crown Council are champions of the importance of eating a healthy diet—both for your mouth and the rest of your body—we still think it’s great to indulge once in a while.

Are you missing out on eating your favorite foods because of your teeth? Crown Council has outstanding news for you: You can have your cake and eat it too!

Just use our Crown Council dentist locator to find a Crown Council dentist in your area and schedule a consultation. Your dentist will give you a thorough examination and determine just the right treatment going forward. No matter how complicated your case, your Crown Council dentist can take excellent care of you.
Don’t wait another minute to take care of your oral health. Call your local Crown Council dentist. You can find out more about Crown Council at http://crowncouncil.com/why-choose-a-crown-council-dentist/.

And don’t forget, with the occasional sweet indulgence, to always brush and floss daily. We know we can’t convince you to avoid sugar altogether, but the bad effects of sugar on your teeth can be helped by sipping on some water or even chewing sugar-free gum after a meal.

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Laugh Away with Cosmetic Dentistry


cosmetic dentistryBenjamin Franklin once quipped the following:

“She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.”

It’s true that people who are confident in their smiles are more likely to smile, laugh, and even talk—because they aren’t afraid that others will notice their teeth.

We at Crown Council find that our patients feel self-conscious about several different dental issues. The most common ones tend to be yellow or grey teeth, crooked teeth, missing teeth, and misshapen teeth. It is incredibly gratifying when our patients walk out of their Crown Council dentist’s office with the smiles they have wished for for years!

If you deal with discolored teeth, most Crown Council dentists offer teeth whitening right their comfortable offices. Some tooth stains are too aggressive for teeth whitening to completely remove, and in these cases porcelain veneers can be the answer. No matter the stain, we have the solution.

Nobody has to live with missing teeth. With bridges, crowns, and dental implants, you can have full chewing ability restored and avoid the embarrassment of that gap in your smile.

Crooked teeth can be fixed in a variety of ways. If teeth are only superficially misaligned, porcelain veneers can give you the perfect, white, straight smile you’ve longed for. If teeth need further straightening, your Crown Council cosmetic or general dentist can refer you to an excellent orthodontist for treatment.

Sometimes the shape of teeth makes our patients self-conscious. If your teeth are too small, too large, or have been broken or chipped, you can still have the smile you desire! Crowns, veneers, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures can remedy any of these maladies.

We hope this article gives you an idea of the vast capabilities cosmetic dentistry offers to restore and revitalize your smile. If you feel that your smile needs some rejuvenation, contact your local Crown Council dentist to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation. We can analyze your smile and help create an all-encompassing plan to restore your smile’s va va voom!


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