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Can Brushing Your Teeth Too Much Be Bad?

Many of us brush our teeth several times a day. This begs the question of whether or not that may be too much. Is there such a thing as brushing too often? The answer may surprise you.

When you brush your teeth, you should always do so with a fluoride toothpaste. This helps prevent cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and all kinds of other dental issues. At Fairfield Dental Arts, we recommend you brush for two minutes, three times a day.

Should you brush your teeth less, it could lead to plaque buildup. Although you may have heard this term before,  plaque is a buildup of bacteria on the teeth. This build-up creates a thin, sticky film on the teeth and having too much of it can eventually lead to tooth decay and cavities. Gum disease can also occur by not brushing your teeth enough.

Brushing too often can also cause trouble. A common misconception is that teeth get cleaner the harder you brush. The opposite is true as the amount of pressure applied has no effect on how clean your teeth get. This could potentially lead to damaging the enamel on your teeth. This protective covering plays an important role in keeping teeth from becoming too sensitive and exposing the nerve. Existing dental work such as fillings and root canals can become damaged due to over brushing. 

The staff of Fairfield Dental Arts is happy to bring you this information and remind you that regular dental checkups will help keep your smile looking youthful and vibrant. For more information, you can visit our website and be on your way to a bright, beautiful smile.

Which Toothbrush Is Right For You?

We all have a preference on feel when it comes to oral hygiene and how we take care of ourselves. With toothbrushes, there are so many shapes, sizes, brands, bristle strength, and more, so how do we know which one is right for us? Here’s what you should look for:

Reach

The smaller the head, the farther a toothbrush can reach and the more plaque/debris it can remove. The back teeth are the ones doing the most work when it comes to chewing your food, so make sure you can give them enough attention for a clean mouth!

 

Flexibility

A toothbrush handle can vary from non-slip or smooth grips, arched or straight necks, and skinny to wide in shape. This really depends on what feels right to you. Everyone’s mouth is different, so choose a brush that gives you the ability to easily provide your teeth a thorough cleaning.

 

Try an Electric Brush

Manual brushes might seem like your #1 choice, but with electric toothbrushes, we tend to brush more thoroughly and for longer periods of time. This is especially true with an electric toothbrush that has a quadrant timer. Another plus to electric toothbrushes is ease for children or the elderly allowing an easier brush overall.

 

If you have more questions on toothbrushes and which one is right for you, contact us.

Why You Need to Schedule Bi-Annual Dental Visits

fairfield dentist | fairfield dental artsWhen was your last dental visit? Now that the kids are back in school, it’s time to start thinking about scheduling your bi-annual appointment.

Benefits of Bi-Annual Dental Visits:

  • We Can Catch Problems Early On – During your bi-annual cleanings and exams, we will take a look at your tooth health and address any dental problems early on. This makes it possible to address your smile health before it becomes a more serious (and more painful) problem.
  • You Can Prevent Cavities – Cleanings also PREVENT cavities. By removing tartar and plaque, we can keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free. We may even be able to help you reverse early signs of tooth decay.
  • You’ll Keep Your Teeth Beautiful and Healthy – When you prevent dental cavities, you also keep your teeth beautiful and healthy for a long time to come.  This gives you confidence in your smile and helps prevent future dental procedures.
  • Kids Stay In School – Did you know that about 2.26 million school days are missed each year due to dental-related illnesses? By taking the time to prevent problems with a bi-annual cleaning and exam, you will keep kids healthy and in school.

Dental exams and cleanings are an essential part of your oral health care. Ready to schedule your next dental visit? Give us a call at 203-254-3780 or visit our website to learn more about our practice and the services that we offer.

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7 Benefits of Using Invisalign

Smiling Woman with silicone trainerThinking of improving your smile alignment this summer?  Here are a few of the many benefits that Invisalign® aligners have to offer.

Invisalign® Benefits:

  1. Discreet Alignment – When it comes to smile alignment, many people are concerned about the aesthetic appearance of traditional metallic braces.  Invisalign® makes it possible for patients to discreetly align their smiles.
  2. Removable for Photos – Have a big event coming up? Since Invisalign® is removable, you can take your aligners out for photos. If you leave them in — they are barely noticeable, too!
  3. No Diet Restrictions – Unlike with traditional braces, you don’t need to alter your eating habits to adjust to your new aligners. Invisalign® aligners are completely removable. You should remove them before you eat or drink anything.
  4. Minimal Irritation – Since Invisalign® aligners are clear and smooth, you can straighten your smile without metallic brackets irritating your lips.
  5. Healthier Teeth & Gums – Misaligned teeth can cause your gums to become red and swollen. By taking the time to improve your smile alignment, you also improve your dental health.
  6. Smile Confidence – For adults or teens who are uncomfortable committing to traditional, metallic braces, Invisalign® can help you align your smile with confidence.
  7. Easier Cleaning – One of the biggest challenges that people face with traditional orthodontic braces is that food can become trapped in the brackets and wires.  Since Invisalign® aligners are removable, you can brush and floss your teeth with ease.

Contact our office learn more about your options and whether or not Invisalign® is the right aligner for your dental needs.  At Fairfield Dental Arts, we are fully trained and equipped to handle all of your Orthodontic needs.

Call 203-254-3780 to contact our office or visit our website for more information on the different treatments and services that we offer at Fairfield Dental Arts.

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5 Summer Foods That Keep Your Smile Bright

dentist in fairfieldLooking for a healthy, but seasonal summer snack?  Here are a few foods that will keep your smile bright and white.

Summer Tooth Whitening Foods:

  1. Oranges – Citrus fruits cause your mouth to produce more saliva, which cleans your teeth naturally! Just be careful — too much acidity can damage your tooth enamel.
  2. Pineapples – Pineapples naturally contain an anti-inflammatory compound that can help remove stains. It’s the same ingredient that is found in stain-removing toothpaste!
  3. Strawberries – This smile brightening summer fruit might come as a surprise. Although strawberries will stain your white summer tee, they could actually help brighten your smile. Strawberries contain an enzyme known as malic acid that can help remove surface stains.
  4. Broccoli – This high fiber vegetable can help reduce inflammation in your mouth (and the rest of your body). Adding raw broccoli to your next salad can help clean and polish your teeth. The iron in broccoli can also protect your teeth against acid that degrades your tooth enamel.
  5. Cheese – Cheese contains minerals, like calcium and phosphorus, that help keep your teeth strong!

Remember to stay hydrated this summer too! Water can help keep stains off of your teeth.

If you have any questions about how to care for your teeth or you’re looking for a teeth whitening service, contact our office. We can help you determine the right option for your smile needs. Call 203-254-3780 to contact our office or visit our website for more information on the different treatments and services that we offer at Fairfield Dental Arts.

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What to Do When You Lose a Tooth

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Accidents happen — and it’s important to be prepared. In the unfortunate event you find yourself with a missing tooth, here are the steps that you should take.

What to Do When You Lose a Tooth:

  1. Grab the tooth by the crown (not the root).
  2. Try to place the tooth back in your mouth. Bit down gently on gauze to keep it in place. Be careful not to swallow the tooth.
  3. If the tooth cannot be place back, place the tooth in a container and cover it with whole milk or saliva.
  4. Apply a cold compress to the mouth and gums to ease the pain.
  5. Visit the dentist right away.

With immediate dental care, you can avoid infection and pain.  In many cases, you will even be able to save the tooth.

While restoring your natural tooth is always our number one priority, we also offer restorative options like dental implants and bridges to help restore the functionality and aesthetics of your smile.

If you have any questions about emergency dental care or restorative dental options,  call 203-254-3780 to contact our office or visit our website for more information on the different treatments and services that we offer at Fairfield Dental Arts.

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Signs of Gingivitis

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When plaque builds on your teeth, it can irritate your gums and eventually lead to more serious dental conditions.  This gum irritation, also known as Gingivitis, is the first stage of gum disease. It’s important that if you do experience signs of gingivitis, that you address the issue before it progresses. Be on the lookout for these early signs.

Signs of Gingivitis:

  • Swelling Gums
  • Receding Gums
  • Tenderness
  • Redness (instead of healthy pink)
  • Gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing

With good oral hygiene, you can prevent gingivitis, keeping your teeth beautiful and healthy. Remember to brush and floss twice a day, eat right, avoid tobacco and schedule regular dental visits to keep your smile healthy. If you do notice any of the signs and symptoms of gingivitis, schedule an appointment at our office. We can help you remove the plaque causing your gums to become inflamed.

Call 203-254-3780 to contact our office to schedule your appointment or visit our website for more information on the different treatments and services that we offer at Fairfield Dental Arts.

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What is the Difference Between Home Teeth Whitening and Professional Teeth Whitening?

iStock_000028998950_LargeLooking to brighten your smile just in time for summer?  We offer both custom home teeth whitening trays and in-office teeth whitening procedures, but how do you know which one to choose?

Here are a few of the differences between home teeth whitening and a professional teeth whitening procedures.

Home Teeth Whitening

We create a custom-made whitening tray that fits perfectly onto your teeth for comfort and maximum whitening exposure.  When you’re at home, you can fill the trays with whitening gel and wear them for about 2 hours per day for 1-2 weeks.  These trays can be worn at any time throughout the day – whenever is convenient for you!  At the end of your home whitening treatment, you will notice a whiter smile.

Professional Teeth Whitening

ZOOM® Whitening is our in-office, professional teeth whitening procedure.  In just one hour, you can have a bright, beautiful smile.  There is no need to take home whitening trays.  Instead, your teeth whitening procedure is completed within your office visit.  During your visit, your dentist will apply a whitening solution to your teeth and switch on a light that activates the solution.  After about an hour, you’re left with a brighter smile.

If you have any questions about how to brighten your smile this spring, give us a call!  We are here to help you keep your smile beautiful and healthy.  Call 203-254-3780 to contact our office to schedule your appointment or visit our website for more information on the different treatments and services that we offer at Fairfield Dental Arts.

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The Traits Of A Good Dentist

Searching for a new dentist can be difficult. After all, there are so many to choose from! Your search will be even harder if you aren’t looking for the right characteristics. Keep reading to learn about the traits that every good dentist should have.

Years of Experience
It is important for your new dentist to have years of experience under their belt. That is most certainly the case here at Fairfield Dental Arts! Our knowledgeable dentists have over 25 years of experience.

State-Of-The-Art Technology
Technology is always changing and improving–especially in dentistry. At Fairfield Dental Arts, our equipment is state-of-the-art. We are proud to use the best dental technologies available. After all, it is exciting to be on the cutting edge of technology!

Excellent Patient Care
Going to the dentist can be a scary thing to do for a lot of people. At Fairfield Dental Arts, we understand this fact and employ Sedation Dentistry techniques to calm your dental fears. Our dentists will make you feel at ease.

Are you on the hunt for a new dentist? If so, choose Fairfield Dental Arts. All of our dentists are knowledgeable and highly skilled. Call 203-254-3780 to request an appointment.

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​See What Patients Have To Say About Fairfield Dental Arts

There are plenty of dental practices in Fairfield County. However, there is only one Fairfield Dental Arts! We provide the best dental technology and care for your entire family. Don’t just take our word for it! See what patients have to say about our dental practice.

“Dr. Iaropoli and his team are top notch professionals, and the office is updated, clean and welcoming” – Amanda

“Best dental office ever! Everyone is kind, professional and wonderful. Love this place!” – Anonymous

“They are all so caring and go out of their way to help you, along with being so honest” – Diana

Are you interested in switching to a different dental office in Connecticut? If so, choose Fairfield Dental Arts! We have state-of-the-art equipment and a caring staff. In addition, we offer Saturday and evening appointments for your convenience. Call 203-254-3780 for more information.

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