Maintaining dental hygiene can help you avoid bad breath, decay, and tooth sensitivity. Dr. Michael A. White, DDS can show you the importance of a good oral care routine and the steps to put it in place.
Between visits to a dentist's Chehalis, WA, office, there are some things you can do at home to keep great dental health. Patients can protect their smile by doing the following:
Mind your diet
Maintain your oral hygiene by not overindulging on sweets or harsh beverages. Try drinking less coffee, swapping water for soda, and forgoing dessert. Too many sugars cause cavities in the enamel of the teeth, and if left untreated, can cause severe pain, tooth loss, and even jawbone degradation.
Brush teeth at least two times each day
Brushing removes the bacteria and food that adhere to the teeth after you’ve eaten. Brush your teeth at an angle along the gum line, on the insides of your teeth, and on the surfaces that chew food. Take care to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day.
Avoid tooth decay and oral cancer by stopping this bad habit. Smoking and other methods of tobacco-consumption ruin your lungs and dental health, as well. Quitting tobacco also improves breath odor.
Food particles get stuck in places where it is difficult to brush, and this debris increases the formation of cavities and bad breath. Flossing prevents gingivitis and this formation of pockets around teeth. On a daily basis, floss between teeth with water picks or with manual floss.
Are you ready to learn more?
Although home oral care with these tips is simple, a professional cleaning from your dentist makes your smile stand out. To learn more, visit Dr. Micheal A. White’s practice in Chehalis, WA. Contact us at (360) 748-0168 to schedule a consultation with your dentist.
It’s never too late to get the full smile you deserve after tooth loss.
So, you’re missing teeth, but you aren’t sure which replacement option is the right one for you. No problem. That’s where our Chehalis, WA, dentist Dr. Michael White and his expertise comes in handy. Restorative dentistry has made some incredible strides over the years, allowing our dental team to provide patients with amazingly durable and lifelike tooth replacement options that blend right in.
Here are just some of the popular restorations we use to replace missing teeth,
Since implants mimic the look and function of a real tooth, they have quickly become a popular way for adults to replace one or more teeth. This metal post is placed into the jawbone where it takes the place of your tooth roots. Over the course of 3-6 months, the bone and tissue will grow around the implant, making it a permanent part of the jawbone. From there, an implant can support a false tooth.
If you are a healthy individual who is missing one or more teeth then you could very well be a candidate for dental implants. Our Chehalis, WA, restorative dentist will examine your mouth and jawbone to make sure that they are healthy enough for implants.
If you are looking for an easy way to fill a gap in your smile then a dental bridge may be a fast solution. Bridges are a commonly placed restoration that offers a way for patients who are a bit more budget-conscious to get the false teeth they need to restore their smile. In order to get a dental bridge, our dental team will need to make sure that the natural teeth surrounding the gap are strong enough to support the bridge. From there, natural teeth are prepped and crowns are cemented into place over these teeth to support the one or two false teeth in the middle.
Are you dealing with complete tooth loss? If so, full dentures can provide you with an easy and fast solution to getting a full set of teeth gain. Full dentures are customized to your mouth’s measurements to provide the best possible fit. Full dentures can be used to replace either your upper or lower teeth, and are place in a matter of weeks.
If you are looking for a dentist in Chehalis, WA, that can restore your missing teeth and improve your smile for life then call (360) 748-0168 to learn more or to schedule an evaluation with us.
Our Chehalis, WA, dentist Dr. Michael White encourages everyone to get oral cancer screenings once a year. If you don’t remember the last time you came in for a cleaning and checkup, then it’s time you did. After all, these six-month appointments aren’t just for the prevention and early detection of decay and gum disease, it could also catch oral cancer early on when it’s highly treatable.
What goes into an oral cancer screening?
This screening is simple and is often performed during a routine dental checkup. Our dental team will look for any abnormal tissue, lumps or lesions. Any changes to the overall color or texture of the oral tissue are potential warning signs. Since oral cancer can be found just about anywhere in the mouth we will take time to examine all areas thoroughly.
If there is something that requires further testing we will sit down and discuss it with you. Otherwise, this screening is quick, painless and the best tool we have for detecting oral cancer early.
Who is at risk for oral cancer?
As with most forms of cancer, many people assume that older individuals are more susceptible; however, over the last few years, there have been more cases of younger individuals developing oral cancer. This is due to the HPV virus. The HPV virus can be contracted as early as someone’s teens, and it can happen to both men and women.
Other risks for oral cancer include heavy alcohol consumption and smoking. If you have any of these risk factors that you should schedule an oral cancer screening with our Chehalis, WA, family dentist as soon as possible. We can also discuss how often you should come in for routine screenings.
What are the signs of oral cancer?
When we screen for oral cancer we are often looking for these warning signs,
- Hard and/or painful lump
- Red and white patches
- Lesions or sores that bleed or don’t heal
- Trouble moving the jaws or tongue
- Unexplained weight loss
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
If it’s been longer than six months since your last dental cleaning then it’s time to schedule your next routine checkup. Call our Chehalis, WA, dental practice today at (360) 748-0168.
How cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Chehalis, Washington can improve your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry combines the artistic skills of your dentist with the science of dental materials, to give you an outstanding smile. No matter what bothers you about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help improve your smile.
Dr. Michael White in Chehalis, Washington offers a wide range of cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dental services. He proudly serves the residents of Chehalis, and Centralia, Washington and he can improve your smile too.
Cosmetic dentistry combines all of the latest techniques and dental materials to turn your smile into something uniquely beautiful, and uniquely you. These are just a few of the many cosmetic dentistry procedures for you to consider:
Professional teeth whitening, if you want to take your smile from dull to dazzling; you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter, and your amazing results can last for years. Treatment is quick, with the in-office treatment taking only about an hour. Unlike some over-the-counter treatments, professional teeth whitening products have been tested and approved by the American Dental Association.
Dental bonding, if you need to repair small chips, cracks, or other tooth damage; dental bonding uses composite, a liquid resin material that can be matched to the color of your teeth, so it blends into your smile perfectly. The liquid is sculpted into place and then hardened with a blue light. The result is tooth repair that enhances the beauty and strength of your smile.
Porcelain veneers, if you want to make your smile perfectly beautiful; porcelain veneers are light-reflective thin laminates of sparkling porcelain which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain closely resembles natural tooth enamel, so when your veneers are placed, they look completely natural. Porcelain veneer treatment is versatile and can hide many minor and major flaws including cracks, chips, fracture lines, areas of lost tooth structure, discolorations, and other defects and damage.
If you don’t like your smile, it’s time to change it up a little with cosmetic dentistry. To find out more about these and other cosmetic and restorative procedures, call Dr. Michael White in Chehalis, Washington today.
Approximately 47 percent of American adults over the age of 30 are in the early or advanced stages of periodontal disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 38 percent have moderate to severe periodontitis which requires urgent treatment. Are you wondering if you might be among the ranks of American adults who have periodontal disease? Find out for sure when you schedule a visit with Dr. Michael White at his dentist office in Chehalis, WA.
Periodontal Disease: What Is It?
The gums are a crucial part of your dental health, keeping your teeth firmly rooted. When they’re irritated, inflamed, and infect with bad bacteria, it leads to a condition called periodontal disease. The infected is usually caused by the bacteria that grows in plaque or calculus that hardens around the gums. Dental experts believe that a specific strain of bacteria called NI1060 may be cause of the most aggressive forms of gum disease.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
When examining your teeth for signs of periodontitis, your Chehalis, WA dentist will use a periodontal probe. This probe measures how deep the pockets are around your teeth. Other signs of periodontal disease include:
- Painful, bleeding gums (the more excessive the bleeding, the more advanced the gum disease).
- Gums are either bright red or black instead of pink.
- Bad breath with a distinctive odor.
- Receding gumline, exposing the tooth roots.
- Thick tartar buildup around the gumline.
- Loose teeth or tooth loss.
When it’s treated in the early to moderate stages, periodontal disease is manageable. Simple treatments like scaling and root planing or antibacterial medication may help. In more serious cases, laser or conventional periodontal surgery is required. Additional treatments include gum grafting (to restore lost gum tissue) and dental implants (to restore the smile after tooth loss).
Keep Your Gums Healthy
Take care of your gums if you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime. Next to dental decay, periodontal disease is a top cause of tooth loss. Call (360) 748-0168 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael White at his dentist office in Chehalis, WA.
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