Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is a safe and effective sedative that may make you more comfortable during dental procedures. Nitrous is not intended to put you to sleep but instead make you feel relaxed and calm. A nose mask is placed over your nose and within a few minutes you will start to feel the gas working. Some people feel tingling in their arms and legs. After the mask is removed the effect of the nitrous will wear away quickly.
Consider Nitrous if you have a gag reflex, you have a dental phobia, or you are nervous/anxious about your upcoming appointment.
You are not alone! It is not uncommon to have a little, or even a lot, of anxiety about an upcoming dental appointment.
Ask Dr. Alrez today if Nitrous Oxide is right for you for your dental procedure!
No one is allergic to nitrous oxide and it can be used safely and effectively for most patients.
Deciding to straighten your teeth is the first step toward achieving the smile you’ve always wanted, but there is another important decision ahead of you: how will you do it?
You could go the traditional route and straighten your teeth with metal braces. That’s always an option, and it’s never too late! In fact, according to US News and World Report, adults made up a record 1.5 million orthodontic patients in the US and Canada in 2014.
In addition to metal braces, that number includes adults using invisible braces, like ClearCorrect®. These are a series of removable plastic trays that gradually shift your teeth into alignment. They deliver the same results as traditional braces, but they offer many advantages.
7 Reasons to Choose ClearCorrect® Over Metal Braces
No Dietary Adjustments Required: When you wear metal braces, you need to cut certain foods out of your diet. Many foods, especially hard and sticky things, can damage your braces. Since you can remove ClearCorrect® trays when you eat, this isn’t a concern during your treatment.
Brush and Floss Like Normal: Braces require extra hygienic care. You’ll need to use a special tool to get the floss behind your wire and carefully brush and clean around your brackets. With ClearCorrect®, simply remove the trays and brush and floss like you always do.
Braces Can be a Hazard During Certain Activities: If you enjoy participating in certain activities, you will be at risk of damaging your mouth if you fall or get hit with your braces. ClearCorrect® does not present the same risk.
ClearCorrect® is More Comfortable: Braces come with brackets, bands, and wires that can rub against your cheeks, tongue, and gums. Your aligner trays won’t have any wires or brackets, so discomfort isn’t an issue.
Treatment Times Tend to be Shorter: While there is slight variance depending on your case, most ClearCorrect® treatments take 6-18 months, while braces tend to take an average of 2 years.
You Won’t Need as Many Check-Ups: When you have braces, you need to see your dentist every 3-6 weeks. After the beginning stages of ClearCorrect®, you’ll only need to stop by the office every 2-3 months.
You Can’t See ClearCorrect® Aligner Trays: Even when your tray is inserted, it’s difficult to spot. No one will even know you’re wearing the trays!
Save $1,000 on ClearCorrect® for a Limited Time!
At Alrez Family Dentistry, we have a limited time offer. When you begin your ClearCorrect® treatment before 6/28/19, you save $1,000 off the total cost!
Fluoride helps remineralize weakened tooth enamel & aids in reversing early signs of tooth decay.
Dr. Alrez always recommends in-office fluoride rinses for any patient with a high to moderate risk of decay. At our office we have two types of fluoride, a topical fluoride which is applied to the surface of your teeth or a Fluoride rinse; it’s all about patient preference.
Dr. Alrez may also recommend an adjunct to your at home routine. Dr. Alrez sometimes will encourage patients to use prescription fluoride rinse or prescription toothpaste for patients with pre-existing restorative work or patients with a high to moderate risk of decay.
Fluoride is naturally found in most water sources. Most water suppliers have fluoridated water to help prevent tooth decay. If you are unsure if you have fluoride in your water, call your supplier and ask.
What are your New Year’s resolutions for this year? If you’re like many people, you might resolve to focus on your health and well-being, exercise more and eat better, or simply ditch bad habits that aren’t working for you. In fact in 2017, NBC reported that the most common New Year’s resolution was to get healthy. We think this is a great idea! However, when making those healthy resolutions, don’t forget to include your oral health!
A Healthy Body Means a Healthy Smile
As we’ve said in the past, the health of our smile goes beyond the surface. If you neglect your smile, this can increase your risk of pneumonia, heart disease, and dementia.
There are also the obvious benefits. A healthy mouth will allow you to chew and swallow your food properly, and a healthy set of chompers can be the boost forward that you need to tackle the year’s challenges with confidence. To avoid overwhelming yourself, start small and be consistent. Your teeth, and overall health, will thank you. Here are some simple dental resolutions to incorporate into your life this year.
Our Top 6 New Year’s Resolutions
Get Better at Brushing and Flossing. You already know you should be brushing twice and flossing once a day, but we also know it can be easy to slack off, especially when you’re tired or busy. Make it part of your morning and night routine to carve out a few minutes dedicated specifically to your teeth. This will help you form good habits naturally. Also remember to change out your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and switch to a soft bristled brush if you haven’t already to prevent any unwanted damage to your teeth.
Break Bad Dental Habits. Most people have at least one bad habit that could be wrecking havoc on their teeth. Whether it’s biting your nails, consuming too many sugary foods and beverages, or smoking, make this year the year you stop. If needed, you can replace these habits with newer, healthy ones like eating more fruits and veggies or chewing sugar free gum.
Drink More Water. When your body is properly hydrated, your oral health will benefit. A crucial component of your oral health is efficient saliva production, since this liquid wonder rinses leftover food particles off of your teeth. Because water is a building block of saliva production, you can see why doubling down will help keep your oral health in top shape.
Visit Your Dentist Every 6 Months. It’s true, we love when you visit us in our office, but that isn’t the only reason we’re always pushing for six-month check-ups! We use x-rays to make sure there isn’t trouble brewing under the surface of your teeth, and those professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar. By the way, if you make it to your twice-yearly checkups, you have a much lower chance of developing an issue that will require more intense treatment, such as a root canal or filling.
Whiten Your Smile. While whitening your teeth is a cosmetic procedure, it can give you a tremendous boost of self-esteem. When your teeth are a dazzling shade of white, you won’t be able to stop smiling, and what a way to start the year! Learn more about our whitening services.
Smile More! Did you know laughing actually helps burn extra calories? There are many benefits to laughing and smiling more, but the greatest one is how they boost positive feelings in yourself and others. So make it a point to smile more often and spread positivity in your daily life.
Happy New Year from all of us at Alrez Family Dentistry!
You think you may be pregnant, but it’s still early, should you tell your dental professional? Yes. Let your dentist know any medications you may be taking & how far along you may be.
How will Pregnancy affect my mouth? Most women will make it 9 months with no dental issues, Regular checkups and good homecare will keep you and your baby healthy. Some women develop “Pregnancy Gingivitis,” which is inflammation of gums. The reason women sometimes develop this is from the hormonal changes your body goes through during pregnancy. Your dentist could recommend more frequent cleanings if this occurs. Some insurances will also pay for an extra cleaning if you’re pregnant.
Are X-Rays safe during pregnancy? Yes. Dental radiation is extremely low, the dental professional will cover you with a leaded apron that will minimizes exposure.
I brush twice a day and floss daily, what else should I do? Keep up the good work! Stay on top of your cleaning appointments and any recommended treatment your dentist suggested.
When we interviewed a Trusted Hygienist, this is what she had to say….
1.) What can I do to improve my brushing skills?
For manual brushing: tilt the toothbrush bristles at a 45 degree angle toward gum line; create small circular motions with light pressure.
For electronic brushing: Brush will spin or vibrate up and down; use same method of 45 degree angle toward gum line though instead of making small circles; just guide or glide along gum line with light pressure.
2.) What toothpaste do you recommend?
We recommend a paste that will cover or provide scope of benefits. Next time you’re choosing/purchasing TP, look for brand that allows total care benefits. Key words to look for: anti-cavity, fluoride, anti-gingivitis, whitening. Just about all brands offer at least 1 type of paste with many or all these benefits. If you’re experiencing sensitivity try a paste like Sensodyne. There are pastes in office that can be offered for sensitivity.
3.) My Gums bleed when I brush or floss is this normal?
This could be normal in certain circumstances. If floss accidently “snaps” down onto gum tissue, one may experience localized bleeding. During time of pregnancy, puberty, or other like situations when hormones fluctuate can lead to gingivitis=bleeding, inflammation, discomfort of gum tissue. If you practice daily oral homecare like brushing, flossing, etc, this will allow for optional gum health and little to no bleeding.
4.) What kind of tooth brush should I be using?
If selecting from manual brushes, we always encourage choosing a brush with extra soft bristles. This is helpful for those patients that brush too hard.
In office, we recommend the Rotadent toothbrush and the Oral B toothbrush. We think the motions of these toothbrushes provide for the best clean and provide best gingival health.
5.) Should I be using fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinse?
YES! Topical fluoride can be acquired in different ways. Various methods are offered in office as well. By getting daily exposure to fluoride will help to remineralize enamel and help protect against cavities (break down of enamel.) There are no adverse effects to having topical fluoride.
Swimming is a wonderful summer activity. It gives the whole family a chance to spend time together in the great outdoors, having fun while getting some exercise, too! Now that summer is winding down, many of us will be giving the swimming pool a final farewell with a long, fun-filled day in the water.
We’re lucky that pools are chlorinated. If they weren’t, swimming pools would be pretty gross! Chlorine helps keep our family safe from the germs that can make us sick. However, chlorine isn’t harmless, particularly to our teeth.
Dental Issues With Chorine Exposure
Chorine works by making the water acidic, which kills germs. However, exposure to acidic substances can also be harmful to your pearly whites. Acids tend to reduce our saliva production, and believe it or not, saliva is essential to your oral health! By rinsing off your teeth and neutralizing acids, saliva protects your enamel and prevents germs from hanging around.
Reduced saliva production will leave you vulnerable to issues like:
Decay and Gum Disease: When your saliva production is reduced, germs have greater opportunity to multiply, since they aren’t being rinsed away efficiently.
Tooth Sensitivity: The acid in the pool water can weaken the nerves in your gums, resulting in sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Since saliva helps to neutralize acids, it’s one of the factors helping prevent this.