A key component to maintaining healthy teeth and gums is developing a good oral care routine. When you maintain proper oral care habits, it is possible to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues. Dr. Denise Perrotta, the skilled dentist at our office in Winston Salem, can help you develop a good oral care routine that includes oral exams and professional teeth cleanings.
Effective Habits at Home
Practicing good oral habits at home can play a large role in promoting healthy teeth and gums. Brushing teeth twice each day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride will help prevent cavities. It is also best to brush teeth gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush. After all, while brushing in a rough or aggressive manner might seem like a more effective method for removing debris from teeth, it can actually wear down tooth enamel and leave teeth more vulnerable to decay.
Another good habit that can lead to a healthier mouth is limiting your consumption of foods and drinks that are high in sugar. This is because sugars contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel by reacting with bacteria and producing acids. It is also helpful to avoid smoking, which is associated with an increased risk for developing gum disease. Further, gum disease can ultimately lead to tooth loss.
Dental Checkups and Cleanings
Another essential component of a good oral care routine is regularly visiting the dentist at our office in Winston Salem. Dental checkups include an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning. Oral exams are important for detecting potential issues, such as tooth decay or gingivitis. Identifying and treating oral health concerns as soon as possible helps to prevent the problem from becoming worse or spreading to other areas. Professional cleanings are the best way to remove plaque and tartar buildup from teeth, which helps prevent various oral health issues.
Developing a good oral care routine will keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Your routine should include daily brushing and flossing, eating healthy, and regular dental checkups. To schedule your next checkup with Dr. Perrotta, our experienced dentist, call our office in Winston Salem at (336) 760-9258.
Cosmetic dentistry procedures have opened up a tremendous amount of ways to improve your smile. No matter what bothers you about your smile, chances are there is an option to correct it and give you the beautiful smile you deserve. Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston Salem, North Carolina offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry choices to remake your smile.
Let’s consider just a few of the many ways we can help your smile:
Professional teeth whitening is an excellent option to whiten and brighten a dull, aging smile. You can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades, and your amazing results can last for years You can be assured professional teeth whitening is safe too, because the products have been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association.
Cosmetic bonding, contouring, and reshaping are often combined to hide many aesthetic issues. Bonding uses composite, a liquid material that can be matched to the color of your teeth and sculpted to match natural tooth contours. Contouring and reshaping are often combined with bonding to even out chipped edges and minimize the appearance of crowding, tooth overlap, and other issues.
Porcelain veneers are the option of choice if you want a dramatic difference in the beauty of your smile. Veneers are versatile enough to hide many minor and major aesthetic issues. They are thin laminates of beautiful, stain-resistant porcelain that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. You should consider veneers if you have teeth that are:
- Chipped or cracked
- Eroded or abraded
- Discolored or stained
You can also minimize the appearance of crowded teeth, rotated teeth, gaps between your teeth and other alignment issues. In fact, you can change the size, color, and shape of your teeth with veneers. The choice is up to you!
Dr. Perrotta can help you discover more about your cosmetic dentistry options and which procedure is the right choice for you. To find out more ways to remake your smile, call Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston Salem, North Carolina today.
Dental crowns are one of the most effective ways to rebuild broken or badly decayed teeth. They are also the recommended choice for teeth that have had a root canal. That’s because dental crowns provide superb chewing and biting strength. Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston Salem, North Carolina offers dental crowns to give you an outstanding smile.
Not too many years ago, dental crowns took at least two appointments to complete. Now, thanks to modern cosmetic dentistry technology, you can have your crown in one day. Dr. Perrotta offers CEREC One Day Crown technology using the CAD/CAM system. CAD/CAM stands for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing and uses precise computer measurement along with 3-D technology.
This advanced technology allows your new crown to be manufactured right in the office, while you wait. Imagine being able to have a strong, beautiful dental crown in a single day. When you choose One Day Crowns, you can count on these amazing benefits:
Natural beauty, because CEREC crowns are manufactured using high-grade dental ceramic that reflects light and looks just like tooth enamel. In fact, once a CEREC crown is placed, it is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Precise fit, because exact computer measurements are used. Your crown will fit perfectly.
Time savings, because instead of taking two to three appointments, your crown will be manufactured and placed in one day.
Thanks to CEREC and CAD/CAM technology, you won’t have to wear a temporary crown either. Your new crown will be ready and placed in a single appointment.
You and your smile deserve to find out how One Day Crowns can help you. To find out more about this amazing dental crown technology, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston Salem, North Carolina today.
Composite resin bonding is one of today's most popular and versatile dentistry services. Remaking small enamel defects in size, shape, and color, and also, restoring dental decay, composite resin is realistic, easy, quick, and cost-sparing. Your dentist in Winston Salem, Dr. Denise Perrotta, beautifies smiles with true artistic and technical skill. Learn more here.
Your tooth structure
It's comprised of interior soft pulp, yellow dentin and rock-hard enamel. All three layers contribute to a tooth's vitality, strength, function, and appearance. When the outermost layer--enamel--is chipped, cracked, or pitted, smile appearance is less than satisfactory. However, not all defects require tooth replacement or extensive restoration through fillings, porcelain crowns or dental veneers.
Fixing cosmetic problems
Enter composite resin. A unique blend of glass particles and acrylic, composite resin mimics tooth enamel in strength, color, resiliency and texture. It's well-suited to remake:
- Mild overlapping
- Defects in tooth-length and shape
- Hairline cracks
- Craze lines
After examining the tooth in question, the Winston Salem dentist cleans the tooth, buffs it and adds an etching chemical. With the surface prepared, she chooses a resin which matches the color of the natural tooth enamel. She adds the resin to the flaw in layers, hardening each with a special ultraviolet light.
Layer by layer, she builds up the tooth structure and gives it a final shaping and polishing. Also, she checks the dental bite to ensure it is accurate and comfortable. In all, the procedure takes half an hour to an hour and requires no anesthetic of any kind.
Caring for composite resin repairs
Composite resin bonding produces amazing results which last ten years or more, provided you are gentle with your teeth. in other words:
- Brush twice a day for two minutes as the American Dental Association recommends.
- Floss daily to stay ahead of plaque and tartar.
- Get your semi-annual check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Perrotta.
- Avoid highly staining foods, or limit, them (items such as coffee, blackberries, and curry).
- Stop all tobacco usage.
- Wear a bite guard if you repeatedly grind or clench your teeth.
Make dental defects disappear
Find out what composite resin could do for your smile. Contact Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston Salem, NC, for a cosmetic dentistry consultation to learn your options. Phone (336) 760-9258.
Fans of the legendary rock band Steely Dan received some sad news a few months ago: Co-founder Walter Becker died unexpectedly at the age of 67. The cause of his death was an aggressive form of esophageal cancer. This disease, which is related to oral cancer, may not get as much attention as some others. Yet Becker's name is the latest addition to the list of well-known people whose lives it has cut short—including actor Humphrey Bogart, writer Christopher Hitchens, and TV personality Richard Dawson.
As its name implies, esophageal cancer affects the esophagus: the long, hollow tube that joins the throat to the stomach. Solid and liquid foods taken into the mouth pass through this tube on their way through the digestive system. Worldwide, it is the sixth most common cause of cancer deaths.
Like oral cancer, esophageal cancer generally does not produce obvious symptoms in its early stages. As a result, by the time these diseases are discovered, both types of cancer are most often in their later stages, and often prove difficult to treat successfully. Another similarity is that dentists can play an important role in oral and esophageal cancer detection.
Many people see dentists more often than any other health care professionals—at recommended twice-yearly checkups, for example. During routine examinations, we check the mouth, tongue, neck and throat for possible signs of oral cancer. These may include lumps, swellings, discolorations, and other abnormalities—which, fortunately, are most often harmless. Other symptoms, including persistent coughing or hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and unexplained weight loss, are common to both oral and esophageal cancer. Chest pain, worsening heartburn or indigestion and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can also alert us to the possibility of esophageal cancer.
Cancer may be a scary subject—but early detection and treatment can offer many people the best possible outcome. If you have questions about oral or esophageal cancer, call our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Cancer.”
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