Monday, March 27, 2017

Learning About Porcelain Veneers

Good morning,

Today we are sharing some information on a topic some patients bring up, porcelain veneers. You might have already heard about them but are unsure of what they really are, or what type of patients are good candidates for veneers.

"Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic that are attached to the front surfaces of teeth for an immediate smile transformation. Individually crafted for each patient, these cosmetic enhancements are made from advanced material that closely resembles the appearance of natural dental enamel. Dentists can use veneers for an impressive number of cosmetic corrections, ranging from teeth whitening to orthodontic adjustments." 

Who might be a good candidate for porcelain veneers?

"Patients who are considering porcelain veneers are typically looking to address multiple structural or cosmetic issues with their teeth, such as:
-Gaps between teeth
-Minor misalignment

In order to have porcelain veneers placed, patients should:
-Have good periodontal and overall oral health
-Be committed to proper oral care and hygiene
-Have specific cosmetic goals, which they can articulate to their dentists at their initial consultations, as well as realistic expectations
-Have a sufficient amount of healthy enamel, as dentists usually remove a thin layer of enamel before placing veneers"

Of course we encourage everyone to strive for good oral health from the start, so the cost and procedure of porcelain veneers isn't needed, but of course each patient's health and needs are unique to their own selves so it's important to talk to your dentist before making a decision. Contact us today to discuss your oral health and some options you might have by visiting: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

To learn more about the veneers you can visit the article link here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

6 Smart Actions for Your Dental Health

Good morning,

Today is World Oral Health Day!! We love all of our patients and love to keep them as informed as possible. After all, the best way to keep a healthy mouth is to take preventative action! This article shared from mouthhealthy.org talks about six actions you can take for good dental health.  Besides visiting your dentist regularly and brushing/flossing daily, there might be a few tips on here you may not have previously known, or have forgotten!

Visit the link below to learn more:


To schedule an appointment or checkup with us today, visit: http://germantowndentalcare.com/

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lack of Sleep Can Affect Your Oral Health Too!

Good afternoon!

With this being the end of National Sleep Awareness Week, we thought it would be appropriate to share an article on how sleep, or lack thereof, can affect your oral health. It seems to be common knowledge to most people that a chronic lack of sleep can damage your overall health and increase your risks for things like heart attack and stroke. You may have also experienced firsthand how it affects your ability to make clear decisions and focus. But what most people aren't aware of is that a chronic lack of sleep can also change your oral health.. for the worse!

"Chronic sleep deprivation can also raise your risk of gum disease – or make existing perio problems worse. In fact, research suggests that it’s more damaging than either chronic stress or daily alcohol use. Only smoking – the number one risk factor for gum disease – has a bigger impact.

In general, the risk goes up for those who sleep 6 hours a night or less – a figure in line with the latest guidelines released by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. They recommend 7 to 8 hours minimum for healthy adults to keep their risk low of any health problems associated with chronic sleep debt – and give no upper limit for sleep."

So, are you getting enough zzzs each night?

Learn more by reading the entire article here.

If you are concerned about your sleep patterns and the health of your gums... come visit us for a friendly, non-judgmental checkup. www.germantowndentalcare.com