Fluoride’s ability to inhibit or even reverse the initiation and progression of dental caries is well documented. Fluoride varnishes were developed to improve the efficacy and safety of topical fluoride. For more than 30 years, fluoride varnishes have been the standard of care for the professional application of topical fluoride in Europe. The primary reasons for the wide acceptance of fluoride varnishes include the ease of use, safety, and convenient application procedure. With fluoride varnishes, the amount of fluoride exposure to patients can be better controlled, and less chair time is required compared with the conventional use of foams and gels that require suction devices and trays. At SWETT DENTISTRY we are offering fluoride varnishes on virtually all our patients because research clearly shows that fluoride varnish: 1. Inhibits or reverses the initiation and progression of cavities in teeth. 2. Is safe when applied as a varnish by a dental professional. (The effectiveness and safety of fluoride varnishes are documented in more than 50 clinical trials) 3. Helps make exposed root surfaces stronger. 4. Makes teeth less sensitive by closing the "pores" in teeth. 5. Is beneficial for patients who have dry mouth decreasing their development of decay. 6. Strengthens teeth in children and adults alike. 7. Is great for white spots on teeth making them stronger and less susceptible to decay.
SPRING CLEAN YOUR TEETH! Add a dental visit to this year's spring-cleaning list. A professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve your oral health, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education. "A prophylaxis, also known as a 'prophy' or professional dental cleaning, reinforces the at-home oral health regimen," says AGD spokesperson Anne Murray, DDS. "It is designed to preserve health, prevent the spread of disease and give the dentist an opportunity to locate other areas in the mouth that may need attention." It is strongly recommended that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every three to six months, says Dr. Murray. She discourages consumer use of over-the-counter tooth polishing instruments. "People with healthy teeth and gums typically do not experience soreness after a cleaning," says Dr. Murray. Those with less-than-perfect oral hygiene habits may experience discomfort or heightened sensitivity during a dental cleaning. The dentist can use a topical anesthetic before the cleaning to alleviate pain. What is a dental cleaning?
Nothing conveys confidence quite like a bright, white smile. Unfortunately, not all smiles are created equal. And, some smiles are much whiter than others. Whether your teeth have become discolored from food and drink or general wear and tear from aging, you may find yourself looking in the mirror one day wishing that there was a simple way to enhance your smile. You've probably seen many over-the-counter products that claim to whiten your teeth. However, the strongest and fastest whitening solutions are those that are available in our office. Here are a five reasons why dental tooth whitening might be the best choice for you.
7 Signs That You Need to Visit Swett Dentistry:
And a Bonus Sign: You don’t like your smile! There are little things that bug us all about the way our teeth look - not everyone needs a full set of veneers to have the smile they want- small relatively inexpensive procedures can be done to help you LOVE THE SMILE YOU WEAR EVERY DAY! Ask us how we can help! Call Swett Dentistry 434-979-3940 or visit us at www.swettdentistry.com to learn more!
Sealants are valuable for reducing cavities, analysis suggests. While we don't believe everything we see in the New York Times (thinking about the "flossing doesn't make a difference article!") Here's a more valid research finding... The New York Times (9/19, Frakt, Subscription Publication) “The Upshot” blog reports that a 2013 Cochrane review and a systematic review published in the August edition of The Journal of the American Dental Association both concluded that sealants are a valuable procedure that can protect children’s teeth because they are “effective in reducing cavities.” The article points out that the American Dental Association “encourages sealant application” and notes current evidence indicates BPA exposure from sealants is not harmful. The systematic review of the use of sealants and the updated clinical practice guidelines are both available in the August issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association. The ADA News also reported previously on research published in the ADA Professional Product Review that shows BPA in dental sealants is safe. www.MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on sealants.
When you call Swett Dentistry you will be greeted by one of two friendly voices. Becky(right),has come to us with a background in the Greene County guidance counseling office is dedicated to greeting you with a smile when you walk into the office, updating your demographic info and making sure you are scheduled for the appropriate amount of time so our providers can give you their full attention. Stacey (left) is your go- to for any financial/billing questions you might have. She will keep you up to date on your insurance benefits as well as keep you informed about your copays before each visit. She's recently moved to Charlottesville and is actually getting married next Spring! We feel blessed to have this dynamic duo on our team.
1) The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough spit to fill 2 swimming pools!
2) You are should not keep your toothbrush near a toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet. Yuck!
3) George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from Gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!!
Reuters (10/31, Rapaport) reported in continuing coverage that a study by researchers at Kyoto University in Japan found young children living in households with smokers were more likely to develop caries. The study found that children living with smokers were more than twice as likely to develop dental caries at three years of age than those who lived in non-smoking households. American Dental Association spokesperson Jonathan Shenkin said the study adds to the evidence that there is an association between secondhand smoke exposure and caries development in children.
The ADA (10/23) reported that “consistent with previous reports, infants exposed to secondhand smoke at 4-months-old seem more likely to develop caries by 3 years of age,” according to the study, which is published in the BMJ.