November is the month of giving thanks! This year we want to give a special thanks to something we use every day but may never truly appreciate: our teeth!
We know it may sound silly to give thanks for your pearly whites, but trust us, after we list our top reasons, you’ll be praising them in no time.
- Teeth are one of your most defining features. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), your smile is one of the first things someone notices about you. The same AACD study concluded that 74 percent of those who took the survey believe an unattractive smile can negatively affect someone’s career. But don’t worry, if you’re not proud of your grin, cosmetic dentistry from Vacendak Dentistry will transform your smile.
- They help you communicate. Teeth are an essential part of speaking. Without them, we’d have difficulty pronouncing certain letters and sounds such as ‘f,’ ‘v,’ ‘s,’ ‘th,’ and so many more. Go ahead and give it a try! Can you say a full sentence without touching your teeth with your tongue? It’s pretty challenging. In a previous post, we explore the numerous ways your teeth affect your speech, but you don’t need to know them all to be thankful for these great communicators.
- They give you hints about your health. Your teeth can be indicators of your overall health. For example, very pale gums could be a sign of anemia, and losing teeth could be a symptom of osteoporosis. However, you won’t be able to self-diagnose by looking at your teeth. If you notice anything different, contact your dentist!
The doctors at Vacendak also want to remind our patients just how thankful we are for them! If you haven’t seen us in a while, give us a call at (757) 609-3510 to schedule your checkup before the busy holiday season begins.
Valentine’s Day is your mouth’s moment to shine! From the “Kiss Me” messages on mini candy hearts to romantic songs on the radio, a kiss is probably on your list this year. Before cozying up to your loved one make your mouth extra kissable with a few of our favorite tips:
- Brighten Your Smile
Nothing is more attractive than a bright smile! If you’re looking for a boost in confidence, ask Vacendak Dentistry about our cosmetic whitening options. In-Office treatment with us lasts longer and is safer than the over-the-counter brands you encounter at the drugstore.
- Beware Bad Breath
Bacteria is a major culprit of bad breath. Regular habits like brushing and flossing help to prevent it, but there are healthy solutions if you’re looking for a quick fix. Freshen your breath with ADA approved mouthwashes or sugarless gum. Both can freshen your breath instantly and get saliva flowing-especially after you eat foods with a strong scent.
- Keep Your Hands to Yourself
For many couples, a big relationship step is keeping a toothbrush at each other’s place. Just make sure to only use your own! Sharing a toothbrush means sharing germs. That welcomes new, cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth.
- Drinking Water is Sexy
Not only does staying hydrated give skin a healthy glow, it’s key to keeping your mouth kissable. Drinking water promotes healthy production of oxygen-containing saliva which deters the growth of smelly oral bacteria (bad breath). Make H20 your beverage of choice and you and your loved ones will reap the benefits.
At Vacendak Dentistry, we pride ourselves on providing high quality care for our clients. Whether you’re looking for a tooth whitening treatment or a check-up, we’d love to help you pucker-up with confidence this year! Give us a call at (757) 609-3510 or book an appointment online, today.
With the new year here, you’ve probably already decided your New Year’s resolutions. If you’re like us, you may focus on improving your health in the new year. Just don’t forget the importance of improving oral health habits at the same time! Caring for your mouth goes a long way toward overall wellness and is an important element of daily self-care.
Practicing a consistent and proper routine is not only a worthwhile goal to transform your smile, it’s also easier than many people think! Take advantage of the new year to clean your slate! Here are five easy ways to begin a successful oral health routine, today:
- Conquer Your Fear of the Dentist
Just like you should consult your doctor before trying a new diet, visiting your dentist is the first step to transforming your oral health. This is your chance to start the year fresh and with personal guidance from a professional! We want to help all our patients succeed, so bring an example of your new daily routine or a list of goals for the year and our office will be your new cheerleaders!
- Get the Right Tools
It’s time to stock up on the right tools to make sure you’re set up for success. Even investing in a new electric toothbrush will encourage you to brush more often! If it’s hard to get to the store for replacements, look at subscription services that ship necessities straight to your door, at exactly the right time.
- Invest in Yourself.
Is there a certain cosmetic dentistry treatment you keep putting off? 2020 is the year to invest in yourself! Getting the smile you deserve not only transforms your oral health, but your self-esteem and confidence.
- Set Reminders
It only takes around 30 days to form a new habit. So, start treating your daily hygiene like it’s a habit! Make a chart or use a tracking system to countdown the days until your new routine becomes second nature. Setting reminders on your phone or computer is a helpful trick, too.
- Drink More Tap Water
Water is our favorite beverage! By increasing your daily intake of water, you’ll fast track those new year’s wellness goals. Not only does water help maintain a healthy body, it helps your teeth too. Tap water, specifically, contains optimal amounts of fluoride, which are proven to strengthen teeth and reduce tooth decay in children and adults. Fluoride helps reinforce enamel affected by bacteria and acid. For all those reasons, adding more water to your diet is a win-win!
Drs. Sheila and Daniel Vacendak and the team at Vacendak Dentistry are here to make your dental health care in 2020 a positive experience! Call us today at (757) 609-3510 to schedule an appointment.
There are several reasons a dentist may recommend a tooth extraction, including impacted wisdom teeth, advanced tooth decay that leaves a tooth unsalvageable, an orthodontic need to make room in the mouth, or other more complex dental issues. No matter the reason, most patients are nervous about getting teeth pulled, especially if it’s their first time.
Thanks to gentle sedation and improved extraction techniques, all you need to do is trust the dentist or oral surgeon doing the procedure, alert them of concerns and anxieties before the extraction and of any shooting pain during (if you choose to be awake). We know you’ll get through it with flying colors! The most important part of any tooth extraction is the aftercare. Be sure to follow all surgical instructions provided by your doctor and keep the following tips in mind:
- Have a trusted person drive you home post-extraction even if you weren’t fully sedated. You may feel nervous or lightheaded and it is safer to get a ride.
- Directly following the procedure, you will be instructed to bite down on gauze to stop the bleeding. Keep the gauze in place for at least 30 minutes and replace it with fresh gauze after 30 min if still bleeding. You may bleed minimally for up to 24 hours, but if bleeding seems excessive, be sure to call your doctor.
- Take your medication! If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics or painkillers, get your trusted person to make a stop at the pharmacy before you head home to rest. Once you have it, take it faithfully. This will minimize pain and keep you comfortable.
- Eat soft foods and avoid anything hard, sticky or crunchy for at least a week.
- No straws or smoking for 72 hours after surgery. Your mouth will thank you as this helps avoid disrupting the very important blood clot that needs to form in order for gums to heal.
These are all things to keep in mind that will help shorten recovery and minimize pain. If you’re facing a tooth extraction, make sure you talk in depth with your dentist and closely adhere to all post-procedure instructions and recommendations. Getting a tooth pulled may feel scary, but it isn’t so bad when you have the facts you need to feel at ease.
Teeth are for more than just chewing. They also play a big part in speech development and confidence.
While talking comes naturally to many of us, we sometimes forget how complex speech actually is. Humans typically learn how to talk by listening and imitating those around them. This process involves a number of physical and neurological structures that work together to form words. These physical structures include mainly the lips, the tongue, the jaw, the vocal cords and the teeth. When one of the elements of successful speech is not functioning properly, people may develop delays or impediments.
Teeth help us produce all kinds of sounds, including /f/ (“found”), /v/ (“virtue), /s/ (“sew”), /z/ (“zip”), the “ch” in “china,” the g sound in “gym,” and the “sh” sound in “shoe.” Teeth are also partially responsible for the voiceless” sounds like “th” (“thirst). Think about all the words that use these sounds and imagine how missing or misaligned teeth might make speaking more challenging.
People who face these issues can benefit from visiting a dentist and/or orthodontist and in some cases working with a speech therapist.
A confident and warm smile can brighten someone else’s day and put them at ease. When a person’s teeth are jumbled, discolored, or missing, they may be less likely to offer that smile or speak clearly.
Talking quietly and mumbling are common in those with more “obvious” dental problems. This lack of confidence can be limiting both professionally and socially. Sometimes a teeth whitening treatment at the dentist is all a person needs to give them the courage to speak out loud and proud!
We here at Vacendak Dentistry talk all the time (loudly and proudly might we add) about how dental health impacts all areas of a lifestyle. Let us take care of your teeth and hopefully help you feel more confident about the way you talk. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.