Thursday, November 20, 2014

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry is one of the best ways to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile.  It helps prevent future problems with tooth decay or gum disease.  Detecting signs of gum disease or cavities are easier to treat earlier on and usually less expensive.  By catching issues early on, this potentially could save a lot of money in periodontal or prosthetic work.  Our office recommends an oral exam twice a year.  This includes a cleaning with one of our hygienists, an oral screening for cavities, oral cancer, gum diseases and other problems with the mouth.   One of the most important parts of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is brushing and flossing.  Using toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association, as well as flossing daily is always recommended by our doctors and hygienists.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Do you have a less than perfect smile?  Do you have unwanted spaces between your teeth?  You may be a perfect candidate for Invisalign.  Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces.  Our patients enjoy the clear, removable custom trays provided for the straightening process.  Traditional metal braces can irritate the gums and cheeks and even leave spots on teeth once the brackets are removed.  The Invisalign trays, also known as aligners can be removed at your convenience leaving no food restrictions.  Since the trays can be easily removed, patients are able to brush and floss normally keeping up with their daily oral hygiene routine.   Give our office a call to see if you are a great candidate for Invisalign.   

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What To Eat After Tooth Extractions

“What can I eat after having my teeth extracted,” is a common question asked by our patients.  Hopefully this blog will help our patients suffering from swelling and tenderness after having extractions come up with a new menu during their healing process.  Our office stresses to avoid spicy, acidic, hard, sharp and seedy foods.  Smoothies are a great meal supplement.  Be sure when making smoothies, stay away from fruits and vegetables that contain seeds (i.e. strawberries, blackberries, etc.).  Soups and mashed potatoes are also meals strongly suggested during your healing process.  Making mousses, puddings, jellos, ice creams, cottage cheeses, Hummus, applesauce, pancakes, eggs and waffles are some foods to have. During this limited diet, please be sure that you get adequate nutrition. Make sure your diet includes protein and vitamin C. Ensure, Boost or Carnation Instant Breakfast are highly recommended during this time.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Importance of Flossing

Flossing is one of the most important steps in oral health care and help can help maintain a healthy smile. Floss is a tool specifically made to remove plaque from the tight spaces between the teeth and under the gums that a toothbrush or mouthwash can’t remove.  Flossing before you brush your teeth is more effective than brushing after. Flossing before you brush also helps make brushing more effective.  With less plaque caught between your teeth, the fluoride in toothpaste can get to more parts of your mouth. Tartar build up can eventually lead to gum diseases such as gingivitis.  Leaving this untreated can lead to more serious diseases that go below the gum line causing periodontal disease.  Flossing only takes a few minutes every day, and adds little to the cost of toothpaste, toothbrushes and mouth rinse. It's a small, simple step that can have huge implications for your long-term oral health.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Purpose of Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and waters. Each day minerals are lost from a tooth’s enamel layer and plaque is formed which attacks the enamel. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acids and reverses early decay. Fluoride is most critical for infants and children between six months and 16 months of age. During this timeframe, the primary and permanent teeth come in which is why fluoride is so critical during this time. Fluoride is just as important in children, as well as adults. As previously mentioned, fluoride is found in foods and waters. Fluoride can also be directly applied to the teeth through toothpastes and mouth rinses. At your routine cleaning, our dental hygienists can apply a much higher level of fluoride than in toothpastes and mouth rinses.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Common Food and Beverages that Stain Teeth

Patients here at Prince Frederick Dental Center frequently ask our staff what foods and beverages stain teeth. The rule of thumb is anything that will stain a white tee shirt, will stain one’s teeth. Wine is one of the top beverages that stain teeth among soda, and sports drinks. Some of these carbonated beverages have similar acidity to battery acid. Recent studies have shown that even herbal teas and white teas have the potential to stain teeth and erode tooth enamel. Berries such as blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries, grapes, pomegranates and other intensely colored fruits can cause stains. Sauces such as soy sauce, tomato sauce, curry sauce and other deeply colored sauces are notorious for staining teeth. Sweets such as hard candies and popsicles often contain teeth-staining coloring agents. If your tongue turns a funny color, there is a good chance that your teeth will be affected, too. Some helpful tips to keep your teeth white are by simply using a straw. Sipping beverages through a straw is believed to help keep teeth-staining beverages away from the teeth. Swallowing promptly is also recommended. By not retaining things in your mouth for long periods of time reduces the chances of food and beverages from damaging your teeth. By simply swishing with water is a great solution, too. If you are still unsatisfied with the color of your teeth, keep in mind Prince Frederick Dental offers Zoom Whitening and porcelain veneers which can solve teeth staining problems.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Porcelain Veneers

Are you looking for an easy and painless procedure to improve your smile? Porcelain veneers are the perfect solution. A porcelain veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect damage to a tooth's surface. Porcelain veneers have many purposes other than perfecting your smile. They can be used on teeth that are chipped or broken, discolored, misaligned, uneven, worn down or to close gaps in teeth. Veneers may be used to cosmetically improve a single tooth or several different teeth. They help patients look and feel more confident, professional and have a great, natural looking smile. Veneers are brushed, flossed and treated just like natural teeth. How are the Porcelain veneers applied? A mold you your tooth or teeth is taking so the fabrication of the veneer can be made. The custom made veneers are then bound to each individual tooth with a very strong adhesive. The veneers are translucent and have a glass like appearance that is undetectably natural looking. If there is a stain, it can be polished off easily during your routine cleaning which is a major advantage. Looking for more information on porcelain veneers? Call Prince Frederick Dental Center at 410-535-5055 to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors about porcelain veneers.