North Country Smiles

I don’t like my Dentures

If you wear Dentures that are uncomfortable, move around or Click when you talk or just don’t look natural when you smile, it might be time to consider new treatment options.   Dentures have come a long way in just a few years and with the success of Implant Dentistry Denture issues are a thing of the past.   If you have lost confidence to eat the foods you love or miss laughing out loud, don’t wait to regain the confidence and the youthful look you once had!  You’ll be amazed at what we can do for you!!!

Why do my gums bleed when I brush or floss?

Most people don’t get alarmed when they see blood around their teeth and gums during brushing or flossing.  This is a sign of Gingivitis which is an early stage of Periodontal Disease.  Bacteria that are allowed to accumulate around your teeth and under the gumline are the culprit.  Don’t panic this is reversible…It could be a minor change in your home care, brushing and/or  flossing technique or using the right Mouthrinse.  If it has been a while since you have visited the Dentist you might be due for a Cleaning or Scaling/Root Planing which removes the irritants that cause your Gums to bleed.  The Later stages of Periodontal Disease are bad breath, loose teeth, swollen gums and eventual tooth loss.   Don’t wait… get checked!

Get the Confidence of a Great Smile!

Dr. Laudati is now an Invisalign provider…He is excited to help is patients improve the health and appearance of their smiles.  Invisalign is comfortable to wear and easy to live with.  You visit us twice a month to check your progression and get new aligners.  Average treatment time is about one year.  Because the aligners are removable you can continue to eat your favorite foods and can brush and floss normally to keep your teeth and gums healthy.  Straight teeth not only look nice they also function correctly in addition to improving your ability to clean between and around your teeth more efficiently..This adds up to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!   Call us for a free consultation to find out if Invisalign is right for you!

Facts about Oral Cancer

More people are being Diagnosed with Oral Cancer than ever before, but surprisingly, research shows this increase is not due to the traditional risk factors of drinking, smoking or using chewing tobacco.  Oral Cancer is now being found in a younger population of men and women who don’t smoke or drink  heavily.  One reason for this increase in people under age 40 is due to exposure to the HPV-16 and HPV-18 Viruses known collectively as the Human Papillomavirus.  The HPV Virus can spread by intimate contact, including kissing.  That is why the Centers for Disease Control recommends that all Patients over the age of 17 be screened annually for Oral Cancer.    The Signs and symptoms of Oral Cancer are often missed by the naked eye, here at North Country Smiles we are stepping up our detection of Oral Cancer with the Identafi, a revolutionary new Medical device that uses multi-spectral technology to identify biochemical and morphological changes in the cells of your mouth, throat, tongue and tonsils.  These changes are subtle, as they happen at the cellular level and therefore often go undetected by the naked eye.  These changes are made visible through the use of Identafi’s  three-wavelength technology which illuminates possible areas of change that may signal the occurrence or early beginnings of Oral Cancer.  This test takes about 2 minutes, all we do is shine the light in your mouth!  That’s it….Call for your complimentary screening today….

Give Up The Grind

It is estimated that 95% of the population experiences some form of Bruxism or “Grinding”  at some time in their lives.  Bruxism is often contributed to stress which is true, but there are other factors that cause us to grind our teeth that most people are not aware of and if you are like most people who were told you have to wear this bulky piece of plastic over your teeth at night  you probably opted not to….Brusism can be treated in ways you might not have been aware of…Headaches in the morning, sore or stiff neck muscles, painful chewing aka TMD , sensitive or cracked teeth that have worn and become unattractive  can all be linked to Bruxism and if treated can be stopped.   Dr. Laudati has extensive training to recognize the signs of this destructive habit and treat it before extensive Dentistry is needed to rebuild what has been damaged….

You Don’t Know What You’re Missing

The importance of good oral hygiene, not just for Dental Health but for your overall well-being, is often underestimated. Gum Disease is a directly linked as a major risk factor for serious health conditions; including diabetes and heart disease.

The type of toothbrush you use is of less importance than how you use your toothbrush. If you are not brushing properly, you have no idea what you might be missing. A disclosing solution was used on these teeth to display plaque that was missed and would not otherwise be seen visually.

disclosing

The electric toothbrush has become very popular — some even say it provides superior dental care. But how does it actually compare to manual brushing? When brushing manually, we do about 300 strokes per minute. An electric toothbrush makes about 3,000 – 7500 brushing motions per minute and a Sonic toothbrush produces about 30,000 – 40,000 strokes per minute.

In actuality, any toothbrush you are comfortable using works well. Most people brush for less than a minute, but to effectively reach all areas of your mouth and scrub off cavity-causing bacteria, you should brush for at least two to three minutes, at least twice daily.

Let’s take a closer look at selecting either manual and powered toothbrushes:

MANUAL TOOTHBRUSH
When the nylon toothbrush was first introduced, consumers did not have many options. Now the story is completely different with an extensive selection of different types of toothbrushes.

The SIZE of the toothbrush head should allow you to easily reach all surfaces of your teeth; usually a brush head about a half inch wide and one inch tall will be the easiest and most effective. A larger brush head may make it difficult to maneuver into hard to reach areas. The handle should be long enough to comfortably hold in your hand.

Available also is a variety of BRISTLE TEXTURES. We recommend a SOFT BRISTLE, as this is the safest choice allowing you to avoid gum injury and tooth abrasion. We also advise a rounded tip.

ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH
Rechargeable Electric Toothbrushes have grown in popularity as they are rich in technology and features. The may also provide many oral health benefits and help you to improve your brushing habits.

Choose a model that has a TIMER to help you keep track of how long you brush.

BRISTLE TEXTURE should be soft with a rounded tip. Many models have pressure sensors to alert you when you are brushing to hard (you will notice a drag in the speed of the brush).

Electric toothbrushes can offer an added advantage for populations that have difficulty brushing. They may often be recommended for people with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or other painful and movement-restricting conditions and for those wearing braces.

Choosing the right brush is ultimately a personal decision and one that should be guided by your dentist’s recommendations based upon your current oral conditions. Always choose one with the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Approval and always brush properly:
• Use a fluoride toothpaste
• Brush at a 45o angle to the gums
• Use short, gently back and forth strokes
• Brush ALL surfaces of each tooth (including the often missed inside surfaces near the tongue!)
• Brush teeth for 2 – 3 minutes
• Brush your tongue

Last but not least, BE SURE TO FLOSS DAILY and visit your dentist regularly.