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By Mike White, DDS
January 14, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

So you got your shiny new dentures from Dr. Michael White in Chehalis, WA and you need a little more information on how to care for them? Read on to find out.

Caring for your dentures

  • Storing your dentures in water prevents them from warping and cracking more easily if they fall to the floor.
  • Brush your dentures with a denture cleaner like Polident, a gentle toothpaste, or a mild soap. Brushing clears away food, hardened tartar, and anything else that may be stuck to your dentures.
  • Sometimes mold may grow on your dentures. Make sure to clear your dentures of all mold as this can lead to stomach problems and gum irritation.
  • Remember to rinse your dentures thoroughly of all cleaning fluid as the solution can have side effects like vomiting.

Benefits Of Caring For Your Dentures

Your dentures are now a great addition to your smile! If well taken care of, your dentures can last 5 to 7 years. Taking great care of the same set of dentures is cost-effective, simple once the routine becomes second nature, and helps your face retain its shape.

Replacing Your Dentures

According to the American Dental Association, your dentures should be replaced when your dentures cause chronic inflammation and discomfort in your mouth, they are older than 5 years or have degraded to the point where they no longer function.

Don’t Forget The Rest Of Your Mouth

While you may be wearing dentures now, it is still important to take care of the parts of your mouth that support them. This means keeping the tongue and gums clean.

For more information on how to care for your dentures, contact Dr. White at his practice in Chehalis, WA. Dial (360) 748-0168 to schedule a consultation or speak with staff regarding existing dentures.

 

By Mike White, DDS
November 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crown   Cracked Crown  

Here’s how to handle a broken or damaged dental crown.

Today’s dental crowns are made from incredibly durable and lifelike material; however, accidentally biting down on an olive pit or getting hit in the face during a game can lead to a damaged or broken crown. When you’ve cracked your crown, our Chehalis, WA, dentist Dr. Michael White is here to provide you with a new one.

What do I do?

Take a deep breath! A cracked or broken crown is not the end of the world, but it will require you to turn to a dental professional for help. You will not be able to fix a broken or damaged crown on your own so you’ll need to come into our office for repair.

The good news is that a cracked crown is rarely a cause for emergency dentistry. If you are feeling a little sensitivity or discomfort you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever or apply a topical anesthetic (that is designed for oral use) to the gums to help ease your discomfort until you can come into the office; however, if you are dealing with severe or sudden pain, you should see us as soon as possible.

Can you save my crown?

In some instances, yes. When you come into the office we will examine the crown as well as the tooth to make sure that there isn’t anything wrong with the tooth itself. X-rays may be necessary to check the integrity and health of the tooth structure. If the crown just fell off then we can easily cement the crown back into place; however, if the crown is broken or damaged, the best thing we can do is to replace it with a brand new crown.

You will go through the same steps to get your new crown as you did your last one. We will take impressions of your mouth and place a temporary crown until your permanent crown is made and ready to be fitted.

Crowns will need to be replaced, eventually

At some point, your crown will need to be replaced even if it doesn’t become damaged. By maintaining good oral hygiene and by being gentle with your crowned tooth you can keep your crown for up to 10 years or longer; however, it’s also important that you are visiting our Chehalis, WA, restorative dentist every six months so that we can check your crown.

If you are dealing with a damaged or broken restoration it’s important that you have a dentist here in Chehalis that can provide you with immediate dental care. Dr. White is proud to provide comprehensive dentistry to Chehalis, Centralia and all of Lewis County, WA. To schedule an appointment please call us at (360) 748-0168.

By Mike White, DDS
August 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Veneers  

If you are after a flawless smile, dental veneers just might be the best solution for you. Veneers are made up of tooth-colored super-slim shells developed for concealing your real teeth to produce a straighter, more radiant, and gorgeous smile. Plus the advances in modern dentistry have made dental veneers look incredibly realistic, so no one will even notice a difference!

Here at Michael A. White DDS in Chehalis WA, Dr. Michael White commonly uses veneers for correcting an array of cosmetic flaws, from slightly misaligned gaps to stained teeth that resist professional teeth whitening treatments.

How Dental Veneers in Chehalis Can Make Your Smile Perfect

Veneers can be crafted from resin composite or porcelain materials and are specifically made to go over the front teeth’s surfaces. By doing this, they mask flaws and visibly change the length, shape, and size of the teeth. The majority of dental veneers today are fabricated from porcelain since this material is capable of resisting stains better. It can likewise reflect light naturally much like that of real teeth.

The Benefits of Dental Veneers

  • Since veneers are produced from materials that resemble real teeth and shaped individually for every patient, it is virtually impossible to see the difference between natural teeth and veneers.
  • You could choose the exact shade of whiteness you want for your veneers. However, you should be careful when choosing which shade you want since super-white veneers won’t look natural.
  • Unlike other cosmetic dentistry solutions, veneers made of porcelain won’t be discolored by red wine, cigarette smoke, tea, and coffee.
  • For those with generally healthy teeth, dental veneers could be a viable substitute for dental caps or crowns, which require removing more of the tooth’s natural structure.
  • They can be utilized for covering one tooth or several teeth.

The Dental Veneers Installation Process

Your dentist in Chehalis WA will buff a small amount, about half a millimeter, of your tooth’s outer coating called the enamel to make room for your veneers. You might need local anesthesia for this. Trimming the enamel is done to ensure that your teeth won’t look bulky.

Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth and then send this to a lab where your veneers will be fabricated. Once your veneers are ready, it will be attached to your teeth using a special adhesive, and voila! You now have a flawless smile.

Get That Perfect Smile You Deserve with Chehalis Dental Veneers. Reach Out to Us
Arrange a meeting with Dr. Michael White here at Michael A. White DDS in Chehalis WA by dialing (360) 748-0168.

By Mike White, DDS
May 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care Routine  

How your dentist in Chehalis, WA, can help you keep your smile healthy

An important part of having a beautiful smile is having a healthy smile. You can do a lot to keep your smile healthy by developing a good oral care routine. Dr. Michael A. White in Chehalis, WA, offers a wide range of preventive dentistry services to help you maintain great oral health.

When you keep your smile healthy, it helps your body stay healthy too. According to the Mayo Clinic, an unhealthy mouth has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, endocarditis, diabetes, and other conditions.

Keeping your smile healthy is easy, but it requires thoroughly cleaning away the plaque every day. This is important because plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria that can destroy the health and beauty of your smile.

You can remove plaque effectively if you:

  • Brush after meals and before you go to bed, using a gentle, circular motion to clean all the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging your gums and teeth.
  • Floss every day, and make sure to wrap the floss around the widest part of your tooth as you floss down in between your teeth. This helps to keep the floss snugly against the tooth surface, so it cleans more thoroughly.
  • You also need to visit your dentist at least every six to twelve months for a thorough dental examination, including x-rays. Your dentist uses all of the latest diagnostic tools to find dental problems early, when they are easily treatable.
  • You should also visit your dental hygienist every six to twelve months for a professional dental cleaning. Your dental hygienist can provide all of the latest information, tools, and techniques to help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Your smile is your greatest asset, and you want a smile that is beautiful and strong. Developing a good oral care routine can help you enjoy a healthy smile for life. To find out more about preventive dental care, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Michael A. White in Chehalis, WA, at (360) 748-0168.

By Mike White, DDS
April 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Care  

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.

Quit smoking

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.

Floss too

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.