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Fun Toothpaste Flavors

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Dental Hygiene | 0 comments

When you brush your teeth, you likely reach for the tube of mint-flavored toothpaste and go at it. Some of you may even vary the flavor slightly and opt for cinnamon. These are great flavors when you want to freshen your breath. However, they can get a bit boring. Would you do a better job brushing your teeth if you had some extra variety when it came to flavors of toothpaste? Here are some options you may want to consider.

Toothpaste Flavors You Can Find Around Different Parts of the World Would a sweet flavored toothpaste get you to brush more often? Consider reaching for a tube of toothpaste flavored like a cupcake. That’s right, you can have dessert and brush with it, too!

They say bacon makes everything better. If that is true, then it should also make your toothpaste more appealing. They do sell this savory-flavored toothpaste, so if you feel like giving it a shot, look for it online!

If you are one of the few out there who like bitter-flavored anything, you may want to consider the options when it comes to toothpaste. One of the most interesting ones in that category is pickle-flavored toothpaste. That’s right, you can brush your teeth and walk away with pickle breath on purpose!

What about toothpaste flavored like whiskey? That wouldn’t be the right toothpaste for everyone, but it is a specialty flavor you can find on the market. No need to worry about a child finding this toothpaste, however. There is no alcohol in the mix. For true chocoholics out there, you can even find chocolate-flavored toothpaste. It lets you enjoy the sweetness of chocolate without the problematic side effects that come with sucking on candy all day or night long.

Since coffee stains your teeth, maybe you should try and get your morning fix with coffee-flavored toothpaste. It may not be quite as potent as a full cup of coffee, but it is certainly better for some than to go without.

If you want other options of what flavors of toothpaste are out there, contact us here at River Valley Smiles. We can help you figure out how to find a flavor of toothpaste that will entice you to brush better each day. Don’t get bored with brushing your teeth. Just change up your routine now and again.

4 Worst Drinks for Your Teeth

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Hygiene | 0 comments

There are plenty of items that we know are bad for teeth. Between sugars, candies, and smoking, we can do a lot of damage to our teeth each day. However, it isn’t just items we eat or bad habits that can damage our teeth. What we drink can do a lot of damage, too. Here are some of the worst things that we can drink, when it comes to the health of our teeth.

Drinks You Should Try and Avoid for a Healthier Mouth

You want to avoid what many people consider their morning form of life, coffee. It not only stains your teeth, but it is also acidic and can erode your teeth over time. It also holds on to bacteria that can increase instances of tooth decay, so it should be avoided for an overall healthy mouth.

Sports drinks are one of the worst drinks you can have. They are so sugary and acidic that they do far more harm than good. If you want to get hydrated, consider using electrolyte waters or coconut water. They can both help you remain hydrated far better, and do much less damage to your teeth.

Soda is another beverage you should avoid if you want a healthy mouth. It is highly acidic, plus contains a lot of sugar in most cases. There is no benefit to drinking soda, so it should be something you rid from your menu as soon as you can.

Juices can also be bad if they are the majority of what you drink each day. Most juices are full of sugar, which we know is bad for our teeth. However, apple juice and citrus juices are also quite acidic. This can erode your enamel, and leave you facing sensitive teeth and tooth decay. Replace some of the juice with water and try and balance out how much you consume if you still want some of the nutritional benefits, without the harm juice can cause.

To find out if your favorite drinks are good or bad for your mouth, come in and see us here at River Valley Smiles. We have the opportunity to look at your teeth and show you any specific areas that may be damaged from the things you have been drinking. By letting us point out specific problems, we can help you see the correlation between your beverage choices and the health of your mouth. Call us today!

How Dental Implants Can Improve Your Life

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Dentures | 0 comments

Dental implants are becoming the new standard in tooth replacement because they feel, fit, and function like natural teeth. They offer a long-term solution for people with tooth loss or chronic dental problems. The dental implants are artificial roots that give a permanent base for replacement teeth so they stay in position. They are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are a wonderful option for restoring your smile.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants can improve your life. If people lose teeth naturally or accidentally, it can take its toll on their esteem. Your smile is usually what people see when they meet you for the first time. It is important to feel the confidence that comes with having a great smile. In many cases, people will become less social and withdrawn when they have issues with their teeth. Dental implants are the closest thing you can get to natural teeth.

Patients that receive dental implants feel like a new person once they see how great their teeth look. Implants are built to last and give people a permanent solution. They will help you retain the natural shape of your face. When people lose teeth, their face will sag or become sunken in where the tooth used to be. Being able to speak normally is another advantage of having implants over removable dentures. You never have to worry about taking the implants out at night or them slipping around like you do with dentures.

Dental implants give patients a bite force that is practically the same as their real teeth. This allows you to eat any food you normally would without worry. Dental implants also look identical to natural teeth, so no one will know you even have them. If you are searching for the solution for your tooth loss, dental implants could be the answer.

Change Your Life With Dental Implants

Getting your beautiful smile back will change your life in so many fantastic ways. For all of your dental care, come see us at River Valley Smile Center. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Liggett to see if dental implants are the right option for you.

What Repair Options Do You Have for a Chipped Veneer?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Hygiene | 0 comments

What can you do if you have chipped your veneer?  Are you required to simply replace the whole thing, or do you have other options?  At River Valley Smile Center, we are here for all your dental needs, including repairing or replacing damaged veneers.

Many Veneers Can Be Repaired

As with the repair work on any dental construction, the specific steps you’ll need to take hinge largely on the degree of the damage.  For chips or cracks that are not too significant, we can use a specialized dental resin to repair the veneer.

We’ll have you come in, and we’ll closely examine the damaged veneer.  We’ll clean the surrounding area and then carefully apply the resin to the damaged area.  Don’t worry: we carefully work with the resin to ensure that it perfectly matches your veneer’s coloration.  This means that, once the repair work cures, it will be virtually indistinguishable from your existing veneer.

When Do You Have To Replace a Veneer?

Of course, there are times when repair simply isn’t a viable option.  If, after a close and careful inspection, we determine that using the dental resin to repair the veneer won’t suffice, we may suggest that you have the veneer replaced altogether.

If you take this route, we will carefully measure your teeth to ensure that the new veneer is a perfect fit.  Then we will construct a replacement veneer.  When it is ready, we will ask you to come back to our office, where we will carefully remove the damaged veneer.  We will inspect the tooth to ensure that it is still structurally sound, and then we will affix the replacement veneer using the same procedure that we used when installing the original.  Once the veneer is affixed and the adhesive has cured, you will be able to use it just as you would your natural teeth.

Here at River Valley Smile Center, your smile is our top priority. If you have damaged a veneer, please contact us right away.

Do Your Dental Implants Need a Facelift?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Hygiene | 0 comments

Dental implants are technological marvels that look and perform exactly like your natural teeth.  Once they have been properly implanted, they should last for years to come.  The maintenance is exactly the same as the maintenance for your natural teeth.  However, as with natural teeth, dental implants can sometimes become damaged or discolored through use.  When this happens, rest assured that River Valley Smile Center has the solution.

Repairing Or Replacing Damaged Dental Implants

If the tooth portion of your implant has become damaged, we can usually repair it with relatively little trouble.  Of course, this depends on the severity of the damage.  The best thing to do is set up an appointment as soon as you can.  We will look at the damaged crown and review your options with you.

If the damage is only slight, we may be able to repair a crack or chip without needing to remove the crown.  We clean the surrounding area and apply a special material to the damaged crown.  After it cures, your crown will be as good as new.

If the damage is more severe, we may need to remove the damaged crown and replace it with a new one.  If you recall from when you originally got your implants, your crown is anchored to a metal piece implanted into your jaw.  We can remove the crown and attach a new one to the metal implant without causing you too much discomfort, although this procedure is of course slightly more invasive than simply repairing the crown.

Restoring The Shine

If your implants are structurally sound but are beginning to show their age, we can help with that too.  Just come on in and we can clean them for you.  If there are stains that won’t come off with a regular cleaning, we can usually polish them away.  We’ll use a non-abrasive polish that will not damage the surface of the crown.

River Valley Smile Center Is Here For You

At River Valley Smile Center, your healthy smile is our passion!  We want you to know that we take your dental health very seriously, and we will work diligently to keep your dental implant in great shape.