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Burning issues.

Burning issues.

Acidity is a huge topic in dentistry, but often having acid reflux is grossly overlooked. Acid reflux is the backward flow of stomach acids into the esophagus or the food tube. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is said to be a more severe form of acid reflux. Having acid reflux can cause heartburn, irritations, a sour taste in the back of the throat, and much more. Because I am not a professional on the matter, I do not think I am the best person to explain the causes, symptoms, and treatments for acid reflux. I am, however, an expert on oral conditions pertaining to patients.

As stated before, acid reflux causes stomach acid to regurgitate into the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach. Healthline.com stated that approximately 60% of adults experience some sort or acid reflux! That is a lot of acid to worry about! The concern in dentistry is that stomach acid can (and does) very easily erode tooth enamel.

The exposure to stomach acid in the mouth can cause erosion of tooth enamel, tissue irritations such as sores or inflammation, and possible fractures of crowns. Stomach acid is normally in the range of 1.2- 3.5 (VERY acidic), while the oral cavity averages around 6.2-7.5 (neutral). Erosion of tooth enamel occurs around a pH of 5.7.

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The white arrows are pointing to all of the areas of acid erosion on the tongue side of this person’s teeth! That is a lot of wear!

One of the many purposes of saliva is to rinse the mouth of any irregularity such as acids (and bases). The process of remineralization from saliva takes about 20 minutes after exposure. This means, once your mouth is exposed to acids through eating, drinking, or acid reflux, it takes the saliva (without the help of mouth rinses) about 20 minutes to bring the acidity level in the mouth back to a non-damaging level. Unfortunately, when the acids from the stomach flourish for long periods of time the saliva is unable to neutralize the acid and erosion can occur.

Why is erosion a big deal? With acid  (or any type of) erosion, the teeth become thin, brittle, sensitive, and unprotected from the external environment. Erosion removes the strong enamel layer of the teeth and exposes the softer dentin layer that is easily broken down. The dentin layer exposes tiny ‘pores’ in the teeth that make changes in the oral environment sensitive. This is why some people experience temperature sensitivity. The ‘pores’ of the teeth are similar to very tiny tunnels that lead to the nerve of the tooth causing ‘flare-ups’ when drinking cold water.

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The ‘Enamel’ is the strong protective layer of the teeth, the ‘Dentin’ is the softer layer below the enamel. This picture shows a damaged tooth with the two layers exposed.

With the enamel layer being depleted, the integrity or strength of the teeth is very small. I will often see patients that have broken, cracked or painful teeth due to having ‘thin’ enamel. With the thinner and weaker tooth structure, eating becomes complicated. Taking a bite out of firm foods such as apples, carrots, or some steaks could cause fractures to the teeth. Once breakage occurs dental treatments such as fillings, crowns, implants, and veneers are required for optimal comfort and to prevent further damage. Thin enamel also causes yellowing or other discoloration of the teeth!

Thankfully, there are things you can do to help protect the teeth! I recommend always rinsing with a plain warm water rinse after eating and drinking anything. The water will aid saliva in the neutralizing of the mouth and it is VERY inexpensive. There are also numerous products I recommend using if you have a ‘high acidity’ diet. “CloSYS” is my number one recommended mouth rinse to help reduce the cavity risk and decrease acid levels in the mouth. I have numerous patients that have great results with this product, and it is relatively inexpensive for being a specialty rinse. I also recommend ACT Alcohol Free Anticavity Fluoride Rinse. ACT rinse has great remineralizing properties. My final recommendation would be to discuss your acid reflux with your primary care physician. Fortunately, there are quite a few solutions to help reduce the symptoms associated with acid reflux!

As always, I welcome ANY of your dental questions! Hopefully, this information and all of these recommendations can help! As always, If you have any questions or concerns don’t be afraid to post a comment or send an email! I am always happy to answer your burning dental questions. Have a great day, and don’t forget to smile today!

-DentalBritt

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Team White Teeth.

I love having white teeth, you probably do or would too. I’m also fortunate… I have been blessed with white teeth, for the most part. I also take care of them so I know what, if anything, is staining them. I don’t whiten or bleach my teeth often, and when I do, it does not last very long. Unfortunately, having naturally white teeth is dependent on how your enamel has formed. Fortunately, there are options if you don’t have white teeth already. White teeth are very dependent on how you treat them when you’re eating and drinking.
EVERYTHING stains your teeth, and I mean EVERYTHING, well except milk and water… but let’s be honest, how many people think about that.There are SO MANY PRODUCTS that claim they are “healthy” or “non-damaging” to the tooth structure or surface while whitening. These ‘miracle products’ are not as nice as you would think. Unfortunately, if you want white teeth, you’re going to have to deal with a little sensitivity. I believe you can do it. Real talk, there is no such thing as “100% all natural/healthy/non-sensitivity” whitening products. They will either make your teeth sensitive or will not work. ALL WHITENING PRODUCTS damage your teeth in some way, either permanently or temporarily… Let me explain.
Charcoal: PERMANENTLY Breaks down enamel, and is irreversible damage
Baking soda: PERMANENTLY Breaks down enamel, same as charcoal, with less intense effect, long-term use will be irreversible damage
whitening gels: (peroxide derivative): TEMPORARILY weakens enamel
gels with light: (peroxide derivative): TEMPORARILY weakens enamelWhitening toothpaste: (baking soda/peroxide derivative): PERMANENTLY or temporarily weakens enamel
Lemon or strawberry: PERMANENTLY damages enamel through acid erosion

For me, whitening reminds me of dying my hair, which I do all the time. For some people, your hair can take numerous color changes with minimal damage, while others can only dye their hair twice and have irreversible damage that needs to be removed. The difference between dying your hair and using charcoal to clean your teeth? Your teeth cannot regrow. Once your enamel is gone, you have to have replacements such as crowns, veneers, implants, or bridges, depending on the situation.

The best way to prevent damage? preventing stains in the first place. Like I said before, anything with the exception of milk and water will stain your teeth, especially wine, coffee, tea, beets, and berries. With staining foods, I suggest not eating them for long periods of time. For example, when you decide you would like to have blue berries, blackberries, and rasberries, eat them, eat as many as you want! But don’t eat them sporatically for several hours throughout the day. the same goes for beets, or cherries, or anything else that may stain. As a rule of thumb, if something will stain a plain white shirt, it will stain your teeth.

Once you’re finished eating your deliciously staining foods use a simple warm water mouth rinse. The warm water will be gentle if you have any sensitivity, and it will help flush the color from your teeth. This is certainly the least expensive way to help keep those pearly whites shining.

Next, make sure to brush and floss approximately 20 minutes after consuming any foods. Thankfully beverages are much easier to clean off of the teeth, and a rinse is sufficient. I also recommend drinking EVERYTHING through a straw. I know this may feel odd, and unnecessary, but it works. I am an AVID wine and coffee drinker. Like every single day, without fail. I swear by drinking through a straw. This is also a very simple and fairly inexpensive way to keep those stains at bay.

Finally, the last recommendation I have would be to deal with the sensitivity and whiten. Whitening is not always ridiculously expensive like in professional products. In my dental office, I always recommend my patients to use Crest whitening strips.

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Crest whitening utilizes Carbamide Peroxide (a hydrogen peroxide compound) to whiten. The difference between Crest white strips, and professional whitening is a concentration. Most over the counter white strip options are around 5-6% concentration. Professional whitening ranges from 10-40% concentration.

Crest white strips are great because they have various options, for example if you’d like to have white teeth in a relatively short amount of time, I recommend the white strips that are a ‘7 treatments’ or seven days. There are other options that are anywhere from 14- 30 days, or treatments. Crest also offers ‘express’ whitening. I personally have not used these, but again they have the same main ingredent, Carbamide peroxide.

Although its choosing one evil over the other, I suggest using temporarily damaging products, which I know does not sound awesome. Either way, If you’re whitening, you’re damaging. My best suggestion for preventing damage and keeping sparkly whites would be avoid stains in the first place.

Hopefully, this information and all of these recommendations can help! As always, If you have any questions, or concerns don’t be afraid to post a comment or send an email! I am always happy to answer your burning dental questions. Have a great day, and don’t forget to smile today!

-DentalBritt

Dry mouth dangers

Dry mouth dangers

Dry mouth is a common occurrence for hundreds of thousands of people across the world. Unfortunately too often I will have patients that have no idea dry mouth has so many potential dangers. Dry mouth also is known medically as Xerostomia is not only harmful to the oral tissues but can be painful and cause a variety of sores and ulcers.

To start off, dry mouth is when the salivary glands do not produce sufficient saliva to keep the mouth properly moisturized. Similar to your skin, eyes, and nose proper moisturizing is essential to feeling great and preventing irritations.

Dry mouth can occur in different instances; for example, some people experience dry mouth constantly, some only in the morning, and some only at night. Often people will experience dry mouth after eating meals or taking certain medications. In fact, medications are the number one cause of dry mouth due to side effects. Unfortunately countless medications such as those for anxiety, depression, pain, hypertension, and many many more cause a person to have dry mouth.

One might ask how to know if they have xerostomia. Fortunately, determining if you have dry mouth is fairly simple. Some signs and symptoms are a feeling of a dry and sticky tongue, frequent and excessive thirst, possible sores and burning or tingling sensations, a dry, red or raw tongue, and possible splits at the corners of the mouth. Some people may notice some swelling, irritation, and the inability to feel their thirst quenched. I often notice my patients have very red inflamed and bleeding gums in addition to burning and tingling sensations. Some people also find it difficult or painful to talk, especially for long periods of time.

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Dry mouth is damaging to oral tissues in various ways. To start, saliva works in the oral cavity as a buffer to foods that are consumed. The saliva helps to bring the oral cavity back to a neutral pH after eating so teeth are not damaged. If the mouth lacks the ability to neutralize pH the acids can cause cavities. Saliva also gives the ability to taste foods and is the first step in the digestion process by breaking down starches. Saliva also gives the ability to swallow. Without proper salivary content, the teeth are at high risk for cavities, as I said previously. When the teeth are not properly neutralized after food consumption, breakdown occurs and the tooth structure becomes damaged.

Thankfully there are numerous options to help decrease the pain of dry mouth and increase your comfort. There are numerous dry mouth rinses, sprays, lozenges, and gels. I have provided several products that I have personally found work the best. Patients certainly have their favorite products and often let me know what works best for them.

The first product I recommend using some sort of dry mouth rinse. Dry mouth rinses can help you to produce more saliva but act as a substitute and buffer for pH needs.

Most rinses can be used numerous times a day and relieve sensitivity and burning sensations.

To make it easier, all of the dry mouth products listed below are linked and can be ordered by clicking the image. I would say ‘biotene’ is the most popular of all the dry mouth rinses.

The use of rinses are my number one recommendation. Mouth rinse is a fairly inexpensive product and can be used numerous times a day. Although most rinses do not taste great, many people have had great relief. My personal recommendation is to use a rinse as often as needed up to five times a day.

In addition to a rinse, There are a few dry mouth sprays. If you are busy throughout the day moisturizing sprays would be great for you. 

biotene offers many dry mouth products, all of which I suggest looking into!

Fortunately, with the spray, there is no need to ‘rinse and spit’ like traditional rinses. The spry relieves burning sensations and reduces the possibility of ulcers or other lacerations.

Sprays do not leave a ‘film’ in the mouth and make the breath smell better.

The third product I recommend using is a dry mouth gel. Gels are recommended as a complete salivary substitute.

If your dry mouth is to the point where you cannot produce your own saliva, I recommend the gels in addition to the rinse. Depending on your personal preference, many people appreciate the gels because of the ability to relieve severe symptoms of dry mouth.

Many types and brands of gels including favored verses unflavored are available.

The final product I recommend using are dry mouth ‘candies’ or lozenges.

These candies are the best option for those who can produce their own saliva, and need help after meals or throughout the night.

The TheraBreath lozenges are similar to the other lozenges and offer great relief these can also be used overnight.

For the lozenges, you can place them in the cheek prior to sleeping, and they create a ‘long release’ of dry mouth help.

These candies increase saliva production naturally. They are a great quick relief when needed.

Hopefully, this information and all of these recommendations can help! As always, If you have any questions, or concerns don’t be afraid to post a comment or send an email! I am always happy to answer your burning dental questions. Have a great day, and don’t forget to smile today!

-DentalBritt

Brush it off.

Brush it off.

 

Using proper brushing technique is crucial, and not only to your oral health. It has been proven proper brushing decreases plaques on the teeth and improves breath, obviously, but it also performs many other acts ‘behind the scenes’. With proper plaque removal, you could decrease your cavity risk, decrease your risk of obtaining or worsening periodontal diseases, and naturally, increase your self-confidence! However, the simple act of proper brushing could also reduce the possibility of systemic diseases such as Diabetes, Heart disease, respiratory diseases, and even stroke! But I will come back to those topics at another time. For now, I will be focusing on prevention through brushing!

Although brushing may seem like a fairly simple task there are actually proper and improper ways to perform brushing techniques, it changes for adults or children. It also varies if you have an electronic toothbrush or a manual “regular” brush.

For a manual toothbrush, it is always recommended that you use a SOFT bristle brush, and be gentle! I know, most people don’t want to use a soft bristle because many people are convinced it does not remove all of the plaque build up. I PROMISE IT DOES, well, as long as you’re brushing properly. I do, however, tend to be biased towards an electronic brush. I am biased because I have used both, I have seen patients who start with the manual and transfer to the electronic. I have seen numerous cases of dramatic improvement, in most situations.

I personally LOVE my electric brush. It definitely took me a while to get used to; like a month… I didn’t start to use it until I was in dental hygiene school and HATED it at first. I didn’t like the way it felt. I didn’t like the way it sounded. I didn’t like that it actually forced me to brush for a WHOLE TWO MINUTES, and I especially did not like that it was so expensive. But I used it because everyone around me insisted it was better. I got used to it. Now I use it even while on vacation. I take it EVERYWHERE. Well, not to the grocery store, but at least on overnight stays.

Anyway back to the main topic, brushing. First, When using any toothbrush, manual or electronic, like I said previously, ALWAYS USE A SOFT BRISTLE BRUSH. The purpose of a soft bristle is to decrease the risk of damaging tissue, along with tooth structures. Simply explained, using a medium or hard bristle brush along with improper brushing can create a sort of crevice along the gum crevice of the teeth.

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Notice the picture…

The crevice is not normally painful but it can create sensitivity in some situations. It also decreases the integrity of the teeth. The teeth are shaped similar to an hourglass, coincidently, the skinniest part of the ‘hourglass’ or tooth, in your case, becomes the weakest. This area is where the teeth suffer the most from abrasion (or being sanded down from aggressive brushing) where the crevice is located.

Secondly, although it may sound counterintuitive, brushing all of the surfaces of the mouth is important. Bacteria are everywhere, and you want the mouth to be as clean as possible. Toothpaste is also important, but certainly not the star of the show. For the most part, using the toothpaste that you like the taste of is your best bet, just make sure to stay away from abrasives such as charcoal or baking soda.

Next, the main event, performing the act of brushing your teeth. With a manual brush, place a small amount of toothpaste on the brush. I personally prefer the brush to be wetted prior with water, but that is your choice. Then start brushing. I recommend starting a routine with the direction of brushing you would like, for example, I always start in the top left, and move to the other side. Move to the bottom left, then bottom right. The brush should always be angled or pointed toward the gums, hence being gentle is key.

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The red arrow here indicates that you want to perform a ‘sweeping’ motion. This means NOT brushing back and forth, or ‘side to side’. The side to side actions can cause the crevices to be formed quickly.

You also may want to brush in small circles. This is alright also. Many people find it easier to do small circles than a sweeping motion, either is alright. There is an image that helps explain what I mean. Notice for image ‘4’ below, the back or tongue sides of the teeth you should turn the brush to a vertical direction. After turning the brush, use an up and down motion, this will remove the most amount of plaque and bacteria.

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Finally, make sure to brush ALL SURFACES. The cheek side, the biting side, the side your tongue rests against while you have a closed mouth. So many of my patients complain that “the back of my teeth always seems to build up the fastest“. This is typical and expected but you don’t want to just assume it will be there indefinitely. Brushing after meals, rinsing if you don’t have the time or resources to brush after lunch, making sure to brush morning and night and all incredibly important. Making sure your teeth are clean throughout the day is YOUR responsibility, not your hygienists. Certainly, dental hygienists do what they do because we love it. and we truly do want to help you be your best, but it is not so simple.

Obtaining optimal oral health is a team effort for you and your dental providers. If you decide you don’t want to brush, like I stated previously, causes damage such as decay, disease, pain, and unpleasant breath. If you are worried about not brushing properly, and potentially causing damage, talk to your oral health care provider to help determine your best options.

As always, If you have any questions, or concerns don’t be afraid to post a comment or send an email! I am always happy to answer your burning dental questions. Have a great day, and don’t forget to smile today!

-DentalBritt

Gettin’ Flossy

Gettin’ Flossy

Hello again! Today I am diving deep into patient needs with proper ways to care for your oral health through flossing! I realize, as unfortunate as it is, not everyone flosses, brushes, or visits their oral health care provider as often as they should. Although I would love to live in a perfect world, I know we don’t, and many people try to avoid the dentist as long as possible. Way too much of the world’s population assume nothing is hurting, so that must mean nothing is wrong, infected, or potentially damaged. With this in mind, I am going to help those of you who don’t already know (especially those who think they know and don’t) make your home oral care as efficient and preventative of disease as possible.

Starting off, I’m sure I can safely assume (most) people hate flossing… It’s not just you; and Yes, we know you probably “don’t floss as often as you should” however, that doesn’t make it alright. Bottom line, as dental professionals, most of us really do care if you’re flossing or not. We are not just giving you a hard time about it because our years of schooling told us to. Yes, of course, we would like to see each patient having a perfect oral health routine, brushing morning and night, with flossing, and possibly using mouth rinse once daily. Thankfully they are your teeth, and your teeth only; meaning if they fall out due to disease, we can confidentially say “we told you so”. Certainly, as professionals, I would hope no one actually tells you this, and even more so, I hope that does not actually happen.

The fact of the matter is, flossing not only removes 33% more bacteria from the teeth that your toothbrush alone cannot reach, but it increases blood flow to the tissue. This increased blood flow helps red and white blood cells filter through the oral cavity and decreasing your chance of disease.

It is recommended that people floss, then brush, then clean the tongue, and finally use a mouth rinse, if preferred. Although this is the ‘technical’ routine process, as long as you are performing each task, on a regular (daily), basis we will be happy. 

Starting off with flossing, the ‘gold standard’ I would say is using traditional, string floss.

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Unfortunately, not everyone has the physical ability or patience to use this floss, and most dental professionals can understand that. People get busy, or lazy, or they truly cannot figure out how to perform the act of flossing without hurting their gums. Thankfully, that is not your only option. A second recommendation would be to use floss attached to some sort of handle such as the ones pictured in white and green. These are great not only for getting food debris out of between teeth but to ‘massage’ the gums. Yes, you read that right, Massage! 

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The act of flossing does massage the gums, that is the ‘increasing blood flow’ I was talking about earlier. These are not the only flossing options, either. If you are shopping at your local drug store for other dental products such as toothpaste, take a gander at the floss options. If anything looks strange, take a quick picture, and send it with a question on how to use the dang thing. You’ll be surprised at how many options there are!

Yet another option would be to invest in a water pick. Water picks are used either in conjunction or in place of flossing. They are great for those who cannot properly floss due to dexterity or some other limitation. Water flossers are a great option for those with braces or permanent retainers as well. Although water flossers do not have a string that can help clean the teeth, it uses a pulsating water jet to rinse bacteria and plaque away from the gums.

With a water flosser, It is recommended that you hold the stream of water at a 90° or perpendicular angle to the tooth and gums. Then follow the horseshoe shape of the gums making sure to focus between the teeth. For better instruction, I will provide a video of each task. 

When flossing, select a floss you feel comfortable controlling. I personally like a woven floss that is similar to yarn. Although the tiny fibers may be caught in between my teeth, I feel it is the most effective in plaque removal. Once you find a floss you can commit to, wrap that floss around the middle finger of each hand, and use your index finger and thumb to control the movement. Gently glide the floss between the teeth ensuring to not cut your gums. pull the floss against the tooth you intend to clean making a “C” shape with the floss, and slide up and down the tooth until all debris is removed. Continue to perform this action until all the teeth are cleaned.

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I know there is a lot of instruction here just for flossing, but I believe in you and your ability to improve your oral health! 

As always, If you have any questions, or concerns don’t be afraid to post a comment or send an email! I am always happy to answer your burning dental questions. Have a great day, and don’t forget to smile today! 

-DentalBritt 

Pearly Whites

Pearly Whites

Tooth whitening or bleaching is such a large topic to talk about because SO MANY people are concerned with how their smile looks. I think most people are concerned about having yellow teeth as if white teeth is a power symbol. The truth is, not everyone’s teeth can be the perfect white that so many people admire.

The natural white coloration of teeth is due to a few different factors. Enamel for one is the greatest contributing factor. Your enamel is the pearly white exterior that makes up the surface of your smile. The second layer under the enamel is called dentin and is also a contributor to how white your teeth appear. Enamel color is based on heredity, mainly, because how thick the enamel is, determines the possibility of having naturally white teeth. The thinner the enamel, the more yellow-grey hues your teeth will display. Dentin is also a factor because the dentin creates a base color of the teeth against the enamel and can become stained with eating and drinking.

Whitening started as early as the 1960’s with a slightly different formula than what is used today. Currently, whitening products contain a few different ingredients, the most recognizable being peroxide.  When someone’s teeth become stained, there are a few different possibilities of what is happening. There are two main types of stain; extrinsic and intrinsic.

Extrinsic, or ‘outside’ stain occurs on the surfaces of teeth and can be cleaned off with a polish during routine cleaning. These stains can occur from things like eating and drinking. Intrinsic, or ‘inside’ stain could occur from certain medications, nicotine, root exposure, and aging. These stains are possibly reduced through whitening procedures.

Unfortunately, whitening does not work for everyone, and there are numerous ways to damage your teeth if you are trying to whiten at home. In the most basic form, I like to explain that stains, just like stains on your clothes, are a discoloration sticking to the tooth surfaces. When you whiten, those stained surfaces are broken down and erased.

I like to remind my patients that anything with the exception of water and milk can stain teeth. The biggest staining factors are red wines, coffee, tea, berries, and beets. If you are looking for solutions to help keep your teeth white, while not spending hundreds on whitening procedures, the easiest solution is to drink dark or staining liquids through a straw. 

As for products available over the counter for whitening, I have a few suggestions and a few ‘No go’s’. First, Always talk to your dental provider if you are looking for a more permanent solution to your yellowing teeth, and about what they are seeing for why your teeth may be discolored. I personally recommend patients try reducing their intake of staining products. Of course, I don’t want you to stop eating your favorite foods, but to reduce how much stain you are acquiring, make simple changes such as drinking staining beverages with a straw, rinsing your mouth with water after eating staining foods, and performing oral hygiene at least twice a day. Over the counter whitening strips available at most local drug stores are also a fairly inexpensive way to reduce stain. These products normally contain a similar solution to prescribed products with a lower concentration. I recommend taking a before and after picture to really see your improvement and keep in mind that if you see good results with over the counter products, you will see even better results with professional products. I also recommend looking into getting a whitening tray, provided by your dentist to continue your whitening routine.

For the products I DO NOT RECOMMEND; I have never and will never recommend any products that are abrasive such as charcoals or baking sodas. These types of products are similar to cleaning your teeth with sandpaper and break down the enamel. I am sure many people have seen on social media, brushing with activated charcoal is all the rage right now, and yes, you do see results; instantly! But with continued use, the enamel will be so broken down that they will be a permanent greyish brown. This color cannot be corrected with whitening! Not only is it not cute, but your teeth will become increasingly sensitive! The only way to fix this irreversible damage is to pay for crowns or veneers. Aint nobody got time for that! These products make teeth brittle, and more likely to fracture. I also do not recommend using acids such as lemon or any other fruit juices. These acids also erode the teeth and can cause some serious damage!

As a rule of thumb, if you have a question about a dental procedure just ask! I am more than willing to answer questions and help out when I can. 

If you have any questions, or concerns don’t be afraid to post a comment or send an email, I am always happy to answer your burning dental questions. Have a great day, and don’t forget to smile today! 

-DentalBritt 

My Life.

My Life.

Hi! I’m Brittaniy Buckingham. I am a passionate Dental Hygienist located in Oregon. I have my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene acquired from Oregon Institute of Technology and am registered with the Oregon Board of Dentistry. As a dental hygienist, I perform hygiene services such as a regular cleaning, however, I am also licensed to administer local anesthesia, nitrous oxide can perform restorative functions, and have an expanded practice license. I am so passionate about what I do, and I want to be able to share my life and knowledge with the world. I work as a dental hygienist in a few different private practices and love to answer my patients burning dental questions. I am asked hundreds of questions a day ranging from whitening, how to brush properly, and how I feel about different products on the market today. I love being able to educate my patients and want to reach a larger community. I am continually learning, and strive to expand the knowledge of others. Not only am I passionate about dentistry, I also love love love fitness and beauty! I am always staying up to date with the latest beauty trends and love talking about ways to look and feel great. Throughout my blog, I will discuss numerous dental related topics, but will also talk about my favorite beauty and fitness trends, along with my favorite ways to incorporate my passions into daily life. I hope I can help inspire you to reach optimal oral and overall health to look and feel great!

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Thanks for reading

Brittaniy Buckingham, BS RDH