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How to Brighten Your Smile this Holiday Season

Believe it or not, the holiday season is officially here! Are you ready for all of those parties, gatherings, and photos? If you’re looking to bump up the brightness of your teeth (without a phone app), then we have you covered! Without further ado, here are some helpful teeth whitening tips you’ll be sure to love:

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  • Teeth Whitening Toothpaste – There are several different teeth whitening toothpaste brands out there. While these will not provide immediate or dramatic results, they can help prevent buildup.
  • Drink Plenty of Water – Remember to stay hydrated! Drinking water will help keep your teeth bright and healthy.
  • ZOOM® Whitening – We offer in-office whitening treatments! This treatment is safe, effective and fast. Unlike with other teeth whitening methods — you leave the office with a brighter smile, right away!
  • At-Home Whitening – If you prefer to brighten your smile in the comfort of your own home, we can create customer teeth whitening trays that are designed to fit your unique smile. You can fill these trays with whitening gel and wear them for 2 hours each day, for 1-2 weeks. At the end of the treatment, you’ll have a noticeably brighter smile!

Is it time to schedule your dental cleaning or looking into our teeth whitening options? Contact our office to schedule an appointment today! In addition: we’ll be glad to answer any dental floss related questions you may have!

3 Important Thanksgiving Dental Tips You Should Know

Thanksgiving will be here sooner than you think! That can only mean one thing: eating all the goodies your relatives make! Not so fast, though. Many of your favorite holiday fixings might be detrimental to your overall dental health (sadly). Here are some tips that will keep you smiling from ear to ear this holiday season:

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1) Pack Your Toothbrush and Floss
Many people travel to a family member’s home for Thanksgiving. When you are packing for Turkey Day, don’t forget to pack your toothbrush and floss. Forgetting to do so will result in a last minute detour to the nearest convenience store.

2) Suppress Your Sweet Tooth
For some, the holidays provide an opportunity to overindulge in sweets. Overloading on sugar can increase plaque build up on your teeth. This Thanksgiving, take it easy on the sugar. After all, it’s not Halloween!

3) Eat Your Vegetables
Despite it being a cheat meal day for most, it’s important to stock up on vegetables! When you’re creating a plate, load up on green veggies — since they’ll help make your teeth stronger (thanks, calcium)!

From everyone here at Fairfield Dental Arts, have a Happy Thanksgiving! If you are in need of dental services in Connecticut, give us a call at 203-254-3780 to schedule an appointment.

What to Do If You Have Chapped Lips

Cold weather is upon us and that only means one thing: chapped lips. Known to be quite the uncomfortable feeling, chapped lips can be quite painful if you happen to have braces or any other dental work. Although you should use lip balm (and other lip ointments) in moderation, here are some better ways to cure those chapped lips: 

Use a Humidifier

One of the simplest tricks to curing dry lips is to use a humidifier. Known to put moisture back into the air, these water-based device will be the perfect way to keep your lips (and skin) from drying out in the winter — especially if you sleep with the heat on, or take hot showers.

Stay Hydrated

Another trick to keeping your lips moisturized is to stay hydrated with water. Many times, those with dry lips and skin tend not to drink water frequently — which ceases moisture production. If you’re looking to cease the dryness, put down the soda and pick up a bottle of water. Not only will this be better for your teeth, but it will also help keep you (and your skin) hydrated!

Use a Natural Balm

Still feel the need to use lip balm? Before you purchase another tube, give coconut oil a try! This natural remedy is the perfect alternative because it not only moisturize your lips, but it won’t build a dependency like traditional lip balm! Additionally, coconut oil will leave your lips feeling soft and moisturized for a while — it’s the perfect product!

Is it time to schedule your fall dental cleaning? Contact our office to schedule an appointment today!

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3 Types of Dental Floss You Should Use

Fact: there is more than one type of dental floss on the market. That’s right — one of the biggest staples of oral hygiene comes in a variety of different materials/finishes to give you the healthiest, brightest smile on the planet! If you’re looking to floss your teeth and don’t know which type to use, here are a few options we recommend:

Fairfield - October 27, 2017Floss 1: Waxed Floss

Known as the most traditional dental floss, this oral hygiene staple has been around since the earliest days of dentistry. Unlike its cousin (unwaxed floss), this waxy counterpart makes for the strongest bond floss — and will be less likely to break or slip when you’re using it. In addition: waxed floss is quite simple to use, since the wax creates a grip-like texture when you’re holding it.

Floss 2: Unwaxed Floss

Holding a reputation for being the most famous of the flosses, unwaxed floss is composed of nylon yarn and is known to get into every tight space between teeth. Although waxed floss is the stronger version of this floss — the string is bulkier and not as thing as unwaxed floss. If you’re looking to get into every nook and cranny, then this will be the perfect floss for your pearly whites!

Floss 3: Super Floss

Have you recently acquired braces or dental implants? If so, super floss will be the perfect choice for you! Unlike traditional dental floss, this majestic dental floss is stiffer and can easily adapt to any surface it encounters. In addition to being quite durable, super floss also comes in a waxed and unwaxed portion, if you have a dental floss preference! Super floss really is super — and will be very beneficial to use!

Is it time to schedule your fall dental cleaning? Contact our office to schedule an appointment today! In addition: we’ll be glad to answer any dental floss related questions you may have!

What Happens When You Don’t Floss?

fairfield dental artsFlossing is one of the most important (and most often overlooked) things you can do for your smile health. In fact, about half of Americans don’t floss every day, but you may want to reconsider. Taking care of your teeth with regular brushing and flossing is essential to preventing cavities and bad breath. Here are a few of the reasons why you’ll want to make sure that you add flossing into your daily oral health care routine.

What Happens When You Don’t Floss:

  • Your Gums May Bleed – Healthy gum tissue shouldn’t bleed when you brush, floss or eat. If you notice any bleeding, there is a chance that you have some gingivitis (it’s a sign of gum disease).
  • Tartar Builds Up – It’s very common for tartar to build up in between your teeth. This hard substance must be removed by your dentist because, if it is left untreated, it can damage your teeth.
  • Bad Breath – If you haven’t flossed in a while, there is likely buildup in between your teeth. This can cause halitosis.
  • Tooth Discoloration – Neglecting oral health care can make it more difficult to maintain a bright, white smile.
  • Gum Disease – Gum disease causes the gums to pull away from your teeth. This leaves pockets of space for bacteria to grow, weakening your tooth structure. Eventually, gum disease leads to premature tooth loss.

Is it time to schedule your fall dental cleaning? Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity? Reach out to our office to schedule an appointment today!

13 Smile Care Mistakes you Don’t Want to Make

fairfield dental artsFeeling superstitious? Friday the 13th is known for being unlucky — but at Fairfield Dental Arts, we think you should take your dental luck into your own hands. While you’re out avoiding black cats and broken mirrors, we also recommend that you don’t make these smile care mistakes today (and every day).

13 Smile Care Mistakes:

  1. Not Schedule Bi-Annual Dental Cleanings – When was the last time you schedule a visit to our practice? Bi-annual dental cleanings and exams are absolutely essential to caring for your smile. They help prevent future dental problems, as well as catch existing problems early on so that we can provide you with the care that you need before you start to feel the pain.
  2. Forgetting to Floss – Are you forgetting to floss? This often overlooked step in oral health care is one of the best things that you can do for your smile. In fact, in between your teeth is where most tooth decay and plaque builds!
  3. Not Brushing for 2 Minutes, 2 Times a Day – How long (and how often) are you brushing your teeth for each day? You should be brushing your teeth for a full two minutes, twice a day (morning and night).
  4. Not Replacing Your Toothbrush Every 3 Months – When was the last time that you replaced your toothbrush? You should be replacing your toothbrush every three months or when the bristles become frayed.
  5. Brushing Too Hard – Brushing harder doesn’t mean that you are brushing better. Make sure that you are using a soft bristled brush — brushing too hard can lead to gum damage.
  6. Not Drinking Enough Water – Staying hydrated is good for your oral health and your overall health. Make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water even on cool fall and winter days. This will help wash away bacteria that may otherwise eat away at your tooth enamel.
  7. Thinking You’re Too Old For Braces – Braces aren’t just for children. If you are looking to improve your smile alignment, you can still consider braces at an older age. Aligned teeth are more than a cosmetic adjustment, they can improve your oral health, too!
  8. Avoiding Taking X-rays – X-rays are crucial to understanding what is going on in your mouth. They can help you identify wisdom teeth that are growing in crooked, identify cavities, and more. Make sure that you are getting x-rays when needed.
  9. Storing Your Wet Toothbrush in a Travel Case – Planning a vacation? Make sure that you store your toothbrush in a dry place! Bacteria thrives in wet environments, so you don’t want to store yours in a travel case.
  10. Forgetting to Wear Your Retainer – It may be years since you last had braces, but that doesn’t mean that you should forget to wear your retainer. You should always wear your retainer for as long as is recommended by your orthodontist — which may mean forever.
  11. Brushing After Drinking Orange Juice – Orange juice is full of healthy vitamins — but when it comes to caring for your teeth, you want to avoid drinking this acidic juice before brushing your teeth. The acids weaken your enamel and brushing right after can cause it to wear away.
  12. Drinking Soda – You’ve probably heard it before, but we’re telling you again — drinking sugary drinks like soda will always be bad for your teeth. While it’s ok to indulge every once in awhile, try to make your main drink of choice something healthier like water.
  13. Don’t Ignore Sore Teeth – There are many reasons why you might be feeling discomfort, but it’s never something that you should ignore. If you are feeling any kind of pain, it’s important to schedule a dental visit so that we can help you feel better.

If you do have any questions about how to care for your teeth or you are experiencing any tooth sensitivity, give our office a call to schedule your visit. We are here to keep your teeth beautiful and healthy year-round.

How to Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month

fairfield dental artsDid you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? This month, we celebrate all of the work our hygienists do here at Fairfield Dental Arts — and we remind all of our patients of the importance of maintaining good oral health habits year round.

Oral Health Best Practice:

  • Brush for Two Minutes, Two Times a Day! Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently brush back and forth in short, tooth-wide strokes.
  • Remember to Floss! Flossing is one of the most important things that you can do for your smile health — and it’s often neglected! In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), only 12 percent of American floss every day! Cleaning in between your teeth helps reduce cavities, gum disease, and plaque.
  • Schedule your Bi-Annual Dental Cleanings & Exams. You want to make sure that you are consistently scheduled bi-annual cleanings and exams. During these appointments, we can keep your teeth healthy, catch problems early on, and prevent problems with possible! This is essential to your oral health.
  • Drink plenty of water. Make sure that you are staying hydrated! Although the weather may be cooling down, you’ll want to make sure that you’re still drinking enough water each day.
  • Chew sugar-free gum with xylitol. Xylitol is known for helping to prevent tooth decay by keeping a neutral pH in your mouth. If you love chewing gum — make sure you’re chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol.

Ready to schedule your bi-annual dental cleaning? Give our office a call! We are here to keep your teeth beautiful and healthy!

Why Your Heart Health Matters

fairfield dental artsIt is World Heart Day! Today, we remind everyone how important it is to do all you can to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. And while, unfortunately, cardiovascular disease remains the world’s number one killer, there are still things you can do to fuel your heart health like eating healthier, getting plenty of exercise and — caring for your teeth!

Many people don’t realize that there is a connection between oral health and heart disease. In fact, your oral health can be a good warning sign for heart health. For example, people who have gum disease also share many other risk factors with people who have heart disease. It’s important to reduce your risk by quitting smoking, managing your weight, controlling your blood pressure and staying active.

There are also researchers (not yet proven) out there connecting that the same bacteria that cause periodontal disease can travel through your bloodstream and lead to blood clots, and heart disease. While oral health is not the key to preventing heart disease (there are many other things you need to do to keep your heart healthy), taking good care of your teeth and gums can help keep you and your heart healthy.

If you are due for a dental cleaning, give our office a call! We are here to keep your teeth beautiful and healthy, and as a result, help keep your heart healthy, too! Visit our website to learn more about or services or give us a call directly to schedule an appointment at Fairfield Dental Arts.

Tooth Friendly Fall Foods

fairfield dental artsThe first day of fall is finally here! We’re all ready to embrace apple picking, pumpkin everything, warm soups and all of our other favorite fall foods. Fortunately, not all snacks have to be bad for your teeth! Kick the season off the right way with these tooth friendly fall recipes.

Tooth Friendly Fall Foods:

Pumpkin Hummus

Hummus is delicious any time of year, but why not make it festive by adding pumpkin puree! Pumpkin hummus is the perfect appetizer to serve at your next game day party or fall picnic.  

Apple-Raisin Salad

Apples are one of the best foods for your teeth. They’re naturally abrasive, brushing other food particles off of your teeth as you eat them! Have a festival apple-raisin salad that will satisfy your sweet cravings without the extra sugar.

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Cooler weather means one thing — it’s soup season! And although this soup may be on the calorie-heavy ide, it is also packed with vitamins K and C that are great for your teeth and gums.

Pumpkin Soup

Combine your two fall favorites — pumpkin flavors and warm soup. This is the perfect way to fill up and stay warm. With no added sugar and plenty of vitamins A and C, you can help keep your gums healthy.

Is it time to schedule your fall dental cleaning? Give our office a call or visit our website to learn more about the dental services that we offer to the Fairfield, CT area.

How Does Acid Affect Your Teeth?

fairfield dental artsYou might want to think twice before taking another sip of soda. Although our teeth are incredibly strong, popular acidic drinks can damage our teeth over time. Below, we’ll explain a little bit more about just how acid affects your teeth and what you can do to keep your smile strong and healthy.

Why are acidic drinks bad?

Acidic drinks eat away at your tooth enamel, the outer layer of your teeth. This erosion puts your smile at risk of cavities — because the enamel doesn’t grow back! Unfortunately, unlike other parts of our bodies, teeth have no way of healing themselves.  As the enamel erodes, you may experience tooth sensitivity, be prone to cavities and even experience some discoloration.

What can you do to protect your teeth?

Instead of drinking soda and fruit juices, opt for beverages low in acidity. These drinks include water, black tea, black coffee and milk. These drinks are a tooth-friendly way to stay hydrated throughout the day (especially water).

If you do indulge in an acidic beverage, you should keep in mind that you should have it with food. After you’re done, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. Since acidic drinks weaken your enamel, brushing your teeth too soon after consuming them can damage your newly sensitive teeth.

Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity? Do you have any questions about how to care for your oral health? Is it time to schedule your bi-annual dental cleaning and exam? Contact our office to schedule an appointment today!