National Show Your Smile Month

National Show Your Smile Month

The month of May is National Show Your Smile Month and we want to promote the benefits of smiling, including improving one’s mood, reducing stress, and making others feel happy. During the next few weeks Dr. Drew & Crew would love to see your smiles. When posting on social media tag us so we can see your smiles.
Along with a campaign to smile more, this also aims to raise awareness about the importance of good oral hygiene and the benefits of regular dental check-ups. It encourages people to take care of their teeth and gums to maintain a healthy smile. Overall, “National Show Your Smile Month” is a fun and positive campaign that promotes happiness and good oral health.

Why is Going to the Dentist Important?

Why is Going to the Dentist Important?

We all know that it is important to schedule regular appointments with your dentist, but sometimes our busy lives get in the way.  While many of you can relate, creating a consistent 2 times a year check with your dentist can be essential for your health for a number of reasons. Let’s dive in to talk about how you can make your dental care a top priority.  Regular dental checkups and cleanings can prevent dental problems from developing and getting worse. Dentists can detect early signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and oral care. When catching those early, they are able to provide treatments to address these issues before they become more serious. Often times, you don’t even know that something is wrong until it is too late. With that, you are able to save money in the long run. The two check-ups a year can prevent you spending thousands of dollars on the dental work you could’ve prevented in the first place.

Believe it or not, good oral health is linked to good overall health. These dental visits can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. This obviously prevents pain, discomfort, or eventual tooth loss. Getting the tools you need from a dental hygienist could be exactly what you are looking for regarding your overall health. Once again, good oral health is linked to a good overall health, this includes heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections.

Going to the dentist should start to climb higher on your priority list due to all of these reasons. There is seriousness in health that doesn’t just take place at the doctor but also can take place at the dentist. Create a sense of urgency to make sure your oral health is just as important! Time to get your teeth checked!

Yellow Teeth: Causes, Do’s & Don’ts

Yellow Teeth: Causes, Do’s & Don’ts

Yellow Teeth Can be Caused by a Variety of Factors:

  • Poor oral hygiene
    • not brushing your teeth regularly can lead to the buildup of plaque and tartar, which can cause discoloration.
  • Specific foods and drinks
    • such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark colored fruits and vegetables, can cause yellow stains as well.
  • Tobacco Use
    • smoking or chewing tobacco has nicotine, toxic chemicals, and tartar in the oxygen in which you inhale, this is what causes smokers to have yellow teeth.
  • Genetics
    • Some people may be more prone to yellow teeth due to their genetic makeup. Not to worry though, we have treatment and many products that you can use to make your teeth pearly white.

Here are some Do’s to help Prevent Getting Yellow Teeth:

  • VISIT YOUR DENTIST REGULARLY
    • Regular dentist cleanings can prevent bacterial buildup and allows you to be aware of any other serious dental conditions your teeth might have.
  • BRUSH & FLOSS EVERYDAY
    • We know, you hear this every time you are in the dentist, but it is true. This will completely clear any plaque or stains that are starting to form. That way you can stay on top of every getting yellow teeth to begin with
  • EAT A HEALTHY DIET
    • This is not to say you can’t pick up a bag of chips or a chocolate bar ever again. However, implementing healthy foods into your meals everyday will help with the stamina of your teeth.
  • USE WHITENING TOOTHPASTE
    • The correct whitening toothpaste can help remove surface stains and brighten your smile. Be sure to consult with your dentist before purchasing any kind of whitening tooth paste because there are some that can damage the strength of your teeth.

Here are some Don’ts When it Comes to What not to do with your Teeth:

  • USE ABRASIVE BRUSHING TECHNIQUES
    • Brushing too hard or having the wrong bristles on a toothbrush can wear away the enamel on your teeth and cause yellowing.
  • USE AT HOME WHITENING STRIPS
    • Over the counter whitening treatment can be very damaging to our teeth. It is important to consult with your dentist before using any products on your teeth so you can prevent long term damage.
  • DON’T KEEP A TOOTHBRUSH PAST 3 MONTHS
    • Using the same toothbrush for more than 3 months will essentially cause bacteria build up on your toothbrush that will then be transferred to your mouth. This creates repetition of not truly ever brushing your teeth, bad breath, and yellow stains over time.

Remember that yellow teeth can be a cosmetic concern, but they can also be a sign of a more serious dental problem. Please be sure to get checked by a dental specialist so they can help lead you in the best direction for not only your teeth but overall health.

Feeling Insecure About Your Smile?

Feeling Insecure About Your Smile?

Well, hello! As we all know your teeth are the most important part of our smile and possibly our face. We want to make sure you know exactly what to do to make sure your smile is something you feel confident to show to others! With that being said, let’s do a step by step on how to make that style of yours stand out.
1. Stand in the mirror and ask yourself… Have I been nice to my teeth today?
2. If the answer is no, think of some ways you can turn that around. Have you brushed your teeth yet? Do you need to floss after you ate your lunch? Are you drinking liquids every day that will make your teeth yellow?
3. The first and most important thing is to make sure we are brushing our teeth at least 2 times a day. When we wake up AND before we go to bed!
4. Once you have got that step down, let’s make sure that after we eat or snack that we carry around floss to make sure that food doesn’t sit in our teeth for the rest of the day! It is so easy just to carry around in your bag or in your car and it will keep your teeth nice and clean!
5. Next, limit the amount of caffeinated drinks you consume each day. These drinks being coffee, soda, and tea (also red wine…). I’m sure you hear this often, but it really does help not only the looks of your smile but the overall confidence in your body!
6. Lastly, spend time with your dentist! Don’t forget that we are here to help you and want you to feel confident in your smile too! Schedule an appointment for your teeth so that you can spend all day showing your smile to others!
So glad we were able to go over that together and potentially make you feel better about the steps you need to make to feel comfortable smiling! Next time you’re questioning your confidence think to yourself, “Have I been Nice to my Teeth Today?” and then go through these steps to make sure you did everything you can.

Dental Care During the Holidays

Dental Care During the Holidays

The Holidays are coming up! The upcoming holiday season is a time about family and friends gathering together to celebrate. While celebrating, it is custom to eat your favorite meals. Eating sugar and sweets over the holidays can later cause gum disease and decay.

Dental exams and cleanings are vital after the holiday season. It is easy to forget to eat healthy during this time, but it is important to not let your dental health decline. At home, make sure to keep up with brushing and flossing so you can prevent infections in your teeth and gums.

Here at Dr. Drew and Crew, we pride ourselves in our preventive and diagnostic services. Some of our preventative services include fluoride treatments, sealants, and cleanings.

Scheduling your dental exam is the first step in achieving your goals in 2023. Dr. Drew & Crew is here and ready to help!

Do You Have Questions About Dental X-Rays?

Do You Have Questions About Dental X-Rays?

Sci-fi is a beautiful genre, stretching the realm of reality and science into a futuristic world of wonder. But sometimes science fiction is more real than you think.

Ionizing radiation and invisible rays sound made up, but are actually well known and used daily by the scientific community. Including your local dentist! More commonly, these terms are describing your typical X-ray. Discovered in 1895, a man by the name of Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen was experimenting with cathode-ray tubes when he noticed a fluorescent glow of crystals on his table next to the tube. This led him to experimenting and later uncovering the methods that formed the modern X-ray!

With that brief history lesson, you probably still have questions or concerns about X-rays. “Generally, the amount of radiation you’re exposed to during an X-ray is the equivalent to between a few days and a few years of exposure to natural radiation from the environment”, this comes from the NHS website. In other words, X-rays are perfectly safe.

X-rays are important for dentists so they can get a clear view of your dental health. It’s a less invasive and oftentimes more detailed view of the health of your teeth. The CDC has a great page describing the reasons behind X-rays

Most importantly, we here at Dr. Drew and Crew are here for you. And any questions you may have we can help answer!