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Mouthwash: Do you really need to use it?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Q: Is it necessary to use mouthwash?
A: Mouthwash is beneficial to your oral health.
Q: How so?
A: It can reduce bad breath, periodontal disease, and if it contains fluoride it can even reduce cavities. If you are prone to cavities, you may benefit from using a mouthwash.
Q: Great, so I don’t have to brush or floss anymore?
A: Sorry to get your hopes up, but brushing and flossing remain highly important for your dental health. Mouthwash does not replace brushing and flossing, but together they are like the three musketeers of dental health.
Q: Should I use mouthwash before or after brushing and flossing?
A: It is most advantageous to use mouthwash last, and to not rinse your mouth out with water afterwards. The reason for this is that when you introduce water into your mouth, you are preventing some of the fluoride from coating your teeth. Fluoride in regulated quantities is beneficial for your oral health.
Q: What kind of mouthwash should I use?
A: Whichever brand you prefer, as long as you make sure that the label says that it is alcohol-free. There has been some debate about whether or not mouthwashes containing alcohol can contribute to oral cancer. It would be wise choose a variety that does not contain alcohol. Most new mouthwashes do not contain alcohol. Choosing a mouthwash that contains fluoride is also a good idea.
Q: Thanks for the info!
A: Our pleasure, we are here to help you achieve great oral health and smile confidence! Please comment if you have any questions, or topics you would be interested in reading about on our blog.

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Too busy for two dental visits?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

We have good news for you!

We are very excited for our new addition.
Our favourite new staff member is CEREC! That stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEramic REConstruction). Developed at Zurich University, this CAD/CAM system has been successful in dental studios since 1985. Over 8 million patients have been treated by CEREC. She works like the Ferrari of dental machines, and she’s a real time saver.
Are you too busy for two visits to the dentist? Our new CEREC machine eliminates this need, cutting down your time to one visit.
How is that possible? Well, instead of taking impressions at our office and sending them to the lab, CEREC creates the crown for us in office. No need to take impressions, no temporaries, and no waiting for the lab to send us your restorations. CEREC creates crowns, onlays, inlays, and veneers.

How it works:
We take a 3-D photograph of the tooth being restored, and then this is uploaded to the CEREC computer where the restoration is designed to fit in naturally with your surrounding teeth. This info is then sent to the milling unit, where diamond burs mill the restoration from a ceramic block. The Dentist then uses resin cement to bond the restoration to your tooth.
Not only will your restoration look natural, but milled ceramic is also stronger than ceramic that is layered and pressed by hand in a lab. The materials used are also biocompatible and metal-free. There are no disadvantages for the patient. For the patient the cost is the same, and the time is reduced.
The only downside is the cost that we pay to purchase the machine, as well as the time spent for the Dentist to learn to use the machine. Here at Aria Dental, we strongly believe this is time and money well spent. We appreciate your loyalty, and know that you will appreciate the saved time. One appointment is all it takes!

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What is a Dental Implant?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don't rely on neighboring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth.

Implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue. There are different types of dental implants: the first is placed directly into the jaw bone, like natural tooth roots; the second is used when the jaw structure is limited, therefore, a custom-made metal framework fits directly on the existing bone.

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