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.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

ZOOM Teeth Whitening

More and more patients are asking us about our Zoom In-Office Whitening System. Zoom uses state of the art technology to whiten your teeth an average of eight shades. Why pick Zoom over any of the other whitening kits? Zoom is a safe and painless procedure which displays immediate, noticeable results. Buying night white trays and whitening strips take several days or weeks to show minor results. At Prince Frederick Dental, you are supplied with a FREE night whitening kit which help make results last longer. No other whitening product produces faster results. Zoom is perfect for the busy individual that does not have time to put in whitening trays each night or weeks to see noticeable results. During the procedure, patients may listen to music. Not all patients are ideal candidates for the Zoom In-Office Whitening System. Contact Prince Frederick Dental Center at 410-535-5055 to schedule an appointment to see if you are a perfect candidate for Zoom!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Happy Visits


One of the most frequently asked questions is: "When should I bring my child in for their first visit?"  Many doctors have different opinions on what age is appropriate.  Here at Prince Frederick Dental Center, we suggest bringing in your child after their first tooth appears.  Bringing your child in at an early age gets them familiar with the doctor, as well as the procedure. It will begin a lifetime of good oral health care habits.  We will also educate you on your role in caring for your children's teeth at home.

 

Forming good oral health care habits early on is very important. Baby teeth are essential for speaking clearly and chewing.  They also assist in forming a path so the permanent teeth can come in straight.  Taking your child to the dentist at an early age can also help prevent problems in the future, such as tooth decay and cavities. Our team here at Prince Frederick Dental Center may suggest sealants for your young one.  A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that is applied to the grooves on the chewing surface of a tooth. Sealants are typically placed on the back teeth to help protect them from tooth decay. This is a simple and painless procedure. 

 

Call Prince Frederick Dental Center at (410) 535-5055 to schedule your child's "Happy Visit"!  We offer late evening and Saturday appointments!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Oral Hygiene

       By having a good oral hygiene plan you can save a lot of money at the dentist and avoid dental problems. Here are some helpful tips to an easy dental hygiene plan to help prevent cavities.

       One of the first and easiest rules to remember: drink tap water. Easy right? We all know drinking water is better for your body rather than drinking something containing a lot of sugar. Tap water actually contains fluoride which helps prevent tooth decay. Each time you take a drink of water, you are rinsing your mouth of any harmful debris that may be caught on your teeth. The second tip would be to brush your teeth twice a day using a toothpaste containing fluoride. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to unwanted build-up left on your teeth that can cause cavities. Flossing is another important step in trying to prevent cavities. Simply flossing once a day removes a lot of unwanted decay from in between your teeth. All these tips are simple ways to possibly help prevent cavities at home, but the most effective way of preventing or detecting cavities is by visiting your dentist on a regular basis. By seeing the dentist on a regular basis, he may detect cavities at an early stage which could save you time and money in the long run. Have you scheduled your next cleaning? Please do not hesitate to contact Prince Frederick Dental at (410) 535-5055 with any questions or concerns. We hope to hear from you soon.